Russell Brand - Russell Brand Dating Jordana Brewster's Sister

Russell Brand is dating Jordana Brewster's sister.

The 37-year-old actor - whose divorce from Katy Perry was officially finalized on Saturday (14.07.12) - has been seeing Isabella Brewster, the younger sibling of the 'Fast & Furious' star, for a few weeks and is said to be ''really'' keen on the brunette beauty.

An insider told Us Weekly: ''It's been going on for a few weeks. He really likes her.

''She's cute. She is all over him and Russell loves it.''

The couple were spotted walking near Pacific Palisades Market in Los Angeles on Sunday (15.07.12), and Russell had his arm lovingly draped over Isabella's shoulders.

But the 'Rock of Ages' star is not the first actor the former CAA talent agent has dated after she previously romantically involved with 'The Hangover' star Bradley Cooper in 2009 and Milo Ventimiglia - who played the titular character's son in the sixth and final installment of the 'Rocky' film franchise - in 2010.

While filming his new show 'Brand X' in Los Angeles this week, Russell poked fun at his ex-wife - who he was married to for 14 months - and admitted he's had ''enough ass-ache from people called Katy''.

An audience member said: ''Russell was bantering with the audience, in particular a couple called Curtis and Katy. He got onto the subject of their sex life. Katy was giving as good as she got.

''Then, all of a sudden Russell shouted, 'Anyway, enough of you. I've had enough ass-ache from people called Katy in the last year.' ''


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Russell Brand on Rolf Harris "Newly Cast as the Villain" 4267041 News

Russell Brand has offered his two cents on news that Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls dating back more than 40 years, with the youngest victim just seven or eight years old. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Brand suggested the conviction make you "revise your own childhood."

Rolf HarrisRolf Harris leaves court after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ben Pruchnie]

"It just makes you feel that reality is very muddled and confusing, like you have to revise your own childhood," said Brand.

"That's an integral part of your own life you have to look back and go, 'Oh right, so what was going on then then, when I was watching cartoon club and enjoying that stuff?'

"You have to revise your narrative."

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He describes the long running case as a "graffiti over our grasp of what is real."

"On one side of the story you've got the victims, which are obviously human, and real," he said. "And then on the other side you've got Rolf and his family that are human and real.

"With Rolf Harris newly cast as a villain it creates this uneasy moral climate of nihilism. He's like a graffiti over our consciousness, a graffiti over our grasp of what's real."

Rolf HarrisFlanked by his wife and daughter, Rolf Harris leaves court [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matthew Lloyd]

Brand said there was something "inherently comedic about Rolf Harris, who was always seen in such a lighthearted context, those silly shirts, silly instruments, silly frivolous drawings around children and adolescents; novelty songs"

"It contributes to this idea that nothing that we stand on is firm ground," continued Brand. "There's a horror; an uncanniness to it."

Rolf Harris will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (July 4, 2014). He is expected to be given a custodial sentence of up to 10 years. 

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Russell Brand has offered his two cents on news that Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls dating back more than 40 years, with the youngest victim just seven or eight years old. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Brand suggested the conviction make you "revise your own childhood."

Rolf HarrisRolf Harris leaves court after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ben Pruchnie]

"It just makes you feel that reality is very muddled and confusing, like you have to revise your own childhood," said Brand.

"That's an integral part of your own life you have to look back and go, 'Oh right, so what was going on then then, when I was watching cartoon club and enjoying that stuff?'

"You have to revise your narrative."

More: Rolf Harris stripped of Aria Hall of Fame honour following conviction

He describes the long running case as a "graffiti over our grasp of what is real."

"On one side of the story you've got the victims, which are obviously human, and real," he said. "And then on the other side you've got Rolf and his family that are human and real.

"With Rolf Harris newly cast as a villain it creates this uneasy moral climate of nihilism. He's like a graffiti over our consciousness, a graffiti over our grasp of what's real."

Rolf HarrisFlanked by his wife and daughter, Rolf Harris leaves court [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matthew Lloyd]

Brand said there was something "inherently comedic about Rolf Harris, who was always seen in such a lighthearted context, those silly shirts, silly instruments, silly frivolous drawings around children and adolescents; novelty songs"

"It contributes to this idea that nothing that we stand on is firm ground," continued Brand. "There's a horror; an uncanniness to it."

Rolf Harris will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (July 4, 2014). He is expected to be given a custodial sentence of up to 10 years. 

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Celebs Get Behind Pressure To Change UK Drug Laws by Signing Letter 4260283 News

David Cameron will receive a letter from over 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts, calling for a review of the current policy on the possession of illegal drugs.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has thrown his weight behind the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Mary Turner]

Public figures such as Russell Brand, Sting, Sir Richard Branson and Will Self as well as signatories from law enforcement, the Prison Governors Association and the National Black Police Association, have all supported the letter for change, which was drafted by the drug charity, Release.

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Nick Glynn, vice-president of the National Black Police Association, said: "It is time for a mature, informed, objective debate around the UK's drugs laws. Enforcement of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has created many unintended, negative consequences and new approaches must be considered, including those which have been successful in other countries. Strategies that avoid criminalising people and focus instead on health and education seem to me to offer a positive way forward."

This isn’t new territory for Cameron; during his time on the home affairs select committee in 2002, it was recommended that the government "initiates a discussion within the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of alternative ways—including the possibility of legalisation and regulation—to tackle the global drugs dilemma".

The letter also highlights research to show that drug laws are unreasonably used against black people in England and Wales, and that they are six times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.

Will SelfWill Self has also backed the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

In addition to the letter – which says the use of legal sanctions for the possession of drugs in the UK has led to the "unnecessary criminalisation" of more than 1.5 million people in the last 15 years - protests are planned for 100 cities across the world. In the UK, protesters are making their voices heard in Parliament Square. 

"The global day of action is a public show of force for drug policy reform," Ann Fordham - the executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, which focuses on issues related to drug production, trafficking and use – said. "The tide is turning and governments need to urgently fix their drug policies and repair the damage that has been done," she said.

Niamh Eastwood, executive director of Release, the organisation leading the action, said: "The drug policy reform debate has moved forward in recent years and the UK government needs to be at the forefront of it. In 2002, when the prime minister was a member of the Home Affairs select committee, he supported the recommendation that the UN consider alternatives to the status quo. We are asking him to stand by that commitment and recognise the damage that has been done, both nationally and internationally, by repressive drug policies."

David Cameron will receive a letter from over 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts, calling for a review of the current policy on the possession of illegal drugs.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has thrown his weight behind the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Mary Turner]

Public figures such as Russell Brand, Sting, Sir Richard Branson and Will Self as well as signatories from law enforcement, the Prison Governors Association and the National Black Police Association, have all supported the letter for change, which was drafted by the drug charity, Release.

More: Elton John And Russell Brand Perform At Charity Show

Nick Glynn, vice-president of the National Black Police Association, said: "It is time for a mature, informed, objective debate around the UK's drugs laws. Enforcement of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has created many unintended, negative consequences and new approaches must be considered, including those which have been successful in other countries. Strategies that avoid criminalising people and focus instead on health and education seem to me to offer a positive way forward."

This isn’t new territory for Cameron; during his time on the home affairs select committee in 2002, it was recommended that the government "initiates a discussion within the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of alternative ways—including the possibility of legalisation and regulation—to tackle the global drugs dilemma".

The letter also highlights research to show that drug laws are unreasonably used against black people in England and Wales, and that they are six times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.

Will SelfWill Self has also backed the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]

In addition to the letter – which says the use of legal sanctions for the possession of drugs in the UK has led to the "unnecessary criminalisation" of more than 1.5 million people in the last 15 years - protests are planned for 100 cities across the world. In the UK, protesters are making their voices heard in Parliament Square. 

"The global day of action is a public show of force for drug policy reform," Ann Fordham - the executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, which focuses on issues related to drug production, trafficking and use – said. "The tide is turning and governments need to urgently fix their drug policies and repair the damage that has been done," she said.

Niamh Eastwood, executive director of Release, the organisation leading the action, said: "The drug policy reform debate has moved forward in recent years and the UK government needs to be at the forefront of it. In 2002, when the prime minister was a member of the Home Affairs select committee, he supported the recommendation that the UN consider alternatives to the status quo. We are asking him to stand by that commitment and recognise the damage that has been done, both nationally and internationally, by repressive drug policies."

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Russell Brand "Couldn't Be Bothered" To Pay £14.90 Train Fare 4161610 News

Russell Brand had admitted bunking his train fares when travelling from London to Chelmsford. The comedian, 38 - who is worth an estimated $15 million - told the audience at a podcast recorded in east London that he recently jumped the barrier when he boarded a train out of the capital.

Russell BrandRussell Brand Admitted To Dodging Train Fares

According to the Evening Standard, Brand said he "couldn't be bothered" to pay the £14.90 train fare. 

He said: "From someone that's gone from no wealth to wealth, I know that money doesn't make me happier. Like I jumped the train yesterday when I had to go to Chelmsford.

"I could have got a ticket but I couldn't be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one. I realised all I had to do was get over a barrier so I did that and then slid out the other end behind someone."

Greater Anglia - the operator of the London-Chelmsford line - charges a £20 minimum penalty fare for those travelling without a valid ticket.

A spokesman for the company would not comment on Brand's admission, though said: "We take fare evasion very seriously as it is in the interest of everyone that travels."

Last week, a commuter who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth an estimated £43,000 avoided prosecution after making an out of court settlement. The man - described as a hedge fund manager - travelled for five years from a rural station in East Sussex into London Bridge, paying only £7.20 for his journey by exploiting a loophole in the Oyster card system. 

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Russell Brand had admitted bunking his train fares when travelling from London to Chelmsford. The comedian, 38 - who is worth an estimated $15 million - told the audience at a podcast recorded in east London that he recently jumped the barrier when he boarded a train out of the capital.

Russell BrandRussell Brand Admitted To Dodging Train Fares

According to the Evening Standard, Brand said he "couldn't be bothered" to pay the £14.90 train fare. 

He said: "From someone that's gone from no wealth to wealth, I know that money doesn't make me happier. Like I jumped the train yesterday when I had to go to Chelmsford.

"I could have got a ticket but I couldn't be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one. I realised all I had to do was get over a barrier so I did that and then slid out the other end behind someone."

Greater Anglia - the operator of the London-Chelmsford line - charges a £20 minimum penalty fare for those travelling without a valid ticket.

A spokesman for the company would not comment on Brand's admission, though said: "We take fare evasion very seriously as it is in the interest of everyone that travels."

Last week, a commuter who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth an estimated £43,000 avoided prosecution after making an out of court settlement. The man - described as a hedge fund manager - travelled for five years from a rural station in East Sussex into London Bridge, paying only £7.20 for his journey by exploiting a loophole in the Oyster card system. 

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21st April 2014 4024291
Katy Perry fuels Diplo romance rumours 4156772 News

Katy Perry and Diplo appeared to be ''more than friends'' at Coachella this weekend.

The 'Roar' hitmaker - who recently split from John Mayer after 18 months of dating - has been pals with the DJ for a long time, but onlookers at the first weekend of the Californian music festival said they looked closer than ever at the Jeremy Scott and Adidas Party on Saturday (12.04.14).

A source said: ''Diplo was hanging out with Katy pretty much the whole night.''

Another source added to RadarOnline.com: ''They've been friends forever. It definitely looked like more than than that! At one point he even had his arms around her.''

The 29-year-old singer reportedly had one female fan thrown out of the party - which she hadn't been invited to - after spending too long with Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz.

The source added: ''Katy had the girl thrown out! She was yelling and kind of upset about it. The girl didn't have a wristband and was a total sloppy party crasher, but still, it was kind of surprising.''

Katy - who was previously married to Russell Brand - and Diplo were seen together again backstage on Sunday (13.04.14), and left together after watching Lana del Rey perform.

News of a possible new romance for the 'Dark Horse' singer could disappoint Robert Pattinson's friends, as it was previously reported the 'Twilight Saga' hunk's pals were hoping for a relationship between the pair after they were also seen hanging out at Coachella.

Katy Perry and Diplo appeared to be ''more than friends'' at Coachella this weekend.

The 'Roar' hitmaker - who recently split from John Mayer after 18 months of dating - has been pals with the DJ for a long time, but onlookers at the first weekend of the Californian music festival said they looked closer than ever at the Jeremy Scott and Adidas Party on Saturday (12.04.14).

A source said: ''Diplo was hanging out with Katy pretty much the whole night.''

Another source added to RadarOnline.com: ''They've been friends forever. It definitely looked like more than than that! At one point he even had his arms around her.''

The 29-year-old singer reportedly had one female fan thrown out of the party - which she hadn't been invited to - after spending too long with Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz.

The source added: ''Katy had the girl thrown out! She was yelling and kind of upset about it. The girl didn't have a wristband and was a total sloppy party crasher, but still, it was kind of surprising.''

Katy - who was previously married to Russell Brand - and Diplo were seen together again backstage on Sunday (13.04.14), and left together after watching Lana del Rey perform.

News of a possible new romance for the 'Dark Horse' singer could disappoint Robert Pattinson's friends, as it was previously reported the 'Twilight Saga' hunk's pals were hoping for a relationship between the pair after they were also seen hanging out at Coachella.

15th April 2014 4156771
What Could Russell Brand Bring Us With His Trickster Tales? 4137863 News

Comedian Russell Brand, who isn't exactly known for his child friendly material, made a surprising announcement yesterday - he’s writing a children’s book. The funnyman confirmed, by way of a Youtube video that Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales will be released in November by Cannongate books. While some thought it was a joke a first, it seems no...this one is really happening. But what should we expect from a children’s book written by the notorious Russell Brand?

Russell BrandRussell Brand will unleash his Trickster Tales in November

Stand up comedian, actor, writer, political thinker (that last one’s debatable), Russell Brand certainly likes to keep himself busy. Now his latest endeavour seems to be following in the footsteps of fellow comedians Ricky Gervais and David Walliams into the world of children’s literature. Entitled Trickster Tales, Brand will be reinterpreting classic fairy stories for a new generation. In the video posted by Cannongate on Youtube, Brand unveiled the first tale he’ll be tacking is The Pied Piper of Hamelin, saying ‘I know you've already heard of that, and you might think 'well, that ain't your story', but I've done a different version of it.’ Brand also said he believes fairy tales are ‘the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness and to affect and impact the way we see the world,’ adding, ‘once we start changing the way children see the world, oh we can do all sorts of stuff’.

This, of course, will not be the first Brand penned book to hit our selves. The comedian made his writing debut in 2007 with his autobiography, My Booky Wook, which oddly has a more juvenile title then his upcoming children’s work (though actually its a tribute to Clockwork Orange). The book chronicled Brand’s problems with drug addiction and eating disorders before he turned his life around. Critically it was well received and it went on to be named biography of the year the 2008 British Book Awards and become a best seller in Britain.

Russell BrandBrand has so far released two autobiographies

My Booky Wook’s success led to Brand being given a a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first release Articles of Faith, was a collection of the comedian’s articles for the Guardian newspaper between 2007 and 2008. Brand has been writing for the newspaper since 2006 and his article topics range from his political philosophies to his musings on his beloved West Ham United football club. A second autobiography My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal debuted in 2010 and followed his life since achieving world wide fame. Inside he opened up about the much publicised Sachsgate scandal as well as his relationship with then fiancee and now ex wife, Katy Perry, whom the book was dedicated too.

Next page: check out our video of Russell taking the homeless out for breakfast

Providing the illustrations for Brand’s words is Chris Riddell, who’s best known for his work alongside Paul Stewart on the Edge Chronicles. Riddell is also the political cartoonist for The Observer newspaper and provides ‘Illustration to Unwritten Books’ for the Literary Review magazine. For his work he has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the annual award for the best-illustrated children's book from the British Librarians collective (CILIP).

Russell BrandWill Russell Brand's writing work for children?

It will be interesting to see how Brand’s foray into children’s writing plays out. His two autobiographies have achieved success and Brand has developed his own unique writing voice, which is coincidently the same as his actual voice. The fact that he’s promising a reimagining of classic fairy tales leads us to expect something along the lines of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes albeit with Brand’s own flair for language. One thing we can agree with Brand on is the importance of fairy tales for children, whilst they might be having a big screen renaissance, seeing them back on book shelves is certainly a good idea as well.

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Watch Russell Brand take homeless men out for breakfast:
3307450-0;noautoplay; Russell Brand Takes Vagrants Out For Breakfast In Beverly Hills - 04.10.2012 10:43:12

Comedian Russell Brand, who isn't exactly known for his child friendly material, made a surprising announcement yesterday - he’s writing a children’s book. The funnyman confirmed, by way of a Youtube video that Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales will be released in November by Cannongate books. While some thought it was a joke a first, it seems no...this one is really happening. But what should we expect from a children’s book written by the notorious Russell Brand?

Russell BrandRussell Brand will unleash his Trickster Tales in November

Stand up comedian, actor, writer, political thinker (that last one’s debatable), Russell Brand certainly likes to keep himself busy. Now his latest endeavour seems to be following in the footsteps of fellow comedians Ricky Gervais and David Walliams into the world of children’s literature. Entitled Trickster Tales, Brand will be reinterpreting classic fairy stories for a new generation. In the video posted by Cannongate on Youtube, Brand unveiled the first tale he’ll be tacking is The Pied Piper of Hamelin, saying ‘I know you've already heard of that, and you might think 'well, that ain't your story', but I've done a different version of it.’ Brand also said he believes fairy tales are ‘the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness and to affect and impact the way we see the world,’ adding, ‘once we start changing the way children see the world, oh we can do all sorts of stuff’.

This, of course, will not be the first Brand penned book to hit our selves. The comedian made his writing debut in 2007 with his autobiography, My Booky Wook, which oddly has a more juvenile title then his upcoming children’s work (though actually its a tribute to Clockwork Orange). The book chronicled Brand’s problems with drug addiction and eating disorders before he turned his life around. Critically it was well received and it went on to be named biography of the year the 2008 British Book Awards and become a best seller in Britain.

Russell BrandBrand has so far released two autobiographies

My Booky Wook’s success led to Brand being given a a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first release Articles of Faith, was a collection of the comedian’s articles for the Guardian newspaper between 2007 and 2008. Brand has been writing for the newspaper since 2006 and his article topics range from his political philosophies to his musings on his beloved West Ham United football club. A second autobiography My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal debuted in 2010 and followed his life since achieving world wide fame. Inside he opened up about the much publicised Sachsgate scandal as well as his relationship with then fiancee and now ex wife, Katy Perry, whom the book was dedicated too.

Next page: check out our video of Russell taking the homeless out for breakfast

Providing the illustrations for Brand’s words is Chris Riddell, who’s best known for his work alongside Paul Stewart on the Edge Chronicles. Riddell is also the political cartoonist for The Observer newspaper and provides ‘Illustration to Unwritten Books’ for the Literary Review magazine. For his work he has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the annual award for the best-illustrated children's book from the British Librarians collective (CILIP).

Russell BrandWill Russell Brand's writing work for children?

It will be interesting to see how Brand’s foray into children’s writing plays out. His two autobiographies have achieved success and Brand has developed his own unique writing voice, which is coincidently the same as his actual voice. The fact that he’s promising a reimagining of classic fairy tales leads us to expect something along the lines of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes albeit with Brand’s own flair for language. One thing we can agree with Brand on is the importance of fairy tales for children, whilst they might be having a big screen renaissance, seeing them back on book shelves is certainly a good idea as well.

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Russell Brand Wants To Change The Way Kids See The World, With His Own Books 4135964 News

Russell Brand has been in the news lately for his revolutionary words and thoughts. And, in-keeping with that rhetoric, the stand-up comedian-cum-political activist is writing childrens’ books to alter the way they see they world. As Brand puts it himself, “Once we start changing the way children see the world… we can do all sorts of stuff.”

Russell BrandRussell Brand Demands a Revolution of Civil Disobedience at The Cambridge Union Society

Entitled Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales, the series will feature illustrations by Chris Riddell. “Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present, exactly like now, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin,” Brand said in a video announcement. “I know you've already heard of that. And you might think, 'Well, that isn't your story'. Yeah, I know, I've done a different version of it.”

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Russell Brand’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Chris Riddell, will be published in hardback by Canongate on November 6, priced £12.99. It’s his latest effort to influence public opinion on wider subjects like politics and equality, having hit the news recently with his advice for the people of Britain being not to vote.  

“It's the first of series called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales, where I do interpretations of fairy stories and folk tales, believing them to be the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness and to affect and impact the way we see the world,” he said. “Once we start changing the way children see the world… we can do all sorts of stuff.”

Russell BrandRussell Brand is writing his first book for children

Brand has already authored two books; two autobiographies entitled “My Booky Wook” and “My Booky Wook 2” respectively. He also penned a book about football called “Articles of Faith”. This will be his first foray into children’s literature.

Watch Russell Brand taking some homeless guys out for breakfast:
3307450-0;noautoplay; Russell Brand Takes Vagrants Out For Breakfast In Beverly Hills - 04.10.2012 10:43:12

Russell Brand has been in the news lately for his revolutionary words and thoughts. And, in-keeping with that rhetoric, the stand-up comedian-cum-political activist is writing childrens’ books to alter the way they see they world. As Brand puts it himself, “Once we start changing the way children see the world… we can do all sorts of stuff.”

Russell BrandRussell Brand Demands a Revolution of Civil Disobedience at The Cambridge Union Society

Entitled Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales, the series will feature illustrations by Chris Riddell. “Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present, exactly like now, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin,” Brand said in a video announcement. “I know you've already heard of that. And you might think, 'Well, that isn't your story'. Yeah, I know, I've done a different version of it.”

More: Russell Brand turns soccer pundit

Russell Brand’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Chris Riddell, will be published in hardback by Canongate on November 6, priced £12.99. It’s his latest effort to influence public opinion on wider subjects like politics and equality, having hit the news recently with his advice for the people of Britain being not to vote.  

“It's the first of series called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales, where I do interpretations of fairy stories and folk tales, believing them to be the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness and to affect and impact the way we see the world,” he said. “Once we start changing the way children see the world… we can do all sorts of stuff.”

Russell BrandRussell Brand is writing his first book for children

Brand has already authored two books; two autobiographies entitled “My Booky Wook” and “My Booky Wook 2” respectively. He also penned a book about football called “Articles of Faith”. This will be his first foray into children’s literature.

Watch Russell Brand taking some homeless guys out for breakfast:
3307450-0;noautoplay; Russell Brand Takes Vagrants Out For Breakfast In Beverly Hills - 04.10.2012 10:43:12

2nd April 2014 4024291
Is This A Celebrity Which I See Before Me? Hollywood Actors Who Have Tackled Shakespeare Roles 4123685 News

There’s no better way of proving that you are a true artiste than taking on a challenging Shakespearean role. Not content with raking in millions of dollars from their blockbuster movies, these famous actors and actresses decided that they needed some to shake up their careers with a bit of William Shakespeare.

Tom Hiddleston’s talents aren’t restricted to playing Marvel Comics’ super villian, Loki. The Thor star has a soft spot for Shakespeare, starring in the Hollow Crown series as Henry V as well as taking on Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. Sounds like an easy role to kill a bit of time in between filming. Well, maybe not, but there’s certainly a lot of killing of some kind.

tom hiddleston shakespeare Tom Hiddleston isn't just the bad guy from Thor

We kid you not, he of the superfluous vocabulary, Russell Brand, played Trinculo in a version of The Tempest, released in 2010. Before you start imagining Russell holding up a skull and contemplating life, Trinculo was King Alonso’s jester.

Perhaps taking on the Scottish play makes Scottish actor James McAvoy feel at home. McAvoy has played Macbeth twice now, first in Shakespeare Re-told (as Joe Macbeth) and more recently as the title character in a 2013 production, reworked into a post-apocalyptic setting. Très avant-garde.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers isn’t a stranger to playing the bad guy, achieving international fame as the wife-killing King Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors. His dabble with the Shakespearean arts can be seen in the film Titus, in which he plays Goth prince, Chiron. Chiron and his brother Demetrius murder Bassianus before raping and disfiguring Lavinia. What a nice guy.

jonathan rhys meyers shakespeare Jonathan Rhys Meyers played murderous Goth prince, Chiron.

If anyone doubted that Ben Whishaw had the acting range to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, they need just remember that he played Ariel in The Tempest, Richard II in the Hollow Crown Series and Hamlet back in 2004. We can’t imagine remembering all of the words to one Shakespeare play, let alone three.

Only actors with Shakespearean experience need apply for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Both Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway have taken on Shakespeare, Bale played Demetrius in A Midsummer’s Night Dream while Hathaway played Viola, the cross-dressing castaway before she was Cat Woman.

Hollywood stars definitely get thespian points for performing Shakespeare, and most of them actually do a bloody brilliant job. Particularly the ones who star in the tragedies, because those are quite literally, very bloody. We can’t even bring ourselves to mention Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as Romeo and Juliet, we still hope for a different ending every time we watch it.

Which Hollywood actor put in your favourite Shakespearean performance?

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There’s no better way of proving that you are a true artiste than taking on a challenging Shakespearean role. Not content with raking in millions of dollars from their blockbuster movies, these famous actors and actresses decided that they needed some to shake up their careers with a bit of William Shakespeare.

Tom Hiddleston’s talents aren’t restricted to playing Marvel Comics’ super villian, Loki. The Thor star has a soft spot for Shakespeare, starring in the Hollow Crown series as Henry V as well as taking on Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. Sounds like an easy role to kill a bit of time in between filming. Well, maybe not, but there’s certainly a lot of killing of some kind.

tom hiddleston shakespeare Tom Hiddleston isn't just the bad guy from Thor

We kid you not, he of the superfluous vocabulary, Russell Brand, played Trinculo in a version of The Tempest, released in 2010. Before you start imagining Russell holding up a skull and contemplating life, Trinculo was King Alonso’s jester.

Perhaps taking on the Scottish play makes Scottish actor James McAvoy feel at home. McAvoy has played Macbeth twice now, first in Shakespeare Re-told (as Joe Macbeth) and more recently as the title character in a 2013 production, reworked into a post-apocalyptic setting. Très avant-garde.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers isn’t a stranger to playing the bad guy, achieving international fame as the wife-killing King Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors. His dabble with the Shakespearean arts can be seen in the film Titus, in which he plays Goth prince, Chiron. Chiron and his brother Demetrius murder Bassianus before raping and disfiguring Lavinia. What a nice guy.

jonathan rhys meyers shakespeare Jonathan Rhys Meyers played murderous Goth prince, Chiron.

If anyone doubted that Ben Whishaw had the acting range to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic, they need just remember that he played Ariel in The Tempest, Richard II in the Hollow Crown Series and Hamlet back in 2004. We can’t imagine remembering all of the words to one Shakespeare play, let alone three.

Only actors with Shakespearean experience need apply for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Both Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway have taken on Shakespeare, Bale played Demetrius in A Midsummer’s Night Dream while Hathaway played Viola, the cross-dressing castaway before she was Cat Woman.

Hollywood stars definitely get thespian points for performing Shakespeare, and most of them actually do a bloody brilliant job. Particularly the ones who star in the tragedies, because those are quite literally, very bloody. We can’t even bring ourselves to mention Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as Romeo and Juliet, we still hope for a different ending every time we watch it.

Which Hollywood actor put in your favourite Shakespearean performance?

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25th March 2014 3958017
Davina McCall Doesn't Touch Alcohol, Nor Do These Other Teetotal Celebrities 4113503 News

Former addict Davina McCall has admitted that she won’t even touch a drop of alcohol, because “it just leads [her] to drugs.” Davina has been vocal about her struggles with Class A drugs in her teens and early twenties, claiming during an interview in The Guardian, “Heroin makes you forget everything, no problems, no worries, no anything.”

davina mccall teetotal Davina has spoken candidly about her past addiction

It was family friend (and former heroin addict) Eric Clapton, who encouraged Davina to quit the drug and clean up her act. Davina has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most loved television presenters, hosting Big Brother for ten years as well as game shows The Million Pound Drop and Five Minutes to a Fortune

Davina isn’t the only star to abstain from the sauce, Russell Brand is also famously teetotal following his own heroin addiction.  However, not all celebs give up drinking because of previous drug addiction, Gerard Butler claims that he “did a full life’s worth of drinking between 14 and 27”, and has since decided to steer clear. Gerard has said, “I can’t remember drinking. When I stopped, I would look at a beer and think how great it would be. I’d get this pang in my stomach to go back out and have fun”, but ultimately he doesn’t give into the craving.

Kristen Davis, who played Charlotte in Sex and the City, has been teetotal since she was 22 years old. She admitted, “I drank a lot when I was a teenager and I don’t drink anymore, because that’s when I thought, you know, I’m gonna end up a car wreck...I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.”

kelly osbourne teetotal Kelly has opened up about her difficulties with alcohol and drugs

It’s no secret that Kelly Osbourne has struggled with addiction in the past, but since 2010 the Fashion Police host has straightened up, “I don’t drink at all. Even a glass of wine at dinner would probably mean me going home, getting s**t-faced and then being on drugs and doing something stupid that I have to spend the next three months apologising for. I don’t like drinking that much as I hate throwing up and the taste of alcohol.”

Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith stopped drinking when she found herself guzzling two bottles of wine while she was just lazing around at home, “I said, ‘Jada, I think we’ve got a problem here’. From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven’t had a drink in eight years.”

We’re impressed these celebs manage to stay strong in what must be a constant face of temptation. Well done, guys.

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Former addict Davina McCall has admitted that she won’t even touch a drop of alcohol, because “it just leads [her] to drugs.” Davina has been vocal about her struggles with Class A drugs in her teens and early twenties, claiming during an interview in The Guardian, “Heroin makes you forget everything, no problems, no worries, no anything.”

davina mccall teetotal Davina has spoken candidly about her past addiction

It was family friend (and former heroin addict) Eric Clapton, who encouraged Davina to quit the drug and clean up her act. Davina has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most loved television presenters, hosting Big Brother for ten years as well as game shows The Million Pound Drop and Five Minutes to a Fortune

Davina isn’t the only star to abstain from the sauce, Russell Brand is also famously teetotal following his own heroin addiction.  However, not all celebs give up drinking because of previous drug addiction, Gerard Butler claims that he “did a full life’s worth of drinking between 14 and 27”, and has since decided to steer clear. Gerard has said, “I can’t remember drinking. When I stopped, I would look at a beer and think how great it would be. I’d get this pang in my stomach to go back out and have fun”, but ultimately he doesn’t give into the craving.

Kristen Davis, who played Charlotte in Sex and the City, has been teetotal since she was 22 years old. She admitted, “I drank a lot when I was a teenager and I don’t drink anymore, because that’s when I thought, you know, I’m gonna end up a car wreck...I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.”

kelly osbourne teetotal Kelly has opened up about her difficulties with alcohol and drugs

It’s no secret that Kelly Osbourne has struggled with addiction in the past, but since 2010 the Fashion Police host has straightened up, “I don’t drink at all. Even a glass of wine at dinner would probably mean me going home, getting s**t-faced and then being on drugs and doing something stupid that I have to spend the next three months apologising for. I don’t like drinking that much as I hate throwing up and the taste of alcohol.”

Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith stopped drinking when she found herself guzzling two bottles of wine while she was just lazing around at home, “I said, ‘Jada, I think we’ve got a problem here’. From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven’t had a drink in eight years.”

We’re impressed these celebs manage to stay strong in what must be a constant face of temptation. Well done, guys.

MORE: Chris Evans talks about Captain America role

MORE: Sarah Ferguson shows off three stone weight loss

17th March 2014 4113323
Russell Brand To Pen Book On How To Overthrow Government 4110379 News

Russell Brand is taking his revolution a step further and plans to write a book on how it should be done.

The 39 year-old comedian will cover "ecology, inequality, rioting, financial meltdown and his total mistrust of politicians," in the lengthy guide.

A press release from publishing house Century, who have acquired rights to the forthcoming book, stated that it will "act as a provocation; urging its readers to discard apathy and challenge the status quo," (via The Guardian).

The as-yet-untitled volume will essentially inform people on how to start 'The Revolution.'

"People keep asking me how The Revolution will work? 'We all want to bring down the government and establish a personal and global utopia, but how?' they ask," said Brand once news broke of the book.

"Well, in this book, I'm going to explain it. Having accrued the greatest wisdom known to man (by conducting interviews, watching DVDs, reading books, thinking and looking at the sky) I am now able to put in a simple, accessible book(y wook) the solution to internal and external turmoil. And about time, too."

This year has seen Brand become more involved with the political world, and even though the 'Get Him To The Greek' actor has admitted to never voting, he edited an issue of the New Statesman.

The funnyman was also granted a one on one interview with Jeremy Paxman, where the ruthless journalist quizzed Brand about his 'revolution'.

Ben Dunn, the publishing director of Century added, "Like the rest of the world, I have been avidly following Russell's writing and stand up and have been inspired by his passionate call to arms. This book will be a massive extension of that and I can't wait to publish his brilliant words later this year."

Brand's book on revolution is slated for a release this coming October (2014).

Watch Russell Brand be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman below
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Russell Brand is taking his revolution a step further and plans to write a book on how it should be done.

The 39 year-old comedian will cover "ecology, inequality, rioting, financial meltdown and his total mistrust of politicians," in the lengthy guide.

A press release from publishing house Century, who have acquired rights to the forthcoming book, stated that it will "act as a provocation; urging its readers to discard apathy and challenge the status quo," (via The Guardian).

The as-yet-untitled volume will essentially inform people on how to start 'The Revolution.'

"People keep asking me how The Revolution will work? 'We all want to bring down the government and establish a personal and global utopia, but how?' they ask," said Brand once news broke of the book.

"Well, in this book, I'm going to explain it. Having accrued the greatest wisdom known to man (by conducting interviews, watching DVDs, reading books, thinking and looking at the sky) I am now able to put in a simple, accessible book(y wook) the solution to internal and external turmoil. And about time, too."

This year has seen Brand become more involved with the political world, and even though the 'Get Him To The Greek' actor has admitted to never voting, he edited an issue of the New Statesman.

The funnyman was also granted a one on one interview with Jeremy Paxman, where the ruthless journalist quizzed Brand about his 'revolution'.

Ben Dunn, the publishing director of Century added, "Like the rest of the world, I have been avidly following Russell's writing and stand up and have been inspired by his passionate call to arms. This book will be a massive extension of that and I can't wait to publish his brilliant words later this year."

Brand's book on revolution is slated for a release this coming October (2014).

Watch Russell Brand be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman below
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15th March 2014 3916106
Russell Brand Cancels Tour Dates To Spend Time With his Mum, Who Has Breast Cancer 4101015 News

Sad news has emerged from camp Russell Brand; the comedian, activist and actor’s mother – Barbara - has been diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing Brand to disappoint some of his fans by cancelling a string of dates for his Messiah Complex tour. There were doubts over the comedian’s own health when he pulled out of his Glasgow show due to “family reasons” and cancelled a sold out Derby gig.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has halted his tour to spend more time with his mother, Barbara

It has emerged, though, that the reason behind Brand’s cancelled dates is his mother’s ill health. He spoke about the issue on his YouTube channel, ‘The Trews’, which aims to offer an alternative take on the media consumed by Brits.

"I don't feel that this is helping,” Brand joked, pointing to a rather tasteless campaign from The Sun regarding breast cancer. “The NHS, which is slowly being destroyed, that's quite useful. The support groups she's attended that the NHS encouraged (are useful), but this, I don't know if it's doing my mum a lot of good [sic]."

Barbara Brand was first diagnosed with cancer while Russell was a young lad; when he was "too young, in fact, to properly comprehend what was happening, only old enough to sense the tingling presence of fear." She battled uterus cancer when Brand was 8, and later survived breast cancer only a year later.

The Messiah Complex, Brand’s current tour, explores some of his favourite and most influential heroes: Ghandi, Malcolm X and Che Guevara, with nods to figures of history like Jesus and Hitler. The show combines Brand’s frenetic, risqué and explosive live dynamic, while using comedy as a conduit for some important and pertinent political and social ideas. We at Contact Music wish Barbara a full and healthy recovery.

Sad news has emerged from camp Russell Brand; the comedian, activist and actor’s mother – Barbara - has been diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing Brand to disappoint some of his fans by cancelling a string of dates for his Messiah Complex tour. There were doubts over the comedian’s own health when he pulled out of his Glasgow show due to “family reasons” and cancelled a sold out Derby gig.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has halted his tour to spend more time with his mother, Barbara

It has emerged, though, that the reason behind Brand’s cancelled dates is his mother’s ill health. He spoke about the issue on his YouTube channel, ‘The Trews’, which aims to offer an alternative take on the media consumed by Brits.

"I don't feel that this is helping,” Brand joked, pointing to a rather tasteless campaign from The Sun regarding breast cancer. “The NHS, which is slowly being destroyed, that's quite useful. The support groups she's attended that the NHS encouraged (are useful), but this, I don't know if it's doing my mum a lot of good [sic]."

Barbara Brand was first diagnosed with cancer while Russell was a young lad; when he was "too young, in fact, to properly comprehend what was happening, only old enough to sense the tingling presence of fear." She battled uterus cancer when Brand was 8, and later survived breast cancer only a year later.

The Messiah Complex, Brand’s current tour, explores some of his favourite and most influential heroes: Ghandi, Malcolm X and Che Guevara, with nods to figures of history like Jesus and Hitler. The show combines Brand’s frenetic, risqué and explosive live dynamic, while using comedy as a conduit for some important and pertinent political and social ideas. We at Contact Music wish Barbara a full and healthy recovery.

7th March 2014 4024291
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