Chris Pratt is on a roll (and not into another pit a la his character Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation). According to The Wrap, Universal is eyeing Pratt for the leading male role in Jurassic World.
Assuming the actor does end up taking the role (and is able to figure out a filming schedule that would work with Parks and Recreation), he'll appear on screen alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and possibly the Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan who is also being sought after for the film. Josh Brolin had originally been in talks for the lead role, but a deal was never made.
If Pratt signs on for the Jurassic Park sequel, then the up-and-coming big-name star could add yet another film to his growing list. Pratt, who has already proved his worth on the NBC comedy alongside Amy Poehler, has been quickly building up his "serious" acting credentials in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Additionally, he is set to star as Peter Quill in Marvel's 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, voice the lead role in The LEGO Movie, and appear in The Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's Her. From the looks of it, Pratt doesn't plan on being pinned as the loveably dopey Andy forever. (But we still want a Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park mash-up, because that just seems like it would be magical.)
Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from the script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
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Rihanna has sparked rumours of a reconciliation with her ex-boyfriend Drake after the pair spent a racy night together at a strip club in Texas. The former couple, which dated on/off after the Umbrella hitmaker's split from Chris Brown in 2009, hooked up in the early hours of Thursday (14Nov13) after Rihanna joined the audience for the rapper's show in Houston.
After the concert, Rihanna headed to the city's V Live Gentlemen's Club with her entourage before being joined by Drake. The pair sat together and showered resident strippers with $17,000 (£11,333) between them, according to E! News.
One of the dancers, named Jhonni Blaze, claims the stars "looked like a couple" and left together after spending three hours in the venue.
Chris Pratt first caught our eye way back in the early 2000s when he co-starred on The WB’s Everwood (yeah, we’re talking pre-CW era TV.) Then he was on The O.C. as Summer’s unfortunate college boyfriend. He bounced around for a bit until he landed on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, where his humor officially captured our hearts. Pratt plays Andy Dwyer, the quirky and lovable guy who has his own FBI Agent alter ego: Bert Macklin.
Recently Pratt has been cast in a couple major roles: Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Emmet, the star of The LEGO® Movie. Plus he’s co-starring opposite comedic heavyweight Vince Vaughn in the upcoming film Delivery Man. In addition to all the great roles he’s landed, no one has stopped talking about Pratt since a photo of him at the gym went viral earlier this year. (All we can say in response to the photo is: wow and hot damn.) The actor — who previously would have most politely been described as husky — cut out beer and junk food from his diet and went to the gym in order to look the part of a cut, muscular superhero.
We’re not superficial; we loved Pratt even as the husky-but-funny Andy Dwyer, but now he’s got that same affable humor as well as a superhero body. Seriously, he’s every girl’s dream boyfriend and he's a guy's guy. How can you not love him?
We didn't think it was really possible that we'd ever see Joey, Chris, Lance, J.C., and Justin singing and dancing together again. Then the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards happened and the whirlwind of excitement was too much for a classic boy band fan to handle. Sure, the moment was short, sweet, and overshadowed by some lady with a foam finger. But then there were the possibilities. Were they talking about more collaboration? Why did their management snag the @NSYNC Twitter handle? Maybe that 90 second, hastily rehearsed mash-up was just the beginning.
So, there hasn't been a tour announcement. No new albums are on the horizon. But last week, Chris Kirkpatrick got married with all of his bandmates by his side. And maybe — just maybe — that's enough for all of us.
It's not 1999 anymore, and the "Space Cowboy" mechanical bull choreography probably looks a lot different when a 42-year-old man tries it on for size. But the worst implication of the band's hiatus — we refuse to call it a break-up — was that the guys weren't friends anymore. Boy band fans may get a bad rap for being shallow, and yes, we do appreciate and honor the cute. But it was the camraderie that drove the obsession, and imagining some feud or resentment was just too sad. Now that we know that Justin Timberlake put on a Men's Wearhouse suit and walked Chris's great aunt to her seat, those fears are assuaged.
Dear *N Sync:
We can live without the official reunion, just as long as you guys still hang out every once in a while. And maybe have someone from People there to take pictures.
Chris Brown has launched legal action against a woman who alleged he assaulted her during a night out in California. The Kiss Kiss singer hit headlines in June (13) when Deanna Gines claimed the star pushed her to the ground at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim.
Gines alleged she suffered torn ligaments in her right knee as a result of the incident, but police decided not to pursue the case.
She sued the singer over her alleged injuries, and now Brown has hit back with a countersuit, accusing her of lying and being "heavily intoxicated" at the club, according to TMZ.com.
Irish actor Chris O'dowd was so broke at the time Bridesmaids hit the big screen, he couldn't even afford cable TV to watch his U.S. interviews promoting the film. The star landed his breakthrough role in the 2011 hit after moving to Los Angeles to get over a broken heart, and bought himself a base in the city from which to pursue his movie career.
O'Dowd was thrust into the limelight when the comedy drew rave reviews, but funnelling his money into his American home left him so poor, he couldn't keep up with his bills.
He says, "I bought a house... I put all of my money into this house and then hadn't worked for six months. I was just really broke so we got our cable turned off and all that kind of stuff.
"It was weird. I was more broke than I have ever been in a way, because I was in so much debt. It was really scary."
O'Dowd admits his bank balance plummeted because he was turning down roles which didn't live up to Bridesmaids: "At that time I had just done that job which I loved so much I got really picky and didn't take jobs I would normally take, and if you do that for long enough you end up broke.
"It was as simple as that. I was being offered a lot of bad rom-coms and a few things which I thought were going to happen just didn't end up happening."
While its executive hierarchy has hardly changed over the past few years, the fortunes of Paramount Studios at the box office have been a roller coaster. As with each of the previous studio analyses, we begin Part One of our Paramount analysis with an examination of the four years leading up to this one. To read the full article, check it out at Studio System News!
Where we left off: Dana skedaddled out of the Brody household, leaving Chris to figure out life on his own (probably for the best). Plus, Saul finally caught Javadi, and it was revealed that Carrie is totally pregnant.
"Gerontion"In this episode, Saul reveals his plans for Javadi, Mira is unfaithful, Carrie has a bout of morning sickness, Quinn realizes his whole life is a moral nightmare, and, cross your fingers, the Brody family might be gone forever.
Okay, so if we’re being serious, the Brody family probably hasn’t been booted from the show; however, none of the Brodys appear in this week's episode. The thing is, I didn't realize that they weren’t in it until the morning after, when I started writing this recap. It just goes to show that Homeland can survive without its lesser characters and the unfortunate sophomoric (and annoying) storylines that come along with them.
With the Brodys out of the picture, specifically Dana, the episode is able to focus entirely on the spy drama we love. The majority of the episode revolves around Saul and his plan to send Javadi back to Iran as a double-agent. The last thing the cruel money-lusting murderer wants to do is be sent back to Iran where he could be killed for one of the many things he’s done, but Saul has a long-term plan for him that will hopefully result in Saul "changing the Middle East forever," or at least that’s what he thinks he can do. (We’ll see how far this plan goes, seeing as how Javadi is a sneaky rat.)
Things get even better when Saul pulls one of the most badass moves of his career and royally burns Senator Lockhart. The soon-to-be CIA director is about to tattle-tale on Saul to the president for sending Javadi back to Iran, but Saul literally locks Lockhart in a conference room with a disconnected phone (and turns the lights off for good measure). Yes, the move is completely ridiculous, but it works because there’s probably not one person watching Homeland that hasn’t wanted to see Lockhart get his. And to rub even more salt in his wound, we find out that Adal, who has been quite shady and two-sided, finally shows that he’s on Saul’s side. (This isn’t to say that Adal won’t betray Saul again if the right opportunity presents itself in the next episode.) While the senator is locked away, it will be interesting to see how the show continues to function once Lockhart becomes director. Even though Saul only has 10 more days to call the shots, it seems quite unlikely that the writers would put us through the last half of the season having to listen to Lockhart insult Saul every chance he gets, mostly because that storyline would grow tired within five seconds.
As for Quinn, the super spy might be having a mid-life crisis. It seems like he’s seen enough death and bloodshed for a lifetime, and his moral compass is pointing as far away from Saul, Carrie, and the CIA as possible. Towards the end of the episode, he says to Carrie: “You f**kin’ people. Have you ever done anything but made things worse?” The problem is, I don’t think they have. We’ve been rooting for the CIA because we think they’re supposed to be the good guys, but they’ve been the cause of a lot of unnecessary murder. Yes, if we’re listening to Saul, the plan in the long run will help more people than it will (and has) hurt, but is that a good plan? Without Quinn’s conscience, we might have never questioned everything that Saul and Carrie do. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some good come of their actions in the upcoming episodes so we don’t all have meltdowns like Quinn.
Highlight of the episode: The Brody family seems to have vanished. (Anyone know where the grandma from Episode 1 went?).
Upset of the episode: Quinn’s shirt was only off for 10 seconds.
Pop star Lily Allen has been drafted in to support Coldplay at the band's third annual Under 1 Roof concert to help raise funds for a U.K. children's charity. The rockers first curated a concert for the Kids Company in 2011, and now the show is in its third year, they have asked Allen to continue her pop comeback by performing at the gig at the Eventim Apollo in London on 19 December (13).
The gig will also feature comedy in the form of David Brent - Ricky Gervais' TV alter-ego from The Office. Gervais embarked on a series of sold out shows as his comedy creation earlier this year (13).
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says, "Buying a ticket to this concert will guarantee two things: a totally unique never-to-be-repeated night of star-spangled entertainment, and money in the Christmas coffers of a charity that brings love and happiness to London's most vulnerable kids."
Rizzle Kicks will also perform at the event, which will raise funds to help disadvantaged youngsters in the U.K. capital and Bristol, England.
Allen made her official stage return at Robbie Williams' concert at the London Palladium last week (08Nov13).
"When we woke up it was raining and that was a bit of a bummer because the ceremony location was outside. Luckily the rain went away and the show went on as planned." Former 'N Sync star Chris Kirkpatrick was worried by the rainy weather on the day he married his longterm girlfriend Karly Skladany on 2 November (13) at the Loews resort hotel in Orlando, Florida.