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The hit movie adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault In Our Stars is to be revamped for Bollywood.
Fox Star Studios executives are reworking the film, which featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as young cancer sufferers, to suit Indian audiences.
Film boss Vijay Singh tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We think the story will have an emotional connect with Indian audiences. The original English version was released here a couple of weeks ago and is still running."
"The film has done a business of about $1 million U.S. dollars. We had actually thought of adapting it locally even before the film was released here."
James Franco and Chris O'dowd's Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice And Men bowed out on a box office high as it closed on Sunday (27Jul14) after raking in just under $1.04 million (£611,765) for the week's eight performances. The big figure set a new record for the show's venue, the Longacre Theatre, as it was the first time one of its productions had crossed the $1 million (£588,235) mark. The play had already recouped its $3.8 million (£2.24 million) investment in its first 12 weeks on the Great White Way.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to sue the promoter behind the failed North American revival of Jesus Christ Superstar to recover his costs. Poor ticket sales prompted Michael Cohl to scrap the new production in May (14) as cast members John Lydon, Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd and J.C. Chasez were in rehearsals for the 51-date tour.
Now Webber and his partners at the Really Useful Group have announced plans to launch a lawsuit against Cohl in a bid to recover the production costs for the project, which was due to hit the stage two weeks after the abrupt cancellation.
Lloyd Webber's spokesperson says, "(RUG) is taking legal action against Michael Cohl’s Options Clause Entertainment following his cancellation of the 2014 North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
"The Really Useful Group (RUG) has no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and, in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors."
Cohl has yet to respond to the lawsuit news.
A teen sex abuse case brought against moviemaker Bryan Singer by an unnamed British actor has been dismissed. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, filed suit against the X-Men director in May (14) in Los Angeles, prompting Singer to file a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, insisting there was no legal basis for the suit.
The case was dropped on Friday (25Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer's lawyer Martin Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."
Jeffrey Herman, the plaintiff's attorney, has yet to release a statement concerning why the suit was dropped.
The moviemaker is not yet completely clear of the sex abuse scandal that has been swirling around him for months - Michael Egan III's case against him is still pending.
Egan claims Bryan Singer sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me failed because producers refused to build up anticipation for the show with a national tour, according to star Saul Williams. The production, based on Shakur's music, closed on Sunday (20Jul14) after just six weeks, and Williams, who played the lead character John, insists producer Eric Gold always knew the show would fail on the New York stage.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "They (producers) wanted that Broadway stamp. This is the cost of that stamp... When you do something fresh and new, you're going to face obstacles and I promise you this story isn't over."
Williams claims critics failed to get how important the musical was: "There's actually a generic response when I don't think critics realise they're playing into the hands of something that runs deeper than how this made you feel. I am speaking to that American race psyche; that thing that Harry Belafonte said to me after he saw the play, which is, 'You took an Afrocentric-themed play and placed it on a Eurocentric stage. The problems you'll face are larger than you think'."
Bradley Cooper's return to the Broadway stage in The Elephant Man has been delayed by a month due to scheduling conflicts. The American Hustle star is set to reprise his role of severely deformed John Merrick in the play, which is based on the real life story of Brit Joseph Merrick, marking his first stint on the Great White Way in eight years.
However, a spokesman for the producers tells the New York Times that the production, which was slated to begin previews in October (14), has been pushed back to November (14) because of a scheduling conflict. No further details have been given.
The show will officially open on 7 December (14) and the original 13-week run has now been extended to 14 weeks.
Cooper previously starred in The Elephant Man at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2012, and he was last seen on Broadway in 2006, when he co-starred with Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain.
Singer Jessica Simpson shed a few extra pounds in the lead-up to her weekend (05Jul14) wedding by adopting a strict vegan diet.
The blonde beauty has been showing off a slimmer figure in recent months after losing the pregnancy pounds from carrying her second child, son Ace, last year (13) with the help of a food plan from Weight Watchers, for which she is a spokeswoman.
However, Simpson wanted to make sure she looked her absolute best when she exchanged vows with former American footballer Eric Johnson in California on Saturday, so she temporarily cut out all animal products from her diet. A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks leading up to the wedding."
The newlywed also reportedly boosted her vitamin levels by getting "quite a few" B12 shots to help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system.
Simpson has since returned to her meat-eating ways - at a pre-wedding Independence Day bash on Friday (04Jul14), guests were treated to a feast of beef brisket, smoked barbecue baby back ribs, fried chicken and grilled shrimp, as well as a variety of pies and watermelon.
Simpson isn't the first superstar to go vegan - Jennifer Lopez recently adopted the plant-based diet to get her in tip-top shape for the release of her new album AKA, while Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z also tried a 22-day vegan challenge last year (13).
Actors Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Lucy Liu, John Lithgow and Nathan Lane and director Oliver Stone were among the stars in the audience for Kenneth Branagh's final Macbeth performance at New York's Park Avenue Armory on Sunday night (22Jun14). The production of the classic Shakespeare play came to an end after a sold-out limited run, which lasted less than three weeks.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has vowed to grow up and put his wild ways behind him now he is the co-owner of a British soccer club. The singer was announced as the new boss of England's Doncaster Rovers club on Thursday (19Jun14) after his takeover bid with former chairman John Ryan was finally accepted.
The deal was completed just weeks after Tomlinson was caught up in a drug scandal last month (May14) when a leaked video appeared to show him smoking marijuana with bandmate Zayn Malik.
Tomlinson has now acknowledged he needs to grow up and change his behaviour so he can be taken seriously as a businessman.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I have to mature a little bit... This is life-changing for me. I'm going to have to start acting dead serious... I can't be a big kid anymore or play pranks. I am absolutely going to be very involved in the club.
"I will be committing a lot of time to it. I've said that I want to be across absolutely everything... I guess am a businessman now.
"I know there will be a few eyebrows raised about me doing this. But hopefully the results go a certain way and we'll create a successful club."
Tomlinson follows in the footsteps of Sir Elton John, who became the boss of the Watford soccer team in 1976, and he hopes to get tips from the pop veteran, saying, "I had thought about seeking his advice - but how on earth do you get in touch with Elton John? I don't know. Hopefully this will send the message out!"
Rapper Iggy Azalea has scored a fourth week at the top of the U.S. pop charts with her summer hit Fancy. The Australian also extends her one-two punch atop the Billboard Hot 100 because Ariana Grande's hit Problem, on which she features, stays put at two as well for a fourth week.
Only the Beatles held the countdown's top two spots with their first U.S. releases in the same week back in 1964. Iggy has another eight weeks to go to match their record.
Canadian four-piece MAGIC! rockets into the new top five at three with their hit Rude, while John Legend's ballad All of Me drops a spot to four and Jason Derulo's Wiggle holds at five.