05:05 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 05/24/2013 08:35AM
To the moon, Leo!
An unnamed bidder at Thursday night's amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity auction paid $1.5 million for a trip into outer space with Leonardo DiCaprio during the group's 20th anniversary gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc.
A few minutes later, after a lot of encouragement from guest emcee Sharon Stone, another couple paid $2.3 for two seats on the same Virgin Galactic voyage. All told, the evening brought in $25 million for the cause, up from $11 million last year.
All three astronauts will spend three days in training with DiCaprio in Texas and then sit next to him when they blast into the stratosphere aboard one of Sir Richard Branson's new fleet of spaceships.
Originally posted 10/06/2012 05:00PM
If there were a class on How To Survive Pop Stardom 101, John Taylor didn't take it.
With his band Duran Duran, the bassist went from teen music geek to international pin-up almost overnight with '80s hits like "Rio" and "Girls on Film." But during the height of his fame, "I didn't know how to turn on the off switch," says Taylor, now 52.
As he recounts in his new memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran, Taylor became dependent on drugs – specifically, cocaine and Ecstasy – and alcohol, losing a decade to hard partying, band turmoil and failed relationships before going to rehab in 1994.
Originally posted 11/08/2007 09:20AM
Originally posted 06/29/2007 04:45PM
Sunday's Concert for Diana will feature one of the late princess's favorite bands: Duran Duran. So what was it like having the world's most famous royal as a fan?
Originally posted 10/13/2004 04:00PM
The hair. The makeup. The girls on film. In the '80s, Duran Duran was the ultimate crush band for legions of teenage girls (and Princess Di), adored for its racy videos, synth-driven sound and relentless New Romantic foppery. Hearts broke when the group splintered in 1986 – but now it's time to bring back the eyeliner. The Fab Five, all fortysomething dads, regrouped to play sold-out concerts last year from London to L.A. to Tokyo, and just released the CD Astronaut. (And true to form, they took 3-½ hours for hair, makeup and styling before this photo shoot.) Singer Simon LeBon, 45, bassist John Taylor, 44, drummer Roger Taylor, 44, guitarist Andy Taylor, 43, and keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 42, talked to PEOPLE about reuniting, raising adolescent kids and regretting fashion faux pas.
Originally posted 08/13/2004 06:00AM
Bachelor alum and Bachelorette-to-be Jen Schefft wasn't always so enthusiastic about finding love on reality TV. In the fall of 2002, while watching Aaron Buerge on the first season of The Bachelor with pal Michelle Kaminski, Schefft said, "God help me if I need to go on a dating show to meet a guy." Though she watched avidly, "I thought to myself, 'Who are these girls?' and 'Why would they do this?' " she tells us. But after Kaminski convinced her to apply and producers contacted her, Schefft was on her way. As for her broken engagement to Andrew Firestone following her first go on The Bachelor, Schefft says she's moved on: "There's a time period that you're sad and don't want to deal with relationships. And then you start to feel like yourself again – I'm definitely ready to find someone and start over."
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