Scottish singer Lulu was pressured to lose weight by David Bowie while they were dating in the 1970s. The Shout hitmaker began a brief romance with the rocker in 1974, when she was 26 years old, and she has now revealed he encouraged her to shift the pounds in a bid to improve her image.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "I had a small window when I was involved with Bowie... We were so connected because of the music, it was the personal stuff that was... odd. Some of the conversations we had were insane.
"He told me I should lose weight. I was a bit embarrassed because I was always a little chubster (sic), but he was talking in terms of my image - that was the thing then, that heroin chic look. He didn't say it when I was in a compromising situation with him."
Madonna has risked upsetting parenting groups by revealing she sat down for a family film night with her nine-year-old kids David and Mercy to watch R-rated movie Whiplash. Ignoring the bad language and the violence in the movie, the pop superstar admits she "totally connected" to the film and "related to it" and decided her children had to see it.
She tells Rolling Stone, "I watched it with all my kids, and they were all very mesmerised by it, and I think a little speechless afterward.
"My son David was the most vocal about it... He said, 'Wow, I want to make my hands bleed'."
The Oscar-nominated movie follows the fortunes of a talented young jazz drummer pushing himself to the limit to impress his violent teacher, played by Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons.
Madonna adds, "When the character said, 'I'd rather be a 34-year-old genius who did something with his life, dead of a heroin overdose, than live to be 93 and do nothing', I totally was like, 'Yes'. That really resonated with me... I've had teachers like that, for sure.
Some of the greatest and most memorable movie quotes of all time were completely unplanned. Don't believe us? Take a look at 20 of our favorites below and see for yourself:
1. Annie Hall
Woody Allen's famous sneeze as his character, Alvy Singer, picks up a box of cocaine at a party, and after finding out that it's $2,000 an ounce, he asks what the appeal is...before sneezing all of the powder away into its owner's face. The sneeze was not scripted, believe it or not. The moment tested well with audiences and the other actors in the scene reacted so perfectly to it that Allen decided to keep it.
Perhaps one of the film's most memorable lines, Leonardo DiCaprio's feeling of invincibility would never have been captured had he not ad-libbed the line, "I'm king of the world!" Titanic has other improvised moments as well, like the scene where Jack teaches Rose to spit and when Rose spits in Cal's face.
3. Being John Malkovich
Though this moment is contested somewhat, we still love the story. A few extras allegedly snuck some beer onto the set to make the most of long hours of filming. One such extra, who was (may or may not have been) supposed to throw something at actor John Malkovich's head from a passing vehicle, shouted "think fast," making the scene even funnier. Rumor has it that because of the line's inclusion, the extra had to receive a generous pay raise, all because of a drunken addition to the movie.
4. Blade Runner
As Blade Runner, a film about a bounty hunter seeking androids to "retire," reaches its conclusion, its main character, Rick Deckard, is saved by the android he is supposed to kill. Right before preparing to die, the android, Roy Batty, gives a monologue reflecting on his past experiences. Though the monologue was indeed scripted, actor Rutger Hauer added the beautiful phrase, "like tears in rain."
5. Taxi Driver
The script said "Travis talks to himself in the mirror." Robert De Niro took care of the rest. Because of this, we're left with one of the best lines in movie history, one of the greatest performances of all time, and the best idea for a theme party ever.
6. Dumb and Dumber
The original script featured the titular idiots to argue over jelly beans in order to test the nerves of the hitman they unknowingly picked up as a hitchhiker. Since this is a movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, it evolved into something altogether different. The most annoying sound in the world was, for better or for worse, entirely improvised.
7. Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams received his first and only Oscar for his dramatic role in Good Will Hunting. You may be able to take Robin Williams out of the comedy, but you can't keep the comedy out of him, and thus, in the midst of a pivotal scene in the movie, Williams broke into an unplanned story about his wife's flatulence. Matt Damon's uncontrollable laughter is genuine, as are the moments the camera shakes because of the cameraman's laughter. That's a magical movie moment.
The most memorable moment of Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster movie is easily Joe Pesci's refusal to be called funny. This line was allegedly ad-libbed and inspired by a real incident where Pesci called a not-very-pleasant gangster funny.
9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Hardcore Star Wars fans may know this bit already: the famous Han Solo moment where he tells Princess Leia "I know" wasn't scripted. The line was originally written as "I love you too," but didn't seem to fit into character. Harrison Ford suggested they change it to something a little more in line with Han Solo's personality, and thus, the greatest response to "I love you" was born.
10. Pretty Woman
In a gloriously unscripted moment, Richard Gere's character was supposed to present Julia Roberts with a stunning diamond necklace, but instead playfully snapped the bling box closed. The unplanned move, and Roberts' perfect reaction to it, was so honest and fit the film so well, director Garry Marshall kept it in the finished version.
11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The epic sword fight that was scheduled for this scene (or perhaps it was a whip vs. sword situation) was ignored entirely in favor of this easier-to-film scene. The moment, when Indiana Jones just nonchalantly pulls out his pistol and does away with the swordsman, wasn't scripted. Spielberg agreed to do it to make filming easier for Harrison Ford, who was feeling a bit under the weather at the time. Thus, movie history was born.
After David Duchovny's character explains to Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander why male models have been behind every political assassination of the last 200 years, Stiller forgot the line he was supposed to stay in true Zoolander fashion, so he just repeated his previous line, "Why male models?" This prompted Duchovny's equally funny ad-lib, "Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago..."
13. The Godfather
The Godfather has a scene where Peter Clemenza is heading out to whack Paulie, but before he does, his wife asks him to pick up some cannolis. While the scene following Paulie's death was originally scripted as just "Leave the gun," Clemenza added a bit of humor and continuity to the film by adding the second part.
14. The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's iconic adaptation of the Stephen King classic features the ad-libbed line "Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson improvised this line after chopping his way through the door and sticking his face in. The quote, referencing Johnny Carson's immensely popular late night show's introduction, added a bit of humor to an incredibly terrifying moment. It also, strangely, made the moment way creepier too.
Really, though, there was nothing else to be said. After seeing the shark for the first time, this unscripted moment was the only logical reaction a person could have. And now it's legendary.
16. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up
The extremely memorable, easy-to-imitate moments from both of these films were ad-libbed entirely by stars Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Director Judd Apatow had enough faith in both comedians to allow them to go on for several minutes in an unedited clip. The scenes may get a little annoying, but they are undeniably funny.
17. Midnight Cowboy
Legend has it that this NYC cab ignored the indications that a movie was shooting on this street and drove down anyway. Dustin Hoffman's brilliant reaction was genuine and in character, and the rest is history.
Arguably the most iconic line in the entire film, this one was ad-libbed by Humphrey Bogart during filming. Apparently, it's something he would say to Ingrid Bergman while teaching her poker between takes.
19. The Silence of the Lambs
While the line about eating a census taker's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti may have been in the script (as well as the book), the terrifying slurping hiss Anthony Hopkins lets out next was certainly not. It was left in the film because, hello, it's totally the creepiest thing a cannibal could do after discussing a meal.
Bill Murray, as surely everyone knows, can do literally anything. He's the greatest. Clearly director Harold Ramis knew that too -- the script for Caddyshack featured a scene where Murray's character Carl emulates a kid announcing his fantasy sports moment. Murray simply asked for four rows of mums, and boom! Movie magic.
Sir Elton John's eldest son is nursing a broken collarbone after a playtime session went awry. The Rocket Man hitmaker's husband, David Furnish, reveals four-year-old Zachary ignored his parents' advice to be cautious on a climbing apparatus on Tuesday (17Feb15) and ended up hurting himself.
Furnish tells People.com, "Zachary broke his clavicle two days ago on the playground jumping off the climbing tower. Which we told him not to do and told him not to do and told him not to do - and all his friends were doing it and he couldn't understand why we didn't want him to. You turn your back for half-a-second and he jumps off the climbing tower."
He continues, "He's fine. It's part of little boys, and growing and bumps and bruises and fortunately, not major broken bones."
The boy is now recovering at home, but will be joining his brother Elijah, two, to make a brief appearance at their famous father's annual Oscars viewing party on Sunday night (22Feb15).
Furnish says, "They're going to come in... say hi to the people they know and (then) get them home in time for their bath because we don't believe in disrupting their routine."
Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have dismissed reports suggesting one suspect in the fatal stabbing of Nicki Minaj's tour manager has been taken into custody, although they insist an arrest is imminent. De'Von Pickett, aka Day Day, was killed in an attack outside the Che Bar & Grill in the early hours of Wednesday (18Feb15). Another member of Minaj's road crew, Eric Parker, also sustained injuries in the incident and remains hospitalised at the city's Einstein Medical Center.
Reports suggest the stabbing occurred after a brawl broke out inside the venue and spilled out onto the street, where Minaj's associates spotted a woman in distress and came to her rescue, offering to walk her safely to her car, according to Pickett's pastor, Reverend David Wright.
He tells the New York Daily News it was then that the pair was set upon by two other men, one of whom was armed with a knife.
Police have yet to corroborate the story, but revealed on Friday (20Feb15) that they are "getting closer" to arresting the suspects as false reports circulated suggesting a person of interest had already been taken into custody.
Officer Tanya Little says, "There is nobody in custody. There is no question that we will make an arrest. But we have not done so yet."
Another police spokesperson, Christine O'Brien, adds authorities are "getting closer", but states, "We are not ready to announce an arrest."
Actor Matthew Perry almost missed out on his big break in Friends, because he was already committed to starring in a futuristic airport comedy about baggage handlers when casting bosses began the search for Chandler Bing. Perry reveals he was on the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for any acting gig back in 1994 when he signed up for a pilot called LAX 2194, but he soon regretted the decision after picking up a script for a new show, then titled Friends Like Us.
He explains, "I called my agent, I said, 'You gotta get me any job, any job you can.' This happened to be the year that Friends was shot. I was off the market because I had taken a job on a pilot called LAX 2194, that was about baggage handlers at the L.A. airport in the year 2194. I was wearing a futuristic shirt and little people played the aliens, in which I had to sort out the aliens' luggage, and that was basically the show.
"A script came out, at the time it was called Friends Like Us, and it was hilarious and great and there was this part that was perfect for me. It was making me crazy that I couldn't (audition) because of the baggage handler show. I was losing my mind."
Luckily, executives at America's Fox network axed LAX 2194 before it became a series, and Perry was able to try out for the role of goofy Bing, which ended up turning him and the rest of the Friends' main cast into household names.
He continues, "Finally, somebody at Fox at the time said, 'We've seen this, it's the worst thing we've ever seen in our lives.' (The executive told Friends producers), 'He (Perry) is available, you can hire him for your little show called Friends Like Us,' which then become Friends."
Perry was cast in Friends alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer. The show ran for 10 years and by the time it wrapped for good in 2004, the actors were each banking $1 million (£625,000) per episode.
Hotly-anticipated erotic drama Fifty Shades Of Grey has met with a slew of negative reviews ahead of its release in cinemas this week (ends15Feb15).
The movie was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany on Wednesday night (11Feb15) but many critics were less than impressed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaption of the E.L. James novel.
It has been branded "gloomy", "ludicrous", "downright creepy", and a "terrible movie", with several commentators singling out male lead Jamie Dornan for particular criticism. Actress Dakota Johnson received some praise for her portrayal as a student seduced by a bondage-loving businessman, but the movie left many reviewers cold.
Kate Muir, of British newspaper The Times, gave it just two stars out of five and branded it "painful to watch", adding, "(It) starts out hilarious, becomes ludicrous and is finally dubious... (The actors) make a decent stab at thinly-written characters.... (and the script and direction) take the... mickey out of the source material... (The film goes) swiftly from ridiculous to downright creepy."
Kaleem Aftab, of the U.K.'s The Independent, wrote, "(It) plays like the opening of a porn movie in which a washing machine repairman will turn up at a house and be met by a bored housewife", and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian added, "There are no glimpses of a penis in this film, not in any state. It's primly off-camera. Or maybe the smoulderingly sado-obsessed hero does not have a penis."
Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Philippa Hawker noted, "Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have turned E.L. James' overheated, annoying first-person narrative (the first novel of a trilogy) into a somewhat gloomy vision of expectations and desires, the story of a man's will for control and a woman's resistance."
A.O. Scott, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Dornan has the bland affect of a model, by which I mean a figure made of balsa wood or Lego. What vitality Fifty Shades of Grey possesses belongs to Ms. Johnson, who is a champion lip-biter and no slouch at blushing, eye-rolling and trembling on the verge of tears... Fifty Shades of Grey might not be a good movie - O.K., it's a terrible movie - but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment."
New York Magazine critic David Edelstein was among those who praised the film, writing, "It's elegantly made, and Dakota Johnson is so good at navigating the heroine's emotional zigs and zags that you want to buy into the whole cobwebbed premise." However, he also found room to slam Dornan's performance, adding, "(He) cuts a less commanding figure than you'd hope... With his fluffed-up hair and pert, pretty little face, Dornan's (Christian) Grey looks more like a natural bottom than a top. He's a bantamweight. Although I did grow to appreciate his modest, unshowy acting, it's clear he's not sending much heat her way and that she's having to work herself up in a vacuum."
Soccer legend David Beckham is turning his charity work into a family affair by lining up his teenage son Brooklyn for an aid trip to a needy nation. The retired sports ace has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the Unit Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) since 2005 and has taken part in several morale-boosting visits to families in impoverished countries.
Now he has revealed he tries to involve his children Brooklyn ,15, Romeo, 12, Cruz, nine, and three-year-old Harper in his charity work and intends to take his eldest son with him on a UNICEF trip soon.
Beckham tells Sky News, "I make sure my children are well aware of exactly what I do. My little girl is three-and-a-half years old so she is a little bit too young but she knows that Daddy goes away and helps people, helps children and then comes back and shows her the pictures of exactly what he has been doing. And my eldest, he is almost 16 and he is nearly at the age where he actually can start coming on trips with me and really understanding it."
Netflix recently released its cast announcement for its upcoming 8-episode series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. And, well, we can't remember the last time we were this excited for something. The incredible things this cast has gone on to do in the 14 years since this film came out is testament enough to their talent, and after watching it countless times, we've put together a list of just some of the reasons we can't wait:
1. For more of Bradley Cooper's incredible dance moves:
2. For more of Paul Rudd at his absolute moodiest:
3. For more steamy secret Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black love scenes:
4. For its unbeatable inspirational dance scenes:
5. For its most beautiful declarations of true love:
6. For its on-point nerdy talk:
^ This is a panty-dropping line if we've ever heard one.
7. And for its characters' ability to turn quite anything into a compliment:
8. For more Poehler pep talks in the post-Parks and Rec days (even if they're in the form of the anti-Knope).
9. For its characters, standing up for themselves, once and for all:
10. For its ability to handle any emergency in a calm, rational way:
You'd never even know there was something hurtling towards Earth in a potentially catastrophic way.
11. For its brutal assessments of other people's talents:
12. For its awkwardly honest break-ups:
Side note: Elizabeth Banks, if you really do taste like burger, we love you more than we already did (which we thought was impossible).
13. For its honesty in general, no matter how strange it is:
14. For its absolutely perfect exits:
15. For its relatable teenage summer goals:
16. For its love stories, perhaps the greatest love stories ever told:
British physicist Stephen Hawking has filmed a cameo appearance in a sketch for British charity telethon Comic Relief. The scientist will join comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas as they revive their comedy series Little Britain for the skit. The special will be broadcast in the U.K. on 13 March (15).