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.
Lionel Richie is teaming up with veteran singer John Farnham for a joint tour of Australia. The two crooners will launch a double bill show in March (14) and will take the tour to cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Farnham, who has previously enjoyed joint tours with stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Sir Tom Jones and Stevie Nicks, reveals hitting the road with Richie is a dream come true.
He says, "You never think these dreams will actually come true," while Richie adds of Farnham's talent, "He pours his heart into a ballad and gives everything to an anthem."
The tour kicks off in Swan Valley on 2 March (14).
Mary J. Blige, Grace Jones and Boy George rubbed shoulders with the fashion crowd in London on Tuesday (19Nov13) at the launch of an exhibition in honour of tragic style journalist Isabella Blow. The stars descended on the U.K. capital's Somerset House, where Blow's outlandish outfits are on display.
The collection was purchased by socialite Daphne Guinness after the style icon's suicide in 2007, and heavily features pieces by her protegee Alexander McQueen, who also took his own life in 2010.
Guinness says, "The decision to put Isabella's wardrobe on display was a natural progression; it felt like what she would have wanted. I bought the collection because I couldn't bear for it to be dispersed; it was her life's work - her legacy. What better way of celebrating that legacy than allowing the world to view it?"
British royal Princess Beatrice, designer Jasper Conran, model Liberty Ross and Bond girl Gemma Arterton also attended the glamorous launch event. The exhibition runs until March (14).
Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
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Break out your SPAM, perfect your silly walks, and return your dead parrots: Monty Python is set for a reunion stage show, according to Terry Jones. The news is expected to be officially announced on Thursday when the surviving members of the legendary sketch troupe -- Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- will hold a press conference to announce some big news. However, Jones revealed the surprise early, when he told the BBC: "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," adding that he was "quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The show will mark the first time that Monty Python has performed together since 1998, when they appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival (although they have made some appearances together, most notably at the 2005 opening of their musical, Monty Python's Spamalot). The troupe's sixth member, Graham Chapman, passed away in 1989.
Rumors about the reunion began swirling when members of the press received invitations to Thursday's press conference, followed by Idle tweeting about the event to his followers. Cleese was also quoted as stating that "Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again," which seemed to confirm fans suspicions that the troupe would be getting back together. No details about the stage show have been revealed, including whether or not it will be a one-time event or a tour. It is also not clear whether the group will perform any new material or simply stick to their classic sketches, like they did with their performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
It will be interesting to see if the group incorporates any of the musical numbers from Spamalot, which despite being based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail was only worked on by Idle. Due to its source material and Idle's involvement, it's just as likely to be part of the performance as any of the other Python projects, although it seems to be less popular and holds less significance for fans than the films and sketches do. Regardless, there is sure to be a performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," which Idle performed at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, as well as other classics like "The Lumberjack Song," "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "The Dead Parrot Sketch," and "The Spanish Inquisition." Fans have also speculated that the show could be a lead-up to a potential film or television show (which would probably make Jones enough money to pay off that mortgage), but seems to be an unlikely conclusion.
The press conference formally announcing the Monty Python reunion will take place on Thursday, November 21. According to Idle, it will be televised live from The Playhouse Theater in London, where Spamalot is currently running. Fans outside of the UK will also be able to watch the announcement live as Idle has promised to tweet out a link to a live stream for all of the Python fans in other countries. Until then, you can watch the most recent Monty Python reunion, the 30th anniversary of their final film, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, below.
A monument dedicated to late country music icon George Jones has been unveiled in Nashville, Tennessee. The ornate memorial has been erected at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Memorial Park, the cemetery in which the singer is buried, and crowds of fans gathered there on Monday (18Nov13) to catch a first glimpse.
A large arch is adorned with the star's name, a poetic tribute and his nickname 'The Possum', as well as a guitar and the title of Jones' song He Stopped Loving Her Today.
Music producer Billy Sherrill, who worked on He Stopped Loving Her Today, was at the unveiling ceremony, along with Jones' widow Nancy.
Nancy says of the unusual memorial, "His fans deserve to come out and see something a little different, to sit there on that bench and see their idol."
She also announced the creation of a George Jones scholarship fund at Middle Tennessee State University, according to Tennessean.com.
The unveiling of the memorial kicked off a week of tributes to Jones, who died in April (13) at the age of 81. Planned events include street parties and a star-studded concert in Nashville on Friday (22Nov13). The gig at the Bridgestone Arena was supposed to be the final show of Jones' last tour before retirement, but it was changed to a tribute show after his death.
The concert will feature performances by stars including Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and Vince Gill.
The stars of Monty Python are to announce their long-awaited reunion plans at a press conference in London later this week (beg18Nov13). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will attend the event on Thursday (21Nov13), when they will reportedly confirm plans to work together again for the first time in 30 years.
After the invitation to the press conference was sent out to the media, Jones revealed the cult comedy group will reform for a stage show.
He tells the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The British comedy troupe last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred late member Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Earlier this year (13), Cleese revealed plans for a get together in a new alien comedy movie directed by Jones had fallen through.
He said, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
However, the Fawlty Towers legend insists the friends still get on well, adding: "We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."
Scottish star Susan Boyle has revealed Meryl Streep is in talks to portray the veteran singer in an upcoming biopic. The former Britain's Got Talent winner's unexpected rise to fame is heading to the big screen and one of the names on the short list to play Boyle is Oscar-winner Streep.
In an interview with Britain's Metro newspaper, shy Boyle admits, "I wouldn't like to be in the film myself. I'd like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep - I understand she has been approached."
The Iron Lady actress is reportedly not the only woman in line for the part - both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Glenn Close have also been tapped to play Boyle.
Since the opera singer was crowned the unlikely winner of BGT in 2009, the 52 year old has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide, earned two Grammy nominations and been honoured on stage with a musical based on her life.
The biopic is being produced by Britain's Got Talent boss Simon Cowell and Fox Searchlight studio executives.
A special New York screening of an upcoming documentary about Ol' Dirty Bastard had to be scrapped on Friday (15Nov13) after executors of the late rapper's estate issued a legal notice banning the event from going ahead. Dirty: Platinum Edition, which was shot by the star's cousin, Stephon Turner, was set to be shown at the Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music and guests, including fans and his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates Cappadonna and Masta Killa, flocked to attend the inaugural NuHo Film Festival bash.
However, moments before the film was due to be unveiled, organiser Chris Kanik revealed to the crowd that he had just been served with a cease and desist order, preventing the documentary from airing, reports AllHipHop.com.
The notice was sent to Kanik by a lawyer representing Ol' Dirty Bastard's estate, which is controlled by his widow, Icelene Jones.
The movie features exclusive footage and interviews with all of the late star's Wu-Tang Clan crewmembers and the screening had been expected to include a hologram of the rapper, which would have answered questions from the audience.
It's the second time Jones has blocked the use of her husband's likeness being used in public - she also prevented a planned hologram of Ol' Dirty Bastard from gracing the stage with Wu-Tang Clan at America's touring Rock the Bells festival earlier this year (13).
Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 from a drug overdose.
Children's author Barbara Park has died at the age of 66. Park passed away on Friday (15Nov13) after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to People.com.
The writer was best known for her Junie B. Jones children's books, which sold more than 55 million copies in North America alone.
Park was the recipient of seven Children's Choice Awards and four Parents' Choice Awards.
She also was a founder of Sisters in Survival, a charitable organisation which benefits women with ovarian cancer.