"December Boys" marks Daniel Radcliffe’s first leading movie role outside of the "Harry Potter" series, but a tentative Broadway appearance may prove far more revealing.
Radcliffe, 18, is hoping to reprise his critically acclaimed role in "Equus" on Broadway next year. "I would be very nervous because I think that (U.S. audiences are) even more discerning than in London," he recently told ReutersRadcliffe received rave reviews in London as the disturbed young man receiving psychiatric care after he blinds a stable of horses. His acting ability, however, wasn’t the only thing causing a sensation. As part of the play, Radcliffe appears on stage in the altogether, and by association, young Harry can be found nude on the Internet thanks to a whole lot of flashing cell-phone cameras.Despite his New York trepidation, Radcliffe says, "I know we have a good show. It was a good show when we did it in London, and hopefully, if we do it again it will still be that good. It has to be better."
Gordon Ramsay’s own kitchen hellNo doubt many “Hell’s Kitchen” castoffs, still smarting from the hide chappings dished out by celebu-chef Gordon Ramsay, are enjoying karma’s latest payback. According to a recent interview with The Sun, the foul-mouth foodie flambéed more than his latest culinary creation.
“The other day I was standing too close to the stove when I was cooking," Ramsay told the paper. "I was wearing these cotton trousers and underneath I was going commando, suddenly, I felt this searing heat. I went, 'F--- me, bollocks to that,' and for once I was spot on. My balls were burning.”
Apparently Ramsay’s recent visit to a London hospital, rumored to be knee-injury related, was in fact due to his singed right testicle.
“I'm in absolute agony. You wouldn't believe how much this hurts,” he told The Sun.
Lawyers to Love: Shut your pie-holeBritish funnyman Steve Coogan has had all he can takes, and he can takes no more re: his ex-whatever-she-was-to-him Courtney Love trashing him in US Weekly.
Soon after Love inferred to US that Coogan was part of troubled Owen Wilson’s problems, the magazine received a letter from Coogan’s lawyer addressed to Love. Key points include: Coogan and Wilson "have never used drugs together”; Coogan is "concerned about Mr. Wilson"; and Love’s concern “seems much less likely than your apparent interest in publicly maligning [your ex]."
Dish on the fly
Gwen Stefani hits the runway for her L.A.M.B. line at with her tiny tyke in toe. Not only was the model mom holding the babe close to her heart, but a photo in People reveals that she also fit him with sound-dampening headphones to protect him from the blaring music. None of that’s surprising, given Gwen often breaks away from the celebrity mom mold by going out sans nanny and keeping little Kingston Rossdale socked, shoed and sun-protected. . . . The worst-kept secret around is finally out, after Paris Hilton made a very special announcement at LAX Nightclub Saturday night, TMZ reports. "I want everyone to say congratulations to the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world, Christina Aguilera. You're gorgeous!" Awkward. See, despite the fact that Christina shows off her growing baby bump, goes shopping for baby gear and holds her belly publicly, she and husband Jordan Bratman have never officially announced the pregnancy.
Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin and Ree Hines.