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Kevin Spacey has joined Hillary Clinton to shoot a hilarious new video to celebrate her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton's upcoming 68th birthday.
The actor, in character as his ruthless House of Cards politician Frank Underwood, mimics his pal Clinton in a call to Hillary, asking her if he can have an elephant for his birthday. When she insists such a creature might be dangerous for the family's dogs, Spacey - as Underwood impersonating Bill - says, "What about a baby elephant?"
He goes on to suggest names for their daughter Chelsea's baby, offering up Frank if it's a boy and Claire if it's a girl - Robin Wright plays Frank Underwood's scheming wife Claire in House of Cards. Hillary jokes she was thinking of the name Kevin, urging Spacey to hang up and simply sign her husband's online birthday card.
Bill Clinton turns 68 on 19 August (14).
Italian-American opera singer Licia Albanese has died, aged 105. The famed soprano passed away peacefully at her home in New York on Friday (15Aug14).
Albanese was born in Bari, Italy and made her mark in her native country as a singer in the 1930s before moving to America. She made her U.S. debut at New York's famed Metropolitan Opera in 1940, performing her signature role as Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
Albanese, who became a U.S. citizen in 1945, went on to become the opera company's shining star from 1940 to 1966, racking up more than 400 performances, and she still holds the house record for most appearances at 87 as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata.
The diva also spent 20 seasons performing at the San Francisco Opera in California, and throughout her career, she sang alongside legendary tenors including Franco Corelli, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Jussi Bjorling and Giacinto Prandelli, and was also a favourite of acclaimed conductor Arturo Toscanini.
In addition, Albanese spent her extra time sharing her talents with the younger generation, and taught classes at New York universities Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and Marymount Manhattan College, and in 1974, she created the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation to help the careers of young opera singers.
In 1995, she received the National Medal of Honour for the Arts from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who noted that Albanese "Had the rare ability to combine her great talent as a singer with equal talent as an actress".
Albanese is survived by her two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A private burial service will be held on Thursday (21Aug14), and a memorial mass is planned for September (14) in New York.
British dance stars Rudimental have landed their dream collaboration after hitting the studio with funk legend George Clinton. The Waiting All Night hitmakers' songwriter Kesi Dryden reveals they are trying to recreate the vibe of the soulful dance hits of the 1960s and 1970s for their upcoming second album and they have received a little help from Clinton and U.S. jazz rockers Steely Dan.
Dryden tells the BBC, "One of our dreams came true recently. We managed to do two songs with George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic. We worked with Steely Dan, as well. These are really big influences on us."
He adds, "We want to bring it back to what James Brown and Parliament were doing back in the day. It was dance music, but it was live.
"We're really digging deep in that side of things and trying to bring back that energy to the stage."
Rudimental are hoping to release the follow-up to 2013's Home by the end of the year (14).
Secret service agents flew into action over the weekend (09-10Aug14) after a stranger was spotted taking pictures outside a celebrity party close to the home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The incident occurred on Sunday (10Aug14) when a man was seen taking pictures close to Harvey Weinstein's home in New York's The Hamptons where the movie mogul was hosting a star-studded screening of his latest film The Giver.
The house is next door to a property rented by the former U.S. leader and his family, and secret service agents issued an alert after the snapper was spotted in the woods.
The unnamed man was questioned by local police and later released.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "An individual was observed between houses taking pictures of an adjacent property. They were stopped, and it was verified they were taking pictures of the other property. Local police were contacted as well. They were sent on their way with no charges."
Stars attending the party included Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton and their pregnant daughter Chelsea.
"Mary won an Oscar about the same time Bill Clinton became first-term Governor (of Arkansas) and they became great buddies... He gave her away at our wedding... They really are, like, Mary's best friends for so many years." Actor Ted Danson on his friendship with the former U.S. leader and his wife.
The stars of hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black have apologised to Monica Lewinsky over an onscreen joke about the former White House intern. The gag featured a crude reference to her affair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Lewinsky, who is a big fan of the show, revealed how it upset her in a new column for Vanity Fair magazine.
She writes, "I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off."
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling has now said sorry for the jibe, telling E! Online, "I apologise, Monica Lewinsky, for the show - honestly. If you were offended, nobody wants to offend anyone."
Kate Mulgrew, who also appears in the series, adds, "I think if you've been subject to everything that she's been subjected to, you'd be sensitive about that, too."
Love or hate Twitter, you can't deny that celebrity parody accounts are it's best creation. There are thousands of accounts out there, and most of them suck, but there are some precious gems. Believe us when we say, the really funny Drake parodies are so worth wading through endless #DrakesTheTypeOfGuy accounts.
George R. R. Martin - @GRRM
Until recently, the Game Of Thrones author was not verified on Twitter. Some speculated that these cryptic tweets could only be the work of the real GRRM, but it was just a clever ruse.
Live every day like it's your last. You never know if I'll decide to kill you off. #GeorgeWisdom
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 31, 2014
Did Sam make a promise that he wouldn't die?... Haha pic.twitter.com/7GlDQ6bNTY
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 28, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg - @notzuckerberg
Fake Zuckerberg is here to give us the honest truth: we’re all pathetically addicted to Facebook. Thanks Zuckerberg for hooking us in, and thank you even more fake Zuckerberg for helping us laugh at it.
You're soon going to have to download our Messenger app to write Facebook messages. And you'll need a third app if you want to send them.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) July 29, 2014
I apologize that Facebook went down for thirty minutes this morning and that all of you were forced to spend that half hour meaningfully.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) June 19, 2014
Taylor Swift - @feministtswift
This is basically a Twitter account combining Feminism and Taylor Swift lyrics in the best possible way.
I don't know about you / So I won't assume your experience as a woman / But I'm feeling 22
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) January 16, 2014
And you call me up again just to break me like an anti-discrimination law
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) July 15, 2014
Bill Nye - @yaboybillnye
If you’re looking for someone to drop some knowledge on you, then you better hit up Ya Boy Bill Nye. If anyone on the planet deserves a worthy Twitter parody account, it’s Bill Nye The Science Guy.
ERRBODY IN THE LAB GETTIN TIPSY
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 4, 2014
SCIENCE FACT lava is hot
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 1, 2014
Lord Voldemort - @Lord_Voldemort7
Even the Dark Lord is on Twitter. Okay, so maybe Voldemort isn’t real, but he’s basically one of the biggest baddies there is, so that makes him a celebrity. Which means, obviously, he’s got the best Twitter parody account of the bunch.
It's July 31st. For some reason that date seems familiar....
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) July 31, 2014
Wrong world cup... http://t.co/Nn8szqDlMg
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) June 14, 2014
Drake - @StuffDrakeDoes
Drake fans get a little insight on Drake's day-to-day life with this Twitter account. Now we know what this soulful artist really thinks (and feels) when asked the tough questions.
Airport security. "Any hazardous materials, sir?" Drake smiles to himself, and shakes his head. "The dagger in my heart," he thinks.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) August 1, 2014
Drake hands over his passport at the terminal. "Destination, sir?" Drake shakes his head. "Somewhere else," he whispers.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) July 17, 2014
Betty White - @BettyFckinWhite
As we expect Betty White is in real life, her parody account is up to date on all of Hollywood’s latest drama. With a decent amount of Beverly Hills, 90210 tied in.
If Jay-Z and Beyoncé divorce that'll make it an even 100 problems then.
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) August 4, 2014
Why isn't Jason Priestly in Sharknado 2? Isn't it his turn?
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) July 30, 2014
Bill Clinton - @PimpBillClinton
About 90% of these tweets are probably NSFW, which makes them all Clinton approved.
Don't call them all you can eat pancakes if you're gonna cut me off at 37.
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 4, 2014
I just got so high that I bought every Limp Bizkit song off of iTunes.#cryforhelp
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 2, 2014
The Queen of England - @Queen_UK
If you’re going to make a parody account for the world’s most powerful woman, this is how you do it.
The Proclaimers were due to close the show by they've walked 500 miles away since Lulu started. #closingceremony
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 3, 2014
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) July 24, 2014
Chuck Norris - @chuck_facts
So we're not 100% sure this isn’t just Chuck Norris parodying himself, because no one makes fun of Chuck Norris but Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) August 2, 2014
Chuck Norris killed two stones with one bird.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) July 23, 2014
Pregnant Chelsea Clinton enjoyed a baby shower with friends at a restaurant in Westchester, New York earlier this month (Jul14). The daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton is expecting her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky.
Stars including Robert Redford, Whoopi Goldberg, and Francis Ford Coppola gathered in California over the weekend (19-20Jul14) to pay tribute to Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren.
The Italian beauty was honoured at the annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole in Oakville, California on Saturday night (19Jul14), and several Hollywood stars attended the event.
Goldberg recalled how her mother advised her to view Loren as a role model when she first got into acting, and Redford praised the Two Women actress for rising out of her working class roots to become a major movie star.
Apocalypse Now director Ford Coppola raised a few smiles when he told guests he had enrolled on a scholarship at a military academy as a young man and kept his spirits up by pinning a photograph of a young Loren to a wall at his quarters.
Goodfellas actor Robert De Niro and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were among those who sent video tributes to the 79-year-old actress.
Guests were treated to an outdoor performance of a specially-written piece by composer Daniel Brewbaker, followed by a $700 (£411)-a-head dinner. The Bella Italia: A Tribute to Sophia Loren event took place at the Far Niente Winery in Oakville.
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.