Brad Pitt gave a World War Two veteran the red carpet treatment by inviting the war hero to be his guest at the premiere of his new movie Fury in London on Sunday (19Oct14). Pitt and his co-stars attended the London Film Festival gala screening of their film, and instead of bringing his new wife Angelina Jolie as his date, the Hollywood actor arrived with Peter Comfort, 91, the last World War Two survivor of the 13/18th Royal Hussars who was assigned to the Sherman tanks.
Pitt portrays a defiant Sherman tank commander in the film, and while shooting in England last year (13), he asked Comfort for his advice and first-hand account on the subject.
Comfort even had the chance to visit Pitt the set in Hertfordshire, but the war vet admits he didn't have any idea who Pitt was before they met.
He tells Britatin's Daily Mail, "Mr Pitt was very friendly and charming actually but I didn't know who he was. I said to him, 'Until last night I didn't have a clue who you were and then I Googled you and you've been in quite a lot of films'.
"They (the cast and crew) all rolled about laughing when I said that. I don't do modern films. I am a fan of actors like Alec Guinness, but of course he is dead now."
Comfort met up with Pitt again on Sunday as the two posed for photos on the red carpet together before heading in to watch a screening of the film, which hit number one on the North American box office chart this weekend (17-19Oct14).
Brad Pitt was celebrating as his new war movie Fury closed out the London Film Festival on Sunday (19Oct14) - it also charged to the top of the U.S. box office. The gritty film about a defiant World War Two tank commander and his crew, debuted at number one with an opening weekend haul of $23.5 million (GBP14.6 million).
Thriller Gone Girl dropped to two after spending two weeks at the top and new animated movie The Book of Life charted at three.
Closing the London Film Festival with Fury, Pitt said he hoped his new film was respectful to the soldiers who fought in World War Two.
He explained, "Our wish is the soldiers themselves feel they were respectfully recognised. War is hell. It is an amazing fact of human nature that one year we can be chopping each other up (and) the next we can be sharing a pint. We continually devolve into conflict, no matter how much we evolve."
And he revealed he enjoyed researching the period film at the same time his now-wife Angelina Jolie was preparing to make her prisoner-of-war drama Unbroken: "It was a lovely experience, we don't normally work at the same time. I was studying the European theatre (of war), she was studying the Pacific theatre. I was studying tanks, she was studying bombers."
British glamour model-turned-TV star Katie Price is preparing to undergo her seventh breast operation. The small screen personality has undergone a series of procedures to enlarge her chest over the years, and Price has now revealed she is planning to undergo more surgery.
Speaking at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Literary Festival, she tells the Sunday Mirror newspaper, "I'm getting my boobs done again - my Christmas pressie to myself. You heard it here first. Two years of pregnancy have made them a little saggy. When I'm an old lady and I die I'll have the perfect boobs. Everything else will have sagged but my boobs."
The mother of five gave birth to her youngest child, a daughter named Bunny, earlier this year (14). She is also mother to Harvey, 12, Junior, nine, Princess Tiaamii, seven, and Jett, who was born in August, 2013.
British director Stephen Frears was honoured with a British Film Institute (BFI) fellowship at the London Film Festival awards ceremony in the U.K. capital on Saturday night (18Oct14). He was presented with the award by playwright Sir David Hare.
Actress Gina Rodriguez was stunned to discover she wasn't the only actress with that name when an ex-boyfriend encouraged his strict parents to check out his new love online. The star, who has become an overnight sensation in America thanks to her new TV comedy Jane The Virgin, had just launched a new film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and her proud boyfriend told his folks to "Google her" and her new movie.
She says, "I haven't Googled my name for a while because of it. A few years ago when I did a movie at Sundance and there was some heat coming my way the Googling began and it came up about a former porn star... It was pretty crazy.
"I was actually dating a really sweet guy from Ohio... and his parents were Chinese, traditional Chinese parents... and he goes, 'Mom, she's an actress and I really like her and she's super sweet and you should Google her...', and then he got a call like, 'Did we not teach you right?'
"He's still a very good friend of mine... He thought it was really funny. He was so upset at his parent for not, like, trusting that he would have made the 'right' decision... so he let them linger for a little while. Needless to say I didn't meet them."
Rocker Peter Gabriel had to beg government ministers to help him book acts for this summer's (14) WOMAD Festival in England, because he couldn't obtain work visas for many of the world music stars he had asked to perform. The Sledgehammer singer, who co-founded record label Real World in a bid to give obscure international musicians the chance to make music and record albums for fans outside their home nations, admits terrorism scares have made it difficult for today's world acts to travel to the U.K. and he had to turn to politicians to help him fill the bill for his annual World of Music & Dance event.
He tells RollingStone.com, "They can't get visas to perform, quite often. So getting the live thing to support them is a lot more complex. Borders have tightened up everywhere, partly with terrorism. But we had Youssou N'Dour, who was almost the Senegalese president, and we still couldn't get visas for his band when he was headlining our WOMAD Festival this year.
"I had to write to government ministers and get help. It's increasingly difficult for world music and world artists. If you're a great musician, a great composer, it shouldn't matter where you're born, or what language you're singing (in) or what instruments you're playing."
Singer Brad Paisley is set to use his signature country style to design his very first clothing collection.
The "Celebrity" hitmaker is adding fashion designer to his resume, and collaborating with U.S. western wear retailer Boot Barn to create the Moonshine Spirit line. Paisley will help create a large array of items, including boots, hats, jeans, shirts, jewellery and T-shirts, adding his personal "modern, country music edge". Paisley shares his enthusiasm for the new venture in a statement which reads: "Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It's hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country - ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town. "It's a great time to launch Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. It embodies the enthusiasm of my new album, Moonshine in the Trunk." The Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley collection will debut at the grand opening of the Nashville, Tennessee Boot Barn store on 24 October (14), and the entire collection will be available online and in U.S. stores from 1 December (14).
Cuban rapper Pitbull is adding even more star power to the upcoming iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina concert by joining the lineup of the inaugural festival.
Following the success of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, bosses at iHeartMedia are producing its first-ever Latin concert, and the "Give Me Everything" hitmaker is set to take to the stage at Los Angeles' Forum on 22 November (14). In addition to Pitbull, Colombian singer J. Balvin and teen sensation Becky G are joining the lineup, which includes previously announced artists Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee and Prince Royce. Roberto Tapia, Alejandra Guzman, La Original Banda el Limon feat. Voz a Voz, Jesse & Joy, and surprise guests are also slated to take the stage.
Iggy Azalea has blasted executives at her Australian record label for ignoring her pleas to stop handing publications old photos of her.
The "Fancy" hitmaker was upset when the current issue of Maxim Australia hit news stands back home - because it featured an old shot of the rapper in a gold bikini on the cover. Azalea, who is now based in the U.S., took aim at her label bosses Down Under via Twitter on Thursday (16Oct14), accusing them of selling the photo of her, despite her requests not to dig up old shots. She wrote:
"Im going to publicly say something to the australian division of my record label right now because my message seems to be ignored privately. stop giving permission on my behalf for magazines to purchase images of me that have already been printed in major publications for covers. "australian label, i love you guys but you allowed my image to be sold to cosmo Aus when i told you i would prefer for that not to happen... and now this morning i see you've allowed maxim australia to buy an image from a 2011 complex mag shoot and put it on the cover. "i think its awesome anyone would want me on the cover of a magazine, but theres a right way to make that happen and the australian label clearly aren't respecting my wishes. a magazine cover deserves an accompanying photoshoot not a reused image (sic)." She adds, "maxim australia, thanks for the love and I'm sorry no one asked me. i would have love (sic) to have given an interview & done a shoot with u guys (sic)."
Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as the headliners for Europe's upcoming C2C Country to Country Festival. The Drunk on You hitmaker and Need You Now trio are the main attraction at the continent's largest country music festival, which will also features acts including Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and Brandy Clark.
The C2C Festival will make stops in London, Dublin, Ireland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden next March (15), with two nights in each city.
Although the festival was only launched in 2012, it has already attracted thousands of country fans from all over Europe.
Earlier this year (14), more than 50,000 were in attendance at London's O2 Arena and Dublin's 3Arena for the event, which starred the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.