Everything But The Girl star Ben Watt alerted zoo experts after a terrifying scorpion was found in his north London home over the weekend (18-19Oct14). The musician's 16-year-old daughter Alfie discovered the large creature in her bedroom on Saturday (18Oct14) and trapped it under a glass bowl before alerting her parents, and Watt immediately sought professional advice to deal with the potentially poisonous beast.
He placed it in a food storage container and took it to London Zoo, where experts identified it as a European yellow-tailed scorpion.
Watt posted pictures of his find on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Holy c**p! We go away for the day and 16 yr-old (sic) daughter finds a flippin' scorpion in her bedroom. In North London!... #Scorpgate: Been backstage at Zoo! Identified as 'Euroscorpius flavicaudis' (Euro Yellow-Tailed). Hitched a ride or poss local population!... (They) reckoned (it) came in on luggage/bag. Small chance localised. Have UV blacklight for nocturnal spotting! They glow!"
He later added, "Trying to rehearse for upcoming shows this week, but forgetting lyrics and thinking about scorpions."
A statement from London Zoo reads, "ZSL London Zoo have come to the rescue of an unusual continental visitor. A scorpion, discovered by musician and writer Ben Watt, formerly of band Everything But The Girl, and his daughter in their London home on Saturday, has been taken in by the Zoo's invertebrate keepers. The maroon-coloured scorpion, initially found by Mr Watt's 16-year-old daughter, Alfie, on her bedroom floor, has been named Sansa after her favourite Game of Thrones character... Sansa the scorpion is likely to have accidentally travelled a perilous journey in order to arrive in London... Sansa the scorpion is now settling safely into her new home..."
Country singer Dierks Bentley broke a fundraising record for a Nashville children's hospital thanks to his annual celebrity motorcycle and concert event on 28 September (14). The Home hitmaker's 2014 Miles and Music for Kids kicked off in Columbia, Tennessee with Bentley fronting a motorcycle ride that ended downtown at Nashville’s Riverfront Park.
Fellow country singers Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi and Chris Young also hopped on bikes for the event, and at the end of the ride, they took the stage for a star-studded concert.
The event raised more than $335,479 (GBP210,265) for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Bentley said, "I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year’s Miles and Music. This little event we started nine years ago has taken on a life of its own. I feel like I’m just a small part of this thing. It has really become about country music fans and bikers coming together to help our community and those kids. It’s incredible."
Punk veteran Siouxsie Sioux feels lucky to have walked away from what could have been a fatal horse riding accident earlier this year (14).
The Siouxsie and the Banshees singer recently rediscovered her childhood hobby and has been practicing at her estate in France, telling Mojo magazine, "I've taken up horse riding again, I used to ride when I was young and I loved it and I still love it!" However, Sioux had a "couple of close shaves" including a nasty fall at the beginning of the year (14) which she compares to Christopher Reeve's life-changing riding accident in 1995 which left the Superman actor paralysed from the neck down.
She adds, "I thought, 'F**k! I don't want to end up like Superman'. When you're younger you just don't think about that."
Benedict Cumberbatch has taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge like no other celebrity, filming himself getting iced five times. The actor explains he had to take the icy blast more than once because he was a day late in accepting the challenge from famous pals Tom Hiddleston and Juno Temple.
He then acts surprised when he's doused while taking a shower following his first soaking.
The Sherlock star was also 'caught' while suited and making a call and while running to his car.
But the most hilarious clip comes as Cumberbatch puts his motorcycle helmet on before a ride only to find it full of icy water. As he recovers from the chilly surprise a pal throws another bucket of water at him.
Stars around the world have signed up for the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted footage of their dunks online to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
Cumberbatch nominated movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, car racing ace Lewis Hamilton and Kylie Minogue to follow his freezing example.
Some very serious allegations are being thrown at the creator/writer of HBO's True Detective series, Nic Pizzolatto. While Pizzolatto has acknowledged the influence of horror writer Thomas Ligotti on his work for the series, some people are now saying that the "influence" is actually plagiarism.
Mike Davis of The Lovecraft E-zine has written a strong argument highlighting some troubling moments in the script, and he's also been working with the founder of Thomas Ligotti online.
He cites the famous car ride scene in the first episode as one example of Pizzolatto's plagairism:
"It is a fact that (in that crucial, character-defining scene) almost every one of Rust’s infamous lines is either taken word for word or is a paraphrase of Ligotti’s distinctive prose and ideas from 'The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.'"
You can read the full article here and decide for yourself. Did Pizzolatto plagiarize some of the best moments from True Detective?
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French actor Gerard Depardieu has come under fire from organisers at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland after skipping the weekend (28-29Jun14) premiere of his new movie following a boozy night out. The Green Card star had been expected to walk the red carpet at the British launch of Welcome to New York - a drama based on the former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's 2011 sex scandal, but Depardieu was a no-show at Saturday's (28Jun14) event.
His absence occurred hours after he had been photographed visiting bars on the Isle of Skye - a short plane ride away from Edinburgh - on Friday night (27Jun14), when he took advantage of his visit and sampled the wide variety of Scottish whisky on offer.
The actor subsequently pulled out of attending the Welcome to New York premiere at the last minute, angering festival bosses.
A spokesperson tells the Edinburgh News, "He has let the festival down very badly. We won't be pursuing this any further because the screening has already taken place - but there is some annoyance here."
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Ten years after the civilized world bites the dust, making way instead for a criminal wasteland run on greed, violence, sex trafficking, and any number of other unthinkable vices, we meet a man who just wants to take back what was stolen from him. The terrific thing about The Rover is its simplicity. The vast contrivances of its post-apocalyptic world and the dozens of questions that arise as a result of its many mysteries aside, the film never strays from its focus on the bones of grisly Guy Pearce, a man on a mission who just happens to live on a surreal new version of the planet Earth.
Pearce chauffers the audience through the nooks and cranies of a tattered Australian outback, giving us a look at the dingy yet colorful customs of the dark era while sticking with promise to his revenge-and-retrieval journey. The script doesn't give Pearce a lot of breathing room, resigning the hot-heated, closed-mouthed character to his mission without much room for exploration. While we celebrate the simplicity of his quest, the simplicity of Pearce's character — and more importantly, his performance — does keep from instilling The Rover with the nuance that would afford it true flavor.
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Beside him is Robert Pattinson, playing a young man of questionable mental capacity, roped along for the ride thanks to his tenuous knowledge of where Pearce's desired possession has been taken. Pattinson impresses as the far more vibrant of the duo, his performance abetted by the stark contrast to anything we've seen of him to date — even the stellar Cosmopolis kept the actor moreover subdued. But here, he's given free range to be vulnerable, menacing, and funny.
Ultimately, Rover delivers on everything it offers up, but nonetheless lands short of what feels like a complete and compelling feature. Though the brevity of its intent is one of its strengths, you almost wonder if the story wouldn't have been better served as a short film instead. But we aren't likely to see Robert Pattinson break free from routine in a short film, so I guess that's reason alone for the 102-minute runtime.
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Formula One star Jenson Button has pulled out of a TV interview after suffering an adverse reaction when he was stung on the face by a bee. The 2009 world champion was enjoying a bike ride during a break from training when he was stung on the nose by the flying insect, and within hours he began to feel unwell and his face swelled up.
Button is now recovering from the incident earlier this week (beg09Jun14) but he was forced to axe an appearance on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show as a result of his health scare.
In a phone call, he tells Norton, "I was out on my push bike this morning doing a bit of training for my charity triathlon and this bee comes along. It sits on my sunglasses and then it stings me on the bridge of my nose. It was a big shock initially but I was okay.
"I got home and I suddenly got a massive headache, felt sick and I look like a balloon. Can you believe it? I go around (the race track at) 200 miles an hour and I get taken out by a little bee!"
Comedian Kevin Hart has taken aim at his ex-wife, Torrei, after she confessed his infidelity led to their divorce in a recent TV interview. The Ride Along star ended his seven-year marriage in 2011 and now his ex is ready to reveal all about the funnyman's private life in a new U.S. reality TV series, titled Atlanta Exes.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, which aired on Tuesday (20May14), Torrei claimed the funnyman's affair with his current girlfriend, Eniko Parrish, ultimately led to the demise of their relationship, blaming the other woman for breaking up their family.
She said, "I never lashed out. I never tried to punch her in the face, even though I've had moments where - trust and believe - I wanted to K.O. (knockout) her a**."
Torrei, who is the mother of Hart's two children, added, "It does hurt that my kids have to be around a woman who broke up a marriage. I was with Kevin when he was selling sneakers for five dollars an hour... I was his muse. I was there from the beginning."
But on Wednesday (21May14), the comedian took to Twitter.com to fire back at his ex-wife, insisting Parrish had nothing to do with the break up of his marriage.
He wrote, "Fame is a unbelievable drug people... My Ex wife is the mother of my 2 beautiful kids & is well taken care of, I go above & beyond what the court ordered me 2 do. Because she is the mother of my kids I would never slander her name or anybody that she's dealing with.
"I've actually embraced the man that she is dealing with with nothing but positivity. That man is going to be around my kids and for that reason alone I want to have a positive relationship with him. 4 her 2 continue 2 talk about my Woman is honestly sad.
"I've been separated & divorced for a long time now people. I've moved on with my life... My woman has nothing to do with my past marriage problems in any way shape or form."
He added, "It's almost 7yrs (seven years) total of me not being with my Ex. I guess giving a woman over 20k ($20,000) a month and still being there for her and being a incredible father isn't enough!"
"The one and only Woody Allen told me tonight that his biggest pet peeve in NYC is cyclists who ride against traffic." Alec Baldwin has revealed director Woody Allen poked fun at him after the actor was taken into police custody for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction in the Big Apple on Tuesday (13May14).