Stars including Colin Firth, Jeremy Piven and Luke Evans turned out to support Samuel L. Jackson at his cancer charity gala in London on Sunday night (15Jun14). The Avengers star hosted the One For The Boys Fashion Ball at the city's Natural History Museum to pull in donations for the cancer awareness drive directed at men.
A host of celebrities flocked to the event, which coincided with the London Collections: Men catwalk shows, and the bash had a strong fashion focus.
Jackson, Piven and Evans all took to the runway at the event to show off designs from brands including Fendi and Alexander McQueen. Other stars to strut down the catwalk included Simon Pegg, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, comic David Walliams, actor Jesse Metcalfe and male models David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire.
Supporting the men from the audience were pop star Pixie Lott, who is dating Cheshire, TV personality Amanda Holden, and Oscar winner Colin Firth.
Singer Paloma Faith performed at the event.
Actors Mark Ruffalo and Michael Sheen proved they have hidden depths during a U.K. talk show by showing off their beatboxing and circus skills. The two screen stars were both invited onto The Graham Norton Show as guests, and they were keen to display their alternative sides when the host invited them to demonstrate their secret talents.
The Queen star Sheen stunned the audience by 'beatboxing' the famous theme tune to TV series Dallas, and The Avengers actor Ruffalo proved he would be a great ringmaster by showing off his circus skills. British actress Amanda Holden, who was a fellow guest on the show, then joined in the fun by standing on her head.
The episode is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (06Jun14).
Funnyman David Walliams saved music mogul Simon Cowell from choking when the pair was filming TV hit Britain's Got Talent. The Little Britain star features alongside Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of the competition, and the eighth season of the U.K. show begins on Saturday (12Apr14).
Walliams has now revealed he leaped into action while filming the show to rescue Cowell as the record label boss began to choke on a snack in between takes.
Walliams tells British talk show host Alan Carr, "In the show I actually give Simon the Heimlich manoeuvre... He's always eating something whilst the contestants come on. It's normally orange pieces or mints and he choked on the mint and I actually saved his life and I do regret that!"
Holden adds, "He (Cowell) was seriously choking and David came up behind him and dry humped him! He did the Heimlich manoeuvre. It worked anyway!"
British actress Amanda Holden was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she nearly died giving birth to her daughter. The TV star was left in a critical condition during the Caesarean section delivery of her little girl Hollie in 2012. She lost several pints of blood and her heart stopped beating during the procedure.
Holden was saved by the doctors and went on to make a full recovery, but now admits the stress of the episode left her suffering from PTSD, which is often associated with war veterans.
She tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "After that, I thought seriously about illness and assumed whenever I had a cough, it was lung cancer. I've had therapy and was told I suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome... I assumed that (PTSD) was what people had in Afghanistan, and I haven't fought a war, but maybe I have in a way."
British TV star Amanda Holden has successfully campaigned to ban the controversial burning of aborted and miscarried babies in the U.K. The actress, who has twice lost a child during pregnancy, has shot a documentary for Britain's Channel 4 network highlighting the U.K. National Health Service's (NHS) practice of incinerating foetal remains as 'clinical waste' rather than cremating them.
Her conversation with Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Dan Poulter led to an investigation which has now resulted in the practice being banned throughout the NHS, and Holden is delighted with the result.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's disgraceful to think babies were thrown into the burner alongside waste such as bandages and syringes. I hope mothers and fathers will be comforted by the knowledge this won't go on any more."
Holden suffered a miscarriage in 2010 and a stillbirth in 2011.
Gun to my head, I might be able to say something positive about 300: Rise of an Empire. In a vacuum, I suppose I'd call its aesthetic appealing, its production value impressive, or its giant rhinos kind of cool. But these elements cannot be taken alone, embroidered on a gigantic patch of joyless pain that infests your conscious mind from its inceptive moments on.
It's not so much that the 300 sequel fails at its desired conceit — it gives you exactly what it promises: gore, swordplay, angry sex, halfwit maxims about honor and manliness and the love of the fight. It's simply that its desired conceit is dehumanizing agony. Holding too hard and too long to its mission statement to top its Zack Snyder-helmed predecessor in scope, scale, and spilled pints of blood, Noam Murro's Rise of an Empire doesn't put any energy into filtering its spectacular mayhem through whatever semblance of a humanistic touch made the first one feel like a comprehensive movie.
Now, it's been a good eight years since I've seen 300, and I can't say that I was particularly fond of it. But beneath its own eye-widening layer of violence, there was a tangible idea of who King Leonidas was, what this war meant, and why Sparta mattered. No matter how much clumsy exposition is hurled our way, all we really know here is that there are two sides and they hate each other.
When Rise of an Empire asks us to engage on a more intimate level, which it does — the personal warfare between Sullivan Stapleton (whose name, I guess, is Themistokles) and Bad Guy Captain Eva Green (a.k.a. Artemisia) is founded on the idea that she likes him, and he kind of digs her (re: angry sex), and they want to rule together, but a rose by any other name and all that — we're effectively lost. With characters who don't matter in the slightest, material like this is just filler between the practically striking battle sequences.
But when the "in-between material" is as meaningless as it is in Rise of an Empire, the battles can't function as much more than filler themselves. Filler between the opening titles and closing credits. A game of Candy Crush you play on the subway. Contemptfully insubstantial and not particularly fun, but taking place nonetheless.
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Without even a remote layer of camp — too palpably absent as Rise of an Empire splashes its screen with so much human fluid that "The End" by The Doors will start to play in your head — there's no victory in a movie like this. No characters to latch onto, no story to follow, no joy to be derived. Yes, it might be aesthetically stunning (and really, that's where the one star comes in... well, half a star for that and half for the giant rhinos), but the marvel of its look shrinks under the shadow of the painful vacancy of anything tolerable.
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Music mogul Simon Cowell had a near miss when a child threw a knife at him as part of an audition for Britain's Got Talent. The judge volunteered to be an unnamed 11-year-old's 'glamorous assistant' during the tryouts in Birmingham, England over the weekend (01-02Feb14), little realising he was in for a hair-raising time.
Cowell got onstage to take part in the Wild West-themed knife-throwing stunt but was left counting his luck when a blade landed a little too close for comfort.
Fellow judge Amanda Holden saw the funny side and told the lad, "You nearly killed Simon!", and fellow panellist David Walliams asked him, "How much would I have to pay you to throw the knife a little bit nearer?"
It is not known if the knife-throwing act was put through to the next round.
British actor Neil Morrissey has finally opened up about the headline-grabbing scandal which engulfed him nearly 15 years ago when his affair with married co-star Amanda Holden was exposed. The Men Behaving Badly star was at the height of his fame in 2000 when it emerged he had a relationship with Holden while she was married to TV funnyman Les Dennis.
The story became a tabloid sensation, and eventually led to the breakdown of Holden and Dennis' marriage.
Morrissey has long refused to talk about the scandal, but he has now opened up about what happened in a candid new interview with TV newsman Piers Morgan.
In an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Morrissey says, "I feel sorry for how the situation was dealt with and I feel sorry for how emotional Les seemed to become. It was very difficult for him and for that I'm very sorry... I've since ran into Les a few times and shook his hand. He lives near us in north London."
However, when asked whether he ever apologised to Dennis in person, Morrissey adds, "No, I didn't. I'm not positive over what there is to apologise about. I don't know what the whole situation was, to be perfectly fair to everybody."
The actor goes on to explain why he has never spoken about the affair before: "I think enough was said about it. This was a very short fling. I didn't have representation at the time, in terms of PR and this was the first time I'd really come under the cosh (under fire)."
When asked what advice he would give to young actors today, Morrissey jokes, "Yeah, don't f**k a game show host's wife."
Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and new Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi are among the stars who are supporting a new foster carer recruitment campaign in the U.K. The actors have offered up cherished snaps from their childhood as part of leading charity Barnardo's Create My Memories initiative, which urges Brits to take vulnerable children into their homes.
The collection of pictures will be projected in busy shopping areas in London and Manchester in England, and Glasgow, Scotland as part of the annual Fostering and Adoption Week, which starts on Monday (13Jan14).
Other stars who are supporting the scheme include pop singer Nicola Roberts, actress Amanda Holden and veteran model Twiggy.
Brenda Farrell, head of fostering and adoption at Barnardo's, says, "Without the right foster family to care for them, many vulnerable children may never experience the love and stability they so desperately need and happy memories will remain a distant dream. We are truly grateful that so many household names are helping us to broadcast our plea for people to consider becoming foster parents."