"This is it - the actual one!" Sir Paul McCartney is holding the double bass that belonged to Elvis Presley's original bassist Bill Black.
It's leaning in the corner of his office, above his recording studio in deepest East Sussex.
"Just imagine," he enthuses like a teenage fan "This was here…" he gestures a couple of feet to his left, "… and Elvis stood here!"
He picks it up and starts plucking and singing Heartbreak Hotel. He rests it back on its stand and smiles: "I'd like to think one day this will be in a museum with my little Hofner bass next to it."
It's clear Sir Paul is aware of his standing as the world's most successful and famous musician, but seemingly carries the weight effortlessly.
He's open, funny, cheerily self-analytical and enthusiastic, especially about releasing his first new album in four years, Egypt Station. The first single to be taken from it is the double A-sided Come On To Me and I Don't Know
Sir Paul spoke to the BBC ..
The UK singer songwriter has taken a long hiatus from releasing her new album and has been focusing on her mixtapes instead.
After two mixtapes were recorded in a year, loyal fans are now waiting for the star to drop her leaked singles.
Charli confirmed that she will be releasing singles Focus and No Angel as a combination and took to Instagram to announce the release date.
The star posed in a variety of skimpy outfits while she captioned the pictures: "IMAGINE IF I JUST DROPPED FOCUS/NO ANGEL TOMORROW??? WOULD U DIE? ps here’s some pics of me in underwear and stuff [sic]."
INSTAGRAM / CHARL..
British comedy actress Bella Emberg - best known for her role in The Russ Abbot Show - has died, aged 80.
One of her most memorable characters was Blunder Woman, the comic sidekick of the hapless superhero, Cooperman.
Emberg also appeared on The Benny Hill Show, Z Cars, and Doctor Who.
Her agent said she would be "greatly missed", while friend and pianist Bobby Crush described her as a "truly gentle soul".
The "funniest fairy", comedy actor Paul Chuckle said.
Skip Twitter post by @theBobbyCrushSuch sad news ... my wonderful friend Bella Emberg has passed away. We’ve been chums since appearing together in a Summer show with Russ Abbot at the Princess Theatre, Torquay in 1981. A genuinely nice woman and despite her fierce on-stage characterisations, a truly gentle soul.
— Bobby Crush (@theBobbyCrush) January 12, 2018End of Twitter post by @theBobbyCrush
Emberg had just finished filming a new Sky One comedy, In the Long Run, created by Idris Elba and due to be released later this year...
Neil LaBute, a prominent American playwright and screenwriter known for his portraits of misanthropic and misogynistic men, has been abruptly cut off by one of New York’s leading nonprofit theaters.
MCC Theater, a prestigious Off Broadway company, announced Thursday that it was canceling an upcoming production of Mr. LaBute’s latest play and terminating his tenure as its playwright-in-residence, effective immediately.
The theater’s leadership repeatedly declined to explain the reason for its action, but on Friday, Blake West, its executive director, said, “We’re committed to creating and maintaining a respectful and professional work environment for everyone we work with.”
Mr. LaBute did not respond to a request for comment.
The action is a startling development in the 15-year relationship between the nonprofit theater and the polarizing playwright: MCC has been a longtime champion of Mr. LaBute’s work, which often raises uncomfortable questions about sex and power and le..
“Black Panther” is bar-none the most anticipated movie of the year. “Fifty Shades Freed,” meanwhile, is the most anticipated movie of the year with an ice cream sex scene, so make of that what you will.
Moviegoers at Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station were in for a surprise on Thursday night when the theater mistakenly played the final installment of the erotic drama franchise instead of the superhero flick.
Fans around the country came out in droves for the Marvel movie’s debut, with many dressing in traditional African garb or clothing inspired by the film’s Afro-futurist aesthetic. “Black Panther” is already breaking records, and is predicted to have an enormous opening weekend.
Twitter user @ChefWaites was apparently in the Atlanta theater when it all went down, and live-tweeted his disappointment and the hilarious reaction from the crowd when the first thing they saw was a wedding, not Wakanda.
LMMFNFNDNDNDNDNDN DAWG THEY PLAYING THE WRONG MOVIE
— The Chef (Steve) (@ChefWaites) ..
Kanye and SolangeSued for Allegedly Ripping Off Songs 2/1/2018 2:08 PM PST EXCLUSIVE
Kanye West and Solange Knowles must now answer a lawsuit claiming their songs were a ripoff of a song called "If We Can't Be Lovers."
Leroy Mitchell, also known as Prince Phillip Mitchell, wrote "If We Can't Be Lovers" in 1970. He claims Solange's song, "F*** the Industry" and Kanye's song, "Everything I Am" both extensively sample his work without his permission.
Solange's song was not a big song and Kanye's "Everything I Am" didn't make a big splash either.
And, check this out ... we found out Solange's song was originally supposed to be on a mix tape, called "I Can't Get Clearance."
The lawsuit seeks damages and wants Kanye and Solange to stop performing the songs and to put a halt to radio play as well.
The lawsuit alleges Kanye and Solange willfully committed the infringement ... Mitchell is asking for punitive damages.
My Disneyland Muscle's
Outta This World
6/25/2018 10:38 AM PDT
Natalie Portman knows how to make an entrance at Disneyland -- Cute kiddo in tow? Check. Stormtrooper as your muscle? No doubt!
Natalie and her family hit up The Happiest Place on Earth on Sunday where they got the royal treatment. The entire family was there ... hubby Benjamin Millepied, 1-year-old Amalia and 7-year-old son, Aleph.
They hit up It's a Small World and Big Thunder Mountain, but with Queen Amidala in town, it was a no-brainer that she also sit in for a 'Star Wars' show. Some of the kids, including Aleph, took the stage for a lightsaber show against Amidala's grandson, Kylo Ren.
But no doubt stealing the scene was baby girl Amalia ... who couldn't look any cuter avoiding the sun with her pink floppy hat. Adorbs!
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Nile Rodgers is to take up a new role at Abbey Road Studios - home to some of the most revered albums of all time.
The disco legend will be the studio's chief creative advisor - nurturing new talent, as well as recording with some of rock and pop's biggest artists.
The 65-year-old, who is recording a new Chic album, will also use the studio as his primary creative base in the UK.
"Come on, it's Abbey Road!" he told the BBC. "The Beatles made all their stuff here."
The star, whose hits include Chic's Le Freak, Madonna's Like A Virgin, David Bowie's Let's Dance and Daft Punk's Get Lucky, said the studio held a certain magic for artists the world over.
"One thing that all musicians are, is they're all superstitious," he said.
"When we made [Chic's] huge string of hits at the Power Station in New York, people would fly from all over the world just to record there.
"But Abbey Road is Abbey Road, man.
"Every day I come to work, there'..
'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin
About My Movie Deal!!!
6/22/2018 11:12 AM PDT
Marsai Martin -- best known for playing daughter Diane on the hit series "Black-ish" -- might be on her way to being the next mega-rich child star ... with a little luck.
The 13-year-old actress will star in an upcoming film titled "Little," and according to her contract -- obtained by TMZ -- she's guaranteed to bank $200,000 for her role ... with a possibility of an additional $300k based on how much money it hauls in.
Not only is Martin starring in the film, she's listed as an executive producer as well.
It gets better, potentially, for Marsai -- if "Little" is a big enough success to land a sequel ... she'll score another $400k and up to $600k in box office bonuses. That's a cool MIL for the sequel if you're keeping track.
Marsai will get way more wealthy if there's a third installment of the "Little" franchise -- $80..
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Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday she will run for governor of New York, challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.
It follows the announcement last month that Clueless actress Stacey Dash is running for congress in California on a Republican ticket.
Plenty of famous faces have campaigned for candidates in the past - but why do so many celebrities decide to enter politics themselves?
"The facts show that people like Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have had great success in politics," says Dr Sharon Coen, senior lecturer in media psychology at the University of Salford.
"If they are already in the public eye, they are already present on people's radar - we feel like we're friends with them, or a version of them.
"This increases the feelings of likeability, familiarity and trust - which are all key factors that are determinant in the success of a political candidate."
In addition, Dr Coe..
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