The crown Victoria Beckham wore on her wedding day is to go up for auction next month (Dec13). The former Spice Girls singer wore the gold headpiece set with large diamonds during her fairytale nuptials in 1999, when she married soccer star David Beckham, and it has been showcased in museums in London and Belgium ever since.
Now the crown's designer Slim Barrett has decided to sell the piece, called East of Paris, through London auction house Bonhams.
He says, "Inspiration for East of Paris came from my love of Eastern design and Parisian haute couture. I set out to fuse the two styles."
It is expected to fetch between $27,000 (£18,000) and $37,500 (£25,000).
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sat down to interview each other using questions that fans had sent in. The hilarity that ensued is guaranteed to make you love the cast even more (if that's possible) and will get you more pumped for the sequel, as if you weren't already counting down the minutes (10,440, as of 6 PM tonight). Here's the clip, and the 7 best moments.
1. When asked what the toast at Peeta and Katniss' wedding would be, Hutcherson sputters, "To a long and prosperous life full of... bread and happiness and... (throwing his hands up, looking at Lawrence, and laughing) we're not having a toast! We'll let you do the toast at the wedding. I'm not doin' the toast at the wedding, absolutely not."
2. When asked what her favorite scene to shoot was, Malone says, "Getting interviewed by Caesar... and just seeing Stanley (Tucci) up close... I kind of got to spit all over him."
3. The cast is asked, "If you could take only one thing from your bathroom into the arena, what would it be?" Hutcherson replied: "A plunger, next question." Laughingly, Lawrence said, "Poop. If someone pulled out poop I'd be like, OKAY!" (Hands raised)
4. Hutcherson asks Claflin, "Was our onscreen kiss the best you've ever had?" Claflin replies, "I definitely had butterflies (and winks at Hutcherson)." New romance alert! But they're probably just referring to when Finnick gives Peeta CPR. Claflin then says, "I've got a tendency to kiss dead people." After an awkward silence he clarifies, "In movies! Like in Snow White!"
5. After Hutcherson asks Lawrence a silent, telepathic question, Lawrence replies, "My favorite part of shooting in Hawaii was running into the water and peeing with you!" (Hutcherson and Lawrence high-five).
6. When Claflin is asked whether Finnick's trident or his charm is more powerful, Claflin replies, "Um, my trident. I can't kill people with my charm." Hutcherson quickly chimes in with, "Can't you? You are English." (And yes, his accent is oh so charming... definitely a powerful tool).
7. Malone asks the boys to choose the right underwear for their wetsuits. Hutcherson says, "I wore a thong! Like Cisco!"
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Actor Samuel L. Jackson is considering joining forces with Mark Hamill and Ewan Mcgregor to lobby director J.J. Abrams in person for roles in the new Star Wars sequel after revealing he hasn't been invited to reprise his sci-fi character. The Django Unchained star, who portrayed Jedi Master Mace Windu in three of the six Star Wars films, recently found himself working with Hamill in London and decided to ask the original Luke Skywalker if he had officially been offered a job in Abrams' upcoming seventh film.
He also quizzed McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi opposite him in the most recent films, about Star Wars: Episode VII and was surprised to discover that none of the trio had been recruited for the top secret project.
Jackson tells U.S. talk show host David Letterman, "I asked Mark if he'd heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, 'No', and then all of a sudden, Ewan was there (in London) and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, 'No, they haven't called me.'
"So I was thinking, maybe all three of us could just get together and go over to the Star Wars set and just stand around and see if maybe they could use some old Jedi! And then I heard on television they were auditioning people for Star Wars and I said, 'Well, maybe we should just go through the auditions and see if we can get a job!'"
Jackson admits he's a little disappointed at the prospect of not appearing in Episode VII after making it clear to Abrams that he would jump at the chance to return to the franchise after they were both guests at Star Wars creator George Lucas' summer (13) nuptials.
He adds, "I pretty much hinted to J.J. that I wanted to be in the film at George Lucas' wedding, and he was kinda like, 'Mmm', that was about the most I got out of him."
Official casting announcements have yet to be made, but Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher had all previously been asked by Lucas to make appearances in the forthcoming sequel, while young actors Michael B. Jordan and Irish beauty Saoirse Ronan have confirmed that they recently auditioned for parts.
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin in the U.K. early next year (14).
Movie star Samuel L. Jackson is fighting through the pain of a separated shoulder after injuring himself in a stunt-gone-wrong. The Pulp Fiction icon was shooting a daredevil sequence for forthcoming action adventure Big Game when he slipped and fell awkwardly on his shoulder.
He tells U.S. talk show host David Letterman, "I've been in Germany since August. I was shooting a movie called Big Game... It's another one of those 'president in jeopardy' films... That's where I separated my shoulder...
"Anatomically, what happened is, I was flipped from a height of about seven feet out of a freezer, which is supposedly attached to a helicopter flying through some woods, and they had a camera on one end of the freezer, I was on the other end, and the stuntman jumped off the freezer, the (weight of the) camera flipped the freezer, I went flying out of it and I landed on my shoulder. Now when I landed on my shoulder, the ligaments that hold your clavicle (collarbone) down snapped and my clavicle jumped up...
"The pain was crazy only because the shoulder never really hurt, but the trauma to the muscles that hold it in and the ligaments snapping... so when I took deep breaths, it felt like someone was stabbing me in the chest or in the back..."
Jackson's doctors offered to fix the joint injury, which has left an unsightly bump where the out-of-place bone is on his left shoulder, but the actor, an avid golfer, decided against the operation as it would put him out of action for months.
He explains, "It's a class three separation... and they (doctors) can push it (collarbone) down, screw it in and do all this other stuff to it, but it'll take me six months to heal, as opposed to it's now just ugly! The surgery is basically just cosmetic and I would have more trouble with the shoulder if they put screws in it and everything else than leaving it this way.
"I've been going to some therapists and these tension release therapists are really great, and I'm almost back to full motion. I think I can swing a golf club in about 10 days."
The final episode of beloved long-running crime show Poirot pulled in 5.2 million viewers when it aired in the U.K. on Wednesday (13Nov13). David Suchet has played Agatha Christie's super sleuth on TV since 1989.
Celebrated TV screenwriter Peter Moffat was honoured with a top prize at the 2013 Writers' Guild Awards in London on Wednesday (13Nov13). Moffat picked up the Best TV Drama award for legal series Silk, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, seeing off competition from another of his shows, The Village, and hit crime drama Broadchurch.
Legendary playwright David Edgar was also feted at the ceremony, winning a prize for his "outstanding contribution to writing and writers".
The prizegiving is held annually by The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson fought back tears while speaking about her late mother as she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (13Nov13). The Oscar winner was surrounded by family and friends when she unveiled the 2,512th star on the iconic Los Angeles sidewalk, but Hudson pointed out that there was one person she wanted by her side for the special moment - her late mum Darnell Donnerson.
Welling up during her acceptance speech, Hudson said, "I knew I would get emotional and I'm sure my mom is in heaven like 'Jenny stop crying' but now's the time to cry mama, it is. This is an amazing honour as we all know and I did not see this coming. I'm so honoured to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we're all a family."
Donnerson, along with Hudson's nephew and brother, was shot dead by her sister's estranged husband William Balfour in 2008.
During the ceremony, music executive Clive Davis, was also on hand to praise the former American Idol contestant.
He recalled, "I didn't sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning, but when I saw her, I saw her screen test for Dreamgirls, I knew that she was truly a unique original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal... and that voice.
"I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I'd hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine."
Hudson was also joined by her fiance, David Otunga, their four-year-old son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., R&B star Raphael Saadiq and songwriter Diane Warren at the ceremony.
Scottish movie star James Mcavoy is set to make his Broadway debut next week (begs18Nov13) when he takes on The 24-Hour Plays fundraising challenge in New York. The Wanted hunk will join actors including Jason Biggs, David Cross, Gina Gershon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Levi, Julia Stiles and Rosie Perez as they attempt to write, direct and perform six original short plays in just one day.
And Perez cannot wait to team up with X-Men: First Class star McAvoy onstage.
She tells the New York Daily News, "As a big X-Men geek and fan of James' acting, I'm doubly excited about meeting him."
The annual event will take place on Monday (18Nov13) and will benefit the Urban Arts Partnership, the Big Apple's largest arts education organisation.
U.S. reality TV star Brandi Glanville is regretting comments she made on a talk show after upsetting a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmate with affair gossip. Actor Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife Glanville made the wild claim that model-turned-reality TV star Joanna Krupa had romanced socialite Yolanda Foster's ex-husband on TV show Watch What Happens Live on Monday (11Nov13), and immediately wished she had kept her mouth shut.
To make matters worse, Glanville accused The Real Housewives of Miami star Krupa of sleeping with Foster's ex, Mohamed Hadid, while they were still married.
Glanville stated, "Joanna had sex with Mohamed. It was one of many affairs... But Mohamed and Yolanda are great now."
Krupa fired back via Twitter.com, writing, "No wonder her husband left her," referencing the end of her marriage to Cibrian, who has since wed singer LeAnn Rimes.
Glanville was prepared to defend her accusation, and said, "Well, Mohamed did tell me that her p**sy smelled. It's true! I'm not lying...! Sorry, b**ch. I win!"
Hadid then also chimed in with a tweet of his own, insisting, "That's a lie. I never spoken (sic) to @BrandiGlanville in any way about Joanna. Brandy (sic) is such a scum and a foul mouth (sic)."
Hadid supplemented the tweet with a post to his ex-wife, who is now married to songwriter David Foster, and wrote, "I love you mother of my children and my best friend. U (sic) know I don't have a foul mouth and I would never use words to brandi (sic)."
On Tuesday (12Nov13), Glanville expressed her remorse over her comments, and took to Twitter to write, "My morning is ruined. I'm crying and going back to sleep... It was not my intention to hurt anyone last night, I spoke my truth when asked a question - fought back when attacked I love @YolandaHFoster."
Harry Potter director David Heyman has signed on to bring video game Temple Run to the big screen. The fast-paced game, which has become a bestselling app, revolves around an explorer who is forced to run for his life after stealing an ancient idol from a temple.