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Harry Styles eyed for mega-money Las Vegas residency

Styles popular in Vegas

Harry Styles is in demand for a Las Vegas residency.

The 'As It Was' hitmaker is being eyed to perform a series of gigs at the new Sin City venue The MSG Sphere for a bumper £40 million fee.

Harry is currently in the middle of his 'Love on Tour' shows that will keep him busy until July but is wanted to perform a series of shows at the £1.6 billion venue in 2024.

It has already been confirmed that U2 will open the site, which has a capacity of 17,500, this autumn.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "The Sphere will be the biggest and most expensive venue ever built in Vegas.

"The team backing the project want it to be a success, so they are putting together several big names for the opening weeks.

"U2 are one of those, but Harry too is seen as a top booking to attract audiences.

"He had one of the biggest tours of 2022, can fill out arenas with ease and appeal to fans of all ages.

"He would be seen as a major coup for making The Sphere the hottest spot in Vegas."

The insider added that the former One Direction singer's management team have invested in the venue.

It said: "His management team are invested in the venue, which is a key factor too."

Harry is also set to perform at BRIT Awards next month and will be joined on the bill by Sam Smith, Stormzy and Wet Leg.

The 28-year-old star has the joint most nominations at this year's ceremony along with Wet Leg.

His four nods include British Album of the Year for 'Harry's House' and Song of the Year for 'As It Was'.



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Helena Bonham Carter thinks The Crown should end

Will The Crown continue?

Helena Bonham Carter doesn't think 'The Crown' should continue.

The 56-year-old actress played Princess Margaret in series three and four of the Netflix royal drama but thinks it should come to an end now as it is catching up with modern events.

Helena told the Observer newspaper: "I should be careful here, but I don't think it should carry on, actually.

"I'm in it and I loved my episodes, but it's very different now. When 'The Crown' started it was a historic drama, and now it's crashed into the present. But that's up to them."

The 'Harry Potter' actress previously suggested that Peter Morgan's drama had a "moral responsibility" to remind viewers that they are not watching a documentary.

Helena said in 2020: "I do feel very strongly because I think we have a moral responsibility to say hang on guys, it's not a drama doc, we're making a drama. They are different entities."

The show has caused considerable controversy over its plots regarding the royal family but Morgan suggested that the late Queen Elizabeth had "better things to do" than watch the series.

He said: "God bless her. I'm sure she had better things to do."

Peter also admitted that the Queen, who died last September aged 96, feels "very much alive" to him as she continues to be the programme's main protagonist.

Speaking about finding out the news she had died, he said: "I had just landed from Vienna and switched on my phone to a starburst of pings and messages.

"I felt a great many things at the same time. And the days that followed were simultaneously a global phenomenon, a moment in history which you watched unfold as a spectator, and an intense and entirely moving personal experience which one wanted to process alone.

"The entire experience was made even more complex by the fact that, as my protagonist, of course, she is still very much alive."



'Avatar 2' tops box office for 7th weekend

'Avatar 2' tops again

“Avatar: The Way of Water” claimed the No. 1 spot on the domestic box office charts for the seventh weekend in a row with an additional $15.7 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

It was a quiet weekend overall, notable mostly for the Hindi language blockbuster “Pathaan” that broke into the top five and the post-Oscar nominations rereleases of films like “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and “The Fabelmans.”

“Avatar 2’s” first-place North American run has only been matched by the first “Avatar,” and, in the past 25 years, bested by “Titanic” (which stayed in first place for 15 weeks). All three were directed by James Cameron.

Globally, “The Way of Water” has now grossed an estimated $2.1 billion, passing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens," to become the fourth-highest grossing film of all time (of which Cameron has directed three).

Second place went to Universal and DreamWorks’ family-oriented offering “Puss In Boots: The Last Wish,” which made $10.6 million in its sixth weekend. The animated spinoff has earned over $140.8 million in North America and was recently made available to stream at home, too.

Third place went to Sony's “A Man Called Otto" with $6.8 million from 3,957 locations. The Indian film “Pathaan,” starring Shah Rukh Kha in his first role in five years, took fourth place.

And the meme-able horror “M3GAN,” a Universal release, rounded out the top five with $6.4 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $82.3 million.

Neon also debuted the horror movie “Infinity Pool,” written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg and starring Mia Goth and Alexander Skarsgård, in 1,853 locations following its Sundance debut. The romantic comedy “Maybe I Do,” with Diane Keaton, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandan, made $562,000 from 465 screens. And Lukas Dhont’s Cannes-winning boyhood drama “Close” opened on four screens in New York and Los Angeles, earning $68,143.

Many studios boasting best picture nominees also chose to capitalize on the buzz of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations with sizable re-releases. “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which got a leading 11 nominations, came back to theaters in force playing on 1,400 screens where it earned another $1 million. The A24 release has made $71 million domestically to date. Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” nominated for seven Oscars, also expanded to 1,962 screens in North America and took in an additional $760,000, bringing its domestic total to $16 million. And Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” also added a few hundred screens, earning $1 million over the weekend. It’s made $2.4 million to date. The Oscar boosts could continue over the coming weeks, too — the show isn't until March 12.

Several of the highest profile releases of the weekend were both star-driven comedies that went straight to streaming: Netflix had “You People,” with Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jonah Hill and Lauren London and Amazon Prime Video offered “Shotgun Wedding,” with Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Coolidge.

Seven weekends into “Avatar 2,” theater owners are also likely looking for the next big blockbuster, which is still a ways off. “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” doesn’t arrive in theaters until Feb. 17.

 



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Eddie Murphy wants Shrek return

Murphy wants Shrek return

Eddie Murphy wants to make another Shrek movie.

The 61-year-old actor would jump at the chance to voice the ogre's sidekick Donkey again, either in a fifth installment of the franchise or in his own standalone film and admitted he didn't understand why his character didn't get his own flick but Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots did.

He told Etalk: “I’d absolutely be open if they ever came with another 'Shrek', I’d do it in two seconds. I love Donkey.

“You know, they did Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have did a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funny as the Donkey.

“I would do a Donkey movie. I would do another 'Shrek' in two seconds.”

And when it was suggested Eddie "pull some strings" to get his own movie made, he insisted it was out of his hands.

He said: “That’s Dreamworks Animation. They have to want to do it. Dreamworks, if you all want to do it, just call me. I’m ready, I’m sitting and ready to do Donkey.”

Eddie's comments come after Antonio recently suggested there will "probably" be another 'Shrek' film at some point.

He said: “The first time I did Puss In Boots, I was working on Broadway, so I did my first session there. I’ve done five movies now. There is probably gonna be another, and 'Shrek' is probably coming back."

Eddie is currently busy promoting his return to another role, the long-awaited 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley'.

The comic recently explained that producer Jerry Bruckheimer played a key role in persuading him to sign on to star in the fourth film in the series.

Asked how he was convinced to make another film, he said: "Jerry Bruckheimer, the original producer. When he got involved, and he started developing the script, and he knew what 'Beverly Hills Cop' was supposed to be.

"When he got back involved, that's when it all started to come together. Because we tried for years and years, maybe 10, 12 years, and I must have read five or six different scripts, and it was never right. The studio was like, 'Let's go. Here it is.' It was like, 'It's just not it.'

"Jerry Bruckheimer got back in there, and he knows his s***, and he put it together. He did ('Top Gun: Maverick') just last year, and 'Bad Boys' is Jerry Bruckheimer.

"So we have that same brain behind 'Beverly Hills Cop', and he put all the pieces in place that were required for us to make a great movie. And I'm excited for people to see it."



'Not real fans': Britney Spears slams those who called police on her

'Not real fans' says Britney

Britney Spears insists people who called police to carry out a welfare check on her are not her "real fans".

The 41-year-old singer's concerned followers contacted cops this week after she deactivated her Instagram account, days after declaring she was changing her name to River Red. She has slammed their actions as "uncalled for" and suggested it was just a way to make her "look bad".

In a Twitter post on Saturday (28.01.23), she wrote: “I’m shocked as hell that when I took my Instagram down fans got worried and sent the cops to my house … it really was uncalled for … l adore my fans but for those who did that aren’t real fans and I honestly felt like it was a way to make me look bad.(sic)"

The 'Gimme More' singer insisted she is "alive and well".

Alongside a video of herself, she wrote: “Yep that’s me … I’m alive and well. But not really convinced on these health juices, I mean there are SO MANY !!! Yoga and chest call me in. I do it inside, outside, wherever I fancy … this is me at a gym living my best life !!!(sic)"

Britney also explained she quit Instagram because she was "disturbed" by how much her posts were being talked about.

She wrote: "I shut down my Instagram because there were too many people saying I looked like an idiot dancing and that I looked crazy. Honestly I was doing my best but it disturbed me to see people freely talk about it on TV … yep it hurt my feelings.

"I’m sensitive and honestly I would rather take a break and do my ice cream diet anyway … I know I thought it was a joke too … but it’s not … it works … surprisingly enough !!!(sic)"

The 'Toxic' singer previously admitted the actions of fans had made her feel "gaslit and bullied".

She said: "As everyone knows, the police were called to my home based on some prank phone calls.

"I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded.

"The police never entered my home and when they came to my fate they quickly realised there was no issue and left immediately.

"This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media.

"During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward. All the love, B."



Spice Girls to reunite for King Charles' coronation

Spice Girls to reunite

The Spice Girls are reportedly set to reunite for King Charles' coronation.

The multi-million-selling girl group - which consists of Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Melanie C, and Emma Bunton - met the then-Prince Charles several times during their heyday in the 1990s and while they have not performed as a five-piece since the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, royal organisers are said to be "super keen" to bag the whole band for a performance at the upcoming coronation celebrations in May.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Fabulous magazine: "Royal organisers are super keen to secure Britain’s biggest girl band and the Spice Girls are seriously pondering a return to the stage as a five-piece for such a historical event. Certainly, the reality is that the Coronation is as special as The Olympics - a one-off celebration and unique performance."

At the height of their careers, the 'Wannabe' hitmakers met the then-Prince Charles, and Mel B and Geri famously broke royal protocol by kissing him on the cheek and patting his bottom while also telling him he was "very sexy".

Following her shock departure from the group in 1998, Geri - who was also known as Ginger Spice - performed 'Happy Birthday To You' to the then-heir to the throne at his 50th birthday party.

The insider went on to explain that there is a "sense" that the reunion could happen for an event this "significant" - which has not taken place in Britain since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 - and claimed that group members Melanie C and Mel B are the ones "trying to make it happen."

The claims come just days after 'I Want You Back' hitmaker Mel teased that a new project was on the horizon for the band - who last reunited for a stadium tour in 2019 without Victoria - but was unable to say exactly what it was.

She said: "I can’t tell you exactly, but there’s going to be something that is going to be announced pretty soon. I am probably going to get told off. It is a project that we’re very excited about. It will be all five of us.”



Jay Leno: A motorcycle crash is better than slipping in a bathtub!

Leno staying on motorcycle

Jay Leno says that crashing a motorcycle is "better than slipping in the bathtub" at his age.

The 72-year-old TV star was riding a vintage motorcycle in Las Vegas on January 17 when he pulled into a parking lot and was taken out by a piece of wire that had been strung across the roadway without any sign hanging off it to draw attention to it and left with multiple injuries — including a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps — but he won't let the incident put him off riding again because men over the age of 40 "cannot be taught anything."

He told TMZ: "People are telling me to stop when you're 72, but crashing a motorcycle is better than slipping in a walk-in bathtub. Once men get past the age of 40 you can't teach them anything!"

Despite the injuries he sustained in the accident, the outlet went on to claim that the former 'Tonight Show' will is "not going to sue whoever strung up the wire" because he is not the "type of guy" for lawsuits.

The injuries come in the wake of him being left with third-degree burns over his upper body and part of his face when a fire broke out during an automobile repair he was carrying out last November.

Referring to the 2022 fire in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he said: "That was the first accident. OK? Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps. But I’m OK! I’m working.

"I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it.

"So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike."



Kanye West named as suspect in battery investigation

Kanye West named suspect

Kanye West has been named as the suspect in a battery investigation.

The controversial 45-year-old rapper was involved in a "heated exchange" with a woman who was filming him on her phone in Los Angeles and it escalated to him allegedly grabbing her device and throwing it away.

TMZ reports it is unclear if the woman was a photographer or a member of the public who was videoing him.

Footage of the incident shows Kanye accusing the woman of following him, while she exclaims: "You’re a celebrity" and continues to record.

He then grabs the phone and throws it into the street.

A law enforcement source told TMZ that Kanye is the "named suspect in a battery investigation, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene and were provided video evidence of the incident".

Kanye's new wife Bianca Censori was waiting in his SUV while the incident occurred.

Last year, Kanye was accused of jumping out of a car outside the Soho Warehouse club in Downtown Los Angeles and punching a man to the ground, after he approached the rap star for an autograph.

The 'Jesus Walks' hitmaker later admitted to punching the man outside the club. But, he dismissed the suggestion that the man was a fan of his and instead he suggested that he was simply trying to profit from getting his autograph.

However, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office decided not to file charges against the 'Stronger' hitmaker.

A spokesperson said: "Regarding the incident involving Kanye West that took place January 13, 2022, after a thorough and careful review of all the evidence, our office is declining to file based on no reasonable likelihood of conviction."



Andrew Tate claims rape allegation was made up after he refused to buy a house

Tate says claim is fabricated

Andrew Tate has accused a woman of making up a rape allegation against him because he refused to buy her sister a house.

The 36-year-old former kickboxer has insisted he is innocent after he and brother Tristan, 34, were arrested in Romania last month over allegations of rape, human trafficking and setting up an organised crime group, and he's told judges in Bucharest that "it's time for this circus to end".

During a Court of Appeal hearing earlier this month, the 'Big Brother' contestant argued prosecutors had only considered "small snippets" of information relevant to the case.

According to local news outlet Gandul, Tate's defence claimed the woman asked to move to Romania with him and filed her rape allegation nearly six months later when he refused to give her money to buy a €200,000 home in Moldova for her sister and to "open a bar on the beach, to play in a television show and to become famous on TikTok".

Tate claimed he allowed the woman to move with him on her own but due to her drug problem, she was told to stay with his assistant, Georgiana Naghel, who has also been arrested in relation to the investigation.

While the court ordered Tate to remain in custody while the investigation continues, he has insisted he is innocent and no charges have yet been brought against him or his brother.

He said: "They know we have done nothing wrong.

"This file is completely empty. Of course it's unjust. There is no justice in Romania."

In December, the controversial influencer, his brother, and two Romanian female suspects were all arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group.

They subsequently appealed against the seizure of belongings, as well as the prolongation of their arrest warrants.

However, after their appeal was rejected, police will continue to hold the suspects for their full 30-day period.



Hilary Duff is still 'optimistic' over Lizzie McGuire reboot

Hilary Duff still 'optimistic'

Hilary Duff is feeling "optimistic" about the idea of a 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot.

The 35-year-old actress became a teen idol by playing the title role in the Disney Channel show during the early 2000s and was due to return to the part for a new series by the online streaming platform Disney+ when it was scrapped in 2020 but is hopeful that the project could come to fruition in the future.

During an appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live', when a viewer asked her if she would agree to another reboot of the show she said: "Of course! Disney+ was very new and I think they were figuring out their...and we were figuring out our...I'm optimistic!"

The 'Younger' star last played the role of insecure teenager Lizzie in the show's 2003 cinematic spinoff 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' - which included her hit single 'What Dreams Are Made Of' - and upon announcing the decision to cancel the reboot noted that it had been an "honor" to play her but noted how she would ultimately want any revival series to be ah "honest" representation of her signature character.

At the time, she wrote on Instagram: "I've been so honored to have the character of Lizzie in my life. She has made such a lasting impact on many, including myself. To see the fans' loyalty and love for her, to this day, means so much to me. I know the efforts and conversations have been everything trying to make a reboot work, but sadly [and] despite everyone's best efforts, it isn't going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It's what the character deserves," she continued. "We can all take a moment to mourn the amazing woman she would have been and the adventures we would have taken with her. I'm very sad, but I promise everyone tried their best and the stars just didn't align. Hey now, this is what 2020's made of."(sic)



Jay Leno left with broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps in motorbike incident

Leno in motorbike accident

Jay Leno has been left with a "broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps" following a motorbike accident.

The 72-year-old talk show legend was riding a vintage motorcycle in Las Vegas on January 17 when he pulled into a parking lot and was taken out by a piece of wire that had been strung across the roadway without any sign hanging off it to draw attention to it.

The injuries come in the wake of him being left with third-degree burns over his upper body and part of his face when a fire broke out during an automobile repair he was carrying out last November.

Referring to the 2022 fire in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he said: "That was the first accident. OK? Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps. But I’m OK! I’m working.

"I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it.

"So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike."

Leno and his friend Dave Killackey had been working on repairing a fuel line on his 1907 White Steam Car when the vehicle burst into flames. Luckily for the television personality Killackey leapt on top of his pal and wrapped his arms around Leno, smothering the fire and putting it out.

The former 'Tonight Show' host - who presented motoring series 'Jay Leno's Garage' from 2014 until 2022 - was taken immediately to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles where he was treated for third-degree burns and spent 10 days receiving treatment, which included skin grafts from a skin bank.

Recalling the terrifying moment in a previous interview, he shared: "The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, 'Blow some air through the line,' and so he did. And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire."

Leno is recovering well from all his injuries and is set to make his return to the stage on March 31 at the Encore Theater at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.



Sam Smith 'spat at' by stranger after changing pronouns

Sam Smith spat at

Sam Smith was "spat at" by a stranger after publicly changing their pronouns.

The 'Stay With Me' star came out as non-binary and adopted the gender pronouns of they/them back in 2019 and the singer has now revealed they were bombarded with abuse and even harassed on the street after bravely made their true identity known - and Sam says the constant hatred was just "exhausting."

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Sam said: "I think all the only negatives in the struggle have been in my public life and my job. And just the amount of hate and s******** that came my way was just exhausting.

"It was in the f****** news. Someone spat at me in the street. It's crazy. What I find hard about it is it's like, if that's happening to me and I'm famous, I'm a pop star, can you imagine what other kids, like queer kids are feeling?"

Sam added: "It's just so sad that we're in 2023 and it's still happening. It's exhausting and especially in England."

However, Sam is adamant they have no regrets because changing pronouns helped them feel "comfortable."

They went on: "So we've got two sides, really. My personal life and then my public life. And in my personal life, there's not one negative.

"My family, they can communicate with me. They always did. But they communicate with me now in an even better way. My love life has become better from it. I feel lovable. I feel comfortable in my skin, but I wear what I want to wear.

"Since changing my pronouns, it felt like a coming home. I wish I knew what the words were when I was in school, because I would've identified as that in school. Because it is who I am and it's who I've always been."



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