British pop star Cheryl Cole and her new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini hosted a black and white-themed bash in London on Monday night (21Jul14) to celebrate their surprise nuptials earlier this month (Jul14). The Fight For This Love hitmaker tied the knot with her boyfriend of three months on the Caribbean island of Mustique, with only her mother Joan Callaghan and assistant Lily England among the handful of guests at the secret ceremony.
On Monday night, Cole had a much larger guest list as 80 of the couple's friends and family attended a party celebrating the nuptials at private members' club The Library in the British capital.
Among the invitees were Cole's former Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and mother-to-be Kimberley Walsh, as well as The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes and husband, former JLS star Marvin Humes. Cole's The X Factor boss Simon Cowell was also expected at the party, and most of the guests arrived in monochrome attire.
Cole was photographed arriving hand-in-hand with her new husband wearing a black strapless floor-length gown while Fernandez-Versini matched in an all black suit.
A mansion Adele once shared with her partner has gone on the market. The Grammy Award-winning singer moved into the huge 10-bedroom property in West Sussex, England in 2012 and was reportedly paying around $25,500 (£15,000) a month to rent it.
Adele shared the house with her boyfriend Simon Konecki and their young son Angelo before moving out last year (13), and now the public has been given a glimpse of the notoriously private star's former home after it went up for sale for $10.2 million (£6 million).
The sprawling estate features a three-bedroom staff apartment and a guest cottage, as well as a leisure complex with two swimming pools and a tennis court.
The eldest son of rocker Phil Collins has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. Musician Simon Collins, 37, was quizzed by police in Wiltshire, England over allegations of supplying Class A drugs and possessing Class B drugs.
He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Collins, singer and drummer with rock band Sound of Contact, is the former Genesis star's son from his first marriage to Canadian Andrea Bertorelli.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "A 37-year-old man from Devizes has been arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and for possession of a class B drug."
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
Soccer legend David Beckham's plan to bring the sport to Miami, Florida by launching a new club in the city has hit another obstacle after officials scuppered a proposed building project for the second time. The former England international is part of a syndicate, along with American Idol creator Simon Fuller, which is attempting to start a new Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami.
However, the project has been stalled by opposition to building proposals in the city - earlier this year (13) the developers were denied permission to construct a stadium at the Port of Miami, and now a similar request to build on the city's waterfront has also been rejected.
In a statement, Miami Beckham United says, "We presented a strong proposal for the site suggested to us by the two mayors (of Miami and Miami-Dade county). Our package was the most equitable soccer stadium proposal that Miami, or any other city in America, has ever seen, 100 per cent privately funded without any local taxpayers' money.
"Our team will now pause and weigh alternatives. The people of Miami deserve a team and stadium that they will be proud of for decades to come."
Beckham retired from soccer in 2013 after a 20-year career.
Actors Eric Idle, Chris O'dowd, Russell Brand and David Walliams are among the stars who have paid tribute to beloved British funnyman Rik Mayall, who died on Monday (09Jun14) at the age of 56. The shocking death has rocked the U.K. entertainment industry and tributes have since flooded in for Mayall, who established himself as a stand-up star in comedy troupe The Comic Strip, a group which also featured his college pal and future professional partner Adrian 'Ade' Edmondson and Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
He rose to national fame as one of four students sharing a house in hit sitcom The Young Ones in 1982 and went on to enjoy a slew of iconic roles, including as a mean-spirited politician in The New Statesman and an arrogant military officer in Rowan Atkinson's comedy Blackadder. He also re-teamed with Edmondson to play a pair of hopeless single men in slapstick show Bottom.
Fellow funnyman Walliams was among the first to take to Twitter.com to express his sadness at Mayall's loss, sharing a video clip of his role in Blackadder and writing, "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian."
Simon Pegg simply posted YouTube footage of Mayall in The Young Ones with fans, while Brand tweets, "And all the grown-ups will say, 'But why are the kids crying?' And the kids will say, 'Haven't you heard? Rick (sic) is dead' RIP".
Irish actor O'Dowd adds, "Very sad to hear about Rik Mayall's passing. 'Bottom' was a huge part of my youth", and director Edgar Wright posts, "Shocked and saddened that a comedy hero is gone; for those who grew up on The Young Ones, Rik Mayall was one of funniest performers ever."
Monty Python veteran Idle tweets, "Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man", and Blackadder producer and writer John Lloyd tells the BBC, "It's really a dreadful piece of news. He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comics. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional."
Meanwhile, his close friend Edmondson has also issued a statement about the years they spent working together, declaring, "They were some of the most carefree, stupid days I ever had and I feel privileged to have shared them with him."
Mayall's cause of death has yet to be determined, but a spokesman for Scotland Yard police reveals paramedics were called to the comedian's house in Barnes, south-west London at 1.20pm local time, when "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene". His passing is not believed to be suspicious.
His death comes 16 years after the comedian was left in a coma for several days in 1998 following a quad bike accident near his home in south-west England. He survived the scare but suffered memory problems as a result of the crash.
In recent years, Mayall had concentrated mainly on voiceover work and TV shorts.
Rocker Chrissie Hynde is delighted her daughter is using her parents' fame to publicise her anti-fracking campaign. Natalie Hynde, daughter of The Pretenders frontwoman and The Kinks star Ray Davies, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs over a high-profile protest last year (13).
She had glued her hands to those of her partner Simon Medhurst at the entrance of a proposed gas drilling site in Sussex, England to prevent contractors entering the area, and the Brass in Pocket hitmaker has told of her pride at her daughter's determination.
The rocker tells Mojo magazine, "Well, I'm delighted that she's getting through and people are becoming aware of it. I really reined in my celebrity when I had kids. So the fact that she's been able to come out and use it... She was on the fracking site and someone said, 'Man, if only we had a celebrity out here to help us.' And Natalie walked over and she goes, 'Actually, my parents are.' And they went, 'F**k! Go!' And they pushed her to go talk to the press.
"I was so happy that she didn't have to hide who her parents were to be herself in the world."
A syndicate of businessmen is launching a campaign against David Beckham's attempts to start a U.S. soccer club, insisting the project is a threat to the local economy. The former England international is teaming up with American Idol creator Simon Fuller to launch a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami, Florida, but reports suggest there is growing opposition to the plan.
Several shipping companies and a car dealer have now placed a newspaper advertisement slamming the scheme.
Beckham wants to build a soccer stadium on Miami's island port but opponents insist the project will hit high-earners and drive wages down.
The advert, placed in both the Miami Herald and Spanish-language publication El Nuevo Herald, states, "We cannot jeopardise well-paying jobs, like crane operators, longshore workers, and mechanics, for low-paying stadium jobs, such as concession sales."
However, attorney Neisen Kasdin, an adviser for the Beckham group, tells Reuters, "The plan doesn't interfere with port operations. It will likely generate more revenue for the port in the shorter term than other concepts that have been discussed."
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is also trying to calm fears over the project, saying, "This is one of four sites under consideration, there's nothing concrete, there's no recommendation pending."
Beckham retired from soccer last year (13) after a 20-year career.
British actor Eddie Redmayne consults his school drama teacher when he needs advice on movie roles. The Les Miserables star has forged a successful screen career since graduating from Eton College in England in 2000, but Redmayne still turns to his former teacher Simon Dormandy whenever he needs acting guidance.
He tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "Occasionally I'll call up Simon and say, 'Can I just come and run through some stuff with you?' He is still the person whose advice I seek... I had one teacher who was so inspiring he gave me a career. He was always brilliant when we were at school."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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