Caught & Social: Do they really want to hurt us?
To the Roundhouse in Camden for its fifth birthday party. Well, not its actual fifth birthday, but it is five years since it was refurbished to its present shiny state. The night had another meaning: to raise £500,000 for the venue’s work with disadvantaged young people. The appearance of Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley seemed to cause regal actress Helena Bonham Carter to want to relive the 1980s, jumping on a chair to dance to their performance of Gold. Carefully-coiffured producer Mark Ronson knocked out Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? with Boy George and Andy Burrows. Then Ronson offered a karaoke-lover’s dream, by auctioning off the chance for 10 fans to come on stage and sing Valerie with him. Although, after watching the amateurs in action, many might have paid the same fee to ask them to stop.
Those precocious acting twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, now 24, talk to Vogue about their plans to take over the fashion world with their Dualstar label. “The thing about us,”the diminutive Mary-Kate (MK) says, “is we think big. Huge.”Her sister Ashley (A) concurs: “I want to run a studio. I’d probably like to manage other people on their brands. It could be an artist. A young designer. It could be an existing brand.”Lest you write them off as young upstarts, A says: “Dualstar started when we were six. And we had a collection with Walmart at twelve, which was the upper tier of the tween market.”We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we’re impressed. But does that mean acting’s over? A answers again: “I am so proud of what we did. We made kids smile every day. But we had done the most we could do.”
After the hoo-ha of Prince William’s wedding and honeymoon is over, the chatter among royal watchers will inevitably turn to Prince Harry. So when this picture crossed our desk yesterday, we thought again: what about Cheryl Cole? Judging by the body language and chemistry at the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards yesterday, Cole has obviously won over Harry’s father, Prince Charles. C&S is willing to guess the general public would love the story of the people’s princess becoming a real princess. If money is short after Will’s do, the whole thing could be financed by a flyon- the-wall reality show building up to it. Remember, you heard it here first.
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With success as an actor, comic, novelist and athlete (he rowed for Cambridge in the 1980 Boat Race), Hugh Laurie, has already proved himself a Renaissance Man. So it’s perhaps no surprise he wants to show off his musical prowess. The actor is scheduled to close the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with his “New Orleans blues”. Also showing off his musical talent is Hugh Jackman. The Wolverine actor is using a delay in filming to organise a twoweek musical revue in San Francisco in May. Another actor exploring a career change is Jake Gyllenhaal. He said: “You’re always wondering how long this will last. It’s a piece of being an actor. There’s always someone more talented or younger than you. But I also like to write. In years to come, I think that will expand.” Lady Gaga thinks underfire teen singer Rebecca Black should stick with it. “I say Rebecca Black is a genius and anyone that’s telling her she’s cheesy is full of s***,” she said.
“I see her a lot. That’s what marriage is – you like it or lump it. She’s always around.” Russell Brand speaks about his marriage to singer Katy Perry. The old romantic.
“It’s scripted that there’s more than one… I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas.” Matt Damon discusses intimate scenes with Michael Douglas for a film about LiberaceTagged in: celebrity gossip, cheryl cole, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Laurie, matt damon, Olsen twins, Prince Charles, Russell Brand
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