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Russell Brand has cancelled several upcoming Messiah Complex shows to be by his mother Barbara's side. "Sorry to eff you around with gigs," the English comedian tweeted, along with a link to one announcement. "My mum ain't well. Tix will be honoured or refunded." The 38-year-old revealed on YouTube earlier this week that Barbara has breast cancer, her second battle with the disease. "Russell Brand has taken the difficult decision to postpone tonight's show at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry due to personal reasons," the Warwick Arts Centre venue said in a statement on Thursday. The show will be rescheduled by April 19. He was also scheduled to perform at the Derby »
The 38-year-old comedian will apparently take part in a debate related to substance abuse and addiction with Winfrey, the Mirror reported.
Brand has called for the reform of laws that "criminalize drug addicts", attributing to the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
Brand will be seen sharing information about his former struggles with heroin and how life slowly recovered, in the premiere episode of Oprah Prime, airing Sunday, reports entertainment weekly.
Lindsay Lohan isn't the only celebrity whose candid battle with the past demons is slated for primetime on the Own network.
Brand has been sober over a decade and has become a crusader for better public understanding of drug addiction as a disease.
The comedian penned a tribute. »
- Diksha Singh
Why did Katy Perry and John Mayer break up? Some reports and rumors have claimed John cheated on Katy, but another said it was because he didn't keep enough of his promises to her. The 'Teenage Dream' singer had an on/off relationship with the guitar player from 2012, but they decided to finally split last month, blaming her upcoming Prismatic tour, although a source claims there was more to it than conflicting schedules. The insider told HollywoodLife.com: ''The last time they broke up John won her back by making a ton of promises. He was going to put her first, but now he's falling back into his old patterns. ''Like, he shuts off his phone and disappears all day and night - he says it's because he needs alone time, but it's sketchy for sure.'' Katy, 29, was left heartbroken when her marriage to Russell Brand ended »
Lindsay Lohan isn’t the only celebrity whose candid battle with past (and some not-so-past) demons is slated for primetime on the Own network. Now, Russell Brand is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for a frank conversation about drug addiction.
In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death from a drug overdose, Brand talked with Winfrey about his former struggles with heroin and life as a recovering addict in the premiere episode of Oprah Prime (formerly Oprah’s Next Chapter), airing Sunday.
Sober for over a decade, Brand has become a crusader for a better public understanding of addiction as a disease. »
- Amber Ray
If anyone is going to solve the drug problem in the United States, Oprah Winfrey is the best candidate we have for the job. This week on "Oprah Prime" (Sun. March 9 at 9:00 p.m.), Winfrey sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Russell Brand to talk about addiction. In this exclusive clip, Brand talks about what he sees as a first step toward solving the problem -- and it might not be what you expect. In the episode, the ever-loquacious Brand describes his experience as a recovering addict, shares his personal thoughts on addiction, his hope for a more compassionate perception of those struggling with drug addiction and how the recent passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman has caused him to reflect on his own sobriety. Oprah also uncovers the personal stories of a mom of two and a former college athlete who both say they began using heroin following an addiction to prescription pills. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The MTV Movie Awards is that awards show that can only ever be one of two things: Either a semi-painful mix of awkward and boring, or a lot of fun. With awards like Best Kiss and Best Fight, the acceptance speeches are always unpredictable (as are the clothing choices). But perhaps the most unpredictable aspect of all is the host.
Throughout the past four years, hosts have included Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Russell Brand, and Rebel Wilson, each of whom created a very different show experience. So what can we expect from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards now that Conan O »
- Samantha Highfill
Fans were shocked to learn that Katy Perry and John Mayer split (what’s up with all our favorite couples having trouble?) but new details have put things into perspective. The on and off couple has had trouble in the past, but Mayer won Perry back with the promise of being a better boyfriend. He initially made good on his promise and even wanted to marry her. However, she wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment especially given Russell Brand.
Sadly, he ended up not keeping up his part of the bargain. Mayer ultimately failed to put her first and reportedly would shut off his cellphone and stay disconnected for periods of time. We don’t want to sound like a crazy jealous girlfriend but even that’s a bit suspicious.
Speaking of suspicious, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice and her husband plead guilty to charges of bank and mortgage fraud. »
Conan O'Brien will be serving up buckets of golden popcorn!The late night funnyman confirmed that he's hosting the MTV Movie Awards this year, announcing the big news Tuesday on "Conan." "Sitting here before me are some of the most prestigious awards an artist can receive: the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Screen Actor's Guild Award, the Peabody Award and, of course, the Nobel Peace Prize," the comedian said, sitting in front of some serious hardware. "People work their entire lives in an attempt to earn just one of these incredible awards. But if you ask me, they're all garbage!" he shouted, as he swept the awards off his desk. "Garbage! It's garbage!" Why? "There's only one award, one award in the world that truly matters. I'm talking about the MTV Movie Award."Judging from his excitement, we can't wait to see him host the big show! This »
- tooFab Staff
Conan O'Brien is to host this year's MTV Movie Awards.
The comic broadcaster announced on his TBS talk show Conan that he has signed up for the annual awards ceremony.
This year's event takes place on April 13 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
"After eight years of intense negotiations, I am honoured to announce I am hosting MTV's second most prestigious awards show," he joked.
It will be the first time that O'Brien has hosted the MTV Movie Awards, having previously presented the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006.
Get ready for some big laughs! Conan O'Brien will host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for the first time, he announced on his show, Conan, Tuesday night. The funny man, 50, joins other comedians, including Rebel Wilson, Russell Brand and Jason Sudeikis, who have helmed the show in years past. And though nominees won't be revealed until Thursday, the late night talk show host is sure to be in good company at the reliably amusing event, which drew A-listers Zac Efron, Kerry Washington and Brad Pitt (to name a few!) last year. The awards show will be airing live from the Nokia »
- Melody Chiu
Oprah Winfrey's Own network has announced today that her hit Sunday night interview series, Oprah's Next Chapter, will now be called Oprah Prime, which will kick off in its new form this Sunday, when she sits for an intimate one-on-one conversation with Russell Brand, as the pair delves into the impact of drug addiction (Brand brands himself a recovering addict). “When ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ launched two years ago, it gave Oprah the platform to explore the world in a fresh and meaningful way,” said Sheri Salata, president, Own. "As the show has evolved into more topical conversations with newsmakers and celebrities, ‘Oprah Prime’ provides a wider lens for Oprah to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Oprah Winfrey's Own network has announced today that her hit Sunday night interview series, Oprah's Next Chapter, will now be called Oprah Prime, which will kick off in its new form this Sunday, when she sits for an intimate one-on-one conversation with Russell Brand, as the pair delves into the impact of drug addiction (Brand brands himself a recovering addict). “When ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ launched two years ago, it gave Oprah the platform to explore the world in a fresh and meaningful way,” said Sheri Salata, president, Own. "As the show has evolved into more topical conversations with newsmakers and celebrities, ‘Oprah Prime’ provides a wider lens for Oprah to intimately explore topics that matter and the public figures who are making a difference, as only she can.” “Oprah Prime” will take an in-depth look at some of the most important issues facing us today, as well as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The rocker released Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in 2011 following the break-up of Oasis, and he is now planning to give away his gold record to benefit his comedian pal's Give It Up fund, which works to raise funds for abstinence-focused treatment for drugs and alcohol, Contactmusic reported.
Gallagher will include a special message to the auction winner on the disc. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
The cast of Inside No 9 have put a slightly deflated balloon containing the breath of Steve Pemberton up for auction on eBay.
The last episode of the dark anthology series saw a group of people plan to auction off a famous musician's breath caught in a balloon.
Now, actor Pemberton is at the centre of a real eBay listing - titled "A balloon containing the breath of Steve Pemberton" - and he confirmed the item was genuine by posting a video of him blowing up the balloon.
Proceeds from the auction go to the 'Give It Up' fund, part of Sport Relief.
The fund was set up by Russell Brand to help develop abstinence-based community support for people leaving drug and alcohol treatment.
Katy Perry and John Mayer have in their relationship, despite earlier wedding rumors, the two have split up. Katy - who was seen with a ring on her engagement finger earlier this month, sparking speculation she was set to wed again - reportedly called off her romance with the 36-year-old singer ''within the last few days'', sources told E! News. It is unclear why the couple have separated, and neither of them have commented on the reports as yet. Katy - who was previously married to Russell Brand - began dating John in summer 2012 and they split briefly last March before reconciling. The pair recently recorded a duet, 'Who You Love', for John's latest album 'Paradise Valley' and Katy, 29, previously said she was thrilled to work with him because she was a fan of his even before they began dating. She said: ''I've been a fan of John's for years »
The 'Roar' hitmaker told Elle magazine that though the comedian wanted children, she wasn't ready to make such sacrifices, the Mirror reported.
The 29-year-old singer said that when she decides to have a family, she just wants to be a mom for a little bit, but when Brand wanted to have children she wasn't ready.
It was recently reported that Perry and her fiance John Mayer reportedly split. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Things are reportedly over for Katy Perry and John Mayer. The music-powerhouse couple have split up, with Perry, 29, breaking off the relationship, according to E! News. "She was talking about him like everything was normal about two weeks back," a source close to Perry tells People, adding that the couple "seemed pretty happy just a couple of weeks ago." Over the last few weeks, Perry stepped out wearing rings on her left ring finger, sparking a new round of engagement rumors. And, as recently as Valentine's Day, she and Mayer, 36, were spotted getting cozy during a night out on the town in Los Angeles. »
- Andrea Billups
Alec Baldwin, fresh off of a year of damaging media coverage, no longer wishes to carry on with his “public life” and seeks a return to having his main focus be the craft of acting.
Alec Baldwin Ends 'Public Life'
Baldwin, 55, had a tumultuous 2013 – save for the birth of his daughter Carmen Baldwin with wife Hilaria Baldwin. He recounts the baser highlights, including his spat with Shia LeBeouf, his multiple encounters with paparazzi and his short-lived stint on MSNBC in an essay penned for New York Magazine. All of the above and more have convinced the former 30 Rock star to live a quieter, more private life.
"I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible," Baldwin wrote. "This is the last time I'm going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again."
Baldwin On Claims Of Homophobia
Some of the harshest »
Prompted by who-knows-what reasoning, Alec Baldwin recently decided to bid farewell once more to the public spotlight via a long and meandering essay. Published in the February 24, 2014 print edition of New York Magazine and then online at Vulture yesterday evening, the missive seems to have no catalyst. Instead Baldwin is simply 'fed up' with how the media machine works in the 21st century. So now he's going to take his ball and home..this time for super serious you guys. You can read his rant in its entirety over here but I've saved you the trouble by pulling out the choicest bits. Can you live-blog a written article? Well if you couldn't before today, you can now. Here we go! 'Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life' Off to a great start. This title sets the tone for the essay. And that tone is a letter scrawled in a notebook, »
- Donna Dickens
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