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The internet is baffled by who this star is – do you know?

<p>A star has appeared on the September cover of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle </em>magazine, but fans have criticised the photoshoot for making her almost unrecognisable.</p> <p>Despite working in the film and TV industry since the '70s, fans had a hard time identifying the 61-year-old actress.</p> <p>Do you recognise who it is?</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Laura Brown (@laurabrown99)</a> on Aug 9, 2018 at 7:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The actress appearing in this shoot is none other than <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Working Girl </em>star Melanie Griffith.</p> <p>The photoshoot, where Griffith dons a black dress with a plunging neckline, has been slammed by fans for the heavy use of editing.</p> <p>“Unrecognisable. Poor thing,” one wrote.</p> <p>“Um who is this person??” asked another.</p> <p>Another added: “Celebrating the same destructive message … ageing is bad. Of course she looks beautiful, but who is she? She’s certainly not Melanie anymore.”</p> <p>Some were confused if the obvious changes to her appearance were the result of plastic surgery or the use of Photoshop.</p> <p>“This is simply outrageous how much Photoshop was used. Is there something wrong with looking older? Who will believe that her boobs and neckline look like she’s 20? A horrible thing,” a user responded to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>’s post.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of Photoshop happening in there! To compensate all the botox?” someone else wrote.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820316/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/58e3fc86469f48f0a96199a6f88a76d6" /></p> <p>In an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>, Griffith shared how the movie industry changes for actresses as they get older.</p> <p>"It's a different deal when you're older," she said. </p> <p>"And we're old. I don't mean it badly, and I don't mean it like, 'Oh, poor me,' or anything like that. It's just a different deal when you're an older person. It's different from being the hot stuff to being the old hot stuff."</p> <p>She revealed that she is planning on pursuing theatre work to avoid the cameras.</p> <p>"That's my dream. I think that theatre is kinder on a 60-year-old face," she said.</p> <p>The star admitted to having plastic surgery 20 years ago, but tried to reverse the work after she received online criticism.</p> <p>“No, I didn’t [realise] until people started saying, ‘Oh my God, what has she done?!’ I was so hurt,” she told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Porter </em>magazine in 2017.</p> <p>“I went to a different doctor, and he started dissolving all of this s*** that this other woman doctor had put in.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I look more normal now.”</p>

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Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s lookalike grandson cast in new movie

<p>The grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck has been announced to play the new Mr Spock in the Star Trek television franchise.</p> <p>Ethan Peck, 32, will play the character in the second season of <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em>, which premieres in January.</p> <p>“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [the late Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” showrunner Alex Kurtzman told <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-casts-spock-ethan-peck-1134570"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Hollywood Reporte</strong></span>r</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>“Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zach, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock's legacy.”</p> <p>After the news was announced, Ethan took to Twitter to thank the Nimoy family for giving him their blessing to take on the role.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor. 🖖🏼 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrekDiscovery?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StarTrekDiscovery</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLAP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LLAP</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEXG1T253Z">pic.twitter.com/jEXG1T253Z</a></p> — Ethan Peck (@ethangpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/ethangpeck/status/1029416376736215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Although he has appeared in various TV and movie projects over the years, Ethan is most known for being the grandson of Oscar winner Gregory Peck.</p> <p>The <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> star sadly died in 2003 of bronchopneumonia.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820301/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fdcfbbbcf254d0ea9d7bd79030fbf0f" /></p> <p>Ethan has welcomed all comparisons to his late grandfather, with some saying he inherited Gregory’s deep voice, thick brows, black hair and defined jawline.</p> <p>“It's a very wonderful comparison,” Ethan told <em>Hollywood Today Live </em>in 2016.</p> <p>“I think before it was a little more difficult to stomach because people just kind of want to see him, which is understandable and that's cool. And also wonderful, like he's wonderful, what a great comparison!”</p> <p>Do you think Ethan Peck looks like his famous grandfather? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Surprise! The original Back To The Future cast reunited

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">It's the power of Lloyd, not the Power of Love that's sent shockwaves through fans of<em><span> </span>Back To The Future</em>.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Doc Brown, aka Christopher Lloyd, has managed to reunite the stars of the '80s time-travel classic for a photo at the fan convention they were attending.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas Wilson had all been taking part in the Fan Expo in Boston in the US when the reunion happened.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"This was special," Lloyd captioned his post after getting Marty McFly, Biff Tannen, Lorraine Baines and Doc Brown together.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmWLLMKHQYN/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.09259259259259% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmWLLMKHQYN/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">This was special.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mrchristopherlloyd/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Christopher Lloyd</a> (@mrchristopherlloyd) on Aug 11, 2018 at 10:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">One fan commented, "This is awesome! My 11 year old son asked me today, 'Dad, do you think they will make a Back to the Future pt 4?' These movies mean so much to me and now him. Thanks!"</p> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Lea Thompson also posted the picture with the title "Four old friends get back from the future".</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">There's been much speculation over whether there would ever be a fourth installment of the <em>Back To The Future</em> series, but there's still been no announcement on whether the foursome will reunite one more time.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><span>Meanwhile </span><a href="https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/12/back-future-reunion-everything-7828665/"><em>Metro</em><span> </span>reported it probably won't happen</a>.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Basically, I think America is saying, 'Come on, they've wrecked every other franchise with bad sequels, why not this one?'" Wilson said, who played Biff. "C'mon, we would watch it until it sucks."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Fox also poured doubts it would happen, saying that the actors have no say in whether another movie gets made, saying that co-creator Bob Gale is the "gatekeeper of the franchise".</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/106221083/fans-delighted-as-the-original-back-to-the-future-cast-reunited">Stuff.co.nz</a>. </em></p> </div>

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Jennifer Aniston speaks candidly about not having kids: "No one knows what I've been through"

<p>Jennifer Aniston has spoken candidly about her private life and the fact she hasn’t had any children, hitting out at her detractors and critics and proclaiming that her “purpose on this planet” may not be “to procreate”.</p> <p>The 49-year-old former <em>Friends</em> star made the new admissions in the September issue of <em><a href="https://www.instyle.com/news/jennifer-aniston-september-cover">InStyle</a></em> magazine in the US.</p> <p>During the interview, the actress hinted that a “medical” issue may have contributed to the reason why she has not had a baby and said it’s not fair that women are labelled as “damaged goods” if they have not had a family.</p> <p>The outspoken star also declared she is not heartbroken after her marriage breakup from actor Justin Theroux earlier this year and called out all the judgments she faces.</p> <p>“It's pretty crazy. The misconceptions are ‘Jen can't keep a man’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she's selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I'm sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I'm not heartbroken,” declared the actress.</p> <p>In reference to starting a family, Aniston continued, “And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what's going on behind closed doors.</p> <p>“No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me,” the star added.</p> <p>“They don't know what I've been through medically or emotionally.</p> <p>“There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they're deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn't to procreate. Maybe I have other things I'm supposed to do?” the star concluded.</p>

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Natalie Wood’s sister weighs in on her mysterious death: “I know exactly what happened”

<p>Actress Natalie Wood’s sister has weighed in on the speculation surrounding her sister’s death in 1981, revealing that she is confident her actor husband Robert Wagner is responsible.</p> <p>During a new interview for <a href="https://www.today.com/megyn-kelly-today"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Megyn Kelly Today</u></em></strong></a>, Lana claimed her sister and her husband Wagner got in a “bad fight” hours before her death.</p> <p>When asked if she believes Wagner “murdered” her sister, Lana replied: “Yes”.</p> <p>Lana’s interview follows the release of the new podcast <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/movies/natalie-woods-death-new-details-emerge-in-biggest-hollywood-mystery"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood</u></em></strong></a><em>, </em>on which she shares her theory about what really happened to her sister.</p> <p>The <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Rebel Without a Cause</em> star tragically drowned at the age of 43 off the coast of Catalina Island on November 21, 1981.</p> <p>The actress was on her yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the ship’s captain Dennis Davern.  </p> <p>Wagner has maintained that he doesn’t know what happened to Natalie and believes she slipped and fell into the water while trying to board a dinghy.</p> <p>“I know exactly what happened from what Dennis has told me and from Natalie, who would not do certain things but would do other things,” said Lana.</p> <p>“[Wagner and Natalie] had a fight. They had a bad fight. Dennis said it sounded like furniture was being thrown around.”</p> <p>After the fight, Lana said Dennis told her that he went and knocked on the couple’s door and Wagner “opened it a little bit and said, ‘Mind your own business’ and shut the door again.”</p> <p>Lana continued: “Dennis then left, went outside, turned up the music because they were being so loud and started walking towards the boat. And when he turned that corner, [Wagner] was standing there and Dennis said, ‘Where’s Natalie?’ And he said, ‘She’s gone.’”</p> <p>Lana also slammed Wagner’s theory that Natalie fell off the boat while trying to board a dinghy because her sister was “terrified” of the water.</p> <p>“That was thanks to our mom,” she said, explaining that a fortune teller told their mother “that she would have a child that would be known all over the world and that someone was going to die from drowning".</p> <p>“So my mom used to tell us that to keep us away from the water. And it really, really hit Natalie,” Lana said.</p> <p>Lana said she wants Wagner to be honest about what happened the night of Natalie’s death.</p> <p>“I want him to tell the truth,” she remarked. </p> <p>“I want him to be a man and own what has happened and to be strong enough to do that.”</p> <p>Wagner has refused to talk to investigators since they began to look into Wood’s death again.</p> <p>Wagner and Wood were married first in 1957, divorced five years later and then remarried in 1972.</p>

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Robin Williams’ first wife opens up about the actor’s infidelity

<p>Robin Williams’ first wife Valerie Velardi has revealed she knew and allowed the late comedian’s infidelity during their marriage.</p> <p>In a new HBO documentary about Williams’ life and work <em>Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind</em>, Velardi, who was married to Williams from 1978 to 1988, said: “He loved women. Absolutely loved women. And I got it.”</p> <p>She added: “I understood and I wanted him to have that, but I also wanted him to come home.”</p> <p>Velardi said she first met Williams at a bar in San Francisco in 1976 when he was not yet famous. He asked her for a ride home that night.</p> <p>“He was speaking French and I was teasing him and we had a kiss and I just knew I was going to see him again,” she said.</p> <p>“He was always looking for a connection or another character or an accent.</p> <p>“He was shameless. He would just do it.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/caIFNg_JRL4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The couple had one son together, Zachary ‘Zack’ Pym, before their marriage ended in 1988.</p> <p>Velardi said their marriage fell through because they simply became less involved and drifted apart.</p> <p>“So we gave each other up,” Velardi said.</p> <p>Williams committed suicide in August 2014, aged 63.</p>

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Brigitte Nielsen defends having baby at 54: “It’s my life”

<p>Brigitte Nielsen has spoken out against the backlash she received from people who think she is too old to have a baby at 54, pointing out that older fathers never receive the same criticism.</p> <p>Her fifth child, daughter Frida, was born in June. It is her first child with 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi.</p> <p>“Some women think, ‘Oh my God, I’m too old’,” she told People. “Well, yeah, I can understand people saying, ‘How dare she?’ But how many men have their first kids in their 60s and 70s and they never doubt it?</p> <p>“Do I understand that (people) are a bit sceptical? Yes, I understand. I also totally respect the fact that not everybody likes it and agrees with it, but it is my life.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkjNnSeHVQz/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 57.36111111111111% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkjNnSeHVQz/" target="_blank">Our precious little Frida, our true love. ❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/realbrigittenielsen/" target="_blank"> Brigitte Nielsen</a> (@realbrigittenielsen) on Jun 27, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Nielsen, now 55, also revealed she started having IVF treatment 14 years ago in the hope of becoming pregnant.</p> <p>She described it as “such a long road” to becoming a mother again, and wanted other women to know “everything is possible, but you have to be realistic” when trying to become pregnant later in life.</p> <p>The actress and model, who was previously married to Sylvester Stallone, said she started freezing her eggs aged 40 and was given a 3 to 4 per cent chance of conceiving with her own eggs.</p> <p>“I totally, totally beat the odds,” she said.</p> <p>The Danish star said the process can be “lonely”, “because a lot of women don’t talk to each other about it”.</p> <p>She added: “We should hold hands because there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a baby whether you’re 20, you’re 30, you’re 40 or, in my case, 50.”</p> <p>Nielsen is already a mother to four sons from previous marriages: Raoul Meyer Jr, 23; Douglas Meyer, 25; Killian Gastineau, 28; and Julian Winding, 34.</p>

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"I miss you every day" – Robin Williams' daughter's touching tribute on his birthday

<p>Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda has paid tribute to her legendary father on his birthday this past weekend.</p> <p>Robin, who died in August 2014 after a battle with a neurodegenerative disease, would have turned 67 on July 21.</p> <p>Writing on Instagram, Zelda posted a tribute in honour of his birthday and the upcoming anniversary of his death: “It’s that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them.”</p> <p>The 28-year-old explained that the weeks leading up to her father’s birthday were still very difficult for her and she was sometimes at a loss to respond when well-meaning people tell her how much her dad meant to them.</p> <p>“It’s harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I’ve got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace,” she wrote. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlbQ0cjH4cv/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0px auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px; text-align: center;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlbQ0cjH4cv/" target="_blank">It’s that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them. These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all. For all the internet’s good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it’s very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they cared for him right now. It’s harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I’ve got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace. Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too. If you’d like to do something in his honor, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He’d have loved that. Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Everytime you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you... or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings. Happy early birthday, Poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones. ♥️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/zeldawilliams/" target="_blank"> Zelda Williams</a> (@zeldawilliams) on Jul 19, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Zelda then thanked the public for loving her dad and supporting her family as they grieve.</p> <p>“Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him.</p> <p>“Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Every time you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you… or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings.”</p> <p>Zelda ended her post with a message to her father: “Happy early birthday, Poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones”.</p>

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Natalie Wood's death: New details emerge in biggest Hollywood mystery

<p>In 1981, movie star Natalie Wood mysteriously died while on a weekend sailing trip and now, the cause of her death is being questioned as new details emerge.</p> <p>The <em>West Side Story </em>actor’s death has become the subject of a new podcast investigation <em>Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death Of Natalie Wood</em> – which launched on what would have been her 80th birthday on Friday. </p> <p>On November 29 in 1918, Wood’s body was discovered floating off Santa Catalina Island.</p> <p>The actor had embarked on a weekend sailing trip with her husband Robert Wagner, the ship’s captain Dennis Davern and their friend, actor Christopher Walken.</p> <p>In the first episode of the podcast, homicide decetive from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Ralph Hernandez, said the bruises found on her body were consistent with her being the “victim of assault”.</p> <p>This assessment is quite different from the original 1981 report which said the bruises were caused by the actor attempting to climb aboard her yacht after she fell off.</p> <p>“The bottom line is, we have someone who died under very suspicious circumstances, and it’s just as important of a case as a murder, but our job is to get to the truth and to hopefully come up with enough evidence to prove that truth,” Det Hernandez said.</p> <p>“The fact is that we have a lot of information as to the events of what occurred that evening,” he said.</p> <p>“We have a lot of evidence that tends to point to a very suspicious death and would certainly indicate the possibility of foul play.”</p> <p>Wood was only wearing a nightgown and red jacket when her body was discovered by a restaurant owner after an apparent night of drinking.</p> <p>Her death was originally deemed as an accident by authorities, with Wagner suggesting that his wife slipped while trying to board the yacht, which caused her to hit her head and drown.</p> <p>However, in February this year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office announced that Wagner had been named as a “person of interest” in the “suspicious” death of Wood.</p> <p>Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina told <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/48-hours/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>48 Hours</strong></em></span></a> that investigators wanted to talk to the 88-year-old about the events prior to Wood’s death.</p> <p>Following the 48 Hours interview, it was confirmed that new witnesses had come forward and Wood’s drowning was being investigated.</p> <p>The new podcast, hosted by investigative journalist Dylan Howard, looks into the final hours before the actor’s mysterious death. </p> <p>“Did Natalie jump? Did she slip? Was she unconscious before going overboard? Or was she pushed? And if so — by whom? And why?” Howard told <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Us Weekly.</strong></em></span></a></p> <p>“It’s a hell of a story. Forbidden affairs. Twisted lies. And murder.”</p> <p>The team behind the podcast have spent the last seven years investigating her death, looking through hundreds of pages of testimony and police statements to piece together what happened on that night.</p> <p>“This is not a retelling of Natalie’s sad story,” Howard said. </p> <p>“It is an active investigation of the case. It will be the most comprehensive investigation since Natalie’s death. And in the end, the listener can decide what happened to the ultimate screen siren … and just who was responsible for her death.”</p> <p>The captain of the boat, Davern, first spoke to 48 Hours in 2011 and revealed that it had been a “tension-filled weekend” fuelled by alcohol and Wagner’s jealousy of his wife’s co-star, Walken.</p> <p>“It just kept getting more tense — every minute — of the day,” Davern said. </p> <p>“I opened a bottle of wine and — Natalie and Christopher had continued to giggle. And then Robert Wagner — picked up the bottle of wine and smashed it … Natalie, she said, ‘I cannot take this,’ and she went into her room. And — then RJ (Wagner) went into the room — Natalie and RJ’s room — and started arguing, yelling — things being thrown about.</p> <p>“The fighting continued. And then — to the back of the boat. I was concerned that something really bad was going down, because of the fighting, the arguing was so intense.”</p> <p>Following his interview, other witnesses claimed they heard a man and woman arguing at the back of a boat.</p> <p>Wagner has refused to talk to officials about Wood’s death since the case was reopened.</p> <p>The famous couple married in December 1957 and then remarried in 1972 after divorcing in April 1962.</p> <p>Wood was 17 when they started dating and Wagner was 26.</p> <p>In 1972, the couple had a daughter together, Courtney.</p>

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Christopher Reeve’s grown up son hopes his parents are proud of him

<p>The son of the late actor Christopher Reeve has written an emotional letter to his 13-year-old self about the “lowest point” in his life.</p> <p>Will Reeve, 26, wrote his vulnerable thoughts for <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/note-to-self-will-reeve/"><strong><u>CBS</u></strong></a>’s series ‘Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People’.</p> <p>The sports journalist lost both of his parents at a young age after his famous dad died in 2004 and his mum, Dana Reeve, died less than two years later from lung cancer.</p> <p>Will told his younger self that in all his life, there is “no obstacle greater” than learning to move through life without his parents.</p> <p>While he admits that he still doesn’t have it all figured out, he said that his focus is to live a life that will make his parents proud.</p> <p>Read his full letter here:</p> <p><em>Dear Will,</em></p> <p><em>I've got good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad, because you always need to know exactly what's going on, no matter what. That won't change, by the way. The bad news is: You're at the lowest point of your life. You're in a hospital room in New York City, and you've just said your final goodbye to Mom.</em></p> <p><em>You're 13. She's 44. Lung cancer. Never smoked. Gone, just like Dad, who died a year-and-a-half ago, which at the time was the lowest you had been. Now you're at a new bottom and you're terrified and confused and just so sad.</em></p> <p><em>But! Here's the good news: this is the low point. There's nowhere to go but up, and that's exactly where you're headed.</em></p> <p><em>You will always remember the good stuff. Dad in the driveway teaching you how to ride a bike just by telling you what to do, you trusting him so fully that you just do it. Mom's singing voice filling the air with sweetness at home and in the car to school.</em></p> <p><em>How lucky are you that in her final moments, when she finally had to accept that she was dying, Mom knew where to put you? She signed you over to the Pucci's, your next-door neighbors, your second family and now your adoptive family. You'll move in with them and love them as fiercely and fully as they love you.</em></p> <p><em>There will be times when you will feel lost. You will feel insecure, less about the braces and bad haircut you have now and more about the choices you make, the direction of your career, missteps in relationships and social settings, but don't worry.</em></p> <p><em>You'll keep playing sports and singing in musicals and you'll get good grades and make great friends and you'll feel encouraged, supported and loved.</em></p> <p><em>You love to write and it will be essential at your dream job, reporting and anchoring at ESPN, where you promised mom and dad you would work one day. When you get that call, you'll want to call them and tell them the great news and of course, you can't, but you know that they already know.</em></p> <p><em>To millions of people, they embody love and loyalty, commitment and courage, perseverance and hope. You'll make them proud by honoring your family name, not by using it for special treatment but by living a life worthy of its legacy.</em></p> <p><em>Some days, like when you join the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, you'll feel like you're doing a great job. Other times, like when your work-play balance gets a little too skewed toward fun, or you're lazy or rude or selfish, you'll feel nothing but shame.</em></p> <p><em>It sounds simple and clichéd, but just be you. Because you are what will make mom and dad most proud. Every moment you spent with them, they were preparing you for a life without them. You have their values and Mom's eyes and Dad's smile.</em></p> <p><em>I want you to know that we do not have all of this figured out. But you know that in the years ahead, you will face no obstacle greater than the one you are starting to overcome right now, and no matter which way your journey leads, mom and dad will be there with you every step of the way. How lucky are you?</em></p> <p><em>Sincerely, Will</em></p>

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Shocking footage released of George Clooney’s motorcycle crash

<p>CCTV footage has recorded the moment actor George Clooney was thrown off his motorcycle after colliding with a car in Italy.</p> <p>Clooney is now recovering after the scary incident, which occurred on Tuesday.</p> <p>“He was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at his home and will be fine,” a publicist for the actor told <em><a href="https://au.be.yahoo.com/shocking-footage-released-george-clooneys-motorcycle-crash-031840346.html" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Yahoo Entertainment</span></strong></a>.</em></p> <p>The 57-year-old star was riding his motorcycle in Sardinia, Italy, when a Mercedes pulled in front of him, throwing him off his vehicle.</p> <p>According to <em>TMZ</em>, Clooney was thrown 20 feet in the air after making impact with the car.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FABCWorldNewsNow%2Fvideos%2F10157482056915278%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The actor’s helmet struck the car’s windshield, causing it to shatter and the helmet to break.</p> <p>A police spokesman said: ''The driver of the car was a local man in his 60s and we are speaking to him about what happened.</p> <p>''It was fortunate the man on the motorbike was wearing a helmet as his head hit the windscreen which smashed.''</p> <p>Clooney was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>His wife Amal immediately rushed to the hospital to be with him and he was discharged two hours later.</p> <p>This is not the first time Clooney has been involved in a motorcycle accident.</p> <p>In 2007, Clooney and his former girlfriend Sarah Larson were involved in a crash while on his motorcycle in New Jersey.</p> <p>At the time, the actor suffered a broken rib and Larson broke her foot.  </p>

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Nicole Kidman shares the crucial decisions she credits for her daily happiness

<p>Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has shared the micro-decisions she believes helps maintain her daily happiness despite her overwhelmingly demanding schedule.</p> <p>The 51-year-old balances her duties as a mum, wife and award-winning actress all with a smile by making the right choices day in and day out.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.byrdie.com/nicole-kidman-skincare-routine--5b35522486b08/slide3" target="_blank"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Byrdie</span></em></strong></a>, Kidman revealed the secret to her happiness, saying she always chooses “to feel gratitude, first and foremost.”</p> <p>“Choosing to sleep in sometimes rather than get up and exercise – give things up so that I can have more time with my kids," she said. </p> <p>The <em>Big Little Lies</em> star also said it was a priority for her to spend time with her husband of 12 years, Keith Urban.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 33.24074074074074% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk8YmOKlIDW/" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Jul 7, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kidman said to keep her relationship with her husband healthy, she always needs to stay flexible and always be “willing to adapt to change”.</p> <p>In such a fast-paced world, Kidman says she chooses to ‘go with the flow’ to live stress-free.</p> <p>“I like that feeling of going, you know what? This morning, I’m just not going to do that,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m just going to sit and read the paper, and we’re all just going to kick back.</p> <p>“And I know that we have plans, but we’re not going to do that,” she added.</p> <p>“We’re going to change that. I have a big thing about just being easy on yourself, and on others. To go with the flow.”</p> <p>Although the star keeps on top of current affairs by reading <em>The New York Times, The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, she exercises when she needs to get away from it all. </p> <p>In the interview, Kidman confessed that she likes to get massages to ease stress, revealing that she has been trained as a masseuse since the age of 17.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>“It’s an interesting story because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 45, I was 17, and I became a masseuse and did a course because we couldn’t afford for her to get massages after her chemo and her radiation,” Kidman said.</p> <p>“We didn’t have enough money. So I learned to give massage. And then I really fell in love with giving massage.”</p> <p>Kidman also said that making decisions such as “saying thank you and smiling” also allow her to live a fuller life.</p> <p>Do you agree with Nicole Kidman’s tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below. </p>

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Guy Pearce opens up about coming to terms with the breakdown of his marriage

<p>Guy Pearce has revealed he was “blindsided” when his 18-year marriage to psychologist Kate Mestitz broke down.</p> <p>In a deeply personal and candid chat with Andrew Denton on Seven’s <em>Interview</em> on Tuesday night, the 50-year-old actor opened up about how writing songs for his album <em>The Nomad</em> helped him come to terms with the end of his marriage and how his life turned around when he welcomed a son with his new partner Carice Van Houten.</p> <p>“I’m still, to this day, having little moments where I go, ‘Is it really real?’” Pearce said about being a dad to Monte, who turns 2 in August.</p> <p>“Is it, like, he really is my child. My heart is definitely there but my head sometimes is still back there.”</p> <p>Denton noted to Pearce that his album was dedicated to ex-wife Kate and asked: “What happened to your marriage?”</p> <p>Pearce explained how it was Kate who told him, “Our time’s up” and that “it was incredibly strong of her to do it.”</p> <p>He added: “She saw something that sort of blindsided me, a little bit, I guess. We were young, we were kids when we met. We were 12 when we met and, on some level, the way she put it, is we were probably still those little kids when we got married, too. So it was a growing apart.”</p> <p>When Denton pressed if he saw it coming, Pearce honestly responded: “No. No. It was really shocking.” </p> <p>The couple announced their split in October 2015, with the Australian actor telling fans at the time “Kate and I will always love and support one another and be the best of friends.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FInterviewAU%2Fvideos%2F291288261609760%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="472" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Pearce has since moved on from his split with new partner and fellow actor Van Houten, 41.</p> <p>He described falling in love six months after his marriage breakdown as coming about in “ramshackle way and before we knew it, we were having a baby.”</p> <p>Denton prodded: “Were you careful not doing this as the rebound?” with Pearce honestly replying, “I think there were rebound elements to it, but we’re both mature enough to go, ‘Let’s go back and start again, meanwhile we’re having a baby, but let’s just sort of go back and start again and work out the best way to be mature and responsible about this. I’m glad we’re doing that.”</p> <p>About Van Houten, Pearce said simply, “She’s divine. She’s so sweet and she’s a gorgeous mother.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Finally a nice quiet stroll out in the world <a href="https://twitter.com/caricevhouten?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@caricevhouten</a> <a href="https://t.co/xQS7fpYvus">pic.twitter.com/xQS7fpYvus</a></p> — Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheGuyPearce/status/778591957882900480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <p>When Denton reminded Peace that he had often said in the past that he didn’t want children, he admitted that losing his own father Stuart to a plane accident when he was eight, and then having to help raise Tracy, his sister with an intellectual disability, had coloured his view of fatherhood.</p> <p>“The fact that I now have a child,” he said, “I’m madly in love with him and it’s sort of changed everything.”</p> <p>“What are the advantages of being a 50-year-old dad?” Denton asked.</p> <p>“Patience, and having a better understanding of myself. It’s certainly not going to be about kicking the footy in one years’ time, that’s for sure,” he quipped back.</p>

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Amal Clooney's emotional tribute to husband George

<p>Amal Clooney has given a rare romantic toast to her husband Hollywood star George Clooney as he was honoured with an American Film Industry (AFI) Life Achievement Award earlier this week.</p> <p>Amal admitted she was nervous stepping into the spotlight but wanted to pay tribute to her husband.</p> <p>"It's somehow easier for me to address a court on behalf of a detainee than to speak publicly, as I'm doing for the first time tonight for my husband," the international human rights lawyer said from the stage.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wFTeturM0zo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The barrister, 40, then shared some never-before-revealed details of their romance.</p> <p>"I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster," she said. "Then we met, started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like no matter what happened I would never want to be with anyone else. I couldn't sleep when we were apart, and I'm told I would display a particular grin and head tilt when reading his text messages or the letters that he would hide in my bag.</p> <p>"Five years later, none of that has changed," she continued. "He is the person who has my complete admiration, and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time. My love, what I have found with you is the great love that I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life. You fill our home with laughter and happiness and that's even before the children have worked out that 'Dada' is actually Batman."</p> <p>She also spoke about her husband’s generosity, his fight for justice, and his witty sense of humour.</p> <p>“Although George’s modesty attributes much of the success we are celebrating here tonight to luck, I think it’s incredible talent and character that got him here and these attributes also make him an amazing husband and father,” she said.</p> <p>George, who visibly teared up during Amal's speech, also gave a heartwarming speech when he took to the stage to accept his AFI award from past winner Shirley MacLaine.</p> <p>"So yesterday, my two children turned one year old," the Oscar-winner said, adding: "I thought if you had a successful career that you weren't really going to be able to have one great love in your life. And then Amal walked in.</p> <p>"And now we've got these two knuckleheads," Clooney continued. "And every day they make me feel small. And Amal...you make every single day, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, as special as today."</p> <p> </p>

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The truth about The Crown star's romance with Tom Cruise

<p>The rumour mill went into overdrive when The Crown star Vanessa Kirby was pictured kissing Hollywood celebrity Tom Cruise.</p> <p>However, the paparazzi shots proved to be on-set photos of the latest Mission Impossible movie, <em>Mission Impossible – Fallout.</em></p> <p><img width="478" height="269" src="https://www.etonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/max_970x546/public/images/2017-03/1280_tom_cruise_vanessa_kirby_split.jpg?itok=jy2R-E1M" alt="Image result for vanessa kirby tom cruise" class="irc_mi" style="margin-top: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>But that didn’t stop the rumours and this week, Kirby, who played Princess Margaret on The Crown, was forced to deny it all.</p> <p>“There’s literally zero truth in it,” she said of the suggestions she and Tom were romantically involved.</p> <p>Speaking on The View, the actress said: “I had met him once in a room full of people! I was like, that was fast! We were filming on the river bank in Paris, and we have to kiss, and then the paparazzi [were] taking pictures.”</p> <p>Kirby continued: “I’ve been in a relationship for two years ... We hadn’t started filming, and all of a sudden we’re getting married! It’s so bizarre. My boyfriend found it hilarious.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc5ZKshlOhi/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Crown (@thecrownnetflix)</a> on Dec 19, 2017 at 12:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kirby believes the rumours likely flourished because she is a private person and the public did not know she was in a relationship.  </p> <p>“I didn’t bring it up. And he [Tom] never mentioned it. I don’t think he even knows. The whole thing’s ridiculous,” she said.</p> <p>But Kirby did confirm that she has since spoken to Hollywood actor about the rumours and revealed that “it was embarrassing. Most of all for him probably.”</p>

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The true meaning behind Casablanca

<p><em><strong>Steven McVeigh is an Associate Professor in War and Society at Swansea University.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Casablanca</em>, which brought together the combined star-power of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, remains one of the best-loved movies ever produced in Hollywood. But the film, which hit the silver screen on November 26 1942, is more than just a love story set in Morocco. Released in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – which propelled a reluctant United States to enter World War II – the film was actually a classic piece of propaganda cinema masquerading as popular entertainment.</p> <p>When war broke out in Europe in September 1939, the United States was the only major power with <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://fas.org/irp/ops/ci/docs/ci2/2ch3_a.htm" target="_blank">neither an intelligence nor a propaganda agency</a></strong></span>. But this all changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Just as intelligence would be essential for shaping and directing political and military objectives in Europe and Asia as the conflict spread, propaganda would be vital for supporting the American war effort by shaping and directing American ideas and beliefs in relation to the conflict.</p> <p>In June 1942, the office of war information (OWI) <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/wwii/jb_wwii_owi_1.html" target="_blank">was set up</a></strong></span> to promote the war effort and was given the task of developing campaigns to enhance public understanding of the war at home and abroad. A key element of this was the co-ordination of government information activities, as well as liaising with the press, radio, and – crucially – motion pictures.</p> <p>In effect, the OWI was charged with selling the war. After experimenting with propaganda in the form of posters and documentaries, the OWI turned to more imaginative sources. Its director, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elmer-Davis" target="_blank">Elmer Davis</a></strong></span> – formerly a reporter with the New York Times and CBS – made this key observation:</p> <p><em>The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go in through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realise they are being propagandised.</em></p> <p>Hollywood would play a significant role in this. For box office reasons as much as political ones, Hollywood was eager to harness the medium of entertainment to support the war effort. And so several popular films made at this time – including <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035093/" target="_blank">Mrs Miniver</a></strong></span> </em>(1942), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036172/" target="_blank">The More the Merrier</a></strong></em></span> (1943), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036430/" target="_blank">This is the Army</a></strong></em></span> (1943), <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037280/" target="_blank">Since You Went Away</a></strong></em></span> (1944) – combined traditional artistic and entertainment concerns with a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.jstor.org/stable/1888275" target="_blank">purposeful political dimension</a></strong></span>.</p> <p>The agency issued specific guidelines, as well as reviewing scripts and early cuts of films, making suggestions for insertions or deletions. It required film makers to consider seven questions before producing a movie:</p> <ol> <li>Will this picture help win the war?</li> <li>What war information problem does it seek to clarify, dramatise, or interpret?</li> <li>If it is an “escape” picture, will it harm the war effort by creating a false picture of America, her allies, or the world we live in?</li> <li>Does it merely use the war as the basis for a profitable picture, contributing nothing of real significance to the war effort and possibly lessening the effect of other pictures of more importance?</li> <li>Does it contribute something new to our understanding of the world conflict and the various forces involved, or has the subject already been adequately</li> <li>When the picture reaches its maximum circulation on the screen, will it reflect conditions as they are and fill a need current at that time, or will it be out-dated?</li> <li>Does the picture tell the truth or will the young people of today have reason to say they were misled by propaganda?</li> </ol> <p><strong>A beautiful friendship</strong></p> <p>At the heart of <em>Casablanca</em> is a concern with the implications of American isolationism in the context of the threat posed to Europe by Nazism.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BkL9l7qovsE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Elements of the dialogue between characters in the film echo and then argue with contemporary American foreign policy attitudes – offering reasons to engage. Bogart is perfectly cast as cynical bar owner Rick, an American formerly living in Paris who has fled the German occupation to open his Café Americain, which has become a melting pot of wartime nationalities. Rick advances what had traditionally been a popular American justification for isolationism:</p> <p><em>I stick my neck out for nobody. The problems of this world are not in my department. I’m a saloon keeper.</em></p> <p>But for Roosevelt’s administration – and for increasing numbers of Americans – the attack on Pearl Harbor had shattered any lingering illusions that America might turn its back on the world. From this perspective the story of <em>Casablanca</em> is the story of Rick’s transition from aloof to engaged. This is made explicit by the owner of the Blue Parrot cafe, Signor Ferrari (Sydney Greenstreet), who tells Rick:</p> <p><em>My dear Rick, when will you realise that in the world today, isolationism is no longer a practical policy?</em></p> <p>But more dynamic than these relatively subtle pieces of dialogue is the famous scene where Rick clearly takes sides, showing the audience who he believes are the heroes and the villains of the European conflict.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HM-E2H1ChJM?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>A contingent of German officers is singing nationalist songs. Victor Lazlo (Paul Heinreid), a heroic resistance fighter who represents the nobility and sacrifice of the oppressed Europeans, demands that the band play La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. The band look to Rick, who nods assent and in that nod he relinquishes his isolationism. The anthem is rousingly played and the Nazis, who initially try to sing more loudly, are drowned out by the patrons singing in unison and they give up. By identifying with Rick, moviegoers were encouraged to make the same choice.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><em>Casablanca</em> is a dramatic, heartbreaking movie, an unsurpassed classic from Hollywood’s golden era. But it is also an extremely effective piece of propaganda cinema, persuading an American audience reluctant to commit to another European conflict to set aside its isolationism simply by dramatising the heroism of the European resistance to Nazi Germany.</p> <p><em>Written by Stephen McVeigh. Republished with permission of <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theconversation.com" target="_blank">The Conversation.</a></span></strong></em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/87113/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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The best piece of advice Clint Eastwood gave his son

<p>The success of actor and director Clint Eastwood is indisputable in Hollywood, with the 88-year-old collecting 5 Academy Awards during his multi-decade career.</p> <p>His son, Scott Eastwood, has also pursued acting but has tried to separate himself from his Dad’s success by starting a career under his mum’s maiden name Scott Clinton Reeves.</p> <p>In a recent interview, Scott revealed the best piece of advice his father has given him about dealing with fame.</p> <p>“Maybe [the best piece of advice I’ve been given in dealing with fame] is follow your instincts,” he told <em><a href="https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainment/scott-eastwood-best-piece-of-advice-clint-eastwood/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pedestrian TV.</span></strong></a></em></p> <p>“Probably listen,” he continued. </p> <p>“Shut up and listen. You just gotta go out and keep putting yourself out there, and try and audition for movies,” he said. “No one can help you in the audition room.”</p> <p>Last year, Scott confessed in an interview that the best thing his dad did for him was choosing not to help him with his acting career.</p> <p>Until six years ago, Scott was balancing a job as a bartender as he auditioned for various roles in Los Angeles. He also paid his own way through college.</p> <p>“It was probably the best thing dad could have done for me,” he told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/sunday-people" target="_blank">Sunday People</a></strong></em></span>.</p> <p>“He could have made it easy but I wouldn’t have learnt anything from that.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3CIiBBkTz/" target="_blank">A post shared by Scott Eastwood (@scotteastwood)</a> on Feb 6, 2018 at 7:14am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I would work all night, study my lines until three or four in the morning, fall asleep, then get up at 7am and drive to LA.</p> <p>“I would audition for parts and then drive back down to San Diego to work that night.”</p> <p>Scott, who is the son of Clint and his former flight attendant partner Jacelyn Reeves, knew his father was teaching him an important lesson about work ethic.</p> <p>“He grew up during the Depression and he had to work hard for everything, including his early years as an actor,” said Scott.</p> <p>“He believes you have to earn your way in life and I agree, although there were a lot of times when I would be angry with him because I knew he could have helped me out with money.</p> <p>“He made me pay my way through college. That was hard. But he knew the best lesson in life that he could teach me was that I had to learn to take care of myself and not expect any favours.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Clint Eastwood also instilled various other values into his son.</p> <p>“Dad has also ­always stayed very fit and encouraged me to take up running, go to the gym and do weights.</p> <p>“I do Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. Dad’s philosophy is ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ and it’s important to stay active physically. I believe in that.”</p> <p>“I feel as if I absorbed from my father a love for ­traditional values,” he says. “I like being old school. I hate it when people stare at their phones during dinner and I will ­always call people rather than send text messages.</p>

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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ heartbreaking confession: “I don’t have any idea if I’m a grandfather”

<p><span>Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins sadly shares a lot in common with his latest character, King Lear.</span></p> <p><span>The 80-year-old also has a troubled relationship with his daughter and only child, Abigail, and has not spoken to her in two decades.</span></p> <p><span>Due to their estrangement, Hopkins is unaware if he is a grandfather.</span></p> <p><span>Asked if his daughter, who works as an actress and theatre director, had children, Hopkins said: “I don’t have any idea. People break up. Families split and, you know, ‘get on with your life’. People make choices. I don’t care one way or the other. It is cold. Because life is cold.”</span></p> <p><span>Abigail uses the surname “Harrison” so that she could have a “career on her own terms”,</span></p> <p><span>Harrison was raised by her mother, Hopkins’ first wife, Petronella Barker, after the couple divorced when she was four years old.</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins reconnected with his daughter briefly in the 1990s and she appeared in two of his films, Shadowlands and The Remains Of The Day.</span></p> <p><span>However, they became estranged again to the point where Hopkins now claims he doesn’t know where she lives.</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins accused Hollywood of being “insidious” and toxic and told Radio Times, “Children don’t like their fathers, you don’t have to love each other.</span></p> <p><span>“Look how people feel entitled to this, that and the other, and they can only be surrounded by Yes people. I don’t want to be surrounded by people like that. The 'luvvie'  and the kissing cheeks – I can’t stand it. There’s so much hypocrisy.”</span></p> <p><span>Hopkins now lives in California with his third wife, Colombian antiques dealer Stella Arroyave.</span></p> <p><span>“She’s very good for me,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“My wife worries because I work too hard. I will go on working because what else would I do? I’ll retire when my teeth and my hair fall out.”</span></p>

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