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Peter Fonda dead at 79

UPDATE: 3:57 p.m.

Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right both writing and starring in counterculture classics like Easy Rider, has died.

His family says in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Born into Hollywood royalty as Henry Fonda's only son, Peter Fonda carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Easy Rider. He never won an Oscar but would later be nominated for best actor in "Ulee's Gold."

The family says this is one of the saddest moments of their lives and asks for privacy.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 3:50 p.m.

Hollywood actor Peter Fonda has died.

The son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79 years old.

Fonda will forever be remembered for his role in the counter-culture motorcycle film Easy Rider. 

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Relive Denver in Kelowna

Tickets go on sale Monday for John Denver's Rocky Mountain High Christmas concert in Kelowna

Denver's music will be performed Nov. 28, 29 and 30 at Kelowna Community Theatre.

The late singer's award winning arranger/conductor Lee Holdridge returns to conduct the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Rick and Steve Worrall, an all-star band and guests Melina Schein, Dustin Moore and Gwen Plitt with the RMH Youth Choir, in the kick off to the holiday season.

Sing along to Denver's hits Annie’s Song, Country Roads as well as some of his best known Christmas songs from Rocky Mountain Christmas and The Muppet Christmas special.  

The fundraising concerts support the Boys and Girls Club of the Okanagan and the Central Okanagan Food Bank, with a portion of every ticket sold going to help their Christmas campaigns.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

Fans are also invited to attend the Canadian premiere of the award winning documentary The Great Voices Sing John Denver, Nov. 27 at the theatre.  

This film features some of the world’s best known opera stars. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Holdridge, producer Kenneth Shapiro, and executive producer Elisa Justice.   

Tickets for that event are by a minimum $20 donation.

Miley sings about split

Miley Cyrus appears to open up about the breakdown of her marriage with Liam Hemsworth in her new song Slide Away.

The Wrecking Ball hitmaker recently separated from The Hunger Games actor, her husband of less than a year, and confirmed the sad news through a representative over the weekend. And on Monday, she shared a photo of herself back in the studio but offered no further details on what she was working on.

However, on Friday, the 26-year-old dropped a new confessional breakup track that appears to shed light on the split, in which she urges her ex to "Move on."

"We're not seventeen / I'm not who I used to be," she sings on Slide Away, referencing her age when the pair met on the set of the 2010 flick The Last Song. "You say that everything's changed / You're right, we're grown now."

The track also seemingly references reports from insiders that Hemsworth, 29, was "drinking a lot and using certain drugs" towards the end of their marriage: "I want my house in the hills / Don't want the whiskey and pills."

"So won't you slide away / Back to the ocean / I'll go back to the city lights," she later sings.

The Australian-born star has kept his head down while spending time with his actor brother Chris in his home country during the turbulent time in his personal life, while the Wrecking Ball hitmaker has been making headlines after she was spotted kissing Brody Jenner's ex-wife Kaitlynn Carter on a girls' trip to Italy - the day after the split was announced.

Hemsworth addressed the split in a reflective Instagram post earlier this week, wishing his estranged wife "nothing but health and happiness."


Joe Jonas' mile-high party

Joe Jonas had a mile-high start to his 30s on Thursday morning as he celebrated his birthday on a plane.

The Cake By the Ocean singer ended his 20s with his wife Sophie Turner and brother Nick onboard the Jonas Brothers' private plane as it departed from North Carolina.

The 23-year-old actress marked the occasion via Instagram, noting: "Happy 30th to my love and the best thing that's ever happened to me, @joejonas I love you!"

Nick also shared a video of the moment Wednesday became Thursday for the birthday boy, writing: "It's a party. Joe is 30", while older brother Kevin marked the date on Instagram, writing: "Happy 30th birthday to this incredible dude!"

Joe will have a couple of days off to celebrate his 30th - the Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins Tour hits the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday.

Madsen - 4 days for DUI

Michael Madsen has been sentenced to serve four days behind bars after cutting a deal in his DUI case.

The Reservoir Dogs star, who can currently be seen in director Quentin Tarantino's new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanour count of driving over the limit on Thursday.

As well as a little jail time, the actor was also sentenced to five years' probation. He has also been ordered to complete community service in the hospital morgue programme, according to TMZ.

Madsen was arrested after crashing his Land Rover into a pole in Malibu, California back in March. He was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test.

He was previously busted for a DUI in Malibu in 2012, which prompted the actor to enter a 30-day rehabilitation clinic.

Shakira helps build school

Shakira's dreams of building schools in her native Colombia have become a reality - construction has started on a new academy in El Bosque, Barranquilla.

The work began last Friday, with the 42-year-old superstar telling reporters that 1,000 students and 60,000 community members will benefit from the new place, which will boast 28 classrooms, a library and cafeteria.

Shakira has also shared images of what the school will look like upon completion.

The academy is one of two schools the singer's Fundacion Pies Descalzos is planning in Colombia - a second will be built in Cartagena.

Shakira announced her school plans at the end of her El Dorado World Tour in November, explaining, "Throughout my life I have seen how education works miracles. I have seen lives and even entire communities transform. And believe me, to see that a child who did not have opportunities to succeed, manages to get ahead and obtain equal opportunities in adulthood, is a feeling so satisfying that it even exceeds that of winning a Grammy."

Ed gives away swag trove

Ed Sheeran has donated 300 items of memorabilia to a charity shop in his hometown of Framlingham, England.

The 28-year-old singer, who grew up near the rural Suffolk town and still lives nearby, gave away goodies including guitars, a signed surfboard, and even a signed David Beckham soccer shirt to the local St Elizabeth Hospice shop.

Staff at the small charity have put some of the items on display in the store, and plan to auction them off to raise funds in December.

Rachel Backshall, the hospice's Director of Income Generation and Marketing, told the East Anglian Daily Times: "He's been incredibly generous, he's helped us over a number of years in fact. But this is the first time we've actually had this amount of items given to us to put into an auction."

Other donations include a fluffy toy cat, a denim jacket with Ed's initials embroidered on the collar, a ukulele, a basketball inscribed with his name, baseball hats, handmade jewellery, a signed TV, and a bottle of his signature Heinz sauce - Tomato Edchup.

In a separate auction in London on Thursday, Ed is also selling three limited-edition bottles of the condiment to raise money for hospices in his local area, as well as the non-profit Rise Against Hunger.

The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker is currently gearing up to play a series of homecoming concerts in Chantry Park in Ipswich, Suffolk, later this month.

New doc defends Jackson

Friends of the late Michael Jackson have teamed up for a new documentary defending him over the sexual abuse allegations made in the controversial Leaving Neverland film.

Biographer Mike Smallcombe, bodyguard Matt Fiddes and actor Mark Lester appear in Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, which insists the sexual abuse allegations made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson in Leaving Neverland were motivated by money.

"It's always financial. It's hard to understand how these allegations can be true," Fiddes, who worked with the Bad hitmaker for 10 years, commented.

"Now two accusers (are) going to sue the Jackson estate," added Smallcombe. "All of Michael Jackson's accusers - it's always been about money."

In Dan Reed's documentary, Robson and Safechuck claimed the Thriller star sexually abused them at the height of his fame - allegations which the singer's estate and family have consistently denied.

The new clip details how Robson and Safechuck launched a failed legal challenge against Jackson's estate before filming the damning feature.

It also shows Smallcombe examining key allegations made against the star, and seemingly debunking certain claims, including an incident that allegedly happened in the Neverland train station before the structure was built.

"I believe this crushes Leaving Neverland and I hope stops the documentary winning the nominations for the Emmy awards!! Complete Madness!" Fiddes posted online in reference to Reed's movie's five Emmy nominations, alongside a trailer for the new documentary.

Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth is available on Amazon Prime Video now.

Elvis admirers mark death

Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night visited the rock 'n' roll icon's grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago.

Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honour his life and career during Elvis Week.

The vigil is the week's cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland. The vigil started Thursday night and ran throughout the night into Friday.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977. But the singer and actor's likeness and voice continue to appear in movies, TV shows, plays and music box sets.

The Graceland tourist attraction draws about 500,000 visitors annually.

Carrie joined by crush

Carrie Underwood is pinching herself after she sang alongside her childhood crush Bryan White at fabled Tennessee venue, the Grand Ole Opry.

The Cry Pretty hitmaker took the stage in Nashville on Tuesday, where she was joined by the country star.

The singer later took to Instagram to express her awe over the collaboration, which she referred to as a "full circle moment."

"This pic pretty much sums up my night at the @opry," she captioned a photo of her performance with White. "This was my #FullCircleMoment !! Growing up, I was a member of the @bryan_white Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle (Opry)!"

During the set, Underwood performed her latest single Southbound as well as White's tracks I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore and Something in the Water.

Underwood also gushed over White during her induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last year.

"I'm sorry, honey, but when I was growing up, I was pretty sure I was gonna marry that guy," the 36-year-old told husband Mike Fisher, referring to White, as she accepted the honour.

"But, you know, it all worked out," she joked.

Stars invest in Hipcamp

JAY-Z and Will Smith have invested in a new app billed as the Airbnb for campers.

Bosses at the firm Hipcamp, whose app offers adventurers the chance to book pitches with those owning land to rent across the U.S., announced the pair were investing in their firm through their respective venture capital funds on Tuesday.

"Today, I'm beyond honored to welcome Marcy Venture Partners and Dreamers Fund to the Hipcamp community," Hipcamp founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio wrote in a blog post on the company's website.

Jay-Z co-founded Marcy Venture Partners with Roc Nation president Jay Brown and Silicon Valley investor Larry Marcus last year.

In a statement announcing the firm's investment, Marcus said: "Marcy Venture Partners is about investing in culture and where people's passions, time, and attention are headed. Hipcamp is on the forefront of culture, creating meaningful and joyful experiences with the outdoors."

Smith also launched his investment vehicle in 2018, partnering with Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, as well as businessmen Kosaku Yada and Takeshi Nakanishi to create Dreamers Fund.

Yada added: "Spending more time outside has an undeniable, positive impact on people's lives, and we're so excited to support Hipcamp in their mission to get more people enjoying fresh air."

Welcoming the 99 Problems rapper and the Aladdin star's investment, Ravasio hailed the pair as two of the "world's most influential cultural leaders".

The pair's investments have helped Hipcamp obtain $25 million in its latest round of fundraising.

Ariana 'living in the studio'

Ariana Grande has returned to the studio to work on new music, her manager Scooter Braun has confirmed.

The prolific pop star released two studio albums in the past 12 months - Sweetener in August 2018, and Thank U, Next in February.

And shortly after she dropped her latest track, Boyfriend, Braun teased the 26-year-old has plenty more new material on the way.

"I don't want to give too much away, she lives in the studio," the music mogul, 38, told Music Week magazine. "As long as she has stories to tell, the music's going to keep coming."

The 7 Rings hitmaker has had a turbulent relationship with the record executive in the past, and he once fired the star because he didn't see eye-to-eye with her boyfriend at the time.

But Braun insisted there are no ill feelings between the pair, adding: "When you're family with someone you go through ups and downs and those moments make you stronger. The honesty becomes brutal and that's what's important in a real relationship."

The entrepreneur recently divided the music industry when he ignited a feud with Taylor Swift by taking ownership of her old master recordings, with the Shake It Off hitmaker labelling him a "bully."

In response to Taylor's situation, the One More Time singer urged her to "stay strong," while insisting she believes her manager had no bad intentions.

"I would never support someone with the intentions of hurting another person..." she wrote.

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