British singer Paul Young was stunned when his debut album No Parlez scooped an award for its cover design, because the image was a last-minute decision to hide a mistake by the photographer. The Everytime You Go Away hitmaker's 1983 record featured a cover shot of the pop star with two slanted, garish burgundy slabs of design either side of the image.
It became one of the most recognisable record sleeves of the decade and even won an industry award for its innovative design, but Young was amazed because the burgundy sections were added to cover up a lighting man who appeared in the shot by accident.
The singer tells Britain's Daily Mail, "The funniest thing though is the pictures we shot for the cover were rubbish, so we had to use a set we'd done for Smash Hits magazine instead. The sleeve has two flashes of burgundy on either side of the picture because you could see the photographer's assistant up a ladder at the back of the shot, so we had to cover him up - and we ended up winning an award for Album Design of the Year!"
Actor James Franco has penned a short story which appears to rebuff reports suggesting he slept with Lindsay Lohan. The Spider-Man star was linked to Lohan back in 2011, but denied speculation of a romance.
However, the gossip started up once again after Franco was included on a handwritten list of names, said to be the actress' former lovers, which was published by a U.S. tabloid earlier this year (14). Now Franco has tackled the subject in a bizarre short story for Vice.com, entitled 'Bungalow 89'. The tale lifts the lid on his time staying at Los Angeles' iconic Chateau Marmont hotel in 2011, and details his encounters with a woman named only as 'Lindsay'.
Franco writes, "Once upon a time a guy, a Hollywood guy, read some Salinger (American writer J. D. Salinger) to a young woman who hadn't read him before. Let's call this girl Lindsay. She was a Hollywood girl, but a damaged one. I knew that she would like Salinger, because most young women do." He then adds, "Now we were lying in bed. I wasn't going to f**k her. She had her head on my shoulder. She started to talk. I let her... I ran my fingers through her hair and thought about this girl sleeping on my chest, our fictional Hollywood girl, Lindsay. What will she do? I hope she gets better. You see, she is famous. She was famous because she was a talented child actress, and now she's famous because she gets into trouble. She is damaged."
Actors Eric Idle, Chris O'dowd, Russell Brand and David Walliams are among the stars who have paid tribute to beloved British funnyman Rik Mayall, who died on Monday (09Jun14) at the age of 56. The shocking death has rocked the U.K. entertainment industry and tributes have since flooded in for Mayall, who established himself as a stand-up star in comedy troupe The Comic Strip, a group which also featured his college pal and future professional partner Adrian 'Ade' Edmondson and Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
He rose to national fame as one of four students sharing a house in hit sitcom The Young Ones in 1982 and went on to enjoy a slew of iconic roles, including as a mean-spirited politician in The New Statesman and an arrogant military officer in Rowan Atkinson's comedy Blackadder. He also re-teamed with Edmondson to play a pair of hopeless single men in slapstick show Bottom.
Fellow funnyman Walliams was among the first to take to Twitter.com to express his sadness at Mayall's loss, sharing a video clip of his role in Blackadder and writing, "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian."
Simon Pegg simply posted YouTube footage of Mayall in The Young Ones with fans, while Brand tweets, "And all the grown-ups will say, 'But why are the kids crying?' And the kids will say, 'Haven't you heard? Rick (sic) is dead' RIP".
Irish actor O'Dowd adds, "Very sad to hear about Rik Mayall's passing. 'Bottom' was a huge part of my youth", and director Edgar Wright posts, "Shocked and saddened that a comedy hero is gone; for those who grew up on The Young Ones, Rik Mayall was one of funniest performers ever."
Monty Python veteran Idle tweets, "Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man", and Blackadder producer and writer John Lloyd tells the BBC, "It's really a dreadful piece of news. He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comics. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional."
Meanwhile, his close friend Edmondson has also issued a statement about the years they spent working together, declaring, "They were some of the most carefree, stupid days I ever had and I feel privileged to have shared them with him."
Mayall's cause of death has yet to be determined, but a spokesman for Scotland Yard police reveals paramedics were called to the comedian's house in Barnes, south-west London at 1.20pm local time, when "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene". His passing is not believed to be suspicious.
His death comes 16 years after the comedian was left in a coma for several days in 1998 following a quad bike accident near his home in south-west England. He survived the scare but suffered memory problems as a result of the crash.
In recent years, Mayall had concentrated mainly on voiceover work and TV shorts.
Actress Sandra Bullock has obtained an emergency protection order against a man suspected of attempting to break into her Los Angeles home. Joshua Corbett, 39, was arrested and booked on suspicion of residential burglary after he was allegedly caught trying to gain access to the Gravity star's property early on Sunday morning (08Jun14), hours after she attended the Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, California on Saturday (07Jun14).
A representative for Bullock, who was home at the time of the incident, has assured fans she is "fine" and "unharmed", but the actress has since taken legal action to ensure the suspect doesn't get too close for comfort again.
According to TMZ.com, the Oscar winner, mother to young son Louis, obtained the restraining order shortly after the incident.
Corbett is currently being held on $50,000 (£31,250) bail.
He is not thought to have a history with Bullock, but the actress has reason to be fearful - she has previously been granted permanent restraining orders against overzealous fan Thomas James Weldon, who began harassing her in 2003. She had the court order renewed in 2010 and he was subsequently committed to a mental institution in Wyoming.
Bullock also had to obtain a protective order against another obsessed devotee, Marcia Valentine, in 2007 after the fan dumped pieces of animal fur in the star's backyard and hurled abuse at her then-husband Jesse James when he tried to note her car licence plate.
R&B superstar Usher has spoken out in defence of his protege Justin Bieber once more as the fall out from the Baby singer's racial slur controversy continues, insisting the youngster is "unequivocally not a racist".
The hitmaker has come under fire this week after two old video clips, filmed in 2009, emerged online showing him using the N-word in a racist joke and singing about joining notorious race hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Bieber has issued two formal apologies to date, claiming it was a "reckless and immature mistake", and his mentor Usher subsequently branded the scandal "unfortunate", but vowed to stand by his 20-year-old charge, stating, "Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain't (sic) just perfect from the beginning."
On Saturday (07Jun14), Usher took to his Instagram.com page to further express his feelings about the situation, which has threatened to derail Bieber's career. He shared a photo of himself with Bieber, and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, "As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. "What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes."
Usher is not the first African-American celebrity to come to Bieber's defence - 50 Cent, Soulja Boy, boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Mike Tyson and actress Whoopi Goldberg have also voiced their support for the youngster. Meanwhile, the embattled singer has reportedly turned to Christianity to help him get through the backlash and was allegedly baptised in a bathtub this week (ends08Jun14).
It has been very exciting watching Kendall Jenner's high fashion takeover, and this new Interview magazine photo shoot does not disappoint. The topless photo is gorgeous, but the 18 year-old model stuns with or without the clothing:
The actual interview was, however, a bit disappointing. Blame could be placed on the Senior Editor at the publication, Christopher Wallace, who might have (unnecessarily) dumbed down the questions for her. But when asked who she would most like to meet, living or dead, she actually responded with, "Martin Luther King Jr."
Does anyone really believe that Kendall Jenner wants to meet the man who became the face of the black Civil Rights Movement in America? (It should be noted that she also admitted that she told a lot of lies when she was young—then claimed to not lie anymore.) It sounds like she thought that would be the right thing to say, even if it was a complete lie.
There's nothing more boring than an interview subject who gives all of the "right" answers and that's pretty much how the entire piece feels. Kendall is a gorgeous girl and since she's a human being—and not a robot—let's assume she has a personality. It'd be nice if she let it show! At the end of the interview it comes out a bit, as she claims to be a little weirder than we might assume: I like to go outside at night by myself and look at the sky and just appreciate it. I'm not that big of a weirdo, but—occasionally. Had she answered her other questions more honestly, there might have been a few more gems to pick out.
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Justin Bieber's rapper pal Lil Za and hip-hop mogul Mack Maine have spoken out in defence of the troubled pop singer as his race row continues. The Baby hitmaker has been engulfed in controversy since two video clips emerged this week (beg02Jun14) showing him using the N-word in a racist joke and singing about joining notorious hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
Bieber has apologised twice after the release of the two clips, which are several years old, saying, "I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made..."
Now Maine, who is also president of Lil Wayne's record label Young Money, has spoken out to insist Bieber has never been disrespectful in his presence.
He tells TMZ.com, "Bieber does not have a slave mentality. He treats his people with respect... I remember telling a white man, Chinese man, Black man joke as a kid that was terrible and I told it to my friends because I thought they'd think it was funny."
Maine adds that Bieber has since "legitimately adopted the culture of the hip-hop, African American culture".
Bieber's close friend Lil Za has also come out in defence of the embattled star, posting a picture of the pair hugging on his Instagram.com page, and adding in a caption, "This guy right here changed my life and others in many ways. A true brother and friend, you're appreciated and loved by all of us and millions of fans."
Lil Za hit headlines earlier this year (14) when he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession following a police raid on Bieber's California home.
Dame Helen Mirren was feted with the coveted Icon honour at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Tuesday (03Jun14). The 11th annual prizegiving at London's Berkeley Square Gardens brought out a slew of stars, but it was the 68-year-old Oscar winner who stole the show.
Mirren was presented the Icon prize by Ryan Reynolds, her current co-star in upcoming film Woman in Gold. Reynolds dubbed her the "Dame of Thrones", and joked about the beloved actress, stating "For most actors, painstaking preparation involves nothing more than spray tan and a big pile of coke. But this next honouree has shown me that those things just aren't as important as I'd previously thought."
He continued, "The term 'national treasure' is bandied around a lot but, in the case of this stage and screen legend, it's absolutely deserved. She brings grace and fierce talent to her roles and leaves a trail of critical acclaim in her wake. She's also someone we're absolutely desperate to get drunk with at a party."
Upon receiving the honour, Mirren said, "There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I'm so proud to be a member of your sex." But she left with some parting advice, and quipped, "Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f**king awesome. I'm not quite there yet, but almost."
Other Glamour Women of the Year Awards winners included Taylor Swift (International Solo Artist), Nicole Kidman (Outstanding Contribution), Naomi Campbell (TV Personality for The Face), Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling (Editor's Special Award) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hunk Sam Claflin (Man of the Year).
R&B star Usher has refused the chance to defend his protegee Justin Bieber following his racist joke scandal, fleeing in a car when he was asked to comment on the furore. The Baby singer issued a public apology on Sunday (01Jun14) after the emergence of footage showing him using the 'N-word' and grinning in amusement. The clip sparked outrage, and Bieber later called it a "reckless and immature mistake", adding that he was just 15 years old when the video was shot and he "didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt".
His famous pals, including boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and rapper Soulja Boy, have stepped up to defend the troubled star over the controversy, but Usher - who has mentored the singer since he was an unknown teenager - pointedly declined the chance to speak out for his young charge on Monday (02Jun14). The Burn hitmaker was spotted leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles, and when he was asked by a reporter from TMZ.com about the Bieber incident, he broke into a run, leaped into a waiting sports utility vehicle (SUV), and sped away without a word.
Earlier this week (beg02Jun14), Mayweather, Jr. showed his support for Bieber by posting a picture of the pair together on his Instagram page, adding in a caption, "Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it's part of growing up. I am proud of what he's doing as a 20 year old musician and business man."
Bieber has also received support from fellow musician Soulja Boy, who tells TMZ.com, "I talked to Justin yesterday. I called him. He (is) in Cancun (in Mexico). We spoke about it. It's really just so old man. He was 15... The footage was super old. It was a very touchy, serious situation, but we all slip up, we all make mistakes and I told him, man I said, 'You're a great person...' He said, 'Thank you... for having my back.' It is what it is. Let the kid live. We all slip up, we all make mistakes. Y'all know he's not racist. I'm his homie, all his homies is black (sic)... he's not racist."
Long-lost video footage of Sir Sean Connery's first-ever lead role on TV has been unearthed, 57 years after it was first broadcast. The former James Bond star portrayed struggling boxer Malcolm 'Mountain' McClintock in the 1957 play Requiem for a Heavyweight, which aired live on the BBC. There was no official recording by the U.K. network, but director Alvin Rakoff taped the show for his own archives and stored it away in his attic, and he only remembered having footage of the live event during a recent interview.
Recalling his decision to film the play, he tells the BBC, "I had suddenly thought: 'Maybe this is an important piece,' and I spoke to the man in the sound booth and asked him to do a reel-to-reel so he had an audio recording, and he did." A young Michael Caine also featured in Rakoff's remake of Requiem for a Heavyweight, which was originally created for U.S. TV and starred Jack Palance in the lead role. Palance had been due to reprise his part as McClintock for the BBC version, but he pulled out and the director credits his then-girlfriend, Doctor Who actress Jacqueline Hill, with convincing him to cast newcomer Connery.
He says, "I got a call from his (Palance's) agent who said: 'Jack ain't (sic) gonna show'. Something better had come up and he didn't want to come to England. "She (Hill) said, 'Have you seen Sean...? The ladies will like him', which was quite a remarkable statement but it was true, women adored him and so I called him and narrowed it to two fellows and Sean got it."