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Perry & Mayer aren't serious

Katy Perry and John Mayer "only see each other whenever it's convenient."

The 'Dark Horse' hitmaker and her on-again, off-again beau were spotted spending time together at Disneyland in California on Monday (25.05.15), but they haven't officially rekindled their relationship again.

A source close to the 30-year-old singer told "They have spent time together, but it doesn't seem like they are back in a serious relationship. It seems they only see each other whenever it's convenient. They have spent time in L.A. when Katy has had a break from her tour. They hang out at Katy's house and have had a dinner date at Sunset Tower."

The 'Roar' hitmaker first started dating the 37-year-old musician in summer 2012.

They split for almost a year in February 2014, but sparked rumours they were back together when they were spotted celebrating Katy's performance at the Super Bowl last February.

But an insider at the time: "They actually buried the hatchet a while back, and they are friends. It's not a surprise they would see each other socially. She's focused on her career and making herself happy."


Kanye hiked on minefield

Kanye West was reportedly almost "blown to bits" while hiking on an "abandoned military minefield."

The 37-year-old rapper's trainer and close friend Harley Pasternak claims they narrowly escaped death after wandering into a dangerous area during one of their outdoor workouts in Hawaii a few years ago.

According to Billboard magazine the duo were "nearly blown to bits in an abandoned military minefield," but "luckily saw warning signs for explosives and navigated their way back to safety."

Meanwhile, the star's wife Kim Kardashian West's personal trainer Gunnar Peterson claims the 'New Slaves' hitmaker "is single-handedly keeping the floral industry alive," as he is always buying her bouquets.

He also told PEOPLE magazine: "Kim and Kanye raise the bar in everything they do."

The couple, who have 23-month-old daughter North, recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and are said to be happier than ever.

An insider added: "Kim calms Kanye down when he needs it and Kanye gives Kim confidence and helps guide her in the right way, especially with business decisions. It's a loving partnership.

"They love spending as much time as they can at home as a family. they genuinely get along so well."

Women with power

Taylor Swift has been deemed one of the world's most influential women after making the Forbes Power Women List for first time.

The 'Bad Blood' singer has made her debut in the annual rankings, comprised by the business bible, which has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fifth time in a row.

Forbes selects entrants to the 100-strong list who are the "performers, tastemakers, executives and entrepreneurs who are making an impact" across the globe and the "criteria is based on the reach of each woman's influence and relevance, and ranked by money and media momentum" as well each individuals commitment to "use their celebrity to better the lives of people around the world through philanthropy or humanitarian efforts".

Taylor is placed at number 65 and has been selected for several reasons, including her brave decision to pull all her music from online streaming service Spotify which led to her latest album '1989' achieving the largest first week sales of any LP on the Billboard 200 chart since 2002 and her influence on social media as she has 58 million followers on Twitter.

Taylor also became a spokesperson for the New York Tourism Board and is donating all proceeds from her track 'Welcome To New York' to public schools in the city, already giving $50,000 to the Department of Education in February.

Other celebrity entrants include Sofia Vergara at number 57, who is the highest-earning actress on television, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at number 50 and 54th placed Angelina Jolie, who was selected for her brave decision to go public with her cancer operations and work as a UN Special Envoy.

Other notable entrants include US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton at number two, US Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen in fourth place, Philanthropist Melinda Gates - co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - at number three and Queen Elizabeth II, who has appeared in every list since it began, at 41.

Forbes Power Women List top 10:

1) Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
2) Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Presidential candidate
3) Melinda Gates, co-chairman Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4) Janet Yellen, US Federal Reserve Bank Chair
5) Mary Barra, General Motors chief executive,
6) Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund managing director
7) Dilma Rousseff, Brazil President
8) Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operation officer
9) Susan Wojcicki, YouTube chief executive
10) Michelle Obama, American First Lady


Ricky Martin wants to wed

Ricky Martin wants to get married.

The 43-year-old singer, who split from businessman boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella in January 2014, has no trouble meeting men, but hopes to walk down the aisle with someone he shares a deep connection with in the future.

He said: "For me that paper is important. I also love the romanticism behind it.

"I am single now after seven years. I meet people. I'm fine. I meet very handsome men. I like to have a conversation, looking into someone's eyes and finding out their sense of humor. I'm not saying you have to be an Adonis, but you have to connect."

But the 'Livin' La Vida Loca' hitmaker, whose six-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino were born via surrogate in 2008, is very careful about who he introduces to them.

He told The Sun newspaper: "We're all men. It's in our DNA to go for it. But I have two boys and I cannot bring different men every day into my house."

Ricky struggled to adjust to being a single father when he and Carlos split, but they are now on good terms.

He said: "He comes to see the kids. There was a year of silence but now we're buddies.

"I try to keep my life very civilized, that's what I need for the well-being of my children.

"The first year as a single father with twins was insanity. I had eye bags down to my knees but it was the most beautiful year of my life."

The Latin heartthrob hopes to expand his family next year.

He said: "I am only starting. I want a bigger family. Let's see what happens next year.

"I'm also seeing the possibility of adopting. But in some countries as a single man it's kind of difficult, if not impossible. But it's worth a try."

Martin Sheen felt 'powerless'

Martin Sheen felt "powerless" when his son Charlie Sheen had his public meltdown.

The 74-year-old star has confessed it was "painful" to see Charlie go through such hard times in the public eye but insists there was nothing more he could have done for his son.

Speaking about the 49-year-old actor's high-profile sacking from 'Two and a Half Men' in 2011, Martin said: "What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much. Except to pray for him and lift him up.

"You try to be as present as possible. But you have to be aware of the circumstances. You have to be aware of many things that the public is not aware of.

"Only those of us that knew him understood what was going on. I'm talking about steroids, at that time. He was in a very desperate situation. And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it - going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him."

The 'Platoon' star embarked on a disastrous stand-up tour titled 'My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option' after his now-infamous interview with ABC News' Andrea Canning, in which he claimed he wasn't bipolar but "bi-winning", following his axing from the CBS show.

And Martin - who is now almost 30 years sober himself after suffering a heart attack on the set of his 1977 movie 'Apocalypse Now' because of his heavy drinking - admits it was difficult to stand by and watch it happen.

He told Radio Times magazine: "You can assure them you're there and you love them, but you cannot effect chance. That's your ego, for the most part. You pray for a moment of clarity, you trust in a higher power and you never, ever give up hope. Because that is a measure of despair."

Tatum excited for Gambit

Channing Tatum is ''super excited'' to be starring in 'X-Men' spin-off 'Gambit' after seeing the first draft of the script.

The 35-year-old actor has been allowed a read through of the story by Josh Zetumer - whose previous work includes the 'RoboCop' remake - and is convinced the Marvel superhero movie is going to be ''killer''.

Talking to the latest issue of Empire magazine, Channing said: ''Josh just turned in the first draft of the script, and it's killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the 'X-Men' world. But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It's always about saving the world, but maybe we're going to shift things a little bit. There's so many ways you can take (an origin story). You could do it like 'Batman Begins', or a different take and go the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' route. All I can say is, I'm super excited.''

The 'Magic Mike XXL' star is confirmed to play Gambit and he admits landing the role meant a lot to him because he relates to the Southern character on many levels.

He explained: ''I love Gambit. I grew up in the South; my father's from Louisiana. We'd go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the 'X-Men' to me.''

'Gambit' is expected to be released in October 2016.

Knightley welcomes baby

Keira Knightley has reportedly given birth to a baby girl.

The British actress and husband James Righton, 31, recently welcomed their first child into the world in London, according to E! News.

The 30-year-old star, who got married to the Klaxons rocker in France in May 2013, previously admitted she was feeling relaxed about becoming a mother despite struggling to come up with a "whole birthing plan."

The 'Pirates of Caribbean' beauty said: "There isn't an option to sort of keep it in, is there? So, I'm assuming my plan is to get it out. But apparently there's more to the plan than that. I don't know what that is. Still, my plan is to get it out. It will come out."

The Oscar-nominee also joked James was enjoying "drinking for two" while she was pregnant.

Speaking about how she's using her pregnancy as an excuse to make him attend awards season parties with her, she said: "I'm [telling him], 'You have to come with me, support me!

"There's a lot of free champagne [at events], so he thinks because I'm not drinking, he has two. I'm eating for two and he's drinking for two."

Keira's 'The Imitation Game' director Morten Tyldum recently predicted she would be a "wonderful mom."

He added: "She's a wonderful person! She's so sincere, so loving and her husband is great and they're such a great couple."

Lambert's shopping sprees

Adam Lambert loves shopping with his mother.

The 'For Your Entertainment' hitmaker enjoys regular shopping sprees with mom Leila Lambert and says he gets his "eye for style" from her.

She said: "When he was a kid, any kind of arts and crafts, anything to do with being creative, I always wanted to make sure he had anything you'd want. [Now] we have an affinity for shopping."

Adam added: "I remember in high school, there was a period of time where we were hanging out a lot and we were doing a lot of shopping. You got to a point where you said to me, 'I'm sick of all my clothes, I'm stuck.' And I was like, 'That's all I need to hear. We're doing a makeover!' I definitely get my eye for style from her."

The 33-year-old singer also credits his mother for being incredibly supportive of his decision to come out when he was younger, revealing it was her who prompted the conversation.

He shared: "When we had the coming out conversation ... she kind of initiated it, which was hilarious. At that point, it was great because then we could talk about everything. There was never a point where I was made to feel bad about myself, and I was kind of an out-there kid."

Leila added to PEOPLE magazine: "People would say, 'That's weird, and I would say, 'That's not weird! It's Adam. That's who he is.' We have conversations about everything."

Garfunkel calls Simon a jerk

Art Garfunkel has branded Paul Simon an "idiot" and a "jerk".

The 73-year-old musician has slammed his former musical partner Paul, who he was part of duo Simon & Garfunkel with, for walking away from the band at the height of their fame following the release of their critically acclaimed album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' in 1970.

He said: "It was very strange. Nothing I would have done. I want to open up about this. I don't want to say any anti Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. Crazy. What I would have done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry.

"How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What's going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?"

The 'Sound of Silence' singer went on to say 73-year-old songwriter, Paul, might have a "Napoleon complex".

Replying to the suggestion, he said: "I think you're on to something. I would say so, yes."

And Art went on to say Paul was bullied at school due to his short stature, but offering his friendship as "compensation" turned him into a "monster".

He stated: "That compensation gesture has created a monster."

The pair reconciled for a reunion tour in 2003 and 2004, and have since toured on their own, but now Art has insisted he wants to perform with Paul again.

He told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "Will I do another tour with Paul? Well, that's quite do-able. When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears. A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless. We blend. So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?'

"But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971."

B.B. King's murder claim

B.B. King's daughters have claimed he was murdered.

The music legend - known to his fans as 'The King of the Blues' - passed away in his sleep in Las Vegas earlier this month but two of his daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, suspect foul play.

Karen and Patty have accused the singer's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, of poisoning him, documents submitted to The Associated Press by their lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer confirm.

Identical statements from the two women read: "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered."

Brent Bryson, attorney for B.B. King's estate, called the allegations made "unfounded" and "extremely disrespectful".

He said: "I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libellous allegations."

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the 'Rock Me Baby' hitmaker will be laid to rest in his hometown of Mississippi.

Over the weekend, a public viewing of the open casket was held for fans and well-wishers.

A private funeral for the musician is expected to take place at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday (05.30.15).

Robyn & Ryleigh June 6 & 7

Robyn & Ryleigh are a country music sister act from Langley, BC who are making their first appearance at the Summerland Action Festival on June 6th and June 7th.  

This past week they released their new single, “I Found You” to Canadian country music radio and iTunes.

“I Found You” was written by  Robyn & Ryleigh during a songwriting trip to Nashville and it was produced by Paul Shatto and David Wills of Raincoast Music, who have worked with artists like The Higgins and The Matinee, to name a few.

This is the first release for R&R since “Just Another Sundown”, which headlined their first full-length album in 2013 and led to a music video that was picked up by The Heartland Network (formerly The Nashville Network) in America. With this release, their recent signing with Canadian label Royalty Records, and another album planned for the Fall, they are poised to break out at a new level now.

Once again you can catch Robyn & Ryleigh at the Summerland Action Festival on June 6th and June 7th and for more info go to

Chris Brown's child support

Chris Brown and Nia Amey are reportedly at war over child support.

The 'Loyal' hitmaker - who it was revealed earlier this year had fathered a child with Nia - had been paying her $2,500 a month in child support but stopped the payments in March.

Chris chose to suspend the payments after Nia asked for $15,000 in child support, gossip website TMZ reports.

The insider claims Nia will be filing legal documents requesting the 28-year-old star increases the child support as well as the back payments for the missed months.

Meanwhile, a source previously claimed Chris was keen on raising his daughter together with Nia as he didn't want her to have a repeat of his childhood where he was raised from two separate households.

They shared: "He's adamant that they raise Royalty together. It's very important to him that they have a near perfect relationship because he wants his daughter to be raised properly - with he and Nia.

"He knows from experience the hardships and heartache it can be without two parents in the same home and he doesn't want that for Royalty."

The insider claimed Chris was so committed to the idea that he was considering having Nia move in with him.

They added: "Her living with him - it's on his mind and he's trying to figure out just how that would work.

"Nia would have her own separate room. No funny business would go on. It would be for the sake of the baby only."

Charli XCX's internet ban

Charli XCX avoids reading about herself online.

The 'Boom Clap' hitmaker refuses to search the Internet to see what people have to say about her but says she has improved since her younger years when she used to take everything "really, really personally".

She told Teen Vogue magazine: "It used to stress me out when I was younger, because I would take everything really, really personally. But, to be honest, I don't read it too much anymore. No, it doesn't really bother me.

"My assistant sends me screen grabs of, like, really funny Daily Mail clips when they write about me, and there's always hideous and hilarious comments."

And the 22-year-old singer certainly won't take any criticism lying down as she previously revealed she doesn't care if people think she's a bitch for speaking her mind.

She shared: "I find that sometimes the men who I work with will be totally patronising because they think I'm just a vessel for a song to come out of. And that's not something that I operate, or how I would treat anyone. To be honest I always fight back because I don't deserve to be treated like that - I'm just as much as a boss as they are.

"And I don't care if people call me a bitch because it's not about being a bitch it's just about controlling your own s**t and being a business woman. I don't care if people call me a bitch because I know what I'm doing is the right thing."

Beatles Tribute at the KCT

Coming all the way to Kelowna from Argentina to share the timeless music of the Beatles is a world class beatles revival band called "Now & Then".

"Now & Then" was born in 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2014 they won the “battle of bands” in the 14th Latin America Beatleweek, organized by The Cavern Club Buenos Aires. This prestigious contest gathers the best South American Beatles tributes every year. Two of the band’s members have been awarded “Best Guitar Player” for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014) and “Best Drummer” in 2013, respectively.

Their 2015 tour in British Columbia and Alberta Canada has been very eagerly anticipated. They hope to create many fond memories for Beatles fans, and many great friends along the way. The show will stop in Kelowna on Sunday June 14th at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

The show is divided in three parts, recreating: first ,the Apple “Rooftop concert” followed by the experimental period which includes the album “Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and its famous suits and also everybodys favorite, the early period or “Beatlemania”.

Even though "Now & Then" Beatle tribute band is very respectful of the Beatle roots in each song they play, its members clearly put their stamp on them. This passion is what makes them sound more original and fresh when they play live.

Now and Then - Sunday, June 14
The Kelowna Community Theatre
Tickets only $45 and available at or by Phone at 250-762-5050

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