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Boy George will flee Olympics

Boy George is fleeing London to escape the Olympics. The 'Karma Chameleon' singer is not excited about the upcoming 2012 Games - which kick off in the UK capital on July 27 - and is going to go on holiday to Ibiza to avoid the sporting event. When asked if he is excited about the Olympics, he replied: 'I think I will be away, thank god. My family come from over that way and its already starting to be a nightmare ... I will luckily be in Ibiza.' Although George - real name George O'Dowd - is not a fan of the Olympics his appreciation of one-time pop enemy Madonna has grown. Several years ago the 51-year-old musician branded the
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Boy George Suffers Black Eye After Nasty Nightclub Attack

Boy George Suffers Black Eye After Nasty Nightclub Attack
"Do you really want to hurt me?" Boy George once sang. Indeed, someone did. The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was allegedly assaulted outside a club in northeast England on Saturday, leaving the one-time Culture Club frontman with a nasty black eye. And the singer's got cold, hard proof: his own twitpics of the injury! Per the Daily Mail, the singer was leaving the Amadeus nightclub in North Yorkshire Saturday night when the injury occurred. The paper reports that according to the star's spokesman, "George was leaving the club when…a drunken and aggressive woman lunged for his hat and in doing so hit him in the eye.' The woman was...
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Boy George Assaulted

Boy George Assaulted
Boy George took to Twitter to show off quite a shiner. The Culture Club singer was reportedly assaulted outside of a North Yorkshire nightclub in England on Saturday night, walking away with a bruised eye.

"Looking pretty after getting assaulted on Saturday night!" Boy George (nee George O'Dowd) posted to Twitter along with a photo of his puffy eye -- although the tweet has since been removed.

O'Dowd was "poked" in the eye after a fan tried to run away with his hat, as he was exiting club Amadeus. In an attempt to retrieve his topper, the singer took a beating.

But the injury didn't only affect O'Dowd -- his wardrobe team had to do some quick thinking the following day to cover up evidence of the scuffle with an interesting costume diversion.

"The genius of Christine! One eye Joe! I have a gig so had to be clever! Quite Left Eye innit!
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George victim feared death

The man chained to a radiator by Boy George 'thought he would kill' him. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me hitmaker George was convicted in December 2008 of falsely imprisoning Norwegian Audun Carlsen after he chained him up at his home in London during a naked photo shoot in April 2007. Carlsen - who was paid as a model and denies he was working as an escort at the time - feared for his life after the pop star, real name George O'Dowd, brought in another man, who has never been identified, and the pair began to attack him. He told The
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Boy George: 'Amy Winehouse is heart-breaking'

Boy George: 'Amy Winehouse is heart-breaking'
Boy George has offered his sympathy to Amy Winehouse. The former Culture Club frontman - real name George O'Dowd - said that he related with the 'Rehab' singer's plight with alcoholism, according to the Daily Star. Addressing Winehouse, Boy George said: "Come to a meeting babe, do you know how loved you are?" The 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?' hitmaker added: "Step one is about that realisation. I hope I don't (more)
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Boy George Returns Stolen Art

Boy George Returns Stolen Art
This time, Boy George is on the right side of the law. The Culture Club singer returned an icon to a Cyprus church this week, after learning the work had been stolen nearly 40 years ago. Boy George (real name, George O'Dowd) purchased the piece from a London art dealer in 1985. As it turns out, the work - an elaborate depiction of Jesus Christ - was one of several pieces taken from the Church of St. Charalambos when Turkey invaded the island nation of Cyprus in 1974. The church's bishop just happened to be watching a recent interview taped in Boy George
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Boy George returns stolen Christ relic to Church of Cyprus

Boy George has returned a stolen icon of Christ to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus he bought in 1985. The 300-year-old relic was spotted by a bishop in the singer's house during a TV interview.

The 49-year-old former Culture Club singer had kept the picture above his fireplace at his Hampstead mansion. He bought it from an art dealer 26 years ago without knowing that it had been plundered from the church of St Charalambos in Neo Chorio in northern Cyprus after Turkey's invasion in 1974.

Bishop Porfyrios of the Cyprus Orthodox Church noticed the image while George was being interviewed by a Dutch TV show last year. When he discovered that it's the same image that was stolen decades ago, he called the singer and told him about the relic's story.

George, real name George O'Dowd, was happy to return the icon to its original owners without asking for payment.
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Boy George gives autograph after 10 years

Boy George gives autograph after 10 years
Boy George has given a fan an autograph a decade after he originally asked for it. The Culture Club star recently discovered a sleeve from the band's 1983 album Colour By Numbers while clearing out his London home. The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, told his Twitter followers about the find. He said: "I found an old Cc album someone sent to get signed. Gonna send it. Maybe they moved? It belongs to Peter J Anderson in Hebburn, Tyne & Wear NE31? Where’s that?" According to the Sunday Sun in Newcastle, Anderson soon received the signed record, along with (more)
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Boy George Unsure He Wanted to Leave Jail

Boy George was unsure he wanted to leave jail. The former Culture Club singer, who spent four months in prison in early 2009 for assault and the false imprisonment of a male escort, had mixed feelings when he realized he was close to being allowed to return home as he appreciated the simplicity of life behind bars.

"To be honest when I knew I was being released I did have a moment when I was like, 'Do I really want to get out?!' and I thought you know when you read about people being institutionalized I thought well I can understand why," he explained. "Because you know what you're doing."

The "Karma Chameleon" hitmaker appreciated getting to spend a lot of time alone when he was in jail as he had not done so since a holiday to India more than 10 years prior to his imprisonment. He told Absolute Radio DJ Frank Skinner,
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Boy George Felt Reluctant to Leave Prison

Boy George understands why some convicts become institutionalized behind bars, because he grew to enjoy life in prison and felt reluctant to leave. The Culture Club star, real name George O'Dowd, was jailed in January last year for the false imprisonment and assault of a male escort in 2007.

He served just four months of his 15-month sentence, but admits he felt comfortable in London's tough Pentonville Prison by the time he was released. The singer explains, "When I knew I was being released, I did have a moment when I was like, 'Do I really want to get out?' I can understand why people get institutionalized. You get a lot of time on your own and you do actually think, 'This is actually quite good.' "

"I had a good job. I worked in the kitchen. I really liked the people I worked with. When I left they were really sad.
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Boy George: Culture Club Will Reunite in April 2012

Boy George has confirmed Culture Club will reunite in 2012 to mark the band's 30th anniversary. Superproducer Mark Ronson recently revealed he had made it his mission to bring former bandmates Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Sam Baker back together, eight years after they split.

And flamboyant frontman George O'Dowd - aka gay icon Boy George - has revealed a plan is in place to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Culture Club's first ever single on April 30, 2012. He says, "We're definitely doing it, yeah, yeah, in 2012. Our D-Day is April 30, which is the same day as our first ever single release, 'White Boy', and yeah, we're doing it, it's going to be great fun."

George admits he agreed on the reunion, because he wanted to perform with Culture Club one more time - before he's too old. He adds, "If we don't do it
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Boy George: 'Culture Club will reunite'

Boy George: 'Culture Club will reunite'
Boy George has said that his former band Culture Club will "definitely" reunite in 2012. Breaking News.ie reports that the singer will return to the '80s pop group in time for their 30th anniversary. He is quoted as saying: "We're definitely doing it, yeah, yeah, in 2012. Our D-Day is April 30, which is the same day as our first ever single release, 'White Boy', and yeah, we're doing it, it's going to be great fun." The star - real name George O'Dowd (more)
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Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene to Star in New Comedy, Lol

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Lol is no laughing matter. The cast of the upcoming comedy just keeps getting better and better. An English-language remake of the 2008 French film of the same name, Lol -- actually, it may be called Lol: Laughing Out Loud -- will topline former Hannah Montana (TV) star Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, both of whom are inked to their deals, and probably also The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) actress Ashley Greene and Hung (TV) star Thomas Jane. According to the entertainment industry trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Greene and Jane are in negotiations to join an ensemble that also already includes newcomers Ashley Hinshaw, George Finn, and Douglas Booth. Hinshaw counts among her credits an episode of Gossip Girl (TV), Finn appeared in a couple of episodes of How I Met Your Mother (TV), and Booth stars as George O'Dowd/Boy George in the upcoming TV movie Worried about the Boy.
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Before the Days of Answered Prayers

Worried About the Boy

Some people were born to be sold, and George O'Dowd always seemed to have a price on his head -- one of his own making. He was one of the children of the revolution in dark corners, the bastard spawn of Bowie, that distant father-figure of difference who deserted those he had inspired, then returned to their gaudy playground to use them in his next chameleon project, namely his Ashes to Ashes video. The late '70s and early '80s revealed a legacy, and a need to challenge that has all but expired. The New Romantic era was the baroque riposte to punk's safety pins, and Boy George became its ambassador to a startled world.

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The BBC's 80s season presents a decade of bad fashion and vacuous music as a cultural landmark

It strikes me that one of the reasons we so readily slice time into neat 10-year periods of zeitgeist is that each of the decades from the 50s through to the 80s provided distinctive shifts in pop music. As nothing evokes the peculiarity of an age quite so emotively as a new type of song, for the past half century pop has served as the soundtrack of folk memory.

Yet as a method of looking back to the past, it's beginning to deliver diminishing returns. In the absence of any original music trends, the 90s and the noughties seemed to bleed into one another. And now we have come to live in a state of permanent retrospection, popwise, with a plethora of "classic" and "gold" radio stations and a music industry based on imitation,
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Boy George slams his own TV biopic

Boy George slams his own TV biopic
Boy George has slammed the quality of last night's TV biopic Worried About The Boy. Writing on Twitter at the time of the show's broadcast, the former Culture Club singer said that the docudrama, which centred around his early career, was "badly written". "It's on in the background, the make-up is the best thing about it," he said, before adding: "Verdict, beautifully shot & styled but badly written, it lacks heart and soul!" The star, real name George O'Dowd, (more)
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Worried About the Boy: who was who in the 80s

The BBC2 drama Worried About the Boy charts the rise of Culture Club and singer Boy George. But who's who in this 80s tale – and what happened next?

Boy George

Born in south London in 1961, George O'Dowd was one of the Blitz club kids who turned a life of dressing up on the dole into a career, as the beribboned and elaborately made-up singer of Culture Club. Always quick with a quip – he turned himself into a gay-you-like mascot for jittery middle England by telling chatshow host Russell Harty: "I prefer a nice cup of tea to sex" – he propelled the musically unremarkable Culture Club to stardom, helping them to seven top 10 hits in the UK, and nine in the Us. Heroin was his undoing and even the gags – "I'm a drag addict, not a drug addict" – couldn't mask the fall. In the 90s, he reinvented himself as a DJ,
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Boy George's Life to Be Turned Into TV Drama

Boy George's story is coming to the small screen - the BBC is turning the Culture Club frontman's colorful life into a TV drama. The one-off special will revisit the singer's career from club cloakroom attendant to 1980s gender-bending icon.

Two supporting cast members have already signed up for the project, "Worried About the Boy" - British actor Mat Horne will play Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, an alleged former lover of the singer - real name George O'Dowd, while Green Street Hooligans star Marc Warren will take on the role of scene trend setter Steve Strange.

The drama will chronicle the early days of Culture Club, who went on to sell 22 million albums worldwide, O'Dowd's addiction to heroin and his prison spell in 2009 when he was put behind bars for assault and false imprisonment of a male prostitute.
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Boy George happy not to be in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Former Culture Club star Boy George has said he is 'grateful' not to be in the Celebrity Big Brother house after watching the first episode. The 48-year-old was prevented from being a housemate on the UK show after a judge ruled it would breach the conditions of his release from jail after serving a sentence for falsely imprisoning a male escort. Following the show's launch, Boy George wrote on Twitter: 'I'm watching and very grateful that I'm at me mum's munching crisps with a cup of tea.' He has recently hinted that he may still be involved in the show despite the fact that he can't be a housemate. George, real name George O'Dowd, wrote on
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Boy George goes to court to be on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

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"Celebrity Big Brother" is returning to the British airwaves and singer Boy George really wants in -- so much so that he is taking it before a judge, as London Probation has refused to grant him permission to take part in the show, which begins Jan. 3.

In 2007, Boy George (real name George O'Dowd) was arrested for false imprisonment after handcuffing a Norwegian male escort to a wall in O'dowd's London home. He has since served part of a 15-month sentence and has been "free on license" since May 2009.

The Guardian is reporting that O'Dowd has been offered a fee of £200,000 to appear on the show and that the show's producers even offered to let O'Dowd's probation officer visit the house while O'Dowd was inside but London Probation still denied the request to participate in "Celebrity Big Brother."

First of all -- why don't we have "Celebrity Big Brother" here in the U.
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