The Rolling Stones Announce North American Tour

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stonesThe Rolling Stones announced dates for their North American summer trek dubbed the Zip Code tour this morning (March 31). The 15-show jaunt, which launches May 24 in San Diego, passes over major markets the band hit on its 2012 50th anniversary and 2013 50 and Counting tours, focusing on second-tier cities like Dallas, Kansas City, Buffalo and Orlando. The tour wraps on July 15 in Quebec; AEG Live’s Concerts West is the promoter.

Tickets for the dates will go on sale April 13, although they will be available to American Express card members before the general public, beginning April 8.

“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer!” Mick Jagger said in an almost comically effusive statement. “We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.”

“We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America!” Keith Richards added. “I can’t wait to get back on the stage!”

While the band played 22 arena dates across the U.S. and Canada in 2012 and 2013, this summer’s trek marks the first time the group has played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s Bigger Bang Tour. While details on production have not been announced, the release does say that “the stage design for the stadium shows includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.” A similar concept was employed for the 2012-13 dates, in the form of a circular walkway that extended halfway across arena floors.

Two days after the tour’s launch, the group will unveil a reissue of one of its all-time classic albums, 1971’s Sticky Fingers. Deluxe editions will include a “generous selection” of previously unreleased studio outtakes from the album’s sprawling sessions (which spanned from 1968 through 1970) as well as live material from the era. Judging by the 2010 deluxe reissue of 1972’s Exile on Main Street, the studio tracks will be (generally subpar) songs that have long circulated on bootlegs, embellished with overdubs recorded 30-odd years after the original sessions. The live material may be more promising, based on the evidence of a long-bootlegged Leeds concert from the band’s 1971 British tour.

Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour Dates:
May 24 San Diego, CA Petco Park
May 30 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
June 3 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium
June 6 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
June 9 Atlanta, GA Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17 Nashville, TN LP Field
June 20 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 23 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
July 11 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15 Quebec, QC Le Festival D’Été de Québec

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TV Review: ‘Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All’

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frankLuck may or not be a lady, but Alex Gibney is on a pretty fantastic roll, following his riveting Scientology documentary “Going Clear” with “Sinatra: All or Nothing At All.” /few entertainers have lives worthy of one film, let alone this two-part, four hour extravaganza for HBO, but Frank Sinatra can barely be done justice even then. Timed to the centennial of his birth, Gibney’s meticulous production employs an intriguing, more visually engaging style of incorporating talking heads while drawing heavily on concert footage and Sinatra interviews. Simply put, one needn’t be a huge fan to start spreading the news.

In a clever departure, Gibney features only the voice of most interview subjects including Sinatra’s children Nancy and Frank Jr., in a film made with the participation of Sinatra’s estate thus allowing him to keep the screen filled with footage of Sinatra in one form or another. He also frames the entire film through the prism of the singer’s retirement concert in 1971, offerring a glimpse of him belting out his standards in a showcase ostensibly designed to be a personal trip down memory lane.

The first hour rather dutifully runs through Sinatra’s early biography, before becoming a star singing with Tommy Dorsey’s band and then acrimoniously splitting from him.

The project really takes off, not surprisingly, when it moves on to Sinatra at the height of his powers, from his parade of famous romances Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, and later Mia Farrow to his lobbying for racial justice, orchestration of the Rat Pack and friendship and work for then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. That includes footage of JFK visiting the “Ocean’s Eleven” set in Las Vegas. 

Some of the best insights into Sinatra come from an interview with Walter Cronkite, asking him to address matters like his explosive temper. There’s also an interesting juxtaposition of his role with other musical icons, from Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley, who Sinatra was smart enough to host and sing a duet with despite being largely contemptuous of rock music.

Gibney deftly weaves Sinatra’s films and songs into the narrative, showing him sing “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” for example, as Sinatra and others describe his tumultuous relationship with Gardner (who, in a reading of her memoir, calls him “good in the feathers”) and how insanely smitten he was with her.

“Frank was a womanizer,” Bacall says about him matter-of-factly in an old interview. “He wanted to be in the sack with everybody.”

Like Crosby, Sinatra’s celebrity derived much of its power from his success across various media, and was then amplified by his romances with other stars, his notorious ties to the Mob and his participation  in politics, which took an unexpected turn after JFK’s death when he embraced Richard Nixon. Then there were the other bizarre interludes, among them the kidnapping of then-19-year-old Frank Jr. in 1963.

With “Going Clear” having just played on HBO and his Steve Jobs doc already stirring conversation, Gibney is at the top of his game, picking off high-profile subjects that bring a strong commercial streak and event-style heft to the nonfiction form. And like the subject of this latest film, he appears to be doing it his way.

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The Most Shocking Scientology Story Not In ‘Going Clear’

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11There is lot of unsettling information when it comes to the Church of Scientology, all of which is explored in Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, “Going Clear, Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” But there’s one story that was left out of Gibney’s film, which premiered this past Sunday on HBO: Where is Michele “Shelly” Miscavige?

Miscavige is the wife of the Church’s current leader, David Miscavige, and member of the Church’s Sea Organization (Sea Org). According to Lawrence Wright’s book on which Gibney’s film is based, she disappeared in June 2006 and has not been seen publicly seen August 2007. Her official whereabouts are still unknown.

According to investigations by Wright and journalist and Scientology critic Tony Ortega, while David Miscavige was away in 2006, Shelly Miscavige appointed positions in the Chuch’s Org Board. It was a task her husband had been struggling with and had reportedly threw “maddening and relentless” tirades over. In Going Clear, Wright reveals that when David Miscavige returned home, Shelly’s mood had noticeably changed, according to her brother-in-law, John Brousseau. Soon after she disappeared.

Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini drew the most public attention to Shelly Miscavige’s vanishing when she took action and questioned the Church. According to former Sea Org member Mike Rinder, Remini asked about Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 wedding. Remini was reportedly scolded for asking about it and later “was put through interrogations and blacklisted within the church,” according to the New York Post.

After defecting from the Church in June of 2013, Remini filed a missing person report on the leader’s wife. Hours after filing the report, the Los Angeles Police Department ruled it “unfounded.” The LAPD also did not comment to Wright about Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts.

While Wright reported on Shelly Miscavige’s disappearance in his book, it is not mentioned in Gibney’s documentary. At a press screening of the film last week, the director addressed the omission saying, “The Shelly Miscavige story, had we profiled different kinds of people, might have made it into the final film.” Although Gibney had hours of extra footage that he ended up cutting — which he said he would ideally like to release with HBO in the future — the director told Business Insider that none of the filmed material involved the Church leader’s missing wife.

Ortega echoed this to The Huffington Post over email on Monday, writing that he believes Shelly Miscavige was left out of the film so viewers could walk away with two important questions: “Why does Scientology still have tax exempt status, and how can Tom Cruise remain silent?”

The journalist, whose reporting has broken news and revealed details about Miscavige’s possible whereabouts, added that even if she were found, he doesn’t believe she’s willingly leave the Church. “Her story would take a considerable amount of time to tell, and ultimately, does she really want to be rescued? I’m doubtful about that.”

While the Church hasn’t commented on Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts, Brousseau told Ortega that she’s been at the secretive Church of Spiritual Technology headquarters in Hemet, California. Sources have told Ortega that she is working there, archiving Hubbard’s printed words on steel plates.

But Shelly Miscavige is just one of the many shocking Scientology stories left out of “Going Clear.”

“Ultimately we were focusing on our characters,” Gibney said at the screening, “and rather to do a bit of stone-skipping and trying to cover everything, we tried to focus.”

The Church has publicly spoken out against the film. Reps for Remini said the actress was not available to comment.

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison on Belief is now playing in select theaters and on HBO.

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Harvey Weinstein Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault

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Harvey Weinstein and his wife arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly HillsHollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the NYPD on allegations of sexual assault.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to FOX411 that Weinstein had been accused and subsequently questioned by the police, but said no arrest has been made.

The New York Daily news reports the 63-year-old groped a 22-year-old Italian woman around 6 p.m. Friday at the Tribeca Film Center.

“He initiated the contact,” a police source told the NY Daily News. “He saw her and spoke to her. She didn’t know who he was until he approached her.”

The New York District Attorney, who will decide whether or not to file charges, would not comment on the investigation.

The high profile producer producer is married to Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman. Together they have two children. Weinstein also has three children from a previous marriage.

A representative for Weinstein did not immediately return FOX411’s request for comment.

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Harvey Weinstein and his wife arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

 

 

Trevor Noah Is The New ‘Daily Show’ Host

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The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTrevor Noah, a South African comedian and one of the newest “Daily Show” correspondents, was mentioned Friday as the front runner to replace Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Noah would officially take over hosting.  

Since Stewart announced in February that he’d be stepping down from the show after hosting for over 15 years, a handful of possible replacements have been considered. Lists of the potential next host have included Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Tina Fey and Jessica Williams, who said she was under qualified for the position.

Noah is a new name to many people because he is one of the most recent additions to the Comedy Central show, having joined in December 2014. Since then, he has appeared in only three segments with Stewart, including ones about Ebola, Boko Harmam and a game of chess. 

“You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told The New York Times, speaking from Dubai about receiving the news. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol.”

Beyond “The Daily Show,” Noah is also well-known in South Africa from hosting his own late-night talk show, a handful of radio programs and the South African Music Awards. The 31-year-old also headlined a Showtime stand-up special last year and was the first South African comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

In a Comedy Central press release Stewart said, “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved  working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Stewart is expected to step down from the hosting gig sometime between July and the end og the year,  according to Variety.

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Living In Their Wake

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Mental Illness Is Not An Excuse

Some may find this offensive and others may not, regardless, I am sick and tired of certain people who have been diagnosed with a Mental Health issue having the gall and audacity to use this terrible disease as an excuse for their despicable and sometimes extremely harmful behavior. Just because you have an illness, regardless of what it may be, you have no right making those friends and loved ones whom you have depended upon accept without recourse your actions which have harmed them in ways that have brought pain and sorrow. Where does it say on the document outlining your Mental Health issues that any and all pain you cause others is justified….where?

The worst kind of Mental Health patient is the narcissist, the kind that only accept the fact they are wrong when YOU prove it to them. These are the Mental Health patients I am speaking mostly of. They do anything they want, hurt, steal, deceive..you name it, and then use the excuse, ‘I’m sick.’ Well to that I say sorry, I used to care, now….I don’t.

You might be asking yourself, who the hell am I to speak this way. I am nobody special, just someone who has had to deal with this craziness on a daily basis and cope with the fallout from it.

It has been suggested to me recently by some friends and family that certain things I have done and said are wrong because the person is ‘sick’ and I shouldn’t treat them that way, I should be more understanding and sympathetic to their plight, to which I respond, what about what they have done? Yes, but they’re sick they say. Really, then every bad, disgusting, harmful, abusive thing they are doing and have done is okay because they have been diagnosed with a Mental Illness? How about a little support for me (us)…that would be nice. What I find most unfair is that these same people felt exactly how I have for years, but now a diagnosis is made and all is forgiven? Walk in my (our) shoes for while and then we’ll talk. Spare me I say, when someone won’t acknowledge what they have done and then if they do, followed by, I am sick….screw them!

In Canada they have what is known as #BellLetsTalk, a day used to inform and educate people of the hardships of those afflicted with Mental Health issues and how we should all be supportive. I have no issue with that except when the afflicted use their illness as an excuse for the harm they cause. Perhaps they should have a companion day entitled, #LivingInTheirWake, for all of us who have been and continue to be affected by the choices those afflicted make. What about us? Don’t get me wrong, as with legal cases, I believe in responding too and dealing with people on a case by case basis. Not everything or everyone is the same, I realize and accept that. I just wish others would as well.

Where is the accountability of the therapists and psychologists. When do they become accountable for the so-called care that they give and the ramifications from it? There are many people who have spent years in therapy which has led to only one thing, the therapists ability to pay for their new car , condo  or beach house. Where is it written that family members or other loved ones have the right to question them? No where, that’s where. Now I realize that there are many who can fool, deceive or even all out lie to their therapist, but come on, after several years one would think the highly schooled and equipped therapist should be able to figure out the truth from the bullshit, don’t you think?

I will end by saying this. I read a piece recently about racism and what makes one deemed a racist. I feel it applies  to some who are diagnosed with a Mental Health issue as well. Sometimes its not about personal views or Mental Health, some people despite everything, are simply…….Assholes.

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Bill Maher Criticizes Elton John And The Far Left

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billBill Maher criticized Elton John and other liberal celebrities for boycotting Dolce & Gabbana after the designers controversial comments about “synthetic children” born via in-vitro fertilization, reports Rob Shuter of naughtgossip.

In an interview with Panorma magazine Dolce stated, “You are born to a mother and a father or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”

Maher hit back at the singer and other celebrities who have called for a boycott on his show last Friday night.

“For folks who take such pride in their love of diversity, liberals increasingly seem to tolerate none in their own ranks. I don’t necessarily agree with Dolce and Gabbana, but what is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?” he questioned.

“It’s easier to get all fake-outraged over the ‘hateful, anti-gay speech’ of two men who bedazzle codpieces for a living,” joked Maher. “Really, you can’t sell handbags  now if you only agree with Elton John almost all the time?”

He later wondered, “How deeply stupid has the far left become when gay designers can’t get along with gay musicians?”

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Roger Daltrey: ‘I Want Us To Stop At The Top Of Our Game’

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rdThe Who kicked off 2015 leg of their 50th anniversary tour earlier this week, and days before it began, Roger Daltrey called into Rolling Stone to explain why this is probably the beginning of the end. “I do know this is the last big tour we’ll ever do,” he says. “We have to be realistic. I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do. The quality of the music is really what this is all about.”

Ever since the band reformed in 1989, their tours have either focused on the group’s vast catalog of hits or complete albums like Tommy and Quadrophienia. This one is largely a hits affair, though the band is breaking out tunes like “So Sad About Us,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Pictures of Lily,” adrophenia.”Slip Kid” and “A Quick One, While He’s Away” that haven’t been played in many years. “We have songs that if we don’t play, 85 percent to 90 percent of our audience will be disappointed,” says Daltrey. “But we are doing a few obscure ones to please our hardcore fans.”

How are rehearsals going?
Great. It’s not like we don’t know the songs! I mean, the band is amazing; as fresh as ever. There’s something about old rock musicians with good music. It just gets better. Maturity brings something extra to it. What it loses in the youthful exuberance, it makes up with the scars of age.

You’re about to spend the next year traveling the globe and playing a ton of concerts. How do you physically prepare for that?
You just roll with the punches, basically, because there’s nothing you can really do. I maintain my voice to the best of my ability. You just have to hope that your body holds up. The shows are the joy. We do the shows for free. We get paid for the traveling and the schlepping. That’s the grueling bit. After 50 years on the road, with hit records, that’s the bit that becomes lonely at times. We’re away from our families. We’re in a different bed every night, or every other night. The bones aren’t quite as forgiving as they used to be!

Do you worry about your voice a lot?
Oh, my voice is fine. I’m quite lucky that I met the genius Dr. Steven Zeitels up in Boston. My vocal cords are better now than they’ve ever been! I’m actually enjoying playing. There’s something about looking down the end of a telescope and seeing a potential end. It brings me more joy when I sing the songs because it might be the last time. I’ve always tried to sing as though I’m singing a song for the first time, now I sing it as though I’m singing the song for what might be the last time.

It must make this more emotional for you than usual.
It is. It’s just great to see an audience that goes from the grandchildren to the children of our original fans, with our original fans. It’s just great to see that kind of audience at a rock show. When we started, it was all teenagers or people in their early twenties. Now you get eight-year-olds with eighty-year-olds. I’m proud of that. We’ve always believed that music could unite people, but that demographic at a show was unheard of 50 years ago.

Whose idea was it to bring “A Quick One, While He’s Away” back into the set list after all these years?
We wanted to do it for ages. It’s important to show that The Who’s music came out of nowhere, unlike so many of the great bands like the Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton or whoever. They started in the tradition that was already laid by B.B. King and all those blues players, down to Chuck Berry. But The Who came out of left field and took an incredible music journey from 1966 to 1978 when Keith [Moon] died. It was a huge, enormous music journey.

With the mini-opera [“A Quick One”], it’s just so fresh. Back in 1966 it was groundbreaking; an eight-minute piece of music that tells a story and makes you laugh.

Was it challenging to rehearse something so complex for this tour?
It was fun! It just makes you smile. When it gets to the “You are forgiven” thing, we’ve got a band now that can reproduce all of the backing vocals, which always played an enormous part in our early sound. They got neglected for years and years when John [Entwistle] lost his high voice and we lost Keith. The backing vocals got scratched, but now we’ve brought them back in the full quality we used to do them back in the day. It brings an enormous dimension to the sound. How many bands use backing vocals in that way? It’s us and the Beach Boys. It’s just so uplifting. The human voice is the most uplifting music instrument of all.

I was thrilled to see that you guys are doing “I Can See For Miles.”
Again, built out of backing vocals. At the end of that song, there are six harmonies. [Laughs] That’s crazy.

I also can’t wait to see “So Sad About Us.”
It’s a song that people forgot. It’s a silly pop song, but the lyrics are very deep.

Looking through set lists, I saw you didn’t do “My Generation” at many of the early shows.
We’ve brought it back in. We’ve got so many songs we can bring in. We are doing “Slip Kid” for the first time. We got it down. We bumped the tempo up a bit so it’s not so sludgy. Of course, people in the States know it from Sons of Anarchy. They forget it was a Who song.

The whole Who By Numbers album is so great, and most of the songs have never really been played live.
I’m going to talk to Pete about that. I would love to do “How Many Friends,” but I don’t want to copy the record. I would like to do that song as who I am now. It’s done in a half-falsetto voice, very high. The lyrics are really interesting and I’d love to sing it as a 71-year-old singer and do it differently. That could be really interesting. Maybe we wouldn’t try to make it a big anthemic thing, but maybe just an acoustic thing with Pete and I.

Any other rare songs you want to bring back?
Well, I’m sure the set list will change as the tour goes on. But we’ve also got to try and cut. We’ve been playing about two hours and 45 minutes. A lot of audiences find it too long and they have curfews on buildings and it does create all kinds of problems. And sooner or later that might actually catch up with us and bite us in the ass and lay us low because of the physical effort, so we are trying to cut the show down to two and a quarter hours. We are contracted for 90 minutes, but that would be cheating for us. We have never done a 90-minute show unless it was demanded because of a curfew.

Who actually sits down and writes out the set list?
Well, mainly me. But I have run out of formulas. [Laughs] Now we just throw it in the air. It is what it is. The thing we try and do is move people; take them high and bring them low. If you get one song in the wrong place, it throws the mood. It doesn’t carry the audience. It puts them off balance.

It seems like no matter what, you like to begin with “I Can’t Explain.”
It’s got to be “I Can’t Explain.” We don’t even need the music. We should just say it like a poem. Here we are at our age and we still can’t explain!

Do you feel 71?
Yeah, but if I shut my eyes, I’m 21. [Laughs] I try and avoid the mirror. Obviously, I hope I’m wiser. I hope I’m less arrogant. Of course, you feel different, but life is a joy. I’m very aware that I’ve had a life of privilege thanks to the music business and the support of our audience. I’m very aware of that.

Pete says that the two of you are closer now than you’ve ever been. Do you feel that way?
I do. After all the testosterone of youth, all of the problems and middle age and drugs and losing people we love, in the end you suddenly realize you deeply love each other. We are like brothers. Family is like that, aren’t they? One minute you love them, the next minute you can’t stand them. But as soon as it looks like they’re not going to be around, they’re knocking on the door.

Did losing John change the dynamic between the two of you?
Yeah. It woke us up to our mortality. Of course, it’s a different world now. The horrible shock of 9/11 shocked the world. And then John dying the next year did make us realize we’re mortal. If we believed in anything, it was the power of music bringing people together. If we’re touring for anything, that’s a good enough reason for me.

You have 54 shows on the books this year. Will the tour go beyond that?
If people want to add shows and we still feel great, then it will go for a while longer, but not that much longer. It might last two years. I also know that Pete wants to make another record.

What’s the status of that?
He’s just talking about it. I’ve heard a couple of tracks, which are great. There are loads of things we can do in the future, but we can’t keep doing this sort of tour. This bit of our career is closed, but maybe two more doors open up. Pete is an incredibly vibrant musician. I could see us playing acoustically in some ways.

An acoustic theater show with just the two of you could be amazing.
Then you don’t have to tour. You just get down in New York for a couple of weeks. That’s not touring. It’s a piece of cake. You go home every night. It would be civilized.

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Betty White’s Biggest Regret

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bwAt 93 years old, Hollywood icon Betty White has had a lifetime’s worth of experiences. She has worked alongside comedic heavyweights like Mary Tyler Moore, become one of the most nominated women in Emmy Award history, and appeared in everything from films to sitcoms to “Saturday Night Live.” In her 75 years in show business, it seems like there isn’t much White hasn’t done. So, when the beloved actress looks back on her life, it’s understandable that her biggest regret has nothing to do with her work or now-legendary career.

Sitting down with Oprah for an interview airing on”Oprah: Whaere Are They Now?”, , White reveals that her biggest regret is more personal and involves the love of her life, her late husband Allen Ludden. The two married in 1963 and were together for nearly two decades before Ludden passed away from stomach cancer in 1981.

“At 93, do you have any big regrets?” Oprah asks.

“That I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together,” White says.

Prior to marrying, White says that she rebuffed Ludden’s proposals for an entire year before agreeing to walk down the aisle.

“[I said], no, I wouldn’t marry him,” she tells Oprah. “Saying, no, I won’t leave California. No, I won’t move to New York.”

Though White now realizes how precious that time was, she is still grateful for the 18 years they did have as husband and wife.

“I wasted a whole year we could have had together,” she says. “But we made it. We finally did.”

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Prince Sued In Legal Battle Over Judith Hill

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judith-hillPrince is being sued for allegedly working with singer Judith Hill to release her first album as a free digital download, interfering with a contract Hill had with producer Jolene Cherry and Sony.

After Hill appeared on The Voice in 2013, she signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony and Cherry, a producer known for discovering Lady Gaga, and began work on her first album.

In the suit obtained by EW, Cherry alleges that several months ago the producer heard rumors that Hill, in spite of their legal arrangement, was recording with Prince. Hill asked if she could collaborate on an album with Prince, but Sony and Cherry denied her request as they had spent a lot of time and money on her first album already. Hill and Prince were warned that continuing to work together would put her in breach of her contract.

“Judith Hill’s first album—’Back in Time’is now out, but rather than cheering along with her, the people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumb-founded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free,” the legal documents stated.

Cherry is now seeking damages to compensate them for their losses, as well as punitive damages “to hold Prince accountable for tortuously interfering in its agreement with Hill and recover damages stemming from the fact that he deliberately interfered with its relationship with Hill and made it economically unfeasible for them to ever release Hill’s first album.”

But Judith Hill’s lawyer, Peter Haviland, says that the lawsuit is “nothing but a publicity stunt.”

“Judith Hill was and is absolutely free to perform her music as she has done. She sued in New York on March 25 to confirm that she was free and to stop Cherry from continuing to bother her. Now in response Cherry counter-sues, in Los Angelesimproperlyeven though a case is already pending against Cherry in New York. The Los Angeles suit is nothing but a publicity stunt,” Haviland said in a statement to EW. “Prince supports, promotes and gives opportunity to truly exceptional talent like Judith Hill. It is a shame that Prince has been dragged into this insanity, but Judith Hill will not be deterred from performing her music by the likes of some Jolene Cherry.”

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