Duchess of Cambridge cancels premiere visit
LONDON (AP) — The former Kate Middleton has cancelled a planned appearance at the U.K. premiere of “The Hobbit” due to acute morning sickness.
Palace officials said Tuesday Prince William’s wife, now known as the Duchess of Cambridge, will continue to rest rather than go to the show.
William still plans to go to the premiere.
Middleton has cancelled all public engagements since her brief hospitalization last week for severe nausea and dehydration. She is suffering from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum that causes sustained nausea and discomfort.
Her pregnancy is still in early stages.
Spice Girls musical ‘Viva Forever’ opens in London
LONDON (AP) — It’s time to find out whether Girl Power is still going strong, with the premiere of a new stage musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.
The members of the 1990s girl group – Baby, Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Posh – are expected on the red carpet for Tuesday’s opening night of “Viva Forever” at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
The musical uses Spice Girls songs including “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” in a tale of four friends whose bond becomes strained when their band enters a TV talent show.
It’s a pop confection with heavyweight credentials. The show was written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, co-creator of celebrity-skewering sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous.”
The producer is Judy Craymer, who produced stage and screen versions of the hugely successful ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!”
Van Gogh dazzles at Netherlands’ Kroeller-Mueller
AMSTERDAM (AP) — With the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed for renovations, the world’s second-largest collection of the tortured Dutch master’s work is stepping into the limelight.
The lesser-known Kroeller-Mueller museum in the eastern Netherlands has revamped the layout of its central rooms, giving more space and focus to many of its top works.
On Tuesday it annouced “Vincent is Back.” After a period in which some of its 91 Vincent Van Gogh paintings and 180 drawings and other works have been on loan, they are returning in style.
The first of two Van Gogh exhibitions this year, “Native Soil,” looks at Van Gogh’s early artistic career in the Netherlands, culminating in the 1885 masterpiece “The Potato Eaters.” In April, “Land of Light” will look at Van Gogh’s colorful flowering in France.
Ariel Winter’s mom sues actor for defamation
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The mother of “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter sued an associate of her adult daughter for defamation Monday, claiming he falsely labeled her an “abusive monster” in an online comment about a custody struggle for the teenage star.
Chrisoula Workman filed the defamation and false light lawsuit against Matthew Borlenghi, claiming his comment attached to a Nov. 9 Los Angeles Time online story was false and has harmed her reputation.
Borlenghi is an actor who teaches at a studio operated by Shanelle Gray, Winter’s adult sister who currently has custody of the 14-year-old actress. A judge temporarily stripped Workman of custody amid allegations she had been physically and emotionally abusive to the star.
A trial on whether Workman will be fully stripped of custody is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Borlenghi said he had not yet seen the lawsuit and declined to say whether he posted a comment about the story on the Times website. The story centered on Workman’s allegations that Winter was having an improper relationship with an 18-year-old actor.