The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes bravely offered up himself as a punching bag when mixed martial arts pin-up Ronda Rousey confessed to struggling with nerves as she prepared for a pivotal fight scene in the film. Hughes asked Rousey how she fought nerves before a big fight and she told him she threw a few punches in her dressing room, he reluctantly offered himself as a target.
He explains, "Ronda's first scene ever was with Sly (Sylvester Stallone) at a bar and she was really super nervous. I said, 'What do you do before a big fight?' And she said, 'I like to spar in a room and get that nervous energy out'.
"So I said, 'You need to hit something? Let's find something to hit!' She said, 'But I wanna hit you. Put your arms up'.
"I'm thinking, 'Ronda's just gonna hit my hands,' so I put my arms up and she goes, 'wham!' The next day I was getting dressed and my kids were there and said, 'Dad, what's that?' I had this huge black mark and a broken rib. I said, 'I got beaten up by an actress!'"
Pop star George Michael sent fans of The Smiths into a spin by insisting a long-awaited reunion is on its way, but he has now confessed he was joking. The former Wham! star was asked in an interview published over the weekend (09-10Aug14) to reveal a secret and he replied, "The Smiths are reforming."
The comment, published by British newspaper The Guardian, sent fans of the band into meltdown because reunion rumours have been building for years despite repeated denials by the group's founders Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
However, the Careless Whisper hitmaker has now quashed the speculation by admitting his remark was made in jest.
A representative for the star tells WENN, "It was just a bit of fun, so not true."
Singer George Michael clears out the Internet search history on his personal computer every day as he is terrified of cyber-crooks and phone-hackers. The former Wham! star always makes sure he deletes the details of websites he has visited before logging off at night, and he is adamant the routine is essential for his security.
He tells Q magazine, "(I do it) every single day. With the people around me, and all this phone-hacking going on, we all have to be vigilant again."
Friends of George Michael fear he is living as a hermit following his collapse earlier this year (14), according to a report. The former Wham! singer was hospitalised in May (14) after reportedly falling ill at his London home, and now several pals and neighbours are worried about his wellbeing.
He is reportedly rarely seen outside of his house and only one friend, record producer David Austen, is seen visiting, according to neighbours.
One friend tells Britain's Sunday People newspaper, "People are worried sick about him. He's just cut himself off from everyone."
Another adds, "He hasn't been seen out for months, he's self-conscious about the scars on his throat and head... and he's put on weight."
Michael was left with the scars from a near-fatal car accident last year (13), when he fell out of a moving vehicle on a highway.
British pop legend George Michael is back in the studio working on a new record just weeks after his terrifying health scare. The former Wham! singer was hospitalised last month (May14) after reportedly collapsing at his London home. A spokesperson confirmed Michael underwent "routine tests" but refused to give any further details about the star's condition.
However, a new report suggests Michael is now fit and well, and working on a new project.
Editors of British newspaper the Ham&High published an interview with the Careless Whisper hitmaker this week (beg16Jun14) which was given before his health drama, and they report Michael's team assured them he is now "fit, healthy and back in the studio recording his new record".
In the interview, Michael talks about his previous bouts of illness, including a near-fatal bout of pneumonia which struck while he was on tour in Europe in 2011. He says of the terrifying experience, "It almost killed me... On a subconscious level it was very frightening and I'll probably never feel quite as safe again. But oh my God, I was just so grateful to come out alive and very happy to get back to my home in London."
British pop veteran George Michael suffered another frightening health scare prior to his dramatic hospitalisation last week (ends25May14), according to a U.K. report. The former Wham! star hit headlines this week (beg26May14) after it emerged paramedics had been called to his north London home last Thursday (22May14).
He was hospitalised and later released, and a representative for the singer confirms he is now "well and resting", according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
However, editors at the publication report the scare is the second this year (14) for the star, as he was previously found unconscious at home after collapsing. Police officers are said to have discovered the ailing singer at the property.
A source tells the newspaper, "George's latest collapse is the second time this year that emergency services have attended his home. It seems as if there is barely a month that goes by at the moment without him having problems."
British pop star George Michael was rushed to hospital last week (ends23May14) after falling ill at his home, according to U.K. reports. Two ambulances allegedly attended the former Wham star's north London home at around 8am on Thursday (22May14) after a concerned friend called emergency services.
Witnesses claim the ambulances left after four hours with Michael on board, though the cause of his illness remains unknown.
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service confirmed to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We were called just before 8am on May 22. We sent two ambulance crews and staff treated one patient, a man, who was then taken to hospital."
Michael's agent tells Britain's The Sun, "George Michael was in hospital for routine tests but there is nothing further to say."
The 50-year-old Faith singer has been hit with a series of health problems in recent years. In 2011, he was hospitalised in Vienna, Austria with pneumonia and spent weeks in intensive care, and in May last year (13) he sustained head injuries after falling from a moving car on a British highway.
Pop superstar George Michael is to make a return to the charts more than a decade after the release of his last album. The British singer has confirmed his sixth solo album, Symphonica, is to hit shelves in March (14) and will include orchestral covers of classic tracks including Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares for Me.
The record, Michael's first since 2004's Patience, was produced by music legend Phil Ramone prior to his death last March (13), and was recorded during the former Wham! star's doomed 2011-2012 tour, which was cut short by a serious bout of pneumonia.
The singer has also filmed a documentary about the making of the album, and is giving fans a taster by offering a free song to download from his website.
Michael was forced to dismiss rumours he had given up music for good last year (13) after his website was shut down and replaced with an image of closed stage curtains.
Wham! classic Last Christmas was the most-streamed song on music app Spotify on Christmas Day (25Dec13) in the U.K. The 1984 track beat Michael Buble's cover of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, which came in second and third respectively, according to statistics released by Spotify bosses.
Kevin Mazur/Getty20th-century seasonal classics from various Rat Pack crooners, The Pogues and Mariah Carey may still reign supreme on the radio come December. But there are plenty of more recent festive hits that are worthy of joining them in the all-time Christmas hits canon. Here's a look at six of the best from the past 13 years.Leona Lewis - "One More Sleep"A refreshing departure from Lewis' usual heart-breaking ballads, "One More Sleep" perfectly recaptures the excitement of the Christmas countdown with an uplifting blend of Motown pop beats, sleigh bells and bursts of brass inspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound.Coldplay – "Christmas Lights"Released in between the Viva La Vida and Mylo Xyloto albums in 2010, "Christmas Lights" saw the 21st century’s biggest guitar band get in on the holiday action with a typically melancholic tale of a relationship that's turned sour at the worst possible time of year.George Michael – "December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)"Originally intended for the Spice Girls and then Michael Buble, George Michael's 2008 wintry ballad might not have caught on in the same way as Wham!'s festive classic, but with its Frank Sinatra sample and gorgeous orchestral production, it's unarguably just as timeless.Sugababes – "New Year"The 2000 second single from the original line-up of the ever-changing Sugababes established Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan as the coolest girlband around as they reflected on a past Christmas Day break-up over an understated blend of sparse acoustics and subtle R&B beats.The Killers – "A Great Big Sled"The first and indeed the greatest of The Killers' eight attempts to establish themselves as the four wise men of indie rock, 2006's "A Great Big Sled" combined shimmering synths, galloping guitars and of course some obligatory sleigh bells to produce an instant Phil Spector-esque classic.Hurts – "All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day"Beginning as a slightly morbid ballad, this anti-Christmas anthem then builds up into a strangely euphoric crescendo of tubular bells, emphatic drums and soaring melodies, recapturing the magic of the holidays in a way which many more cheery yuletide songs failed to do.