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Stormy Daniels Says Custody Dispute Forced Her to Pull Out of U.K. ‘Big Brother’

  • Variety
Stormy Daniels Says Custody Dispute Forced Her to Pull Out of U.K. ‘Big Brother’
Updated: Despite rumors that Stormy Daniels would be the big signing coup for the new season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K., the notorious porn star was not one of the 13 celebrities to enter the house on Thursday night’s launch show on Channel 5.

The Sun tabloid said that Daniels, who was allegedly paid off to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Donald Trump, had been booked to go on the show for a record fee of £750,000 to appear for just a single week but that, after arriving in London, she made a last-minute demand for an extra £100,000, which was rebuffed. She then “refused” to appear, the newspaper said, quoting an anonymous source as saying producers “tried everything to persuade her to stay….Everything in the house was ready for her. To say it’s been a nightmare is an absolute understatement. Everyone is completely baffled.
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Stormy Daniels Not In British ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, Reportedly Pulls Out At The Last Minute

  • Deadline
Stormy Daniels Not In British ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, Reportedly Pulls Out At The Last Minute
Donald Trump can breathe a sigh of relief: Stormy Daniels, the porn star he is alleged to have had an affair with, has not entered Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.

Daniels was understood to have been the star turn in the latest season of the British reality series. However, despite reportedly flying to the UK and agreeing on a fee with the Viacom-owned broadcaster, Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, did not enter the Big Brother house.

According to reports, Daniels arrived for preliminary taping sessions for the show, which is produced by Endemol Shine’s Initial, but refused to enter the house after failing to agree to terms. Reports suggested that she initially had agreed a fee of close to $1M to appear on the monthlong shoot before backing out of that deal and agreeing to a lower amount of $250,000 to stay for one week.

Channel 5 declined to comment on Daniels’ non-appearance.
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Stormy Daniels, Kirstie Alley to Be Contestants on U.K. ‘Big Brother’ (Report)

  • Variety
Stormy Daniels, Kirstie Alley to Be Contestants on U.K. ‘Big Brother’ (Report)
Stormy Daniels and Kirstie Alley are reported to be among the celebrity participants in the new season of Channel 5’s “Big Brother” in the U.K., which starts Thursday.

British tabloid The Sun cited unnamed sources Monday confirming an “official lineup” of 13 contestants on the show, including Daniels, the former porn star who was allegedly paid off to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Donald Trump. “Stormy is the biggest signing for this year’s show and she’ll make headlines around the world,” The Sun quoted a source as saying.

On Tuesday, Channel 5 would neither confirm nor deny the participation of Daniels or “Cheers” actress Alley, or the rest of The Sun’s reported lineup. A spokesperson told Variety the names were not official and represented the newspaper’s “amalgamation of speculated names.” The contestants will officially be unveiled at Thursday night’s premiere.

Daniels’ participation would
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Viacom’s Channel 5 Lines Up Porn Star Stormy Daniels & Kirstie Alley For ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

  • Deadline
Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump, and Cheers actress Kirstie Alley are some of the star names set to appear on the British version of Celebrity Big Brother as Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5.

The show, which is produced by Endemol Shine-backed Initial Productions, launches Thursday August 16. The network is theming this summer’s reality hit as The Eye of The Storm and is introducing housemates that have all been caught up in their own media controversies.

British tabloid The Sun reports that Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, is the show’s major get. The President of the United States of America will be hoping that the adult film star doesn’t reveal too much more during a possible reality TV stint.

She is reportedly joined by Scientologist Alley, who recently starred on Scream Queens.

Other, slightly less A-list names,
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‘Crazy Rich’ Film History in Singapore

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‘Crazy Rich’ Film History in Singapore
Singapore’s history as a filming location might not ever rival Tokyo or Hong Kong, but things are starting to look up: “Crazy Rich Asians,” the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s locally set novel, has already been touted as the biggest film to ever spotlight the metropolis.

The Warner Bros. release starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh joins other noteworthy international movies that have filmed in Singapore since its founding as a republic in 1965.

Possibly the biggest pre-millennium title was “Saint Jack” (1979), Peter Bogdanovich’s down-and-dirty adaptation of Paul Theroux’s novel, which was partly based on the author’s own experiences in Singapore. It was filmed illicitly and without the government’s knowledge, long before the city cleaned up its prostitution scene, with salacious bits shot around Bugis Street.

Singapore subsequently banned the film until 2006, and few Hollywood movies attempted to risk the country’s wrath in the following decades.
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Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet the Two Women Campaigning to Lead Britain After Brexit

  • PEOPLE.com
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet the Two Women Campaigning to Lead Britain After Brexit
Forget "stuffy old Britain." Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union on June 23, the country has resembled a modern day Game of Thrones - with all three leading members of the Brexit campaign firmly pushed aside as the campaign to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron heats up. First to go was wild-haired Brexit poster-boy Boris Johnson, who sensationally quit the race on Thurdsay amid claims that he was backstabbed by fellow Brexit front man, Justice Minister Michael Gove. On Monday, right wing political leader Nigel Farage - who did more than anyone to push Britain to the
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Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet The Two Women Campaigning To Lead Britain After Brexit

  • PEOPLE.com
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet The Two Women Campaigning To Lead Britain After Brexit
Forget "stuffy old Britain." Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union on June 23, the country has resembled a modern day Game of Thrones - with all three leading members of the Brexit campaign firmly pushed aside as the campaign to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron heats up. First to go was wild-haired Brexit poster-boy Boris Johnson, who sensationally quit the race on Thurdsay amid claims that he was backstabbed by fellow Brexit front man, Justice Minister Michael Gove. On Monday, right wing political leader Nigel Farage - who did more than anyone to push Britain to the
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Should we condemn Anna Karenina a little more?

Tom Stoppard's modern take on Tolstoy's masterpiece dwells on the censure Anna receives from society for her adultery. Has our own society become too feebly non-judgmental?

As reimagined by Sir Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright, Anna Karenina seems less bothered about being barred from seeing her child than about being shunned by polite society. She can cope with being sent away on her young son's birthday; but dirty looks at the theatre tip her over the edge.

It's not surprising that a contemporary adaptation of Tolstoy's masterwork should be so taken with the social side of its protagonist's plight. An affront to motherhood may be regrettable, but at least it means that a dad gets depicted as doing his share of the parenting. On the other hand, the cold shoulder turned against an adulteress by St Petersburg's blue-bloods prompts understandable horror. They're stigmatising personal conduct, and nowadays that's just not on.
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Bankers on screen don't make great role models | Stuart Jeffries

From Captain Mainwaring to Patrick Bateman, positive representations of the banking profession are hardly abundant

Why are there so few positive images of bankers? One reason surely is that the banker exists as a figure on to which we project things we cannot stand about ourselves – how we are mired in acquisitiveness and inflamed by the desire to put our Gucci-loafered foot on the throat of our fellow man or indeed woman. Or maybe it's just me.

Bankers have an even worse reputation than journalists in novels and films. At least us grubby hacks sometimes bring down presidents or topple venal corporations in Hollywood cinema

Bankers are rarely allowed such narrative development. Instead they are often irreversible reptiles, tempting us innocent Adam and Eves into their sick, debauched world where we will max out our credit cards. Think Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and his dreary eulogy to avarice: "Greed,
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The problem with money in the movies | Film

Whenever I hear the words 'insider trading' or 'subprime', my eyes glaze over and I start thinking about hats

Topical or what? Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opened one day after the rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel was jailed for three years and ordered to pay €4.9bn (£4.3bn) in damages for almost bringing down my old bank, Société Générale. But about 20 minutes into Oliver Stone's laboriously self-important drama, I realised I'd stopped caring what Shia Labeouf and Michael Douglas were up to, mainly because I was distracted by their swanky apartments with panoramic views of a Manhattan lit by the rich glow of a permanent Magic Hour. Gee, I thought, why don't I live in a flat like that?

And then I remembered: oh yes, it's because whenever I hear the words "insider trading", "subprime" or "hedge fund", my eyes glaze over and I start thinking about hats, or miniature dachshunds.
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The top 5 financial films

  • Shadowlocked
The financial film has gone from rags to riches, to rags again...

With the exception of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, films in this exclusive genre have been in a state of recession, hardly making a mark at the box office. Stone, however, is looking to boost the flagging genre with a stimulus package in the form of a sequel to his aforementioned film entitled Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

Therefore in conjunction with the return of Gordon Gekko, here is a list comprised of some of the best financial films ever made. In this case, however, greed isn’t good, as there are only five films present on the list. If anything these films prove that this is a thriving genre which, if tackled successfully, can provide entertaining and sometimes poignant narratives on society’s relationship with money.

5: Rogue Trader (1999)

Nick Leeson was the rogue trader
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Casting the news 2: There Will Be Beer – the drunk oil trader story

This week we need your help to produce the big-screen version of the story of the tired and emotional trader who sent the price of oil to its highest level in eight months

We've all been there. You go for one quiet drink and the next thing you know it's Tuesday morning and you've woken to find it turned into a three-day bender. Your memory is, at best, patchy. But you've checked your phone and don't seem to have left messages for any ex-girlfriends, you still have trousers on, you haven't hijacked your best friend's pregnancy, nor acquired a baby or Mike Tyson's tiger, so you're thinking: phew, got off lightly, haven't mimicked the plot of the latest Jennifer Aniston romcom nor an obnoxious buddy comedy. Result!

Only then do you realise you might have bought 7m barrels of oil.

That is how There Will Be Beer, the story
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