Rapper Drake's dad will appear on his son's new album. Dennis Graham, who once worked as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, has recorded verses for Heat of the Moment, a bonus track on Drake's upcoming new release Nothing Was the Same, which will also include collaborations with Jay Z and Lil Wayne.
The rapper tells XXL magazine, "I'm living my dad's dream. My dad wanted to be a famous singer. Right now, he happens to be extremely stable and content, and I take care of what I can for him. All he wants to do is go to Beale Street in Memphis and play music. He’s rediscovered his passion for music and for being a musician."
Veteran British actress Anna Wing has died at the age of 98. Wing passed away on Sunday (07Jul13), according to her agent, but no further details about her death were available as WENN went to press.
Born in Hackney, London in 1914, Wing enjoyed a long and varied career in TV with screen credits including Doctor Who, The Bill and Silent Witness, but she is best known for her portrayal of matriarchal Lou Beale in long-running British soap EastEnders.
In 2009, at the age of 94, Wing was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her long-running career, which spanned more than six decades of television, film, radio and theatre, as well as her services to charity.
Wing's longtime EastEnders co-star June Brown, who still appears in the BBC soap opera, has paid tribute to her late friend, stating, "She was a very generous woman in many ways and an excellent actress who made a script her own, lifting the character off the page and making it quite different from what you'd have expected.
"I always enjoyed her company... I was very fond of her indeed and will remember Anna with great affection always."
A spokesperson for the show says, "We are deeply saddened to hear that Anna Wing has passed away. From the very first episode of EastEnders, Anna created one of the most iconic matriarchs in television history. Anna will be remembered fondly by everyone at EastEnders and our deepest sympathies are extended to her family and friends."
A number of other EastEnders stars, including Adam Woodyatt, who plays her onscreen grandson Ian Beale, and Patsy Palmer, have also offered tributes to Wing, along with executives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
British actress Imogen Stubbs has accused the stars of The Great Gatsby of ruining the dialogue of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic by mumbling and "garbling" their lines. The Jack & Sarah star insists she struggled to follow conversations between the characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan due to the awkward way in which they were reciting the script.
She tells Britain's The Observer, "You're just longing for it to stop... I thought the actors looked embarrassed."
And Stubbs insists Hollywood's mumbling doesn't end with The Great Gatsby: "It was so drummed into us at drama school that 'it's unforgivable not to be clear and heard'... The naturalistic, mumbling acting style tends to go with people who are playing something closer to their obvious self... People who are playing against their obvious self tend to embrace the acting a bit more.
"Acting is playing. You are pretending. Simon Russell Beale or Alex Jennings are theatrical actors who are naturalistic. You can hear them and people love them."
Actress Brittany Snow had no idea movie bosses had green-lighted a sequel to her popular musical comedy Pitch Perfect until a fan broke the news to her via Twitter.com. The Hairspray star, who played college a cappella group singer Chloe Beale in last year's (12) box office hit, had only heard rumours about the possibility of a follow-up and had to find out about last week's (begs15Apr13) official announcement from Universal Pictures executives in a tweet.
She tells Eonline.com, "I literally found out through Twitter. I had my little secrets that people were telling me, but I didn't really know until... somebody tweeted me that it was happening."
Snow admits she's yet to hear from casting directors so she can only hope that she will be invited to reprise her role alongside comedienne Rebel Wilson and Twilight star Anna Kendrick for the sequel: "I hope I'm in it. Maybe people should rally together to get me in it!"
Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore, grossed over $65 million (£40.6 million) in America upon its release in September (12), making it the second highest-grossing musical comedy movie in U.S. box office history behind Jack Black's 2003 film School of Rock, which garnered more than $81 million (£50.6 million).
Pitch Perfect 2 is expected to be released in 2015.
Guests at A-list eaterie The Ivy will be treated to service from some of stage and screen's most famous faces while dining there on Sunday (02Dec12) as part of an event to raise funds for theatrical good causes.
Other celebrities taking part in the One Night Only scheme include James Bond's former Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond, stage star Simon Russell Beale, and Thompson's actress mother Phyllida Law.
They will all work alongside staff at the West End venue, serving meals and looking after guests, with proceeds going to The Combined Theatrical Charities - a group of 15 organisations which support actors and their families in times of hardship.
Bond says of the scheme, "We are all thrilled that The Ivy has chosen to support The Combined Theatrical Charities, in what will be an extraordinary and unique event. The calibre of talent that has offered its support for the evening is overwhelming and testament to the altruism and generosity of the acting profession, in support of their colleagues in need."
The Ivy boss Fernando Peire adds, "Having had many famous actors ask me over the years 'How much would I give to work just one evening at The Ivy?', I suddenly had a eureka moment that I would put the two together. We have to put on a good show for the customers every time we open our doors; we have to know our lines and we have to get them right. I am really looking forward to seeing how the actors cope with service on Sunday night."
Millions of people around the globe tuned in to watch Boyle's $43.2 million (£27 million) spectacular this summer (12), which featured appearances from The Queen, Daniel Craig, Sir Kenneth Branagh and David Beckham and officially kicked off the 2012 London Games.
As well as Boyle, Dame Judi Dench was a big winner, being presented with the Moscow Art Theatre's Golden Seagull award for her contribution to world theatre.
Simon Russell Beale received the Best Actor award for Collaborators while Hattie Morahan picked up Best Actress for her performance in A Doll's House.
Sir Nicholas Hytner was presented with the Best Director award for Timon of Athens and the Lebedev Special award for his dynamic directorship of the National Theatre.
Constellations was named Best Play.
British funnyman James Corden hosted the star-studded event at the Savoy Hotel in the U.K. capital.
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.
The star slipped over during the second half of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens at London's National Theatre and he halted the performance when it became clear he was hurt.
Understudy Paul Dodds took over and Beale was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital for treatment.
A spokeswoman for the theatre tells the BBC, "He had his fingers splinted at the hospital. It was his right hand so he has had to slightly amend his performance."
Dodds says of the incident, "I didn't have time to get nervous. It was about an eight-minute turnaround from Simon deciding he couldn't continue to me going on stage to replace him. I think I very quickly became some kind of pragmatist! The audience gave me a tremendous welcome and I just got straight into it. It's probably the only time I'll get to play a Shakespearean character in front of an audience of 1,200."
Beale resumed his role in the play on Thursday night (20Sep12).
The Little Britain comic teamed up with Sir Michael Gambon in 2008 to tackle Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Walliams is keen to take to the stage once again.
He tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I got a real kick out of working with Michael Gambon in the West End.
"Harold Pinter died during the time we were running. It was an incredible interlude in my life, where I was performing with one of the world's greatest actors who I've admired since I was a child, and meeting the world's greatest living (at the time) playwright. So it was like, 'How did that happen?' I'd love to do a play again and learn."
And Walliams already has his dream co-stars in mind: "I went to see Simon Russell Beale the other night in Death Trap. If I got the chance to work with someone like him or Derek Jacobi or Judi Dench or Maggie Smith..."
The Los Angeles ceremony, celebrating women's work in radio, television and web-based media, saw Barrymore honoured for her portrayal of real-life recluse Edith Bouvier Beale in TV movie Grey Gardens, and Glenn Close was lauded for her role in TV series Damages.
Jada Pinkett Smith was named Outstanding Producer for her work on medical drama Hawthorne, while 30 Rock was picked as Outstanding Comedy and teen TV show Gossip Girl as Outstanding Drama.
Other winners included teen actress Selena Gomez, who scooped the award for Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Comedy Series for Wizards of Waverly Place, and Sharon Gless who was honoured for her role in Burn Notice.