A letter written by Diana, Princess Of Wales three weeks before her death sold for $3,840 (£2,400) at an auction on Monday (28Apr14). Her last official note, penned on Kensington Palace-headed paper, was to landmine campaigner Dilys Cheetham, thanking her for her work for the cause.
She also told Cheetham she was "deeply moved" by a recent trip to Bosnia and pledged to continue supporting anti-landmine charities.
It was dated just three weeks before the princess died in a car crash in Paris, France on 31 August, 1997.
The letter was bought by a private buyer for $3,840 at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham, England.
Actress Naomi Watts has shrugged off the box office failure of her Diana, Princess Of Wales biopic, insisting she knew "there were problems" with the film. The Impossible star played the tragic British royal in Diana, which failed to pull in audiences on both sides of the Atlantic following its release last year (13), making less than $65,000 (£43,600) in the U.S. in its opening weekend.
Watts has now opened up about the movie's disappointing performance, and compared the film to a "sinking ship". She tells Australia's Harper's Bazaar magazine, "I got seduced by the fantastic character. Diana did a lot of things that had positive and negative results. She was multifaceted... But ultimately there were problems (with the film) and it ended up taking a direction that was not the one I was hoping for. With risk there is every chance it's going to fail. If you have to go down with that sinking ship, so be it."
The film focused on the princess' love life in the years leading up to her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Singer Elkie Brooks has given new life to long-running rumours suggesting late rocker Robert Palmer enjoyed a secret love affair with British royal Diana, Princess Of Wales. Gossip suggesting the pair was romantically involved began circulating in 2010 after the rumours were voiced by celebrity biographer Ian Halperin, but Palmer's former manager Mick Cater dubbed the claims "total and utter rubbish".
However, Palmer's former Vinegar Joe bandmate has now given new life to the gossip by insisting the affair could have happened, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Knowing Robert, I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. I wouldn't put it past him. Not at all."
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997. Palmer also died in the French capital in 2003 after suffering a heart attack.
Police in the U.K. have ruled out reopening an investigation into the death of Diana, Princess Of Wales after dismissing allegations suggesting special forces soldiers were involved in her fatal car crash. The British royal was killed in a road traffic accident in Paris, France in 1997 along with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur, Henri Paul, and the case was back in the news over the summer (13) after police received a tip-off.
The new information suggested members of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) were involved in circumstances leading to the accident.
Officers spent several months looking into the claim, but Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has now confirmed they will not be pursuing the case any further.
In a statement obtained by Sky News, he says, "Every reasonable line of enquiry was objectively pursued in order to fully evaluate any potential evidence... Whilst there is a possibility that the alleged comments in relation to the SAS' involvement in the death may have been made, there is no credible or relevant evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact.
"Having reviewed the exercise and its findings, I am satisfied that there is no evidential basis upon which therefore to re-open any criminal homicide investigation or refer the matter back to the coroner."
An inquest in 2008 returned a verdict of unlawful killing, attributed in part to the negligence of the car's driver.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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A hotly-anticipated biopic of Diana, Princess Of Wales has bombed on both sides of the Atlantic after taking less than $65,000 (£43,600) in the U.S. in its opening weekend (02-03Nov13). Diana, starring Naomi Watts as the tragic British royal, failed to impress U.K. audiences and barely scraped into the top five upon its release there in September (13), netting $934,500 (£623,051) in its first weekend.
Now the film has flopped on both sides of the pond after a limited release in the U.S. brought in takings of just $64,914 (£43,276) and a lowly chart position of 38.
The film portrays the last years of Diana's life before her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Look Kanye West, we kind of get it. Although we're not famous, and although we've never actually sat inside a Lamborghini like the one you own, we get that the paparazzi are pretty much the worst. We don't disagree with your labeling them 'bloodsucking mosquitos,' and we also would be freaked the freak out if we came home at 4AM to find a bunch of dudes in our driveway shoving cameras in our faces. We're not celebrities, but we feel for you.
And because we feel for you we have a few suggestions for how you might deal with the unpleasanet phenomena that is the 'razzis. Because, seriously dude. We don't want you to go to jail for smashing anymore cameras...or faces.
There's A Song Here, Man
Kanye is so lyrically on point, there's no reason he hasn't made a brilliant song about his experiences with the paparazzi. If he can rap about dropping out of school, losing his mother, dating Kim Kardashian, and pretty much everything else under the sun, he should be able to channel his 'razzi rage into one dope track. Oh, and he should get Alec Baldwin to feature on the song, or to at least spit a few ad-libs.
There's Always Paris
Kim and Kanye have spent plenty of time in the city of lights, and while the paparazzi follow them around there as well, we all know nothing beats Paris. The laws there are far more strict (at least since, y'know, that whole Princess Diana thing) and since Yeezy's been getting back into fashion, he might as well build a second home there for his new family, so he doesn't have to deal with the insanity of Hollywood photographers every day. Put that money to work and save yourself, Yeezy!
Be The Change You Want To See In The Paparazzi Laws
Kanye's a pretty fun dude when he's not losing his mind on Twitter (actually, he's kind of fun then too), and lots of folks want to hang out with him. He should strongly consider befriending a local politician who can help him jump start his political anti-Paparazzi movement. Sometimes, you gotta be the change you want to see in the world, as opposed to the guy pummeling the crap out of paparazzi at the airport. You can do it, Yeezy!
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Director Oliver Hirschbiegel has been left devastated after his royal biopic Diana flopped at the U.K. box office. The film, starring Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales, details the last years of the tragic royal's life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
It met with a lukewarm reception from critics, and when it opened in Britain last month (Sep13) the movie took just $934,500 (£623,051) in its opening week and barely scraped into the top five at the box office.
Within a week, it had slipped to number nine, and Hirschbiegel admits he finds it "devastating" that the film did not endear itself to movie fans.
He tells the BBC, "(The reviews were) devastating, but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions... In all the other places where it's opened - in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia - it's been very strong... I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with."
A promotional poster for the Diana movie biopic has been removed from the site of the Princess Of Wales' fatal car crash in Paris, France, after its advertising location sparked outrage in the British press. The print ad, depicting Naomi Watts as the late royal, was posted at Place de l'Alma, near the entrance to the tunnel where she died in 1997, and just a few feet away from the Flame of Liberty statue, which has become an unofficial memorial to Diana.
Its location prompted outrage in the U.K. media and online, with Rosa Monckton, a friend of the tragic princess, expressing her disgust at the movie and the location of the poster in a rant to The Daily Mail.
She said, "I really don't have any words to describe how I feel about this cynical and shameless attempt to publicise a film that should never have been made. To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable.
"I cannot imagine that any company could stoop so low. It is a terrible intrusion into her memory, not to mention the lives of her sons, whose feelings are often forgotten in these stories. I would expect them to take it down right away."
The controversy has prompted bosses at JCDecaux, the advertising agency which placed the posters, to remove the ads at the request of executives at the film's French distributor, Le Pacte, on Monday (30Sep13).
It's the latest blow for producers behind Diana - the royal biopic was met with a mixed reaction from critics when it previewed in early September (13) and it bombed at the U.K. box office, taking just $934,500 (£623,051) in its opening weekend (20-22Sep13) and barely scraping into the top five.
Naomi Watts' new royal biopic Diana has come under fire from movie critics in Britain, who have labelled the film "horrendous", "cheerless" and "cheap". The British-born actress takes on the title role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the new picture, which premiered in the U.K. on Thursday night (05Sep13) and shows the late royal in the last years of her life before her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
However, the film has received a slew of scathing reviews from Britain's critics in the aftermath of the premiere, with many questioning the movie's historical accuracy and even slamming the story as a "soap opera" re-imagining of the princess' life.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave Diana just one star out of a possible five and heavily criticised the film, writing, "Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term 'car crash cinema'. But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death... The movie isn't so much Mills & Boon as a horrendous Fifty Shades of Grey with the S&M sex taken out - and replaced with paparazzi intrusion and misunderstood charity work... The moment anyone, anyone at all, opens their mouth we are in TV-movie-land, soap-land."
The Daily Telegraph's David Gritten concurs, singling out the movie's references to the Paris car crash as a "redundant piece of lurid sensationalism", adding of the film, "What's the point of Diana? It's hardly fascinating. It doesn't offer new facts about the Princess's life. And it certainly doesn't explain her complexity or contradictions. That would take a different, better film altogether."
David Edwards of the Daily Mirror adds, "Diana can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid... The film's a cheap and cheerless effort... Director Oliver Hirschbiegel... should know better... Despite a peroxide hair-job, (Watts) looks, sounds and acts nothing like the Princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing."
Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail also gave the film just one star out of five, branding it "tedious", "slow" and "terribly, terribly dull".
The film has also been criticised by the princess' former lover Dr. Hasnat Khan, who is played by Lost star Naveen Andrews onscreen.
He insists the story is based on "hypotheses and gossip" and is "completely wrong".