INSIDER: Today's celebrity gossip from around the world
*ALAN CARR has insisted there is no chat show rivalry, and even said he swaps interview horror stories, with GRAHAM NORTON.
The comedian, who hosts Channel 4 talk show Chatty Man told TV Times he got on well with his rival hosts – BBC One’s Graham and ITV’s JONATHAN ROSS.
He said: “Graham and I have mutual friends and we recently went to a gay wedding in Mykonos. He’s a really nice guy, and we just sat on the beach and chatted about our shows.
“It’s good to talk to someone and say, ‘Did you have that guest? Oh my God, weren’t they awful?’ So we had a good old b****ing session.
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“As for Jonathan, I think he’s brilliant. I know it’s boring because people want you to say, ‘I hate them.’ If you start hating people because they’ve got a chat show, that makes you a bit weird.”
*CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE has revealed he would relish the opportunity to play darker roles, following his villainous turn in Kick-Ass 2.
The 24-year-old – who’s best known for his comedic turns in Superbad, Role Models and Fright Night – got to show off his dramatic chops as Kick-Ass’ nemesis Chris D’Amico in the sequel.
“It’s made me hungrier. I would love to try some more things like this. This movie obviously has comedy and drama in it, but I would love to try something more dramatic straight after this,” he said.
Chris used an acting coach to help him get in touch with his darker side.
“I read the script and I was nervous because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before, so I got an acting coach. A month before filming, we would go through every scene and every line and figure out where the character needed to go emotionally,” he recalled.
*SIMON COWELL is reportedly planning to name his new baby Eric or Erica, in a tribute to his late father.
The TV mogul, who is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, wants to honour his dad, who died of a heart attack in 1999.
A source told The Daily Star: “If it’s a boy, Simon wants to call him Eric and if it’s a girl, Erica. His dad meant the world to him and Simon feels the name would be a fitting tribute.”
Simon – who has reunited with Lauren in St Tropez for the first time since the reports – has revealed his father, who worked as a record label executive, got him on the road to showbusiness after helping him land a job in the EMI postroom.
“My dad was a brilliant mentor,” the 53-year-old has said.
*CILLIAN MURPHY has said he couldn’t turn down a move to the small screen in new series Peaky Blinders.
The Dark Knight Rises actor made the move to TV for BBC Two’s upcoming historical drama about 1920s gangland Birmingham, where he plays gangster Tommy Shelby.
On what had tempted him to TV, Cillian said: “It was just simply the quality of the writing, it was really, really good writing and I just wanted to be involved. It was that simple.
“I think we have never really mythologised our gangsters like they have done in the States so this is a first, and I think they have done it very successfully.”
Cillian, 37, added that the soundtrack which comes from Jack White and Nick Cave had given the series a more up-to-date feel.
He said: “I love all the artists they use. They have kind of got that outlaw quality to them.”
*OPRAH WINFREY has admitted she doubted her acting skills would be up to the job before she took a role in The Butler.
The talk show host last acted in a film in 1998 when she made Beloved and told the TV Times she had worried she would be too out of practice.
She said: “I hadn’t acted for 15 years and I’d given up the idea of it and let that part of my life go.
“I wasn’t sure if I still had it. There’s a lot of crying and I didn’t know if I had the technical skills.”
The Butler chronicles a black man’s years of service in the White House during the most volatile period in America’s civil rights history. FOREST WHITAKER plays the butler Cecil Gaines and Oprah plays his wife Gloria.
*SAM ASTON has confessed he wishes his Coronation Street character Chesney Brown would get a makeover.
The 20-year-old actor has been playing the young dad since he was 10 years old in 2003, and told Inside Soap he would like him to update his wardrobe a bit.
Sam said: “I don’t think Chesney’s clothes have improved much! Maybe a bit, because I used to have to wear some sad stuff.
“Mind you, they’re probably better than mine. I’m always in trackies and trainers. I’d come to work in my pyjamas if I could!”
Chesney is set to get back with Katy Armstrong, the mother of his son Joseph.
Sam thinks Chesney has never had a chance to enjoy himself. He said: “Chesney and Katy have got problems that you wouldn’t think people their age would have.
“It’s sad – I think they’ve grown up too fast.”