Sir Paul McCartney's cell phone was hacked into "for years" by a private detective working on behalf of disgraced British tabloid the News of the World, a court heard on Friday (01Nov13). The Beatles legend was first targeted in 2002, as his relationship with Heather Mills progressed towards marriage, and the surveillance continued until at least 2004, a jury at London's Old Bailey was told.
Prosecution lawyer Andrew Edis QC told the court, "Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were the subject of phone hacking for years. I refer you back to the wedding ring story in 2002. (The newspaper was) still hacking (in 2004)."
The sensational allegation has come in the first week of the high-profile 'phone hacking' trial arising out of the scandal that closed the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid in 2011.
It is alleged some senior staff at the newspaper commissioned a private investigator to access cell phones of the rich and famous to listen to their voicemail messages.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, and six other former Murdoch staff are on trial over the scandal.
They deny all charges. The trial continues.
Composer Hans Zimmer and director Marc Webb have formed a supergroup to help them score The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Pharrell Williams recently revealed he is working with Zimmer on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and now it has been revealed that Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and Dave Stewart will help create music for the film.
A statement from Zimmer, reads, "Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man, and, as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man.
"With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, 'Why not start a band?' Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve."
Zimmer previously teamed up with Williams for the Man of Steel blockbuster, while former The Smiths star Marr was among the musicians Zimmer collaborated with on the soundtrack for Inception.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is set to hit theatres in 2014.
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
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Where we left off: Dana ran off with Leo, her more-than-slightly-off-kilter boyfriend, and made us even more annoyed with her, Saul was boring in CIA world and did a horrible job explaining why we should care about the missing money, and it was revealed that Carrie is a double agent (yup, things finally started getting interesting).
"The Yoga Play"In this episode, Dana finally gets a clue about life, Saul is basically hoisted out of the CIA, and after almost blowing her double agent cover, Carrie is kidnapped. Unfortunately, while the mini-recap makes it seem as if super exciting things happened, it was a pretty basic and blasé episode overall.
Coming into this episode, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered. Most importantly, how far back does the double agent plotline go? Right away Saul loops Quinn into the mission and tells him that it goes as far back as the senate hearing where Carrie was interrogated and Saul threw her under the bus... so, pretty far back. While it would be easy to explain the whole mission by just saying that Carrie is a great actress and put herself through hell for over a month for the CIA (you know, the department that hates her), it makes the first four episodes seem like a complete wash. Did we really just watch four episodes that don’t mean much to the future plot because it was all a rouse to get Carrie to the real plot? It's just a little annoying that Carrie pretended to be a pariah for a good portion of the season, and slightly unrealistic that she went to such depths to achieve the goal.
For the majority of the episode, Carrie enacts a decoy mission called "The Yoga Play" that she uses to get away from her surveillance so that she can help Jessica find Dana. She calls Max (Virgil's brother) and confirms that they’re meeting up for "yoga." Then she goes to the yoga studio, exits through the back, and Max and Virgil pick her up and take her to talk with the FBI agent that is in charge of watching over Dana. The problem: why is over half of the episode focused on Carrie helping the Brody family? It just doesn't make logical sense. Why would she risk her cover as a double agent just to make sure that Dana is safe? For all the talk about Carrie being a great spy, moves like this one make you wonder how good she actually is. It seems like her spy technique is 90 percent rashness and 10 percent whatever they teach you at the CIA.
But because Homeland is not entirely fantastical, there are repercussions to Carrie potentially blowing her cover. At the end of the episode, Carrie is kidnapped by two men who take her to meet with Majid Javadi (the man who the whole double agent act was for). However, the plan was for Javadi to come out of the woodwork to speak with Carrie, not for Javadi to realize that he was in a trap. The last line of the episode is Javadi saying to Carrie: "You're in good shape. Must be all that yoga." Was Carrie’s cover blown during her "yoga plan" to help find Dana? Because if it was, she is royally screwed.
As for Saul and Dana, Saul is told during a hunting trip that he's not going to officially became the director of the CIA (the senator that interrogated Carrie is getting the nomination), and Dana finally realizes what a creep Leo is (he killed his brother) and ends their "romantic" getaway. (Dana's storyline is one step away from being the most annoying thing ever.)
Highlight of the episode: The awesome Romeo and Juliet reference: "You know how Romeo and Juliet ends, don’t you?" – Carrie (a.k.a Claire Danes, who played Juliet in the 1996 adaptation of the play).
The second highlight: Chris was in the episode for an entire five seconds.
Upset of the episode: Still no Brody.
Nick Searcy, the veteran actor, is a busy, busy man when not on the set of Justified, where he plays Art Mullen. More often than not, you can find him on Twitter, and he is just brutal on there. He'll happily spend all day on there putting those who do not agree with his viewpoints in their place.
He's a big fan of Rush Limbaugh and he's also claimed the late Andrew Breitbart as an influence, 'allowing him to be himself.'
So now he sits at his pulpit on Twitter, where even his handle sounds exasperated (@YesNickSearcy), daring anyone to challenge his viewpoints on Obama. He'll deride anyone who won't use their real name on the site, instantly dismissing what they have to say. His reasoning there is that he puts his own name out in public, why shouldn't the people that would debate him.
Here's a sample:@YesNickSearcy: Ezra, your job is to protect Obama at all costs from hateful people like me. Sycophant @joanwalsh understands this. @ezraklein @instapundit
His language can often be salty and sometimes even not fit to print, but by God, he'll say what's on his mind, and he doesn't care if he hurts your feelings while saying it.
To show that it's not all bad, he'll send a good portion of those Tweeters to his site Acting School With Nick Searcy, which has a compilation of YouTube videos that supposedly highlight the aspects of Hollywood. In them, he plays a hyper-exaggerated version of himself. He does things like pretend to use his adopted children as props for goodwill and also argues with a fan who is in a wheelchair about a parking space.
Even if you don't agree with his viewpoints, it is pretty darn entertaining to watch his Tweet stream.
A new graphic novel about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will debut in Italy as part of the 10th anniversary of the country's Rolling Stone magazine. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker's Dark Horse Comics/Panini Comics collaboration, The Fifth Beatle, will hit shelves next week (beg28Oct13), three weeks before its official release date in mid-November (13).
The graphic novel chronicles the early years of the Beatles, seen through the eyes of their manager Epstein, and follows the band's success story to the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Fifth Beatle will be available outside Italy on 19 November in a hardcover, oversized library format.
Actor Ethan Hawke is in talks to reunite with director Andrew Niccol for the third time on a new action thriller. The Before Sunrise star has been tapped to star in the currently-untitled movie as a drone pilot who begins to question his role in the fight against Taliban terrorists as he operates the unmanned aircraft remotely from Las Vegas.
Production is due to begin in February (14), reports Deadline.com.
Hawke and Niccol have previously tasted success together working on 1997's Gattaca and 2005's Lord of War.
If you caught the premiere, or even the promotional material, for The Walking Dead's fourth season, then you know a bit about the year to come. The main takeaways: there's a whole new community of Woodburians living amongst the original troupe in the jail. They're operating under the rule of a democratic council. Rick, a part of said council, is losing his mind. But all that hits the fan when there's a breach.
The episode closes with a hint of said breach — one of the new youths falls dead inside the jail after suffering from what was assumed to be stress-induced nausea, but is in truth presumably the same infection that killed good ol' Carl's recently deceased pet pig. All the while, missions to town cost the group a plucky teenager, Michonne strategizes where to find the missing Governor, and Rick is provoked (by a wanton woman struggling to survive in the woods) to wonder whether or not he can truly recover from all of the things he's done and experienced.
As is the function of most season premieres, Sunday night's hour serves primarily as set-up: both for the state of affairs at the prison, the courses of action being cooked up by certain individuals therein, and the internal struggles suffered by others. So is any of it promising?
GOOD SIGNS-We're cracking the shell of Michonne. As she hones in on the Governor in her decidedly militaristic fashion, we also see her make fun of Daryl and bond with Carl over a mutual love of comic books.-Speaking of Daryl, a one-off conversation with a now-deceased camp-mate asserts that we might learn (or at least explore) a little bit more about who he was before the outbreak. Is homicide detective really out of the question?-Carol, on a steady incline from her defeated position circa Season 1, is secretly teaching the young camp residents about weapons and survivalism. Assuredly, and against Rick's rules.
BAD SIGNS-The emotional and psychological struggle exhibited by Rick, via his encounter with a woman broken over the loss of her husband, isn't much new for Walking Dead. It's not a complete miss, but it doesn't bring anything to the table that feels like we haven't gone through it before. But maybe that's the point — exhausting redundancy does feel like a sentiment you'd undertake during the zombie apocalypse.-Perhaps one of our graphic novel-literate readers can enlighten us unto this: if the camp has been compromised, then does this mean the entire community will hit the road together? Seems like a heavy mass to carry. And if not, why bother having introduced this whole town if only to discard them so quickly? And that leads into the biggest problem:-Too... many... characters.
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British actors Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt have ended their engagement after seven years together. The stars began dating in 2006 after they were both cast in U.K. sci-fi series Primeval, and Potts proposed to the former S Club 7 singer-turned-actor in December, 2008.
However, Potts reveals the couple has since parted ways.
Taking to his Twitter.com blog on Monday (07Oct13), he writes, "Just to put an end to speculation, Hannah & I decided earlier this year to go our separate ways. We thanku 4 (sic) your support over the years x".
Hollywood producer A.c. Lyles has died, aged 95. Lyles, whose full name was Andrew Craddock Lyles Jr., passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday (27Sep13).
The filmmaker began working for a Paramount-owned theatre in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida when he was 10 years old.
He eventually made his way to California, where he started working in the studio's mailroom and worked his way up to become a publicist and producer.
His screen credits include Young Fury (1965), Waco (1966) and most recently, U.S. TV series Deadwood, which aired on the HBO network from 2004 to 2006.