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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
Continue reading: Russell Brand Will Let Daughter Formulate Her Own Gender Identity
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.
Continue reading: Guess What Russell Brand Has Named His First Child
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
Continue reading: Russell Brand Becomes A First Time Father
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
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 - 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."
Continue reading: Russell Brand Reveals He Has A Girlfriend!
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.
Russell Brand - Russell Brand and Barbara Brand Night Out in London. Russell was seen leaving his gig in Islington London with his mother Barbara on Thursday Night. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 9th August 2013
Russell Brand - Russell Brand is seen leaving the Soho Theatre after his show. Russell was seen leaving the theatre with a mystery female companion as he drove away. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th August 2013
Russell Brand - Russell Brand leaves the Soho Theatre just before midnight, having performed a gig there earlier in the evening. After the show, Russell got talking to a couple of girls at the bar inside the venue. He was then seen hugging them, before he dissapeared with the girls to a dressing room for around 25 minutes, before he emerged with a smile on his face! He then left the venue, and stopped to have his picture taken with another female admirer, before giving a homless man some money and finally heading home. The two girls left minutes after Russell, and laughed and giggled when asked what went on in the room! - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 1st August 2013
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
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.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Admitted That Russell Brand Ended Things Via Text Message
Katy Perry has revealed that husband and comedian Russell Brand told her he wanted a divorce via text.
Speaking to US Vogue magazine in a candid interview, 28 year-old Perry spoke of the pitfalls of her 14 month marriage and identified Brand's ego as a key reason their marriage failed: "I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they're, like, I can't handle the equalness. He didn't like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour."
Perry described 38 year-old British comedian Brand as "smart" and "magical" until he became "controlling, which was upsetting."
Continue reading: Katy Perry Reveals Russell Brand Texted Her For Divorce
The controversial funny-man reckons he could be up for the job of traveling the universe
Russell Brand is the latest high profile actor/famous person to express his desire to be the new Dr. Who. The comedian, who has been in America making bad films and writing excellent articles and said he would jump at the chance to time travel and boot Cybermen in the nether regions.
“I'd love to be the Doctor,” said Brand on Absolute Radio. “I'd be like a Tom Baker one, a long scarf, flouncy, wistful, quoting occasional poems, kicking Cybermen in the nuts," he exclaimed. One thing’s for certain, he has the flamboyancy and extravagance needed for the role. "I would just travel through time pinching people's a***s. Carry on up the worm hole. Like quantum physics, so that is actually perfect.”
Oh, hang on. Hang on a minute. Matt Smith quitting his role as The Dr has not only disappointed fans of the series – Smith was a popular time lord – but it has set the rumour mill into overdrive. Ben Daniels was mooted as a possible favourite, but now rumours are suggesting it’s time for a female Dr, with Miranda Hart and Sue Perkins leading candidates.
Continue reading: Russell Brand As Doctor Who? Why Not!
Rolf Harris was arrested two days before his 83rd birthday, though the details remain sketchy.
Rolf Harris has been arrested by police officers working on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sex offences. The much-loved 83-year-old TV star and singer was held over historic sex abuse allegations by the police unit set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal. Senior detectives have been investigating Harris for more than four months.
According to The Sun newspaper, officers raided his Berkshire home on November 24 last year, though he was not at home. He was interviewed under caution on November 29 after attending a South London police premises by appointment. Harris continued to perform several concerts following the interview, though was eventually arrested on March 28, two days before his 83rd birthday.
Scotland Yard said: "An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.He has been bailed to a date in May pending further enquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'." Police have refused to give any details of the allegations, though Harris vehemently denies any wrongdoing. Over a million people tuned in on Wednesday night to watch Rolf's Animal Clinic on Channel 5.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand were rumored to have rekindled their relationship following her split from John Mayer.
No, is the answer to that question. No, Katy Perry and Russell Brand weren't seen "full on making out" in the valet line at El Lay's Soho House this week, as was originally reported by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. The story picked up some serious speed as it circulated around blogs and social network, though Hilton has since admitted that his sources were "100% wrong" on the matter.
Just a few hours later, Perez issued an apology to both Perry and Brand, writing "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! We were just so excited to imagine two of our favorites were rekindling an old flame, we must've been blinded by our love for you guys as a couple!!"
The original report appeared to carry a little credence, given Katy Perry recent split with blues musician John Mayer, however, she is ready to sell the marital home that she shared with Russell Brand during their short marriage. The singer is selling the $7 million Hollywood Hills property through US estate agents after failing to secure a private deal. It features 11 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, a swimming pool and its own waterfall.
Continue reading: So, Were Katy Perry And Russell Brand Making Out At Soho House?
Katy Perry's friends think John Mayer was using her as he wanted to keep himself in the spotlight.
Katy Perry's friends think John Mayer was using her.
The couple recently called time on their relationship for the second time and pals of the 'Firework' singer are relieved because they worry John was just using her to keep himself in the spotlight.
A source told People magazine: "He's very defensive and comes across as extremely jealous of her career. He's basically using Katy, who fits into his plans to stay in the spotlight right now. His whole moving to Montana sting didn't get him the attention he wanted and he has been going a bit crazy not being able to sing because of his vocal illness."
Continue reading: Katy Perry Used By John?
Controversial comedian conformed for Xfm radio show later this month
Russell Brand is set to host a radio show on Xfm later this month, as part of a promotion for a week-long series of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, curated by former Oasis member Noel Gallagher. Brand’s radio show will take place on Monday March 18, 2013 between 9pm and midnight. He will be joined in the studio by his former co-host Matt Morgan, as well as the poet Mr Gee. It will be the first time in seven years that they’ll have been back in a radio studio together.
The new appointment will mark the first time that Brand has been back on UK radio for some time, after he caused a huge furore (along with Jonathan Ross, it must be said) when he left an offensive message of actor Andrew Sachs’ answerphone during a BBC Radio show. The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs that the show is designed to promote will be taking place from March 19, 2013, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Russell Brand will be returning to UK airwaves with Xfm show
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Has Russell Brand won over the BBC at last, after Sachs-gate? His Comic Relief gig went down a storm
Russell Brand’s relationship with the BBC may well be on the mend, as the risky comedian’s set at their Comic Relief ‘Give It Up’ show went down a storm. The 37 year-old turned out to be a bigger hit than fellow performer Frankie Boyle, whose humour tends to be even closer to the bone than Brand’s and apparently the Scottish comic bombed at Wembley Arena, according to MailOnline. Brand had previously found himself in trouble when he and Jonathan Ross offended the actor Andrew Sachs, on a BBC radio show.
Russell Brand seems to have won back the affections of the BBC
To celebrate the triumph of the huge arena show, Russell Brand headed to London’s exclusive Embassy club in Mayfair where he was reportedly met by a group of women who had been waiting for him. “There were several women waiting hours for him to turn up,” the report reveals and adds that they were “all over Russell when he got in the room and he was soon joined by about 20 gorgeous women at his table.” Nice work if you can get it, eh? The ladies’ patience was apparently rewarded with the hookahs (special electronic shisha pipes, no less and rugs that Brand had laid out on the floor for them and the controversial comic / actor ordered pots of tea for his guests.
Russell Brand has admitted that he still gets heckled about his relationship with Katy Perry. In an interview with ShortList, he revealed that punters at his stand-up gigs shout “[inaudible mumbling] Katy Perry!” at him but although it’s difficult to have the subject of a recently failed marriage thrown in your face, he tries not to pay too much attention to the abuse.
Putting things into perspective, Brand told his interviewer “it’s horrible. But you’ve got to be a big boy if you’re standing on stage in front of 10,000 people and you’ve taken 50 quid off each of them. They should shout what they want.” On the subject of divorce, Brand insists that it may have changed him but it hasn’t put him off marriage. “I feel different about my private life,” said Brand. “I feel like I need to have one now. If you’re married to someone who’s also famous, privacy becomes a commodity. But f*cking hell, that’s not really a problem in a world where people are starving. My attitude to fame and celebrity changes continually.”
Brand stands by the institution of marriage, though, even if his betrothal to Katy was short-lived. “I liked marriage. Most of it was brilliant. You can’t condemn an institution on one incident. You can’t condemn the whole Catholic Church for a few dodgy priests [laughs].”
Continue reading: Those Katy Perry Hecklers? Russell Brand Doesn't Pay Too Much Attention
If there's one thing Russell Brand is famous for, no, not the drugs, the alcohol or the BBC Radio scandal, it's womanising. The 37-year-old is known for his womanising, and it seems yoga is a great place to meet them.
Especially when you invite everyone from your class back to your house to stretch and groan for a couple of hours. "Demi Moore, as far as anything more physical goes -- she's just at yoga. I really like her, she's really lovely. I just see her at yoga. She's an older lady, she's incredibly beautiful but that's that," said Brand of Moore, rather snappily, which suggests it was on his mind. "I like the yoga thing, it's the dawning of a wonderful new era. It's proving to be an interesting new phase for me -- yoga, transcendental consciousness, meditation, good-looking people. It's the dawning of a new Sixties."
Brand admitted, though, that he does keep an eye on the ladies while he's supposed to be finding his inner self. "It's full of amazing women. That's a fact. They are all filled with sexual energy. It has been brilliant."
Continue reading: Will Yoga Bring Russell Brand And Demi Moore Together?
Russell Brand is famous for his sexual exploits, so when it was reported that he had 30 people in his house, stretching in tight cloths and groaning, you could be forgiven for thinking it was post-watershed news item.
It is, however, perfectly innocent. The star just had a bunch of people round to do some Yoga. "The yoga centre I had been going to sacked our instructor, so I have moved everyone into my house. I had 30 people doing it in my house," he explained, the Sun reports. "I had all the crew on my TV show doing yoga in the studio the other day too. There were 100 people doing it. It's not your normal yoga. It's like proper chanting, full-on stuff -- not for the faint-hearted," added Brand, who is becoming slightly obsessed with Yoga, possibly for more than enlightenment reasons. "It's full of amazing women. That's a fact. They are all filled with sexual energy. It has been brilliant."
Since Amy Winehouse's death from excessive use of drugs and alcohol, Brand has stepped up his campaign for more recognition for people suffering from the affliction of addiction. Having himself been severely addicted to drugs, and come out the other side both alive and still sane, well, on the whole, he is a prominent role model for those still suffering.
Rebel Wilson, the comedy actress currently starring in Pitch Perfect, will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced in a first look trailer on Thursday (December 20, 2012). Set to air on April 14, Wilson will become the first woman to host the event since Sarah Silverman emceed in 2007.
Female comedians are taking over next year's awards' ceremonies, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey tasked with hosting the Golden Globes. The MTV Awards sometimes get it right with their hosts (Russell Brand, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith), though often get it very, very, wrong. Lindsay Lohan hosted in 2004, while Jessica Alba didn't exactly set the show alight in 2006. Anyway, Wilson - as the comedy actress of the moment - seems a pretty solid choice. The Australian played Brynn in the smash-hit Bridesmaids and went on to star in A Few Best Men, What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Pitch Perfect. She's currently writing a comedy named Super Fun for the ABC Network, and stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the action-comedy Pain & Gain.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in June. It was dominated by The Hunger Games, Twilight and Bridesmaids.
Continue reading: Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson To Host MTV Movie Awards 2013
Noel Gallagher is curating the Teenage Cancer Trust's set of gigs; getting some of the biggest bands and comedians to entertain audiences at The Royal Albert Hall, and all to raise money for teenagers that are suffering from cancer.
It sounds like a fun job, curating a week of shows at a truly legendary venue, but according to Noel, it's something the government should be doing (helping teenagers with cancer, not prancing about on stage a la Russell Brand, although that would be funny, too).
"I don't feel I've got a moral obligation to do anything. I do it because it feels right to me, not because I'm morally obliged to do it, let's face it, the government should be doing it, not us" Noel told Contact Music at a press conference today. "It's like when you meet these kids and stuff like that you remember that you were a teenager once, albeit a long time ago but speaking for me personally, I do it because I want to, not because I should be doing it."
Russell Brand is being sued for $25,000 by a pedestrian who was allegedly hit by his car in Los Angeles back in January.
The British funnyman is facing yet another lawsuit only months after being forced to pay out $500 and do 20 hours of community service when he threw an iPhone belonging to a paparazzo through the window of a building. This time, according to a copy of the lawsuit filed by LA County Superior Court that TMZ managed to get their hands on, Brand was driving 'negligently' which caused him to hit a pedestrian by the name of Victor Sneed who has claimed that he was injured as a result of the collision, had damage done to personal property and was landed with subsequent hospital bills. He also claimed that he 'lost wages' following the incident.
Trouble with the law has been a prominent factor in Mr Brand's life. Even though his hellraising days are over, he still can't seem to stay out of controversy; apart from the two incidents mentioned above, he has also been arrested for battery after allegedly attacking a photographer who stood in his way as he attempted to board a flight with his then fiancé Katy Perry and he, alongside Jonathan Ross, also caused the BBC to be fined £150,000 in 2008 when the presenters left a vile voicemail to comedy legend Andrew Sachs regarding Brand's relationship with his granddaughter.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand's PR people are clearly no longer communicating, with the pair only just avoiding a potentially disastrous reunion this week. Both stars - who divorced earlier this year - attended the same Los Angeles Lakers season opener on Tuesday (October 30, 2012), though just happened to be seated at opposite sides of the court.
According to E! Online, there was no indication that the pair interacted, with Katy attending the game with her father. Comedian Brand sat between two unknown youngers, though later chatted with footballers David Beckham and Robbie Keane, who were there with Adam Levine and his girlfriend. Elsewhere, Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson looked as mischievous as ever - fittingly wearing a jack-o-lantern - and heartthrob Zac Efron also enjoyed the match courtside, which the Lakers lost to Dallas.
Brand and Perry married in a lavish ceremony in India in October 2010, after first meeting at the MTV Video Music Awards the previous year. Cracks in their relationship circulated right from the start, and the pair split after a year of marriage. Since their divorce, Perry has dated the Florence and the Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd and is currently with singer John Mayer.
Continue reading: Awkward? Katy Perry And Russell Brand Attend Same Lakers Game
Victor Sneed, with a name worthy of Royston Vasey, is suing Russell Brand for allegedly running into him with his car earlier this year.
Sneed is looking for over $25,000 in compensation. This sum is for hospital bills and loss of earnings as a result of his injuries, as well as legal costs- that would be non-existant were he not suing the Get Him to the Greek actor. TMZ have reported that Brand was trying to escape paparazzi in his Range Rover. Sneed's lawyer Bob Fink has contacted the website telling them that the ex-security guard is currently in a leg brace and potentially needing surgery. At the time Brand sent one of his employees to exchange details with the man, with the view to settle the ordeal outside insurance and court. Alas, that hasn't materialised. Nevertheless, it does seem dubious that the incident was alleged to have occurred in January of this year, yet the victims proceedings seem to have taken 8 months to materialise. No one would put it past Brand to be a negligent driver, nevertheless, something smells a bit fishy.
TMZ got hold of the documents, but you can see scans of them here.
British comedian Russell Brand leaves Newsroom Café on Beverly Hills' Robertson Boulevard with three homeless people after treating them to breakfast. He ignores photographers' questions and appraisals for his selfless actions as he tries to ferry his gang to his parked Range Rover.
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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