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Kate Moss on Living Next Door to George Michael – and How the Icon Let Daughter Lila Use His Pool

Kate Moss on Living Next Door to George Michael – and How the Icon Let Daughter Lila Use His Pool
Right before his tragic death, Kate Moss opened up about what it was like living next door to George Michael.

During a special hour-long BBC Radio 6 show with Shaun Keaveny, which Moss co-hosted, the supermodel revealed that she was a huge fan of Michael’s band, Wham!, growing up.

“Huge fan. It was my first tape,” said Moss. “I got it for Christmas, Wham!. My mum brought it for me – that and Blondie. And, yeah, huge. I love George Michael,” continued Moss, adding that one of her favorite holiday songs is “Last Christmas.”

“Definitely in my top three, if not my No.
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Stella Street box set review: just popping down the shop to see Mick and Keef

Phil Cornwell and John Sessions play the cornershop owners Jagger and Richards – plus Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, David Bowie and many, many more – in this hilarious, heartwarming mockumentary

Imagine Beverly Hills has been carpet-bombed. The mansions are gone. Where could Hollywood’s uber-celebrities move to? In 1997, the answer was Stella Street in London: a quiet corner of the city that offered sanctuary to the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and other stars from Britain, the Us and beyond. In a single leafy street (actually Hartswood Road in W12, still a place of pilgrimage for fans of the show) they could have peace, and nip out to do their shopping paparazzi-free at the local newsagent, which was run by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

This was the absurd scenario dreamed up by Comic Strip director Peter Richardson, and acted out with documentary seriousness by just two actors. It was YouTube before YouTube,
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Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical – Cast Announcement

Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.

Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.

Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.

Jess needs extra time. She is facing
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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people,
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Michael Caine turns 80: 6 best impressions of British acting icon

Michael Caine turns 80: 6 best impressions of British acting icon
Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday today, and with more than five decades of great Hollywood roles under his belt - including The Italian Job, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Dark Knight Trilogy - it's fair to say that he's a bit of a Hollywood legend.

Not bad for a boy from South London!

To mark this milestone, Digital Spy has taken a trip through the video archives to unearth some of the best impersonations of the Brit actor. Many happy returns, Sir Michael!

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan

There's two for the price of one in this clip as Brydon and Coogan do duelling Caine impressions over the dinner table in Michael Winterbottom's BBC comedy The Trip.

Paul Whitehouse

The Fast Show star channeled '60s Ipcress File Caine for a recurring sketch in Harry Enfield & Chums, which saw "Michael Paine" break the fourth wall to discuss
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Exclusive: New Broken Trailer

Exclusive: New Broken Trailer
Adapted from a novel by Daniel Clay, Broken promises to mirror the raw suburban melodrama of its source. Debut director Rufus Norris has assembled a strong cast, Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy included, in a story that pulls up in a seemingly serene British cul-de-sac and, as this world exclusive new trailer hints, quickly starts uncovering some dark truths. brightcove.createExperiences();The film takes its title from the character of Rick 'Broken' Buckley (Robert Emms), a 19 year-old seen on the receiving end of a brutal beating from neighbour Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear) after a false accusation by his daughter.Rick's struggles and Oswald's thuggery are contrasted with Tim Roth's lawyer next door and his 11 year-old daughter Skunk (Eloise Laurence), although as you can probably tell from the trailer, not all's well in their house either. Stella Street this ain't. With nine Bifa nominations (more than any other
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This Must Be the Place – review

Sean Penn discovers his sense of humour as a retired goth rocker reconnecting with his past – but director Paolo Sorrentino's road-movie takes a puzzling left-turn

Paolo Sorrentino's first English-language feature is not quite a misstep, but is less successful than his other films. It is an intriguing co-production oddity, and one in which a disconnect opens up between style and substance; this attempt to absorb an imagined remnant of European history's greatest horror into a quirky road movie in the manner of Wim Wenders does not entirely convince. There's much less political and historical savvy than in Sorrentino's earlier movie Il Divo, about Guilio Andreotti, and less of a solid base on which to rest his unmistakeable mannerisms: the emphatic low-angled establishing shots, the swooping perspectives and zooms, the deadpan closeups and shards of pop – although it's sad, incidentally, to see him here bring out a cliched theme of Arvo Pärt.
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Cannes 2011 review: This Must Be the Place

Paolo Sorrentino's tale of an ageing rocker out to find a Nazi who tormented his father is a diverting if derivative American odyssey

For his technique, ambition and reach, 40-year-old Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is justifiably considered an emerging master of modern cinema, crucially nurtured here at Cannes. His new English-language film, This Must Be the Place – starring Sean Penn as Cheyenne, a retired goth rocker living in Dublin – has superbly elegant and distinctive forms: looming camera movements, bursts of pop, deadpan comedy, quasi-hallucinatory perspective lines in landscapes in which singular figures look vulnerably isolated. There's an awful lot to enjoy here and yet I couldn't help feeling that, when Cheyenne leaves Ireland to journey into the classic American midwest on a mission to find the fugitive Nazi who tormented his father in the camps, the film becomes derivative and Wim Wenders-ish. And a final twist-reveal gestures at
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Six to watch: TV impressionists

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have turned impersonating stars into a competitive sport. Who can rival their vocal skills?

Last Sunday The Impressions Show returned to our screens, putting celebrities into unlikely situations – Jon Culshaw's Michael Winner marrying Debra Stephenson's Katie Price; Harry Hill working as a Un peace negotiator and Robert Peston finding a new career as a weatherman. As welcome it is to see someone have a gentle pop at the likes of Fearne Cotton or Simon Cowell, it still feels very old fashioned.

However, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's sitcom The Trip has given the art of impersonating a new life – and it has inadvertently given us the sport of competitive impersonation. The rules are that if you make the other person laugh or detect them drifting into Welsh then you've won – a contest that Rob Brydon appears to be losing on account of
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How Coppola keeps films in the family

Return to indie films such as Tetro entirely in keeping for the uncle of Nic Cage and Jason Shwarzman, the man Sofia and Roman Coppola call dad

It's impossible to shake the feeling of deja vu. It's a bright Paris morning. After waiting in the street, I'm ushered into a quiet, darkened little bistro. It's empty save for the barman and a bulky figure at the far corner table, formally dressed, waiting to receive me. I have an audience with the don himself: Francis Ford Coppola. If I had a dishonoured daughter, I'd ask him to avenge her. If he was wearing a ring, I'd probably kiss it.

The suspicion that Coppola has engineered this encounter to resemble the opening scene of The Godfather evaporates when he starts talking, though. Rather than mumbling imperiously, Brando-style, he's chatty, open, and even self-critical. "I'm a good enough director, I think," he says at one point.
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Cornwell: 'CelebAir' is hard work

CelebAir contestant Phil Cornwell has admitted that working for an airline is much harder work then he imagined. Cornwell, known for impersonating celebrities on BBC comedy Stella Street, revealed that he found the initial six-week training course "intense". "I didn't realise how much training would be involved," he said. "You have to pass these exams, it's serious, it's CAA, the Civil Aviation Authority. They insist upon you passing all these exams that they set. It's much harder than I anticipated." Cornwell added that he kept two celebrity passengers entertained on CelebAir's inaugural flight with the Michael Caine impression he popularised (more)
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