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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 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.

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Monday 27th March 2017

debbserviceI’m not one to gossip but……………Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it.

There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday ( Sunday our time ), which honoured the mother-daughter duo’s impact on film, culture and those who knew them with a mix of photos, videos, and anecdotes that kept the audience laughing and applauding.

Author Gavin de Becker, who attended high school with Fisher and recounted how his infatuation with her turned into a lifelong friendship, said his friend “zoomed through time” and made so many people’s lives better. He recounted how Fisher took him on international trips and “gave me so many firsts.”

“The first time I had sex was at Carrie’s house,” de Becker said. “It wasn’t with Carrie, but she arranged it.”

Reynolds’ son and Fisher’s brother Todd took to the stage with Star Wars character R2D2 to give a speech remembering the two incredible women three months after their death and recounted what happened after Fisher died.

“When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit. My mother always said to me, ‘I never want to go to my daughter’s funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie,’” Reynolds told her son.

“I didn’t know she was going to leave us that very next day and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a very peaceful exit that only my mother could’ve orchestrated,” he said.

Adding, “She was trained in Hollywood where they teach you to make a great entrance and exit. … A beautiful exit.”

gay-menThe memorial included an original song entitled I’m Here To Let You Go from family friend and musician James Blunt as well as a performance from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

The celebration included a montage of photos and footage of the two and was scored by Star Wars composer John Williams.

“You are all her people — not just her extended family, but her close friends and fans,” he said of the “living room” experience.

“We would be sharing these same kinds of films and photographs, telling the same stories. … You’re gonna see a lot of things you’ve never, ever seen before,” Todd said.

Many who attended the memorial took to social media to recount the emotional day.

deb-andActor Dan Aykroyd described Fisher, his one-time fiancée, as a chatterbox who never let him speak. He described using the Heimlich maneuver on her once, and joked that if he had been on the plane where Fisher fell ill in December, he “might have been able to save her again.

Todd made the memorial public after he announced it had been Fisher’s wish to have a public service. The ceremony was attended by more than 1,200 people. The public ceremony follows a private memorial service, which took place in January and was attended by stars including Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meg Ryan.

 

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Betty White Surprises Morgan Freeman at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award, in case you haven’t seen it before. Betty is amazing at her age dancing up a storm

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Hollywood actress Greta Garbo spent decades living in her high-end and exclusive New York City apartment. Now for the first time in 64 years, the film legend’s seven-room Manhattan residence is up for sale for nearly $6 million US.

Garbo, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1920s and 30s, lived in the co-op overlooking East River from 1954 until she died in 1990 aged 84. The apartment is being sold by the family of Gray Reisfield, Garbo’s niece and sole heir to the actress’s estate.

Reisfield and her husband lived in the apartment from about 1992 to 2013 before relocating to San Francisco. The Swedish-born star’s apartment has been listed for $5.95 million US with Halstead brokers William A. Kerr, Brian Lewis and William Kerr.

The agents say the sprawling three bedrooms; three bath apartment is mostly how Garbo left it. It features a private elevator lobby, an L-shaped living room and a separate library/den area. The co-op is located on the fifth floor of the 14-story Campanile building on East 52nd Street. Its monthly maintenance comes in at nearly $9,100 US.

The 1927 building is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac facing the East River, which was the perfect place for the elusive movie star to take refuge from media and fans. Garbo was renowned for her aversion to publicity. She refused invitations to parties and receptions when she first arrived in Hollywood in 1925 and would not even attend her own film premieres.  She also stopped giving interviews early on in her career.

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glenGlenn Close is not playing Hillary Clinton in a movie, despite a late and wrong report.

Previously reported, the Us gossip paper National Enquirer wrongly alleged several days ago that Glenn is set to star as Hillary Clinton. At the time, we suspected the actress was possibly linked to this non-existent movie because Close did an impression of Clinton last year at the Tony Awards.. Regardless, a rep for Close exclusively assured us the story was entirely untrue.

The so called inside gossip further fancily alleges the film will focus on “Clinton’s career” and “marriage to Bill.”

Suffice to say, there is no script, no movie, and no casting of Close as Clinton. Basically, there’s absolutely no truth to the claim.

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768mFans and friends have been left furious at a TV documentary about George Michael’s final days.

The documentary, The Final Days of George Michael, aired on channel Five in the UK.

The late star’s best friend, band mate Andrew Ridgeley, labeled the show “mucky”.

He slammed the TV network for airing the documentary before Michael has been buried, after the body was left for more than three months pending the coroner’s report.

He wrote on Twitter: “2 conceive such a sensationalist & mucky piece of voyeurism may be par 4 the course for u, the decision to air b4 GM’s funeral is insensitive, contemptuous & reprehensible. U might have had decency 2 schedule post funeral & after a respectful period”.

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dame-julieShe’s one of the world’s most beloved stars, who has worked in showbusiness for over fifty years.

So it’s no surprise that Dame Julie Andrews had plenty to say, when asked about US President Donald Trump‘s budget proposal to slash funding to the arts during an interview on The Project.

The Mary Poppins and Sound of Music icon called the proposal ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘mind boggling,’ stating that she ‘cannot imagine why anybody would want to cut the funding on something as important as the arts.’

Her comments come just days after she wrote an impassioned op-ed for CNN along with her daughter, Emma Walton-Hamilton, with a plea to rescue the arts from the budget chopping block.

The 81-year-old said the culture industry is ‘so hugely important to us as human beings, to our children who are going to be better citizens by having been exposed to the arts.’

Seeming to implicitly reference President Trump’s Administration, she stated, ‘You have to have a government that supports you and sends the message that the arts are important.’

During her interview, Julie was also asked about how she deals with overzealous fans.

‘It is a little difficult if you happen to be in a big store and you pop to the ladies’ room and while you’re in the ladies’ room, there is a knock on the door and somebody says, ‘Excuse me, are you Mary Poppins?’

She added: ‘What are you going to do?’

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donaldOnly in America can you learn about how your future president used to try to pick up women when he was single!

Back in 1998 when Donald Trump had split with Marla Maples and had not yet met Melania, he was trying to hook up by phone. British actress Emma Thompson told this story to a European magazine: She received a call out of the blue in her trailer on the set where she was filming Primary Colors. “Hi – it’s Donald Trump here- I just, you know, wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers- they’re really comfortable.” He continued “I think we could get along very well- maybe we could have dinner some time!”

Surprised Emma politely and diplomatically declined, but wishes she had taken him up on the offer

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paris-jParis Jackson takes a leap in front of the Eiffel Tower on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

The 18-year-old model and actress opened up about her childhood, haters and using her platform for good. Check it:

On growing up with her dad, Michael Jackson: “When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers. Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”

On using her platform to speak out on politics: “Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life. Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going. And I feel like each year it’s getting worse…I know there are a lot of people who would feel very blessed to be in my position, so I want to use it for important things.”

On living in the spotlight and dealing with the haters: “You’re on their mind—how is that a bad thing? Doesn’t matter if they’re saying good or bad things about you. They’re thinking about you enough to write about you. You just can’t care…Not everybody is going to be happy with what you do. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, that’s a problem. If you’re happy, who gives a f*ck?”

For more from Paris, visit HarpersBazaar.com.

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849n4On paper, Ben Affleck looks like a great catch. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and smart, and has a successful career as an award-winning actor and director. Certainly he has attracted his share of equally attractive and successful women.

But all is not as it appears. Ben has had a drinking problem for quite awhile that called for several visits to rehab. At times he can be surly and moody. What’s more, Ben is addicted to gambling in excess and has never totally been able to give THAT up, despite financial repercussions.

Jennifer Garner has endured all of his addictions and we have to give her credit for never complaining. And she is trying to make the most of their co-parenting. Ben did ONE thing right – he married Jennifer.

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75856nm6Selena Gomez is sizzling hot as she takes the cover of Vogue magazine’s April issue.

Here’s what the 24-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On deleting Instagram from her phone: “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”

On seeking help for anxiety and depression: “You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls. Real people who couldn’t give two shits about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”

On taking some time off during her Revival World Tour: “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion. I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd rise up their pinkies and make a pinkie promise never to allow anybody to make them feel that they weren’t good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s, and I’m looking into their eyes, and I don’t know what to say. I couldn’t say, ‘Everybody, let’s pinkie-promise that you’re beautiful!’ It doesn’t work that way, and I know it because I’m dealing with the same shit they’re dealing with. What I wanted to say is that life is so stressful, and I get the desire to just escape it. But I wasn’t figuring my own stuff out, so I felt I had no wisdom to share. And so maybe I thought everybody out there was thinking, this is a waste of time.”

For more from Selena, visit Vogue.com!

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907Sesame Street is introducing a character named Julia, who has autism.

Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of U.S. Social Impact, spoke about the addition to the popular children’s show.

“In the U.S., one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder,” Jeanette said (via the Chicago Tribune). “We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children. We’re modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: finding things that all children share….Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we’re looking at children with autism.”

The first episode to introduce Julie – titled “Meet Julia,” airs Monday, April 10 on HBO.

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Kris Jenner is NOT planning to get O.J. Simpson to join “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” despite a ridiculous tabloid report.

ojAccording to the gossip magazine National Enquirer, wants the imprisoned former NFL star to have a story arc on her reality show if he’s released on parole later this year. Of course, Jenner’s late husband, Robert Kardashian, was Simpson’s best friend and part of his defense team when he was charged with murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The repeatedly discredited magazine claims Jenner’s idea is to have Simpson “address rumours about being the real father of Khloe.” A so-called “source” tells the outlet, “We were told that O.J. would give top consideration to Kris for any TV offers. We thought they were joking, but that was before ‘Keeping Up’ bombed in the ratings. If Kim Kardashian talking about the Paris robbery couldn’t save the show, then O.J. joining the cast seems pretty realistic!”

The tabloid then quotes a supposed “producer” of the E! reality series as saying, “If Kris wants to do a live DNA test with Khloe, we already have ads made up!” After checking in with a reliable source close to the situation, who exclusively assures us Jenner isn’t scheming to get Simpson on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and the claim otherwise is simply absurd.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Enquirer has published a bogus story linking the Kardashian matriarch to the disgraced footballer. The magazine was previously busted the publication for alleging Jenner helped Simpson hide the knife used to murder his ex-wife. The magazine was also called out the tabloid for falsely claiming Khloe was getting plastic surgery to look less like Simpson This latest report from the frequently unreliable magazine is similarly false!

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bradAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly on speaking terms after their custody proceedings got tumultuous. Ultimately, the couple agreed to keep all discussions private and out of the public eye, and now, they’ve spoken to each other directly to try and move forward.

“He’s much happier,” a source told People magazine of Brad. “He’s very relieved that things are not playing out in public anymore.”

“It was a rough time, but they were able to resolve it,” the source continued. “This is a work in progress…He’s always been extremely positive about how Angie’s a good mother, and the goal was to resolve everything for the kids and the whole family, and they’re working toward that.”

“He is spending more time with the kids when they are in L.A.,” another source added. “He has even spent some time with Maddox and Pax. Things are definitely calming down.”

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098Richard Simmons has not been seen in public in years, and his brother, Lenny Simmons, is coming to his defense against rumours that have been circulating.

“My brother is fine,” Lenny, 70, told People magazine of his 68-year-old brother. “He’s not sick. There’s nothing medically wrong with him at all. My wife Cathy and I were out there for Christmas and spent five days with him. “These things about him transitioning to a woman are ridiculous. I can assure you, he’s not transitioning into anything but himself.”

“After 40-some odd years, he just decided that he wants to rest. He’s 68 years old now and he’s in good health, but he just wants time for himself,” Lenny continued.

There has been public concern for Richard over the years after some of his friends have come forward to claim they haven’t been able to see him in years. A podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, has shed light on where he is, though his rep has slammed the recordings as ridiculous.

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AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

LIVE AT POP-UP GLOBE

Sunday, 23 April, 4pm

Tickets on sale today @ Eventfinda

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The hottest theatre event in the Southern Hemisphere, Pop-up Globe, together with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra today announce a very special performance, AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA LIVE AT POP-UP GLOBE.

The event will be held on Sunday, 23 April – Shakespeare’s birthday.

To celebrate, a 17-strong ensemble of New Zealand’s leading musicians, alongside cast members from Pop-up Globe’s 2017 season, will perform a selection of music and verse inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

The selection of works will include music which Shakespeare himself might have heard in Elizabethan England along with later composers who were inspired by the Bard. It will feature music by composers such as William Byrd, John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton.

Pop-up Globe artistic director Dr Miles Gregory says he is thrilled to be collaborating with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on such a special day.

“Many of Shakespeare’s play are heavily influenced by music so it’s only appropriate to have such highly talented musicians and actors celebrating his life in this way. It’s a birthday event not to be missed.”

APO’s director of artistic planning, Ronan Tighe says that there is such a wealth of wonderful music written by great composers, inspired by the Bard, that the challenge was knowing where to start.

“We’ve come up with a stunning programme of musical works, perfectly suited to the Pop-up Globe’s beautiful theatre. The music ranges from works by composers who were writing when Shakespeare’s plays were first performed at the original Globe theatre in Elizabethan England to specially arranged works from the 20th Century. This will be a very special event for the legions of music lovers and theatre buffs.”

Join us on Sunday 23 April at Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.

The special event follows last week’s announcement of another, a special one-time-only event The Actors’ Benevolent Fund Afternoon Gala at 4pm on Sunday, 2 April, featuring a stellar line-up of New Zealand entertainers including Dave Dobbyn, Lucy Lawless, Shona Laing, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and many others.

The Pop-up Globe company has gifted the venue to Actors’ Benevolent Fund – a not-for profit charity established in 2013 to provide assistance to professional performers who, due to injury, illness or disability are unable to work, either temporarily or in some cases for the rest of their lives — and all profits will go direct to the fund.

The special 90-minute show, MCd by comedian Michele A’Court, will be in the format of a variety gala and feature our own royal family of entertainers. From music and dance to poetry and comedy, this event will have something for everyone.

Confirmed artists and acts appearing during this performance are: Michele A’Court, Dave Dobbyn, Lucy Lawless, the Jubilation Choir, Shona Laing, Dynamotion, Stephen Lovatt, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, James Roque, Jesse Griffin, Tandi Wright, Fiona Samuel and The Black Quartet.

Tickets to both events are on sale now via Eventfinda.

WHAT’S ON AT POP-UP GLOBE
87697kAs You Like It
If you liked Pop-up Globe’s Twelfth Night last year, you’ll love As You Like It. The all-singing and dancing cast of fifteen bring you two hours of non-stop hilarious romp. Set in 1642, and with gorgeous costumes to match, Shakespeare’s zany comedy – complete with human sheep, bloodthirsty wrestling, live music and lyrical poetry – will have you crying with laughter.

Much Ado About Nothing
Enjoy Shakespeare’s original ‘rom-com’ directed by one of New Zealand’s leading actresses, Miriama McDowell. Much Ado About Nothing is a great night out bringing you singing, dancing, and triumphant love as we invite you to an uproarious house party at Pop-up Globe.

Henry V
Pop-up Globe’s Artistic Director Miles Gregory – director of our 2016 smash-hit Twelfth Night – takes on Shakespeare’s legendary and epic tribute to one of history’s greatest leaders, Henry V. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a full ensemble of fifteen men in full armour performing blood-thirsty battle sequences wielding three-foot-long hand-and-a-half broad swords, longbows, garottes, cross-bows, knives and a frying pan.

Othello
From the director of Pop-up Globe’s 2016 Romeo & Juliet comes this powerful and dark production of Othello. See New Zealand legend Te Kohe Tuhaka as Othello as he takes on National Theatre of Norway actor Haakon Smestad as Iago in Shakespeare’s legendary psychological thriller.

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786Anzac Eve

Written by Dave Armstrong

Two Kiwi guys meet two Aussie girls… the rest is history.

Anzac Eve is an exciting new play about a group of ‘twenty-somethings’ on their big OE, who happen upon each other the night before dawn commemorations at Gallipoli.

National pride and personal issues stir up strong feelings as tempers flare, romance sparks and ghosts are uncovered. Each of them sees historical events through their own lens, but are they really there to solemnly commemorate the occasion or to party until the early hours?

Directed by Jamie McCaskill and written by award-winning playwright Dave Armstrong (Niu Sila, Le Sud, The Motor Camp), Anzac Eve is highly entertaining and honest, taking an unflinching look at the modern day ANZAC experience.

A fresh and contemporary take on a significant time in our nation’s history, Anzac Eve is a must-see for every New Zealander.

Friday 31 March – Wednesday 5 April at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland.

Tickets from https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/anzac-eve#about-the-event

…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed!
David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017
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Monday 20th March 2017

I’m not one to gossip but……………Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will both be celebrated at public memorial later this month.  The Star Wars actress and her mother passed away within days of one another in December, and though they were laid to rest in a private funeral service, fans will now get their chance to pay their last respects on March 25. The memorial will be held at a 1,200-seat theater at Forest Lawn cemetery, where the pair are buried, and will include a musical tribute from Carrie’s close friend James Blunt.90vj

While the You’re Beautiful singer won’t be performing, a new song he’s written in honour of his late pal will be debuted as a photo montage is broadcast, Carrie’s brother Todd said.

Also planned for the service is a dance tribute from the Debbie Reynolds dance school, and a musical performance from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Additionally, costumes and memorabilia from the ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ star and her famous daughter’s movie sets will be on display. Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, will be in attendance but won’t address the audience because it is “too emotional” for her to give a speech. Todd said at the time: “We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you. The service will begin at 1:00 PM and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so. “There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis, There are no tickets, it is first come, first seated. There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service.”

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65785i9It’s not a competition but I thought I’d pair these two brilliant impressions of Dame Maggie Smith. When Sir Ian McKellan was on The Graham Norton Show he was asked about an encounter on the Oscar’s red carpet and he hilariously describes it. Tracey Ullman‘s HBO show features Maggs a LOT, and her Christmas message for 2016 is a classic. Which one nails her? You decide.


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image0167Sir Michael Caine has dropped two stone amid growing fears that he could develop cancer. The Youth star, 84, has cut back on drinking and has thrown himself into a new healthy living regime as he wants to be around to see his grandchildren reach their late teens. He told The UK Sun on Sunday: ‘I know my days are numbered and that’s the main worry.’

He continued: ‘I’ve had to cut back on the drinking and I’m always looking up what’s the best thing against cancer, so I’ll eat that or do this or not do that.’

The Oscar-winner – who has shed 30lbs on his health kick – admitted that he hopes to live at least another two years so he can be around for his grandchildren, six-year-old twins and a seven-year-old grandson. Sir Michael also credited his wife Shakira, 70, for keeping him going, as he admitted he would have been ‘dead long ago’ without her.

He added: ‘Without her, I’d have been dead long ago. I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoke several packs of cigarettes. The Italian Job star famously smoked 80-a-day before a lecture from the late actor Tony Curtis inspire him to quit.  Speaking on Sky News in 2010, he revealed: ‘I just learned myself (about Curtis’ death) and it was a terrible shock and instantly I remembered the first time I’d met him. ‘I was at a party, it was in winter and there was a fire and I was chain-smoking at the time, smoking a lot of cigarettes.
‘I took one cigarette and lit it with another and threw the dog end (butt) in the fire. I was stood there talking to someone and suddenly I felt a hand in my inside pocket and they took out my cigarettes and chucked them in the fire. I looked up and it was Tony Curtis. ‘I’d never met him and he was very famous. I said, “What did you do that for?” And he said, “You’re going to die Michael if you keep doing that.” ‘I didn’t give them up then but I did give them up eventually’

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894jjAnne Hathaway strikes a pose on the cover of Elle magazine’s April 2017 issue.

Here’s what the 34-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On her husband, Adam Shulman: “He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably. I think the accepted narrative now is that we, as women, don’t need anybody. But I need my husband. His unique and specific love has changed me.”

On the importance of focusing on paid parental leave in the U.S.: “I can’t believe we don’t already have it. When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, ‘Mommy guilt is invented nonsense.’ We’re encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren’t.”

On starring in Ocean’s Eight and working with a female-led cast: “Hollywood is not a place of equality. I don’t say that with anger or judgment; it’s a statistical fact. And even though I’ve been in some female-centric films, I’ve never been in a film like this. It just kind of makes you aware of the ways you sort of unconsciously change yourself to fit certain scenarios. It’s not better or worse or right or wrong, but there are certain things you understand about one another because of experiences you have in common…it’s probably easy for men to take that for granted. Just being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something. It’s a nice alternative narrative.”

For more from Anne, visit Elle.com.

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789Are Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman feuding? That’s the claim in one of this week’s tabloids has the truth!

According to Star, Witherspoon is upset that her “Big Little Lies” co-star is more interested in promoting her Oscar-nominated film, Lion, than their HBO series. A so-called “source” tells the magazine, “Reese is furious that Nicole hasn’t done more to support ‘Big Little Lies.’ All she’s talked about in interviews is Lion.” The outlet’s dubious insider adds, “Had Reese known that Nicole would put the show so far on the back burner, she would have cast some random unknown to play Celeste.”

But what the outlet fails to mention is that Kidman is one of the executive producers of “Big Little Lies,” alongside Witherspoon, and clearly has a vested interest in the show’s success. Both actresses also recently appeared together on “Good Morning America” to promote the series. It’s been checked in with a reliable source close to Witherspoon, who exclusively assures us the co-stars get along well, and tabloid’s story is “completely made-up.”

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04n4io6Actress Hillary Duff takes the cover of Redbook magazine’s April 2017 issue.

Here’s what the 29-year-old actress and entertainer had to share with the mag:

On having more kids one day: “I’ve gotten over the fact that I’m not going to have a baby that’s close in age with Luca. It sucked when everyone would be like, ‘When are you having another?’ I’d be like, ‘Do you know what’s happening right now? I’m not having another.’ You get engaged: ‘When’s the wedding?’ You get married: ‘When’s the baby?’ You have a baby: ‘When’s the next one?’ … I’m cherishing the now. Besides, watch: I’ll probably get some evil spawn of Hilary the next time around.”

On the dating scene: “I never think being single sucks until I go out in L.A. with my girlfriends and the options are terrible. I really attract the old men!”

On co-parenting with Mike Comrie: “Some of my friends tell me, ‘God, it must be so nice, you get a break from your kid because you share him.’ I’m divorced, and it sucks. Well, it did suck for a while; now it’s just normal. But it’s true, I do get a break. I had Luca by myself for a few weeks, no help, when Mike was on the road, and when he got home I was like, ‘He’s yours! Bye!’”

For more from Hilary, visit RedbookMag.com.

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907Emilia Clarke has been selected as the new face of Dolce&Gabbana‘s The One fragrance.

The 30-year-old Game of Thrones actress will begin her stint with the brand in September 2017 to help launch the new Eau de Toilette

Emilia  embodies perfectly the Dolce&Gabbana woman: she is radiant and lively. Her personality and natural beauty will capture the essence of this new campaign: joyful, spontaneous and full of life. She is The One!” the brand’s designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement.

As The One Eau de Parfum, The One Eau de Toilette is an enchanting, sensual and feminine scent but with an added dose of freshness, and showcasing the key ingredient of madonna lily.

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anneAnne Hathaway, 34, spoke about her upcoming movie Ocean’s Eight, which features a female core cast. Anne was asked if she believes Ocean’s Eight will receive similar attention to the female reboot of Ghostbusters, which was subject to criticism.

“When I’m a second or a third lead in a film — usually the first and second leads are men — my character doesn’t feel political. But when I’m No. 1 on the call sheet, it suddenly becomes a “woman’s story” and it’s a statement. That’s the moment that we’re in. In this movie there are eight women starring, so it may well attract that sort of attention,” Anne told Time‘s Motto. “But good luck to any person who tries to take on Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett because you’re not going to win.”

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georg-mDetails of George Michael’s £105m will have begun to emerge, in case you haven’t seen them here they are. It’s reported that his hairdresser sister, Melanie Panayiotou, is set to inherit his £10m mansion in north London. The 55-year-old has already been seen living in the house according to reports in MailOnline. The star has spent three months unburied after investigations into his cause of death continued. The singer’s other older sister Yioda Panayiotou, 57, is also reported to be receiving a large chunk of his estimated £105million fortune.

A number of charities and causes that were close to the legendary performer’s heart are expected to be recognised in the will, too. Since his death, dozens of people have opened up about the singer’s extraordinary generosity and anonymous philanthropy, donating millions to good causes without revealing his identity.  Supermodel and neighbour Kate Moss is reported as learning the date of his funeral while boarding a flight to New Dheli.  According to a coroner, the singer’s death was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. It was previously claimed that he had died due to drug related issues, which was ruled out by the coroner.

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09i-copyA Ukrainian judge who is the spitting image of a Disney villainess has become the butt of numerous jokes on the Internet after an image of her in frightening make-up went viral. Alla Bandura is a dead ringer for Ursula, the half-woman, half-octopus baddie from The Little Mermaid. Wearing a ton of foundation, bright red lipstick and dramatic eye make-up Mrs Bandura really is a sight to behold, even more so when her black and white bouffant is taken into account.

But whereas Ursula the villainess was killed with a ship’s mast by the hero, Prince Eric, in the Little Mermaid, Judge Bandura has actually survived an assassination attempt. In 2006 two unknown assailants stabbed her 12 times but she survived. Mrs Bandura, a judge in northern Ukraine’s Rivne oblast region, is clearly made of sterner stuff.

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starAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s divorce papers have NOT been revealed, despite a misleading tabloid cover story.

On a cover promising “explosive new details,” Star declares, “Brad & Angie Cheating, Breakdowns & Violent Fights! Divorce Papers Finally Reveal All!” But the magazine does NOT have the estranged spouses’ divorce papers. While TMZ did publish Jolie’s divorce petition last September, all the tabloid has is a controversial celebrity biographer and an unnamed source speculating about what led to their breakup. There’s no new divorce papers revealing anything.

Ian Halperin, who previously wrote a book about “Brangelina,” now has a documentary in the works, and this article is little more than a sensational, promotional piece on his theories about the couple. Calling Jolie and Pitt’s relationship a “marriage of convenience,” Halperin alleges they had “physical” fights over fears of infidelity. “It was evident their relationship was a ticking time bomb,” Halperin declares, further claiming, “Both Brad and Angie have each basically had emotional breakdowns.”

The tabloid’s “source” is also quoted as saying, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they both eventually spill all these nasty details in new court filings as their divorce proceeds.” But again, Star doesn’t have any of these documents, and has no idea what will or won’t be filed with court. So, announcing on the cover “Divorce Papers Finally reveal All” is nothing more than a bait-and-switch, and these allegations about “cheatings, breakdowns and & violent fights” are just that… allegations.

Lastly, it’s worth noting Halperin is the same writer who last year falsely claimed Caitlyn Jenner was “transitioning back to a man.” The transgender star’s rep blasted Halperin, who also outrageously alleged Jenner was hooking up with Lamar Odom. Like those claims, this new Star cover story just belongs in the rubbish!

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john-gWe don’t often see John Goodman, 64, and his family because they live in New Orleans, but they all turned up for his Walk of Fame ceremony. John is a lucky guy – he’s been married since 1989 and his long-suffering wife Annabeth has put up with a LOT. John has had a major with alcohol over the years and he finally got sober in 2007. And of course, he also has a problem with FOOD and has weighed up to 400 lbs! He seems to have his life in control now, and he helped his daughter Molly find work as a Production Assistant.

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kidmanNicole Kidman and Keith Urban are NOT planning a permanent move to Australia, despite an inaccurate webloid report. I’m told it’s not true.

“So Long! Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Quit America,” blares a new RadarOnline headline. The couple currently live together in Nashville with their two young daughters, Sunday and Faith, but the site claims they’re “in secret negotiations to return to Australia permanently.” The outlet further contends the pair are eying two luxury mansions in the same private gated community, which includes vast amounts of land for horses and other animals.

A so-called “source” tells the site, “If Nic and Keith buy this place, I think they’ll renovate the gym and split it into a recording studio for him and a small home cinema for her. It’s perfect for Sunday and Faith, too. They’re showing a healthy interest in farm animals and Nicole loves the idea of them taking care of their own cattle.”

Both Kidman and Urban’s mothers live in Australia, so the website’s questionable source adds, “Keith and Nicole want the girls to grow up closer to their grandmothers.” The “insider” continues, “Nic and Keith can’t wait to come home, and plan to be settled by June this year, that way they can throw a housewarming on Nicole’s 50th birthday, making it double the reason to party!”

Checking in with a rep for Kidman, who exclusively tells us the actress and her husband aren’t permanently moving to Australia, and the webloid’s claim otherwise is simply untrue.

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billyBilly Connolly left those tuning into Let’s Sing & Dance For UK Comic Relief in tears as he made a heartfelt plea for viewers at home to make a donation. The comedian looked almost unrecognisable as he appeared on screen sporting long hair to ask viewers to give a few pounds to charity.

He introduced himself: “Hello, Billy Connolly here asking for your cash. Not for me obviously. I’ve got cancer and Parkinson’s and I definitely need a hair cut, but no.” Despite his ongoing battle with the diseases, he did not appear to have lost his sense of humour as he joked about his appearance.  Billy then told viewers why it was so important to donate to Comic Relief by introducing Bob, Jo and Margaret, who had all been affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in different ways.  He concluded his plea by introducing himself once more to those who may not be familiar with his work, laughing: “For those who don’t know me, I’m the hilarious comedian with a weird beard who once took all of his clothes off for comic relief.”

The 74-year-old added that it would be “simple and marvellous” if those tuning in could spare some money as they’d “feel so proud of yourself” for doing so.

Many of those watching at home were overcome with emotion as they watched his plea and took to social media to reveal they were in tears.  One viewer tweeted: “#LetsSingAndDance It breaks my heart to see my hero deteriorating in front of us but the amazing Billy Connolly brings reality to the fore.” While another added: “I’m a hard-nosed, cynical so-and-so. But that #LetsSingAndDance appeal by Billy Connelly has me weeping like a child.”

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8390j5Chris Evans looks so sexy on the cover of Esquire’s April 2017 issue.

Here’s what the 35-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On his final days at home before moving to LA: “I know I’m going to L.A. in August. So I go home and that spring I would wake up around noon, saunter into high school just to see my buddies, and we’d go get high in the parking lot. I just f*cked off. I lost my virginity that year. 1999 was one of the best years of my life.”

On being involved in politics: “Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets. But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and I didn’t speak up. I think it’s about how you speak up. We’re allowed to disagree. If I state my case and people don’t want to go see my movies as a result, I’m okay with that.”

On family: “In my own life, I have a deep connection with my family and the value of those bonds. I’ve always loved stories about people who put their families before themselves. It’s such a noble endeavor. You can’t choose your family, as opposed to friends. Especially in L.A. You really get to see how friendships are put to the test; it stirs everyone’s egos. But if something goes south with a friend, you have the option to say we’re not friends anymore. Your family—that’s your family. Trying to make that system work and trying to make it not just functional but actually enjoyable is a really challenging endeavor, and that’s certainly how it is with my family.”

For more from Chris, visit Esquire.com

…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed!
David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017

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bruce-fI’m not one to gossip but……………Sir Bruce Forsyth’s daughter has revealed that the TV legend is ‘doing great’ after spending five days in intensive care with a chest infection earlier this month.  The 89-year-old former British Strictly Come Dancing TV host has returned to his Surrey home after his hospital stay and is being nursed by his wife of 33 years Wilnelia, 59.

Bruce’s daughter Julie Forsyth told the UK Sunday People newspaper that the family is ‘rallying’ around the ailing presenter ‘He is getting over a chest infection so it’s a bit difficult, but he’s doing good.’ Bruce is dad to Julie, Debbie, Louisa, Laura, Jonathan and Charlotte. He also has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Julie said all the relatives had been by his side over the past few weeks.

‘We were all up there, all the girls rallied round, and his son.’

Fans feared for the entertainer when he was rushed to hospital with a severe chest infection.

A friend of the national treasure said: ‘He was rushed to St Peter’s and put straight into ICU because of his age, and the nature of his illness. He was in a lot of pain, but has been very stoical throughout ‘Of course, because he is nearly 90, doctors had to take extra precautions and Bruce had to stay in intensive care for a minimum of five nights. Wilnelia was by his bedside virtually the entire time, and has been amazing. ‘Now Bruce just wants to get home, and slowly build his strength back up again. He remains in great spirits.’ Bruce’s manager Ian Wilson thanked the hospital on his behalf.  He said: ‘Sir Bruce Forsyth would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. ‘He and his family would also like to say a special thank you to all the NHS doctors, nurses and staff at St Peters Hospital for their kindness and care.’ The veteran broadcaster was forced to cancel several public outings last year due to poor health.  In 2015, Sir Bruce underwent keyhole surgery following a fall at his home in October 2015 after two aortic aneurysms were discovered.   Although he was expected to take two months to recover, the process took much longer.

Indeed, he did not appear out in public at all during 2016, and was not well enough to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Terry Wogan. Last year, his wife Wilnelia, a former Miss World, gave an emotional interview to the UK paper The Mirror in which she said he had ‘problems moving’, adding that the couple have discussed the future when she will have to make a life without him. She said: ‘He’s the man I fell in love with because his brain is still there. He has a bit of a problem moving but we still laugh and talk. ‘I pray, I believe. The main thing is that he’s doing well. The pain is more emotional; sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh.’

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jeanCoronation Street’s legend Jean Alexander – who played Hilda Ogden – has left £10,000 to animal charities in her will.

The kind-hearted actress, who passed away aged 90 in October, insisted she preferred cats to men – and was sure to sign off part of her fortune to her beloved furry friends.

Jean, who spent 23 years on the ITV soap, also left money to loved ones, left £5,000 to the RSPCA Southport Ormskirk and District Branch and £5,000 to Woodlands Animal Sanctuary.

And the late star’s charitable giving didn’t stop there – she also left behind £5,000 to North West Air Ambulance and £5,000 Southport Offshore Rescue Trust.

Miss Alexander passed away peacefully in her hospital bed after she took ill.

She spent her 90th birthday in hospital, as she had fallen ill just as family and friends planned to celebrate the milestone.

In total Jean left an estate worth £673,000 and split her home in Southport, Merseyside, between nieces Valeria Thewlis and Sonia Hearld.

She gave six friends a total of £30,000 cash

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7595m5The mounting feud between two Republicans: Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger could be bigger than the Bette Davis and Joan Crawford feud!

Arnold has been a die-hard Reagan Republican since he moved to LA and became a huge fan of the California governor. Last year, for the first time ever, Arnold could not support his party’s presidential candidate and tried to say so diplomatically – he advised voters to consider what’s best for their country instead of their party.

Trump never forgets a slight and was delighted to pounce on Arnold when opening night ratings for Celebrity Apprentice (which Trump formerly hosted and still produces) were only so-so. Trump denounced Arnold and called himself a “ratings machine.”

When Arnold announced Friday that he was not returning to host the show, Donald was thrilled and tweeted that he didn’t quit – “He was TERMINATED over pathetic ratings!” Arnold’s tweeted reply:”You should think about hiring a new joke writer and fact checker!” He feels viewers shunned the show because of Trump’s connection.

All I know is – this feud is going to get BETTER and BETTER– just watch this space for more drama goings on and on and on!

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90iiokVictoria Beckham wraps herself in a white coat on the cover of In Style’s April 2017 issue.

Here is what the 42-year-old fashion designer shared with the mag: For the first time ever  do I see a slight smile on her face?

On the reviews of her first collection in 2008: “I’ve got a pretty thick skin. It could have been worse. They could have said, ‘We thought it was going to be rubbish, and it is.’ Instead, they thought it was really good, and I look at that as a positive. I look at everything as a positive, to be honest with you.”

On Tom Ford recognizing her as a designer over a Spice Girl
: “I’m really proud of what I achieved with the Spice Girls, but I’m also proud of everything I have done with my brand. So that meant a lot to me, you know? That’s Tom Ford saying, ‘We look at you as a credible designer,’ which was very cool.”

On living with the reality of paparazzi: “I think people would really be surprised at how we try to avoid too much attention. But there are certain places where you cannot avoid being photographed. It is what it is. I’ve had this since I was 18 years old.”

On her latest collection for Target: “You really get a sense of the relationship between Harper and me. This is fun, easy, cute, all of those things. Very honest. Very me.”

FYI: Victoria is wearing a Max Mara coat with rings by David Yurman and Tiffany & Co. on the cover.

For more from Victoria, visit InStyle.com!

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richard-sRichard Simmons’ rep is slamming the podcast Missing Richard Simmons again after rumors keep surfacing about where his client is and why he’s been missing since February 2014.

“We did not cooperate, we did not collaborate, we did not approve, we have nothing to do with this podcast,” Richard‘s rep Tom Estey said to People magazine.

A recent episode of Missing Richard Simmons contains an interview with Richard‘s friend and former massuse Mauro Oliveira, who said that Richard is being held hostage by his housekeeper Teresa Reveles.

“That is absolute, absolute madness. Absolutely not true. And you know what? It’s unfortunate that people have to lie to get ratings for a podcast,” Tom continued.

Dan Taberski, the creator of the podcast, has repeatedly reached out to him to try and get an interview, Tom said.

“I don’t know who the hell he is. But I don’t care. What I do care about is the truth,” Tom continued. “I can’t believe this podcast is getting this much attention. But I just don’t get it. If there was any truth to it, I would tell you, there is no truth to it.”

“We did not cooperate nor collaborate. So there is no Richard Simmons attached to this podcast. If there was a reason for us to comment or to cooperate, then we would certainly have done it, but we just didn’t feel the need,” Tom added. “He made a choice to take a break from public life, which he has the right to do. People need to respect that and not surmise that there’s something wrong, when there’s nothing wrong.”

“For 40 years, he took care of everyone else but himself. And so it’s not that he’s being selfish, he’s just being a person, a regular person, taking care of himself.”

 

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7390nmMichelle Dockery steps out to attend a luncheon to celebrate her new movie The Sense of an Ending at the Lotos Club in New York City, looking stunning.

The 35-year-old actress was joined at the event by her co-star Jim Broadbent.

While she is promoting a new project, Michelle is of course still being asked about her beloved series Downton Abbey.

“I would never push her away, but I was very fortunate after Downton, Good Behavior came along. I play an incredible character, Letty, in that show,” Michelle told CBS News about not straying away from Lady Mary.

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When it comes to transcribing historical texts as a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer, some projects can be more entertaining than others.

Not that transcribing specimen labels for 44,000 bumblebees or variations of tropical pollen can’t be interesting, in their way.

But what about the joke files of Phyllis Diller?

phyllis-dillerThe wild-haired, groundbreaking 20th-century comic may not have had “a million of ‘em,” as some in her profession boasted. But she had at least 53,000 gags, typed out on individual 3×5 cards, in categories ranging from accessories to washing.  They were typed and meticulously filed into 48 drawers of a large, beige Steelmaster cabinet on wheels that she donated, along with a few of her wilder getups and wigs to the Smithsonian in 2003—less than a decade before her death in 2012 at 95.

The Smithsonian Transcription Center began in 2013, relying on volunteers to help transcribe field notes, diaries, levers, logbooks and specimen labels from eight various Smithsonian museums and archives, some 7,500 volunteers have signed up to transcribe more than 225,000 pages. But when Diller’s jokes came up for transcription last week, “they are going like gangbusters,” says Meghan Ferriter, project coordinator. “I think we actually gained about 115 new volunteers in one day.” The volunteers do it all online—typing out items that have been photographed and digitized. That way the information can be more easily searched, Ferriter says. “You can search the categories that Phyllis Diller used, you could search the content of jokes, or even look at the difference between jokes she created in the 1970s versus the 1980s.” And transcribers might get a chuckle along the way as well.

Most of the gags, written from the 1960s to the 1980s, are just like that—one per card. But a few that are more involved sometimes take a few cards to tell. Volunteers, who range in age from students to retirees and live all over the world, have been relied upon for a number of tasks so far at the Transcription Center, Ferriter says. “But certainly the Phyllis Diller cards appear to be resonating deeply with volunteers who coming to participate in this project now.” The Diller cards came out during Women’s History Month to highlight her contributions to comedy. Transcribing them, Ferriter says, “is also an opportunity to allow the public to interact with a collection that is not available on view right now.”

Ferrier says the center is grateful for any transcribing a volunteer wants to do. “We welcome everything from one line to 100 lines,” she says, whether it’s “spending two minutes working with us, or two hours, or two weeks, or two years—and we do have volunteers who have been working with us for two years.” Judging how quickly the files are being transcribed, getting all 53,000 cards completed may only take a matter of months. “The pace of transcription is going very quickly so far.” And once a volunteer has transcribed enough jokes, maybe they will want to move to something else.  “The benefit of using Smithsonian Transcription Center is that you can work a few pages of Phyllis Diller cards, and then you can go and transcribe pollen cards from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,” Ferriter says. “It’s a very flexible experience.”

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posterEverybody’s so incredibly ageist!’  Dame Joan Collins takes aim at Britain and denies being rich. Her hugely successful acting career has spanned more than 70 years and enabled her to lead an exclusive lifestyle.

But Dame Joan has bemoaned a Britain she describes as “incredibly ageist” – and denied that she is rich. In a wide ranging and punchy interview with the presenter Michael Buerk in this week’s Radio Times, the veteran actress was in no mood to take any prisoners.

Now 83, Dame Joan became tetchy when Mr. Buerk, himself 70, asked if advancing age had made her calmer She replied: “Everybody’s so incredibly ageist in this country! “Anyway, how old are you? What have you got that’s wrong with you?” And despite being worth an estimated £25million and owning homes in Belgravia, New York, Hollywood and a villa outside St Tropez, she denied that she was rich. When former BBC newsreader Mr. Buerk asked what continues to drive her, adding “after all, you’re rich”, the actress bridled.

She snapped back: “What’s rich? “I’m not exactly rich, no. Rich, as Robert Wagner said to me, is having ****-you money. I don’t have that and I’ve a lifestyle to support.” After taking her first stage role at the age of just nine, the five-time married actress has enjoyed a long and successful career on both stage and screen. In her latest movie The Time of Their Lives, she once again plays a diva – an aged Hollywood star whose fading glamour is shored up with cosmetics, but whose spirit is undimmed.

Her character, Helen, escapes from an old folks’ home to go to the funeral of an ex-husband with the help of a downtrodden frump called Priscilla, played by Pauline Collins. When asked by Buerk if she was trying to squeeze a bit more out of life before the curtain comes down, the veteran star replied: “Is that a question? You’re bumbling! “I am a big squeezer of life. I couldn’t squeeze more out than I do.” The actress, who was made a Dame by the Queen in 2015, has been a vocal supporter of Brexit. She has publicly said Britain has become too crowded and that unchecked immigration will lead to ‘this tiny island’ sinking into the sea. This is part of an interview with Dame Joan in the UK Radio Times magazine out this week.

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jenniferJennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are NOT in talks to co-star in a movie together, despite a bogus stories in gossip magazines and on some websites…

A rep for Jennifer, assures   all media outlets, “There are no projects that Jennifer is considering with Brad.”

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kirsten-sIn Kirsten Stewart’s new film Personal Shopper, she plays a young woman working in Paris as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to communicate with spirits, like her recently deceased twin brother. Soon, she starts to receive ambiguous messages from an unknown source.

The 26-year-old actress is now opening up about how working on the film has caused her to

“People feel so entitled to communication in the digital age,” Kristen said. “I think mourning has probably changed because we’re so in each other’s faces no matter where we are geographically. Now imagine someone passes away and you’re like, ‘What do you mean I can’t talk to them? I can always talk to them.’”

“I haven’t had too many friends pass away, and my grandma’s a hundred years old. I haven’t dealt with death a whole lot, and, if I have, it’s been sort of peripheral,” Kristen added. “I can’t imagine going back and knowing that my entire text thread with this person is still there and they’re not. People’s Facebooks become memorial-type things. I think having this data in our hands all the time, depending on how you approach it, can be really scary because it’s a rabbit hole. It gives you an opportunity to know more than you could remember without it. Is it better to let things go and be affected by them, or always have it there to dwell on? Who knows?”

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oliviaOlivia Newton John‘s daughter is finally telling all on her plastic surgery woes!

Chloe Lattanzi revealed to Australia’s Woman’s Day that her first boob job when she was 18-years-old left her body completely destroyed, and her lip fillers weren’t much better!

“All those things were a disaster,” Lattanzi, 31, said. “Not only did the lip implants look ridiculous, the first boob op I had in Australia when I was 18, left me looking mutilated.”

Lattanzi explained that she had her surgeries corrected as “a reward [to herself] for [her] sobriety” after overcoming a drug addiction and eating disorder. The Grease star’s daughter went to rehab in 2013 for her cocaine and alcohol addiction.

A new boob job cost the wannabe singer $10,000 (US), but she didn’t mind.

“Now I’m a 32DD and I love my body and love showing my new boobs off,” she said, adding, “Mum supported my surgery decisions because she knew how unhappy I was before.”

Lattanzi also denied having a rib removed to make her skinnier, saying, “I’d never dream of removing a vital part of my anatomy. I wear a waist trainer and work out to stay in shape.”

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jon-cryerFormer Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer is set to top line Losing It, ABC’s single-camera family comedy from Growing Up Fisher and Truth Be Told creator DJ Nash and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written by Nash, Losing It is about three misfit adult siblings and their parents who — between divorce, new parenthood, early-onset dementia and let’s just say life — are all losing it in different ways. And family is the only way they’re going to find it.

Cryer will play one of the adult siblings, Andy, a successful acupuncturist who turned to Eastern philosophy as a way to cope with his crazy family. While he’s close with his mother, his relationship with his father is complicated, especially since Andy finds himself having to take care of the dad who never really took care of him. A bit of a control freak, Andy believes he can fix anything – except for maybe his marriage that has been in trouble ever since he caught his wife with another man.

Cryer joins Natalie Morales who plays another sibling. Nash and Kaplan executive producer with Dana Honor.

Cryer won two Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Harper, a struggling, divorced chiropractor, on the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which he played for the show’s entire 12-season run.

Since the Men 2015 finale, Cryer did an arc on CBS’ drama NCIS. This marks his return to TV series full-time. Cryer recently was attached to a multi-camera comedy script by Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick.

 

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987642The documentary is directed by Michael’s friend David Austin, with contributions from his musical peers Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Now UK Channel 4 has said that it won’t be aired at its intended time of mid-march. Michael’s body remains unburied as tests continue to establish what caused the star’s death.

It’s expected the body will be unburied for 13 weeks, after he died on Christmas Day. An source told the Mirror: “This film feels like a huge part of George’s legacy.  “Although he is speaking and not singing, it could be seen as his final performance in terms of him making the film. He talks about areas of his life never previously discussed.

“It is vital the film does him justice. George has not had a funeral yet and with the transmission date just weeks away, the decision was made to delay giving the final version to UK Channel 4.” A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “Due to the terribly sad circumstances, we are taking time to carefully finish the film which will be shown later this year.”

George Michael’s ex-boyfriend, Kenny Goss, said that the star’s body had “just given up” when he died.  Goss was with Michael for 13 years until they split up in 2009, and described the star as “the love of his life”. Speaking to the UK Sunday Mirror, Goss said of Michael’s death: “I can’t say for sure but I think his body just gave up. All these years, it was just weak.” Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz was also reported to have been banned from the funeral, after loved ones broke into a public row about the arrangements. Adele recently wept as she paid tribute to the star. Police are still treating the death as unexplained but non-suspicious

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prince-mPrince Jackson is all smiles while heading into the Good Morning America studios for an interview in New York City.

The 20-year-old son of the late Michael Jackson stopped by the show to talk about his charitable student organization Heal Los Angeles, which he started while as a student at Loyola Marymount University. Prince says the organization was inspired by his dad’s organization Heal the World.

Prince also talked about his name and how he chose King’s Son Productions as the name of his own production company.

“My father was the King of Pop and King’s Son Productions has this mantra where a title is earned, but a name is given,” he said. “So, I was born as Prince and that was the name my dad had given to me, but my dad had earned the epithet King of Pop and that’s through hard work and years of training and everything that he worked so hard to get. So it’s a form of motivation because my name is Prince, but for all intensive purposes I am the King’s son — working to get my own epithet.”

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la-la-landFans of La La Land (which is not me I did not enjoy the movie) who live in Los Angeles are in for a special treat as a “live-to-film” concert production is heading to the Hollywood Bowl!

Composer Justin Hurwitz, who won two Oscars for his work on the movie, will conduct a 100-piece symphony orchestra, choir, and Jazz ensemble while the film is played on a big screen.

“For me, one of the most thrilling and fulfilling parts of making La La Land was scoring the film to a live orchestra: a hundred phenomenal local musicians playing in real-time to the Technicolor images, bringing Justin‘s compositions to vivid life,” Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to share that experience with audiences this summer, let alone in a setting as epic and as quintessentially ‘LA’ as the Hollywood Bowl.”

The concert production will take place on May 26 and May 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 10 in the US!

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john-cleeseDo you know who this iconic TV and movie star is from this American Express TV commercial back in 1990 is? In The Red: What a tart. Dressed in scarlet high heels, a large fluffy hat and clutching a handbag and dogs.  See the bottom of my column to see if your right!
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vioViola Davis has just won an Oscar, and now she’s opening up about her growing up in poverty.

The 51-year-old Fences star opened up to People magazine where she said that she and her family struggled with hunger, terrible housing conditions, and racists remarks from bullies.

“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” Viola said. “Our environment, our physical space reflected our income.” At home, “the boards were coming off the walls,” she says, and the family endured “shoddy plumbing and no phone and no food and rats and all of that. That very much was visible to me.”

Despite her upbringing, Viola says that growing up poor helped motivate her to want to give herself a better life.

“It became motivation as opposed to something else — the thing about poverty is that it starts affecting your mind and your spirit because people don’t see you,” Viola said. “I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”

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I FEARED I WAS GOING TO HYPERVENTILATE – THE DAILY MAIL, UK
A GUT-BUSTING HIT– THE NEW YORK TIMES
A MASTERPIECE OF MALFUNCTION – THE TIMES, UK
EXQUISITELY CHOREOGRAPHED MAYHEM – THE INDEPENDENT, UK
IT’S AS THOUGH THE MOUSETRAP HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY MONTY PYTHON – WHATSONSTAGE.COM
WE LAUGHED UNTIL THE TEARS RAN DOWN OUR FACES – JOANNA LUMLEY
HAS THE AUDIENCE ROLLING IN THE AISLES – THE AGE, MELBOURNE
Touring from 27 September, 2017
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London’s Olivier Award-winning theatre company Mischief Theatre is bringing its smash-hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong to New Zealand for the first time from September.

With a host of awards for Best New Comedy to its credit, The Play That Goes Wrong actually appears to be doing something right for West End audiences, and now audiences here will get their chance to witness theatrical disaster when this hilarious masterpiece stumbles into town.

Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, The Play That Goes Wrong has been enjoying five-star reviews and is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and Australia and opens on Broadway this week. This brilliant comedic piece makes its premiere in Wellington on 27 September, followed by Christchurch on 3 October and Auckland on 11 October.

The play introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick, delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The Play That Goes Wrong, which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers at the first performance, is now enjoying its third catastrophic year on the West End and has gone on to play to an audience of over a quarter of a million.

The Play That Goes Wrong got it absolutely right when it clinched a number of accolades including the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy 2015, BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play 2015 and WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy 2014.  The Play was also a highlight of the Royal Variety Performance in 2015.

Licensed to 33 countries, with productions playing in Melbourne, Tokyo, Paris, Budapest and soon to open in Rome, Warsaw, Shanghai, Cape Town, the cast stumbling its way to New Zealand will come direct from the UK tour.

Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and began as an improvised comedy group.  The company performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work. This is Mischief’s first New Zealand Tour and they look forward to Going Wrong, upside down, on the other side of the world.

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9o9mhEmma Watson and Dan Stevens pose together on the cover of Attitude magazine’s April 2017 issue, in which Beauty and Beast director Bill Condon opens up about the first-ever gay moment in a Disney film.

Here is what the stars had to share with the mag:

Emma on the film’s queer sensibility: “I think it was really important actually for Dan and I to develop and understand why each of our characters feel like they don’t fit in. I certainly felt watching the original that I wanted to know more about why Belle feels that she’s different and why she wants to be different and why she’s naturally different.”

Dan on why the lead characters are so popular with gay men: “It’s about that sense of persecution. Belle is seen as a bit of a freak within her community, this girl who reads and invents things and is a bit too clever for the local Establishment. And Beast is obviously persecuted because of his appearance.”

Bill on creating the character that experiences Disney’s first ever gay moment: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And josh (Gad, who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

For more from the issue, visit Attitude.co.uk!

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tom-hanksTom Hanks has earned a reputation for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and he continues to cement that image by committing good deeds for fans and strangers. See below five of the actor’s random acts of kindness.

Hanks most recent gesture came Thursday when he bought an espresso machine for the White House press corps. Attached to the gift was a note that read, “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the Truth part.” In fact, this is the third time in the past few years that Hanks has sent a coffee maker to the Press Corps.

In September 2016, Hanks stopped mid-jog in Central Park to crash a wedding photo shoot and congratulate the bride and groom. Not only did the actor pose for pictures with the couple, but also asked if they needed a wedding officiant because he’s an ordained minister. Tom found a lost ID card belonging to a Fardham University student in October 2015 and posted a photo of the card on Twitter to get it back to her. “Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx,” he captioned the image. The girl later got her ID returned along with a note from Hanks and his signature.

In 2013, Hanks invited a fan named Sarah Moretti, who suffers from autism, backstage to his dressing room after his Broadway show Lucky Guy. A video was later posted online of the woman presenting the actor with a scrapbook she made of photos from his movies and other events, to which he said, “Oh, Sweetie! How wonderful is it to meet you?” He then wrote her a letter in return.

That same year, Hanks invited a New York City cab driver to see his Broadway show after the man extended his shift to give the actor a ride. The driver wrote about the encounter on Facebook, revealing that the actor nicknamed him “Mr. Ferrari” because of the Ferrari hat he was wearing. The driver later met Hanks again backstage at his show, and continues to tell all of his passengers about the actor’s kind deed.

Just a foot note: I interviewed Tom many years ago when he was in one of this fist movie titled Big.  He was very down to earth and not at all Hollywood, and from what I hear fame and fortune has not changed him.
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emmaEmma Watson rocks a jacket with her name on it for her brand new feature with Coveteur!

The 26-year-old Beauty and the Beast actress opens up about supporting female-led businesses, what she wears almost every day, working with Dior and much more.

On supporting female-led businesses: “I love to work with and support female designers. I think Gabriela Hearst is absolutely amazing, very sustainable, really smart. As I’m putting together my press looks for Beauty and the Beast, I really have in mind, ‘how can I support up and coming female businesses?’.”

On what people say when they recognize her on the street: “What’s really interesting is that people are actually afraid to get it wrong! They’re always like, ‘Is it you, is it not you?’ And there’s this fear of getting it wrong. I always find it amusing. Mostly its like, ‘Are you the girl? Are you that girl?’ Which always makes me laugh.”

On the one thing people get wrong about her: “[laughs] Gosh… I’m trying to think what I get. I’m probably sillier than people think I am.”

On her go-to binge watch of choice: “This is going to make me seem very uncool, but Friends! It blows my American friends’ minds, but in the UK, Friends still plays. There’s one channel that it’s on basically all the time, and I will watch Friends reruns forever. My friends are like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s one of those comforting things to have in the background that just kind of makes you feel like everything’s going to be okay.”

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67544Eva Mendes looks radiant on the cover of Shape magazine.

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

On skipping Ryan Gosling’s red carpets during awards season and being his rock behind-the-scenes: “What people don’t know about me is that I love being home. Instead of hitting the red carpet, I’d rather be with our girls [ Esmeralda, 2, and Amanda, 11 months).”

On what she eats every day: “I usually start my day with eggs. I think they’re like magic – you can do so much with them. I mostly keep it simple and have scrambled eggs and a piece of Ezekiel toast for breakfast … I grew up eating rice and beans, so I want some kind of grain in every meal. For lunch, I usually have salmon and rice or quinoa, and I try to include a salad. I’ll eat the same thing for dinner. I’m a creature of habit in that way. I don’t get bored with food. I try to think about it as fuel for my body. But what I am looking forward to is the time when dinner becomes a sit-down situation again. Right now I’m in survival mode with two babies, eating on the go.”

On getting back into shape after having a baby: “In some ways, it’s been more challenging to get back in shape after my second daughter. Yet it’s not as hard as I thought it would be, because I’m always running around with the kids. I never sit down – I’m on the move all day. And I don’t keep junk food at home anymore, because I’m trying to set a good example. So there are no more Krispy Kremes for me to grab. But there is this app called Postmates that delivers whatever you want in minutes. It’s almost as bad as having the food in your kitchen. Don’t laugh, but they’re on the way here right now!”

For more from Eva, visit Shape.com

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It is none other than John Cleese in that red dress!

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Monday 6th March 2017

 I’m not one to gossip but……………Fresh fears for legendary British TV host and entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth returned from hospital under the watchful gaze of concerned medics after it emerged he returned home from hospital in an ambulance.

British national treasure Sir Bruce, 89, was rushed to St Peter’s Hospital, in Surrey, last Sunday after he was taken to hospital last Sunday with a serious chest infection.

He spent five days in intensive care — and was flanked by medics as he returned to his Surrey mansion on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

A source said: “Bruce is feeling much better but is still far from 100 per cent, so doctors decided to take precautions

“Their view was that the more support he had on hand for the transition, the better.

“Now Bruce is at home, he can relax completely and concentrate on getting better, which is of course, what everyone wants him to do.

“He won’t be up and about for a while, but he is happy the doctors have allowed him to be at home – where he is comfortable.

“Everyone is keeping an eye on him, these illnesses are more troubling at a certain age but he has been through worse.”

Sir Bruce had surgery in 2015 after two life-threatening aneurysms.

This scare was unrelated.

He is being nursed by devoted wife, Lady Wilnelia, who remained by his bedside throughout his time in intensive care.

I had the pleasure of working with Sir Bruce when he was in New Zealand many years ago, and what a hell of a nice down to earth person he was…the true professional … they don’t make them like that anymore! I wish him a speeding recovery. Here are two clips on what Sir Bruce does so well.

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wigHalle Berry is lucky that the Best Picture mistaken identity episode occurred at the conclusion of the award show – otherwise everybody would be talking about her wig! She wins WORST HAIR at the event – hands down – and we pity everyone who had to sit behind her at the show!

This wig was stiff as a board- didn’t move when she did, and sat on her head like a hat. Halle’s dress onstage was lovely but she changed before she and her WIG went to the Vanity Fair party.

Why she didn’t take the WIG off when she had the chance, is a mystery.

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red-ribbonOscar winning ‘Moonlight’ screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney on why he wore DameElizabeth Taylor’s Red Ribbon

“My mother died of AIDS related complications when I was 22 years old – a month or so before I wrote In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue … 25 years ago Dame Elizabeth Taylor wore a Red Ribbon on her white gown to bring awareness to the fight against the epidemic alongside Paul Newman as they presented the Best Picture Award in 1992.

I had the great honor of representing my mother and Dame Elizabeth by wearing that same 25 year old Red Ribbon on my white suit to continue to bring awareness and solidarity to the fight against AIDS.”

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leoIt’s wasn’t just Hollywood’s leading ladies who wanted to look their best on the Oscars red carpet, but the men too. According to new reports from The Independent, Leonardo DiCaprio flew an “eyebrow artist” to Los Angeles all the way from Australia to groom his brows before the event, where he presented Emma Stone with the Best Actress award for her performance in La La Land.

Leonardo is reportedly such a fan of Australian “eyebrow-artist-to-the-stars” Sharon-Lee Hamilton, he flew her 7,500 miles from Sydney to Los Angeles to tend to the brows of both himself and a select group of his friends, including Tobey Maguire, the reports suggest. The A-List actors are apparently among a few Hollywood clients who enlist Sharon-Lee to “trim and wax” their eyebrows, which typically would cost $250. However when you add on the costs of return flights from Sydney, it proves to be one pricey grooming session!

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This year’s Oscars will go down in history as one of the most disastrous blunders of all time announcing the Best Picture. Announcers Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway revealed they had accidentally been given the wrong envelope by accountants with Price Water House Coopers, who tabulate the Academy’s voting.

But it’s certainly NOT the first time there’s been a mix up over the winners.

In 1964, Sammy Davis Junior was hosting the prestigious award ceremony when he was handed the wrong envelope when presenting the Oscar for Best Music Score.

Instead of announcing Andre Previn for Irma La Douce, the Rat Pack singer said it was for John Addison for Tom Jones.

But rather than panic, David Jr. played it cool. ‘Oh I am… they gave me the wrong envelope,’ he told the crowd, pulling a comedy face as he appeared to take the blunder in his stride.

‘Wait till the NAACP hears about this,’ he joked, to raucous laughter.

Playing up the blunder for laughs, Davis Jr. slipped on a pair of reading glasses as he was passed the correct envelope.

Here’s a clip for that year’s Oscars.

Talking about this year’s Oscars – their In Memoriam had a number of notable snubs. And at least one celebrity is speaking out about it.

As Gossip Cop reported, the Academy Awards tribute to the stars we’ve lost over the last year was introduced by Jennifer Aniston. The actress made special mention of Bill Paxton, whose death was announced just hours before the ceremony. The montage that followed highlighted a number of industry professionals who have also died, including actors like Mary Tyler Moore, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Anton Yelchin, Garry Marshall, and John Hurt.

But a few late stars of substantial caliber were left out. Florence Henderson, who died in November, wasn’t recognized. Garry Shandling,Doris Roberts and Robert Vaughn weren’t included, either. And Patricia Arquette, herself an Oscar winner, is taking issue with The Academy’s decision to leave out her actress sister, Alexis, who died in September.

Patricia told Vanity Fair, “I’m really bummed. For the In Memoriam, they left out our sister Alexis, and she was trans.” She went on to say, “We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society. It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because [for] trans kids, it could have meant a lot to them.”

A couple of year ago The Oscar’s completely miss out mentioning the passing of both Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers in their In Memoriam section, both these women appeared in movies.

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9876bCasey Affleck was asked about his sexual assault allegations in the past after his whirlwind weekend where he won the 2017 Best Actor Oscar statue at the Academy Awards.

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else,” the 41-year-old Oscar winner told the Boston Globe about the 2010 lawsuit against him by two women. The case was settled out of court, and Casey has said the claims are untrue.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it,” Casey continued. “Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

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8y697jKatie Holmes is telling the world what Tabloids don’t print the truth, as if we didn’t know that – HELLO!

The actress covers the April 2017 issue of Town & Country, and candidly discusses raising her daughter, Suri Cruise, and balancing motherhood with her career. As everyone knows, being part of Hollywood comes with media scrutiny. And to say Holmes has been the subject of a few tabloid cover stories over the years would be a massive understatement.

But she doesn’t take those gossip magazines seriously. And neither should anyone else. “In today’s world a lot of celebrities probably shield their children from the tabloids. In my household we know what they print isn’t true, so we don’t pay attention,” she says. “There are more important things… If people know who you are, they might write about you, and you can’t control that.”

In recent years, the rumor mill has fixated on the former “Dawson’s Creek” star’s divorce from Tom Cruise and her supposed relationship with Jamie Foxx. Last month, OK Magazine! Manufactured a cover story that claimed Holmes and Foxx revealed “how we fell in love.” Of course, neither star actually spoke to the tabloid.

Also in February, OK! sister publication the National Enquirer published a story alleging Holmes and Fox has “split over Scientology” Reps exclusively told the Gossip Cop website the tale was both “crazy” and a “complete fabrication.” And so now we stress what Holmes herself told Town & Country about the tabloids: “What they print isn’t true.”

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b-georgeBoy George took to social media over the weekend to mark an anniversary.

’9 years sober today. #letgoletgod’ the Culture Club singer posted on Twitter.

It’s an impressive achievement considering there was a time when the 55 year old was getting more attention for his struggles with drugs than for his music.

He had become addicted to heroin in the 1980s as well as other drugs which led to many legal troubles.

In 1986 George was arrested for heroin possession. Then in 2005 for cocaine possession but the charge was later dropped.

George was convicted in 2008 of assault and false imprisonment of a Norwegian man and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

His defense attorney cited the effects of his long-term drug use as a mitigating factor.

Since becoming sober, George has been working as hard as ever even reuniting with Culture Club for some concerts.

Most recently he finished as the runner-up on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and was a coach on The Voice Australia.

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big-bI must say I’m really very impressed with The Big Bang Theory cast taking a pay cut so the two most recently added members can get a raise!

This NEVER happens in Hollywood. Agents generally step in to make impossible demands and turn everyone against each other.

Of course this series is a gold mine – it’s made a billion dollars world-wide, but that doesn’t stop leading characters from wanting MORE. Jim Parsons,Johnny Galecki,Kaley Cuoco,Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg each agreed to cut their pay $100,000 (US) a week so Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch can get a raise of $250,000 (US) each.

No surprise that this is a super-nice cast – last year Josh Brener, who was on the show for 3 years, found our runaway Bedlington Terrier trotting down the street and went out of his way to call and deliver Elvis back to our house. He said “I’d like to have kept him but I already have too many dogs!”

 

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pictureHere’s British actress Tilda Swinton looking far older than her 56 years on the set of her latest movie Suspiria – and you might notice another striking alteration to the Hollywood star’s appearance.

In the remake of Dario Argento’s highly regarded 70s horror flick, well remembered for its shocking use of gore, Tilda is unrecognisable after dressing as an elderly man with the name Lutz Ebersdorf.

The plot centres on a spate of murders at a prestigious German dance academy

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Judge Joseph Wapner has died at the age of 97, after a career that saw him help pioneer court-based reality TV.

The star – who hosted his own programme The People’s Court for over a decade – had an audience of millions for his rulings over real life small claims cases. In one memorable moment, Wapner – who has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – settled a dispute on the Tonight Show between Johnny Carson and David Letterman.

It came after Letterman’s truck was towed away from a Malibu street on the request of Carson, who called it an eyesore. However, the judge awarded the former $24.95 after the truck’s headlights were damaged when returned to him. Although his TV audience declined early in the 1990s, there was a surge of popularity in 1997 following the launch of Judge Judy – although Wapner didn’t watch the programme.

Click here to watch a clip.

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879707Kit Harington has been announced as the face of Dolce&Gabbana’s fragrance line The One for Men!

The 30-year-old Game of Thrones actor’s new campaign will debut in September.

“Kit Harington is exactly how we see the Dolce&Gabbana man: young, naturally charming, charismatic, with a personality rich in traits. There could be no other face for The One for Men. We are happy to have him joining the Dolce&Gabbana family,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement.

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are talking again. I hear the ex-spouses recently connected and have had “friendly communications” with each other.

bradThe new issue of Us Weekly reports that Pitt has “been texting” with his ex-wife amid his tumultuous divorce from Angelina Jolie. The exchange reportedly began last month when the actor wished Aniston a happy birthday after getting her cellphone number through “a tangled web” of contacts. “They started talking once he wished her a happy birthday,” explains the magazine’s insider.

The publication’s source further reveals that Pitt “has confided in Jen” about his difficult divorce and subsequent custody battle, adding, “Brad told her he’s having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past.” According to the outlet’s insider, Aniston’s husband Justin Theroux “is OK with them being friends,” and understands “Jen just wants to be nice.”

While it’s likely some tabloids will falsely spin the situation into a romantic reunion, we’re further told their chats have simply been “friendly communications” and nothing more.

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joan-cThroughout five, sometimes turbulent, marriages, one thing has remained constant for Dame Joan Collins: her name. Now, the 83-year-old actress is furious with her daughter Tara for taking the surname of her husband, something Joan has never done.

Singer and broadcaster Tara, 53, married her second husband, publisher Nick Arkle, last summer and apparently now styles herself Tara Arkle.

Dame Joan fumes: ‘She changed her name — and I didn’t really agree with that.’ Until her wedding, she was known as Tara Newley, taking the surname of her father, the actor and singer Anthony Newley, who was Dame Joan’s second husband. ‘I’ve never changed my name,’ emphasises the Dynasty star, whose late father, Joseph Collins, was a showbusiness agent with clients including The Beatles, Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.

‘If you are a career woman, which Tara is, you’re not saying: “I’m going to give up my career, marry Peter Brown and be Mrs. Brown?” ‘I think there’s something slightly subservient about that.’

Her comments follow the row last month after I reported that Nick Clegg’s lawyer wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, publicly criticised the organisers of International Women’s Day for having the temerity to send her an invitation addressed to ‘Mrs. Clegg’. This week, veteran feminist campaigner Harriet Harman revealed that she had no photographs taken, cake or even guests at her 1982 wedding, in a bizarre bid to fight against what she described as ‘the patriarchy’.

Mrs. Clegg is not the only one angered by the wording on an envelope. ‘I’ve made a big name for myself as a dame — but I still get letters addressed “Dear Miss Collins”,’ wails Joanie. ‘And I’ve been a dame for nearly two years now!

‘I’m not blowing my own trumpet about it — but it was huge.’ Dame Joan’s current marriage, to Percy Gibson, is her most enduring, at 15 years. When she wed the theatre producer 32 years her junior, friends worried she wouldn’t last the pace. She quipped: ‘If he dies, he dies.’

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georgeGeorge Clooney did NOT smash a wine bottle worth thousands of dollars being used to celebrate his twins, despite a manufactured report. This is “false news” at its best!

“Clooney Gets Smashed Buying Big Bucks Wine To Toast Twinsies,” blares a headline in this week’s Us gossip magazine National Enquirer, which goes on to claim the actor accidentally broke an expensive wine bottle that he was planning to use to celebrate his wife’s pregnancy. A so-called “source” tells the tabloid, “The clerks were shocked when they saw George holding up his wine bag, now totally soaked and containing nothing but broken glass.” The magazine’s dubious insider further contends, “He’d been in such a hurry he accidentally dropped the bottle on the pavement outside.”

A source close to the actor assures us the report is completely “false,” as Clooney did not smash a wine bottle worth thousands of dollars. Tellingly, the often disproven outlet doesn’t specify which wine store Clooney went to or when this allegedly occurred. That’s because the story is 100 percent made up.

This is not the first time the network Gossip Cop has busted the repeatedly discredited publication for its tall tales about the actor. In June, we busted the magazine for falsely alleging Clooney and Julia Roberts were caught cheating on their respective spouses. And shortly before that bogus report, Gossip Cop called out the tabloid for wrongly claiming Clooney was caught with a mystery blonde. Much like those untrue stories, this latest one is equally fabricated.

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Ricky Martin has been making a lot of talk show appearances on American TV over the past few weeks but this one is so far my favorite. Wendy Williams does a good job with her questions, Ricky is relaxed and open and I just really enjoyed watching it – I think you will too.

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vanity-fair-magEmma Watson dons a chic look on the cover of Vanity Fair’s new issue,

Here’s what the 26-year-old Beauty and the Beast star had to share with the mag:

On not taking photos with fans anymore: “For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data…I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture.’ I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”

On not talking about her boyfriend in interviews: “I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can’t have it both ways…. I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.”

On her version of Belle today: “I was like, ‘The first shot of the movie cannot be Belle walking out of this quiet little town carrying a basket with a white napkin in it,’ ” she says. “ ‘We need to rev things up!’ The original sketches had her in her ballet shoes…which are lovely—don’t get me wrong—but she’s not going to be able to do anything terribly useful in ballet shoes in the middle of a French provincial village.”

For more from Emma, visit VanityFair.com.

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0mheKate Hudson and her ex husband Chris Robinson are in a new custody battle over their 12-year-old son Ryder.

The Black Crowes singer has filed to re-open the custody agreement he and Kate settled upon after their 2007 divorce, E! News reports.

Kate and Chris divorced back in 2007 after seven years, where they settled on a joint custody agreement of their then two-year-old son Ryder.

In the re-opened case, Kate and Chris have agreed that an evaluator from the court will perform a child custody evaluation, and make recommendations for developing a parenting plan that addresses legal and physical custody, including where Ryder will reside.

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sound-of-mOne of the world’s best-loved musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will tour New Zealand this September and October.

From the producer of the recent touring stage shows Grease, HMS Pinafore, Menopause the Musical and South Pacific, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be performed in 20 cities throughout New Zealand.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3 March. Ticketing details below.

This legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features an unforgettable score that includes some of the most famous songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the title song “The Sound of Music”.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains from Austria.

The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards – including “Best Musical”. The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains the most successful movie musical in history.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has lead to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”.

 

…………………. Until next week my lips are sealed!

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2017

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