Madonna gives fans the shock of a lifetime

(CNN)Madonna really is the coolest.

The Material Girl surprised 400 fans Wednesday who were attending the 25th anniversary screening of her 1991 documentary, "Madonna: Truth or Dare."
The singer, wearing a fire-engine red, off-the-shoulder dress, was beaming when she showed up at the Museum of Modern Art.
The documentary followed Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. The film originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, and went on to become the highest-grossing documentary at the time.
Madonna took to Instagram to share the special moment with her seven million fans: "Surreal Moment! At the MOMA!! So nice to watch a film in a museum. So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!"
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Abedin, Weiner separating after new sexting allegations

Washington (CNN)Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she and former US Rep. Anthony Weiner are separating after new reports surfaced that he sent sexually suggestive photos again.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin said in a statement Monday.
Abedin was "furious and sickened" by the picture of Weiner and their 4-year-old son, Jordan, according to two people close to the family. The sources said she did not know about it or details of the latest sexting exchange until this weekend.
Weiner, who torpedoed his own political career five years ago with a sexting scandal and whose wife is Clinton's closest adviser, deleted his Twitter account after the latest report surfaced.
A Donald Trump supporter told the New York Post that the two of them exchanged racy photos over the course of about a year, including one exchange where she alleges that he sexted her with his son apparently sleeping next to him.
"Someone just climbed into my bed," Weiner allegedly wrote in a message, sent July 31, 2015, according to the Post.
He then is alleged to have sent a picture of a barechested man with white boxers and a bulge, while a small child is asleep beside him.
"Your do realize you can see you(r) Weiner in that pic??" the woman replied, according to the Post.
Abedin and Weiner had been distant and "heading on a path apart" for a few months, but she was reluctant to leave, according to the two sources close to the family. Her faith is a big part of that, as she has told friends and even Vogue magazine, and she knew it would draw headlines.
Weiner was with her and Jordan this weekend in the Hamptons, but left Monday morning. Abedin spoke with several close friends Sunday night and early Monday morning before deciding to announce a separation.
"She did not want this to be another distraction for Hillary," one friend said.
CNN has reached out to Weiner for comment.
The Republican presidential nominee weighed in on the incident on Monday, saying Abedin made a "wise decision," but said Weiner's proximity to Clinton could possibly have compromised classified information.
"I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information," Trump said in a statement. "Who knows what he learned and who he told? It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment."
A pair of news outlets, NY1 and The New York Daily News, both suspended or moved to cut ties with Weiner Monday.
"Anthony Weiner is on indefinite leave from the station," a NY1 spokesman told CNN's Dylan Byers. Weiner was a frequent guest on the New York news channel's "Inside City Hall" program. And the New York Daily News said it would no longer run his columns.
The New York Times asked Weiner recently if he had sexted anyone recently. He deflected at the time, saying "I'm not going to go down the path of talking about any of that," before changing the topic to Trump.
Photos published by The New York Post late Sunday show the man completely and others feature Weiner's face, but the photo of the boy has been partially blurred out, and the woman's face is blurred out in her photos.
The Post, which did not completely identify the woman, said she provided 12 selfies from Weiner. The paper described her as a 40-something divorced woman from the West.
Abedin and Weiner have been "essentially" separated for months, a close friend to Abedin said after she officially announced their separation on Monday.
The clearest sign of this: Abedin had recently not been wearing a wedding ring, a fact that did not go unnoticed by people inside and around the Clinton campaign.
Abedin has long been one of Clinton's closest aides, matched only by Cheryl Mills in her access and relationship with the woman who could be the next president. And Abedin herself has been thrust in the middle of the race, as questions about whether she helped Clinton Foundation donors gain special access have arisen recently, with a spate of new email releases.
Abedin is Clinton's most well known aide. While Clinton works the ropeline after events, Abedin is always close behind and Clinton supporters regularly ask the aide for selfies with her, much like they do with the candidate.
Weiner's relationship with Abedin is scrutinized during a recent documentary on his unsuccessful 2013 bid for a political comeback during the New York City mayoral primary.
He resigned from Congress in 2011 after he accidentally posted a lewd photo of himself on his Twitter account. In the midst of Weiner's first sexting scandal, it became known that his wife was expecting their first child.
Two years later he was caught again, sexting with an aspiring porn star from southwest Indiana named Sydney Leathers. During his run for mayor, Weiner, had adopted the online pseudonym "Carlos Danger."
As of about 7:35 a.m. ET, Weiner's Twitter page had been taken down.
Weiner is alleged, in a separate New York Post article, to have been baited last month into a racy online chat with a Republican operative he thought was a young woman.
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Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson is Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor, Says Forbes

Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is rock solid at the box office — so much that he is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor.

The star of the forthcoming "Fast 8" earned an estimated $64.5 million in the last 12 months, according to Forbes — more than double what he made last year. Matt Damon, who placed third, with $55 million, saw a 120 percent increase over last year’s earnings, thanks in large part to his starring role in the box office hit "The Martian."

Jackie Chan came in second, with $61 million. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp round out the top five.

Robert Downey Jr. topped last year's list of top earners for the third consecutive year, with $80 million. This year, he drops to eighth, with less than half those earnings.

Jennifer Lawrence Tops Forbes' List of Highest Paid Actresses
Taylor Swift Tops Forbes' Highest-Earning Celebrities List

"The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence earlier this week topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, with $46 million.

Earnings are estimated based on paydays, endorsement deals and other earnings for acting during the year. Here are the 10 highest-earning actors, according to Forbes:

1. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, $64.5 million
2. Jackie Chan, $61 million 3. Matt Damon, $55 million 4. Tom Cruise, $53 million 5. Johnny Depp, $48 million 6. Ben Affleck, $43 million
7. Vin Diesel, $35 million
8. Shan Rukh Khan, Bollywood star, $33 million (tie) 8. Robert Downey Jr., $33 million (tie) 10. Akshay Kumar, Bollywood star, $31.5 million (tie) 10. Brad Pitt, $31.5 million (tie)

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Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones website hack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it is investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's life.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security, said Thursday that its New York office is looking into the breach that exposed the driver's license, passport and intimate photos of the Saturday Night Live star, along with hateful and racist images.

ICE Public Affairs Officer Rachael Yong Yow said the agency does not release information related to active investigations. Jones' website was taken offline after the hack was exposed Wednesday.

The Ghostbusters actress was also targeted on Twitter last month with a barrage of racial slurs and obscene photos. She called on the social networking service to do more to curb harassment, and Twitter banned several users as a result.

In recent years, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Kate Upton have been among Hollywood actresses who've had stolen nude images of themselves posted online.

No charges have been filed against those who hacked and posted images of Lawrence, Upton and numerous other celebrities in a massive dump of intimate images of celebrities in August 2014.

Two men were recently convicted after federal prosecutors charged them with hacking into the accounts of several celebrities and stealing images and other personal information. However, neither of the men, Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, or Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are suspected of posting the stolen images online.

Helton was sentenced to six months in federal prison in July, half of the sentence prosecutors had sought. Helton pleaded guilty to stealing 161 nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including unidentified celebrities, and said his arrest forced him to confront his mental health issues. He is due to report to prison in October.

Collins' sentencing date has not been set.

Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to obtain access to the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry. Chaney was sentenced to 10 years and remains in a low-security federal prison in Mississippi.

"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court before Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in December 2012.

Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. In 2012 a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.


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Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys make great harmony on 'The Voice'

Los Angeles (CNN)As The Olympics comes to a close on NBC, the network will tease the start of another great competition: "The Voice" Season 11.

Judging by a sneak peek at the new season, which features first-time coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, it's going to be eventful.
CNN was given an early look at a half-hour season preview of "The Voice" set to air after the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday, and here's what you should know.

Cyrus and Keys come out swinging

The newest additions to the spinning chairs waste no time making themselves at home. It's clear from the start that Cyrus and Keys are on a quest to build the strongest teams they can -- even if it means they go toe-to-toe with veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
In the sneak peek, each of the new coaches take different approaches to wooing potential team members, and at times, Levine and Shelton find it hard to compete.
Cyrus plays up her off-beat, youthful energy. At one point, she tells a contestant who wore her grandmother's vintage vest to the audition that they share "grandma power."
Keys, meanwhile, goes for a warm, personal approach that none of the other three could possibly duplicate.

Keys might be the one to beat

Speaking of Keys, early indicators are she's going to be the most calculated and deliberate coach during auditions this season. She doesn't seem like the type who will be turning chair around for just any good singer.
Her strategy appears to be seeking out singers who she feels a connection to. One person who ends up on her team calls Keys "honest and real," and that sums up what Keys' approach to mentoring will probably be as well.
As an artist that puts a lot of stock in authenticity, Keys seems to be on the lookout for artists with strong points of view that she can take to a new level.
In other words, the other coaches should be on high alert for this savvy coach.

Levine and Shelton have fun picking on Cyrus -- but she fights back

Even though the bromance of Levine and Shelton is out in full force once again this season, Cyrus' addition promises to only add more fuel to the fire.
Like when she guested as a mentor on the show last season, Shelton has a lot of fun poking fun at the younger singer's eccentric style and her gift for gabbing. ("When do you breathe?" he joked at one point.) But she doesn't take it lying down.
At one point, Cyrus pointed out to a contestant that unlike her fellow coaches, the "internet actually existed" when she was coming up in the music world. (Levine laughed the comment off, saying, "We weren't born in the '30s.")

Most importantly, there's perfect harmony

New dynamics are tough to test out, but the first look at the new season feels less like a timid step into the future and more like a leap into a new era for "The Voice."
Cyrus and Keys make sure their musicianship shines brighter than everything else. (They even do an impromptu duet with a contestant and have a fun performance with Shelton and Levine.) And that could make for a pretty harmonious season.
Season 11 of "The Voice" premieres September 19.
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Frank Ocean releases 'Endless' visual album

(CNN)Finally we know what that video in the workshop was all about.

Frank Ocean released a "visual album" late Thursday. Titled "Endless," it was streamed on his site and Apple Music.
The 12 songs and interludes, including an earlier released version of Aaliyah's cover of the Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)," runs for 45 minutes over a black-and-white film shot by Francisco Soriano. In it, three versions of Ocean work on a building project in a warehouse.
Ocean has a few collaborations on the album, including with R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and British artist James Blake.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting a sophomore album from Ocean for the past four years.
But the expectation for new music heated up in recent weeks after Ocean's brother posted a photo on Instagram with the title 'Boys Don't Cry."
Rolling Stone reported that the "Boys Don't Cry" album is still happening -- just not under that name.
"That album, set for release by Apple this weekend, was previously called Boys Don't Cry, but Rolling Stone has learned that the singer has scrapped that title in favor of an alternate title," according to the publication.
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Tyra Banks is going to teach at Stanford University

(CNN)Tyra Banks is going from "America's Next Top Model" to possibly the next top professor.

The supermodel/mogul is set to lecture and co-teach a class on creating and protecting brands at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wall Street Journal reports.
About 25 graduate students will have the opportunity to enroll in the course and learn from Banks for two weeks next May.
While the former talk show host is no stranger to the classroom, (she was enrolled in an executive education program at Harvard in 2011) it will be her first time teaching.
On Monday, Banks tweeted about the course "Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand."
"I'm beyond excited to teach," she wrote. "It's in my blood and I can't wait to meet my students."

Tyra Banks is going to teach at Stanford University

Tyra Bankswill be lecturing and co-teaching at Stanford Business School next year.

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  • Banks will co-teach a course next May
  • About 25 graduate students will be able to enroll in her course

(CNN)Tyra Banks is going from "America's Next Top Model" to possibly the next top professor.

The supermodel/mogul is set to lecture and co-teach a class on creating and protecting brands at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wall Street Journal reports.
About 25 graduate students will have the opportunity to enroll in the course and learn from Banks for two weeks next May.
While the former talk show host is no stranger to the classroom, (she was enrolled in an executive education program at Harvard in 2011) it will be her first time teaching.
On Monday, Banks tweeted about the course "Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand."
"I'm beyond excited to teach," she wrote. "It's in my blood and I can't wait to meet my students."
And for all those students hoping to learn a little modeling 101, Banks tweeted "And there will be no Smizing course. Sorry to disappoint."
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Kevin Hart Marries Longtime Love Eniko Parrish Tie the Knot

Kevin Hart has tied the knot!

Hart, 37, married longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish, 31, in a wedding in California, surrounded by friends and family.

The bride wore a custom Vera Wang lace mermaid gown which featured hand-embroidered French Chantilly lace appliqués, luxurious French tulle skirt and silk covered bridal button accents. Parrish then changed into another custom lace Vera Wang gown for their reception, this one featuring hand-placed French Chantilly lace appliqué. The couple shared shots of their nuptials on Instagram, which included photos of Hart's two children.

Parrish shared a glimpse from the reception on Snapchat, taking a short video with Hart smiling at the camera and chatting with friends. It appeared that the party included a lit-up ferris wheel and a merry-go-round

The couple got engaged almost two years ago, when Hart proposed to Parrish on her 30th birthday.

Kevin Hart Marries Longtime Love Eniko Parrish – See the Photos

Kevin Hart Married Eniko Parris
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
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By Maya Anderman

08/14/2016 AT 12:00 AM EDT

Kevin Hart has tied the knot!

Hart, 37, married longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish, 31, in a wedding in California, surrounded by friends and family.

The bride wore a custom Vera Wang lace mermaid gown which featured hand-embroidered French Chantilly lace appliqués, luxurious French tulle skirt and silk covered bridal button accents. Parrish then changed into another custom lace Vera Wang gown for their reception, this one featuring hand-placed French Chantilly lace appliqué. The couple shared shots of their nuptials on Instagram, which included photos of Hart's two children.

Parrish shared a glimpse from the reception on Snapchat, taking a short video with Hart smiling at the camera and chatting with friends. It appeared that the party included a lit-up ferris wheel and a merry-go-round.



Kevin Hart Marries Longtime Love Eniko Parrish – See the Photos| Kevin Hart

Kevin and Hendrix Hart

Kevin Hart / Snapchat

The couple got engaged almost two years ago, when Hart proposed to Parrish on her 30th birthday.

In a video of the proposal shared on Instagram, the comedian gushed about his wife-to-be.

"On this perfect day I chose to make the most perfect decision," he said before getting down on one knee.

"I said YES!!!!! To the most amazing man in the world," Parrish wrote on Instagram.

The two lovebirds have never been shy about showing their affection for one another, frequently posting sweet pics of each other on social media.

On Saturday, Hart shared a Snapchat video of himself with Parrish walking around a California beachside resort, gushin

Kevin Hart Marries Longtime Love Eniko Parrish – See the Photos

Kevin Hart Married Eniko Parris
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
Kevin Hart/Instagram

By Maya Anderman

08/14/2016 AT 12:00 AM EDT

Kevin Hart has tied the knot!

Hart, 37, married longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish, 31, in a wedding in California, surrounded by friends and family.

The bride wore a custom Vera Wang lace mermaid gown which featured hand-embroidered French Chantilly lace appliqués, luxurious French tulle skirt and silk covered bridal button accents. Parrish then changed into another custom lace Vera Wang gown for their reception, this one featuring hand-placed French Chantilly lace appliqué. The couple shared shots of their nuptials on Instagram, which included photos of Hart's two children.

Parrish shared a glimpse from the reception on Snapchat, taking a short video with Hart smiling at the camera and chatting with friends. It appeared that the party included a lit-up ferris wheel and a merry-go-round.



Kevin Hart Marries Longtime Love Eniko Parrish – See the Photos| Kevin Hart

Kevin and Hendrix Hart

Kevin Hart / Snapchat

The couple got engaged almost two years ago, when Hart proposed to Parrish on her 30th birthday.

In a video of the proposal shared on Instagram, the comedian gushed about his wife-to-be.

"On this perfect day I chose to make the most perfect decision," he said before getting down on one knee.

"I said YES!!!!! To the most amazing man in the world," Parrish wrote on Instagram.

The two lovebirds have never been shy about showing their affection for one another, frequently posting sweet pics of each other on social media.

On Saturday, Hart shared a Snapchat video of himself with Parrish walking around a California beachside resort, gushing about his bride to be.


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'Ocean's Eight' will have all-female lead cast with Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

Another grand caper is underway, but this time with an all-female crew of thieves.

Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and rapper Awkwafina are close to deals to join Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett for the Warner Bros. heist film "Ocean's Eight," according to sources close to the production.

The casting of the spinoff, which was first reported by Deadline, follows the studios' successful "Ocean's Eleven" franchise. This time the crew will be all women.

Casting is still going on, and there's been no word on who will fill the role of the eighth member. The film has been under development for some time.

The franchise -- three films so far -- starred George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, followed bank robbers who pulled off extravagant heists in Las Vegas and Europe. The series has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide at the box office.

The latest iteration of the series will be directed by Gary Ross, "The Hunger Games" director. It will be produced by the franchise's original director, Steven Soderbergh, and the script will be written by Ross and Olivia Milch.

The cast features some of the most famous actresses in Hollywood -- and some of the most award winning. Bullock, Blanchett, and Hathaway have all won Academy Awards, while Carter has been nominated twice.

The inclusion of Rihanna is also notable. The singer had roles like 2012's "Battleship" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," which is due out next year.

"Ocean's Eight" is a spinoff of 2001's "Ocean's Eleven," which is itself a reboot/remake of the 1960 film of the same name that starred Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The film is set to begin production in October in New York. No release date has been announced.


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Kanye West apologizes to Beck, Bruno Mars

(CNN)Kanye West is on an apology spree.

In a series of tweets, West reached out to singers Beck and Bruno Mars to express remorse over his well-documented disses.
"I would like to publicly apologize to Beck. I'm sorry Beck," West tweeted Thursday night.

Beyonce backer

West turned heads -- and not in a good way -- when he briefly went on stage after Beck won a Grammy for Album of the Year. In an interview after the show this month, West asked Beck "to respect artistry" and give the award to Beyonce.
Though West did not grab Beck's microphone like he's done in the past, his brief stunt was similar to a 2009 incident when he stormed the stage during the VMAs and declared Beyonce should have won an award instead of Taylor Swift.
West and Swift appeared to put it behind them, hugging it out at this month's Grammys.

Bruno props

Bruno Mars got more than an apology Thursday.
"I used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist," West tweeted.
West then asked him to sing a hook on a song that he co-produced.
There was no immediate response from Bruno Mars or Beck.
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Mariah Carey to guest star on 'Empire'

Los Angeles (CNN)"Empire" has booked what could be its biggest musical guest star to date.

Fox announced Monday that Mariah Carey has officially been recruited to guest star in an October episode of the network hit.
Carey will play a character named Kitty, "a mega-superstar who comes to 'Empire' to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song," according to a press release from Fox.
The casting comes about one year after executive producer Lee Daniels first publicly said he hoped to have Carey appear on the show, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
In its first two seasons "Empire" has made it a habit of pulling in big names in music to play guest characters. Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Xzibit have all appeared. Pitbull, Timbaland and Ne-Yo have also appeared as themselves.
"Empire" season 3 premieres Sept. 21.
In other guest star news from Fox announced on Monday during its day at the Television Critics Association press tour: Amy Schumer will lend her voice to all of the network's animated shows on Sept. 25.
Fox also announced a "New Girl"/"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" crossover and the first-ever one-hour "Simpsons" episode.
And Twentieth Century Fox TV touted a new deal struck with "Hamilton" director Thomas Kail. He will establish a production company under the company's umbrella and develop TV projects for both broadcast and cable.
Kail recently helmed Fox's "Grease: Live" and won a Tony for his work on "Hamilton."
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'SNL' loses two major cast members ahead of new season

Los Angeles (CNN)"Saturday Night Live" is losing two of its familiar faces.

Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning to the long-running sketch series, NBC confirms to CNN. TVLine first reported the news.
Killam and Pharoah have both been on the series for six seasons.
Killam is best known for playing characters like Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey. He also played presidential nominee Donald Trump for a period of time last season before handing the role back over to Darrell Hammond, who played Trump previously.
Pharoah was known for his portrayals of President Barack Obama and Will Smith, and earned rave reviews for his take on former presidential candidate Ben Carson.
In an interview with Uproxx, Killam seemed taken aback by NBC's decision not to pick up his contract for the upcoming season.
"I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren't going to pick up my contract," he said in an interview with the publication. "I was never given a reason why, really. I can assume until the cows come home."
Killam is working on his directorial debut, "Why We're Killing Gunther."
Killam admits that the post-production on the film would have had some cross over with his "SNL" commitments, but he was unsure whether that played a role in his contract being terminated a year early.
Ultimately, he sounded grateful.
"I set out to be on 'SNL' and I got to do that and I did very well," he said. "And I love and adore and will forever have close ties and tight bonds with the brilliant, smartest, funniest people I've ever met in my life. So, I have no gripes at all. I am so, so, so lucky to have been given the time I've been given."
"SNL" will return for Season 42 this fall.
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Mariah Carey invites you into her 'World' in new E! docuseries

(CNN)It's Mariah Carey's world and we're all just living in it.

That is, of course, the perception one would gain from seeing the singer promote her eight-episode E! docuseries at a panel during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday.
The singer cracked jokes and earned laughs from a notoriously tough crowd of reporters as she promoted the upcoming series, which she billed as a documentary more than a garden variety reality show.
At one point, she even invited her glam squad on stage to give her a touch-up during the panel.
"I don't even know what reality is -- literally," she deadpanned.
"Mariah's World" will chronicle a busy time in the singer's life, following her as she preps for her first European tour in ten years and her wedding to Australian businessman James Packer.
It will also feature appearances from her 5-year-old twins, Moroccan, who she affectionately calls "Rock," and Monroe.
"They could have their own show because that's how funny they are," the singer said.
Appearances from ex-husband Nick Cannon might also be possible, but Carey said that remains to be seen, as the series is still being edited.
When a reporter mistakenly assumed Cannon would be on the series, Carey was quick to correct him.
"I didn't say that, darling," she said, as the audience laughed. "I said he came around -- I don't know what makes final cut."
Carey admitted the filming process was difficult to become accustomed to, saying she was "withholding" at first because she is "never sure who to trust." But she eventually opened up.
Whatever ends up on screen, the legendary singer hopes it's at the very least "entertaining."
"I don't know that anybody really knows the real me because if somebody sees me on TV ... it's not enough time to get to know somebody," she said. "My goal is for it to be a lasting piece of work for my fans."
With the show now almost behind her, the singer's focus remains on creating new music.
She said she's taking a "different approach" with her next record.
"Right now I'm just writing and recording and collaborating and then we'll see what the best of the best is," she said.

"Mariah's World" premieres Dec. 4.

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Jimmy Fallon to host 2017 Golden Globes

(CNN)NBC has recruited a well-known face from inside the peacock family to host the next Golden Globes.

The network announced Jimmy Fallon will host the 2017 ceremony.
This will be Fallon's first award show hosting gig since the Emmy Awards in 2010.
"This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy's playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that's made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year," wrote NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement.
Ricky Gervais hosted the show in 2016. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler served as co-hosts -- to great acclaim -- for three years prior.
The Globes mark the unofficial start of Hollywood's award season. The show will air January 8, 2017 on NBC.
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Drake, Kanye West announce joint album at OVO Fest

wo of rap's biggest names are joining forces for a new album.

During Drake's OVO Fest in Toronto, Kanye West made a surprise appearance, dropping another big announcement on the crowd.

“Toronto, I got one question for you ... Is you all ready for this album? " he asked the audience. "I’m not talking about Pablo. I’m not talking about Views. I want to ask y’all, y’all ready for this album?”

The two rappers both had albums come out earlier this year — West's The Life of Pablo in February and Drake's Views in April.

To clear up any confusion about West's announcement, Drake also came on stage to confirm a new collaborative album.

“What my brother was asking before was, are you ready if we make an album?” he told the crowd. “That’s what he was asking.”

The real question — will the album come out via Apple Music or TIDAL? Both rappers have kept their recent releases exclusive to their platform of choice (West and TIDAL, Drake and Apple), and Drake was one of the names West called out on Twitter to help resolve the beef between the two services.


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Celebs and fans mourn with Toya Wright

(CNN)The deaths of reality TV star Toya Wright's two brothers have led to a flood of condolences on social media.

Ryan "Rudy" Johnson and Josh Johnson were fatally shot shortly after midnight Saturday in New Orleans.
New Orleans police told CNN they were called to an area just north of the French Quarter and found two males with multiple gunshot wounds inside a car. The pair died at the scene, police said.
Investigators said they have not determined a motive for the killings.
Wright, who is the ex-wife of rapper Lil Wayne, appeared on two BET series, "Tiny & Toya" and "Toya: A Family Affair."
On Sunday, Wright shared a photo of her slain brothers with the caption "Help me Lord. I will never understand this. #stoptheviolence #ineverfeltpainlikethisbefore #riptomybrothers #icantbelievethis #prayformyfamily."
Several fans and celebrities reached out to Wright via social media. Her former co-star, Tameka "Tiny" Harris and her husband, rapper T.I. Harris tweeted "RIP bros. For us to really have an argument in the BLM movement WE MUST show that Black Lives Matter to Us!!!!! We All WE GOT!!!! My family's condolences."
The tragedy even elicited a response from Wright's former rival, singer K. Michelle. The two women had long feuded over issues with Wright's estranged husband, Mickey "Memphitz" Wright, who K. Michelle used to date. (The couple is currently featured on WE tv's "Marriage Bootcamp.")
"Nobody deserves that type of pain. We may never be best friend but U are my sister in Christ. I pray for u and your whole family," K. Michelle tweeted.
Wright has an extended family of siblings. Many of them were featured on her former series, "Toya: A Family Affair."
In 2011, the New Orleans native talked about her close family in a promo for the show.
"You will see how family oriented I am," she said. "How much I really love my family, and how much I do in my power just to keep us together as a family."
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Kristen Stewart opens up about her girlfriend

In an interview with Elle magazine, the 26-year-old actress discussed her relationship with film producer Alicia Cargile for the first time saying, "I'm really in love with my girlfriend."

Source: CNN


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Shannen Doherty on cancer battle: 'I don't look past today'

Shannen Doherty's cancer fight has taken a heartbreaking toll on her.

The 45-year-old actress revealed last August that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015, and in an exclusive new interview with ET, Doherty cries when speaking about her intense battle.

"It's hard," she acknowledges to ET's Jennifer Peros, shedding tears. "I started thinking that I wasn't going to live... I don't look past today."

"I don't know if I'll ever look like me again," she adds, wearing a scarf over her head.

WATCH: Shannen Doherty Chronicles Shaving Her Head Amid Breast Cancer Battle

In the emotional sit-down, Doherty reveals a devastating setback in her diagnosis for the first time.

"I want to believe that if I fight, I'm gonna be OK," she says.

Doherty's exclusive interview airs on Monday, only on ET.

On Wednesday, ET chatted with her former "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star, Jason Priestley, who shared his love and well-wishes for his on-screen sister. Priestley was especially moved by Doherty's decision to share pictures of her shaving her head on Instagram.

"What she did the other day, shaving her head and posting the pictures and everything, that was incredibly brave," Priestley, 46, said. "Shannen's a strong kid and a tough fighter, and I know that she's gonna come through this fight and she's gonna be OK."

WATCH: Shannen Doherty Opens Up About Cancer Battle and Her Career -- People Think I'm 'Unable to Perform'

Fellow "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress Tiffani Thiessen also shared kind words.

"I wish her all the best, of course," Thiessen told ET.

Source: Fox

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Mary J. Blige files for divorce from husband of 13 years

Mary J. Blige is ending her marriage to her husband-manager after nearly 13 years.

Court records show the "Family Affair" singer filed for divorce from Martin "Kendu" Isaacs on Tuesday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. No additional details for the breakup were included in the filing.

Blige and Isaacs were married in December 2003 and have no children together. The actress-singer has won nine Grammy Awards, including for her albums "Growing Pains" and "The Breakthrough."

The singer is asking a court to deny Isaacs spousal support.

The divorce was first reported Thursday by celebrity website TMZ.


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Bradley Cooper was at the DNC -- and some people are not amused

(CNN)Every now and then, facts get a little mixed up with fiction.

Take the example of Bradley Cooper. The actor was at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night -- minding his own business -- when he started trending on social media.
Not because of his beard and flowing hair, which made him look like a well-moisturized pirate with glistening skin. But that's a whole other story.
Apparently, some people believed Cooper was a Republican, based on his riveting portrayal of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in the blockbuster film, "American Sniper."
Kyle was a right-wing icon who loved his weapons. He once said President Barack Obama's gun control proposals were aimed at "trying to ban everything."
A bunch of people may be confusing movies with real life, and are not amused that Cooper doesn't mirror his character in the war movie.
How dare Cooper defy his movie persona and attend a Democratic convention? Cooper, who was in the film directed by Clint Eastwood? (Remember that awkward moment when Eastwood interviewed an invisible Obama at the GOP convention?)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But just like Cooper is not a gun-slinging raccoon from his role in "Guardians of the Galaxy," he does not appear to be a Republican either. Cooper -- and his beard -- have donated to Democrats before.
So sure, Cooper played Kyle, the man who after several tours in Iraq, was killed by a former Marine in 2013 while shooting at a Texas gun range.
Sure, Cooper perfected a Texas twang to play the man who wrote about his many kills in the book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History."
But Cooper has a right to pick whatever political affiliation he chooses, no?
And he's a Philly native. Can't a man attend one of the biggest parties is his hometown in peace?
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Keshia Knight Pulliam on her messy marital split

(CNN)Pregnant "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam is speaking out about the end of her brief marriage.

In a tearful interview with Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner, Knight Pulliam said she was blindsided by her husband -- former football player Ed Hartwell -- when he filed for divorce and asked for a paternity test for the child she is carrying. The couple has been married only seven months.
"I have never cheated on [Hartwell] during my marriage," Pulliam said. "That's not who I am."
The site Young, Black and Fabulous broke the news that Hartwell had filed for divorce in an Atlanta court, just one week after Knight Pulliam announced she was pregnant with a daughter.
Knight Pulliam, who as a child star was beloved for her role as Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," said she was not the one who cheated. She also said she did not push for their marriage, and that Hartwell told her he wanted more children.
The former linebacker has a son, Ed Jr., with his ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Lisa Wu.
Knight Pulliam said she no longer wants to be married to Hartwell. She just wants to focus on her coming child and to set the record straight, she said.
"This isn't about fame," Knight Pulliam said. "This isn't about social media likes or follows. This is about my character -- my integrity as a woman being attacked -- and that's not OK."
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Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 plane completes record global flight

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane touched down early Tuesday, completing its final leg of the first entirely solar-powered flight around the world.

The experimental airplane landed amid much fanfare in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — the same city where the historic voyage began more than a year ago, in March 2015.

Moments after landing Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, stuck his hand out of the cockpit, giving a thumbs up, and said: “We made it! We made it! All together, we did it!”

Piccard took off from Cairo early Sunday local time for the last portion of the journey that combines global circumnavigation and solar energy. He alternates legs of the flight with fellow Swiss pilot André Borschberg, who landed the plane in Cairo on July 13.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Monday joined a live-stream video call of the flight and encouraged Piccard during the pilot’s final leg.

“You are always welcome on our team,” Piccard told Ban from the cockpit. Musician Akon also called into the live stream to support the mission.

During one stretch of the plane's world tour using only energy from the sun, Borschberg completed the world’s longest non-stop solo flight last July — a four-day, 21-hour, 52-minute trip from Japan to Hawaii.

After that record-breaking flight, damage it caused to the plane's battery delayed the project until the plane resumed its flight in April. The aircraft then made multiple stops in the United States, from San Francisco to Phoenix, then to Tulsa. Other stops included Dayton, Ohio; Allentown, Pa.; and New York City, before crossing the Atlantic to Spain in June.

The solar project began 14 years ago not only to advance aviation technology but also to raise awareness about climate change, both pilots have said.

“The most important thing isn't to make world records," Piccard said last year. "It's to show what we can do with clean technologies.”

Bob Van der Linden, the curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum, recently said, “It was never intended to be a pioneering plane,” but instead a way to advance solar power technology.

Source: USA Today

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Faith Ekakitie stopped by police at gunpoint while playing Pokémon Go

SAN FRANCISCO — Faith Ekakitie, a defensive end for the University of Iowa, says "the first time I've truly feared for my life," came while playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go in an Iowa City park.

A bank a short distance away had been robbed and the suspect was identified as a large black male, wearing all black with something on his head, according to Ekakitie's Facebook post that described the incident, which comes amid heightened scrutiny of police shootings of African-American men.

Iowa City police noticed the 23-year-old Ekakitie fit the armed suspect's description. Ekakitie, who had headphones on, did not hear the approach of the police officers who drew their guns. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder detailed the incident from his perspective and from what he thought must have been the perspective of police, writing he was "happy to be alive."

Sgt. Jorey Bailey told The Des Moines Register: "I don’t think race played a factor in this, nor does it in circumstances like this because of the detailed description, the location given by the person and the short time span in which this all occurred."

Some African Americans, especially African-American men, are taking precautions to avoid arousing suspicion with potentially lethal consequences. There is even a Tumblr post with tips on how to play safely: Walk a dog (on a cloth leash, not a chain), wear glasses, avoid white neighborhoods or bring a non-black friend.

Ekakitie urged people to "be more aware of their surroundings."

"Because clearly I wasn’t," he wrote on Facebook.

He also asked people to "unlearn some of the prejudiced that we have learned about each other."

Source:USA Today.

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Are Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne reuniting?

Things might be shaping up for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's marriage.

In May, Sharon announced she and Ozzy were separating after 33 years of marriage. She kicked Ozzy out, Sharon confirmed on her television show, The Talk, saying she couldn't "keep living like this."

But Monday morning, while promoting his new History Channel reality series, Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, Ozzy said he and Sharon were "back on track."

Ozzy called their issues a bump in the road. "Some days are good. Some days are terrible," he said. "Some days you just drift apart for a while but you get back on the horse, you know?"

Then it was Sharon's turn to weigh in on live TV. On Monday's The Talk, she retorted: "Um, 'Get back on the horse,' how dare you? He's such a romantic fool. So romantic back on," she said. Still, Sharon seemed to indicate the two were working it out.

"It's been very hard...I shouldn't speak for him but I know he wants to come on the show anyway and talk for himself to you all. I'm fine with that," she said. "He feels he owes everybody here an apology because he's put us all through it."

Sharon continued: "He's very embarrassed and ashamed about his conduct...I can't speak for him. But for me, um, yes, you know – I forgive. It's going to take a long time to trust but you know we've been together for 36 years, 34 of marriage, and it's more than half of my life."

She may be forgiving, but that doesn't mean Sharon is forgetting. "I just can't think of my life without out him," she said. "Even though he is a dog. He's a dirty dog," she said. "So there we are. He's going to pay for it though, big-time."

Source: USA today

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DNA tests prove N.J. man, imprisoned for rape, is innocent

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A Long Branch man convicted in 1992 for the rape of a 17-year-old girl, a crime for which he served more than four years in state prison, has been exonerated through modern DNA testing, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Friday.

Dion Harrell, 49, could not have committed the crime based on the new DNA evidence, Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement. The prosecutor, whose office initially opposed Harrell's request for post-conviction relief, called it "wonderful news for Mr. Harrell and his family. Our goal as prosecutors is to see that justice is done."

It clearly wasn't when Harrell's case was decided.

Harrell, who could not be reached for comment, was 22 years old when he was wrongfully identified as the attacker in the Sept. 18, 1988 sexual assault. The teenager told authorities that Harrell had dragged her into a dark parking lot on Broadway in his hometown and forced himself on her.

She said he then took her purse and fled the scene, Gramiccioni said.

The girl went home and reported the crimes to her mother, who called the Long Branch Police Department, the prosecutor said. What happened next, as it turned out, put an innocent man behind bars.

At his 1992 trial, Harrell presented witnesses who testified that he had been playing basketball with them when the  attack occurred. Nevertheless, Harrell was convicted on the basis of the victim's testimony and on the testimony of a state expert who said Harrell could not be excluded as a possible suspect based on his blood type.

What the expert witness failed to add was that in fact, no human male could be eliminated as a suspect based on the biological evidence presented alone, Vanessa Potkin, an attorney for the Manhattan-based Innocence Project, said in an earlier interview.

Harrell was sentenced to eight years in state prison and was released on parole in 1997.

Dion Harrell, now 49, was 22 when he was falsely accused

Dion Harrell, now 49, was 22 when he was falsely accused of rape in 1988. (Photo: File)

Gramiccioni said in his statement that the 1992 conviction "was based upon the best evidence available at that time. Advancements in science have now provided evidence of Mr. Harrell’s innocence, and our duty to act is clear. Today, modern DNA technology has provided justice. We will be working collaboratively with Mr. Harrell’s attorneys at the Innocence Project in New York to take the necessary steps to vacate the 1992 conviction."

Until last year, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office had denied Harrell's request for a DNA test, arguing that he had no right to a DNA analysis because he was no longer incarcerated. That position was based on a state law that contained provisions for incarcerated convicts to ask for testing of DNA evidence.

Harrell has always maintained his innocence, according to Potkin.

Although Harrell had been out of prison for nearly 20 years, his conviction still required him to be subject to the provisions of Megan's Law. He has had to register with authorities as a sex offender and, therefore, continued to face obstacles in securing employment and permanent housing, Potkin said.

The prosecutor's office dropped its objection to the DNA test in February 2015, after the Press reported on the case. It could not immediately be learned why it took more than a year since then for the results of the DNA testing to be learned; at the time, officials said the results could be released within a month. Calls to Gramiccioni's office were not immediately returned.

Paul Cates, a spokesman for the Innocence Project, could not be reached as well.

In his statement, Gramiccioni said DNA evidence was first used in the United States in 1987, when a Florida man was convicted of rape after DNA tests matched his blood sample with the semen traces recovered from his victim in Orange County. However, it was not until after 1992 that the New Jersey State Police Forensics Laboratory started testing and utilizing DNA evidence for criminal prosecutions in New Jersey, he said.

Source: USA

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Leonardo DiCaprio raises $45 million with the help of his famous friends

(CNN)Not surprisingly, Leonardo DiCaprio has some wealthy, famous friends. As it turns out, they're also generous.

DiCaprio and his pals raised $45 million for his environmental foundation at the actor's third-annual charity gala in St. Tropez on Wednesday night. DiCaprio will also donate a portion of the money raised to families of the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack in Nice, France last week.
Mariah Carey and Chris Rock were in attendance. Rock posted a photo on Instagram captioned, "new couple alert." Clearly a joke considering Carey is engaged to billionaire James Packer, who was also at the party.
Jonah Hill, Tobey Maguire and Edward Norton all posed for photos with the man of the night. Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Spacey, Kate Hudson and Charlize Theron were among the other celebrity guests at the star-studded event.
The evening featured premium entertainment from The Weeknd, Lana del Rey and Andrea Bocelli. DiCaprio hosted an auction that included his own Rolex watch and a pair of diamond cufflinks he wore when he won his Oscar for "The Revenant."

DiCaprio takes the stage with Bono. The Leonardo DiCaprio foundation raised over $45 million to support environmental projects.

In true DiCaprio fashion, the gala was also attended by a bevy of beauties. Model Doutzen Kroes shared a photo from the party with several long-legged friends in tow. But you can't player-hate on a man when he's partying with a purpose.

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'Power' creator Courtney Kemp on success of the show

(CNN)Courtney Kemp knows she's fortunate to have her gritty crime drama "Power" airing on Starz.

"I'm able to put some kind of subversive content in this show dealing with racial politics without having it be right there on the surface," Kemp told CNN. "I get support from my network."
Letting go and letting Kemp has paid off for Starz.
More than 2 million viewers watched the season 3 premiere of "Power" last Sunday -- a 58% increase from the show's season 2 premiere episode. Soon after, Starz announced it had renewed "Power" for two more seasons.
Kemp is one of the few African American women in her role as a series creator and showrunner. She got her start in the New York magazine world writing for publications like GQ and Vibe, before heading to Los Angeles where she segued to TV.
That led to Kemp cutting her chops on series like "The Bernie Mac Show" and "The Good Wife."
Kemp is the power behind "Power" and said her "first job is to make a great show."
"You don't keep your job if you don't make a great show," Kemp said. "You can't be of service to as many people with jobs, and mentorship, and advice without having a platform from which to speak."
"Power's" main character is James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) -- a drug kingpin known as Ghost who is attempting to go straight. St. Patrick's professional history is complicated by his tangled personal life and a murderous best friend. He may not sound like a loveable guy, but fans of the series have embraced its complicated characters.
"You have to be able to understand their motivations," Kemp said. "You may not agree with everything they do. At the end of season 2 when Ghost kills half their get it. You understand why he's doing it. It doesn't mean you support murder. You just understand Ghost's motivation."
Some critics of "Power" object to its stereotypical portrayal of people of color as drug dealers. But Kemp views that as short sighted.
"I find that amusing because I think, 'You don't get it.' The revolution is that we can be anything," Kemp said. "We don't have to be one thing, or the other. The idea that it is my responsibility to represent only good black people...I mean what are talking about? That's not a character, that's a polemic."
Kemp is protective of both her characters and her actors. So much so, she is bothered by the fans who are nasty to Lela Loren, the actress who plays prosecutor Angela Valdes.
On the show, Ghost has left his wife and family for Angela. Kemp said some fans are taking it very personally.
"Lela is not Angela. She is playing Angela," Kemp said. "She's an amazing actress and the reason you don't like Angela, if you don't, is because Lela is killing that part, so instead say 'Thank you.'"
Kemp said she is thankful to be working with such a strong team of actors and appreciates "Power's" devoted audience.
"I am not in the results business, " Kemp said. "I literally can't make people watch. But people showed up and I am just really grateful."
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Pippa Middleton Is Engaged—Here’s What We Know

Royal watchers—rejoice. There is happy news coming out of Brexit-entrenched England today. Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Kate, is engaged to James Matthews, her boyfriend of less than a year. Matthews, a hedge fund manager, reportedly proposed to Middleton over the weekend in the Lake District area of England—and apparently took the younger Middleton sister completely by surprise. However, Matthews must have had this in the works for at least a little bit, considering that he apparently asked her father Michael Middleton for permission.

Matthews, 40, and Middleton, 32, had a brief romance in 2012, but reunited last year. The couple spent New Year’s in St. Barth’s—where the future bridegroom’s parents own a hotel. More recently, the couple attended Wimbledon together—where they certainly looked to be very much in love. But beyond the fact that the tournament is a major event in England, the outing also makes sense in light of the fact that the couple are both fairly athletic, and like to lead an active lifestyle. However as romantic as the couple’s past year has been, the next is certainly set to be even more so.

The wedding, which has been predicted to take place in 2017, is bound to be the wedding of the year. Additional details aren’t known at this time. Will Middleton wear a white silk Alexander McQueen gown—like the one she donned as a bridesmaid at the Royal Wedding? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure, if she can cause such a stir as a bridal party member, her wedding day look is not likely to disappoint.

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Adele Had Us Long Before “Hello”

dele is back and breaking hearts with her sensational third album and an upcoming world tour. Hamish Bowles talks to her about fame, family, and fabulous frocks.

On a dewy winter’s morning in Oxfordshire, the sun is fighting through rain clouds, and a phalanx of industrial heaters is being employed to warm the chilly, cavernous rooms of a poetically crumbling castle where Annie Leibovitz has decided to photograph Adele Laurie Blue Adkins as a Pre-Raphaelite damsel. “It’s been six years!” exclaims Adele, who was last photographed by Leibovitz for Vogue in 2009, in the wake of the release of her soulful, self-penned debut album, 19, in “me messy hotel room in L.A. with my boyfriend’s boxers hanging around!” as she gleefully recalls.

Adele, then 20, was a blissfully unprocessed girl whose incendiary talent had propelled her from the hardscrabble London projects of Tottenham and Brixton to the cusp of international stardom. At her tough inner-city high school, “my music teacher was shit. Unencouraging,” she remembers, but at fourteen she successfully auditioned for the performing-arts Brit School, singing Stevie Wonder’s “Free” and playing “Tumbledown Blues” on her clarinet.

The experience was liberating. Tony Castro, the head of the music department at the time, insisted on his students writing original songs, so Adele dutifully sat down for the first time to do so. “If it wasn’t for him,” she says, “I probably wouldn’t have written ‘Hometown Glory’ and ‘Daydreamer.’ I think being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in the world. If my career stopped, it’s what I’d do.”

Her vocabulary then was spangled with profanities and constantly interrupted with peals of cackling, corncrake laughter. Adele is older, wiser, and more thoughtful now, but her drollery and “dirt mouth,” as she calls it, remain keystones of her persona.

Soon after she signed with XL records in 2007, she was introduced to her inspired manager, Jonathan Dickins, with whom she has been working ever since. Dickins insists on bringing her into every meeting and keeps her involved in all aspects of the business. “That’s why I’m not afraid,” she says. “One of the things I enjoy most about my career now is that my main team is the same, so we’ve all had this experience together, which makes it really special. It can be quite lonely just getting bigger and bigger—but not when I’ve got everyone around me.”

When I escorted Adele to the 2009 Grammy Awards, she was more or less ignored on the red carpet—at one point the photographers shouted at her to step aside so they could capture Kate Beckinsale in her lavishly trained black satin mermaid gown—but she electrified the power audience with her eviscerating rendition of “Chasing Pavements,” won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and beat out the Jonas Brothers for Best New Artist; she was so surprised that she came onstage barefoot, having long since kicked off her Manolos, with the belt of her custom Barbara Tfank dress undone, and chewing a mouthful of gum.

The rest, of course, is history. And after the release two years later of the wrenching 21, which sold 30 million copies and for which she won six Grammys on an evening where it is safe to say that she was not overlooked on the red carpet, her life changed.

She had recently met Simon Konecki, an Old Etonian former investment banker with the scruffy, bearish looks of a Williamsburg hipster, who is now the CEO of Drop4Drop, providing sustainable clean water to communities around the world. Adele, who had been “singing hard every day” since she was fifteen, suffered a vocal hemorrhage and canceled most of her planned appearances to promote 21 as a result. She credits Konecki with getting her through her recovery from surgery, which included six weeks of total silence followed by slow vocal rehab.

“When I met Simon, I knew that something was going to happen,” she remembers. After the world-class losers whose bad behavior became the fodder for some of the most universally powerful songs of our time, Adele had finally found herself a winner. Their son, Angelo, was conceived, she tells me authoritatively, “the day the last Vogue cover came out!”

I was just shocked that all of a sudden I was 25!” Adele says. “But actually I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with

The two new men in Adele’s life transformed it completely. They have eradicated the need for much of the drama that she used to thrive on. “I can’t have any other junk in my head to worry about as well,” she tells me. Angelo, meanwhile, “makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.”

Adele took time off to be with her new family before she even thought about putting her third album together. “My main thing is Mum, then it’s me, then it’s work,” she says, adding, “I think I had to take the right amount of time off to let people miss me.” (Unsurprisingly, she cites the reclusive Sade as a performer she admires, and Kate Bush, whose sixteen-year-old son persuaded her to stage a comeback tour with him after 35 years out of the public eye.)

In her euphoric new mood, Adele looked to Ray of Light, her favorite Madonna record and one inspired by motherhood, and to Moby’s Play, with its powerful gospel samplings. But her new material didn’t make sense to her. “I just didn’t really know what I was going on about,” she remembers. “How could I ever try and fool anyone by putting the record out and expect them to get it if I didn’t get it? It seemed a bit lazy.”

Dickins, who became a parent around the same time she did, was wary too. “He was watching me from a distance, making sure that I was getting my balance right,” remembers Adele. “He saw how full-on it was for his girlfriend, and so he sympathized with me and gave me my space. I’ve always said you’re only as good as your next record,” she continues, “and he said that when I first met him at eighteen.”

Numerous songs about Angelo were put aside when she decided her fans wouldn’t be able to relate to them as she did. (Angelo can actually be heard on “Sweetest Devotion,” however.) Adele felt that her relationship with Konecki was also too private to explore in her music, although “Water Under the Bridge” is about him. The breakthrough came when she turned her scorching light on herself, reflecting on the seismic changes in her life and looking back, with aching poignancy, to the responsibility-free days of her adolescence.

Adele worked on the album with a roster of collaborators, from established hitmakers to relative unknowns. She discovered Tobias Jesso, Jr., online, and they worked together on “When We Were Young.” It is her favorite song on the album, one that she describes as “a bit of a letter to myself. It’s really about regrouping,” she explains, “because naturally me and my friends have dispersed. We all love each other still, but we don’t have time to be unconditional and 24/7. . . . My eyes were so cloudy for a year after I had my child, and I thought I would never regroup with myself, ever.”

Her collaboration with the legendary producer Max Martin, producer of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” resulted in the infectiously perky “Send My Love (to Your New Lover),” which she has admitted is “poppier than a lot of pop songs I’ve even heard.” The writing came in fits and starts. “Hello,” with Greg Kurstin, for instance, took almost four months to complete, while “All I Ask,” written with Bruno Mars and inspired by the power ballads of “divas from the nineties,” like Whitney Houston—“where the artist is really showing off their vocal range,” as Mars tells me—took a bare 48 hours. “We all crowded around the piano until we found something that sparked,” Mars remembers, a process that took “a day, and maybe one more day to make sure we weren’t tripping out and we actually had a song. It makes me very jealous because it doesn’t happen like that all the time!”

“I’ve always been a really big fan of Bruno,” says Adele, “but when we worked together he was beyond. He can do anything, literally singing the best vocals you’ve ever heard live in your life while he is playing a drum or a bass or doing some mad percussion riff. I think he definitely will be the biggest, biggest, biggest artist in the world.”

A sense of what did not make Adele’s scrupulously exacting cut can be gleaned from her fruitful collaboration with Sia. Although their songs did not land on Adele’s album, “Alive” became a powerful hit single for Sia herself.

Adele still writes her lyrics the old-fashioned way, in a notebook. The first thing that she does is to annotate her age on the front page with a Sharpie pen. When it came time to write “25” on that page, Adele was brought up short.

“I was just shocked that all of a sudden I was 25!” she says. “But actually I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with. Obviously I have insecurities,” she continues, “but they don’t hold me back.” Adele’s endearing self-deprecation is famous. She laughs about her “bum chin,” her “intense” forehead, and her “potato fingers.” She swears by Spanx for her public appearances but describes putting them on as “like pumping a sausage bag full of meat!”

In truth, however, Adele is healthier than she has ever been. As well as the litany of foods and drink she has to avoid to protect her throat, she has given up the Marlboro Lights that she used to more or less chain-smoke, and has almost given up alcohol—this is the woman who admits that she could once put away a bottle of wine a day. “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour,” she says, “so I lost a bit of weight. Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes—which is a really big problem for me!” she adds, laughing as she describes a newfound shopping habit.

She still works on custom dresses with her unassuming long-term stylist, Gaelle Paul—by designers including Armani, Valentino, and Burberry’s music-savvy Christopher Bailey (who “has been really hands-on ever since I started showing an interest in fashion”), but she also does damage at places like Joseph and Chloé. In fact, she is such a fan of Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller—and her successful juggling of work and motherhood—that she invited her for tea, and they struck up a friendship. With Paul, she has developed a strong, iconic fashion image that owes a debt to the concert gowns on the covers of the Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald CDs Adele found in the two-for-one bargain box at her local HMV when she was fourteen—and that have influenced both her music and her style ever since. Adele happily calls them her “June Carter clothes.”

In 2013, when she was presented with the MBE by Prince Charles, she wore a Buckingham Palace–appropriate inky brocade Stella McCartney dress and a Philip Treacy net fascinator, adding the Tottenham-fabulous flourish of miniature crowns on her nails. (She mounted her ribboned medal in a pretty nineteenth-century giltwood frame, and it now hangs in her powder room at home, above the toilet “next to me Aesop poo drops!” as she gleefully tells me.)

Meanwhile, the jet-glittered gown that the London designer Jenny Packham made for her to wear the night she won the 2013 Academy Award for “Skyfall,” her instant-classic Bond song, is enshrined, Streisand-style, on a dress form in a glass case in her dressing room, alongside the aureus award itself. (“It’s so excessive that I feel terrible,” says Adele of this glamorous, crowded room in her house. “But I totally intend to share those dresses.”)

For a day of shopping, Adele is essentially wearing the uniform of the London projects: leggings, sneakers, big gold hoop earrings. Her Balenciaga bag, a double-face shearling caban, and her “Adele” face, however, add diva luster. “I’ve made an effort for you today,” she says. “I don’t go out like this. I look like a bedraggled mother; I look like anyone else. When I’m with my kid I’m in leggings and a jumper and a pair of Converse because the grubby little hands are going to mark anything nice.”

She credits this self-presentation for her ability to have kept a low profile these past three years, but she also carefully disdains many of the conventional trappings of success. When someone suggests London’s latest see-and-be-seen restaurant, Adele shrieks, “Don’t let anyone take me there; it’s like a celebrity hangout! It’s like something from Zoolander!”

Our retail odyssey begins at Argos, a store that is far from a celebrity hangout. Goods are now ordered up on computer instead of from the company’s classic catalogs. “I’m an absolute germaphobe,” Adele says, wincing. “Because of my surgery,” she explains, “I can’t sing at all if I have a sore throat. This is my worst nightmare, to touch the screen.” Along with electrical goods and children’s toys, there is a cabinet filled with charm necklaces bearing inscriptions like “nan” or “best mum in the world.” “I used to buy my jewelry from here,” Adele confides. “I couldn’t wait to have a mum necklace.”

Leaving Argos, we move decidedly upmarket to hit the lavishly displayed food emporium at Fortnum & Mason. “It reminds me of Home Alone,” says Adele, a film aficionado with an encyclopedic memory of the five or more features she watches every week. After acting herself for the 26-year-old Xavier Dolan on the “Hello” video (“He’s a little punk arse,” she says approvingly), she is keen to work with another movie director on “When We Were Young” and is intrigued by the idea of Todd Haynes. “I loved Carol,” she says. “I loved the way it looked, and I loved the awkward silence in it—I’d like to have some awkward silence in the music video.” While her strapping bodyguard hovers by the entrance doors to avoid drawing attention to her, fellow shoppers take furtive cell-phone photographs as Adele dithers over her food purchases. By all accounts, including her own, she is a very good cook.

“Mum went to Italy for a few months just before 21 came out, so I was left to fend on my own,” she remembers. “I got really bored of takeaways, so I thought I would learn how to cook. I actually started from Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals.” She specializes in pan-global comfort food, “but right now it’s boring,” she says. “It’s just panfried sea bass and spinach!”

To recover from our shopping adventures, we collapse over dim sum in a moodily lit basement restaurant in Soho. Having returned to England two weeks earlier, Adele is still on a post-Manhattan high. “It sounds so cheesy, but it was a real homecoming,” she says, crediting her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live, to promote 19, with jump-starting her career in the U.S. (Sarah Palin showed up that night, and 17 million people tuned in.)

My main thing is Mum, then it’s me, then it’s work,” she says, adding, “I think I had to take the right amount of time off to let people miss me

“I didn’t miss being in the spotlight,” she confides, “but I really missed that side of myself. I was happy to be lost in the wilderness for a while, but I was a bit frightened that I was never going to get back. I suppose there was lots riding on what to follow 21 up with. Once ‘Hello’ came out, I felt like I’d got nothing to prove. I’m just going to sing now because I want to, and I’ll make records when I want to and not because someone is forcing me to do it. Not that anyone ever has,” she adds, with a wicked twinkle in her eye. “I’d fire them if they tried!”

The New York trip in late fall was a startling lesson in losing the anonymity she has carefully cultivated between her last two albums. When she left her downtown Manhattan hotel, she was mobbed by fans: “It looked like the Backstreet Boys,” she tells me. “I was cracking up. I live a very different life when I haven’t got music out.” The paparazzi, however, who courted her by playing—and even singing—her songs, were a disquieting presence. They bother her less at home, where she and Konecki successfully sued the intrusive British photographers to keep them away from their son. “We need to have some privacy,” says Adele. “I think it’s really hard being a famous person’s child. What if he wants to smoke weed or drink underage, or what if he’s gay and doesn’t want to tell me, and then he’s photographed and that’s how I find out?”

At Radio City Music Hall, her concert was electrifying. She shucked off her teetering Louboutins to plant herself firmly on the stage, her Jenny Packham concert gown (specially beaded to complement the auditorium’s Deco Moderne glamour) pooling at her feet. And then she sang, and a whole new, otherworldly Adele was born. The voice is smoother now. After the successful throat operation, her magnificent contralto gained four notes.

In recent months she has started daily voice exercises that give a rhythm to her days and help to focus her pre-performance nerves. Right now she is preparing herself for a nine-month tour, kicking off in Belfast in late February and culminating (per the schedule thus far) in Mexico City in November. “I’m only touring for the fans, to see the people that changed my life,” she tells me. “There’s no need for me to tour. I’ll always be nervous, worrying whether I’m going to be good enough. And the adrenaline is so exhausting.”

But as a fan herself, who was first smuggled into concerts by the Cure and the Beautiful South at the age of three in her mum’s coat, and taken to the Prodigy set at Glastonbury when she was eight, Adele understands how important it is to see and hear your idols live. Her childhood highlight came when her mum managed to get some costly Spice Girl tickets. “People always think I joke about this,” she says, “but the Spice Girls blew up when I was seven. And seeing them coming from a humble background—there was hope in it. It was really a massive part of my life when the whole Girl Power thing happened.”

Since then, as she says, “any record that’s ever moved me, when the artist is alive, I’ve seen them live. I’d get pissed off if that artist was still alive and I never saw him.” Nevertheless, “the whole tour is revolving around my baby,” she says. She will be home in London when his nursery school begins.

Although she has a nanny, Adele is an exceptionally hands-on mother. She has had a hectic week, with appearances in Italy and Germany, but she always gets a day flight so that she can put Angelo to bed at night, and keeps in constant contact with him through FaceTime when she is not around. In New York—where her punishing schedule included appearances on The Tonight Show, Today, Saturday Night Live, a standing-room-only concert for 199 fans at Joe’s Pub (where she made her U.S. debut in 2008), and Radio City Music Hall—Adele says that she was “probably getting two hours’ sleep a night.” She had asked fellow performers how they coped. “Pink was honest,” she tells me. “She said, ‘It’s bloody hard work.’ ”

Nevertheless, she admits, “The whole thing about me feeling good about myself comes down to Angelo. I can’t wait till I meet his best friend,” she says. “I’ll make his room a shrine when he goes to university!”

On set for her Vogue portraits, Beyoncé’s hauntingly breathy “Crazy in Love” remix from Fifty Shades of Grey set the scene. Later, it was Lana Del Rey’s “Salvatore” on the sound system. “I’m obsessed with her,” says Adele. “Her lyrics are fierce. The chorus of this song makes me feel like I’m flying, like that bit in your life when it goes into slo-mo. When you’ve got nothing to do and you’re staring out of the window and your mind goes to magical places.” Adele scoffs at the idea of listening to her own music.

I’m only touring for the fans, to see the people that changed my life,” says Adele. “There’s no need for me to tour. I’ll always be nervous, worrying whether I’m going to be good enough

“What? For like ‘Ooh, let’s get in the mood’?” she asks, genuinely appalled. “No, I couldn’t imagine! Never.” At home with Angelo she’s more likely to find herself singing “Let It Go” from Frozen. When she recently listened to 19 again, she was struck by how, well, like a nineteen-year-old she sounded.

Even now, Adele’s youth brings one up sharply. “You know how I discovered Barbra Streisand?” she asks me, incredulous. “When Will Young on Pop Idol sang ‘Evergreen’!” She loves the enduring aura of Streisand and Bette Midler. “Because of how fast everything is now. I’m not sure that anyone can remain like that anymore.” Yet Adele, of all people, is one who bids fair to stay true to herself. Although she has deep respect for the chameleon talents of stars like Madonna and Taylor Swift, “I don’t have it in me to reinvent myself a lot,” she has said, “to flip in and out of genres and styles and trends.”

She has even resisted the contemporary platforms that most performers of her generation use to communicate with their public. “There have been moments over the last three years when I wanted to become quite aggressive on social media,” she confesses. “I felt I needed the comfort of people’s reassurance. But then for me it was all about having to do what no one else does in order to stand out. So I just bit my tongue and held off.”

Instead, she seems to be absorbing the lessons of the legendary performers she so admires. Adele brought the intimacy of a small venue to the epic grandeur of Radio City, and the same at the Wembley arena, where we go for our final outing as she performs on the season finale of Britain’s X Factor.

The U.K. version of Dancing with the Stars may have double the ratings, but this show has a special place in Adele’s heart. “It was always the pinnacle of my week,” she remembers. “My first sleepover was on a Saturday, and I got to watch X Factor with my friends. My first kiss was watching X Factor at a party.” The venue, built as the Empire Pool in 1934 and used for the 1948 Olympics, also has a resonance for her. “I saw Spice Girls here, I saw East 17, I saw Backstreet Boys!”

The dressing room, however, repurposed from the Deco industrial changing rooms designed for the original swim teams, is sauna-hot, and there isn’t a terry-cloth robe in the joint (a hapless runner returns with one of the satin kimonos that the pro boxers use between bouts). There is a Santana poster on the wall, a battered white leather Chesterfield sofa, and a boom box that “looks like something from my bedroom circa 1982,” laughs Adele’s London-cool p.a., Laura. But the diva trappings are here, too—the room is scented with Baies Diptyque candles; Chris Martin and Harry Styles (performing with Coldplay and for One Direction’s last appearance, respectively) come to pay their respects; and Simon Cowell has sent an arrangement of white phalaenopsis orchids so enormous that it takes two strapping men to carry it in.

Adele’s miniature dachshund, Louis Armstrong, scampers underfoot (“Pets don’t talk back,” she observes knowingly), and the dress rack bears a grand midnight-blue beaded Jenny Packham dress (“Off the rack,” marvels Adele. “How great is that?”), and an edgier Burberry dress pierced with punkish steel rivets. “It’s a bit funky, isn’t it?” she asks, and opts for this one as a good fit with “my new hair,” the choppy shoulder-length bob she just had cut.

“It needs to be perfectly in between ‘done’ and ‘not done,’ ” Adele instructs as she submits to hair and makeup. She has dubbed her performance look “borderline drag”—when we first met, she playfully described it as equal parts Dusty Springfield and Lady Bunny, but now the Dusty dos are out. “Can you see the amount of paint going on?” she asks, laughing, as she purses her lips to define the cheeks for the blusher. “It’s basically Boy George with his black chin!” she adds, referring to the singer’s celebrated 1980s contouring tricks.

Her transformation is a hypnotic two-and-a-half-hour process, and Adele nods off several times. “It’s a real pleasure for like an hour,” she admits, “then your bum goes numb and your back starts to ache!” False lashes are still an integral part of her look (Adele can’t apply her own; “They’re so wonky,” she says, “that they look like the end of the night at the beginning of the night!”). She admires the final effect in her mirror. “More contour? More lashes?” she asks. “Joking!”

She has requested a teleprompter tonight. “I always think I’m going to forget my lyrics,” she explains. And, right on cue, 45 minutes before Adele is called onstage, those legendary nerves begin to kick in. Everyone is bidden to leave her dressing room, and the corridor outside trembles to the reverberations of her vocal exercises.

Her performance onstage is word-perfect, and she needn’t have worried about the teleprompter: I am aware of a soft, mellifluous buzzing all around me, as though I were listening to “Hello” in Sensurround sound—and I realize that the twelve-and-a-half-thousand people in the auditorium are quietly singing along with her.

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Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney 'taking a break'

(CNN)Amid reports that pop superstar Lady Gaga and her actor fiance Taylor Kinney had split, the singer has decided to clarify.

Gaga posted a photo of the couple walking together on Instagram with a caption that began "Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates."
"Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," Gaga wrote. "We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared."
Prior to their announcement the couple had been very private about their relationship. On Wednesday, Gaga asked fans to "root" for them.
"We're just like everybody else and we really love each other," she said.
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Taylor Swift is top-earning celebrity

While the world has been watching Taylor Swift's love life play out, she's been amassing some serious coin.

Swift has nabbed the top spot on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The singer earned an estimated $170 million in the past year, driven in part by her very successful 1989 World Tour. Swift more than doubled her take from last year, when she earned $80 million.

"She smashed the Rolling Stones' North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total," Forbes reports. "She also pads her pocketbook by shilling for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple."

Musical artists One Direction came in second on this year's list with $110 million. Rounding out the top 5 were author James Patterson ($95 million); talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (both $88 million); and comedian Kevin Hart ($87.5 million).

The top 10 list of highest-paid celebs is as follows:

1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)

2. One Direction ($110 million)

3. James Patterson ($95 million)

4. Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million)

6. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)

7. Howard Stern ($85 million)

8. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)

9. Adele ($80.5 million)

10. Rush Limbaugh ($79 million)

One sad note: Had Swift stayed with her now ex-boo, superstar DJ/producer Calvin Harris, she would have topped two lists.

With his $63 million in earnings, the pair would have been the top-earning Celebrity 100 couple, outpacing Beyonce and Jay Z, who earned a combined $107.5 million over the past year.

Shake it off, Taylor -- there's always next year.


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Mick Jagger becoming a dad again at 72

Papa was a Rolling Stone.

Mick Jagger is set to welcome his eighth child, according to Billboard.
The 72-year-old rocker and his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick are said to be expecting. The pair began dating in 2014.
Jagger has seven children ranging in ages from 45 to 17 and in 2014 became a great grandfather when his then 21-year-old granddaughter Assisi Jackson gave birth to a baby girl.
The Rolling Stones frontman will celebrate his 73rd birthday on July 26.
Jagger now joins band mate Ronnie Wood, 69, whose wife gave birth to twin girls over Memorial Day weekend.
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Snoop Dogg, The Game Lead March to LAPD Headquarters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snoop Dogg and the Game led a peaceful march Friday to Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, where they urged improved relations between police and minority communities.

The rappers organized the demonstration hours after five police officers were shot to death in Dallas. In a posting on his Instagram account announcing the march, the Game said women and children should stay home and men of color should march to make law enforcement “aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!!”

“Let’s erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles,” the posting said.

Snoop and the Game arrived at headquarters with about 100 marchers as a new class of 37 police recruits were graduating. Snoop shook hands with police officials and told reporters he hoped his presence would help reintroduce the black community to the department and open a dialogue.

“We wish them luck,” he said of the new graduates, “and we wish that they have a better understanding with the people so that they can do their job, peacefully, and make it home safely, just like we want to make it home safely.”

At the graduation ceremony, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck exhorted the new officers to not let what happened in Dallas interfere with their mandate to uphold the law fairly for all.

“This is not about black lives. This is not about brown lives. This is not about blue lives. This is about America,” said an emotional Beck, speaking slowly and deliberately, his badge covered with a strip of black mourning tape. “This is about a country based on a promise that does not recognize a difference in the shades of humanity. You are the symbol of that promise.”

He told the graduates that after they report for their first day of work on Sunday they will encounter people experiencing the worst days of their lives.

“Given their circumstances you might act in a similar fashion,” he said. “Have empathy. Look into people’s hearts. … Help them.”

Beck asked God to bless the city of Dallas. He also said more than 200 Los Angeles police officers have died in the line of duty, including 60 since he joined the force 40 years ago.

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Chaka Khan and sister enter rehab over prescription drugs

NEW YORK (AP) — Chaka Khan and her sister have entered a drug rehabilitation program to battle their addictions to prescription drugs, and Khan says the death of her good friend Prince helped hasten her decision to get help.

In a statement released to The Associated Press Sunday, the 63-year-old Grammy-winning singer said she has been battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince's death. Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home April 21. An autopsy found he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller.

Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer," she said. "However, it's vital that I put my health and well-being first. I know that I am disappointing some of my fans, but I also know they would want me to recover and be well and healthy."

Khan has entered an intensive rehabilitation and aftercare program with sister, Yvonne Stevens, also known as Taka Boom.

Khan said the pair "agreed we would take this journey together and support each other through the recovery."

"The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities. We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers."

A statement posted on the singer's official site says all performances scheduled for July are postponed.

Khan covered Prince's song I Feel For You, which became one of her biggest hits. The two were longtime friends.

Source: USA Today

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Lady Gaga Finally Has a Driver's License

Lady Gaga can legally drive a car now! The 30-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday to share that she officially has a driver's license.

"Thelma and Puhleaaaze (And yes I FINALLY got my license after years of driving with an adult present 😆 and a learners permit)," she wrote. "I'M FREE. Rollin with the homies."

Gaga has actually been learning to drive for the past few years and she's been quite vocal about it on her social media channels. Back in 2012, she tweeted, "Maybe while I'm learning to drive you don't need to sneak up on me and stick your GIANT camera IN A MOVING VEHICLE."

The Oscar-nominated singer/actress has a few other accomplishments to be proud of. Earlier this week, Gaga sat down with the Dalai Lama for a conversation that was broadcast on Facebook Live. During their 20-minute talk, the singer and His Holiness discussed the power of kindness and compassion.

"Thank you for this special day," she tweeted on Sunday. "Science tells us kindness improves health, let's take care of the body of our nation."

Gaga also joined forces with 48 other celebrities -- including Demi Lovato, Kerry Washington, and Chaz Bono -- to partake in the Human Rights Campaign to pay tribute to the 49 victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12.

Watch Gaga's touching tribute to the Pulse nightclub victims in the video below.

Source: Yahoo

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Katy Perry Retains Queen of Twitter Title, Becomes First User to Reach 90 Million Followers

Cue the fireworks: Katy Perry is officially Twitter royalty!

The "Roar" singer became the first user to reach an impressive 90 million followers on Friday, and the milestone didn't go down without a few celebratory tweets.

WATCH: Katy Perry's Twitter Account Was Hacked, Tweets Profanity and Mentions Taylor Swift

"It's party time, @katyperry!" a message from Twitter's official account read. "With 90 million on the guest list, we're gonna need a really big dance floor."

It's party time, @katyperry! With 90 million on the guest list, we're gonna need a really big dance floor. ❤️

— Twitter (@twitter) July 1, 2016

The 31-year-old pop star, who remains the most-followed user on the site, was quick to respond, retweeting the message and writing, "Dang this is tight."

Dang this is tight 😎

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 1, 2016

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Immediately following the accomplishment, #Katy90GIFParty started trending, where fans began congratulating the California native with their favorite animated images of the diva. Many featured pics of her dancing, winking and placing a sparkly tiara on her head, as a queen of Twitter should do!

Katy Perry The Queen of World😻😻😻

— Katycatfrance (@katycatfrance74) July 1, 2016

There is only one GIF to celebrate Katy for reaching 90M followers. It sums up everything! 😜💖👑#Katy90GIFParty

— ❤Katy&StanaFanGirl❤ (@Stana_Katy) July 1, 2016

No caption needed to explain Katy's reaction for today #Katy90GIFParty

— kp (@arithekatycat) July 1, 2016

Only queens can get to 90m...🔥 #Katy90GIFParty

— rose (@KatycatRose) July 1, 2016

Congratulations katy, you deserve more. Let's celebrate #Katy90GIFParty 🎉💖

— Kroeger (@ismanvrro) July 1, 2016

Katycats right now 🐱 #Katy90GIFParty

— Leo (@PerryBlueberry) July 1, 2016

WATCH: Katy Perry Meets Disadvantaged Children During 'Heartbreaking' Trip to Vietnam

Following close behind Perry is Justin Bieber with 83.9 million followers, and her rumored frenemy, Taylor Swift, with 79 million followers.

Ironically, some of Perry's most retweeted posts, which you can see below, involve mentions of the "Sorry" singer. She also gets a lot of love from tweets about One Direction.


— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) October 4, 2012


— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 6, 2012

@NiallOfficial congratulations, you didn't let me down! xo

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 13, 2012

I'll be your Mrs. Robinson... RT @NiallOfficial: @katyperry looks like its official ... me and you

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 7, 2012

WATCH: Is Katy Perry's New Perfume Shading Taylor Swift?

Perry's Twitter account also made headlines in May when it was hacked by a user tweeting out vulgar messages, including a shout-out to Swift that read "miss you baby."

Luckily, the mishap didn't cause Perry to give up her well-deserved Twitter crown. Watch the video below to hear more.

Source: Yahoo

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Matthew McConaughey Is Teaching a Film Class at University of Texas Austin

Matthew McConaughey is heading back to school, but this time as a teacher. 

On Thursday, the University of Texas Austin shared a video on their Facebook page announcing that the actor will return to his alma mater this fall as a professor of film. McConaughey, who graduated from the UT Austin in 1993, is teaming up with Free State of Jones director Gary Ross to give 30 lucky students a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the civil war drama. McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a Mississippi farmer and rebel, in the movie that hits theaters July 1. 

But this isn’t the first time he’s shared his movie knowledge with UT students. McConaughey co-taught the same course about the making of his film Surfer Dude back in 2008. 

And he’s full of Longhorn spirit! The Interstellar actor regularly returns to campus for football games. 

Check out this video to find out more about McConaughey’s teaching stint, and tune in to The Insider With Yahoo on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.

Source: Yahoo

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Scarlett Johansson Named the Highest Grossing Actress of All Time

Scarlett Johansson has officially earned more money at the box office than any other actress in history.

At 31, the actress has already raked in $3.3 billion at the domestic box office, making her 10th highest earning actor, male or female, in Hollywood, according to Box Office Mojo.

By far the youngest actor on the top 10 list, Johansson was only beat out by the likes of Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Michael Caine and Johnny Depp.

The next highest-grossing actress on the list is Cameron Diaz at 19, followed by Helena Bonham Carter at 26, Cate Blanchett at 29, Julia Roberts at 30, Elizabeth Banks at 31, Emma Watson at 32 and Anne Hathaway at 50.

Johansson has appeared as Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow, in five Marvel films including Iron Man 2 in 2010, The Avengers in 2012, Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. She also voiced Kaa in The Jungle Book and starred in Hail, Caesar! earlier this year.

The actress recently spoke about the gender wage gap in Hollywood, telling Cosmopolitan, "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole."

She added, "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage ... I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I'm addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It's part of a larger conversation about feminism in general."


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Nick Cannon Gets Emotional About Mariah Carey and Their Twins in ''Divorce Papers'' Freestyle

Dang, so Nick Cannon is going to deny any drama with ex Mariah Carey and then come out blasting his ex on a freestyle?! Nope, sorry.

The media mogul did drop a freestyle today called "Divorce Papers," which would make anyone assume that it's about the alleged conflicts surrounding his reported refusal to sign papers, but that's not the case. While the track definitely touches on his relationship with Carey, it's nothing but love and honesty.

Cannon's freestyle is an emotional diary of everything that's been going on in his life lately—from venting about the media's coverage of his divorce to his personal struggles (including the recent death of his father James Cannon) to his lack of trust: "When y'all need help/ y'all call me/ When I need help, y'all call TMZ/ and y'all believe everything that you see."

His bars get especially heartbreaking when the 35-year-old starts talking about his kids Monroe and Moroccan. "We single now but we really need to think about is how a child deals/ how a child feels/ because we got two and they brilliant for real/ resilient for real," he raps.

"My daughter said daddy why your eyes in tears/ because last time I dropped your brother off I didn't get a call the next day and it felt like years/ and Ima be honest/ sometimes I hate to hear you're on the other line having fun without me/ I wonder if my son will ever doubt me.../ What's love I don't care about it I just want my kids to be safe."

annon explained the concept behind "Divorce Papers" to Karen Civil: "My purpose for creating this 'Divorce Papers' freestyle was not to feed the tabloid chatter, or even to diffuse it. This was strictly a creative way for me to express my frustrations with the media, the naysayers, myself and ultimately with the voices in my head."

He continued, "One late night in my studio, after hearing the recent accusations against me and my character, I turned on my drum machine, found this amazing Willie Hutch sample, looped it, and went into the booth and let it all out. It felt great!"

The celeb admits he was a little apprehensive on releasing the freestyle. "I've been sitting on the song for almost a week now because I was really torn on whether or not I should release it. The last thing I would ever want to do is add fuel to the fire, especially a fire that was fabricated by the press. But, ultimately I felt it was necessary to clear the air and set the record straight once and for all."

As for how he and Carey are doing, Nick once again reassures everyone that they're on solid ground, and that his focus is on their twins.

"My ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy. I am happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones. I sincerely hope the media doesn't once again try to manipulate my words or my purpose for releasing this song. As the world knows, I am an open book and I'm proud of that. When it comes to expressing myself, I take the fearless approach and that's what I chose to do here.

"As Father's Day approaches this weekend, I've been reflecting quite a bit on my life as a father and how I want to be the best one I can be, the way my father figures were to me. So with that said, I just ask that the public continues to respect our process and remain patient and loving as me and my family aim for happiness."

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Celine Dion Candidly Revisits René Angélil's Final Days: "We Were Living in Hope, Knowing That There's No Hope"

After losing her husband René Angélil to a decades-long battle with cancer, Céline Dion knows the show must go on even if her heart never will. 

"You know what, I'm 48 years old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering," she candidly said to People"I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace."

However, finding such peace was not an overnight process for the Grammy-winning musical icon who had known her late husband nearly all her life. After meeting him at 12 years old, Angélil immediately became Dion's agent and transformed her into a swift success in Canada. 14 years later, they became husband and wife and remained that way for over two decades as she continued to rise up as one of the most notable singers in musical history.

Unfortunately, their partnership in and out of the studio came to an untimely halt when the producer passed away in January after fighting throat cancer for the second time. 

"It's been a long, long journey," Dion told the magazine about Angélil's declining health.

While Dion consistently kept a brave exterior in the public eye, the 48-year-old mother of three faced terrifyingly trying moments at home. 

"We were living in hope, knowing that there's no hope," she said. "There were times when I was very, very scared and he'd write me 'The end is near, I feel it.' I would go back and say, 'How can you say that? Are you in more pain?' Now I know it's possible for someone dying to feel when it comes."

When his last day arrived, Dion asked him not to worry and assured him she and their children were going to be okay. Then, she plead for him to go in peace. 

"I covered him because he was very cold," she said in an interview on Good Morning America"I took one of his bathrobes. I put one on him, one on me and I talked to him in his ear. I kissed him so much."

The loss was equally difficult to explain to the couple's three young sons, René-Charles, 15, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 5. 

"The only thing I wanted is for them to say up," Dion said on GMA, referencing the Disney film, Up. "Up is a good thing. Up is uplifting."

Nearly five months since his passing, Dion has resumed many of the projects she began with Angélil at her side, including performing in her Las Vegas residency show. 

"I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong," she told the magazine. "He left me with all of his strength. Every day we live with him, just not physically. I'm thankful that he does not suffer anymore."

On May 22, Dion will be honored with the esteemed Billboard Icon Award at the annual award show, where she will also take the stage to perform an all too fitting rendition of Queen's "The Show Must Go On"—her first live performance since losing René.

"René always insisted the show must go on," she told People. 


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Iggy Azalea Never Towed Ex Nick Young's Car—but She Is Moving Out of His House

Iggy Azalea is setting the record straight.

After photos surfaced of a towing company retrieving a blue 1962 Chevy Impala from the celeb's home, the Aussie rapper took to Twitter (of course) to the clear the air on recent rumors that she had ex Nick Young's car, which she gave to him for Christmas in 2014, towed out of her driveway following their split.

"I never had anyone's car towed nor did I kick nick out of 'my' house," she wrote. E! News learns that Swaggy P's vintage ride was actually being taken to get repaired for mechanical issues.

Iggy continued to share that the property actually belongs to the NBA star, and she'll be the one packing up and leaving. "The home belongs to nick, I am the one moving. Thanks."


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Rihanna Breaks Down in Tears During Dublin Concert

Rihanna let her guard down and got extremely emotional tonight.

The singer took the stage in Dublin, Ireland, as part of her Anti World Tour Tuesday night, and at one point broke down in tears to the point where she couldn't even continue singing her song to the fans. In Instagram videos captured by a user at the concert, RiRi is seen singing the first few lyrics of her famous hit song with Eminem "Love the Way You Lie" with tears in her eyes.

As the crowd proudly sings the song back to the star, she gets overwhelmed with emotion and steps back with her hand in the air. She attempts to continue belting the track, but kept getting choked up. As for why Rihanna was so emotional—it's not entirely clear, but it seems as though the celeb was just taken aback by all the love she was getting from the crowd.

Regardless of the reason, it was a very sweet moment.

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Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Relationship Finally Confirmed

We now have confirmation of Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes' relationship.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Claudia Jordan, joined the Allegedly podcast on Tuesday and revealed that Foxx is, in fact, dating Holmes.

When asked about the Annie actor, Jordan said, "[He's a] good friend of mine. Never [hooked up with him]." When asked about his relationship with Holmes, Jordan added, "He is very happy with her. I like that he seems very happy."

The confirmation comes after Holmes sparked engagement rumors in January when she was spotted wearing a ring on that finger, recirculating speculation that she's been seeing Foxx after her split from Tom Cruise.

It all started in 2013 at a charity event, the 4th annual Apollo in the Hamptons,where Jamie and Katie were photographed dancing together. Then, earlier this year, a report claimed the stars have "been hooking up on the DL" for the past year and a half. Both Holmes and Foxx remained mum on the speculation at the time, but the actor wasn't afraid to speak out about it in March, promising it's all tabloid rumors.

"Oh come on, you guys have been trying to get that to stick for three years," Foxx told an inquiring paparazzo in Los Angeles at the time. When asked for clarification, Foxx reassured the shutterbug that the two are "just friends" and are actually working together on an upcoming animated project. "That's all it is," he added.

ost recently Holmes' rep called a report that their wedding plans were on hold due to Holmes' pregnancy "categorically untrue." Foxx's rep also told E! News that he is "not engaged, not getting married and not having another child."

But just because they aren't engaged or expecting a child doesn't mean they aren't something.

In fact, multiple sources have told us that they are dating, with one insider saying it's been going on for years, and it's "not a secret among their friends." They have remained most careful not to be seen in public together and they strategically coordinate their arrivals and departures in able to be at the same place at the same time but not attract too much attention.

And according to Claudia Jordan, that's the truth!

Source: E News

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Gayle King Reveals Nearly 28-Pound Weight Loss

Looking good, Gayle King!

The CBS This Morning co-anchor shared her weight-loss success on Instagram on Friday, revealing she's lost nearly 28 pounds since September.

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"In 9 months have a baby? Or lose 27.7 lbs on @weightwatchers," King wrote. "I chose to count points. It all began 9-12-15…almost there."


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James Corden at Tony Awards: 'Hate will never win'

"Hate will never win," James Corden said. "Together, we have to make sure of that."

Corden began Sunday's 70th annual Tony Awards with a heartfelt message about the horrific terror attack in Orlando, Florida, that had unfolded 18 hours earlier.


He said "tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."

Immediately following Corden's remarks, the cast of "Hamilton" performed an opening number on stage, with one significant change: Their usual prop muskets were set aside. The Tonys, Broadway's biggest night of the year, began on time at 8 p.m. ET, televised by CBS.

"The Broadway community really wanted to continue with this, as did we," CBS chief executive Les Moonves told CNNMoney. "It's important that the show go on. And the show's being done in honor of the victims."

One of the early Tony winners, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of "Hamilton," held back tears during his impassioned acceptance speech Best Original Score.

The "Hamilton" star's speech was an emotional reading of a sonnet he wrote for his wife which focused on the mass shooting that took place in Orlando early Sunday morning.

"When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised. Not one day," he read. And the sonnet concluded: "Love is love is love is love is love is love it cannot be killed or swept aside. It cannot be killed or swept aside... now fill the world with music, love, and pride."

Outside, the scene on the red carpet before the program began was noticeably subdued. Still, hundreds of fans shouted as Broadway stars arrived and posed for photos. Some attendees wore silver ribbons to commemorate the terror attack.

And a few dozen members of the group Everytown for Gun Safety held up signs with messages decrying gun violence.

Corden set the tone for the evening by saying, "On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity.

"All we can say is, you are not on your own right now," he said. "Your tragedy is our tragedy," Corden said. "Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved."

Related: 50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

Corden was responding to the shooting spree at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, which has left an estimated 50 dead and another 53 injured. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Frank Langella echoed those feelings when he accepted the award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Father."

Rather than thank a "litany of names," Langella said, "Today we had a hideous dose of reality and I urge you, Orlando to be strong because I'm standing in a room full of the most generous human beings on Earth and we will be with you every step of the way."

"Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando," actress and Tony nominee Laura Benanti tweeted Sunday afternoon.

While she was preparing, longtime Tony voter Colleen J-Roggensack wrote, "I am reminded theatre heals and tonite we will celebrate the good in the world."

When the attack was first reported, there was speculation that the show or the red carpet might be delayed or changed in some way.

Moonves confirmed that discussions took place early Sunday morning about what to do.

But the organizers said in a mid-morning statement that the show would go on.

"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy," the producers said. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."

The first comment from the man who's expected to be the biggest winner of the night, "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, was an image of a rainbow-colored heart and the word "Orlando."


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Merqury Quaye releases debut single, 'Remember'

Ghana's leading hype man and radio presenter, Merqury Quaye has released the highly anticipated inspirational single titled 'Remember'.

The Hitz FM presenter and a professional master of ceremonies (MC), who continues to add value to his brand, will blow the minds of many who never knew his song composition and rap abilities, when they listen to the track which is already receiving massive radio airplay in the capital, Accra.

The highly inspirational song was premièred by BET Awards nominee, MzVee, on Hitz FM, when she sat in for Merqury on AU Day.

The song ‘Remember,’ produced by Dr Ray with great vocals by Choirmaster (Formerly of Praye’s fame), talks about appreciating people for the contributions they make in the lives of others.

In the first verse, Choirmaster touches on the need for us to cherish the pot that once gave us water whiles the Commander of the famous #TurnUpArmy, Merqury Quaye jumps on the second verse to talk about the need not to bite the hands that once fed you in his cool and collected rap.

Merqury Quaye is the host of #CruiseControl, a flagship drive time show aired on Accra-based Hitz 103.9 FM between 3 and 7pm from Monday – Fridays.

He doubles as host of the Urban Hitz show on Saturdays from 10 am to 1:00 pm. The song has received positive reviews since it's release.


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Popular Ghanaian actor opens up about his cocaine addiction

Ace Ghanaian actor, Timothy Bentum who is known for his atrocious character in movies, tells his story of drug addiction and the saving grace that delivered him from the dungeon of sin and drugs. According to Timothy, the journey of his 12 years addiction to drugs, with cocaine as his major, began after taking his first jolt of cigarette when he was only 13 years. The rest, he says, “is history”.

“I was in school one time and we had to do a play on drug abuse and one of my friends said ‘charley, this place, we for high before we go oo’. You see the irony of the story? Going to do a play on drug abuse and then in reality we were taking it in,” he revealed.

The undying love of a parent

Though born into a home in which the Christian faith was hallowed, Timothy, blinded by sin and the unprofitable pleasure that drugs gave him, flouted the rules of the truth into which he was born. “I grew up in a home where morning devotion was held every day. You would either be part of it or move out, and even if you were dying, you’d still go to church. My parents were staunch Christians,” he says.

“It’s always been my parents’ prayers that kept me alive. Probably, I would have been long gone. I heard them almost every night begging God and seeking His face on my behalf,” he adds. But in spite of the spiritual groaning of his parents, Timothy would not hesitate to cause them further trauma by selling their belongings to buy drugs. He reminisces how he took his parents through certain depressing episodes, but according to him, “my parents were very patient with me, never gave up and still kept praying for a change to come.” “I know that sometimes answers to prayers take a long time to manifest but I guess this is the prayer of my parents manifesting now,” he adds.

Sowing the seed

For Timothy, his transformation from sin to grace was not the fast kind. He describes it as “a slow and tugging one.” “Anytime I go past a church and I hear them singing worship, something inside of me moves. It’s all the result of the seed sown by my parents,” he recollects.

“This is where I would pause to advise that, parents and guardians take time to plant the seeds of Christ in their children and even if they go wayward, because the seed is there, they will end up coming back to Jesus,” he advises parents.

Transformation from sin to grace

“The truth of the matter is that I did not have that kind of Paul experience on the way to Damascus or Jesus coming down in bright light and saying ‘Timothy, my son it’s time to come home’,” he clarifies. “One Sunday morning, I was walking to the ghetto to get some cocaine and then I met a friend who used to come to my house to eat. He was going to church with his wife and kids and then I wondered what had changed for him because we used to be together,” he recalls. It was at this point that the reality check struck at Timothy, as he realised the need for him to get back to God.

“The devil has a cunning way of stealing you away so slowly that you don’t know how fast or far you have fallen until the light of God comes through. It always start with a little desire for something and then you realise you are craving for it the more. “That morning, there was a blast in my head. I went back home and I cried. I told God that if He could hear me, then it was time for Him to take me back. God came through for me,” he tells the Revelation.

It is very unusual to find a drug addict of 12 years coming clean without a relapse or withdrawal symptoms but according to Timothy, his recovery came as a miracle—no twitches, fever whatsoever and even the doctors and psychoanalyst would not believe his recovery. All he had to do was to eat properly to heal the scurvy look that years of cocaine consumption had marred him with.

Life after transformation

According to Timothy, most of his colleagues did not take the change in good faith. While some cut off completely from him, others are waiting patiently for him to snap out of the ‘Jesus fever’ and come back to the world. “Some are very critical of me and I hear them say ‘oh! leave him, he only went in to get money and women; he will soon be back’,” he reveals.

Even though Timothy is going about his ‘father’s business’, he is still acting and directing movies. Nonetheless, he is very critical about the role he plays. “I can’t go about kissing every girl in the name of acting, no.”

He also says that his transformation made him realise that even in the showbiz, people use diabolical powers to work. “When you come around with a positive energy, it affects them and they don’t want you around because there is a spiritual clash,” he reveals.

Timothy Bentum Ministries (TBM)
God’s plans for Timothy fell in pleasant places, with the Lord calling him into a ministry of delivering people from drug addiction.

According to him, he was not called to pastor a church but to evangelise to the world about how God saved him, and to reach out to them with the message of the cross. The Timothy Bentum Ministry has been in existence for about four years, and it aims spreading the gospel.

The TBM undertakes programmes, including “Fame and Faith” – in which Christian celebrities reached out to students in the second cycle tertiary instutions. Every year, the TBM also organises the Actors, Presenters, Professionals and Musicians for Christ (APPMC) event, a time when players in the entertainment industry gather to seek God’s face and to spread the gospel.

“The kind of impact Majid would have when he preaches the gospel may even be greater than that of an Archbishop. That’s why I get celebrities on board and they are passionate about Christ,” he explains.


Timothy finds it easier to relate with drug addicts because he has been down that road before.

“Gays, addicts and prostitutes reach out to us for help and the change that comes is awesome,” he submits. “We have crazy testimonies. Some of the transformations are slow but just like taking a basket of rice to the river to wash, with intention of fetching the water but by the time you get to your destination all the water is drained. You go back to fetch and it’s the same story but unknown to you, the rice is being washed,” he adds. Timothy is married to Gloria Maa Efia Bentum and they are blessed with two children. His message to all is simple and profound: “There is no dungeon so deep that the love of Christ can’t reach.”


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Black Star international film festival launched

Accra , Feb. 01, GNA -The Black Star International Film Festival, a film forum and advocacy platform, aimed at bridging the gap between the local and international film industry, has been officially launched in Accra.

     The launch was attended by key stakeholders from the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industries, government agencies, and development partners; and the media.

         Speaking at the Ceremony, Juliet Asante, the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Star International Film Festival said:“ We believe that the images we see and the stories we tell, are important to who we, are as a people.

“ Through the Black Star International Film Festival, we are opening the door to stories that drive the narrative of Africa and for African film makers to share their experiences with an international audience while allowing international film makers to share in the rich culture of Africa’’.

Ghana, thus Ms Asante said, was  poised to welcome filmmakers from around the globe annually to celebrate the Art of Filmmaking.

     Femi Odugbemi, an award-winning Filmmaker, Writer, Producer, and a respected voice in the Nigerian movie industry, expressed admiration for the initiative and pledged his support to the success of the Festival.

     Madam Dzifa Gomashie, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, noted that the Film Festival was a timely platform being created to help take the movie industry to the next level.

     ‘’I encourage all stakeholders to make the initiative a resounding success, the need for intellectual discourse around the opportunity the festival offers cannot be over emphasised and I am very happy that this initiative is taking off”, she said.

     She gave the assurance that the Ministry would support the festival for it to gain grounds.

     The BSIFF’s overarching theme is, ‘Face Forward’ , while the goal this year is to highlight the importance of film as a cultural diplomacy tool, as a global connector, as a trade enabler and as an employment creator.

     The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), was set up to research global industry policies, to mobilise and sensitise stakeholders and to identify partners to advocate industry friendly policies.

     The annual festival would bring together filmmakers from all over the world, would screen and celebrate films and their makers, it would work at helping to close the gaps through that the industry faces through workshops, stakeholder engagements and advocacy.

Source: Ghana

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New York (CNN)Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after a deadly music hall shooting in New York on Wednesday night

New York (CNN)Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after a deadly music hall shooting in New York on Wednesday night -- not long after he performed on stage, the New York Police Department said. Rapper T.I. had been scheduled to appear later in the show.

Troy Ave, who is Roland Collins, 33, was in police custody at a New York hospital after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, Detective Annette Shelton said Thursday.
Collins, who was an opening act at the concert, is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. He walked to New York University hospital, authorities said.
When reached by CNN early Thursday, Collins' father, also named Roland Collins, said his son was doing fine. CNN reached out to the Collins' family again for comment after his arrest and the man who answered the phone said, "No comment."
How Collins came to be shot is under investigation by the NYPD, Shelton said.
One man was killed in the shooting and two others were injured, Detective Hubert Reyes said. The victims' names have not been released.
No one else has been charged in the case.

Fistfight then a gunshot

The incident began as an argument that turned into a fistfight outside a room reserved for rappers at the concert, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
About five minutes after the fighting began, someone pulled a gun.
Police said Collins is the man seen on surveillance video entering a VIP area of the concert venue, Irving Plaza, Wednesday evening and firing his weapon once.
The video, released by the NYPD, shows several people cowering under a bar and couples embracing before a man enters the room.
A door swings open and a man carrying a gun enters the room, followed by two other men.
In the short video, the gunman raises his hand several times and fires a shot to the opposite side of the room as debris clouds the screen and people scurry around the room, knocking over chairs.
Other charges may be pending against Collins, Shelton said.
T.I., who didn't perform because of the shooting, wrote on Twitter on Thursday afternoon: "Rest In Peace Bro. God bless."
He posted the message with an image that included a longer, sentimental note.
"My heart is heavy today. Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured," the image read. He did not give the victim's name.
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Céline Dion: 'I lost the love of my life'

(CNN)Months after the death of her beloved husband and brother, superstar singer Céline Dion is trying to be strong.

Dion sat down with People for its cover story to talk about her life since she lost both husband René Angélil and brother Daniel Dion to cancer.
The singer is scheduled to receive the Icon Award and perform at Sunday night's Billboard Awards. She will be singing a cover of Queen's "The Show Must Go On," at the awards and told People "René always insisted the show must go on."
"You know what, I'm 48 years old and I lost the love of my life," she said. "I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace."
Dion said she is trying to be strong for her three children with Angélil, René-Charles, 15, and 5 year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.
The children were not present during her husband's final moments, she told People.
"I got on my knees and I kissed him," Dion said. "It was the coldest thing I've ever experienced in my life, but it was amazing. I said, 'Promise me not to worry. I'm fine, the kids are great, we're gonna be okay. It's enough suffering. Just go in peace.' "
The couple first met when Dion was an aspiring 12-year-old singer and the much older Angélil became her manager. They were married for 21 years.
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