Johnny Depp accused of verbally abusing former co-star on set

Lola Glaudini made the claims in a recent podcast

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Blow star Lola Glaudini has accused co-star Johnny Depp of verbally abusing her on the set of the film.

The two stars both appeared in the 2001 film, which is based on the true story of drug trafficker George Jung.

During a recent episode of the podcast Powerful Truth Angels, Glaudini claimed that Depp “reamed in [her] face” after being given a cue by director Ted Demme to laugh after the actor delivered a monologue.

“Day one, I haven’t even met Johnny Depp at this point […] I’m on a bear skin rug in a bikini […] Johnny Depp has this monologue that he does back and forth, back and forth,” she recalled.

“[Director] Ted Demme comes over to me, and he’s like, ‘OK Lola, when Johnny says this certain word, I want you to just burst out laughing like she just told you the funniest thing over here.’ We’re in the background, the deep background, right?”

She continued: “[Depp] says his monologue, I hear the cue, and I go haha, I do a big laugh or whatever.

“Johnny Depp, when they say cut, walks over to me, comes up to me, sticks his finger in my face – and I’m in a bikini on the ground like this – and he comes over and he goes, ‘Who the fuck do you think you are? Who the fuck do you think you are? Shut the fuck up. I’m out here, and I’m trying to fucking say my lines, and you’re fucking pulling focus. You fucking idiot. Oh, now, oh now it’s not so funny? Now you can shut up? Now you can fucking shut the fuck up? The quiet that you are right now, that’s how you fucking stay.’

“First day, on the set, I’ve never met him,” Glaudini added. “This was my first studio movie, I’ve just done indies until then. And I have the star who I have idolised, who I am so excited to work with, reamed me in my face. The only thing I have going through my head was, ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry.’”

The actress also claimed that Demme, who passed away in 2002, “did not come over and say anything” and she felt she was “totally hung out to dry”, adding: “When we wrapped, I was like a pariah. No one wanted to talk to me, because I am the bitch who he railed at.”

Recalling speaking to her dad at the end of the day’s shoot, Glaudini said: “I called my dad, and I told him what happened, and he was like, ‘You have two choices right now: you can either say fuck this, fuck you, and I’m not going to be spoken to like that, or you never let him see you sweat. Either one is one hundred per cent respectable – what do you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘Alright, I want to stay in the movie.'”

Glaudini said she later saw Depp on set, where he gave her “a non-apology apology”, the star elaborating: “[He said], ‘You know, so earlier I was really in my head and staying in my character, I’m doing this Boston accent, and it’s really fucking with me. So I’m a little tense and stuff. So I just wanted to make sure we’re cool and everything?’

“I just looked at him, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about? Of course, what you talking about? Totally cool.’ Because I was like… my dad said, ‘Don’t let them see you sweat.’ So that was that.”

NME has reached out to Depp’s representatives for comment.

Meanwhile, last week Depp caused confusion after sharing and then deleting an apparently-Photoshopped an image of Robert Downey Jr with himself after the latter’s Oscar win.

Back in 2022, Depp won a defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post. Two years prior, Depp lost a libel case against The Sun after it published an article that referred to him as a “wife beater” – claims Depp has always denied.


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‘Blade Runner Live’ announces new UK tour dates

The film is set to tour the country with a live score in September

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Blade Runner Live has announced a number of new tour dates across the UK.

The classic Ridley Scott sci-fi film’s Final Cut version is set to play in venues across the country in September accompanied by The Avex Ensemble, which will showcase the film’s classic Vangelis score.

Starting at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo on September 18, the tour will include stops including Manchester’s O2 Apollo and London’s Eventim Apollo, before concluding at Bournemouth’s International Centre on September 28.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday (March 22) at 10am – and can be found here.

“AEG Artistic is thrilled to be presenting Blade Runner Live across the UK next September,” said AEG Presents artistic director Lucy Noble.

“It’s amazing after 42 years the film and soundtrack still stand the test of time. This will be a truly amazing and unique way for audiences to revisit this iconic piece of cinema with Vangelis’ iconic score as they’ve never experienced it before.”

The film previously screened with an orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019.

Blade Runner Live’s full tour dates are below:

18 – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
19 – O2 Apollo, Manchester

20 – Eventim Apollo, London
21 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
23 – Brighton Centre, Brighton
28 – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford as cop Rick Deckard, who is tasked with hunting down replicants – bioengineered humanoids that are indistinguishable from humans.

The film spawned a 2017 sequel called Blade Runner 2049 from director Denis Villeneuve, which saw Ford return as Deckard alongside new lead Ryan Gosling as Blade Runner K. An anime TV series called Blade Runner: Black Lotus also debuted in 2021.

Last year, new game Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth was unveiled by Annapurna Interactive, which will follow what it means to be a Blade Runner post-Blackout.

“I couldn’t pass up this chance. I’ve been watching the original film yearly since I was probably too young, and I remember sneaking away to watch 2049 in the midst of shipping a big project,” game director Chelsea Hash told IGN.

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Miriam Margolyes says it’s time to forget ‘Harry Potter’ “if your balls have dropped”

The star has told fans to “grow up”

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Miriam Margoyles has said that Harry Potter fans should “forget” about the series “if your balls have dropped”.

The actress, who played Professor Sprout in the film series, recently drew headlines after suggesting that adult fans “should be over that by now”.

In a new interview with Australia’s News Breakfast, Margolyes doubled down on her criticism, saying: “I’m not unhappy about it. I just think that it’s for children. And if your balls have dropped, then it’s time to forget about it. You know, go on to other things.

“No, seriously! It’s a great series, it’s a wonderful set of films. I’m proud I was in it, but it was 25 years ago. You know, grow up!”

In her original interview with New Zealand’s 1News, the actress declared: “I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now. It was 25 years ago, and it’s for children. I think it’s for children.

“They get stuck in it. I do Cameos, and people say, ‘We’re having a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and I think, ‘Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?’ I can’t even think about it. No.”

This isn’t the only time Margolyes has spoken out about the films in the past year, saying last year that the franchise “doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to [the fans]”.

“For me, Harry Potter wasn’t important. I was very glad I got the part and I enjoyed being in it and meeting all the people, but it’s not Charles Dickens,” she told Vogue. “People come up to me and say ‘I just love you’, and want to hug me. And that is dazzling.”

Last year, it emerged that HBO will be making a Harry Potter reboot TV series, with each season based on one of the books. Responding to the news, original star Daniel Radcliffe said he is “definitely not seeking out” a role in the series “in any way.”

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Oscar-winning ‘The King’s Speech’ writer dies aged 86

David Seidler passed away over the weekend

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David Seidler, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech, has passed away aged 86.

According to his manager, Seidler died in New Zealand on Saturday (March 16) during a fly fishing trip.

“David was in the place he loved most in the world – New Zealand – doing what gave him the greatest peace, which was fly fishing,” Jeff Aghassi said. “If given the chance, it is exactly as he would have scripted it.”

Seidler won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on the 2010 film, which depicted King George VI’s journey to overcoming his stammer on the eve of World War II.

Seidler himself had a stammer as a child, and was inspired by the King’s story of how he overcame his speech impediment.

Upon accepting his Oscar in 2011, Seidler said: “My father always said to be I’d be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award – I hope that record is broken quickly and often.”

He added: “I would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the F-word, and I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard, thanks to you, the Academy.”

As well as Best Original Screenplay, the film also won Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth and Best Director for Tom Hooper.

Seidler also wrote the stage version of The King’s Speech, which opened in London’s West End in 2012. Other writing credits included Onassis: The Richest Man In The World and Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man And His Dream.

In other news, this year’s Oscars took place last weekend, with Oppenheimer walking away with seven awards including Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan and Best Actor for Cillian Murphy.

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‘Star Wars’ 50p coin to be available this year

The Royal Mint will be commemorating the franchise with four designs

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The Royal Mint is set to release a 50p coin emblazoned with Star Wars‘ Millennium Falcon.

The special coin will be released this year, with the Royal Mint also unveiling three other vehicles from the franchise that will adorn coins this year – namely the TIE Fighter, X-Wing and Death Star II.

The Millennium Falcon coin depicts the ship mid-flight, as well as the Rebel Alliance symbol that reveals itself when the coin is titled towards the light.

“We are delighted to celebrate the Star Wars franchise’s numismatic return with a series of coins dedicated to its iconic vehicles,” said Royal Mint’s Rebecca Morgan.

“We are excited to enthuse new and existing coin collectors across the world and capture the imaginations of Star Wars’ thriving fan base.”

The Royal Mint previously released a series of character coins to mark Return Of The Jedi‘s 40th anniversary last year, including Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

In other Star Wars news, a report released last week from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed just how much money Disney has made from the franchise since it bought Star Wars over a decade ago.

According to the report, the company has made around $12billion from Star Wars, almost three times what it paid for the franchise ($4.05billion).

However, it doesn’t stand as Disney’s most profitable franchise, with FrozenToy Story and the Avengers being the top three most valuable assets for the company.

Meanwhile, star Ewan McGregor has given fans an update on season two of Obi-Wan Kenobi following the show’s debut nearly two years ago.

“I have no news to tell. I’m waiting for the call. I don’t know that it’s happening,” he told The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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Alan Partridge’s Ukrainian joke on ‘Comic Relief’ gets angry viewer reaction

The joke was made during Red Nose Day last week

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Alan Partridge has been criticised by viewers for a joke made about Ukrainian refugees.

The Steve Coogan character was part of a Comic Relief sketch on Friday (March 15), where he and Sidekick Simon (Tim Key) read out callers’ most and least charitable things done.

Revealing one, Simon declared: “Grant in Briston says his most charitable act was taking in a family of Ukrainians for a year.”

Partridge then asked: “And the least charitable?”, before Simon replied: “Turfing them out, he’s got rid.”

“Marvellous, well actually a friend of mine did that for a family of Ukrainians,” Partridge added. “Still friends with them, they still wash his cars.”

The sketch has since received criticism on social media amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, one viewer writing on X (formerly Twitter): “WHAT was that Ukraine joke on the Alan Partridge sketch…? Come on BBC.”

“Alan Partridge sketch was awful,” another added. “Especially the stupid comments about #Ukraine refugees. Not impressed.”

A third said: “On the day when 20 Ukrainians killed in a missile attack in Odesa, jokes about Ukrainian refugees not really that funny.”

“I’ve never ‘got’ Alan Partridge but this is particularly unfunny tonight…,” another said.

Last week’s Comic Relief saw comedian Sir Lenny Henry take part in his final Red Nose Day, where he performed a parody of Barbie hit ‘I’m Just Ken’ called ‘I’m Just Len’.

Henry co-founded the charity with Richard Curtis in 1985, and previously explained that he would be stepping back as it was “time to hand on to the new generation”.

“There’s all these new, wonderful comedians with podcasts and nine million followers, and those guys or women should be hosting Comic Relief now so that the young people and the new influx of viewers can plug into the next stage of Comic Relief, because there will be a next stage, and because we want to continue tackling issues of poverty and injustice,” he added. “It’s time to hand over the reins, as it were.”

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Cillian Murphy’s old teacher reveals what he was like at school

“It was clear early on just how hard-working he was”

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Cillian Murphy‘s old teacher has opened up about what the actor was like at school.

The star won the Oscar for Best Actor last week for his work in Oppenheimer, having gotten his first shot at acting in his home city of Cork, Ireland.

Pat Kiernan taught drama at the school that Murphy attended, and said that while he didn’t initially recognise his acting talent, he was taken by how seriously Murphy took his band Sons of Mister Green Geneshe. He also used to see the star around town, with Murphy later taking an interest in his theatre company Corcadorca.

“He’d say, ‘Man, it’s great what you’re doing, I’d love to be involved,’” he recalled to The Times.

Recalling the now-Oscar-winner being inspired by a production of A Clockwork Orange that they put on, Kiernan revealed: “It was a really exciting piece of theatre and Cillian has told me [in later years] that it blew his mind and made him want to be an actor.”

He ended up casting Murphy in 1996 play Disco Pigs after he’d finished school, though was initially hesitant, admitting: “I said to [playwright] Enda [Walsh], ‘There’s a young guy who seems really keen and I think he might be good in the part.’ But I said, ‘He’s a bit of a pig,’ meaning he’s kind of goofy-looking. Clearly I didn’t recognise the beauty of the man.”

He added: “Cillian is really smart. Even at that age he was really clever and capable of inhabiting a character. What’s more, it was clear early on just how hard-working he was.

“Even back then, he was practical in his approach to work. He believed it needed to be researched, thought about, and he needed time to construct what he was doing. He seems to be applying all of this still.”

Speaking about his pride in seeing Murphy win an Academy Award, Kiernan revealed: “I was talking to him a few times during the week and he said: ‘I blame you.’”

Cillian Murphy accepts the Lead Actor award for “Oppenheimer” onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. CREDIT: Getty/Kevin Winter

He continued: “It’s a remarkable achievement for him. He has followed his own way of working and it has got him to where he is today.”

Kiernan also noted that fame hasn’t gone to Murphy’s head: “Even listening to his Oscar speech the other night, I wouldn’t notice any difference to how he was 20 or 30 years ago. He’s just the same lovely guy.”

During his Oscars acceptance speech, Murphy said he was “a very proud Irishman”, before reflecting on Oppenheimer‘s themes.

“We made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb and, for better or worse, we’re all living in Oppenheimer’s world,” he said. “So I’d really like to dedicate this to the peacemakers everywhere.”

As well as Best Actor, Oppenheimer took a further six awards during the night including Best Picture and Best Director for Christopher Nolan.

Meanwhile, Murphy recently said he would be open to returning to the role of Tommy Shelby in a Peaky Blinders film.

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‘Smallville’ actor Chris Gauthier dies aged 48

The actor passed away last week after a short illness

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Smallville star Chris Gauthier has died at the age of 48.

The actor, who played Winslow Schott/Toyman in the series, was also known for appearances in Once Upon A TimeA Series Of Unfortunate Events and 2009 film Watchmen.

According to his manager, Gauthier “passed suddenly and unexpectedly following a short illness” last week (via TVLine).

“We can confirm that our dear friend and client, Chris Gauthier, passed away on Friday morning, February 23, at the age of 48,” a statement from TriStar Appearances/Event Horizon Talent confirmed.

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“As a beloved Vancouver-based character actor, Chris shared his talents with so many of us both on television and in film. His loss is felt not just by his fans but by those of us who were lucky enough to know him more personally. On behalf of his family, we do ask for privacy during this time so that they are able to grieve properly.”

TriStar Appearances talent representative Chad Colvin added in a tribute post on Facebook: “Chris was the literal textbook definition of a character actor. You may not have known his name but you knew his face, you knew his voice, and you knew that if he was onscreen, you were in for a helluva ride.

“Whether he was standing toe-to-toe against Clark Kent on Smallville as the Toyman, tormenting Dean on Supernatural, on deck with Hook as Smee in Once Upon A Time or in guest roles in the numerous productions he was in, he ALWAYS gave it his all when the camera was rolling.”

Many more have since shared tributes to Gauthier, with Once Upon A Time co-star Colin O’Donoghue writing on Instagram: “Rest in Peace Chris! Heartbroken! My love and thoughts go out to Erin and the boys! You will be missed brother! You were the real captain!!”

Showrunner Adam Horowitz added on X (formerly Twitter): “So sad to hear of the passing of Chris Gauthier. Such a kind, sweet, and talented person. You will be missed.”

Gauthier was also well known for his role in video game Need for Speed: Carbon, as well as TV series Harper’s Island and School Of Life, and films Freddy Vs. Jason and 40 Days And 40 Nights.

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Robert Carlyle thrilled with ‘Trainspotting’ tribute on ‘The Simpsons’

“My life is complete”

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Robert Carlyle has shared his delight after The Simpsons included a nod to Trainspotting.

The actor famously played the role of Begbie in the 1996 Danny Boyle film, which is based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.

In the recent Simpsons episode Ae Bonny Romance, which originally aired in December, the family journeys to Scotland to find Groundskeeper Willie, learning that the Scottish character is about to get married.

In one scene, audiences are shown an airline called “Planespotting”, with the plane including a picture of Carlyle’s character Begbie on its tail.

Responding to a fan pointing out the reference on X (formerly Twitter), Carlyle wrote: “My life is complete..”.

As well as the nod, the episode featured the voices of actors Karen Gillan, David Tennant and Paul Higgins.

Meanwhile, Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller, who played Sick Boy, recently suggested he didn’t fully capitalise on the film’s success.

“It’s not something that bothers me,” he told The Guardian. “It’s just life. Everything worked out great, really. I was secretly ambitious, but I didn’t really know how to execute that or take advantage of certain opportunities. But it’s all good, because I’m here in a freezing-cold church rehearsing a play!”

Last year, Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor revealed that he used to show his kids the “worst toilet in Scotland” scene from the film “for a laugh”.

“It’s a unique situation, perhaps, for a father to be able to show his children footage of him going down the toilet,” he said at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Elsewhere, Welsh praised a viral parody video of the film’s “Choose Life” scene targeted at UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

In other Simpsons news, last year co-creator James L. Brooks announced that Homer will continue to strangle Bart, despite the show appearing to confirm that it would retire the long-running gag.

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‘Mary Poppins’ age rating increased due to “discriminatory language”

The rating has been upped due to the use of a racist term

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Mary Poppins has had its age rating increased in the UK due to the use of “discriminatory language”.

The Disney film, which stars Julie Andrews as the titular nanny, was originally released back in 1964.

However, last week (February 23) the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) upped its original rating to PG from U due to two uses of a racially insensitive term.

A spokesperson for the organisation told Variety that Mary Poppins “includes two uses of the discriminatory term ‘hottentots’”.

“While Mary Poppins has a historical context, the use of discriminatory language is not condemned, and ultimately exceeds our guidelines for acceptable language at U. We therefore classified the film PG for discriminatory language,” they added.

“We understand from our racism and discrimination research, and recent classification guidelines research, that a key concern for people, parents in particular, is the potential to expose children to discriminatory language or behavior which they may find distressing or repeat without realizing the potential offense.

“Some language or behaviors are therefore not permitted at U or PG in any circumstance, or are wholly dependent on context.”

The word mentioned is an insensitive term that refers to the Khoekhoe indigenous group in South Africa.

‘Mary Poppins’. CREDIT: YouTube/Disney

The changes come after the BBFC enforced higher rules around racist language in 2021, with the new criteria stating that older films with such language can get a PG rating if they are “contextually justified” and not accompanied by violence or threat.

It also said that content that features the n-word won’t be classified lower than 12A/12 outside of some mitigating factors, with the only exception being if “there is a very clear and strong educational value” such as a documentary with strong appeal to a younger audience.

The changes came after the BBFC undertook research with 70 participants with high representation from minority groups in order to better understand the impact and perception of racist language.

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