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Roundup: Robert Pattinson Says No to Simon Cowell’s Help
Twilight star Robert Pattinson is so much more than just a fantastic head of hair and a set of fangs. The English actor is also an accomplished musician and singer, but don't expect him to seek out music magnate Simon Cowell for some assistance.
"I love Simon, I think he is a great personality and I think his shows are entertaining. He is a clever guy and he created artists that he knows the public will like, that's why I don't think he could ever launch my music career," Pattinson says.
The London-born Pattinson, who plays guitar and piano, sang on the acoustic ballad "Never Think" for Twilight's 2008 soundtrack as well as "Let Me Sign," which was also featured in the film. He doesn't really see himself performing on arena-size stages, however, and much prefers the quiet of small bars and clubs. "I play according to my mood, and sometimes that can come across as very depressing in music," he adds. (The Metro)
Would you want to see Robert Pattinson make an album for Simon Cowell's label?
In other news:
– On Sunday night's episode of The X Factor, fellow judge Cheryl Cole performed a smoldering rendition of "Promise This," the first single from her sophomore solo outing, Messy Little Raindrops, which drops in the UK next month. How do you think Cheryl did?
– Helen Mirren never considered herself the "dame" type. The 65-year-old English actress, who's currently starring in the action comedy RED, always figured her sexier roles in films such as Hussy and The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover wouldn't exactly lead to such a respected title, which she received in 2003.
"I was very surprised because I thought I was not that sort," the Academy Award-winner tells The Sunday Mirror. "I was always a bit raunchy, so I thought, 'I'll never be a Dame, I'm not the right sort of person.' So I was really honored. It's always great to be recognized by your country."
– Sherlock and Doctor Who scribe Mark Gatiss reveals his "family values" to The Guardian. He gets quite personal in sharing how he came out to his family and how he and his brother are now close. A charming and fascinating read.
– Robert Smith is a pretty charitable guy in his old age. The 51-year-old Cure frontman already lent Billy Corgan a helping hand when the two covered The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" for Corgan's 2005 solo debut, The Future Embrace. Now he's joined Canadian indie electronic duo Crystal Castles for their new single, "Not In Love." (NME)
– Colin Firth is just like the rest of us, not always the composed actor we know him to be on the silver screen. The King's Speech actor says he almost missed one of his performances in the West End nearly a decade ago. Just moments before he was required to take the stage, Firth explains that he was so consumed with stage fright that he had to escape for a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately the fire door locked behind him, trapping him outside. (UK Theatre Tickets)