Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson is set to return to his former high school on Thursday (06Mar14) as part of an initiative to urge teenagers to stay in school. The actor/singer's trip back in time is part of the one-year anniversary of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and Get Schooled’s Graduate for Mas programme.
Gibson will lead a school pep rally on the football field at Locke College Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles, where he was once a student.
The school, which tied for first-place during the 2013 Fall Graduate for Mas Promise Challenge, was able to get 100 per cent of its students to make the promise to graduate along with four other schools.
Former Saved By The Bell star Tiffani Thiessen has landed her own TV special on America's Cooking Channel. The actress will share some of her culinary secrets with guests including Nathan Fillion, Willie Garson and Lindsay Price. The show, titled Dinner at Tiffani's, will debut in the U.S. on 23 March (14).
Former The Wire star Michael B. Jordan is refusing to pay attention to negative comments concerning his casting in the new Fantastic Four reboot, insisting critics will always have something bad to say. The African American actor recently landed the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the forthcoming comic book movie, taking over from Chris Evans, who portrayed the superhero in the 2005 original.
Jordan's appointment as the classic character prompted some film fans to speak out against the casting decision as his on-screen sister, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, is set to be played by Caucasian House of Cards actress Kate Mara, but the 27 year old is paying no mind to his "haters".
He tells the Huffington Post, "People are going to be critics. Haters are going to find something to hate about (sic). I'm a young black man. I've been criticised."
Referring to his famous namesake, basketball icon Michael Jordan, he jokingly adds, "My name is Michael Jordan. He gave me a chip on my shoulder that I needed (early on in life) to push me (to achieve)."
The Fantastic Four remake is also set to feature Jordan's That Awkward Moment co-star Miles Teller and British actor Jamie Bell, as Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic and Ben Grimm/The Thing, respectively.
The movie is due to be released next year (15).
Oscar-winning family film Frozen is on course to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time after crossing the $1 billion mark this weekend (01-02Mar14). Ticket sales for the Best Animated Feature winner hit $388.8 million (£243 million) in North America alone, with an additional $611.5 million (£382.2 million) across the rest of the world since its release in November (13).
The picture is still being shown in movie theatres worldwide and with one more opening in Japan set for next week (14Mar14), Frozen is inching ever closer to the record set by Toy Story 3, which grossed $1.06 billion upon its release in 2010.
Frozen, which features the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is already the highest-grossing animated non-sequel.
The film also won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go for husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In the absurd, highly questionable power suit world of House of Lies, Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell) is often the most desired woman by her co-workers and clients. Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) is the Man, the guy who runs Kaan & Associates and is smooth enough to bed women that are clearly out of his age bracket. No woman is good enough for Marty and no man can tie down Jeannie. Are these two perfect for each other?
Hold on a second. For the longest time, rumors of a hookup between these two were on everyone's minds. A drunk night turned into a near-sexual encounter. The night was so booze filled, neither Marty nor Jeannie recalled if the act was performed. Since then, tension has filled every encounter between the two.
So would they make a good couple? First, we'd have to consider Jeannie's appeal to, well, everybody. There would be some jealousy on Marty's part. And what of Marty's sly tactics to get women to sleep with him? That man-of-power persona wouldn't go away at the snap of a finger.
But more significant here is each character's professional drive. Work circumstances have changed the dynamic of a potential relationship. Before, Marty was Jeannie's boss. Now, Jeannie has stepped her game up and is an equal at Kaan & Associates. Her name isn't in the title, but Jeannie doesn't answer to Marty anymore. Jeannie is too strong a woman to let a relationship slow her work down.
Still, House of Lies should give this relationship a chance. The thrill of watching them get close then grow far apart is losing its appeal. Get Marty and Jeannie together.
The soundtrack to hit Disney film Frozen has returned to the top of America's albums chart to score a fifth non-consecutive week at number one. The feat makes Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel's Frozen the first soundtrack in 15 years to reach the five-week mark since the tunes to Titanic ruled the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks straight in 1998.
Last week's (19Feb14) most popular album, Eric Church's The Outsiders, slipped to number two, while fellow country artist Cole Swindell's eponymous release was a new entry at three.
The Now 49 compilation dropped to four, while Beyonce's self-titled album rounded out the top five.
In the singles countdown, Pharrell Williams has been given an Oscars boost as his Best Original Song contender Happy replaced Katy Perry's Dark Horse atop the Billboard Hot 100.
The Lego Movie is proving to be built on good foundations - it has scored a second week at the top of the U.K. box office chart. The animated comedy, starring the voices of Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks, took $9.4 million (£5.9 million) over the weekend (21-23Feb14), holding off stiff competition from Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which rose two places to second with $2.5 million (£1.6 million).
Kids' fantasy film Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy ranked third in the list, with takings of $1.9 million (£1.2 million), and the top five was rounded out by The Monuments Men, which fell two places to fourth with $1.7 million (£1.1 million), and sci-fi remake RoboCop, with $1.4 million (£890,000).
New mums Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Jaime King are celebrating after the editors of a top magazine and a popular showbiz blog pledged to stop publishing paparazzi photos of celebrities' children. The Veronica Mars actress and her husband Dax Shepard have been spearheading a new campaign calling for a boycott of tabloids which feature unapproved pictures of stars and their kids, in a bid to protect the youngsters from aggressive snappers.
The couple took its fight to U.S. TV on Monday (24Feb14), when Bell admitted she had become a savage "mama bear" since giving birth to daughter Lincoln last year (13), and her fighting talk has already won her support from People magazine and JustJared.com.
On Tuesday (25Feb14), People's editorial director Jess Cagle published an open letter online, claiming he had already taken a stand against using paparazzi photos of stars' kids since taking on the role in January (14), and JustJared.com founder Jared Eng followed shortly afterwards by announcing his own #NoKidsPolicy rule, promising not to share unapproved snaps or videos of celebrities' kids who are not public figures themselves.
The news prompted Bell to publicly thank the pair via her Twitter.com page, writing, "i'll be proud do my next interview w/ (with) @peoplemag & I'm planning something special around #veronicamarsmovie w/ (with) @justjared ! #nokidspolicy".
The Watchmen star Akerman also tweeted her approval for Eng, adding, "Im so excited that @justjared is the FIRST BLOG to apply a #Nokidspolicy! His site is a great place for Ent (entertainment) news, now w/ (with) NO MORE pedorazzi (sic)!", while King tweets, "SO PROUD of @JaredEng #BRAVE #OURKIDSTHANKU (sic)".
Jenna Dewan Tatum, who is mother to nine-month-old baby girl Everly, and actresses Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Szohr have also tweeted their support for the move.
The paparazzi boycott picked up speed last year (13) after Hollywood mums Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner joined forces to fight for new legislation to protect the kids of stars. Their successful campaign led to new laws that restrict what photographers can do around children and how close they can get.
Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd's ego has been given a boost after landing a lead role in a new U.S. TV series, weeks after confessing he has been seeing a psychologist to help him deal with multiple job rejections. The Fantastic Four star, 40, opened up about his audition struggles in a candid interview last month (Jan14), revealing his confidence has "really taken a knock" in recent years after the Hollywood offers started to dry up.
The father of two said, "I'm auditioning for dozens of parts at the moment, but I'm just not getting them. I can't play someone who's 30 anymore... maybe 35 at a push. So it's difficult, especially when have to provide for your family - and, unfortunately, I'm the one shouldering all that responsibility right now."
However, Gruffudd's acting prospects are now looking up - he has been cast as immortal New York medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan in new sci-fi/crime drama Forever.
The series is expected to air on America's ABC network, although a premiere date has yet to be set.
News of Gruffudd's new job emerges as movie executives prepare to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a whole new cast. That Awkward Moment actor Miles Teller has been tipped to take over Gruffudd's role as Dr. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the film revamp, alongside Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as her brother Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing.
Television is really ripe for parody, and web series like Burning Love and Children's Hospital are rising up to satirize all of our network staples. Rob Corddry creates a hilarious send-up of medical drama that pokes fun at the likes of Grey's Anatomy, ER, Scrubs, and Patch Adams.
The doctors at Children's Hospital spend more time focused on their love lives and personal problems than on the juvenile patients in their care. Sound familiar? Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell), later replaced by Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Akerman), gives a Grey’s Anatomy-style narration that pokes fun at the pretension and self-absorption of medical drama leads. Corddry plays Dr. Blake Downs, a surgeon who only uses "the healing power of laughter." The best character is by far Megan Mullally as the Chief, whose crutches and walker parody Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) of ER.
Each episode is comprised of one or two "episodes" of the web series. They include a "Previously On" reel of random intercut scenes that escalate a lot of the soap operatic plotlines of these shows. For example, Dr. Black gets into a relationship with a child with advanced aging disease played by Nick Kroll.
Corddry proves his real genius by penning a series that blends parody but still has its own unique spin. Not only does it borrow heavily from the genre, but it also manages to incorporate a blend of irreverent humor, the occasional offensive joke, and a lot of physical gags. There also is a meta-fictional element, with the characters occasionally breaking out of the hospital reality to reveal themselves as actors on the series Children’s Hospital. Corddry, for example, gives interviews before and after episodes as actor Cutter Spindell, and even gets his own spin-off that subsequently fails in enough time for him to return to CH.
A bonus: there are tons of cameos on the series. Quite a few members of The State pop up on the show. Ken Marino and David Wain are regular cast members and Joe LoTruglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney have made cameos as well as other comic actors like Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera, and John Hamm.
Not only is the series funny and addictive, it's also short. You can get away with watching an episode or a few episodes when you have some time to kill. Luckily the first two seasons are available on Netflix.