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Star-studded telethon helped raise funds for New Yorkers

Monday night's broadcast hosted by Tina Fey benefited those hardest hit in the nation's COVID-19 epicenter......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzMay 11th, 2020

Emmys 2021: The Biggest Moments of the Night!

Sunday marked TV’s biggest night, and Cedric the Entertainer was at the helm as this year’s Emmys host! “Extra” is breaking down all the newsworthy moments from the show: Opening Number Cedric kicked off the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards with a musical number paying homage to television and the late Biz Markie with a parody of “Just a Friend.” The crowd got in on the fun as stars like LL Cool J, Dave “Lil Dicky” Burd and Rita Wilson helped rap the song. Hannah Waddingham’s Emotional “Ted Lasso” Speech “Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham nabbed the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award, and she couldn’t hide her excitement and emotion. As she screamed with delight and gave shout-outs to the cast, she had a special message for star Jason Sudeikis, saying, "Jason, you've changed my life with this and more importantly my baby girl's. Honestly, I'm so privileged to work with you.” Jean Smart Tugs at Heartstrings Jean Smart received a standing ovation while taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Hacks.” While accepting the award, Smart paid tribute to her husband, who died from a “brief illness” in March at the age of 71. She told the star-studded audience, “Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge my late husband Richard Gilliland, who passed away six months ago yesterday. I would not be here without him, and without his kind of putting his career on the back burner so I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I have had." Kate Winslet Is Absolutely Giddy Kate Winslet made herself that much more endearing a she picked up her trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Besides being absolutely giddy and having to compose herself, she graciously shared the spotlight with her fellow nominees, saying, “I just want to acknowledge my fellow nominees... in this decade that has to be about women having each other's backs, I support you, I salute you. I'm proud of all of you." Ewan McGregor’s Baby Love Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead surprised fans over the summer when they welcomed a baby boy named Laurie. As Ewan took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for “Halston,” he took the opportunity to gush over his partner Winstead, telling her, “Mary, I love you so much.” McGregor also took the time to acknowledge his baby boy, saying, “We’ll take this home and show it to our new little boy Laurie.” The Big Winners Which shows took home the top prizes in their categories? The big-category winners were: “The Crown” for Outstanding Drama Series; “Ted Lasso” for Outstanding Comedy Series; “The Queen’s Gambit” for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series; "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" for Outstanding Variety Talk Series; and "RuPaul's Drag Race" for Outstanding Competition Program......»»

Category: topSource: accesshollywoodSep 21st, 2021

Tina Fey hosts star-studded telethon to help New Yorkers

Here's how to watch Monday night's broadcast that benefits those hardest hit in the nation's COVID-19 epicenter......»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzMay 11th, 2020

A-Rod, J-Lo reportedly looking to buy stake in New York Mets

Retired MLB superstar and star singer/actress fiancée said to have retained JPMorgan Chase to help raise funds for the attempt.....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzApr 21st, 2020

Dolly Parton telethon raises $9M for wildfire victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton says a star-studded telethon for those affected by recent wildfires in her native Tennessee has brought in about $9 million......»»

Category: topSource: yahooDec 16th, 2016

Dolly Parton Telethon Raises $9 Million For Wildfire Victims

Dolly Parton says a star-studded telethon for those affected by recent wildfires in her native Tennessee has brought in about $9 million......»»

Category: tvSource: accesshollywoodDec 16th, 2016

Dolly Parton raises millions for Gatlinburg, TN

In a star-studded telethon, country music legend Dolly Parton raised money for the Tennessee community she calls home        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayDec 14th, 2016

Lady Gaga, Travolta help celebrate Tony Bennett birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — A star-studded guest list that included John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga helped celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on Wednesday......»»

Category: topSource: yahooJan 13th, 2017

Lady Gaga, John Travolta & More Help Celebrate Tony Bennett"s 90th Birthday

A star-studded guest list that included John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga helped celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on Wednesday......»»

Category: tvSource: accesshollywoodJan 13th, 2017

From Julia Roberts to Charlize Theron: all eyes on Cannes as fashion icons head to 2016 festival

While the Cannes Film Festival always draws its share of big names, the 69th edition, which runs May 11 to 22, could seriously raise the stakes when it comes to star-studded line-ups. From jury members to brand ambassadors to actresses in competition movi.....»»

Category: fashionSource: yahooMay 12th, 2016

What It"s Like to Work With TV Legends James Burrows and Betty White

How do you honor somebody who has helped shape the careers of hundreds, entertained millions and directed thousands of TV episodes? Why with a star-studded TV special of course. On Sunday, Feb.........»»

Category: moviesSource: eonlineFeb 21st, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Beyonce, Jay Z and Nicki Minaj Highlight New Tidal Charity Concert

All funds raised from the star-studded show will benefit New World Foundation......»»

Category: musicSource: etonlineOct 7th, 2015

Celebs "Stand Up To Cancer"

This weekend's Stand Up To Cancer telethon raised more than $109 million in pledges for cancer research. ET was on the carpet at the star-studded event as celebs shared their personal and powerful stories......»»

Category: topSource: etonlineNov 23rd, 2014

"Chelsea Lately" gets star-studded sendoff

Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, 50 Cent, Gwen Stefani and Ellen DeGeneres among those who helped Chelsea Handler say farewell to E!.....»»

Category: topSource: cbsnewsMar 11th, 2019

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hocks Emmy in "Breaking Bad" Spoof

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul play lecherous pawn-shop owners as the "Veep" star tries to raise funds for the island she just bought read more.....»»

Category: tvSource: hollywoodreporterMar 25th, 2019

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hawks Emmy in "Breaking Bad" Spoof

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul play lecherous pawn shop owners as the 'Veep' star tries to raise funds for the island she just bought read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterMar 25th, 2019

Jean Smart Remembers Her Late Husband in Tear-Jerking Emmys Acceptance Speech

On Sunday, Jean Smart tugged at our heartstrings on the 2021 Emmys. Smart received a standing ovation while taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Hacks.” While accepting the award, Smart paid tribute to her husband, who died from a “brief illness” in March at the age of 71. She told the star-studded audience, “Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge my late husband Richard Gilliland, who passed away six months yesterday. I would not be here without him, and without his kind of putting his career on the back burner so I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I have had." Jean also showed her appreciation to her “incredible” and “unselfish” children Connor and Forrest, who “put up with Mommy commuting from Philadelphia and back.” Jean took Forrest, 13, as her date to the Emmys. Before picking up the award, Jean and Forrest chatted on the red carpet with E! News. He expressed that he was “very proud of her,” adding that she “worked really hard for everything.” Smart has been nominated for 11 Emmys, winning four......»»

Category: topSource: accesshollywoodSep 21st, 2021

Surprise! ‘Hacks’ Creators Lucia Aniello & Paul Downs Are Married

During the Emmys 2021 telecast, “Hacks” creator Lucia Aniello made a surprising announcement while accepting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series — she and co-creator Paul Downs are married! Lucia broke the news that she married Paul earlier this month, telling the star-studded audience, “Thank you to my parents, to my friends, to my co-creator, Jen. I love you. To Paul. I’m in love with you — which is why I married you last weekend.” The audience reacted with huge applause, with Lucia noting that she “would love to say my vows again.” As the prompter cued her to wrap up her speech, Lucia said, “Thank you to everyone at HBO, everybody at Universal, and I love everyone. Okay, that’s it. Thank you so much.” Soon after, “Hacks” star Jean Smart took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. During her acceptance speech, she congratulated the pair and apologized for not being able to attend the wedding. “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with “Hacks” creators Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs after they won an Emmy. The couple were joined by co-creator Jen Statsky, who was their officiant at the ceremony. More than 10 years ago, Lucia and Paul met in an improv class at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In a recent interview, Paul reflected on the first time he met Lucia, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I remember walking into class, super early and ready to go, thinking, ‘How do I get on a mainstage team? I must be on a marquee show tomorrow. And Lucia came in five minutes late, like, ‘What’s goin’ on?’ — so not nervous, so nonplussed. I was like, ‘Who is this girl?'” The couple would eventually mix business with pleasure, dating and working on short films together. Lucia pointed out to THR, “We still feel the same excitement now as we did when we were starting out. It’s a little less sweaty — we’re not carrying our own equipment anymore. Our budget may be bigger, but it’s all the same feeling of excitement.”.....»»

Category: topSource: accesshollywoodSep 21st, 2021

Jeannie Mai Expecting First Child at 42

“The Real” star Jeannie Mai Jenkins, 42, is going to be a mom! On the Season 8 premiere of “The Real,” Jeannie announced she is pregnant with her first child with husband Jeezy. She shared, “I can definitely say that our ‘Real’ fam is growing, and it’s been really hard to keep all of these secrets for you guys because we’ve had so much to reveal here at the show, including the fact that I am pregnant!” When Loni Love asked how she feels to break the pregnancy news, Jeannie said, “It feels surreal because this is the same home that I said so many defiant things. You know, I was like, I know exactly what I want, I know exactly what kind of woman I want to be, and I always said I’d never be a mom. And there’s so many reasons now that are coming to fruition as to why I would have said that then, but I do know that you never say never, and that love can really change you and I’m so thankful to be on a show that’s really helped me to grow and to evolve and to see myself differently than I would have ever imagined seeing myself.” “This is the only place, honestly, when Jeezy and I were talking, I was like, ‘I’ve got to come home and tell my girls,’” Mai Jenkins added. “I’ve got to come home and tell the girls that have always accepted me at every stage of my life, have been through my ups and downs and have always encouraged me to a place where, I feel like you’ve all individually always told me to, if I wanted to be a mom, I’d be an awesome mom.” How did Jeezy react when Jeannie told him she was pregnant? She answered, “I think the reason why it’s such a big deal is because Jeezy made me realize that I’ve never really felt safe in my life, you know? I’ve never really truly felt safe. And of course, it has to do with things that happened when I was younger, but when you know what feeling unsafe is like, that becomes your world. And falling in love with Jeezy, meeting someone who also didn’t feel safe in their life, we began to really create a place where our happiness spelled out what ‘safe’ looked like around us. So, as soon as you feel safe, in a healthy relationship, all of sudden you start having visions and dreams and for both of us at the same time, it would be becoming parents, having kids.” Jeannie emphasized, “And for him, he’s already gone through that journey, he knows it so well. But when we first started dating, that was the one thing, you know how transparent I am. When I say on the first date and lay it out there, I don’t want to ever mislead somebody, I don’t want them to get mixed expectations, so I always say, ‘I don’t plan on having kids, where you at?’ He’s like, ‘I got two, I have two beautiful children. So, actually, I’m good,’ I’m like, ‘Great, let’s just have fun and date and get to know each other.’ But as we started to fall into more of this healthy love with each other, we said, ‘I see having kids with you.’” The pregnancy news comes nearly six months after they tied the knot in their Atlanta home. At the time, Mai Jenkins told Vogue, “After Jeezy’s mother unexpectedly passed, we quickly learned that life is too short. And at the end of the day, Jeezy and I really just wanted to become husband and wife. So we decided to turn our original wedding into a mini-mony, where we exchanged our vows in front of our immediate family and a few close friends,” Jeannie went on. “Once everyone was tested and confirmed negative, our guests were shuttled to the surprise location — our home.”.....»»

Category: topSource: accesshollywoodSep 21st, 2021

16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations

Many movies require actors and actresses to wear costumes or to apply basic makeup to take on a specific role. Some directors may even require actors and actresses to change their hair color or lose weight. Few movies, however, require its stars to undergo massive transformations for their roles-a select few of which are unique […] The post 16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations appeared first on popcrunch.com. Many movies require actors and actresses to wear costumes or to apply basic makeup to take on a specific role. Some directors may even require actors and actresses to change their hair color or lose weight. Few movies, however, require its stars to undergo massive transformations for their roles-a select few of which are unique to the point that they create a memorable experience in and of themselves. From prosthetic body parts to changing one’s race, gender, or species, these are the most unique transformations that actors have undergone for their on-screen performances. Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button In the film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous children’s book, Pitt plays a character that ages backward. He went several transformations for this film, and it is not until the end do female moviegoers get to see the Brad Pitt they are used to. Certainly different than Pitt’s role in Fight Club. Heath Ledger – Batman: The Dark Knight Heralded as Ledger’s career defining performance, his portrayal of The Joker was quite different than that of his precursor, Jack Nicholson. A nice touch was the subtler green hair, an overall more disturbed and disheveled appearance, and the “Chelsea Grin” facial scars. His portrayal of The Joker could easily be regarded as the only character in this franchise capable of giving children nightmares. Charlize Theron – Monster Theron takes a break from being unbelievably hot by gaining weight, aging 25 years, and not wearing makeup. And the denouement of her portrayal of a lesbian prostitute-turned-serial killer character is the bad fitting jeans that moms used to wear in the early 1990s. Definitely a change of pace for Theron, and a look that we hope to not see her embrace again in the coming years, or ever. Emma Thompson – Nanny McPhee In this film, Thompson plays a haggard, wart-covered, and uni-browed nanny whose unflattering characteristics vanish upon the children entrusted to her care learning to mind her. She is almost unrecognizable until then end of the movie, which makes you go…”Oh yeah…it’s Emma Thompson.” Mike Myers – The Cat in the Hat For The Cat in The Hat, Myers had the distinction of playing Dr. Seuss’ most famous character, and donned a full cat suit and whiskers in order to complete the transformation. For this film, makeup guru Rick Baker was enlisted, who also did the makeup and special effects consulting on Hellboy and Norbit, among others. Jim Carrey – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas After filming The Mask, Carrey swore off future films involving intense makeup but claims he was unable to pass on this role. Reportedly, the makeup and costume donned by Carrey for this film took between 3-8 hours to complete. This unique transformation seems as if it could not have been executed successfully, had it been anyone but Carrey. Rebecca Romijn– X Men Romijn’s makeup in X Men, was the culmination of the work of four make-up artists, a hundred small silicon prosthetics, lots of body paint, and nine hours of application per use. The end result is completely worth it. According to Romijn, for X Men 2, the application time was shortened to six hours, which helped her from becoming an evil bitch woman. Gwenyth Paltrow – Shallow Hal Gwenyth Paltrow plays the love interest of Hal (Jack Black) in this 2001 comedy about a shallow man who eventually falls in love with a very fat (but inwardly beautiful woman), because he is hypnotized into believing she is outwardly beautiful. The application of her bodysuit and accompanying make-up took four hours each time. The upside of seeing Paltrow wearing a fat suit in this film is also getting to see her real body in a thong. Ron Pearlman – Hell Boy Ron Pearlman is well known for having donned makeup and prosthetics for roles (Beauty and the Beast), but most impressive was what he became for the filming for the Hellboy Franchise. Most of his red bodysuit was made of red latex, and the costume itself took 4 hours per application. The upside for Pearlman was that in this role, he got to be the baddest of all badasses. Eddie Murphy – Norbit For Norbit, Murphy enlisted the work of Rick Baker – with whom he worked on The Nutty Professor and Coming to America – to help create a multitude of other characters, all played by Murphy. Probably the most outrageous of these, was “Rasputia Latimore”, an outrageously sex-crazed and obese woman, who becomes the overbearing wife of the film’s eponymous star. The bodysuit donned by Murphy for this role was definitely a masterpiece in and of itself. Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise’s cameo performance in Tropic Thunder surprised most moviegoers, and arguably stole the show with his depiction of a greedy and ruthless Hollywood producer. For this role, Cruise’s diet-coke addicted “Les Grossman” donned a fat suit, bald wig, chest hair mat, and prosthetic hands, among others. It is widely speculated that the inspiration for this character was the human penis (a dick). Which makes a lot of sense if you were to think about it. Robin Williams – Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams’ portrayal as Mrs. Doubtfire in this 1993 comedy was so believable, that it made most people wonder if dressing in drag was his regular routine. Interestingly, the prosthetic mask used in the film (which famously goes flying into the street), was actually a prop; Williams’ real facial makeup was a composite of eight separate pieces and a whole lot of blush. John Travolta – Hairspray In Hairspray, Travolta gives a surprisingly convincing performance as “Edna”, a character he envisioned to be Sophia Loren…if she were to gain 200 lbs. This role required Travolta to undergo five hours of extensive makeup and prosthetics to complete his transformation. He even wore high heels in a number of scenes, which begs us to wonder how he was able to do so as effortlessly as he did. Experience? Eric Stoltz – Mask Based on a true story, Eric Stoltz plays a character whose mother is played by Cher, so naturally a serious physical disfigurement is to be expected. However, in this film, he portrays more specifically a child suffering from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. The massive prosthetic cranium earned Michael Westmore & Zoltan Elek an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1985. Selma Blair – A Dirty Shame The normally small-chested Blair portrays a stripper named “Ursula Udders” in this 2004 offbeat film. The prosthetic breasts used in the film required four hours of make-up. For the nude scene, her ‘nude’ version of the prosthetic breasts cost $5,000 and the studio’s lighting was so bright that the film only had several hours to film before the lights started to crack them. It was essentially a one-time use set, that was discarded shortly after. John Matuszak – The Goonies The one-time professional football player Matuszak famously transformed into everyone’s favorite childhood freak, Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli, in Spielberg’s 1986 The Goonies. The application of his make up – which was quite groundbreaking at the time – took a total of five hours per application. Well worth it. Baby Ruth! The post 16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

Category: topSource: popcrunchSep 21st, 2021

15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts

Celebrity stalking is particularly strange because the perpetrators are fixated on a person they’ve never met, and often become convinced that the star communicates with them. The post 15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts appeared first on popcrunch.com. The word ’stalker’ is very loosely used in the world today. Usually, it involves something mild like checking up on an ex or crush’s activities using the Internet — Facebook stalking. Rarely do we see cases in which a person takes a considerable chunk of their time and dedicate it toward forcing themselves into another person’s life. This kind of serious stalking can be scary, life-threatening, and is typically indicative of a serious mental illness that has spiraled out of control and manifested itself as a relentless obsession with another person. Celebrity stalking is particularly strange because the perpetrators are fixated on a person they’ve never met, and often become convinced that the star communicates with them using secret messages on their television or radio performances. Many of these stalkers are violent and have the same goal: taking a person’s life. There can be a few reasons for this; some want to become ‘united’ with the famous person in a demented way. Others wish to make sure they are the most important person in that celebrity’s life. Most bizarrely, many murderous stalkers are hell-bent on a crazed delusion such as hatred for a person they believe is cooperating with the devil, or using mind powers to force them into committing evil deeds. Here are 15 of the nuttiest celebrity murder attempts by lunatic stalkers. Bjork Bjork had an incredibly frightening stalker who kept a video diary of his descent into lunacy. In his homemade chronicles, Ricardo Lopez goes from a slightly overweight obsessive fan to a murderous fat guy with red lightning bolts painted all over his scary bald head. “I want to be the most important person who change [sic] her life more than anyone else,” he says in a raspy voice, “Her angel of death.” After almost a year’s worth of videos, the crazed man eventually shot himself in the mouth with a gun, on camera, while sitting in front of a handwritten cardboard sign that said “the best of me.” But not before sending Bjork a package with a self-made bomb booby-trapped inside of a large book with the center cut out. “What are my last words?” He asks himself in front of the camera, “Fuck the world, and fuck Bjork and her n—– loving self.” Lopez listens to one of the singer’s albums as he sits naked on a chair and says, “This is the last song” before taking his final breaths in the extremely NSFW video. Although his package was set to spray acid in her face upon opening, the video was found before the package ever got to its final destination and authorities saved the pop princess from mutilation — and possibly death. John Lennon John Lennon, the former Beatles member, has the most notorious stalker story in all of pop music history. A man named Mark David Chapman was a former armed guard who made multiple plans to commit suicide over the course of his lifetime. After a failed suicide attempt by carbon monoxide asphyxiation in his garage, Chapman eventually became employed as a counselor at the mental health facility that he had been committed to. A few years later, Chapman began hearing voices and developing obsessions for things like The Catcher in the Rye and John Lennon. He even signed some of his letters as “The Catcher in the Rye.” In 1980, Chapman traveled from Hawaii to New York with plans to murder John Lennon. Instead, he returned to his home and wife in Hawaii and told his wife about the plans, which he had apparently ’snapped out of.’ This was clearly untrue, as Chapman again visited New York — and this time, he had a loaded gun. Chapman waited for Lennon outside of his apartment building on the morning of December 8th, 1980, with a copy of Catcher in the Rye in which he had written “This is my statement. –Holden Caulfield.” Chapman waited all day, even having friendly interactions with both the housekeeper and Lennon himself. Around 11 PM, Lennon returned with wife Yoko Ono from a recording session and casually approached the entrance to their building. Chapman fired five shots at the couple, four of which hit Lennon. He died almost instantly. Chapman, however, stood around reading his book until the police took him without a fight. He remains in prison today. 50 Cent A drug kingpin from Jamaica, Queens, plotted to kill multi-platinum rapper 50 Cent after hearing the artist’s songs detailing some of his very illegal drug exploits. Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff found 50 Cent’s songs to be a little too revealing for his criminal tastes and apparently began conspiring to have the rapper murdered. It’s only natural that anyone with a multi-million dollar drug scandal under their belt would feel overexposed after having a detailed history of their gang publicly broadcast on radios and mp3 players all over the world. Although Curtis Jackson, the artist’s real name, was shot nine times in 2000, he refused to cooperate with police or assist in their investigation of the incident. Police believe the shooting to be related to Jackson’s problems with McGriff, whose drug dealing history is detailed in a song called Ghetto Koran — something which earned Jackson a ban from most US rap studios. There is speculation that the murder of DJ Jam Master Jay was due to his defiance of the blacklist and choice to continue working with 50 Cent, but the case has never been solved. Tila Tequila Surprisingly, someone actually became obsessed with the trashy little midget hooker known as Tila Tequila. Not surprisingly, they hated her guts so much so that they began making death threats which would eventually progress into a break-in at her home. The lunatic burgled Tequila’s home in 2009, smashing windows and locking the star’s dog in the trunk of her car in a bizarre move. Erin Andrews ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews has been the victim of numerous stalkers, one or more of which have threatened to take her life. The Dancing With The Stars competitor is widely known on sports blogs and websites, regarded as a super-sexy sports interviewer. On some sites, her actions are harshly scrutinized in strange and creepy detail. Some websites even review the manner in which she interviews players, from her ’suggestive’ physical touches to her ’skimpy’ outfits. In 2008, Andrews was stalked by a man who followed her for weeks, eventually recording nude videos of the gorgeous reporter with his cell phone while spying through a peephole into her hotel room. He uploaded the videos to the Internet and was later sentenced to 30 months in prison — a verdict Andrews was angered by, saying it wasn’t nearly long enough. More recently, Andrews received threatening emails from a crazed fan claiming someone “should shoot her in the face” and that once he took action, “no one would see him coming.” But Andrews didn’t let this crazy obsession stop her from appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Mick Jagger Rock star Mick Jagger was almost murdered after the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang decided to put a hit on his life following a 1969 concert in which they served as his security. Everything was running smoothly until the volatile gang turned on an 18-year-old boy, kicking and stabbing him to death. Appalled, Jagger stated that he would never again work with the Hell’s Angels and had hired them to prevent, not promote, violence in the first place. The gang was not surprisingly very offended by the star’s disdain and decided that Jagger must die. A group of the Hell’s Angels took a boat out in an attempt to storm Jagger from his backyard or garden, and murder him without having to go through all of his pesky security guards first. Unfortunately, the Angels were the ones stormed when heavy rain and unpredictable waves threw them all from the vessel. Although everyone survived, the chip against Mick Jagger sunk with the ship, and no further attempts on his life were made. Madonna A homeless man repeatedly sent letters and notes to pop icon Madonna’s home in 1995. In his letters, he professed his love for Madonna and ask that she marry him. She didn’t reply — and presumably not because he had no permanent address. Crazed and insistent on finding the sexy vocalist, Robert Dewey Hoskins scaled the wall around her mansion but was stopped by a bodyguard. Hoskins stated that he would either marry Madonna or “slash her throat from ear to ear.” Needless to say, his second attempt at breaking in was met with gunfire. Shot and wounded, Hoskins was then sentenced to ten years in prison. Jodie Foster A mentally ill John Hinckley Jr. became obsessed with movie star Jodie Foster after watching Taxi driver, a 1976 crime drama in which Foster plays an underage prostitute trapped in a world of drugs and violence. In the film, she’s rescued by a vigilante just as violent as her abusive pimp. Hinckley admired the film, decided that Foster was his one true love, and began following her around. He went so far as to enroll in Yale, the college Foster was attending at the time, so he could watch her every move and slip hundreds of poems and love letters under her door. His advances went unnoticed, so Hinckley knew he had to do something drastic to get Foster’s attention. He thought the ultimate way of “impressing” his unrequited love was to loosely imitate a scene from Taxi Driver by shooting at an important political figure — the president. The certified nutjob’s last love letter stated he would soon murder then-president Ronald Reagan, which is exactly what he attempted to do. Six gunshots later, Reagan was wounded but still alive and Hinckley was on his way to the mental institution. Barack Obama A 19-year-old white supremacist from Tennessee planned to go on a racist killing spree with an accomplice in 2008, acknowledging that his rampage would lead up to the murder of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. Paul Schlesselman plotted to slaughter dozens of African Americans before reaching current president Obama. Schlesselman chose numbers relevant to the white supremacist cult, 88 and 14, to use as guidelines for his murders. 74 African Americans were to be murdered plain old murder style, and the remaining 14 of 88 were set to be beheaded. However, the two stooges were apprehended after dumbly scrawling racial slurs and swastikas on the side of Schesselman’s vehicle in chalk — like two silly children. Schlesselman was sentenced to ten years in prison. Shawn Johnson Shawn Johnson, an Olympic gold medal winner and celebrity from reality television program Dancing With the Stars, was also the subject of a violent stalker’s misguided ‘admiration’. The 17-year-old Johnson was saved from 34-year-old Robert O’Ryan after he tried to jump over a security fence at the show’s studios. He was stopped and searched, which is when police found a loaded gun, rolls of duct tape, and numerous love letters to Johnson inside O’Ryan’s vehicle. O’Ryan told police he had moved all of his belongings from Florida to California in order to be with Johnson — a statement that helped Johnson obtain a restraining order against the creepy older man. Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest’s murderous stalker was particularly scary because of his military background. 25-year-old Chidi Uzomah Jr. was a member of the US Special Forces, a division of military for elite, highly trained soldiers. In 2009, Uzomah was arrested for attacking one of Seacrest’s bodyguards. He was soon after found wandering the halls of the E! offices in search of Seacrest. Upon being apprehended, a knife was found on his person. Uzomah faced four years in prison for stalking and breaching the conditions of his restraining order and pleaded not guilty. Hilary Duff An 18-year-old man named Maksim Myaskovskiy moved from his hometown in Russia to the United States for one purpose — to stalk his ‘true’ love, Hilary Duff. The Russian immigrant moved in with a member of the paparazzi while pursuing the pop princess, divulging to his roommate some violent and disturbing plans. Myaskovskiy threatened to harm himself, Duff, and then-boyfriend Joel Madden to get her attention. His plan didn’t work, and he was arrested on charges of stalking and making violent threats after a private investigator was told directly by the Russian immigrant of his plans to murder Duff at a weekend event in 2006. Myakovskiy had talked about purchasing firearms to force his way in between the famous couple and claimed that Madden was ‘the enemy’ and standing in the way of a romance he knew was meant to be. His paparazzo roommate tried to warn police of his friend’s violent psychosis, but his intentions were apparently warped when his messages were first ignored and later viewed as being in cahoots with the stalker himself. Michael Jackson Michael Jackson had a stalker in the early ’90s who was obsessed with an eclectic number of ideas. A man named Paul Jones, falsely claiming to be the son of mob boss John Gotti sent hundreds of threatening letters to the king of pop in an attempt to — well, we’re not exactly sure what he was attempting to do. Some letters demand money from Jackson, while others profess love. The stalker threatened to commit mass murders at his concerts if Jackson refused to comply. Others say that if he is was arrested or stopped by authorities, he was “gonna attempt to kill President George Bush.” Finally, the crazed fan threatened the life of Jackson himself. None of his plans came to fruition. This weirdo wasn’t Jackson’s only stalker. An aging tranny named ‘Melanie’ was accused of harassing Jackson with numerous letters and telephone calls, while another woman named Helen Harris-Scott was brought to court on stalking charges as well. Scott claimed that Jackson was guilty of sending her ‘put-downs’ and insults degrading her and calling her ‘not good enough’ for his love. Dr. Drew A deranged Charles Pearson was arrested on felony charges of stalking in early 2010 after sending television psychiatrist Dr. Drew menacing emails. One of Pearson’s messages threatened to murder the doctor’s children and force his wife to consume them. He was also convinced that the television personality had placed a tracking device hidden inside the man’s genitals, a strange and disgusting delusion. Dr. Drew handled all of this surprisingly well, and offered only the statement that he wants the violent stranger to “get the treatment he clearly needs.” Pearson was held on a whopping $150,000 bail. Jewel Apparently, God wants Jewel dead. A Wisconsin man named Michael Lawrance Kozelka trespassed on the enormous ranch Jewel shared with her husband on two separate occasions in 2009. The first time, Kozelka was asked to leave and warned that he would be arrested if found on the property again. He paid no mind to this request — after all, he was on a “mission from God” which is what he told police after he returned the very next day and was promptly arrested. He was found with a dog and a pocket knife the second time, but “did not seem angry” or resist arrest. The post 15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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