Actor Peter Facinelli is hoping his Twilight fans follow him into the literary world as he prepares to launch his first young adult novel After The Red Rain. The movie star, who portrayed vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight films, has teamed up with authors Rob DeFranco and Barry Lyga to develop his first novel, featuring a hero named Rose.
He tells EW.com, "I love storytelling. Being an actor is a form of telling stories through characters. As a writer I get the opportunity to create the entire world that all the characters live in as opposed to focusing on one character or one part of the story. I enjoy being able to create and manipulate characters and events in order to tell a whole story.
"I have written two film scripts, but I have not tackled a novel before... (and) the task of writing a novel was overwhelming at first, and I am happy that I get to collaborate with Barry Lyga and Rob DeFranco. It makes the process less daunting when you get to bounce ideas off of others you respect, and Rob and I both feel very fortunate to work alongside Barry, who has experience in this form of storytelling."
Facinelli is hoping After the Red Rain will become a trilogy after the first book is published in 2015, and he admits his kids like what they're reading so far: "I do have my own YA (young adult) test group at home. I've read some sample chapters to my 10-year-old and 16-year-old daughters (and) so far I'm getting thumbs up."
Sexy former Sports Illustrated stunner Stephanie Seymour gave shoppers in Milan, Italy a treat on Tuesday (22Oct13) when she stripped off in a store to try on lingerie. The ageless supermodel, who famously bared all for Playboy, wasn't aware paparazzi outside the city's Agent Provocateur store could see the 45 year old's every move through the window.
The saucy shots of smiling Seymour modelling the bedroom attire, much of it sheer and see-through, for her 66-year-old husband Peter Brant appeared online on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Sharon Stone is to be presented with an honour by Nobel Prize winners for her work with HIV and AIDS sufferers. The actress is in Warsaw, Poland this week (begs21Oct13) for the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates and on Thursday (24Oct13) she will be handed the Peace Summit Award.
Stone has been involved with The Foundation For AIDS Research since 1995, previously as their campaign chairman and now as global fundraising chairman.
A committee of Nobel Peace laureates decides on the winner of the Peace Summit Award each year, picking a figure from the world of culture and entertainment who have raised awareness of global issues. Previous celebrities to receive the honour include Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel and Bono.
The 50th anniversary episode of cult sci-fi show Doctor Who will be beamed into cinemas around the world for special 3D screenings as it airs on TV in Britain. BBC Worldwide bosses have announced that fans will be able to watch the eagerly awaited episode, titled The Day Of The Doctor, on the big screen in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Germany and Russia on 23 November (13).
Due to time constraints, fans in Australia and New Zealand will get to see the 3D experience the following day (24Nov13).
The new season of Doctor Who will be current TV time lord Matt Smith's last - he will be replaced by Peter Capaldi.
British director Peter Greenaway will be the guest of honour at the Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden next month (Nov13) when he is feted with a top prize. The Draughtsman's Contract moviemaker, who famously declared "cinema is dead" in 2002, has been chosen to receive the event's 2013 visionary award by festival jury members, who have hailed him for challenging "the spectator like a true modern visionary" and creating "a new cinematic language by questioning traditional notions of artistic expression".
Greenaway will be presented with the bronze horse statuette in Stockholm on 8 November (13). Previous honourees have included Gus Van Sant and Wes Anderson.
The Stockholm Film Festival kicks off on 6 November (13) with a screening of Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, and will run until 14 November (13).
Peter Gabriel's lost home video footage from the 1986 Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour has been unearthed and restored for an upcoming DVD. The rocker kept his video camera running on plane and bus trips from venue to venue and backstage, capturing candid moments with tourmates like Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and U2, but he thought he'd lost the footage when he was approached by RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 producer Martin Lewis, who was putting together a visual celebration of the star-studded Amnesty International Concerts.
Lewis tells WENN, "Peter Gabriel was obsessive with the camera but when I asked if I could use the footage he told me it (camera) had got nicked (stolen) and he had no idea where the footage was.
"I found some of the tapes in a barn in upstate New York and then set about condensing and restoring his footage from the 10-day 1986 tour into a three-minute film to be included as an extra segment for the package.
"It was amazing. I had read that the musicians on the tour staged an impromptu jam session in a Ramada Inn in Atlanta, Georgia. That was there and there were 11 minutes of U2 jamming with members of Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed's bands."
The six-disc DVD box-set and two-disc companion CD will be available from 5 November (13) and features performances at the human rights organisation's groundbreaking musical events throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It includes concert footage featuring U2, The Police, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Youssou N'Dour, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette.
Actress Jennie Garth has mixed thoughts about the dating game after playing it again following her marriage split from Twilight star Peter Facinelli. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star split from the actor last year (12), and admits she has found it incredibly difficult to put herself out there and find a new man since.
She has finally found a partner in businessman Michael Shimbo, but tells U.S. chat show host Bethenny Frankel that she didn't exactly enjoy the process of courting.
She explains, "It's fun, and it's awful all at the same time. It's like a weird type of torture. But it can be fun.
"It's super challenging... I expected to come out of divorce and just be great at it (dating). I'm smart and I thought I could do it. How hard could it be? But I've realised that I have to fumble my way and create the space to really be open to learning because I don't know how to do it."
Two members of Queen — Roger Taylor and Brian May — spoke recently about their hope that Ben Whishaw, a British actor best known for his role as Q in the new James Bond series, is cast as the replacement for Sacha Baron Cohen in the Freddie Mercury biopic currently still in production.
Cohen left the project earlier this year due to what was cited as creative differences about whether the project should be a tame PG or an unflinching R, but in an interview this weekend, May revealed that it might have been more like personality differences: "We thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn't that could really happen with Sacha."
At the time (and, honestly, even now) it seemed unwise to pass on an actor like Cohen with such a natural resemblence to Mercury and a passion for the project that led him to attach screenwriter Peter Morgan and pursure directors like Tom Hooper and David Fincher. But, in his defense, Whishaw has already played one famous musician (Bob Dylan in I'm Not There) and aquitted himself nicely. And his youth means that he could probably pass as a younger version of Mercury without having to cast another actor.
However, does this mean the "family friendly, PG" version of the project is the one that's going forward? Because while Mercury's life was always deep, varied, and interesting, exploring the darker depths of what it meant for the man to hide/obscure his contraction of HIV/AIDS and grapple with his sexual orientation would not only provide interest to the story, but would help separate Mercury the person (who was notoriously private) and the character in the film.
And honestly, do these two rock stars who came to prominance in the '70s and '80s think that their touring, partying, and overall lifestyle was ever going to be appropriate for a family film? Perhaps Taylor and May should rethink whether or not a film adaptation is really the best way to honor Mercury. The film doesn't have to revel in or exploit the more sordid aspects of the story, but there's also no reason to sell an obviously sanitized version of his life.
Pop superstar Rihanna has been ordered by a New York judge to meet with a court mediator to settle a lawsuit against her former accountants. The We Found Love hitmaker is seeking unspecified damages from bosses at New York firm Berdon LLP for allegedly neglecting to properly manage her cash flow and expenses, uncover millions of dollars in unpaid royalties and dissuading her from purchasing a luxury home in California in 2009.
She also accused her former financial advisors of failing to file her tax returns, resulting in an American Internal Revenue Service audit.
After learning last week (begs14Oct13) both sides want to settle, Judge Kevin Castel insisted the singer appear in court, instead of a delegate to represent her, who she has sent on several occasions while she has been on tour.
Peter Larkin, a lawyer for Berdon LLP, tells the New York Post, "(Rihanna) was not there at our first attempt at mediation, and it was a disaster."
The judge has also warned the singer to be in court if the case goes to trial and not to try and settle after the trial begins.
The list of nominees for the upcoming class of inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced and I was quite thrilled to see Daryl Hall and John Oates on that list of people.
I remember getting my first Hall and Oates tape in the mid- '80s. It was their greatest hits and their videos were on constant rotation on MTV: "Man Eater," "Adult Education," "Private Eyes," "One on One" (my own personal favorite - I always loved Hall's voice at the end of the song) and with each video, it seems like Hall's hair just got bigger and bigger. Then came my ultimate Hall and Oates experience: I got Big Bam Boom and I wore that tape out. From the opening part of "Dance On Your Knees" that sequed into "Out of Touch" to the end with "Possession Obsession," I could probably play that album in my head if need be. I even saw them in Madison Square Garden. Floor seats, baby.
The thing about the Rock Hall of Fame is that it is ridiculously subjective and political as to who gets in. You thought that sports shrines were argumentative enough, especially now with the whole performance-enhancing-drug era in baseball cloudiing matters even more. That's nothing compared to music. People can love what I listen to or shut it off in 30 seconds and declare it garbage. They can use criteria like Platinum Albums, awards, etc, but it's still subject to people's whims. At least with baseball, there's solid statistics. Not so with music. But still, hear my argument about Hall and Oates.
Theirs were some of the most soulful music even before that whole run in the '80s where they were probably the most famous duo of all time. But even if you cut out that decade, you still have an impressive array of songs from the '70s, including "Sara Smile," "She's Gone," "Rich Girl" and "Wait For Me." Hall should be inducted just on the sole basis of his own voice and Oates was a great showman too (his mustache rocked in the '70s and '80s). They belong. There's a crowded group of nominees, though, with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Kiss and Linda Rondstat also in the "How The Hell Haven't They Gotten In Yet?" crew.
If they don't make it and are passed over...well, I can't go for that.