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Spice Girls talk reunion

Mel B says the Spice Girls "talk a lot" about reuniting next year.

The 39-year-old star says she and former bandmates, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Victoria Beckham, haven't ruled out doing something special to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016.

She said: "I mean, we got together for the Olympics and nobody thought that we were going to get together for that. Next year is our 20th anniversary so we'll see. Maybe we'll do something. Who knows?"

Asked if they have already started making plans, she told E! News: "We talk a lot and we text and we Facetime. I was just Facetiming Geri the other day, she's about to get married so we're going to go over to England for her wedding."

Mel also insists she and fashion designer Victoria, 41, are still very close.

She said: "We see each other more in London than we do here [in Los Angeles], because here she's got her kids and I've got my kids. In London, I usually go there for work, so I don't necessarily have the kids with me because I'm usually on a short trip and so is she, so it's weird how it works out like that."



Music Before Gadgets

Most people think that cult figures in music are a recent phenomenon, but near the end of the 1600’s in France, a group of musicians rose to become the best-paid performers of their time. The aristocrats of France had long before given up playing music themselves, but had long evenings to fill, creating a market for a class of great composers and players of solo music for the harpsichord, the lute and a new toy – the guitar.

In upcoming concert by at the Mary Irwin Theatre, in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Early Music Studio gives this period new life. Professional musicians Clive Titmuss and Susan Adams specialize in this virtuoso music, created for wealthy patrons and their discriminating ears. The music languished in obscurity for centuries until it was recently re-discovered. According to Titmuss, “Very few people were privileged to hear these extraordinary works when they were written, but anyone may enjoy them now.”

The harpsichord was the most important keyboard instrument – sophisticated technology, full of resources, elegant and commanding. It inspired an entire generation of composers to write works of art intended to highlight its power. Just then, the French lute style reached its peak, just as the guitar began to gain favour. The trends crossed over: Guitar tricks showed up in lute music – and the elevated mood of the lute was heard in the best guitar music. Flashy music for the harpsichord copied both instruments and contributed new tricks of its own.

Audiences will be able to hear just how this brilliant cross-pollination worked, when lute, theorbo, early guitar and harpsichord share the stage on April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available from the Rotary Centre Box Office or online at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone at 250-717-5304. To learn more about Early Music Studio go to earlymusicstudio.com or call 250-769-2884.



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Charli XCX's legacy

Charli XCX wants to leave a legacy.

The 'Boom Clap' hitmaker is keen to use her ''business mind'' to develop an ''empire'' that doesn't just include her musical talent.

She said: ''I have a business mind, I have a real drive - I want to have an empire.

''I want to have more of a legacy, and I think just because I wear what I wear, and am a pop star, doesn't mean I can't have that.''

The 22-year-old singer also admitted she enjoys having power and is extremely driven.

She added: ''Power gets me off. I always want more than I have.''

But Charli has insisted she isn't bothered about being a ''picture-perfect pop star'' and doesn't worry about pretending to be having a good day for the sake of the paparazzi.

She told Maxim magazine: ''I'm not good at being a picture-perfect pop star, happy all the time. If I'm having a bad day, I can't pretend.''

Meanwhile, the beauty previously admitted she loves heading out on tour and would gladly sleep in a bin whilst on the road, as long as she was given some champagne.

She said: ''On my last tour I took my childhood best friend and I hired another of my best friends as my assistant. I enjoy touring. I'm the opposite of a diva.

''Would I sleep in a bin? As long as I've had some champagne, then probably, yeah.''



Lavigne's new perspective

Avril Lavigne has "gained a lot of perspective" since being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

The 'Complicated' hitmaker, who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, refuses to let the illness - which is caused by tick bites and causes pain in the sufferer's skin and joints and problems with the heart and nervous system - hold her back.

She said: "I believe that I will come out of this healthier and stronger than I was before. I've gained a lot of perspective on my life. I'm choosing to look at the positives."

The Canadian star first suspected she had the disease last summer, but was only diagnosed in October and was left bedridden for five months.

The 30-year-old star told 'Good Morning America': "I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it. I actually knew I had it the whole time, probably since the summer, and was just up against a lot of doctors telling me, 'You're crazy.' Some of them were like, 'It doesn't exist.' "

Avril wrote her new song, 'Fly,' which will be featured during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, before she got ill but says it means more to her now.

She explained: "It's just about inner strength and courage. This song took on a whole new meaning for me while I was sick, which was pretty magical."



Selena Gomez blasts critics

Selena Gomez is "happy" with her figure.

The 22-year-old singer has hit back at critics for suggesting she has put on weight after pictures emerged of her frolicking on the beach in a skimpy pink bikini near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico earlier this week and is glad there is "more to love."

The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker responded to the negative comments by sharing a photograph of herself wearing a flattering black swimsuit on Instagram, with the caption: "I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove (sic)"

The brunette beauty previously admitted one of the reasons she sought treatment in rehab early last year was because she constantly felt under pressure to look a certain way.

She said: "I'm surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me, and some of them have and others haven't. They pressure me ... you gotta be sexy, you gotta be cute, you gotta be nice. You gotta be all these things."

"You all have pressure that you have to deal with every day I'm sure with school, with work, with friends, with parents, with family. ... They tell me what to wear, how to look, what I should say, how I should be."

"Until recently, I had given into that pressure. I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought that others would accept me for it."



Banderas still loves Griffith

Antonio Banderas "still loves" his ex-wife Melanie Griffith.

The 'Shrek' star divorced from 'The Night We Called It A Day' actress last year but has admitted he still has feelings for the 57-year-old star.

He told Colombia's Caracol TV: "Obviously, it has been a year full of changes. Sometimes in life, the circumstances make you wreck everything to build it again. Things come naturally, people are not bad or good, no one is going to be the good guy or the bad guy during a break-up, things come to an end naturally.

"It's been tough, a long time relationship is now broken. But well, we have changed our status. I still love her very much and we still have a good friendship."

The pair were married for 19 years before Melanie filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.

To help move on with his life following the split, Antonio is planning on moving to London to study fashion at St Martin's University.

He also hopes the decision to move will bring him closer to his family, namely 18-year-old daughter Stella Banderas.

He said: "I'd love to spend more time with my family. That is probably the biggest failure in my life.

"That's probably the heaviest burden I carry on my shoulders nowadays, the fact that I didn't spend much time with my family."



Gaga questioned self-worth

Lady Gaga questioned her "identity and self-worth" as young girl.

The 'Pokerface' hitmaker's mother Cynthia Germanotta has revealed her daughter - whose real name is Stefani Germanotta - wasn't fully appreciated by her peers for who she was and the "cruelty" lead her to feel isolated.

Writing for Billboard magazine, Cynthia said: "[She] was creative and unequivocally her own person, but her peers didn't always appreciate the things that made her unique - and different.

"[The] persistent, thoughtless cruelty of her peers caused Stefani to question her identity and self-worth."

The mother and daughter team set up the Born This Way Foundation to support those feeling a similar way.

Speaking in a video promoting the campaign, she said: "I know what it's like to feel depressed, to feel humiliated, to feel isolated. And I know too many young people, no matter who they are or where they come from, who are feeling the same way I do.

"It was so beautiful, in a way, that our sadness bonded us at the shows and yet, I so badly wanted to understand why that cloud was there at all. How could I help to lift it? How could I help to be a part of more of a global change and working together, we can make the world a kinder and braver place where all voices are heard, all feelings are respected."

Advising those who may feel the same way as her, she added: "It's OK to be different. It's OK to feel different. It's OK to feel like you're not part of the planet because there's all sorts of really authentic answers as to why...

"I challenge you today to be your biggest fan and join the emotion revolution... Tell the world how you feel but more importantly, tell them how you want to feel."



Gwyneth Paltrow's food challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow's perspective has been "forever altered" by her $29 food challenge.

The 'Mortdecai' actress was challenged by chef Mario Batali to help raise awareness for the NYC Food Bank by attempting to live on just $29 dollars worth of food for the week and although she failed the challenge, quitting after four days, the star admitted the experience changed her own views on hunger.

Writing on her lifestyle website 'Goop', she said: "As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice).

"My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days - a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. (sic)"

The 42-year-old actress - who has Apple, 10 and Moses, nine with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who she "consciously uncoupled" from last year - admitted the week left her feeling more "grateful".

She added: "I know hunger doesn't always touch us all directly - but it does touch us all indirectly.

"After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let's all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege."



January Jones' 'insecurity'

January Jones feels "insecure" as an actress.

The 'Mad Men' star has admitted joining the film and television industry comes with its unpredictability.

She said: "I have yet to feel I can make a living from this. I still feel like they are going to find me out and I won't be able to support my family in five or ten years.

"There is this insecurity, because this is the job where you put yourself out there to be judged, so we kind of ask for that insecurity."

Whilst the 37-year-old actress feels a little open to criticism in her career, she has revealed she is unsure about marriage but would consider it if the right person came along.

She told the May issue of Marie Claire magazine: "I mean, if someone came along and was obsessed with marrying me, I would think about that.

"But growing up, all my family was married and never really got divorced, so marriage was a big deal, it was something you definitely did, so it's not that I'm afraid of it. I just don't need the tax write-off."



Anne Hathaway to adopt

Anne Hathaway is in the "last stage" of adopting a child.

The 'Devil Wears Prada' star is reportedly "nervous (but) happy" about being so close to welcoming a little boy or girl with her husband Adam Shulman.

A source told US' OK! magazine: "Anne is so happy and nervous. She can't quite believe it's so close to becoming reality. It's truly a blessing, and she and Adam can't stop talking about it."

The couple - who wed in 2012 - are said to be "bragging" to their friends and family about the impending arrival.

An insider added to Star magazine: "The couple has been bragging to anyone who will listen about the new baby they are going to receive.

"But, unlike several other celebrities, Anne Hathaway has opted to adopt an American baby rather than one from overseas because she wants to help kids close to home."

The 32-year-old star and the 'Song One' actor, 34, are believed to be keen to have their own children one day, too, and they are considering making the move from New York to the West Coast, nearer Anne's mother Kate, so the child is able to "enjoy the culture of the city".



Kanye West's mission

Kanye West believes he is on the same "mission" as the police.

The 'Bound 2' rapper thinks his willingness to help and support others means he has qualities similar to those working in the public service sector.

He said: "I think there are schoolteachers with the exact same mission as me. I think there are police officers with the exact same mission as me.

"Just help. Just do everything you got, give everything you got. Our focus needs to be less about what our legacy is going to be, or how we're going to control each other, but more how can we give to each other."

The 37-year-old rapper - whose wife Kim Kardashian West, with whom he has 22-month-old North, famously tried to "break the internet" by posing naked on the cover of Paper magazine - also insisted he has attempted to shock the internet similarly but instead, through his honesty.

He added to Time magazine: "Every time I crash the Internet, it's like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting the rest of the time?"



Daniel Craig given UN role

Daniel Craig has been named the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.

The James Bond actor - whose spy alter ego has the code number 007 and famously has a "license to kill" - has been appointed to the role by the United Nations (UN) and will help with raising awareness for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), as well as garnering political and financial support for the cause.

During a ceremony at the organisation's New York headquarters, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told him: "You have been given a license to kill, I'm now giving you a licence to save.

"I am the eighth secretary-general, so I am 008. This means I have given him that mandate to save."

The 47-year-old actor - who is married to Rachel Weisz - will retain the position for three years and is "honoured and humbled" by his new role.

He said: "I'm honoured to accept this role, I'm humbled that I will get the chance to work next to people who are risking their lives every day to help ordinary people live ordinary lives."

Daniel has previously witnessed the devastation caused by landmines when he was filming in Cambodia.

He said: "There were lots and lots of children around.

"And I know I was nervous - but I can't imagine what it was like for the parents of those children.

"It stops them having a normal life, getting on and rebuilding, and getting back their lives again."



Lil Wayne sued

Lil Wayne's bus driver has accused the rapper of trying to kill him.

Mark Jones has filed a lawsuit against the 'Lollipop' hitmaker - who hired him to work on his summer tour last year - in which he claims the star became "irate" when he pulled over to refuel on their way to Buffalo, New York, at around 11.30pm and left him feeling so scared, he decided to keep driving and not stop for gas.

However, Mark then alleges Wayne continued his tirade, threatened to pistol whip him, "whip his ass" and then kill him, TMZ reports.

The bus driver claims the rapper pulled a gun on him, cocked it at close range and demanded to "get to the hotel now".

The subsequent 30-minute drive to the accommodation was then conducted in total silence.

The driver is suing the star for false imprisonment, assault and emotional distress.

While Wayne is the subject of the lawsuit, earlier this year he filed a case of his own when he sued record label Cash Money for $51 million, whose CEO is fellow rapper Birdman, claiming they owe him millions of dollars for his upcoming album 'Tha Carter V'.

As a result of the alleged withholding of funds, Wayne also sought to leave the record label and be declared joint copyright holder for everything released on his Cash Money imprint, Young Money, which includes Nicki Minaj and Drake recordings.





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