Sean 'Diddy' Combs has reportedly spent $40 million (£25 million) on a new Holmby Hills, Los Angeles mansion close to the one where Michael Jackson died in 2009. The European villa has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Hollywood actors Clive Owen, Samuel L. Jackson, Damian Lewis and Sean Bean were among the famous faces who became stockbrokers for the day on Thursday (11Sep14) for a Transatlantic 9/11 charity event. A whole host of actors, musicians, royals, sports stars, and celebrities joined in Cantor Fitzgerald's and BGC Partners' annual Charity Day, which commemorates the victims of America's 2001 terrorist attacks by raising money for good causes.
The event takes place in London and New York City, and actors including Owen, Bean and Lewis were among those who manned the phones on the U.K. leg along with Downton Abbey star Jim Carter and funnyman Stephen Fry.
Others taking part included British royal Princess Beatrice, tennis legend Boris Becker, girl group All Saints, and model David Gandy, while actor Steve Buscemi and Pamela Anderson turned out for the Big Apple event.
Jackson tweeted about the event, which took place 13 years after the devastating U.S. terrorist attacks, writing, "Up early headed to @BGCCharityDay reppin' @One4theBoys (charity) Don't forget to take a min to remember those who died on Nine Eleven!! (sic)."
Actress Charlize Theron has fuelled rumours she is preparing to wed boyfriend Sean Penn after she was photographed wearing a new sparkler on her ring finger on Wednesday (23Jul14). The Monster star, who is mum to adopted son Jackson, began dating her longtime friend Penn late last year (13) and recent reports suggest the highly-private couple is planning to take its relationship to the next level by walking down the aisle.
Sources tell UsMagazine.com Theron and her new man are set to exchange vows in her native South Africa later this summer (14), and now new pictures of the actress arriving at Los Angeles International Airport have given weight to the claims.
In the snaps, the 38-year-old beauty, who is wearing minimal make-up and jewellery, flashes what appears to be a diamond engagement band on her left ring finger.
A representative for Penn has declined to issue a statement on the report, while a spokesperson for Theron has yet to respond to WENN's request for a comment.
If the rumours are true, it will be Theron's first wedding, while 53-year-old Penn was previously married to Madonna and newly-engaged actress Robin Wright.
Samuel L. Jackson has shot down rumours suggesting he endured an awkward silence with Victoria Beckham as they sat side-by-side at the Wimbledon tennis championships on Sunday (06Jul14), insisting they "had a ball".
A host of celebrities were spotted in the crowd at the Men's Singles Final in London as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a nail-biting five-set match, but it was film footage of the movie icon and former Spice Girls star Beckham fidgeting through an apparent silence during the game that went viral on Monday morning (07Jul14).
The Vine.com clip showed the Pulp Fiction actor scratching his head and stroking his thigh during a break in the match as the two stars appeared to ignore one another.
However, Jackson has since taken to his Twitter.com account to dispel claims they failed to strike up a conversation. In a post on Monday (07Jul14), he writes, "Lotta Bulls**t goin' round (sic), I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU (shut the f**k up)!!"
Lotta Bullshit goin' round, I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 7, 2014
Beckham had been joined by her soccer star husband David at Centre Court, while Sir Sean Connery, Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman were also seen in the audience, along with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Denzel Washington's return to the Broadway stage has won him rave reviews. The Oscar winner is leading the cast of a revival of race drama A Raisin in the Sun, and the critics love his performance as chauffeur Walter Lee Younger.
Variety has called his latest role "a personal triumph", while USA Today insists Washington's portrayal is "riveting".
British actress Sophie Okonedo also won praise in her Broadway debut as Washington's onstage wife.
New York Times critic Ben Brantley writes, "Despite the central presence of a movie megastar, the 2014 Raisin has a welcome egalitarianism," while The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney adds, "Washington is the star attraction, but it's the harmonious balance of an impeccably matched ensemble that makes (director) Kenny Leon's lovingly staged revival of A Raisin in the Sun so alive with authentic feeling."
He continues: "Washington slides and swaggers around with the physicality of a still-young man who refuses to let go of his dreams."
The latest production of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning 1959 drama, currently playing at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, also features Sean Patrick Thomas, Anika Noni Rose and Samuel L. Jackson's actress wife Latanya Richardson Jackson.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs' impact on popular culture is to be examined by students at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Topics: Sean Combs & Urban Culture will be taught by Jayson Jackson, who was the former Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at the rapper/producer's Bad Boy Entertainment company.
The course description reads, "No single personality dominated the landscape of urban mainstream popular culture in the 1990s (and since) more than producer, rapper and entrepreneur Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs."
The class will "investigate the social and cultural and political changes of the 1990s and how Sean Combs was catapulted to success by those changes".
Combs is not the only hip-hop musician to be the focus of a current college course - Jay Z and Kanye West are subjects of a class at the University of Missouri.
And, earlier this week (beg24Mar14), professors at Skidmore College in New York announced they were offering a course on singer Miley Cyrus, titled The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Samuel L. Jackson's actress wife Latanya Richardson has been given a second chance to strike Broadway gold after she was picked to replace Diahann Carroll in A Raisin In The Sun a decade after she passed on the same role. Carroll was cast as the mother of Denzel Washington's character in the latest version of Lorraine Hansberry's play, but the physical demands of the role forced her to bow out earlier this month (Feb14), leaving director Kenny Leon with a big problem.
He turned to Richardson, who reminded him that he had originally offered her the role when he staged the play with Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Phylicia Rashad.
Washington explains, "Kenny called LaTanya and said, 'Would you do the play...?' She said that he had actually offered the role to her 10 years ago and she couldn't do it, so Phylicia Rashad took over... and Phylicia won the Tony Award, and so now, 10 years later, LaTanya's coming to do it with us.
"She's a brilliant actress. She and I have worked together many times... She's already tearing it up."
The show marks Richardson's first Broadway play since she starred in a 2009 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Previews for A Raisin in the Sun begin on 8 March (14).
Emma Thompson has been robbed of another acting honour just two weeks after missing out on an Oscar nomination - she has been replaced as this year's (14) Modern Master Award recipient at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The Brit was slated to pick up the festival's highest honour next month (Feb13), but she won't be able to attend the event due to commitments in London, and so SBIFF bosses have opted to give the award to Oscar nominee Bruce Dern instead.
The Nebraska star will now be honoured at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 29th year on 8 February.
The Modern Master Award is given to an individual who has "enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry".
Previous recipients include Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, George Clooney and Clint Eastwood.
SBIFF's executive director Roger Durling says, "We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award. He's not only a Modern Master, he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in Woody Grant. It's his time and we're delighted to honour him."
Actress Charlize Theron has sparked rumours of a new romance with Sean Penn by vacationing with her fellow Oscar winner in Hawaii and ringing in the new year (14) with him. The Monster star was photographed relaxing on a beach with Penn earlier this week (begs30Dec13). They also enjoyed a little surfing near the 53 year old's holiday home, where a witness tells the New York Daily News the pair looked "very close and comfortable together".
They further fuelled dating speculation on Wednesday (01Jan14) when they arrived back in Los Angeles on the same plane, although they avoided being snapped together and departed separately.
Theron, who was not joined by her baby son Jackson for the beach break, was most recently linked to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, while Penn, who was previously married to Madonna and newly-engaged actress Robin Wright, has also dated Scarlett Johansson.