If there's one thing that Stephen Colbert and actor-comic Nick Kroll's #PuberMe fundraising campaign established, it's that celebrity awkwardness may be just as valuable as celebrity beauty.
On "The Late Show" on Thursday night, Colbert shared the final tally of the philanthropic endeavor, with Kroll calling from Argentina to weigh in.
The celebrity puberty photos shared raised $233,000, provided by the AmeriCone Dream Fund, Colbert announced. Kroll then shared that the cast and crew of his Netflix series "Big Mouth" would be fronting an additional $100,000 for Puerto Rico.
I was nervous about playing Isabelle [in ‘Amy and Isabelle’] and scared. But I have learned over the years it is the only reason to play a character. It means you are going to be pushing yourself beyond the boundaries you know you have.
Thursday's news that someone using the same name as Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had booked two rooms at Chicago's Blackstone Hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival prompted new questions about who the gunman was targeting.
During the earliest days searching for a motive in Sunday's attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, some wondered if the shooter had specifically targeted Las Vegas, where he frequently spent time gambling, or if there was another reason he wanted to inflict harm upon the all-ages gathering of country music fans.
Then on Wednesday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed earlier reports that the shooter rented space in a condo tower with a clear view of another music festival, Life Is Beautiful, the weekend before his attack.
The American Film Institute announced Thursday that George Clooney will receive the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award. The award is to be presented to Clooney at a gala tribute on June 7, 2018, broadcast on TNT and TCM.
Clooney, 56, is an actor, director, writer and producer who will see his latest project, “Suburbicon,” which he directed and co-wrote, opening in theaters Oct. 27.
An eight-time Oscar nominee, Clooney won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for 2005’s “Syriana” and as a producer won the award for best picture with 2012’s “Argo.” He has been nominated for best actor for “Michael Clayton,” “Up In The Air” and "The Descendants.” He was nominated for best director and best original screenplay for 2005’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” and best adapted screenplay for “The Ides of March.”
The British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday, in recognition of a body of work that has spanned multiple genres. The breadth of his work is illustrated in the difference of two of his best known novels, 1989’s “The Remains of the Day” and 2005’s “Never Let Me Go,” which were both adapted into movies. Ishiguro also wrote the screenplay to 2005’s “The White Countess.”
Directed by James Ivory from a screenplay credited to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the 1993 adaptation of “Remains of the Day” was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. Both lead actors, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, were nominated as well.
It was perhaps fitting that Ishiguro’s story of a butler coming to question his years of dedicated service be adapted into a film, for as Ishiguro stated in a 2014 article in the Guardian, the main character of Stevens the butler had some inspiration from Gene Hackman’s character in Francis Ford Coppola's “The Conversation.”
Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, the awarding Swedish Academy said Thursday. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro is best known for the novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.”
He is one of a handful of authors who write bestselling books while winning prestigious literary awards.
In its citation, the Nobel committee praised Ishiguro, who "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
In the days since Tom Petty's death, fans have turned to the rock star’s music — and, in turn, sales from his back catalog have spiked dramatically.
Petty’s discography has seen 6,781% growth in song sales following his death, according to data analysis company BuzzAngle Music.
On average, the four days prior to his passing saw the musician log 950 tracks sold. That number surged to 60,000 on Monday and Tuesday. The news that Petty had been hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest broke around noon on Monday, setting off a flurry of premature reports of his demise. He died that evening.
The song fans have turned to the most is 1989’s “Free Fallin,’” followed by “I Won’t Back Down” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which became a trending topic Monday as people posted lyrics on social media.
“You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Learning to Fly,” “American Girl” and “Wildflowers” also saw massive surges in consumption.
Petty’s top-selling albums in the days after his death were 1993’s “Greatest Hits” collection, “Wildflowers,” “Anthology: Through the Years,” “Damn the Torpedoes” and “Full Moon Fever,” according to Nielsen Music.
New Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi, singer-activist Nina Simone, new wave outfit Eurythmics and pioneering rapper LL Cool J are among this year’s nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Historically, the ballot has been capped at about a dozen acts, but last year, that figure rose to 19, which repeats itself this year.
Ten of these, including Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, Link Wray, the Zombies and Depeche Mode, have been nominated before, but there were notable first-timers, including Simone and the Eurythmics.