x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Oprah's Favourite Things are back

Plus, Miley Cyrus’s stalker jailed; Libel trial to focus on Britney Spears’s meltdown; Rihanna graces US Vogue cover.

Oprah Winfrey is bringing back 'Oprah's Favourite Things' in a two-hour special next month on her network, OWN. AP
Oprah Winfrey is bringing back 'Oprah's Favourite Things' in a two-hour special next month on her network, OWN. AP

Oprah Winfrey will be hosting a Favourite Things special on her network, OWN, next month. The over-the-top gift idea extravaganza, Oprah’s Favourite Things, ran from 2002 to 2010 on her daily talk show – with a one-year hiatus in 2009, which the talk show hostess explained was out of respect for those suffering from the economic downturn. Winfrey is planning the two-hour special for “an unsuspecting group of deserving military spouses” on November 18.

Miley Cyrus’s stalker jailed

A man convicted of trespassing at Miley Cyrus’s Los Angeles home has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. Jason Luis Rivera was caught by police on the property of the Hannah Montana star last month, brandishing a pair of scissors. Police say the 40-year-old Rivera told officers he was a friend of the singer-actress and he repeatedly threw himself against an outside wall as if trying to break in. Meanwhile, Cyrus will be soon returning to TV screens by making a guest appearance on the comedy show Two and a Half Men. * AP

Libel trial to focus on Britney Spears’s meltdown

Britney Spears’ darkest days are about to be revisited in a Los Angeles courtroom. Later this week, a jury will hear claims from Spears’ former manager, Sam Lutfi, that he was unfairly blamed for her 2007 public meltdown. He is seeking millions of dollars from Spears and her family, claiming her mother’s biography lied about him drugging and isolating the pop superstar. But Spears, who took part in a Whitney Houston tribute concert last week, is unlikely to be called to give evidence at the trial. * AP

Rihanna graces US Vogue cover

The pop star Rihanna has revealed her second appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine – via Instagram. “Mama, I made it! Here’s #2,” she tweeted to her millions of followers. Earlier, she had also shared the cover art for her new album, Unapologetic (it caused a stir because she appears topless). Rihanna is also thought to be on the verge of announcing her reconciliation with Chris Brown – even though he is still on probation for physically assaulting her in 2009 – after the release of the album on November 19.

Miss America host dies

Gary Collins, the host of Miss America beauty pageants during the 1980s, has died of natural causes at the age of 74. Collins also presented the television shows Hour Magazine, for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1983, and The Home Show. He was also an actor, appearing in numerous movies and TV shows, including a variety of guest roles in dramas and comedies such as Perry Mason, The Love Boat and Ironside. * AP