British actress Helen Baxendale has ruled out ever altering her image with cosmetic surgery or wrinkle-freezing Botox jabs.
The former Friends star has no plans to copy her Hollywood rivals by attempting to hold on to her youthful looks, insisting she doesn't want to set a bad example for her 15-year-old daughter Nell.
Baxendale tells Britain's Weekend magazine, "I don't like the idea of putting a deathly toxin inside my body. I don't want to look weird. I want to age the way that life makes you age, because there's beauty in autumn and winter and I think people forget that. Also, I wouldn't want my child to see that I considered being attractive synonymous with youth. For me, you have operations when you're ill."
Twilight star Taylor Lautner is heading to the U.K. to star in a BBC comedy. After speculation swirled the hunk would be taking the lead role in the upcoming second season of Cuckoo, a BBC Three boss has finally confirmed Lautner has signed up for the sitcom.
BBC Three controller Zai Bennett announced the casting news in a statement: "Cuckoo was one of BBC3's most stand-out comedies, so I'm delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year."
Lautner is set to play a "mysterious young stranger who shows up in Litchfield, Staffordshire." where the series is set.
He joins The Inbetweeners star Davies and former Friends actress Helen Baxendale in the series.
The 22 year old replaces comedian Andy Samberg, who starred in the first season of Cuckoo.
Samberg is finding success of his own in the U.S. - he recently earned his first Golden Globe award for his performance in sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Twilight star Taylor Lautner is reportedly heading to U.K. TV to star in a BBC comedy. The Hollywood hunk has signed up to star in Cuckoo, a sitcom for BBC Three, opposite The Inbetweeners star Greg Davies, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
Lautner will reportedly appear in the upcoming second season of show. The first series starred former Saturday Night Live comedian Andy Samberg and former Friends actress Helen Baxendale.
Fear not, Fandy Sambergs, the former SNL cast member (that feels very weird to type!) has already gotten himself a new gig. Andy Samberg's departure from Saturday Night Live wasn't all that surprising, but fear about his career prospects certainly seemed to unnerve a few. Push that fear aside, though, and make room for Cuckoo, the new BBC Three show starring everyone's favorite Lonely Island member (for the record, my favorite member is totally Jorma, but I digress). BBC Three--which I imagine to be very similar to ESPN8, aka The Ocho--unveiled the new show earlier today, which places Samberg opposite comedian Greg Davies (from Anglophile favorite The Inbetweeners).
According to THR, the show is set-up as thus: "when Ken (Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) collect their daughter (Tamla Kari) from the airport, they are horrified when she promptly introduces them to Cuckoo (Samberg), her new husband they did not know about" and is "the squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja who is now their son-in-law."
Sounds like a great fit for the goofy funnyman, and we've compiled what we imagine to be the perfect traits of his former SNL characters for Samberg to take with him in order to make this the ultimate role for Samberg. Plus he'll totally look straight-up cuckoo if he takes our advice.
The Hair of Shy Ronnie
Shy Ronnie's wiry ginger locks are aggressive in that I-am-erratic-and-don't-care-about-personal-hygiene sort of way. Surely a spiritual know-it-all type has a mane like this, yeah? Bonus points if he can make those glasses somehow work:
Danny Hoover's Enthusiasm
The lovable--if dopey--basketball commentator from this skit has all the heart, but none of the knowledge when it comes to talking about basketball. If Samberg's Cuckoo has this same level of excitement with him, it will make him totally endearing (and explain why someone would marry anyone described as a spiritual ninja.
The Chest Hair (and "The Admiral") of Mark Spitz
Samberg's hilarious impression of the former Olympian is hysterical, and made all the more amazing by his follicle features: namely those on his chest and upper lip. If Cuckoo was a real man, he would definitely be sporting BOTH, all the time.
The Voice of Nic Cage
The authority that is held in the cadence of Samberg's Nicholas Cage impression is both terrifying and authoritative. We say Cuckoo could use a bit of both. Plus who doesn't want to take part of Nicholas Cage with them wherever they go? BBC Three needs to get in the cage.
The Wardrobe from D**k In A Box
Because it was so friggen SWEET, am I right?
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The Cold Feet star, 41, appeared in 16 episodes of the hit U.S. comedy as posh Brit Emily Waltham, who married David Schwimmer's character Ross Geller and subsequently divorced him.
Baxendale bowed out of the sitcom to concentrate on her pregnancy and family, and admits she wasn't impressed with her first taste of international stardom.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I had a little glimpse of what fame holds, and I decided it held a load of nothing. It contained nothing that mattered. Some people can deal with that well; it sits on their shoulders fine. But it wasn't for me.
"Friends was great fun, but I was just there so they could make some funny jokes about England. And I was also expecting, and you have to be thin out in America.
"You couldn't walk down the street to buy a pint of milk. In fact, you couldn't go anywhere. It was impossible to mix with the crowd, and do what ordinary people do. I saw it as a gilded prison. It was something I wasn't prepared for. But it was quickly forgotten. I don't get the same attention now.
"Fame just didn't fit in with my life. I don't know how much would have come from staying in the States anyway. I didn't want to live in America, when all my circumstances were leading me back to Britain. I don't regret it for a minute."
The former Friends star ran from the beast during the shoot for British TV show Kidnap and Ransom, but came out of hiding when the monkey settled down and watched the TV cameras rolling.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "We were filming and I had to hide behind a tree. I became aware of a presence. I turned around and there was a baboon.
"Just before it happened, someone had told me how dangerous they are. So I stayed very still until it wandered on the set and sat and watched everyone film the scene."
The Backstreet Boys, that is. Band member A.J. McLean returned from treatment for depression and alcohol abuse, resuming the popular boy band's "Black & Blue World Tour 2001" Friday night. The tour was put on hold July 9 when McLean entered an undisclosed treatment center. The group has 23 concert dates left on the tour.
French actor Philippe Leotard, who worked with many top French directors, died Saturday in a Paris clinic at age 60. The cause of death was not confirmed, although he has spent many years battling alcohol and drug abuse. Leotard won the prestigious Cesar award for best actor, the French equivalent to the Oscar, for his 1983 film The Balance.
The Venice Film Festival, which kicks off this Wednesday, will for the first time highlight not only top Hollywood films but more innovative, fringe cinema with two competitions--the Golden Lion and Cinema of the Present awards. Nicole Kidman, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese will be among the celebrities attending.
Irish band U2 played in its home country Saturday to the biggest audience ever in Ireland. In an emotionally charged concert, the 80,000 adoring fans packed a huge field north of Dublin. U2 had not played in Ireland since 1997.
A publicist for Warner Bros. Television denied reports in British newspapers that British pop singer Sophie Ellis Bextor was set to join the popular sitcom Friends. The original report said Bextor would be replacing British actress Helen Baxendale in the role of Ross Geller's (David Schwimmer) former wife Emily.
Chris Tucker, co-star of the recent hit Rush Hour 2, will be joining a congressional delegation that will visit Africa next week. Tucker will join six members of Congress and about 30 business leaders during a stop in Nigeria. The delegation is visiting four West African nations to promote business, trade, improved health care and democracy.