New Yorker who was fatally stabbed by Maryland man loved meeting Hollywood stars

Timothy (Hard Rock) Caughman spent his days rummaging through recyclables — and looking at the stars. Hollywood stars, that is. Police say Caughman, who was black, was killed by 28-year-old James Harris Jackson, a white man who police say came to the city from Baltimore to kill African Americans. Caughman made a living recycling bottles, but his passion was meeting and getting autographs from stars who passed him on the street. “Can and bottle recycler, autograph collector in New York City,” Caughman, 66, proudly said on his Twitter page filled with pictures of himself and performers like Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, actress Susan Lucci and hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons. “I would love to visit California. I’m a good businessman.” Out of all the celebrities he followed, his favorite was apparently Shari Headley, who played Eddie Murphy's love interest Lisa McDowell in the 1988 romantic comedy, "Coming to America." In several of his Twitter posts, he links to Headley's page @shariheadley. " Shari she did really good 😊😃@shariheadley," Caughman wrote next to a picture of Hillary Clinton on Oct. 9, following the Democratic nominee's debate with now-President Trump. Caughman was sifting through garbage bins for bottles and cans on W. 39th St. and Ninth Ave. in Midtown when Jackson fatally stabbed him, police said. "The man don't do anything to anyone, just collecting his cans to make his little money,” Caughman’s neighbor Jean-Paul Chatham, 41, said. “Sometimes I'm left speechless." Caughman, who lived in transitional housing, had been arrested 11 times for assault and marijuana possession in the past, but hasn’t been arrested since 2002. Police initially looked into Caughman’s criminal history to see if it was linked to the crime. Police determined the motive was hate. Continue Reading

Marlon Brando, the Hollywood icon, dead at 80 in 2004

(New York Daily News published this on July 3, 2004. This was written by Phil Roura and Corky Siemaszko) The Godfather is no more. Marlon Brando, the rebel who revolutionized American acting and won two Oscars playing a mixed-up boxer in "On the Waterfront" and Mafia don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," died Thursday. He was 80. Gasping for breath and weakened by congestive heart and liver failure, Brando spent his last days bedridden in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home, hooked up to an oxygen tank. "I feel lousy," Brando told his friend Ellen Adler, daughter of his legendary late acting teacher, Stella Adler. "We last spoke on Wednesday," Adler said. "He was very sick. He'd been in bed for a long time." The next day, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, death made Brando an offer he couldn't refuse. The actor's longtime friend and former agent Jay Kanter said Brando died of pulmonary fibrosis at 6:20 p.m. Thursday. "A couple of family members were with him when he died," Kanter said. "He was a good friend. I loved him very much." Tributes to the Hollywood legend poured in from fellow actors such as Robert Duvall, one of his co-stars in "The Godfather." "He was like a godfather to many young actors worldwide, but particularly in this country," Duvall said. Eva Marie Saint, Brando's co-star in "On the Waterfront," said the reason he played washed-up boxer Terry Malloy so authentically was because "he was that fighter." "He was so sensitive," she said. "You just felt that when he looked in your eyes, he knew everything about you." President Bush said, "America has lost a great actor of the stage and screen." But Brando hated the spotlight, and Adler said he would have been embarrassed by the tributes on his passing. "He loathed the success he had," she said. "He had no more privacy once he became famous. His greatest joy in life had been to sit and watch people. Continue Reading

Diane Kruger stars in new video ad for Chanel

"Beauty isn't sought, it's revealed," says the German actress in a new minute-long clip for the Parisian luxury brand. "Where does beauty begin?" asks Chanel in its latest campaign for Chanel Skincare starring Hollywood screen icon and fashionista Diane Kruger. Featuring the killer combo of a classic car, classic rock soundtrack and crashing seaside waves (as also seen in Romain Gavras's recent effort for Dior Homme, starring Robert Pattinson), the minute-long film doesn't go for the hard sell on the brand's products. Instead, according to Kruger, "beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." By way of backing up these sentiments, Chanel also launched a series of films featuring New York City-based dermatologist and psychiatrist Dr. Amy Wechsler, who explains some of the links between how we feel and how our skin looks: "every day I see more connections between the mind and the skin." The doctor, who is one of only two physicians specified in both dermatology and psychiatry, is adamant that "positive emotions are reflected on the surface." Whether you choose to believe the science or not, you can enjoy the well-shot clip. WATCH THE VIDEO Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Why aren’t there more Asian stars in Hollywood?

Ancient Chinese monsters are the least of Matt Damon's worries.In The Great Wall (in theaters Friday), the bankable A-lister plays a 12th-century European mercenary tasked with helping Chinese warriors protect their land against supernatural creatures. But the $150 million film has been saddled with controversy in the months leading up its release, with critics calling it a "blatant white savior narrative." Factor in harsh reviews (45% positive on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes) and the action-adventure movie is projected to make just upward of $20 million this weekend, despite huge success in markets such as China, where it has amassed more than $170 million.Given Chinese audiences' increasing appetite for movies like Wall that are set and co-produced in their country, it "feels like a missed opportunity" that Hollywood isn't developing bankable Asian-American stars for this market, says Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, which releases an annual study of diversity in the entertainment industry.Part of the problem is that studios have historically been preoccupied with Europe, where U.S. films have been distributed since the early 1900s, but represents "a relatively small part of the world's population," Hunt says. "This whole idea that Hollywood has perpetuated for years that people of color don't travel overseas as leads is pretty much an artifact. ... The rest of the world wants to see diversity because the rest of the world is diverse."Wall is far from the first movie in recent memory to face criticism for whitewashing. Marvel's Doctor Strange and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell (in theaters March 31) garnered Internet backlash for casting white actresses Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson respectively as characters who were Asian in their source material. And though Asian actors Jing Tian (Kong: Skull Island), Priyanka Continue Reading

Jennifer Lawrence named as face of Miss Dior; ‘Hunger Games’ star steps into glamorous role

Twenty-two-year-old Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence has been signed by French fashion house Christian Dior as the new face of the Miss Dior line of bags. JENNIFER LAWRENCE: GET TO KNOW THIS GORGEOUS STAR Hollywood's hottest young stars are getting snapped up to represent Paris's oldest and best known design houses. Mila Kunis is already a face of the celebrated fashion brand, while Kristen Stewart signed a contract to represent Balenciaga's new Florabotanica scent earlier this year. Speculation regarding the deal has been simmering ever since Lawrence was seen at the Dior couture show in July. The elaborate presentation was Dior creative director Raf Simon's first collection for the brand. Dave Hogan/Getty Images Jennifer Lawrence attends the European premiere of The Hunger Games at The O2 Arena on March 14, 2012 in London. Aged 20, Lawrence became the second youngest actress ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar at the 2010 Academy Awards, for her work on Winter's Bone, but it is perhaps 2012's The Hunger Games which has done the most to make her a global megastar. The film, an adaptation of the best-selling teen novel by Suzanne Collins, has made her the highest-grossing action heroine of all time, the film topping $152.5 million in the three days following its release in March this year. Lawrence's next movie is the The Silver Linings Playbook, by Three Kings and The Fighter director David O. Russell, with the young actress starring alongside Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro. The film will be released on November 21 and is already being touted as a strong candidate for a raft of further Oscar nominations. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Courtney Stodden without makeup! Star caught fresh-faced on coffee run

Older-man-marrying gossip target Courtney Stodden usually lays it on thick — her makeup, that is. Recent photographs unmasked the 17-year-old, sending bloggers and Netizens into a frenzy over how the blonde looks without her usual blanket of powder, bronzer, concealer and eye shadow. CAUGHT! STARS SNAPPED WITHOUT MAKEUP But her natural complexion was not all that was exposed, however. The snaps show Stodden, coffee in hand, wearing platform stiletto heels, hot pants and a black tube top that doesn’t come quite close enough to covering her navel. The photographs made an Internet splash shortly after another set of youthful images were released by Stodden’s camp. The photos show a visibly younger — and paler — version of the budding TV star. HOLLYWOOD'S MAY-DECEMBER ROMANCES That set of pictures was thought to have been taken a year and half before her marriage to actor Doug Hutchinson. Stodden and her 51-year-old hubby recently inked a deal with Merv Griffin Entertainment to star in their own reality show. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Heath Ledger’s long journey from Perth to Hollywood comes up short

There are 11,625 miles and 28 years separating the shaded suburb of Perth, Australia, where Heath Ledger was born, and the downtown Manhattan loft where he was found dead on Jan. 22, but the gulf seems much wider.New York City Medical Examiner as an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, including sleeping pills, pain killers and anti-depressants. Somehow, the actor whom friends, family and fellow Hollywood collaborators all describe as larger than life managed to become best known for his senseless death.Leonard Maltin, the film historian and movie critic for "Entertainment Tonight." "I admired him for that."Shekhar Kapur, who became friends with Ledger after directing the then-22-year-old in 2002's "The Four Feathers."Jane Wishaw remembers seeing the Hollywood star for the last time at the swank Il Lido Italian Canteen on Perth's Cottesloe Beach. It was three days before Christmas, and Ledger was in town – with model Gemma Ward in tow - to surprise his mother Sally with an unexpected visit.Western Australia. A state capital of 1.5 million people, it feels more like a big country town than a big city. Bali than to Sydney. The last time most Americans would have heard of Perth is 25 years ago, when a boat from the city's yacht club won the America's Cup. Though the city boasts other famous actors as exports - Melissa George and Isla Fisher, a.k.a. Mrs. Borat – Heath Ledger was its favorite son. Guildford Grammar School, running with the ball, his head bowed in concentration.Bob Zordan. In fact, staff members say he was good at everything he tried – especially when he turned his attention to performing. His dramatic debut was as Laertes in a school production of Shakespeare's Hamlet.United States. But he never forgot his old teachers: after his first major starring Hollywood role, in "10 Things I Hate About You," he sent the school a huge framed poster of himself, complete with signature.Ledger never forgot his old friends after hitting the big Continue Reading

Hayden Christensen to star in ‘Marco Polo’ fantasy action movie

Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen is set to star in the new Paramount production "Marco Polo". The fantasy action movie will be directed by Rob Cohen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will tell the ancient tale of the 13th century merchant who set out for the East on a decades-long voyage, forging one of the first cultural connections between China and Europe. The film will be co-produced by China Film Group, with Yuehua Entertainment, Huahua Film & Media Culture and Phoenix Entertainment also involved in production. Continue Reading

Street artist plasters ‘No Kardashian Parking Anytime’ signs around Hollywood

His patience meter for Hollywood's most notorious clan has expired. Lifelike street signs declaring "No Kardashian Parking Anytime" appeared bolted to signposts around Hollywood this week, including one outside the family's Dash boutique. The seven signs, hung beneath regular parking notices on Melrose Avenue and other posh commercial strips, were meant as a shot at both the media and the public's hunger for celebrity news, the street artist Plastic Jesus told the Daily News. "The idea came from observing celebrities around Hollywood, including the Kardashians, and seeing how (their) most menial tasks…whether it's shopping, going to a restaurant, pumping gas, have turned into a cultural news event," the LA-based artist said. Plastic Jesus, who erected a coke-snorting Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard before the Academy Awards, said the idea for the signs came a few weeks ago after he watched swarms of paparazzi dart across traffic on Melrose to photograph one of the Kardashians leaving a store after "buying underwear or something." A ridiculous display, for sure, but also a basic civic issue, he argued. "If you or I went out and created that much of a display on the street, it would get moved on pretty quickly by the authorities," he said. Aside from the Dash store, the signs were also affixed to posts outside The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard, Cecconi's on Melrose and a nearby FitMix fitness studio, among other buzzy shopping spots and eateries. Plastic Jesus said he used conventional nuts and bolts to hang the metal signs and intended them to be temporary. So far, the LAPD hasn't received any complaints about the signs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though the signs singled out the Kardashians, the London native said he had no ill feelings toward the reality stars and was only looking to make a point about fame's connection to mindless Continue Reading

‘Lost River’ review: Ryan Gosling directs a surreal Detroit trip starring Christina Hendricks & Eva Mendes

You gotta respect Ryan Gosling. Many A-list actors use their clout to wiggle their way into the director’s chair, but rarely do any go as all-in on their dream vision as Gosling has. His filmmaking debut, “Lost River,” is defiantly noncommercial — moving to its own compelling beat. Set in a surreal, hellish landscape (shot in Detroit, unsurprisingly), young Billy (Iain De Caestecker) rummages for scrap metal so his mother (Christina Hendricks) can afford to keep the family home. A sleazy bank manager (Ben Mendelsohn) offers her a job at an odd cabaret. It’s run by a mysterious woman (Eva Mendes) who mixes wild exotic dance and wilder makeup. Looming in Hendricks’ future at the club is a basement and a strange, iron maiden-like device, around which men lustily cavort. Meanwhile, Billy falls in love with a neighbor girl named Rat (Saoirse Ronan) and must escape the clutches of a rival scrap-hunter. Beneath the wash of weirdness, love and family conquer all. “Mad Men” co-star Hendricks’ radiant beauty works in striking contrast to the near-apocalyptic surroundings. Even though this movie is unusual, Hendricks emanates classic Hollywood movie-star appeal. The stream-of-consciousness effect is somewhat frustrating — but that’s by design, as Gosling seems to be echoing David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” and Francis Coppola’s “Rumble Fish.” The out-of-context flash-cuts to burning buildings may be a touch overwrought, but the production design and cinematography are striking. Continue Reading