Actress Natasha Lyonne was reminded of the pain and suffering she endured during her days as a drug addict as art imitated life for her role on prison drama Orange Is The New Black.
The American Pie star portrays troubled jailbird Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series and her character's longtime heroin use resulted in her undergoing open heart surgery - a scenario Lyonne was all too familiar with.
The former child actress, who struggled with her own drug demons in her 20s, required a similar operation in 2012, just over five years after she kicked her addiction issues, and the scar Nichols shows off in Orange is the New Black was the real mark Lyonne was left with after her surgery.
She tells People magazine, "I feel very lucky to play Nicky. There's no shortage of things for me to draw on when it comes to her back story."
"By no means was that an enjoyable scene (showing off her scar) for me to play. I had to call on memories of painful feelings. And it was tricky because my experience was so similar but yet so far removed."
Lyonne, 35, reveals she turned to drug use after falling into a deep depression over her insecurities, but she is thankful to have been given a second chance at life. She explains, "I sort of fell victim to the teenage insecurity of, 'I'm not enough'. I had this desperation, and wanted to look and be like other girls I'd see around (Hollywood)."
"Nicky's feeling (after surviving her overdose) was, 'God, I'm still not dead yet, I have to face another day?' (But) I was surrounded by friends and was loved so much that I was like, 'Gosh, I really hope this doesn't take me out.'"
"Obviously one big reason not to do drugs is because they're very bad for your health. I'm pretty grateful that I'm OK. I feel so lucky that that teenage chapter of feeling lost is closed."
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Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has branded Harrison Ford's on-set accident "really terrible" but insists the Hollywood legend is now "doing really well".
The Indiana Jones star, 71, broke his leg on the set of the new installment of the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, last month (Jun14) in an accident involving a prop spaceship.
Ford returned to the U.S. after he was released from hospital and could be out of action for several months as he recovers from his injury, but his original Star Wars co-star Hamill, who also appears in the new movie, is adamant his pal will be back on his feet soon.
Hamill tells the BBC, "I was not on set. It sounded really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford."
The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, adds of the Star Wars project, "It was certainly unexpected (to return). I (my character) already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back. I still can't believe it's happening... To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."
Justin Bieber's habit for stripping off has reportedly landed him an endorsement deal for Calvin Klein underwear.
The Baby hitmaker has become known for showing off his branded boxer shorts in recent months by posting a number of 'selfies' online, and now sources tell DailyMail.co.uk he is set to be unveiled as a new spokesmodel for Calvin Klein by the end of 2014.
An insider says, "Justin has shot for Calvin Klein, we hope the results will be released later this year."
If the news is true, Bieber will join the likes of rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg and British supermodel Kate Moss, who have both previously posed for Calvin Klein underwear.
Dutch model Lara Stone fronts the brand's current advertisements.
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Members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have urged Hollywood bosses to step up the number of gay characters in films amid fears the community is woefully under-represented in movies.
GLAAD bosses have released their second annual Studio Responsibility Index in which they analyse the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters seen on screen.
They suggest that out of 102 major films released last year (13), only 17 included gay characters, and the advocacy group's members have also singled out a number of movies for particular criticism over their depiction of the LGBT community.
The report targets Mark Wahlberg's thriller Pain & Gain for featuring a gay priest who is beaten up, and The Hangover Part III, which is branded offensive for the inclusion of potentially-gay character Mr. Chow as a "walking joke".
GLAAD national spokesman Will Cruz says, "What's disheartening for me and to all of us in GLAAD is when it comes to major studio films, LGBT people are basically invisible. And when we do show up, it's largely a part of comedies as caricatures to service a joke that's at the expense of the character... There seems to be this vicious circle, where studios saying they weren't getting scripts that were inclusive, while writers were telling us the studios weren't interested in making films (with) LBGT (people) in them."
Simon Cowell has spoken out to insist rumours he is gay are untrue following extraordinary allegations in a London court that he has slept with several men.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court heard the sensational claim last week (ends20Jul4) during the trial of former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos for brokering a cocaine deal for an undercover journalist.
That case collapsed on Monday (21Jul13) and the pop star was cleared of the charge, and Cowell has subsequently issued a statement addressing allegations heard by the jury.
Secretly-filmed footage contained a clip of Contostavlos' personal assistant Gareth Varey telling the reporter that Cowell is homosexual and has slept with several of Varey's friends.
In a statement, a representative for The X Factor boss says, "Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life."
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so). "However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr. Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."
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Director Jon Favreau has cast acting newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in his upcoming Disney live-action/animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.
The filmmaker announced the addition of Sethi on Tuesday (15Jul14) after completing a worldwide search to find the perfect actor to play the boy who was raised by wolves. The role will mark the 10 year old's acting debut.
Favreau says, "Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative."
"Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I'm confident he can handle it."
The child star will be the only actor featured onscreen in the film, while Sir Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba will lend their voices to animated animal characters.
Favreau's The Jungle Book, which is scheduled for release in October, 2015, is not the only adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale in the works - British actor-turned-director Andy Serkis has taken charge of another live-action take on the classic children's tale with Warner Bros. studio executives.
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Martin Freeman is adamant his fellow Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen is wrong to accuse the makers of The Hobbit trilogy of letting special effects ruin the story.
Mortensen, who played Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings franchise, revealed in an interview in May (14) that he dislikes The Hobbit prequel films because the computer-generated imagery (CGI) is not subtle and overpowers the rest of the movie.
Freeman, who starred as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series, has now spoken out to defend the films and director Peter Jackson, telling Britain's Seven magazine, "All I can say is: I hope that's not the case. I know Peter and the team who make those films, they'd be horrified to think they'd jettisoned all subtlety."
"Yeah, there's a lot of CGI, an awful lot of that business going on. But they are still very, very interested in the story. They want the human side of it to be absolutely pivotal. Beyond that?...Of course it's a question of taste and I respect Viggo's opinion."
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Producers behind Transformers: Age Of Extinction are facing a new dispute from a Chinese tourism group over product placement.
The latest instalment in Michael Bay's action movie franchise, which stars Mark Wahlberg, includes scenes shot at the picturesque Wulong Scenic Area in southwest China, but bosses at the Wulong Karst Tourism Group are upset the area's logo is not shown in the blockbuster, leading to confusion about where filming had taken place.
Li Chu, a marketing manager for the area, tells China Daily the group is currently in discussions with executives at Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based firm 1905 Internet Technology about the complaint.
He tells the newspaper, "If we fail to compromise on a proposal that could remedy our loss we will resort to legal procedures."
The movie broke box office records in Hong Kong when it opened in June (14) by becoming the first film to earn $1 million (£714,286) in 24 hours, and it has topped the box office in North America for two consecutive weeks.
New mum Ciara has given fans a sneak peek at what she may look like on her wedding day by posing in various designer gowns for America's Brides magazine.
The Goodies hitmaker, who is engaged to wed rapper Future, features on the cover of the new August/September (14) issue wearing an embroidered Chantilly lace Reem Acra gown with sheer sleeves, while she also plays dress up in other shots by trying on designs from coveted fashion gurus Tara LaTour and Mark Zunzino.
In the accompanying article, the singer admits her nuptials will be "indoors and black tie", although she has yet to reveal which designer she has chosen for her big day. However, she has clear ideas for the colour palette, insisting, "I'm not into loud colours. I like black and white, classic and clean."
She has also shared details about her bridal party, revealing her close friend, TV personality LaLa Anthony, will be a matron of honour and adding, "There will be five or six (bridesmaids) and two matrons of honour. They'll all wear the same colour, but in different styles to suit their personalities. I want my ladies to look amazing!"
And Ciara wants to make sure guests will dance the night away by recruiting some of her famous pals to perform. She adds, "A few of our friends will sing. We'll have a great DJ - good old soul mixed with new stuff. You want people to say, 'This is my jam!'"
Ciara and Future, who welcomed baby Future Zahir in May (14), became engaged in October (13) and are expected to tie the knot in the coming months.
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A host of stars including Lena Dunham, Mel Brooks and Sandra Bernhard have spoken out to pay their respects to director Paul Mazursky following his death on Monday (30Jun14).
The five-times Oscar nominated director passed away after suffering a pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Following his death, famous fans and friends took to Twitter.com to share their respect for the Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice filmmaker.
Girls creator Dunham heaped praise on Mazursky for his attitude to women in his films, writing, "Paul Mazursky created the most complex female characters and the most human cinematic moments. He will be missed, he will be emulated."
Blazing Saddles director Brooks shared his fond memories of his peer, adding, "Paul Mazursky- one of the most talented writer/dir.'s to ever make movies- died today. He was our American (Italian director Federico) Fellini. I will miss him dearly."
Comic Bernhard wrote, "The great director #paulmazursky sent me this note "your smart beautiful & talented, what more can a girl ask for. a role in a #paulmazursky film? we'll miss him."
Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter James Gunn mused, "RIP Paul Mazursky. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is one of my top 10 favorite films. An amazing underrated talent."
It wasn't just Hollywood insiders who mourned Mazursky's passing - record producer Quincy Jones, who penned the score to Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, tweeted, "Rest In Peace to a great director and writer, my friend and collaborator Paul Mazursky. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Love."
Mark Ronson wrote, "Paul Mazursky & I once had a nice exchange right here on Twitter. He also directed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, one of my favourite films ever."
Mazursky's other films include An Unmarried Woman, Blume in Love, and Harry and Tonto.