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It's been almost a year since a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in the French capital left 130 people dead and dozens more injured.

The horrifying events of November 13, which sent shock waves throughout Paris and the wider world, ultimately resulted in the declaration of a three-month state of emergency across France.

And today, Sting has announced that on the eve of the attacks' one-year anniversary, he will be re-opening the Bataclan Theatre which saw the slaughter of 89 concert-goers attending an Eagles of Death Metal gig on the night.

Sharing a photo of the iconic Parisian venue on Twitter, Sting wrote: "Exclusive concert in Paris for re-opening of @le_bataclan just announced for Sat., Nov. 12. Details/ticket info at http://www.sting.com."

The acclaimed star released further details on his website and was eager to explain the motivation behind his decision to take to the stage on the eve of the anniversary.

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile." he began.

"First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents."

"In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them," he wrote.

It has been confirmed that all revenue from the show will be donated to Life For Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternité Verité.



John Carney's newest offering Sing Street is already generating a huge Irish buzz ahead of its release this week, but it's been making waves on the other side of the pond too.

The film, set in 1980s Dublin and telling the story of an awkward teen (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who starts his own band to impress a girl (Lucy Boynton), has been doing the international film festival circuit over the last few months – and it happened to catch the eye of one very famous rapper.

After seeing Sing Street over in the US, hip-hop legend Jay-Z was apparently so impressed that he personally made contact with Carney.

"John [Carney] got an email from Jay-Z to say he loved the movie," 16-year-old Walsh-Peelo told the Irish Independent this week.

And it seems Bey's husband wasn't the only musician who was impressed with the film, which features tunes from bands like Duran Duran, The Cure and Spandau Ballet.

"[At the premiere] Sting was sitting next to me… apparently he loved the movie," Walsh-Peelo added.

Sing Street doesn't get its official cinema release here until March 17, but it was the opening film for last month's Jameson Dublin Film Festival, and it received a massive standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah back in January.

"It’s kind of a memoir of my days in school, and a school band back in the Eighties in Dublin," says Carney.

Check out the trailer below:



Parents to three young children, they've been together for six years – not to mention engaged since 2012.

And today – finally! – 33-year-old model Jacqui Ainsley married film director Guy Ritchie, 46, in a lavish ceremony attended by the crème de la crème of showbiz. 

Social media snaps show that the bride looked stunning in an A-line lace dress and floral headband.


Beautiful Bride Strikes a Pose… #jaxguyjuly @jacquiainsley @guyritchie #GoodFriends #Inspired

A photo posted by Luca Calvani (@lucalvani) on

There to witness their Big Day are the likes of Brad Pitt and ­Angelina Jolie as well as George and Amal Clooney, who themselves married less than a year ago.

Sting and wife Trudie Styler arrived this afternoon, as did Jemima Khan, Gwyneth Paltrow and David Beckham – all three of whom appear to be attendance without a plus-one. 

Producer Matthew Vaughn, who worked with Guy on Snatch and Lock, Stock, and his wife Claudia Schiffer also witnessed the happy couple tie the knot earlier today.

Celebrations are currently kicking off, with chef Jamie Oliver doing the food with the reception – which is being held at Ashcombe House, the couple's sprawling country estate in Wiltshire in south west England.

The wedding seems to have a music festival feel to it, with teepees and tents set up around the grounds. 

A source told The Mirror earlier this week: “The guest list is jaw-dropping. It’s like the Oscars. If even half of them come, it will be the party of the year.

“There are marquees being set up in the gardens and food by Jamie’s chefs. It’s going to be amazing.

“Guy is well connected and liked, so it’s no surprise there are so many people invited to his wedding.”

Guy's eight-year marriage to Madonna famously ended in 2008. He and Jacqui have three children – Rafael, three, Rivka, two, and Levi, one, while Guy also has two sons, Rocco and David, from his first marriage.



We’re swooning.