"I just spoke to (producer) Jerry Bruckheimer... and he said it's real, they're working on the script and they're getting close. It all looks good." Martin Lawrence on the development of a third Bad Boys movie with Will Smith.
Looks like Westeros could use a Jerry Springer of its own. Despite leaving the show in a shocking, violent manner three years ago, Sean Bean revealed to Vulture that he wants to make another appearance on Game of Thrones… if only to settle a custody dispute. The former Ned Stark was delighted to find out that the show might be planning some flashbacks in the upcoming season that would allow him to drop by the Seven Kingdoms and clear up some “unfinished business”: “I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you? So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things?”
Before you get too excited, though, nothing about the flashbacks or Jon Snow’s true lineage has officially been confirmed, but it does seem as if Bean agrees with the popular fan theory that posits that Jon is actually the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, and Rhaegar Targaryen. The theory, which is based on several key pieces of evidence presented in the books that unfortunately didn’t make their way into the show, states that Lyanna and Rhaegar ran away together, and when Ned found her in the middle of the war, in a bed filled with blood, he made her a promise that he kept for the rest of his life. That promise was to raise her son as his own, and keep him safe from Robert Baratheon, her betrothed, who would kill the baby for being a Targaryen. As the series has grown in length and popularity over the years, this idea has become one of the most dominant points of speculation, and a video breaking down all of the evidence supporting it recently went viral.
While we still have to wait for George R.R. Martin himself to confirm or refute the theory, it would have a major effect on the series if it were true. Firstly, being the son of Rhaegar would not only mean that Jon is Ned’s nephew, but Daenerys’ as well, which gives him a claim to the Iron Throne. In fact, it would give him a better claim to becoming King of Westeros than the one Dany has, since he would be Rhaegar’s immediate heir. However, it seems unlikely that Jon would be able to actually rule the kingdom, since unless Rhaegar and Lyanna married in secret, he would still be a bastard. He could, of course, be legitimized in some way – much like Ramsay Bolton was at the end of Season 4 – but even then, as a member of Night’s Watch, he wouldn’t be allowed to own property or wear a crown. Depending on what happens in the sixth book, he might be able to find a loophole in those rules, but as of right now, Jon’s loyalty is to the Wall.
Therefore, it’s hard to really predict the exact repercussions that Jon’s true lineage would have on Westeros as a whole. Some fans have speculated that having both Stark and Targaryen blood would make Jon the “Song of Ice and Fire” that is mentioned in the title of the series. Since some Starks are wargs, and some Targaryens have the kind of powers normally associated with dragons, it could be possible that Jon has some kind of power as well, which Martin will likely reveal later in the series.
The “Ice and Fire” could also have something to do with Dany. Fans have been waiting for her and Jon to interact for years now, and if they are related, that could make a meeting between the two much more likely. Perhaps their shared lineage would allow them to form an alliance of some sort, as Dany’s army and Jon’s command of the Wall would be beneficial to both of them. Alternatively, it could create some kind of competition between them, especially since Dany has lived her whole life believing that she is the only person in Westeros who should rightfully inherit the Iron Throne.
There’s also been speculation that Jon being Lyanna’s son makes him the third part of the Three-Headed Dragon that is if often talked about, which prophecies the person meant to rule Westeros. Some fans believe that the three people who make up the dragon’s heads are the children whose mothers died in childbirth: Dany, Tyrion, and Jon. Martin noting that Ned made his promise to Lyanna while she was in a “blood-soaked” bed seems to imply that she died giving birth to Jon, which makes him a likely candidate to be one of the dragon’s heads. Others think that the Three-Headed Dragon is made up of three people with Targaryen blood, since Aemon I conquered Westeros with two other people, and so Jon, Dany and Maester Aemon would be the ones the prophecy refers to. Alternatively, being the embodiment of the “Song of Ice and Fire” thanks to his parents could mean that Jon is Azhor Ahai, the prince who has been promised by the Lord of the Light to lead the people out of darkness. If fans have correctly predicted what will happen in Book 6, then it seems like Jon might indeed be the savior of the Seven Kingdoms.
Regardless of whether any of this is true, Jon discovering who his parents really are would be important to him on a personal level, as it would finally give him a sense of self and belonging. He has spent his whole life feeling like an outsider, and he has never been able to fit in with any group. If he can learn where he truly comes from, he might be able to find some kind of inner peace, and then maybe he can stop moping around so much. Still, we’ll have to wait until Martin finishes the series in order to find out if any of these theories are correct, and get the answers we’ve been clamoring for. Although, at the rate he’s going, we’ll probably never get any answers at all.
Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. has joined the cast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic film Selma. The Jerry Maguire star will play American civil rights lawyer and activist Fred Gray in the movie, which will centre on King's voting rights campaign in 1965.
David Oyelowo will portray King, while British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film.
Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are among the project's producers.
Crooner Jerry Vale has died aged 83. The singer passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California on Sunday morning (18May14). A spokesperson for his family claims he had been in declining health for some time.
Vale, real name Genaro Louis Vitaliano, was discovered in his teens while performing at supper clubs in New York City, and went on to record more than 50 albums throughout his career.
The singer was best known for his popular tunes including Al-Di-La and a version of America's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which was commonly played at sports events for years.
Vale also appeared as himself in two Martin Scorsese-directed classics, Goodfellas and Casino, and also made a cameo in an episode of The Sopranos in 2002.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, and their two children.
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Anyone alive in 1984 — and many that weren't — can instantly recognize the synthesizer strains of Beverly Hills Cop's theme song "Axel F." Eddie Murphy's blockbuster comedy topped Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to be the year's top grossing movie. With talk that another sequel to the film is in the works, it's time to look back at what made the original such a smash. You might be able to hum along with the theme, but here are some fun facts that you might not know.
1. Sylvester Stallone was set to play Axel Foley right up until two weeks before filming was to begin, causing the production team to rewrite on the fly in order for Murphy to step into the role.
2. When director Martin Brest was offered the job by producer Jerry Bruckheimer he was lukewarm on the project, so he flipped a coin to decide whether or not to do it. When the film became a huge success, Brest had the quarter that he used framed.
3. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton did an improv bit during their joint audition that ended up in the movie. It's the scene in the film where Reinhold's Rosemont tells Ashton's Taggart that the average American has "five pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels."
4. The script bounced around Hollywood for a long time and was originally a more traditional, tense actioner. Among the directors that turned down the more serious script were Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg. Before Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Al Pacino, and James Caan were each attached to the Axel role at various times.
5. Even though Reinhold was only two years removed from playing a high school senior in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the actor is four years older than Murphy, who was only 23-years-old when Beverly Hills Cop was released.
6. The T-shirt that Murphy wears in the film is from a real Detroit area high school (Mumford), which was inundated with requests for the shirt. The section of the movie filmed in Detroit also featured Gil Hill, who actually did work for the city police department, as Murphy's boss. Hill went on to be a city councilman in the Motor City.
7. The Beverly Hills police in the movie use something called a "satellite tracking system," which the film team made up as a way to get around a sticky plot issue. The government's first GPS didn’t become fully operational until 1995… 11 years after Beverly Hills Cop.
8. Harold Faltermeyer, who scored a Top 10 hit with the instrumental "Axel F," also wrote Glenn Frey's Top 10 hit from the soundtrack, "The Heat Is On." The movie produced two other hits in The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" and Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude."
9. Originally, the art museum where Axel goes to find his friend Jenny once he gets to Los Angeles was supposed to have two men working in it. When Bronson Pinchot — who would later star in the television show Perfect Strangers — auditioned with the weird Eastern European accent that his character Serge affects, Brest made the role bigger to allow more interaction between Pinchot and Murphy. The character was such a hit that Pinchot's sitcom character used a variation of the same accent.
10. Stallone retained his affinity for the original script. His film Cobra was largely based on the ideas that he had for Beverly Hills Cop. That film, along with Beverly Hills Cop 2, co-starred Stallone's one-time wife Brigitte Nielsen.
11. The film was the first comedy to open on over 2,000 screens upon its release. Its success helped set the stage for the "wide openings" that became the norm in later years.
12. The movie was the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all-time until The Hangover finally knocked it from its perch. It made over $230 million at the box office in the United States. Adjusted for inflation, however, that would translate to over $650 million now.
Jerry Seinfeld and Robert De Niro are set to headline a special TV tribute to veteran comedian Don Rickles. The Toy Story star, 87, will be feted by some of his close pals and Hollywood's biggest stars in One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.
Alongside Seinfeld and De Niro, Rickles' long career in the entertainment business will be remembered by David Letterman, Martin Scorsese, Bob Newhart, Tracy Morgan, John Stamos, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis Philbin, and Jon Stewart.
The show will be taped at New York City's iconic Apollo Theater on 6 May (14) and will air on America's Spike TV network on 28 May.
The Walkmen's Walter Martin is set to release a children's album. The rocker's We're All Young Together will debut in May (14), and will feature a collaboration with The National's Matt Berninger on the song We Like The Zoo ('Cause We're Animals Too).
Martin says, "(That's) my tribute to the lost art of the novelty song. Songs like Poison Ivy and Yakety Yak - all those (Jerry) Leiber and (Mike) Stoller masterpieces are a big part of my life.
"I didn't want to put my name on an album that didn't have room for that kind of song."
Martin also worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O on a track called Sing To Me.
Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis is set to cement his place in showbiz history this April (14) when he takes part in a hand and footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The 87-year-old actor will then look back on his career achievements in an interview with actress Illeana Douglas inside the Hollywood Boulevard venue, before sitting back for a special screening of 1963's The Nutty Professor, which he both directed and starred in.
The event will take place on 12 April (14) as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Festival host Robert Osborne says, "Jerry Lewis is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed.
"Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter, while also showing, in such films as Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, what an exceptional dramatic actor he can be.
"Add to that his many credits as a popular director, producer and writer, and you see the reasons we are pleased to be able to honour him for his more than 60 years of contributions to the world of motion pictures."
Lewis won't be the only star feted at the festival's 20th anniversary - composer/producer Quincy Jones will also be among the honourees.
January (14) has been a good month for Lewis - he was recently announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon in February (14), in recognition of his TV and movie work, and his philanthropy.
Producer/writer Ben Starr has died at the age of 92. Starr passed away on Sunday (19Jan14) at his Los Angeles home.
The comedian began his career in radio as a writer for Al Jolson, George Burns, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
He then moved into TV and film in the 1950s, adapting and producing several popular series and movies, including Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, The Brady Bunch, All In The Family and Diff'rent Strokes.
He was also the co-creator of beloved U.S. TV series Silver Spoons and Facts Of Life, which ran from 1979 to 1988.
In addition to his TV and film work, Starr also penned plays including The Family Way, which ran on Broadway in 1965.
If you have been randomly surfing through the E! network’s schedule or searching for your favorite comedic actors, you may have stumbled upon Burning Love. This series has a bunch of A-list actors and a really irreverent spin on shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Not only is it shocking to see the likes of Adam Scott, Adam Brody, and Michael Cera in this relatively unknown show, but apparently the series started as a wildly popular web show that has featured Kristen Bell, Malin Ackerman, and Jennifer Aniston.
E! is currently airing the second season of The Bachelorette spoof. The State and Party Down alum Ken Marino directs this series and starred in the first season. The current season centers on Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael), the runner up from the prior season. Like The Bachelorette, Julie has a group of suitors vying for her affection. They include Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) as Blaze, the hot one, Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as the single dad overly attached to his son, and Michael Cera, as the overly romantic guy. The cast also includes Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and Colin Hanks.
It’s insane to see this many great actors in such a small show. There are also cameos by Ben Stiller, Rob Corddry, Rebecca Romijn, and Paul Rudd. This much comedic talent in one place allows for a lot of funny bits and insanely irreverent moments. It also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the stupidity of some of these marriage proposal shows. At times Julie is racist or easily fooled. The guys get overly competitive and all have the unique archetypes of the cast of the popular ABC reality series.
It’s great to see Lo Truglio reunite with his The State co-stars Michael Ian Black and Marino. Along the same lines, Marino starred in Party Down with Scott, Hansen, and Martin Starr.
The series is definitely worth catching for a laugh. The second season is currently airing on E! and the full three seasons are available for viewing on Yahoo. Check out the series trailer: