Saturday, March 8, 2014
From news service reports
LOS ANGELES — The man who was arrested after attempting to upstage Adele at Sunday's Grammy Awards has a new message for the singer: "help me."
U.S. actor Will Smith, right, slaps reporter Vitalii Sediuk before the premiere of “Men in Black III” last May in Moscow.
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Hilaria Thomas and her husband of eight months, actor Alec Baldwin, are expecting their first child late this summer.
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Vitalii Sediuk says his appearance onstage at the Grammys was a spontaneous event and that he is only now realizing that it might have legal consequences for him. The Ukrainian journalist, who did not have a ticket to the awards show, spent several hours in police custody before being released with a trespassing citation and a March 4 court date.
Sediuk briefly took the microphone Sunday night before Adele accepted her award. He only got a few words out before Jennifer Lopez shooed him away.
"It was spontaneous," Sediuk said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It was not planned of course"
He said he realizes now that he may be banned from covering award shows, which would be problematic for a reporter who's already got a reputation for awkward celebrity encounters. Last year, Will Smith slapped Sediuk, 24, after he tried to kiss him on a red carpet, and he drew Madonna's ire a year earlier by presenting her a bouquet of flowers she hated.
He said he hopes that Adele, who called Lopez her "good luck charm" at Sunday's show, will help him out of his latest mess.
"Oh Adele. Help me not to go to jail," Sediuk said.
He said he arrived at the show in a car that had access to the red carpet, and he did a few interviews before attempting to follow Nicole Kidman into the show. She stopped to talk to reporters and he then followed in Katy Perry -- all without a guard ever stopping him to ask for a ticket. Once inside, he got a seat near the stage, apparently taking Adam Levine's seat.
"I didn't really think about the fact that I didn't have the ticket," he said.
Publicists for the Grammys did not return email messages about security at the event. The show received additional police protection due to the hunt for ex-officer Christopher Dorner, who stated a desire to target police and their families.
Los Angeles police said Sediuk was arrested by private security who were responsible for making sure those at the show belonged.
New baby to replace hole left by '30 Rock'
NEW YORK — Alec Baldwin and his wife are expecting their first child together.
Publicist Matthew Hiltzik confirmed Tuesday that Hilaria Baldwin is due late this summer.
Alec Baldwin already is the father of a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger. Hilaria Baldwin is a special correspondent for the TV show "Extra." The couple wed last June after a three-month engagement.
Alec Baldwin recently won a SAG Award for best actor in a TV series for the NBC comedy "30 Rock," which concluded its seven-year run two weeks ago.
Britain's queen still commands a lot of respect
LONDON — She commands obedience only from her staff and her corgis, but Queen Elizabeth II has been named Britain's most powerful woman by a BBC radio program.
The monarch topped the list of 100 female figures announced Tuesday on "Woman's Hour," though she is above party politics and her role in government is limited to formalities.
The list was dominated by business leaders and politicians. Home Secretary Theresa May -- Britain's interior minister -- ranked second, followed by Ana Botin, chief executive of Santander U.K. bank.
The top five also included Supreme Court judge Brenda Hale and Elisabeth Murdoch, chair of television company Shine Group and daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
The list was assembled by a panel that included journalist Eve Pollard, politicians Priti Patel and Oona King and crime novelist Val McDermid.
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Queen Elizabeth II
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