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Rita Wilson still has cough after battling COVID-19

Cough 2 years after COVID

Rita Wilson still has a "persistent cough", more than two years after contracting COVID-19.

The 65-year-old singer-and-actress and her husband Tom Hanks were the first famous faces to come forward and reveal they had contracted the virus in the early days of the pandemic in March 2020 and though the 'Asteroid City' star is still feeling the effects of the illness, she feels "very lucky" that things aren't worse.

Asked if her breathing and therefore her singing had been affected by the virus, she said: "It was. Unfortunately. I still have a persistent cough from that. It’s particularly worse at night. You just deal with it. I still feel very lucky, it could have been so much worse.

"[Ultimately] it’s not horrible. It’s not like I’m worried about it."

In 2015, Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer and she warned her spouse - the father of her sons Chet, 32, and 26-year-old Truman - that she wanted him to be sad "for a very, very, very, very long time" if she passed away, but also urged him to throw a party to celebrate her life if the worst happened.

She said: "The conversation I had was, 'OK, look – if something happens and I should go before you, then I really want two things to happen'.

"I said to Tom, 'I want you to be sad for a very, very, very, very long time.' And the second thing was, 'I want you to throw me a party.' Because I believe in the celebration of life in that way."

The 'Mamma Mia!' actress underwent a double mastectomy and returned to work in Broadway production 'Fish in the Dark' opposite Larry David just a month later, and though she was "exhausted", she's thankful she forced herself to go back to the show.

She told Telegraph magazine: "I was determined to prove that life is going to be normal – so I’m gonna have my surgery and then I’m gonna go back to work, in a month. Which I did.

"Looking back on it, it was exhausting. I did it, but it was basically all I could do – I’d just sleep all day, get up, go do the play, come back, sleep all night. But I’m really thankful I finished out the run. If I commit to something, I do it. I’ve never been a quitter. But it was definitely challenging."

Rita was very upset when Olivia Newton-John died earlier this year following a long battle with breast cancer.

She said: "Everybody loved Olivia Newton- John, for many, many reasons, and I was lucky enough to have known her a little bit. She was a beacon for a lot of us breast cancer survivors. Because she just kept going, she kept surviving. It would come back, she would beat it, she would get through it. To me that was incredibly courageous, that she was so open about her struggle. That’s very hard to do."



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Authorities spent 45 minutes trying to save Coolio's life

Tried to save Coolio

Authorities attempted to save Coolio for 45 minutes before he died aged 59 from a heart attack.

The ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper - whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr - was found “unresponsive” by the Los Angeles Fire Department at his home on Wednesday about 4 p.m., and while they tried to revive him for nearly an hour, he was “declared dead” later in the day.

In a statement to 'Entertainment Tonight', the emergency services said: "LAFD arrived four minutes after dispatch to find an approximately 60-year-old male unresponsive, and they performed resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes, per protocol. With consultation through the Base Hospital Physician, the patient was declared dead just before 5 p.m. PT. LAFD cleared the scene, which was left under LAPD supervision, awaiting the coroner."

The news of Coolio’s tragic passing was confirmed by his agent Sheila Finegan, who said: “Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found by police.

An autopsy will need to be carried out to establish the cause of death, however, his manager said the paramedics who attended the scene suspected he suffered cardiac arrest in his friend's bathroom.

An investigation into his death has been opened, however, there are no signs of foul play.

The Grammy winner - who began rapping in the 80s before his breakout hit - was honoured by many of his hip-hop contemporaries.

NWA star Ice Cube, 53, tweeted: "This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace."

MC Hammer, 60, called the former ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ contestant “one of the nicest dudes I’ve ever known,” before labelling him “Good people. R.I.P Coolio [dove emoji] [red rose emoji] [dove emoji]”.

Snoop Dogg, 50, also paid condolences, saying: “Gangsta’s paradise. R.I.P.”

Michelle Pfeiffer - who starred in 1995 movie ‘Dangerous Minds’, which featured ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ - shared she was “heartbroken” by the news. She said on Instagram: “Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short.”

The 64-year-old actress added: “30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family.”



Snoop Dogg sold 'blunt' for $10,000 to raise money for charity

Snoop sold 'blunt' for $10K

Snoop Dogg once sold a "blunt" to raise $10,000 for charity.

The 'Drop It Like It's Hot' hitmaker is a known advocate for marijuana and memorably auctioned off a drug-filled cigar to raise money for Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller's Hilarity for Charity initiative.

Seth told Variety: "Snoop Dogg once auctioned off a blunt on stage for Alzheimer's."

Lauren added: "I think it went for $10,000."

The 'Sausage Party' star believes the couple's unique approach to fundraising has proven very beneficial for the charity, which they founded in 2012 after Lauren's late mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.

He added: "I think that encapsulates how we are approaching the space differently. If you're lucky enough to be able to get Snoop Dogg to come perform at your show and auction off a blunt for Alzheimer's care and research, then I think that speaks very well to an unexpected but effective kind of melding of matters and sensibilities."

The 40-year-old actor previously admitted he was "shocked" by his commitment to the charity.

Asked if he ever thought he'd start a charity when he was an aspiring comedian, he laughed and said: "No.

“Like 10 years ago, Judd [Apatow] basically threw a charity event where the whole theme of it was that I would never do charity, basically.

"And it was honouring me for charity work that I may one day do. I got the best intentions award. And it was a huge event and the whole theme of it was that I was probably never going to do anything. So, even I’m shocked that this has happened."

Seth has also praised his wife, also 40, for how well she handled her mother's diagnosis before she passed away two years ago.

He said: "Seeing Lauren talk about it is very impressive to me.

"How much she talks about it, and how willing she is to talk about it. How open she is about talking about it and seeing how that has given her a lot of control over her situation – that's been very good, because it wasn't like that at first."



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Anne Heche's son questions validity of will

Heche will questioned

Anne Heche's son has claimed a will presented by the actress' former partner is invalid.

Homer Laffoon - whose father is the late 'Donnie Brasco' actress' ex-husband Coleman Laffoon - has been locked in a dispute with James Tupper since the star died following a car crash in August, and he's now filed a nine-page supplement to his previous petition to assume control of his mother's estate.

In the new documents, the 20 year old claimed a 2011 document which James claimed to be a will naming him as administrator of Anne's estate is not valid because the signature doesn't belong to the actress and wasn't observed by two witnesses, as are a legal requirement.

Documents obtained by People magazine state: "Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the email attached to the Objection as a 'will.' However — as a matter of law — the email does not qualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will.

"The email fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid holographic will because the material provisions of the purported will are not in the handwriting of the Decedent. A will is valid as a holographic will, whether or not it is witnessed, if the signature and the material provisions are in the handwriting of the testator.

"The email presented to the Court as Decedent's 'will' by Mr. Tupper fails to meet the requirements for a valid holographic will because the signature and material provisions are not in the handwriting of the Decedent. The email fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a valid formal witnessed will because the email was not signed by the Decedent and does not have two witnesses who signed the document during the lifetime of the Decedent."

The paperwork goes on to insist that without a valid will, "there can be no nomination of an executor" or an executor selected, in general.

This role is important as the executor "is appointed to administer an estate pursuant to a valid will".

Homer also accused James, 57, of interfering with his attempts to communicate with his 13-year-old half-brother, Atlas Heche Tupper, since their mother's death.

And the student branded several of James' own previously-filed objections to Homer's "suitability" to serve as administrator "inaccurate and unfounded", including a claim that he was "estranged from his mother at the time of her death".



Trevor Noah announces he's leaving The Daily Show

Noah leaving Daily Show

Trevor Noah is leaving 'The Daily Show'.

The 38-year-old presenter has decided it is "time" to walk away from the late-night talk show after seven years and admitted he will always be grateful to have spent so long at the helm of the Comedy Central show.

In a video posted to the show's Twitter account before Thursday's episode aired, he said: "One of the overriding feelings I found myself experiencing … was a feeling of gratitude.

"There are so many people who make this thing come together, and I want to say thank you to the audience for an amazing seven years.

"It's been wild. I remember when we first started, so many people didn't believe in us. It was a crazy bet to make. I still think it was a crazy choice… What a journey it's been.

"It's something that I never expected, and I found myself thinking throughout the time, everything we've gone through — the Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey, the more pandemic.

"And I realised that after these seven years, my time is up. But in the most beautiful way, honestly.

Noah added, "I've loved hosting the show. It's been one of my greatest challenges. It's been one of my greatest joys. I've loved trying to figure out how to make people laugh even when the stories are particularly s----- on the worst days. We've laughed together, we've cried together. But after seven years, I feel like it's time."

The South African star paid tribute to show bosses for taking a chance on a "random comedian" who was unfamiliar to US audiences.

He added: "I'm really grateful to a network who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.

"I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I came in for a tour of what the previous show was, and then the next thing I knew, I was handed the keys. I couldn't have done it without [the audience], and I wouldn't have wanted to do it without you."

According to Variety, Trevor told the audience at the taping of Thursday's show he was planning to focus on his stand-up comedy work when he leaves the show.

The network confirmed there is not yet a date in place for him to leave.

A spokesperson said: “We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years. With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps.

"As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of ‘The Daily Show’ as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.”

'The Daily Show' premiered in 1996 with Craig Kilborn at the helm, before Jon Stewart took over from 1999 to 2015, when he handed over to Trevor.



I had a touch-and-go experience with COVID, says Shania Twain

Shania's bout with COVID

Shania Twain had a "touch-and-go" experience with COVID-19.

The 57-year-old singer has reflected on her COVID experience on her new track 'What You Gonna Do With That Air?'.

Discussing the inspiration behind the song, she shared: "It's about the anxiety of running out of air.

"I had a very bad bout with COVID, with COVID pneumonia, and it was very touch-and-go. I was feeling like, oh my God, I just have to breathe."

Shania is one of the best-selling artists in country music history.

But the chart-topping star is still hugely ambitious and Shania revealed that she would love to perform at the Super Bowl one day.

Asked about her long-term ambitions, Shania told the BBC: "The Super Bowl would be a great one. That's a good target. I just need to think about which songs."

Meanwhile, Shania recently revealed that music has been a "healing" presence in her life.

The award-winning star has endured lots of ups and downs in her personal life - including being diagnosed with Lyme disease - but Shania has always found comfort in making and listening to music.

The 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman!' hitmaker shared: "Music healing me ... has come right from the very beginning of my childhood.

"When I needed to escape, there’s no dinner in the house, I'm hungry, I got to [put] mind over matter, grab my guitar, go out in a bush and just write music until it's time for bed.

"If there was violence in the house, [it was the] same thing. Head out somewhere where I could be alone and not hear it and just get locked into my creative self and just disappear. Music was that escape."



Chloe Grace Moretz struggled with body dysmorphia after Family Guy meme

Struggled with body image

Chloe Grace Moretz struggled with body dysmorphia and became a "recluse" after a "horrific" 'Family Guy' meme.

The 25-year-old star has reflected on the way she was talked about online after a photographer snapped her walking into a hotel carrying a pizza box, which sparked a viral meme mocking her body with "long legs" and a "short torso."

She told Hunger magazine: "Everyone was making fun of my body and I brought it up with someone and they were like, ‘Oh, shut the f*** up, it’s funny.’

"And I just remember sitting there and thinking, my body is being used as a joke and it’s something that I can’t change about who I am, and it is being posted all over Instagram.

"It was something so benign as walking into a hotel with leftovers. And to this day, when I see that meme, it’s something very hard for me to overcome.”

She admitted the fallout made her "kind of sad", and she became very "self-conscious" even when she was in her element at red carpet events.

She added: "After that, I was kind of sad. It took a layer of something that I used to enjoy, which was getting dressed up and going to a carpet and taking a photo, and made me super self-conscious.

"And I think that body dysmorphia – which we all deal with in this world – is extrapolated by the issues of social media. It’s a headf***.”

In response, the 'Carrie' actress "became a recluse", and was able to detach herself from fame by not being pictured all the time.

She said: “I basically became a recluse. It was great because I got away from the photographers and I was able to be myself, and to have so many experiences that people didn’t photograph, but at the same time it made me severely anxious when I was photographed.

"My heart rate would rise and I would hyperventilate.”



AJ McLean is in the 'best shape of his life' after giving up alcohol

AJ McLean gives up booze

AJ McLean is in the "best shape of [his] life” after giving up alcohol.

The Backstreet Boys star, 44, admitted that hitting the bottle had led to gaining weight in the first place but after going teetotal he has lost a total of 32 pounds.

He said: "Drinking caused weight gain, but it also weighed down my mental state. But now I'm in the best shape of my life. I'd tell myself, 'I'm going to do this, I'm going to do this. I am going to be the best version of myself."

The 'Everybody' hitmaker - who has been married to Rochelle Karidis since 2011 and has children Ava, nine, and five-year-old Lyric with her - added that he is "proud" of his transformation and explained that his new diet consists of a lot of protein.

Hr told Today: "It’s a lot of protein — I’m taking in 140 grams. Breakfast typically consists of egg whites and oatmeal or grain-free pancakes. Lunch is a big salad with grilled chicken and for dinner, I'll have a steak or a burger in a lettuce bun with a side of asparagus. As far as snacks go, McLean gravitates towards almonds, protein shakes and apples, which are very high in fibre.

"I weighed myself this morning and I’m 138."

Meanwhile, AJ - whose real name is Alexander James McLean, - went on to explain that his newfound health regime is helping his natural self "co-exist" alongside the celebrity version of himself.

He said: "AJ is kind of the celebrity who was living the rockstar lifestyle and Alex got stuffed down. But now I’ve come to a place where they can both coexist. I am so so happy to be in the place I am today."



Tributes for rap icon Coolio continue to pour in

Tributes for rap icon Coolio

Tributes have continued to pour in for the late rap legend Coolio.

The 'Gangsta's Paradise' hitmaker's longtime manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed the rap legend, who was 59, was found dead at a friend's house in Los Angeles on Wednesday (28.09.22), after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

And a number of his fellow rappers have paid their respects.

MC Hammer wrote: "One of the nicest dudes I’ve known.

"Good people. R.I.P. Coolio."

Snoop Dogg wrote: "Gangstas paradise. R. I. P. . @coolio."

Questlove said: "Peaceful Journey Brother. #Coolio."

Denzel Curry tweeted: "Rest in Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio."

'Bad Boys' actor Martin Lawrence penned: "My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of @Coolio #rip."

Weird Al Yankovic, who parodied 'Gangsta's Paradise' with the 1996 satire 'Amish Paradise', simply wrote: "RIP Coolio."

Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in the 1995 film 'Dangerous Minds', which featured 'Gangsta's Paradise', led tributes and said she has been left "heartbroken" by his untimely death.

She wrote: "Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short."

Vanilla Ice had earlier wrote: "I'm freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away."

And Ice Cube said: "This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace

@Coolio."

Paramedics were called to the scene at around 4pm and he was pronounced dead a little while after they arrived.

No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found by police, according to TMZ's sources.

An autopsy will need to be carried out to establish the cause of death, however, his manager said the paramedics who attended the scene suspected he suffered cardiac arrest in his friend's bathroom.

An investigation into his death has been opened, however, there are no signs of foul play.



Kim Kardashian launches a home accessories collection

Kim's home accessories

Kim Kardashian is launching a home accessories collection.

The 41-year-old star has revealed that her new collection - which includes a vanity tray, round container, canister, tissue box and waste basket - will be released on October 6.

Kim - who lives in a $60 million mansion in Hidden Hills, California - said: "When I designed the packaging for my SKKN BY KIM skincare line, I drew inspiration from concrete sculpture and varying shades of stone.

"I knew I wanted to complement my skincare collection with home accessories, designed to display my products and elevate the home with modern, minimalistic elegance.

"When designing this collection, I wanted to bring the monochromatic interior design elements from my home to others."

Kim has also claimed that the "minimalist design creates a sense of quiet and calm".

She told Architectural Digest: "I think having the concrete material and monochromatic design are important for my mental wellness.

"I find that there is so much chaos out in the world that when I come home, the minimalist design creates a sense of quiet and calm."

Meanwhile, Kim recently claimed that her style "resonates" with the public.

The reality star believes a lot of women are able to "connect" with her sense of style because it feels "attainable".

She explained: "There’s so many people that I look at and I’m like, 'Oh my god. I love how they dress.' Or, 'I love that. That’s so fresh.' I get it.

"And then for me, I can find things that could be so simple, and that a lot of people, a lot of girls, can connect to - and that is very sellable. The things I wear seem realistic. There’s an easy way to find a similar item or a solution to wear something similar, and I think that may be what resonates. It feels attainable."



Russell Brand moves to Rumble amid censorship row

Brand moves to Rumble

Russell Brand has quit YouTube amid claims he's been "censored" by the platform.

The outspoken comedian has relocated to Rumble - a rival online video platform - after one of his posts was "censored", with YouTube alleging that it featured COVID-19 disinformation.

Russell explained to his audience: "We have been officially censored by YouTube.

"They took down one of our videos for misinformation."

Russell, 47, explained that a previous clip was removed from YouTube after he "cited information on official government websites, which we misinterpreted".

The movie star admitted to making an error and apologized for the mistake.

He said in a video message: "We made an apology video, we've taken that down as well. YouTube took down our original video, we've taken down the apology video because in case we reiterate the claim while apologizing for it.

"We made an error, in my opinion a relatively small error, and we're being penalized!

"For me, that looks like censorship, and the reason I think it looks like censorship is because there's mainstream media misinformation up all the time."

Russell also suggested that he'll be able to talk more "freely" on Rumble.

The 'Get Him to the Greek' star - who has been outspoken on various political and social issues on his YouTube channel - said: "I believe we’re at a point of crisis, and things need to radically change, fast. And I believe we’ll be able to communicate our message more freely on Rumble."

Russell also explained that people of different political persuasions will be welcome to join him on his new platform.

He explained: "I support and love all of you. If you love Donald Trump, I love you. If you love Joe Biden, I love you."



Recreating Marilyn Monroe’s iconic outfits in ‘Blonde’

Recreating Monroe’s outfits

Marilyn Monroe’s on-screen costumes are almost as iconic as her. Think of the hot pink strapless gown she wore to sing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Or the white halter cocktail dress that billowed up over a subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch.”

They have been recreated, reimagined and referenced many, many times, from big budget movies and music videos down to cheap costume stores and everything in between. The white subway dress she wore for the scene fetched $4.6 million at auction in 2011 and several years later the “touring” replica went for $120,000. Suffice it to say, “ Blonde ” costume designer Jennifer Johnson felt an enormous amount of pressure to get the dresses that we all know so well right for the Netflix film, streaming Wednesday.

While “Blonde” may be a fictionalized version of Monroe's story, the costumes are ripped from reality. The vast majority of the frocks star Ana de Armas wears in the film as Monroe are recreations that Johnson and her team had to make without the actual reference garment on hand. In fact, the only Monroe item she was able to study in real life, a jacket from the film “Niagara” that is kept at Western Costume in Los Angeles, did not make the cut.

Instead, Johnson relied on the films themselves, photos in director Andrew Dominik’s 750-page “bible” for the shoot, and a little booklet by William Travilla, the longtime studio costume designer who was responsible for many of Monroe’s most famous film looks.

“We couldn’t obviously access the same fabrics, but it was really important to uphold the quality of construction to those original dresses so they didn’t feel like a cheap simulation or like a costume,” Johnson said.

She learned in Travilla’s book that when the pink “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” dress wasn’t moving correctly as Monroe descended down the stairs singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” he, in a last-minute panic, procured some green felt meant for a pool table from another department and lined the garment with it. While she didn’t resort to the pool table technique, she did empathize with Travilla’s woes when she ran into similar problems herself.

Headaches aside, she said, when the money is there, it’s “always easier to make it" then to find something vintage.

“It’s quite hard to find existing things,” she said. “Vintage clothing is going away. It’s literally evaporating from this planet.”

By far the most difficult dress to recreate, however, was the white pleated one immortalized in “The Seven Year Itch,” another Travilla creation. The pleating proved to be enormously complex, in part because there aren’t many places in the United States that specialize in that technique anymore, which requires custom molds.

“We had a lot of failures,” Johnson said. “It was incredible how much fabric it took to create the arc and the drama of that dress when it blows up with the subway grate... I think we went through about 50 yards of fabric because the pleating wasn’t right. It looked great, but the molds were not designed correctly for the pleating. There was a lot of research and development and waste going into that.”

But it was worth it in the end to see it in the film, where it’s almost a supporting character in a pivotal and chilling recreation of the memorable moment.

“It’s so beautifully shot by Chayse Irvin, our amazing cinematographer, and Andrew is such a visionary,” Johnson said. “That is just real dress porn in the movie. There’s amazing slo-mo and you really can luxuriate in the quality of the dress.”

Monroe’s off-screen style was much more subdued and far from the sequins and glitziness of her movie looks. Johnson and Dominik decided she should have an off-duty uniform of sorts, consisting largely of Capri pants and turtleneck sweaters, some of which were vintage finds from Los Angeles costume houses.

“It was really important to me that that uniform project her desire to be taken seriously as an actor and as an artist,” Johnson said. “She was kind of emulating beatnik style or French style.”

Not everything is completely accurate, though. Naturalism was paramount for Johnson, including making sure that the outfits worked for both de Armas’s body and a contemporary viewing audience. One thing they nixed were the marbles Monroe famously sewed into her bra. That, she determined, would be distracting to modern eyes.

“I never wanted it to feel funny or costume-y,” Johnson said. “When I approach my designs, and even if that’s a recreation from something we all know, it was really important that Ana never feel like she was wearing a costume.

"Those dresses are so iconic, they could easily overtake the actor and become all about the costume. And I always wanted it to be complementary to Ana’s incredible performance.”



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