British Olympic diver Tom Daley has topped gay magazine Attitude's Hot 100 Sexiest Men list for the second consecutive year, seven months after 'coming out' as a homosexual. The 20-year-old sportsman, who is dating Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, was unveiled as the publication's new cover star at its annual summer party in London on Wednesday (16Jul14).
Daley beats former The X Factor U.K. winner Shayne Ward to claim the title, while acting hunk Zac Efron places third, just ahead of soccer stud David Beckham and British reality star Dan Osborne in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Andrew Fraser, Attitude's Deputy Editor, says, "It's been a big year for Tom Daley. When he made his very moving and personal video last year, where he revealed his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, he not only changed his own life, but will have helped change the lives of countless other young gay people who are starved of role models in the world of film, TV and sport."
In the accompanying interview, Daley admits he would like to pursue a career as a TV presenter once he retires from diving, and opens up about settling down in the near future, saying, "Family is something that has always been really important to me and yes, at some point I would love to marry and have kids."
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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
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J.K. Rowling has sent Harry Potter fans into a spin by posting a story update online.
The author posted a 1,500-word article on her Pottermore.com website to give readers a glimpse into the adult lives of the main characters. Written in the style of a newspaper article by fictional journalist Rita Skeeter, the piece focuses on the grown-up goings-on of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the film franchise.
Rowling tells fans her title character is in his 30s and has a "couple of threads of silver" in his black hair, while Granger is now Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Grint's character works at his brothers' company Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and his red hair is "thinning".
The article reveals Potter is married to his best friend's sister, Ginny Weasley, who is a journalist, and gives fans updates on their pals Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.
The publication of the short story comes after it was revealed that Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden site in England, where all the wizard movies were shot.
The final book in the Potter series was released in 2007, while the last film hit cinemas in 2011.
Rob Lowe once had a bizarre mid-air run-in with Monica Lewinsky while he was preparing to shoot White House-based drama The West Wing.
The Hollywood hunk was scanning scripts during a flight before filming the pilot episode for the show, in which he played Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, when he realised then-President Bill Clinton's infamous intern-turned-lover was a fellow passenger.
He took the chance to tell Lewinsky that a show focusing on the White House was heading to TV, and insisted her fling with the Commander in Chief would not be referenced in the series.
In new U.S. nostalgia TV show, The '90s: The Last Great Decade?, he says, "I think two or three days before we filmed The West Wing pilot, I was reading the script and studying my lines on a plane. And I got the feeling of someone watching you - you know how that can be? - and I looked up across the aisle, and it was Monica Lewinsky."
"I had this moment, I thought, 'You know what? I gotta say this to her. And I said, 'Listen, I just want you to know something. I'm about to do a show called The West Wing. It's about the presidency. I think people are going to pay a lot of attention to it. And I just want you to know we're not doing anything about... you know, so you don't need to worry.'"
The show first aired in 1999, a year after their affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998. He was later cleared.
Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalised following Swedish DJ Avicii's gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (25Jun14). The Wake Me Up hitmaker brought his True Tour to the TD Garden venue but his gig descended into chaos as audience members fell ill. A number of ambulances were called to the scene and around 50 revellers were treated by paramedics on site. Another 36 were taken to nearby hospitals, according to the Boston Globe.
Gig-goer Roisin Saratonion, 18, tells the newspaper, "It was just too crazy in there.... You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn't breathe. It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated."
Authorities believe many of the cases were caused by dehydration, while Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse suggests alcohol and drugs could have played a part, adding, "There may have been some illicit drug involved, but none have been identified."
A spokesperson for Live Nation, the promoter behind the show, says in a statement: "Based on early reports from the venue it appears the majority of the transports were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside the venue and access to the concert. Out of an abundance of caution, they were transported for medical evaluation and assistance."
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Just hearing the awful news abt (about) tonight. It's a terrible thing, I rly (really) hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families."
A similar incident occurred at the DJ's show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada last month (May14), when at least 29 revellers were taken to hospital for drug or alcohol-related illnesses, according to The Toronto Star newspaper.
Avicii's gig on Wednesday marked the star's return to the Boston stage after he was previously forced to postpone the concert and the rest of his U.S. tour dates originally slated for April (14), when he underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix.
Actor Tom Wopat has come under fire from activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after signing up to take part in a leading circus' parade in his native Wisconsin. The former Dukes of Hazzard star has been tapped to play the grand marshal of the Big Top Parade in Baraboo on 26 July (14) to help celebrate the Ringling Bros. circus company's 130th anniversary.
However, the actor's decision to perform at the bash has angered PETA campaigners, who have long called for a crackdown on the alleged mistreatment of Ringling's circus elephants.
PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders tells WENN, "Wopat is out of touch for supporting circuses that force animals to perform through violent beatings. There's not a hot rod on the planet fast enough for Wopat to escape the fact that he's promoting the cruelest show on Earth."
Wopat has yet to respond to the pressure from PETA.
PETA's longrunning campaign against the Ringling Bros. has previously won the support of celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Olivia Munn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ashley Judd.
Two high-profile British journalists have resigned from a freedom of speech campaign group after actor/comedian Steve Coogan was appointed as a patron. Last week (ends15Jun14), the Philomena star became a member of the Index on Censorship, an international organisation which promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression.
The move has sparked criticism because Coogan is a prominent supporter of Hacked Off, a group which campaigns for tougher press regulation, and other patrons fear the actor's appointment represents a conflict of interest.
Famed writer/broadcaster Ian Hislop and Francis Wheen, the editor and deputy editor of satirical U.K. current affairs magazine Private Eye, have resigned from the board of the Index on Censorship in protest at Coogan's appointment.
Wheen admits he was "baffled" by Coogan's inclusion, adding, "There are plenty of celebrities to choose from, it seems odd to choose someone who is so heavily associated with Hacked Off."
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index defends Coogan, saying, "Our patrons are a diverse group of people, whose opinions sometimes diverge with our own. Free speech depends on open debate with people who may have points of view you disagree with..."
Monty Python actor Michael Palin and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard are also patrons of the group.
Reclusive rock star Gary Glitter returned to the spotlight on Thursday (19Jun14) as he appeared in court to face child sex charges. The glam rock icon, who has been charged with eight sex assaults on two girls as young as 12, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London under his real name Paul Gadd.
He is facing six counts of indecent assault, one count of "administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse", and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13. The alleged offences date from between 1977 and 1980.
During the brief hearing, Gadd spoke only to confirm his name and personal details, and when the deputy chief magistrate questioned why the veteran star was wearing sunglasses in court, his defence attorney Christopher Ware insisted his client has a "medical condition".
Gadd was released on bail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court in London on 3 July (14).
The suspect accused of attempting to break into Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home pleaded not guilty to stalking charges on Tuesday (10Jun14). Joshua Corbett was taken into custody early on Sunday morning (08Jun14) after he was allegedly caught trying to gain access to the Oscar winner's property while she was inside.
The 39 year old was subsequently charged with felony counts of residential burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun, and he pleaded not guilty during a court appearance in L.A. on Tuesday.
Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall told CNN.com that Corbett "was not in possession of the machine gun at the time of the break-in."
The Superior Court judge set his bail at $185,000 (£110,445) and ordered him to stay away from Bullock.
If convicted, Corbett could face more than seven years behind bars.
Bullock also obtained an emergency restraining order against Corbett on Sunday.
The president of the Cannes Film Festival has defended his decision to give Iranian actress Leila Hatami a kiss on the cheek on Sunday (18May14) after officials in her native country lashed out at the star for allowing him to compromise her "chastity".
Cannes festival jury member Hatami and event boss Gilles Jacob came under fire from Iran's deputy culture minister, Hossein Noushabadi, this weekend after they were pictured sharing the traditional French greeting of a kiss on each cheek. Noushabadi accused Hatami, one of the Islamic nation's biggest screen stars, of acting inappropriately in front of the world's cameras, stating, "Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world. "(The) Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence."
However, Jacob has now spoken out against the backlash, insisting Hatami was not to blame for the friendly public display of affection, which he insists has been blown out of proportion. Taking to his Twitter.com blog, he writes, "It was me who gave a kiss to Madame Hatami. In that moment, she represented to me all of Iranian cinema... This controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless."
Hatami is one of five women on the judging panel for the Cannes Film Festival's biggest prize, the Palme d'Or. She joins the likes of Sofia Coppola and jury president Jane Campion. Willem Dafoe, Mexican actor/director Gael Garcia Bernal and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn are also among the movie celebrities on the 2014 Cannes jury.