June 10, 2011 - 16:37 BST hellomagazine.com The rich and famous enjoy their time away as well as the rest of us. Why not plan your next special holiday in a setting where you just may bump into one of your favourite A-listers? Whether it's simply taking time out from their latest filming or tour commitments, a visit to enjoy the nightlife and culture of some of the world's most cosmopolitan destinations or for more personal special occasions such as weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries, the rich and famous enjoy their time away as well as the rest of us. Why not plan your next special holiday at one of the hotels chosen by the hotel booking website hotels.com in a setting where you may just bump into your favourite A-listers? VIEW GALLERY The Lanesborough , (St Regis Hotels) London just steps from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the designer shops of Sloane Square and Brompton Cross . Michael Jackson chose the Lanesborough for his stay in London, and it's also welcomed Liza Minnelli and Geri Halliwell , while Elle Macpherson reserved a room for last New Year's Eve in the capital. Facilities include 24-hour butler service , the latest in beauty and spa treatments and even a Mercedes or Rolls Royce for guests' trips around the city. Chelsea Hotel , New York International artists, musicians, writers and bohemians of the calibre of Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol have all chosen this 12-story hotel during visits to New York. The red-brick former apartment building was constructed in 1883, and until 1899 claimed the honour of being the tallest bulding in the Big Apple. Set in the heart of Manhattan, its 91 rooms retain the style of this period with an eclectic mix of modern and period furnishings. The hotel has witnessed moments of great joy and creativity – Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001, A Space Odyssey while a guest at the Chelsea, and the hotel's … [Read more...] about Hotels chosen by the rich and famous
Photo: Apple The past week was bookended by two major developments pertaining to the rise of podcast subscriptions on the platform level, between Apple’s head-turning announcement last week and Spotify’s big detail push this morning. There’s a lot baked into each piece on its own and in relation to each other — too much for me to go over comprehensively — so I’m only going to go over what I think are the most important beats. During its spring event last Tuesday, Apple announced Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new set of features that will give podcast creators the opportunity to create premium or freemium subscription products for their shows over the Apple Podcasts platform, still widely understood to be a major driver of all consumption in the medium even as Spotify cranks up the competition for listen share. Creators can set their own pricing, and they’ll be able to sell subscriptions to individual shows or a group of shows. Those tools are expected to roll out to the general public next month. No beating around the bush here: This is a potentially tectonic development, given Apple’s historical status as a highly influential though fairly hands-off ward of the podcast ecosystem. From a platform standpoint, the story of the last few years was defined by Spotify actively taking a hatchet to Apple’s position as the default center of the podcast universe while Apple mostly stood still. Strategically, Apple Podcasts was thought to be in a tricky in-between space: Podcasting wasn’t big enough to warrant much focus from the trillion-dollar corporation housed in a spaceship, but the notion of Apple potentially losing its dominant position over an increasingly hot media category — one that it had inadvertently cultivated — is certainly troublesome. The way I see it, Apple Podcasts’ push towards facilitating subscriptions is both a smart hedge and perhaps one of the few things the platform could do without directly distorting the balance of the … [Read more...] about Apple and Spotify Are Ready to Take Your Podcast Money
James Adomian on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Photo: YouTube The news shaped late night this week, even more than usual. It was a Big Headline Week, which made some of the humor feel a little same-y. The Oscars, the mask rules changing, the California governor race, Biden’s address: When the stories are this big, they demand a lot of time and narrow the topics discussed by hosts. James Corden probably had the funnest California-governor talk, as he tried to peer pressure Reggie Watts into running . Will it really happen, like Stephen Colbert’s presidential bid? Only time will tell. Just kidding; there’s no way. Of all the mask talk, Trevor Noah had the best take on the CDC’s loosening rules. He noted that even though we’ll no longer be able to mask-shame, we’ll still be able to hate random strangers we encounter based on things like their skin color and apparent socioeconomic status. Nature is, say it with me now, healing. Despite all the big stories, it was the little moments that sang out this week in late night. Running bits, good advice, and fun guests brought more joy than any Oscars postmortem could. Seth Meyers has been doing a running gag for months now where he recaps his favorite soapy prestige drama, Tiny Secret Whispers . This show 1) does not exist and 2) sounds fun! Anyway, in the April 27 installment of his recap, Meyers discusses the streaming platform on which you can watch Tiny Secret Whispers, Butternut. Or actually, it’s spelled “Bytternyt” now, because misspelling appeals to the youth demographic. Bytternyt is obviously a play on Acorn, the streaming service for any and all British crime procedurals. Bytternyt, on the other hand, is for shows where non-American actors do their best with American accents. This bit will not die, unlike many of the characters on Tiny Secret Whispers , whose mysterious deaths mark the small town in which they once lived. Kyle MacLachlan is having a … [Read more...] about James Adomian’s Transcendent Take on the MyPillow Guy Won Late Night This Week
If there is such a thing as a cult comedy magazine, it’s Army Man , America’s Only Magazine. With a writing staff that included George Meyer, Jack Handey, Jon Vitti, John Swartzwelder, David Sacks, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Andy Borowitz, Roz Chast, Ian Frazier, Bob Odenkirk, and many many more, it’s criminal that Army Man isn’t more well known. But the humor magazine ran for only three short issues and was never widely distributed. It was a homemade production, each ‘zine photocopied and stapled by comedy genius George Meyer. The quality of the humor is only surpassed by the the caliber of the writing staff and their subsequent projects. Most famously, creator George Meyer and others became a large chunk of the Simpsons writing staff. But beyond Springfield, Army Man ’s writers have won many Emmys, a few Golden Globes, a NAACP Image Award, and a Tony. The ‘zine spawned four New Yorker staff writers, the first Letterman top ten list, the Chanukah Song, USO tours, Bob Odenkirk, cookbooks, humor collections, and what seems like all TV programming since the ‘80s. I heard about Army Man for the first time through a New Yorker profile of Meyer, written by David Owen, also a former Army Man contributor (they are everywhere, seriously). In the late ‘80s Meyer left New York and a job writing for Letterman and sought refuge in Colorado. He wanted to get away from the New York grind and work on a personal project. But since he’s Meyer, he also ended up writing, what is by all accounts, a brilliant feature script. Although it was never produced, the script was so good that, according to Owen’s profile, Simpsons ’ writers would guiltily borrow from it when they needed a joke. When he needed a break from the screenplay, Meyer worked on Army Man . He wrote much of it himself, laying out his pieces alongside submissions from writers he knew at the Lampoon, Letterman, and elsewhere. “The only rule was that the stuff had to be funny and pretty short,” Meyer told … [Read more...] about The Best of ‘Army Man,’ the Humor Magazine That Was the Foundation of the Original ‘Simpsons’ Writers Room
April 18, 2021 - 21:10 BST Diane Shipley Ben Shephard and his wife Annie tied the knot in 2004 Ben Shephard 's fans were thrilled for him on Sunday, as the star took to Instagram to make an exciting announcement. The popular presenter uploaded two photos to the social media site to illustrate his good news. MORE: Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh react to Derek Draper's return home One showed him and Annie, his wife of 16 years , smiling with their arms around each other. The other captured the moment that Ben received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine! The star wore blue jeans and a grey T-shirt with one sleeve rolled up as well as a blue medical mask. In the selfie with his wife, the couple both wore stickers that declared they had been vaccinated, which Annie had stuck to her forehead. Loading the player... WATCH: Ben Shephard shares heart-warming glimpse inside his romantic date with wife Annie Ben captioned the sweet pictures: "#JabbyMcjabface First one done! thanks to all the team @harlequins wonderfully efficient friendly staff, and a cracking setting too. I’d say the sun seems a bit brighter today! #grateful." SEE: Tipping Point's Ben Shephard's home with wife Annie has the most epic room MORE: Ben Shephard shares rare childhood photo with his mum - and they look so alike! The 46-year-old 's followers were quick to express their approval for the optimistic post, including some of his celebrity friends. The couple received their vaccinations on Sunday Ben's co-star Lorraine Kelly commented: "Great news xxx," while Andi Peters, who hosts competitions on the breakfast show, posted a row of clapping emojis in response. Choirmaster and TV presenter Gareth Malone, meanwhile, added the teasing reply: "I haven’t had mine yet because I’m EXTREMELY youthful. (Next week [gritted teeth emoji])." Gaby Roslin also chimed in, posting clapping … [Read more...] about GMB’s Ben Shephard shares rare photo of wife to announce happy news
December 13, 2018 - 08:05 GMT Sophie Hamilton Beth Tweddle and her husband Andy Allen are expecting their first baby! The retired gymnast shared their happy news on her Instagram page. Find out when the couple's bundle of joy is due… A huge congratulations to Beth Tweddle and her husband Andy Allen! The couple are expecting their first baby in May 2019 and we couldn't be happier for them. Former three-time world champion gymnast Beth shared the happy news on her Instagram page on Wednesday, revealing: "Really excited to share the news that Andy and I are expecting our first child in May 2019." Beth's surprise message was posted next to a festive photo of a Christmas tree with a blackboard resting beside it. Below a union jack flag was written: "Our greatest gift is due to be unwrapped May 2019." Photo credit: Instagram/ Beth Tweddle Beth's followers rushed to congratulate her, with one posting: "That's amazing news Beth Congratulations to you both X." A second told the athlete: "Congratulations, very pleased for you both. Lovely Christmas news." Another said: "Congratulations that’s amazing!!" While one fan commented: "Really great news! May is a great month for birthdays." MORE: All the times royal ladies have lovingly cradled their bumps like Duchess Meghan Photo credit: Instagram/ Beth Tweddle The lovely news comes after a hard couple of years for the star, who suffered a terrifying accident while filming Channel 4's The Jump back in early 2016. Beth was airlifted from a ski slope in Austria after she crashed into a barrier while practising a jump, breaking her neck. She needed emergency surgery and has thankfully now recovered. MORE: Alex Jones reveals she is pregnant with second baby - see her sweet announcement In a past interview with HELLO! , she revealed the impact the accident had had on her relationship: "If anything, the accident has brought … [Read more...] about World champion gymnast Beth Tweddle is pregnant – find out her due date!