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Lauren Conrad picks different bridesmaids dresses

Lauren Conrad has let each of her bridesmaids choose their own dress.

The former 'Hills' star is marrying her musician fiancé William Tell later this year and has been busy the last few months planning their nuptials.

Lauren has decided to buck tradition by letting the nine friends that will be walking down the aisle with her to pick any style dress from any shade of two colours.

Speaking to Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, she revealed: "I don't think it needs to look too cohesive. They're all individuals, so it's nice that it doesn't look too uniform.

"I sent them all the different shapes and let them pick. I don't mind if there are a few girls in the same dress, or if people are all in different ones. It's too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same colour and silhouette; everyone has their own style."

The reality TV star - who shot to fame on MTV show 'Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County' - used her own engagement ring to inspire the necklaces she's had made for her bridesmaids.

She added: "My jewellery team at Kohl's made me necklaces. We found this little diamond ring piece that looks just like my ring, so I did rose gold necklaces for everybody and then sent it with a 'Will you be my bridesmaid?' card."

Lauren, 28, and William, 34, got engaged in October 2013 and after being in a relationship since early 2012.
 



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Taylor Swift 'always thinks' about touring

Taylor Swift is ''always thinking about'' touring.

The 'Shake It Off' singer admits she has already started brainstorming ideas for her next tour in support of her new album, '1989', and can't wait to get back on the road.

She gushed to Capital FM: ''I'm always thinking about the tour. As soon as I write a song I start thinking about, 'Oh, what would this be like [live]? Would it be in the set list? Where would we put this?'

''I'm always thinking about that because it's my favourite element of things, when you put out a song and then you get to look out at the crowd at The O2 singing the words back. It's a pretty surreal moment.''

The country crooner recently performed her new track for the first time live at the MTV Video Music Awards and has confirmed her new album will be strictly pop.

Taylor recently said: ''I woke up every single day not wanting, but needing to make a new style of music than I'd ever made before.''

''We made the most sonically-cohesive album I'd ever made. We made my favourite album I've ever made.''



Jennifer Aniston feels pressure to have kids

Jennifer Aniston admits she feels under a lot pressure to have children.

The 45-year-old actress, who has been engaged to fiancé Justin Theroux for two years, says she is often made to feel like she has failed as a woman because she isn't a mother.

The 'We're The Millers' star told Carson Daly on the 'Today' show today (08.27.14): "I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and...if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman because I haven't birthed a child.

"I've birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I've mothered many things. And I don't feel like it's fair to put that pressure on people."

Jennifer, who was previously married to Brad Pitt, also feels like she has "grown up three times" and has no regrets about the past.

She said: "I feel like I've had three different periods of adolescence. I've had an incredible evolution. I keep seeing these little lifetimes that I lived, and they're all so wonderful. They all served me so well...I feel very grateful to my evolution and my history. I would never exchange it for anything."



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Neil Young files for divorce

Neil Young has reportedly filed for divorce from Pegi Young.

The 68-year-old 'Heart of Gold' hitmaker filed a petition to dissolve his 36-year marriage to the 61-year-old singer, with whom he has son Ben and daughter Amber, in their hometown of San Mateo, California on July 29.

A preliminary hearing will take place on December 12, according to RollingStone.com.

A spokesperson for the former couple, who tied the knot in 1978 and first met when Pegi was a waitress at a diner near Neil's ranch, declined to comment.

Pegi, who was the inspiration for some of Neil's most romantic hits, including 'Once an Angel,' and 'Unknown Legend,' began working as his back-up singer after making her debut on stage with him at the Oscars in 1994.

They last performed together at their annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California last October.

The duo set up the Bridge School in 1986 after being inspired by the lack of educational opportunities for Ben, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

They were scheduled to perform at Farm Aid in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 13, but Pegi recently backed out of the event.



O.J. Simpson to convert to Islam

O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam.

The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken.

After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life.

A source told National Enquirer magazine: "O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a new trial and eventually be released from prison.

"But now he's not eligible for parole until late 2017, which has angered him."

The disgraced 67-year-old star has become interested in the religion through his friendship with former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who was imprisoned in the early 1990s and is a devout Muslim.

Simpson has been studying the Koran but failed to successfully fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

An inside said: "O.J. didn't quite make it through the entire fasting process.

"He cheated during the day, and bought snacks from the prison canteen. But he's really serious about converting to Islam. O.J. even made himself a prayer rug for his prison cell. He really likes the idea that upon converting to Islam, all of his previous sins are forgiven. O.J. has a lot to be forgiven for."
 



Justin Bieber investigated for attempted battery?

Justin Bieber is reportedly being investigated for attempted battery and robbery.

The 20-year-old singer, who is currently on probation, allegedly lashed out when a fan started taking pictures of him on a camera phone while he was enjoying a date with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, 22, at Dave & Buster's restaurant in Los Angeles last night (08.25.14).

A law enforcement source told gossip website TMZ.com that the 'Boyfriend' hitmaker was furious when he saw the man capturing photographs and lunged at him in an attempt to take his phone to delete the images.

Justin's bodyguard held him back and he never made contact with the fan, but the alleged victim wants to press charges.

The insider said that Justin is now being investigated for a series of possible crimes, including attempted battery, attempted theft of the pictures and attempted robbery of the phone.

A spokesperson for the singer declined to comment.

Justin is on two years probation stemming from the egging of his former neighbor's house in Calabasas, California earlier this year and was also recently ordered to perform five days of community service and attend 12 weeks of anger management classes.



Time Waster - Funny photos

It's the last week of August, you should be wasting as much time at work as possible.

 

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Breaking Bad sweeps Emmy Awards

'Breaking Bad' was the big winner at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards last night (25.08.14).

The critically acclaimed drama, which came to an end last year, celebrated its swansong with a slew of awards including the night's top prize, Outstanding Drama, and Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Bryan Cranston.

Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also earned Outstanding Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively, for the show.

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan said: "Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell, you have been very kind to us indeed."

'Modern Family' was crowned Outstanding Comedy Series for a fifth consecutive year and actor Ty Burrell was lauded for his portrayal of Phil Dunphy with the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy award.

'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and 'The Big Bang Theory' funnyman Jim Parsons continued to rein over the comedy acting categories, winning Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy yet again. The award marks Julia's third consecutive nod for her hit HBO show, while Jim is now a four-time Emmy winner for his role as socially-challenged scientist Sheldon Cooper.

The humble comedian put his big win down to luck, telling the audience: "There is no accounting for taste and it's with good fortune that I stand up here tonight."

'The Good Wife' actress Julianna Margulies topped the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category and paid tribute to her fellow nominees, enthusing: "What a wonderful time for women on television."

'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch waved the flag for the Brits by winning Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, beating his co-star Martin Freeman - who was nominated for his role in 'Fargo' - and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. But Martin didn't go home empty-handed as he earned Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Dr. John Watson in 'Sherlock'.

Jessica Lange, who recently announced she will retire from acting soon, was honored with another Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for 'American Horror Story: Coven'.

This year's Emmy Awards weren't without controversy, however, as social media users blasted a "sexist" skit which saw 'Modern Family' beauty Sofia Vergara pose on a rotating platform while the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Rosenblum gave his annual speech.

One angry viewer wrote on Twitter: "aaaand with that sexist Sophia Vergara bit, my TV is now off. Didn't last long. (sic)"

Another sarcastically wrote: "Sophia Vergara was literally just used as a prop, because women are props. Cool #Emmys (sic)"


2014 Primetime Emmy Awards - selected winners:

Outstanding Drama: 'Breaking Bad'
Outstanding Comedy: 'Modern Family'
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, 'Breaking Bad'
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, 'Modern Family'
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, 'Mom'
Outstanding Miniseries: 'Fargo'
Outstanding TV Movie: 'The Normal Heart'
Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Sherlock'
Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, 'Sherlock'
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Outstanding Reality Competition Program: 'The Amazing Race'
Outstanding Structured Reality Program: 'Shark Tank'
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: 'Deadliest Catch'
Outstanding Variety Series: 'The Colbert Report'
Outstanding Host for a Reality Program: Jane Lynch, 'Hollywood Game Night'



It's All Good at KCT

BANDIDOS CERVEZA - A 25 PIECE ORCHESTRAL CLASSIC &
LATIN ROCK BAND PERFORMS AT KELOWNA COMMUNITY
THEATRE SEPTEMBER 19

Kelowna will be the first city to launch the “IT’S ALL GOOD” Concert series that will be touring
Canada, the US, Europe and South America. This unique musical production will be helping to support
organizations like the SPCA and The Humane Society to bring awareness and assist in raising funds
to help abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted animals find their new forever homes.


Ken Hartfield, Music Director, Composer and Arranger has been working on this very exciting concert
project which will be extremely popular with anyone who has a love for great music. These new
musical arrangements enhance some of the most popular classic rock songs of all time with live
strings, as well as percussion and brass. The resulting work is simply breathtaking as it provides a
completely new feel and dimension while keeping the original feel, musical hooks and themes that
initially made these songs so popular. Mr. Hartfield’s professional musical career has spanned over
four decades and has crossed international borders. Mr. Hartfield has also worked with some of the
most prominent names in the entertainment industry, including; Tom Jones, Tanya Tucker, Bobby
Vinton, Rich Little, The Bob Hope Show and Ed Shaughnessy, the award winning drummer from the
Johnny Carson era of the Tonight Show.


The concert takes place at Kelowna Community Theatre on September 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm. If you
enjoy listening to first class performances featuring talented professional musicians, this is a must-see
concert event.

Tickets are available at selectyourtickets.com.



Ashton Kutcher named highest paid TV actor

Ashton Kutcher has been named the highest paid TV actor for the third year running.

The 'Two and a Half Men' star scooped the title yet again after topping Forbes' annual list with his estimated $26 million earnings in the past 12 months.

Ashton - who is expected to welcome his first child with fiancée Mila Kunis next month - beat off competition from the likes of Jon Cryer and Mark Harmon, who came in joint second place after they pulled in $19 million between June 2013 to June 2014.

Neil Patrick Harris was narrowly them behind in third with an estimated $18 million - $3 million more than last year - thanks to his endorsement contract with American Airlines and lead role in the Broadway production 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.'

Kevin Spacey, 55 and Patrick Dempsey, 48, secured fourth position on the list with an impressive annual earning of $16 million, while the top five was completed by Tim Allen, 61, with his $15 million earnings.

Australian hunk Simon Baker, 45, came in sixth place with $13 million thanks to his work on 'The Mentalist' and endorsement deals with Givenchy and Longines.

'Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, 41, followed closely behind in seventh position with $12 million, while Jason Segel, 34, and Johnny Galecki, 31, secured joint eighth place with $11 million.

Jon Hamm, 43, Charlie Sheen, 48, and Josh Radnor, 39, had a three-way tie with $10 million earnings, while Bryan Cranston, 58, finished the list with $8 million.


Forbes' Top 10 Highest-earning TV Actors for 2014:

1) Ashton Kutcher ($26 million)
2) Jon Cryer ($19 million)
2) Mark Harmon ($19 million)
3) Neil Patrick Harris ($18 million)
4) Patrick Dempsey ($16 million)
4) Kevin Spacey ($16 million)
5) Tim Allen ($15 million)
6) Simon Baker ($13 million)
7) Jim Parsons ($12 million)
8) Jason Segel ($11 million)
8) Johnny Galecki ($11 million)
9) Jon Hamm ($10 million)
9) Charlie Sheen ($10 million)
9) Josh Radnor ($10 million)
10) Bryan Cranston ($ 8 million)


 



Miley Cyrus retires from twerking

Miley Cyrus has "retired" from twerking.

The 21-year-old singer - who hit the headlines last year after she provocatively danced up against Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) - has decided to give up the bottom shaking dance move.

Speaking to MTV, she said: "I've retired [from twerking], yeah. I'm making some music right now with The Flaming Lips. It's different. It's a little psychedelic."

The 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker's decision to quit the raunchy move comes after she watched Nicki Minaj twerk during her performance of 'Anaconda' at the VMAs in Inglewood, California, last night (08.24.14).

When speaking about how 'Anaconda' had beaten 'Wrecking Ball' for the most views in 24 hours, Miley said: "With that ass ... I ain't got that ass. I can bring that body, I can bring that wrecking ball, but I can't bring that ass. Not that Anaconda."

Meanwhile, Miley was awarded the Video of the Year prize for the catchy hit at last night's ceremony and she pulled on people's heartstrings when she let her homeless friend Jesse collect the gong on her behalf.

Speaking to E! News, she said: "Last year [at the VMAs] was so stressful that this year, I'm so happy."

Miley, who works with My Friends Place to help homeless youth, later gorged on a meaty feast from popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger with Jesse.
 



Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'intuition was luminous'

Philip Seymour Hoffman was ''the real thing''.

John le Carre - who penned the source material for the actor's penultimate film 'A Most Wanted Man' - has paid tribute to the late star, who tragically died of a drug overdose in February this year, and praised his ''intelligence''.

He told the Sunday Times Magazine: ''His intuition was luminous from the instant you met him. So was his intelligence.

''A lot of actors act intelligent but Philip was the real thing; a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours.

''Or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect.''

Meanwhile, John Slattery - who directed the late actor in 'God's Pocket' only a few months before his death - recently opened up about Philip's ''tragic'' passing.

He said: ''Losing him was tragic, and it ruined a lot of it. The experience, not the film.

''He was in love with the film. But afterwards, it took on this mantle of something it was never meant to carry, which was too bad.''



Kim Kardashian West blasted for texting during tribute

Kim Kardashian West has caused outrage after she was spotted playing on her phone during a moment of silence held as a tribute to the conflict in Ferguson.

The 33-year-old reality TV star and her half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, 18 and 16 respectively, were blasted on Twitter by angry fans last night (24.08.14) after they were caught staring at their mobiles during the period of reflection at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) held at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Mieke Olva Vlok posted: "Let's not pretend we're shocked the #Kardashian girls were texting during a moment of silence for #Ferguson at the #VMAs (sic)."

While Kid Codi, wrote: "I would pay TOP DOLLAR to see Kim Kardashian point out Ferguson on a map."

The emotional tribute was led by rapper Common, who had asked for the audience's undivided attention whilst they honor Michael Brown, who died after being shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month.

Common said: "I want us all to take a moment of silence for Michael Brown and for peace in this country and in the world."

The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star are yet to comment on the backlash, but it is believed there may have been a delay in the footage being shown on television, which could mean they weren't using their phones at the time of the tribute.



Taylor Swift: Having a boyfriend 'doesn't ever work'

Taylor Swift says finding a boyfriend "isn't really possible" at the moment.

The 'I Knew You Were Trouble' singer has surrounded herself by a number of high-profile girlfriends - including Lorde, Lena Dunham and Selena Gomez - and insisted she would much rather focus on female friendship than romance.

She told The Guardian newspaper: "Without a doubt. Because the other alternative isn't really possible right now.

"It just doesn't seem like a possibility in the near future. It doesn't ever work. What works is having incredible girlfriends who I can trust and tell everything."

The star has recently announced her new single '1989', which - rather than being about the sad side of love - is about the independence that comes from being single a single woman, living "on your own terms" and proving you can "do it" on your own without the need for a man or relationship.

She added: "It's the phase after that [jilted, sad, pining], when you go out into the world and make changes in your life on your own terms, make friends on your own terms, without [literally] saying 'C'mon girls, we can do it on our own.' "





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