PEOPLE: Actress Emma Thompson awarded damehood; Bryan Cranston confirms 'Walking Bad' movie in the works; Oscar-winning 'Love Story' composer Francis Lai dead at 86

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There is nothing like a dame

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has received one of Britain's highest awards from Prince William — and thought about giving him a kiss at the Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Thompson received a damehood on Wednesday in recognition for her splendid career, an event made special by the fact that it was given to her by William, a longtime friend.

"I love Prince William. I've known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other," she says.

Thompson was named for the female equivalent of a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honors List in June.

She plans to use the honor to focus attention on the plight of poor children who don't get adequate food during school holidays.



'Breaking Bad' movie in development

Following reports that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is prepping a two-hour movie connected to the AMC series, Bryan Cranston on Wednesday called into the sports talk radio show "The Dan Patrick Show" and confirmed the project is indeed in the works.

Cranston said he hasn't yet read the script and that his character, Walter White, may not even be in it.

The two-hour spinoff is set to begin shooting in Albuquerque, N.M., in mid-November.



Oscar-winning 'Love Story' composer dies at 86

French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for the iconic "Love Story" soundtrack, has died, France's Culture Ministry said Thursday. He was 86.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said he hopes to name "an emblematic place of our city" after the self-taught music legend who was born there in 1932.

Lai started as an accordionist, but quickly rose through the ranks as a composer, writing songs for singers including Edith Piaf and Yves Montand.

Lai's success culminated with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of "Love Story," one of the most enduring romantic movies of all time. Its main song "Where Do I Begin?" boasts household recognition even among those unfamiliar with the movie.



Today's birthdays: Actor Lou Ferrigno is 67. Rapper Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Rapper Scarface of Geto Boys is 48. Musician Susan Tedeschi is 48. Actor Eric Dane is 46. Singer Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees is 45.

                                                                                                                                                 — The Associated Press








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