British actress Lily Collins has finally confirmed she is dating her movie co-star Jamie Campbell Bower, but insists they have not purposely tried to "hide anything". The daughter of rocker Phil Collins was first linked to Bower last summer (Jul12), after striking up a relationship with him on the set of The Mortal Instruments. The couple has managed to remain relatively low-key for the past year, but Collins claims it has not been on purpose.
She tells America's Seventeen magazine, "We've made a conscious decision to go out and live life. I'm not one to hide anything, but I don't feel the need to comment directly on it... I think it would be a shame to not live in the moment and not enjoy everything that's happening in fear of other people's opinions."
However, Collins admits her good girl reputation doesn't make her a good tabloid target - because she's too clean-cut to gossip about.
She says, "(In high school), I didn't feel the pleasure in drinking or doing drugs. I wanted to remember the fun moments that I had with my friends and not wake up and go, 'Um, I think I had fun?'"
Campbell Bower was previously engaged to his Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright, but the pair called off marriage plans last year (12).
"It is daunting. I am nervous. But for any type of performance you turn that nervous energy into adrenaline and excitement. I think it will be difficult. I will be in much deeper water than I have ever been, but I'm very excited about the challenge. No actress wants to be comfortable." Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright is terrified ahead of her London stage debut in The Moment of Truth next month (Jun13).
Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright is set to make her stage debut in a London production of Peter Ustinov's The Moment of Truth. The show will run for four weeks, beginning on 26 June (13), at the Southwark Playhouse.
British actor Tom Hiddleston suffered crippling headaches during his poverty awareness challenge as he was forced to battle his addiction to caffeine. The Thor star spent a week surviving on just $1.50 (£0.93) a day to support a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) campaign in aid of starving children, and he had to give up tea and coffee to keep within his tight budget.
Hiddleston admits cutting out caffeine made him feel ill, but he eventually found he could live without it.
In a piece for Britain's Harper's Bazaar magazine, he writes, "I realised that I have an addiction to caffeine and coffee. For most of the morning on the first few days I found it very hard to concentrate on simple tasks, without a cup of coffee. This won't come as news to anyone who has ever tried to go cold turkey - and to stop taking a substance they are addicted to. But after a few days, my head cleared, and I found a more sustainable equilibrium."
Hiddleston, who completed the Live Below The Line challenge last month (Apr13), admits the scheme helped him become a better cook and stop being so wasteful with food.
He adds, "(It) made me think about food in an entirely different way. I had to plan better, to budget better. I didn't waste a penny, or a crumb. It was a test of mind and will power... I had to cook my own meals and not buy food on the go...
"I enjoyed cooking during my Live Below The Line week more than I ever have. I enjoyed the meals I made for myself, more than I enjoy the food I would normally buy on the go - a coffee, a sandwich, lunch at a cafe, or a take-away.
"Through this challenge I learned the importance of preparing food carefully. I learned to be grateful for every single mouthful. I understood how wasteful I used to be."
Other stars to take part in the challenge include Hollywood actor/director Ben Affleck and Harry Potter's Bonnie Wright.
Social rights activist Desmond Tutu and computer magnate Bill Gates are also backing the If Campaign, which maintains there is enough food to feed the world but not everyone has access to it.
Organisers aim to convince British Prime Minister David Cameron to use his presidency of the upcoming G8 summit to address the root causes of hunger when the event takes place in the U.K. this summer (Jun13).
The Enough Food for Everyone If campaign will officially launch in London on Wednesday (23Jan13), with stars including Wright, Nighy and singer/DJ Lauren Laverne due to attend the kick-off event.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Wright writes, "What IF we could end world hunger!? Get tweeting, campaigning, talking, shouting! Today we launch Enough Food If."
Sir Paul McCartney's daughter, who created the kit worn by Great Britain's 2012 Olympics team, was named Designer Of The Year and also landed the Designer Brand prize.
Cara Delevingne was victorious in the Model Of The Year category, Alexa Chung bagged the British Style honour and Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, won the Special Recognition award.
Rita Ora performed at the prizegiving, which was attended by stars including Salma Hayek and pregnant pop star Lily Rose Cooper, formerly known as Lily Allen, who showed off her burgeoning baby bump in a long, blue dress.
Meanwhile, actress Lily Collins made her red carpet debut with rumoured boyfriend Jamie Campbell Bower at the bash.
The couple was first linked in July (12), a month after it emerged Bower had split from his fiancee, Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright.
If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
When Quentin Tarantino released Inglourious Basterds in 2009, it was the first time that people really began to challenge the status of Pulp Fiction as his finest film. Before Inglourious, the director collaborated with peers Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, and Edgar Wright on Grindhouse — a flick that was all style, pure flash. Tarantino's World War II ballad suggested a new somber sophistication. We'd seen facets of this in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, but to comparably middling degrees. Inglourious Basterds was Tarantino's first foray into a new psychology of storytelling — one that seems to carry over in Django Unchained.
Of course, a Tarantino film is still a Tarantino film. As indicated by the new international trailer for the upcoming pre-Civil War epic, there is enough flash and style to satisfy the cravings instilled by our tastes for the director's traditional work. But the Inglourious softness and sincerity looks to envelop this movie. And a star like Jamie Foxx, capable of anything either end of this Tarantino spectrum can throw at him, will be the purveyor of this successful return to Inglourious' majestic form.
And there's a bonus to that: with Foxx and Christoph Waltz (a freed slave and a bounty hunter on a quest to rescue the former's wife) apparently handling the lower notes of the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio is free to run stark raving mad as wicked plantation owner Calvin Candie — a nefarious cross between Tennessee Williams and Auric Goldfinger. Within him will undoubtedly lie this movie's "Stuck in the Middle with You" scene, its Bonnie Situation, its five-point palm exploding heart technique. DiCaprio's character will bring the Tarantino that made us excited over Tarantino films in the first place; Foxx and Waltz will foster the Tarantino that proves that Tarantino films are still worth being excited over.
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The Sex and the City star is a global ambassador for the charity and she headed to the U.K. city for the Eight Stories High gala to mark the 70th anniversary of the organisation.
Davis and Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright were among the famous faces who addressed the audience, while Colin Firth and Annie Lennox recorded special video messages for the event.
The 47-year-old actress donated a pair of black peep-toe Christian Louboutin stilettos to generate more cash for the charity.
An audience member named Bex posted on her blog, "Just spent the evening at Eight Stories High, an amazing Oxfam 70th birthday event.
"Kristin Davis (that's Charlotte from Sex and the City) gave a talk and was caught completely off guard when it was suggested that she donate her shoes to the cause. Of course, the beautiful lady said yes!"
Don't fret, fantasy fiends, the next Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games is on its way. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare's otherworldly best-selling YA saga is getting the big screen treatment.
The story has all the makings of the next big pop culture phenomenon: New Yorker Clary Fray (played by Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins), a 15-year-old who uncovers her family has a magical, even violent, past and is soon thrust into a mysterious world of demon-fighting Shadowhunters, faeries, werewolves and more.
But before you go joining Team Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) or Team Simon (Robert Sheehan), they've got to film the thing first. In anticipation for the adaptation, MTV has given eager fans the first look at the Mortal Instruments set in Toronto.
While catching up with cast members Collins, Sheehan, Campbell Bower (complete with Jace's imprinted Shadowhunter markings) and Jemima West (heartbreaker Isabelle) there's a brief glimpse of a scene in which the three attend the party of the mysterious warlock Magnus Bane (played by Geoffrey Geo). Check out the footage below:
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Based on first impressions, its looks like everything from the costumes to the set seems to capture the gothic, mythical vibe of Clare's book. Collins, who stars as the determined heroine, assured during her chat with MTV the Harald Zwart-directed film doesn't just nail down the aesthetics, "It's more emotionally and character-based than just aesthetically beautiful. It's got amazing imagery and the CGI is going to be incredible, but it's not just about that."
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is expected to arrive in theaters for mere mortals by August 2013.
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