Actress Kristen Bell is planning to shun a traditional wedding ceremony when she ties the knot with fiance Dax Shephard, in favour of a more low-key affair. The new parents, who have been engaged since 2010, originally did not want to wed until same-sex marriage was legal in America, but now that gay unions are recognised by the federal government, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star reveals the couple will tie the knot - but don't expect a big, lavish affair.
She says, "We're not having a wedding. It's not a desire of either of ours to have any sort of day of celebration for us. I feel like we get enough attention in our daily lives and we just want something sort of private that involves pen and paper."
Instead, Bell insists they want the marriage process to be more casual.
She continues, "It could be any day. Honestly, I could go home and we could do it today, there's no forethought really going into it.
"We do want all of the legal opportunities that come with a binding marriage, especially now that we have a kid. It's very important, there are a lot of things that you need to make available and have in writing for your kid...Yeah, one of these days though."
Bell and Shepard welcomed a baby daughter in May (13).
Singer Jessie J is taking a break from tweeting her millions of fans after she was bombarded with abuse from online bullies. The Price Tag hitmaker has fallen victim to an Internet hate campaign which has forced her to reassess her use of Twitter.com and back off from posting messages on the microblogging site.
She tells U.K. radio station Key 103, "It's a lot to stomach. I am even taking a break from Twitter at the moment, I think my fans are aware of that.
"I think negativity is a choice so I'm just trying to make people see that sitting being miserable is not the way forward. Everyone should just get on and have a party."
The singer is currently promoting her new track It's My Party and she reveals the online hate messages inspired the song: "Before producing It's My Party, I was in the studio literally looking at my Twitter and... people are still hating, man. Like when are people going to grow up and realise there is no point?"
Lady Gaga has taken aim at Russian leaders over their treatment of gay citizens just days after she was accused of breaking the country's immigration laws by a leading local politician. The Born This Way hitmaker has been accused of accepting money for a gig in Saint Petersburg last year (12), after entering the country on a tourist visa, by senior politician Vitaly Milonov.
Milonov, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and a key supporter of the city's gay propaganda ban, has since requested that officials at the Prosecutor General's office investigate the singer's paperwork based on his suspicions.
Gaga, an active supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, took aim at the Russian government's new anti-homosexuality laws in a series of fiery tweets on Monday (05Aug13), which began with her posting support to her LGBT fans in the country.
She wrote, "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?... The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom."
The singer, who was also accused of illegally promoting homosexuality onstage during the performance in St. Petersburg last year, even taunted Russian authorities for not arresting her after the performance.
She added, "Why didn’t you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn’t want answer to the world."
The star of West End play The American Plan staged an impromptu protest at the end of the production after an audience member heckled him during a same-sex kiss. Mark Edel-Hunt, 29, was furious when he locked lips with a fellow actor in a key scene and heard someone shout from the stalls, "This makes me sick", so he crafted a sign using eye-liner and placed it on the stage at the end of the play.
The makeshift placard was emblazoned with the words "Some people are gay, get over it!", which is the slogan of gay rights group Stonewall.
Edel-Hunt tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "There is always a shock and vocal reaction from the audience (during that scene) that's to do with the play because it's a really big surprise - you don't see it coming. But this time it progressed and a chap (man) in the audience whispered - so everyone could hear him - 'This makes me sick.' I felt angry, but I didn't want to spoil the event for everyone else so I soldiered on. It niggled me, however, because you can't just let that be said and not speak back. It was so repugnant to my mind, I had to answer back..."
The actor's sign prompted a massive cheer from the audience at the St James Theatre, and he was pleased by the support he received, adding, "It was my decision and I stick by it. The whole cast have been really supportive and the cheer we got from the audience afterwards was great. It's great to see his was a minority voice, although it's sad these voices still exist."
Stonewall representative Andy Wasley adds, "It's great to see a spirited response to such offensive behaviour."
Linkin Park took their legions of fans on a trip down memory lane during their headlining set at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night (03Aug13) when they recalled playing their first shows at venues dotted along the fabled street. The rockers performed an 80-minute set of hits and singer/rapper Mike Shinoda even revamped a rap from an early song, titled Read My Eyes, that never made its way onto any of the band's albums.
Clearly emotional onstage at the full circle concert, he told fans, "Our first shows were at the Whisky (A Go Go) and Roxy. We played the majority of our first 15 shows there and it was our, like, dream... the Key Club used to be called Billboard Live and it was our be dream to be like, 'Dude, one day we're gonna be big enough to play Billboard Live!. And we would never have f**king thought that the dream wasn't to play Billboard Live; it was to play in front of f**king Billboard Live."
Bandmate Chester Bennington added, "Back when we were recording (album) Hybrid Theory and writing music for Hybrid Theory we'd have these crazy dreams, like, 'Wouldn't it be f**king cool if we shut down Sunset...?'"
Shinoda later recalled performing with Jay-Z at The Roxy, which was among the venues taking part in the SSMF, after spotting the club from the stage.
He added, "This is the most nostalgic show we've ever played," prompting Bennington to add, "I teared up, like, twice already."
The festival also gave Stone Temple Pilots fans a bonus - as both the band's current frontman Bennington and former lead singer Scott Weiland hit the stage on the same night, hundreds of yards apart - the Linkin Park star took over as STP's semi-permanent singer when Weiland was fired from the band earlier this year (13).
Weiland and his new band The Wildabouts added a second night to their Friday night (02Aug13) Viper Room gig and were performing there as Bennington left the main stage with Linkin Park.
Bennington made no mention of his other band during his set and Weiland made sure there was no bad blood between the two rockers by telling Rolling Stone magazine last week (ends02Aug13), "I've known Chester for a long time... I don't think Chester did it (replaced me) in a spiteful way."
Weiland and the remaining members of STP are currently locked in a legal dispute over the rights to the band name.
Bruce Willis has vowed never to relaunch his singing career, insisting his vocals are "excruciating". The Die Hard actor enjoyed a brief run as a chart star in the late 1980s, reaching number two in the U.K. singles countdown with a cover of Under The Boardwalk and scoring a top five hit in the U.S. with his version of soul classic Respect Yourself.
However, Willis is adamant he will never return to the recording studio as he cannot stand the sound of his own voice.
Asked if he ever plans to make more music, Willis tells British newspaper the Yorkshire Post, "Fortunately not. I shout in key. There are a lot of really good singers in the world and I'm very happy to let them handle that. I just can't stand there and stand the sound of my own voice. It's excruciating."
Michael Jackson's young children had to call 911 after their father collapsed during a trip to Disney World in Florida, according to the singer's former security chief. Michael La Perruque, who worked as the Thriller hitmaker's head of security, made the revelation when he took the stand at a court in Los Angeles on Thursday (01Aug13) as part of the Jackson family's legal battle with concert promotion company AEG Live.
La Perruque, who worked for the star between 2001 and 2004, reveals the incident took place at a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida during a Jackson family outing to the resort in the early 2000s, and he claims the singer's two eldest kids, Prince and Paris, called for emergency services after their father passed out.
The former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy insists the children were distraught when they couldn't rouse their father in a scene which eerily echoes Jackson's death at his home in California in 2009.
La Perruque told the court, "I immediately grabbed Mr. Jackson's key and went across and opened the door, where I found the two children, Prince and Paris, saying they couldn't wake up daddy. I found Mr. Jackson in the hallway laying prone and unconscious. I turned him over. Ultimately he was breathing so I kept shaking him and waking him up and then I was able to get him up and escort him back to his bedroom and put him in bed."
He also insisted his testimony was the first time he had spoken about the incident in public.
Jackson died in 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home. Prince and Paris both witnessed attempts to revive their father, who was subsequently found to have died of an overdose of anaesthetic.
Jackson's mother Katherine has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG bosses, alleging they should assume liability for his death as they hired Conrad Murray, the doctor who was jailed for giving the singer the fatal drug overdose.
La Perruque will return to the stand to continue his testimony on Monday (05Aug13) when the trial resumes.
Pop superstar Lady Gaga broke immigration laws in Russia by performing for money while in the country on a tourist visa, according to a leading politician. The American singer performed in Saint Petersburg last year (12) as part of her world tour, and she was later accused of illegally promoting gay rights while on stage.
A senior local politician previously demanded a probe into alleged immigration breaches by another U.S. superstar, Madonna, and now he is asking Russian authorities to also look into Gaga's paperwork.
Vitaly Milonov, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and a key supporter of the city's gay propaganda ban, has filed a request with the Prosecutor General's office to investigate suspicions the two pop stars had only been issued standard visas which did not allow them to earn money while in the country.
A spokesman for the Prosecutor General's office has appeared to confirm the immigration breach, saying, "The visas issued were of the basic cultural exchange sort, which does not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity."
The cases could now be forwarded to the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Migration Service for further investigation.
The Hunger Games star Sam Clafin has married his longtime girlfriend Laura Haddock in a low-key ceremony. Romantic snaps of the the British couple cutting their wedding cake and sharing a kiss emerged on a fansite for Clafin on Tuesday (30Jul13). No further details of their nuptials or when the ceremony took place have been released.
Clafin proposed to Haddock, who stars in the TV series Da Vinci's Demons, last year (12).
Speaking of her excitement about planning her big day, the blonde beauty recently said, "I'm crafting a lot for the wedding. I'm making jars and cards. Sam is my boy. We've got a nice balance between the two of us. I'm excited to get married."
Actress Paula Patton squeezed herself into a bra one size too small for two years after becoming a first-time mother to give herself a natural breast lift. The Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol beauty welcomed her first kid with her singer husband Robin Thicke in 2010 and she admits it was a key piece of advice from her mum which helped the star avoid developing saggy boobs following childbirth.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "Once I finished breastfeeding, my mum's like, 'Don't take that bra off ever!' Mum, thank you.
"I wore a one-size-too-small bra for like, two years. It helps...! They don't fall, you teach them, you teach them to come back!"
Patton showed off her enviable curves on Monday night (29Jul13) when she walked the red carpet wearing a figure-hugging dress with a plunging neckline at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film 2 Guns.