Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury is taking her award-winning role in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on the road. The Murder, She Wrote star has played medium Madame Arcati in the beloved comedy both on Broadway in 2009 and in London's West End earlier this year (14) to critical acclaim.
Now she's set to go on a North American tour beginning on 9 December (14) in Los Angeles, with additional stops in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada, ending the run in Washington, D.C. next March (15).
The 88 year old, who won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, will be joined by her West End co-stars Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper, as well as her former New York castmates, Susan Louise O'Connor and Sandra Shipley.
The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore.
Scottish singer Susan Boyle is moving forward with plans to turn her modest home into a mansion after securing a deal to buy the house next door. The I Dreamed A Dream hitmaker has lived in the three-bedroom property in West Lothian, Scotland all her life and has now purchased the adjoining house so she can have more space.
Boyle has reportedly paid around $187,000 (£110,000) for the neighbouring property and plans to knock the two houses together to create a six-bedroom mansion.
The singer briefly moved out of her childhood home after buying a luxury house nearby, but ended up moving back because she did not feel comfortable in the new property.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Author Susan Spencer-Wendel has died at the age of 47 after a battle with progressive neurodegenerative condition Lou Gehrig's disease. She died at her West Palm Beach home in Florida on Wednesday (04Jun14). Spencer-Wendel, who also worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post, became a bestselling writer with last year's (13) release of her memoir Until I Say Goodbye, which documented her health decline and a series of final trips she had embarked upon with her loved ones.
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As always, the summer movie season is loaded with sequels. New editions of Transformers, The Expendables, Planet of the Apes and X-Men litter the release schedule. Even kid's movies (Rio 2) and horror (The Purge: Anarchy) are in on the act. It can start to feel like everything is part of a franchise or based on something that we've already seen… even something like Maleficent is based on the wicked queen from Sleeping Beauty.
While it might seem like there's nothing new on the horizon, that's not quite the case. Just as there is every summer there are films that aren't follow-ups or retreads. These summer time releases are the ones that we're most looking forward to.
The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)
Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, Fault stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as a pair of teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. She's terminally ill and he's lost a leg, but they bond over their shared passions and fall in love. The book has a devoted fan base that went nuts at the release of the first trailer. It's hard not to get swept up in their excitement over the love story.
Tammy (July 2)
We know that Melissa McCarthy hasn't quite equaled her breakthrough role in Bridesmaids, but this time the actress co-wrote the script with husband Ben Falcone, and he's directing. If it doesn't work this time, it's entirely on the star. McCarthy plays a woman who just lost her job and found her husband cheating, and decides to go on a road trip with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). So, like Thelma & Louise… only funnier.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy marks the Family Guy creator's first foray before the camera as a leading man. As he proved with Ted, MacFarlane's humor is tailored made for the R-rated big screen. He plays a scaredy-cat farmer who takes up with Charlize Theron's mysterious woman… who happens to be hiding from her gunfighter husband (Liam Neeson). As for the title, as the trailers have shown, MacFarlane had a lot of fun coming up with interesting ways to kill people in the Old West.
Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
The latest from the Wachowski siblings stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter, a young woman that was predicted to be great when she was born but is now a custodian. That is, until Channing Tatum shows up as an alien solider that's after her. We don’t pretend to know what any of that means, but we didn't understand The Matrix before that came out either.
Sex Tape (July 25)
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz play a married couple that makes a video of their sexcapades that goes missing and they have to try to find it. All we really needed to know to be sold is that it features Diaz wearing roller skates in bed, and has Jack Black and Rob Corddry in supporting roles. Plus, there's a good chance that Segel will be naked, and that's worked out okay for him before.
Can a Song Save Your Life? (July 4)
Keira Knightley is a down-on-her-luck singer whose ex-boyfriend just got a big recording contract and who may have just been discovered by an even worse off record producer (Mark Ruffalo) in New York. Expect a lot of people singing in bars, but with Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine among the supporting players it will at least be a really good looking music scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
Based on the Marvel comic books, it keeps within the same universe that The Avengers inhabit (two characters seen during the tags of earlier Marvel movies — Benicio Del Toro's The Collector and cosmic bad guy Thanos — make appearances), but it's got a much more loose-limbed feel to it with Chris Pratt playing the leader of the Guardians and Zoe Saldana as a green-skinned alien assassin.
Blended (May 23)
Amazingly, it's been 10 years since the last time that Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore were in a movie together. The duo play a pair of single parents who can't stand each other but — as luck would have it — end up sharing a suite at an African resort with all of the kids in tow. Sandler's never been a stickler for plots that make sense, but Barrymore has a tendency to bring out the best in the comedian.
See? Plenty of non-sequels to be excited about!
Scottish singer Susan Boyle has been given a special honorary role ahead of an upcoming pipe band contest in her home region. The star has been named chieftain of the annual British Pipe Band Championships, which will take place in her native West Lothian, Scotland on 31 May (14).
Boyle attended the launch event on Monday (13Jan14), wearing a tartan jacket and traditional hat, and she even had a go at playing the bag pipes.
Matt Purdie, president of the West Lothian Highland Games, says, "It is a great honour to welcome Susan Boyle on board as Chieftain for 2014."
Scottish star Susan Boyle is in talks to buy the house next door to her childhood home so she can knock the two properties together to build her dream mansion. The I Dreamed A Dream hitmaker has lived in the three-bedroomed property in West Lothian, Scotland all her life, and now plans to purchase the adjoining house so she can have more space, according to the Daily Record newspaper.
The project would create a six-bedroomed mansion.
A source tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "She has lived there all her life. It is her home and that will never change. She could buy a place anywhere in the world but this is where she stays... So to be able to stay put but extend is brilliant for her. She can't wait to start drilling through the walls. She is renting the house next door while she agrees a sale."
The house Boyle is planning to buy is worth an estimated $97,500 (£65,000).
The singer previously purchased a lavish five-bedroomed mansion in West Lothian after shooting to fame in 2010, but she decided against leaving her childhood home. Her niece now reportedly lives in the larger house.
Just this past weekend, we watched Lady Gaga take up the normal-est task in the celebrity trade: playing host on Saturday Night Live. All the mainstream stars do it (just about). Even Kanye West can bridle his derision for all things tangible to stop by Studio 8H for a night of good fun. So, we thought, maybe this means an end to Gaga's oddball streak. Maybe she's setting to rest her bizarre, outsider art nature to become another Patti Page. That's what we thought. But then we saw her new music video, "An ARTPOP Film."
Yes, it's peculiar... but perhaps only at first glance. In fact, we'd wager that — following her gig on SNL — this is Gaga's attempt at "normal." If you look closely enough at each one of the many incarnations she inhabits in the video, you might find a spark of familiarity with an old pop culture mainstay. Maybe Gaga has traversed the catalogue of the American zeigeist, plucking out fan favorites and bringing them to life in "An ARTPOP Film" in hopes of, dare we say it, being just like the rest of us. Don't believe it? Let's take a look.
The video opens around the 20-second mark, after a brief spoken intro by Gaga.
:20 — Here we see Gaga as Kate Middleton, quite apparently. See? That's pretty normal! Kate marked the summit of our society's attention this past year with her pregnancy and the eventual birth of the Royal Baby. Good start, Gaga!:34 — And look, it's Walter White's HAZMAT suit! Breaking Bad has been, undoubtedly, one of the biggest talking points in television, and Gaga's just trying to get in on the conversation. She... doesn't appear to know how to wear the suit, but... it's something.:36 — And while you're doing AMC, here's some zombie teeth a la The Walking Dead. You've got this, LG.:37 — A montage of shots of Doc Brown from Back to the Future, complete with fraying hair and that gadget that was supposed to make him precognitive. Plus, a quick glimpse at :42 of what kind of reminds us of that episode of Friends where Joey wore all of Chandler's clothes. A timeless cinematic classic and the most popular show of the 1990s. Outstanding, Gaga!:44 — ... Is... is she covered in dirt? Wait, that is dirt, right? Okay... okay. Minor slip up, but I'm sure she'll get back on the horse.:46 — There, that's better! She's... rolling around in the dark in her underwear. Kind of like Susan Sarandon in Rocky Horror. Not exactly the epitome of cultural normalcy, but at least it's a movie, right?:47 — Um. Well. She's got the Walter White suit on again, but now she appears to have replaced her face with mop strands. Vaguely reminiscent of one of the Reavers from Firefly, but... no, that's just wishful thinking, isn't it?:53 — Here, Lady Gaga is a washing machine. Those are normal, right?:56 — Okay, so that's kind of like a football uniform, were it made of tattered rags and the innards of a mummified pharaoh. But can we give her points for football?1:04 — There! Singing! Just a human woman singing! Huzzah! Things are really turning ar...1:11 — God dammit, she's Big Gruesome from Wacky Races.1:20 — And that appears to be her attempt at one of our society's everpresent, hypersexualized body wash commercials. A jarring one.1:28 — W-what? Wait, pause the video for a second. What... what is she... is she a fetus? Inside the womb of a transformer? Is that some sort of commentary on the destruction porn cinema to which we are exposing our children?1:29 — Is that Lucy from Twin Peaks? Kind of. Kind of? We'll take it.Still 1:29 — A disembodied synthetic hand. Maybe she liked Lars and the Real Girl. Maybe she likes dismembering things.Still 1:29 — Um...1:30 — Are there bees?Still 1:30 — Oh good, it's Big Gruesome again.1:31 — I'd be more comfortable if you put that scissor down.1:32 — We may have overlooked a theme here. Scissors, wigs... is this Gaga's stab at getting in on the hairstyle craze to which we all adhere so devotedly?1:34 — Oop, no, now she's Big Gruesome strangling a pillow.1:36 — Oh, Gaga, no, please don't cry. I didn't... I didn't mean any of it. I loved Wacky Races. I love bees.1:53 — Oh, maybe that's a go at Orange Is the New Black!1:56 — Hey, Walking Dead again! And bowling!2:00 — And that's Tangela, the least memorable Pokemon! Slipping.2:02 — Pirate. Pirates are always relevant.2:04 — That's not anything.2:05 — Okay, turn off Walking Dead, Gaga. It's not even that good anymore.2:06 — Who is that? Janis Joplin? Benefit of the doubt!2:08 — I'm getting a Jon Heder vibe.2:09 — ...2:10 — Good, more stray body parts.2:12 — Kind of looks like Zadie Smith, doesn't it? Benefit of the doubt!2:14 — Let's go ahead and assume this is an homage to the early King of the Hill episode wherein Bobby practices kissing on a mannequin head from his cousin Luanne's hairstyling class. Because that would be preferable.2:16 — ...2:17 — I'm getting a Black Swan vibe.2:19 — UNCLE FESTER! THERE IT IS! A RECOGNIZABLE, WELL-KNOWN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY POP CULTURE CHARACTER! BOOM! WRAP IT UP, GAGA, YOU'VE DONE IT! YOU'RE DONE! CALL IT A WIN!2:20 — Aaand now you're hanging upside down like a black while rave lights flicker around you in a terribly unsettling fashion.2:23 — I don't feel good.2:24 — Well, we tried.
So it turns out that Lady Gaga does not achieve pop culture normalcy with her new video, "An ARTPOP Film." And in truth, we don't want her to. We don't need Lady Gaga to cater to familiarity or our established parameters. Her entire identity is in the interest of the new, her mission statement is to show us things and ideas that we haven't seen. Not everybody is on board with the result, but everybody should be on board with the effort — to be daring, creative, strange. To be herself. Bravo, Gaga.
And it's catchy, too!
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It’s been a hectic week in Hollywood: from Kimye to Sarah Silverman, everyone’s been making news. If you’ve been wondering what to talk about now that the government shutdown is over, here are some of the top stories you may have missed that will also make great conversation around the water-cooler:Sarah Silverman/YouTubeAt least Susan 313 Aired SomewhereSarah Silverman isn't letting anything get in the way of her latest work! She took to YouTube to debut the pilot of Susan 313, a comedy that was eventually declined by NBC. Check out Celebuzz for all the details and full-length video.Why Do We Care About Morrissey's Sexuality?The British rocker's new autobiography will be landing stateside soon but people are already talking about the revelation of his short fling with another dude. Isn't it 2013? Shouldn't we like...not care about the sexual preferences of others? Flavorwire has the whole story on why this is the least interesting fact about Morrissey.'Cloud Atlas' Director is on a RollNow that overseas TV is finally starting to get good, there are more shows we hope will make a trip across the Atlantic and one is Tom Tykwer's latest project. The director is adapting the series Babylon Berlin into a German television show that takes place in the 1920s. Hollywood.com reports the story.Not Everyone is Invited Congrats to our favorite newly engaged Hollywood couple! After hearing about Kanye West's low-key proposal to his baby mama, it's hard not to wonder what their extravagant wedding will entail. Unless you're a high-profile celeb, you probably won't be on the guest-list. Even if you are, VH1 says, you still might not get an invite.
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Mother-daughter duo Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino are headed to the small screen in the new NBC comedy pilot Growing Ivy. The project has received a pilot production commitment by NBC, according to The Huffington Post.
The show, written by Martino and Will McCormack (Brothers and Sisters), focuses on Type-A Ivy Davis (Martino) who has mastered her work life, but not her social life. In an effort to figure everything out, she asks her free-spirited mother (Sarandon) to move in with her so they can start to fix their relationship.
McCormack and Rashida Jones will exectuive produce via their Warner Bros-based Le Train Train production banner alongside Martino and Sarandon, who will be co-executive producers.
Sarandon and Martino previously worked together on The Banger Sisters, Dead Man Walking, and an episode of Friends. The duo will co-star in the upcoming indie drama Mother's Day.