Stephen Fry [pictured] has Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to thank for his role in the new Sherlock Holmes sequel, the film's director has revealed to the Press Association this week. Chris is an avid fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, and thought TV presenter and raconteur Stephen would be perfect to play the sleuth's brother Mycroft in Guy Ritchie's film Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows.
At a press conference to promote the film with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, who play Holmes and Watson, Guy said: "Robert and I, we have a mutual friend, Chris Martin out of Coldplay, he's a Sherlockian. He's very enthusiastic about the whole thing, like Stephen Fry, and it was his idea. I think he told Robert first." Robert quipped: "Every good idea in this movie came from Chris Martin."
And Guy revealed Stephen had no qualms about appearing naked in one scene in the film, which also features Robert dressed up in drag. "I thought it was going to be an issue when we presented him with the pages and it says he's naked. But then he turned up on the day naked and there was no great resistance, rather like getting Robert into a dress. I've got a sneaky suspicion it could've been his idea, anyway, he turned up to work without any clothes." [More on this article is at the messageboard now (thanks Mimixxx)]
Rumours that Coldplay will hold a concert in Manila have been around for the better part of the year. This was only made worse this week by a fake concert "poster" [pictured, right] that supposedly confirmed the 2012 gig, and caused quite a stir among the excited, and later on, disappointed fans, writes the GMA News Network. Read on for the rest of their article...
A photo made the rounds over social networking sites Sunday afternoon showing a polished, professional-looking poster that tagged the concert, “Viva Manila,” a play on the words of Coldplay's album, “Viva La Vida.” The concert, according to the poster, will be held on April 18 next year at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. MTV was shown to headline the project, with footnotes that included Smart Telecommunications, Ticketnet and Manila-based concert promoter Dayly Entertainment. Dayly Entertainment, on its Twitter page issued a statement Sunday, denouncing the concert as a hoax and eventually revealing the person behind the fake poster. Dayly uploaded a screencapped Facebook status of a certain Roe Alfaro who said the poster was one he made for a Computer Graphics class and it was "not intended to spread any rumors."
Damage has been done though. More than false hopes, Dayly claimed they are now being questioned for "false marketing by different organizations including the Coldplay management" because the company logo appeared on the poster. In a Facebook reply to a user who suggested taking legal actions, Dayly Entertainment said "we are pushing."
In an email to GMA News Online, however, Dayly Entertainment said the group will, for now, focus on clearing up the issue and their company's name. They also said they have not heard anything from Alfaro. Alfaro has not replied to GMA News Online's Facebook message yet. Dayly also said the incident may affect the chances of bringing Coldplay to the country. Alfaro's photo has earlier convinced fans including events manager Teddy Dario and radio disc jockey Andi Manzano that Coldplay was indeed coming to Manila. Dario even replied to inquiring fans that the concert was "confirmed" and that it was an "MTV Philippines event." He, along with others retracted their own postings upon learning it was a hoax.
“Coldplay in Manila” even landed on Twitter’s top trending topics in the Philippines and, as of posting, is the 3rd top trending topic on PHL Twitterverse. It was not clear whether Alfaro posted the photo on a public site or his Facebook profile, or whether it was distributed by others after the original upload. Netizens are arguing that a photo of such nature should not have been posted on the Internet at all, but some are sympathizing with Alfaro for an "honest mistake" that just went "horribly wrong."
Others, on the other hand, were quick to conduct their own research and noted that the band's official website clearly indicated Coldplay will indeed perform in another country–but in Canada on April 18, 2012.
You Me At Six have branded Coldplay one of the "best bands of all time", report Digital Spy today. The band made the claim ahead of their intimate gig last night (December 13th) celebrating the Hard Rock Cafe's 40th anniversary and insisted that everyone likes at least one Coldplay track. Frontman Josh Franceschi told Absolute Radio: "I saw Coldplay the other night and they are the best band of all time."
Guitarist Max Helyer continued: "You know with Chris Martin and you hear that acoustic guitar part in 'Yellow'? He kicks it off second song in and it's probably their biggest song, you just go, 'Wow, this hour and a half is going to be full of hits'. And it was."
Franceschi added: "After that show I did a thing afterwards where I said I wish I'd written 'Fix You'. Then some kid on Twitter was like, 'I can't believe you like Coldplay. They're the blah, blah band in the world' - like the worst band or whatever. "I was just like, 'How are you alive and functioning like a human?' I think everybody in the world likes at least one Coldplay song. There's a song in there for everyone on any level. They're the biggest band in the world right now. Their last album went to number one across the world, so they're the ones having the last laugh, right?!"
Photos from behind-the-scenes of Coldplay's video shoot for new single Charlie Brown (13th December 2011):
Dont' forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting tickets/excited for the European & North American 2011 and 2012 shows:
14 - Paris, France @ Bercy [discussion]
15 - Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena [discussion]
17 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Ahoy [discussion]
18 Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis [discussion]
20 Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle [discussion]
21 Berlin, Germany @ O2 World Arena [discussion]
17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]
18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]
20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]
25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]
27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]
1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]
20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]
22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]
24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]
29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]
1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]
9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]
29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]
2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]
5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]
3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]
30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
02 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]
04 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]
06 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]
12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]
14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]
19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]
22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]
Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)
Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)