A woman who has accused veteran British soap star Bill Roache of sexual assault was warned about the Coronation Street actor's alleged behaviour by one of his TV castmates, a court has heard. Roache, who has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street for more than 53 years, is currently on trial following allegations relating to a series of sex attacks dating back to the 1960s.
One of the alleged victims took the witness stand at Preston Crown Court in England last week (ends17Jan14), and testified that she was 14 when Roache groped her after arranging for her and her sister to visit the soap opera set at Granada Studios in Manchester.
During cross-examination on Monday (20Jan14), she claimed that his one-time co-star, the late Peter Adamson, had called the 81 year old a "cockroach" and made a telling comment about the actor.
Referring to Adamson's onscreen character, she recalled, "It was Len Fairclough (Adamson) that made the (cockroach) comment. Because when he said it, he looked directly at him (Roache) and he looked at us and said, 'You want to keep your eye on him, he will lead you astray' and he called him 'cockroach'. Len Fairclough said that he would lead us astray..."
Adamson starred on Coronation Street from 1961 to 1983, and died in 2002.
Roache has denied two counts of rape and five charges of indecent assault.
His TV co-stars Anne Kirkbride, who plays his character's longtime partner Deirdre Barlow on the soap, Chris Gascoyne and Helen Worth are all expected to be called as witnesses for the defence.
The trial continues.
Veteran British soap star Bill Roache assaulted a young woman in a restroom at the ITV network studios where he was based, a U.K. court has heard. Roache, who has starred in hit TV drama Coronation Street for 53 years, is accused of a series of sex attacks dating back to the 1960s.
His trial began at Preston Crown Court in England on Tuesday (14Jan13) and the jury was told not to confuse the star, who is being tried under his full name of William Roache, with his beloved onscreen character Ken Barlow.
The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, told jurors, "You may feel in one sense you know the defendant, Mr. Roache. He is well known as an actor who for many years has played the part of Ken Barlow in Coronation Street.
"But of course, this is not the fictional character of Ken Barlow in court. It is a real person, William Roache, who is on trial. You must separate the fictional character from the real person."
The court heard that Roache is facing two allegations of raping a teenage girl in 1967, and five charges of indecently assaulting four females, aged between 12 and 16, from 1965 to 1968.
One of the incidents is said to have taken place in a bathroom at TV network ITV.
Roache's co-stars, Anne Kirkbride, who plays his character's longtime partner Deirdre Barlow on the soap, his on-screen son Chris Gascoyne, and actress Helen Worth, are all expected to be called as witnesses for the defence.
Roache denies all seven charges.
The trial continues.
Sir Paul McCartney's new video for Queenie Eye has debuted online with features from an array of stars, who appear as ghosts in the studio as the former Beatle records the track at Abbey Road Studios in London. Johnny Depp appears seated at the feet of McCartney's piano, listening to the tune on his headphones, while his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss dances on the instrument as the room fills up with celebrities.
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Sean Penn, Gary Barlow, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Jude Law all soak up the atmosphere in the fabled studio space, while British funnyman James Corden can't contain himself as he dances around.
Last week, E! News reported that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were reuniting for Paul McCartney's newest music video "Queenie Eye." Though the couple (who dated from 1994-1998) never share a shot together, they do share the screen with a ton of other celebrities. Check out the video below and see if you can count the famous faces… it's next to impossible to get them all on the first try.
After a few viewings (and a few google searches), I counted 17 in total, though it's definitely possible there are more. Check below the video for all the celebs we spotted:
1. Depp2. Moss3. Meryl Streep4. Tom Ford5. Alice Eve6. Lily Cole7. Jude Law8. Sean Penn9. Chris Pine10. James Corden11. Jeremy Irons12. Gary Barlow13. Tamara Rojo14. Laura Bailey15. Tracey Ullman16. Sir Peter Blake17. Jack Savoretti
Phew, seriously, only Paul McCartney could pull this one off.
While McCartney has a history of using famous faces in his videos, such as Natalie Portman in "My Valentine," "Queenie Eye" goes to a whole new level in including celebrities from around the world. And while the the video is definitely impressive, it's special for reasons other than the wall–to–wall stars. Filmed in London's Abbey Road studios, the video is also where The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" was recorded.
Though the star-studded grouping is already intriguing fans to watch, the song "Queenie Eye" will probably be a hit in its own right. The single, which is the first to be released from Paul McCartney's latest album New, has all the makings of becoming our favorite fall tune. And hey, there's no argument here, the 71-year-old has still got it.
Be sure the check out New which landed in stores Oct. 15, and listen for "Queenie Eye" on your favorite station, it won't take too long before it gets stuck in your head.
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British pop star Gary Barlow played one of the smallest shows of his career at the weekend (06-07Jul13) - he performed for 25 couples at a tiny venue in Surrey, south-east England as part of a charity auction prize. The Take That singer raised $959,468 (£619,012) for the Children in Need organisation in November (12) by selling off the one-off experience.
British singer Gary Barlow is celebrating after helping to raise $1.6 million (£1 million) for charity by driving the length of Britain in a pink Rolls-Royce. The Take That star joined former D:Ream keyboardist Brian Cox, radio DJ Chris Evans, and Top Gear co-host James May to travel from the most southwestward tip of the U.K. - Land's End in Cornwall, England - to the most northerly point of mainland Scotland, John O'Groats.
The foursome set out on Thursday (18Apr13) in a garish pink car, modelled on Thunderbirds puppet Lady Penelope's vehicle in the classic show, and they completed the 600-mile (965-kilometre) trek on Friday morning (19Apr13). The stunt was in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
After completing the feat, the four stars logged on to a joint Twitter.com account, telling fans, "We did it. Thanks for all your support."
British singer Gary Barlow has hit the road in a pink Rolls-Royce to drive the length of the U.K. in a bid to raise $1.6 million (£1 million) for charity. The Take That star is behind the wheel of the 'Fab1' vehicle, modelled on Lady Penelope's pink car in classic puppet show Thunderbirds, which he will help drive from the most southwestward tip of the U.K. - Land's End in Cornwall, England - to the most northerly point of mainland Scotland, John O'Groats.
The road trip, dubbed the FAB1 Million challenge, began on Thursday (18Apr13) and aims to raise $1.6 million (£1 million) for Breast Cancer Care. Barlow will be joined by D:Ream rocker-turned-scientist Professor Brian Cox, TV/radio presenter Chris Evans and Top Gear co-host James May.
The trip is expected to take around 16 hours to complete.
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The Take That star was approached to replace Simon Cowell on the British version of the programme, but before signing up he reached out to Cole, who served as a judge on the series for three years.
And despite the Girls Aloud singer's warning that being a judge could be "frustrating" and "difficult", Barlow accepted the job.
He tells BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, "Before I took the job on, I had a couple of phone conversations with Cheryl, because I really wanted to know the ins and outs of the show.
"She was brilliant, she really told it me (sic) like the TV company hadn't told it to me. She told me how long the audition days would be, and the frustrating times, and what was difficult and what wasn't.
"She was really offering everything I needed to know so I could really make a decision on whether I wanted to do it or not. It was very sweet of her and I saw her recently, and she's on great form I think."
Cole left the British panel to join the American line-up earlier this year (11), but was axed from the U.S. programme during the audition rounds.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.