Actress Elizabeth Olsen has signed on to play Hank Williams' wife, opposite Tom Hiddleston, in a new biopic. The British actor was cast as Williams in I Saw The Light in June (14), and now he has been joined by fellow The Avengers franchise star Olsen, who will play Audrey Mae.
Williams, who battled drug and alcohol problems, wed Audrey Sheppard in 1944. She served as his manager until the couple divorced in 1952.
Marc Abraham will direct the film from a script based on author Colin Escott's book, Hank Williams: The Biography, which chronicles the singer's meteoric rise to fame and his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 29.
Production on I Saw The Light is scheduled to begin in Louisiana this autumn (14), ahead of a 2015 release.
Olsen joined the cast of The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron as Scarlet Witch last year (13), but she did not work with Thor star Hiddleston, because his evil character, Loki, is not featured in the next instalment of the superhero franchise.
A host of stars including Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch have taken part in an energetic photoshoot for campaign group Stand Up To Cancer. Photographer Greg Williams snapped the actors sprinting along a street or through an office for the organisation's new autumn 2015 campaign.
Hardy was photographed running down a road while wearing just a hooded top and boxer shorts, Elba was snapped sprinting in jeans and a shirt, and Cumberbatch appears to be fleeing a building.
Other actors involved in the shoot include The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, Pushing Daisies' Anna Friel, Les Miserables hunk Eddie Redmayne, and funnyman Steve Coogan.
Snapper Williams explains his aim was to capture the stars running "as fast as they can, as if trying to save a life", adding, "The quicker we move, the faster we can find cures and help people. It makes perfect sense really."
Actor Tom Hiddleston tested out his singing skills by making a surprise appearance at a music festival to prepare for his role as country singer Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic. The Thor star paid a visit to Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival on Saturday (06Sep14) and took to the stage for a cover of the music icon's Move It On Over.
The British actor showcased his Southern U.S. drawl and guitar playing skills during his performance, much to the delight of fans at the bluegrass and folk festival.
Hiddleston's unannounced gig occurred just a month before he's due to begin filming on I Saw The Light, a film based on author Colin Escott's book, Hank Williams: The Biography.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Tom Hanks has joined the legions of celebrities paying tribute to Robin Williams by writing an essay for the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. As part of a 10-page special, the Forrest Gump star recalls hanging out with his fellow Oscar winner after they became friends at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles while filming break-out TV comedies Bosom Buddies and Mork & Mindy.
Hanks writes, "When you got to know Robin, he was a blast... He'd howl as your kids imitated a Star Wars Tauntaun and riff along with your wife. He was a thoughtful, kind man that made conversation so very easy, no work at all, a great hang.
"His eyes, when not crunched in laughter, showed the wear and tear of our generation and our profession, the wrestled demons, the rough miles on the odometer. He had wisdom born of all the burns and scars of his life, and he was funny about it.
"If we ever forget how people make us feel, we'll remember Robin forever."
Williams committed suicide at his home in Marin County, California earlier this month (Aug14).
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
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Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
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Robert Downey Jr.
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
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Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
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The deputy chief coroner who presided over Robin Williams' autopsy has defended his decision to go public with details about the star's death following a backlash from critics.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was found dead after he hanged himself in his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14).
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd gave a press conference on Tuesday (12Aug14) to give details about the circumstances surrounding the actor's death, revealing Williams' personal assistant discovered the body. Boyd also confirmed the Mrs. Doubtfire star had hanged himself with a belt, and that a number of cuts had been found on his left wrist.
Following the press conference, which was shown on TV and streamed online, many fans criticised Boyd for releasing such specific details about the tragedy. However, Boyd has now defended his decision in a statement which reads: "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard... may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it.
These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. "Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press... but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams' residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well..."
A private memorial is currently being planned for Williams by his wife Susan Schneider, according to E! News.
"Let's remember the fiery genius, the long, long strings of laughter, the awe at the energy and the performances that lit up the room, the screen, the world. Let's remember Robin Williams." Tom Hanks remembers his good friend Robin Williams following the funnyman's death.
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Stars including Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham are leading calls to raise awareness of mental health issues following the death of Hollywood legend Robin Williams.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star was found dead at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14) at the age of 63, and initial reports suggest he committed suicide. His publicist confirmed the actor had been suffering from depression in the months before his death, and he also spent years battling addiction issues. He had checked into rehab over the summer (14) to "maintain his sobriety".
The news of his death has sent shockwaves around the Hollywood community, and a number of stars have now reached out to fans to campaign on behalf of others struggling with mental illness. Lady Gaga, who runs the Born This Way Foundation to help young fans, writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Rest in Peace+Laughter Robin Williams. Perhaps this tragedy will shed light on the seriousness of depression. You made us all so so happy... Please reach out to Bornthiswayfoundation.org if you are struggling with depression, mental illness or addiction. You are not alone."
Rock legend Alice Cooper also asked any fans suffering from depression to see a doctor, adding, "#RobinWilliams gone. If you struggle with #depression SEE a doc! (sic)"
Actress Dunham held a minute's silence on the set of her TV show Girls after hearing of Williams' passing, and she has also joined calls to raise awareness of mental illness, writing, "A tragic reminder that the conversation about mental health CANNOT stop. Money, fame, artistic freedom - none of it is a barrier."
Tom Hanks' actress wife Rita Wilson, who was a friend of Williams, adds, "I will remember your warmth, kindness, unparalleled talent, generosity, beautiful children, Robin Williams... To anyone struggling with this issue, US suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255."
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."