Former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts has struck up a romance with actress Samantha Barks' TV star ex. The Les Miserables beauty called off her romance with Welsh presenter Matt Johnson earlier this year (13) and quickly moved on with hunky model David Gandy.
Johnson has since revealed he was "devastated" by the rejection, but he's now dating Roberts, who has been living and working in the U.K. since starring in reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year (12).
The pair was spotted enjoying an intimate night out together at London hotspot Mahiki on Wednesday (02Oct13).
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "They were being really flirty and playful all night. It was obvious by their relaxed body language that they're really comfortable with each other.
"They were dancing together one-on-one, before stealing a kiss."
Ellie Goulding has scored a second week atop the U.K. pop charts with her new single Burn. The track is the singer's first ever U.K. number one, and she keeps former chart-topper Avicii from returning to the top spot with Wake Me Up.
Klangkarussell and Will Heard's Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine), DJ Fresh and Diplo's Earthquake and Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey round out the new top five,
Meanwhile, talent show finalists Richard and Adam Johnson have held off challenges from Rudimental, Travis and John Mayer to hold on to the number one spot on the Official Albums Chart for a fourth successive week.
The brothers' debut album, titled The Impossible Dream, has now tied with The Motion Picture Cast Recording of Les Miserables for the longest run at the top of the countdown this year (13).
Rudimental's home stays put at two, while Travis debut Where You Stand at three and John Mayer's Paradise Valley and Stereophonics' Graffiti On The Train round out the new top five.
U.K. TV host Matt Johnson has told of his heartbreak at discovering his movie star ex-girlfriend Samantha Barks had moved on with top male model David Gandy just weeks after their split. The Les Miserables beauty called off her romance with the Welsh presenter earlier this year (13) and was subsequently linked to Dolce & Gabbana hunk Gandy.
Barks' brief relationship with Gandy reportedly finished last month (Jul13), but Johnson admits it was tough for him to see the actress in the arms of another man.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Sam and I cared for each other and the decision to break up was hard. When you genuinely have love for somebody it is hard to walk away. But it hurt when she upgraded to David Gandy. F**k Gandy!
"They were photographed together about three weeks after we split up, which was difficult to take. That's why it's a closed door between the two of us.
"My first reaction was to go: 'Get off her'. Then I was just thinking: 'Not Gandy'. I've seen his adverts - the man's got abs of steel. Anybody who is honest would think: 'He's a handsome man, I get it.' But it still burns, it really does."
Johnson goes on to reveal the reasons behind his split from Barks, adding, "Sam is amazing - she is so talented, gorgeous and sweet. But she's at a point of her career when she's just got to go for it and strike while the iron is hot. And it gradually got a bit more stressful because we never saw each other. We finally made the call to end it while drunk in a restaurant at 3am. It was really sad."
Les Miserables star Samantha Barks has split from top male model David Gandy after a brief romance. The singer/actress reportedly began dating the British hunk in May (13), but Gandy, who previously romanced The Saturdays pop star Mollie King, has now confirmed he is single again.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I am single at the moment. This summer I am going to L.A. and then New York. Samantha's gone to L.A. now and if I see her in L.A. then I see her in L.A. I am not going to go out of my way to see her, but if I bump into her, I bump into her."
The split is the second this year (13) for Barks, who parted from Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson before she started dating Gandy.
Ella Fitzgerald's former pianist Paul Smith has passed away at the age of 91. He died of heart failure at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in California on Saturday (29Jun13).
Born in San Diego, California, Smith began studying piano at a young age and joined the Johnny Richards band in 1941.
He left the group to become a member of the Les Paul Trio in 1946 and he later moved to Los Angeles to launch a career as a studio musician and solo artist.
During his lifetime, he recorded more than five dozen records and performed with a string of music greats, including Bing Cosby, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. He also spent 11 years with Fitzgerald, and another four years with Sammy Davis, Jr., working as their conductor and pianist.
The star continued performing up until his death and over the last few years toured with his singer wife, Annette Warren. The couple was slated to headline a show at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles on 17 July (13).
Smith is survived by his two sons Gary and Paul, as well as a daughter, actress Lauri Johnson, who starred in Meg Ryan's City of Angels and Keri Russell's Waitress.
Eddie Redmayne showed off his serving skills on Sunday (16Jun13) as he took to a tennis court for a charity match at the Aegon Championships in London. The Les Miserables star joined London's Mayor Boris Johnson, U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and comedians Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr for the Rally Against Cancer charity game.
The famous faces donned their whites for a tag-team match, which pitted them against professionals Andy Murray and Tim Henman.
The money raised from tickets sales will go to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, where British tennis player Ross Hutchins is receiving treatment following his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in December (12).
Before the charity match, Murray beat Croatian Marin Cilic to win the tournament.
Les Miserables star Samantha Barks is dating top male model David Gandy, according to a U.K. report. The singer/actress split from Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson earlier this year (13) and has since moved on with the British hunk, who she has been dating for a month.
Gandy is said to have introduced Barks as "my girlfriend" at a yacht party in Monaco in May (13), while an insider tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "They can't keep their hands off one another. They kept it quiet at first but now they're happy to publicly display affection."
Gandy previously dated The Saturdays pop star Mollie King.
British actress Samantha Barks is single again after splitting from her boyfriend, according to a U.K. report. The Les Miserables star has been dating Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson since earlier this year (13), but they have now parted ways, according to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Editors at the publication report the relationship crumbled due to work commitments. A source says, "Their conflicting schedules mean they have gone their separate ways."
When you think of SXSW, the image of indie bands, movie premieres, tech talks where the word "innovative" is used a lot, and of course, those famous Austin breakfast tacos immediately springs to mind. But television has also become one of the key components of the festival, with panels and screenings becoming a one of the must-experience destinations of the event. It's no surprise really, considering the quality level of television out there right now.
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Just ask Aaron Tveit, the bona fide Broadway star who had his big screen breakout as Enjolras in the Oscar-winning adaptation of Les Misérables. The 29-year-old actor who has Hollywood knocking, went with a small screen project, the upcoming USA procedural Graceland, which had its world premiere at the Austin Museum of Art at SXSW on Monday night.
Hollywood.com caught up with Tveit at the roof party that followed the Graceland premiere (which featured, among other highlights, a digital paint display) and cast Q&A explained his reasoning for choosing to do television after the success of Les Mis was simple: "I think the best writing right now is in television." He continued, "I'm a huge television watcher, I'm a fan of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Those shows I think, but obviously starting with The Sopranos and The Wire, are why you're seeing film actors who would have never done TV before, all of a sudden want a series. The stigma [about TV] is gone."
While Tveit is by no means a stranger to television (he'd had minor roles on Gossip Girl and Law & Order: SVU), it's his first lead in a series. In Graceland — which seemed to play well to the SXSW audience who laughed along with all the quippy, USA-brand of dialogue in the pilot — Tveit plays a rookie FBI agent named Mike Warren who lives in a dream-like beachfront home with other FBI officials, like hotshot agent Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata).
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"Other television work that I've done has been a lot of guest star stuff, so you're kind of the not-important person on the schedule when you're shooting as a guest star, but with this I'm working all the time. I love being at work everyday," Tveit said. The actor said that he was up for the "six month grind of non-stop" television shooting, thanks largely in part to his Broadway background. "Being on stage all the time I know you have to keep yourself in shape, so I just treated it the same way."
Tveit not only credited the USA network for making his transition to TV leading man an easy one ("When I found it was USA, I could instantly picture how they were gonna do it and it was going to look like and fully supported. They give their shows every opportunity to succeed," he said), but his castmates, including Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, Manny Montana, and Brandon Jay McLaren, who were all on hand for the SXSW premiere.
"It's a group of actors that, from day one, everyone was just ready to play ball with each other," Tveit said. "Telling this story is a very collaborative effort, our writers encourage us to bring our ideas and we have a lot of influence over our characters and the story that we're telling. In that same regard, there's a lot of improvisation and stuff is very free-flowing. It lifts the material off the page, because we all do really get along. I think the material can crackle when you have that kind of rapport."
But Broadway fanatics who want to see Tveit back on stage singing again (and there were quite a few in the crowd at SXSW, as the actor received the most questions from giddy audience members during the post-screening session), don't worry, so does he. During the Q&A, the actor said there'd be "no scripted singing in the season" on Graceland, but when Hollywood.com chatted with him, he said he'd still find an outlet for it.
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"I really, really wanna get back on stage. It's like an addiction you can't get anywhere else. That energy you have on stage, you can't find it anywhere else. I miss it, I miss singing," Tveit admitted. "[I'm] in the early stages of putting a concert to do in New York. I'll hopefully be diving in to that [when I get back], so hopefully that will satisfy my desire to sing, even if it's just for myself." Unlikely case.
Graceland premieres this summer on USA.
[Photo credit: USA]
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Oscar weekend is upon us, which means all eyes will be on Hollywood's version of the Super Bowl with Oscar contenders making a final stand at the box office before the telecast on Sunday night. Dwayne Johsnon will also see the debut of his action crime drama Snitch, and Keri Russell appears in the horror entry Dark Skies.
Fortunately for Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, Identity Thief is not held up to Academy Award standards but rather the popular vote, which gave the R-rated comedy a number one debut two weeks ago and a President's Day weekend near-upset over A Good Day to Die Hard. The comedy enters its third weekend with close to $80 million in the bank and ranks as the highest-grossing film released this year. A trip back to the number one spot could be in the cards this weekend with an expected gross in the high teens and total domestic gross of more than $90 million by Sunday night.
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But hold on a minute: Bruce Willis ruled President's Day weekend smashing up about $36.9 million in A Good Day To Die Hard's first five days. This weekend the latest Die Hard installment will tangle with Thief and make a run at the top spot with a mid-to-high-teen gross. The action film will pass the $50 million mark by the end of the weekend and thus become the highest grossing R-rated action flick released in 2013 thus far.
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As one of two wide release newcomers, Snitch will debut in 2,511 theaters on Friday. Starring Dwayne Johnson in another kickass, take no prisoners role, Snitch follows a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of drug trafficking, forcing him to infiltrate a drug cartel to get his boy off the hook. Co-starring Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt, the PG-13 action crime drama is expected to gross in the $10 million to $12 million range.
The other wide release newcomer is Dark Skies, the PG-13 rated horror sci-fi thriller starring Keri Russell as woman affected by disturbing events in her once-peaceful suburban existence. The film co-stars Josh Hamilton and will try to capitalize on being the only new horror movie in the marketplace since the hit Mama debuted back in mid-January. It should wind up with a gross in the high single digits or potentially a bit higher.
Looking for love this Oscar weekend will be the Nicholas Sparks big screen adaptation of Safe Haven, which opened at number one on Valentine's Day and made a solid showing, placing third over President's Day weekend with $24.5 million and $33.3 million in its first 5 days. In this, its second weekend, a gross in the $10 million range will give a shot at a spot in the top 6.
Now on to the Best Picture nominees that will be making their mark this weekend: Silver Linings Playbook (no. 7 last weekend - $100.87M thru 2-20), Zero Dark Thirty (no. 10 last weekend - $89.0M thru 2-20), Argo (no. 12 last weekend - $127.6M thru 2-20), Life of Pi (no. 13 last weekend - $111.7M thru 2-20), Lincoln (no. 14 last weekend - $176.96M thru 2-20), Django Unchained (no. 15 last weekend - $157.65M thru 2-20), Les Miserables (no. 19 last weekend - $145.96M thru 2-20), Amour (no. 20 last weekend - $4.27M thru 2-20) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (no. 31 last weekend - $12.34M thru 2-20).
If not for the strong performance of this year's crop of Oscar-nominated films, we would be looking at a much bigger year over year deficit than the 7 percent we are currently experiencing. Notably the North American box office total for all nine Best Pic conteners is a whopping $926,518,816, and this weekend should see all of them getting a nice lift as people scurry out to catch up on their moviegoing before Sunday's awards are handed out.
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