Saturday, April 30, 2011

AP Source: Lohan wants to end necklace theft case

LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan wants to enter a no contest plea to end a criminal case filed over a $2,500 necklace reported stolen, a source close to the actress said Saturday.

The source, who is familiar with Lohan's criminal case but was not authorized to comment publicly, said the actress wants to put the case behind her so she can focus on her career.

No court date has been set for Lohan to enter the plea. She is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles court for a pretrial hearing May 11, but the actress is hoping to resolve the case before then, the source said.

By pleading no contest, Lohan would not be admitting guilt, and it was not immediately clear if she would face any additional penalties. The actress already has been sentenced to four months in jail for a probation violation related to the theft case. She is free on bail.

Prosecutors in February charged Lohan with felony grand theft on allegations that she took the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near the actress's home in Los Angeles' Venice neighborhood. The charge was reduced last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner.

Authorities allege the theft occurred roughly three weeks after Lohan, 24, was released from court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center.

Lohan's assistant turned the necklace in to authorities after police obtained a search warrant to retrieve it from Lohan's house, but before detectives were able to conduct the search.

Sautner said during an April 22 hearing that she thought Lohan's actions were brazen, but that she did not think the case warranted a felony prosecution because many other cases involving more serious allegations are reduced to misdemeanors.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said she thought the ruling was an "abuse of discretion" and her office may appeal it, but no challenge has yet been filed.

A little over a week ago, Sautner sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail and nearly 500 hours of community service for violating the terms of her probation by taking the necklace. Lohan was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case.

She was released to pursue an appeal but has not yet filed a formal motion to try to get the sentence reduced.

In all likelihood, Lohan would serve a small fraction of her four-month sentence ? possibly as little as three weeks ? due to jail overcrowding.

The source said Lohan's intention to plead no contest was aimed at making good on her statement to Jay Leno earlier this week that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions.

The plea was first reported Saturday by celebrity website TMZ.

The actress's career has been mostly stalled for the past year as she struggled to deal with the terms of her sentence in the drunken driving case. She recently accepted a two-picture deal to appear in a pair of mob films, including a biopic of the infamous Gotti family. She will portray the wife of John Gotti Jr. in the film "Gotti: Three Generations" that also stars John Travolta and Joe Pesci.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lohan said she hopes the role will help her return to being known more as an actress than a tabloid mainstay.

"I'm really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do," Lohan said about her new roles.

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Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship?

A controversial move was made in the world of comics this week with Superman, of all people, threatening to give up his American citizenship.

The Los Angeles Times reported that in the latest issue of Action Comics, Clark Kent's alter ego decides he's had enough, after the Secret Service reprimands the superhero for appearing at a non-violent protest against the Iranian government.

"I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship," the Man of Steel says. "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy."

He also indicates that his famous motto is too narrow: "'Truth, justice and the American way' -- it's not enough anymore," he explains. "The world is too small, too connected."

It's often assumed Superman is American, having been raised by adoptive parents in Kansas. But he was born on the fictional planet Krypton, so his citizenship could technically have always been up for grabs. Still, many are unhappy with the mere threat. A Weekly Standard blogger called this latest development the dumbest thing DC Comics could do: "What does 'citizen of the Universe' even mean?"


"Will Superman now adhere to the Tamaran code of honor?" writer Jonathan Last lamented, "Will he follow the Atlantean system of monarchy? Does he believe in libert�, �galit�, fraternit�, or sharia? Does he believe in British interventionism, or Swiss neutrality? You see where I'm going with this: If Superman doesn't believe in America, then he doesn't believe in anything."

On the other hand, Last argued that there shouldn't be too much cause for concern because the move is likely temporary (he points out that Captain America once renounced his country, too).

Indeed, DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio already issued a statement to the New York Post, reinforcing Superman's inherent identification with America:

"Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way."

The statement also said, "In a short story in ACTION COMICS 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never-ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville."

(Meanwhile, American director Zack Snyder just chose Brit actor Henry Cavill to take over from 2006 'Superman Returns' star Brandon Routh, for an upcoming reboot film.)

Is this recent disgruntled side of Superman temporary or permanent? Is he making an idle threat, or seriously turning on America? For now, in the comics world, it's a cliffhanger.

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Jon Hamm, star of the hit series "Mad Men", is spotted filming scenes for the upcoming season. Jon was all smiles while filming in a red, vintage Imperial convertible.

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Pregnant Skank Angelina Pivarnick Dumped By Fiance For Cheating

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Angelina Pivarnick is no longer engaged to David Kovacs, after he discovered she had been cheating on him.� So is she even pregnant with his child?

?Jersey Shore? star Angelina Pivarnick announced she was pregnant on Wednesday, but apparently she?ll be raising the child alone after being dumped by fiance David Kovacs.

Kovacs recently discovered that Angelina had cheated on him with a fireman.

Pivarnick?s former fiance revealed, ?I?m going through a really tough time right now. I have ended things with Angelina. I got a text from a firefighter who actually apologized for sleeping with Angelina saying he just found out she was engaged. I actually found a pair of guy?s underwear in her car.

?I truly fell in love with this girl and wanted to have a family and grow old with her.?

Kovacs proposed to Pivarnick in February 2011.

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Prince Harry Gives The Perfect Toast

Friday night, after the media coverage of the Royal Wedding and the Queen?s Reception, 300 of William and Kate?s closest friends and family headed to the much anticipated�evening reception.

A guest at the reception talked to Us Weekly about Prince Harry?s toast, describing the Man of Honor: ?[Harry] was brillant. We all wished he could have just carried on. It was perfect. He was very nice.?

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The guest continued to gush about Prince Harry, explaining that he ?was the model brother [and] said all the things he needed to say. It was perfect.?

Prince Harry, seen arriving at Buckingham Palace, looks excited and happy for the couple. With William off the market, I have suddenly realized how attractive Prince Harry is. Browse the gallery and see for yourself. It even looks like Pippa Middleton might have noticed Harry?s�eligibility. Are you team William or Harry?

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Los Angeles Officers Caught In A Porn Film

A pair of Los Angeles traffic officers are in hot water after appearing in a pornographic film.

NBC4 LA reports that the video shows uniformed, on-duty officers performing lewd acts with a porn actress. At one point, the actress performs sexual acts on herself in an official city car. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is launching a full investigation into the matter.

Los Angeles parking enforcement chief Jimmy Price knew of the film two months ago but did not discipline the workers in question. Price claimed to NBC4 LA, ?we were not able to positively identify the individuals as employees" from still photos of the film.

Still, LADOT workers who had shared the film with NBC4 LA claim that Price did know the officers' identities, and did nothing to discipline them.

Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles councilman and head of the transportation committee, confirms to KTLA that the two people in the video are indeed city workers. They have been placed on paid administrative leave until the results of the investigation are released.

Watch the video and check out NBC4 LA for the full story.

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Mouse in 'The Matrix': 'Memba Him?!


Matt Doran is best known for playing the red pill eating programmer in the 1999 science fiction film "The Matrix." Guess what he looks like now!

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Bruce & Demi's Kid Nabbed for Alcohol Possession

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Tallulah Belle Willis, the 17-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, had a brush with the law last night over alcohol ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

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Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops spotted three girls getting out of a car in Hollywood at around 11:00 PM, carrying what appeared to be two bottles of alcohol. The officers probed further and determined it was indeed the hard stuff. Here's the problem ... all three girls are underage.

Tallulah Belle and her cohorts were cited at the scene for underage possession -- but since Tallulah Belle -- who has appeared in "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Whole Ten Yards -- is a minor, cops couldn't just release her .... they needed to find an adult to pick her up .

So Tallulah Belle called Bruce ... but a dutiful Demi did the hard labor, getting in a car and retrieving T.B.

Someone's in trouble.

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January: Pregnant Pause

The expectant Mad Men star steps out in Beverly Hills. Plus: Ren�e Zellweger, Mark Wahlberg and more

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Soiree gives newlyweds, friends chance to let hair down

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Where there's a will, there's a soiree.

Or in the case of Prince William and his bride, Kate, there's two.

  • Kate wore a strapless number with diamante detailing around the waist, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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    Kate wore a strapless number with diamante detailing around the waist, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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Kate wore a strapless number with diamante detailing around the waist, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

After saying their "I wills," puckering up for public smooches and going for an impromptu drive, the couple now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended their second wedding reception of the day, this time for 300 of their nearest and dearest.

The evening dinner and dance followed the first wedding reception, which was hosted by Queen Elizabeth for 650 guests and held at Buckingham Palace directly after the nuptials.

Kate changed into another white frock, this time a strapless number with diamante detailing around the waist, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, for the bash at the palace. Her husband wore a tuxedo, as did her father-in-law. And Kate's sister, Pippa, donned an emerald green gown by British fashion house Temperley London.

Royals including Princess Anne and her daughter, Zara Phillips, were seen arriving to the fete.

Prince Charles was host of the second party at the palace, and Prince Harry, William's younger brother and best man, was to give a toast. Queen Elizabeth did not attend.

The reason for the second celebration?

"William and Kate can't invite everyone to everything. There's too many people," says Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, who has planned parties for Mariah Carey, P. Diddy and Russell Simmons. "This is a let-your-hair-down reception for close friends and family."

Even in non-royal circles, multiple receptions are becoming more common, says party planner Lisa Vorce, who plans events for Kobe Bryant and the Clooney family. In most cases, the first gathering is more formal, while the second one is where guests hang out and kick back.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Bridal bouquet proves Kate Middleton knows how to keep William sweet!

Her flowers on her big day have special meaning to the Royal Family?

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Kate Middleton carried a simple bouquet of flowers

Kate Middletonbroke with tradition and opted for a neat modern floral bouquet for her marriage to Prince William.

Former royal brides including Princess Diana opted for a larger shower bouquet - with the flowers trailing down the front of the bride's dress.

Kate's simple yet elegant bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly - a florist based in Kensington - and included myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth and Sweet William.

The flowers were chosen for their meaning and their significance to the Royal Family, the Middleton family and with a nod to the language of flowers.�

Lily-of-the-valley signifies a return of happiness, hyacinth means constancy of love and ivy is for fidelity.

Sweet William stands for gallantry - and, of course, was added to celebrate the groom.

Kate's bouquet is also believed to have contained stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845, as well as a sprig from the myrtle used in the Queen's wedding bouquet of 1947.

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Singer Keyshia Cole?s Druggie Mom Frankie Lons Arrested

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R&B singer Keyshia Cole?s mother, Frankie Lons, has been jailed for violating probation and for possessing drug-related items.

Frankie Lons, who appeared on the show ?Celebrity Rehab? with Dr. Drew, was pulled over by cops for a routine traffic violation when they realized Lons had a warrant out for her arrest.

Police then searched Frankie and discovered ?drug-related material? on her person.

Lons was arrested and booked on both counts.

Sources report Lons is still in police custody this morning.

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Princess Beatrice: Royally Mad Hatter

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Leighton Meester Stuns as New Face of Vera Wang Fragrance

In a slightly more modern take on the balcony damsel, Rapunzel, Leighton Meester let down her hair as she posed for Vera Wang's new fragrance campaign.

And quite fitting with the perfume's name, Lovestruck, Meester had one boy in particular in just that state -- climbing up a fire escape, flowers in hand, to get close to the 'Gossip Girl.'

"When I heard tourists saying, 'I want to look like her,' I knew we were right on the money," Wang told WWD (via Just Jared). "There's nothing like the real client in the street, and I mean the street literally -- and in windows literally."

We have a feeling that this isn't the first time that Meester has conjured such comments.

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Chuck Lorre -- Blasting Charlie With Monkey Jokes?


Chuck Lorre is taking a vicious shot at an actor -- accusing him of being a drug addict who is "impossible to work with" ... but the shocker is he's NOT talking about Charlie Sheen. Maybe.

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At the end of last night's "The Big Bang Theory" ... Lorre's vanity card seems to be joking about a monkey that was on the episode -- saying its "behavior became increasingly erratic, to the point of refusing to come out of his trailer to rehearse."

The card continues, "The monkey is a heroin addict. Yes, hard as it may be to believe, the monkey had a monkey on his back." It goes on to say the monkey is in detox and a 12 step program.

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But after Lorre's announcement he's retooling "Two and a Half Men" without Charlie -- and Charlie's nuclear response, we gotta ask ...


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Prince William & Kate Middleton?s Royal Wedding Schedule

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The highly-anticipated Royal Wedding is almost here!� Check out the time and schedule of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton!

It?s the night before the huge event?the Royal Wedding!

Prince William, 28, stopped to chat with a crowd behind barriers outside of his London residence, and revealed, ?I hope I?m not too nervous tomorrow.?

As for the bride-to-be Kate Middleton, 29, she was spotted at the Goring Hotel where she is staying with her family and seemed to be anxious.� But who wouldn?t be with the whole world watching?

?She looked gorgeous, but she definitely looked a bit nervous,? says a source. ?She seemed to have the wedding jitters but she seemed so excited. Of course she would be.?

Here?s the schedule of royal wedding events (In Eastern Standard Time):

3:00 a.m. ? 4:00 a.m. ? The morning of April 29 will begin with an announcement from the Queen?s office stating the titles that Prince William and Kate Middleton will receive.

3:15 a.m. ? General wedding guests will begin their way to Westminster Abbey, entering through the Great North Door.

4:50 a.m. ? Special guests including Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Countries under the Commonwealth of England, Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests will arrive to the church, entering through the West Door.

5:10 a.m. ? Prince William and his brother and best man, Prince Harry, will leave Clarence House.

5:15 a.m. ? Prince William and Prince Harry will arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:20 a.m. ? Members of foreign royal families are scheduled to arrive at the church.

5:20 a.m. ? Kate?s mother Carole Middleton and brother James Middleton will leave the Goring Hotel.

5:27 a.m. ? Carole and James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:30 a.m. ? Royal Family members will begin arriving at the Abbey.

5:38 a.m. ? William?s father Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla will leave Clarence House.

5:40 a.m. ? Prince Andrew (William?s uncle) and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; Princess Anne (William?s aunt), and her husband; Prince Edward (William?s uncle) and his wife, will be arriving at Westminster Abbey through the West Door.

5:40 a.m. ? Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave Buckingham Palace.

5:40 a.m. ? Groom Prince William and his best man and brother Prince Harry will move into St. Edmunds Chapel right before the royal wedding begins.

5:42 a.m. ? Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the Abbey.

5:45 a.m. ? Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will be the final guests to arrive to the church.

5:48 a.m. ? Kate?s bridesmaids and William?s pageboys depart the Goring Hotel.

5:51 a.m. ? Kate Middleton and her father will leave the Goring Hotel in a 1978 Rolls-Royce from the royal state car collection and head to Westminster Abbey.

5:55 a.m. ? Bridesmaids and groomsmen will arrive.

5:58 a.m. ? Bride-to-be Kate Middleton and her father Michael arrive at Westminster Abbey.

6 a.m. ? The ceremony begins. The service will last about an hour and will include the ceremony by the Bishop of London, the Queen?s private clergyman..

7:15 a.m. ? Prince William and the new Princess Catherine will leave Westminster Abbey in a carriage and head to Buckingham Palace. Their carriage will be followed by four others carrying the bridal party, parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

7:30 a.m. ? The Bride and Groom arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

7:40 a.m. ? Members of the royal family, foreign royal families, and other reception guests begin arriving at Buckingham Palace.

8:25 a.m. ? The married couple reappear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and their families for 10 minutes.

8:30 a.m. ? The Royal Air Force, where Prince William serves as a search-and-rescue pilot, will perform a flyover.

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Who Dared Upstage Kate Middleton on Her Wedding Day? The World's Most Adorable Pouting Bridesmaid!

So, how do you steal attention away from the world's most anticipated bride? By being prettier than her? (No, but nice try, David Beckham.) By wearing a particularly head-turning fascinator? (No, but ditto on the yeoman effort, British ladies.) By setting speculation alight by slyly whispering in the ear of the groom prior to his bride's trip down the aisle? (No, but way to prove once more that you're the real prince we want to hang with, Harry.)

The answer is this: by being a perfectly adorable bridesmaid. With some ear sensitivity.

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While all eyes were rightfully on Kate Middleton and Prince William throughout the morning, when they took to the balcony and treated their adoring public to not one but two kisses, the spotlight was briefly diverted to 3-year-old bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem, William's goddaughter.

The excitement (or the noise of the crowd and RAF flyover) was simply too much for the adorable little girl to bear and up went her hands to cover her little ears. That she did so at the exact moment that Will and Kate puckered up was either the result of a scene-stealing stroke of genius or the most delightfully coincidental timing ever.

Either way, that's one adorable pout. Anti-royal wedding watchers couldn't have asked for a cuter mascot.

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Tim Rollins And K.O.S' Visual Reinterpretation Of Classic Literature (PHOTOS)

Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. For their paintings related to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. were inspired by the original illustrations Mark Twain commissioned by F.W. Kemble. These works continue a series, which began in 2000, of whitewashed book pages painted over in indigo. In exploration of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby, the artists create a study of the color symbolism that permeates the novel. For works based on The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, the artists utilized Kurt Weill?s original operatic score, creating nets of butcher?s twine and gold paint to stretch over the pages, generating a new interpretation of the piece.

Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001, through April 30th, 2011.

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Confirmed: Elizabeth Banks Joins The Hunger Games


It's official. Elizabeth Banks is joining the film adaptation of The Hunger Games along with the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin actress, 37, broke the news on Twitter. Banks writes:

"I can now confirm I'm EFFIE TRINKET in The Hunger Games. So excited!"

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The rumor of Elizabeth's casting surfaced earlier in April, but was not confirmed until now. The film, based on the best-selling novel, is getting huge buzz.

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Leighton Meester Lights Up The Empire State Building [PHOTOS]

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester looked radiant in a beige sleeveless top and a floral-print, calf-length skirt, both by Vera Wang.

The actress joined the designer today at the Empire State Building, which was illuminated in red and white to raise awareness for DKMS, the world?s largest bone marrow donor center.

PHOTOS: Leighton Meester Working Up A Sweat

?I am glad to join Katharina (Harf, COO of DKMS), Bernd (Beetz, CEO of Coty Inc. and the Gala?s Honorary Chairman), and Vera in their fight against leukemia and to celebrate the 5th Annual DKMS Gala,? said Leighton Meester. ?The Empire State Building will shine red and white tonight to honor the thousands of patients awaiting life-saving bone marrow transplants and inspire anyone eligible to get swabbed with DKMS and save a life!?

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ROYAL WEDDING TIMELINE

Friday, April 29 (all times PST)

12:15 a.m. - Guests begin arriving at the Great North Door of London's Westminster Abbey.

1:50 a.m. - Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the diplomatic corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

2:10 a.m. - Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.

2:15 a.m. - The princes arrive at Westminster Abbey.

2:20 a.m. - Members of foreign royal families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

2:27 a.m. - Kate Middleton's mother, Carole, and brother, James, arrive at the Abbey.

2:30 a.m. - Select members of Britain's royal family arrive at the Abbey.

2:40 a.m. - Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey as Prince Andrew and daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie; Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie; Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence arrive for the ceremony.

2:42 a.m. - Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive at the Abbey from Clarence House.

2:45 a.m. - The queen and Prince Philip arrive at the Abbey.

2:51 a.m. - The bride, accompanied by her father, Michael, leaves the Goring Hotel for the Abbey.

2:55 a.m. - Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the Abbey from the Goring Hotel.

3 a.m. - The bride arrives. Marriage ceremony, which will be relayed on audio speakers along the wedding route, begins.

4:15 a.m. - William and his new wife emerge from the Abbey and depart in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage, and travel to Buckingham Palace, followed by the queen.

4:30 a.m. - The bride's carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace, followed by members of Britain's royal family and other foreign royals 10 minutes later.

4:40 a.m. - Guests for the wedding reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

5:25 a.m. - William and Middleton, accompanied by the queen and their families, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

5:30 a.m. - The royals watch a ceremonial flypast from the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight before returning inside for the queen's reception for some 600 guests.

Source: The Associated Press

Well-stocked with Union Jacks, plastic tiaras, a commemorative pillow and a wide array of British delicacies, Libby Hinson and her daughter Lizzie, 15, are all set to soak up the most anticipated royal wedding in decades.

After sending husband Rick Hinson off to a spare room, mother and daughter will occupy the master bedroom through the early hours of Friday morning, munching on currant scones, clotted cream and sticky toffee pudding in front of a 42-inch TV screen.

"(Royal weddings) are full of hope - hope for the future," said Libby Hinson, of Tarzana.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton begins Friday morning in London, so royal fans in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Southern California will have to pull all-nighters to watch the festivities live.

Most television networks and cable channels will start coverage at 1 a.m. PST.

"I hope this one goes better," Hinson said, referring to the scandal- and tragedy-plagued relationship of William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Charles and Diana, who married in 1981, divorced in 1996. Diana died a year later in a car accident in Paris. Charles remarried in 2005.

"(Middleton) seems like a nice girl," Hinson said. "He seems to have his head on straight."

While many Southern Californians will curl up with a blanket in their pajamas to take in all the splendor, other area Anglophiles will celebrate the royal nuptials in traditional British style: with a pint in hand.

"This is something that is absolutely necessary for our mental health right now," said Golriz Moeini, co-owner of the White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills. "All of us are so stressed with natural disasters and wars. This is one happy thing that we have."

What started out as a small get-together for Moeini's friends has now turned into a royal wedding extravaganza complete with a live band, champagne and wedding cake.

Guests are required to don wedding attire. That means jackets for the men and dresses for the ladies. And there might be a seating chart in one section.

The pub, where soccer players go for a pint after the game, is now decorated with Will and Kate flags, banners and photos.

"I am excited, overwhelmed, scared. I want everyone to be happy," Moeini said, sounding like a bride herself.

Moeini and her husband, Pierre, got married on Sept. 6, 1997, the day of Princess Diana's funeral. Moeini thought of canceling the wedding because she was so grief stricken.

When Prince William

A customer looks at merchandise at Oh, Fancy That, a Tarzana shop with British foods and gifts, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer)

and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November, Moeini said she knew karma was giving her a second chance.

"This is going to be all evened out. I was like `Yes!' I was going to celebrate this wedding," Moeini said. "I'm also a little bit goofy about the royal thing."

At The Mayflower Club, a social club of British expatriates in North Hollywood, at least 50 members are expected to watch a taped showing of the wedding Friday afternoon.

"We are going to make a fuss of it because we should," said Eileen Selby, the group's treasurer.

Selby, who has met Queen Elizabeth II three times, said the group will stop halfway through and have tea.

Other local British establishments have also jumped on the royal wedding bandwagon.

The Fox and Hounds pub in Studio City is hosting a mock bachelor party for William from 9 tonight until 2 a.m. Friday.

Guests can enjoy drink specials, go-go dancers and free cigars.

"We figured we would give him a bachelor party the night before. We sent him an invitation, he has yet to reply," The Fox and Hounds owner and general manager Douglas Milton said with a laugh.

The celebration continues on Friday when the pub will broadcast BBC America, serve wedding cake and $1 champagne specials.

"It is something everyone can agree on," Milton said. "It's a royal wedding, it's a big party."

From midnight to 4 a.m. Friday, The Cat & Fiddle on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is holding "Tiaras and Pajamas: a Live Royal Wedding Viewing Party."

For $20, ticket holders can sample British fare including mini beef wellingtons, sausage rolls and scones served buffet style.

For local shops specializing in British items, business is brisk. Commemorative items such as teapots, plates, mugs, teaspoons and tea towels featuring Will and Kate are selling quickly.

Jean Karasek, owner of Oh, Fancy That! British Foods, Gifts and More on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, said she can't keep wedding-related china on the shelves.

"I sold out three times," Karasek said. "It's been crazy."

She attributes 25 percent of her wedding-related business so far to British ex-pats. The rest are Americans.

"I would have ordered a lot more stock, if I had known I was going to be selling like this," Karasek said.

Royal wedding mania hit Ye Olde King's Head pub in Santa Monica earlier this week.

"The phone has never stopped today," Manager Dusty Kerr said Monday afternoon. "You are about the 250th caller."

Customers can watch wedding replays on the pub's 11 screens on Friday and celebrate with breakfast or afternoon tea.

"It's been such a long time since we had a royal wedding," said Kerr, who hails from Yorkshire. "They make such a lovely couple. This is going to be the new king and queen of England."

Sierra Canyon School freshman Lizzie Hinson said she has been waiting for Prince William to marry Kate Middleton for eight years. She learned about their budding romance at St. Andrews University while reading British tabloids to her mom on family road trips.

Getting a teenager to wake up early is usually a tough thing, but Lizzie says she is excited about getting up at 1 a.m. for the wedding telecast. For years her mother has told her about watching Princess Diana's wedding in 1981 and she doesn't want to miss this one.

"I feel it is a big deal to see the future king and queen of England get married," Lizzie said.


Where to watch

Restaurants, pubs hosting events for the royal wedding:

WHITE HARTE PUB

22456 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills

Tel: 818-224-3822

Live viewing begins about midnight.

Wedding attire.

Guests must call and RSVP

Cost: $25, $50


THE CAT & FIDDLE

6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Tel: 323-468-3800

Live viewing: Midnight to 4 a.m.

"Tiaras and Pajamas: A Live Royal Wedding Viewing Party"

Cost: $20 (pre-sale tickets strongly encouraged) Tickets can be purchased at www.thecatandfiddle.com.

Friday: Royal wedding viewing throughout the day - showings at noon, 4 p.m., or 8 p.m.


THE FOX AND HOUNDS

11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Tel: 818-763-7837

Tonight: William's Bachelor Party,

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday

Cost: Free

Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday

Wedding cake, $1 champagne specials


YE OLDE KING'S HEAD

116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

Tel: 310-451-1402

Friday: King-size breakfast ($12.95) with complimentary glass of champagne, 9 a.m.

Royal Afternoon Tea ($18.95), noon and 2 p.m.

Performance by Beatles tribute band, 8 p.m.


THE MAYFLOWER CLUB

11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood

Tel: 818-769-9805

Friday: 1 p.m.

Royal wedding viewing

Stopping halfway through to have tea.

Cost: $5 per person


BUCHANAN ARMS RESTAURANT

(next to The Piccadilly Shop)

2013 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank

Tel: 818-845-0692

Saturday: Dinner to celebrate Royal Wedding, 6 p.m.

Special menu includes toffee pudding, Kate Middleton's favorite dessert.

Cost: $20 per person, taking

reservations.


Shops that sell

British goods:

OH, FANCY THAT! BRITISH FOOD, GIFTS & MORE

18399 Ventura Blvd., #11, Tarzana

Tel: 818-996-4405


THE PICCADILLY SHOP

(Next to Buchanan Arms Restaurant)

2011 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA

Tel: 818-842-2324


FRIAR TUCK SHOPPE

(next to Robin Hood British Pub)

13638 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Tel: 818-785-4814

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Prince William and Kate Middleton Photo Released

Kate Middleton Prince WilliamWe are down to merely hours before the Royal Wedding, and as the world anxiously awaits the first glimpse of Kate Middleton in her wedding dress, she and Prince William have released the Official Programme for the ceremony, and with that a sweet portrait of the couple.

The black and white photo, taken by photographer Mario Testino, shows a much softer side of the pair. The casual attire and less formal pose make Middleton and her Prince look just like you and me.

But, let us not forget that as relatable as they may seem here, tomorrow's event will most likely exceed all of our wildest imaginations.

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The night before one of the biggest days in England's history, groom-to-be Prince William and his brother and best man, Prince Harry, greeted some of the onlookers on the Mall. And according to UsMagazine.com, the future King of England admitted he was having some pre-wedding day jitters!

"Thank you for coming out. I'm a little bit nervous!" William was overheard telling some of the spectators who were there waiting for the wedding extravaganza that begins Friday.

Harry also chatted with some of the admirers. "Do you have nibbles and snacks? Do you have a drink? A little something to keep you warm? This is such an exciting night!" he said to a group of women camping out for the night.


The 28-year-old prince and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, will spend Thursday night apart. William and Harry will stay at their father's official residence, Clarence House, and Middleton will be with her parents at London's Goring Hotel.

UsMagazine.com also reports that following royal tradition, William will kiss his fianc� at dusk before saying goodbye for the night. They won't see each other again until they meet at the altar Friday morning.

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American Idol: Who's Heading Home?

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It's getting down to the wire!

On Thursday's American Idol, the six remaining finalists will be cut down to the top five ? but who will go home?

All of the contestants ? Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin ? pleased the judges with their tributes to Carole King on Wednesday's show.

Randy Jackson was so impressed with Durbin's gentle rock take on "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" that he said, "This guy just might win the whole thing."

After landing in the bottom last week, Lusk performed "Oh No Not My Baby" with some bouncing dance moves.

"It's about time you shook your tail feathers," Steven Tyler said. "When you strut like that, that's the magic."

Alaina, who was tickled to meet Miley Cyrus, sang a sweet version of "Where You Lead" and brought "tears to my eyes," Jennifer Lopez said.

McCreery, who was criticized last week for appearing complacent, stepped it up with a slowed-down, country version of "You've Got a Friend."

"You never sang better," Tyler said.

Reinhart sang "Beautiful" and thrilled the judges. "I just saw God," Tyler said. Lopez singled Haley out as "one of the best voices" of the season.

And finally, Casey Abrams performed an energetic and colorful version of "Hi De Ho." "You definitely found your niche," said Tyler, adding that it was "the best mother ? (pause) ? lovin' show I've seen."

With so much praise it's hard to know who will be called out on Thursday's elimination show, which airs (8 p.m. ET) on Fox.

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