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.
Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston is set to take the lead in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake. The British star has been chosen to reprise Charlton Heston's classic film role, but the deal has yet to be finalised, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The reboot will be helmed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Angelina Jolie in Wanted, and Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has penned the script for the latest adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.
Huston joins Morgan Freeman, who will portray chariot champion Ildarin.
Heston's 1959 film landed 11 Oscars, and the remake is scheduled for release in February, 2016.
Singer Jewel is staying positive about her marriage split, insisting she's "heartened" by the way she and her estranged husband Ty Murray are planning their divorce. The star announced the break-up on her official website in July (14), revealing she and the retired bull riding champion had decided to divorce after six years of marriage.
She wrote, "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves."
She added, "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents - as we wish only what is best for our son."
Now, two months after the post, Jewel reveals things are going well and both she and Murray are committed to doing what's best for their three-year-old son Kase.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "It's (divorce) such a difficult thing... but I feel really fortunate for the position that he and I are in because we're such great friends and we're really great parents, and that's the number one thing we care about, so I really feel so blessed to be in that position."
"We really feel like this is the best thing for us; we feel it's the best thing for Kase and that everybody, hopefully, will win if we can go through this in the right way, which I feel really heartened that we are."
Expendables 3 star Victor Ortiz is hoping to step back into the boxing ring and take on undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. one final time. Mayweather is now 48-0 in his career following a unanimous decision victory in his match with Marcos Maidana on Saturday night (13Sep14), and prior to the big fight night he announced plans to retire from the ring once he hits 50-0, leaving just two bouts left.
Pundits expect Mayweather, Jr. to take on British boxer Amir Khan in May (14), but his final fight opponent remains a mystery.
And now Ortiz has demanded a rematch with the champ, telling TMZ.com he'll fight for free.
The 27-year-old former WBC Welterweight champ, who took part in the 2014 Nautica Malibu Triathlon this past weekend (13-14Sep14), says, "He owes me a rematch, and it's a free one from me to him... Mayweather, whenever you say, bro... I'm waiting for you."
The two boxers last met in the ring in 2011.
Golf legend Greg Norman is recovering after a freak chainsaw accident on Saturday (13Sep14), which almost cost him his left hand. The two-time British Open champion admits he was "lucky" after hacking into his arm while trimming trees on his estate in Florida.
Norman just missed cutting through a main artery and tendon and managed to get to a nearby hospital in time to save his hand.
He posted a photo of himself with a bandaged left hand and arm to his Instagram account on Saturday and added the caption, "Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."
Norman tells Associated Press, "Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off. I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."
He posted another photo of himself posing with his hand and arm all bandaged up on Sunday (14Sep14) and thanked fans for their support, adding, "Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime... w/ (with) my new fashion statement!"
And in a brief chat with pal Matt Lauer on the Today show on Monday (15Sep14), the golfer revealed he had an eerie premonition before he packed up his chainsaw.
He said, "A feeling came over me that something bad is gonna happen... I'm not ignoring that feeling again."
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is launching a new reality TV show called Coliseum which will pit bands against each other like Roman gladiators. Simmons will take on a judging role, acting as a 'Rock Caesar' deciding the fate of the competing acts.
The rocker says in a statement: "Coliseum is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favour of Rock Caesar."
The rocker-turned-reality-star also appeared in previous reality TV shows including Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Gene Simmons' Rock School.
Morgan Freeman has been cast as a chariot champion in the remake of biblical epic Ben-Hur. The 77-year-old Oscar winner will portray Ildarin in director Timur Bekmambetov's film. Thor star Tom Hiddleston is reportedly in talks to play the lead.
Motor racing legend Michael Schumacher has returned to his family home more than eight months after suffering a severe head injury in a skiing accident. The seven-times Formula 1 world champion has been under the care of medics since he was placed in a medically-induced coma after hitting his head on a rock in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December (13).
In June (14), he regained consciousness and was moved to a hospital closer to his Swiss base, and on Tuesday (09Sep14) it emerged the sports star has been transferred back home to continue his treatment.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm says, "Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead."
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova proposed to her long-term girlfriend on a big screen at the U.S. Open tournament on Saturday (06Sep14). The former world number one tennis player asked her girlfriend Julia Lemigova to marry her in front of a large crowd which had just finished watching Novak Djokovic's semi-final match.
The 57 year old appeared on the screen at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and the Russian model said yes to rounds of cheers and applause.
Afterwards, Navratilova said, "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me... I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'."
The couple has been dating for six years.
British boxing champion Kell Brook is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Thursday (05Sep14). The reigning IBF world welterweight champion, who has been enjoying a vacation with his pregnant girlfriend, was attacked in a bust-up outside an apartment block. He suffered cuts to his arm and a stab wound to the leg.
Brook is recovering in hospital and local police have launched an investigation.
A spokesperson for Spain's Guardia Civil says, "A 28-year-old British man was stabbed at Golf del Sur in San Miguel de Abona. He was stabbed in the left leg and is hospitalised. He lost a lot of blood. There are no arrests at this time and the Guardia Civil are investigating."