6 November 2006
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Neil Patrick Harris: "I'm Gay"
Actor Neil Patrick Harris
has ended mounting speculation about his sexuality, by revealing he is gay. The How I Met Your Mother
star was recently outed by a website, which claimed he helped his alleged boyfriend land a role in the sitcom. His publicist Craig Snyder played down the reports, insisting "he's not of that persuasion." But Harris has revealed all to People magazine's website because of "speculation and interest in my private life and relationships." He says, "(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest." Harris found fame as a young actor playing a teenage doctor in Doogie Howser, MD
Crowe Blasts US Legal System
Hollywood hardman Russell Crowe
has blasted the US legal system for making a big deal of his phone assault in a New York City hotel last year. The Gladiator
star managed to escape serious criminal charges with a conditional discharge in a Manhattan court last November after pleading guilty to the third-degree assault of Mercer Hotel employee Nestor Estrada with a telephone handset. Speaking on TV show 60 Minutes
, the actor said the incident wouldn't have been treating so seriously in his native Australia. He says, "Where I come from, a confrontation like that, as basic and simple as that, would have been satisfied with a handshake and an apology... Your (US) legal system is very open to be misused."
Craig: "New Bond Is Bloodiest Yet"
New James Bond star Daniel Craig
has branded upcoming 007 effort Casino Royale
the most violent yet. Craig plays the superspy for the first time and was amazed at the excruciating pain he had to endure for some of the stunts. He says, "You're not doing it right if you're not getting hurt. The stunt boys were going through pain levels that I couldn't even imagine and carrying on. Compressed spines, all sorts of things. I was in pain throughout the whole movie." He recalls one particularly harrowing scene in which Bond kills a man in the bathroom: "I watch that sequence and I wince. All my knuckles split, my hands were in bandages after it. And I had a fight double - Ben. I did the bits that hurt. And he did the bits that really f**king hurt. But that's the thing with this Bond. He bleeds. It's more about the fact that he bleeds, goes down and gets up again."
Streisand Ice Attack "Not Politically Motivated"
insists a fan who pelted her with ice while she was performing in south Florida last Monday night was not politically motivated. The music legend was on stage at the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale and brought out a George W. Bush
impersonator during one part of her show. The phony president jokingly asked her if they could sing a song together, to which Streisand replied, "How about 'Enough Is Enough'?", referring to her 1970s disco duet with Donna Summer
. At that point a disgruntled fan threw ice at the 64-year-old star, according to website Tmz.com. But Streisand's representative Dick Guttman insists the perpetrator was an Australian who "had one or more too many beers." He tells PageSix.com, "After a recent stay on a friend's boat near Miami, Ms Streisand had given each of the crew members tickets (these happened to be front row) for the sold-out concert. When one seaman became ill, an Australian friend was invited, a rowdy friend as it turned out... She feels it should be made clear that the person who threw the drink had no political motive or message." A similar scenario unfolded during Streisand's show earlier this month at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where she told a fan to "f**k off."
'Magnolia' Director Launches Bedbug Suit
movie-maker Paul Thomas Anderson
is suing the owner of his New York apartment after he and his girlfriend were "bitten all over their bodies" by bedbugs. The director and comedienne Maya Rudolph
moved into the lavish flat last month but were advised by an exterminator to seek an alternative residence for the sake of their one-year-old baby. The couple is seeking $450,500 in damages for the infestation, which they claim was covered up. They're also angry a lift to the third-floor apartment was out of order for at least six of their first 11 days in the building, despite assurances from owner Francis Feeney on their move that they could expect "first-class luxury." They have since moved out of the building.
Lucas: "I Don't Want To Make Movies Anymore"
Director George Lucas
wants to quit filmmaking to concentrate on more lucrative TV projects. The Star Wars
creator says making movies is too risky nowadays, because the average cost of shooting and marketing a blockbuster is now $200 million, so he's steering his production company Lucasfilm towards TV and low-budget movies. Lucas also believes internet downloading is set to shake up the film industry, reports Empire magazine. He reveals, "We don't want to make movies, we're getting into television. The feature film thing is too expensive and it's too risky. For that same $200 million I can make 50 to 60 two-hour movies." He adds, "I don't think anyone's going to be in the (movie-going habit) anymore. Everything is going to be a matter of choice. I think that's going to be a huge revolution in the medium." However, Lucas isn't giving up his film career just yet - he's currently working on Red Tails
, a low-budget film about America's first black military airmen, and the fourth Indiana Jones
Jolie "Grateful" for Refugee Meeting
Crusading actress Angelina Jolie
has taken time out of filming her latest movie in India to meet refugees from Afghanistan and Burma, branding the experience "remarkable." The Tomb Raider
star, who is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), visited a camp for displaced people in New Delhi at the weekend, accompanied by her young son Maddox. She was also involved in discussions with India's Junior Foreign Minister Anand Sharma
on the nation's refugee policy. In a statement Jolie said, "I am grateful to the refugee families who spent time with me and shared their stories. They are remarkable, courageous people. The wonderful thing that I have learned since I have been in India is there are many needs for your own people and yet you have all been so gracious and been so open to many, many refugees over the years." Sharma added, "We discussed the Indian tradition and Mahatma Gandhi
's principles of peace and non-violence, which continue to be very much relevant even today." Jolie is currently filming A Mighty Heart
, based on the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed at the hands of militants in Pakistan in 2002.
Miller Apologizes for Pittsburgh Bar Outburst
has blamed her Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bar outburst last month on tiredness, and has apologized for the sharp exchange with a doorman. The Alfie
star reportedly ignored Dan Kovacs' request for ID at the entrance and ordered a drink before she was asked to leave. According to Folino's Young's Tavern owner Penny Folino, a fuming Miller stated, "I am Sienna Miller
. I am a famous actress!" Although Miller insists her comments were misconstrued, she does confess her tight filming schedule had left her feeling exhausted and irritable. She says, "I'm very sorry about being rude but I was working so hard on the movie The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh
. I was really tired and it came out wrong. I feel terrible about it." Miller recently apologized for referring to Pittsburgh as "s**tsburgh" in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, claiming her words were taken out of context.
Stone Shooting Olympic Promo
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone
is lending his movie expertise to 2008 Olympics host China to shoot a five-minute promo encouraging "cultural exchange". The World Trade Center
filmmaker will film the project in capital city Beijing. In a statement organizers said it would form a "promotional video for cultural exchange between Beijing and the world." It will be shown on TV, in cinemas and on flights in China and abroad in the run-up to the sporting extravaganza. Stone says of the task, "Today, many peoples of the world can live in harmony, and China plays an important role. China and the United States are two big countries that should have more interaction. My goal in shooting this Olympic short film also lies in this - the need to build a harmonious international society." Other international directors lined up to promote China through short movies are Italian Giuseppe Tornatore
and Iranian Majid Majidi
Moss Named Model of the Year
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Supermodel Kate Moss
was named Model Of The Year at the British Fashion Awards in London Thursday night - just a year after her alleged cocaine scandal. The English beauty lost several high-profile modeling jobs last year after British newspaper the Daily Mirror published images which showed her snorting cocaine in a London recording studio. Moss checked into an Arizona rehabilitation clinic following the revelations. At the star-studded ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the awards panel praised Moss as "a fashion icon and without doubt one of the most prolific models in the industry. She has now been modeling for over 15 years and remains at the top of her game." Other winners on the night included Vivienne Westwood
for Red Carpet Designer and Giles Deacon
for Designer Of The Year.