A Noel Gallagher interview inspired Metallica star Lars Ulrich to quit cocaine. The rocker, a longtime Oasis fan, began to realise his drug of choice was no longer cool when Gallagher opened up about his decision to quit a decade ago - and he vowed to stop using on the spot.
Ulrich tells Britain's The Mirror, "In the early days, I'd always get drunk way faster than the other guys and I realised that if there was a little bit of cocaine involved I could stay up longer, instead of ending up face down in the corner, passed out three hours before the party ended.
"I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it. Then, about 10 years ago, I read an interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he said, 'I just stopped doing cocaine'. I thought that was really cool. It felt so fresh, so honest, so pure - I love that side of him. I've never had an addictive personality, so I woke up one day and said, 'Enough'."
Not so much the party animal these days, the drummer, who is the face of Danish beer companies Carlsberg and Gammel Dansk, admits he's not actually a big beer drinker.
Speaking before Metallica's recent Glastonbury headlining slot, he said, "Afterwards, yes, I'll have a drink. Champagne, maybe tequila, vodka. I like clear drinks; I don't really do beer."
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Action man Dwayne Johnson spent more than three hours in the make-up chair every day, having the hair from a yak's testicles carefully stuck to his face for his new role as Greek demigod Hercules.
The Scorpion King star reveals he had to undergo a lengthy styling process before filming each day to make him look like the mythical hero director Brett Ratner had envisioned for the movie, but he made a surprising discovery one morning, when he enquired about where the hair had come from.
The typically clean-shaven actor says, "The beard hair... had to be put on, strips cut, inch high, quarter inch wide, piece by piece. I asked my Italian designer, I said, 'Matteo, what is this?' He goes, 'Oh, it's the hair from a yak'. It's very expensive, very fine hair... He was putting it on my face and I go, 'Well, what part (of the yak)?' and he goes, 'The testicles!'"
But Johnson confesses he was a big fan of the beard hair, adding, "It's the softest!"
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me failed because producers refused to build up anticipation for the show with a national tour, according to star Saul Williams. The production, based on Shakur's music, closed on Sunday (20Jul14) after just six weeks, and Williams, who played the lead character John, insists producer Eric Gold always knew the show would fail on the New York stage.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "They (producers) wanted that Broadway stamp. This is the cost of that stamp... When you do something fresh and new, you're going to face obstacles and I promise you this story isn't over."
Williams claims critics failed to get how important the musical was: "There's actually a generic response when I don't think critics realise they're playing into the hands of something that runs deeper than how this made you feel. I am speaking to that American race psyche; that thing that Harry Belafonte said to me after he saw the play, which is, 'You took an Afrocentric-themed play and placed it on a Eurocentric stage. The problems you'll face are larger than you think'."
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Singer/actress Demi Lovato has signed on as the new spokesmodel for footwear brand Skechers.
The Skyscraper hitmaker, 21, will follow in the footsteps of fellow former Disney stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears by fronting the company's new marketing and social media campaigns until 2016.
Celebrating the deal, Lovato says, "My generation grew up with Skechers, and now with all of their cool styles and fun colours, I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand's campaign with my Lovatics (fans)!"
Lily Allen is convinced the singles from her third album Sheezus flopped because they were not "good enough".
The Smile hitmaker reached the number one spot in the U.K. music charts with her comeback album in May (14) but the record dropped out of the top 40 after just 10 weeks, and her singles have seen little success with her most recent release, URL Badman, entering the countdown at number 93.
Allen previously admitted Sheezus did not match the success of her earlier albums, but blamed the poor performance on unwise single choices by her record label executives.
The pop star has now confessed the flop may be down to the quality of the music, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Maybe the songs aren't good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can't wait to get back into the studio."
She also blamed her team and her hormones, adding, "I put my trust in other people, which I don't usually do. I usually go with my own gut feeling but maybe I wasn't feeling as confident as I have in the past because of all the hormones."
"The first thing I came back with was Hard Out Here and that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn't put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. I thought it did really well and then management and the label chose to go with Air Balloon and I just think starting with something really aggressive and in your face and then going in a different direction... people need to know what they are getting."
Hollywood actor Zac Efron jumped from a cliff and completed a sky dive while filming a new adventure show with Bear Grylls.
The Paperboy star teamed up with the Brit to take part in his latest series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and he was filmed carrying out a number of adrenaline-fuelled stunts for the show.
In one scene, Efron and Grylls are seen stripping off their shirts to scale a cliff face in New York's Catskill Mountains, while the actor is also filmed jumping from a plane.
Grylls says of his co-star, "We reached out to him and he kindly said he was a fan of the show and that he was in 120 per cent. He asked for the biggest, baddest adventure and it was an honor to oblige."
Running Wild With Bear Grylls featuring Efron airs in the U.S. on 28 July (14).
The Script frontman Danny O'donoghue filed a sexual assault complaint against a concertgoer who grabbed his genitals during a show. The Irish singer was performing in Brussels, Belgium last year (13) when he ventured into the audience during a song, and he was so disturbed by a fan grabbing his genitals that he filed a complaint against him.
He tells Britain's Sun on Sunday, "This guy went right under and properly grabbed by balls. So all I could think of doing was turning round and punching him in the face... I felt that my life was in danger.
"His friends started to come at me, it was a big deal... Luckily, the security got them all back... He started saying he was going to call police so I filed a complaint to say the bloke sexually assaulted me and I just reacted."
Teenage actor Jake T. Austin is facing a hit-and-run charge after his vehicle was involved in a four-car accident. The former Wizards of Waverly Place star's Audi allegedly smashed into three parked cars in Sherman Oaks, California in November (13) and the passengers were not present when police arrived on the scene.
At the time, it was not known if Austin, real name Jake Austin Szymanski, was directly involved in the crash but he was listed as the legal owner of the Audi.
The 19-year-old actor, now starring in TV series The Fosters, has been charged with one count of misdemeanour hit-and-run, according to a report by TMZ.com.
If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a fine.
Backstreet Boys star Brian Littrell is nursing cuts and bruises after injuring himself on stage. The pop group is currently touring Europe, and the singer has revealed he hurt himself during a show this week (beg14Jul14) when he walked into a projection screen on stage.
Littrell shared a picture of his face covered in cuts, and added in a message on Instagram.com, "Ok I jacked my head pretty good the other night... Lights went out and BANG!!! Right into the low hanging screen... Saw some stars for a bit... Or maybe I was in a cage match... That sounds better... Haha..."
British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been unveiled as the new face of Paige Denim. The beauty also hinted at plans to design items for the jeans company by sharing a note on her Instagram.com page which read, "Thrilled to be the new face of @paigedenim can't wait to #LIVEINIT #STAYTUNED #PROJECTINTHEWORKS (sic)".