British actor James Corden caused a security scare at a London airport as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge returned from their first official trip to New York after mindlessly wandering into a blocked off area of the runway. The star, who features in new Disney movie musical Into The Woods, reveals he found himself sitting in the same first class cabin as the U.K. royals when he was flying home earlier this month (Dec14).
He says, "I don't normally fly first class on aeroplanes, I've never done it, but because I'm in a Disney film, that's what happens...
"So I'm in the plane, and I'm on the plane with William and Kate (Catherine) in the same cabin... My first thought was, 'If this plane goes down, no one mentions that I've died...!' It's just, 'They died... and 200 other people...'"
Corden claims he and one fellow male passenger were the only others in first class not travelling with the Duke and Duchess, so he was inadvertently led astray as he exited the plane upon arrival in London.
He explains, "I'm going off the plane, I'm listening to (music) in my headphones and I'm very happily wandering along. As I'm getting off the plane, this side door opens and the people in front of me go in through the door, and so I just go through the door and I'm going down these stairs and then I'm on the runway, on the tarmac, with all these cars and I'm thinking, 'Wow, Disney have really... looked after me on this trip...!'"
However, Corden soon discovered the waiting vehicles were not meant for him and he was flagged as a royal security risk.
He continues, "Then this arm goes (stops me) and (the bodyguard) goes, 'What are you doing?' I'm like (taking my headphones out), going, 'What?' and he went, 'What are you doing here?' And I just went, 'I'm in a Disney film. I'm the lead in it, I think it's probably... one of these cars are mine.' And he goes (speaks into a microphone in his sleeve), 'We've got a 526 down on the tarmac'. I go, 'No no, I'm not a 526, honestly, I'm not a 526. I don't know what a 526 is, but I'm not it.' He goes, 'Sir, you're gonna have to go back up the stairs and go back to the top."
Corden followed the instructions, but was stopped again by another bodyguard moments later.
He says, "I go back up the stairs (to the main airport terminal), and then this hand goes, (stops me again) and (a guard) goes, 'What are you doing in the stairwell?' (I said), 'I don't normally travel in first class and I got a bit confused...' and he goes (speaks into his sleeve mic), 'We've got a 526 in the stairwell.' I'm like, 'Honestly, I'm not a 526!'"
The plane drama has since convinced Corden to talk up his royal encounter by suggesting the trio "slept together".
He exclaims, "For all of that (drama), I can legitimately say that I've slept with the future king of England. There's no denying it; I slept with him. In fact, we all slept together! The three of us slept together one night, coming back from New York, it's no big deal, get over it!"
The Oscars are supposed to be a barometer for greatness in the movie industry, but sometimes the Academy just misses the mark. Think about it: Three Six Mafia has an Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio does not. Snubs inevitably happen every year and some are more egregious than others. As we prepare for the next batch of nominations, let us reflect on some of the biggest snubs that still have us scratching our heads.
1. Leonardo DiCaptio in The Departed
Leo has been nominated a lot, we know this, but he was at his best in this Martin Scorsese flick. It still pains us that this wasn’t his year.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
We thought Leo/Kate Winslet reunion would equal Oscar magic. But alas, it was not to be.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
We still love this movie and think he was fantastic as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. Technically he played more than character, as Frank faked his way into becoming an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Last Leo one, we promise. But man did he do a good job playing Howard Hughes’ descent into madness.
5. Brokeback Mountain
With the exception of Ang Lee winning for Best Director, Brokeback Mountain got completely shut out of the Oscars. Crash beat it for Best Picture in an upset, and Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all inexplicably lost in their categories despite delivering amazing performances.
6. Alfred Hitchcock
Can you believe the Master of Suspense never won an Oscar for directing? Despite all of his directing techniques that are now famous, poor Hitch never got Oscar recognition. Couldn’t they have at least given him the Best Cameos in All His Films award?
7. James Dean
We expect that if James Dean had lived longer than his young 24 years, he would have taken home Oscar gold. But the impressive trifecta of films he made during his much-too-short career (A Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant) are enough to make us sad he never won.
8. Saving Private Ryan
This Steven Spielberg wartime epic starring Tom Hanks was beat out for Best Picture by Shakespeare in Love. Rumblings have indicated power producer Harvey Weinstein’s purse strings – rather than the film’s merit - are what actually got Shakespeare the gold.
9. Marilyn Monroe
The iconic bombshell never got to make a breathy Oscar acceptance speech. She was probably most deserving for her part in Some Like It Hot, but it just wasn't in the cards.
10. Amy Adams
Doesn’t it seem like she gets nominated every year? She’s like the female Leonardo DiCaprio at this point. She was great in The Fighter and she was our favorite part of American Hustle last year. Such a shame.
11. Robert Redford
Redford, aka the Brad Pitt before Brad Pitt, has never won an Oscar for acting. He nabbed one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and got a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002, but the founder of the Sundance Film Festival was never acknowledged for the talent that made him famous.
12. Paul Newman for The Hustler
It took Paul Newman way too long to claim his Oscar glory. He was notoriously snubbed all throughout his prime years – most notably for The Hustler in 1962. The Academy finally gave him an honorary award in 1986 and then a Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in the subpar sequel to The Hustler - The Color of Money.
13. Citizen Kane
This film has been number one on so many AFI Greatest Movies of All Time lists that we kind of just assumed it had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Not so. The Orson Welles masterpiece was beat out by How Green Was My Valley, a movie about a Welsh mining village.
14. Michael Fassbender in Shame
When you put aside the jokes about "best performance by a penis in a movie," you’ll realize that Fassbender actually turns in an Oscar-worthy performance in Shame (clothed or unclothed). We’ll give him time though – we think a statuette is in his future.
15. Ewan McGregor
Ewan (or as we like to call him: every straight man’s mancrush) has turned in some brilliant work over the years – like his roles in Beginners and The Impossible. But sadly it seems it wasn’t enough to catch the Academy’s attention.
16. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. We repeat: Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. How can the guy who played iconic characters in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Finding Neverland be lacking a trophy, you ask? It’s a mystery for the ages.
17. Jessica Chastain
Remember when Jessica Chastain had like a million movies come out in 2011? In luckier years, we think at least ONE of those would have gotten her a win. Maybe 2015 will be her year.
18. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Reese Witherspoon beat her out that year for Walk the Line, but Keira would have had our vote for her pitch perfect portrayal of Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett.
Talk about a beautifully made film. It even won the Golden Globe for Best Drama that year, which is usually a sign that an Oscar imminent. Nope. No Country for Old Men took it instead. Guess nothing beats a Coen Brothers film with an ambiguous ending.
20. Short Term 12
If you've seen this gem of an indie movie starring a riveting Brie Larson, you'll understand why this was a major snub. It was one of the best movies of 2013, but presumably because it was so small, it didn't get any awards love. Travesty.
21. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Another small movie, but a huge Oscar-worthy performance by Winstead as a young wife coming to terms with sobriety. Or at least worthy of a nomination. Pay better attention, Academy!
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Russell Brand has felt the wrath of an angry bank worker who has written a letter of complaint to the star for staging a "futile publicity stunt" at his place of work, forcing him to miss his lunch and stand in the cold. The actor/funnyman has been a regular in the headlines in recent weeks, joining a number of marches and demonstrations in both the U.K. and U.S. during the promotional campaign for his anti-democracy book Revolution.
He also staged a stunt at the London headquarters of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last week (ends15Dec14), heading to the building with a megaphone, a camera crew and a placard featuring the face of the firm's former boss Fred Goodwin, who left in disgrace amid billions of dollars in losses.
Brand was caught on video facing off with an employee who was making his way back to work. In the footage, the star is giving an interview to the press when he overhears a man muttering criticism of the stunt and accosts him to put his views across.
The man in film, identified only as Jo, has now written an open letter to Brand expressing his anger over the stunt, which inconvenienced "ordinary working people", and comparing him to a "school bully".
In the letter, which has been posted online, Jo writes, "On Friday, you staged a publicity stunt at an RBS office, inconveniencing a hundred or so people. I was the lanky slouched guy... who complained to you that you, a multimillionaire, had caused my lunch to get cold... I'd been standing in the freezing cold for half an hour on your whim. What mattered to me at the time wasn't bonuses; it was my lunch, so I said so...
"I just got back from buying my lunch to discover the building's doors were locked, a film crew were racing around outside... and you were in reception, poncing around... Which left us - the people who were supposed to be in the building, who had work to do - standing around in the cold...
"You staged a completely futile publicity stunt. You turned up and weren't allowed in. Big wow... That's not a global conspiracy, Russell; it's basic security...
"I can honestly say that the only other people ever to talk to me the way you did were school bullies... Now I think about it, they used to ruin my lunchtimes too... Who did you inconvenience on Friday?... A bunch of admittedly fairly well paid but still quite ordinary working people, admin staff mostly... in order to accommodate the puerile self-aggrandising antics of a prancing multimillionaire. If you had any self-awareness beyond agonising over how often to straighten your f**king chest hair, you'd be ashamed."
Actress Emma Stone has been pumped up with steroids to allow her to perform in Broadway's Cabaret eight times a week after straining her voice onstage. The Amazing Spider-Man star took over the role of Sally Bowles from fellow Hollywood actress Michelle Williams last month (Nov14), but Stone admits she had no idea how tough it would be to belt out every song night after night - especially her character's title track during the finale.
Her vocals have suffered as a result and now Stone has been placed on steroids medication to help her sing through the pain.
She explains, "For some reason I think that the last song should be sung like Kurt Cobain or something and so I've just been screaming it, and you can't do that eight times a week, so I'm learning that.
"Because I'm singing that song... I was screaming it, so my vocal cords went crazy so they (doctors) gave me a shot of steroids..."
Stone admits the pills have given her a big boost in strength, but they're playing havoc on her stomach.
She tells U.S. talk show host David Letterman, "I feel like the Hulk! I could rip someone's face off, in a good way! It's great! I don't condone steroids... I'm weened off by tomorrow, but right now I feel like a million bucks.
"It makes you so hungry but my stomach also hurts terribly... I'm cramping. (But) my voice is really hanging in there!"
Hollywood couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski had a little fun at pal Jimmy Kimmel's expense this week after pranking him on three occasions by covering his entire car with wrapping paper. The close friends and Los Angeles neighbours have been messing with one another for the past few Christmases, and last year (13), the actors woke up one morning to find their entire house decorated with gift wrap and elaborate festive ornaments.
They decided to get their own back on Kimmel this year (14) by having his SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) completely sealed in red and gold paper, complete with a big name tag reading, "From Your Secret Santa", which the TV host discovered after filming his Jimmy Kimmel Live! show last week (ends14Dec14).
The Krasinskis had also filled the inside of the car with hundreds of colourful baubles, which spilled out into the parking lot as Kimmel opened a door.
The comedian was caught out again the following night, when his car was wrapped up once more - only instead of baubles, a group of carol singers burst out of the vehicle, stunning Kimmel as they belted out Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
Blunt teased her pal over his reaction on Monday night (15Dec14), when she was the talk show host's guest.
Discussing video footage of the prank, she said, "Not only were you terrified, and I love that you flinched... that was the best bit ever. But that, it is your nightmare - people singing at you."
Blunt and Krasinski were not done with their shenanigans - after completing Monday's taping, Kimmel walked out to the parking lot again to find his SUV gift wrapped for the third time in days.
John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman wants The Beatles legend's widow Yoko Ono to forgive him for murdering the star. Chapman shot Lennon four times outside his home at the Dakota building in New York in December, 1980, plunging fans of the band into mourning.
He was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison and has been refused parole on several occasions following pleas from Ono to keep him behind bars, but now it has emerged Chapman is hoping for forgiveness from Lennon's widow.
He and his wife Gloria have even written letters to Ono in a desperate bid to salve his conscience over the shocking murder.
In an interview with Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, Gloria Chapman says, "If Mark could say anything to John and Yoko now, he would say: 'I'm sorry I caused such pain'. He would say: 'I hope you have forgiven me'...
"John was a nice person but Mark wasn't thinking about that that day, and put himself first. That was his mistake."
Chapman's wife also reveals she and her husband often talk about Lennon when she visits him in prison in New York, adding, "We do talk about Lennon at times. There is nothing I can't discuss with Mark. We spoke about him during my last visit in October. And we prayed for Yoko... I feel for her. One thing we prayed for is that she finds Jesus Christ in her life and to find forgiveness for Mark. I hope some day I could meet her and express that.
"Mark and I both wrote letters to her. He isn't angry or upset that she has pleaded with judges not to release him. I think he understands."
She also responded to recent remarks from Sir Paul McCartney that Lennon's killer was "the jerk of all jerks" and bizarrely suggested the former Beatles star should visit his bandmate's murderer in prison, adding, "Paul McCartney has a right to say what he wants, but if he was to meet Mark, I think he would like him. Mark is a very likeable and loving person. He always puts other people's needs before his own and would welcome a visit from Mr. McCartney."
British actor Stephen Fry was forced to stop using Twitter.com while filming in Mexico over fears he would be kidnapped. The funnyman posted a cryptic message on the microblogging site last month (Nov14), reading, "Closing down on Twitter while filming. In a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet. See you December. Here goes..."
He has now revealed staff at his insurance company insisted on the ban while he filmed a new TV project amid fears criminals would track him down and take him hostage.
Fry explained he was banned from social media and driving at night although he insists he did not feel in danger during his time in Mexico, which he described as a "wonderful country".
Speaking on British chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man, he says, "I was filming in Mexico, which is a wonderful country, but the insurance company decided I should not tweet for fear of kidnapping and things like that. They did not want me to reveal where I was. They told me not to use social media or drive at night. There has been appalling violence but I did not sense any of that."
The talk show airs in the U.K. on Friday (12Dec14).
Comedian Kevin Hart treated actor Josh Gad to an unforgettable night at a strip club by handing over $1,000 (£625) to tip the exotic dancers. The duo stars in upcoming comedy The Wedding Ringer, and soon after meeting for the first time, Hart decided to take the Frozen star to a "black strip club" for a bonding experience.
In an interview with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres on her U.S. talk show on Thursday (11Dec14), the Ride Along actor explained the difference between a white and black strip club, saying, "When you go to a predominately white strip club there's more modeling and posing.
"But when you go to the urban world there's what you call booty popping and tricks. So I wanted Josh to have this experience just to say he had it. So I got 1,000 ones (dollar bills)..."
However, Gad wasn't exactly keen on doling out cash to the strippers, saying, "What do you call this? 'Making it rain?' I call it 'losing hard cash'. I asked him if I could keep the money to put my kids through school..."
Hart went on to say that his pal wasn't a natural when it came to letting the bills fall on the dancers, adding, "He hurt a girl up close. I said, 'Josh you just go one by one', and Josh, because of his pudgy hands, he did one swoop and you heard the girl say, 'Ow! My eye! What's your problem? You don't like what you see?'"
Hart added that even though Gad was out of his comfort zone at the club, noting he dressed like a "substitute teacher", he didn't change himself just to fit in, a quality that Hart admired.
He confessed, "That was the day I called him my friend."
Actor Jerry O'Connell is nursing a nasty cut in his tongue after a recent play date with his twin daughters went awry. The Jerry Maguire star treated his girls Dolly and Charlie to a day out at a trampoline activity centre in Los Angeles after America's Thanksgiving Day holiday last week (ends28Nov14), but the outing with the five year olds and their friend ended with O'Connell being hospitalised.
His wife, actress Rebecca Romijn, tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, "(We) had a little bit of a mishap over Thanksgiving...
"This Thanksgiving, we had it at our house and... we were remarking about what a great, disaster-free Thanksgiving it was, and we took our kids on a play date with a friend, we went to a trampoline place...
"Somebody jumped up into his face and he cut his tongue right in the middle and just got stitches.
"He kept saying, 'Something's flapping around in there...!' He keeps asking me if I can hear his speech impediment. He keeps thinking that he's talking funny (but), I mean, he's always kinda talking funny. I can't tell."
The incident occurred just three years after O'Connell suffered another Thanksgiving holiday injury in 2011, when the funnyman was smacked in the eye with turkey giblets as he tried to prepare the big bird for the traditional dinner.
The cooking mishap left O'Connell wearing an eye patch for the festive feast, and Romijn is convinced hosting Thanksgiving for their families will always be a recipe for disaster.
She says, "Now it's like every time we have Thanksgiving at our house, it's a disaster."
Sir Ian Mckellen wept at the end of his first day on the set of the new The Hobbit movie after shooting a scene involving hi-tech special effects. The veteran actor reprises his role as Gandalf in the upcoming third and final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and producers used a 'green screen' technique to simulate the background in some scenes.
It involves the actors working on a blank stage so that tech crew members can later insert images of those surrounding them, but the sterile nature of the method left the proud actor in despair.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Some of it was really exciting like filming on a mountain top. But filming with a green screen is the miserable part. At the end of the first day, I shed a tear and with my head in my hand said, 'This is not why I became an actor,' forgetting the mics were still on!"