Tina Fey, Julie Andrews and Tony Bennett will salute actress Carol Burnett when she is honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor next month (Oct13). The Carol Burnett Show star will be feted at the Kennedy Center's 16th annual ceremony.
A statement from the actress reads, "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Maya Rudolph and Lucille Ball's daughter Lucie Arnaz, and Burnett's former castmates Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence will also be on hand to celebrate the comedienne.
Previous honourees include Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Fey, Bill Cosby and George Carlin.
British TV host Gethin Jones is eyeing a new career in the armed forces. The presenter is considering enlisting in the British Army after witnessing the military's work in Afghanistan, where he spent time filming a new series marking Remembrance Sunday in November (13).
Jones, who was previously engaged to opera star Katherine Jenkins, was overwhelmed by the courage of troops he saw in action.
He tells Britain's Forces' radio station BFBS, "It's the same mentality. I like being beasted physically. I really like the challenge that they have to go through... I don't know if I could do a whole tour but I'll do my training and see how it goes from there."
Jones has visited Afghanistan three times to film Britain's BBC series Remembrance week.
Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
We can't wait to see The Family starring some of our favorite actors: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D¹Leo. This stellar cast plays the Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
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We all know J.J. Abrams has a repertory company of actors who keep popping up in his work: Simon Pegg, Keri Russell, Greg Grunberg. But now Benedict Cumberbatch may be set to join that group. Star Trek Into Darkness' erstwhile Khan is rumored to be in the running for a role in Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to the website Film Chronicles. Admittedly, the source here is murky, and Lucasfilm is neither confirming nor denying the news — "no comment" is the preferred response of the House that George Built for any such rumors. But given Abrams' proclivity for repeat casting, it seems a definite possibility.
If this report turns out to be true, we can muster only one response — screw you, J.J. Abrams. Cumberbatch did his best as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but you gave him an impossible challenge: to live up to the standard of Ricardo Montalban. Obviously, it didn't work, as Trekkers recently voted Into Darkness the worst Trek film of them all. (And here are 12 reasons why we agree.) If Cumberbatch will indeed play a character in Episode VII, it's going to be hard for me, and a lot of other fans, to avoid dwelling on Into Darkness connotations. That's not something Cumberbatch will have to worry about in any of his upcoming other projects like 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, and August: Osage County, but it will be everpresent in J.J.'s Galaxy Far, Far Away feature.
Lucasfilm and Disney obviously want Episode VII to be a fresh take on the saga. That's why they brought in screenwriter Michael Arndt, as well as Abrams himself. But Abrams seems like he wants to replicate what he did on the Trek films with Wars — he's already brought in his DP on Into Darkness to shoot the new film. Cumberbatch's casting will feel like he's deliberately retreading what he did in Trek. And I know some fans will quibble and say that was George Lucas' thinking when he originally decided against having Harrison Ford play Indiana Jones. But Dr. Jones came off Ford's universally beloved turn as Han Solo. We can't say the same for Cumberbatch as Khan.
Am I just a fan throwing a hissy fit or do you also object to the idea of Cumberbatch in Jedi robes? Khaaaaaaaaan!
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Movie hardman Vinnie Jones has launched a savage rant at his native U.K., branding it depressing and past its sell-by date. The soccer-star-turned-actor moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career following his big screen debut in 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and he has since scored a number of film roles.
Now Jones is adamant his future lies in the U.S. as a recent return trip to Britain left him feeling the country has changed beyond recognition.
He tells Radio Times magazine, "To me, England is past its sell-by date. There is nothing to go back to. It's not the country I grew up in. It's a European country now. If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn't have a clue where you were...
"The weather in England is depressing. People say you can get bored of the sunshine in L.A. No, you can't. I play golf six days a week."
Michael Douglas insists his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones is far from over - they're just taking a break. The movie star and the Welsh Oscar winner announced their separation last week (ends30Aug13) after months of speculation about the state of their marriage, but Douglas, who is solo at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany, has told reporters that things are "fine" between himself and his wife.
Promoting his new Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, at the festival, Douglas said, "My wife and I are fine. We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about."
Zeta-Jones, 43, has yet to address the separation.
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Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album. The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.
Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".
Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).
Catherine Zeta-Jones' close friend and maid of honour has expressed concerns for the actress' mental wellbeing as she tries to cope with the breakdown of her marriage to Michael Douglas. The Wall Street star and his Traffic actress wife announced on Wednesday (28Aug13) that they are "taking some time apart" to work on their 13-year marriage.
The separation comes after a turbulent few years for the couple, with Douglas undergoing treatment for throat cancer in 2010 and Zeta-Jones seeking professional help for an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.
Now Anna Walker, one of the Welsh beauty's closest confidantes, has admitted she worries that the stress of their split could drive the actress into a deep depression.
Walker tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "The next few weeks will be very tough and I'm very worried about her. This is a very traumatic time and her mental health could be adversely affected.
"I'm sure it's not been easy for her to cope with the stress of Michael's illness. She's just had another round of treatment for her bipolar and if she can keep that in check under all this stress it will be a miracle.
"Her mother Pat is with her at the moment, so I know she's in good hands. And nowadays there is very good medication that can help. It will have hit her very hard because she definitely believes marriage is for once in a lifetime."