Sharon Osbourne shocked the A-list audience at Sir Elton John's Oscars party on Sunday night (22Feb15) by cursing the Academy Awards in an expletive-ridden speech.
The TV host took to the stage at the 23rd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party to encourage attendees to donate money to the singer's charity and forget about the awards ceremony that was taking place nearby at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the Associated Press, she said, "I don't give a f**k about the Oscars, I just care about being here... F**k the Oscars... Ladies, forget about the shoes, forget about the handbags, all that... you were going to do tomorrow."
Other guests at the bash included Sharon's husband Ozzy Osbourne, pop star Miley Cyrus, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, singer Sia, supermodel Heidi Klum and actors Alec Baldwin and Rob Lowe. The annual party raises awareness and funds for Elton John's foundation.
British pop singer Olly Murs broke Hugh Jackman's track record to set a new lap time target for fellow stars when he raced a car for British TV show Top Gear. The Heart Skips a Beat hitmaker took part in the motoring show's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment on Sunday's (22Feb15) episode, and Murs admitted his aim was to get a faster time than previous competitor Jackman.
Driving a Vauxhall Astra car, Murs managed to beat the Hollywood star's time and set a new record, placing himself on the top of the leader board.
When presenter Jeremy Clarkson broke the news to Murs, he exclaimed, "Yes! Come on, get in! Oh my God!"
Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul formerly topped the leader board, and Jackman has now been pushed into fifth place.
It's easy to get swept up with major Hollywood stars this time of year, gazing at the red carpet and thinking of these celebs as superhuman megastars, but even the biggest names around got their starts in less glamorous ways. Before their Oscars and Emmys, these stars had Pop Tarts and Lisa Frank.
1. Ben Affleck
Dig those smooth moves and that hip phone! The two-time Oscar winner starred in this Burger King commercial before becoming the megastar we know today from films like Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl. His next role may be playing Batman, but now we'll always think of him as this bad boy who breaks the rules.
2. Brad Pitt
It may be crazy to see a superstar like Brad Pitt shelling for potato chips, but if you think about it, not much has really changed for the Oscar-winning Fight Club star since this Pringles commercial: he still looks good enough to make our mouths water.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Since starring in this commercial for MTV's Super Sweet 16, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has taught those boys how to properly carry her around on her throne, where this Oscar-winning actress belongs.
4. Stanley Tucci
We've always loved The Devil Wears Prada's Stanley Tucci, but seeing him young and hunky in this Levi's commercial made us love him even more.
5. Steve Carell
Steve Carell may have received his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, but this commercial shows that he's at his best when he's being funny and lovable.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
We're like 97% sure we'd take our pants off immediately if Leo came up to us now and told us to "keep it poppin" or to "save some for Daddy." The 5-time Academy Award nominee is underrated even when it comes to his commercials.
7. Haley Joel Osment
We're just gonna throw this out there: The Sixth Sense could have been a much better movie if they'd stuck to the original line, "I see snack dragons." Just saying. Also, not even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle would eat a pizza that looks that gross, Kraft.
8. Naomi Watts
Young Naomi Watts, the two-time Academy Award nominee you know from films like Birdman and Mulholland Drive, was once a teenager with a thick Australian accent. Like most of us, the near-perfect actress worried about her skin, her figure, and "that one" problem we don't talk about.
9. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone
"You sound like a commercial." "You buyin' it?" This is the greatest moment of either of their careers. Just kidding, Sharon Stone has gone on to many other performances that are just as good, if not better.
10. Mila Kunis
So, we guess we can thank Mila Kunis for helping make Lisa Frank such a thing in the 90s. It's hard to believe that the star was only two years away from her breakout role on That '70s Show.
11. Elijah Wood:
We've always had a lot of love for Elijah Wood's facial expressions. From Lord of the Rings to Wilfred, his face is sometimes the only thing that makes his performances entertaining. This commercial might just be his shining moment.
12. Kristen Stewart
We love how sassy Kristen Stewart is in this Porsche commercial -- that head nod and "duh" look on her face, as if she would lie about missing her bus, Dad. But secretly, she's all *Live Fast, Die Hard, Bad Girls, Do It Well* #YOLO. Performance of her career, honestly.
13. Meg Ryan
We would personally rather watch a never-ending loop of Meg Ryan's face appearing over the Burger King logo than watch Sleepless in Seattle.
14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
How many times have we fantasized about the chance to be at Joseph Gordon Levitt's house with him making us breakfast in the morning? Countless. But we never imagined it could be as adorable and delicious as this 1991 Pop Tarts commercial makes it seem.
15. Tobey Maguire
Yo, Spider-Man is having an uncomfortable amount of fun in the bathroom.
16. Corey Feldman
This adorable McDonalds commercial from 1975 may have been heartwarming back then, but 40 years later, it just reminds us how much The Goonies star hasn't aged since he was 4.
17. Demi Moore
We're not sure if the Ghost star was trying to sell Diet Coke by convincing us we might fall in love, or if she was trying to warn us of the dangers and health problems that could arise from drinking it, but we still like it.
18. Keanu Reeves:
Eating cereal has seriously never looked more fun than it does in this commercial. We would love to eat Kelloggs Corn Flakes with Keanu, Matrix style.
19. Stephen Colbert
This ad seems like a news report, and we can totally see a lot of similarities between this FirsTier Bank commercial and The Colbert Report.
20. Matt LeBlanc
Okay, the best things might come to those who wait, but does the Friends star now have to run back up to the roof, or is he just gonna waste that whole bottle of ketchup just to look cool eating one hot dog? Joey. Doesn't. Waste. Food.
21. Courteney Cox
Fun fact: the Friends star was the first person to ever say "period" (referring to menstruation, not punctuation) on TV. She then broke down more boundaries by starring in terribly-named-but-not-actually-terrible TV shows, like Cougar Town.
22. Elisabeth Moss
Are we the only ones watching this commercial as if we're watching Pegy pitch an ad campaign on Mad Men? We can't be.
23. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar just slayed Burger King's competition faster than you could say "Buffy." Un-be-liev-able!
24. Bryan Cranston
Fans were amazed with how Bryan Cranston transformed from the lovable Hal on Malcolm in the Middle into the meth kingpin Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, but the truly incredible transformation of his career happened way earlier. The way he instantly goes from being a skunk to a human is absolutely astonishing.
25. Aaron Paul
This commercial seems like it could actually just be Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman waiting to eat his breakfast before heading off to Chemistry with Mr. White, doesn't it? Aaron Paul's gotta have his Pops, bitch!
26. Megan Mullally and John Goodman
We love Karen Walker enough to be able to recognize that incredible voice anywhere, even if it's some place strange, like a McDonalds commercial. While Karen would certainly never actually sell Egg McMuffins, we're pretty sure that Roseanne star John Goodman totally would.
27. Seth Green
We don't mean to diminish the abilities of our favorite werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or our favorite dimwitted cartoon son from Family Guy, but this is definitely Seth Green's brightest moment. That hair, the accent. He totally nails the 90s goon role with lines like, "Consequently, we can hit on 'em," and "Definitely - NOT!"
28. Tony Hale
Tony Hale won our hearts playing Buster on Arrested Development (and an Emmy playing Gary on Veep), and this commercial proves that he's made a career out of his hilarious concern regarding women's toiletries. We wonder if Gary's Leviathan on Veep has Herbal Essences.
29. Charlie Day
This quirky commercial for Cascade dishwasher detergent looks like Charlie Day just stepped out of an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Graduating and heading straight into retirement also seems like a total Charlie Kelly scheme, doesn't it?
30. Jane Lynch
Okay, the only thing we love more than Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is this commercial with Glee star Jane Lynch camping out everyday trying to sneak a peak at the elusive mascot himself.
Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15), walking away with four of the six honors he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.
The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist. He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.
Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying, "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"
Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honor. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade, which Beyonce was also nominated for, and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.
AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.
Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honored victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:
Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck
Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D
Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck
Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry
Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country
Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country
Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris
Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester
Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter
Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier
Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix) (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Producer Of The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier
Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.
Better Call Saul is about to make its debut, and we couldn't be anymore excited. Saul (Bob Odenkirk) was the funniest character besides Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) on Breaking Bad. His questionable methods and business made us curious about his other clients. We are happy that our curiosity will soon be satisfied. In order to celebrate, we decided to look back on 10 of his best moments that made us love him!
1. His full commercial in all its glory.
2. When Saul somehow talked himself out of being murdered, AND got himself a new client.
3. When Saul shot stupid Hank down!
4. That time he revealed how far his trickery can go.
5. When Saul decided to give Walt Jr. a piece of advice.
6. When he decided to bring light to a very serious situation.
7. When we found out Saul's deepest regret.
8. The one time Saul decided to bring up ethics.
9. The weird way Saul used this legal phrase.
10. The time we found out how he uses his down time in his office.
What is your favorite Saul Goodman moment? Tweet us your answers using the Twitter handles below!
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones is reportedly close to signing on for an upcoming Star Wars spin-off film. The Theory of Everything star is in talks to become the female lead for the stand-alone project from director Gareth Edwards.
She beat out the likes of Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara for the coveted role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While representatives for Disney and Lucasfilm have not commented on the reports, rumours have also surfaced that Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul is being eyed for the male lead.
The Star Wars spin-off is slated to hit cinemas in December, 2016.
New Year’s resolution: Watch more TV. And with a slew of hotly anticipated new shows as well as a crop of returning favorites, that shouldn’t be too hard to fulfill. Start marking your calendars and picking that perfect spot on the couch in preparation for the fabulous TV that awaits you in 2015.
1. Better Call Saul
For those of you who have been in major withdrawals since Breaking Bad ended, rejoice! The prequel spin-off series starring fan favorite Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) premieres on AMC in February. Maybe there’ll be a cameo or two by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? Pretty please?
2. House of Cards
In the third season of this Netflix series (premiering in February), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots to take over the world! Ok, we don’t know that for sure, but it seems a likely possiblity for the power hungry politician. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
3. Game of Thrones
Season five is going to be Arya Stark’s time to shine, we just know it. The HBO fantasy series returns later this year (likely around April) and is sure to be filled with more weddings and deaths or combinations of the two.
4. Orphan Black
This cult favorite returns to BBCA in April and we can’t wait to see the clone club multiply! If Tatiana Maslany is not nominated for an Emmy this year, we give up on life.
The first half of the season ended way too soon and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more episodes ever since. The Scottish time-travel drama starts airing its second half on Starz on April 4. Don’t act like you haven’t been crossing off the calendar days until Jamie and Claire return.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
A new show from Tina Fey...starring The Office’s Ellie Kemper...coming straight to Netflix. Count us in and let the binge watching commence! It’s set to premiere in spring, so our excitement will be building until then.
It’s a Netflix thriller-drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler. Say no more. The mysterious show about a family with secrets hits Netflix in March.
8. Pretty Little Liars
We still don’t know who ‘A’ is, and we’re still dying to find out. Here’s hoping season 5’s January 6 winter premiere gives us some answers.
9. Downton Abbey
This season of the British period drama promises to be its most progressive season yet. They are deep into the roaring 20’s after all. The times can change, just as long as Lady Grantham's sass stays the same. Season 5 premieres on PBS January 4.
10. Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell is set to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies in this new ABC series. It debuts on January 6 and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably geeking out.
We’re intrigued by this Fox drama about a prominent hip-hop family. It was produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who previously collaborated together on The Butler), and stars former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
12. Mad Men
It’s Mad Men’s final season and we’re all waiting to see how things end for Don Draper. We secretly hope Peggy and Joan start their own business together.
13. Parks & Recreation
Not going to lie, when the final season of Parks & Recreation ends this year, we’ll be weeping openly. We’ll miss Leslie Knope & Co. so much, but we’re going to savor the show’s last hurrah - which premieres on NBC January 13.
Daredevil has been in need of a reboot since the Ben Affleck played the superhero in the 2003 flop of the same name. Now Charlie Cox takes on the role in a new Netflix series set to premiere in May. Fingers crossed for better results.
Since the last season of Girls ended, we read Lena Dunham’s book to tide us over. The HBO comedy/drama returns for a fourth season on January 11 and we’re ready to see what shenanigans Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna get up to this season. Will they finally start to grow up? Not likely.
What shows are YOU looking forward to? Let us know!
Actor Aaron Paul is reportedly in talks to lead the cast of the first Star Wars spin-off film.
The former Breaking Bad star is set to sign up for a role in the as-yet-untitled movie centering around a young Han Solo, according to Star Wars news website Making Star Wars.
While it is unclear what part Paul would potentially play, many fans have suggested he bears a striking resemblance to Harrison Ford, who played Solo in the original film trilogy.
The project will be helmed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, and slated for release in December, 2016, a year after Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens hits cinemas.
The casting news comes after Paul took on the role of Luke Skywalker in a live reading of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back earlier this month (Dec14).
Mark Hamill sent Star Wars fans into a frenzy when he was revealed as the secret cast member at the live reading of The Empire Strikes Back on Thursday night (18Dec14).
Director and Live Read series organizer Jason Reitman had previously announced that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul would be playing Luke Skywalker and J.K. Simmons would portray Darth Vader at the performance in Los Angeles. Reitman had kept the remainder of the cast a secret, and fans leaped to their feet and screamed when he introduced Hamill, the original Luke Skywalker, onto the stage to play two roles - the evil Emperor Palpatine and Jedi warrior Obi Wan-Kenobi.
The cast was rounded out by Jessica Alba as Princess Leia, Ellen Page as Han Solo, The Office star Rainn Wilson as Chewbacca, and Stephen Merchant as C-3PO. Reitman contributed whistling and beeping noises as the R2-D2 droid.
In the Live Read series, the cast is not allowed to prepare ahead of the performance and the actors first read the script onstage.
Filmmaker Jason Reitman has cast Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons to lead a live reading of the Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in California on Thursday (18Dec14). Breaking Bad star Paul will play Luke Skywalker, while Simmons will portray Darth Vader in the production at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
Reitman tells Entertainment Weekly, "The first thing I had to figure out was who is going to be the voice of Luke. My first instinct was, 'Who is the actor most like Mark Hamill today?' But five minutes into that, I'm thinking we already have that, we already have Star Wars as it is. What is the opposite of that?"
Discussing Simmons' casting, he adds, "He has to be able to be fatherly and evil simultaneously, and no one has explored that idea more than J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. Darth Vader is someone who has it within him to cut his own son's hand off, but not send his son to his death."
Stephen Merchant (C-3PO), Dennis Haysbert (Lando Calrissian) and Kevin Pollak (Yoda) will also appear in the reading.