Actor Gary Oldman scared off a group of young women while he was preparing for his movie role as Dracula by showing them his prop coffin. The British star played the bloodsucking killer in the 1992 film, and director Francis Ford Coppola was so determined to make the screen vampire's coffin a good fit, he sent a sample to Oldman at his home.
The actor stored the macabre object in a garage, and when he wanted to call an early close to a party at the property, he spooked his guests by showing them the coffin - and they all fled.
Oldman tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Francis Ford Coppola sent me a coffin to try out. One night I went out for dinner and everyone ended up at my place and at some point I wanted them to leave so I opened the garage door and the light came on and instead of a Porsche under the light, it was a coffin. I never saw those girls again!"
Fashion icons Kate Moss, Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin turned out for the launch of a new exhibition showcasing legendary photographer David Bailey's greatest pictures. The British snapper's work from across five decades is to be displayed at London's National Portrait Gallery from Thursday (06Feb14), and a number of famous friends attended the official opening party on Monday night (03Jan14).
Some of his greatest muses, including supermodels Moss, Hall and Helvin, who was married to him in the 1970s, supported Bailey at the event, along with fellow guests including fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Duran Duran star Nick Rhodes.
Speaking about his photographs of Moss and his original muse, 1960s model Jean Shrimpton, Bailey told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "They're the most peculiar women. I've never understood why everybody likes them so much. There are many more beautiful girls. But they've got this universal, democratic appeal. It's like (Marlene) Dietrich and (Greta) Garbo in movies, they've just got this thing that makes them stand out."
The exhibit, titled Stardust, runs at the gallery until June (14).
Actor Matthew Mcconaughey was left mortified after shooting to fame because his mother began giving guided tours of his childhood bedroom. The star got his big break playing a lawyer in 1996 movie A Time to Kill, and he admits he was so paranoid about the attention stardom would bring that he asked his mum to be discreet with any media inquiries.
However, he was left stunned days later when he was watching a U.S. TV news show and saw his mother showing a camera crew around his old bedroom.
McConaughey tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "People started getting interested in my life and my history and all of a sudden my mum would show up in the newspapers. I told her they were things we should keep private between the family and she was like, 'Okay, okay.' The next week I was watching Hard Copy and there was my mum escorting a tour through my bedroom. When I called her she said, 'I didn't think you would see it!'."
Actress Julianne Moore snubbed an invitation to attend a party for British royals Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge to head for Disneyland and celebrate her newly-won British citizenship instead. The Hours star's mother was Scottish and the actress was granted dual British/U.S. nationality in 2011, and she was shocked when the development prompted an invitation to party with the royal couple.
Moore was flattered to be asked along after she was previously told U.S. citizens were ineligible for the event - but she eventually snubbed the invite and enjoyed a fun evening at a theme park in California instead.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "That was the day there was a garden party for William and Kate. As an American I couldn't go, but as soon as I was sworn in (as a British citizen) I had an invitation. Being an American at heart, I thanked them for the invite but went to Disneyland instead!"
Moviemaker Joe Wright begged Keira Knightley to show off her famous pout on the set of a TV commercial, six years after he banned her from using it in his films. The director famously forbade the British actress from pursing her lips when they shot 2005 movie Pride & Prejudice as he feared her signature look was becoming too cliched.
The pair teamed up again in 2011 to film an advertisement for fashion brand Chanel, and Knightley was surprised when Wright lifted his pout ban and urged her to make the most of her sexy lips.
Knightley tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Joe Wright didn't want me for Pride & Prejudice because he thought I was too pretty, and then he met me and said, 'Oh no, you're fine!'... I've got (pouting) out of my system. I didn't know I did it so much and Joe banned it from the film. Then when we did the Chanel adverts he said, 'You know that pout we banned? Can we have it back and as much as possible?'"
Newly-knighted Kenneth Branagh suffered sleepless nights after signing up to recite Shakespeare at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics - because he didn't get a script until the last minute. The actor/director was one of the stars of the big event, masterminded by Danny Boyle, but he admits he was overcome with terror as his moment loomed.
He explains, "With three weeks to go, Danny Boyle gave me a call. I was honoured but then found out there was no autocue and it would be live in front of 1.25 billion people! Man, I went away and learned those lines. I'd wake up in the night saying them. Even the dog knew the lines!"
But when it came to recite the lines from The Tempest, Branagh admits he was filled with patriotic pride.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "The thing that got me through was the feeling of camaraderie. You really felt like you were holding hands with everyone in the country. It was fantastic and one of the most incredible experiences."
And he confesses he had a sneaky back-up plan - just in case he forgot the words: "I'd written the lines on the inside of the book I was carrying!"
British actor Idris Elba has asked Lena Dunham for a role in her hit TV series Girls after meeting the writer/director on a U.K. chat show. The Wire star sat next to Dunham during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month (Jan14), and he has now reached out to the actress and asked her to cast him in Girls.
Elba sent a message to Dunham via Twitter.com, writing, "Very funny woman. Can I come do a scene on your show?..." and Dunham replied, "You are a pure pleasure, an honour to share the couch with you."
Actor/director Sir Kenneth Branagh was terrified he would upset Queen Elizabeth II by kneeling on her beloved corgi dogs when he was knighted at Buckingham Palace. The Harry Potter actor was awarded the prestigious honour in November, 2012 for his illustrious career, but when he attended the glitzy ceremony in London, he was convinced he would embarrass himself by accidentally hurting the monarch's pets.
Branagh tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It was pretty amazing. We had an amazing day - going to Buckingham Palace is quite something - but I was terrified. Terrified of stepping on dogs, the corgis are everywhere, so I was quite nervous of kneeling on one...
"I have no idea (what the Queen said to me), I was so nervous. It was a kind of dream and I couldn't believe it was happening. I was just thrilled that I managed to stand up!"
Recipients of the honour are traditionally asked to kneel as they are knighted.
Emma Thompson is totally killing award season already, and we've still got several major ceremonies to go before we're through. Since the press tour for Saving Mr. Banks began, it's been clear that the star has been on the scene for too long to worry about anything but having a fantastic time. She's silly and candid and occasionally tipsy and we love her. It's just Hollywood, after all. Why not have a little fun?
In no particular order, here are our current favorite Emma moments.
1. When She Portrayed Most of the Animal Kingdom on Ellen
A reserved, refined English actress like Ms. Thompson has no trouble taking on Ellen's animal noise guessing game. We're particularly fond of her donkey.
2. When She Defended "Difficult" Women
When David Letterman asks Thompson if she agrees that a woman as hard to please as her character P.L. Travers were involved in a movie production today, she'd be shown the door, Emma answers, "No! They'd be given their own TV show immediately!" And we'd watch it.
3. When She Anecdotally Shared Some Really Personal Information
Watch the clip to see what Emma has to say about the "all-fours" position necessary to have one's handprints immortalized at the Chinese Theater. Also, enjoy the reaction of her couch-mate Robbie Williams.
4. When She Shook It With Jimmy Fallon in Her Favorite Python Pants
Emma goes hard as the Roots play her in for her Late Night spot.
5. When She Told the Truth about Christian Louboutins
There's nothing we respect more than an actress who won't be a hero and can admit on the red carpet, "These things are killing me." Emma became our favorite presenter of the night when she came out with a martini in one hand and her evil stilettoes in another.
British actor Idris Elba was left mortified after mistakenly posting a semi-naked photograph on Twitter.com, because he only intended to send it to a girlfriend. The Wire star was flirting with a female pal via the microblogging website in July, 2011 when he tried to show her a saucy image of himself topless but accidentally shared it with his 970,000 followers instead.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I was sending it to a chick and by mistake I tweeted it. It was a horrible moment but it could have been worse!"