Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes and veteran British actress Barbara Windsor are backing a new breast cancer awareness campaign aimed at women over 70. The stars have thrown their support behind the Be Clear on Cancer initiative, which aims to inspire older women to maintain regular cancer checks.
Margolyes, 72, says, "I have always had big boobs and I want to hang on to them. My advice - be vigilant and get checked out if you're concerned - it could save your breasts and your life."
Windsor, 76, whose character in U.K. soap opera EastEnders was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, adds, "I met a lot of women affected by breast cancer then, which made me realise how important an early diagnosis is. You get to a certain age and think you're too old for some things, but breast cancer isn't one of them."
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
The Pushing Daisies actress parted ways from Harry Potter star Thewlis last December (10) after 10 years together, and in a new interview with Tatler magazine, Friel lifts the lid on the breakdown of their romance.
She says, "We spent 10 wonderful years together. And then we both just decided that we'd become friends as opposed to lovers.
"I thought the relationship would last forever, but as you get older you realise that certain relationships are for certain times."
The former couple shares a daughter, Gracie, and the youngster has embraced her mother's new boyfriend, actor Rhys Ifans, who the actress met while working on movie Neverland.
Friel adds, "He is brilliant with Gracie. We introduced her to the idea really gently and softly. The good thing is, she had seen him on the set of Neverland and she said, 'You are very nice friends. I think he's very nice.'"
Detailing her home life in Windsor, England with Ifans, Friel says, "We cook together. We often have midnight cook-offs if we've been out and we're both hungry... We hardly watch TV but if we do it's loads of cookery and travel programmes.
"I think one of the things that draws us together so much is our need to feel safe. You know, everyone has to go out there and face the massive wide world and face rejection and it's nice to have a sanctuary and a place to go and a pair of big arms around you and someone to say, 'Oh, you're all right.'"
The second-in-line to the British throne and his longterm sweetheart became husband and wife in a traditional ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.
The couple, who began dating in 2003 after they met while studying at university, married in front of a hushed congregation of 1,900 guests, including Britain's royal family, 50 foreign heads of state from across the world, and an array of close friends and showbiz pals.
Outside the abbey, an estimated one million royal-watchers gathered on the streets of London to join in the celebrations. Two billion people are thought to have watched the event live on television around the world.
The groom, wearing the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards and a garter sash of the Royal Air Force, and his best man, brother Prince Harry - in his Blues & Royals army officer's uniform - arrived at the venue in a two-car convoy at 10.18am local time, some 25 minutes ahead of their father, Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and 30 minutes before Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The bride arrived at the venue by chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, with her father Michael, at 11am.
Wearing a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and the late Queen Mother's halo tiara, she walked up the aisle to the coronation anthem, "I was glad", trailed by her Maid of Honour - sister Philippa Middleton - bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, seven, The Honourable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, and three year olds Eliza Lopes and Grace van Cutsem, along with page boys William Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, and Tom Pettifer, eight.
The royal couple chose the Series One (1966) Book of Common Prayer ceremony, and the occasion was soundtracked by classical compositions by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams, as well as the hymns Jerusalem and Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer, and the English melody Greensleeves.
During the service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the couple said "I will", vowing to "love, comfort, honour and keep" each other, as the official witnesses - Prince William's father and stepmother, Prince Harry, the bride's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, her sister Philippa and brother James - looked on.
James Middleton then gave The Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18 before an address by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Dr Richard John Carew Chartres, a recital of the Lord's Prayer, and the blessing of the marriage by the Dean of Westminster. The 50-minute ceremony was concluded with a rendition of the National Anthem and the signing of the marriage register.
As the newlyweds - now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - left the abbey hand-in-hand to be greeted by thousands of cheering, flag-waving fans, two groups of 12 military personnel lined their route as they headed to the horse-drawn 1902 State Landau carriage.
The open-top carriage - escorted by the Household Cavalry and followed by the Queen's procession with a sovereign's escort - will then make its way along Parliament Square and Whitehall, through Horse Guards Arch into Horse Guards Parade and then along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Tens of thousands of onlookers lined the entire route, cheering, applauding, waving flags, and shouting their best wishes to the beaming couple, who responded by smiling and waving at the assembled crowds.
On arrival at the palace, the band of the Welsh Guards will play the British National Anthem before the royal couple is expected to appear with Queen Elizabeth II on the palace balcony to greet their adoring public. A fly-past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take place before the Queen hosts a private lunchtime reception for selected guests.
On Friday evening, the groom's father Charles will host a private dinner at Buckingham Palace before the newlyweds relax with 650 family and friends.
Price William of Wales and Catherine Middleton were married this morning at approximately 6 AM Eastern Standard Time, at Westminster Abbey. Present for the ceremony from William's family was Queen Elizabeth II, William's father Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and William's brother Harry. In attendance from Catherine's family was her mother Carole, her father Michael, her sister Pippa, and her brother James. Various celebrities were also present, like Sir Elton John, Rowan Atkinson, David and Victoria Beckham, and Guy Ritchie. Hundreds of members of government and parliament were also there, as were 80 people from Prince William's charities, more than 40 members of foreign royal families, 30 members of defense services.
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Kate did not arrive at Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. Instead, she was transported to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce. She wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, that was hand-made from French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace. She carried a bouquet of gardenias, lily of the valley delphiniums, roses and a sprig of myrtle, and her hair was styled down. She was also wearing Cartier's "Halo" tiara that the Queen loaned to her. Her father walked her down the aisle while "I Was Glad" by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (which was composed for the coronation of William's great-great-great grandfather Edward VII in 1902) was sung by the Chapel Royal Choir. Once she reached the altar, various hymns were sung and the couple recited traditional vows. Then, Prince William put a ring on Kate's finger that (made out of Welsh gold that the Queen gave to William after the couple got engaged). They were pronounced husband and wife in front of 1,900 people and then went to the side of the altar to sing more hymns.
Even though reports indicated that Prince William and Kate planned on spending the night before their wedding together, they opted to be traditional and spend it separately. Kate stayed with her family at the five star Goring Hotel in Belgravia, while Prince William stayed at Clarence House. In terms of what Kate will be called now that she's married into the royal family, experts do not expect her to be called Princess Kate because she was not born into the royal family. Last night, it was revealed that the Queen gave both Prince William and Kate new titles: Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate can additionally be called HRH Princess William of Wales, or HRH Catherine of Wales. But if -- when the Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes King -- Prince William is made the Prince of Wales, then Kate can officially be called HRH Catherine, Princess of Wales (which was William's mother Diana's title).
For the ceremony, Prince William and Kate chose London florist Shane Connolly with decorating Westminster Abbey with extravagant floral arrangements. The center aisle was adorned with trees: six English Field Maples and two Hornbeams (some of which reached as tall as 20 feet) that came straight from the royal estates and were provided by Queen Elizabeth herself. The flowers, which were azaleas, lilacs, rhododendron and wisteria, came from Windsor Great Park and were arranged by Kate's family florist, Emma Sampson.
Of the 1900 people at the ceremony, 650 of them were invited to the Queen's lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, and approximately 300 of those 650 were invited to a dinner at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Charles. Leicestershire-based pastry chef, Fiona Cairns, was selected to provide Prince William and Kate with a wedding cake, which will be a multi-tier fruit cake. The tiers will be encrusted with leaves and flowers like English Roses, Welsh daffodils and Irish shamrocks. Each layer will be coated in brandy-mixed icing.
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Sources: Telegraph, Huffpo, Daily Mail, People, People, Official Royal Wedding, People
The famous spirit seeker contacted the Duchess of Windsor, a former client when she was alive, during a seance at his Studio City, Los Angeles home last week (ends27Aug10) - and she introduced Kingston to Diana.
Kingston tells WENN, "The Duchess of Windsor originally greeted Diana on the other side because she felt a kinship to her, as both had been stripped of their royal titles. The Duchess looked immaculate in a white gown and she soon brought in Diana, looking radiant in a royal blue gown.
"Diana told me she continues to watch over her 'boys,' as she still refers to them. She thinks Prince William will be the next monarch, with or without a wife and she is very proud of Prince Harry and the training he's received and feels there are great plans for him."
But it was the revelations about her death that fascinated Kingston: "Diana has come to the conclusion that the tragedy in the Alma Tunnel was no mistake. She said, 'It may have been an accident, but it was a well-planned one.' This is contrary to what Diana's spirit had conveyed to me during a previous seance many years ago. It has taken her this period of time, she says, to gain her strength and to be able to see the truth."
And Kingston reveals it was his eerie prediction in a British newspaper that put her on alert during her final weeks.
The psychic adds, "Diana told me that when she told her butler, Paul Burrell, that she feared for her safety and sensed a danger period around a car, she was referring to my aura reading, which I revealed in the Daily Star newspaper. The aura reading had warned her of a danger period from July to November around fast-moving cars, and Diana took it to heart."
And the seance ended on a chilling note - Diana reported that a prominent member of the Royal Family will die before the end of 2011.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, France on 31 August, 1997.
Actress Sienna Miller has spoken for the first time since Jude Law confessed to cheating on her with his children's nanny, declaring she is focusing solely on her career for the foreseeable future.
The Cold Mountain heart-throb, 32, made a public apology to Miller last week, after nanny Daisy Wright told of her month-long affair with Law in March.
Alfie beauty Miller, 23, took off her engagement ring last Monday and has not been seen with her fiancé or the gem since.
Miller missed one performance of her London play As You Like It on Tuesday following the revelations, but is adamant she will continue to perform every night from now on.
She says, "I did miss one night's performance, but I won't be doing that again.
"I decided I didn't want to ruin the gauntlet, and everyone agreed. Now the theatre has extra security and I just want to keep my mind focused on my career.
"I am back hard at work. I am determined not to think of anything else.
"I've had a pretty dreadful week, but I'm bearing up. I'm enjoying myself today and trying to get a bit of piece and quiet."
On Sunday, Miller and her agent Ciara Parkes watched British royal Prince Harry play polo at Windsor Great Park--the same day Wright claimed in a newspaper Law had been in contact with her since the affair story broke.
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