Macpherson is said to be one of a slew of victims targeted by a private investigator, who intercepted voicemail messages from cell phones belonging to celebrities and crime victims and allegedly passed on juicy information to editors at the News of the World.
A public inquiry into U.K. press standards is underway in London, and on Tuesday (22Nov11), Macpherson's former employee Mary-Ellen Field testified that she had lost her job after the beauty blamed her for sharing her secrets with the press.
Field claimed her relationship with the Aussie stunner began to fall apart as a result of the false accusations in 2005 - all while she was battling a mystery illness.
She told the panel at the Royal Courts of Justice, "It had a very serious affect. I had become ill and was falling down all the time."
Macpherson believed her assistant was simply intoxicated and ordered her to undergo counselling for alcoholism - but instead of protesting her innocence, Field agreed to go to rehab to keep her job.
She explained, "I have a severely disabled child who can never look after himself, so walking away from a high-paying position is not a good idea."
Earlier in the day, comedian Steve Coogan also testified in the ongoing government inquiry into tabloid ethics, insisting the British media had no right to expose scandals in his personal life because he has never courted the press attention.
Publishing boss Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World earlier this year (11) after the phone hacking controversy hit headlines around the world.
The two stars have become close friends and appeared onscreen together in Hollywood movies including Night at the Museum.
Following reports Wilson had been hospitalised after a suicide attempt in 2007, a British newspaper ran an article suggesting Coogan had some connection to the incident.
Now Coogan has spoken out to explain why he merely issued a "curt denial" of the story and didn't pursue legal action, insisting he did not want to make Wilson's situation worse.
Giving evidence at a public inquiry into the British media in London on Tuesday (22Nov11), Coogan told the hearing, "There is absolutely no truth in the allegation. I had not been on the same continent as Owen for nine months prior to this episode, and I've never taken drugs with him or in his presence...
"Primarily, I didn't want to give the story legs and my chief concern was my friend, at that time. I didn't want to shine a light on him when he was in that vulnerable state. I thought any emphatic courting of the press to protest my innocence, beyond that short, curt denial, would make life difficult for him."
The inquiry into press standards in the U.K. was sparked by the News of the World phone hacking scandal earlier this year (11), when the tabloid was shut down following allegations a private investigator working for the newspaper intercepted voicemail messages from cell phones belonging to crime victims.
The Tropic Thunder star has been the subject of several high-profile articles in U.K. newspapers during his career, detailing his drug use and tawdry tales of his sex life.
He is one of the leading campaigners for a reform of the media in his native Britain, and on Tuesday (22Nov11) he appeared before a public inquiry into press standards to insist he's not a legitimate target for the tabloids as he has never courted them.
Coogan told the hearing, "I don't appear on panel shows as myself. I create comedy characters. I don't sell myself as a person... There are people who exploit the press and are in the fame game. They do enter into a Faustian pact with the press. I haven't.
"I have never set myself up as paragon of virtue, as a model of morality. I simply do what I do and that's what I should be judged on - my work."
The public inquiry into press standards in the U.K. was sparked by the News of the World phone hacking scandal earlier this year (11), when allegations a private investigator intercepted voicemail messages from cell phones belonging to crime victims led to the tabloid's closure.
The Trainspotting star, who is a keen motorcyclist, decided to make a grand entrance for his interview with host Jonathan Ross.
The other guests on the show - Coogan, Barlow and the Take That star's The X Factor co-judge Tulisa Contostavlos - were asked to lie flat on the studio floor next to each other while McGregor clambered onto a motorbike.
The audience members were then left aghast as McGregor sped towards a ramp and jumped over the three stars.
The actor then stripped off his protective biking gear and threw it into the crowd, before taking a seat opposite Ross on the interview sofa.
And it's not the only stunt McGregor carried out on the night - he also shocked viewers as he puckered up in red lipstick, before smooching with the host after asking him if he'd ever kissed a man before.
McGregor asked Ross, "Have you ever kissed a man? Do you want to kiss me now?" The pair then locked lips twice before ending the interview.
The Tropic Thunder star launched legal action against the editors of now-defunct U.K. tabloid the News of the World over claims his voice mail messages were improperly accessed.
The publication, which was run by embattled mogul Rupert Murdoch, closed in July (11) after 168 years in print, but Coogan refuses to let those responsible for hacking off the hook.
He tells Britain's Guardian newspaper, "Because I'm a more populist person and I reach a more generalised audience that goes beyond broadsheets I can help keep it in the popular imagination and I will do everything in my power to keep it in the popular imagination."
The comic also reveals he has snubbed an offer from lawyers for News Group, the subsidiary that owned News of the World, to settle the case. He estimates the battle has cost him more than $160,000 (£100,000) so far.
He adds, "It (the settlement) wouldn't have covered the costs but it would have taken the sting out of what I'd spent."
Liam Hooper is shooting a $1,600 (£1,000) film for his A-Level exams in the U.K., and tried his luck by sending off the script to the Night at the Museum star.
And the 17 year old was stunned when Coogan replied, asking for a cameo in the project.
Hooper tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I thought he might like my tongue-in-cheek script. But I never thought he'd agree to take part. All I can say is he appears at a pivotal moment."
The man-child: a staple character for modern comedy and notoriously known for being played one-note. They get the laugh they get out.
But turning the lovable goofball or zoned-out knucklehead into something more is no easy task—which makes Paul Rudd's work in Our Idiot Brother that much more impressive. Rudd's Earth-friendly farmer Ned (the closest thing to a new Lebowski we've seen since the original) finds himself down on his luck after being entrapped by a police officer looking for pot. After a stint in jail he abandons his rural hippie commune for the big city to take shelter with his three sisters. Unfortunately for Ned his three siblings Liz (Emily Mortimer) Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) are as equally displaced and confused from the ebb and flow of life—albeit with severely different perspectives of the world.
Liz struggles to put her kid in private school and keep her marriage to documentary filmmaker/scumbag Dylan (Steve Coogan) intact. Miranda claws her way to the top of Vanity Fair's editorial staff and shuns her flirtatious neighbor (Adam Scott). Natalie stresses over her commitment issues with girlfriend Cindy (Rashida Jones) leaving little time or patience for Ned's bumbling antics. Sound like a lot of plot? While the manic lives of Ned's sisters click symbolically with his journey to get back on his feet it makes for one sporadic narrative.
Like a series of vignettes Our Idiot Brother never gels but when director Jesse Peretz finds a moment of unadulterated Nedisms to throw up on screen the movie hits big. Whether it's Ned teaching his nephew how to fight accidentally romancing his sister's interview subject or infiltrating his ex-girlfriend's house to steal his dog Willie Nelson the movie relies heavily on Ned's antics and its smart to do so. But thin throughlines for its supporting don't hold a candle to Rudd doing his thing.
And its a testament to Rudd's versatility—the man has done everything from Shakespeare and raunchy Judd Apatow comedies after all—that makes the movie watchable. Rudd gives dimensionality to his nincompoop character allowing darker emotions to creep in when necessary. There's a point in the film when Ned gives up fighting for his type-A sisters' affection and it's some of the best material Rudd's ever delivered. But like one of Ned's lit joints Our Idiot Brother can quickly fizzle out leading to plodding plot twists and sentimental conclusions. Mortimer Banks and Deschanel are great actresses—here they drift through their scenes and come out in the end changed. Because they have to.
Our Idiot Brother tries to take the Apatow model to the indie scene and comes through with so-so results. Only Rudd's able to find something to latch on to to build upon to warm up to. In an unexpected twist it's the man-child who seems the most grown up.
Hooley was branded the godfather of the Belfast punk scene after setting up a record shop in the 1970s and discovering Teenage Kicks hitmakers The Undertones.
Now his story is to be told in a full-length feature film, co-produced by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer will take the lead role.
Lightbody tells Mojo magazine, "He lived a crazy life. A really f**king dark, hilarious, wasted life... Terri's an unsung hero. Despite discovering The Undertones, he never sold out... The story is hilarious and touching."
Coogan will reportedly play the London strip club tycoon in Raymond in Paul Raymond's Wonderful World Of Erotica.
Winterbottom and the actor also teamed up to make quirky comedy A Cock And Bull Story.
The Raymond film is an adaptation of Paul Willet's biography Members Only: The Life And Times Of Paul Raymond.
Raymond opened the U.K.'s first strip club, Raymond Revue Bar, in 1958. He also published the magazines Razzle, Mayfair and Men Only. He died in 2008.
The Love Actually star was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Watson in U.K. TV series Sherlock, which was also voted the Best Drama Series at the London ceremony.
Accepting his prize, Freeman told the audience, "I know it's very fashionable to say you don't care about this stuff but I'm very chuffed (happy)."
The actor flew in for the ceremony from New Zealand where he's filming the Lord of The Rings prequel, The Hobbit.
Other big winners at the prizegiving included funnyman Steve Coogan, who accepted Best Male Comic Performance for The Trip, and comedienne Jo Brand who won the female equivalent for hospital sitcom Getting On.
The BAFTA TV Awards, held at the Grosvenor House in the British capital, celebrate the best in TV programmes.