Sir Ben Kingsley was able to get into the head of his horrible Sexy Beast hitman Don Logan by giving the villain a back story as an abused child. The Oscar-winning Gandhi star had to dig deep to find the heart of his nasty character in the 2000 film and reveals he could only perfect the killer when he realised his awful childhood was partly to blame for the person he had become.
The Brit explains, "He was an abused child who has never healed and went on to abuse others. As soon as I realised that, one, I cared for him, two, I understood him, and, three, I felt that if I can keep that little engine of truth inside, the audience, maybe, are gonna be touched by it, reached by it, moved by it... People are not born evil. Something is done to them and they are out for revenge and they are out for rebalancing the universe that was so distorted when they were a child.
"If I have any opportunity in a performance to say to an audience, 'If you abuse a child, you are destroying the future', (I'll take it)."
Andrew Garfield is convinced his second superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 flopped with fans because studio executives changed the story too much.
The British actor claims he "genuinely loved" the original script for the sequel and was shocked by critics' harsh reviews and the public's response towards the film following its release earlier this year (14). Garfield is adamant interference by studio bosses was to blame as they altered the course of the film by cutting out too much material.
He tells The Daily Beast, "I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it - because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related - once you start removing things and saying, 'No, that doesn't work', then the thread is broken, and it's hard to go with the flow of the story. "Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they're the tent-poles, so you have to answer to those people."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell flat with critics and fans, but proved a hit at the international box office by bringing in more than $708 million (£416 million) worldwide.
Veteran nature TV broadcaster Sir David Attenborough hopes to fulfil a lifelong ambition by tracking down the Yeti. The 88-year-old Brit has been making wildlife shows for the BBC since the 1950s and his groundbreaking work has earned him a slew of awards, including three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) honours and two Primetime Emmy nominations.
During his career he has travelled across the globe to show viewers the most obscure species on the planet, but there is still one mysterious beast he is keen to find.
Attenborough, brother of revered British actor Richard Attenborough, who died last month (Aug14), says, "I wouldn't mind finding the Abominable Snowman. I don't say I necessarily believe in it. I'm saying that there is evidence. A set of huge teeth from a giant ape were found in the 1920s."
The Yeti is believed to be a massive ape-like creature inhabiting the Himalayan mountains in Nepal.
Actress Jessica Alba turned her back on the Christian church she attended as a teen because elders didn't approve of her crush on a bisexual dancer. The Sin City beauty was raised a Catholic but converted to Evangelicalism, where she quickly realised she didn't agree with the Church's firm stance on homosexuality and premarital sex.
In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Alba recalls upsetting her friends and leaders in the Christian youth group she was involved in as a teenager.
She reveals, "It was very twisted. I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on... I guess he was a drag queen. He was bisexual and a ballerina, and this was while I was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont.
"We used to go to this gay club and I'd dance with him all night, four nights a week. I was so in love with him and thought, 'There's no way this guy's going to hell,' because in my church, it was, 'Anybody who's gay is going to hell' and 'Premarital sex is evil', and I thought, 'There’s no chance! This guy is amazing!' So that went right out the window."
Alba has previously stated that her experience in both churches led her to abandon organised religion all together in favour of a more spiritual experience.
Twin Peaks director David Lynch fears he upset Kanye West by turning down the chance to take charge of the rapper's Blood On The Leaves video. The moviemaker, who directed a recent Duran Duran concert film, tells the Daily Beast he met with West after raving about the rap star's song in an interview and the odd couple discussed a video collaboration for the track.
He says, "I was going to do the music video for Blood on the Leaves, but it never happened. I didn't come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye's a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that's what brought us together, but I couldn't come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us.
"I feel I let him down a little bit."
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As much as we love Disney songs, we can't help but hold in even higher esteem Disney song parodies. A variety of cartoons, like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Critic, have given us particularly favortable, irreverent send-ups of our favorite just-a-bit-too-earnest classics from Walt's canon. Here are a few of the funniest, most clever, and all around catchiest Disney song parodies.
"See My Vest"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of: "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: High. Mr. Burns embracing the classic Disney showstopper to celebrate his love of animal furs is terrific macabre comedy.
"I Need a Jew"
From: Family Guy A Parody of: "When You Wish Upon a Star" from PinocchioDegree of Genius: Admittedly pretty clever, considering the fact that it's one long joke about Jewish stereotypes.
"Beauty and King Dork"
From: The CriticA Parody of: The title song from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: It's a quick one, but the inclusion of singing dust busters, a Mork and Mindy reference, and Jay Sherman's attempts to cover up the embarrassing lyrics make for one of the best gags on the list.
"Just the Same Old Heroine"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Just Across the River Bend" from PocahontasDegree of Genius: Yes, it's a show directed at children, but it is easily the most biting, articulate satires of the Disney formula of the lot.
"Duff Beer for You, Duff Beer for Me"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of:"It's a Small World"Degree of Genius: Well, it does accurately capture how horrifying and haunting that song is.
"The Surprises in Life"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Circle of Life" from The Lion KingDegree of Genius: As much a chronicling of man's inevitable existential crises as it is a Disney song parody, this one is just as likely to make you cry as it is to make you laugh. Deep stuff.
"It's a Wonderful Day for Pie"
From: Family GuyA Parody of: Disney schmaltz in generalDegree of Genius: Catchy, but not quite up to par with the likes of its peers.
From: The South Park movieA Parody of: "Part of Your World" from The Little MermaidDegree of Genius: True, this is a far looser parody than the others on the list, but Trey Parker and Matt Stone nail the tone and style of the Disney "I Want" number in general. And it's sung by Satan, so that makes things all the sweeter.
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British actress Sheridan Smith has been thanked by police for helping officers deal with an escaped cow. The Quartet star was driving in her car in Lincolnshire, England when she found an escaped bull blocking the road, so she called the emergency services to capture the animal.
Smith wrote in posts on Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14), "Did my bit for nature today, there was a bullock... on the loose so I pulled my car across the road to stop traffic hitting it... rang police & the farmer & after a long chase the lovely beast was finally home & dry. Ahhh village life eh (sic)?!"
Local police officers posed for photos with the actress following the incident and wrote in a message to the star, "Thanks for your help I don't think he was happy being caught though (sic)."
Rocker Bret Michaels is preparing to bid farewell to two of his longtime bandmates when they perform together for the last time in Virginia on Thursday night (14Aug14). Dirty Ray and Lucky Chucky will bow out of the Poison frontman's solo tour line-up after a decade on the road with Michaels.
In a post on his website on Thursday afternoon, the singer writes, "Tonight’s show for me will be a very Bittersweet moment as two of my best friends and solo band members Bassist Dirty Ray and Drummer Lucky Chucky will exit as best of friends to pursue personal ventures and have helped to find their replacements Bad Boy Bart on Bass and The Manimal Magic Mike half man half beast on the drums.
"Ray and Chuck will be missed and are always considered my great friends. Thanks for over ten awesome years playing music, touring together and helping me continue to make music and living my dream. Rock on my brothers!
"I have chosen my home state of Pennsylvania to kick off the first show with (replacements) Bad Boy Bart and Manimal Magic Mike."
The two new band members will make their debut with Michaels in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday (15Aug14).
"He is nearing six months. We did just take him to the doctor, and he's an enormous child. He's in the 95 percentile for height and weight. So I've got a beast on my hands." New mum Megan Fox reveals her son Bodhi is a big boy for his age.
Rapper A$Ap Rocky is set to release a documentary chronicling his time as the opening act for Rihanna's Diamonds Tour last year (13).
The five-part series, titled SVDDXNLY (Suddenly), will premiere on website Noisey.vice.com on 5 August (14) and will feature appearances from Drake, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
Director and producer David Laven tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He's been on a rapid rise, and it's kind of the thing about the film title - it may not be so straightforward, but he rose to fame overnight."
"Literally, two days in (to filming)... Rocky was just like, 'Can you guys just stay with us the whole tour?'... We came back and started editing, and this seven-minute piece we were going to make turned into an hour-long film."
The series will also include songs from the hip-hop star's upcoming instrumental album Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).