Fans of The Best Man Holiday may have waited almost 15 years for it to arrive, but another installment in the series will hit theaters much sooner. A sequel to the holiday rom-com is already in development after the film had a massively successful opening weekend, where it made $30.6 million, just a few million shy of beating out Thor 2 for the top spot. Deadline reports that the film's writer, director, and producer Malcom D. Lee is now in talks with Universal to develop a third film, which star Morris Chestnut seemed to confirm in a recent interview. According to Chestnut, the film's box office success gave the studio the confidence they needed to make another film, and Lee has already started coming up with storylines for the next installment.
In addition to earning huge box office returns, the film also got very positive reviews, which is not only satisfying for fans of the original film, but will also likely help the The Best Man Holiday attract a new audience. According to critics, the large gap between films has also helps movie-goers who haven't seen the original film to follow the story and engage with the characters just as well as those who have. The positive buzz surrounding the film was likely another significant factor in Universal's decision to greenlight a follow-up.
The movie's ensemble, which includes Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Harold Perrineau, are not contracted for a third movie, and since they all reportedly took a significant pay cut for The Best Man Holiday, it seems very likely that the stars can expect a raise this time around. Everyone seems to be willing to return for another film, although given the controversy that Howard stirred up over his salary negotiations for Iron Man 2, there's a chance that there could be a few conflicts when it comes time for the cast to sign on for the next movie.
The Best Man Holiday is currently playing in theaters.
Lady Gaga will bid farewell to New York City's iconic Roseland Ballroom next year (14) by performing the venue's last ever shows. Reports which emerged last month (Oct13) suggested the hall will close its doors after 50 years, during which the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, the Rolling Stones and Metallica have graced the stage.
Gaga has now confirmed she will play a number of shows at the Roseland before bosses take it out of business.
A post on her Facebook.com page reads, "Lady Gaga will help shut down her hometown venue with a real New York theatrical affair! Gaga will play the final shows EVER at the Roseland in a very intimate residency."
The Poker Face superstar will perform four shows in March and April (14).
Veteran actress Carol Channing is set to return to the stage for the first time in eight years to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her hit musical Hello, Dolly! The Love Boat star will be interviewed by Broadway performer Justin Vivian Bond at New York's Town Hall for the one-night-only event in January (14), which will feature celebrity tributes and footage from Channing's career, according to The New York Times.
Channing starred as Dolly in the 1964 theatre production, which won her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She went on to perform in two Big Apple revivals of the musical in 1978 and 1995 and toured with it throughout the U.S.
Influential screenwriting guru Syd Field has died aged 77. Field passed away on Sunday (17Nov13) at his home in Beverly Hills, California following a battle with a severe form of anaemia.
He was the author of eight best-selling books on screenwriting and taught at institutions around world during a 50-year career that also saw him serve as a specialist script consultant for 20th Century Fox, the Disney Studios, Universal and Tri-Star Pictures.
His books and classes are credited as major influences by many of Hollywood's biggest names in screenwriting.
Tina Fey, creator and writer of hit U.S. TV comedy 30 Rock, previously said of Field, "I did a million drafts. And then I did the thing everybody does - I read Syd Field and I used my index cards."
The Shawshank Redemption's screenwriter/director Frank Darabont has also heaped praise on Field in the past, saying, "I've gone from reading his books, to being taught by him in courses. I think one of us must have done something right. I thank him all the time for inspiring me."
Field was the first person to enter the American Screenwriters Association's Screenwriting Hall of Fame.
Guitarist Johnny Marr staged a mini-The Smiths reunion onstage in New York on Saturday night (16Nov13) when he introduced former bandmate Andy Rourke to join him at the Webster Hall in Manhattan. The bassist accompanied Marr on two Smiths songs, How Soon Is Now? and Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want. It's the second time the two old pals have shared a New York stage together this year - Rourke performed with Marr at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn back in May (13).
Danica Patrick has certainly made her mark on NASCAR history. But long before she became a figure to idolize for ferociously speeding down the track, Louise Smith revved her engine and paved the way for future female racers. In an attempt to highlight Smith's successes, Lionsgate has teamed up with Odd Lot Entertainment and acquired Spitfire, the fact-based story of Smith and her tenure as one of the top female racers in the 1950s, according to Deadline.
The film, which is being penned by Grant Thompson (2014's McFarland), will follow "the first lady of racing" — a figure who is known for racing at the Daytona Beach road course, being the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and securing the initial funding for the institution that would become NASCAR. (Basically, every person who loves NASCAR should be bowing down to the groundbreaking Smith.)
Given that the last big-name film that NASCAR lent its name to was Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, this female-driven film (no pun intended*) seems to be quite a different speed than the Will Ferrell flick. As of yet, it's hard to tell what kind of audience the film is going to bring in, but if it's anything like A League of Their Own, then it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser that sends feminism-induced chills rolling up all of our spines. Because as everyone knows, there's nothing better than an underdog rising to the top and knocking a few smirks off of doubtful faces.
Nicky Weinstock of Invention Films is producing, and NASCAR is executive producing.
*That pun was totally intended.
Bon Jovi, One Direction and Pink were among the big winners at Thursday's (14Nov13) Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates took home three prizes for Top Tour, Top Draw and Eventful Fans' Choice Award for their high-grossing Because We Can trek, while boy band One Direction were honoured with the night's Breakthrough Award.
Pink landed the Top Boxscore trophy for her string of sell-out shows at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia this past summer (13).
The Rolling Stones scored the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for their 50 & Counting Tour, and country stars George Strait and Taylor Swift picked up the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live and the Top Package Award respectively.
The full list of 2013 Billboard Touring Award winners is:
Top Tour: Bon Jovi
Top Draw: Bon Jovi
Top Boxscore: Pink
Top Comedy Tour: Jeff Dunham
Top Package: Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, featuring Ed Sheeran, Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line & Casey James
Breakthrough Award: One Direction
Top Festival: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Top Arena: O2 Arena, London
Top Venue - Under 10,000 Seats: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Top Venue - Under 5,000 Seats: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Top Club: House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
Top Amphitheater: The Gorge, George, Washington
Top Promoter: Live Nation
Top Agency: Creative Artists Agency
Top Manager: Bon Jovi Management
Humanitarian Award: Marcie Allen, president of MAC Presents
Eventful Fans' Choice Award: Bon Jovi
Concert Marketing & Promotion Award: The Rolling Stones
Legend of Live: George Strait
Hauler of the Decade Award: Vans Warped Tour
Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare In Love is heading to London's West End. The film, which also starred Joseph Fiennes as the famous playwright, swept the Academy Awards following its release in 1998, earning a total of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Dame Judi Dench.
Now the screenplay, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, is being adapted for a stage production by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, who plans to launch it at the Noel Coward Theatre next summer (14).
Lady Gaga hailed teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai at the Glamour Women of the Year event in New York on Monday (11Nov13), insisting the Pakistani youth was more deserving of the magazine's December (13) cover than herself. The Paparazzi hitmaker graces the front of Glamour's annual special issue and while she is grateful for the honour, she felt an image of Yousafzai would have been a better choice.
Accepting an award at the Carnegie Hall gala, Gaga admitted the spotlight belonged to fellow honouree Yousafzai, who hit the headlines last year (12) when she was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban operatives who disagreed with her outspoken support of education for girls in her homeland.
She told the audience, "Who really belongs on the cover is not me. If I could forfeit my Glamour cover, I would give it to Malala. You're so inspiring, so young and so brilliant."
And Gaga then took aim at the image of her Glamour magazine editors chose to use on the cover, adding, "Malala used her voice, so I'm going to use mine... The picture, which I'm very grateful for and very happy to be on this cover, I felt it was too beautiful. I felt my skin looked too perfect, and my hair looked too soft. This is not usually how I dress or how I carry myself...
"I believe my true mission is to inspire young people to fight back against forces that make them feel like they're not beautiful or important. I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning."
Others feted among Glamour's Women of the Year included Kerry Washington, models Christy Turlington and Liya Kebede, Microsoft founder Bill Gates' philanthropist wife Melinda, and Barbra Streisand, who was presented with the publication's Lifetime Achievement award.
Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo publicly declared her love for boyfriend Nick Jonas by telling supporters that the pop star is "the person who puts a smile on my face every day" at her last official event. Culpo was in Russia to pass on the beauty pageant crown to Venezuelan beauty Gabriela Isler on Saturday night (09Nov13), and in her exit speech onstage at Moscow's Crocus City Hall, the pretty American took a moment to thank her friends, family - and her boyfriend.
She said, "To the very special person who puts a smile on my face every day, I can't wait to start this new chapter with you."
Culpo also posted a photo of the couple embracing backstage just before the Miss Universe pageant on Instagram.com - a shot Jonas also uploaded, writing, "I got my eyes on you. You're everything that I see. Happy to be in Moscow supporting my girl on her final walk as miss Universe. So proud of you @oliviaculpo."