The chart-topping boy band One Direction has decided to take some time off from each other. Some reports use the word disband and others use the term hiatus, and the word breakup is being bandied about.
No matter what you call it, the group which features Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan, has agreed they will be taking at least 12 months off in order to have time to pursue their own solo projects.
Breakup rumors have been spreading for a while now, and on Aug. 24, One Direction’s Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson tweeted that the group would be taking a “well-earned break at some point next year,” but according to Horan they are not “splitting up.”
Needless to say, even news of a temporary breakup, break, hiatus, or whatever you want to call it, stunned the groups’ loyal fans. However, this isn’t a decision that happened over night.
Julian Bunetta, the songwriter and producer behind many of the group’s biggest hits says that the band’s upcoming fifth album was recorded with all four members knowing it would be their last for a while.
One Direction has been together for five years now, and according to reports will officially disband or take a break in March. This means their last full concert will be the one scheduled in Sheffield at the end of October.
I understand they can use a break and want to have some time to work on solo projects, but the timing of it seems a bit odd, don’t you think? Why would they take a break when they have another album coming out?
I guess time will tell. According to a source, “They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 percent behind the decision.”
I just wonder how they’ll all feel about coming back together in a year or so, especially if some of them see success as solo artists. Harry already has something lined up with Sony, and the rest of the guys are expected to start negotiations in the near future.
For now, One Direction is heading in different directions.
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As a Star Trek fan, I was sad to see Leonard Nimoy pass away last February at age 83. I’d actually had the privilege to hear him speak years ago.
At the time he talked about the challenges of performing in front of a green screen. He wasn’t just interesting, he was friendly. He talked to fans like we mattered; in fact, like we were friends. So it was with warm affection that I viewed a touching tribute to the late actor performed by the “Star Trek Beyond” cast.
The video is more than a tribute though, it offers a chance for you and a friend to win a walk-on role in the next movie and is part of the “Star Trek Beyond” Omaze campaign which is raising money for nine charities chosen by the film’s cast and crew.
As part of that initiative, Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in “Star Trek Beyond,” talks of Nimoy’s “love for the human spirit shone through everything he did,” and how “he touched lives around the world and [that] he is greatly missed.”
In the video, he encourages fans to support a cause Nimoy had been “passionate about ” — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The tribute concludes with “Star Trek Beyond” cast members raising their hands in the live-long-and-prosper Vulcan salute Nimoy made famous. If you’re a Star Trek fan, the tribute is definitely worth watching and if you want to do more, you can make a donation.
Donations to the “Star Trek Beyond” Omaze campaign will be accepted through Sept. 1. Depending on the amount contributed, donors may receive exclusive Star Trek merchandise including collectibles like “authentic Spock ears.”
And from the pool of donors, one lucky fan will be chosen to appear in “Star Trek Beyond” which is scheduled to be released next summer. For more information visit the Omaze website.
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Actress Shannen Doherty is known by most of us from her days on Beverly Hills 90210 which aired more than 20 years ago, and later as Pru on the popular TV show Charmed.
The 44-year-old actress has enjoyed a successful career. But right now she is facing a health crisis. In an exclusive interview with Today Health and Wellness, she announced that she is fighting an invasive form of breast cancer. She said, “Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment.”
While she has now gone public with her condition, the fact that she had cancer actually came to light in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, August 19, in court documents. Those court papers say that she discovered she had invasive breast cancer last March and that it had spread during a time when she was uninsured.
These documents are related to a lawsuit against the business management firm of Tanner Mainstain. In them, Doherty maintains that it was Tanner Mainstain’s job to ensure timely payment of her medical insurance premiums through the Screen Actors Guild. However when they received the invoice they failed to pay it.
Plus, they failed to let her know that they didn’t pay it. At that time, she was uninsured and didn’t know it. The following February they terminated their relationship with the actress, and she was still unaware that she was not insured.
Her complaint deals with the fact that if she had been insured she’d have been able to visit her doctor and the cancer could have potentially been stopped and “thus obviating the need for the future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that Plaintiff will likely have to suffer through now.”
Doherty re-enrolled with AG insurance for 2015 and began doctor visits this year, and that’s when she received the cancer diagnosis. Her complaints against Tanner Mainstain go deeper than the cancellation of her health insurance, but that one item will affect the rest of her life.
For now, she is eating right, exercising and trying to stay positive about life.
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Singer Kelly Clarkson made a surprise announcement during her show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 19 – that’s she’s “totally pregnant.
It wasn’t just a surprise to her fans. From my understanding, her husband didn’t know yet either. For this reason the “Since U Been Gone” singer hadn’t planned on letting the audience in on her news just yet. But her hormones got the best of her and she broke down while introducing her song “Piece by Piece” – a song about her relationship with her dad.
She didn’t want to the crowd to think she was crazy and so she blurted out, “I’m totally pregnant again.” The crowd cheered long and hard.
She stood on the stage with a great big smile wearing a sparkly black dress, and after things calmed down a bit, she said, “That was not planned. I just didn’t want you to think I was crazy. Honestly I’m just hormonal today. Nothing’s wrong I’m OK. I haven’t vomited yet!”
I’ve always enjoyed how “real” Clarkson is on and off the stage. She is one of those what-you-see-is-what-you-get personalities and she loves being a mom to her daughter River Rose who was born in July of 2014, and stepchildren, Seth and Savannah.
Like fellow American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, Clarkson travels with her baby and supportive husband at her side. This will be Clarkson’s second child with husband Brandon Blackstock, who she married in October of 2013.
After making the unexpected announcement, she later apologized to her hubby for breaking the news to thousands of people before revealing the exciting news to their extended family.
While it wasn’t expected, it sure will be memorable and one of those pregnancy stories that is sure to follow baby number two throughout life.
Congratulations to Kelly, Brandon, and the rest of the family.
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Back in June, funny lady and actress Melissa McCarthy showed up at the premiere of her latest film, Paul Feig’s comedy Spy. The talk surrounding the star dealt with speculation about her weight loss.
The 44-year-old actress hasn’t revealed how much weight she has dropped¸but she’s done it sensibly over the last year. However these days, instead of talking about her weight loss she’s been talking about her new clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7 which will be available in sizes four to 28.
In a comment to Refinery 29 she said, “If you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing.”
Her point is that women come in all sizes and with seventy percent of women in the United States size 14 and above, which is technically plus size, she feels like many women are forced to shop in a “segregated plus section.”
With the introduction of her new line, she is denouncing the way the fashion industry talks about plus-size and saying that she finds it strange that they take the biggest category of people and tell them “You’re not really worthy.”
McCarthy’s new clothing line has just launched. For now it is available on HSN but she is working with a couple of “very big retailers” who have agreed to help her put her plus-size women’s clothing where it belongs…with the rest of the women’s clothing.
I can see where she is coming from, but I’m not sure that retailers created a plus size section to segregate anyone. I think it’s more of a way to organize things so people can find what they are looking for.
We have the Juniors, Misses, Women’s Plus, and Maternity. Can you imagine if they put all of that in the same department? It’s already hard enough to find what I’m looking for!
I’m thrilled McCarthy has a new clothing line for everyone; I’m just not sure we need to try and display it all in one place. What do you think?
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When I heard Disney would be upgrading its least visited park, I wondered which park that would be. I played the guessing game before looking, and I guessed wrong.
I’ve only visited Disney World in Florida, and enjoyed time in all the parks, so I was surprised to find what was the location of Disney’s least visited park – MGM Studios.
Plans are in place to gut the least visited park’s Hollywood Studios and fill the void with attractions like Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.
Once I thought about it, I can see why this part of the park was not well-visited. The backstage tour was okay to go on one time, but not something I’d revisit, and that’s what makes a park successful. The attractions need to be good enough that visitors want to see them again…and again.
The long overdue upgrades were announced at the D23 expo with speculation that the upgrades could even change the name of the park. Star Wars land is planned to be the main game changer for the park, and Toy Story Land will be a draw for younger visitors and their families.
While this is good news, the bad news is that no real timeline was offered for either of the expansion projects. For example, four years ago it announced the Avatar expansion at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and it is still under construction and won’t be open until 2017.
Maybe they could take a lesson from Universal Studio’s approach that’s made the Harry Potter attractions such a hit. They started construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter just seven months after the official announcement, and it opened in 2010. In 2014, they opened Diagon Alley, the second phase to the already popular attraction.
I like this breadcrumb approach. It gives us something fun to do now and something to look forward to in the future.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Disney Fan through and through and I’m looking forward to Star Wars Land with all it high-tech glory. I just wish they could give us something to look forward to sooner than later. The unofficial opening date is predicted for 2018.
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Just a month ago we received the shocking news. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were divorcing after four years of marriage.
The news was heartbreaking all the way around – for we the fans, for both of them, their friends and family, and of course the Country Music industry.
Since then rumors have kicked up all kinds of blame, but the fact remains the two country music stars are doing their best to move on.
One way Shelton is coping with it all is his sense of humor. For example, this past week, the Voice Coach posted a photo of his “girl” on Twitter.
Before you jump to conclusions, it’s important to know the “girl” is a cute puppy licking his face. Along with the photo he tweeted, “Getting a little tongue action from my girl.”
On the other side of the broken relationship, Lambert also posted a pic of her first date since the breakup. This was a “friend date” and the pic was herself with the couple’s mutual friend Ashley Monroe.
As they try and move on they seem to be friendly toward each other, and that’s good, but part of me hopes for that fairytale ending where somehow they are able to let true love overcome the past…whatever that is.
No I’m not counting on it, after all that’s not the stuff country music is made of, but I can still wish it.
Back on July 24, just 4 days after announcing their divorce, Shelton stepped out with a baby stroller as he angled for paparazzi. They found him, too!
At the time he was asked if he had any regrets about the breakdown of his relationship. He said, “Yeah, man. I shoulda drank more today.” A rep for the singer explained to ET that he knew the paparazzi was there and that he was just being funny.
It turns out his ex did think his antics funny, for she tweeted a response to the pic saying, “I knew it…. You WERE pregnant! This calls for a drink!”
Still hard to believe the two of them aren’t a couple. It’s one of those breakups that will take some time to get used to.
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Jennifer Aniston (46) and Justin Theroux (43) first met on the stage of Tropic Thunder which he had co-written with Bed Stiller. The two of them started dating, and then connected again professionally in 2012 on the set of Wanderlust.
In August of that year, they were engaged, and since then there has been much speculation about when and where and sometimes if they would get married. Well the wait is over.
The August 6 edition of People magazine confirmed the news that the celebrity couple exchanged vows on the Wed. August 6, and they were able to keep the whole shindig a secret.
The ceremony took place at the couple’s Bel Air home with 70 family and friends in attendance. Guests were even surprised, because they thought they were coming to Theroux’s birthday party. (This is the same strategy used by Billy Joel in July when he pulled off a surprise wedding with his longtime girlfriend.)
Throughout their engagement the two stars couldn’t get through an interview without being asked when they would get married. Last year, during an interview on the red carpet of The Leftovers, Theroux responded to the question by saying, “You guys are in more of a rush than we are. We’re so happily engaged. We have hot feet, but we’re not going to let you guys know.” Needless to say, they pulled it off!
According to reports, wedding guests included Friends co stars, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, along with Jimmy Kimmel, Howard Stern, Chelsea Handler and others.
A large wooden deck was constructed in the couple’s backyard. At one end a raised stage was set up with a bar at the opposite end flanked by seating that included cozy nooks as well as elegant seating arrangements.
The reason these surprise weddings work is that not even the guests know they are going to a wedding. I just wonder if there is anyone who declined to go to the birthday party who now regrets that they missed the big day!
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I was shocked when I came across pictures of a bruised and battered Kurt Russell. Someone captured a snapshot of the 64-year-old actor as he was out and about in New Orleans on Friday, July 31 with bloody cuts and bruises on his face and arms.
He was dressed in casual sweatpants, sandals and a gray tee-shirt, and his hair kind of looked like he’d just crawled out of bed. All I could think was, “What happened!”
If you’re not aware of it, Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn have been in a romantic relationship for more than 30 years.
I set out on a search to see if some kind of accident had occurred, and was relieved to find out that Russell’s cuts and bruises were just makeup for his new film, Deepwater Horizon, which is about the offshore drilling rig that exploded back in 2010. In the film, he plays the role of a man who survived the explosion that lead to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
She was dressed in a colorful striped romper that showed off her toned legs while Russell looked quite the worse for wear. Turns out the two of them were camera ready and all those bruises and cuts were just the makeup department doing their job – very well.
After seeing Russell’s pic, I am reminded it is best not to assume anything when it comes to celebrities. In this case I was worried he’d been mugged or involved in some kind of accident, and the fact is he is not hurt at all.
Instead, it was a day on the job for him, filming in Louisiana and “in costume” at the time the pic was taken.
Glad everything is okay!
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