Movie star Anna Kendrick is "confused" by reports suggesting she is dating Game Of Thrones actor Alfie Allen. The Pitch Perfect star had reportedly been spotted enjoying a recent low-key date in Las Vegas with Allen, the younger brother of British singer Lily, sparking speculation about a new star romance. But Kendrick has brushed off the rumours.
Addressing a Gawker.com article about an alleged liaison on Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14), she wrote, "@Gawker Ahh, this has been hilarious and all but, nope. My apologies to Mr. Allen, who must be equally confused."
Kendrick has been single since splitting from her boyfriend of four years, director Edgar Wright, in early 2013.
Allen, who portrays Theon Greyjoy on the hit fantasy series, ended his on/off relationship with actress Jaime Winstone last month (Jul14).
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is in talks to portray movie star Anna May Wong in an upcoming biopic.
Producers of Shanghai-based company Fundamental Films are developing a film called Dragon Lady and The X-Men: Days of Future Past actress/singer has emerged as their top choice to play the lead role.
The film will centre around Wong's life as the first Chinese-American movie star, recalling her poverty-stricken upbringing in downtown Los Angeles and her rise to fame in Hollywood.
Her breakout role came in 1924 when she played a Mongol slave opposite Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Bagdad, but she was constantly offered roles to play negative stereotypes of Chinese females.
The parts available to her were limited even further by U.S. laws at the time which prevented her from having on-screen romances with a person of another race.
Wong also starred in such films as Daughter of the Dragon, Daughter of Shanghai, and Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich, and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
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Alec Baldwin is leading the tributes to his TV mum, stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch, following her death on Thursday (17Jul14). The actor worked with the Two's Company star on his hit sitcom 30 Rock, in which Stritch played his sharp-tongued mother Colleen Donaghy - a role which won her an Emmy Award in 2007.
And he was among the first celebrities to honour her memory on Twitter.com on Thursday as the news of her passing broke. Sharing an article about the loss of the 89 year old, Baldwin writes, "A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest."
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham celebrated Stritch's lengthy career by making reference to her Tony-nominated Broadway performance of The Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, tweeting, "Here's to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle (New York hotel she once called home). Thank you".
Meanwhile, singer Josh Groban remembered the veteran actress as "one of a kind and just the wittiest", and Anna Kendrick added, "Elaine Stritch man. Hell of a performer, spirit and woman. This one really hurts. Today's work is for you ma'am. Crazy love."
Early tributes have also poured in from the likes of Christina Applegate, James Van Der Beek and writer/director Joss Whedon.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has helped to surprise a young boy with an inoperable brain tumour by making a guest appearance at his pediatric cancer research fundraiser. Mario Carpino launched a Facebook.com campaign earlier this year (14) to persuade the Bon Jovi frontman to attend his lemonade stand fundraiser.
He hosted his fourth annual event in Bon Jovi's native New Jersey on Saturday (07Jun14) and the 52-year-old singer shocked his young fan by making an unannounced appearance to sign autographs and pose for pictures with Carpino and fans.
Mario's mum, Anna Carpino, tells Yahoo Shine, "Little did we know that he would just show up and surprise me. As much as I wanted it to be him, I thought it couldn't happen. I just started breaking down, crying, and shaking. I was a hot mess!"
She later added on Facebook.com, "Thank you Jon for making Mario's dream come true."
Animal rights activists at Peta have created a new animated video as a 55th birthday gift to Morrissey. PETA bosses commissioned animator Anna Saunders to create a video to accompany the former The Smiths star's song I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday, which he will screen at upcoming shows.
The animated video offers an inside look at the life of a chicken on a factory farm.
PETA spokesperson Moira Colley tells WENN, "Notoriously picky about licensing his music, even when big bucks are offered, Morrissey granted rights to his darkly emotional song I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday to PETA for free to use as the score for the new video, which tells the story of Nugget, a baby chick who is separated from his mother and spends his life dreaming of escaping a cruel factory farm and reuniting with her.
"At the video's end, Nugget finds a happy ending - but back at the factory farm, another baby chick is born, only to experience the same fate as the more than seven billion chickens who are slaughtered in the U.S. every year."
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange adds, "PETA's Someday video shows us what happens every day in the meat industry - animals are torn away from their mothers, are caged, and eventually have their throats slit. The best way for anyone to celebrate Morrissey's birthday is to go vegan - not someday, but today."
The singer/songwriter turns 55 on 22 May (14).
Pop pals Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez dispelled speculation they have fallen out by dancing together at the glitzy 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City on Monday (05May14).
The pair was among the stylish celebrities who walked the red carpet at the annual fashion bash at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Rumours have swirled in recent weeks that Gomez had been involved in a bust-up with Swift, as well as their pals Kendall and Kylie Jenner, following an alleged showdown at Coachella music festival in California last month (Apr14).
The reports intensified when the singer/actress deleted all her Instagram friends, as well as all pictures of her with Swift and the Jenners, but they appeared to be back on friendly terms when they bumped into each other at the bash. Gomez posted a video on her Instagram account of the duo dancing their way into the gala, alongside the caption: "sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets."
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o turned heads at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (05Apr14) as she arrived in a feathery mesh design from Prada. The 12 Years a Slave star, who last month (Apr14) was named People magazine's Most Beautiful woman, topped off her latest red carpet outfit for this year's fashion Oscars with a jewelled headband.
Early arrivals at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art bash included John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection, Latina stars Jessica Alba and Selena Gomez both in Diane Von Furstenberg and Jessica Pare and Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors. Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker was stunning as always in a flowing Oscar De La Renta gown, while Nicole Richie and Rita Ora both opted for edgy DKNY designs.
Other fashionable attendees at this year's Met Gala included Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Suki Waterhouse, Hailee Steinfeld, Dakota Johnson and Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, British singer Lily Allen, who wore a flattering silver and grey Chanel Couture gown to the fashion world's big night, made the most of her evening with the stars, snapping selfies with the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ora and designer Donatella Versace and posting the photos on her Instagram.com page.
Sir Mick Jagger paid a musical tribute to his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott at a memorial service in New York. Scott took her own life in March (14) and a private funeral was held in Los Angeles later that month. Her close friends and family attended a memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Church in the city to celebrate the fashion designer's life on Friday (02May14).
The Rolling Stones frontman sang Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman as a musical tribute to his longterm girlfriend. He and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough also spoke a few words to the guests. Jagger's son James and Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, both read poems, and the singer's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23 from the Bible.
R&B singer Lisa Fischer, who has been a back-up singer for the rockers for years, also performed her version of Amazing Grace. Jagger's bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards attended the service, along with actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Meg Ryan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Munn and Renee Zellweger, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and film directors Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.
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Plenty of singers try their hand at acting… some successfully (Cher, Barbara Streisand) and others not so successfully (Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, etc.). There are times, though, when we're bowled over by the musical talents of our favorite actresses.
Whether it's voicing an animated heroine or taking an unexpected role in a big budget musical, these actresses have proven that they have the pipes to belt out a tune while still delivering top-notch acting performances.
When many people saw the credits for Disney's Frozen, they assumed that Bell was just providing the speaking part for Anna, that surely it was someone else singing on "Love Is an Open Door." Even some hardcore Veronica Mars fans had lost sight of the fact that Bell came from a musical theater background or forgot about her appearance in Refer Madness: The Musical.
So, a lot of people find Hathaway pretentious and annoying… it doesn't change the fact that the girl can sing. Audiences were surprised when her character started singing in one of her early films, Ella Enchanted, but by the time of Les Miserables, we were all aware that she had the ability. Still, her powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" surprised just about everyone.
When Seyfried was first starting out in Mean Girls, we thought she was just another soap opera actress (she appeared on As the World Turns and All My Children) making a jump to the big time… which she subsequently did with her role on HBO's Big Love. Little known to the public, she had training in not only musical theater, but opera. It wasn't until 2008's Mamma Mia! that audiences got a taste of her singing… and then came her performance as Cosette in Les Miserables. C'est magnifique!
Stone doesn't sing much because of some vocal cord issues, but when she was younger she was part of VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family. She also did some backing vocals for the remake of The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" from The House Bunny. It was her performance during the school assembly scene of Easy A,where she rocked the disco classic "Knock on Wood," that left audiences wondering if it was really her voice. It was indeed, and she was spectacular.
For years, Streep was known as the premier actress of her generation, though not as a performer with any musical ability. Starting with 2006's Prairie Home Companion, however, Streep has been unafraid to put her voice out for public consumption. She looked like she was having a blast playing the lead in Mamma Mia! opposite Seyfried and will soon be back on the big screen playing the Witch in the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Despite starting her career doing Broadway musicals as a girl, the new "It" singing actress first came to notice with largely non-musical roles in Twilight and Up in the Air (although we did get a glimpse with her karaoke version of "Time After Time"). It wasn't until she killed as the reluctant a capella participant in Pitch Perfect that audiences fell in love with her voice. The actresses even scored a hit single with her version of "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the soundtrack. With roles in Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2, we'll get plenty of opportunities to continue enjoying her vocal talent.
Her work with M. Ward on their She & Him projects have turned Deschanel into a legitimate recording artist, but she's still better known for her acting in movies like (500) Days of Summer and her TV show New Girl. Every Christmas the actress pops up in one of her earlier film roles as Will Ferrell's love interest in Elf singing holiday classics and she's set to appear in Barry Levinson's musical comedy Rock the Kasbah.
Adams may be a five-time Academy Award nominee and might turn heads on the red carpet with her plunging necklines, but she knows her way around a song as well. The actress made a believable live-action Disney princess in Enchanted, including taking center stage during the big production number "That's How You Know." She apparently likes to sing in kiddie fare, because her other big on-screen musical moments mostly happened with Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy in The Muppets.
Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner, started her film career in the musical 1776 and she has an uncle that's an opera singer, so she comes by her vocal abilities honestly. After making her on-screen singing debut in Emma, she starred in her father Bruce Paltrow's Duets, where her collaboration with Huey Lewis on Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" spawned an adult contemporary hit. Besides having a recurring spot on TV's Glee, Paltrow also got her twang on in Country Strong.
Neil Patrick Harris' starring role in the Broadway debut of cult rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch has won rave reviews by critics, who have hailed his performance as "fabulous", "outrageous" and "blazingly entertaining". The How I Met Your Mother actor has returned to the Great White Way to star in the musical about a rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer.
The revival of the 1998 Off-Broadway show opened at the Belasco Theatre on Tuesday (22Apr14) and critics have heaped praise on star actor Harris.
Mark Kennedy from the Associated Press writes that Harris "simply crushes it", adding, "Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human."
Elysa Gardner from USA Today also praises director Michael Mayer, writing, "Harris, under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, serves it with a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance. The humour here is darker and rawer than the material that has endeared Harris to TV audiences, but he brings the same affable, slightly naughty charm."
Ben Brantley from the New York Times could not fault the actor's ability, adding, "Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That's a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid."
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter also praised the actor, writing, "Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production."
The opening night was attended by a host of stars including Hollywood actor Sam Rockwell, acting couple Justin Long and Amanda Seyfried, Yoko Ono, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.