Veteran character actor Al Ruscio has died, aged 89. The TV and movie star, who appeared in Showgirls, The Godfather: Part III, Seinfeld and Bonanza, passed away on Tuesday (12Nov13), according to his daughter.
During his five-decade career, Ruscio played varied characters, but he will perhaps be best remembered as the defiant restaurant manager at Monk's in Seinfeld, and as crime boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather sequel.
He also appeared on TV in Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, McCloud, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and on the big screen in films like Any Which Way You Can and Jagged Edge.
A lifelong student of the craft of acting, he also created the drama department at the Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa and served as a professor of acting at the University of Windsor in Canada.
He also penned So Therefore... A Practical Guide for Actors, which was published in 2012.
Chris Pratt is on a roll (and not into another pit a la his character Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation). According to The Wrap, Universal is eyeing Pratt for the leading male role in Jurassic World.
Assuming the actor does end up taking the role (and is able to figure out a filming schedule that would work with Parks and Recreation), he'll appear on screen alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and possibly the Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan who is also being sought after for the film. Josh Brolin had originally been in talks for the lead role, but a deal was never made.
If Pratt signs on for the Jurassic Park sequel, then the up-and-coming big-name star could add yet another film to his growing list. Pratt, who has already proved his worth on the NBC comedy alongside Amy Poehler, has been quickly building up his "serious" acting credentials in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Additionally, he is set to star as Peter Quill in Marvel's 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, voice the lead role in The LEGO Movie, and appear in The Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's Her. From the looks of it, Pratt doesn't plan on being pinned as the loveably dopey Andy forever. (But we still want a Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park mash-up, because that just seems like it would be magical.)
Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from the script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
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Celebrated TV screenwriter Peter Moffat was honoured with a top prize at the 2013 Writers' Guild Awards in London on Wednesday (13Nov13). Moffat picked up the Best TV Drama award for legal series Silk, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, seeing off competition from another of his shows, The Village, and hit crime drama Broadchurch.
Legendary playwright David Edgar was also feted at the ceremony, winning a prize for his "outstanding contribution to writing and writers".
The prizegiving is held annually by The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
It's no secret that playing the bad guy is always more interesting than playing a good guy. Being a moustache-twirling baddie is just heaps more fun than being a dour princess or some goody two shoes Prince Charming. Angelina Jolie is sure privy to this fact in a new poster for Maleficent. The poster features our first glimpse of the sneering villain, and Jolie gives the camera her best glare with piercing green eyes that are packed with wicked intentions. While we have to wait for Maleficent to send a chill down our spine this summer, why not assess some of the most wicked looking live-action Disney villains?
Captain Hook (Hook)Dustin Hoffman isn't terribly threatening since he's clearly pushing up the camp in Hook's modernized retelling of the Peter Pan myth. In fact he's sort of a lame-o, but he does win some points for that glorious mustache of his. Just think about how many times he could twirl that thing as he thinks of the best ways to flay Robin Williams alive. Plus, "RUFIOOOOO!"
Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)The one thing that makes us angrier than killing Rufio is trying to turn 101 puppies into speckled coats that would have been super tacky by the time they got made anyway. Glen Close's Cruella De Vil gets this spot easily. Plus her crazy two-tone hair is more than a little unsettling.
Ravenna (Snow White and The Huntsman)Charlize Theron might have been the only one really flexing their acting muscles in Snow White in the Huntsman and flex them she did because she looked monumentally terrifying in that movie. That scowl she puts on when that weird mirror of hers picks Snow White over her still gives us nightmares, but so does Kristen Stewart's acting.
Maleficent (Maleficent)We obviously haven't seen the film yet, but we can safetly put Jolie's Maleficent on this list by just looking at the poster. From her sallow white skin to her blood red lips, she might as well as be evil personified if she's as terrifying in the film as she is in this first image.
Actor Jon Voight has written to a New York judge pleading for leniency in a producer pal's gambling ring sentencing. Bryan Zuriff, who works behind the scenes on Voight's hit new U.S. TV drama Ray Donovan, faces a year behind bars for his part in an online sports betting syndicate reportedly tied to Russian gangsters.
He will learn his fate on 25 November (13) after pleading guilty, but ahead of his sentencing, the executive producer has written a letter to New York judge Jesse M. Furman begging for mercy.
And in court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, he has some big names backing him - as well as Voight, directors Judd Apatow and Peter Berg are also vouching for him.
Recalling the day his friend was arrested, Voight writes, "As soon as he was released on bail he came to the set to express his sorrow and shame to all of us. He was full of remorse and sadness. We thank God he didn't give up and walk away from his work.
"Despite the painful private challenges he was facing he was able to be there to finish overseeing the season's last episodes. There isn't one of us who has worked with Bryan that doesn't feel he is a fine man and deserving of our loyalty."
Apatow, who used Zuriff's home as a location for his hit comedy Knocked Up, adds, "It is not easy to allow a movie crew into your home for several weeks and to watch as hundreds of people move your belongings and disrupt your life. Yet, this is exactly what Bryan did, and he did so graciously and modestly."
The moviemaker admits he is "surprised and confused" by his friend's crime, adding, "Bryan has not made excuses to me for what he did. In my conversations with Bryan, he has owned his actions and taken responsibility. His remorse is genuine. I believe he is truly sorry for what he did and is ready to make amends."
Zuriff confessed to his involvement in illegal betting books in Los Angeles and New York during a court hearing in July (13). He was one of 34 people indicted in April (13) in relation to organised crime enterprises allegedly run by Russian-American gangsters, who are accused of laundering $100 million (£66.6 million) from illegal gambling.
British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring Peter Pan back to the big screen in a new origin movie. The Anna Karenina director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest tale about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. project is the latest to revolve around the Peter Pan tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson and his special effects team are to be honoured with the 2014 Vanguard Award at the Producers Guild Awards. Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and their team at Weta Digital will receive the accolade in Beverly Hills in January (14).
The team's film credits include hits as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong.
Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas and John Lasseter.
In a joint statement, Jackson says, "Visual effects are a great tool to inspire the audience’s imagination and encourage them to take that extra step into the story."
Robin Wright's star-studded movie classic The Princess Bride is heading for the stage - as a musical. Disney Theatrical Productions executives have announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a show based on his 1973 fairytale, which he adapted for the big screen in 1987.
A statement from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn reads: "My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart. For all those years and a few more, I've been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true."
Wright's film, directed by Rob Reiner, also featured Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal and Peter Falk.
Former British glamour model Katie Price has slammed her ex-husband Peter Andre on TV in his native Australia. The 35-year-old star, who shares two kids with the singer-turned-TV personality, was promoting her new book, Love, Lipstick and Lies, on breakfast TV show Sunrise on Monday (11Nov13), when she tore into Andre, stating, "He is not the man I fell in love with".
Price, aka Jordan, told hosts David Koch and Samantha Armytage, "If I'm honest, I want to disown the man," and then revealed, "We don't talk."
She added, "I thought he thought with his heart but now it's about money and fame - if you read the book it explains the reasons why... I'm not just being harsh when I say that."
The couple wed in September, 2005, but separated three and a half years later. Andre and Price were divorced in September, 2009.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is throwing his financial support behind developers of an eco-friendly apartment complex in New York by becoming an investor. The Great Gatsby star has been searching for a home in the city for several months and recently purchased a multi-million dollar apartment in the Delos Living complex.
Dicaprio tells the New York Post, "Delos creates innovative building designs that both enhance human health and improve the environment."
The environmental activist will also join health guru Deepak Chopra on the board of advisers and Paul and Peter Delos have committed to building 40 homes in Haiti through former U.S. President Bill Clinton's foundation for every unit they sell.