Flash: Pregnant Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Ties The Knot In France

Halle Berry married her fiancé, French actor Olivier Martinez, in a weekend ceremony in a village church where princes are buried in France’s Burgundy region.

The owner of the Chateau de Vallery, where the couple stayed with their 60 guests, said on Sunday that the betrothal a day earlier ended with a dinner and an unusual fireworks display — of water, fire and snow — in the chateau gardens. A wedding cake followed.

Patrice Vansteenberghe said the actress — 46 and pregnant — and her 47-year-old husband “were very beautiful and very happy.”

Berry’s publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, confirmed the marriage.

Vansteenberghe would not say who attended the gala wedding. But he said the bride was coy about her long, white dress, wanting to keep it from public view.

“All I can say is that it was a dress with a deeply plunging back,” Vansteenberghe said. He added that The event was “confidential” because “she wanted to be left alone on the day of her marriage.”

Berry, who has a five-year-old daughter, is expecting her first child with Martinez. While there was no sign of a baby bump when The Associated Press interviewed the Oscar-winning star in early April, Vansteenberghe said that “she is very pregnant.”

The princes and princesses of the Conde line from the 16th to early 18th century, are buried in the church facing the chateau and its chapel until the late 19th century, when it was given to the village of Vallery.

The couple apparently spent two days at the Chateau de Vallery — the standard rental period for weddings and other grand events, the owner said.

Vansteenberghe noted that the chateau’s pigeon room, an outbuilding once used to house pigeons, is a preferred room for newly married couples, but he hedged about whether Berry and Martinez stayed there.

The oldest part of the chateau dates to the Middle Ages, but much of it was built during the Renaissance.



Flash: Legendary Fatai Rolling Dollar Dies At 86

Fatai Rolling Dollar performing in 2011

Fatai Rolling Dollar performing in 2011

Nigerian musician Fatai Rolling Dollar, whose West African highlife music, sexual boasts and infectious guitar playing made him a beloved figure in his country, died Wednesday at 86, a government official said.

The guitarist and singer, whose real name was Fatai Olagunju, had fallen into obscurity after highlife’s popularity faded decades ago, only to have his career revitalised recently by tradition-minded musicians.

He continued playing energetic concerts into his 80s, usually sporting sunglasses, and often boasted of his sexual prowess.

He once said he had 15 children, with the youngest born only a few years ago — the result of an “adventure” on the sidelines of a concert in Germany, according to him.

“I can confirm to you that he passed on this morning,” Ipaye Olajide, spokesman for the ministry of culture in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, where Fatai lived, told AFP.

He gave no further details and the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Bunmi Akinbo-Gold, an actress and a family friend who visited his home Wednesday afternoon on the northern outskirts of Lagos, also confirmed his death.

“A lot of artists are in his house now to express their condolences,” she said.

He fell ill shortly after he returned from the United States about three weeks ago, complaining of a leg problem, a member of his band said.

In highlife’s golden era, Fatai was a nationally celebrated performer. Highlife music, born in Ghana in the early 1900s, reached its peak in the west African region in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The West African dance music is similar in sound to Caribbean calypso and often satirises modern life.

Fatai sang in his native Yoruba language as well as in the pidgin English spoken throughout Nigeria.

His popular song “Won Kere Si Number Wa” (They Cannot Match Us) asserted his generation’s superiority over those younger than him.

A Yoruba from southwestern Nigeria, he once said he was given his nickname when he was a child because he often carried a few American dimes in his pocket that he and his friends would “roll” or flip.

Fatai’s colourful personality showed in his music and even in his dress. In an interview with AFP more than a year ago, the bearded musician wore a yellow-and-blue outfit with canary yellow sunglasses and a military beret.

During the interview, he bemoaned the hip-hop music that now dominates in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.

“If you want to know a good musician, a good musician should know how to play any instrument,” he said, describing his irritation with artists he accused of sometimes being “lazy” and simply seeking “easy money.”

With his talent ignored and his fame forgotten, he lived in poverty from the 1970s until the late 1990s, when he was rediscovered.

Nigeria’s Jazzhole Records later released new music from him, including the album “Fatai Rolling Dollar Returns.”

Courtesy AFP

Fatai Rolling Dollar and Band performing

Fatai Rolling Dollar and Band performing

Flash! Sensitivity To Muslim Indonesia: Bikinis Ruled Out Of 2013 Miss World – Organisers

Contestants at this year’s Miss World beauty pageant will not wear bikinis in the parade in a bid to avoid causing offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia, organisers confirmed Wednesday.

The 137 women taking part in the September contest will swap bikinis for more conservative attire, such as traditional sarongs, for the beach fashion section.

The contest is being held on the resort island of Bali, where foreign tourists flock in their millions and the beaches are packed with women sunbathing in skimpy swimwear.

But Miss World Organisation chairwoman Julia Morley insisted that none of the pageant’s contestants would wear a bikini.

“I don’t want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful,” she told AFP from London.

“We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant,” she said, adding the final outfits had not yet been finalised.

Organisers are treading carefully after a number of music acts to recently visit Indonesia provoked controversy due to performers’ outfits.

Last year pop sensation Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her concert in Indonesia after Muslim hardliners threatened to burn down the venue and criticised her for only wearing “a bra and panties”.

Singer Beyonce and band The Pussycat Dolls were also asked to cover up before performing in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

The upcoming Miss World pageant, to be held in Bali and Bogor just outside Jakarta, has already stirred anger with the country’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, which has called for its cancellation.

Council cleric Muhyidin Djunaedi accused the event of “promoting hedonism, materialism and consumerism”, and said contestants were not positive role models for Muslim youth.

However, organisers insisted that the decision to axe bikinis was taken when the agreement was first struck to hold the event in Indonesia and that they had not changed their plans following complaints.

“We discussed the beach fashion issue last year with Miss World in London before we even agreed to host the event because we knew this would be sensitive in Indonesia,” said Nana Putra from media group MNC, the official broadcaster and local organiser.

Courtesy AFP

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Flash! Football: Brad Pitt Wants David Beckham To Teach His 6 Children

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their 6 children

  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their 6 children at Japan Airport


49-year-old actor, Brad Pitt is hoping David Beckham, who just retired as the England captain will be willing to give his six children with fiancée Angelina Jolie – Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – personal lessons.

The actor declared his wish while speaking at the premiere of his film, World War Z yesterday.

“I want him to teach my kids soccer.”

“I have only met David a few times but each time I find his talents more and more impressive. I am a real fan. I think he could do anything he wants in TV and film.”

David Beckham

David Beckham, former England footballer just retired from professional football

Meanwhile, Brad – who was joined at the premiere by Angelina, who turned 38 today, in her first major event appearance since she announced her double mastectomy was praised for his strong work ethic and humble attitude by co-star Mireille Enos, who plays his wife in the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller.

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Flash: Oral Sex Didn’t Give Me Throat Cancer – Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Actor Michael Douglas yesterday denied saying his throat cancer was caused by oral sex. As he hit world headlines, his spokesman Alan Burry said the star, 68, was quoted out of context over the sex virus HPV.

Alan said: “Michael didn’t say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer.

“It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers. He didn’t say it was the specific cause of his.”

Douglas had a tongue tumour in 2010.

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Asked if he regretted drinking and smoking, he reportedly said: “No. Because this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes from cunnilingus.”


Flash: Jewellery Worth Over $1 Million Meant To Be Worn For Red Carpet Stolen At Cannes Festival


Jewellery worth more than one million dollars made by Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Chopard and due to be loaned to stars walking the red carpet at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel, police said Friday.

Thieves broke into the room of a Chopard employee, opened a safe and made off with the jewels, they said. The robbery took place at the Novotel hotel in the centre of Cannes.

Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival. The jeweller redesigned the festival’s Palme d’Or award and each year creates jewellery sets for the “mounting the steps” ritual.

Courtesy AFP

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Flash: I Quit For My Wife – Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has revealed that loyalty to his wife, Cathy, was the key factor in his decision to retire from football management at the end of the current season.

The 71-year-old Scot enjoyed an emotion-charged farewell in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday, his last home game after more than 26 years in charge of the new English champions.

The fixture came just four days after Ferguson’s announcement that he is to retire stunned the football world and, after the celebrations that followed the victory, he took time to explain the reasons behind his decision for the first time.

“Around last Christmas,” said Ferguson, when asked when he had decided to bring an end to his reign.

“Basically, things changed when Cathy’s sister died. She is isolated a lot now and I think a lot of the time, for 47 years, she has been the leader of the family, looked after our three sons and sacrificed herself for me.

“Now she has the grandchildren, and they all dote on her, but now she has lost her best friend — her sister — so that was important.

“I think it is also important to go out as a winner. That is really important at this club. It is all I ever wanted to do here — be a winner.”

Ferguson and wife

Alex Ferguson speaks to his wife Cathy before the unveiling of his statue at Old Trafford in Manchester on November 23, 2012. Ferguson has revealed that loyalty to his wife was the key factor in his decision to retire from football management – AFP

Ferguson and United had hoped to delay the announcement until later in the build-up to the Swansea game, only for rumours to run rife through Manchester on Tuesday following a club golf day.

“It was very difficult to keep it a secret,” added Ferguson. “There were some times when we almost blurted it out to the family.

“We told our sons in March, but my brother didn’t know until Tuesday night. I wanted to tell the players first really, the players and the staff.

“But unfortunately, there were rumours going around on Tuesday. So all that started to speed it up a bit.”

Fittingly, given United’s track record of scoring dramatic late goals on Ferguson’s watch, United beat Swansea with an 87th-minute winner from Rio Ferdinand after Swansea’s Michu had cancelled out Javier Hernandez’s opening goal.

Ferguson confessed that such late drama is the one aspect of football management he will most miss.

“The last-minute goals. I love them,” he smiled. “We lost a few, but it’s part of the history as well.

“It is hard to look back. I have never done that, but I have plenty of time to do that now. The most important achievement, without doubt, was winning the first league (in 1993). Once we did that, a door opened.

“We just grew and grew after that and saw some fantastic changes. There have been some great players and it has been an honour to manage them; different personalities and different cultures. It has been a fantastic challenge of management.”

Ferguson, who delivered a post-match speech on the pitch before United were presented with the Premier League trophy, confessed that the occasion almost got the better of him.

“The atmosphere today was absolutely magnificent,” he said. “It was fun, there was enjoyment and it is great to be in the stadium where everyone is enjoying themselves.

“I didn’t know what to say. I was grasping at things that I could possibly say. I spoke to my son Jason in the morning and he said, ‘Go with the flow, start talking, and you’ll get there.’

“I babbled on a bit, I suppose. It was emotional. During the week was emotional with the staff. That was hard. They’ll get through it.”

While Ferguson also used his platform to appeal to supporters to back his successor, David Moyes, when he takes over from him in July, the veteran’s own future looks no less busy.

“I have a lot of things to do, a lot of projects,” he said. “My son, Jason, has been organising a few things, my ambassadorial role at the club and a directorship, so I won’t be sitting still, believe me.

“My French is not so bad, my piano playing is not very good, so I may have to get a tutor if I have the time.”

Courtesy AFP

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