Jeremy Clarkson's offensive joke during an episode of hit motoring show Top Gear broke TV regulations, officials at British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom have ruled. Co-host Clarkson offended some viewers during the Top Gear: Burma Special programme, broadcast earlier this year (14), when he looked at a bridge they had built over the River Kwai and said, "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it," as a man crossed the walkway.
The controversial remark, considered a racial slur towards Asians, sparked an investigation by the media regulator, and staff have now ruled the comment breached broadcasting standards.
An Ofcom spokesperson says, "After a thorough investigation, Ofcom has found the BBC breached broadcasting rules by including an offensive racial term in Top Gear, which was not justified by context.
"Jeremy Clarkson used the word 'slope' to refer both to an Asian man crossing a bridge, and the incline of the bridge... This was scripted in advance. The BBC failed to take the opportunity, either during filming or post-production, to check whether the word had the potential to offend viewers."
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has pinpointed the infamous leaking of her sex tape as the moment when her career and life spiralled out of control. The former N-Dubz star was a chart-topper in her native U.K. and a popular judge on The X Factor, but she was horrified and humiliated in 2012 when footage of her performing a sex act on a former boyfriend hit the Internet.
She managed to overcome the scandal but became mired in controversy again last year (13) after British newspaper The Sun on Sunday alleged she had brokered a cocaine deal for an undercover reporter.
The singer was charged over the incident but was cleared when the case collapsed last week (beg21Jul14), but her bad luck continued on Friday (25Jul14) when she was convicted of assault for punching a blogger at Britain's V Festival last year.
Contostavlos has now spoken out to detail her two years of hell, and she blames the sex tape incident for catapulting her into controversy.
In a new BBC documentary, she says, "The tape is where it all went wrong for me mentally. When it was leaked I felt like I had lost control again... I found it so hard to face people again."
Asked during an interview with U.K. TV show This Morning when she was last "truly happy", she replies, "Truly, truly happy? I would say, like, two years ago, before the tape came out."
Rocker Michael Hutchence was reportedly bankrupt when he died, and left his only daughter Tiger Lily a tiny inheritance. The INXS frontman was estimated to be worth around $28 million (£16 million) at the time of his death, but it appears his daughter will not be inheriting a fortune since turning 18 on 22 July (14).
According to his will, Hutchence wanted to leave the first $500,000 (£295,000) to Greenpeace before splitting the rest between his family and daughter Geldof, but the executor's report advised his relatives there was no money for them to inherit.
The rock star had reportedly told his family he owned properties worth millions, but his relatives discovered after his death that the homes were not his to give away.
They later found out the publishing rights and royalties from his music and record sales were also not included in the estate.
Hutchence's brother, Rhett Hutchence, tells Australian magazine New Idea, "The will was black and white. He wanted his family to have his hard-earned wealth, and that's where it goes weird... He would have hated this outcome to his will. He wanted his family to have his hard earned wealth. Michael thought he had control of his assets but in the end, it only worked with Michael still alive. On his death he owned little or nothing."
Fallen British singer Tulisa Contostavlos attempted suicide after she was charged with brokering a drug deal last year (13). The former N-Dubz star downed a potentially lethal batch of painkillers washed down with vodka when she discovered she would be charged with setting up a drug deal for undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood.
In a new documentary, entitled Tulisa: The Price of Fame, she reveals, "I'd had a drink so everything felt more intensified. So, like an idiot, I picked up 11 co-codamol and necked (swallowed) them with a bottle of vodka... I didn't know what I was thinking or what I was planning to do."
Her assistant Gareth Varey called an ambulance and paramedics sat with her in her home for a few hours.
She adds, "They couldn't let me go to sleep at first but eventually I did. I woke up the next day just feeling numb."
The singer also tells U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain, "I felt like my life was over. Like someone had taken my life away. They took it out of my hands and took it away in a second... The biggest fear for me was losing my livelihood; something I have worked for from the age of 11 years old. I've not known anything else, it's all I have had. It's my life.
"I just woke up one day and it was taken out of hands - I had no control - I couldn't work, I couldn't speak to clear my name because of legal reasons."
The singer was cleared of the charge earlier this month (Jul14) due to inconsistencies in Mahmood's evidence. The journalist faces an internal investigation at Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
The documentary airs in the U.K. on Monday (28Jul14).
Beyonce helped to lift the spirits of 100 teenagers in her native Texas by inviting them to attend her On The Run tour stop in Dallas.
The superstar donates batches of tickets from each of her shows to local charities which spread positive messages to young people, and one of the organisations chosen last week (ends25Jul14) included Hanna 4 Hope, a non-profit group founded by the parents of schoolgirl Hanna Clark, who took her own life in April, 2013, aged 15, after a bad break-up. The charity is aimed at encouraging youths and parents to discuss the topic of suicide in a bid to prevent another such tragedy.
Beyonce's representatives contacted Hanna's mother, Raina Clark, via email to offer up the free tickets and she admits she initially thought the message was a hoax. She recalls, "When I received it through the website, I was like, 'Is this for real? Is this a joke or a scam?'."
The invite was for real and Clark was able to treat a large group of teens involved in her charity to Beyonce's gig with her rapper husband Jay Z at the AT&T Stadium on Tuesday (22Jul14).
She says, "I mean, we're completely thankful for just having the honour of being invited." Her husband Tim adds, "Every time we look at these teens, it's a representation of Hanna. It touches our hearts. They have a passion for our mission and to see the joy on their faces when they walk in this place, and when they hear Beyonce... it's awesome, just awesome."
Cult TV series Veronica Mars was given the top prize at the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards on Thursday (24Jul14). The teen detective drama was given new life last year (13) after fans donated $5.7 million (£3.5 million) via a Kickstarter.com campaign to reunite the cast for a feature film, seven years after the show was abruptly cancelled.
The Veronica Mars movie was released in March (14), and fans of the series have continued supporting the franchise by voting for the show in the first-ever mtvU prizegiving, beating out 31 nominees, including The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad for Fandom of the Year.
Also taking home trophies were Game of Thrones for OMG Moment of the Year for the Purple Wedding episode, Harry Potter for Best Fandom Forever, TV series Hannibal for Breakout Fandom of the Year, and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev for Ship of the Year (Favourite onscreen relationship).
Special prizes also went to Teen Wolf for Fandom Feat of the Year, as the programme's fans raised funds to build a wolf sanctuary, and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green for the Visionary Award.
The ceremony was held at the Petco Park baseball stadium on 24 July (14) as part of the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California, and broadcast in the U.S. on Sunday (27Jul14).
Sir Mick Jagger is finding comfort following the death of his fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott, thanks to the newest additions to his family. The Rolling Stones frontman was left devastated after his long-term partner took her own life at her apartment in New York City in March (14).
But in the following months, Jagger had two reasons to celebrate - his daughter Jade, 42, gave birth to her third child, son Ray, and her daughter, Assisi, 21, welcomed the rocker's first great-grandchild, Ezra Key.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jade reveals having the two new bundles of joy around have made the rocker's grieving process much easier to handle.
She says, "My dad loves babies. He's really good with them and is a big family man. He's been through a difficult time but it's been great to have two new babies in the family with the joy they bring."
Jagger has seven children from four relationships, ranging aged from 14 to 43.
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Quentin Tarantino has confirmed he will direct The Hateful Eight despite planning to scrap the project when an early draft of the screenplay was leaked.
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker filed a $1 million (£588,235) copyright infringement lawsuit against editors at Gawker.com, accusing them of facilitating the leak after publishing a report about the script drama, but he withdrew the legal papers in May (14).
With the court battle behind him, Tarantino used an appearance at San Diego's 2014 Comic-Con on Sunday (27Jul14) to tell fans the film is moving forward.
During a panel for the comic book Django Meets Zorro, a fan asked Tarantino if The Hateful Eight will be his next feature, and he replied, "Yeah - we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight."
Earlier this year (Apr14), Tarantino spearheaded a live reading of the script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring a cast of stars including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.
"Turn him into a woman? I don't wanna speak too early and jinx it, but I think it could be my Oscar. It's going to be a big transformation, but I'm willing to take it on." Thor star Chris Hemsworth is excited about experimenting with his Norse god character after Marvel bosses revealed they have recreated the iconic superhero as a woman.
El Mariachi actor Peter Marquardt has died, aged 50. Marquardt passed away on 19 July (14), a spokesperson for a funeral home in Austin, Texas confirmed on Sunday (27Jul14). The cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
The actor was best known for playing drug lord Moco in the 1992 film El Mariachi, which was considered the first movie in director Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy.
The acclaimed filmmaker cast Marquardt in the movie after a chance meeting with him in a research facility, and he subsequently cast him in the film despite the fact he didn't speak Spanish.
Rodriguez continued to collaborate with Marquardt in three more films, including the second trilogy instalment, 1995's Desperado, as well as Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and The Shadow People (2011).