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Peter Dinklage will be taking a break from navigating the politics of Westeros in order to get a little raunchy. The actor is attached to star in a new R-rated comedy that is being developed by Paramount. The film will center around a man who tells people that he is a real leprechaun, and will reportedly balance out its hard-R nature with an emotional center. It is being described as having a similar feel to 2003's Bad Santa, which starred Billy Bob Thornton as filthy department store Santa, and Jason Bateman's directorial debut Bad Words, which centers around foul-mouthed spelling bee contestants... meaning Dinklage's film will plausibly have the word "bad" in the title, and be full of cursing.
Other than the vaguest of descriptions, not much is known about the project, which will be written by Bad Words' Andrew Dodge. However, no matter what they attempt to throw at him, Dinklage's run on Game Of Thrones has to have prepared him for whatever foul language, nudity, violence, or combinations thereof will be thrown his way. Once you start competing for the Iron Throne, almost nothing can shock you. Dinklage will also be able to bring some gravitas to the role, as his performance in The Station Agent proves that he is a very talented dramatic actor.
Dinklage will next appear as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters in 2014, as well as A Case of You alongside Evan Rachel Wood and Justin Long, who wrote and produced the film. And of course, he will continue to play Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones when the show returns early next year.
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A host of Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing and Rhea Perlman turned out to honour legendary TV director James Burrows on Monday night (07Oct13). The man who helmed huge U.S. hits including Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory was feted in front a star-studded crowd at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
Perlman, who played bolshy barmaid Carla under Burrows' direction in Cheers, took to the stage to say, "He's the greatest director there is. He makes you think that you're funny, but really, he made you funny."
Veteran star Bob Newhart also joined his pal onstage while clutching the Emmy Award he recently won for his turn in The Big Bang Theory, telling Burrows, "I never let it out of my sight. I take it in the shower with me."
Other actors who turned out to see Burrows' recognised for his stellar career included Perlman's husband Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Beau Bridges, Eric McCormack and writer Chuck Lorre.
Legendary rocker Sir Paul McCartney is hesitant to reach out to Thom Yorke to propose plans for a dream collaboration because he fears the Radiohead frontman will reject him. The Beatles icon admits his fashion designer daughter Stella is keen for the pair to hook up in the studio, but the Yesterday hitmaker is worried Yorke won't have time to fit him into his busy schedule.
He tells Britain's NME magazine, "My daughter Stella is very keen (for a Thom Yorke collaboration). She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with.'
"I'm a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. 'Hey Thom, it's Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?' Just in case he says, 'Er, actually I'm busy'."
However, there's one dream duet partner McCartney is eager to turn into a reality: "There were big rumours a couple of years ago about me and Bob Dylan writing together (sic), and I've still got that at the back of my mind. I would like to do it."
Tom Hanks' actor son Colin has joined the cast of the TV revamp of cult Coen Brothers movie Fargo. He will play a police deputy in the 10-episode series, inspired by the 1996 film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman have previously been cast as characters portrayed on the big screen by Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy.
"I was expecting it to be, 'Oh it's great, it's hip-hop, it's loud...' but I hadn't until then got the urban poetry aspect. Like, Bob Dylan is a poet. And so is Jay Z, and Kanye." Sir Paul McCartney is a newly-converted lover of rap.
An unfinished memoir by Bob Dylan's road manager that was feared lost forever has been completed after a fire uncovered audio and videotapes made by the late author. Victor Maymudes met Dylan in 1961 and became the folk legend's road manager and friend. He signed a contract in 2000 for $150,000 (£100,000) to write a book about his life with the musician but died unexpectedly a few months later, leaving it unfinished.
Following a blaze at the author's home in New Mexico in January (13), Maymudes' son Jacob discovered a strongbox containing audio tapes and 8mm film his father had made in preparation for the book, which allowed Jacob to complete his father's work.
Another Side of Bob Dylan will chronicle the Blowin' In The Wind singer's formative years in New York's Greenwich Village, where he and Maymudes met, as well their time touring in the 1980s and '90s.
Patti Smith, Jack White and Marcus Mumford joined forces on Sunday (29Sep13) to stage a three-hour concert in New York celebrating the folk music featured in new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and The Decemberists' Colin Meloy were also among the stars who performed at the special event, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer T Bone Burnett.
The show also included a collaboration between Mumford and folk legend Joan Baez, who teamed up to sing John Fahey's Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry.
The British star couldn't contain his excitement as Baez left the stage, exclaiming to the audience, "That's f**king Joan Baez, man! Everyone's been too cool to have one of those OMG (oh my god) moments."
The Mumford & Sons frontman went on to invite the movie's star, Oscar Isaac, into the spotlight to duet on Bob Dylan tracks I Was Young When I Left Home and Fare Thee Well, which feature on the film's score.
Mumford's actress wife, Carey Mulligan, also appeared on stage during the gig to perform Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens from another Coen Brothers movie soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Town Hall concert, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, raised funds for the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Hip-hop star Chance The Rapper has put his acting skills to the test by voicing an animated Bob Marley for cult cartoon Black Dynamite. The 20 year old, real name Chancelor Bennett, was invited to join the creators of the show, which airs on U.S. network Adult Swim, in the studio for a day to lend his vocals to an animated version of the reggae icon, and he admits he had a blast.
Speaking to Rolling Stone last week (27Sep13), he said, "I had to go in the studio yesterday at Soundscape and record from the script and do the reading. I had to play Bob Marley and I planned on doing this research, and I did not. I came unprepared. It's going to be funny watching this episode because I'm going to be able to remember every line I did, each take, and I'm gonna just laugh at each one they pick... I can't wait until the voiceover people that are professionals hear this and laugh at me, like, 'Oh, this guy's such an amateur!'"
The second season of Black Dynamite, which is based on the 2009 blaxploitation comedy film of the same name, is due to air early next year (14).
Folk icon Bob Dylan is staying away from his gay daughter's upcoming wedding, according to her future mother-in-law. Desiree Dennis-Dylan, the singer-songwriter's daughter with former backing singer and ex-wife Carolyn Dennis, is set to marry her partner Kayla Sampson next year (14), but the rocker won't be there to walk her down the aisle.
Sampson's mother Jolene tells the New York Daily News, "Of course he's invited, but he's just not going to go. He didn't say that, but that's what we are assuming.
"It would be sad (if Dylan doesn't attend), but he is really supportive and happy for her."
Desiree's existence only came to light in 2001 after a biography by Howard Sounes revealed she had been born in 1986. Dennis later explained she and Dylan had decided to keep the birth a secret to give her a normal childhood.
Dylan and Dennis divorced in 1992.
Miley Cyrus has opened up about her opinions on drugs, confirming she loves Ecstasy and marijuana but hates cocaine. The Wrecking Ball singer's love of smoking weed has been well documented since she labelled herself a stoner when she was presented with a Bob Marley birthday cake in 2011.
Earlier this year (13) she defended her habit, insisting alcohol is more dangerous, and now she has added cocaine to the list of substances she hates.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the former child star says, "I think weed is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote (hallucinogenic cactus) in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly (Ecstasy), too. Those are happy drugs - social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You're out in the open. You're not in a bathroom. I really don't like coke. It's so gross and so dark. It's like what are you, from the '90s? Ew."