Comedian Craig Ferguson has revealed he and new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi spent a lot of their time "doing drugs" as bandmates in the 1980s. The two Scots were members of punk group The Dreamboys, and never imagined they'd become TV stars in America, where Ferguson has hosted his own late-night show for a decade and Capaldi is the latest Timelord.
And during Ferguson's visit to U.S. show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (17Sep14), he fondly recalled his musical days as a drummer behind frontman Capaldi after host Andy Cohen showed off a promotional photo of their band.
Ferguson revealed, "We did a lot of drugs. We had every drug available... There wasn't much cocaine in Glasgow (Scotland), it was mostly speed or acid."
Now that both Ferguson and Capaldi have found fame, The Late Late Show host is still perplexed as to how they became well known entertainers, especially since they came from wild beginnings.
He explained, "I don't know, when the rest of the guys were going to either Emerson or Harvard, I was taking acid in the back of a van with the guy who ended up playing the Doctor. I don't know how it happened."
Golf legend Greg Norman is recovering after a freak chainsaw accident on Saturday (13Sep14), which almost cost him his left hand. The two-time British Open champion admits he was "lucky" after hacking into his arm while trimming trees on his estate in Florida.
Norman just missed cutting through a main artery and tendon and managed to get to a nearby hospital in time to save his hand.
He posted a photo of himself with a bandaged left hand and arm to his Instagram account on Saturday and added the caption, "Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."
Norman tells Associated Press, "Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off. I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."
He posted another photo of himself posing with his hand and arm all bandaged up on Sunday (14Sep14) and thanked fans for their support, adding, "Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime... w/ (with) my new fashion statement!"
And in a brief chat with pal Matt Lauer on the Today show on Monday (15Sep14), the golfer revealed he had an eerie premonition before he packed up his chainsaw.
He said, "A feeling came over me that something bad is gonna happen... I'm not ignoring that feeling again."
Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is convinced she will win her campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia. The Jindabyne star is a patron of the Adopt Change organisation, which is pushing for a reform of regulations to speed up the adoption process and boost the number of parentless children being housed.
The campaign is now gathering pace as Adopt Change staff are working with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Furness is adamant all their efforts will pay off.
She tells the country's Herald Sun newspaper, "I'm so excited and I've learnt so much from this experience. It shows if you stick at something, you are going to get results. We are talking about changing a whole culture. We are in the process of doing that.
"We are working with the Prime Minister's office and we are looking to really make a difference to so many children. It feels really good."
Kanye West became embroiled in a dispute with British dance music veteran Aphex Twin after the DJ accused the rapper of using a song sample without permission. West used a portion of Aphex Twin's track Avril 14th in a song called Blame Game from hit album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The British star, real name Richard James, has now revealed the sample prompted a dispute with West as he had to fight the rapper to gain recognition for his work.
He tells Pitchfork.com, "Is it a sample? I actually don't know what it ended up being in the end, I'm so slack. I know that he tried to f**king rip me off and claim that he'd written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they'd sampled it really badly and time-stretched it... I was like, 'I'll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn't even say 'hello' or 'thanks,' they just replied with, 'It's not yours, it's ours, and we're not even asking you any more.'"
James eventually won a writing credit on West's record.
Lindsay Lohan has confirmed reports she's planning to write a memoir, but insists it won't be as racy as some have suggested. The actress, who is preparing to hit the London stage in Speed-The-Plow, tells MailOnline.com that fans hoping she'll reveal all about her sex encounters with celebrities will be disappointed.
She says, "I would never write to violate someone else or objectify them; that's not my intention. I like to write because it's like therapy for me. I want to put (out) a lot of photos and cool stuff; it will probably be like a trilogy, like Harry Potter, because there's so many.
"I've kept journals my whole life, since when I was a kid and stuff and I think I have a lot to say. I worked with a lot of girls in India that have gone through a lot of stuff, and a lot of kids who have gone through family issues or who get subjected to DUI (driving under the influence) or anything like that and then the pressure of just being better.
"I feel like my book will be more about that than anything else because there's the excitement of the life that I have lived but I've seen a lot and if I can help anyone that might feel like it's OK to screw up, it's OK to feel lonely, or ugly or to feel overweight or underweight."
Lohan appears to be picking up the pieces of her life after years of legal woes and substance abuse issues led to jail time and several rehab experiences, both voluntary and court-imposed.
She checked out of rehab a year ago (Aug13) and has kept herself out of the headlines ever since as she attempts to revive her acting career in the West End.
Tom Hanks has turned his passion for collecting old typewriters into a lucrative new venture after teaming up with award-winning game developers at Hitcents to create a new iPad mobile app for fans of old school keyboards. Hanx Writer recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but "with the ease and speed of an iPad".
The new venture launched on Thursday (14Aug14) and is available for free via AppStore.com/HanxWriter.
The Oscar-winning Captain Phillips star says, "No longer must you surrender modern luxuries, like the 'DELETE' key. With Hanx Writer, you'll hear the rhythm of your work with 'SHOOK SHOOK' or 'FITT-FITT'."
The Hanx Writer app comes with wireless keyboard support and each document can be emailed, printed, and shared. Invitations, letters, and notes can be personalised with the complimentary Hanx Prime Select typewriter. Users also have the ability to change font colour, add pictures to title pages and create multiple documents.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is terrified she will make a huge mistake onstage during her theatrical debut in Speed-The-Plow. The Mean Girls star has been trying to get her acting career back on track since she left rehab last year (13) following a series of legal troubles and battles with substance abuse.
Lohan hopes her theatre debut on the London stage will re-establish her as actress, but the pressure to deliver is making her nervous.
She tells MailOnline, "I think it's just the idea of when it starts, on opening night, that's what makes me the most nervous. I'll probably mess up on the first night just out of fear.
"I'm excited about the rehearsals, I'm going to be nervous at first obviously... But I think the more I get comfortable on the stage in rehearsals, the better it will be. I'm nervous for the show. I'm scared."
Lohan will begin rehearsing the role of Karen in the play on 25 August (14). The production will open at London's Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14) and run until November (14).
Pop star Laura Mvula has joined a campaign to boost creativity among British schoolchildren after accusing TV talent shows of narrowing kids' ambitions. The Scottish singer is adamant most youngsters in the U.K. now see appearing on a reality show such as The X Factor or Britain's Got Talent as their number one aim.
The former teacher is determined to help children broaden their horizons in music so she has signed up as an ambassador of the BBC's Ten Pieces project, which challenges kids to create their own art from a classical composition.
Mvula tells Stella magazine, "When I was teaching, if I asked the kids about their ambitions, 70 or 80 per cent would say Britain's Got Talent or X Factor. I have nothing against the shows, but when kids think they have only one option it upsets me.
"Children have all sorts of creative abilities that are nothing to do with singing into a microphone. There's so much scope in music. But it's all about pushing people on to platforms at lightning speed."
Other musicians to back the project include former Catatonia rocker Cerys Matthews and pianist Julian Joseph.
Rap pioneer Rev Run is close to losing 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) after hiring a conditioning coach to get him fit. The 49-year-old former Run-D.M.C. star felt the need to get healthier when his first grandchild was born in February (14), and his serious slim-down is really paying off.
The rapper and TV personality, real name Joseph Simmons, tells the Los Angeles Times, "I have a gym in my house, and I’ve been doing a lot with a lady named Angelica who comes and trains with me, so I’ve been lifting weights and push-ups and all types of exercises that she comes up with.
"My wife and I have been walking lots together, which is something I’m proud of. It’s nice to get out in nature and just walk. This is a change for me, but it makes me happy. I’m a grandfather now, and I want to be able to keep up with my granddaughter when she starts running around.
"I have someone who weighs me every week. It creates responsibility for me. I’ve lost (over) 20 pounds, but I feel like I need to pick up speed with my weight loss. I want to be able to say I’ve lost 30 pounds soon."
Actor Chris Pratt hit the NASCAR race circuit in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday (27Jul14) after he was invited to drive the pace car for The Brickyard 400. The Lego Movie star was the guest of honour at the big race, also known as The John Wayne Walding 400, and admitted it was a "dream come true" to be asked to get behind the wheel of the safety vehicle, which leads the first few laps of the race as drivers build up their circuit speed.
Pratt even got the chance to meet and have a picture taken with racing champ Jimmie Johnson, and it appears the experience has turned the movie star into a new NASCAR fan.
He tells the Associated Press, "I can't believe it's taken me 35 years to see NASCAR in person. This is unbelievable. I am seriously hooked."
Jeff Gordon raced to victory to claim his record fifth Brickyard 400 title, days before he turns 43.