Rapper A$Ap Rocky has made his movie debut in Forest Whitaker's new coming-of-age story Dope. The Wild For The Night star landed a supporting role in the drama, about a young hip-hop fan growing up in a rough neighbourhood in Inglewood, California.
The film, which also stars Zoe Kravitz and features appearances from fellow rappers Tyga and Odd Future associates Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, as well as Sean 'Diddy' Combs' son Quincy Brown, is set to premiere this week (begs19Jan15) at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which opened on Thursday (22Jan15).
A$AP Rocky previously tried out his acting skills in the video for singer Lana Del Rey's 2012 track National Anthem, portraying former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, while he began writing the script for a short film for MTV in 2013.
The controversial Whitney Houston biopic, which served as Angela Bassett's directorial debut, has been given mixed reviews from America's toughest critics. The film, which was made without the participation of the late singer's family, debuted on TV in the U.S. on Saturday night (17Jan15), with young actress Yaya DaCosta portraying Houston.
Many feared the film would be a disaster, but the critics haven't exactly savaged Bassett's debut as a filmmaker, and The Hollywood Reporter's Allison Keene has high praise for DaCosta's portrayal, insisting she "nails" the singer's look and "mannerisms, particularly when it comes to a performance of I Will Always Love You".
She adds, "The movie does not shy away from emotional portrayals" of Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown's "drug abuse, codependency and personal tragedy, nor does it let either one off the hook when it comes to mistakes and bad decisions."
Keene also notes Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, offers "sound" filming instincts when it comes to filming DaCosta and co-star Arlen Escarpeta in "several extremely intimate, lavishly sensual scenes".
New York Times' Jon Caramanica isn't a fan of the biopic, writing, "For two hours, this film cherry-picks moments of Houston's life - some recognizable, some not - and stitches them together into a perplexing, not altogether comforting quilt."
But he's quick to add, "DaCosta fluently mimics Houston's gestural tics, the quick neck-snaps and chin-juts that she brought to her performances. And Houston's vocals are delivered gloriously by (Deborah) Cox."
And the Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd adds, "Though it works in parts and pieces... it doesn't add up to much... It's a better-than-average Lifetime film."
The film premiered after an exclusive new interview with Bobby Brown, which ended with the My Prerogative singer admitting he missed his "friend" and ex-wife.
Following the debut of the biopic, Houston's long-time mentor Clive Davis premiered his new film of Houston's greatest performances.
John Travolta is returning to TV to portray real-life defence attorney Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People V. O.j. Simpson. The Pulp Fiction actor, who became a household name in America for his TV hit Welcome Back Kotter, will star alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr., who has been cast as Simpson in the drama.
The new TV project from Glee creator Ryan Murphy will centre on the former U.S. football player's murder trial. Simpson was accused and acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995.
Travolta will also serve as a producer on the mini-series.
Actress Sarah Paulson has also been cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark and former Friends star David Schwimmer will portray Simpson's late friend and attorney, Robert Kardashian.
There are some celebrities that are so cute together, we immediately "ship" them, meaning we want two people to be in a friendship (bromances for life) or real relationship. Some of them are together, some of them are broken up, and some of them are just best friends. Either way, we are waiting for the day that they get finally get together.
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gyosling
Yes, we know they started off hating each other. Yes, we know they did try dating in real life only to break up. But THIS is still playing over and over in our minds.
2. Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders
We know, Neil is married with kids and ladies aren't his thing, but their characters on How I Met Your Mother were so gosh darn perfect for each other that we can't help but ship them!
3. Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles from One Direction
Their friendship is the cutest thing ever and it's 90% of the reason we love One Direction.
4. Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
While filming a movie together they took a break to make this little duet and we never stopped shipping them since!
5. Drake and Rihanna
Their relationship history has some drama to it, but in the Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Drake love triangle there is no doubt which one is the better choice.
6. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
It looks like this relationship is over for good and we're totally bummed about that.
7. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton
Is there a celebrity pairing that has a better back and forth than this one? We think not!
8. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Another cute co-star couple that had to bite the dust. But we will always have The Vampire Diaries to give us our fix.
9. Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog
This might be the first celebrity couple we have ever shipped and it still stands today!
10. Tom Felton and Emma Watson
When news of Emma's crush reached Tom he said he saw her like a sister, but we still argue that they would make a great couple in real life.
11. Jay Z and Beyonce
We die every time we get a glimpse into their perfect life together.
12. Taylor Swift and Lorde
They are such an odd pairing, and we love them for it!
13. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
I mean a couple that can dance like this together has to stay together forever!
14. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
They need to stay best friends forever and then invite us over for dinner. THIS IS OUR FANTASY!
15. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Because we all want a man to do this for us...
Which celebrities do you ship? Tweet us your answers by using the Twitter handles below!
British actress Felicity Jones is in talks to join Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard in the third big screen adaptation of author Dan Brown's mystery thrillers. Howard is currently casting for the movie version of 2013 novel Inferno, and he wants The Theory of Everything star to play Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Harvard symbologist Professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) piece together his memories after suffering amnesia to solve a new case and save the world, reports Deadline.com.
Inferno is the latest film project to be based on Brown's popular book series.
French actress Audrey Tautou served as Hanks' leading woman in 2006's The Da Vinci Code, while Ayelet Zurer co-starred with the Oscar winner in the 2009 follow-up, Angels & Demons.
Los Angeles police have arrested a man on suspicion of fatally shooting celebrity tattoo artist Trigz. The 40 year old, real name Michael Christopher Pebley, was gunned down outside the Black Derby Smoke Shop in North Hollywood on 9 October (14), shortly after a fight broke out inside the parlour.
Cops have since taken Robert Falon into custody and on Tuesday (28Oct14), he was charged with murder.
His bail has been set at $2 million (£1.25 million), according to TMZ.com.
Trigz, who owned the Sin City Tattoo Shop in Pacoima, California, boasted clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
Actor Robert Pattinson's sister Lizzy's run on The X Factor U.K. has ended after she was booted from the programme on Sunday (05Sun14). The Twilight star's older sibling impressed judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Melanie Brown and Louis Walsh during her initial audition on the singing competition, and even made it to all the way to the final 57 acts.
However, when Lizzy performed at Cowell's home the in hope of making one of three coveted spots in his group of the Over 25 year olds, the music mogul decided not to put her through to the Top 12.
The aspiring singer wasn't deterred by the elimination and took to her Facebook.com page to thank viewers for their support over the past month.
She writes, "Thanks so much for the messages of support over the last few months. Wow! It has been an amazing experience - challenging and scary, but mostly great fun! Looking forward to bringing you some new songs soon."
British singer Sam Smith looks set to win big at the 2014 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards after scoring four nominations on Tuesday (23Sep13).
The Money On My Mind hitmaker received a nod in the Best Song category for his hit Stay With Me and Best Album for his debut disc In The Lonely Hour, as well as Best Male Act and Best R 'n' B Soul Act nominations. He will compete against stars including British rapper Tinie Tempah and Fuse ODG in the Best Male category, while Rita Ora, Jessie J, Katy B and Robert Pattinson's rumoured girlfriend FKA Twigs will battle it out for Best Female Act.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is among the artists who will compete against Smith in the Best Song category, with his track Sing going up against Stay With Me.
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams are among those competing for the Best International Act trophy.
British hip-hop duo Krept & Konan also picked up four nominations, closely followed by FKA Twigs with three.
The singer/songwriter, real name Tahliah Barnett, is also up for the coveted Mercury Prize this year (14). Actor Idris Elba received a MOBO Inspiration Award at the nominations party on Tuesday morning. The rest of the winners will be announced at London's Wembley Arena on 22 October (14).
Stars including J.K. Rowling, Geri Halliwell, Laurence Fox, and Richard E. Grant are celebrating after Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K.
Scots went to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) for a ballot on whether to break away from the rest of Britain to become a self-governing nation. More than 55 per cent of voters chose to stay in the union, defeating the independence bid, and celebrities who had previously voiced their support for a 'No' vote took to Twitter.com on Friday (19Sep14) to share their delight after the result was announced.
Harry Potter author Rowling writes, "Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud", Gosford Park star Fox writes, "Morning Scotland. Love you very much", and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg adds, "Referendum result: a new constitutional settlement for U.K. Big thank you to people of Scotland for putting devo (devolution) for England on the agenda."
Former Spice Girls star Halliwell writes, "Thank you Scotland - together we are Great Britain. X", actor Grant tweets, "Huge relief that we continue to be the United Kingdom", and True Blood star Robert Kazinsky adds, "Thank you Scotland, would be sad if one of (my) favorite places on earth was no longer part of my home. Back to the highlands I can go!"
Many of those who supported the 'Yes' campaign are trying to take some positives from the result - actor Alan Cumming writes, "Yes still means something. Please try to remember that. My YES friends", and Simon Pegg adds, "Feel sad for those who campaigned hard for a yes vote. Hopefully some meaningful change will come of this. It was by no means a landslide."
Other stars tweeting their surprise at how the campaign galvanised Scots into voting include Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis. However, one celebrity was left red-faced by the election result - Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez thought the country had voted for independence, tweeting, "And the Scot's vote... Was a Yes!!!"
Easy A screenwriter Bert V. Royal is adapting composer Jason Robert Brown's teen musical 13 for the big screen. The writer has been tapped to turn the Tony award winner's stage show into a movie musical for CBS Films, studio bosses announced on Tuesday (12Aug14).
It centres around a 13-year-old boy who moves from New York City to a small town in Indiana, detailing his struggle to win acceptance among his peers.
The production ran on Broadway for four months before it closed in 2009, and it starred singer/actress Ariana Grande. The musical has since been performed around the world, including a brief run in London's West End in 2012.