Jimmy Carr says meningitis left him “close to death” as a child

“My first memory is a lumbar puncture in Limerick”

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Jimmy Carr has opened up about a life-threatening health condition he suffered as a child.

The comedian has shared how he was diagnosed with meningitis as a child and was left “close to death”.

Speaking on the Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wake podcast with Kathy Burke, Carr, who is now aged 51, spoke about the childhood experience. “I had meningitis when I was a child. So my first memory is a lumbar puncture in Limerick in the General [hospital].”

He added: “I was three, I think, and … I was always told it was very close to death.”

He explained his experience in hospital, and how as three-year-old he was able to make his mother laugh: “The doctor sort of went, ‘It’s going to be very painful.’ And somehow I’d heard the phrase, and I went, ‘You’ve got to be cruel to be kind,’ in a little child’s voice.”

Jimmy Carr’s latest special ‘His Dark Material’ CREDIT: Netflix

He went on to explain how the ordeal has made him more grateful for his life: “And I kind of appreciated that thing of life, because I was always told, ‘Oh, you nearly didn’t make it’.”

According to the NHS, meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. If not treated quickly, it can be very serious, and is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.

Elsewhere in the podcast, Carr shared how he would like to die, opting for being “ravaged by sharks”.

He explained: “I want my kids and the people that love me to [be able to tell a story like], ‘Oh, Jimmy died… funny story. He flew to South Africa and he went on one of those great shark cage experiences and he forgoed the cage. He said, no cage for me, thanks. I’ll just jump in there with a fish’.”

He added: “That would be a way to go.”

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Dawn French hits back after podcast host told her to “catch up” on trans issues

“It’s just wiped out any margin for error”

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Dawn French has shared her opinions on cancel culture following a conversation she had on a podcast.

The Vicar Of Dibley star shared her thoughts on what she perceives as society’s quickness to cancel people, saying “we are expected to present ourselves as perfect”.

This follows French being told to “catch up” in a conversation surrounding JK Rowling’s controversial comments about the trans community.

Speaking recently on the Happy Place podcast with Fearne Cotton, French began: “We’re all talking about inclusivity and favouring difference and all the rest of it. And that’s all great, I love the idea of that, but that’s not how we’re living.”

She explained: “We’re living the opposite of that – we’re massively intolerant, quick to blame, litigation, bullying and trolling and all of this dreadful stuff which has got nothing to do with understanding how other human beings operate.”

French continued: “We are people who know we make mistakes, we know we have shortcomings, we know all this stuff but because we are expected to present ourselves as perfect and only celebrate all the perfect things, it’s just wiped out any margin for error.

JK Rowling. CREDIT: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

The British comedian also spoke about the need for “robust debate” and a greater understanding between people. She said that this way of living is “impossible if what we’ve got to do is hunker back into our positions, defend them by spitting and being furious, and then blaming and cancelling”.

She continued to explain her opinion, saying that she thinks “we’re being forced into corners”.

“I don’t like that – I’ve never been cowardly, I hope, but I’m starting to be that because I’m being circumspect about what I will support or not in case it causes trouble.”

French explained her position further: “We shouldn’t be back in the corner and yet I am in the corner, and I really dislike it about myself and about this cultural malaise, where I just think, I’d like to support that person in what they just said there.”

She concluded her thoughts with a question about the state of society, saying: “It’s awful, how has it happened? How have people given their lives so we could vote, done so many things to push forward and now we’re in this place?… It’s ludicrous. I don’t know how to unpick it.”

When explaining the situation regarding Rowling, who has received significant backlash in recent years for her comments about the trans community, French encouraged the younger generation to be more willing to educate those who may not be fully aware of political and cultural instances in society.

“And I’m just saying, please, especially you younger folk, please inform me and explain this to me so that I can understand it and not make this mistake again,” added French. “But don’t tell me to catch up.”

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Henry Cavill expecting first child with film exec girlfriend

The ‘Argylle’ star and his partner are expecting their first child

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Henry Cavill has confirmed that he and his partner are expecting their first child.

The Superman star confirmed the news at the premiere for his new film The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, the British actor said: “I’m very excited about it. Natalie and I are both very excited.”

The Argylle star teased: “I’m sure you’ll see much more of that.”

Cavill’s partner is Natalie Viscuso, the vice president of Vertigo Entertainment, the production company behind horror films It and Five Nights At Freddy’s.

The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare is the latest film by director Guy Ritchie, and stars Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer, Henry Golding and Hero Fiennes Tiffin alongside Cavill.

Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. CREDIT: Warner Bros.

Set to hit US cinemas on April 19, the film is set during World War II, and follows a group of highly skilled soldiers recruited by the British military to strike against German forces.

Cavilll is set to reunite with Ritchie again in the upcoming action thriller film In The Grey. The film, which is set to release in January next year, will also star Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosamund Pike and The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare’s Eiza González.

In recent news, Ritchie spoke about Cavill and his manners towards women: “Henry Cavill stands up whenever a lady walks in the room,” explained The Gentleman director.

“He’s been consistent with that all the way through. I’ve made two movies with him. You have never failed to stand up when a lady walks in,” he said to The Witcher star.

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Belgian premiere for Kristen Stewart film, ‘Love Lies Bleeding’, ruined by homophobic violence

“We were afraid for our lives”

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An incident broke out at the Brussels premiere of Love Lies Bleeding on Saturday (April 13).

During a screening of Rose Glass’ latest film, starring Kristen Stewart, a mass walkout occurred following a barrage of abusive comments.

According to Variety, more than 60 people left the premiere, which took place at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), and screening organisers reported at least three instances of physical violence.

The romantic thriller film, which was produced by A24, follows the relationship between a gym manager and an ambitious bodybuilder. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “Rose Glass, who co-wrote the film with Weronika Tofilska, has delivered a brilliant noir packed with those great pulp ingredients: sex, drugs and violence.”

As reported by Variety, some attendees described how “homophobic heckles and jeers” during the films’s sex scenes, and a scene portraying sexual coercion reportedly “drew applause.”

One attendee, Elina Fischer, told Variety: “Things spun wildly out of hand.” Describing their experience as “traumatic and horrible,” they added: “We were afraid for our lives, because the kinds of people who say such things during a film screening are the kinds of people who assault us. So we got scared and had to get out.”

Katy O’Brian and Kristen Stewart in ‘Love Lies Bleeding’. Credit: A24

Fischer explained the significance of the film and its relation to the incident that unfolded: “This film represents us. It was made for and by our community, so to have our experience ruined by homophobes is terrible.”

They added: “We all feel very sad, shocked and angry, because we feel that our position cannot exist without attack. [The fight against] homophobia still has a long way to go.”

A longer statement, which included some of the attendees’ worst moments from the event and shared with Variety read: “We know the difference between standard jokes and lesbophobic insults and commentary.”

The statement continued: “When audience members applaud during [what we feel to be] a rape scene, when they pantomime masturbation and catcall the actresses on screen by shouting ‘get naked,’ ‘she wants cock,’ ‘disgusting,’ and ‘dirty dykes’ at the slightest scene of lesbian intimacy, once spectators stand up to leave the theatre or ask for respect, only to be booed, insulted and physically assaulted, and once dozens of lesbians leave the theatre in tears, dirtied, degraded and shocked, we can’t speak of a ‘good-natured’ atmosphere.”

The first people reportedly walked out around 20 minutes into the movie, while some attendees remained to confront the hostile commentary coming from some audience members.

Another attendee described how insults were hurled at them once they had decided to leave. “It became something much nastier. Violent. We were overwhelmed, crying and we said to each other that this wasn’t normal.”

Following the walkouts, the incident became even more serious, with around 60-80 people gathering in the cinema lobby to protest the event itself. Attendees reportedly asked that the show be cut short instead of the distribution of admission refunds. However, festival organisers did not agree to the request, and the protest intensified, before being broken up by local law enforcement.

Attempting to impact the screening inside the cinema from the lobby, the aforementioned attendee explained: “We shouted so that they could hear us inside too, to spoil their experience of the film a bit, just as they had spoiled ours.”

BIFFF’s Jonathan Lenaert spoke on the incident: “We had programmed this film specifically because it touched on the LGBT community. We thought it was great that [this kind of] fantasy filmmaking was also opening to this community, giving us the perfect opportunity to welcome a new audience to our festival.”

He continued: “We have a duty to contextualise. To make sure that all communities feel welcome and on the same footing. The humour in the room should never be targeted and mean spirited, and all exceptions are intolerable.”

Lenaert added: “To be frank, a gram of shit will spoil a kilo of caviar, and right now, we’re going to do everything we can to remove that gram of shit. We will take direct measures: If someone makes inappropriate comments, they’ll be immediately thrown out.”

The following day, BIFFF released a statement apologising to the audience for “discriminatory remarks against any community” and calling Saturday’s events “unacceptable”.

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Keanu Reeves reportedly cast as Shadow in ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 3’

The ‘John Wick’ star will join the cast for the series’ third instalment

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Keanu Reeves is set to voice the character of Shadow in the upcoming movie Sonic The Hedgehog 3.

As reported by Variety, the John Wick star will voice the character in the next instalment of the film series, adapted from the popular video game.

In the game series, Shadow is an anthropomorphic hedgehog with black fur, and is somewhat of an antagonist.

Reeves will be joining a star-studded cast, with the previous films featuring Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Idris Elba among others.

The upcoming film, scheduled for a US release on December 20, 2024 will see many of the cast reprising their roles from the previous films. The sequel will draw inspiration from the early ’00s video games, Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow The Hedgehog.

The franchise was commercially successful, with the combined global box office for the first two films being $725.2million.

The first film, which had its theatrical release in February 2020, became the sixth highest-grossing film of 2020, and the highest-grossing video game film adaptation in North America until 2022, when it was surpassed by its sequel.

In a three-star review of the second movie, NME wrote: “Schwartz was born to voice Sonic. Known best as scene-stealing Jean-Ralphio from sitcom Parks and Recreation, he’s sufficiently funny and energetic to keep the film’s pace up but also clever enough not to overdo it.”

The review continued: “The motor-mouthed rodent could be an extremely annoying protagonist in different hands. Here, he’s loveable.”

Earlier this year, Reeves’ band Dogstar announced that they will be embarking on a UK and European tour this summer.

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‘Friends’ actor Olivia Williams describes “harrowing” experience as guest star

The British actor has opened up about her brief experience on the show

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Olivia Williams has opened up about her brief experience on Friends.

The British actor, now aged 55, had a guest role on the ’90s sitcom in the show’s fourth season. She played a friend and bridesmaid of Emily, who was played by Helen Baxendale.

Williams can be seen in scenes from the season four finale of the hit show, in which the main cast travel to London for the wedding of Ross and Emily. The episode contains a famous scene in which Ross accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar instead of Emily’s.

Speaking to The Independent about her time on Friends, Williams gave more details of what she had previously described as a “harrowing” time.

One example included the treatment of a certain actor on set. “Well, just as an example, I was taken to the studio in a shared car with a wonderful actress whose character, I think, was called ‘Old Woman’,” she began, before describing the actor as “distinguished” and “very good”.

The cast of ‘Friends’, from the episode ‘The One With Ross’s Wedding’. Credit: Getty Images

“At one point, a producer – who shall remain nameless – just yelled at her: ‘You’re not funny!’ And she didn’t come back the next day. So that was alarming,” she explained.

The Sixth Sense actor also opened up about the process of preparing to play her role of Felicity in the Emmy-winning show: “Oh and Friends was a brand, and you had to fit the brand.”

She elaborated: “You go into hair and make-up and you’re told, ‘There’s a look here, this is what we do.’ And that involved, essentially, plucking off all of your eyebrows.”

Williams added that she begged the crew not to significantly change her look: “Literally, ‘please don’t take my eyebrows off, I might need them in another job!’,” she explained.

“But yes, that’s the sense in which it was harrowing.”

Williams, who portrayed Camilla Parker-Bowles in the most recent seasons of The Crown, is set to play Tula Harkonnen in the upcoming Max series, Dune: Prophecy.

The series is set in the Dune universe created in the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, and takes place approximately 10,000 years before the events of Dune. It serves as a prequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.

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O.J. Simpson dies aged 76 from cancer, family confirms

The former NFL player had been battling with prostate cancer

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Former American footballer O.J. Simpson has died at the age of 76.

His family posted a statement on X today (April 11) which read: “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer.”

“He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren,” the statement continued. “During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

Simpson was born on July 9, 1947 in San Francisco. He began his professional footballing career with the Buffalo Bills in 1968, where he stayed for the majority of his 11-season career.

While playing professional football, he began acting, appearing in numerous television series and films including Roots, The Towering Inferno and The Klansman.

In the 1990s, Simpson was at the centre of a high-profile murder trial, involving the deaths of his second wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson was named a person of interest and subsequently tried and charged for their murders.

The trial of Simpson, which spanned 11 months from November 1994 to October 1995, was one of the most widely publicised events in US history, with his defence representatives including Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian among others.

Simpson was famously acquitted for the murders, however he was deemed liable for the deaths three years later in a civil suit brought by the victims’ families.

O.J. Simpson, Robert Kardashian and Alvin Michelson, May 3 1995. CREDIT: VINCE BUCCI/AFP via Getty Images

In 2016, an American Crime Story series was released about the trial, titled The People V O.J. Simpson, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, David Schwimmer as Kardashian, John Travolta as Shapiro, and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, one of the co-prosecutors in the case. The series won eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and four Critics’ Choice Awards.

In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with kidnapping and armed robbery. He was sentenced to 33 years’ imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole. He served his sentence and was granted parole in July 2017, and released in October 2017. His parole was eventually granted an early release, and lifted in 2021.

It was announced in February this year that Simpson was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. He is survived by two children, Arnelle and Jason.

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‘Shōgun’ fans think they’ve found Rob McElhenney’s doppelganger

The Wrexham co-owner has some “questions” for the actor

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Fans of the new Hulu/FX hit series Shōgun are noticing a striking resemblance between one of its characters and a certain actor.

The series, which is available to watch on Disney+, features a Japanese actor called Hitoshi Masaki, who some have noticed looks similar to Rob McElhenney.

A post on X containing a screenshot from the show went viral, as the user wrote: “This guy in Shōgun looks like Japanese Mac,” referring to McElhenney’s character in the US sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Ronald ‘Mac’ McDonald.

McElhenney, who also famously co-owns Wrexham football club with Ryan Reynolds, replied to the post saying: “Great find. Time to do some research on my family history…”

Since then, McElhenney has reposted the viral image on his X page, accompanied by the caption: “I gotta find this guy. I have some questions.”

Other viewers of Shōgun appear to be having similar thoughts. One user wrote on X: “Had to google the ridiculous question ‘Is Rob McElhenney in Shōgun?’ during this episode”.

Another replied to the original viral tweet saying: “Before even reading the caption I thought ‘is that Rob McElhenney’.”

The replies continued, with users writing how they “immediately thought the same” and are “so happy someone else noticed this”.

One user referenced the format often used in titling episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, writing: “‘The Gang Goes To Japan’ confirmed for next season”.

It’s not the first time this year that McElhenney has gone viral. In January, the actor was snapped by his wife Kaitlin Olson watching the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on his mobile phone during the 75th Emmy Awards ceremony.

He posted the moment on X, alongside a caption which read: “Who schedules the Emmys the same night as the @eagles #gobirds #FlyEaglesFly”.

 

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Police give update on death of ‘1923’ actor Cole Brings Plenty

The actor’s death was confirmed on April 5

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Police have found that the recent death of actor Cole Brings Plenty was not the result of “foul play”.

The actor, best known for starring in the Paramount+ series 1923, a spin-off prequel to Yellowstone, was last seen on March 31. After he failed to attend an audition, concerns over his whereabouts were raised, and he was reported missing on April 2.

His body was found in a woodland area about 43 miles southwest of Kansas City on April 5, and his death was confirmed in a statement written by his father Joe Brings Plenty, which Cole’s uncle, Mo Brings Plenty, shared on his behalf.

The statement, posted by Cole’s uncle, who was also an actor known for acting in Yellowstone, read: “I am deeply saddened to confirm that my son, Cole, has been found and is no longer with us. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts you sent for Cole.

He continued: “We would also like to thank everyone who came to walk beside us as we searched for my son and provided the resources we needed to expand our search areas. I learned this week how many people knew the goodness in Cole’s heart and loved him.”

“During this incredibly difficult time, we ask for privacy as we process our grief and figure out how we move forward,” he added. “Please know we appreciate you and appreciate your understanding.”

There has been a subsequent investigation into the actor’s death, and the police released a statement yesterday (April 10) publishing their findings.

The statement read: “Detectives, crime scene investigators, and the Medical Examiner’s Office have been working diligently with the Lawrence Police Department and the Brings Plenty family.

“There is no indication of foul play in the death of Cole Brings Plenty.”

Prior to the disappearance of the actor, who also starred in The Tall Tales Of Jim Bridger and Into The Wild Frontier, an arrest warrant was issued for him. This followed an incident in which police were called to an address in Lawrence, Kansas, where a woman was reportedly screaming for help.

According to UniLad, Cole had been charged with aggravated burglary, domestic battery and criminal restraint.

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Here’s every song on the ‘Fallout’ soundtrack

The TV adaptation of the popular video game series landed on Prime Video this week

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The highly anticipated television adaptation of the video game franchise, Fallout, has just arrived on Prime Video.

Following the massive success of video game adaptations such as The Last Of Us, the popular post-apocalyptic game set in 1950s USA has now been recreated for TV.

With its first game released in 1997, the franchise spans four games, released over almost two decades, with Fallout 4 being released in 2015.

As well as the four main games, there have been several spin-offs, beginning with Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood Of Steel, which was released in 2001.

Ella Purnell in ‘Fallout’ CREDIT: Prime Video

Now, the franchise has made its way onto television screens, with all eight-episode available to watch now on Prime Video. Starring in the series are Ella Purnell, Kyle MacLachan, Walton Goggins and Moisés Arias, among others.

The game also became known for its iconic soundtrack, and the TV series is no different. Containing a range of genres, and featuring tracks from Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby and The Ink Spots, the soundtrack encapsulates the variety of music in the US in the 1950s.

Here’s every song on the Fallout soundtrack:

As well as original music composed for the series by Ramin Djawadi, the following hits can be found on the Fallout soundtrack.

Episode 1

‘Orange Colored Sky’ – Nat King Cole 

‘Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes’ – Perry Como

‘Who Do You Suppose’ – Connie Conway

‘Some Enchanted Evening’ – The Castells

‘So Doggone Lonesome’ – Johnny Cash (feat. The Tennessee Two)

‘All Over Again’ – Johnny Cash

‘Brighter Side’ – Connie Conway

‘Crawl Out Through the Fallout’ – Sheldon Allman

Episode 2

‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall’ – The Ink Spots & Ella Fitzgerald

‘Don’t Fence Me In’ – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

‘It’s a Man’ – Betty Hutton

‘I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire’ – The Ink Spots

Episode 3

‘Maybe’ – The Ink Spots

‘So Doggone Lonesome’ – Johnny Cash (feat. The Tennessee Two)

‘We’ll Meet Again’ – The Ink Spots

‘Tweedle Dee’ – Lavern Baker

‘In the Mood’ – Glenn Miller

-Act Naturally’ – Buck Owens

Episode 4

‘Let’s Go Sunning’ – Jack Shaindlin

‘It Ain’t the Meat’ – The Swallows

‘Journey Into Melody’ – Sam Fonteyn

‘I Can Dream, Can’t I?’ – The Andrews Sisters

 

Episode 5

‘Henry’ – The Jet-Tones

‘Robin in the Pine’ – Bonnie Guitar

‘Ladyfingers’ – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

‘What a Difference a Day Made’ – Dinah Washington

‘It’s Just a Matter of Time’ – Brook Benton

 

Episode 6

‘The Theme From A Summer Place’ – Percy Faith

‘Lonely Hours’ – Gene Armstrong and His Texas Nite Hawks

‘Summer in Love’ – I Marc 4

‘Give Me the Simple Life’ – June Christy

‘Skitter Skatter’ – Metrotones

‘I’m Tickled Pink’ – Jack Shaindlin

Episode 7

‘I’m Tickled Pink’ – Jack Shaindlin

‘Sixteen Tons’ – Merle Travis

‘Only You’ –  The Platters

‘What a Difference a Day Made’ – Dinah Washington

‘You’re Everything’ – The Danleers

‘From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye’ – Jane Morgan

Episode 8

‘I Don’t Want to See Tomorrow’ – Nat King Cole

‘We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)’ – The Ink Spots

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