British soap star Kieron Richardson is engaged to marry his long-term boyfriend. The actor, best known for his long-running role in U.K. TV show Hollyoaks, is preparing to wed his partner Carl Hyland.
The couple is planning to marry in a low-key ceremony next year (15).
Richardson tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I just got engaged. It's really exciting. We've been together for over seven years so it's not a shock."
The Libertines rocker Carl Barat is eyeing a 2015 release for the reunited band's first album of new material in 11 years. The Don't Look Back into the Sun hitmakers returned to the stage after a four-year hiatus last month (Jun14) as they performed a small gig in Scotland, and they followed it up with a big concert at the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on Saturday (05Jul14).
Barat has now revealed recording a follow up to their self-titled 2004 release has "always" been the plan, and he hopes to have the tracks ready to go on sale next year (15).
He tells NME.com, "Next year, it has to be. I don't wanna just go on the road because then you'll get cabin fever and have an epic fallout.
"So yeah, I want to keep something fresh coming in. We just need to find the time."
Bandmate Pete Doherty has echoed Barat's sentiments and claims he would ideally like to set up writing sessions in Europe this autumn (14).
He adds, "For some reason in my head, I'm thinking October, November time. That's what will have to happen (for an album to come to fruition)... I'm well up for it."
The Libertines split in 2004 following a dispute between Barat and his drug-addled bandmate Doherty, but they reunited in 2010 for shows at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals before parting ways again.
The group's huge comeback at Hyde Park wasn't without incident - the show had to be stopped three times due to fears of crowd crushing and organisers have since confirmed 38 fans were hurt at the event, with eight of those admitted to hospital with minor injuries.
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There are many actors who routinely give wonderful, memorable performances, but there's only one who manages to do it even when his face doesn't appear onscreen. That man is Andy Serkis, Hollywood's foremost motion capture actor, the rare talent that can bring just as much life to a Tolkien creature or a hyper-intelligent ape as he can another human being. Since the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters in 2001, Serkis has been the movie industry's go-to guy for animating everything from monkeys to sailors to Gollums, and his consistently excellent performances each time kicked off a campaign to have motion capture work recognized by the Academy Awards. With Serkis set to return to the big screen (in simian form) as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Friday, we've decided to take a look at some of the actor's most memorably mo-cap characters in order to determine which one comes out on top in the great battle for supremacy.
Caesar Films: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Species: Chimpanzee Trademarks: Being an incredibly intelligent ape Special Skills: High intelligence, the ability to speak, the wisdom and power to rule over a colony of apes, proficiency in horse-riding and shooting Allies: James Franco and Frieda Pinto in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Jason Clarke and Keri Russell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Enemies: Draco Malfoy and Commissioner GordonGreatest Dream: A world where apes and humans can live in peace, minus cagesSecret Weapon: He’s a hyper-intelligent ape that can speak to people; he doesn’t need a secret weaponSignature Move: A barrage of fists to the head
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Captain Haddock Film: The Adventures of Tintin Species: Human Trademarks: Beard, pipe, captain’s hat, permanently grumpy expression Special Skills: A talent for holding his liquor, a colorful vocabulary, a gift for sarcasm and wisecracks, the ability to tune out chaos and revel in blissful ignorance, unfailing loyalty Allies: Tintin and Snowy Enemies: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine Greatest Dream: To regain command of his ship, but more immediately, some more rum Secret Weapon: He’s at his best when he’s drunk, which is the polar opposite of every other person everSignature Move: He’s more of a trash-talker than a proper fighter
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King Kong Film: Kingof course Species: Gorilla Trademarks: He’s a 25-foot-tall gorilla. That’s pretty unique. Special Skills: incredible strength, a sense of self-preservation, the ability to make audiences sympathize and even shed a tear over a monstrous simian Allies: Ann Darrow, with whom he falls in love, and Lumpy the Cook, who tells the crew to leave King Kong alone (or else)Enemies: Carl Denham, fighter planes Greatest Dream: To live happily in his jungle with Ann Secret Weapon: The willingness to sacrifice himself for the people he loves and an incredible resistance to tranquilizers (seriously, it took them forever to knock him out) Signature Move: A giant, sweeping side-swipe and roar combination
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Gollum Films: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogiesSpecies: Technically, he was once a Hobbit, but now he’s mostly a species unto himselfTrademarks: Hunched, bony body, six teeth, a lack of hair, that weird snarling noise he always makes Special Skills: Riddle solving, hunting and fishing, deboning fish, finding ways to amuse himself after spending centuries in the same cave Allies: Whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Enemies: Anyone who wants the precious... and whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Greatest Dream: To once again possess the precious so that they may live together in his cave until the end of their days Secret Weapon: He’ll lure you in by appearing nice, and then turn out to be straight up terrifying; also, he’s so mentally unstable and unpredictable, only half of him knows what he’s going to do at any given momentSignature Move: Gollum’s totally a biter
So Who Wins? Captain Haddock is generally too drunk to get involved in a fight, so he’s out, as is King Kong, unless his life or Ann’s life is being threatened. That leaves Caesar and Gollum left to fight it out. While Caesar is smarter and more likely to have both a carefully, thought-out strategy and an army on call, Gollum is just insane and unpredictable enough to take Caesar out. We’re going to have to go with the creature formerly known as Smeagol on this one.
British rockers The Libertines returned to the stage together for the first time in four years on Saturday night (28Jun14). Earlier this year (14), the band announced they would be reuniting for a huge concert at the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on 5 July (14), and over the weekend (28-29Jun14), they played a warm-up show in Scotland.
Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell thrilled the crowd at the Glasgow Barrowland venue with a 23-track set, including hits such as Can't Stand Me Now, Don't Look Back Into The Sun, What Katie Did and What Became Of The Likely Lads.
Doherty told the crowd, "Well we're a band from England, we're called The Libertines. We played up here years ago - I don't think any of you were born to be honest."
As well as the London gig, the group is scheduled to play at the Benicassim festival in Spain over the summer (14), as well as dates in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany through until October (14).
The Libertines split in 2004 but reunited in 2010 for shows at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals.
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist. The 35-year-old prince, who began dating former model Hellqvist in 2010, announced the news on Friday (27Jun14) as the pair posed for official engagement photos at royal residence Drottningholm Palace.
The couple is planning to wed next summer (15).
Prince Carl Philip, the son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, is third in line to the Swedish throne behind his older sister Crown Princess Victoria and his niece Princess Estelle.
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has been recruited to revamp the Predator film franchise. The moviemaker will write and direct the update of the 1980s sci-fi blockbuster, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura.
Ironically, Black appeared in a minor role in the original 1987 movie.
Since that film, there have been three Predator-related films - a sequel in 1990, a spin-off in 2010 and two Alien vs. Predator movies in 2004 and 2007.
Silent movie star Carla Laemmle has died at her home in Hollywood. The 104-year-old silver screen star, who appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, passed away on Thursday night (12Jun14).
Laemmle was the niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle.
Among her many credits were appearances in 1931's Dracula, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Broadway Melody and Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also played a ballet dancer in 1939 movie On Your Toes.
It was 70 years before her next screen credit in 2010's Pooltime and her final film, Mansion of Blood, is still in post-production, according to IMDb.com.
Actress Sally Kirkland narrated a documentary about Laemmle's life, Among the Rugged Peaks: The Carla Laemmle Story, in 2011. The film followed the actress as she returned to the soundstage where she shot The Phantom of the Opera.
Former Dynasty actress Emma Samms and pop stars Amelle Berrabah and Sarah Harding will be testing their bodies to the limit by taking part in a reality TV show centred around gymnastics. Sugababes singer Berrabah and ex-Girls Aloud star Harding will join other British celebrities, including Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins, super-middleweight boxing champ Carl Froch, and veteran fitness guru Mr. Motivator in new BBC show Tumble.
The contestants will train with professional gymnasts to perfect tricky routines they will then showcase on the programme before a viewers' vote decides who stays and who goes.
Harding says, "I'm really looking forward (to it), but also a little bit scared about all the training I'll be doing - but at least it beats going to the gym."
Tumble is scheduled to air later this year (14).
Embattled pop star Justin Bieber turned to religion and was baptised in a bathtub as controversy loomed over his use of racist slurs, according to a U.S. report. Pastor Carl Lentz tells editors at TMZ.com he spent a week working with the Baby hitmaker on intensive Bible study sessions after the star's aides were approached earlier this year (14) by a man in possession of two videos showing the singer using the N-word.
According to the website, the sessions focused on studying Bible passages and attending services, and came to a climax with a baptism in one of Bieber's friend's bathtubs after attempts to find a church for the ritual risked exposing the singer's privacy.
The troubled hitmaker issued a number of apologies after the emergence of two videos last week (ends08Jun14), made when he was a teenager, in which he uses derogatory terms.
One involves the singer telling a joke using the N-word, and the second shows him replacing the words of his hit One Less Lonely Girl with the N-word and joking about joining race-hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
Troubled musician Pete Doherty is desperate to quit drugs after realising they have wrecked his rock career, confessing: "My life is a real mess." The Brit and his The Libertines bandmate Carl Barat were touted as rock's great new writers when they hit the music scene in 2002 with their debut album Up the Bracket.
Despite gaining a cult following among fans, the band split in 2004, and Doherty's talents have since been overshadowed by his addiction issues and shambolic performances.
The 35 year old has undergone treatment on several occasions to get clean, all of which have failed, and now he has admitted drugs have ruined his life.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I would like to get rid of the damn drugs. It's no longer fun. On the contrary, it's just s**t and kills all my creativity. But it's difficult to stop. My past life is a f**king mess, a real mess.
"It's gone wrong in so many ways. Although I don't believe in regrets - 'cause that offers nothing - but clearly some things I would like to change. I wish I had better contact with my family. I have caused so much c**p."
Doherty will reunited with Barat when The Libertines play the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in London on 5 July (14), marking their first performance together in four years.