British pop star Cheryl Cole was axed from The X Factor USA after a bust-up with boss Simon Cowell about a bizarre outfit she wore for her debut. The music mogul took his pal Cole with him when he launched his hit talent search in the States in 2011 and hoped she could repeat her U.K. role as a popular mentor and judge.
However, within three weeks, Cole's American dream had crumbled and she left the show amid fears she would not connect with U.S. viewers.
Now Cowell has admitted her departure was sparked by an argument over a weird purple and orange outfit the pop star wore for her U.S. X Factor debut.
In an interview with Radio Times, he says, "There was so much expectation on the show in America, and I definitely wasn't myself. I was uptight. When I saw her I didn't recognise her. Literally. The hair and outfit were crazy, just totally crazy.
"I asked her manager, 'What's she wearing, what's happened to her hair?' He was defensive about it. I haven't a clue why she turned up like that.
"We then did the first day of auditions, and she was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence...
"(Later) I called her and said, 'Look, it's not going great, to be honest,' then I mentioned what she wore and she turned on me. If I could go back in time I would have kept her on the show. It was stupid doing what I did. I didn't sack her personally. That was the second biggest mistake I made."
Cowell and Cole have since made up and put the incident behind them, and the former Girls Aloud singer is even trying to convince him to marry Lauren Silverman, the mother of his son Eric.
Cole tells the publication, "I'm going to have a word with him about getting married. He jokes about being too tight (miserly) to get married but I don't think he is. He's very generous."
In 2012, Cole sued producers of The X Factor USA for $2.3 million (£1.3 million) over her sacking and received undisclosed damages as a settlement. She has since rejoined the U.K. version of the programme.
Actors Eric Idle, Chris O'dowd, Russell Brand and David Walliams are among the stars who have paid tribute to beloved British funnyman Rik Mayall, who died on Monday (09Jun14) at the age of 56. The shocking death has rocked the U.K. entertainment industry and tributes have since flooded in for Mayall, who established himself as a stand-up star in comedy troupe The Comic Strip, a group which also featured his college pal and future professional partner Adrian 'Ade' Edmondson and Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
He rose to national fame as one of four students sharing a house in hit sitcom The Young Ones in 1982 and went on to enjoy a slew of iconic roles, including as a mean-spirited politician in The New Statesman and an arrogant military officer in Rowan Atkinson's comedy Blackadder. He also re-teamed with Edmondson to play a pair of hopeless single men in slapstick show Bottom.
Fellow funnyman Walliams was among the first to take to Twitter.com to express his sadness at Mayall's loss, sharing a video clip of his role in Blackadder and writing, "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian."
Simon Pegg simply posted YouTube footage of Mayall in The Young Ones with fans, while Brand tweets, "And all the grown-ups will say, 'But why are the kids crying?' And the kids will say, 'Haven't you heard? Rick (sic) is dead' RIP".
Irish actor O'Dowd adds, "Very sad to hear about Rik Mayall's passing. 'Bottom' was a huge part of my youth", and director Edgar Wright posts, "Shocked and saddened that a comedy hero is gone; for those who grew up on The Young Ones, Rik Mayall was one of funniest performers ever."
Monty Python veteran Idle tweets, "Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man", and Blackadder producer and writer John Lloyd tells the BBC, "It's really a dreadful piece of news. He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comics. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional."
Meanwhile, his close friend Edmondson has also issued a statement about the years they spent working together, declaring, "They were some of the most carefree, stupid days I ever had and I feel privileged to have shared them with him."
Mayall's cause of death has yet to be determined, but a spokesman for Scotland Yard police reveals paramedics were called to the comedian's house in Barnes, south-west London at 1.20pm local time, when "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene". His passing is not believed to be suspicious.
His death comes 16 years after the comedian was left in a coma for several days in 1998 following a quad bike accident near his home in south-west England. He survived the scare but suffered memory problems as a result of the crash.
In recent years, Mayall had concentrated mainly on voiceover work and TV shorts.
Prince William's son Prince George has been crowned the most fashionable celebrity offspring after beating Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy to the top of a new poll.
The third-in-line to the British throne, whose mother is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has won 23 per cent of the public vote on U.K. baby website My1stYears.com, with Blue Ivy coming in second place. Newlyweds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl North is third, with British singer Alesha Dixon's daughter Azura and David and Victoria Beckham's tot Harper rounding out the top five. Kate Winslet's son Bear and Simon Cowell's first child Eric are also featured in the top 10.
David Walliams has created a special children's book as a tribute to Simon Cowell's baby son Eric. The funnyman created the personalised book with illustrations for his Britain's Got Talent co-star and handed over 50 copies.
Music mogul Simon Cowell regrets having an affair with Lauren Silverman because of the hurt it caused. Silverman fell pregnant with Cowell's child last year (13) following an on/off relationship and the news caused uproar as she was married to the star's friend, Andrew Silverman, at the time.
The lovers became a couple once the divorce was finalised and they welcomed a son named Eric in February (14), and although he is proud of his child, The X Factor boss wishes he had behaved differently.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I regret that part. But then of course you have a baby and you kind of go 'This is what happened from it'.
"In this situation you are not going to come out of this well because of the circumstances. It's not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone.
"It just happened. You have to deal with it and man up to it. You have to accept the responsibility and the criticism. All I can say is, my advice to you is if it happens to you, you just have to deal with it a day at a time and own up to your responsibilities."
Former pop star Sinitta will act as godmother to Simon Cowell's baby son. The So Macho singer, who dated the music mogul in the 1980s and has become one of his closest confidantes, will take on the special role for Cowell's one-month-old son Eric, his first child with Lauren Silverman.
Sinitta took to Twitter.com on Sunday (30Mar14) to post a photo of herself cradling the tot, along with the caption: "At Mothers (sic) Day lunch... I was asked to be GodMother to Baby Eric!!!"
Cowell is godfather to Sinitta's children Magdelena and Zac.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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"We were going to call him Simon and we both said, 'You know what, this is not a good idea', so we decided on Eric. I look at him and think of my dad all the time so it's a good thing." Simon Cowell on naming his son Eric after his late father. His girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth last month (Feb14).
Simon Cowell is already considering giving his son Eric a brother or sister - he wants more kids with girlfriend Lauren Silverman. The music mogul was ecstatic when Eric was born at a hospital in New York last month (Feb14), and he admits he is already eyeing an expansion to his brood after unexpectedly falling in love with fatherhood.
He says, "I wouldn't rule it out. I got (dogs) Squiddly and Diddly and couldn't imagine just Squiddly or just Diddly and I had a brother when I was younger so I think it's cool to have two or three.
"I actually said to Lauren (before the birth), 'What if I like the dogs more than him?', because I've never had a baby before, and she said, 'You're going to be absolutely fine', and literally within seconds of him being born, I got it."
"I got (dogs) Squiddly and Diddly, and I couldn't imagine Squiddly or just Diddly... I had a brother when I was younger, so I kind of think it’s cool to have two or three." Simon Cowell is already making plans to have another baby after the birth of his son Eric on Valentine's Day (14Feb14).