Saturday, May 4, 2013

Elton Makes a Gnome, Meets Nic Cage


British garden enthusiasts who plan on attending the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show in London next month may notice a difference from previous years' events: garden gnomes. The RHS has lifted the ban on gnomes for this year's show and has invited Elton and other celebrities to help raise funds for the nationwide RHS Campaign for School Gardening.


It's a natural fit, as Elton's Rocket Pictures produced the 2011 animated film Gnomeo & Juliet and his songs served as the film's soundtrack.

Now Elton has autographed two different gnomes for the RHS. One, which he also decorated, is inspired by Paris, the rock star gnome who sang Your Song in the film. The other is a set of the Gnomeo and Juliet characters themselves.

These figurines, along with others painted and signed by Joanna Lumley, Dame Helen Mirren and other celebrities, will be on display for the duration of the Flower Show and auctioned on eBay as part of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal - a charity launched recently to reach out to the next generation of horticulturists.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London, from May 21-25.

- eltonjohn.com

Zany props comedian Carrot Top took a night off from his Luxor headliner show to pal up with Oscar-winning actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage and attend Sir Elton John’s resident show “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

The unlikely trio posed for a photograph after the performance. Before Elton went onstage, he played host to British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who he’d sung a duet with at the 2013 Grammys, where Ed was nominated. The ginger-haired pop star stayed on here after performing at the grand opening poolside party for Nobu Caesars Palace Hotel on Sunday night before returning to the Taylor Swift tour as the opening act.

- Las Vegas Sun

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