LOS ANGELES — British star Emma Thompson has been enshrined in concrete outside the historic Pig ‘n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard.

The 51-year-old actress was presented with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Friday, two weeks ahead of the Aug. 20 release of her latest film, “Nanny McPhee Returns.”

“Nanny” castmate Maggie Gyllenhaal and “House” star Hugh Laurie, whom Thompson dated when they attended England’s University of Cambridge, were on hand for the midday ceremony, as was a baby pig, who posed for photos with Thompson on her new star.

Thompson also had a pint of beer on her new piece of terrazzo real estate.

Thompson won an Academy Award for her leading role as Margaret Schlegel in 1992’s “Howard’s End.” She won a second Oscar in 1996 for best adapted screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility,” for which she also received a best actress nomination.

Gaga savors redemption at Lollapalooza

CHICAGO — Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival – but she hasn’t forgotten some critics’ less-than-stellar reviews.

The voice behind “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance” commanded thousands of screaming fans in Chicago on Friday night to forget anyone who ever said they weren’t pretty enough or skinny enough.

The order was met with a roar from the sea of mostly teens and 20-somethings in front of the stage, bouncing up and down with their fists in the air.

It was redeeming moment and a far cry from Lady Gaga’s first appearance at the festival in 2007 with its distracted crowd and sparse stage.

Three years later, a towering image of a scantily clad Lady Gaga flashed on a billowing white curtain. She started the show in a black jacket with sky-high shoulder pads, then donned a shiny red cape, later dancing around in a transparent dress.

“My name is Lady Gaga. I thank you for coming to my show. … Tonight, I want you to free yourself.”

British pop singer to marry U.S. actress

LONDON — British media say pop singer Robbie Williams is to marry his girlfriend, U.S. actress Ayda Field, in an intimate ceremony.

The Daily Mail tabloid says the 36-year-old pop star plans to have a low-key wedding among close friends and family in California Saturday.

There are conflicting reports about the location of the ceremony. The Daily Mail said the wedding would be held in Williams’ mansion in Beverly Hills, while other reports say the singer will tie the knot with Field on the island of Santa Catalina off the coast of California.

His representatives declined to comment on media reports of his wedding.

Williams is popular in Britain and the rest of Europe, first as a member of the boy band Take That, and later when he pursued a solo singing career.

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