Elizabeth Hurley says working with Matthew Perry was 'a nightmare' before he got help
While discussing his new memoir, "Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing," with Diane Sawyer last month, Matthew Perry admitted he had to re-voice all of his lines on 2002's "Serving Sara" because they were slurred, thanks to the steady diet of Xanax, Methadone and vodka he was consuming at the time. The redo came after the production had to be put on hiatus for months while Matthew went to rehab — which his co-star Elizabeth Hurley says mitigated an otherwise awful working environment. "I have very fond memories of him," she recently told Yahoo Entertainment when asked about her appearance in his book. "To be honest, it was a nightmare working with him at that time and, as it's now known, our movie was shut down because of his addiction," she continued. "We were in a force majeure and had to all sit at home twiddling our thumbs for some time." Things apparently improved after the "Friends" star got help. "It was tough," Elizabeth said. "Obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still very charming and a lovely person to work with, but you could see he was suffering for sure."
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Drake, Justin Bieber and more stars pay tribute to late Migos rapper Takeoff in Atlanta
Music stars including Drake, Justin Bieber and Chloe Bailey reportedly joined thousands of Migos fans in Atlanta on Friday (Nov. 11) to honor Grammy nominated rapper Takeoff at a "Celebration of Life" memorial at State Farm Arena. Justin was expected to perform at the mid-day ceremony, according to Page Six, and at least one guest shared video of Drake giving a speech about the 28-year-old rapper on Twitter (via BET). Takeoff's Migos bandmates and family members, Quavo and Offset, are believed to have attended as well — Quavo is Takeoff's uncle and Offset is his cousin — along with Offset's wife, fellow rapper Cardi B. Takeoff, whose real name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, died earlier this month after he was shot outside a Houston bowling alley. Police Chief Troy Finner said last week that Harris County police had "no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal" at the time of the incident, the New York Post reported following a press conference about the shooting. As of Friday, no arrests had been made in connection with Takeoff's death.
'The Crown' star Elizabeth Debicki says she now understands why Princess Diana revealed so much to Martin Bashir
Episode 7 of Netflix's "The Crown" takes on Princess Diana's now-infamous 1995 interview with Martin Bashir, who was later found to have breached the BBC's editorial contract by manipulating and deceiving Diana to get the televised sit-down. And after playing Diana in the show's fifth season — and watching that episode — Elizabeth Debicki gained new insights on how and why Diana agreed to the interview, which saw her speak candidly about her struggles with bulimia and her separation from Prince Charles. "It's this exploration of very extreme vulnerability within that character, and getting to a point of coming up against an edge, and how do you proceed," Elizabeth told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published this week. "Of course, when you're an actor playing a role, you have immense compassion and love for the person you're playing, and so you come to understand their choices from that perspective, from inside of that mind. I understood, in [creator Peter Morgan's] writing of that, why that came to pass, and why it felt necessary at the time." She added that episode 7, in particular, shows, "what 'The Crown' has the potential to do: It creates understanding in previously sort of hidden areas of history." Elizabeth went on to credit the show's creator for incorporating "the truth" about Martin Bashir's deception. (In 2021, an independent investigation determined the journalist forged bank statements, among other things, to gain the trust of Diana and her brother so he could land the interview.) "I recently watched that episode," Elizabeth said, "and it was only really in the watching of it that I understood how all the pieces of the puzzle diabolically fitted and created the events that we came to know as that interview."
Sydney Sweeney calls out trolls for tagging her family on screenshots from graphic 'Euphoria' scenes
Life imitating art is not always ideal, especially for the cast of "Euphoria," where teens battle everything from drug addictions and gun violence to abusive relationships and worse over the course of two seasons. But that's just what happened after Sydney Sweeney's character Cassie suffered a humiliating viral video leak that gave her whole high school access to images of her baring it all in Season 1. Speaking to British GQ in a November interview, Sydney, 25, said viewers took screenshots of those scenes, then tagged her relatives, turning Cassie's fictional ordeal into Sydney's real-life viral abuse. "It got to the point where they were tagging my family," she said. "My cousins don't need that. It's completely disgusting and unfair. You have a character that goes through the scrutiny of being a sexualized person at school and then an audience that does the same thing." She refuses to let that kind of behavior intimidate her, though. Asked if the fiasco made her "want to hide herself away," Syndey replied: "Not anymore. I think it's ridiculous. I'm an artist, I play characters. It makes me want to play characters that p*** people off more."
Emma Thompson recalls feeling 'half alive' after Kenneth Branagh's affair with Helena Bonham Carter
Looking back on her six-year marriage to Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson chalks up her failure to notice his affairs with the likes of Helena Bonham Carter as one big exercise in self-deception. "I was utterly, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set," Emma tells the New Yorker in a new profile pegged to her upcoming "Nanny McPhee" stage musical. "What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself." Emma and Kenneth met on the set of 1987's "Fortunes of War" and married in 1989. Their success in Hollywood soon made them tabloid media targets, which didn't help matters when news of Kenneth's relationship with Helena, his co-star in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," surfaced following his split from Emma in 1995. "I was half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely," Emma recalls. Elsewhere in the interview, she reflects on how the media attention affected her. "I was embarrassed largely by the press version of our marriage," she says. "We didn't present as glamorous in any way. I don't think we wanted to be some power couple, and we certainly didn't feel like it. We were lampooned and ridiculed, too — fair enough if you're famous and overpaid — but it's no fun." The Oscar winner went on to marry Greg Wise, who she says "picked up the pieces and put them back together" after her first marriage. She's also long since moved on from any bad blood with Helena. In a 2013 interview with The Sunday Times, Emma called Helena "wonderful" and said they "made peace years and years ago."
Gallagher dies at 76
Gallagher, the prop comic best known in the '80s for smashing watermelons with his "Sledge-O-Matic" sledgehammer, died of organ failure on Friday (Nov. 11), his former manager Craig Marquardo confirmed to Variety. He was 76. Born Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr., Gallagher suffered a series of heart attacks beginning in 2011. He retired in 2012, ending a prolific touring career during which his act also became known for being spiked with racist, homophobic and xenophobic material, a fact Twitter users noted en masse following his death. While supporters like Melissa Rivers praised "the OG prop comic" and said he'll "be sorely missed," critics recounted Gallagher's longtime penchant for cracking bigoted jokes and his habit of unleashing angry tirades on audiences. During a now infamous appearance on Marc Maron's podcast in 2015, Marc confronted the comic about widespread claims his act was replete with racism and homophobia. Gallagher denied he'd ever written a racist joke, then stormed off the show. "While Gallagher had his detractors," his manager told Variety, "he was an undeniable talent and an American success story."
Madonna follows up strange dog bowl video with creepy closeup post on Instagram Stories
Madonna shared another social media post that concerned fans on Friday (Nov. 11), one day after a video that showed her licking from a dog bowl and posing in a sexual manner with various props sparked criticism on Instagram. In her latest post, shared to Instagram Stories, the 64-year-old singer plays her 1992 track "Waiting" as she stares straight ahead at the camera while sitting in a dark car, looking dazed, according to Page Six. "What have you done to yourself?" one user asked in the comments on the dog bowl video. "You do realize a 64 year old woman drinking from a dog's bowl looks ridiculous right? Do you even look at your comments? God I hope so." Others indicated they were worried about Madonna's mental health, pointing to similar posts from the past few weeks, or dubbed her desperate. "None of this is thought provoking or 'different.' You lost touch. You used to be ahead of the game. You created it," one person wrote. "This is all screaming desperation to stay young or relevant."