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Goulding reconciles mom

Ellie Goulding and her mother have reconciled.

The Burn singer, 34, who is expecting her first child with husband Caspar Jopling, previously called her strained relationship with her mother Tracey, 56, "unfixable," but Tracey has revealed that the pair have resolved their issues.

Speaking to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, she said: "All I want to say is that I am obviously very, very happy and excited. It'll be my third grandchild. Everything's great, it's fine.

"There was nothing really to resolve. I have seen her since the wedding but not much since the lockdowns. But she's been very good, we've all been very good. I can't wait to see my new grandchild."

Tracey insisted the previous issues between them were "all very silly".

Last year, Ellie revealed she had not seen her mother since her wedding to Caspar, 29, in August 2019.

She said: "It's frustrating because I really want to talk to you about it. But she became quite threatening when I did talk about her in the press. Discussing her was a disaster.

"I haven't seen my mother since my wedding last year. I've done a lot of therapy about it because what I thought was fixable isn't fixable."

However, Tracey said she was shocked by Ellie's remarks, saying: "I really, really don't know what she is referring to and where the word threatening has come from.

"I don't know what she is talking about. I don't think Ellie has ever spoken about me in the press so I don't know what I could become threatening about.

"I put a brave face on and I am smiling now but quite frankly I am deeply hurt."





Kaley Cuoco in tears

Actress Kaley Cuoco was reduced to tears on Saturday (27Feb21) after her husband Karl Cook jetted back from a work event to surprise her for the Golden Globes.

The Big Bang Theory star is nominated for her first Globe at Sunday's ceremony, and since the event is largely virtual, Cuoco didn't feel the need to ask equestrian Cook to fly back home just to watch the show together on TV.

However, Cook decided to do just that anyway, and left his wife shocked as he turned up on their doorstep, unannounced.

In a video post shared on her Instagram Story timeline, she explained, "Most of you know (Karl) has been away at WEF (Winter Equestrian Festival) for many weeks and has many more weeks of travel so I knew he wouldn't be back to celebrate the Globes with me"

"The event is virtual so i wasn't gonna force him to fly home for it, I knew he had a crazy schedule," she continued. "Well, I just answered the door and he came back!"

She then shared footage of herself shedding tears of joy as she hugged her man, and remarked, "I can't believe you did that. I'm so glad you're here."

Addressing her man in another caption, she wrote, "you are the best ever".

The couple wed in 2018.

Cuoco is up for Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical for the hit series The Flight Attendant, which is also recognized in the Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy category.



James Charles allegations

Social media influencer James Charles has vehemently denied allegations suggesting he has been grooming an underage boy on Snapchat.

The beauty blogger hit headlines on Friday (26Feb21) after a TikTok user, who claimed to be 16, posted a since-deleted video in which he accused the 21 year old of sending him X-rated photos and messages online.

However, Charles was quick to fire back at the claims in a lengthy statement released on Twitter, insisting there is no truth to the grooming accusations.

In the note, Charles wrote, "The accusation that I have groomed this person is completely false. Last week, I came across someone on my Instagram explore page, saw he followed me, and added him on snapchat.

"The next morning, I woke up to several snaps from this person being excited I added him back, saying he loved me, and also lewd photos of himself in the shower."

"I asked how old he was right away and he told me he was 18 so I started flirting back."

It was only later on that the YouTube personality quizzed the guy about his age again, admitting he was only 16, and although Charles made it clear he was "really uncomfortable" with the exchange, the fan "insisted on continuing talking, saying it could be our little secret".

Charles promptly made it clear that wasn't going to happen as he "unfriended" the boy online.

"After false allegations like this in the past, I would never knowingly engage with anyone underage and put my life on the line for a few snapchats," he explained. "Because of situations like this, instead of taking someone's word for it, I now will ask to see the ID or passport of every guy I have a conversation with."

However, the purported victim has since refuted Charles' version of events, alleging in a new tweet: "James we both know I blocked you, you never asked for my age. After I told you I was 16 you proceeded to ask me for nudes and said it didn't matter. You called me hot and said 'I wish the timeline could speed up so you can be 18 (sic).'"

Charles has yet to respond to the remark.





Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely after theft, shooting

Gaga's dogs recovered safe

Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dog walker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

A woman brought the dogs to the LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station, just northwest of downtown, around 6 p.m, said Capt. Jonathan Tippet, commanding officer of the department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

Lady Gaga’s representative and detectives went to the station and confirmed that they were the dogs, Tippet said.

The singer is currently in Rome to film a movie.

The woman who dropped off the dogs appears to be “”uninvolved and unassociated" with Wednesday night's attack, Tippet said.

It wasn't immediately clear how she obtained the dogs.

The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot once as he walked three of the singer's dogs in Hollywood. Video showed a white sedan pulling up and two men jumping out. They struggled with the dog walker before one pulled a gun and fired a single shot before fleeing with two of the dogs. The third escaped and has since been reunited with Lady Gaga's representatives.

The dog walker can be heard on the video saying he had been shot in the chest. He is expected to survive his injuries, Tippet said.

Lady Gaga on Friday repeated her offer of a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs — whose names are Koji and Gustav — with no questions asked. Tippet said since police were not involved in the reward, he did not know if the woman would receive it.

“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero," Lady Gaga said in an Instagram post.



Globes org says it will recruit Black members after outcry

Recruiting black members

The organization hosting the Golden Globes says it is developing a plan to recruit Black members after falling under sharp criticism for lacking diverse members.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said in statement Friday that an “action plan” is under development to admit Black members. The group currently has 87 members who are journalists, but none are Black.

Former HFPA president Meher Tatna told Variety in an interview that the organization hasn’t had a Black member in nearly two decades. The Mumbai-born board chair said she couldn’t recall when there had been a Black member, but she says the organization will keep trying.

Some including Time's Up and presenter Sterling K. Brown are among those who have criticized the HFPA's lack of inclusion and diversity. The criticism comes just days before the Globes air live on Sunday.

An HFPA spokesperson said it welcomes the opportunity to meet with groups such as Time’s Up and prospective Black members who are interested in joining the organization.

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them,” the HFPA statement read. “We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

Time’s Up took aim at the HFPA in a tweet saying “a cosmetic fix isn’t enough.” The activist organization also included the hashtag #TimesUpGlobes.

Brown, an award presenter, posted the Time’s Up photo on social media with his own criticism.

“For any governing body of a current Hollywood award show to have such a lack of voting representation illustrates a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored,” he said.

Brown said the HFPA must do better. He said the organization has a responsibility to show its “constituency is fully reflective of the world in which we live.”

“And having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity,” he continued. “This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”

The HFPA said it welcomes journalists from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds based in Southern California that cover entertainment for foreign media. The organization says membership is majority female and more than 35% per cent of its members are from non-European countries across the world.



Macaulay Culkin sued

Bosses at a medical clinic in Manhattan, New York are suing Macaulay Culkin for allegedly failing to pay a bill.

The Manhattan Endoscopy Center, LLC officials claim the Home Alone star owes them $1,500 for "professional medical and/or hospital services and/or supplies".

Medics at the Fifth Avenue clinic diagnose and treat gastrointestinal issues.

They are seeking a judgment against the actor for the unpaid bill and interest, which dates back to May, 2018, according to the New York Post.

Culkin's representative has yet to comment on the suit.



Tiger Woods transferred

Tiger Woods has been transferred to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital to continue his recovery following his horrific car crash and subsequent surgery.

The golf great underwent surgery on his right leg and shattered ankle following the smash near Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Tuesday morning (23Feb21).

Dr. Anish Mahajan - the Chief Medical Officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where Woods had the operation - took to Twitter to announce the sportsman had been transported to Cedars-Sinai.

"On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic care trauma care to one of our generation's greatest athletes," Dr. Mahajan said in his statement. "Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital and one of only five Level 1 Trauma Centers in Los Angeles County."

Following the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed that Woods wouldn't face any charges, as it had just been an "accident".

The car crash occurred just two months after Tiger's fifth back surgery. He had been working on a full recovery in the hopes of returning to the golf course in April for the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.



Bieber to drop Justice album

Justin Bieber is hoping to be back at the top of the album charts next month (Mar21) after announcing the release of his sixth record, Justice.

The pop star took to social media on Friday (26Feb21) to reveal the new collection will drop on 19 March.

It will feature his hit Holy collaboration with Chance the Rapper, as well as Lonely and Anyone.

"In a time when there's so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing - and justice - for humanity," said Bieber in a statement. "In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone.

"Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren't alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another.

"I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music, but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet, and each other, that we are that much closer to being united. This is me doing a small part... I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal."



Keith Urban used restraint

Keith Urban had to use "a lot of restraint" not to lash out at a man who hit his wife Nicole Kidman with a program at the Sydney Opera House last month (Jan21).

It was reported at the time that the pair were watching The Merry Widow when the alleged altercation took place.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nicole and Keith "along with most of the audience " were giving a standing ovation at the end of the show when the man sat behind them asked them to sit down. The man then "swatted" Nicole with his program, before Keith accused him of "assaulting his wife".

During an interview on KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O show on Friday (26Feb21), Keith explained what had happened as he told the hosts: "I looked around and I see a few people standing and a few more and I thought 'oh I'm getting up'. And then this guy behind me just whacked Nic, like really hit her, with the program."

"It's a bit of a pickle I was in because I'm a husband and you want to defend your wife but it took a lot of restraint. I was pretty upset."

Keith added that as the performance was the first time he'd been to the opera, he was unaware of the "etiquette" involved.

"We did not know you are not supposed to stand in the opera. Having not been to the opera before ever in my life, I am sensitive to the etiquette," he added.



Breakout 'Borat' star Maria Bakalova conquers Hollywood

Q&A with breakout star

So what did YOU do at 5 a.m. after staying up all night for your prom? Maria Bakalova became a movie star.

The 24-year-old actress has been telling the story of how she had a few free hours after partying all night (she’d just gotten her diploma) and before shooting a movie in a remote spot in her home country, Bulgaria. She made a few audition improv videos with her phone and sent them off.

The project was so secret, Bakalova has said she actually worried she was being recruited for human trafficking. But soon she was in London auditioning for Sacha Baron Cohen to star in his “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” as his yet-unknown 15-year-old daughter, Tutar.

Now Bakalova, living in Los Angeles, is the toast of Hollywood, nominated for a Golden Globe as well as a SAG award and Critics Choice award, and generating some Oscar buzz, too.

On the morning she heard about the Globes nomination -- a proud first for a Bulgarian -- an exhilarated Bakalova sat down for a Zoom interview, so excited that she had to calm down by reminding herself: “Be strong Maria, you’re a strong Balkan girl!”

(Interview has been edited for length and clarity.)

AP: How are you doing?

BAKALOVA: No words to describe how grateful I am and how excited. Just no words. it’s a mix of all of the emotions that you can imagine.

AP: How did you hear the news?

BAKALOVA: When they said it (on TV) I was without a reaction …. complete blackout. “Is it real? Is it happening?” And I finally realized maybe 20 minutes later, “Oh, my God, it IS happening.” And with the company of all of these incredible actors that I’ve been admiring my entire life … and the people from Bulgaria, because it’s the first nomination for an actor in the West. It brings hope and dreams to Bulgarians and to Eastern Europeans. I’m just super humbled and happy and grateful. And I cannot stop talking.

AP: This must be an amazing moment indeed for Bulgaria.

BAKALOVA: It is (crying). Be strong. Maria, you’re a strong Balkan girl! We’ve been praying. We’ve been hoping. We’ve been dreaming. And now when it’s happening and when we have the first step, it is something I hope we are going to keep developing and we’re going to keep opening doors, because there are some really incredible artists from Eastern Europe, from Bulgaria.

AP: You’ve trained as an actor, but not in comedy. When did you realize you could be funny?

BAKALOVA: I didn’t realize ... I mean, I think I’m a little bit awkward and weird as a person and the way that I’m behaving, with all of these gestures. But maybe the company of this master, Sacha Baron Cohen … having him next to me, supporting me, guiding me and being my mentor and teacher with this incredible script that was evolving every single day... I was lucky enough to have this team behind my back that believed in me, counted on me and supported me to find my funny sides. Because life is funny. When I think how small a period of time we have on this earth, it’s actually funny!

AP: Have you spoken to Sacha?

BAKALOVA: Yes, I just wanted to hear him and to congratulate him, because Sacha is an unbelievable actor, not only in “Borat,” but in everything that he’s been doing. And he’s probably the person to whom I’m going to be forever grateful. And I wanted to hear him before even my Mom.

AP: But, you talked to Mom, too?

BAKALOVA: I did! And she cried for a second. But then she had this big smile because this is something with the temperament of our people from the Balkans … It’s like a huge mix of emotions, we can cry, we can jump, we can smile, we can love. It’s everything in one. She’s super glad and happy and proud.

AP: It must feel strange to have this happen at such a dramatic time in the world.

BAKALOVA: I think everything is happening for a reason. And I’m happy that we have this really hard moment that is going to be hopefully soon history, the pandemic that we’ve all had to experience. Well, you have to live in these four white walls every single day for maybe almost a year. And we realize that we actually need each other, we are emotional animals. And we need to love, we need to be loved. We need to be around people. And I think that’s one of the messages that we try to show in the movie, how we should treat each other equally with love and respect ... So I can see a meaning behind why this movie came in this moment in the world.

AP: Do you have a message for your home country?

BAKALOVA: I do and it is for my country, for your country. Is for every human being. Because it should not matter where you’re coming from. It should matter who you are and what you stand for, what you believe in. We’re here for such a small period of time and the world is going to keep going. So we really should love each other. We should support each other. We should be careful with our actions, with our thoughts, with our words that we’re saying … And we should really should try to be better people and love each other more. And dream big and take the risk, we have nothing to lose. You might fall, of course … but if you jump, you might fly. So take the risk!



Kanye spent $12.5M on bid

Kanye West spent nearly $12.5 million of his own money on his presidential campaign.

The rapper - who ran for office under the Birthday Party - self-funded the majority of his late-entry run for office, attracting just $2 million from outside contributors, and, having earned just 66,000 votes across the U.S., meant each tick in the ballot box cost an average of $200 each.

According to a report from the Federal Election Commission, the majority of Kanye's $14,538,989 campaign funds paid for "ballot access," and he was left with $1.3 million at the end of the campaign.

A total of $7.5 million went to ballot access, with $1.28 million of that paid to Atlas Strategy Group, but it seems the investment wasn't a great success because the Stronger hitmaker only made it as a candidate in 12 states.

Other major costs included legal fees, Kanye 2020 apparel and production for online videos used to promote his campaign, though the rapper - who is going through a divorce from wife Kim Kardashian - and his team opted against purchasing TV, radio or digital advertising, which many experts believed was a mistake.

Towards the end of the campaign, the Gold Digger hitmaker added over $2.7 million of his own money to the funds, but the insider believes Kanye "overpaid on a lot of stuff."

According to the FEC report, Kanye shelled out $210,544 for a two-page advertisement in The New York Times and another $918,130 on more campaign apparel on Election Day.

By contrast, new President Joe Biden raised over $1 billion for his campaign, while his predecessor, Donald Trump, raised more than $811 million.



Marigold, Crown star dies

Veteran British stage and screen actor Ronald Pickup has died, aged 80.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Crown star passed away after suffering a long illness on Wednesday.

Pickup played the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown in 2016, Norman Cousins in the Marigold Hotel films, and he portrayed Neville Chamberlain in 2017 film Darkest Hour.

Born in Chester, England, his acting career began with a role in a Doctor Who episode in the mid-1960s.

The actor's film credits included The Mission and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He also portrayed author George Orwell in the TV movie Crystal Spirit: Orwell On Jura.

He completed what were his final films, Schadenfreude and End of Term, before his death.

Pickup was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theater Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in Amy's View.



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