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Possible lead in British girl’s disappearance

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BRITAIN – British authorities are set to release a computer generated photo of a possible suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Monday in an orchestrated media blitz.

Madeleine disappeared in May 2007 at the age of 3 while sleeping inside her family’s vacation apartment in a Portuguese village. According to reports, the parents were down the street at the time of her disappearance.

Madeleine’s disappearance has drawn national attention after her parents pressed authorities to keep looking for their daughter. In 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered British police to open a fresh investigation after authorities in Portugal had closed it in 2008. Many critics have accused Portuguese authorities of failing to follow up on a number of leads before they closed their probe into her disappearance.

Scotland Yard investigators have been poring over more than 40,000 pages of documents which have provided them with new leads and, what some are saying, a break in the case.

Visit: Official website for the search for Madeliene

“There is new information not previously presented,” authorities said in a statement. “Fresh, substantive material upon which to make an appeal. It’s substantially different. It’s not just a bland ‘can you help us’ appeal, there is some different material and a different understanding.”

On Oct. 14, the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, will make an appeal for the public’s help based on the new information. In conjunction with the parents appeal, police will be releasing a computer-generated photo (called an efit), in an attempt to identify a man seen near the resort hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where the child was last seen.

The BBC’s TV program ‘Crimewatch’ will be broadcasting a new appeal for witnesses on Monday. Similar appeals are scheduled to go out to areas where vacationers were visiting from at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance like Germany and the Netherlands.

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‘Harry Potter’ actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65

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Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley
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According to agent Simon Beresford, British actor Richard Griffiths died on Thursday, following complications from heart surgery at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Griffiths played the role of Uncle Vernon Dursely who was the Muggle guardian to Harry Potter in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. He was considered a versatile actor appearing in numerous movies and TV shows, including the movies ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Naked Gun 2 1/2.’

A Tony winner, Griffiths was one of Britain’s leading theater actors. Winning the Tony for his role in the play “The History Boys,” he went on to play the role in the film adaptation.

One of his is more memorable roles was when he played Uncle Monty in ‘Withnail and I,’ which was considered a failure until it attracted a cult following.

Richard E. Grant who starred with Griffiths in ‘Withnail and I’ tweeted, “My beloved ‘Uncle Monty’ Richard Griffiths died last night. Chin-Chin my dear friend.” Sending out a tweet to Harry Potter hero Daniel Radcliffe, Grant tweets, “@DanieIRadcIiffe Am so so sad that we have both lost an ‘Uncle’ with the death of Richard Griffiths. He was my ‘Uncle Monty’ in my 1st film.”pie-in-the-sky

Radcliffe said of Griffiths, “Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”

Griffiths was well known for his sense of humor and his passion for theater. He was renowned for stopping a play mid-performance whenever an audience member’s cell phone would go off, asking the offending party to leave.

Just last year Griffith’s played opposite Danny DeVito in Neil Simon’s comedy ‘The Sunshine Boys,’ they were scheduled to perform in Los Angeles later this year.

In a statement Radcliffe said, “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career,” continuing he wrote, “In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on ‘Equus’ together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy.”

Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

WTF Department: Cher Lloyd booed offstage

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X-factor alum Cher Lloyd was recently booed off stage in London, at the annual V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

Apparently the 19 year old Lloyd was only two songs into her set when the booing started. She left the stage in tears after someone threw a bottle that contained urine at the “‘Swagger Jagger’ singer.

You read that right ““ a bottle of friggin urine. WTF?

Come on people! Why the hell would someone throw a bottle of urine at somebody like Cher Lloyd, who is all of 5 foot nothing. Actually, what would make someone throw a bottle of urine at anyone?

The bigger question is why the hell was someone toting around a bottle of urine?

After a few minutes Lloyd came back out and told the crowd;

“It’s hard enough being up here, but it’s not nice having bottles of piss chucked at you.”

Taking to Twitter after the show Lloyd wrote, “Thank you so much for all the nice messages, shame that a couple of people had to ruin it. Unfortunately a glass bottle got thrown at me on stage. Tomorrow is another day, big love to my brats!!!”

Her fans are referred to as Brats.

Last year Lloyd admitted that she was afraid to leave her house due to the amount of negative criticism she was receiving. At the time she was quoted as saying, “I know people think I’m a bitch but they don’t realize I put on a massive front. When I go home and close the door I break down, phone my mum and dad and cry. It got to the point when I thought ‘Why am I doing this?'”

This year’s V Festival was headlined by The Stone Roses and The Killers, with other bands including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Enemy, Example, Miles Kane and Frank Turner.

To whoever threw the bottle of urine ““ Piss off you wanker!

 

Cher Lloyd’s Debut Album Drops in October

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Brit teen pop sensation Cher Lloyd is putting the finishing flourishes on her highly anticipated U.S. debut, Sticks + Stones, which now has a new confirmed release date of October 2nd, push back from a September release date. The perky perfectionist wanted to ensure that no details were missed on Sticks + Stones for her fanatical U.S. fans. The American version of Sticks + Stones, released via Epic Records/Syco, will vary slightly from the 2011 U.K. version, which debuted at #4 in the U.K. The US album includes never-before-heard songs, as well as a few surprise guests. Cher explains that Sticks + Stones is “like a jukebox! Lots of different sounds and no two songs sound the same. I’ve put a lot into the album.”

Cher will make her second major U.S. TV appearance on the Today Show August 30th.

Clearly, the pint-sized pop-star is winning over U.S. fans by the masses, as further proven by her afternoon of fan-packed mayhem during a recent visit to West Hollywood’s Millions of Milkshakes. Police had to intervene as several thousand of Cher’s beloved “Brats” mobbed the streets for a glimpse of the saucy teen singer.  (Take a look at the Brat Attack madness here: http://bit.ly/Nm5bBR) Cher’s mouth-watering milkshake is made from Oreos, marshmallows, banana, and caramel sauce–topped with whipped cream and a cherry–and, in homage to her beloved fans, the sweet treat is called the Brat Attack.

For those who can’t get enough from their new fave, Cher entertains more than two million Twitter followers who hang on her every word. And as Cher takes care to make sure every detail is perfect for the American release of Sticks + Stones in preparation for its October 2nd release, she gushes, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear the songs in full.”  Fortunately for her Brats, the wait is almost over!

 

The End for Cher Lloyd and Her Brats

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Cher Lloyd continued her radio show promo tour in support of her upcoming album Sticks and Stones, which is due out in September. Stopping at the Roseville Galleria she entertained close to 2,000 brats (as her fans are referred to).

Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End hosted the event with Christopher K., Dan Mason, Ashley Nickels, and the morning Wake Up Call’s Katie, Jason, and Gavin.

Chris asked the crowd how long they had been waiting, with some in the crowd screaming 8 hours!

As the mostly young female audience waited patiently for Lloyd, they were entertained by Sing Inc. Pop Academy, as an all-female crew took the stage singing a variety of hits such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Good Girl,” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

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The screaming started in earnest as the 19 year old Lloyd made her way to the stage from her, completely wrapped in all things Cher Lloyd, tour bus.

Starting off her brief acoustical set with Usher’s “OMG,” the brats made certain she knew they were there as they screamed, “‘I love you Cher’. After her first song Lloyd asked the crowd, “Hello, how are you?” which only caused the screams to jump up a few decibels.

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Christopher K. taking photos with his fans

Lloyd continued on with only two more songs “Superhero” and “I Want You Back.’ During “I Want You Back,” you could hear most of the crowd singing and doing some serious grunting along with Lloyd.

As she finished her set Chris asked her a number of questions including how many tattoos she has, which is currently a total of 20, but she’s looking to do a complete sleeve on her arm.

You can see videos of her at the Galleria and her interview with Chris at The End Online.

You can pre-order her new CD due out on September 18th

 

 

British Invasion Causes Riot at Thunder Valley

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Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone played to a full house of old diehard Herman’s Hermits fans at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Pano Hall Sunday night. That’s not to say everyone in the audience was old, just older than most.

The Noonatics, those who carry around vinyl albums and old Herman’s Hermits 8-tracks, may have known what they were in for, but I sure as bloody hell didn’t.

The 64 year old rocker joined the British band as the lead singer (Herman) at the young age of 15. That’s ““ let me see ““ oh forget it, you do the math!

I went to see Herman’s Hermits to relax and enjoy some oldies but goodies, so when Noone took the stage and started singing, “I’m Into Something Good,” I was thinking, “Ahhhh, this is perfect.”

Then the bloody bloke started yapping and from that point on there was no relaxing for anyone. All we could do was laugh at the bugger. He’s completely bollocks!

He explained to everyone that a friend told him that Sacramento, Yuba City and Clarksburg were way out in the country and if he wanted to make us happy he had to play some country music. He started singing Johnny Cash’s, “Ring of Fire,” resulting in the audience laughing throughout the song.

Noone was all over the map, singing songs from Johnny Horton, Tom Jones, Mick Jagger, and of course Herman’s Hermits hits as well.

At one point, one of the noonatics in the front row pulled out an old vinyl album cover from years and years ago. Noone, the mad hatter that he

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is, grabbed the album and stuck it over his face, displaying the old photo of himself. He then started singing and marching across the stage. It was quite comical.

Another rant was about looking like Nick Nolte. He said as he was coming through the casino someone stopped him and asked about the show. They got all excited, screaming as they pointed at him, “Hey! You’re Nick Nolte.”

In between jokes he actually did sing a hit or two. This guy has a great voice and as soon as the band started up any of their past hits, the audience erupted in cheers and clapping.

Those that could still stand did.

Noone sang most of their hits including “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.”

Prior to the show Noone went out of his way to engage people, shaking their hands and saying hi. You could tell he lives for this stuff and thoroughly enjoys it as much as the fans.

After the show, a path was cleared by the ever so diligent security staff at Thunder Valley to make way for Noone as he made his way to the exit. There he started signing autographs and chatting it up with anyone who would listen. The guy just can’t help himself ““ It’s who he is. After all, what do you expect from the son of an accountant!

Peter Noone is the real deal. Not only does he sing, but he entertains too ““ with a smile. He’s quite the riot.

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