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They say February is the most depressing month of the year, so have a laugh and cheer up!


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DreamWorks has hinted there will be another 'Shrek' movie.

The company's CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, says the story of the Shrek - a fictional ogre character created by American author, William Steig - still has ''another chapter'' left to tell and insists they are ''not finished'' with the animated adventure.

Talking to Fox Business Network in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday (25.02.14), he said: ''We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest.

''But I think you can be confident that we'll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We're not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.''

'Shrek Forever After', released in 2010, has an all star cast including Mike Myers as male lead, and A-Listers Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.

Despite receiving mixed reviews it grossed a worldwide total of over $752 million making it a commercial success and was believed to be the final installment in the Shrek series.

The films follow the character of Shrek as he develops a romance with Princess Fiona.

Tommy Lee has got engaged.

The Motley Crue drummer is set to make longterm girlfriend Sofia 'Sofi' Toufa his fourth wife after deciding he wants to be with her for "life".

He tweeted yesterday (02.24.14): "There comes a time in a mans life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!! Say hello to my fiancé and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial (sic)"

Singer Sofia, 30, also tweeted excitedly about the news a few minutes later.

She wrote: "I'm something that rhymes with Beyonce!!!!!(sic)"

The 51-year-old rocker first married model Elaine Starcuk in November 1984, but they divorced the following year.

He tied the knot for the second time in 1986, to actress Heather Locklear, and they separated in August 1993.

In 1995, just four days after he met 'Baywatch' actress Pamela Anderson, the couple married. They went on to have children Bandon, now 17, and Dylan, 16, but divorced in 1998.

However, they later reconciled but split in 2001, before getting back together again in 2008 and separating later that year.

He was also engaged to Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, from 2001 to 2003, but she later admitted she felt he was still "in love" with Pamela during their relationship.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra brings award winning poet, author and performer Shane Koyczan to perform his debut with orchestra: an evening of words and music that will tantalize and open our imaginations to a world of possibilities.

“Shane is so talented and we are looking forward to his orchestra debut as we bring spoken word to our stages next month,” says Rosemary Thomson, Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

“Shane’s talent as an artist embraces audiences and paired with our professional orchestra will capture our imaginations.”

The world took notice of Shane Koyczan when his influential, anti-bullying, “To This Day Project” video went viral in early 2013 with 10 million views and counting. 

Powerfully engaging and authentic, Shane’s explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen were to theirs.

But unlike the musicians that he’s often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Shane emerges in a new wave of 21st century poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.

He is both a writer and spoken word virtuoso.

His first published collection, “Visiting Hours,” was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists in 2005. Destined to become a future classic, “Visiting Hours” is now in its third edition, and includes “We Are More,” performed by Shane at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“SYMPHONY AND SYLLABLES” hits the stage for three concerts this month, March 7 in Kelowna, March 8 Penticton and March 9 in Vernon. 

Tickets for concerts can be purchased at the Kelowna Actors Studio 1379 Ellis Street by phone: 250.862.2867, Penticton Wine Information Centre  553 Railway Street or by phone 250.276.2170 and the Vernon Performing Arts Centre  33rd St at 38th Ave or by phone: 250.549.7469 or online via the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra website

Jimmy Kimmel is set to become a father for the third time.

The chat show host and his wife Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together, with the TV personality revealing the exciting news on an episode of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' airing this Wednesday (02.26.14).

Amid cheers from the studio audience, he announced: "I'm having a baby . . . wait I want to finish . . . with Ellen. No, I decided to have the first one with my wife. We got married in July and, you know, it's interesting. It's disgusting the way babies are made."

Ellen replied: "Good for you. And why is it disgusting?"

Jimmy, 46, joked: "Well, there are so many human body parts involved. Did you know there are eggs in us? That's gross just to start with."

The funnyman tied the knot with his long-time love Molly, a writer on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', last July.

He already has children Katie and Kevin with his ex-wife Gina, who he split from in 2002, but is worried he is out of practice when it comes to looking after babies.

Jimmy explained: "I have a 20-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter, and I've really forgotten everything. It's funny because I was just with some friends who just had a baby, I was like, 'Oh yeah.' And there's new ways to do things. You hold them by the front of the neck now it seems."

The couple are planning to find out the sex of the baby before the birth, even though Jimmy originally wanted it to be a surprise.

Jimmy said: "I would like it to be a surprise and my wife, Molly, was happy with that idea until about a week ago she started saying we really need to find out. But I don't think it matters.

"I don't think you need to make the baby's room blue or pink I mean it's kind of - it's inherently ridiculous. I don't think they could even see colours, right? I mean, or is that dogs I'm thinking of?"

Amanda Bynes reached a plea deal in her driving under the influence (DUI) case yesterday (02.24.14).

The 'Hairspray' actress - who has recently been treated for schizophrenia - faced the charges from 2012, but her lawyer managed to get the DUI charge dropped so she could plead no contest to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving.

Although she has escaped jail and a large fine, Amanda will now have to undergo three years of probation and must attend three months of alcohol education classes.

Her lawyer, Richard Hutton, told newspaper The New York Daily News: "She's doing very well. This case took some unexpected turns, but it's resolved. Everything is going just like it should."

Amanda completed psychiatric treatment for both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in December and is now living with her parents in Thousand Oaks, California, under a mental health conservatorship.

The 27-year-old star's mother, Lynn Bynes, is her temporary conservator - meaning she has control of Amanda's personal and financial affairs - and a judge overseeing her conservator duties recently praised her for her daughter's continued progress during a hearing.

A source recently told how Amanda's parents are thrilled her life is more stable, but don't think she is ready to move out of their home yet, even though she is eager to get her own place.

The insider said: "It's not likely she will be moving out of their house for at least the next several months."

Kim Basinger finds 'selfies' "scary".

The 60-year-old actress - who has 18-year-old daughter Ireland with ex-husband Alec Baldwin - fears for the future of young people because they appear self-absorbed and don't have much drive to work hard to find success.

She said: "If you look at this generation of selfies and selfies and selfies, it seems a little bit scary. I like to see a driven kid, somebody who wants to come from the ground up . . . you just don't know what's going to happen to this generation."

The 'L.A. Confidential' actress also insisted she is nothing like her sexy image.

Speaking to the new issue of Interview magazine, she said: "I'm more bare-footed Rastafarian, crazy."

Last year, Ireland landed a deal with IMG Models and Kim insisted her daughter had worked hard to pursue a modelling career without her help because she only wanted to protect her by giving her a normal upbringing as far out of the public eye as possible.

She previously said ''She grew up in the limelight but I tried to provide stability and a quieter world.

''You just want them to follow their own path, and she totally did this on her own.

''I think she wanted to stick her foot in and see what it would bring. And she's doing extremely well.''

Dan Aykroyd has led tributes to his 'Ghostbusters' co-star Harold Ramis.

Actor, director and writer Harold passed away earlier this morning (02.24.14), and Dan - who co-wrote as well as starred in both 'Ghostbusters' and 'Ghostbusters II' with him - led condolences.

He said in an email message: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

Ivan Reitman, director of the two movies, also paid tribute, saying: "The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis.

"He possessed the most agile mind I've ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way ... Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother."

Harold worked on many other films as writer and director in his career including 'Caddyshack', 'Groundhog Day,' 'Analyze This' and 'Animal House', making a huge impact in Hollywood.

Billy Crystal wrote on Twitter: "Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all."

Steven Martin tweeted: "So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. 'Ghostbusters', 'Groundhog Day', and more."

Film director Ron Howard also paid tribute, saying: "Harold Ramis RIP. no one could ever top him in terms of somehow being Cool & off-the-charts creative and incredibly kind & gracious. (sic)"

Some of Harold's last work was directing episodes of the US version of 'The Office', prompting one of the show's stars, Rainn Wilson to write: "Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We've lost an icon."

Another one of the show's former stars, Steve Carell, wrote: "Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you."

Harold is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, their two sons, Julian and Daniel as well as his daughter, Violet Ramis, with former spouse Anne Plotkin.

For the past four years Train Wreck Comedy has truly become Kelowna’s own stand-up comedy show, filling a void that was left when Yuk Yuks closed its doors at the Capri Centre mall in 2010. Train Wreck Comedy wasted no time becoming Kelowna’s number one stand-up comedy show and it continues to be the most recognizable name in town when it comes to stand-up comedy.

After selling out every show at Lake City Casino in 2013 and tired of turning away people who waited too long to buy tickets, Train Wreck Comedy and Lake City Casino have finally added a second All-Star comedy show each month. It all starts this Friday, February 28th

March show dates will be Friday, March 14th and Friday, March 28th.

Stay on track with what's happening at and follow Train Wreck Comedy on Facebook HERE!

Train Wreck Comedy All-Stars
Friday February 28th - 8:30pm
Lake City Casino

Daryl Makk - Daryl has been performing stand-up since 1993 and is the creator of The Planet Tour. You may have seen his comedy special on CTV and he is currently working on a book of short stories based on his on-road adventures.

Jy Harris – Jy has appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival and he also has his own one-hour special on CTV. Acting highlights range from a recurring role as a failed porn star on 'The Jerry Springer Show' to the comedic lead in the Netflix cult hit 'Bong Of The Dead'.

Tickets at casino guest services or call (250) 860-9467
Buy tickets online here.


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Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died at his suburban Chicago home.

A spokesman for United Talent Agency says Ramis died early Monday morning of complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69.

Ramis is best known for his roles in comedies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes."

He co-wrote "Ghostbusters," in which he appeared with fellow Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. He also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Meatballs" and directed such films as "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."

More recently, he directed "Analyze This," a movie starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro.

UTA spokesman Chris Day says Ramis had been battling an autoimmune disease that affects blood vessels for four years.

Day says Ramis' family was at his side when he died.

Nelly Furtado admits it can be "challenging" working with her husband.

The 'Say it Right' hitmaker has worked with her sound engineer spouse Demacio 'Demo' Castellon - who she married in 2008 - on two albums, 'Loose' in 2006 and 2009's 'Mi Plan' and though they share "healthy tension", their studio sessions usually result in "good things".

She told PEOPLE magazine: "It's a healthy tension working together. It doesn't always go smoothly, of course, and it can be really challenging when there are differences of opinion, which of course happens. But good things always tend to come out of it, and that's the whole point."

"We make it work because he's often doing his own thing. I go off and do my own thing, so it's not like we're working together all the time."

Nelly is returning to the recording studio later this year and is looking forward to her spouse to push her into creating work that is better than ever.

She added: "When we work together, he challenges me. That's what makes him so great in the studio. If it were an easy process, the final product wouldn't be very good, but he helps me to reach a little bit further. He pushes my boundaries."

And away from the studio, the 35-year-old singer - who has 10-year-old daughter Nevis with former boyfriend Jasper Gahunia - says she and her family have a "great life".

She said: "We're very blessed to have a beautiful family. We have a great life together. Life is good."

Chris Brown has left rehab.

The 'Fine China' hitmaker recently completed 90 days of court-ordered treatment for anger issues but decided to remain in the facility in Malibu for a few extra days until he felt confident he wouldn't slip up again.

A source told "He's back home now and he feels good about it. After Chris left rehab, he headed to a music video shoot, where he broke out some impressive moves for his new single, 'Loyal.' "

Chris' friends and family, including his mother Joyce Hawkins, threw him a small homecoming party on Saturday night (02.22.14).

The insider said: "We had a low-key celebration for him. It was real quiet. A lot of hugs. A lot of thank yous. No big speeches although he said, 'Thank y'all for being there for me. Really appreciate all that. Love.' We weren't trying to turn it into a crying session, we just all wanted to be around him and uplift him and show him how proud of him we are."

The R&B singer was ordered to seek anger management instead of being sentenced to jail when his probation, stemming from his violent assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, was formally revoked as a result of an alleged assault on Parker Adams in Washington D.C. in October.

But the 'Forever' singer feels he has finally learnt to control his temper.

The source said: "He's trying to take what he learned with him about his anger and relationships with women and his mother and use those skills to make his relationships better."

Justin Bieber will reportedly reject the plea deal offered to him by prosecutors in Miami.

The 19-year-old star, who is scheduled to appear in court in Florida on March 3 after being charged with driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an expired license and resisting arrest last month, thinks the Florida State Attorney's conditions are too strict and he doesn't want to be forced to undergo random drug testing.

The 'Baby' hitmaker has been offered the chance to avoid facing a stint in jail and to have most of the charges dropped if he agrees to plead no contest to reckless driving, completes 40 hours of community service and submits to random drug testing for up to nine months at his own expense.

But a source told gossip website that Justin's legal team believe there are huge problems with the case because a police officer allegedly lied when he said the underage star reeked of alcohol when he was only slightly above the legal limit, and a sophisticated GPS device proved Justin was only driving at 27 MPH at the time of his arrest.

The insider said that the 'Heartbreaker' singer will not accept any plea that involves probation, suggesting he is worried about going to jail if he does anything illegal in the future.

Prosecutors also want Justin to attend an alcohol education course and a 'victim impact panel' to hear relatives of DUI victims share their stories, as well as having an ignition interlock device - a tube used to test her breath and make sure he's alcohol free - installed in his cars.

The source said that Justin, who is also scheduled to appear in court in Toronto, Canada on March 10 after being charged with assaulting a limousine driver on December 30, is open to a plea but will not accept the current deal being offered to him.


Kate Winslet claims she doesn't recognise most famous people.

The 38-year-old actress, who has been close friends with Leonardo DiCaprio since they were first propelled into the spotlight after starring in 'Titanic' in 1997, is glad she found fame before social media sites, such as Instagram and Twitter, started and doesn't understand why reality TV stars, including Kim Kardashian, are considered celebrities.

The 'Labor Day' star told Total Film: "When I'm in Waitrose, I literally stand at this bank of magazines going, 'Who are all these people?' Half the time, I don't even know who they are!"

She added: "Now there's a lot of focus on television stars and soap stars and these real-life Kardashian-type families. But yeah, I'm very, very grateful, when it was happening to Leo and I, we didn't have any of this cyber-chaos."

The blonde beauty - who has daughter Mia, 13, with ex-husband Jim Threapleton, son Joe, 10, with ex-husband Sam Mendes, and two-month-old son Bear with husband Ned Rocknroll - also believes that critics are kinder to her now that she is a bit older.

She said: "It seems to be more of a respectful thing as you get older. When you're younger, they really do treat you like you're loose bait. They know that they can get in there somehow. Whereas when you're older, they know that they can't do quite as much damage."

Jennifer Lawrence is going to take a year's break from acting.

The 23-year-old actress has made eight films in the past 12 months, and Harvey Weinstein - who worked with her on 'Silver Linings Playbook' - has revealed she is about to have a much earned "rest".

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "She's going to have a long break for a year where she won't do anything. It's been non-stop for her and she deserves a rest."

The famed producer also defended her decision to not attend the BAFTAs ceremony, despite receiving an award for her role in 'American Hustle'.

He explained: "Jennifer is too nice and will do people favors and agrees to do a movie like 'American Hustle' when she could have had a rest.

"She signed on to do 'Hunger Games' when she was young and wouldn't have realized how much it would dominate her life. BUt she's a professional and always will be."

On top of her film careers, Jennifer's time has also been taken up as she looks to buy a house in the UK with her boyfriend Nicholas Hoult.

A source recently said: "They loved the house as soon as they saw it. They know it's not realistic at this point in their thriving careers to live in the UK, but they want a bolthole across the pond.

"Jen loves the English way of life and as they are now serious again, it makes sense to look into buying somewhere."

'Heroes' is set to return to TV with a brand new series.

The popular science fiction show - which followed ordinary people who developed super powers - will be back with 13 episodes and some of the original cast may return.

The new program will be called 'Heroes Reborn', and TV bosses at network NBC are "thrilled" to be bringing the franchise back to the small screen.

Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement: "We're thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept.

"Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won't rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in."

While it's not clear which of the earlier stars will return, Masi Oka has hinted he could reprise his role as Hiro Nakamura.

He wrote on Twitter: "Was watching the Olympics and saw the #HeroesReborn trailer. Time to dust off the sword?"

Harry Styles has split from Kendall Jenner.

The One Direction heart throb is said to have broken up with the Kardashian sister due to their work commitments, with him kept busy with the band and "focusing on her modelling".

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday newspaper, an insider revealed: "Kendall has been focusing on her modelling and Harry is preparing for work on the band's fourth album, as well as their stadium tour.

"The reality is that with everything they both have going on it's impossible to sustain anything serious."

Despite their recent break up, the pair are reportedly "still friends" after their relationship came to an end without any "major" arguments, and they could try again in the future.

The source added: "There's been no major fallout. They're definitely still friends and haven't ruled anything out in the future."

While his relationship might be over, the 'Story of My Life' hitmaker recently insisted the group is as strong as ever with no plans to call it quits.

He said: "We're not breaking up. We've spent every day together for months and forgot what my mum looked like. It's just holidays."

The Tonight Show returned to New York this week, ending its four decades stop on the West Coast.

New host Jimmy Fallon is a New Yorker who says he wants the excitement of the nation's largest city to permeate his show. But there's another key reason for the show's return home: an unconventional New York State tax credit that could potentially save NBC more than $20 million a year.

The language of the 30 per cent credit is remarkably specific, applying to shows that film in front of a studio audience and spent at least five years elsewhere.

NBC says it helped make the move possible. Similar credits have helped TV and movie productions thrive in the state but experts are divided about whether it's worth it.