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Bill Murray: Matt Damon prank was good


Bill Murray loved seeing Matt Damon "victimised" by George Clooney.
The 'Monuments Men' actor-and-director pranked his co-star by secretly having the wardrobe department take in his clothes every week and Bill admits the entire set were in on the joke.
He said: "The only one who got victimised was Matt Damon. He got Damon pretty good with his uniform. Taking his pants in a quarter-in every week...
"The rest of us just got to enjoy that because we all knew and we'd see him in just firing those abs, really firing them to try and keep those trousers up.
"You'd go 'That's great, do you want to do another set?' and you could see him go like, 'Oh my muscles are fatigued, I'm good', that was good."
Despite falling victim to the prank, Matt insists he had a great time working on the film - which follows an Allied group who try and save pieces of art and other items of cultural importance before their destruction by Adolf Hitler - because everyone was so professional.
He told 'Entertainment Tonight': "It's not that we were like yucking it up or toasting marshmallows on the set or anything, it was really because we've all made a lot of movies and everybody independently appreciated being on a movie where the script was so good, the director knew what he was doing and was in control and where we had fellow cast members who were experienced enough to know that's as good as it gets and it was a best experience for all of us in that way."
And another star of the film, John Goodman says it was one of the best movie-making experiences he has ever had.
He said: "It was probably the most fun I've ever had working on a film. There was a lot of good down time. Swapping lives, telling stories. George was so professional, he had his work done ahead of time."

Matthew McConaughey cast in Sea Of Trees


Matthew McConaughey will star in 'Sea Of Trees'.
The 44-year-old actor has been cast as a suicidal American who becomes friends with a Japanese man, played by Ken Watanabe, who is lost near Mount Fuji, which is the highest mountain in Japan located on Honshu Island, according Variety.com.
Gus Van Sant will direct while Chris Sparling is penning the script and Life Of Pi's Gil Netter is producing.
McConaughey, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a real-life AIDS victim in 'Dallas Buyers Club', previously revealed he's made a conscious decision not to take a part in another romantic comedy, after appearing in 'How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days' and 'Failure to Launch'.
He said: "I'm not going to carry on doing the same thing over and over. I was reading romantic comedies. And I liked them. But I wanted to do something that scares me a little bit.
"The first move was saying 'no' to scripts. That was six months of 'no' and then a year of nothing. And something happened. I gained anonymity and suddenly it became a good idea for William Friedkin [director] to call about 'Killer Joe' or Steven Soderbergh about 'Magic Mike'."
McConaughey who currently stars in 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' will next be in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film 'Interstellar'.

Prince performs secret London gig


Prince performed a secret gig in Camden, London last night (04.02.14).
The star appeared on stage shortly after 12.30am backed by his new 3rdeyegirl band featuring guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah Ford Welton.
He opened the show with 'I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man' and although he was showcasing new material from his forthcoming 'Plectrum Electrum' record he included a cover of 'Play That Funky Music' and the classic 'I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man'.
Prince and his backing band played to a crowd of 300 people and as news broke queues began to form outside Electric Ballroom.
He ended the gig saying: "You sound like ten thousands. We love each and every one of you."
Before adding: "We'll be back tomorrow."
Earlier in the day the musician hosted a press conference at in the living room of singer Lianne La Havas who he met last year during her tour of America.
Following the event Prince's manager Kiran Sharma wrote on Twitter: "Just finished w the most amazing press conference I've ever been to! 2 songs by @3RDEYEGIRL. THANK U @liannelahavas 4 being a generous host! (sic)"
The 24-year-old singer met Prince last year during her tour of America and afterwards they jammed together at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis.
Dates and ticket details are yet to be announced for his eagerly-anticipated gigs.

Clean Bandit want Craig David collaboration


Clean Bandit want Craig David to come out of retirement for a collaboration.
The 'Rather Be' hitmakers are enjoying their second week at the top of the UK Official Singles Chart and have admitted they'd love to work with the 'Re-Rewind' singer whose last album 'Signed Sealed Delivered' was released nearly four years ago.
Lead singer Grace Chatto said: "Craig David is the singer we'd love to work with most. It's controversial, maybe, but he's got a great voice. We're big into that old UK garage sound and Craig was the best."
Although they haven't managed to coax him out of retirement in time for their debut album 'New Eyes' - which is set to be released on May 12 - they have been working with another garage legend, 'Greater Love' singer Elizabeth Troy.
Grace told the Daily Star newspaper: "Elizabeth is now with us all the time and we just made a track called 'Heart On Fire' with her that's a garage tribute."
The electronic quartet - which also features Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Milan Neil Amin-Smith - have also collaborated with other artists who help the album feature a mixture of different genres.
Grace added: "There's a song we've written with a US rapper called Lizzo ... one with Stylo G that's got a dance hall element to it.
"It's a big hotchpotch of different styles but a constant sound runs right through it."

Taylor Swift joined by Danny O’Donoghue at O2 Arena


Taylor Swift was joined on stage by The Script's Danny O'Donoghue at London's O2 Arena last night (04.02.14).
The 23-year-old singer surprised fans at her third 'Red' tour gig in the city by bringing out the former 'The Voice' mentor as her surprise guest.
Taylor told the crowd: "One of my favourite things about coming to the UK is that I've discovered bands that have become some of my favourites. There's a band I first heard when I came over here ... They have a really great lead singer - it's Danny O'Donaghue from The Script!"
The pair performed a duet of the Irish band's hit song 'Breakeven' to rapturous applause, with Taylor thanking the crowd for being the "craziest yet".
The country starlet - who was supported by new boy band The Vamps - kicked off the show with her 'Red' album opener, 'State of Grace', before launching into popular title track 'Red'.
Amid costume changes and gravity-defying stage antics, Taylor powered through her best songs from her latest album, including 'I Knew You Were Trouble' and grand finale 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', as well as a handful of old favourites like 'Mean' and 'Love Story'.
The singer also explained her fascination with the colour red, which featured prominently in the elaborate theatre-themed staging and her various sparkly get-ups.
She said: "I bet a lot of you are wondering why there's a fixation on this one colour. When I was writing my last album I came up with the idea of comparing feelings to colours and there was this one that represents all the emotions; love, hate, jealousy, passion ... If you had to pick one colour that's intense, fleeting, beautiful and sad all at once when we fall in and out of love it would be red."
Taylor's 'Red' tour continues on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11.
To coincide with her residency at The O2 Arena, the British Music Experience - which is situated inside the O2 - are showcasing select items from Taylor's wardrobe alongside photographs by Christie Goodwin in a pop-up exhibition.
Admission to 'Taylor Swift: A Photo Experience' is included within the price of a museum ticket, and costs just £4 to ticket holders for her O2 shows during the duration of her residency.
The exhibition runs until 23 March.

Chili Peppers defend unplugged Super Bowl set


Red Hot Chili Peppers have defended their decision not to plug in their instruments at the Super Bowl.
The band - who were joined Bruno Mars for a rendition of 'Give It Away' during the American football game on Sunday (02.02.14) - sang live but pre-recorded the rest of their set.
In a statement, bassist Flea said: "When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song 'Give It Away' at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded.
"I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the TV viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period. (sic)"
Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were seen strumming on their electric instruments but neither were plugged in.
They joined singer Anthony Keidis and drummer Chad Smith on stage, while eagle-eyed musicians took to Twitter to tell fans they were not playing live.
Blues artist Joe Bonamassa tweeted: 'Flea ... I mean we all know, but for god's sake at least try to humor the children.'
Meanwhile, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid posted: "That guitar is plugged into NOTHING."

Duchess Catherine’s guard leaves files on plane


A policeman guarding Duchess Catherine while she travelled to the Caribbean left "secret" documents on a plane.
The file was found on the British Airways Boeing 777 jet which the Duchess of Cambridge and her six-month-old son Prince George boarded on their way to St Lucia before they caught a private plane to Mustique, according to The Sun newspaper.
Police have reportedly confirmed the mistake but insist the file did not contain any classified information.
This was the Duchess of Cambridge's - known as Kate Middleton before she wed Prince William - first holiday with George and she joined her family who were celebrating mother Carole Middleton's 59th birthday.
The brunette beauty was spotted leaving the plane carrying the tiny tot and although there were a number of people around them they managed to "escape their attention".
A source previously said: "Kate left the plane carrying her son like any other proud new mother. Everyone in her party had huge smiles on their faces as they walked across the tarmac to take a second, smaller plane, which took them on to Mustique.
"There were lots of other tourists surrounding them, but the Duchess and her little boy escaped their attention."
William was missing from the trip, having stayed behind in the UK to complete a 10-week-long agricultural course at Cambridge University.

Joe McElderry wants to do Strictly Come Dancing


Joe McElderry wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The former 'X Factor' winner thinks it would be "fun" to take part in BBC One's dance contest which pairs a star with a professional dancer before hailing a champion at the end of each series.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I would love to do something like 'Strictly Come Dancing'. That would be so much fun. I'm a bit of a frustrated dancer, so that would be nice."
Earlier this week Joe won 'The Jump' after he managed to pull off a 17.5m jump from a 40m ski ramp, beating fellow finalist Donal MacIntyre.
Although he sustained many injuries during his time on Channel 4's winter sports competition he insists he had a great time and would "do it all over again".
He explained: "I had a bruised arm, a bruised thigh, a bruised leg but mostly I was fortunate. It was only bruises. I did the Skeleton, which obviously wasn't shown on TV, but I bashed myself quite badly on the run down and I did fear for my life. I'm not afraid to admit it - I was petrified."
And added: "I would do it all over again. I had so much fun."

Philip Seymour Hoffman went to AA meetings


Philip Seymour Hoffman was still attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings days before he died.
The 'Capote' actor - who was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose at his New York apartment on Sunday (02.02.14) - had been attending the support meetings for over two decades, and recently confided to one group member he was struggling with "little situations" in life.
Jose Torres, who saw Philip at a meeting in Greenwich Village on January 24, recalled: "I told him to keep coming back, and he said, 'Yeah, I will'.
"I remember asking, 'How are you doing?' And he said, 'OK. There are the little situations in life. Life still shows up.'
"He went to a lot of different places, but he came here mostly."
Philip - who had been sober for 20 years before checking into rehab last May - was highly regarded by the other attendees at the meetings.
Jose added to the New York Post newspaper: "Everybody loved him, and he loved everybody no matter who you were."
And despite police finding 50 packets of heroin when they searched his home, Philip - who had children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five, with long-term partner Mimi O'Donnell - was desperately trying to get sober.
Edward Donohue, who last saw the actor at a meeting two months ago, said:
"He was trying to get sober. He would speak sometimes . . . He might raise his hands and say something about what he was going through that day."

Justin Timberlake’s gran worries about marriage


Justin Timberlake's marriage is "hard going", says his grandma.
The singer-and-actor and wife Jessica Biel - who he wed in October 2012 - spend a lot of time apart because of their respective careers and his grandmother Sadie Bomar is worried the distance is going to damage their relationship.
She said: "They are married but they are so busy, both of them, it's hard going.
"I'm sure when it's right to have children they will, but not now.
"They do love each other dearly but they are apart so much it's going to be hard going for them."
Sadie says Jessica finds the distance particularly "tough", but she is hopeful the couple can overcome their problems - so long as they make more time for one another.
She added to The Sun newspaper: "I think Jessica finds that really tough. She's on her own a good deal.
"If he's not coming back at night that puts a strain on things, of course it does.
"It's hard to keep it all going but you have to have faith to keep it all going.
"I have faith in them and I believe they love each other dearly but I know they need time together."

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron set to wed


Sean Penn and Charlize Theron want to get married.
The couple - who made their first public appearance together three weeks ago - have only been dating a few months, but now the 'Milk' star has moved in with his girlfriend and her adopted son Jackson, two, they are talking about taking their relationship further.
A source told RadarOnline.com: "Sean is head over heels in love with Charlize, and her son Jackson.
"He is a totally different person around Charlize, she brings out the gentle and fun side that not many people have seen of Sean. To see this previously surly grown man, romping around Charlize's backyard with Jackson, with a smile on his face would amaze Sean's detractors. Charlize is getting Sean to not take himself to seriously.
"The two began talking about marriage in the last few weeks, after Sean moved into Charlize's house. She has never wanted to get married, but seeing how Sean interacts with Jackson, she is having a change of heart.
"For the longest time, Charlize thought it was just going to be her and Jackson, and she was OK with that. For her to now be talking about getting married is a huge departure for Charlize."
While it may seem like their relationship is moving quickly, friends of 53-year-old Sean - who divorced second wife Robin Wright in 2010 after 14 years of marriage - and Charlize, 38, say it is to be expected.
The insider said: "They've known each other for over a decade, and have always been friends, so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that things are getting serious so fast."
And the actor - who has children Dylan, 23, and Hopper, 20, with Robin - is even talking about adopting Charlize's son if they marry.
The source said: "Sean is in a very good place right now. He has been single for awhile after his divorce with Robin Wright. People didn't realise how hard he took that divorce.
"He felt like a really big failure, he never wanted to be divorced. Charlize is truly the light in his life. He is even talking about adopting Jackson if they get married!"

Ciara still deciding on wedding dress designer


Ciara is still deciding on her wedding dress designer.
The 'Goodies' singer got engaged to rapper Future last October and is planning to tie the knot later this year, but she's still choosing between her friends Peter Dundas, Emilio Pucci and Riccardo Tisci as to who should make her gown for her big day.
The 28-year-old beauty - who is known for her edgy look - already has her heart set on a "classic and simple" frock, but is also keen on a "very American" style.
A friend told the New York Post newspaper: "She doesn't want overpowered craziness."
Ciara is due to give birth to her first child in the Spring but she's adamant she'll shed her baby weight in time for her wedding.
The friend added: "By summer she'll be bikini-body ready."
The brunette beauty is heavily involved in planning the nuptials as she wants to make sure every little detail is "perfect".
She said previously: "I think I'll be part bridezilla, I'm not going to lie. But I want to be a happy one. I still want it to be a fun process, but I want the dress to be perfect, I want the cake to be perfect, I want the food to be perfect. We're both looking forward to it."