Sportsman-turned-U.S. TV host Michael Strahan is set to make his feature film acting debut in the Magic Mike sequel.
The former American football player has lobbied to be in the film since he heard the original was in production and now star and producer Channing Tatum has given him a part in the latest movie. The ex-New York Giants star says, "I'm getting ready to do something that's making me really nervous. I'm about to do something that started as a joke... and I decided to reenact something from his movie (on morning show Live! With Kelly & Michael) and so then he kept messing around with me and he wrote me into the next Magic Mike XXL movie..."
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the all-star cast, which also features Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell.
The film will be released on 3 July (15).
Actress Connie Britton was left petrified after her son's scary encounter with ghosts.
The Nashville star was shooting a film in New Orleans this summer (14) and rented a house which turned out to be haunted.
She explains, "We would sort of hear things bumping around... One night I woke up and I thought I heard my son in the other room... I started to go back to sleep and I just jolted up and I got out of my room... and my friend was carrying my son up the stairs with him... "He was screaming and crying and I'm like, 'What's going on?' and he says, 'I don't want to go back in there, I don't want to see those boys in my room'. "I was freaking out, but the scariest part about it was the way my son was looking at me. His eyes were just wide and he was like, 'I don't want to go back in there with those boys, get those boys out', and I'm like, 'It's OK'. Meanwhile, I'm shaking... Of course I did not sleep the rest of that night, my son did... and he ended up being fine and we ended up staying."
Neil Patrick Harris' son Gideon shunned his role as ring bearer at the actor's wedding to David Burtka in favour of becoming an "orange boy". The How I Met Your Mother star and his partner Burtka wed in a castle in Perugia, Italy over the weekend (06-07Sep14) and they decided to give their three-year-old twins special roles in the ceremony.
However, Gideon was not happy holding the rings and instead chose to hand out oranges to guests at the nuptials.
Sharing the news with viewers on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday (08Sep14), TV presenter Kelly Ripa, who was a guest at the event, explained, "(Daughter) Harper was going to be the flower girl and Gideon was going to be the ring bearer, and he said, 'I don't want to be the ring bearer!' And they said, 'OK, well, what do you want to be?' And he said, 'I want to be the orange boy.' And he passed out oranges to everybody as he came down the aisle...!
"He came up with it (the role) on his own. He had his little tux and his top hat and he was passing out oranges."
Ripa continued, "Later on, during the night, we were dancing (and) I said to him, 'Look, Gideon, I saved your orange because I'm going to keep it forever.' And he goes, 'Oh, you shouldn't! It's so delicious!'"
Ripa went on to reveal the "beautiful family affair" also included magic tricks, fireworks and a special toast from close friends Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, who acknowledged the progress made in the global fight for equal rights for lesbian and gay couples.
She added, "(They) got up and said, 'You know, many, many years ago, this would not be possible. We're so thankful and grateful to everybody for supporting us and our families, and how our children (John and Furnish's sons and Harris and Burtka's kids) have each other to sort of look to each other as another example of a family like ours and how the definition of a family is changing, always.'"
Elton also thrilled guests by performing during the reception.
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are teaming up to star in new adult comedy Driving Dick Kelly. The film stars De Niro as a recently widowed, salacious U.S. Army veteran who manages to trick his uptight grandson, played by Efron, to drive him to Florida for spring break.
According to TheWrap.com, veteran actors Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas were also up for the role that eventually went to De Niro.
Efron, who performed an impersonation of De Niro in college comedy Neighbors earlier this year (14), previously starred in 2011's New Year's Eve with the legendary actor, but the two did not share any scenes together.
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In an appearance on the Live with Kelly and Michael inimitable Dame Helen Mirren was forced to relive the moment when she twerked in front of the world whilst receiving Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Award. She handled the embarrassing moment as only she could—with grace, humor, and even more twerking.
Helen Mirren: Oscar-winner, beloved thespian, and twerker extraordinaire. If Miley Cyrus has given us nothing else, she has given us this winning moment in internet history. And for that, we thank her.
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Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal learned she wasn't born a Maggie after filing papers to take her husband's last name. The star decided to take her husband Peter Sarsgaard's last name when the couple wed in 2009, and had to produce her birth certificate to officials before she could make the change.
After her parents found the document, Gyllenhaal was shocked to learn her birth name was not Maggie.
She tells Live! with Kelly and Michael, "My parents couldn't find (my birth certificate). Finally they pulled it together and got it for me and it says my name is Margolit, which I really love, but it's not my name. I grew up Maggie, Maggie's on everything...
"(My parents) didn't remember (that they named me Margolit) and in fact they still insist that my name is not Margolit."
Harry Potter star Brendan Gleeson is set to play a crime-solving paraplegic in writer/director John Michael Mcdonaugh's next movie. The Irish star will reteam with his Calvary director for The Lame Shall Enter First.
McDonaugh tells WENN, "It's about a spectacularly abusive paraplegic. Brendan will be in a wheelchair going around in South London. He hates anyone who's able bodied, so he basically hates the entirety of society.
"I've been thinking about (Calvary actress) Kelly Reilly for the psychiatrist who tries to get the guy's life back on track and fails. It will be a dark comedy with a kind of crime element to it, because he tries to get his life in order by solving the murder of one of his disabled friends because he believes the police aren't investigating it properly because the guy was disabled.
"I stole the title from a Flannery O'Connor short story."
Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is to play James Franco's lover in a new biopic.
Franco will portray gay rights activist-turned-pastor Michael Glatze in the Justin Kelly film, adapted from a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
Glatze went on to denounce homosexuality as a minister in Wyoming. Emma Roberts is also attached to the project.
Tilda Swinton is in talks to reteam with her Michael Clayton co-star George Clooney in the new Coen Brothers movie Hail Caesar!. The actress, her The Grand Budapest Hotel onscreen lover Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum are all in negotiations to join the cast of the Hollywood studios period comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is slated to play a Gene Kelly-type dancer, while Swinton is up for the role of top gossip columnist, and Fiennes is close to signing on to play a studio director.
The film isn't Clooney's first Coen Brothers project - he also starred in the filmmaker siblings' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty.