Robin Thicke has made U.S. pop chart history by becoming only the eighth solo male star ever to rack up 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The R&B star's summer smash Blurred Lines is the first song to rule over the countdown for two-and-a-half months since Rihanna and Calvin Harris' 2011 release We Found Love, and the first by an individual male artist since Flo Rida cracked the 10-week mark with Low in 2008.
Thicke's chart domination keeps Miley Cyrus' We Can't Stop in second place for a third non-consecutive week, while Imagine Dragons are at three with Radioactive.
Daft Punk's Get Lucky collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers stays put at four and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail remains at five.
Sir Elton John is recovering from his recent surgery on a sun-soaked break in the south of France. The Rocket Man axed all his summer (13) shows after he fell sick with appendicitis last month (Jul13) and he underwent an operation to treat the condition in Monaco on 1 August (13).
He has now been spotted out and about for the first time since the surgery, enjoying a break in St. Tropez, France with his partner David Furnish.
The couple has been pictured soaking up the sun on a yacht with their two sons and a group of friends, including actor Neil Patrick Harris, his partner David Burtka and their two children.
Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been dropped from his U.K. TV show just days after he was re-arrested on suspicion of committing sex offences. The 83 year old has been hosting reality TV series Animal Clinic for Britain's Channel 5 network, but he has now been replaced by another presenter, Ben Fogle, for the second series.
A spokesperson for the TV channel says, "Ben Fogle will present the next series of Animal Clinic. No other presenter was ever contracted to do the second series."
TV bosses removed episodes of the show from the broadcast schedule in the aftermath of Harris' previous arrest in March (13) as detectives investigated the star as part of an ongoing sex abuse probe centred around late broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile, who molested hundreds of victims throughout his showbiz career.
Harris was re-arrested and quizzed by cops again on Monday (05Aug13) and subsequently released on bail.
Comedy sequel The Smurfs 2 has left its competition feeling blue by topping the U.K. box office chart on its opening weekend (02-04Aug13). The animated family film, which features the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, left its rivals in the shade by taking $4.8 million (£3.2 million) in ticket sales, easily outstripping The Heat, which took $3.8 million (£2.5 million).
Another new release, creepy horror movie The Conjuring, came in third with opening weekend takings of $3.2 million (£2.1 million), sending the previous weekend's (26-28Jul13) chart-topper The Wolverine tumbling into fourth, with $2.7 million (£1.8 million).
The top five is rounded out by Monsters University, which falls three places, with $2.5 million (£1.7 million).
Actor Ed Harris is set to star alongside Ethan Hawke in a modern-day film adaption of William Shakespeare's play Cymbeline. The A Beautiful Mind star will play King Cymbeline in the movie, which begins principal photography on 19 August (13). The revamped story chronicles a battle between crooked cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.
Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been re-arrested on suspicion of committing sex offences. The singer/artist was held by cops in London on Monday (05Aug13) after arriving at a police station by prior arrangement.
He was first interviewed in November (12) and was formally arrested in March (13) as part of a probe launched following the investigation of claims late British TV host Sir Jimmy Savile molested hundreds of underage children while working at the BBC.
Harris was arrested over further allegations of committing sex offences.
He was subsequently released on bail and is due to return to the police station later this month (Aug13).
Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris is celebrating after breaking his own U.K. chart record by scoring another top 10 hit with his latest single Thinking About You. The star previously set the record for the highest number of top 10 singles from one album after landing hits with tracks including Bounce and Sweet Nothing from 2012's 18 Months.
He smashed the record of eight on Sunday (04Aug13) when Thinking About You landed in ninth place on the U.K. singles chart, making it his ninth hit song from the album.
Harris told fans the good news in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Made a bit of chart history today! Thinking About You went Top 10 in U.K... the first time anyone has had 9 top 10 singles from one album!"
Almost 240 years back, we decided that this bear-infested hunk of rock upon which the Pilgrims landed their floral cruiseships was, in a word, better. Better than the tyrannical monarchy from which our fathers sprung. Better than the compartmentalized jungle of kingships jutting out from Asia's left cheek. Yes, we insisted. America is the best. But Hollywood doesn't seem to foster the same state of mind. In its perpetual quest to earn a bigger buck, the film industry has taken to extending its family franchises with sequel flicks, always opting to one-up its originals in the later entries. But how do you do better than the stories delivered in The Smurfs, Cars, Garfield, The Muppet Movie, and Cheetah Girls? Simple: take 'em to Europe.
Yes. For some reason, Hollywood thinks the best way to go about churning out a superior follow-up feature is by sending a movie's characters across the pond to that land rich in art history and sex trafficking: Europe. In just about every sequel lately, families, animals, sentient mechanical beings, and the odd hybrid of cheetah and human tween are high tailing it to England, France, Italy, or one of the continent's other formidable metropolitan areas. The Smurfs 2 continues this trend with a trip to Paris, joining a long line of series that go abroad for their second terms...
CARS 2Visits: Paris, France. Italy.
THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2Visits: Spain.
DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLOVisits: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
GARFIELD: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES Visits: London, England.
THE GREAT MUPPET CAPERVisits: London, England.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION II Visits: Marseille
hAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAYVisits: Amsterdam, The Netherlands... briefly.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTEDVisits: Monte Carlo, Monaco.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION Visits: London, England. Paris, France. Bavaria, Germany. Rome, Italy.
POCAHONTAS II: JOURNEY TO A NEW WORLDVisits: England.
THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENTVisits: The fictional Mediterranean country of Genovia.
RUGRATS IN PARISVisits: Paris, France.
So what can we conclude from this? Is the film industry secretly manufactured by Europhiles who wish to hypnotize the masses into pledging allegiance once again to the Motherland? Is it a capitalistic ploy by foreign nations to earn tourism dollars by illustrating the glories of overseas travel? Or is it just an easy excuse for a sequel: "It's different! They're in Prague now!" We may never know. But we'll keep watching to find out. And also because, hey, a movie's a movie.
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Actor Neil Patrick Harris was one of the first of Sir Elton John and David Furnish's celebrity pals to learn they were set to become parents in 2010 after sharing his own baby secret with the producer. The Smurfs star had been keeping quiet that he and his partner David Burkta were going to become dads to twins via a surrogate mother in October 2010, but when he bumped into Furnish unexpectedly, he decided to open up about their plans to start a family.
Ironically, the Rocket Man and his longterm partner had also entered the same process to welcome a child of their own in December, 2010, so Harris and Furnish struck up a close bond over their shared secrets.
The actor tells U.S. talk show host Conan O'Brien, "We hadn't told anyone we were having kids and I ran into David Furnish on a trip and we just confided in one another. (I said), 'I'm surprised to tell you we're having kids through surrogacy in a couple of months.' And he kind of blanched and looked around to make sure really no one was paying attention, and he said, 'We're having a kid through surrogacy, like on Christmas Eve.' So we kinda bonded over that."
Harris and Burkta are now parents to twins Gideon and Harper, while Elton and Furnish welcomed little Elijah, a younger brother for two-year-old Zachary, in January (13).
Actor Neil Patrick Harris is planning to shave off his eyebrows ahead of his Broadway return in Hedwig And The Angry Inch next year (14) to save time in the make-up chair as he transforms into a transgender German rock star. The Smurfs star will don drag to lead the cast in the revival of the cult show, which is based on John Cameron Mitchell's book of the same name, but he had no idea how much preparation the role would entail.
Harris, who will soon start learning how to walk in high heels for the part, tells U.S. talk show host Conan O'Brien, "I'm gonna have to be all dragged out for the show... I'm freaking out, how do you prepare for that?
"Someone said to me, you should shave your eyebrows... because, in drag..., if you don't shave your eyebrows you have to glue stick the whole eyebrow and then blow it dry and then do it again. Like six times for each eye, and then you paint... the feminine eyebrows above it. So you can either do that, which takes forever, or you can just shave your eyebrows...
"I'm more worried about the eyebrows than having to tuck my weiner down with duct tape!"