Actor Jamie Foxx is set to portray boxing legend Mike Tyson in a movie biopic after five years of preparation for the role.
The Django Unchained star spoke of his desire to step into the ring as the former world heavyweight champ as far back as 2009, and now Tyson has revealed the project is up and running and he hopes cameras will begin rolling by the end of 2015.
He is also hoping producers will use the latest computer technology to help Foxx appear the correct age as he portrays the fighter at various stages of his 58-bout career, and he will even serve as the actor's personal trainer to help him achieve the correct level of fitness.
Tyson says, "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it (sic). Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me but they have this new system."
In 2005, Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in movie biopic Ray.
Actress Pauline Wagner has died, aged 103. The star passed away in Montrose, California on 2 May (14), her manager Steve Vilarino has confirmed.
Born in 1910, Wagner made her film debut in King of Jazz in 1930, before starring in movies such as College Lovers, Lady Killer and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.
She famously stood in for Fay Wray in the iconic Empire State Building scene in 1933 classic King Kong, as the actress was shooting in Britain at the time.
Wagner was on the books at legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer before stepping out of the limelight in 1941.
Her first husband was actor Mike Lally. She went on to wed Judge Alfred J. McCourtney, who died in 1975.
Get Him to the Greek star Colm Meaney is to pose as author Oscar Wilde for a group of budding artists as part of a contest to find the next great portrait painter. The 61-year-old movie star is set for the demanding role of sitter for the 2014 Sky Portrait Artist of the Year competition.
Meaney will take on the guise of Wilde for four hours this weekend (14Jun14), while dozens of amateur artists draw and paint him in the Great Hall of The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Singer Sharon Corr and Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon will also sit for the artists, but neither are expected to go as far as last year's celebrity subject, Angela's Ashes actress Pauline McLynn, who posed nude.
British actress Pauline Quirke described celebrity publicist Max Clifford as "an honest and decent man" when she testified at his trial on Monday (07Apr14). Clifford, 71, from Surrey, England, denies 11 charges of indecent assault relating to seven females aged 14 to 20 between 1966 and 1984.
The Birds of a Feather actress took to the witness stand at Southwark Crown Court in London to defend the public relations guru, who she has been friends with for more than 20 years, having met him through their shared work for the Rhys Daniels Trust charity.
She told the court, "We are good friends, we've been out for dinner, Max has been to my house for dinner, I've been to his house, he was at my wedding, I was at his wedding.
"We didn't have any holidays together or that sort of thing, but I would say he's a good, decent man... I've been in his company on a number of occasions and found him very down to earth, a normal, decent man."
The actress also told jurors that she had never seen or heard of him behaving inappropriately with any woman, adding, "I've never heard any rumours (about that)".
Sky Sports TV presenter Clare Tomlinson, who worked as his personal assistant for six months in 1991, also defended Clifford, denying suggestions his office was a sexually charged environment, saying, "I wouldn't be here giving evidence if I believed that Max was capable of that sort of thing."
The trial continues.
Music stars including Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, singer Lianne La Havas, and rapper Plan B have backed a campaign to save a historic London gig venue from closure. The George Tavern in Stepney, east London is under threat after developers were given the green light to turn a nearby building into luxury apartments, and the pub's owners fear complaints about noise from gigs will force them to close the venue.
The pub's landlady Pauline Forster launched a petition in a bid to save the pub, and she has won the support of numerous music stars, including Wilson and La Havas, as well as Plan B, who featured the venue in his movie Ill Manors.
Wilson, who attended a gig at the George Tavern on Sunday night (02Mar14) in support of contestants from his TV talent show The Voice, says of the battle to save the pub, "Live music is something this country should be very proud of. It does not start on the television screen, it starts on a sticky carpet in front of a dusty curtain."
Stars from other areas of the entertainment industry have also backed the fight, including acting veteran Sir Ian McKellen and model Georgia May Jagger, who has been pictured sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan 'Save The George Tavern'.
The petition had garnered more than 2,000 signatures on Monday (03Mar14).
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Though the products tonight didn't seem that innovative, there were plenty of great zingers and jabs thrown throught the episode.
First in the Tank were Betsy Johnson and her brother Berry (Yes, Berry) Johnson, the entrepreneurs behind SwimZip - a clothing line of UV-protecting swim clothes for children. What made them stand apart though was the fact they had a zipper on the front. Though they had good numbers, the majority of the Sharks - Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O' Leary, and Robert Herjavec - bowed out quickly due to their being too early in their journey. The only one that believed was Lori Greiner. She offered the money that they needed but wanted 20%. Betsy was ready to jump on the deal, but Berry thought it was too much equity. Betsy got greedy and wanted $120,000 for the same equity, which almost killed the deal. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and they got the deal despite Berry's initial interference.
Update They updated Kimberly Nelson and her company Daisy Cakes, who had made a deal with Barbara Corcoran. They had hit a speed bump, losing cakes due to bad quality and lost $150,000. Corcoran moved them back to their initial home base and things looked on the upswing, since their sales looked to be in the $3 million range.
Phil Black, the entrepreneur behind Fit Deck, had a heck of a resume - he graduated from Yale, worked at Goldman Sachs and was a Navy SEAL. His product was a bunch of cards with different fitness exercises. Though he had made good sales, he was sinking too much money into it and none of the Sharks bit at his $300,000/20% valuation , though they did thank him for his service to his country. That was probably to keep him from possibly sneaking into their homes and exacting revenge. Hey, he was a SEAL, after all.
Daryl Stevenett, the third entrepreneur, was pitching the strangest thing I ever saw on the show, LifeCaps. He started off off by asking the Sharks if he looked well and mentally alert. He said he hadn't eaten any food for eight days. According to him three of his pills a day was enough to keep him healthy. Cuban called him what I was thinking - a snake-oil salesman. The guy could have been one of those traveling people in the early 1900s. The problems were numerous: he hadn't run any tests and there were no doctors backing it. Though he said it wasn't a diet aid.
Susan Petersen was the last entrepreneur in the Tank with her company Freshly Picked, which were high-end moccasins for kids. She regaled them with her story of how she took aluminum from old windows that her brother had taken and sold them for her first batch of leather. The company was quite profitable but Cuban, Herjavec and Greiner didn't see themselves fitting in her market. O'Leary offered her half of what she was seeking on the contingency that John joined in the deal. The FUBU founder kicked O'Leary to the curb and offered her $150,000 for 25%. Petersen, who had professed love to O'Leary before explaining that John was her dream investor. She wound up taking his deal and leaving on Cloud 9.
"Would you like to try it?" -- Stevenett asking the Sharks to sample his LifeCaps"Yes." -- Herjavec, apparently eager to put a untested pill in his mouth"ABSOLUTELY NOT!" -- Cuban, looking ready to tackle Herjavec if he even made a move to open a bottle
"Well, it's like bears. They hibernate. How come they don't die sleeping for seven months?" -- Stevenett"They buy LifeCaps?" -- O'Leary offering a new biological theory
"Barbara, can I explain one thing?" -- Stevenett to Greiner after she says she is out"I'm not Barbara. I'm Lori." -- Greiner, debunking Stevenett's claims that he still had mental acuity after not eating for eight days
"You're full of crap!" -- Cuban to Stevenett about his LifeCap claims"I have no crap in me. I haven't eaten in eight days." -- Stevenett's reply, making even Cuban laugh
"I get slimy thinking about him." -- Cuban was NOT a fan of Stevenett
"Kevin, your face is on my pillow at night. I love you!" -- Petersen to O'Leary"Keep that up and I'll drop the royalty rate!" -- O'Leary's reply
Namesake actresses Joan and Pauline Collins are teaming up for a new road movie. The Dynasty and Shirley Valentine actresses, who are not related, will head off to France to shoot comedy The Time Of Their Lives.
Joan Collins will play a former Hollywood sex symbol, who escapes her retirement home in London for an adventure with a bored housewife, played by Pauline Collins.
The former Dynasty regular says, "It's a buddy movie along the lines of Thelma & Louise, with a hint of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
Italian movie star Franco Nero is attached to play the Collins' characters' love interest.
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).
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You might wan't to sneak in a couple tissues with your snacks at the theater because the new trailer for Last Love looks seriously sad and seriously heartwarming.
In the film, Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) is a lonely widower that lists through life without making connections. He sees all other people as white noise, static that can't possibly measure up to the love he's lost. His life is largely empty until he meets an equally lonely young woman named Pauline (Clémence Poésy). The two start a friendship that heals deep wounds in both of them, and also starts to repair the relationship between Morgan and his son Miles (Justin Kirk).
The trailer for Last Love is filled with yearning, showcasing people that are straining to bridge connections and learning how to let people in after they've forgotten what it feels like to give love and take love in. In this short glimpse, Caine and Poésy display a wonderful amount of chemistry as they jaunt around in the backdrop of the France. If you're going to create a film about finding love again, you can do several times worse than Paris. It is the city of love after all.
The BBC murder mystery Broadchurch just ended its run on BBC America, earning rave reviews for its depiction of the ripple effects of murder on a small town. It was a great show with some truly standout performances, especially from Doctor Who’s David Tennant as a tortured police detective and Olivia Colman as his competent and put-upon partner.
Now FOX is taking Broadchurch and bringing it to America, again, with a remake also starring David Tennant. And the burning question is: why?
Broadchurch was (and maybe still will be, since it was renewed for a second season in the UK) a great show. It took a hard look at the repercussions of a young boy’s murder on the small town in which he lived, spending time with his family as well as with the media, police, and handful of sketchy suspects.
What Broadchurch is not, however, is remarkably original. Looking at the above description of the show a host of other “murder in a small town” movies and TV shows come to mind. The weird Twin Peaks, for example. Or the moody but imperfect AMC drama The Killing.
What made Broadchurch work was the economy of the storytelling and the deeply felt performances by the main cast. Remade for American audiences and probably expanded to more than the original run’s eight episodes, I can’t imagine Broadchurch will seem like anything remarkable to those who aren’t familiar with the UK original.
“Oh, another season-long murder mystery in a small town? Great.” You can already hear audiences hitting the snooze button. What made Broadchurch a great show didn’t lie in its premise, but in its execution.
The American remakes of British originals that work, however, usually work because the American version can spin something new and interesting from a unique premise. Like a documentary about a paper company (The Office) or a vampire, ghost, and werewolf living together (Being Human).
The first season of Broadchurch was a perfectly paced, self-contained story with a far from unique premise. Replanting the story to America and giving it more episodes to fill isn’t likely to make the show any better. For every successful American remake, there are at least five British to American disasters. Let’s hope Broadchurch isn’t one of those disaster adaptations, but even if the FOX version turns out to be good, it certainly doesn’t feel like a remake that needed to happen.
What do you think? Are you excited about the American remake of Broadchurch or scratching your head about why FOX is remaking it at all? Share in the comments!
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