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Celebrity Chef Charged With Intoxicated Driving

Todd English
Celebrity chef Todd English, 54, after his arrest early Sunday morning, Aug 31, 2014 in Southampton, N.Y. Southampton Town Police Department/AP

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

Police in Southampton said English was arrested Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island. He made a court appearance later in the day, and authorities said he posted $1,500 bail.

The circumstances of the arrest were unavailable. An email to English’s representative and a call to his attorney were not immediately returned.

The chef, whose full name is William Todd English, is the creative force behind a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs and Fish Club. He also has been a regular on television programs including “Iron Chef USA.”

English has written several cookbooks and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine.

In September 2009, his former fiancee was charged with assault, and authorities accused her of hitting him with a metal wrist watch, leaving him needing multiple stitches. The couple had been scheduled to get married, but English called the wedding off.

A judge in January 2010 closed the case without prison or probation based on her going through anger management and performing community service.

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Joan Rivers Remains in ‘Serious’ Condition, Daughter Says

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The day after comedy legend and “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital, she remains in “serious” condition, according to a statement issued by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, through the Mount Sinai Health System.

Rivers, 81, was undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords Thursday morning at Yorkville Endoscopy when she stopped breathing and was transported to Mount Sinai, according to WNBC, citing sources familiar with the situation. The Fire Department of New York said it transported a woman to Sinai who was either in “respiratory or cardiac arrest.”

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

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Beyoncé’s Dad Claims Infamous Elevator Fight Was a PR Stunt

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Candids
Beyonce and Jay-Z attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Neilson Barnard--Getty Images

After elevator footage leaked showing Jay-Z and Solange fighting while Beyonce stood by, it was all anyone could talk about. Now Mathew Knowles is saying that was the whole point

The celebrity scandal of the year might not have been much of a scandal at all.

Beyoncé and Solange Knowles’ father, Mathew Knowles, told a Houston radio talk show earlier this week that Elevator-Gate may have all been an elaborate show.

After video footage of Solange attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z in a elevator at the Standard Hotel was leaked earlier this year, everyone feared the worst. The clip, which was reportedly filmed after Solange, Jay and Beyoncé had left the Met Gala after-party, stoked speculation that Jay had cheated on Bey and that their marriage was on the rocks. The rumors are still circulating, months later, even amidst the couple’s joint On The Run tour that began in late June.

But that could have been the point, according to Bey’s dad and former manager. “[They needed something to] ignite that tour,” Knowles said. “It’s called a ‘Jedi mind trick.’ The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of the time.”

Why would his daughters and son-in-law pull such a stunt? “All I know is: everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200%,” Knowles said.

Of course, it should be noted that Beyoncé and her father don’t appear to be particularly close these days. She fired him as her manager in 2011, not long after her mother, Tina Knowles, filed divorce papers citing Mathew’s extramarital affair. It’s certainly likely that he is just as clueless about the motivating factor of the clash as anyone else.

As for the three main parties — that is Bey, Jay and Solange — they’ve remained relatively mum on the subject. Shortly after the footage leaked, the trio issued a statement calling the fight an “unfortunate incident” and a “private matter.”

[Billboard]

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Revisit the Romantic Ghosts of Brangelina’s Past

What's past is prologue

It’s hard to think back to the days before “Brangelina” was a thing. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who tied the knot over the weekend amid friends and family in France, have been together for about a decade and are raising six children together. And though the beginning of their relationship was fraught with scandal — they met and fell in love on the set of 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston — the waters have appeared, to admiring fans at any rate, to be smooth ever since.

Still, before they came together, Pitt and Jolie had some rocky romances over the years — some strange (Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina’s wearing each other’s blood in vials), some irritating (Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad’s matching hairstyles), and some forgotten (Brad Pitt dated Robin Givens?).

Here’s a gallery that raises a glass to the phrase, what’s past is prologue.

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Joan Rivers ‘Resting Comfortably’ in New York City Hospital

FILE  Comedian Joan Rivers Hospitalised After She Stops Breathing Following An Operation On Her Vocal Chords
Joan Rivers attends the 2009 Mardi Gras VIP party at the Zeta Bar of the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on March 5, 2009 Mike Flokis—Getty Images

Comedian was scheduled to perform Friday in Red Bank, N.J.

Updated 7:39 a.m. Friday

Joan Rivers, the 81-year-old comedian and television personality, was rushed from a doctor’s office to a New York City hospital on Thursday morning after she went into cardiac arrest, according to the Associated Press.

“This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support,” Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for the hospital, said in a statement. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, said Thursday that Rivers is “resting comfortably” after the episode.

Rivers, who rose to national fame with her 1965 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, was scheduled to perform on Friday in Red Bank, N.J. The Count Basie Theatre said in a statement on its website that Rivers’ show has been postponed and that they “look forward to hosting the iconic comedienne in the near future.”

The entertainer gave a talk on Wednesday at the Time-Life building, where TIME is based, and had told the audience she had no physical ailments — even calling herself “lucky” — according to a reporter who was at the event. Rivers said she does not restrict what she eats and joked that the processed foods and fake sugar may be what preserves the body.

With reporting by Dan Kedmey

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Officials: Joan Rivers Rushed to Hospital

(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor’s office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said.

The 81-year-old comedian’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

“This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support,” said Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for Mount Sinai Hospital. “We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”

New York City police officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly name Rivers, said she was taken to the hospital just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Rivers’ representatives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business. She hosts “Fashion Police” on E! network and co-stars with her daughter, Melissa, on the WEtv reality show, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” She also presides over an online talk show, “In Bed With Joan.”

Her latest book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” was released this summer.

In 2009, Rivers emerged as the winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” A documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” premiered in theaters in 2010.

Rivers coined the phrase “Can we talk?” in her standup routines and, interviewing fashionistas on the red carpet, introduced the question, “Who are you wearing?”

A native of New York, Rivers originally entered show business with the dream of a theatrical career, but comedy became a way to pay the bills while she auditioned for acting roles.

“Somebody said, ‘You can make six dollars standing up in a club,'” she told The Associated Press in 2013, “and I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.”

After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity — a woman comedian — Rivers was a smash on her first booking on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1965. “God, you’re funny,” Carson told her.

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Hey Brangelina, Not Everyone in the U.S. Can Get Married Yet

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Justin Tallis—PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pitt repeatedly said he'd wait to tie the knot until everyone in the country could (they still can't)

Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married last weekend, which is great news for people who like to fantasize about celebrity weddings, and bad news for those still carrying a torch for #TeamJen. It’s also frustrating news for the LGBT activists who’d prefer their straight allies not backtrack in their commitment to the cause of marriage equality — something that’s still not available in all 50 states.

In 2006, Pitt told Esquire that he and Jolie would “consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.” A few years later, he reaffirmed his position to Parade:

“When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.’ I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it–hate mail from religious groups. I believe everyone should have the same rights. They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment.”

As marriage equality arrived in a few more states — like in New York in 2011 — Pitt made it clear he still wasn’t satisfied in a statement to People magazine:

“It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”

Here’s the thing: that day has not yet come. Only a handful of states in the U.S. allow same-sex couples to get married, according to this map from LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal.

As laws have changed incrementally, though, some celebrity couples who had previously been hesitant about marrying went ahead with their plans. Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell seemed to echo Pitt’s sentiments when she told The Advocate in 2012 that she was holding off on marrying Dax Shepard because she didn’t “feel appropriate taking advantage of a right” denied to her gay and lesbian friends. In other interviews, she clarified that she was talking about California specifically: “We’ve been very vocal about not wanting to be married in a state that doesn’t allow that right to all of its citizens,” she told Celebuzz. “We’ll wait until California gets on the right side of history.” (Bell eventually proposed to Shepard on Twitter after a Supreme Court ruling in June 2013 allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California.)

The reasons for Pitt and Jolie’s apparent reversal on marriage are less clear. The two — who, to be clear, aren’t under any obligation or mandtate to wait at all — might have changed because of the kids. Several weeks before making his statement about New York state, Pitt suggested to USA Today‘s weekend edition that his children were pushing for marriage and that his previous commitment to waiting was possibly wavering. “The kids ask about marriage,” he told the paper. “It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.”

Or maybe they just got married to claim all the government protections and benefits marriage allows — the very things that have made marriage equality a goal among LGBT activists in the first place.

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Here’s the French Château Where Brad and Angelina Wed

The Chateau Miraval, a vineyard estate owned by US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Le Val, southeastern France on May 31, 2008.
The Château Miraval, a vineyard estate owned by U.S. actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Le Val, southeastern France, on May 31, 2008 Michel Gangne—AFP/Getty Images

Ooh la la

Brangelina have made it official. The couple married in a small, private ceremony last weekend, it emerged on Thursday, surrounded by family and friends.

But after years in the limelight as one of the world’s most-watched couples, it was obvious that not just any wedding venue would work. So the couple chose to get married close to home. Or, at least, close to one of their homes.

The Associated Press reports that Pitt and Jolie tied the knot in the south of France, at the Château Miraval, a wine château not far from Aix-en-Provence. Back in 2008, the couple moved their family into the château and apparently haven’t looked back, spending their summers nestled in the 1000-acre estate.

Back in the 1970s, the sprawling estate was home to the jazz pianist and composer Jacques Loussier, who built a recording studio on its grounds. Since then, Pink Floyd, Sting, Sade and the Cranberries have all recorded music there. And it seems that the Pitt-Jolies have carried on the tradition. According to the Château Miraval’s website, the couple “have given impetus to the heart of the estate as a place dedicated to the arts — music, cinema, theater, local food and fine wine.”

Even those who don’t frequently read gossip pages might recognize the Château Miraval name: it’s also home to Brangelina’s wine, the Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval, which won plaudits last year from Wine Spectator magazine.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married in France Last Weekend

Finally

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Superstar couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were secretly married in France on Saturday, a spokesperson told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The duo reportedly first came together on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith about a decade ago, but they were only engaged in 2012. Now, their marriage is official.

Jolie and Pitt were married in Château Miraval in the south of France in a small ceremony attended by family and friends, including the couple’s six children, the AP reports.

The couple is set to get back together on the screen next year in a drama that Jolie wrote and will direct called By the Sea, set for release next year.

[AP]

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Go Behind the Scenes of Jessica Chastain’s TIME Photo Shoot

The actress brings out her glamorous side

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Jessica Chastain’s face will be seen in many places this fall — in addition to starring in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (which is not just one, but three films) the actress also has major roles in Interstellar and A Most Violent Year, all of which will be released in the upcoming season.

Chastain is featured in this week’s TIME Fall Arts Preview and was photographed by Peter Hapak at Milk Studios in New York City.

Take a behind-the-scenes teaser in the video above.

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