British actor Daniel Radcliffe was left stunned during a recent trip to Italy when he discovered thousands of fans waiting for him as he used the bathroom. The Harry Potter star attended the Venice Film Festival in September (13) to promote his movie Kill Your Darlings, and he has previously told how he was mobbed by teens at the event.
Now he has lifted the lid on the madness that awaited him and likened one moment to a scene from Monty Python comedy Life of Brian.
Radcliffe tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Italy was crazy. We never did any press there for the (Harry Potter) films so there was 10 years (of) pent up energy and when I got there it just exploded.
"It was incredible. At one point I needed the loo (toilet) and had to make a 100-yard dash and was immediately followed by a flash mob. I had a Life of Brian moment when I opened the toilet door and there were thousands of people standing outside waiting. It was all very surreal and mad as always."
Sharon Osbourne has undergone drastic cosmetic surgery on her private parts. The rock matriarch and wife of Ozzy Osbourne had a reconstructive procedure carried out on her vagina in 2011, and although the operation was painful, she is delighted with the results.
Osbourne remained coy following the procedure, confirming only that she had undergone "a little bit of lady surgery downstairs", but now she has spoken out about the operation.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "(It was) just excruciating. Having it tightened was the worst, it hurt a lot."
Asked if it was worth the pain, she replies, "My husband thinks so. It's back the way God wanted it to be."
Actor Colin Farrell threw a bizarre dinner party for his Saving Mr. Banks co-stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson - the evening's entertainment was a screening of kids' classic Mary Poppins. The Irishman plays an alcoholic father in the new comedy, which tells the story of Mary Poppins writer P. L. Travers' meetings with Walt Disney as they planned the movie of her book.
Farrell was disappointed to realise he would not be sharing any scenes with Thompson, who plays Travers, or Hanks, who takes the role of Disney, so he invited them to his Los Angeles home for a meal and a viewing of the 1964 musical instead.
Farrell tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "I knew I wasn't going to get to work with any of them so threw a dinner party at my house. We all ended up watching Mary Poppins. Everyone was in the living room watching, it was cool. Well maybe not that cool, but it was fun."
Actress Emma Thompson remains determined to avoid cosmetic surgery, insisting it is "psychotic" to have Botox injections. The Oscar winner joined her fellow British screen stars Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz in 2011 to form the self-styled 'British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League' to rally against unnecessary operations.
Thompson, 54, insists she is still vehemently against facelifts, implants or wrinkle-busting Botox injections two years on, and is more convinced than ever that she will not succumb to pressure and go under the knife.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Look at me, I'm normal. I really wouldn't do anything. It's psychotic to have your body opened up and stuff put in and injecting yourself with poisons."
British pop star Robbie Williams has confessed he has undergone a drastic hair replacement procedure. The former Take That singer has a home in Los Angeles and often feels under pressure to fit in with other stars by having cosmetic surgery to keep him looking young.
Now he has admitted he once underwent a procedure to improve the thickness of his tresses - even though his hairline was not receding.
Williams tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I've lived in L.A. for a long time and they say, 'If you sit in a barber's shop for long enough you will get a haircut'. Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you're going to get some surgery. I've had a thatch done and I didn't even need it. That's the weirdest thing. I had three months off and got bored."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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What is it about British talk shows that brings out the goofy in A-list stars?
When the best late-night moments have a viral life beyond the night they air, regular old interviews just won't do anymore. Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and Jimmy Kimmel are the most creative hosts on this side of the pond; they spend their airtime getting Betty White to play beer pong and pranking Taylor Swift rather than keeping it all on the couch. But can they compete with Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross who seem to have the secret formula? Here are a few of our favorite times where celebrities cut loose on their shows.
Will Smith Brings Back The Fresh Prince
In a skit designed to be shared and shared again by the internet's army of '90s nostalgists, Smith performed a medley of musical moments from his old sitcom. Alfonso Ribero even joined him for Will and Carlton's famous "Apache" dance.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock Get Musical
Not that these two aren't always delightful, but throw in a Big-style giant piano and their charm hits the next level. Also, we're incredibly impressed that Sandy could pull that off in her Louboutins.
Benedict Cumberbatch Does His Best Chewie
And Harrison Ford's reaction is everything.
Drunk Golf with Justin Timberlake
The one surefire strategy for getting the most out of one's celebrity guest is simply to load him or her up with booze. Jonathan Ross challenges JT to a mini-golf game sponsored by some tequila shots and shenanigans ensue.
Ewan McGregor and Chris O'Dowd Have a Lightsaber Fight
Norton supplied his guests with professional-grade Jedi weapons and the studio turned into a Lucasfilm soundstage for a few minutes.
Lady Gaga is adamant creating her eccentric and over-the-top outfits is a way for her to deal with her "insanity". The Born This Way hitmaker is known for her one-of-a-kind wardrobe, from a dress made out of meat at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to a frock made from Kermit the Frog toys.
In an interview with U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, Gaga explains she uses her wardrobe as an outlet to express not only her creativity but as a way to let out her stress as well.
She explains, "It's how I deal with my insanity. From when I was young I had voices in my head, and for the longest time I was drinking and doing a lot of drugs and it was the clothing and the artistry that saved me."
Veteran actress Dame Judi Dench fears she accidentally sat on Queen Elizabeth II's throne during a visit to Buckingham Palace. The Bond star was attending a function at the royal residence in London with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen when they sneaked into a side-room to change outfits.
In the darkened room, Dame Judi sat down to adjust her clothing before realising the chair she was in had a tall back and was shaped like a sovereign's seat.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton,"I was at a party with Ian McKellen at Buckingham Palace. I can't remember why we were there but we slipped into a room to change and we were feeling around in the dark and he suddenly felt something and said, 'Good grief, this is a very high chair, with a great tall back'. I think we were sitting on a throne!"
Sir Elton John has opened up about his close links with Britain's royal family, revealing he has danced with Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne, and once took Princess Margaret out on a date. The Rocket Man hitmaker has long been a favoured pop star in the royal household and has performed at many high-profile events, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert last year (12) and Diana, Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997.
Now he has spoken out about his ties to the British Establishment and recalled how the monarch once cut in on his dance with her daughter at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday party in 1981.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Princess Margaret and I became friends. I took her to the cinema once at the Odeon Kensington. We had a lovely time and then we went out to dinner and I took her home. Nothing happened of course!
"I also once danced with Princess Anne at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday and the Queen came over and said, 'May I join you?'. We danced to Bill Hayley's Rock Around the Clock. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. Having been born in a council house in Pinner (near London) the chances of dancing with the Queen at Windsor Castle were pretty long."