Actress Whoopi Goldberg was left stunned last week (ends08Nov13) after finding herself sitting beside U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as she made her way home from Washington, D.C. on a train. The Oscar winner, who has a fear of flying, hopped on an Amtrak train for the trip back to New Jersey on Friday (08Nov13) after appearing at an event at the White House - and she was pleasantly surprised to discover she had a very special travelling companion.
She explains, "It's kind of crazy... I went to the White House... because they did a great symposium with lots of young people to teach (them) about acting, and make-up making and just all things to do with filmmaking. It was great.
"Then I got back on the train and they (train officials) said, 'Oh no, no, you can't sit there'. I was like, 'OK', and my partner Tom said, 'Why not...?' They said, 'We have a VIP coming on...'
"I'm sitting there talking to someone... and I see Joe Biden walking up the way and I'm thinking, 'What's he doing on the train?' And he said to me, 'What the hell (are) you doing on the train?' I'm like, 'I'm going home!' (He said), 'Me too!'
"It was great; it was nice to sit with him."
Biden was en route to his home state of Delaware for the weekend (09-10Nov13).
British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring Peter Pan back to the big screen in a new origin movie. The Anna Karenina director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest tale about the boy who never grew up in a project that will chronicle who Peter Pan was before he discovered Never Never Land and took charge of the Lost Boys.
Screenwriter Jason Fuchs, who penned the script for Ice Age: Continental Drift, is adapting the idea for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Warner Bros. project is the latest to revolve around the Peter Pan tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson and his special effects team are to be honoured with the 2014 Vanguard Award at the Producers Guild Awards. Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and their team at Weta Digital will receive the accolade in Beverly Hills in January (14).
The team's film credits include hits as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong.
Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas and John Lasseter.
In a joint statement, Jackson says, "Visual effects are a great tool to inspire the audience’s imagination and encourage them to take that extra step into the story."
Former New York mob boss John Gotti, Jr. is recovering from a stab wound after becoming involved in a fight in Long Island, New York. The retired head of the Gambino crime family was reportedly trying to break up an altercation between two strangers in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy on Sunday night (10Nov13) when he was struck in the stomach.
He was admitted to a local hospital for treatment, although details about his condition were unknown as WENN went to press.
Police have now launched an investigation into the incident, reports the New York Daily News.
The life of the 49 year old, who claims to have turned his back on the mob in 1999, is set to be the subject of an upcoming crime drama starring John Travolta as his father, who died behind bars in 2002.
Ben Foster was previously attached to portray Gotti, Jr. in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, but it is not yet clear if he is still onboard.
Joe Johnston is set to direct the project, which will also feature Sir Anthony Hopkins and Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, as Gotti's spouse Victoria.
George Clooney has no plans to sign up to microblogging website Twitter.com, because he fears one drunken tweet could end his career. The Hollywood heavyweight admits he has never understood the appeal of social networking and the last thing he would want is fans bombarding him with comments all day and all night.
He tells Esquire magazine, "I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter. Why on God's green earth would you be on Twitter? Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you're going to be available to everybody.
"So one drunken night, you come home and you've had two too many drinks and you're watching TV and somebody p**ses you off, and you go 'Ehhhhh' and fight back. And you go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you're an a**hole. Or all the things you might think in the quiet of your drunken evening are suddenly blasted around the entire world before you wake up."
Referring to one specific tweet which caused a storm of controversy online, he adds, "I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, 'Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,' or whatever he said, you just go, 'Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn't have done that.'"
Kutcher came under fire in 2011 after slamming education officials for sacking the Pennsylvania State University football team head coach amid allegations he failed to take action against assistant Jerry Sandusky, who had been charged with molesting young boys over a 15-year period.
The actor apologised for the irresponsible tweet and removed himself from Twitter, before reinstating his account and handing control of his profile over to his management team.
Incarcerated Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has managed to save his Bel Air, California mansion from foreclosure after bank bosses accused him of falling behind on his mortgage payments. The adult filmmaker had reportedly racked up debts of almost $128,000 (£85,330), prompting JPMorgan Chase executives to begin legal proceedings in September (13), to claim ownership of his home.
However, Francis insisted his accountant was to blame for his cash problems and, after settling the situation with the financiers, he was allowed to keep his luxury home, reports TMZ.com.
The 40 year old, who is close family friends with Kim Kardashian and her clan, has been behind bars since August (13), when he was sentenced to 270 days in jail for a 2011 attack on a woman at his Hollywood home. It is not clear whether the pad is the same property which went into foreclosure.
The problems with his Bel Air mansion aren't the only money issues Francis has had to face this year (13) - company bosses at Girls Gone Wild filed for bankruptcy in February (13).
Robert Rodriguez's cult film From Dusk Till Dawn is to be adapted for a TV show. Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for the 1996 movie and starred alongside George Clooney as criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires.
Miami Vice star Don Johnson is set to take the lead in the TV adaptation as Sheriff Earl McGraw, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz taking the roles played by Clooney and Tarantino respectively.
Rodriguez will serve as executive producer for the 10-episode series and will direct its first two installments.
The director says, "If the movie's the short story, the series is the novel. We have assembled an amazing cast and crew, and viewers can expect to be part of a wild ride when the series premieres on El Rey Network."
The El Rey Network is an English-language cable channel started by Rodriguez and due to launch in December (13).
The programme is due to premiere in the U.S. next spring (14).
Michael Jackson's nephews are set to reunite their group, 3T, to pay tribute to the King of Pop on the fifth anniversary of his death. Tito Joe Jackson, Toriano Adaryll Jackson II and Taryll Adren Jackson have been working on a new album and are planning to tour Europe and the U.S. next summer (14).
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Taj, Taryll and TJ believe they have a sound and appeal which would make them a success all over again."
3T formed in 1995 and have not appeared on stage together since 2011, when they performed two of their uncle's biggest hits at Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert.
Jackson passed away in June 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
The Jonas Brothers have bid farewell to their fans in a touching goodbye message, days after confirming their break-up. The three brothers announced on Tuesday (29Oct13) that they are disbanding after creative differences forced them to scrap their tour last month (Oct13), and now they have taken to Facebook.com to thank their loyal followers for their support over the years.
The message, posted online on Friday (01Nov13), reads, "To Our Dear Friends and Fans Around the World, It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that our time as the Jonas Brothers is over. This decision has not come lightly, and we know that many of you will be disappointed. The time has come for us to move forward on individual career paths. We have been a band of brothers for 10 years and are now choosing simply to be brothers. Going forward, you can expect exciting things from each of us, and we will of course continue to support each other in all things.
"We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and inspired us through the years, and stood by us in this difficult decision. We feel and appreciate your love. Because you waited so long for new music, we want to honor our Team Jonas fan club members by giving you our final album. This digital-only album contains four new studio recordings that would have appeared on our V album (which will now go unreleased). In addition, we're including 10 live tracks that we feel capture the energy and excitement of this past summer's tour...
"We hope you enjoy this album as much as we've enjoyed performing for you over the last 10 years. It has been an amazing experience. You will always be the best fans in the world. Kevin, Joe & Nick."
The Jonas Brothers were signed as a trio by Columbia Records in 2005 and found fame with Disney movie Camp Rock in 2008, going on to win the Breakthrough Artist title at the American Music Awards later that year.
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Duane Allman left us 42 years ago this week, and while he's remembered as one of rock's greatest guitar stylists -- not to mention one of its greatest tragedies, felled by a motorcycle mishap when he was just 24 -- his whole story is seldom told. The release of the seven-disc box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective goes a long way towards addressing that issue. Over its vast expanse, besides a crucial handful of tracks from the guitar hero's best-known affiliations, The Allman Brothers Band and Derek & The Dominos, it offers a stunning array of other projects Allman contributed to in his woefully brief lifetime. From Allman's pre-ABB groups to his far-ranging session work, this rich piece of American musical history encompasses every aspect of the six-string sultan's output, often venturing into corners previously familiar only to hardcore aficionados, and definitively displaying the multiple musical personalities of a rock & roll icon. Here are just a few of the unexpected roles in which you'll find Allman over the course of this revelatory collection.
The Garage Rocker: "Gotta Get Away" by The Allman Joys
Here's Duane in full fuzztone mode, ripping into a raw-boned rocker with the mid-'60s band he and brother Gregg fronted.
The Psychedelic Soldier: "Norwegian Wood" by The Hour Glass
After The Allman Joys came late-'60s outfit the Hour Glass, who weren't above venturing into some serious psychedelic territory, as shown by Duane's deft manipulation of an electric sitar on this ambitious Beatles cover.
The Muscle Shoals Soul Man: "Hey Jude" by Wilson Pickett
Speaking of ambitious Beatles covers, before finding fame as a blues-rocking firebrand with The Allman Brothers Band, Duane found another kind of Fame: recording with tons of top-shelf soul singers at Muscle Shoals, Alabama's legendary Fame Studio. "Wicked" Pickett's Fab Four takeover is one of many awe-inspiring examples of Allman's Muscle Shoals tenure included here.
The Session Star: "Beads of Sweat" by Laura Nyro
Even after The Allman Brothers Band's ascendance, Duane continued following his muse far and wide, bringing his guitar prowess to all manner of sessions. Here he joins some of his Muscle Shoals comrades on a trip to New York to back the sophisticated song-poetry of Laura Nyro on an album that also included everyone from jazzman Joe Farrell to Rascals frontman Felix Cavaliere.
The Jazz-Funk Jam Master: "Push Push" by Herbie Mann
Anyone who's heard some of The Allman Brothers Band's epic jams knows that Duane doesn't need a script to follow. Here he chases jazz flute giant Herbie Mann across a 10-minute track full of juicy, jazzy jamming.