Ricky Gervais Kicks Up A Storm at The Golden Globes

British actors and films picked up a few awards at the Golden Globes yesterday, but, British comedian, Ricky Gervais, who compered the show for the second (and undoubtedly last) time, took all the press.

While the photographers were lining up outside the “after parties” for shots of the great and the glorious celebs and the journalists were preparing questions for the celebrity winners and losers from the awards show, Ricky Gervais was ensuring that all their snaps and soundbites would be relegated to page two of any press for the 2011 Golden Globes. Gervais is a satirist and Hollywood found out that he seems to be a satirist that doesn’t care. Put one of these on a live show and there are always going to be issues.

Perhaps best summing up Gervais’s styl for the evening was his gag aimed directly at Hollywood’s biggest hitters on their lacklustre movie, The Tourist.

It was a big year for 3-D movies… seems like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist… it must be good, because it’s nominated. So shut up.

A triple-whammy that hits two of the biggest Hollywood stars, a megaflop of a movie and the unusual nominating practices of the Hollywood Foreign Press.

As for the awards, our favourite Glee took a shed-load, so, someone somewhere got something right.

As for the British contingent, COLIN FIRTH won best actor in a drama for The King’s Speech, and CHRISTIAN BALE was best supporting actor for The Fighter. NATALIE PORTMAN won best actress in a drama for Black Swan.

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Jamie Oliver – 30 minute meals and his outspoken and driven attitude to helping people eat better.

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - Jamie Oliver's latest book accompanying his television showThe first showing of Jamie’s 30 minute meals is on air tonight on Channel 4 at 5:30pm. This new series for Jamie comes right in the middle of the UK airing of Jamie’s trip to Huntingdon in America where he used his UK knowledge and experience to try to kick start a change in the way American schools feed their pupils.

30 minute meals aims to show us how mastering a few basic skills and organising the right food in the house can allow us to put a meal on the table in the same time that it would take to prepare a ready meal or some similar pre-processed food.

Jamie is still pursuing his goal of helping the notion to eat better and seems to be the most publicly vocal (or perhaps just the most media-savvy) of the celebrity chefs that appeared on a glut of live and pre-recorded shows last year extolling the plight of battery chickens and the disadvantages of  processed foods.

Ahead of tonight’s airing of 30 minute meals, Jamie has been pinned down by The Guardian for an interview covering all of his recent activities. The interviewer is kind enough to realise that with a new addition to the family still only a couple of weeks old, Jamie is probably a little more blunt and defensive than usual, however, reading the article, you feel that Jamie has passed any point of tolerance with explaining his motives for doing things. He’s making it up as he goes along seems to be his message, but, he wants whatever he is doing to make a difference.

When being questioned on whether he thinks he is beginning to lecture people on what they should be allowed to eat, Jamie shows his lack of patience for such a subject by replying about a woman who was complaining that he would not let her child eat what he wanted,

while she was having a go at me she had the gall to have a baby in her arms feeding it Coke in a bottle, so she’s obviously thick as shit, you know; she was clearly thick as shit, because you don’t feed babies Coke in a teated bottle, and anyone who does is categorically wrong.

You can see Jamie’s 30 minute meals on Channel 4 on the following dates in October and November.

  • 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th
  • 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd
  • 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
  • November: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

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Take a Butchers at Lady Gaga’s RARE designer dress, worn to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

Lady Gaga wear a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Complete with matching hat and purse, Lady GaGa knows that she is the one that everyone will be talking about for days, weeks, even years to come.

But what is the reason behind it? Are we treating her like a piece of meat? Apparently not, as she explained to American chat show host Ellen DeGeneres at an after show “meat up”

“I mean no disrespect to anyone who is vegetarian or vegan. As you know, I’m the most judgement free human being on earth,” Gaga said in an interview on DeGeneres’ chat show. Holding a copy of Vogue on the cover of which she is emblazoned wearing a beef bikini, she told the audience: “I am not a piece of meat.”

Lady GaGa wears a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music AwardsShe also explained that she chose to wear the dress as a protest against the American armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards homosexuals. The policy means gay people can serve in the armed forces so long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.

It looks to me that a dress made of meat has very little relationship to an army’s policy on homosexuality. I think she wanted to get her picture in the news, and, she did it.

I’ve got no beef with Lady GaGa if she wants to wear a meat dress! It’s not that many steps removed from wearing a leather outfit. Just don’t talk tripe about why you’re wearing it.

One thing that has been lost in all of this. When reading all the blog posts and news articles about Lady GaGa’s night, I struggled to find one that listed the awards she had won, but, perhaps when you’re as cutting edge as this, turning up and being seen is more important than winning.

For those of you still interested in the results, Lady Gaga slaughtered the competition to pick up 8 awards:

  • Video Of The Year – Bad Romance
  • Best Pop Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Female Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Collaboration – Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
  • Best Dance Music Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Choreography – Bad Romance
  • Best Direction – Bad Romance
  • Best Editing – Bad Romance

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

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Why we weren’t invited to last night’s GQ Awards 2010

There’s an old dwarven proverb, “Never injure your pride by substituting your axe for a smith’s hammer”, which means “pick the right tool for the job”. Thing is, the right tools aren’t always available.

Perfect-world logic would dictate, for instance, that in order to write this feature on what celebs were wearing at the 2010 GQ awards, I should be equipped with a solid understanding of celebrities and fashion. In practice, the best I can offer is, well – the odd dwarven proverb. Not to mention some childish insults.

Still, ‘faint heart ne’er won fair lady’ and so on. That’s not dwarven, by the way. I think it’s medieval. Much like – brilliant segue! – David Bailey‘s shirt! It looks like a bit of the Bayeux Tapestry. Somebody should tell the French.

Vogue model Daisy Lowe is wearing a fetching Dr Seuss-esque number that totally doesn’t make her look like a giant lost sock.

Captain America star Hayley Atwell was eaten by a leopard on her way to the Opera House, but fortunately she kept her cool and simply stuck her feet out the bottom end, transforming the enraged puss into a striking dress.

Mark Ronson‘s exquisite grey suit compliments his ribald pink shirt like a coating of underseat dust compliments a dropped popsicle. Finger-lickin’ good.

Alexandra Burke‘s bum-enlarger came straight from Paperchase. Careful, staples!

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Grudge match: Dr Who’s Sonic Screwdriver versus a real screwdriver

Do not deny the Sonic Screwdriver its destiny.

Hands up if the thought of handling a replica of the Doctor’s favourite flashy, beepy, ambiguously purposed stage prop doesn’t bring you out in cold sweats? Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing for you people.

It’s the Silverline 918532 screwdriver, on offer at Base.com for a mere £3.88. Among countless other applications, you might use it to unscrew your forehead and reattach your ‘sense of wonder’ gland to the rest of your brain. Obviously the pressures of the working world/marital life have jogged it loose. Go on.

Once this is done, you’ll be able to appreciate the marvel that is Dr Who’s Sonic Screwdriver. It isn’t really a screwdriver, just a sculpted plastic stick, and if the plumber says he’ll fix the sink with one, absolutely nobody would blame you for putting rat poison in his tea. But it does flash and make Dr-Who-noises, which may be enough to deter the more pop-culture-minded breed of mugger or a small herd of sheep.

The blurb, if you please:

The Eleventh Doctor’s multipurpose tool is a Gallifreyan device, with numerous settings, easily controlled at the press of his thumb. The Doctor has had many sonic screwdrivers of different designs throughout his life, and this latest one was created from within the Tardis console itself after the previous one was destroyed. This new sonic is larger, with a luminous green light but continues to be an essential part of the Doctor’s equipment as he explores the universe.

Lady readers: do not leave this on your bed. Misunderstandings may ensue.

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