EXCLUSIVE: Orlando Bloom on Pirates 4 and being a dad…..

March 20th, 2011

Like most people I was shocked when Orlando Bloom bowed out of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. But it seems the star is happy with his decision. Speaking in London this week the star said: “No no regrets, not all at all.  I feel great about it. I mean, I worked really consistently for such a long time on two very big franchises and it’s a lot of work – so it was really nice to take some time out.  I did a play after, then did some travelling went to Antarctica, I produced a film and then did a couple of little movies. It was nice doing stuff for me – nice to get the creative juices flowing again doing stuff that I wanted to do – that I love.”

But it sounds like becoming a father, after his missus Miranda Kerr gave birth to the couple’s first boy Flynn recently, has changed his whole perception on life. “I know it was a big decision,” he admitted. “There are a lot of really talented young guys out there doing what they do and doing it really well but I don’t think of it like that anymore it’s about doing stuff that speaks to me, that I’m gonna love and also about being able to have a life outside of making movies. I’m a dad now and my perspective has changed. I think Pirates is going to be really good and I’m looking forward to seeing it but it will be strange to watch it at cinema as the audience!”

And just in case I didn’t realise how happy he was as a father he added: “He’s is amazing truly gorgeous!  It’s honestly the best thing in the world – yes you don’t get much sleep but you don’t care.
“I can’t get enough of him, the smell of him is just agghhhh amazing – the smell of his little head, amaaaaaaazing and his breath, everything, man I just wanna eat him…eat him up!” Bless!

OMG…..a quickie with Peaches Geldof!

March 20th, 2011

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Why do a show like OMG?
I just think I wanted to do a show to give something back to people. I’ve had a lot life experience. It gave me a chance to do the Louis Theroux thing by going out and meeting people and then the studio and find out people’s weird habits and life experiences. It was never going to be a Jeremy Kyle style show. It’s not pun dative and in your face. It’s a show that goes back to the Word days and that youthful factor. I think it will appeal to people that want a show from back in the day.

You’ve taken a bit of a kicking in the press of late over the show!
The critics are always going to try and tear me apart. I don’t know if they just want to slag me off. I hoped people would be strangely drawn into the show.

What’s your personal ‘OMG’ moment?
I don’t really have an OMG moment myself. Nothing phases me anymore. I don’t consider any of my life to be an OMG moment. I’m not phased my lots. People would have to take a dump on my face for me to be shocked.

What’s next for you? Acting?
I’d like to do some acting in the future. But right now I’m concentrating on writing lyrics and music. I’m with the band in LA. It’s a band with my friend Jay and a few of the girls. I’m the singer and Jay sings too.

Are you living in London more these days then?
I will be living more here in London because of Tom and because of work. I miss LA though and my work out there. He’s a thin guy. I’ve gone from Eli the bear to Tom the skinny emaciated boy. We have about the same size waist but he’s fit and I like him a lot. He’s actually extremely sweet. He’s a good Jewish boy. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I won’t date a non Jew.

What would be the best compliment you could possibly receive?
For me to be compared in any way to my mother would be the greatest compliment I could ever have. She was the greatest.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Alesha Dixon talks Strictly Come Dancing, Lily Allen and taking on America

March 20th, 2011

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Popstar and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon is one busy lady. In the last year she’s critiqued the likes of Ann Widdecombe on the dancefloor and released her second album, The Entertainer. And this week, as an ambassador for the MOBOs, she announced that Glasgow is set to host the awards for the next three years.

Alesha was certain who she wants to see for an award this year so Natalie Edwards sat down to talk Jessie J, taking on America and why she would love Lily Allen on Strictly.

Who would you like to see up for a MOBO award come October?
There is only one person I can think of at the moment who I want to see up for a MOBO and that’s Jessie J. I’ve been a fan of hers probably for about a year now and I was aware of her way before she broke with her single and it was purely based on her Youtube videos. She doesn’t even pass a sweat and is incredible. I said to MOBO founder Kanya King that I hope Jessie is not only nominated for best newcomer but that she performs as well because she is an incredible talent to come out of the UK. I love her and I’ve never been so excited about a new artist.

Have you had the chance to meet Jessie yet?
Yeah I know her really well. The first time I met her was so funny because I was obviously a big fan from the Youtube videos. I was at RWD party and I was completely gushing at her. I went up and was like ‘Jessie J I’m a massive fan. You probably think I’m crazy but I just want to tell you that I think your voice is amazing’. I was like a proper fan and she probably thought ‘Who is this complete weirdo?’ The night she was performing we’d also been offered tickets to go and see Bruno Mars but I turned them down to see her before she was even known and that’s testament to her.

Would you ever consider doing similar stripped back performance videos on Youtube for fans?
I think it’s a new thing for artists and I’m from a different generation. Youtube is a new thing and when I was coming up with Mis-Teeq we didn’t have that. When you look at the like of Justin Bieber I think it’s a brilliant way for new artists to break through as you can empower yourself with the power of Youtube. It’s perfect for letting people know that you are out there without the support of a major label. I think more people probably watch videos on Youtube than on the music channels. I love watching the videos where the artists are stripped back with their guitar just jamming. It is a little bit more intimate and I actually prefer that when it comes to music.

Do you think you’ll be recommending Jessie J to the BBC producers for a performance slot on Strictly Come Dancing?
That would be wicked – I’ll be putting a word in no doubt. But then again I probably don’t need to as she’s doing it all herself! It’s all going to happen for her this year.

A lot of people have been talking about a Mis-Teeq reunion so what’s the truth?
I spoke to both of the girls and none of us know where the story came from. But since that story emerged obviously we have been talking and agree that it would be a really cool idea. But all of us agree that we’ve never said never but obviously we’re all doing different things at the moment. I wouldn’t rule it out at some point but because no-one knows where it came from it’s a bit of an odd one. Maybe a one-off show or something like that would be cool.

What are your upcoming plans – are you still looking to go to America?
I’m off to America at the weekend for a little bit of a holiday and then I’m going to Australia and then I was meant to be going to Japan as well. But in light of what’s happened we’ve had to put it back. We’ve managed to speak to our label out in Japan and make sure that everyone is ok. The plan was to do Australia and Japan at the same time but now we are not sure so we’ll have to see what happens there. Also at the moment I’m looking for co-management in America as I definitely want to put some time in over there which is exciting!

Definitely. What are the plans when it comes to America?

The first thing to do is get a co-manager as my manager is based in Scotland and we need someone working on the ground over there. So I’m going out there and will start having some meetings and a few labels have expressed an interest so that’s great. So we’ll see what happens! I’ve got The Alesha Show and The Entertainer so we can either put them together as a package or work on new tracks. It’s something I really want to dedicate time to and I think now is probably the best time. I’m definitely up for the challenge – fingers crossed!

Are there any plans to become a judge on the American version of Strictly – Dancing With The Stars?
I think the thing with that is that you have to be well known in America even to be asked to be a contestant on the show so I’d rule that out at this point. I’d have to go on and perform as a musical artist so I need to get Bruno and Len to put a good word in for me! I went over to America when Len and Bruno were working on the show and they invited me along and I met the producers who were all very lovely. Obviously they know that I’m a judge on the UK show and that I’m an artist so you know, I’ve had the introductions, and once we are ready to press the green button on the music out there it’s definitely something that we’re going to work towards. It’s one of the biggest shows so fingers crossed.

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How about joining Cheryl Cole on US X Factor? Would you prefer that to Dancing With The Stars?
Either one will do me! I’m not really fussed. They are two incredible shows with great audiences in America. It would be a fantastic platform for any artist so either one would be brilliant.

Have you signed up for a new series of Strictly this year?
They haven’t asked me yet but if they do I’ve been quite open about the fact that I enjoyed it last year and felt very much at home and had a great time. I’ve expressed a love to do it again but with any contract like that it’s only for a year so you have to wait until you get the phonecall which is usually in the summer so fingers crossed! If they ask me I’ll do it but if they don’t then I’ll graciously say ‘Ok, never mind’. I’d love to be back so I hope I get the phonecall.

Who would you love to see take part in this years Strictly?
I’ve always said that I’d love to see Lily Allen on there. I remember going on her show years ago and she told me she was a massive Strictly Come Dancing fan and would love to do the show. I asked her why she didn’t do it and she said she couldn’t as her label were pushing her to get the album out and music was her first priority. Now obviously she’s taken a step away from the music industry maybe it could be on her agenda again. She did definitely express an interest and she’s such a kooky character and really lovely girl. She doesn’t mince her words so I think she’d be a brilliant contestant. I’d also love to see Sharon Osbourne as she doesn’t mince her words either. I love people that are really straight talking, bold and full of personality! Sharon is a genius so I think she would be value for money and obviously Kelly did the show in the States. I’m sure she was in talks one year to do the show but it never come off.

What hunky men would you like to see flex their muscles on the dancefloor?
A girl can dream! Bradley Cooper would be good. Do you know what, anyone really. I just think it’s so funny to see people that can’t dance.

Would you like another Ann Widdecombe this series then?
We need another politician! Gordon Brown would be good. I met him and he was really lovely. I liked him as he was a real gentleman. He wouldn’t do it but I think him and Sarah would be great on the show.

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Hairdresser James Brown: "I'm not sure if I'm doing Kate's wedding hair."

March 20th, 2011

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Hairdresser to the stars James Brown (above with a fur clad Fran Cutler) isn’t sure he could cope with the pressure of styling his bosom buddy Kate Moss on her wedding day to Kills rocker Jamie Hince on July 2. The coiffeur told me over a cocktail at the GQ Style launch at the Corinthia Hotel this week: “I’m not sure if I’m going to be doing Kate’s hair yet. I’m going to be the typical gay best friend worrying about the flowers, the dress and what Kate’s mum is wearing that I don’t know if I could cope with worrying about her hair too. Do you know what, I think I’d rather have someone else do it. Maybe Sam McKnight. Sam is genius so that’s who I’d want to be doing Kate’s hair if it isn’t me.” James can currently be seen on E4 with Glamour editor Jo Elvin and Abbey Clancy judging on the Great british Hairdresser. And kooky James says he’s not worried if people think he comes across nasty on the show. “People have been saying that I am coming across as nasty on the show but I really don’t care. I’m not – I’m just honest and very passionate. I’m preparing them for the read world and I still get f**king hairbrushes thrown at me! We’ve just finished filming and I am so f**king proud of the person that won.”

Tune in E4, Mondays at 10pm.

Parade bag a new fan in Spice Girl Melanie C

March 20th, 2011

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New girlband Parade have a new celebrity fan in Spice Girl Melanie C. Emily, Bianca, Jessica, Sian and Lauren, who are set for a Top Five hit with their debut single Louder today have been backed by Sporty Spice herself.
“Mel C has really been supportive and has been tweeting us,” says Sian. “She has been a massive inspiration and told us that we’re the closest thing she’s seen to what the Spice Girls were. They had so much energy and were so individual and we’d love to capture that. Mel’s our ultimate girl crush and had come down to watch us rehearsing a couple of time and gave us some really good advice.”

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I’m sure the rest of the girls will be joining the Parade soon – especially if Geri Halliwell learns one of the Parade members also has a fetish for inappropriately squeezing bums! “I accidentally grabbed Shakira’s bum,” laughs Jessica. “We supported her on tour which was amazing and we got to have our picture with her backstage. I put my hand around her waist and ended up grabbing her bum. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t move my hand and just left it there! It was a perfect bum and luckily Shakira didn’t say anything. We do love a bit of tush!”

But luckily Parade are not hitting a bum-note in the charts and after clocking up support slots with Alexandra Burke and Shayne Ward the girls are ready to launch themselves to chart success.
“Essentially we’re pop but also have a dance-urban twist,” says Lauren. “We’re really fun, colourful and energetic and we just want everyone else to enjoy in with us.”

Kate Moss gets kinky for the W Hotel launch in London

March 20th, 2011

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I love Kate Moss for being so minxy!

The supermodel looked to be enjoying herself at the W Hotel London Calling event this week where stars including Alexa Chung, Nick Grimshaw, Jade Jagger, Boy George and Louie Spence turned out to celebrate the premiere of W London.
I’m told Kate – and James Brown – enjoyed an explicit burlesque show in a hotel room set up at the venue to benefit the Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. Kate was led in by a transvestite called Audrey into a room with a steaming hot bath with a naked man washing himself  and then led into a bedroom scene where a topless burlesque artist called Esmee sat upon the bed in stockings, suspenders and Louboutin heels. Esmee revealed after that Kate “wasn’t shy” when she excitedly pulled her stockings down. But she wouldn’t say anymore! LOVE IT!

The model eventually left the kinky rooms after twenty minutes and left a sizeable donation to the Foundation. Just an average night out for that one…..

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Above: Mick Jones (right) and his teeth scare me.

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Above: Alexa Chung span the tunes….in teeny tiny jean shorts.

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Above: Louie Spence gets SERIOUS next to Mossy!

Lily Allen enjoys a day at the races….

March 18th, 2011

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Former singer Lily Allen stepped out today at Cheltenham Racecourse for Gold Cup Day. And the lucky mare (sorry, couldn’t resist) backed the winner of the first race (The JCB Triumph Hurdle) picking out the ‘Zarkandar’. Good for her, eh!
Lily, there with boyfriend Sam Cooper, later tweeted: “Just found out I’m sharing a box with Jeremy Kyle, should be interesting… Didn’t take him for a betting man.”

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Above: Lily in her interesting outfit and Sam on the left in tweed….

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Above: Lily speaks to Clare Balding of BBC Radio 5 Live at Cheltenham

Britney Spears chills on the set of the 'Till The World Ends' video

March 18th, 2011

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Britney Spears is looking sexy and back to her best as she takes a moment to rehydrate with a Glacéau vitaminwater on the set of new vid Till The World Ends. This snap was taken as she wrapped ‘Day One’ of the shoot.

The star looked chilled in a studded black leather jacket and UGG boots. But can somebody let her know she may have laddered her tights….