Tributes have been pouring in for Canadian–American actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, who passed away this week, ending a five decade long entertainment career. A veteran of more than 100 films, most notably the Naked Gun movies, and 1,500 television programmes, the iconic star died in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital on November 28th. Nielsen's nephew Doug told Canadian radio station CJOB that the 84-year-old actor died in his sleep of complications from pneumonia after being in hospital for 12 days with the illness. "He just fell asleep and passed away. He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him," he said. "He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly." Nielsen also starred in Airplane!, which turned him into a household name, as well as Police Squad and more lately, Superhero Movie and An American Carol.
Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen dies at 84
Tributes have been pouring in for Canadian–American actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, who passed away this week, ending a five decade long entertainment career.
A veteran of more than 100 films, most notably the Naked Gun movies, and 1,500 television programmes, the iconic star died in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital on November 28th.
Nielsen's nephew Doug told Canadian radio station CJOB that the 84-year-old actor died in his sleep of complications from pneumonia after being in hospital for 12 days with the illness.
"He just fell asleep and passed away. He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him," he said.
"He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly."
Nielsen also starred in Airplane!, which turned him into a household name, as well as Police Squad and more lately, Superhero Movie and An American Carol.
Posted on 3 november 2010
Julia Roberts cracks a smile for Lavazza's coffee
Julia Roberts, who was once Hollywood's highest paid actress, is appearing in a 45-second advertisement for Italian coffee house Lavazza, as part of the company's Christmas campaign.
The 43-year-old actress known for playing roles in high grossing blockbusters including Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich was reportedly paid €1.2 million (£1.14 million) to star in the advertisements, reports the Daily Mail.
Despite the lucrative sum, the Academy Award-winning star does not utter a single word in the heavenly advertisement in which she plays Botticelli's Venus in a setting in the clouds.
Set to be screened over the Christmas period in Italy, the advertisement portrays her as a difficult muse who refuses to smile for the painter until she is offered some of Lavazza's A Modo Mio coffee.
Roberts filmed the advertisement just two weeks ago during a brief visit to Rome where she also shot her latest movie Eat Pray Love, which starred Oscar winner Javier Bardem, James Franco and Richard Jenkins.
Cheryl Cole makes US X Factor panel
English singer, songwriter Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as one of the judges on the panel of the US version of The X Factor, ending speculation about whether she was to appear on the programme.
The 27-year-old, who is currently appearing on the judging panel of the ITV1 show, alongside music executive Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue, has reportedly been offered a £3 million deal.
Cole, who is believed to be keen to launch her music career in the US, recently went to meet record bosses at Universal to pursue this and an appearance on the show could catapult her into superstardom.
According to the Daily Star, an insider said: "At the end of the day, no-one knew who Simon was when he started work on American Idol and look what happened. Simon knows the public will absolutely love Cheryl."
Cole rose to fame as a member of girl group Girls Aloud, which came about thanks to ITV's reality television programme Popstars The Rivals in 2002, and she has since launched her solo career.
Jamie Oliver second best selling author in Britain
British chef Jamie Oliver has achieved a new milestone after UK sales of his cookbooks catapulted him into being the biggest-selling author in the country after Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.
The 35-year-old restaurateur and media personality's books, including his latest entitled Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, which is shifting around 80,000 copies a week, have raised more than £100 million.
Although he is in second place, Oliver has some miles to cover before equalling Rowling's £228 million, but he need not worry about losing his current position as the next best-selling cook is Delia Smith at £62.5 million.
Since its release in September, 30-Minute Meals, which is one of many books written by Oliver, has sold more than half a million copies and is "the biggest selling non-fiction book of any kind since records began", according to Tom Weldon of publisher Penguin General Books.
He explained: "The reason Jamie has done so well over the past decade is that he is obsessed with every single detail in his books."
Peter Andre on stage following hospital scare
Musician Peter Andre was recently rushed to hospital with "excruciating" stomach pains that resulted in an emergency operation being carried out on him on Friday (November 26th).
The 37-year-old singer-songwriter, who is known for the hit song The Mysterious Girl, was rushed to the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset, on Friday morning after being struck down by the mystery illness.
However, he was released the next day, with a post on his official website informing fans: "Peter had to have an emergency operation yesterday afternoon which was a success. Pete was released from hospital earlier today and is recovering."
Just hours after being released, the television personality was back on stage and performed for fans in Minehead, south-west England on Sunday, having missed the opening date of his UK tour on Friday.
Meanwhile, a friend told the Daily Star how Andre had feared for his life following the scare, saying: "Pete was really frightened for his life. He felt very disorientated and did not know what was wrong with him."
Nicole Scherzinger makes solo debut on X Factor
American musician Nicole Scherzinger has made her eagerly-anticipated debut as a solo artist with a performance on the British talent search programme The X Factor, where she appeared as a guest judge earlier in the year.
The 32-year-old, who is best known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, appeared on the programme on Sunday (November 28th) and performed her new song Poison live.
Watched by her Formula One racer boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, who was in the audience during the show, the star thrilled fans with her dancing in a red rubber catsuit and knee-high patent boots.
Scherzinger, who became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010, is also an occasional actor and will appear in the next Men in Black film.
The results show was also graced by The Wanted, who opened the programme with their new song Lose My Mind, followed by 16-year-old star Justin Bieber, who sang Baby and Somebody To Love.
Liam Gallagher expands Pretty Green menswear line
Singer Liam Gallagher has announced plans to open a new clothing store in Glasgow.
The former Oasis frontman will expand his Pretty Green clothing label to Scotland next week as he moves to build on the success of the brand.
Pretty Green, which currently has a store in London's trendy Carnaby Street and concessions in Selfridges in London and Birmingham, was named Menswear Brand of the Year at the recent Drapers Fashion Awards.
A spokesperson for Pretty Green confirmed that the store will be opened in Glasgow next week but declined to give further details about the actual location of the shop.
The 1960s-inspired line is expected to feature a diverse range of pieces in its Autumn/Winter collection, including a "Lennon" military jacket, a "Macca" trench coat and a Jimi Hendrix-inspired red velvet jacket.
Prices range from £35 for a T-shirt up to £555 for a parka. The line has built up a loyal following, with celebrity fans including Kasabian lead singer Tom Meighan, AC Milan footballer Paolo Maldini, Liverpool and England player Joe Cole and boxer Amir Khan.
Justin Bieber to donate album proceeds to charity
Teenage pop star Justin Bieber has announced that he will donate a portion of the proceeds of his new album to charity.
The singer revealed that some of the profits from his new studio release My World, which is released in the US on Saturday November 27th, will go to the Children's Miracle Network Charity.
It is expected that the funds will be spent on improving the health and wellbeing of children in US hospitals.
Writing on the popular social networking utility Twitter, Bieber said his decision to donate money to charity was inspired by his desire to affect positive change.
"I am in the position to give back thanks to my fans and God," he said.
"I wrote (track) Pray thinking I wanted to help others and I feel like I have a responsibility to do so.
"What is the point of doing all this if you can't make a difference in others' lives? This album is a gift to my fans and the money raised from it allows us all to help out."
Kirk Douglas hosts Thanksgiving dinner for the needy
Veteran Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas helped host a charity event this week to feed the needy for the US Thanksgiving public holiday.
Douglas was joined by his wife Anne and scores of other famous names including Blair Underwood, John Schneider and Kate Linder at the Los Angeles Mission, to provide food for those who would otherwise go without.
Thousands of people lined up outside of the mission in order to receive a free hot meal at the event, which is now in its 17th year.
"Thanksgiving is a day in the year that we should remember every day of the year, it is a day in which you help people that need help," the 93-year-old actor said.
Herb Smith, president of the mission, revealed that there were 2,500 pounds of turkey, 800 pounds of mashed potatoes and vegetable, 250 gallons of gravy and hundreds of pies available to cater for everybody that turned up.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Oman
Thousands of people lined the streets of the Omani capital Muscat today (November 26th) to welcome Queen Elizabeth II who is on an official state visit to the nation.
Union Jack-waving crowds lined the streets of the capital as the Queen's entourage took the British monarch and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York to meet the nation's ruler.
The five-day visit coincides with the Sultan of Oman Qaboos' Al-Alam's 40th anniversary on the throne and comes after the Queen's two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates.
During the visit, the Queen impressed her host with her knowledge of art when she led the Sultan on a viewing of priceless British landscape paintings from the Royal Collection.
Some of the world's most famous pictures in the collection spanning the last 250 years, including work by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Millais and Singer Sargent, are on loan to the Omani palace by the Tate.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone mugged in central London
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was taken to a west London hospital for treatment after being injured in a mugging incident that took place on the streets of the English capital.
The 80-year-old billionaire, who recently suggested that the city's streets were more violent than those of Brazil, suffered a head injury after being kicked and punched by his attackers.
Scotland Yard revealed that Ecclestone also lost jewellery worth £200,000 following the incident, which happened on Wednesday (November 24) outside the headquarters of his firm Formula One Holdings in Knightsbridge.
Ecclestone, who was in the company of a woman, recently likened London's street crime levels to those of Sao Paulo after the attempted carjacking of former F1 champion and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button.
He said at the time: "They look for victims, they look for anyone that looks like a soft touch and not too bright they never go after them. The people that look a bit soft and simple, they will always have a go at."
Lisa Snowdon diagnosed with viral meningitis
English model and radio broadcaster Lisa Snowdon has been diagnosed with viral meningitis after being rushed to hospital after switching on Christmas lights in Bond Street, London.
The 38-year-old, who co-hosts a programme on London station 95.8 CapitalFM, was admitted to hospital last Friday (November 19th) after feeling faint and exhausted, just hours after the public engagement.
She has been missing from her radio show with Johnny Vaughan and a friend confirmed that the DJ is "unlikely to be returning to the breakfast show next week as well".
The source went on to add: "She is now on the mend, but she's still in hospital. The doctors have warned her this takes a long while to recover from."
Snowdon, who once appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing where she finished in third place, had a five-year relationship with Hollywood actor George Clooney.
This year's Marks & Spencer Christmas advertisements feature the star, who has also hosted the reality television show Britain's Next Top Model in the past.
Sir Terry Wogan 'not quite C-list' for jungle programme
Veteran radio and television broadcaster Terry Wogan has revealed that he turned down a lucrative offer to appear on reality TV show I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!.
The 72-year-old, who has earned a legion of fans following years of presenting weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2, said he did not want to "degrade" himself on national TV, reports the Daily Mail.
According to the newspaper, the former Eurovision Song Contest commentator was allegedly offered £200,000 to take part in the current series, which is being aired on ITV1.
Sir Terry told the news provider: "I turned down an awful lot of money to go on I'm A Celebrity. I am sure a lot of people of my ilk have done the same thing.
"You could not pay enough. I have no wish to degrade myself. And anyway, I would also like to think I am not quite C-list."
Inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009, the comedian also presents Children in Need.
Travolta and Preston welcome baby boy
Hollywood stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston are now the proud parents of a new baby following the birth of a boy who they have named Benjamin.
The Pulp Fiction star, 56, and 48-year-old Preston welcomed the new member of the family in a Florida hospital on Tuesday (November 23rd) almost two years on from the death of their teenage son Jett
A statement from the family stated: "John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family. Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."
This is good news for the couple, who married in 1991, as the last few months have been difficult for them following the death of Jett, who suffered a fatal seizure in January 2009 during a family holiday in the Bahamas.
It was revealed that two people tried to extort money from the family following the tragedy and further heartbreak followed in May this year when two family dogs were killed in an accident.
Prince William to wed Kate on April 29th
Prince William has revealed that he will marry his fiancee Kate Middleton on Friday April 29th at Westminster Abbey where several of his predecessors have exchanged vows.
The nation will have an extra bank holiday to celebrate the occasion, which is expected to attract visitors to London, as well as capture the attention of TV audiences around the world.
A statement on his father the Prince of Wales' website said: "The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedents set by the marriages of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947."
However, the security bill will be met by the state and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Prince William's private secretary, revealed that the couple are happy with the arrangements so far.
He said: "The couple are completely over the moon. I have never seen two happier people. They are on cloud nine."
Jaden Smith to star in M Night Shyamalan film
American child actor Jaden Smith's star continues to shine as the rapper and songwriter charges ahead with his movie career that has seen him appear in three hits so far.
The 12-year-old, who is actor Will Smith's son, has so far appeared in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness alongside his father, 2008's The Day the Earth Stood Still and 2010's The Karate Kid, in which he was the leading man.
It has now emerged that the younger Smith is due to star in moviemaker M Night Shyamalan's new science fiction film entitled 1000 AE, which is being developed for the star.
"We're reading the script right now. I don't want to give it away because that wouldn't be right, but it's set in the future and it's about a journey," the ShoWest Award 2010 Breakthrough Male Star of the Year revealed.
A winner of several accolades including the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for The Day the Earth Stood Still, Smith is due to appear as himself in 2011's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Susan Boyle wows fans at the Rockefeller Center
Scottish singer Susan Boyle has added a performance at the Rockefeller Center in New York to her already impressive list of achievements that have catapulted her to superstardom.
The 48-year old performed songs from her new album The Gift backed by a choir of children and went on to sing a duet with the winner of Susan's Search, a worldwide competition held ahead of the event.
Winner Amber Stassi was selected from thousands of competitors to sing a duet on Boyle's new album and they chose Do You Hear What I Hear?, which was well received by the crowds.
Boyle recently achieved an impressive milestone after becoming the first solo artist to simultaneously hold the US and UK number one album spots twice in less than 12 months.
This means she has matched the success of the Beatles and the Monkees less than two years after she became an international phenomenon following her appearance on reality TV programme Britain's Got Talent.
Jessica Simpson engagement 'a total surprise'
American singer and actress Jessica Simpson has revealed on US television how she burst into tears when her fiance Eric Johnson proposed to marry her earlier this month.
The 30-year-old TV personality and fashion designer said the engagement, which came after six months of dating the former NFL football star, came as a "a total surprise".
Speaking during an interview with CBS's The Early Show, Simpson revealed that Johnson "was a gentleman about it" and requested her parents' permission before asking her to marry him.
"I actually had to sit on his knee, I was so shocked. I had to sit on his knee to really get what was happening," she said.
"I said 'yes' and we both definitely were teary-eyed. I didn't even try the ring on until five minutes in. I just sat there and cried with him."
Simpson, who boasts seven Billboard Top 40 hits, has also appeared in a number of films including The Dukes of Hazzard, Blonde Ambition and The Love Guru.
Sheryl Crow puts mansion on sale via online auction
Singer Sheryl Crow has adopted a unique way of selling her sprawling estate in Tennessee after the 10,264 sq ft home failed to attract any buyers, it has emerged.
The 48-year-old singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress has placed the French style Cross Creek Farm featuring a three-storey, five bedroom mansion nestled on 150 acres of land on sale via an online auction.
It is described as boasting "magnificent countryside, modern 14-stall barn, large pond and exquisite architecture [which] distinguish this picturesque setting" and Crow features on the marketing material.
The mother of two has lived on the property, which is a fully functional Solar Farm that generates over 40 per cent reduction in electric costs, for more than six years.
Backing vocals for Tina Turner, collaborations with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti and Sting, as well as her own hit releases, have earned Crow a legion of fans wordwide.
Justin Timberlake still keen on producing music
American singer Justin Timberlake has reassured fans that he is not yet done with producing music after concentrating on acting in the last few years.
It is nearly four years since the six-time Grammy Award-winning star produced any album, but this need not concern any worried fans as he simply cannot multitask, he said on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He explained to the hostess: "I'm a male and I lack the ability to do two things at the same time. And I can tell you that the day I comprehended that, my life became much easier."
Timberlake went on to explain that acting involves trying to take on a different character, adding "it's such a transformation mentally, that trying to write music at the same time - it would suck".
Fans can hear his voice in his latest film, the animated movie Yogi Bear, which comes after his star turnout in The Social Network and Shrek Forever After released earlier in the year.
Keep fit with the Kardashians
American television personality Kim Kardashian, who appears in US reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, along with her family, is set to have an even more visible presence on US screens.
The 30-year-old socialite, producer, actress and model and her mother Kris Jenner have signed an endorsement deal with Skechers to be the faces of a new challenge, reports E! News.
According to the publication, the duo will front the fitness challenge entitled
Shaping Up With the Kardashians, which will feature them working out in Skechers-patented butt-firming Shape-up athletic shoes.
Commenting on the show set to begin in early 2011, Kardashian told E! News: "Shape-ups have already impacted my fitness routine for the better. I am always on-the-move and never know exactly when I can fit in my next workout."
Skechers Fitness Group president Leonard Amato also explained to the website that Kardashian and Jenner "are aspirational individuals and the perfect spokespeople to inspire women to maximise their fitness level".
American Music Awards haul for Justin Bieber
Canadian singer Justin Bieber has had a successful night at the American Music Awards after beating established names and walking away with four trophies.
The 16-year-old has become the youngest musician to win the artist of the year accolade in the annual event following online votes by fans that saw the likes of Eminem, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry fall by the wayside.
Bieber, who invited Usher to the stage, calling him "not only my mentor, but my best friend and my big brother", also won the breakthrough artist gong and the favourite pop/rock male artist award.
He rounded off the list of honours with the favorite pop/rock album award for My World 2.0, which has already secured the Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Pop Album gong this year.
The teen sensation expressed gratitude to the late King of Pop, saying: "I want to thank Michael Jackson, because without Michael Jackson none of us would be here."
Teri Hatcher wants to leave Desperate Housewives
American actress Teri Hatcher has reportedly told the producers of hit TV show Desperate Housewives that she will quit the show at the end of 2012 when her contract expires, it has been reported.
The 45-year-old, who has played Susan Mayer on the ABC comedy-drama series for seven years, is keen to pursue other opportunities and has revealed her intentions to move on to colleagues, according to the Daily Mail.
A source is quoted by the newspaper as saying: "She has another production deal in the pipeline and she is in the early stages of developing a sitcom that she wants to start work on immediately after she finishes Desperate Housewives.
Hatcher's work on the programme won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005."
Also starring Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria Parker, the programme charts the lives of residents on the street of Wisteria Lane in the fictional town of Fairview.
Jason Manford steps down from BBC's One Show
British comedian Jason Manford has quit BBC One's flagship evening magazine programme The One Show just four months after taking over the coveted presenting role.
The 29-year-old, who is married, handed his resignation notice to bosses yesterday night (November 18th) following allegations of sharing sexual internet messages with female fans.
Manford, who apologised to fans and his family earlier this month following the accusations, said in a statement: "I have decided after careful consideration to step down from The One Show to concentrate on my family and tour commitments."
Speaking to the Sun recently, the father of two who is said to have shared private messages with girls while on tour, told the newspaper that "there were ten or 12 people flirting and then with a few it went over the line".
The star has won a number of accolades for his work in the past including the 1999 North West City Life Comedian of the Year and the 2006 North West Comedy Awards category for Best Stand up on the North West Circuit.
West End role for actress Ellen Burstyn
US actress Ellen Burstyn is set to make her London stage debut next year, alongside English Pride and Prejudice star Keira Knightley, in The Children's Hour at the Comedy Theatre.
The 74-year-old Oscar-winning actress will appear in the production of Lillian Hellman's 1934 play, which also features fellow Americans Elisabeth Moss and Carol Kane.
Burstyn will be bringing her talent seen in films such as The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to the show, which explores the tale of a scandal at a girls' boarding school in the US.
She boasts a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway production of Same Time, Next Year, which was won in 1975, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1978 film version.
Burstyn, whose most recent big screen outings include W and The Fountain, also won critical acclaim and a host of awards for her performance in 2000's Requiem for a Dream.
Anna Friel to appear in What To Do When Someone Dies
English actress Anna Friel is set to appear on the small screen when she takes on the lead role in What To Do When Someone Dies, a new three-part drama written by theatre writer Charlotte Jones.
The 34-year-old star will play Ellie Manning in the series based on a novel by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, which explores the tale of a wife whose husband dies in a car crash with a mystery woman in the passenger seat.
Friel recently appeared in the American comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, which earned her a nomination for the 2008 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical.
Her role in the BBC series The Street also landed her the 2009 Royal Television Society North West Award for Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series.
Fans of the star can see her in upcoming film London Boulevard, which also stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and Ray Winstone.
Keira Knightley could play Anna Karenina
British actress Keira Knightley is reportedly being considered for a role in a big-screen version of Anna Karenina, which is set to be produced by London-based studio Working Title, it has been reported.
The 25-year-old, who rose to fame after appearing in films including Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is "top of the list" for the part, reports the Daily Mail.
Exploring the tale of a married woman who becomes a social outcast following an affair with an aristocrat, the film's screenplay is being penned by Tom Stoppard and will be directed by Joe Wright, who helped make Knightley a star.
Wright is responsible for Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, which both featured Knightley, and he is reported to have already discussed the role with the star, although no final deal has been reached.
The 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel earned Knightley nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet.
Sarah Palin: Simon Cowell 'upholds the highest standards'
Music mogul Simon Cowell has attracted unexpected praise from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who has applauded his habit of being honest with contestants on US show American Idol.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate singled out the British music executive and television producer in her new book entitled America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.
In one of a number of scanned pages of the book on the US website Gawker, Palin said Cowell is "almost alone in his willingness to tell hard truths" to deluded contestants on the show.
"No one they've encountered in their lives – from their parents to their teachers to their president – wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth. So they grew up convinced they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson," she wrote.
The book goes on to say that "Cowell can be a little harsh at times, but he upholds the highest standards, and something in us recognises and responds to that".
Cowell, who is 51, takes a similar position of hard truths on the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, which air on ITV1.
Matt Smith attracting women now he is the Time Lord
English stage and television actor Matt Smith is currently enjoying the attention that comes with being the Time Lord after his debut season as the Doctor in popular BBC series Doctor Who.
The star, who appeared in his first series of the science fiction programme alongside Scottish actress Karen Gillan after taking over from David Tennant, has revealed that the role is earning him extra attention from women.
Speaking to US late night chat show host Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show, the 28-year-old, whose first major role in television was in 2007's Party Animal, said he met a girl in Las Vegas.
He added: "I like to think nothing has changed and they've always hit on me, but I guess it is probably only because I am a Time Lord. But now they listen to me, that is the difference."
Smith, who is currently filming the second series in the US, hinted that he would be open to a third outing.
Jonathan Ross turns 50
English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has turned 50 and true to his public persona, marked the occasion by posing outside his house with a present from his wife Jane Goldman.
The former Friday Night with Jonathan Ross host was photographed outside his home yesterday (November 18th) with a new puppy named Snowball, the Daily Mail reported.
Despite the cold weather, Ross, who is due to host a new chat show on ITV1 from next year, appeared in a striped T-shirt, matching scarf, jogging bottoms and no shoes.
He may have turned 50, but the former BBC Radio 2 host and film critic recently admitted: "I've finally come to terms that I'm never really going to grow up, so I have decided to unashamedly and openly embrace my love of toys."
Ross, who loves comics, was speaking about a Channel 4 programme on Britain's favourite toys, which he is going to host this Christmas.
Susan Boyle breaks music record with new album
Scottish singer Susan Boyle has achieved an impressive milestone after sailing to the top of charts on both sides of the Atlantic, matching the success of the Beatles and the Monkees.
Less than two years after she became an international phenomenon following her appearance on reality TV programme Britain's Got Talent, Boyle has appeared on Oprah and has been watched at least 400 million times on YouTube.
Now the singer has become the first solo artist to simultaneously hold the US and UK number one album spots twice in less than 12 months and has overtaken major names such as Madonna and Sir Elton John.
Her latest album entitled The Gift sold more than 317,000 copies in the US in its first week of release and went on to number one spot in the US, after having reached a similar level in the UK last Sunday.
Reacting to the news, the 49-year-old said: "I've never felt happier in my life. This is an amazing result and one I never expected."
Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker has confirmed she is breaking up with her husband, the NBA star Tony Parker, after filing for divorce due to his alleged infidelity.
The 35-year-old actress broke her silence over the matter by posting a message on micro-blogging site Twitter yesterday (November 17th) after filing for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Her tweet stated: "It is with great sadness that after seven years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce. We love each other deeply and pray for each other's happiness."
The move came after Longoria told her friend Mario Lopez, the host of US entertainment show Extra, that she found hundreds of text messages to her husband from the wife of one of his teammates.
Lopez said that Longoria "is devastated" and added that the former star of the soap The Young and the Restless "wants us all to know that".
Tyra Banks makes directorial debut
American model and media personality Tyra Banks has achieved phenomenal success through her career that has seen her do everything from acting and singing to running her own business.
The 36-year-old is responsible for a number of popular shows including America's Next Top Model and True Beauty, as well as The Tyra Banks Show, a talk show which she hosts.
Not satisfied with being in the spotlight, the model has stepped behind the scenes with her directorial debut of a short film featuring America's Next Top Model's top four finalists.
Banks, who said she wanted to give fans of the programme something different, admitted that she was "really nervous about directing the girls in motion for the first time", according to E Online.
She is quoted by the website as saying: "I have to tell you that I have a whole new respect for directors through this process. It looks easy, but it ain't."
Kate Moss is Vogue's best dressed of the decade
English model Kate Moss has been named as Vogue magazine's best dressed woman of the decade in the first list of its kind compiled by the leading fashion publication.
The 36-year-old, who boasts appearances in more than 50 magazine covers and spreads, is among ten influential fashionistas identified by the magazine, which attached a unique tag to each one of them.
While Moss was best dressed of the decade, US first lady Michelle Obama is the independent, Marion Cotillard is the screen siren, Alexa Chung boasts street cool and Sarah Jessica Parker is haute bohemian.
Others include the bombshell Blake Lively, American beauty Jessica Biel, conscious chic Liya Kebede, free spirit Carey Mulligan, new classicist Shala Monroque and Lady Gaga the visionary.
Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur said: "At every moment Kate Moss has looked chic and cool. We chose people who were thinking out of the box, women who look as if they're wearing what they really wanted to wear."
Sir Tom Jones receives Music Industry Trusts Award
Sir Tom Jones has dominated the entertainment scene over the last few decades through his music career that has seen him roll out hits such as It's Not Unusual and What's New Pussycat?.
The 70-year-old Welsh singer has been active since the 1960s during which he has sold more than 100 million records covering everything from pop, rock and rhythm and blues to country, techno, soul and gospel.
His outstanding achievements over the last half century were recently honoured by the music industry, which awarded him the Music Industry Trusts Award at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
David Munns, chairman of the award committee said: "Tom Jones is one of those rare beings, a timeless entertainer, a great guy, who clearly loves what he does, and whose talent appeals to successive generations."
Past recipients of the award include Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beatles producer Sir George Martin, James Bond composer John Barry and Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records.
Ray Winstone in London Boulevard
English film and television actor Ray Winstone is renowned for playing roles that have earned him a tough guy persona that many people would not want to cross swords with.
The 53-year-old Londoner has appeared in violent films such as Nil By Mouth, Sexy Beast and 44 Inch Chest, as well as blockbusters such as King Arthur, The Departed and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Winstone, whose daughters Lois and Jaime are also actresses, is due to appear in yet another movie, the gritty gangster film entitled London Boulevard, alongside Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell.
However, the Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll star has revealed that working with his offspring is wearing him out, telling the Express that "it's the hardest thing to do because they won't be told".
"You breed Frankensteins. They're very independent. I'm proud they're independent but they start telling you what to do. I'd like them to do their own projects and leave me alone."
Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen
Owen Wilson, the American actor, comedian and writer, is due to hit the big screens once more as racing star Lightning McQueen in the sequel to 2006 hit animation Cars.
The 41-year-old Texas-born star is reprising his voice role as a sporty red car in the 3D sequel dubbed Cars 2, a trailer for which has just been released by makers Disney/Pixar.
While the original film explored the adventures of Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater, a tow truck, along Route 66 in the US, Cars 2 sees them embark on an action-packed World Grand Prix to determine the fastest car in the universe.
An all star cast including voices from John Ratzenberger, Cheech Marin, Bonny Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Jeff Bridges and Jack Black features in the film.
Wilson has appeared in a wide variety of films including Anaconda, Armageddon, Shanghai Noon, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Around the World in 80 Days.
Eva Longoria Parker's marriage on the rocks?
American actress Eva Longoria Parker and her husband Tony Parker have shot down rumours that they are headed for the divorce court following allegations of infidelity by the basketball player.
Despite the denial, the 35-year-old, who is best known for playing Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, is allegedly planning to file for divorce, according to People.
A source told the respected magazine that Longoria was "totally and completely blindsided" by allegations that were made, but later retracted by celebrity website TMZ about the NBA star's affairs.
Longoria, who has been featured in a number of international women's magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar, married Parker three years ago in a castle in France.
Apart from Desperate Housewives, she has played television roles in The Young and the Restless and Dragnet, as well as in feature films including The Sentinel, The Heartbreak Kid and Over Her Dead Body.
Prince William proposes to Kate Middleton
Prince William has announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, ending months of speculation on whether or not the couple was going to walk down the aisle.
The 28-year-old king in waiting popped the question during a holiday in Kenya last month, a statement from Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales announced.
London will play host to a royal wedding in the spring or summer of 2011, according to the statement, which also said Prince William proposed after seeking the permission of Miss Middleton's father.
"Prince William has informed the Queen and other close members of his family. Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."
The marriage of Prince William's parents, Charles and Diana, in July 1981 was accompanied by a national holiday and the same could be repeated, giving the nation a day to celebrate.
Michael Douglas wins case against ex-wife
American actor and film producer Michael Douglas has one less thing to worry about after ex-wife Diandra Douglas's lawsuit against him was dismissed by a Manhattan judge.
The 52-year-old was seeking a slice of the earnings the Academy Award-winning actor made from his recent movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, a sequel to an earlier film Douglas did while they were still married.
Despite divorcing in 2000 after 23 years together, their divorce deal allows her a share of proceeds from projects related to work he did while they were still a couple, hence she wanted half his earnings from the movie.
Supreme Court justice Matthew Cooper ruled that a New York court was not the proper place for the law suit as the original agreement was made in Santa Barbara, California.
A winner of three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, Douglas has appeared in a number of hit movies including The American President, Wonder Boys and The Sentinel.
Brad Pitt seeking Chilean miners' story film rights
Hollywood actor and film producer Brad Pitt is reportedly interested in retelling the story of the trapped Chilean miners, whose dramatic rescue captivated the world's media last month.
The 46-year-old's production company Plan B Entertainment is seeking the film rights to the miners' tale, which would explore how the 33 men were trapped for 69 days underground.
Chilean lawyer Edgardo Reinoso, who is representing the miners, told a local newspaper that he has received many offers since the rescue, including one from Plan B.
A representative of Pitt's company Jon Liebman told People that "like so many people worldwide, Plan B has been incredibly moved by the story of the Chilean miners and their families".
If produced by the company, the movie will join its list of films including A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie, Eric Bana's The Time Traveler's Wife, Julia Roberts' Eat Pray Love and Kick-Ass.
Other films by the company include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which starred Pitt, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Departed.
James Blunt reveals role in the Balkans war
English singer-songwriter James Blunt, a former army officer, has revealed how his actions may have helped prevent the Balkans war escalating into a much bigger conflict.
Speaking to John Pienaar on Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, the 36-year-old claimed that his refusal to obey orders to attack a 200-strong Russian side prevented the start of World War Three.
The former cavalry officer in the British Army said he was leading a Nato column under order to seize the Pristina airfield in Kosovo in 1999 when he was faced with the difficult situation.
"I was given the direct command to overpower ... 200 or so Russians. And the practical consequences of that political reason would be then aggression against the Russians," he explained.
"I was declining my order. I was very clear on that," stated the chart-topping musician, who said fortunately, British general Sir Mike Jackson came on the radio and overruled US general Wesley Clark's instructions.
Blunt is known for hits such as You're Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover.
John Cleese preparing for the Alimony Tour
English actor John Cleese has been an enduring figure on the entertainment scene thanks to his memorable comedy roles in the likes of the Monty Python sketches and British sitcom Fawlty Towers.
The 71-year-old comedian and writer appeared in Monty Python films including And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail and Life of Brian before going on to star with first wife Connie Booth in Fawlty Towers.
Despite his triumph on the screen, the actor has not been very successful on the domestic front and has been married three times, which has not done much for his bank account thanks to alimony payments.
In fact, Cleese is preparing to go on the road in a show entitled The Alimony Tour, which is aimed at helping him raise money to pay the £12 million he was ordered to pay ex-wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger.
Ever the comedian, the Oscar-nominated star, who is in a new relationship with jeweller Jennifer Wade, features a photograph of Ms Eichelberger withdrawing a wad of money from a cashpoint, reports the Daily Mail.
Is Harrison Ford losing his mojo?
US actor Harrison Ford has appeared in a number of commercially successful movies in his career including the original Star Wars trilogy where he played Han Solo and as Indiana Jones in the equally flourishing film series.
Over the last 40 years, the 68-year-old, who is also a producer, has fronted Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One and What Lies Beneath.
Married to Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, the Six Days Seven Nights star was ranked number one in Empire's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list in 1997.
However, over the last few years, Ford appears to have lost his mojo, according to the Los Angeles Times, which said many of the movies he has appeared in have not been as successful as his earlier work.
Reviewing his latest film, entitled Morning Glory, the newspaper noted that, its "disappointing performance adds one more nail in a coffin that's been enveloping Ford's career".
Nonetheless, the publication stated that Ford "is actually not bad in the role".
Javier Bardem stands up for human rights
Spanish actor Javier Bardem is known for playing outstanding roles in movies, which has earned him a string of nominations and accolades including a supporting actor Oscar for 2007's No Country for Old Men.
Bardem, who has also starred in Goya's Ghosts, Love in the Time of Cholera and Eat Pray Love, boasts a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Bafta and an accolade from Cannes.
However, the 41-year-old married to fellow Spanish star Penelope Cruz has another commendable side to him as was highlighted by his resent stand on human rights issues.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona actor joined thousands of protesters on the streets of Madrid in Spain on Sunday (November 14th) to demonstrate against human rights violations in Morocco, reports Contact Music.
He was among protesters voicing their displeasure at the treatment of people in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara, a disputed territory in North Africa annexed by Morocco nearly 25 years ago.
A raid by Moroccan security forces on a camp of protesters had resulted in the death of at least 12 people and the Madrid demonstrators called for independence of the region.
Sebastian Vettel youngest ever F1 title holder
German Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest ever person to win the drivers' title after charging to victory in an exciting season-ending outing in Abu Dhabi.
The 23-year-old won the 2010 season after coming from behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was tipped as the favourite to win in light of his eight-point advantage, and fellow Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who was second in the standings.
However, an impressive pole to finish charge from the young driver and strategy errors by his rivals ensured Vettel replaced British racer Lewis Hamilton as the youngest F1 title holder.
Vettel has since revealed that he drew inspiration from former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, who won the championship by a single point in 2007 after having trailed Hamilton by 17 points, with only 20 up for grabs.
"What he achieved three years ago was very special because no one thought it was possible," said the racer, who also helped his team Red Bull clinch the constructor's title for the first time this year.
Dino De Laurentiis dies at 91
Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis has passed away at his Beverly Hills home aged 91.
The Hollywood legend was behind cult films including Flash Gordon and Dune and was a multi-award-winning producer with a number of Academy Awards to his name.
Born in Naples, De Laurentiis started his filmmaking career in Italy and went on to produce hundreds of films over a period of seven decades, including King Kong, Conan the Barbarian and Hannibal.
Outgoing California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who worked with the producer on Conan, paid tribute, saying: "The world lost a great entrepreneur, genius and salesman with the passing of Dino De Laurentiis."
"Dino always treated me like a son and gave me my first big break in the movie business with Conan the Barbarian, which launched my career," added the former Austrian bodybuilding champion.
Other notable films linked to the talented producer include Crimes of the Heart, Solomon & Sheba, The Bedroom Window, Rumpelstiltskin and Unforgettable.
Ramsay to face £2m lawsuit from father-in-law
Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law is suing him for unfair dismissal, it emerged today (November 12th).
Chris Hutcheson was dismissed as the chief executive of his company, Gordon Ramsay Holdings, last month after working with the chef for the past 12 years.
However, the 62-year-old is now fighting back and has appointed law firm Schillings in a bid to claim £2 million in compensation, according to a new report by the Sun.
Ramsay published an open letter earlier this week in which he revealed that he hired a private detective to monitor Hutcheson's actions in his role with the company.
The F Word star suggested that the removal of his father-in-law was welcomed by other employees and stopped his "manipulation and controlling of so many lives".
Ramsay also claimed that Hutcheson and his wife, Greta, have severed ties with daughter Tana and the couple's four children in the wake of his dismissal.
X Factor 'could have fifth judge'
The next series of X Factor could see the aspiring pop stars being assessed by five judges, it emerged this week.
Music mogul Simon Cowell, boss of the hit television show, held a feedback session with fans in London to discuss various ideas, according to a new report in the Sun.
One of the main recommendations was for a fifth member to be added to a judges' panel which is currently comprised of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh.
A source told the newspaper: "The idea is 90 per cent a done deal. Simon has always thought a guest judge on live shows would bring some extra drama to proceedings.
"And he hopes they will shoot from the hip and put a rocket under the rest of the judges, who often bite their tongues."
The revelation comes after the recent controversy which saw Cole refuse to vote out one of her two acts, Katie Waissel and Treyc Cohen, following the sing-off.
As a result, Cohen was voted out 2-1 by the other judges, but critics have suggested that Waissel would have received the boot with fewer viewer votes if the panel had reached deadlock.
Corbett: Comedians are no longer 'genuinely funny'
Ronnie Corbett has heavily criticised the UK's new breed of comics, suggesting that they are not genuinely funny.
The 79-year-old, who was one half of The Two Ronnies, claimed that he was frozen out by the BBC and other television networks in favour of more edgy performers.
However, he queried their ability to work a crowd with a natural form of comedy, while also revealing that his refusal to swear in his performances has been held against him.
He told Saga magazine: "There are many around who do not really have a feel for comedy. They can say outrageous things, have clever thought and deliver some funny angles.
"[But] they are not interested in a particular style of performance. The great Tommy Cooper could just walk on stage and the audience would dissolve into laugher, just from looking at him."
Corbett also dismissed suggestions that he is too nice, explaining that he would never have survived in showbusiness for over 50 years without knowing how to fight his corner.
Rising to prominence in David Frost's 1960s satirical comedy programme The Frost Report, Corbett went on to star in The Two Ronnies and sitcoms Sorry! and No - That's Me Over Here!
Brook putting work before love
Kelly Brook has suggested today (November 12th) that she is now looking to put her career before her love life.
The British model and actress announced over the summer that her high-profile relationship with England fly-half Danny Cipriani had come to an end.
However, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Brook explained that she is in no hurry to find a new man as she has plenty on her plate work-wise.
She told the newspaper: "I'm still single and not really looking at the moment as I'm so busy with work.
"I'm going home to Kent and looking forward to spending time with my family and friends."
The 30-year-old beauty also revealed that she is preparing to read for a "top-secret" play featuring an all-woman cast.
Brook, who topped FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2005, has also been romantically involved with actors Billy Zane and Jason Statham in the past.
EU funds 'wrongly used' to pay for Elton John gig
Sir Elton John was paid for a gig in Naples with EU cash which had been earmarked for promoting development in southern Italy, it has been suggested.
The British singer received €600,000 (£510,000) for a concert he played in the city's main piazza on September 11th 2009, according to reports in Italian newspapers.
Although there has been no indication that Sir Elton was aware of the apparent error, the European Commission (EC) is now investigating the situation.
"Regional development fund money was used for this project, and we now have to assess whether it fell within the funding rules," said Ton van Lierop, the EC's regional policy spokesman.
"We're looking into it in scrupulous detail but we need all the information before we can make an assessment."
Sir Elton, whose real name is Reg Dwight, is one of the UK's most successful musicians of all time, having sold more than 250 million records during his four-decade career.
Fans flock to McCartney gig in Brazil
Paul McCartney's first performance in Brazil for almost 18 years drew a sell-out crowd of 66,000, it has been confirmed.
Fans began queuing on Wednesday (November 3rd) - four days before the gig at the Beira Rio Stadium - with tents made of cardboard, blankets and tarpaulin.
McCartney, who is currently touring South America, admitted afterwards that he was delighted to see that Beatlemania is alive and well in the continent.
"I always think I have Latin blood because I connect so strongly with their love of music and their love of rhythm and their love of melody, so I always feel like I have a very big bond with South American people and Latin people in general," he said.
The 68-year-old played the next date in his 'Up and Coming' tour at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina last night, with another performance taking place tonight.
McCartney is the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music, according to Guinness World Records.