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Ready for a bittersweet story? Prince William thinks it's "sad" late mom Princess Diana will never meet his family.

The 34-year-old British royal said in the July issue of GQ that he wishes his mom had lived to know his wife, Kate Middleton, and children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

"I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won't, that they will never know her," he told the magazine.

Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were 15 and 12 years old, respectively, when Princess Diana died at age 36 in July 1997. Prince William spoke to British GQ ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mom's death.

"I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better," the royal said.

"It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people's grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her," he added.

Prince William married Middleton in 2011, and welcomed Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He and Prince Harry spoke to Middleton about their mom's death in a video promoting mental health in April.

"We have been brought closer as a result of the circumstances," Prince William said of himself and his brother. "You are uniquely bonded because of what we've been through. Even Harry and I though, over the years, have not talked enough about our mother."

That Prince William seems like a good kid.

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Steve


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Chris Pratt, John Krasinski take part in #MurphChallenge on Memorial Day
Chris Pratt and John Krasinski honored deceased Navy SEAL officer Michael P. Murphy on Memorial Day by taking part in the #MurphChallenge.

An annual Crossfit workout and fundraiser, the #MurphChallenge consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and a final one-mile run while wearing a 20-lb body vest in order to raise money and awareness for the LT. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

"It's a day like today when we commemorate those fallen heroes and say thanks for all you do to make our dreams come true," Pratt said alongside Krasinski in a video posted by the actors after having taken part in the challenge.

Appearing out of breath and sweating, the actors proclaimed that will be ordering shirts for the foundation after having "earned it."

"So today, whether you do a Murph Challenge or just take some time to say thank you and remember, remember that's what today is all about," Krasinski said in a follow-up video.

Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient, died during a tour in Afghanistan in 2005.


Line-up for Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert announced
The star-studded line-up for Ariana Grande's upcoming concert to benefit the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has been announced.

Stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Take That, Usher and Pharrell Williams will join Ariana Grande as she will return to England for the show at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4.

Fans who attended the May 22 concert at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people will be able to register for free tickets for the benefit concert through Ticketmaster by Wednesday, May 21 at 4 p.m., while tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and benefit those who were injured or lost family members during the attack.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, BBC Radio, Capital Radio Networks and streamed worldwide via a soon-to-be-announced digital partner.

Grande posted a statement to Twitter Friday announcing her return to Manchester for the benefit concert and offering condolences to the families affected by the attack.

"The only thing we can do is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out," she wrote. "I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, nonstop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know."


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"I was so hurt. I never wanted to hit somebody so bad."
--Zoe Saldana, on the time her husband ate her ice cream while she was pregnant, to PEOPLE



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Which rock legend joined Steven Van Zandt onstage for a surprise performance?


Gal Gadot on making 'Wonder Woman:' 'We left cynicism aside'
Israeli actress Gal Gadot says she hopes people who see her new movie Wonder Woman will leave theaters feeling inspired.

"We left cynicism aside. We went back to simple values ... that are very valuable and relevant, especially nowadays," Gadot said during an AOL Build panel discussion about the film May 23 in New York. "Love and compassion and acceptance and justice and truth and peace. I hope that this movie will make people look inside and be better. Be good."

The 32-year-old actress said the pre-release attention her superheroine flick is getting "is a lot to take in."

"It felt like one, big, happy family, like we were in this commune of people who showed up to work and it didn't feel like work," she recalled. "We really enjoyed working together, working on this character, bringing her back to life and we kept on saying at times: 'Wow! This is going to be amazing!' 'Wow! We can't wait for people to see it!' 'Wow! We can't wait to share it with everyone.' And I think just from the responses and the feedback that we've gotten so far, it's super overwhelming. I'm so grateful. It almost feels like we've done even a bigger thing than we had expected that we'd end up doing, even though we gave it everything. So, so far, it feels great. But it's a lot to take in."

Co-starring Connie Nielsen and Chris Pine, Wonder Woman is to open in U.S. theaters Friday.


J.K. Rowling says she finished 'Fantastic Beasts 2' script
British author J.K. Rowling confirmed she completed the screenplay for the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

"Have you already write the script of Fantastic Beasts 2? TELL ME EVERYTHING WOMAN," a fan tweeted Sunday.

"Yes, I have, but I CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING YET, WOMAN," Rowling replied Sunday.

Director David Yates and producer David Heyman said last year the four central characters from the New York-set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will appear in the followup, which will take place in Paris.

Expected to return are Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie and Dan Fogler as Jacob. Joining the cast for the sequel will be Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, a beloved character from Rowling's iconic Harry Potter books and movies.

The Beasts films take place before the events in the Potter tales.


??? Guess Who ???

Which rock legend joined Steven Van Zandt onstage for a surprise performance?

Bruce Springsteen joined fellow E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt for a surprise performance in New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend.

The Boss was in attendance for Van Zandt's show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank that was celebrating the release of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul's latest album, Soulfire.

"Can I get my friend who's out of work," Van Zandt said to Springsteen in the audience before he joined his friend onstage to perform four songs including "It's Been a Long Time," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out," "I Don't Want to Go Home," and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get a Witness" to close out the show.

Springsteen and Van Zandt were then spotted exiting the stage arm in arm.

Springsteen spent his Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey and was seen attending in his hometown of Freehold the 143rd Annual Memorial Day Parade.

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