John Travolta has apologized to Tony Award winner Idina Menzel for mangling the pronunciation of her name during the Oscars telecast, saying he had been "beating myself up" over it, The Associated Press reports.
On Sunday night's Academy Awards show, Travolta took the stage and introduced Menzel, but he seemed to say "Adele Dazeem" instead. An estimated 43 million people were watching, and social media has been mocking him relentlessly ever since, especially since he attended rehearsals.
Menzel, who played Maureen Johnson in "Rent" onstage and on screen and Elphaba in "Wicked," seemed unperturbed by the flub as she sang out "Let It Go," from the animated film "Frozen."
Travolta said in a statement released Tuesday: "I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought ... what would Idina Menzel say? She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy 'Frozen' took home two Oscars Sunday night!"
A Twitter account with the handle @adeladazeem went up immediately after the mistake and has almost 20,000 followers. On Facebook, a Travolta-fier Name Generator, which butchers any name typed in, became immensely popular.
Menzel stars next in the new Broadway musical "If/Then," which reunites the creative forces behind "Next to Normal" -- music by Tom Kitt, story by Brian Yorkey and direction by Michael Greif. Menzel plays a woman who, on the verge of turning 40, moves to New York with the hope of a new life.
Who's Emilia Clarke dating these days? No one!
In the new issue of InStyle U.K., the gorgeous 26-year-old "Game of Thrones" star opens up about loving life as a single lady, E! News reports.
"People keep asking me who I'm dating right now and the truth is ... wait for [it] ... no one," the actress told the fashion mag. "And that's OK. I'm figuring out a lot of stuff right now. I think as a woman it's in our nature to nurture someone else. Sometimes at the expense of ourselves."
Clarke previously romanced "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. The two first got together at the 2012 Emmys and dated for several months before breaking up in March 2013.
Even without a man, Clarke has plenty to keep her busy. When she's not working in front of the camera on "GOT," Clarke revealed to the mag of her favorite pastime, "When I'm not on set, I'm reading. My father always said, 'Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf,' so I make sure I read."
Clarke also dished on her role as Sarah Conner in the upcoming "Terminator: Genesis" movie.
"I've been spending all day, every day, in weapons training," she said. "I've been shooting guns, weightlifting, kick-boxing, ...."
It looks like a certain entourage will be growing by one, E! News reports.
Emmanuelle Chriqui was spotted sporting a fake baby bump on the set of the upcoming "Entourage" movie in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Hmm, does this mean that Sloan and Eric are about to become proud parents? After all, Kevin Connolly was there shooting a scene with Chriqui as they strolled through a park together.
Well, fans will definitely find out for sure when the film based on the hit HBO series arrives in theaters sometime next year.
It was back in October when it was officially announced the project was actually happening.
"It's a go, love you all," show creator Doug Ellin tweeted at the time, along with a photo of the cast.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that none other than Billy Bob Thornton is in negotiations to join the movie, which also stars Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven.
Thornton would portray a billionaire cowboy turned film financier, who is fronting the cash for a Dracula flick with Vince (Grenier) as the title character.
Turkey's film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier's movie "Nymphomaniac Volume 1" at cinemas in the country because of the film's sex scenes, the AP reports.
Cem Erkul, who heads the Cinema General Directorate, said Wednesday the eight-member board voted 6-2 this week that the film is "pushing the boundaries of porn" and unfit for public viewing.
The two-part film, a drama about a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50, was due to be released this month.
Erkul said it decided against censoring the sex scenes from the movie because there were too many to cut out.
Its distributor can appeal the ruling in court, but the decision does not affect the film's screening at the Istanbul Film Festival next month.
NBC News has agreed to pay the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the South African woman killed by Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, for its cooperation in a series of interviews, the AP reports.
The deal is the latest instance of pay-to-play, or "checkbook journalism," by NBC, which has lined up a series of other newsworthy individuals by offering, in some cases, more than $100,000 for their cooperation.
The practice of paying sources is routine among European and American tabloid journalists but is considered ethically questionable by mainstream organizations, which shun it. Critics say such payments may induce a news source to dramatize or distort his account. It can also create a conflict of interest that could introduce bias into the reporting of a story by putting an otherwise independent news organization into a financial partnership with a source.
NBC's "Today" program featured an interview with June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, on Tuesday, billing it as "exclusive." Her daughter was shot to death by Pistorius, her boyfriend, in his home in South Africa early last year.
Pistorius achieved worldwide fame by competing in the 2012 Olympics 400-meter sprint with prosthetic legs, which earned him the nickname "the Blade Runner." He has said he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for a burglar. He has been charged with murder by prosecutors; his trial began Monday in Pretoria, South Africa.