Nick Frost is going to be in his own movie in 2014, Cuban Fury. He won't have Simon Pegg as a co-star. Will this be a good move on his part or will it cause him to have to retreat back into life as a second fiddle, not to get top billing again?
This will be a big test. Sure, Frost is a very funny man, but he's always been the sidekick: the best friend who becomes a zombie, the bumbling partner ... he's never really been front and center. I actually have to say, good for him. He's decided to take a shot at a bigger part in the movie world, and if the gambit succeeds, then he was well worth the risk and if the movie does poorly, he'll be able to look himself in the mirror and say that he at least tried, which is more than many of us do.
Frost has relied a lot on physical comedy and this movie looks like it's not going to be any different, if scenes like his doing a face plant on the windshield of Rashida Jones ' character's car are a barometer. Of course, a movie about dance offers plenty of opportunity for pratfalls. In the other movies, though, Frost has not been a main focus, so when he does something silly, it's a welcome surprise. Can we take a whole movie of it or will the novelty wear thin in the first half hour?
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Some may say that he doesn't have the body or face for being a leading man, but then again they said the same of John Belushi, John Candy and Chris Farley. Let's not let the fact that all three are prematurely deceased change the fact that they were hugely successful despite not sharing the same body type as say... a Dan Ackroyd or Chevy Chase. Frost could very well become a star in his own right..
The main thing is that it is just weird to see Frost without Pegg involved somewhere. Then again, the sidekick can step out of the shadow of the larger star. Ben Affleck can become just as big a star as Matt Damon.
So let's say that Cuban Fury does great in the theaters - getting Jones and Ian McShane to appear in it was a good move to help take some of the edge off for Frost - then he might be the one having Pegg call him to appear as a co-star. That's not so farfetched. It could happen. Wait, I think there's a zombie at my do-
Scottish star Susan Boyle has revealed Meryl Streep is in talks to portray the veteran singer in an upcoming biopic. The former Britain's Got Talent winner's unexpected rise to fame is heading to the big screen and one of the names on the short list to play Boyle is Oscar-winner Streep.
In an interview with Britain's Metro newspaper, shy Boyle admits, "I wouldn't like to be in the film myself. I'd like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep - I understand she has been approached."
The Iron Lady actress is reportedly not the only woman in line for the part - both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Glenn Close have also been tapped to play Boyle.
Since the opera singer was crowned the unlikely winner of BGT in 2009, the 52 year old has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide, earned two Grammy nominations and been honoured on stage with a musical based on her life.
The biopic is being produced by Britain's Got Talent boss Simon Cowell and Fox Searchlight studio executives.
Country music star Garth Brooks will bow out of his Las Vegas residency next month (Nov13) by performing for millions of fans across the U.S. in a live concert special. The singer has been playing sold-out shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort for the past three years, but he is determined to go out with a bang and has signed a deal with bosses at America's CBS network to beam his final gig into devotees' homes on the night after Thanksgiving (29Nov13).
Brooks will pay tribute to his biggest inspirations during the two-hour event, performing classic covers of songs by George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Simon & Garfunkel, among others, and he'll be sharing the influence their music has had on his own greatest hits.
A statement released by Brooks reads: "This is the soundtrack of my life. Growing up the last of six kids, music was the life blood of our family. And as you can imagine, Mom, Dad and each kid had his or her own favorite stuff, and it all funneled down to me."
A new tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy starring the original TV show's lead actor Simon Jones has been axed due to poor ticket sales. Jones, who played hapless hero Arthur Dent in the 1980s series as well as in the longrunning radio BBC radio show, had reprised his role for a U.K. wide trek this month (Oct13), but bosses at The Radio Production Company have pulled it from the stage with immediate effect.
A statement from the team reads, "The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour.
"Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker's Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the U.K. this autumn... As a result in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour."
The story was adapted for the big screen in 2005 and starred Martin Freeman as Dent, alongside Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, and Zooey Deschanel.
More than 45 former Bond girls have posed for photographs as part of a new exhibition. Actresses including Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Grace Jones and Jill St. John sat for a shoot with snapper Taryn Simon to celebrate the superspy movie franchise.
Simon wrote to 57 former stars of the 007 films, and only ten declined to take part - including the very first Bond girl, Ursula Andress, and British actress Gemma Arterton, who had a brief role in 2008's Quantum of Solace.
Some actresses referenced their part in the famous franchise, such as Goldfinger star Eaton, who wore a dress with a flash of gold colouring, while others, including Live and Let Die's Jane Seymour, chose simply to pose in elegant eveningwear.
Simon tells British magazine Stella, "All the women had complete freedom to choose the clothes and poses they wanted... Each woman who is not there is still represented by a blank space on the wall, together with a tag giving her name and the film in which she appeared."
The exhibition, titled Birds of the West Indies, will open at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania later this year (13) before heading out on tour.
Meryl Streep is set to add a Monte Cristo Award to her collection of accolades and prizes after officials at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center named her the 14th recipient of the prestigious honour. The movie star's longtime friend and fellow Yale University classmate Joe Grifasi will present her with the award in recognition of her "monumental achievements and contributions to the American theatre" at a gala to be held in New York in April (14).
The actress says, "The O'Neill is a place unlike any other. I'm honoured to receive this award from an organisation so vital to the discovery and support of new artists and work for the American theatre."
A former O'Neill player, Streep admits she still has fond memories of working there right at the beginning of her acting career: "That summer we were all engaged with full hearted passion in sometimes the silliest of exercises, and all in service of finding that wiggly, elusive creature: a new play. The process was so condensed that I learned a sort of invaluable swiftness of decision making, out of necessity.
"The choices could not be laboured over, and that, for certain types of thinking actors, is a gift of exigency. You had to, like your fifth grade teacher said, in multiple choice questions, just go with your first instinct, don't worry it to death. That's what actors did at the O'Neill, and with full blown commitment.
"Like jumping off the platform onto the swinging trapeze... don't hesitate. It's a good lesson. One I've carried with me my whole life."
The Monte Cristo Award is presented to a prominent theatre artist each year in recognition of "a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O'Neill's pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence".
Past recipients include Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Kevin Spacey and playwright Neil Simon.
After previously stating that he would be interested in reprising his role as Hans Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, Harrison Ford has changed his tune and says that he still hasn't decided if he wants to be in the film, according to CinemaBlend.com.
In an interview on the UK's Graham Norton Show on BBC, Ford revealed that "he had not quite made the choice" to accept a cameo in the film, which is in great contrast to when he told WGN TV in March 2013 that he was "looking forward to it."
However, just because he might turn down a cameo in Star Wars, it doesn't mean that he's done with all of his famous characters. In the same interview with Norton, he said that he would have no problem gallavanting as Indiana Jones in a fifth adventure.
"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Ford said. "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart." Clearly he's not opposed to reliving old glory.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in 2015.
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Historical police drama Copper has walked its last beat after producers announced the show has been scrapped after two seasons. The series, starring Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish immigrant policeman in 1860s New York, won acclaim upon its debut last August (12), but bosses at BBC America have decided against a third season.
The season two finale and final episode will air in America on Sunday (22Sep13).
BBC America General Manager Perry Simon says, "The opportunity to work with... the extraordinary cast and crew on this journey is one that we are extremely proud of. Their vision to re-tell the immigrant experience through the melting pot of New York City was an original and fresh idea.
"After 23 episodes, with (President) Lincoln dead and the nation starting to heal, it seems a fitting moment to conclude this American story."
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 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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