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Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke segment to air next week
Rock 'n' roll icon Paul McCartney is to appear in a Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden next week.

The nighttime chat show is usually taped in Los Angeles, but next Monday through Thursday's episodes will be broadcast from Central Hall Westminster in London.

McCartney will be seen giving his fellow Briton Corden a tour of his hometown of Liverpool as they sing some of the former Beatle's hits in the pre-recorded video.

CBS did not indicate on which night McCartney's segment would run, but Corden certainly seemed excited about it.

"I can't wait for you all to see this. It was a day that will live with me forever," the comedian tweeted Thursday along with a photo of him hugging McCartney in front of a car.

The shows will also include a sketch starring Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt, and appearances by guests Damian Lewis, J.J. Abrams, Ruth Wilson, Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters.

"Members of the England Football Team will join James for a special sketch to celebrate the start of the World Cup. The London-based shows will also feature a new Crosswalk the Musical with famed musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Spill Your Guts with Cher, plus James gets a job at The Savoy in Take a Break," a news release said, adding the episodes will air on CBS in the United States and on Sky in the United Kingdom.


Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth make first joint outing
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II were all smiles during their first joint outing.

The 36-year-old duchess of Sussex stepped out with Queen Elizabeth on Thursday in Cheshire, England. Markle married the queen's grandson Prince Harry in May.

Markle, who wore a beige pencil dress with a cape top, and the queen, who sported a floral dress and green coat, visited Mersey Gateway Bridge. The pair met with architects, planners and other members of the community, according to People.

"At the opening of @MerseyGateway Bridge, The Duchess of Sussex joins The Queen to watch a performance by local schoolchildren," Kensington Palace tweeted.

Markle and Elizabeth's next stop was the Storyhouse in nearby Chester. The pair watched a performance from the Fallen Angels dance company and heard songs from a production of A Little Night Music.

"In the main floor at @Storyhouselive, The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex sit to view a performance of 'Drop in the Ocean.' #RoyalVisitCheshire," Kensington Palace tweeted.

Markle and Harry tied the knot May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple will make an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in the fall.


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"I remember thinking to myself, as devastated as I was, I was like, 'He's right.' The time is now. He's 15. It's time for him to leave the house."
--Jada Pinkett Smith, on feeling "devastated" when son Jaden asked to be legally emancipated at the age of 15, on her Facebook Live show Red Table Talk



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Who scrubbed graffiti from Michael Jackson's Walk of Fame star?


NeNe Leakes says husband has cancer: 'The fight begins'
NeNe Leakes says her husband is battling cancer.

The 50-year-old television personality shared a photo of Gregg Leakes on Wednesday following his cancer diagnosis.

The picture shows Gregg Leakes sitting in a chair at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. A computer screen with the word "Cancer" crossed out can be seen in the snapshot.

"Our New Normal and the fight begins," NeNe Leakes captioned the post. "#mdandersoncancercenter #yougotthis #iloveyou."

She canceled stand-up comedy shows in May due to her husband's health issues. She said he had been hospitalized for over two weeks, although she did not detail his condition at the time.

"Today marks the 15th day straight that Gregg has been in the hospital," the star told fans. "I find it very difficult to stand on stage and laugh and have a good time ... knowing that my husband's in the hospital not feeling well.

"Gregg will be out of the hospital this week. He will be stronger, he will be better and we will be out here doing this show again in no time," she said.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star remarried Gregg Leakes in June 2013 after splitting in 2010. The couple are parents to 19-year-old son Brentt.


Rob Reiner: 'Shock and Awe' a timely reminder of importance of truth
Director Rob Reiner, a strong believer that democracy depends on holding powerful people accountable, has long wanted to make a movie about the Iraq War.

Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion, his Shock and Awe debuts Thursday on DirecTV. The movie tells the story of the Knight Ridder journalists who investigated the motives behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Woody Harrelson, James Marsden and Tommy Lee Jones star as reporters Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and Joe Galloway. Reiner plays their editor John Walcott. The film follows the team as it questions U.S. President George W. Bush's plans to attack Iraq in 2003 based on alleged intelligence suggesting Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. (None was ever found).

The reporters, working in the Washington bureau, doggedly worked to uncover the truth as competing media outlets published the White House's claims without evidence. The Knight Ridder team said in the film they felt a responsibility to their readers in areas of the country where families were sending loved one off to war and deserved to know why.

"They were fighting against some very strong headwinds and they were the only ones that got it right," Reiner told UPI in an interview Tuesday.

Reiner -- who is 71 now but was of draft age during the Vietnam War -- said he wanted for years to make a movie about the George W. Bush administration's actions in the days after 9/11.

"I couldn't believe that twice in my lifetime we were sending kids to war based on lies. ... I could see it happening. ... It's like watching your kid run into the street and feeling helpless to stop him from being hit by the truck," he said. "We ask our leaders to not send our kids into harm's way unless they have a real rationale for doing that."

A way into the story

For more than a decade, Reiner looked for a way to bring the subject to the screen. He considered making a Dr. Strangelove-type satire and heavier drama, but wasn't confident either was the way to go.

After watching an episode of Bill Moyers Journal called "Buying the War," which focused on the Knight Ridder reporters' crusade, Reiner got in touch with the journalists and reunited with Joey Hartstone, Matt George and Harrelson -- the writer, producer and star of his 2016 Lyndon B. Johnson biopic LBJ.

"This is my way into the story," he realized.

Galloway, 76, told UPI the search for the truth was very hard work.

"We slowly grew more confident that our sources were right, our stories were right -- and all the others were wrong," said Galloway, a former UPI Vietnam War correspondent. "It was a rough ride, seeing The New York Times run the wrong stories on page 1, above the fold, day after day. In the end, The Times ran an editor's note apologizing to its readers for getting it all wrong. Knight Ridder did not have to do that."

Reiner said the team of journalists were "totally hands-on" in the making of the film, all four receiving associate producer credits: "They read every draft of the script."

They also spent a lot of time on the set during filming, meaning Jones was able to get to know Galloway, whose 1992 book We Were Soldiers Once... And Young about his experience covering the Vietnam War was made into a movie in 2002.

"We are both homegrown Texas boys and we speak the same language," Galloway said of Jones.

Reiner agrees.

"If you look at the real Joe Galloway, there is a 'no B.S.' aspect to the real Joe Galloway and the same can be said of Tommy Lee Jones," he said.

A tough sell

Getting financing for the film wasn't easy, Reiner said.

"Any time you try to put together an independent film -- particularly one that has political overtones to it -- it's very, very hard to get financing. And this is not even something that anybody at a Hollywood studio would ever even consider financing, so you've got to go to all of these independent sources and cobble together money to try to get it done," he said.

Shock and Awe follows two other hit movies about journalism: Spotlight, based on the Boston Globe's coverage of the priest sex abuse scandal, won the 2015 Oscar for Best Picture. The Post, about the Washington Post's coverage of the Pentagon papers, was nominated for Best Picture last year.

Reiner said he hasn't gotten any response from members of the George W. Bush administration and doesn't expect to.

"One of the reasons the Knight Ridder stories never penetrated was because the Bush administration never responded to them," he said. "They didn't give them any oxygen. They didn't refute them and so they let them kind of disappear into the ether and they may do the same with this film."

A divided country

Reiner said a free and independent press is as important now as it has always been.

"We have a divided country and we have a divided media. The Trump administration -- or any administration -- wanting to make the case for war, they will have a certain aspect of the media willing to back them up. Normally, what a journalist is supposed to do... is get to the truth. The idea is not to be partisan, not to push the company line," he said.

"We've had a radical change in the last year and a half. We have a guy who basically only cares about himself," Reiner said. "He's gone after the press, he's called the press 'the enemy of the people' and 'fake news.' He's trying to tear down the Justice Department and the FBI and the intelligence community. We don't have any real checks and balances any more. We're more partisan now and more divided than we've ever been. So, I don't say that Donald Trump created that divide, but he certainly is exploiting it."

Seeing journalists embrace Shock and Awe at a Monday screening and panel discussion at Newseum in Washington, D.C., was very gratifying for him, Reiner said.

"That meant a lot to me because, obviously, we hit the right note," he added.

After its run on DirecTV ends July 11, Shock and Awe will play in select theaters starting July 13.

Reiner's other film credits include An American President, A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Misery, When Harry Met Sally and Stand By Me.

McClatchy bought Knight Ridder in 2006. Landay, Strobel and Walcott all work for Reuters now.


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Who scrubbed graffiti from Michael Jackson's Walk of Fame star?

Paris Jackson personally removed graffiti from a Hollywood Walk of Fame star honoring another Michael Jackson.

Paris, the 20-year-old daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, took action after someone defaced a plaque belonging to an 84-year-old radio host with her dad's name.

The model and actress posted a slideshow Wednesday on Instagram of the star in question. The photos show the before and after effect of her work.

"some people have no [expletive] respect," she captioned the post. "i understand that there is a difference between the radio emblem and the record, but a name is a name."

Paris further explained her motivations on Twitter after a fan praised her for taking action.

"i was at my friend apt that lives basically next door this morning and another buddy of mine said he saw this last night," the star wrote. "apparently it's not his actual star but hey that's still his name."

"i don't think it was intentionally targeted it at him," she added. "but to me a name is a name and i couldn't just hear about it and not go see it for myself."

Paris' dad died at age 50 in June 2009. The actress has since gotten a number of tattoos in his honor, and paid tribute to the singer on what would have been his 59th birthday in August.

"i will never feel love again the way i did with you," she said. "you are always with me and i am always with you. though i am not you, and you are not me, i know with all my being that we are one. and our souls will never change in that way."

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