Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh has been cast as the female lead in Quentin Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. The Single White Female star will play Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes.
Lupita Nyong'o walked away from a role in a Broadway show to take a part in the new Star Wars movie, according to a U.S. report.
The 12 Years A Slave star was reportedly offered the chance to make her debut on the Great White Way opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in a production of Nick Payne's play Constellations, but turned it down. Editors of the New York Post's Page Six gossip column report Nyong'o walked away from the role so she could appear in upcoming blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VII.
British actress Ruth Wilson has signed up to star with Gyllenhaal in Constellations. Representatives from the show declined to comment.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon wore a pair of diamond encrusted loafers worth $2 million (£1.3 million) for the show's finale on Wednesday (17Sept14).
The presenter showed off the $2 million (£1.3 million) footwear on in a picture posted on Women's Wear Daily's Instagram page ahead of the reality TV installment, writing, "A million each foot... Pow!" The shoes hold more than 14,000 full-cut diamonds set in white gold with a weight of 340 carats and were created by Jason Arashenen. The designer reveals Cannon approached him about the special project in 2013, saying, "Not very often do I get a request for the most expensive shoes in the world. When Nick approached me last year, he said he wanted to make history and be so over-the-top. He wanted to set a new standard in diamonds."
The pricey shoes are being considered by Guinness Book of World Records officials to be listed as the Most Valuable Pair of Shoes in the world. Cannon split from his superstar wife Mariah Carey last month (Sep14).
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has recreated an iconic moment from the Pride And Prejudice TV series by showing off his toned torso to raise money for charity.
The Sherlock star is shown standing in a lake while wearing a white, unbuttoned shirt in an imitation of Colin Firth's famous scene in the 1995 TV mini-series. The image forms part of an exhibition of snaps by Jason Bell in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Other photographs in the display feature stars including Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Charlie Hunnam and Jerry Hall. The exhibition is taking place at London's La Galleria until Saturday (20Sep14) and is raising money for the charity's Give Up Clothes For Good appeal, which is sponsored by British discount chain TK Maxx.
Actress Elisabeth Moss is set to lead the cast of the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles. The Mad Men star will play the titular role of Heidi Holland in the new version of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the late Wendy Wasserstein.
The production will mark Moss' second stint on the Great White Way, following her 2008 debut in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, alongside Raul Esparza and Jeremy Piven.
Joining Moss is American Pie star Jason Biggs and Broadway actors Bryce Pinkham and Tracee Chimo.
The Heidi Chronicles is slated to open in February 2015.
One of the rare gems we've seen hit the single-digit channels since the turn of the millennium, The Office, actually sported a ton of directors you've more than likely heard of. Some of them were already famous upon helming an episode or two of the NBC mockumentary, others were pinned at the starting line of what has proved to be a rocket-fueled race to stardom. Here are a few great film directors who, as you may or may not know, worked on The Office from time to time:
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Episodes Directed: "Hot Girl."But You Know Her for: The generation-defining Jane Austen adaptation Clueless, plus the Look Who's Talking movies and European Vacation.
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Episodes Directed: "A Benihana Christmas," "Safety Training," "Beach Games," and "The Delivery - Part 2."But You Know Him for: Some of the most iconic comedies from the past 35 years — Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day among them. And as far as acting goes, we'll remember him always as Egon Spengler.
Episodes Directed: "Business School" and "Beach Wars."But You Know Him for: It's true that offbeat television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is what got Whedon on the map, but he is now one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster cinema thanks to, if nothing else, The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Episodes Directed: "Moving On."But You Know Him for: Another member of the Marvel family, Favreau's biggest films are certainly Iron Man and Iron Man 2, though we celebrate his smaller fare: Made, Elf, and 2014's delightful Chef.
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Episodes Directed: "Manager and Salesman."But You Know Him for: Jumping over to the other side of the comic book game, we find Webb's Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before partnering up with Peter Parker (or even joining forces with Michael Scott), Webb helmed the neo-rom com (500) Days of Summer.
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Episodes Directed: "Cocktails."But You Know Him for: Whedon's only rival on this list in terms of blockbuster influence, Abrams is of course the man behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Episodes Directed: "Koi Pond."But You Know Him for: Though Hudlin has spent most of his time directing television in recent years, the dawn of his career gave us two early '90s cult favorites: the Kid 'n Play comedy House Party and Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
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Episodes Directed: "Local Ad" and "Frame Toby."But You Know Him for: That irreverent fast-paced serio-comedic style we saw in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and (the best of the lot) Young Adult. He also did Labor Day, but we don't have to talk about that one.
Episodes Directed: "Work Bus."But You Know Him for: Not directing, but acting. Cranston became a household name thanks to his starring role as Walter White on the unforgettable Breaking Bad.
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Episodes Directed: And we have a winner! Feig directed 14 episodes of The Office, including "Office Olympics," "Halloween," "Performance Review," "E-Mail Surveillance," "Survivor Man," "Dinner Party," "Goodbye, Toby," "Weight Loss," "The Surplus," "Moroccan Christmas," "New Boss," "Dream Team," "Niagara," "Goodbye, Michael."But You Know Him for: Bridesmaids, of course, plus The Heat... and the legion of exciting projects he has in the works, like a spy comedy, a gay rom com, and (potentially) an all-female Ghostbusters III. And although we're focusing on movie credits here, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention his greatest contribution to pop culture of all: Freaks and Geeks.
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Love or hate Twitter, you can't deny that celebrity parody accounts are it's best creation. There are thousands of accounts out there, and most of them suck, but there are some precious gems. Believe us when we say, the really funny Drake parodies are so worth wading through endless #DrakesTheTypeOfGuy accounts.
George R. R. Martin - @GRRM
Until recently, the Game Of Thrones author was not verified on Twitter. Some speculated that these cryptic tweets could only be the work of the real GRRM, but it was just a clever ruse.
Live every day like it's your last. You never know if I'll decide to kill you off. #GeorgeWisdom
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 31, 2014
Did Sam make a promise that he wouldn't die?... Haha pic.twitter.com/7GlDQ6bNTY
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 28, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg - @notzuckerberg
Fake Zuckerberg is here to give us the honest truth: we’re all pathetically addicted to Facebook. Thanks Zuckerberg for hooking us in, and thank you even more fake Zuckerberg for helping us laugh at it.
You're soon going to have to download our Messenger app to write Facebook messages. And you'll need a third app if you want to send them.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) July 29, 2014
I apologize that Facebook went down for thirty minutes this morning and that all of you were forced to spend that half hour meaningfully.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) June 19, 2014
Taylor Swift - @feministtswift
This is basically a Twitter account combining Feminism and Taylor Swift lyrics in the best possible way.
I don't know about you / So I won't assume your experience as a woman / But I'm feeling 22
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) January 16, 2014
And you call me up again just to break me like an anti-discrimination law
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) July 15, 2014
Bill Nye - @yaboybillnye
If you’re looking for someone to drop some knowledge on you, then you better hit up Ya Boy Bill Nye. If anyone on the planet deserves a worthy Twitter parody account, it’s Bill Nye The Science Guy.
ERRBODY IN THE LAB GETTIN TIPSY
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 4, 2014
SCIENCE FACT lava is hot
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 1, 2014
Lord Voldemort - @Lord_Voldemort7
Even the Dark Lord is on Twitter. Okay, so maybe Voldemort isn’t real, but he’s basically one of the biggest baddies there is, so that makes him a celebrity. Which means, obviously, he’s got the best Twitter parody account of the bunch.
It's July 31st. For some reason that date seems familiar....
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) July 31, 2014
Wrong world cup... http://t.co/Nn8szqDlMg
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) June 14, 2014
Drake - @StuffDrakeDoes
Drake fans get a little insight on Drake's day-to-day life with this Twitter account. Now we know what this soulful artist really thinks (and feels) when asked the tough questions.
Airport security. "Any hazardous materials, sir?" Drake smiles to himself, and shakes his head. "The dagger in my heart," he thinks.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) August 1, 2014
Drake hands over his passport at the terminal. "Destination, sir?" Drake shakes his head. "Somewhere else," he whispers.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) July 17, 2014
Betty White - @BettyFckinWhite
As we expect Betty White is in real life, her parody account is up to date on all of Hollywood’s latest drama. With a decent amount of Beverly Hills, 90210 tied in.
If Jay-Z and Beyoncé divorce that'll make it an even 100 problems then.
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) August 4, 2014
Why isn't Jason Priestly in Sharknado 2? Isn't it his turn?
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) July 30, 2014
Bill Clinton - @PimpBillClinton
About 90% of these tweets are probably NSFW, which makes them all Clinton approved.
Don't call them all you can eat pancakes if you're gonna cut me off at 37.
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 4, 2014
I just got so high that I bought every Limp Bizkit song off of iTunes.#cryforhelp
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 2, 2014
The Queen of England - @Queen_UK
If you’re going to make a parody account for the world’s most powerful woman, this is how you do it.
The Proclaimers were due to close the show by they've walked 500 miles away since Lulu started. #closingceremony
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 3, 2014
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) July 24, 2014
Chuck Norris - @chuck_facts
So we're not 100% sure this isn’t just Chuck Norris parodying himself, because no one makes fun of Chuck Norris but Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) August 2, 2014
Chuck Norris killed two stones with one bird.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) July 23, 2014
Veteran actresses Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett and Anjelica Huston are set to hit the Broadway stage in a revival of A.r. Gurney's romantic play Love Letters. Farrow will make her first appearance on the Great White Way in nine years in September (14), when she will feature opposite Brian Dennehy in the two-person show, about letters exchanged over the years between two childhood friends.
She will depart on 10 October (14) to make way for Burnett, who will co-star with Dennehy until 7 November (14).
The changing monthly line-up will continue with M*A*S*H star Alan Alda and Murphy Brown's Candice Bergen, before Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg take over in early December (14).
The production will close on 1 February (14) with Martin Sheen and Huston playing respective characters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner.
Gregory Mosher will direct the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play at the Nederlander Theatre.
Love Letters originally debuted on Broadway in 1989 with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards.
After detailing our thoughts on the best and worst aspects of the second season of Orange Is the New Black, we realized that there's just too much craziness going on at the Litch for one article. The season is chock-full of great moments, but also a few regrettable ones. We've decided to compile another list of the best and worst aspects of Orange Is the New Black's second season.
Good: Morello is actually crazyNasty casual racism aside, Morello was a interesting background player in Season 1, but the revelation about the true nature of her engagement with Christopher was remarkably executed. We've been hearing Lorna drone on about wedding plans and a perfect fiancé since the first episode, but to learn that they were really the delusions of a profoundly delusional woman was one of the show's finest Season 2 shockers.
Bad: And Sister Ingalls is hardly a nunYet more proof that you never really know someone, the outwardly pious sister Ingalls was revealed to be a fame-hungry rock star wannabe who saw herself as the Bono of charity work (so, basically just Bono). It was an interesting curveball for the character, but it doesn't quite line up with everything we gleaned about her from last season.
Good: Everything with RosaWho knew the mostly silent cancer-stricken inmate would become such an endearing character in Season 2? Orange Is the New Black excels at adding dimension to characters who could have easily been written off as one-note background figures. Rosa's character, with her pessimistic snark and heartbreaking storyline, became a huge highlight of Season 2.
Bad: Nothing for Ramos and GonzalesWhile so many characters got beefier roles in Season 2, inmates Maritza Ramos and Marisol Gonzales weren't given the same upgrade. There was the short subplot where the duo blackmailed Bennett into sneaking contraband into the prison via his leg, but they didn't have much to do beyond that. We really want to learn why Gonzales has such an unhealthy fascination with The Smiths.
Good: Vee's demiseAfter terrorizing the Litch for a full season, it looked like Vee might slip away in the wind, but good ol' Rosa, patron saint of manners, made sure Vee received the ultimate lesson in etiquette. "So rude, that one!" Vehicular manslaughter has never felt so cathartic.
Bad: ...Vee's demiseThere's a pendulum of feelings regarding the death of Vee swinging in our minds right now. Carnal satisfaction is bumping up against proper storytelling logic, and as nice as it was to see Vee get exactly what was coming to her, it did leave a slightly sour taste in our mouths behind all that sweetness. Vee hit Litchfield like a tempest, but there doesn't seem to be much debris in her wake. We worry that Rosa mulling down Vee with the prison van hit a factory reset on the show, and everything will now, more or less, go back to normal. It feels like too tidy of an ending for such a great storyline. At least Caputo is experiencing the biggest headache of his life.
Good: The Crazy Eyes flashbackThe best flashbacks on Orange Is the New Black help to shed light on the characters' current situations in prison, and perhaps our favorite one of the season was Crazy Eyes'. We thought that the visual gag of Crazy Eyes' posh white parents from season one was a one-off joke, but the series followed up on it, delivering a great glimpse at why Crazy Eyes has such a craving for affection, and why it's so easy for Vee to wrap Suzanne around her little finger.
Another good: Nicky's near relapseDespite her truckloads of sarcasm, Nicky still has some dangerous demons swirling around inside. Seeing the character struggle with her heroin addiction yet again was a great callback to Season 1. Now that the character is sitting on a truckload of the drug thanks to Vee, it will be interesting to see if she can maintain her sobriety in Season 2.
Bad: The way Alex is returning to LitchfieldSure, fans went into a series of convulsions when they heard that Laura Prepon would only be appearing in a few scant episodes of Season 2, but the character's disappearance from the Litch led the way for some interesting things story-wise, especially with regards to Piper. Thus, the way Alex is presumably returning for Season 2 feels a bit contrived. It was just too easy for Piper to manipulate Alex back into prison.
Another bad: The wait until Season 2A drawback to watching every episode of Season 2 in one mad binge is that we all have to wait for an entire year for more. It's going to be a long, long year spent refreshing Netflix on our browsers.
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong joined forces with his son Joey for an intimate gig in his native Oakland, California on Wednesday (11Jun14). Father and son were joined by Jason White, a touring member of Green Day, for the show at 1-2-3-4 Go Records.
As Two and a Half Men, the trio raced through a set featuring Green Day's Church On Sunday, 2,000 Light Years Away and 99 Revolutions.
Drummer Armstrong, Jr. posted an image from the show on Instagram, as well as a video clip of the band performing 2,000 Light Years Away.