Hollywood star Joseph Fiennes delighted pupils at a school in Devon, England when he dropped by to hold a drama workshop. The famed actor took a class of 35 youngsters at Shebbear College and tutored them on the Bard’s classic Romeo and Juliet during the surprise visit. Head of Drama Annie Farrell says, "The children are amazed, we have been so fortunate."
Singing star turned, restaurant owner Justin Timberlake is expanding his eatery empire with a second New York City hotspot. The Tennessee-born singer opened BBQ restaurant/bar Southern Hospitality on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 2007. It quickly became a hit among locals and Timberlake's huge fan base flocked to check out his take on southern favorites like chicken wings, pulled pork and macaroni and cheese, all taken from the Timberlake family recipe book. It's been so successful, the star and his business partners Trace Ayala and Eytan Sugarman are in talks to open up a second location in another NYC celebrity packed location in Chelsea. According to New York Magazine, the trio are have singled out a space on 6th Avenue for a rent of around $35,000 per month.
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double is in a serious condition in hospital after a flying sequence on another installment being filmed went wrong. The crew is currently on pre-production scenes for upcoming picture, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, the seventh film in the wizard series, at Leavesden Studios in Watford, England. The unnamed 25-year-old stuntman, who doubles for star Radcliffe, was rehearsing an ariel sequence yesterday, when he was sent plummeting to the ground following an explosion which was part of the huge stunt.The man was immediately attended by paramedics and rushed to the nearby Watford General Hospital to be treated for a "significant back injury". A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "The stunt double was badly hurt. The scene seems to have gone badly wrong. The guy was rigged up to a harness and was flying through the air. It is thought he may have been caught in the explosion and hit the ground very hard. He told crew members who went to help him that he couldn’t feel anything from the waist down. Everyone is hoping he makes a good recovery. It has come as a terrible shock." A statement from studio executives adds, "We can confirm a member of the Harry Potter production was injured in an accident. We are awaiting further news. Out of respect for the family we are unable to comment any further."
Sexy star Lisa Rinna is so desperate to be cast in the planned remake of "Melrose Place" she has resorted to publicly begging the show's producers for a role in the hit show.The actress joined the cast of the hit television series in 1996, playing Taylor McBride for two seasons. And now executives are said to be working on an new updated version of the series, Rinna is pleading with producers to allow her to reprise her role. She says, "Tell them I'm available, ready to go. I'm very professional and hardworking!" But the star is also admitting she may not be the executives' first priority.The CW Network is reportedly hoping to land former "Melrose Place" star Heather Locklear first. Rinna adds: "I'm way down on the totem pole. You know, this one doesn't want to do it, that one doesn't want to do it, so I'm just hoping that they get down far enough to me, where they're finally like, 'Oh, just call Lisa. ... Just hire her, for God's sake! Stop her begging!'"
After announcing plans to take the show off-air in March, officials at ABC are denying that the hit series "Ugly Betty" will be canceled. The program stars America Ferrera, and is being pulled mid-way through its current third season run and replaced by new episodes of Christina Applegate's "Samantha Who?" and comedy "In the Motherhood." The move prompted fears the series would be canned following the season three finale, but TV executives have now issued a statement assuring fans the show will be back once again. An ABC spokesperson says, "'Ugly Betty' will return following the run of 'In the Motherhood' and 'Samantha Who?' The Thursday night block is a good opportunity to launch these comedies. That said, 'Betty' is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats."
Dog Lover and Comedian Joan Rivers is suffering nightmares after fearing she ate man’s best friend in China. The star took her first trip to the country last year, as part of a charity project, and is convinced one mystery meat she ate on a night out was a dog. She says, "You say to them, ‘Is this dog? Just tell me,’ and they say, ‘No, no, no…’ (but) I know I ate dog. "I love dogs; I have three rescue dogs - you hate to eat what you love." Woof Woof !
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Hollywood really let out all the high fashion last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Eva Longoria Parker looked stunning in her bright orange dress. America Ferrera dressed to impress at this huge event that rocked tinsel town last night.
Fifty Cent's first big movie project under his new film production banner will team the rap star with Nicolas Cage.The singer has written, directed and stars in a biopic DVD, which will accompany his new album Before I Self Destruct and become Cheetah Vision’s first release - but his first big screen movie will be a prison drama with Cage.50, Fifty Cent will play a boxer who is sent to prison in action-drama The Dance. Cage will co-star, according to HollyScoop.com.
Hollywood star Morgan Freeman's hand is still paralysed from a car accident he was involved in last year. The injury is keeping him from the skies. The actor is admitting the nerve damage he suffered in August is taking a long time to heal - and until it does, he won’t be able to take off in his private plane that he loves so much. The acting pilot admits he’s missing his flying time, but he knows he’s in no condition to fly an aircraft. He says, "I wound up with a lot of nerve damage.. and the hand is still paralysed, so, until the nerves get down there (I won’t be flying)."
Pop singing star Mariah Carey was allegedly "furious" after discovering she would be seated for the inauguration of President Obama at Tuesday's ceremony, because she was convinced the organizers would allow her onstage. Mariah attended the swearing-in and later excited the crowds at The Neighborhood Ball celebration that evening, which also saw performances by Mary J. Blige and Beyonce Knowles. But the star was left disappointed after being told she would have to sit down for the event, as she thought she would be standing with Obama on the podium, according to reports. A source tells New York gossip column Page Six, "Mariah was in the VIP area, where every celebrity, like Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, was seated. "But somehow she thought she'd be up with the Obama family. When she realized she wasn't, she bailed."
Pop singer Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony have quashed the rumors of an impending breakup by performing a romantic duet at a party celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Anthony was performing at the Western Ball in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night after Barack Obama was officially welcomed into the White House. Anthony praised his wife throughout his performance and before launching into his decade old-hit, "You Sang to Me," he told the crowd, "I wrote this next song about Jennifer. I must have been psychic. She didn't get the point, but eventually it worked." And for his final song, Anthony welcomed wife Jennifer on stage, inviting her to sing an upbeat ballad with him in Spanish. The pair embraced and shared a kiss at the end of the set, with Anthony telling the audience, "Man, she's cute."
Hollywood star Jamie Foxx gave political party goers a special treat when he stepped on stage for an impromptu performance celebrating the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. Foxx took the microphone to introduce R&B singer John Legend at the Declare Yourself party on Sunday night. But before Legend could start the show, Foxx began to rap and beatbox, to the surprise of party guests such as Jessica Alba, Hayden Panettiere and Adam Levine who later performed with his band, Maroon 5.
Singer 50 Cent ensured Jim Carrey's 47th birthday was an event to remember by inviting him to join him onstage during a live performance. Carrey celebrated his big day by catching the rapper's performance at Sundance Film Festival's Vitaminwater house in Park City, Utah, on Saturday night. The birthday boy, along with his actress girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, headed directly for the balcony where the star was performing with his hip-hop group G-Unit, reports the New York Daily News. A source tells the newspaper, "Jim and Jenny were dancing and really getting into the music, so 50 decided to bring him out to the balcony for a special rendition of 'In Da Club' (which repeats the line "It's your birthday"). "When Fiddy told the crowd, 'I have a very special guest for you,' everyone was floored because he had just done a duet with Robin Thicke. They thought the surprises were over. Then 50 started singing and Jim appeared, and the crowd just lost it."
Hollywood star Kate Winslet's double win at the Golden Globes Awards ast week, was quickly overlooked by her family, after her sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The actress won the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards at the famous ceremony, for her roles in Revolutionary Road and The Reader. But Winslet’s win was overshadowed by her sister welcoming a little girl into the world. And the star, who is already an aunt to eight-year-old George, admits the awards are the last thing on her mind.
Hollywood star Jeremy Piven is urging television viewers to eat fish with caution and have their mercury levels checked before they become crippled by its horrible effects. Piven was ordered by his doctors to pull out of the Broadway play "Speed-The-Plow" last month because his mercury levels were "shockingly high." Speculation began to surge when the "Entourage" star blamed his rare illness on eating too much sushi, with the plays author, David Mamet, remarking, "My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer." But Piven appeared on "Good Morning America" today and urging viewers to reel in their love of fish. He says, "The last thing I ever thought about doing was not completing this run. I've never not completed anything in my life. I'm very proud to say that I've been a workhorse my entire life. ... they pulled me out of this thing and that's the truth. "I come from a theater family -- you talk about the show must go on -- this is in my DNA. This was my finest moment -- that I had been working for my whole life." He also said, "Get your heavy metals tested, please, I beg you. Guys, go to bluevoice.org. You'll learn more information about all of this. It's much bigger than me. We're polluting our food source and it's not a great thing that's going on. Thank you."
Comic Jim Carrey spends his lonely nights in his hotel room performing racy online dances for girlfriend Jenny McCarthy. Carrey hates to be apart from his partner, whom he has dated since 2005. And, according to McCarthy, Carrey uses a webcam to keep up their romance when he's away on film shoots. She tells OK! magazine, "I haven't done any dancing, but I make him do that! It's nice! With the iChat, we're always afraid that there's a third party watching! We're a little bit careful, but it's a great way to have that face-to-face connection! I go online and check him out. I tell him his outfit looks cute!"
Hollywood star Patrick Swayze is "doing fine" in the hospital after he came down with pneumonia last week. The actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, checked himself into a facility on Friday to be kept under observation after he was diagnosed with pneumonia. His mother, Patsy Swayze, tells Usmagazine.com, "He sounds really upbeat and positive. We don't talk about illness when I talk to him. He hasn't even been there a week!"
Katy Perry is still "hurting" over her split from Travis McCoy, but she is insisting she's "over it." Perry broke up with the Gym Class Heroes frontman in December after weeks of bad arguments. McCoy has turned to his online blog to air his feelings about his singing ex, Perry decided to address the failed romance at her show at Los Angeles California Hotel Cafe on last night, hinting it was McCoy who pushed her away. She told the crowd, "It hurts right now. When you break up with someone you move on. "You don't really want to move on. ... but you have to because they don't give you any choice. But I'm over it!"
Tish Cyrus With sister superstar Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus at The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood California last night. The pop singer stunned the crowd with her with her beautiful ruffled gown.
Sexy superstar Angelina Jolie is planning another long break from acting in 2009, fuelling media speculation she is set to quit Hollywood for good.The mom of six children, has often spoken of her huge desire to put her family before movies. She took most of 2008 off to prepare for the arrival of twins Knox and Vivienne, and is already planning another long hiatus. Jolie says, "I have had a year off, and I may work for a few months. But, if I do, I’m probably going to take another year and a half or two. I’m going to work a lot less.'’
Hip Hopper Kanye West is setting a new career goal. He wants to pose nude and break "every rule" of American culture.The singer wants to shed his clothes for a photo shoot, but not until he’s had the chance to work out and get into great shape. And, although West knows the nudity will put him back into the headlines, he is insisting he’ll be prepared for the controversy, because he wants to challenge people’s perceptions of what is and isn’t acceptable in today’s society. He says, "I definitely feel, like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I’ll pose naked. I break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture." In a new Vibe magazine interview, West insists his striptease would make big headlines, whereas such a controversial statement by certain other stars, like Bjork, would go largely unnoticed.He explains, "If she wanted to pose naked, you’d (public and media) be like, ‘Oh, that’s Bjork.’ But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it.
Hollywood actress Queen Latifah has invited singers and musicians to come up with an original song for a duet for her forthcoming album "Persona." The star launched the contest during Wednesday's People's Choice Awards, which she hosted, telling the audience she was looking for a "fresh new voice and a hot new song." Just three entrants will be short-listed next month from all compositions received, and she will let fans decide who should win via an online poll. The winner will get the chance to hit the studio with Latifah and record the track with her.
Pop singer Lily Allen is backtracking over her controversial comments about drugs, insisting she does not condone substance abuse at all. The star created criticism from anti-drugs campaigners this week after she was quoted as saying the issue is "sensationalized" and that she knows people who "take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work everyday, no problem." But the British singer has now issued a statement insisting it "terrifies" her to see people high on drugs. A spokesman for the singer says, "Lily Allen would like to state unequivocally that she does not condone illegal drug use and has every sympathy with individuals and families whose lives have been blighted by drugs."
The Bahamas health minister is slamming the funeral home workers for leaking the cause of Jett Travolta's death, and is insisting it was in breach of strict confidentiality rules. Insiders at the mortuary where the body of John Travolta’s 16-year-old son was kept following his death in the Caribbean country on Friday spoke out yesterday, just hours after an autopsy took place, to reveal that he died from a seizure. Politician Dr. Hubert Minnis is furious the information was made public so soon after the death, and before Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were able to comment on the findings and to morn. Speaking on NBC's 'The Today Show', Minnis says, "I was somewhat amazed that the funeral director or someone leaked the report. It’s strictly confidential and the family should be in the position to release the report." Travolta and Preston returned home to their Ocala, Florida home on Monday with the ashes of the teenager, following his cremation. Funeral plans have yet to be announced.
Hollywood star Rosario Dawson is scared her mother will be upset by her new film role as a dying woman.The actress plays a character on the brink of death in Will Smith’s new film Seven Pounds, and she fears the portrayal will strike a little too close to home for her mom, who has suffered from chronic asthma and diabetes for many years. Dawson says, "My mom’s health is something that I’m concerned with all the time and that makes me worry because I have zero control in that."I know this is going to be a very difficult movie for her to see and I was really thoughtful thinking of her while I was doing this." The film has made Dawson thankful that she has been blessed with good health.
Tom Hanks along with Tom Cruise and Oprah are among the big names who have sent condolence messages to John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston as they mourn the loss of their son. Jett Travolta died after suffering a seizure at the family’s holiday retreat in the Bahamas on Friday morning and their celebrity friends are rallying to let the Travolta's know they are in their thoughts.The couple’s attorney, Mike Ossi, tells U.S. TV show Entertainment Tonight, "Everybody has reached out. It seems like the world has reached out and feels the pain that John and Kelly are going through. Thousands and thousands of phone calls have been received. Oprah has called. You name it, they’ve called." He also revealed that Hanks and Cruise have reached out to the grieving stars.
Troubled singer Amy Winehouse is reportedly in negotiations with a British fashion label to design a clothing collection. The Rehab star is said to be in talks with executives at Fred Perry to produce her own range and has already come up with a series of sketches of her ideas, according to British newspaper The Sun. A source tells the publication, "She was almost childishly excited and couldn’t stop talking about it."