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Jenny McCarthy opens up about her ‘miserable’ TV stint

Jenny McCarthy’s time on the talkshow The View was not what she expected. The actress described her time co-hosting the show as “miserable” in an excerpt from a new book by Ramin Setoodeh — Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View” — and slammed creator Barbara Walters, reports People.com. “It really was the most miserable I have ever had in my 25 years of show business,” McCarthy told Setoodeh. She even compared Walters to the abusive mother in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest because of the way she spoke to her during a debate about her son’s...

Lee Daniels talks about Jussie Smollett and empire cast

Empire creator Lee Daniels recently opened up about the Jussie Smollett “incident” for the first time since the return of the hit show, reports EOnline.com. Daniels uploaded an Instagram video on Wednesday night just hours before the most recent episode aired. Apparently, it had some details in it regarding Smollett’s character that seem a bit less-than-coincidental. “Me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it (sic),” Daniels explained in the video, adding, “Everything has happened — what you are seeing tonight — prior to the incident. And...
21/03/2019

Richard E Grant spills beans on Julianne Moore film exit

Julianne Moore was sacked from Oscar-nominated film Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted to wear a fat suit, its star Richard E Grant has claimed.According to Grant, Moore also wanted to don a false nose to play literary forger Lee Israel - but the film's then director did not approve."Nicole Holofcener said 'you're not going to do that'," Grant told an audience in London on Wednesday.Moore revealed this month she was fired from the film without giving details."I think she didn't like what I was doing," she said of Holofcener, who did not end up directing the film....

21/03/2019

Lorraine Kelly, tax law and how celebrities build public personas

"Lorraine Kelly is one of the most ruthless people you'll meet in the business," joked Piers Morgan on air last week."Don't be fooled by that halo. To warm herself up for her show, she literally murders kittens and puppies."Morgan's joke on Good Morning Britain after Kelly's win at the TRIC Awards was funny exactly because it was the opposite to the Lorraine millions of viewers know and love.In fact, her warm, likeable TV persona is the very reason so many of us were fascinated by a tax ruling involving Kelly on Wednesday.As part of a tax dispute with HMRC, Judge...
21/03/2019

How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

Early one morning last summer, I stood inside a museum in Antwerp and watched as a painting was hung on the wall. When I walked in, the gallery was empty. To one side, there was a crate about a metre square. Royal blue, it was unmarked apart from a code number and a yellow stencilled sign reading “Lato da Aprire / Open this Side”. Although its home is nominally Florence, the painting inside was a seasoned traveller: it had arrived the night before from Sicily, by road and under armed guard. The box looked entirely unremarkable. That was the point,...
21/03/2019

World's largest underwater restaurant opens in Norway

The "Under" restaurant is five meters (16 feet) under water at Spangereid on Norway's southern tip. "Under" also means "wonder" in Norwegian. It opened on Wednesday for friends and family of the owners, with the first paying guests expected in April. It is Europe's first and the world's largest underwater restaurant, with seating for 100 guests. One of the founders of the new enterprise which opened this month, Gaute Ubostad said: "We'll attract tourists from all over the world. That is our goal." At 34 meters in length, 'Under' is the world's largest underwater restaurant Built like a rock formation...

21/03/2019

Stormzy to appear in Noughts + Crosses TV series

Stormzy will appear in the BBC's adaptation of Malorie Blackman's novel Noughts + Crosses.The grime MC says it's a "dream come true" to be involved.He will play newspaper editor Kolawale - a new character created for the show, which is currently being filmed in South Africa.The 2001 book is set in a world divided by race, where black people ("Crosses") are the rulers and white people ("Noughts") are the underclass. The story focuses on two young people in love: Sephy, who is a Cross, and Callum, a Nought. It was a big success among young adults when it came out,...
21/03/2019

Jussie Smollett: Empire's Lee Daniels describes 'pain and anger'

The creator of TV show Empire, Lee Daniels, has spoken about the "pain and anger and sadness and frustration" he and his cast have gone through over the Jussie Smollett case.Posting on Instagram, the writer-director said he and his team "really don't know how to deal with it."Jussie Smollett, one of the main cast members of Empire, is accused of faking a racist, homophobic attack on himself in Chicago in January.He's pleaded not guilty to the charges. Skip Instagram post by theoriginalbigdaddy View this post on Instagram I was so in my feelings last week that I forgot to post...
21/03/2019

Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m tax row against HMRC over ITV work

Lorraine Kelly has won a row over a £1.2m tax bill, after a judge ruled she was not employed by ITV, but performs as her "chatty" TV persona.Kelly, 59, who presents the show Lorraine on weekday mornings, received the national insurance and income tax bill from the tax office in 2016.HMRC claimed the Scottish broadcaster was an ITV employee, but she said she was a freelancer.The judge ruled in Kelly's favour that she was a "self-employed star".The case centres on a contract that Kelly signed in 2012 - through a company she runs with her husband - to present Lorraine,...

Confirmed! Kartik Aaryan-Sara Ali Khan to star in Imtiaz Ali's next; see pic

New Delhi: Fans of Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan have a reason to rejoice as the two actors will be sharing screen space for the first time in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming untitled venture. The two actors took to their respective Instagram accounts to share a sun-kissed photograph of them cuddled up on set. “Honored to embark on a journey with my Favourite #ImtiazAli’s Next with @saraalikhan95 💕 and @randeephooda releasing on 14th Feb, 2020 ❤️ #JioStudios @imtiazaliofficial #DineshVijan @reliance.entertainment @wearewsf @maddockfilms 📸 - @imtiazaliofficial ❤️Aur ji haan, issi film ki shooting chalu hai” Kartik wrote alongside the picture. View...

Notebook's adorable new dialogue promo opens a new page quite literally; watch

Mumbai: After Zaheer Iqbal gave a glimpse of his sweet moments with the kids of Notebook, the makers have unveiled a facade from Pranutan's cute interaction with a kid. Nitin Kakkar’s Notebook has dropped a short video capturing the funny moment of Pranutan's chase to attain a letter which is lost amidst a natural situation. Highlighting the significance of Notebook in the film, the video showcases Pranutan’s eagerness to read a letter which the child has already used as a toilet paper due to the shortage of water is sure to make one laugh owing to the innocence and cuteness...
21/03/2019

George the Poet: Social media gives poets 'a fair shot'

The acclaimed performer George the Poet says social media has helped poetry thrive.The poet - whose real name is George Mpanga - is known for singles like Follow the Leader, which he made with Maverick Sabre. He tells BBC News: "Platforms like YouTube help artists by giving everyone a fair shot at getting their voice out there."George the Poet's comments come on World Poetry Day, held each 21 March.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO - decided in 1999 to introduce a World Poetry Day. It aims to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry....