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Sir David Attenborough is going green. Very green.

The legendary English broadcaster, biologist, natural historian and author, at age 96, is travelling the globe in the latest BBC Earth landmark series, The Green Planet, to explore Earth’s biodiversity and the secret life of plants.

Filmed in 27 countries over four years, the five-part documentary marks the first time Attenborough has returned to filming the world of plants since his 1995 series, The Private Life of Plants.

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The Green Planet even includes stops in Canada, where he takes a closer look at maple trees waking from hibernation and lodgepole pines being attacked by mountain pine beetles.

Attenborough shared his thoughts on the series with Global News, and outlined some of the most astonishing plants featured on the show.

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Can you tell us a little bit about filming this brand new BBC Earth series, The Green Planet?

David Attenborough: In a sense, the series itself is slow-growing, like plants. We started [filming] a long time ago, before COVID. And so I was dashing around interesting places, in California and so on, in a way that hasn’t been possible for the last two years. So I appear in all these different parts of the world quite frequently, more than any other [series], for some time.


Sir David Attenborough in an aerial tram, travelling through rainforest canopy in Costa Rica.


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In your travels on the series, you interacted with lots of plants. Are there any plants that really stuck in your mind?

One of the really great, profoundly moving experiences was to go to the giant sequoias in California, these enormous trees. It’s not an accident that there’s a cathedral-like feeling when you go amongst them. They are immense things, some of the tallest ones are enormous. But what this program did was to use another of the inventions that you might think had very little to do with plants, technical inventions, that changed natural history photography in the past 10-20 years — drones. When you see the final sequence in the programs and [the camera] suddenly rises above the tree tops. and you see these giants. It’s a marvellous sequence.

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I heard you had a very scary encounter with a cactus during filming, didn’t you?

Yes! The cholla really is a physical danger. There are very dense spines in rosettes, so they point in all directions. And if you just brush against it, the spines are like spicules of glass, I mean they are that sharp and they go into you and you really have trouble getting them out! So that is a really dangerous plant.

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Can you talk to us about the water lilies in Pantanal, Brazil?

Water lilies are extremely aggressive. And their battleground is the surface of the lake and the surface of the water, so it’s a very narrow battle. The Giant Water Lily, which produces leaves famously that can hold a small baby, has a bud that comes up loaded with prickles. And it comes up into the surface and starts expanding, with these spikes pushing everything else out of the way. And in the end the lake ends up as just solid Giant Water Lilies butting up against one another, with no room for anything else at all. It’s one of the most empire building aggressive plants there is. Everybody says how wonderful it is, but nobody says how murderous it is.

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Anybody who takes a walk probably sees more plants than you see animals, so why do you think people have not been as engaged with plants as they have been with animals?

Because they apparently just sit there being a plant. You could either take them or leave them or you could dig them up, or throw them aside. They don’t react, they don’t resent it, they just die. We don’t engage with plants enough.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

‘The Green Planet’ premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on BBC Earth, and on the BBC Earth Prime Video channel in Canada.

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Rosie O’Donnell regrets making fun of Anne Heche for a previous TV interview the actress did many years ago.

The comedian said she “felt bad” for the jokes she cracked about Heche, who at the time spoke about her apparent relationships with aliens with renowned US journalist Barbara Walters  

However, with Heche now fighting for her life in a coma after suffering severe burns after crashing her car in LA, O’Donnell said her past comments were out of line. 

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Rosie O’Donnell ‘feels bad’ for mocking Anne Heche’s previous TV interview. (TikTok)

“I can’t stop thinking about this Anne Heche accident and how horrifying the whole thing is and feeling bad that I made fun of her when she was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space aliens,” O’Donnell said in a TikTok video

“I wonder if she’s OK. I think it’s a miracle that she didn’t kill anyone … and I hope she survives. But wow, what a tragic tale. That car was on fire for a long time, they say.”

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The interview in question was the one Heche gave ABC program 20/20, during which she told Walters she created a persona named Celestia to help her cope after she was allegedly sexually molested by her father when she was younger.

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“I’m not crazy. But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me,” Heche told the journalist at the time.

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia. I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.”

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Anne Heche was driving her car in LA when she reportedly crashed it into a garage of an apartment complex. (Getty)

O’Donnell then mocked Heche during a charity benefit held at Carolines Comedy Club in New York the following year.

“What the hell kind of train wreck was that?” the comedian asked the crowd, before also poking fun of Heche’s sexuality and former relationship with Ellen DeGeneres

“She couldn’t just say, ‘I was a lesbian for two years, it didn’t work out for me?’”

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Heche is currently in critical condition as she fights for her life following a car crash over the weekend, leaving her with severe burns. A representative for the star has told Page Six the actress has since fallen unconscious and slipped into a coma.

“Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma,” her spokesperson told the outlet. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

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Queens supporting queens! Beyoncé expressed her deep appreciation for Madonna after the duo released their new single “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)” on Friday.

Madonna, 63, took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, August 8, to share a heartfelt note the “Halo” singer, 40, sent her along with a bouquet of flowers.

“Thank you, Queen. I’m so grateful for you,” the message read. “You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix!!!! Love always and forever, B.”

Madonna, for her part, subsequently thanked the former Destiny’s Child member for the gesture, captioning the picture, “❤️❤️thank you!! from one 👑 to another 👑. I love the Re-Mix! @beyonce ❤️❤️,” before sharing a second snap of the flowers, which included lilies and white roses.

Beyoncé’s latest remix — which is her fifth collaboration for the song — samples Madonna’s hit pop anthem “Vogue,” while paying tribute to legendary Black female artists, including Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

Following the release of Renaissance in July, the Texas native took to social media to thank her fans for their unfaltering loyalty.

“Thank you for your unwavering support,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “Thank you for being patient. We are going to take out time and Enjoy the music. I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy. I Love You Deep.”

While the record quickly earned both fan and critical acclaim, it has also garnered its fair share of controversy. One day prior to the album’s release, Kelis claimed that the “Formation” singer used a sample of her 2003 hit “Milkshake” without permission.

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“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” the New York native said via Instagram at the time. “I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”

While Beyoncé has seemingly since removed the sample, the album, which is the “Crazy In Love” artist’s seventh studio release, once again came under fire when fans began to criticize the Dreamgirls star for using the word “spazz” in her song “Heated” — a slang term derived from the word “spastic” and considered to be derogatory toward people with spastic cerebral palsy.

The “Single Ladies” singer, however, quickly responded to the feedback, making the necessary changes. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” read an August 1 statement from the songwriter’s team. However, Monica Lewinsky also asked the Grammy Award winner to alter lyrics from her song “Partition,” which name drops the anti-bullying advocate, 49, referencing her affair with Bill Clinton.

“Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” Lewinsky tweeted in August, in response to the news that “Heated” would eliminate the ablest slur.

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Following her romantic summer European tour with new girlfriend Ramona AgrumaRebel Wilson was seen heading out to the gym! The Bridesmaids actor, 42, appeared in photos in upscale Los Feliz, Los Angeles, rocking sleek black leggings and a matching sports bra as she headed to a local gym on Tuesday, August 9. Rebel also wore a black visor and finished off the look with bright pink sneakers and a pair of Airpods.

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Rebel Wilson heads to a gym in Los Feliz, Los Angeles on August 9, 2022. (SL, Terma / BACKGRID)

Rebel has been living it up since she announced her new relationship with Ramona via Instagram on June 9. They’ve been seen snuggling up in Paris, Italy, Iceland, and Turkey during the summer. Their activities during the whirlwind extended trip included yachting, helicopter rides, and a number of romantic dinners.

The glowing couple were photographed while attending an event on Monday, August 8, in a new pic posted for Rebel’s 11.3 million Instagram followers. “Night At The Malibu! Congrats @benstiller on your exquisite new show Severance!” Rebel captioned a pic with Ramona and Ben Stiller, cleverly nodding to his iconic Night at the Museum movies.

The Pitch Perfect actress’s public appearance with Ramona back at home reinforces their already-strong relationship. In fact, a source told us in July that the couple is only getting closer — and even considering starting a family together. “Rebel started her fertility journey on her own, that’s how much she has her heart set on becoming a mother, but she’s over the moon that she’s found a partner that wants the same thing,” a source close to the actress told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY last month. “Rebel is such a nurturing person, she loves taking care of people, everyone says what a great mum she’ll be.”

And a source told us in separate comments that they are “inseparable.” “Rebel and Ramona have been on several vacations together, but this is their first getaway since Rebel came out, so it is quite special for her,” a pal told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY in a July 6 report. “She knows that she has made the right decision and is overwhelmed by the love and support she has gotten from everyone. Rebel is deeply in love with Ramona, and she knows that she feels the same. Rebel does not see herself being with anyone else and she truly believes that she is her soul partner.”

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