Russel Brand Denies Romp with Lauren Harries Harries, who shot to fame as child antiques expert James Harries on the Terry Wogan Show, hoped to capitalise off her CBB success with her explosive autobiography. “There might be some celebrities out there worried about my book. There might be big names in there I’ve done things with,” she told the Daily Star. “A TV star. A pop star. Someone in entertainment. I have met a lot of well-known people in my life. “That’s all I am allowed to say. I’m not giving you names yet. Wait for the book. I’ve led a colourful life.” Harries, 35, claimed that her secret lovers included: A pop star who has sold millions of records around the world. He is married but his sexuality has often been questioned. A well-known primetime TV star who has been married but is now divorced.
Russell Brand takes aim at GQ awards organizers
Russell Brand may have found a woman that can take his jokes. After his split from Katy Perry in 2011, and subsequent jabs at their marriage in his comedy routines, the controversial comedian appears to be dating British heiress Jemima Khan . PacificCoastNews.com The comedian told The Guardian that his new love is a nerdish, whirling dervish, which apparently means he likes her a lot. The couple seemingly confirmed their union, cozied up during a stroll through Manhattan on Sunday. Tom Meinelt/Splash News Khan, 39, is the ex-wife of Pakistani politician and former athlete Imran Khan. Brand told The Guardian that he is back on the dating scene in an interview last week, but refused to identify his lady love. Dimitrios Kambouris Jemima Khan and Hugh Grant previously dated from 2004 to 2007. “I’m not typically immune to the allure of objectified women, but I am presently beleaguered by a nerdish, whirling dervish, and am eschewing all others,” he said. Whatever that means. Kevin Mazur/WireImage Brand split with ex-wife Katy Perry in December 2011, after 14 months of marriage. According to Huffington Post UK Brand, 38, and Khan, 39, met two years ago when she asked him to write an article for her magazine, The New Statesman. Khan, a millionaire heiress whose marriage to Pakistani politician and former athlete Imran Khan ended in 2004, also dated actor Hugh Grant from 2004 until 2007.
Russell Brand: Don’t blame Muslims
First, one of the most polarizing figures in American politics decided not to run for re-election this week. I think I heard church bells ringing in reaction. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was briefly an icon of the tea party movement and even pursued an ill-advised presidential campaign that resulted in numerous — and ongoing — ethics investigations. Bachmann used her 15 minutes of fame to divide and demagogue our national debates, routinely accusing opponents of being anti-American and parroting conspiracy theories from her congressional pulpit. Her frequently fact-free accusations made her a favorite on the far-right, but interestingly it is liberal Democrats like Dean who already think they’re going to miss her the most, while Margaret sees her departure as a win for reforming the Republican Party. Russell Brand is best known as a British comedian and TV/film star, who, in addition to co-starring in the upcoming animated film “Despicable Me 2,” is also a Solzhenitzyn-quoting, part-time essayist. In the wake of the barbaric beheading of a soldier in London, Brand wrote an essay in The Sun called “Blame this on madness…not Muslims.” Big Three podcasters John Avlon, Margaret Hoover, Dean Obeidallah Click here to hear podcast Dean was particularly touched by the effort to defend the Muslim community from the ugly passions stirred by group blame. Brand’s perspective is that mental illness is more at fault in the attack than the influence of radical Islam and that root causes must be analyzed, as well. While I agree with Brand’s assertion that we can’t let extremists determine the terms of debate for the rest of society, especially when their goal is to take us off center by inspiring further hate and distrust, I’m not convinced that taking troops out of Afghanistan would stop terrorism — and, unlike Brand, I think that evil exists. But it’s a lively, thoughtful conversation — especially considering that Brand informed us afterward that he conducted it naked looking in a mirror. Which is a sideways segue to commemorating the end of another college year. Yes, its commencement address season and already words of wisdom are being dispensed on college campuses across the country by the likes of Stephen Colbert, President Obama and Wolf Blitzer. The millennial generation is coming of age and we debate whether the “everybody gets a trophy” ethos (plus the uphill economic climb) has left them well prepared for life after college. Dean orates a commencement address of his own, while Margaret and I dispense our advice (you have to be willing to work hard if you want to follow your bliss). Plus, I trot out a dimly remembered quote I like: “The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary.” Our collective consensus slogan: Ladies and gentlemen of the Class of 2013: Lower your expectations.
14, 2013, 11:26 AM EST WENN Russell Brand has aimed a scathing rant at the organisers of the recent GQ awards after he was booted out for cracking jokes about Nazis, branding theAawards aA”fabricated fun” dominated by big business. Find: Brand goes off on ‘Morning Joe’ crew The actor/comedian was removed from the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London earlier this monthafter he used his acceptance speech to criticize the evening’s sponsors Hugo Boss, the German fashion firm which produced uniforms worn by Adolf Hitler’s troops during World War II. Brand told the audience, “Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but they did look [expletive] fantastic, let’s face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality!” BrandAhas now opened up about his experience at the awards show in a column for Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, insisting he didn’t really want to be there and only attended the “because I have a tour on and I was advised it would be good publicity.” AHe adds of the bash, “These parties aren’t like real parties. It’s fabricated fun, imposed from the outside. A vision of what squares (executives) imagine cool people might do set on a spaceship… The glamour and the glitz isn’t real, the party isn’t real.” Brand goes on to describe the audience’s reaction to his controversial speech, writing, “I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still the silence of others… Subsequent to my jokes, the evening took a peculiar turn. Like the illusion of sophistication had been inadvertently disrupted by the exposure. It had the vibe of a wedding dinner where the best man’s speech had revealed the groom’s infidelity. With Hitler.” TheAcomic insists he wasn’t aiming to hurt Hugo Boss, but didn’t want to pander to corporate sponsors, adding, “The jokes about Hugo Boss were not intended to herald a campaign to destroy them… They are, I thought, an irrelevant menswear supplier with a double-dodgy history… We know that however cool a media outlet may purport to be, their primary loyalty is to their corporate backers.