Yvonne Wilder, actor known for ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Seems Like Old Times,’ dies at 84

Yvonne Wilder, the actor known for her work in West Side Story, Seems Like Old Times and numerous TV shows, has died on November 24 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 84.

Wilder played the role of Consuelo in Robert Wise’s landmark 1961 film adaptation of the Broadway musical West Side Story.

She also appeared in a West End production of West Side Story and in the first international touring production of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical.

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Wilder was remembered by friends for her love of dancing and her fiery sense of humour. West Side Story co-star George Chakiris recently hailed her contributions to the stage production and the movie.

“Yvonne Wilder had an extraordinary, unique sense of humour. I did the play in London with Yvonne so I knew her before the movie,” George Chakiris told TCM in May. “But Yvonne’s humour was adopted by all of us.”

Born Yvonne Othon in the Bronx, Wilder grew up in New York’s Upper West Side in a family with Puerto Rican and Cuban roots.

She attended New York’s High School of Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

In the mid-1960s, after changing her last name, Wilder was part of a comedy duo with actor Jack Colvin.

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Colvin and Wilder played West Hollywood’s Troubadour, and the pair also made numerous appearances on TV variety shows including The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and programs hosted by Merv Griffin and Dean Martin.

On-screen, Wilder co-starred with Goldie Hawn and Charles Grodin in 1980’s Seems Like Old Times, and she had a small role in Mel Brooks’ 1976’s Silent Movie.

She logged dozens of TV credits over the years, from Bracken’s World, Room 222 and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father in the late 1960s and early 1970s to Archie Bunker’s Place, Gimme a Break, Operation Petticoat and Full House.

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With her third husband, Bob Kelljan, Wilder co-wrote and co-starred in the 1971 cult-favourite horror movie The Return of Count Yorga.

That film also marked early credits for future stars Mariette Hartley and Craig T Nelson.

In the 1990s, Wilder turned her attention to painting and sculpting. Her work has been shown at the Santa Monica Art Institute.

She is survived by Zach Kleiman, her fifth husband of 21 years and companion of 42 years. Survivors also include a son, Chris, and two grandchildren.

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Why Jamie Foxx’s daughter almost changed her last name: ‘I wanted to make my own name’

Daughter of Jamie Foxx, Corinne Foxx, has revealed she considered changing her last name while growing up, so she wouldn’t be connected to her father.

Speaking to TOGETHXR for their More Than a Name series, Foxx admitted she didn’t like her famous last name, because she wanted to make a name for herself.

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“I did consider, honestly, changing my last name,” she admitted.

“But as I’ve gotten older I’ve, one, made peace with people are gonna think things about me that I have no control of, and two, I’m proud of my dad and I’m proud of who he is and I’m proud of the work he’s done.

She adds: “I’m proud of just the person that he is.”

Speaking about what it was like to grow up in connection to her Oscar-winning dad, Foxx said a lot of things felt like they came on a silver platter.

“I had a lot of people telling me, ‘You don’t have to go to college. You can just go straight into the entertainment world, doors will open for you. You could be making millions of dollars,'” she says.

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“I didn’t want to just ride on my dad’s coattails. I wanted to, you know, make my own name, do things myself.”

Corinne is the daughter of Jamie Foxx and Connie Kline — the pair are now separated. Corinne says coming to terms with her last name made it easier to decide on projects she wanted to work on, and ideas she wanted to test.

This year, she executive produced Netflix series Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, which stars her father.

On Instagram, Corinne described the project as her “diary come to life”, and a “dream to create.”

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“Today is the day! Dad Stop Embarrassing Me is now streaming on @netflixisajoke ❤️.

“My diary come to life. It’s an absolutely dream come true to create, work and build with family. I wouldn’t want anyone else but @iamjamiefoxx by my side. Go stream and enjoy our show! It’s for you guys!” she wrote.

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JoJo Siwa reveals historic ‘Dancing with the Stars’ moment almost didn’t happen

Former Dance Moms star Jojo Siwa has opened up about her reality TV fame, including that ground-breaking appearance on Dancing With the Stars.

Appearing on Weekend Today with mother Jessalynn, the teen spoke about their upcoming new talent search reality series, Siwas Dance Pop Revolution, and achieving international success.

The mother-daughter duo spoke excitedly about the new show, centred around the creation of pop group XOMG POP!.

Speaking with Richard Wilkins, JoJo said the production process was “an absolute blast, and now watching it is an absolute blast.”

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This is the second time the mother-daughter duo have been able to work on a TV show together since Dance Moms, and Jessalyn told Wilkins, “As a mum getting to spend 10 hours a day with JoJo is the best thing ever and honestly just doing what we love… it could not have been a better situation for us”.

The 18-year-old also shared insight into her time on the reality series Dancing With The Stars, and how a certain historic moment almost didn’t happen.

JoJo revealed that when she was initially offered the gig she was meant to be filming another project and had to turn down the opportunity.

In a twist of fate, the project fell through, and she remembers saying, “I immediately was like ‘call Dancing with the Stars back’ — any other project we were supposed to have I said ‘Cancel it’ I wanna do this!”

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JoJo, a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, made history as the first contestant to dance in a same-sex couple.

“It was so important to me” she said. “When there was an opportunity for me to dance with another female, I knew what that would do for the world.”

“My partner became my best friend and my partner and I got to make some magical numbers together.”

Siwas Dance Pop Revolution is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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Aaron Sorkin hopes people will ‘pay less attention to Twitter’ after watching ‘Being the Ricardos’

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin said there are three things he hopes audiences walk away with after watching his newest film, Being the Ricardos, about the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

“Mostly, I want them to have a good time during the two hours that were asked for their attention, realise that the lives of Lucy and Desi were considerably more complicated than Lucy and Ricky and pay less attention to Twitter,” he told Variety.

Set in the backdrop of 1950s Hollywood, Being the Ricardos examines the complex marriage of the beloved I Love Lucy co-stars. The entire film spans one week of production on the classic sitcom, specifically when a major story in the press accuses Ball of registering as a member of the Communist Party back in the 1930s.

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Sorkin said that he hopes viewers pick up on the similarities between society’s fear of Communism in the early 1950s and the polarisation seen on social media today.

“I hope the way they’ll react is that they’ll see some similarities between what’s happening to Lucy and what happens to a number of people that fall out of favour with Twitter,” Sorkin told Variety on Thursday night at the film’s premiere at The Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

He continued, “It just seems like when you walk into social media that you’re walking into a big room with mean graffiti all over the walls.”

Lucille Ball is portrayed by Nicole Kidman, who said she was not initially aware that Ball was accused of being a Communist.

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“I had no idea,” Kidman said. “You watch the way her whole life is going to be over literally with one headline that’s actually incorrect. Yes, she took the box, but you don’t hear the explanation or nuance of it. I really feel like everyone deserves a chance to acclaim and nuance.”

The film also sees Ball and Arnaz struggling to cope with accusations of infidelity in their marriage. Javier Bardem, who plays Arnaz, said he hopes audiences empathise with the personas behind these silver-age television actors.

“To just understand the people behind the characters, there’s a real marriage here. They’re going through real problems while they were portraying totally the opposite,” Bardem said.

While these life-changing events actually occurred in real-life, Sorkin decided to blend these moments together into a one-week timeframe.

“Journalism is meant to be objective, journalism is a photograph. Art is meant to be subjective, and so is a painting,” Sorkin said. “Everything that happens in this movie happened, it just didn’t all happen in the same way. I like working with compressed periods of time. It cranks up the pressure.”

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While Being The Ricardos marks Sorkin’s third consecutive time sitting in the director’s chair, he said he’s still interested in collaborating with other filmmakers.

“I’m not done wanting to work with great directors, but I have directed the last three screenplays I’ve written,” Sorkin said. “I haven’t yet written a screenplay knowing that I was going to be the director of the movie. In each case, it’s come as a surprise to me. But I’ve really enjoyed it.”

JK Simmons plays actor William Frawley, who was Lucy and Ricky’s penny-pinching landlord Fred Mertz on the show. Simmons said he remembers watching I Love Lucy on television as a little kid.

“I was the only one in this cast who was actually born when I Love Lucy was on the air,” Simmons said. “I was born in 1955. My earliest TV watching memories are watching Tom and Jerry, some of the early cartoons and I Love Lucy.”

Tony Hale plays I Love Lucy producer Jess Oppenheimer, who the Arrested Development actor described as “a character with a bit of a spine.” Hale said he continues to be inspired by I Love Lucy.

“Being a comic actor, you can’t not be obsessed with I Love Lucy,” Hale said. “Lucy had this fluidity to her comedy where it was very specific and rehearsed, but it came out very authentic. I would say it was very Buster Keaton-esque.”

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Rapper apologises after brawl between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia at Verzuz battle

The anticipated battle between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia was stalled by a display of swipes and dices, and now one of the rappers has apologised.

The groups were in the middle of their Verzuz TV battle at the Hollywood Palladium when suddenly, things took a turn for the worse (watch in video above).

After finishing a verse, a member of Bone Thugs, Bizzy Bone, calls out members of Three 6 Mafia for “mocking him.”

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Bizzy says: “Aye, before we even get started, you…ain’t gonna be mocking me while I’m on…stage. Like straight…up.”

The rapper throws a water bottle toward Three 6’s side, and instantly, things turn violent.

Three 6 Mafia storms over to Bone Thugs, and the performers begin to brawl.

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Before things got too out of hand, security steps in and breaks up the two groups.

After the display, Bizzy quickly apologises, before carrying on with the show.

“I wanna apologise to everybody… out here. On both sides… Let’s keep the party… going.”

The rapper has since taken things a step further on Instagram.

In a lengthy post, Bizzy wrote: I feel as a man there is a time to apologize and be the bigger person. Even if you do not feel wrong. @melyssa_lp @triller @verzuztv thank you for everything.


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He continued: “But when u a man you understand there is a time to be the bigger person. Mistakes will be made. This is Hip Hop, if we was ‘sposed to be perfect then we wouldn’t even be here…

“When I got back on stage I meant what I said…I came back because I know a lot of people depended on me. It was not scripted but it ended [perfectly]. A toast to Hip Hop. Sh– gets a lil crazy sometimes,” he said.

Tagging members of Three 6 Mafia, Bones continued: “Hopefully I gave you enough hell to know what HEAVEN can be like. You guys did a HECK of a job and embracing me after that took class as well. This is real. I am real. God bless you all.”

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‘Yellowstone’ prequel ‘1883’ debuts first trailer

Paramount Plus has unveiled an official trailer for the Yellowstone prequel series 1883.

1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America, offering audiences a stark retelling of western expansion and a study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land, Montana.

The trailer opens with a shootout in a field, and as it comes to a close, John Dutton (Tim McGraw) says to two nearby men, “So y’all just sit and watch? Thanks for the help.”


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The trailer continues as you follow Dutton and his family attempting to travel west until they find “country’s worth the journey.” Clips are shown of the journey beginning to intensify, as Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott) attempts to control the travelling group, saying in one clip, “You can police yourselves or I can do it,” which is followed by another of him kicking a man in the face.

Chaos continues to ensue as the remainder of the trailer features clips of more shootouts, property being lit on fire and Native people atop horses with bows and arrows. Watch the trailer below.

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1883 stars McGraw as John Dutton, Faith Hill as Margaret Dutton, Elliott as Shea Brennan, Billy Bob Thornton as Jim Courtright, Isabel May as Elsa Dutton and LaMonica Garrett as Thomas, along with series regulars Audie Rick, Marc Rissmann, Eric Nelsen and James Landry Hubert.

1883 is scheduled to premiere December 19 on Paramount Plus following a new episode of Yellowstone.

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Gun expert disputes Alec Baldwin’s claims he is not responsible for Rust shooting

Alec Baldwin said he feels incredible sadness and regret over the shooting that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but not guilt.

“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me,” Baldwin said in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Thursday night, the first time the actor has spoken in depth on screen about the October 21 shooting on the set of the Western Rust. “Honest to god, if I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself.”

Weapons expert Steve wolf has responded to the ABC interview, saying the account is “not plausible”, in a video demonstration. Watch it above.

Baldwin said it is essential for investigators to find out who put the bullet in the gun he fired, that was supposed to be empty, that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

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“There’s only one question to be resolved, and that’s where did the live round come from?” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said in a clip from the interview released a day earlier that “I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

He said it was Hutchins herself who asked him to point the gun just off camera and toward her armpit before it went off.

Baldwin said at Hutchins’ direction he pulled the hammer back.

“I let go of the hammer and ‘bang’ the gun goes off,” he said.

When Stephanopoulos told Baldwin that many say you should never point a gun directly at someone on a set, he responded, “unless the person is the cinematographer who was directing me where to point the gun for her camera angle.”

Baldwin said it was 45 minutes to an hour before he began to understand that a live round had been in the gun, and didn’t know it for sure until he was being interviewed hours later. He thought Hutchins might have been hurt by a blank at close range or had a heart attack.

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“The idea that somebody put a live bullet in the gun was not even in reality.”

He had one of several tearful moments when he described Hutchins, saying she was “somebody who was loved by everybody and admired by everybody who worked with her.”

Baldwin said he was doing the interview to counter public misconceptions about the shooting and to make it clear that “I would go to any lengths to undo what happened.”

But Baldwin said “I want to make sure that I don’t come across like I’m the victim because we have two victims here.”

Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the Rust set. They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.

Baldwin said he met with the film’s armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed for a gun training session before the shoot, and she appeared capable and responsible.

“I assumed because she was there and she was hired that she was up to the job,” he said.

Gutierrez Reed has been the subject of much of the scrutiny in the case. Her attorney has said she did not put the round in the gun, and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities say they’ve found no evidence of that.

Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, said there was no indication to him that crew members were unhappy with safety conditions on the set, though some resigned over the issue.

“I never heard one word about that, none,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said complaints about cost-cutting on the film have been misguided.

“Everybody who makes movies has the responsibility not to be reckless and careless with the money that you’re given,” he said.

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether the cost-cutting compromised safety, Baldwin said “In my opinion no.”

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“I personally did not observe any safety or security issues at all in the time I was there,” he said.

Baldwin said he does not believe he will be criminally charged in the shooting.

“I’ve spoken to the sheriff’s department multiple times,” he said. I don’t have anything to hide.”

He said the incident left him emotionally ravaged.

“I have dreams about this constantly,” he said, ” wake up constantly where guns are going off. These images have come into my mind and kept me awake at night and I haven’t slept for weeks and I’ve really been struggling physically.”

Asked by Stephanopoulos if his career is over, Baldwin said, “It could be.”

He said his next production still wants him, “but I said to myself, ‘do I want to work much more after this?'”

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George Clooney turned down $35 million for a day’s work

George Clooney turned down an offer of $35 million for a day’s work for an airline commercial, the star revealed to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper.

In an interview published in the newspaper on Friday, Clooney said: “I was offered $35 million for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal about it and we decided it’s not worth it.”

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Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Clooney née Alamuddin in 2014. The actor, who won a supporting actor Oscar for Syriana and best picture for Argo said that the airline was associated with “a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.'”

Clooney was talking about his new film The Tender Bar which he directed but does not star in. The film, which stars Ben Affleck, Daniel Ranieri and Tye Sheridan, follows a boy growing up on Long Island who seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar.

“The whole country [the US], for the last five years, has been engaged in hate and anger, and I’ve been part of it at times. I’ve been angry, and this was such a kind story. It’s such a gentle film, and I wanted to be part of that, and I thought maybe an audience would want to be part of a gentle experience,” Clooney said about the film.

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Clooney also revealed that he is bound for Australia to star alongside Julia Roberts in Ol Parker’s Ticket to Paradise and will be in the UK to film another, unspecified, project with Brad Pitt.

Clooney, whose last acting role was in The Midnight Sky, which he also directed, told The Guardian: “In general, there just aren’t that many great parts — and, look, I don’t have to act.

“My wife and I had this conversation when I turned 60 this summer. I said: ‘I can still bounce around pretty good, and we both love what we do. But we gotta make sure we don’t book ourselves silly.’ So, part of it is just us making sure we live our lives.”

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Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Sir Antony Sher dies at 72

Sir Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday.

Sher had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. His husband, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran, took leave from his job to care for him.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1949 and was raised there before moving to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art 1969-1971. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982.

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In films, Sher was known for his roles in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Mrs. Brown (1997), The Wolfman (2010) and Erik the Viking (1989), but it was in theatre that he became a renowned name, winning the Olivier award for Best Actor twice — in 1985 for Richard III and Torch Song Trilogy and in 1997 for Stanley.

He joined the RSC in 1982 and had a breakthrough role in 1984 as the usurping king in Richard III, which won him a best-actor prize at British theatre’s Olivier Awards.

He went on to play most of Shakespeare’s meaty male roles, including Falstaff in the Henry IV plays, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Iago in Othello and the title characters in Macbeth and King Lear.

Non-Shakespearean roles for the company, based in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, included Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and the title role in Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Sher also performed with Liverpool’s innovative Everyman Theatre and at many of London’s main theatres, getting his first West End starring role as a drag artist in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy in 1985.

He won a second Olivier, and got a Tony nomination, for playing artist Stanley Spencer in Pam Gems’ Stanley at the National Theatre and on Broadway.

Sher adapted Primo Levi’s powerful Auschwitz memoir If This is a Man into a one-man stage show, Primo, that ran on Broadway in 2005.

He also earned a BAFTA TV award Best Actor nomination for Primo in 2007.

His last role for the RSC was in South African writer John Kani’s Kunene and The King, in which Sher played a veteran actor diagnosed with cancer.


Sher’s film roles included Dr. Moth in Shakespeare in Love,Benjamin Disraeli in Mrs Brown and Adolf Hitler in Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

Sher also wrote several novels and theatrical memoirs, along with an autobiography, Beside Myself. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000.

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro said Sher’s performances “profoundly deepened my understanding of Shakespeare.”

“He was a brilliant actor and an incredibly kind and thoughtful person,” Shapiro said.

“Hamlet put it best: ‘take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.'”

Sher and Doran were one of the first couples to have a civil partnership in Britain after same-sex unions were legalised in 2005. They married in 2015 when the UK legalised gay marriage.

Tom Ford opens up on daily ‘struggle’ of becoming a single parent after death of husband Richard Buckley

Tom Ford has opened up about the “very hard” time he’s had transitioning into life after the death of his husband of 35 years, fashion editor Richard Buckley.

The fashion designer, 60, spoke to WSJ Magazine about losing his husband in September and the challenges he’s faced as a now-single parent, saying he still gets the urge to call Buckley sometimes.

“It’s been hard after 35 years, very hard,” Ford said. “I keep thinking, ‘Oh, God, I have to call Richard,’ or ‘I need to send him a note about this’. And he’s not here.”

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Buckley died at the couple’s home in Los Angeles on September 19 this year. At the time it was reported he died of “natural causes”.

Speaking to the publication, Ford also revealed the difficulties he’s faced in caring for his nine-year-old son Jack as a solo parent.

“Until recently, I had Richard to help me out in the mornings. It’s been a little bit of a struggle the last month because he would normally get [Jack’s] breakfast on school days while I was getting dressed,” he explained.

“But it’s a challenge to get him up, dressed, get his lunch made, get his lunch packed, get his breakfast done, get all my things done, and then I drive him to school at 7:45.”

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The fashion icon says the new morning routine is something he’s getting the hang of. Along with more time with his son, he’s seen some benefits for himself, too.

“It also means I’m at my office by 8:10, so I get a good start to the day,” Ford said.

Ford and Buckley met at a fashion show in 1986. In the past, Ford has said the meeting was pretty much love at first sight.

“I went to a fashion show and this silver-haired guy was staring at me with these piercing water-blue eyes,” he previously told Women’s Wear Daily.

“It scared me because I absolutely saw and knew my entire future.”

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While Buckley gained notoriety for his writing and editing across a suite of big-name magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily, Vanity Fair, Mirabella, and Vogue Hommes International, Ford was growing his name in the fashion industry.

After just three dates, the pair were living together and lived together from then on.

In 2014, they tied the knot, and in 2012 they welcomed their son Alexander John ‘Jack’ Buckley Ford.

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Nicole Kidman reveals husband Keith Urban’s sweet gesture during her first pregnancy

Nicole Kidman has shared an incredible insight into her 15-year marriage with husband Keith Urban.

The Nine Perfect Strangers star, 54, spoke about her “favourite person” Urban’s sweet gesture while she was pregnant with their first child Sunday Rose.

Speaking on the US talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kidman said her musician husband Urban — who she married in 2006 — flew halfway across the world to be by her side during her first ultrasound.

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“When I was pregnant with Sunday, he got on a plane to fly to Australia to see the first ultrasound and was there for six hours, saw the heartbeat, and then had to fly back [to LA] to do a show,” Kidman recalled to hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

Kidman and Urban share Sunday Rose, 13, and Faith Margaret, 10, and the actress gushed about her husband on the show.

“He’s just my favourite person … truly. I mean, Sunny, Faith, and Keith,” she said.

The Oscar-winning actress also revealed she is excited to travel back home to Australia during Christmas to see her mother Janelle and extended family.

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In an interview with Marie Claire Australia, Kidman opened up about wanting to have more children but said she was content with her two daughters.

“I would’ve loved 10 kids,” Kidman told the magazine in August.

“But that’s okay because I get to mother other children. I have six nieces and nephews and I’m godmother to 12.

“I love mothering, I love kids: they’re quirky, funny and unfiltered. And then you get to see them grow and send them on their way.” 

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Suspect arrested in Jacqueline Avant killing

A suspect has been arrested in the killing of Jacqueline Avant, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced in a press conference on Thursday.

Police arrested Aariel Maynor, 29, who allegedly shot and killed Avant after breaking into her Beverly Hills home early Wednesday morning. Avant was the wife of music industry legend Clarence Avant, the mother of Democratic fundraiser Nicole Avant and the mother-in-law of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

Police said that Maynor was apprehended after shooting himself in the foot during the commission of a burglary in the Hollywood Hills, about an hour after Avant was shot at her home in the Trousdale Estates neighbourhood of Beverly Hills.

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Several cameras caught Maynor’s vehicle driving east out of Beverly Hills after the shooting, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said. Around 3:30am, Hollywood police responded to a reported shooting in the backyard of a home in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive, off of Beachwood Drive in the Hollywood Hills. There, they found Maynor, who had accidentally shot himself in the foot while allegedly taking items from the home. He was arrested by LAPD and remains in custody. Police believe he is the only suspect involved.

Investigators have seized the vehicle and an AR-15 rifle, which they suspect was used in both crimes, police said. The caliber of the weapon matches the bullets fired at the Avant house, but full ballistics analysis has not been completed, Stainbrook said.

Stainbrook said that Maynor has an extensive criminal record and is on parole.

Blake Chow, a deputy chief at LAPD, said that an “astute watch commander” at the LAPD Hollywood division was the first to connect the two crimes on Wednesday, and contacted Beverly Hills investigators.

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Maynor has not been interviewed by police due to his medical condition, Stainbrook said.

Beverly Hills police received a call at 2.23am local time on Wednesday saying that Avant had been shot in the 1100 block of Maytor Place. A private security guard, who was unhurt, was at Avant’s home at the time of the incident. Avant was taken by Beverly Hills paramedics to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died. She was 81.

Avant was known for her philanthropic work, including serving on the board of directors of UCLA’s International Student Center and as president of the Neighbors of Watts.

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After news of Avant’s death broke on Wednesday morning, Hollywood figures, musicians, politicians and more shared tributes to her.

“Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen and a dear friend to Hillary and me for 30 years,” President Bill Clinton tweeted. “She inspired admiration, respect and affection in everyone who knew her. We are heartbroken. She will be deeply missed.”

Tavis Smiley, Reginald Hudlin, Donna Brazile, Diane Warren, Viola Davis, Stevie Wonder and Magic Johnson were among those who shared their condolences. Tyler Perry pledged that “every available resource will be used to find whoever is responsible for this awful nightmare.”

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Kourtney Kardashian faces parenting criticism after nine-year-old daughter Penelope debuts fake nails

Kourtney Kardashian is copping some criticism online after a TikTok video revealed her nine-year-old daughter Penelope Disick wears acrylic nails.

The reality star, 42, faced backlash after she posted a clip on her joint account with Penelope, where the youngster appeared to be wearing long fake nails.

The clip simply involved Kardashian and ex Scott Disick’s daughter Penelope pouring a glass of soft drink — but parenting critics were quick to sound off in the comment section.

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“Wow, kids this age put on nails in the USA… wow,” one shocked user commented.

“The nails are cute but dam [sic] it makes her seem way older with a set on like that,” another agreed.

One added: “You’re too young to be fixing nails.”

Despite the negative comments, most fans shared their support and sweet messages for the mother-daughter duo.

“Her hair and nails are amazing,” one fan wrote.

“Guys worry about something else than her having nails on,” another said.


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It is the second time in recent weeks the eldest Kardashian has been targeted by online critics for her parenting.

Earlier this month, the reality star was forced to defend herself against a troll who claimed she never spent time with her kids.

Kardashian posted a holiday snap enjoying a sunset horseback ride on the beach with two of her children, Penelope and Reign.

“Oh wow you’re with your kids finally????” one follower wrote.


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The newly-engaged Kardashian sister was quick to respond and argued her social media snaps were not a reflection of “real life”.

“I’m with my kids every day thank God, social media isn’t always real life,” she wrote.

Kardashian and her ex Disick share three children, Mason, 11, Penelope, nine, and six-year-old Reign.

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Machine Gun Kelly accidentally stabbed himself while trying to impress Megan Fox

During the early stage of their romance, Machine Gun Kelly painfully tried to impress his girlfriend Megan Fox.

In an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 31-year-old rocker recalled accidentally stabbing himself while attempting a stunt for the actress at the start of their relationship. Watch the video above.

“Travis got me this knife that had an engravement from the new album on it and I was like, ‘Check this out, this is sick,’ and I threw it up and it came and stuck in my hand,” the ‘Bloody Valentine’ singer said of the trick.

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“The next morning as soon as she left, I was like, ‘Yo, I need stitches real quick.'”

MGK, whose real name is Colson Baker, added he had also bruised his tailbone earlier that night after playing beer pong with Post Malone. While sliding down the railing of a staircase, he collided with “a giant spike” at the bottom, which “rammed” right into him.

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“It was a bad night,” Kelly joked.

Kelly and Fox have been romantically linked since May 2020 and took their relationship public at the American Music Awards that November.

“The intensity of merging with him is just overwhelming, and the threat it poses is so powerful but so beautiful that you have no choice to surrender with reverence and with gratitude,” Fox told Nylon of her relationship with the rapper.

“I looked into his eyes, I felt the most pristine, most gentle, most pure spirit. My heart shattered immediately and I just knew that I was f—ed.”

The Jennifer’s Body actress split from her ex-husband Brian Austin Green last year after 10 years of marriage.

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Best TV Theme Songs — Part 2: Richard Wilkins counts down the Top 10 opening credits viewers love

It’s often hard thinking of your favourite TV series without humming its trademark tune, because TV shows and theme songs go hand-in-hand.

Yesterday, Nine’s Entertainment Editor and Weekend Today co-host Richard Wilkins kicked off the countdown to the Best TV Theme Songs he’s ever heard. Among the Top 10 were The Flinstones, Addams Family, Cheers, The Monkeys and Happy Days.

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Today, Wilkins completes the countdown by listing the Top 5 most memorable opening credits of all time.

From the inviting tunes of The Love Boat to the heartwarming backstory behind The Brady Bunch’s opening credits, the Top 5 will give you all the nostalgic feels.

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Some of the songs on this list were so catchy, they reached the top of the music charts — and stayed there for a significant amount of time.  

Watch the video above for another trip down memory lane and to see which TV theme song came in at number one. 

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We’d also love to hear your thoughts on which TV theme song was memorable for you. Have your say and vote below.

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