British actor/singer Martin Kemp has wished Tom Hardy luck in portraying both Kray twins in a new biopic, insisting he found it tough playing just one of the crime lords back in the 1990s. Hardy will play infamous criminals Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, in a new movie about the notorious gangsters.
Kemp played Reggie alongside his brother and Spandau Ballet bandmate Gary as Ronnie in 1990 drama The Krays, and he has wished Hardy luck taking on the challenge of playing both characters.
Kemp says, "He's gonna play both parts, interesting. I had enough trouble playing one part. Tom's a great actor. That's his decision so I wish him luck."
Former Spiders From Mars bandmates Tony Visconti and Mick 'woody' Woodmansey are reuniting to perform David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World in tribute to the music legend and his guitarist Mick Ronson. The pair was recruited by Bowie to play alongside himself and Ronson on the iconic 1970 album, and they formed the nucleus of the line-up of his famous early 1970s backing band.
Ronson passed away in 1993 after a battle with cancer, and now bassist Visconti and drummer Woodmansey are reuniting to perform the album in full for the first time - with Bowie's blessing.
Woodmansey tells British newspaper The Guardian, "The Man Who Sold the World was the first album Mick Ronson and I played on, our first even in a proper London studio, yet it never got played live... It got critical acclaim, but we never toured it, and in the live shows the album tracks never got touched on. So the idea of being able to go out and finally play some of those great tracks live was just so exciting."
The pair will be joined by 10 other musicians, including Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman, for the concert at London's Garage venue on 7 September (14).
A strike by French air traffic controllers caused chaos at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (15May14) as attendees were caught up in the travel problems. Passengers flying to France faced severe delays and disruption due to a walkout by aviation staff, while industrial action by cab drivers also impacted on those flying into Nice airport on the first day of the festival on Wednesday (14May14).
British pop stars Spandau Ballet are due to attend the event on Friday (16May14) for the premiere of their documentary Soul Boys of the Western World, but Martin Kemp was left waiting for his bandmates on Thursday when they were caught up in the strike chaos.
He posted a video on Instagram.com showing himself drinking coffee in the sunshine while waiting for his colleagues to arrive, adding in a caption, "The other band members are caught up in the French air strike... I will just sit here and wait then... Could be worse!"
Other festival-goers who suffered travel problems on Thursday included screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine, the brains behind 2009 thriller Exam, who wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Cab cancelled at last minute. Went to wrong terminal. Flight delayed by air traffic control strike. Cab strike in Cannes. C'est La Vie!" while actor Martin Delany tweeted, "Off to Cannes film festival, flight cancelled due to French air traffic strike, re route to Perpignan, this movie business is tough."
Tributes are flooding in from celebrities following the death of British acting legend Bob Hoskins. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit star passed away on Tuesday night (29Apr14) after suffering from a bout of pneumonia. He had retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Tributes were led on Twitter.com by Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson, who writes, "Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P."
British comedian Stephen Fry tweets, "Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That's awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man.", while actor Sam Claflin, who co-starred with Hoskins in his last film Snow White and the Huntsman, adds, "I had the honour of working with one of our countries (sic) greats, and what a privilege that was. A diamond. A gent. A legend. #RIPBobHoskins."
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp adds, "RIP Bob Hoskins, 'Long Good Friday' one of the best movies ever made! You will be missed!", Melissa Joan Hart tweets, "RIP Bob Hoskins!!! In your memory I will show my boys Roger Rabbit this weekend", and John Leguizamo adds, "Dear BobHoskins rest in peace! - never worked a more gentle kind and talented actor!"
British actor Tom Hardy will play both of London's infamous Kray twins in a new movie about the notorious crime bosses. The Inception star has been linked to the project about brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, since earlier this year (14).
The star confirms he has started work on the movie, and reveals he will portray both twins on the big screen.
He says, "I'm on that right now. I've got to work out how to play both twins, which will be fun. It's another experiment and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to have some fun and see what's out there and explore with the work.
"The more of a challenge I give myself, the easier it is to take on more projects which are complicated in the future, if that makes sense.
"It might not be the greatest movie in the world, but that's not the pressure you put on yourself. You never know what you're going to get."
Spandau Ballet stars and siblings, Gary and Martin Kemp, played the gangsters in 1990's The Krays.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof has been left heartbroken by the sudden death of his daughter Peaches.
British socialite, model and TV personality Peaches Geldof was declared dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) and her father has wasted no time in confirming the tragedy.
Responding to the sad news, which broke on Monday (07Apr14), the Live Aid icon and Boomtown Rats frontman paid tribute to the mother-of-two, who was married to singer Thomas Cohen, calling her, "the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers (craziest) of all of us".
He adds, "We are beyond pain... Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. "How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken." Peaches' husband has also addressed the sad loss in a brief statement, which reads: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday (sic)."
Meanwhile, British celebrities have also offered up their thoughts via Twitter.com. Singer and friend Alexandra Burke writes, "I can't believe Peaches has passed away.. I feel so numb. I've never met anyone so kind before. She was a beautiful person... My heart goes out to her family and her kids... Praying for them all xxx RIP Peaches", and Myleene Klass adds, "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating, God bless her babies. RIP mama xxx".
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp also offered up his thoughts, tweeting, "RIP Peaches Geldof, what do you say, my heart goes out to Bob and all his family, I truly am saddened by this horrible news!"
And Ellie Goulding posts, "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches".
Singer Lily Allen also marked her friend's passing, writing, "My thoughts are with the Geldof's (sic) at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl," and Sharon Osbourne adds, "Devastated about @peaches_g. Sending condolences & respect to the Geldof family. It's unimaginable what they must be going through right now."
Peaches' death comes just a day after she tweeted a photo of herself and her late mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, and shared photos and videos of her two young boys online. Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.
British funnyman Ricky Gervais ended up in a heated debate online this weekend (29-30Mar14) after voicing his support for same-sex marriage. Gay marriage officially became legal in the U.K. on Saturday (29Mar14) and Gervais used his Twitter.com page to show his support for the historic moment.
He wrote, "Same sex marriage isn't just a victory for gay people. It's a victory for all of us. ANYTHING that promotes equality, promotes progress."
Some people disagreed with his sentiments, but rather than ignore the dissenters, the comic challenged their views, replying to one follower by posting, "You can't take equality 'too far'."
He ended his tweeting session by writing, "I love it when people try to find loopholes in the concept of equality. It's like it makes them angry that people want respect."
Gervais was not the only celebrity to celebrate the new law: Spandau Ballet rocker Martin Kemp wrote, "Just want to say good luck to all same sex couples tying the knot! Have a fantastic day!" and former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass added, Congrats #England and #Wales !! #Equality."
Legendary British music producer Trevor Horn is in mourning following the death of his wife. The Buggles star's longterm partner, Jill Sinclair, passed away on Saturday (22Mar14) at the age of 61.
She had been suffering from cancer but never fully recovered from a shooting accident in 2006 which left her with brain damage.
Sinclair, who was a successful record label boss and her husband's business partner, was accidentally shot in the neck with an air rifle by her son and spent three years in a coma. When she woke she was unable to move or speak.
Following her death, Horn paid tribute to his wife in a statement: "Jill was an inspiration in every aspect of her life, as my wife and as the mother of our children. She had an adventurous, maverick spirit and built up music businesses - and made her way through life - successfully and independently, and always on her own terms. She will be sorely missed."
Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp also honoured Sinclair after hearing news of her death, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "RIP the great Jill Sinclair. One of the most successful people in the British music business. A legend."
Spandau Ballet have offered their thoughts and prayers to the families of the two victims killed outside a South by Southwest festival venue in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (12Mar14), while the British band were staging a triumphant comeback across town. During a press conference at the festival on Thursday (13Mar14), singer Tony Hadley addressed the tragedy that marred the True hitmakers' first U.S. gig in almost 30 years.
Expressing his "sorrow and sadness", Hadley said, "We were totally unaware because we were onstage. Obviously we were upset to hear about what happened. It's an absolute tragedy... We just want to express the band's sadness over what happened."
The reunited Spandau Ballet are at the festival to promote new documentary Soul Boys of the Western World.
Reunited new romantic band Spandau Ballet played its first concert in America in almost three decades on Wednesday (12Mar14) when singer Tony Hadley and his bandmates performed at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The British band is at the festival promoting new documentary Soul Boys of the Western World, which chronicles the group's rise in the 1980s, and the stars hit the stage at the Vulcan Gas Co. venue for a hits-filled set, featuring songs like To Cut a Long Story Short, True and Gold.
The gig followed the premiere of the new George Hencken film, which features archival footage which traces the bandmembers' roots in London to their international success and their performance as part of Live Aid in 1985.
Spandau Ballet were forced to abandon a U.S. tour the same year - the last time they played in America - after saxophonist Steve Norman injured his knee.
The group's return to America was marred by a festival tragedy on Wednesday night (12Mar14) when a suspected drunk driver ploughed into a crowd of music fans outside an X concert, killing a man and a woman and injuring 23 others.