8 stars you never knew had a twin

8 stars you never knew had a twin

The first two Despicable Me films were hugely successful at the box office – but the forthcoming third instalment finally reveals a long held secret. Gru – the loveable Steve Carrell-voiced character at the centre of the franchise – has a twin brother we never knew about. Dru has a lot more hair than his sibling and is considerably more cheerful – a personality trait which sometimes rubs his brother up the wrong way. But…

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Carrie Fisher 'had cocaine' in her system when she died

Carrie Fisher 'had cocaine' in her system when she died

Carrie Fisher had three drugs including cocaine in her system when she died, her post-mortem has concluded. The report released on Monday stated the star may have taken cocaine three days before she fell ill on a flight on 23 December, US media reported. Traces of heroin and MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, were also found in the Star Wars actress’s system. But investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs had…

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Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello on flying solo

Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello on flying solo

As she prepares for the release of her debut album, former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello speaks to the BBC about the “nerve-wracking” process of flying solo. Few of us would like our careers to be defined by what we were doing at the age of 18. But when you’ve been discovered on national TV and been a member of one of the biggest girl groups in the world, it’s difficult to step out of…

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London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

Stars including Emeli Sande, Pixie Lott, and Stormzy have gathered to record a Grenfell Tower charity single. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was organised by Simon Cowell. Other stars including Rita Ora and Leona Lewis recorded parts for the song on Saturday. Sande said: “It’s really inspiring to see people come together. It gives you hope in humanity.” ‘It’s an honour’ Cowell, who lives in the same London borough…

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Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

American pop star Beyonce has given birth to twins, according to media in the US. Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People magazines confirmed the news, but the date of birth and gender of the babies are not yet publicly known. Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, announced her pregnancy in an Instagram photo in February – the most-liked post in history on the network. The couple already have a daughter, Blue Ivy, aged five….

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US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter. The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying “Today, we #WITNESS history”. Witness is the name of Perry’s new album. The Canadian singer Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7m with Barack Obama in third place with almost 91m. The rest of the top…

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In pictures: Entertainment and arts honours

In pictures: Entertainment and arts honours

A host of leading figures from the world of arts and entertainment have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. They include two Connollys, a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and a veteran Hollywood actress who turns 101 this year. Here are pictures of and quotes from some of those honoured. Billy Connolly, the Scottish comedian and actor known to millions as ‘The Big Yin’, receives a knighthood for services to entertainment and charity….

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Elizabeth Banks sorry for Steven Spielberg slur

Elizabeth Banks sorry for Steven Spielberg slur

Actress Elizabeth Banks has apologised to Steven Spielberg after she wrongly “called him out” in public for never directing a film with a female lead. The star made the comments at a Women in Film awards ceremony on Wednesday. Actress Shari Belafonte called out from the audience Spielberg had directed the 1985 film The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg. But after another audience member yelled it was wrong, Banks believed she was still correct. “I…

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