New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi got some helpful tips on how to cope with the pressure of the iconic role from a very useful source - previous Time Lords Matt Smith and David Tennant. The Scottish actor, 56, took over from Smith, 31, in the hit sci-fi TV series last year (13) and his full debut as the time-travelling adventurer aired in the U.K. and U.S. last weekend (23-24Aug14).
He had previously told how landing the part was a childhood dream come true, but now he has confessed he was secretly terrified of taking on the role and received some wise words of advice from a previous and much younger incumbent.
Capaldi tells British newspaper The Sun, "I think I would have found this difficult when I was Matt's age. At that age, I was less assured as an actor than he is and not so in touch with my skills. I was watching him the other night in an old episode - he has such a magic and wisdom about him. And he's been a big help to me. Both he and David Tennant have been tremendously helpful."
Dance music superstar David Guetta has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Lovers On The Sun. The song, which features singer Sam Martin, has debuted at the top of the countdown.
Reacting to the news, Guetta says, "Wow, this is amazing! The UK has shown me so much love and support over the years, since I was an unknown DJ there. To be number one with the first song off my next album is taking a little bit of the pressure off finishing it, which is what I'm doing now."
Last week's number one, Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong, drops to two while Magic!'s Rude takes the third spot.
Rounding out the top fie are Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Wankelmut & Emma Louise's My Head Is A Jungle.
Meanwhile, boy band Collabro have scored their first number one album with their debut Stars.
Ed Sheeran's X falls to number two after spending much of the summer on top, and the Courteeners' Concrete Love comes in at number three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage complete the new top five.
Dance music superstar David Guetta has recruited Ray Liotta to star in a Western-themed music video for his new single Lovers On The Sun. The French DJ's track is already assisted by Avicii and features vocals by Sam Martin, but Guetta called in a Hollywood veteran for the new promo, which debuted on Tuesday (12Aug14).
In the Spaghetti Western homage, the Goodfellas star plays a villain who is intent on torturing the video's hero, but he is saved by a sexy heroine with magical powers, and the couple rides off into the sunset.
The track is taken from Guetta's latest EP of the same name, which was released in June (14).
Retired boxing legend Lennox Lewis has thrown his support behind his former manager Frank Maloney over his decision to undergo gender reassignment. The heavyweight champion admits the news came as a shock, but he is adamant Maloney deserves respect for courageously opening up about the move.
Maloney told over the weekend (09-10Aug14) how he is undergoing gender reassignment and is now a woman known as Kellie.
Lewis tells British newspaper The Sun, "The great thing about life and boxing is that you never know what to expect. This world isn't always cut and dried or black and white, and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for Kellie.
"However, having taken some time to read Kellie's statement, I understand better what she, and others in similar situations are going through. I think all people should be allowed to live in a way that brings harmony and inner peace. I respect Kellie's decision and say if this is what brings about true happiness in her life, then so be it."
Maloney guided Lewis through his career from 1981 to 2001 and also managed fellow boxers David Haye and Rendall Munroe.
On Monday (11Aug14) Maloney revealed he had been so tormented by his desire to live as a woman that he even tried to kill himself in 2012 by taking an overdose of prescription pills but was found slumped in a bush by passers-by and taken to a hospital for treatment.
British soap star David Easter is "ecstatic" after a rape case against him was dropped. Easter, who has starred in U.K. soaps Brookside and Emmerdale, was interviewed under caution at a police station in Surrey, England in May (14) on one allegation of rape, which is said to have occurred 17 years ago involving a woman who was aged 30 at the time.
The actor, who was married to British TV personality Denise Welch for five years in the 1980s, denied the allegation and was allowed to leave the station hours later.
The case against the 54 year old has now been dropped due to lack of evidence.
His lawyer Julian Lee tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "David is obviously ecstatic... thankfully (the claims) didn't get anywhere - I hope David can get on with his life now."
Hollywood actress Liv Tyler has found love with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner, according to a U.K. report. The Armageddon star, who is divorced from British rocker Royston Langdon, is believed to have struck up a romance with sports agent Gardner, who has previously been linked to Kelly Brook and Rita Ora, earlier this year (14).
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper the couple was introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, adding, "This is the real deal. Dave and Liv are madly in love... They've actually been an item for quite a long time, but have gone to great lengths to keep it a secret."
Tyler has a son with her ex-husband, while Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor. Beckham was best man at Gardner's wedding.
Rock veterans Pink Floyd are to release their first new album in 20 years. The legendary band will unveil The Endless River in October (14), their first new record since 1994's The Division Bell.
The album is based on a series of tracks originally recorded in 1994 and previously intended for release under the title The Big Spliff.
Following the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason headed back into the studio to expand on the existing tracks and add some vocals to the songs.
However, fans hoping the news paves the way for a long-awaited reunion tour from the band are set for disappointment - a spokesman tells British newspaper The Sun on Sunday that the rockers will not be hitting the road to promote the album.
A new Broadway musical based on the songs of late rap icon Tupac Shakur has drawn mixed reviews following its official opening on Thursday (19Jun14). Acclaimed director Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award earlier this month (Jun14) for his revival of A Raisin In the Sun, put together Holler If Ya Hear Me, a non-biographical show featuring a love story set to the hip-hop star's tracks.
The production, which was staged with the blessing of the California Love hitmaker's mother and estate executor Afeni Shakur, launched at New York's Palace Theatre on Thursday, but the musical has split critics.
The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz praises lead actor Saul Williams' portrayal of John, a self-taught artist who attempts to stay out of trouble after being released from prison, branding his performance "magnetic".
However, Dziemianowicz laments the "predictability" of the show's storyline, despite a "vibrant, raw and rousing" production - sentiments echoed by critics for both Variety and The New York Times.
The Times' Charles Isherwood insists the "beats are sweet, and the words often have an electric charge", but claims the "ambitious" show feels "heavy-handed", while The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney was less than impressed, dismissing the show as "misconceived" and "destined to fall on deaf ears".
Sir Elton John paid tribute to late U.S. radio and TV star Casey Kasem as he closed the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14). The Rocket Man legend brought the curtain down on the rural Tennessee music event by performing on the final night of the 2014 gathering.
The show marked the star's U.S. festival debut and he told the crowd, "This is my first ever festival in America and I know it's the best one." During his career-spanning set, he took a moment to remember Kasem, who died early on Sunday.
Elton John credited the TV and radio star with partly inspiring his music career as he often listened to Kasem's American Top 40 radio countdown in the 1970s. He said of his hero, "Travel safely, my good man," before performing hit track Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.
The music superstar also welcomed special guest Ben Folds to the stage for a duet of Grey Seal, before his set ended with a fireworks display. Other acts to play at the festival over the weekend (13-15Jun14) included Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Jack White and Skrillex.
British TV icon Sir David Jason has passed a series of "vigorous" medical tests to retain his pilot's licence. The Only Fools and Horses star, 74, who mostly flies helicopters, has held his licence since 2005 and has to regularly prove his fitness in order to keep his permit.
Jason admits he recently underwent a battery of medical tests and was delighted when he passed, despite his advancing years.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Touch wood, I'm in good health. Long may it continue. I've just had a vigorous medical as part of my pilot's licence and, hand on heart, I passed everything, which is nice to know. I know some people become infirm in their later years but so far I've been very lucky."