Neil Patrick Harris has issued an apology after using the word "tranny" as a guest host on Live! With Kelly this week.
On Thursday's show, Harris -- filling in temporarily for the recently departed Regis Philbin -- remarked, "I've never sounded more like a tranny in my life" at the end of a voice-altering bit with host Kelly Ripa.
On Friday the How I Met Your Mother star tweeted: “Truly sorry for saying the word ‘tranny’ on Live this week. Twice! Should have been more thoughtful. Didn’t at all mean to offend.”
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Teenage True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in the futuristic sci-fi thriller Ender's Game.
The Best Supporting Actress nominee would nab the female lead in the film, from actor-turned-director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, who has already signed up for Ender's Game.
The movie, which takes place 70 years from now, focuses on a military academy in space that prepares child soldiers for an imminent alien invasion. It's set for a 2013 release.
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Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has reportedly been offered a key role in the 2013 big-screen update/adaptation Arthur & Lancelot.
The French actress would play Morgana, King Arthur's (to be played by Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) sorceress half-sister. Wedding Crashers filmmaker David Dobkin is directing the action-adventure film, which will also feature The Killing costar Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot.
Cotillard, who won Best Actress for her performance in La Vie en Rose, most recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion.
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This summer, a bidding war broke out over a new comedy pilot to star and be co-written by comedian/actress Sarah Silverman. The increasingly ambitious NBC won out, and has just finalized the pilot order for this new project, which will be executive produced by Ron Howard and his Imagine associate Brian Grazer.
The pilot, written by Silverman and her Comedy Central series The Sarah Silverman Program writers Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, will be a humorous, semi-autobiographical account of Silverman's transition back into single life after a decade-long live-in relationship. Many are probably familiar with the long-term relationship Silverman shared with ABC's late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel from 2002 to 2009.
This new single-camera comedy is still untitled. What begs a few questions is Silverman's merge with network television. The comedian is infamous for her very crude, very raunchy brand of humor. Naturally, getting a way with this sort of material was not as big a problem on her former cable station, Comedy Central. However, the Silverman we know might be amended to fit what the standards of network TV.
Perhaps a more regimented, more balanced format is what Silverman needs to really excel. The comic actress is a talented one, but her Comedy Central series was a bit too all over the place to really work for many of us. Putting the wild Silverman in a more grounded universe could be a formula for comedic success. And having Howard involved inspires a great deal of faith.
Just a few hours after news broke about Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke strongly considering a follow-up to Before Sunset, it has been revealed that Delpy will direct an upcoming biopic about Joe Strummer.
The French actress/writer/director/producer will helm The Right Profile, about the famous frontman/lead guitarist of the English punk band The Clash. She could also potentially star in the film.
Delpy's most notable mainstream directorial effort is 2 Days in Paris, whose Chris Rock-starring sequel, 2 Days in New York, will be released next year.
Source: Variety, Collider
Sometimes, the story behind a story is more interesting than the story itself.
Truman Capote is a revered name in the modern history of American literature, whose classics include Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. The writer's life and work were celebrated in the 2005 biopic Capote, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman. One piece of Capote's work has long been attached to a special air of intrigue: his first novel, Summer Crossing, which went unpublished until 2005, over two decades after the author's death. The novel is now being adapted into a film, and some of the most interesting aspects of this new development surround the evasive source material as well as the director assigned to the project: Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson has established herself as a major screen presence since beginning her acting career in the mid-1990s. She has worked with a wide variety of directors who far exceed "noteworthy": Woody Allen, Michael Bay, Sofia Coppola, Brian De Palma, Jon Favreau, Christopher Nolan, Robert Redford, and will work under Cameron Crowe in the upcoming We Bought a Zoo. So, perhaps she picked up a thing or two along the way from this cavalcade of filmmakers. At the very least, she picked up the itch.
Summer Crossing will be an interesting debut project for Johansson. The plot revolves around the daughter of an elite socialite Protestant couple who, when left on her own in New York City for the summer, begins dating a working-class Jewish man.
Luke Wilson and Kevin Connolly have joined the cast of Elvis & Nixon, the self-explanatorily titled drama directed by longtime actor Cary Elwes, making his directorial debut.
Eric Bana has already been cast as Elvis Presley and Danny Huston will play former President Richard Nixon in the indie, which centers on the storied 1970 meeting between the two.
Wilson is set to play a member of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's entourage, while Connolly will have a supporting role as a limo driver.
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Soon-to-be 'it' girl Felicity Jones has reportedly been cast as the female lead in Warren Beatty's upcoming film about Howard Hughes.
Jones will play a young woman who ultimately falls in love with Hughes (played by writer/director Beatty), the late, notoriously wealthy and reclusive tycoon.
Jones is becoming one of Hollywood's hottest up-and-coming talents, following her critically acclaimed breakout in the recently released drama Like Crazy.
Beatty's longtime wife, Annette Bening, and friend, Jack Nicholson, are also said to be in consideration roles in the untitled film. Ditto Owen Wilson and Alec Baldwin.
Niecy Nash, best known for her regular role on Comedy Central's Reno 911, has landed her own reality show on TLC.
The star and network are not strangers: Nash hosted the long-running TLC home-organization series Clean House.
The untitled series, which is set to premiere in early 2012, will follow Nash and her large family -- including new husband Jay Tucker, whose wedding with Nash was televised to large audience on the same network in June.
Nash, who also appeared on Dancing with the Stars last year, issued the following statement: "TLC is a new member of our big family, and we couldn’t be happier. There’s a lot of love in our house, but also a lot of mayhem and foolishness – all the kids are acting crazy, I’m busier than ever, and Jay’s never raised girls before. We hope our fans welcome us into their homes… we need the room!”
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Brett Ratner is out as producer of the next Oscars ceremony, amid the fallout from an antigay slur he made and comments about Olivia Munn and his sex life.
Ratner says the move was voluntary on his part and issued a resignation statement (scroll down for the full, lengthy version), part of which reads: "I called [Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences President] Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents."
Sherak responded with the following: “He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.”
Over the past week, the Tower Heist told a movie-theater crowd that "rehearsal's for fags" (for which he apologized) and -- now less notably -- discussed the gory details of his sexual exploits and organ and other similarly unsavory matters, including an affair he may or may not have had with Olivia Munn.
Ratner's full statement:
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.
As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.
I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.
Sincerely, Brett Ratner