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Craig says he wanted out of 007

Plus: Swedes protest Chris Brown concert; Walker to headline new HBO spy series; Blanchett honoured in Sydney; Bieber and Gomez call it quits

Daniel Craig, who is normally tight-lipped with the media, admitted to the Rolling Stone magazine that he cannot stop Googling himself. Francois Duhamel / Sony Pictures / AP Photo
Daniel Craig, who is normally tight-lipped with the media, admitted to the Rolling Stone magazine that he cannot stop Googling himself. Francois Duhamel / Sony Pictures / AP Photo

Craig says he wanted out of 007

Daniel Craig wanted to get out of the role of James Bond from his first appearance, he tells the latest issue of Rolling Stone. "I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it," he said. "They won't let me go, and I've agreed to do a couple more … because business is business." The 44-year-old actor, known for being tight-lipped with the media, also admitted he has trouble stopping himself from Googling his own name. "I really, truly try. But then I can't help myself. It's a sickness." - AFP

Swedes protest Chris Brown concert

The photo of an assaulted Rihanna is being used to protest Chris Brown's Saturday concert in Stockholm. "People are showing their dislike that Chris Brown is coming to town by posting these posters," tweeted Sweden's official account, which is run by a different Swede every week. Copies of the photo are all over parks and train stations, although the people behind them have yet to come forward. Brown assaulted Rihanna in 2009. According to media reports, the two have rekindled their relationship. Rihanna recently announced a duet with Brown titled Nobodies Business.

Walker to headline new HBO spy series

Benjamin Walker, the star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been cast as the lead in HBO's new Cold War espionage show The Missionary. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) was previously in talks for the part. Produced by the unlikely trio of Mark Wahlberg, Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage), the series will focus on a Berlin-based American missionary who becomes a CIA operative in the 1960s. The FX network is also producing a Cold War-era series, The Americans, starring Keri Russell.

Blanchett honoured in Sydney

The Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University on Saturday for her services to the arts as the director of the city's flagship theatre company. "This means a great deal to me as someone who didn't complete my arts degree at Melbourne University," Blanchett told the Sun-Herald. Blanchett and her playwright husband Andrew Upton are credited with turning around the Sydney Theatre Company's finances during their tenure, which began in 2008 and expires at the end of next year. - AFP

Bieber and Gomez call it quits

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have ended their relationship, according to The Associated Press. The split happened last week and distance and their busy schedules were contributing factors. Bieber, 18, is touring to promote his latest album, while the 20-year-old Gomez is filming a Wizards of Waverly Place reunion for Disney Channel. E! News was the first to report the split. - AP