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Celine Dion gives Kate Winslet a piece of her mind

Plus: the last of The Platters dies, Debra Messing files for divorce, Sheryl Crow has a brain tumour, Paris Jackson talks to Oprah, and Amanda Bynes asks Obama for help.

The singer Celine Dion. Gilbert Carrasquillo / Getty Images
The singer Celine Dion. Gilbert Carrasquillo / Getty Images

Celine Dion has responded to Kate Winslet, who admitted she does a “massive internal eye roll” whenever she hears the Titanic theme song My Heart Will Go On. “The song gave me the opportunity to be associated with a classic that will live forever,” Dion told the Today show. “If she feels tired just hearing it, and, like, throwing up, I’m glad she was not the one singing it.” During the 3D release of Titanic in March, Winslet told reporters the ballad still “haunts” her. “It makes me feel like throwing up,” she said.

Platters founder Herb Reed dies at 83

Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group The Platters, died on Monday in Boston after a period of declining health. He was 83. Reed founded The Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. He sang bass on the group’s hits, including Only You, The Great Pretender and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Reed was the group’s only member to appear on all of their nearly 400 recordings. He continued touring, performing up to 200 shows a year, until last year. * AP

Debra Messing files for divorce

Debra Messing has filed for divorce from her writer-producer husband Daniel Zelman. The former Will & Grace star filed her petition in Los Angeles on Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences. The coupled married in 2000. They have an eight-year-old son and Messing is seeking joint custody. The actress currently appears in the musical drama series Smash. * AP

Sheryl Crow has benign brain tumour

Sheryl Crow has revealed she has a benign brain tumour, but that it’s nothing to be alarmed about. “It’s a bump in the road. Please don’t worry,” she told CNN on Tuesday. The 50-year-old singer told an audience about her condition at a recent concert. Crow battled breast cancer in 2006.  * AP

Paris Jackson talks to Oprah Winfrey

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris will talk about her late father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday. Jackson, 14, will be featured on Oprah’s Next Chapter, discussing how she is faring three years after the death of her pop star father. “It never gets easier,” Jackson says in a promotional spot broadcast by Winfrey’s OWN network, which also shows the host asking if her father wanted her to have “a normal life”. Jackson and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, were closely sheltered during Jackson’s life but have been in the public eye since, appearing onstage at the Grammy Awards and on other TV shows. * AP

Amanda Bynes asks Obama for DUI help

Amanda Bynes was charged on Tuesday by Los Angeles prosecutors with driving under the influence, two months after authorities say she grazed a sheriff’s patrol car in an early morning accident. Bynes, 26, turned to Twitter to petition her country’s president: “Hey @BarackObama … I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”