Australian soap star Elaine Lee has died at the age of 75. The actress, who was born in South Africa but emigrated to Australia in 1970, passed away on Friday (19Sep14). No more details were available as WENN went to press.
Lee is best known for playing fashion designer Vera Collins in long-running Australian soap Number 96, a role she landed shortly after moving to the country.
She stayed with the show for nearly five years, but plans to launch her character in a spin-off series later flopped.
Lee went on to appear in shows such as A Country Practice, Heartbreak High, All Saints, and Home and Away. She was also a regular on the stage, even appearing opposite Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall in an Australian production of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth.
Cult British rocker Mark E. Smith has blasted the organisers of music festivals, insisting the events are now so high-priced they are driving genuine fans away. The Fall frontman is adamant the popular events have been stripped of their rock 'n' roll roots and are now purely commercial enterprises where most revellers are simply enjoying a break rather than watching the bands.
Smith tells Britain's Manchester Evening News, "Festivals have become totally over-priced - they're all about charging 900 quid (pounds) a ticket so these rich parents can send Jemima and Tarquin for a nice weekend away. I watched a bit of Glastonbury on BBC for the first time in my life this year - I literally forced myself to watch five minutes of Metallica without vomiting."
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has been urged to join her husband Peter Sarsgaard in adopting a vegan diet after she confessed to eating ants and a live lobster. The Secretary star admitted in an interview with a British magazine that she tucked into raw beef with charred ants and a live langoustine during dinner at a top Danish restaurant with her husband of five years.
She told The Times Magazine, "My husband and I went to Noma in Copenhagen recently which is 'the best restaurant in the world'. At one point I was given a live langoustine, then raw beef with charred ants on it. They were delicious - much easier for me to eat than the langoustine. I'm not equipped to judge that kind of food, but I was curious. Peter and I hadn't been alone together in weeks, but we had this one night. It was an emotional experience, alive experience."
However, activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging the screen star to ditch her meat-based diet and join actor Sarsgaard by going vegan.
A spokesman tells WENN, "That meal must have been hell for Maggie's vegan husband to sit through. The kindest person is the one who considers and respects the smallest, most vulnerable inhabitants of this world and would never delight in their suffering. If Maggie is looking for an 'emotional' culinary experience, some of the best high-end vegan food - which Forbes magazine named the top food trend of 2013 - is served in Los Angeles, and it's good for the heart."
Have you ever watched the The Office and thought, “Man, me and ______ are literally just like Jim and Pam.” You’re not alone. Many of us think (or pretend) the same thing. If you’re dating someone who has been in love with you pretty much since you met, you’re dating a Jim. Or, if you left somebody else, because you felt a pull to your S.O., then you’re probably Pam.
1. For starters, one of you was crushing on the other for-EVER before you dated:
2. It took the other person a while, but then they did and they noticed:
3. You guys work (or worked) together:
4. So you guys have to make time for each other…in the break room:
5. One of you is fairly goofy:
6. While one of you is very focused:
7. But, they influence you to be goofy too:
8. No one else can make you laugh the way they do:
9. You guys always high-five:
10. You have each other’s backs, in the best possible way:
11. There is no one else you’d rather end your workday with, even if you just spent the whole time with them:
12. You kind of start morphing into the same person, with the same facial expressions:
13. You know everything there is to know about each other, yet sometimes you really don’t understand what the other person is talking about:
14. You would honestly marry them anywhere, if you could (or you already did):
15. You guys can happily say this about each other:
May you two be happy and love each other forever, just like these two:
Maroon 5 have returned to the top of the U.S. album charts.
Newlywed Adam Levine's band has debuted V at number one, beating out rapper Young Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography by over 40,000 first-week sales.
Maroon 5 last topped the Billboard 200 in 2007 with It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack returns to the top three at three, while late reggae legend Bob Marley posthumously scores his highest-charting album ever, as his re-released greatest hits package, Legend, jumps up 95 spots on the new chart to number five. The album was originally released in 1984, and last hit a chart high at 18 in 2012. Marley previously charted high in 1976 when his album Rastaman Vibration peaked at eight.
Meanwhile, on America's Billboard Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor has ended Taylor Swift's reign at number one by taking All About That Bass to the top. Swift's Shake It Off, which previously spent two weeks at number one, falls a spot to two, while Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stays put at three for a second week.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is continuing to soar high in the North American box office charts after scoring a fourth week at number one. The superhero space adventure racked up another $10.2 million (£6 million) in profits, taking its six-week total to $294.6 million (£173.29 million) to maintain its title as the highest-grossing movie of the year (14) so far.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains at two for another week with $6.5 million (£3.8 million), while Chloe Grace Moretz's new romantic drama If I Stay, based on the young adult book of the same name, is also a non-mover at three with $5.7 million (£3.35 million).
Let's Be Cops and The November Man round out the new top five.
Some musicians from Down Under have made a real mark on the United States this summer. While on tour with One Direction, pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer, otherwise known as “5SOS” (five-sauce), includes members Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin. Getting their start on YouTube, this group has quickly gained fame as the singers of this years hit “She Looks So Perfect."
Although they’re known as the typical boyband-that-has-an-insane-amount-of-passionate-female-followers, these guys also appeal to the male audience. Their songs are catchy AND they play their own instruments. That’s something you don’t see all the time with other famous boybands nowadays. If you just haven’t been able to jump on the 5SOS bandwagon, then maybe this will help convert you:
Ladies and gents, we introduce to you, 5 Seconds of Summer:
They have superb taste in music…
… and fashion…
… and especially dance moves.
When Calum smiles, the whole world melts.
When Ashton smiles? Angels casually rejoice.
Has their beauty overwhelmed your body yet?
Luke has a mysterious side.
Then he gets all giddy and we just want to squeeze him.
They’re tough when they need to be.
There's nothing like a good lip bite.
Are you in love yet?
Michael’s inability to make a finger heart is adorable yet heartbreaking.
So Calum and Luke help him because that’s what boybands do. Teamwork!
Their bromance is a glorious one.
They know how to work a crowd.
Like… they really, really know how to work a crowd.
So have we convinced you that being a 5SOS fan is a right of life? Yes? Then our mission is complete and it’s time to celebrate.
Now go see these four in concert and I promise you wont regret it. Farewell Aussies, we’ll see you boys in our dreams.
Liam or Harry? Niall or Zayn? We can't forget about Louis. Who do you choose?! Believe me, it is a TOUGH decision. Why should we have to choose between 5 beautiful men? They're all equally wonderful. And they have accents. It's not fair to choose. But if you have to, I can help. After seeing them in Philadelphia on their Where We Are tour (Thanks Sony!) I have ample evidence to support each guy.
Here are your reasons, starting from youngest to oldest:
Harry Styles (2/1/1994)
He’s not afraid of being goofy, like at all.
He will PROPOSE to you if you show up to the concert in a wedding dress.
His dancing is a strange mix of wiggling his legs while pointing his fingers.
*** On August 13th, 2014, he took his headband off and it was AMAZING***
He will stop in the middle of a performance to read a book.
He spends a great portion of the concert just waving at fans.
He enjoys spraying water like this:
This lip bite:
He will sing someone else’s verse in a song and mess it up adorably.
He’s silly enough to recreate popular vines.
Niall Horan (9/13/1993)
He’s the only Irish band member and he will never let you forget that.
He’s got the best hand gestures out of the entire band.
Even Zayn can’t keep up.
Niall is actually a fanboy(girl) at heart:
He looks great holding a puppy.
He plays the guitar, a lot.
And it’s REALLY hot.
It’s easily one of the hottest things you’ll ever witness.
Honestly, this is all you should need to become a Niall girl/guy.
Actually, I’m sorry. This is what you need:
BIGGEST PLUS: This is still true.
Liam Payne (8/29/1993)
Liam does what thousands (millions) of people want to do...smack 1D butts.
Liam gets really into singing the lyrics to every song.
Liam is the god of wearing jorts.
Who knew jorts were even in again? Liam did, that’s who.
His eyes crinkle when he laughs.
He also laughs a lot when he’s on stage.
Cause he’s having an awesome time, obviously.
Liam knows exactly how to get a crowd jumping.
He can dance AND sing like Michael Jackson.
He is comfortable with his body, because he is PERFECT the way he is.
This song and dance combination:
Zayn Malik (1/12/1993)
He can hit notes so high, you’ll feel it in your bones.
He is very pensive. You two could have deep discussions.
This is what he looks like with his hair slicked back and holding a (fake) guitar.
He has an adorable little giggle/smile.
Here is that hair & giggled combined:
I’m so sorry if you’re a Zayn girl now and just fainted.
He actually listens to choreography very well.
His entire face, really.
Louis Tomlinson (12/24/1992)
His arm tattoos could make a saint swear.
His hair is so long now that he’s perfected the hair flip.
He’s got an adorable little smirk.
Even he knows he has a nice butt.
Just look at those eyes when he sings:
He can teach us a new style of how to vogue.
Did you choose one? Maybe these options made it harder on you. If you still can't decide, just be like me and say you're equally dedicated to all five members. One Direction started the U.S. leg of their tour in East Rutherford, NJ on August 5th and will be making some Midnight Memories around the country until October 5th.
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Filmmaker Lee Daniels has signed on to direct a film about U.S. high school football star Brian Banks, whose sports career was derailed following a false rape accusation.
All-American high school star Banks had signed to become a college player at the University of South California (USC) in 2002 before he was accused of rape.
He maintained his innocence, but ended up serving over five years behind bars thanks to a hasty plea bargain deal. In 2012, Banks' conviction was overturned with the help of law students at the California Innocence Project and he went on to play four pre-season games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.
Now a motivational speaker and activist for the California Innocence Project, he is thrilled Daniels has been picked to adapt his life story for the big screen.
Banks says, "All I ever wanted was to prove my innocence. Telling my story in the form of a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams. Having Lee Daniels come on board to direct the film is so exciting, and such an honour."
Canadian pop band Magic! have scored a fourth week at the top of the U.S. pop charts as their Rude tune holds off a surging Sam Smith. In its ninth week in the Hot 100 top 10, Smith's Stay With Me jumps up a spot to two, while Iggy Azalea's Fancy drops to three and Nico & Vinz spend a sixth non-consecutive week at number four with Am I Wrong.
Ariana Grande's Problem rounds out the new top five and the pop sensation scores another high 2014 chart debut at six as her Bang Bang collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj storms into the top 10 at six.
The hit gives Minaj her 10th Hot 100 top 10.
The story depicts the adventures of the staff of KBHX, Channel 55, an all-Black television station in Watts, Los Angeles, that is nicknamed the "High Five." In the pilot episode (the series was not picked up by NBC), the station manager schemes for a way to sign up a big advertising client.