Tom Hiddleston and Fiance are Expecting a Baby

Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton are expecting their first child together.

On Wednesday, June 29, in New York City, Ashton, 37, attended the movie Mr. Malcom’s List premiere. The actress, who portrays Julia Thistlewaite in the historical drama, strutted down the red carpet in a brown, floor-length gown with crystal embroidery that revealed her expanding baby bulge. Theo James, Freida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, and Sianad Gregory were Ashton’s co-stars at the occasion; Hiddleston, 41, was not there.

This information was released two weeks after the Loki actor claimed he had proposed to the Velvet Buzzsaw actress. The native of England expressed his happiness in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, June 14.

Ashton was spotted with a diamond ring on her left hand at the 2022 BAFTA Awards in March, leading to recent engagement speculations surrounding the couple. Us Weekly reported in the same month that Hiddleston had proposed after three years of dating.

Following their collaboration on the West End production of Betrayal, the co-stars were first mentioned in 2019. Three months later, the pair saw the Broadway staging of the play together, which only served to feed additional romance rumors.

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Hiddleston spoke candidly about wanting to maintain a low-key love life at the time. The Thor: Ragnarok actor admitted to The New York Times in 2019 that “I’m protective about my personal world today in perhaps a different way.” “How much of a life could you call living if you don’t interact with anyone? because you must struggle to find love. Living in constant fear of what others may say is impossible.

Hiddleston was nominated for Best Leading Actor for his work in Betrayal, and the two later made their formal red carpet debut at the annual Tony Awards in September 2021.

Before his romance with Ashton, Hiddleston was previously linked to Elizabeth Olsen, Susannah Fielding, and Jessica Chastain. In 2016, the Avengers star also dated Taylor Swift, but they broke up after three months.

Paul Rudd Shows Support to Bullied 12 Year Old

Thanks to his decision to reach out to a 12-year-old Colorado lad who was being tormented, Paul Rudd has helped the dreams of many children come true.

Brody Ridder, 12, came home from school with an almost empty yearbook. Despite requesting for more, he was only able to get the autographs of two teachers and two students.

Ridder made the decision to write a note to himself in his yearbook as his signature. He wrote, “Hope you make some more friends.”

Ridder’s mother, Cassandra Ridder, told NPR on Friday that she had reached her breaking point. The taunting her kid had endured at school in a Denver suburb for months was reflected in his letter to himself.

She was moved by Brody’s hurt and suffering to post a note to the school’s parent Facebook group.

In order to inform her friends of the developments, Cassandra posted to her personal Facebook after disseminating the article to the school community in May. At that point, the outpouring of support for Brody began; celebrities, businesses, parents, and children all reached out both online and in person.

Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man in the blockbuster movies Ant-Man and Avengers: Endgame, was one among the individuals who saw Cassandra’s warning. Earlier this month, Rudd FaceTimed Ridder and sent him a letter.

Even the actor himself signed Brody’s own Ant-Man helmet.

The numerous offers of assistance that her family has received over the past few months are being processed by Brody. They continue to read the letters that have been written to him. For her son, this support is priceless and to continue promoting empathy and kindness, she is currently in discussions with NGOs that focus on anti-bullying campaigns.

A number of older classmates attended Brody’s class and signed his yearbook when he got back to school after his mom posted on Facebook. According to Cassandra, her kid has been very appreciative of the support and has been really upbeat.

James Caan, Oscar-nominated actor dies at 82

The family of James Caan announced his passing on his verified Twitter account. Caan was a seasoned actor best remembered for his roles in “The Godfather,” “Misery,” and “Elf,” among other movies. He was 82. Although, the family did not reveal the official cause of the lengendary actor’s death.

In the widely viewed 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song,” Caan first achieved recognition as Chicago Bears halfback Brian Piccolo. The heartbreaking movie won plaudits for how it handled Piccolo’s interracial bond with Black teammate Gale Sayers while chronicling Piccolo’s real-life struggle with fatal cancer.

The Godfather, which came out in 1972, turned Caan into a star. Despite not being Italian, Caan was chosen to play the impulsive Sonny Corleone, the oldest of mobster Vito Corleone’s three sons, who is famously shot dead by rival gangsters at a toll booth.

James Caan claimed that he patterned Sonny’s demeanor on the late comedian Don Rickles in a 2021 interview for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

In movies like “Thief” and “Rollerball,” Caan was perhaps best recognized for playing tough-guy roles. The 1990 Stephen King adaption “Misery,” about a polite romance novelist frightened by an obsessive admirer, featured him as a versatile actor who was able to command a range of characters.

James Caan is probably best known to younger audiences for his part in the holiday comedy “Elf,” in which he portrayed the Scrooge-like father of Will Ferrell’s character, a children’s book publisher who is unhappy to learn that his exuberant grown son is dressed as an elf and eats spaghetti with maple syrup.

In the same CBS interview, Caan revealed that the film’s title alone nearly prevented him from accepting the part, but Ferrell persuaded him to do so.

Carlos Santana: Guitarist collapses while performing 

During a performance in Michigan, Carlos Santana experienced heat exhaustion.

During his performance in Michigan on Tuesday night, renowned artist Carlos Santana experienced a medical emergency, according to his management group.

A statement from Santana’s management team was published on his official Facebook page, claiming that the musician was worn out by “heat exhaustion and dehydration.”  

While he was performing at an outdoor amphitheater called Pine Knob Music Theatre about 40 miles outside of Detroit, in Clarkston.

According to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, temperatures in Clarkston on Tuesday rose as high as 90 degrees, almost 10 degrees above normal.

The 74-year-old musician can be seen sitting in a corner of the stage and putting down his guitar in videos taken by admirers.

The stage crew held up a black cloth to obscure the view of the stage as medical staff ministered to Santana. A video shows the performer being booed by supporters as he is taken off the stage. According to Zee, the performer waved to the audience as he was led off stage.

Following the incident, Santana also shared a brief statement on Facebook in which he expressed gratitude to his followers for their “sweet prayers.”

He noted, “I forgot to eat and drink water, which caused me to become dehydrated and pass out.

The concert has been postponed, according to the announcement. The musician was scheduled to perform with Earth, Wind, and Fire on Wednesday night in Pennsylvania.

Monday’s event for CNN’s “The Fourth in America” featured a performance by Santana.

American guitarist Carlos Santana gained notoriety in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which created the first musical synthesis of Latin American jazz and rock & roll. His blues-based melodies were accompanied by Latin American and African rhythms, which were created using percussion instruments that aren’t typically used in rock music, like congas and timbales.

In the late 1990s, he saw a rise in his popularity and praise from critics. On their list of the top 100 guitarists published in 2015, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 20. In 1998, he and his namesake band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition, he has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction last year on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges stemming from his attempts over a period of years to use his fame to ensnare victims he sexually abused. 

The prosecution urged the judge to sentence 55-year-old Kelly to more than 25 years in prison, but Kelly’s defense attorneys argued for 10 years or less, claiming that the prosecution’s request was “tantamount to a life sentence.”

Newly unsealed court documents revealed graphic details about R&B singer Kelly’s childhood abuse, which his attorneys hope will persuade a judge to give him a more lenient sentence. Even though New York prosecutors have recommended the disgraced singer be sentenced to more than 25 years, they did so because of “the need to protect the public from further crimes.”

According to Kelly’s defense attorneys, a sentence of more than 10 years in prison would be “tantamount to a life sentence,” and anything more would be “more than necessary.” Kelly is a 55-year-old singer.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, appeared at the court on Wednesday wearing a black mask, dark-rimmed glasses, and a tan prison uniform. Seven of Kelly’s victims are anticipated to give impact statements in court, following which US District Court Judge Ann Donnelly will impose Kelly’s sentence, which might include a fine.

In September of last year, a jury found Kelly guilty on nine counts, including one for racketeering and eight for contravening the Mann Act, which prohibits sex trafficking. Kelly was charged with using his famous status and “network of people at his disposal to target kids, boys, and young women for his personal sexual enjoyment,” according to prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York.

Witnesses testified during the five-week federal trial in Brooklyn that R. Kelly had assaulted them physically and sexually. According to witnesses testifying in court, the notorious R&B musician married the late singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was only 15 years old, and he was an adult after she thought she had gotten pregnant.

On Wednesday, Kelly’s ability to pay a fine was the subject of a legal dispute between Kelly’s defense and prosecution teams. According to the defense, he is “very close to the indigent,” so he couldn’t. But, on the other hand, prosecutors objected, claiming that any fine could be paid with the proceeds from the sale of some of his music rights and the millions of dollars in royalties held by Sony.

Since being found guilty nine months ago, Kelly has hired Jennifer Bonjean and her firm to serve as his sole attorneys. Bonjean represented Bill Cosby in a civil dispute that he lost this month in court and who also assisted Cosby in having his sexual assault conviction overturned.

According to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor who has handled cases involving the racketeering and Mann Act crimes in Kelly’s case, Kelly’s sentencing judge will have considerable authority to impose a sentence she deems is suitable.

R. Kelly is currently being held in a federal detention center in Brooklyn; after being sentenced, he is anticipated to be transferred back to Chicago, where he will stand trial in federal court in August on allegations of obstruction and child pornography.

Top Gun Maverick Surpasses $1bn in Earnings 

Top Gun Maverick’s global box office earnings have surpassed $1 billion (£810 million), making it both Tom Cruise’s and the year’s most profitable movie.

The movie has retained its audience after 31 days and surpassed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the highest-earning predecessor.

According to Variety, after 31 days of release, Top Gun: Maverick has earned $1.006 billion (£813 million) at the global movie office, surpassing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which had earned $947 million (£772 million) at the time. The US is by far the film’s greatest market, where it has made $522 million, followed by the UK ($70 million) and Japan ($41 million).

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The 2018 thriller Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which brought in $792 million, has been easily surpassed by Top Gun: Maverick as Cruise’s highest-grossing movie worldwide.

The movie has maintained a strong position in the US box office charts, and revenue forecasts indicated that it would surpass the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis to reclaim the top spot in its fifth week of release. However, in the end, Elvis barely won, earning $31.1 million to Top Gun Maverick’s $29.6 million. Movies like Lightyear and Jurassic World Dominion had earlier pushed Top Gun Maverick down in the ratings, but it was able to hold onto its audience while its competitors’ numbers dropped.

While right-wing pundits assert that viewers are responding to the movie’s purportedly conservative and “anti-woke” themes, Variety claims that “critical acclaim and fantastic word-of-mouth” are helping the movie reach these numbers. However, it is far behind Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was released in 2021 and had a global box office of $1.9bn, as the greatest grossing movie since the disruption the Covid pandemic brought to the movie business.

Lindsay Lohan Marries fiance Bader Shammas

The Hollywood Reporter has been informed by the star’s management that Lindsay Lohan is wed to Bader Shammas.

Fans were led to believe that The Parent Trap star Lindsay Lohan and her boyfriend, Bader Shammas, got married when Lindsay posted a cryptic message on Saturday.

With her swoon-worthy photos, Lindsay has been informing her followers about her personal life.

The actress from Freaky Friday announced her engagement to the investor on social media on Saturday, which was also her 36th birthday. According to Lohan’s spokespeople, the couple had been dating for three years until she announced in November on Instagram that she was engaged to Shammas.

In a recent Instagram picture, Lohan captioned a selfie of the couple, “I am the luckiest lady in the world.” “You discovered me and understood my desire to simultaneously pursue grace and happiness. That you are my husband astounds me.

“My life and my everything,” she continued. Every day, every woman should experience this.

Jonathan Bennett, Lohan’s co-star from the Mean Girls, also offered his support by leaving a remark on her page with a string of heart emojis.

Lindsay Lohan announced her engagement to Shammas in November of last year by posting a series of pictures of the two of them grinning and flashing their engagement rings. “Your love. my life, my household. my upcoming, “In the caption, she wrote.

When Extra host Rachel Lindsay questioned Lohan about what kind of bride she anticipated becoming in February, Lohan gave an update on her forthcoming wedding.

Lohan continued, “I’m looking at destinations. “I’ve already begun discussing the clothing with one of my friends. However, I want to pace myself and do everything properly. But this is a thrilling period. I’m a total girlie girl, therefore.”

The star is set to appear in two Netflix original movies. The first is Falling for Christmas, directed by Janeen Damian, in which Lindsay Lohan co-stars with Chord Overstreet as a privileged hotel heiress who suffers from amnesia following a skiing accident and loses memory of her past life.

Rappler had its license revoked by the Philippines government

Rappler, a leading news site in the Philippines has had its platform shut down by the outgoing Philippines government. Journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa announced Tuesday that the Philippine government had ordered her news outlet Rappler to close.

The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (PSEC) upheld its earlier decision to cancel the news site’s operating license, according to a statement made by Ressa, the CEO and founder of Rappler, during the East-West Center’s International Media Conference in Honolulu.

According to Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief and TIME Person of the Year, the team will challenge this ruling, “particularly given the highly irregular proceedings.”

Ressa, whose news site has published critical articles on the administration of departing President Rodrigo Duterte, claims she has been the victim of harassment in recent legal battles. Rappler’s registration was withdrawn by the Philippine SEC in January 2018 due to alleged transgressions of the foreign ownership regulations. Despite the revocation, the newsroom kept running.

Rappler’s parent business “deliberately established an elaborate plan,” according to the SEC, to conceal an investment from a foreign source, and the organization is a “mass media entity that sold control to foreigners,” according to the SEC allegations.

The Philippines’ constitution prohibits foreign ownership of media companies. According to Rappler, at the time, the investment in question came from the Pierre Omidyar Network, an investment entity he founded with fellow entrepreneur and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

According to Rappler, the network does not have any authority over the company as a result of the Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR), a financial mechanism that oversees the Omidyar investment. According to the statement, the SEC approved the agreement in 2015.

CNN has contacted the Philippine SEC and the Philippine Embassy in the US but has not received a response as of yet.

The decision is made one day before Duterte leaves office and new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. takes over on June 30. However, some observers have voiced concern regarding his relationship with the press. Media organizations have encouraged Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, to defend media freedom in the nation.

Ressa stated at a news conference on Wednesday that Rappler had endured harassment for the previous six years and that “our purpose is to continue holding the line.”

In recognition of her efforts to defend free speech in the Philippines, Ressa shared the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize with Russian writer Dmitry Muratov. In 2012, she started Rappler, which rose to fame for its frank coverage of Duterte and his deadly “war on drugs.”

Under Duterte, press freedom in the Philippines dramatically declined. As a result, the nation is currently ranked 147th out of 180 in the world for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). In addition, a new broadcast license was denied to ABS-CBN in 2020, which led to the network being pushed off the air and given the order to discontinue operations. ABS-CBN was one of the Philippines’ biggest and most important broadcasting networks.

Ressa has frequently expressed her frustration with the difficulties she and Rappler have had reporting on events in the Philippines. She has faced a slew of legal issues that are viewed as politically driven, including a cyber libel conviction that could result in a six-year prison sentence and alleged tax crimes.

Khabby Lame Unseats Charli D’Amelio as Top TikTok Star with 142.8M Fans

Khabby Lame has grown to become the most popular star on TikTok two years after setting up an account on the social media platform after losing his job due to the pandemic.

On Wednesday, American star Charli D’Amelio, 18, was officially surpassed by Khabane Lame, 22, who had previously held the title. Lame had 142.8 million followers as of Thursday afternoon. With 142.3 million, D’Amelio is not far behind.

Lame, who describes himself as a comedian and posts amusing films that parody clout-seeking influencers and their extravagant videos, has not yet responded to the historic occasion.

Khabby Lame moved to Italy with his parents the following year after being born in Senegal in 2000. He started working as a machine operator in the northern city of Turin after finishing high school until being fired in March 2020.

In an interview with Forbes published in March, Lame said, “The pandemic had just started, and I was bored with a lot of time on my hands, so I started shooting movies on TikTok. The young man started making parodies of TikTok videos where users demonstrated “easy” techniquesfor doing things like cutting their bangs and doing the dishes.

Lame, who is now studying English, primarily use visual humor in his videos, which are available to viewers anywhere.

The New York Times credited Lame’s success to his “everyman” traits in a story written last year.

His work doesn’t have the polished production value exhibited by the most well-known TikTok stars of the moment. His ascension has been completely natural, according to the newspaper.

But even though his videos seem straightforward, he told Forbes that he puts a lot of thinking into making them.

He said, “I spend at least three hours daily hunting for the ideal video to spoof. I always take care to avoid offending anyone with my videos, and I always choose to mimic jokes in a lighthearted manner.

Khabby Lame has an amazing reach and is one of the most prominent young people on the planet. His videos have received an astounding 2.3 billion likes in total, and each one typically receives tens of millions of views.

The actor claimed, however, that he is still in disbelief over his unanticipated ascent to stardom and that he soon hopes to go to Hollywood.

In his words, “I started doing this for pleasure, and I never expected anything of this. “My experiences have given me the drive to pursue my goals because I know that they are attainable with hard work and dedication.”

Glastonbury: Paul McCartney Becomes Oldest Headliner

With this year’s Glastonbury Festival headlining performance, Sir Paul McCartney created history. After Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the 80-year-old Beatles legend took the stage in front of a roaring crowd. At the adored festival in Somerset, Paul was rocking out on the Pyramid Stage as he prepared to make festival history.

Not only did the legendary musician perform some of his most well-known songs from his long career, but he also created history by being the oldest solo performer to open the Worthy Farm event. To the audience’s delight, there was also a very touching moment when Sir Paul performed a virtual duet with his late Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

I’m singing with John once more; we’re back together, he said.

The performer, who momentarily interrupted his headlining show to check on a festival-goer, looked sharp as he entered the stage on Saturday night. He was wearing a navy button-up shirt. Two other special guests, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, also appeared with him on stage.

As he addressed the audience and got ready to play, Sir Paul was completely at ease. With a rendition of the song Can’t Buy Me, Love, he opened the show, which featured a sign language interpreter. The vast Glastonbury festival crowd broke out in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for their Saturday night headline act, and the music veteran appeared speechless.

The vast sea of admirers appeared to be totally absorbed in his performance as they fixed their attention on the screens and the stage.

The Oasis singer Noel’s performance at Glastonbury ended with the arrival of a Beatles legend, transporting audience members back in time by several decades. However, he did take a little break from paying homage to Jimi Hendrix to see how someone in the crowd was doing.

Even with the music video playing in the background, the artist sang his love song My Valentine, which he dedicated to his wife, Nancy. Even Johnny Depp showed up in the moving song’s music video.

Early on, he quipped as he removed his gorgeous blazer, “Okay, that was the only wardrobe change of the entire evening.” Dave Grohl, the lead vocalist of the Foo Fighters, joined Sir Paul on stage as a special guest. He had flown in, particularly for the colossal headline performance.

The frontman’s problems in traveling to the UK indicate that not even celebrities are immune from airport mayhem. For example, the early Beatles’ classic, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” was performed after the songs “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Glory Days.”

Sir Paul, a founding member of The Beatles, also shared memories of those times, including the first time he played a solo on a song in front of George Martin. A film of John Lennon was used to accompany moving performances of “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude,” which enthralled the enthusiastic audience.

The hundreds of thousands of people watching live were enthralled by Sir Paul waving the Ukrainian flag. On June 18, the iconic Beatle turned 80, and festival-goers made sure he felt honored by singing Happy Birthday to him.

When Sir Paul released Here Today, a song dedicated to his late friend John, the enormous crowd fell silent two years after John’s passing in 1980.

Following his performance, he urged the crowd to express their love for those they care about.

2004 saw Sir Paul perform on the Pyramid Stage. Following the festival’s youngest headliner, Billie Eilish, Worthy Farm then hosted his eagerly anticipated performance.