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Monday, November 7, 2011

Amy Winehouse was five-times over the alcohol limit at time of death

 The death of Amy Winehouse was down to the tragic singer drinking too much alcohol, a coroner has said.
A verdict of misadventure was recorded after an inquest was told she was five-times over the legal drink-drive limit at the time she died.
Amy's father Mitch (above) and her mother Janice were present as St Pancreas Coroner's court heard that the star had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The driving limit is 80mg.
The pathologist who conducted the post-mortem said that a 200mg level would cause someone to lose control of their reflexes and 350mg was considered a fatal amount.
St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said: "She had consumed sufficient alcohol at 416mg per decilitre (of blood) and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death."
The court was told by Amy's GP how the star had managed to quit drugs but was drinking off and on.
Dr Christina Romete said: "During the period of July she was abstinent but started drinking alcohol on July 20 – it was confirmed to me by her security guard."
The doctor saw her patient the night before she died, and described her as "tipsy but coherent".
Amy had told her she didn't know if she would stop drinking but she "did not want to die".
Police recovered three empty vodka bottles from her flat.
Amy's live-in security guard Andrew Morris found her in her bed on July 23rd.
He had checked in on her at 10am but thought she was asleep, then called emergency services at 3pm and found she hadn't moved.

Andie MacDowell's mini me wows at gala

It was a case of double vision for onlookers at a gala bash on Wednesday night.

Stunning actress Andie MacDowell's gorgeous daughter Sarah Margaret Qualley was the image of her mother at the L’Oreal Legends event. 

Andie's 16-year-old plus-one set flashbulbs popping as both looked flawless in glittering evening gowns for the New York event.

Last month, the brunette beauty spoke exclusively to HELLO! in a joint interview with her mum about an exciting event she has coming up – the prestigious Ball des debutantes which marks her debut into high society.

“I’m really, really excited. I can’t wait,” she enthused.

“I don’t know anyone there, but I’m excited to meet new people.”

The annual ball is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a privileged flock of young ladies to don haute couture and mingle with scions of royalty, rock ’n roll and high society.

“My girls grew up in a small town in North Carolina, so they’ve never been exposed to anything like that,” explains Andie, who is also mum to a son, Justin, 25, and older daughter Rainey, 22.

“One of Demi [Moore]’s daughters, Tallulah, is coming.”

Margaret has already made an impact in the modelling world, having made her runway debut for Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti at New York Fashion Week in September.

“She’s been offered other jobs but we’re being really, really careful with her as far as what she takes goes," said Andie, a former model.

"She was just offered a job but they were going to shoot it in a bar and because she was 16, they [IMG Models] felt that it wasn’t appropriate. 

“I’m thankful that they’re making wise choices to protect her. She is still a young girl.”

Doting mum Andie is making great efforts to steer her daughter in the best direction: “I give them a lot of advice,” she laughed.

But the pair clearly love each other to pieces.

“My mother and I spend as much time together as we can,” says Margaret.

“We’re very close.”

Animal magnetism: How Jennifer and Justin met and fell in love

It's well known that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux met and fell in love during the filming of their new movie Wanderlust.

But it may come as a surprise that their romance blossomed while milking a goat.

As the trailer for their much anticipated movie was released this week, fans got a glimpse of the couple's chemistry during some hilarious scenes.

The 42-year-old actress plays one half of an urbanite couple who moves down south from New York to experience an alternative existence in a commune.

Justin plays one of the members of the commune, a one-with-nature guy who coaxes dairy from animals and plays guitar for the ladies.

In the two minute clip, the couple dance wildly together as the free-love advocate tries to get the former businesswoman to loosen up and get into his way of life.

And it seems to work - she's soon telling her on-screen husband, Paul Rudd, she finally feels a part of something.

The sweet-natured comedy is set to be released in February.

Bond's back! Cast come together for 'Skyfall' photocall

The title of the 23rd James Bond film has been confirmed as Skyfall at the photocall to mark the official start of production.

The film's name was leaked early by an eagle-eyed fan who spotted that Sony had registered a series of new online domain names including 'jamesbond-skyfall' and 'jamesbondskyfall'.

Producer Michael G Wilson said the title was "the worst kept secret in London".

The latest 007 adventure will see Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent for the third time.

Leading ladies have been confirmed as French actress Berenice Marlohe, who has confessed her character will be "glamorous" and "enigmatic", and Naomie Harris.

Skyfall is to be directed by Kate Winslet's former husband Sam Mendes, who admitted he had been a fan of the films since childhood.

The film will be shot in London, Turkey, China and Scotland.

It will see Bond's loyalty tested to M, his superior, while MI6 headquarters faces an attack.

The movie, which sees the return of Dame Judi Dench as spy boss M, will also star Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Javier Bardem as the villain of the piece. 

With the launch of the 23rd instalment, James Bond returns aims to bounce back after a studio bankruptcy put production on hold for months and the last movie earned mixed reviews.

Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp, will distribute the film, which is set to hit British cinemas on Oct 26, 2012 and US cinemas on Nov 9. 

The title of the film was revealed on the same day that marked 50 years since Sean Connery was announced as the first James Bond.

Charlene brands 'runaway bride' rumours 'hilarious'

 She should be enjoying the first few giddy months as a newlywed.

Unfortunately, Princess Charlene of Monaco is still being forced to address unkind rumours about her marriage.

In New York with new husband Prince Albert, the feisty former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, told the US media that she'd ignored the 'runaway bride' reports.

Charlene – who has been in North America promoting an exhibition about the most famous princess of Monaco, the late Grace Kelly – branded the gossip "hilarious".

Sitting side by side with Grace's son, the prince who made her his wife in July before a global audience, the new royal answered questions with the confidence she learned during her top-flight athletic career.

Speaking to US show Today Charlene, 33, said: "(I) obviously focused on what the day meant for the two of us," she said.

"Why would he go through the effort to have our most intimate dearest friends join us for us to be reluctant. It sounded a bit hilarious."

Asked why they appeared so serious during their lavish open-air ceremony, her supportive 53-year-old husband jumped in.

"I thought I paid attention to you and smiled at you many times, but maybe that's not enough for some people."

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Conrad Murray won't testify in his trial for manslaughter

As the trial into Michael Jackson's death draws to a close, the man at the centre of the accusations has revealed he won't take to the stand.
When asked by the judge if he intended to give evidence, Dr Conrad Murray held his hands over his mouth in a praying gesture.
He paused and looked at his lawyers before saying: "My decision is I will not testify in this matter."
When pressed on whether he understood the repercussions of his decision, the judge concluded that the defendant had made his choice "freely and explicitly".
There had been speculation on whether Dr Murray would take the stand since the defence began their case last week.
On Monday, the medic told the court that he still hadn't made a decision on whether he would testify.
Prosecutors claim that Dr Murray administered the fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol which killed the king of pop in June 2009.
His defence team have countered their claims, painting the cardiologist as a thorough and caring professional who took risks to help the poor.
Last week, Las Vegas resident Andrew Guest, 48, told jurors: "I believe that Dr Murray is not getting a fair shake."
"I believe he needs support. I am alive today because of that man."
The physician has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
He could face up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical licence if found guilty.
Closing arguments in the six-week case will begin on Thursday.
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