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Bond star Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to his former onscreen nemesis Richard Kiel, hailing him as "a marvellous man".
The towering actor terrorised 007 - and viewers - as ruthless, steel-toothed killer Jaws opposite Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, winning an army of fans among the Bond faithful. Kiel passed away aged 74 on Wednesday (10Sep14) just days after he was admitted to hospital in Fresno, California, and now Moore - who spoke to his old pal by phone a week before the tragedy - has lavished praise on the gentle giant, who stood at more than seven-foot (2.1-metres) tall.
He tells Sky News, "He was one of the loveliest and - I know it sounds ridiculous - sweetest men. He was very kind... He was a very bright man. He looked extraordinary and you wouldn't think at first glance that this was one hell of a brain. He was a marvellous, warm, warm-hearted man... He was a big man with an even bigger heart."
No further details of Kiel's death have been released.
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Iconic James Bond villain Richard Kiel has died.
The menacing star, who portrayed Jaws opposite Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker passed away on Wednesday (10Sep14), aged 74.
The actor, who also appeared in Adam Sandler's comedy Happy Gilmore, Cannonball Run II and Tangled, was admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California last week (ends05Sep14) with a broken leg, according to TMZ.com. It is not known if the injury is connected to his death.
Rocker Ryan Adams cut short a recent phone interview with an Australian radio show when the host quizzed him about his marriage to singer/actress Mandy Moore. The Wonderwall singer, who wed Moore in 2009, was promoting his new self-titled album in late August (14) and made it clear he was not interested in opening up about his romantic relationship to the Melbourne-based DJ, politely stating, "I just don't share at all about my private life."
However, when the prying interviewer broached the subject again, Adams hung up.
The incident was documented in a Buzzfeed.com interview, published this week (ends12Sep14), chronicling a conversation between Adams and his management representative Michael Meisel following the call.
During the chat, the singer said, "OK, so I just hung up 'cause I was on the radio getting asked about my wife. I was really nice about it the first time, and I'm sorry, but I won't repeat myself.
"The deal is this: I'm a private person and I'll be a gentleman and say I'm not talking about my marriage ever. I'll never talk about it. Ever."
Adams continued, "I'll talk about rescue cats for a few seconds. But even there I don't want to talk about my pets. If I have children I'm not going to discuss that with anyone ever. I'll suggest it once and then I'm going to hang up."
The star appeared to have had a change of heart after the radio outburst and subsequently sent the Australian radio host a message via Twitter.com, apologising for getting "disconnected".
Veteran actor Sir Roger Moore is learning to cope with more medical woes after having two hearing aids fitted last month (Aug14). The Bond star, 86, has revealed his hearing deteriorated so badly that he now has to rely on sophisticated amplifying devices, but they are driving him mad as a shrill ringtone sounds every time the battery is low.
He tells U.K. TV show Loose Women, "I have magic hearing aids. I had them three weeks ago and I'm just getting used to them because when the battery goes - they only last about four or five days, and when it's going you suddenly get (a ringing noise). It sounds like a phone. It's terrible."
Last year (13), Moore was diagnosed with diabetes and he recently revealed he had suffered a liver problem which forced him to quit drinking alcohol.
"When the history is written of this era, this is how you'll be remembered: he was the first black president... OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that's it. That's it, Mr. Obama... Eight years of your life and that's what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that you'd probably wish you were remembered for a few other things." Filmmaker Michael Moore is not a fan of President Barack Obama.
Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore gave up drinking due to a liver condition. The veteran actor was diagnosed with diabetes last year (13), and he cut down on sugary drinks including wine and cocktails in a bid to improve his health.
Moore has now revealed his decision to give up alcohol was also triggered by his diagnosis with a liver condition.
He tells Britain's LBC radio station, "I don't drink now. I also had a liver problem."
British comedienne Catherine Tate has been cast in the upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical Assassins in London. The former Doctor Who star will play Sara Jane Moore, the woman who attempted to assassinate U.S. president Gerald Ford in 1975.
Tate will join actors Mike McShane and Andy Nyman for the Menier Chocolate Factory's production, which features the stories of 10 people who have attempted or successful killed an American president.
Tate is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in previous West End productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Under the Blue Sky and Some Girl(s).
Assassins, which was last in the West End in 1992, begins on 1 December (14) and runs until 7 March (15).
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis had a "propensity" to grope women and hoped his fame gave him "the perfect right" to abuse them, a court in London has heard. The former BBC Radio 1 stalwart, who was cleared of 12 indecent assault charges in February (14), is facing a retrial on three counts, and the hearing formally began on Friday (05Sept14).
The jury was told Lee Travis is facing two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault involving three different women between the 1980s and 2008.
One alleged victim claims she was groped when she was working on a theatre show with Lee Travis, another accuses him of groping her outside his dressing room before a chat show appearance, and a third is a journalist who says she was molested during an interview at the DJ's home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "We say that these incidents show that he has a propensity to lay his hands in a sexual manner on young women and that he is an opportunist... The defendant seemed to act as if he had the perfect right to grope."
Lee Travis denies all three charges.
The trial continues.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah has left a treatment centre after receiving help for various issues. The 20 year old entered a facility on 23 July (14) to deal with reported alcohol and drug abuse problems and on Wednesday (03Sep14), Moore arrived to the centre to take her daughter home, according to People magazine.
Multiple sources suggest her time in treatment was also related to her battle with body dysmorphia as a teen.
Prior to entering the facility, Willis publicly spoke about how she deliberately dressed provocatively and starved herself to stay thin.
She told fashion site Stylelikeu, "I was reading those stupid f**king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly... That made me dress like I was showing off my boobs and my butt and showing off those things that I was getting attention for... It took me until a year ago (to get better)...
"I was trapped in this body... and I hated that I was sexy... I started starving myself and losing a bunch of weight and I got down to like 95 pounds... I lost my curves and when my boobs shrivelled up into like nothing and I had no shape. I was just saggy skin everywhere... It put me in even more of a cage."