As we say goodbye to two stars, we find new beginnings for our beloved daytime talk shows, one star quits tweeting, we find a prince in the buff, and one star is still in love with her ex.
"Bold and the Beautiful" star Phyllis Diller dies at 95: "The New York Times" is reporting that sassy comedian Phyllis Diller died August 20, in her Brentwood home in Los Angeles. Diller, who often mocked her strange looks, was a 37-year-old homemaker when she took up comedy, had a methodical approach to her jokes, gearing them towards "everyone of all ages and from different backgrounds, and I wanted to hit them right in the middle," she said in her 2005 autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy." Diller made a number of television and film appearances, such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Boy Did I Get The Wrong Number," and a number of guest appearances, including "The Bold and the Beautiful."
"Real World: Hollywood" star Joey Kovar found dead at 29: TMZ reported that reality TV star Joey Kovar was found dead at a friend’s home in Chicago on August 17. Friends and family suspect drugs to be the cause of death, and sources are reporting that Kovar was found with blood coming out of his ears and nose. Kovar, who had a stint on the MTV series "The Real World: Hollywood," left midway through the show to enter rehab, as he often came close to death a number of times, with his constant abuse alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine, and meth. According to the Chicago Tribune, an autopsy has been performed, but remains inconclusive, and toxicology reports are pending. A day before his death, Kovar tweeted inspirational words of advice:
Life is not about how fast you runor how high you climbbut how well you bounce.
For Prince Harry, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas! Prince Harry was caught cavorting in a Las Vegas suite in the nude, as TMZ confirmed on Wednesday. The famous prince was seen running around his hotel suit in the buff during a friendly game of strip poker. Though the game is said to be harmless, his father, Prince Charles, could reprimand Harry. If anything, the photos could help Harry’s image, as he has been caught in numerous activities far worse than this. "Nobody goes to Vegas for a holiday – they go there to have a good time. And he sure knows how to have a good time. I think that’s what people love about Harry," royal biographer Ingrid Seward told "People." "He should be able to enjoy himself," said Gordon Fleming, a retired civil engineer. "If I was a young man, I would be doing it too."
Taylor Swift scores a No. 1 single, breaks records: As previously reported on Soaps.com in our Celebrity Gossip, Taylor Swift has a new single, and it is quickly climbing the charts. Swift, who has had 20 chart toppers, finally reached no. 1 on the Billboard top charts, MTV reports, with her new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," jumping from no. 72 to no. 1 in a week. Swift has also set a record, selling 623,000 digital downloads, surpassing Lady Gaga’s previous 448,000 one-week digital record sales. Swift has taken to her Twitter account stating, "#1 on Billboard's Hot 100!!?! This has been the most amazing week. I can't believe how incredible you guys are. (Jumping up and down)." She has only been able to reach no. 2, with such hits as "You Belong With Me (2009)," and "If Today Was A Fairytale (2010)."
"Live" date for Ripa’s co-host: The New York Times is reporting that September 4 has been set as inauguration day for Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, NFL star Michael Strahan. Ripa, who will start this season of "Live!" alone on September 3, will be joined the following day by Strahan. Ripa’s previous co-host, Regis Philbin, left the show after retiring last winter. 59 people, both male and female, have made guest appearances on "Live," though producers had been looking for someone with an entertainment background, such as former "SNL" comic, Seth Meyers. Congratulations Michael Strahan.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s daughter to star in upcoming "Maleficent": According to ABC News, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 4-year-old daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, has been tapped to play a minor part in her mother’s upcoming movie, "Maleficent." Vivienne will play a mino role as a child version of Princess Aurora, alongside her mother, who will play Maleficent. Elle Fanning has been tapped to play an older version of Princess Aurora. This isn’t the first time a child star has played alongside their parents—Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, and Jayden and Willow Smith have also worked with their famous parents.
Rihanna: "I still love Chris Brown!": More than three years after being beaten up by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, singer Rihanna admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he quite possibly is "the love of my life." Brown, convicted in 2009 of assaulting Rihanna, has since worked to gain trust with the popstar, and they now maintain a "very close friendship," since the restraining order has been dropped against Brown. This year, Rihanna and Brown have collaborated on two singles, "Birthday Cake," and "Turn Up The Music." Click the link below to view the video with Oprah:
O’Donnell suffers a "quiet" heart attack: According to People magazine, Rosie O’Donnell has suffered a heart attack. "I owe my life to a TV commercial, literally," said O’Donnell, as she quickly researched her painful symptoms and took a Bayer aspirin. O’Donnell says her health problems began on August 14, when she helped ‘an enormous woman," as she struggled out of her car in a parking lot in Nyack, New York. Not long after, O’Donnell said her chest ached, both arms felt sore, as if they were bruised, she became nauseous, and had clammy skin. Though she did not call 911, O’Donnell took to her blog, urging women to "know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself." O’Donnell’s fiancé, Michelle Rounds, has also been diagnosed with health issues, reporting Rounds’ diagnosis with desmoid tumors.
One Direction fans lose their way after band member Zayn Malik quits Twitter: Teenage girls across the world are breaking down because of the news that One Direction band member, Zayn Malik, has deleted his Twitter account. Citing hate as the main reason for deactivating the account, and "Huffington Post" reports that Malik has stated "The reason i don't tweet as much as i use to, is because I'm sick of all the useless opinions and hate that i get daily goodbye twitter." Malik had almost 5 million followers at the time of his account deactivation. Though the other One Direction band members remain on Twitter, fans have been pouring out support and pleading for Malik to comeback. One of Malik’s fans tweeted, ‘Roses are red. violets are blue. Dear zayn malik, Directioners miss you:'(." Malik is not the first celebrity to leave Twitter—Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, and Demi Lovato have also recently left the social networking site.
Avril Lavigne to wed Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger: After a 6-month courtship, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger are engaged. The couple, who first got together in February, began quietly seeing each other when they wrote a song together for Lavigne’s fifth upcoming studio album. "A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together," a friend of Lavigne’s reported to "People." Kroeger proposed on August 8, with a 14-carat diamond. This will be Kroeger’s first marriage, and the second for Lavigne, who divorced Sum 41 band member Deryck Whibley in 2009.
Sam Clafflin cast is Finnick in "Catching Fire": E! Online is reporting that Sam Clafflin has been cast in "The Hunger Games" sequel as Finnick O’dair, the tribute from District 4. Clafflin has been rumored to play the part of Finnick, but Lionsgate finally sealed the deal on August 23. [Spoiler Alert] Finnick is cast back into the arena with District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Malark during the 75th annual Hunger Games. Initially, Finnick and Katniss butt heads, but eventually come to realize that they are better off allies than enemies. Clafflin has previously been seen in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ as well as BBC’s "White Heat." "Catching Fire" hits theatres on November 22, 2012. What do you think of Lionsgate’s casting of Sam Clafflin as Finnick? Post your comments below!
Madonna to be sued by Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party: Madonna is used to making headlines, but this time, the pop singer’s recent antics aren’t very funny. According to The Guardian, Madonna has edited her video of far-right French politician Marine Le Pen, removing images with a swastika over her face. The singer, who has always been highly opinionated, was reportedly pressured into following the National Front Party (FN), a popular political party in the country. Madonna’s tour kicked off in May in Tel Aviv, and during a performance of her song "Nobody Knows Me," the singer was backed by images of leaders who have been accused of intolerance, such as Pope Benedict, Sarah Palin, and Hu Jintao. When Le Pen’s image appeared onscreen, an image of a swastika flashed across Madonna’s forehead. "If she tries that in France, we'll be waiting for her," Le Pen said. And indeed, Madonna showed the same video in Paris, France, leading to a lawsuit filed by the FN for public insult and defamation. Since the incident, Madonna has tried to mend fences, stating that she "wasn’t trying to make enemies," but was just trying ‘to promote tolerance." Click the video below for the clip from Madonna’s tour:
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