Michael Keaton, Al Pacino and Ethan Hawke are among the stars whose films will be competing for the coveted Golden Lion award at this year's (14) Venice Film Festival in Italy.
The Batman star's new comedy Birdman, about a washed-up actor who once played a superhero, will open the event on 27 August (14), and will compete for the festival's top prize along with Pacino's drama Manglehorn.
Other films in contention for the Golden Lion include Good Kill, which stars Hawke as a military drone pilot, Willem Dafoe's Pier Paolo Pasolini biopic Pasolini, and 99 Homes featuring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
The festival will also include non-competition screenings of James Franco-directed film The Sound and the Fury, starring Seth Rogen and Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Aniston's latest comedy She's Funny That Way.
The Venice Film Festival runs from 27 August (14) until 6 September (14).
Actress Courteney Cox is to marry her rocker boyfriend Johnny Mcdaid in his native Northern Ireland, according to a new report. The former Friends star and the Snow Patrol musician, who announced their engagement last month (Jun14) after a year of dating, flew into his hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland on Wednesday (23Jul14).
Local reports suggest the couple is in town to celebrate the engagement with McDaid's family and friends, and look at potential wedding venues.
A source tells the Belfast Telegraph the stars have chosen to hold the wedding in Northern Ireland.
Famed celebrity snapper Peter Beard is facing a lawsuit from model Natalie White over claims he broke a promise to give her 50 signed photos from a shoot. Beard, who has shot classic pictures of rock icons including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, is being sued over allegations he failed to hand over the images, which have a potential value of millions of dollars.
White claims he vowed to give her 50 signed photos from two shoots but he only handed over 16 before suffering a stroke in November (13), and she blames the lensman's wife for withholding the remaining images.
She is adamant she agreed the deal with Beard as recompense for organising models for the shoot, and had spent more than $100,000 (£58,800) of her savings on expenses, according to the New York Daily News.
Among the beauties who took part were Helena Christensen, Chanel Iman, and Pamela Anderson.
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in the British capital. Everett accepted the traditional honour on Thursday (24Jul) just hours before his rock band's gig at the city's Barbican Centre.
He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Dame Judi Dench, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine, Henry Winkler and fellow rocker Bob Geldof, who picked up the same accolade in September (13).
Rapper Rich Homie Quan is adamant he only slapped a gig-goer at a show in Wisconsin earlier this month (Jul14) because the man was trying to steal his wristwatch. The hip-hop star got up close to the crowd while he was performing at the 3 Monkeys venue in Racine, Wisconsin on 4 July (14), and was caught on camera purportedly slapping a fan who grabbed his arm.
Quan's representative has now told TMZ.com the gig-goer was allegedly attempting to slip the star's expensive timepiece off his wrist.
The rapper adds, "The person that tried to rob me was not one of my fans. My fans are loyal to me. I did what anyone else would do if they were being robbed."
Rapper Nas was shocked to discover his ancestors were sold as slaves in 1859 during his appearance on a genealogy TV show. The I Can hitmaker is the first rapper to trace his family history on U.S. series Finding Your Roots, and he was overwhelmed with emotion when he was presented with documents showing his relatives' tragic past.
Now he is considering tracking down descendents of those who 'owned' his ancestors to demand they hand over some of the fortune they made from slavery.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, he explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The rapper adds, "Now I'm on a mission to find out more."
The 10-part TV series will also feature stars including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey and Stephen King.
Troubled actor Orlando Brown had a brush with police in Los Angeles this week (beg21Jul14) when cops were called to investigate a disturbance. Police officers rushed to an apartment in North Hollywood in the early hours of the morning after neighbours reported hearing a dispute.
Brown, 26, tells TMZ.com he went to the property to confront a woman who had been pursuing him and explain to her boyfriend that there was nothing going on between them.
Editors of the website report police have launched an investigation after they obtained audio of the alleged incident in which a man is heard yelling threats. Brown's representative insists the voice on the tape is not that of the That's So Raven star.
Actress Romola Garai has married her long-term boyfriend. The Atonement star has tied the knot with actor Sam Hoare, the father of her 16-month-old daughter, and the family is planning to move from Britain to New York City so Garai can appear in an off-Broadway play.
Hoare, who enjoyed a role in Captain America: The First Avenger, appeared to confirm the marriage when talking about the move, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "I'm moving to New York because my wife is doing a play off-Broadway. I'm going to be doing a bit of acting, but mostly changing nappies in Brooklyn. We just found an apartment for four months so we'll be back in December (14).
Justin Bieber has landed a small role as a convict in his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez's new film, Behaving Badly.
The Come and Get It singer's latest movie features her as a straight-laced high school student who ends up on a "rock 'n' roll-themed odyssey" with her friend, played by The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff.
Their barely-legal shenanigans bring them to a prison, and in a clip from the film, Bieber makes a very brief cameo as a fellow inmate, donning an orange jumpsuit and shuffling in the background of the scene.
Ironically, Bieber's appearance is art imitating life - the Baby hitmaker has had his own slew of legal troubles over the past year, including a DUI charge after he was accused of drag racing with a pal in Miami Beach, Florida in January (14), allegations he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13), and an assault lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami following an altercation last summer (13).
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Engaged Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will reportedly marry onscreen in their new movie.
The stars, who fell in love on the set of 2005 spy film Mr. & Mrs. Smith and went on to become a real life couple, plan to reunite on-set in Jolie's latest directing project, By The Sea.
Editors of The Hollywood Reporter now state the couple will exchange vows on camera as part of the story, which was written by Jolie herself.
The couple's real life engagement was announced in 2012, and they are regularly hit with rumours about when the wedding will take place.