Kylie Minogue and will.i.am are to double their workload on TV talent contest The Voice after signing up to join both the Australian and British versions of the show. The Spinning Around pop star was recently announced as the latest coach to join the U.K. show, and now she has confirmed plans to appear on the series in her native Australia as well.
Minogue will join The Voice Australia along with will.i.am, who has been a coach on the U.K. show since its debut in 2012.
The singer insists she is delighted to be returning home, saying, "(I am) so excited to be coming home and being a coach on The Voice. I look forward to spending time in Australia, getting up close and personal with new talent and working alongside the three amazing artists."
The stars replace Australia's outgoing judges Delta Goodrem and Seal. They will appear alongside Ricky Martin and Joel Madden Down Under, while their co-stars in Britain will be Sir Tom Jones and rocker Ricky Wilson.
David Bowie's filmmaker son Duncan Jones has reportedly quit the much-anticipated Ian Fleming biopic. Reports suggest The Moon director has been forced to walk away from the film chronicling the James Bond creator's life due to scheduling problems.
Producers are on the hunt for his replacement.
Sources tell TheWrap.com that Jones could not commit to the biopic and new movie Warcraft at the same time.
Jones has yet to comment on the story.
Monty Python star Terry Jones secretly wed his girlfriend Anna Soderstrom, who is 41 years his junior, in a low-key ceremony last year (12). The 71-year-old comedian divorced his wife of 42 years, Alison Telfer, in 2012, and as soon as the split became official, Jones wed the woman he left Telfer for.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We married last year. The divorce came through - sadly - so we got married. We kept it secret. We wanted to keep it quiet from the press. It was a very small wedding - only my daughter and the next-door neighbours came."
Jones met 30-year-old Soderstrom in 2002 when she attended his book signing at Hertford College, Oxford in England, where she was studying.
The couple tied the knot at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution near their home in north London and then travelled to Paris, France for their honeymoon, where they received an unpleasant wedding gift.
He explains, "We went to Paris and we got burgled in our hotel suite. We had to move hotels. There was somebody in the room when we came back from dinner. Anna said she saw a hand disappearing through the toilet door so they must have been in the room as we went back in. And they must have hidden in the loo (bathroom). The other hotel we moved into upped our room because they said, 'We don't want you to think all hotels are going to be burgled'."
Jones, who has two adult children with Telfer, also has a four-year-old daughter called Siri, with his new wife Soderstrom.
Actor Vinnie Jones is battling skin cancer. The former soccer star has had several tumours removed from his face and the back of his head, but has vowed to fight the disease.
He blames his sporting career for the illness as soccer players rarely wear sunblock when on the field, and he is urging athletes to start taking care of their skin.
Jones, who reveals his wife Tanya is also suffering from skin cancer, tells British newspaper The Sun on Sunday that he first noticed a blemish beneath his eye in February (13) and it was subsequently diagnosed as melanoma.
He says, "When the doctor said I had skin cancer, the first thing I thought was, 'How long have I got?'. It's weighing very heavily on me all the time."
Jones is now spearheading an awareness campaign for the Melanoma Research Foundation, adding, "Footballers never put on sunblock and they should all be wearing it. Kids should all be wearing it every time they play sport.
"If you spot something on your skin that doesn't feel right... get it checked out immediately."
Jones isn't the only celebrity to go public with his skin health issues - on Thursday (21Nov13), Wolverine star Hugh Jackman revealed doctors had discovered a cancerous growth on his nose.
The stars of Monty Python are planning to include their late castmate Graham Chapman in their upcoming reunion show by using modern technology to feature him in their skits. Michael Palin admits previous plans for a tour fell apart 15 years ago as the surviving members of the British comedy troupe did not want to continue without their friend, who died from cancer in 1989.
Palin was initially very reluctant to agree to perform without Chapman, but was won over when he realised technology could be used to bring him back to life for the reunion show next summer (14).
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Part of my reason for not doing a stage show 15 years ago was because we'd miss Graham. He was a vital member of the cast and a brilliant writer. Who else could play the Colonel and do all of those other amazing things Graham did? He was such a distinctive performer that I can't imagine hiring anyone else in his place.
"But this time we haven't had to think about him - and not because we're anti-Graham in any way. The great thing is that we can use technology to bring Graham in and not actually have to replace him. I think in a few of the sketches one of us will play his role, but not too much. He'll be seen and remembered, he's very much part of the show."
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Palin will perform at London's O2 Arena on 1 July (14).
More than 100 artists including Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock, Megadeth and Brad Paisley took to the stage in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night (22Nov13) to honour late country legend George Jones. The date at the city's Bridgestone Arena had originally been booked by Jones to host his final show before retirement, but the gig was transformed into a memorial concert following his death in April (13) at the age of 81.
The cream of country music turned out to honour Jones at the event, billed as Playin' Possum: The Final No Show, which was opened by Big & Rich, who sang 1965 hit Love Bug while riding lawn mowers on stage. The duo's act was a reference to the late singer's infamous drunken ride to a liquor store on a lawn mower after his wife took away his car keys.
The sold-out show featured 112 artists over four hours, including George Strait, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square, Vince Gill and duets by married stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Jamey Johnson also paired with heavy metal band Megadeth to play 1998 single Wild Irish Rose, with Dave Mustaine saying of the band's inclusion in the line-up, "Heavy metal is all about rebellion, and George was definitely a rebel."
The show was closed by Alan Jackson, who performed Jones' hit He Stopped Loving Her Today and branded him "the greatest country singer that ever was".
Country veteran Reba McEntire had been due to take part in the event, but had to withdraw due to illness, and she posted an apology to Jones' widow, Nancy, on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Lost my voice tonight at the George Jones tribute. So sorry Nancy. Sure wanted to be a part of country music history."
The stars of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python decided to reunite for a live performance after South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker begged them to make a comeback. The five funnymen - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - confirmed on Thursday (21Nov13) that they are getting back together for a huge show at London's O2 Arena in July (14).
It will be their first time working together in 30 years, and Jones has now revealed the unlikely inspiration behind their reunion.
He tells London newspaper Ham & High, "The South Park people brought us together, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They approached us and suggested we should get together and do something together. That's what triggered the interest in the show."
Ol' Dirty Bastard's widow has hit back at allegations she is to blame for the last-minute cancellation of a New York documentary screening about the late rapper, insisting organisers had known about her objections well in advance. Friends and fans of the tragic star, real name Russell Jones, had gathered at the Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music last week (15Nov13) to view Dirty: Platinum Edition, which was shot by the star's cousin, Stephon Turner, but the screening was halted moments before it was due to be unveiled after organiser Chris Kanik was served with a cease and desist order from estate lawyers, preventing him from airing the film.
However, Icelene Jones, who controls the Wu-Tang Clan star's estate, claims the event could have been axed at least two weeks earlier - as she had already made her feelings about the documentary known.
She tells XXL magazine, "It (the ban) wasn't a last minute thing. The communication has been very clear. The letter (cease and desist) didn't go out the day of; this is something that's been going back and forth for a while. And that's what they tried to make it seem like - like Icelene Jones messed up everybody's good time and stopped everybody from seeing the film."
Jones' manager, Melissa Jacobs, reveals estate officials had asked for money "up front" for permission to use ODB's likeness in the film, but Kanik refused, insisting they were motivated by "greed".
Jacobs adds, "We are the estate of Russell Jones, we have been appointed by the courts. You're using his birthday, you're using his picture, you're promoting this event... Then when we ask for compensation he's trying to make it sound like we're asking for something we're not entitled to have."
Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 from a drug overdose.
Funnyman John Cleese is unable to perform his legendary 'silly walks' at the upcoming Monty Python reunion show because hip and knee replacement surgery has left him unable to contort his legs. The comedy troupe - Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - held a press conference in London on Thursday (21Nov13) to confirm they are getting back together to stage a show at the city's O2 Arena in July (14).
The Meaning of Life stars said the production will contain some new material alongside their classic sketches, but fans' favourite skit, The Ministry of Silly Walks, will not be featured as its star Cleese would struggle with it.
The routine features Cleese performing a series of bizarre methods of walking, and the British star is adamant surgery to his hip and knee have left him unable to repeat the famous sketch.
He told reporters at the conference, "That's impossible now because I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip, so there's no chance of that now."
The five writers last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Idle joked that they decided it was time for them to revisit Monty Python for one last time, saying, "If we left it too long it would be too late. We don't have that long, do we?... We just thought it would be fun to do one (show) and see if we are still funny, and to do the O2 and see if we can fill it."
The Monty Python reunion show will take place on 1 July (14), with tickets priced between $41.25 (£27.50) and $135 (£90) going on sale on Monday (25Nov13).
It will be filmed for a later DVD release, and Palin says they might even consider a European tour if the show is a success.
Actor James Marsden is baffled by longstanding rumours suggesting he is the mystery father of January Jones' baby, dismissing the speculation as "stupid talk". The blonde beauty has kept her son Xander's paternity a secret since falling pregnant in 2011, but reports linking the two X-Men alumni have continued to circulate, much to Marsden's annoyance.
In a new interview with Playboy magazine, he says, "There's so much stupid talk out there. I think that came from somebody thinking we were both in X-Men, so it must be true."
However, Marsden admits the two stars have learned to laugh about the false baby claims: "Every time I see January, she's like, 'Hey, father of my baby.'"
Jones starred as mutant Emma Frost in 2011's movie prequel X-Men: First Class, while Marsden featured as Scott Summers and his alter ego Cyclops in the original X-Men film, which was released in 2000, and its two sequels, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.
The actor is already a father of three - he has two children with his estranged wife Lisa Linde, while he welcomed a boy named William Luca last December (12) following a brief fling with Brazilian model Rose Costa.