Comedienne Ruby Wax has won her battle against a planned building project near her London home. The U.S.-born star, who lives in the British capital, joined her neighbours in upmarket Notting Hill to fight proposals from another resident to extend the basement of his property.
The building works went before local planning chiefs this week (ends19Apr13) but after reviewing the details, they refused official permission for the extension.
Officials ruled the new work is "inappropriate" and would not be a high enough quality for the surrounding area.
Third time's the charm for singer/songwriter Annie Lennox, 57. She walked down the aisle with her beau, Dr. Mitch Besser, also 57, the founder of Mothers2Mothers, an organization committed to reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa, on Saturday. Lennox confirmed the good news by posting photos of her "wedding flowers" on her official Facebook page and Twitter account.
According to MailOnline, the ceremony was an intimate affair for 150 guests on a boat on the River Thames in London, England. Celebrity guests included actor Colin Firth and comedian Ruby Wax. Lennox's two daughters, Lola, 22, and Tali, 19, acted as bridesmaids for their mom.
MailOnline reports that Lennox wore "a distinctive, white, floor-length gown with a lace bolero shrug and a 1920s style headpiece." Besser, meanwhile, looked sharp in a gray suit and pastel tie.
This is Lennox's third marriage. She first wed German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman in 1984, and then Israeli record producer Uri Fruchtmann in 1988. Fruchtmann is the father of Lennox's two daughters.
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The stars hosted a Great British tea party at the the Hay Festival in Wales, and are calling for people across the U.K. to donate more than half a million books to sell at Oxfam's shops before 21 June (12) to raise funds for the organisation's fight against global poverty.
Fry says, "It's really important to look at your bookshelves and find some books that you think you can live without to donate to Oxfam. Books are a wonderful gift because you're giving something that is brim-full of ideas and stories while also supporting the valuable work that Oxfam is doing around the world. Apart from anything else you'll clear your shelves for more books!"
The velvet green gown donned by Vivien Leigh in 1939 epic Gone With The Wind will be the star piece in the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum in the British capital.
The gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz is being loaned to the show by a private collector and will be displayed alongside a pair of ruby slippers the actress wore as Dorothy in the 1939 musical.
Organisers are also including outfits from more recent films, including a cloak worn by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Christopher Reeve's Superman get-up.
Co-curator Sir Christopher Frayling says, "There has long been a tendency not to consider movies a proper art form. Also previous exhibitions from years ago about movie costumes made them look like static wax works."
The exhibition, set to open in autumn (12), will also feature movie clips and interviews with stars including Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.
Officials at British charity Comic Relief organised the TwitRelief event to coincide with their annual fundraiser earlier this month (Mar11).
Celebrity users of the microblogging website were urged to offer lots for the sale, and dozens joined in, including Allen, who offered the chance to spend a day with her at a sporting event, and Wax, who promised to take the highest bidder along to her next Botox session.
The auction closed on Sunday (20Mar11) and Comic Relief bosses announced on Monday (21Mar11) that the TwitRelief event had raised a total of $457,600 (£286,000).
The funnywoman is among a number of stars who are putting bizarre gifts up for sale on eBay.com in aid of U.K. charity Comic Relief.
Wax's auction, which had attracted bids up to $150 (£100) by Thursday (10Mar10), will give the winner the chance to attend a clinic and be present while she undergoes the face-freezing injections.
Other stars taking part in the sale include Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant, who is offering his own keyboard, and Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost, who will give the winning bidder a signed poster and a personal phone call.
In a separate eBay sale, other stars including Nicole Richie, Rosario Dawson, Bret Michaels and Lenny Kravitz are offering to link up with fans on microblogging website Twitter.com in aid of anti-poverty charity CARE USA.
They have agreed to 'follow' the highest bidders for a minimum of 90 days, and some will even mention the auction winners in a 'Tweet'.
The U.S. comedienne planned to play the shows at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire, England later this month (Dec10) as part of the facility's festive entertainment.
The gigs hit headlines in the U.K. earlier this week (begs29Nov10) when it emerged patients due to attend included notorious "Angel of Death" Beverley Allitt, a former nurse who murdered four children and injured nine others while working on a hospital ward in 1991.
Wax, who suffers from bipolar disorder and is a high-profile campaigner on mental health issues, has now cancelled the shows due to "personal reasons", according to British newspaper The Sun.
The former Baywatch star was due to begin a two-week stint as the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin at London's New Wimbledon Theatre this month (Dec09).
But Anderson, who hasn't yet started rehearsing for the traditional festive shows, will miss two scheduled performances, reports Sky News.
The actress was due to take over the role from Ruby Wax on 15 December (09), but the comedienne will reportedly carry on the role until Anderson is able to take up the part.
Former 007 Connery is lending his voice to the lead character in Sir Billi, while Bassey, who belted out the title track for his 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger, has signed up to sing the title song, Guardian of the Highlands.
Movie bosses admit the tune was written with Bassey in mind - and the veteran star was thrilled to be approached by husband-and-wife producers Sascha and Tessa Hartmann.
The singer says, "There was no persuading needed here, I liked the song from the moment I heard it. Sascha and Tessa made the process incredibly fun and easy for me and we got a great result."
The picture, about a retired, skateboarding veterinarian, also features voiceovers from Alan Cumming and funnywoman Ruby Wax.
Sporting superstar O.J. Simpson is in danger of losing his Los Angeles estate and
other property unless he pays the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) the $685,248 he owes in 1994 taxes, interest and penalties.
Simpson, who made his name playing football before becoming an
actor, was infamously acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole
Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. However, a civil suit brought by the
victims' families found him liable for their deaths.
Now, the IRS are looking into Simpson's financial affairs, following
suspicions he's living off cash and hiding his assets in an attempt to get out
of paying any of the millions he was ordered to pay the victims' families,
writes British newspaper the Daily Star Sunday.
The IRS placed a lien on the 57-year-old's possessions earlier this month
after several warnings, to guarantee payment.
IRS spokeswoman Laurie Keleman says, "What we're doing is ensuring that the
property is not sold so that we can get the money that is owed to us. We can
seize the property."
His ex-agent Mike Gibson, who is also being investigated by the IRS, claims
he hid $1 million of Simpson assets and failed to declare another $1
million made from memorabilia sales.
Gibson says, "I am not going to jail for O.J. I told him, 'I'm going to tell
the truth about where the money went and how much you received.'
Gibson also alleges the BBC paid Simpson in cash for a 1998 interview with Ruby
Wax, which was never screened following a storm of controversy over the
"The BBC agreed to pay O.J. £22,000 but he wouldn't take a cheque. They went to
the bank and got the money in hundred dollar bills. I watched O.J. count every
single bill before he'd do the interview."
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