Homeland star Mandy Patinkin owes a fortuitous street meeting with Zach Braff for his role in new film Wish I Was Here.
The actor was walking along 7th Avenue in Manhattan, New York with his son Gideon when they spotted Braff - and he's now convinced the meeting served as an impromptu audition.
He says, "Zach tapped me on my shoulder and said, 'My girlfriend wanted to meet you'. We all said 'hi' and nice things to each other and then we walked off in different directions."
"A few months later Zach called me up and said, 'Can I send you a script?' I read it and I laughed and cried and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. He said, 'I'd like you to play the dad. Can you come meet me for breakfast?' "So we met on the upper west side of Manhattan and we had this great meeting. He took a selfie when the breakfast was over and the deal was done!"
Actor Daniel Radcliffe turned heads in New York City on Monday morning (30Jun14) when he was spotted walking through the streets of Manhattan with nearly a dozen dogs tied to his belt.
The Harry Potter star was surrounded by a pack of 10 pooches all tied to leashes hanging from his waistband as he filmed a cameo role for Judd Apatow's new movie Trainwreck in Manhattan's Bryant Park. Radcliffe was also seen puffing on a cigarette during his hands-free dog walk.
When asked about the pictures in a post on Twitter.com, director Apatow joked about Radcliffe's cameo role in the new film, writing, "Not true! He was just walking his dogs."
Radcliffe was later spotted filming further scenes with Trainwreck actress Marisa Tomei. The film is due for release next year (15).
Actress Amanda Bynes is celebrating after all the charges relating to her marijuana possession arrest last year (13) were dismissed. The Hairspray star was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence when New York City police raided her apartment in May, 2013.
During the incident, Bynes allegedly threw a bong out of the window. She was taken to the city's Roosevelt Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and then to a police station to be processed.
In January (14), a judge ruled the case would be dismissed if the 28 year old agreed to get treatment and stay out of trouble for six months, and on Monday (30Jun14), Bynes' lawyer appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court to report the actress has complied with the conditions of the judge's ruling, and the case was formally dismissed and sealed.
This is the latest legal victory for Bynes - in April (14), her driver's licence was reissued after it was suspended when was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and hit-and-run charges in 2012.
The actress appears to have turned her life around following a lengthy rehab stay last year (13).
Troubled actor Shia Labeouf has been released from jail following an appearance in court in New York City on Friday morning (27Jun14) to face charges stemming from his dramatic arrest at a Broadway theatre. The Transformers star was hauled out of a performance of musical Cabaret on Thursday night (26Jun14) amid allegations he was disrupting the show and smoking inside the Studio 54 theatre.
He was arrested and subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass before spending the night in jail.
LaBeouf appeared at a Manhattan court on Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was released and walked out of the courtroom to a nearby hotel. LaBeouf is due back in court on 24 July (14).
The actor's arrest comes after months of increasingly bizarre behaviour which has sparked fears for his well-being.
He hit headlines earlier this year (14) when he walked the red carpet at a film festival in Germany wearing a brown paper bag on his head, while he also became part of an odd art installation in Los Angeles and announced plans to retire from public life.
Swedish dance star Avicii has called off an upcoming Independence Day (04Jul14) gig. The DJ was due to kick off America's Fourth of July (14) holiday weekend (04-06Jul14) by performing at the Governors Beach Club on Governor's Island in New York as part of a promotion with fashion brand Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren and department store Macy's.
Fans were offered free tickets when they spent $75 (£47) on Denim & Supply products at a Macy's store, but the gig has now been called off.
A statement posted on the clothing brand's website offers an apology to both the DJ and his fans.
It reads, "We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers, Avicii, and Avicii's fans... Due to limited and restricted access on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on the evening of July 4th, the Avicii concert, scheduled to take place on Governor's Island, will be postponed to a new date. Please check back for details on a new show date and venue as we work to ensure a more enjoyable experience for all concert-goers."
Avicii hit headlines earlier this week (beg23Jun14) when dozens of concert-goers were hospitalised following his show in Boston, Massachusetts. Around 50 fans were treated by paramedics on site at the TD Garden venue, while another 36 were taken to nearby hospitals. Many of the cases were reportedly caused by dehydration, while a police spokesman suggested alcohol and drugs could have played a part.
Rapper French Montana has pleaded guilty to driving without a license. The hip hop star was pulled over in New York on 1 February (14) and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to the New York Post.
On Thursday (26Jun14), Montana, real name Karim Kharbouch, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he was ordered to pay a $588 (£368) fine by 26 August (14), according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first run in with the law for the 29 year old - on 5 February (14), he was arrested for a five-year-old charge of driving on a suspended license.
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death failed to sell the actor a large stash of heroin, because the late star didn't like the quality of the product, a court has heard. Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation to discover the source of the heroin found in Hoffman's apartment.
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of the illegal substance in Vineberg's home, but during a hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday (25Jun14), New York Police Department Detective Daniel Santiago revealed the 57-year-old suspect told them he only sold small amounts of the drug to Hoffman.
He testified that the actor "didn't like the quality", and added, "He complained a lot about it so he would only buy small amounts."
The hearing was held to determine whether Vineberg's case should be transferred to a drug diversion court.
His lawyer claims the musician wants to attend a rehabilitation facility in a bid to tackle his own long-standing drug addiction.
He is currently free on bail.
Hoffman died from a drug overdose on 2 February (14).
Pop star Demi Lovato has apologised for rushing past fans waiting outside an event in New York on Monday (23Jun14), blaming rude paparazzi for forcing her to make a quick exit. The Skyscraper hitmaker found herself mobbed by photographers as she left the Logo TV network's inaugural Trailblazers prizegiving in Manhattan, blocking her access to devotees who were hoping to meet the singer.
The snappers' aggressive behaviour prompted Lovato to make a quick dash to her car to escape and she subsequently took to her Twitter.com blog to chastise the paparazzi.
The angry star wrote, "When are paparazzi gonna learn? If you're respectful to me, I'll be respectful back. Why does it have to be a war of celebs against paps (sic)? Of course if you yell horrible things, I'm not gonna work with you. I'll pose if you are respectful and not being bullies."
Lovato then reached out to her fans to apologise for the incident, tweeting, "I wanted to stop for my fans today/tonight really bad because I love you so much but I can't deal with how mean those paps are.
"I always try to stop because I appreciate every single one of you, so if I don't get to you please know I'm sorry and I love you.
"Sometimes staying strong means not putting yourself in uncomfortable or triggering situations."
Liam Gallagher's legal battle over his lovechild looks set to drag on until late in the year (14) after a settlement deal fell through on Monday (23Jun14). The former Oasis star split from his singer wife Nicole Appleton last year (13) after it was revealed he had fathered a daughter, Gemma, with U.S. journalist Liza Ghorbani.
They met at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City last month (May14) for a child support hearing, during which they were given three weeks to agree on a settlement.
A second hearing took place on Monday, but Gallagher, who joined the proceedings by phone from London, failed to reach an agreement with the mother.
Speaking after the hearing, Gallagher's lawyer Raoul Felder said of Ghorbani, "She's a very hard lady to satisfy... this is a very torturous route", according to the New York Post.
The journalist's lawyer, Ira Garr, reveals Ghorbani hopes to investigate the rocker's net worth in a deposition, adding, "We're still trying to settle."
Gallagher is currently giving Ghorbani $5,000 (£3,125)-a-month in child support. Both parties are due back in court in September (14).
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Film fans in New York City have voted director Rob Reiner's 1989 comedy When Harry Met Sally their must-see summer movie.
Those attending screenings as part of the recent Tribeca Film Festival in the Big Apple were asked to name their favourite film for a simultaneous screening in all five city boroughs. The votes have been counted and When Harry Met Sally came out on top.
As a result, the movie, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, will be screened for free at outdoor venues in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island on Tuesday (24Jun14) as part of the first-ever Film For All Campaign.
Set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.