Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has forgiven theatre boss Sir Peter Hall for heckling her during a play after he wrote a grovelling letter of apology. The director admitted he was mortified after shouting out to Carmichael in 2012 when she was onstage in London's West End in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
Hall was heard calling out, "Stop, stop, stop! It doesn't work and you don't work. It is not good enough. I could be at home watching TV", and the incident sparked major embarrassment for the theatre mogul when he later admitted he had drifted off to sleep and awoke in a confused state.
Now Carmichael insists she has forgiven Hall after he penned her a personal note apologising for his behaviour.
She tells British magazine Event, "Genuinely when I was first told my reaction was: 'I can't believe he came to see my play.' He's a legend. I've read his books and seen his productions. He's old. He fell asleep. But it didn't ruin things, we kept going with the show."
After receiving the written apology from Hall, Carmichael wrote back: "Of course. Don't worry about it. I am so thrilled you were there."
An Orange Is The New Black writer who realised she was gay on the set of the hit prison drama has filed for divorce after falling in love with one of the show's stars. Lauren Morelli and her husband, Steve Basilone, have jointly filed to end their two-year marriage just three months after she opened up about her sexuality in an essay she wrote for Identities.Mic in May (14).
Morelli wrote, "I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set. While Writing for Orange Is the New Black, I Realized I Am Gay.
"Five months after my wedding, I flew to New York to start production on my first episode of Orange, and from that moment on my life fell into a parallel rhythm with (lead characters) Piper's story in a way that went from interesting to terrifying in a matter of months."
It took an intimate scene between lesbian characters Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) for Morelli to really come to terms with her sexuality.
She adds, "I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper. I loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud. I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not? I was married to a man, but I wasn't straight."
Since coming out, she has been snapped holding hands and kissing Samira Wiley, who plays frustrated lesbian character Poussey Washington on the show, and the new couple has posted shots of themselves together on Instagram.com.
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has blasted hackers who stole naked images of her former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay, insisting they have subjected her to a "horrendous" ordeal. Carmichael was shocked when it emerged last month (Aug14) that around 100 female stars had personal photographs stolen from online storage devices by cyber-crooks.
Findlay was among those targeted, with reports suggesting the hackers accessed naked video clips featuring the actress, and now Carmichael has spoken out to slam those responsible - and anyone viewing the images.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "It's just awful. It's a crime. It makes me really sad that this is the world in which we live. Terrifying and upsetting. What's happened to my mate is horrendous... It is just plain stealing. I don't think there is any other way of looking at it. The fact people are interested is just sad. I don't understand why it is anything other than criminality and exploitative."
Actress Imelda Staunton is to reteam with the director of her award-winning play Sweeney Todd to take on the role of burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee's tough mum in a new production of Gypsy. Staunton and director Jonathan Kent both won Olivier Awards for their Sweeney Todd, in which the actress played Mrs. Lovett.
In Gypsy, at the Chichester Festival Theatre in England, she'll share the stage with Kevin Whately and Sherlock star Laura Pulver, who will play the title role.
Sweeney Todd had its revival at the Chichester Festival in 2012, before transferring to the West End.
British actor Idris Elba read poetry onstage to kick off the Invictus Games sporting competition in London on Wednesday (10Sep14). The Wire star appeared onstage in front of 6,500 people at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the capital to recite the powerful poem Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley, as part of the opening celebrations.
British royal Prince Harry, who created the event, also took to the stage to give an empowering speech for the wounded military personnel competing in the sporting event.
An Invictus anthem, written by Coldplay's Chris Martin, was performed by a military choir and British soprano Laura Wright sang her track Invincible. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama also praised the athletes in a video message.
Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and William, Duke of Cambridge also attended the ceremony.
Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge cancelled her appearance as she is suffering from severe morning sickness.
The opening ceremony went ahead a day after a launch party was held for the competitors and their families on Tuesday (09Sep14). Prince Harry attended the bash and Foo Fighters performed. The rockers will headline the closing concert on Sunday (14Sep14).
One Direction star Niall Horan gathered his friends for an early 21st birthday celebration at Shoreditch House in London on Saturday (06Sep14). Among the guests at the bash were Horan's bandmate Louis Tomlinson and his girlfriend Eleanor Calder, actor James Corden, singer Conor Maynard, and TV presenter Laura Whitmore. Horan's official birthday isn't until 13 September (14).
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been called in to track down the cyber criminals responsible for leaking nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton online. Risque pictures of the pair, along with other female stars such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kirsten Dunst, caused a huge stir on the Internet when they surfaced on Sunday (31Aug14) and Lawrence's representative was quick to wage war against the hacker behind the scandal.
Her spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the shots by calling the leak a "flagrant violation of privacy", and adding, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's publicist also followed suit and threatened legal action, and on Monday afternoon (01Sep14), officials at the FBI confirmed they were looking into the case.
A statement released by FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller reads: "(The FBI is) aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.
"Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Representatives for Justice and Grande insist the leaked images of them are not real.
Pop star Jessie J has been tapped to contribute a song dedicated to the people of Boston for the Finding Neverland musical's upcoming concept album.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie is currently having a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to its move to Broadway next March (15), the show's producers, including Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, are planning a concept album featuring some of music's biggest stars. The Price Tag singer is among the artists to be featured on the album, singing a track called Stronger, which Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, according to the New York Post.
Other singers rumoured to have tracks on the album are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song Never Neverland at the Tony Awards in June (14).
The Finding Neverland musical, which stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, has broken attendance records for a single production in the theatre's 34-year history, and will run until 28 September (14).
Producers behind hit period drama Downton Abbey have reportedly banned modern luxuries from the set after a plastic water bottle ruined a promotional picture. Last week (beg11Aug14), TV bosses released a photograph featuring Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael in character to plug the new season, but the snap hit headlines for all the wrong reasons when fans spotted a mineral water container perched on a fireplace.
Producers have now issued strict orders to the cast and crew to keep modern items away from the set, banning accessories such watches and jewellery.
A unnamed castmember tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over. They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that's about it."
The Downton Abbey cast hit back in the aftermath of the publicity crisis by posing for a humorous snap holding plastic bottles to promote the charity WaterAid."