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Hollywood, the most powerful film industry in the world, has produced so many female characters with such great potential. Princess Leia. Kathy Selden. Roslyn Taber. Janine Melnitz. Trinity. owyn. April O’Neil. Sylvia Landry. Dr. Zira. The entire leading cast of Bridesmaids. Characters like these have so many excellent qualities.

But through the necessities of mainstream narrative film structure, those characters were given the fate of so many other female characters, even though it wasn’t the primary purpose of their stories-romance.

It is a purpose that so many female characters have to fulfill by the end of movies, even when the characters are kids.

It’s even worse when you almost get to the end of a movie with actual hope that it could be otherwise, but then comes the kiss-I for one was hopeful for Wai Lin the first time I saw Tomorrow Never Dies. To the movie’s credit though, I was more na ve at the time, and although my ability to read women was better then than it is now (wow-on my final revision of this article I just realized the supreme irony of that), it still wasn’t any good.

This kind of thing happens to male characters as well, but it more often perfunctorily happens to female characters. Even when a story isn’t about romance, women are so much more tied in movies to their relationships. Some of these stories are very significant, such as Angela Bassett’s Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It or Annette Bening’s Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty. But regardless of how good, significant, or even accurate these movies are-and some of them really are great-when there isn’t a variety of other kinds of stories to balance those stories out, there is a problem. Women should just be people with the same amounts of representations available to them as men.

I’m not saying that relationships or other romantic encounters diminish anyone, but there is so much more to female humans than what they go through while dealing with romance. That’s just one category of the human experience. In the case of women, even being “badass” is often just a precursor to romance, a wall that the character puts up only to be eventually taken down by the leading man. Even if the wall isn’t removed, such as with the Black Widow in The Avengers, that character is still arguably in a relationship with some of the eyes in the audience.

I know others have written about many of the things I’ll be addressing in this article and with more complexity, but I think it’s good to remind ourselves what characters we’re cheering for, especially when it comes to our daily interactions with Hollywood, the largest media industry on the planet.

So click “next” for 13 great female characters who are tremendously interesting on their own in many different ways, and don’t need to end up in a romantic encounter by the end of the movie. Not to say that all unromantic female characters are interesting by default, but these characters really are characters to revere.

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Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West gets an honorable mention here. Her viciousness and indignation are just awesome, refreshing, and mesmerizing to watch.

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Troy Sean Bean

Yes, here we are again. After writing the first article, I began thinking about other great actors that I had left out of the list for one reason or another. After a while I realised that there was actually a few. It seems that we sometimes forget how fallible great actors are and are prepared to forget their bad roles.

So here’s another list, but with a condition this time around- no actors from the first list can end up in this list. I know that some on the first list have plenty more that could be set on a pedestal to demonstrate as a bad movie, but this is going to look further afield.

And with that in mind, and a spoiler warning, let us commence!

In no particular order…

7. Judi Dench As Aereon In The Chronicles Of Riddick

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The Chronicles of Riddick is what often happens when you make a sequel from a relatively simple original movie. Pitch Black was a very clever horror movie concept and it worked extremely well. The trouble was that a sequel couldn’t be the same thing all over again, nor could it have the same intimate chemistry the first one enjoyed. So the sequel decided to introduce all sorts of new concepts, including a whole new plethora of races- many of which had names that were, frankly laughable (seriously Furyan? Or Necromongers? Are these truly the best that the writers could think up?) as well as new worlds and a frankly bizarre aesthetic.

For all this exposition to be thrown at the film, the writing would have had to be good for it to seem like a compelling movie. Alas, it is anything but as the movie seems to lurch forward with really slow talking sections between action scenes.

Judi Dench in the movie is not so much good or bad as just plain confusing. I genuinely think that though she puts in an ok performance she is a minus for the movie simply because she doesn’t feel like she belongs there. The Chronicles of Riddick was never going to be a A-grade action film and having someone like Dench in it somehow stops your belief from being suspended. Instead she just reminds you of what dross you are actually watching.

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There many different locations in the WWE universe that have garnered much respect. We have the sacred ground of Madison Square Garden, the Allstate arena in Chicago and the Boston Garden. But out of all locations WWE has been, there’s nothing more fun than when WWE goes to “Bizarro World” in Toronto Air Canada Center.. And it’s only fitting that the bizarre one Goldust returns this past Monday from Toronto to avenge his brother attempting to get Cody’s job back against the WWE champion, Randy Orton.

The night begins with the returning WWE Hall of Famer Edge coming home to Toronto and the company. The Rated R Superstar comes back to a racous reaction. He says that he loves being back but it wasn’t of his own accord. Edge says he was mandated by Triple H to have a reunion with his old partner not Christian but is Team Rated RKO teammate Randy Orton. He then goes on to say that Randy sucks calling him boring, he doesn’t care how he got the title bringing up he was the blueprint of the Money in the Bank . But he does think Randy is hiding behind the Shield and instead of something that Hunter thinks is best for business. The ultimate opportunist asked the audience who they want to see and they give him a hint and he introduces Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan comes out and Edge says how much he admires his will to fight bringing up their similar paths. Edge says the fans love him and Edge respects him and regardless of what the COO wants. The Hall of Famer says he doesn’t know if he can win the title this Sunday but he knows he’s going to keep fighting. Bryan says yes he will win the title, and he will become the new face of the WWE.

Randy Orton comes out and says it’s a shame that Edge has become such a sad shell of former self and having to come to a town like Toronto to feel like he is somebody again. Edge responds with a great line with the Orton bloodline saying that his father had that injured arm for years and he has no spine being a puppet of Triple H. Eventually the COO comes out to answer the comments of the 13 Time World Champion. Hunter says that if he has something to say say to his face. Edge comes back and says that he knows Triple H can’t see talent despite the nose on his face bringing up John Cena, Chris Jericho can himself. The leader of the WWE boardroom comments that he made a few mistakes and maybe Daniel Bryan will prove him wrong. Then the COO announces the main event as Dean Ambrose will battle Daniel Bryan in the main event with The Shield in one corner and the Big Show in the other. Triple H comments to Edge it is easy to say something when you can’t do anything physical. The Shield brings out a beaten up Christian on the stage, Edge coming to his friend on the ramp screaming for help.

(I love the fact they used Tony Chimmel for the introduction. He always sounded like he was getting goosed by somebody. Everybody was great in that segment. I’m not sure what that says about Christian and his future. I imagine something will happen this week on Smackdown as Edge is scheduled to appear on the show and given the backstage segment next with Hunter I think it’s not going to be reeking of awesomeness thanks to the corporate machine.)

Action begins with Kofi Kingston winning a match by DQ after Curtis Axel goes a little crazy not breaking by the five count. Heyman, who looks a little haggard, freaks out about his prot g losing thinking of the ramifications for Sunday. As Axel looks to go back after Kingston, the tables get turned and Kofi hits the Trouble in Paradise knocking out Curtis to the dismay of Paul Heyman.

After the match, we find Paul Heyman has slipped backstage he goes to the trainers room. WWE staff try to look at Heyman’s leg but Paul says he has his own doctor to examine him.

We see a recap of the Big Show closing last week’s show. Booker T was backstage trying to convince big show do the right thing for business and his kids and don’t go crazy during the main event. Telling him to be professional.

(I’ve got a question, what the hell does Booker T do now and why the hell is he backstage? He isn’t the GM, he is not a commentator anymore or an agent. What is he doing there? They haven’t explained it This is two weeks in a row this has happened is he somehow the corporate liaison or something?)

They play the first Goldust memory video package of the night. Great work by the WWE production staff on those.

Things definitely take a turn for the bizarre as Bray Wyatt defeats Dolph Ziggler with the Sister Abigail. While I can understand elevating the level of competition, what does this say about the future of Dolph? From what I can remember he is supposed to have US title match with Dean Ambrose this Sunday right? Anyone who thought that the Show Off would get back up to the top the card might want to rethink that.

After another Goldust video package, we see Paul Heyman now on crutches hobbled down to the ring with Curtis Axel in tow alongside another gentleman. Heyman gets into the ring and says he didn’t trust socialized medicine so he always has a personal physician with him. He reveals the unknown man to be Dr. Kirshenbaum and says that he has torn ligaments in his knee and will have to pull out of the match this Sunday at Night of Champions. This brings out Brad Maddox along with WWE head physician Dr. Michael Sampson. Maddox says that in order for Heyman to be taken out of the match he has to have an evaluation done by WWE medical staff. Sampson gives the proper tests and says Heyman is fit to compete on pay-per-view. Heyman begins to argue with the general manager when CM Punk’s music hits. Punk with Singapore cane in hand takes out Curtis Axel while Heyman magically his healed running into the crowd. This leads Dr. Kirshenbaum to face the wrath of Punk who proceeds to beat the holy hell out of this guy.

(Overall great segment, very old-school presentation but you have to assume that if Punk doesn’t get some type of retribution Sunday this can’t go on for much longer keep the same level of energy. I can see a scenario where Heyman is taken out leading to the return of Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. And while I respect the continuity with the Triple H storyline, I still find it odd that the corporate regime are babyfaces when it comes to Paul Heyman. it really does make me wonder if the antiestablishment CM Punk may be looking to do what’s best for business sooner rather than later.)

A feisty AJ Lee joins the commentary team and holds her own with Jerry “The King” Lawler watching The Total Divas and her challengers this Sunday (Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi) defeat Aksana, Alicia Fox and Layla in a short match. I don’t imagine AJ will be walking out of Detroit with the Divas Title .

Another Goldust video package is shown

Alberto Del Rio defeats R Truth with the Cross Arm Breaker. Before the match, they did a box promo with Rob saying that Alberto was not cool to be world heavyweight champion and it would not be about ADR anymore it would be about RVD. The crowd was rather vocal chanting about everything and anything during this match. Alberto Del Rio even did a pec bounce to mess with them chanting RVD. Not a bad match nothing to write home about, though.

They announce a tag team turmoil gauntlet to determine the number contender’s to the Shield’s tag titles this Sunday at the free Night of Champions kickoff show with the match for the titles being later in the night. The teams are 3MB ( I guess they will choose which two members compete as it showed all three in the graphic) Tons of Funk, The Real Americans, and Usos. Very surprised if the PTP do not when the shot and the titles.

Zeb Colter cuts a promo on the Canadian fans when who would return but Santino, who has recovered neck surgery. Antonio basically beats the hell out of the returning Italian-Russian-Canadian. Cesaro does an amazing sbig wing for a long time during this match which is something you need to see. Antonio neutralizes the Cobra but can’t stop falling prey to a quick rollup for the win.

(I don’t know what’s the problem with WWE making Cesaro the butt of the joke. It is what it is I guess.)

The Miz battled Damien Sandow. Fandango came out distracting the Miz giving Sandow a rare victory. Still wondering what is going on with the future of everybody in the segment. The Miz was a part of the main storyline with the corporate authority. However, that was quickly dropped. Sandow finally gets the victory with the help of Fandango no less, so who knows what they’re planning. If anything.

Ryback battles RVD in a battle of the airbrushed attire. Van Dam is introduced by his numero uno amigo Ricardo Rodriguez.

(Side note: Someone explain to me why Ryback, now has a bear trap in his lower tron. I know they call him a wrecking ball so what is with the bear trap? )

Alberto del Rio comes out before the match basically says that Rob Van dam will not be champion and that he will remain champion and that Ricardo makes him sick.

The match itself a lot better than I expected. Ryback and RVD has pretty good chemistry but it’s pretty short. Ryback gets disqualified for crotching him on the ring post. After that Ryback hits the Shellshock. This was weird, that there was no other interaction with ADR at all during the match. Nothing of him smiling after Ryback destroyed his opponent for this Sunday. Strange, just strange.

Ren Young interviews Goldust who says he has been the family screw up over the years and tonight is the time to put things right. He has had multiple chances in the company and it’s time that Cody gets his second chance. Cody did not deserve to get fired by Triple H being overrun with power. He said he was going to make his family proud tonight and that they will never forget the name of Rhodes. Triple H interrupts and says he has a lot of pressure on him tonight to save his brothers job saying good luck and I hope doesn’t screw it up.

I like that segment as it told a great story leading into the match. While the contest was not the technical classic, you would’ve seen from Rhodes a decade ago it was still a solid contest. it told a really great story in the end the Golden child of Dusty Rhodes came up short as his current call comes from an RKO. After the match , the WWE champion gloats that the dreams of Cody Rhodes are shattered.

Come back from a Los Matadores commercial, and Stephanie add salt to the wounds calling Dustin a loser and an embarrassment to the family while telling him to say hi to his dad for before telling him to leave the building.

This definitely gives more fuel to the Cody coming back as a top babyface for the company. They fired him , humiliated him and his family if they don’t do something with them they’re missing out on a big opportunity.

(I’m really surprised he didn’t do a Booker T segment with him, talking about the match and how it’s not worth it.)

Ryback battles RVD in a battle of the airbrushed attire. Van Dam is introduced by his numero uno amigo Ricardo Rodriguez.

(Side note: Someone explain to me why Ryback, now has a bear trap in his lower tron. I know they call him a wrecking ball so why did the bear trap make any sense)

Alberto del Rio comes out before the match basically says that Rob Van Dam will not be champion and that he will remain champion and that Ricardo makes him sick.

The match itself a lot better than I expected. Ryback and RVD has pretty good chemistry but it’s pretty short. Ryback gets disqualified for crotching him on the ring post. After that Ryback hits the Shellshock. This was weird that there was no other interaction with ADR at all during the match. Nothing of him smiling after Ryback destroyed his opponent for this Sunday. Strange, just strange.

Big Show is walking to the ring for the main event when he stopped by Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that she doesn’t want chaos in her main event. She says that the Giant cannot touch any member of the Shield otherwise he will be fired. And she says big show has a special chair at ringside in Daniel Bryan’s corner.

The match itself was pretty good as Daniel Bryan fought off the Hounds of Justice as Big Show cheered on from ringside. They really cut down on the melodrama from last week. In the end Daniel Bryan pulled out a victory with a small package. It really made Daniel Bryan look way more formidable battling Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose after the contest, Randy Orton makes his way to the ring as the Shield once again triple team Daniel again as Big Show watches on . Triple H comes out and wants him to give the knockout punch to Daniel Bryan again. Big Show refuses but then reenters the ring. Orton barks orders to the World’s Largest Athlete telling him to pick him up and punch him. Show says no and the two get an argument. The Viper says he will pick Bryan up for him. Orton turns around and gets a flying knee to the face of the WWE. Big show exits the ring. And we leave the air with Daniel Bryan standing tall over Randy Orton raising the WWE championship in the air

This is what I was talking about when it comes to balance in a few because they gave Daniel Bryan time to relish victory and gave Big Show a little bit of comeuppance against the corporate regime. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of his defiance of Smackdown.

All in all, while a lot of the matches were pretty short the main events made up for them. We had some great promos and segments that you should really check out. Watched the opening segment, check out AJ Lee on commentary, the Paul Heyman stuff and the final two matches. Everything else skip.

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Gta Cops

With GTA V on the verge of release, it’s a good time to look back at what could have been: at how the GTA universe might have panned out if Rockstar had followed through on some of their initial plans.

A lot of changes are fairly well known – such as the infamous cutting of the grenade launcher, or the dropped online multiplayer that should have been in GTA III and San Andreas – and others just weren’t all that evolutionary – like the planned presence of sharks in the water of GTA San Andreas, the use of the pool cue as a weapon in GTA IV, or the presence of the skateboard as a vehicle in San Andreas.

Some changes to the franchise have been rectified with GTA V, for instance, the proposed bus rides that were initially planned as part of GTA IV, complete with a schedule, will be part of GTA V. Quite why that has been included remains to be seen, but presumably Rockstar are keen to capture the Bus Anorak dollar as well as their usual audience.

But the most intriguing changes are those that almost completely altered the GTA franchise – elements that would have meant a different tone, or a different trajectory entirely – and it is those which will come into focus in this article.

Honourable Mention

Australia Hates Sexual Violence

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If you were living in the merry old land of Oz around 2003, your experience of playing Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto III might well have been different to that of a European, or American – or in fact, anyone else around the world.

Because thanks to Australia’s notoriously strict Censorship Board, the game suffered some somewhat rare cuts, as the ACB decided that killing prostitutes after hiring them for some leisure time was “sexual violence.” That infamous element was subsequently cut from GTA III, and also Vice City, robbing Rockstar of one of their more colourful and off-kilter marketing techniques.

So an actual change that temporarily changed the history of GTA, at least in Australia – though not one that would have lost fans, or at least not the type of fans you’d actually want to play your game anyway…

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If you have even the slightest knowledge of the film industry, it’s increasingly apparent that a plethora of upcoming films are remakes of classics. The reasoning is a combination of multiple things too, but mostly stems from our economy which is not improving despite what the media says. We live in age where seeing just one movie at a theater can feel like some luxurious experience after factoring in how damn high prices have skyrocketed. And with your limited funds comes picking and choosing; sequels or remakes of classics you love, or something that you have never heard of that while it may be good, you can’t justify dropping $12 a ticket on.

This has unfortunately resulted in an ongoing death rattle for creativity in mainstream Hollywood. No movie, no matter how high on a pedestal it sits is untouchable from the grubby dollar sighted clutches of a modern facelift. Sometimes they’re admittedly awesome (David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) while most are disappointing garbage (cough Total Recall).

They rake in the cash though and aren’t going away, especially considering how many amazing movies there are left currently untouched. This list will detail 10 movies that you just know Hollywood will piss all over, and my highly educated, sometimes humorous predictions on how they’ll be desecrated. Remember, these are about 100 more films out there that should just be left alone too, so this list obviously doesn’t touch upon everything.

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Tips on How to Introduce Kids to Geography

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Most families don’t have the funds to fly the whole brood across the globe, let alone the whole country. But that doesn’t mean your children shouldn’t learn about who and what’s out there.

Thanks to Amy Norman and Stella Ma, there’s now a fun and easy way (Jennifer Garner is a fan!) to teach your little ones about other countries and states.

To help get kids excited about geography, the two moms created Little Passports, a kids subscription service that sends monthly packages full of cool activities about different cultures, major landmarks, historic events and more.

Ready to explore the world with your tots? Norman and Ma share some helpful tips that you can follow without ever leaving your hometown. Check them out below:

Pull out a map. Take turns closing your eyes and picking a spot on the map. Then open your eyes and read the country’s name and capitol, and then discuss where that country is in the world e.g. how close is it to the U.S.A., to the equator, or to the North or South Pole.

Try a new recipe. Cooking can also be an excellent learning experience. If you plan on visiting a state you’ve never been before, find a recipe that is traditional to that area and make it with your family. For example, N.Y.C. and Chicago are famous for their pizza and California is known for their authentic corn tortillas.

Share old travel photos. Did you visit somewhere special in your teens or even as an adult without the kids? Whether it was a ski trip in the Rockies or a visit to the Eiffel Tower, pull out those old photographs and share your stories with your children. You can take it a little further by pulling out a map or globe and showing your child the location in relation to where you live.

Explore music from other cultures. It’s easy to forget that a lot of American music was influenced by all the many people who came here from other countries. Give your child a lesson on a specific genre – jazz is a good one because it has a rich culture and history – by borrowing books and CDs from the library. You can also attend a local concert so they can see and hear the music performed live.

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Take a virtual trip. If your budget doesn’t allow for a journey that involves a flight and a passport, traveling the Internet can be just as educational and rewarding. For example if you have Irish ancestry, search the Web for cool facts (history, traditions, foods and more!) and photos of Ireland. The Little Passports Pinterest page can also help you visually explore a specific country.

Watch foreign films. Movies are a very powerful way to introduce your kids to other countries. Do a quick Web search on the best family-friendly foreign films and then set a date to watch at home. Once the movie is over, spend some time discussing not only the plot, but the cultural differences you noticed. Also keep an eye out for local kids film festivals. They often include foreign movies that are worth seeing.

Attend a cultural festival. Many cities hold events that celebrate different cultures and they’re often rich with experiences that feel just as authentic as being at the real thing. For example, Seattle holds an annual Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s Independence Day. And every July, Denver and Boston host the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. On Labor Day, the West Indian Day parade makes its way through Brooklyn complete with beautiful floats from every island.

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Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Penelope Joan

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Anna Chlumsky, who shot to fame as a child star in 1991 s My Girl, has a little girl of her own now.

Chlumsky and her entrepreneur husband Shaun So, both 32, welcomed daughter Penelope Joan So on Thursday, July 11 in New York City, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“She’s a really good mix between my husband and me,” the Veep actress tells PEOPLE. “When she’s with him, you see him, and when she’s with me, you see me. She’s a perfect mix.”

“We think she has my mouth, but it’s hard to tell. Even the color of her eyes, they are different in different light. But she has a really full head of hair.”

It’s been quite a week for Chlumsky, who on Thursday also earned her first Emmy nomination for her work on Veep.

“I’m still in shock. When I got the call I wasn’t sleeping because I was breastfeeding my daughter,” she says. “It was neat because it was me and my husband and my daughter all in the room getting the news at the same time. When [my manager] told me, it was that nervous, happy, appreciative laughter. I just laughed a lot! It feels really great to have your work noticed.”

Not surprisingly, Chlumsky is on cloud nine about all the new developments. “I’m really, really happy. I’m just smiley,” she says. “I have this new bundle of love that’s now in my life. She has made my life even better.”

And motherhood? “I’m really surprised how real it is,” she says. “What’s really strange is how fast it happened. You prepare for so long, and all of a sudden the baby’s here … It’s seriously the best thing. Holding her is fantastic. It’s one of the more enjoyable things. It doesn’t get boring at all. I could hold her all day.”

– Tim Nudd with reporting by Paul Chi

Hillary Scott Welcomes Daughter Eisele Kaye

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Welcome, little Lady!

Lady Antebellum’s lead singer Hillary Scott and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, are the proud parents of a baby girl, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Born Monday, July 22, in Nashville, Eisele Kaye Tyrrell weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. The names honor Chris’s mother’s maiden name (pronounced Eyes-lee) and Hillary’s mother’s middle name.

“She is incredibly gorgeous,” the proud dad tells PEOPLE.

This is the first child for the couple, who, following a six-month engagement, were married in January 2012 during an intimate ceremony in upstate New York.

Scott, 27, announced the pregnancy in December, and revealed in March that they were expecting a girl. She also revealed one little quirk of her pregnancy.

“There was one night where I looked at my husband and I was like, ‘We really have to go to the grocery store because I need a Pop-Tart right now,” Scott said. “That’s really one of the only cravings I’ve had, that and sleep.”

The band, which includes Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, recently released “Goodbye Town,” the second single off their album, Golden.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Welcome a Son

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We have a new royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have welcomed their first child, a son, PEOPLE confirms.

The news the world’s been waiting for since Kate went into London’s St. Mary’s Hospital early Monday morning was revealed Monday afternoon, some four hours after the Duchess, 31, gave birth.

The message was delivered in a press release, stating that a son was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. After about 14 hours of labor, Kate had a natural delivery.

With a broad smile the couple’s press secretary Ed Perkins took the announcement to a waiting blue Jaguar to be whisked to the palace.

Kate and William wanted to spend a bit of time with their baby and make their phone calls. But William, 31, personally told the Queen, his father, Prince Charles and wife Camilla and brother Prince Harry.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh “are delighted” by the news.

Kate’s parents were also called.

“It’s been a wonderful day and everyone’s delighted,” says a palace source.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is also among those informed, along with other high-ranking officials.

The waiting crowds celebrated near St. Mary’s. The theatrical presentation of the birth news will continue when the notice is placed on an easel on the Buckingham Palace forecourt. A gun salute in the royal parks in London is expected to follow.

The new arrival is third in line to the throne, following the baby’s father, William, and (first-in-line) grandfather, Prince Charles, 64. The public will get its first glimpse of the child when the couple leave the hospital in the coming days.

Kate’s pregnancy was revealed on Dec. 3, 2012, when she was admitted to the hospital in London suffering from severe morning sickness.

William spoke of the couple’s desire to have children when they announced their engagement in 2010. He told ITN they would get to planning after their wedding: “Obviously we want a family, so we’ll have to start thinking about that.” And he has since said that he wants two kids.

– Simon Perry

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