Nov 152014

Bono has mid-air scare, Pitt promotes “Fury” in Seoul

The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Bono has a mid-air scare, Brad Pitt hits Seoul, and Jon Stewart premieres ”Rosewater.” Bob Mezan reports.

Transcript: A private plane carrying U2 frontman Bono lost its rear hatch while approaching Berlin. Officials said the Learjet, which came from Dublin, was never in danger of crashing and landed safely. Bono was on his way to Berlin to meet the German Development Minister and to attend an award ceremony on Thursday (November 13) evening. Brad Pitt hit Seoul to promote his movie “Fury.” The actor held a news conference and met with South Korean fans. Fury opens in South Korea on November 20; it’s already earned more than 122 million dollars worldwide. Jon Stewart joined the cast of his new movie “Rosewater” at a New York screening on Wednesday (November 12). Stewart wrote and directed the film – a true story of a journalist accused by Iran of being a Western spy. The film opens on November 14. Finally, Sophia Loren was honored in Los Angeles for the 50th anniversary of her Academy Award nominated role in the film, “Marriage Italian Style.” The screen legend posed for photos on the red carpet. The tribute was part of the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest which runs through November 13.

Rihanna, Miley Cyrus honor designer Tom Ford

Oct. 30 – The latest celebrity news including Rihanna and Miley Cyrus on the red carpet to help in AIDS research. John Russell reports.

Transcript: Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake were among the stars at nighttime event benefitting amfAR (Foundation for AIDS research). The event paid tribute to celebrated fashion designer Tom Ford, who was presented the amFAR Award of Inspiration by pop star and fashion icon, Rihanna. The event raised over 3 million dollars (USD) for AIDS research. Polish prosecutors said on Thursday (October 30) they had interviewed filmmaker Roman Polanski in connection with a U.S. extradition request over a 1977 sex crime conviction, but decided not to detain him, the Polish state news agency reported. The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with 13-year-old girl during a photoshoot in Los Angeles, fueled by champagne and drugs. Polanski served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain in 1977. He fled the United States the following year, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years. British rock legend Phil Collins brought his massive collection of Alamo artifacts on Tuesday (October 28) to the San Antonio site those in the Lone Star State call the “Shrine of Texas Liberty” for a museum that will be named in his honor. The items include the fringed leather pouch that Davy Crockett carried from his home in Tennessee into Texas, then a part of the Republic of Mexico, and the Alamo. A measure is set to be introduced in the Texas legislature when it meets in January to declare Collins to be an “Honorary Texan.”

Pierce Brosnan shares his love of art with mouth painter

Actor Pierce Brosnan bonds with quadriplegic painter, Mariam Pare, over her rendition of him as 007. Tara Cleary reports.

Transcript: Actor Pierce Brosnan admires a portrait of himself as James Bond. It was created by quadriplegic artist and 007 fan, Mariam Pare. SOUNDBITE: Mariam Pare, artist, saying (English): “I painted a portrait of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 007 and also a portrait of him present day. And he became aware of me and my art and he was kind enough to invite me out to his home and I brought the paintings with me to give him.” Pare studied art as an able-bodied woman but was disabled when she was shot in the back by an unknown assailant. Despite her injury, she continues to paint and nourish her love of art. Brosnan is also an artist and says he paints to relax or to help him cope with emotionally challenging situations, like when his late wife Cassandra Harris was ill with cancer. SOUNDBITE: Pierce Brosnan, actor and artist, saying (English): “I got up one night and I started painting and I went to the painting to express pain, emotions, to put down the agitation of the heart and out came color.” Pare is a part of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an association of 800 artists around the world who paint with their mouths or feet.

Pitt walks red carpet, Grande performs in London

The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Brad Pitt premieres ”Fury” in London, Ariana Grande performs at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, and Pitbull is set to host the 2014 American Music Awards. Bob Mezan reports.

Transcript: Brad Pitt walked a red carpet for the London premiere of his film “Fury.” Throngs of fans lined up to see Pitt and his co-stars. “Fury,” which closed the London Film Festival on Sunday (October 19), conquered the North American box office over the weekend. The gritty World War Two drama took in 23.5 million dollars in ticket sales. Ariana Grande hit the stage for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards in London. The pop sensation sang her chart-topping hit “Bang Bang.” Also performing was boyband, The Vamps – who took home an award for Best British Single for their song, “Last Night.” Other notable winners included Ed Sheeran, who won Best British Solo Artist, and TV program ‘Sherlock’ which won Best British TV Show. Pitbull will resume his role as the host of this year’s American Music Awards. The rapper emceed the music awards show for the first time last year. The AMAs will be held in Los Angeles on November 23.

Daredevil says he’s ready for Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, says he is fit and ready for an untethered nighttime tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers. Nathan Frandino reports.

Transcript: In his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, daredevil Nik Wallenda is immersed in training. Step-by-step, he’s preparing for his next big challenge: a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers at night. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: “Of course there are weather conditions, it is November 2nd, we don’t know what it is going to be like. And of course, the blindfold, it is something that is very mentally draining, to put it mildly.” Wallenda will walk from Marina City’s west tower more than two city blocks to the Leo Burnett Building. He’ll be more than 50 stories above the Chicago River and going uphill on a 15-degree angle. Then he’ll do another span blindfolded. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: “There is no test runs. When I get to Chicago, I will get on that cable and walk.” Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the “Flying Wallendas” family of acrobats. He most recently crossed the Grand Canyon. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, slipped and fell to his death from a high wire in Puerto Rico. Despite the loss, Nik Wallenda says he won’t give up. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIK WALLENDA, DAREDEVIL, SAYING: “My family has been through triumph and tragedy and they never give up. So live by those words ‘Never give up.’ In order to inspire people, I feel like I need to continue to push myself and that is why the incline and that is why the blindfold. It’s pushing myself to inspire others no matter what line of work they are in, no matter what their passions are.” Wallenda’s passion is obvious — a daredevil going to great heights for what he loves.

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