"Bed bound with flu in Croatian hotel & feel 'like a pig s**t in my head' & a fleet of its relatives have attacked my body with iron bars!!" British actor Richard E. Grant is struggling with a bad bout of influenza.
Actress Sienna Miller and singer Emeli Sande are urging fans to sign up to a bone marrow donation register in support of a young girl who died of leukaemia 10 years ago. The two stars are joined in the campaign by more than 20 other famous Brits including Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, The Wire star Dominic West, actor Richard E. Grant, and Homeland star David Harewood.
They all appear in a star-studied video urging fans to consider joining the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register in memory of Milly Forbes, who died after battling acute myeloid leukaemia.
Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie, who was good friends with Forbes, she tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It is fantastic to see her legacy being continued, 10 years on, through this campaign. It is a fitting way to remember Millie this Christmas and hopefully to find a cure for people who are going through the same thing...
"The need for more donors, especially young men, to join the bone marrow register never goes away... Urge anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 to go to the Anthony Nolan website and see what it's all about. I can't think of a better feeling than potentially saving a life."
The #InspiredbyMillie project was set up by Forbes' sister and the short video will appear on the charity's website on Christmas Eve. (24Dec14).
Richard E. Grant was chastised by bosses on the set of Downton Abbey when he broke the rules by pulling out his cell phone to send a tweet about his role in the period drama. The cast of the hit British TV show is sworn to secrecy over the plot details and producers go to great lengths to keep the storylines under wraps.
Grant joined the show for a guest role in the fifth season, and co-star Allen Leech reveals the actor "had to be stopped" when producers spotted him with his phone.
Leech tells Britain's Event magazine, "I'm bound by the vows of Downton. We say nothing. We don't tweet, we don't slip up. There was a moment during filming last series when Richard E Grant got out his phone and was about to tweet when he had to be stopped. It's hilarious."
The Irish star also reveals former castmember Dan Stevens found himself in big trouble when he sent out a tweet which revealed some key Downton news.
He adds, "Dan was the worst. He tweeted that there would be a Christmas special before it even happened. That was big trouble."
Downton Abbey star Allen Leech risked arrest by breaking into the show's set after he was left locked out of his hotel following a drunken night out. The Irish actor, who plays former chauffeur Tom Branson in the hit period drama, went out for post-filming drinks with his co-star Rob James-Collier, who plays villainous footman Thomas Barrow, and the evening ended in disaster when Leech was left without a place to stay.
He decided to break into the show's set and sleep in his trailer, but he risked landing himself in serious trouble.
Leech tells Britain's Event magazine, "We'd been at work so we decided to have a few beers followed by quite a lot of Old Rosie cider. We were staying in different hotels and unfortunately I'd forgotten to check in to mine; the doors were locked and I couldn't get in. I called Rob but he was out cold, so the only option was to go back to the set and try to sleep in my trailer. I used my bag to cover the spikes on the massive gates as I shimmied over, then dodged through the darkness to the trailers.
"The next morning I had a two-hour walk back to my hotel to clean up and come back. I then had to do a very long scene with Richard E. Grant with the footsteps of Old Rosie banging through my brains. Thank God I wasn't arrested, as that would have been very embarrassing - Branson breaking into Downton."
Veteran British actor Warren Clarke has died, aged 67. The A Clockwork Orange star passed away in his sleep after a "short illness", according to his representatives at the Independent Talent Group.
Clarke shot to fame in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 dystopian movie and went on to work with its star Malcolm McDowell on two more projects, 1973 film O Lucky Man! and 1985 TV movie Gulag.
He also appeared in Charlton Heston's epic Antony and Cleopatra in 1972, Enigma with Martin Sheen, 1984 war spoof Top Secret!, and Clint Eastwood's 1982 action movie Firefox.
Clarke also carved out a successful career in British TV, appearing in hit U.K. shows such as Coronation Street, The Jewel in the Crown, Blackadder, and Hammer House of Horror, but he is best known for his long-running role as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel in crime show Dalziel and Pascoe. The series ran from 1996 until 2007.
At the time of his death, Clarke had been due to appear in a new adaptation of Poldark. He is believed to have completed filming earlier this year (14) ahead of a planned broadcast in 2015.
Following the sad news, Clarke's fellow British stars took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the beloved actor.
Withnail & I star Richard E. Grant wrote, "Shocked to hear that Warren Clarke has died. Worked with him twice and shared a holiday in the Caribbean. Hilarious and irreverent", and Quadrophenia actor Phil Davis added, "Very sad to hear that Warren Clarke died yesterday. We did Moving Stories together in the 90s and recently Poldark. A fine actor, lovely man."
Actor Reece Shearsmith wrote, "RIP Warren Clarke. A very funny and lovely man", screen star David Morrissey tweeted, "So sad to hear about the death of Warren Clarke. He was a very special man/a great actor. We had wonderful times together on Red Riding. RIP", and comedian Jack Dee added, "Really sad news that Warren Clarke has died. A brilliant, funny and generous man who was a joy to work with."
We've watched their characters fall in love on the big screen and in our living rooms. We cried as we watched them endure heartache and unrequited love. We cheered when someone made the first move and they overcame obstacles. Who says true love can only happen in the movies? Here are 14 pairs of actors we believe have too much chemistry and history to not be together in real life. We must wait patiently until they realize their happy ending.
14. Keira Knightely and Orlando Bloom
It was there tortured, forbidden relationship in Pirates of the Carribean that hooked us in 2003. The beautiful pair couldn't stay away despite the difficult circumstances. If nothing else is worth it, they should get together just because the kids would have great hair.
13. Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey
In so many ways, Grey's Anatomy is one of the most heart-breaking shows out there. With characters like Izzie Stevens and Lexie Grey undergoing so much loss, it was important to have Meredith and Derek to cheer us up. We think Patrick's silliness would be the perfect balance to Ellen's toughness!
12. Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski
It's this couple that we got so attached to when they were on TV, we can't let them go We've grown with Pam and Jim over the years and gotten to watch their relationship unfold. We beg you, Jenna and John, to grant us that same pleasure again!
11. Ellen Page and Michael Cera
In Juno, Ellen and Michael play an adorably young and naive pair that despite everything, really cared for one another. The actors' quirky personalities and sweet dispositions would work just as well in real life, in our opinions. Ellen's recent coming out speech, though eloquently said and so touching, may pose a problem for this pair.
10. Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling
On-screen, Piper and Alex cannot get away from one another. Despite their ability to poorly influence each other, the two are drawn to each other. Laura even admits that the chemistry with Taylor is there when she interviewed with After Ellen. Here's to hoping the same magnetic pull is between the two actresses!
9. Jennifer Aniston and David Scwimmer
Ross waited so long for Rachel to love him in Friends ,that we're not giving up hope on this one. Even though it's been 20 years since Friends aired, we believe in the powerful and patient love that David and Jennifer will one day experience!
8. Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick
One of TV's most monumental couples was the once-surprising pair of Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass. At first Blair's high maintenance and Chucks elusiveness made them seem destined for failure, but they defied obstacle after obstacle and ended up together. How do they not see that Leighton's sweet feminity and Ed's tough masculinity would be optimal?
7. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
A favorite couple of all times, Kate and Leonardo's chemistry is evident time and time again. Whether it's their long-time friendship or Kate's comment that "Leo is my love of my life," we can't let go of the talented and beautiful pair.
6. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson
This one is less because of the actors chemistry together, but more for the fantasy of Harry and Hermoine dating in real life. The fictional couple was so important to so many as they were growing up, that we believe Emma and Daniel should suck it up and date for the fans!
5. Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
This quirky pair has felt right since they starred in (500) Days of Summer together. According to HelloGiggles, Zoey's website, the pair have know each other since 2000. They even sang in a YouTube video together. If the way they make music is any indicator of their relationship success, we can tell you it's going to be beautiful.
4. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott
Ben and Leslie proved that friendship is the the best foundation for any relationship. The wedding episode as well as the entire "I love you, and I like you" concept has taken the viewers by storm. Amy said in a recent Q&A with Reddit that she thinks Adam "is a great actor, he's a great kisser, has a GREAT head of hair," so maybe her infatuation can grow with time like Leslie's did.
3. Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel
Throughout the many seasons of How I Met Your Mother, Lily and Marshall remained one of the most stable and fun couples on TV. They were never overly romantic and were always being goofy with each other. Alyson and Jason's humor and comfort with each other after nine seasons must be able to translate outside of work.
2. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Between Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman, this unstoppable pair had us truly feeling the depths of their on-screen love. Richard's characters were always taken by Julia's characters' spirit and joy, so we don't see why that would change off set!
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
The Notebook has gone down as one of the most-beloved romance movies of our time. For good reason! Rachel and Ryan's passion and chemistry with one another is unmistakable. The pair even reinacted their kiss when they won the MTV Best Kiss Award in 2005 and as well as dated until 2007. Sorry, Eva Mendes, but these too are clearly meant to be.
Hugh Grant wishes he could cut several scenes from his breakthrough movie Four Weddings And A Funeral because his acting was so atrocious. The Notting Hill star found fame with his role as bumbling Brit Charles in the 1994 comedy, but he admits there are moments in the movie where he cringes at his own poor performance.
He tells British TV show This Morning, "There are certain bits of Four Weddings where I really am very bad and (director Richard Curtis) would admit that and he really had to cut round my bad acting...
"When you have that funeral and there's the poem being read out and the camera pans along all these sad faces, tearful faces and I thought, 'I've got to do some crying'. I can't cry as an actor at all.
"I'd read somewhere, a tip, that if you stare at a light for long enough without blinking, your eyes start to water. And I did that and I thought I was being pretty good but actually if you look at it, it pans along and there's lots of very good acting going on and then there's this sort of mad red-eyed raccoon. I stare at it and think, 'What's that?' So I would have written that out of the script."
Notting Hill screenwriter Richard Curtis has credited veteran singer/songwriter Tom Waits as the inspiration for his hit 1999 romantic comedy. The romance featuring Hugh Grant as a bookshop owner who falls in love with a movie star played by Julia Roberts is one of Curtis' most beloved films, and the moviemaker admits it was influenced by Waits' track Downtown Train.
Curtis tells U.K. newspaper the Gloucestershire Echo, "There's a version of Downtown Train by Tom Waits performed by Everything But The Girl and when I was writing Notting Hill, that was all I listened to.
"There was something I sensed in the background and in the tone and in the mood of that song which is what I wanted to reach at the best moment of the film. Songs have always been an incredibly important bit of the inspiration for me."
Curtis explains that another of his films, Love Actually, was indirectly influenced by Mariah Carey and her holiday classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, which was featured in the film's finale.
He continues, "What you are doing is hoping by telling a story and arranging a certain sequence of events that some particular moment you will be able to reach the thing a song does in three minutes.
"To take a very trite example, the Mariah Carey song All I Want For Christmas Is You seems to me to completely say how you want to feel about how extraordinary Christmas is. In a way, Love Actually was also a stab at trying to be as good as Mariah... I failed!"
Stars including J.K. Rowling, Geri Halliwell, Laurence Fox, and Richard E. Grant are celebrating after Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K.
Scots went to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) for a ballot on whether to break away from the rest of Britain to become a self-governing nation. More than 55 per cent of voters chose to stay in the union, defeating the independence bid, and celebrities who had previously voiced their support for a 'No' vote took to Twitter.com on Friday (19Sep14) to share their delight after the result was announced.
Harry Potter author Rowling writes, "Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud", Gosford Park star Fox writes, "Morning Scotland. Love you very much", and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg adds, "Referendum result: a new constitutional settlement for U.K. Big thank you to people of Scotland for putting devo (devolution) for England on the agenda."
Former Spice Girls star Halliwell writes, "Thank you Scotland - together we are Great Britain. X", actor Grant tweets, "Huge relief that we continue to be the United Kingdom", and True Blood star Robert Kazinsky adds, "Thank you Scotland, would be sad if one of (my) favorite places on earth was no longer part of my home. Back to the highlands I can go!"
Many of those who supported the 'Yes' campaign are trying to take some positives from the result - actor Alan Cumming writes, "Yes still means something. Please try to remember that. My YES friends", and Simon Pegg adds, "Feel sad for those who campaigned hard for a yes vote. Hopefully some meaningful change will come of this. It was by no means a landslide."
Other stars tweeting their surprise at how the campaign galvanised Scots into voting include Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis. However, one celebrity was left red-faced by the election result - Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez thought the country had voted for independence, tweeting, "And the Scot's vote... Was a Yes!!!"
Actor James Caan and Barbra Streisand led tributes to their late pal Lauren Bacall following the actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14). The 89-year-old movie legend died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York.
Caan, who worked with Bacall in 1990's Misery, shared his sorrow in a statement to Entertainment Weekly which reads, "She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly."
Barbra Streisand, who directed Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces, says to Billboard.com, "What a terrible loss for us all... It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her... And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."
Alec Baldwin writes on Twitter.com, "The great Betty Bacall (her birth name) is gone. Read her first autobiography, BY MYSELF. I love that book," while KISS rocker Gene Simmons adds, "Lauren Bacall - sad. R.I.P. She was a class act. She will be missed."
Alan Cumming uploaded a picture of himself with the late actress and writes, "You are a sensation and a killer! (First thing BB ever said to me) RIP Betty you sensational killer," and Richard E. Grant adds, "Worked with Lauren 'Betty' Bacall who called herself a 'Broad'.Took no prisoners, but if she liked you, you were friends for life. Unique."
Other stars have sent their condolences via social media, including John Cusack, Stephen Merchant, Belinda Carlisle, Boy George, Dita Von Teese and Lynda Carter.