Plus: Yoko Ono awards Russian punk band, Led Zeppelin dodge reunion queries, Travolta: celebrities deserve privacy, too and Lohan arrested in hit-and-run.
Pop star Shakira is expecting first child
Shakira is pregnant with her first child. The 35-year-old pop superstar posted on her website on Wednesday that she and her 25-year-old boyfriend Gerard Piqué "are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby". Piqué is a football player for FC Barcelona. The Grammy-winning Colombian singer is postponing promotional activities and didn't perform at Friday's iHeartRadio Music festival in Las Vegas. Shakira is due to be a judge on the next season of The Voice. * AP
Yoko Ono awards Russian punk band
Yoko Ono awarded the Russian punk band Pussy Riot this year's LennonOno grant for peace. Ono presented the award to Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Nadia Tolokonnikova - one of three jailed members of Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in prison for performing a song mocking the Russian President Vladimir Putin inside Moscow's main cathedral. "It's a terrible thing that all three girls have been jailed for not doing anything wrong. They were just standing for freedom of speech," Ono said at a ceremony in New York. * AP
Led Zeppelin dodge reunion queries
The Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant conceded on Friday that he doesn't understand the lyrics of the band's best-known song, Stairway to Heaven, as the band dodged questions about a possible reunion. Plant told a press conference in London: "I struggle with some of the lyrics from particular periods of time. Maybe I didn't quite feel the same about the lyrics a little bit later on in life. Maybe I'm still trying to work out what I was talking about." The three surviving members - Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - reunited to promote their new DVD, Celebration Day. When the band were asked whether they might play together again, Page said: "Let me ask you a question. Have you seen the film? Did you enjoy it? Then we've done our job, haven't we?" * AFP
Travolta: celebrities deserve privacy, too
John Travolta says privacy laws should shield celebrities from the kind of exposure suffered by Kate Middleton. Travolta, who has faced unwelcome scrutiny of his own private life, told the BBC that it is the "worst time to be famous". He said: "There is a right to privacy whether you're famous or not famous, and I feel that anyone being invaded at that level is unfortunate and there should be a law, no one would like that." Travolta has recently been in the headlines for his private life, including a discredited lawsuit claiming he had sexually abused two masseurs. * AP
Lohan arrested in hit-and-run
Lindsay Lohan was arrested yet again on Wednesday after fleeing the scene of a Manhattan traffic accident that involved a pedestrian. The accident occurred as Lohan was leaving a nightclub in her Porsche Cayenne. Her car struck a 34-year-old man in the legs and he was later taken to a hospital. The 26-year-old actress was released after being arrested but was summoned to appear before a judge on October 23. * AFP
At 82, Clint Eastwood comes up with another curveball
Clint Eastwood made headlines with his off-the-cuff speech at the Republican convention – and continues to defy expectations by returning to the screen at the age of 82 in a new film. The Hollywood star, who plays an ageing baseball scout in Trouble with the Curve, has long focused on directing and even announced his retirement from acting after starring in the 2008 film Gran Torino. But he said he felt comfortable being directed by his long-time producer Robert Lorenz in the movie, which co-stars Amy Adams.
Eastwood is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, adored by generations of fans since he starred in the 1960s TV series Rawhide. But his bizarre speech at the Republican National Convention – including talking to an invisible Barack Obama in an empty chair – raised many eyebrows.
He appears to have enjoyed the bafflement and dismisses the suggestion that he is going gaga. “When you get to a certain age, you’re just glad to be there,” Eastwood said at the Los Angeles premiere of Trouble with the Curve. “I’ve been enjoying the journey to this stage and so I intend to enjoy the rest of the journey.”
The ageing process is at the centre of his new film. Eastwood plays an elderly Atlanta baseball scout who refuses to admit that he is going blind. His daughter, played by Adams, is frustrated by her father’s obstinacy and insists on joining him on a scouting trip to try to get through to him.
Eastwood says he enjoyed being able to leave the director’s hat off and to get back to his acting roots. “After Gran Torino I kind of thought that this is kind of stupid, doing both jobs,” he said. “It’s quite relaxing because I can just sit back. I probably won’t do both again, at least for a moment. But I said I wouldn’t act again a few years ago and that changed too, so sometimes you just lie.” * AFP