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Taylor Swift halts show as she swallows bug on stage

Swift swallows bug on stage

Taylor Swift accidentally swallowed a bug onstage.

The 33-year-old pop star abruptly stopped her set during her gig in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday and turned her back on the audience as she suffered a nasty coughing fit and after regaining her composure, Taylor admitted an insect had flown into her mouth.

She explained: "I swallowed a bug. I'm so sorry ... [I'm] totally fine ... It's just dumb. It's so stupid."

Taylor then turned back around and jokingly said: "Oh, delicious. Is there any chance that none of you saw that? 'It's fine. I've swallowed it.

"This is going to happen again tonight. There's so many bugs. There's a thousand of them. So, I'm just going to try to not do as many of those."

Taylor was able to get her singing voice back and continue the show at the Soldier Field stadium without any more insect-related dramas.

The bug issue came after the singer suffered a technical mishap earlier in the evening when her microphone failed to work as she attempted to launch into her track 'Lover'.

Taylor was able to swap the equipment over and continue, laughing with the audience: "All right, guys, let’s start this over again. None of that happened … Let’s take a second in our memories, rewind ’em back, none of that happened. We’re back to 36 seconds ago."

The pop superstar's Sunday show closed her run of three dates in Chicago on her 'The Eras' tour which kicked off in March and continues in Detroit, Michigan on June 9. She's due to play in cities including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Minneapolis, Minnesota before wrapping the US leg with a five-gig run in Los Angeles which concludes on August 9.

Taylor will then take the tour to South America later that month with dates lined up in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.


Vanishing Point actor Barry Newman dead at 92

Vanishing Point actor dies

'Vanishing Point' star Barry Newman has died at the age of 92.

The actor - who was best known for his starring role in the 1971 action film - died of natural causes on May 11.

His wife, Angela, has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Newman passed away at the NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Newman enjoyed significant success on Broadway before he appeared in the 1970 courtroom drama 'The Lawyer', which was loosely based on a real-life murder case.

The actor was subsequently cast alongside Cleavon Little and Dean Jagger in 'Vanishing Point'.

In the film, he played the part of Kowalski, a Vietnam war veteran and a dishonourably discharged police officer who is tasked with driving a Dodge Challenger across the US while he tries to avoid becoming embroiled in a criminal conspiracy.

The Richard C. Sarafian-directed movie has developed a cult following over the years, with Steven Spielberg even citing it as one of his all-time favourite films.

The Boston-born actor later starred in the TV legal drama 'Petrocelli', which ran from 1974 until 1976. The show was actually inspired by Newman's appearance in 'The Lawyer', with the actor reprising his role for the TV series.

Newman played the part of Tony Petrocelli, a Harvard-educated lawyer who turned his back on city life in order to practice law in a sleepy part of Arizona.

More recently, Newman made appearances in a string of well-known Hollywood movies, including 'Bowfinger', '40 Days and 40 Nights' and 'The Limey'.

The actor also had recurring roles in various hit TV shows, including 'L.A. Law', 'NYPD Blue', 'The O.C.', and 'Murder, She Wrote'.

Newman is survived by his wife Angela.

Amber Heard considering writing autobiography

Amber ponders tell-all

Amber Heard is considering writing her autobiography.

The 'Danish Girl' actress is reportedly ready to start "sharing her truth" with an explosive tell-all memoir, in which she would lay bare the details of her turbulent two-year marriage to Johnny Depp and their bitter court battle after he successfully sued her for defamation over an op-ed she wrote about being a victim of domestic abuse.

Sources told RadarOnline.com the 37-year-old actress- who is currently living in Madrid, Spain, with her two-year-old daughter Oonagh - would be looking for around $15 million for her story but is ready to speak out after being harassed online during last year's trial.

The insider said: "She won't be silenced. She feels she was treated very badly during the trial.

"She feels like she's the victim here."

Meanwhile, Camille Vasquez, one of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor's lawyers for the trial, recently admitted she has thought about writing a book, in part about the legal battle, but stressed there's "nothing in the works at the moment".

She told People magazine: "We've thought about that. Ben [Chew, co-counsel] and I have joked that we should write a book together, maybe about the trial. I feel like my story is maybe half written. I feel like there's still a lot left to do.

"While the trial was a significant portion of my career ... the real story about who I am and my path, there's still more to be written and to be done.

"I do have a title in mind. Maybe one day."

Camille and the rest of Johnny's legal team have "often" been in touch with the 59-year-old actor since the trial and are planning to attend one of his Hollywood Vampires gigs later this summer.

She said: "The last time I spoke to [Johnny] on the phone was probably a few months ago, but we text often.

"There's a group of us that texts with him and we send emails, obviously congratulating him on the success that he's had in the last year. He has a big birthday coming up, so I'm sure he'll be celebrating — foot up because, as you've seen, probably, reported in the news, unfortunately our guy got a fracture in, I believe, his ankle."


Danny Masterson in 'administrative segregation' in jail

Masterson in segregation

Danny Masterson is being kept in "administrative segregation" in jail for his safety.

The 47-year-old actor faces up to 30 years in prison after being found guilty during a retrial in Los Angeles last month of drugging and raping two women and Danny is currently behind bars at the L.A. County Men's Central Jail, while he awaits sentencing.

TMZ reports that Danny has not been placed in lockup with the general population, but instead, he is being housed in "administrative segregation" for his own safety.

This is the same unit where fellow famous faces such as Suge Knight and O.J. Simpson previously stayed.

Masterston - who is best known for starring in 'That ’70s Show' - was found guilty by a jury of seven women and five men. However, the jury failed to reach a verdict on a third count that alleged Masterson raped a long-time girlfriend.

During the trial, Masterson was accused of raping three women in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. The actor was accused of drugging the women before assaulting them.

It was also alleged that Masterson - who did not testify - used his links to the Church of Scientology to escape the repercussions for years.

The women claimed that they were intimidated, harassed and stalked by the Church.

On the other hand, his team argued that the acts were consensual. They also questioned the reliability of the witnesses.

Masterson faced a retrial in Los Angeles after jurors failed to reach a verdict in 2022.

Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo declared a mistrial following lengthy deliberations by the jurors.

The judge said at the time: "I find the jurors hopelessly deadlocked."

Jonah Hill a father for first time with birth of child

Jonah Hill becomes a dad

Jonah Hill has become a dad.

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ actor, 39, and his rumoured fiancée Olivia Millar, 29, were confirmed on Friday to have welcomed their first child after Jonah was notably absent from his sister Beanie Feldstein’s wedding.

A representative for the actor confirmed the news of the baby’s birth to People, but the child’s name and sex are unknown.

Jonah’s actress sister Beanie, 29, married producer Bonnie Chance in a summer camp-themed ceremony on May 20, but Jonah and Olivia weren’t seen in any photographs from the event.

News Olivia was expecting emerged in March when she was seen sporting a baby bump as she and Jonah strolled around Santa Monica in California.

A day earlier, she had been snapped leaving a store with a square-cut diamond ring on her wedding finger, sparking talk she and Jonah had quietly got engaged.

Jonah and Olivia were first linked in August of 2022, and not much is known about the actor’s partner aside from she works as co-founder of the online vintage site Chasseresse with her older sister Raychel Roberts.

The pair are notoriously private about their relationship and have kept it off social media and not attended red carpet events together.

Jonah deleted his social media in August 2022 after sharing a frank letter discussing his nearly 20-year battle with anxiety attacks.

He said: “I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public-facing events.”

Jonah added he was bowing out of press junkets for his upcoming films as a way to “protect” himself and “take steps towards feeling better”.

He was previously engaged to photographer Gianna Santos, 34, but the pair split in 2020.

‘Partridge Family’ star Danny Bonaduce booked in for brain surgery after being diagnosed with fluid build-up inside head

Bonaduce brain surgery

Danny Bonaduce is booked in for brain surgery.

‘The Partridge Family’ actor-turned DJ, 63, had been struggling to speak and balance while battling a mystery illness, but has now been told he suffers from hydrocephalus and is going in for an operation today. 

He told TMZ the condition had been confirmed after he met with “100 doctors.”

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says the disorder is “caused by an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brain,” which puts “harmful pressure on the brain’s tissues.

Danny is now clean after struggling with substance abuse, and even though he is not sure how he contracted the disorder, he told TMZ it could have been the result taking a “guitar to the head” and being punched by former baseball star Joe Canseco.

He said: “I’ve done so many stupid things. “On a reality TV show, I took a guitar to the head and that hurt. That’s possibly the cause of all this.

“I got punched in the face by Jose Canseco, a 265-pound professional athlete. “And by the way, I didn’t hit the floor, (I) made it on my feet the whole time.”

Danny added he is going to have a “shunt” put in his head as well as “a drain for it” on the back of skull during surgery.

He said: “If the diagnosis is correct, I’ll be 50 percent better right away.”

Danny also admitted he is staying optimistic about his future even though he knows he is “never going to run track” or box again.

He said: “If I can get from here to the kitchen on my own, bravo!”

Dad-of-two Danny, who has children Countess Isabella, 28, and Count Dante, 21, with his second wife Gretchen Hillmer, first realised something was wrong last year when his current wife Amy Railsback noticed him slurring words and struggling to balance.

He went in to hospital for a raft of tests, and after five days under observation he told ‘Good Morning America’ in June 2022 doctors had ruled out a stroke but couldn’t come up with a diagnosis.

Danny last year also posted an image of himself using a cane on Instagram last year as he announced he was taking a break from his DJ job at Seattle radio station KZOK-FM.

He captioned it: “A bit of news to share — I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more, as I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis. “What I do know is I need some time to focus on my health right now. I love my job and talking to you guys and I’ll be back on the air very soon.

“Charlie Chaplin, Willy Wonka, Danny Bonaduce. I’ve joined the club of cool guys with canes.”

Jamie Foxx ‘will give update on his health when he’s ready’

Foxx not ready to talk yet

Jamie Foxx will give fans an update on his health condition “when he’s ready.”

The 55-year-old ‘Ray’ actor’s close friend Nick Cannon, 42, made the declaration while opening up about the Oscar-winner’s ongoing health scare after he was hospitalized in April for a still unspecified unknown “medical complication”.

He told Extra TV: “One thing I’ve always respected about how Jamie’s moved throughout his entire career, if you’ve noticed, he’s always been somebody who is extremely professional and extremely private.

“I mean, you don’t ever really hear anything other than just the great work that he puts forth as a professional and the fact that, you know, he’s handled this situation with the same manner, you only can respect that.

“I believe when he’s ready, he’s going to address the awaiting fans in the world (about his health) the way that only he can.

When asked if Jamie had suffered a stroke, ‘The Masked Singer’ host Nick declined to give details on Jamie’s condition.

He added: “I’m probably in the same boat as you in that same sense of just knowing that, you know, as a friend, just being as respectful as I can, I don’t pry.

“I don’t ask any other questions. And other than the information that’s given to me and, you know, what’s asked of me.”

Nick also said whatever Jamie’s family has said so far is the only “information that they want to be out there”.

The presenter told Entertainment Tonight in April about Jamie: “He’s awake. They say he’s alert, so, we love it.

“I was reluctant to go all the way there, and even talk about it, but he gave me the blessing, so it’s a beautiful thing.

“I know he’s doing so much better because I’m actually about to do something special for him, and doing him a favour.”

Nick had asked his online followers on 15 April to speak “words of affirmation” to help Jamie recover, adding on Instagram: “Let’s all speak complete and total recovery for the most talented human on earth with a Spirit bigger than this small planet!!

“Continuing to send Prayers, healing energy and Love Frequencies your way Big Bro!! “You know how much I love you Family.”

Jamie’s health scare came a few weeks after he returned to the set of the trouble-hit thriller ‘Back in Action’, amid reports he had a “meltdown” that allegedly caused his co-star Cameron Diaz, 50, to want to quit acting again, though the pair were photographed days later in a return to filming.

Judge approves Alec Baldwin settlement with Halyna Hutchins' family

Baldwin settlement OK'd

Alec Baldwin's settlement agreement with the family of Halyna Hutchins has been approved by a judge.

The cinematographer died on the set of the western movie 'Rust' in October 2021, aged 42, and the Hollywood star's agreement with the family has now been approved by a judge, after Baldwin and the film's producers were sued for wrongful death in 2022.

Judge Bryan Biedscheid explained that as part of the agreement, Hutchins' son Andros - who was nine years old when his mother died - will receive "periodic payments" when he reaches the ages of 18 and 22.

The order described the agreement as "fair, appropriate, and in the best interests of Andros Hutchins, a minor, protected person."

The agreement also stated that Matthew Hutchins - the cinematographer's husband - would become an executive producer on the western movie.

Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed by a bullet from a prop gun that was not properly checked.

Baldwin, 65, previously had involuntary manslaughter charges against him dropped.

However, special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis subsequently warned that "charges may be refiled" after further investigations take place.

They said in a statement: "Over the last few days and in preparation for the May 3, 2023, preliminary hearing, new facts were revealed that demand further investigation and forensic analysis in the case against Alexander 'Alec' Rae Baldwin, III.

"Consequently, we cannot proceed under the current time constraints and on the facts and evidence turned over by law enforcement in its existing form. We therefore will be dismissing the involuntary manslaughter charges against Mr. Baldwin to conduct further investigation.

"This decision does not absolve Mr. Baldwin of criminal culpability and charges may be refiled. Our follow-up investigation will remain active and ongoing."

Kanye West sued by photographer after throwing her phone

Photog sues Kanye

Kanye West is being sued by a paparazzo.

The 45-year-old rap star was being pursued by photographer Nichol Lechmanik when he confronted her and grabbed her cellphone but she is now taking him to court as she claims that his actions have left a long-lasting impact.

At a press conference on Thursday, she said: "He reached into my car as if he were going to hit me, he grabbed my phone out of my hand and then angrily threw it into the street. He caused so much fear that I have not been the same since.He has no right to assault me, batter me or cause me to be afraid to pursue my profession.

"I want Ye to know that he cannot do what he did to me without facing consequences. I am determined to stand up for myself to let him know that he must change his abhorrent behaviour. I’ve never had any other incident happen like this with any other celebrity… I want people to know is that there are good people that do this profession.

"We’re mindful of the celebrities. We’re always concerned of their well being. I would never do any harm."

In her lawsuit, Nichol also claims that she has suffered "great mental and emotional pain" as a result of the alleged incident and that the 'Jesus Walks' rapper - who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021 - has a "reputation for violence" against photographers.

The lawsuit states: "Given Defendant Ye’s reputation for violence against photographers, his history of physically harming them, and based on his threatening body language, Plaintiff became fearful for the photographers safety. She did not want to get out of her car because she was afraid of Defendant Ye.

"He reached into Plaintiff’s car and ripped her phone out of her hands. As he did so, Plaintiff was fearful Defendant Ye had a weapon or would strike her."

Meanwhile, Nichol's attorney Gloria Allred claimed that Kanye needs to remember he was in a public place when the incident took place - where anyone has the "right" to film - and suggested that the 'Donda' rapper "stays home" to retain his privacy.

She said: "Professional photographers who earn their living by being photographers have the right to do that without being interfered with by a celebrity. He can express his displeasure using words, but he does not have a right to grab someone else’s property — in fact, that property being that tool used by a photographer to make his or her living as a photographer — and stop them from earning a living by filming what is going on at that moment.

"He needs to understand he was in a public place. The street is a public place. Anyone has the right to film in a public place. If he doesn’t want to take the risk of being filmed, he can choose to stay in his home where he’ll have privacy."

Rod Stewart abandons sale of music catalogue

Stewart halts catalogue sale

Rod Stewart has called off the sale of his music catalogue to Hipgnosis Songs Fund.

The 78-year-old music legend had reportedly spent two years negotiating a deal with the company's founder and CEO Merck Mercuriadis.

However, the 'Handbags and Gladrags' hitmaker decided that Hipgnosis - which has already bought the rights to music by Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber and Lindsey Buckingham - was not the right owner for his "life's work".

In a statement, he said: “This catalogue represents my life’s work.

“And it became abundantly clear after much time and due diligence that this was not the right company to manage my song catalogue, career or legacy.”

No further details about the proposed deal were made public, such as the price and how much of his catalogue he was planning to part with.

Rod is one of the best-selling stars on the planet, having sold more 250 million records worldwide.

His hits from his six-decade-spanning career include 'Maggie May', 'Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)', 'All for Love', 'Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?', 'Forever Young', and 'One More Time'.

Whilst there was no sale this time, Rod will soon have a new source of income, selling his own blended Scotch Whisky brand.

The rock star has created a line of the distilled spirit in partnership with the newly-launched brand Wolfie's which he believes depicts the "carefree behaviour" of his earlier life, and he wants to "let the good times roll" with the tipple.

He said: "Wolfie’s is a rascal of a thing and with just a sip the whisky takes you back to the good old days. Fine-tuned and perfectly balanced, Wolfie’s is a delight both over ice and mixed into a favourite cocktail. It’s a fine tipple, whether you’re partying with friends, celebrating a Celtic win or reminiscing with family. For me, Wolfie’s depicts the carefree behaviour of my more mischievous days and the excitement of what life still has to offer – let the good times roll."

The 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' hitmaker has even referenced the opening track from his 1991 album 'Vagabond Heart' with the project as the lyrics to 'Rhythm of My Heart' have been emblazoned onto the bottle, the song itself serving as a nod to his own Scottish heritage.

Wolfie’s will be available to buy online for £35 from Monday 19 June, and in the meantime, fans are encouraged to sign up at www.wolfiesiscoming.com to gain access to an exclusive presale from Friday 16 June.

Billy Joel to end Madison Square Garden residency next year

Joel to end marathon

Billy Joel will end his Madison Square Garden residency in July 2024.

The 74-year-old singer has performed at the New York venue almost monthly since January 2014 but at a press conference on Thursday, he announced the final 10 shows of his run, with the final date marking his 104th show as part of the concert series and his 150th performance at the iconic stadium, which he first played at in 1978.

Billy told reporters he was "kind of flabbergasted" that his residency "lasted as long as it did".

He added: “My team tells me that we could continue to sell tickets, but 10 years, 150 shows… all right already!”

The 'Piano Man' singer residency's only major disruption came during the COVID-19 pandemic, when he was forced to take an 18-month break from the stage, and each one of his shows has sold out.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said at the press conference: “There’s only one thing that’s more New York than Billy Joel – and that’s a Billy Joel concert at MSG."

Madison Square Garden hailed Billy's "extraordinary talent" and insisted he will "always" have a home at the venue.

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSG Entertainment James Dolan said in a statement: “Billy Joel’s franchise run has made history – not only for Madison Square Garden, but also for the music industry overall.

"150 sold out lifetime shows is a remarkable achievement, and speaks to Billy’s extraordinary talent, beloved catalog, and dedicated fanbase. Billy always has a home here at MSG even though the residency is coming to an end with his 150th lifetime performance.”

The 'Uptown Girl' singer previously expressed his amazement that people continue to come and see him perform, despite the fact he hasn't released an album of original material for more than 30 years.

He told Rolling Stone magazine in 2019: “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old s***'. And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’

"I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”

Brad Pitt accuses Angelina Jolie of trying to damage his reputation in new court filing

Brad accuses Angelina

Brad Pitt has accused Angelina Jolie of selling her stake in their winery to "intentionally damage" his reputation.

The former couple have been locked in a dispute after the 'Maleficent' actress sold off a share in their Chateau Miraval wine business to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group, prompting her ex-husband to take legal action after claiming they had a "mutual and binding commitment" to never sell their part of the business without the other's permission.

But according to court documents filed in Los Angeles this week and obtained by DailyMail.com, the 59-year-old actor only discovered Angelina had "secretly" sold her half of the company to a "Russian oligarch" when a press release issued in 2021 announced he had new business partners.

The documents argued: "As will be demonstrated at trial, Jolie's actions were unlawful, severely and intentionally damaging Pitt and unjustly enriching herself."

In his revised complaint, the 'Bullet Train' actor insisted he had first refusal on his ex-wife's share of the winery, which is situated in the South of France, and by selling to a company ultimately owned by Uri Shefler, Brad argued the brand became linked to Russia, its homophobic laws and the war against Ukraine, potentially tarnishing Chateau Miraval's name.

The filing stated Angelina "initially recognised" she could either allow Brad to buy her out or they had to sell jointly, and agreed dividing the business up 68 to 38 percent in the 'Fight Club' star's favour was fair because of his bigger investment.

But the documents added: "In the summer of 2021, amid a heated child custody dispute with Pitt, Jolie terminated those discussions and secretly purported to sell a 50% stake in the family home and family business to Tenute del Mondo.

"Tenute del Mondo is part of the Russia-affiliated spirits conglomerate Stoli Group, which is owned and controlled by billionaire Yuri Shefler. Shefler, who has been designated as an 'oligarch in the Russian Federation' by the U.S. Treasury Department, had previously sought to buy Miraval, and Pitt had turned him down.

"Pitt learned of Jolie's putative sale to Stoli by way of a press release announcing that Stoli was 'thrilled to have a position alongside Brad Pitt as curators' of Miraval rosé.

"That was by design: Jolie collaborated in secret with Shefler and his associates to pursue and then consummate the purported sale, ensuring that Pitt would be kept in the dark as Stoli and Jolie knowingly violated Pitt's and Mondo Bongo's contractual rights and forced a stranger into Pitt's family home."

In her own counterclaim, the 47-year-old actress accused Brad of trying to force her into selling to his Mondo Bongo company on "unreasonable terms" and launching a smear campaign that Shefler was "an ally of Vladimir Putin", as well as alleging he hid assets and squandered the company's funds on vanity projects including a swimming pool and a staircase that was rebuilt four times.

Brad's lawyers hit back: "The only thing that Jolie's Cross-Complaint gets right is that she and Pitt purchased Château Miraval as a 'loving home for their six children.

"As set forth in Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint, Pitt and Jolie had a mutual and binding commitment, reflected by their conduct and statements to one another over time, that they would hold Miraval together and, if the time came, that they would sell their interests separately only with the other's consent."

The 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' hunk's revised complaint goes on to accuse co-defendant Shefler of destabilising the winery's operations and plotting a hostile takeover.

The documents stated: "Shefler's Russia-affiliated spirits conglomerate has been the subject of repeat boycotts in connection with Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and homophobic legislative agenda.

"While Shefler may be seeking to launder his reputation by forcing a partnership with one of the world's most well-known and popular actors, affiliation with Shefler and Stoli jeopardizes the reputation of the business.

"All of this is the direct result of Stoli's and Jolie's secretive, unlawful and tortious conduct and that of others acting with them."

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