Thursday, 29 May 2008

Michael Sophocles fired from Apprentice

Telesales executive Michael Sophocles has been fired by Sir Alan Sugar in the tycoon's hit TV show The Apprentice.

The 24-year-old was given the boot after his Renaissance team were trounced in a supercar rental task.

Rival Lee McQueen and his Team Alpha made over £11,000 by renting cars to London businessmen as a result of their risky decision to offer a Pagani Zonda - which could be rented for a daily charge of £2,700.

Sophocles had been expected to attract plenty of custom with his Ferrari, but lack of direction and naivety about cars let him down and he failed to make a single sale.

In his exit interview with the BBC, Sophocles said he thought his time to be fired had come three weeks previously.

"I was almost like a dead man walking," he said.

"I'd run my course and the five people who are in the final five deserve to be there."

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Indiana Jones pulls in the crowds at Cannes

he A-list stars were out in force at the Cannes premiere of the fourth Indiana Jones film, with director Steven Spielberg hinting there could yet be a fifth movie in the franchise.

Harrison Ford, reprising his role as the adventurous archeologist Dr Jones, appeared on the red carpet with his co-stars Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and Shia LeBoeuf.

Mr Spielberg said public demand had led to the return of the character, adding that this may not be the last that audiences see of the explorer.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "If you want more of them, we'll have our ear to the ground to hear what happens and will decide where we go from here."

It is almost 20 years since Ford appeared in the last Indy movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which has led to criticism from some quarters that he is too old for the role

The movie opens here in the UK on Thursday May 22nd.

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Janet Jackson announces world tour

Janet Jackson has confirmed she is to tour for the first time in seven years, with Vancouver set to be the first date of the music extravaganza.

The Rock Witchu tour will then move across North America - including stops in New York and Washington - before going worldwide, reports the Associated Press.

"It's been a while so I really want to make my rounds," said the star, "I haven't been to Australia in a very long time; I can't wait to go there.

"There are a lot of places where I really want to stop off at, and that's the idea, that's the goal with this tour."

Ms Jackson's latest album Discipline reached the stores in February and Jackson had promised a dramatic stage show to support her last two releases.

Tickets for the tour, for which the full itinerary will be announced next week, go on sale on June 7th.

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Friday, 16 May 2008

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Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Making new Star Trek movie was 'thrilling', says director

The new Star Trek movie will not compare to anything avid fans have seen before, its director has claimed.

JJ Abrams – the brains behind hit Channel 4 show Lost – said he expects to attract a whole new generation of Trekkies to the exploits of the Starship Enterprise.

Speaking to the Associated Press about the eleventh Star Trek flick, he remarked: "It was an opportunity to take what I think has been a maligned world - to sound crass, a franchise - and treat it in a way that made it something that I wanted to see."

He continued: "To take the characters, the thoughtfulness, the personalities, the sense of adventure, the idea of humanity working together, the sense of social commentary and innovation, all that stuff - to take it and apply it in a way that felt genuinely thrilling."

Opening across the pond on May 28th next year, the movie sees old favourites Captain James T Kirk, Dr McCoy and Mr Spock in their formative years at Starfleet Academy.

Director Abrams concluded by suggesting that the film is intended for people who are "completely enamoured" with Star Trek, as well as "fans of movies, not fans of Star Trek necessarily".

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Doherty thanks Thatcher as he leaves the clink

Musician Pete Doherty walked free from prison today saying he was drug-free and handing a sarcastic 'thank you' to Margaret Thatcher.

The 29-year-old Babyshambles singer walked out of Wormwood Scrubs prison in London early in the morning dressed in suit and tie and carrying his belongings in a duffel bag.

He had just finished serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching his probation and was greeted by throngs of reporters and photographers.

Doherty was heard uttering: "Thank you Mrs Thatcher for putting me in the company of the most dangerous criminals in the country."

He also showed waiting reporters a certificate saying he had passed a drugs test while locked up.

His freedom means he can now play at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset next month.

Reporters later caught up with Doherty at his rented home in Wiltshire where he was seen relaxing in more cosy surroundings.

He reportedly said he was looking forward to a rum and coke and seeing his pet cats after his spell inside.

In October 2007 he had been given a suspended sentence for drug and driving offences, and landed in hot water again after missing a probation appointment.

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Kidman signs up for Dusty movie gig

Hollywood heavyweight Nicole Kidman has been signed up to star as songstress Dusty Springfield in a film of her life.

Although the project is yet to be given a title, it will see the ex-wife of Tom Cruise team up once again with Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer-prize winning writer of The Hours.

Speaking at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the author said Springfield is "clearly going into history with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones", New York Magazine reports.

As well as starring as the British music legend, Moulin Rouge star Nicole will produce the feature through her Blossom Films company.

Dubbed the White Queen of Soul, Dusty's success was overshadowed by her problems with drugs and alcohol, as well as her struggles with mental illness.

Her record sales experienced a resurgence after Quentin Tarantino used Son of a Preacher Man on the soundtrack for Pulp Fiction.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and succumbing to it four years later, Dusty has since been credited as an influence and inspiration for current chart stars Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele.

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Tina Turner to tour for first time in years

Tina Turner is to embark on her first tour in eight years in the autumn, kicking off in Kansas City.

The big-haired songstress will begin the shows in North America, but reports suggest she may add dates in Europe and around the world.

Tina made the revelation while recording an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show, in front of an audience of 4,000.

She is expected to make an official announcement when the show airs next week, with tickets likely to be on sale by May 12th.

The star performed with Beyonce last February at the Grammy's, where she was introduced on stage simply as "the queen".

Her last tour in 2000 was said to be her last, and grossed $110 million (£55 million). At the time, it was the top-selling tour by a female artist, although this record has since been topped by Madonna and Cher.

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