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Dua Lipa gushes over crush

Dua Lipa was so smitten with Stereophonics star Kelly Jones she made a fool of herself when she met him on a train to London.

The New Rules singer admits she couldn't believe her luck when she bumped into her crush as they boarded the Eurostar from Paris, France – and blurted out how much she loved the singer.

"I didn't even know what to say to him, and I was like, 'Oh my God!' I was like, 'I love you,'" Dua tells Apple Music radio show The Rebecca Judd Show.

"He was really sweet. He was like, 'Actually, I saw in an interview that you and your dad had listened to the songs on the radio... I'm super flattered'. I'm like, 'No, I really love you... I know all your songs.'

"Then we ended up being sat pretty close to each other on the train."

Dua made up for the awkward encounter by playing with Kelly's kids and singing for them on the train ride to London.

Now she has ticked Jones off her wish list of stars she'd like to meet, the pop star tells Judd she has her sights set on befriending The Streets star Mike Skinner, so he can perform at her 40th birthday party – in 16 years' time.



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Rihanna's back - Believe It

Rihanna stunned fans on Thursday night when she dropped her first new music in three years.

The 32-year-old singer features on Canadian musician PartyNextDoor's new track Believe It, and croons during the chorus: "Babe, best make me believe it / Believe you won't deceive me."

The tune is Rihanna's first appearance on the music scene since she teamed up with N.E.R.D. on their track Lemon back in November 2017. But she hasn't released any of her own material since she dropped album Anti back in 2016.

Reflecting on Rihanna's Believe It appearance, one fan wrote on Twitter: "Rihanna trending #1 in the us and #2 worldwide for repeating 5 words for the entire song is just a power that some girls can never reach."

Another added: "2020 is officially saved. @rihanna made more music."

The track is the second time Rihanna has teamed up with PartyNextDoor, after he co-wrote the tune Work for her. Believe It is also the first single to be released from the musician's new album Partymobile - his first in four years - which dropped on Thursday at midnight.



The Knack: Bye, Corona!

The surviving founders of The Knack gave in to requests from fans and reworked their 1979 hit My Sharona as a coronavirus parody.

In a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday, lead guitarist Berton Averre revealed he and bassist Prescott Niles have received renewed attention due to the global pandemic, as fans have repurposed the song to reference "corona."

"Some people have asked whether we were going to get around to doing our own 'Sharona' corona parody song, because apparently, there aren't enough of them.

"Sadly, our lead singer is no longer with us and trust me, you don't want to hear me croak it out," he said, referencing frontman Doug Fieger's 2010 death from cancer.

In the bizarre clip, he goes on to say that he consulted his dogs on making a handwashing tutorial video, but instead settled on a close-up instruction video on how to play the song's famous riff and solo.

However, at the end, he is then joined by Prescott and the pair join together in singing, "Bye, Corona!" instead of the usual chorus.





Bruno Mars pledges $1M

Bruno Mars has become the latest star to pledge $1 million to coronavirus relief.

The Uptown Funk star announced his donation on Thursday, revealing he would be giving the cash to the MGM Resorts Foundation, which supports the Employee Emergency Grant Fund and Children's Medical Support Fund.

"The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he's in the creative process of working on his next album," a representative tells Entertainment Tonight. "With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we'll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon."

"We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times," MGM Resorts International CEO Bill Hornbuckle adds.

Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have also handed out millions to help those feeding hungry kids and groups seeking out medical supplies for doctors and nurses on the front lines.



Potter script found in trash

A script for 2001 movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone could sell for almost $60,000 when it hits the auction block at Hansons Auctioneers of Derbyshire.

The film script, belonging to director Chris Columbus, was picked out of a skip where it had been trashed.

Workers at Hansons Auctioneers of Derbyshire, the U.K. company selling the piece of movie memorabilia, have placed an estimate of $35,663 to $59,438 on the item.

"The seller was working as a contractor for an insurance firm and called to a storage facility near Windsor, where the contents were being disposed of," they said, reported Britain's Daily Express newspaper. "The vendor salvaged the script from the skip and was told everything was being destroyed so he could keep it."

The movie is the first of the hugely popular series based on J.K. Rowling's hit novels, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.



Evangeline offers apology

Actress Evangeline Lilly has apologized for insensitive comments she made about social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month.

The former Kelowna resident and Lost star was caught taking her kids to a gym class last week and when she was asked why she wasn't following government guidelines to stay indoors, she unleashed a rant about her personal freedom.

"Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu," she said. "It's unnerving... Let's be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious - keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don't abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power."

She was attacked by fans and critics alike and even her former Lost castmate Maggie Grace took aim and urged her to rethink her stance.

Lilly did just that and on Thursday she took to Instagram to offer up a sincere apology, explaining she made her comments on 16 March, before the guidelines became super-specific.

"I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th - when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living," the actress writes. "At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl (people) and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing.

"Two days later, those directives changed and, despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTISING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY."

Lilly adds: "I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.

"My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation...

"I am trying to follow responsible recommendations for how to help. Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all... I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me 'do it out of love, not fear' and it helped me to realize my place in all of this.

"Sending love to all of you, even if you can't return it right now."

Ironically, another Lost castmate, Daniel Dae Kim, tested positive for the coronavirus after returning home to Hawaii from New York City. He was released from quarantine earlier this week.



Quarantined on tour bus

Brett Young can't wait to step off his lockdown on wheels after quarantining himself on his tour bus for the past two weeks.

The country singer has not tested positive for the coronavirus but he chose to stay on his "apartment on wheels" after returning from a European tour to protect his wife, Taylor, and their five-month-old baby.

Young admits he's beginning to go stir crazy as he spends more time away from his family.

"I don't have symptoms at all," he tells Entertainment Tonight, "but, I have all these people who I care about at home who I want to keep safe and we've got this tour bus sitting empty.

"As much as it sucks not to be with my family and see my daughter, it seemed like a small sacrifice compared to what the alternative could mean."

Not being able to hold his daughter, Presley, has been the toughest thing for the singer: "She's gained almost two pounds in the last month and I've been gone for three weeks of it," he explains. "The hardest thing is just how much she's changing and growing right now.

"The connection is so bad (on the bus) that FaceTime isn't really a thing. Taylor has done a good job at sending pictures and videos every day, so I'm at least seeing her (daughter), but it's not really the same."

Young's quarantine will be over on Friday, and the Here Tonight singer can't wait: "First thing I'll do, is put all these clothes in the laundry, take a shower, wash my hands and then I'll pick up the baby."



Elton to host virtual benefit

Elton John is set to host a coronavirus relief concert featuring Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Billie Eilish.

The rock legend will front Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on March 29 – the same day the cancelled iHeartRadio Music Awards were set to be broadcast.

Backstreet Boys, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and Tim McGraw will also be a part of the big event, which will feature all the musicians performing from the comfort of their own homes, using video and audio equipment.

According to a representative for the Fox network, the hour-long gig will "pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm's way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus."

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to Feeding America and the First Responders Children's Foundation as Elton and his famous friends belt out their hits.



Late Late 'garage' Show

Actor and TV favourite James Corden will host the inaugural star-studded Homfest from his garage as he fills in time after his U.S. late-night show was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Late Late Show host's primetime special will feature interviews conducted digitally with illusionist David Blaine and Will Ferrell, and performances from BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, Dua Lipa in London, and Billie Eilish, Finneas and John Legend in Los Angeles.

"Since The Late Late Show came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time," Corden's chat show executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe explain. "With the help of some wonderful guests, we are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits.

"Shooting from James' garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now."

Corden and his guests will shed light on safety precautions everyone can take during the global pandemic and direct viewers to websites where they can donate to the Center for Disease Control Foundation and Feed the Children.

Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special will air on March 30.



Bill Cosby wants out

Bill Cosby's lawyers are filing a motion to get him released from a Pennsylvania jail amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As World Health Organization officials urge people to stay home and practice social distancing amid the global health crisis, the embattled comic's lawyers want the star put on house arrest amid reports that at least one prison officer has tested positive for Covid-19.

The 82-year-old is currently serving three to 10 years at State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Montgomery County, after he was found guilty of drugging and raping Temple University staff member Andrea Constand, but his attorneys are preparing to file a petition at Pennsylvania Superior Court in the next few days seeking for him to be moved.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six: "We believe it is only a matter of time before Mr. Cosby's prison likely falls victim to the virus, such a confined space is the perfect place for a virus to spread rapidly, it is hazardous to the prison staff and vulnerable inmates.

"Bill Cosby is no detriment or danger to the community. He can't go anywhere, he is elderly, he is blind. He can stay under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, as he did before, with his wife taking care of him. Let him do his time at home."

Wyatt added he'd been informed that more than one prison officer at the facility had tested positive for the virus, sharing: "We are now preparing a motion to ask the court and the state to release Mr. Cosby from prison and place him under house arrest for the duration of his sentence.

"We are not doing this because he is Bill Cosby, our concern is that he is 82, he is blind and has close contact with workers who take him to his medical appointments every day in a wheelchair, they take him for his meals and clean his cell. If they get infected they could pass it on to him."

The motion comes after U.S. President Donald Trump revealed the government was weighing a move to release "totally non-violent prisoners" or put them on house arrest to avoid coronavirus outbreaks in federal prisons and protect prison staff.



Angelina donates $1 million

Angelina Jolie has donated $1 million to help feed hungry kids amid the coronavirus-related school lockdown.

The actress and humanitarian gave the cash to bosses at the No Kid Hungry organization, who are distributing meals to kids who relied on school lunches, while they self-isolate at home with their families.

"As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus," she said in a statement. "Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including nearly 22 million children in America who rely on food support. No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible."

Reports suggest Jolie has also made a donation to the UN Refugee Agency, and sent support to schools she funds in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Namibia.

No Kid Hungry officials claim they've distributed $2 million to organizations in 30 states across America to aid with the feeding of hungry school kids.

Angelina isn't the only big name digging deep to help those battling the coronavirus crisis - Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $1 million to an online fund launched to raise cash for vital medical supplies, and Kylie Jenner has handed over the same amount to buy personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.



Miley's panic attack

Miley Cyrus launched her new Instagram chat show, Bright Minded, after suffering an intense panic attack during her first few days on coronavirus lockdown.

The pop star, who has become one of the stars leading the self-isolation revolution from her home, admits she found it tough to spend time alone when the global pandemic forced U.S. leaders to encourage everyone to stay in.

"I was sitting one night outside and I was looking up at the stars, and it was the one place where I was able to be outside of my house and be able to feel really safe," the 27-year-old singer explained in a FaceTime interview with Apple Music radio host Zane Lowe. "I was laying out in the grass and I was just looking up at the stars, and thinking about how fortunate and lucky I am that I live in a space where I can still go out and I can take a walk. And the weather has been a little rainy, but it's been nice to cuddle up with my dog on the couch on the days that it felt good and I have enough space where I can go outside and just enjoy nature and feel a little less c**p.

"But I was thinking about how everyone doesn't have that space. Because just having that change of scenery and being a part of something so beautiful, like the colors of trees or the night sky, was just so inspiring to me to create that inside for the days where I actually got stuck inside my house like everybody else.

"I started having this fear and anxiety and panic, and I actually started giving myself really cold feet. My feet started going really cold, my hands (started) going really cold, and I realized I was actually having a full-on anxiety attack. And so I remembered this exercise, called bright minds, that my psychiatrist has used for the past 10 years. Of course we have these great tools. We never use them in the times of crisis... So I called him, and I wanted to be reminded of the bright mind exercise."

The idea, which encourages people to create calming words using the letters 'B-R-I-G-H-T-M-I-N-D', really helped Miley stay focused and as she mapped it out she started thinking of famous friends she'd like to talk to as part of a daily Instagram show, which would also keep her busy in self-isolation.

"I started thinking of the most inspiring people I knew, like Demi Lovato or Ellen DeGeneres, or my good friends Rita Ora, Jeremy Scott... and I started creating this really amazing list of people that were willing to come be on my show."

Miley has already interviewed Demi, members of her family, actress Emily Osment, her teen idol Hilary Duff, Dua Lipa and Bebe Rexha on her Bright Mind show and now she's hoping to snag an Oscar winner: "I actually just talked to Hilary Swank this morning about doing 'Planks with Swank' on my show, because she can hold like a three-minute plank."



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