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The disgraced trader behind The Wolf Of Wall Street is bringing his tales of stock market excess to TV. Jordan Belfort, whose memoir formed the basis for Martin Scorsese's film, is teaming up with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner to create a new small screen series about New York's financiers in the 1980s.
The former broker will co-write the show and says of the project, "The idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters, and so my manager pitched the idea to Brett Ratner, who fell in love with it."
Australian entrepreneur James Packer, who is financing the series, adds, "I respect Jordan for his perseverance. Like many others, he is a man that made a lot of mistakes but he isn't hiding. Jordan worked hard to build his new career and this adventure is an important part of his journey."
Belfort was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-nominated movie.
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
Ariana Grande has distanced herself from the grammatical errors in the lyrics of her new song Break Free, revealing she initially refused to sing lines that were littered with bad English.
The 21-year-old singer is destined to have another huge success with her Zedd collaboration, which was written by hitmaker Max Martin, but she's well aware the track features grammar mistakes.
She tells Time magazine, "I fought him (Martin) on it the whole time: 'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It's funny, just do it!' "I know it's funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes."
In the end she agreed to sing the lines Martin had written, which include lyrics like "Now that I've become who I really are" and "I only wanna die alive". She adds, "I need to shake it off and let it go and be a little less rigid and old. I'm, like, 90. I need to not be that old."
Actor Jamie Foxx is set to portray boxing legend Mike Tyson in a movie biopic after five years of preparation for the role.
The Django Unchained star spoke of his desire to step into the ring as the former world heavyweight champ as far back as 2009, and now Tyson has revealed the project is up and running and he hopes cameras will begin rolling by the end of 2015.
He is also hoping producers will use the latest computer technology to help Foxx appear the correct age as he portrays the fighter at various stages of his 58-bout career, and he will even serve as the actor's personal trainer to help him achieve the correct level of fitness.
Tyson says, "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it (sic). Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me but they have this new system."
In 2005, Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in movie biopic Ray.
Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has refused to kill off a British teenager in the next instalment of his hit book series.
The author offered to create two new characters based on fans who donated $20,000 (GBP11,700) to a recent Prizeo campaign to benefit Santa Fe's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary - and write them off in the next Game of Thrones book.
The prizes were quickly snapped up by an anonymous female and Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt, but one 13-year-old fan wanted to be included too and wrote to Martin, begging for a grisly death in his new book. The kid also offered up $260 (£153) from his savings to Martin's wolf sanctuary cause.
The young fan wrote, "Wolves are my favourite animal, and when I grow up, I want to be a wolf conservationist... Maybe you have heard of the Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading in the U.K."
But the writer has declined the offer, telling the teenager, "There's a limit to how many people even I can kill."
However, Martin has been inspired by the 13 year old's donation, and he has pledged $10,000 (£5,900) to the U.K. Wolf Conservation Trust in the boy's name.
He writes, "I’ve heard that you donated all your £153 pocket money savings to my Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I cannot tell you how much that moved me. It pleases me no end to know that my novels, and the TV series based on them, have inspired readers as young as yourself to rally to the support of these majestic and too often stigmatized animals."
Swedish dance music superstar Avicii has recruited Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jon Bon Jovi, among other big names for his next album.
The follow-up to last year's (13) True will also feature a duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.
And, teaming up with Coldplay star Martin has been beneficial for Avicii's health - he has been giving the DJ/producer nutrition tips after he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Ultra Festival in Miami, Florida in March (14) due to exhaustion.
He explains, "Chris has been like a brother and helps out with my nutritionist. I find it hard to gain weight, so I drink shakes in the morning."
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Martin Scorsese's long-delayed movie adaptation of historical novel Silence is set to hit theatres in late 2015, eight years after he first unveiled plans for the project.
The legendary filmmaker began developing the idea for a film based on Shusako Endo's 1966 book of the same name back in 1989 and he announced his intention to direct the picture in 2007.
Now studio executives at Paramount Pictures have picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Silence and are eyeing a November, 2015 release.
The movie will star actors Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as troubled Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan to search for their mentor in the 17th century.
The project will also feature Batman Begins co-stars Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe. Silence is due to begin production in Taiwan later this year (14).
One Direction have been too busy to take up an offer to appear in Glee, according to castmember Kevin Mchale.
The actor has revealed producers behind the hit musical TV show have been desperate to land a cameo appearance by the British-Irish boyband, but the singers have been unable to find time in their gruelling work schedules.
McHale tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We wanted them on the show badly and I thought it might happen at one time. But then they just became too big, too busy."
Previous guest stars on the show have included Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Demi Lovato.
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A new underground art installation based on the latest Planet Of The Apes movie is to open in London.
British artist Martin Firrell has created a show called It Ends Here inspired by the themes depicted in new film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the rest of the sci-fi franchise.
The immersive exhibition has been set up in The Vaults beneath London's Waterloo Station, and features a number of creepy scenes, including a scarily dark room, wall chains and slogans such as "abuse begets abuse" and "brutality".
Firrell says of the show, "This work is a response to the whole of the franchise of Planet Of The Apes. The core of Planet Of The Apes is power inversion, so humans become subservient and the apes are in charge... This work is all about power and the abuse of power... I'm hoping that everyone who comes along to this finds it though provoking but also theatrical - it's like walking into a movie."
The free exhibition runs from 10-12 July (14). Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, starring Gary Oldman, is released worldwide this month (Jul14).
Actor Sam Waterston is going gay to romance Martin Sheen in Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's new TV comedy Grace And Frankie.
The Law & Order veteran will play Sol, the husband to Tomlin's character Frankie, opposite Sheen as Fonda's onscreen partner.
The show, about two warring women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands come out of the closet and announce plans to wed one another, will reunite Waterston with his The Newsroom co-star Fonda, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grace and Frankie, created by Friends writers Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, is due to debut on video-streaming site Netflix next year (15).