Step away from the dangerous biopic roles, actors. Check out five Hollywood stars and the career-threatening roles they should never have taken.
1. Naomi Watts as Princess Diana
Yes, Naomi Watts was born in Sussex and raised in Wales, making her kind of British. Yes, Naomi Watts has recently confided to the press that Princess Di has given her the thumbs up to play her in her biopic from beyond the grave. No, it's not ok that a Hollywood actress is playing Britain's most beloved royal figure - and possibly woman, ever - in a film. No matter how winsome her smile, or fizzy her screen reprisal of the world's most adored dead person, Brits are gonna hate.
2. Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor: screen icon and legend. Lindsay Lohan: troubled star of Freaky Friday and perennial Chateau Marmont squatter. Lohan's ideal starring role is a tired courtroom reality show, playing a strung-out unconvincing 'drama baby.' Who better to play the most beautiful and iconic star, ever? Anyone. Seriously, like...anyone.
3. Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
Just because Amanda Seyfried's great in it, doesn't mean horny guys aren't watching this movie because it looks a whole lot like porn you can see on a first date.
4. Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter
After the passable English accent/ semblance of reality she brought to Bridget Jones, Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger's portrayal of Peter Rabbit's maker comes up hammier than a swimming pool full of gammon. As her hamster-cheeked face twists itself into unimaginable expressions, we're left in no doubt as to what Beatrix Potter's O-face looked like. What's that noise? It's the sound a career makes when it dies. Quick, nominate her for a Golden Globe to revive her. (Yes, that really happened.)
5. John Wayne as Genghis Khan
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Boy, give the Duke a break. The perennial cowboy tough guy must have twisted himself into knots trying to nail the nuances of playing infamous Mongol leader Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. Nope. He got a bowl cut and a weird wispy moustache and walked, talked and acted juuuust like he did in the Wild West. Bizarre, yes, but this film is so dangerously life-threatening it gets extra points. We're not talking figurative career suicide here. It killed him (probably). Production took place in Utah, downwind from a nuclear test site. 30 years later, almost half the 220-strong film crew had developed the big C. Just saying.
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Actress Valerie Harper is set to put her terminal cancer battle to one side to compete on U.S. reality competition show Dancing With The Stars, according to reports. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star, who turned 74 last week (22Mar13), was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, in March (13) and given just three months to live, but she is reportedly doing well and has signed on to compete on the popular TV show.
According to TMZ.com, Harper has been practising with her dancing partner Tristan MacManus and can't wait to continue her health battle on the dancefloor.
Other contestants rumoured to be joining the show include reality star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, actress Elizabeth Berkley, Glee star Amber Riley and singer Christina Milian.
Leah Remini, who hit the headlines when she quit the Church of Scientology earlier this summer (13), is also among those who will be dancing for the show's coveted mirrorball trophy on season 17.
British royal Sarah Ferguson has denied rumours she and her ex-husband Prince Andrew are rekindling their romance 17 years after their divorce. The Duchess of York hit back at speculation suggesting the pair is considering a remarriage, insisting the gossip is untrue.
Her spokesman tells Britain's The Sun newspaper that Ferguson and the prince maintain a "strong relationship for their kids" but they are not romantically involved.
The royals sparked rumours after Ferguson attended Queen Elizabeth II's Scottish retreat Balmoral earlier this month (Aug13).
Prince Andrew and his former wife, who share daughters Princess Beatrice, 25, and Princess Eugenie, 23, divorced in 1996.
The MTV Video Music Awards may no longer award Moonmen in categories such as "Best Post-Modern Music Video," but that doesn't mean the awards show has sold out and gone all mainstream. In fact, thanks to its location, nominees, and lineup, we may be poised for the most hipster VMAs of all time.
LOCATIONTalk about street cred. In 2013, the VMAs moved to Brooklyn for the first time ever. The show will be nestled in the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets (the most hipster of basketball teams), Brooklyn's first state of the art stadium, which Jay Z himself had a stake in. The stadium serves food from local vendors and the basketball court itself — which, granted, will not be in place during the awards show — is herringbone. If Brooklyn wasn't hipster enough (which it is; it's basically the epicenter of hipster), the stadium certainly is — this ain't the Staples Center.
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Holy indie bands, Batman! While teen-friendly staples like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez and blockbuster favorites like Justin Timberlake and Kanye West rule this year's list of nominees, quite a few indie bands are also getting their time in the spotlight this year — and what's more hipster than an indie band? Sure, the list includes gettin'-too-big-for-their-britches Mumford & Sons and fun., but we could also see less mainstream artists like Duck Sauce, Flying Lotus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Capital Cities, and The Weeknd take home a trophy. And, while we're at it, Janelle Monae, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Imagine Dragons, Miguel, and Iggy Azalea — is this an awards show or a warehouse party in Bushwick?
THE LINEUPAnd things get even more hipster when you consider the presenters and performers. We've been promised appearances by everyone's-fantasy-hipster-boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the chillest-host-to-ever-sit-behind-a-Late-Night-desk Jimmy Fallon, Scottish-powerhouse-and-style-icon Emeli Sandé, and I'm-so-hipster-I-bleed-PBR Jared Leto. There is also a rumored surprise performance by Daft Punk because of course.
BONUS: LENA DUNHAM Fun. is nominated for a VMA. Lena Dunham is dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. There's a good chance Lena Dunham will be at the Barclays Center tonight. And anything Lena Dunham attends automatically gets 5 million hipster points.
The VMAs air on MTV Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 PM ET.
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American Pie star Jennifer Coolidge insists she was perfectly cast as Elizabeth Charming in new comedy Austenland because she grew up watching English period dramas and mimicking the character's airs and graces. The actress plays a brash American attempting to become a posh Brit while on a retreat, designed for fans of author Jane Austen, and she feels she was born for the part.
She explains, "My parents were so weird about what we could watch on TV. The only stuff we could watch was Masterpiece Theatre... I would imitate scenes from Upstairs, Downstairs. I was obsessed with those English accents.
"I don't know if I did that good of a job doing them. That's probably why I got this role! But it was a fantasy to be on one of those big estates and live in those costumes."
And Coolidge admits she fell in love with West Wycombe House in Buckinghamshire, England, where much of Austenland was shot.
She adds, "There are moats. It looks like a set but it's real. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out how I could rent the place for myself and have a party or something there for everyone I knew who would fly to see a place like that."
You have to wonder if Nick Fury had this much trouble getting people to actually join the Avengers Initiative (it never appeared to take much more than a brief post-credits scene to rope anybody in). You'd think it'd be even easier to get someone on board with simply playing the Avengers in a movie — better pay, fewer risks of death — but recent news had Saoirse Ronan passing on the part of Scarlet Witch. Reports from Bleeding Cool, however, are that Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to replace the Hanna star as the Marvel heroine in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Originally conceived as a villain — a member, alongside twin brother Quicksilver (who has been all but been officially handed to Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the blockbuster sequel) of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants due to a debt owed to X-Men's evil mastermind Magneto — the Scarlet Witch turned her allegiances to justice and used her superpowers of "influencing probability" to fight alongside the Avengers.
New to the craft though she may be, Olsen has some hefty material under her belt: the chilling Martha Marcy May Marlene and the forthcoming Allen Ginsberg thriller Kill Your Darlings. Though a part amongst the likes of superstars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and co. might be a daunting task for a 24-year-old with only a handful of titles to her name, Olsen's acting prowess seems to be on a steady incline. Scarlet Witch might be her final step into legitimate stardom.
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Downton Abbey star Elizabeth Mcgovern drummed up interest for her band's gig in Scotland over the weekend (17-18Aug13) by taking to the streets to hand out flyers. The actress, known for playing Cora, Countess of Grantham in the popular period drama, also sings in a band called Sadie and the Hot Heads and they performed a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Sunday (18Aug13).
McGovern helped shift tickets by pounding the streets in the hours before the concert, handing out leaflets and talking to prospective gig-goers.
The band is performing as part of the festival until 25 August (13) and the shows start at 11.45pm.
McGovern admits she may struggle with the late nights, telling Edinburghnews.scotsman.com, "I'll tell you what, I have not been up at 11.45 at night in 30 years. So I have no idea what that is going to be like."
Actress Zooey Deschanel has laughed off rumours she is interested in purchasing Los Angeles' historic John Sowden House, after she was photographed viewing the site of the infamous Black Dahlia murder. The (500) Days of Summer star was spotted at the Los Feliz property with her boyfriend, screenwriter Jamie Linden, and a broker in March (13), sparking speculation they were considering putting in an offer to buy the stunning five-bedroom pad, where Dr. George Hodel allegedly tortured and killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, aka Black Dahlia, in January, 1947.
However, Deschanel insists they had no such intention - and were only checking out the house to view the work of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built it in 1926.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "We saw it just to see a Lloyd Wright house. Just because you go see a house doesn't mean you're going to buy it."
The recognisable mansion, listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and posted on the market in February (13) for $4.89 million (£3.26 million), has previously featured in Martin Scorsese's 2004 movie The Aviator and was used as the residence of Timothy Dalton's character Neville Sinclair in 1991 film The Rocketeer.
The Black Dahlia crime remains one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.
Patricia Cornwell's iconic crime-fighting character Kay Scarpetta is a step closer to making her big screen debut after the author signed a new publishing deal. The American crime writer has spent several years working on a movie version of her bestselling books, with Angelina Jolie tapped to play the series' medical examiner protagonist.
The plans were put on hold while Cornwell worked out a new deal with a publishing house, and it has now been announced she will move to HarperCollins after several years at rival Penguin.
The $10 million (£6.6 million), two-book deal will coincide with production on the the first Scarpetta film via movie studio Fox 2000, a sister company of HarperCollins.
Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000, says, "(It is) one of our (the studio's) greatest priorities is to begin production on the film as soon as possible."
Jolie put herself forward for the lead role in 2009 and has remained keen to play the steely doctor onscreen, saying in 2011, "If all the other pieces... fit together to make sure everyone’s happy with it... it's looking hopeful."
The film's release is slated for 2015.
Actress Elizabeth Banks is suffering from severe sleep deprivation as she adjusts to life as a mother of two, insisting she struggles with even the simplest of chores. The Hunger Games star and her husband Max Handelman welcomed their second son, Magnus Mitchell, via surrogate last November (12), and Banks admits the early wake up calls from her kids are taking a serious toll on her wellbeing because she can't force herself to adapt to their sleeping schedule.
She tells Women's Health magazine, "Even though I have a baby that wakes up anywhere between 5.30 and 6.30 in the morning, I still cannot get myself to bed before, like, 1am every night. I am falling apart under the weight of lack of sleep."
As a result, Banks considers completing small parental tasks a big achievement.
She says, "Sometimes I just think I can make this dinner, eat it, and clean it up, and I accomplished something. I nurtured my family and myself. I like doing mum s**t."
Banks and Handelman are also parents to two-year-old son Felix.