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Jude Law has told Britain’s phone hacking trial that for years the media had an “unhealthy” amount of information about his private life. But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court Monday that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press.
Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid — Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges.
The “Sherlock Holmes” star was for years a favorite of Britain’s tabloid press, which reveled in details of his relationships with designer Sadie Frost and actress Sienna Miller.
Law said that his media profile rose after he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” From then on, he said, “there seemed to be an unhealthy amount of information” about him in the press, and he would often arrive at places with his children to find photographers already there.
Law, Frost and Miller are among scores of celebrities, politicians and others who have been paid compensation for phone hacking by Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch closed the News of the World in 2011 after details emerged of the scale of its snooping.
But a defense lawyer suggested Monday that some of the information in 2005 News of the World stories alleging an affair between Law’s then-girlfriend Miller and actor Daniel Craig might have had another source — Law’s associates.
“I didn’t know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers,” the 41-year-old actor said as he gave evidence for just over an hour at London’s Central Criminal Court.
Coulson’s lawyer, Timothy Langdale, asked Law if he knew that a member of his immediate family had been giving information to the News of the World in exchange for money.
“I was not aware of that,” Law said. Asked when he first heard of the allegation, Law said: “Today.”
Law was shown the name of the family member on a piece of paper. It was not shown to the jury or journalists.
The trial also heard evidence from former tabloid journalist Dan Evans, who has pleaded guilty to hacking phones while employed by the News of the World and, before that, rival tabloid the Sunday Mirror.
He said that while at the Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2005, he was given the phone numbers of celebrities and told to “crack” them.
“Principally I was tasked with covering news events, investigations, undercover work, latterly with hacking people’s voicemail,” Evans said.
He later worked for the News of the World between 2005 and 2010.
Evans has pleaded guilty to hacking phones at both newspapers, and is appearing as a prosecution witness against his former colleagues.
The police investigation into phone hacking initially focused on Murdoch’s papers, but has spread to take in other companies, including Trinity Mirror PLC, which owns the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mirror.
The Daily Mirror was edited between 1995 and 2004 by CNN interviewer Piers Morgan, who told a British inquiry into media ethics that he was not aware of any phone hacking while he was there. The head of the inquiry, judge Brian Leveson, called Morgan’s claim “utterly unpersuasive.”
Jan 27, 2014 8:06am
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Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View.”
This marks the first time the actress has appeared on the ABC talk show since she left the panel in 2007.
“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years,” said Barbara Walters, the show’s creator. “I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”
O’Donnell, who is currently guest-starring on ABC Family’s hit series, “The Fosters,” will be a guest on the talk show’s Feb. 7 episode. During her stint as a host of “The View,” she was well-known for her strong opinions. At one point, she had a very public falling out with then-co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“I learned that for me, if I can’t be the boss of a show, I shouldn’t be on the show,” O’Donnell said.
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Jan 27, 2014 7:39am
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Have you ever dreamed of going on a date with Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney?
The fantasy could become reality.
A date with Clooney is being auctioned, and proceeds support war crimes prevention efforts in Sudan and South Sudan.
Entries start at $10, and they’ll afford participants a chance to go out on the town with “The Monuments Men” star for that film’s premiere on Feb. 4.
The winner and a friend will be flown to New York City, where they’ll be styled by industry professionals and outfitted with the red carpet-ready attire. They’ll then go backstage at “The Late Show” with David Letterman for Clooney’s pre-premiere interview.
They’ll then travel to the premiere with Clooney and walk the red carpet with him before taking in the film from the VIP row. The film’s afterparty follows, and the winners will attend as Clooney’s guests.
The auction closes on Thursday.
Every entry supports the Satellite Sentinel Project’s efforts to deter war crimes.
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Jan 27, 2014 3:40am
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were full of epic moments. Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lorde were big winners of the night. Here are the top 5 moments from “music’s biggest night:”
1. Music’s ‘First Couple’: Beyoncé & Jay Z + Blue Ivy’s Special Gift
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Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the show with a steamy performance of their hit record “Drunk in Love.” This was Queen Bey’s first performance of the record since releasing her top-secret album in December. The 17-time Grammy winner stunned in a leotard and short wavy hair. Beyoncé, 32, lit the Grammy stage with her “surfboard” dance moves.
Katy Perry tweeted the song lyric after the couple’s performance.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 27, 2014
Jay Z won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his duet with pal Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.” When the rap mogul, 44, went to accept the award he gave the usual thanks to God and Beyoncé but also said he would be using his new trophy in a different way for his daughter Blue Ivy.
“I want to tell Blue that, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.’”
2. Lorde: 17-year-old is One of Youngest to Win Big Category Award
Lorde proves she really is “royal,” taking home 2 Grammys. She also becomes one of the youngest winners of the “Song of the Year” category at just 17. The teenage singer has made a big splash onto the pop music scene since the release of her debut album “Pure Heroine” last year.
When the nominations for the Grammys were first announced, Lorde was noticeably absent from the Best New Artist category, which many said she was sure to win. Despite being overlooked in the category she prevailed as one of the night’s biggest new Grammy artists, also winning Best Pop Solo Performance.
During her acceptance speech, Lorde spoke on the rise of her hit “Royals.”
“I just want to say, we made this song originally just to give away for free and to be here now in this room with so many legends and people who we all admire is a complete honor, so thank you for that.”
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2014
3. Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons’ Epic Performance
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons offered up a mash-up, bringing Rock and Hip-Hop together with Lamar’s song “m.A.A.d City” and Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” The duo set the Staples Center on fire … Not literally, but almost. Strobe lights and smoke filled the stage, setting the scene for the electrifying performance. Taylor Swift was among those seen waving their hands in the audience to the set.
Imagine Dragons won Best Rock Performance and tweeted this photo, thanking their supporters.
Best Rock Performance Grammy. What a crazy night. Could not be more grateful to all of you who brought us here. pic.twitter.com/PP6DMTrv28
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) January 27, 2014
4. Pharrell + Daft Punk Prove They Are More Than “Lucky” + Pharrell’s Hat
French Electronic music duo Daft Punk won Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.” The album featured collaborations and production by hip-hop crooner Pharrell. Everyone in the audience was dancing during Daft Punk and Pharrell’s performance of “Get Lucky.” Pharrell, a recent Oscar nominee, also won Best Producer. These gentlemen are showing they are more than “Getting Lucky” – they’re winning!
Also please check out Pharrell’s epic hat that had everyone, including Ryan Seacrest, talking on Twitter.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 27, 2014
Even fast-food restaurant Arby’s got in on the fun.
— Arby’s (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate Rap Categories + Bring Madonna, Queen Latifah to the Stage
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, winners of best new artist, won four awards for their album “The Heist.” The group did face some controversy for their rap wins as the AP noted the group has dominated more on the Top 40 pop charts versus the Rap charts. In an interesting move, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a text message he sent to his competitor Kendrick Lamar, noting that Lamar should have won over the duo.
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown… http://t.co/TOnjGU6aGi
— Macklemore (@macklemore) January 27, 2014
The group, known for including social messages in their music, used their platform to make a statement on marriage equality.
One of the most interesting moments came when Madonna joined the performance in a white tuxedo singing “Open Your Heart to Me,” her first public performance since her Instagram photo controversy.
Bonus: Taylor Swift’s Hair Flip
Taylor Swift got really into her performance of “All Too Well” while playing the piano. She flipped and swung her hair and of course it went viral.
Jan 26, 2014 11:30pm
They took home the Grammy for Best New Artist, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ biggest moment tonight may have been bringing dozens of gay, straight and multiracial couples together to get married live during the 56th Grammy Awards.
During the duo’s song “Same Love,” which addresses the fight for same sex marriage, Queen Latifah officiated and Madonna also performed during the nuptials.
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“Music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys,” Queen Latifah said, introducing Macklemore. “This song is a love song not for some of us but all of us!”
Macklemore came out rapping in front of an altar, with lyrics like “No freedom till we’re equal.”
Then Latifah walked out, introducing the couples.
“It is my distinct honor to ask the participants to exchange rings,” she said.
Madonna came out singing “Open your heart to me” as new husbands hugged husbands, brides hugged brides or husbands hugged brides, including couples of all sexes and colors. The couples walked the aisles to a standing ovation of everyone in the room. Many in attendance had tears in their eyes.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also took home Grammy wins for Best Rap Album for “The Heist” and Best Rap Song for for “Thrift Shop.”
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SHOWS: Good Morning America
Jan 26, 2014 11:38pm
And the Grammy goes to …
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album of the Year
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky”
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Best Dance Recording
“Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“To Be Loved,” Michael Bublé
Best Rock Performance
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Best metal Performances
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?”
Best Rock song
“Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best Rock Album
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day”
Best Alternative Music Album
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City”
Best R&B Performance
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something”
Best traditional R&B Performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home”
Best R&B Song
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Rihanna — “Unapologetic”
Best R&B Album
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire”
Best Rap Performance
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop”
Best Rap Collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail”
Best Rap Song
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Album
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist”
Best Country Solo Performance
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley”
Best Country Song
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park”
Best Latin Pop Album
Draco Rosa — “Vida”
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias”
Producer of the Year, Nonclassical
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Sound City: Real to Reel”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Adele, “Skyfall” — “Skyfall”
Best Music Video
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, “Suit & Tie”
Best Music Film
Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses”
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