Actor Vinnie Jones is determined to give his fellow Brits a helping hand in Hollywood and even holds regular parties for struggling screen stars. Jones found fame as a soccer player in his native U.K. and launched a movie career with a role as a debt collector in 1998 gangster hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels after retiring from the sport.
He has since carved out regular roles for himself in Tinseltown, and now he and his wife Tanya hold special weekend parties at their home in Los Angeles to make their fellow countrymen feel welcome as they try to make it in Hollywood.
Jones tells Britain's The Observer Magazine, "I hold my arms open to Brits in L.A. I was very lucky - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels gave me a head start. But it's a lonely place. On a Saturday night we take in all the waifs and strays. We have outdoor parties; (Quentin) Tarantino (in the house next door) has them indoors in his cinema."
Actress Dot-Marie Jones is engaged to her partner Bridgett Casteen. The Glee star proposed on Friday (04Oct13) near Disneyland Resort's Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim, California.
Revealing the news at an Anaheim Gay Days event in the park, she told The Advocate, "It's the happiest day of my life."
"I never thought I'd find somebody that is so loving and kind."
This will be Jones' first trip down the aisle, while Casteen has been married before and has two children.
Former The Clash star Mick Jones has revealed he was writing new music with the band's late frontman Joe Strummer before he died in 2002. The guitarist tells the BBC the former bandmates were secretly working on tracks that Strummer was hoping to record with his group The Mescaleros.
Jones recalls, "We wrote a batch... The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I'd come in all night and we'd all work all night."
But Strummer never recorded the songs they created together and his guitarist pal believes the punk rock icon may have been saving them for what could have been a The Clash reunion record.
He adds, "A few months later we were at some opening or something and I said, 'What happened to those songs...? What's wrong with them...?' He went, 'Oh man, they're the next Clash album'."
Writer/director Richard Curtis has abandoned plans to create a third Bridget Jones's Diary movie because the woman behind the books that inspired the films has killed off the literary heroine's love interest. Curtis, who adapted author Helen Fielding's books for Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, admits he's upset with the writer for not telling him about the demise of Mark Darcy, portrayed by Colin Firth in his films, in her latest book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
He tells WENN, "I feel very tricked and cheated because Helen has been my best friend since I was 19, but she loves my daughter more than me and my daughter is her goddaughter and she had many conversations with Scarlet about the fact that Mark was going to die and Scarlet has read chunks of the book and no one told me anything until Sunday.
"That's been all happening under my nose. I don't think there will be a third movie. Why would there without Colin?"
This week's Parks and Recreation marks a return to Pawnee and, strangely enough, feels like a return to the show's third (and, in my expert opinion, best) season. Leslie (Amy Poehler) is consumed with fierce pride for her town and equally fierce hatred of the neighboring Eagleton, led by their version of Councilwoman Knope, Ingrid de Forest, (played by guest star Kristen Bell). When the towns meet for a yearly high school basketball competition, Leslie mocks the snobs to bump up her poll numbers in the upcoming recall election.
But Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ben (Adam Scott), back in money management mode, cross town lines to find that their snooty neighbors are flat broke. When they try to find a way to help, the two are met with resistance from Leslie. While Leslie's conflict with Ben falls a tiny bit flat, all of her Eagleton burns are top notch (and by top notch, I mean corny and hilarious). However, Leslie finally realizes that the only way to both help Eagleton and protect Pawnee is to combine the two towns, so she sucks it up and takes the heat from the rowdy citizens on both sides of the border. In the past, it's felt like Leslie's hatred for Eagleton has crossed over from funny to pathetic. But right now, with the federal government more inefficient then ever, it is somewhat cathartic to see a competant bureaucrat taking idiots like the fat cats in Eagleton to task, and yet winding up willing and capable of helping them in the end.
Meanwhile, April and Ann take a road trip to Bloomington for April to check out the veterinary school, and Anne to unexpectedly realize that maybe the chemical wasteland of Pawnee is not the best place to raise a child, all of a sudden providing an out for her and Chris to move later in the season. While that is a nice and simple way to start the process of moving those two on, it also makes April, never the sweetest, seem mean as she knee-jerkedly rejected the school Ann worked hard to help her gain acceptance to on the basis of one slightly annoying tour guide. April may have inadvertantly helped Ann, but she isn't helping herself. Hopefully the show isn't so afraid of losing Aubrey Plaza that they limit the character, who could use some forward momentum.
And finally, if they had to do an episode full of Windows product placement, at least it was couched in the very in-character Tom and Donna spending a whole day enjoying the social media grid as Ron tries fruitlessly to escape it. Ron's attempts are foiled in a very reasonable conclusion that as a husband and father, he has to just barely be a part of society.
Questions, Comments, and Concerns:-Ron's first Vine is a thing of beauty. "Delete all pictures of Ron!" -April only agrees to go on the college tour if she can pretend Ann is her 65-year-old grandmother, and Ann gets a little too into it. "'Youngsters'? Am I 65?"-The top two sexiest things Ben's ever said to Leslie both are about slamming Eagleton. "Yes, because Eagleton sucks." -Chris Bosh is a member of the Eagleton high school basketball team, and he's a little bit of a showboat. No need to keep dunking when you're 50 points up.-It's useless to compare apples and oranges... but the oranges are made of Swavorski crystals, while the apples have all been recalled due to a G-Coli breakout. Oh, no, it's way harder to treat than E-Coli.-Leslie's Powerpoint presentation on "helping" Eagleton featured very little practical advice and mostly just pictures of her holding champagne, jumping on graves, and doing a jig with #BROKE superimposed on top.
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Steven Spielberg's kids Sasha and Theo have become in-demand DJs as the brains behind music act Wardell. The two 20-somethings, who are scheduled to release a debut album next year (14), performed at Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Party last week (27Sep13), when guests like actress Hailee Steinfeld and Patrick Schwarzenegger raved about their song choices.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Spielbergs have signed to Roc Nation, the company founded by Jay Z, for management.
Sasha is also a talented screenwriter - her pilot Girls Without Boys has been picked up by ABC bosses in America and will be produced by another celebrity kid - Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has been given a big TV boost - her lesbian character in hit sitcom Two And A Half Men has become a regular. The former House star joined the show for a five-episode stint, portraying the long lost daughter of late character Charlie Harper - and now she has been promoted to ex-castmate Angus T. Jones' full-time replacement.
Jones, 19, quit the show to attend college.
Rapper Jim Jones has been booked for driving under the influence (DUI). The musician's vehicle was pulled over by cops in New York who suspected it was travelling too fast but Jones was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test.
Editors at Tmz.com report the rapper had bloodshot eyes when he was stopped in the early hours of Wednesday (02Oct13) and refused to take a Breathalyzer test to determine his level of intoxication before he was booked.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones' children with Michael Douglas have picked up mum's love for dance and she's so grateful they're not sports-mad kids. Both Dylan and Carys are showing signs of becoming hoofers and their mother couldn't be prouder.
Speaking at the New York Dance Alliance Foundation Gala, where she was honoured with the Ambassador for the Arts Award on Sunday (29Sep13), the Chicago star said, "My son is a great dancer as well as my daughter Carys. She actually goes to dance school in Westchester.
"I'm so happy because dance shoes are much more pretty outside the door than a hockey stick. I wouldn't know quite what to do if she came home with a hockey stick, so I'm so happy she changed direction!"
But Zeta-Jones regrets there's no video footage of her as a young girl performing onstage.
She added, "When I played Peggy Sawyer (in 42 Street) on the West End for two years we never had any video and my mother wasn't allowed to take a photograph in the theatre. My mother was a really good girl. She would never break the rules. So now, every time I want to show my kids, I have to take my tap shoes out and do it in the kitchen!"
American football star Adam 'pacman' Jones showed his generous side by handing out $100 bills (£66) to the homeless on Monday (20Sep13). The Cincinnati Bengals ace gifted 15 vagrants with cash before announcing his next act of benevolence will be to help needy mothers.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "I just give (sic) 15 homeless people a 100 next I'm pay (sic) for 15 mothers bills that's in need."