12:27 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 06/06/2013 11:20AM
He's always been a little out of this world.
But soon, Justin Bieber – and his manager, Scooter Braun – will physically leave terra firma and head to space on a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic, according to Virgin founder Richard Branson.
"Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" Branson wrote Wednesday on Twitter – a message that Bieber then re-Tweeted to his 40 million followers.
The pop star, 19, who has had his share of troubles on Earth of late, has often dreamed of going to space. He has even said he'd like to do a concert there, an idea to which NASA seemed amenable.
Originally posted 05/27/2013 01:15PM
It's that time of year again – graduation!
As college graduates move on the next stage of their lives, they're sent into the real world with an overabundance of advice.
But luckily, some of it comes from some very famous faces in the shape of commencement speeches.
Before applying to jobs or landing your dream apartment, listen to what Amy Poehler, Melinda Gates, Stephen Colbert, First Lady Michelle Obama and more have to say:
Originally posted 05/22/2013 08:05AM
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink – or flush.
Olivia Wilde, Bono and Richard Branson are the latest stars to sign on in support of Matt Damon's toilet strike to raise awareness about the global water crisis – in a hilarious PSA.
"We won't go to the bathroom until everyone in the world has access to clean water and sanitation," the trio says.
Originally posted 04/25/2013 07:00AM
Joe Jonas and his lady are flying high.
The singer, along with girlfriend Blanda Eggenschwiler, joined Richard Branson at 35,000 feet on Monday to celebrate the launch of Virgin America's new route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
"They were very cute together," an onlooker says of the couple. "They sat next to each other all night, and he never left her side."
Originally posted 12/27/2012 11:55AM
When Kate Winslet began dating Ned Rocknroll just over a year ago, little was known about the man she secretly married earlier this month.
From his peculiar last name, his famous uncle and a job in the space-travel industry, here are five things you should know about the man who swept Winslet off her feet:
Originally posted 12/26/2012 09:10PM
Talk about a Titanic secret.
Kate Winslet has tied the knot with Richard Branson's nephew, Ned Rocknroll, her rep tells PEOPLE.
"I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rock'nRoll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family," the rep says. "The couple had been engaged since the summer."
According to British media reports, Leonardo DiCaprio gave away the bride in a ceremony so secret that the bride and groom's parents didn't know about it.
Originally posted 03/20/2012 09:15AM
Here's one way of getting away from it all: sub-orbit the solar system. And Ashton Kutcher is all ready to don his astronaut suit.
"Great news today from our Astronaut Relations team at Virgin Galactic: our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher," Virgin Galactic's founder, Richard Branson, trumpeted on his blog Monday.
Added the entrepreneur, "I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself."
Originally posted 10/21/2011 07:45PM
When Kate Winslet was abruptly awakened in Richard Branson's Caribbean home to screams of "fire!", she admits she didn't react entirely predictably.
"It was genuinely very scary. We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to yelling that there was a fire," she told the host of The Graham Norton Show, which airs on BBC America on Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.
"I jumped up and ran immediately towards the fire but then realized we might die so turned around, told my children to go in and shut the door and then thought, 'Now what do I do?' "
Originally posted 10/19/2011 11:15AM
Looks like she's part of the family!
Kate Winslet was on the arm of her new boyfriend, Ned Rocknroll, at Monday's grand opening of his Uncle Richard Branson's commercial spaceport in New Mexico.
The couple, who have been linked since meeting in August at Branson's Necker Island home, were photographed at the opening ceremony, during which Branson repelled from a balcony and swigged champagne, the Associated Press reports.
The British billionaire was launching Spaceport America in a remote New Mexico desert. It's the site from which he plans to stage his commercial space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, which employs Ned.
Winslet, 35, and Rocknroll, who legally changed his name from Ned Abel Smith, 33, also have been spotted together in London.
Originally posted 09/23/2011 11:35AM
Talk about sparks flying!
Kate Winslet not only escaped a house fire while vacationing at Richard Branson's Caribbean home last month, but apparently found chemistry with Branson's nephew "Ned Rocknroll," who was also staying on Necker Island at the time.
Though the recent Emmy winner, 35, was staying at Branson's home with her two children – Mia, 10, and Joe, 7 – and boyfriend at the time, model Louis Dowler, when she left the island to return to New York, it was Ned who accompanied her, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
It was an eventful trip for Winslet, who rescued Branson's 90-year-old mother from the blaze that destroyed the business mogul's vacation home.
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