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Prince William pays tribute to Mandela

December 5th, 2013 9:20pm EST
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Prince William has paid tribute to "extraordinary and inspiring man" Nelson Mandela.
The Prince and his wife, Duchess Catherine attended the Royal Premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' - a film about the South African political figure's life - in London this evening, and were informed of his passing as the credits began to roll.
Speaking about Mandela - who died at home in Johannesburg, South Africa, aged 95 - after the screening, William said: "I just wanted to say it's extremely sad and tragic news.
"We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela wa...
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Top newsman Martin Bashir resigns over Sarah Palin remarks

December 4th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Sarah Palin
Martin Bashir, the British newsman who shot to fame after landing TV interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, has stepped down from his job as an anchorman for U.S. political news network MSNBC after making offensive comments towards Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate.

Bashir had already acknowledged that he went too far when he suggested Palin should be defecated on for remarks she made about the U.S. federal deficit last month (Nov13), and he apologised for what he said.

On his daily show earlier this week (beg02Dec13), the newsman...
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Lady Gaga pressured to drop Diana song

November 7th, 2013 4:20am EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was pressured to drop a controversial song about Princess Diana from her new album.
The 27-year-old star had wanted 'Princess Die' included on her third studio LP 'ARTPOP' - which is released on Monday (11.11.13) - but worried record company bosses at her label Streamline and parent firm Interscope urged her to axe the song fearing it may upset fans of the late Diana.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Lady Gaga was passionate about Princess Diana and, though she admitted it wasn't her best work, she still wanted it on the album.
"But after the adverse reaction it got fr...
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Diana biopic betrayed her relationship with Hasnat Khan

October 6th, 2013 6:20am EDT
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The 'Diana' biopic was a "betrayal" of Princess Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan
The heart surgeon - whose relationship with the late British royal is the subject for a new biopic starring Naomi Watts - insisted the film is "based on presumptions" and slams the idea his family were against their romance.
He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Both my parents, grandmother and all close relatives who met Diana liked her very much and my parents and grandmother never objected to our relationship.
"They were very much happy for us to make a decision ourselves and made it clear they would su...
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Diana director: Bad reviews are 'devastating'

October 3rd, 2013 11:20am EDT
Diana
'Diana' director Oliver Hirschbiegel says the film's negative reviews are "devastating".

The filmmaker's biopic about the late Princess Diana, featuring Naomi Watts in the lead role, was savaged by critics upon its release in Britain last month, but Hirschbiegel feels the movie was more harshly judged in the late royal's native country than around the world.

He told BBC News the reaction was "devastating, but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions.

"In all the other places where it's opened; in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia, it's been very strong. I th...
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British Critics Ravage 'Diana'; 'Wesley Snipes In A Blonde Wig Would Be More Convincing'

September 6th, 2013 9:26am EDT
Diana
The highly anticipated royal biopic Diana starring Naomi Watts has come under fire from movie critics in Britain, who have branded the motion picture "fabulously awful," "tedious" and "cheap."

The 44 year-old actress takes on the title role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the film, which premiered in the on Thursday night and portrays the late royal in the last years of her life before her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Nonetheless, the movie has received a slew of scathing reviews from Britain's critics in the aftermath of the premiere, with many questioning the movie's h...
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Naomi Watts Used Swizzle Stick To Paralyze Face For 'Diana' Role

August 30th, 2013 10:34am EDT
Diana
Naomi Watts has opened up about how she had to paralyze the right-side of her face to play Princess Diana.

The blonde beauty plays the late Princess of Wales in new biopic Diana and she was so determined to perfect her mannerisms that she was forced to wander around with a wooden cylindrical stick in her mouth in order to change the way it moved.

Speaking to Empire magazine, she said: "I didn't just want to appear like her, it's also about the tone of her voice and the way she moved her face. It's completely the opposite of how I move my face. I move my face on the right-hand side and she...
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Naomi Watts: 'I care deeply about how the princes feel about my Princess Diana portrayal'

August 26th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is concerned her portrayal of tragic royal Princess Diana will upset her sons, Princes William and Harry.

The Impossible actress plays the late Princess of Wales in new biopic Diana and went to extremes to perfect the beloved royal's look and mannerisms, but she fears that might not be enough to win over her sons.

Watts reveals she agonised over accepting the role because she is a mum of two boys and would hate to think that she is responsible for causing the princes any grief.

She says, "The biggest reason that made me pause was how the princes were going to be feel about th...
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Naomi Watts Used Childhood Heartache For 'Diana' Role

August 20th, 2013 2:23pm EDT
Diana
Naomi Watts called upon her own experience of childhood pain to ensure her portrayal of Diana, Princess Of Wales does not risk upsetting the royal's sons.

The 44 year-old actress was cast as the late British princess in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming biopic Diana  but her immediate concerns were the feelings of Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry.

Naomi's father, Peter, died of an apparent drug overdose when she was just seven years old and she was determined to make sure her part in the movie does not upset the royal brothers, who were aged 15 and 12 when Diana died in a car crash ...
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Scotland Yard To Assess New Information On Princess Diana's death

August 18th, 2013 1:08pm EDT
Princess Diana
Princess Diana's death could be re-investigated due to sensational new claims.

Scotland Yard have been reportedly passed on new information including an allegation the late British monarch was murdered by a soldier.

Diana and Dodi Fayed died 16 years ago after their driver Hendri Paul crashed their car in Paris and the new claims surrounding their deaths are being assessed for their credibility.

A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "A new witness has come forward and seems to be suggesting that Diana's death could be linked to the British military.

"Officers have a duty to assess ...
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Anticipation Builds For The Royal Baby

July 12th, 2013 2:48pm EDT
Royal Baby Photographers
Photographers have been busy setting up ladders and chairs and jockeying for the best position outside of St. Mary's Hospital in London in preparation for the new addition to England's Royal Family.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expecting their first child any day now, and despite no official announcement, Middleton's due date is believed to be very soon. Some say it's July 13; while Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, has reportedly said that the baby's zodiac sign will be Leo, according to to the UK's Mirror -- which means the little prince or princess...
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First Look: Naomi Watts Becomes Late Princess Of Wales In Teaser Trailer For 'Diana'

June 12th, 2013 11:19pm EDT
Naomi Watts as Diana
The first teaser trailer for Diana, the forthcoming biopic of the late Princess of Wales, was released on Wednesday. Naomi Watts stars as the People's Princess in the role of a lifetime, which chronicles the final two years of the humanitarian's life.

The film explores Diana's private life in the wake of her divorce from Prince Charles -- from her secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) up to her tragic death in a Paris tunnel in August 1997 while trying to escape the paparazzi.

The film is based on the book "Diana: Her Last Love" by Kate Snell, wh...
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Freddie Mercury Smuggled A Cross-Dressing Princess Diana Into Gay Bar

April 1st, 2013 10:27am EDT
Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana as a man and smuggled her into a gay bar, it has been claimed.

The late Queen rocker and comedian Kenny Everett reportedly gave the British royal - who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 - an army jacket, cap and sunglasses to wear for a night out in South London homosexual haunt the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in the 1980s, according to comedienne Cleo Rocos.

A piece in Cleo's new memoir The Power of Positive Drinking - which is serialized in the Sunday Times newspaper - explains: "Freddie told her we were going to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a not...
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London Heckler Throws Bottle At Rihanna; Singer Compared To Princess Diana In Local Paper

February 18th, 2013 6:01pm EST
Rihanna
Rihanna spent her Saturday night partying in London with model pals Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn at The Box nightclub; narrowly avoiding a crisis after an angry heckler threw a bottle at her while they were leaving.

The singer avoided a direct hit from the bottle, but she suffered a cut to her knee from a metal grate during all the the excitement. The assailant also yelled at her about on-again/off-again boyfriend Chris Brown, according to TMZ.com.

The singer, in town to launch her new clothing collection during Fashion Week, was also the focus of an article by feminist writer Camille...
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Naomi Watts Refused To Cut Her Hair For 'Diana' Role

January 4th, 2013 2:14pm EST
Naomi Watts As Princess Diana
Actress Naomi Watts opted to wear a wig to portray Diana, Princess Of Wales in an upcoming movie because she wasn't "brave enough" to cut her long hair for the role.

The "King Kong" star plays the lead in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Diana, which focuses on the last two years of the British royal's life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Watts was photographed in character throughout the shoot, but she reveals the short bob she sported to portray the late princess was not her real hair.

She tells Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "I loved wearing a wig to ...
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Lady Gaga Debuts 'Princess D.I.E.' Song At U.K. Show

September 9th, 2012 4:02pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga used the first U.K. show of her current world tour to debut a track written in honor of late British royal Diana, Princess Of Wales.

The pop superstar took to the stage at Twickenham Stadium in Richmond upon Thames for the first of her British Born This Way Ball shows on Saturday and she courted controversy by playing a new song called Princess D.I.E. - a reference to the late royal who died in a car crash in France in 1997.

Before playing the track, Gaga spoke of her admiration for Prince William's mother, telling the crowd, "Since I was a very young girl, the people's Prince...
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Naomi Watts Is 'Dreading' Public's Reaction To Her 'Diana' Film

September 7th, 2012 9:23am EDT
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is "dreading the reaction" to her portrayal of Diana, Princess Of Wales as she fears offending the late royal's army of loyal fans.

The British-born actress, who grew up in Australia, stars in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Diana, which tells the story of the last two years of the icon's life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Watts, who has been spotted filming scenes over the summer, admits the role was "more complicated and sensitive" than she had anticipated because she wanted to respect the late royal's sons, Princes William and Harry - and s...
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Spotted On Set: Naomi Watts As Princess Diana

July 2nd, 2012 10:59am EDT
Naomi Watts Caught In Flight
Naomi Watts has started filming "Caught In Flight," which centers on the last two years of Princess Diana's life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France, in 1997. Naveen Andrews ("Lost") also stars.

On set Watts wore a metallic sequined gown - in trademark Diana style - with short upswept hair. She doesn't bare much resemblance to the royal princess, but we have a feeling the British-born actress will act the part rather well.

Watts beat off competition from Keira Knightley and Jessica Chastain to land the role.

The actress recently admitted she was hesitant about taking on the ...
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Prince William Celebrates His 30th Birthday, To Inherit $15 Million

June 21st, 2012 1:35pm EDT
Prince William
What do you give the prince who has everything on his birthday? Around $15.7 million. As Prince William turns 30 on Thursday, he also stands to inherit half of the inheritance his mom Princess Di left upon her death in 1997.

Obviously, the Duke of Cambridge would prefer to have his mother back any day, but there is another $15 million reason for Prince William to celebrate Thursday -- aside from his 30th birthday.

Agence France-Presse reports the big 3-0 is triggering a clause in the will of his late mother, Princess Di.

That clause opens the floodgates for William to fetch a hefty inher...
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Naomi Watts Moving To London To Prepare For Princess Diana Role

June 15th, 2012 10:24am EDT
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is setting up home in the posh London borough where Princess Diana lived in preparation to play the tragic royal on the big screen.

The British-born actress, who grew up in Australia, has been cast in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Caught In Flight, which will tell the story of the last two years of the princess' life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

The star recently admitted that she is "terrified" of playing such a high-profile role, but is taking her research seriously by moving to Kensington in the U.K. capital, the same area where Princess...
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Naomi Watts Opens Up About Playing Princess Diana In 'Caught In Flight'

May 17th, 2012 8:48am EDT
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts says she feels "absolutely terrified" about portraying Diana, Princess Of Wales in a new film and she even considered turning down the job.

The British-born actress, who grew up in Australia, has been cast in Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Caught In Flight, which will tell the story of the last two years of the late royal's life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Nonetheless, Watts admits she had reservations about taking on such a high-profile part and nearly refused the offer because of her fears.

The King Kong star tells the Press Association...
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Kate Middleton Is Beautiful In Blue At Olympic Gala

May 11th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton was stunning in blue in London today. She attended the "Our Great Team Rises" event in support of Team Great Britain ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The games kick off on Friday, July 27.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a low-cut gown with a little lace on the bodice. She carried a matching clutch. She is definitely becoming a fashion icon like Princess Diana.

Earlier this week Kate and Prince William went to the Claridges Ballroom in London. She wore a sleek cream colored dress designed by Roland Mouret with a daring slit up the leg.

The great thing about Kate is we never know...
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Madonna, Lady Gaga & Michael Jackson Make Fashion Icon List

April 4th, 2012 9:15am EDT
Madonna
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have been named among the "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons" by Time magazine editors.

The extensive list features the "most influential fashion icons since 1923", the year the publication was born, and is split into six categories - Designers & Brands, Models, Muses, Photographers, Editors & Stylists and Style & Design.

The artists have all made the list as Muses, alongside rocker David Bowie, actors James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mo...
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Naomi Watts Beats Out Keira Knightley And Jessica Chastain For Princess Diana Role

February 9th, 2012 2:04pm EST
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Actress Naomi Watts has seen off competition from Keira Knightley and Jessica Chastain to land the role of Princess Diana in a new biopic.

Watts will be transformed into Diana, Princess of Wales in filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel's upcoming drama Caught In Flight.

The film will tell the story of the late royal's personal search for happiness during the last two years of her life before she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Watts, who was born in Kent, England but moved to Australia when she was 14, admits she feels honored to play the British icon.

She says, "(It's) an honor to be abl...
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Jessica Chastain To Play Princess Diana?

November 7th, 2011 3:30pm EST
Jessica Chastain
The Help star Jessica Chastain is set to play the late Princess Diana in an upcoming movie about the British royal's life, according to a new report.

The redhead will lead the cast of Caught in Flight after beating out Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley for the role, reports industry website IndieWire.com.

The controversial project is set to focus on the late royal's rumored two-year love affair with a heart surgeon in the mid-1990s.

The script was penned by British playwright Stephen Jeffreys and the movie is due to begin shooting in March, 2012.
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Matt Lauer & Ann Curry Dress Up As Prince William & Kate Middleton

October 31st, 2011 12:30pm EDT
The Today Show
Ann Curry makes a somewhat convincing Kate Middleton (if you look at her from a distance), but we think Matt Lauer makes a poor Prince William. What do you think?

"The Today Show" co-hosts dressed up as the royal couple for their annual Halloween bash this morning.

The real William and Kate recently raised $1 million for the Child Bereavement Charity, which helps alleviate the suffering of children who have lost family members. It's likely a cause close to William's heart since he lost his mother Princess Diana when he was just 15 years old.
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Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Heads To America

October 26th, 2011 3:27pm EDT
Princess Diana
Diana, Princess Of Wales' wedding dress is to be put on display during a special exhibit in Connecticut.

The iconic gown and diamond tiara the late royal wore when she exchanged vows with Prince Charles in 1981 will be featured at the Foxwoods Resort Casino as part of the Diana, A Celebration collection.

The exhibit will also feature the beloved royal's home movies, rare photos, family heirlooms, personal mementos and designer outfits, which are currently on loan from her family's Althorp estate.

The exhibit will run until January 15th.
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Princess Diana Blockbuster In The Works?

October 5th, 2011 12:55pm EDT
Princess Diana
The man behind The Madness Of King George is planning a big budget movie about the breakdown of Diana, Princess Of Wales' marriage to Prince Charles.

Producer Stephen Evans, who worked on the 1994 historical hit, as well as period pieces Twelfth Night and The Wings of the Dove, has set his sights on creating the first feature film about the beloved late royal since her death in 1997.

The $50 million movie will focus on the time leading up to the princess' divorce from the heir to the British throne in 1996, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Crime novelist Philip Kerr is onboa...
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Prince William & Kate Move Into Their New Home (Photos)

July 20th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Prince William and Catherine
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have moved into Kensington Palace in London. William lived there as a child with his brother Harry, father Charles, and mother Princess Diana.

The palace has been refurbished for the newlyweds, who celebrate their three-month anniversary on July 29. But they're only taking over a tiny part of the residence. They'll live in an apartment with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The couple recently completed a whirlwind tour of Canada and Los Angeles.
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Remembering Princess Diana On What Would Have Been Her 50th Birthday (Photos)

July 1st, 2011 8:30am EDT
Happy Birthday Princess Diana
Happy Birthday to Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 today. In addition to her tumultous relationship with ex-husband Prince Charles, her keen eye for fashion, and her offspring Princes William and Harry, she is also remembered for her charity work.

Begining in the 1980s, Diana devoted her time to numerous organizations, including less popular charities catering to AIDS and leprosy. She also aided homeless youth, drug addicts, and the elderly.

Perhaps one of the most famous images of Diana was taken while she supported the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Her work resulted...
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