Actress Jennifer Connelly refused to use a fake syringe for a grisly scene in new drama Shelter and insisted on injecting herself for real. The Wimbledon star was working alongside her husband Paul Bettany in the movie about a homeless couple on the streets of New York, and she decided not to hold back when depicting her character's drug use.
Connelly joined a New York needle exchange program to research the role, and she kept hold of some working syringes to use in the scene.
When it came time to shoot the moment, Connelly refused a retractable needle provided by the props department and plunged the real syringe into her hand, drawing blood.
Bettany tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "She's a card-carrying member of the New York needle exchange program... There's no one I have ever worked with who's as fastidious as my wife. The contract between us seemed to be that she would give me absolutely everything and I would protect her."
Bettany, who directed the movie, originally starred alongside his wife, but he decided to remove himself from the cast to concentrate on his work behind the camera.
Northern Irish pop star Nadine Coyle is still officially a member of Girls Aloud as she flatly refused to sign any paperwork disbanding the group. The Promise hitmakers stunned fans in 2013 when they announced they were over just hours after performing the final show of their 10-year anniversary tour in Liverpool, England.
Now Coyle has recalled how she had no idea her fellow singers wanted to end the group and was having her hair and make-up done in preparation for the gig when she was told the shocking news.
However, she was so angry about the decision that she refused to sign a press release or any other paperwork on behalf of the group formalising their split.
She tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror: "I didn't want the band to end, it was as simple as that. I didn't think we were going to end... And then, on the very last night of the tour, our management and publicist came up to me and said the girls wanted to split up the band. I was thinking, 'What?'
"I was in hair and make-up about to get into my costume, and the show was starting in 20 minutes. I was shocked. I went back to my make-up lady and told her, and was like, 'F**k! I don't have a job! What am I going to do?' I screamed and cried on stage and off stage. I was really dramatic for about 15 minutes and then I was over it again...
"I didn't feel it (splitting) was the right thing to do. I didn't want to put my name to anything to do with it.
"So I said, 'If you want to write this (formal split agreement) from these four, write it from these four but I'm taking no part of it.' I never signed it, so technically I'm still in Girls Aloud. I'm a one man band! I need holograms made up of them so I can go back out on stage in 30 years time..."
Actor Anthony Daniels told Star Wars producers he would only return as character C3P0 if he could get back in the robot's famous golden suit. Daniels, who played the character in the original 1970s and 1980s films, was approached by director J.J. Abrams who offered him a role in the new installment, Star Wars: Episode VII.
However, Abrams originally offered Daniels a voice only part, which he turned down.
Daniels tells Entertainment Weekly, "When J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said was 'Would you be interested being in the film just doing the voice?' I said, 'No.' And he said, 'Right!' He knew I'd say that. There's no way I'd just do the voice."
Daniels was quick to criticise the computer-generated version of C3P0 which appeared in the prequel films released between 1999 and 2005, and insists he would rather step into the suit himself, adding, "It wasn't very good. In fact, I'm going to say it was awful. One of the difficulties is with a character that you know and love so well is that as a member of the audience you go, 'Oh no, that's not right. No he doesn't move like that'. With me, he's always going to move the same way and have the same reactions. With CGI, you're working with some brilliant person on the keyboard who is trying to pretend to be me."
Daniels will be seen in the golden suit when the movie hits screens next December (15) "with changes that you will never notice that made my life easier."
Against Me! star Laura Jane Grace appears to have unmasked Slipknot's latest recruit by attacking him on Twitter.com. The heavy rockers have refused to identify Joey Jordison's replacement in the band, but it has been widely reported the new drummer is Jay Weinberg, the son of longtime Bruce Springsteen sidekick Max Weinberg.
And now Grace appears to have confirmed the news in a tirade about her former bandmate, who quit Against Me! in late 2012.
In a tweet on Thursday (18Sep14), she wrote, "Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #s**tbag."
Grace previously recalled the drummer's departure, insisting she still has no idea why he quit.
She said, "I woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving. I have never talked to him since."
Retired Olympian Johnny Weir is facing a new lawsuit from his estranged husband amid allegations of defamation. The former U.S. figure skater has been locked in a bitter court fight with entertainment lawyer Victor Voronov since filing for divorce in February (14), and now his ex has stepped up his legal battle.
Voronov claims Weir has been spreading lies about him, highlighting one interview he conducted with U.S. news show Access Hollywood earlier this year (14), when he alleged, "(Voronov) asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense, and when I refused, the altercation between us started."
The plaintiff insists Weir's accusation amounts to attempted rape, reports TMZ.com.
He is also taking issue with a text Weir allegedly sent to a friend, accusing Voronov of carrying a sexually transmitted disease.
Voronov has denied both accusations and is now demanding unspecified damages for hurting his reputation.
Actress Marisa Tomei had a nightmare drive from a sheep farm in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts with a lamb she was planning to slaughter and eat. The Oscar winner was vacationing off the coast of Cape Cod after a Broadway run earlier this year (14) when she befriended a local chef and told him of her dream to watch him create one of his signature dishes from start to finish.
The My Cousin Vinny star explains, "We went to his cousin's farm and they (lambs) were in a nice, beautiful pasture, humanely raised, but when we got there we realised we had taken my car to pick up the lamb, instead of the pick-up truck... We had to get in my car and I had to drive this poor little lamb sitting behind me."
But Tomei refused to bond with the creature and went through with her plan to be involved in its death: "I held the lamb down... It didn't have an adverse effect on me... It was delicious."
Tomei's lamb tale hasn't impressed activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who have added the actress to their list of celebrity targets.
PETA's senior vice president of communications, Lisa Lange, tells WENN, "What an ugly thing it is to take pride in feeling nothing after causing the death of a young animal. Although Marisa Tomei's delight in her deadly deed is shocking, it is also rare in a time when most people are waking up to the fact that animals value their lives as much as we do ours."
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Actress Octavia Spencer is a lifelong fan of Keanu Reeves after he unexpectedly gave her a helping hand when she was left stranded in her car just after arriving in Los Angeles.
The Oscar winner moved from her native Alabama to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting, and when she was on her way to one of her first auditions, she was dealt an untimely blow when her car broke down on one of Los Angeles' busiest streets.
She recalled the incident to U.S. TV personality Meredith Vieira on her talk show on Wednesday (17Sep14), saying, "No one would help me because my car was so dirty - I had been parking my car underneath a tree so birds were just having a field day all over my car and I never washed. It wasn't until Keanu Reeves came by. He was on a motorcycle, wearing his motorcycle helmet and sunglasses and I didn't recognise it was him when he pulled over. And he was like, 'Hey, do you need some help?'"
Spencer was planning on having the Matrix star get in the car while she pushed it to the side of the road, but he refused and pushed the car himself. She said, "I was so mortified. I was like, 'Oh no, hes gonna touch my car!'. And I was looking terrible, I had a shirt with holes (in it), I wasn't wearing any underwear. So to this day, I go to his movie every opening weekend, because that was a sweet thing to do. But I will never remind him of that moment because when I say I was looking foul, I don't want that memory to come back (to him)."
Last night we attended an event for The Maze Runner at 92nd Street Y and our ears are still ringing. The turnout for the event was amazing, which leads us to believe that this film is about two seconds away from taking off and casting these actors into stardom (farther than some of them already are). 92Y got a great collection of the cast, along with author James Dashner, in the house last night for a panel discussion, screenings of exclusive clips, a Q&A, and even a fan meet and greet afterwards!
1. The film already has a huge following.
Like we said, there was an awesome turnout last night! The house was absolutely packed at 7:30 when the event started. The place was teeming with fans, who were beyond excited to see the exclusive clips and hear what the cast and author had to say.
2. In that following, there are a lot of screaming, happy (crying) teenage fans.
Last night, you couldn’t even hear Matt Patches (the panel moderator) announcing some of the cast members (poor Alex Flores) when Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Jacob Latimore were brought on stage. People were screaming so loud, it was a little frightening for us. We can’t imagine how the actors felt!
3. The Cast is already like family.
And it’s not in the corny way some actors try to say “we really bonded while filming this movie and everyone’s best friends now!” You could tell, just from watching them together on stage, that they work as a unit. Everyone gets along and laughs together. They were even finishing each other’s thoughts on stage.
4. There is room for growth for all of the characters.
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Usually fans aren’t particularly fond of changing characters appearances, personalities, or importance in a film, but TMR gets it right. Jacob Latimore’s character, Jeff, is a much smaller part in the books, but director Wes Ball expanded on this character, which allowed for Latimore to integrate himself into the group and really develop his sense of who his character was, and why Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) entering the maze was important. We also see a great deal of change in the way the character Gally (Will Poulter) is portrayed.
5. James Dashner is super cool with changing things.
As a writer, Dashner said he knows that taking a book directly from the page and turning it into a movie just doesn’t work. You can’t argue the book’s creator on that.
6. Every change that was made, was a very thought out and deliberate process to make this film an incredible experience for fans.
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Wes would call or email Dashner over every change he was making, it didn’t matter how big a change it was. Wes had this entire world in which the glade and the maze existed, but he wanted to make sure that it matched up with what the fans were expecting
7. The director has all of the book fans in mind.
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Every change that was made, was made with fans in mind. Which we think is what will really make this film appealing to not only just the fans of the books, but audiences interested in this dystopian future genre that is bursting onto the scene. People love when their opinions are taken into consideration and they feed off of what they’re given. If Wes continues down this road with the potential sequel, we’re sure this series will reach a huge magnitude of people.
8. It’s an amazing cast.
This really is a great group of young, talented actors put together. Will Poulter (who we missed very much last night) as Gally is mind-blowing, because you’ve never seen a side of Will so fierce and aggressive before. Kaya Scodelario is the only female (Theresa) in this film, but refused to play it like that, because her cast mates never made her feel like a girl, and she wasn’t going to take that crap from any of the gladers. Chris Sheffeild’s banishment scene as Ben is enough to really make you take him seriously as an actor, because it’s intense and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.
9.The series has a really strong, talented lead actor.
Dylan O’Brien really wow’d us in this role. He’s brought Thomas, this very intelligent and inquisitive character, to life in ways we could have only dreamed of. As an actor, he’s quite clearly taken on the leadership role amongst his cast mates, that his character Thomas has done in the glade. This is a role completely outside of his other work, very unlike his character Stiles on Teen Wolf. We think he knocked it right out of the park
10. The sequel might already be in the works!
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Rumors have been flying that 20th Century Fox was already putting the sequel, The Scorch Trials (we're unsure if it will be the same name for the film) into motion. James Dashner was asked what some of his future plans were, and while he mentioned his upcoming books, when asked about any future things related to The Maze Runner, he replied “No comment,” with the biggest smile ever. You know that’s always a good sign.
The police sergeant caught up in actress Daniele Watts' detention drama last week (11Sep14) insists a recording of his encounter with the Django Unchained star will help him prove she's making "malicious and false statements" about himself and fellow officers. Watts and her boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas, were apprehended by police following reports suggesting the couple had been spotted indecently exposing themselves in their car in Studio City, California.
Angry Watts refused to hand over identification and began walking away. She was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
Lucas told TMZ.com on Monday (15Sep14) that he and Watts have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers, as Los Angeles police officials launched an internal investigation.
But now Sgt. Jim Parker has opened up about the incident, revealing he recorded what went down - and it will prove that he and his fellow officers did nothing wrong.
Sgt. Parker insists he had no intention of arresting "people having sex in the car" when he was called to the scene, adding, "No one wants to arrest anybody... She (Watts) starts making a fuss, and quite frankly I don't need to see her ID but she does have to ID herself."
The officer refused to confront Watts or chase after her as she walked away, and instead called on a nearby female cop to apprehend her.
Sgt. Parker tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I've been here before, I'm not touching her. I don't want to be accused of anything. So I requested a female officer and said, 'Hey guys, grab that female on the phone and bring her back to me'.
"I'm thinking, 'God, it's taking a long time to bring her back to me'. They said, 'She's being difficult'. They have her handcuffed, because that's what they do. It's too far to walk, so they drove her back. And I said, 'You have to give me your ID or tell me your name'. She's crying."
Watts told CNN on Monday that the LAPD officers "accosted me and forced me into handcuffs', and insisted the cops suggested she had done "something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place".
She also accused the police of disrespecting her.
But Sgt. Parker insists his recording will prove the police officers did nothing wrong, adding, "She had no idea I was recording. So I asked her, 'Why are you in handcuffs? He's (Lucas) been here this whole time not in handcuffs. Tell me if someone has been disrespectful'.
"Police officers can record surreptitiously without consent. The other officers also had their recording on. It helps the police department. (Without it) the three of us (police officers) would be relieved of duty right now."
Barbra Streisand is planning to one day write a memoir so she can set the record straight about her reputation as a diva. The iconic singer/actress has refused several offers to open up about her career in the world of showbusiness in print, but she admits penning an autobiography may be the only way she can clear up unfounded rumours about her personal and professional life, including allegations of her tardiness and her demanding behaviour.
The 72 year old made the revelation on Monday (15Sep14), during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in over 50 years, after new host Jimmy Fallon quipped, "I was afraid that you were coming here today and I was afraid that you were gonna become more of a nightmare. I gotta be honest, I thought a diva was gonna come in..."
Responding to the comments, Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, said, "That's why I wrote a song with John Mellencamp called Don't Believe What You Read. Please guys...
"Divas were opera singers... You know, I'm quite ordinary. I'm quite simple, normal, we lead a very simple life, we don't really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time or we take little trips. We take little trips in our truck...
"That's why I'm gonna write a book because I swear to God, these myths are so far-fetched."