December 28th, 2013

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in First Look at ‘The Imitation Game’

In honor of Alan Turing’s historic Royal Pardon on Tuesday, Black Bear Pictures has released the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game.”

Showing his personal enthusiasm for the project, producer Teddy Schwarzman sent the still himself as an early Christmas gift rather than a PR firm.

Cumberbatch stars as codebreaker and mathematician Turing, who was prosecuted for being homosexual and eventually committed suicide via cyanide poisoning.

Keira Knightley co-stars alongside Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance. Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) directed from Graham Moore’s script, which topped the 2011 Black List.

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Hmmm, this does sound promising. I'm still confused by my feelings for this man. Help me, please?
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Oscar Futures: As Her Rises, August Takes a Fall

Every week between now and January 16, when the nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year's Oscar race. Check back every Friday for our Oscar Futures column, when we'll let you in on insider gossip, confer with other awards season pundits, and track industry buzz to figure out who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

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Brangelina Group Hugs

Group hug! Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and daughter Zahara, eight, share tender and tight cuddle on family trip to the zoo in Australia
They were all recently reunited when Brad Pitt jetted to Australia earlier this month to join his wife Angelina Jolie and their brood as the actress continues to work on her film Unbroken Down Under.

And the couple and their six children, Maddox, 12, Pax, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, looked closer than ever as they visited the Currumbin Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, on Thursday.

During the outing, the power couple were seen giving their little girl Zahara a tight squeeze as the clan spent quality time together.
Pax is cuddling a baby Joey(kangaroo)

ONTD Do you remember the last time you were hugged?
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Jay Z's Brand Is Suffering Because People Don't Trust Him Anymore

In July, the rapper and business mogul Jay Z partnered with Samsung to release a new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," by giving away 1 million copies to the first Samsung mobile users to download a free app.
The deal netted Jay a cool $5 million in sales and a platinum album the moment it was released, and it burnished his image as an innovative businessman. But it's not clear that the $20 million partnership — or other recent Jaz Z ventures — have actually helped Jay Z's image.

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Shia LaBeouf Escapes to Rio After Plagiarism Controversy

Shia LaBeouf goes for a stroll with his girlfriend Mia Goth while taking a relaxing vacation together on Friday (December 27) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 27-year-old actor was seen holding hands with his mom Shayna while strolling around with some other family members.

Shia is taking some vacation time after the plagiarism controversy he has been in the middle of involving his short film He released an apology to comic Daniel Clowes for not crediting his work, which he used as the inspiration for the film.

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Beyonce Album Pirated 240,000 Times

Beyoncé's new album, which has zoomed to the top of the Billboard sales charts, appears to also be popular on the file sharing charts as well -- with nearly a quarter million copies pirated within the first week of its Dec. 13 debut, according to Musicmetric.

Had those copies been purchased, the album would have grossed another $3.8 million in sales at $15.99 per album. While it's certain that piracy eats into music revenue, it's difficult, if not impossible, to know what percentage of those illegal downloads would have displaced purchases, since not everyone who pirated a free copy would have bought the album if it weren't available via file sharing sites.

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tl;dr - There are 200,000+ people I need to report to the FBI.
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Hole fans rejoice: Courtney Love reunites with Eric Erlandson, hints at reunion in 2014?

Courtney Love is still due for a solo record and memoir, slated for release in the new year, but a new tweet and photo of her and co-founder of Hole suggests the band may not be "dead", as Courtney proclaimed a year ago.

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ONTD, which Hole record do you stan for: Live Through This or Celebrity Skin??


Cara Delevingne enjoys another day in Barbados

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She's known for her wacky sense of humour, and is never afraid to poke fun at her catwalk queen status.

And Cara Delevingne did her best to stand out among the effortlessly cool jet-set crowd as she soaked up the sun in Barbados on Friday.

Ditching her chic shades in favour of a pair of hilarious oversized comedy suglasses, the 21-year-old supermodel's choice of beach accessory wasn't exactly runway ready.

Goofing around as she posed for photographs on the beach at Heron Bay with her friends and family, the willowy beauty seemed to be having a whale of a time as she soaked up the sun on the Caribbean island.

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Selfie King James Franco Explains the Art of Selfies

Painter-novelist-actor James Franco likes taking selfies. Like you, it fuels his self-described Instagram addiction. But while his selfies get lots of love from his more than 1 million Instagram followers, he also faces fervent flack for being the photographer of his own face.

Franco, 35, penned a revealing article in The New York Times, explaining why selfies are important to celebrities and what the behavior says about our culture:

But a well-stocked collection of selfies seems to get attention. And attention seems to be the name of the game when it comes to social networking. In this age of too much information at a click of a button, the power to attract viewers amid the sea of things to read and watch is power indeed. It’s what the movie studios want for their products, it’s what professional writers want for their work, it’s what newspapers want — hell, it’s what everyone wants: attention. Attention is power. And if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible. ... We all have different reasons for posting them, but, in the end, selfies are avatars: Mini-Me’s that we send out to give others a sense of who we are. I am actually turned off when I look at an account and don’t see any selfies, because I want to know whom I’m dealing with. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”

Franco also cautioned against only posting selfies, saying, "for every photo of a book, painting or poem, I try to post a selfie with a puppy, a topless selfie or a selfie with Seth Rogen, because these are all things that are generally liked." Mix it up, basically.

Still, Franco is the "selfie king." In one recent Instagram photo, below, Franco is taking a selfie of his shirtless body and unsmiling face in a bathroom. His caption reads, "All the kids are doing it." And it's true. Kids and adults are taking selfies in bathrooms, in dangerous places and even at funerals.

source / The Meanings of the Selfie By JAMES FRANCO

Katy Perry -- Britney Spears Concert ... I'd Rather Watch Paint Dry

Britney Spears blew everyone away during her Vegas debut last night ... everyone, but Katy Perry.

Katy was front and center for the "Piece of Me" show -- rubbing elbows with Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert -- and while Miley danced her ass off, Katy couldn't seem less interested.

True enough ... Britney's no John Mayer, but come on Katy -- she's a much better dancer than him.

As they say ... you can please some of the people all of the time ...


Beyonce & Jay Z’s Merry XXX-Mas! Their $6,000 Sex Toy Shopping Spree

As temperatures drop in NYC, Beyonce and Jay Z are hotter than ever! Only has the exclusive details of the couple’s merry XXX-mas, which included a steamy date night on the dance floor and a $6,000 sex toy shopping spree!
While other parents were busy wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, Blue Ivy‘s mom and dad made an appearance at hot Manhattan nightspot Greenhouse. Appropriately enough, the DJ blared Beyonce’s new song “Drunk In Love” as she and her husband walked through the crowded dance floor.
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Beyoncé and Lady Gaga Face Questions Over Collaborations With R.Kelly and Terry Richardson


It’s been quite the week for entertainment industry creeps. R. Kelly, a platinum-selling R&B artist who has been accused of raping dozens of teenage girls, is creeping back up the charts with his new album, Black Panties. And Terry Richardson, an in-demand photographer and director who has been accused of sexually harassing models, has wielded his creep cam for three of the year’s most talked-about music videos: Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Beyoncé’s “XO,” and—in a great moment of creep synergy—the forthcoming R. Kelly–Lady Gaga duet, “Do What U Want.” Cue the calls for reining pop stars to stop doing business with alleged sexual offenders. “Beyoncé should not have hired Richardson,” The Gloss weighed in. “It takes away from the message of empowerment that she so effectively spreads, and endorses a man who has made his career crossing lines (running right past them, really).”

That sounds nice, but here is when our pop idols will stop working with creeps:

When the creep dies.
When the creep is imprisoned.
When the creep stops making lots and lots and lots of money.

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I love Bey's album but this shit is depressing.
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Desolation of Smaug news round up

Hobbit gives NZ director Peter Jackson a Boxing Day full house
The Sydney Morning Herald

Peter Jackson has confirmed his position as Lord of the Ringing Tills with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug recording the second-highest Boxing Day opening in Australian history.

The only film to have topped the $5.465 million the second film in his Hobbit trilogy racked up at the Australian box office on Thursday is the first part, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opened with $5.9 million last year.

Jackson holds the top five places on the Boxing Day chart, with his three Lord of the Rings films filling out the next three positions.

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Naturally gorgeous Leighton Meester goes from Clearasil to Biotherm

Check out Leighton Meester's first commercial for luxury skincare brand Biotherm.

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So, what's keeping your skin from falling off your face this winter break? I've just been applying straight up coconut oil. Thinking of splurging on Josie Maran's argan oil -- anyone know if there's any difference from it and generic pure argan oil?

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North West Gets Matching Ferrari Car Like Dad Kanye West

Only the best for his little girl! Baby North West got her very own mini Ferrari sports car over the holidays -- just like her dad Kanye West! Kim Kardashian shared the adorable picture of the 6-month-old's new wheels via Instagram on Friday, Dec. 27.
"Like father like daughter," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wrote. Alongside the caption, she shared a picture of her fiance's black Ferrari, with North's miniature one placed to the right.
Baby North has had quite the Christmas. Kardashian, 33, shared the designer presents the little tot was gifted with earlier this week. Some of the items that were included? A sweater and two dresses from Stella McCartney, black shoes marked with kittens on top by British designer Charlotte Olympia, shoes by the legendary Giuseppe Zanotti and a matching pink blanket and slippers from Michael Coste (of Hermes Paris).
The family of three spent Christmas at grandma Kris Jenner's home. Two days later, the first-time mom showed off a gift of her own. On Dec. 27, Kardashian revealed that West, 36, surprised her with a Hermes Birkin bag that was hand-painted by artist George Condo. The bag features four nude figures.

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Miley Cyrus & Kellan Lutz Party Together in Vegas!

Miley Cyrus and Kellan Lutz meet up while attending the grand opening of the new Beacher’s Madhouse at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Friday (December 27) in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old singer and the 28-year-old actor were seen sharing a kiss on the cheek inside the venue, but they didn’t spend much time together throughout the night it seems.

Miley was spotted grinding up on Kellan‘s manager Ryan Daly at the party and was in a VIP section with Katy Perry and her BFF Markus Molinari. They all were in attendance at the Britney Spears: Piece of Me opening night show earlier in the evening.

The spotting of Miley and Kellan together fuels the rumors that the pair are dating following the private flight they shared earlier this month.

FYI: Miley is wearing a vintage Calvin Klein top, a vintage Issey Miyake skirt, and Versace shoes.

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Sherlock: Martin Freeman's grumpy audition nearly cost him Watson role

The Sherlock actor Martin Freeman has revealed how he almost missed out on the role of Dr John Watson because he was so grumpy at his audition after the theft of his wallet.

The Hobbit actor stars with Benedict Cumberbatch in the modern-day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, which returns to BBC1 on New Year's Day.

Mark Gatiss, the detective drama's co-creator, told the Radio Times that Freeman's wallet had been stolen on the way to his audition.

Freeman, who had never read any Arthur Conan Doyle before going up for the role, said that because he "wasn't in the best frame of mind" he gave the impression that he did not want to be in the show, which has become a huge hit.

He told the magazine: "I'll admit maybe I was a bit stressed. But a week later my agent rang and said, 'Listen, this Sherlock thing, they're sort of under the impression you weren't that into it.'

"And I said 'Oh … I am really interested. Please call them and let them know that I am interested.'

"I wasn't being blase about it at all. I just wasn't on my best day. So I came in again, read with Benedict and it instantly worked, it seemed to me … I thought he was a fantastic actor and there was something about our rhythms, similarities and differences that meant that it just happened."

Freeman, whose real-life partner, the actor Amanda Abbington, stars as his new love-interest in the next installment, said the drama was "writing for grown-ups, where you're not having to cheat the audience".

The BBC released an online seven-minute teaser episode on Christmas Eve, though no further clues were offered to explain Sherlock's return from the dead after his seemingly fatal fall at the end of the last series. The short video, entitled Many Happy Returns, sets the stage for Sherlock (played by Cumberbatch) to return to London. His friends still think he's dead; his sidekick Watson even wound up in therapy. As Many Happy Returns begins, we find that a series of crimes across the globe, from New Delhi to Germany, have been solved by almost impossible means.


Who else would you like to have seen in the role, ONTD?
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Beyonce and Jay Z Drunk in Love With TONS of Booze

They been drinking, they been drinking ... so Jay Z and Beyonce bought drinks for their entire V.I.P. section last night in Atlanta ... and their bill totaled your annual salary.

Yonce and HOVA hit up Club Reign in Atlanta on Friday -- and our club sources say the duo dropped ALMOST 100K on bottles of Dusse and Ace of Spades for their section.

Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow partied with the power couple as well ... and they were joined by Dream and Trey Songz.

Best part -- Bey and Jay dancing to their own song.

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Miley Cyrus - Screw Twerking, I've Got a NEW DANCE

Miley Cyrus is giving her ass cheeks a rest ... at least on the dance floor ... where she's traded out her twerking-obsession for a NEW lame white person dance ... and TMZ has the footage!!!

The 21-year-old was gettin' down at LIV nightclub in Miami on Friday when she unleashed the new move -- which involves gyrating and invisible hair washing.

No word on what Miley calls her new move, but we've come up with a few suggestions ...

1) Dude, Where's My Hair?

2) Weave Can't Stop

3) The Dinglehopper Stroke ("Little Mermaid" reference, look it up)

Got a better one?

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Viral Video: What Christmas Morning Would Look Like Through the Lens of Your Favorite Director

Ever wondered what a Christmas movie directed by Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese or Baz Luhrmann would look like? So have the folks who work at the production company Fourgrounds Media. They envisioned how all their favorite auteurs would film Christmas morning, and compiled a series of vignettes into one clever mash-up. Each scene captures the aesthetics of some of the world’s most iconic directors, from Woody Allen to Stanley Kubrick to Lars von Trier. There’s even a nod to Michael Moore, who we see flinging muckraking questions at Santa Claus.

The video provides a pretty comprehensive array of viewpoints, but we wouldn’t have minded seeing Christmas morning through the eyes of Sofia Coppola, Quentin Tarantino or even John Hughes.


Dr. Jenn Berman of Couple's Therapy Claims Farrah Was Stood Up During Fiming.

Dr. Jenn Berman has her hands full this time! As host and star of COUPLES THERAPY, she spent three intense weeks attempting to salvage the relationships of nine (mostly D-list) Hollywood celebrities.

Season 4 of the VH-1 series features REAL HOUSEWIVES star Taylor Armstrong and boyfriend John Bluher; former reality dad Jon Gosselin and girlfriend Liz Janetta; Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah and girlfriend Kelsey Nykole, THE REAL L WORD stars Whitney Mixter and Sada Bettencourt and TEEN MOM/adult film actress Farrah Abraham (who gets “stood up” and chooses to complete the journey alone).

Last year, it was widely reported that Farrah Abraham was lobbying very hard to get on your show — even though she didn’t have a boyfriend. Now she is on it and her “boyfriend” mysteriously disappears the night before taping starts. What is going on there.
What I can tell you — and I am a bit limited, legally, about what I am allowed to say — is that she signed on for the experience with a boyfriend whose name I cannot repeat…

Brian Dawe?
I cannot confirm or deny. But this person, the boyfriend, spoke at length with producers, did pre-interviews, had a plane ticket, the whole thing… He was flown in but he never showed up. So she arrived not even knowing that he wasn’t coming. She reached out to him and he didn’t respond to her. I am kind of limited with what I am allowed to say, but he really surprised all of us. When she walked in I sat down with her and said, “What do you know?” And she said, “He is not returning my calls.” She was really, genuinely distraught and confused — as were my staff and producers. My hope was to bring him in [later] to either do therapy or at the very least give closure to the situation. So I spent a lot of time trying to bring him back in. In the meantime, what I found was that this was a woman who desperately needed therapy. This was not an isolated incident. It was very much representative of her patterns with men. This was really an opportunity. I looked at this like, “May this be her rock bottom with men. I think I can help her whether he comes or not.” I thought it was really important to help her.

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Patrick Swayze's Widow Has Found Love Again

Lisa Niemi has found love again.

The actress and dancer, who lost her husband of 34 years, Patrick Swayze, to pancreatic cancer in September 2009, is engaged to jeweler Albert DePrisco, 58, her rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

"Albert proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve," the rep says.

The couple met through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi and have been dating for a year and a half.

A year after Swayze died, Niemi, 57, told PEOPLE she was open to the possibility of being married again.

"I would love companionship love. Absolutely. I hope I’m not one of these women who never want to have another relationship," she said. "But who knows, that’s another bridge I’ll cross when I come to it. I may get there and go, I don’t know. But I like to think that I can.”

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QUEERTY: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers OUTED by [ALLEGED] Boyfriend!

Rumors are swirling that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the NFL stars expected to come out of the closet this summer, and a cyber sleuth site is all but confirming it with a wealth of dirt that suggests he’s also in a gay relationship.

The Fame Driven was apparently tipped off by an anonymous “spy,” who pointed to a number of now-deleted tweets from the Twitter account of Kevin Lanflisi, the man who worked as Rodgers’ “personal assistant” and lived in his home as “a roommate” for the last several years. (Kinda like Kerry Rhodes and his “friend”…)

According to the spy:

Aaron has attended numerous sports award shows with Kevin, always color coordinated and without any double female dates, including the ESPY’s. Kevin was also the first person Aaron embraced when the Packers won the Super-bowl in 2011. I just find it really strange that as of late there has been many bitter subliminal tweets on Kevin Lanflisi’s twitter alluding to a relationship much deeper than a friendship he had, with who I perceive to be Aaron Rodgers, because Kevin has NEVER once tweeted about having a girlfriend, just mainly about the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, and Justin Bieber’s music and sitting front row at Bieber’s concert. There has been speculation for years here in Wisconsin that Aaron is gay.

Rodgers first referred to the super-cute Lanflisi as his “roommate” in a 2008 interview with Sporting News, saying they “just hit it off” when Lanflisi was interning for the Packers. “He’s been great for me as far as great conversations outside of football,” he said. “Our friendship goes a lot deeper than what we do.”

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Nicolas Anelka does 'anti-semitic' gesture during Premier League match

Nicolas Anelka is in trouble with the FA after performing this gesture after scoring at Upton Park today

The Football Association have opened an investigation into a gesture made by Nicolas Anelka at Upton Park today which is widely viewed in France as being anti-semitic.

Anelka has insisted he was not making an anti-semitic statement when he celebrated a goal with the gesture, known as 'La Quenelle', but it is deeply controversial in France.
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France's Minister of Sports called the gesture "a disgusting and shocking provocation" on her Twitter.

You may remember his "friend" from THIS POST

Source / Valérie Fourneyron's Twitter
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Britney Jean Spears wants to act again; professes her love for Jennifer Lynn López

Britney Spears opened her Las Vegas residency last night, but music isn't the only thing on the pop princess's mind.

Spears tells me she'd love to return to the big screen. "I would love to act," she said. "I would love to do movies. If it was the right part, it would be really cool…I love funny movies."

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Vocalist Jennifer López is ready for her musical comeback!

Jennifer Lynn López went home today! Beauty queen, humanitarian, vocalist, songwriter, actress, producer, dancer, choreographer, producer, fashion designer and overall flawless and better than your fave human beign J.Lo, was seen today back in the block (Castle Hill) to film the first music video for upcoming album #10. The track, Simple Girl, was written by no other than the notorious Chris Brown.

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Keira Knightley Covers Harper’s Bazaar UK, Talks Feminism & Twitter

for the TLDR crowd-
Keira on feminism:
“I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f***ing shut up,’” says Keira. ”Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that.”

On why she was only on Twitter for 12 hours:
“It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh.’”

On working in the male-dominated film industry:
“I go to work at 5.30 in the morning; I wouldn’t get back probably until nine o’clock at night. Most of the guys that I talk to – and I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about it – they say [whispers], ‘My wife does everything.’ You think, ‘Why wasn’t I thinking about this five years ago?’ The dearth of women in film is partly what makes her consider directing, she says – because things will only change when more women are in positions of genuine power. “Hollywood has a really long way to go. I don’t think that anybody can deny that, really, and I think as much as you are getting more women playing lead roles… they’re still pretty few and far between.”

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Idris Elba meets Finnish rally driving champ Ari Vatanen in documentary

He’s back in Europe to fulfil a life-long ambition of learning how to become a rally driver and he’s found a bit of an admirer.

As well as James Cracknell and Ben Fogle, there’s another even more unlikely bromance brewing in the second part of the Luther star’s motor-racing documentary.

He’s back in Europe to fulfil a life-long ambition of learning how to become a rally driver and he’s found a bit of an admirer in Finnish rally driving champ Ari Vatanen.

“You look beautiful, handsome even,” Ari, 61, tells him when they meet before he spends the rest of the episode trying to persuade Idris to join him in the sauna.

Ari – a member of the European Parliament – is a character and, like James Cracknell, he almost died in a serious crash in 1985.

His philosophy on treating life like a rally course makes this film a bit more thoughtful than your average episode of Top Gear.

Ari brushes away Idris’s boast he can become a professional rally driver in three years. “He makes classic mistakes of the beginner,” says Ari.

And that’s before Idris rolls the car he’s driving with Ari’s son Max in the passenger seat.

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Mainly an excuse to post about this documentary tbh. Did anybody else catch it? I thought it was so nice; I'm not even that into cars but I really enjoyed this, especially how honest he is about his passions and his insecurities while training for the rally course. The part in Finland made me laugh a lot, because I've been there with British people before and Idris' reaction is exactly the same as theirs was when it was (naked) sauna time.

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Duck Dynasty Family 'Happy' to Put Controversy Behind Them

The last year brought dazzling highs and disappointing lows for the Robertson family, who found fame with Duck Dynasty and more than a little heartache after patriarch Phil Robertson shared his controversial opinions about gays and African-Americans in a new interview.

Robertson was suspended by A&E Networks after his comments to GQ magazine ignited a firestorm, but his suspension was quickly lifted, and the network announced plans to start shooting the next season of the show in the spring.

"The family is happy that they can put this behind them," a source tells PEOPLE.

"It got a little out of hand," the source admits. "Phil has never been disrespectful to anyone and treats everyone with kindness. He made some comments off the cuff that he shouldn't have made, and he knows that."

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