Singers James Blunt and Katie Melua performed for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II onstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday (09Nov13) as part of the Festival of Remembrance, which commemorates soldiers who have died in battle.
Singer Katie Melua has heaped praise on her motorcycle ace husband James Toseland, insisting he has helped her find balance in her life after a breakdown. The pair wed in London last year (12), and now Melua has revealed she fell for him after he made it clear he understood how devoted she was to her career.
The star credits Toseland with helping her overcome a "crash" in her life by being supportive of her work.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "There was a crash. The biggest thing I learned was that I was a human being and that I'm not able to go without sleep and handle loads of work pressure and pressure at home.
"Now everything's a hell of a lot easier than it was before 2010. James has been an incredible support. Marriage has changed me massively. There are so many factors. It's been amazing to know someone who's had a similar lifestyle to me and who's had a similar journey. He grew up on caravan sites and from the age of 15 or 16 he became a pro motorcycle racer.
"One of the first times when I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him was because he completely got my obsession with work and music and he said, 'I know what it's like to have a job that you would kill for and would do anything for.' Before that, I had a few relationships where it had been an issue."
Singer Katie Melua has joined the mile 'dine' club - by leaping from a plane at 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) while enjoying a picnic. The Closest Thing To Crazy hitmaker strapped on a parachute and hurtled back down to Earth with her husband James Toseland to show her support for Britain's military.
She helped to launch the Royal British Legion's fundraising campaign Poppy Picnics on Friday (19Jul13) by taking to the skies above south west England with a hamper packed with sandwiches, salad, and champagne before performing her daredevil stunt.
Melua says, "It was an incredible experience. Even though it wasn't my first ever jump, it's certainly my first ever picnic in the sky! I still find it really scary before jumping but love overcoming that fear."
Singer Katie Melua has been left "shocked and spooked" after she was mugged in London this week (beg08Jul13). The star was walking home from a recording studio in Notting Hill when a thief ran up behind her and wrestled her cell phone from her hands.
Melua was not hurt in the mugging, but admits she was left shaken.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It was quite late but with the weather being gorgeous I thought a stroll would be great. And because I'm not familiar with the back streets, I was holding my phone out in front of me and following the directions on a map home. I heard running steps behind me and before I could turn to see who it was, I felt their hands grab mine and wrestle my phone out of my grip. I was spooked and shocked. But I'm relieved they didn't take my bag too."
After the incident, the singer asked a couple for help as she was too frightened to walk home alone.
She adds, "I went up to a couple nearby and asked them to walk with me and help me find a taxi."
Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's coronation anniversary celebrations by performing for the British monarch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night (11Jul13). The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Charles, Prince of Wales was in the royal box, along with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, who made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy this week (beg08Jul13).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth imminently, was notably absent, along with her husband, Prince William, who is currently in Wales on duty for his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
When asked about the impending birth, Prince Charles told reporters at the event, "Well, it won't be long now," while his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added, "Yes, we are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call."
Following her performance, Jenkins wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Such an incredible night. Loved the finale with (choir) Only Boys Aloud - great to sing with you again!"
Other artists on the festival bill include Katie Melua, The Feeling and Russell Watson.
Pop stars Katie Melua and The Feeling, and classical singers Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson are set to perform for Queen Elizabeth II as part of a concert series marking the 60th anniversary of her coronation. The anniversary of the British monarch's official ascension to the throne in 1963 will be celebrated with a number of special events at London's Buckingham Palace this summer (13), including star-studded concerts in the gardens.
The nightly shows will run from 11-14 July (13), and the Coronation Festival will also feature performances from New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the National Youth Orchestra and the English National Ballet.
Iconic British entertainment will be a main feature in a special theatrical dance performance with tributes to James Bond and spy TV show The Avengers.
The events come a year after Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and Melua hopes the Coronation Festival will receive a similarly positive response from the public.
She says, "It was so clear from last year's Diamond Jubilee what a soft spot the nation has for the Queen."
Soul sensation Adele has topped this year's (13) countdown of Britain's richest young musicians with an estimated $48 million (£30 million) fortune. The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker, who turns 25 next month (May13), is number one on the Sunday Times' annual under 30 rich list for the second year running - despite taking an extended break to recover from a throat operation and to give birth to her first child last year (12).
Adele's bank balance has swelled by $16 million (£10 million) in the last 12 months, thanks to continued sales of her albums and the success of her Oscar-winning James Bond theme tune, Skyfall.
The new figure means Adele is way ahead of her fellow British musicians under 30 - pop star Cheryl Cole, 29, is a distant runner-up with $22.4 million (£14 million), Leona Lewis, 28, and Katie Melua, 28, lag behind in joint third with $19.2 million (£12 million), while 26-year-old rocker Florence Welch has earned $14.4 million (£9 million).
Boyband One Direction has also made an entry on the list after amassing a joint fortune of $40 million (£25 million).
But the chart-topping youngsters will have to start saving their pennies to topple the industry veterans - Sir Paul McCartney leads the way with more than $1.04 billion in the bank, boosted by his heiress wife Nancy Shevell, who is worth an estimated $240 million (£150 million).
The full rich list will be released by the newspaper on 21 April (13).
The Harry Potter star's fortune of £76.8 million (£48 million) puts him at number five in The Sunday Times' list of the 50 Richest Young People 2011, ahead of Twilight's Pattinson, who takes the joint number eight spot with earnings of $51.2 million (£32 million).
Pattinson, 24, is placed two spots ahead of Knightley, whose $48 million (£30 million) bank balance puts her at number 10.
Radcliffe's Harry Potter co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are tied at 13 with $38.4 million (£24 million).
Other famous faces to make the list include British royals Princes William and Harry at 12, pop stars Cheryl Cole, Katie Melua and Leona Lewis, who are ranked joint 22nd, ahead of Adele and Lily Allen, who are tied at 35.
The Tourist is about as difficult to get through as spotting the vowels in the name of its director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmark was last seen receiving a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2007 for The Lives of Others which was about a couple living in East Berlin who were being monitored by the police of the German Democratic Republic. Its positive reception made way for the assumption that Donnersmark would continue to populate the USA with films of seemingly otherworldly and underrepresented themes. But his current project is saddening in its superficiality and total implausibility.
The film’s only real upside is its stars: two of our most prized Americans. Johnny Depp plays Frank Tupelo a math teacher from Wisconsin who travels to Europe after his wife leaves him presumably because of his weakness and simplicity. While en route to Venice he meets Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie) who situates herself in his company after she receives a letter from her criminal lover Alexander Pearce (who stole some billions from a very wealthy Russian and the British government) with instructions to find someone on a train who looks like him and make the police believe that he is the real Alexander Pearce to throw the authorities and the Russians off his track. Elise picks Frank and after they are photographed kissing each other on the balcony of Elise’s hotel everyone begins to believe Frank is the real Pearce and so begins the chase.
While Donnersmark could not have picked two better looking people to film roaming around Venice his lack of faith in the audience is obvious. Every aspect of the characters is hammed up again and again as if Donnersmark felt burdened with the task of making us see his vision. Doubtful that we’re capable of getting to where he wants us he has crafted a movie completely devoid of subtlety. Elise’s strength and superiority over Frank are portrayed by close-ups and repeated instances of men burping up their lungs upon seeing her (as if her beauty is in any way subjective?). And in case we forgot that Frank is the victim in this story -- even though he’s been tricked chased and shot at - Donnersmark still felt the need to pin him with a lame electronic cigarette to puff on. Frank and Elise somehow manage to lack mystery even though we get very few factual details about each of them.
Nothing extraordinary comes to us in the way of the film’s structural elements either. There is very little of the action that The Tourist’s marketing led us to believe and the dialog is often painful. The plot itself is almost shockingly unbelievable especially when we’re asked to believe that Elise falls in love with Frank after a combination of kissing him once and her disclosed habit of swooning over men she only spent an hour with (yes that was on her CV).
The Tourist is rather empty and cosmetic. It’s worth seeing if you’re a superfan of Jolie or Depp but don’t expect to walk out of the theater with anything more than the stub you came in with.