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11 Celebrities That Have Signed Up To Go To Space

April 16th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
11 Celebrities That Have Signed Up To Go To Space
Richard Branson's spaceflight company Virgin Galactic has been slated to begin commercial space flights for the year 2014 and some of our favorite celebrities have signed up to take flight. These eleven celebrities are willing to risk life and limb in order to observe the stars for the mere cost of $200,000.

Space tourism is a hot topic among the rich and famous and these celebs have jumped at the opportunity to make the trip into orbit for a two-and-a-half hour voyage. Discover if your favorite celebrities are making the journey for the total of six minutes of weightlessness.

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Richard Branson's First Flight Into Space To Be Broadcast Live On 'Today'

November 9th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Richard Branson
NBC will air a live broadcast of Richard Branson's first Virgin Galactic space flight.
 
In 2014, the Virgin empire founder and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to fly into space when they take off on SpaceShipTwo from a base in New Mexico.
 
"Today" co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie will monitor the event during a three-hour live broadcast.
 
Branson's commercial space flights are expected to start later next year with celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio among the first people to enjoy the $250,000 per-seat experience.
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NBC Reality TV Show To Send Winner Into Space On Richard Branson's Space Ship

October 4th, 2013 8:41am EDT
Richard Branson
One lucky contestant will get to join famous celebrities Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio on a trip into outer space by winning a new reality TV show.

A galaxy of stars is set to take off on British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic program, which will take travelers beyond 62 miles in altitude, which marks the internationally accepted boundary of space.

Those who have signed up have paid a deposit of up to $250,000 to secure their seats, but one of those aboard will win their place through a new series set to air on NBC.

Survivor creator Mark Burnett ha...
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It Came From Outer Space: 11 Celebrities Who Just Might Be Aliens

September 18th, 2012 7:31pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
There are celebrities who dress like they're here from another planet -- like new American Idol judge Nicki Minaj and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld; and there are those celebrities we actually think really may be from another planet -- like Lady Gaga and Tom Cruise.

Karl Lagerfeld: no one on earth would ever consciously choose to look or dress like this.

Lady Gaga: may actually be from beyond. Those pointy horns and shoulders may actually be her true form. And she came here in a giant space egg. Hmmm....

Richard Branson: the dude's obsessed with getting back into spac...
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Richard Branson Wants To Buy Back Virgin Records

July 21st, 2012 1:08pm EDT
Richard Branson
Business magnate Richard Branson is in talks to buy back Virgin Records - the music label he co-founded four decades ago.

Branson sold off the company in 1992, exactly 20 years after its launch, and now the nostalgic mogul is hoping to regain control of the corporation and restore it to its former glory.

In a post on his blog, he writes, "I have had informal talks with both (music executives) Lucian Grainge and Patrick Zelnik about Virgin Records... They are great record men and... committed to revitalise Virgin Records - which has been mismanaged in the last 10 years... I feel it is a ...
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Richard Branson Sets New Kite Surfing Record

July 2nd, 2012 8:49am EDT
Richard Branson
British business tycoon Richard Branson has become the oldest person to kite surf across the English Channel.

The 61 year old surfed from Kent, on the south England coast, to northern France on Sunday in three hours, 45 minutes - setting a new world record. His original attempt on Saturday ended when Branson turned back, complaining the kite was too small.

He says, "The trip was far more challenging than I thought, with 40mph (miles per hour) winds in the middle of the Channel and major waves."

"I have to admit there were moments when I was tempted to abandon it. The wind direction wa...
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Richard Branson Calls For End Of Rhino Hunting

April 19th, 2012 11:31am EDT
Richard Branson
Richard Branson has called for public action in a bid to stop the poaching of rhinos in South Africa.

The business tycoon took to Twitter.com on Wednesday hoping to raise awareness of the crisis after he was touched by non-governmental organization WildAid's campaign to end rhino hunting.

Rhino horns are in high demand in China and Vietnam, where many residents believe they have medicinal properties.

In his tweet, Branson writes, "One rhino is killed illegally every 20 hours in South Africa. Act now to savetherhino."

The Virgin empire magnate also posted a blog entry on his official...
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Rumor Patrol: 'SNL' Cast Member Exodus, 'DWTS' Backstage Fight & More!

April 7th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Kristen Wiig
You'd think there would be a barrage of April Fool's day rumors to deal with this week over at the Rumor Patrol, but in reality it's no more than what we're used to! Let's find out what's real and what's fake from the past 7 days:

SNL Exodus: Could three key Saturday Night Live members be leaving the show to concentrate on movie careers? Us Weekly reports big stars Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis could all be leaving the venerable live comedy show after the current season wraps up.

Verdict: False, for now. A representative for Wiig and Sudeikis told Gossip Cop, "There is no...
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Ashton Kutcher Signs Up For $200,000 Trip Into Space

March 19th, 2012 8:26pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher
Actor Ashton Kutcher is heading into space after landing a seat aboard businessman Richard Branson's suborbital aircraft.

The Two And A Half Men star paid a reported $200,000 for a spot on the Virgin Galactic flight and Branson couldn't be more excited about training Kutcher for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

In a post on his blog, Branson writes, "Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher.

"I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to c...
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Mumford & Sons To Perform For President Obama At The White House

March 14th, 2012 1:47pm EDT
Mumford & Sons
Folk band Mumford & Sons and soul singer John Legend will provide the music for President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron's state dinner at the White House on Wednesday.

The British band was invited by the Prime Minster, while President Obama asked Legend to perform at the stately bash.

A host of celebrities including British actor Damian Lewis and Virgin tycoon Richard Branson will be among the 1,000 guests at the dinner, which is being held to mark Cameron's state visit to America.

Mumford & Sons and Legend will be hoping to benefit from the Obama effect - the ...
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Kate Winslet's Ex Sam Mendes Dating Rebecca Hall

November 28th, 2011 8:41am EST
Sam Mendes
Filmmaker Sam Mendes has finally confirmed he is dating actress Rebecca Hall, more than a year after the pair was first rumored to be romantically involved following his split from Kate Winslet.

The American Beauty director was linked to the 29 year old in the wake of his break-up from Winslet amid rumors his growing friendship with Hall, who he cast in two of his plays, had contributed to the disintegration of their marriage.

Mendes' representatives moved swiftly to quash any speculation of a romance, branding the reports "Utter nonsense. Untrue and ridiculous."

Hall also denied she ...
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Kate Winslet Rushed To Put On Her Bra Before Escaping House Fire

October 23rd, 2011 11:30am EDT
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet was thrown into confusion when confronted with the fire which destroyed Richard Branson's Caribbean home in August and the first thing she did was put on her bra.

The actress and 20 other guests were holidaying at the tycoon's luxury retreat in the British Virgin Islands when lightening struck the wooden property, setting it ablaze.

Winslet was hailed a heroine for carrying Branson's frail 90-year-old mother Eve to safety as the building burned around them.

But the Brit admits her brave actions only came after a few minutes of panic, revealing she rushed to put on her underw...
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Kate Winslet Opens Up About Her Necker Island Inferno Ordeal

August 25th, 2011 8:32am EDT
Kate Winslet
Actress Kate Winslet has spoken of her relief after her family escaped the fire which ripped through Richard Branson's luxury Necker Island home on Sunday.

The Titanic actress and 20 other guests were holidaying at the tycoon's Caribbean retreat in the British Virgin Islands when lightening hit the wooden property, setting it ablaze.

Winslet was hailed a heroine after carrying Branson's frail 90-year-old mother Eve to safety as the building burned around them. All guests escaped the blaze unharmed.

The Oscar winner has now opened up about her ordeal, revealing she'll always remember t...
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Kate Winslet Carried Richard Branson's Mother Away From Necker Island Inferno

August 23rd, 2011 8:26am EDT
Kate Winslet
Actress Kate Winslet carried Richard Branson's elderly mother to safety after the tycoon's luxury home on Necker Island burned down around them on Sunday.

The Titanic actress and 20 other guests were staying at the private Caribbean retreat in the British Virgin Islands when lightening hit the wooden property, setting it ablaze.

All guests escaped unharmed, and Branson has paid tribute to brave Winslet after she gathered 90-year-old Eve in her arms and ran from the burning building.

He says, "Many thanks to Kate Winslet. It was she who carried my mother out of the house. She swept her ...
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Katy Perry: 'I'm So Into Extraterrestrial Stuff'

April 1st, 2011 4:37pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry is "really excited" about the prospect of heading into space with her husband Russell Brand as she counts down the days until the couple's shuttle trip.

The I Kissed a Girl hit-maker bought her funnyman partner a seat on one of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism flights for his 35th birthday last year and she is planning to go with him.

The couple has yet to book a date for the experience because of their busy schedules, but Perry is already dreaming about the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

She tells MTV News, "I'm so into extraterrestrial stuff... It's very dif...
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Tyra Banks 'Freaked Out' By Her Roommates At Harvard

March 15th, 2011 5:35pm EDT
Tyra Banks
Supermodel Tyra Banks is getting the full college experience while studying business at Harvard University - she's living in a dorm.

The America's Next Top Model host, who formed her own production company Bankable Productions years ago, has revealed she has gone back to school in order to sharpen her skills and better prepare herself as a leader of the brand.

She tells late night TV host Jimmy Fallon, "I feel I have to in order to grow my business. People like Richard Branson and Walt Disney, these people have created these brands and businesses from scratch. So I look to them as role ...
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Jon Stewart Claims Top Spot On AskMen's Most Influential List, Tiger Woods & Robert Pattinson Don't Make Cut

October 26th, 2010 10:28am EDT
Jon Stewart
AskMen today announced the results of their annual reader survey: the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2010, with Jon Stewart from The Daily Show claiming the No. 1 position after over half a million votes were cast. Now in its fifth year, the Top 49 Most Influential Men challenges AskMen's 16 million monthly readers to determine which male figures have made the biggest impact, and ultimately, shaped what it means to be a modern man in 2010.

The 2010 list of influencers honors men who have broken convention across the worlds of business, politics, technology, media, entertainment and lifest...
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Flo Rida Acts Like A Diva At Singapore Festival

September 29th, 2010 9:37pm EDT
Flo Rida
Rapper Flo Rida turned into a diva at a music festival in Singapore over the weekend when he refused to leave his hotel room for his concert start time and then extended his set.

The "Low" hitmaker was supposed to hit the stage at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center for a midnight performance as part of the two-day Avalon At Large GO! event, which was staged around the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix.

But he kept organisers waiting for over an hour when he refused to leave his hotel room.

A source says, "No one had any idea why he was delaying his performance. His DJ showed up on tim...
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Dita Von Teese Wants A Ride On This Jet

June 16th, 2010 10:52am EDT
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese $howed her love for Britain by wearing the country's flag as a cape and showing off her favorite sex t-- er, model airplane, for Virgin Atlantic's 10th Anniversary of Flying to Las Vegas.

The burlesque star and Richard Branson posed yesterday in front of an airplane that featured an identical image of the dark haired beauty.

The popular dancer and pin-up model originally trained to be a ballerina. She later worked in a strip club and then became a fetish model. She is known for her "girl in the glass" (somewhat nsfw pics begin here) performance, where she bathes in a champa...
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Salma Hayek Gave Up Space Travel Plans For Baby

May 14th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek has abandoned her dreams of space travel with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic team - because she's too concerned for her safety as a mother.

The actress insists she's "not much" of a risk-taker since she welcomed daughter Valentina in September 2007, with her husband, French fashion executive Francois-Henri Pinault.

And she's given up many dangerous thrill-seeking adventures - including an once-in-a-lifetime chance to orbit the planet with the Virgin boss' spaceliner, due to launch next year.

She tells InStyle magazine, "I love scuba diving and used to dive where the sha...
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Treated Me Kind (Links & Stuff)

May 22nd, 2009 9:12pm EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

Kara Dioguardi & Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell on the "American Idol" finale:

1. Where the worst drivers live. Surprisingly, it's not Massachusetts. - Yahoo!

2. 10 bizarre sleepwalking stories. (Incl. pi...
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Check Out Richard Branson On 'Iconoclasts' Tonight

October 16th, 2008 2:32pm EDT
Richard Branson
A groundbreaking, celeb-filled new season of "ICONOCLASTS" premieres tonight, Oct. 16 at 10 PM ET/PT on Sundance Channel. The premiere episode features Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson, showing their love for life, deep friendship and some interesting lessons they both learn from each other.

Ever think you’d see billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson teach legendary activist Desmond Tutu how to swim? Go HERE.

Desmond Tutu defines ICONOCLASTS for Richard Branson HERE.

Richard Branson's Secret to Success HERE.

Future episodes will feature celebs like Cameron Dia...
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Richard Branson Gives Melanie Brown A Boob Job In Commercial

September 2nd, 2008 9:03am EDT
Melanie Brown
Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown asks for a boob job from Sir Richard Branson in a new cartoon advertisement for Virgin Media.

The Yorkshire-born singer, known as Mel B in her girl power heyday, is seen in the saucy animation dressed in her trademark leopard print catsuit. Her character visits a German plastic surgeon and tells him she wants make a "big impression in Hollywood" while gesturing to her chest.

And after 'prescribing' Virgin's Movies on Demand service to help her "stand out from ze udders", the surgeon is revealed to be Virgin boss Branson.

After seeing the advert...
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