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If you're a theater nerd, a Star Wars fanatic, or both, we've got some good news and some bad news for you. Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Tom Stoppard's play, The Real Thing... but it doesn't open until next year. McGregor will take on the leading role of Henry, a playwright who finds his life beginning to imitate his art when an affair causes turmoil in his marriage as he's attempting to mount his own production about a marriage on the verge of collapse. So far, McGregor is the only actor confirmed for the production, but the team behind The Real Thing will have plenty of time to find the right people to round out the cast.
Although The Real Thing is his Broadway debut, McGregor has starred in numerous productions in London, most notably as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and as Iago in Othello, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. He also plays Bill Fordham, the son-in-law of Meryl Streep's abrasive matriarch in the upcoming film adaptation of Tracy Letts' play August: Osage County. His past theater credits are a good sign that McGregor will not only be adept at tackling Stoppard's monologues and philosophical discussions, but also that he won't be intimidated by the shadows cast by Roger Rees and Jeremy Irons, who have played Henry in the past.
The Real Thing was originally scheduled to be part of the Roundabout Theater's spring season, but has been pushed back for an October 2014 opening. It will have a limited run at the American Airlines Theater, where it will close in 2015. McGregor has plenty of film projects to satisfy fans in the meantime — he's currently filming Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, and August: Osage County opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
Pop star Lily Allen stepped back into the spotlight on Thursday (31Oct13) by dressing as an alien and performing with fellow Brit Robbie Williams to raise cash for Syrian refugees at a Halloween charity event. The Smile hitmaker, who has been on hiatus since 2010, donned green body paint, a green sequinned dress, and green leopard print tights to attend the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) moneyraiser.
She and former Take That star Williams performed a duet together before mingling with other star guests, including model Jodie Kidd and socialite Jemima Khan, at the event in London.
Actor Ewan McGregor, a UNICEF ambassador, also joined Williams for a surprise rendition of his hit track Angels.
Meanwhile, other stars were enjoying a scary night out at the annual Halloween house party thrown by TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
Nicole Scherzinger dressed as Catwoman for the bash, Simon Pegg revisited his hit movie Shaun of the Dead to pose as a blood-soaked zombie, and Kate Moss and her rocker husband Jamie Hince arrived as Mexican 'Day of the Dead' dolls.
Ross holds a star-studded Halloween party every year at his north London home.
British boxing champ Amir Khan is set to become a first-time father. The 26-year-old Olympian and his wife Faryal have announced they are expecting a baby, just five months after they married in a lavish ceremony in New York City.
Khan tells The Sun on Sunday, "It's still early days but we're both very excited and can't wait to be parents. Our families are delighted and we're blessed to have their support and guidance."
Khan proposed to the American beauty in 2011 with a $160,000 (£107,000) diamond ring.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is hoping to add sports entrepreneur to his resume - he wants to buy his own soccer team. The sports-loving actor plans to buy a club in India to encourage local youngsters to get involved in the game.
He tells India's Independent News Service (IANS), "If I can afford to, I will definitely (buy a team). I have the love for sport and if it will be for sport, youth and charitable angle, I will definitely do that... We play football matches for charity. At home, we play football with kids almost daily."
British producer Naughty Boy emerged victorious at the U.K.'s Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBOs) on Saturday (19Oct13) after taking home two top honours. The songwriter, real name Shahid Khan, earned prizes for Best Song and Best Video for his hit track La La La featuring Sam Smith.
Soul singer Laura Mvula also celebrated after beating off competition from Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Rita Ora to win Best Female Act, while she was also named Best R&B/Soul Act.
U.K. rapper Wiley attended the 2013 ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland as a multiple nominee, but he walked away with just one award, for Best Male Act.
The annual event featured performances from acts including Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Iggy Azalea.
The full list of winners at the 2013 MOBO Awards, are as follows:
Best Newcomer: Krept and Konan
Best Male Act: Wiley
Best Female Act: Laura Mvula
Best Video: La La La by Naughty Boy
Best UK Hip Hop/Grime: Tinie Tempah
Best Album: Home by Rudimental
Best R&B/Soul Act: Laura Mvula
Best Song: La La La by Naughty Boy
Best International Act: Kendrick Lamar
Best African Act: Fuse ODG
Best Jazz Act: Sons Of Kemet
Best Gospel Act: Lurine Cato
Best Reggae Act: Sean Paul.
Hollywood actor Ewan Mcgregor is set to host a moneyspinning event for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to raise cash for youngsters in Syria. The actor will be teaming up with stars including singer Robbie Williams, actor Sir Roger Moore, and model Claudia Schiffer for The Halloween Ball, an invitation-only event with a spooky twist.
The Moulin Rouge! star, who has supported UNICEF since 2004, insists the ball will play an important role in raising funds to provide essential supplies for children suffering in the war-torn country.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, he says, "As it stands today, there are more than one million child refugees and more than three million children needing urgent help inside Syria; the situation for them is critical. UNICEF is working day and night to provide clean water, vaccinations, education, and psychological support to those children.
"Once again, I find myself in absolute admiration hearing about incredibly courageous individuals, putting their lives at risk to help save the lives of children. However, the essential supplies are running low; the Halloween Ball will play a very important role in raising the vital missing funds UNICEF needs, and only with that support will UNICEF have a good chance of reaching every child."
The star has also taken to Twitter.com to share his excitement over the event, writing, "Looking forward to UNICEF U.K. Halloween Ball for Syria's children."
The ball will take place in London location on 31 October (13).
In the hands of an increasingly self-aware media, the traditional fairy tale romance has come under fire in the past couple of decades. The genre has earned a wealth of criticism that includes accusations of instilling limiting female role models and harmfully unrealistic illustrations of relationships. As such, we've seen a wave of deconstruction: subtle entries like Shrek, Ella Enchanted, and the upcoming play-to-film adaptation Into the Woods. Now, Reese Witherspoon — with a hue and bone structure that seem to be modeled after those of a fabled royal — is delivering Happily Ever After, a Disney film that looks to showcase what happens to your standard prince and the princess 10 years down the line.
A decade past being whisked off from the clutches of a dragon or a witch or whatever evil might have befallen Witherspoon's character, we find her and her husband struggling to keep their relationship afloat. But how biting do we expect this potentially interesting project to be? On the one hand, it's a Disney production, which suggests that a happy ending will indeed follow a rocky rom-com set-up. But there's hope: the premise was pitched to the studio by Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of the short-lived Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23, a sitcom that was unapologetically acerbic and devilish.
Disney, through ABC, allowed Khan free reign over her dark sense of humor with Don't Trust the B— (a television show that was cut down before its due), so perhaps we'll see another impressively caustic tale in Witherspoon's Happily Ever After. After all, the actress has gained quite a colorful reputation in recent months.
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British comedian Russell Brand's rumoured relationship with Jemima Khan lasted just a matter of weeks - he has declared himself single again. The funnyman fuelled rumours about the pair when he announced to Britain's The Guardian newspaper earlier this month (Sep13) that he was abandoning his womanising ways and "eschewing all others" to focus on one lady.
A week later he was spotted in New York City with the New Statesman associate editor, who has previously been involved with actor Hugh Grant.
But Brand has sparked rumours the relationship is over already by announcing he is single during the last show of the U.S. leg of his tour in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (28Sep13).
Brand told the audience, "I am currently single" before allowing fans in the front row to kiss and grope him.
R&B icon Ray Charles is to be honoured with a commemorative U.S. stamp. The Hit The Road Jack hitmaker is the latest star to be selected for the United States Postal Service's Music Icons series, which has previously featured Johnny Cash and singer Lydia Mendoza.
Designer Neal Ashby admits it was difficult to find the right image for the tribute, explaining, "I was looking for that smile, that slight cock of the head - that almost rapturous expression he had when he performed... (The photo is of) Ray soaking in the applause and the pure joy of the moment. It's clean and graphic, which I knew would work well at stamp size."
Charles' stamp is to be released on Monday (23Sep13), the late singer's birthday, and Ashanti and Chaka Khan have signed up to perform at two launch events.
Russell Brand has fuelled rumours he is dating Hugh Grant's ex-girlfriend Jemima Khan after they were spotted enjoying a romantic stroll together in New York City over the weekend (14-15Sep13). Rumours suggesting the funnyman has struck up a new romance with Khan have been swirling since the beginning of the month (Sep13), but gossip has now gone into overdrive after Brand was spotted walked through Manhattan with his arms around the 39-year-old mother of two on Sunday (15Sep13).
Brand, 38, also hinted at the relationship in an article he published in British newspaper The Guardian on Saturday (14Sep13), revealing he is "presently beleaguered with a nerdish, whirling dervish and am eschewing all others".
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star divorced 28-year-old pop singer Katy Perry last year (12) following a brief marriage, and Khan dated British actor Grant for several years.
The socialite has two children from her marriage to Pakistani cricketer/politician Imran Khan.