Jewels belonging to Wallis Simpson have raised $930,000 (£620,000) at auction. Items included a Cartier bracelet, a signed cigarette case and a gem-studded choker. Divorcee Simpson caused a scandal in Britain when King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 so they could wed.
It's time for Nick Lachey to start writing some lullabies. Lachey, 38, and his wife Vanessa Minnillo, 31, welcomed the birth of their first son on Wednesday, People reports. "We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey,” the couple said in a statement.
According to the statement, Camden was born at 6:54 PM. He weighed in at a whopping eight pounds, nine ounces and measured at 21 inches long.
Lachey and Minnillo have been together forever, so it was about time that they started a family. They began dating in 2006 after Lachey divorced his first wife, Jessica Simpson, that same year. Lachey and Minnillo briefly split in 2009, but the breakup only lasted several months. The couple finally tied the knot on July 15, 2011 during an intimate ceremony on Sir Richard Branson's private Island in the British Virgin Islands. Now, they have just expanded their family with the birth of little Camden.
"Love has truly been redefined for both of us," the couple said.
Congrats to the Lacheys on this happy news.
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Deciding what to name your child is undoubtedly one of the biggest dilemmas when it comes to welcoming a new family member into the world (well, that and the whole giving-birth thing). So it's always interesting to see what names become popular from year-to-year. Luckily for such inquiring minds, Nameberry is able to know such things by tracking the biggest spikes in views over the course of the year, and 2012 is already proving to be a rather astonishing group (so far at least). And while some of these names may seem highly unusual, they'll also be extremely familiar. Why? Because baby names are heavily influenced by pop culture.
Don't sound so surprised. Whether you're an entertainment fanatic like myself or not, pop culture is an everpresent force in our everyday lives. As of now, the strongest baby name influences consist of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, which should come as no shock given how heavily popular both franchises have been. But there's plenty more where that came from.
So without further ado, here are some of Nameberry’s biggest pop-culture-influenced baby names so far this year, based on over six million views of their individual name pages:
Senna (female version of Cinna): Even though Senna may not look familiar, its near-identical male twin version, Cinna, certainly should. If you recall, Cinna is Katniss Everdeen's stylist in The Hunger Games series and is the one who makes her become "the girl on fire."
Niall: This name was mostly unheard of until Niall Horan of the newly-popular rock band One Direction came along and made it cool again. Behold, the power of a boy band!
Arya: There's been over an 800 percent increase in the popularity of this name, proving once and for all how truly awesome Games of Thrones' Arya Stark really is. A Lannister may always pay his debts, but this girl has stared into the face of death and said "Not Today!" There's really no contest.
Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby hasn't even hit theaters yet and its already making a huge mark on our society. It probably doesn't hurt that the always gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio is now the face of the name.
Blue: It doesn't take a pop culture genius to figure this one out. When Beyoncé gave birth to Blue Ivy in January, that baby's name became one of the biggest topics of conversation. Sorry, but blue is no longer just a color, my friends.
Sybil: The lovely Lady Sybil Crawley of Downton Abbey has undoubtedly restored the popularity of this name. Parents ought to be careful, though — this child's bound to be a bit of a rebel with this name as well as very politically conscious.
Django: The title character of the next Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained is already creating quite the impression. And in case you're confused about the pronunciation, the "D" is silent. Apparently, there are many parents out there who like the idea of no one ever being able to say (or spell) their child's name correctly.
Nova: Though this name is normally used when referring to the stars, Nova has most likely spiked in popularity thanks to the 2011 Fox hit show, Terra Nova. Every parent wants their kid to be a star, and in this case they really would be.
But since the year is only half over, here's a look at what names we anticipate will become popular thanks to future pop culture projects:
Bane: Hey, it could happen.
Johanna: With Catching Fire talk well underway, it wouldn't be surprising if people began taking a particular liking to some new characters, especially Johanna who becomes quite a standout in the books. Never underestimate the power of a book-turned-movie franchise.
Christian: Yes, it may be a common name compared to all the rest of the names on this list, however, The New York Times Best Selling book "50 Shades of Grey" has made this one of the most lusted-after names since Edward Cullen. It's wrong on so many levels to name your baby after this sex-crazed character. But we're sure it will happen.
Mike: I don't even have to say it, do I? Mike — as in Magic Mike. Let's just go with any name Channing Tatum is given in movies because 2012 is clearly his year to shine (and strip).
Clark: With superheroes making such a remarkable comeback this year, it's safe to say the 2013 Man of Steel film will gain some serious traction in popularity. Everyone loves a nerd in glasses....especially if their name is Clark Kent.
Oz: As in the Great and Powerful. It'd be a little weird, but could totally happen now that James Franco is playing the mysterious wizard in the upcoming film, Oz: The Great and Powerful.
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The pop superstar admits researching the story of Edward VIII's controversial romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, for whom he gave up the throne, was enlightening - because it gave her a love story to believe in as her own union began crumbling.
Madonna, who split from Ritchie in 2008 after eight years of marriage, tells Newsweek magazine, "I'd been married 10 years (sic) when I started writing it. And I was certainly asking a kind of existential question that I think people ask when they've been married that long: 'What is the perfect love?'
"When you start off, everything's great and lovely, and the person you've married is flawless, and you're flawless. Then time goes by, and you share a life, you have children, and there are cracks in the veneer. It's not as romantic as it used to be. You think, 'This isn't what I thought it was going to be,' and, 'How much am I willing to sacrifice?'"
But the Material Girl refused to let her own failed marriage change her views about true love as she worked on her movie W.E.: "When you get to the end of the movie, I think it's very clear they (Edward and Simpson) really loved each other... I am a romantic and I do believe in true love."
The pop superstar, who is a fervent follower of Jewish faith Kabbalah, admits she did consider sidestepping the issue and not mentioning it in the film, but felt she owed it to the couple to go there.
Appearing on news show Nightline on Thursday (12Jan12), Madonna said, "I think it was something that was a real shadow that they had to live under. That's a huge libellous accusation.
"I do not believe they were Nazi sympathisers. He (Edward) did have a meeting with Hitler but so did a lot of heads of states, and that didn't make them a Nazi sympathiser.
"I think people started to spin this tale and this yarn and it was easy for a lot of people to put that label on them."
And Madonna also dismissed FBI reports suggesting the infamous couple was close to Hitler and the Nazis.
She added, "First of all, the FBI are notorious for lying and second of all there is actually no empirical evidence that can prove that they were Nazis or Nazi sympathisers."
D'Arcy plays King Edward VIII in the singer's first foray into feature film directing, which is about the monarch's love affair with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, who he abdicated the British throne for in 1936.
The perfectionist pop star demanded her lead learned many of the royal's hobbies in real life, and he undertook lessons to master the bagpipes, clay pigeon shooting and dancing.
And despite his efforts failing to make it into the final cut, the Brit is thankful Madonna pushed him to face his fears and learn a series of new skills.
He tells London's Evening Standard, "Because Madonna is not on very friendly terms with the word 'no', what happens is that reality starts to bend. You do things you didn't believe you were capable of and that is very exciting.
"I suspect with all of life I usually start from a position of fear and don't think I can do things. And the big trick seems to be to acknowledge that that is how you feel and do it anyway. What's really inspiring about Madonna is she helps you park the fear.
"She doesn't pay any attention to it in her own life and she won't let you either. So you just do the thing that seems impossible and then it becomes possible. She expects a lot - but most directors do.
"There aren't that many films about strong women - and made by a strong female director as well. I felt it was rather an honour to be part of that endeavour."
The Material Girl had her doubts about making her directorial debut with the story of American divorcee Wallis Simpson and British monarch King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne for their romance.
The pop queen struggled to secure the book rights for the project and almost gave up on her dream.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had gone through lots of trials and tribulations to (obtain) the rights to a book about her and couldn't get that.
"I thought, 'What am I doing here, writing a story about somebody... Are the royal family going to hate my guts for telling this story?'"
But the frustrated star decided to go forward with the film after a seeing Simpson's maiden name on a vehicle parked outside her home.
She recalls, "The doorbell rang and I answered it in my pyjamas, as I do. There was nobody there but there was a removal van and it said Montague Removal. That was her maiden name and I thought, 'Right, that's a sign.'"
D'Arcy plays the British monarch who shocked the world when he gave up his throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson in the 1930s.
And to ensure he remained regal throughout the shoot, the pop superstar would bow down to her on-screen king in between scenes.
He tells the BBC, "Madonna used to curtsey to me quite a lot. She used to call me Your Royal Highness, she still calls me that when she emails me.
"It was quite nice being bowed to. I rather enjoyed it."
D'Arcy also jokes he demanded the same respect from his family and friends: "I'm still making them bow and curtsey to me, that's something that's stayed with me until the film finished."
The pop superstar has stepped behind the camera on her first major release to tell the story of British monarch King Edward VIII's controversial marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which forced him from the throne.
And the singer reveals she learned about directing while in relationships with Penn and Ritchie, who have both scored huge hits at the box office.
She tells Britain's Radio Times, "I've been on a few film sets in my day and I've been married to a few directors and I've been friends with a lot of directors.
"I watched closely what both Sean and Guy did. With Sean I saw the importance of rehearsal and preparing and doing as much work as you can ahead of being on set.
"Guy is a much more visual director and he takes a lot of chances and risks when it comes to camera moves and things like that. And I learned a lot from him in that respect."
The Material Girl makes her directorial debut in the period piece, which is based on the romance between British monarch King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose relationship forced the royal to abdicate the throne in 1936.
Madonna studied various scripts and notes while writing the movie - but she refused to pay for the historical musings.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "I'm sure I've read every book on the Duchess of Windsor. And once people knew I was doing research and writing the script they wanted to sell me their letters.
"I didn't purchase any, but I read them, noted the information and then said thanks, but no thanks. I watched every documentary ever made, and stayed at the house in the south of France that they lived in during the war - it's now owned by (Russian businessman) Roman Abramovich. I tried to go to places that they were at and soak up their energy. Of course, I wasn't allowed in Windsor Castle."