Kooky actress Helena Bonham Carter consulted an astrologer before playing late Hollywood icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The Harry Potter star steps into the Oscar winner's shoes in new British TV movie Burton & Taylor, opposite The Wire's Dominic West as the star's on/off husband Richard Burton.
Carter admits she turned to a stargazing pal for some spiritual tips on how to portray Taylor.
Carter tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I went to an astrologer... I've got a really good friend called Darby Costello. If I can't make a decision, I go to Darby and... she won't tell me what to do, but she can distil characters.
"She knew Elizabeth. She'd not actually met her, but she'd distilled her. She said that Elizabeth was a big Pisces, and was often attracted to people who were broken - she needed to heal them. This was her take on Burton: when she got down, she always had the capacity to get up, whereas he was laden with guilt, and obsessed with death... I said to Darby, 'Can you just see if we would have got on?' And the first thing she said about me and her was that she would have felt very safe with me."
Carter also took samples of both Taylor and Burton's handwriting to an aunt who specialises in graphology, adding, "My aunt said he was more of an academic than an actor. He should have been an academic."
Rihanna thrilled revellers at London's Wireless Festival on Sunday (14Jul13) when she joined her mentor Jay-Z on stage for a surprise performance of their hit track Run This Town. The 99 Problems hitmaker took to the stage alongside his frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake to close the weekend event, billed as the Legends Of The Summer, but there was another huge name waiting in the wings - fresh from her headlining performance at Scotland's T in the Park festival on Saturday night (13Jul13).
Rihanna teased her appearance with a backstage photo of herself posing outside Jay-Z's dressing room, which she posted on Twitter.com.
And she returned to the micro-blogging site after the gig to rave about the London festival, writing, "London you were on one tonight!! One Love!!"
Timberlake and Jay-Z, who headlined the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday (12Jul13) and Saturday (13Jul13), respectively, teaming up for brief collaborations on both nights, came together properly on Sunday and took it in turns to perform a string of hits after kicking off the set with a rendition of Holy Grail from the rapper's new album Magna Carta... Holy Grail.
The Legends concluded the final day of the three-day festival, which also featured performances from will.i.am, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas and A$AP Rocky.
Actress Elizabeth Banks often muses about getting hot and heavy onscreen with another female. The Hunger Games star, who has enjoyed same sex smooches in the film Wet Hot American Summer and in web series Wainy Days, in which she locked lips with Alicia Witt, insists she is up for a full-on lesbian role in a movie and has her dream co-stars lined up.
Banks tells The Advocate, "Angelina Jolie is always super hot, and Christina Hendricks is pretty ridiculous, but I think I would have a lot of fun with Emma Stone."
The married mother-of-two admits she has always enjoyed same-sex kisses, adding, "It's a little softer... It is nice not to have to worry about razor burn."
Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's coronation anniversary celebrations by performing for the British monarch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night (11Jul13). The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Charles, Prince of Wales was in the royal box, along with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, who made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy this week (beg08Jul13).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth imminently, was notably absent, along with her husband, Prince William, who is currently in Wales on duty for his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
When asked about the impending birth, Prince Charles told reporters at the event, "Well, it won't be long now," while his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added, "Yes, we are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call."
Following her performance, Jenkins wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Such an incredible night. Loved the finale with (choir) Only Boys Aloud - great to sing with you again!"
Other artists on the festival bill include Katie Melua, The Feeling and Russell Watson.
Actress Busy Philipps has defended her decision to call her newborn baby Cricket. The Cougar Town star gave birth on 2 July (13) to her second daughter, who joins elder sister Birdie Leigh, and on Wednesday (10Jul13) her representative announced the tot has been given the unusual name Cricket Pearl.
Philipps, whose real first name is Elizabeth, later took to her Twitter.com page to respond to those criticising her little girls' strange monikers.
She tweeted, "It's weird people think my kids will be in therapy because of their names. Guys, my kids will be (in) therapy for lots of reasons, I'm sure."
The 34 year old also thanked the supporters who sent positive messages, adding, "Thank you all for the warm wishes for our new little ladybug! It's been so sweet to read them all!"
Cricket and Birdie are Philipps' daughters with her husband Marc Silverstein.
Outspoken Republican actress Stacey Dash is keen to replace U.S. talk show pundit Elisabeth Hasselbeck following her exit from hit morning show The View. The Clueless star, who has won fans and enemies for her right wing beliefs, has joined Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters as a guest presenter on the magazine show in the past and she is keen to become a permanent fixture now that fellow Republican Hasselbeck has quit.
The former Survivor contestant ended her decade on The View on Wednesday (10Jul13) after announcing she would be joining Fox news show Fox & Friends later this year (13), and Dash, who was a guest on Access Hollywood Live as Hasselbeck's big announcement went live, immediately revealed she would be interested in replacing her.
Dash said, "I find it fascinating."
Bernie Nolan is to be laid to rest alongside the ashes of her stillborn daughter in accordance with her final wishes. The Irish star lost her battle with breast cancer on Thursday (04Jul13) at the age of 52, three years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Nolan planned her funeral down to the last detail and the ceremony is to be held at the Grant Theatre in Blackpool, England where the singer and her siblings performed in their early years as the Nolan Sisters.
Her sister Linda tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "There could be no better place for Bernie's funeral... the theatre was our lives. Bernie was a born performer and she did summer seasons and pantomime at the Grand."
Nolan's other sister Maureen adds, "We even played for The Queen (Elizabeth II) there. Bernie would be so pleased to be back there."
The funeral, which will take place on 17 July (13), will be followed by a ceremony at a nearby crematorium where her ashes will be interred next to those of her stillborn daughter Kate, who she lost in 1997.
However, the star's family face yet more heartache as they must first get Kate's ashes removed from the children's area of the crematorium in order for the pair to be finally reunited, in accordance with Nolan's wishes.
Linda explains, "(Kate) is buried in the children’s area so we are trying to sort the paperwork out so they can be together again. It is what Bernie wanted... to finally be with her baby."
Singer Adele has been waxed in London. Bosses at Madame Tussauds London unveiled their new figure of the Oscar-winning star on Wednesday (03Jul13).
Artists used the Someone Like You star's 2012 Grammys look as inspiration for the wax likeness, which comes amid a great year for the new mum.
Adele picked up her first Oscar in February (13) and was named among the recipients of a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours List last month (Jun13).
A spokeswoman for the waxwork museum reveals Adele did not sit for artists but did check out her likeness when it was completed.
She says, "She was delighted... She thought it was amazing."
And Adele was reportedly particularly impressed that artists got her chin just right.
British singer Kerry Katona has filed for bankruptcy. The Atomic Kitten star filed the petition under her full name, Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Katona, at Wigan County Court in England on Tuesday (02Jul13), according to the Irish Independent.
Despite her money problems, the 32 year old appears to still be in good spirits - in a post on Twitter.com on Tuesday morning, she wrote, "Morning twitter! Hold your head high and be proud, never be ashamed! Always try your best and believe in yourself! Have a great day".
It's not the first time Katona has faced financial struggles - she filed for bankruptcy in 2008 after she was left unable to pay a $133,300 (£86,000) tax bill.
Pop star Cheryl Cole is now a member of British aristocracy after Simon Cowell bought her an official title for her 30th birthday. The former Girls Aloud singer marked the milestone in style over the weekend (28-30Jun13) by partying in Las Vegas and throwing a lavish bash at a huge mansion in Malibu, California.
And to top off her celebrations, she was made a 'Lady' after her former The X Factor boss Cowell bought a plot of land in her name in Fife, Scotland.
Uploading her official landowner certificate, which makes her Lady Cheryl Cole for the next 175 years, she tweets, "I will now be referred to as Lady Cheryl Cole when you address me both in person & through the media."
The title is not the same as being made a peer by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, but refers to the Scottish term 'Laird', meaning 'Landowner'.