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Justin Timberlake is bringing the sexy to 2018!

As we reported in October, the Cry Me a River singer confirmed he is headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show after previously performing in 2004 and 2001.

Related: Justin Timberlake Proves To Be A Flawless Human!

According to one of our sources, after the big event in February, JT will embark on a huge tour, kicking off in March!

Additionally, according to US Weekly, Ticketmaster mistakenly added (and then deleted) a March 13, 2018 concert date in Toronto, Ontario.

Multiple sources also say the former ‘N Sync band memberis going to drop a new tune during the first week of January. Man of the Woods is rumored to be the name of the single or the name of his new album.

As seen on his website, Timberlake definitely looks like he’s going to drop something big.

We’ve missed you, Justin!

[Image via Justin Timberlake/Instagram.]

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Meet the river swimmers, paddleboarding Santas and others who wont be spending Christmas on the couch

The swimmers

Normally, theres only one way to get into 4C water: in a hurry. From Southampton to Sydney via St Petersburg, an in-and-out New Years Day dunk is a long-established custom; the image of hordes of swimmers charging en masse to meet the wintry waves a familiar one. But go down to the picturesque banks of the river Stour at Dedham in the early morning of 1 January 2018, and you will find an altogether more sedate, low-key gathering, as a small but committed group of swimmers pull on their wetsuits ahead of their annual New Years Day swim. We get together our thickest wetties and hoods and gloves and boots, says Stuart Hamilton, 53. Every year when we first get in, everybody complains about the cold, but thats part of the fun, to suffer a bit. And to overcome the suffering.

This will be the fifth year running that Hamilton, his wife Cathie, daughters Tiffany and Candy, son-in-law Danny and friend Kevin, brave the ice-cold currents of the Stour as they attempt to swim the 2.3km from Dedham Mill to Flatford Mill. The route, meandering along the Essex-Suffolk border, is one they know well: in the summer, Hamilton organises an annual Mill 2 Mill event on this same stretch of water, drawing up to 350 participants, all eager to enjoy a leisurely dip followed by a riverside picnic. The New Years Day swim, by contrast, though advertised to all comers on the Outdoor Swimming Societys website, seldom draws more than a half-dozen hardy regulars.

Very rarely does anybody make the full distance, because its so cold, says Hamilton, a barrel-chested gym owner from Colchester. At the halfway point theres a footbridge that crosses the water thats always a good target. If we can make it as far as there, were doing well. Meanwhile, awaiting them on dry land are Thermos flasks full of warm, milky hot chocolate. The water can be anything from 12C down to 2C. That is very cold. A normal swimming pool temperature is in the mid-20s. So I make sure I fill up those flasks.

While Hamilton and his family comprise the core of the group, it was his friend Kevin Sheath, a keen amateur triathlete and wild swimmer, who initiated the tradition. Being out on the river is absolutely gorgeous, says Sheath, 56, who swims in the river year-round. This is Constable country. Our finish point, at Flatford Mill, is where his Hay Wain was. If you go in the summer, its like Clacton beach; theres rowing boats, standup paddleboarders, kayakers, fishermen the whole world and his uncle. But in the winter, you can have the river to yourself.

Its this peace and tranquillity that keeps the swimmers coming back year after year, says Hamiltons daughter, Tiffany Wood. Christmas can be a bit indoorsy, she says. You can overcook yourself on it all, get cabin fever. As a family, none of us likes to go out partying or drinking; we socialise by going for a bike ride, or a swim. Its great to get out into a real wild space where you cant see any buildings or roads, where there are no Christmas lights or music. It wakes you up, makes you feel alive.


The fell runners

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Fell runners practise for the Boxing Day Dawdle or Dash in Shropshire. We have raced in sunshine, rain and thick snow, but never cancelled. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

If hauling yourself out of bed on the morning of 26 December feels like an uphill battle, spare a thought for Geoff Sproson. For the past 39 Boxing Days, bar none, he and brother John have organised the Devils Chair Dawdle or Dash, a steep three-mile round trip up and down the muddy tracks and rocky moorland of Shropshires Stiperstones national nature reserve. Our first event in 1978 was purely a local affair, says Sproson, 70, who took up the sport on his doctors advice, to help him recover from a footballing injury. We had about 60 participants mostly lads from the football club. We thought it would be a one-off.

They were wrong. Last year, the Dawdle or Dash drew 460 participants, with another 150 spectators lining the course and cheering on the walkers and runners. Numbers aside, not much has changed over the years. The start-finish line is today, as it has always been, at the Stiperstones Inn the pub that has been in the Sproson family for half a century; Geoffs daughter is the current landlady. At the halfway point, some 600ft above, sits the Devils Chair, the craggy quartzite outcrop that rises from the heather-strewn hills of the Stiperstones Range. Its a tough course, and has seen its fair share of casualties. You have to go up a very steep field, and then on top you pick your way through large stones and boulders for a good half-mile, Sproson says. The event goes ahead, whatever the weather. We have raced in sunshine and rain, over frozen ground, deep mud, thick snow, but never cancelled. Several people come back with grazes and cuts. And there was one year early on, when an aunt of mine broke her ankle and had to be carried off the top.

The rewards for braving the uneven terrain are much the same as they have ever been. A gallant group of local ladies still provide sandwiches and soup to every runner and walker, Sproson says. And an intrepid band of supporters from the Shropshire Mining Club still encourage weary souls with a drop of the hard stuff at the summit. Theyre getting on a bit, but they still take a couple of cases of whisky up.

Theres a core contingent of regulars who take part. There are people who started doing the event as young boys or girls who are not only still doing it, but whose children are doing it, too, Sproson says.

One regular is Stiperstones-born Viv Jones, 73, who used to play football with Sproson, and now lives 25 minutes up the road, on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. In 39 years, the only one I missed was last year, Jones says. I had a bit of a problem with my knee. Ive got to have a new one some time, but at the moment it isnt bothering me, so Ill do it again this year, under the hour if I possibly can. I had two minutes to spare last time. Jones is spurred on, in part, by fraternal rivalry. My brother Neil hasnt missed a year. Hes 63, so 10 years younger than me, and he always gets over the line first.


The parkour crew

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The Paramount Parkour crew get ready for their Christmas Jam, organised by Ruel DaCosta (far right). At the last one, we had 70 people doing back tucks in two concentric circles. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

This Christmas, up to 100 parkour enthusiasts will celebrate the festive season by running, vaulting, clambering and crawling their way around a purpose-built gym in Milton Keynes.

We wanted to celebrate not just parkour, but movement itself, says Ruel DaCosta, 32, co-founder of Paramount Parkour Academy and host of the Christmas Jam, now a regular fixture in the calendars of parkour practitioners, or traceurs, nationwide. We invited dancers, gymnasts, kickboxers, people from all walks of life who had one thing in common: making art with their bodies. Thirty people showed up to their first Christmas Jam in 2013; this year theyre expecting more than three times that number.

Parkour is like dance, but over obstacles, DaCosta says. Its an expression of movement, but over urban landscapes, turning a town into a playground. He opened his gym, the UKs first dedicated parkour training facility, to create an environment for traceurs of all levels to hone their skills in a safe environment.

On jam night, the doors stay open to all comers until 3am, with high-energy music blaring out through a specially set-up sound system. While the gathered crowd play around on the gyms elaborate scaffold rigs, ramps and foam pits, the DJs (DaCostas brother and nephew) will play a soundtrack of dancehall, drumnbass, bashment and reggae though there wont be any overtly Christmassy music. There are people of different religions who come along, so we dont force Christmas on them, DaCosta says. But the Christmas spirit is there, in the sense of meeting up with friends who you dont see often.

The showstopper moment is always the back-tuck circle, DaCosta says. Its what Paramounts jams are known for. Anyone who can do backflips joins in and we all do them in a Mexican wave style. At the last one, we must have had 70 people doing back tucks in two concentric circles.

Its a highlight for Charlie Higgs, 23, an ambulance dispatcher who travels 25 miles from her home in Bicester to attend the jam. When I go to training Im like, Right, Ive got to get my back tuck so I can join in the circle at the next jam, Higgs says. As a keen gymnast and cheerleader, picking up new skills is part of the appeal. The atmosphere is so friendly. Ive had issues with my confidence in the past, but theyre all so good at pumping you up. Even the tiniest skill that you get, everyone is so proud of you.

  • Find a parkour community near you at parkour.uk. Thanks to River Island for the T-rex Christmas jumper.


The paddleboarders

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Santa standup paddleboarders in Poole Harbour. I havent fallen in, but you can get pushed, says Jeff Pangbourne. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

Like Santa Claus himself, the all-red, felt-and-flannel get-up worn by this group of standup paddleboard (Sup) enthusiasts comes out just once a year. On the other 364 days, the floating Clauses are better known as Easyriders, a Sup club based on the Sandbanks side of Poole Harbour. Theyve been donning their festive finery every year since 2013, when a roving, paddleboarding Santa called Jay Manning first introduced them to the idea of the Santa Sup, a tradition now honoured by paddleboarding communities across the UK.

Its usually the last Sunday before Christmas, and I look forward to it every year, says full-time music teacher and part-time Santa Elaine Williams. I remember the first time I saw it, it was such an amazing sight. You just wouldnt expect a whole load of Santas to be paddleboarding off the Dorset coast.

Meeting at the clubs trailer in the harbour, the Santas paddle out to sea for up to two hours, weather dependent. With no set plan or destination, they might pootle along parallel to the shore, or venture out into the deep waters of the shipping channels. But either way, they have the harbour largely to themselves. You dont get other people out on the water; a lot of the yachts are taken in for the winter, Williams says. From the position youre in, standing up on the board, you see so much more than you would from a kayak, or from walking along the shore. These views, and the peacefulness that you experience when paddleboarding, are the main attractions for me. With the right conditions, theres no other sport like it.

While the Sups are fairly stable, and most of the Santas are experienced paddleboarders, with sea temperatures hovering around 10C, they all wear thick winter wetsuits under their fancy dress, in case of an untimely tumble. The atmosphere is quite playful, says Jeff Pangbourne, 67, who has been paddleboarding for eight years, and taken part in the Santa Sup for the past three. I havent fallen in, but you can get pushed. A couple of years ago some people decided to push each other off, and then everyone else joined in. It got quite wet. But regardless, it always makes for a bit of a spectacle. We tend to do it quite close to the shore at Sandbanks, so if people are having a leisurely walk, they can see us all on the water. People will stop and get out of their cars to take photos. We wave at them and shout Happy Christmas! Theres a lovely atmosphere.


The ramblers

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The East Berkshire Ramblers in Windsor Great Park, where a Boxing Day walk is organised by Jean Todd (third from left) who has headed out with her family on Boxing Day since 1963. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

On Boxing Day 1963, Jean Todd and her husband Don wrapped up in their winter coats and headed out for a long walk around Virginia Water Lake in Windsor Great Park. We had a son of two and decided to walk around the lake with him in the pushchair, Jean says. My sons 56 now. Since then, weve increased the size of the family, but we havent changed our Boxing Day walk.

They often shared their traditional circumnavigation of Virginia Water with an assortment of friends and visiting relatives. So when the call came out from a member of the East Berkshire Ramblers a walking group which Jean and Don had recently joined to organise a Boxing Day walk, the Todds offered up their ready-made route. It was about 12 years ago. Our kids had more or less given up on the walks. Theyve grown up and married and they do their own thing now, though we do still spend Christmas together, Jean says. I said, Look, were doing this family walk every Boxing Day, lets turn it into a Ramblers walk.

Since then, Jean and Don have been joined by around 30 people each year. This year will be the sixth that Frank Bush and his wife Mavis have accompanied the Todds on their four-and-a-half-mile ramble. Its the perfect way to blow the cobwebs away. And we get a chance to talk about what weve done over the last few days not so much about presents at our age, laughs Bush, 75, a retired police officer who is in awe of some of his fellow walkers energy and enthusiasm. Some of the 80-year-pluses go up hills like theyre mountain goats. Theyre amazingly fit.

Part of what makes the Boxing Day walk so accessible for all ages and abilities, however, is that the route is fairly flat, and provides ample opportunity to stop and take in the scenery. It really is a lovely park, Jean says. When you think of a park, you think of flowerbeds and short grass, but the Great Park is just open land, a lot of it wild. It has everything: ponds, streams, woods. Near the end, we come to a waterfall. Its very fast-flowing and beautiful.

Theres a lovely atmosphere, Jean says. All the children have their new bikes and scooters. You bump into people and say hello, and then most of us go to the local pub. We thoroughly enjoy it. Im just hoping the time doesnt come when I cant do it. Well keep going for a few more years yet.

Find somewhere to walk this winter at ramblers.org.uk.

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11 years since the government launched a crackdown on cartels, violence continues, rule of law is elusive and accusations of human rights abuses abound

Sofa, a medical assistant in Reynosa, a scruffy border city in northern Mexico, has a regular morning routine.

She wakes at 6am and readies her son for preschool; then she reviews her social media feeds for news of the latest murders.

Updates come via WhatsApp messages from friends and family: There was a gun battle on X street, They found a body in Y neighbourhood, Avoid Z.

In Mexico today, choosing your route to work can be a matter of life or death, but Sofa compares the daily drill to checking the weather on the way out the door. It doesnt rain water here, she said. It rains lead.

It is 11 years since the then president Felipe Caldern launched a militarised crackdown on drug cartels deploying thousands of soldiers and promising an end to the violence and impunity. But the bloodletting continues, the rule of law remains elusive and accusations of human rights abuses by state security forces abound.

All the while, Mexico continues to race past a series a grim milestones: more than 200,000 dead and an estimated 30,000 missing, more than 850 clandestine graves unearthed. This year is set to be the countrys bloodiest since the government started releasing crime figures in 1997, with about 27,000 murders in the past 12 months.

Quick guide

Mexico’s war on drugs

Why did Mexico launch its war on drugs?

On 10 December 2006, president Felipe Caldern, launched Mexicos war on drugs by sending 6,500 troops into his home state of Michoacn, where rival cartels were engaged in tit-for-tat massacres.

Caldern declared war eight days after taking power a move widely seen as an attempt to boost his own legitimacy after a bitterly contested election victory. Within two months, around 20,000 troops were involved in operations across the country.

What has the war cost so far?

The US has donated at least $1.5bn through the Merida Initiative since 2008, while Mexico has spent at least $54bn on security and defence since 2007. Critics say that this influx of cash has helped create an opaque security industry open to corruption at every level.

But the biggest costs have been human: since 2007, around 200,000 people have been murdered and more than 28,000 reported as disappeared. Human rights groups have also detailed a vast rise in human rights abuses by security forces.

As the cartels have fractured and diversified, other violent crimes such as kidnapping and extortion have also surged. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by violence.

What has been achieved?

Improved collaboration between the US and Mexico has resulted in numerous high-profile arrests and drug busts. Officials say 25 of the 37 drug traffickers on Calderns most-wanted list have been jailed, extradited to the US or killed, although not all of these actions have been independently corroborated.

The biggest victory and most embarrassing blunder under Pea Nietos leadership was the recapture, escape and another recapture of Joaqun El Chapo Guzmn, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

While the crackdown and capture of kingpins has won praise from the media and US, it has done little to reduce the violence.

How is the US involved?

Mexicos decade-long war on drugs would never have been possible without the huge injection of American cash and military cooperation under the Merida Initiative. The funds have continued to flow despite growing evidence of serious human rights violations.

Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP

Some of the worst violence in recent years has struck Reynosa and the surrounding state of Tamaulipas, which sits squeezed against the Gulf coast and the US border.

Tamaulipas state

Once in a while, a particularly terrible incident here will make news around the world, such as the murder of Miriam Rodrguez, an activist for families of missing people, who was shot dead in her home on Mothers Day.

But mostcrimes are not even reported in the local papers: journalists censor themselves to stay alive and drug cartels dictate press coverage.

We dont publish cartel and crime news in order to protect our journalists, said one local news director, whose media outlet has been attacked by cartel gunmen. Eight journalists were murdered in Mexico in 2017, making it the most dangerous country for the press after Syria.

The information vacuum is filled by social media where bloody photographs of crime scenes and breaking news alerts on cartel shootouts are shared on anonymous accounts.

In Reynosa, violence has become a constant strand in everyday life. Morning commutes are held up by gun battles; movie theatres lock the doors if a shootout erupts during a screening. More than 90% of residents feel unsafe in the city, according to a September survey by the state statistics service.

Signs of the drug war are everywhere: trees and walls along the main boulevard are pockmarked with bullet holes. Drug dealers can be seen loafing on abandoned lots; every so often, rival convoys of gunmen battle on the streets.

Video cameras look down from rooftops; spies are all around. They have eyes everywhere, said one woman. It could be the government or the cartels.

The violence here first erupted around 2010 when the the Gulf cartels armed wing a group of former soldiers known as Los Zetas turned on their masters.

Since then, wave after wave of conflict has scorched through the state as rival factions emerge and collapse.

Fighting erupts over trafficking routes and the growing local drug markets, but state forces are also implicated: earlier this month, soldiers killed seven people, including two women, in what was described as a confrontation.

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Relatives and friends of four people killed in a clash with soldiers participate in a funeral mass in Palmarito Tochapan, Puebla, on 7 May 2017. Photograph: Jose Castanares/AFP/Getty Images

Crime hit such alarming levels this year that the local maquiladora industry which pulls thousands to Reynosa every year to work in its export factories warned that companies might be forced to relocate.

Amid the mayhem, ordinary life continues: shopping malls fill with families trying to escape the oppressive heat. Cars full of young people cruise the streets at night, banda music blaring from open windows.

Life cant stop. We have to get out and enjoy ourselves a little, said Alonso de Len, a local caterer. But he added: The problem affecting us in Tamaulipas is the shootouts, this violence in any other country this would be called terrorism.

The government bristles at any suggestion that the country is at war. When the International Institute for Strategic Studies ranked Mexico as second-deadliest country in the world ahead of warzones such as Afghanistan and Yemen the foreign ministry responded angrily, pointing to higher murder rates in Brazil and Venezuela.

War or not, the bodycount keeps climbing.

And the violence is spreading: tourist areas have seen shootouts and decapitations, and even the capital has seen confrontations with armed groups. Earlier this month, the bodies of six men were found hanging from bridges in the resort city of Los Cabos.

All of which has been disastrous for the image of President Enrique Pea Nieto who took office in 2012 with an ambitious agenda to push through structural reforms and promote Mexico as an emerging economy.

Fighting crime seemed an afterthought.

He thought that security issues in Mexico were a problem of perception so he embraced a policy of silence, said Viridiana Ros, scholar at the Wilson Centre in Washington.

Pea Nietos government maintained the military focus of the drug war, and continued to target cartel kingpins. But analysts question the strategy, saying that it shatters larger criminal empires but leaves smaller often more violent factions fighting for the spoils.

Breaking up the cartels also has the perverse effect of encouraging crime groups to diversify, said Brian J Phillips, professor at the Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics.

The new groups are more likely to raise money by kidnapping or extortion since that doesnt require the logistics of drug trafficking, he said. And as long as demand exists in the USA, and supply is in or passing through Mexico, new criminal organisations will appear.

When the countrys most-wanted crime boss Joaqun El Chapo Guzmn was recaptured last year, Pea Nieto tweeted Mission accomplished but even that success has not caused any measurable reduction in crime: Guzmns extradition to the United States in January triggered a fresh wave of violence in his home state of Sinaloa.

Meanwhile rivals such as the Jalisco New Generation cartel a fast-growing organisation specialising in methamphetamines and excessive violence moved in on Sinaloa trafficking territories along the Pacific coast.

And the liberalisation of marijuana laws in some US states has prompted some farmers to switch to opium poppies, prompting fresh conflict around the heroin trade.

But despite the worsening violence, there has been little serious consideration of any fresh approaches. Earlier this month, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador the frontrunner in the 2018 presidential election was widely condemned for floating a possible amnesty for criminals.

The proposal drew comparisons with the pax mafiosa before more than 70 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI) ended in 2000, in which politicians turned a blind eye to drug-dealing in return for peace.

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A woman cries over the corpse of her murdered family member while forensic personnel work at the scene of the crime at a shopping center in Acapulco, Guerrero, on 4 January 2017. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

But analysts say even that would not work nowadays as the drug cartels have splintered.

Its a useless endeavour, given the broken criminal landscape, said security analyst Jorge Kawas. Theres no group of leaders who can be summoned to discuss stopping the violence.

Politicians are nonetheless still perceived as allying themselves with criminals especially during costly election campaigns.

Mexico cannot stop dirty money going into the political system, said Edgardo Buscaglia, an organised crime expert at Columbia University. Thats the key to understanding why violence has increased in Mexico.

Such accusations are all too familiar in Tamaulipas, where two of the past three governors have been indicted in US courts on drug and organised crime charges.

Meanwhile, police departments are dilapidated, dispirited, corrupt and underfunded as state and national politicians pass on security responsibilities on the armed forces.

Earlier this month, congress rammed through a controversial security law cementing the role of the military in the drug war despite mounting accusations of human rights abuses committed by troops and marines.

In Tamaulipas, residents express exasperation with the flailing government response. But few ask too many questions about the violence around them: they just want the killing to end.

I dont care about organised crime, said one woman, known online as Loba, or She-wolf. They can traffic all the drugs they want so long as they dont mess with ordinary people.

Loba is one of the social media activists who report on cartel violence via Twitter and Facebook. Its a perilous undertaking: at least two citizen journalists in Tamaulipas have been killed, and Loba herself was kidnapped by the Zetas in 2011 and held for 12 days before her family paid a 10,000 ($13,500) ransom.

When asked why she runs such risks, Loba answered: Perhaps this can save someone from being shot.

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Nothing is immune to the wear and tear of time. From precious childhood teddies to the floors we walk on – the mark of time is present in everything. Some of the items on this list might make you wonder “why didn’t they replace it earlier?!”. But these pictures represent more than use, they are living reminders of stories that must have happened over the period of time. If only they could talk…

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From America to Australia, flight attendants around the world helped holiday travelers reach their destinations.

Two women in particular made sure passengers were serenaded with Christmas music along the way.

Virgin Australia flight attendant Bethany Stagg stunned travelers as she sang “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week to passengers sitting in the airline’s Melbourne, Australia, lounge.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines flight attendant Charise Miles sang “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” over the holiday weekend to travelers in Houston, Texas. 

“I went through a divorce in 2012 and I was so depressed during the holidays,” Miles, 42, told ABC News. “In 2012 I made a vow that I was not going to sit home and be depressed during the holidays, so I picked up trips to work during Christmas so I can sing my way through Christmas.”

Listen to both flight attendants spreading holiday cheer in the videos above.

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” died Sunday night. She was 68.

Menzies-Urich, the widow of actor Robert Urich, had been recently diagnosed with cancer, according to her son Ryan Urich.

Urich said his mother died on Christmas Eve, surrounded by her children and family members.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said. “She was not in any pain but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this earth at 7:22 pm.”

Born in Toronto, Menzies-Urich’s first screen credit came in the TV series “The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1964. She was 15 when she was cast as one of the seven von Trapp children in “The Sound of Music,” a box office smash that went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Her other feature films credits included “Hawaii,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Piranha,” and “Endangered Species. Her TV credits included “Dragnet,” “Bonanza,” “Marcus Welby M.D.,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and starring as Jessica 6 in the TV series “Logan’s Run.”

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A retired priest who married a Romanian male model 54 years his junior is now homeless and broke after splitting up — DAYS after buying the 24-year-old an apartment.

Retired Rev Philip Clements was branded a “Judas” by local parishioners after he announced plans to marry Florin Marin earlierthis year.

Clergymen are banned from performing or entering same-sex marriages under the Church of England rules — but that didn’t stop the 79-year-old from tying the knot with his much younger man, whom he met on an online dating site, back in April!

Related: Colin Jost ‘Wants To Marry’ Scarlett Johansson!

Months later, the former parish priest sold his home in Sandwich, Kent to buy his young husband an apartment in Romania where the two could start a new life.

While their marriage started off well, things soon went downhill after Clements became isolated in Romania, a country where he had few friends and did not speak the language.

The straw that broke the former priest’s back, however, was when Florin told Clements he was too old to go clubbing with him. Just days after Clements handed Florin over the keys to his Bucharest apartment in August, the pair had an argument and split up.

Related: Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth ‘Have Zero Plans’ To Wed!

Now Clements is back in the UK staying with friends, where he remains broke and homeless.

Florin, on the other hand, has already moved on to a new sugar daddy, 48-year-old Jeronimo Jesus de Vega, whom the male model assures is younger and “more wealthy” than his estranged husband.

So sad, mostly for the elder. We hope the former priest finds happiness as he is finally able to be his true self.

[Image via BBC.]

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(CNN)It’s a redo for the musician Mariah Carey, who will be making a grand return to Times Square to ring in the new year.

“We can all agree that last year didn’t go exactly as planned and we are thrilled to move forward together to provide America with an incredible night of music and celebration on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018.’ See you in Times Square!,” Carey and Dick Clark Productions said in a joint statement.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is one of several events planned at Times Square that night.
    During last year’s event, Carey had a rare musical meltdown that included an audio track malfunction while she was reportedly lip-syncing to some of her biggest hits. Her team said Carey could not hear anything coming from her earpiece.
    The incident led to a dispute between Carey and Dick Clark Productions, with the Grammy-winner saying she believes that had Dick Clark, the founder of Dick Clark Productions, been alive, the audio mishap would not have happened
    “All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business,” Carey told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”
    At the time, the production company described her claims that she was sabotaged as “outrageous and frankly absurd.”
    After the debacle last year, Carey tweeted, “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
    And she is making headlines again by coming back for redemption.

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