CELEB GOSS: Man in court over Modern Family assault

Sarah Hyland. Picture: REUTERS

Sarah Hyland. Picture: REUTERS

Man in court over Modern Family assault

A man who allegedly groped Modern Family star Sarah Hyland at a Sydney red carpet function has appeared briefly in court.

The 29-year-old is charged with indecently assaulting the 23-year-old actress while Hyland was in Sydney in February to shoot an episode of the popular comedy series.

Hyland, who plays oldest sibling Haley Dunphy in the series, was seen leaving the event in tears after allegedly being groped while signing autographs.

The accused man has appeared briefly in Downing Centre Local Court where his lawyer sought an adjournment and asked for an interpreter from the disability rights services to be present at the accused’s next court appearance on April 17.


Seven seasons will see out Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones.

The Game Of Thrones producers say that are halfway through the cult fantasy series and insist they will end the show after its seventh season.

The drama adaptation of writer George R.R. Martin’s book series will return for its fourth season in April, and show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed they will be using upcoming episodes to direct storylines towards the end of the series.  

‘‘It feels like this is the midpoint for us,’’ Benioff has told Vanity Fair.

‘‘If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season four is right down the middle, the pivot point.‘‘I would say it’s the goal we’ve had from the beginning... (but) to start on a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy.

'‘Once we got to the point where we felt like we’re going to be able to tell this tale to its conclusion, that became (an even clearer) goal.

‘‘Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons. It feels right to us.’’


Diana leaked royal directory to UK tabloid

Clive Goodman. Picture: REUTERS

Clive Goodman. Picture: REUTERS

The late Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor has told Britain’s phone-hacking trial.

Clive Goodman says Diana sent him the information by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.

‘‘She was going through a very, very difficult time. She told me she wanted me to see the scale of her husband’s staff and household, compared with others,’’ Goodman told London’s Old Bailey on Thursday, where he is on trial.

‘‘She felt she was being swamped by people close to his household. She was looking for an ally to take him on - to show there were forces that would rage against him.’’

Goodman is on trial for two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, namely paying public officials for a royal phone directory, which he denies.

The 56-year-old was jailed in 2007 for hacking into the phones of members of the royal household, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Goodman told the court he used so-called Green Books and internal telephone directories containing contact numbers for royal staff and senior members of the household as a basis for his stories.

Asked by his defence lawyer how he received them, he denied paying for them and said one green book was given to him in 1992 by Diana.

‘‘That arrived at my office in Wapping with my name on it. She had a (good) relationship with several journalists - Richard Kay at the Daily Mail, Martin Bashir of Panorama,’’ Goodman told the court.

Three years later in 1995 Diana would open up to Bashir, a journalist with the BBC, about the state of her marriage to Charles, in an explosive interview that ultimately led to their divorce the following year.

Diana, the mother of Princes William and Harry, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.Goodman was sacked from the News of the World after his conviction and it later emerged the practice of phone hacking was widespread at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

Murdoch shut down the Sunday paper in July 2011 after reports one of the hacking victims was a missing schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered.


Scarlett Johansson ’too busy’ for wedding

Scarlett Johansson says she’s too ‘‘terrible at planning’’ to organise her wedding.

The 29-year-old actress is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac and the couple are expecting their first child together.

But Johansson isn’t keen on outlining her impending nuptial ceremony, as the star claims she lacks the skills.

‘‘Oh, I don’t plan anything. I’m terrible at planning,’’ she told Access Hollywood.

‘‘I’m not gonna plan anything - I like to wing it!’’Johansson has other things to think about, such as the strict diet she is following to get into shape for her role as Black Widow in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.Filming is underway, with a release date of 2015.

The actress said she found the healthy regime dull.

‘‘Boring 5am workouts. Salad and chicken and nothing else, pretty much,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s that old tried and true ’work out like a dude and eat like a rabbit’.’’Johansson and her French fiance went public with their romance in November 2012, and became engaged in September 2013 after he proposed with a vintage art deco ring.

This will be Johansson’s second marriage. She was married to actor Ryan Reynolds between 2008 and 2011.


Jimi Hendrix honoured on US postage stamp

Jimi Hendrix is making a special appearance in the United States by way of a postage stamp.

The commemorative stamp was unveiled at the South by South West Festival on Thursday.

Designed by artist Rudy Gutierrez, the stamp resembles a vintage 45 RPM record sleeve and features a painting of Hendrix playing a white Fender Stratocaster guitar.

The US Postal Service said it was honoured it could dedicate one of its postage series to a music icon such as Hendrix, who is credited for pioneering heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk.‘‘

Jimi Hendrix left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture,’’ said the service’s chief financial officer Joseph Corbett.

‘‘I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp,’’ Hendrix’s sister Janie said in a statement.

'‘I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honours on my brother Jimi,’’ she said.

The stamp’s unveiling coincides with the release of a biopic about the guitarist, All Is By My Side, starring Outkast’s Andre 3000.