Singer/rapper Cee Lo Green has been handed three years of probation and a community service sentence after striking a plea deal relating to an ecstasy charge.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy before having sex with her following a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the claim at the time of his booking, but subsequently agreed to plead no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy in a deal which allows him to maintain his innocence.
He entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday (29Aug14), when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ordered the star to serve probation.
The 39 year old must also complete 360 hours of community work at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, which provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times. He must also attend 52 private alcohol counselling sessions, reports TMZ.com.
Prosecutors had previously dropped a charge of sexual assault against Green on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The plaintiff, whose identity has not been revealed, alleged Green spiked her drink during a date in November, 2012, and she later woke up naked in a bed with him in the room.
Veteran U.S. soap star Charles Keating has lost his battle with cancer. The British-born actor died on Saturday (09Aug14) at the age of 72.
Keating began his career onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England in the 1970s, before focusing on his screen work and appearing as Rex Mottram in a U.K. TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.
However, his big break came after landing the role of U.S. TV villain Carl Hutchins in popular soap Another World, which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1996.
He also featured on other soap operas All My Children and As the World Turns, and had small roles on dramas Alias, Xena: Warrior Princess and Sex and the City.
On the big screen, he landed roles in 1992's The Bodyguard and 1990's Awakenings, as well as The Thomas Crown Affair and comedy Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
He returned to his stage roots in a 1986 Broadway revival of Joe Orton's Loot, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.
His fellow Another World co-stars Mark Pinter and Alicia Coppola have offered up tributes to Keating, with Coppola writing on Twitter.com, "Charles Keating has passed. I am so very sad. Along w/ (with) @LindaDano, he was my very first acting teacher. The actress I am is because of them."
Damian Lewis is set to play English king Henry VIII in a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
The Homeland actor will star opposite Mark Rylance, who will play Thomas Cromwell, in the six-part miniseries. The drama, which will be directed by White Oleander's Peter Kosminsky, will chronicle Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
In addition to Lewis and Rylance's casting, Claire Foy has been tapped to play Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley will portray Katherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's six wives. Lewis joins the ranks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ray Winstone, Robert Shaw and Keith Michell, who have also portrayed Henry VIII onscreen.
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Hi, Nancy.Hi, Helen.What's the story, morning glory?What's the word, hummingbird?Have you heard about Hugo and Kim? They were cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, although there's no confirmation just yet. I think Kim's playing Bib Fortuna.
That's pretty much what the last year and change has felt like — rumors upon rumors upon rumors of who might be cast in J.J. Abrams' upcoming addition to the Star Wars series. We've heard tell of Clone War veterans reuniting for the film, blockbuster fixtures like Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis, rising indie mavens drawing notice from their turns in Coen Bros dramas and HBO series. But the waiting is over. Courtesy of TheWrap, we have official news of the 12 performers cast to headline the next Star Wars movie. Here's who they are, where you might know them from, and what we can expect from them in the new film.
Mark HamillBest known as: Luke Skywalker, power converter spendthrift and daddy issues-haver.Age: 62.In the new movie: We know very little of what Hamill will be brought on to do in the upcoming film, though with his standing as the Original Trilogy's central hero and his family rallied at the head of this story (presumably), we imagine that Hamill will have a good amount to do.
Carrie FisherBest known as: Princess Leia Organa, rigid adversary of the nerf herder lobby.Age: 57.In the new movie: We've been told, in only the most tenuous terms, that Star Wars: Episode VII will focus on Han and Leia's kids. So even if she and Ford are sidelined as the parental figures who've seen it all before (hey, it's kind of like that new Boy Meets World spinoff), then they'll likely be around for a healthy sum.
Harrison FordBest known as: Han Solo, alleged Kessel Run record holder and reformed atheist.Age: 71In the new movie: On top of the above, new rumors allow that Ford will have a pretty significant role in the new film. Considering his latter days screen presence, we imagine something in the vein of an extended carbonite nap. A few are actually predicting that Han might bite the dust in VII.
Peter MayhewBest known as: Chewbacca, devoted Life Day celebrant and family man.Age: 69 (though that's only like, 14 in Wookiee years).In the new movie: Some people are already pretty livid that Chewbacca's in the film at all, considering his death in the Expanded Universe, but you don't bring out the Wookiee suit just to have him play canasta.
Anthony DanielsBest known as: C-3PO, buzzkill.Age: 68.In the new movie: I don't know, probably a lot of kvetching.
Kenny BakerBest known as: R2-D2, frequent film extra and Robot Hall of Fame inductee.Age: 79.In the new movie: Doot beep beeeooo doot.
Oscar IsaacBest known as: The titular misanthropic folk musician in the Coen Brothers' 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis.Age: 35.In the new movie: Isaac's role is anyone's guess at this point, although two call-outs in a casting release from last year speak to his nature. He might be playing "a late 20-something male. Fit, handsome, and confident," or, more likely, "a 30-something male, intellectual. Apparently does not need to be fit."
Adam DriverBest known as: Adam, the Lena Dunham's oddball love interest on the HBO dramedy Girls, or the space cowboy from Inside Llewyn Davis.Age: 30.In the new movie: Rumors surrounding Driver's initial mention in regard to the film had him pegged to be the villain. We had some fun with that one.
Andy SerkisBest known as: Gollum from The Lord of the Rings movies.Age: 50.In the new movie: Considering his mo-cap history, Serkis is probably playing an alien. And that's awesome.
Max von SydowBest known as: Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, the older priest in The Exorcist, or the guy from all those Ingmar Bergman films.Age: 85.In the new movie: Last fall's casting call advertised the film's search for "a 70-something male with strong opinions and a tough demeanor," exempting the necessity for physical fitness. We can't get more specific than this but it seems like von Sydow is going to be taking on some kind of authoritarian position. Maybe at the Academy (training the Solo kids, per chance), or as the penny-pinching new owner of the Cantina.
Domhnall GleesonBest known as: Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies, or the fellow from About Time.Age: 30.In the new movie: Gleeson could rival Isaac in either of the character descriptions mentioned above, though he does seem more the intellectual type (if only for the British accent).
John BoyegaBest known as: The kid from Attack the Block.Age: 22.In the new movie: Boyega could be playing the character Thomas that was advertised in a casting call last year:
"Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over. Has grown up without a father's influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn't have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can't take life too seriously."
Daisy RidleyShe's pretty new.Age: I don't know — 20? In the new movie: Could be Rachel, who was introduced in the same casting call:
"Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over. Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by. Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead."
So there you have it: still a whole lot of grey area! But at least we know something!
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Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones, singer Charlotte Church and classical star Katherine Jenkins are to join Hollywood actor Michael Sheen in a new TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. A new small screen adaptation of the story has been put together with an all-star Welsh cast to mark the centenary of the poet's birth and 60 years since the BBC radio debut of Under Milk Wood, which focuses on the residents of a Welsh fishing village.
Jones plays haunted seafarer Captain Cat while the cast also includes Sheen, Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd, and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who ironically played Thomas in 2008 movie The Edge of Love.
Singers Jenkins and Church have also landed roles in the production, along with opera star Bryn Terfel.
Jenkins tells the BBC, "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman. It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."
The 60-minute TV feature is due to air in the U.K. in May (14).
A new movie adaptation of the play is also in development staring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.
Denzel Washington's star power has helped make the revival of A Raisin In The Sun a hit on Broadway, with the show earning $1.2 million (£705,446) in its first full week. The latest production of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning 1959 race drama has been playing to sold-out audiences at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York since its 3 April (14) opening, making it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week ending 13 April (14).
In addition, the play is the only non-musical to surpass the $1 million (£597,836) mark in a week.
Among those flocking to see A Raisin in the Sun were U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who attended the production on Friday (11Apr14).
Washington stars alongside Sean Patrick Thomas, Anika Noni Rose and Samuel L. Jackson's actress wife Latanya Richardson.
British acting newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers has become the frontrunner to take on a leading role in the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel, according to multiple reports. The stage actress is allegedly preparing to make her movie debut in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII as a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a character previously played onscreen by Sir Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in the prequel films.
Casting details for the forthcoming sci-fi movie, which has already begun production, have been shrouded in secrecy, but Girls star Adam Driver is said to be portraying the lead villain, while fellow newcomers Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speleers and Matthew James Thomas have also been linked to key roles in the project, and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan have all met with Abrams to discuss parts.
The news of Richardson-Sellers' involvement in the new Star Wars film comes days after towering Brit Peter Mayhew was confirmed to reprise his role as Chewbacca. Veteran actress Carrie Fisher will also return as Princess Leia, although it is still unclear if Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will join the original reunion in their roles as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
The latest Star Wars epic is scheduled for release in December, 2015.
British actor Peter Mayhew is bouncing back from double knee replacement surgery to reprise his iconic role as Chewbacca in J.J. Abrams' much-anticipated Star Wars sequel. The towering star, who suffers from excessive growth condition gigantism, underwent the operation in September (13), but his advancing age and deteriorating health have not stopped him from returning to the sci-fi franchise, in which he made his name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mayhew, 69, recently sparked rumours of his Star Wars return after cancelling an upcoming appearance at Texas fan convention Comicpalooza "due to filming". The event takes place between 23 to 26 May (14).
Meanwhile, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII has already begun, although the full cast, including its leading stars, has yet to be unveiled.
Mayhew played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, while he was invited back for 2005's prequel Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. His character did not feature in 1999's Episode I - The Phantom Menace or 2002's Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
Mayhew won't be the only original Star Wars actor featured in Abrams' new blockbuster - Carrie Fisher has been confirmed as Princess Leia, although it is still unclear if Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Girls star Adam Driver has been cast as the lead villain in Episode VII, while Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speleers and Matthew James Thomas have been linked to lead roles in the project, and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan have all met with Abrams to discuss parts.
The latest Star Wars epic is scheduled for release in December, 2015.
Star Wars fans can officially get excited about the film franchise's upcoming Episode VII following a new tweet about the project's start date and cast. Movie bosses posted the latest update on the official Star Wars Twitter feed on Tuesday (18Mar14), revealing shooting for the new will begin in May (14).
The tweet reads: "#StarWarsVII begins filming in May! Set 30 years after RoTJ (Return of the Jedi), the film will feature new stars & familiar faces."
Reports suggest Carrie Fisher will be back as Princess Leia, but it's still unclear if her Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will join her for director J.J. Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster.
Meanwhile, Variety has confirmed that Girls star Adam Driver has been cast as the lead villain in the new Star Wars movie.
Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speleers and Matthews James Thomas have been linked to lead roles in the project and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan have all met with Abrams to discuss parts.
After a very deliberately paced casting process, the new adventure in a galaxy far, far away in finally starting to take shape. According to Variety, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, and Ed Speleers, as well as theater actors Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas are all in the running for the lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII. The role is rumored to be a Jedi apprentice, and will likely see the character learning the ways of the Jedi from Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker.
It seems that director J.J. Abrams is targeting relatively unkown actors for the lead roles, a move that worked wonders in A New Hope. In the past, Abrams and other members of the production have been vocal about returning the franchise to its roots, and evoking the qualities that made the original trilogy such a dearly beloved series among fans. After sifting through the short list of actors, we wondered which of the more notable names would go on to make the best Jedi apprentice.
Notable Roles: Moses in Attack the Block.Jedi Potential: Jedis are the stoic protectors of the galaxy. As we saw in Attack the Block, Boyega can do stoic very well. But beyond that, Boyega’s turn in ATB also conveyed a hidden rage burning under the surface of his character, and the ability to give a nuanced performance is important considering how flat the Jedi have come across in the past. Seriously, Star Wars found a way to make Samuel L. Jackson boring.Lightsaber Prowess: In Attack the Block, Moses’ chosen weapon to fight off alien invaders is a katana, which is a weapon only a couple million technological innovations away from a lightsaber. By that logic, Boyega should be a natural, though some bandages might come in handy.
Notable Roles: Todd in Breaking Bad, Landry in Friday Night Lights.Jedi Potential: There’s something inherently goofy about Jesse Plemons. Even when portraying a mush-mouthed sociopath in Breaking Bad, it was hard to stay mad at him. While those characteristics might have worked in the pitch black humor of Breaking Bad, we wonder how this might play in the Star Wars universe, especially considering how seriously the Jedi generally take themselves.Lightsaber Prowess: A true Renaissance man, Friday Night Lights’ Landry Clarke was not only one of the best kickers Dillon High School had ever seen, but he was also the lead singer in the Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious. When you’ve already touched greatness in faith based rock music and high school football, handling a lightsaber should be cake.
Notable Roles: Eragon in Eragon, Jimmy in Downton Abbey.Jedi Potential: Speleers' first taste of fantasy filmmaking came in Eragon, a popular book series that didn't have the legs to last as a succesful film property. Speleers’ character on Downton Abbey, Jimmy, is the confident and charismatic footman at Downton, and his bravado and flirtatious tendancies have often gotten him in trouble at the estate. Words like "bravado" and "charisma" don't usually go hand in hand with Jedi, but afterthe prequel films, we don't think most fans would mind a little diversity in Jedi personalities.Lightsaber Prowess: There isn't much in the way of swordplay on the estate of Downton, but Speleers did get some bladework in while filming Eragon, so a lightsaber shouldn't be too big of an adjustment.
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Notable Roles: Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.Jedi Potential: Thomas' time as the geeky arbiter of justice, Spider-Man, should give him an edge in the Jedi department. The infamous Broadway production was full of high flying wire work, so Thomas should be well equipped to handle any stunts in the upcoming film. In any case, Jedi are sort of the geeks of the galaxy anyway.Lightsaber Prowess: Peter Parker isn't one for swordplay, so Thomas might be a little lost during the lightsaber battles, but all of that Spidey training will still come in handy.
Notable Roles: Muhammad Ali in Fetch Clay, Make Man.Jedi Potential: A virtual unknown in the film world, Fisher doesn't have many big screen credits as of yet, but the young thespian does have a good amount of experience in theater. The actor recently played Muhammad Ali in the off-Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man. Ali was a fierce boxer as well as a thinker, and the Jedi order has the same dichotomy of violence and philosophy. We think Fisher may be more qualified for the Jedi Robes than his IMDB page lets on. He'll certainly be the coolest Jedi ever.Lightsaber Prowess: Honestly, who needs lightsabers when you're the heavyweight champion of the world? The force is strong with this one, even without any laser sword experience.