Britney's invader on trial

A man who crashed the stage during a Britney Spears concert in August is heading to trial over the incident.

The singer was in the middle of her Piece of Me residency show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas when Jesse Webb ran onto the stage from the wings and stood behind her group of dancers.

According to video footage taken by onlookers, a security guard rushed after him, pulled his arms behind his back and walked him towards the wings, but a scuffle ensued and they both ended up on the floor. Webb broke free but was quickly tackled to the ground again and restrained against the floor by a large group of guards and dancers.

Webb has since been charged with one count of battery and one count of disorderly conduct over the stage invasion, during which he allegedly kicked a security guard. According to, he will stand trial on the charges, both misdemeanors, on 18 January.

Britney was in the middle of performing her routine to Stronger when the incident occurred and she remained oblivious to the commotion, even though some of her dancers had broken formation to help tackle Webb.

Two security guards eventually walked through the dancers to Britney, who appeared confused and shocked, and she could be heard asking them, "Is something okay? What's going on? What's going on? Who's hurt?"

She was escorted off the stage while Webb was still being restrained and, after he was handcuffed and escorted away, she returned to perform the remainder of her setlist.

Britney began her residency in December, 2013 and it is scheduled to end on New Year's Eve after a four-year run.


Portraiture at KAG

Ninety local artists answered the call to celebrate the art of portraiture for this year’s annual members’ exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The group show is entitled Encounters and submissions in a wide variety of media were welcomed, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed media, and digital media.

The works range dramatically throughout the space. One piece by Patty Leinemann appears to be the metal frames from a pair of different sized suitcases. Entitled Mom & Dad, the work is a consideration of the artist’s parents and their immigration experience.

Another example by Cheryl Arnouse was composed using a variety of different coffees and teas which she dripped on to paper to create a portrait she calls Perspective on Homelessness, over Coffee & Tea. Arnouse chose to create a portrait of a man she met through the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre. His compelling story and hardships resonated strongly with her and the resulting work is a tribute to his courage and strength.

The exhibition is on view in the Gallery’s Front project space from December 2, 2017 to February 3, 2018. This exhibition space is free and open to the public during Gallery hours of operation.

A digital publication will be produced to accompany Encounters with images of each work along with information about the artist and the piece. The publication will be available on an iPad installed in the exhibition space at the Gallery, or online via the Kelowna Art Gallery’s website.

For more information about membership at the Kelowna Art Gallery, please call the Gallery at 250-762-2226, or visit online at

The Kelowna Art Gallery offers four exhibition spaces that showcase changing contemporary and historical Canadian art, and is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna.

Kim K 'frustrated'

Kim Kardashian is finding it "frustrating" not being able to carry her baby herself.

The 37-year-old is mother to four-year-old North and two-year-old Saint with husband Kanye West, and the couple are expecting their third child via surrogate. Complications in her first two pregnancies meant Kim was unable to fall pregnant for a third time, but the reality star is still struggling to see another woman carrying her child.

"It is frustrating like to not be able to do it on your own," Kim said on Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Sunday night. "It is a weird dynamic. Like I go to all the doctor's appointments and I try to be really present, but when you're not carrying it yourself it is such a fine balance of how much you're going to be in their lives.

"Of course I want to know every last detail that's going on with my baby and that's super frustrating, but I really trust my surrogate and I don't want to be that person that's trying to control her every move. It's going to be a long hard process but I'm going to take it one day at a time and hopefully it just gets easier."

However, Kim also told sister Kourtney she's more than grateful to her surrogate, adding: "The fact that this is just what we can do these days, I'm like really thankful. Like I'm seriously so grateful for her and that someone is just so like selfless and kind to do this.

"And I definitely want to keep it private. I don't want people to find my surrogate. Like I don't want them to harass her. Like she doesn't know how to handle stuff like that, this isn't her world."

Kim also revealed that prior to falling pregnant with Saint, she had attempted to have another embryo implanted, but it hadn't taken. So after she and Kanye had settled on a surrogate - a process which took about a year - she was desperate to find out if the embryo implantation in the woman had been successful.

"This is the craziest waiting game," she told sister Khloe on the phone. "It's so frustrating. It's really nerve-wracking because you know it's only a 60 per cent chance it'll take. One didn't work for me. I tried it and I lost one of them."

Swift and Alwyn hold hands

Notoriously private couple Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn put on a rare public display of affection as they held hands in New York.

The 27-year-old smiled as she was escorted into Madison Square Garden on Friday before her headline performance at the iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball.

Wearing a plaid winter coat and bulky black boots, the 27-year-old smiled and waved to fans waiting outside the venue, according to People.

"Taylor and Joe are spending time together in New York City. Taylor was in the best mood," a source told the website. "Joe stayed for the whole show and they later left together as well. They are staying at Taylor's apartment."

Joe, who starred in last year's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was also with the singer for her private party backstage at the Jingle Ball, along with Taylor's close friends Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds, Jack Antonoff and Camila Cabello.

The pair has been quietly dating since the start of the year, and while they're yet to confirm their romantic status, friends of the couple say the relationship is in a great place.

"It's a great relationship that everyone hopes will last. Joe could definitely be the one," a source close to the Shake it Off hitmaker told People. "Their relationship is very different from Taylor's past ones. Just like Taylor, Joe is a homebody. He loves being an actor but doesn't like the celebrity part of it. It's pretty special to find someone you're on the same page with."

Taylor is keeping herself busy in the coming months, as she announced a global arena tour to accompany her new album, Reputation. The tour will kick off in Arizona in May, with stops in London, Canada and Australia.

Boyega escapes snowstorm

John Boyega almost missed Saturday's Los Angeles, California world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi following an Atlanta, Georgia snowstorm.

The British actor, who reprises his role as former Storm Trooper Finn in the much anticipated eighth film of the sci-fi franchise, wrote a series of pleas for help on Twitter after nearly 12 inches of snow fell in Atlanta. More than 1000 flights in and out of the city's Hartsfield"Jackson airport were canceled as a result on Friday and Saturday.

"Wow ATL (Atlanta)," he wrote, of being stranded in the southern city. "Look like no one's leaving (sic)! Guess I'll start a family now""

A few minutes later he added, "Cold! My thighs won't even generate the heat anymore", before writing, "Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!"

The film's panicked director Rian Johnson quickly replied to his star, "Hahahaha oh my god. GET HERE JOHN!", prompting John to answer, "Roger that! BB-8 (Star Wars droid) PUNCH IT!!!"

By Saturday afternoon, John had arrived safely in Los Angeles, and tweeted his happy news: "I made it ! Without luggage but wooooooooohoooo! As if weather can stop a Nigerian kmt (kiss my teeth)."

It's not the first time the big film has caused him stress. Earlier this month, the 25-year-old Detroit star admitted that filming some of its stunts made him really nervous.

"Any scenes with explosions make me shaky," he joked to SciFiNow magazine. "When fire is roaring around you, I tend to think, 'I like my face. I'd like to keep it'," he added.

Though he, like the rest of The Last Jedi cast, has been instructed not to reveal any plot points ahead of the film's worldwide release next week, John hinted that he has more action scenes in The Last Jedi than he did in 2015's The Force Awakens.

"I was really surprised," he shared of his first reaction to the film's script. "First of all, I was thinking: 'Who is going to be doing all these stunts? I am not training for that!'"

Sheeran remains philosophical

Ed Sheeran isn't disappointed at the lack of nominations he received for the 2018 Grammy Awards.

The British singer-songwriter, whose album ÷ (divide) is the second biggest selling album of the year in the U.S. behind only Taylor Swift's Reputation, which was not eligible for nomination, only earned two nods in pop categories - Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.

He missed out on a nomination last month for the biggest prizes, Album, Song, and Record of the Year - with hip-hop stars like JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar gaining nods instead.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, the singer responded to claims of a snub, and explained that despite the album's huge success, he wasn't disappointed at being overlooked.

"There's a very clear reason why that happened and it's bigger than me, like much bigger than me, and like it's just something that, again, it was just meant to be, that is the way that this year was meant to roll out," he cryptically explained backstage at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert in New York City last Friday.

"You know I'm not dying, it's not like I'm never gonna be nominated for a Grammy again. And I was nominated for two Grammys. This is why everything's meant to be. The week after that, I get an MBE from (Buckingham) palace, I go No. 1 on Spotify, I go No. 1 on Billboard, I'm about to have my second ever Billboard No. 1, like there's so many other things in the mix that counterbalance it."

Another high point for The Shape of You singer is his recent collaboration with superstar Beyonce, who appears on a remix of his song Perfect. The star recorded the track just four months after the birth of her twins Rumi and Sir.

"That's just the way I live my life," he smiled. "When one door closes, another door opens. You'll really, really send yourself mental if you think into things too much, and I'm just so easy-going when it comes to that."

Allegations hit Mario Batali

Mario Batali is giving up oversight of the daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years.

The online site Eater New York, part of Vox Media, reported Monday that the incidents involve at least four women, three of whom worked for Batali. The women, who were not named in the Eater story, claim that Batali engaged in behaviour including groping one's chest and grabbing one from behind and holding her tightly against his body.

In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Batali said that the complaints "match up" with his past behaviour.

"I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family," Batali said.

A spokesperson for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group says an employee reported inappropriate behaviour by Batali in October. The company told Eater it was the first formal complaint against Batali and that he was reprimanded and required to attend training.

Batali will also take leave from his ABC cooking show, "The Chew."

"We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention," the network said Monday. "ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behaviour involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct."

John Mayer home after op

John Mayer is home and recovering following an emergency appendectomy earlier this week.

The 40-year-old singer was taken to a hospital in New Orleans early on Tuesday to undergo an operation to remove his appendix, and his planned shows with band Dead & Company were subsequently postponed.

On Friday, he shared a snap of himself in a multi-colored coat standing outside in the snow on Instagram, reassuring fans he was doing well.

"Home. See you in a bit," Mayer captioned the photo, along with a heart emoji.

The Daughters hitmaker took to Twitter on Wednesday to apologize for the cancelled shows and to thank fans for their supportive messages.

"Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Had surgery yesterday and woke up to see some amazingly kind and loving tweets," he wrote. "I'm so sorry that we couldn't finish out the last few dates of the tour. This band and these shows mean the world to me. Love you all dearly."

He also took a selfie in the mirror of a bathroom and shared the picture, in which he is wearing a hospital gown and medical bracelet, on Instagram with the humorous caption, "Still got it".

Mayer was set to perform in New Orleans with Dead & Company, a Grateful Dead spin-off band, on Tuesday night before he fell ill. That show was postponed, as well as their gigs in Orlando and Sunrise in Florida this week.

"The Dead & Company concerts that were postponed due to John Mayer's emergency appendectomy have been rescheduled for February 24th in New Orleans, February 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, and February 27th in Orlando," the group tweeted.

Coco at top of the box

The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theatres.

Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million.

The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film "Just Getting Started," which launched to a meagre $3.2 million from 2,161 theatres and barely made the top 10.

Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against "The Last Jedi," which is expected to dominate theatres and moviegoer attention when it opens on Dec. 15.

Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice League" took second place with $9.6 million and Lionsgate's sleeper hit "Wonder," which has now passed $100 million, placed third with $8.5 million. Warner Bros. also crossed the $2 billion benchmark domestically Saturday — the first studio to do so in 2017.

This quiet period before "Star Wars" has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco's "The Disaster Artist." The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, "The Room," expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theatres. It managed to bring in $6.4 million, landing it in fourth place.

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film "Lady Bird" also added 363 locations and placed 9th in its sixth weekend in theatres. With the $3.5 million from this weekend, "Lady Bird" has netted $22.3 million.

The Guillermo del Toro-directed romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water" expanded to 41 theatres in its second weekend and earned $1.1 million.

The Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya" launched in four locations in New York and Los Angeles and brought in a solid $245,602.

The Winston Churchill film "The Darkest Hour" and the summer romance film "Call Me By Your Name" also continue to thrive in more limited releases as well. "The Darkest Hour," which stars Gary Oldman as Churchill, earned $777,000 from 53 locations, and "Call Me By Your Name," with Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, took in $291,101 from nine theatres.

"This is the best time to be a moviegoer if you're an indie fan," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "The last few weeks have enabled films like 'The Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and now 'I, Tonya' to really find an audience."

He added: "It's great time for those films ahead of the box office death star that is 'Star Wars.'"

The year is still down 4 per cent from last year, though, which is a pit that even a juggernaut like "Star Wars" might struggle to fill. The cash influx from "The Last Jedi" will be significant, nonetheless, and if the precedent of "Rogue One" and "The Force Awakens" holds, it could range from $400 million to over $600 million of additional domestic revenue before the books close on 2017.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."Coco," $18.3 million.

2."Justice League," $9.6 million.

3."Wonder," $8.5 million.

4."The Disaster Artist," $6.4 million.

5."Thor: Ragnarok," $6.3 million.

6."Daddy's Home 2," $6 million.

7."Murder on the Orient Express," $5.1 million.

8."The Star," $3.7 million.

9."Lady Bird," $3.5 million.

10."Just Getting Started," $3.2 million

Latest Star Wars premiered

There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online.

Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed.

"She's up there flipping the bird and saying, 'Don't bring this night down with solemn tributes,'" Johnson said on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.

It was in that spirit that Johnson excitedly introduced his cast, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Hamill and composer John Williams, who Johnson called one of the "greatest living film composers" were among the few who got standing ovations.

"Let's watch a Star Wars movie!" Johnson exclaimed as the cast took their seats, the lights dimmed and the yellow Star Wars logo and iconic scrawl appeared on screen to signal the start of the film. The enthusiastic audience laughed and cheered throughout much of the two-and-a-half-hour film. One audience member even shrieked "What?!" at a key scene deep in the film.

The elaborate premiere featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids that preceded the first showing of the film in advance of its Dec. 15 release. The mood was joyous and pregnant with anticipation for the highly anticipated and guarded film, which sees the return of Hamill's Luke Skywalker as well as Fisher's final performance.

Formal reviews won't be out for a few days, but journalists and others at the screening who shared their initial reactions online said "The Last Jedi" packed the adventure expected in a Star Wars film, but took it into new territory.

J.J. Abrams, who directed 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and will return to direct Episode IX told The Associated Press that the film was "great" and that "Rian killed it."

"Logan" director James Mangold also praised the film's director, calling the movie "a great chapter of a blockbuster franchise," that also had Johnson's "voice shining through."

Attendees at Saturday's premiere were the first people outside the cast, filmmakers and top executives at Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm who had seen "The Last Jedi." Director Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Greta Gerwig, "Stranger Things" actor Gaten Matarazzo, and Constance Zimmer were among the attendees Saturday.

Secrecy about the film remained in place on the red carpet. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for details on the film, "I'm going to let you work out everything for yourself."

"The Last Jedi," which arrives in theatres on Dec. 15, is one of the year's biggest releases. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.

Meghan Trainor's 'dark place'

Meghan Trainor credits her boyfriend Daryl Sabara with helping her out of a "dark place" following her vocal cord surgery.

The All About That Bass star underwent two operations on her vocal cords, the most recent surgery occurring earlier this year, with the health issues leaving her in a state of distress.

However, the grown-up Spy Kids star, who she began dating in the summer of 2016, helped her get back on form by encouraging her to exercise and eat well.

"He's changed my entire life; he cooks for me, taught me how to cook, and he told me how you can feel better if you eat healthier and exercise," she told Entertainment Tonight. "Even mentally, because after my second surgery, I went into this kind of dark place and he was like, 'Wanna work out?' and I was like, 'No, but O.K.' Now I love it, I'm obsessed with it and I've never felt better."

The 23-year-old, who turns 24 later this month, has been showing off her new figure in recent weeks and she credits both her boyfriend and Shaun T's FOCUS T25 workout DVDs with her look.

Meghan will hit U.S. TV screens in January as a judge on the new reality TV show The Four: Battle for Stardom alongside Sean 'Diddy' Combs, DJ Khaled and music executive Charlie Walk.

She said she had no hesitation about signing up for the project as it's so different from other singing competition shows such as The Voice or The X Factor.

"I was really excited because it's brand new and it's not what you've seen before," she explained. "It's very fresh and the reward is so amazing - how they actually give you an opportunity to work with people in the music industry and to have a chance to be heard on the radio - that's just a no-brainer for me."

Steven Tyler launches refuge

Rocker Steven Tyler has launched a safe haven for abused and troubled girls in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Aerosmith star attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Janie's House on Wednesday, and told TMZ the venture is one of his proudest achievements.

"It takes young girls in and it's got a staff, and it's got some therapists, and it's got people for them to talk to," Tyler said.

"When girls come in and they're broken and battered, it's a place for them to go."

Janie's House, which can offer refuge and therapy for 30 girls at a time, is the first safe haven launched through Steven's Janie's Fund - and he's convinced it will be a huge success.

The recovering drug addict added, "I'm also in a 12-step program and it's about passing it on. It's about learning what's going wrong and maybe making it right for someone else.

"If there's maybe a glimmer of hope for them (abused girls), that's all I care about... It makes my heart explode."

Wednesday's launch party marked one of Tyler's first public appearances since he was forced to fly back to the U.S. following an Aerosmith gig in Brazil in September due to "unexpected medical issues".

Steven quickly cleared up speculation about his health, which prompted his bandmates to scrap the remainder of their South American tour, insisting he simply had to have "a procedure" that only his doctor "could perform".

His actress daughter Liv has since explained her father's illness is not life-threatening, adding, "It was just one of those things when he had a little thing that needed to be taken care of and he was in pain.

"It's hard when you're on tour because you don't want to let everybody down. And then it just got bad and he had to go to L.A. to have a little operation. He is recovering."

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