Have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hired Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s former bodyguard? | Daily Mail Online

Harry and Meghan are reportedly hiring former SAS soldiers to replace their Scotland Yard bodyguards.

They apparently chose from a shortlist of two firms whose staff have guarded stars including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and the Ecclestone family.

From tomorrow, the Sussexes will no longer be working members of the Royal Family as they pursue new lives and careers in US with their ten-month-old son Archie.

Harry and Meghan are reportedly hiring former SAS soldiers to replace their Scotland Yard bodyguards

As the Daily Mail revealed this week, they have agreed to meet the bill for their own security in America. Harry and Meghan had found themselves at the centre of a row over the cost to British taxpayers of providing them with round-the-clock protection by the Metropolitan Police during their new life in California.

The row deepened after President Donald Trump said Americans should not be asked to contribute. The couple have decided to hire a private security team charging around £400 a day per guard, the Sun reported yesterday.

Experts say their annual bill could be up to £4million as they will require the use of several bodyguards a day. While a spokesman for the couple insisted they would meet the bill personally, Prince Charles may also contribute.

The royal couple apparently chose from a shortlist of two firms whose staff have guarded stars including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (pictured)

Harry and Meghan are pursueing new lives and careers in US with their ten-month-old son Archie

He has agreed to make a substantial contribution towards his son and daughter-in-law’s living costs for the next 12 months while they ‘get on their feet’.

Sources have warned that the money, which will come from his personal funds and not the Duchy of Cornwall, is not ‘inexhaustible’ and will be reviewed in a year.

Meanwhile the Royal Family are determined to put the Megxit saga behind them, the Daily Mail can reveal. While there is still sadness – and hurt – over Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as working royals and live abroad, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and other senior figures believe there is no more they can do to bridge the divide.

‘Harry and Meghan have made their decision and it is clear they have moved on, which is what everyone else is now trying to do,’ well-placed sources said. ‘There is a lot of work to do, especially given the health crisis currently faced by this country.’   

From tomorrow, the Sussexes will no longer be working members of the Royal Family. Signing off their Sussex Royal social media feed, Harry and Meghan told their 11million followers: ‘Thank you to this community for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world’

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THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘The Matrix’ 21 years later, Business Insider – Business Insider Singapore

It’s been over two decades since viewers were first introduced to the world of “The Matrix” (1999).

And the series isn’t over quite yet – the fourth installment of the Lana and Lily Wachowski-directed franchise is in the works and it’s set to star favorites from the original movie, including Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Here’s what the original cast of “The Matrix” is up to 21 years after the movie’s initial release.

Keanu Reeves starred as a computer programmer and hacker named Thomas “Neo” Anderson.

Before becoming a household from his role in “The Matrix,” Reeves already had over a decade of film and TV credits under his belt.

He starred in films like “Speed” (1994) and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989), as well as starring on the shot-lived spin-off series “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures.”

The actor has recently had a career revival, which some people are calling “The Keanaissance.”

Since the premiere of “The Matrix,” Reeves revived his role in “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003), “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003), and he’s currently working on “The Matrix 4,” which is set to release in 2021.

He also went on to star in the “John Wick” series, which is also working on its fourth installment to be released in 2021.

Although the actor’s career has spanned over three decades, Reeves has recently been making headlines due to his uncharacteristic film roles in rom-com like Netflix’s “Always Be My Maybe” and the Pixar animated film “Toy Story 4.”

Carrie-Anne Moss played Trinity, a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar who falls in love with Neo.

Moss was already a decade into her successful acting career in films and on TV before taking on the role of Trinity.

Although Moss is best-known for playing Neo’s love interest, she also went on to play Natalie in “Memento” (2000), Detective Olivia Neal in “The Crew” (2000), and Caroline Clairmont in “Chocolat” (2000) the following year.

In recent years, Moss has spent more time on television.

In addition to playing lawyer Jeryn Hogarth on Marvel’s “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist,” “The Defenders,” and “Jessica Jones,” Moss recently starred as Rebecca Pruitt on the series “Tell Me a Story” and played FBI agent Maggie Griffin on “Wisting.”

She is set to return for the latest installment of “The Matrix.”

As Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne played the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar who gives Neo the pill showing him the reality of the Matrix.

The “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” alum appeared as Morpheus for the first time in 1999.

The Wachowskis reportedly asked Fishburne to draw inspiration for his performance from the character Morpheus who appears in Neil Gaiman’s comics “Sandman,” according to Gaiman’s blog.

Since “The Matrix,” the actor has starred alongside Reeves in the “John Wick” films as Bowery King.

The actor has also done a lot of work on television. He’s played Jack Crawford on “Hannibal,” Alex Haley on “Roots,” Nelson Mandela on “Madiba,” and the character Pops on “Grown-ish” and “Black-ish.”

He currently has four films in production (including “The Ice Road” with Liam Neeson) but he hasn’t been confirmed for “The Matrix 4.”

As Agent Smith, Hugo Weaving played one of the Matrix’s highly intelligent and sentient computers who tries to keep humans from freeing themselves.

Before the film, Hugo Weaving found success appearing in several TV mini-series throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

According to Weaving, one of the best parts about appearing in “The Matrix” was being able to add some humor to his role.

“I thought [Agent Smith] would be great fun to play. There’s definitely a light relief there. The heroes don’t have the ability to dip into humor. They’re trying to save the world,” Weaving said, reflecting on his character during a 2018 interview with Film Ink.

“I have much more scope with my character to be funny. You could see it in the writing – it attracted me to that character.”

Weaving went on to play villains in movies like “V for Vendetta” (2005) and “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011).

But in addition to playing villains, the actor is well-known for playing the elf Elrond in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” series.

His most recent films include “Hearts and Bones” (2019) and “Measure for Measure” (2019), and he’s currently working on the films “Lone Wolf” and “Loveland” slated to be released this year.

Joe Pantoliano took on the role of Cypher, a human who’d been freed by Morpheus but later betrayed him in order to get back into the Matrix.

Joe Pantoliano, who’d previously worked with the Wachowskis in the 1996 flick “Bound,” reunited with his “The Matrix” co-star Moss for “Memento” in 2000.

In recent years, Pantoliano has played Ralph Cifaretto on “The Sopranos” and Michael Gorski on “Sense8.”

Although it’s unclear if he’ll be back for the fourth “Matrix” film, the actor recently reprised his role as Captain Howard in “Bad Boys For Life” (2020).

He is currently working on three films including “Spring Break ’83.”

Switch, a freed human who was later a part of the Nebuchadnezzar crew, was played by Belinda McClory.

Prior to her role in “The Matrix,” Belinda McClory had several smaller parts on TV shows.

She played Kirsty Nichols on “Janus,” Wendy on “Simon De Beauvoir’s Babies,” and Sr. Const. Robyn Taylor on “Blue Heelers.”

“The Matrix” was the height of McClory’s career thus far, but she’s also known for starring in “Darklovestory” (2006) and “X” (2011).

Recently, the actress also played Alice Harvey on “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” series and subsequent TV movies.

Her most recent credit is “2099: The Soldier Person” (2019).

Mouse, a freed human and programmer aboard the Nebuchadnezzar, was played by Matt Doran.

Prior to his role in “The Matrix,” the Australian actor played Damian Roberts on the series “Home and Away” as well as Private Cooms in “The Thin Red Line” (1998).

Doran went on to play Elan Sleazebaggano in “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” (2002) and Malcolm in the 2006 remake of “Macbeth.”

He’s kept busy with smaller roles in recent years and is set to play Jake Galloway in the upcoming thriller “Intersection.”

Robert Taylor played another one of the sentient machines in “The Matrix,” named Agent Jones.

Another “Home and Away” star, Taylor played Nicholas Walsh on the popular Australian series before appearing in “The Matrix.”

He also played Dave Griffin in a number of “The Feds” TV-movie installments as well as Jack Cleary in “The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years” (1996).

The actor has kept busy over the decades, most notably playing the title role on the long-running series “Longmire.”

He is also known for having many movie roles, playing Skip Taylor in “Vertical Limit” (2000), Everett in “Rogue” (2007), and Heller in “The Meg” (2018).

Most recently he was in “Into the Ashes” (2019), “Blood Vessel” (2019), and on the series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.”

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Scarface Reveals Actor Faizon Love Has Coronavirus While Giving His Own Health Update

While the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the entire world, the world of sports and entertainment has been severely impacted, with two Houston Hip Hop artists becoming advocates for prevention and protection from the virus. Now, Scarface has come forth with some shocking news about the actor best known as “Big Worm.”

While giving an update about his own health during an Instagram Live with Ludacris, Scarface revealed that actor Faizon Love has also contracted COVID-19, but added that Love’s level of improvement is similar to that of his own.

Love, who is best known for his role as “Big Worm” in Ice Cube’s 1995 silver screen smash Friday, has yet to confirm to the public whether or not he has tested positive for the virus.

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Prince Charles to pay $2.5M for Harry and Meghan’s security costs

Prince Harry is getting his dad to fork over $2.5 million per year toward his post-Megxit US security costs that sparked a diplomatic spat with President Trump, according to a report.

Trump sternly insisted Harry and wife Meghan Markle “must pay” for their own security after jetting into their new life in California — with the couple insisting that “privately funded security arrangements have been made.”

Those arrangements are being fronted by Harry’s dad, the UK’s 71-year-old heir to the throne, Prince Charles, a royal source told the Daily Mail.

“Charles has agreed to pay a ‘private contribution’ to the Sussexes. It will not be revealed how much and what that is used for, but it is believed to be around £2 million,” the source said of what equates to just under $2.5 million.

“However, the Prince of Wales does not have an infinite amount of money,” the source said — while conceding his annual income from his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall, is around $26 million.

Page Six first reported on Friday that the couple left their $14 million bolthole in Canada and took a private jet with baby Archie to the Los Angeles area before the borders were closed amid the coronavirus crisis.

Meghan’s mother Doria lives in Los Angeles, and the 38-year-old former “Suits” star grew up there.

Their security bill is likely to be even higher than first thought because British cops are unable to carry guns in the US, meaning the couple needs to hire private guards, the Mail says.

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the report nor whether it meant UK taxpayers would no longer have to contribute towards any future bill, the Mail said.

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Phish Announce New Album, ‘Sigma Oasis’

During Phish’s second Dinner and a Move broadcast the band offered a surprise check-in via webcam and announced they would share a brand new studio album – Sigma Oasis – on Wednesday, April 1 (April Fools Day).

According to the band – they went into the studio last November and had been “working on it steadily ever since.”

The title comes from a newer Phish composition, which they debuted on Dec. 8, 2019 in North Charleston, SC and later reprised on Feb. 21, 2020 in Mexico.

The Sigma Oasis listening party will take place on LivePhish.com, SiriusXM and Phish’s social media channels at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 1.

“We hope that all of you will be joining us… We’re really proud of it,” keyboardist Page McConnell commented, adding that the album cover was shot by photographer Rene Huemer.

“We’re excited about the whole package… We miss you and we hope you are all in your own homes taking care of yourselves,” McConnell added.

“And in the meantime we have a new album to drop on you,” drummer Jon Fishman grinned.

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Watch Dave Grohl And Billie Joe Armstrong Perform In Their Living Rooms — Kerrang!

At home in Hawaii, Dave dedicated Foo Fighters’ legendary 1997 track My Hero “to all the people out there on the front lines, who are doing all they can to get us through this”, prefacing his performance by stating, “I hope you’re staying healthy. If you love someone let them know, if you’re thankful for someone, tell them.”

Read this next: 20 things you probably didn’t know about Dave Grohl

Meanwhile, Billie Joe performed Green Day’s 2004 smash single Boulevard Of Broken Dreams with a few cameos from his dogs in his living room in California.

I hope everybody’s happy and healthy – or trying to be as happy as possible,” he said, “I know it’s a really stressful time. But I just wanna say it’s an honour to be playing for everybody right now.”

Watch both beautiful stripped back performances below:

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Wallace Roney, Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso, Is Dead at 59 – The New York Times

In addition to his fiancée, a vocalist and educator whom he had known since high school, and his grandmother Rosezell, Mr. Roney is survived by his sister, Crystal Roney; a brother, the saxophonist Antoine Roney; two half sisters, April Petus and Marla Majett; a half brother, Michael Majett; a son, Wallace Vernell Roney, a trumpeter now on the rise on the New York scene; and a daughter, Barbara Roney. His marriage to Geri Allen, a noted pianist and frequent musical collaborator during Mr. Roney’s early career, ended in divorce.

In both 1979 and 1980, Mr. Roney won DownBeat magazine’s award for best young jazz musician of the year. A decade later, he pulled off a similar double victory: He was voted trumpeter to watch in back-to-back DownBeat critics’ polls in 1989 and 1990.

He attended both Howard University and Berklee College of Music before moving to New York City to pursue a career.

After years of lean times (jazz in particular was in a commercial slump for much of the 1980s), he received two separate calls within the same month inviting him to join the bands of Tony Williams and Art Blakey, both pre-eminent elder drummers. He spent years in both ensembles before his solo career took off.

Even in later years, Mr. Roney continued to balance his devotion to the greats of jazz’s past with an urge to make his own way. In 2014, he starred in the public debut of “Universe,” a large-ensemble suite that the saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote for Davis in the late 1960s, but that had never been performed.

“I see my music as an extension of ‘Nefertiti,’ ‘A Love Supreme,’ Tony Williams’s Lifetime, Herbie’s sextet and Miles’ last band,” Mr. Roney said in a 2004 interview with JazzTimes.

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Mega64antine (PREMIERE EPISODE) | Mega64

Well hello there! Bet you didn’t think you’d be seeing another podcast right now, but we’re doing a new bonus talk show every week while we’re in quarantine! This week, we talk about what life has been like, and tons of Nintendo news from the past week. Click here for the audio version!

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CMA Fest in Nashville 2020 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

CMA Fest 2020 canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Leimkuehler Nashville Tennessean
Published 2:12 PM EDT Mar 31, 2020

For the first time in nearly half-a-century, CMA Fest won’t be bringing country music’s biggest stars together in Nashville.  

On Tuesday, Country Music Association officials canceled the annual event due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus. Metro Nashville Public Health Department reported Tuesday at least 541 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, an increase from 443 cases reported Monday. 

CMA Fest, one of the largest country music events in the world and a summer staple in downtown Nashville, was scheduled for June 4-7.

The event returns June 10-13, 2021. 

“Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for country music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision,” a statement from CMA read.

The statement continued, “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and country music community.”

More: Bonnaroo 2020 postponed to September

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Ticketholders can seek a refund at the point of purchase or hold passes for the 2021 event. Issuing refunds may take 30 to 45 business days, per the CMA website. 

Drawing around 80,000 festivalgoers annually, most CMA Fest acts perform for free in clubs or on outdoor stages. Ticketed events to see top country music entertainers take place at Nissan Stadium and Ascend Amphitheater.

The event, known for decades as Fan Fair, earned a reputation for one-of-a-kind fan experiences, with many artists holding meet-and-greet sessions or intimate listening parties. 

Funds from CMA Fest benefit music education programs, per the Country Music Association website.

Past years welcomed festivalgoers from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries.

Self-described as the longest running country music festival in the world, CMA Fest generated an estimated $65 million in economic impact last year. 

In the coming weeks, CMA Fest organizers said they hope to announce future events and alternative ways to support individuals impacted by the coronavirus. 

“… we will continue to bring Country fans and artists together to celebrate the unique spirit and sense of unity that is at the heart of what CMA Fest stands for,” the statement said. 

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**Press Release**Bob Marley: Legacy Documentary Series Continues With Episode Two – Women Rising ‘KEEP ON MOVING’ EP OUT NOW

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2020 — In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bob Marley: Legacy mini-documentary series continues with episode two: ‘Women Rising.‘ The moving and empowering short premiered today on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with Rita Marley,also known as Bob Marley’s wife and the matriarch of the Marley Family, whose strength and character is an inspiration for people around the world. Rita was an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in Bob Marley’s life, guardian of his legacy, and a member of the Iconic Reggae Group I-Threes. Mrs. Marley is also the founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, which works to eradicate poverty and hunger while empowering communities in Ghana and Jamaica. Her life’s work epitomizes integrity and grace. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bob Marley: Legacy mini-documentary series continues with episode two: ‘Women Rising.’ The moving and empowering short premiered today on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with Rita Marley, also known as Bob Marley’s wife and the matriarch of the Marley Family, whose strength and character is an inspiration for people around the world, as well as Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes and more!
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bob Marley: Legacy mini-documentary series continues with episode two: ‘Women Rising.’ The moving and empowering short premiered today on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with Rita Marley, also known as Bob Marley’s wife and the matriarch of the Marley Family, whose strength and character is an inspiration for people around the world, as well as Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes and more!

Bob Marley: Legacy Episode 2 – Women Rising’ also features Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes, Mystic Marley, Donisha Prendergast, academic and writer Isis Semaj-Hall, former activist, campaigner and former councilor Seyi Akiwowo and Stella Dadzie writer & historian, Kim Walker, photographer, and more championing women and the messages in Bob Marley’s music. Watch ‘Women Rising’ HERE

Last month’s episode, Bob Marley: Legacy Episode 1 75 Years A Legend,’ a refreshing and cinematic journey through the life, legacy and relevance that Bob Marley still holds in this present day is also available now on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel.

The documentary follows the EP release of Keep On Moving, which features an extended and radio mix and an exclusive mix from Sly & Robbie. Listen to Keep On Moving EP HERE.



In other news, due to recent CDC restrictions and guidelines The BeachLife Festival has been postponed until further notice. Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley will be performing together at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on August 19 (Tickets here) and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on August 20 (Tickets here).

In this digital era, Bob Marley remains one of the most followed posthumous artists on social media, and MARLEY75 will serve to bring his music and message to the digital foreground, reaching new audiences and perspectives with innovative content and groundbreaking technology. Special live events, exclusive digital content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures will also be revealed throughout the year. Bob Marley’s music continues to inspire generation upon generation, as his legacy lives on through his message of love, justice and unity, a sentiment needed more than ever in 2020. In conjunction with Tuff Gong and UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, the Marley family will continue to ensure the highest quality, integrity and care is taken to honor Bob’s legacy and to celebrate one of the 20th century’s most important and influential figures.

Tune in and subscribe to the Official Bob Marley YouTube channel here for more upcoming content celebrating Bob’s legacy and contribution to the world.

Additional information on MARLEY75 events will be revealed soon.



Bob Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions. Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 70 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide. His iconic collection LEGEND holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley.

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