Celebrity pilot Harrison Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a California golf course on Thursday (05Mar15) after experiencing a mechanical issue while flying a two-seater vintage fighter plane. Reports suggest the actor was taken to hospital after he crashed the World War Two aircraft on Penmar Golf Course, minutes after taking off from nearby Santa Monica Airport.
Sources tell TMZ.com the Star Wars actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was treated at the golf course by two doctors before paramedics arrived and carried him to an ambulance on a stretcher.
Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, tells NBC News, "There was blood all over his face... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip."
Ford, who is in a stable condition in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was the only person onboard the plane.
National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the incident.
Ford's son, Ben Ford, has taken to Twitter.com to update fans on his dad's condition, assuring them the Hollywood star is doing fine.
He wrote, "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad."
This is not the first time Ford has been involved in a plane crash - a six-passenger plane he was piloting took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2000 and the actor also crash-landed a helicopter in October, 1999.
Celebrities have taken to social media to offer Ford their support - Melissa Joan Hart, Dane Cook, Josh Gad and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan were among the friends and fans sending prayers and thoughts on Twitter.com, while Star Trek icon William Shatner, who is still recovering from the death of his friend Leonard Nimoy last week (27Feb15), writes, "Thoughts going out to Harrison Ford for a speedy recovery."
Actor David Arquette has added a karaoke club to his growing list of nightlife ventures. He opened Blind Dragon in Los Angeles on Wednesday (04Mar15), three years after the launch of his club Bootsy Bellows. The Scream star also recently revealed he was in the process of acquiring a strip club.
The film adaptation of erotic thriller Fifty Shades Of Grey has hit a new box office milestone after surpassing the $500 million (£313 million) mark on World Book Day (05Mar15). The movie version of E.L. James' popular novel, starring Jamie Dornan as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey, was released around the world on Valentine's Day weekend (14-15Feb15) and has continued to dominate the global box office charts for the past three weeks.
Circus bosses at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have announced they're scrapping their elephant acts, two years after the release of a disturbing documentary about the treatment of the big top beasts. In An Apology to Elephants, actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin explored the purported abuse and brutal treatment of elephants behind the scenes at zoos and circuses in the U.S.
Tomlin is one of many celebrities who have been fighting for a ban on elephant acts in circuses touring America and now it appears Ringling Bros. bosses are taking note - they have announced all their endangered Asian elephants will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation within three years.
Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the organisation leading the charge on the circus elephant ban, are celebrating the news.
PETA spokesperson Delcianna Winders says, "We are of course thrilled with the announcement, assuming that Ringling is indeed serious about this. But they need to show they're serious by making this effective immediately."
There are no plans to end circus attractions featuring tigers, lions, horses and camels.
Retired boxer Mike Tyson once fell asleep on a double date with Madonna and Sean Penn. The fighter, who recently recorded a new track with the pop superstar for her latest album Rebel Heart, reveals he and his then-wife Robin Givens went to the cinema to see Pee-Wee Herman movie Big Top Pee-Wee with Madonna and her then-husband Penn in late 1980s - but the night was a bit of a snoozer after a few drinks.
He recalls, "Me and Sean fell asleep in the movie... We were slightly inebriated."
Actress Cate Blanchett originally wanted to star as Disney princess Cinderella in the new Sir Kenneth Branagh movie because she was convinced filmmakers would be able to turn back the years with the use of computer generated imagery (CGI). The Blue Jasmine star, 45, wanted to defy age critics by landing the title role, but she abandoned her plans after friends began questioning her logic.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "I'm a little bit cross. They were doing CGI, they could do a little bit (of a virtual facelift). I had friends say to me, when I told them what I was doing, they were looking at me slightly concerned, like, how do they ask me the question, 'Aren't you slightly too old (to play Cinderella)?'"
Blanchett subsequently settled for the part of Cinderella's wicked stepmother, and she admits Branagh did a great job casting Downton Abbey actress Lily James as the titular character, opposite Richard Madden as her Prince Charming.
She says, "You cannot CGI chemistry and they had the most extraordinary chemistry and watching them dance... it was extraordinary."
She adds of her villainous role as Lady Tremaine: "It's wonderful to be offered the villain. It's great! It's fantastic, because I'm so lovely in real life! We get socialised out of these mean, cruel things, kind of, you have this vicarious experience through the villain."
The closing arguments in Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines copyright infringement trial are expected to be presented in court on Thursday afternoon (05Mar15), two weeks after proceedings began. The two hitmakers are fighting soul legend Marvin Gaye's kids over claims they borrowed heavily from his 1977 classic Got to Give It Up while creating their 2013 hit.
Both Thicke and Williams have testified, with the former confessing he lied when he claimed to have had a bigger role in the creation of the song, and Pharrell telling the court on Wednesday (04Mar15) he was not thinking about Gaye or his music when he came up with the hit.
During the trial, Thicke performed a medley of classic tunes on a piano in an effort to prove to the jury that many great songs have similar hooks and chord progressions.
But Gaye's children maintain Blurred Lines is too similar to their father's Got to Give it Up, and they're seeking a cut of the 2013 hit's profits. Marvin Gaye's ex-wife Janis, the mother of his children, told the court she was convinced Thicke's hit had been taken from Got to Give It Up, revealing she was stunned to discover the songwriters hadn't licensed Gaye's work.
She testified, "It's the living legacy Marvin left behind for his children, his family, his fans and the world."
Heavy metal star Randy Blythe is adding ballet composer to his resume after agreeing to score a friend's new dance project. The Lamb of God frontman reveals he was approached by his pal Matthew Frain, a member of Virginia's Richmond Ballet, and asked if he could use some of his old music for a new short piece, titled Inventory, but instead the singer offered to help score the show from scratch.
Blythe, who admits he is a fan of ballet, tells the local Richmond magazine, "(Frain) asked me if he could use some (pre-existing music) and I said, 'Sure, but why don't we just conceptualise a piece from the ground up, together.'"
Discussing his inspirations, he continues, "Artistically, I don't live in some heavy metal cave - most of my favourite frontmen all work in various disciplines - Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, David Yow; these are men whose musical work I admire and respect.
"These guys have made some of the most original and caustic tunes in the history of music, but they also have produced some really beautiful art and literature. Those are the types of artistic role models I look to for inspiration."
But Blythe can understand why his new side project may come as a surprise for fans of his group Lamb of God.
He adds, "I guess some fans of my band or metal music in general might be surprised, because they only know me as a two-dimensional cartoon-character-like screaming frontman of a metal band."
Inventory will premiere at Richmond, Virginia's dance festival on 22 March (15).
Pop star Christina Milian went back to school on Thursday (05Mar15) to treat kids to a storytime session in celebration of Read Across America Day. The Dip It Low hitmaker, who has a five-year-old daughter named Violet, teamed up with Read Across America campaign officials to encourage more children to pick up a book, just four days after charity bosses marked its annual holiday on Monday (02Mar15), Dr. Seuss' birthday.
During Milian's Los Angeles visit, which coincided with World Book Day, she read popular Dr. Seuss story Green Eggs and Ham to students and later shared photos of herself back in a classroom online.
Alongside one snap, she wrote, "Spent the afternoon with the kids teaching them that reading is fundamental. Thank you #ReadAcrossAmerica for having me. All the kids were lovely and put a huge smile on my face. We made reading fun... Blessed".
Another picture was captioned, "#ReadAcrossAmerica blessed to put a smile on their faces! I get super into character I can't help it. They love it".
Village People star Victor Willis has won a longrunning legal battle over the copyright to the band's anthem Y.M.C.A. after a California judge ruled French author Henri Belolo had no involvement in the creation of the 1978 disco hit. The singer/songwriter, who led the group and performed as the band's traffic cop, has been fighting for half the royalties from the tune ever since he was granted permission to reclaim the rights to more than 30 of the band's hit songs as part of an industry ruling in 2013.
However, his court fight stalled amid confusion as to whether he was laying claim to a third or half of the copyright share, due to a dispute over who actually wrote the song.
Willis maintained he and producer Jacques Morali were entitled to a 50/50 share of profits, but producers at Scorpio Music and Can't Stop Productions alleged the singer could only claim 33.3 per cent as he reportedly adapted Y.M.C.A. and other hits from tracks originally written in French by Belolo.
The case went to trial and after almost a month, the jury ruled in Willis' favour earlier this week (begs02Mar14).
Belolo's name will now be removed from the credits of Y.M.C.A. and a string of other Village People songs.
Willis tells WENN, "I was always annoyed by the claim that Y.M.C.A. was initially authored by a Frenchman named Henri Belolo. Me and Jacques Morali actually authored all of our songs alone right here in America. I'm glad the jury saw the evidence and concluded that Belolo was not one of the writers of over 13 Village People songs I authored with Jacques."