Former Lostprophets stars would have killed frontman Ian Watkins if they had realised he was a child molester. Watkins, 36, was convicted of a catalogue of sickening abuse last year (13), including the attempted rape of a baby, and he was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for his crimes.
His bandmates initially hoped the allegations were "all a mistake", but they were horrified when Watkins pleaded guilty, and now they have insisted they would have reacted violently if they had known about the singer's abuse before he was arrested.
Guitarist Lee Gaze tells BBC Newsbeat, "How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such a thing to five people who have eight children? You just wouldn't because they would be killed on the spot."
He went on to add that the rest of the band had grown so distant from Watkins that he believes they would have split up regardless of the abuse case, adding, "He was doing his own thing. That just grew worse over the years, the more he was using drugs. He could be in the same city as me and I wouldn't hang out with him, even if we weren't playing shows."
Lostprophets split in the aftermath of Watkins' arrest, and the five remaining bandmates - Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - formed a new group, No Devotion.
British pop star Rita Ora had to wear an earpiece while filming the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie as she kept forgetting her lines. The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker is ready to make her big-screen debut, but she hasn't quite got to grips with learning her lines.
She was so stressed out by the process, which required her to maintain an American accent, that she had a stooge feeding the lines into her ear before she said them.
Ora, who stars as Mia Grey in the highly anticipated erotic drama, tells Access Hollywood, "It was incredibly difficult. I had to have someone in my ear telling me what to say before I said it. I was so nervous that I forgot everything I had learned."
Luckily co-star Dakota Johnson was on-hand to help Ora out, with the pop star explaining, "She's a great friend of mine and she really eased me. She was really nice to take care of me."
A homeless man who broke into a U.S. TV studio wielding a knife has been sent for mental evaluation after an outburst in court. Andre Johnson was arrested for assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing earlier this month (Jul14) after he gained access to the Good Morning America studio in New York City and allegedly threatened presenter Michael Strahan.
Johnson was indicted for felony attempted assault at Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (28Jul14) but the proceedings were halted when Johnson launched into a tirade against his legal team.
He yelled, "I want a new lawyer! This lady's against me! She's part of the Illuminati!... There's a war against me, ma'am. Obama was elected to defend us. This is some bulls**t, man!"
According to the New York Daily News, the judge ordered a mental evaluation and Johnson is scheduled to return to court on 15 September (14).
Actor Chris Pratt hit the NASCAR race circuit in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday (27Jul14) after he was invited to drive the pace car for The Brickyard 400. The Lego Movie star was the guest of honour at the big race, also known as The John Wayne Walding 400, and admitted it was a "dream come true" to be asked to get behind the wheel of the safety vehicle, which leads the first few laps of the race as drivers build up their circuit speed.
Pratt even got the chance to meet and have a picture taken with racing champ Jimmie Johnson, and it appears the experience has turned the movie star into a new NASCAR fan.
He tells the Associated Press, "I can't believe it's taken me 35 years to see NASCAR in person. This is unbelievable. I am seriously hooked."
Jeff Gordon raced to victory to claim his record fifth Brickyard 400 title, days before he turns 43.
Action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson bought out three San Diego, California movie theatres on Thursday (24Jul14) to treat fans attending the city's Comic-Con event to an early screening of his new movie Hercules.
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For whatever reason, there's been a flood of sword and sandal epics charging toward the screen. But Brett Ratner's Hercules, already the second film starring the mythical demi-god to be released this year, is the best of the lot. Unsurprisingly, this feature lacks the polish and ambition of the year's weightier blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the sublime Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But what it lacks in ambition, it makes up for in pure thrills.
It's been years since Hercules completed his mythical labors, and stories of his gallantry have spread far across Greece, which benefits Herc and his merry band of mercenaries just fine since a résumé that can double as a child's bedtime story is worth its weight in gold. But when King Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) enlists Hercules to end a rebellion that threatens to send his city into chaos, a quest that has the untrained Thracian soldiers whispering nervously of monsters, beasts, and an evil sorcerer, the mighty son of Zeus might not have the gods on his side.
Who knew a film by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson would have more than two brain cells to mush together? Hercules boasts a narrative that's all about the power of mythmaking; it examines the way legends grow, spread, balloon, and deflate, and takes the classic Hercules story in unexpected directions in a nicely subversive, clever way.
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The Rock's brawny good looks do the Greco-Roman demi-god his due justice, and the hulking hero's physique looks like a supreme feat of nature (and the gym). But even through the muscles and leather armor, Johnson's natural charisma shines through. While The Rock is the centerpiece of the film, the true highlights are his supporting cast of heroes, who fire off expertly loaded quips when necessary. The standout here is Ian McShane's soothsaying Amphiaraus, whose quest to meet his fate often requires standing right in the way of flaming spears. The jokes sometimes feel anachronistically modern, but they mesh well enough into a story that's wholly uninterested in adhering to classic representations of ancient Greecian myths.
Hercules is by no measure a great film. Hell, I'd even be cautious to call it a good film. The suspect CGI and cheesy costumes break the spell all too often, but it's such a cheerfully ridiculous take on Hercules myth that it's nearly irresistible. The film is knowingly doofy and hits every rung of the standard action adventure, but does so with such a spirited commitment to the material and swashbuckling sense of fun, it's hard not to buy into its legend.
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This weekend, you have two choices in the way of fantastical, action-packed blockbusters. On the one hand, you have something from the old stockyards: Brett Ratner's Hercules, a light-hearted take on the Ancient Greek myth about the epitome of alpha-male machismo (with, appropriately, Dwayne Johnson playing the lead). On the other, we have something rather new: the limit-pushing Lucy, which draws ideas from the most progressive of quantum theories and packs them into a Scarlett Johansson shoot-'em-up. Surely there is room enough in our summer movie schedule for these heroes of past and future glory, respectively. But when faced off against one another, which comes out the champion?
POWERS AND ABILITIES
Hercules' super strength, while mighty impressive in its own right, pales in comparison to everything Lucy's got going on in her rapidly evolving brain. Things kick off with simple tricks like mind-reading and telekinesis... but pretty soon (without spoiling anything), Lucy's abilities get far more expansive.
We never really get to know much about Lucy. She likes her club music and loves her mom, but what else do we have to sink our teeth into? But there's no anonymity with Hercules, with whom we're all familiar enough thanks to our sixth grade English teachers.
The Rock has charisma, sure, and sold a few laughs in Michael Bay's supreme Pain & Gain. But Johansson is a bona fide actor, capable of charm and chills alike. Although she's not giving a performance at the caliber of Lost in Translation or Her in Lucy, she's still adept in every sequence.
Hercules is all about believing in yourself, standing up for what's right, sticking by your friends, making your own destiny... all that . Lucy is essentially about the meaninglessness of human existence. Less fun.
BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS
Even with the benefit of its familiar source material and likable central star, Hercules is predicted to suffer at the hands of ScarJo's Lucy.
MOST IMPORTANLY, HOW ARE THE MOVIES?
Both good, neither great. We'd give Lucy the edge for originality and Luc Besson's superior visual flair, although Hercules' spirit is indelibly more inviting. Check out our reviews for Hercules and Lucy, and sound off below with your own votes.
The reality is (there's) burly men you don't know three feet from your face... It's all sexual acrobatics." Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan admits his sex scenes with co-star Dakota Johnson are anything but erotic. The highly-anticipated film's steamy trailer was released on Thursday (24Jul14).
Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.