Sportsman-turned-U.S. TV host Michael Strahan is set to make his feature film acting debut in the Magic Mike sequel.
The former American football player has lobbied to be in the film since he heard the original was in production and now star and producer Channing Tatum has given him a part in the latest movie. The ex-New York Giants star says, "I'm getting ready to do something that's making me really nervous. I'm about to do something that started as a joke... and I decided to reenact something from his movie (on morning show Live! With Kelly & Michael) and so then he kept messing around with me and he wrote me into the next Magic Mike XXL movie..."
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the all-star cast, which also features Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell.
The film will be released on 3 July (15).
Actress Elizabeth Mcgovern is set to embark on her first U.S. tour with her band Sadie & The Hotheads. The American Downton Abbey star and her bandmates formed the group in 2007 and toured Europe earlier this year (14) as the opening act for Mike & The Mechanics - and now she's ready to head home and face American audiences.
She tells the Associated Press, "I think it's coming at the right time since we slowly built experience with each other.
"I feel like we're more ready than we've ever been... I go there with more confidence than I would have in the past."
The folk-rock band band will set out on a 10-city tour beginning on 4 December (14) in Washington.
She continues, "It's a slightly funny experience for fans of the show to come hear the music because it's such a different world to the show (Downton Abbey) itself.
"When we first started touring there would be a lot of people carrying Downtown Abbey books... and I could see a look of surprise on their faces because it isn't what you expect. I mean it's not a classical quartet of violins."
Former Playboy model-turned-reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson is determined to save her troubled marriage to retired sportsman Hank Baskett for the sake of their two children. The couple's five-year union was rocked this summer (14) amid reports suggesting the former American footballer had cheated on Wilkinson with a transgender model - allegations he denies.
Wilkinson remained silent throughout the tabloid drama, but she has now opened up about the rumours and the status of her marriage in a candid interview with People magazine.
The busty blonde admits their relationship suffered while she was pregnant with their second child, daughter Alijah, as she battled body insecurities, and she was so "miserable", she forced Baskett to sleep on the couch.
The pair was back on good terms following the tot's birth in May (14), but the relationship took another big hit in June (14), when the affair rumours first surfaced.
Wilkinson kicked Baskett out of their house as she tried to come to terms with the accusations, and although she still has no idea if there is any truth to the cheating claims, she is not yet ready to give up on her marriage.
She tells People magazine, "I can't have him in the house right now. I've come so close to the divorce. I have met with lawyers. But the one thing I can't forget are these two kids. And this is still the guy I married, the man that I love so much. I really don't want this marriage to end... I'm ready to forgive Hank, it's just that I need to know the truth first."
Wilkinson has also been seeking advice from her ex-boyfriend, Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, who she dated for four years before splitting in 2008.
She says, "I went to Hef and asked what he thought, and he said he didn't believe it happened. He also made me realise we're all human and make mistakes. Still, he thinks Hank was set up. So I really don't know what to believe. One thing I do know is that Hank isn't gay, and I don't believe he has a transsexual fetish. Those are my beliefs.
"He's in a lot of therapy right now, so hopefully he gets to a place where he tells me the truth. I can't live my life wondering. I've cried all the tears I could cry. Now I just need to breathe and see what naturally happens."
The couple will give fans an insight into its fractured relationship in the new season of its U.S. reality show, Kendra On Top, which premieres next week (03Oct14).
Actor-turned-musician Idris Elba has recruited Mumford & Sons and James Blake to work on an album dedicated to the memory of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela. The Wire star began working on the project shortly after he portrayed the late South African leader in movie biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and he has called on folk rockers Mumford & Sons to pen the track Home, while British singer/songwriter Blake lent his vocals to Nothembi Jam.
The album, which Elba previously described as a "love letter from me to Mandela about me playing him", also features contributions from Mr Hudson, Cody Chestnutt and South African female vocal harmony group Mahotella Queens.
The album, titled mi Mandela, is due to be released in November (14), 11 months after Mandela's death.
Meanwhile, Elba has also set his sights on conquering the holiday charts with a new festive collaboration with Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno and British comedian Noel Fielding.
The star reveals he was asked to record a rap for the pair two years ago and now the odd trio is finally ready to release the track, which he is confident will be a huge hit.
Elba tells NME.com, "I'm telling you now this song's a hit! Serge did this funky Seventies, sort of, slow disco groove. Noel Fielding's doing this sort of singing rap thing. Serge sings on it with this smooth hook that sounds like it's from a Seventies show. I'm telling you now, when everyone gets this record, it's a big tune."
Actor Dylan Walsh is set to face his fear of heights by climbing the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Nip/Tuck star was asked to participate in the challenge by New York Police Department officials a year ago, and he is finally ready to take on the task.
He says, "The NYPD has been trying to get me to do a training manoeuvre they do, where they have some recruits walk up the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. They brought this up to me on the set (of TV show Unforgettable) and I said, 'Great, that's a great idea let's do that, just call me'. It's been a year.
"It's time, so we're doing it soon. I live in Brooklyn and I love that bridge and I was just there the other day and I was looking at this cable with my kids and I said, 'What do you think?' It's like seven storeys high..."
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are reportedly set to wed later this year (14). The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star and Watts began dating in 2005 and, in 2009, she confirmed the actor had given her a ring, but they did not want to rush into marriage.
Five years later, the couple is ready to exchange vows, according to OK! magazine.
A source tells the publication, "Marriage was never a big deal to Naomi or Liev, but now their boys are asking why they aren't married, so they gonna (sic) take the plunge."
The couple is reportedly planning to tie the knot close to the holidays and want to make the intimate celebration a family affair.
The source adds, "They would do anything for their kids, and they think it will be a fun family thing to plan together.
"It will end up being a small, intimate wedding, with just immediate family and friends. Their sons will be the only members of the wedding party."
If the reports are true, it will be the first wedding for the pair, who welcomed first son Alexander in 2007 and second, Samuel Kai in 2008.
Schreiber's representative would not comment on the report, while Watts' had not responded to WENN's request for confirmation by press time.
Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has confirmed he'll be back behind the kit when his family band returns to the road on Wednesday (03Sep14), despite suffering after his stage comeback at the Made in America festival on Sunday night (31Aug14). The rockers were forced to scrap a series of gigs last month (Aug14) after Followill broke his ribs in a tour bus crash, but their Mechanical Bull tour is back on track following a performance at Jay Z's annual Labor Day holiday event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Assuring fans he was feeling OK on Tuesday (02Sep14), Followill tweeted, "Last day home before the tour kicks back off. Resting up & getting ready for my return to a full set. No pain, no gain."
After his band's Made in America performance, the drummer admitted he was feeling a little battered, tweeting, "Almost home & I can't cry myself 2 (sic) sleep fast enough. Thank heavens for 2 days off before the next show. Fractured ribs are no joke. I ache."
Kings of Leon will return to the road for a show in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Wednesday.
Outkast star Andre 3000 insists fans should thank his hero Prince for the success of the group's 20th anniversary festival tour - because his advice helped the singer get into the right mindset for the shows. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker admits he was worried Outkast's big comeback show at Coachella in April (14) would be a big let down for fans - because he couldn't summon up the passion he needed to wow them.
He tells the New York Times, "I kind of fluffed through rehearsals (and) a few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there. My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I'm bummed. This is horrible. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through."
Two days after the show, Andre 3000 received a phone call from Prince, who set him straight.
He recalls, "It was my first time actually talking to Prince. He said, 'When you come back, people want to be wowed. And what's the best way to wow people? Just give them the hits'.
"He broke it down like this: 'You're a grown man. You're either going to do it or you're not'."
The chat prompted the singer, real name Andre Benjamin, to stop over-thinking his act and to start enjoying himself onstage in front of fans who were thrilled to see him perform.
Actress Ellen Burstyn is set to make her directorial debut with a film inspired by the events in the life of manager/producer Danny Sherman. The Exorcist star will headline and direct the film, titled Bathing Flo.
Burstyn has long wanted to step behind the camera, but the 82 year old explains she was discouraged from directing in the 1970s because she was a woman.
She tells Deadline.com, "When the AFI (American Film Institute) initiated a directing workshop for women, I was in the first one. I made a nice little film and thought I should direct, but I was so busy acting, and every time I'd bring it up, it was something that was always sort of discouraged for women.
"It's easier now, and when they sent me this Bathing Flo script to act in, I began picturing scenes I just loved. And they loved the way I pictured it, and I just thought, 'Why am I not directing this?'
"Back in the '70s, the idea of a woman directing was pretty unheard of. When I brought Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to John Calley at Warner Bros., he asked me then if I wanted to direct it. I said I didn't feel I was ready to act and direct at the same time. AFI made me more confident, but somehow it never came together and I never got asked again the way that John asked me. And I never found something I really felt I wanted to direct, until now."
Bathing Flo, which was written by actress Lauren Lake, will centre on a man who discovers a man's elderly mother living in the home he is looking after.
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Robert Downey Jr. has paid tribute to his Chaplin director Richard Attenborough, insisting he wouldn't be who he is today without the British movie icon's belief in his talent.
The beloved actor/director/producer died, aged 90, on Sunday (24Aug14) and tributes have already poured in from the likes of Mia Farrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais and Dylan McDermott. Downey Jr., who played the titular role of Charlie Chaplin in Lord Attenborough's 1992 film, has now honoured the memory of his late friend too, crediting him with helping the actor break into Hollywood.
A statement issued via E! News reads: "I'm so grateful I was able to visit Lord Attenborough recently, to deeply thank him for his contributions to cinema, his lasting impact on all who knew him, and his legacy of philanthropy, wit and kindness. "I wouldn't be who I am personally or professionally if not for Dickie, and I am equally indebted to (Attenborough's wife) Lady Sheila (Sim), who was and remains every bit his equal..." Downey Jr.'s role as the silent movie star in the biopic earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1993, as well as a BAFTA Award win for Best Actor in the same year.
Actress Jane Seymour has also paid tribute to her former father-in-law Attenborough, who she also worked with on two movies. Seymour, who was briefly married to his son Michael Attenborough in the 1970s, says: "The world has lost one of its greatest men. Dickie was not only a great actor, director and philanthropist but a man I had the opportunity to know as my mentor and father-in-law. "I worked as a chorus girl on the first few days of his directorial career in Oh What a Lovely War. His enthusiasm for life and creativity was contagious and his ability to make everyone feel important and valued was unique to him. When he called you darling you felt his love and I will forever miss him and the wisdom and love he shared with me and his friends and family. "His movies and the way he was able to communicate will forever show that he was always ready to help fight for human dignity. Personally I shall miss the man that inspired me the most. His love, advice, and wisdom. Above all, he was a wonderful father, brilliant and endlessly enthusiastic."