12 items from 2011
Antony Costa has told Digital Spy that Blue are "chuffed" to have RedOne executive producing their new album. The Moroccan hitmaker has come on board the boyband's comeback LP, which will be their first release since third collection Guilty topped the UK album chart in 2003. "We're really busy in the studio at the moment," Costa said. "We've been recording some good tracks. Touch wood, we're hoping to release next year. "RedOne has come on board and is executive producing the album now. We're real, real chuffed that he has taken the time out from doing his other projects, which he is so famous for." Costa added: "He's (more) »
- By Ryan Love
With rumours Pippa Middleton has been approached to take to the Strictly dancefloor, who else would make your toes tap for joy?
It would surely be dream casting for the BBC if Pippa Middleton were to slip on her dancing shoes and join the raggletaggle of celebrities taking part in Strictly Coming Dancing. And according to reports, producers of the Beeb's ballroom behemoth have approached the Duchess of Cambridge's sister to do just that.
Amid copious references to her posterior ( 'It's Strictly bum dancing', 'pert Pippa's not-so-bum deal' and the like), the Sun has claimed the future queen-in-law has been offered "a five-figure sum" because clad in skimpy sequinned costumes, P-Middy would boost ratings – not to mention send tabloid hacks scurrying for the "buttock" section of their thesauruses regardless of where she'd finish on the leaderboard. (Bottom, obviously.)
This got us thinking – who else would we like to see being »
- Michael Hogan
Blue claim they were the victims of political voting during Saturday night's (14.05.11) Eurovision Song Contest. The band - made up of Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Antony Costa and Simon Webbe - came 11th as they represented the UK with their song 'I Can' at the event in Germany but believe they would have finished higher if countries had voted for the performance rather than their neighbours. Simon said: "It is often not really about the song but who your neighbours are. But we are proud of what we did." Following their disappointment, Duncan, Lee and Simon stayed up until 6am, drinking Jaegermeister, »
The finalists: semi-final one and The finalists: semi final two
7.10pm: Heidi: Hello and welcome to the annual Guardian Eurovision Song Contest liveblog, coming to you live from the UK!
Stuart: Bonjour et bienvenue à la réunion annuelle Guardian Eurovision de la chanson liveblog concours, à venir avec vous en direct du Royaume-Uni!
Heidi: You're doing this on Google Translate, aren't you?
Heidi: Oh. Hello! I'm Heidi!
Stuart: And I'm Stuart!
Heidi: And we're your Eurovision liveblog hosts!
Stuart: Bonsoir! It's going to be a crazy crazy Euro liveblog party! Heidi, you are looking very beautiful this evening.
Heidi: Thank you Stuart, and you are also looking very handsome.
Right, that's the obligatory clunky flirting over. Welcome to the 2011 Eurovision Liveblog! It's a night of bad outfits, »
- Heidi Stephens, Stuart Heritage
Blue have promised to do a naked photoshoot if they win Eurovision next weekend. The group will represent the UK at the competition with their track 'I Can'. Speaking to the Daily Star, they promised to strip off if they triumph in Germany. "We'll pose naked for you guys if we win," Antony Costa quipped. "And everyone will be invited to our celebration party. "We haven't had time for boozing lately with the constant promotion around Europe. But (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Fatherhood has made Blue "grow up".
The boyband, who are making a comeback representing the U.K. in the Eurovision Song Contest after mainly concentrating on their solo careers for the past few years, say they are different to who they were when they were last in the spotlight together because of their children.
Antony Costa, who has a seven-year-old daughter, Emilie Olivia, said, "[Having children] has made us grow up." Duncan James, father to Tianie-Finn, six, added, "It's such a big influence in your life, having a child. Your outlook changes. Simon [Webbe]'s daughter knows what's going on, but the rest of them don't know who Blue is."
Simon Webbe, who has his daughter Alanah, 13, from a past relationship with Nicola Jones, recently split up with his long-term girlfriend Layla Manoochehri and says he finds having a love-life hard because the band have to dedicate their lives to their careers.
He explained to Star magazine, »
Antony Costa has reportedly admitted that he feared pictures of him urinating on a cash machine could have stopped Blue representing the UK at Eurovision. The singer was caught on camera as he drunkenly relieved himself on a Central London Atm machine, just days after it was announced that the group had been chosen to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf. "I was just so disgusted with myself when I saw those pictures," Costa told The Sun. "I was nearly in tears because I did think I'd blown it for the lads and myself. "If the lads had said, 'We can't go on,' I would have been absolutely (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Dogs of Law is an upcoming Declan O’Dwyer‘s project that’s already being described as UK cop thriller. Today we learned that Luke Evans and Robert Carlyle are set to star in this movie, so I’m sure you’re interested to find out more about the whole thing with this cast on board, right? Check the rest of this report for more details.
O’Dwyer is TV veteran, and man who was behind the pilot for the cult British series Being Human.
Not much is known about the plot, but, according to the latest reports, Luke Evans is set to star as an undercover cop investigating corruption allegations levied against another officer, that will, of course, be played by Robert Carlyle. »
Evans will play an undercover cop (Evans) in London who is investigating a corrupt colleague (Carlyle). The script
O’Dwyer is also developing the film noir "Broken Cove" about two feuding families in a small coastal British village in the 50's. Bernard Hill, Linda Bassett, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer and Antony Costa are attached to star. »
- Garth Franklin
SXSW Film Festival Announces Midnight Features & Shorts
Austin, TX – Today the SXSW Film Festival revealed their Midnight Features & Shorts program.
The Midnighters section of SXSW is known for premiering the work future stars of the horror genre. Filmmakers Eli Roth, and Ti West, are a few notable directors who have had their films screened during the Midnight Features.
”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”
Out of over 3000 short films submitted, only 150 were chosen, and will screen as part of twelve overall shorts programs.
“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we’re tremendously happy to share the final program,” said Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, “The short films »
- Albert Art
Antony Costa has apologised for urinating on an Atm machine. The Blue singer was recently caught on camera drunkenly relieving himself while standing at a cash machine in central London. Costa has now expressed regret at his "stupid" actions and claims that he wants to put the incident behind him quickly, reports The Mirror. He said: "I was so mortified when I saw the pictures. No-one wants to be seen like that. I would never, ever want to upset or embarrass my family or the band. "I was on a night (more) »
- By Christian Tobin
Blue are recording their comeback album in the Us, reports suggest. The group, who split in 2004 but reformed in 2009 for a number of gigs, are said to be recording new material in Miami. The Daily Star reports that the band - made up of Antony Costa, Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Duncan James - are putting the LP together in the Florida city, slating it for release in the UK later this year. A source said: "People are (more) »
- By Robert Copsey
12 items from 2011
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