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(CNN) - The world is preparing for what may be the largest gathering of heads of state since Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.
The U.S. alone has an impressive commanders-in-chief collection headed there - President Barack Obama, and former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter comprise one of the most prestigious frequent fliers clubs in the world.
"Air Force One departed Monday for South Africa where more than 90 heads of state are planning to attend Nelson Mandela's memorial Tuesday in Johannesburg. Inside, the Obamas, George W. and Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are flying from an event in Rio, Brazil, and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. President George H. W. Bush, who's been in poor health for some time, won't be making the trip.
Together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, with only one bed on board.
(CNN) - Father, husband, prisoner, president and reformer, there are many roles to play for an actor assigned the legendary part of Nelson Mandela.
At least 20 men have attempted to embody the icon, despite the challenge of replicating his world-altering scenes.
(CNN) - Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher ... once they happen in Vegas, they often stay in Vegas.
It's called a residency – casinos pay big bucks to secure exclusive rights to a performer for weeks, even years. In turn, the headliner gets to build the show of their dreams, complete with all the Vegas pomp and plumage money can buy.
Tuesday night Sin City pulled out all the stops for its newest recruit – pop star Britney Spears.
Starting December 27, Spears will perform for two years at Planet Hollywood, 98 shows in total, for a reported $30 million.
"For Vegas we're always looking for top entertainment, right, so the value really is in having big name artists in the city, at our properties," said Kurt Melian, vice president of Caesars Entertainment, who helped negotiate the deal.
(CNN) - It is the kind of plot twist no one wants to believe: A star pulled from the story far too soon.
As the reality of actor Paul Walker's death settles over Hollywood, questions surrounding his fictional fate begin.
Walker was best known for his work in the billion-dollar "Fast and Furious" franchise. He was killed in a car crash Saturday, just one day before filming was set to resume after a Thanksgiving break.
"Right now we're in a limbo period where (movie studio) Universal needs to decide what to do, and how to put the pieces together now that they've lost one of their stars," said Ramin Setoodeh, film editor with Variety.
Former Vice President Al Gore is a carnivore no more. According to Forbes magazine, Al Gore has joined his once southern fried running mate, becoming a vegan two months ago.