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Birthday Special: Dialogues by our favorite Robert Downey Jr. that ruled our hearts

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Robert Downey Jr. is the comeback king of Hollywood. Most know him from the MCU as Iron Man, but he's been in several other acclaimed films too. His career has spanned several decades, and his legacy has been cemented since he uttered the words "I am Iron Man" in his first outing as his now most iconic character. Downey Jr. might not have won any Academy Awards but has surely won the hearts of the audience through his characters. Also known for starring in popular franchises, Downey Jr. has impressive skills to turn any scene from drama to comedy on a dime and has played some iconic roles over the last few decades. Here are some of his epic dialogues that ruled our hearts. Catch Sherlock Homes and Dolittle on Sony PIX as we celebrate Robert's 55th birthday. 1. "Is it better to be feared or respected? I say, is it too much to ask for both?" – Tony Stark 2. "Courage is not the absence of fear." – Dolitte 3. "Never theorize before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisti..
                 

How Quentin Tarantino got Brad Pitt to pop the shirt

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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says Brad Pitt was happy to take off his shirt for a scene in their film Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, although the actor is "shy" in real life. Tarantino discussed the scene in the latest episode of Amy Schumer's podcast, 3 Girls, 1 Keith, as per reports. "It was funny because Brad is kind of shy about things like that," said Tarantino, adding: "At the same time, he knows exactly what time it is. I go, so, I'm thinking, maybe you unbutton the Hawaiian shirt, and you peel that off, and then peel off the T-shirt. He was like, 'Really? You want me to go through all that button bulls**t? I'll just take it off in one bit. Go!' He continued: "I'm like, okay, this guy knows exactly what time it is. Let the master do his job. Even when you see him in the work shed, and the way he puts on the leather gloves and the wire in his mouth, [it is evident] he just knows what time it is." Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood was his love letter to Los Angeles of..
                 

Musician Alan Merrill dies of COVID-19; daughter Laura pens a heartfelt note

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Musician Alan Merrill, co-writer and singer of the original version of 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll," died on Sunday of complications from coronavirus, at the age of 69. The news was shared by his daughter, Laura Merril, on her Facebook page. "The Coronavirus took my father this morning," she wrote. "I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn't be a ticker on the right-hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.," continued Laura in her Facebook post. The late musician was a member of the band 'The Arrows.' Reportedly, it was while in the band, he wrote the song 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' which the band released in 1975. American singer-songwriter Joan Jett, upon hearing of Merrill's demise, took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt note. "I've just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed. My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole. I can still remember ..
                 

Avengers and Avatar to return to theatres in China

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The Hollywood Reporter noted that in a bid to get Chinese moviegoers back in the habit — as theatres reopen after months of Coronavirus-related closures — all four Avengers movies will return to Chinese cinemas. Other Chinese blockbusters like Wolf Warrior 2, The Wandering Earth, and Wolf Totem, and American biggies like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Interstellar and Inception, will also return. Sci-fi movie Avatar will return too, and if the reissue of James Cameron’s film performs noticeably better than the reissue of Avengers: Endgame, Avatar may snatch back its global box office crown. Reportedly, occupancy in the 500 odd cinemas that have reopened their doors after the lockdown, has been limited. A larger numbers of theatres are expected to re-open in next month as China re-emerges from national and state restrictions on movement. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to g..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka for Lady GaGa's mega COVID-19 fundraiser concert

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Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas along with names like Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney have united for pop star Lady Gaga's One World: Together At Home, a mega live-streamed and televised benefit concert in support of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Covid-19 solidarity response fund and in celebration of health workers around the world. The lineup also includes names like Chris Martin of Coldplay, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Elton John, John Legend, Lizzo, J Balvin, Stevie Wonder, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and Lang Lang, reports theguardian.com. SRK and Priyanka are among several celebrities expected atthe event, along with David Beckham, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, and "Sesame Street" cast members. Popular US talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbertwill host the event, which broadcasts live across the US television networks ABC, CBS and..
                 

Lockdown diaries: Evan Rachel Wood takes piano lessons

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Actress Evan Rachel Wood is learning to play the piano amid the coronavirus lockdown. In an interview to Deadline, Evan Rachel spoke about how she is spending time at her home and keeping her kid entertained, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "You know I have a close family unit and have been homeschooling my kid and trying to just garden and take piano lessons and do all the things that I always put off that now we all have plenty of time to do and just keeping my spirits up," she said. The actress is also worried about those who have been severely impacted by the health crisis. "All right. I'm more worried about people who are going to lose their houses and don't have healthcare and how we're going to recover from this just as a country with the economy and everything," she added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Kal Penn and the art of surviving Hollywood stereotypes

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Kal Penn has lived through Hollywood's phase of stereotypes and understands what it means to not see yourself being truly represented on TV. The Hollywood actor of Indian origin says there was a time when people of colour didn't have the luxury to have a company ensuring right casting and representation, and is glad that things are changing. He hopes his animated show "Mira, Royal Detective", will weave around with the Indian culture and traditions, adds velocity to the shifting attitude of the West. Asked how the show will change things in the West with respect of diversity or ethnicity, Kal told IANS: "I don't know if this is indicative of any dramatic change in the west or in the industry, though I hope it leads to that." "But I really want to give credit to the creators and Disney for wanting to do it right. When doing an animated show, a lot of cynics will be of the mind that a show can be set anywhere and not be culturally accurate with performers of that background, I understand..
                 

Actor Forrest Compton passes away due to complications from coronavirus

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Actor Forrest Compton, best known for his role in soap-opera 'The Edge of Night' has died of complications from coronavirus. He was 94. The news of his death was confirmed by his close friends, reported Deadline. Born in Pennsylvania, the actor went on to appear in popular soap operas including 'One Lie to Live', 'As the World Turns', and 'All My Children'. He was also seen on the NBC series 'The Troubleshooters' and was appeared alongside Christopher Walken in the 1991 film 'McBain'. Some of his other credits to his acting career include, 'The Twilight Zone', My Three Sons', 'That Girl', 'Mayberry RFD','77 Sunset Strip' to name a few from many others. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day ..
                 

Duran Duran band's bassist John Taylor shares his coronavirus recovery story

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Duran Duran band's bassist John Taylor on Monday revealed to his followers that he had tested positive for coronavirus 'almost three weeks ago' and is now feeling 'okay'. The 59-year-old musician took to Instagram to share his recovery story, in which he assured that "we can and will beat this" pandemic. "DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago," he started off the caption. "Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 years old - I like to think I am - or was blessed with getting only a mild case of COVID 19 - but after a week or so of what I would describe as a 'Turbo-charged Flu', I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn't mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover," the musician continued. The bass guitarist further addressed that the "enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic" is the reason he spoke out about the recover..
                 

Marvel film 'Black Widow' gets November release date

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Marvel Studios on Saturday announced the new release date for 'Black Widow' starring Scarlett Johansson, which was pushed after theatres were shut across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie will now open in theatres on November 6. This was announced in the official Twitter handles of Marvel Studios and Disney. The flick was supposed to hit the big screens on April 30 in India, and May 1 in the US. Johansson has played Black Widow, a major role in seven Marvel movies, tracking her evolution from morally dubious Russian assassin to a world-saving Avenger. The upcoming film depicts the life events of Natasha Romanoff during the time between the film narratives of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Endgame (2018). Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or lia..
                 

The Flash actor Logan Williams dies at 16

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Actor Logan Williams, best known for playing the young version of protagonist Barry Allen on the superhero TV show "The Flash", has died suddenly. He was 16. His mother, Marlyse Williams, confirmed his death to the Tri-City News of British Columbia, saying the family is "absolutely devastated". She added that the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions have made the family's mourning even more difficult, reports ew.com. "I am not able to hug my parents who lost their only grandchild," she said. "It's hard." Actor Grant Gustin, who plays the grown-up version of Barry Allen and his titular alter ego, took to Instagram to pay his tribute on hearing the "devastating news". "Just hearing the devastating news," Gustin wrote alongside a photo of himself, Williams, and actor Jesse L. Martin on set.       View this post on Instagram Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. This picture was early in the filming of The Flas..
                 

When Jessica Chastain snubbed role in Doctor Strange

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Actress Jessica Chastain turned down the chance to play Dr. Christine Palmer in the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer "Doctor Strange" as she only wants to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as a superhero. Writer of "Doctor Strange", C Robert Cargill, said that director Scott Derrickson wanted to rope in Chastain for the role of Strange's former lover Dr. Christine Palmer, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Once Chastain turned down the role, it then went to actress Rachel McAdams. Speaking on the Junkfood Cinema podcast, Cargill said: "The interesting thing that Hollywood's starting to find out is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do. "I know this happened with Scott. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange because we were considering her ... (and) she's like, 'Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I'm only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character, a..
                 

A Quiet Place: Part II to now release on September 4

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The Emily Blunt-starrer A Quiet Place: Part II, which was scheduled to release in March, will now open on September 4 this year. The film, written and directed by Blunt's actor-filmmaker husband John Krasinski, was originally set to hit the big screen in late March, but was among numerous Hollywood films delayed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented theatre closures, reports hollywoodreporter.com. On March 13, Krasinski had shared the news of the delay through a post on Twitter. Krasinski wrote: "One of the things I'm most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together Well, due to the ever-changing circumstances of what's going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie... I'm gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here's to our group movie date! See you soon!" The Paramount movie is a sequel to the 2018 silent blockbus..
                 

Tom Cruise's Top Gun Maverick release pushed to December 2020

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Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise on Friday announced that the release of his much-awaited flick 'Top Gun Maverick' has been pushed from June 2020 to December 2020. The 57-year-old actor took to Twitter to make the announcement about the sequel to his film. "I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone," he tweeted. 'Top Gun: Maverick', that has come 34 years after its predecessor, will now release in December 2020. I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone. — Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) April 2, 2020 In the film, Cruise is a veteran test pilot who goes by the name Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. He is assigned the job of training a group of graduates from the USAF Top Gun program for a highly specialised and risky mission. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Als..
                 

Dolly Parton supports COVID-19 research with USD one million donation

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Singer Dolly Parton is continuing her efforts to aid in the coronavirus crisis by donating $1 million to help researchers find a cure for COVID-19. Parton pledged the money to medics at Nashville, Tennessee's private research school Vanderbilt University on April 1 as she urged others who are financially secure to consider doing the same, reports aceshowbiz.com. Parton took to Instagram where she wrote: "My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure."       View this post on Instagram ❤️ A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton) onApr 1, 2020 at 9:24am PDT "I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations." The "Jolene" hitmaker concluded by saying: "Keep the faith, Dolly." Actress Reese Witherspoon commented: "Dol..
                 

Supergirl actor Olivia Nikkanen tests positive for coronavirus

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Actor Olivia Nikkanen on Tuesday joined the list of celebrities who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor known for her role in show 'The Society' shared her health update through an Instagram live session on Tuesday and posted the video on IGTV. "I am feeling better now. I still have some chest tightness. I am glad that I'm okay and that my mom is okay," she said in the video. The 21-year-old actor said that she was initially down with body pain and a temperature of 99.5 degrees but later her fever rose to 102.4 degrees. She also said that in the following days she started losing the sense of smell and taste.       View this post on Instagram Just some news! Only touched my face a couple of times and washed my hands after, I promise!! I feel extremely lucky to be able to stay home and fully recover, it is a privilege, though it should be a right. If you are also in that position, please think about the people who are not able to take time off work or t..
                 

American Film Institute launches quarantine movie club with Steven Spielberg

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In an attempt to keep the quarantine blues away during the coronavirus pandemic, the American Film Institute (AFI) has collaborated with master director Steven Spielberg to start a film club. The 'AFI Movie Club' will kick off with "The Wizard of Oz", Spielberg, who is an AFI trustee, said in a video shared on the institute's official Twitter page on Tuesday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the club will be a daily virtual gathering "to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty". In his introductory message, Spielberg said of the 1939 musical classic, "Now I know you think you've seen it but think again, because right now at this moment in history what better message is there then, 'there's no place like home'." The viewer can watch the film by going the link: AFI.com/MovieClub. Iconic movies will be selected by AFI every day to bring the world to together, "creating a communal viewing experience during these unprecedented times ..
                 

Kim confirms Kourtney made the decision to take time off from 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian confirmed that her sister Kourtney Kardashian has pressed pause on filming for 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'. According to Us Weekly, the 30-year-old Skims founder said on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Monday (local time), "She's made the decision to take time off now, and I think she really needs it. I think that'll be so much better for her." On Thursday last week, Kourtney raised eyebrows when she responded to a fan on Twitter who said she "just needs to quit the damn show!" In her succinct reply, the reality star wrote, "I did. Bye." Kourtney has been saying for months that she wanted to film less or stop altogether because it interferes with her personal life and time with her children 10-year-old Mason, 7-year-old Penelope and 5-year-old Reign. As a result, she has been at odds with her sisters about their differing schedules. Kim and Kourtney even got into a physical fight over their drama at the end of Thursday's season 18 premie..
                 

COVID-19: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively extend monetary help

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The Hollywood couple of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively has donated $400,000 to New York hospitals to aid the battle against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to TMZ, Reynolds, 43, and Lively, 32, made personal $100k donations to NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Northern Westchester and Elmhurst, reports dailymail.co.uk. They are also encouraging others to help out their local hospitals and healthcare professionals. Earlier this month, they donated $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Reynolds also pledged to donate 30 percent of all proceeds from his Aviation Gin to bartenders who are out of work amid nightlife and hospitality closure. He also joined Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in urging followers to stay home. Through a funny video, the "Deadpool" star said: "I think in times of crisis, we all know it's the celebrities that we count on most. They're the ones who are gonna help us get through this. Right after healthcare workers, of cours..
                 

Brangelina's kids stay with Jolie amid coronavirus outbreak

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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is self-isolating along with her children, and maintaining distance from everyone, including her former husband and actor Brad Pitt. According to reports, Jolie, 44, is "keeping the children with her" rather than letting them be with Pitt amid the pandemic. The Maleficent star has decided that during the crisis, the children — Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — should be with her. Their eldest child, Maddox, 18, also flew down from South Korea, where he is studying at Yonsei University in Seoul. His semester was cancelled and he decided that he would rather be with his mother in this challenging time. "All the kids are home with Angelina but they [continue to see Brad] and go over for their regular visits. They are keeping up with their school-work, practising their languages, playing instruments, board games and helping cook dinner," said a source to E! News. "They are having a lot of family time and jus..
                 

Veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura passes away of pneumonia caused by COVID-19

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Days after being hospitalised for coronavirus, veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by the virus on Sunday, reported Japan Times. The 70-year-old comic was admitted to the hospital on March 20 for symptoms of fever and severe pneumonia and was declared coronavirus positive on March 23. He was the first Japanese celebrity to contract the highly contagious virus. According to the Japan Times, Shimura belonged to Higashimurayama city in Tokyo and his real name was Yasunori Shimura. The icon joined a Japanese comic series group 'Drifters' in 1974. The group later became one of the biggest successes in the history of Japanese Comedy. Shimura rose to prominence after he starred in the prime-time television comedy show of the group 'Hachijidayo Zeninshugo.' He is known for his easy-going gags and parodies and one of the most successful ones is 'mustache dance' and a song which is a reference to his hometown in Tokyo. The veteran comedian is much acclaimed for his sat..
                 

All My Children star John Callahan dies at 66

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Longtime soap opera star John Callahan of 'All My Children' fame has died at 66. According to TMZ, the actor, known for playing Edmund Grey in All My Children, passed away on Saturday after suffering a massive stroke at his Palm Desert, CA home, confirmed his representative on Friday. Paramedics were called to his home and he was transferred to a hospital in Rancho Mirage, where he was put on life support. Callahan's representative said his death is not related to COVID-19 but notes that nonetheless, some of John's family members were only able to see him for a short while due to hospital restrictions currently in place all over the country because of the coronavirus. His ex-wife and former AMC co-star, Eva La Rue said, "We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John." She continued, "He was my great friend, co-parent and an amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express t..
                 

Why Lionel Richie 'hates' his buddy Stevie Wonder

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Asked about his friendship with Stevie, Lionel said: "So let me tell you this -- I went to his house and he said to me 'Wanna hear a new song, I have got it in the car, come on go with me'. So we go out to the car and he says 'You sit on the passenger side and I will sit on the driver's side'. He goes in, cranks the car up, and he puts the tape right in and starts driving back the driveway. And then I panic and scream 'what are you doing!" and he says 'Gotcha didn't I?' "Also I would hate to get around him because every time I would get around him, I would not want to give a phrase to him because he'll write a song with it. See you later I say, there's a song he'll write it up," he added. The singer-songwriter is judging the 18th edition of "American Idol", which airs in India on Star World. He says he has to be the bearer of bad news most of the times, which is painful. He said: "Let me tell you the deal. Some of these kids come in and they're already broken. And they say that - it is..
                 

Coronavirus effect: Elton John, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey to host a relief concert

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Legendary singer Elton John is set to host a Coronavirus relief concert that will also feature Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Billie Eilish among other artistes. John will front the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on March 29 — the same day the cancelled iHeartRadio Music Awards were set to be broadcast, claim reports. Backstreet Boys, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim McGraw will also be a part of the big event, which will feature all the musicians performing from the comfort of their own homes, using video and audio equipment. According to FOX network, the hour-long gig will "pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm's way to help their neighbours and fight the spread of the virus." Viewers will be encouraged to donate to Feeding America and the First Responders Children's Foundation as John and his famous friends belt out their some of their hits. Catch up on all the latest entertainme..
                 

Battling COVID-19: Angelina Jolie donates USD 1 million to fight child hunger

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Angelina Jolie is doing her bit to feed underprivileged children as she donated USD 1 million to 'No Kid Hungry' organization to help those in need during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to E! News Jolie said: "As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus. Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including nearly 22 million children in America who rely on food support." "No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible," she continued. However, Angelina isn't the only celebrity to use her platform for a good cause amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously, many Hollywood stars including Rihanna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated money to charities. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been ..
                 

Coronavirus concerns: Arnold Schwarzenegger donates USD one million

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Giving back to the community, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated USD one million to provide critical supplies to medical professionals dealing with coronavirus patients. The 72-year-old star on Wednesday took to social media and announced the setting-up of the Frontline Responders Fund, which will provide critical supplies to medical professionals. The 'Commando' actor announced the donation and also the fundraiser on his Instagram. "I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better," he wrote in the captions. "This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I'm proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you can step up to support these heroes. Go to the link in my bio to help out, " the 'Terminator' star added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day A..
                 

Was Idris Elba paid to say he is Coronavirus positive? The actor responds

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Actor Idris Elba has slammed accusations that he was paid to say that he had contracted coronavirus, calling it a "bullsh*t" theory. The 47-year-old actor, who recently announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus, took to Instagram Live to shut down rumours and conspiracy theory claiming that celebrities have been paid to say that they have been infected by the virus, reports etonline.com. "I think the debate about rich and poor and who's getting it and who's not, I think, is not a healthy debate. It's like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don't understand that," Elba told his followers. "It shouldn't be about whether rich or poor gets it. I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive. I don't see what people get out of that. And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I've got coronavirus, that's absolute bullsh*t. Such stupidness," he added. The actor continued: "People wanna spread that as ..
                 

COVID-19: Robert De Niro urges people to stay at home

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In a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus, actor Robert De Niro shared a video message for his followers urging them to stay indoors during this trying time. The 76-year-old star was recently seen recording a public statement encouraging everybody to practice self-isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak.The video was part of a series released by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office in its ongoing effort to stop the rapidly spreading virus from doing more damage, reported Variety. In the shared 24-second long video, the actor who is seen at the comfort of his house begins the video by saying "Hello, this is Robert De Niro. We all need to stay home.""We need to stop the spread of this virus and we can only do it together. Not just to protect ourselves but to protect others and all the older people you love. Please... I'm watching you," he added.Many actors from the industry are putting their best foot forward to raise awareness of the importance of self-isolation during t..
                 

Aliens actor Jay Benedict succumbs to COVID-19

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Aliens actor Jay Benedict has tragically passed away after suffering complications from the coronavirus. He was 68. His official website announced: "It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay's death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection." Benedict was known for playing Russ Jordan in James Cameron's 1986 release Aliens, sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien. He also appeared in detective drama Foyle's War, playing John Kieffer, a US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle. He had recently starred in Call The Midwife and Downton Abbey. Soon after the news of his death broke out, tributes poured in remembering the actor. Vicki Michelle, who starred in "Allo Allo", paid tribute to the "lovely man". She wrote: "Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19." "Only Fools and Horses" a..
                 

Priyanka Chopra to participate in virtual benefit concert for COVID-19

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Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday announced that she will be part of an upcoming virtual benefit concert - 'One World: Together At Home'. In partnership with Global Citizen, the 37-year-old, on Instagram, revealed her excitement to showcase the special event on April 18. "The first of its kind global broadcast event in benefit of the @WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Fund," she captioned the post. She also said that the benefit concert will be an effort to honour "healthcare and front line essential community workers through music and celebration at home." The virtual concert will be co-hosted by comedians Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert.       View this post on Instagram @glblctzn and I are so excited to bring this special event to you on April 18th, One World: #TogetherAtHome, the first of its kind global broadcast event in benefit of the @WHO Covid-19 Solidarity Fund. We’ll be honoring healthcare and front line essential community workers through music and c..
                 

'Bond girl' Honor Blackman passes away

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British actress Honor Blackman, who became the oldest 'Bond girl' when she starred across Sean Connery in "Goldfinger", has died of old-age complications at the age of 94, reports said on Monday Her family said she died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, East Sussex, the BBC reported. Blackman's martial arts training helped her win the role of lesbian pilot Pussy Galore, an associate of gold-obsessed Bond villain Goldfinger before becoming a Bond ally, in the third James Bond film (1964). "I was already a James Bond fan but I asked to read (the novel) Goldfinger before taking the part," she once admitted. "By the time I had read it, I was convinced it was absolutely me." At 39, she was five years older than Connery but sparkled in the role. Blackman, who had been a dispatch rider during the Second World War, however, came to public notice as the feisty, black-clad female agent in 1960s TV show "The Avengers". Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Al..
                 

What's on your plate? Nick Jonas has gone desi in his food preferences; thanks to Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas has made husband Nick Jonas dig Indian food. The singer revealed in an interview to an American magazine that he loves an Indian spread on the table. He also knows what to order on the menu at a restaurant as he is familiar with the dishes. When he was asked what's his favourite, Nick quipped, "Paneer... it's the best." He considers paneer tikka masala special. The Desi girl seems to have made hubby go desi in his food preferences. Talking about the pandemic COVID-19, Priyank, along with her singer husband Nick Jonas, donated to several organisations including PM CARES Fund, Goonj, Feeding America and others to combat coronavirus which has affected over 10 lakh people globally. PC has also donated $100,000 along with the organisation BON V!V Spiked Seltzer to the women out there who are working for the betterment of society amid the coronavirus pandemic. On the work front, Priyanka was last seen on screen in "The Sky Is Pink", directed by Shonali Bose. The fi..
                 

Val Kilmer hasn't dated anyone in 20 years

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Val Kilmer says he hasn't had a girlfriend in two decades, admitting that he is "lonely part of every day". The actor, who dated some of the most famous women in Hollywood, opened up about the current status of his love life in his new memoir "I'm Your Huckleberry", reports people.com. "I haven't had a girlfriend in 20 years. The truth is I am lonely part of every day," Kilmer writes. The actor famously dated Daryl Hannah, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie and Cher and married actress Joanne Whalley in 1988. The two divorced in 1996 and share two children: daughter Mercedes, 28, and son Jack, 24. Kilmer said he has always been intrigued by women. "I've always found women infinitely more interesting than men," Kilmer writes, adding: "Perhaps that's why we've always gotten along. We are big oafy elephants and they are butterflies." In the memoir, he also opened up for the first time about his battle with throat cancer. Kilmer was diagnosed with the illness in 2015 and says Cher, whom he dat..
                 

Actor and author Patricia Bosworth passes away due to COVID-19

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Veteran actor and author Patricia Bosworth passed away at an age of 86 on Thursday due to pneumonia caused by COVID-19, reported E! Online. The senior actor's demise was confirmed by her step-daughter Fia Hatsav on Facebook. "This terrible virus has taken my Vibrant, talented, and loving Step-Mother, Patricia Bosworth. You may read about her in all the news articles... But to us she was Patti, and Grandma Patti," read a post by Hatsav. "She was a humble, caring and compassionate person. She adopted us and we in return adopted her. She was part of our family, in every way. She loved my children and treasured being their grandma, it meant everything to her," the post further read. Some of the major acting works of the 86-year-old star include 'The Patty Duke Show' and 'Kraft Theatre.' Some of her known works as an author include her biographies of Hollywood celebrities including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and others. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Al..
                 

Selena Gomez is battling bipolar disorder

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Singer Selena Gomez has revealed that she's battling bipolar disorder and said that learning about her the disorder took the fear away. Gomez shared the news with her friend and singer Miley Cyrus during a tete-a-tete on the later's "Bright Minded" Instagram Live show on April 3, saying that she learned about her mental health condition during a visit to Massachusetts' McLean Hospital. Gomez told Cyrus and the viewers that the more information she gathered about being bipolar, the easier it was to deal with the diagnosis, reports aceshowbiz.com. She said: "When I have more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it... When I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it and it took the fear away." "When I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms and my mom bought me all these books on thunderstorms and she was like, 'The more you educate yourself on this, the more that you're not going to be afraid'. It completely worked. "That'..
                 

Guess who Keanu Reeves credits for raising John Wick bar

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John Wick fame actor Keanu Reeves credits director Chad Stahelski for expanding the film franchises action into different environments. "Chad Stahelski, the director of the films, wanted to expand John Wick's action into different environments and he wanted ninjas," Reeves said. "It's John Wick so what, let's have a motorcycle fight with swords and pistols which is against ninjas. This one involved some technology I won't go into the details of it but it's pretty involved. So there was some real motorcycle riding and then the fight stuff was completely a whole different thing," added the actor, who essays the role of remorseful assassin John Wick. The "John Wick" franchise has raised the bar for action films mainly due to its departure from the cliche action aesthetic. The third chapter of the film franchise "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" released last year. It will air in India on April 12 on Star Movies. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski helmed the third movie as well. It ..
                 

Are you ready to watch these classic movies and shows online?

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Starting April 3, 2020, Disney+ Hotstar is set to offer an unmatched entertainment experience for families with the world's best superhero movies, unrivalled animated films, popular kids programming, recently released Bollywood blockbusters, exclusive Hotstar Specials shows, unlimited LIVE sporting action, and much more. Here's a list of 10 must-watch shows and movies: The Mandalorian After the fall of the Galactic Empire, lawlessness has spread throughout the galaxy. A lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches, earning his keep as a bounty hunter. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Thirteen years after High School Musical was filmed at East High, the drama department is putting together a bold new production: High School Musical: The Musical, and this time the lyrics are on screen, so you can sing along in every episode. The World According to Jeff Goldblum Jeff Goldblum pulls the thread of a deceptively familiar object to unravel a world of astonishing connect..
                 

Selma Blair having incredible time during self-isolation

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Actress Selma Blair says she is having an "incredible" time during self-isolation as it gives her a chance to spend more time with her son. In an episode of Miley Cyrus' web series "Bright Minded", the 47-year-old actress said that the social distancing guidelines imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus have had little impact on the way she lives her life reports femalefirst.co.uk. That's because she doesn't go out much due to having multiple sclerosis (MS). She also noted that she is enjoying her time with her eight-year-old son Arthur. "I've been pretty much in isolation for two years because my physical issues make it harder to get out, harder to speak, all of these things. Now everyone's on this same daily trajectory I'm on. This is an incredible time for me, because I'm home, and to have my son home and to be able to have people understand," Blair said. The "Cruel Intentions" star urged people to "be the best you you can be" during this time of uncertainty. She said: "This momen..
                 

Singer Adam Schlesinger dies of COVID-19; Tom Hanks pays tribute

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for his work with rock band Fountains Of Wayne, is reported to have died after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. He was 52. The "Stacy's Mom" singer was hospitalised after contracting COVID-19 in February, a fan suggested he had been placed in a medically-induced coma - a fact his longtime lawyer, Josh Grier, disputed earlier this week, reports aceshowbiz.com. "He's very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators, but no one has used the word 'coma' to me," Grier said. Another attorney, Jaime Herman, told portal WENN: "The reports that Adam is in a medically-induced coma are inaccurate. His doctors have not used that terminology." A family statement, also obtained by WENN, read: "Thank you for the outpouring of love for Adam and his family. Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19. He's on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery. He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improvi..
                 

Coronavirus Scare: Singer Harry Styles gets stuck in California

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Singer Harry Styles has shared that he is stuck in California and is unable to fly home to the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During an interview with Roman Kemp on his Capital FM breakfast show, the Fine line singer revealed how he is unable to be with his family in this difficult time, reports dailymail.co.uk. "I'm actually in California, I got stuck. I was supposed to be coming home then it all got a bit sketchy with the flights," Styles said. The update comes after his decision to postpone his tour due to the global health crisis. Love On Tour was due to kick off in April 2020 in the UK, but Styles cancelled it. However, he has since shared his revised schedule on Instagram for 2021 that will see the tour kick off in Italy. The former One Direction star said: 'It's obviously disappointing but it's not even close to being the most important thing at all right now. But it's okay, I think that everybody understands it's not really like there's anything you can do about it..
                 

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively donate USD 400K to New York hospitals

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Amid growing coronavirus concerns, Hollywood couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively has donated USD 400,000 to New York hospitals to aid the battle against the pandemic. According to TMZ, Reynolds and Lively, made personal USD 100K donations to NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Northern Westchester and Elmhurst. As the infection rate continues to rise the couple also encouraged people across America to help their local hospitals, healthcare workers and communities during this difficult time. It is their second major donation as earlier this month Ryan and Blake donated USD 1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the s..
                 

Singer Rihanna wants to have 'three or four' kids with or without a partner

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With plans to have a large family in the future, singer Rihanna admitted that she definitely sees kids in her coming times whether she has a partner or not. According to USA Today, in a new cover story for British Vogue, Rihanna opened up about her 10-year-plan. "I know I will want to live differently. I'll have kids -- three or four of 'em," the Fenty Beauty owner confessed. When asked whether she would still have kids if she hasn't found the right person, Rihanna replied, "Hell yeah." "I feel like society makes me want to feel like, 'Oh, you got it wrong...' They diminish you as a mother if there's not a dad in your kids' lives. But the only thing that matters is happiness, that's the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That's the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love," she added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

K-pop star Park Jimin watches Aamir Khan's film 3 Idiots

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The Indian film industry, especially Bollywood, is well-known across the world for its content and performances.  One film that has stood the test of time is Rajkumar Hirani's directorial 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Boman Irani, Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan. The film, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra's banner Vinod Chopra Films, released in 2009. The film not only garnered immense love from the Indian audience, but also went on to mesmerise the global viewers, especially in countries like China and Japan. Recently Jimin, a member of the popular Korean boy band BTS or Bangtan Boys shared on Twitter that he was watching 3 Idiots while practising social distancing due to COVID-19. It just goes to prove that great cinema transcends all borders. The Twitter handle of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films, too, shared his tweet. Here's what they tweeted: Thank you @BTS_twt for showing love for #3Idiots 🙏PS: When you are tensed, tell your heart #ALLIZZWELL 😃 #BTS https://..
                 

Actor Nico Santos loses his stepfather to Coronavirus, shares a heartbreaking post

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Actor Nico Santos, who portrayed Oliver T'sien in Crazy Rich Asians, shared with the world the news that his stepfather has passed away after battling COVID-19. Taking to his Instagram account to share a photo of his late stepfather and his mother, the 40-year-old Filipino-American actor wrote: "This is my stepdad Sonny and my mom Tita." "My Tito Sonny passed away yesterday after losing his battle with COVID-19," he added, according to a report in aceshowbiz.com. Remembering Sonny as "a kind, caring man," the "Superstore" actor shared that Sonny was "friendly to a fault." Have a look right here:       View this post on Instagram This is my stepdad Sonny and my mom Tita. My Tito Sonny passed away yesterday after losing his battle with COVID-19. He was a kind, caring man. Friendly to a fault. He always greeted strangers walking past him with a chipper ‘Good Morning!’ and a big smile. He had a great laugh that filled the room with joy. My mom is also fightin..
                 

Emily Blunt wants to be Mary Poppins again

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Actor Emily Blunt says it is her wish to revisit the world of Mary Poppins, once again. The actor, 37, took on the role of the magical English nanny in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, which was a direct sequel to the 1964 original. "I don't know if it'll happen, but I loved playing Poppins so much. I don't necessarily like to revisit parts I've already done, but the ones I found joyous, I'd think about them," the actor said. Blunt is currently looking forward to the release of her latest film, A Quiet Place 2. The film, directed by her husband, actor John Krasinski, was scheduled to release worldwide earlier this month, but has now been postponed in the wake of the pandemic. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data..
                 

Tom Hanks shares health update after returning to Los Angeles

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson gave their first health update on Saturday since returning to the United States. According to People magazine, the couple, who were both diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month, recently returned to Los Angeles after self-quarantining in Australia for two weeks. pic.twitter.com/f6wLTkz90m — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 28, 2020 The 63-year-old actor said on Twitter on Saturday that he and Wilson would want to quarantine. His tweet reads, "Hey, Folks... We're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing,.Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx." Hanks shared a statement on how the couple was feeling, several days before the couple return to Los Angeles. Hanks issued a joint statement on Twitt..
                 

Jesy Nelson does not pay attention to trolls anymore

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In an interview to The Sun Newspaper, Jesy spoke about how she has started to appreciate herself as she learns to ignore what haters have to say, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "In years to come I'm going to be so old and wrinkly, I'm going to have saggy b**bs and my belly is going to be all flabby and wrinkly. And I'm going to look back on these times when I thought I looked dreadful and think, 'Jesus Christ, I actually looked banging.' I'm going to be like, 'Why didn't I f***ing appreciate myself?'," she said. She added: "It's so f***ing hard. I will never, ever sit here and say, 'Oh my God, I'm so confident now, I love myself', because I don't. It's just something that I'm working on and I'm accepting myself for who I am.I know I'll never, ever be the same and feel the same about myself." The "Power" hitmaker is "starting to get myself to a point where I'm just accepting it for what it is and learning to get over certain things that I couldn't before". In her documentary "Jesy Nelson: O..
                 

Kathy Griffin reveals why she couldn't be tested for Coronavirus despite showing symptoms

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Comic Kathy Griffin has been hospitalised with what she fears is coronavirus but she can't get tested. The comedian turned to Instagram on Wednesday and shared from a hospital bed that she had been transported to a COVID19 isolation ward while blasting US President Donald Trump's claims that America is leading the world in coronavirus testing, reports aceshowbiz.com. "He's lying," she wrote beneath Trump's tweet. She added: "I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn't test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST." Have a look right here:       View this post on Instagram ‪He’s lying. I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavir..
                 

Actor Laura Bell Bundy tests positive for coronavirus

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American movie actor Laura Bell Bundy has tested positive for coronavirus. The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19. "I have Corona Virus," Laura wrote alongside a video. In the video, Bundy said, "Hey guys, wanted to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19, I have coronavirus. Do not be alarmed. I am OK. I am taking everything in stride. I am taking all the nutritional supplement that have been recommended by my doctor. I have been taking herbs for a while as well." Further sharing her experience, Bundy explained that her symptoms were minor and that over the past wee       View this post on Instagram Going live on Instagram today at 1:30pm to answer any questions you may have about my symptoms and how I’m taking care of myself. Please please stay home, take care of yourselves. God Bless. A post shared by Laura Bell Bundy (@laurabellbundy) onMar 25, 2020 at 9:40am PDT ks she had a head..
                 

Harry Styles postpones tour, urges people to follow self-isolation

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Singer Harry Styles on Wednesday announced that he would be postponing the European leg of 'Love on Tour' in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The former 'One Direction' member revealed the news on Instagram and announced that the tour will now be rescheduled to 2021. The 26-year-old musician cleared that the decision to postpone was keeping in mind the "safety and protection of touring crew, fans and everyone else around the world." "For obvious reasons, the upcoming tour in the UK and Europe will be rescheduled to 2021. Tickets already purchased will be valid for these shows. In the meantime, we will be closely monitoring the situation around the world and will continue updating you in the months to come," he wrote. The 'Adore You' star further urged his followers to practice the measure of self-isolation. "For the safety of yourself and others, please self-isolate. We're all in this together. I can't wait to see you out on the road as soon as it's safe to do so. Until then, treat pe..
                 

Lady Gaga postpones release of Chromatica due to coronavirus outbreak

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Posting a long letter on Instagram on Tuesday, singer Lady Gaga has announced that she is postponing the release of her new album 'Chromatica' due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The 33-year-old singer started the letter by asking people if they are safe and social distancing by staying at home. Read it right here:        View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) onMar 24, 2020 at 9:02am PDT "First of all, I wont to make sure everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing. Please know that I'm thinking of you all," the musician's letter read. "I wanted to tell you that after a lot of deliberation, I've made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of Chromatic. I will announce a new 2020 release date soon," she said. After announcing a push-back of her much-awaited album the singer then threw light on the tough times that the world is currently battling. "This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and ..
                 

Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend Camila Morrone are self-quarantining amid coronavirus fears

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American actor Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend Camila Morrone are self-quarantining together at the 'Inception' actor's Los Angeles home amid the coronavirus outbreak. A source told Us Weekly, on Monday (local time), "They're always together, but like maintaining privacy." The insider revealed that the lovebirds are "not the type of couple to be posting on social media about each other." The insider further revealed that they are really great for each other and have been enjoying this time together off the grid. While attending the Golden Globes 2020, the couple shared a moment of PDA after Leo and his costars' win for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy. Despite a nearly 23-year age gap between them, Morrone isn't worried about what others have to say about her romance with the 'Titanic' actor. In December, the 22-year-old model said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, "There's so many relationships in Hollywood -- and in the history of the world -- where people have lar..
                 

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Salma Hayek on Eternals role: Finally, I can be a superhero

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Hollywood star Salma Hayek is happy that she got to fulfil her wish of playing a superhero with upcoming movie The Eternals. In the Marvel Studios film, the Mexican-American actor features alongside the likes of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Barry Keoghan. In an interview with Total Film, Hayek described the titular Eternals as a gang of misfits, except for Jolie. At 53, finally! I can be a superhero. I play Ajak, who is the leader of the superheroes and all of them are people you would never have imagined. Except for Angelina She was born to be a superhero, the actor said. The rest of us (Eternals) are like misfits, and we're all superheroes, and I get to be the leader. That sounds really appropriate! Yes, why not? Let's go! It just made me feel like, `Maybe they're doing something different.' And they are, she added. Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the story of "The Eternals" is se..
                 

Harry Potter series author JK Rowling reveals she suffered from COVID-19 symptoms

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Renowned author and the creator of film series Harry Potter JK Rowling on Monday said that she suffered from all the COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks but has completely recovered now. The 54-year-old author took to Twitter to share a technique of relieving respiratory symptoms and said that it helped her, though she did not get herself tested for coronavirus. She shared a video link by a doctor from a UK based hospital who is seen speaking about the technique to relieve the respiratory symptoms of COVID-19. "Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. For last 2 weeks I've had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven't been tested) & did this on doc husband's advice. I'm fully recovered & technique helped a lot," she tweeted. In another tweet, Rowling thanked her fans for their concern and reassured that she has completely recovered. Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. For last 2 weeks I'v..
                 

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Jaws actress Lee Fierro passes away due to Coronavirus complications

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Lee Fierro, an actor best known for playing Mrs. Kintner in Steven Spielberg's cult creature feature Jaws, has died of complications from coronavirus. She was 91. According to The Martha's Vineyard Times, a small service is being planned by Fierro's family in Ohio, what with social distancing strictures in place during these times of coronavirus pandemic. There are plans for a memorial service in island of Martha's Vineyard at a later date, reports variety.com. A resident of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, said Fierro had been living at an assisted care facility in Ohio when she died. In Jaws, Fierro's character was the mother of Alex Kintner (Jeffrey Voorhees), the second victim of the great white shark. In the 1975 film, after her son is attacked off the shore of Amity Island, she walks up to police chief Brody (Roy Scheider) and slaps him in a memorable scene. She also reprised her role as the character in Jaws: The Revenge in 1987. While shooting Jaws in Martha's Vineyard, Fierro..
                 

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Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas passes away at 86

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Canadian actress and civil rights activist Shirley Douglas died Sunday at the age of 86, her son actor Kiefer Sutherland said. Douglas died following a bout of pneumonia, Sutherland wrote on Twitter, specifying that it was not related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. "My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life," wrote Sutherland, best known as agent Jack Bauer in the TV thriller "24." "Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming," he wrote. Douglas spent her acting career between Canada and Hollywood, where she worked with big-name directors such as Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg. pic.twitter.com/w5eZ0XoyDv — Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) April 5, 2020 She is also known for campaigning for several progressive causes, including the civil rights movement and the Black Panthers in the 1960s and later defending Canada's public health care system. Douglas had three children, two of the..
                 

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Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson deliver tacos to healthcare workers amid COVID-19 outbreak

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American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend Cody Simpson are showing appreciation for some of the heroes working to save lives on the front line amid COVID-19 outbreak. Miley and Cody delivered 120 tacos to healthcare workers at the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, located in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley on Saturday. Simpson posted the videos and pictures of the same on his Instagram handle. He wrote, "During a pandemic, we have to show love and support to all the healthcare workers doing their amazing job, so we're doing a big taco delivery to our local hospital." The 23-year-old singer also shared a picture showing him and Cyrus wearing surgical masks and disposable gloves as they stand beside a cart full of brown paper bags filled with tacos, as well as an image of masked hospital staff holding their meals. These brown bags contained handwritten messages. One of the messages read, "Thank you for your support and love...stay stro..
                 

Katy Perry reveals gender of her first child with Orlando Bloom

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American-singer songwriter Katy Perry has revealed a piece of happy news that she and Orlando Bloom are expecting a baby girl. The 35-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday and announced, "It's a girl" and posted a sweet picture of Bloom smiling with pink cream on his face. The adorable picture of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star appeared to be from gender reveal celebration. She also wrote, "Girls Run the World" along with the post.  This comes about one month after the 'Roar' singer announced her pregnancy in the music video for her song 'Never Worn White.' At the end of the short film, fans saw Perry cradling her baby bump. According to E!News, the 13-time Grammy nominee said that during an Instagram Live video last month, And I like to tell you guys everything but I knew I would tell you in the best way, which is through a piece of music because that's... I guess that's how I speak to you. That's how we speak together to each other." Orlando and Katy got engaged last y..
                 

Pink, son are COVID-19 free after testing positive

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Singer Pink has shared that she and her son had coronavirus. Pink has been regularly updating her Instagram to share her family's activities while in home during the lockdown, but on April 3 she shared about her and her son's diagnosis. She took to her social media accounts that she and her three-year-old-son Jameson showed symptoms of COVID-19 two weeks ago and tested positive for the disease, reports aceshowbiz.com. "Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive.       View this post on Instagram Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are..
                 

Ain't No Sunshine singer Bill Withers passes away at 81

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Soul legend Bill Withers is no more. He passed away at the age of 81 on Friday of heart complications, according to a statement issued by his family. "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones," read the statement. Withers' was an influential voice that inspired an entire generation of soul, RnB, blues and funk singing with hits such as "Lovely day", "Ain't no sunshine", and "Lean on me" among numerous others. Born on July 4 1938, Withers was the youngest among six children. He was raised by his mother and grandmother after his father died when he was around six years old. Unlike most mu..
                 

Yogi Bear voice actress Julie Bennett dies due to COVID-19 at 88

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Julie Bennett, the actress who voiced cartoon character Yogi Bear's love interest has passed away from coronavirus complications. She was 88. Bennett died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here on March 31, her agent and friend Mark Scroggs confirmed, according to a report in aceshowbiz.com. Bennett started her acting career with on-screen appearances in 1950s series like Adventures of Superman, Leave It to Beaver, Highway Patrol, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, before discovering her talent as a voiceover artist, beginning with 1960's The Bullwinkle Show. She lent her voice to the character of Cindy Bear on The Yogi Bear Show from 1961 to 1962, and later reprised her character for a 1964 spin-off film titled Hey There, It's Yogi Bear. She continued to voice Cindy in projects, such as Yogi's Gang, Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics in 1977, and The New Yogi Bear Show in 1988. Her other animation credits include names like The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Bugs Bunny Show, Mist..
                 

Rachel Bloom writes an emotional post as she becomes a mother

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom took to Instagram to reveal that she gave birth to her first child. Bloom and husband Dan Gregor welcomed their daughter, with the actress noting that she was in the NICU during the Coronavirus pandemic while "a dear friend" was in a hospital 3,000 miles away, reports hollywoodreporter.com. "Having a baby in the NICU during a pandemic while a dear friend was in the hospital 3,000 miles away made this by far the most emotionally intense week of mine and Gregor's lives. As the lovely doctors and nurses helped my daughter get some fluid out of her lungs, we watched the maternity ward around us change hourly to prepare for the upcoming COVID storm," Bloom said. The 32-year-old continued: "The whole family is now home safe and I am just so grateful to all of our medical workers. From those in our NICUs to those directly helping COVID patients like Adam, they are sacrificing so much to fight on the front lines of this war. Thank you thank you thank you.B..
                 

Age doesn't matter for Rita Ora

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Singer Rita Ora, 29, does not like the idea of bringing age in everything. In an interview with NME.com, the "Poison" hitmaker spoke about how irrelevant is to get insecure of your increasing age, reports femalefirst.co.uk." "The problem is that insecurity gets put onto you through comments that you read over the years. You start to think, 'I'm not as young as I used to be. I'm not the fresh girl on the scene I once was'. "I can proudly say, 'Yeah - I use my looks because I'm very comfortable in my skin and I like my body', but that gives people an opportunity to say, 'Oh, well - you're getting older'," Rita said. She also spoke about Jennifer Lopez, mentioning how she rose to fame in her thirties. "I stand up for these girls because age really doesn't matter - J. Lo had her first hit in her thirties." She also thinks the obsession surrounding age is sexist. "And men don't get asked how old they are all the time," Rita added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip her..
                 

Idris Elba: We've passed the quarantine period but we are stuck in limbo

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Weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus, actor Idris Elba on Wednesday took to social media to share a health update and said that he is still asymptomatic. Days after Elba tested positive, his wife Sabrina Dhowre had also tested positive for the virus. My peeps👊🏾.. pic.twitter.com/gqea4S3zKD — Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 31, 2020 "We're doing okay, still asymptomatic. We've passed the quarantine period but we are stuck in limbo, we can't get a flight back home, so we just have to sit still for a little bit. I think the worst of it has probably passed because I never sit still," said Elba in a video he posted on Twitter. Elba previously revealed he and Dhowre were under quarantine together in New Mexico. The actor also went on to praise those on the frontline of the fight against pandemic. "Just a big shoutout to everyone that's helping other people, especially the doctors and nurses and health care people that are doing their thing, you lot are amazing and sho..
                 

COVID-19: Star Wars actor Andrew Jack dies aged 76

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'Star Wars' actor Andrew Jack has died from COVID-19 related health complications on Tuesday, reported Deadline. According to the 76-year-old actor's agent Jill McCullough, he died at a hospital located in Chertsey.' "Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach," Deadline quoted McCullough as saying. Jack's wife Gabrielle Rogers took to Twitter to express sorrow over the demise of her husband. "We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all 'with' him. Take care out there, lovers," she tweeted. Jack was also a dialect coach along with being an actor. He has worked with actors on films like 'Men in Black: International', 'Thor: Ragnarok', 'The Lord of the Rings trilogy' and two 'Avengers' movie. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download t..
                 

Elizabeth Hurley shares coronavirus quarantine update

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English actor Elizabeth Hurley has been a busy bee while stuck in COVID-19 quarantine. She shared an update on her life since beginning self-isolation in her first post in over two weeks. Her post on Instagram has a photo of her clutching a glass and wearing a dark-coloured dress with light floral print.       View this post on Instagram Day 11 of my family’s lockdown in Herefordshire and I finally washed my hair, put on some make up and found time to post. In these scary times I feel incredibly lucky to live in the countryside and have lots of outside space. As well as my son, I have seven other people living with me including my 79 year old mother and her sister- also in her late 70’s- and one of my best friends who is in the highest risk group with severe respiratory problems. Keeping everyone as safe as possible (and fed) is a full time job 😉. We all are full of the highest admiration for our wonderful NHS staff and are doing everything we c..
                 

Country music artist Joe Diffie passes away due to coronavirus complications

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Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday due to coronavirus complications. He was 61. The news was shared on the official Facebook page of the star which said he died on Sunday "from complications of coronavirus." Two days before his death, on Saturday, the legendary singer had revealed the information of being tested positive for coronavirus on his official Facebook page. In the statement, the musician said: "I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus." He also further stated that he and his family are expecting some "privacy" at this time. ,"We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic," the statement further read. Diffie, who rooted from Oklahoma, had a string of hits under his list during the 1990s, including 'John Deere Green', 'Pickup Man', and 'Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)', to name a few from many. 'A Thousa..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: Disneyland indefinitely shuts doors

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World will not be opening their doors for the public anytime soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two theme parks, based in California and Florida, were expected to open on Wednesday next week. But, in light of the rising number of cases, the theme parks will remain closed till further notice. "While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company's top priority," a statement from the company reads. "As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice," it added. Earlier, Universal Studios Hollywood announced that its park would extend its closure to April 19. Disney further said that it will extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18. Catch up on all the late..
                 

Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson back in US after COVID-19 battle

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have returned to the US after spending more than two weeks in quarantine in Australia following their COVID-19 diagnosis. The pair, who were the first celebrities to go public with their battle with coronavirus on March 11, were photographed driving here after flying home on a private jet, reports dailymail.co.uk. In the pictures, they were smiling and looked at calm while driving. Hanks and Wilson were on lockdown while recovering in Australia, where Hanks was filming a movie about Elvis Presley. He is playing Colonel Tom Parker, Presley's manager, in the film directed by Baz Luhrmann. The production of the film is currently suspended. The couple shared numerous updates with their fans during their self-quarantine. On March 23, Hanks tweeted an update to his fans that read: "Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better". "Sheltering in place works like this: You don't give it to anyone -You don't get it from anyone..
                 

Iron Man 2 actor Keith Lawrence Middlebrook arrested for alleged attempt to sell fake COVID-19 cure

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Actor Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, who appeared in Iron Man 2 and TV hit Entourage has been arrested by FBI agents for reportedly attempting to sell a fake coronavirus cure. Middlebrook is facing one felony count of attempted wire fraud for reportedly soliciting investments for a company called Quantum Prevention CV Inc. to market pills he claimed would prevent COVID-19 infections and a shot to cure the virus, reports aceshowbiz.com He was arrested in Los Angeles on March 25, following an FBI sting, in which he reportedly delivered a pack of pills to an undercover agent posing as an investor. Middlebrook "falsely claimed" to at least one potential backer that basketball icon Earvin 'Magic' Johnson was on the board of directors, but according to the affidavit, "Mr. Johnson confirmed to investigators that he knew nothing about Middlebrook's company." US Attorney Nick Hanna, for the Central District of California, has warned people to beware of similar scams during the coronavirus pandemic..
                 

William Dufris, the man who gave his voice to Bob The Builder, passes away

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William Dufris, widely known as the voice of the popular toon character Bob The Builder, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 62. His partners at Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded, confirmed the news via Twitter: "We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocketplot and the director of EC Comics Presents... The Vault of Horror, William Dufris, has died from cancer." Have a look right here: We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocketplot and the director of “EC Comics Presents... The Vault of Horror”, William Dufris, has died from cancer.There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later. Bless you, Bill. pic.twitter.com/QHrZ69i6ti — Pocket Universe Productions (@PocketPlot) March 24, 2020 Dufris voiced Bob the Builder in the US and Canada for nine seasons of the TV show, Bob The Builder, reports aceshowbiz.com. Dufris began his career on the radio in London and at ..
                 

Reese Witherspoon: Daughter's college plan was arrow to the heart

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Actress Reese Witherspoon says her daughter's college plans felt like an "arrow to the heart". In an interview to Emmy magazine, the 44-year-old actress opened up about her show "Little Fires Everywhere" and revealed how the source material struck a chord with her as daughter Ava, 20, was also preparing for the next stage of her life, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "My daughter was applying for college back then, so it hit me like an arrow in the heart. It's so difficult to articulate what motherhood means, and there are so many passages in the novel that did," she said. Witherspoon has Ava with former husband Ryan Phillippe and also has kids Deacon, 16, and Tennessee, seven, with current husband Jim Toth. She also shared that her favourite passage from the book was about comparing parenthood to an apple. The quote read: "It was like training yourself to live on the smell of an apple alone, when what you really wanted was to devour it, to sink your teeth into it and consume it, seeds, core..
                 

Good News! Actress Heidi Klum reveals she has been tested Coronavirus negative

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German-American model and Hollywood celebrity Heidi Klum has confirmed that she doesnt have coronavirus, 10 days after taking the test. "Day 14 of staying home #covid_19negative," the 46-year-old wrote on Instagram. Take a look right here:       View this post on Instagram Day 14 of staying H❤️ME #covid_19negative A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) onMar 24, 2020 at 4:37pm PDT "(I'm) much better thank you. I just have a bad cold and am trying to get over it. Sending love out to you and everyone," she added. Klum was self-quarantined in her Bel-Air mansion since falling ill on March 7, which effectively shut down production on the third season of "America's Got Talent: The Champions", reports dailymail.co.uk. Klums third husband Tom Kaulitz received his negative test results on March 16. She can now reunite with the 30-year-old Tokio Hotel guitarist, who spent Sunday making TikTok videos with his identical twin brother and bandmate Bill. The retired Vict..
                 

When Alec Baldwin didn't kiss his wife Hilaria Baldwin for six weeks!

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Actor Alec Baldwin didn't kiss his wife Hilaria Baldwin for six weeks when they first started dating, and would only shake her hand. The 61-year-old actor got married to the health and wellness expert in 2012. Now, she has revealed that it took him six weeks of dating before he kissed her for the first time, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When Alec filled in as guest host on an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show, he invited Hilaria on as a guest. "Do you guys know that he shook my hand for six weeks and didn't kiss me when we met. True story. He would tell me all these things like I'm going to marry you, I'm going to spend the rest of my life with you, we're going to have a ton of kids and then he would shake my hand at the end of the night," she told the audience. However, Alec defended his actions by insisting he didn't want the 35-year-old beauty to think he was using her for sex. He said: "I didn't want you to think that I just wanted to have sex with you." To which, Hilaria added: "H..