This week’s Hollywood gossip

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday 23rd April

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… When Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their separation in February, they released a carefully worded statement that they had amicably “parted ways” in December after almost three years together. TMZ searched for, and never found, any evidence of a marriage license. Beverly Hills lawyers can stop waiting by the phone because Jen and Justin will not be calling. Apparently the marriage ceremony they had at their home with friends was not actually legal. So they won’t be tormented by expensive courtroom issues. Very sensible and modern

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Natalie Portman is speaking out following her decision to not travel to Israel to accept the Genesis Prize.

Following the 36-year-old actress’ decision, the award ceremony was cancelled and a representative for Natalie was quoted saying that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

Now Natalie is speaking out to say that her decision has “mischaracterized by others.”

“I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it,” Natalie said, referring to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions group that protests Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the West Bank.

Natalie added that she now plans to donate to multiple Israeli charities that she will announce soon.

“My decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others. Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.

Please do not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own.

This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.”

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Rachel Weise and Daniel Craig have been married since 2011 and they have managed to keep their relationship a private one.

“I’m very happy being married, very, very happy,” Rachel said in a new interview with The New York Times.

The couple, who are expecting their first child together, has made it a point to know make “coupledom” as part of their brand, mainly because they don’t even know how to do it.

“I really take my hat off to them,” Rachel said about celeb couples who put themselves in the public eye. “But Daniel and I are really similar. We just literally don’t know how to do that. We’re just really crap at talking about our private lives.”

“I love being Mrs. Craig. I’m Mrs. Craig on my checkbooks and passports and things,” she added. “I heard about a movie called ‘Mrs. Craig’ that I want to watch.”

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American TV talk show host Megyn Kelly had the ageless Jaclyn Smith. Jaclyn, once the star of Charlie’s Angels and queen of TV miniseries, doesn’t do much acting these days. But she remains busy with her retail empire including a fashion line that is now 33 years old. She is wearing vegan leather pants in this segment and just looks like dynamite. She also shares stories from her days as an Angel and how co-star Kate Jackson was the boss on-screen and off!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXOw9_OmKlQ

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If you are off to New York and you wanted to see Bette Midler in the Broadway production of Hello Dolly, you are in for a treat. Bette will return to the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly for a special six-week engagement this summer!

The legendary performer originated the role in the new revival and won the Tony Award for Best Actress last year.

Bette will return alongside David Hyde Pierce and fellow Tony winner Gavin Creel from July 17 through August 25. The production will close following their final performance in the musical. Said Bette, “I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know the brilliant Bernadette Peters enjoyed her turn as much as I did. Dolly Levi is one of the most joyful characters in Broadway history, and Bernadette and I were lucky to be able to step into her glorious shoes.” Said Peters, “I am forever grateful to Bette for suggesting I step into the role of Dolly Levi. She was right. We both agree it is an amazing, joyful journey for us and the audience. And now I will hand the red dress back to my friend, the magnificent Bette Midler.”

Bernadette Peters succeeded Bette in the role and she will leave the production on July 15. Tickets for the final dates go on sale April 28.

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Despite being a household name in the 1960s and 1970s ‘Bewitched’ star Paul Lynde struggled with childhood insecurities.

His friend Cathy Rudolph, and author of the book ‘Paul Lynde: A Biography – His Life, His Love(s) and His Laughter’, said that the Ohio native did not have much confidence due to his weight and the realization that he was gay at a time when it was not openly accepted.

‘He was very lonely and continually pushed people away, though I don’t think he realized that or he couldn’t understand it,’ she said.

‘I also think he had issues from when he was a child. He was obese – 250 pounds by the time he graduated high school – and had no love life either way. He was just unhappy.’  Despite the personal demons in life, he was beloved by television viewers. He appeared as a guest actor on several TV shows before getting the recurring role on ‘Bewitched’ as Uncle Arthur to Elizabeth Montgomery’s Samantha from 1965 to 1971.

‘He used to say to me: “I was only on the show 11 times; they must have run a lot of reruns because everybody calls me Uncle Arthur when I go on the street”,’ Cathy said. ‘The kids especially. And he loved it.’

Despite his storied career on television, on Broadway and in movies, Cathy said her friend’s real dream was to be a Hollywood movie star, which never came to fruition.

Paul was on the game show ‘The Hollywood Squares’ for 13 years, which brought him further fame because he was known for his one-liners, but he left for a short time to seek out movie roles. When none came his way, he returned to the show.

She added that sometimes Paul wished he was a bigger star so he would be left alone, but she says he loved the adoration from fans and never took it for granted.

‘That’s why he said he would stay after every show two hours just to sign autographs and talk to people,’ said Cathy.

‘He said, “What’s more wonderful than hearing 100 people telling you over and over again how great you are?” If he was a movie star, he wouldn’t have that, but the reality is that he needed it. He needed his audience. The fact that people loved him was the part of his life that filled the loneliness.’

And because of that, he didn’t like being upstaged. When Elizabeth, whom he was close friends with, created the character of Serena for ‘Bewitched’, Samantha’s wise-cracking cousin, his insecurities came out again.

‘The character of Serena was the same thing because she started getting funnier lines than him. She became her own little character, which Elizabeth invented herself because she didn’t want to be the pretty housewife all the time,’ Cathy said,

‘She wanted to be a little bit wild with wigs, short skirts and makeup…Serena was a pretty powerful character, which made him insecure.

Paul passed away in January 1982 at age 55 from heart disease but his legacy is lasting.

‘I still have people writing and telling me how much they loved him, that they think he’s great, and they’re still amazed at what a genius he was with those one-liners that came out of his head on “The Hollywood Squares”,’ Cathy said.

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The Cher Show is coming to Broadway and will star three leading ladies as the legendary singer at different times in her life and career!

The three actresses who will take on the role of Cher include Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, and newcomer Micaela Diamond. 

The pre-Broadway run will kick off on June 12, 2018 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.

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It’s the eagerly anticipated Netflix feature film which will explore the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. And Sir Anthony Hopkins, 79, was seen in character for the first time as Pope Benedict, the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church, as he shot scenes for The Pope in Rome this week.  The acclaimed Welsh actor donned a ceremonial white robe and gold crucifix necklace as he emerged from a building while cameras rolled.  The Pope’s release date is yet to be confirmed

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The former partner of George Michael has announced he is selling off the late singer’s possessions because he needs the money.

Fadi Fawaz, who was with the Wham! star from 2011 until his death on Christmas Day 2016, posted a string of messages on Twitter in which he suggested he was struggling financially. “George Micheal [sic] items for sale if you interested please let me know,” he wrote.

“It’s a way so I can survive till we solve the problems with his family and lawyer. Since I’m left with no help and since no one is human anymore.”

Hair stylist Fawaz, who still lives in the “Careless Whisper” singer’s north London home, continued: “I am done with being respectful towards George Michael or the rest.

“I will fight for my right from George Michael till the last day of my life. And no I won’t get a job.”

Fawaz’s comments come less than a week after he opened up about the day he found Michael dead at his home 16 months ago.

In an emotional letter posted on Twitter, he said: “Since I saw you last time a lot has happened. Xmas Day I went to wake you up to go for Xmas lunch in Highgate but u were dead (can you flicking believe that).”

“From that very first moment the world rose from death and pointed their fingers at me…I was all alone…they even accused me I [sic] had something to do with your death.”

He added: “They stopped all of the support I got from your team. I even got denied to our home [sic] in Goring where they even packed my clothes and sent them to me in bin bags.”

Friends of Fawaz have previously spoken of their fears he is still struggling to cope with Michael’s death.

Ahead of the first anniversary of the tragedy, Fawaz said he had lost a “unique man,” adding: “There will never be anyone ever again, that is the truth.”

The estimated value of Michael’s estate is reportedly in excess of £100mill.

Fawaz did not state which belongings he intends to sell.

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The fabulous Tina Turner has every reason to smile because the new musical based on her life opened in London to great reviews. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is described as a jukebox musical, which has the same female musical director as Mamma Mia. Tina’s shoes are really hard to fill, but singer/dancer/actress Adrienne Warren is described as so delicious playing Tina, (see photo) that it’s expected to propel her into superstardom. The current #MeToo movement makes the tale of Ike Turner’s abuse and Tina’s eventual solo success even sweeter.

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Here are five true stories behind Hollywood studio logos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peLH-gAC1PA

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Pink has been named the cover star of People’s most Beautiful issue, and she posed with her two kids, Willow 6, and Jameson, 1.

Here’s what the 38-year-old entertainer had to share…

On her parenting style: “Yeah, I believe in affection. I believe in needs being met and faith being implemented, and I believe in letting your kids know they can count on you, and that you’ll be there. My parents obviously did not believe in that and I worked out okay. I always tell Willow, ‘I’m going to teach you the rules so that you’ll know how and when to break them.’”

On creating a gender neutral environment for her kids: “Absolutely. [But] I feel like gender-neutral is in itself a label and I’m label-less. I don’t like labels at all so I believe that a woman and a girl can do anything.”

On her beliefs: fairness and justice. And I believe that a boy can do anything. So I have boys that flip dirt bags and I have boy friends that wear dresses. It’s all okay to me. It’s whatever floats your boat. So that’s the kind of house that we live in.”

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Here’s some Hollywood history about one Hollywood’s most haunted hotels.

The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, opened the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard on May 15th, 1927 back in 1927. It was built at a cost of $2.5 million dollars (US) which was a tremendous price in those days. It quickly became the ‘in’ place and the center of the glamorous social whirl for all of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The first Academy Awards presentation was held in the Blossom Ballroom on May 16, 1929. Then the awards were called Merit Awards, and were given, not for one performance, but for work covering a 2-year period. Douglas Fairbanks was host for the evening, presenting awards to Janet Gaynor as best actress, Emil Jannings as best actor, and to “Wings” starring Buddy Rogers, as best picture. Marilyn Monroe posed for her first advert – for suntan lotion – on the diving board at the pool. She stayed at the hotel often over the years, preferring a second floor Cabana Room overlooking the pool. Over the years my favorite hotel of all time has gathered hundred’s of stories about ghosts, spirits and other things that go bump in the night. Here are just a few of them; true or not these stories are all part of yesteryear Hollywood.

In mid-December 1985, two weeks prior to the big opening of the “Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel”, the first ghost spirits were discovered. As the big day came closer, all the staff from management down pitched in to help out. Alan Russell, who was the assistant to the general manager, offered to sweep the Blossom Ballroom before the carpeting was put down. He swept the entire ballroom, noticing one area that seemed a lot cooler than the rest of the room, but he never really gave it much thought. Later, as he swept the width of the room, the cool spot was still there. At that point he called Kelly Green and together they tried to figure it out. They looked for open doors, there were non open causing a draft, the air conditioners had not been hook up at that point, there was no trap door in the floor so there was no reason for the cool spot. The measured the cool spot to be about 30 inches in diameter and about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the room. Since 1985 two different respected psychics have said that the spirit is a man, wearing black and there is a lot of anxiety there. Could it have been the spirit of a man attending the first Academy Award dinner, no body knows.

On the same day, staff member Suzanne Leonard was dusting the general manager’s office. As she was dusting the tall dark-framed mirror, she saw the reflection of a blonde girl. When she turned around to speak to the girl, there was no one there, yet when she looked back at the mirror, the reflection was still there. Suzanne was puzzled, so she asked the manager about the mirror. He told her that the mirror had belonged to Marilyn Monroe and had been removed from the suite that Marilyn had often occupied out by the swimming pool. Today the mirror stands outside the hotel lift on the lower level landing.

Up on the 9th floor, maids were making up the beds while other hotel employees stocked the rooms with towels. A waitress was helping out by setting out the towel’s and she went into room 928, she felt a cool breeze against her arms but didn’t pay much attention to it. Workmen were still working in the hall and doors were open, so she thought it was just a draft. As she went into the room the door slammed shut. But these doors have compression hinges – when means they can’t slam. That startled her, but she continued placing the towels. As she came out of the room, she again felt a very definite coldness; it was like someone in a rush brushing past her in the hall. Later that day, two housemaids who also worked on the 9th floor said “there was something strange there” and would ”not” work anywhere near the room again. Later it was learned that Room 928 was where Montgomery Clift had lived for three months while filming the movie “From Here to Eternity” and he used to place up and down the hall, rehearsing his lines and sometimes blowing a bugle. The hotel opened welcoming its first guests on the 30th December 1985, but during the next few months a number of ghostly things happened.

For the first couple of months only the public areas of the hotel and floors 3, 4 and 5 were completed and in full use. One night before the floor was completed, exactly at midnight there was a call on the hotel’s PBX from Room 1032. PBX responded, but there was no body on the other end. The room like the entire floor was unfinished and unoccupied, there was also no phone in that room at the time of the call to the PBX.

By May of the following year work on the upper floors was being completed. Daniel Cichon, Assistant Director of Housekeeping, was inspecting the rooms prior to the opening of the 11th floor. After completing his full inspection in Star Suite 1101/1102 he turned off the lights locked the door and went back to his office. Minutes later he returned to the suite with an extra wastebasket, only to find all the lights on. He was the only one with a key to the Star Suite, yet “someone” had turned on all the lights.

In mid October 1989, a TV film crew wanted to do a story on the Hotel’s ghosts for a Halloween special. During shooting, outside Room 928, the house lights went out, their sound equipment broke down, the film jammed in the camera… it took almost four hours to do a one hour shoot. When they tried to shoot Marilyn’s mirror, the smoke alarm went off and they couldn’t complete the shoot. The cold spot in the Ballroom affected the audio equipment, I guess they really stirred up the ghosts that night.

On December 15th, 1990, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office held a holiday dinner dance at the hotel. After the party, one of the invited couples were looking at the pictures on the mezzanine. As they neared the doors that lead to the balcony, overlooking the Blossom Room, they heard beautiful piano music drifting out. They walked into the room and saw a man in a white suit. As they approached, they spoke to him but he didn’t answer. As they got even closer, he totally disappeared!  The couple told the night manager that the man didn’t walk away he simply vanished. The manager went upstairs with the couple, but there was no man in a white suite infact the room was empty. The following Monday morning, Billy from Engineering was working on the 3rd floor. He was walking south in the north/south hallway. As he came to the corner he looked to his left (east) and half way down the hall he saw a man standing in the hallway. He called out, asking the man if he could help him. The man didn’t answer, but continued to look from side to side as if he wasn’t sure which way he should go. Bill came closer, within three feet of the man, and again asked if he could be of help. The man still did not reply, but turned and walked toward the fire exit at the east end of the hall. Then he walked “through” the door. He didn’t open it and go out — he walked “through” the door! Billy tried to follow, but he found that his feet were rooted to the spot. He could not move for what seemed like 5 minutes, though he said it was probably only a few minutes. When asked for details about the man, Billy said, “He was wearing old shoes and a white suite.” Could it have been the same man in the white suite that the others saw two days earlier?

The American TV show “Entertainment Tonight” came to do apiece about

Montgomery Clift’s room and even bought a psychic with them. The room had been vacant for three days, but when they went in, the heat was on full blast. The windows were wide open the crew started setting up their equipment. The interviewer was very, very sceptical about a “ghost” in the room. When the filming lamp suddenly blew, he laughed and said, “Those thing’s happen all the time.”

Immediately the film crew corrected him, saying that those lights last forever, but he wouldn’t admit that anything strange was going on. As he began the interview, he asked the psychic if she felt any ghosts in the room. She said, “No, not really. Perhaps if I were alone I might, but with all these people (ten in all) all the lights, and your negative attitude…no I don’t!”

At the moment the interview started to laugh when suddenly a slammed shut! There was no wind that night and no one was near the window. It couldn’t have closed by itself because it opens from side to side and not up and down – someone would have pushed it. The interviewer was rather shaken at this point. When the crew finished in the room, they went next door to talk to the guests in that room. They didn’t identify themselves as a TV crew, asking only if the girls had heard any noises in Room 928. They replied, “Oh yeah, there were some bumping noises, but we didn’t think anything about it. We were going out, and really forgot about it.” The room had not been unoccupied for three days.

Room 1217 – which is now Room 1221 – has long been known to have “something unique and magical” about it. So said Linda Goodman, author of the books “Sun Signs” and “Love Signs”. She stayed in Room 1217 for several months back in 1959 while writing her first book. She said then that the room had “ a presence, a special quality” about it. In October of 1989 that presence made itself known again, this time by telephone. Late one night, #1221 lit up on the hotel PBX switchboard. The operator responded, but there was no one on the line. When the light lit up again, the operator checked the guest list register and found that the room was not occupied. She called Security, explained the situation and asked that they check the room and put the phone back on the hook. They did, and that was that. Until 3 nights later when it happened again. That night, the phone got off the hook by itself – three times in one hour. Each time, Security went up and replaced the phone, and the next time they went up…. The phone was off the hook. If you’ve never stayed or visited The Roosevelt Hotel you missing out on a “real” part of Hollywood, believe me it’s a must.

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ROCK ROYALTY JASON BONHAM’S – LED ZEPPELIN EVENING

Bonzo’s greatest legacy heading for NZ

Rock royalty, Jason Bonham — son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer Bonzo — is heading to New Zealand to perform in two “mindblowing” concerts.

Described by critics as a “near perfect” recreation of Led Zeppelin’s sound, the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Evening in Christchurch on 31 May and Auckland on 2 June is not to be missed by fans of one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

“The band, the stories, the music… so organic and authentic to the original artist. Jason Bonham’s perspective, drumming and creation are spot on. You could close your eyes and listen…and what you hear is John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.”

  • MAY 31, CHRISTCHURCH – HORNCASTLE ARENA – Ticketek
  • JUNE 2 – AUCKLAND – LOGAN CAMPBELL CENTRE Ticketmaster

“There are many Led Zeppelin cover bands out there,
but few have the blood of the actual original members flowing through them. This band has it, and you can tell.
John Bonham would be proud of his son.”

(JBLZE) carries the bloodline of legendary drummer John Henry ‘Bonzo’ Bonham, an icon who passed away at just 32 years old. Son Jason was then 14.

JBLZE will, in response to unprecedented demand from the legions of Zeppelin fans they lay claim to down here.

Now 51, with a stellar career under his belt, Bonham junior’s critically acclaimed show seems a far cry from the first time he performed. At the tender age of four, Jason was seen deftly twirling drumsticks behind a mini Ludwig drumkit, in a home-movie segment of Led Zeppelin’s benchmark concert film, The Song Remains the Same.

And yet Bonzo’s legacy and the home-made video memories of two generations of drummers come back to life when JBLZE brings the very essence of Led Zep to the stage. Original band member Jimmy Page summed up what Jason contributed to this sound in their collaborative O2 reunion concert in London, not long before Bonham hand-picked JBLZE talent.

“Jason was absolutely monumental in his performance and his playing. From the very first rehearsal right through to the O2 –his knowledge of what made Zeppelin tick musically was incredible – it was wonderful to work with him and communicate musically with him. Nobody else could have done it.”

But the heartfelt accuracy of the JBLZE sound is only one reason recent concerts across the US have sold out in days. The band’s powerful live performance of Zeppelin classics team with Bonham’s historical, personal input to provide concert-goers on a unique story telling adventure. While huge backdrops display iconic art, Bonham’s own home video footage plays, including family-oriented clips from his late father’s archive.

This musical and familial link culminates in Jason’s live performance of Led Zeppelin II’s Moby Dick: on giant screens behind him, footage of dad Bonzo at Led Zep’s landmark Royal Albert Hall gig on January 9, 1970 rolls, while Jason pounds out one of the most legendary drum solos in history in real time.

“This is my story. It’s what my Dad and Led Zeppelin meant to me” says Jason, who despite his years touring with an enviable list of rock-greats, is still regularly “blown away” by the response he’s had from JBLZE audiences during the band’s 7-year lifespan.

“It’s become more than just me playing the songs. The audience are as strong a part of it as anything” he says. “You see generations of different people at the show, from kids to their grandfathers – people that saw them back in the day. It’s been a fantastic journey.”

Bonham explains that JBLZE simply tries to capture the magic that was so greatly written and performed by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and his father. The show is an aural and visual experience designed to take the audience back to a time when they were carefree and happy; a time “when they had more hair!”

Journalist and editor, David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine, voiced high praise for the audience-wowing, all-sensory approach in a 2010 article: ‘It was a tour de force illusion. It was also sincere theatre…’

A loud, glittering affair on stage, the show’s success is built on carefully laid foundations. It has taken considerable time and thought to bring a band together that Bonham felt could truly do justice to his father’s lifework.

After Jason starred in the world record-breaking Led Zeppelin O2 reunion concert in 2007 (alongside original members guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and singer Robert Plant) it was hoped that the entity might continue, despite Plant’s decision not to join in again. They went as far as auditioning high profile singers like Sammy Hagar, Myles Kennedy and Steven Tyler to continue the legacy. Yet even these lofty options were unsuccessful.

Together they recreate a carefully considered set list of at least 20 songs, featuring all-time classics plus a few surprises. These include: In the Light which was never performed by Led Zeppelin live. Other highlights include cuts from their ground breaking 1969 debut Led Zeppelin (Your Time Is Gonna Come, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You); 1969’s Led Zeppelin II (Thank You, Lemon Song); 1970’s Led Zeppelin III (Celebration Day); 1970’s Led Zeppelin IV (When the Levee Breaks and Rock and Roll); 1975’s Physical Graffiti (Kashmir).

It’s a playlist that Jason likens to “hitting the ball out of the park” time and again for fans. And by all accounts he’s right. EddieTrunk, legendary journalist, radio and TV broadcaster offers resounding applause for Bonham’s genetically-connected experience: ‘I was absolutely flawed by this show…by far the best…they sound unbelievable…I cannot think of ever having heard anybody play Zeppelin better than these guys…’

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 16th April

I’m not one to gossip but…………………… Charlize Theron strikes a pose in Elle magazine’s May 2018 issue.

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

On her career: “If you look at my career, I have done more work in realism than the glamour stuff. It’s what I wanted to build my career on and why I fought so hard to not just play the ingénue or the girlfriend.”

On going through the adoption process: “I struggled mentally through the adoption process. Some of my lowest points in my life were dealing with the first time I filed; it really took an emotional toll. There were so many situations that didn’t work out, and you’d get attached and have all your hopes up and then just get crushed.”

On racism in the US: “I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal. There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it. I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic.”

On co-parenting with her mom, Gerta: “I knew that I would have to have my mom help me if I was going to do this as a single parent. To not acknowledge her coparenting my children would be a lie.”

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After a sell-out last year, the Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show is back for 2018! I throughly recommend this show for the entire family, this show is good wholesome entertainment at its very best. I have attended this magic show for the last three years, and each year it’s better than the year before. Please don’t miss it, remember it only comes around for one day a year!

Magic and illusion, comedy and fun for the whole family.

The best value family entertainment in town!  Adult tickets just $15 each, children’s tickets $10 each.  Special Family Concession (2A3C) $50, save $10.

The must-see Magic Moments show is on for ONE DAY and two performances only :

Saturday 21st of April 2018, 2PM & 7PM.

The venue is the lovely Rose Theatre, 1 School Road Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore.  Free parking onsite.

To book your tickets visit www.MagicMoments.co.nz or call 021 0826 6616.

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Is Brad Pitt threatening to have Angelina Jolie committed to a psych ward if she doesn’t seek treatment on her own? That’s the absurd claim in one of this week’s tabloids.

According to NW, the actress was secretly rushed to the hospital last month after collapsing at her Los Angeles home. An alleged insider tells the magazine, “She’s exhausted. Not sleeping, not eating enough. It’s no wonder her body gave out on her.” As the story goes, Jolie is shrugging off the supposed incident, but her estranged husband is urging her to get help.

“Regardless of what’s happened between them, he wants her to be in top health for the sake of their children,” adds the questionable tipster. “He’s suggested she tries rehab-style treatment.” The “insider” goes on to say that Jolie refuses to check into a facility, so now Pitt is consulting with lawyers to see if he’s legally allowed to have her involuntarily admitted for a psychiatric evaluation.

This narrative is completely fabricated. For starters, a source close to Jolie, who wasn’t able to speak on the record, assures the actress never collapsed at her home, nor was she rushed to a hospital. Additionally, not a single other outlet in the world reported that the actress was taken to an emergency room last month. Had it actually happened, it’s highly unlikely NW would be the only publication to have heard about it.

Finally, the magazine attempts to illustrate this report on its cover with an unflattering photo of Jolie that was taken in March 2016. The actress admitted to Vanity Fair that she was experiencing some health issues during this time, including hypertension and Bell’s palsy, but she’s since fully recovered from both ailments. The unreliable outlet, however, deceptively sells the image as if it’s new. Below is a photo of the actress looking quite healthy less than two months ago.

It’s also worth noting, it was recently reported that Brad and Angelina have been on good terms as they amicably work to settle their divorce. Custody and finances are the main issues that need to be hashed out, but the article made no mention of the two battling over her physical and mental condition, which are both perfectly fine.

 

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Recently Mariah Carey grabbed headlines when she announced that she has been suffering from Bipolar II disorder in silence. For some reason, Mariah said she was frightened that people would find out about it and she lived in terror and isolation. (Maybe that’s why she drank so much champagne.) She finally opened up and confessed to fans and is now receiving treatment, and her life is back on track. Surprise surprise she is writing a book about her battle with Bipolar Disorder. She’s not so honest about her weight loss however – according to Page Six, she had gastric sleeve surgery in November and that explains her slimmer look. Despite many queries, she will NOT confirm or deny the surgery and leaves her fans wondering

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The movie Black Panther is a force to be reckoned with culturally and at the box office. The films dominance has shattered records as the Marvel blockbuster just passed Titanic as the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Titanic had a 12-year run as the highest-grossing film until it was usurped by the director’s other smash Avatar in 2009. According to The Hollywood Reporter it just fell to #4 on the list after Black Panther leapt past its $659.5 (US) million domestic total.

Without adjusting for inflation, Black Panther now only sits behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 (US) million) and Avatar ($760 (US) million) on the all-time domestic box office list, according to Box Office Mojo.

Black Panther is also the highest-grossing superhero film ever, after surpassing The Avengers $624 (US) million take. Will the Number Three spot, be in jeopardy when Avengers: Infinity War – featuring Chadwick Boseman and his fellow Wakandans, opens in theaters around the world? 

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One of New Zealand’s greatest music projects comes of age

Celebrating 21 years since ENZSO – May 5, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch | May 18, The Civic, Auckland

What is ENZSO
An orchestral project started by former Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner, combining the talents of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with contemporary pop singers to perform Split Enz songs.Eddie wanted something more from the old Split Enz songs, and doing orchestral arrangements seemed perfect. With conductor Peter Scholes, the New Zealand Symphony OrchestraDave DobbynAnnie Crummer, Sam Hunt, Neil FinnTim Finn and the New Zealand Youth Choir, they recorded and released their first album in 1996 simply titled ENZSO.The original project was so successful it spawned a second ENZSO 2 in 1999 and a film of the collaboration by director Justin Pemberton called ENZSO: Dirty Creature.
One of the most important projects in New Zealand’s music history – ENZSO – is being recreated to celebrate its 21st anniversary.

Also celebrating NZ Music Month, hear the unforgettable Split Enz songs in Eddie Rayner’s ENZO at the glorious Civic in Auckland and Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch for one night only.

Inspired by Split Enz keyboardist Rayner’s original project ENZSO (the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 1996 Split Enz collaboration), this 21st anniversary event is another evolutionary moment in the history of an iconic repertoire of Split Enz hits including I See Red, Six Months in a Leaky Boat and Message to My Girl.

This time with a smaller orchestral backing of 10 people to retain the ‘groove’, plus three vocalists and a rock rhythm section of bass and drums as well as lead guitar, the sound is lush and full, but still manages to capture the punk pop buzz of the Enz.

Rayner leads his “ENZEMBLE’, including four members of Split Enz (Eddie, Mike Chunn, Paul Crowther and Michael Barker) together with a group of NZ’s finest musicians, brass and string sections, and guest vocalists Rima Te Wiata (Hunt For The Wilderpeople), Rikki Morris and Phil Madsen.

This rock concert-cum-orchestral extravaganza will be beautiful, grand and sumptuous!

Christchurch
May 5, Isaac Theatre Royal
Tickets from Ticketek
Auckland
May 18, The Civic
Tickets from Ticketmaster

 

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Anna Faris is on the cover of Women’s Health magazine’s May 2018 issue.

Here’s what the 41-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On her relationship with ex Chris Pratt: “What Chris and I try to do is to communicate openly. We reiterate that there aren’t rules to this. We have a lot of love and friendship, and our big goal is to protect Jack. I cherish my family, my close friends, my child—that makes the rest of it worth it.”

On continuing to believe in love: “I love love! Like all of us, I need a sense of human connection and intimacy. At the end of a workday I feel exposed and kind of raw. I want to be with someone I can confess to, and who can confess to me.”

On getting plastic surgery: “I was always a negative-A cup, so when I was 30, I was getting a divorce [she was married to Ben Indra for four years], I had just finished House Bunny, and I’d sold another movie, all of these new things were happening to me, so I got my breasts done. It was f-cking awesome. I never, ever thought I’d do something like that. I always thought plastic surgery was caving in to ‘the man,’ you know? But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini. What would that feel like? I’m still floored that I did it, because I am a staunch feminist. I kept thinking, Am I betraying my own gender by doing this? I wish that we were more supportive of each other. I think that people should be able to do whatever they want, whether it’s getting braces, bleaching their hair, getting extensions, getting a boob job, getting vaginal surgery, or getting a nose job.”

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Amal Clooney is on the cover of Vogue’s May 2018 issue.

Here’s what the lawyer, activist, and wife of George had to share with the mag:

On twins Ella and Alexander’s first words: “We’ve had some ‘Mamas’ and ‘Dadas.’ George was very careful to ensure that ‘Mama’ was the first word.”

On #MeToo: “I think because of the brave women who have come forward to tell their stories, the future workplace will be safer for my daughter than it was for people of my generation. We’re in a situation where a predator feels less safe and a professional woman feels more safe, and that’s where we need to be.”

George, on his amazing wife: “She’s the professional, and I’m the amateur. I get to see someone at the absolute top of their game doing their job better than anybody I’ve ever seen.”

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Angelina Jolie is opening up about her relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the important lessons she has taught her children.

The 42-year-old actress and activist spoke about the Queen in her new documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, during which Angelina visits Namibia with her children to highlight forest conservation in Africa.

“For us to come here and say to the children, ‘This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids, and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message,” Angelina explained..

She added about her children, “They ask me, ‘Why is it so important to her?’ You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, ‘Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa.’”

“What it comes down to is you say to the kids, ‘You know really, you don’t know her, you can’t understand all that it means to be a queen and all that. But you try to say, ‘You know she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures, and the importance of other cultures. She thinks that really matters and I agree with her,” Angelina concluded.

The Queen’s Green Planet airs in the U.K. to night  April 16th.

*Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Monday 9th April 2018

I’m not one to gossip but……………………Through her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle will also make history as one of just a handful of Americans to become a senior royal around the globe.  Her predecessors include Wallis Simpson, who became the Duchess of Windsor when she married the recently-abdicated King Edward VIII

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ younger sister Caroline Lee Bouvier tied the knot with Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill. Rita Hayworth married Italian-born Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan in 1949. Meghan is also walking in the footsteps of Grace Kelly who, just like the Suits star, was a screen star before she became royalty. Grace stopped her acting career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, a move echoed six decades later by Meghan.

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Ryan Murphy has cast legendary star Dame Joan Collins in American Horror Story!  The creator of the show casually dropped the knowledge during an interview, saying he’s “throwing in Joan Collins” and is “interested” in casting Anjelica Huston.

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The original Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter received a star on the Walk of Fame last week, honoring her 50-plus years in show business. The 66-year-old star has worked as an actress, singer, and pageant queen, but she’s best known, of course, for playing the titular superhero and feminist icon on the 1970s Wonder Woman TV show. “Wonder Woman gave birth to my career, and now we have come full circle and we have millions of new fans,” said the statuesque actress, 66, noting the new fandom sparked by 2017’s blockbuster film starring Gal Gadot.

“It seems impossible, but I have been in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years — do the math — and I have loved it all,” the jubilant star said, receiving cheers from the boisterous crowd. Carter recalled her early days struggling with rejection and bad reviews, but, she said, “those fade away.”

“I love this business. I love it all. But my fondest memories of my career are the wonderful people I have met,” she continued, acknowledging everyone from the costars to camera operators, publicists to studio executives.

“I would be nowhere without my wonderful fans,” she said, later adding, “I never take it for granted.”

Carter also held back tears while expressing her “unending gratitude” to her family, thanking those in attendance for making her career worthwhile.

“Through the ups and downs and the good times and bad, you have enriched my life and you have always been there for me,” she said. “To all the wonder women out there: We love our men that stand with us and champion our causes and our voices.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger are iconic as the two lovers in Brokeback Mountain, the first time there had seen same-sex romance on the big screen.

But it turns out the men were not always due to play the two lovers.

Screenwriter Diana Ossana has revealed a string of other Hollywood greats were originally in line for the major roles.

Speaking at a Q&A in Hollywood, Diana said it took eight years to make the film as they struggled to cast the roles and find big budget support.

She says many “prominent young actors” hopped on and hop off the project, which became known around tinsel town as the “gay cowboy” movie.

“Nobody would commit,” Diana said of the film.

“We sent it to Edward Norton [to direct] and Joel Schumacher and dozens of people and they all came back saying they loved it but no one would commit.”

Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon were both originally considered for the leading roles.

“They didn’t give us any real excuse why they wouldn’t. I guess they saw it as too difficult,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview.

One of the biggest challenges for filmmakers was getting film bosses to understand that this was not a “universal love story,” as many tried to position it.

“This is a movie about two men who fall in love. It’s very specific,” she said.

“It’s about Ennis and Jack and it’s about their flaws and their mistakes and their struggles and their humanity.” One thing that was certain was that Diana wanted Heath Ledger to front the film.

“Nobody wanted Heath but me and [co-writer] Larry McMurtry. The studio felt he wasn’t macho enough.”

Another actor original played the role, before they dropped out six months into the project, leaving the film in a rut and allowing them to go back to Ledger.

“Heath read it on the way home to Australia … and he said Naomi Watts, his girlfriend at the time read it and she was jumping up and down on the bed telling him you’ve got to do this role for all kinds of reasons – for your career and for the world.

“He told me on the set: ‘You know, it’s the most beautiful script I’ve ever read in my life, and I would’ve rowed a boat halfway around the world to meet with Ang to be in this movie.’ It was a battle to get him, but boy was it worth it.”

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STAR WARS 8 director Rian Johnson has revealed the terrible “death threats” he was sent by angry Last Jedi fans.

It’s no secret that not all fans were happy with The Last Jedi.

It’s also nothing new – The Empire Strikes Back caused anuproar and that’s in an age without social media.

However, Star Wars 8 seemd to attract a particularly hardcore backlash, centred on the accusation that Rian Johnson had somehow betrayed the Star Wars legacy. And yes, even this website sided with those fans and we listed our greatest issues with the movie and our unhappiness with Johnson’s vision.

However, the notion of making death threats, even as a form of hyperbolic outrage rather than actual intent, is still utterly extraordinary and unconscionable.

Johnson has weathered months of attacks but maintained he would not be swayed from his ongoing vision for the upcoming spin-off trilogy.

He also clearly declared that he did not believe he had set out to “kill the past” nor did he believe that was the end result of The Last Jedi.

However, in a new interview he confessed he was shocked and upset by the death threats.

Johnson said: “I knew intellectually what I was letting myself in for, but then when it happens you’re like, ‘Oh my God, this is intense!’ It’s about knowing you’re not going to please everyone. But then you still read someone saying they wish you were dead and it’s going to ruin your day.”

He added: “There were death threats.

“It’s balanced by a few things — 90 per cent of the stuff I got online was not only lovely and encouraging but phenomenally thoughtful. Fans would send me essays on the movie. The other 10 per cent is just loud and gets amplified.

“At first I was freaked out but then I realised the things people were angry about are the things I’m most proud about.”

Fans, happy and otherwise, can look forward to a raft of deleted scenes and a full-length documentary, The Director and the Jedi, when Episode 8 is released on home entertainment formats next week.

It may take actual Jedi mind tricks, however, to change some opinions…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

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Cindy Crawford  poses in a swimsuit on the cover of Town & Country’s May 2018 issue, on newsstands April 10.

Here’s what the 52-year-old supermodel had to share with the mag:

On being a mother of two rising young models ( Kate and Presley Gerber ): “I’m really lucky, because I don’t have a #MeToo story. As far as being a mother of two young people going into fashion, of course I worry. But let’s be honest. My kids are blessed in that business because they aren’t coming in as unknowns. People will know I will come after them if they mess with my kids.”

On her past nude photo shoots: “Look, I’ve done nude photos, lots. The only ones I regretted were the ones that I kind of got talked into. I don’t want my children to ever look back and think, ‘Gosh, I wish I hadn’t done that.’ I want to empower them to just say, ‘I’m outta here.’”

On raising her children with moral values: “I didn’t find that hard to do at all, actually. Kids don’t always listen, but they are always watching what you do. If you’re polite to people, they learn to be polite. If you make family time a priority, they don’t even question spending time together. …You lead by example.”

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Before Prince Harry, before Suits, Meghan Markle was just a girl in the grocery aisle, agonizing over which chip to buy for a get-together. (She chooses the chip with the three ingredients over the one with 13, in case you don’t have time to watch the 32-second clip below).

‘Thirteen ingredients? That’s more people than I invited to the party,’ a voice narrates as Meghan picks up another brand’s chips. ‘Unless Denise brings Gary. Ugh, Gary and those short shorts.’

The camera, which initially showed Meghan in black pants, a blue top, a grey jacket, and a white purse, zooms in on her face before as Meghan laments Gary’s potential appearance at the party.

It then turns to the various bags of chips as Meghan grabs a bag of Tostitos Scoops.

‘Light corn, vegetable oil, and salt,’ the voice continues. ‘Yeah. Three ingredients is good.’

Meghan then walks away as a screen states: ‘Tostitos. Surprisingly simple.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-sWa517Yh4

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We don’t see Doris Day in public much anymore but she seems to be having a happy life in Carmel California, where she has lived for many years.

But the great film, television and recording star surfaced last weekend in her hometown for a weekend of festivities for her 96th birthday which was on the 3rd of April. The bash served as a fundraiser for her Doris Day Animal Foundation.

She was a huge movie star (Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Lullaby of Broadway), a huge TV star (The Doris Say Show) and a huge recording star (Secret Love, Que Sera, Sera).

Doris all but retired from showbiz in the mid-70s but did re-emerge in the 80s to host the show Doris Day and Friends and in 1989 was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.

She also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2006. No doubt she would receive an honorary Academy Award for her film career if she would agree to attend the ceremony which is not likely.

Well, que sera, sera!

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You may have read where the Oscar winning movie OLIVER! the musical, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is getting a remake, but will Eddie Redmayne and Adele star? Here’s an update on the remake.

An insider  close to the star said: “Eddie has always wanted to play the part of Fagin. It’s a role that has been close to him since he was a child so this is a great opportunity and he’s keen.

“He was in the stage production of Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes when he was ten but didn’t get to be part of the gang and he has never given up on that dream.

“Eddie thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of singing live during filming for Les Mis and is excited at the prospect of doing it all over again in this.”

Adele is alleged to have been in talks to play Nancy.

A source close to the singer said: ““It would be a major part for her and she’s seriously considering it.

The Oliver! remake is being produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, who worked on the Les Miserables adaption that Eddie starred in.

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Tyler Henry is the 22-year-old “clairvoyant” who uses his supernatural powers the way they were meant to be used, on the E! network.

But Henry doesn’t merely communicate with the deceased on the hallowed ground of reality TV. It’s a 24-hour gig.

Speaking to the magazine Us Weekly, the completely legitimate psychic revealed that contact with the spirits “does happen sometimes in the morning when I’m getting ready.”

“Sometimes when I’m in the shower, in which case, I’m like ‘I’ll see you outside.’”

Anyone who’s been walked in on naked by a relative knows how potentially awkward this can be, but now imagine it wasn’t your dad but your great-great-grandmother!

For what it’s worth, in 2015 the Independent Investigations Group awarded Henry’s show the Truly Terrible Television Award “in acknowledgment of the extraordinary ongoing deceit of the American public represented in this television program.”

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Kylie Minogue graces the cover of Attitude’s May 2018 issue, looking every bit the star she is.

Here’s what the pop superstar had to say…

On why Golden is her most personal album yet: “I’m not writing from a place of heartbreak. I was a bit broken, I wasn’t feeling very strong at a certain point, and we’ve all been there, we know what that’s like. But I tend to bounce back pretty quickly, I’m pragmatic about stuff. It’s looking rationally, with heart, with humour, to where I’m at… I hope you can feel on the album there’s no blame; I’m not hanging on to anything. I’m just taking a really good look at where I think I am in my life.”

On dealing with anxiety: “There are a lot of voices in my head. I guess part of that is our brains; they’re problem solvers, tick tick tick tick tick… [When I’m feeling anxious] I put the kettle on and make a cup of tea… But if I knew the answer I would do it and I would have no anxiety… They say that the fast track to happiness is gratitude and it’s true, just think that thought.”

On how rather than seek professional help for anxiety she resorts to a more traditional method of healing: “There’s enough discussion in my head. I probably would benefit from [counseling] but I don’t really like it… My 98-year-old grandma said years ago: ‘What you need to is lie flat, and you put your arms up and you just lie like that for 10 minutes’. And she’s so right, so I will. On a video day, during lunch I’ll go, ‘Right, phone off, dim the lights,’ and try and just be still.”

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Here are the UK  2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations have been revealed!

Some very familiar shows and faces have received nominations this year and it appears there is no clear frontrunner as there are so many well represented programs on the list. Best of luck to all of the nominees this year!

This year, the ceremony will take place on Sunday (May 13), where the winners will be revealed. Stick with Just Jared that night as well, as we’ll be live blogging the red carpet and show moments.

Click inside for the full list of nominations for this year’s 2018 BAFTA Television Awards…

Drama Series
Line of Duty
Peaky Blinders
The Crown
The End Of The F***ing World

Leading Actor
Jack Rowan – Born to Kill
Joe Cole – Hang the DJ (Black Mirror)
Sean Bean – Broken
Timothy Pigott-Smith – King Charles III

Leading Actress
Claire Foy – The Crown
Molly Windosr – Three Girls
Sinead – Little Boy Blue
Thandie Newton – Line of Duty

Supporting Actor
Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty
Anupam Kher – The Boy with The Topknot
Brían F. O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue
Jimmi Simpson – USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Supporting Actress
Anna Friel – Broken
Julie Hesmondhalgh – Broadchurch
Liv Hill – Three Girls
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown

Mini-Series
Howards End
The Moorside
The State
Three Girls

Soap & Continuing Drama
Casualty
Coronation Street
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Current Affairs
Raped: My Story
Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (Dispatches)
Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets (Panorama)
White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure)

Factual Series
Ambulance
Catching A Killer
Drugsland
Hospital

Reality and Constructed Factual
Celebrity Hunted
Love Island
Old People’s Home For Four Year Olds
The Real Full Monty

Entertainment Programme
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Britain’s Got Talent
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
The Voice UK

Comedy Entertainment Programme
Murder in Successville
Taskmaster
The Last Leg
Would I Lie To You?

Entertainment Performance
Adam Hills – The Last Leg
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Michael McIntyre – Michael Mcintyre’s Big Show
Sandi Toksvig – QI

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Asim Chaudhry – People Just Do Nothing
Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain
Samson Kayo – Famalam
Toby Jones – The Detectorists

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland
Daisy May Cooper – This Country
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share

Scripted comedy
Catastrophe
Chewing gum
This Country
Time Wasters

International
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Vietnam War

Features
Antiques Roadshow
Cruising with Jane McDonald
No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?
The Secret Life of the Zoo

Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment
Blue Planet II
Doctor Who
Game of Thrones
Line of Duty
Love Island
One Love Manchester

Live Event
ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results
One Love Manchester
Wild Alaska Live
World War One Remembered: Passchendaele

Specialist Factual
Basquiat – Rage to Riches
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain
Blue Planet II
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

Short Form Programme
Britain’s Forgotten
Eating with My Ex
Morgana Robinson’s Summer
Pls Like

Single Documentary
Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me
Louis Theroux, Talking to Anorexia
One Deadly Weekend in America
Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

Single Drama
Against The Law
Hang The DJ (Black Mirror)
King Charles III
Murdered for Being Different

Sport
Anthony Joshua V. Wladimir Klitschko
Six Nations: Wales V. England
The Grand National
UEFA Women’s Euro Semi-Final: England V. Netherlands

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Ricky Martin, 46, says about coming out as gay.

On appearing in American Crime Story,  a TV show that explores the homophobia of the 1990s: “The level of injustice that we as a community were dealing with back then was heavy. I played every role before I even started working on this project. I was a closeted gay man who was making my partners hide. I had relationships with other men who were in the closet and I had other relationships with men who were not in the closet but because of me went back into the closet. And so I’m re-living everything that I did.”

On how he avoided facing up to his sexuality for years: “I submitted myself to my career completely. I didn’t open doors to new relationships, and I’m not talking about romantic relationships, I’m talking about any relationship, because I didn’t want people to know me too much. I wouldn’t even sit down and have a cool relationship with amazing producers or great film directors because I was afraid that if they spent more than two hours sitting with me they would know my nature. I wasted so much energy trying to manipulate my sexuality.”

On how he first met husband Jwan Yosef  online: “I contacted him and we talked for six months. We were just sending messages, talking about life and existential issues. Nothing sexy, nothing sexual. It’s not that he was sending me sexy pictures and vice versa, I swear…but when I first saw him I said, ‘I am marrying this guy’. And apparently he said exactly the same thing. Obviously he only told me this later on; you have to keep it to yourself at first! But I lost my breath when I saw him. Six months’ build-up and it was very romantic.” 

Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018

I’m not one to gossip but……………………. Olivia de Havilland has lost her legal battle against FX over the Feud: Bette And Joan miniseries.

The veteran Hollywood star, 101, sued the network for defamation over what she said was a damaging portrayal of her as a gossip.

The three judge panel overturned a previous court ruling that found in the actress’s favor and ruled Monday that the First Amendment allowed filmmakers to embellish the historical record, Variety magazine reported.

The Second District Court of Appeals held unanimously that portrayals of real-life people are protected by the First Amendment.

Justice Anne Egerton wrote: ‘Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star — ‘a living legend’ — or a person no one knows, she or he does not own history. Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator’s portrayal of actual people.’

Gone With The Wind star de Havilland said producers of Feud never asked her permission to portray her and did not consult her.

The drama, which starred Catherine Zeta Jones as de Havilland, had her calling her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine, a ‘b***h’ and also joking about Frank Sinatra’s drinking.

Variety reports that the Motion Picture Association of America came to the network’s defense, arguing in an amicus brief that the court’s ruling would give politicians and celebrities veto power over films about their lives.

Last week, FX appealed last fall’s court ruling with an attorney for the network, Kelly Klaus, arguing that creative license may be used in docudramas.

‘Docudramas are understood not to be a literal retelling of history, that’s the role of documentaries,’ Klaus said.

De Havilland’s lawyer Suzelle Smith, argued that the show wrongly portrayed the Paris-based star as a hypocrite and a gossip who used vulgar terms.

‘Olivia de Havilland has built a reputation of 100 years as a celebrity and she should get compensation for that,’ Smith said.

Feud, which aired last year, focused on the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, with de Havilland being used as a sort of commentator on the events.

This is not the first time a major Hollywood company has been taken on by de Havilland, who won Oscars for 1946’s To Each His Own and 1949’s The Heiress.

She won a landmark victory over Warner Bros in 1943 which effectively ended actors’ contract servitude.

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Things you may not know about Ellen DeGeneres.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzNbSSkg0lU

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The cast of Dawson’s Creek reunited for a special anniversary photo shoot, 20 years after the premiere date, with EW!

Featured on the covers are the stars of the show, James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jack son, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips.  

“I think we’ve all sort of seen each other over the years, but not everybody all together,” Katie said about the reunion, which took place on March 12 in New York City. “And never for long enough.”

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Emily Blunt graces the cover of the latest issue of ES magazine.

Here’s what the 35-year-old actress had to say:

On working with her husband John Krasinski on the upcoming horror film A Quiet Place:: “We’ve always wanted to work together and when this came along I realized the concept was so much bigger than, ‘They’re a married couple.’ We were nervous because we’ve always been the second-hand audience to the rehashing of what we might have gone through that day on set. And ultimately we really understand each other’s worlds because it’s the same world.”

On her thoughts around Brexit: “I think it’s really sad. I’m really bummed about it. I just think that ‘globalization is here guys, come on!’ It is an interesting time in the world because it’s fragile, because it feels unsafe. It’s become this sort of ‘each to their own’ mentality and you feel it. You feel people becoming more guarded, and more in the need to protect. It’s sad.”

On how an off-hand remark about President Trump and regretting her US citizenship led to a media backlash: “It was a fairly innocuous joke because, you know, where I’m from we poke fun at our public figures…I think I wasn’t quite American enough to be able to say that. I have to be really careful now. Certain subjects, I just can’t. Because I’m also someone who loathes getting in trouble. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loathed getting in trouble.”

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UK magician Dynamo looked almost unrecognisable after revealing the impact of his Crohn’s disease by sharing a picture of his swollen face.

The magician, whose real name is Steven Frayne, posted a picture online showing the side effects of the steroid treatment for the condition.

The 34-year-old has had the disease since he was a teenager and has to follow a strict diet in order to battle it.

After having half of his stomach removed aged 17 he still wakes up in ‘excruciating pain’ nearly every day.

The illusionist opened up about his condition by posting a head shot on Instagram of what his appearance looks like now with the caption ‘no filter’.

One of the main symptoms of the disease is causing inflammation to the stomach lining which Dynamo manages by banning gluten, dairy, fat and vegetables from his diet.

Although treating the condition with steroids reduces the inflammation it has side effects including weight gain.

Although there is no long term cure currently available for the condition Dynamo claims he refuses to let it hold him back.

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

Inflammation most commonly occurs in the last section of the small or large intestine but it can affect any part of the digestive system.

Common symptoms can include:

  • diarrhoea
  • abdominal pain
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • unintended weight loss
  • blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)

Remission occurs when people with the disease go long periods of time without symptoms however these periods can be followed by flare ups of symptoms.

Why it happens

The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. However, research suggests a combination of factors may be responsible. These include:

genetics – genes you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease

the immune system – the inflammation may be caused by a problem with the immune system that causes it to attack healthy bacteria in the gut

previous infection – a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system

smoking – smokers with Crohn’s disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers

environmental factors – Crohn’s disease is most common in westernised countries such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world such as Africa, which suggests the environment has a part to play

Emmerdale favourite Jeff Hordley was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was 26, and lost his mother (who also had Crohn’s) due to complications following surgery.

Jeff worried that the condition would stop his career taking off but following surgery, medication and diet control he has been playing the role of Cain Dingle since 2000.

He said: ‘I know it’s embarrassing to talk about it, but even simple solutions like being near a bathroom at work can make such an improvement – so don’t be afraid to step up and be counted. Take a look around the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website and join up!

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During the Easter break I got lost in Unmasked a Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is one of the best show business memoir’s I have ever read. It’s down to earth, honest and sprinkled throughout with a few surprises. If you love musical’s this is the book for you.

 

UNMASKED A MEMOIR

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Published to coincide with his seventieth birthday, UNMASKED is a candid memoir by the

legendary composer of some of the most recognized musicals in history:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and School of Rock among others.

Written entirely in his own words, internationally acclaimed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career in UNMASKED.

A natural storyteller, with his signature humour and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. In UNMASKED, Lloyd Webber takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.

A record of several exciting and turbulent decades of British and American musical theatre and the transformation of popular music itself, UNMASKED is ultimately a chronicle of artistic creation. Lloyd Webber looks back at the development of some of his most famous works and illuminates his collaborations with luminaries such as Tim Rice, Robert Stigwood, Harold Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, and Trevor Nunn. Taking us behind the scenes of his productions, Lloyd Webber reveals fascinating details about each show, including the rich cast of characters involved with making them, and the creative and logistical challenges and artistic political battles that ensued.

Reflecting a life that included many passions (from architecture to Turkish Van swimming cats), full of witty and revealing anecdotes, and featuring cameo appearances by numerous celebrities – Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, David Frost, Julie Covington, Judi Dench, Richard Branson, A.R. Rahman, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Rodgers, Norman Jewison, Milos Forman, Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Gillian Lynne, Betty Buckley, and more – UNMASKED at last reveals the true face of the extraordinary man beneath the storied legend.

‘‘I have long resisted writing an autobiography. Autobiographies are by definition self-serving and mine is no exception,” Lloyd Webber comments. “It is the result of my nearest and dearest, moaning at me ‘to tell your story your way.’ I meekly agreed, primarily to shut them up. Consequently this tome is not my fault. I intended to write my memoirs in one volume and I have failed spectacularly. Quite how I have been able to be so verbose about the most boring person I have ever written about eludes me.’’

Full of colourful characters, rich storytelling and illustrated with sixteen pages of colour photos, UNMASKED provides unique insight into the life of the man who has entertained millions of audiences around the world with his music.

About Andrew Lloyd Webber

When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway in 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently.   Other musicals he has composed include Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express and Love Never Dies.

He is the most successful composer of musicals in history and professional productions of his shows have sold more than 330m tickets worldwide and generated more than $13.6bn at the box-office. In Cats and The Phantom of the Opera he is responsible for two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows and Phantom alone has been seen by more than 140 million people worldwide.

Andrew’s shows have been seen in more than 80 countries around the world and his cast recordings have generated more than 40 million album sales. Andrew’s music has been recorded and performed by such music icons as Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce and Tom Jones.

Along that journey, Andrew has amassed a great many awards, including seven Tonys, three Grammys, seven Oliviers, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Andrew has produced many of his own shows including School of Rock (the first British musical to have world premiered on Broadway), Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Andrew has also produced and championed the work of other writers and composers. Notably he presented the ground breakingBombay Dreams which introduced the double Oscar-winning Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman to the Western stage. Other productions include the Olivier Award winning Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, and the record-breaking Palladium productions of The Sound Of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

He owns seven West End Theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and most recently acquired The Other Palace, which he has established as a unique London home for new musicals in development and fledgling writing talent.

He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. In 2016 the Foundation funded a major new national initiative which endowed the American Theatre Wing with a $1.3 million, three-year grant to support theatre education opportunities for underserved young people and public schools across the U.S.

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.

UNMASKED: A MEMOIR

Andrew Lloyd Webber

RRP $39.99  HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

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Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller has finally been released from prison.

However, she’s not totally free yet. Dance Moms star left Victorville federal prison last week, and is currently in a halfway house in Van Nuys, California. She will remain in custody at the facility until her official release date on May 25.

She was “furious” when she wasn’t transferred back in February as expected says an inside source.  Abby is furious! She feels like she is being targeted. She had a nuclear meltdown over this. She had her bags packed, so to speak. She was ready to go.”

Miller checked into prison in July on fraud charges

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Megan Fox is looking stunning modeling lingerie on the cover of Style Verify’s new issue.

Here’s what the 31-year-old actress – who is launching her Fredericks of Hollywood lingerie collection being launched at Forever 21 – had to share with the mag…

On negativity from the media: “I think there has definitely been several times I felt bullied by press or by people in general. People like to twist my own narrative and use it against me. I felt sort of powerless in expressing myself no matter how hard I tried to be genuine or to be who I was. It was always misconstrued or changed in order to garner more drama and attention through tabloid media and so on. I felt discouraged in that way because I felt like I don’t know how to be or live in this industry and have to do interviews. That’s a part of what we do… when every time I open my mouth no matter how positive my intentions are ‘it becomes something scandalous or something negative’ and then I get torn apart for it.”

On how she’s overcome these obstacles: “I think that it took a lot of ‘soul searching’ but I had to be able to maintain a bird’s eye view to get clarity and to have some objectivity so that you can step away from it and you don’t personalize it so much. You start to look at things that seem like obstacles or blocks or attacks as something you’ve brought to yourself as lessons-lessons that your ego and personality needs to learn. When you look at it that way, it removes the victimhood from a lot of this and it then gives you your power back because you no longer feel like someone is doing something to you. You realize that you’ve brought this to yourself for a reason and that it’s going to have a positive outcome because now your perspective has changed.”

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Until next week my lips are sealed! 

David H. W. Hartnell MNZM copyright 2018

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