Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has publicly pitched a buddy cop movie idea to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in a bid to land a role opposite his wrestling hero. The 25 year old reveals he used to imitate wrestlers as a child to perfect his American accent and now he's become a movie star, he would love to team up with fighter-turned-actor The Rock, even though he openly admits they would make an unlikely pair onscreen.
Radcliffe has even come up with his own idea for a project he hopes the action man would be interested in.
During an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (28Oct14), he explained, "The Rock was always my favourite... and I harbour a not-so-secret desire to somehow find a part for me and Dwayne Johnson to play in the same movie...
"My initial thought was a buddy cop movie about two kind of unlikely partners who are forced to work together and then are bonded by... their love of music... (The film would be) called Siren Song, so we could pitch that (to Johnson)... Wouldn't you like to see me and The Rock do that?"
Turning to the camera, Radcliffe appealed directly to Johnson to get in touch, saying, "So The Rock, if you want to make (this film)...!"
And Radcliffe's enthusiasm for a joint project wouldn't be a surprise for Johnson, because he already knows how big a fan the Brit is of his days in the ring.
The actor added, "He knows I'm a fan 'cause I've had mutual friends who've dressed him on other films and stuff, so I actually have a T-shirt that one of them got him to make me... well they made it, he took the picture... but it's just a T-shirt with a picture of him holding up a sign saying, 'Dan Radcliffe, Number One Fan', which I have, I have that!"
Ac/Dc frontman Brian Johnson has thrown his support behind a U.K. charity supporting dementia patients after the condition forced bandmate Malcolm Young to step down from the group last month (Sep14). The Highway to Hell hitmakers announced in April (14) that the guitarist would be taking a break from the band to concentrate on his health, and in September (14), they revealed the ailing musician would not be returning to the line up due to a mystery illness.
Young's family subsequently confirmed rumours suggesting the veteran rocker is suffering from dementia and now Johnson has been inspired by his old pal's medical struggles to back Britain's Sporting Memories Network, which aims to promote and develop the use of "sporting memories to improve the well-being of older people and helping tackle dementia, depression and social isolation".
Tony Jameson-Allen, the Sporting Memories Network's director, tells Britain's Northern Echo newspaper, "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run by two people to receive a phone call from the singer of a group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide."
Johnson has already shown his support for the organisation by sharing his earliest sporting memories on the charity's website and revealing he wears his trademark flat cap in tribute to his coal miner father and his fellow co-workers, who would often save up to see their local soccer team, Newcastle United.
He recalls, "The ones who could afford it, or didn't have any kids, went to see Newcastle. It wasn't until later on when I think I was about 13 that I first went along and stood in the Gallowgate End (of the stadium). But I never saw a bloody thing! I was too small and I didn't have my cracket with me!"
Wilko Johnson has a fan to thank for his cancer recovery. The rocker declared himself "cured" of pancreatic cancer at Britain's Q Awards last Wednesday (22Oct14), 21 months after he was given just months to live in January last year (13).
He had a tumour removed during an operation in April (14), as well as his spleen, pancreas and parts of his intestines.
He has now been given the all clear, and it appears his health comeback is all thanks to a fan's hunch.
Surgeon and photographer Charlie Chan went to see Johnson live on what was supposed to be his farewell tour last year (13) and was so convinced doctors' pancreatic cancer diagnosis was wrong, he felt compelled to get in touch with his hero and suggest a new course of action.
Chan tells Britain's Gloucestershire Echo newspaper he met Johnson just months after he announced his health crisis to the world and then attended a gig in October, 2013: "Wilko was playing at the KoKo club in Camden and he was looking much better than he had done in July and he'd released an album with Roger Daltrey and I thought, 'What's going on?' I thought that he couldn't have what he thought he did.
"I spoke to some pancreatic experts I know, including Emmanuel Huguet who works at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge. I went back to see Wilko at his home and examined him for three hours and read the background and I just couldn't believe that the diagnosis was right. I asked him if he'd go and see Emmanuel."
Dr. Huguet operated successfully on Wilko in April (14).
Chan adds, "Now Wilko is saying he's cancer-free and that's wonderful. He's planning to get back to recording another album and playing with his band again. And I think he's quite likely to be looking at a normal life expectancy.
"It's a great bonus that tens and hundreds of thousands of music fans will be able to enjoy more of his music, but the important thing is that he'll be around for his family, he has two sons and a three-year-old grandson. I'm just pleased I could help him. As a doctor it's important to do the right thing."
British funnyman Russell Brand has shot down rumours suggesting he is preparing to run for the office of Mayor of London. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, who has become an outspoken political commentator in recent months, hit headlines on Sunday (26Oct14) amid claims he is hoping to succeed current Mayor, Boris Johnson, in 2016 and take over the city's top job.
He even won the support of Johnson, who hailed the actor as "a nice chap" who could "strike a chord" with young voters, even though he admitted the comedian's ideas, including a reversal of the democratic process, would end in "total global chaos".
However, Johnson need not worry - Brand is adamant he has no interest in entering the political arena as a mayoral candidate.
In a pre-taped interview with Britain's XFM radio station, he also takes a jab at Johnson, telling presenter Jon Holmes: "I think we've already got a comedian who's more known for his hair than his policies."
Pressed for a definitive answer about whether he is planning a political run, Brand adds, "Absolutely not. We've already got a comic in the job. If you want a daft comedian running London, just leave things as they are. What I'm interested in is real change."
Brand has previously courted controversy in the U.K. by urging citizens not to vote in elections, while he detailed his reasons for encouraging his fellow countrymen to demand a change to the way the country is run in his new book, Revolution.
Russell Brand's rumoured political bid has won the backing of current London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has hailed the funnyman as "a nice chap" who could "strike a chord" with young voters even though he has the political expertise of a "toaster". The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is rumoured to be considering running for office in 2016 and reports suggest he is eyeing the British capital's top job, which is currently held by Johnson.
The British politician has now declared his support for Brand, but fears the funnyman's ideas, including a reversal of the democratic process, would end in "total global chaos".
He also brands his manifesto "nonsense" and his new book, Revolution, "gibberish", but insists Brand could bring disillusioned youngsters back to the ballot boxes.
In an article for Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, Johnson writes, "Commentators from Left and Right denounce him as a prancing, prinking, pompadoured popinjay; a know-nothing narcissist and Beverly Hills Buddhist who indulges in... rants against capitalism while cheerfully admitting that he 'can't get his head around economics'... (But) he genuinely seems like a nice chap...
"Of course his manifesto is nonsense... What he is calling for... is total global chaos and destruction. It is also true that much of the book consists of gibberish... Yes, it is bilge; but that is not the point. Who cares what he really means or what he really thinks? The crucial thing about Russell Brand is that he seems to be popular - to strike a chord with people...
"Russell Brand may be about as convincing as a political theorist as a toaster made by Russell Hobbs, but he is at least engaging his Left-wing audience with something they can recognise as passion. Alas, I don't have the slightest confidence that he will run for Mayor of London... But I would be thrilled if he did."
Reality TV star Alex Murrel has wed her fiance. Murrel, a former castmember on MTV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, married Kyle Mark Johnson on Saturday (25Oct14) in Malibu, California.
Fellow castmates Taylor Cole and Alex Hooser served as bridesmaids during the ceremony.
Congratulating her friend on Instagram.com, Hooser writes, "Had the most wonderful time this weekend being apart of my best friends wedding! I love you @alexmurrel congrats to you and @kylemarkjohnson herecomethejohnsons."
Cole adds, "It's official! Love you two so much. Thank you for the most beautiful evening. I will always remember how fun it was and how beautiful you looked herecomethejohnsons."
The couple became engaged in July, 2013.
Rocker Wilko Johnson declared himself "cured" of pancreatic cancer at the Q Awards on Wednesday (22Oct14). The former Dr. Feelgood star was given months to live in January last year (13) but defied doctors by lasting longer than their prediction without treatment.
He had a tumour removed during an operation in April (14), as well as his spleen, pancreas and parts of his intestines, and has now been given the all clear.
Johnson made his first public appearance since the surgery at the music award ceremony in London on Wednesday and announced the good news, saying, "It was an 11-hour operation... This tumour weighed three kilograms - that's the size of a baby... Anyway, they got it all. They cured me."
He also thanked his specialist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, explaning, "He runs all the tests again and he says they think that they can do it. And they did it, man. They took this tumour out of me."
Johnson picked up the Icon Award at the prizegiving.
Plucky rocker Wilko Johnson appeared in public on Wednesday (22Oct14) for the first time since undergoing major cancer surgery earlier this year (14) and told fans: "I'm still standing!" The former Dr. Feelgood star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013 but he stunned doctors by refusing treatment and defying their predictions he only had months to live.
In April (14), he underwent a nine-hour operation during which he had the tumour, his spleen, pancreas and parts of his intestines removed, and he has since been recuperating at home.
He appeared at a public event for the first time since the surgery when he attended the Q Awards in London on Wednesday to accept the prestigious Icon honour, and he told the audience, "I was in extra time. I'm still on my feet!"
The big winners at the ceremony were British band Kasabian, who scooped two of the four awards they were up for, taking home Best Live Act and Best Act In The World Today.
Singer Tom Meighan dedicated the former to his father, and when receiving the latter he told the crowd, "Thank you so much! Best act in the world? Honestly? Hell yeah!"
Pop star Ed Sheeran added to his trophy cabinet by taking the Best Solo Artist title, rockers Elbow won Best Album for The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, and Sam Smith was named Best New Act.
Culture Club were handed the Idols honour, Johnny Marr won the inaugural Les Paul Award for influential musicians, and XTC frontman Andy Partridge took the Classic Songwriter trophy.
However, comeback queen Kate Bush was snubbed by organisers - she missed out on gold after making the shortlist for two of the honours, including Best Act In The World.
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best Solo Artist - Ed Sheeran
Best Act In The World Today - Kasabian
Best Album - Elbow, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Best Live Act - Kasabian
Best New Act - Sam Smith
Best Track - Paolo Nutini, Iron Sky
Best Video - Jamie xx, Sleep Sound
Q Icon - Wilko Johnson
Q Idols - Culture Club
Classic Songwriter - XTC's Andy Partridge
Q Hero - The Charlatans
Outstanding Contribution To Music - XL Recordings
Q Inspiration - Simple Minds
Les Paul Award - Johnny Marr
Classic Album - Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon
Innovation Of Sound Award - Jean Michel Jarre
Maverick Award - St Vincent.
Director/producer Sam Mendes is bringing British author Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree children's book series to cinemas. Beloved author Blyton penned the four-novel series between 1939 and 1951 about a group of children and their adventures at the top of a gigantic, magical tree in an enchanted forest.
Skyfall director Mendes will be producing the first live-action big screen adaptation through his company Neal Street Productions.
Marlene Johnson, the head of Blyton's estate, says, "It's a much loved title, so we're very excited to announce we've signed an option agreement for development of The Magic Faraway Tree film with Neal Street Productions.
"Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree and today's news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium."
Blyton died in 1968.
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is reportedly planning to take more than a year off from music to focus on her acting career.
The singer, who found fame in Aussie soap opera Neighbours in 1986, is said to be moving forward with a Hollywood comeback after taking on several small roles in recent years, including a turn in 2012 drama Holy Motors. A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Kylie is desperate for a break from music. This year she's done (U.K. and Australian versions of) The Voice and had an album release and a world tour... She's looking forward to a new start and wants to concentrate on being an actress by securing major movie roles."
Minogue is set to star alongside wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson in action film San Andreas next year (15). She previously appeared in 1994's Street Fighter and Moulin Rouge! in 2001.