Pop star Lily Allen has paid tribute to Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival by shooting a new music promo featuring dozens of revellers at this year's (14) event singing along to her track. The Smile hitmaker is a big fan of the three-day festival and has attended almost every year since she was a child.
She has also performed there on several occasions, and she used this year's (14) Glastonbury as an opportunity to film footage for a video to accompany her new single, As Long As I Got You.
The four-minute long film begins with Allen telling viewers how the event has been a fixture in her life since childhood and that it holds a special place in her heart because her friendship with Sam Cooper blossomed into romance at the festival in 2009.
When the song begins, the promo shows Allen walking around the site during the event in June (14) and having fun with revellers, interspersed with clips of other Glastonbury-goers singing along.
The video ends with poignant footage of Allen hugging her husband Cooper at the side of the Glastonbury stage following her performance this year.
British pop star Lily Allen has vowed not to judge her children if they end up dabbling in drugs because she refuses to be a hypocrite. The Smile singer is mother to Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, with husband Sam Cooper and she feels she is in no position to forbid them from taking illegal substances when they grow up because she is widely known for having experimented with drugs during her youth.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, she said, "I can't really do anything but be there for them. People are going to do what they want to do, quite rightly.
"They'll (my children will) say, 'You're a hypocrite. You went and experimented and you said it was a right laugh (fun) so what do you mean we can't?'"
However, Allen admits her wildchild days weren't all fun: "I've seen so much of it (drug use) growing up and I've seen people really lose the plot and die."
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British pop star Lily Allen fought back tears in a radio interview as she recalled the pain of dealing with her newborn daughter's health problems.
The Smile hitmaker, who performed at Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Friday (27Jun14), battled her emotions as she recounted how scared she was about losing her little girl Ethel to a throat condition shortly after she was born in November, 2011.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs on Sunday (29Jun14), Allen struggled to talk and kept sniffling as she spoke about Ethel's struggle to eat and breathe.
Allen says, "She was working so hard to breathe, to just exist really, and she wasn't really gaining any weight at all. Because all of the food she was taking on, she was just expending the energy on this breathing process. I was scared of losing her the whole time, all I wanted to do was just breast-feed her and to sit there in my chair with her and spend those precious hours into the night looking after your child."
"I just remember the doctor saying when they first diagnosed her with the condition they said, 'It's a one in a hundred chance that you are going to have to operate', and then of course she needed the operation and then they said 'It's a one in a hundred chance that they will have to operate again' and I just thought how many one in a hundred chances do I have?"
Ethel, now aged two, was tube-fed for eight months and underwent two operations. Allen and her husband Sam Cooper also have 17-month-old daughter named Marnie.
Pop star Lily Allen crowned her musical comeback with a bizarre performance at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (27Jun14), singing while surrounded by giant baby bottles as her husband and children watched from the side of the stage. The Smile hitmaker stepped out of the spotlight in 2010 to concentrate on starting a family with her husband Sam Cooper, and she relaunched her career this year (2014).
She showed off her quirky side at Glastonbury by taking to a stage adorned with enormous baby milk bottles as a nod to her new role as a mum as daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, watched from the wings.
Allen's romance with Cooper began at the festival in 2009, and she paid tribute to her husband during her set, turning to face him and saying, "Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband. Five years later he's here with my two beautiful babies. I love y'all so much."
The singer's shortened Friday night set was delayed by 30 minutes while festival organisers waited for a lightning storm to pass.
Taking to the Pyramid Stage, she said, "Thank f**k for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I've got to be quick 'cos our set time has been cut short."
Lily Allen has given away her complimentary tickets to Glastonbury festival to children in her village. The Smile hitmaker received a batch of free tickets to Britain's iconic festival as a gift for performing at the event, but rather than hand them out to her showbiz pals, Allen and her husband Sam Cooper gave them to youngsters in their home village of Cranham, England.
She tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "I get a certain allocation and because I am on the Pyramid (main) stage you get more... My husband has been in charge of ticket allocation. I have quite a lot of blaggy friends who hit me up for stuff all the time and never really appreciate it. I have all the calls, 'Can we have some tickets?' He has given them all to our villagers. There's, like, 25 kids from Cranham who have never been to Glastonbury and who are going have such a shock and all my showbiz mates are like 'Er?'"
Allen is due to perform at the festival on Friday (27Jun14).
Actress Jennifer Esposito is engaged to her longterm boyfriend, model Louis Dowler. The couple has been dating since 2012 and he recently popped the question.
The Crash star confirmed the news on Thursday (01May14) during an appearance on U.S. talk show Katie, when host Katie Couric announced, "Jennifer just got engaged!"
Shy Esposito showed off her new ring and gushed, "He's lovely."
She also revealed they have already set a wedding date, but declined to give any hints about when or where they are planning to tie the knot.
It will be Esposito's second marriage - she was previously wed to actor Bradley Cooper in 2006, only to divorce a few months later, and she was engaged to Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis in 2009.
Dowler was briefly linked to British actress Kate Winslet in 2010 following her marriage split from director Sam Mendes.
Pop star Lily Allen took her stage show to saucy new levels by stripping off for a raunchy performance in London on Saturday night (26Apr14).
The Smile hitmaker put on a show at the iconic G-A-Y club and she stunned the audience with her provocative costumes and suggestive dance routines. Allen performed a cover of Beyonce's Drunk In Love wearing a blonde wig and black bikini, covered only by a sheer slip, and writhed around the stage, soaking wet and grabbing her crotch, after one of her dancers drenched her with a bucket of water.
Her various costumes also included a white swimsuit, teamed with a fake fur coat and towering high-heeled shoes. Allen previously claimed she would be cleaning up her stage performances on the advice of her husband Sam Cooper, saying, "He told me to tone it down now I'm a mum."
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Going back to the earliest days of both movies and television, producers have been enamored with putting sports celebrities on screen. They're some of the most recognizable people in the country and bring along a built-in audience of fans from their athletic exploits.
Of course, there is one issue that's a little hard to get around… most of the athletes that have been tapped to appear in movies can't act. We're taking a look at the most awesomely bad performances by athletes in movies… from ones that are just laughably amateurish to the truly unwatchable; the work by this group would make Lee Strasberg cry.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kazaam
In interviews, O'Neal can be utterly charming and he frequently looks like he's having a good time. Absolutely none of that translates to the big screen, however. The 7-foot-1 basketball player is a genie who emerges from a boombox and tries to help a kid (Francis Capra) who's got father issues. You'd think that a movie with a genie would be at least fun, but it has way too many dark moments and O'Neal's mugging doesn't help any. The movie was so bad that director Paul Michael Glaser hasn't got behind the camera since.
Charles Barkley, Space Jam
It's easy to point out that Michael Jordan is bad in the 1996 mix of animation and live action since he was the star of the show (along with Bugs Bunny, of course), but really, what did we expect? Jordan acted about as well as he ever did in his commercials and the rest of the NBA players, from Larry Bird to Patrick Ewing are equally awful. Barkley, however, as we've now learned from his work as a studio host for TNT has enough personality that he could’ve done better than the stiff performance that he gave.
Dan Marino, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
It's always amazing when athletes can't even play themselves convincingly. In Jim Carrey's breakout hit, Marino — along with a dolphin — is the subject of a kidnapping scheme. Marino's a good looking guy, but that's about the best thing that we can say about his abilities as an actor. When you're outdone by a sea mammal, things are pretty bad. Of course, as much as we don't like his acting, we still like him better than the movie's Mrs. Finkle, the character who famously said, "Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell."
O.J. Simpson, Capricorn One
Back before the Juice had his troubles with the law, he had quite the acting career. Most people remember his turn as Leslie Nielsen's partner in the Naked Gun series, but at one point, Simpson was legitimately trying to act. That's what puts his turn in Capricorn on the list. Playing a duped astronaut, along with James Brolin and Sam Waterston, who is unwittingly part of a fake mission to Mars, Simpson is all caged fury at the outrage of it all. At least the movie has some pretty rad late '70s hairdos going for it.
Wilt Chamberlain, Conan the Destroyer
At least there was logic to Chamberlain's casting in the rushed sequel to Conan the Barbarian… if you're looking for someone even more physically imposing than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt certainly fits the bill. The towering Chamberlain plays a guard named Bombaata who is supposed to help Conan on a quest before killing him. Let's just say that doesn't work out too well for The Stilt. Considering his claims of prodigious sexual conquests, we're sure that Chamberlain had fun shooting the movie… and, really, he doesn’t look any more ridiculous than Grace Jones.
Dennis Rodman, Double Team
How many people can say that they were in a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme and they were the worst actor on set? Rodman, at the height of his fame for his outrageous behavior, made the Muscles from Brussels look like Robert De Niro in comparison. The plot of the movie runs along the lines of most other JCVD flicks, with Rodman playing an arms dealer. The Worm is tasked with saying such classic lines as, "You look like trouble. I like trouble." There are a lot of explosions and Van Damme does his requisite butt-kicking, even taking on a tiger, but Rodman spends the movie seemingly smirking at the thought that someone's paying him to do… well, whatever it was he was doing.
Mike Tyson, The Hangover
Yes, The Hangover is a very funny movie and, yes, the scenes with Tyson are hysterical. Those two facts do not make Iron Mike a good actor. The former heavyweight champion just plays a slightly less scary version of himself and you get the impression that the mixture of awe and fear on Bradley Cooper's face wasn't a stretch with the real Tyson standing in front of him. As comical as it was to watch — due largely to Tyson's public persona — his reaction at the video of Zack Galifianakis peeing in his pool is on the level of a third grade school play. Just, um, maybe don't tell him we said so.
Howie Long, Firestorm
The longtime Los Angeles Raiders defensive lineman did a credible job as one of John Travolta's henchmen in the John Woo actioner Broken Arrow. That's where Long's acting career should've ended. Instead, he signed on to play the lead in a movie about the leader of a team of wild firefighters who has to rescue people trapped in a fire started by an escaped killer played by William Forsythe. The fact that someone actually bought that pitch is irrelevant and it's hard to fault Long for taking the payday, but the preposterousness of the plot is matched only by the football star's terrible line delivery. The best part of the movie is that it's mercifully short, clocking in at just 89 minutes.
Terry Bradshaw, Failure to Launch
Let's forget for a second the stretch of casting Bradshaw and Kathy Bates as Matthew McConaughey's parents. Let's even put aside the fact that the movie's awfulness has more to do with the nonexistent chemistry between McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker than anything the four-time Super Bowl winner did. The question that truly needs to be addressed is who the heck thought the idea of having Bradshaw naked in the movie was a good idea? God love him for being down for it, but the image of the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's naked rear-end is one of those things that you can't unsee. Bradshaw got his start in acting doing cameos in his buddy Burt Reynolds' films and luckily, he doesn't go too far out of his way to get parts. Why people feel the need to occasionally give him one is a whole other question.
British singer Lily Allen has lavished praise on her husband for forcing her to stop her self-destructive behaviour by giving her an ultimatum. The Smile star began dating Sam Cooper in 2009, but when he forced her to choose between her alcohol and drug abuse and their relationship, Allen finally realised she needed to seek help and get sober.
She tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "Sam saved me for sure. I was self-medicating with alcohol and whatever else and Sam was obviously attracted to me when I was like that. He could see that I was being quite self-destructive and at one point he said, 'What are you doing? I would really like to be with you, but I can't be with you if you are going to be like this all the time.'
"I remember thinking, 'OK, well you promised to take me on and stick around, then yeah, I'll cut back'.
"It wasn't that dark for me, it was just like either I carry on doing this and leave it until it starts to become a problem or nip it in the bud now and concentrate on a different area of my life."
She adds, "I believe you're avoiding something when you're drinking or taking drugs or whatever. You are basically just avoiding the truth. And so Sam introduced me to myself. The real me."
Allen and Cooper, who wed in 2011, are parents to two daughters, two-year-old Ethel and 15-month-old Marnie.
British pop star Lily Allen channelled her heartbreak over her eldest daughter's poor health into her songwriting to help her deal with her troubled family life. The Smile hitmaker gave birth to Ethel in November, 2011 after losing two kids during pregnancy in 2008 and 2010, but her daughter needed surgery at an early age, and Allen found herself turning to her work in a bid to find solace.
She tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "My oldest kid was quite sick. She had two operations in the first two months. And then she was tube-fed until she was about seven months old. And as her mum, and especially what had happened to me in the past, I couldn't take my eyes off her. It was mentally exhausting.
"Then she couldn't gain weight. I just felt exhausted. My husband (Sam Cooper) said, 'You just need to get out of the house for a few hours'. I don't really know anything else so I started writing songs. It wasn't like, 'Right, I want to go back to being a pop star and make a new album'. It was just about claiming back a bit of my life and reconnecting myself really."
Allen also has 15-month-ol daughter called Marnie.