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dh-hollywood-300x300-2No-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.

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Monday 24th July 2017

I’M not one to gossip but……………………………………..The New Zealand premier of the smash hit West End and Broadway stage musical Sunset Boulevard opens on the 23rd September at the Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden Auckland, directed by super talented John Fausett.

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Maryanne Rushton plays the lead role as Norma Desmond,  I caught up with her to find out more about the role:

How did you land the role of Norman Desmond in Sunset Blvd?

Open auditions were held, and I went along and auditioned for the role. I was recalled twice, and was really put through my paces. I was extremely excited when I was given the part. 
It’s a huge role you are on stage 90% of the time, how stressful is the role?

Yes, it is a massive role, and requires a lot of  energy and focus. The emotional roller coaster that ‘Norma ‘ goes on is extremely demanding and emotionally draining, but also very rewarding.
What did you have to do to prepare for the role.

Vocally,  it is a very demanding role and it requires regular singing practice to make sure my voice is fit for the role. Also researching background on the stars and the style of the era.
How many costume changes do you have in the show?
A lot! I haven’t counted them as yet, but a lot of them are very fast changes!
Is this the role of a lifetime?
I have some dream roles and this is on top of the list, so yes, it is most definitely a role of a lifetime!
You have had voice coaching for the role of Norma, had that been demanding?
Norma, is a huge role and very vocally challenging. Robyn Kennerly is the vocal coach for the show, and she has been great! You never stop learning, no matter how old or experienced you are, and it has been wonderful to find I can still do more with my voice. I was trained as in opera    and have learnt different techniques and styles for my voice, to suit the roles I am playing.
Elaine Paige told me that she never felt like Norma Desmond until she put on her lips. At what point with the makeup and hair do you feel Norma taking over?
For me, the entire makeup process is journey to Norma, it happens gradually with each stoke of the brush, and finishes with the wig and costume.
Do you think Norma Desmond was a sad person or crazy or both?
Norma is a star, the greatest star of all! She has always been told this, by her fans when she was young, and by Max, her butler, over the years, so in her head she believes it totally. She has no idea she doesn’t look the same now as she did at 20, and I think mentally, she slowly declines until she has a major psychological breakdown. She is neither crazy nor sad but maybe a little bit of both at the end.
Do you have a favourite song or scene in the show?
That’s a hard one. The music is amazing……. of course, what more would you expect from Andrew Lloyd Webber. I feel the script is very powerful, and haunting in its telling of the storyline, so picking one part is very difficult. But for me, the scene at Paramount Studios, and the song, ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ is definitely a favourite.
Do you have a favorite costume in the show?
Too many wonderful choices! But the classic scene when Norma is first seen descending the staircase in her gold and black caftan can’t be topped. 
Mae West was offered the role of Norma Desmond in the 1951 movie, she turned the role down as she didn’t want to play a faded movie star. That’s how Gloria Swanson landed the role. Did you have any quarms about playing a faded movie star?
No, not at all! This is an acting opportunity that is too good to turn down. I have played characters that have been a lot worse than a faded movie star, so I think it’s fabulous.
What has director John Fausett bought to this production?
John has this wonderful ability, to draw out if you more than you thought you were capable of giving. His insight into set design and costumes, and how to work them all together with the actors brings the show to life in the most fabulous way.
Have you watched the 1951 movie of Sunset Blvd?
Yes, it’s an inspiration, and a classic piece of wonderful cinema.

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Here’s what Director John Fausett says about the production:


How will this production of Sunset Boulevard differ, from the Broadway and West End productions?
 The most obvious difference will be the physical size of the production.  Originally John Napier designed an enormous set which in some ways swamped the performers. The latest production on Broadway featuring Glenn Close (and numerous other professional productions over the last 20 years or so) had a new scenic design and impetus.  Even if I wanted to, there is no way I could replicate the original on our stage, which is limited as far as height and wing space are concerned.  I didn’t want a watered down version of the original set, so I have approached it in a completely different manner.  The one thing I felt was essential was a set of stairs almost exclusively to accommodate the final scene where Norma delivers her iconic line “And now Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up” The physical production is reduced, but in other aspects, the show is complete as presented elsewhere.
You have a great cast for this production, tell me about them?
Norma Desmond
is played by Maryanne Rushton, who has appeared all over Auckland for many years.  I first worked with her in the old His Majesty’s Theatre in a production of West Side Story … many years ago! Since then we have worked together often and I have regularly drawn on her skill as a makeup artist for my shows as well as having her as a performer.  She did an amazing audition for the part, but we called her back several times to make sure she was the Norma we were looking for.  Patently, she was.

Joe Gillis is played by Bevan Williams.  I have only worked with him once before, but he has had a lot of experience both in Auckland and as a guest artist around New Zealand.  The character of Joe is seldom off stage, and has some real “powerhouse” singing to do.  Many of those auditioning for the role just didn’t have the vocal chops to play the part, but the minute Bevan started to sing, we knew he was the one we wanted.

Max the butler is played by Greg Patel.  The role requires a classical baritone of “a certain age”, and I knew this would be a hard role to cast.  When we were still searching I tried to think of baritones who were around in my performing heyday.  I remembered Greg from Light Opera Club days, and from my Kabuki-style Mikado for what is now Auckland Music Theatre, where he played Nanki Poo. Over the years he has sung opera and when he auditioned for us, I was delighted to hear this wonderful, quality, baritone voice.

Betty Schaeffer is played by Dani Brookbanks and I have not worked with her before.  She too has performed all around Auckland. She gave us a powerful and sensitive audition, and we knew she would balance her singing with Bevan, with whom she has worked many times before.

 How would you explain the story to someone who knows nothing about the production?
Without too many spoilers, this show is a musicalisation of the 1950’s movie starring Gloria Swanson.  It tells the story of a forgotten Silent Movie star and how she lives after her fame has gone.  It is a story about dreams, memories, ghosts and another era. The role of Norma has become one of the big Diva roles of musical theatre and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has provided some wonderful music for Norma to sing.
Is this the first New Zealand Premier of a musical you’ve ever directed?
No, I have directed a few premiers over the years. In some ways, each production is its own premier, unless I am reproducing one of my own shows.  While I have followed a detailed plan of a few shows, this is mainly to do with scenery.  I like to tailor a production to use the abilities of a cast to the fullest.  The main plus of a true premier used to be no-one knew what was coming.  Now, the internet reveals so many other productions worldwide.

Playhouse Theatre Glen Eden from September 23rd to 7th October, bookings via www.iticket.co.nz

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zsaHollywood star Zsa Zsa Garbor, who died at 99 last December, has left her fortune to husband, Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, he says — even though her will cannot be found.

Anhalt, the ninth and last of Gabor’s spouses, was named the only trustee of her huge fortune in court and he has revealed most of the cash will be handed to charity

Court documents claim Gabor’s original will is lost or missing, and Anhalt says Gabor’s late daughter Constance Hilton is the one who stole it.

Hilton “had access and attempted to defraud third parties with a forged will,” says Anhalt’s petition, filed in a Los Angeles court.

The Hungarian-born star had Constance with her ex-husband, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. Francesca died of a stroke at 67 in 2015.

Von Anhalt, 74, says he’ll comply with Zsa Zsa’s final wishes for him to hand much of her wealth to good causes and will continue attending Hollywood events “in her honour.”

“Well, there is one thing she loved, charity and to help the needy people,” he told the Daily News. “So I will do the same thing. I will do that every year. I will do it again. Whatever she left me, I will give lots of charity because she wanted me to do that.”

Gabor reportedly lost most of what was once estimated to be a $40 million (US) fortune. She had been hit with medical bills and lost investments in Bernard Madoff’s scam.

German-born businessman Anhalt, who gained his princely title by adoption when he was an adult, says the glamorous Gabor wanted people to remember her in her prime — appearing on talk shows and in movies like “Moulin Rouge” — and not how she looked at the end.

“We had been married 30 years and been together 35, so we were really glued together and she was my best friend, my partner and it was big love. I miss her a lot,” he said.

Gabor was married nine times, including one marriage that lasted a day and was annulled.

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joanAs Alexis Carrington, actress Dame Joan Collins was one of the biggest stars of Dynasty.

But on the back of the BBC salary scandal – which revealed a huge gender pay gap in an explosive report unveiled last week – she’s revealed her male costar was contractually obliged to be paid more than her.  “Oh dear only couple of actresses on BBC Rich list,” she tweeted after the report revealed that only a third of its top 96 earners are women, and the top seven are all men

“Reminds me when John Forsythe contractually had to receive much more than me on Dynasty!” she continued.

While Dame Joan, 84, earned around $67425.80 US Dollar’s per episode on the iconic 80s show, John Forsythe reportedly received $84265.68 US Dollar’s.

“In the last year, Dynasty’s producers finally gave me salary parity with John Forsythe, although his contract stipulated that he had to get a few thousand a week more than the next highest-paid actor,” she previously revealed.

“But when I reported for work, I was told, ‘Sorry, Joan, we can’t afford to pay you every week, so you’re only going to be in half the episodes.’

“To say I was upset was putting it mildly.”

Off-screen, there was no love lost between Joan and John, who played her on-screen ex-husband Blake Carrington.

According to Joan, John was ‘aloof’ and branded her ‘a disgrace’ when she posed for Playboy.

However, she said Dynasty stylist Nolan Miller suspected he was simply jealous.

After all, it was the arrival of Alexis and the character’s popularity that saw the ailing show’s ratings soar.

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Harry Styles is used to performing on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, but on the American “Today” show, the singer admitted he was “definitely nervous” making his acting debut in the new World War II thriller Dunkirk. Watch the full interview below!

The One Direction star has a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, which tells the true story of thousands of Allied troops being rescued during a ferocious WWII battle. Styles appeared on “Today” alongside cast mates Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard and Barry Keoghan to discuss their experience of working on the intense war movie.

“Yeah I was definitely nervous,” Styles said of his feature film debut. “It’s completely different, I think, to music.” The pop star added, “It was a lot of fun, I really loved it. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had.” Lowden, who plays a Royal Air Force pilot in the film, further noted, “We had some of the best people in the world working on this and the pilots were no exception to that.”

As for the filming the treacherous underwater scenes, Barnard revealed, “We all got tested with our swimming skills many times. You never knew what wave was going to hit you.” The real-life evacuation of the international soldiers isn’t as well-known to Americans as other WWII battles, but Whitehead went on to explain that the the mostly British cast “grew up knowing” about the events “because it is part of our history.” Meanwhile, when Keoghan was asked his reaction to seeing the action-packed war movie on the big-screen for the first time, the actor confessed, “I didn’t know if I wet myself or if I was sweating or what was going on. It was intense.”

Watch the latest interview about the movie below!

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gordonUk actor Gorden Kaye, star of 1980s sitcom ’Allo ’Allo, left £3.3 million in his will, it has emerged. He split his fortune 20 ways between pals, an actors’ charity and Yorkshire Cancer Research. Gorden died in January aged 75 after a battle with dementia.

His music and video collection, computer and television went to friend John Addy.

A painting of his home town Huddersfield by LS Lowry went to his agent Peter Froggatt. Gorden left paintings, prints and a French antique clock to cousin Sheila Shuttleworth. She was also left with his china, press cuttings, photographs and furnishings, to be shared with actor Leonard Kavanagh.

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eddThe director of the Game of Thrones premiere, Jeremy Podeswa, is defending Ed Sheeran for his cameo after Twitter was polarized over his appearance during the episode.

“I’m a bit surprised that people have made that much fuss about it. To me, he does seem quite organic, in his own way, to the show,” Jeremy said.

“The truth is, everybody on the show is famous now. So it doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s about, are they appropriate for the role? Are they doing a good job? And it was yes, yes, yes to all those questions with him,” Jeremy continued, adding Ed was “delightful” to direct. Ed deleted his twitter account hours after his cameo aired.

“He is a lovely person; he’s really down-to-earth. If you didn’t know that he was a pop star or an entertainer of any kind, you would think he’s just one of the guys. And he is. He really just wanted to do a great job. He’s been acting for a little while; he takes it very seriously. And he was a real trouper, too. We were shooting in the middle of nowhere in Northern Ireland. He sat around outside with the cast and crew all day long, and just kind of hung out and was good-humoured and lovely. He took direction well. He really could not have been nicer,” Jeremy continued.

“It is a funny thing because I really, genuinely believe that if you didn’t know who he was, you would have just thought he was one of the gang, effortlessly,” he concluded.

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bradThe blog HollywoodLife
has published a new report claiming Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a “top secret place” where they drop off and pick up their six children, but the entire report is made-up.

“Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Have ‘Secret Rendezvous’ Place To See Kids,” reads a new headline on the often disproven website. The accompanying article purports to have “exclusive” information about Pitt and Jolie’s meeting place, which is used for dropping off and picking up their six children during visitations. A supposed “source” tells the HollywoodLies, as it is known, “Angelina has a lot of memories which make her feel emotional and she can no longer bear the sight of the home where she raised her children.”

The outlet’s seemingly fabricated insider adds, “In order to avoid the painful, uncomfortable situation, Angelina and Brad have compromised by setting up this meeting point near the home.” What’s more, according to the site, the couple’s “secret meet up spot” is by a pet store, “a short drive from Brad’s home, where Angelina used to live with all of the kids when they were still a family.”

But the whole story is wrong and appears to have been cooked up by the blog.

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george-mThe late pop star/LGBTQ icon George Michael will receive the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award by Project Angel Food for being a loyal supporter of multiple charities throughout his life. He will be honored at the 27th Annual Project Angel Food Gala Awards in Los Angeles, where Adam Lambert will perform a medley of his hits.

In a statement, Project Angel Food revealed that Michael helped the charity during its most trying time — the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1993, when many victims were in dire need of help. “Struggling to make payroll while sacrificing internally for the good of the community, Project Angel Food received an unsolicited donation, placed on the organization’s doorstep. Contained in an envelope was a check and note from George Michael, for the amount of $25,000 (US),” the charity said. Michael would continue to contribute the same amount every year until his untimely death on Christmas 2016.

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prince-harry-meghan-markle-trouble-paradiseAn American gossip tabloid cover asking if there’s “trouble in paradise” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is deceptive and, for the most part, fake news.

The new cover of the American magazine Us Weekly paints a rather dire picture. “Meghan & Harry: Trouble In Paradise?” it blares, further teasing “Why he hasn’t proposed” and “The Queen’s surprising message to Harry.” The front of the edition also asks, “Will she move to London?” It was designed to give consumers the impression that the couple’s relationship is on the brink of falling apart.

Readers discover inside that the actual cover story itself is rather positive and hopeful. In other words, the cover and story don’t match. It’s a bait-and-switch that was done to trick people and sell copies. The sensational cover captures attention, and the story entirely backs away from that first impression. For instance, on the very first page of the article, a so-called “Markle pal” is quoted as saying, “She’s the happiest she’s ever been, and Harry is very much part of that excitement.” How does that translate to the “trouble in paradise” cover line? It doesn’t.

In fact, though the piece briefly mentions difficulties the couple has faced with intrusive paparazzi, dating long-distance, and hateful commentary, the gossip magazine actually states, “But all those troubles seem to have passed with Harry crafting the perfect way to pop the question.” So, the “troubles” have “passed,” but the cover still teases possible “trouble in paradise.”

Additionally, the cover’s line about why Prince Harry hasn’t proposed and the question about Markle moving to London are misleading, too. In the story, it’s asserted he’s “ready to commit to forever” with her, and a “Markle source” contends, “They talk about things in years time, so it’s safe to say neither of them plan on going anywhere.” It’s even said that a “move to London is inevitable” for her.

So, why suggest something different on the cover? It seems Us Weekly rather promote fake news on its cover rather than deliver the truth upfront. The tabloid seems to have now sunk to the level of its new sister publications, Star, OK! and the National Enquirer, and it’s disappointing. This like of cover and editorial gets a big, fat zero on my fact-checking meter. I’m really sick of this kind of fake news on magazine covers, mind you it’s nothing new been going on for years, but never as boldly as it is today.

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98Andrew Garfield
is speaking out after receiving backlash for saying that he is “ a gay man right now just without the physical act.”

The 33-year-old actor is playing a gay man in the play Angels in America and he made the comment in an interview about preparing for the role.

Andrew was criticized as people thought he was “simplifying what it means to be gay.”

“That’s of course not what I meant at all,” Andrew said in an interview with Newsbeat. “That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound. It’s a love letter to the LGBTQ community. We were talking about, ‘How do you prepare for something so important and so big?’ and I was basically saying, ‘I dive in as fully as I possibly can.’”

“My only longing is to serve and to keep the world spinning forward for the LGBTQ community in whatever way I’m meant to,” he added. “It’s important to a community that I feel so welcomed by. The intention [in my comments] was to speak to that, speak to my desire to play this part to the best of my ability and to fully immerse myself in a culture that I adore.”

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queenClaire Foy
has revealed a huge spoiler about season two of hit Netflix series The Crown.

The 33-year-old actress, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, explained how the upcoming series will be a “completely different show”.

Filming for the next series has already been completed and will see the programme move to a different part of the monarch’s reign between 1957 and 1964.

Claire said: “It was amazing. It was completely different, like a completely different show in a way.

“The direction the show has gone in is very different and the period of time is moving on, so it does feel very different.

“It was also lucky because [season one] came out while we were all shooting so it was really lovely that it went down so well.”

She continued to Entertainment Weekly: “It was really lovely for all of the crew and the cast to be like, ‘Woohoo, we’re doing it again!’”

Keeping tight-lipped on future storylines Claire said: “I absolutely fell in love with Jodi Balfour [who plays Jackie Kennedy].

“She’s just brilliant, and Michael C. Hall [who plays Jack Kennedy] is just incredible

“You really see how amazing it is to put Philip and Elizabeth — their marriage and their world — suddenly into the 1960s.

“You see how the royal family has to start changing and move with the times and realise that things and people are different, and you start to see the evolution of the modern monarchy.”

The Crown returns to Netflix later this year for season two.

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0ooJohn Boyega is the star of several hot movies coming out in the next year and right now he’s the cover star for GO’s August 2017 issue!

In the issue, the 25-year-old actor – who will be seen in Detroit, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Pacific Rim: Uprising in the next year – opens up about getting advice from Robert Downey Jr. and Orlando Bloom.

John asked his agent to set up a meeting with RDJ so he could get advice on being famous. While eating waffles at the Iron Man actor’s house, Orlando just happened to pop by.

“I’m not used to any of that stuff, hanging out with Iron Man on a day-to-day basis,” John said. “I was just like, ‘Bloody hell. Is this how the celebrities do?’”

The one thing that John mainly wanted advice on was, “Women. Women, women, women.”

“It’s nice to survive with your companion by your side. I’m sure it’s a good thing. But I’ve never experienced it. And people advise you as a celebrity, ‘Make sure you get someone who doesn’t care about your career.’ Mmmm…I disagree,” John told the actors. They agreed that “she has to care about it to understand it.”

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dr-philThe salaries of TV’s highest paid stars have been revealed. All totals are in American dollars.

All the world’s biggest names are on the list – Kim Kardashian, Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay and Judge Judy, to name a few.

Pushing on the very top of the list of the world’s biggest celeb earners is show host. Ellen DeGeneres.

And she’s seriously raking it in.

Forbes has released their annual list of the highest-paid entertainers.

The ranking isn’t just made up of money from their TV shows, though.

It includes income from additional activities such as producing, non-TV performances, endorsements and merchandising.

Topping the list is Dr. Phil McGraw – better known as Dr. Phil – who rakes in an unbelievable $79m as a talk show host, personality and producer.

However Ellen is just one place behind him – with her huge salary making her the highest paid LGBT celeb on the planet.

The comic makes an incredible $77m a year from her daytime talk show, as well as a gift and homeware range, books and other public appearance fees.

Ellen is $8m ahead of the third place celeb, Jerry Seinfeld, who comes in with an income of $69m.

TV’s Jim Parsons gets paid an incredible $1m for every episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Meanwhile Jesse Tyler Ferguson walks away with a pretty tidy $250,000 per episode of Modern Family.

Chat show host Andy Cohen is on around $5m for hanging out with the likes of Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin.

 

  1. Dr. Phil McGraw, $79 million (talk-show host, personality, producer).
  2. Ellen DeGeneres, $77 million (talk-show host, personality, producer).
  3. Jerry Seinfeld, $69 million (comedian, sitcom star).
  4. Gordon Ramsay, $60 million (personality, celebrity chef).
  5. Ryan Seacrest, $58 million (personality, radio host, producer).
  6. Louis C.K., $52 million (sitcom star, comedian, producer).
  7. Judy Sheindlin, $47 million (courtroom-show host, personality).
  8. Kim Kardashian West, $45.5 million (reality show star, personality).
  9. Simon Cowell, $43.5 million (TV personality, producer).
  10. Steve Harvey, $42.5 million (TV host, comedian).

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Charlize Theron is opening up about a dark period in her life which ended in her mother killing her alcoholic father in self-defense.

The 41-year-old actress recently recalled the horrific incident, which she says she pretended didn’t happen for many years.

“I just pretended like it didn’t happen. I didn’t tell anybody — I didn’t want to tell anybody. Whenever anybody asked me, I said my dad died in a car accident. Who wants to tell that story? Nobody wants to tell that story,” she said during an interview with Howard Stern.

“I didn’t want to feel like a victim. I struggled with that for many years until I actually started therapy,” Charlize explained, adding that she began to speak to a therapist in her late 20s.

Charlize says the therapist helped her understand how her alcoholic father’s unpredictability impacted her life, but thankfully she had her mother by her side for support.

“I have an incredible mother. She’s a huge inspiration in my life…Her philosophy was, ‘This is horrible. Acknowledge that this is horrible. Now make a choice. Will this define you? Are you going to sink or are you going to swim?’ That was it,” she concluded.

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gagaLady Gaga
and Christian Carino are planning an “over-the-top wedding,” according to a report claiming they’re engaged and want to marry twice.

“Six months after going public with agent Christian Carino, Lady Gaga is planning to walk down the aisle on two continents,” contends Life & Style, which alleges Carino asked Gaga’s father for his blessing during the July Fourth holiday. She was previously engaged to Taylor Kinney with plans for “intimate” nuptials, but now that she’s “tying the knot” with Carino, it’s a “whole different ball game,” a so-called “insider” claims.

The tabloid’s supposed source alleges, “At the moment, they’re planning on getting married in Italy and Malibu.” How would that work? The purported tipster maintains Gaga and Carino are “talking about eloping in an intimate ceremony in Italy” for a “traditional Catholic wedding,” followed by a “huge, no-expense-spared party” in California. On the guest list listed by the gossip magazine are Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.

“It’s be the celebrity wedding of the year,” the publication’s alleged tipster asserts, even though it’s never actually said when these events are supposedly taking place. “Leave it to Gaga to throw one of Hollywood’s most lavish weddings ever.” One day, that may be true. But that day is not on the immediate horizon.

More recently, Gossip Cop called out the magazine’s sister outlet Life & Style just last month when it claimed Gaga and Carino were “talking wedding already.” In that version, the couple was scouting out the Hamptons as a location, something that isn’t mentioned at all in this new story. “Gaga wants to be out in nature and near the water when she says ‘I do,’” said that source. This subsequent article about two weddings says nothing about that.

Between the inconsistences and the inability of those close to Gaga to confirm any of these new details, Gossip Cop is left to conclude this new story is just as inaccurate as the last. She and Carino may decided to wed one day, but it seems highly unlikely the tabloids will be the first to learn the details.

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kermitYou will have read where Steve Whitmire the long time voice of Kermit the Frog, was fired back in October and now, Debbie McClellan, head of the Muppets Studio division of Disney, is explaining what happened.

“The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously,” Debbie told the New York Times. “We raised concerns about Steve’s repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years, and he consistently failed to address the feedback. The decision to part ways was a difficult one which was made in consultation with the Henson family and has their full support.”

Steve took over the voice of Kermit back in 1990 from creator Jim Henson. Jim’s son, Brian Henson, said that part of the problem was that Steve would “send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director.”

“They were uncomfortable with the way I had handled giving notes to one of the top creative executives on the series,” Steve said in his defense. “Nobody was yelling and screaming or using inappropriate language or typing in capitals. It was strictly that I was sending detailed notes. I don’t feel that I was, in any way, disrespectful by doing that.”

Another reason of his firing is reportedly over a video shoot that the Screen Actors Guild advised him not to participate in due to wage issues.

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cb78redviaauuu0There’s nothing Madonna enjoys more than shocking ordinary people, so we were surprised when she put up a fuss over an ex-boyfriend auctioning off a pair of panties she gave him back in 1994. The guy, Peter Shue, says Madonna sent him the panties with a love note before she left town one day and their relationship fizzled not long after that. Shue is trying to drum up interest in a book he wrote about his life so he’s enjoying the fuss and challenged Madonna to buy the panties herself.

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ojA hot rumor doing the rounds is that Kris Jenner is planning to manage O.J. Simpson’s career after he’s released from prison later this year.

Nothing would surprise me with that Kardashian family matriarch!

Of course, Jenner’s late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, was friends with Simpson, which is seemingly the only reason this bit of gossip started. Insiders tell me that this rumor is completely fake, and that Kris is just cashing in on publicity for herself……..time will tell.

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

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Monday 17th July 2017

I’m not one to gossip but………………………………………. I always liked Mitzi Gaynor, the legendary star of South Pacific, I had the pleasure of meeting her several times in Hollywood and she is a delight. Mitzi, whose other films include Les Girls and There’s No Business Like Show Business, is now 85 and still going strong yes she is still performing in the US.

She is a wonderfully talented woman, from the golden times of Hollywood and the movies here are some numbers from her films and TV specials hope you enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xny7G9YrrBU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq0_OgAANgM7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu6-oxdV1Bg

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

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mrs-brownMrs. Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan has quit the show after more than two decades, confessing to being unhappy with his role.

Cowan has appeared in the comedy series as Rory Brown – the third son of Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll).

Both the character and actor are openly gay.

However, in an announcement that stunned fans, Cowan revealed he would be leaving.

He explained to the Irish Daily Mail: “I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs. Brown’s Boys Company for the last 18 months to two years.

“I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan on June 16 about my decision to leave.

“That’s when I handed in my notice.”

However, in an announcement that stunned fans, Cowan revealed he would be leaving.

He explained to the Irish Daily Mail: “I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs. Brown’s Boys Company for the last 18 months to two years.

“I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan on June 16 about my decision to leave.

“That’s when I handed in my notice.”

However, in an announcement that stunned fans, Cowan revealed he would be leaving.

He explained to the Irish Daily Mail: “I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs Brown’s Boys company for the last 18 months to two years.

“I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan on June 16 about my decision to leave.

“That’s when I handed in my notice.”

Cowan, who had been touring the world as part of the Mrs. Brown’s Boys live show, said: “I was supposed to leave at the end of that week, but Brendan said that would be impossible and asked if I’d stay on until the end of the London O2 gigs. So I agreed to that.”

He added: “I’m not going into details about why I was unhappy,”

“I did the final show [in London], packed my stuff into a small Waitrose plastic bag and just left the venue.”

Cowan previously joked about receiving proposals from straight women during the show’s live tour.

He explained: “I have had two wedding proposals again – I turned them down but I kept both of the rings.

“They were both during our Melbourne run – one on Tuesday night and the other on Saturday.

“The rings are beautiful – one is an Australian opal ring and the other is like two glitter balls, its very bling.

“I wear them both on stage but I explained to one woman: ‘Listen, I’m gay’ and she said it didn’t matter that we would be compatible.”

He added: “I got two proposals the last time I was in Australia as well – so maybe it’s just going to become one of those things like throwing your knickers at Tom Jones.

“I’ll be staying single – and I’m certainly not marrying a woman.”

Mrs. Brown previously recorded a special message ahead of Ireland’s equal marriage referendum, asking people to vote yes.

She said: “When two people love each other, you should allow then to get married. What’s all the f**king fuss?”

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908Billie Lourd penned a heartfelt speech to honour her late mother Carrie Fisher at the D23 Legends Awards!

Although the 24-year-old actress couldn’t be at the ceremony in person, her speech was read by Disney CEO Bob Iger while bestowing Carrie with the Disney Legends Award.

“As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics. I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name. We went to Disneyland so much that I now realize she might have even loved it more than I did,” Billie wrote..

She continued, “Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an amazing moment for her. She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream. I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I am currently working on American Horror Story. I am beyond grateful to Mr. Iger and everyone at Disney for this incredible honour. Thank you again, and may the force be with you always.”

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madoSharon Stone is speaking out in response to the handwritten letter written by Madonna years ago, which was just leaked online.

In the letter, which was seemingly written in the 1990s, Madonna slams both Sharon and Whitney Houston as “mediocre.”

“It’s so unequivicably [sic] frustrating to read that Whitney Houston has the music career I wish I had and Sharon Stone has the film career I’ll never have,” Madonna allegedly wrote in the letter (via Huffington Post ). “Not because I want to be these women because I’d rather die but they’re so horribly mediocre and they’re always being held up as paragons of virtue and some sort of measuring stick to humiliate me.”

Sharon took to Face Book to respond publicly to the letters.

“Dear Madonna, First, I think it’s absurd that anyone is publishing your private letters. Therefore; I publish publicly,” she wrote. “Know that I am your friend. I have wished to be a rock star in some private moments… have felt as mediocre as you described. We know, as only those who have survived so long that owning our own mediocrity is the only way to own our own strengths; to become all that we both have become. I love and adore you; won’t be pitted against you by any invasion of our personal journeys. Sharon.”

 

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carterLinda carter wants in on the new Wonder Woman film franchise!

The 65-year-old actress – who played the original Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show – confirmed to People magazine that she is currently in talks to join the potential sequel of the hit superhero film.

“We were trying to get me in the first one and we couldn’t make it work with our timing,” Lynda told the mag.

After the success of the new Wonder Woman film, Lynda praised the film’s star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins.

“I was so taken with the both of them, and taken with Patty from the beginning when she very first got this film, and we talked on the phone,” Lynda said. “I just said that she knows who this character is. Because Wonder Woman — it’s the idea of her. It’s not about superpowers, it’s about her intellect and compassion. It’s so much more than some comic book character, because we identify with it.”

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magCharlize Theron is looking as fabulous as ever on the cover of the USA mag Variety.

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

On the success of Wonder Woman: “We’ve had moments like this, where women really showcase themselves and kind of break glass ceilings. And then we don’t sustain it. Or there’s one movie that doesn’t do well, and all of a sudden, no one wants to make a female-driven film….And look, I am ashamed that I’m part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on ‘Wonder Woman.’ That’s so f—ing caveman-like. I am always hoping that this is the movie that’s going to change it and keep it for us.”

On how winning the Oscar for Monster was challenging: “As far as work goes, it opens up a lot of doors. But also, it’s so overwhelming to have everybody clamoring and saying, ‘This is what you should do.’ There’s so much noise. I felt a little unstable afterwards.”

On following up her Oscar win with Aeon Flux, which flopped: “When ‘Aeon Flux’ came to me, I thought that could be something. I was never completely sold on the entire concept, but I really loved [director] Karyn Kusama’s movie [‘Girlfight’]. So I threw myself into that with the belief that she’s a great filmmaker. And then we f—ed it all up…I just don’t think we really knew how to execute it. And it’s disappointing, but it happens. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that you cannot get it right every time. I might have gotten this right because of that.”

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photoJessica Biel is looking amazing on the cover of Marie Claire’s August 2017 issue.

Here’s what the 33-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On making her marriage to Justin Timberlake work: “We have similar values; we believe in loyalty, honesty. We like to have fun. We like a lot of the same things. Also, in the business, we’re all very career-oriented, and you have to be a little selfish. I understand that about my peers—about being focused and driven—and if you can find that and someone who shares the same values as you, it’s like: Score!”

On what she learned from motherhood: “You think you’re a selfless person, and then you realize you’re not. These little people come around, and they require so much, and your schedule is really not your own, nor is it important anymore, and it’s very clear that it’s your life now revolving around this dude. I’m not that person who feels like, Oh, my whole life changes for my kid, but it does.”

On her experience as a child actor: “My Hollywood experience as a young person was never one of those True Hollywood stories where I was left alone to my own devices with no parental supervision. There was always somebody with me.”

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zsaScreen glamour-puss Zsa Zsa Gabor’s last will and testament is missing, following her death at the end of last year.

The veteran actress died at the age of 99 in December 2016, and the legal document she made detailing how her assets would be distributed is ‘currently lost or missing’.

Its absence is claimed to be due to a dispute between the late star’s husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, and her daughter Francesca Hilton.
However, Francesca passed away a year before her mother, rendering the issue moot.

Probate court documents state Anhalt ‘believes [the will] was stolen by [Gabor’s] daughter, who had access and attempted to defraud third parties with a forged will.
But, due to Francesca’s passing, all of Gabor’s estate has been consolidated into a trust, of which her husband is the sole trustee.

The documents revealed the couple had signed a pre-nuptial agreement in 1986 and Hilton was originally named co-executor of the will along with her step-father.
The trust itself is private, meaning it is unclear how much it is worth, or where the assets will ultimately be distributed to.

Probate and trust litigation expert Irwin B. Feinberg explained: ‘We still don’t know how much she’s worth or who the money is going to.

‘Anhalt is the trustee of the trust, so all of the assets, save some items of personal property that were dealt with in the will, are in the trust and are going to be distributed according to the terms of the trust, which no one knows because the trust is private. It’s not filed in court.’

However, the documents did reveal Gabor’s home, valued at $10.9 million (US) , was transferred, but it is unclear whether there are also debts held by the estate.

Feinberg said: ‘My understanding is that the house was not originally part of the trust, but it was intended to be. Therefore, it was moved into the trust by a court order, and then sold by the trust with the proceeds going back into the trust.’

It has also been stated that Anhalt is reportedly not moving out of their shared home – which is located in West Hollywood.

It was sold in 2013 under the condition that four months after her death it would be vacated.

However, TMZ has reported that the 73-year-old widower doesn’t believe this is enough time to move out.

Gabor died from cardiac arrest on December 18, meaning her husband was expected to vacate the premises by April 17.

The site reports that he’s now struck a deal with the owners to allow him to stay another six months.

In doing so it’s reported that $300,000 (US) has been taken off the selling price, whilst Frederic will pay rent of just $1000 (US)  a month.

MailOnline where this story came from have contacted both Gabor and her husband’s representatives for comment.

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coverMiley Cyrus looks like she’s one with nature in her Harper’s Bazaar August 2017 cover story.

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

On her decision to stop smoking pot: “Just for now. To quote the wise Justin Bieber, ‘Never say never.’ But right now I want to be clear.”

On being a role model: “I think I show people that they can be themselves. I also think something that has been important for me, in this next little, like, transition phase of my career is that I don’t give a f—k about being cool. I just want to be myself.”

On her ‘shocking’ behavior in the past: “People were so shocked by some of the things that I did. It should be more shocking that when I was 11 or 12, I was put in full hair and makeup, a wig, and told what to wear by a group of mostly older men. I didn’t want to become any sort of man hater because I love all humans; I am a humanitarian. Beyoncé said, ‘Girls run the world,’ and that was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn’t true our whole lives. It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”

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cover-2Woody Harrelson is opening up to The Hollywood Reporter about his infamous 2002 infidelity where he had a foursome and cheated on his partner Laura Louis.

The 55-year-old actor told the mag that two women approached him at a bar in London, England to “take a walk on the wild side,” and before he knew it, a third women hopped into the car.

“We went to my place, and one of the girls was a razzi [paparazzi] or worked for them, worked for the rags. And she got a photographer to come out. That one girl manipulated the other two. I was bummed when they all left together ’cause I knew it was going to happen [an article]. News of the World, it was. I never read it ’cause I didn’t want to read it,” Woody said. “Laura — this really gives you a sense of the depth of her compassion — what she said to me after finding out was, ‘That must be really hard for you, to have this s— exposed.’ She just said that. Now that doesn’t mean she wasn’t upset. How did I apologize? You know, just your standard Texan grovel. But she forgave me, and we’re still together.”

Woody and Laura married in 2008 and have three daughters together.

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emmyJust in case you have not got a list of the 2017 Emmy nominations were just announced!

HBO’s Westworld and NBC’s Saturday Night Live received the most nominations with 22 each. Netflix’s Stranger Things also did very well, earning 18 nominations.

If you’re wondering, here’s why Game of Thrones received no nominations this year.

This year, the ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 17).

The nominations are all from television shows that aired between June 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017.

In addition, this year’s Creative Arts Emmys will air the weekend before, on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10.

Tune into CBS on September 17 to catch all the action from the show!

Click inside for the full list of nominations from the 2017 Emmy Awards…

*UPDATING LIVE* – stay tuned for more categories to be announced.

Best Drama Series
House of Cards (Netflix)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
This Is Us (NBC)
Westworld (HBO)
Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Comedy Series
Veep (HBO)
Atlanta (FX)
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Keri Russell (The Americans)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Feud (FX)
Genius Nat Geo
The Night Of (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Genius (National Geographic)

Best Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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

 

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Monday 10th July 2017

image0281I’m not one to gossip but……………..Somboon and I have just returned from spending 5 weeks at our house in Northern Thailand, it was lovely to spend time with our Thai family. In 35 degrees most of the time, we have to say that coming back home to New Zealand winter was a bit of a shock. OK we knew it was going to be cold – and it sure didn’t let us down.  The horse and buggy is still around in the city, which is mostly a tourist attraction these days. Although in saying that there are still a number of people who use them for their everyday transport. There is a myth that if you don’t have a ride around the city in a horse and buggy, you will never return to the city. We don’t believe it – but we always have a ride round the city to be on the safe said.

It’s great to be back home, we are all so lucky to live in New Zealand you don’t really appreciate it till you travel the world.

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billieCarrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd has officially been named the beneficiary of her estate.

The 24-year-old actress will inherit her late mother’s estate, according to court documents obtained by the American magazine People. She will inherit her mother’s estimated $25million (US) fortune, including bank accounts, luxury vehicles, personal items and rights to Fisher’s image. Lourd will likely receive the profits from the sale of her mother and grandmother Debbie Reynolds $18million (US) Beverly Hills estate, court documents revealed Friday. Carrie‘s estate includes several bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, full ownership of several LLCs and a life insurance policy as well as belongings like jewelry, artwork and collectibles.

Billie will also inherit the rights to her mother’s public image and likeness, as well as her intellectual property rights which includes continuing proceeds from books, trademarks and copyrights. Other memorabilia is set to be auctioned later this year with part of the proceeds going to charity.

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judyJudy Garland has been removed from her crypt of almost 50 years in New York and flown across the country to the one place she didn’t care so much for – Hollywood.  So of course she was moved to the graveyard called Hollywood Forever.

To celebrate the new final resting place Judy never wanted; Hollywood Forever planned a big hoopla and invited, well, anyone willing to pay the ticket price. Of course there was a showing of The Wizard of Oz so thousands of people could honour Judy’s memory.

In the morning the cemetery was closed so immediate family could hold a crypt-side memorial and unveil her new resting place.  After the family left, the cemetery opened to public.

The entire mausoleum where Judy now rests is named the Judy Garland Pavilion, I mean, what are the odds?!  Cremation niches are half the size and double the price as most others in the cemetery.  KER CHING!!!!!  I feel sorry for the poor folks who forked out huge dollars to be near her in New York.

 

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65785Two-time Oscar-winner Olivia de Havilland has announced that she is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy over the unauthorized use of her identity in the hit TV series Feud: Bette and Joan.

According to the L.A. Times, her attorneys filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against FX Networks, LLC and Ryan Murphy Productions, “based on the unauthorized commercial use of Dame Olivia’s name and identity in the FX hit series.

Miss de Havilland was not asked by FX for permission to use her name and identity and was not compensated for such use. Further, the FX series puts words in the mouth of Miss de Havilland which are inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she has built over an 80-year professional life, specifically refusing to engage in gossip mongering about other actors in order to generate media attention for herself.

“A living celebrity has the right to protect her name and identity from unauthorized, false, commercial exploitation under both common law and the specific ‘right to publicity’ statute in California. FX was wrong to ignore Miss de Havilland and proceed without her permission for its own profit.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played de Havilland in the series, was asked whether she had ever met her,

“No, I didn’t, unfortunately. I was going to try and get to see her. I was in the south of France this last summer. Then, unfortunately, there was the horrible tragedy that happened there in Nice, so I didn’t get the chance to.”

Ms. De Havilland is no stranger to lawsuits. In 1943, she filed a landmark lawsuit against Warner Bros. that resulted in the collapse of the binding long-term contract studio system and put the de Havilland Law on the books.

Her team plans to file a motion seeking an expedited trial date because of de Havilland’s age.

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julieDame Julie Andrews is spilling on exactly how they shot the famous Sound of Music scene in which she spins around the rolling green hills with her arms outstretched.

In an interview on The Tonight Show over the weekend, the 81-year-old actress told host Jimmy Fallon that the process wasn’t exactly glamorous.

“We had this monstrous helicopter that had a camera man very bravely strapped to the side where the door would be,” she explained. “He had a camera strapped to him, he was strapped into the copter, and he was over like this [shooting downwards]. And it started at one end of the field and I had started at the other and we walked together, and honestly this thing came at me sideways sort of like this giant sort of crab coming at me or a grasshopper or something, and then I’d come into view.”

“The downdraft from the engines just flung me into the grass, and so we did this about six or seven times and I was spitting dirt,” she went on, adding that she lip-synced to music coming from hidden speakers.

They even had to film in the rain sometimes! It wasn’t usually visible on camera. Watch her on the show.

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Ricky Martin speaks to the American Entertainment Weekly  magazine about his part in the upcoming American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and doing his first gay sex scene for the cameras.

“I thought I was going to be more uncomfortable,” the singer revealed when he recalled filming his first on-screen sex scene for the limited series.

“Then the exhibitionism kicked in for a moment and all of a sudden I was naked in bed in front of 20 people from the crew and another actor I met that same day. I was not nervous at all. On the contrary, I was ready to do what needed to be done.”

Ricky says playing the role also dredged up memories of having to hide his sexuality that he had forgotten.

“There was a scene where Gianni is weak and almost falling on the beach and I touch him and he goes, ‘Don’t touch me! Paparazzi!’ You don’t understand. That took me back to eight years ago when I was in the closet and it just moved me,” he told EW.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story also stars Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace and Darren Criss as Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan. It will premiere next year on FX.

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vogueZendava is stunning on her first ever Vogue cover this month.

Here’s what the 20-year-old Spider-Man: Homecoming star had to share with the mag:

On negotiating for Disney’s K.C. Undercover: “I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasn’t artistically inclined. I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance; she can’t sing. She can’t do that stuff. There are other things that a girl can be….I want her to be martial arts–trained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac.”

On responding to Giuliana Rancic’s Oscars dig: “I went to my room, gathered my thoughts, and wrote something down, which is what two teachers would have wanted me to do.”

On having power: “A lot of people don’t realize their power. I have so many friends who say yes to everything or feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in a situation.” She is now pounding a fist on the dining table. “No: You have the power.”

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captureCharlize Theron is gorgeous as she graces the cover of W magazine’s August issue!

The 41-year-old actress was interviewed by Television editor Lynn Hirschberg about her role in the upcoming action thriller Atomic Blonde.

On her Atomic Blonde character being like James Bond: “Lorraine is a little bit like Bond. He drinks a lot of martinis, doesn’t he? Shaken or not stirred, or whatever the fu*k they are. Yeah, Lorraine and James are equally messed up.”

On the fighting scenes in Atomic Blonde: “I grew up taking ballet. I love discipline. I function really well within the parameters of discipline and knowing what to do. For instance, you have to throw yourself into ballet 100 percent, and that was really good for me as a young girl. But other than Teri Hatcher, I had only connected my fist with a girl’s face once in my entire life, so I had to do a lot of training for this film.”

On taking on villainous roles: “Look, I’ve always been fascinated by abhorrent behavior. I have a real interest in why people do horrible things. I read a lot of books and am fascinated by whether deviant behavior is caused by nature or nurture. There’s a part of me that wants to understand that darkness, but I can’t really understand it. So, it is cathartic to play a character who is evil. It’s a free pass for your soul: Nothing bad is going to happen, and you can explore what it would be like to be in that skin.”

 

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graTV star Graham Norton has told the bizarre story that he had to deny having sex with his dog after a condom went missing following a one night stand.

The 54-year-old BBC host told the story when he was asked if he had his own ‘red chair’ story.

The host is known for getting audience members to tell their own embarrassing or shocking stories, but they are tipped out of the chair if they aren’t interesting enough.

 

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covSerena Williams shows off her bare baby bump in this striking portrait, photographed by long time collaborator Annie Leibovitz. From Vanity Fair’s August issue cover story!

The 35-year-old tennis star opens up about expecting her first baby with fiancé Alexis Ohanian in the mag:

On first learning she was pregnant: “(I) did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped. ‘Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon (her third straight) this year.’”

On facing the reality that she is pregnant six months later: “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. ‘Am I having a baby?’ I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing… I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room.”

On fiancé Alexis Ohanian’s surprise proposal: “I knew it was coming. I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.’”

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dynastyElizabeth Gillies knows all about the world of reboots, so it’s understandable that she’s just a little cautious about her new show Dynasty.

In an interview with Zach Sang, Liz revealed that her Fallon Carrington will be a bit different from the original Fallon Cartwright.

“I did watch a lot of the original Dynasty before hand, because we’re remaking something and I don’t want people to hate me,” Liz says. “When you do a reboot, there’s a really good chance that the OGs who grew up with it, are going to be ‘ugh’ and roll their eyes at it.”

She adds, “My goal is to create a character that pays…I want to pay tribute to her but I still want to recreate her so that it’s not a direct comparison, because people were in love with the original characters.”

Liz also recommends watching at least some of the original series, but don’t be expecting the reboot to be exactly the same.

“If you watch the original Dynasty, it’s fabulous, but it was very much of that time,” she says. “You’ll listen to things they say and you’ll be like ‘That could never be said now’. We have to modernize and update it and we have.”

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The toilet in Dame Joan Collins London flat in Belgravia is “extremely grand, formal, lots of heavy dark wood and a marble floor”. But most interesting was the stuff on the walls. Where the rest of her flat is filled with photographs of her posing with various megastars, the walls of her bathroom are given over to countless original cartoons of Joan from newspapers – all joking about her career – just as well Dame Joan has a great sense of humour.………………….

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