Pop star Ed Sheeran only agreed to take part in TV motoring show Top Gear to make viewers laugh, as it emerged he narrowly avoided spinning out of control and smashing into a metal bollard during filming. The A Team hitmaker signed up for the British TV show's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, in which celebrities hurtle around a track in a family saloon in a race against the clock.
Sheeran shot his attempt last week (ends25Jan15) sparking reports he had crashed during filming, which he later spoke out to deny, but it has since emerged he suffered several scary moments.
The singer admits he had never even sat at the driving wheel of a car before taking part in the show, and during his high-speed laps in heavy rain, viewers saw Sheeran almost spin the car full circle, send clumps of mud into the air as his vehicle hurtled across a grass verge, and narrowly avoid hitting a metal signpost as he repeatedly careered off the track.
He eventually completed a lap in one minute and 54.3 seconds, putting him second-to-last on the show's leaderboard, but host Jeremy Clarkson admitted the novice driver had been given a helping hand - he was allowed to use a car with automatic transmission.
Sheeran told viewers, "Before today I had never sat in the driving seat or put my hand on the steering wheel. The reason I said 'yes' to Top Gear is that I thought it would be funny that the first time I drive (is on TV)... It was interesting. I had some funny bloopers."
Pop star Ed Sheeran's first racing experience ended with a scary crash when he recently took part in British TV show Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment. The Lego House singer, who doesn't drive and doesn't have a license, became the first celebrity to get behind the wheel on the show's new season - and his speedy lap at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England didn't end well.
Sheeran flew off the track at high speed and steered the show's red Vauxhall into a field.
Prior to the shoot, Sheeran urged fans to think of him as he prepared for his taped appearance on Top Gear, tweeting, "I'm driving for the first time ever today, on a race track, on tv. Wish me luck."
Sheeran's driving exploits on Top Gear will air in Britain this weekend (25Jan15).
Tons of celebrities write memoirs. Even the ones who aren’t old enough to write memoirs dictate their short lives to a “co-writer” who gets it ready for Kindle consumption at rapid speed (Justin Bieber, we’re looking at you). But there are other famous folks who give fiction writing a shot and find themselves atop a best-seller list or two. Read up on a few successful celebrity authors and the books you may or may not have known they wrote!
1. Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore published her first children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry, in October 2007 and it was an instant smash. It landed on the New York Times Best Seller list and was later adapted into a musical, further proving that having red hair and freckles makes you awesome.
2. Hilary Duff
Um, yeah. Lizzie McGuire wrote a book. A popular one at that. Her debut young adult novel Elixir (which was co-written with Elise Allen because, let’s face it, when you think Hilary Duff you don’t think “novelist”) was released in 2010. It peaked on the New York Times Best Seller list and Duff went on to “write” two more sequels to the supernatural romance.
3. Lauren Conrad
The former Hills reality star penned a novel that was basically a fictionalized version of her life – kind of like, well, The Hills. L.A. Candy was released in 2009, became a bestseller, and inspired two sequels – Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice.
4. Lauren Graham
We know from Gilmore Girls that Lauren Graham has a knack for spouting witty dialogue, but apparently she can write it too! Her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe – about a young woman trying to make it as an actress in New York in the mid-90s - was released in 2013 and quickly entered the New York Times Best Seller list. Rory would be so proud.
5. Chris Colfer
Talk about an out-of-the-blue success story! We only knew Chris Colfer as a singing/acting machine on Glee, but he became a bonafide author in 2012 with the release of the children’s book The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell. He spent two weeks at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list in the Children’s Chapter Books category. All of this accomplished at the ripe old age of 22. Can you even?
6. James Franco
That’s one way to put your many college degrees to use. James Franco released a collection of short stories called Palo Alto in 2010. And while many critics deemed it a failure, it was turned into a film…which nobody saw. Ok so maybe it wasn’t commercially successful but come on, don’t you just want to read it out of curiosity?
7. Nicole Richie
The former party girl of The Simple Life put pen to paper (or, in a more likely scenario, hired a ghostwriter) to complete a semi-autobiographical novel called The Truth About Diamonds. The book, released in 2005, is about a singer's adopted daughter who becomes a celebutante and battles drug addiction. Sound familiar? Richie even put a picture of herself on the cover. Still, it reached number 32 in the Hardcover Fiction New York Times Best Seller list. She released a second novel, Priceless, in 2010.
8. B.J. Novak
How do you entice kids to read a book with no pictures? Have B.J. Novak write it. The former Office star’s children’s book – aptly titled The Book With No Pictures – became a huge hit with the kindergarten set when it was released earlier this year. For anyone who thought this was an unusual career move for Novak, he’s having the last laugh – along with thousands of extremely entertained kids.
9. Ricky Martin
Since becoming a dad, Ricky Martin is no longer livin’ la vida loca. Instead, he’s writing children’s books. His first book, Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars, was released in 2013. The picture book was inspired by his own childhood and was published in both English and Spanish. Martin previously penned his memoir in 2011.
10. Steve Martin
This comedian takes his writing seriously. He wrote a novella, Shopgirl, in 2000, which was turned into a movie. And in 2010, he published a novel called An Object of Beauty about a young woman trying to make it in the art world.
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George Clooney and his new bride Amal have topped a new celebrity sex tape wish list. The couple, who wed earlier this year (14) in Italy, have toppled Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as the celebrities porn fans would most like to see making out, according to bosses at top sex tape distributor Vivid Entertainment.
The Clooneys have beaten out Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin to the top of the new list, while Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger come in third.
Vivid co-founder Steven Hirsch tells WENN, "George and Amal quickly gained our favour as the world's hottest couple with the speed of their romance and sheer glamour of their Italian wedding. We're confident that a sex tape starring this couple would be an instant international bestseller."
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds round out the new top five, while Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, new parents Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine, and Charlize Theron and Sean Penn make the top 10.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has won a slew of solid reviews for her West End debut in Speed-The-Plow, with critics hailing her performance as "perfectly creditable" and insisting she has "real presence" on stage.
The Mean Girls star faced the notoriously tough theatre critics on the opening night of the show at London's Playhouse Theatre on Thursday night (02Oct14), and garnered a largely positive response. The Guardian's Michael Billington branded the production "tame" and "under-powered" but insisted Lohan was on top form, writing, "Lindsay Lohan gives a perfectly creditable performance in this revival of David Mamet's acerbic, anti-Hollywood satire. Whatever her colorful past, Lohan brings on stage a quality of breathless naivety that is far and away the most interesting thing in (the show)... She holds the stage with ease and doesn't let the side down."
Paul Taylor of The Independent was also impressed with Lohan's stage debut, writing, "Given the circumstances and the glare of publicity, it would have been understandable if she had succumbed to traumatic mutism at tonight's press performance, so it's good to report that she was completely on top of the script... Bravo to Lindsay Lohan for... turning in a deftly delineated characterization... She has real presence."
The Daily Express' Simon Edge adds, "She has a reputation as a director's nightmare who doesn't turn up to rehearsals back home, so much the better: who wouldn't pay to see a historic A-list car-crash?... I'm sorry to be the bearer of disappointing tidings, but pile-up it ain't."
Dominic Cavendish of the Daily Telegraph concludes, "Lindsay Lohan... made her stage debut with a surprising - and smouldering - degree of style. True, she fluffed a line and needed an off-stage prompt - but given the pressure to prove herself, that's just-about pardonable... She delivers enough of the goods... to hold her head up high."
Lohan ended the show by showering the audience with gold glitter and later attended a star-studded press night afterparty at London's National Liberal Club. Her mother Dina was in the crowd for the opening night show after flying in from New York for the occasion.
Actress Blake Lively had a miserable 27th birthday on Monday (25Aug14) as she recovered from a bee attack.
The former Gossip Girl star was being photographed for her lifestyle website, Preserve, on Sunday (24Aug14) when she felt a sudden "electric shock of energy" and realised she had been stung.
In a post on the blog, she writes, "(It was) the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy - was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older... I think. "But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell... then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling (sic). It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting."
She adds, "I don't know enough about insects to say if they were wasps, honeybees or Mother Nature’s miniature flying tasers. What I DO know, is that just moments before we were in the midst of a gorgeous fall fashion shoot. Now, I was a Monty Python sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I’d just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge."
Lively admits she was left shaken after the bee attack, but the swelling didn't completely ruin her birthday - she threw an impromptu party, where guests enjoyed slices of a vanilla cake the actress baked.
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It might seem like Disney is taking some big risks with its most precious property, the Star Wars universe. Gareth Edwards — slated to direct a yet unspecified standalone character feature for the franchise — turned in an exceptional Godzilla movie, but still only has one additional directing credit to his name. Chronicle's Josh Trank, recently saddled with a similar gig, was an even more surprising choice for the studio. And now, the coup de gracie: Rian Johnson, one of the most interesting filmmakers playing the genre game these days, will take on writing and directing duties for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX (per Deadline). It's the biggest task that Disney has yet to bestow upon any of its Star Wars folk, with sci-fi frontman J.J. Abrams only earning the one film, but perhaps the lowest risk of the bunch. If you take a look at Johnson's complete filmography, you'll see what we mean.
Johnson's debut feature — a pitch black neo-noir mystery that follows a pre-resurgence Joseph Gordon-Levitt around the underbelly of his high school community looking for the answers to a spiraling mystery. The biggest strength of Brick, beyond some dynamite performances all around (Gordon-Levitt most of all) is a script that reads practically like music. Compare Harrison Ford bemoaning George Lucas' 1977 Star Wars dialogue ("George, you can type this s**t, but you sure as hell can't say it!") with JGL singing the praises of Johnson's poetry ("Brick was a good script just to read. It was like, 'Oh my God, these words feel so good in my mouth.' A lot of movies try to set up a world with cool sets, costumes, camera work. In Brick, the world is born from the words.") and you'll see that maybe a talented wordsmith is exactly what the franchise needs.
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Johnson reteamed with Gordon-Levitt in 2012 for his first science fiction feature, and perhaps the first of his movies to earn something close to widespread recognition. Admittedly, Looper got its share of flack for "time travel problems," as any movie that plays fast and loose with the rules of such a delicate sci-fi staple is bound to. But Looper isn't a bastardization of the tradition, it's a celebration of it: of what makes it fun, interesting, a valuable storytelling device, and worth watching a movie about. Instead of being didactic to the impossible logic of timeline continuity, Johnson was devoted chiefly to the spirit of time travel. This is what we want in a Star Wars director — someone who loves that galaxy far, far away but won't let it arrest his imagination.
Johnson directed three episodes of Breaking Bad, each a memorable entry in the series' five season run. The first was "Fly" (represented above, as even those unfamiliar might have guessed), Breaking Bad's take on the small screen tradition of the bottle episode, trapping Walter White literally inside of his laboratory and figuratively inside of his decaying mind. Two years later, Johnson helmed "Fifty-One," famous primarily for the climactic scene in which Skyler attempts suicide by jumping into the family's swimming pool. And finally, "Ozymandias," the third-to-last episode of the series and top contender for most celebrated Breaking Bad episode of all.
The director exemplifies such completely different strengths in "Fly" and "Ozymandias" that you'd have to be startled upon learning they were brought to screen by the same artist. In the former, Walt's turmoil reaches out from in, poisoning him (and Jesse) slowly and steadily over the course of the 45-minute ep. "Ozymandias," on the other hand, is a deep dish of adrenaline. From minute one, things are edge-of-your-seat tense, incurring shoot-outs, killings, high speed chases, kidnappings, domestic chaos, the works.
Both sorts of dramatic expertise are needed for any good adventure piece. Johnson can handle subdued tension, internalized drama, and psychological horror. But he also knows what he's doing when it comes to action, adrenaline, and guttural excitement. If nothing else has convinced you that he's a shoe-in for a good Star Wars picture, Breaking Bad has got to do the trick.
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Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Hit monster movie Godzilla has been named the most mistake-laden film of the year (14) so far. The sci-fi favourite, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is currently riding high on both sides of the Atlantic after racking up combined opening weekend sales of more than $100 million (£62.5 million).
However, it is also on course to set another record for 2014 after eagle-eyed cinema-goers noticed a string of errors since the film was released on Friday (16May14). Godzilla has shot straight to the top of a 'list of shame' on Moviemistakes.com with nine howling errors, including gaps between a character's airtight radiation mask and his face, a huge explosion with a tiny shockwave, and a whispered conversation in a noisy helicopter.
Second on the list is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has eight errors including a shield with three bullet holes when only two shots are fired, and a stationary car changing direction between shots. The Monuments Men, Robocop, and Need for Speed all tie for third place, with five mistakes each.
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Whether it’s Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield swinging from building to building, Spider-Man has faced some formidable opponents. Some of these villains have stayed true to their comic book form while others have fallen flat. Here are our rankings from the Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man.
In theory this could have been great. But the execution felt forced. Thomas Haden Church takes on the role of Flint Marko, a criminal who steps into a particle accelerator and can now control sand. Kind of a lame power, right? The tension feels forced because after two sequels we find out it was Marko who killed Uncle Ben, who was Peter Parker’s father figure. Sandman teams up with Venom, but their efforts fall short. Spider-Man wouldn’t get killed, come on now.
4. Green Goblin
Played expertly by Willem Dafoe, Green Goblin is a deranged bad guy who poses a major threat to Spider-Man. His powers stay true to the comics, tossing pumpkin bombs and flying through the air with his Glider. The Goblin is really millionaire Norman Osborn, who eventually finds out that the webslinger is really Peter Parker. As a major villain, Green Goblin is a threat, but not a threat to the rest of the world.
Another victim of the lackluster Spider-Man 3, Venom had potential to be the top villain. Unfortunately, this Venom was not faithful to the comic book at all. Venom is really Eddie Brock, a beefy journalist who possess incredible strength and that’s before an alien symbiote invades his body. Topher Grace is not buff at all. Where was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for this casting? Venom is still a credible bad guy with his alien superpowers. Like the Goblin, he doesn’t pose a huge threat to society.
His strength and speed are extremely dangerous and he has a nefarious plan to change humans into lizards. Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curtis Connors, who transforms into a giant lizard thanks to a science experiment gone bad. Lizard climbs near the top of this list because his grand scheme is a big threat to all of humanity, not just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
1. Dr. Octopus
Watch out! As long as Doc Ock is around, the world could be doomed. Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina) is the toughest enemy in the Spider-Man films universe. Dangerous mechanical arms make sure Doc can match strength with anybody and his experiments with nuclear fusion reach out-of-control levels that threaten the existence of every human. Otto Octavius had to be stopped — this proved to be Spidey’s most difficult task.
A look at man's need for speed, from hot rods to rocket ships, jet boats to motorbikes. The program examines the limits to how fast man can go, and the consequences that occur when reaching beyond those limits.