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Meghan Markle Accused of Copying Vogue Cover From 2016 Book

Meghan Markle’s opportunity to guest-edit the September issue of Vogue U.K. has not quite gone the direction she probably hoped for. It didn’t take long after its release for fans to begin pointing out the striking similarities between the magazine’s cover and The Game Changers, a bestselling book by Australian authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams.

According to the pair, while the resemblance between the cover of their book, which Meghan contributed to, and the cover of this magazine is “flattering,” it is also “disappointing.”

“It’s obviously very flattering, she must like our concept! I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but it is a little bit disappointing,” said Brett. The cover features different women who are thought to be “Forces for Change” in separate boxes.

“But any project that aims to support the empowerment of women, I am a great supporter of,” she continued. “Our book was for charity — so hopefully they too are giving the proceeds to a worthy cause.”

Whether or not the entire cover idea was Meghan’s idea is still unclear, but the idea to have a mirror as one of the images to inspire readers to be their own forces for change was her idea, says the Daily Mail. Meghan was also one of the 40 women to contribute to The Game Changers, Brett told Fox News.

In just a few weeks, the book was sold out, so in 2017, it was re-released with more women and a pink cover. Since then, it has become a bestseller.

“Someone We All Want To Look Up To”

Adams, a four-time author who published her first book three years ago, agreed with Brett in her hopes for the earnings to be contributed toward a worthy cause, but she also added that she could visualize Meghan having just as much success as they if she took on an endeavor like The Game Changers.

“The Duchess of Sussex is someone we all want to look up to, admire and respect,” said Adams. “We love that she has ideas for change that are positive and that she is addressing issues such as diversity and kindness. But wouldn’t it have been more powerful if she just created a book and interviewed women and gave the money to charity?”

On Australia’s “Sunrise” Tuesday morning, Brett said she initially “didn’t think anything of it.”

“And then someone sent me the press release and the wording was very similar,” Brett added. “She said ‘trailblazing change-makers who are fearless women,’ and on the back of my book, it says ‘trailblazers, game-changing, fearless women.’ And so I thought ‘wow, this is very similar.’”

It wasn’t until her phone was ringing off the hook that Brett realized how big of a deal the cover was.

“Suddenly, I had the world’s media calling me. And it made me realize she is extremely scrutinized,” said Brett. “This is such a small thing, it’s a small book in Aussie,” she joked. Of course, Brett was being just a bit humble about the success of her book.

Since The Game Changer, Brett and Adams have also released The Juggle in April 2019 which is about high-profile mothers who have successful careers in addition to a family.

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Chrissy Teigen Made Fun of John Legend’s Remake of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

While making an appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, model Chrissy Teigen talked about John Legend’s recent remake of the classic Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which was a duet he performed with, none other than, Kelly Clarkson!

It seems that Legend’s voice coaches decided to update the song by removing the controversial lyrics, making it more appealing to the younger Me Too movement generation. What they were not ready for, the backlash was actually quite intense, telling Teigen “they ruined Christmas”.

Clarkson, 37, said people were so mad and Legend had no idea when the Me Too movement pulled the song from any radio stations like a lot of stations do during Christmas.

She added that she loves the original song that John and Clarkson recorded as a duet It seems that the duet got backlash so they decided to give up on the original and recorded a different version that apparently killed Christmas!

During Teigen’s conversation with Clarkson, she criticized people’s various comments, especially from Sharon Osborne. She basically said that Sharon assumed you guys burned them in the backyard and can never listen to them again. She sarcastically added, something about creepy songs and Christmas??

The Argument Against Re-Writing Songs

During the debut of the newly “rewritten” song, Osborne slammed Legend and Clarkson saying that no one should re-record a song just because they find it offensive. She added, what if 40 years from now, someone rewrote one of Legend’s songs because someone found it offensive?

Paraphrasing, she equated it to masterpieces in museums that are nude statues all around the world and millions of people visit each and every year. Would it be OK if she just decided to draw a bikini top on one of those nudes? It’s still a classic form of art.

Osborne said that she loves John Legend, he’s an amazing artist that she respects so why do this? It’s just not right.

To update any who do not know, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was an Academy Award-winning song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It gained recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film “Neptune’s Daughter”.

It really was never considered a Christmas song, but a winter song. The song has been sung by many artists including Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Idina Menzel, and Michael Buble.

Another issued that has risen more than a few eyebrows, this song is copyrighted and owned by someone. Legally, no one has the right to change any part of the song.

To date, the song has been taken off the radio playlist after all the criticism floating around the original as well as Legend and Clarkson rather strange new lyrics.

Someone I met said that in their personal opinion, you do not have to listen to a song you find offensive but you have no right to alter a song and make it your own. For more than 50 years, there have been television shows and movies that people would demand the entertainment industry get rid of saying this one or that one has had a bad effect on “my child”.

Well, mom and/or dad, change the station or don’t take them to that particular movie. You are the parents, you cannot expect the entertainment industry to bring up your kids. The same should be said about lyrics to any number of songs, no one is forcing you to listen to them nor do you have the right to take it away from others.

I really can’t argue with that…

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Will Not Be Spending Christmas With The Queen This Year

According to a spokesperson for the royal couple, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are changing their Christmas plans. Over the past 2 years, they have spent their holidays with the royal family in their countryside Sandringham estate.

This year, Meghan, Harry, and their baby Archie will spend time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The royal couple will break away from their public duties to spend time with the Duchess’ mother instead. It’s not clear, at this time,  if they will be coming to the United States or if her mother will visit them in Britain.

Actually, their decision is totally in line with the precedent set before by other members of the royal family and they have all received great support from Her Majesty the Queen. They have all at one time or another, chosen to spend the holidays elsewhere.

William and Kate Too Spent A Christmas With Kate’s Family

Victoria Murphy said on Twitter, that Prince William and Kate Middleton have also spent holidays with the Middletons in Bucklebury instead of Sandringham.

Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been known to leave Sandringham in the middle of the afternoon on Christmas to visit Camilla’s children and their families.

With everything going on these days, it’s no surprise that Harry and Meghan are struggling with pressures of being in the spotlight and the scrutiny from the British press.  A break seems to be in order.  At this time, it’s uncertain if they will visit Meghan’s mother in the US or if Doria will be joining them in the UK.

As the British press is incapable of leaving the royal couple alone, I am sure we will hear soon enough if they will be visiting the United States or if Doria will be visiting them in Britain.

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UPDATED: The Winners At The 70th Emmy Awards

UPDATE 18/09/2018: The list of winners at the 2018 Emmy Awards has now been added to the end of this post.

Predictions abound for the 70th iteration of the Emmy’s with several of television’s most celebrated shows set for a big night at the Television Academy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, 2018.

“This year’s nominations continue to represent increased diversity and inclusion in front of the camera,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “And, there is a wealth of new and returning programs that reflect so many of today’s critical issues.”

Among all shows up for awards, Game Of Thrones has the most nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Saturday Night Live (21) and Westworld (21). Leading the nominations in totals by platform are Netflix (112), HBO (108) and NBC (78). With over a hundred awards on offer, we’ll take our pics among the contenders for the Drama Series category’s main awards.

Outstanding Drama Series

The award for the best drama series seems like a two horse raise between downtrodden handmaidens and the dragon-riding royalty of Westeros. With Game of Thrones famously absent from last year’s awards, the Handmaid’s Tale swooped in to collect the gong. This year, the two go head-to-head. Critics are predicting a win for the Hulu drama to repeat the feat again this year.

Lead Actor In A Drama Series

It looks to be a threepeat for actor Sterling K. Brown. The This Is Us star comes in having won consecutive awards for The People v. O.J. Simpson and This Is Us. With his fictional father, Ron Cephas Jones, winning the Guest-Actor award in a stunning upset this past weekend, it means voters have been paying attention to the storyline. Realistically, Brown’s main threat is his co-star and fictional adopted father, Milo Ventimiglia, who perhaps had a more emphatic role this past season.

Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Likewise, except a repeat for Elisabeth Moss to win this year’s gong. The Handmaid’s Tale star’s compelling portrayal in the series seems impossible to beat, with the show’s success due in large part to the star’s series-carrying performance. Having been overlooked for her past work on Mad Men, Moss is a shoe-in for this year’s award once again.

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Last year’s winner, John Lithgow for The Crown, isn’t in the running this year, which leaves the field wide open. Both Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage can consider themselves contenders for their roles on Game of Thrones. Dinklage already having two previous wins and Coster-Waldau being tasked with the season’s most poignant moments. However, Matt Smith for his perfectly petty and occasionally sympathetic portrayal as Prince Philip in The Crown is apparently tipped to win.

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale has three nominees this award, making up it a favorite to win this award. Interestingly the show has yet to lose an acting category in which it has been nominated. The real question is not if but who among its nominees will win. Samira Wiley was awarded this year’s Guest Actress award, just as Alexis Bedel, who won last year’s Guest Actress prize, is now a season regular and up for a Supporting Actress award. Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahovski who also star in the show are nominated. Dowd might have been the early favorite, however, as the season progressed it was Strahovski who really stole the show, having previously worked on both Chuck and Dexter.

As for the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series awards, there’s little to separate between Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and This Is Us.

“It’s been another record-breaking year with more than 9,100 entries in 122 unique categories for the initial nomination round of voting,” said Washington. “The continued growth of the industry has provided opportunities for acclaimed new programs to emerge while allowing last season’s break-through programs to thrive.”

Major Winners:

Drama:

  • Best Drama: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • Best Actor, Drama: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
  • Best Actress, Drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
  • Guest Actor, Drama: Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
  • Guest Actress, Drama: Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Supporting Actor, Drama: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Supporting Actress, Drama: Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
  • Writing for a Drama Series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, “The Americans” (“Start”)
  • Directing for a Drama Series: Stephen Daldry, “The Crown” (“Paterfamilias”)

Comedy:

  • Best Comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
  • Best Actor, Comedy: Bill Hader, “Barry”
  • Best Actress, Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Supporting Actor, Comedy: Henry Winkler, “Barry”
  • Supporting Actress, Comedy: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Guest Actor, Comedy: Katt Williams, “Atlanta”
  • Guest Actress, Comedy: Tiffany Haddish, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Writing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)
  • Directing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

Limited Series:

  • Best Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
  • Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
  • Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Regina King, “Seven Seconds”
  • Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
  • Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie: Merritt Wever, “Godless”
  • Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror: USS Callister”
  • Directing for a Limited Series: Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“The Man Who Would Be Vogue”)

Reality:

  • Reality Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
  • Reality Host: RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
  • Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Others:

  • Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”(HBO)
  • Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Donald Glover)
  • Writing for a Variety Special: John Mulaney, “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City” (Netflix)
  • Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “The Oscars” (ABC)
  • Television Movie: “Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)
  • Documentary or Nonfiction Series: “Wild Wild Country” (Netflix)
  • Animated Program: “Rick And Morty” (Adult Swim)

The full list of nominees and winners can be found on the Emmys website.

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UPDATE 18/09/2018: The list of winners at the 2018 Emmy Awards has now been added to the end of this post.
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Meek Mill Donates 6,000 Backpacks to His Hometown School District in Philadelphia

Meek Mill is giving back to his Philadelphia community just in time for the back-to-school season.

He didn’t have an easy childhood as together with his sister and mother were living in poverty after his dad was killed when he was just 5 years old.  Now after climbing out from the streets, he has decided to give something back to the community in order to help kids face the same life he did.

The 31-year-old rapper is donating 6,000 backpacks and school supplies to low-income students at 12 schools in the neighborhood.

“Growing up in Philly, I’ve watched families struggle to make ends meet and buy basic school supplies for their kids,” Meek Mill said in a statement.

“Those memories stay with me and that’s why I’m committed to giving back to families in my hometown, putting smiles on kids’ faces and helping them start the school year on the right note with the right supplies,” he continued.

The lyricist visited his alma mater, James G. Blaine Elementary School, to personally hand out the supplies to students on Wednesday.

“I’m also a native of North Philadelphia, so to have [Meek Mill] come back and be a model of what it is to work hard and make your dreams come true, as you can see, it’s exciting for the students,” Assistant Superintendent Amelia Coleman Brown told Philly.com. “It’s great motivation to start the school year.”

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No Parole For John Lennon’s Killer

It is the tenth time the killer of John Lennon will be denied parole. His ‘debt’ has not been paid in full. After hearing his plea for a parole consideration, the board concluded and was quoted to have stated that releasing Mark David Chapman “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of the society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Mark Chapman had indeed neglected the legal consequences by willfully pulling the trigger of the gun that killed John Lennon. Now 63 years old, he is still paying for the crime he committed, the public has commended the board for rejecting his application for parole while other groups have criticized the parole rejection as unfair.

Chapman was convicted for the murder of John Lennon and was given a life sentence. He has been incarcerated at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. John would have been 78 years this year if not for the unfortunate event that led to his untimely death.

In its denial decision, the parole board stated that Chapman has consciously planned and executed the murder of the famous John Lennon because he wanted to gain a ruthless reputation. The board also noted that he had consciously chosen to assassinate a popular figure without regard to the pain and anguish his family and fans from all over the world would suffer.

The parole board is of the opinion that setting Chapman free would only send a message that such as act could be condoned or pardoned over time and in the process undermine the seriousness of such crimes.

The next parole hearing for Chapman is scheduled for August 2020. However, the public outcry for him to remain behind bars cannot be overlooked. Over the years, the impact of the loss and suffering Chapman caused millions of fans all over the world remains ‘fresh in their memories. Chapman confirms that he still receives letters from anonymous fans of John Lennon condemning his act many years ago and he wishes he had made different choices at that time. However, the deed was done, and now, it is so difficult to forget.

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MTV VMA’s 2018 – Winners List

The MTV awards kicked off with a Cardi B performance, which was her first live performance after giving birth to her daughter Kulture. Cardi B was also the most nominated artist of the night. Even more than the Carters (Beyoncé and JAY-Z) who received “only eight.” Drake also got eight, and Childish Gambino got seven.

Other performers that night were Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Logic and Ryan Tedder, and Jennifer Lopez. By the way, Lopez was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. That’s something to hang up on your wall!

The most enjoyable moment of the show, according to entertainment outlets, was Ja Rule who joined J Lo for the performance of “Ain’t It Funny.” Her performance exploded on stage making the night amazing.

Madonnas’ tribute to Aretha Frankin was weird. Her clothes and speech were missed by the audience and online fans who criticized her for her tribute.

The winners list:

Video of the Year:
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]

Best Collaboration:
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]

Best New Artist:
Cardi B

Artist of the Year:
Camila Cabello

Best Latin Video:
J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]

Song of the Year:
Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best Pop Video:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”

Best Hip-Hop Video:
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Push Artist of the Year:
Hayley Kiyoko

Song of Summer:
Cardi B / Bad Bunny / J Balvin: “I Like It”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award:
Jennifer Lopez

Best Dance Video:
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”

Best Rock Video:
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”

Video With a Message:
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Cinematography:
The Carters – “APES**T”

Best Direction:
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Art Direction:
The Carters – “APES**T”

Best Visual Effects:
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”

Best Choreography:
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Editing:
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will POTUS Trump Lose His Hollywood Star?

For a celebrity, few things can be more damning to be told: losing your Hollywood Star. Easily one of the most important accolades that a celebrity can get, the fact that you can actually lose your star is a major kick in the teeth. Well, it looks like one person might be finally about to stand up to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in the most innocuous way: removing his Hollywood star.

While we suspect that the Teflon-infused POTUS will just laugh it all off and make some wild comments about it on Twitter, it’s nice to see the celebrity world take a bit of a stand for once. The celebrity world is loaded with a lack of fire when it comes to making a political message stand out, and it’s nice to see self-preservation take a back seat for a change.

The five-member West Hollywood City Council has apparently voted unanimously to have the star removed from the ground. While the council lacks the authority to do so itself, it intends to try and send out a formal message to Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, to see if he’ll do something about it. They also messaged the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the key decision maker, and the Los Angeles City Council, to push for the star to be binned.

Citing all manner of reasons to remove the star, including “disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country,” it’s likely that this will fall on deaf ears.

According to John D’Amico, the West Hollywood Mayor, this isn’t to do with political affiliation, but that the star is an “honor” and that when one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities or women—the honor no longer exists.”

Turning Up the Heat

While such superficial battles won’t make one bit of difference in the long-run, it’s nice to see a bit of backlash against Trump. The Walk of Fame star that he has in Hollywood has already been the victim of vandals, and was even chipped away at by someone with a pickaxe. It’s also been spray-painted with Nazi imagery and various other profane stickers, so it might just be for the best to remove the star in the long run.


Given that other stars in the past have not been removed, though, it’s not likely to happen. According to ex-President and CEO f the Chamber, Leron Gubler, it’s not something to consider. Speaking in 2015 regarding the removal of Bill Cosby’s star, Gubler said: “once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

If that’s the case, expect this bit of drama to carry on for a good while yet.

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Bringing Sixty Back: Maddona Turns 60

“People say I’m controversial,” Madonna, who turns 60 today, told a music-industry audience in 2016. “But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.”

The celebrated pop star, actress, writer, and director was born on the 16th of August 1958 and given the name Madonna Louise Ciccone by her Catholic parents. Since first breaking onto the music scene in the late 1970s, The Material Girl has now sold more than 300 million records worldwide and performed on 10 concert tours. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling female recording artist of all time.

In 1977 the Queen of Pop moved to the Big Apple to study dance while working as a model. She soon decided to pursue a musical career and began to record demos with her boyfriend Stephen Bray. After a stint as a band member in the Breakfast Club, she decided to embark on a solo career.

Holiday” was Madge’s first breakthrough hit in the US, peaking at number 16, with “Material Girl” reaching number 3 and “Like A Virgin” being the first of her twelve number-one hits. 1985 proved to be a landmark year for “M” as her debut tour sold out. She also played at the historic Live Aid charity concert. The same year she featured in her first mainstream film, Desperately Seeking Susan for which she received generally positive reviews from both critics and viewers.

A polarizing figure, the Queen of Reinvention has never been one to shy away from controversy. From burning crosses and kissing a black saint in her hit single “Like A Prayer“, tackling teenage pregnancy in “Papa Don’t Preach“, supporting the LGBT community during the peak era of HIV news, publishing a controversial “coffee table” photo book of herself in a number of explicit poses in the early 90s, locking lips with Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003, the MDNA singer has certainly had her fair share of iconic moments. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, Madonna has maintained her unapologetic sex-positive, no-holds-barred image.

The singer’s list of accomplishments include Grammys, MTV awards, Billboard awards, and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as the eponymous Evita in a musical or comedy, among numerous others. In 2008 Maddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She is also the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time with over $1.4 billion earned from concert tours alone. She has also written a series of children’s books, having released seven picture books and twelve chapter books so far.

Twice married, once to American actor Sean Penn, and once to English director and Producer Guy Ritchie with whom she had a son, Rocco. Madonna is the mother to six children, including four she adopted from Malawi where she has focused most of her charity work. She had her first child Lourdes Maria with then-boyfriend and fitness trainer Carlos Leon.

Recently, Madonna told the BBC in 2017 that performing at smaller intimate shows “is something I’m exploring right now”. She said she is looking to perform at a set venue as opposed to touring, “The idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world but stays in one place.”

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Aretha Franklin’s “Death Is Imminent”

Update: 16/08/2018 – It has now been reported Aretha Franklin passed away aged 76 in her Detroit home surrounded by family, today. The cause is reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is reported to be gravely ill in hospice care at her home. Currently, she is surrounded by her family and friends wishing to say goodbye.

The singer has been battling cancer for some time it has been rumored. “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” A longtime friend and source close to the singer is reported as telling TMZ. The source adds the iconic diva was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told, “She could go any time.”

A friend of the songstress confirmed to People that the singer had “been ill for a long time” and her loved ones had been warned her “death is imminent.” Franklin’s nephew, Tim Franklin, also confirmed the 76-year-old star’s status to People following the anonymous source, revealing that the soul singer’s family was “asking for prayers and privacy.” Tim added while the singer “is sick,” her family was “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”

A career spanning six decades, the 18-time Grammy award winner first started singing gospel music at the Detroit Church where her father was a minister. In 1960 she signed her first record label, and eight years later she already had chart-toppers like “Respect,” “Chain of Fools”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” under her belt. In 1987, Franklin became the first women to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin performed at the inauguration of several US Presidents such as  Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her last performance was at a private Elton John AIDS Foundation event in November 2017.

In February last year, the artist announced she would stop touring, despite booking concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of scheduled performances on doctors orders according to Rolling Stone.

“We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” Tim Franklin conceded.

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The Rock Surprises His Stunt Double With An Amazing Gift

It’s not easy to be a stunt double, you get to do all the hard work while the movie stars take all the fame. This fact was not lost on  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who decided to reward his stunt double with a huge gift.

Skyscraper star rewarded his stunt double and cousin, Tanoai Reed, for all his hard work and physical suffering, surprising Reed with a new custom truck in an exchange that was shared in a video on Johnson’s Instagram page.

“Surprise” He wrote, “I love handing over keys I love you brother and enjoy your new truck!
Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed @samoanstuntman has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honors.
All done with one goal in mind – deliver the best movie possible to the world. I had this custom pick up truck delivered just in time to surprise him (he’s still recovering from a stunt injury) while we give what he thought was going to be an interview about our careers together.”

He continued by saying ” As you’ll see the moment I put my hands on my hips, that’s the drivers cue to pull away and reveal the big surprise.
Not only does Tanoai represent our family and my career with relentless commitment and passion. He also represents an entire Hollywood stunt community that is truly the backbone of our business.
Love you uso and thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and years.
We’re just getting started. Enjoy your new truck!”

Reed also posted the video on his own account, writing that he was “still in complete shock” over the gift.

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Watch: Justin Theroux and Mila Kunis Answer Personal Questions

The Spy Who Dumped Me is currently the hottest action comedy out there, with Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux in the lead. While both are hot and loved around the world, only Justin is single and open for business. And yes, he is cute and cuddly as well (and is an avid dog lover!)

You could watch the film, but if you want to get to know Justin (and Mila) better, you should watch this video where Mila and Justin ask each other questions taken from Google.

For example: “What can Mila Kunis sing?” and then she bursts into singing, which was not pleasant for anyone in the room :-). Did you know the Mila had cataracts and went through eye surgery for it?

So the two just ask question taken from Google, and you can do it too: simply start typing your favorite stars’ name and see what comes up automatically. It’s fun to see what people are searching for on Google.

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Watch: Paul McCartney Crosses Abbey Road Again

There are a few photos in history that are set inside our collective memory, one of those photos is the iconic photo of the  The Beatles’ showing the quartet crossing Abbey Road. The Photo became the album’s cover and was taken just over a month before the LP’s release. The iconic album, Abbey Road, will turn 49 years old on Sept. 26.

This week Paul McCartney shared to his social media a video of himself crossing the street in the same demeanor to the applause of an onlooking crowd. He was on his way to the Abbey Road Studios for a surprise performance in support of his upcoming solo album, Egypt Station, which is due out on Sept. 7. Mary, Paul’s daughter, filmed the clip. You can watch it below.

The original Abbey Road photograph was taken on Aug. 8, 1969 by Iain Macmillan. In response to its legacy, Abbey Road Studios has launched a live stream that has continuously filmed the street since 2011.

Just like other Beatles albums Abbey Road was a monstrous success, selling over 4 million copies within the first two months of its release. It spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. Since then it became a must own classic as of 2011, it had sold over 31 million copies worldwide.

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How Is LeBron James Single-handedly Reshaping The NBA?

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, arguably the biggest news in NBA history broke out earlier this week: LeBron James is moving to the Los Angeles Lakers! This came as a huge shock to everyone, with even the most well-connected of sports journalists being taken by complete surprise.

Eight years ago James, then also with the Cleveland Cavaliers, made the bold decision to join Dwayne Wade’s Miami Heat project. At the time, James was vilified by Cleveland fans who went so far as to burn his jersey. Then NBA commissioner, David Stern, lambasted James calling the move “ill-conceived”. Even Michael Jordan mocked James saying he would never join a rival but try to beat them. James spent four seasons in a Heat team which also featured Chris Bosh. This all-conquering triumvirate of James, Wade, and Bosh reached four finals, winning two NBA championships during what was considered a successful stint. James certainly delivered on his promise to, “take my talents to South Beach“.

Eight years later, James leaves Cleveland once again, this time spending four seasons with his hometown team. In this time, the “super-team” phenomenon has caught on among both the minds of players and franchise owners. Golden State Warriors’ signing of Kevin Durant in recent times being the most noteworthy example. Over the course of time, the public has, by and large, come to accept players as the key cog which keeps the NBA machine spinning. Power has shifted from franchise owners to individual players.

This time around, James leaves a sinking ship having given his all to a team he carried to four consecutive NBA finals. Incredibly, James has featured in eight NBA finals in a row now, of which he has won three – two with Miami in four years, and one with Cleveland in four years. Thus, his thirst for success seems understandable given his poor return with Cleveland. Few would argue that it was him who carried Cleveland during his eleven cumulative years with the team. Yet he still kept his promise of delivering an NBA championship to Cleveland’s owner, Dan Gilbert, upon his return and this time leaves a hero.

The Lakers have reportedly signed James for four years. In fact, it is understood James even took a pay-cut to join Los Angeles despite having a better offer on the table from the Cavaliers. It is a well-known fact the Lakers are nowhere near the force they were a decade ago when were led by Kobe Bryant to three consecutive NBA finals, winning two. With many top-level players entering free agency this year, it might be the perfect time to re-build a Lakers super team.

The signing of Shaquille O’Neil by the Lakers in the late 90s changed the rules of the playing field for the better part of a half-decade. This time around, it seems the ramifications of James’ trade will redefine the NBA landscape and arguably re-shape it into a similar model to that of European Soccer’s richest clubs.

It took the legendary Laker, Magic Johnson, to convince James to join Los Angeles. Now it seems, it is James’ turn to deliver and correct his own finals record. This may be his final chance to settle once and for all who is the greatest of them all: Jordan, Bryant, or himself.

No matter which way you look at it, LeBron James is single-handedly taking the NBA into an era of unbridled player power, yet it is still the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy which remains the litmus test for determining the greatest players of all time.

Can James win three championships with the Lakers and beat Bryant’s overall record, or will he be gunning for four more championships and eclipse Jordan himself? Let’s wait and see.

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MoneyBall: 2018 World Cup Winner to Get $38 Million

The bar has been raised for this year’s world cup football tournament currently holding in Russia. The winner of the tournament will be walking away with $38 million. This figure is noticeably higher than the award handed over to Germany when it won the tournament three years ago.

FIFA announced that the total funds set aside for this tournament were $400 million, from this purse, the winning national team will be rewarded for their hard work and victory. Other participating countries are also expected to receive about $8 million each to cover costs incurred during this tournament. The national team that comes second during this football tournament will also receive $28 million. While the third and fourth national teams will get $24 and $22 million for their achievements.

From all indications, these rewards have been increased from the amounts paid three years ago. Every team gets something for their efforts as usual. The funds have been provided by FIFA from the revenues generated by the World Cup organizing body. In total, it is expected that the revenue will exceed $5 billion even with the minor setbacks experienced during the sales of sponsorships due to the investigations into corruption charges.

This was confirmed by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino who in a statement affirmed that the revenue is expected to be more than expected from the current financial projections.

It will also be recalled that about $100 million is still inaccessible from the previous world cup tournament held in Brazil. This money is disputed in the midst of some corruption charges still being investigated. The money in dispute would have been used to redeem pledges made by FIFA to promote grassroots football and women’s football as well as healthcare and the provision of social amenities in poor communities within Brazil.

In view of preventing disputes and fraudulent practices, Infantino has confirmed that funds will now be handled separately by a new organization that will also be in charge of handling the funding for projects to be done under his leadership.

FIFA has also made plans to acknowledge the winning team of the Intercontinental Cup which has been organized from 1960 to 2004. It is a competition between the champions of the European Cup and the Copa Libertadores. In 2005, the Intercontinental Cup was rebranded to become the Club World Cup which involved all continental champions. The next edition will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2018.

Infantino has however hinted that there are plans to review the Club World Cup to replace the Confederation Cup which is scheduled to hold in 2021. With these on-going plans, we expect to have a wonderful world cup tournament which has already started on an exciting note with the host country Russia winning their world cup game.

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