Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge have taken legal action against a photographer over allegations he has been monitoring the daily routine of their young son Prince George. Lawyers representing the royal couple have sent letters to two freelance snappers, and accused one of the unnamed individuals of following the 15-month-old prince during his walks in a London park with a nanny.
A spokesman for the royals says, "The Duke and Duchess have taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives. An incident last week has prompted Their Royal Highnesses to seek reasonable assurances from the individual about his behaviour. The individual was spotted at a central London park in the vicinity of Prince George, who was removed from the park immediately. There is reason to suspect that the individual may been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time...
"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities."
The Wanted star Max George heroically saved a young boy from drowning in California on Monday (22Sep14), according to a U.S. report. The singer, who is currently on hiatus from the British boyband, was enjoying a day at a beach with pals in Santa Monica when he spotted a young boy, who was approximately 10 years old, struggling to swim against a riptide.
A source tells E! News that George rushed to action, swimming to the boy and bringing him back to the shore safely before a lifeguard tended to him.
In a post on Twitter.com on Tuesday (23Sep14), he writes, "Emotional day at the beach yesterday #SantaMonica... The waves at Santa Monica are gruesome sometimes!"
Breakout The Boxtrolls star Isaac Hempstead-Wright really got into character at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California in July (14) by eating spiders and bugs. The young star, who plays Eggs in the hit film, admits he had a ball at his first Comic-Con and the highlight was sampling creepy crawlies cooked up by top chef David George Gordon.
He tells WENN, "We had this 'eat the Boxtrolls' food truck and they had this great bug chef who created all these mad concoctions.
"We had fried tempura tarantula, tempura crickets and so I tried some of those and they were absolutely revolting! But I've got bragging rights now that I ate a tarantula."
Pregnant singer Carrie Underwood is set for a double celebration this week (beg01Sep14) after landing a top nomination at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards just days after announcing she is expecting her first child. The Before He Cheats hitmaker, who is married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, confirmed her happy news on America's Labor Day holiday on Monday (01Sep14), and now she is celebrating a top nod at the CMAs after the nominations were announced on Wednesday (03Sep14).
Underwood will do battle with pop star Taylor Swift for the Female Vocalist of the Year title along with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.
Country veteran Lambert is also nominated for the Album of the Year prize for her Platinum record, which will compete with Luke Bryan's Crash My Party, Fuse by Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley's Riser and Eric Church's The Outsiders.
Lambert is also the only woman nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize. She will take on her husband Blake Shelton, as well as Luke Bryan, George Strait and Keith Urban.
The Male Vocalist of the Year will be a battle between Bentley, Church, Bryan, Urban and Shelton, while the award for Vocal Group of the Year will be contested by Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band and Little Big Town.
Underwood will host the prizegiving with fellow country star Brad Paisley in Nashville, Tennessee on 5 November (14).
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George Clooney has been named Hollywood's most-gracefully ageing male for refusing to dye his greying hair.
The Ocean's Eleven star, 53, topped a list of Tinseltown's leading 'MAGs' - Men Ageing Gracefully - in a survey by a leading U.K. hair transplant centre. His close pal Brad Pitt, 50, came second in the list of male stars who have stayed sexy with age, and Johnny Depp, 51, was placed third.
The top five was rounded out by James Bond hunk Daniel Craig, 46, and Australian star Hugh Jackman, 45.
The survey of 1,000 movie fans was conducted on behalf of the Crown Clinic in Manchester, England and featured dozens of male stars over 40 who have embraced ageing.
Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak says, "Clooney is a worthy winner. He has been a global sex symbol for 20 years and he has just as many female fans now as when he first emerged on (TV series) ER. He has happily embraced middle age and looks just as sexy as a brooding silver fox as he did as a hunky young doctor in his breakthrough role. "What is striking about the survey is that every single 'MAG' has a full head of hair. It's a sad fact but nothing ages a man like losing his hair. (This) survey shows that baldness can age a man by as much as 10 years."
The rest of the top ten featured Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Will Smith, Sean Penn, and Colin Firth.
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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The Fault In Our Stars and TV series Orange Is The New Black were the big winners at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday (27Jul14), scooping three honours each.
The teen romance film picked up the Favourite Flick accolade at the annual prizegiving, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's young stars. The movie's main star, Ansel Elgort, won Fan Favourite - Male and was also awarded Best On-Screen Couple with co-star Shailene Woodley.
The prison-based TV series was crowned the most Bingeworthy TV Show while Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the show, won Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber won the We Love to Hate You trophy for his evil character George 'Pornstache' Mendez.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber also took to the stage in Los Angeles to be honoured with the Champ of Charity Award, for his humanitarian work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other winners included Ed Sheeran, Chloe Grace Moretz and British singer Sam Smith. The ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will be televised in the U.S. on Monday (28Jul14).
Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has refused to kill off a British teenager in the next instalment of his hit book series.
The author offered to create two new characters based on fans who donated $20,000 (GBP11,700) to a recent Prizeo campaign to benefit Santa Fe's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary - and write them off in the next Game of Thrones book.
The prizes were quickly snapped up by an anonymous female and Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt, but one 13-year-old fan wanted to be included too and wrote to Martin, begging for a grisly death in his new book. The kid also offered up $260 (£153) from his savings to Martin's wolf sanctuary cause.
The young fan wrote, "Wolves are my favourite animal, and when I grow up, I want to be a wolf conservationist... Maybe you have heard of the Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading in the U.K."
But the writer has declined the offer, telling the teenager, "There's a limit to how many people even I can kill."
However, Martin has been inspired by the 13 year old's donation, and he has pledged $10,000 (£5,900) to the U.K. Wolf Conservation Trust in the boy's name.
He writes, "I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals."
Star Trek star George Takei can sympathise with the Honduras youngsters experiencing life in America from border patrol prisons, because he and his family were marched into an internment camp during World War Two. More than 57,000 people have attempted to gain access to America this year and many of them are children under the age of 12 attempting to escape the gang violence back home.
The majority have been caught at the border by customs officials, and Takei can appreciate what they are going through.
He says, "They come from a terrifying place already. I mean Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world - kids being killed by gangsters. They are not immigrants, they are asylum seekers for their lives. They can't be treated like immigrants."
And hearing many of them are entering the U.S. behind bars reminds him of his own time in prison camps when he was five.
He recalls, "We were ordered out of our two-bedroom home here in Los Angeles... We were in the living room looking out the front window and I saw two American soldiers with bayoneted rifles come marching up our driveway; they stomped up the front porch and banged on the front door.
"My father answered it and literally at gunpoint they ordered us out."
Japanese Americans were interned in 'War Relocation Camps' throughout the United States in 1942, shortly after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor.
He adds, "(It's a) dark chapter of American history... (We) were summarily rounded up with no charges, no trial, no due process... and put in barbed wire prison camps, just because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.
"We were behind those barbed wire fences for the duration of the war. There were 10 camps altogether, all in the most desolate places, hellish places. There were two on the blistering desert of Arizona... and we were sent to the swamps of Arkansas."
Bombay Bicycle Club rocker Jack Steadman has branded the Arctic Monkeys' alleged involvement in a tax avoidance scheme "disgusting". The Cornerstone hitmakers were recently named in a list of celebrities, including George Michael and Sir Michael Caine, who allegedly invested in a variety of business schemes that exploit loopholes in the system to help their backers avoid paying hefty tax bills.
Steadman calls the practice "quite disgusting" and adds to BBC Radio 5 Live, "I'm also aware of how quickly you can change as a person, not that it forgives you. I'd be lying if I said I'd be like this my whole life, because I'm sure the Arctic Monkeys when they were young boys in Sheffield and you asked them this question (about tax avoidance) they would say, 'Absolutely not, this is horrific'. But the things that have happened to them and what they'd been thrown into has definitely had a huge effect on them."
He also vows to never participate in such a scheme, adding, "I live in this country and I use services like the NHS (National Health Service) and these services need money from people to use them so I'll always pay my taxes."