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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Monday 15th January

I’m not one to gossip but………………..The father of the man found dead in Michael Barrymore’s pool backs a judge’s decision that could block a £2.4million compo payout to the star.

Essex Police can now appeal last year’s finding that Barrymore is due “more than nominal” damages after an unlawful arrest on suspicion of murdering Stuart Lubbock.

Stuart’s father Terry, 72, said: “This is great news. I’ve been crossing my fingers about this one and had dearly hoped that the police would win the case. The police have had a result and the ball is still in court. I don’t want Barrymore to get any money.”

The star was arrested in 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart, 31, found in the pool at his Roydon home in 2001 Barrymore wants loss of earnings.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: “There have been suggestions that the judgement I gave rests on a technicality. In my view nothing could be further from the truth.”

A police spokesman said: “On January 4 Essex Police was granted leave to appeal in this case. We have no further comment to make at this time.”

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The  Versace family has issued a second statement in response to the upcoming season of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The family first issued a statement earlier in the week, breaking their silence on the portrayal of Gianni Versace‘s murder. FX responded with their own statement.

“As we have said, the Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace, which should only be considered as a work of fiction. The company producing the series claims it is relying on a book by Maureen Orth, but the Orth book itself is full of gossip and speculation. Orth never received any information from the Versace family and she has no basis to make claims about the intimate personal life of Gianni Versace or other family members. Instead, in her effort to create a sensational story. “As just one example, Orth makes assertions about Gianni Versace’s medical condition based on a person who claims he reviewed a post-mortem test result, but she admits it would have been illegal for the person to have reviewed the report in the first place (if it existed at all). In making her lurid claims, she ignores contrary information provided by members of Mr. Versace’s family, who lived and worked closely with him and were in the best position to know the facts of his life.”

Gianni Versace was a brave and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others. Of all the possible portrayals of his life and legacy, it is sad and reprehensible that the producers have chosen to present the distorted and bogus version created by Maureen Orth. The Versace family will issue no further comment on the matter,” the statement concluded.

Versace – starring Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss and Ricky Martin –  premieres on FX on January 17.

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Minnie Mouse

Well  it had to happen it  is officially Hollywood royalty get’s her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame……………I’m talking about Minnie Mouse herself!

Not that she wasn’t already, but the famed Disney character will be getting her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame later this month — and it’s just about the best news ever!

Minnie will join husband, Mickey Mouse and creator Walt Disney on the Walk of Fame with her own ceremony on Monday, January 22nd.

Did you know that Minnie is considered an unofficial Disney princess?

However, in Mickey‘s eyes, she’s the only princess. He once told her: “Gosh, Minnie, you’ve always been a princess to me.” But the big question still remains – are Mickey and Minnie MARRIED or have they been living in sin all these years!

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Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are not in a “war” with Tom Cruise, despite a new tabloid cover story. The stars are not having any kind of “explosion showdown” with her ex-husband.

Star contends in its new issue, “As Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx ratchet up their romance, sources say Tom Cruise is trying to sabotage their love.” A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Katie is convinced that Tom is trying to derail the relationship.” This supposed source specifically alleges Holmes is “so fed up that she called Tom and gave him a piece of her mind. She told him he was jealous and controlling and that she was sick and tired of his meddling in her love life.”

According to the gossip magazine, the “long-simmering tensions between the exes reached a boiling point after Katie’s recent decision to move into Jamie’s L.A. mansion.” The outlet claims Holmes “believes” Cruise is “harassing her in the hopes of sabotaging her relationship.” Why now? The publication maintains the actor “tolerated” Holmes’ relationship with Foxx when they were in hiding. But after they were photographed together on the beach last fall, claims the alleged tipster, “He was really pissed, and it seemed like something inside him just snapped.”

Of course, Holmes and Foxx’s beach walk  was back in early September last year. It’s now mid January, four months later, making the timing of this piece rather odd and suspicious. And the tabloid offers no specifics for what Cruise has supposedly done to “meddle” in the relationship and “harass” his former wife, aside from speculation that people associated with the Church of Scientology might be calling Holmes and hanging up. “Katie is furious at Tom for butting in. She won’t stand for it,” the alleged “insider” nonetheless asserts, further claiming, “Tom is playing with fire by letting jealousy get the better of him. Katie knows his darkest, most intimate secrets — and she could destroy him.”

It all sounds very dramatic. But it’s all very untrue. In fact, the cover of this issue features a purported quote from Holmes and Foxx, “Let us live in peace!” That line, however, does not appear anywhere in the actual article and it is not something the pair ever actually uttered. And the purported phone call between Holmes and Cruise never happened.

This cover story is a work of fiction, much like one from last June in which the magazine alleged Holmes was writing a tell-all book about her relationships with both Foxx and Cruise. That came a year after the outlet falsely alleged the actress was pregnant with Foxx’s baby. There was never a book, never a baby and never a “showdown.” It’s just a growing pile of lies.

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Tonight in the USA is a special occasion for  Award winning TV series Modern Family – it’s 200th episode airs!

Rico Rodrizuez who plays Manny on the sitcom, shared a heartfelt post before the big night.“If you would have told me when I started acting 11 years ago, I would eventually be on a tv show that would surpass 200 episodes, I would’ve said you were joking. But, here I am today, asking all of you to celebrate with us and tune into the 200th episode of #ModernFamily airing tonight on ABC!” he wrote on Instagram.  “Thank you Chris, Steve, Jeff Greenberg, my cast, my crew, ABC, and 20th Century Fox for making my dreams a reality. But especially thanks to all of our fans who have joined our family adventures for the last 9 seasons. You all have made this possible!”

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James Franco  is speaking out to respond to allegations of sexual harassment made against him after he showed support for the Time’s Up movement.

The 39-year-old The Disaster Artist actor answered Stephen Colbert’s questions during an appearance on The Late Show in New York City.

“There were some things on Twitter, I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them,” James said.

Actress Ally Sheedy was among the women who spoke out against James. He directed her in an off-Broadway play in 2014. In response he said, “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I have total respect for her. She took the tweet down, I can’t speak for her.”

“The others, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for what I’ve done,” James added. “The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out because they didn’t have a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in anyway. I think its a good thing and I support it.”

“I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made,” he continued. “If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don’t know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don’t have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.”

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The 2018 BAFTA nominees are!

The Shape Of Water has the most nominees this year at the British award show with a total of 12 including Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Darkest Hour each received nine nominations each.

The BAFTAs are set to air on February 18, and Just Jared will be live blogging the event. Stay tuned!

Click inside to see the full list of BAFTA nominees…

Outstanding British Film:
Darkest Hour
The Death of Stalin
God’s Own Country
Lady Macbeth
Paddington 2
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Best Film:
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
​Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Best Actress:
Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Director:
Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Screenplay:
Get Out, Jordan Peele
I, Tonya, Steven Rogers
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
The Death of Stalin, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, David Schneider
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Matt Greenhaigh
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Paddington 2, Simon Farnaby, Paul King

Supporting Actress:
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer:
The Ghoul (Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttman, Tom Meeten)
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, Emily Morgan)
Jawbone (Johnny Harris, Thomas Napper)
Kingdom of Us (Lucy Cohen)
Lady Macbeth (Alice Birch, William Oldroyd, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly)

Best Film Not in the English Language:
Elle
First They Killed My Father
The Handmaiden
Loveless
The Salesman

Best Documentary:
City of Ghosts
I Am Not Your Negro
Icarus
An Inconvenient Sequel
Jane

Best Animated Film:
Coco
Loving Vincent
My Life as a Courgette

Best Original Music:
Blade Runner 2049 (Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer)
Darkest Hour (Dario Marianelli)
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood)
The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Cinematography:
Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakin)
Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)
Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)
The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen)
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (Ben Davis)

Best Editing:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Production Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water

Best Make Up & Hair:
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

Best Sound:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Special Visual Effects:
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best British Short Animation:
Have Heart=
Mamoon
Poles Apart

Best British Short Film:
Aamir
Cowboy Dave
A Drowning Man
Work
Wren Boys

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Roseanne Barr is getting real about how her politics will impact the upcoming Roseanne revival.

The 65-year-old actress stepped out at the show’s panel at the 2018 Winter TCA Tour on Monday (January 8) at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif.

During the panel, Roseanne explained why her character on the show is a President Donald Trump supporter.

“In The Rosanne Show, I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic. And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American,” she said.

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Until next week my lips are sealed! David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018.

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Monday 8th January

I’m not one to gossip but……………….Happy New Year!  Lets’ hope that 2018 will be a great one for us all.

Is Meghan Markle really watching “The Crown” to learn about royal etiquette? That’s what one tabloid is trying to get readers to believe.

According to the current edition of Life & Style magazine, the hit Netflix series is Markle’s “cheat sheet” now that she’s engaged to marry Prince Harry. The gossip magazine contends the show “isn’t just a guilty pleasure for Meghan; it’s insight into her in-laws.” A so-called “source” is quoted as saying, “Whenever Prince Harry isn’t home, Meghan watches the show to learn about royal etiquette.”

“With her wedding approaching,” continues this alleged source, “Meghan is nervous she won’t get through thousands of pages on royal protocol in time her big day, so she’s kind of cheating the system by watching the show.” The publication is conjuring an image of Markle as a school student who rents the movie instead of reading the book. Tellingly, though, the outlet and its alleged tipster don’t name a single thing the royal-to-be has supposedly learned from the program.

“The Crown” has won raves from critics and there are royal historians on staff to ensure the program is largely accurate. As such, viewers are, for the most part, getting a relatively authentic look at royal life. But the show moves chronologically and is only in its second season. The first batch of episodes covered 1947 to 1955, while the recently-debuted second collection focuses on 1956 to 1964. There is a lot that’s happened in the world of the royals, and with their bylaws, since the 1960s.

For all the stereotypes about the monarchy being stuck in the rigid past,  there’s been new protocols established in various areas to keep up with modernity in the 21st century. While Markle could certainly see on the show how a fictionalized version of Queen Elizabeth once acted during her early reign, it’s laughable to suggest the series could actually be a substitute for all that she needs to learn today in 2017. And it’s not simply a matter of reading “thousands of pages” on royal rules.

She is actually getting etiquette lessons in the way of being royal, along with safety/security training and more instruction. She also has to learn decades of royal history, well beyond just 1947-1964. As overwhelming as it all may seem, she’s not going it alone. There are people specifically working to teach her everything she needs to know. Merely watching “The Crown” wouldn’t cut it. It seems likely the tabloid is only trying to sell this angle because outlets have been quick to draw comparisons between “The Crown” and Markle’s new life. . Even some of the actors from the show have been asked to weigh in.

Still, it’s not surprising Life & Style has gone with a cutesy narrative versus a real and rational one. This is the same magazine that falsely claimed Prince Harry and Markle were engaged in November 2016, a full year before they actually were. Perhaps the outlet is still living in a fantasy world better suited for TV.

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Jodie Foster had some harsh – and very true – things to say about the movie industry these days.

Foster talked to the Radio Times about movies of the Marvel “Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses  and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world. I feel like I make movies because there are things I have to say in order to figure out who I am or my place in the world, or for me to evolve as a person.”

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Mark Wahlberg, 46, should be one of the happiest guys in Hollywood – not only is he married to a former Victoria’s Secret model, and they have four healthy kids, but, according to Forbes, he was the “Highest Paid Actor in Hollywood” last year – earning 68 million dollars (US)!

The only downside is that he was also named the “Most Overpaid Actor in Hollywood” because his movies weren’t all that profitable. (The list of overpaid actors is long but there are very few overpaid actresses – because they are paid LESS.)

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Brad Pitt did not ask Jennifer Aniston to marry him again, despite a completely false tabloid cover story.

“Brad & Jen: A Second Chance At Love!” reads a headline in the latest issue of In Touch. The untrustworthy publication attempts to illustrate its lie with a photoshopped image (see cover) of the exes posing together, which hasn’t happened in more than a decade. The accompanying article claims the pair have reconnected and he’s leaning on her amid his divorce from Angelina Jolie, while she’s confiding in him about her alleged marital trouble with Justin Theroux.

A so-called “friend” tells the magazine, “Brad and Jen have bonded like never before over the past year… He flat out told Jen that if he ever had the chance, he would marry her again.” The alleged source continues, “She was left speechless by Brad’s stunning admission. Jen was deeply touched by Brad’s heartfelt words, and it has remained on her mind ever since… She’ll always be his greatest love, his soulmate, and he’s relying on her as his closest confidante right now.”

The seemingly phony insider further purports that Aniston’s husband and Pitt’s estranged wife are both unhappy about their supposed reunion. In Theroux’s case, the “source” claims the actor became furious after learning of his wife’s communication with Pitt during their recent getaway to Mexico. As for Jolie, she’s allegedly “in a jealous rage over Brad and Jen’s deep friendship.” The magazine’s almost assuredly nonexistent insider concludes, “If the stars align, Brad and Jen could very well end up remarried.” Fake news is alive and well with the gossip tabloids!

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Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman take the cover of British Vogue’s February 2018 issue, on newsstands this Friday.

Here’s what the two stars had to share with the mag:

Nicole, on opportunities in Hollywood: “I still feel like I’m the kid at drama school hoping to get a role. I always feel like I’m so fortunate and lucky to have the job. Part of my job now is to give back and help create opportunities for the next generation – particularly with female directors, because it is so imbalanced.”

Margot, on her acting career: “My family has no connection to the entertainment industry whatsoever, so when I started acting, everyone was like, ‘That’s fun, but when are you going to actually get a real job?’ And that went on for years. They’re impressed for five seconds, and then they’re, ‘So anyway, the dog threw up today.’

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Sarah Paulson is on the cover of Town and Country Magazine’s February 2018 issue, on newsstands today.

Here’s what the American Horror Story star had to share with the mag:

On her fear of having children: “I don’t want to be torn. I don’t want to look at my child and say, ‘You’re the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell.’ It was hard for my mother to be everywhere, to come to the school play and make a living, I’ve always known what I wanted out of professional life, and I didn’t want to turn around and go, ‘If I had only made the choice to just dedicate this time in my life to me.’ It’s selfish, but I think the word selfish gets a bad rap.”

On her relationship with Holland Taylor: “I do not want to be defined by who I share my bed, my home, my soul with. My choices in life have been unconventional, and that’s my business. …Our relationship represents a certain amount of hope and risk. Maybe there’s something brave in it. Maybe it encourages others to make brave choices. What else can I say? We love each other.”

On being a working actress in her 40s:
“I’ve got a window as a woman of 43. …I’m trying to keep it open with both hands, as wide as possible, for as long as possible.”

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The late Carrie Fisher wrote some of the funniest lines in Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

According to director Rian Johnson, the late actress helped create many of her character’s scenes.

That includes the funny moment when she reunites with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and points out that she changed her hairstyle.

“That was her. That was a Carrie Fisher line. Of course it was,” Rian told People magazine.

He also said that she came up with the “You go, I’ve said it enough” line Leia recites to Laura Dern’s Admiral Amilyn Holdo.

“In the scene with Holdo, that was Carrie,” Rian said, adding that Carrie was able to help him accomplish his goal of adding more humour into the film.

Rian continued, “I would sit down with her and she would just give me…After an hour, I would have filled up pages and pages writing down the notes and one-liners that she would pitch. And so we tried to work them in whenever we could.”

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Renee Zellweger, 48, (Chicago) has been obsessively researching Judy Garland as she prepares to start filming Judy in February. The movie covers the time period in winter of 1968, when 47 year old Judy was preparing for her final concerts in London.

She was at a low point in her career- her TV series was cancelled, her Australian tour was a disaster due to lateness and impairment, and Judy lost her role in the film Valley of the Dolls to Susan Hayward because she didn’t show up for rehearsals. The London concert series was a big deal, but Judy was not up for it.

The movie deals with her relationships – both good and bad- at the time. Hopefully Renee will have a long chat with Lorna Luft, Judy’s younger daughter, who wrote in great detail about that time period in her fascinating book Me and My Shadows.

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Limited edition stamps marking the 50th anniversary of iconic TV show Dad’s Army and the centenary of the RAF will be released in 2018.

The UK Royal Mail said its Special Stamps programme will showcase the best of Britain by celebrating major anniversaries, plus achievements of British men and women.

Scientists and conservationists who have reintroduced once extinct species back into the country will feature in some of the packs.

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Last of the Summer Wine duo Compo and Clegg have been reunited in death as actor Peter Sallis has been buried next to his co-star Bill Owen.

The pair met on the set of the Yorkshire-based comedy and struck up a close friendship after spending 26 years filming together.

Bill died from pancreatic cancer at age 85 in 1999 but chose where he wanted to be buried two decades earlier.

It was during a break in filming the pair were sitting on a hill overlooking the church when he said to his old friend: ‘That’s where I want to be buried.’

After his death, Sallis said he wanted to be buried next to his old friend and after passing away in June last year, he was granted his wish.

He lived for a further 18 years and passed away aged 96.

The two old friends are now together in the graveyard at St John’s Church in the Yorkshire town of Holmfirth.
The UK Sun newspaper reports local greengrocer Alan Bray organised Owen’s funeral and said Sallis phoned him shortly after and asked to be buried in the same plot.

The lifelong friend of Bill’s told the paper: ‘Peter wanted to be by the side of his friend even though they were both Londoners.
‘Peter later rang to say he also wanted to be buried in that churchyard.

‘I passed his request over to the vicar and thought no more about it.

‘The plot has stood empty all these years, the vicar who buried Bill has passed away and I never heard anything more about it.

‘But I then learned that Peter’s son had carried out his father’s request.’

A small burial service was held for Sallis in June last year with just three mourners present, according to Mr Bray.
He told the paper: ‘It was a very quiet funeral. I understand there were just three mourners – Peter’s son, a producer from Last of the Summer Wine and one other person.

‘Bill and Peter were like brothers. Like brothers, they did not always see eye to eye but they were great friends.’

He said Peter was less extroverted than Bill and preferred to keep himself to himself.

It is understood a permanent headstone has yet to be placed on Peter’s grave.

Currently a temporary cross marks his final resting place with a message reading: ‘Peter Sallis OBE 1921 – 2017’.

And Bill’s gravestone reads: ‘Here lies Wm J Owen Rowbotham. Actor, Playwright 14.03.1914 – 12.07.1999’.

The local vicar Reverend Keith Griffin said Peter’s funeral service was very small with no publicity at the request of the family.

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The late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s headstone has now been affixed to his grave marker alongside Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place at the exclusive Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

The simple plaque bears Hefner’s first name, middle initial ‘M’ and last name, followed by the years of his birth and death, 1926-2017.

It is no coincidence that the media mogul who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s will end up spending an eternity in the company of America’s most celebrated sex symbol.

Hefner reserved the plot at the celebrity-packed Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles next to Monroe, who was Playboy’s inaugural cover girl, in 1992 at the cost of $75,000 (US), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hefner, the pipe-smoking silk-pajama-wearing embodiment of the lifestyle he touted, passed away at the age on 91 on September 27.

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Mark Wahlberg is on the cover of Men’s Health magazine’s January/February 2018 issue.

Here’s what the 46-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On advice he received from Mel Gibson: “He passed on a lot of movies, a lot of really good movies. And he told me, ‘You should get it while there’s time. Get it while it’s there. If you’ve got an opportunity, work.’”

On his work ethic: “The only way to be the best is to keep working like you got nothing. Keep getting after it, and be more and more aggressive, more and more focused every day. I don’t know. I have more drive and desire now than I ever have.”

On his current workout: “I don’t play basketball anymore because I don’t want to roll an ankle and miss a movie or screw up my golf game…I’m doing [the Versaclimber] twice a day and jumping rope….If I wake up at 3:30, I can go to the golf course at 6:30, be done by 8:30, and then be home and then do the rest of my stuff: work with a physiotherapist, get treatment, hit the cryo chamber.”

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The ‘90s are back and the sitcom Roseanne is back this year with a premiere Tuesday, March 27 at 8 PM. ABC in America.

“Same couch, same cast, same laugh.”

The series original cast is reuniting to reprise their roles from the original sitcom, which ended 20 years ago in 1997.

The comedy about the blue-collar family pushed boundaries including a groundbreaking lesbian kiss during season 6. But as of late, Roseanne, the person, supports the alt-right, although she insists the show isn’t pro-Trump.

If you remember Barr herself ran for President in 2012 and says she was the first to encourage Trump to run for POTUS. This summer Barr wrote on Twitter,

“MY NEW SHOW IS NOT ABOUT TRUMP! IT’S ABOUT A MIDWESTERN FAMILY.”

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said Barr will speak “very honestly” and that the sitcom will be,

“tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today.

We’ll bring back a point of view that has really been missing on the air. What the election revealed was that there’s parts of our country that didn’t feel heard, that they didn’t have a voice. When you look at how the polling data went in the run-up to the election, it was kind of a big surprise to many people that the election turned out as it did.”

Conservatives viewed these comments as suggesting Roseanne would be a pro-Trump show and Barr told The Hollywood Reporter last year, the country would be

“lucky if [Trump] won.”

Still going to watch? I will. A least the premiere to see how Roseanne (the show) handles politics, now that we all know where the woman herself stands.

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Drew Barrymore shines in a Celine look on the cover of In Style magazine’s February 2018 issue. Here’s what the Santa Clarita Diet star had to share with the mag:

On growing up in the public eye: “From a young age I was overly passionate and thought everything lived and died in a professional atmosphere because, back then, it was really all I had. I didn’t have a family. I’ve been working as long as I can remember.”

On her moods: “God or the devil, face ripper or ‘Take the shirt off my back,’ I definitely have a ferociousness. And I’ve always had it. I completely rebel against authority…I am very f*cking scrappy.”

On not needing romance: “My daughters are so fulfilling that I feel like my cup is just avalanching over. If love took on a physical analogy form, I’d be an overstuffed turkey or piñata. So I’m not really hungry for it at this moment. I don’t think I would have ever known that I could be this content, this whole, without being in a romantic relationship. That would have been a surprise to my younger self.”

……………. Until next week my lips are sealed! David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018