A remake one of Mickey Rooney's most beloved films has been fast-tracked by Hollywood executives, two days after the veteran actor's death. Disney bosses are reportedly in talks with Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery about a Pete's Dragon revamp.
According to TheWrap.com, Lowery was originally asked to co-write the screenplay for the reimagined 1977 film last year (13), but now it appears he's the frontrunner to direct the remake.
The original featured Rooney, Shelley Winters, Helen Reddy and Jim Dale and centred upon a young boy's friendship with an animated dragon.
Rooney passed away on Sunday (06Apr14), aged 93.
Australian singer Helen Reddy decided to get back on the road after singing a duet with her theatre star nephew Tony Sheldon at a family party. The musician, who was the first ever Aussie to win a Grammy Award, retired from performing in 2002 and retrained as a hypnotherapist.
After a handful of performances in 2012, she is touring again for the first time in over a decade, and the 72 year old reveals singing at her actress sister Toni Lamond's birthday party helped her rediscover her voice.
She tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "It was her (Lamond's) birthday, and she had a big party and we (Reddy and Sheldon) sang together. It was the first time I'd heard my voice on a monitor in 10 years and it was like, 'Oh, I've still got it, I should really get back to doing that' and so here we are."
The I Am Woman hitmaker kicks off her tour in Melbourne, Australia on Friday (05Apr14).
Australian singer Helen Reddy is to return to the road for her first tour in more than a decade. The Grammy-winning star retired from the music industry in 2002, but made a return to performing in 2012 and has played a number of gigs over the last few years.
She will now seal her comeback by staging her first Australian tour in a decade.
When asked why she decided to return to the road, the 72 year old says, "Boredom. It's that easy."
The I Am Woman hitmaker kicks off her her tour in Melbourne on 5 April (14).
Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett has joined the cast of a special ensemble reading of the play Surviving Grace to benefit an Alzheimer's disease charity. The Carol Burnett Show star will join Marilu Henner, Loni Anderson, Helen Reddy, Elliott Gould, Lou Gossett, Jr. and Brian McNamara onstage in Los Angeles on 25 September (13).
The play was penned by comedy writer Trish Vradenburg and is based on her experiences as she took care of her mother, who died of Alzheimer's in 1992. The event will serve as a fundraiser for USAgainstAlzheimer's, the organisation Vradenburg co-founded, which is committed to helping to find a cure for Alzheimer's by 2020.
Burnett will play the ailing mother, a role she took to instantly.
She tells the Huffington Post, "When I read the play, I instantly loved it. When Trish sent it to me, I thought it was kind of amazing...
"It just so beautifully captures the back and forth in the relationship between the mother and the daughter... I loved the whole dynamic of it."
Singer Helen Reddy has been confined to a wheelchair as she recovers from a back injury. The I Am Woman hitmaker sparked concerns for her health after she was spotted in a wheelchair at the Los Angeles International Airport on 29 March (13).
Now a representative for the 71 year old has spoken out to reveal the singer sustained a minor injury in New York City while performing back-to-back shows at the B.B. King Blues Club on the 23 and 24 March (13).
A spokesperson tells U.S. tabloid the Globe, "She pulled something in her back. But she's fine now."
Reddy has battled a number of health issues in recent years - she underwent cataract surgery in 2012 and also suffers from Addison's disease, which causes muscle weakness and fatigue.
Is the supermarket checkout line going too fast for you? Well, don’t worry. Beginning this week and (for every Friday hereafter), we’ll comb the tabs for the sort of news you're either too ashamed and/or too cheap to buy (and read) for yourself.
Why will we do this? Quite simply, we have no shame.
Without further ado, here’s a rundown of this week's Top 10 tabloid tidbits (from the just-released editions of the National Enquirer, the Star and the Globe):
1. Whitney Houston Pregnant? From deep within the Florida jail complex where Bobby Brown is currently being held on a probation violation, a fellow inmate intimated to the Star what the rapper reputedly previously intimated to him -- that Houston is pregnant with Brown's second child. Moreover, the inmate told the Star that Brown is weary about the baby’s health “because of all the coke [Houston] was doing.” (Our calls to Houston’s people have not yet been returned.)
2. Regis Reign Preordained More reasons why everybody should have their own personal psychic: The Globe says that Regis Philbin knew all along that “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was going to be a freakin' huge hit. How did he know? Because his psychic, one Sydney Omarr, told him three years ago.
3. The Hoover Conspiracy The Globe forwards the theory (a first of its kind) that ex-FBI top brass and closeted drag queen J. Edgar Hoover did not die in 1972 from a heart attack but was killed by poisoned toilet paper. A forensic expert tells the tab that the particular method of assassination was pretty darn ingenious since the evidence would have been immediately “flushed away.”
4. Kathie Lee Losing It? Per the Globe, friends of Kathie Lee Gifford are collectively concerned over the talk show hostess’ alleged tenuous sanity. And, boy, do they have reasons to worry, according to the tab: (1) Gifford has told friends that she’s on a potato chips only diet and (2), she has been really into wearing clothing that directs people’s attentions to her chest.
5. Summer Vacations Really Expensive! The National Enquirer reports that the average American will spend more than $2,000 on summer vacation this year -- that’s 8 percent of the average American's annual income (representing about 22 days of work). Also, the Enquirer says out of those average vacationing Americans, 73.6 percent of them will pay for their trips with credit cards.
6. Sharon Stone Is Happy The Globe, the National Enquirer and the Star all agree that Sharon Stone seems really stoked about adopting her baby boy. Also, all three tabs employed “Basic Instinct” puns to describe Stone and husband Phil Bronstein’s excitement, i.e. the two have a “Basic Instinct for parenthood”; Stone pursued her “Basic Instinct to become a mom”; “basic maternal instinct”; and Stone “displayed her basic maternal instinct.”
7. Heather Thomas Has a Midwife Witch Well, not exactly. But according to The National Enquirer, the 42-year-old “The Fall Guy” first-time mother attributes the success of her recent labor to her spiritual adviser, who was said to have summoned the power of “white magic” during the whole messy thing.
8. Billy Joel Exhibits Typical Male Behaviors The Globe has it that aging rocker Billy Joel reportedly has taken to hiring fashion consultants to “remake” girlfriend Trish Bergin to his taste and liking.
9. Helen Reddy: Hello, Sailor! Per the Globe, the 50-something "I Am Woman" chanteuse promotes the idea of keeping a boyfriend handy in every part of the globe. Says the ready Reddy: "It really makes much more sense."
10. Just the Date-Rape Drug, Ma'am? Aging sex kitten Mamie Van Doren ("High School Confidential!") tells the National Enquirer that actor/producer Jack Webb had his way with her after he tied her up and apparently drugged her during a "date" in 1953. "I wanted to pick up the phone and call someone ...," Van Doren says. "[But] they'd never accept that the star of 'Dragnet' was a rapist."