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01/12/2014

Charles Manson: Wedding Day With Afton Elaine Burton Approaches For Notorious Serial Killer

Charles Manson is just weeks away from his expected wedding date, and plans for the 80-year-old serial killer to marry his 26-year-old fiance are continuing to draw controversy.

Manson announced earlier this month that he planned to marry Afton Elaine Burton, who was just a teenager when she met Manson and decided to move to Corcoran, California, to be closer to him.

Though Charles Manson and his bride-to-be have not publicly announced their wedding date, the ceremony is quickly approaching. The pair obtained a wedding license in early November, which gives them 90 days to be married.

Charles Manson: Wedding Day With Afton Elaine Burton Approaches For Notorious Serial Killer
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The idea of Manson — who was convicted for nine killings which took place in 1969 — getting married doesn’t sit well with many. On Sunday, cartoonist John Darkow laid into Charles Manson for his plans to marry, noting Manson’s violent past. Darkow drew a cartoon showing Manson sitting on a bench in a prison cell, saying, “At my age, why get married again? I thought, why not take another stab at it?”

Deborah Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was killed by Manson and his followers, said she finds the idea of him marrying “ludicrous” and “insane.”

“It’s always something with him,” Tate said.

Tate also criticized Afton Elaine Burton, saying that the 26-year-old is likely being duped by Manson.

“I wonder how long it will take for her to figure out this is just a con,” Tate said. “It makes me wonder what is missing in her life that she would want to marry an 80-year-old man. Is she a victim? Is she mentally deranged?”

Burton herself said the marriage is very real, noting that she fell in love with Manson when she was still a teenager and admires his philosophy of ATWA, an environmental viewpoint that stands for air, trees, water, animals.

“It’s the life on the planet, you know,” said Burton, who now goes by Star, in an August interview with CNN. “The Earth is a rock and everything else on it is ATWA.”

Burton said she knows many people will disapprove of her marrying Manson, but said she doesn’t care what others think.

“No. I don’t get into other people’s business. I don’t judge people. I don’t mess with people. I don’t lie to people. And Charlie’s the same way. You know, he just wants to be left alone, that’s all.”

Afton Elaine Burton and Charles Manson are expected to marry sometime by early 2015.

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28/11/2014

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wedding Will Be ‘Very Private!’ ‘Sherlock’ Star Wants To Marry Sophie Hunter In Front Of Intimate Friends, Family?

Who are invited to Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding

to Sophie Hunter? It certainly won't be the media. After making their first ever appearance as an engaged couple during "The Imitation Game" premiere inNew York

, the "Sherlock" star shared his wedding plans to US Weekly magazine. "I think I'll be having a very private wedding," the "12 Years A Slave" said. Just like how he kept his relationship

with his theatre director girlfriend

very low-key despite his fame, the 38-year-old also wants their nuptials to become a quiet affair. Although several fans of "The Hobbit" star had their hearts broken because of the announcement, Cumberbatch couldn't help

but gush about his new fiancé

Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter
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in interviews. "She's just really cool!" he reportedly told Reveal.co.uk. He also told People that he and the Oxfordgraduate

were a "good fit."

Does being in a relationship with a very famous boyfriend faze the multi-lingual actress and director? According to Cumberbatch, she took everything in stride.

"She's proud of my work, she's proud of me, and she loves me. That's the bottom line, isn't it?" heconfessed. "It could be a really difficult thing, but she's just so in command of it."

When they appeared together on the red carpet for the first time, Hunter walked beside her fiancé with her chin up and an arm wrapped possessively around his waist. The media tried to find theengagement ring

on her finger but she kept her hand hidden behind Cumberbatch.

Just like Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding plans, their engagement announcement was also a Sherlock Holmes-worthy piece of work. They paid for a small advertisement on the Weddings section of The Times, announcing their intent to marry.

"The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London," the short but clever advertisement read.

Who do you think will be invited to Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding?

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26/11/2014

‘Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night,’ ‘A Water Bird Talk’ shine with their soloists

There is a temptation to interpret any opera in terms of opera itself; no art form is more self-aware. Odyssey Opera’s double bill of one-singer, one-act operas, Dominick Argento’s “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” and “A Water Bird Talk,” presented over the weekend in Suffolk University's compact Modern Theatre — conductor Gil Rose's fledgling organization still experimenting with size and format and venue — was nominally about marriage: a sin of omission in the former, of commission in the latter. But both also invited consideration of opera’s artifice and essence.

Heather Buck as Miss Havisham in Odyssey Opera’s “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night”.
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Among contemporary composers, Argento is possibly the most naturally operatic, fluently conversing with the form’s history. In expanding the narrative of Miss Havisham — the long-ago jilted bride from Dickens’s “Great Expectations,” shut up in her room, still in her wedding gown — he and librettist John Olon-Scrymgeour turned to that age-old set piece, the mad scene. Havisham’s nostalgia for lost hope is intertwined with the music’s nostalgia for its own genre. The piece is an expertly-assembled anthology of operatic tropes of insanity: tonal harmonies as cold comfort, manic coloratura laughter, a virtuoso cadenza at delusion’s height. Olon-Scrymgeour and Argento add one more layer of reference, having Havisham explicitly admit her own madness: a role within the role.

The role is choice and challenging. Soprano Heather Buck was equal to the task, sustaining the 40-minute stretch with impressive stamina and stage presence. Rose’s stage direction was straightforward; his conducting of the 16-player ensemble yielded a concentration of atmospheric effect. Linda O’Brien’s lighting made deft shifts of mood; Callie Chapman’s video projections were less subtle (a silent-movie-literal montage of spinning-hand clocks, for instance), but then again, the piece itself often paints in primary colors. It is an assertively operatic opera.

“A Water Bird Talk” was more unpredictable. Loosely adapted by Argento from a Chekhov play, the piece takes the form of an ornithological lecture in which the lecturer (baritone Aaron Engebreth, in superb voice and absolutely committed character) compulsively reveals his own weaknesses, his unhappiness at the hands of his domineering wife and daughters, his collapsed ambition.

Like “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night,” “A Water Bird Talk” layers old-fashioned lyricism with more unsettled, modernist sounds, but it is less clear which is the lens and which is the smudge. And, where “Miss Havisham” tapped opera’s capacity for tragic expression, “A Water Bird Talk” leveraged opera’s inherent absurdity. The character’s suffering is inseparable from his essential ridiculousness, a duality kept in constant suspension by the score — expressively realized by Rose and the players —and Engebreth’s performance.

In fact, reversing opera’s normal polarities, the piece was most affecting when drama and music turned inward. It captured Chekhov’s idiosyncratic dramatic mood: despair as enervated comedy. But it, too, made a point about opera. In the purest moment of pathos, the orchestra wove a semi-improvised avian web while Engebreth slumped silently in a chair. Opera’s greatest tragedy, it seemed, would be to stop singing altogether.

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