Pandora: Guy's not talking Kabbalahs

Guy Ritchie hasn't been shy of late. Understandable, what with a new film out and his wife's world tour to promote. Still, there was one subject he was reluctant to discuss when chatting with Pandora: his erstwhile religion, Kabbalah.

"I don't think that's pertinent any more," he commented tersely.

Not long ago, Mr Madonna found the Jewish mysticism so engrossing that he made it a central theme in his film Revolver. Sadly, the project was critically panned.

Pandora can't help but wonder what's made him change his mind.



If you want crooning, don't ask Mr Keuning

With 12 million record sales under their belt, The Killers must have access to every luxury that comes with the celebrity lifestyle.

Pandora was surprised, then, to run into the band's guitarist Dave Keuning wandering the insalubrious alleyways of south-east London's Elephant and Castle, looking, it's fair to say, a little worse for wear.

What was a nice boy like him doing in a questionable situation like that?

"I'm on the way back from a house party in Brixton," he said. "Though I'm not too sure of the way home."

Given the hour – 3am – it seemed safe to assume he'd had a good time. Not so, claims Keuning. "Everyone kept asking me to sing Killers' tunes on the karaoke. They don't understand – I'm not the singer!"

Cruelty to Prescott

Who says the Liberal Democrats don't have a sense of humour?

The party's latest worthy policy paper – setting out plans to improve crime detection – contains a scathing critique of the Government's legislative propensity.

It points out: "In their first decade in government, Labour added 370 Acts and 33,000 Statutory instruments to the statute book, a total of 114,000 pages.

"This legislation takes the same amount of shelf space as 200 copies of War And Peace and is twice as heavy as John Prescott."

Chinese taken away

Gordon Brown likes to ensure relations with China are close but not too cosy. The Government's latest move in this direction, however, seems just a little petty.

Asked to design a coin commemorating the Beijing Olympic Games, artist Paul Huxley was disappointed when his work was vetoed. Apparently the Royal Mint approved, but the Treasury had been turned off by his use of Chinese imagery.

"Even if people did say, 'How dare the Mint produce something with a Chinese symbol on it,' I doubt that the Chancellor would get much stick for it," retorts an injured Huxley.

It's tough work, Toby, but someone's got to do it ...

Toby Kebbell may be the luckiest up-and-coming actor in the country. The jammy Yorkshire-boy, currently starring in RocknRolla, has just finished filming for Stephen Frears's Cheri, in which he gets to play – wait for it, boys – Michelle Pfeiffer's masseuse.

"I couldn't believe it," he tells me. "I spent, like, six months massaging Michelle Pfeiffer. Not only that but I got to punch Keira Knightley's boyfriend, Rupert Friend, bless him. It was the best job in the world."

He's since been instructed to start piling on the pounds for another project, an order he isn't taking lightly.

"There's none of this protein shake bollocks," he boasts. "Just plenty of Guinness and good food."

That's right Toby, rub it in.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones