A nurse who was caught up in the notorious Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge radio prank committed suicide after becoming tormented by the hoax, an official inquiry has ruled. Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after an Australian radio DJ convinced her she was Queen Elizabeth II and asked to be put through to the duchess, who was receiving treatment for morning sickness at the London hospital where the nurse worked.
The prank call was broadcast by Mel Greig and Michael Christian on their show on Australia's 2Day FM network in December, 2012, attracting headlines around the world.
An inquest into Saldanha's death concluded in London on Friday (12Sep14), with the coroner ruling she had hanged herself and stating that the prank call "was clearly pressing on her mind", as were some problems she had with a work colleague.
Coroner Fiona Wilcox also ruled it was "inconceivable" Saldanha would have given permission to broadcast the hoax phone call.
The hearing was told Saldanha had sent several emails in the wake of the incident telling colleagues, "It's all my fault", and revealing she felt "ashamed" at being fooled by the DJs.
Greig, who quit her radio job in December (13) after being taken off air for a year, attended the inquest but did not give evidence. Following the hearing, she apologised to the Saldanha family, saying, "I am truly sorry. I have wanted to say that for so long."
The hoax call was made while the duchess was pregnant with her first child, son George. On Monday (08Sep14), her husband Prince William announced she is expecting again.
Taylor Swift has broken her ex-boyfriends' hearts all over again by revealing she wasn't in love with any of them.
The singer, who lists Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Joe Jonas among her past flames, tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine that she never thought she'd have a lasting romance with her famous exes. She says, "(It wasn't) real love. Not the kind that lasts. I think that's still ahead of me, which is really exciting."
And, opening up about her much-publicised dating life, the Love Story hitmaker admits she was too idealistic as she entered into her past romances, adding, "I used to go into them thinking, 'Maybe this is the one, we'll get married and have a family; this could be forever'. Whereas now I go in thinking, 'How long do we have on the clock before something comes along and puts a wrench in it, or your publicist calls and says this isn't a good idea?'"
Country music legend Glen Campbell is to release the song he wrote about his Alzheimer's battle as his final tune. I’m Not Gonna Miss You is the the last song the Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker recorded with producer Julian Raymond before his condition forced him to quit the business.
The track was recorded for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which was released earlier this year (14).
The song will be available as a download on 30 September (14), the same day as the release of the documentary soundtrack album, which also features The Band Perry's rendition of Gentle on My Mind and Home Again by Campbell's daughter Ashley.
The singer's family checked him into a care facility earlier this year (14) when his memory lapses and confused state made him a danger to himself around the home.
Country singer Josh Turner is celebrating after becoming a father for the fourth time. The star and his wife Jennifer welcomed a little boy named Samuel Hawke Turner on Thursday (04Sep14).
A statement released to People.com reads, "God has truly blessed Jennifer and me (sic)with this healthy little boy. We are so thankful and excited to see our family grow yet again."
The couple is already parents to sons Hampton, eight, Colby, five, and three-year-old Marion.
Actress-turned-reality star Shayne Lamas is set to become a mother via a surrogate after suffering a miscarriage tragedy earlier this year (14). The daughter of U.S. soap veteran Lorenzo Lamas was hospitalised with internal bleeding in February (14) due to complications with her second pregnancy. She lost her unborn child and was left fighting for her own life following emergency surgery, but has since made a full recovery.
She and her husband, Nik Richie, are now hoping to move on from the heartbreak by welcoming another baby into their lives.
A representative for the couple revealed the happy news on Friday (05Sep14) after a recent appearance on U.S. reality show Couples Therapy Reunion sparked rumours suggesting Lamas was pregnant again.
In a statement released to Eonline.com, the dad-to-be clarifies the big reveal by saying, "Someone else is carrying our child. Shayne and I are truly excited to expand our family."
The couple, which wed in 2010, is also parents to two-year-old daughter Press.
Country star Loretta Lynn was forced to postpone a concert in Iowa on Thursday night (04Sep14) as her daughter prepared to undergo a mystery surgery. The Coal Miner's Daughter singer was scheduled to perform at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, but cited a family medical emergency for axing the show at the last minute.
Lynn's 62-year-old daughter, Cissie Lynn, took to her Facebook.com account on Tuesday (02Sep14) to share the news she is scheduled to have surgery on Friday (05Sep14), but did not go into details about the operation.
She wrote, "I truly want to thank each and everyone of you for your thoughts and prays (prayers). I will be having surgery Friday it’s a very long process but I know god will be holding my hands though out my recovery I love you all thanks (sic) you for being my friend and caring about me hopeful (sic) I will be able to sing again in a few months."
The concert has been rescheduled for 27 March (15).
Actress Beverly Mitchell is set to become a mum again - the former 7Th Heaven star is pregnant with her second child. The baby will be born next year (15).
Mitchell, who is married to Michael Cameron, revealed the big news on Twitter.com on Thursday (04Sep14), stating, "Can't believe in 2015 we will be a family of 4!!!"
The actress, 33, wed Cameron in 2008 and the couple welcomed daughter Kenzie Lynne last year (Mar13).
The child stars of 1994 movie remake The Little Rascals have regrouped to recreate the film's poster. Actor-turned-singer Blake McIver was behind the 20th anniversary get together after sparking reunion plans while launching his new album The Time Manipulator in June (14).
McIver, who played bespectacled Waldo in the family film, told WENN, "I'm trying to get the whole cast to show up for the launch party. As far as an official reunion, I haven't heard anything about that but it would be great to have an official reunion over the summer.
"And whatever happens, thanks to social media, I've been able to keep in touch with the other Little Rascals... We've pretty much all found each other again, which is great."
And it seems he was able to bring everyone together again - the nine stars who appeared on the 1994 poster have posed for the new poster, which was posted online on Wednesday (03Sep14).
We opened 2014 with heated anticipation for the next great turns from Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier, and a number of other cinematic vets. But the year has also treated us to a hefty sum of noteworthy first timers. We've caught a wide variety of debut attempts over the course of these past eight months, with enough qualitative range to incite reactions from "The next Hitchcock!" to "I might be able to get you a gig with my friend who does wedding videos, but don't tell him you know me." Here's a quick rundown of the debut flicks we've seen so far in '14, from great to terrible.
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Palo AltoDirector: Gia CoppolaWhy we're already on her bandwagon: In the vein of her aunt Sofia, the young Gia Coppola showcases an indubitable understanding of upper class ennui.
Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick CarboneWhy we're already on his bandwagon: Carbone's primarily wordless coming-of-age drama shows off his patience and pensiveness, not to mention his ability to skirt the self-importance than many films of Smiling Faces' ilk seem to bear.
Obvious ChildDirector: Gillian RobespierreWhy we're already on her bandwagon: It's funny as hell even within the margins of genre tradition, and sweet without succumbing to Hollywood sugar.
THE VERY GOOD
Zero MotivationDirector: Talya LavieShows promise of: A knack for absurdist humor and grounded character relationships alike.
It Felt Like LoveDirector: Eliza HittmanShows promise of: A uniquely keen empathy for how young people conduct themselves, both internally and among one another.
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The Bachelor Weekend/The StagDirector: John ButlerShows potential in: A good sense of humor, especially when it veers closer to Apatow than McKay.
Are You HereDirector: Matthew WeinerShows potential in: Social commentary through character construction, but Weiner needs a better handle on cinematic pacing.
The One I LoveDirector: Charlie McDowellShows potential in: Big ideas, and the presentation thereof, but lacks in the ultimate execution of where they can and ought to go.
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Beneath the Harvest SkyDirector: Aron Gaudet and Gita PullapillyThere's room for improvement regarding: A sharper attention to the characters and story, which occasionally fade out of focus at the behest of a vivid North Maine setting.
LullabyDirector: Andrew LevitasThere's room for improvement regarding The acerbic but knowing humor shared by the central family members, in favor of the intense melodrama that the film feels impelled to stuff itself with from time to time.
Cheap ThrillsDirector: E.L. KatzThere's room for improvement regarding: The energy set toward invoking a truly interesting story or course of events, rather than the allowance of the "weird" or "dangerous" to take the wheel altogether like it does here.
TammyDirector: Ben FalconeThere's room for improvement regarding: An authentic commitment to the sincerity in the characters, in place of wild and wacky antics like jetski crashes and deer mouth-to-mouth... though these were probably studio notes, we have to assume.
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Winter’s TaleDirector: Akiva GoldsmanWhat we hope he gets right next time: A more defined storytelling goal. While some of the film's elements worked in a vaccuum, Goldsman had been gestating a Winter's Tale adaptation for years, coming out the gate with something that is oddly both convoluted and terribly narrow.
MaleficentDirector: Robert StrombergWhat we hope he gets right next time: More Angie.
A Coffee in Berlin/Oh BoyDirector: Jan Ole GersterWhat we hope he gets right next time: A better understanding of the fine line between cheeky and irritating. The German comedy/drama plays
Earth to EchoDirector: Dave GreenWhat we hope he gets right next time: Ditch the essentially pointless found footage antic and hone in on the fleeting spirit of the kids.
TranscendenceDirector: Wally PfisterWhy we're nervous for his future: Pfister is a skilled cinematographer, but his grasp of character, story, and ambiance seem dangerously absent.
Goodbye to All ThatDirector: Angus McLachlanWhy we're nervous for his future: Ambitions seem to fall shy of originality, settling instead on retreating the same indie dramedy territory we've seen time and time again, but without any discernible charisma.
If I StayDirector: R.J. CutlerWhy we're nervous for his future: A dastardly aesthetic, paper-thin characters, a devoted marriage to teen movie cliches, and a potentially dangerous mentality driving the story altogether do not bode well for Cutler's future behind the camera.
Behaving BadlyDirector: Tim GarrickWhy we're nervous for his future: Because he made this horrible thing.
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Veteran Survivor rocker Jimi Jamison has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 63. The singer passed away on Sunday night (31Aug14), his booking manager, Sally Irwin, confirms to TMZ.com.
His bandmates also shared the sad news with a statement on their Facebook.com page, which reads: "Survivor is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his friends and family."
Born Jimmy Wayne Jamison, the musician began his professional career in the late 1970s, when he played in a local band from Memphis, Tennessee, called Target.
He later fronted heavy metal group Cobra, which he performed with until its demise in 1983, and used his spare time to provide backing vocals for artists such as ZZ Top and Joe Walsh in the early 1980s.
However, it wasn't until 1984 that Jamison's career really took off, after he was invited to join the line up for Survivor.
They recorded the theme song for The Karate Kid film in 1984, titled The Moment of Truth, and Jamison's addition helped to give the Eye of the Tiger hitmakers a much-needed career boost with the success of albums Vital Signs and When Seconds Count, which included hits likes High on You, The Search Is Over, Is This Love and Burning Heart from the Rocky IV movie soundtrack.
Survivor went on an indefinite hiatus in 1989, prompting Jamison to pursue a solo career, touring under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor - a move which sparked a trademark battle with founding member Frankie Sullivan.
The rocker, who was also famed as the co-writer and singer of Baywatch theme tune I'm Always Here, would go on to reunite with the veteran group in 2000, before walking away again in 2006, and rejoining once more in 2011.
They continued to tour up until the eve of Jamison's death, performing in Reno, Nevada on Friday (29Aug14) and Morgan Hill, California on Saturday (30Aug14).
Survivor were due to continue their trek in Colorado on 12 September (14), before heading to Europe for shows in Holland, Germany, Sweden and England. The status of those shows was unknown as WENN went to press.
An "ABC Family Theater" presentation about a family that is overwhelmed by the death of their eldest daughter, including a younger daughter that struggles to keep the family together, and parents who have yet to come to grips with the death.