Actor Seth Rogen turned on the TV executive who cancelled his cult TV series Freaks And Geeks after coming face to face with him at the weekend (11Oct14).
The U.S. show, which launched the careers of Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Philipps, was taken off the air 14 years ago, but Rogen still holds a grudge against Garth Ancier, the NBC boss who shut down the series. And on Saturday, he got the chance to vent his frustration. Rogen took to Twitter on Sunday (12Oct14) and wrote:
"Last night I was in a room with the dude who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. And yes, I did totally call him out on it." And during an interview with the Huffington Post on Tuesday (14Oct14), Rogen detailed the meeting and added, "I was at Saturday Night Live watching backstage... and I overheard someone say the name of the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name, obviously, because we've talked about how stupid he was for the last 15 years." When asked if he received an apology from the executive, Rogen replied, "No. He was like, 'You know, I kept telling (show creator) Judd (Apatow), give them a victory, give them a victory', and I was like, 'The whole show was about how, in high school, you always lose all the time and that's it!' He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.'" Ancier gave his side of the story on his Facebook page shortly after catching up with Rogen, and wrote, "In the writers room at SNL tonight, still taking some mild abuse for cancelling Freaks and Geeks 14 years ago... once again, Judd Apatow and cast, sorry!"
After Rogen went public with their confrontation, Ancier added, "I absolutely hated canceling this particular show. It was clear from the very beginning that Freaks and Geeks had great writing from Judd and Paul Feig, and a tremendous cast. This was an awful decision that has haunted me forever. "For what it is worth, I have watched all of the episodes over and over again on Netflix, and asked myself what I could have done better to save it. "To be honest, I thought we had a nice conversation that evening. I have a strong feeling that the tweet was on behalf of Freaks and Geeks fans. After all, he and his co-stars (James Franco, etc.) have all become movie stars, and had the show continued..."
Twilight star Xavier Samuel is set to play Victor Frankenstein in a modern take on author Mary Shelley's monster tale. The actor has been cast as the product of a scientific experiment to create a child for his desperate parents, played by Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose's Frankenstein will be set in modern-day Los Angeles.
It isn't the only Frankenstein movie currently in development - James McAvoy will portray the monster creator Victor Von Frankenstein in next year's (15) Frankenstein, which will also feature Daniel Radcliffe as the mad scientist's assistant, Igor.
A representative for Jennifer Garner has denied reports the actress is expecting her fourth child with husband Ben Affleck. Speculation has swirled suggesting the Dallas Buyers Club star is pregnant yet again after she was photographed on two separate occasions in July (14), showing off what appeared to be a baby bump.
However, her representative Meredith O'Sullivan has squashed the rumours, telling TMZ.com Garner is not with child.
Garner and Affleck, who wed in 2005, are parents to daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel.
Actress Jennifer Garner has sparked rumours she is expecting her fourth child with husband Ben Affleck after showing off what appears to be a baby bump in new pictures. The Dallas Buyers Club star was photographed on two separate occasions in July (14) sporting a visible bulge under her shirt and dress, according to the New York Daily News.
Garner and Affleck, who wed in 2005, are parents to daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel.
The couple has yet to comment on the rumours.
Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar overcame a stutter as a child by focusing on perfecting his rap skills. The critically-acclaimed Poetic Justice hitmaker reveals he used to struggle with his speech until he learned how to channel his thoughts and feelings into song.
He tells The New York Times Magazine, "As a kid, I used to stutter. I think that's why I put my energy into making music. That's how I get my thoughts out, instead of being crazy all the time."
Lamar, who has been described as the "black Bob Dylan" by superproducer Pharrell Williams, isn't the only celebrity to suffer from the disorder - British pop star Ed Sheeran and actors Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson all battled stammers during their youth.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has hinted at her reported pregnancy in a new interview, insisting production is still on schedule for the new The Avengers film. Reports suggesting star is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac surfaced earlier this month (Mar14), but the Lost in Translation beauty has yet to confirm the baby news.
However, she came pretty close during a recent interview after she was asked if the production schedule for The Avengers sequel had been affected by events in her personal life.
Johansson responded, "Everything for Avengers 2 - we're full steam ahead. We start shooting in three weeks and I'm stunt training and we're good to go."
She added, "I think it's something that is hard to talk about, exactly. You know, trying to skirt around your question exactly - and... doing a poor job of it. But... like I said, everything is exactly on schedule."
Avengers: Age of Ultron, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Samuel L. Jackson, is set to hit theatres next year (15).
Actress Lena Dunham is set to expand her media empire by writing a comic book series. The Girls star will pen a four-part Archie storyline, based on her TV show's characters, which will be released in 2015.
A statement from the actress reads, "I was an avid Archie collector as a child... It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity."
Dunham isn't the first celebrity to enter the comic book world - in 2010, actor Samuel L. Jackson wrote a four-part series titled Cold Space and Patton Oswalt has penned pieces for Batman, The Goon and Treehouse of Horror. Guy Ritchie and Nicolas Cage have also helped create graphic books.
Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson has thrown his support behind a new children's cancer awareness campaign by lending his voice to a new public service announcement (PSA). The Avengers star is fronting the In Play advertisements for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer charities, which aim to raise the profile of kids cancers and the importance of specialist care for sick youngsters for a chance at better survival rates.
Jackson, who appears in the PSAs alongside four young cancer patients, says, "When I was a child in the 1950s, most kids who got diagnosed with cancer had little chance of survival. Now, there is hope.
"I am honoured to join Stand Up To Cancer and the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help educate people about childhood cancer and the importance of seeing a pediatric oncologist."
Samuel L. Jackson has taken aim at U.S. TV talk show host W. Kamau Bell for criticising his movie Django Unchained, insisting the outspoken African-American pundit isn't qualified to make the remarks he did about writer/director Quentin Tarantino's use of the n-word in the film. Bell used a segment on his show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell to slam Tarantino for his use of the racial slur, and now Jackson is firing back in a new Playboy interview, insisting the young TV personality "did not understand the movie" and "did not live through the era".
The actor says, "He's (Bell) a young black man with nappy hair and very dark skin, but he also has a very white wife and an interracial child. You can't tell me you know what people in the South did if you never spent time down there.
"He can say there had to be words Quentin could use other than n**ger. Well, what are they?
"These 20-somethings can't turn around and tell me the word n**ger is f**cked up in Django yet still listen to Jay Z or whoever else say 'n**ger, n**ger, n**ger' throughout the music they listen to (saying), 'Oh, that's OK because that's dope, that's down, we all right with that'. Bulls**t. You can't have it one way and not the other.
"Saying Tarantino said 'n**ger' too many times is like complaining they said 'k*ke' too many times in a movie about Nazis."
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.