Prince William, Kate to sue French magazine over topless photographs
French magazine ‘Closer’ unleashed a new media tornado on Britain’s royal family with a five-page splash of photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless in the south of France.
‘Closer’, a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip, ran a dozen shots of the Duchess, Kate Middleton, as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms as William rubbed sun cream on her.
Michael Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa’s co-host
Kelly Ripa’s got a new morning TV partner: Michael Strahan.
It’s not the name most people expected to hear as the choice for Kelly Ripa’s new permanent sidekick, but once the thought settles in, the NFL superstar with the monster build and America’s tiniest sweetheart could prove to be a winning combination, TV analysts say.
Michael Clarke Duncan, ‘Green Mile’ Oscar nominee, dies at age 54
Michael Clarke Duncan, who rose from working as a ditch digger to employ his booming bass voice and immense physical presence in many movie roles, most notably a tragic prisoner with a healing touch in the 1999 film ’The Green Mile,’ died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 54.
‘Jersey Shore’ cancelled by MTV
MTV gave the last call for Jersey Shore on Thursday, saying the raucous reality show will conclude after its upcoming sixth season, which begins in the US on October 4.
The series, whose roots lay in a party house in Seaside Heights, N.J., has given rise to stars such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, just two from a cast of characters who were over-tanned, over-loud and always pumped up.
It popularised the terms “guido” and “guidette” and the mantra “Gym, tan, laundry” while trying the patience of local residents with its party-hearty antics.
Sesame Streets’s Count puppeteer dies at age 78
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, has died. He was 78.
Nelson, who suffered from emphysema, died on Thursday night (local time) in his Massachusetts home on Cape Cod, the Sesame Workshop said Friday.
Prince Harry photographed naked in Las Vegas
Prince Harry’s office played down photographs published on a U.S. website of the naked royal, the third-in-line to the British throne, with friends in a Las Vegas hotel room, saying he was on a private vacation.
The pictures on gossip website TMZ.com show the prince in a hotel room with friends. Harry is pictured wearing only a medallion and a wristband, with a naked woman in each shot.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller dies at age 95
Comedian, actress, artist, and author Phyllis Diller died Monday, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95.
“She was a true pioneer,” Diller’s longtime agent, Fred Wostbrock, told Entertainment Weekly. “She was the first lady of stand up comedy. She paved the way for everybody. And she conquered television, movies, Broadway, record albums, nightclubs, books, and radio. She did it all. A true pioneer”.
‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott dies after jumping from L.A. bridge
British film director Tony Scott, known for such Hollywood blockbusters as ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Days of Thunder,’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘The Taking of Pelham 123,’ jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles, according to L.A. County officials.
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s apex and leapt off “without hesitation” around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner’s Department and port police.
Hunger Games overtakes Harry Potter as Amazon’s top selling book series
The Hunger Games trilogy has surpassed the Harry Potter books to become the best-selling series on Amazon.com, the company announced Friday.
Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said in a statement that since the debut of ‘The Hunger Games’ in 2008, the series has “taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before”.
Mel Stuart (R), the director of ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ has died at age 83.
Mel Stuart’s family says the award-winning documentary filmmaker — who also directed ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory‘ — has died. His daughter, Madeline Stuart, said he died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.