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    Pierce Brosnan has described James Caan as an inspiration after working the actor shortly before his death was announced on Thursday.  Hollywood veteran Caan passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday evening at the age of 82, just weeks after completing work on forthcoming gangster thriller Fast Charlie.  The legendary star had worked with former Bond actor Brosnan, 69, on location in Louisiana for more than a month, despite being confined to a wheelchair and in poor health.  Close: Pierce Brosnan has described James Caan as an inspiration after working the actor shortly before his death was announced on Thursday Taking to Instagram on Friday, a devastated Brosnan offered a moving eulogy to his co-star alongside several images of the friends as they relaxed between scenes.  He wrote:  'On the set of the movie “Fast Charlie” with the great man himself James Cann, farewell Jimmy. We had many laughs together over those five days in New Orelans … RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I was astonished by his talent': Zooey Deschanel pays... ...
    The mayor of West Hollywood condemned the city council's vote to defund their sheriff's department despite sporting one of the highest crime rates in the nation.  The proposal, passed by a narrow three to two vote, will see the current force of around 60 sheriff's deputies reduced by four, while also hiring 30 unarmed 'security ambassadors' under a scheme called Block By Block. Lauren Meister, the Democratic mayor who voted against the plan along with one other member of the council, called it illogical, noting that the Los Angeles enclave is afflicted by a rising tide of crime and violence. 'Most of the residents and businesses I have heard from are opposed to cutting the Sheriff's budget,' Meister told Fox News.  'They are outraged that people and organizations from outside our city are dictating to council how to run our city,' she added, appearing to reference the controversial Defund the Police movement occurring nationwide. 'The narrative that we can have 'either Sheriff's or social services,' or 'either Sheriff's or unarmed security teams' is false.'  Lauren Meister, the mayor of West Hollywood,...
    From brushing shoulders with the Hollywood A-list to starring in a widely-panned Christian Western, the cast of Derry Girls have come a long way since the series first aired in 2018. The hit Channel 4 show, which is based on a group of 16-year-old school pupils living in Ireland's Londonderry during the 1994 conflicts, came to an end last night after three seasons.  The series, inspired by writer Lisa McGee, who created the show, followed the Derry Girls as they juggled the pressures of high school along with the complex political situation in Northern Ireland. It starred Erin, played by Saoirse Monica Jackson-  her cousin Orla, portrayed by Louisa Harland, pals Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and Claire (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle's English cousin, James played by Dylan Llewellyn. From brushing shoulders with the Hollywood A-list to starring in a widely-panned Christian Western, the cast of Derry Girls have come a long way since the series first aired in 2018 Set in mid-1990s Northern Ireland during 'the Troubles', it showed the teenagers living through the period of conflict that didn't end until...
    A young mother lies on the floor of a dusty Western film set, her life ebbing away as paramedics crowd around her. Beside her, a colleague — Joel Souza — groans in pain from his own gunshot wound. It's difficult to think of more disturbing footage to have come out of violence-obsessed Hollywood — because this scene is entirely real. The final moments of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins's life — after she was accidentally shot by actor Alec Baldwin while preparing to film a scene for a low-budget movie, Rust — have been revealed by police in a trove of dozens of previously unseen videos and images. Action: Alec Baldwin prepares to resume filming after a difficult morning on the set of movie Rust Speedy: The actor practises They shed new light on a tragedy that rocked Hollywood and sparked a fierce debate about safety standards. How tragedy on set sparked blame game The calamity that took place on a New Mexico ranch last October also set off an ugly blame game that, pending the results of a police investigation, still...
    Growing emphasis on diversity in Hollywood will be the death knell of showbusiness as white men are cast aside for minorities in a trend that's likely to end in a sizeable lawsuit, entertainment insiders warn. A shift toward wokeism - pushed by the Academy Awards and left-leaning networks - has stifled creativity as writers tread carefully to avoid offending any viewers, according to an article on Bari Weiss's Common Sense substack.   As once-popular shows such as the Sex and the City reboot tank, one showrunner shared a series of emails that detailed how women and black and Indigenous people of color candidates are getting preferential treatment. 'This is all going to end in a class action lawsuit,' he told the reporters. Moviemaking legend Quentin Tarantino has also lashed out at the shift, telling Bill Maher last summer: 'Ideology trumps art. Ideology trumps individual effort. Ideology trumps good.' The entertainment industry is increasingly favoring diverse casts of writers and actors, such was the case with And Just Like That, a Sex and the City reboot. The cast and crew is pictured during the December...
    Forty summers ago, a song called Bette Davis Eyes entered the UK Top Ten. ‘And she’ll tease you/ She’ll unease you/ All the better just to please you’ went the lyrics, to the unalloyed delight of their 73-year-old subject. She wrote to the writers, and to singer Kim Carnes, thanking them for making her ‘a part of modern times’. Even into her dotage, Davis, by no means the most beautiful but arguably the greatest screen actress of her generation, was preoccupied with her image. She didn’t mind at all that her image was that of a manipulative, vindictive, vain, demanding, cold-hearted, chain-smoking, hard-drinking harridan, with claws to match those of the MGM lion. Bette Davis, pictured, luxuriated in her reputation as Tinseltown's queen of mean, claiming 'until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star'  Indeed, she luxuriated in her reputation as Tinseltown’s queen of mean. ‘Until you’re known in my profession as a monster,’ she once snapped, ‘you’re not a star.’ Davis was both. And she could be at least as monstrous in private...
    Eight-times married Elizabeth Taylor could be cruel to the men in her life, but she cradled Montgomery Clift’s shattered face in her hands with the tenderness of a mother caring for an injured child. It was an evening in May 1956 and the matinee idol had gone to the home Taylor shared with second husband Michael Wilding in the Hollywood Hills for a small dinner party while they were making the historical romance Raintree County together. Later, tired and woozy from sedatives he had unwisely mixed with alcohol, he drove home — going too fast down a badly lit and sharply winding road, he lost control and crashed his car into a telephone pole. Taylor rushed out to help him, clambering into the wrecked car and finding his famously beautiful face reduced to a bloody pulp. It’s no secret that the stars — acclaimed as two of the most beautiful in Hollywood history — were close and starred in a string of films together ‘He was bleeding so much that it looked like his face had been halved,’ the...
    James Bond star Yaphet Kotto, who played the first black 007 villain in 1973's Live And Let Die, has passed away aged 81. The death of the actor - who starred alongside the late Roger Moore as Mr Big/Dr Kananga in the 007 film - was announced by his wife Sinahon Thessa on Tuesday.      She wrote: 'I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years…  'This is a very painful moment for me to inform you all fans, friends and family of my husband. RIP: James Bond actor Yaphet Kotto, who played the first black 007 villain in 1973's Live And Let Die, has passed away aged 81 (pictured with Roger Moore in the film) 'You still have plan to release your book and build a religious organization based on Yogananda’s Teachings.  ‘You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Roger Moore kissed me - but I ended...
    Gary Oldman's mother never doubted that her son would win an Academy Award. ‘She’d say: “Oh, I think you could win an Oscar,” ’ Oldman recalls. ‘Or: “I’d love to see you win an Oscar!” ’ Her son did not share her confidence. ‘Really, for a long time in Hollywood I didn’t exactly play the game,’ he says. ‘But I didn’t want to tell her the chances of me ever winning one were very thin.’ Yet in 2018, Kathleen’s faith was justified. Oldman won the big one — the best actor Academy Award — for his wry and wise portrayal of a wartime Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. He felt blessed that his mother, who had left her home in South-East London to join him in Los Angeles in the late 1980s (‘I just wanted to look after her’), lived long enough to see him achieve the honour. Oldman plays Herman J. Mankiewicz who, in the 1930s, shambled his way from the East Coast of America to the West, where he signed on as a writer for the Hollywood...
    SoulCycle has come under fire again as more named employees have come forward to make allegations of racism and harassment against some of its star instructors. Last week, a bombshell investigative report from Business Insider detailed a trove of accusations from current and former riders, studio workers and corporate employees against four of the fitness brand's top instructors.  The instructors - identified as Conor Kelly, Laurie Cole, Mike Press, and Janet Fitzgerald - were accused of fat-shaming front desk staff, sending nude images to clients and using homophobic and racist slurs, while the company reportedly did nothing to tackle the behavior because of the instructors' status as 'moneymakers'. More named former SoulCycle employees have now also spoken out to Business Insider claiming they endured racial discrimination and that the culture was rife with toxicity where top instructors could get away with inappropriate behavior.  One of the top instructors Laurie Cole, who was accused by three people of fat-shaming SoulCycle employees in last week's report, allegedly hurled fruit across the room in a fit of rage when a staffer got her breakfast order...
    Ed Buck's former friends have revealed how the Democratic donor became addicted to drugs and detailed his love of black men ahead of a court appearance over two deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.  The Democratic donor has pleaded not guilty to distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January 2019 and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Federal prosecutors say Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual. Buck is also charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed. Now former acquaintances and friends have detailed how Buck's personality changed after he got addicted to drugs. The activist who obtained Moore's diary has also shared the journal for the first time with a New York Times reporter.  One former friend, known only as M, told the paper Buck had told M.'s then husband: 'That's a nice-looking black man you've got on your arm.' After commenting that another black man they had seen was his 'type' Buck is said to have replied to...
    Hollywood stars rarely live up to their on-screen reputations but Warren Beatty even had trouble keeping up with his offscreen one. Before he took phone calls, the film world’s most notorious lothario would do a hurried set of squats holding 20lb weights in each hand so that when he picked up the receiver he’d be out of breath. His assistant, Susanna Moore, eventually realised the reason for this.  ‘He wanted the person on the phone, presumably but not certainly a girl, to think he’d been interrupted while making love,’ she says.  Nicholson, pictured above, seduced Moore. In a funny but shocking new memoir, Miss Aluminium, she provides an insider’s account of the seedy, amoral reality of Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s ‘It must have been flattering to think Warren Beatty considered you of sufficient importance to abandon, if only for a few minutes, his partner in bed.’ When it came to that era’s other notable ladykiller, Jack Nicholson, Moore gained rather more direct experience of why he, too, didn’t match up to his onscreen image.  She fell for his...
    I've seen less disconcerting hostage videos. That was my thought this morning as I watched Prince Harry staring blankly into a camera and lecturing the world – yet again - on our need to face up to our privilege. As he spoke about why we all have to right the wrongs of the past, his wife Meghan stared intently at him, boring her eyes into his skull as if she was virtually transporting her own pre-programmed thought processes into his brain. I've seen less disconcerting hostage videos. That was my thought this morning as I watched Prince Harry staring blankly into a camera and lecturing the world – yet again - on our need to face up to our privilege. As he spoke about why we all have to right the wrongs of the past, his wife Meghan stared intently at him, boring her eyes into his skull as if she was virtually transporting her own pre-programmed thought processes into his brain The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first...
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