Pop star Lily Allen has called on celebrity website bosses to axe their comments sections in a bid to end online bullying. The outspoken singer often gets involved in Internet spats with her critics and has to frequently deal with torrents of abusive remarks about her music and appearance.
Allen is adamant she no longer even looks at the comments left by readers but she is now urging the owners of celebrity gossip sites to take down their comment boards and put a stop to the harassment.
The Smile hitmaker tells British magazine Notebook, "I don't find it difficult to deal with. I just don't read it any more, I don't Google myself... Why else would a website have a comments section if it wasn't for people to be horrible? It doesn't serve any other purpose, and it's not something I want to be part of...
"I don't care about it for me as a person, I care about mankind and the future, about the world my kids have been brought into. I hate that culture and I hope it stops. I'm sure people will get bored, but it's what they seem to like now."
"There used to be a mystique and romance surrounding actors, but now people are more interested in their lives than their performances. It's not about what they do on camera, but what I would describe as their dirty laundry. I've had my share of that." Nicolas Cage isn't a fan of celebrity gossip.
The Hobbit star Dean O'gorman is to portray movie great Kirk Douglas in a new film. The actor, who played dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings prequels, joins the cast of Trumbo, which already features Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and David James Elliot as John Wayne.
Diane Lane has also been cast as Trumbo's wife and Dame Helen Mirren will portray notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
Douglas starred in Trumbo's 1960 masterpiece Spartacus.
Actor Jeremy Renner wants to land a role in a Broadway musical to prove he is capable of shedding his serious action man movie persona. The Hurt Locker star is known for his brooding roles in The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and he is determined to prove he is just as talented on stage.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I want to. I can. I grew up as a singer. Listen, in the old days James Cagney played tough shoot-'em-up bad guys plus song-and-dance musicals. So, don't give up on me...
"Y'know, I'd love someday to do Broadway, but (I have) no time. My workload's heavy. I haven't (had) two free weeks on this planet. Look, I don't watch TV, haven't been to a movie theatre in years, can't catch a Broadway show, and only saw Hurt Locker once."
New York City residents have been issued a warning as the cast and crew of police drama Blue Bloods prepare to film a shocking suicide scene in a public park. Filming is due to kick off on Tuesday morning (23Sep14) in Teardrop Park, a popular Manhattan play area for parents with young children, and city officials have sent an email to locals to inform them about the grisly shoot.
The note from Battery Park City Authority, obtained by the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, reads, "To prevent any cause for alarm, we wanted to inform you, in advance, that the scene involves a simulated suicide. This scene... will have both a harnessed actress as well as a dummy."
Blue Bloods stars Bridget Moynahan, Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.
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John Travolta has dismissed allegations suggesting he enjoyed a steamy gay affair with his former pilot, insisting all of his supposed former lovers are simply chasing a big pay day.
The Grease star is currently fighting legal action from Douglas Gotterba, who is seeking to write a tell-all book about an alleged romance with the actor, which he claims took place while he was working for the star's Alto aircraft company in the 1980s. Travolta has long been subjected to speculation over his sexuality, despite being married to actress Kelly Preston since 1991, and he is convinced Gotterba's reasons for going public with his accusations are simply rooted in money - just like his previous accusers.
He tells TheDailyBeast.com, "This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money. That's all. It happens on many levels."
But Travolta, 60, refuses to get himself worked up over the unfounded gossip. He continues, "Other people may attack it back (sic) more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can't control it. I think that's why it (gay rumours) persists, to some degree."
Travolta previously hit headlines in 2012 after he was slapped with three separate suits for sexual battery, which were all subsequently withdrawn.
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A crewmember working on new post-apocalyptic teen movie The Maze Runner was admitted to hospital after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.
The male staff member was removing the reptile from the set in Louisiana when he suffered the bite, and was taken to a local medical centre for treatment. Love Actually actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster reveals the set was plagued with snakes throughout the shoot, but the bitten crew member went on to make a full recovery.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "We were seeing 10 snakes a day at the beginning and then by the end we were still catching four a day... Not all poisonous, but we had five different types of venomous snakes and two different kinds of poisonous spiders... He (the crew member) got bit, but it was fine. He got bit by a little baby rattlesnake. He did get rushed to the hospital, but he was the only one." Brodie-Sangster stars in the movie along with Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter.
Actor Chace Crawford is nursing an injured arm. The former Gossip Girl star was photographed on his way to Los Angeles hotspot Craig's Restaurant on Friday (12Sep14), wearing a large sling supporting his left arm.
Crawford was not wearing a cast, and did not reveal how he ended up in a sling or the extent of his injury.
"I tested for Gossip Girl. I wanted to be in it so badly, I thought at the time it was the end of the world. Now I think, 'Well I would have got pigeon-holed, have had to move to New York, leave high school and be signed away for six years. I wouldn't have done the films I've done, and everything would have been so different." Actress Lily Collins has got over her devastation at missing out on a role in the hit TV show.
Late comedienne Joan Rivers will appear on U.S. TV months after her death in two episodes of reality series Celebrity Apprentice.
The Fashion Police co-host died last week (ends07Sep14) aged 81, but she will continue to be seen on TV screens because she acted as businessman Donald Trump's boardroom adviser in the upcoming series of the reality show. Rivers, who won the 2009 series, will assist Trump for two episodes.
He announced on Twitter.com, "We just finished shooting a new season of Celebrity Apprentice and happily for all, Joan plays my advisor in two episodes... She was great!" A U.S. broadcast date for the series has not yet been announced.
Rivers was laid to rest at a memorial service in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, her daughter Melissa held an intimate gathering at the comedienne's home following the funeral.