Hit thriller Gone Girl and sci-fi action movie Guardians Of The Galaxy are among the top nominees at the 2014 New Now Next Awards. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's 2012 book of the same name, has been shortlisted twice for Best New Lead Film Actress for Rosamund Pike and Carrie Coon, alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jennie Slate (Obvious Child) and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), while author Flynn is up for Best New Screenwriter.
Meanwhile, James Gunn will battle it out for the title of Best Motion Picture By a New Filmmaker for Guardians of the Galaxy, and his leading man Chris Pratt will compete for Best New Lead Film Actor, facing off with Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars).
Movie stars also dominated the theatre acting categories, with Bryan Cranston (All The Way), Rupert Grint (It's Only a Play) and Michael Cera (This Is Our Youth) up for Best New Broadway Lead Actor, while Rose Byrne (You Can't Take It With You), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Real Thing) and Michelle Williams (Cabaret) feature in the female equivalent.
In the TV section, acting nominees include Orange is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint, House of Cards' Molly Parker, Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones and The Leftovers' Justin Theroux, while Gwen Stefani's turn on The Voice has earned her an unexpected nod in the Best New Television Personality category.
Music nominees feature the likes of Iggy Azalea, her Fancy collaborator Charli XCX and Meghan Trainor for Best New Musician (Female), with Nick Jonas, Sam Smith and Paolo Nutini leading the way in the male category.
The annual awards show highlights the best new talent in pop culture. Winners will be determined by public vote and announced during a ceremony in December (14).
Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen will celebrate poet Dylan Thomas’ centennial by starring in a reading of the literary icon's Under Milk Wood on the same stage where the "play for voices" premiered in 1953. Sheen will also direct the performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y on 26 October (14).
The reading will be broadcast live simultaneously on the venue's website and on bbc.co.uk/radiowales in Britain.
Thomas made his American debut at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in 1950, and he premiered Under Milk Wood on its stage on 14 May, 1953. There is only one recording of that performance with Thomas himself in the cast.
Welshman Sheen cannot wait to perform the piece by his fellow countryman, stating, "It's a real honour and an absolute thrill to be able to perform Under Milk Wood in this very special year and on the stage that it first found its voice. And the live radio broadcast is an opportunity to celebrate him and his work in both New York - a city that became so important to Dylan - and, at the same time, in Wales, his inspiration and home."
The all-Welsh cast also features actress Kate Burton, whose parents, Sybil Williams and Richard Burton, participated in the first BBC radio recording of Under Milk Wood in 1954. Burton also starred in the 1972 film adaptation of Under Milk Wood.
She says, "It is very meaningful for me to be participating in this event as my parents were in the original recording. I am very proud to be Welsh and to carry on the family tradition."
Actor Michael K. Williams challenged his Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson during a recent press conference, revealing he was convinced the filmmaker was not a fan of his throughout the shoot. The Wire star was asked what it was like to work with the Boogie Nights director and he confessed he felt under-appreciated on the set.
The actor said, "I didn't think Paul liked me... I came into the project a huge fan of co-star Joaquin (Phoenix) and Paul. I think I hadn't slept in 48 hours; I came from a job to this film. The process was different.
"Most of my credits are on television, where it's about time, time, time and in this situation you get to sit down and talk about it. I'm like, 'Really?' Joaquin was so generous and I came in very intimidated."
He then turned to face his director and added, "To be put in a situation that was so foreign to me, I didn't think you liked me! Although the process was new for me I knew that I was safe and in good hands and to trust. I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to do that."
Anderson joked, "I didn't like you", before adding, "No, that makes me feel terrible."
Chris Brown will lead the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards after scoring seven nominations. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is bouncing back from months of legal troubles, which included a prison stint earlier this year (14) after he was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for anger management, and now he has been given a career boost. He will compete for the titles of Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and Best Collaboration for his track Loyal, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.
His New Flame duet with Usher is shortlisted for Video of the Year, while he will fight for Best R&B/Soul Male Act against the likes of five-time nominee Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz and John Legend.
Meanwhile, Williams will go head-to-head with Beyonce, who has notched up six nods, for Album of the Year. Other nominees in the coveted category are John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson, whose posthumous release, Xscape, makes the shortlist.
Beyonce and Monae are also in the running for Best R&B/Soul Female Act, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Jhene Aiko.
The 2014 Soul Train Awards, which celebrate the best in black music, will take place in Las Vegas on 7 November (14).
Grey'S Anatomy star Jesse Williams was one of the thousands who rallied in Missouri over the weekend (ends12Oct14) seeking justice for the the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In August (14), race riots between locals and law enforcement officials in Ferguson erupted after Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer investigating a robbery.
While a grand jury is still meeting to decide whether the cop who killed Brown will be charged, thousands of citizens gathered in Ferguson on Friday for "Ferguson October", a planned weekend of four-day protests.
Williams joined in on Saturday (11Oct14) as they marched 12 miles from Ferguson to nearby St. Louis, demanding the officer under trial be charged with a crime.
The actor documented his weekend on his various social media accounts, posting photos of himself talking to protesters and in the thick of the crowd's march to St. Louis.
One photo, showing Williams giving comfort to a distraught female protester, was posted alongside the caption, "This is a two way street. Ferguson, MO Oct 11, 2014."
Williams is also part of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, which is documenting Ferguson October to "archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to them," according to his Tumblr page.
Williams isn't the only celebrity in town to show support for the protests - artists such as Talib Kweli, dead prez, and Jasiri X performed at a free Hip Hop 4 Justice concert on Sunday (12Oct14).
The movie adaptation of former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart's 2008 graphic novel Zombie Broadway has been given the greenlight to start pre-production. The rocker created the comic book series as part of a deal with Virgin Comics and now producers Pam Williams, David Jacobson and Stewart himself are raising financing with an aim to start filming in 2015.
Screenwriter Cole Haddon is adapting the project, which will feature original songs and music composed by Stewart and Michael Bradford. Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, who recently took charge of Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run TV special will helm the project.
Michael Ball drew huge crowds when he was spotted busking in Harrogate, England on Tuesday (16Sep14). The veteran crooner performed Pharrell Williams' hit single Happy and attracted a large audience of spectators.
Ball's stunt was filmed by a camera crew prompting speculation he was shooting a new music video.
An onlooker tells local newspaper the Harrogate Advertiser, "He was just sat there drumming on a bucket and singing. Someone in the office recognised him and we had a Google to check. He was quite good!"
Ball was rewarded for his hard work with a free coffee from a nearby cafe. The owner adds, "He was lovely and very polite."
Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to urge U.S. leader President Barack Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri following last month's (Aug14) race riots between locals and law enforcement officials.
The town became a warzone after teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer investigating a robbery, and Williams is among those who feel Obama should have been there to calm tensions.
Pharrell tells CNN, "The President needs to go down there. When your parents come into the room, whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand at attention (sic)." Justifying his comments by stating, "I'm not into politics, but I have opinions", the Happy hitmaker insists the Ferguson drama is just the beginning of what could become a big problem for Obama and his aides, adding, "I'm disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government's side... This is a deeper laceration in this country... This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever."
But Williams, who believes the police officer at the centre of the Ferguson drama should be punished, insists black youths need to avoid clashes with cops, adding, "When they (police) told him (Brown) to get out of the road, he should have got out of the road (sic); I wouldn't have been in the road in the first place."
The Peter Pan TV special scheduled for America later this year (14) has landed a darling Broadway favourite - five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been cast as Wendy, John and Michael Darling's mum. The Bridges of Madison County and South Pacific stars joins a cast that includes Allison Williams as Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Christian Borle who will double up as pirate Smee and George Darling.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop