Actor Wesley Snipes is reportedly set to reprise his role as vampire hunter Blade in a fourth instalment of the franchise. The Expendables 3 star will net a $3 million (GBP1.8 million) paycheque for his return to the film series, according to the New York Daily News.
Snipes recently spoke about his desire to return to the franchise, telling MTV.com, "I'd be open to it. I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then."
The 52 year old previously played the character in 1998's Blade, 2002's Blade II and 2004's Blade: Trinity.
Top Mixed Martial Arts fighter War Machine has been captured by U.S. Marshals and Simi Valley Police officials in California after spending a week as a fugitive. Jonathan Koppenhaver went on the run last week (08Aug14) after he was accused of beating up his estranged girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, and her new love Corey Thomas in Las Vegas.
Authorities found him sitting in a hotel room near Los Angeles eating pizza. He did not put up a fight, according to TMZ.com.
Reality TV star Duane 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Chapman joined the manhunt for Koppenhaver earlier this week (beg11Aug14). Reports suggest he was part of the force that tracked the MMA fighter to the hotel.
Sylvester Stallone torpedoed his chances of playing Han Solo in the first Star Wars films by confirming George Lucas' fears he would be awful as the space bounty hunter at his audition. The action man has revealed he was up for Harrison Ford's iconic role and reluctantly turned up to audition for the part following the release of his breakout movie Rocky.
He took one look at Lucas and his sidekick upon entering the room and knew immediately he wasn't going to get the part.
Stallone recalls, "After you've seen 100 people, you get tired, so you just hope the guy in front of you disappears... I got nowhere.
"I said, 'Let me just make it easy for you; I would look like crap in Spandex, leotards and a ray gun. Guys from outer space don't have this kind of face'."
Veteran actor Richard Chamberlain is returning to the New York stage for the first time in 15 years. The 80-year-old star is joining the cast of a forthcoming Off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's 1971 play Sticks and Bones, a parody of 1950s TV sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Chamberlain will portray Father Donald in the dark comedy, about a family experiencing problems following the eldest son's return from the Vietnam War.
Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter have also been cast in the play, which is due to begin its run at the Pershing Square Signature Center in October (14).
Chamberlain last graced the Big Apple stage in a 1999 Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, in which he played Captain von Trapp.
Reality TV star Dog The Bounty Hunter has joined a manhunt for a professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of beating up his girlfriend and a pal.
The tough guy, real name Duane Chapman, has confirmed he's part of a Las Vegas group on the hunt for Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, who is wanted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for questioning in connection to an incident last week (08Aug14).
Police have not released the names of the two victims, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship star's porn actress girlfriend Christy Mack has revealed she's recovering from 18 broken facial bones, a broken nose and rib and a liver rupture on Twitter.com.
In a tweet, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has made a name for himself tracking down and capturing fugitives, writes, "Time is up! BEWARE OF THE DOG."
Koppenhaver, who faces felony charges of domestic battery with substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon, might prove elusive - responding to the allegations against him on Twitter, he writes, "The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it's all just heart breaking."
Actor Benjamin Walker has reportedly been cast as the lead of the upcoming Broadway musical American Psycho. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star has been tapped to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel, according to Deadline.com.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, recently achieved a sold-out run in London's West End and featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith in his stage debut.
Walker is no stranger to Broadway - last year (13), he starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and also played the title role in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Famed Hollywood make-up artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. The Oscar winner worked on some of the most iconic films of the 1970s, including Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, The Deer Hunter, and The Stepford Wives, and he was also responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Mob boss Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
He scooped an Academy Award in 1985 for his work behind the scenes on Mozart biopic Amadeus, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2012 for his career achievements.
Born Richard Smith in 1922 in Larchmont, New York, Smith entered the TV industry upon leaving college, working at NBC for 14 years, where he pioneered the use of latex in painting on face make-up, now considered the standard technique for studio cosmetics.
He went on to become one of the most respected make-up artists in Tinseltown for his ability to make young actors appear decades older. He also wrote a book on movie cosmetics, titled Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook.
Smith, who earned the nickname 'The Godfather of Make-Up' during his career, died on Wednesday (30Jul14). The details of his passing had not been made public as WENN went to press.
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Arguably one of the most important films of the '90s and definitely one of the most important films about young people and sex, Kids was released almost two decades ago and people still can't stop talking about it. For this reason, it's exciting to learn that one of the young actors from the iconic movie is now preparing to release his own documentary about his experience—and the experiences of the other cast members—on and off the set. Hamilton Harris taught us all how to roll a blunt back in 1995, but now he's got another story to tell.
Hamilton recently gave an interview to VICE and talked about much of the behind-the-scenes drama (and trauma) that went along with filming Kids. He plans to expose and address these things with a focus on the lives of the young skaters whose stories were not fully explored in the film, or the many projects that surrounded it later. The death of one of his co-stars, Harold Hunter, also played a role in the inspiration behind the forthcoming documentary. Original cast members including Chloe Sevigny, and Kids director Larry Clark are also involved.
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If you've spent any time on the Internet, watching TV or, let's face it, just ventured out of your house in the past few months, you're probably aware of a little movie called Guardians of the Galaxy, which has quickly become one of the summer's most anticipated films. In fact, you've probably already got plans to go see it when it hits theaters on Friday, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have any idea what exactly you're signing up for. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel's lesser-known titles, the kind that only hardcore comics nerds knew about before the studio announced plans to turn them into a blockbuster. But don't worry: you still have plenty of time to learn everything you need to know about this merry band of misfits before your Friday night showing. In fact, we've put together this handy guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy with all of the questions you might have been too nervous to ask so that you'll be able to hit the theater knowing Groot from Gamora and why, exactly, this "bunch of a-holes" have been entrusted with keeping the universe safe.
So, from what I understand, the Guardians of the Galaxy are basically just the Avengers in Space. Yes and no. They are a team of universe-saving superheroes like the Avengers, but they’re still pretty different.
Really? How? Well, for one thing, they weren’t put together by S.H.I.E.LD.; they met up in prison.
So they’re criminals. Yep. But they’re trying to do some good by saving the galaxy, so they’re not the bad guys, really.
Well, if S.H.I.E.L.D.’s not in this, how about Iron Man? No, sorry. These movies are tangentially connected to The Avengers, but none of those characters will appear in this film.
How are they connected?Remember Benicio del Toro's brief appearance at the end of Thor: The Dark World?
Vaguely.That's the connection. He has a significant role in this movie.
So does that mean Thor is in Guardians of the Galaxy?No.
How about Captain America?Dude, no.
So if we don’t have Iron Man, who is going to be the good looking, wise-cracking leader? He goes by the name of Star Lord, although he’s the only person who actually calls himself that. His real name is Peter Quill.
And who is Peter Quill? He’s a half-alien half-human who was kidnapped from earth as a child and was raised by a gang of thieves and smugglers. He’s also a pretty impressive pilot.
Who’s playing him in the movie? Chris Pratt.
Wait, we’re supposed to believe that Andy Dwyer is going to save the universe? Yeah. Isn’t it awesome?
I guess. Who else is on this team? Their names are Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon, and Groot.
Okay, let’s start with Gamora. Tell me about her. She was adopted as an orphan by Thanos and—
Wait, who’s Thanos? Thanos is the murderous super villain bent on wreaking havoc and destruction. He’s determined to get the Infinity Gauntlet which has the ability to destroy a star. He’s basically the big bad in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, Avengers films included.
And he’s going to be in this? Yes, he’ll be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’ll be played by Josh Brolin. You might recognize him as the purple dude in the credits of the first Avengers movie.
Okay, keep going about Gamora.So she was adopted by Thanos raised to be his personal assassin, and became one of the most feared fighters in the universe. But eventually, she turned against Thanos and decided to try and make amends for her past.
Okay, and who’s playing Gamora? Zoe Saldana.
Even though she’s also in Avatar and Star Trek? Yep. She’s the queen of sci-fi franchises.
Who’s next? Drax the Destroyer? Yes. Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas, but after his whole family was killed by Ronan the Accuser, his soul was put into a different body so he could fight Thanos.
Wait, hold on. Who’s Ronan the Accuser? I thought Thanos was the bad guy. They’re both bad guys. Ronan is a Kree radical, who has agreed to help Thanos hunt down an artifact if Thanos will destroy the Xandarians – his mortal enemies – in exchange.
What is a Kree?A technologically advanced, war-loving alien race.
And what is a Xandarian?Another alien race. Not so big on the war.
Got it. So is Ronan the Accuser a big part of Guardians of the Galaxy?Yeah, he’ll be the main villain in this one. Lee Pace will be playing him.
Any other villains I should know about? Nebula, who grew up with Gamora. Unlike her adoptive sister, she is still loyal to Ronan and Thanos. She’ll be played by Karen Gillan.
Oh, is this the thing she shaved her head for? Yes. Nebula is bald, so Gillan decided to shave her head, since it would look better than putting makeup on top of a bald cap.
So, that’s it? Ronan, Thanos, and Nebula are all the villains? There’s also Djimon Honsou as Korath, an intergalactic hunter who serves Ronan, and (like we said above) Benicio del Toro, who plays The Collector: an eccentric, obsessive keeper of intergalactic rarities. If you need something, and it might be illegal to own that thing, he probably has it.
All right, all right, is that it? There are a lot of villains in this thing. Yeah.
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So back to Drax: who’s playing him in the movie? Dave Batista.
You mean Vin Diesel isn’t playing the aggressive muscular dude? No, Vin Diesel’s playing a tree.
What?! Well, he’s playing Groot, a tree-like humanoid who has the ability to regrow himself from the tiniest twig.
Well, he at least has some witty banter or something, right? Of course! Provided that witty banter consists only of the phrase, “I am Groot.”
… Okay. So, why is Groot in jail, then? He’s there thanks to his job as the muscle/personal companion of Rocket Raccoon.
Is that...? The machine-gun firing, rage spewing, back-talking, possibly homicidal raccoon? Yep. You know what's even weirder? Bradley Cooper's providing his voice.
And how did he learn to fire a gun? Rocket is originally from a planet called Halfworld, which was basically a colony for the mentally ill. All of the animals there were genetically modified to become as intelligent as humans and to be able to walk in their hind legs so they could take care of the inmates there.
So, an anthropomorphic raccoon and a tree have teamed up with a criminal, assassin, and thief in order to protect the galaxy? That’s exactly what happened.
I think I need to lie down. No, no! Stay with us, you’ve almost got it.
Fine. So why exactly did they team up? Why is the galaxy in need of their help? Basically, Peter Quill steals an orb that Ronan the Accuser is after, and so he needs the rest of the team’s help in order to evade the villain and the intergalactic manhunt that he’s started. But then they discover how powerful the orb actually is, and they are determined to protect the galaxy by keeping it from falling into the wrong hands.
Why, what’s so special about the orb? That remains to be seen.
Well, then, how do they find that the galaxy is in trouble? Do they just figure it out on their own? They’re recruited by the Nova Corps, who are the military police tasked with keeping the planet Xandar and its citizens safe.
Are those they guys...? Who call them “a-holes” in the trailer? Yeah, that’s the Nova Corps.
I like those guys. So, are those all of the characters? Yep, that’s everyone and a basic rundown of what they want. Anything else you want to know?
Yeah, what's with all the classic rock in the trailer? The songs come from Peter’s Walkman, and it’s basically the last connection he has to his life on earth. Also, it’s awesome.
Can I watch the trailer again? Of course:
And when does this movie come out? Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on Friday, August 1!
Steve Irwin's teenage daughter has blasted the Crocodile Hunter star's cameraman for detailing her father's final moments in a recent Australian TV interview, insisting he was "wrong" to make the adventurer's family relive the tragedy eight years after his death. Justin Lyons opened up about the freak stingray attack which claimed Irwin's life in September, 2006 in a candid chat with presenters on morning show Studio 10 earlier this year (14), choking back tears as he recalled his pal's final words.
He said, "I was saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve'. He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying'.
"It was seconds but it felt like forever. Even if we had been able to get him to an emergency ward at that moment, we probably wouldn't have been able to save him because the damage to his heart was so massive."
Bindi Irwin has since revealed she was disgusted by Lyons' decision to go ahead with the broadcast. She did not tune into the show when it aired in March (14) and has vowed never to watch the footage.
She tells America's People magazine, "It's really hurtful, and as long as I live I'll never listen to it. It's wrong as a family for us to hear about it."
Bindi's comments emerged during her first in depth interview since her father's death and she admits the pain of losing her beloved dad haunts her to this day.
She says, "I remember after we lost dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds'. That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't. That part of you is gone forever. Time softens things, so now when I think back about dad and the amazing memories we had together, I'm happy. But that kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."