Former Take That star Robbie Williams has pulled out of playing in this weekend's (07-08Jun14) Soccer Aid celebrity match in Manchester, England due to a back injury. The Angels hitmaker, who was among those who first came up with the idea for the charity kick-about, reveals he's keen to play but he can't get insured.
He explains, "I’m in the middle of a tour. We just came in from Zurich and if I do the back in out on the pitch, the tour goes kaput and I’ll have to sell either (wife) Ayda or (daughter) Teddy. And I’ll miss Ayda."
He adds, "I’ve got two discs rubbing together on my back... My body is knackered, but the spirit is still the same and the reason why I’m here is still the same."
Williams won't be absent from the big game at Old Trafford on Sunday (08Jun14) - he'll help West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce manage the England XI as they take on Gordon Ramsay and James McAvoy's Rest of the World team.
The annual match raises funds for UNICEF, of which Williams is an ambassador.
Cameron Diaz and rocker Benji Madden appear to have gone public with their romance after they were spotted strolling down a busy New York City street hand-in-hand.
The Charlie's Angels beauty sparked rumours she is dating the Good Charlotte star last month (May14) when they were seen going to the gym together before leaving in the actress' car. They were reportedly introduced by Madden's sister-in-law, Nicole Richie, but have so far refused to comment on speculation that they are an item.
However, they seemed very much a couple earlier this week (beg03Jun14) when they were seen picking up coffees in New York City's West Village, before holding hands and walking the streets in the sunshine. Madden is not the first musician Diaz has been linked to - she previously dated Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto, while the Good Charlotte star enjoyed a high profile romance with socialite Paris Hilton.
The Angels frontman Doc Neeson has died at the age of 67. The rocker, real name Bernard Neeson, passed away on Wednesday (04Jun14), 17 months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.
In a post on Facebook.com, The Angels drummer Buzz Bidstrup writes, "It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Bernard 'Doc' Neeson today. He left this world early this morning and I join music lovers everywhere in mourning this great man."
His sons add in a statement, "We love you Dad. You couldn't have made any of your sons more proud of you if you tried."
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1947, Neeson emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 13. After a brief stint in the army, he got into music, performing with Moonshine Jug and String Band with Rick and John Brewster.
They went on to call themselves The Angels, with Neeson as the lead singer, and they had hits across four decades with songs including Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Take a Long Line and Caught In The Night.
Neeson walked away from the group in 1999 after he was badly injured in a car accident, but the group reunited in 2008. They scrapped all their planned performances after Neeson was diagnosed with the brain tumour in 2012.
Rocker Benji Madden has fuelled rumours he is dating actress Cameron Diaz after attempting to dodge questions about the reported romance in a U.S. radio interview. The Good Charlotte star has been photographed spending time with Diaz in California in recent weeks, and he was quizzed about the gossip during an appearance on Los Angeles radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday (30May14).
When host Seacrest asked him if the speculation was true, Madden laughed nervously and said, "Well, Ryan, there's only one way to find out."
He then tried to deflect the attention away from himself by suggesting Seacrest play an old game he used to have on the show, titled Ryan's Roses, in which fictional listeners call in to air out their suspicions about a cheating partner. An on-air staff member then phones the accused lover, pretending to be a florist offering to send a dozen free roses to the person of their choice to see who they would pick.
Madden's change of subject prompted Seacrest to end his line of questioning.
The rocker had reportedly been introduced to Charlie's Angels star Diaz by his sister-in-law, Nicole Richie.
Twin brothers Matt Goss and Luke Goss have written heartbreaking messages to their mother after she lost her battle with cancer this week (beg26May14). The former Bros stars lost their mother Carol on Monday (26May14) after a year-long fight against cancer, and the brothers later posted emotional tributes to her on their Twitter.com pages.
Matt wrote, "My mum loved you all so much, this is the hardest day of my life. My beautiful mum just went to heaven. RIP my angel". He also posted an image of a white rose accompanied by the message, "Heaven just received the Queen of the angels."
Luke posted a picture of stairs in the clouds with the message, "You gave me life my beautiful mother, yet life will never be the same without you. Rest in the arms of God. I will always love you."
He added in a caption, "Please allow me to share these words. Our mothers are the real givers of life. A piece of us goes away when they leave."
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding countdown has officially begun after the couple hosted an informal dinner and concert in Paris on Friday night (23May14). The rapper and his bride-to-be lunched with designer Valentino and then took a tour of the Chateau de Versailles nearby on Friday afternoon, before returning to their base in the capital for a cocktail party.
It still isn't clear exactly where West and Kardashian will exchange vows on Saturday (24May14), but reports suggest their plans to wed at Versailles were dashed by French law, which stipulates couples mush reside in the country if they wish to wed there.
Sources claim the couple will jet the wedding party off to Florence, Italy early on Saturday and stage the nuptials in the 16th century Fort Belvedere.
An official at the city mayor's office has confirmed the couple has rented the venue for over $410,000 (GBP256,000), but there are suggestions the fort has been booked just to dupe the paparazzi.
One thing is for certain - Kardashian will become Mrs. West by the end of Saturday. This will be her third marriage and Kanye's first.
Meanwhile, Kardashian has shared one of her final Twitpics as a single, offering a shot she took while touring the grounds of Valentino's palatial Chateau de Wideville before lunch on Friday.
The image featured a series of little white lights above the gardens, prompting the socialite to write, "Little angels in the sky blessing us #TheyDidntShowUpInAnyoneElsesPicture."
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The much-derided title notwithstanding, Selfie looks like quite the promising pilot, and here are a few reasons why.
5. People may be groaning about the title, but...
A TV show with a focus on social media is actually kind of a great idea. Already, lots of shows make heavy use of conventions like texts being displayed on screen, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Selfie looks like it's going to cover everything from viral videos to being "Insta-famous," and what a way to connect with that coveted 18 to 34 demographic, eh?
4. It's time for an Asian American male romantic lead!
Asian American men are traditionally emasculated by pop culture (see: Long Duk Dong), so it's great to see the hero of a romantic story portrayed by Korean American actor John Cho. Plus, we know from his excrutiatingly awkward (yet ultra-relatable) elevator rides with the girl of his dreams in Harold and Kumar that he's going to absolutely kill at the romantic comedy genre.
3. Speaking of the ever-awesome John Cho...
Dude has serious comic chops — have you seen Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle? Or his cameo on How I Met Your Mother? Or 30 Rock? The list goes on — basically, Cho as a modernized Henry Higgins is a stroke of genius.
2. And the other lead?
Doctor Who alumnus Karen Gillan is certainly no stranger to excellent comic timing either. And we're more than excited to see her particular brand of humor on American TV — we've missed her ever since the Weeping Angels spirited Amy Pond away to the 1930s!
1. Everyone loves Pygmalion/My Fair Lady!
It's the mother of all makeover stories, after all. Heck, the story has been told so many times we can barely keep track, yet we've thoroughly enjoyed each version. Here's a refresher: the original Greek myth Pygmalion, to George Bernard Shaw's play of the same name, to the musical My Fair Lady, to the '80s prom movie, She's All That. See? All delightful!
Rapper Young Jeezy has settled a lawsuit with the Hells Angels over claims his clothing line copies their famous logo. Last year (13), lawyers working for the motorcycle club sued the hip-hop star, alleging his 8732 fashion range's emblem was almost identical to their 'Death Head' logo.
They demanded that the rapper pull all clothing featuring the design and hand over an unspecified sum in damages.
It has now emerged the two parties have settled the matter, according to TMZ.com.
A spokesperson for the Hells Angeles tells the website, "We always get what we want."
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A number of major metropolises will once again have their skylines groomed by rampaging monsters once Godzilla hits theaters this friday. Of course, monsters destroying major cities is nothing new. It's a tradition of genre cinema that dates back to King Kong scaling the heights of the Empire State Building in 1933. Filmmakers have been gleefuly knocking down city blocks ever since, but some cities have been the subject of more monster attacks than others. Here are the five cities most frequently attacked by giant monsters in movies.
Films: Wasei Kingu Kongu; King Kong Appears in Edo; Godzilla (1954); Godzilla: King of the Monsters!; King Kong vs. Godzilla; Godzilla vs. Megalon; The Return of Godzilla; Godzilla (1985); Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah; Godzilla vs. Destoroyah; Godzilla 2000; Godzilla vs. Megaguirus; Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.; Godzilla: The Final Wars; Varan the Unbelievable; Mothra; Dogorat, the Space Monster; Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster; Gamera; The War of the Gargantuas;Daikyojū Gappa; Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla; Terror of Mechagodzilla; Godzilla vs. Mothra; Gamera: Guardian of the Universe; Godzilla vs. Megaguirus; Big Man Japan.
Even though Americans created the giant monster phenomenon with films like The Lost World and King Kong, the Japanese took the idea to new heights. Thanks to the nation's fascination with Kaiju, the Japanese capital of Tokyo has weathered the most giant monster attacks, and frankly, It wasn't even a competition. By our estimation, 27 live-action films have featured Tokyo's destruction at the hands of giant monsters, or Kaiju. Recognizable figures like Godzilla, Mothra, and Gamera have all wreaked havoc on Tokyo's skyline over the years
NEW YORK CITY: 16
Films: King Kong (1933); The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; The Giant Claw; Destroy All Monsters; Q; King Kong (1976); Mimic; Ghostbusters;Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack; Godzilla (1998); Godzilla: The Final Wars; Hellboy 2: The Golden Army; King Kong (2005); Cloverfield; The Incredible Hulk.With a steep drop off in the number of films, New York takes up second place. It's a tad surprising given New York's reputation for getting decimated on film, and if we were accounting for alien invasions, natural disasters, most superhero films, or all the other destructive tragedies that often befall New York, the city would likely take the top honor, but since we're specifically counting attacks by giant monsters, the Big Apple will have to settle for the silver medal. The city has been the home of three climatic ape-rampages via King Kong, a fight between the Hulk and the Abomination in The Incredible Hulk, and a handful of shake-ups in giant monster classics like The Giant Claw.
Films: The Strange World of Planet X; Destroy all Monsters; Behemoth: The Sea Monsters; Konga; Gorgo; Reign of Fire.In third place is London. The city has been the setting of several giant monster attacks, and just squeaks by other American and Japanese cities that almost made the list thanks to a handful of homegrown sci-fi films.
LOS ANGELES: 5
Films: Them!; War of the Colossal Beast; Mighty Joe Young; Yonggary (1999); Dragon Wars.
Like New York City before it, Los Angeles also seems like a city that has been the victim of more monster attacks, but the City of Angels has been a relative safe haven from monster attacks compared to Tokyo. Now, if we're talking about alien invasions, that's a different conversation entirely.
Films: Beginning of the End; Alligator; The Relic; Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Last but not least, Chicago rounds out the list, quietly beating cities like Osaka and San Francisco thanks to semi-forgotten monster flicks like The Relic and Alligator.
Country singer Dolly Parton has cleared up long-standing rumours her body is covered in tattoos, insisting she only has few small pieces. The Jolene hitmaker is often asked if her tattoo collection is the reason why she wears long sleeves all the time, but she insists she just likes to cover up.
She says, "I do have a few little tattoos, but they were mostly done to cover scars because I'm so fair. I do have a few but they're not where you can see them... they are mostly for my husband."
In 2012, comedienne Jennifer Saunders and Roseanne Barr were left stunned when the 68 year old unzipped her top to reveal her tattoos on her breasts.
During an appearance the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show at the time, Saunders revealed, "I was in a restaurant with Rosanne Barr. Dolly was there and talking about tattoos. She winked at us and said, 'This will go no further', and then undid her top and there were her t**s and she has the most exquisite tattoos - angels and butterflies.
"They are the most divine, Titian like drawings... I kid you not. Although I did wake up in the morning and thought that couldn't have happened. But it did. It was one of the strangest evenings ever."