Actor and director Graham Stark has died, aged 91. The Cheshire, England-born and bred star, who served as best man at all four of pal Peter Sellers' weddings, passed away in London on Tuesday night (29Oct13), weeks after suffering a stroke.
Stark made his movie debut in 1939 as a bell boy in The Spy in Black but his acting career stalled during World War Two when he joined the Royal Air Force and entertained troops alongside comedians Sellers, Tony Hancock and Dick Emery.
He appeared in British movie classics The Plank, Alfie, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The Mouse on the Moon and the original Casino Royale, and teamed up with pal Sellers in a number of Pink Panther films including A Shot in the Dark, The Pink Panther Strikes Again and The Return of the Pink Panther.
Stark also directed the cult The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins.
He is survived by his actress wife Audrey Nicholson and three children.
Gritty drama For Those In Peril leads the nominations at this year's (13) BAFTA Scotland awards with four nods. Paul Wright's movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, is up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its lead George MacKay.
The young star will face competition from Martin Compston (The Wee Man) and Iain De Caestecker (Not Another Happy Ending), while the film will be up against The Wee Man and Fire In The Night.
Wright will fight for the Best Director prize against Kenny Glenaan (Case Histories) and Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon (I Am Breathing).
Ford Kiernan (The Field of Blood: The Dead Hour), Peter Mullan (The Fear), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) are all nominated in the Best Actor/Actress (TV) section.
The ceremony, which celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment talent, will take place in Glasgow on 17 November (13).
Bruce Springsteen fears he would not have signed on to join the likes of Peter Gabriel and Sting for the 1988 Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour if he'd have known beforehand how much studying was involved. The rocker admits he found himself buried in books and documents learning all about the human rights violations and prisoners in each country he and his fellow stars touched down in, and he was left a little overwhelmed by what he had to do aside from performing.
In a new interview recorded for the upcoming RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 DVD package, Springsteen says, "There was an enormous amount of studying and trying to be informed about every country that we landed in and also we had to make parallels to things that were very imperfect in the United States.
"The news conferences, if I'd have known I would have to do I might not have done the tour because they were the most harrowing parts of the entire six weeks. We came down and we sat at a table and we were grilled by the nation's press in each country that we went in to, and in some places it got very intense.
"I remember when we were done it was like, 'That was great, I hope I never have to do that again'... I did more studying than I ever thought I would have to do once I picked the guitar up, but it had a great impact on all of us."
"They (Kayapo tribesmen) painted me like a raccoon. I thought I looked like really cool... so Peter Gabriel got the idea and he was gonna come on and sing with me... and the guy who painted me painted Peter and when Peter came on I couldn't sing for laughing because he'd painted his entire head black and all you could see were his eyes... I said, 'You look like a billiard ball'." Sting recalls a hilarious moment from his Amnesty International An Embrace Of Hope concert in Chile in 1990.
Sting has finally revealed how he managed to prank pal Bruce Springsteen on the last night of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour back in 1988 - when he and Peter Gabriel took the stage in identical gear to The Boss and acted as his shadows. The trio has been recalling the magical moments on the globe-trotting six-week tour for bonus footage on a new DVD package, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and Springsteen can still remember his friends joining him onstage and mirroring his every move.
He says, "They did a hilarious take-off on me on the last night where everybody dressed as I did and I believe got soaked in spit water and did somersaults (like I did). I didn't know they were doing it and I didn't know where they got the outfits from... It was funny."
And now Sting has cleared up the mystery, adding, "We knew Bruce was gonna be on last, so we went into his dressing room and stole his spare costumes, Peter and I. I looked rather good in it, actually.
"We knew what was gonna happen - we knew Bruce would do his thing; he used to go near the drum kit and get the ice bucket and pour it over himself, so we came out in his costume and did exactly the same thing behind him, like a shadow."
Both Springsteen and Sting acknowledge the six weeks on the road together turned them into lifelong friends.
Last week, E! News reported that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were reuniting for Paul McCartney's newest music video "Queenie Eye." Though the couple (who dated from 1994-1998) never share a shot together, they do share the screen with a ton of other celebrities. Check out the video below and see if you can count the famous faces… it's next to impossible to get them all on the first try.
After a few viewings (and a few google searches), I counted 17 in total, though it's definitely possible there are more. Check below the video for all the celebs we spotted:
1. Depp2. Moss3. Meryl Streep4. Tom Ford5. Alice Eve6. Lily Cole7. Jude Law8. Sean Penn9. Chris Pine10. James Corden11. Jeremy Irons12. Gary Barlow13. Tamara Rojo14. Laura Bailey15. Tracey Ullman16. Sir Peter Blake17. Jack Savoretti
Phew, seriously, only Paul McCartney could pull this one off.
While McCartney has a history of using famous faces in his videos, such as Natalie Portman in "My Valentine," "Queenie Eye" goes to a whole new level in including celebrities from around the world. And while the the video is definitely impressive, it's special for reasons other than the wall–to–wall stars. Filmed in London's Abbey Road studios, the video is also where The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" was recorded.
Though the star-studded grouping is already intriguing fans to watch, the song "Queenie Eye" will probably be a hit in its own right. The single, which is the first to be released from Paul McCartney's latest album New, has all the makings of becoming our favorite fall tune. And hey, there's no argument here, the 71-year-old has still got it.
Be sure the check out New which landed in stores Oct. 15, and listen for "Queenie Eye" on your favorite station, it won't take too long before it gets stuck in your head.
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Actor Peter Facinelli is hoping his Twilight fans follow him into the literary world as he prepares to launch his first young adult novel After The Red Rain. The movie star, who portrayed vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight films, has teamed up with authors Rob DeFranco and Barry Lyga to develop his first novel, featuring a hero named Rose.
He tells EW.com, "I love storytelling. Being an actor is a form of telling stories through characters. As a writer I get the opportunity to create the entire world that all the characters live in as opposed to focusing on one character or one part of the story. I enjoy being able to create and manipulate characters and events in order to tell a whole story.
"I have written two film scripts, but I have not tackled a novel before... (and) the task of writing a novel was overwhelming at first, and I am happy that I get to collaborate with Barry Lyga and Rob DeFranco. It makes the process less daunting when you get to bounce ideas off of others you respect, and Rob and I both feel very fortunate to work alongside Barry, who has experience in this form of storytelling."
Facinelli is hoping After the Red Rain will become a trilogy after the first book is published in 2015, and he admits his kids like what they're reading so far: "I do have my own YA (young adult) test group at home. I've read some sample chapters to my 10-year-old and 16-year-old daughters (and) so far I'm getting thumbs up."
Sexy former Sports Illustrated stunner Stephanie Seymour gave shoppers in Milan, Italy a treat on Tuesday (22Oct13) when she stripped off in a store to try on lingerie. The ageless supermodel, who famously bared all for Playboy, wasn't aware paparazzi outside the city's Agent Provocateur store could see the 45 year old's every move through the window.
The saucy shots of smiling Seymour modelling the bedroom attire, much of it sheer and see-through, for her 66-year-old husband Peter Brant appeared online on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Sharon Stone is to be presented with an honour by Nobel Prize winners for her work with HIV and AIDS sufferers. The actress is in Warsaw, Poland this week (begs21Oct13) for the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates and on Thursday (24Oct13) she will be handed the Peace Summit Award.
Stone has been involved with The Foundation For AIDS Research since 1995, previously as their campaign chairman and now as global fundraising chairman.
A committee of Nobel Peace laureates decides on the winner of the Peace Summit Award each year, picking a figure from the world of culture and entertainment who have raised awareness of global issues. Previous celebrities to receive the honour include Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel and Bono.
The 50th anniversary episode of cult sci-fi show Doctor Who will be beamed into cinemas around the world for special 3D screenings as it airs on TV in Britain. BBC Worldwide bosses have announced that fans will be able to watch the eagerly awaited episode, titled The Day Of The Doctor, on the big screen in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Germany and Russia on 23 November (13).
Due to time constraints, fans in Australia and New Zealand will get to see the 3D experience the following day (24Nov13).
The new season of Doctor Who will be current TV time lord Matt Smith's last - he will be replaced by Peter Capaldi.