Fans of The Inbetweeners have British funnyman David Walliams to thank for the hit comedy - he allowed the show's writer to stay at his home free for a year while working on the series. Iain Morris teamed up with his pal Damon Beesley to pen the show, using their own cringeworthy teenage experiences to inspire the antics of geeky schoolkids Simon, Neil, Jay and Will.
Now Morris reveals Little Britain star Walliams played a huge part in bringing the comedy to fruition, because he allowed him to lodge at his London home when he was down on his luck.
The writer tells BBC Radio 5, "That allowed me to write. Without David Walliams, and another friend who also let me stay for free for nine months, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue to try and write stuff."
The show won a cult following following its debut in 2008, spawning a U.S. adaptation and a movie spin-off, which holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain. A big screen sequel is currently in the works.
A photo of Glee star Heather Morris' newborn son, Elijah, has been posted on Twitter.com, two days after his birth. The snap was shared online by the tot's proud new uncle, Adam Hubbell, brother of the actress' boyfriend Taylor.
Glee star Heather Morris has become a first-time mother after giving birth to a baby boy. The actress and her longtime boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell, became parents to son Elijah on Saturday (28Sep13), according to UsMagazine.com.
Reports about Morris' pregnancy broke in April (13), but the 26 year old has yet to publicly address the news.
Pretty Little Liars star Julian Morris has stripped off for a saucy magazine spread. The 30-year-old hunk, who plays Wren Kingston on the teen drama, bares his butt for the Wonderland editorial, posing completely nude in the shot with just a towel to preserve his modesty.
Morris also opens up about his personal life to the British publication, insisting, "I love sex. I love having sex."
Hugh Jackman will help reopen a forgotten Iowa cinema after his agent Patrick Whitesell took over the old place and renovated it. The William Morris Endeavor co-CEO and his father spent almost $600,000 (£400,000) to buy and revamp the bankrupt Iowa Falls Metropolitan Opera House, and it will relaunch this month (Sep13) with his client Jackman's new film Prisoners.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitesell was just six years old when his father took him to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the local cinema and he has been a fan of the theatre ever since.
When he learned bosses at Iowa theatre chain Big Time Cinema had declared bankruptcy, he stepped in to save the 114-year-old building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The place will reopen its doors on 21 September, when Jackman hosts the premiere of his new thriller.
The actor tells the publication, "When Patrick told me about what he was doing with his dad for the theatre in his hometown, I immediately wanted to be involved. It's not your typical place for a premiere, but the story behind the theatre was just so compelling, I had to be there."
All 100 $100 (£67) tickets for Saturday's premiere sold out within 35 minutes.
The two-cinema theatre will also screen Jackman's The Wolverine from Saturday (21Sep13).
Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore's former manager has died. J.J. Harris, 62, was found dead at her Beverly Hills home on Saturday (31Aug13). It is believed she died from natural causes.
While working at top talent firms the William Morris Agency and United Talent Agency, she helped to guide the careers of Theron, Barrymore, Dakota and Elle Fanning and Kevin Costner, who she managed until her death.
She went on to set up her own company, One Talent Management, for which she served as CEO.
Dr. Luke will not be joining American Idol, despite previous reports. On Sunday (25Aug13), Dr. Luke's protege Becky G confirmed rumours the Since U Been Gone hitmaker was joining the singing competition show's 13th season as a judge.
She said to The Hollywood Reporter, "It's gonna happen. I think he'll do great and I'm really excited about it."
However, because of a label conflict, Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has been forced to give up a possible role on Idol, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A source says, "Luke wants to build an entertainment company... and after a lot of conversations, both Luke and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris came to the mutual agreement that taking Dr. Luke out of the Idol running was the best thing for all parties."
Earlier this summer (13), Keith Urban announced he would be back for a second season as a judge and Jennifer Lopez is reportedly back on board after taking a year off.
Actress Kathryn Morris has become a mum to twin boys. The Minority Report star and her actor beau Johnny Messner welcomed twins on Wednesday (21Aug13) in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly magazine.
A statement from the couple reads "We are so grateful for these healthy, beautiful boys," and the new dad tweeted, "We are so blessed."
The first-time parents have been together for three-and-a-half years. In April (13), they announced they were expecting.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy was bombarded with death threats from angry fans after ending the lesbian relationship between Naya Rivera and Heather Morris' characters on the hit TV show. Rivera's Santana Lopez began dating her McKinley High School classmate and best friend Brittany Pierce, played by Morris, after officially 'coming out' in season three, but the characters called off their romance during an episode in last year's (12) fourth season.
The onscreen break-up left diehard followers of the musical drama heartbroken and they made their fury known by sending threatening messages to writer/producer Murphy - and Rivera can understand why impressionable youths were so worked up about the love split.
She tells Complex magazine, "Having gay characters makes a difference, especially when you are a teenager and you need people to look up to.
"Your world feels so small. The tiniest thing can make you think, 'I'm gonna die!' I'm glad Glee is around for people dealing with something that big in such a small world. It's important." (MT/CX)
Punk icon Greg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates for alleged copyright infringement. The group co-founder claims the members of Flag - Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson - have infringed on rights he owns. Henry Rollins, a former member of the legendary punk outfit who is not part of the Black Flag splinter group, has also been named in the suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Ginn is seeking an injunction against Flag's current tour, which kicked off in May (13), insisting that the band's logo is identical to Black Flag's. He also describes Flag as "a colorable imitation" that's "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers".
He also accuses his former bandmates of "lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label's record covers to feign as though they've been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979 and using bootleg SST t-shirts."
Ginn, who is currently recording and touring under the name Black Flag, was sued by Dukowski in 2007, over claims the Flag star was entitled to a share of Black Flag's revenue, as he was still a member of the band. The pair reached a settlement, in which Dukowski agreed to never perform under or make use of the Black Flag name or logo for profit.
In his suit, Ginn also claims that Rollins and Morris filed to procure the trademark to the name Black Flag last year (12).