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Carrie Fisher hand delivered the “gift” to the producer

Carrie Fisher once gave a Hollywood producer a cow’s tongue after learning he had assaulted her friend.

Heather Ross, who works in the film industry, told Fisher about how the unnamed producer sexually assaulted her in his car.

Fisher reacted by personally delivering the cow tongue in a Tiffany box wrapped in a bow to his office in Los Angeles.

Ross revealed the story on US radio station, 94.9 MixFM in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations.

Ross spoke about how she contacted the producer – who is not Weinstein – to try and be a part of his new project.

After meeting up, she says the producer forced himself on her in his car after making an excuse to pull over, then reached over and climbed on top of her.

Ross told the radio show she managed to push the producer off her, but as she fled, he said: “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

Carrie’s no-nonsense message

When she told Fisher about what had happened, the late Star Wars actress took matters into her own hands.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow.’”

Ross continued: “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, if you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Ross added that knowing the Star War’s actress had her back had left a lasting impression on her.

“It felt validating to know, OK, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who Carrie Fisher was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” she said.

Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, died at the age of 60 in December.

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Whodunnit? Joanne Froggatt will return in series two of Liar

Liar culminated in its series finale last night and viewers were divided.

The ITV six-part psychological thriller followed the story of Laura Nielson as she fought to prove her rape allegation against smooth-operating surgeon Andrew Earlham.

The drama peaked with Earlham’s grisly death – but with unanswered questions of who, when, where and how it happened. As the credits rolled, ITV announced there would be a second series.

Some viewers thought the murder of Earlham was just desserts for the serial rapist, but others were frustrated that Laura’s character, played by Joanne Froggatt, was denied seeing her assailant brought to justice.

The Mail Online‘s Jim Shelley called it “an annoying, absurd, anti-climax,” barely qualifying as a denouement.

Viewers took to Twitter to vent their anger and disappointment at what they saw as an unsatisfying end:

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Meanwhile, Lord Sugar had expressed his hopes that the drama wouldn’t be given a “silly ending” in order to make another series.

But following the episode he replied to one Twitter fan that he wouldn’t spoil the ending because ITV could do that themselves:

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TV presenter Caroline Flack said she hoped there would be some kind of plot development to make Earlham’s murder all worthwhile:

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But others thought the tense 60 minute finale to ITV’s most watched new drama was what they’d been waiting for over the past six weeks:

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The Daily Express called it “the ending everyone deserved, pay-off for the characters, pay-off for viewers who’d loyally stuck with Liar.”

The Huffington Post thought the plot twists and turns as well as the fact Laura finally got the evidence she needed to prove Earlham had raped her resulted in “an ultimately satisfying ending.”

According to overnight figures, the episode attracted an average audience of 6.5 million viewers and a peak of seven million, making it the biggest audience ITV has seen for a brand new drama for three years.

Fashion blogger Zoella took to Twitter to say she too had been gripped – although perhaps somewhat exasperated – by the show’s ending:

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As the first series drew to its conclusion, ITV has announced the second series will look at who murdered Andrew Earlham. Both Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd will reprise their roles in the new instalment of the drama, which will perhaps give viewers the answers they crave.


There has been other criticism of the first series of Liar, which the second may perhaps address and rebalance.

It has been noted by some that Liar had a predictable storyline since it would be deemed irresponsible for the plotline of a prime time drama to feature a woman falsely accusing a man of rape. Rod Liddle wrote in The Spectator “it has to be the man lying”.

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Even despite this, Alex Moreland in the Metro labels the series not only insensitive towards victims of rape but “reckless.” He finds it troubling that it is not until the end of the third episode that Earlham is revealed as a rapist and therefore the liar.

To question Laura’s account of sexual assault for half the series – when in reality instances of false rape accusations are low – perpetuates a stereotype that he calls “harmful.”

Christopher Stevens writes in The Daily Mail that the series portrayed a “bleak message” for rape victims that police were unable to act to bring Ioan Gruffudd’s character, Andrew Earlham to justice but that the second series “promises to be dark, convoluted and gripping… just like the first”.

And with the promise of the new series examining who murdered Andrew Earlham – including pointing the finger at a number of female characters – could we see a redressing of the age-old story of the woman as the victim?

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Series two of Liar begins filming in 2019

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Sir Roger had had his own office at Pinewood since 1970

A soundstage named after the late Sir Roger Moore has been opened by the Countess of Wessex at Pinewood Studios.

Dame Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine and Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were among the attendees at Sunday’s private event.

Lady Moore and the star’s three children paid an emotional tribute, saying how proud Sir Roger would be.

Sir Roger, who played secret agent James Bond in seven films, died from cancer in May at the age of 89.

It would have been his 90th birthday on Saturday.

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Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were among the speakers at the celebration

Other guests included Stephen Fry, Sir Tim Rice, Stefanie Powers and David Walliams, representing Unicef.

Sir Roger acted in more than 40 productions at Pinewood in Buckinghamshire and also had an office there.

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Sir Michael Caine, Sir Tim Rice, Dame Joan Collins and David Walliams were also present

Moore’s Bond movies

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Moonraker (1979)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Octopussy (1983)

A View to a Kill (1985)

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Thomas Doherty is one of the stars of Descendants 2. The film tells the story of the teenage children of Disney villains.

It’s directed by Kenny Ortega, who choreographed High School Musical and Dirty Dancing.

The Disney Channel will premiere the film in the UK on 20 October.

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Lord Lloyd Webber was made a Conservative peer by John Major in 1997

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to retire from the Lords as of midnight on Monday, the House has confirmed.

The 69-year-old composer became a life peer in the 1997 New Year’s Honours list and sat as a Conservative member.

In a statement from his team, Lord Lloyd Webber said he resigned “with a heavy heart”, but added: “What is expected from a member today is very different from what it was.”

He also said his work schedule was “the busiest of [his] career to date”.

“This means it would be impossible for me to regularly vote or properly consider the vitally important issues that the House of Lords will face as a consequence of Brexit,” he said.

“I feel my place should be taken by someone who can devote the time to the House of Lords that the current situation dictates.”

Lord Lloyd Webber was a member of the Works of Art Committee for three years and spoke out against government cuts to the arts last year.

However, in the 2,097 votes during his tenure, he voted only 42 times.

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The pop star has the biggest-selling album of the year

Pop star Ed Sheeran has broken his right arm, putting his upcoming tour dates in jeopardy.

“I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident,” wrote the star on his Instagram page, posting a picture of his arm in a cast.

“I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news.”

The 26-year-old was on a break from his world tour, but was due to resume with a gig in Taipei next week.

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He has a further 14 dates scheduled this year, including concerts in Japan, South Korea and Thailand, before kicking off the Australian leg of his tour in March 2018.

The tour is in support of his multi million-selling third album Divide, which was released earlier this year.

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Sheeran famously plays his concerts solo – using just a guitar and a loop pedal to layer up songs like Thinking Out Loud, Sing and Shape of You.

Losing the use of his right arm would make such a set-up impractical – but, speaking to BBC News earlier this year, Sheeran said he would never consider playing with a backing band.

“I don’t feel like there’s anything interesting or new about seeing a singer-songwriter with a band behind them,” he said.

“I don’t feel like if I suddenly got a band, everyone would go, ‘Wow!’. I actually feel it’d take away from me.”

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Cher will appear in the sequel to Mamma Mia!, she has revealed.

The 71-year-old Oscar winner wrote on Twitter: “Well… I’m in Momma Mia 2.” It’s not known what role she will play.

The singer is currently in the UK, where filming is taking place for the follow-up to the Abba musical, set for release next summer.

Many of the characters from the original film, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Dame Julie Walters, will also appear in the sequel.

Cher would not be drawn on the name of her character or what songs she would be singing, but did tweet song title Fernando – followed by a thinking emoji.

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Irish stand-up star and BBC quiz show panellist Sean Hughes has died aged 51.

Richard Bucknall, his former agent and promoter, said the “formidable” comic died in hospital on Monday and would be remembered for his “superb wit”.

Hughes was a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC Two and had his own Channel 4 sitcom, Sean’s Show.

Fellow comedians, including Al Murray, Katy Brand and Jason Manford, have been paying tribute to the performer, who was also a writer and actor.

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Hughes (right) with fellow Never Mind the Buzzcocks regulars Phill Jupitus (left) and Mark Lamarr

In 1990, Hughes – then 24 – became the youngest person to win the coveted Perrier Award – now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Award – at the Edinburgh Festival.

“I was told that I had won the Perrier award as I walked off stage after another sweaty performance,” Hughes later wrote in The Guardian. “The judging panel rushed on to the stage to congratulate me.

“‘Will it go to his head?’. I doubt it. If the panel had made it 10 minutes earlier, they would have seen two people walking out of my award-winning show.”

Nica Burns, director of the awards, remembered him as “a huge talent” and “a very good writer” who had “instinctive timing from day one”.

‘Terribly sad news’

Comedian Al Murray recalled being inspired by the star’s off-beat humour.

“Sean Hughes won the Perrier the summer I decided to try being a comic,” he said. “He was being daft, meta, ironic and Byronic all at once, after a decade when stand-up had reinvented itself.

“He made stand-up look fun, glamorous and above all a creative place where you could play. It’s terribly sad news to hear of his passing.”

Katy Brand described him as “a brilliant comedian”.

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David Schneider said he was “an engagingly funny man.”

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Manford described Hughes as “a brilliant comic and a lovely bloke”.

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Richard Herring described the news as “a punch in the soul“, while Sarah Millican said Hughes had been the first comedian she saw live.

Jack Dee said he had “started on the circuit with him back in the day“, while Jim Moir – aka Vic Reeves – said his death was a “sad loss“.

And TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary said Hughes was “a genuinely lovely, clever man“.

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His stand-up work earned him the Perrier Award

Hughes had a varied career, including a role in the hit film The Commitments, in which he played Dave, a talent scout for Eejit Records.

The London-born Irish star also played station master Mr Perks in the award-winning London play, The Railway Children.

To many, though, he will be best known for the six years he spent on Never Mind the Buzzcocks matching wits with Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr.

Kate Phillips, the BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning, said his “unique wit, dry delivery and ability to engage” had helped make it “one of the most memorable panel shows of all time.”

Sean Hughes’s career

  • The Commitments: Hughes played Dave, an AR man for Eejit Records, in Alan Parker’s classic 1991 film The Commitments. He also had roles in Snakes and Ladders, Puckoon and The Butcher Boy
  • Sean’s Show: He was the loveable loser in his own surreal sitcom, in which he received messages from God on his answering machine, spoke to a spider who was actually Elvis Presley and made catchphrases out of saying “hiya!” and “buh bye”
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Between 1996 and 2002, he was one of the team captains on the madcap BBC music quiz, poking fun at the boy band members and minor celebrities who appeared alongside him
  • BBC 6 Music: When BBC 6 Music launched in 2002, Hughes hosted its Sunday morning show, The Sunday Lie In, which promised “informed cynicism, easy listening and dysfunctional pop”
  • Coronation Street: In 2007, he spent a couple of months on Coronation Street playing womanising travelling salesman Pat, who started an affair with Eileen Grimshaw
  • Novelist: Off-screen, he wrote books including It’s What He Would’ve Wanted, following an alienated thirty-something searching for answers after his father’s suicide, and The Detainees, about a man who decides to take revenge on an old school bully.

On TV, he also starred in ITV series The Last Detective, where he played Mod Lewis, friend to Peter Davison’s title character, DC “Dangerous” Davies.

As well as his role as Pat on Coronation Street, he also appeared in BBC One’s Casualty in 2015.

Hughes last tweeted on 8 October to say he was in hospital. He is survived by two brothers, Alan and Martin.

A cause of death has not been confirmed, though it has been reported he suffered a cardiac arrest and had cirrhosis of the liver.

Sean Hughes in his own words

  • I went to the hospital with my psoriasis. They gave me a DVD of The Singing Detective and said “Good luck with your life”.
  • I went into one of those cheesy bars the other day. Or a delicatessen as you’d call it.
  • I thought when I was 41, I would be married with kids. Well, to be honest I thought I would be married with weekend access.
  • I know that the English always say that Irish pubs are so friendly. Let me tell you something: we don’t even know you’re there.
  • You know city centre beat officers? Well, are they police who rap?
  • Everyone grows out of their Morrissey phase. Except Morrissey.

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My Bed depicts Tracey Emin’s life in 1998 after the breakdown of a relationship

One of Tracey Emin’s most famous contemporary works of art is going on display in her hometown in Kent.

Her unmade bed, created in her London council flat in 1998, features stained sheets, cigarette packets, discarded condoms and soiled underwear.

It was shortlisted for the Turner Prize the following year and was sold at auction for £2.2m in 2014.

My Bed can be seen at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate from Friday until 14 January.

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The controversial piece, which sparked public debate about the nature of contemporary art when it was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, gives a snapshot of Emin’s life when she was depressed after the breakdown of a relationship.

Speaking on Thursday as she put the final touches to the bed, Emin said it felt as though she was “holding hands with a ghost, or holding hands with my past” because so much of her life had changed since 1998.

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“It’s so strange. There’s been stages where parts of it are my life and then I’ve really kind of let go now,” she said.

Citing a belt lying amongst the items on display, Emin said: “That was the size of my waist. It’s now the size of my thigh.”

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Tracey Emin said she felt as though she was “holding hands with a ghost”

My Bed was bought at auction by German industrialist Count Christian Duerckheim, who agreed to loan it to the Tate “for a period of at least 10 years”.

It will be on display alongside a collection of the artist JMW Turner’s seascapes and stormy skies, also loaned from Tate’s collection and chosen by Emin.

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James Van Der Beek shot to fame as Dawson Leery 20 years ago

Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek has told of being groped by three unnamed “older, powerful men”.

Van Der Beek is among the showbusiness names who have been inspired to relay their own experiences of sexual harassment after allegations emerged against Harvey Weinstein.

“I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men,” the actor said.

“I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger.”

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Van Der Beek shot to fame at the age of 20 when he played Dawson Leery in the hit teen TV drama.

He wrote on Twitter that the men responsible were “people 99.9% of you don’t know”.

He added: “2 were charged (by others) punished. The other has since died.”

Now 40, he also referred to Weinstein’s alleged actions and said: “I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness and inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”

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His comments follow revelations by Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, who said an unnamed “high level Hollywood executive” had “groped my privates” at a function last year.

Meanwhile, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne and Lea Seydoux are the latest to accuse Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour.

The producer has said all relationships were consensual and that he’s hoping for a “second chance”.

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