Angelina Jolie has booked her next directorial job after taking on a planned biopic about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his efforts to save elephants in Africa. The actress has signed on to bring Eric Roth's Africa screenplay to the big screen, and she'll also co-produce the project.
Jolie will reteam with revered cinematographer Roger Deakins for the film after working with him on war drama Unbroken, which will be released at Christmas (14).
Fossil expert Leakey became a champion for the elephant, combating poaching in Africa.
Announcing her next project on Friday (19Sep14), Jolie said, "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and responded immediately to Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into a violent conflict that leads him to discover his own profound connection to that same place and people."
Jolie is currently filming By the Sea with her husband Brad Pitt in Malta.
Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
James Cameron has won his fourth Avatar-related court victory after a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit from a New York-based artist. Roger Dean, who has created album covers for artists such as Yes, Asia, and Uriah Heep, hit the filmmaker with a suit claiming the look of the 2009 sci-fi epic was lifted from his own images of floating mountains and similar scenery.
On Wednesday (17Sep14), Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York dismissed Dean's suit, finding no substantial similarity between his artwork and the blockbuster film.
Dean was seeking $50 million (£31 million) in damages from Cameron, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.
Cameron's latest win is the fourth in the past 11 months - three plagiarism-related lawsuits were all eventually dismissed.
One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
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Bond star Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to his former onscreen nemesis Richard Kiel, hailing him as "a marvellous man".
The towering actor terrorised 007 - and viewers - as ruthless, steel-toothed killer Jaws opposite Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, winning an army of fans among the Bond faithful. Kiel passed away aged 74 on Wednesday (10Sep14) just days after he was admitted to hospital in Fresno, California, and now Moore - who spoke to his old pal by phone a week before the tragedy - has lavished praise on the gentle giant, who stood at more than seven-foot (2.1-metres) tall.
He tells Sky News, "He was one of the loveliest and - I know it sounds ridiculous - sweetest men. He was very kind... He was a very bright man. He looked extraordinary and you wouldn't think at first glance that this was one hell of a brain. He was a marvellous, warm, warm-hearted man... He was a big man with an even bigger heart."
No further details of Kiel's death have been released.
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Iconic James Bond villain Richard Kiel has died.
The menacing star, who portrayed Jaws opposite Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker passed away on Wednesday (10Sep14), aged 74.
The actor, who also appeared in Adam Sandler's comedy Happy Gilmore, Cannonball Run II and Tangled, was admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California last week (ends05Sep14) with a broken leg, according to TMZ.com. It is not known if the injury is connected to his death.
Veteran actor Sir Roger Moore is learning to cope with more medical woes after having two hearing aids fitted last month (Aug14). The Bond star, 86, has revealed his hearing deteriorated so badly that he now has to rely on sophisticated amplifying devices, but they are driving him mad as a shrill ringtone sounds every time the battery is low.
He tells U.K. TV show Loose Women, "I have magic hearing aids. I had them three weeks ago and I'm just getting used to them because when the battery goes - they only last about four or five days, and when it's going you suddenly get (a ringing noise). It sounds like a phone. It's terrible."
Last year (13), Moore was diagnosed with diabetes and he recently revealed he had suffered a liver problem which forced him to quit drinking alcohol.
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore gave up drinking due to a liver condition. The veteran actor was diagnosed with diabetes last year (13), and he cut down on sugary drinks including wine and cocktails in a bid to improve his health.
Moore has now revealed his decision to give up alcohol was also triggered by his diagnosis with a liver condition.
He tells Britain's LBC radio station, "I don't drink now. I also had a liver problem."
Rock icon Roger Waters was left humbled on Saturday (06Sep14) after fans at a Toronto International Film Festival screening serenaded him with a rendition of Happy Birthday.
The former Pink Floyd frontman was set to introduce the world premiere of his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Elgin Theater in Canada this weekend, when he was surprised with an impromptu sing-a-long as he entered the auditorium.
Waters, who turned 71 on Saturday, expressed his shock and gratitude by letting slip an expletive as he marvelled at the packed house. He returned to the stage after the screening to partake in a question and answer session with fans about the film, which documents his latest tour, during which he performs the seminal Pink Floyd album.