As Emma Stone prepares for her role as Gwen Stacy in the 2012 Spider-Man reboot, she's also amping up for her very first tattoo. This isn't any tattoo, either. Sir Paul McCartney has agreed to design some very special ink for the 21-year-old American actress, one that celebrates her mother's cancer going into remission. Cancer is an issue dear to McCartney's heart, for his first wife of nearly 30 years, Linda, passed away from breast cancer in 1998.
TV Guide reports that Stone revealed the news during her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last Thursday (October 14th). "My mom's favorite song is 'Blackbird,' and it's my favorite song as well," Stone said. "I wrote a letter to Paul McCartney asking him if he would draw two little bird feet, because he wrote the song. And yesterday, he sent them to me."
Stone also says that this tattoo is a one-time deal, adding "We've never gotten tattoos before, and probably never will again."
In other Paul McCartney news, The Daily Telegraph gets up close and personal with his and Linda's first-born daughter, Mary. Her cherubic baby face can be seen peeking out from behind McCartney's jacket on the back cover of his 1970 debut LP, McCartney.
Now the 41-year-old accomplished photographer is releasing her first photography book spanning her work of the last 15 years, From Where I Stand. The collection includes some shots of her famous father as well as friends, family, and other celebs like Madonna, Bono, Debbie Harry, and Kate Moss. McCartney enjoys living life behind the lens and prefers it that way as compared to her sister, Stella, who’s used to being front and center as a highly-acclaimed fashion designer.
"I like blending into the background," she explains. "It’s my job. Though I can be quite noisy and direct sometimes. I think the book shows my character – it has more reflective, quiet moments and then some in-your-face bits. That's me."
From Where I Stand will arrive in the US via Abrams on November 1st.
In other news:
– Yoko Ono just celebrated John Lennon's 70th birthday with the rest of the world and now she joins CNN's Anderson Cooper for an in-depth interview scheduled to air tonight on AC360°. Here, she divulges more about being blamed for the 1970 demise of the world's greatest band, The Beatles.
"I was used as a scapegoat, a very easy scapegoat," Ono says. "You know, a Japanese woman and whatever."
"You think some of it was sexism, racism?" Cooper asks.
"Sexism, racism," Ono replies. "But also just remember that the United States and Britain were fighting with Japan in World War II. It was just after that in a way so I can understand how they felt."
– Simon Cowell just inked a three-year deal with ITV, which means that The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent will be around for the same duration. Woo hoo! Cowell's world domination continues and he couldn't be more thrilled by the recent developments, "I am committed to making sure both shows get bigger and better every year." (BBC)
The former American Idol bad boy judge also chats exclusively with Deadline about what's in store for the US X Factor and how it'll differ from the widely popular British version.
"I said to everybody the other day, with the American show, just think blank sheet of paper. Don't make any promises, don’t make any predictions. Go in with a blank sheet of paper right now. I can feel a change in the air. While everybody's going left, we’re going to be going right."
– We've been waiting an incredibly long time for a sequel to the 1998 hit comedy drama, East Is East. Lucky for us, The Guardian has an exclusive clip from West Is West, which revisits the challenges endured by a mixed-race Pakistani-English family living in Salford, north west England, upon George Khan's efforts to bring his family back to his native Pakistan. Fantastic!
"West Is West" trailer:
– British TV chef Nigella Lawson and her multi-millionaire hubby, Charles Saatchi are looking to get rid of their posh loft apartment located in the Belgravia neighborhood in Central London. The asking price: $56 million. (The Daily Mail)
by MacKenzie Wilson