Dan Aykroyd and soul singer-turned-actress Jill Scott have joined the cast of The Help director Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic. The Blues Brothers star will portray the Godfather of Soul's longtime agent Ben Bart and Scott has been cast as Brown's wife.
42 star Chadwick Boseman will play the late soul legend in the film, titled Get On Up.
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor's leading ladies from The Help, have also snagged roles in the biopic, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month (Nov13).
Tom Hanks is reportedly more of a fan of typewriters than the internet, and he told Reddit that he "abhors self-promotion," but it didn't stop him from doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit Monday night. Tom was dignified and guarded, unlike some of Reddit's other guests, which seemed fitting for the poised and old-fashioned actor. Here are some of his best responses.
His favorite movie that he hasn't acted in:"Recently, Looper. And Das Boot the directors cut."
On whether he's answering the AMA on a typewriter: "I wish."
On how far his Forrest Gump body-double and real-life brother Jim ran in the movie: "In Montana and south carolina. a few hundred yards in slo-mo."
How long he'd make it on a deserted island: "I'd make it a week and a half."
The classic movie he would have liked to be in: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
A theme park ride he'd like to see made: "The Captain Phillips Life-Boat Launch Experience."
The message he'd send himself at age 30: "Floss more often."
The type of food that he'd choose to eat for the rest of his life: "The Japanese food seems good for you..."
Some previously unknown movie trivia: "I had a terrible case of the flu shooting the football scenes in Gump"
On how rejection feels: "Crummy. Very crummy."
A time when he's gotten emotional on-set: "When LT. Dan introduced Forrest to his wife, with his titanium legs, i burst into tears..."
On how Hooch from Turner and Hooch is doing: "All the dogs who played hooch – all four of them – went to dog heaven."
On That Thing You Do:"It's the one movie I would love to make again."
His tips on mustaches: "Shave it off."
On the sequel to Apollo 13: "Apollo 14?"
On the mixed criticism surrounding Cloud Atlas: "Nothing effects the love of making a movie – particularly CLOUD ATLAS. It will be around for ever..."
His favorite type of music: "Give me three guitars, a piano, and a good drummer and I'm done."
A glimpse into his dark side: "I relish Aston Villa victories."
Advice on acting: "Show up on time. Know your lines. Have and idea of what to do in the scene. the rest will take care of itself."
The last song he had stuck in his head:"It's a Great Big Beautiful tomorrow from Disney's Carousel of Progress."
Why he chose to do the AMA: "Scott Rudin suggested it and my kids said I had to. I like it."
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Michael Douglas' camp TV movie Behind The Candelabra stole the show at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday (15Sep13), picking up eight out of the nine awards it was in the running for. The Liberace biopic, which starred Douglas as the legendary entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson, outshone the competition at the prizegiving, which honours the people behind-the-scenes of Hollywood.
The film picked up trophies for Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Costumes, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Make-up, Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up and Outstanding Sound Mixing. It only missed out on the award for Outstanding Cinematography, which went to Elisabeth Moss's TV drama Top of the Lake.
Boardwalk Empire was another winner on the night, taking prizes for art direction, hairstyling and sound editing.
The ceremony also feted actors who make guest appearances in popular shows, and the crowd went wild when veteran funnyman Bob Newhart won his first Emmy for his role in The Big Bang Theory.
Dan Bucatinsky and Carrie Preston were named Best Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal and The Good Wife respectively, while Melissa Leo's cameo in Louie won her the Best Guest Actress in a Comedy.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn shared the prize for Outstanding Host for a Reality Show for Project Runway, while Lily Tomlin picked up her fifth Emmy, her first in 32 years, for her voiceover work on documentary An Apology To Elephants.
Lisa Kudrow, network TV welcomes you back! The Friends alum is joining the cast of Scandal for Season 3 in a recurring role as a politician. ABC's being very tight-lipped about details, not even revealing her character's name or the date of her debut on the show, but there's one thing we do know: Kudrow's going to spice up what's already set to be a tense third season as President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) stands for reelection and Kerry Washington's fixer Olivia Pope tries to cover up his pecadillos — such as her affair with him. Will Kudrow be a political ally or foe of the POTUS? We'll have to wait and see.
Scandal will mark Kudrow's reunion with her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, with whom she's worked on Showtime's Web Therapy and TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?
In other Scandal news, Scott Foley has just been promoted to a series regular.
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At the end of Arrested Development's fourth season, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer said that a movie based on Buster Bluth's forthcoming murder trial would be their "next Da Vinci Code." Well, now it seems that their next Da Vinci Code will actually come from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Sony has set a Dec. 18, 2015 release date for Inferno, based on the fourth book by Dan Brown about Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, which was just published in May. And the studio is keeping the winning team that powered The Da Vinci Code and its prequel/sequel follow-up Angels & Demons to $758 million and $486 million respectively in worldwide box office: Howard, writer David Koepp, and star Tom Hanks, who probably won't wear the much-derided shaggy haircut he wore for his first turn as Langdon.
Particularly interesting about this move is that Sony's skipping right over Brown's third Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol. Back in 2012 Howard had said he would not return to direct an adaptation of Symbol, but now he's back on board for Inferno. As the title suggests, the story is inspired by Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy, the most memorable portion of which, Inferno, involves a descent into the Seven Circles of Hell.
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Chevy Chase is no longer on NBC's Community, but we will get to see him reunite with co-star Gillian Jacobs on the sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine. Chase appeared in the first film as the mysterious hot tub repair man, but Jacobs is new to the franchise. She will play the female lead, but other than that there's no mention of how her character will fit into the story.
Chase and Jacobs aren't the only Greendale Community College students who will be in the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel. Rob Corddry (who is also reprising his role form the first film) has showed up on Community a few times as a lawyer who proves the nemesis of Jeff Winger (Joel McHale).
The sequel takes us into the future, rather than back to the past, where the time travelers meet Adam Scott's character. He plays the son of John Cusack's character in the first film. Cusack will not return.
So Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is shaping up to be a reunion of the stars of Community (and other NBC comedies). Now they just need to add Joel McHale to the cast, because no one would be mad about seeing him in a hot tub.
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Doing the near impossible by eclipsing the warp speed of 2009's Star Trek, J.J. Abrams' sequel is wall-to-wall action empowered by the strong characters set up in the original. Star Trek Into Darkness, from geek-friendly writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, hones in on the destructive heroism of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the Captain's friendship with all-too-logical Spock (Zachary Quinto), and a worthy adversary for the crew: the superhuman terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). The approach leaves the ensemble, elegantly woven into the adventure of the first movie, on the sidelines. Instead of reminding us why we love the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Into Darkness floods the screen with spectacle and relies on memories of the past to fill in the blanks. What's the Klingon word for "overload?"
From the first notes of Michael Giacchino's rousing score, we're thrust into the middle of the action. A chase scene on a lush planet jumps to an escape from volcanic eruption jumps to Kirk and Spock back on Earth defending themselves against Federation punishment (a dialogue scene that taps snappy dialogue and big emotion to keep the momentum going). Kirk is under fire for going against the "Prime Directive," stating that the Starfleet won't interfere with the internal development of alien civilizations. Standing down isn't his style — and it costs him Spock as his right hand man, the Enterprise, and a career. He's pulled back in by Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller), who needs Kirk's renegade style to catch Harrison. A format Starfleet officer, Cumberbatch's Harrison is more than meets the eye, but violent attacks against the Federation are enough to light a fire under Kirk's ass. The rage-filled Captain recruits his former crew to boldly go after Harrison.
Into Darkness lacks the camaraderie that made Star Trek pop — and even Cumberbatch's scenery chewing instincts are stymied by surface-level drama — Abrams never blinks an eye when it comes to the direction. He finds tension with the grand CG set pieces (a spaceship chase through the canyons of an alien planet is basically a proof of concept for Star Wars 7) and finds all the right angles for a intensely close-up space jump scene through a field of debris. The movie acknowledges that this is repeat business, essentially the same scene from movie one, but it's expertly crafted and a thrill thanks to Abrams' knowhow.
With all the innovation on display, Star Trek Into Darkness can't escape the shadow of its dramatic cues. It's completely indebted to Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan — a foundation that must be bewildering to the non-fan. The movie also functions as a 9/11 allegory. Or, more specifically, the conspiracies surrounding 9/11. With a large portion of action taking place on Earth, trauma strikes among skyscrapers and screaming pedestrians in an on-the-nose fashion. It wrenches the gut, but it's easy. True drama between Kirk and Spock exists thanks to Pine and Quinto's vivid portrayals, but it's all for naught when the inciting incidents are nostalgic riffs rather than freshly born situations.
Star Trek had its fair share of plot holes, but they were swept up in the fun factor of watching a motley crew of young actors figure out teamwork. Into Darkness is missing the team, and missing the fun. Abrams takes a dark turn with his follow-up and promises an epically-scaled sparring match between Kirk and Cumberbatch. The movie winds up moving so quickly, glossing over so much to get to that final clash, that Star Trek Into Darkness fizzles out by its finish.
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Guess there isn’t a South Park-style rivalry between Family Guy and The Simpsons after all. Seth MacFarlane, creator, executive producer and voice actor of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, will lend his voice to his network-mates The Simpsons for the show's season finale.
MacFarlane voices a charming married man whom Marge (Julie Kavner) inadvertently meets on a swingers’ website and – obviously – shenanigans ensue. Mistaking a swinging Ashley Madison-type website for a Dolly Madison-type cupcake site, Ben (MacFarlane) pursues Marge after they learn they share a love for a Downton Abbey-type TV series, Upton Rectory.
Also in the season finale, Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Moe (Hank Azaria), Lenny (Harry Shearer) and Carl (Azaria) win $200,000 in the Springfield Lottery, but when Carl takes off to Iceland – his homeland – with all the winnings, the guys embark on a Nordic adventure to get the cash back.
The hourlong season finale airs Sunday, May 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX.
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Hey members of rabid, obsessive, crazy Neil Bogart fandom: your biopic is finally on its way. At long last! Thanks to Foresight Unlimited, the Justin Timberlake-fronted film titled Spinning Gold will make its way to the sales racks of Cannes. Hooray? I mean, I guess, sure — yay for Timberlake! Yay for Neil Bogart's family! Yay for music history.
To say this movie has been on a long road would be an understatement: Timberlake has been trying to get the movie off the ground since 2011 (when he signed on to play the role of Bogart).
Bogart — for those not in the music industry know — was a founder of Casablanca Records, discovered KISS, and was a keystone in the rise of disco music in America, championing the careers of Donna Summer, Parliament, and the Village People, as well as Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, and Gladys Knight.
Scripted by his brother Timothy Scott Bogart, Spinning Gold is set up to be financed and sold at the Cannes Film Festival by Foresight Unlimited.
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British pop star Harry Styles appears to have moved on following his split from singer Taylor Swift by reportedly embarking on a new relationship with Rod Stewart's daughter. The 19-year-old One Direction heartthrob, who reportedly separated from Swift in January (13), is now believed to be dating Kimberly Stewart, who is 14 years his senior at 33.
"(They are) very happy," a source tells EOnline.com. "They were introduced by a mutual friend who set them up, Kim is very strong willed, she goes for what she wants and Harry appreciates that. It is a very new thing and we'll see where it goes. She is exactly his type." The blonde socialite has already introduced her latest beau to her family - the rumoured couple was photographed dining at Dan Tana's restaurant in LA on Thursday (25Apr13) with singer Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster, as well as Kimberly's brother Sean.
An onlooker says, "Kim and Harry sat next to one another. (He was) very cuddly with her... He had his arm around her." It is not Kimberly's first romance with an A-lister - she has a daughter, Delilah, with actor Benicio del Toro and is also said to have dated stars including Rhys Ifans, Jude Law, Tommy Lee, Caleb Followill, Scott Caan and Jack Osbourne.