Patty Jenkins, Chloe Kim, Bindi Irwin, more get Barbies for International Women’s Day

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

Bindi Irwin, Sara Gama, Chloe Kim, Martyna Wojciechowska, Nicola Adams, Yuanyuan Tan and Patty Jenkins are among the inspirational modern women being honored by Barbie with dolls in their likeness.
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Bindi Irwin, Sara Gama, Chloe Kim, Martyna Wojciechowska, Nicola Adams, Yuanyuan Tan and Patty Jenkins are among the inspirational modern women being honored by Barbie with dolls in their likeness.(Mattel/Barbie)

Barbie is celebrating 17 women in honor of International Women’s Day.

Mashable reported that the toy brand has highlighted three historical and 14 modern-day women from diverse fields and backgrounds ahead of the March 8 celebration.

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“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Barbie Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa McKnight said in a Tuesday news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

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Fourteen women who have “broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to the next generation of girls” are being honored with one-of-a-kind dolls made in their likeness, the brand said.

Barbie is honoring 14 modern-day role models as part of its Global Sheroes series ahead of International Women's Day.(Mattel/Barbie)

Barbie dolls will be made in the likenesses of filmmaker Patty Jenkins, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, conversationalist Bindi Irwin, boxing champion Nicola Adams, windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist  Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuanyuan Tan and fashion designer and entrepreneur Vicky Martin Berrocal.

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Barbie also announced the start of an Inspiring Women doll series. Three dolls made in the likenesses of historical women will start the series. 

Artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA “human computer” Katherine Johnson are the first three dolls in that group.

The 17 dolls join the likes of model Ashley Graham, director Ava DuVernay, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and ballet dancer Misty Copeland in being honored as Barbie Sheroes.

More information on the women being honored and the Barbie Global Sheroes and Inspiring Women series can be found at BarbieMedia.com.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France and his remains are returning to the United States on Friday, according to news reports.

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Bourdain, the host of CNN’s popular, Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” for 11 seasons, was found dead in in Kaysersberg, France, a week ago. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide after he was found unresponsive in his luxury hotel room by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain, 61, was in France filming another episode for his show.

He was cremated in a private service in France, according to People magazine and other outlets who cited anonymous sources. Since his divorce from Octavia Busia in 2016 was not finalized, she is legally his next of kin. The couple had a daughter, who is now 11.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Funeral arrangements for Bourdain have not been made public yet.

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Reports: Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson hospitalized with terminal cancer, 'doesn't have long'

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

What You Need to Know: Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, doesn’t have much longer to live, according to one of his sons, Jermaine Jackson.

According to the Daily Mail, Joe Jackson, 88, has an “undisclosed terminal illness” and his family members alleged that his handlers are not allowing them to see him. TMZ reported that he is in a hospital with terminal cancer.

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“No one knew what was going on -- we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” Jermaine Jackson told the Daily Mail. “We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”

Jermaine Jackson said family members just want to be near their patriarch during this time.

“He’s very very frail. He doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside -- that’s our only intention in his final days,” he said.

Reports say Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, is terminally ill and does not have much longer to live. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)(Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

According to the Daily Mail, Jackson family matriarch Katherine, her daughters Rebbie and Joh'Vonnie and Rebbie’s daughter Yashi Brown were able to visit Joe Jackson in Las Vegas Tuesday. TMZ reported that Katherine Jackson and some children and grandchildren were able to come by for a hospital visit. It is not clear from the Daily Mail’s report if family members visited Joe Jackson at his Las Vegas home, at the hospital or both.

The British tabloid claims that, according to a source close to Janet Jackson, she has also been denied access to her father.

No other members of the Jackson family have publicly commented on the reports.

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The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' turns 50

Published: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 6:01 AM

7 Things You Didn't Know About the Beatles

As much as we’d love to say “it was 50 years ago today” that Sgt. Pepper caused a musical revolution, the half-century anniversary of the Beatles’ beloved, revered and eternally-played “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album is technically June 2, a week after its rush-release in the band’s native U.K.

But commemorating what is often considered the quartet’s most musically radical and compelling release, the definitive work that signaled newfound maturity hinted at a year earlier on “Revolver,” is a multi-day staging. And so the celebration begins.

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Here are a few tidbits that casual fans might not know about the 13-song album:

  • In 1968, it became the first rock album to win the album of the year Grammy, one of four the Beatles earned that year.
  • Although “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” were two of the first songs the band recorded for the “Sgt. Pepper” sessions, they did not make the final album cut and were instead released as a double A-side single.
  • According to the Recording Industry Association of America, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has sold more than 11 million copies.
  • The famous final chord on “A Day in the Life” is an E major. David Crosby happened to be at Abbey Road studios during the recording of the song and told Filter magazine, “I was high as a kite…by the time it got to the end of that piano chord, man, my brains were on the floor.”

On May 26, a reissue of “Sgt. Pepper” arrived in four configurations: a six-disc “super deluxe” edition; a two-CD set; a two-LP set; and a single disc.

>> Beatles’ rare outtake from ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions released

The “super deluxe” version retails for $149.98 and contains 100 minutes of outtakes, many previously unheard or unreleased, as well as a special mono mix with extra tracks. A DVD of a “Sgt. Pepper” documentary is also included, along with a 114-page booklet, posters and a replica insert from the original album release.

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The project was overseen by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles sound maestro George Martin. Giles has plenty of Beatles cred, as he was heavily involved in the band’s Cirque du Soleil masterpiece, “Love”; remastered the 2016 “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” which was tied to Ron Howard’s documentary, “Eight Days a Week”; and worked on Paul McCartney’s 2013 album, “New.”

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‘Drive My Car’: Paul McCartney climbs behind wheel for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Carpool Karaoke in London with Paul McCartney.
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Carpool Karaoke in London with Paul McCartney.(Craig Sugden/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting)

James Corden has hitched a ride with divas, broadway stars and rockers. Now he’s tapped a music legend to help him navigate the roads as they sing a hit song or two. 

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Paul McCartney is the latest to “Help” a mate get through traffic, and the teaser spot for the upcoming bit shows the pair singing “Drive My Car,” Variety reported. There is no word on what the duo sings or if Ringo gets in on the act for “Carpool Karaoke.” 

The segment is scheduled to air this week, but no exact date was given. Corden is in London filming a series of episodes of “The Late, Late Show,” WCBS reported

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