Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis have been recognised by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List. The actress has been named an honorary dame, while fellow Oscar winner Day-Lewis will be knighted.
Jolie learned of the honour in London this week (beg09Jun14), while she was co-hosting an international summit on sexual violence.
She won't be entitled to use her new royal title because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, but she joins fellow Americans Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan, who have previously received honorary titles from the Queen.
Among the soldiers, charity heroes, civil servants and entrepreneurs to receive honours, Day-Lewis will be able to add 'Sir' to his name after becoming a knight for "services to drama".
The Lincoln star admits he was, "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to discover he had made the list.
There were also damehoods for Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, while beloved actress Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on TV's Downton Abbey, was made a Companion of Honor, and becomes one of only 65 people "of distinction" in the U.K., and Homeland star Damian Lewis has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He says, "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment."
Author Hunter Davies, actress Phyllida Law and musician Talvin Singh also received OBEs, while physicist Thomas Kibble and pianist Andra Schiff have been honoured with knighthoods.
Also making the annual honours list is singer and DJ Cerys Matthews and actor John Barrowman, who have both been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals (CBEs).
British actor Damian Lewis has reportedly been forced to pull out of a key amateur soccer match with his former schoolmates due to filming commitments. The Homeland star is said to have been playing for the Old Etonian Veterans side, made up of former pupils at Eton College in Berkshire, England throughout this season and the team has made it through to the final of the Derrick Moore Cup in the over-35s competition.
However, Lewis will have to miss the crucial match as it clashes with his movie filming schedule, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
The actor is currently working on a drama called Our Kind of Traitor, with Ewan McGregor, which has been filming in the U.K.
The report states Lewis' brother Gareth will still be playing in the game against Harrow in London on Sunday (27Apr14).
"Oh Lord; uniforms, games kit, new shoes, haircuts, maths projects... yay, love the start of a new term... also slightly thwarted by a house guest driving off to London with my car keys in their pocket." Elizabeth Hurley's plans to get her 12 year old son Damian ready for his return to school were thrown into chaos when she lost her car keys.
I know, that headline is trouble. You're always treading dangerous ground when you insist on defining what makes a good this or the right kind of that, as if there is no room for change or improvement when it comes to classic properties. Of course there is — Jason Segel's 2011 Muppet film approached the concept from an entirely different direction. It didn't hit all of its marks, but it prevailed overall in its conceit: make a movie not about Muppets, but about Muppet fandom. But Muppets Most Wanted, in absence of a clear mission statement and fueled largely by the monetary glimmers of the sequel game (the film's opening number admits this outright), has fewer marks readily available to hit. Landing in the ambiguity between the classic Muppet adventure formula and Segel's post-modern Henson appreciation party, Most Wanted feels like a failure on both counts. It doesn't know which kind of movie it wants to, or should, be. So it doesn't really be anything.
On the one hand, there's the half-cocked "get-the-band-back-together" through line, mimicking but not quite accomplishing the spirit of the 2011 picture. None of the Muppets are particularly likable or charming in this turn, and even fewer of them actually given anything to do. Kermit loses his s**t in the first act after a spat with Piggy and a barrage of insubordination from his troupe (provoked by the nefarious Dominic Badguy, Ricky Gervais), storms off in a huff, and gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity when his criminal doppelganger Constantine pulls the old switcheroo, landing Kermit in a Russian gulag. You'd think this would be a good opportunity for the second tier of Muppet favorites — Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, et al — to go on a search and rescue... but save for a very brief sequence at the tail end of this achingly long film, none of the other Muppets are giving anything to do. They just hem and haw and perform the occasional "Indoor Running of the Bulls" while Dominic and Constantine scheme, rob banks, and bicker.
Meanwhile, Kermit has some fun in prison — a far more endearing plot that sees him befriending the merry convicts, organizing a penitentiary revue, and even winning the heart of the vicious warden Nadia (Tina Fey). If only we could spend more time with real Kermit and less time with fake Kermit and his second banana Gervais, an effectively boring pair.
On the other hand, though, there's the Muppet shtick that fans of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island — and yes, The Muppet Show itself — will deem the movie's best material: CIA Agent Sam Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) hot on the trail of Constantine and Dominic. Here, we get a different type of Muppet movie entirely from what Segel and the A-plot in Most Wanted are opting: the old fashioned vaudeville act, with Sam standing as an independent entity from his googly-eyed brethren, on a goofy, musical prowl with Burrell that fuels the film with its best and most consistent chuckles. Their "Interrogation Song" number is outstanding, exemplifying the many talents of Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who wrote all the music for this and the previous film.
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Unfortunately, Muppets Most Wanted isn't sure that it wants to be The Great Muppet Caper, beheld so stubbornly to its Segelian roots. There's a palpable compulsion to stick with this agonizingly self-aware, nostalgia-crazy, brimming-beacons-of-the-past-in-a-callous-today theme that doesn't work a fraction as well as it did in the 2011 film. Without a legitimate celebration of any of our favorite characters, how could it? With so much going on in this movie, and such a lengthy runtime at just under two hours, it's a sure sign of failure that we walk away feeling like we spent barely any time with the Muppets.
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Stars including Sir Michael Caine, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Damian Lewis helped raise more than $2.2 million (£1.4 million) for U.K. charity Save The Children at a glitzy London benefit on Wednesday (12Mar13). The star-studded crowd donned colourful outfits for the reggae-themed bash at the Roundhouse venue in Camden, where 500 guests gathered for a charity auction.
Madness and Jimmy Cliff were among the night's performers, while Jamaican reggae singer Dawn Penn teamed up with UB40's Ali Campbell for a rendition of Sonny and Cher track I Got You Babe.
Other guests included Bonham Carter's Burton and Taylor co-star Dominic West and Lewis' wife, Harry Potter star Helen McCrory.
The donations were pulled in through ticket sales and the auctioning of prizes such as a huge portrait of Bob Marley and a vacation at the Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica, the one-time home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming.
British actor Damian Lewis thrilled an up-and-coming U.K. musician by agreeing to appear in his music video following a chance meeting in London. The Homeland star was cycling around Highgate, north London when he was approached by Gon von Zola, who performs as The Budda Cakes, as he was filming a low budget video for his new single.
Lewis agreed to make a brief appearance in the Walking Home promo, and is seen stationary on his bike chatting to a woman outside a shop while von Zola walks by wearing a chicken suit.
Actor Damian Lewis, singer Cheryl Cole, and pop act Jls took to the trading floor in London on Tuesday (03Nov13) to raise money for charity. The stars showed off their stockbroking skills buying and selling shares at investment firm ICAP, which donated Tuesday's entire revenue to good causes as part of the company's 21st annual global Charity Day.
Other celebrities who helped raise cash included The Saturdays, Peter Andre, TV presenter Holly Willoughby, and model Cara Delevingne's sister, Poppy.
Even royalty got in on the act - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also took to the phones to rally up business.
The proceeds will help 16 different charities, including Alzheimer's Research UK, the JLS Foundation, Mind and WaterAid.
Last year (12), stars including Goldie Hawn, Alan Rickman and Sean Bean helped raise $16.5 million (£11 million) on ICAP's Charity Day.
Dame Helen Mirren has won another award for playing The Queen. The great Brit, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for portraying the top royal in The Queen, was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (17Nov13) - this time for her performance in West End stage play The Audience.
Othello co-stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were both honoured with Best Actor trophies for their performances as Othello and Iago, while Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd-Webber received special awards at the Savoy Hotel gala.
The Downton Abbey star was feted with the Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award, while impresario Lloyd-Webber was recognised for his contribution to musical theatre.
There were also accolades for Kevin Spacey, who was honoured for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and to funnyman and author David Walliams for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was named 2013's Best Musical, while director Lucy Kirkwood picked up the Best Play award for Chimerica.
The event was hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis.
The cast of Downton Abbey will battle among themselves to land the Drama Performance prize at the U.K.'s National Television Awards next year (14). Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville are all nominated in the category, which has a 29 nominees.
They will be pitted against the likes of Max Irons (The White Queen), Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge), Damian Lewis (Homeland), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).
Downton Abbey is also up for the Drama award along with a raft of other shows, including Homeland, Mr Selfridge, Luther, The Fall, Call The Midwife, Doctor Who and The White Queen.
Bosses of the prizegiving have introduced a new category, TV Detective of the Year, in honour of Britain's obsession with crime shows - Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's longrunning role of Hercule Poirot and David Tennant's hard hitting portrayal of troubled DI Hardy in Broadchurch are all up for the trophy.
Fans can vote to choose their winners, which will be announced at the O2 Arena in London on 22 January (14).
Sir Bob Geldof has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London. The Boomtown Rats star was presented with the coveted accolade during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the British capital on Monday (16Sep13), in recognition of his career success and his extensive humanitarian work, particularly for his efforts in Africa.
The Irish singer, who is already a freeman of the city of Dublin, was instrumental in staging the U.K. leg of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985 to raise funds to combat the Ethiopian famine.
Geldof is the latest celebrity to receive the honour - Dame Judi Dench, Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine and Damian Lewis have also previously been feted.