Michael Douglas, Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench are among more than 200 stars who have come together to support a new drive to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. BBC historian Dan Snow has put together a letter signed by hundreds of celebrities backing the 'No' campaign ahead of the Scottish referendum vote on independence in September (14).
A giant copy of the note was unveiled in London on Thursday (07Aug14), and is set to go on a tour of the rest of the United Kingdom countries so English, Welsh and Northern Irish members of the public can add their names to the star-studded list.
Snow says, "We think it is the most extraordinary list that has ever been compiled in modern British political history. It has taken my breath away."
Other celebrities to sign the list include Helena Bonham-Carter, Sir Patrick Stewart, Steve Coogan and Simon Cowell.
The Avengers co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston will show off their modelling skills when they walk the runway at a charity fashion show in London next month (Jun14). Jackson is set to host The One For The Boys Fashion Ball at the city's Natural History Museum to raise money for a male cancer charity, and he will also model designer clothing along with Hiddleston, Simon Pegg, funnyman David Walliams, and Welsh actor Luke Evans.
The stars will show off designs from fashion houses including Fendi and Alexander McQueen on the catwalk.
Jackson, who is a spokesman for the One For The Boys charity, says, "The One For The Boys Fashion Ball is a 'Blue Steel' inspired fashion moment. Myself, campaign ambassadors, supporters and nominated individuals will take to the catwalk, modelling fashions donated by top designers to raise awareness of male cancers within the fashion world."
The gala, which also features a fundraising silent auction, takes place on 15 June (14).
Fresh Meat does for college what The Inbetweeners does for high school. This British comedy brings together a random hodgepodge of college students and puts them into a dilapidated house. What follow are the awkward, funny, and heartwarming memories that come with freshman year at university.
A random group of freshers at Manchester Medlock University move into a house because they can’t live in the dorms. Josie (Kimberley Nixon) is an unshakably optimistic, heavy drinking Welsh dental student. She makes the mistake of sleeping with roommate JP (Jack Whitehall), a privileged, pompous douche. Meanwhile, she really likes Kingsley (Joe Thomas), who bears a striking resemblance to Thomas’ character Simon in The Inbetweeners. Meanwhile, Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie), a rich poseur, keeps trying to get the respect of Vod (Zawe Ashton), a hardcore party girl with an anti-establishment edge.
Fresh Meat brings a cross-section of the U.K. with kids from different parts of the country and wildly different backgrounds. Their misadventures range from misguided class choices, sexual mishaps, and general poor choices. The ensemble’s chemistry is naturally endearing and entertaining. The humor really writes itself. They all bring unique perspectives that feed each other. What follows is an addictive comedy you can't help but binge watch.
Thomas has proved his comedic abilities before and doesn’t disappoint despite playing a very similar character. Nixon’s Josie is equally endearing, annoying, and bizarrely hilarious. Whitehall has found a way to inject heart into a character who is loathsome yet insanely funny.
Fresh Meat has the brutal honesty about young adulthood of Skins, the offbeat humor you’d expect from British comedy, and the stupid mistakes you remember or will forget about college. Series 1 and 2 are available on Hulu.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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The stars, along with George Clooney's girlfriend Stacy Keibler and Kelly Osbourne, have been linked to the posts in recent weeks, and on Tuesday (16Oct12) the co-presenters were confirmed.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, the reality TV star writes, "The rumors are true... I will be hosting TheXFactorUSA this season!!! SO excited!"
She later took to her blog and added, "I'm a huge fan of the show, so I literally fell over in my chair when I heard that I was being considered for the role.
"The show already has such an incredible panel of judges and it is truly an honor to have been given this opportunity to work with them. I'm thrilled, overjoyed and of course a little nervous about this new step in my career, and I can't wait to get started. Wish me luck!"
Lopez adds, "Looking forward to working with SimonCowell and the rest of the amazing team."
Britney Spears, who features as a judge on the show alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, declared, "Welcome to TheXFactorUSA team, KhloeKardashian and MarioLopezExtra - so excited to have you as co-hosts!"
The stars replace Welsh presenter Steve Jones, who was fired from the series after the first season.
The second season of the talent show debuted last month (Sep12) with a series of audition episodes, while the live programmes are set to be broadcast from 1 November (12).
The Welsh star was rumoured to be leaving the series after failing to impress viewers following the first series of the talent competition last year (11).
Show boss Simon Cowell spoke out midway through the series to insist Jones' job was safe, stating, "There is a lot of speculation about Steve Jones leaving the show. To avoid any confusion, Steve will be hosting all of the live shows and he's doing a great job."
But it has now been revealed he has been dropped ahead of the second season later this year (12).
In a message on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show."
He's not the first British star to be dropped from the line-up - singer Cheryl Cole was axed from the judging panel at the start of last series to make way for Nicole Scherzinger.
The series has already seen the departure of one British star, Cheryl Cole, who exited the judging panel to be replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Jones was rumoured to be the next to leave, but Cowell is adamant reports of a reshuffle are untrue.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "There is a lot of speculation about Steve Jones leaving the show. To avoid any confusion, Steve will be hosting all of the live shows and he's doing a great job."
The Welsh TV presenter, who is currently hosting the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's hit series The X Factor, shot a pre-recorded chat for Piers Morgan Tonight in September (11).
Subsequent reports suggested Jones had stormed off angrily mid-way through the interview after Morgan began quizzing the hunk about his Lothario reputation.
Jones fuelled the rumours by writing on his Twitter.com page, "For the record I'm not ashamed to admit I stormed off Piers Morgan Tonight. His line of questing (sic) was highly offensive."
The CNN show aired on Thursday night (06Oct11) and it has now emerged the feud was one big joke - as the interview drew to a close, Jones asked Morgan, "Can I ask you a huge favour? I've always wanted to do this, and I've seen it done on this show before. Can I storm off? You've got to offend me first... let's say my hair's stupid or something."
The former newspaper editor then ridiculed his guest over the size of his manhood, leading to Jones jokingly putting his earpiece on the desk, saying, "Do you know what? Do you think I haven't got better things to do than sit around here?"
He then walked off as Morgan laughed at his exit.
Jones, who is currently hosting the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's hit show The X Factor, shot a pre-recorded chat for CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight earlier this week (beg26Sep11).
However, the segment turned nasty when the former newspaper editor started quizzing Jones on his Lothario reputation, prompting the presenter to walk away mid-interview. The chat is due to air on Friday (30Sep11).
Jones, who previously dated Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, writes on his Twitter.com page, "For the record I'm not ashamed to admit I stormed off Piers Morgan tonight. His line of questing (sic) was highly offensive. You judge this Friday."
However, fans were confused by the update after Morgan gave his own side of the story - insisting he was the one who called time on the interview.
Morgan writes, "Had him thrown off my set yesterday for lewd conduct."
The British pop star, who sat on the judging panel of the U.K. version of the series, was picked to front the new U.S. sister show with Cowell, Paula Abdul and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, but was subsequently dropped and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger when she failed to impress TV bosses. It later emerged Cole had been given the chance to return to the U.K. show, but turned it down.
Cole left after filming two audition episodes in the U.S., and Cowell has now confirmed the footage will be included when The X Factor hits the small screen later in the year (11).
He tells Access Hollywood, "Yeah, you're gonna see her on the show."
Cowell also reveals Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger, who was initially hired to host the show with Welsh star Steve Jones, was the only choice as a replacement, adding, "What else are we gonna do? She (Scherzinger) would've killed me if I'd a chosen anyone else. I literally would have been killed."