British royal Zara Phillips is pregnant with her first child. Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter is expecting a baby with her rugby player husband Mike Tindall next year (14).
The monarch's press secretary says, "Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the new year... Members of both families are delighted with the news.
"This baby will be the first child for Mike and Zara and the third grandchild for the Princess Royal."
Phillips' mother is Queen Elizabeth II's daughter, Anne, Princess Royal.
The couple wed in Scotland in 2011.
Jennifer Lopez, Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rosario Dawson are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year (13). Jason Schwartzman, Milla Jovovich and Lucy Liu have also received mentions on the acting roll call, while directors include Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, The Hangover's Todd Phillips, Shame filmmaker Steve McQueen and Benh Zeitlin from Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Girls creator Lena Dunham and French actress Julie Delpy land invites as writers, while soul superstar Prince is listed in the music category.
Academy President Hawk Koch says, "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy."
Also invited to join the Academy are Chris Tucker, Danny Trejo, Emily Mortimer, Paula Patton and Jack Huston, and if they accept, they will all be granted ballot slips to vote for the winners of the 2014 Oscars and beyond.
Celebrating the big news, Gordon-Levitt writes on his Twitter page, "An honor. Thanks!"
Michael Jackson regularly broke down in tears amid fears the pressures of his doomed This Is It residency in London would result in his death, a court has heard. The King of Pop's eldest son, Prince Michael, made the shocking comments as he took the witness stand in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (26Jun13) to testify in the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three kids have filed against bosses at concert promoters AEG Live.
The 16 year old opened up for the first time about the days leading up to his father's death, revealing the singer was excited to make his live return, but was stressed and unhappy about the terms of his deal and wanted more time to perfect his show.
Prince recalled hearing his dad engaged in several tense phone conversations with AEG executives and the calls sometimes caused Jackson to break down in tears.
After one emotional chat, Prince claims the superstar remarked, "They're gonna kill me... They're gonna kill me."
The teenager also remembered spotting AEG Live head Randy Phillips in a heated encounter with the Thriller hitmaker's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, at the family's rented California mansion, where Phillips "looked aggressive" as he grabbed the medic's elbow.
Discussing the fateful day his father died - exactly four years ago on Tuesday (25Jun13) - Prince told the court that Murray announced to the whole house that Jackson had died of a heart attack. Coroners later ruled the singer had been killed by an accidental overdose of surgical anaesthetic Propofol, which Murray, who is serving time on involuntary manslaughter charges, administered.
The Jacksons want AEG Live chiefs held responsible for hiring Murray and ignoring key signs the superstar was seriously ill prior to his passing in 2009.
Prince was the first member of the Jackson family to testify in the ongoing lawsuit. His sister Paris had also been due to give evidence during the trial, but it is not yet known if she will still be called as a witness after a suicide attempt landed her in hospital earlier this month (Jun13).
British funnyman Russell Brand shared the stage with the Mayor of London for a debate about drugs on a U.K. TV panel show this week (ends23Jun13). The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, a recovering heroin addict, spoke candidly about his past drug problems as he sat alongside Mayor Boris Johnson on BBC current affairs programme Question Time on Thursday (20Jun13).
He said, "I don't think drug laws (in Britain) are working because people take drugs all the time. People will take drugs because of social, psychological and emotional reasons. For me it's not about the drug laws, it's about treating people with addiction issues in a compassionate and empathetic way."
Brand also disagreed with fellow panelist, columnist Melanie Phillips, who argued that "illegal drug use is harmful to the person and society".
He insisted, "As a recovering drug addict myself, when I was using drugs I didn't care if drugs were illegal. If I need drugs because I'm in pain inside, I'm taking drugs and I know this to be true of drug addicts all over our country."
However, the comic refused to say whether he feels whether all drugs should be decriminalised: "I don't like to get drawn on that because I am dealing with this in a very direct way in that people who are suffering from drug problems don't care about the law, they care about getting the correct treatment which I believe is abstinence-based treatment."
Brand also aired his views on the Syrian refugee crisis, housing prices in the U.K., and, in a discussion about higher taxes for the rich, he told a member of the audience, "I should pay more tax. I'm happy to pay more tax."
Michael Jackson was so ill prior to his death he could barely perform his signature dance moves during his concert rehearsals, a Los Angeles courtroom has heard. As the eighth week of the court battle between Jackson's mother and kids and executives at gig promotion company AEG Live looms, jury members were shown footage from the King of Pop's Staples Center work-outs on Friday (14Jun13) as the Jackson family lawyers attempted to prove the star was in no fit state to perform in the weeks leading up to his death in June, 2009.
Katherine Jackson and her three grandchildren maintain AEG bosses ignored clear signs that the Thriller singer was not well as he prepared for 50 This Is It dates in London.
Jurors watched comparisons of Jackson's performance of Billie Jean in 2001 with rehearsal video from June, 2009, which clearly showed the pop star was far from his best.
Email correspondence from This Is It production manager John Houghdahl to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips also suggested there were major concerns about the ailing King of Pop.
In June, 2009, Houghdal wrote, "I have watched him (Jackson) deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last 8 weeks. He was able to do multiple 360 spins back in April. He'd fall on his a** if he tried now... He was a basket case... The company is rehearsing right now, but the DOUBT is pervasive."
The worried production manager also told Phillips, who has spent the past week on the witness stand, that tour director Kenny Ortega was "concerned he (Jackson) would embarrass himself on stage, or worse yet, get hurt".
Jurors were told that Phillips met with Jackson, Ortega and the pop superstar's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, after reading Houghdal's correspondence, but AEG's lawyers contend the doctor Murray assured the CEO nothing was wrong with the singer. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a dose of anaesthetic which led to his death and he remains behind bars.
The trial continues.
The president of AEG Live demanded a series of images depicting Michael Jackson in a skeletal state onstage be removed from his posthumous This Is It concert documentary, a court has heard. Emails exchanged between boss Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware were read out in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday (30May13), as the superstar's mum Katherine Jackson and his three kids continued their wrongful death battle against the concert promotion company, accusing heads of ignoring key signs the singer was seriously ill as he prepared to perform a gruelling 50-date residency in London.
In a pre-trial deposition, Gongaware alleged that there had been no mention of fears the singer would look too skinny in the This Is It documentary, which was released after his death, although prosecutors appeared to challenge that claim by producing the messages sent by the two bigwigs on 9 August, 2009 - six weeks after Jackson's death in June (09).
Phillips wrote, "Make sure we take out the shots of MJ in that red leather jacket at the song stage... He looks way too thin and skeletal", prompting Gongaware to reply, "OK, will have a look when it comes on screen."
Questioning Gongaware on the witness stand, Jackson family lawyer Brian Panish asked, "You didn't want anyone distressed that Michael Jackson looked so emaciated, correct?" The executive responded, "No, we didn't try to control anything."
The jury also heard that the Thriller hitmaker's super-skinny frame even prompted his tour production manager, John 'Bugzee' Hougdahl' to joke about fattening him up while on the road in an email sent to Gongaware on 14 June, 2009 - 11 days before the star suffered a drug overdose.
Hougdahl wrote, "He needs some cheeseburgers... and a couple of brats (sausages) and beers."
Gongaware brushed off the joke at the time and maintained in court that he had no concerns about Jackson's health in the run-up to the summer (09) tour.
Katherine Jackson's lawsuit accuses the concert promotion company of negligently hiring and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray, the medic who was jailed in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter after he was found guilty of administering a fatal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol, which claimed the singer's life.
The case continues.
The Hangover cast turned heads in Brazil this week (beg27May13) when they stripped off to their swimming costumes for a group outing to the beach. The actors, including Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, have travelled to Rio de Janeiro to promote the third installment in the comedy franchise, and they thrilled holidaymakers on the famous Ipanema Beach by turning out together.
Helms and Galifianakis were pictured in their swimming trunks, splashing about in the waves with Justin Bartha, while Heather Graham and Ken Jeong also frolicked in the surf together.
Bradley Cooper stayed on the shore, sitting with the film's director Todd Phillips.
Pop rockers Marianas Trench have trumped rapper Drake to top the nominations for Canada's leading music video awards. The Vancouver-based band lead the field after picking up six nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards on Wednesday (22May13), while hip-hop stars Drake, from Toronto, and Classified, of Nova Scotia, weren't far behind with five and four nods respectively.
All three homegrown acts will compete in the Video Of The Year category, alongside Serena Ryder and The Weeknd, and they will also battle it out with Billy Talent and Hedley for the Your Fave Video trophy.
In the global categories, chart-toppers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Psy, Taylor Swift and will.i.am are in the running for the Best International Video Of The Year by an Artist prize.
The International Video Of The Year by a Group accolade will be a fight between fun., Jay-Z and Kanye West, Maroon 5, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, the Jonas Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, The Lumineers, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Gangnam Style hitmaker Psy will co-host the awards in Toronto on 16 June (13), while Lovato, One Direction, Pink, Carly Rae Jepsen, Swift and Justin Bieber have all signed up to perform.
When The Office star Ed Helms, Wedding Crashers bad guy Bradley Cooper, and standup comedian Zach Galifianakis signed on to do The Hangover five years back, they probably didn't anticipate the one-time comedy becoming a lifelong commitment. But two sequels and talks of a Chow spin-off later, it seems as though the trio are steeped up to the waist in Todd Phillips' franchise... with no end in sight.
Such is the subject of this new parody video from Official Comedy and Landline TV, "Hangover Purgatory." The sketch depicts sullen Helms, "Hollywood douche" Cooper, and driven-to-breakdown Galifianakis as they gradually accept their dark fates: having to do Hangover sequels for the rest of their lives. Watch the video below, and catch the real thing in theaters on Friday.
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Rocker Jack White has launched a new partnership with the bosses at Memphis, Tennessee's fabled Sun Records to reissue classic tracks from the label's catalogue. Through his Third Man Records company in Nashville, White plans to press tunes by Rufus Thomas, the Prisonaires and Johnny Cash as limited edition vinyl releases later this month (May13).
Music mogul Sam Phillips opened Sun Records for business in 1952 and the label helped launch Elvis Presley's career. Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded classic tracks at Sun.
The three single reissues that will be released on 21 May (13) to launch the new partnership will be Thomas' Bear Cat, the Prisonaires' Just Walking in the Rain and Cash's 1956 song Get Rhythm.