George Michael has been released from hospital and is flying back to England today. The 48-year-old pop star has been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the AKH clinic in Vienna, Austria, for weeks but after making a recovery from the illness he was discharged from the medical center at 8:00am and was taken straight to the airport so he can be at home for Christmas.
"He's feeling a lot better. He's doing so well, he's able to fly again," said a hospital staff member told Austrian newspaper Osterreich.
Yesterday, the singer's doctors revealed he was feeling much better and had responded well to treatment. Christoph Zielinski - one of his doctors - said, "We know he's doing fine and we are generally optimistic."
Last week, the singer's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz claimed the pop superstar would be flying back to England for Christmas: "Christmas at home. I cannot stop smiling today, the best day ever. He is getting better and better. Nothing to worry about, happy days."
George had to cancel all the remaining shows on his Symphonica Tour when he fell ill in November.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been enjoying a festive holiday in Canada.
The Gossip Girl actress and the 35-year-old hunk - who have been dating since October - were spotted in the west coast city of Vancouver where they went out for dinner with his family on Monday night. The following day the romantic pair were spotted stopping at Benny's Bagels, where they were "really friendly" but kept to themselves.
It is not the first time Ryan and Blake - who split with Leonardo DiCaprio after five months of dating earlier this year - have been spotted out and about; in October they enjoyed an intimate dinner in Boston while he was there working on movie R.I.P.D.
Kirsten Dunst has had the restraining order against her alleged stalker extended. The actress' current order against Frenchman Jean Christophe Prudhon was due to expire yesterday, but Los Angeles Judge Carol Boas Goodson increased it until a new hearing on January 9.
Kirsten and her lawyers are trying to get a new three-year restraining order placed against Prudhon, who was served with the papers in his native France yesterday. Prudhon had written over 50 letters to the Kirsten and even went to her mother's home in an effort to meet her.
According to her mother, Prudhon left "dozens of letters at my home, describing his obsession with my daughter." The letters were "frightening and harassing." In one of his letters he said he sold his home in France so that he could follow the actress in the hopes of meeting her while she travelled. "This is not the right/accepted way to do but honesty and directness, I have no other way," he wrote.
Kris Humphries was booed as he returned to the basketball court last night.
The 26-year-old sportsman received a harsh reception from the 20,000-strong crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden as he played his first pre-season game since splitting from Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce in October after just 72 days of marriage.
Kris was a free agent during the summer before signing an $8 million deal this week to return to NBA side the New Jersey Nets - and he admitted his time with the 31-year-old socialite had been a "learning experience." When asked what was different when he was last with the team in April, he said, "Well, there is a lot less paparazzi here. I definitely had a lot going on. It was a learning experience. I hadn't been through anything like that before. Life just happens. As long as you're focused and pay attention to life, everything is easier. I learned that I put my faith in God, my family and basketball. I feel now like I'm home again."
Michael Douglas' son Cameron has been sentenced to an extra four and a half years in prison.
Cameron, 32, was originally serving five years after he pled guilty to possession and dealing methamphetamine and cocaine in April, but his time in jail has now been almost doubled after he repeatedly violated prison rules by arranging to get drugs while in custody.
Judge Richard Berman cited four different occasions in which Cameron's lawyer smuggled narcotics into prison for him in her bra when announcing the extended sentence. He also recommended Cameron is sent to a prison facility that can offer him drug treatment and mental health care. Speaking in court, Cameron said, "I cannot seem to find comfort within my own skin. I feel ashamed. I feel defeated."
The DJ and actor- who asked for the judge to send him to rehab to deal with the situation "medically" - has previously told the judge of a wish to turn his life around and become an entertainer: "I am sorry for my family and my loved ones for putting them through this nightmare of my making. I ask for an opportunity to be a role model to my younger brothers and sisters."
Debra Messing has split with her husband.
The Will and Grace star ended her 11 year marriage to producer Daniel Zelman earlier this year, but the pair remain close and committed to their seven-year-old son Roman. "They privately separated earlier this year. The decision was mutual and they remain supportive of one another and committed to raising their son as a family," her representative said.
Despite their break-up, Debra and Daniel - who met on their first day at New York University in 1990 - still live together. "They have been separated the better part of the year but continue to live together in New York for Roman. It's very amicable," a source said.
Debra has previously claimed the reason they stayed together was because they met when they were young and grew as a couple. "I think we're lucky we met really young when we were both students and hopeful about the future and excited by the romance of the struggle then. I think we just have a real respect for each other as individuals, and I think we're lucky as we grew up together we grew closer instead of further away. Our goals and priorities and perspectives became more in line with each other than when we first met," she said.
Britney Spears is engaged.
The pop star's boyfriend Jason Trawick was expected to propose tonight, but surprised her by doing it last night, and will celebrate her saying yes by throwing a huge party at the Chocolate Lounge and Sugar Factory in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
"OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I've been waiting for. Can't wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo(sic)," she wrote on her Twitter.
At the party will be a giant chocolate fondue fountain and chocolate truffle cigars, before they will head off to the Chateau nightclub, TMZ.com reports.
Jason - who has been dating Britney for two years - asked permission from her father Jamie before getting down and one knee. The singer, who has been married twice before, will need to get a judge to formally sign off the marriage as she continues to be under the conservatorship of her father after a public breakdown more than three years ago.
Jennifer Aniston has admitted trying Botox injections. The 42-year-old actress laughed off speculation she regularly has the wrinkle-smoothing treatments, but acknowledged she has had the procedure in the past, though she thought it looked "ridiculous."
"People think that I do a lot of [Botox] injections, but I don't. I'm not saying that I haven't tried it but I see how it's a slippery slope. All that cosmetic stuff looks ridiculous on me," she said.
The Friends With Benefits star also admitted she has started taking extra precautions when out in the sun after noticing the way her appearance is changing with age: "I've started getting those little sun spots. Things are beginning to pop out. Even the texture of my skin is changing. So I've recently started zapping the spots and getting spray tans whenever I can. And I've graduated to using SPF 60 sunblock when I'm on the beach."
Hugh Hefner had "mixed emotions" about Lindsay Lohan posing for Playboy.
The Mean Girls actress appears on the front cover of this month's edition of the raunchy men's magazine, but its founder admits he wasn't convinced with the idea at first.
"It really came as a surprise to me. I kind of had mixed emotions about it initially, and then it turned into something bigger than life. I wasn't quite sure where she was at in her life, obviously. It depends on whether it's Tuesday or Thursday," Hugh said.
Hugh also revealed how Lindsay, 24, and her family were initially reluctant for her to appear in the spread naked and had to assure them the pictures would be shot in a classy way. The 85-year-old lothario told E! News, "I think it was essentially mama and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity. And I said, 'We're doing a nude pictorial here. We're going to do it in a very classy way and we're going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten.' I think it was accomplished beyond anything I could have possibly imagined. People will not forget this pictorial."
Angelina Jolie has admitted she could have another child. The actress and her partner Brad Pitt already raise six kids together - Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - and although she isn't making plans to either adopt again or give birth to another baby, she admits it isn't an impossible prospect.
When asked whether she wants to expand her brood, she told Marie Claire, "Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don't know. I could end up pregnant."
The In the Land of Blood and Honey director also praised Brad and credits him with changing her outlook on life completely. The 36-year-old actress insists the 47-year-old actor is the "love" of her life and she can't imagine ever being without him: "[Brad] has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I've learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and wellbeing comes before your own. I'm very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn't have that without him."
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