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Billy Joel Jokes He Has a Wooden Leg, But Not a Glass Eye at NYC Concert

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Billy Joel poked fun at himself while playing one of his monthly shows at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Turning to the audience during a break between songs, Joel joked that fans “may be right” if they think he has a wooden leg, before assuring the crowd that his eyes are just fine.

The legendary rocker shared with the audience that while he has “a leaky eye” — the result of one of his eyes not getting enough lubrication, he does not have a glass eye, despite what he says some of them may have heard.

The 73-year-old singer went on to play some of his biggest hits for the sold-out crowd, including a cover of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” telling concertgoers that though he hadn’t written that song, he wishes he had.

Joel continued to be self-deprecating throughout the night, making light of his age while entertaining the audience.

Belting out his 1983 hit “An Innocent Man,” Joel told the crowd that he wrote the song before his voice deepened with age. He also confessed that he wasn’t sure he’d be able to hit a certain high note anymore, saying, “You’ll know which one I’m talking about.”

“This could be a cringefest,” he warned before launching into the song.

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Joel’s Madison Square Garden residency began back in 2014, starting first as the “house band.” The COVID-19 pandemic forced the GRAMMY winner to press pause on the performances, returning to the stage in Nov. 2021.

Joels’ wooden leg isn’t the only physical change he’s sporting. Since making his triumphant return to the stage last year, Joel has debuted a slimmer physique, losing 50 pounds after having back surgery earlier that year.

 



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The best movies and documentaries about Princess Diana

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Years after her tragic death in 1997 at the age of 36, Princess Diana continues to be a source of inspiration and fascination. Movies, TV shows, documentaries, novels and biographies all explore the circumstances of her life. 

And it was an extraordinary one. Born Diana Spencer in 1961, she went on to marry the heir to the British throne and move people around the world with her personality and her humanitarian efforts. 

To this day, people mourn the loss of the People’s Princess and hunger for more details about the scrutiny she faced, before and after her divorce from Prince Charles. Her two children, William and Harry, also pay homage to their mother. 

If you’re looking for a royal-themed night in, these are the best movies about Princess Diana to watch, ranging from horror-infused imaginative works starring Kristen Spencer to documentaries using footage from Diana’s real life. We’re ordering them in chronological order, as the tone of the movies vary depending on when they were made.

‘The Princess’ (2022)

The year of the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, HBO is releasing an original documentary about her life. Composed exclusively of archival footage, the Ed Perkins documentary directed “immersive and intimate” look into how public adoration, coupled with the overwhelming scrutiny she faced, became a perfect storm.

‘Spencer’ (2021)

This critically-acclaimed film garnered much praise for its intense and imaginative retelling of Princess Diana’s life, more designed to evoke a feeling of her circumstances than the actual facts.

“Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart (who landed her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal as Princess Diana), focuses at the point in Princess Diana’s life where her relationship with Prince Charles was on the decline, and she was growing tired of the pressures of being a royal. The film also shows her real-life battle with bulimia.

Although Diana is widely known for her elegance and soft demeanor, this movie gives a sharper image of what her life was like away from the press — and if you’ve seen this film, which borrows from the horror genre, you know it’s not pretty.

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’. Neon / YouTube

‘Diana: The Musical’ (2021)

The legend of “Diana: The Musical” is eclipsed only by the legend of Diana herself. Before the musical hit Broadway stages in Nov. 2021, it premiered on Netflix. Then, it only lasted a month on Broadway — 59 performances, to be precise. Despite negative reviews at the time, the musical is already being reconsidered.

Jeanna de Waal played the royal, telling TODAY she hoped audiences found it “wildly entertaining.” She added, “I hope people take away just how much love and passion the creative team had for Diana in making this.” If you, too, love Diana, you might enjoy seeing her life told in cheeky but heartfelt songs.

Image: 'Diana The Musical'.
‘Diana The Musical’. Netflix

‘The Crown’ (2016-present)

“The Crown” isa historical Netflix series that documents the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the political (and personal) events that shaped her reign as Queen. Fans awaited Princess Diana’s debut in Season Four of the show, knowing the drama she would bring. Emma Corrin gives a fantastic performance as Princess Diana in Season Four, with Elizabeth Debicki taking over in future seasons.

‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ (2017)

This Princess Diana documentary focuses on a perspective that many people want to hear from. Prince William and Prince Harry exclusively open up on camera about their mother, Princess Diana. They both give interviews and talk openly about their mom in this insightful documentary, paying tribute to her life and legacy.

Image: Princess Diana holding Prince Harry in 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy'.
Princess Diana holding Prince Harry in ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’. HBO Docs / Youtube

‘Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?’ (2017)

Diana died in a car accident in Paris in Aug. 1997. Akin to any tragic death of extremely public and beloved figures, there’s some speculation as to whether Princess Diana’s death was accidental or not. In this documentary, streaming on Amazon Prime ,the details of her death are examined, decisively proving the conspiracy theories of her death untrue.

‘Diana’ (2013)

What did the last two years of Diana’s life look like? She and Charles divorced, officially, in 1996, and she died in 1997. Naomi Watts plays the Diana as she transitions from princess to humanitarian — a role she doesn’t get to occupy for long.

‘The Queen’ (2006)

“The Queen” is less about Diana, and more about the reverberations her death had on the royal family, the United Kingdom and beyond. In the wake of her death, a mourning people looked to the Queen.Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II contemplating when, how and if to address the public.

Image: Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen'.
Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Queen’. AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

‘Princess in Love’ (1996)

This movie made for TV, based on the book with the same title by Anna Pasternak, tells the story of Diana’s dwindling marriage to Prince Charles — and her consequential affair with her former riding instructor, Captain James Hewitt. Hewitt collaborated with Pasternak to write the 1994 novel, an account of their five year-long affair.

Image: Julie Cox as Princess Diana and Christopher Villiers as Capt. James Hewitt in 'Princess in Love'
Julie Cox as Princess Diana and Christopher Villiers as Capt. James Hewitt in ‘Princess in Love’.Multicom Entertainment

“Diana: Her True Story” (1993)

This biopic, like “Princess in Love,” came out while Diana was alive, amid the media frenzy that erupted after she and Charles separated. The biopic is based off of Andrew Morton’s 1992 explosive book “Diana: Her True Story.” After Diana died, Morton revealed that Diana was the book’s primary source, per Frontline. Serena Scott Thomas plays Diana.

Image: David Threlfall  as Prince Charles and Serena Scott Thomas as Diana and in 'Diana: Her True Story 1993'.
David Threlfall as Prince Charles and Serena Scott Thomas as Diana and in ‘Diana: Her True Story’. United Archives / Alamy Stock Photo

‘Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story’ (1982)

Another made-for-TV movie, this early film tells of the marriage and the initial period following the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Made in 1982, this movie is also a period piece in itself, as Diana and Charles story had not played entirely by then – they separated 10 years later, in 1992.

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All The Best Books Releasing In August

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Clara Johnson might be best known for her temper, but she can also commune with trickster spirits called enigmas. She’s required to use her gift, if it can be called that, to help anyone who asks, but the enigmas drive a hard bargain, a fact she knows all too well. She’s indebted to one such enigma and fears she’ll never be free. When the enigma asks Clara to steal a magical ring from an opera singer, she suspiciously agrees. The ring has been enthralling poor Black folk, and Clara is determined to set them free. However, the ring’s power makes it impossible to steal alone, so Clara gathers a group of those similarly gifted to help her steal it: Aristotle, who can shape-shift into other people; Jesse Lee, who can manipulate memories; Israel, a handsome jazz musician who enchants with his music; and Clara’s roommate Zelda, an albino martial arts master, and the only ungifted person in the group. If these five pull off the heist, they might be free to live their own lives again. Set in 1920s Washington, DC, this historical fantasy novel is steeped in Black history, culture, and folklore. It’s a high-stakes, delightful read with fantastic characters. I quite enjoyed the audiobook narrated by Shayna Small. —Margaret Kingsbury

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Jane Seymour recalls one of her final visits with dear friend Olivia Newton-John

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Jane Seymour and Olivia Newton-John have been friends for around 40 years.

On TODAY Tuesday, Seymour, 71, recalled one of the last times she saw Newton-John before the “Grease” star’s death and she said that Newton-John was very accommodating to her, even though she forgot that Seymour and her two sisters were coming over to visit.

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Seymour attend the 2019 Industry Dance Awards at Avalon Hollywood on August 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.Rachel Luna / FilmMagic

“She got the day wrong,” Seymour said. “But she knew we traveled like two or three hours to get there. And she got out of bed, got dressed and came out in a walker. I mean, she shouldn’t have gotten out of bed at all. And she just sat down with us for quite a while and asked about us: ‘How are we? How were our lives? How could she help us?’ And then she just looked around and she said, ‘Isn’t it beautiful here?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it is.’ She said, ‘I sit out here and I just look at the world. How beautiful! Look at the sky, look at the hummingbirds, look at that dog, look at this life that we have and look at us together after all these years.”

Seymour said that Newton-John’s perspective on life reminded her that “life is a journey.”

“It has its ups and its downs and she just had such strength and fortitude and as much as she was suffering, she never spoke about it ever,” Seymour said. “She just put a smile on her face and said, ‘You know what? I’m thriving.'”

On Monday, Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, announced that the “Xanadu” singer had died “peacefully at her ranch in Southern California,” surrounded by family and friends. Newton-John was 73.

“We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” he said in a statement on Facebook.

Newton-John’s death comes after she was treated multiple times for breast cancer. Seymour said that if there’s anything anyone can ever learn from Newton-John, it’s that she “always did her best and gave back.”

“I miss her,” Seymour added.

“She was just this positive light and an amazing person,” she said.

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