What I’ve been reading about today …
“I’m also pretty sure Harry Styles was never accused of punching a lady bus driver in the box.” Genius article on LaineyGossip
Poor Justin Bieber: “Everybody knows how cranky toddlers get when you wake them up from a nap.” DListed
A seven-year-old Selena Gomez was her dad’s wingwoman at Hooters The Superficial
Could Sarah Jessica Parker’s twins be any more adorable? Yahoo! OMG!
Kate Moss stops to admire herself Popsugar
I wouldn’t blame Justin if he didn’t want to return to London for some time, this latest trip has been such a PR nightmare for him. First there was the “worst birthday” when his planned £10,000 bash ended before it really began after his 14-year-old friend Jaden Smith was [rightly!] turned away from the over 18s Cirque du Soir club in Soho where it was being held.
Then he was almost two hours [although he claims 40 minutes] late for his first concert at the O2 on Monday. If we are to believe Justin it was due to “technical issues” but The Sun newspaper claims he was playing video games and woke up late.
And to top it all off he collapsed at his concert on Thursday, had to go off stage for 10-20 minutes to be seen by doctors, managed to return to finish the gig and was then rushed to hospital.
Another disaster or as some cynics are suggesting, a genius PR move designed to win sympathy?
Check out Justin’s manager Scooter Braun explaining the situation to the fans and decide for yourself.
Either way, the 19-year-old singer was well enough to post a topless picture of himself in his hospital bed to Instagram for his fans to swoon over so he seems to be doing better!
He also tweeted: “Getting better. thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. best fans in the world. figuring out what happened. thanks for the love.”
Justin Bieber shows off his six pack in Instagram picture, while letting fans know he is fine after on stage collapse
Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies. And growing up as part of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer generation, it’s impossible for me not to love Joss Whedon. So the prospect of the director adapting this play for the big screen was always an exciting one.
The black and white movie, filmed at Whedon’s Santa Monica home over 12 days in 2011, also features a host of his frequent collaborators including Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, Angel’s Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, Buffy’s Tom Lenk, Dollhouse’s Reed Diamond and The Avengers’ Clark Gregg. Exciting for anyone with even a passing interest in Whedon’s work, past or present.
Much Ado played to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year but since Acker’s Fred and Denisof’s Wesley were two of my least favourite characters from Angel [and in Wesley’s case, Buffy], I was worried that I would instantly hate Beatrice and Benedick on sight.
Well, the trailer has just been released and even though it’s only one minute and 42 seconds long, I’m pleased to report that’s not the case. All traces of boring Fred and Wesley are gone forever and we’re left with funny and sarcastic Beatrice and Benedick. Phew!
And if anyone’s wondering, that hip, jazzy tune is St. Germain’s Rose Rouge.
Much Ado About Nothing opens on June 7. Check out the official site at muchadomovie.com or Whedon has just started tweeting at @MuchAdoFilm.
Or if you can’t wait that long and you’re going to be at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this weekend, check out the panel with the cast. All details here
Much Ado cast and Whedon heading to SXSW
I was feeling pretty sorry for Miley Cyrus recently but now I’m now so sure. The 20-year-old singer has been forced to deny her engagement is in trouble following reports that her fiance Liam Hemsworth was flirting up a storm with Emma Watson at one pre-Oscars party and enjoyed a make-out session with January Jones at another.
“I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining” was just one of her recent tweets.
But now, with the eyes of the entire world on her, she goes and steps out without her ring. Fine, I totally get that people don’t always wear their engagement rings everywhere but if you check out this picture of her leaving a Los Angeles recording studio, Miley is going to great pains to ensure the paps get a picture of her without her 3.5 carat bauble.
Miley Cyrus in LA without her engagement ring.
Is she doing it for attention? Sending Liam a message? Who knows?
But if Miley really wants people to stop being so interested in her personal life, she should stop making it so easy for us all. And taking a break from social media should mean not retweeting silly tweets from her mother such as “Ok just heard on the radio that Miley’s hair is blue…. Um it’s definitely not! Wow!” If someone getting your hair colour wrong is your biggest problem, you should be happy!
For the record, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Emma story is true, it could be nothing more than a bit of harmless flirting. But January? Source is Star magazine so despite her alleged preference for taken men I’m not convinced.
Miley and Liam in happier times
Miley and Liam
Obviously he is to be admired for his dedication to AIDS research, championing gay marriage and all of his charitable endeavours but today I would like to praise Elton John for reminding us how bonkers celebrities really can be.
Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and blogs, celebrities have never been more accessible and many of them try to win us over by claiming they’re just like us. They go shopping, do the laundry and dishes, pick their kids up from school etc etc but that’s not how I like my stars. I love reading about people like Nicolas Cage and his profligate spending habits, such as outbidding Leonardo DiCaprio to spend $276,000 on a dinosaur skull or hiring an “on set drinking-consultant-poet” when he was filming Leaving Las Vegas. Check out this oldie but goodie from New York magazine for more on his insane spending habits.
Or a personal favourite was when a colleague once told me how Robert Downey Jr. employed a man to carry special crystals around for him to help “repent his soul” for the damage he did to his body when he was addicted to drugs.
And today Elton John is continuing the great tradition of ridiculous spending by the rich and famous by insisting on an extra hotel room just for his glasses before his upcoming concert in Brazil, because “he needs a temperature of 16C to preserve the accessories”. Seriously! He says he can’t wear his glasses if they are not at the correct temperature! Who lives like this?
But the best part of all of this is that the organiser Aluizer Malab says this is a “reasonable request”. Imagine what the poor man has had to do over the years if this isn’t among the most outrageous!
Please never change Elton, we love you just as you are.
The legendary singer loves his glasses
One of the more bonkers pairs of glasses Elton owns
I can be pretty fickle when it comes to celebrities. Aside from a few firm favourites, I change my mind on which stars I love from one week to the next. However, after interviewing David Arquette this morning, I think he might jump to the top of the list.
First of all he broke two of the golden celeb rules. Instead of keeping me waiting like many do, David was early for our interview and he called me without a publicist! Small things I know, but after waiting ages for some ‘stars’ to call in the past [Rumer Willis – four hours!] or having a PR rep jump in whenever they weren’t happy with a question, it was a welcome relief to have an easy, free flowing conversation with him.
This could have something to do with David recently turning journalist for the Oscars where he spent the evening in the press room. Check out the Hollywood Reporter for a funny insight into how that went down.
He told me it made him appreciate how difficult it can be for the press at big events like that and he admitted he was surprised by how badly some journalists are treated. A celebrity sticking up for the press, makes a nice change!
The other reason is that nothing was off limits. I didn’t get a list of what I could and couldn’t bring up as is happening more and more lately. Fair enough, he didn’t really want to talk about certain things but instead of turning grumpy, angry or, and this is a personal pet peeve, pretending the connection had dropped out [I’m looking at you Dizzee Rascal], he artfully deflected away from them without making me feel like an asshole for asking!
Obviously he’s a performer and was promoting a product [in this case hosting a pop up version of his L.A. club Bootsy Bellows at Le Bar du Plaza Athenee in Paris during Fashion Week] but you would be surprised by how many stars act like they’re doing you a favour when interviewing them about their movie/single/TV show etc.
So yeah I know it’s a sad state of affairs when you have to praise someone for acting like a decent human being but there you go!
I’ll post the full interview soon but for now, enjoy David talking about boobies for a good cause.