This week’s Hollywood gossip

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No-one is recognised as knowing more about Hollywood and celebrities than David Hartnell MNZM. He’s not only spent a lifetime reporting on Hollywood’s trivia, gossip and scandals, but he counts many celebrities among his personal friends. Every Monday morning David will give you an exclusive weekly update on the gossip, scandals and trivia of Hollywood’s elite.

David is an award winning broadcaster and columnist and he is also the patron of The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc.

Her Majesty The Queen, awarded David the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (formerly an MBE) in the Queen’s birthday Honours list 2011 for his recognition for his services to entertainment.

In 2012 he was made an Ambassador of St. James Saviours, the trust formed to save the iconic Auckland theatre. In 2014 he was made an Ambassador to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

In 2016 he was made Patron of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians. In late 2017 he was awarded the prestigious VAC Presidents Medallion from The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand. The medallion acknowledged his lifetime commitment towards excellence in the entertainment world both here in New Zealand and Internationally.

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Under a spell – David Hartnell’s First Love,‘ in the NZ Woman’s Weekly.  View the article here on David’s website.

Godfather of gossip honoured in the Sunday Star Times

 

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Monday 18th June 2018

I’m not one to gossip but……………………Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, does ‘not approve nor sanction’ the upcoming biopic about her mother.

Judy is an upcoming film detailing the life of the Classic Hollywood starlet. Academy Award-winning actor Renée Zellweger is playing Garland in 1968, a year before her untimely death. That is Renee portraying Judy in the picture, I think the likeness is amazing.

The first photo of Zellweger was released in March to much acclaim and surprise.

She doesn’t get the stamp of approval from Minnelli, however.

Radar Online reported in a now-deleted article that Minnelli and Zellweger were ‘bonding’ over the movie. Minnelli called it ‘100% fiction’ in a Facebook post.

‘I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger…’ she wrote in the post.

‘I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100% Fiction.’

Minnelli is the oldest of Garland’s three daughters. She was born to Garland and director Vincente Minnelli in 1946.

Gemma-Leah Devereux is playing a version of Minnelli in the film.

The film explores a version of Garland that is ‘exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids’. In her final year, she also fell in love with Mickey Deans, her fifth and final husband, played by Finn Wittrock.

The movie is set for release later this year.

Judy Garland

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The Upper East Side New York home of the late pop star Michael Jackson on East 74th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, is now listed for just $35 million(US), after a few months on the market at $39 million(US).

The façade is even famous, appearing on Gossip Girl as Nate Archibald’s house.

Michael Jackson

Most recently, it was owned by billionaire and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry who bought it in 2001 for $11 million(US). The 12,745-square-foot house has 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms on 6 floors, a garden-level terrace, a rooftop deck with it’s own kitchen (who wants to schlep food up and down?) and 10 wood burning fireplaces. (Somebody is going to be schlepping firewood though…)

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Barbra Streisand is making exciting new moves with Netflix!

The legendary 76-year-old screen and stage icon announced a new content deal during the 2018 Netflix FYSee closing night celebration.

During the event, which featured Barbra and Jamie Foxx  in conversation in support of her concert tour Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!, Barbra revealed that Netflix will soon be rolling out six classic specials: My Name Is Barbra (1965), Colour Me Barbra (1966), Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park (1968), Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973), Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1994), and Barbra Streisand: Timeless (2001).

A new edition of A Star Is Born is coming as well, including never-before-seen footage of Barbra performing an instrumental version of “Evergreen” for the first time, and added footage to the medley finale.

barbra streisand netflix june 2018

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is ready to live her best life without worrying what other people think about her!

The 48-year-old Oscar-winning actress is done apologizing for having money, good looks, and movie star husband Michael Douglas.

“One thing I’m not is humble any more. I’m sick of being humble. I really am. ‘So sorry I’m rich, so sorry I’m married to a movie star, so sorry I’m not so bad looking,’” Catherine said in a new interview with The UK Daily Mirror  “No sorry’s. Enough. All that is important to me now is my work.”

“That’s what I love and the rest of my life is a joy because I’ve got two beautiful kids and a healthy, happy husband. It’s all good, and I’m not going to be humble for that either,” she added.

Catherine

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Trivia Nostalgia.

Hard to believe in this day and age, but in 1979 The Muppet Movie was cut by the New Zealand censor on the grounds of gratuitous violence. The scene, which gave them trouble, showed Fozzie Bear being menaced by a drunken sailor with a broken bottle.

muppett

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Barry Manilow has been hospitalized with a bronchial infection and has to delay kicking off his residency at the Westgate Las Vegas.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow, 74, said on social media. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.”

Manilow is expected to make a speedy recovery and be released in a few days.

“The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st,” said David Siegel, Westgate Resorts’ Founder & CEO.

Guests originally scheduled to attend this weekend’s performances will have the opportunity to get a full refund for the tickets. Additionally, once future dates are released, ticket exchanges will be offered.

Barry

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Congregants of First Congregational Church of Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut were shocked when something suddenly obstructed the view of their church last week. That something just happens to be a 26-foot tall statue of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

The statue shows the starlet in her iconic pose from The Seven Year Itch, with her white dress billowing up around her hips.

It not only obstructs the view of the church, but gives congregants a nice view of Monroe’s backside.

Artist Seward Johnson constructed the Forever Marilyn piece. It’s part of an art series displaying Johnson’s work in public places.

The statue, as well as other life-size sculptures of people by Seward, will stay up through summer in the town.

Members of the church had different reactions to the statue.

One member, Pam Riley, said she finds the piece ‘disrespectful’.

‘Her skirt is up in the air and everyone’s under there looking up her skirt,’ she added.

Another member, however, has a more light-hearted approach. Jean Meyer commented: ‘You’re going to have different opinions on it, but you have to have a sense of humour.’

The church’s senior minister, the Rev. Todd Yonkman, understands the statue is a piece of art.

‘It makes me uncomfortable,’ he said ‘The question for each one of us is, What will you do with your discomfort? I am choosing grace.

Marilyn Monroe

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These shows coming our way should not be missed!

Beach Boys

Fresh from their sold out world tour including Australia, France, London and Holland (to name a few) The Bootleg Beach Boys will embark on a New Zealand wide tour this July and August.

A fully costumed show that takes you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys and through their career will feature classic hits and cult favourites from California’s most famous band.

From surf themed anthems such as Surfin’ Safari & Surfer Girl to muscle car memorable’s like Shut Down & Fun Fun Fun, the band have gathered a truly impressive repertoire of West Coast, harmony-laden songs, that evoke the spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 1960s American dream.

The band tackle such classics as In My Room, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations and Help Me Rhonda in their hit heavy set, but also pay homage to the genius of Brian Wilson in the form of selections from the seminal Pet Sounds, and cult favourites from the legendary Smile album.

This blend of five vocals and infectious sun-soaked gems makes for a memorable night to celebrate some of the finest music committed to tape over four decades.

A typical set includes:

All Summer Long, Little Deuce Coupe, Heroes And Villains, Kokamo, Help Me Ronda, California Girls, Good Vibrations, Surfing Safari, Fun Fun Fun, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows

Bootleg beach boys

Rangiora Town Hall, Rangiora, Waimakariri
Sat 28 Jul 8:00pm

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Sun 29 Jul 4:00pm

Civic Theatre, Invercargill, Southland
Thu 2 Aug 8:00pm

Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Otago
Fri 3 Aug 8:00pm

Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Ashburton, Ashburton District
Sat 4 Aug 8:00pm

Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Sun 5 Aug 8:00pm

ASB Theatre Marlborough, Blenheim, Marlborough
Mon 6 Aug 8:00pm

Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Wed 8 Aug 8:00pm

Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay / Gisborne
Thu 9 Aug 8:00pm

Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke’s Bay / Gisborne
Fri 10 Aug 8:00pm

Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Sat 11 Aug 8:00pm

Southward Theatre, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Sun 12 Aug 4:00pm

Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
Tue 14 Aug 8:00pm

Forum North, Whangarei
Wed 15 Aug 8:00pm

Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Thu 16 Aug 8:00pm

Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton, Waikato
Fri 17 Aug 8:00pm

Theatre Royal – TSB Showplace, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Sat 18 Aug 8:00pm

The Opera House, Wellington
Sun 19 Aug 8:00pm

 

Oh what a night

Oh What A Night! dates

7 October        Kerikeri | Turner Centre
8 October        Whangarei | Forum North
9 October        Auckland | ASB Waterfront Theatre
10 October        Hamilton | Claudelands Arena
11 October        Napier | Municipal Theatre
13 October        New Plymouth | TSB Showplace
14 October        Palmerston North | Regent on Broadway
15 October        Paraparaumu | Southwards Theatre
16 October        Wellington | Opera House
17 October        Blenheim | ASB Theatre
19 October        Invercargill | Civic Theatre
20 October        Dunedin | Regent Theatre
21 October        Christchurch | Isaac Theatre Royal

 

The ultimate celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Direct from Las Vegas, and incredible sold out concerts around the world, Oh What A Night! announces it’s returning to New Zealand to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Oh What A Night! promises two hours of superb entertainment … Jersey style!

Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Your, My Eyes Adored You, Working My Way Back to You, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You as well as Frankie Valli’s biggest solo hit from the blockbuster movie Grease. The show features a talented group of performers who look, act and sound just as amazing as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons did so many years ago.

Oh What A Night! is an exciting musical revue written by Motown producer and creative consultant George Solomon, directed by award-winning producer-director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist.

Between the score of recognisable tunes, Oh What A Night! delivers informative and often hilarious banter between our stellar, high-spirited cast. The result is an exhilarating show that is as fresh and relevant today as it is nostalgic for the purists.

The audience gets to know and love the four dynamic talents and cheer their boundless energy, great choreography, humour and, of course, the instantly recognisable timeless classic hits. Experience two hours of superb entertainment from these Vegas stars.

 

Peter pan goes wrong

THE OLIVIER NOMINATED AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

PETER PAN GOES WRONG

STUMBLES INTO NEW ZEALAND FROM
LONDON’S WEST END FOR LIMITED F/RUN

Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, comes another triumphant disaster from London’s West End.  If all goes to pan/plan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong should be stumbling around New Zealand from 31 October to 2 December 2018.  Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2016 for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees Mischief Theatre bring their trademark comic mayhem to the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan.

In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, creators of the Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which played to packed theatres in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland in 2017.  Both ‘Goes Wrong’ productions are renowned for their highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing.

“We’ve been looking for Neverland, and someone said it was over this way, but I think maybe they got confused – Neverland, New Zealand – anyway we’ll go on a little ‘tricky tour’ or whatever you call it while we’re here and then maybe head back to London,” said Henry Lewis.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong will play at The Civic in Auckland from 31 October to 18 November, at the Opera House in Wellington from 21 -25 November, and then at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch from 28 November to 2 December.

James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and presenter of Peter Pan Goes Wrong in New Zealand, said “Audiences in New Zealand gave a rapturous welcome to The Play That Goes Wrong when it toured last year, demonstrating their fantastic sense of humour and love of a good time.  Peter Pan offers another marvellous opportunity for things to go drastically wrong for the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, and for New Zealand audiences to once again ache from laughter.”

Peter Pan Goes Wrong premiered at the Pleasance Theatre in London in December 2013 before going on to tour the UK during 2014.  The production made its West End debut in 2015 for a Christmas season, returning the following year from October for another Christmas season, making it the third show running in the West End from the Mischief Theatre Company after The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is directed by Adam Meggido, with set design by Simon Scullion, lighting by Matt Haskins, costumes by Roberto Surace, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom and songs composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer.

 

Chicago

Killer hit musical CHICAGO set to razzle dazzle

Auckland and Wellington in 2018

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin….. so the story unfolds in the award-winning Broadway and West End musical CHICAGO, which comes to New Zealand in August 2018 and opens at The Civic in Auckland before moving to the Opera House in Wellington in September .

Tickets go on sale to the general public today at 5pm. Book at Ticketmaster.co.nz. More details at Chicagomusical.co.nz.

Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, CHICAGO is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history and truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” (The Times, UK).

CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway and the West End great – a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another, including Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tangoand All That Jazz; the sexiest, most sensational dancing; and a sharply sophisticated set which incorporates the 11-piece orchestra.

It’s no surprise that this devilishly delicious musical has brought cheering audiences to their feet all around the world, from Australia to Argentina, from Spain to South Africa. An estimated 31 million people have seen CHICAGO, which has played over 30,000 performances worldwide.

“Sexy, pin-sharp, and near flawless.”

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AUSTRALIA

Set in the Prohibition-era 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer with ambitions of Vaudeville stardom, who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

CHICAGO is a stunning spectacle full of social satire, intrigue, love, betrayal, rivalry and friendship, a pageant of music and dance that adroitly shifts between reality and fantasy, as Roxie Hart’s world moves from prison to the courtroom to the stage.

James Cundall, Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions says “CHICAGO is one of the world’s most popular musicals. Unbelievably sexy, sassy and sensational, this musical thrills and chills, which is why it continues to tour the world after so many years and has been applauded by millions of people. So whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, or whether you have seen it before and want to recapture the magic, here’s your chance. It would be a crime to miss it.”

“Still the hottest show in town”

THE INDEPENDENT, UK

CHICAGO was first created by the legendary Broadway trio of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (book/lyrics) and Bob Fosse (co-author, original director and choreographer) in 1975, and was based on a 1926 Broadway play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a journalist from the Chicago Tribune who had covered the sensational trials of two women, both of whom were accused of killing their lovers whilst under the influence of drink and jazz.

Kander and Ebb enjoyed a collaboration that spanned four decades, defined musical theatre on Broadway and earned them numerous awards.  Bob Fosse was one of Broadway’s biggest and brightest creative stars, renowned for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences.  He turned out one hit after another from the 1950s to the late 70s and is the only director so far to have won an Oscar, two Tony Awards and an Emmy Award in the same year, 1973.

The most exciting musical of its generation”

THE TIMES, UK

In November 1996 a revival of CHICAGO opened on Broadway produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, and a year later opened in London’s West End. The rest, as they say, is history, as CHICAGO is currently playing its 21st year in New York where it holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. In the West End CHICAGO ran for 15 years where it also became the longest-running musical revival as well as the longest-running Broadway musical to play in the West End. The show’s global success has reached over 35 countries and been translated into 13 languages.

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions presents CHICAGO produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and David Ian in association with Showtime Management.

SEASON DETAILS

AUCKLAND

The Civic

From 25 August

Tuesday 6:30pm | Wednesday – Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sunday 1pm & 5pm

Tickets from Ticketmaster

 

WELLINGTON

The Opera House

From 13 September

Tuesday 6:30pm | Wednesday – Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sunday 1pm & 5pm

Tickets from Ticketmaster

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Tiffany Haddish talks about hitting on Leonardo DiCaprio at a recent party, in her interview

“Yeah, I met him at a party two, three months ago, and I asked him if he’d let me hit that. He’s like, ‘Tiffany, you’re so funny.’ I’m like, ‘I’m serious.’ And then he goes, ‘I mean, I’d do it, but …’ I was like, ‘Come on, wasn’t you in a squad? The coochie squad or something?’” Tiffany recalled.

“I told him, ‘My only stipulation: I wanna do it with you as your character in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’ He starts bustin’ up laughin,” she continued.

“‘Why?’ he asks, and I say, ‘Cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is this (gestures at her own body),” Tiffany added.

She continued, “He starts goin’ into how he got into the role, how he worked with these kids and all this stuff, and I’m just listenin’ and listenin’, like, ‘Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.’ I finally go, ‘All that’s good, I just need to know, When’s this gonna happen?’”

LEO

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Tom Hanks is currently starring in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of the play Henry IV! The 24-performance run is set to end on July 1.

Just like Shakespeare in the Park, which is performed in an outdoor theater in New York City each summer, this production is held outdoors at the West Los Angeles VA Campus.

The Shakespeare Center is providing thousands of complimentary tickets for veterans and active members of the American military.

Tom hanks

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not sign a “$500 million prenup” on the day of the royal wedding, despite a new tabloid cover story. Like royal couples before them, the bride and groom did not sign a prenuptial agreement at any point, nor did Queen Elizabeth demand one, as falsely alleged.

But a headline in the latest issue of Star declares, “Prince Harry’s Wedding Secret Exposed: The $500 Million Fight!” The magazine contends that “behind closed doors” at the nuptials last month, there was “plenty of royal intrigue and secret schemes taking place.” It’s specifically alleged that before the ceremony, a “calculating Queen Elizabeth forced Harry and Meghan to sign an ironclad prenup to protect the royal family’s $500 million fortune.”

“The word is that when Harry and Meghan slipped into the antechamber before the ceremony… to sign the marriage registry, they also signed the prenup,” a so-called “palace insider” is quoted as saying. It should be noted that the phrase “the word is” is one of the telltale signs that an outlet does not have any independent confirmation or direct knowledge of what’s being claimed, nor does the “insider.”

So this one can be files under FAKE NEWS!

Prince Harry Meghan Markle Prenup

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Here is he trailer for Kevin Spacey’s first film since he was accused last year of historic sexual assault by multiple men. The actor, who has won two Oscars, will play a gay man in the upcoming drama Billionaire Boys Club.

Kevin lost his job on the Netflix original series House of Cards last October after the row. It started after actor Anthony Rapp alleged Kevin made a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 in 1986.

In a much-criticized response and apology, Spacey came out as a gay man.

Rapp’s allegations led to several other men coming forward with similar claims about Kevin.

The plot of Billionaire Boys Club revolves around a group of wealthy young men in 80s LA who explore group con artistry. It is based on a true story.

The movie will costar Ansel Elgort. The 240year-old rising star is of course famed for his role in romantic teen drama The Fault In Our Stars.

American Horror Story’s Emma Roberts also appears, as does War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine.

Furthermore, English actor Cary Elwes will make an appearance playing openly gay pop artist Andy Warhol.

In the trailer, Kevin’s character Ron Levin can be seen imparting get-rich-quick advice to the group, known as the BBC, saying: ‘I’m from Wall Street. Do you really think people get rich playing by the rules?’

Billionaire Boys Club will be released in the US on 17 August. It will be directed by John Cox.

Filming began in December 2015, before the allegations against Kevin were made. Filming wrapped in January 2016, with reshoots occurring the same year.

The producers’ decision not to axe Kevin follow his being dropped from last year’s All The Money In The World. Spacey is not believed to have any further upcoming films projects.

*Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 11th June 2018

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… In Auckland his will be the iconic Hollywood movie star event of the year, not only does she look amazing her life and times match it. DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT!

Jane Fonda

AN EVENING WITH JANE FONDA

A once-in-a-lifetime audience with one of the most
recognizable women of our generation.

This August, New Zealanders will get to hear about the incredible life of one of the most legendary actresses and activists of our time – Jane Fonda.

Jane will share stories about her life growing up in Hollywood royalty, her own acting career, her activism, the causes that are important to her and her current projects, both on and off screen.

Thursday August 30, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Presale:
 Starts Tuesday, June 12
General Public Sale: Monday, June 18
Register today for pre-sale info at 
janefondatour.com

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time: Academy Award winning legendary actress, activist, author, philanthropist, revolutionary and fitness guru. The life and work of Jane Fonda has challenged boundaries for six decades on every stage imaginable. Hear her remarkable story unfold in an intimate evening of stellar memories and passionate visions for the future.

From Barbarella to Klute, Barefoot in the Park to Coming Home, The China Syndrome to 9 to 5 and On Golden Pond, Jane Fonda’s legacy as an Oscar-winning Hollywood powerhouse is unassailable. That trajectory continues in 2018 with the soon to be released film Book Club, her reunion with Robert Redford in Our Souls At Night, as well as her Netflix comedy series with Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie.

Between her activism going back to the late ’60s, her one-woman fitness video revolution of the ’80s and her tireless work for women’s health and representation, Jane has never been defined by one job.

In the last decade alone, the daughter of Hollywood royalty has returned to Broadway, released another five exercise videos, and accepted lifetime achievement awards from Cannes, the Venice Film Festival, the American Film Institute and the New York Women’s Agenda.

From Vogue cover star of ’59 to 2018’s poster girl for senior power, Jane Fonda has travelled a road of high glamour, personal hardship, constant conviction and resilience that amounts to a model of pure inspiration for generations.

AN EVENING WITH JANE FONDA
Thursday August 30, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland

Presale: Starts Tuesday, June 12
General Public Sale: Monday, June 18

TICKETS FROM $99* (TICKETING CHARGES MAY APPLY)

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Eunice Gayson the actress who played the first-ever Bond Girl in the 1962 movie Dr. No, has sadly passed away at the age of 90.

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced the sad news in a statement on the 007 Twitter account: “We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl’ who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia with Love has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”

In addition to being the first Bond Girl, Eunice is still the only Bond Girl to appear in two films in the franchise.

Eunice‘s official Twitter account paid tribute to her, saying, “We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

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Amal Clooney appears on stage to talk publicly about her husband George for the first time at the American Film Institute’s 2018 Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 40-year-old human rights lawyer opened her speech by saying how she is nervous to speak. “It’s somehow easier for me to address a court on behalf a detainee, than to speak publicly as I am doing for the first time tonight about my husband,” she said. “I do so out of immense pride of all he has achieved.”

“Here are a few things you may not know about [George]. First, he is a gentleman. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word and in a way that seems so rare these days and perhaps even outdated,” Amal said. “Everyone who knows him, even those who oppose him politically or who have quarrelled with him professionally, will tell you, he has not forgotten his Kentucky manners. On every set I visit, I’m told by crew that George sticks up for the most vulnerable.”

“Although George modestly attributes much of the success we are celebrating here to luck, I think it’s incredible talent and character that got him here,” Amal continued. “And these attributes also make him an amazing husband and father. I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster. Then we met and started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like, no matter what happened, I would never want to be with anyone else.”

“I couldn’t sleep when we were apart and I’m told that I would display a particular grin and head-tilt when reading his text messages or the letters he would hide in my bag,” she added. “Five years later, none of that has changed. He is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time. My love, what I have found with you is the great love I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life.”

“You fill our home with laughter and happiness and that’s even before the children have worked out that ‘da-da’ is Batman, a talking fox, and friends with Mary Poppins,” she added. “I’m so proud of you my love. Congratulations on this great honor that you’re receiving tonight. I’m proud of you, but I also know that when our children find out not only what you have done, but who you are, they will be so proud of you too.”

People in the audience say that the speech brought George to tears!

Cloony

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At first glance, Kim Kardashian’s visit to Donald Trump to plead with him to commute Alice Marie Johnson appears to be a well-intentioned deed. Alice had served 20 years of a life without parole for a non-violent drug crime. Kim saw a documentary about her plight and took up the cause. If she had performed this feat without fanfare – behind the scenes, it would have been quite impressive. But reality-star Kim was actually more interested in making HERSELF look like a kind and generous person than anything else. Her “performance” was documented from beginning to end – starting with the photo above – and this publicity is PRICELESS. When asked WHY she took up this cause, Kim modestly claimed that she appreciates all that SHE has and wants to do something good for other people. Really? She can’t do anything nice without shoving it in our faces? All Kim really cares about is the good PR she is now enjoying.

Kim

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Actor Zachary Quinto and director JJ Abrams are to co-produce a movie exploring the love affair between Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.

Screen legends Hunter and Perkins rose to fame in the 1950s and early 60s. They had to keep their sexuality a secret at a time when being openly gay or bisexual would have proved career suicide

Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter was one of Hollywood’s biggest pin-ups of the 1950s. Anthony Perkins is still best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Psycho. The forthcoming movie will be called Tab & Tony.

Hunter, who is now 86, led a secret gay life during the peak years of his film career. Following decades of rumors, he confirmed his sexuality in his autobiography in 2005.

In 2015, the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential re-explored his life on screen. His partner, Allan Glaser, will also have a hand in producing Tab & Tony alongside Quinto and Abrams.

Quinto and Abrams have worked together before on the re-booted Star Trek films, in which Quinto played the role of Spock. Although Abrams’ Bad Robot company is co-producing the movie, it’s not believed he will direct or Quinto will star.

Quinto came out as gay in 2011. He’s currently appearing in a Broadway revival of the late 1960s gay-themed play, The Boys In The Band.

Besides Tab Hunter, Perkins is rumored to have had sexual relations with Rock Hudson, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, and composer Stephen Sondheim. He married photographer Berinthia ‘Berry’ Berenson in the early 70s and the couple had two children. He died of AIDS-related illness in 1992

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 Did Brad Pitt stop Angelina Jolie from moving to London “indefinitely” with their children? That’s the premise of a new tabloid cover story.

According to Grazia magazine, Jolie has been left “floored” after a “divorce battle” with Pitt has stopped her from permanently relocating to England. The magazine maintains that a “final settlement” in their negotiations was “set to be imminent,” until this latest dispute erupted. “Brad successfully fought against Angelina’s plan to move their six children to England indefinitely,” claims the outlet.

A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Brad just isn’t giving in to Angie’s demands any more. It seems he’s now formally secured increased access to the kids, whereby he’s legally permitted to see them regularly and Angie can’t stand in his way.” It’s even alleged that photos of Pitt smiling in Los Angeles last month were taken after he “had been hashing out the new custody agreement,” though no proof is provided to substantiate that contention. Meanwhile, Jolie is described as feeling “intense pressure” over the situation.

“She’s been planning her life in London with the kids for over a year now. Angelina has been lining up film work there these past few months and has been going about it all as though it’s a done deal,” contends a so-called “source,” who adds, “Suddenly, this has become an incredibly stressful situation for her, she’s been floored and frustrated by Brad’s actions.” It’s further said Pitt “recently moved on from the marriage” with Neri Oxman, and doesn’t care about “disrupting Angelina’s new life in London.” I’m sure this will come under the heading of fake news, time will tell.

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The Broadway production of Cher’s life will debut in Chicago this month. The Cher Show will chronicle the life of the legendary performer over her six decades of stardom set to her chart-topping hits and featuring her most iconic Bob Mackie ensembles.

“The clothes became one of the stars of [The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour],” Mackie told CBS Chicago. “People would tune in to see what she was going to wear.”

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Munchkin dies

Jerry Maren the world’s last living Wizard of Oz munchkin — is now somewhere over the rainbow!

Jerry died over a week ago. His funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood. The cause of death is unknown, but we’re told he suffered from dementia. He passed away at a San Diego nursing care facility.

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There were multiple reports he died back in March 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer … but a close friend of Jerry’s said those reports were not true Jerry still had a couple of years left in him. Jerry (center in picture) was probably the most visible of the bunch, handing Dorothy his lollipop along with his Lollipop Guild co-star’s.  Jerry was a pioneer for little people in Hollywood. He had more than 100 movie and TV credits from working with the Marx Brothers – but being a member of the Lollipop Guild was his most memorable. Jerry was 98. RIP.

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The official trailer – and three new posters for the upcoming movie, A Star Is Born, have just debuted!

The trailer features the film’s stars, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. In the trailer, you can hear both Bradley and Gaga singing! Bradley also directed the film, and worked on the screenplay.

The film is expected to hit theaters on October 5, 2018

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Ellen DeGeneres did not “dump” Portia de Rossi, despite a new tabloid cover story. While this report claims a “$400 million (US) divorce” is on the horizon, there is plenty of evidence the couple is still happily together.

The National Enquirer contends in its new issue, “Fed-up Ellen DeGeneres has fled the marital home she shares with Portia de Rossi, setting the stage for a blockbuster $400 million (US) divorce.” It’s specifically claimed they “tangled in a fight to end all fights that climaxed with Ellen ripping off her wedding ring and moving out.” A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “It’s all very shady and ominous. Ellen went to great lengths to keep the news from their closest friends to avoid being asked questions.” One has to wonder then how this unnamed and untraceable “insider” has any insight.

This supposed snitch goes on to claim to the magazine, without evidence, “[Ellen] and Portia were fighting more and more. Eventually, what normally would have been a routine back-and-forth turned nasty.” It allegedly led DeGeneres to “storm out” and move. Yet it’s never said just what the pair were “fighting” about, or even when the purported “brutal blowup” took place. Instead, an anonymous “source” vaguely claims DeGeneres and de Rossi now “spend less and less time together,” have been “living separate lives,” and “hardly say a word to each other all day.”

I’m certain this is just more fake news that the gossip paper continues to peddle.

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Jessica Chastain is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s new issue.

Here’s what the Oscar nominated actress had to share with the mag…

On why the Kardashians are “the most powerful women in our society”: “[Chastain viewed an episode where] there’s a media training. And Kim’s the one that brings everyone to go do it. You definitely see that she is a very intelligent person and is learning how to gain control over her life. I mean, she already has it, but especially in media and society.”

On her relationships with other women on set: “In 2012, there was some tabloid saying that, like, Jennifer Lawrence and I were in a feud, which was insane. She and I laughed about it. She came up to me and goes, ‘So I hear we’re feuding?’ I’ve never had a bad situation with women that I’ve worked with.”

On why she still feels ‘preachy’ talking about women’s issues in interviews: “Oh gosh, my interviews sometimes do sound preachy. I get a little bit like, ‘Here we go, we’re gonna talk about this’ … When I read them back it just sounds like I’m lecturing, saying how life should be lived. And in actuality, I don’t want to tell anyone how to live their life.”

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Sharon Osbourne’s daughter Aimee moved out of the family house when she was just 16 and this is something that the reality star regrets “every day.”

Aimee didn’t want to be part of the family’s reality series The Osbournes, so she moved out to not be on camera.

“My eldest girl, Aimee, left home at 16. She couldn’t live in our house because we were filming and it drove her insane. She felt too that she didn’t want to grow up on camera. She hated the idea. It was appalling to her,” Sharon said on the latest episode of The Talk.

“And so she left at 16 and I regret every day that she did. But, she was happy but it broke my heart when she moved,” she added.

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Here’s an outfit no body never expected to see Vin Diesel wearing: a graduation gown. Space suits and leather jackets are usually his style. Vin was honoured at Hunter College in New York with an honorary PHD, thirty years after he dropped out. Vin was the commencement speaker. The Fast and the Furious star was an English major in college, working as a bouncer and hoping to become an actor. He credits his college education with giving him the talent to write a script about the difficulties of being biracial in Hollywood. Steven Spielberg was impressed with his work and cast him in Saving Private Ryan – and Vin could finally quit his job as a bouncer.

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Shailene Woodley is on the cover of Net-a-Porter’s The Edit magazine.

Here’s what the 26-year-old Adrift star had to share with the mag…

On why she almost quit acting before Big Little Lies: “There was a point in my life, right before Big Little Lies, where I had hit a wall with acting. I felt it was time to do something different. I called my agents and said, ‘Please don’t send me any more scripts; I need to explore other avenues.’ They respected me and didn’t send me anything for almost a year until Big Little Lies. I didn’t know what it was or who was involved, I just said, ‘Thanks, I’m still not interested.’ [Then] I read it, fell in love with it, and Laura Dern, who I had worked with on The Fault in Our Stars, called me and that was really the push.”

On previously not wanting to do magazine covers as a kid: “When I was seven, I said, ‘The day I’m on the cover of a magazine I’m going to quit,’ because I never wanted this industry to get in the way of my life.”

On living a minimalist life: “I lived a very minimalistic life for many years – toothbrush, deodorant, two pairs of jeans, a pair of leggings for yoga, sweater and jacket, really bare essentials. I was a very serious woman for so long; I didn’t allow myself the frivolous nature of being a human being and having human experiences.”

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Sarah Paulson looks stunning on the cover of S Magazine, available now!

Here’s what the 43-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On choosing roles: “I try to look for the things that are immediately communicative to me of real human behavior. I’m not always so interested in playing someone who is a hero on paper, or who is evil just to be evil. I want to know that the character is motivated by things that I recognize, things that actually go on in the psyche, spiritually and soulfully — all things that people struggle with and think about.”

On her relationship with Ryan Murphy:  “The only way to have opportunity is to be seen by a person who can do something about what they’re seeing and put their money where their mouth is. Ryan was the first person who made me feel truly seen as a performer. And because of what he believed I was capable of, I started to think that I was capable of it too. I’m just so grateful to him because it’s not like people were beating down my door prior to him deciding that I was going to be his partner, in a way.”

On her role in Ocean’s 8: “They did a really wonderful job of giving every character not only a specific skill set that makes them an asset to Debbie Ocean’s team to pull off this heist, but they all have very distinct personalities. The thing that separates me from the other women is that I’m the only one in the movie who’s a mother. I have a few small children, and so pulling this job take’s me away from them. We don’t really learn about what [the other characters’] responsibilities are outside of the job they’re doing as directly as we do with Tammy so that was an extra thing from my storyline that was really fun to play.”

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Can you remember the 1974 Academy Award show’s live telecast (if you can’t I have included a clip )  David Niven walked on to the stage to announce his co-presenter Elizabeth Taylor, when the phantom streaker dashed behind him across the stage. ‘Isn’t it fascinating that probably the only laugh that man will ever get is by stripping off his clothes and showing his shortcomings’, said David, dismissing the streaker. He had accomplished his ‘streak’ so quickly and smoothly that hundreds in the audience weren’t quite sure what they had just seen. His name was Robert Opel, and he was shot to death in the San Francisco sex paraphernalia shop he owned on 9th July 1979. Two men armed with sawn-off shotguns burst through the door of his shop, called Fey Way, and killed him. All they got was five dollars out of the till, a used camera and a bit of stock.

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Now that Jennifer Aniston’s “marriage” has dissolved, she has more time to spend with her best friend Courteney Cox, even though Courteney still has a fiancé. (Jen’s ex Justin Theroux has been hanging out with Emma Stone.) Courtney’s long distance relationship with Irish musician Johnny McDaid is highly problematic. In 2016, Courteney and Johnny broke their engagement because he wasn’t happy living in Los Angeles with her. He wants to live in Dublin. Courteney loves LA and her daughter Coco’s father is here. They are back together, but living far apart with occasional weekend visits. So Jen and her Friends costar have a lot to talk about. Courteney and Jennifer attended a charity event in Malibu this weekend.

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Dolly Fans of Dolly Parton (of which I’m one), this exciting news is for you. Netflix has ordered an eight-episode anthology series based on the country singer’s music. Each episode will be based on and inspired by one of Parton’s songs.

On the series, Parton will serve as singer-songwriter and executive producer.

In a tweet, she wrote that she has always ‘enjoyed telling stories through my music’.

‘I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix,’ she continued. ‘We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations.’

The series is inspired by NBC’s two Parton-based TV movies. The two programs, Coat of Many Colours and its sequel, Coat of Many Colors: Circle of Love, were also based on Parton’s music. Coat of Many Colours, released in 2015, earned an impressive 13 million viewers.

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The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons opened up about his “traditional” marriage.

Parsons, who is believed to be one of TV’s highest-paid stars for his role on the long-running sitcom, tied the knot to husband Todd Spiewak last year.

The actor, who came out in 2012, opened up about their marriage in an interview with CNN.

Addressing criticism of the TV industry for failing to represent conservatives, Parsons said he agreed with the point.

He said: “Working in the industry I do get the sense that we are surrounded at the creative level by more of the left leaning mindset and heart set than the right-leaning.

“I have always felt that I have so many conservative traits about me. I’m such a family-first type of guy.

“Perhaps I have a more expansive view of family, but as far as its importance, I don’t see that as a left or right type of thing. In my heart I know what I need and it’s the same damn thing that other people need.”

He added of his wedding: “The big deal, which really took me by surprise, was how… and this goes to me being a bit of a traditionalist or maybe just human, was how meaningful the day was.

“We did it because it was meaningful, but to actually go through the wedding; to be there in front of all of your loved ones, and your family. It gave such meaning to doing this so people could bear witness to it.

“It meant so much more to me than I was prepared for. Especially having grown up where it wasn’t a possibility, and so it wasn’t a dream.

“I’m thrilled we did it, and it feels so traditional to me, it feels so ‘mom and dad’… but not, obviously!”

Parsons previously said: “I didn’t really think we cared about the act of it that much, to be honest with you.

“And that sounds cold in a way, but I finally thought: ‘Well, let’s have a party then for the celebration … and we’ll go ahead and legalise this thing.’

“I really thought it would end at that – a party feel – but it was so much more meaningful in the moment to me than I predicted.

“And it’s been resonantly more meaningful to me afterward than I ever saw coming.”

He continued: “I’d been an adult gay person for so long at a time when that wasn’t possible that life was ‘fine.’ You know what I mean?

“I don’t know on a specific day-to-day sense what it is. But there is an underlying thing, a little buzz of something. And I keep reminding myself of it.”

He added: “To be in love, to find love in that way, is as close as anything else I’ve found in life that gives me the feeling of being close to God.

“I remember when we first got together – I can’t believe I’m going to go into this – when we first got together I can remember lying in bed, closing my eyes but not being asleep and that sensation of light! Light! Light!

“And I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what’s going on exactly, but it feels close to something important, eternal.’”

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Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect: The untold stories

Molly Meldrum

A book of hilarious real-life anecdotes from Molly Meldrum, one of Australia’s best-loved personalities.

‘These things happen to Molly: magic coincidences, fateful happenings’ – Daryl Somers

There was once a boy from Quambatook called Ian Meldrum, who moved to the big city, got a job in a bank, and then became Molly, a music legend, writing for Go-Set, producing ‘The Real Thing’ and providing the soundtrack to our lives on Countdown and Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

It’s a life where not everything has gone to plan, but Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect.

‘Molly has done more for Australian music than anyone I know’ – Michael Gudinski

This book tells the funny, eye-opening and larger-than-life untold stories that happened along the way: the parties, the fights, the celebrity interviews, the madness and the music. Molly gives us his unforgettable encounters with The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, John Farnham, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Russell Crowe, Oasis, Beyonce and Prince. As well as the tales that surround his other loves: the Australian cricket team, the St Kilda footy club and the Melbourne Storm.

‘I have a lot of love for the great Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum’ – Shane Warne

No one has lived a life like Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum. And no one can tell a story like Molly. I throughly enjoyed this book well written and easy to read.

More books by this author

Author bio:

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was born in 1943. Described as ‘the single most important person in the Australian pop industry for 40 years’, he is best known as the host, talent co-ordinator, on-air interviewer and music news presenter on Countdown from 1974-1987. He has also worked as music critic, journalist, musical entrepreneur and record producer. He hosted the Australian leg of Live Aid in July 1985 and was subsequently made a Member of the Order of Australia. Molly lives in Richmond, Victoria. He is a passionate supporter of both the St Kilda Football Club and The Melbourne Storm NRL team.

Ah well, nobody's perfect - Molly

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 4th June 2018

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… The US tabloid gossip paper the National Enquirer has taken a huge punt with their front page. Not only have they said that Meghan Markle is pregnant with twins, they have photoshopped her to look pregnant.

This report actually uses a four-year-old photo of the new Duchess of Sussex to tell its pregnancy lie.

The front of the new National Enquirer features a photo of Markle with an arrow pointing to her midsection and the announcement, “Meghan & Harry Having Twins!” But this picture is from 2014. In fact, the magazine’s sister outlet, OK!, used the same exact image to dupe readers into thinking she was pregnant and had a viable baby bump last October.

The article inside the issue begins with the contention that Prince Harry and Markle are “already telling pals that she’s pregnant — with twins.” Why hasn’t Kensington Palace made an announcement then – HELLO? The tabloid builds in a convenient explanation, with a so-called “source” claiming, “They won’t announce for some time, or until the end of the first trimester, as is the American custom.” Well, which is it — Will the pregnancy not be confirmed “for some time,” or will be it be made official at the “end of the first trimester”? Neither the magazine nor its supposed “source” really seems to know.

Nevertheless, this purported “well-placed palace mole” goes on to allege that “all the signs” that Markle is expecting “have been there for months.” Like what? Without evidence, the outlet claims Markle “secretly visited fertility doc’s months before” the royal wedding. “Additional fertility-ensuring measures” are said to have included a consultation with a nutritionist, and putting Prince Harry on “cleansing supplements and vitamins.” Again, the publication offers no proof to back up these assertions.

The tabloid does contend alongside a picture that Markle’s “baby bump made an early appearance” when she and Prince Harry stepped out last week to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday. Yet no reputable outlet observed the former “Suits” star at that event and similarly concluded she was pregnant.

It should also be noted that the National Enquirer maintains Markle “isn’t due until February 2019.”

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 I’m not sure how long Leah Remini’s Emmy-winning American TV series, Scientology and the Aftermath, will continue but she already has her eye on another religion she wants to scrutinize. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Leah will produce a special for A&E focusing on Jehovah’s Witnesses. She aims to put an end to abuse in religions. She wants people to “have a negative feeling about church abuse and people taking away their money and families.”

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Serena Williams gets in a beach day on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK’s.

Here’s what the tennis star had to share with the mag…

On being pregnant: “If I wasn’t playing tennis, I’d be pregnant right now – sorry, I’m one of those women. I’ve been injured so many times, and played on it; my body is used to adjusting.”

On if she wants more kids: “I told Alexis I hope it’s another girl. Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy. I’ve only been around girls my whole life.”

On suffering from postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter: “Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it. I think people have to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, its part of the pregnancy. I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying…because I wanted to be perfect for her.”

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Anne Hathaway is on the cover of Glamour’s June/July issue.

Here’s what the Oscar winning actress had to share with the mag….

On being a member of the all-female cast of Ocean’s 8: “I was so excited to get invited onto the team. It was a big, out-of-nowhere offer. I was just like, ‘Do not embarrass yourself in front of your heroes. Do not embarrass yourself.’”

On her experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood: “I’ve had a 20-year career and I’ve had some really, really bad experiences, but I’ve had a lot of great ones too—with members of both genders. While they do not begin to approach the atrocious, galling stories others have shared in recent months, I’ve had negative on-set experiences, some of a sexual nature. Some are from the beginning of my career, some are more recent—all are unacceptable.”

On her history with rage: “I have a history with rage. I used to do this thing where I was like, ‘I’m nice 29 days out of 30, and then I give myself permission to be a bitch to anyone, about anything.’ I realized that if I could actually move away from the judgment and deal with my emotions in the moment, I didn’t actually need the extra day. Rage doesn’t lead you to a place of peace. And for me the goal is not happiness. The goal is peace.”

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James O’Brien’s British show called Unfiltered is critically-acclaimed interview series.

In this new interview, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow has a terrific conversation about his work, his growing up, his education and much more.

I’m just more and more impressed with Mr. Farrow each time.

Definitely worth watching!

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For you who are old enough, do you remember this American TV star, his name was Gardner McKay and his showbiz career was very brief.

He only starred in one TV series (Adventures in Paradise, 1959-62) and two minor films 1964′s The Pleasure Seekers and 1968′s I Sailed to Tahiti.

After a childhood spent partially in Paris, he became an overnight sensation on the TV series as Adam Troy, the dashing skipper of the schooner Tiki, which plied the South Pacific.

He was sitting in a Hollywood coffee shop when Dominick Dunne, who was co-producing Adventures in Paradise, spotted him reading a book of poetry.

”He was at the time, in the parlance of the town, nobody, absolutely nobody, but his attitude declared that he was somebody,” Dunne wrote in a 1999 article in Vanity Fair.

But he abandoned the spotlight to move to the Amazon jungle to work as an agronomist’s assistant. McKay later became a successful playwright and an author.

He died in 2001 and was still receiving fan mail at the time of his death.

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Jessica Alba looks so glam on the cover of In Style magazine’s July 2018 issue.

Here’s what the actress and business woman had to share with the mag:

On her bad parenting habit: “I have this terrible habit: Whenever my kids ask me to find something, they’re like, ‘Mom, where’s my…’ you know, backpack, toothbrush, whatever. And I just say ‘Up your butt,’ and that’s probably bad parenting.”

On how Kate Hudson inspired her to work out after her third baby: “That sh*t is hard. For me, it’s more about posting what I’m really going through. Working out is not easy, but I’m doing it. I’m dropping a name here, but I was with Kate Hudson, and she’s so fit! And I was like, ‘You work out every day?’ And she said, ‘Of course I do.’ I was just like, ‘F*ck, man, she doesn’t even question it, so I shouldn’t question it either.’”

On being motivated by lack of representation: “What drove me was that I felt like I wasn’t represented. There were a lot of girls out there who looked like me and weren’t represented in pop culture, you know? …When I started, I was labelled ‘exotic.’ That was it. It was like you had to be mysterious and sexual. Back in the day, if you were Latina, it was always a stereotype.”

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Some early Hollywood stars became so famous that they were known by their ”nicknames”

Bing Crosby:the Groaner
Frank Sinatra:Ol’ Blue Eyes
Jimmy Durante:the Shnozz
Clara Bow:the ‘It’ Girl
Betty Grable:the Pin-Up Girl
Rita Hayworth:the Love Goddess
Jeanette MacDonald:the Iron Butterfly
Bob Hope:Ski-Nose
John Wayne:Duke
Clark Gable:the King of Hollywood
Veronica Lake:the Peek-a-boo Girl
Charlie Chaplin:the Little Tramp
Lana Turner:the Sweater Girl
Dorothy Lamour:the Sarong Girl
Carmen Miranda:the Brazilian Bombshell
Jean Harlow:the Platinum Blonde
Greta Garbo:the Sphinx
Rudolph Valentino:the Sheik
Doris Day:the Professional Virgin

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 28th May 2018

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… One of the harder parts of becoming a Duchess can be the Royal fashion rules – suddenly Meghan Markle won’t be able to have a mind of her own. Royal women are NOT allowed to wear pants for formal occasions and heels are required, but height of heel is optional. No sleeveless or short dresses. Nail polish must be neutral – no colors. Wearing black is discouraged in the daytime. Actually bright colors are preferred so Royals stand out in a crowd for security purposes. Meghan’s messy buns and tousled locks are a no-no – hair must appear “groomed.” Gloves are encouraged at events where Royals must endure many handshakes. Forget about jeans. Perhaps the toughest rule of all is pantyhose! They must be worn ALL THE TIME with those dresses! Of course all these rules apply to walking out in public. But hey I’m sure that Meghan can lounge around in sweats and torn jeans at home.

By the way in between the many celebrity faces sprinkled throughout the congregation at the royal wedding, legal eagles might have spotted the familiar face of Fiona Shackleton among those in attendance. Shackleton famously represented Prince Andrew in his divorce from Fergie, and Prince Charles in his divorce from Diana – so is no stranger to the family. Still, it was odd to see her invited to this wedding, when she wasn’t present at Prince William and Kate’s. So what was she doing there? Legal pals’ unanimous opinion? A pre-nup got signed.

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David Hartnell Alexi LubomirskiThis handsome guy was the official photographer at the royal Wedding. He’s Alexi Lubomirski who wrote on Twitter: ‘It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, to the wedding portraits on the day.’ Lubomirski has become an established name within the fashion industry with an impressive client list, shooting for such publications as Harpers Bazaar US, Harpers Bazaar UK, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Germany, Vogue Russia, Vogue Spain, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, Vogue Nippon, Men’s Vogue China, Numero Tokyo, W Korea, GQ USA and Allure.

He has also become a firm favorite with celebrities, and has shot cover stars such as Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson, among others.

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Throwback photos of Phillip Schofield prove he’s always been a sex symbol… just check out that tight, white vest

Those hazel eyes and white teeth… UK TV viewers have been fans of This Morning’s TV regular presenter for more years than they can remember.

His beaming grin lights up This Morning day after day, but remember Phillips started his TV career right here in New Zealand back in the 1970’s.

Thanks to an unearthed collection of vintage snaps, that Philip Schofield has always been sexy with that chiseled jaw, those white teeth…

The Sun’s UK newspaper archives bring the best pictures of Phillip, and prove that – unlike a fine wine – he doesn’t get better with age.

He’s always been hot.

Be it presenting on UK TV with shows like CBBC’s Going Live! in the late 1980s and early 1990s – where people of a certain age will remember he was famously placed in the Broom Cupboard – hosting the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party during that same period, or treading the boards as the lead in Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat, we are obsessed.

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US actor Ryan Reynolds is featured in the latest issue of The Journal magazine.

Here’s what the 41-year-old Deadpool actor had to say…

On his upbringing: “My dad was a tough guy. He was good in many ways as well, but he was tough on us. This is not meant to be some sob story – everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I am no different in that regard – but growing up in my house, it was never relaxing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways.”

On comedy as a form of self-defense: “I’ll look for the joke in things so that I don’t look for the sadness and the grief.”

On anxiety: “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but anxiety is also a great fuel. I mean, my God, it’s the anti-complacency pill, but it’s also something that you need to manage.”

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George Takei is speaking out about the sexual assault allegations against him, after a new investigative article was released.

The now 81-year-old actor was accused of making an unwanted advance on former model Scott R. Brunton while he was passed out after the men had dinner together in 1981.

The new article questioned the inconsistencies in Scott’s story, after he admitted to not remembering if George physically touched him.

“As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations, but we are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close. As I stated before, I do not remember Mr. Brunton or any of the events he described from forty years ago, but I do understand that this was part of a very important national conversation that we as a society must have, painful as it might be,” George wrote on his Twitter.

He added, “It is in that spirit that I want folks to know, despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace. Brad and I are especially grateful for the many fans that stood by me throughout this ordeal. Your support kept us going, and we are so immensely thankful for you.”

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William H Macy is opening up about his hopes for his daughters’ love lives.

The 68-year-old Shameless actor, who is married to Felicity Huffman, wants their daughter’s  Sofia, 17, and Georgia, 16, to be able to have a lot of sex without feeling guilty about it.

William says that he’ll be welcoming to all of his daughters’ boyfriends and that his older daughter is already having boys sleep over.

“You know, I started doing all the clichés, ‘I’m gonna threaten the guys, I’m gonna dig a moat around our house,’” William told US Weekly. “And then I thought, ‘OK, what do you really want for your daughters?’ And I realized: I want them to be happy and lusty and safe. I want them to have a lot of sex in their lifetime! Good, healthy wonderful sex with no guilt. That’s what I really want.”

“They’re different than when I was a kid. Georgia and Sofia have all their pals over. They will have six or eight of their friends over,” he added. “It’s pretty bizarre, especially with Sofia, to wake up in the morning and there’s some boy walking out of your daughter’s room! They all sleep together! I don’t think they have sex, well, I know they don’t.”

David Hartnell William H Macy

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This week in the USA Ashton Kutcher really surprised Ellen DeGeneres in the best way!

The 40-year-old actor and his business partner, Guy Oseary, stopped by the talk show host’s Wednesday (May 23) episode ( which will air here in a few days ) to announce a giant donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Found.

Ashton and Guy are investing in Ripple, an international cryptocurrency transfer app, and they teamed up to donate $4 million (US) to help save the gorillas.

During the appearance, Ashton said that he has been friends with Ellen for years and she is always doing things for other people, but never asks anyone to do things for her. When wife Portia de Rossi started the new fund, Ellen finally started asking her friends for help and Ashton came through!

David Hartnell Ashton Kutcher Ellen DeGeneres

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Sarah Paulson is on the cover of Modern Luxury’s portfolio!

Here’s what the Ocean’s 8 star, had to share with the mag:

On her message to those who hate on her relationship with Holland Taylor: “If anyone wants to spend any time thinking I’m strange for loving the most spectacular person on the planet, then that’s their problem. I’m doing just fine.”

On how age will never keep her down: “If being older means all the roles I’m getting to play now because of all the ups and downs and hills and valleys proceeding it, I say bring it on. You have no idea what your life will look like and where you’ll be. And that’s just what makes life so sweet. You cross your fingers, take a deep breath and jump. And that’s really all you can do.”

On why she’s not concerned with her looks: “The more I can look in the mirror and not recognize myself, the more excited I am. We’re constantly faced with all these idea of beauty- things that Hollywood puts out there for us to gobble up. It’s very powerful when I look in the mirror and the first thing I’m thinking isn’t, ‘Are you pretty? Are you going to appeal to someone?’ I can work much more freely when I don’t have to concern myself with my looks.”

David Hartnell Sarah Paulson

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David Hartnell James CordenI’m sure you already know that James Corden was in attendance at the Royal wedding, and you may have read where he almost interrupted the most important part of the ceremony in a very unfortunate way! Here’s what James said about it.

“The worst part of the ceremony for me was there was flowers everywhere, the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen. And I get quite bad allergies if I’m in such close proximity to flowers, so for a lot of the ceremony, I just needed to sneeze. Right at the point when the archbishop was saying,  ‘If anyone knows of any reason…’ and I was like, Please don’t sneeze. Please don’t sneeze.

“I had to do one of those internal sneezes. I think I got away with it,” he continued.

James added, “It was so lovely. I’ve known Prince Harry about seven years now and it was wonderful,” the TV personality gushed on his American TV show. “It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever been to. It was gorgeous, it was a whole affair, it was happy, it was joyous, it was uplifting.”

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Paris Jackson is firing back after criticism after her aunt, Janet Jackson was in attendance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, where she received the Icon Award and preformed at the show.

Paris‘s brother, Prince Jackson, was there in person. and Paris supported her aunt with a message on social media.

Later, Paris took to her Instagram Story to send a message to those who have an opinion on how she handles her relationships with people in her life.

“Dear social media followers, friends, stalkers, lovers and haters, and fellow moonwalkers: Please do not tell me/demands/try to control how I handle my relationship with the people in my life, specifically my family. As amazing and as s–tty as things can be, it is no one’s business but ours. I understand that some of you feel some sort of connection or need to be a part of our lives considering you watched us grow up. However, I am handling my situation exactly how my father did. And I am happy keeping it that way. I will always have love and respect for my family. There is nothing more or less than that, that you need to know,” Paris wrote on her Instagram Story.

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Here’s a bit of vintage Hollywood trivia. Frances Bavier, who portrayed the lovable housekeeper Aunt Bee in TV’s ‘Andy Griffith’ show in the 60s, died on 6th December 1989 aged eighty-six, a total recluse in her Californian home. The stench from her fourteen cats, coupled with peeling plaster, frayed carpets and worn upholstery indicated that she was either unable or unwilling to spend much time keeping up the home she bought in 1972. Her cats evidently used a basement room and a shower stall as a litterbox. The actress spent most of her days in a large back room plainly furnished with a bed, a desk, a TV and two old trunks; one filled with her fan mail of years ago, the other with old studio portraits of herself. In the garage was a 1966 Studebaker with four flat tyres, which had not seen the light of day for years.

David Hartnell Frances Bavier

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New Zealand’s most successful theatrical export ever, Pop-up Globe, today announces it is off to conquer Sydney!

Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, will team up again with the world’s leading live entertainment company, Live Nation, to present a season of critically-acclaimed Shakespeare productions unlike the city has seen before.

Today’s announcement cements this New Zealand-born project into history itself. In just two years, Pop-up Globe has become one of the most successful new theatre institutions ever, comparable only to Cirque du Soleil, drawing audiences of more than 450,000 people in the first 24 months including more than 150,000 attendances at its critically-acclaimed season in Melbourne earlier this year.

While a veil of secrecy surrounds the exact location of where the three-storey, 16-sided, 900-person capacity theatre will pop up in Sydney, Kiwi fans will know that their Aussie counterparts are in for an experience they’ll never forget.

The theatre will retain the features our audiences have loved – cutting-edge scaffold technology with a 400-year-old design to transport audiences back in time. For its Sydney season, Pop­up Globe will present a festival of critically-acclaimed productions, which will be announced in the coming weeks along with other details.

Live Nation jumped at the chance to work with Pop-up Globe to secure this unique theatre experience for Australian audiences again, after producing a hugely successful season in 2017 in Melbourne beside the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Luke Hede, Vice President Live Nation Australasia said, “Live Nation has a great history of presenting only the very best live performances and we are thrilled to be able to bring this extraordinary production to Sydney audiences after our wonderful Melbourne season. Pop-up Globe is the most exciting theatre project we’ve seen in a long time and even more exciting that it’s coming out of our part of the world.”

In 2015, Pop-up Globe Founder and Artistic Director, Dr Miles Gregory was reading a pop-up story book to his young daughter Nancy, featuring a pop-up of the original Globe Theatre. She asked if the family could visit it. Gregory explained it was a long way away… then an idea formed.

An international theatre consultant with a PhD in Shakespeare in performance, Gregory envisioned a new type of theatre experience: a temporary, full-scale working replica of the second Globe Theatre, complete with its own professional theatre company, offering the public the opportunity to experience the magic of Shakespeare’s masterworks staged in the space for which they were originally written and performed.

Just 15 months later, in time for the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, the first Pop-up Globe was constructed in downtown Auckland, New Zealand.

At the time the originators of the project, Dr Gregory and his business partner Tobias Grant, had no idea whether the project would be a success. Twenty-four months later Pop-up Globe turned out to be the most successful theatre ventures in New Zealand history – and one of the world’s most successful theatrical adventures ever.

Dr Gregory says he believes Shakespeare’s work performed in the space it is written for is a completely unique and transformative experience.

“Our audiences are blown away by the immersive experience of seeing Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written. The relationship between actor and audience, the spectacular space itself, together with the power of Shakespeare’s incredible work, means attending plays at Pop-up Globe is totally different from anything you’ve seen before,” says Gregory.

“Pop-up Globe has won the hearts of theatre-goers, many of whom have attended on multiple occasions.”

“This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party,” adds Gregory. “It is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and blood-soaked.”

The first Globe stood for 14 years until a disastrous fire demolished it in 1613. The second Globe was rebuilt on the same foundations by Shakespeare and his company significantly modifying the original first Globe to create what became one of the most famous theatres in history. Pop-up Globe uses as its historical reference point ground-breaking research by Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick and Russell Emerson of the University of Sydney to create the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.

Register now at www.popupglobe.com.au to be first to receive all season information and the opportunity to buy tickets when they are released.

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 21st May 2018

 

I’m not one to gossip but……………………More legal trouble for Tori Spelling

She has been slapped with yet another lawsuit by a bank claiming the cash-strapped star owes thousands.

According to Los Angeles Superior Court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Citibank, which is acting as a debt buyer, filed a motion to collect $5k from the troubled actress

The docs filed on May 4, 2018 allege Spelling, 44, has refused to pay the money she owes. “No part of said sum has been paid, although demand there for has been made, and there is now due, owing and unpaid from said Defendant, and each of them, to Plaintiff, said amount.”

The lawsuit continues: “Within four years last past, Defendant became indebted to Citibank, N.A. on an open book account for money due in the sum of at least $5,078.47 (US).”

“Although demand therefore has been made, Defendant have failed and refused to pay said agreed balance.”

Spelling is under fire with multiple lawsuits pending against her for failing to pay credit card bills and taxes

Most recently, as Radar reported exclusively, Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott, 51, were promoting a business once sued for being involved in a pyramid scheme.

The company is called Nu Skin, which is a multilevel marketing company that sells skin care and nutritional products.

A class action complaint was filed on behalf of purchasers of the businesses publicly traded common stock on January 21, 2014.

The suit claimed the company is dependent on China for a significant amount of its revenue and growth, with sales accounting for one third of the company’s total revenue in the first nine months of 2013.

As readers know, Spelling and McDermott owe nearly $1 million (US) in taxes as of November 2016.

The mother-of-five’s financial woes appear to have taken a toll on her. In March, cops were called to Spelling’s Los Angeles home for a “disturbance” after she suffered an alleged nervous breakdown.

From the Radar website

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Ryan Reynolds has publicly proposed to a man.

The Deadpool 2 star is currently married to Blake Lively, so it sounds like there’s a rough conversation ahead.

The question was popped on a red carpet event for the new Deadpool flick.

Reynolds stopped to chat with IGN reporter Max Scoville, who told the star:

“I’ve been a Deadpool fan since I was a little kid. Here’s my fifth-grade English book report.”

Then he handed Reynolds the actual report, adding: “Can you take a look at that? I got a B- on that.”

“You did a fifth-grade book report on Deadpool,” Reynolds replied. “This is amazing.”

Starstruck, Scoville said: “No man, your movies are amazing.

“You did the thing that I’d wanted to see since I was 10.”

Reynolds reiterated the reporter’s achievement: “Max, you did a book report on Deadpool in the fifth grade.”

Then he asked: “Will you marry me?”

“I think I’m spoken for,” Max replied. Wrong answer, Max — the correct one was “Yes.”

Max’s coworker then told Reynold’s Max is engaged, to which the actor quickly fired back:

“Great — we’ll move to a state that allows it.”

Deadpool 2 is being touted as the queerest superhero film to date, featuring a female same-sex couple, as well as Deadpool himself who is pansexual.

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool proposal

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A misleading report in a new book suggests that Jim Carrey had a “bitter feud” with Robin Williams, but the comedic actor claim’s is “completely off base.” In reality, a blog is twisting and sensationalizing a story featured in a new biography about the late comedy legend.

Earlier this week, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff released a biography about Williams which includes a passage about his jealousy of Carrey. It’s said in the book that the late comedian was threatened by the younger comic’s rise to stardom. Williams was also said to have gotten upset when Carrey took the role of The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever after he had turned it down.

In the new book, titled Robin, Williams’ former makeup artist Cheri Minns also confirms the late actor’s insecurities about Carrey. She even notes that his ex-wife Marsha once told him to calm down and accept that there’s “room for other people.”

In an attempt to stir up controversy, RadarOnline borrowed this chapter from the book and published an article with the headline, “Robin ‘Completely Freaked Out’ Over Jim’s Success: Their Bitter Feud Exposed.” However, there was no actual tension between the comedians on a personal level, nor does Itzkoff’s book indicate that there was. This so-called “bitter feud” is the website’s inaccurate interpretation of what the biography actually says.

Carrey says “RadarOnline is completely off base and creating a feud that didn’t exist. Robin may have expressed insecurity about me and my rise to success but I have never had anything but the greatest respect for him and his genius. He was also always respectful to me in person. He called me ‘Maestro’ and I called him ‘Billy the Kid.’ Let’s get it straight. There’s no feud if one side isn’t aware of it.”

Here’s what seemingly happened. RadarOnline combed through Williams’ biography to find some dirt. The blog then came across the section about Carrey and decided to blow it way out of proportion. Williams may have been jealous of the younger comic at certain points in his life, but Carrey never knew about the envy and it didn’t affect their personal relationship. Regardless, Carrey himself says there was NEVER a feud between them.

Jim Carrey Robin Williams Feud

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Janet Jackson is on the cover of US Billboard magazine.

Here’s what the star had to share with the mag…

On her son Eissa: “My son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless. And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace. I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world.”

On self doubt: “Like millions of other women, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem my whole life. I’m doing better in that regard. My inclination toward harsh self-criticism and even self-negation has dramatically eased up. I believe in all the different methods of help — smart psychology, vigorous exercise and sincere spirituality.”

On one of her favorite Michael Jackson memories: “I was 16 and in between my first two records. Michael was recording [1982’s] Thriller. He invited me to the studio where he was about to sing “P.Y.T.” and asked me to help out on background vocals. Since we had been singing together forever, I knew it’d be easy. I jumped at the chance. I loved being one of the P.Y.T.’s and was especially proud — I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging — that when the record was mixed, my single background voice was the one featured. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel.”

Janet Jackson

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Portia De Rossi sits down for an interview with her wife Ellen DeGeneres.

Portia opened up about why she quit acting and what she will be doing with her career in the future.

“You aren’t a big fan of doing press and talk shows, so thank you for being here,” Ellen told her wife. “She really doesn’t. That’s why she actually quit acting. She decided you didn’t want to do anything more with acting and got off of Scandal.”

“I was approaching 45 and I was just wondering was there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be very challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business,” Portia said. The company is an art curation and publication company called General Public!

Despite quitting acting, Portia did agree to do five episodes of the upcoming season five of Arrested Development.

Hear ye hear ye Portia de Rossi has quit acting Ellen Show

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Roly PolyPat Ramsey the entertainer who found fame as one of Les Dawson’s ‘Roly Polys’ has died at 85. Pat nearly didn’t make into the plus-sized group – because she was too light

She was the Birmingham great-grandma who rubbed shoulders with the stars as a member of Les Dawson’s favourite dance troupe – the Roly Polys.

But Pat Ramsey – who called herself Little Miss Dynamite – nearly didn’t make it into the ranks of the much-loved TV performers, who starred alongside the famous comic in a string of his shows.

“The Roly Polys were a novelty act, who were fondly known for being slightly larger ladies,” said her son Michael Comaskey, 63.

“I remember by mum having the audition but she was told she didn’t get in.

“She was told she was slightly too light

“But one of the other members retired and mum was next in line.

“She had about 12 years touring the world with the Roly Polys and had the time of her life.

“She got into the group quite late in life but my mum was an entertainer for most of her life.”

Pat, who also worked with other stars including Michael Barrymore, Frank Carson and Jimmy Cricket, came to Birmingham from Ireland, at the age of 14, where she learned tap dancing.

She singlehandedly raised four children, working in a shoe shop by day and performing in clubs across the West Midlands at night.

Pat eventually got her ‘break’ in her 50s and joined the Roly Polys

Michael said his mum was fond of all the stars she worked with but had a close bond with Carson.

“I have never met a man as funny as Frank,” he said.

“He did not stop cracking jokes, my face would hurt so much that I had to tell him to stop.

“My mum was obviously very fond of Les too.

“Everyone loved Les because he was just a down-to-Earth man.

“There were no airs and graces with him – he was a true gentleman.

“She was an amazing singer and would sing in clubs across Birmingham and the West Midlands, alongside working a full-time job and raising children on her own.

“As soon as she came to Birmingham, she learned how to dance.

“She referred to herself as a soubrette, which is not a term you hear often.

“Mum was a very talented lady because she would tap dance and sing at the same time.

“As I was the eldest, she would ask me to go to some of the clubs with her when she performed.

“Everyone loved her performances and she was a fantastic entertainer.

“She kept all of her Roly Poly costumes and would often speak about the time she spent with the group.

“She worked the Summer Season with the likes of Frank Bruno.

“And she also worked with Jimmy Cricket.

“Her act would start off quite low-key and then she would whip off this velcro dress to reveal her costume underneath.

“Mum was a talented entertainer and had a great sense of humour.”

Pat died earlier this month following a short illness.

She leaves behind her children, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

Pat’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at St Luke’s Church, Kingstanding, where Pat was a parishioner.

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Pink is on the cover of Redbook magazine’s June 2018 issue.

Here’s what the 38-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On finding balance between life as Alecia Moore and life as Pink: “I’ve never juggled so many damn plates in my life, but it’s because I want to. I enjoy it. If I had nannies raising my kids and just wanted to be a rock star and party all the time, I wouldn’t be successful and I wouldn’t be happy.”

On being on tour with her kids: “When I left [for the Truth About Love Tour], Willow was 14 months, and I would come offstage and breastfeed her. That was our bonding time and some of my favorite moments. Jameson is now doing the same thing.”

On life on the road with Willow, 7, and Jameson, 18 months: “When touring stops working for the kids, if they decide they just want to be home and have a normal life, whatever that means, I’ll stop, because they are by far the priority. But I think it’s cool that they get to see their mom be the boss and work really freaking hard to realize a dream. I’d say it’s 95% positive.”

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Taylor Swift’s stalker is officially behind bars.

Mohammed Jaffar was sentenced to six months behind bars and five years on probation on Wednesday (May 16) attempted burglary in the second degree.

In March 2017, Mohammed was arrested in the 28-year-old singer’s New York City apartment building for burglary, stalking, and trespassing.

At the time of the arrest last year, he allegedly showed up at Taylor‘s apartment four times in less than two months before he was caught on a surveillance camera entering her apartment building. The judge then ordered a protection order for him to have no contact with Taylor.

Back in September, an NYC judge found Mohammed unfit to stand trial was placed in the custody of the NY State Office of Mental Health.

Taylor Swift

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Jim Parsons has reportedly taken the old theatrical “break a leg” tradition a little too close for comfort.

During a matinee performance of The Boys in the Band revival on Broadway Saturday, the out Big Bang Theory star tripped on stage while walking out to take his bow.

“So…Jim Parsons tripped down a stair when they came out for their encore and couldn’t stand for his bow,” one Twitter user in attendance wrote, adding, “the poor thing limped off while everyone else took their bow. Yikes.”

Afterward, the show’s official Twitter account announced that because of the curtain call fall, the Saturday night performance was canceled.

In a since-deleted tweet, the account wrote: “Due to a minor injury of a cast member, the Sat evening performance has been canceled. Performances will resume Monday night. Please contact your point-of-purchase for refund and exchange information.”

The good news is the injury seems mild, but the last-minute cancellation didn’t go over well with some fans, particularly those from out of town who’d traveled to New York specifically to see the show.

One disappointed ticket holder wrote, “I’m sorry that hear that @jimparsonspriv got hurt and we wish him a speedy recovery. Came from FL just to see te (sic) show, so we can’t help to be disappointed. Get an understudy. Bazinga!”

Jim Parsons

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OH WHAT A NIGHT!

Direct from Las Vegas, and incredible sold out concerts around the world, Oh What A Night! announces it’s returning to New Zealand to celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Oh What A Night! promises two hours of superb entertainment … Jersey style!

Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Your, My Eyes Adored You, Working My Way Back to You, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You as well as Frankie Valli’s biggest solo hit from the blockbuster movie Grease. The show features a talented group of performers who look, act and sound just as amazing as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons did so many years ago.

Oh What A Night! is an exciting musical revue written by Motown producer and creative consultant George Solomon, directed by award-winning producer-director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist.

Between the score of recognisable tunes, Oh What A Night! delivers informative and often hilarious banter between our stellar, high-spirited cast. The result is an exhilarating show that is as fresh and relevant today as it is nostalgic for the purists.

The audience gets to know and love the four dynamic talents and cheer their boundless energy, great choreography, humour and, of course, the instantly recognisable timeless classic hits. Experience two hours of superb entertainment from these Vegas stars.

 

Oh What A Night! dates 

7 October            Kerikeri                        Turner Centre                  Patronbase

8 October            Whangarei                   Forum North                    Ticketek

9 October            Auckland                     ASB Waterfront Theatre   Waterfront

10 October          Hamilton                      Claudelands Arena         Ticketek

11 October          Napier                          Municipal Theatre           Ticketek

13 October          New Plymouth              TSB Showplace             Ticketek

14 October          Palmerston North         Regent on Broadway     Ticket Direct

15 October          Paraparaumu                Southwards Theatre      Eventfinda

16 October          Wellington                     Opera House                  Ticketmaster

17 October          Blenheim                       ASB Theatre                   Ticketek

19 October          Invercargill                    Civic Theatre                  Ticket Direct

20 October          Dunedin                        Regent Theatre              Ticket Direct
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21 October          Christchurch                 Isaac Theatre Royal       Ticketek

 

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 14th May 2018

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… The BBC just announced a new three-part miniseries called A Very English Scandal. The series, based off John Preston’s 2016 true crime book, will offer a fictionalized account of the real-life gay sex scandal that rocked the British public back in the 1970s.

Hugh Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe, a liberal member of the British Parliament from a well-known conservative political family who, against all odds, manages to work his way up the ranks to become his party’s leader.

But all it not what is appears.  Despite being married to a woman, Thorpe hooks up with a young ex-model named Norman Scott, played by out actor 37-year-old Ben Whishaw. Things gets rather, well, messy when Scott threatens to go public with the romance. Rather than pay off his gay lover, Thorpe decides to hatch a plot to have him killed.

Watch the trailer for A Very English Scandal below

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Dame Joan Collins has revealed the secret behind her seemingly ageless physique, and although it can’t be bought, it equally doesn’t cost a thing. The former Dynasty star told Hello! magazine that the secret to remaining youthful at 84 is being happy.  ‘I was born with the happy gene and the energy gene. What makes me happiest is seeing my children happy,’ she explained. 

‘Honestly, life makes me happy and I’m very aware of how lucky I am. I’ve worked hard all my life, nobody has given me anything on a plate, but I wake up each morning thinking how fortunate I am.  She added: ‘I’m very fit and healthy now – knock on wood – and I try to look after myself.’ The actress previously opened up about her beauty secrets, insisting that she’s never had plastic surgery on her face.  

‘I try to eat a balanced diet. I believe eating avocados is a very beneficial and I believe in taking vitamin supplements – I take Vitamin C, E and Omega oils,’ she explained. 

I have known Dame Joan for many years and she is certainly amazing when it comes to her age, you think she looks good in photographs but in real life she looks appsolutely stunning. To prove a point how great she look without the help of special  lighting ect, the picture of Dame Joan and I was snapped without any special lighting to enhance her look or any photo shopping.

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Here’s some vintage Hollywood trivia that you can drop into a conversation and kill it stone dead! Director Cecil B. De Mille wanted the greatest special effects in The Ten Commandments (1956); no matter how impossible they seemed. His special effects team built a water tank so large that the brick wall between the Paramount and RKO studios had to be pulled down to accommodate it. It held over 360,000 gallons of water tinted slightly blue. This was poured from fifteen manually controlled valves over a large concrete ramp, which was 32 feet high and 80 feet long. The effect took a little over two years to build and cost $2,000,000 (US), which in 1956 was an amazing amount to spend on a movie prop.

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Amal Clooney was one of the hosts of last week’s Met Gala. As all eyes are on the event, she wanted to look good. So she got Tom Ford’s atelier to prepare a dress for her, which they did – even though her diva-esque demands didn’t exactly endear her to everyone working there.

Their impression of her quickly went from bad to worse though when they saw her turn up on the steps of the Metropolitan in… a Richard Quinn.

Perhaps someone passed on a message as Amal did change into a rather spectacular Ford dress once inside the gala. Just a shame it was missing from all those red carpet photo stories.

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The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Show has been a hugely positive thing for magazines, for newspaper editors, and for the Royals themselves – but the new modern take on royalty isn’t popular with everyone though.  Take those old stick-in-the-muds who work at Buckingham Palace, for example. They’re already griping that Ms Markle is “difficult”, and have even given her a new nickname in the palace.
“Meghan the Menace”.

 

 

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Dame Barbara Windsor is battling with Alzheimer’s disease, her husband revealed late last week.

The 80-year-old has been taking medication to manage the illness, but her memory loss symptoms have worsened it was reported by the UK Sun newspaper..

‘Firstly, I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease’, the Carry On legend’s husband Scott Mitchell, 55, told The Sun newspaper.

‘Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barbara and she loves talking to them.

‘So rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they’ll know that if her behaviour seems strange, it’s due to Alzheimer’s and accept it for what it is.’ In a heart-breaking interview, Mr. Mitchell described how his wife – who is famed for her loveable laugh – began to cry in the neurologist’s office when they were told she had the degenerative brain disease in April 2014. He added: ‘When the doctor told us, she began crying then held it back, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed, ‘I’m so sorry…

‘I squeezed her hand back and said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be OK’. 

‘I can’t protect her any longer. I’m doing this interview – and I would like to make clear that I’m not being paid for it and it’s the only one I’ll be doing – because I know that rumours are circulating in showbusiness circles.

‘And, since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it’s becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide. 

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THE OLIVIER NOMINATED AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 
PETER PAN GOES WRONG
STUMBLES INTO NEW ZEALAND FROM
LONDON’S WEST END FOR LIMITED F/RUN

Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, comes another triumphant disaster from London’s West End.  If all goes to pan/plan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong should be stumbling around New Zealand from 31 October to 2 December 2018.  Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2016 for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees Mischief Theatre bring their trademark comic mayhem to the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan.
 
In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.
 
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, creators of the Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which played to packed theatres in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland in 2017.  Both ‘Goes Wrong’ productions are renowned for their highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing.
 
“We’ve been looking for Neverland, and someone said it was over this way, but I think maybe they got confused – Neverland, Newzealand – anyway we’ll go on a little ‘tricky tour’ or whatever you call it while we’re here and then maybe head back to London,” said Henry Lewis.
 
Peter Pan Goes Wrong will play at The Civic in Auckland from 31 October to 18 November, at the Opera House in Wellington from 21 -25 November, and then at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch from 28 November to 2 December.
 
James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and presenter of Peter Pan Goes Wrong in New Zealand, said “Audiences in New Zealand gave a rapturous welcome to The Play That Goes Wrong when it toured last year, demonstrating their fantastic sense of humour and love of a good time.  Peter Pan offers another marvellous opportunity for things to go drastically wrong for the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, and for New Zealand audiences to once again ache from laughter.”
 
Peter Pan Goes Wrong premiered at the Pleasance Theatre in London in December 2013 before going on to tour the UK during 2014.  The production made its West End debut in 2015 for a Christmas season, returning the following year from October for another Christmas season, making it the third show running in the West End from the Mischief Theatre Company after The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.
 
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is directed by Adam Meggido, with set design by Simon Scullion, lighting by Matt Haskins, costumes by Roberto Surace, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom and songs composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer.

AUCKLAND
THE CIVIC
FROM 31 OCTOBER

WELLINGTON
OPERA HOUSE
21-25 NOVEMBER
7 SHOWS ONLY!

CHRISTCHURCH
ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL
28 NOVEMBER-2 DECEMBER
7 SHOWS ONLY!

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As if didn’t already have mad respect for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ronan Farrow.

Last weekend, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ronan Farrow.  addressed the Class of 2018 at Loyola Marymount University’s Undergraduate Commencement and candidly shared how perilous things got for him professionally as he worked on his Harvey Weinstein story. Trying to do work you believe in before the moment of impact led to some extraordinarily tough days where it almost all fall apart.

‘I was heartbroken and I was scared and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.’

He was. And now he’s one of the brightest stars in journalism.

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Penelope Cruz is all smiles as she poses alongside her husband Javier Bardem while attending the photo call for their latest film Everybody Knows held during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

The 44-year-old actress and the 49-year-old actor were joined at the event by their co-stars Bárbara Lennie, Carla Campra, Ricardo Darin, Sara Salamo, Eduard Fernandez, Elvira Mínguez and director Asghar Farhadi.

“The fact that [Bardem and I] lean on each other and trust each other so much really helps,” Penélope expressed about working with Javier (via Vaniety Fair magazine). “[Working together] is not something we plan to do every two years… just once in a while, if it feels right.”

“Because I really respect his opinion — obviously his is one of the most important opinions in my life,” Penélope added. “You are doing your work in front of this other person who is [on screen] not your husband. You feel a little more observed [than you would with different co-stars], but you know you are being observed by someone who you trust, who has your back.”

The evening before, Penélope and Javier both hit the blue carpet at the Opening Gala Dinner for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals.

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Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt NOT “Having A Baby” Together, Despite Reports!

Katie Holmes, Jamie Foxx Still NOT “Getting Married,” Despite New Reports!

Brad Pitt Did NOT Get “Secret Lover” Pregnant, Despite Reports!

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez Secretly Engaged, Marrying In July Fourth Wedding NOT?

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom Planning For Wedding And Baby?

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THE BROADWAY, WEST END AND INTERNATIONAL SENSATION IS TOURING NEW ZEALAND, AND IT’S BETTER THAN EVER!

The Broadway, West End and international sensation STOMP is back, and it’s better than ever!  Following a sell-out visit in 2013, STOMP returns to New Zealand with its unstoppable energy and ‘pure stage magic’. The show opens in Wellington this week before moving to Christchurch and Auckland.
 
Wordless, witty and fun, STOMP has become a global phenomenon over the last 26 years.  Its universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance has resonated with audiences throughout the world, setting feet stamping, fingers drumming and adrenaline rushing for over 12 million people in 55 countries across six continents.  There are up to five STOMP companies performing worldwide at any time; one on tour in North America, another throughout Europe, one touring the rest of the world, one in New York (now in its 23rd year) and one in London (now celebrating its 15th year).
 
Eight performers use an array of ordinarily mundane objects, from which they create musical magic; an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life.  Everything from Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink are used to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
 
“Trolleys” plays on the everyday experience of negotiating a busy shopping aisle with a fully-laden supermarket trolley, with the piece building to STOMP’s first ever fully-fledged drum corps march: certainly an eye-catching spectacle.  “Frogs” explores the bizarre sonic possibilities of a variety of plumbing fixtures: it has to be heard to be believed!
 
In another spectacular routine, paint cans are tossed between the performers, as they simultaneously build an astonishingly complex rhythm over every surface of the airborne cans.  With the emphasis very much on ‘spectacular’, the Stompers are also joined by inflated monster truck inner tubes strapped around their waists to create both a dance of bobbing, whirling rubber skirts and pounding, portable drum kits – the ultimate redefinition of ‘surround sound’.
 
Still remaining is STOMP’s signature high-octane mix of slick choreography, tight ensemble work, industrial percussion, and continuous comedy; as the irrepressible troupe turn brooms into soft shoe partners, clapping into intricate conversations and water cooler bottles into sophisticated instruments.
 
Loved by audiences of all ages, this multi award-winning show has enjoyed 15 years in London’s West End, and will close at the Ambassadors Theatre in January.  On Broadway STOMP is enjoying its 23rd year, breaking the record for the longest-running show at the Orpheum Theatre. 
 
The fun started back in 1991 at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, with a single drum hanging around Co-Creator/Director Luke Cresswell’s neck.  STOMP was an instant hit, becoming the Guardian’s “Critic’s Choice” and winning the Daily Express’s “Best of the Fringe” award, and went on to play to capacity audiences around the world.  In 1994 STOMP received an Olivier Award nomination for “Best Entertainment” and won the award for “Best Choreography in a West End Show”.  With appearances at the Oscars, the Emmy’s, on prime-time US TV shows such as Letterman and Leno, and even at the London 2012 Olympics, STOMP has become a household name across the world.
 
“We are really excited about coming back to New Zealand,” says STOMP’s Co-Creator/Director Steve McNicholas.  “If you’ve never seen STOMP you should come and see what all the noise is about, and if you have, come again and see what’s new.”

“BIG, NOISY AND IRRESISTIBLE”
Sun Herald, Sydney
 
“BRILLIANT AND VERY FUNNY”
The New York Times

 

STOMP NEW ZEALAND TOUR

Christchurch | 16 – 20 May 2018

Isaac Theatre Royal

Wednesday16-May7.30pm             
Thursday17-May7.30pm
Friday18-May7.30pm
Saturday19-May2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday20-May1.00pm & 5.00pm

Book at StompTour.co.nz

 

Auckland | 23 – 27 May  2018

The Civic

Wednesday23-May7.30pm
Thursday24-May7.30pm 
Friday25-May7.30pm
Saturday26-May2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday27-May1.00pm & 5.00pm

Book at StompTour.co.nz

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Elisabeth Moss is on the cover of Marie Claire UK’s June 2018 issue,

Here’s what the 35-year-old The Handmaid’s Tale star had to share with the mag…

On #MeToo: “I have been fortunate not to have experienced some of the terrible things that so many women have talked about. But, when MeToo and Time’sUp really hit, I would talk to my girlfriends, and we all stepped back and looked at every encounter we’d ever had, and went, wait… was that OK? We’ve been conditioned to think it’s OK, and that’s the wake-up moment that we are having.”

On motherhood: “I do want to be a mother. I like the idea of passing on what my mother passed on to me. It’s not for everybody, and I didn’t know if it was going to be for me, but lately, I think it is. I have no idea how I want to do it though or what the plan is.”

On dating: “It’s actually a problem. But I’m very focused on my work… so it’s difficult to find the time to give yourself to somebody. I have nothing against getting married again, but what I value even more now is the relationship itself. It’s been eight years. I’m older, and hopefully wiser. I’m a romantic, so I love weddings, but I also don’t think you need [a wedding] to have a long-lasting, healthy relationship. Some of the relationships I know that have lasted the longest are the ones that didn’t [get married].”

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Georgina Chapman, who is married to Harvey Weinstein and will reportedly go through divorce proceedings is breaking her silence for the first time since the sexual misconduct allegations broke months ago.

The 42-year-old Marchesa co-founder spoke with Vogue about the aftermath. Here’s what she shared…

On the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal: “I was so humiliated and so broken . . . that . . . I, I, I . . . didn’t think it was respectful to go out…I thought, Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on? It’s still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped; it was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs.”

On seeking therapy: “At first I couldn’t, because I was too shocked. And I somehow felt that I didn’t deserve it. And then I realized: This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward. There was a part of me that was terribly naive—clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be? What are people going to say to them?…It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them!”

On if she was suspicious of her husband: “Absolutely not. Never. And I’ve never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.”

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 7th May 2018

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… My all time favourite celebrity book publishers are again doing what they do best, producing another award winning book titled – PRINCESS LEIA & UNSINKABLE TAMMY IN HELL!

By Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince.

Blood Moon Productions proudly announces a hot new double biography unlike anything ever published before. This is a fascinating read which with some picture’s that have never been published before. I knew Debbie Reynolds and believe me she would love this book as I’m sure her daughter Carrie Fisher would as well. Both had wonderful senses of humour, and were strong women who were real survivors in Hollywood.

It’s history’s first comprehensive, unauthorized overview of the greatest mother-daughter act in showbiz history, Debbie Reynolds (“hard as nails and with more balls than any five guys I’ve ever known”) and her talented, often traumatized daughter, Carrie Fisher (“one of the smartest, hippest chicks in Hollywood”). Evolving for decades under the unrelenting glare of public scrutiny, each became a world-class symbol of the social and cinematic tastes that prevailed during their heydays as celebrity icons in Hollywood.

Now, for the first time, their thousands of fans can read about the combative but ferociously loyal relationship of the “boop-boop-a-doop” girl with her intergalactic STAR WARS daughter, Princess Leia, and their iron-willed strength during their “true grit” battles to out-race changing tastes in Hollywood. According to its co-author and publisher, Danforth Prince, “We’ve defined this as the ultimate conversation-starter for savvy matriarchs transmitting lifestyle advice to their daughters or granddaughters. It’s a Mother’s Day celebration of the ties that bind (and sometimes torment) different generations of inter-related women, each navigating their way through the shifting currents of pop culture.”

Loaded with never-before published revelations about “who was doing what to whom” during the final gasps of Golden Age Hollywood, it’s a one-of-a-kind, All-American saga about the price of glamour, career-related pain, family anguish, romantic betrayals, lingering guilt, and the volcanic shifts that affected a scrappy, wryly funny mother-daughter team—and everyone else who ever loved the movies. “Feeling misunderstood by the younger (female) members of your gene pool? This is the Hollywood exposé every grandmother should give to her granddaughter, a roadmap like Debbie Reynolds might have offered to Billie Lourd.” —Marnie O’Toole. 

“How is a 1950s-era movie star, (TAMMY) supposed to cope with her postmodern, substance-abusing daughter (PRINCESS LEIA), the rebellious, high-octane byproduct of Rock ‘n Roll, Free Love, and post-war Hollywood’s most scandal-soaked marriage? Read about it here, in Blood Moon’s unauthorized double exposé about how Hollywood’s toughest (and savviest) mother-daughter team manoeuvred their way through shifting definitions of fame, reconciliation, and fortune.” —Donna McSorley.

 

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Meghan Markle will be getting married for the second time when she weds Prince Harry later this month. But a new American tabloid cover story claims she has a “secret first husband,” to whom she was married before ex-husband Trevor Engelson. This is made-up and not true. Let me help to set the record straight.

The new cover of the National Enquirer dramatically announces, “Found! Man-Eater Meghan’s Secret First Hubby!” According to the accompanying article, Prince Harry has been “blindsided by claims” that his future wife is “hiding a secret marriage.” It’s specifically alleged that, prior to her nuptials with Engelson, Markle “wed for the first time after a two-year relationship, but the union was brief, and the couple swept the record clean with a hush-hush annulment.”

This so-called “other husband” was “kept hidden from friends, family” and even Engelson, contends the gossip magazine, which claims the “bombshell revelation has rocked the royal family to its core.” A supposed “palace insider” is quoted as saying Prince Harry is now in a “difficult spot” and “must be completely embarrassed by this.” But the phrase “must be” suggests this alleged “palace insider” doesn’t actually have first-hand knowledge of the alleged situation.

Still, this questionable source opines, “Harry knew about Trevor, of course, and he accepted that. But two ex-husbands? That’s a lot to process just days ahead of his own wedding.” The suspicious “insider” makes another assumption when maintaining Prince Harry has “got to be wondering what else she’s hiding.” Of course, annulments are a matter of public record, but the outlet conveniently theorizes that any “evidence” was “likely scrubbed from official records by agents from Britain’s spy agency MI5.”

But the “right to be forgotten” order referenced by the publication applies to internet records for individuals who are residents of the European Union. The legislation is generally not recognized in the U.S., nor would it erase a paper trail of an annulment that took place in the United States, where Markle was born and raised. It’s also worth noting that the tabloid doesn’t name the “other husband” in question, and instead merely claims he went to Northwestern University, like Markle, and now resides on the East Coast. To illustrate its story, the magazine features a blurred-out image of what appears to be a male, but with the identity obscured, it could very well be a photo of a person with no connection to Markle whatsoever.

The outlet asserts that “proof of an alleged annulment would tarnish Meghan’s entry into the royal family,” yet provides no actual proof at all. The publication doesn’t even stand by its own claims, as its goes on to speculate what could happen “if the explosive claim of Meghan’s hidden husband is proved to be true.” That is the tabloid admitting that it can’t actually prove anything, but it threw out these allegations anyway. And even if “evidence” of this supposed secret marriage was “scrubbed” by MI5 agents when Markle became engaged to Prince Harry, that doesn’t explain why no reporter, biographer or investigator made such a discovery beforehand.

After all, it was first revealed in 2016 that Markle and Prince Harry were dating, leading virtually every aspect and detail of her life to be covered ad nauseam. In fact, Andrew Morton’s new book about Meghan Markle delves deeply into her marriage to Engelson, but makes no mention of an annulment before that. Morton is famously known as Princess Diana’s biographer. It should go without saying that he is generally viewed more credibly than untraceable and unidentifiable “palace insiders” quoted by the Enquirer.

It’s apparent that the outlet just wanted another outrageous narrative to run as the royal wedding draws near, even if it’s one it can’t substantiate and one that will have no real impact on the impending nuptials. The publication even acknowledges in its article, “Harry’s not going to back out of marrying Meghan.” In other words, this is much ado about nothing. But Kensington Palace is still taking these falsehoods seriously. The palace is on record calling these “secret first hubby” claims a “fabrication.”

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Miranda Kerr poses in her Malibu home for a photo shoot featured in the new issue of Stellar magazine.

Here is what the 35-year-old pregnant model had to share with the mag:

On her second pregnancy: “I’m working just as much, but I’m working differently. Before, when I was pregnant with Flynn. I was doing a lot of photo shoots and travel – but obviously I didn’t have Flynn to look after. So I had more time to do, say, yoga. And I was telling Evan, ‘Aw man, I haven’t had time to do this pre-natal DVD’ and then was like, ‘I wonder why?’ And I thought about my day and was like, ‘Oh OK,  that makes sense.’ And then on the weekends we just really try to spend family time together.”

On speculation Kerr is expecting a daughter: “It’s funny, isn’t it? My husband [ Evan Spiegel] is a very private guy, so it’s best to keep it a surprise.”

On co-parenting with [Flynn’s father, Kerr’s ex-husband] Orlanda Bloom: “We all have Christmas [and] Thanksgiving together. We celebrate everything together. And if Orlando’s not away, working or shooting a movie or whatnot, we spend a lot of time together. It’s important to be harmonious and peaceful. And we really are – we genuinely care about and want the best for each other.”

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UK Strictly Come Dancing   professional (kiwi born) Brendan Cole was sensational dropped from the BBC series earlier this year and now he is about to embark on a whole new adventure.

The 42-year-old was axed from Strictly Come Dancing after appearing in every series since the competition began in 2004.

But he has now found a new position which will keep him occupied this autumn when the BBC show returns.

The professional dancer is reported to have landed a top new role in a Snow White pantomime.

Brendan has been cast as Prince Charming in a production in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, according to reports.

It is also claimed he will be waltzing off with a £150,000 pay packet.

Since announcing he had been dropped from Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan has welcomed his second child into the world with his wife Zoe Hobbs.

The two announced the arrival of their son, Danté, in a sweet Instagram post earlier this year. 

The 34-year-old left the BBC One competition following one series in 2015 after being partnered with Countryfile presenter Anita Rani.

But he cryptically teased a huge comeback to the programme as he said “never say never”.

Gleb exclusively told Express.co.uk: “I love the show, don’t get me wrong it’s an amazing show, but never say never.”

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen is not taking over as new host of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” despite a ridiculous report.

Insiders say that the president’s attorney has been pitching a revival of the NBC reality series, in which he’d take on the boss’s role. A so-called “source” tells the blog, “Michael is loving the new spotlight and thinks this is the time to start his own TV career. He thinks he would be a great replacement for Donald and knows the show made Donald a star.” The outlet’s seemingly nonexistent tipster concludes, “Now it is Michael’s time to shine.”

It’s also worth noting, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said last year that the network has “no plans” for another season of “The Apprentice,” adding, “I don’t think you will see it back anytime soon.” The executive even went as far as to say, “I don’t know when we would start thinking about it again.”

In January 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger took over for Donald as host of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” but the show was met with backlash and poor ratings. The season ended on a low note with the finale attracting the least viewers in the show’s history. Considering the recent reboot was a total bust, it’s highly unlikely NBC would want to revive the show even if Cohen were campaigning for it, which he isn’t.

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Talking about US President Donald Trump, he could face the sight of thousands of drag queens when he arrives in London for an official visit this summer.

More than 7,000 people have said they are interested in attending a mass drag protest during his first official visit to the UK, slated for Friday July 13.

Alongside the drag queens, President Trump is expected to meet the real Queen, according to reports.

The planned rally will likely be one of many protests happening across the city, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calling on residents to show Trump London’s “liberal values.”

Writing on Facebook, Manchester-based drag artists Cheddar Gorgeous, Violet Blonde, Jonny Banks, Liquorice Black and Anna Phylactic called for, “all drag kings, queens, queers and our allies to march against President Donald Trump’s UK visit.”

They continued: “Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable.

“Let’s get visible, stand with our sister’s, brothers and others in America, and show that we are a country that celebrates diversity.

“We will meet at a central location and join the main protest. Details of meeting location and times will be announced as we understand more about the itinerary of the visit and our fellow protester’s plans.”

Almost 1,000 people have listed themselves as attending the protest, while a further 6,700 say they are interested to attend. President Trump has rolled back a string of LGBT protections, including pursuing a ban on transgender people signing up to the Army.

His administration also plans to allow doctors to deny treatment to Tran’s people.

Trump’s proposed rule would remove an Obama-era protection and would allow doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies to deny coverage or treatment based on gender identity.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said of the visit: “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear.

“He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”

President Trump was originally meant to visit London in February 2018 to open the new US Embassy.

However he pulled out at the last minute claiming that the embassy was in a disreputable area of London and was a “bad deal,” despite it being an expensive central London neighbourhood.

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Check out Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen in the new trailer for Book Club which hits theatres May 18 in the USA. I predict this will be a hit and frankly, the second video is filled with interview with the various stars. You’ve got three Oscar winners in the lead roles plus Candice Bergen, a two-time Oscar nominee and a five-time Emmy winner. Plus Don Johnson and Andy Garcia who still look great!

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Jake Gyllenhaal has just signed up to star in the upcoming biopic about Leonard Bernstein!

The 37-year-old actor will be playing the American composer and conductor in the upcoming film The American, which he will also produce with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing.

The film will follow the producer’s journey from “conducting the New York Philharmonic at 25-years-old through a meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly to be everything that everyone expected him to be, most of all himself,”  its reported.

“Like many people, Leonard Bernstein found his way into my life and heart through West Side Story when I was a kid,” Jake said in a statement. “But as I got older and started to learn about the scope of his work, I began to understand the extent of his unparalleled contribution and the debt of gratitude modern American culture owes him. As a man, Bernstein was a fascinating figure—full of genius and contradiction—and it will be an incredible honour to tell his story with a talent and friend like Cary.”

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Sandra Bullock is so fresh faced on the cover of InStyle magazine’s June issue.

Here’s what the Ocean’s 8 star had to share with the mag:

On working with such a strong cast of characters for Ocean’s 8: “They thought we’d hate each other, but the exact opposite was true… With Sarah (Paulson) it’s like when you’re in school with that friend, and the teacher says ‘Stop talking,’ and you just start crying and laughing. It’s like a chemical imbalance. We’re each other’s little drug habit.”

On her own experience and why she donated $500,000 to the Time’s Up movement: “It’s easy to give money to people who are incredibly brave and outspoken. But Time’s Up is not just about the actors – it’s about the single mom who’s been abused, bullied, and sexually harassed… It’s our duty to do whatever we can to help. I can safely say there is not one person I know who hasn’t experienced some form of harassment or doesn’t know someone it’s happened to. It happened to me when I was 16. And you’re paralysed to a degree… Up until recently it was the victim to was shamed, not the perpetrator.”

On why she doesn’t love the red carpet: “…I don’t feel confident when I dress up and go on the red carpet. I’m not that person who knows how to work it. I try to channel Beyonce.  I do the same pose every time. I try not to dread that kind of stuff, but I do get incensed and think, ‘How can they [the media] write this?’

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Roseanne Barr appeared on the US TV chat show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her smash hit reboot Roseanne.

The 65-year-old actress recalls running away from Johnny Carson after her terrifying first Tonight Show stand-up appearance, returning to Roseanne after 21 years, and reveals what she thinks of critics of her vocal Donald Trump support.

“Oh yeah, people are mad about that,” Roseanne responded. “But, you know, I don’t give a f**k.”

“Well, everybody had to choose for themselves according to their own conscience who they thought was the lesser of two evils,” Roseanne elaborated. “You know, everybody chose that. So, I’m not gonna put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America. It’s a free country. And, you know, when you weigh it all together, you know, I think — I just felt like we needed a whole new thing, all the way, bottom to top.”

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Critically acclaimed NZ author, Jenny Robin Jones has written an absorbing and at times moving account of belonging throughout the ages. Her book, Not For Ourselves Alone: Belonging in an Age of Loneliness is a creative non-fiction work. It traverses the development of individuality through historical and sociological lenses from medieval times to the present day. Jones’ research sits alongside personal reflections of her own life and those of her friends and family who have all experienced belonging, isolation, loneliness in different ways and at different times.

It’s a fascinating and timely read. Jones argues that this cult of individualism and consumerism is leaving people lonelier than ever before. I found out the other day that the UK have appointed a Minister for Loneliness!

 

Jenny says:

  • The solution has to come both from the individual person and from society. It is vital that it is not just left to the individual to fight loneliness and alienation in a society that is structured to induce these ills.
  • For individuals, it’s important first to identify that they have a need to belong, because belonging isn’t something that just happens any more.
  • They then work out ways they can fulfill this need. It might be on many fronts at once: community, close relationships, family networks, an intimate connection with land, social media, following a spiritual path.
  • Through interviews and examples in history, the book shows innovative ways people find to belong, even in the most difficult of circumstances such as a concentration camp.
  • The individual cannot be left alone to fight loneliness and alienation. That will only result in more and more loneliness, with attendant health risks and of course cost to the health system. We must recognise that people’s need to feel they belong is vital to the healthy functioning of society.
  • Current economic and political systems have led to a deep sense of alienation among many in the Western world. Civil society is under threat. We need to become more open-minded about how these systems can change for the benefit of all. If this doesn’t happen there will be greater and greater alienations with resulting descent into extremism and terror.
  • To change society to one where enabling people’s need to belong is paramount, individuals need a break from mind numbing entertainment. They need access to good information and analysis about what is happening in their societies and to join with others to promote change.

 

The UK has recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness. Its official then, feeling lonely is a major issue; a symptom of our time. People everywhere, but particularly in the developed world, are saying there is emptiness in their lives, a need to belong.

In this timely creative non-fiction work, Not For Ourselves Alone, critically acclaimed author Jenny Robin Jones presents a compelling and often moving look at belonging in its broadest context. She combines sociological insight and historical depth to show the development of identity from medieval times through the Industrial Revolution to the modern era.

Jones uses her own experience to track how in the modern world we develop a sense of belonging via our individual self, and contrasts this with how it plays out in Māori culture. She finds belonging under attack as never before. The prevailing cult of the individual leaves people lonely or alienated from those around them. Society offers salvation through shopping, social media networks, and the single-minded pursuit of profit, but a feeling of emptiness persists.

In revealing conversation with friends and family members, Jenny records how those dear to her are finding their own ways to belonging in spite of difficult circumstances. In essence they are replacing the twentieth-century story of ourselves as either self-interested individuals or just herd animals by a narrative with kindness, compassion and inclusion at its heart.

“Jones is an exhaustive researcher, but her light touch, obvious enjoyment of her subject, and eye for amusing detail lift these figures off the page and into our imaginations.”

New Zealand Herald

 

Jenny Robin Jones is a writer of many years standing with numerous short stories and articles published and broadcast. She has also written two history books: Writers in Residence: a journey with pioneer New Zealand writers (Auckland University Press, 2004) and No Simple Passage: the journey of the London to New Zealand, 1842 – a ship of hope (Random House, 2011).

She served as executive Director of the New Zealand Society of Authors 1988-2001, and as editor of Education Today 2002-2004. She completed six years as a board director for and chaired the selection panel for the annual CLL awards from 2002-2010. She is a former chair of Peppercorn Press, publisher of the quarterly review journal, New Zealand Books.

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Rihanna is flawless on the cover of Vogue’s June 2018 issue.

Here’s what the 30-year-old Ocean’s 8 star and entertainer had to share with the mag…

On taking time away for her relationships (Rihanna’s rumoured to be dating Hassan Jameel): “I used to feel guilty about taking personal time….but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before.”

On her body: “You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”

On her relationship with Drake: “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”

On Drake’s VMAs Speech for her: “The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal. Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.”

 

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 30th April

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… Sarah Jessica Parker was asked about the drama between her and her former Sex and the City co-star, Kim Cattrall.  If you don’t know, months ago, Kim said that she was never friends with her co-stars and the relationships felt “toxix.” Then, earlier this month, Kim‘s brother suddenly passed away and Sarah Jessica wrote a comment on Kim’s Instagram post, expressing her condolences and seemingly, mending their broken relationship. Later on, Kim suddenly lashed out at SJP for “exploiting” her family’s tragedy.

SJP was asked by Vulture, “Do you see any resolution with the Kim CattrallSex and the City 3 situation?”

“I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight. I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it. I also want to remind everybody that there were four women on the set and I spent equal time with all of them, so this was not a set with two women who didn’t get along. I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions. If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?” Sarah Jessica said.

Sarah Jessica continued, “The three of us have shared our disappointment that we’re not making that movie, not just on our behalf but our crew, but also just the people that have been vocal about wanting to see it. But we still live in a free country where people get to make choices and sometimes the answer is ‘no,’ and the only way to respond for me is to respect that.”

Finally, she added, “But, no, there is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I. And I spent time with all of the women on the set. People need to recall that it wasn’t just two women on the set fighting because that just never happened. We are enormously proud of what we got to do and I don’t want someone sharing thoughts publicly, which is Kim’s right to do and that is what it is, but we spent 10, 12 years of our life doing something that I really loved and I feel privileged to be part of and I don’t want this to eclipse it or change its experience for that audience that was so good to us for so long.”

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I have just read Lorraine Downes memoir “Life, Loss, Love.” She writes honestly throughout the 333 pages, she’s a smart woman who is very spiritual and is now rebuilding her life and learning to live with her grief in a way which is totally inspiring. I through recommend that you take a look at her book when you’re next in a book shop, I enjoyed every page turn.

My only disappointment with the book is that most of the black and white pictures are not clear they look like a photocopy of a photocopy which is such a pity.

From the heady days of her Miss Universe win to the tragic death of her soul mate Martin Crowe, Lorraine Downes’ life has been full of highs and lows.

As well as the Miss Universe fairy-tale and her busy career, Lorraine shares details of her first marriage to All Black Murray Mexted, her delight in her two children, her success in Dancing with the Stars and her blissful relationship with cricketing legend Martin Crowe.
Along the way Lorraine has faced many challenges including rebuilding her life after divorce and, the cruellest blow of all, Martin’s devastating illness and death. She shares what got her through the tough challenges she faced.

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Mia Farrow can hardly contain herself because she’s SO proud of her son Ronan Farrow. He was honored at the New York gala for Time magazine’s 100 Most influential People of 2018 for his explosive reporting of the Harvey Weinstein scandal along with reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for the New Yorker. Oh, and did you know he also won a Pulitzer Prize for the same thing? Ronan is on top of the world right now and we can’t help wondering what his estranged father Woody Allen is thinking.

 

 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not “moving to Malibu,” despite a new tabloid cover story. I can explain how it came about.

Earlier this month, New Idea wrongly claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bought a Malibu beach house. But now Star has seemingly fabricated a cover story to continue the bogus storyline.

I know this is false celebrity news at the moment, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised that Prince Harry and Meghan end up living in America in a couple of years.

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Kerry Washington looks stunning on the cover of Essence magazine’s Mary 2018 issue.

Here’s what the Scandal star had to share with the mag:

On what playing Olivia Pope taught her: “I feel like whenever I play a character, I feel she comes into my life to teach me something. I’ve never had the privilege of playing a character for this long, but of the many things Olivia Pope has given me is this sense that anything’s possible, that there’s always a way through.”

On Time’s Up: “I have noticed in the last three years or so, we’re just reaching out to each other more. That’s been one of the most powerful parts, for me, of being involved with the Time’s Ups movement. It has changed the ways we operate. It changes what awards shows and parties feel like. We are becoming stronger as communities, as Black women, as larger circles of women of colour, larger circles of women in Hollywood, larger circles of just people in Hollywood who give a shit.”

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is getting a sequel and it officially has a release date!

It was just announced that the follow up to the super successful Dwayne Johnson flick will be hitting theaters in December 2019.

“I’d bet on seeing Dwayne Johnson in theaters again in December 2019. Don’t rush to give all those screens to Star Wars. Come on, fair’s fair,” Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman said at CinemaCon.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the most successful films in Sony’s history, grossing more than $956 million (US) at the worldwide box office after being release in late 2017.

*Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018