Veteran entertainer Donny Osmond is returning to the ballroom as a guest judge on Britain's Strictly Come Dancing competition. The Puppy Love hitmaker won the U.S. version of the reality show, Dancing with the Stars, in 2009 and now he will use his experience to rate competitors across the Atlantic.
Osmond will join U.K. judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who are both regular judges on Dancing With the Stars, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell on the panel for one week only this autumn (14), and he has urged competitors to prove their worth on the dancefloor in order to win him over.
He says, "It's a huge honour to be asked to guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing. I know what it's like to hold that trophy in your hand, and believe me, it's worth all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your dances.
"I'm going to be a tough judge, and the contestants are really going to have to give me their all."
The 12th season of the U.K. series, which launched earlier this month (Sep14), features actress Jennifer Gibney, EastEnders actor Jake Wood and singers Pixie Lott, The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge and Blue star Simon Webbe among the competitors showing off their fancy footwork.
Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam and Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to take on the lead role in a long-delayed remake of John Carpenter's sci-fi classic Escape From New York. The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal is also said to be in consideration to tackle the part of anti-hero Snake Plissken, the character made famous by Kurt Russell in the 1981 original, according to Starlog.com.
Jeremy Renner and British movie tough guys Tom Hardy and Jason Statham were all previously linked to the reboot, which has been in the works since 2010.
Producers at Silver Pictures have yet to secure a director to take on the job, although Breck Eisner, Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have all been attached to the project in recent years.
In Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for the stars to meet on set and fall in love. Usually, it’s the leading man making the leading lady swoon. But actors and actresses aren’t the only ones who wind up together. Sometimes, it’s the director who gets the girl.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
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Prior to her marriage, Beckinsale had been in a relationship with actor Michael Sheen for 8 years. But on the set of Underworld in 2003, she fell for her then-married director, Wiseman. The following year they were married. All parties involved, except Wiseman’s first wife, have said there was no infidelity. The couple have remained friends with Sheen, who starred alongside Beckinsale in Underworld. Aside from that franchise, Wiseman has also cast Beckinsale in his film, Total Recall.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
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These two met on the set of the 1996 comedy film, The Cable Guy, which Apatow was producing. Since their 1997 marriage, Apatow has cast his wife in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Funny People, and This Is 40. Not only has his spouse appeared in his films, but their two daughters, Maude and Iris, have made it into a few films as Mann’s on-screen children.
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson
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This couple met on the set of Jovovich’s most popular film, Resident Evil, in 2002 which Anderson was the director and producer for. The two dated first then had a child in 2007, before getting married in 2009, all while continuing to work on the franchise that brought them together. Anderson isn’t the first director Jovovich has wed. In 1997 she married her The Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, but divorced him two years later.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
This Texas-born actress met Spielberg when she was cast as the female lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1984. The two married in 1991, after Spielberg’s controversial and costly divorce from his first wife, Amy Irving.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
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The pair first connected during filming Planet of the Apes in 2001. While they’ve never actually gotten married, they’ve been a couple for the last 13 years and have 2 children together. Burton is not shy from having his partner in his films; Carter has appeared in: Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
Transformers screenwriter Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the reboot of hit franchise The Mummy. Kurtzman, along with his partners Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, is already producing the action adventure, and now executives at Universal Pictures are closing a deal for him to helm it as well.
Co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum tells The Hollywood Reporter that Kurtzman is the "perfect choice" for the project, thanks to his "clarity and passion about this character and mythology".
Details of The Mummy reboot are under wraps, but the film is set in the present day and features new characters.
Kurtzman is the third director to be linked to The Mummy - both Len Wiseman and Mama filmmaker Andy Muschietti were previously attached to direct the film.
The reboot is slated to hit cinemas on April, 2016.
Revered moviemaker David Cronenberg has revealed he was offered the chance to direct one of the new Star Wars films but turned Disney executives down.
The Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises director tells The Hollywood Reporter he received a phone call from film bosses shortly after J.J. Abrams was named as the man behind Episode VII, asking him if he'd be interested in taking the reins of a future installment.
He recalls, "Instead of saying, 'Oh my God, yes!' I said, 'Well, you know, I don't really do other people's material'. I don't know how far it would have gone but it ended there."
Cronenberg tells the publication he also passed on the Total Recall remake, starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale, adding, "It's not in my nervous system to do something like that."
Len Wiseman took on the Total Recall project, while Rian Johnson is reportedly in talks to direct the next two Star Wars films in the franchise.
Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis beat out competition from actress Candace Cameron Bure to be crowned queen of Dancing With The Stars during the finale on Tuesday night (20May14). Davis competed alongside Full House star Cameron Bure and actress-turned-Paralympian Amy Purdy during the final episode of the U.S. reality TV show in front of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
However, it was Davis who came out top alongside her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who earned his first win in 14 seasons on the show.
After her triumph, Davis tweeted: "Thank you all for the incredible support... I'm completely overwhelmed. (Chmerkovskiy) and I have been so fortunate to share this journey w/ (with) you!"
Singer/actor James Maslow had been given the boot just shy of the finale during Monday's (19May14) episode.
Pop star Cody Simpson, who competed on the show, performed during the final along with rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Ariana Grande.
Sir Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell has given the rocker a big boost on Britain's annual Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to a combined £710 million ($1.2 billion) fortune. Shevell's estimated £150 million ($225 million) fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four, behind Zomba Group boss Clive Calder, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Warner Music Group head Len Blavatnik, who tops the rich list with a £10 billion fortune.
The countdown of the 50 wealthiest music men and women in Britain and Ireland also includes Simon Cowell (£300 million/$480 million), Sir Elton John (£260 million/$416 million), Adele (£45 million/$72 million), and the five members of One Direction, who share a £70 million ($112 million) fortune.
Take That star Gary Barlow, who has recently been accused of tax avoidance, also makes the rich list with a £65 million ($104 million) fortune.
The full list will be available in the Times on 18 May (14).
The top 10 is:
1. Len Blavatnik (£10 billion)
2. Clive Calder (£1.4 billion)
3. Sir Cameron Mackintosh (£1 billion)
4. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell (£710 million)
5. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£640 million)
6. U2 (£428 million)
7. Simon Fuller (£382 million)
8. Simon Cowell (£300 million)
9. Mohammad and Kamaliya Zahoor (£300 million)
10. Sir Elton John (£260 million)
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At this point in the Dancing with the Stars competition, everyone has the dancing skills to win: each remaining pair has scored high since Episode 1. As such, there's no real "dark horse" in this bunch – so when it comes down to it, it's going to be a tight race. As such, without further ado, here's how we'd rank the semi-finalists:
5. James Maslow/Peta Murgatroyd
Like the rest of the bunch, James is an adept dancer. His so-called chemistry with Peta might give him an edge, but they have considerably less sizzle than competitors Meryl and Maks. There's also the fact that he's routinely labeled as the "eye candy" of the show, but is that enough to take home the trophy?
Secret weapon: Shirtlessness
4. Candace Cameron-Bure
Candace might be the closest thing to a dark horse champion that the competition has at this point: she started the season off with excellent scores, then faltered after a bout with anxiety. Anyway, she's now the sort of "comeback kid" – plus, her close connection with her family makes her more accessible and easy to root for.
Secret weapon: Her relatability
3. Charlie White/Sharna Burgess
Some argued that Charlie's recent gold medal as an ice dancer was an unfair advantage (Olympic athletes have tended to do especially well in past seasons). Sure, Charlie's got discipline and talent to spare, but his golden ticket may lie with his charisma: he has a certain effervescence that might just make up the difference between runner-up and champion.
Secret weapon:The "aww!" factor
2. Meryl Davis/Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Like Charlie, Meryl's also got some extra experience with dance (as noted in the premiere, her spins are off the charts), but it might just be her chemistry with Maks that wins the day. Yes, on a show that runneth over with fauxmance, her relationship with Maks looks almost – dare I say it – genuine.
Secret weapon: The "aww!" factor, but in a different way
1. Amy Purdy/Derek Hough
This duo has everything it needs to win: flawless dancing, an athletic background (another Olympian!), and perhaps most importantly, an inspirational backstory. And let's forget that Derek's won the Mirror Ball Trophy five times, more times than any other pro on the show...
Secret weapon: She's inspirational times a thousand
Who do you think's got what it takes? Let us know in the comments!
The Mummy remake is looking for a new director daddy - Andres Muschietti has reportedly quit the project. The Mama filmmaker picked up the reigns of the action adventure movie after Len Wiseman dropped the project due to his busy schedule and now movie executives at Universal Pictures appear to be on the hunt for another director.
According to TheWrap.com, Muschietti and the producers had a difference of opinion about the direction of the new film and the Argentine moviemaker wanted to make the story more of a horror tale than a family-friendly blockbuster.
Universal bosses are still hoping their new The Mummy will be in cinemas in April, 2016.
Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard has died at the age of 68. Goddard passed away after a battle with cancer on Tuesday (29Apr14) in Atlanta, the band's manager Len Fico confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
The band's vocalist Rodney Justo paid tribute to his bandmate, saying, "I knew Paul when he was a guitarist, and maybe that's why his bass playing was so musical. And to go with that musicality was a unique sound that made him so identifiable to fans and other musicians as well. Yes, at one time he was 'that big fat guy that played bass,' but once he started playing, he wasn't fat. He was a giant."
In a post on their Facebook.com page the band writes, "We are saddened by the passing of our bass player and dear friend the legendary Paul Goddard...Rest in peace P.G."
Goddard helped form the southern rock band in 1970 with a group of session musicians, and the group went on to amass a strong following in America's southern states and once performed for U.S. President Jimmy Carter, although they never attained the commercial success of contemporaries such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers.
Goddard retired from touring in the mid-1980s, but returned to the band in 2011 with original vocalist Justo, who left the band in 1972.