Take That stars Gary Barlow and Mark Owen almost missed out on their bandmate Howard Donald's wedding because he did not want a media frenzy on his big day. Howard tied the knot with illustrator Katie Halil in an intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family earlier this month (Jan15), and he wanted to keep the nuptials as low-key as possible, so he considered not inviting his star pals.
Barlow tells British newspaper The Sun, "We really had to fight to get an invite. I promise you that's true. We were very lucky to get there at all."
Owen adds, "He didn't want us there originally because he hates any sort of fuss. But there was no way we were going to miss it."
Take That star Howard Donald secretly wed his longtime girlfriend last week (ends04Jan15). The singer tied the knot with illustrator Katie Halil in an intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family on Friday (02Jan15), and he held a proper bash the following night (03Jan15) at stately home Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire, England.
Among the guests were Donald's Take That bandmates Gary Barlow and Mark Owen, and former member Jason Orange, marking one of the first times the whole group has reunited since he quit last year (14).
A guest tells the U.K.'s Daily Mirror newspaper that "Howard looked extremely happy with his bride Katie at his side amongst their guests. There were about 140 people there - it was a kicking do until at least 1.30am... Everyone is so chuffed (happy) for Howard and Katie: they make a gorgeous couple."
Donald and Halil met in 2008 when Take That filmed a Christmas TV advertisement for British retail chain Marks & Spencer, but they didn't begin dating until 2010.
A joke about Jason Orange's shock departure from veteran band Take That has topped a poll of modern Christmas quips. The singer announced in September (14) that he was quitting the British group, leaving only three members - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
Comedians around Britain were asked to submit jokes about events in 2014 to replace outdated Christmas cracker jokes and U.K. TV network Gold compiled a shortlist of the best.
Around 2,000 Brits were asked to choose their favourite from the final ten and results showed the Take That gag came out on top.
The joke reads, 'What will be missing from Take That's Christmas stocking this year? An Orange.'
Other topics in the list include fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, U2's iTunes free music release stunt, and English cooking show The Great British Bake Off.
The Oscars are supposed to be a barometer for greatness in the movie industry, but sometimes the Academy just misses the mark. Think about it: Three Six Mafia has an Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio does not. Snubs inevitably happen every year and some are more egregious than others. As we prepare for the next batch of nominations, let us reflect on some of the biggest snubs that still have us scratching our heads.
1. Leonardo DiCaptio in The Departed
Leo has been nominated a lot, we know this, but he was at his best in this Martin Scorsese flick. It still pains us that this wasn’t his year.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
We thought Leo/Kate Winslet reunion would equal Oscar magic. But alas, it was not to be.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
We still love this movie and think he was fantastic as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. Technically he played more than character, as Frank faked his way into becoming an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Last Leo one, we promise. But man did he do a good job playing Howard Hughes’ descent into madness.
5. Brokeback Mountain
With the exception of Ang Lee winning for Best Director, Brokeback Mountain got completely shut out of the Oscars. Crash beat it for Best Picture in an upset, and Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all inexplicably lost in their categories despite delivering amazing performances.
6. Alfred Hitchcock
Can you believe the Master of Suspense never won an Oscar for directing? Despite all of his directing techniques that are now famous, poor Hitch never got Oscar recognition. Couldn’t they have at least given him the Best Cameos in All His Films award?
7. James Dean
We expect that if James Dean had lived longer than his young 24 years, he would have taken home Oscar gold. But the impressive trifecta of films he made during his much-too-short career (A Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant) are enough to make us sad he never won.
8. Saving Private Ryan
This Steven Spielberg wartime epic starring Tom Hanks was beat out for Best Picture by Shakespeare in Love. Rumblings have indicated power producer Harvey Weinstein’s purse strings – rather than the film’s merit - are what actually got Shakespeare the gold.
9. Marilyn Monroe
The iconic bombshell never got to make a breathy Oscar acceptance speech. She was probably most deserving for her part in Some Like It Hot, but it just wasn't in the cards.
10. Amy Adams
Doesn’t it seem like she gets nominated every year? She’s like the female Leonardo DiCaprio at this point. She was great in The Fighter and she was our favorite part of American Hustle last year. Such a shame.
11. Robert Redford
Redford, aka the Brad Pitt before Brad Pitt, has never won an Oscar for acting. He nabbed one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and got a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002, but the founder of the Sundance Film Festival was never acknowledged for the talent that made him famous.
12. Paul Newman for The Hustler
It took Paul Newman way too long to claim his Oscar glory. He was notoriously snubbed all throughout his prime years – most notably for The Hustler in 1962. The Academy finally gave him an honorary award in 1986 and then a Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in the subpar sequel to The Hustler - The Color of Money.
13. Citizen Kane
This film has been number one on so many AFI Greatest Movies of All Time lists that we kind of just assumed it had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Not so. The Orson Welles masterpiece was beat out by How Green Was My Valley, a movie about a Welsh mining village.
14. Michael Fassbender in Shame
When you put aside the jokes about "best performance by a penis in a movie," you’ll realize that Fassbender actually turns in an Oscar-worthy performance in Shame (clothed or unclothed). We’ll give him time though – we think a statuette is in his future.
15. Ewan McGregor
Ewan (or as we like to call him: every straight man’s mancrush) has turned in some brilliant work over the years – like his roles in Beginners and The Impossible. But sadly it seems it wasn’t enough to catch the Academy’s attention.
16. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. We repeat: Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. How can the guy who played iconic characters in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Finding Neverland be lacking a trophy, you ask? It’s a mystery for the ages.
17. Jessica Chastain
Remember when Jessica Chastain had like a million movies come out in 2011? In luckier years, we think at least ONE of those would have gotten her a win. Maybe 2015 will be her year.
18. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Reese Witherspoon beat her out that year for Walk the Line, but Keira would have had our vote for her pitch perfect portrayal of Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett.
Talk about a beautifully made film. It even won the Golden Globe for Best Drama that year, which is usually a sign that an Oscar imminent. Nope. No Country for Old Men took it instead. Guess nothing beats a Coen Brothers film with an ambiguous ending.
20. Short Term 12
If you've seen this gem of an indie movie starring a riveting Brie Larson, you'll understand why this was a major snub. It was one of the best movies of 2013, but presumably because it was so small, it didn't get any awards love. Travesty.
21. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Another small movie, but a huge Oscar-worthy performance by Winstead as a young wife coming to terms with sobriety. Or at least worthy of a nomination. Pay better attention, Academy!
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Birdman is continuing to soar high as it enters awards season after landing 13 nominations for the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Michael Keaton's film will compete for Best Picture against The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Unbroken and another critics' favourite, Boyhood.
Meanwhile, Birdman filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is shortlisted for Best Director, facing off against Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), David Fincher (Gone Girl), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken).
There was also recognition for Keaton (Best Actor) and supporting nominations for Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
Other Best Actor contenders include Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), while the female equivalent features the likes of Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).
Supporting nods went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game).
The Grand Budapest Hotel was the second most-nominated film just behind Birdman with 11 nods, while Boyhood grabbed eight.
Meanwhile, director Ron Howard will receive the Louis XIII Critics' Choice Genius Award, while Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain will take home the inaugural Critics' Choice MVP Award and Kevin Costner will be saluted with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners of the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 15 January (15).
Dr. Luke is taking Kesha's lawyer to court for defamation after he publicly alleged the top pop producer was the unnamed industry man who raped Lady Gaga as a teen. Gaga stunned fans during an interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern last week (ends05Dec14) by revealing her song Swine was about a sex attack which took place when she was 19.
She stopped short of detailing the harrowing incident or naming names, but did not correct Stern when he asked if she had been raped by a producer she had been working with.
Her comments led Kesha's legal representative, Mark Geragos, to suggest the unnamed rapist was Dr. Luke - the same producer his client is currently suing for alleged sexual assault.
Geragos tweeted, "Guess who the rapist was?" and when a follower responded and asked if it was Dr. Luke, the lawyer replied, "#bingo".
Gaga's representative was quick to dismiss the claim, insisting, "It's absolutely not true", while a spokesperson for Dr. Luke blasted Geragos' statement as "completely false and defamatory".
Luke has now followed up the denial with a civil suit, filed in a U.S. court on Monday (08Dec14), in which the producer's lawyer slams the tweet as "maliciously false", reports TMZ.com.
The plaintiff, real name Lukasz Gottwald, maintains he had never even met Gaga at the time of the rape and has since only spent "less than half an hour total" with the superstar in the two professional meetings they have had.
Geragos is still standing by his tweet and is planning to depose Gaga in Kesha's sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke. He also claims three other unnamed women will be deposed as well.
A representative for Lady Gaga has dismissed speculation suggesting she was talking about Dr. Luke when she revealed a producer raped her when she was an up-and-coming artist. The Poker Face singer stunned fans when she dropped hints and insinuation about a sexual assault incident during an interview with shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday (02Dec14).
She stopped short of detailing the attack or naming names but led Stern and listeners to believe she was a rape victim of a producer she once worked with.
Her remarks led pop star Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, to suggest the unnamed rapist was Dr. Luke - the same producer his client is currently suing for alleged sexual assault.
Geragos tweeted, "Guess who the rapist was?" and when a follower responded and asked if it was Dr. Luke, the lawyer replied, "#bingo".
But Gaga's representative has told TMZ.com that he's mistaken, stating, "It's absolutely not true."
And Luke's rep tells the website, "Mark Geragos' statement is completely false and defamatory. Luke met Lady Gaga twice for less than half an hour total in those two meetings combined. He has never been alone with her and never touched her. Neither meeting was in that time frame reported."
Geragos is standing by his tweet and insists he will depose Lady Gaga in Kesha's sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke. He also claims three other unnamed women will be deposed as well.
Pop star Robbie Williams thrilled fans of British band Take That on Monday (01Dec14) by confirming plans to reunite with the group. Williams quit in 1995 to pursue a successful solo career, but he rejoined in 2010 for the recording of a new album and reunion tour.
He subsequently drifted away from his bandmates again, and they were reduced to a three-piece in September (14) when Jason Orange announced he had stepped down from the line-up.
Remaining members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are confident Williams will rejoin them in 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of their chart breakthrough in 1992 - and now Williams has revealed a reunion is in the pipeline.
He tells fans on Facebook.com, "I'm pretty sure I'll be re-joining Take That. When and where, I don't know..."
Earlier, Barlow revealed he was confident of working with his former bandmate again, telling British newspaper The Sun, "It would be nice to put all the music from the Nineties and now on one compilation and do a tour that would have to be bigger...
"Rob will be back soon. We have a good time with Rob. He adores being in the studio and he loves the process of writing with us."
British boyband Take That's first album since becoming a three-piece has broken pre-order records on Amazon.co.uk. Bandmate Jason Orange quit the group in September (14) and the remaining members - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald - will release their first disc as a trio, the aptly-titled III, on Monday (01Dec14).
It has now become the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon U.K., knocking Pink Floyd off the top spot after less than a month. The veteran rockers held the record ahead of the release of The Endless River on 10 November (14).
It is Take That's third album on the most pre-ordered chart - their 2008 disc The Circus sits at number 10 and 2010's Progress, the only reunion album featuring original member Robbie Williams, is in fifth place.
The boyband has withheld III from music-streaming service Spotify until January (15), favouring rival Google Play Music instead.
Take That stars Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald kicked off the holiday shopping rush in London on Sunday night (16Nov14) when they switched on the Regent Street Christmas lights. The singers, now part of a trio following Jason Orange's departure this summer (14), revealed it was a special night for them.
Owen said, "This is the first time we have been on stage together for four years."
The big switch-on also featured performances from Jessie J and Jessie Ware.