New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » Celebrity http://www.newyorkdailysun.com New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Joan Rivers 1933 – 2014 http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/joan-rivers-1933-2014/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/joan-rivers-1933-2014/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:11:45 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=5019 US comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. Throughout her career, she was renowned for her many acid-tongued pearls of wit which took swipes at other celebrities but also turned inwardly, mocking her own later penchant for plastic surgery.

She once said: “Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

Here is a selection of her best one-liners:

ON PLASTIC SURGERY

“I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

“I am definitely going to watch the Emmys this year! My make-up team is nominated for Best Special Effects.”

“Looking 50 is great – if you’re 60.”

“The only way I can get a man to touch me at this age is plastic surgery.”

ON GETTING OLDER

“You know why I feel older? I went to buy sexy underwear and they automatically gift wrapped it.”

“I said to my husband, ‘my boobs have gone, my stomach’s gone, say something nice about my legs’. He said, “Blue goes with everything.”

“When a man has a birthday, he takes a day off. When a woman has a birthday, she takes at least three years off.”

“You know you’ve reached middle age when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.”

“The fashion magazines are suggesting that women wear clothes that are ‘age appropriate’. For me that would be a shroud.”

ON OTHER CELEBRITIES

“Elizabeth Taylor was so fat that whenever she went to London in a red dress, 30 passengers would try to board her.”

“At my funeral, I want Meryl Streep crying in five different accents.”

ON RELATIONSHIPS

“I said to my husband, ‘Why don’t you call out my name when we’re making love?’. He said, “I don’t want to wake you up.”

“I got a waterbed, but my husband stocked it with trout.”

“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.”

“My husband killed himself. And it was my fault. We were making love and I took the bag off my head.”

“Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name.”

“My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and I say the same thing: ‘Pick up, I know you’re there.’”

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Joan Rivers Gravely Ill http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/joan-rivers-gravely-ill/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/joan-rivers-gravely-ill/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:37:03 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=5008

Joan Rivers, the actress and comedian, has been placed on life support days after suffering from a cardiac arrest during throat surgery, according to reports.

Rivers was rushed to hospital in New York on Thursday after she stopped breathing while undergoing an endoscopy at a Manhattan clinic.

According to TMZ, she is now reliant on life support machines and the family will be given the decision by doctors of whether or not to turn the machines off.

The family hope that the 81-year-old star, who was put into a medically induced coma on Friday, will then bounce back and recover to full health.

Her daughter Melissa, 46, and grandson Cooper, 13 are at the hospital by her side.

The tart-tongued comedian has often been criticised for her making insensitive jokes. Last year, she was criticised by some Jewish groups for making jokes about the Holocaust. “This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust,” Rivers, who is Jewish, replied. “I do it through humour.”

And during this month’s Gaza conflict, she caused fresh controversy when she told a website that that Palestinian civilians “deserve to be dead”, but she later insisted her words had been taken out of context.

Earlier this week Rivers gave a talk at the Time-Life bulding in New York when she told her audience she had no physical ailments.

Describing herself as “lucky” she said she did not follow a special diet, joking that her consumption of sugar and processed food was probably what preserved her body.

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The Great Robin Williams Dead at 63 http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/the-great-robin-williams-dead-at-63/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/the-great-robin-williams-dead-at-63/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:08:32 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4985 Relatives, showbiz personalities and politicians have expressed their sadness at the death of Robin Williams, who has died at the age of 63 in a suspected suicide.

The Oscar-winning actor was found dead at his home in northern California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

His daughter Zelda Williams posted an excerpt from the French poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which read: “You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them … In one of the stars I shall be living.”

She added: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”

The star of much-loved films including Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning, Vietnam had been struggling with severe depression in recent weeks, according to Williams’ press agent Mara Buxbaum.

A statement from President Barack Obama described the actor as “one of a kind”.

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind,” he said.

“He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry.

“He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets.

“The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Many celebrity colleagues and admirers took to Twitter to express their shock at the actor’s death, and to pay tribute to Williams’ large and well-respected body of work.

Pam Dawber, his co-star in Mork and Mindy, said: “I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?”

Film director Ron Howard recalled that he saw Mork’s genesis as they worked together on the US series Happy Days.

In a message posted online, he said: “We lost Robin – first witnessed his genius as he created Mork before our eyes in two hours on set. A Force. A Sweet Soul. A Brilliant Artist.”

Comedian and actor Billy Connolly, a close friend of Williams, said: “Robin was both my friend and my hero, a unique talent and a kind and generous man; the world will be a much poorer place without him.”

Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on Hook, said: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him.  He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.”

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American Hustle Storms Globes http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/american-hustle-storms-globes/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/american-hustle-storms-globes/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:10:45 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4715 It was a golden night for Matthew McConaughey, “American Hustle,” and, after a painfully long wait, “12 Years a Slave.”

Steve McQueen’s “Slave” won the top (and final) prize Sunday at tonight’s 71st Annual Golden Globes — Best Motion Picture, Drama — but not before going 0-for-6 in other categories throughout the night.

McConaughey pulled the night’s biggest upset, besting favorites Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) and Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”) in the Best Actor, Drama race. McConaughey, who won for his turn as an AIDS-infected hustler and underground meds-peddler in “Dallas Buyers Club,” no doubt pleased his fans across the globe by stepping to the stage and uttering his trademark phrase of approval: “All right, all right, all right!”

The twisty con-artist caper “American Hustle” notched three major awards: for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Best Actress, Musical or Comedy for Amy Adams; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

It was the second consecutive Globe for Lawrence, who won Best Actress, Musical or Comedy last year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” also directed by “Hustle” helmer David O. Russell.

Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director for his blockbuster space epic, “Gravity.” With “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” widely considered the awards season’s two clear-cut frontrunners, many pundits predicted a split in the Best Picture/ Best Director categories, the general consensus being that Cuarón would take directing honors over McQueen in recognition of his film’s groundbreaking filmmaking techniques. Few, however, predicted these would be the only Globes the films would win.

In addition to Best Director and Best Actor, “12 Years” lost out in Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer).

Awards favorite Cate Blanchett emerged victorious in Best Actress, Drama for her riveting role as a distraught widow in “Blue Jasmine,” the latest film from Woody Allen (who himself was the recipient of the Globes’ lifetime achievement honor, Cecil B. DeMille Award, accepted on his behalf by Diane Keaton). Blanchett beat out Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”) and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), both considered outside shots, for the prize.

Leonardo DiCaprio had some fun with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s method of differentiating what makes a comedy. Accepting the trophy for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy for his loopy performance in “Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s wild three-hour ride about the excesses of stockbrokers in the ’90s, DiCaprio zinged: “I never would’ve guessed I’d win [a comedy award],” before acknowledging fellow “comedians” like Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to Jared Leto for his turn as the fierce transgendered Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club.” It was the first Globe for the Thirty Second to Mars frontman, who took six years off from making movies to concentrate on music.

As a whole, the show didn’t lack in entertainment value. Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who won a Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy on her third nomination for “Parks and Recreation”) once again set a blisteringly funny tone for the telecast with their opening delivery, landing one-liner after one-liner that playfully skewered film and television, and included one particularly amusing gag involving Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an e-cigarette.
With the exception of one well-received dig at George Clooney (on “Gravity”: “It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age”), Fey and Poehler’s shitck was again in good spirits, a far cry from the divisive approach of two-time host Ricky Gervais, who some said “bit the hand that fed him” by taking an edgier and more roast-like approach to hosting duties.
There were some bizarre speeches — viewers still seem unsure what to make of Jacqueline Bisset’s slow-developing, emotional and expletive-laced speech in the show’s early goings after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for “Dancing on the Edge.” The show’s orchestra seemed a little trigger-happy with the cut-off music as well; no fewer than seven winners  (including Bisset) were interrupted by the band, with many acknowledging the slight.

The reliably quotable Lawrence delivered a quick but memorable speech to kick off the evening, giving filmmaker Russell the bulk of credit. Lawrence recalled enjoying “I Heart Huckabees” so much when first seeing it, she “Googled who made it.” The young actress recognized her fellow nominees, in a typically candid — and maybe too honest — fashion: “I did watch all of the movies this year … Not all of them but you know what I mean.”

Other film awards doled: Best Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for “Her” in a minor upset, the favorite “Frozen” took Best Animated Film, “The Great Beauty” won Best Foreign Film, and the music categories were split by “All Is Lost” (Best Original Score) and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Best Original Song, claimed by U2 for “Ordinary Love”).

The beloved, departed AMC series “Breaking Bad,” meanwhile, topped the television categories, winning Best TV Series, Drama and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston). Robin Wright took home Best Actress, Drama for her performance in the Netflix original “House of Cards.”

Also coming up big was the FOX sitcom “Brooklyn Nine Nine” which pulled two major upsets by winning Best TV Series, Comedy and Best Actor, Comedy going to Andy Samberg. Steven Soderberg’s HBO drama “Behind the Candelabra” meanwhile, won Best TV Movie or Mini-Series and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.

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Beauty Queen Spear Murdered http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/beauty-queen-spear-murdered/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/beauty-queen-spear-murdered/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:29:47 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4709 Former Venezuelan beauty queen Monica Spear, 29, and her British husband Thomas Berry, 39, have been shot dead in their car in Venezuela.

Their five-year-old daughter, who was injured in the incident, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Police have launched a investigation into the killing, which happened on the highway leading from Valencia to Puerto Cabello.

Ms Spear became Miss Venezuela in 2004, and also acted in soap operas.

Police believe they were the victims of a failed robbery attempt.

Ms Spear and Mr Berry were travelling at night from the city of Merida to the capital, Caracas, when they hit a sharp object “placed on the road”, according to Venezuela’s investigative police chief Jose Gregorio Sierralta.

At least two of the four tyres were punctured, he said.

The couple and their daughter waited for about 45 minutes for breakdown assistance, reported El Universal newspaper.

The car was about to be towed away when a group of five people approached and ordered them to stop.

The couple and their daughter reportedly ran back and hid inside the car but were shot at by the gang.

Ms Spear and Mr Berry died instantly. Their daughter, Maya, was shot in the leg.

Initial reports said Mr Berry was Irish. But the British Foreign Office has now confirmed he was a British national, who reportedly moved to Venezuela as a child.

The couple lived in the United States and were in Venezuela on holiday.

Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Armed robberies and kidnappings are not unusual, but the death of Ms Spear has had huge impact in the country.

President Nicolas Maduro has promised to respond with “an iron fist” to those who continue to attack the Venezuelan people.

He expressed his condolences and said: “We were evaluating the cruelty with which the suspects acted. Violence is an evil that we have.”

He added: “There will be no tolerance to those who carry out acts like that, killing decent men and women, who have a right to live.”

The opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles, posted a message on his Twitter account calling for a nationwide drive against violence.

“Nicolas Maduro, I suggest we put aside our deep differences and get together to fight the lack of security, as one bloc,” he wrote.

Hours later, Mr Maduro invited Mr Capriles to join all state governors and the mayors of the 79 municipalities for an emergency meeting later today.

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Peter O’Toole Dies http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/peter-otoole-dies/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/peter-otoole-dies/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:37:00 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4664 Actor Peter O’Toole, who shot to fame in the Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia, has died, aged 81.

The acclaimed leading man died on Friday at the Wellington hospital in London after a long illness, his agent Steve Kenis said.

“He was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field,” Mr Kenis said.

O’Toole enjoyed a long stage and film career and was nominated for an Oscar eight times. He did not win but received a special Oscar from his peers for his contribution to film.

He was best known for his 1962 role in the epic David Lean film Lawrence Of Arabia.

After O’Toole’s first best-actor nomination for British adventurer TE Lawrence followed Oscar nominations for 1964′s Becket, 1968′s The Lion In Winter, 1969′s Goodbye, Mr Chips, 1972′s The Ruling Class, 1980′s The Stunt Man and 1982′s My Favourite Year.

In the latter film, O’Toole played a dissolute actor preoccupied with drink and debauchery, seemingly a tailor-made role for a star known in his early years for epic carousing with such fellow party animals as Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Peter Finch.

O’Toole’s last Oscar nomination was for Best Actor in the 2006 movie Venus. He won an honorary Oscar in 2003 for his numerous memorable roles.

He went into acting after serving in the Royal Navy, studying at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

His early stage successes included the lead in Hamlet and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

However, he did win four Golden Globes, a Bafta and an Emmy.

The Irish president Michael D Higgins, a personal friend, paid tribute, saying: “I have heard with great sadness of the passing of Peter O’Toole this weekend. Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre.

“In a long list of leading roles on stage and in film, Peter brought an extraordinary standard to bear as an actor.

“He was unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance on and off the stage.”

His daughter, Kate O’Toole, said: “His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”

Asking for time to grieve privately, she said: “In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished.

The actor arriving for the 2003 Oscars where he received an honorary award

“Thank you all again for your beautiful tributes – keep them coming.”

 

O’Toole announced his retirement from acting in July 2012, saying: “It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage.

“The heart for it has gone out of me. It won’t come back.”

He said his career had brought him “public support, emotional fulfilment and material comfort”.

He said: “It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors – flops and hits.”

O’Toole was married to the actress Sian Phillips for 20 years until 1979. They had two children, Kate and Patricia. He later had a son, Lorcan, by Karen Brown.

Seamus Peter O’Toole was born on August 2, 1932 but his place of birth remains a mystery. No living person is sure whether it was Connemara, Dublin, or Leeds, where he was brought up.

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Celebrities who Enjoy Gambling http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/celebrities-who-enjoy-gambling/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/celebrities-who-enjoy-gambling/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:07:06 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4628 Online casino and sports book sites have seen the numbers of people choosing to bet rise enormously during the last couple of decades, and nowadays casino and sports betting are so fashionable that top celebrities are open about their passion for them – in a way that hasn’t really been the case since the heyday of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the Rat Pack. These are some of the stars following in those iconic footsteps.

 

George Clooney has always seemed like a man with one foot in the golden era of stardom, embodied by the likes of Sinatra and Dean Martin, so it isn’t surprising that he shares their love of the casino. He is the co-owner of an exclusive casino and hotel complex called Las Ramblas, in Vegas, and he is known to participate in poker tournaments held all over the world, when he is not busy acting and directing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there is a touch of the Old World Star about Clooney, Ashton Kutcher is a very modern celebrity – right down to his infamous love of Twitter. Another passion of his, which is less well-known, is sports betting; and he is very good at it, judging by the $750,000 he won as part of a syndicate gambling on the results of college football. Clearly he isn’t as dumb as he suggests in so many of his movies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The star of the Spiderman films Tobey Maguire is possibly the most successful of the many casino gambling fans in Hollywood, having even earned compliments from serious professional players like Phil Hellmuth. The latter described Maguire as a potentially great player after he finished first at the Phil Hellmuth Invitational, but with rumoured winnings in the region of $10 million and further successes in tournaments like the Hollywood Park event, he can’t be too shabby right now. If you want be like Spiderman and win some big dollar, you can play online pokies at your favourite online casino.

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Paul Walker Dies http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/paul-walker-dies/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/paul-walker-dies/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:46:38 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4599 Fast & Furious 7 will still go ahead following the sudden death one of its stars, Paul Walker, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

A trade magazine quotes a source who said the production is facing a delay but the film will still be released.

Empire magazine’s Helen O’Hara said that most of the film has been shot but still had to be completed.

Walker, 40, died on Saturday when a Porsche being driven by a friend, who also died, crashed near Los Angeles.

Walker’s publicist. Ame Van Iden, named the driver as Roger Rodas, with whom the actor owned a luxury car business.

The cast and crew of Fast & Furious 7 were taking a break from filming during the Thanksgiving holiday but were scheduled to reconvene in Atlanta on Sunday.

Ms O’Hara said: “They will want to take some time – the key thing right now is that they have to do the right thing by Paul and his family… That said, it’s an important series, they will still be keen not to abandon it.”

Terry Gilliam faced a similar situation when Heath Ledger died while shooting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Filming on the fantasy movie was halted temporarily before Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell were drafted in to portray various versions of Ledger’s character.

Other film stars who have died mid-shoot include Brandon Lee (Crow) and Oliver Reed (Gladiator).

Richard Harris also died after filming his role as Professor Dumbledore in the second Harry Potter film, and was replaced in later instalments by Michael Gambon.

But the dilemma is particularly sensitive for Fast & Furious, said Ms O’Hara, given that the series revolves around high-speed street car racing.

Another film starring Walker, Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, will still be released in the US on 13 December, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film’s producer, Peter Safran, told the magazine: “He would have very much wanted us to move forward.

Paul Presburger, CEO of film company Pantelion Productions, told the Hollywood Reporter: “After lots of back and forth, this is our decision. It’s Paul’s tour de force. He’s in every frame of the movie,”

On Sunday, fans of Walker gathered to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia at the crash site.

His Fast & Furious co-star, Tyrese Gibson, wept as he visited the scene.

“Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever,” Gibson posted on his Instagram account. He also posted a video of the film cast and crew recently celebrating Walker’s birthday.

Walker’s co-star Jordana Brewster said: “Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.” Fellow Fast & Furious actor Vin Diesel wrote that “heaven has gained a new angel”.

“Brother, I will miss you very much,” Diesel said on Twitter.

In a second message, he said: “My heart is hurting so sad. Paul Walker was a good man. RIP my friend… Sorry to the Walker family.”

Other tributes came from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jessica Alba, Ludacris and Universal Pictures.

His father paid tribute to his son on the website JustJared, saying: ‘His heart was so big. I was proud of him every day of his life. I’m just glad, that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him. And he would say the same thing to me.”

Walker was reprising his role as Brian O’Conner in Fast & Furious 7. He starred in five of the six movies in the popular franchise.

He began acting as a young boy when his mother, a model, took him to auditions for commercials.

He won roles in the TV series Touched by an Angel and The Young and the Restless before moving on to supporting roles in late 1990s films like with Varsity Blues and She’s All That.

After the success of the first Fast & Furious film, Walker became the leading man for the second instalment when Vin Diesel dropped out.

Diesel later returned, however, and the six-film franchise has now earned an estimated $2.4bn at global box offices. The latest instalment, the sixth, was the most lucrative so far.

Walker is survived by his daughter, Meadow.

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Jolie Finally Wins Oscar http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/jolie-finally-wins-oscar/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/jolie-finally-wins-oscar/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:31:04 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4528 Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has been honoured for her humanitarian work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Governors Awards.

The 38-year-old appeared tearful as she accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from director George Lucas.

Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and the Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi were also recognised in Los Angeles.

“I can’t possibly express how excited I am tonight because the Botox is fresh,” joked Martin as he accepted his award.

The 68-year-old has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite hosting the Academy Awards ceremony on three occasions.

Lansbury has been similarly passed over by the Academy, despite being nominated three times for the best supporting actress Oscar.

Lansbury is best known for her Jessica Fletcher role in Murder, She Wrote

“Ms Lansbury, here is your Academy Award at last,” said film historian Robert Osborne as he presented the 88-year-old with her golden statuette.

It was recently announced that a new version of the British-born actress’s long-running drama series Murder, She Wrote is in development with Octavia Spencer.

Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Mark Wahlberg were among the star-studded audience at Saturday’s event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The 86-year-old Tosi was unable to attend, however, and had his award collected on his behalf by Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

The event marked the fifth year that the Academy has presented its honorary awards at a separate ceremony.

Excerpts from the event may be included in the 2014 Oscar telecast, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on 2 March.

Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California has announced it is to honour the stars of Oscar-tipped movie The Butler.

Forest Whitaker will receive the Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film on 15 December, while Oprah Winfrey will receive the Montecito Award on 5 February for her “inspirational” performance in the civil rights drama.

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Stalker Gets 6 Months In Jail http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/stalker-gets-6-months-in-jail/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/stalker-gets-6-months-in-jail/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:41:49 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4521 A Canadian woman has been convicted of stalking US actor Alec Baldwin and sentenced to six months in jail.

Actress Genevieve Sabourin, 41, was found guilty of stalking, attempted aggravated harassment, harassment and attempted contempt of court.

The judgement in New York came a day after Sabourin was sentenced to 30 days in prison for contempt of court.

Baldwin, 55, testified during the trial that Sabourin had besieged him with unwanted phone calls and emails.

He denied having a relationship with the woman and accused her of subjecting him and his wife Hilaria to “dangerous” harassment.

The actor testified that he had met Sabourin over lunch with a mutual friend in 2000 when he was filming in Montreal.

He said he had met her again in 2010 to offer her career advice – a meeting Sabourin claimed had ended with a sexual tryst.

The actress said she had merely wanted him to explain why he did not want to see her anymore following their alleged brief romance.

Judge Thomas Mandelbaum said on Thursday that she had no right to pursue contact with the star that she knew would be unwelcome.

He said she had waged a “relentless and escalating campaign of threats” against the Baldwins and had shown an “utter lack of respect” for the law.

Sabourin was composed but defiant after the verdict was announced, telling the judge she was “innocent” and had not done anything wrong.

Baldwin, star of Beetlejuice and The Hunt for Red October, has been best known in recent years for his Jack Donaghy role in the sitcom 30 Rock.

He can currently be seen in UK cinemas in Seduced and Abandoned, a satirical documentary about the state of modern movie-making.

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