Benedict Cumberbatch's codebreaking drama The Imitation Game has been chosen to open the BFI London Film Festival in October (14). The Sherlock star portrays British computer expert Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma codes during World War II. Keira Knightley also stars as fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke.
Brad Pitt has broken his silence about his red carpet altercation with prankster Vitalii Sediuk, insisting the Ukrainian journalist is nothing but a "nutter".
The actor joined his fiancee Angelina Jolie and five of their six kids for the Hollywood screening of her latest film Maleficent last week (28May14), when Sediuk scrambled over a security barrier and attempted to hit Pitt in the face. The eccentric Ukrainian was wrestled to the ground and arrested and Pitt subsequently filed a restraining order against the prankster.
On Friday (30May14), Sediuk pleaded no contest to battery and assault charges and was sentenced to 20 days of community service and 36 months of probation and ordered to pay $220 (£138) in fines, while a judge also barred him from attending any future Hollywood events. Now Pitt is opening up about the ordeal in a statement to People magazine, revealing what many people didn't see after Sediuk lunged at him.
He explains, "I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. "I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head - not too hard, but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."
Pitt continues, "I don't mind an exhibitionist, but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd." The movie star also referenced Sediuk's last red carpet prank when the journalist attempted to scramble under America Ferrera's gown on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last month (May14).
He adds, "He should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped." The practical joker has also had red carpet encounters with Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio, and he was arrested at the 2013 Grammy Awards after he attempted to grab Adele's Best Pop Vocal prize from presenter Jennifer Lopez.
Sixties singer Cilla Black choked back tears on live TV on Friday (09May14) as she told how proud her late husband would be of her special British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. The Alfie hitmaker will receive the organisation's Special Award at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of her 50-year showbusiness career.
She appeared on U.K. daytime show Loose Women on Friday to discuss the honour but had to be supported by the programme's hosts after her voice cracked with emotion when she spoke of her late husband Bobby, who died from lung cancer in 1999.
Presenter Andrea McLean put a hand on Black's shoulder as she told the audience the award was "bittersweet" because Bobby did not live to see her win it, and co-host Jane Moore was then seen holding Black's hand and comforting her as producers cut to a commercial break.
Black is due to receive the honour at the BAFTA TV Awards in London later this month (May14).
Paul Walker's younger brother Cody is still struggling to come to terms with the actor's tragic death, insisting his loss "doesn't feel real". The Fast & Furious star was killed in a fiery car accident in November (13), but Cody Walker reveals the news has yet to fully sink in, because he would often go months without seeing his sibling, as he worked on location.
Cody and his brother Caleb recently joined the cast of the Fast & Furious franchise as stand ins to help director James Wan complete filming Walker's unfinished scenes for the upcoming seventh installment of the movie, which the actor had been in the middle of shooting when he died suddenly.
The 25 year old has also been helping to promote Walker's disaster relief charity Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) as the non-profit's new brand manager, and has been chatting to the media to mark the release of the star's last complete film, Brick Mansions.
But the emotional task proved to be a little too much for Cody on Thursday (24Apr14) as he broke down during a phone interview with a reporter from the Associated Press.
As his voice cracked, he said, "Right now, a whole lot of time has not gone by yet (since Paul's death). It still doesn't feel real, because sometimes, working in this industry, making films, he'd be away from his family three, four, six months at a time, you know? And my only interaction would be a phone call. So, I know it's going to take a while."
As Mad Men's long-awaited Season 7 premiere inches ever closer, it's time to start planning that last minute Sunday night viewing soiree. Gather your ultra-fabulous vintage wear (the two Mrs. Drapers offer great inspiration), your je-ne-sais-quoi-infused cigarettes, and perhaps most importantly of all? Some really delicious cocktails – no Mad Men party is really quite complete without some classy alcohol, is it? (Though, be wary not to overindulge Don Draper style – you don't want to wake up in the local drunk tank).
And speaking of Don, we all know he's an old fashioned man, in more ways than one (har-har). Here's a recipe for an old fashioned of which Don would whole-heartedly approve:
Don’s Old Fashioned
*Created by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam’s Master Mixologist
Ingredients:-2 parts Jim Beam Bourbon-2 dashes of aromatic bitters-1 cherry stem-1 half moon orange slice-1 - 3 sugar cubes
Preparation: In an old-fashioned glass, place sugar and 2 dashes bitters dissolved in water. Fill with ice. Pour 1-1/2 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon; add cherry, orange slice and lemon wedge.
What about the rest of Sterling Cooper & Partners? Well the mad men of Manhattan would surely be unable to resist the charms of this cocktail:
The Mad Man Manhattan
*Created by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam’s Master Mixologist
Ingredients:-1-1/2 parts Jim Beam Devil’s Cut™-Dash of bitters-3/4 part dry vermouth-1 cherry stem-Ice
Preparation: Combine and stir Jim Beam Devil’s Cut™, dry vermouth, bitters and ice. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
And how about our silver fox friend, Roger Sterling? When he's not drinking vodka and milk (the milk helps his ulcer, okay?), his drink of choice is a good ol' smooth and sour. Here are the (delectable) ingredients for a drink that even Roger would be unable to scoff at:
Sterling’s Smooth & Sour
*Created by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam’s Master Mixologist
Ingredients-2 parts Jim Beam Black Bourbon-1 part amaretto liqueur-1 part triple sec-2 parts sour mix-2 parts lemon-lime soda
Preparation: Serve shaken in a tall glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon.
Whether shaken or stirred, you've got the makings for a Mad Men celebration that would do party planning mastermind Megan Draper proud. So grab your drink of choice, pull up a chair, and buckle your metaphorical seatbelts for the premiere of Mad Men's seventh season.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has poked fun at an error with her new Rolling Stone magazine cover after history buffs pointed out a mistake in her fake back tattoo of the U.S. Constitution. The former Seinfeld star stripped off for the revealing issue and had former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson's 'We the people...' speech 'printed' on her bare skin.
But critics were quick to highlight a key flaw with the artwork as it featured the signature of U.S. statesman John Hancock - who only signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
However, Louis-Dreyfus has since laughed off the error and cracked a joke about it on Twitter.com, writing, "John Hancock not part of tattoo.It is a birthmark.1962 photo is proof. Apologies 2@RollingStone".
She accompanied the post with a spoof snap of herself as a baby, running around her parents' home naked with the name "John Hancock" displayed on her lower back.
Mariah Carey returned to the New York City bar where she dislocated her shoulder last year (13) to celebrate the launch of her upcoming album. The Hero superstar is gearing up to release her as-yet-untitled 14th studio record and she held a listening party for industry insiders and friends at Avenue nightclub in Manhattan on Wednesday (02Apr14).
The appearance marks the first time Carey has visited the club since she was injured while filming a music video at the venue last July (13).
The singer cracked a rib and dislocated her shoulder after falling from a bar during the shoot, and she subsequently spent several weeks with her arm in a sling.
Carey managed to laugh off the accident when she took to the microphone during the party, telling the audience she was "happy to be back at the venue" after she "fell off the bar and separated her shoulder", according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has compared the band's 2013 break-up to the death of a family member, insisting it took him a while to get over the split. A year after the rockers announced they were parting ways, frontman Gerard Way's bandmate brother reveals time has been a great healer and it's only now that he's been able to appreciate just how successful the Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers had been.
He tells Kerrang magazine, "I was going through it. It (the band's split) was sad, like the passing of a family member. But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting.
"I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.' With MCR, we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."
Way has since started a new group, called Electric Century.
James Mcavoy has vowed to quit shooting daredevil scenes and employ a stunt double after repeatedly injuring himself on set. The Atonement actor is considering giving up performing his own risky stunts after hurting his knee in an airplane scene on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
He says, "I cracked my knee quite badly on the third take but that was just my own fault. The plane wasn't even throwing me around. I just tripped over a camera. I'm going to be limping for a week.
"The first time they did it, they said, 'Do you want to rehearse?' I said, 'No, let's just do it and see where it throws me'. I'm quite bendy, quite bouncy, I usually land well.
"I reckon I've only got four or five more years of doing that kind of s**t before it's like, 'Whoa! We'll be getting the stunt double in here.'"
Gina Linetti is a woman of many talents: she heads an all-woman dance troupe named "Floorgasm," she handcrafts Joseph Gordon-Levitt nesting dolls, and she's a psychological marvel. But her most surprising skill, which was revealed on the most recent episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine, is that she's an incredibly competent adult, who can balance a checkbook and is in the market for some real estate opportunities. Most notably, Jake's apartment, which he inherited from his grandmother when she died, and which he can no longer afford now that the building is going Co-Op. To boot, all of the other apartments within his price range are horrific. Naturally, Jake handles her offer to purchase the apartment with grace — and by grace, we mean he kicks her out of his apartment and whines to Santiago.
Meanwhile, Captain Holt and Sergeant Jeffords are doing the yearly team evaluations, and even though Jeffords started out the day full of hope and excitement, the more evaluations he witnesses, the more depressed he becomes. Diaz and Boyle also team up to enact revenge against Det. Lohank (Matt Walsh), the cop who works the weekend shift and insists on shaving at the desk he shares with Diaz.
In the spirit of this week's episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we've done our own evaluations in order to determine which characters made the grade as the MVPs of "The Apartment," and which ones cracked under the pressure.
Peralta and Gina"The Apartment" gave us two important facts about Gina: she grew up with Jake, and even though she's strange and unpredictable, she's extremely adept at handling her finances. The writers have given us a few clues about Gina's competence over the season — most notably, her ability to determine the best candidate for the IT job and her position as Holt's right-hand woman — which helps make the contrast between her obsession with Lycra bodysuits and her thriftiness a bit less jarring. Luckily, Chelsea Peretti and Andy Samberg (who actually did grow up together, in real life!) are a wonderful team, and they kept the jokes flying all night long. - Holt: "I know you would all rather be at home, binge-watching media content." / Jake: "Whoa! I just started the second season of Media Content. No spoilers." - The most important change Peralta has made in the last year? "I wear a tie sometimes." - Gina: "Nana made me the intelligent, sensuous woman I am today." / Jeffords: "Weird way to describe a grandmother's influence on you." - Peralta: "I'm psyched to be hanging like this. Old school stylez. Stylez with a 'z'." / Gina: "Oh, I could tell." - Gina, on how they're looking: "Sexy, but not like we're trying too hard. Like, sure, we're trying, but it's almost effortless." - Jake has purchased six massage chairs (because they don't make a massage couch), three turntables (although Gina says his DJ skills sound like "Joy Behar falling down stairs"), and Olympus Has Fallen on On Demand 12 times. Gina: "Was it a difficult film for you to follow?" - Jake: "Says the woman who's been engaged eight times." / Gina: "But never married once! Game, set, match: Linetti." - Gina, on the loan shark: "He is a sea witch in disguise. Do not sing into his shell!" - Jake: "I'm gonna be a homeless cop. It's like a made-for-TV movie. Which I will not be able to watch, because I will be homeless." - After Jake and Gina look at an apartment filled with cats that's described as pet friendly, Jake asks "Do they allow cats?" Landlord: "I can't tell if you're being sarcastic." - Gina's life long dream is to be on Wife Swap, she calls gum "the dentist," and she thinks Ray J is a national treasure. So what? She's eclectic. - Jake, on the break room couch he's considering sleeping on: "It feels like scoliosis and smells like 10,000 butts." - Gina: "What do you want, Jake? I'm watching Oprah's Legends Ball, which is what I do every time a close friend hurts me."
Sgt. Jeffords Terry has the unfortunate task of assisting Holt with the squad evaluations, and although he starts out confident, the longer they drag on, the more faith he loses in his team. A lot of the comedy in these scenes comes from Terry Crews' reaction shots, and it's wonderful to watch all of the hope he had for positive evaluations actually drain from his face over the course of the episode. Crews is brilliant at physical comedy, and even when he's in the background, he's still often the funniest person in the room. - To Jake, after he accidentally calls Holt "dad": "Hey! Show your father some respect!" - On the squad: "I feel like a proud mama hen whose baby chicks have learned to fly!" - Santiago: "You didn't want me to say flaws that are actually positive. Like when the Sergeant says it's bad that he works out so much." / Terry: "Whoa! Why the drive-by?" - On why he closed the blinds in Holt's office: "I'm gonna yell at you, and I don't want Santiago to read my lips."- Terry: "Scully and Hitchcock only arrested 14 people, but that's eight more than last year!" / Holt: "They only arrested six people last year?!" - I could watch a full episode of just Holt and Terry repeating the phrase "proud mama hen" over and over again.
Scully and Hitchcock Despite them being personal evaluations, Scully and Hitchcock do theirs together, because Scully doesn't handle pressure well, and Scully sweating and whimpering while Hitchcock brags about all of the arrests they had was the best visual gag of the night. - Hitchcock: "Not to brag, but Scully and I have a combined 14 arrests! It would have been 20, but it's only 14." / Holt: "That's not enough arrests." / Hitchcock: "Well, who asked you? This is a self-evaluation!"