Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is set to make his New York stage debut in director Garry Marshall's production of Billy & Ray. The actor will portray Hollywood screenwriter Billy Wilder opposite Larry Pine as author Raymond Chandler in the Off-Broadway comedy, about the odd pair's mid-1940s collaboration on the movie adaptation of Chandler's novel Double Indemnity, which led to the birth of the film noir genre.
Sophie von Haselberg and Drew Gehling have also been cast in the play, which begins previews at the Vineyard Theatre on 1 October (14), ahead of an official launch on 20 October (14).
Kartheiser, who started out in the theatre in his native Minneapolis, previously returned home last year (13) to play Mr. Darcy in a production of Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice.
Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from a beach close to the location of the Jaws set this week (beg25Aug14) after a huge great white shark was spotted lurking in the water. Local officials cleared Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts on Monday (25Aug14) in scenes eerily similar to Steven Spielberg's classic 1975 monster movie, which was shot in nearby Martha's Vineyard.
The shark, estimated to be around 12-foot long (3.7 metres), was spotted by a state police helicopter in shallow water just 100 yards (91 metres/300 feet) from swimmers.
After the beach was reopened, pranksters returned to the scene to write a quote from Jaws in the sand next to a picture of a shark.
The message, which was photographed and posted online, recited the classic warning from Roy Scheider's police chief character Brody: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston returned home to a hero's welcome following his big win at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) after his Los Angeles neighbours decorated the front of his house with posters and balloons. The actor claimed the coveted Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, creator Vince Gilligan and director Moira Walley-Beckett also struck gold at the Hollywood ceremony.
And, as Cranston celebrated the recognition by dancing the night away at an Emmys afterparty, his neighbours showed their pride by decking out his front gate and fencing with helium balloons and notes of congratulations written by local kids.
The star was photographed smiling at the touching decor outside his home on Tuesday (26Aug14).
Reclusive British singer Kate Bush returned to the stage for her first run of shows in 35 years on Tuesday (26Aug14). The Wuthering Heights star kicked off her 22-date stint at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the venue where she effectively retired from live performances after six weeks on the road in 1979.
Taking the stage in all-black, Bush told fans, "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows.
"I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."
Latin pop star Ricky Martin returned to his native Puerto Rico on Monday (25Aug14) to help to launch a new education centre for at-risk youths. The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker has been working with local officials to build the Tau Center in Loiza, near San Juan, for the past six years via his children's charity the Ricky Martin Foundation, and this week he was on hand to officially open the facility, which boasts nine classrooms, a library and an auditorium.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, he said, "Today, 120 children and teenagers get a new chance. We come here with the commitment to raise awareness about human trafficking and to eradicate it, which is the purpose of my foundation...
"Human trafficking looks for and finds more children and young people that we can imagine, and we can't be their accomplices. We have to give these kids the tools they need. That is part of the comprehensive mission of the Tau Center, of the school and of our allies."
Martin was also joined at the event by Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and Senate leader Eduardo Bhatia.
Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry ruled the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (24Aug14), by picking up the biggest honours. The Roar hitmaker took home the first Moonman trophy of the night for Best Female Video for Dark Horse and was joined onstage by rapper Juicy J who appeared on the track.
Cyrus, who returned to the prizegiving a year after causing a stir with her raunchy routine with Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, was all about the message this year, choosing to use her Video of the Year acceptance speech for Wrecking Ball to pay tribute to homeless youths.
The pop star sent a man named Jesse to accept the prize on her behalf for the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States, who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now."
He continued, "I know this because I am one of these people... If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley's Facebook.com page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality."
Beyonce was feted with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and wowed the crowd with a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of hits from her self-titled album, including Partition, Flawless and Drunk in Love.
After her stunning set, which brought the audience to its feet, she was presented with the accolade by daughter Blue Ivy and husband Jay Z, who called his wife "the greatest living entertainer."
Beyonce tearfully accepted her award, saying, "I'm so full. Thank you, I have nothing to say, but I'm filled with so much gratitude. I just thank God for this moment and I love y'all so much. Blue I love you, my beloved I love you, my fans I love you, MTV I love you, goodnight."
The moment appeared to be her bid to once and for all end divorce rumours.
Ed Sheeran and Fifth Harmony were also big winners, taking home the Best Male Video and Artist to Watch awards, respectively.
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the ceremony with Grande singing her hit Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj giving a jungle-themed performance of her new track Anaconda.
Jessie J then started off the trio's new hit song Bang Bang, but Minaj suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when she did not complete her quick-change in time and was forced to hold the front of her dress together so as to not expose her bare breasts as she returned to the stage.
Other performance highlights included Sam Smith with his hit song Stay With Me and Maroon 5, who made their VMAs debut with a performance of Maps outside of the venue.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora also hit the The Forum stage for their first-ever live performance of Black Widow.
There was also a couple of serious moments in among the festivities - Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this month (Aug14), was remembered and rapper Common asked for a moment of silence for Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August (14), sparking the ongoing unrest in the state.
The 2014 MTV VMAs winners at press time were:
Video of the Year - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Best Hip-Hop Video - Hold On (We're Going Home) by Drake featuring Majid Jordan
Best Male Video - Sing by Ed Sheeran
Best Female Video - Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
Best Pop Video - Problem by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Artist to Watch - Fifth Harmony
Best Rock Video - Royals by Lorde
Best Lyric Video - Don't Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer
MTV Clubland Award - Stay the Night by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award - Beyonce
Katy Perry opened the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in winning style on Sunday (24Aug14) by taking home the first prize of the night. The Roar hitmaker was feted with the Best Female Video accolade at The Forum in Inglewood, California for Dark Horse featuring Juicy J, beating out Beyonce, Lorde, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande.
She took to the stage with the rapper to accept the honour, saying, "Wow, it's a nice way to start out the night with a Moonman (trophy)... We just want to say thank you so much, we put a lot of time and effort and hard work into this song. We are going to party tonight."
The annual prizegiving kicked off with Grande singing her hit Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj giving a jungle-themed performance of her new track Anaconda.
Jessie J then took the stage to start off the trio's hit song Bang Bang, but when Minaj returned, she seemed to have suffered a wardrobe malfunction due to a quick change from her green-sequined two-piece into a black mini-dress. The rapper came out to join Grande and Jessie J, holding her dress closed as to not expose her breasts, while making small movements for the rest of their performance.
Guardians Of The Galaxy has returned to the top of the U.S. box office to become the highest-grossing film of the summer (14). The superhero film, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel, earned $17.6 million (GBP10.4 million) in its fourth weekend on release (23-24Aug14), taking its total to $251.9 million (GBP148.2 million).
Coming in at number two is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $16.8 million (GBP9.9 million), while Chloe Grace Moretz's If I Stay takes the third spot with $16.4 million (GBP9.6 million).
Rounding out the top five are Let's Be Cops and When the Game Stands Tall.
Status Quo musician Rick Parfitt feared for his life when he suffered excruciating chest pains while on tour earlier this month (Aug14). The rock group axed a string of European tour dates after the 65-year-old guitarist was hospitalised in Croatia. He returned to the U.K. to undergo heart surgery to correct a problem stemming from the quadruple heart bypass operation he had in 1997.
Parfitt admits he was terrified during the ordeal, telling Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I was an inch away from dying... I remember the (tour) bus stopping at about 4.30am in the middle of nowhere and I started to feel very ill.
"I felt a terrible pain, in my chest and down both arms and across my shoulders. I didn't know if it was a heart attack or not but I suspected it was. I felt like an elephant starting to sit on your chest. You don't know whether you're going to die or not. You lay there in incredible pain not knowing what to do with yourself. There's no relief, you just hope you don't die."
Parfitt was released from hospital after four days and had to sit out a show while he recovered. He is scheduled to perform again with the group on Saturday (23Aug14).
Reality TV star Diem Brown has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. The former Real World star, 32, first battled ovarian cancer at the age of 23 and it returned in 2012. She was declared in remission last year (13) but the cancer has now been found in her colon, according to People.com.
Brown was filming a new reality show when she collapsed and was airlifted to a hospital in New York. She underwent emergency surgery last Sunday (17Aug14) after doctors discovered a large tumour blocking her colon.
Complications from the first operation caused an infection and Brown underwent another round of surgery three days later.
She is in a stable condition in an intensive care unit and her sister Megan tells People.com, "The second surgery was two steps back. But hopefully in the next few weeks she'll be well enough to start chemo (chemotherapy)... She's in and out... She's on a lot of medication but every once and a while you'll see her spirit, the light back in her eyes.
"This is the third time she's had to deal with this and she's ready for it. It's definitely an uphill battle, but I know if anybody can do it it's her."
In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don't know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.