Celebrities including Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran helped raise $23.2 million (£14.5 million) during the U.K. Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The "Toxic" hitmaker took part in a sketch called "Andy Murray: The Movie", in which celebrities were auditioning for parts in the upcoming biopic of the Scottish tennis player's life. Spears tried out for the role of Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears with a fake Cockney accent, while Williams tried a Scottish twang as he auditioned for Murray. Others trying out for parts included Ed Sheeran, who played "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Scottish group The Proclaimers, while Andy Serkis filmed his audition in a motion capture suit. Swift took on British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for a 'bake it off' competition sketch, where they were supposed to each make a chocolate cake. However, Oliver began singing and dancing to a revamped version of her new single Shake It Off and the pair ended up pulling funny moves and throwing food around.
British rocker Noel Gallagher teamed up with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for a celebrity version of Gogglebox, where viewers are filmed watching TV. The trio watched reality shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor and gave a comedic running commentary. Also during the broadcast, Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey revived their Men Behaving Badly characters for the first time in 16 years for a one-off sketch about testicular cancer. Will Ferrell appeared as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, giving a news report on cancer, Sherlock star Martin Freeman took part in a magic card trick with celebrity illusionist Derren Brown, and Nicole Scherzinger and John Legend were interviewed during a live taping of chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. At the end of the live telethon, $23.2 million had been raised for Cancer Research U.K.
British pop star Jessie J sold her glass-covered property in Surrey, England as it offered her no privacy.
The Price Tag hitmaker reveals that when her stint as a judge on The Voice U.K. ended in 2013, her fame had grown so much that she could no longer live in the house. Now the new owners of the luxury property regularly get their own taste of fame - the singer's fans show up singing her hits.
She tells U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, "I bought a house in Surrey. It was all made of glass. But after The Voice I had a new, weird level of fame and I had to sell it as I couldn't be famous and live in a glass house. Six months after I sold, these kids were outside singing Domino. I felt so sorry for the people who bought it."
Sam Smith is set to make TV history in his native Britain this week (beg26May14) when he becomes the first artist to sing live during a commercial break. The hitmaker will perform his chart-topping single Stay With Me from London's Roundhouse during a break in hit show Alan Carr: Chatty Man on Friday (30May14).
Smith, who picked up the Critics' Choice Award at the Brits earlier this year (14), says, "It's incredible to be part of a world first. Stay With Me being broadcast live to the nation will be a very special moment for me."
"I am sorry for my behaviour on Alan Carr last night (Friday). My wife's friends tell me I am falling too much under her influence." Funnyman John Cleese blames his TV antics on Alan Carr's British TV chat show on his wife - the Monty Python star got a soaking during his appearance after he pelted the host with drinks and nuts.
Monty Python star John Cleese got a soaking during an appearance on a U.K. chat show this week (ends23May14) after he pelted host Alan Carr with drinks and nuts. The veteran funnyman was a guest on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and decided to liven up the interview by throwing water and a glass of fruit-flavoured spirit Taboo over the presenter.
He then upped the ante by flicking peanuts at Carr as he gamely attempted to continue with the interview, but Cleese eventually came off worst when Carr grew sick of the good-natured goading and poured an entire bottle of booze over the comedian's head.
As Cleese sat laughing on a couch, Carr told the audience, "Oh, I can't believe I just did that to John Cleese. I'm so sorry," to which the funnyman replied, "What a way to treat a guest!"
The interview is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (23May14).
Pop star Kylie Minogue showed off her saucy side on a U.K. chat show this week (ends18May14) by recreating raunchy scenes from her recent promo. The Australian singer shocked fans in March (14) when she released new single Sexercize along with an X-rated video showing her cavorting with scantily-clad women during a 'sex workout'.
She filmed an interview for British talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man this week and she treated the host to some lessons in how to look hot while exercising. Minogue stretched on out the couch for some stomach-toning crunches before joining Carr on inflatable gym balls to bounce up and down while wearing high heels and a short dress.
However, the Spinning Around hitmaker lost her composure as she tried to show Carr how to perform pelvic thrusts, giggling: "Ooh Alan, I can hardly cope." Minogue also confessed she is convinced her famous butt fails to match up to Beyonce's behind, telling Carr, "I would just be squashed by Queen Bey!" The interview is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (16May14).
Rocker Courtney Love once considered a career as a dominatrix but changed her mind when a man demanded to spank her. The Hole frontwoman discusses her friendship with a dominatrix in her web series #CourtneyOn, and was asked by U.K. talk show host Alan Carr if she ever considered the profession for herself.
Love admits she tried it once but quickly realised it was not for her when a client asked to spank her.
She says, "I tried (becoming a dominatrix) because in L.A. (Los Angeles) there's no sex involved, it's just learning how to tie knots. And I went in there and... the first client picked me as a submissive and wanted to spank me and I was just out of there. I mean to spank a guy for money, I would have done back then, but to get spanked - I just couldn't do it."
Rock hellraiser Courtney Love has a secret addiction - she's hooked on trashy U.K. reality shows. The Hole frontman admits she loves visiting the U.K. so she can catch up on shows such as The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea, which both focus on the antics on young, glamorous Brits.
Speaking about her obsession to TV chat show host Alan Carr, she admits, "I’m a big trashy British TV fan. I love c**p British TV
"I love Towie (The Only Way Is Essex), Made in Chelsea, stuff like that. I don’t like c**p American TV but I love c**p British TV. I live for it."
But Love cannot stand U.S. reality shows about "real housewives", adding, "The shows really drive me nuts. I’d love to see the Housewives of Birmingham or something. That would be great. Or the housewives of Liverpool."
Rocker Courtney Love turned down a night of passion with funnyman Russell Brand because he smells strange.
The Hole frontwoman was linked to the famed Lothario in 2006 when they were said to have spent a night together at a top hotel. Now Kurt Cobain's widow has revealed Brand propositioned her and tried to get her into bed, but she turned him down because she didn't like his "musky" aroma.
She tells U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, "My favourite Russell Brand line (was) when we first were friends and he tried to hit on me, and nothing ever happened. "You know, I'm female. He goes, 'I've had a lot of grand conservations darling but none of them have ever ended in an orgasm. Can we go in your room?'... He's got some good lines. And I said to Russell, 'You're too musky for me, man.'"