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Actress Cameron Diaz has stepped up her relationship with rocker Benji Madden after introducing him to her whole family as they celebrated America's Independence Day holiday weekend (04-06Jul14).
The couple, which reportedly began dating in May (14), travelled from Los Angeles to Florida to attend a Diaz family reunion and it appears the Charlie's Angels star's relatives are big fans of her new beau.
A source tells Eonline.com, "They flew into Orlando and then drove to Tampa where they met up for a reunion. They also spent a few days at the beach on Anna Maria Island, where Cameron's family has a house."
"It was a great vacation and they had a blast spending time with Cameron's nieces and nephews. Cameron and Benji are like big kids themselves. They were having a great time jumping over waves and splashing in the water. They were giving the kids piggyback rides and seemed like the best babysitters ever. "The kids all couldn't wait to hang out with Cameron and Benji was right there with her having fun."
The insider adds, "He fit in well. Everyone hung out together for several days and seemed bonded by the end of the trip."
Diaz's previous boyfriends include Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto, while the Good Charlotte rocker famously dated socialite Paris Hilton.
British rapper Professor Green and his wife Millie Mackintosh have recreated John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic 'Bed-In' photo as part of a new River Island/War Child campaign. The couple shot the image in the presidential suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in The Netherlands, where Lennon and his wife posed for the camera in 1969.
The Come Together T-shirts they wear in the image have been donated to War Child to support the charity's work protecting children in war zones. The shirt is an exact replica of the one Lennon wore at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971.
Professor Green says, "It's great to be involved in recreating such an iconic shot with Millie. The T-shirt is in aid of a fantastic cause and carries a strong message that hopefully everyone will get behind!"
The new Come Together charity T-shirts are available at selected U.K. River Island stores and online.
CNN/YouTubePublished this week, Piers Morgan's latest diary, Shooting Straight, sees the former newspaper editor describe Kelsey Grammer as 'astonishingly rude' after the Frasier star walked out of his CNN interview before it had even begun in 2012. But Morgan isn't the only host who's unexpectedly found themselves with some airtime to fill. Here's a look at five other celebs who have stormed off the set of a chat show.Bee GeesThe legendary pop trio became increasingly irate as Clive Anderson repeatedly made fun of their original moniker, Les Tosseurs, during an appearance on his BBC show in 1997, before a gentle ribbing about their solo careers saw Barry and Robin quickly exit the stage, suggesting Maurice was the only Bee Gee with a sense of humour.Andrew Dice ClayThe foul-mouthed comedian lived up to his reputation in 2003 by launching into a profanity-laden tirade live on CNN when interviewer Alan Chernoff began to imply, quite understandably, that his career hadn't been firing on all cylinders of late.Robert PattinsonProof that it's often the publicists who are more difficult to deal with than the actual stars, Robert Pattinson was promptly whisked away from a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2009 after the American Idol host asked a fairly innocuous question about his relationship with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart.Paris HiltonThe celebrity heiress didn't take too kindly to ABC reporter Dan Harris' questions about her one-time BFF Kim Kardashian and the falling ratings of her Oxygen reality show in 2011. But her initial walk-out was slightly undermined when she then agreed to re-appear with a carefully stage-managed response about her career longevity.Tracey EminResponsible for possibly the most undignified walk-off, controversial artist Tracey Emin appeared to have taken advantage of the green room's facilities judging by her inebriated state on a televised debate about the Turner Prize in 1997 which saw her berate the other panellists, repeatedly swear as she tried to take her mic off and call for her mum before staggering off the stage.
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of illegally accessing personal information about a number of A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Luis Flores was taken into custody in Lake Mary, Florida on 7 August (13) over allegations he used Hollywood superstars' private details to steal their money and credit cards.
The 19 year old was apprehended alongside Kyah Green, 41, who told authorities Flores is her son.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, agents allegedly discovered wire transfer evidence in their apartment, as well as a flash drive full of information about Top Gun icon Tom Cruise, Beyonce and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.
The pair stands accused of phoning up credit card companies and pretending to be their famous targets, changing the addresses on the accounts and asking for replacement cards to be mailed to their apartment.
Green has been released on bail, while Flores is being held without bail in the Seminole County Jail.
Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates, and Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner were also allegedly among the high-profile victims.
Starsky & Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser is still fuming about his arrest on drug charges last year (12), branding the incident "ridiculous" and "absurd". The veteran actor was taken into custody by police in Bowling Green, Kentucky in May, 2012 after guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel complained about the smell of marijuana on his floor.
Glaser, 70, has a California prescription for legal medical marijuana and he insists the police in Kentucky should not have taken the matter so seriously, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It was ridiculous, absurd. I've never been a drinker. I'm from the Sixties; I'm a doper, a pothead."
The man singled out as the ringleader of the so-called Hollywood 'Bling Ring' has publicly apologised to his celebrity victims Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox and Rachel Bilson after stealing $3 million (£1.94 million)-worth of goods from their homes during a 10-month crime spree. Nick Prugo was part of the gang that targeted the stars' exclusive Hollywood Hills neighbourhood over the course of 2008 and 2009, nabbing designer clothing, jewellery and cash from the celebrities.
Prugo was convicted of felony first degree residential burglary and was sentenced to a year behind bars, while he also underwent rehab treatment for substance abuse.
The youngster's crime drama has been turned into a film by director Sofia Coppola, with Emma Watson in one of the starring roles, and, as the film opens across the world, he has issued heartfelt apologies to a number of his most high-profile victims in the pages of America's Star magazine.
Reaching out to the celebrities, Prugo claims he was young and dumb - and his drug addicition only fuelled his troubles, stating: "I'm truly sorry. I was a teenager at the time and have come a long way."
During the candid interview, he confesses to burglarizing Bilson's home five times and reveals the gang made off with priceless jewellery belonging to the actress' grandmother.
Prugo says, "It was so personal, not like an article of clothing. She couldn't replace it. I definitely apologise for the fear I caused her and the loss of a family heirloom."
He also comes clean about a break-in at the home of Fox and her now-husband, Brian Austin Green, admitting they almost lost their new puppy.
He explains, "We let their new puppy out by mistake. I knew there were coyotes (in the area), so I spent the next two hours searching the neighbourhood and put him back. Then, of course, we did steal from them, and I am very sorry for that."
Meanwhile, Prugo also reveals they managed to return one of Bloom's Rolex watches to him after selling 10 others from his pricey collection for an estimated $5,000 (£3,226), and he expresses regret for scaring his other victims Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and reality TV star Audrina Patridge.
Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, brings the true story of a gang of young, celebrity-obsessed thieves, as chronicled in Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins," to the big screen. In the movie, we watch as Rebecca (Katie Chang) leads a group of friends in a series of celebrity home invasions, burglarizing the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and Orlando Bloom (among others).
The group's forays are motivated by a misplaced feeling of entitlement and a profound hunger for fame, making the entire story — and now Coppola's not-quite-fictionalized portrayal of events — somewhat prophetic. Before the final credits roll, both real and imagined Bling Rings achieve the very fame they so coveted.
While visions of Emma Watson (who plays teenaged thief Nicki), with her perfectly painted face and shiny brunette extensions, may dominate trailer time and promotional materials, it is in fact a boy — Marc, played by Israel Broussard — at the center of all the Bling Ring's drama. We see the formation of the crew and its exploits through the soft, doe-brown eyes of Marc, a self-conscious outsider who believes Rebecca to be, as he says (and the real Bling Ring "rat" Nick Prugo states in Sales' article), "the first person I felt was, like, my best friend." Portrayed by relative newcomer Broussard, Marc is a sympathetic — if misguided — lens to the inner-workings of the Bling Ring.
From Marc's vantage point, we watch Rebecca, Nicki, Sam (Taissa Farmiga), and Chloe (Claire Julien), "go shopping" in celebrity home after celebrity home. We watch as they try on Hervé Leger dresses and too-big Jimmy Choos. As they brandish about Brian Austin Green's pistol. As they snort cocaine off of compact mirrors while they blast Rick Ross from their car speakers. As they go clubbing… and clubbing again… and again. As they drink iced lattes. For Marc and the ladies, this is the life. But from an outsider's point of view, it's monotonous. And as a film, it's an aimless spiral of designers and drugs that borders on boring in its redundancy.
But The Bling Ring is not without its high points. It is speckled with scene-stealing performances, among them Broussard, Watson, and Leslie Mann as Nicki's Juicy sweatsuit-wearing, The Secret-loving mother; Julien is charming and hilarious as the degenerate Chloe. In the film's third act, however, Watson decides to up the ante and hijack the entire movie.
Marc is left in the shadows while Nicki, with her inadvertently hilarious prosthelytizing, steals the spotlight. While I have to believe that this happens in large part because Nicki's real life model, Alexis Neiers, captured the public's attention in 2010 with her reality show Pretty Wild (and that notorious "disappointed" phone call to Sales), it's jarring to suddenly leave Marc's narrative behind and follow Nicki through to the film's end.
But with Marc suddenly gone from the picture, the viewers have lost their anchor and the film suffers for it. He was the little substance we had to cling to in this nauseating roller-coaster ride of entitlement and excess. Without him, we can't help but feel a bit abandoned. Marc's disappearance personifies another major fault with the film, which is that Coppola fails to see things through — not on a plot-level, but thematically. She introduces her viewers to the world of celebrity obsession, but we are never really entranced by it. Repulsed rather than compelled by the characters, the audience is unable to relate to the Bling Ring members and therefore fails to see its own celebrity infatuation reflected in the characters' deeds. While this film had the opportunity to enlighten viewers to our own grotesque obsession with fame, we are instead left only denegrating the film's antiheros for theirs.
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Looks like Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin has found a new country to call home, and a new occupation. The 32-year-old actor — who has been spending a lot of time in the U.K. recently — hopped on stage (on a boat, no less!) to sing with American singer Adam Green. The longtime friends performed a cover of the Beach Boy's "Kokomo" in front of the 200-person crowd.
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The surprise guest shocked fans after many doubted it could be the famed star, even after Green teased his appearance by saying fans would recognize him from the 1990 family film. Green used to be a member of the anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches, before going it alone. Looks like he's found a new partner.
Check out the performance below and tell us in the comments section if you think the seemingly retired actor has found his calling.
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Downton Abbey fans rejoyce! It looks like the Dowagager Contess (Maggie Smith) will finally have her verbal sparring partner back because Shirley Maclaine is coming back into our lives.
After a two-episode part in season three of Downton Abbey, MacLaine will return for the new season. The longtime actress will reprise her role as Martha Levinson — mother of Lady Cora — in the season four finale.
According to Deadline, six new chracters will also be joining MacLaine in the highly-anticipated fourth season. Let's take a look at the royal new characters:
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-An old family friend of the Crawleys, Lord Gillingham (played by Tom Cullen)-The Duchess of Yeovil (played by Joanna David)-An aristocrat, Charles Blake (played by Julian Ovenden)-A valet, Green (played by Nigel Harman)-A friend of the Dowager Countess, Lady Shackleton (played by Dame Harriett Walter)-And an unnamed singing guest at the house (to be played by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa)
Executive producer Rebecca Eaton told the Today show, “The addition of these characters can only mean more delicious drama — which is what Downton Abbey is all about.” Fingers crossed these fresh faces can help fill the void from losing the character we love to hate, Maid O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran)
Are you excited for the return of Martha Levinson? Tell us in the comments section below.
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Law & Order: SVU wanted you to know that their episode about a verbally, sexually, and physically abusive R&B star who beats his pop star girlfriend up was not based on Chris Brown and Rihanna. Because, at one point during Wednesday night's inexplicably star-studded episode (Jeffrey Tambor, what in the actual hell are you doing here playing not-Chris Brown's lawyer?!), someone jokes that not-Chris Brown Caleb Bryant (same initials!) and not-Rihanna Mischa Green "should go on a double date with Chris Brown and Rihanna." See, not the same people!
Nevermind the fact that the on-screen duo bears some obviously striking similarities to the real-life pair's drama: Caleb wears a s**t-eating grin the entire time, is racially insensitive (he refers to his lawyer as "his Jew", though if you were to summon a Jewish person at will and Jeffrey Tambor shows up, maybe you're doing something right), plays the victim card during his trial (where he gets a soft punishment of community service) while continuing to behave like a world class douche, gets a tattoo that resembles his abused girlfriend, and tweets out pictures from her bedroom. Meanwhile, the photos of a bruised and bloodied Mischa — who eventually winds up back in the arms of Caleb — go viral. How do we know they go viral? Because Perez Hilton, who takes time off from being a new dad to have one of the 73 truly bizarre cameos in this episode, tells us so.
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No, the episode is clearly meant to be a cautionary tale for Rihanna (because by the end of the episode not-Rihanna freakin' dies at the hands of fake not-Chris Brown, who had already murdered not-Rihanna's manager at a club) and Team Breezy. "Women and girls look up to you!" Mariska Hargitay cries to not-Rihanna, later foreshadowing, "Stranglers are more likely to kill." She also warned Mischa regarding abuse, "Men do this once, they do it again."
The whole thing would have felt pretty bleak and even more depressing than the real-life saga of Chris Brown and Rihanna had it not been for these key moments:
- Dave Navarro plays a guy at a music studio who clearly has no scruples or moral compass. So, himself.
- BAMF Sue Simmons makes a cameo as a newscaster covering Caleb's trial! Sue Simmons, for all of those that live outside of the New York metropolitan region, is a beloved newscaster who once dropped the F-bomb on live television. She is awesome.
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- Wendy Williams plays a talk show host (so, herself) who asks not-Chris Brown about his relationship with not-Rihanna and also, "How you doin?"
- Law & Order's New York Post knock-off newspaper New York Ledger with their dead-on headline: "Beauty and the Beating." I have no doubt someone from the New York Post got fired for not thinking of that first.
- Ice-T interrupting Caleb and Mischa's terrible duet "You Can Count On Me" to show these young punks how it's really done. Okay, that didn't happen, but it should have.
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