Director Simon West is using crowdfunding for his next movie so he can avoid drawn-out talks with film studio bosses. The Expendables 2 filmmaker is using crowdfunding site Syndicateroom.com in a bid to raise $3 million (£1.8 million) for his upcoming action comedy Salty, based on the novel by Mark Haskell Smith.
Every backer of the project will become a shareholder who can make money if the movie turns a profit. Investors who donate more than $153,000 (£90,000) will be offered a minor role and those handing over more than $68,000 (£40,000) will get to meet the cast on set.
West decided to break away from film studio funding so he could have more control over the movie.
He says, "Salty is the type of film I've wanted to make for years - a tantalising cocktail of anarchic comedy, action and exotic locations. With a script that's Spinal Tap meets The Hangover, I plan to shoot Salty in a style packed with energy, fun and glamour.
"During my two decades in the movie business I've funded films in a variety of ways, but for this one I was determined to break away from the big budget, big studio model. With the studios' deep pockets comes bureaucracy that's inefficient, expensive and which can stifle creativity.
"Salty will be different - and not just because it's the first time smaller investors have been able to buy into a major film's potential returns. As it's a privately funded film, my production team and I will keep creative control while keeping costs down, while also giving free rein to the very best the cast and crew have to offer."
West also directed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Con Air.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performed tracks from their jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek on Monday (28Jul14) ahead of its long-awaited release.
The unlikely pals first teamed up for Bennett's album Duets II in 2011 and have since been working on a collection of jazz cover songs.
The pair premiered the tracks for a TV special concert entitled Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live at New York's Lincoln Center on Monday to mark the release of the record's first single, Anything Goes.
However, one performance was not enough for the duo, so they headed to the St. Jerome's venue in the Big Apple later that evening for an impromptu show.
Gaga writes on Instagram.com, "Long night with my Tony then an impromptu set at St. Jerome's in NY. We can't stop celebrating. Tonight, ANTHING GOES (sic)."
On Tuesday (29Jul14), Gaga and Bennett announced on morning show Today that their album, which has previously been delayed on two occasions, will finally be released on 23 September (14).
The Lincoln Center gig will air in the U.S. in October (14).
Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem are among a host of Spanish stars who have penned an open letter denouncing Israel over the Middle East conflict.
The acting couple and director Pedro Almodovar were joined by other Spanish industry executives who are urging European Union (EU) officials to condemn Israel over the growing unrest in the region.
In the letter, published in local Spanish newspapers on Tuesday (29Jul14), they accuse Israeli leaders of presiding over a "genocide" and demand a ceasefire.
They are asking EU representatives to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip".
Shameless star Tyler Jacob Moore has been cast as Prince Hans, from Disney film Frozen, in the upcoming series of fairytale TV show Once Upon A Time. Actor John Rhys-Davies will provide the voice for animated character Pabbie, the leader of the trolls. The fourth series will air in the U.S. later this year (14).
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The promotional campaign for the upcoming Sin City sequel has suffered another setback after U.S. TV bosses rejected a trailer for the film over actress Eva Green's sexy wardrobe.
The Casino Royale star initially hit headlines in May (14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) banned an advertising poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because it featured Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer white robe over her bare breasts.
Movie bosses had to re-edit the billboard picture to make the outfit appear less raunchy in order to meet the MPAA's censorship guidelines, but now they are facing the prospect of also having to alter Green's appearance in the trailer for the upcoming film amid concerns from ABC network executives, who have refused to air the preview footage due to Green's attire.
Marketing chiefs at the movie's distributor Dimension Films are appealing the decision. A source tells the New York Daily News, "ABC rejected a trailer, saying Green appears to be naked in the same sheer, white nightgown. Dimension was told to remove the offending footage if they want the trailer to air."
Green previously admitted she was baffled by the furore caused by the sexy film poster, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which co-stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, is due to open in cinemas in late August (14).
Glee star Lea Michele is to play a single mum on U.S. TV biker drama Sons Of Anarchy. The actress/singer took to Twitter.com on Monday (28Jul14) to announce her one-episode guest spot.
She wrote, "I'll be appearing on an episode of my favorite show @SonsofAnarchy! Thank you so much."
Reports suggest Michele will portray a truck stop waitress and single mother who connects with Katey Sagal's character in the upcoming season.
Her episode will air in the U.S. on 14 October (14).
She joins Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, among others, who have also shot guest spots for Sons of Anarchy.
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Maisie Williams (better known as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones) was at San Diego Comic-Con like so many other stars and fans, but apparently she didn't want anyone to know about it. If you bumped into a Spider-Man rocking overalls, and thought you smelled a little King's Landing in the air, this is why:
Have you seen this girl? #SDCC
That Stark girl has alaways been a tricky one.
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Rapper Nicki Minaj has mysteriously pushed the release of her new single Anaconda back a week.
The Starships hitmaker was planning on unveiling her track on Monday (28Jul14), but fans will have to wait until 4 August (14) to hear her new music.
Taking to Instagram.com on Sunday (27Jul14), Minaj posted a photo of her controversial cover art for Anaconda and added the caption, "My darlingz (sic), I've pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu (sic)".
On Thursday (24Jul14), Minaj unveiled the cover for the single, which features the voluptuous star crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.
Since posting the shot, a number of critics have taken aim at her for showing too much skin, but she shot back with her own defence in a series of pictures posted on Instagram.
Minaj posted photos of Sports Illustrated cover girls including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, who are all prominently posing with tiny bikini bottoms and showing off their rear ends, along with a caption, "Acceptable".
She then reposted the Anaconda cover art and wrote, "Unacceptable".
A crew member who was injured on the set of romantic comedy New Year's Eve is suing the studios behind the movie for medical expenses and unspecified damages. Set builder Scott Canfield fell from a pallet that was hoisted into the air by a forklift, cracked his head and suffered a brain injury, according to his lawsuit, which TMZ.com has obtained.
The incident happened in February, 2011.
Canfield is suing Warner Bros. and New Line Productions.