Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner lied to classmates about her father's profession while growing up so they wouldn't discover he was a famous singer. The Borgias star, 29, attended Britain's prestigious Marlborough College, alongside the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, but she hated the idea of her affluent peers finding out about her dad's job.
She tells Britain's The Times, "I never told people who my parents were. It was my idea of hell. At one school I told everyone he was a lawyer. I didn't want to be separate. I wanted to be like everyone else. I still struggle with it. It's fine, it's part of who I am. It's nice not to be known as 'the daughter of'. I haven't found it's opened too many doors and even if it did, you still have to be good."
However, Sumner, whose mother is film producer Trudie Styler, insists she was never ashamed of rumours surrounding his lengthy tantric sex sessions.
She adds, "It was massively blown out of proportion. It was a joke, which became the biggest, stupidest story everyone became obsessed with. I definitely wasn't embarrassed, but it wasn't something we discussed around the dinner table."
Funnyman Mike Myers is to make his directorial debut by taking charge of a new documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon. The Austin Powers star will also produce Supermensch.
Myers and Gordon have a long history dating back to Wayne's World in 1991 when they feuded over the use of an Alice Cooper song on the soundtrack, but they have become close friends.
Myers says, "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne's World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film, and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more."
Gordon has managed the careers of Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others.
Myers' film will feature interviews with Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Willie Nelson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is engaged to marry her boyfriend Nick Gordon. The 20 year old grew close to Gordon, who was informally adopted by her mum when he was 12, after the death of the superstar in 2012, and now the young couple is set to wed.
Announcing the news in a post on her official Facebook.com page, she writes, "YES, we me nick (sic) are engaged."
And she took aim at critics of the romance, adding, "I'm tired of hearing people say 'eww your (sic) engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something, we aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother. My mom never adopted him. In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were going to start dating. My mom knows me better than any of you.
"A lot of yall are saying that yall are only saying this all out of love. Which is bull because if that was so, all you would want is for me to be happy (sic).
"People need to seriously stop judging my relationship. Pretty sure it's my own decision who I want to be with. Yes, my relationship may not be perfect. We will have rough patches, just like every other relationship. And we have had our rough patches. You may or may not agree with my relationship. You may or may not respect it. Judge me, go ahead. Your opinions are yours and mine are mine. It is my life and not yours. The decisions I make have nothing to do with you."
Gordon and Brown, whose father is singer Bobby Brown, has sparked engagement rumours in the past - she was photographed on two separate occasions wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger, but her representative denied the claims both times.
Morrissey has donated the $15,500 (£10,000) he won from a British TV network over song misuse to animal activists at PETA to help them fund a campaign against the production of foie gras. The former The Smiths frontman sent his lawyers after Channel 4 bosses after they used his song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want to advertise TV chef Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong Live show in 2011.
Fervent animal rights campaigner Morrissey argued he'd never allow his music to be used to promote a chef who uses foie gras, and he won a sizeable settlement.
Announcing his decision to use the cash to fund the PETA U.K. campaign, the rocker says, "Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4, because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show, is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras.
"Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he'd be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body."
PETA U.K. associate director Mimi Bekhechi says, "Morrissey never stops speaking out against cruelty to animals, and his generous gift will allow PETA U.K. to be just as outspoken in combating foie gras. In a way, we have Gordon Ramsay to thank - it was a gaffe involving his show that will fund our efforts to make sure that everyone knows that foie gras comes from the diseased livers of abused birds."
Rocker Sting is set to perform 10 concerts at New York City's Public Theater this autumn (13) to help raise money for the arts organisation. The Shape of My Heart hitmaker will kick off the series of shows at the Anspacher Theater on 25 September (13) and the proceeds will be donated to the struggling non-profit.
The former Police frontman will play songs from his upcoming album The Last Ship, many of which were inspired by his work on a musical of the same name, about a shipyard in Newcastle, England, near where Sting spent much of his youth.
The play will debut on Broadway next year (14) and artistic theatre director Oskar Eustis says, "Sting is one of the great artists of our time, a brilliant songwriter who is also a model of activist commitment. The Last Ship is shaping up to be a masterpiece, both an elegy for and a celebration of the working-class life of the Newcastle shipyards."
The rocker, real name Gordon Sumner, will also celebrate his 62nd birthday on stage - one of his final gigs falls on 2 October (13).
Searching For Sugar Man star Rodriguez sealed his comeback by opening the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on Thursday (04Jul13). The 2012 film, which charts two fans' quest to track down the forgotten folk star, catapulted the singer/songwriter into the spotlight and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in February (13).
After spending years in the music wilderness, Rodriguez is now riding high on his new-found fame - he landed a spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival last weekend (29-30Jun13) and now he has enjoyed the honour of opening the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.
Rodriguez played at the event on the shore of Lake Geneva on Thursday, while other artists to perform on the festival's first day included Leonard Cohen and Lianne La Havas.
Sting and Prince are also booked to appear during the festival, which will conclude on 21 July (13) with a concert held in honour of music legend Quincy Jones.
Christian Bale has officially hung up his cape after ruling out speculation he will reprise his role as Batman for the upcoming Justice League superhero movie. The Welsh star previously insisted he would only consider donning the Batsuit once more if director Christopher Nolan wanted to make a follow-up to last year's (12) The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in their film trilogy, and as plans for the DC Comics superhero adventure take shape, the actor has made it clear he will not be involved.
He tells EW.com, "We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three (Batman films). That's enough. Let's not get greedy."
Instead, Bale is keen to see another star step into his shoes and tackle the Caped Crusader for a new generation of fans.
He says, "It's a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with."
Bale is the latest star to distance himself from the long-delayed Justice League film, which will bring together Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash in the same way box office blockbuster The Avengers saw the stars of the rival Marvel franchise unite to save the world.
Earlier this year (13), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played an early version of the Caped Crusader's sidekick Robin in The Dark Knight Rises, insisted he would not be taking over as Batman in the forthcoming project, while last summer (12), Ben Affleck denied reports he was in talks to direct the film.
The movie adaptation of the popular comic book series is slated to hit movie theatres in 2015.
Casting details have yet to be announced, although Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is expected to reprise his role as Superman for the film.
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber are among the pop stars who have landed a handful of top nods in the second wave of nominations for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. Swift's hit song I Knew You Were Trouble and Cyrus' We Can't Stop will go head-to-head with Lovato (Heart Attack), Anna Kendrick (Cups) and Bieber's ex, Selena Gomez (Come & Get It), for the title of Choice Single: Female Artist, while the Baby hitmaker's Beauty And A Beat is up for the male equivalent, alongside Bruno Mars (Locked Out Of Heaven), Pitbull (Feel This Moment), Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z (Suit & Tie), and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams (Blurred Lines).
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Swift is also nominated in the categories of best break-up tune and country song.
Candie's Choice Style Icon will be a fight between Cyrus, Lovato, Emma Watson, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande, while the Choice Twitter Personality will be a competition between Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and U.S. President Barack Obama.
In the acting categories, Choice Movie Scene Stealer will be a tight race between the likes of Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Sada: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), while the TV nominees include Cyrus for her stint in Two and a Half Men, as well as Glee co-stars Chord Overstreet and Heather Morris.
Singers Blake Shelton and Adam Levine of The Voice scored nominations for Choice TV Personality - Male, and Lovato (The X Factor) and model Heidi Klum (America's Got Talent) picked up mentions for the female equivalent.
The full list was released on Monday (01Jul13), over a month after the first wave of nominations were announced in May (13).
The winners will be unveiled during a special ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 August (13).
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!"