Hugh Jackman felt "honored" to perform at Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) after accepting the job almost a decade ago.
The X-Men star reveals the veteran comedienne, who often joked about dying in her stand-up routine, had made plans for her final farewell years before she passed away on 4 September (14), and asked Jackman to be a part of her big send-off after watching him in 2003 Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. The Australian actor stayed true to his word last weekend when he joined celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Clive Davis, Kelly Osbourne and U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue in New York to pay his final respects to Rivers, and he admits the song the funnywoman had chosen for him to sing was the perfect choice.
Jackman explains, "It was amazing. I must admit: I've been to several funerals, and I've always kind of felt for the person who has to sing. I've always said, 'Oh, how do you do that?' "At her funeral, when Joan Rivers asks you (to perform), just answer. She had planned everything out. She had seen me in a show called The Boy from Oz... and I sang a song from that. It was called, Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage. It's a beautiful celebration of a woman, and it was for her, and the entire audience in the synagogue got up and started clapping and cheering. The whole thing was very uplifting, very touching and moving, but funny."
And there was another highlight for Jackman: "When the bagpipes came out at the end (of the service), everyone just started laughing... She was just an amazing woman. It was an appropriate send-off and I felt honoured to be a part of it."
Rivers, 81, died a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation. The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
Jamie Foxx appears to have forgiven his former co-star Garcelle Beauvais for her big sex scene reveal back in 2012 by showing up at her book launch on Sunday (07Sep14). During a taping of irreverent chat show Hollywood Girls Night, Beauvais revealed that all her leading men get aroused during sex scenes, and singled out Foxx among her horny co-stars.
The actress, who played Francesca 'Fancy' Monroe on The Jamie Foxx Show over a decade ago, admits the Oscar winner was so aroused he couldn't "get up" after intimate scenes.
Her comments prompted TV bosses to later clarify her remarks when viewers mistook her remarks and thought Foxx couldn't "get it up" during the scenes, suggesting he wasn't able to get aroused.
But Foxx was all smiles on Sunday when he joined Halle Berry at the launch of Beauvais' latest children's book I Am Living in Two Homes at the Zimmer Children's Museum in Los Angeles.
"There was a thing that happened around a year ago, which popped again recently, involving Miley Cyrus... What happened was, I went to an after-party at the Grammys... and I just had a bit of a rant, which I didn't really mean... along the lines of, 'Your voice is amazing, your songs are amazing, just stop twerking'. I didn't say it in the nicest way and I genuinely do love her music and think her voice is great... I don't really know what to do. I'll find a way to (apologise)." Ed Sheeran on his silly feud with Miley Cyrus.
Rocker Sir Mick Jagger has become a fossil again!
Scientists Ellen Miller and Gregg Gunnell have published a study about an extinct swamp creature they found in the Egyptian desert in this month's (Sep14) Journal of Paleontology, revealing they called the animal Jaggermeryx naida after the wrinkly rocker. Gunnell states the creature's mouth structure, which he described as "a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips", reminded the pair of Jagger's famous pouty lips.
It's not the only fossil to be named after the Brown Sugar hitmaker - the Aegrotocatellus jaggeri trilobite, a group of extinct marine animals, was discovered in 1995.
R&B star Chris Brown found himself in the middle of another club brawl in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) after members of his entourage clashed with revellers in New York. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was hosting an event at the VIP Room hotspot when some people in his crew became embroiled in a heated altercation with a group sitting nearby.
Bottles were reportedly thrown as tempers flared and one person suffered an eye injury as a result of the fight.
Police were called to the venue to investigate, but no arrests were made, reports the New York Post.
It is not yet known if Brown himself was directly involved in the scuffle, which took place two years after he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub.
The news comes a week after Brown was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour assault following an incident in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
The hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following the altercation. He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
A representative for music mogul Clive Davis has blasted allegations suggesting he has been having an affair with a married woman after her estranged husband slapped him with legal papers. South Carolina businessman Tig H. Krekel filed the lawsuit in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court this week (begs08Sep14), asking a judge to hold Davis in contempt after he failed to respond to a subpoena requesting personal records.
Krekel is seeking access to the 82 year old's diary, travel itinerary, phone records, letters, texts and emails in a bid to prove his claim that the legendary producer has been involved in an "illicit relationship" with his fashion executive wife, Rosanna, who allegedly accompanied Davis to numerous black tie events and vacationed with him onboard his yacht in Europe earlier this year (14).
Rosanna Krekel filed for divorce in South Carolina, seeking spousal support from her ex - but he is determined to prove she was unfaithful. State law prohibits a spouse from receiving alimony if he or she has committed adultery.
Rosanna's lawyer, Robert Rosen, has denied her husband's accusations, stating, "There has been no adulterous relationship between Clive Davis and Rosanna Krekel. He's been a close family friend of Rosanna and her mother and her brother for many, many years."
And a spokesman for Davis, who gave Rosanna away at her 2008 wedding, tells the New York Post, "The allegations are beyond ridiculous. This frivolous lawsuit is clearly an attempt to embarrass his former spouse."
The record industry icon, who has guided the careers of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Kelly Clarkson, among others, has been married and divorced twice.
He came out as bisexual last year (13) after detailing a long romance with a male doctor in his 2013 autobiography.
Anger Management star Noureen Dewulf is pregnant with her first child. The 30-year-old actress, who appears opposite Charlie Sheen in the sitcom, is expecting a baby with her hockey player husband, Ryan Miller.
DeWulf tells People.com, "After struggling with a bizarre compulsion to eat French fries and pickles every second of every day for the past 12 weeks, I'm thrilled to announce I'm pregnant with my first child. My husband, Ryan, and I couldn't be more excited."
She is expected to give birth in March (14). The couple has been married for three years.
Lady Gaga arrived onstage for her outdoor gig in Dubai an hour and half late on Wednesday (10Sep14) as fans endured soaring temperatures in the blazing desert heat. The Poker Face hitmaker was due onstage at the Meydan Racecourse venue at 9pm local time but reports suggest she did not arrive until 10.30pm and gave no explanation for the delay.
Fans endured temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius (96 degrees Fahrenheit) as they waited for the pop star, and around 100 industrial coolers were installed in an attempt to cool them down during the show.
After Gaga eventually took to the stage, she kept her promise to keep herself covered to honour the local decency laws and showed off new, conservative additions to her stage wardrobe throughout the performance.
Following the show, she wrote on Twitter.com, "Last night's performance in Dubai was a privilege and honour. I have prayed to come here and be with you. Shukran (thank you) monsters, I love you... I looked out into the crowd and saw many different people. United, International Love. 6 yrs (years) into my career, they were waiting. Humbled #UAE (sic)."
Hollywood actors Clive Owen, Samuel L. Jackson, Damian Lewis and Sean Bean were among the famous faces who became stockbrokers for the day on Thursday (11Sep14) for a Transatlantic 9/11 charity event. A whole host of actors, musicians, royals, sports stars, and celebrities joined in Cantor Fitzgerald's and BGC Partners' annual Charity Day, which commemorates the victims of America's 2001 terrorist attacks by raising money for good causes.
The event takes place in London and New York City, and actors including Owen, Bean and Lewis were among those who manned the phones on the U.K. leg along with Downton Abbey star Jim Carter and funnyman Stephen Fry.
Others taking part included British royal Princess Beatrice, tennis legend Boris Becker, girl group All Saints, and model David Gandy, while actor Steve Buscemi and Pamela Anderson turned out for the Big Apple event.
Jackson tweeted about the event, which took place 13 years after the devastating U.S. terrorist attacks, writing, "Up early headed to @BGCCharityDay reppin' @One4theBoys (charity) Don't forget to take a min to remember those who died on Nine Eleven!! (sic)."
Denzel Washington has paid tribute to his friend Tony Scott two years after his suicide by urging anyone suffering from depression to seek help immediately. The Training Day star was left broken-hearted when his longtime collaborator jumped to his death from a bridge in California on 19 August, 2012.
Washington, who worked on movies including Unstoppable and Man on Fire with Scott, has now remembered his pal two years on from the tragedy, insisting he still misses Scott and hopes anyone grappling with similar issues will seek help.
In a chat with fans on Reddit.com, Washington explains, "Tony was the best... He wore his heart outside of his shirt... And I really miss him. I just put a picture up, of him, in my room, in my study in my house, and I actually had to cover it up because it was too difficult to look at him. It's almost like he was looking at the camera, like he was looking at me, and I just really miss him...
"If anybody out there is struggling - please seek help. Don't take your own life in your hands. Or if you know someone whom you think is struggling, then don't let it be said that you didn't do all you could do to help them."