Actress Melissa McCarthy loves it when women don't play by the rules.
The 45-year-old has become one of Hollywood's most popular stars thanks to roles in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, and Melissa revealed to Britain's The Guardian newspaper she loves playing characters which don't always fit the stereotype.
“People say to me, ‘These characters are crazy’, and I’m like, ‘Are they?’” she said. “Because I’ve seen three people in Rite Aid drug store act like that. I think when a female character acts more defiant, it’s seen as a little more crazy. There are women in the world like this, we’re just not used to seeing them portrayed.
"We generally just see The Pleasant Lady who stands behind her husband going ‘Oh, Jack.’ But I really love a female character who is not playing by the rules.”
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Jessica Chastain is sick of being asked if she is pregnant on the red carpet.
The red carpet favourite has become a style magnet at premieres and awards shows, but she admits even she can't always win when the world's photographers have their camera lenses focused on her.
"I forget to stand up straight on the red carpet," the actress tells The Guardian, "and every time I slouch... How many times does my publicist get those messages? 'Oh, yeah, they're wondering if you're pregnant?' No. I just stood like a normal person."
Jessica admits the effort to look her best in public at all times is quite a challenge.
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Ellie Goulding thinks U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is snubbing her after refusing to meet to discuss the plight of homeless women.
Earlier this year (16) the British singer asked for a meeting with David to discuss her work with the Marylebone Project, a centre for women who have fallen on hard times in London.
According to Ellie, the political leader said no to her invitation to meet, and as a result turned his head at a recent event they both attended. The singer tells Britain's Guardian newspaper, "He saw me, but looked away."
In February the Army singer told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper she felt snubbed by the leader of the Conservative Party after she and the chief executive of the Marylebone Project, Mark Russell, received a generic letter in response declining the invitation.
Actress Neve Campbell never felt comfortable during the height of her fame.
The 42-year-old rose to prominence on drama series Party of Five in the mid-90s before starring in hit horror film Scream.
While she went on to star in three further sequels, Neve admits achieving such a high level of fame didn't sit easily with her.
"I'm so glad those days are over," she confessed to Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "I felt I was being forced into being something I wasn't - all the time. I look back and wonder who that person was, who it was they made me. So no, no, I don't miss that at all. I'm happier now than I've ever been."
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Rocker Henry Rollins Has Branded Humans "Arrogant", "Awful", And "Weak", And Predicted Our Species Will Die Out Within A Few Centuries.
The former Black Flag star recently travelled to the Antarctic peninsula, and the trip brought home to him the damage mankind is potentially causing to the planet.
It also left the U.S. star angry at the attitude of most human beings to other species, and convinced him we no longer have a rightful place on Earth.
In a written essay for British newspaper The Guardian, he slams the human race for eating animals and pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and blames his fellow man for a desire to "ransack and divest (the planet) of its treasures".
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The 1975 Frontman Matt Healy Has Opened Up About A Major Meltdown He Suffered During One Of The Band's U.s. Gigs After Battling A Series Of Personal Problems.
The British rockers found success in 2013 with their self titled debut album, but Matt struggled to deal with fame and the band's popularity with young female fans.
The musician admits he was dealing with "girl stuff", as well as financial problems and drug-related issues, and his troubles came to a head at a concert in Boston, Massachusetts in December (14) when Matt broke down on stage.
"There was girl stuff. There was family stuff. There was financial stuff. There was drug stuff," the rocker tells British newspaper The Guardian. "I remember hearing the crowd and having an identity crisis. I thought: 'If you want to see a show, I'll give you a f**king show. If you've come to see the jester drink himself into a slumber, I'll give it to you.' I felt like I'd become an idea as opposed to being a person."
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British Folk Icon Roy Harper Has Been Acquitted Of All The Sexual Assault Charges Hanging Over Him.
A jury ruled the musician was not guilty of two historic charges earlier this year (15), but five others, dating back to the 1970s, including two counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a child, were left unresolved until Monday (09Nov15), when the case was closed on the 74 year old in a Worcester, England court house.
Angry Harper tells Britain's The Guardian, "This case should never have gone as far as this, or taken so long to resolve.
"The psychological and personal cost to my wife and myself has been enormous and the financial cost hugely unfair. I lost my livelihood and I spent my savings, and more, on my defence.
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Harry Potter Author J.k. Rowling Has Defended Her Opposition To A Cultural Boycott Of Israel Following A Backlash From Angry Fans.
The British novelist was one of more than 150 signatories to a letter published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper which demanded peace in the Middle East, but denounced calls for a boycott of Israeli artists amid rising tensions between Palestinians and the Jewish state.
Rowling's stance angered many of her fans, who flooded the author's social media accounts with complaints, but the writer has now defended her decision to oppose a boycott.
"Boycotting Israel on every possible front has its allure. It satisfies the human urge to do something, anything, in the face of horrific human suffering," Rowling writes on TwitLonger.com. "What sits uncomfortably with me is that severing contact with Israel's cultural and academic community means refusing to engage with some of the Israelis who are most pro-Palestinian, and most critical of Israel's government.
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Matt Damon Has Clarified "Out Of Context" Remarks He Made In A Recent Interview Suggesting Actors Could Hurt Their Career If They "Come Out" As Gay.
In an interview published by U.K.'s The Guardian on Sunday (27Sep15), Damon discussed rumours he and longtime friend Ben Affleck faced when they initially found fame with Good Will Hunting nearly 20 years ago.
Damon said, "When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumours that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together... It's just like any piece of gossip... and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive.
"I don't want to, like, imply it's some sort of disease - then it's like I'm throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy - more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor - it's tough to make the argument that he didn't take a hit for being out."
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Producers Behind A New Staging Of Verdi's Otello At The New York Metropolitan Opera Have Broken With A 124-Year-old Tradition By Refusing To Use A White Actor In 'Blackface' Make-up For The Lead Role.
Ever since the show premiered at the Met in 1891, the part of Otello has been portrayed by a white man with artificially darkened skin.
However, tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko has become the first stage star to perform the role at the venue without wearing the controversial cosmetics, and production bosses are adamant it was time for a change.
Director Bartlett Sher tells British newspaper The Guardian, "It really did seem very obvious, given our cultural history and political history in the United States, that for me and my production team, the idea of putting (Otello) in blackface was completely unthinkable. We can't give in to that cultural stereotype."
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