Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker has risked the wrath of TV bosses by confirming rumours he is set to return to the sci-fi show for the highly-anticipated 50th anniversary special. The Day Of The Doctor episode will mark 50 years since the cult sci-fi show first hit the small screen and it will feature the final appearance of outgoing Time Lord Matt Smith and the introduction of his replacement, Peter Capaldi.
Former Doctor David Tennant will also make an appearance, and now Baker has revealed he is also set to return to the show.
He tells Huffingtonpost.com, "I am in the special. I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I'm telling you straightaway (sic)."
Baker calls his return to the franchise "the high spot" of his career and the "loveliest professional experience" of his life.
BBC bosses behind the TV special have gone to great lengths to keep the plot secret, and a representative for the corporation refused to confirm or deny Baker's return, saying, "Anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain."
Baker was the fourth Doctor Who and played the role from 1974 to 1981.
The Day Of The Doctor airs in the U.K. on 23 November (13) and it will be broadcast in 76 other countries simultaneously to avoid plot leaks. It will also be beamed straight into cinemas in a number of countries.
Jennifer Lawrence was hospitalised this week (beg18Nov13) after suffering a mystery stomach pain. The Oscar-winning actress was a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (20Nov13) and confirmed she had cancelled several public appearances due to health concerns over a persistent pain in her abdomen.
On Monday (18Nov13), the illness forced her to skip the afterparty of the Los Angeles premiere of her new film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, though no details of her ailment were revealed at the time.
Lawrence described her symptoms in graphic detail to the TV host, saying, "I thought I had an ulcer, but it turns out it was a 'fulcer'. I went to the emergency room... I just had this really bad pain for, like, three weeks. And you know you can only s**t your pants so many times a day before you go to the emergency room, before you're like, 'I need to go to the hospital'."
Lawrence did not give any further details about her illness or a diagnosis.
Britney Spears' ex-fiance Jason Trawick is dating The Hunger Games actress Leven Rambin, according to U.S. report. The Toxic hitmaker and her former agent called off their engagement in January (13) after three years together, and now Trawick has moved on with another blonde bombshell.
The 41 year old has been seen getting close to the 23-year-old actress, and sources confirm to Us Weekly that they are a couple.
Rambin, who played Glimmer in the blockbuster, has even posted several photos of the duo cosying up on Twitter.com.
Spears is currently dating David Lucado.
Celebrity illusionist David Blaine had rapper Kanye West, Woody Harrelson and Will Smith and his family recoiling in horror during a U.S. TV special after putting an ice pick through his hand without drawing blood. The magician took his show to celebrities' homes and performed mind-bending tricks right in front of them, and one particular stunt had West, Harrelson, the Smiths and Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul speechless.
At the start of the David Blaine: Real or Magic show, which aired on Tuesday night (19Nov13), the illusionist had West and Harrelson's stomachs churning as he slowly stuck a sharp pick through his hand, with the end of the blade poking out through the other side - much to his celebrity fans' shock. He then asked West to pull out the ice pick and examine his uninjured hand for himself, as Harrelson looked on.
Blaine repeated the same stunt with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith as their children, Willow and Jaden, watched intently, while he did it again with Cranston and Paul - and they were all left stunned.
Later in the programme, Blaine showed the trick to a doctor, who expressed his amazement at the illusion and joked that there was a "simple explanation" to the cause: "He has no blood running through his veins!"
However, Blaine admitted that not every ice pick trick has gone to plan after working on the stunt for 10 years.
He confessed, "I brushed a nerve the other day and my hand was like, frozen for three days."
During the TV special, Blaine also had germaphobe director Woody Allen averting his eyes as he downed a glass of water and swallowed two goldfish - only to bring them back up hours later, alive and well.
He also surprised Katy Perry by producing a small alligator out of her empty purse, and played card tricks on Harrison Ford, pop star Psy, actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudekis, among others.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Adam Levine's ego took a hit almost immediately after he was named People magazine's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive, because his fiancee Behati Prinsloo found the new title hilarious. The Maroon 5 frontman was officially unveiled as the successor to Channing Tatum on Tuesday (19Nov13), but he admits not everyone was impressed with his latest honour.
He reveals he casually broke the news to Victoria's Secret lingerie model Prinsloo by asking her out on a date, saying, "Hey, how ya doing? Let's go to dinner tonight. And People magazine says I'm the Sexiest Man Alive.'"
But her response wasn't quite what he had expected: "(She reacted with) laughter, a lot of laughter. She's keeping me humble."
Levine admits he is determined not the let the high praise go to his head, and he knows his friends and family will be helping to keep his feet on the ground by constantly poking fun at him.
He says, "It's hard to talk about it because you feel like you owe it to be kind of self-deprecating about it because it is an iconic thing, but also silly. I'm not going to comment on anything other than it's really flattering and I feel lucky...
"It's going to hit me when I'm constantly the butt of every joke every friend and family member makes for the next 20 years of my life, but I'm ready to handle it all."
Others named on the annual 'hot list' include singers Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Luke Bryan, soccer star and model David Beckham, actors Idris Elba and Chris Pine and Jennifer Aniston's fiance, Justin Theroux.
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson had to be put on vocal rest after sneezing and rupturing a vocal cord. The Modern Family star was forced to rearrange his filming schedule to nurse the injury, which set him back $2,000 (GBP1,333).
He tells U.S. late night host David Letterman, "It's so weird, I was on set and I stifled a sneeze and I haemorrhaged a vocal cord... I had to go to the EMT (emergency medical technician) and he scoped, they put a little camera on the end and they can see any part of your body while you're awake, and it's terrifying, and I had what Adele had, when she was on vocal rest for two months.
"They're like, 'You have got to be on vocal rest for at least a week...' and I was in the middle of shooting. I had to rearrange my whole schedule. I had this pad of paper... (and) I wrote (husband) Justin (Mikita) all these notes.
"The bill came in from the EMT doctor and it was a $2,000 sneeze. I went a whole week without talking and it drove me crazy, it was torture."
British singer Craig David has cut back on his punishing exercise routine after admitting he became hooked on lifting weights and working out. The Fill Me In hitmaker became fitness focused after moving from Britain to Miami, Florida and shocked fans last year (12) after posting a picture on Twitter.com of his excessively muscly body.
The star has now admitted he took his obsession with staying healthy too far and explains how his memories of being an overweight child drove him to work harder in the gym.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I took the exercise to the extreme. I wanted to see how ripped I could get. I wanted to prove to no one else but myself that I could take it that far.
"I was religious with the exercise. You can get addicted after a while and it became a big part of my life. I did it because it was a mission I needed to complete. I was trying to prove to the fat kid I was that I could take it to the extreme the other way.
"I'm comfortable with my body now. I never wanted to be a bodybuilder, I was just trying to get to my goal weight. You can't be like that all the time, it makes you lethargic and tired. It's not healthy. But I never want to be that fat kid again. It was not good for my self-esteem or my health."
The hat worn by Michael Jackson during the most-watched TV special in history has sold at auction for $5,760 (£3,840). The late King of Pop sported the black fedora while he performed his hit track Billie Jean on a televised show to celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo performer in New York in 2001. The programme pulled in 450 million viewers worldwide.
The item was one of 17 items put up for sale by the Thriller hitmaker's friend, producer David Gest, at Fieldings auction house in England on Saturday (16Nov13). The sale raised a total of $45,000 (£30,000).
Jennifer Hudson's son made an unscheduled cameo appearance in her new movie by sneaking into a shot without permission. The singer/actress recently revealed her little boy David, four, makes a brief appearance in her holiday movie musical Black Nativity, and now she has admitted he wasn't meant to be in the film at all.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He kind of snuck (sic) into the shot and ended up just sitting there, and the camera was rolling, and it's like now you can't move, now you're on the clock... He saw the movie and he's like, 'That's it? Where's the rest of my shots?'"
Hudson also struggled to explain the concept of her onscreen son to David, adding, "(He) doesn't get the concept of me having another son in the film. He'll say, 'No, mommy, I'm your son. That's not your son.' He's only four so he's still trying to grasp all that."