A Week In News: A Screen Legend Dies, A TV Legend Makes His Exit, And The World's Weirdest Boxing Match
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death cast a sombre shadow over showbiz this week but new movie news and surprise performances from a certain Prince kept our spirits high.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.
The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).
Jay Leno Says Goodnight To 'The Tonight Show': Talkshow host Jay Leno bid adieu to The Tonight Show after 22 years last night. The 63 year-old TV personality was emotional as he thanked viewers for their loyalty and seemed to be feeling positive, even though he claims to have been "blindsided" by the NBC move to replace him with the younger, more social media-savvy Jimmy Fallon to woo a younger demographic. After a tearful homage from Sandra Bullock on Wednesday, Billy Crystal, Oprah Winfrey and Garth Brooks guested on Leno's final show to bring his unmatched television chapter to a close.
DMX To Fight George Zimmerman: Prepare to get really angry: rapper DMX is set to do battle with Trayvon gunman George Zimmerman in an appallingly-titled "Celebrity Boxing Match." Less than a year after Zimmerman's charges were overturned, the 30 year-old will take part in a fight, which could be to the death if his pumped-up opponent has any say. The match's organiser, Damon Feldman, says that he received 8,000 people wanting fight George but chose the recalcitrant rapper who has had his fair of scrapes with the law. "I am going to beat the living f**k out him," bragged DMX. Find out the other revolting thing DMX wants to do to Zimmerman.
Dylan Farrow Writes To Her Father: Woody Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow has written to her filmmaker father via a NY Times open letter. The 28 year-old spoke out for the first time about claims of abuse that she suffered during the early nineties when Allen was dating her mother, Mia Farrow. Dylan alleges that her adoptive father sexually abused her when she was a young girl and admonished Allen's Oscar-nominated Blue Jasmine cast for having "turned a blind eye." Read highlights from Dylan's letter. Since the nineties when the case was first investigated and dismissed, Allen has promised his innocence and has branded the latest claims "untrue and disgraceful." But why did Stephen King have to publically apologise?
A Prince Lands In London: 80s pop icon Prince is back with his new "funk 'n' roll" band, 3rdEyeGirl, and after gracing New Girl with his purple presence last Sunday, has touched down in the UK to bestow the British with his funktacious tunes from surprise gigs. After a press conference and acoustic performance from soul singer Lianne La Havas' front room, Prince and his band headed to Camden's Electric Ballroom for an impromptu gig in front of a handful of people. Find out what went down on this most groovy of all nights.
Lego Movie Builds Up Box Office Confidence: It looks like we'll be giving in to our inner children now that The Lego Movie has received a mega thumbs-up from reviewers. The film, based on the concept of the colourful Danish building toys, stars Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett and is said to be set to charm adults as well as children with its playful in-jokes, genuinely exciting storyline, and stellar cast. Check out the trailer - it looks awesome!
Tom Sizemore Stirs Up Trouble: Actor Tom Sizemore has found himself in hot water after a tape, in which he alleges that he set up his ex-girlfriend Liz Hurley with the former President of the USA Bill Clinton, was obtained by RadarOnline. Boasting to chums in the recording, the Saving Private Ryan actor claims he was at a private screening of the movie at the White House when Clinton took him to one side, demanded Hurley's number, flew the actress over immediately and began an affair that night. Read about Sizemore's suspiciously detailed story here. However, the actor has since blamed his story on his drug-addled days. Check out his explanation here.
Video Of The Week - Pussy Riot Give A Press Conference: Former Pussy Riot members Maria Aloykhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova gave an Amnesty International press conference this week where they thanks the media for the coverage that helped them secure their freedom whilst warning that their native Russia's political problems were far from over. Watch Nadia and Masha's press conference. The pair performed onstage with Madonna at an Amnesty concert on Wednesday; a move that drew criticism from six members from the punk activist group who disowned the pair in an open letter. Read more here.