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The Dictator apologises to Ryan Seacrest

Plus: Amanda Bynes finds her self in a bingle, Dannii Minogue expresses her admiration for the queen of England's fashion sense and much more.

Ryan Seacrest and Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator. Steve Granitz / Wire Image
Ryan Seacrest and Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator. Steve Granitz / Wire Image

Ryan Seacrest revealed on his radio show that Sacha Baron Cohen has apologised after spilling an urn of ashes on him at the Oscars. Backstage last week at Saturday Night Live, Cohen, on the show to promote The Dictator, was "very, very apologetic and genuine and kind and sweet". Seacrest said Cohen confessed to him that the prank was originally planned for George Clooney. "Someone decided that wasn't a great idea because he was up for a lot of nominations. They spun the wheel of tragedy and landed on my name."

Stars dress up for Met gala

Hollywood stars put on their most fashion-forward outfits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala on Monday night in New York. Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, Cate Blanchett, Tim Tebow and Florence Welch were among those to weave through the tented, grand Fifth Avenue entrance to celebrate the new fashion exhibit that contrasts the designs of Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, was the hostess of the annual event. Carey Mulligan was this year's co-chairwoman. * AP

Amanda Bynes in car accident

Amanda Bynes, who was previously arrested for driving under the influence, has had another driving mishap. The actress was pulled over by police in West Hollywood after reportedly scraping her black Range Rover against another vehicle while trying to pass by near an intersection. Bynes, 26, told police she was unaware she had sideswiped the driver. She managed to escape citation and drove away after an official report was filed. * IANS

Vogue's health stance merely hype?

Sceptics wonder whether Vogue magazine's vow to ban models under age 16 and those of any age with visible signs of eating disorders is more hype than health. The 19 editors of Vogue around the world made the promise last week, beginning with their June issues. Audrey Brashich, a former model and magazine editor, called the announcement a "tiny baby step of progress", at best. "The cynic in me feels like they are simply grandstanding while just throwing a bone to an audience getting tired of the tricks of the trade." * AP

Dannii Minogue's royal praises

The Australian singer Dannii Minogue says Britain's Queen Elizabeth is a "fashion icon" because she has never been boring in the way she dresses up. "A grandmother several times over, the queen could be forgiven for sauntering into fuddy-duddy land, but instead, she dresses age-appropriately, sticking to colour-blocking suits she knows," Minogue told Glamour. "There aren't lots of octogenarian fashion icons, but this 86-year-old is a bona fide style queen." * IANS