Dec 10 2013
Comic mega star Will Ferrell has pledged to go skinny dipping in the Liffey during his visit to Dublin.
No stranger to Ireland, the Anchorman 2 star said he expected about 50 people to turn up to the movie's premiere.
But he was astounded to see hundreds lining the pavement of the capital's main thoroughfare O'Connell Street tonight, craning to catch a glimpse.
"It's been fantastic," he said, as he headed into the packed Savoy Cinema to introduce the eagerly-awaited comedy sequel.
The star, 46, and the rest of the film cast sampled some of the capital's best Guinness at popular pub Toner's before the premiere.
"I just had a half pint," he insisted.
Ferrell, who is best known for his role as anchorman Ron Burgundy in the blockbuster films about San Diego's top news team, said it was great to reprise the part.
"We obviously had a great time being back together and recreating, bringing those characters back to life," he said.
The star, whose family has connections with Longford and who was awarded the prestigious James Joyce Award at University College Dublin five years ago, seemed undaunted by the cold December chill when he insisted he was going to jump in the Liffey "in the buff".
"Right about 1am in the morning, if you have the courage to do it, join us," he added.
Ferrell, also known for his hilarious role in Zoolander and his earlier TV sketches on Saturday Night Live, walked the red carpet with his fellow cast members Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.
Rudd, who plays man-on-the-street reporter Brian Fantana in the Anchorman films, joked the Irish authorities would not allow him to bring his character's potent Sex Panther Cologne into the country.
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Dec 10 2013
Jenna Coleman has said that filming Matt Smith's final scenes as the Doctor was an emotional experience.
Matt, 31, makes his farewell as the Doctor in the Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who, when Peter Capaldi, 55, will take over the role.
Time Lord assistant actress Jenna, 27, told the Radio Times: "It was incredibly emotional - I knew it was going to be difficult but just how emotional I found the process really took me by surprise.
"It doesn't really quite feel like it's over yet, but Peter Capaldi certainly makes an entrance!"
She told the magazine: "I became attached to Matt - it's such a strange relationship because it really is just the two of you.
"You spend every day running together and saving the world and each other's lives... And there's no other way to describe it other than: he's my Doctor."
Coleman said that she had not yet received the script featuring Peter as the new Time Lord.
"I know the first script is moments away from reaching my hand so I'm looking forward to that, but I haven't read anything for the next series yet, so it doesn't feel like I'm two-timing Matt for now," she told the magazine.
"It's such a double-act and a partnership. With Peter, we're a team and we've been out for lunch together, getting to know each other. It'll be great."
Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat said that some fundamental Doctor Who myths and stories will be turned on their head or re-imagined in the Christmas special.
"We'll find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor - although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times," he said.
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Dec 10 2013
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
It follows a newspaper sting in which she allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover journalist.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on Monday that it had authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge the former N-Dubz singer.
"This charge relates to an investigation by the Sun newspaper between early March 2013 and May 23 2013 which resulted in the supply of Class A drugs to an investigative journalist," CPS London chief Crown prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said.
"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the code for Crown prosecutors.
"We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."
Ms Contostavlos will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 19.
"This defendant is now the subject of criminal proceedings and has the right to a fair trial," Mr Ubhey said.
"It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
Contostavlos was initially arrested in connection with the incident with 35-year-old musician Mike GLC on June 4.
She was officially dropped as a judge on X Factor days before her arrest, with Sharon Osborne returning to the show in her place.
Pop megastar Justin Bieber hugged, sang to, and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon Tuesday as he visited the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort.
Bieber flew unannounced to the central city of Tacloban just over a month after it was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan and sang Christmas carols to children at a heavily damaged local school amid tight security, witnesses said.
"He sang 'Holy Night' for the children," said Kate Donovan, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one of three aid agencies expected to benefit from Bieber?s charity work.
An AFP reporter said Bieber also played basketball at an improvised sandlot court with some of the young boys, later hugging some of them and posing for photos.
"UNICEF is very pleased that Justin Bieber wanted to visit Tacloban, and stopped by City Central Elementary School which has suffered a great deal of structural damage," UNICEF emergency coordinator Angela Kearney said.
"Justin brought a lot of joy, hope and cheer to the hundreds of children who were there," she added.
The money that would be raised would give child survivors access to education, vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, she said.
Prior to visiting the Philippines, Bieber, 19, had posted a message on fund raising website Prizeo.com urging his millions of fans to donate to the victims of the typhoon, the strongest to ever hit land.
Haiyan cut across the central Philippines on November 8, destroying scores of communities along its path.
Tsunami-like storm surges it triggered also swallowed up many coastal areas, and were blamed for majority of the nearly 6,000 deaths.
More than 1,700 others remain missing and about four million have been displaced.
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Monday December 9, 2013
By Jessica Herndon, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added.
Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's "The Sound of Music," in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement. "Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."
Parker's death comes at a time when "The Sound of Music" is back in the spotlight following NBC's live restaging of the classic last week — a ratings smash.
Parker worked only infrequently after "The Sound of Music," appearing in films and on such TV shows as "Fantasy Island," ''Murder, She Wrote" and "The Love Boat." She also starred in the short-lived 1960s TV series "Bracken's World."
"I'm primarily a character actress," she said in a 1988 interview, explaining why she never achieved the stardom of so many of her co-stars. "I've portrayed so many diverse individuals on the screen that my own personality never emerged."
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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto
Dec 09 2013
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture, James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.
The LAFCA did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for playing the tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
Gravity was the big winner beyond its Best Picture tie with Spike Jonze’s Her, walking away with nods for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell — recently selected as one of the 15 docs on the Academy’s shortlist — won Best Documentary.
Noticeably absent from any recognition was David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which the New York Film Critics Circle named Best Picture; Sundance favorite and recent Gotham Awards-winner Fruitvale Station; and the Robert Redford survival pic All Is Lost.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best Picture (TIE)
Gravity and Her
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Runner-up: Spike Jonze, Her
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress (TIE)
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Supporting Actor (TIE)
James Franco, Spring Breakers and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Runner-up: June Squibb, Nebraska
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
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Dec 09 2013
The sound of high-performance cars filled the air as thousands paid tribute to Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash.
Fans, friends and car enthusiasts flocked to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita for a memorial to Walker which had been planned through social media.
Long queues of tuned sports cars stretched for miles, while mourners left flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes.
The event concluded on Sunday evening with a cruise through the area where Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died on November 30, around 30 miles northwest of central Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County sheriff's department said on its Twitter feed that some illegally parked cars had to be towed.
Among those at the memorial was Edi Maya, a gardener who worked in Walker's neighbourhood and said he chatted with the actor from time to time.
"I work next to his house every week, twice a week. Seeing those candles there, it's heartbreaking," he told KABC-TV.
Walker, 40, was killed when the Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in smashed into a lamp post and tree before bursting into flames.
Rodas, the actor's friend and financial adviser, who was driving, also died. Authorities say speed was a factor in the crash.
The limited-edition Porsche was previously owned by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who said it could be difficult to drive.
The two had bonded over a passion for fast cars. They co-owned an auto racing team named after Rodas' custom car shop, Always Evolving.
Rodas, 38, drove professionally for the team on the Pirelli World Challenge circuit this year.
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Dec 09 2013
Miley Cyrus has taken a wrecking ball to her rivals after her number one hit was named the most sung song of the year by a karaoke website.
The US singer saw off competition from stars including Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen to top the poll.
Wrecking Ball was the most popular choice of the more than 8,000 songs sung around 3.5 million times on Lucky Voice Online Karaoke with 6.2% of the votes.
Perry was second choice with Roar getting 5.4%, while Psy's 2012 hit Gangnam Style proved its staying power coming third with a 4.2% share of the vote from thousands of amateur singers.
Adele was the fifth most popular with Someone Like You (3.6%) - a step down from last year when she had three songs in the top 10.
There was still room for a couple of karaoke classics with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi in the top 10.
Lucky Voice managing director N ick Thistleton said: "We are witnessing a total trend shift in what people are choosing to sing. Adele, who has previously maintained a firm foothold in the Lucky Voice chart, has slipped in popularity and songs which weren't released until the late summer have quickly become firm favourites.
"Meanwhile, all the other songs in the charts are by contemporary artists such as One Direction, leaving Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi to be the only song to represent the old guard of karaoke".
:: The 10 most popular karaoke songs of 2013
1. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (6.2%)
2. Roar - Katy Perry (5.4%)
3. Gangnam Style - Psy (4.2%)
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Walt Disney Co's animated princess fairy tale "Frozen" heated up movie box office charts in the United States and Canada, displacing dystopian thriller "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the top-earning film.
"Frozen" sold $31.6 million worth of tickets from Friday through Sunday during its second weekend in theatres to top domestic movie charts, while "Catching Fire" earned $27 million, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.
The weekend's only new nationwide release, crime thriller "Out of the Furnace," took a distant third place with $5.3 million.
Global sales for "Frozen," a solid holiday season hit, climbed to $190 million through Sunday, Disney said. The 3D movie, inspired by "The Snow Queen" fairytale, features the voice of Kristen Bell as a Scandinavian princess intent on finding her sister, the Queen, who has the power to freeze anything with a touch and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom.
"Catching Fire," the second of the "Hunger Games" films based on novels by Suzanne Collins, brought its global total to a massive $673.4 million, according to distributor Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, a skilled archer who provides hope for an oppressed society on the edge of rebellion.
Lions Gate noted that the U.S. weather in recent days, with several winter storm systems in play, likely had an impact on box office results.
Third-place film "Out of the Furnace" stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as brothers in a working-class Pennsylvania steel town.
When one of the brothers disappears, the other sets out to find him and enact revenge.
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Dec 08 2013
Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel has spoken on Facebook about a touching visit to Paul Walker's mother following the death of the 40-year-old actor.
Diesel revealed how he flew back to California when he heard Walker had died in the crash and "went directly from the plane to his (Walker's) mother's house".
"I thought they needed my strength, but realised when I got there and broke down before his family, that it was I who needed theirs," he wrote on Facebook.
"His mother hugged me and said 'I am so sorry' … I said: 'Sorry? You're the mother who lost a son?'... She said: 'Yes, but you lost your other half'."
In the post, he paid tribute to Walker, saying: "I will always love you Brian (O'Conner, his character in the movie franchise), as the brother you were … on and off screen".
Walker, who starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious films, was killed when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a lamp-post and a tree before bursting into flames last Saturday.
A coroner ruled that said he died from the "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries".
As a result of the tragedy, Universal Pictures has announced it is delaying filming of Fast & Furious 7.
Other Fast & Furious co-stars have also spoken of Walker's death.
Co-star Tyrese Gibson cried as he visited a memorial left at the scene of the crash, reportedly taking a piece of the wreckage in memory of his friend.
Ludacris, who has appeared in the film franchise, said on Twitter: "Your humble spirit was felt from the start. Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers."
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