Downton Abbey producers have assured fans Dame Maggie Smith is to keep her place in the cast after rumours suggested the veteran actress will make an exit during the show's fifth season. The 79 year old plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the popular period drama, and recent reports suggested Smith had grown tired of the gruelling work schedule and decided to make the upcoming fifth series her last.
However, executive producer Gareth Neame is adamant Smith has no plans to quit, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Maggie Smith will be in the show as long as she wants to do it. She'll be back this coming season. She's a huge part of the show, and I think she enjoys doing it. I think it's remarkable for someone who's had such a long and illustrious career to be still delivering work of this calibre."
Basketball legend Bill Russell has issued a public apology after it was revealed he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun through airport security in Seattle, Washington last week. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced on Saturday (19Oct13) that the former Boston Celtics icon, 79, was taken into custody by police at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday night (16Oct13) for having a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson handgun in his hand luggage.
The firearm, which he had a permit for, was confiscated and he was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area.
He was subsequently released and now Russell has released a statement to say sorry for the "mistake".
The statement reads: "Before boarding my flight from Seattle to Boston, I had accidentally left a legal firearm in my bag. I apologise and truly regret the mistake.
"I was issued a citation by the TSA, whose agents couldn't have been more thorough and professional when dealing with this. I really appreciate their efforts to keep air travel safe."
Russell would have been allowed to keep his weapon if he had packed the gun unloaded in his checked baggage.
In addition to the citation, Russell faces a fine of up to $7,500 (£5,000).
Well, they can't all be perfect. No, I'm not talking about bachelorette parties with sky high expectations, or reunions with college flames, or even d**ks. (Though, apparently, Nick Miller boasts a "prize hog," so some things can be perfect beyond reason). Rather, New Girl episodes can't all be perfect. Sad, but true, especially considering the show's recent track record.
While Tuesday night's new — albeit, out of chronological order — episode "Bachelorette Party" wasn't a bad episode, per se, it wasn't up to snuff with the episodes from the past few weeks. That's largely because Nick and Jess weren't the center of attention, Winston and Schmidt were off doing their own things (well, Schmidt was... Winston was basically a prop), and the focus was on the show's least interesting character, Cece. To be fair, Cece works when she's interacting with Schmidt or Jess, but the storyline about her and her fiancé Shivrang (Satya Bhabha) is just so uninspired. Sort of like their relationship.
Jess threw Cece the surprise bachelorette party of her dreams, which turned out to be something of a nightmare when her guests (a mixture of models, one lawyer, and Jess' very pregnant lesbian gynocologist friend) don't mesh, Cece's fiancé Shivrang's conservative Indian aunt tags along and judges the lot, the stripper Alfredo breaks down in tears, and the bride-to-be admits that she is freaked out that she hasn't seen her future husband's manhood.
The whole thing, like their upcoming marriage, feels incredibly rushed. Why is Cece getting married so quickly? (Probably to avoid overthinking what a mistake this will be, no?) Why does she suddenly care so much about seeing Shivrang's penis? Even her fight with Jess happens out of nowherem and is resolved in record time, allowing Cece to ask Jess to be her maid of honor. Cece just as quickly reconciles with Shivrang, declaring their "love" a leap of faith and her willingness to jump blindly into the great unknown with her new mate. Granted, they have to get all this stuff out in time for Cece and Shivrang's wedding to take place during the Season 2 finale... but who are they kidding? It's all about Nick and Jess this season.
An on that topic, Nick and Jess don't have much screen time together in "Bachelorette Party." Still, Jake Johnson earns his keep as MVP. Nick pulls out the old Dead Dad Pass to wear his late father's yellow track suit, which makes him look like both a "homeless pencil" and "Jane Lynch," but hey, the DDP trumps all! ... Except for when Jess tries to ask him for a favor (apparently, doing favors for the girl you love will override the DDP) to get a photo of Shivrang's penis for an upset Cece. Instead, Winston (who has taken Nick's place as the crazed wild card of the bunch) sends a pick of Nick's d**k. Jess has now seen Nick's d**k (and is impressed) ... can we please just get back to these two and their sexual tension again?
And, yes, of course, Nick and Jess are the couple we've been rooting for to get together for a long time running, but am I crazy for wanting Schmidt to get back together with his old college girlfriend Elizabeth, who we meet in this episode, rather than reuniting with Cece? Schmidt reconnects with her after her desperately tried to get a girlfriend in time to have a plus one to Cece's wedding.
Instantly, I like Elizabeth. I like how she knows Schmidt is only at her door because he needed something, I like how she calls him on his s**t for the mean stuff her did to her in their relationship when he got thin. And I like how she makes him the happiest we've seen him in ages by forcing him to eat a pizza. Schmidt could use someone as grounded as Elizabeth, and he seems to become his old self (no, not just Fat Schmidt) around her. I hope he really does take her on a date, not to Cece's wedding, but a proper one. She seems to bring out the good side in Schmidt. Not even Cece could do that.
"Bachelorette Party" has a few moments that warrant genuine laughter ("Cream cheese in bulk?!"), and showsNew Girl's continual progress and amazing self-awareness as a network sitcom (Nick and Winston wonder how Schmidt just instinctively knows to find and bother them at the bar). But overall, it just doesn't even come close to the calibre of recent eps like "Chicago" and "Quick Hardening Caulk." Even worse, the four friends are still all split up from each other. Can't we get the original gang back together before the season comes to a close? Especially now that Winston is a full-blown kook who blows raspberries on people's bellies and sets trash cans on fire. (You're welcome, Lamorne Morris).
Speaking of memorable moments and lines in an otherwise unmemorable, and rather disappointing episode, here are the rest that make "Bachelorette Party" worthwhile:
- "I'm Gerard Depardieu! Who do you think I am lady? I'm Schmidt!" - Schmidt, making a good first impression with Cece's future in-laws.
- Winston's failed attempted to "kidnap" Shivrang, by actually trying to kidnap him instead of just get him away from the girls' party. (He brought a bat! Winston is crazy!)
- Schmidt being upset that a lady would throw his advances back at him "like a comedy pie."
- Nick pulling the DDP no less than a dozen times throughout the episode. (Not to mention claiming he has recently been "one-half orphaned"). If only he could have used it in college when he had to watch Schmidt and Elizabeth make out in their dorm.
- "When you question my pajama sets, you question our friendship!"- Jess' cry to Cece.
- The fact that Schmidt noticed Alfredo the stripper was crying in the elevator, which means Schmidt knows Alfredo the stripper.
- "Hello, Jew"- Nadia getting reacquainted with Schmidt.
- "Welcome home, melted cheese"- Schmidt, getting reacquainted with pizza.
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The model shots, taken by Joseph Jasgur, are among the items that will be going under the hammer at the Julien's Auctions event, which runs from 1 to 4 December (11).
The lots also include a letter the aspiring star wrote to her foster mother, Grace Goddard, to describe her first meeting with U.S. Army photographer David Conover, who helped launch the 19-year-old icon-to-be's modeling career. The eight-page letter gives insight on Norma Jeane's marriage to Jimmie Dougherty and her hopes of a better career.
The letter is expected to fetch up to $50,000 (£31,250).
A spokesman for Julien's tells WENN, "With encouragement from Conover, Monroe took steps to join the Blue Book Modeling Agency where she met photographer Joseph Jasgur who took numerous photographs of the 19-year-old. These photographs and copyrights become available for the very first time and the complete archive and early image copyrights will be sold exclusively at this auction event. The settings for the photographs range from high atop buildings in Los Angeles to Zuma Beach."
Other highlights at the auction include the Nolan Miller signature black and red gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Poker Alice, a collection of costumes and props from the 2000 blockbuster film The Grinch, Sean Connery's 007 Walther-PPK .38 calibre pistol from Never Say Never Again and costumes from the cult film The Big Lebowski.
Tearaway British royal Prince Harry has been getting advice from an unlikely
Source--Hollywood hellraiser Russell Crowe.
The pair have become pen pals, and Oscar-winner Crowe has defended the
battering Harry's antics have got him in the press.
The actor explains, "Harry wrote to me a while back so I do know the calibre
of the bloke. He'd been invited to the premiere of my film Master and Commander
and couldn't make it.
"He apologized but said he'd seen the movie and loved it. It was a pleasant
letter from a charming young man.
"He even signed it off with "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" (The anthem of the
English rugby team) and I thought, 'You little b**tard, I like you a lot.'"
He had particular support for the redhead royal after he was snapped wearing
a Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party--provoking outrage in Britain.
Crowe says, "Harry shouldn't have been attacked in the way he was. I know
what that symbol stands for--we all do--and I know over the decades we have
neutralized any power it had.
"It was a private party and he should be able to dress up in any way he
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