Veteran actor Christopher Walken has been cast to play Captain Hook in the upcoming U.S. TV special Peter Pan Live!. Executives at NBC are developing a musical version of the children's tale for TV following the success of last year's broadcast of The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood as Maria, the role made famous by Dame Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie, and have tapped the Man on Fire star for the villainous role. He says, "I started my career in musicals and it's wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with (producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after (2007 film adaptation of) Hairspray. It's a chance to put on my tap shoes again." NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt adds, "He's one of the most unique actors in our business. He might really just be a song and dance man at heart... This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen." Peter Pan Live! will air in America in December (14).
Actor John Hawkes is set to make his official New York stage debut in new play Lost Lake. The Lincoln star will play the owner of a run-down lakeside property opposite The Devil Wears Prada's Tracie Thoms.
Daniel Sullivan will direct the Off-Broadway production, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn.
The show is slated to begin its run at the New York City Center this autumn (14).
Hawkes has previously only graced the stage in a special charity show as part of Broadway's 24 Hour Plays in 2006.
Actress Courteney Cox has sparked rumours she is engaged to wed Snow Patrol rocker Johnny Mcdaid after she was photographed wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring on her wedding finger.
The Friends star has been dating the musician since late last year (13) after their mutual pal Ed Sheeran introduced them, and McDaid has since moved into his girlfriend's Malibu, California mansion. Now the couple appears to be really getting serious after Cox displayed a diamond ring on her left hand on Sunday (20Apr14) as the pair made its way through Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to New York. However, the actress had removed the ring as she and McDaid posed for pictures outside Manhattan's Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday (21Apr14), when she was interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Cox and McDaid have yet to address the rumours, and representatives for the actress had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press. If the couple is engaged, fans shouldn't be surprised - earlier this month (Apr14), Sheeran said, "Things are moving fast. He moved in and, judging by the last time I saw them, they couldn't be happier. They get on really well and are genuinely good friends, pardon the pun."
When asked if the couple might marry soon, he added, "I wouldn't be surprised, but it's still early days. They certainly enjoy each other's company and feel very comfortable with each other."
Cox was previously married to her Scream co-star David Arquette, the father of her nine-year-old daughter Coco. Arquette has also moved on following the couple's 2013 divorce - his entertainment reporter girlfriend, Christine McLarty, is pregnant with their first child together.
The Simpsons writers paid tribute to TV veteran David Letterman in the opening credits of the cartoon series' Sunday night (06Apr14) episode in America, just days after he announced his plans to step down as the host of The Late Show in 2015. In the touching clip, Homer Simpson and his colourful family raced to the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York to join Letterman on his show. The animated host was unimpressed when his guests ran up on stage and sat on his couch, stating, "I think we're done here," before prompting his house band to play The Simpsons theme. After a final shot of Letterman, the screen cut to black and the message "We'll miss you, Dave" appeared. The TV favourite announced he was retiring from the show during a taping of his Thursday night (03Apr14) programme.
Late-night U.S. TV legend David Letterman has announced his retirement. The Late Show host will vacate the Ed Sullivan Theater stage in New York City next year (15).
Letterman made his announcement while taping his Thursday night (03Apr14) show, according to guest musician Mike Mills. It is not known who will replace the beloved TV personality.
Letterman has hosted The Late Show for over two decades.
Responding to the news, fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel tweets, "David Letterman is the best there is and ever was."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Filmmaker David Trueba's Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed was the big winner at Spain's Goya Awards on Sunday (09Feb14) after taking home six honours including Best Picture and Best Director. The comedy drama, about a real-life English teacher who used the music of the Beatles to motivate his students, also triumphed in the categories for Original Screenplay, Original Score, Lead Actor (Javier Camara) and Breakthrough Actress (Natalia de Molina).
Ironically, the Goya wins for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, which takes its title from the Fab Four's hit song Strawberry Fields Forever, occurred on the 50th anniversary of the Let It Be hitmakers' first ever U.S. TV gig on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The night wasn't all about Trueba - Alex de la Iglesia's Witching & B**ching garnered the most wins from the Spanish Film Academy bosses with eight accolades, mostly for technical achievements. Screen veteran Terele Pavez did, however, score the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
Meanwhile, the top actress honour was awarded to Marian Alvarez for her role in Wounded, while the drama's director, Fernando Franco, earned the title for First-Time Filmmaker.
Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's comedy Family United, which headed into the ceremony with 11 nominations, only won two awards - Best Supporting Actor for Roberto Alamo and Best Original Song.
Sir Paul McCartney compared his return to New York's Ed Sullivan Theater to a school reunion when he headed back to the venue which hosted the Beatles' first ever U.S. TV gig with bandmate Ringo Starr. The veteran musicians recently paid a visit to the historic venue to celebrate 50 years since the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964, and they were given a personal tour of the building by TV host David Letterman, who now presents his own talk show from the theatre.
The musicians admitted the stage set felt much smaller than when they first performed there 50 years ago, with drummer Starr telling Letterman, "I'm so excited coming back... I've been back hundreds doing the shows with you... But now I'm here, I'm looking out the window... We're back on this stage again. The memory I have was it was four times bigger (back then) - we thought there was (sic) thousands of them (audience members)."
Meanwhile, McCartney compared the visit to a school reunion, adding, "It's like going back to your old school isn't it...? It looks little now but we thought it was huge."
The interviews with Letterman will air in the U.S. on Sunday night (09Feb14) during a TV special as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Letterman has marked the occasion on his show during the week by inviting artists to perform Beatles tributes. The artists involved were Lauryn Hill, Broken Bells, Sting, Lenny Kravitz and the Flaming Lips, who performed with John Lennon's son Sean.
John Lennon's singer son Sean teamed up with rockers The Flaming Lips to pay tribute to The Beatles with a cover of Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds during Thursday's (06Feb14) U.S. broadcast of the Late Show With David Letterman. The TV gig was part of a week-long series of performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first American TV gig, which took place on 9 February, 1964 at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Letterman show tapes.
The Beatles will be honoured at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to mark 50 years since the band's first U.S. press conference there. The New York Port Authority, the organisation which manages the airport, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's first trip to America by hosting an event at the central terminal on Friday (07Feb14).
Officials will unveil a plaque marking the band's landing at 'JFK' exactly five decades after the musicians first touched down there on 7 February, 1964.
The two surviving Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - will be guests on The Late Show With David Letterman two days later on Sunday (09Feb14) to mark the 50th anniversary of the group's American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.