At London's Leicester Square, fans of Terminator, Rocky and more braced themselves for the arrival of movie royalty on Monday (August 13) night. A film premiere wouldn't be a real film premiere without some foul weather, and as the heavens opened, we weren't disappointed.
Fortunately it did nothing to dampen (sorry) the excitement of the arrival of Arnie, Dolph 'Drago' Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and director/lead actor Stallone. Talk about one big boys' club!
Hollywood's youngsters ought to take note - they worked the carpet effortlessly, showing the world that they've still got it by ensuring that fans and journalists alike got their 'slot'. And I can confirm for you, my dear Digital Spy readers, that Jean-Claude, though knocking on a bit, certainly has still got it.
When I asked if he still possesses that famous six-pack, to my delight his response was 'yes ma'am, and please, why don't you feel for yourself?' That was one offer I wasn't going to turn down. Either he put a steel tray under his finally tailored shirt or he's still putting the effort in down the gym, for what I got to grope for a good 10 seconds betrayed a man half his age. JCVD, whatever you may lack in height (seriously, he's tiny), you certainly make up for in physique. You made one lil blonde (and I'm not talking about Kylie) very happy indeed.
There's also excitement on the small screen this weekend as we welcome the return of The X Factor. The judging panel united at London's Corinthia Hotel yesterday (August 16) to launch what promises to be one of the best series yet, and having been privy to a couple of the audition rounds earlier in the year, I can say there seems to be a new, fresh breed of musical talent coming through. I guarantee one or two in particular will make your skin tingle. Oh, and watch out for Mel B, as guest judge. To say she is a little harsh would be a massive understatement. 'Scary' Spice is well and truly back.
ITV is clearly pulling out all the stops in an attempt to kick the important autumn schedule off to a stonking start, pairing up the ninth series of Cowell and Co's signing juggernaut with new series of The Jonathan Ross Show and revamped Ant & Dec vehicle Red or Black? Saturday nights in are back folks. Thank the lord.
Quick mention as well to Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, which kicked off (another) new series this week with some genius casting. Who'd have thought that Julie 'Bet Lynch' Goodyear, Cheryl 'Hev' Fergusson, Julian Clary and a foul-mouthed ex conquest of Simon Cowell could make such entertaining telly? I couldn't give two hoots for the 'normal' series, but the celeb version is sheer bonkers - crass, guilty pleasure TV at its best.
With a (fake) fight already having broken out between 'Bet' & ' Hev' (I swear I've never laughed so much at 11.02pm on a school night) and Martin Kemp (brilliant booking, clearly needs the money) swanning into the Elstree house for the next three weeks, I can't wait to see how the show pans out - as much as I hate to say that. Oh, and my money's on Clary to win.
Lastly, a big thanks to The Wright Stuff team over at the aforementioned Channel 5. Having just launched my Childline campaign and my new series of Camp Orange on Nickelodeon, it was great to join the panel and air my views on this Thursday's show - a journalist's dream! Thanks for all your lovely comments too my friends, I look forward to my next stint.
See you next week where amongst the rest of my showbiz roundup, I'll have a backstage report from the premiere of Keith Lemon's brand new movie. That's 'backstage' not 'backdoors'. Wish me luck.