Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has become the latest star to settle a damages claim in the aftermath of Britain's phone-hacking scandal. The Amazing Spider-Man star received a substantial, undisclosed payout after wrapping up a legal battle with the company behind now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World.
He also received an apology from News Group Newspapers as the case drew to a close at London's High Court on Tuesday (22Jul14). During the proceedings, the court heard how police seized evidence which suggested Ifans' voicemails had been intercepted.
Embattled British entertainer Michael Barrymore was also awarded a settlement on Tuesday and he said of the case, "It is nice to get to this point. It has taken 13 years... I do not believe journalists should be restricted. When they get it right they get it right, but when they get it wrong they should apologise a little bit quicker."
Previous stars to accept settlements relating to the phone-hacking scandal include actor Jude Law, funnyman Steve Coogan and musician Pete Doherty.
Welsh actor Michael Sheen has mastered the art of not thinking about sex while he's naked and surrounded by nude beauties on the set of his TV drama Masters Of Sex. The star portrays gynaecologist-turned-sex expert Dr. William Masters in the critically-acclaimed show and when he realised he'd be spending a large part of the shoot surrounded by naked women, he turned to a real doctor for advice on how to control his lusty thoughts.
He explains, "He said, 'You just switch that part of your brain off. You just don't go there'. I thought, 'Well that's never gonna happen...'
"I turn up on set and there are 15 naked woman around and if you let your mind go anywhere near the kind of pervy area, then you would just die, your head would explode.
"I didn't even choose to do it. I just realised, 'Oh, I've just turned that bit off'."
"On his show Masters Of Sex, he speaks perfect American. And I'm like, 'If you can talk normal (sic), why don't you do that all the time?'" Comedienne Sarah Silverman jokes about her Welsh boyfriend Michael Sheen's accent skills.
Veteran actor Michael Douglas has vowed never to take his marriage with Catherine Zeta-Jones for granted again after their brief separation last summer (13) forced him to re-evaluate his life priorities. The Wall Street star, 69, recently reconciled with the Welsh beauty after working through their personal troubles, which emerged following his 2010 tongue cancer battle and Zeta-Jones' subsequent treatment for bipolar disorder.
They made their return to the red carpet as a couple at a New York event in April (14), and now Douglas is sharing the lessons he's learned over the years with readers of America's People magazine.
Opening up about life and love, Douglas states, "Marriage requires constant nurturing... You can never take your marriage for granted. It goes to the idea of where you spend your energy and attention: Do you spend it with strangers, trying to show everybody how nice you are? Or do you cherish your partner and really don't worry about other people...?
"Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers."
The actor goes on to advise any parents struggling with marriage problems to be honest with their children, because "they know everything".
Douglas, whose eldest son Cameron is serving prison time for drug charges, also encourages mums and dads to take immediate action if they suspect their kids are battling drug problems.
He adds, "After they turn 18, you have no control anymore. However difficult it might be, if it looks to be a real issue, then you almost have to go for overkill."
Among the other life lessons, Douglas shares in the pages of People, he stresses the importance of treasuring "the time you have with your parents", adding, "Enjoy them while you can. You never want to look back and say, 'I wish I'd...'"
Douglas is the son of acting legend Kirk Douglas.
Welsh actor Michael Sheen's Rest of the World team was victorious over an all-star England squad at the 2014 Soccer Aid charity match on Sunday (08Jun14). Sheen, who left the game with an elbow injury after just 15 minutes, captained a team of former international soccer stars and celebrities, including actors Sam Worthington, Jeremy Renner and James McAvoy, TV chef Gordon Ramsay, former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, and Glee star Mark Salling at the sporting fundraiser in Manchester, England.
His team beat the England side 4-2 thanks to three goals from Dutch ex-pro Edgar Davids and one by Byrne.
The biennial event, organised by British singer Robbie Williams, raises money for UNICEF UK.
Williams helped manage the 2014 England team, which included his former Take That bandmate Mark Owen, JLS star Marvin Humes, singer Olly Murs and actor Jack Whitehall, after ruling himself out of the action with a back injury.
Michael Douglas and his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are planning to sealing their reunion by jetting off on a romantic getaway together. The Wall Street star separated from the Welsh beauty last summer (13) after 13 years of marriage, but they have been working on repairing their relationship and returned to the red carpet for their first joint appearance last month (Apr14), when they attended the opening night of director pal Steven Soderbergh's Off Broadway play The Library.
Douglas has now revealed he is whisking his wife away for a short break this weekend (16-18May14), so they can enjoy some alone time away from their two young children.
He says, "We're good. I think if both parties want to work it out, it works out. We wanna do it (repair the marriage), you know? Problem is always if one party is like, 'Oh, I'm not sure (about reconciling)', but no, Catherine and I are wonderful.
"We're just about to sneak out today for four days to get a little break from the kids..."
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Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones, singer Charlotte Church and classical star Katherine Jenkins are to join Hollywood actor Michael Sheen in a new TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. A new small screen adaptation of the story has been put together with an all-star Welsh cast to mark the centenary of the poet's birth and 60 years since the BBC radio debut of Under Milk Wood, which focuses on the residents of a Welsh fishing village.
Jones plays haunted seafarer Captain Cat while the cast also includes Sheen, Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd, and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who ironically played Thomas in 2008 movie The Edge of Love.
Singers Jenkins and Church have also landed roles in the production, along with opera star Bryn Terfel.
Jenkins tells the BBC, "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman. It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."
The 60-minute TV feature is due to air in the U.K. in May (14).
A new movie adaptation of the play is also in development staring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.
Estranged couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have made their first red carpet appearance together in a year to support director pal Steven Soderbergh's new off-Broadway play. The pair separated in 2013 after 13 years of marriage, however, recent reports suggest they are working on giving the marriage a second chance.
On Tuesday (15Apr14), the two put on a united front during a rare public outing while attending the opening night performance of Soderbergh-directed production The Library at the Public Theater. Both Zeta-Jones and Douglas have worked with the acclaimed filmmaker in the past - they both starred in Soderbergh's Traffic, while the Welsh beauty appeared in Ocean's Twelve and Side Effects, and Douglas collaborated with the director on Haywire and Behind the Candelabra.
You don't arrive at the Grand Budapest Hotel without your share of Wes Anderson baggage. Odds are, if you've booked a visit to this film, you've enjoyed your past trips to the Wes Indies (I promise I'll stop this extended metaphor soon), delighting especially in Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and his most recent charmer Moonrise Kingdom. On the other hand, you could be the adventurous sort — a curious diplomat who never really got Anderson's uric-toned deadpan drudgings but can't resist browsing through the brochures of his latest European getaway. First off, neither community should worry about a bias in this review — I'm a Life Aquatic devotee, equally alienating to both sides. Second, neither community should be deterred by Andersonian expectations, be they sky high or subterranean, in planned Budapest excursions. No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some.
While GBH hangs tight to the filmmaker's recognizable style, the movie is a departure for Anderson in a number of ways. The first being plot: there is one. A doozy, too. We're accustomed to spending our Wes flicks peering into the stagnant souls of pensive man-children — or children-men (Moonrise) or fox-kits (guess) — whose journeys are confined primarily to the internal. But not long into Grand Budapest, we're on a bona fide adventure with one of the director's most attractive heroes to date: the didactic Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes mastering sympathetic comedy better than anyone could have imagined he might), who invests his heart and soul into the titular hotel, an oasis of nobility in a decaying 1930s Europe. Gustave is plucked from his sadomasochistic nirvana overseeing every cog and sprocket in the mountaintop institution and thrust into a madcap caper — reminiscent of, and not accidentally, the Hollywood comedies of the era — involving murder, framing, art theft, jailbreak, love, sex, envy, secret societies, high speed chases... believe me, I haven't given half of it away. Along the way, we rope in a courageous baker (Saoirse Ronan), a dutiful attorney (Jeff Goldblum), a hotheaded socialite (Adrien Brody) and his psychopathic henchman (Willem Dafoe), and no shortage of Anderson regulars. The director proves just as adept at the large scale as he is at the small, delivering would-be cartoon high jinks with the same tangible life that you'd find in a Billy Wilder romp or one of the better Hope/Crosby Road to movies.
Anchoring the monkey business down to a recognizable planet Earth (without sacrificing an ounce of comedy) is the throughline of Gustave's budding friendship with his lobby boy, Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori, whose performance is an unprecedented and thrilling mixture of Wes Anderson stoicism and tempered humility), the only living being who appreciates the significance of the Grand Budapest as much as Gustave does. In joining these two oddballs on their quest beyond the parameters of FDA-approved doses of zany, we appreciate it, too: the significance of holding fast to something you believe in, understand, trust, and love in a world that makes less and less sense everyday. Anderson's World War II might not be as ostensibly hard-hitting as that to which modern cinema is accustomed, but there's a chilling, somber horror story lurking beneath the surface of Grand Budapest. Behind every side-splitting laugh, cookie cutter backdrop, and otherworldly antic, there is a pulsating dread that makes it all mean something. As vivid as the worlds of Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise might well have been, none have had this much weight and soul.
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So it's astonishing that we're able to zip to and fro' every crevice of this haunting, misty Central Europe at top speeds, grins never waning as our hero Gustave delivers supernaturally articulate diatribes capped with physically startling profanity. So much of it is that delightfully odd, agonizingly devoted character, his unlikely camaraderie with the unflappably earnest young Zero, and his adherence to the magic that inhabits the Grand Budapest Hotel. There are few places like it on Earth, as we learn. There aren't many movies like it here either.
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