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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.
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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
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
John Lydon says following Russell Brand's ideology would ultimately make you homeless.
John Lydon, the former Sex Pistols frontman, and a personality never one to shy away from a political debate, says Russell Brand is trying to sell a lifestyle of "cardboard boxes, down by the river" as he steps up his bid for revolution. Lydon called Brand a "bum hole" for advising people not to vote at the next election, saying his ideology would ultimately "make you all homeless."
"It's the most idiotic thing I've ever heard," Lydon told the Guardian's Polly Toynbee, "The likes of Russell Brand coming along and saying something so damn ignorant is just spoonfeeding it to them."
Continue reading: John Lydon, "Russell Brand Wants Cardboard Boxes, Down By The River"
Russell Brand has had his say on Rolf Harris' conviction.
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 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.
Continue reading: Russell Brand On Rolf Harris "Newly Cast As The Villain"
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
Russell Brand does not pay train fares, apparently.
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 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.
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Russell Brand is moving into the world of children's literature, what can we expect?
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 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’.
Continue reading: What Could Russell Brand Bring Us With His Trickster Tales?
With a view to changing attitudes, Brand is penning books for the young
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 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.”
The comedian's forthcoming book will inform the reader how to be involved in the 'revolution' against the government: 'We all want to bring down the government and establish a personal and global utopia, but how?' they ask."
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).
Continue reading: Russell Brand To Pen Book On How To Overthrow Government
Brand's got to do what Brand's got to do
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 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.
Russell Brand writes a candid letter analysing the death of Academy-Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and claims the lawmakers are "deliberately creating the worst imaginable circumstances to maximise the harm caused by substance misuse."
It is publically known that Russell Brand's past involved an intense battle with substance and alcohol abuse, but the Brit managed to overcome his addiction issues.
So it is little surprise that the fairly outspoken Brit had a few things to say on the sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Brand, who has been clean and sober for more than a decade, wrote a candid letter for The Guardian this week, in which he closely examines the Oscar- winning actor's heroin addiction and criticises the laws surrounding illegal substances.
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
Brand isn't exactly looking to shake hands with David Cameron.
While Russell Brand’s thoughts on British Prime Minister are pretty easy to predict, it’s funny to actually hear them. The 38-year-old comedian was forthright with his opinions on the man charged with looking after a nation, and he used bad words.
Russell Brand didn't hold anything back
A guest on Alan Carr’s Channel 4 comedy talk show, Chatty Man, Brand had license to be candid. An interview on the BBC wouldn’t have allowed such opinion to be openly aired. We’ll cut to the chase, he called him a “posh w--nker”.
Continue reading: What Does Russell Brand Think Of David Cameron? Have A Guess
Russell Brand - Comedian/Actor Russell Brand who is no stranger to talking about his battles with drugs in interviews and onstage is seen leaving Molesworth Hall on Molesworth Place which is used for AA / NA meetings.He arrived around 1pm and left just after 2pm,where he stopped outside on the steps and chatted to a couple of people before walking onto Molesworth Street and posed for photos with passerbys. - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 12th November 2013
Russell Brand - Russell Brand arriving at the stage door of The Olympia Theatre for his sold-out comedy show on his 'Messiah Complex' world tour. Brand was wearing a white suit jacket, black leather trousers and had prayer beads and a crucifix around his neck - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 11th November 2013
Russell Brand has admitted he is currently in a relationship but keeps the identity of his new love hidden.
Russell Brand has a new lady in his life.
The British comedian has kept relatively low-key about his love life since divorcing from American pop-singer, Katy Perry, in February 2012.
However, this all changed when the 38 year-old spoke with The Huffington Post UK on Monday (Nov 4th). Brand admitted to a packed crowd that "[he's] in a relationship at the moment."
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It's Brand v Webb - whose side are you on?
This is a strange one. Russell Brand, who, while guest editing for the New Statesman, displayed his disenfranchisement with the current British government by signing off a disdainful piece on contemporary politics with a bold statement: ‘I don’t vote, you shouldn’t’.
Russell Brand is a big supporter of West Ham Utd
But Brand’s call for political revolution didn’t sit well with Robert Webb, who is best known for his work alongside David Mitchell in Peep Show. Webb’s rebuke was a strange open letter, which attempted to be both respectful, but managed to be deeply disrespectful at the same time.
Continue reading: Russell Brand Responds To Robert Webb's Rebuke Re: Deathcamps, Etc.
Critics have largely been positive in their reviews of the album, which contains some of her most personal lyrics to date
Katy Perry is currently enjoying her recent return to the top of the pop agenda, releasing her fourth studio album to rave reviews and eager audience anticipation, and already enjoying tremendous success on the back of her her last two singles. Crammed with the usual dose of bubblegum pop numbers, Prism also features some more mature numbers, and the lyrics on the album are by far some of her most personal to date. Maybe that's why critics are in love with it so much.
Perry is enjoying critical and commercial success with her new album
According to review aggregator MetaCritic, Prism has enjoyed the most positive critical reception of any other KP release, with many of the songs enjoying some credible moments next to the usual presence of throwaway pop numbers that Perry is known for. Some reviews are positively glowing, although others are a little harsher, however there are few that just berate the album content. On the back of this critical success, Prism has managed to score some impressive sales figures already, and has been climbing up album charts across the world.
Continue reading: Katy Perry's Most Personal Album Is Also Her Most Popular One To Date
No, they're still divorced, but Russell helped influence Katy's honest new album.
For many people, a divorce can be a terrible experience, hounded by despair and loneliness, and it appears that even Katy Perry went through the same emotions but she managed to channel them into chart-climbingly catchy music à la Taylor Swift on her latest album, Prism.
Divorce Took A Heavy Emotional Toll On Katy.
With lead track 'Roar' unleashed last month to give us a sniff of her new, starker direction, it was evident that Prism wasn't exactly going to be a record of doom metal, rather the same power pop fluff we've become accustomed to from Ms. Perry. However, there was no question about whether Katy's new stance advocated standing up for herself, feeling empowered, and moving on to better things; a strength reportedly resulting from her divorce from British comedian, Russell Brand.
Continue reading: How Russell Brand Helped Katy Perry's New Album, 'Prism'
Russell Brand - Russell Brand opens a shop run by volunteers of the mental health charity called Thurrock Mind. Brand spent time in the shop with the staff before cutting the ribbon and opening it to the public. He also bought a pair of jeans before he left - Grays Essex, United Kingdom - Monday 21st October 2013
Russell Brand driven in a blacked out Mercedes limousine for the opening night of his Messiah Complex tour at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. He was accompanied by a female and male companion - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Monday 7th October 2013
Russell Brand - Russell Brand out and about in West Hollywood wearing a t-shirt depicting sex positions illustrated by stickman drawings - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 25th September 2013
Russell Brand caused controversy at the GQ Men of the Year awards, but aren't we all getting a little carried away?
Russell Brand made headlines at the GQ Men of the Year awards this week, after making a joke about the Nazi's and their sartorial choices. Noting Hugo Boss's link to the SS went down like a lead balloon, though it was hardly the year's most vile joke. Besides, Brand is a comedian.
Anyway, Telegraph journalist and all-round bore Charles Moore was so incensed by the joke that he thought it right to hit back with a jibe about Brand's notorious answer phone message to the Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs, which cost the comedian his job on BBC Radio 2 in 2008.
Moore has been indignant about the whole thing for years, apparently resolving to pay his BBC license fee to Help the Aged until the corporation dispensed of the services of Brand and his partner-in-crime Jonathan Ross.
Russell Brand sparked a slanging match at the GQ Men of the Year Awards after he 'mentioned the war'
At the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell Brand sparked off a war of words between himself, Charles Moore, actor Jeremy Piven and a host of others, as the group embarked on a night long slanging contest that took place during their respective time on stage. According to the Evening Standard, the slang-off was sparked by Brand's ill-advised Nazi joke, which seemed to set the subject matter for the night early on.
Russell's joke didn't go down well with everyone
Continue reading: Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes
Russell Brand was the centre of attention at the GQ Men of the Year awards, for better or worse.
The GQ Men of the Year awards is always a rather boisterous affair. When you stick a load of preened rock stars, comedians, actors and journalists in the same room, give them free alcohol and tell them how stylish and brilliant they are: things are going to happen. And they did.
The controversy began when Russell Brand arrived on-stage to collect his 'Oracle' award, reminding the audience that the event's sponsor - high end designer Hugo Boss - was responsible for designing the SS uniforms during World War II. For all intents and purposes, they were pretty snappy outfits, though probably a period on the designer's history that it would rather forget.
"If anyone knows a bit about history and fashion, you know it was Hugo Boss who made uniforms for the Nazis. But they looked f***ing amazing," said Brand, to gasps in the room at the Royal Opera House, according to the Evening Standard.
The Conjuring, Warner Brother's summer horror offering, has defeated the likes of R.I.P.D in the US weekend box office.
The Conjuring, opening this weekend, gained $41.5 million. Another lower budget film beat off the likes of R.I.P.D. which, according to reports, cost more than $130 million to make.
Vera Farmiga at the premiere of Bates Motel, L.A.
Warner Brother's haunted house horror, which stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel); Lili Taylor (Hemlock Grove); Patrick Wilson (Prometheus) and Ron Livingston (The Time Traveller's Wife), follows two paranormal investigators as they attempt to help The Warrens overcome a malign presence which lurks in their seemingly idyllic country house.
Continue reading: US Box Office: The Conjuring Haunts R.I.P.D. During Its Opening Weekend
The is one sequel the studio won't regret making
Despicable Me 2’s special July 4th was independent in more ways that one: it was Universals biggest ever opening for a movie, with a total of $34.3m on Wednesday, despite most American’s enjoying the seasonally good weather. This has set it up to perform well over the weekend, as those little minions continue to delight audiences.
Gru being a family man
The hilarious animation – starring Steve Carell as the evil genius-cum-family man Gru – followed up the impressive Wednesday with a solid Thursday, managing $23.5m. All in all, a domestic total of $84.3m so far is good going, especially considering it’s still got a holiday weekend to sell. Even better news for Universal is, considering it’s an animation, it was rather cheap, costing a mere $76m to make – it’s already broken even and more!
Continue reading: Will 'Despicable Me 2' Break More Records For Universal?
Despicable Me 2 - the sequel to 2010's Despicable Me is out on 3rd July in cinemas. Has the original's funny and cute magic formula worked for the second time though?
Despicable Me 2catches up with former moon-stealing villain, Gru, who is settling into family life, raising three young girls: Agnes, Edith and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). But has fatherhood completely distracted him from his former pursuit of evil deeds? Seems the past has come back to bite him as his quiet life is interrupted when he gets kidnapped by Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Hero League. His minions are helpless as Gru is taken off to the AHL's deep sea headquarters where the league has an interesting proposition for him. Will the AHL's reluctant recruit forego his evil ways for good or will the temptation for wrongdoings continue to lure Gru back in?
Steve Carell Voices Gru In Despicable Me.
Despicable Me 2 is the captivating follow-up to the Golden Globe-nominated original, in fact The Guardian declare it to be "Funnier - and perhaps cuter - than its predecessor," with a film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. The original grossed $543 million worldwide (£357m) making a whopping profit and securing the possibility of a sequel. Perhaps the movie's success is due to the comedy factor brought about by the playful, helium-voiced minions? Mark Kermode seems to think so, in a golden review: "these yellow weebles are comedy gold, their slapstick antics blending a simplicity of form with a complexity of expression rooted in the traditions of silent cinema."
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2: Entertainment For Parents...And Their Little Minions
'Despicable Me 2' reviews have been favourable although most critics have said it lacks originality. The movie is due to be released in US cinemas on Wednesday (3rd July). It has already been released in the UK and has topped the Weekend Box Office.
Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the first 2010 film, is due to be released in cinemas on Wednesday. Early critical reviews have been largely positive. Keith Uhlich of the New York Times said the franchise has improved since the last film and that it is "delights more often than it disappoints".
Steve Carell at the Despicable Me 2 premiere, L.A.
Whilst most of the critics have enjoyed the film there are others who criticised Universal Pictures for its lack of originality. Ryan Gilbey of The Statesman said the film is "a completely redundant follow-up to the perfectly delightful 2010 original". Others have drawn comparisons with Monsters University, claiming Despicable Me 2 "has more laughs in the first 5 minutes" than Monsters managed in 90 (according to Roger Moore of McClatchy-Tribune News Service).
Continue reading: 'Despicable Me 2': Early Reviews Round-Up
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.
Katy Perry opens up on the fall out of her relationship with Russell Brand, saying the rapper ended things over text
For many, the union of Russell Brand and Katy Perry was a strange one; one of them is a comedian renown for his intelligence and liberal views, the other a pop star with seemingly no inclination for intellect or personal views. In hindsight, it was never going to work out was it?
That’s not to say either of them are right, wrong, good or bad, but suffice to say: it was weird. So when their divorce was announced last year, no one was surprised. Brand’s method, though, may not have been expected. "He's a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him," Perry said in an interview with Vogue. "Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011."
Brand is known for his quick style of comedy, with which he can usually confuse even the most savvy of interviewers as he demonstrated recently with his performance on Morning Joe. Although, to call the people at NBC savvy is a mighty fine compliment. Perry, though, started to get lost in the funny mans humour. "Hysterical in some ways. Until he started making jokes about me and he didn't know I was in the audience, because I had come to surprise him at one of his shows,” she explained of his comedic style.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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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