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Met Gala 2023: Pearls, diamonds and felines



Stars have arrived at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual event, honouring Karl Lagerfeld

The last of the Met Gala attendees have arrived on the red – or cream – carpet for fashion’s biggest night of the year.

The annual charity event is hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This year’s hosts are Penelope Cruz, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, Michaela Michaela Coel and Chairwoman of the Met Gala, Anna Wintour.

The event raises money for the Museum, and tickets are rumoured to cost upwards of $50,000 per head.

Dua Lipa spoke to Variety about the significance of her look and, more importantly, the diamond hanging around her neck.

It’s a Tiffany diamond, which Lipa says “hasn’t been seen before”.

The 2023 theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” and guests honoured the iconic designer with pearls, chic dresses and capes.

Lagerfeld was a German fashion designer, creative director, artist and photographer.

He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position held from 1983 until his death in 2019.

Some celebrities have criticised the Lagerfeld theme – calling attention to the many controversies he was involved in.

Lagerfeld frequently offered unsolicited critiques of other public figures like Adele, who he called “too fat,” and Heidi Klum, who he called “too heavy.”

The late designer’s cat did not make an appearance tonight, as some had hoped, but that didn’t stop several of the Met Gala guests adding a feline element to their outfits in the cat’s honour.

Jarred Leto took this a step further, wearing a full cat costume.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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