Newly-divorced former Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton were among the stars unveiled as housemates on the new season of Britain's Celebrity Big Brother on Wednesday night (07Jan15). Jackson and Hilton will join fellow American Alexander O'Neal, actress Patsy Kensit, model Calum Best, actress Nadia Sawalha and 90s pop star Kavana, among others, on the competition programme.
The aim of the show is to avoid eviction from the Big Brother house and compete to become the last housemate standing. The winner will pocket a cash prize for the charity of his or her choice.
Irish model/singer Nadia Forde was voted off British survival show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on Tuesday (02Dec14). Stars including ex-Playboy girl Kendra Wilkinson, rapper Tinchy Stryder, and four-time World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty are competing in this year's (14) series.
Australian actor Michael Sweet is expecting his fifth child. The House Husbands star's partner Nadia Dyall is due to give birth in the next few weeks, according to editors at Australia's Woman's Day magazine.
Opening up about parenthood, Sweet tells the publication, "I wish I was better, (at fatherhood). I try to be as good a father as I can when I see them, but I often don't see my younger ones as much as I'd like to. I do the best with the skills I've got."
British actor Simon Pegg has led tributes to TV star Lynda Bellingham following her death on Sunday (19Oct14). The Canadian/British actress, best known as the star of OXO gravy TV adverts in the U.K., passed away aged 66 after a battle with cancer, and Star Trek actor Pegg was among the first to offer his condolences to his late friend.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "Lynda Bellingham, a gorgeous, brassy, funny, generous, talented human being. My first TV mother figure and and a treasured friend."
Fellow British actor Noel Clarke adds, "Very sorry for friends and family of Lynda Bellingham who passed. She was lovely and I still pick OXO because of her! #RIPLyndaBellingham."
The Phantom of The Opera star Jennifer Ellison writes, "Devastated that Lynda Bellingham has lost her battle with cancer. A truely (sic) amazing lady who I was honoured to have worked with."
Other tributes have come in from British stars including singer Beverley Knight and The Saturdays star Rochelle Humes, as well as TV personality Nadia Sawalha, who worked with Bellingham on panel show Loose Women.
Pop star Ariana Grande almost missed her debut appearance on live U.K. TV on Thursday (09Oct14) when she stopped to chat to fans in London and ended up stuck in a huge traffic jam. The Problem hitmaker was scheduled as a guest on lunchtime chat show Loose Women but producers were sent into a spin when her aides contacted the studio to say they were running late.
She eventually arrived with minutes to spare and told viewers she had got delayed in a traffic jam in central London after stopping to sign autographs.
Grande said, "It's kinda crazy out there. And I wanted to say hi to my fans too so I was late for multiple reasons, I'm not gonna lie. I'm sorry!"
During the interview, Grande happily posed for a 'selfie' photograph with presenter Nadia Sawalha, invented a fun new dance called 'kwerking' with co-host Gloria Hunniford, and also defended her racy stage costumes after some probing questions from journalist Jane Moore.
Grande insisted she is happy to peel off onstage, adding, "I think that, you know, you should be able to express yourself and dance however you like and make the music that you want to make and, you know, dress how you like and just let that be you expressing yourself."
Former House Of Cards actor Corey Stoll is reportedly engaged.
Stoll recently popped the question to his actress girlfriend Nadia Bowers, according to Us Weekly. Stoll and Bowers were spotted at a party during the Toronto International Film Festival last month (14), where she was seen sporting a diamond ring on her left hand. An insider tells Us Weekly, "Corey and Nadia are such a great couple, she's an amazing support to him. Wasn't shocked when I heard they had gotten engaged (sic)."
Stoll has already had a huge 2014 - he appears on the upcoming season of political drama Homeland, and was cast as villain Yellowjacket in Marvel's Ant-Man featuring Paul Rudd.
Absolutely Fabulous star Nadia Sawalha's daughter Kiki-Bee has become a viral video sensation after footage of her recent birthday puppy surprise was posted on YouTube.com. The seven year old burst into tears when her new pet was handed to her during a family get together.
The Cloud. It's the data storage solution of the future. But is it evil? Sure, it's useful for storing documents and pictures, but what exactly is the Cloud in the first place? Is it dangerous? Am I breathing it in right now? Isn't it disturbing how little the average person knows about the technologies we use every day? The new Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz film Sex Tape might looks like just another raunchy rom-com, but it's really a sobering warning about the dangers of computers and technology. Look down. You're probably reading this on a computer right now. That's how far they've gotten. They're right under our noses! Filmmakers have been warning us for years about the dangers of computers, and how with just a few mouse clicks, our lives can be ruined forever. Before we all retreat to our luddite caves, let's take a look at all the ways computers have screwed things up in movies.
Sex Tape The Technology: An iPad/the CloudWhat It Did: Synched a couple's embarrassing sex tape to multiple iPads given out as gifts to all their friends Fallout: The couple feels the appropriate amount of embarrassment at having your friends seeing you bump uglies in a crappy tablet video. Also, ridiculous hijinks ensue while they try to get the video deleted. In terms of technology screwing things up, this one isn't bad at all.
Her The Technology: Samantha, a sentient operating system What It Did: Fell head over heels in love with the hapless Theodore Twombly, then broke his heart after the OS race decides to fly away to another plane or universe or something. Fallout: Mr. Twombly (how is that an actual name?) loved and lost, but at least he became a better person because of it.
Office SpaceThe Technology: The Initech computer virusWhat It Did: Office drones Peter, Michael, and Samir, in an attempt to get back at their bosses for years of mistreatment, decide to infect their company's accounting system with a virus that would steal fractions of pennies over time from Initech. The amount stolen would be so small that no one would notice. Unfortunately, a missing decimal point caused the virus to steal thousands of dollars over just a few days.Fallout: Before the trio could get into any trouble, Initech is mysteriously (though not that mysteriously) burned to the ground, along with all of the evidence pointing Peter to the crime. The situation resolves itself, but being caught could have meant years of jail time.
American PieThe Technology: Jim Levenstein's PC What It Did: Jim hooks up a webcam and unwittingly shares his embarrassing sexual encounter with Nadia, a foreign exchange student from Slovakia, with his entire school.Fallout: Jim blows it for all of the internet to see and Nadia's foster parents send her back home, leaving him dateless and sexless for the prom. Happily, he does hook up with Michelle before the end credits roll.
Back to the Future The Technology: The DeLorean, a car-shaped time machine What It Did: It sent Marty McFly to the year 1955, where he unwittingly meddles into his parents' past and almost prevents his own birth. Fallout: Marty is able to get his parents back together at the end, but has to forever live with the idea that his mother tried to get into his Calvin Kleins. Yuck!
Captain America: The Winter SoldierThe Technology: Arnim Zola, a HYDRA supercomputer What It Did: Zola helps HYDRA infiltrate the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. and leads the team of scientists that turn Bucky Barnes into the Winter Solder. He then tries to kill Captain America and Black Widow, but the heroes survive in the end. Fallout: Cap's best friend, Bucky is turned into a brainwashed HYDRA spy and the terrorist organization nearly takes over the entire world after infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.
WarGamesThe Technology: Joshua the WOPR, a supercomputer at NORADWhat It Did: After hacker wunderkind David Lightman hacks into NORAD and plays a mock game of "Global Thermonuclear War," Joshua stages a real Soviet nuclear attack to win the "game." After that fails, Joshua tries to launch the missiles himself, and nearly plunges the world into World War III.Fallout: After playing a couple rounds of tic-tac-toe, Joshua learns that nuclear war has no real winner except the cockroaches and settles for a game of chess instead. The day is saved, but the world came dangerously close to ending.
Terminator The Technology: Skynet, a self-aware intelligence system What It Did: Skynet, given command of the U.S.’s computerized defense programs, becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear war with Russia, leading to the near genocide of humanity. The intelligence system then sends Terminators to kill what’s left of the population Fallout: The initial nuclear attack kills three billion people and locks humanity in a war with machines. Skynet then sends a Terminator into the past to kill John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. This is certainly a far cry from your sex tape getting leaked onto the internet. It's a slippery slope.
Irish model Nadia Forde has cheated death in a horrifying motorway car crash. The brunette beauty, who has been linked to golf star Rory McIlroy, was travelling from London to Manchester, England in the early hours of Sunday morning (13Jul14) when she lost control of her car and ploughed into the central reservation.
The vehicle flipped over six times, but the 25 year old walked away from the crash with only minor injuries.
A spokesperson for Forde says, "Nadia is really lucky - her guardian angel was definitely watching over her. The ambulance crew who attended the scene said it was a miracle that she walked away from the crash with just a bump on the head."
I know, that headline is trouble. You're always treading dangerous ground when you insist on defining what makes a good this or the right kind of that, as if there is no room for change or improvement when it comes to classic properties. Of course there is — Jason Segel's 2011 Muppet film approached the concept from an entirely different direction. It didn't hit all of its marks, but it prevailed overall in its conceit: make a movie not about Muppets, but about Muppet fandom. But Muppets Most Wanted, in absence of a clear mission statement and fueled largely by the monetary glimmers of the sequel game (the film's opening number admits this outright), has fewer marks readily available to hit. Landing in the ambiguity between the classic Muppet adventure formula and Segel's post-modern Henson appreciation party, Most Wanted feels like a failure on both counts. It doesn't know which kind of movie it wants to, or should, be. So it doesn't really be anything.
On the one hand, there's the half-cocked "get-the-band-back-together" through line, mimicking but not quite accomplishing the spirit of the 2011 picture. None of the Muppets are particularly likable or charming in this turn, and even fewer of them actually given anything to do. Kermit loses his s**t in the first act after a spat with Piggy and a barrage of insubordination from his troupe (provoked by the nefarious Dominic Badguy, Ricky Gervais), storms off in a huff, and gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity when his criminal doppelganger Constantine pulls the old switcheroo, landing Kermit in a Russian gulag. You'd think this would be a good opportunity for the second tier of Muppet favorites — Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, et al — to go on a search and rescue... but save for a very brief sequence at the tail end of this achingly long film, none of the other Muppets are giving anything to do. They just hem and haw and perform the occasional "Indoor Running of the Bulls" while Dominic and Constantine scheme, rob banks, and bicker.
Meanwhile, Kermit has some fun in prison — a far more endearing plot that sees him befriending the merry convicts, organizing a penitentiary revue, and even winning the heart of the vicious warden Nadia (Tina Fey). If only we could spend more time with real Kermit and less time with fake Kermit and his second banana Gervais, an effectively boring pair.
On the other hand, though, there's the Muppet shtick that fans of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island — and yes, The Muppet Show itself — will deem the movie's best material: CIA Agent Sam Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) hot on the trail of Constantine and Dominic. Here, we get a different type of Muppet movie entirely from what Segel and the A-plot in Most Wanted are opting: the old fashioned vaudeville act, with Sam standing as an independent entity from his googly-eyed brethren, on a goofy, musical prowl with Burrell that fuels the film with its best and most consistent chuckles. Their "Interrogation Song" number is outstanding, exemplifying the many talents of Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who wrote all the music for this and the previous film.
Unfortunately, Muppets Most Wanted isn't sure that it wants to be The Great Muppet Caper, beheld so stubbornly to its Segelian roots. There's a palpable compulsion to stick with this agonizingly self-aware, nostalgia-crazy, brimming-beacons-of-the-past-in-a-callous-today theme that doesn't work a fraction as well as it did in the 2011 film. Without a legitimate celebration of any of our favorite characters, how could it? With so much going on in this movie, and such a lengthy runtime at just under two hours, it's a sure sign of failure that we walk away feeling like we spent barely any time with the Muppets.
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