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Wait, what? Bill Murray is heading to the small screen? According to Deadline, Murray has joined the cast of HBO's Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small New England town (with an Old England title).
The miniseries, adapted by Jane Anderson and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), will follow the tough and moral titular Olive (Frances McDormand) and "a seemingly placid New England town fraught with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy." Murray is set to play Jack Kinnison, a widower and member of the town whom Olive befriends.
Other cast members include the likes of Richard Jenkins (Olive's husband), the recently added Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Cory Michael Smith. And to add even more names to the list, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producing with McDormand and Anderson.
The casting news comes as a pleasant suprise considering that Murray already has a full plate of upcoming projects. (The usually elusive actor is starring in Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and Cameron Crowe's untitled film.) By the looks of it, Murray has dived head first back into his acting career, and we're definitely not complaining. In fact, we're hoping that he'll swim over to a little project called Ghostbusters III. We all know Dan Aykroyd would jump up and down in excitement (as would we).
Boybands including One Direction, Jls and new supergroup Mcbusted led the way during Britain's Children In Need telethon on Friday night (15Nov13) by helping to raise cash on live TV. One Direction took to the stage to perform their hit track Best Song Ever, marking the third time they have appeared on the annual fundraiser, and bandmember Harry Styles revealed how much the organisation means to them, saying, "We grew up watching it... If you grew up watching something, it's so important, so we love getting involved."
His bandmate Liam Payne added, "We've watched Children In Need since we were children and we are so proud to be a part of it. The children the charity supports are a complete inspiration."
The pop stars later filmed appeals for donations on the set of popular U.K. soap opera Eastenders, while another boyband, JLS, performed a medley of their hits on the show's set.
New supergroup McBusted, made up of members of McFly and Busted, also performed, along with rapper Tinie Tempah, singer James Arthur and Ellie Goulding, who belted out the official Children in Need single How Long Will I Love You.
Singers Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole and actress Olivia Colman were also among the famous faces who filmed appeals featured during the show.
The telethon had raised in excess of $22.5 million (£15 million) to aid disadvantaged kids as WENN went to press.
Officials at the Children In Need organisation also hosted a star-studded concert in London earlier in the week (beg11Nov13) to raise money for the cause. The show was masterminded by Take That star Gary Barlow and featured acts including Kings of Leon and veteran crooner Barry Manilow.
Moviemaker Francis Lawrence had to recast the cat featured in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire after receiving a special request from author Suzanne Collins. The 2012 release, directed by Gary Ross, featured a black-and-white feline as Prim's pet, despite being described in the books the films are based on as having a yellow coat, inspiring his name Buttercup. The casting complaint has since been rectified for the new action adventure.
Country star Hank Williams, Jr. will ring in 2014 as a winner - he will be honoured for his support of the U.S. military during his New Year's Eve (31Dec13) concert in Nashville, Tennessee. The singer, who has performed at various military bases over the years, will receive the Patriot Award from officials at the non-profit Operation Troop Aid (OTA) organisation as he headlines the Bash on Broadway show next month (Dec13).
OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods says, "I am extremely honoured to award Hank Williams, Jr. the 2013 Patriot Award. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of Patriotism is exactly why this award exists. He never forgot his roots and why we have the freedom we do in America."
He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients Toby Keith, KISS, Gary Sinise and Charlie Daniels.
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A beloved fairytale classic is about to get the superhero treatment: Warner Bros. is developing a new film that would focus on the origins of Peter Pan, and follow his journey from an ordinary boy to the only child who never grew up. Esteemed filmmaker Joe Wright has been tapped to direct the film, which will feature a script written by Jason Fuchs and will be produced by Greg Berlanti.
Not much is known about the movie at this time, but it will have to compete with two other Peter Pan-inspired films that are also in the works. The first is Peter and the Starcatchers, which is also an origin story and is based on the book and stage play of the same name. Gary Ross is set to direct it as his follow up to The Hunger Games, but it seems like it may still be some time before that film enters production. The second Peter-based project is called Pan, and has Channing Tatum attached to star.
Fuchs' best known script to date is Ice Age: Continental Drift, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the film, as the Ice Age films are usually critically panned despite making lots of money at the box office. However, it could be an advantage if the film is intended for a younger audience, rather than being a more adult story. Another advantage that the film has is Berlanti, whose work on the CW show Arrow means that he has experience with projects that develop and re-work backstories. On the other hand, both Ice Age and Arrow are considered to be "guilty pleasures," which doesn't seem to fit well with Wright's more serious credits. If this Peter Pan tale is intended to be for children, though, they have the past experience to ensure that the film will entertain both the young audience and the parents who accompany them.
Wright is a bit of an unusual choice for a Peter Pan film — after all, the vast majority of his film credits are period pieces starring Keira Knightley. His projects are aimed at an adult audience, although he has also been rumored to be attached to a new retelling of The Little Mermaid, so there is a chance that Wright is intending to start making films aimed at children. But his experience with period pieces will be an advantage for him on this project, as the story of Peter Pan requires, if not a period setting, multiple period elements. The original story was set in the early 1900s, so the film would need to be set earlier than that in order to explore the origins of Peter.
Although Wright's films are always more grounded in reality than a film about Peter Pan might call for, his style of directing would allow him to insert some of the magical and fairy tale elements quite easily. His penchant for sweeping landscapes, elaborate costumes and carefully choreographed ballroom scenes make an ideal environment to weave magic into a film, and he's proven with Atonement that he is adept at weaving together disparate storylines that are intended to mislead the audience, which will be helpful for a story like Peter Pan. It's likely that Wright will take a highly stylized approach to the film, like he did with Anna Karenina, which was shot almost entirely on sets built in a dilapidated London theater, in order to represent the fact that the characters all lived their lives like a performance on a stage. The story of Peter Pan naturally lends itself to a metaphorical shooting style, and so it would make sense for Wright to attempt something similar for this film.
It's also likely that Wright's take on Peter Pan will have a darker tone, as both Atonement and Hanna — his only films to feature a young leading character — were darker takes on the typical coming-of-age tale. Wright's Peter will also probably have a similar feel to the character of Hanna, and feature elements like her intelligence, fearlessness and physicality. His experience with the teenage-warrior character will likely be relevant for this project, as every adaptation fo Peter's story features at least one instance where the character needs to fight or outsmart an adult, a villain, or an adult villain in order to survive.
The only thing that really remains in question when it comes to this new take on Peter Pan is whether or not Wright will be able to find a role for Knightley in it.
British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring Peter Pan back to the big screen in a new origin movie. The Anna Karenina director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest tale about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. project is the latest to revolve around the Peter Pan tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
British singer Gary Barlow has teamed up with top designer Paul Smith to create special products to raise funds for the U.K.'s Children in Need charity. The pair has designed a bag, T-shirt and notebook which will be sold through Smith's website, with profits going towards the annual BBC fundraising drive.
The Take That star says, "BBC Children in Need is a cause close to my heart and for each campaign we think up new ideas to top those from years before.
"As one of Britain's most successful designers, Paul Smith was a stand-out choice for the project and I'm thrilled that he agreed to do this without hesitation, helping to support young people across the U.K."
Smith adds, "It's absolutely brilliant to contribute to this fantastic cause. We hope you like the range, please buy them and support the great work the charity does!"
The Children in Need telethon will take place on 15 November (13) and raises money for needy youngsters across the U.K.
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
The teenage fans Ringo Starr photographed during The Beatles' first U.S. tour in 1964 have come forward and revealed they were suspended from school for skipping class in a bid to meet the Fab Four. The drummer featured a never-seen-before black and white shot he took of five teens in a car in Florida in his new coffee table book, titled Photography, and urged readers to help him track down the kids.
He wrote, "It's just a great shot. They're looking at us, and I'm photographing them."
Now the stars of the snap - Bob Toth, Gary Van Deursen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe Ressler, Charlie Schwartz and Matt Blender - have come forward to reveal that the day in question has stayed with them for 50 years.
Toth tells the MailOnline, "The principal certainly suspended me for three days as soon as we got back to school.
"The story didn't even make it into the yearbook because he didn't want to look like he was encouraging kids to cut school... It's kind of nice to have something legitimise the story we've all told on and off over the years."
Sir Paul McCartney's new video for Queenie Eye has debuted online with features from an array of stars, who appear as ghosts in the studio as the former Beatle records the track at Abbey Road Studios in London. Johnny Depp appears seated at the feet of McCartney's piano, listening to the tune on his headphones, while his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss dances on the instrument as the room fills up with celebrities.
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Sean Penn, Gary Barlow, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Jude Law all soak up the atmosphere in the fabled studio space, while British funnyman James Corden can't contain himself as he dances around.