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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Madonna jetted into Ireland on Tuesday (23Jul13) to attend the funeral of her interior designer friend David Collins. Madonna was devastated by her longtime pal's death last week (17Jul13), and cleared her schedule so she could pay her last respects at his memorial service in Monkstown, County Antrim.
The Material Girl later delivered a heart-felt speech in her friend's honour at a lunch for 80 mourners at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in County Wicklow.
Irish TV host and comic Graham Norton was another famous face among the congregation, and he also spoke at the meal.
Collins, who designed interiors for many high end fashion boutiques and luxury department stores, died just weeks after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer.
Samuel L. Jackson has stepped up his war against anonymous movie critics by hunting them down and confronting them online. The Pulp Fiction star told in 2009 how he was challenging his detractors on the Internet to meet him in person for a showdown and was even handing bloggers his phone number so they could get in touch.
Now he has taken his campaign a step further by deliberately seeking out bad reviews online and 'trolling' websites to put his side of the argument.
Jackson tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I hang around online, especially when people are talking about movies. I'm not like most actors - I read my reviews. I go through the reviews and the comments and then I find the website and bust in on it and start saying stuff about the movie. Eventually they get it's me and are like, 'Oh, my God, it's him!' I go off on people."
Hollywood veteran Samuel L. Jackson hates stripping off with a leading lady onscreen as he fears she will feel insulted if she fails to arouse him. The Pulp Fiction star has confessed he is always uncertain how to react when he has to get naked for sex scenes and bombards his co-star with a checklist of body parts he should avoid touching.
However, his biggest fear is getting too "excited" during the shoot - even though he feels he is insulting the actress by failing to respond to her passionate embrace.
Jackson tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I hate nude scenes, you have to ask where it's okay to touch and where it's not okay to touch and then you have to apologise for getting excited or for not getting excited. I'm sorry if I do and I'm sorry if I don't. It's a weird conversation to have."
Irish funnyman Chris O'dowd had Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig squirming in their seats after almost swallowing a fly on a U.K. TV talk show. The trio of Hollywood stars halted their joint interview on The Graham Norton Show when the huge insect buzzed past them, with Wiig joking, "That was like a bird!"
Host Norton carried on with the programme, but a moment later he was interrupted when O'Dowd suddenly yelped in horror upon realising he had nearly ingested the fly, which was floating in his glass of water.
As his disgusted Bridesmaids co-star Wiig jumped off the sofa, O'Dowd shrieked, "Oh my God, oh my sweet God! I chewed it. I took a drink and I was like, I didn't realise I had any ice in there!"
He and Wiig started laughing as Carrell then took a napkin from his pocket and placed it over the dead fly.
The interview was broadcast in the U.K. on Friday (21Jun13) night.
Amy Adams is convinced her teenage love life suffered because of her bodybuilder mother, whose ripped physique was "really intimidating" to her skinny boyfriends. The Fighter star's mum Kathryn took up weightlifting after having Adams and her six siblings, and the Hollywood beauty admits having such a muscular parent made dating difficult.
Adams tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "She had seven kids and then she decided she wanted to get into bodybuilding. She did enter competitions, she was kind of like semi-professional, started as a novice. She started when she was 35 bodybuilding after seven kids - she looked good, she was ripped!
"She was really intimidating to my boyfriends. I tended to date skinny skinny guys. She moved a TV in front of one of them once and he was terrified. We were watching a movie and the TV wasn't getting reception, so she literally picked it up and moved it to another part of the (room). She's tough, she's a tough woman!"
Adams is now engaged to actor and artist Darren Le Gallo.
Russell Crowe's young sons were unimpressed with their dad's movie career when they watched his latest film Man Of Steel as he only appears in a handful of scenes. The Gladiator star's boys Charles, nine, and Tennyson, six, have been desperate to see their famous father on the big screen as he has previously refused to let them watch any of his movies because of their adult content.
When shooting wrapped on the new Superman film Crowe, who plays the superhero's biological dad in the movie, proudly took his two boys to a preview, but they were disappointed by his lack of screen time.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I have a six year old and nine year old and I have to be honest that came into play in making my decision (to accept the role) so they could see one movie I did.
"Gladiator is way too violent and Les Miserables has prostitution. So they have never been able to see a film of mine and now they have. I'm hardly in it so when they did see it they said, 'What's the big deal?'"