Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is an entertainment journalist for UKCelebrityNews and other magazines. The author or coauthor of ten books, Emma has sold several million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.

Spice Girls 2019 reunion tour ‘CONFIRMED’ – But which Spice is missing?

Spice Girls 2019 reunion tour ‘CONFIRMED’ – But which Spice is missing?

A source revealed that former manager Simon Fuller is helming the reunion and each member of the band is expected to make £12 million assuming its a sellout. The insider said: “After much to’ing and fro’ing, a deal has been signed, and an official announcement will be made soon.” They added: “The girls can’t wait to go back on tour, perform to the fans and sing some of their greatest hits.”

However, Posh Spice herself will be the only member of the group not joining the tour. While a reason hasn’t be given, Fuller revealed two years ago that Victoria Beckham “always felt uncomfortable” being in the Spice Girls. Speaking with Global News, he said: “Victoria, coming out of the Spice Girls, being married to David Beckham, launched a solo career.” Fuller added: “She never felt comfortable.  “Even in the Spice Girls – it was great fun, she was in the world’s biggest group for two or three years – but she didn’t feel comfortable.”

The Spice Girls originally split in 2000 before reuniting for a world tour from 2007-2008. The last time they performed live with all five member was at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.

 

Game of Thrones season 8 release ‘delayed’ – as effects producer reveals likely date

Game of Thrones season 8 release ‘delayed’ – as effects producer reveals likely date

Game Of Thrones fans will need to have even more patience as the final season looks to have been ‘delayed’. They’ve already had to go a whole year without a new episode, but the wait is set to be even longer. It doesn’t appear that Winter is coming anytime soon as visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer revealed Season 8 could be pushed back. He confessed that the hit Belfast-filmed show will be eligible for the 2020 Emmy Awards, which suggests that they will miss the May 31 cut-off date for the 2019 ceremony. This means that it’s likely that the release date of Season 8 is being pushed back until June or possibly even July next year. Winter is not coming for a long time.

Bauer said, “In two years we’ll be eligible for the Season 8 work. “We’re going to be toiling away on season 8 until May of 2019, so it’s eight or nine months away.” The visual effects supervisor confirmed that he would not be working on anything else but Thrones until May next year. He added: “But the prequel is starting to shoot in February, at least the pilot. So we’ll still have quite a lot to do on Season 8 when they’re beginning.” It’s bad news for fans of the hit fantasy series, who could be made to wait over two years since Season 7 aired for another does of Westeros action. Will we ever find out who will sit on the Iron Throne? While the Emmys sometimes make exceptions, it seems the release date of the premiere will be in June at the earliest.

May is shown the Robben Island cell where Mandela was held captive

May is shown the Robben Island cell where Mandela was held captive

Theresa May is shown the Robben Island cell where Nelson Mandela was held captive for nearly two decades Theresa May has visited the Robben Island cell where Nelson Mandela was held The PM was granted the privilege of going inside the cell to view the conditions Visit came as Mrs May was in Cape Town as part of a three-day tour of Africa  By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline In Cape Town, South Africa Published: 19:08, 28 August 2018 | Updated: 09:27, 29 August 2018 Theresa May today visited the prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive for nearly two decades. The Prime Minister received a guided tour and was handed a key to open the cell of the man who went on to become South African president. After viewing the conditions first hand, Mrs May signed the guestbook, writing: ‘It has been a privilege to visit in this year – the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The Prime Minister today received a guided tour and was handed a key to open the cell of the man who went on to become South African president Nelson Mandela (pictured) was held prisoner on Robben island for nearly two decades ‘His legacy lives on in the hopes and dreams of young people here in South Africa and around the world.’  But earlier Mrs May had faced awkward questions on her record campaigning for Nelson Mandela’s release in the Seventies and Eighties. The Prime Minister was repeatedly asked what she did to campaign for Mr Mandela’s freedom during the apartheid era. Mrs May was asked by Channel 4 News whether she felt ‘guilty’ for not doing more at the time, as she prepared to visit Robben Island. Mrs May, who is in South Africa as part of a three-day trade mission to the continent, responded: ‘What I will be feeling when I go to Robben Island is to recognise the immense statesmanship of a man who spent so many years incarcerated and when he came out of that incarceration had that breadth of vision and that calm approach that has enabled South Africa to be built into the country that it is today.’

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Before the visit, Mrs May had faced awkward questions on her record campaigning for Nelson Mandela’s release in the Seventies and Eighties Asked if she went on any protests at the time, she said: ‘I think you know full well that I didn’t go on protests. ‘But what is important is the work that the United Kingdom government did to ensure that it was able to give support where that support was needed. She added: ‘What is important was the support that the UK government was giving at the time. Often support behind the scenes, but in other ways too, to ensure that we saw the result that we did in relation to the ending of Apartheid.’

 

Donald Trump shamed into returning White House flag to honour John McCain

Donald Trump shamed into returning White House flag to honour John McCain

Donald Trump was shamed into returning the White House flag to half staff after offering a lukewarm tribute to John McCain. The petulant president broke with protocol and raised the flag again less than 48 hours after the Arizona senator’s death. But following mounting political pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump relented and lowered the flag back to half mast on Monday. In a statement, Trump said: “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

Donald Trump was shamed into u-turning on his decision. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday at the age of 81. His death prompted many Americans to lower flags to half-staff, a traditional gesture of honour at the passing of a national leader. But Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was “not a war hero,” wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect. Senator John McCain lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday aged 81. Trump’s White House lowered its flag on Saturday, then raised it back following the minimum period under law.

Trump also delayed issuing the customary proclamation for flags to remain at half-staff for longer than the two-day minimum. He also blocked a White House ­statement ­praising the heroics of McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Trump ordered the White House flag be raised on Monday. He then relented and ordered it be lowered again to half mast. Press secretary Sarah ­Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and others had edited a draft, created before the Senator died. It paid tribute to his service in Asia, where he was shot down and captured. According to US reports, Trump did not want to send out a message calling him a “hero”. Instead, he offered only ­“sympathies” to the family of McCain. President Donald Trump put a stop to a statement praising the widely respected Senator John McCain.

Trump’s former legal team spokesman Mark Corallo branded his churlish decision to veto the tribute ­“atrocious”. He said: “At a time like this, you would expect more of an American ­president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.” Other White House staff, including Sanders, posted eulogies over the weekend to McCain. John McCain RIP But as America mourned the death, Trump played golf in ­Sterling, Virginia. He later took to Twitter, to brag about himself, posting: “Over 90% approval rating for your all-time favourite (I hope) president within the Republican Party.” Throughout the final years of McCain’s life Trump took constant snipes at the Arizona Senator. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now He had a pop at the veteran’s military record, despite avoiding draft himself. Trump said: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

 

Girl who made Kate Middleton laugh and tried to steal her flowers dies

Girl who made Kate Middleton laugh and tried to steal her flowers dies

A brave little girl with a rare genetic condition who made Kate Middleton laugh on a Royal visit to her hospice has died aged nine.

Mia Murchison took her ‘last little breath’ in her parents’ arms after a battle with Batten’s disease which eventually robbed her of the ability to walk, talk, eat or see. Wearing her favourite ‘princess dress’, she met the Duchess of Cambridge at a children’s hospital in eastern Australia in 2014. Mia Murchison (pictured far right in 2014) who met Kate Middleton at her hospice in 2014 has died after a battle with Batten’s disease.

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On August 17, her family wrote on Facebook: ‘Mia died this morning at home in our arms. So incredibly sad and beautiful. So very loved and adored’ Even though little Mia spent just a few minutes with the Duchess of Cambridge, it was reported she managed to make her laugh when she tried to steal a bouquet of flowers she was carrying in her hand  The Mirror reports that even though she spent just a few minutes with her, little Mia managed to make the Duchess laugh when she tried to steal a bouquet of flowers she was carrying in her hand. On August 17 her family wrote on Facebook: ‘Mia died this morning at home in our arms. So incredibly sad and beautiful. So very loved and adored.’  Her funeral, in New South Wales, was described by her mother Peta as ‘the saddest and most beautiful day’.

Writing on Facebook, Peta said: ‘Yesterday was the saddest and most beautiful day for our family. Mia’s casket had a simple wooden nameplate that we will keep forever. In 2013 Mia (right) was diagnosed with Batten disease at Sydney Children’s Hospital  Mia (left) was first diagnosed with epilepsy but her memory and language then deteriorated and she began to suffer frequent falls ‘I never thought you would like a casket but hers was so beautiful covered in flowers and so very Mia. I loved it.    ‘It was very special Hamish driving Mia to her funeral himself in his car with Toby and me – our final family adventure together with Mia. ‘I was never going to ready for this goodbye but it was heavenly and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. So raw and honest. Our family all coming together to cry, laugh, sob and honour our little girl. Mia met the Duchess of Cambridge at a children’s hospital in eastern Australia in 2014 ‘The most ethereal of flowers (by my beautiful friend George with the kindest of hearts) is in Mia’s room. Pink ribbons and drawings by her friends pinned to her wall. ‘It feels like we are being lifted up with all love pouring into our little family. ‘I can’t believe we made it through yesterday but we did and now we are looking forward to celebrating Mia’s life next Tuesday.’

Mia was born in Dublin, Ireland, a healthy, robust baby who walked at 12 months and passed all developmental milestones. But at the age of three, when her family was living in Singapore, she suffered her first seizure.

At first, she was diagnosed with epilepsy, but the seizures started to become more regular. Her language and memory deteriorated, and she began to suffer frequent falls. In 2013, she was finally diagnosed with Batten disease at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.

 

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 eviction: Who will be evicted next?

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 eviction: Who will be evicted next?

Celebrity Big Brother host Emma Willis revealed on Friday that another eviction is to take place this Tuesday (August 28).

So far, it is not known who is up for nomination, or if the eviction will go ahead after Rodrigo Alves’ shock removal from the house on Saturday. Even if the eviction does not go ahead, however, some housemates’ days in the house could be numbered. Here’s who the bookies think will be evicted next. Who will be evicted next from Celebrity Big Brother 2018?

Sally gave this reason for her nomination – It was another bodily function which got Hardeep in trouble sadly, as he was nominated for something few of us can claim not to be victim of ourselves. Farting. That’s right, housemates voted Hardeep because he publicly and openly farts in the house, which many of them deem to be totally inappropriate. Chloe, Kirstie Alley and Psychic Sally Morgan were just three of the housemates who cited this as one of their main reasons for outing the comedian, with snoring coming in alongside these reasons. Hardeep got a lot of nominations – but not as many as Chloe.

Also receiving nominations tonight were Roxanne Pallett, who receive four, Ryan Thomas with three, and Nick Leeson received two votes. Celebrity Big Brother continues at 9pm on Channel 5.

Most of the bookies are in agreement that Hardeep Singh Kohli will be the next housemate to face eviction. Betfair and PaddyPower are offering odds of 6/4 that the presenter and comedian will be next to go. He is also the most likely to go according to Ladbrokes, though they are offering slightly longer odds at 7/4.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The housemates haven’t exactly taken a liking to Hardeep so it’s no surprise to see him head the eviction market.” However, he added that two other housemates could also be speaking to Emma on Friday night. He said: “Jermaine Pennant and Chloe Ayling’s relationship has done little to strengthen either’s chance of avoiding the boot.”

Unsurprisingly, Ryan and Kirstie are currently the bookies’ favourites to win this year’s edition of Celebrity Big Brother. According to Oddschecker, Kirstie is currently the favourite to win at 13/8, with Ryan at 2/1, though the two have been neck-and-neck for most of the past week. Ryan was the favourite before the contestants went in, while Kirstie has seen her odds shorten from 12/1. Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5

 

Pictures emerge of Liam Gallagher ‘grabbing’ girlfriend as pair insist it’s all a ‘pack of lies’

Photos of the moment Liam Gallagher appeared to grab girlfriend Debbie Gwyther have emerged. Images from CCTV footage from the incident at the Chiltern Firehouse, it has been claimed, appear to show Liam Gallagher turning back to try and take hold of girlfriend Debbie before she throws her head back to escape his grasp. The CCTV footage begins with the pair coming through a doorway before Debbie stumbles from Liam. The singer moves past his girlfriend and walks ahead, before suddenly turning around and appearing to reach back at Debbie – who turns away.

The former Oasis singer then walks off down the corridor while Debbie appears to hide in an alcove.

A passing waiter spots her and pauses to talk to her Debbie for a brief moment, before walking off while looking back. However, both Debbie and the Oasis frontman have called the story of him hurting her a ‘pack of lies’, with the 45-year-old asserting he’d never lay a finger on a woman.

Debbie said: ‘It feels like they’re on a witch hunt to dirty Liam’s name. Our relationship is stronger than ever. Liam’s never laid a hand on me. It is completely ridiculous.’ The pair insist it’s all a ‘pack of lies’ Liam also denied the altercation on Twitter, writing: ‘Firstly I have never put my hands on any woman in a vicious manner. Secondly, there is only 1 witch and we all know who that is.. as you were LG x’.

The incident took place at the famous Marylebone venue where the pair had gone after eating at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair; they reportedly enjoyed several beers together. Since the incident, Liam has returned to the stage, performing in Paris at the Rock En Seine festival.

 

Notting Hill carnival 2018 kicks off with an explosion of colour

Heavy rain soaked the 59th year of the Notting Hill Carnival today, but it did not stop the determined revellers who were out for a party. Instead of the t-shirts and shorts sported for the searing hot weather of just a few weeks ago, there were umbrellas and a roaring trade for colourful plastic rain macs at Europe’s biggest street party.

As of 9.15pm on Sunday there were 126 arrests at the west London carnival, for offences including theft, criminal damage, sexual offences, common assault, assault on police, possession of offensive weapons, and possession of drugs. More than 125 arrests made on Notting Hill Carnival’s family day.

As of 9.15pm on Sunday there were 126 arrests at Notting Hill Carnival, for offences including: 2 x theft/going equipped 1 x theft from a person 3 x criminal damage 2 x sexual offences 3 x common assault 7 x public order 8 x assault on police 20 x possession of offensive weapons 42 x drugs offences 26 x other offences including 12 for psychoactive drugs. A total of 16 knives have been recovered by police.

Notting Hill carnival kicks off with an explosion of colour

Revellers had been asked to show respect and some, including Notting Hill Carnival Limited executive director Matthew Phillip, wore something green for Grenfell in tribute.    Some 13,000 officers have been deployed to the bank holiday weekend event – around 450 more than last year and more than the parades over the past five years. Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing Monday’s event to ‘combat the threat of violent crime,’ according to the Metropolitan Police. This will be up from 6,100 on-duty officers on Sunday’s less busy family day. Undercover police officers, as well as officers from the force firearms and dog unit, are on duty.

The event is expected to attract more than one million revellers to its floats, food stalls and music. Kensington and Chelsea Council’s new leader Elizabeth Campbell was among the carnival crowds. She was chatting with council deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith and Conservative politician Shaun Bailey. Rain doesn’t deter the performers as ‘first in line’ leads the group with a matching bedazzled umbrella in the excitement Dancers perform during the Children’s day parade was they try not to trip on rollerblades around the course One group of revellers covered themselves in oil and walked the route with chains, drums and even a vaccum cleaner One pair’s costume includes one being dragged through the festivities along the Notting Hill route in an absence of colour The huge street party in West London has party goers painting the route in fluorescent colours on Sunday’s family day One woman at the carnival poses in her paint covered clothes and hands as she enjoys the festivities of its 59th year Notting Hill revellers throw powder paint kicking off the three and a half mile carnival with an explosion of colour  Some revellers even shunned the protective overalls to to indulge in the colourful atmosphere of the carnival.

The large party in West London is celebrated by many Caribbean cultures in places where West Indian people have migrated Music will also stop for a 72-second silence to pay tribute to the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy This year police will have the power to stop and search people at the Notting Hill Carnival in a bid to crack down on violence

Find more information at The Noting Hill Carnival Website – https://www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com/

Love Island’s Ellie responds to claims that her relationship with Charlie is over

Love Island’s Ellie responds to claims that her relationship with Charlie is over

She’s not impressed. It appears as though Love Island’s Ellie Brown and Charlie Brake are in headlines again and again with constant reports that the pair are “on the rocks” or have parted ways. From Ellie seen leaving the club alone “visibly distraught” Friday night to earlier reports that Charlie called an end to things before then “staging” a fake photoshoot to make them look like they’re still together, it certainly is hard to keep up with duo post-villa.

And it looks like Ellie is finding it difficult too, taking to Twitter last night after days of speculation that things were over, she finally quashed rumours by sharing an array of images alongside the 23-year-old millionaire with the caption: “Let whoever think whatever, just keep getting better  @Charlie_Brake love you.”

Charlie then responded with a heart emoji, too giving a nod to the tweet. But it looks like Ellie and Charlie aren’t the only ones finding the rumours and online trolls difficult. At the weekend, Zara McDermott opened up about how Love Island has shattered her self-esteem. Speaking about the onslaught of comments she has received about her body and looks since leaving the show, she admitted to “breaking down crying” and finding it all overwhelming at times. You can read all about that here.

 

Prince George taken to first royal grouse shoot with Kate to watch William hunt’

Prince George taken to first royal grouse shoot with Kate to watch William hunt’

The five-year-old was chauffeured there by the Duchess of Cambridge to see dad Prince William downing the birds in the hills, according to the Scottish Mail on Sunday. They then enjoyed a lunch with other members of the royal family including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Sophie the Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. The Princess Royal, as well as Zara and Mike Tindall, were also understood to be present for the gathering on Friday. Reports said the Queen, 92, drove herself there in her Range Rover. Prince George in a photo from a royal tour. Prince George is starting Year 1 soon

As well as maths, English and all the other normal subjects, George’s £17,604-a-year school also offers up some other learning opportunities. And there’s one compulsory class the little royal will take every week – and it’s not something you find on many Year 1 lesson timetables. Prince George pictured with his dad last year. The Cambridge family pictured all together. According to the school’s curriculum guidelines, all Year 1 pupils must take part in a 35-minute ballet class every week. The lessons follow the Royal Academy of Dance’s Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus, and there’s a pianist in every class. Kensington Palace provided no comment on the grouse shoot when contacted by Mirror Online.