Actor Billy Crudup has studio magic to thank for making him sound good as a singer in new movie Rudderless - because he struggled to hit the right notes. The Watchmen star plays a father who forms a band to play his dead son's songs and admits he needed a lot of help to sound good in the film.
He explains, "I went to acting school to learn a trade... You had to learn to sing, to dance, and at the end of three years I was $80,000 in debt and I still can't sing. Fortunately, though, computers have come a long way since then.
"There's a thing called Auto-tune and if your pitch is a little off - or in my case a lot off - it adjusts it a little bit, and I need that help. But I love singing. There's so many times that I hope that somehow I'm struck by the muse and I can now sing, so I'll be in the elevator some times and belt out a note... It still hasn't arrived yet."
Crudup also had to perfect guitar playing in the film - another skill that he has yet to develop.
He adds, "I'm not a good guitar player... This is what I do for a living - I pretend to do things that I can't do... I pretend to have feelings that aren't mine, I wear clothes that I would never wear."
Stars including J.K. Rowling, Geri Halliwell, Laurence Fox, and Richard E. Grant are celebrating after Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K.
Scots went to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) for a ballot on whether to break away from the rest of Britain to become a self-governing nation. More than 55 per cent of voters chose to stay in the union, defeating the independence bid, and celebrities who had previously voiced their support for a 'No' vote took to Twitter.com on Friday (19Sep14) to share their delight after the result was announced.
Harry Potter author Rowling writes, "Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud", Gosford Park star Fox writes, "Morning Scotland. Love you very much", and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg adds, "Referendum result: a new constitutional settlement for U.K. Big thank you to people of Scotland for putting devo (devolution) for England on the agenda."
Former Spice Girls star Halliwell writes, "Thank you Scotland - together we are Great Britain. X", actor Grant tweets, "Huge relief that we continue to be the United Kingdom", and True Blood star Robert Kazinsky adds, "Thank you Scotland, would be sad if one of (my) favorite places on earth was no longer part of my home. Back to the highlands I can go!"
Many of those who supported the 'Yes' campaign are trying to take some positives from the result - actor Alan Cumming writes, "Yes still means something. Please try to remember that. My YES friends", and Simon Pegg adds, "Feel sad for those who campaigned hard for a yes vote. Hopefully some meaningful change will come of this. It was by no means a landslide."
Other stars tweeting their surprise at how the campaign galvanised Scots into voting include Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis. However, one celebrity was left red-faced by the election result - Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez thought the country had voted for independence, tweeting, "And the Scot's vote... Was a Yes!!!"
Actress Kate Hudson keeps her romance with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on track by refusing to spend more than two weeks away from him and planning regular date nights. The Almost Famous star tells the new issue of Women's Health magazine that the couple often jumps on a plane so they can spend a little quality time together, and she never worries about the distance between them.
Hudson says, "We are not that long distance. And we both travel for work. How I make it work is we try not to spend too much time apart. We try not to spend more than two weeks apart.
"When you have kids it kind of goes without saying. You don't want to be away from your kids for more than two weeks. And we travel together... We are lucky to not have to do the real long distance thing.
"To me, I think when women who have children are fighting overseas, that's long distance. And that's very challenging. I really honour those families that do that."
When Hudson and Bellamy are together, they make time for date nights: "We are lucky to be able to have the ability to take time with each other and make sure we have that time with each other. So date nights for us are all over. From a movie, to dinner, to just not leaving our bed, to concerts. We like our dates."
Taylor Swift's pal Ed Sheeran has followed the Love Story singer's lead and opened up about a mystery rival who stole his girlfriend in a new radio interview. In a new Rolling Stone interview, Swift reveals she now tries to avoid an unnamed pop star who attempted to wreck her Red Tour by swiping dancers, and now Sheeran has revealed a fellow Brit, who he thought was a pal, stole his girl, prompting him to pen the song Don't.
Appearing on U.S. shock jock Howard Stern's radio show, Sheeran confirmed that the song is about a girl who cheated on him while they were staying in the same hotel, adding his love rival was a "mate".
He told Stern, "I was just a bit like, 'Erm, not cool, but...' We haven't really spoken since then."
The radio host then pressed his guest for the identity of the friend, asking if it was "the guy from One Direction", prompting Sheeran to respond, "Well, it depends which one you're talking about."
That remark alone sent gossips into overdrive as they suggested the girl in question could have been Ellie Goulding, who briefly dated Niall Horan or Swift, who romanced Harry Styles at the end of 2012.
Sheeran has previously dismissed rumours suggesting that Swift was the ex who became a muse for Don't.
Superstar Beyonce has called her daughter Blue Ivy her "biggest muse" in a touching poem 'remixed' by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Forrest Grander. Bey the Light, which centres on themes of pain and healing, features in CR Fashion Book, a high-fashion magazine founded by former Vogue Paris editor Corine Roitfeld, alongside a photoshoot with the singer.
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Rocker Neil Young has stunned fans by filing for divorce to end his 36-year marriage to wife Pegi.
Young filed divorce papers in California at the end of last month (Jul14) and a hearing is scheduled for 12 December (14). Pegi, who has often performed with her husband, last took the stage with Young at last year's (13) Bridge School Benefit concert, which she co-founded with Young in the mid-1980s.
The couple met when Pegi was working as a waitress at a diner near his California ranch. Inspired by her husband, Pegi has also enjoyed musical success, releasing three solo albums since 2007, and she also served as the singer/songwriter's muse for his tracks like Such a Woman and Unknown Legend.
Mexican actress Columba Dominguez has died, aged 85. The beloved film legend passed away on Wednesday (13Aug14).
Dominguez' career in entertainment spanned more than six decades and she appeared in over 60 films and TV series.
She was considered a muse for renowned writer/director Emilio Fernandez, who discovered her in 1945, and launched her career in film. She starred in his 1949 romantic drama Pueblerina, which many consider her greatest work.
Their friendly relationship became romantic and they wed in secret. Dominguez gave birth to a daughter, Jacaranda, in 1952 - the same year she and Fernandez split.
The couple fell in and out of love throughout his life and she retired from acting in 1987, a year after his death.
Dominguez and Fernandez' daughter died after falling from a building in 1978, aged 26.
She also worked with influential filmmaker Luis Bunuel, starring in his drama The River and Death.
Last year (13), Dominguez was honoured with a lifetime achievement prize at Mexico's Ariel Awards ceremony.
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Michael Douglas has had a lot of luck with leading ladies - there's only one he didn't get along with.
The movie star is refusing to name names, but it isn't his current onscreen love interest Diane Keaton, who he calls "vibrant". Douglas tells WENN, "She's like a muse. She's so bright, yet not threatening. She's got that wonderful laugh and laughs at my jokes, which is always flattering. She's very, very charming and attractive."
"I've been very fortunate with all except for one of all the leading ladies that I've worked with... Some are cooler and more formal. It's so pleasant not to have any friction. Diane just comes to the set and off you go."
And the actor admits he'd love to actually shoot scenes with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones - the couple came close when they appeared in Traffic, but they never filmed together.
He adds, "I was in there in the very beginning and I got out and then a rewrite came in and Harrison Ford was supposed to do it, and then he dropped out. So I was like, 'I'll grab it. This is good'. But I'd love to do something with her, especially with the kids. It would have to be during the summer holiday, so the kids can come with you."
Actor Alexander Ludwig has landed a new role as a brand ambassador for jewellery and luxury goods company Bulgari.
The Lone Survivor star, who also played Cato in The Hunger Games, joined his fellow Bulgari spokesman, Eric Bana, and the design firm's muse, singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni, at a party in Paris, France on Tuesday night (08Jul14) to celebrate his new appointment, which was announced during the city's haute couture fashion week.
Ludwig, 22, says, "I feel very privileged to be associated with such an incredibly prestigious brand. I've long admired its tradition of impeccable design and it is also very appealing to me because the product is very youthful and modern. "I am also proud of their fundraising work on behalf of Save the Children and look forward to working more closely on their humanitarian projects in the near future."
Oscar winner Jared Leto, The Vampire Diaries beauty Nina Dobrev and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto were also in attendance at the party.
Annik Honore, the girlfriend of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, has died after a long illness, according to French reports. Curtis' former bandmate Peter Hook also announced the sad news during a concert in Nottingham, England on Thursday night (03Jul14).
Honore, 56, was said to be the woman who inspired Joy Division's seminal song Love Will Tear Us Apart.
She always maintained her romance with the British singer was "childish" and "platonic", insisting Curtis never cheated on his wife Deborah with her.
Ian Curtis committed suicide in May, 1980 at the age of 23.