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Jagger remembers Scott

Mick Jagger has paid tribute to his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott on what would have been her 53rd birthday on Friday.

The fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment on 17 March, 2014 after committing suicide.

The Rolling Stones frontman, who was in a relationship with L'Wren from 2001 until her death, takes to his rarely-used Instagram account every year to remember her on her birthday and he continued the tradition on Friday.

He shared a picture of L'Wren, wearing a white blouse and a patterned headscarf, sniffing a white rose as she looks at the camera. In the caption, he wrote, "Thinking of you on your birthday."

Following the news of her death, the rocker wrote on Facebook, "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me... I will never forget her.."

In her honor, the 73-year-old created a three-year scholarship fund at London fashion school Central Saint Martins to cover the fees for one student each year between 2015 to 2017.

Mick is now in a relationship with American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, who gave birth to their first child together, a son named Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger, in December.

Following the happy news, L'Wren's brother Randall Bambrough congratulated him on his baby boy.

''I am happy for Mick. I have observed Mick to be a loving father, and family is very important to him," he told the New York Daily News. "She (L'Wren) would want him to have continued overall happiness in his life going forward, especially regarding his family. He cares very deeply about all of his children. This child will be well taken care of just like all the rest of his children."

Mick has seven other children from previous relationships, including model daughter Georgia May Jagger and actor son James Jagger.



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Janet Jackson enjoys night

New mom Janet Jackson put her marriage woes aside and enjoyed a night off from diaper duty on Tuesday to attend a Bruno Mars gig in the U.K.

The R&B superstar has been keeping a low profile since welcoming her first child, son Eissa, in January and then splitting from her billionaire husband, Wissam Al Mana, earlier this month, but it appears she decided to take a little time for herself this week as she headed to Birmingham, England to check out Bruno in concert.

Janet was spotted hanging out with her brother Randy Jackson as the Uptown Funk hitmaker showed off his talents onstage at the Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, and fan photos of the star sighting suggest the 50-year-old was having a good time, smiling as she watched the show wearing a black cap and an oversized black coat.

The outing occurred less than three weeks after reports suggested her five-year marriage to Wissam was over, and a moving van was pictured outside the couple's London home just days later.

Janet may have been picking up a few ideas from Bruno's live show for her own future performances, as the Nasty singer is said to be eager to get back to work after halting her Unbreakable World Tour last year to start a family.

"Janet is the most independent out of all of the Jacksons," a family friend tells People.com. "She wants to get back on stage, and within the next few years, there's a possibility she could tour."

The insider's speculation about the star's return to the stage will do little to appease Janet's fans as the Unbreakable trek was doomed by postponements, first for throat surgery in early 2016, and then for her pregnancy.

Promoters at Live Nation delayed the affected gigs until 2017, but an official date for the tour to resume has yet to be announced. The delay has since prompted one ticket holder to file a class action lawsuit earlier this month to demand a refund.



Theatre festival tickets

Eight winning play performances will be showcased in Vernon June 30 – July 7 2017 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as Vernon hosts the Annual Theatre BC festival.

The plays at Vernon’s festival will be the best-of-the-best from regional festival competitions being performed in April and May across the province.  The titles of the winning plays will be announced once all zone festivals have concluded.  Each night of Mainstage, a different winning play from a zone will be staged.  The line up for Mainstage 2017 includes Okanagan Zone (June 30), Central Interior Zone (July 1), Fraser Valley Zone (July 2), North Shore Zone (July 3), Skeena Zone (July 4), Peace River Zone (July 5), North Island Zone (July 6), and Travelling Adjudicator’s Choice (July 7).

Individual performance tickets and 3-, 5- and 8- day passes are now available at early-bird pricing through TicketSeller.ca   In recognition of Canada’s 150, this year all productions are from Canadian playwrights.
The festival is organized by local volunteers, many from Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatrical Society, and also includes professional adjudication and workshops including a youth camp and a multi-day new play development workshop.

Ticket for the Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Saturday July 8 are $35 also available at TicketSeller.ca   For more information on Mainstage2017 and the workshops, visit https://theatrebc.org/mainstage-2017/
 



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Harry Styles announces tour

Harry Styles is set to embark on his first ever solo world tour in September.

The One Direction heartthrob dropped the track listing for his self-titled debut record, which boasts his new hit single Sign of the Times, earlier this month ahead of its release on 12 May.

And fans can soon see him perform his solo material live as Harry, 23, took to Twitter on Friday to announce he's hitting the road later this year, starting in San Francisco, California on 19 September and taking in cities such as Paris, London and Milan in Italy before ending in Tokyo, Japan on 8 December.

"/ / SEE.YOU .SOON / / (sic)" the singer captioned a photo of the dates, also featuring a photo of him lying above water.

Fans are thrilled to hear their idol is going on tour, with one user describing Friday as "the best day of my life".

Not everyone was happy though, with many followers pointing out he missed countries such as Russia and Poland off his list, with one user commenting, "It's like we're wearing the invisibility cloak every goddamn time".

Harry's album will mark his first foray into music since One Direction went on hiatus at the beginning of 2016. His bandmates Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have already released their own music, and fourth member Liam Payne's musical comeback is reportedly imminent following the birth of his first child with girlfriend Cheryl earlier this year.

Their former bandmate Zayn Malik has also been doing extremely well since he quit One Direction in 2015, with his first album Mind of Mine topping various charts around the world, including in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

He has yet to embark on a solo tour though as he's suffered in the past with anxiety about performing live.



Khloe Kardashian sued

Khloe Kardashian has been hit with a $150,000 lawsuit over an Instagram picture.

The 32-year-old reality star has been accused of taking one of paparazzi agency Xposure Photos UK (Ltd.)'s copyrighted photos and sharing it on Instagram without being allowed to do so or giving proper credit.

In court papers obtained by People.com, agency executives argue that the picture of Khloe and one of her sisters dining out in Miami, Florida last September had been "altered to remove the copyright management information (CMI) showing plaintiff as the copyright owner of the image" when she posted it on Instagram the next day.

They also claim she didn't "seek permission to use the photographs" and that her usage of the picture "harm(ed) the existing and future market for the original photograph".

The documents continue: "Kardashian uses her Instagram feed for the purposes of promotion - specifically, to promote her own business interests, products, and ventures; to promote and sell the products and services of others "

"Kardashian's Instagram post made the photograph immediately available to her nearly 67 million followers and others, consumers of entertainment news... who would otherwise be interested in viewing licensed versions of the photograph in the magazines and newspapers that are plaintiff's customers."

Khloe's representatives have yet to respond to requests for comment, while the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star hasn't mentioned the lawsuit on her social media pages.

The photo agency executives are seeking $150,000 in damages.

The Kardashians are famous for promoting their lives on their Instagram pages and it was recently reported that the stars can earn up to $250,000 per branded post on Instagram, while Kim, arguably the most famous Kardashian, has been known to earn up to $500,000 for one post, according to Michael Heller, chief executive of digital marketing firm Talent Resources.



Emotional J-Lo honoured

Jennifer Lopez struggled to control her emotions as she was honoured with the Premio de la Estrella gong at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday night.

The 47-year-old singer took to the stage to collect the prize, Telemundo's Star Award, after a video was shown of her peers, including Sofia Vergara, Lin-Manuel Miranda and J Balvin, revealing their admiration of the On The Floor hitmaker.

"It makes me very excited to share this special night with artists that I admire," Jennifer told the crowd. "My family in music and in my life. To come back to my roots has a significance that goes beyond words.

"Moments like these are proof of hard work and we are lucky if life blesses us in this way. I love you so much. I feel blessed to be part of this creative world and to be able to represent our Latin community. I feel at home. I am humbled to be here in your presence and accept this award."

Jennifer also took home the best social media award at the ceremony. The stunning star is no stranger to sharing aspects of her life on sites such as Twitter and Instagram, and told the audience she loves the new way of communicating with her fans.

"Everyone knows how much I love selfies," she said. "But what I love the most about social media is being able to communicate and connect directly with you, my fans. That truly excites me. It makes me feel so much closer to you. Most importantly, let's remember to use our voices on social media to do good, to spread positive messages."

Later in the awards ceremony, Jennifer returned to the stage to perform her new Spanish-language single Mirate. Dressed in a silver gown which clung to her figure in all the right places, the mother-of-two was joined by a live orchestra for the emotional performance.

Following the rendition of the song, which is taken from Jennifer's highly-anticipated new Spanish-language album, her ex-husband Marc Anthony, who is producing the record, was seen giving his former wife a standing ovation.

Other winners at the star-studded awards ceremony, which took place in Miami, Florida, included reggaeton star Nicky Jam, who took home six gongs, and the late Juan Gabriel, who won five awards including the artist of the year prize.

Enrique Iglesias collected four gongs, including Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo, while Justin Bieber was given the Crossover Artist of the Year prize.



Fourth Austin Powers?

Mike Myers and director Jay Roach are working on concepts for a fourth Austin Powers movie.

The comedy trilogy surrounding the quirky 1960s spy, portrayed by Myers, has been a huge hit and the filmmaking duo insist there's always a possibility they will regroup for another adventure - if a good idea presents itself.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Austin Powers film, Myers and Roach regrouped with Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner, and Seth Green for a The Hollywood Reporter chat, and asked if a fourth film was on the horizon, Roach said, "We have talked about it for 15 years.

"We have also always said we don't want to do it unless we came up with something that lived up to the concepts in our mind. Until Mike feels like he has a concept that earns a fourth, it won't happen. But if it did, we have all agreed that we would be delighted to get back into it."

"I would love to do another, but you just have to see," Myers adds.

During The Hollywood Reporter get-together, Hurley, who played Vanessa Kensington in the films, recalled shooting a naked scene at the Scientology Center in Los Angeles: "It took a whole day, as it was one continuous take. Mike and I were nude but covered with little bits of red sticky tape. We all knew each other so well by then, so we weren't self-conscious."

And Myers remembered working with the late Carrie Fisher, who played an uncredited therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

"I knew Carrie Fisher a little bit," he said. "She wrote a very lovely, supportive letter saying how much she loved the movie. She was so supportive during the shoot. She just kept giving me a hug and telling me, 'I just love this scene and how weird the choices are'."



Jenner knew O.J. was guilty

Caitlyn Jenner has claimed she and ex-wife Kris Jenner both knew O.J. Simpson was guilty of murder.

The 69-year-old former sportsman was found not guilty of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman after a lengthy trial, on which Kris' first husband Robert Kardashian formed part of the defence team.

O.J.'s tale has been in the headlines more in recent months, thanks to programs such as The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

On Wednesday Caitlyn was asked her opinion on the case during a Sirius XM Town Hall interview with Andy Cohen.

"I knew he did it," Caitlyn stated. "There was three people at the crime scene. DNA evidence, three people at the crime scene. Pick a murderer. How hard is that?"

Kris was married to Robert between 1978 and 1991, and wed Caitlyn, then Bruce Jenner, later in 1991. The O.J. trial began in 1994, and Caitlyn added to Andy that Kris was very sure of which side she was backing in the case.

"Kris was on my side," Caitlyn added.

In The People v O.J. Simpson, Robert was portrayed by David Schwimmer, with his uncertainty about the case forming a major plot point in the series.

In 1997 after a civil trial, O.J. was found liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Goldman, and battery against Brown. Caitlyn reveals it was after that trial that Robert indicated to her that had his suspicions over the sportsman's innocence from the beginning.

"In the book I talk about only one time after the second (1997 civil) trial and the whole thing was over. Robert just said to me that 'I would have been OK if they got him in the first trial,'" Caitlyn explained.

"That's the only thing he ever said and that's about the closest he'll ever come, never saying he actually did it. Robert, in the first trial, he was now the guy who helped him get away with murder and he was destroyed by everyone. And I felt terribly sorry for him."



Lady Gaga invites fans

Lady Gaga has invited her fans to play audience members while she films concert scenes for upcoming film A Star Is Born.

The Poker Face star is currently shooting her first major movie role in the musical remake, in which she plays Ally, an aspiring singer/actress who is guided by a movie star named Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper, and her star begins to rise as his career spirals downwards due to age and alcoholism.

They began filming scenes earlier this month at the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calfornia, where Lady Gaga had played a headline set, and her fans were invited to pay for tickets to participate, and they have now been given a second opportunity to star in another upcoming concert scene.

Gaga and Bradley, who is also directing, will be filming a country and western music concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on 2 and 3 May and she shared a link on Twitter to a website where her fans can buy tickets to be in the audience.

"Be a part of A Star Is Born with Bradley and me in LA!," she wrote besides the link and a old-fashion movie projector emoji.

A message on the website informed her fans, also known as Little Monsters, that they will be helping "cheer and applaud their performances on camera."

"All you Monsters that can attend should get decked out in your most comfortable denim & boots, throw on a Stetson (leave those pink Joanne hats at home) and come out to show your support!" the post continued.

Tickets cost $12 per day and will support the 30-year-old's Born This Way Foundation. Attendees, who must be at least 18 years old, will have to place their cell phone into Yondr pouches inside the auditorium so they can remain in possession of their devices but will unable to use them.

A Star Is Born is scheduled for release in September 2018.



Age of Arousal @ Creekside

From the critically acclaimed Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, Age of Arousal will be returning to Creekside Theatre from May 4-6 in their final performances before competing in the 2017 OZone Theatre Festival in Salmon Arm this spring.

In a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the group will be performing a script by Canadian playwright Linda Griffiths that is wildly inspired by The Odd Women by George Gissing. Age of Arousal showcases the suffragist movement in England as a group of 19th century women start a revolution that will change the world forever.

Fred Skeleton has found success with their past entries, winning best production for the past four years and moving on to represent Okanagan Theatre on the provincial stage where their performance of Red won the Theatre BC Mainstage Best Production of 2014, and last year’s performance of The Pillowman took home the Burnaby Award for Outstanding Production.

Director Rob Mason-Brown is hoping to repeat Fred Skeleton’s success by tackling a powerful script and bringing together the most impressive ensemble of actresses the Okanagan has seen.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - $25

Students -$15

Tickets can be purchased through their website fredskeleton.com or by calling 250.766.9309.



Shania's voice collapse

Shania Twain fears Lyme disease may have been behind vocal issues that sidelined her career for years.

The country star developed dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder often caused by stress, but she recently discovered a bacterial infection may have been behind the drama.

As she warms up for a performance at this weekend's Stagecoach festival in California, Shania tells the Los Angeles Times that she wasn't able to fix her vocal issues with an operation and months of silence, like Adele, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and Steven Tyler.

"A singer's typical problem is nodules on the vocal cords from overuse or poor technique," she tells the newspaper. "That was not my problem. My problem isn't unique, or rare, but the exercises are very different than for nodules, and I can't get an operation for mine."

Twain reveals she'll always have to take care of her voice before shows for fear it will give up on her again.

Many people believe the stress surrounding the breakdown of her marriage to songwriter/producer Mutt Lange prompted her voice issues, which kept her out of the recording studio and off the stage for six years.

Her journey back to singing was chronicled on her OWN network series Why Not? in 2011 and the confidence that gave her prompted the You're The One hitmaker to sign on for a residency in Las Vegas before she hit the road for the Rock This Country Tour in 2015.

That was all set to be her last tour, but with Stagecoach coming up and a comeback album planned for release later this year, fans may catch Shania on the road again soon.



Hasselhoff as Superman

David Hasselhoff still can't believe his manager ruined his chances of playing Superman by turning the role down on her client's behalf.

The Baywatch star discovered he and Christopher Reeve were being considered for Richard Donner's 1978 film and he was excited to don the leotard and cape and play the Man of Steel, but his agent had other ideas.

"My manager said, 'If you play Superman, you'll be Superman for the rest of your life!' Hasselhoff tells Access Hollywood Live, "so she turned it down, and to this day, I went, 'Oh, wrong...'

"I was bulking up for the audition, eating and stuff and working out, because both Christopher and I were tall... (and) really thin."

But he has no hard feelings towards his fellow former soap star Reeve, who eventually landed the role: "He's such a magnificent story, that guy, so I'm glad he got it."

Hasselhoff also missed out on the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

"I was down to the wire with Harrison Ford," he explains. "I remember (director Steven) Spielberg saying, 'I gotta go with the guy from Star Wars'."

Meanwhile, the Baywatch star also admits he once had a huge crush on Anne Hathaway after meeting her on the the set of Ella Enchanted - and thought he might have had a chance with the Oscar winner if he wasn't married at the time.

Hasselhoff was shooting The Spongebob Squarepants Movie when he discovered the actress was filming nearby and decided to take his daughters to meet the young star.

"She was so loving and flirtatious at the time," he recalls. "She was hot."



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