The Rolling Stones have scrapped their upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates to allow frontman Sir Mick Jagger time to mourn the death of his longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The rockers arrived Down Under on Sunday (16Mar14), ahead of a date in Perth on Wednesday (19Mar14), but the band pulled the show early on Tuesday (18Mar14), a day after fashion designer Scott's body was found hanging from a scarf in her New York apartment.
Now the Brown Sugar hitmakers have pulled the plug on the entire seven-date trek, which was to include stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
A statement issued to WENN reads: "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott.
"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets until new dates are announced.
The news of the tour postponement emerges on the same day Jagger broke his silence about Scott's passing.
A message posted on his official website reads: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.
"She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."
Jagger, who started dating Scott in 2001, left Australia for New York shortly after the tragic news broke to help take care of funeral arrangements.
Funnyman and actor Billy Connolly has an Australian fan to thank for his early Parkinson's diagnosis after he urged the Mrs. Brown star to seek a check-up. The 71-year-old Scot was in a bar in Los Angeles when he struck up conversation with a group of Aussies - and one of them offered him some odd advice.
Connolly tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper, "He said, 'I'm a surgeon and I have been watching you walking; you have a strange gait'. That was the way he put it.
"He said, 'You're showing distinct signs of early onset Parkinson's disease, see your doctor'. I think it was the way I held myself when I was walking. Then they did blood tests and various other little bits and pieces and told me I had it."
Connolly reveals he's planning to battle the disease by not acknowledging it: "I prefer not to give it any notice. I don't see much shaking going on and I have always had a s**tty memory anyway. I have forgotten things my entire career. I was taking drugs to control the Parkinson's but I'm not on them anymore."
Connolly has also battled prostate cancer but was given the all-clear in December (13) after surgery in the U.S.
The boss of the Australian government's film body has denied claims taxpayers' money was used to fund Nicole Kidman's trip to the Toronto International Film Festival last year (Sep13). The Oscar winner attended the Canadian movie event alongside Brit Colin Firth to promote their war film The Railway Man, but a recent error on Screen Australia's website made it appear that Kidman's travel expenses had been covered by funds given to the organisation by the public.
Screen Australia Chief executive Graeme Mason has now cleared up the mistake, revealing that the $12,854 (£8,034) travel grant had actually been awarded to the film's producer, Chris Brown.
Mason tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Ms Kidman has never applied, she has not received (any money) and would never apply for any public money for something like this. She wouldn't even know these things exist.
"Because you had a couple of international stars and because it was in one of the three most important film festivals in the world, there was an application made to get some of those people (cast and crew) together to do as much work as they could to promote the film."
Mason also reveals that director Jonathan Teplitzky received a grant to make the journey from Australia.
The movie, about a British soldier captured by Japanese forces during World War II, was shot on location in both the U.K. and Australia.
Rolling Stones star Sir Mick Jagger has teamed up with his singer brother Chris for two new duets to mark the 40th anniversary of the solo musician's debut album. Chris Jagger, who has been performing as a solo act since the 1970s, admits Sir Mick's 50th anniversary celebrations with the Brown Sugar hitmakers last year (12) have prompted the younger Jagger to reminisce about his time in the industry and now his new project, Concertina Jack, has been released as a nod to his own milestone.
In a post on his website, Chris writes, "I'm not a big one for anniversaries, but in the brew ha ha revolving around The Rolling Stones and 50 years I realised it's 40 years since my first record came out."
Concertina Jack features Sir Mick's vocals on the title track and another song called Diamonds and Pearls.
Promoting his younger sibling's work on Twitter.com, the Rolling Stones frontman writes, "My brother Chris Jagger has a new album called Concertina Jack, & I'm singing on the title track."
The album, Chris Jagger's ninth studio release, is named after a great uncle who left his family home in the U.K. to sail to Sydney, Australia around 1880.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has given up on her dream of becoming a tanned goddess because she hates to fake it and refuses to risk skin cancer by lying on the beach. The Work hitmaker admits she grew up near Sydney with the mindset of getting bronzed - because all the sexy girls had tans, but then her grandfather started undergoing skin cancer surgery linked to his sun worshipping and she started covering up.
Azalea tells Complex magazine, "I used to have a tan, but my family always had skin cancer. When I hit 15, and my grandfather started to get a lot of s**t chopped off his face and scooped out of his body, I was like, 'Oh, s**t, everyone in my family older than 50 has skin cancer! Maybe I should stop rubbing baby oil all over myself and laying in the sun after school'."
The famously pale hip-hop star adopted a fake tan when she first arrived in Miami, Florida in a bid to convince potential suitors she was Latin, but she quickly gave up on that, explaining, "That s**t sucks. It makes your bed sheets brown and you can't buy any nice clothes because the underarms will be ruined forever.
"And when you're having sex and get sweaty, you smell like fake tan, which stinks like s**t."
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has been banned from guest-hosting an Australian TV show due to her ongoing feud with network chiefs. Earlier this year (13) the Brit found herself at the centre of a legal dispute Down Under after giving up her job as a judge on The X Factor, which is aired on the country's Seven network, so she could sit on the panel of Australia's Got Talent, carried by rival Channel Nine.
Bosses at Seven blocked the move, proving in court that Brown remained under contract with them, and now they have fired off a 'cease and desist' letter preventing her from appearing on nightly panel show The Project.
Executive producer Craig Campbell tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "Her management said it was all good to go. Then there was a bit of a 'cease and desist' from Channel Seven that was enforced yesterday afternoon and we had to pull all our promos.
"For us, it's business. We don't want to upset anyone - it's not in our world to do that - so when Seven told us about this, we went, 'You've actually got a fair point there.' It's all good."
A representative for Seven says, "It's a court ruling."
American male model Tyson Beckford will replace Brown. The singer's fellow former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell eventually landed the Australia's Got Talent job, while Brown returned to the U.S. to sit on the American version.
The fifth season of NBC family drama Parenthood kicks off on Thursday, September 26th at 10 PM ET, and there aren't enough tissues in the world to get us ready.
We can always count on the Braverman clan to make us feel things. Sure, modern life has made us cynical, immovable robot-people. But then cancer patient Kristina (Monica Potter) teaches her autistic son Max (Max Burkholder) to slow dance or Jabbar (Tyree Brown) calls Crosby (Dax Shepard) "Daddy" for the first time, and we robot-people melt into puddles of emotion, kind of like when all the black-and-white people turn into color in Pleasantville.
While it's difficult to imagine anything that could make us more weepy than little Victor's adoption ceremony, we're sure that the Parenthood creative team has some heartwarming and heartbreaking moments in store for this year. In an effort to store up the emotional reserves and spare our loved ones our worst ugly-cry faces, let's attempt to guess how our fictional extended family will hit us where it hurts.
This 30-second promo spot for the new season confirms what producer Jason Katims predicted at this year's Paleyfest: the premiere leaves off eight to nine months after the events of the season four finale. Jasmine (Joy Bryant) has given birth to a happy and healthy baby, which means that there will be plenty of opportunities to swoon as senstive Crosby falls in love with another kid. (Shepard must have drawn some inspiration from his real-life new dad status.) Ray Romano's grumpy photographer Hank is clearly back in the picture; hopefully perpetual man-fixer Sarah (Lauren Graham) will finally be lucky in love. Amber (Mae Whitman) seems as in love with ex-soldier Ryan (Matt Lauria) as she was when we last saw them, window-shopping for wedding rings. But the casting of All American Rejects' frontman Tyson Ritter may hint that their relationship will be tested. (Haven't you learned not to trust rock stars yet, Amber?) Rough waters might also be ahead for Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) and Victor's (Xolo Mariduena) mom and dad; Sonya Walger will play an architect who will get close to contractor Joel (Sam Jaeger), and David Denman will be an unemployed dad who helps workaholic Julia (Erika Christensen) transition into being a stay-at-home mom.
Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina have weathered her breast cancer ordeal (and how adorable is Potter's new shoulder-length cut?), but is she out of the woods for good? Max made huge strides at his mainstream school last year, but his Asperger's still presents constant challenges. Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) brushed off his family's worries about his heart problems in season four; was that foreshadowing for a serious health scare? Drew (Miles Heizer) had a tumultuous year with Amy's pregnancy and the move into and out of Mark's apartment. How will college pressures weigh on the unexpressed emotions he's still holding in? We assume that Haddie (Sarah Ramos) now knows that her parents kept the truth from her about the severity of Kristina's diagnosis. Does she resent them for their good-intentioned lie?
Whatever happens, we can be sure that Parenthood will wage war on our tear ducts with no shortage of grace and nuance. In fact, we can't wait to be destroyed by this TV family all over again.
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Former football star, Avis spokesman, White Ford Bronco owner, and "Trial of the Century" defendant O.J. Simpson has been granted parole for several of his 2008 robbery and kidnapping convictions. But he's not a free man just yet. Simpson has served five years in prison for holding at gunpoint and robbing memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel in a move that Simpson claimed was to retrieve some of his personal belongings — or "s**t" as he called it in a recording of the robbery. Those were items he had previously had to surrender over the years following the multi-million dollar civil trial ruling that saw him liable for the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Simpson has been required to serve the sentences for the charges of which he was convicted consecutively, meaning a maximum prison stay of 33 years. However, with the decision by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners today, he will now only stay in prison for six years at the most. In 12 months he will have another parole hearing in which another four years of his time in prison could be shaved off.
The Board of Parole Commissioners cited Simpson's good behavior in prison, his participation in jail programs, and the fact that he's serving consecutive terms as reasons for the decision. You can watch his parole hearing here:
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Singer Havana Brown is considering baring all for a racy magazine spread after posing for her first men's publication. The We Run The Night star recently peeled off for her native Australia's Maxim and she admits it was a lot easier than she feared it would be.
She tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "I've never done a men's magazine before and I've never done a shoot with lingerie, and this is the first time where I've intentionally tried to be sexy.
"The only reason why I haven't done it before is I wanted to establish myself as an artist and I didn't want to distract from that. I don't consider myself as a model in any way shape or form so I didn't want to be seen as a model turned musician. But I think I've gotten to the point where people know me for my music now and not modelling or doing men's magazines."
Now she has posed for one sexy shoot, Brown is ready to bare all if Playboy came knocking.
She adds, "If it was artistic and I loved the idea and look of it, I don't see anything wrong with going fully nude, I'm not shy."
The 28 year old officially becomes a Maxim cover girl this week when the Aussie mag hits news stands.
Australia's most-notorious paparazzo has defended himself after a lunchtime altercation with rocker-turned-TV personality Joel Madden. Jamie Fawcett, who has had run-ins with Nicole Kidman and Melanie Brown Down Under, was snapped coming face to face with the Good Charlotte frontman, who spotted the cameraman trying to get shots of him dining with his wife Nicole Richie and their kids at the Catalina in Rose Bay, Sydney on Wednesday (15May13).
But the lensman insists he was doing nothing illegal and didn't deserve a tongue-lashing from Madden.
Fawcett tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "He attacked me for no reason... I tend to be the target of these kinds of celebrity fracas. They figure if they target me they target everyone.
"Did I do anything to aggravate him? Nothing more than my mere presence, along with six other photographers."
A spokeswoman for Madden's Aussie employer, Channel 9, says, "It is disappointing that these photographers choose to intrude so forcefully into people's private times with young children around. Parents will always want to protect their children."