INSIDER: Today's celebrity gossip from around the world
KATY PERRY has said that her boyfriend JOHN MAYER loves to do crosswords at bedtime.
The Roar singer told Billboard magazine that he sets himself time limits each night for completing the puzzles.
She said: “I always tell him, ‘Darling, you know I’m going to have to give your mind to science after you’ve passed, because we’re going to have to understand how all these sparks work’.
“We’ll be in bed, and he’ll be doing the crossword puzzle. Every night, he tries to finish it in under 10 minutes. When he puts his mind to something, he really gets it done very well. I always ask for his help.”
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*EDDIE REDMAYNE could be getting advice from STEPHEN HAWKING for his upcoming screen portrayal, after they were spotted chatting together on the set of The Theory Of Everything.
The Les Miserables star, who is playing the young English theoretical physicist and cosmologist in James Marsh’s biopic, was photographed talking and laughing to the 71-year-old in between takes, as Hawking watched him film scenes in Cambridge University, where he studied and still resides as the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.
The film, which was written by Anthony McCarten, focuses on Stephen’s relationship with his first wife Jane Wilde, from their first meeting at Cambridge when he was able-bodied.
It will also follow the highs and lows of their romance and life together following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease when he was 21.
*SIMON COWELL has been getting in a bit of practice when it comes to dealing with babies, after a fan made him hold her son.
The music mogul, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, was handed the baby while out with Lauren in Santa Monica, California.
According to the Daily Mirror, he held the baby while fans gathered around the couple.
Cowell, 53, was also spotted trying to feed Lauren, 36, a snack and was later seen kissing her in their open-top car.
*NICOLA ROBERTS is said to be writing material for CHERYL COLE’s upcoming album.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Girls Aloud pals will collaborate on Cheryl’s album which is due for release next year and Nicola has already honed her writing skills on Little Mix’s album DNA.
Cheryl has been keen to get best mate Nicola to write for her for a while, but in recent years she’s been too busy working in the worlds of make-up and fashion.
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*JAMES SPADER has revealed that playing Avengers villain Ultron will be “a lot of fun”.
The Lincoln actor said he decided to sign on to portray the evil robot IN JOSS WHEDON’s upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, to “try something different”.
“I think it’ll be a lot of fun and it’s incredibly nostalgic for me,” he told The Independent.
James, who next stars in TV series The Blacklist, admitted that starring in a superhero movie is like a childhood dream come true.
“When I was a kid, my best friend had trunks of comics and I didn’t have any, so I used to love going for sleepovers at his house,” he said.
“Also I have three sons and two of them have a great interest in comics, so they’re excited I’m playing the role.”
*HELEN FLANAGAN is shooting a pilot as a judge for a cheeky new TV talent show.
The former Coronation Street actress will join glamour models Georgia Salpa and Rhian Sugden on the panel for Is This Talent?, which is holding auditions in Bolton, The Sun reported.
The format for the “sexy” late night talent show, written by sales manager turned comedian Paul Alistair, will apparently see contestants given three minutes to entertain the three model judges as well as a live audience. The judges will not have buzzers, so they will not be able to stop the hopefuls before their time is up.
Paul told the newspaper: “Is This Talent? is a new twist to a tired format... It will not only be funnier and sexier, it will also have a feel-good factor to it and will be the showcase of all talents in Britain.”