The partial shutdown is over and a US debt default crisis has been averted – for now. Meanwhile, in Hollywoodland…
* Veteran character actor Ed Lautner, who appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows over the past 4 decades, has died at the age of 74 after contracting a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. Among his many roles was that of Berenice Bejo’s chauffeur in The Artist.
* The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has opened up nominations to public voting for the second year in a row. It’s the first time musicians like Nirvana, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens have been up for inclusion. If you, like me, are a little surprised by this, it’s because eligibility for the Class of 2014 comes from having released an album/single in 1988 or earlier.
* Miley Cyrus made her wish to enter the chart at Number 1, with her album Bangerz, shifting 270,000 copies, and scoring the top spot on the Billboard 200 but New Zealand’s Lorde still holds onto that slot on the Hot 100 with Royals for a third week.
* …and Miley’s also been announced as a performer for the upcoming MTV European Music Awards, along with Katy Perry and The Killers. Here’s hoping she doesn’t feel the need to outdo the scandal factor of her VMA show.
* Heartfelt, strange, helpless…The entertainment world has been responding to the candid notes of insecurity penned on a hotel notepad by Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, detailing the reasons he left Community.
[Pic: Lorde’s The Love Club EP cover]
* The first presidential debate happened on Wednesday night – a bunch of celebs watching were among the 50 million Americans watching.
* Rush, Deep Purple, NWA and Public Enemy are among the nominees for this year’s Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
* Peeing and all – Nicole Kidman was honoured for her cinematic career at the New York Film Festival last night.
* Reviews are starting to trickle in for Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s reunion Christmas album…
* Michael Shannon and Paul Rudd are among the stars taking to the Broadway stage for Grace, which opens on Thursday night.