Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul called a 90-year-old grandmother a "b**ch" after she begged him to shout his catchphrase from the hit drama. The actor played drug dealer Jesse Pinkman in the show, and became known to viewers for his use of the curse word.
He is frequently approached by fans asking him to shout their favourite line from the TV drama and Paul is always happy to oblige no matter what their age.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I get called 'B**ch' every day and people ask me to call them it. The other day a grandmother who had to be pushing 90 asked me and I did. It felt so wrong and yet so right!"
Pop star Lily Allen was ordered to avoid eating meat the night before a video shoot with a cheetah as the scent could cause the powerful beast to attack her. The Smile hitmaker is on the comeback trail after a four-year hiatus and she releases her new single Air Balloon next month (Mar14) ahead of her third album, Sheezus, later this year (14).
The promo for the track was filmed on a South African game reserve and featured scenes of Allen riding a zebra and stroking a cheetah, but the singer has now revealed she feared the big cat would eat her during the shoot.
Handlers smeared raw steak on Allen's face to attract the beast but she had earlier been advised to avoid consuming meat in the run-up to filming.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I signed up for it as it sounded like fun and then I am there with a cheetah thinking, 'What am I doing?'. I had a steak wiped on my face so that it would lick me but I had been warned not to eat steak the night before in case I burped and he might have eaten me!"
Irish TV personality Graham Norton has slammed the country's national public service broadcaster after company bosses handed thousands of dollars to opponents of gay marriage. Chiefs at broadcaster RTE agreed earlier this month (Feb14) to pay $111,800 (£69,880) to two journalists and four members of the Iona Institute, a right-wing Catholic group which opposes gay marriage, after being threatened with legal action for branding them homophobes.
Howver, talk show host Norton has slammed the decision to settle the case as "absolutely moronic", telling Irish magazine Hot Press, "I'm not registered to vote in Ireland but I do pay the licence fee there and I'm f**king furious that some of my money has gone to these idiots. RTE settling wasn't gutless, it was absolutely moronic."
Irish drag queen Panti Bliss called four members of the Iona Institute and journalists John Waters and Breda O'Brien "horrible and mean about gays" during an episode of the Saturday Night Show, leading to the six individuals threatening legal action for defamation.
British actor Dominic Cooper was left mortified when he accidentally flashed his privates at customers while working as a waiter in a restaurant. The Mamma Mia! star waited on tables at an eaterie to earn a living before finding fame but one shift took an embarrassing turn when the zip of his trousers broke and his manhood flopped out in front of stunned diners.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I was working in a cafe wearing really tight jeans. I had two cappuccinos in one hand and pastries in the other and as I approached the table it fell out of my jeans and rested neatly on the table. There was nothing I could do. The customers were repulsed and I just backed off!"
Pop star Lily Allen is paying tribute to her hip-hop hero Kanye West on her new album - she has named it Sheezus. The Smile hitmaker is gearing up for the release of her third record later this year (14) to seal her comeback after a four-year hiatus to start a family, but she has so far kept details of the disc under wraps.
Now the singer has revealed that she decided to give a huge shout out to rapper West by naming the record in honour of his 2013 album Yeezus.
Allen tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It's a confident title choice and a little nod to Kanye West."
Actor Bill Murray made the most of a recent promotional visit to Germany by taking a lightning overnight trip to neighbouring Czech Republic. The Groundhog Day star headed to Europe for the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month (Feb14) in support of his new movie The Monuments Men.
He was desperate to visit Prague, so he made a quick late-night trip to the Czech capital and stunned his co-stars by arriving back in Berlin in time for his promo duties the following day.
Matt Damon, who stars alongside Murray in the World War II drama, tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "He is so cool. We were due to have a cast dinner and Bill walks up and says, 'I might miss dinner tonight,' and I'm like, 'Are you not feeling well?' and he says, 'No, I'm going to go to Prague.'
"I said, 'It's five hours away by train, you're going to get there at midnight, and he was like, 'Yeah, but I've never been there.' He was back for nine the following morning, spot on time for the press!"
Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg have formed a pact to be nice to each other's fans as moviegoers often confuse the two actors. Wahlberg hit headlines last year (13) when it emerged a fan approached him in a street and asked for a photograph, thinking he was Damon.
He obliged and later made light of the incident by linking to the image on his Facebook.com page alongside the cheeky message, "Close enough."
Now Good Will Hunting star Damon has revealed they are often mistaken for each other, but have agreed to play along when approached by confused fans.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I get confused with him all the time. We talked about it years ago because it kept happening. We have a deal. And the deal is, if you're mistaken for the other guy you have to be extremely polite. I can't ruin his name, so when I'm Mark Wahlberg I have to be on my best behaviour!"
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, who is also a guest on this week's (ends14Feb14) show, reveals he is also often mistaken for other famous faces - including Diana, Princess of Wales' former butler Paul Burrell.
He says, "There is a confusion. In my younger days, when I had cheekbones, it was Colin Firth and latterly it's Paul Burrell!"
The show is due for broadcast in the U.K. on Friday (14Feb14).
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
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And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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Australian actress Toni Collette almost quit her role on upcoming movie Grassland when she found it impossible to perfect an Irish accent. The veteran actress has adopted a number of onscreen dialects during her 24-year career but admits she finally met her match playing a Dublin-based drug addict in the gritty new drama.
She was struggling so badly on her first day on set she even phoned her husband and threatened to quit, but she eventually mastered the tricky twang with the help of a voice coach.
Collette tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Glassland was filmed in a part of Dublin with a very specific accent. I loved the script but I was very nervous about doing the accent. I arrived on the set and sat down with a dialect coach and turned myself into a knot. I actually called my husband and cried and said, 'I cannot do this, I think they are going to have to re-cast'. It freaked me out so much but I relaxed and just did it. I was at least consistent!"
British actor Nick Frost practised salsa steps for almost 50 hours a week for new movie Cuban Fury to overcome his lifelong shyness on the dancefloor. The romantic comedy, which hits cinemas in the U.K. later this month (Feb14), features the Shaun of the Dead star as an engineer whose obsession with his female boss reignites his previous passion for dancing.
Frost dreaded the physical aspects of filming because he is so self-conscious he even tried to escape dancing with his new wife at his wedding, but he was determined to overcome his hang-up for the movie.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I trained for seven hours a day, seven days a week because I wanted to be able to dance. I like to dance but I don't like people to watch me. I ruined my wedding by not really wanting to dance with my wife because everyone gathered round... It is actually annoying to be asked to dance because it was for a part. If I had played a murderer, no one would ask me to kill someone!"