| | Olympic Diver Tom Daley has revealed in the last hour that he is in a relationship with a man. In a video posted on YouTube, titled 'Tom Daley: Something I want to say...' the 19-year-old Olympic Bronze Medalist caused a Twitter stir after revealing that he is bisexual. He said:
"In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great.
That someone is a guy."
Tom was named as world's sexiest man by Fabulous magazine this year, and is due to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The diving star has asked fans to continue supporting him, and say's that "in an ideal world, I wouldn't be doing this video, because it shouldn't matter".
He will be training in Houston until Christmas ahead of the Rio Olympics.
Hit gay icon Kylie Minogue tweeted Tom her support along with celebrities including Olympic Boxing Champion Nicola Adams MBE and former footballer Gary Linekar.
A new film based on the Harry Potter series is due to be made by Warner Bros.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', a new film based on the book of the same name by J.K Rowling will be turned into a series of films and video games according to the film company behind the $7.7bn Harry Potter franchise.
The new film will also debut Rowling as a screenwriter, but will not be a sequel or prequel to the Harry Potter films.
Set some seventy years before the Harry Potter films, this film will be loosely based around Quidditch - the sport that is hugely popular in the wizarding film.
There are rumors that Warner Bros are also considering spin-off movies on Rowling's other books "Quidditch Through The Ages" and "The Tales of Beedle The Bard".
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the lead role in Harry Potter has already announced that he would not be part of the project. This, however gives some initial thoughts of where the film series could go next; and the potential to create spin-offs from characters and books will reassure fans that the magic isn't dead yet.
I know Bridg... It's shocking!
Vintage Books advises anyone with a book containing the printing error, to return it to the store where they brought it for an exchange of a corrected version.
The publishers of the latest Bridget Jones novel have had a bit of a Bridget moment themselves, when they accidentally misprinted a preview of David Jason's biography instead of the fiftysomethings diary.
The publisher, Vintage Books confirmed that around 40 pages of the Mad About The Boy, which is the third installment in the Bridget Jones' Diary series, were misprints of Sir David Jason's autobiography,
My Life, which was also published today.
A spokesperson for the publishing house said "A printing error has been detected in some of the very early copies of Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy" - and the error could be down to "Super Thursday", a term known to publishers for it's busiest time of year, when books are published in time for the Christmas market.
Other books published today included autobiographies by Jennifer Saunders, Mo Farah and John Bishop.
But, fans will be saddened to hear that this is the last in the Bridget Jones series, and with the killing off of a main character in the books plot line, it's sure to have everyone glued to the page.
Tesco have withdrawn a product labelled as an 'Inflatable G*y Best Friend' from their website.
This follows yesterdays criticism that the supermarket giant had to withdraw Halloween costumes that stigmatised mental health patients.
The doll, which is advertised with censorship on the product title, was described as being suitable for ages 3-4 and has since been removed from the site.
The product description describes;
“Although not much can be said for his own attire, your Inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn’t wear Jimmy Choo’s.”
Tesco took to Twitter to apologise to the complaining customers and blamed the product on a third party, but have said they will investigate why the product has been advertised for the last two months. Tesco made press yesterday, when it was revealed the site was selling products with negative stereotyping towards mental health patients. | |
Feminism is often stereotyped, like many groups, as groups of divorcee women, with unshaven armpits and a general hatred to every living man on the planet.
However, this is not true. People often shy away from feminism because they believe it to be daring to make a statement saying they belong to such a group, but feminism is not just about empowering women - it's about promoting gender equality. Okay, feminism largely focuses on things like equal pay for women and equal rights, but feminism can be applied to men too. It's often easy to forget that men can also be victims of gender inequality; I myself have felt victim to gender inequality, feeling that tasks were delegated to a female colleague simply because she has a kinder face, and as a woman, is easier to speak to on a one-to-one level. We must remember that feminism acts to destroy these inequalities for both men and women, despite the feminism name.
It's important that we continue to battle for those who feel victim of gender inequality - women who feel objectified and belittled by other scantily clad women, being sexually paraded in media outlets that are in our lines of vision daily; and men too - who are also subjected to magazine covers of other men with images of what man, stereo-typically should look like. Feminism should be about rights and equality for all genders; male, female, transgender, and those who wish to be described differently.
If you believe in equality for all, and you want to see less sexualisation, less favoritism of the office girl whose skirt is two inches from being indecent, and less people being recognised for looks and not talent; become a feminist, and stand up to inequalities that are still unfortunately a regular occurrence in many areas of our country.
Take the step to being the change; does your University have a feminist society? If not, why not start one, every person educated on feminism counts towards a future where men and women are treated the same.
| | Pop star, Lady Gaga has released her 15th single on iHeart Radio (listen here) today. The song titled 'Applause' is the first single from her third album 'Artpop' which is due for release on the 11th November.
The single, which was released a week early by the artist, was scheduled for release on the 19th August - this follows complaints by the star that the song was leaked onto social networking sites Twitter and YouTube. Gaga responded with a series of angry tweets, leading to the early release;
The video accompaniment to the single will be released on the 19th August, and is directed by Inez & Vinoodh, who also directed the 'You & I' video.
Bowie, aged 26 in 1973
Bowie, now aged 66
| |Musician David Bowie reportedly turned down a role on the BBC's 'Doctor Who' according to 'Doctor Who' composer Murray Gold.The composer best known for his musical scores for 'Doctor Who', 'Queer as Folk' and 'Casanova' revealed in an interview for DenOfGeek.com that Bowie had turned down an offer for a role in the long running TV drama that celebrates it's 50th year this year. It is not clear whether Bowie was approached for his musical or acting talents, and that the role the shows producers wanted him to play was 'undisclosed'. Reports from 2007 suggested that Bowie had been approached to play a villain in the 2008 Agatha Christie episode of 'The Unicorn and The Wasp' but these reports were never confirmed by the BBC.Composer Gold met Bowie in an ice-cream store in the United States and Bowie explicitly made it clear that he did not want any participation in the show, Gold explained; "I said, 'I write music for Doctor Who,' and he said, 'I'm not doing it.' I said, 'What do you mean?' and he said, 'They want me to do it.' I don't know what it means, to this day, but that's what he said. I don't know in what capacity, as an actor or as a musician'." Bowie is known for his interests in space and the cosmos, writing many songs and albums inspired by the space age from the 1960s and 70s. However, it's a well known musician has been put forward for a role in the show, as it was recently revealed pop singer Michael Jackson was put forward for the 1980 motion picture of 'Doctor Who', but was turned down along with many other speculative names.
Books written 3 (v. good), books sold 15 million (excellent), next book due October 10th (v. brilliant)
The hit Bridget Jones book series will return with a third book from author Helen Fielding in October this year. The book titled Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy will be set in the modern day where Bridget, the main protagonist who was introduced as a typical thirtysomething singleton in book one, has aged gracefully and is getting to grips with the 21st Century world.
Extracts from the book released by publishing company Picador reveal that Jones will still be knocking back the booze and fags, and will be getting to grips with texting whilst drunk, with poor results, one extract reads;
"11.27pm. Just presss d SEND. Iss fineisn't it?... DATING RULE NO. 1. DO NOT TEXT WHEN DRUNK."
The novel is long awaited, and many fans suspected that a third book would never be released, but the question that many will ask is whether Renée Zellweger will return to our screens to film the third movie in the series, which were inspired by the novels and made over £540m at the box office. Also in the Jones pipeline is a West End musical starring Sheridan Smith that has been in production since 2009, perhaps the publication of the new book will coincide with the theater release and sweep the nation into a Jones frenzy? In the words of Bridget Jones; "This is an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers" (v. exciting times).
Auden and Kallman (copyright Stanford University)
"It is impossible to listen to music and get an e******n at the same time."
Auden in later life
A journal revealing some of W.H. Auden's most intimate memories has been found some 75 years after it was written.
The journal, described by experts as an "incredible discovery" covers World War II, and the period in which Auden was writing September 1, 1939 - arguably the best poem he wrote throughout his life.
The 96-page memoir reveals details of his intimate affair with American poet Chester Kallman, which at the time was subject to speculation by authors and biographers, most notably for the 14-year age gap between the pair, and the fact that they were a homosexual couple in a time where it was illegal, until 1967, when the law changed.
In the journal, Auden refers to Kallman as 'C' and graphically writes; "C came last night (Saturday) and we lay in bed, very domestic, listening to Toscanini conducting Beethoven's 2nd and 4th symphonies. It is impossible to listen to music and get an erection at the same time."
The journal also reveals Kallman's promiscuity, and Auden often wrote of the times his partner was unfaithful to him, and how this had a negative effect on his conscience, on one entry he writes; "[had a] night of bad dreams in which C was unfaithful,"
The 96-page manuscript is due to go on sale at Christie's auction house next month, and is set to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000, although most of the pages are faded and hard to read, the buyer will be treated to this pivotal journal, full with the true insecurities that inspired some of Auden's work.
Auden died in 1973, in Vienna with Kallman by his side.
The actress, aged 52 appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in New York yesterday in an installation titled 'The Maybe'. The museum did not comment on the performance, nor did it give any details as to what it was trying to achieve.
Swinton first performed the piece at The Serpentine Gallery, London in 1995 and attracted 22,000 visitors and also received a Turner Prize nomination. The actress, who was most recently seen in David Bowie's latest music video slept for eight hours in a glass box. The piece was not announced, and the spectators were not expecting to see it. Tweets from spectators inside the gallery revealed that actor James Franco had turned up (Franco starred in 127 Hours) there was no official confirmation, except a few grainy images.