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Emma Watson eying a career behind the camera

Emma Watson the director?

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has learned how to work a camera during lockdown so she can tell her own story.

The actress and activist is always busy, both in front of the camera and on behalf of many social causes. Now she wants to get more proficient with technology so she can take her projects to the next level.

On Wednesday (27Oct21), she shared a photo of herself with a movie camera to Instagram, and captioned it, "Getting behind the camera and learning how it works is about the most empowering thing I've learned in lockdown.

"As a young woman, I always thought the most glamorous and exciting thing would be to be someone's 'muse'; and of course as women

we are inspiring... but wow it's something else to be able to tell your own story and other people's' (sic)."

And her famous pals were quick to support her efforts, including Reese Witherspoon and some of her former Harry Potter costars.

Reese commented, "Yes !! I love this. Go E!" while Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the hit fantasy film series, posted: "Wow I can't wait to see what you're making here!!"


Billie Eilish calls for 'urgent action' amid climate crisis

Eilish calls for climate action

Billie Eilish has called for "urgent action" to save the planet amid a "critical decade for our planet".

The U.S. superstar and Emmy-winner Rainn Wilson have voiced their support for Exeter University in England's GreenFutures campaign ahead of the United Nations' COP26 climate conference.

In a video message, the No Time to Die hitmaker, 19, called on world leaders and everyone on Earth to do their bit.

"This year our leaders are deciding the global actions required on the environment climate emergency in a critical decade for our planet," she said.

"We must stand together and speak up to save our planet, not just for us, but for our future generations and we need urgent, urgent action now and to work together as one."

The Office star Rainn, 55, said in his own clip: "Courage. That's what our world's leaders need more than anything. The decisions that they make about the climate crisis in the next decade are the most important decisions in our planet's history.

"We need to act with urgency. We need to half emissions by 2030. World leaders, are you up for it? I am! Let's try and do the impossible."

COP26 is due to kick off on Sunday (31Oct21) in Glasgow, Scotland, and will take place over two weeks.

Criminal charges 'on the table' in Rust shooting as investigation continues

Charges 'on the table'

Authorities aren't ruling out filing criminal charges in the Rust shooting that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Actor Alec Baldwin was responsible for firing the gun that shot and killed Hutchins, although he believed it was a "cold gun" - one not containing live rounds. An investigation is currently underway, but Santa Fe county district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told the New York Times that: "Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table."

She also stressed that it was incorrect to refer to the weapon as a "prop gun" as some media outlets had been doing, as it was a "legit gun."

"It was an antique, era-appropriate gun," she added.

As part of the investigation, court documents released on Tuesday showed what had been seized from the set of the Western, including: three black revolvers, ammunition boxes, a fanny pack with ammunition, several spent casings, two leather gun belts with holsters, articles of clothing and swabs of what was believed to be blood.

It's been reported that Hutchins' family is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the producers of the film. However, according to TMZ, the insurance policy connected to the movie means they would get a maximum of $6 million.

And, if director Joel Souza - who was hospitalized after being injured with the same bullet that killed Hutchins - also decides to file a lawsuit, that $6 million would have to be split between both him and Hutchins' relatives.

The Front Row Insurance Brokers certificate of insurance for the film states that general liability coverage is limited to $1 million per occurrence, while there's also a supplemental $5 million commercial umbrella policy included in the document.

ABBA confirm retirement ahead of new album Voyage

ABBA confirm retirement

ABBA's new album Voyage will be their last, the group has confirmed.

The Swedish pop superstars will release their first album in 40 years on Nov. 5, ahead of their ABBA Voyage digital concert shows in Stratford, east London, beginning May 2022.

Speaking to The Guardian, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus opened up on the project and insisted there will be no more music following the release of the new collection.

Despite revealing there are two songs that didn't make it onto the album, the pair confirmed they will remain unfinished, with Benny saying: "This is it... It's got to be, you know.

"I didn't actually say that, 'This is it' in 1982,' he adds of the group's initial separation. "I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it."

Agnetha Faltskog recently cast doubt on the future of the Mamma Mia group, telling Swedish radio: "I don't really dare to say... We're a bit older now and have our minor ailments. We struggle on. But I don't dare say, because it's a bit uncertain."

The Voyage concert experience will open on May 27 at the ABBA Arena, which is a state-of-the-art 3,000 capacity venue located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The concert will feature ABBA's best-loved hits from throughout the years plus two new tracks, I Still Have Faith In You and Don't Shut Me Down.

Luke Bryan becomes a highway hero as he helps stranded mother

Luke Bryan highway hero

Luke Bryan became a highway hero over the weekend when he stopped to help a mother whose tire had blown out on a busy road.

Courtney Potts was on her way to visit her parents in Tennessee on Sunday when she got a puncture and had to pull over to the side of the road to wait for help.

However, just minutes later, a pickup truck stopped to help her - with country superstar Luke behind the wheel.

"He was like, 'Hey I almost hit you! This is a really bad road, we've got to get out of this curve'," Potts told WKRN.

She shared a video of Luke's heroic act on her TikTok page, with the clip showing the singer laying down on the road and changing her tire with his own jack as hers was bent.

"When my tire blew in small town Tennessee who stopped to help? LUKE BRYAN. He deserves all the praise!" she wrote in the video, and added in the caption: "I cannot thank him enough for stopping to help me and my babies!"

After completing the repair, Bryan was happy to pose for a picture with Courtney and one of her children, as she added to WKRN: "He didn't act like a celebrity, not even a little bit. He just looked like anybody else that would have pulled over."

The TikTok video has since gone viral, after being watched more than four million times.

Dune sequel green lit for 2023, says Warner Bros.

Dune sequel green lit

Chiefs at Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. have green lit the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic Dune - and it will be out in October 2023.

The film, which opened on Friday, was made with the expectation of continuing the story in a second film, but Dune Two was still not officially approved.

Now that the movie, which was also available to stream on HBO Max, has topped the U.S. box office with $41 million , studio officials - and audiences - are eager for Part Two.

"This is only the beginning... Thank you to those who have experienced @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We're excited to continue the journey!" read the Tuesday post shared to Warner Bros.' Instagram account, alongside an image that read "Dune Two."

Villeneuve will return for the film and it's expected the cast, which includes Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson, will also be back.

According to Deadline, the second film will play only in cinemas.

Deadline reports more than half of Dune's ticket sales were due to screenings at large format theaters and that the film had sold $12 million in advance tickets sales, more than any other event film during the pandemic.

Dan Aykroyd signs off on Blues Brothers docu-series

Blues Brothers docu-series

Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi's widow are teaming up for a new docu-series inspired by cult film The Blues Brothers.

The two funnymen played the title characters in the 1980 movie, which also featured late stars Aretha Franklin, John Candy, and Carrie Fisher, and now Utopia Originals bosses are piecing together a series which will feature unseen material and the legacy of the movie's characters.

Aykroyd, Judith Belushi Pisano, and her son, Lucas Pisano, have signed off on the project and Dan, who created the characters of the Blues Brothers with Belushi when they were Saturday Night Live castmates, cannot wait to see the finished result.

"Last year, The Blues Brothers film was selected by The Library of Congress to the National Film Registry, and being in this most worthwhile cultural preservation initiative made us realize there remains more to this story," he tells Rolling Stone. "Judy and I are pleased to collaborate with Utopia Originals to produce the only authorized, optimised, socio-forensic examination of the Blues Brothers and the world that created and embraces them.

"Much will be revealed that even I, as one of the originators, might not have been aware of. In the end, it will be all about the artists and their music."

"The image of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, dressed in matching suits, donning sunglasses, and fedoras, is globally iconic," Utopia boss Danielle DiGiacomo adds. "Behind that image is a fascinating, multi-layered story of two legendary comedians - driven by a pure love of music - embarking on a years' long, roller-coaster journey riddled with unbelievable ups and downs."

Megan Thee Stallion wraps up studies with health administration degree

Stallion gets her degree

Megan Thee Stallion is all set to graduate from college.

The WAP rapper has taken to Instagram to share the happy news with a snap of her bedazzled graduation cap's mortarboard, which reads "real hot girl s**t."

Megan is graduating in health administration from Texas Southern University, and she will be celebrating with custom nails that read 'TSU' on one hand and '2021' on the other - painted in the college's maroon and grey colours.

"2021 finna graduate collegeeee taking my graduation pics today I can't wait for y'all to see," she captioned the post.

Megan is now hoping to use her college degree to help her opening a string of assisted living facilities.

"My grandmother was a teacher (and) she definitely always pushes me to finish school," she previously told Entertainment Tonight. "When my mother was still alive, she definitely was pushing me to finish college, so I'm definitely going to do it for those two. But I want to open up the assisted living facilities... I really want to see myself accomplish that."

Lil Nas X and Normani were among the first people to congratulate the rap star on her achievement.

The former Fifth Harmony star wrote: "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS proud is an understatement."

Ryan Reynolds makes first appearance at Wrexham game since soccer club takeover

Ryan visits his soccer team

Ryan Reynolds is getting serious about his new British soccer club - the movie star was spotted watching Welsh side Wrexham tackle Maidenhead on Tuesday night.

The Deadpool star and fellow actor Rob McElhenney, who now co-own the U.K. National League team following a takeover back in February, were spotted at York Road in Maidenhead, England, for the game - the first the pair has attended since becoming bosses.

After they acquired the team, Reynolds and McElhenney released a statement, which read: "It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC. Together with the players, the staff, the fans and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL (English Football League) in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham."

The soccer sighting comes just days after Reynolds announced he was taking a "sabbatical" from Hollywood after shooting a string of projects, including an upcoming A Christmas Carol movie musical, opposite Will Ferrell.

Phil Collins faces filmed deposition over ex-wife's hygiene claims

Phil Collins faces deposition

Phil Collins will be quizzed under oath over claims he didn't wash or brush his teeth.

The In the Air Tonight singer will sit down for a filmed deposition in December to be grilled by his ex-wife Orianne Bates' lawyers as part of the former couple's ongoing legal dispute over their mansion in Florida - which the jewelry designer claims she was verbally promised half of by her former spouse - after Judge Carlos Guzman ruled the case can go ahead.

Orianne's spokesperson said: "We are happy for the win in this matter, look forward to the case moving forward, and as she has said from the beginning, we expect justice to be served."

The 47-year-old's lawyer, Richard Wolfe added: "I have spoken with Phil's counsel and anticipate his deposition sometime in December after his current tour.

"We have always been ready and willing to discuss a resolution. Orianne has warm feelings for Phil as they have children together and she only wants what is fair and reasonable, and what Phil agreed to."

Phil had tried to prevent his former spouse - who married 32-year-old Tom Bates last year - from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home but now the case is moving forward, he must face questions from Orianne's legal team about various allegations she has previously made, including alleging the 70-year-old singer abused alcohol and prescription medication, didn't brush his teeth for months, stopped showering,and became "depressed, abusive and incapable of having sex".

A source told DailyMail.com: "'Phil will be called to give deposition in this case now despite his efforts to stop Orianne and her lawyers.

"It's going to be uncomfortable for Phil because he is notoriously shy and private, but questions will be asked about his life. Orianne is adamant she wants the world to know her truth and feels that justice would be Phil giving her half the proceeds of the house, which she insists he verbally promised when they split.

"So questions about Phil's mindset, mental state, personal behavior and acts are all potentially on the table. Certainly if her lawyer could convince a jury that Phil's mind was impacted by alleged drug and drink use then that helps her case.

"Certainly while matters about his hygiene and intimate interactions with her may seem frivolous, this potentially paints a picture of the unusual nature of their relationship.

"The ball now is in Phil's court about how much he wants to bring out publicly or discuss because these depositions will be videotaped."

The Genesis singer's lawyers have insisted the claims are "scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated" and argued the jewelry designer's allegations are "totally immaterial" to the dispute over the house.

And the lawyer insisted her claims about Phil's hygiene were "scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated."

An unnamed friend of Orianne - who has sons Nicholas, 19, and 15-year-old Matthew with the drummer - insisted she doesn't want a scurrilous court dispute but just wants the matter resolved.

They said: "Orianne feels that while her reputation is being questioned, ideally she would simply walk away if they split the house profits. People forget they still share two children together and she feels that while she loves him, she just wants what's right."

The former couple married in 1999 before splitting seven years later, only to reunite in 2016 but their rekindled relationship didn't last and they went their separate ways.

At the time of their split, the One More Night singer was ordered to pay a record-breaking divorce settlement of $46.76 million .

Mac Miller drug overdose suspect accepts plea deal

Deal for Mac Miller dealer

One of the men who reportedly supplied the deadly pills that cost rapper Mac Miller his life has accepted a plea deal.

According to court documents, obtained by TMZ, Stephen Walter entered a guilty plea on one count of distribution of fentanyl after prosecutors agreed to drop a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance charge.

Prosecutors alleged Walter indirectly gave Miller's alleged dealer, Cameron James Pettit, deadly Percocet tablets that led to the tragic star's overdose.

Walter now faces more than 20 years behind bars and a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $1 million . Prosecutors are recommending 17 years in prison and five years supervised release.

Ariana Grande's ex, Miller, was 26 when he passed away on 7 September, 2018 from an accidental overdose.

Kim Kardashian 'stalker' arrested again

Kardashian 'stalker' arrested

Kim Kardashian's alleged stalker has been arrested at her home again.

The former Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's security team called police on 19 October (21) after detaining Nicholas Costanza for trespassing at the San Fernando gated community.

The man has now been charged with felony stalking because the reality star already has a restraining order against him, TMZ reports.

Although Costanza - who is being held on $150,000 bail - has previously tried to jump the gate to get into the grounds of Kim's home, this time he didn't make it to her house.

In July, Kim - who has North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two, with estranged husband Kanye West - obtained a five-year restraining order against the man, who had attempted to send her a diamond ring and the morning-after pill.

Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, filed court documents explaining that Costanza showed up at Kim's gated community in February and May and told security he was taking her to dinner.

Her security team intercepted the package containing the diamond ring and pills before Kim received it.

He also reportedly created a marriage certificate for them and harassed Kim online.

Costanza was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Kim at all times.

This order was given not long after the Skims founder was granted a temporary restraining order against another alleged stalker who wanted to "pursue a physical relationship" with her.

Kim was said to be "scared" after Charles Peter Zelenoff managed to find her home and "filmed videos outside the edge of her property" and she claimed he was getting increasingly frustrated about not getting inside.

The reality TV star was particularly concerned "because she's never shared her address."

Zelenoff was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Kim at all times and banned from contacting her in any way.

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