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Nine years after 'Sachsgate', the controversial Brand is to return to live radio with a Sunday morning show on Radio X.
Nearly nine years after the ‘Sachsgate’ scandal that nearly finished his career, Russell Brand has announced his return to regular live radio with a new show on Radio X this weekend.
The 41 year old actor and stand-up comedian was forced to resign from the BBC back in 2008 after he caused widespread outrage when he and Jonathan Ross made prank calls to veteran actor Andrew Sachs were broadcast on Ross’s Radio 2 show.
The BBC itself was fined £150,000 for broadcasting the offending material, in which Brand and Ross left messages on the ‘Fawlty Towers’ actor’s answering machine featuring offensive comments about his granddaughter.
Russell Brand's pre-watershed swearing and Vic Reeves' 'fake penis' antics caused a stir on social media during Friday night's telethon.
British television watchdog Ofcom is weighing up whether to launch an investigation into the BBC’s Comic Relief telethon last weekend, after the charity fundraiser caused more than 150 complaints.
The network’s bi-annual Red Nose Day evening, which was broadcast on Friday evening (March 24th), was criticised on social media for sound issues and pre-watershed profanity.
A number of moments, in particular when comedian Vic Reeves flashed a fake penis at Susanna Reid before the 9pm watershed, and when host Russell Brand exclaimed “f***ing hell” in response to a technical hitch, sparked controversy. By Monday (March 27th), a large number of viewers had written to Ofcom to complain about the incidents, and the watchdog is now considering its response.
Brand had previously said he intends to raise his daughter gender neutral.
Russell Brand has said he will be dressing his daughter in gender neutral clothing, so she can formulate her own gender identity.
Brand welcomed daughter Mabel with fiancée Laura Gallacher in November and previously stated he would be raising her gender neutral.
Russell Brand wants his daughter to formulate her own gender
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The baby will not be raised 'gender-neutral'.
Russell Brand is usually very mindful of the worldly issues that are present in the world, but we're willing to bet that he hasn't thought much about the shocking US election results this week because he has just welcomed his first daughter into the world.
Russell Brand names his first child
The 41-year-old comedian announced that he had recently become a father during a stand-up show on Sunday (November 6th 2016), and the word on the street is that that child has been given the name Mabel. Russell and his 27-year-old fiancee Laura Gallacher chose to keep the baby's gender a secret even to themselves until the birth, and now it seems the world has already found out that it's a girl.
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41 year old Brand and 27 year old fiancee Laura Gallacher have reportedly welcomed their first child.
Russell Brand has become a father for the first time, according to reports from fans at his recent stand-up gig in Nottingham, having welcomed a baby with his fiancée Laura Gallacher.
The 41 year old comic and actor, who was once married to pop megastar Katy Perry, is said to have made the announcement during his stand-up comedy evening at the Nottingham Playhouse on Sunday night (November 6th).
Russell Brand has reportedly become a first time father
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Brand is about to become a father for the first time with girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
Russell Brand has said he may not impose a gender on his child and instead let them decide as they grow up.
Appearing on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, Brand opened up about his impending fatherhood and his new, monogamous lifestyle with girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
Russell Brand is preparing to become a father
Continue reading: Expectant Father Russell Brand May Not Impose A Gender On Child
For the first time us humans get to have a look into the life of some of the most mysterious creatures ever known: Trolls! When Princess Poppy decides to go on an adventure to a new land, she's continually put in peril by giants and monsters unlike any that she's ever heard of.
Trolls the movie is produced by DreamWorks Animation and sees Thomas Dam's famous dolls being brought to life for the first time.
Brand and girlfriend Laura Gallacher are expecting their first child together.
Comedian Russell Brand has confirmed he’s expecting his first child with girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The 41-year-old was first rumoured to be expecting a child with Gallacher back in May and the couple are also reported to have recently celebrated their engagement.
Continue reading: Russell Brand Confirms He's Going To Be A Father
The serial womaniser appears to finally be settling down with long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
Russell Brand is reportedly ready to walk down the aisle again with long-term girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The reformed lothario is said to have recently popped the question to Gallacher, who is also reported to be six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Russell Brand is reportedly engaged to girlfriend Laura Gallacher.
The Sun reports that Brand and Gallacher celebrated their engagement at a “hippy-style” gathering at their house over the weekend, attended by a small group of family and friends. The couple had previously dated in 2007 and 2009, before rekindling their relationship last year and moving in together earlier this year.
Continue reading: Russell Brand "Engaged" To "Pregnant" Girlfriend Laura Gallacher
Has he taken his relationship with Laura Gallacher to the next level?
Well this is one guy we never really thought would hang up his lothario ways in favour of starting a family, but new reports suggest that Russell Brand is indeed expecting his first child with current beau Laura Gallacher. Of course, it's yet to be confirmed.
Russell Brand to be a father?
The comedian and political activist, who was married to Katy Perry between 2010 and 2012, is set to become a father for the first time according to reports. If rumours are to be believed, his 27-year-old girlfriend Laura Gallacher is five months pregnant and Brand is 'absolutely made up' at the news.
Continue reading: Is Russell Brand About To Become A First-Time Father?
Cumberbatch has asked if Santa could help “solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children”.
‘Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities sharing their letters to Santa this year, as part of the Letters Live series, marking national letter writing day. In his letter Cumberbatch states that Christmas has been “bastardised to represent materialism gone mad” and asks for Santa to help distract children from “from the realities of a world gone mad”.
Benedict Cumberbatch has shared his letter to Santa.
"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness,” Cumberbatch wrote. "Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.”
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads List Of Celebrity Letters To Santa
Russell Brand - Russell Brand opens the Trew Era Cafe in London. The Trew Era Cafe is a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate. Russell Brand will be donating 100% of his money for his book 'Revolution' to The Trew Era Cafe. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th March 2015
Russell Brand - Russell Brand opens the Trew Era Cafe, a community project on the New Era estate. All profits from his book 'Revolution' are being donated to the project. at Dalston - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th March 2015
Russell Brand - Russell Brand arriving at The Proud Archivist for 'Trew Musings' - a series of readings, musings and other discussions of the unexpected... - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th March 2015
British comedian Russell Brand was snapped as he arrived at The Proud Archivist cafe for his 'Trews Musings' show for his Youtube channel. This was the first in a series of readings, musings and other discussions of the unexpected in Hackney, East London, United Kingdom - Monday 9th March 2015
The paella's on Russell Brand guys.
Russell Brand has apologized for delaying an RBS worker from eating his lunch, promising to buy the man a fresh paella. Bank worker Jo, from Northern Ireland, wrote an open letter to the comedian bemoaning that he'd been forced to eat his lunch in the cold after security locked doors to the building.
Russell Brand has apologised to the RBS worker who was prevented from having his lunch
"It looks like you're challenging the system and the powers that be want your voice suppressed. Or something. But all it really means, behind the manipulative media bullshit, is that you don't have an appointment," he wrote.
Continue reading: Russell Brand Apologises To RBS Worker, Promises Hot Paella
Russell Brand - Russell Brand joins a group of east London residents protesting against rising rent prices at the New Era Estate in Hoxton on a demonstration march from Westbrook Partners London Headquarters in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, to Whitehall. at Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Monday 1st December 2014
Russell Brand - Russell Brand leaves The Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan wearing a claret and blue scarf made in the kit colours of his favourite football, West Ham United at Manhattan - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 21st November 2014
Russell Brand - Anarchists and other protesters marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square to demonstrate against the government. They call the action 'The Million Mask March,' as a homage to the '1605 Gunpowder Plot' in London at Parliament Square & Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square - London, England, United Kingdom - Wednesday 5th November 2014
Celebrities sign letter calling for drug law change
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 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.
Continue reading: Celebs Get Behind Pressure To Change UK Drug Laws By Signing Letter
Russell Brand - Russell Brand speaks to thousands of anti-austerity protesters at a UK People's Assembly rally in London's Parliament Square - London, England, United Kingdom - Saturday 21st June 2014
Tom Hiddleston and James McAvoy are among these Hollywood actors who have given Shakespeare a shot in between shooting blockbusters.
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 isn't just the bad guy from Thor
Davina McCall admits she doesn't even touch alcohol anymore, these other celebrities are also proud to be on the straight and narrow.
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 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.
The funny-man doesn't shy away from the big topics
Russell Brand’s journey from drug addict to TV presenter to writer to political activist – with some overlap – has been well documented.
Russell Brand flashing his recently stamped passport
As one of Britain’s most controversial personalities, he’s never been afraid to speak on subjects that polarize, and drugs are no exception to that.
Continue reading: Russell Brand And John Snow Arrive At Loggerheads Live On Channel 4 News
Russell Brand - "Politics should be a system that helps everybody. Currently it's a meaningless temporary reality that is completely pointless." Earlier this evening Russell Brand addressed over 800 student members of the prestigious Cambridge Union Society, declaring that: "They don't define the paradigm - we define the paradigm. We're running things now. Don't trust the, don't vote for them, don't play along. Complete non-compliance would change the system." Mr Brand went on to say that "Voting is an act of compliance. I'm not complying with you! Give us something to vote for and I'll vote for it. Just don't vote within the tiny circumference of nonsense that we're offered. We oughtn't be satisfied with some diluted version of democracy. Be under no illusions the parliamentary system exists to sustain itself - it doesn't represent us. There needs to be a defiant stand against the corporates that are running our planet". "Revolution is coming. It's happening instantaneously. It's happening now! It has to be peaceful - occasionally I get into all that violent shit and the romanticisation of revolution because I hate the power structure but that just wouldn't work." When pressed on how it would work he replied that: "We need to make it sexy - make it fun, make it enjoyable, make it a part of your identity. They're very good presenting the spectacle - we need to be better. What we need to do is stimulate people's interest. For the first time we have a focus to rally people around. I'm talking about corporation that don't contribute to society -Philip Green at Topshop is happy to use the fire service if one of his stores is burning down but he doesn't pay any tax for it!" The event was the internationally renowned society's first of 2014 and was met with queues of over 1300 people, hundreds of which had to be turned away at the door hours before the event was due to start. When questioned on running for politica - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Monday 13th January 2014
Russell Brand - Russell Brand has posted this image on Twitter.com with the caption ''Off to Istanbul for #MessiahComplex. As long as I'm not banned SA style. Note date. And...'' - Friday 22nd November 2013
Katy Perry's new album 'Prism' takes us through her romantic turmoil and her strengthening character as her sound reaches maturity.
Katy Perry has certainly done a lot of growing up since the release of her number one album Teenage Dream - and the stark realities she's faced are clear in Prism.
The 'Roar' hitmaker has explained that several of the songs on her new album are '100% autobiographical' and admitted to USA Today that she 'was a ball of vulnerability' while writing the tracks.
Most of the emotion came out of her devastating divorce from her husband of 14 months Russell Brand, which led to her experiencing often suicidal feelings in which she addresses in the track 'And By the Grace of God'. Her song 'Ghost' is another tune directly referring to a text that Brand said asking for a divorce. Her not so straightforward relationship with singer John Mayer also contributed to some of the pain in 'Prism', but it hasn't all been doom and gloom.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Describes 'Prism' As Evolution From 'Toddler State'
Katy Perry's new single 'Roar' has been leaked online a couple of days ahead of its release date (12 August).
Increasing the hype for her upcoming album Prism, Katy Perry has released a taste of what it has to offer through her new single 'Roar'.
Katy Perry at the premiere of The Smurfs 2 held at the Regency Village Theatre in L.A.
The promo material was enough for fans to anticipate hearing something very different from Perry. The video footage shows Perry burning her signature blue wig, a sure sign the singer has decided it's time for a change of image if not music style.
Continue reading: Listen To Katy Perry's New Single 'Roar' From Her Upcoming 'Prism' Album
Check out the new trailer for 'Paradise' below.
In Paradise, the appropriately named Lamb Mannerheim takes the scenic route in coming of age. Scarred for life but still alive after a plane crash, Lamb shocks her home-town by taking off to Las Vegas where she meets William, a carefree bartender played by Russell Brand and Loray, a lounge singer with the cynicism to influence our main character into trying new things.
"I've got a heart full of rage and an L.L. Bean tote bag full of cash," Lamb says in the trailer. "I just want to experience worldly pleasures for the first time…the basic abominations," she adds. But are we in line for another coming of age story?
Lamb Mannerheim was a beautiful, smart, strictly religious, perfect young girl and the pride of both her parents and her local parish. That is until one day, when an accident changed her views on faith forever. Lamb suffered extreme burns over two thirds of her body after a traumatic plane crash and now she feels it's time to question her religion and all she previously believed in; after all, why had she suffered so much while trying to be as virtuous as possible? Throwing caution to the wind and horrifying her parents, she takes a vacation to none other than Las Vegas to experience the sin and debauchery she knows exist in the world. On the way she meets the glamorous lounge singer Loray and a British bartender named William who take her on a journey of freedom to fulfil her bucket list of sin and make her see that there's more to life than prayer and etiquette.
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The comic played a warm-up show in London this week where he made some colourful comments about his sex life with ex-wife Katy Perry
Russell Brand was back on-stage and back freely discussing his sexual misadventures in front of a live audience this week as he prepares himself for the upcoming Messiah Complex tour. Never one to let his well-publicised personal life go by without a few jibes, the comic's pre-tour warm-up show, held last week (July 31) in London, was full of sexual anecdotes and blue humour, and he didn't hold back when it was time to discuss his married life either, freely discussing his bedroom activities with Katy Perry.
Russell allegedly hooked up with two girls following his Soho show last week
Well, it wasn't so much the scale of his and Perry's sexual misadventures that was being discussed, more Brands' yearning for sexual freedom after committing himself to just one woman. The comic compared his monogamous lifestyle to that of a monk living in celibacy, and joked that when he was getting intimate with the beautiful Ms Perry, her would tell himself to "think of anyone else," throughout the love-making.
Despicable Me 2 continued its dominance over the box-office this past weekend.
Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut over the weekend. The Idris-Elba starring movie - which courted mainly negative reviews - is now on course to become a loss making movie for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.
As expected, it was the superb Despicable Me 2 that maintained the No.1 spot on its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million and establishing itself as one of the success stories of the year. The animated flick featuring the voices of Russell Brand and Steve Carell also topped the global box office for the weekend with $100.5 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim followed with $91.3 million.
Sony executives will have been jumping for joy on Sunday, with news that Adam Sandler's comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically. In fact, Sony were so happy they released a cheery statement for us all to read, via the Hollywood Reporter:
Despicable Me 2 has launched the clever Minions into popular culture.
Chances are, if you've read anything about Despicable Me 2 - the sequel to 2010's Illumination Entertainment movie about Steve Carell's criminal mastermind Gru - then you've read about the Minions. Gru's hilarious yellow henchmen steal the sequel away from Carell, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand - and the kids are hungry for more.
A Minion And Steve Carell At The Despicable Me 2 Premiere
"As we left the theater, my son was raving about the minions. He wanted a minion toy," Carell told USA Today after the premiere, "I took no offense. There is no competing with these masters of upstagery. You just have to bow down to minion appeal."
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2: Where Do The Minions Go From Here?
With the same teams of writers and directors, this sequel sticks closely to the winning formula of the 2010 original: pile on so much snappy humour and colourful wackiness that no one will worry about the plot. So the film is sweetly engaging and relentlessly hilarious, but there's nothing particularly inventive or memorable about it.
After discovering his less villainous side, Gru (Carell) is now trying to go legit with his sidekick Dr Nefario (Brand) and their horde of mischievous yellow minions. Gru is also enjoying the challenges of being a father to his lively adopted daughters Margo, Agnes and Edith (Cosgrove, Fisher and Gaier). Then he meets the undercover spy Lucy (Wiig) and her boss Silas (Coogan), who ask for his help hunting down the bad guy who stole a secret government chemical. Gru reluctantly takes the job, and his suspicion falls on Eduardo (Bratt), not because he looks just like former fellow villain El Macho, but because Margo is in love with his surly teen son (Arias).
As before, the film mixes cute family sentimentality with wacky cartoon slapstick in which everyone gets smashed, pounded and blown up but emerges unscathed to face the next bit of outrageous mayhem. The violent undercurrents are sometimes a little disturbing, especially when children are talking about murder, but the movie's wildly ridiculous tone constantly reminds us to stop taking anything seriously. Thankfully, we're constantly distracted by the whizzy, action-packed animation, which makes especially witty use of the 3D.
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2 Review
Katy Perry discusses her divorce with British comedian Russell Brand and her on-off- relationship with John Mayer, both ‘broken birds’, in an interview with US Vogue.
Katy Perry, in an interview with US Vogue, has revealed some of the details surrounding her mysterious divorce from comedian Russell Brand. The ‘Pieces of Me’ singer claimed the marriage began to disintegrate as they were apart frequently with Brand becoming “very controlling” when Perry toured. Further difficulties arouse when Brand, on his comedy tour, would use Perry as material. Perry said this was made apparent when she “had come to surprise him at one of his shows”, not being aware she was in the audience at the time.
The marriage fell into a similar pattern of most celebrity unions where Perry claims “when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal”. Unfortunately for Perry, Brand’s ideal did not meet his expectations in reality.
Perry described her former husband as a “very smart” “magical man” when she first met him. Perry claims that she was deeply in love with her husband when they married in December 2009.
Former evil-doer Gru, who once attempted the career-defining heist of stealing the moon, has seemingly left a life of evil deeds and landed himself a new kind of job. Albeit fairly reluctantly and without actually having a choice, he has been enlisted by Silas Ramsbottom of the Anti-Villain League on a world-rescue mission as a new villain arrives in town, to the delight and pride of his young adopted daughters Agnes, Edith and Margo. He and Agent Lucy Wilde must now embark on a new kind of adventure with the help of Gru's faithful, blabbering Minions. But with interfering neighbours coupled with his girls becoming older and smarter, saving the world from a ruthless rogue seems the least of his worries.
'Despicable Me 2' is the wonderful follow-up to the Golden Globe nominated 2010 animated comedy 'Despicable Me'. It has been produced by the geniuses behind 'Ice Age' and 'Shark Tale' comes 'Despicable Me 2' and sees the thrilling return of directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud ('The Lorax') with screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio ('The Santa Clause 2', 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Hop'). Already with an award nomination under its belt (from the Golden Trailer Awards), this adorable flick will be released on June 28th 2013.
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The 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom Hollywood Hills property also has its own waterfall.
Katy Perry has put the mansion she once shared with ex-husband Russell Brand on the market for a cool $7 million. The pop superstar was looking for a quick private sale, though after failing to receive any substantial bids, has decided to put the 7-bedroom Hollywood Hills house on the public market. Perry, 28, and British comedian Brand, 37, bought the property for $6.5 million in 2011, though Brand transferred property ownership to his ex-wife after their divorce.
It features 11 bathrooms, a sweeping staircase, stained glass windows and a stone foyer. There's also plenty of land - 3 acres to be precise - and two guests wings, a swimming pool and waterfall. Basically it's one of the biggest houses we've ever seen, and it yours for just $6.925 million, though why not go in at $6 million? Perry wants a quick sale.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton caused a stir on Tuesday (April 9, 2013) after suggesting that Perry and Brand had been spotted "making out" in Los Angeles, however, the story was later pulled. "A source told us today that they saw Katy Perry and her ex-husband Russell Brand making out, but we have confirmation now it simply wasn't true! We're so sorry for jumping the gun on this one, KatyCat and Russ!" Hilton wrote afterwards.
Continue reading: Got $7 Million? Katy Perry Selling Marital Home With Russell Brand
Having hatched an evil plot to steal the moon in the first movie, Gru appears to have let fatherhood take over from his dastardly passions after the adoption of Agnes, Edith and Margo. However, his bad deeds have not been forgotten. As his new daughters get older, he is forced to join Agent Lucy Wilde of the Anti-Villain League in their plot to overthrow a new evil rival with plans way beyond their competency. While his minions attempt to rescue him from this difficult new project, he is ultimately forced to agree to the mission after facing formidable, if ridiculously named, company director Silas Ramsbottom. It's Gru's first time on the side of good - but will he find it a suitable career move from his former immoral ways? Or will this new evil give him plenty of new ideas?
'Despicable Me 2' was the hugely anticipated follow-up to Golden Globe nominated animation 'Despicable Me'. From the producers of 'Ice Age' and 'Shark Tale', it has been directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud ('The Lorax') alongside writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio ('The Santa Clause 2', 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Hop'). Featuring that smash hit single 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams, the film was released in July 2013.
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Frankie Boyle caused outrage at Wembley Arena with his risque jokes.
Frankie Boyle had the majority of his performance axed from a BBC3 broadcast of Give It Up For Comic Relief after his close-to-the-bone jokes became too much for the BBC. The infamous Scottish comedian joked about the Royal Family, the Jimmy Savile scandal, Oscar Pistorius's murder trial and Kate Middleton's pregnancy in the gig to raise awareness of drug and alcohol addiction.
Speaking of the Queen's recent hospitalisation, Boyle told the audience at Wembley Arena, "I wish she'd died- because they wouldn't have been able to tell anyone. They would have had to hollow out her body into a suit and fill it with helium." Several newspapers report the comedian being booed for jokes about the Duchess of Cambridge's breasts and claims that he fathered her child. "She told me she was on the f***ing pill," he said.
The Glasgow-born comedian, whose become a multi-millionaire after forging a hugely successful career in comedy, continued in bad taste with a reference to the Savile scandal. "I think the BBC made Jimmy Savile wear that jewellery so children could hear him coming. I had thought the only way I'd end up back on the BBC would be if I started f***ing kids," he said. Other jokes about the Pope and Oscar Pistorius were also cut from the broadcast, which ran with a two-and-half-hour time delay.
Head honchos at London's foremost dance and drama school the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts have moved to distance themselves from suggestions from Hollywood star Julianne Hough that she was mentally and physically abused as a student there. The Footloose star, and girlfriend of Ryan Seacrest, told Cosmopolitan magazine that she suffered abuse as an aspiring dancer in London.
Hough claimed she was taunted at the school, saying "I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can't go back. I have to be this person." Most worryingly, Hough said the abuse got worse when she hit puberty.
The comments have prompted Academy bosses to release a statement insisting that media outlets suggesting the star was abused while studying there are wrong. It reads, "We feel this article has been extremely badly worded and if re-read, you will see that although it mentions our name, it does not say that any abuse took place here.We feel sure Julianne would herself be horrified to learn that she had caused her old school any embarrassment or harmed its good name."
Continue reading: Legendary London Stage School Denies Julianne Hough Abuse
Look at that line-up, it's one for the ages is it not? Los Angeles comedy fans were given an absolute treat as an all-star cast featuring world renowned stand-up comedians, Hollywood actors and sitcom legends performed improvisational musical called What About Dick? Written by Monty Python man Eric Idle, the show saw comedians-cum-actors Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand join up with the likes of acting stalwart Tim Curry, US 80s comedy star Tracey Ullman, Scottish stand-up Billy Connolly and Frasier star Jane Leeves and more for the hilarious play.
Continue reading: Russell Brand Among All-Star Cast For Eric Idle's Latest Play
Eddie Murphy was honoured by his peers for his outstanding contribution to film, TV, music and stand-up over his 30 + year career.
Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Russell Brand were just some of the famous faces at the Beverley Hills gala being aired on Spike later this month (it airs Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. on Spike). Murphy's friends and co-stars had nothing but praise for Murphy, with his appearances on such comedy classics as Coming To America and The Beverley Hills Cop being recalled by co-stars Arsenio Hall and Judge Reinhold. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks Animation also gave his heart to Murphy's Donkey character from the Shrek films, whilst his Life co-star, Martin Lawrence, told him from onstage, “You’ve got a friend for life."
There were also video highlights from the funny man's seminal stand-up performances from the 80's, Raw and Delirious, although despite much attempted persuasion Murphy declined to get back on stage and perform stand up again.
Continue reading: Eddie Murphy Honoured By Fellow Stars For Spike TV
Amid all the controversy that has arisen in response to the appalling video allegedly shown at the newly-wed's wedding last week, it's a pleasure to report that Jessica Biel may not be a Biel for that much longer, opting to legally take her husband's name.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot last week in a lavish Italian wedding, with celebrations spanning almost an entire week. To further show her love and loyalty to her singer/actor husband, she has chosen to legally change her name to 'Timberlake', though she will still use 'Biel' professionally, probably to avoid any confusion in the future. She thinks she's 'really won the jackpot of names' by taking on Timberlake, reports Today Entertainment. We doubt that Justin offered to change his name to Biel, but he did pen an original song and perform it as she walked down the aisle.
Most actresses choose to keep their name, these days in line with feminism and all that jazz. However there are a select few that have opted to take on their partner's name. Courtney Cox-Arquette chose to double up after marrying David Arquette (although she's returned to just Cox after their divorce), famously Victoria Beckham took on David Beckham's name (her original surname was 'Adam's, Beckham is a great improvement) and Katy Perry made mistake of taking on Brand during her short lived marriage to Russell Brand. We just hope that Jessica will be able to keep Timberlake for the rest of her life, though, given the stats of the above marriage, 2 out of every three marriages fail.
Kate Perry has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year according to MTV, and what a year it's been - overcoming breakups and toppings charts.
The 27-year-old pop star and actress endured a high profile divorce from British funny man Russell Brand, before turning the ordeal into a hit single and film. The track, Part Of Me, featured a 3D behind-the-scenes movie entitled Katy Perry: Part Of Me that documented the highs and lows of personal and professional life. Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard, said in a statement that Perry was chosen for her impressive achievements in the past 12 months, calling her "one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry," before adding: "Katy Perry broke into the industry not even five years ago, and has already accomplished more than most artists can hope for in an entire career."
Perry can now officially be branded a powerhouse franchise; she has sold 48 million tracks in the US alone including the hits Firework, California Gurls, ET and Hot N Cold, as well as lending her name to her own perfume, nail polish and false eyelash lines. Forbes placed Perry at No. 3 on their highest-earning female musicians list in December 2011, estimating her pre-tax earnings at $US44 million. She will receive the award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event in New York on November 30. Previous winners include Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.
Following the evil schemes of Gru in 'Despicable Me' involving the hijacking of the moon with his little yellow minions and wicked cohort Dr. Nefario, 'Despicable Me 2' sees their anticipated return in the summer of 2013. Having competed against his rival Vector by going one up from his Egyptian Pyramid theft and successfully stealing the moon, the first film saw Gru adopting three young girls and giving up the stolen rock to rescue them from the ruthless super-villain. Does his success make Gru learn his lesson and become a decent man after his newfound fatherly affection for his girls, or will he and his minions return with an even more abominable plot to become the most notorious super-villain in the world?
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Small-town girl Sherrie (Hough) takes the bus to 1987 Hollywood to become a rock star. There she meets Drew (Boneta), who has the same dream and works in the famed Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip. He convinces the owner (Baldwin) to hire her as a barmaid just as diva-rocker Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) comes to play a major gig. Buzzing around him are a Rolling Stone journalist (Akerman) wanting an interview and a right-winger (Zeta-Jones) trying to protect the children from the evils of rock-n-roll.
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The latest trailer for the upcoming Rock of Ages movie adaption gives us much more to contemplate as the June 15th release date draws ever closer. The upcoming musical comedy features hits from the likes of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake to name but a few.
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Fred (Marsden) is a slacker whose parents (Cole and Perkins) finally force him out of the house. With some help from his sister (Cuoco), he gets a job interview and a mansion to housesit. But any promise is upended when he meets a talking rabbit named EB (voiced by Brand), who would rather be a rock drummer than follow his destiny as the Easter Bunny. Meanwhile on Easter Island, a disgruntled chick named Carlos (Azaria) is plotting a coup against EB's father (Laurie).
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For over 12 years Prospera and her daughter Miranda have been exiled by Prospera's brother to a baron island where they live a life of solitude accompanied only by spirits and one non-spiritual occupant; Caliban, the son of a witch who died just before the arrival of the two human souls.
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E.B. is a young bunny who wants to see the world, but he's got one small problem, he's the next bunny inline to be named as the Easter Bunny, a career path that E.B. is very reluctant to take. Deciding to put his destined career on hold, E.B. decides that Hollywood is the place to be, but he quickly discovers Hollywood isn't a safe place to be for a small bunny when he's knocked over by a car.
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