French actor Gerard Depardieu is convinced he can down 14 bottles of wine in a single day. The Green Card star has opened up about his boozing habits in a new interview, revealing he can consume copious amounts of alcohol without feeling drunk.
Depardieu, who underwent heart surgery in 2000, admits he often starts the day by drinking Champagne in the morning and is adamant he can down more than 10 bottles of wine.
The 65 year old tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "When I'm bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence. After bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful... But if ever I start drinking I can't drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day...
"(Before my heart operation) I was asked to tell the doctor about my consumption. So I said, 'Here it goes'. It starts at home with Champagne or red wine, before 10am. Then again Champagne. Then pastis (liqueur), maybe half a bottle. Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine. In the afternoon, Champagne, beer, and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle. Later on vodka and/or whisky. But I'm never totally drunk, just a little p**sed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy...
"What I like in being drunk is the moment when you're alive and enthusiastic. Full stop. But when you have been there 10, 15, 20 times, 30 times, then you start losing track. There's more to life than being drunk."
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I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to get past the fact that Bill Hader’s name is Milo. This was the forerunner of a number of elements that seemed to introduce The Skeleton Twins as an aggressively “Sundancey” picture: Hader and Kristen Wiig, estranged siblings living a country apart, both attempt suicide at the precise same moment, executing their mirror glowers and macabre goodbye letters in nearly perfect harmony; it’s that combination of dark and cute on which a generation of independent film was founded. But once the distance is mended — Maggie (Wiig) is brought to the bedside of her hospitalized brother — Skeleton Twins finds its pulp: the chemistry between the titular sibs.
A film like Skeleton Twins rests its weight on whether or not its principal characters can be believed (and loved) as family. Where many fail, Twins strikes gold: we’ve seen Hader and Wiig play husband and wife, Californian lovers, game show host and incompetent contestant, and phone sex perpetrators rivaling for the vocal company of Joaquin Phoenix, but history does not dissuade entry into what makes for a touching, challenging fraternity in this film.
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Individually, their performances sparkle too. Hader is fun as the frustrated, pithy fish-out-of-water (back in his hometown, appropriately) failed actor Milo, and Wiig duly charming as a woman suffocated by her marriage to the impossibly nice Lance (Luke Wilson, being tolerable). But it’s the togetherness — and the film’s permission to let the old friends play to their hearts’ content — that wins us over. The banter, the shtick, the “up” moments.
But this dynamic chemistry comes at a price: Hader and Wiig are so effortlessly good together, we find it difficult to believe they ever might have let the years pass by without contact. Each is so readily funny that it is difficult to understand what brought them both to suicide at the film’s dawn. Skeleton Twins is so good at the up moments that it practically uproots the down, rendering its emotional core something of a nonentity.
Still, Skeleton Twins lives up to its principal promise: a funny, sweet, more or less impressive platform for Hader and Wiig. They show off what we love about them and what we’ve long hoped we’d get to see, leaving plenty of room for growth in the next optimistic installment. And, miraculously, they manage to overcome the anchors of a movie that introduces itself as insistently “indie” as this one does.
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British rapper Professor Green contemplated suicide after he was arrested for drink-driving. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was so low after cops charged him with driving under the influence in March this year (14) that he thought about taking his own life.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was definitely in a situation where the thought of ending it crossed my mind. I didn't think about how I'll do it but I had moments with the anxiety of it all, I wanted to get out of my own skin."
The rapper was sentenced to a nine-month driving ban after crashing his Mercedes while over the alcohol limit.
He recently made a BBC radio documentary about suicide, an issue which is close to his heart after his father Peter took his own life in 2008.
Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen is giving up on life in Los Angeles and moving back to London. The British actor, younger brother of singer Lily Allen, emigrated to America to pursue a career in Hollywood, but he has now decided to leave the U.S. and head home to London.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I felt at home there (L.A.) as soon as I got my car and was driving around Beverly Hills, but I've decided to trade it in for London. Here is my home and I want to shake things up here again - check out the scene and perhaps do more theatre."
Allen recently finished shooting a part in Keanu Reeves' new film John Wick.
Accident-prone British TV presenter Richard Hammond was knocked off his motorcycle twice in one month. Hammond, who co-presents hit BBC motoring show Top Gear, told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper how in one incident a driver reversed into his BMW R1200, throwing him to the ground.
He says, "A driver executing a hasty U-turn on a major London road failed to check their mirror... They reversed into me and my bike, knocking us both over."
However, the daredevil presenter managed to turn the shunt to his advantage, adding, "It has given me the opportunity to repair the old thing and re-engage with it financially, showing my appreciation for what a tremendous machine it is."
In 2006, Hammond cheated death after crashing a jet-powered dragster at 288 miles per hour (463 kilometres per hour) while filming a segment for Top Gear.
Chic star Nile Rodgers broke down in tears during his headlining set at Britain's Bestival festival on Sunday (07Sep14) as he paid tribute to his guitar technician Terry Brauer, who died hours before showtime. The disco legend dedicated his closing performance at the event to his longtime pal after revealing he had lost his battle with cancer early on Sunday.
He thrilled fans with song classics, including Everybody Dance, I Want Your Love and Dance Dance Dance, but Rodgers struggled to contain his emotions onstage as he played through the pain and dedicated Thinking Of You to Brauer.
He told fans, "This is a very tough night for me - my guitar tech of 18 or 19 years passed away and it was very hard for me to do this tonight..."
Rodgers then encouraged the crowd to chant Brauer's name and light up the night sky with their cell phones in his memory.
The singer took to Twitter.com on Monday morning (08Sep14) and shared a photo of the crowd paying tribute, and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Almost 55,000 people lit up their cell phones for my guitar tech, Terry Brauer, RIP last night @Bestival (sic)".
Chic's set wasn't all sad - Rodgers and his bandmates celebrated after the world's largest disco ball was lit up during their show, after Rodgers asked Bestival organisers to build him the record-breaking mirror ball if they wanted him to perform.
A representative from the Guinness World Records was on hand to witness the feat after confirming the ball exceeded the current record of 10 metres (32.8 feet) in diameter.
Male supermodel David Gandy turned down the chance to audition for a role in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie as he found the book to be "very badly written". The British hunk's agents were approached with an audition offer, but he decided not to attend the tryout amid fears over the quality of E. L. James' erotic novel.
Gandy tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I was asked to go to a casting for Fifty Shades of Grey, but said, 'No'. I thought it was very badly written."
The lead role in the film adaptation went to another model-turned-actor, Jamie Dornan.
Actress Keira Knightley is planning to open an eclectic fashion store in London, according to a U.K. report. The Pirates of the Caribbean beauty has reportedly been hunting for the perfect property in the trendy Islington neighbourhood to launch her own quirky clothing shop and coffee shop.
A source tells The Sunday Mirror newspaper, "Keira is obviously at the top of her game in the acting world, but feels like the time is right to experiment with new things too...
"She's a huge fan of fashion, particularly anything vintage or alternative, so it's a perfect new opportunity. She's excited by the idea and is committed to making it work."
British singer Lily Allen embarked on a similar venture in 2010. She opened a vintage boutique called Lucy in Disguise with her sister Sarah, but it closed earlier this year (14). The online store is still in operation.
Scottish singer Kt Tunstall is moving to Los Angeles to launch her music career in the U.S. The Suddenly I See hitmaker is quitting her native Britain to build a new life in California and hopes to concentrate on writing film scores and movie songs.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I'm moving to L.A. next week. So much stuff happens there - all the big opportunities, so it's the obvious place to be. I'm now making a living by doing film scores and songs for end credit rolls on movies. It's very different to making an album, but I'm hoping it will lead me back there."
Tunstall hopes to start work on a new record once she builds a studio at her new home in California.
She adds, "For the next LP, I'm going to build a studio in my new Venice Beach home and do it my way."
Police were called to a star-studded party in London following the GQ Men of the Year Awards to investigate a noise complaint. After the glitzy prizegiving on Tuesday night (02Sep14), celebrity guests including Gerard Butler, Jamie Dornan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cara Delevingne and Samuel L. Jackson decamped to a private afterparty at the home of a public relations executive.
However, the bash was interrupted by cops who were called in to investigate complaints from neighbours over loud noise coming from the mansion.
A spokesperson for Scotland Yard tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Police were called at 1.36am... to a large party. The call was passed on (to) Camden Council's Environmental Health Officer."
A statement from the local borough council adds, "Details of the noise nuisance were recorded. If a future complaint is received by the council, the details will be taken into account on (whether) further action is required."
Inspired by a short story by Cuban writer Maria Elena Llana. A mirror willed to the Santiago family by a deceased aunt appears to be a window to a place magically inhabited by the family's dead relatives.