Actor Alan Cumming has forgiven Shia Labeouf for his drunken behaviour at hit Broadway show Cabaret after the Transformers star confessed he slapped the leading man's butt during the show because he thought the Scot was the sexiest guy he'd ever seen. LaBeouf was eventually thrown out of the theatre when he argued with ushers who had asked him to stop smoking in June (14), and he has since revealed he was so drunk he actually thought he was at an interactive cabaret show.
Cumming admits he was impressed with LaBeouf's explanation last week (ends17Oct14) on America's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and he's happy to forgive and forget.
The actor says, "I think he was really messed up... He didn't apologise, but he sort of explained it last week... He was just wasted and he was wasted from the second he walked into the thing (theatre). There was an atmosphere when I went down to go onstage and start the show; everyone's freaking out because there was someone who seemed to be a crazy person shouting and stuff.
"I walk into the audience at one point... and go up the back and come down, and as I walked past him - he was at a table on the end of a row - he whacked me...
"We've all done things where we've been out of it and messed up and I just think that not everyone has to deal with it on such a worldwide scale. I thought he made a very good recovery and he did say that the reason he did it was that I was the sexiest man he'd ever seen."
Actress Sofia Vergara has officially become the poster woman for thyroid diseases after signing on to front a new awareness campaign. The Modern Family star was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 14 years ago and had to have her thyroid removed.
She now suffers from hypothyroidism and has to take medication regularly to control it.
She says, "It was great for me to team up with the Follow the Script campaign because it's something that I can relate to, something that I went through. I suffer (from) hypothyroidism; I have to take the pill every morning and one of the most important things that I realised is I'm very... educated about it.
"I am not ignorant about my situations and I think this is a big thing with hypothyroidism. People don't go through a lot of things not knowing what they have and if you go in and get yourself educated about it, then you can help yourself."
"Ellen Pompeo did something that the network said don't do - she took an Instagram picture with me, and it went around the world before I got home on the first day of shooting... They wanted everything to be secret and closed, but Ellen broke that." Isaiah Washington felt really welcomed when he returned to TV medical drama Grey's Anatomy earlier this year (14). The actor was fired from the show in 2007 after reportedly using a derogatory term during an altercation with gay co-star T.R. Knight.
Rapper The Game has been hit with a breach of contract lawsuit after allegedly pulling out of a performance at the 2014 Kentucky Derby horseracing event at the last minute. Promoters at Dream Team Entertainment LLC claim the hip-hop star, real name Jayceon Taylor, accepted a $35,000 (£21,875) deposit to entertain guests at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, Kentucky in May (14), but reportedly threatened to axe his set on the morning of the event unless he was promoted to headliner.
According to legal papers filed in Kentucky on Friday (17Oct14), his representative, Cash Jones, subsequently told organisers, "The Game would not travel to Louisville and would not perform at the event".
However, the How We Do hitmaker allegedly failed to return the deposit or pay the $30,000 (£18,750) cancellation fee and now promoters are suing for more than $75,000 (£46,875) in damages.
The rapper has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Julio Iglesias and Vogue editor Anna Wintour have honoured the memory of the legendary Oscar De La Renta by penning personal tributes to the late fashion mogul, who died on Monday (20Oct14). Veteran singer Iglesias remembered his longtime friend as his "soulmate" in his touching online post, which also featured a photo of the old pals.
In the accompanying message, the Spaniard, who owned a neighbouring vacation home to de la Renta's Punta Cana retreat in the Dominican Republic, wrote, "Now who's going to tell me about the nice things in life, who will give me advice?
"I imagine you've taken with you the sea of Punta Cana, the sea of memories, the sea of joy, the sea of magic, the sea that you invented. There will not be a day in my life that the sea you brought to me will not return a smile for you. I love you forever."
Meanwhile, fashion icon Wintour paid her respects to de la Renta in an emotional essay, insisting his "optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic" personality will live on through his designs.
She writes, "There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era."
Wintour goes on to reveal she knew the end was near for her dear friend after visiting him at his Connecticut home last weekend (11-12Oct14) with her daughter Bee Shaffer, recalling, "We laughed about Bee's love life. He gave her advice, and then he said he had a dream to see the allee and pond he had just designed on the grounds (of his home). He could no longer move, so we went out and took pictures on his iPad for him to see...
"His last words to me were 'I love you,' and I said 'I love you' back."
She adds, "He always said 'accept your friends for who they are, not for who you want them to be'. Oscar was everything you could want a friend to be."
Former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton, who was a big fan of de la Renta's, has also issued a joint statement with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, their daughter Chelsea and her spouse, Marc Mezvinsky.
The statement reads: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."
De la Renta, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, died on Monday (20Oct14) at the age of 82.
Tributes have also poured in from celebrity clients including Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, Rita Wilson and Gloria Estefan.
Ben Affleck once attempted to help Shia Labeouf avoid the pitfalls of fame by sharing some words of wisdom with the young actor early on in his career. The Transformers star reveals Affleck approached him at a party and encouraged him not to feel intimated by fame after realising he may be headed down the wrong path.
LaBeouf tells Interview magazine, "He was the first guy who really took me off to the side and made me feel like I could do it (be successful in Hollywood).
"(He told me), 'Keep your head on straight, kid, and don't let all this get to you'. He knew that I had cameras in my face and that there were expectations to perform. I think that's always been my issue. I'm prone to theatrics in my life. When you're in front of a film crew, the worst thing that an actor can be is boring, and that flows over into my life."
LaBeouf admits his behaviour at the party had Affleck worried, adding, "Ben saw that and was trying to curb it before it became an issue", and although he was grateful for the advice, the 28 year old adds, "He was unsuccessful".
LaBeouf has been trying to repair his reputation in recent weeks after a year of erratic behaviour, which led to his dismissal from Broadway play Orphans after clashing with co-star Alec Baldwin and an arrest in June (14) following an altercation during a production of musical Cabaret.
He was recently ordered to complete six months of alcohol rehabilitation treatment as his punishment for the disorderly conduct bust. The criminal charge will be wiped from his file if he behaves himself.
Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett has been booted from U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. He became the fifth contestant to exit the latest series after failing to impress with his jazz number with professional dance partner Allison Holker during Monday night's (20Oct14) show. Comedian Tommy Chong and actors Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and Antonio Sabato, Jr. are still in the running for the mirrorball trophy.
Actresses Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried and Nina Dobrev will be putting their ability to learn lines in a hurry to the test after signing on to take part in The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway challenge. The trio will join actors like Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage, Justin Long, Bryan Greenberg and Julia Stiles, and Orange Is The New Black co-stars Uzo Aduba and Pablo Schreiber, while working with six writers and six directors, including America Ferrera and Kathy Najimy, to create and perform a series of original short plays created from scratch in just one day.
The finished productions will be staged in front of a live audience at the American Airlines Theatre on 17 November (14).
The 14th annual event will benefit the Urban Arts Partnership, New York's largest arts education organisation.
Actress Renee Zellweger stunned onlookers at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (20Oct14) after showing off a new look, making her virtually unrecognisable. The Bridget Jones's Diary star turned heads as she walked the red carpet with her music producer boyfriend Doyle Bramhall II as she appeared to have undergone a cosmetic procedure on her face to tighten her skin. The 45 year old has yet to comment on her apparent makeover.
The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has been turned off eating meat for good after working on the cannibalistic zombie series. The actor, who plays crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon on the U.S. TV show, admits the special effects team has made scenes involving the consumption of human flesh in the current fifth season a little too realistic for comfort, so he has decided to adopt a meat-free diet.
However, Reedus confesses he's not exactly happy about his lifestyle change.
He says, "I've become a vegetarian and I'm kind of bummed about it."