Mirren gives drummers royal rebuke
LONDON — Silence for the queen, please.
A troupe of street drummers got a shock when Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, emerged from a London theater to berate them for disrupting her show.
Mirren is starring in “The Audience,” a drama about the weekly meetings between the queen and Britain’s prime ministers over her 60-year reign.
Mirren told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that she used less-than-royal language in the rant during the intermission of Saturday’s performance.
“I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used,” Mirren was quoted as saying today. “They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately.
“I felt rotten, but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.”
The drummers were marching through London’s West End to promote As One in the Park, a gay music festival being held later this month.
“Not much shocks you on the gay scene,” parade organizer Mark McKenzie told the Telegraph. “But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade — that’s a new one.”
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PARIS — A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said “oui” to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France.
Aime Navello said Sunday the couple followed French tradition when he married them at the Mazan town hall on Saturday. Navello read the service in French and the couple responded in French and English. He said about 10 people were present.
Righton is keyboard player for the rock group Klaxons. He and Knightley got engaged a year ago.
Knightley first won notice for her role as a soccer-playing teenager in “Bend It Like Beckham.” She went on to star in the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and was nominated for an Oscar for playing Elizabeth Bennet in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Aerosmith canceled a show in Indonesia after authorities there said they had foiled a bomb plot targeting the Myanmar Embassy.
Concert promoter Ismaya Live cited safety concerns as the reason for the cancellation, but it wasn’t clear if there was a direct connection to the alleged embassy plot.
The American rockers were scheduled to perform this coming Saturday for a nearly sold-out crowd of 15,000 in the capital, Jakarta, said Helmi Sugara, event organizer spokesman.
The statement about the cancellation carried an apology from Aerosmith also saying they hoped to make it up to the fans one day. There was no immediate indication they would reschedule.
Indonesian police said Friday they had arrested two suspected militants and seized bombs the suspects were plotting to use against the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta to protest Myanmar’s treatment of Muslims.
They’re scheduled to play Wednesday in the Philippines.
Western music acts are popular in Indonesia, but Islamic hard-liners have forced changes or cancellations in the past.
Lady Gaga canceled what was to be the biggest performance on her “Born This Way Ball” tour in Asia last year. Hard-liners had threatened violence if the concert was held because they saw the pop diva as a corrupting influence.
Jennifer Lopez, who judged “American Idol” alongside Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler for two seasons, toned down her costumes and dance moves during an Indonesian concert in late November.
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LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen supports a decision by child protective services to remove his twin sons from the custody of his ex-wife and have them live temporarily with another of his exes, actress Denise Richards, his spokesman said Friday.
Larry Solters wrote in a statement that Sheen will participate in court proceedings related to ex-wife Brooke Mueller’s custody of their 4-year-old sons. Mueller and Sheen were married in 2008 and divorced in 2011.
“He knows Max and Bob are safe and in a stable, loving environment with Denise and the boys’ sisters,” Solters wrote. “Charlie will fully cooperate and fully participate in all proceedings.”
Celebrity website RadarOnline.com reported Friday that the twins were removed from Mueller’s custody by the Department of Children and Family Services.
Mueller has struggled with addiction for years, but it remains unclear what prompted officials to remove her sons from her care. The agency’s investigations are confidential, and Mueller and Richards’ representatives have declined to comment.
Sheen and Richards have two daughters from their marriage, which ended in 2006.