Veteran British entertainer Cilla Black feels lucky to be alive after her home in Spain burned down. The singer-turned-TV star was not at her villa in Estepona, on the east coast of the country, when it was devastated by a blaze earlier this month (Jul14).
Black has since jetted out to the city to deal with the repairs, and admits she is glad she was not in the house when the blaze broke out.
She says, "All the hedges have gone at the front of the house. A good Samaritan - a neighbour opposite - saw these flames at three o'clock in the morning. I have management over there and a gardener, but I could've been in the house when it happened. It frightens me."
Country hitmakers John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters are set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The four musicians will be feted by officials at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) at the Music City Center in the Tennessee capital in October (14).
Pat Alger, Chairman of the NSAI Board of Directors, says, "Here in Nashville where the music industry has always been built on a foundation of great songs written by legendary songwriters, each year only a few are elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"This year we are very pleased to welcome the class of 2014: Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters in the songwriter category; Paul Craft in the veteran songwriter category and John Anderson as our songwriter/artist."
Douglas is known for penning songs for Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert, who scored huge success with The House That Built Me, while Peters wrote McBride's Independence Day and The Chill Of An Early Fall for George Strait.
Craft famously created Ray Stevens' novelty smash It's Me Again, Margaret and singer/songwriter Anderson is famed for tracks like Swingin, Seminole Wind and Shuttin' Detroit Down, which he co-wrote for John Rich.
Last year's (13) honourees included Alabama star Randy Owen and singer Jeffrey Steele.
Singer Justin Moore has moved out of country music mecca Nashville, Tennessee and relocated to his native Poyen, Arkansas for the sake of his family. The dedicated dad, whose wife Kate is due to give birth to the couple's third child this month (Jul14), reveals he wanted his parents to spend more time with their grandkids and to give the youngsters the chance to experience life in the countryside, just like he did growing up in the tiny town of Poyen, which has a population of less than 300.
Moore tells People.com, "People think I am nuts. But I want my girls to run through the cow pasture to my mum and dad's house. I want them to go to school where I went to school. It's important to me to see them growing up and having a normal childhood."
The move comes months after the Home Sweet Home star decided to cut down his tour schedule so he can be hands-on with his children's daily lives.
He says, "This means that I will be home for over 200 days this year. My four year old just started playing softball. I will be taking her to dance class. These are the things that are tops on my priority list."
Moore and his wife, who wed in 2007, are currently parents to daughters Ella, four, and Kennedy, two.
British royal Prince Harry cancelled an engagement during his trip to South America after falling ill. The fourth in line to the throne is currently in Chile and spent time with disabled children at the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus in Santiago over the weekend (28-29Jun14) when he showed off his dancing skills to Katy Perry's Firework.
The Prince was an instant hit with the youngsters, but he had to sit out of subsequent motorbike lessons after coming down with a "splitting headache", with his spokesperson adding that Harry had been "feeling under the weather".
He flew out of the country on Sunday (29Jun14). A post on the Clarence House Twitter.com page reads, "A huge thank you to the people of Chile for the fantastic welcome over the last three days. Hasta la vista! #HarryinChile."
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It's going to be a scary day on sets across the country today. Here's a look at three spooky projects filming this afternoon.
The Conjuring sequel focuses on the horrifying Anabelle doll that haunted two young women in the first film. You can catch Annabelle filming tonight at 711 S Plymouth Blvd in Los Angeles from 5 PM to 6 AM... or in theaters on Oct. 3.
The story behind Experimenter is more disturbing than scary, especially considering it is a true story. The independent movie stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who conducted controversial Obedience Experiments at Yale University in the 1960s. Throughout the study he documented the responses of ordinary people who believed they were sending harmful electrical shocks to strangers.
Today, Sarsgaard will be filming scenes for Experimenter at Bedford Park Blvd W and Goulden Ave in Bronx, NY.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is back at it today in Senoia, GA. The show will be filming on Rock House Rd from Crawford Rd to Old Ga 85 into the evening.
Can't make it to the set today but still want to check out all of the places the show has called home? You can take a Big Zombie Tour of Atlanta, Senoia and the surrounding areas with Atlanta Movie Tours each weekend for $65. Pick up your tickets at atlantamovietours.com.
Want to see where more movies and TV shows are filming around the U.S. today? Check out my Daily Filming Locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
"My mom and all her sisters sang gospel music my whole life, and they're amazing. They made a record in Nashville. I'm going to send a tour bus to pick them all up in South Carolina in July and bring them to my house, and I'm going to make a new record on them. We're going to sing classic gospel songs and have them sing in the background. I cannot wait." Country singer Lee Brice plans to record a family gospel album.
Actor Rob Lowe and his wife were involved in a dramatic rescue on Wednesday morning (25Jun14) after they were caught up in severe flooding in France.
The south-eastern region of the country was hit by heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday, with some areas receiving the equivalent of three months rainfall in just four hours, leading to rising water levels and serious flooding.
Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff were staying in Grasse when the bad weather hit, and had to be rescued when the waters reached dangerous levels.
After they reached safety, The West Wing star shared a picture of his wife hugging one of the rescuers in front of a fire engine, adding in a caption on Instagram.com, "My wife being rescued this am (morning) in the horrific flooding in Grasse France. Glad we are safe. Grateful to first responders."
Lowe also published a picture of a fast-moving river of water cascading outside the house where the couple was staying, adding, "This is right outside the house. Was twice as high at the worst, just before sunrise."
Bosses at Australia's most prominent opera company have cut ties with soprano Tamar Iveri after she was embroiled in a homophobia row. The Georgian performer had been hired to appear in Opera Australia's production of Otello, but she faced a backlash after posts on her Facebook.com page from last year (13) came to light.
In the messages, Iveri appeared to support violent attacks on gay rights activists in her native country, describing protesters as "fecal masses".
Opera Australia chiefs have now released the star from her contract.
A statement from the company reads, "Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in Otello.
"Opera Australia has reached (an) agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company.
"Ms Iveri and her husband have both made public statements in the last 48 hours with regards to comments attributed to Ms Iveri.
"Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologised for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."
In the wake of her dismissal, Iveri returned to her Facebook.com account to apologise and claimed that her husband was the one who wrote the original post.
The production of Otello is set to take place at the Sydney Opera House from 5 July (14). A replacement for Iveri has yet to be announced.
Country star Miranda Lambert is hoping to open her eight-bedroom guest house in her adopted Tishomingo, Oklahoma by the end of the summer (14). The singer has spent the last year renovating the 1901 building, which sits across the road from her Pink Pistol boutique in the town, and now she's close to opening the doors to the Ladysmith hotel for her first guests.
And she has high hopes for the place: "It is a bed and breakfast but it's also an events centre, so you can rent it for weddings and showers and private parties and all kinds of stuff. But it does have eight rooms."
She adds, "I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't know how to run a bed and breakfast or anything about it. But it's too beautiful of a building not to restore."
Angelina Jolie is in talks to become a citizen of Namibia so she can use her new title from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, according to a U.K. report.
The Tomb Raider actress was named an honorary dame in the monarch's Birthday Honours List last week (ends15Jun14) for her humanitarian work, but she cannot use the title officially because she is not British or a Commonwealth citizen. However, Jolie could be formally addressed as a dame if she is granted dual citizenship with Namibia because it is a Commonwealth country, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
She already has ties to the African nation because her daughter Shiloh was born there in 2006 and has a Namibian passport.
A source tells the publication, "Angelina was blown away when she was made a dame. She thinks it will add gravitas to her in her humanitarian work." A spokesperson for the Namibian Embassy says, "We would welcome Angelina Jolie to make an application for citizenship, just like anyone else."
Follows the lives of the people who maintain Woburn Abbey, an ancestral home set on 5,000 acres of rolling park land in England: the Tavistocks, struggling to keep their family together despite generations of feuds; the Estate Manager, facing the daily nightmare of running Woburn's finances; and the loyal (and not-so-loyal) domestic staff, estate workers and tenants for whom Woburn Abbey has become a way of life.