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."
Singer Cher struggled to enjoy her $180 million (£120 million) three-year residency in Las Vegas because the shows were always attended by sedate audiences of elderly fans. The Believe hitmaker staged almost 200 concerts at the Caesars Palace venue from 2008 to 2011 and admits she was initially "angry" when she realised the gigs would be a laidback affair.
She eventually vowed to put on a fiery performance every night regardless of the audience's reaction as for many fans it was their last chance to see her singing live.
Cher tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "(It was) difficult. The audience is not allowed to stand up and they are very, very old and sometimes they had walkers and oxygen masks. I'm not kidding.
"I was angry for a long time and then finally I thought this might be the last concert they ever see and they are enjoying it in their own way. It's not my way and it didn't make me feel good but they were having a wonderful time."
Pop icon Cher is considering retiring from touring after one last trek. The Believe hitmaker is setting out on her 49-date Dressed To Kill tour of North America next March (14), but hints that it might be the last time fans see her out on the road.
She tells U.K. TV host Graham Norton, "It's 'You'd better do it now 'cos (sic) you are never going to do it again'. I love the shows but hate the road. It's lonely and you never know where you are. It's no fun and very isolating. The only thing that saves it is when you go out on stage. I'm not sure how long I can do it. I am 67 and I'm not going to do it if I don't do it now."
The superstar previously contemplated retirement with her 2004 Farewell Tour.
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ordered a professional singer to recreate opera star Paul Potts' vocals on the set of new movie One Chance after realising actor James Corden is tone deaf. Gavin & Stacey creator Corden plays Britain's Got Talent winner Potts in the upcoming biopic, and he was convinced he could handle the high notes in the singing scenes.
But within seconds of starting his first take, Weinstein ordered him to stop his out-of-tune squawking and booked a trained singer instead.
Corden tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had an idea I could sing the opera. I said to Harvey Weinstein, our producer, 'I think I can do it,' so I had singing lessons. Harvey came down to the set and I literally got a quarter of the way into Nessun Dorma, when he said, 'No, no, we need to get somebody else!'"
Sir Paul McCartney started penning tracks for his new album shortly after he began dating Nancy Shevell - and he played her the songs over the phone from thousands of miles away to seek her approval. The Beatles icon started a romance with the New York socialite in 2007 following his split from his second wife Heather Mills, and the couple wed in 2011.
He released his latest album, New, earlier this month (Oct13), claiming his love for Shevell inspired many of the tracks - and now he has revealed he performed the songs for his wife from his home on the south coast of England while she was staying in New York.
McCartney tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Being loved up helps. When I was writing the album in our early days, Nancy was in New York and she was five hours back (sic) so I would drop my little girl at school and I'd come home and I'd have a few hours where I didn't have anything on so I would write a song.
"I would then ring Nancy and say, 'Good morning, would you like to hear a song?' I'd play her the song and it became a really great motivation. I was very happy in my life and it just happened like that."
Funnyman James Corden promised to name his son after Sir Paul McCartney if The Beatles legend agreed to take part in a comedy skit for charity. The Fab Four star joined the Gavin & Stacey creator in a fundraising sketch for British charity Comic Relief in 2011, in which he was shown telling Corden he was too "tubby" to go to Africa on an aid mission.
Now the comedian has revealed how he used strong-arm techniques and light-hearted bribery to convince McCartney to take part in the spoof.
Corden tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "I laid it on very thick, telling him, 'People won't die if you do our sketch'. It makes it very difficult for people to say no. He said, 'B**ody hell James, I've heard some groveling in my time'. I then said, 'That's nothing, if you'd said no I was going to say I would name my unborn child after you,' to which he said, 'If you promise to do that I'll do the sketch'. And that's why my son is called Max McCartney Kimberley Corden."
After previously stating that he would be interested in reprising his role as Hans Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, Harrison Ford has changed his tune and says that he still hasn't decided if he wants to be in the film, according to CinemaBlend.com.
In an interview on the UK's Graham Norton Show on BBC, Ford revealed that "he had not quite made the choice" to accept a cameo in the film, which is in great contrast to when he told WGN TV in March 2013 that he was "looking forward to it."
However, just because he might turn down a cameo in Star Wars, it doesn't mean that he's done with all of his famous characters. In the same interview with Norton, he said that he would have no problem gallavanting as Indiana Jones in a fifth adventure.
"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Ford said. "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart." Clearly he's not opposed to reliving old glory.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in 2015.
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In many ways, Tyler Durden is the more violent, better-looking Henry David Thoreau of our time. He taught us to live simpler lives, to shed the burden of material possessions, and to purify ourselves by getting beaten to a pulp by our fellow man. If living by his code means looking like that, then maybe he's onto something. Brad Pitt's portrayal of Tyler Durden in 1999's Fight Club inspired guys everywhere to throw out their khakis, take up boxing, and tap into their inner men. Tyler's wisdom, however, is universal, and we can all benefit from knowing that we are not special. Here are the best nuggets of wisdom from Mr. Durden.
You're Not Your F*****g Khakis
One of Tyler's main mottos is "The things you own end up owning you." He refuses to be a slave to material possessions, which is evident in the barely standing house he squats in. When the narrator laments that his apartment has blown up, and along with it his Ikea furniture and a wardrobe that was becoming quite respectable, Tyler tells him to forget about his sofa units. "I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let's evolve." Throughout the movie, Tyler reminds the narrator, as well as the audience, that we are not how much money we have, the job we do, or any other material manifestation of ourselves.
Lesson: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
Prove You're Alive
Tyler holds a gun to a convenience store clerk's head and asks him what his dream job would be. When the man answers, trembling, "veterinarian," Tyler tells him that if he isn't on his way to becoming a vet in six weeks, he'll hunt him down and kill him, literally forcing the guy to improve his life. When the narrator can't understand what scaring the piss out of someone accomplished, Tyler says, "Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel's life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted. " Tyler even goes so far as to crash the car that he's driving, so that he and his passengers have a "near-life experience."
Lesson: Sometimes you need to feel death in order to be alive.
Sacrifice For the Greater Good
When Tyler starts his Project Mayhem initiative, he recruits an army of men to organize and implement acts of anarchy. Throughout their training, he reminds them that they are not individuals, they are all just cogs in a machine. "Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else." When one of the members gets shot and killed during their mission to blow up a piece of public art while simultaneously destroying a mass coffee chain, Tyler shrugs it off like it's an occupational hazard.
Lesson: You wanna make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs.
Fighting Is the Answer
Tyler's creation of Fight Club becomes a kind of therapy for men from all walks of life. In fact, fighting replaces the narrator's addiction to group therapy. The movie shows that fighting, and even just getting beaten up, can be a means to an end, as Tyler gets bloodied up in order to keep the space for the club and the narrator fights himself to frame his boss and quit his job with pay. Each week, more and more men show up to Fight Club to beat the living crap out of each other, and even though they leave with fewer teeth and black eyes, they also leave with a renewed sense of purpose and self. Like Tyler says, you don't want to die without any scars.
Lesson: You can't completely know yourself unless you've been in a fight.
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If you've been breathlessly waiting for a remake of the 1987 film RoboCop, you're finally in luck. The new trailer (above) shows just as much violence and drama as we expect from a RoboCop movie. Starring on-the-rise actor Joel Kinnaman as the title character, the film compensates by filling out the rest of the cast with Hollywood heavy-weights like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton.
In the futuristic trailer, the world is plagued by drone strikes and constant crime. When Detective Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) suffers from life-threatening injuries sustained from a car explosion, Dr. Norton (Oldman) steps in to save his life. Meanwhile, Keaton and Jackson's characters have already been planning to create a robot-human machine. Needless to say, Murphy's accident proves to be the perfect opportunity to test this out, and when he wakes up, he is RoboCop. What Murphy doesn't know is that the men that created him are also controlling him. The rest of the trailer showcases the age-old storyline of good guy fighting back against the bad guys. Oh, and there's also a little romance and a ton explosive CGI violence thrown in for good measure.
RoboCop will be released on Feb. 7, 2014. Hopefully, these amazing actors and huge budget will make the film as great as the original. If not, we can always console ourselves with a marathon of the first, second, and third RoboCop movies.
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