Scottish actor Alan Cumming was left stunned by Berlin's nightlife during a recent visit to the city, because there are so many outrageous sex clubs. The gay star headed for the German capital to seek out the new-look KitCatClub, which originally inspired the movie and Broadway show Cabaret, and he was surprised by what he found.
Cumming, who portrays the MC in the theatre production, explains, "It's not a cabaret club like the one in the show... but there's still a decadent layer to Berlin life and I did go there a couple of years ago and they have a very different attitude towards sex there - and I like it.
"You're on the dance floor... and then all of a sudden you look over and there's a sling hanging from the roof and there's someone getting (having sex).
"I went there at the beginning of this year to see some things and get ready for Cabaret and this person was like, 'Oh, do you want to come to this club? It's a really great club... There's a curfew; it goes on to about six in the morning but you have to be in by midnight'.
"I said, 'I'll see you there about ten to 12 (11.50pm)...' and he went, 'Oh no, you have to come earlier... You have to factor in putting all your clothes in a plastic bag...!' I just didn't fancy it."
Shia Labeouf has blamed his method acting extremes for his near-career destroying bust-up with Alec Baldwin.
The Transformers star was famously fired from Broadway play Orphans last year (13) for clashing with leading man Baldwin and looking back at the drama, he accepts he may have taken his preparation for the role of a street-smart kidnapper a little too far. La Beouf tells Interview magazine:
"Alec and I butted heads hard. I was sleeping in the park... At the time, I was out of my mind. "My whole goal was to intimidate the f**k out of Baldwin. That was the role. And it wasn’t going to be fake. I wanted him to be scared... so I went about doing that for three weeks of rehearsal." The actor finally reached a settlement with the producers of the play, which was to mark his New York stage debut, after filing a grievance with the Actors' Equity union.
Kylie Minogue has been forced to cancel her upcoming tour dates in Germany due to the promoter's financial troubles. The Australian pop star was scheduled to take her Kiss Me Once tour to Germany from Wednesday (22Oct14) but the shows have been axed amid promoter CT Creative Talent GmbH's preliminary insolvency hearings.
Minogue announced the cancellation on her website, writing, "I am extremely disappointed that due to financial difficulties of the German promoter CT Creative Talent GmbH, I am unable to perform the scheduled shows in Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.
"The Administrator who is now controlling CT Creative Talent GmbH, is unable to confirm that we have the venues and facilities needed to be able to put on the shows...
"I have always had great support in Germany from a loyal and loving fan base and I can’t stress enough how difficult and disappointing it is to be ready to play the shows and to have been let down at the last minute."
The Spinning Around hitmaker's next show will be in Slovakia on Sunday (19Oct14).
Actor Cary Elwes' spot-on impersonation of Bill Cosby's iconic Fat Albert cartoon character helped him land his breakthrough role in The Princess Bride. The British actor played hero Westley in the beloved 1987 film that has since defined his career, but it was his love for American television that ultimately helped him nab the lead role.
In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S talk show on Thursday (16Oct14), he recalled, "I had visited America when I was a kid with my stepfather and seen a lot of American shows. So I was already familiar with All in the Family and The Jeffersons and all kinds of shows. In England we only had two shows (sic), and when I got to America, I couldn't believe how many channels there were.
"So I was shooting an independent film in Berlin and my agent called me and said '(Director) Rob Reiner and his producing partner Andrew Scheinman are flying to Berlin to talk to you about playing Westley in The Princess Bride'...
"We started chatting and somehow Fat Albert came up and I ended up doing an impression. For some reason that made Rob laugh. He told me later, 'You know, I knew you were right for the part when you did the Fat Albert thing'. So I have Bill Cosby to thank."
"I was standing on... the tall bars and... (the instructor) let go of my ankles and I fell forward and I blocked my fall by (tucking my arms into my chest) and I broke both my arms." Actress Emma Stone gave up on her gymnastics dreams as a child after breaking both her arms while trying to perform a stunt.
Depeche Mode's new album features an acoustic set recorded in a brothel in Berlin, Germany. The British rockers are releasing a CD/DVD package called Live in Berlin, which features a concert film shot inside well known brothel Salon Bel Ami.
The footage, which was captured by Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn, is two hours long, and features some of their biggest hits including Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence.
The album is due out on 17 November (14).
Gwyneth Paltrow is flattered by criticism of her healthy living brand from lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.
Stewart recently blasted the actress for creating the Goop website when she could be concentrating on her Hollywood career, telling Porter magazine, "She just needs to be quiet... If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart." However, the criticism has not fazed Paltrow, who insists she is more flattered than hurt during an interview at Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in California on Tuesday (07Oct14).
She jokes, "No one has ever said anything bad about me before, so I'm shocked and devastated. I'll try to recover... If I'm really honest, I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition. I really am."
On Monday (06Oct14), it was announced that Paltrow had hired Lisa Gersh, the former CEO of Martha Stewart Living, as Goop's new chief executive.
Actor William Hurt has moved on from the drama of his stalled Allman Brothers biopic by signing on for new movie about iconic sprinter Jesse Owens. Hurt abandoned Midnight Rider shortly after camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the set of the film in February (14), and now he is set to join Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten in Race.
He'll portray Jeremiah Mahoney, the president of the Amateur Athletic Union.
The film will be shot in part at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, where Owens picked up four Olympic gold medals in 1936 as a disgusted Adolf Hitler watched.
Former Olympian Michael Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland.
The champion swimmer was pulled over in Baltimore for speeding early on Tuesday (30Sep14) and failed a field sobriety test, after officers suspected he was intoxicated, according to TMZ.com. Phelps agreed to a Breathalyzer test and his blood alcohol content was reportedly clocked at twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
This is the second DUI arrest for Phelps - in 2004, he was sentenced to 18 months probation after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Maryland.
Longtime bachelor George Clooney has conceded married life feels "pretty great" after wedding British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Italy over the weekend (27-28Sep14).
The Hollywood actor, who swore off marriage after his first union to Talia Balsam crumbled in 1993, walked down the aisle again in Venice, hosting a star-studded wedding gala on Saturday (27Sep14) and tying the knot officially in a civil ceremony on Monday (29Sep14).
The lavish reception at the Aman Canal Grande resort has been detailed in People magazine, and pictures show guests including Matt Damon partying. Other snaps show Clooney and Alamuddin cutting their huge wedding cake and posing together as newly-weds with the bride showing off her Oscar de la Renta gown.
Clooney, 53, tells the magazine that marriage "feels pretty damn great," adding that Italy was the perfect location for the nuptials: "(Venice is) the most romantic city in the world... We met in Italy. We have a home there. We knew that was where we wanted to get married."
The Oscar-winner adds of the future, "We're looking forward to everything."
The article also reveals that Irving Berlin standard Always was sung at the ceremony because it was the track Clooney's parents danced to at their own wedding, while the newly-weds chose Cole Porter's Why Shouldn't I? for their first dance.
Wedding favours for the guests included iPods loaded with the couple's favourite music.