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$1,000 for Elvis cup?

A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Tulsa is being auctioned on eBay for more than $1,000.

North Carolina resident Wade Jones is a collector of all things Elvis. He tells the Tulsa World that the Dixie cup was snagged by a fan in April 1956, after Elvis performed at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Jones says a fan named June allegedly retrieved the cup the day after the performance, right before he left town for a show in Oklahoma City. A letter accompanying the collector's item says June had asked to keep the cup "as a little memento."

Jones says the highest bid for the cup was $1,080 as of Wednesday. He says the auction closes Sunday evening.



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Christina Perri is a new mom

Singer Christina Perri is a new mom after welcoming a baby daughter.

The A Thousand Years star's new husband Paul Costabile has posted a photo of the family on Instagram, calling his baby daughter "the greatest gift we've ever known".

"Welcome to the world Carmella Stanley Costabile...," he adds. "Mom and our little principessa are doing great. Dad can't stop crying!"

The couple had no idea about the sex of the baby until little Carmella was born.

Paul previously said, "In a world of so much technology, we kind of decided to just wait and see what happens because we'd rather be surprised the day of. It's been an exciting waiting time."

Perri and Costabile tied the knot last month on the fourth anniversary of the day they first met.

The singer shared a romantic photo of the newlyweds on Instagram on 12 December, adding the caption: "On this day four years ago, we met. today, WE GOT MARRIED!!!"

Paul also gushed about their union on the picture sharing site, adding: "4 years ago today I met my dream girl in this room (sic). 4 years later today I married my dream girl and best friend. Pretty sure I'm the proudest I've EVER been to be able to call the most bellissima person + woman I've ever known now my wife!!! Whoa.

"I thank God for the gift of her, our relationship, our bambino on the way, our family's love and support and this unforgettable year. And for friends and fam (family) wondering... invites to an official shindig coming soon... now I'm going to go scream this news on rooftops across this town because I AM that guy."

The couple became engaged in June, when TV personality Costabile opened up about falling for his new fiancee before an interview.

Perri announced she was pregnant in August.



Salma Hayek heartbroken

Salma Hayek shared a touching tribute to her dog Lupe after she announced her death on Instagram.

The 51-year-old actress has previously described Lupe as her best friend and "greatest companion," and has even claimed that the Mexican street dog she rescued "saved" her.

Salma uploaded a photo of her cuddling her beloved friend, and wrote, "With my heart filled with love and pain I had to say goodbye to my Lupe," she shared to her 5.6 million followers. "I am so grateful for the 18 years she enriched my life with her great spirit.

"I have no words or tears to describe how much she meant to me. May she run free with my pack of dogs that are already waiting for her in dog heaven."

The Mexican film star concluded the post by translating her moving words into Spanish.

Salma mourned the loss of another dog two years ago, after a neighbor shot and killed her nine-year-old pooch Mozart. Salma's neighbors alleged the animal ran into their garage and attacked their own dogs, but the film star insisted that Mozart was not violent, reported The Associated Press.

The Oscar nominee is a well-known animal lover and has often spoken openly about her love for her pets.

"I have five horses, four alpacas, one cat, eight dogs, one hamster, five parrots, two fish, I'm sure I'm forgetting something!" she laughed, when she was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres show in 2013.

"You know this is like the Oscars, you forgetting someone. Oh, I forgot! I have bunny rabbits, I have turkeys, 20 chickens, same with the rabbits."



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Kim K hasn't decided name

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have yet to find the perfect name for their newborn daughter, according to reports.

The reality star and her rapper spouse became parents of three when their surrogate gave birth to a baby girl on Monday. And while fans are on tenterhooks waiting for the announcement of the tot's name, following the pair's other children's unusual names, North and Saint, sources close to the couple insist they are "still trying to decide" on a moniker for the new arrival.

They are said to have left the hospital without settling on a name for their daughter, meaning they will have to file paperwork to make the name official at a later date, when they have eventually come to a decision.

The claim that they are struggling to come up with the perfect name comes after Kim caused a frenzy with a picture posted to her Instagram page on Wednesday. The 37-year-old shared a close-up snap of Louis Vuitton's famous monogram print with no caption, leading to fans speculating the newborn will have a name somehow derived from the designer's title.

Top guesses included "LV West", "Elle V West" and "Louis West", although others pointed out that Kim previously stated she likes names with just one syllable, telling TV host Ellen DeGeneres, "Short, easy to spell, one syllable, that's kind of my vibe" - suggesting Elle V might be the eventual choice.

Others suggested the picture was entirely unrelated to the couple's new baby, and Kim was simply referring to Wednesday's news that Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton's artistic director of menswear, was stepping down from his position after seven years. According to Vogue, the designer's last presentation for Louis Vuitton will be his Fall 2018 runway show on Thursday.



Swift's stalker threatens family

An obsessed Taylor Swift fan has been charged with stalking and violating his lifetime restraining order for allegedly threatening her family in emails.

Frank Andrew Hoover was arrested in Austin, Texas in October 2016 for allegedly tailing the singer as she headed to her private jet following a concert. He was accused of sending her father Scott unsettling emails and breaking the terms of a lifetime restraining order, which banned him from coming within 500 feet (152 meters) of Swift.

According to TMZ.com, Hoover has been charged with stalking and repeatedly violating a restraining order after prosecutors uncovered a series of threatening emails, which he sent to Scott Swift between May 2015 and October 2016.

In his indictment, Hoover is accused of sending an email which read, "Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can't stand that virus s**t your daughter spread."

In another, he named Taylor, Scott, her brother Austin and mother Andrea and called them an "evil family of devils" and signed off, "Sincerely, the end real son of god (sic)."

In others, he allegedly wrote, "God is going to burn them into the desert for me," "Go to hell, Swift," and, "Enjoy the brain aneurysms and death".

According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman in October 2016, Hoover openly vowed to ignore the restraining order in a message to Scott.

"I've placed my life in your hands as you could easily file suit for my violation of the lifetime protective order," he allegedly wrote. "Despite the lifetime ban... I must continue forward as I have no other path in life."

Hoover isn't Taylor's only stalker; Mohammed Jaffar was arrested in March on stalking and burglary charges for allegedly loitering outside her New York home multiple times and making nuisance calls to her management company. He pleaded not guilty but was committed to a psychiatric facility after being deemed unfit for trial.



Ricky Martin on coming out

Ricky Martin spent years agonizing over his decision to 'come out' as a gay man because so many people in his life told him it was a bad idea.

The Livin' La Vida Loca singer, who recently wed his partner Jwan Yosef, admits his new TV drama American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace brought back bad memories of his own struggles with sexuality - because the tragic designer also had to hide the fact he was gay for years.

The 46-year-old tells comedian and talk show host Trevor Noah, "You have no idea how it took me a while. The thing is that I was surrounded by friends that were telling me, 'Don't come out! That will be the end of your career'."

"It was people that love me, people that mean well and people that were just victims of homophobia," he adds. "I grew up in this culture that told me that my feelings were horrible, that my feelings were evil. And if you add to that, you know, that I was, like, a heartthrob, like, a sex symbol... that's why everyone was telling me that it was going to be the end of my career.

"It was extremely painful for me until I said, 'I can't take it anymore. It's all about me now, it's not about what's happening outside, it's about what I need in order to be happy'."

Ricky publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website in March, 2010, stating: "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."



Gwaii Haanas at Art Gallery

A new exhibition of work by Kelowna-based artist Joice M. Hall may have visitors feeling as if they have stepped out of the Gallery and into the moss-draped cedar and Sitka spruce forests of Haida Gwaii.
 
Hall’s exhibition entitled Gwaii Haanas – Islands and Sacred Sites was inspired by a two-week artist’s residency in Haida Gwaii that she was selected for in 2016. The residency was presented by the Haida Gwaii Museum in collaboration with Gwaii Haanas/Parks Canada.
 
The exhibition features an 18-foot-long painting installation, comprised of fourteen separate works. Together they form a composite landscape that celebrates the ocean, forest, and marine life she saw while being guided around Gwaii Haanas. Hall referenced 1,600 digital photographs that she took during her visit to create the high-realism paintings in the exhibition.
 
Hall was also deeply moved by the five historic Haida heritage sites she visited, and what resonated with her the most were the mortuary poles around the longhouse sites at S’Gang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Anthony Island. These centuries-old carved poles stretch over twenty feet into the sky and depict maps of Haida lives and lineages. Hall chose to paint five of these poles and place them within the composition of her installation, to act as spirits watching over the longhouse sites.
 
The goal of the Gwaii Haanas residency is to connect artists to this unique place, and then further to connect, through these artists, Gwaii Haanas to Canada and the greater world.
 
GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites will give Gallery visitors that opportunity. The exhibition opens on January 20 and runs through to April 1, 2018.
 
Hall spent most of her career based in Calgary before moving to Kelowna in 1999. She studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada, and in Mexico. In 2010, the Kelowna Art Gallery organized a full-scale survey of Hall’s work, entitled Surreal. Real. Ideal: The Art of Joice M. Hall.
 
A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm. This is a free event, open to Gallery members and guests, by invitation.
 
The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.



Matt Damon 'really sorry'

Matt Damon has vowed to listen and learn from the Time's Up campaigners after apologizing for controversial comments he recently made about sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

The Bourne Identity star found himself under fire last month after attempting to argue that inappropriate behavior should be tackled according to its level of severity.

In the awkward ABC News interview, he said, "I think it's wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it's totally necessary... (but) I do believe there's a spectrum of behavior... There's a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?

"Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn't be conflated."

After facing a huge backlash, including heavy criticism from his ex-girlfriend and Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver, Matt now admits he was wrong to have offered up his thoughts on the timely topic without fully educating himself first.

"I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," the 47-year-old confessed to TV presenter Kathie Lee Gifford during a Tuesday appearance on breakfast show Today. "Ultimately, what it is for me is that I don't want to further anybody's pain, with anything that I do or say, so for that I'm really sorry."

Damon went on to insist he wants to be a part of the current movement for change in Hollywood, because he truly believes in the celebrity-backed cause.

"Time's Up, a lot of those women (taking part in the campaign) are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they're doing," he shared, "and (I) want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while."

Actresses including Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, and Michelle Williams are among the star supporters of the Time's Up movement, as is Damon's The Martian co-star Jessica Chastain.

She previously defended Matt as a "really good guy" after he was dragged into the sex scandal surrounding disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in October. The actor was alleged to have intervened in a 2004 expose about the producer's behavior as an alleged serial sexual predator, prompting the journalist's editors at The New York Times to drastically scale back claims made in the piece following calls from Weinstein's collaborators Damon and Russell Crowe.

Both men denied the reports, with Matt insisting he only agreed to vouch for the professionalism of Fabrizio Lombardo - the head of the Italian office of Weinstein's former production company Miramax - in a brief phone call to the reporter, Sharon Waxman, and had no idea the article centred on Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct and of claims suggesting Lombardo was responsible for procuring beautiful women for the 65-year-old film boss.



Michelle Williams engaged

Michelle Williams is reportedly engaged to her businessman boyfriend Andrew Youmans.

The All the Money in the World star sparked speculation Andrew had proposed to her after appearing on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month with a sparkling heart-shaped diamond ring on her ring finger.

According to Us Weekly, multiple sources have confirmed the actress' engagement to the 50-year-old financial consultant, with one insider saying, "She wants a good guy and a stable family life."

Michelle, 37, was also pictured wearing the ring while on holiday with Andrew and Matilda, her 12-year-old daughter from her relationship with actor Heath Ledger, in The Bahamas over the New Year.

However, at the Golden Globes, the fiercely private actress told People magazine her shiny new accessory was merely "beautiful jewelry".

Next Monday, marks the 10th anniversary of Heath's death from accidental prescription drug intoxication.

A friend of the star told Us Weekly that Michelle had waited to move on after the death of The Dark Knight star due to her commitment to her daughter.

"Michelle was totally focused on giving Matilda the best upbringing possible," the pal said, while another added, "It took her a long time to get over Heath."

During the decade since Heath's death, she has had several relationships, including with director Spike Jonze and How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segel, before being spotted with Andrew in Rome, where she was filming All the Money in the World, last year.

Michelle had previously said she did not expect to find love again, and in January last year told The Wall Street Journal, "The romantic idea of meeting your person and having a storybook family life that looks like the model you grew up with - that doesn't really exist for me."

The actress' representatives are yet to respond to a request for comment.



Ricky Martin wedding party

Ricky Martin is nervous about planning his big wedding party.

The singer revealed last week that he and longtime partner Jwan Yosef had tied the knot and were keen to have a "heavy" wedding celebration in a few months.

The Livin' La Vida Loca singer told E! News, "We exchanged vows, and we've swear (sic) everything, and we've signed all the papers that we needed to sign, prenups (prenuptial agreements) and everything."

Ricky is adamant about bringing the couple's family and friends together for an "important celebration" of his marriage and "modern family," but he is nervous because he wants everything to be perfect.

"I want a three-day party," he told Live! with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday. "This year that is happening for sure.

"That's when I get nervous, the wedding planning is crazy," he added. "I would like to have an important celebration, it would be important to bring our friends and family together. And it's a modern family being together, crazy. Let's make it loud for everybody to hear and see that this is beautiful, and love is love and love is normal and it's beautiful. That's what I want."

The 46-year-old singer started dating Yosef, 33, in 2016, after falling in love with the artist's work.

Martin proposed last year, and revealed it was one of the most nerve-wracking things ever, telling E! News, "I got on my knees and I took out the little metal box - I just had it (the ring) in a little velvet pouch - and instead of saying, 'Would you marry me?' I said, 'I got you something!' Bad! And then he was like, 'Yes?' I said, 'I want to spend my life with you', and he was like, 'What is the question?' 'Would you marry me?' That's it."



Celine cancels more shows

Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she's had to cancel this month due to illness.

A statement on Dion's Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she "has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold."

The statement adds her doctor has ordered two days of rest for recovery and Dion is expected to return to the stage on Friday.

Last week, Dion posted a similar statement saying she was "truly sorry" for cancelling a Saturday night concert.

While fans on social media have largely been sympathetic and posted notes of best wishes for Dion, some have expressed frustration that cancellations have often come at the last minute.

Others have called on Dion's promoters to give the singer an extended break, noting that many fans had booked expensive trips to Las Vegas specifically to see a concert.

"Keeping cancelling shows day by day is an insult to people who travelled to see it. I love Celine, by the way," wrote Twitter user @Djbobm66Robert.

"Celine is human, and her doctors are not god, but in the last 10 days they cancelled like five shows always too close to showtime to let anyone modify their travel plans. You find that acceptable by her management team?"

The latest statement on Dion's Facebook page notes ticket holders will be refunded for cancelled shows but promoters "are not responsible for hotel, travel or other expenses related to the cancellation."



Anna Kendrick misidentified

Anna Kendrick had an hilarious response when she was misidentified as Anna Kournikova in a news article on Tuesday.

A piece on Yahoo about former tennis star Anna welcoming twins with pop star partner Enrique Iglesias accidentally used a picture of Kendrick instead of Kournikova. Fans were quick to point out the error to the Pitch Perfect star, at which point she took to her Twitter to respond in her typically humorous fashion.

"Dear Yahoo: how do I get to this timeline where I've slept with Enrique Iqlesias (sic) please and thank you," Anna wrote alongside a screenshot of the article in question.

The 32-year-old actress then added: "I realise the confusion probably came from the two Anna K names, but she's a tall blonde athlete and I'm " oh, oh " do they think I'm the baby?"

Iglesias and Kournikova hit headlines in December amid reports suggesting they had secretly welcomed twins - a son named Nicholas and a daughter called Lucy - in Miami, Florida.

The famously-private couple didn't comment on the news at the time, but as the babies turned one month old this week, Enrique took to Instagram to share his joy at fatherhood.

"My Sunshine," the proud dad captioned a photo of himself snuggling with his sleeping child, whose identity has not been revealed. The tot sported a grey and white striped onesie as Enrique, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, lay his head beside the baby and gazed at his little one.

Sportswoman Anna also posted a picture, which showed her holding up one of the babies, dressed in an all-grey onesie, as she planted a big kiss on the child's cheek. She used the same caption, and also failed to indicate if she was showing off Nicholas or Lucy.



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