Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is developing a reality show based on her family. The Ghost star is developing a documentary series, which will centre upon her actress/producer daughter Alex Martin's family and her longtime friendship with actor Lee Weaver's daughter Leisa.
Goldberg says, "I wanted to tell the story of two best friends who experience all of the major phases of a woman's life together. Alex and Leisa have been friends since they were 17 and are both children of famous people, and are now approaching 40."
The series will also follow Goldberg's granddaughter, Amara, as she moves back to the family home after becoming a mother.
Whoopi adds, "My daughter just became a grandmother and her daughter just turned 24 and they are just trying to figure their lives out. This is really the story of an all-American family for a new generation; it looks a little different than the storybooks, but it's filled with love and laughter."
44 Blue Productions, the company behind Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's hit reality show Wahlburgers, will produce the new series along with Goldberg.
Rockers Smashing Pumpkins have enlisted Motley Crue legend Tommy Lee for the band's upcoming ninth album.
Frontman Billy Corgan posted a snap of him in a recording studio with Lee on Wednesday (07May14) and revealed the drummer will perform on all nine tracks slated to appear on the band's next record, Monument To An Elegy.
Alongside the image, uploaded to the band's official website, Corgan writes, "Here's a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the (sic) Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of 'Monument To An Elegy.'"
Lee's band Motley Crue are gearing up to hit the road for a farewell tour with Alice Cooper later this year (14).
Laura Linney has signed on to play Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper in a new movie about the literary detective as an old man. Sir Ian McKellen will play the aged Holmes in director Bill Condon's A Slight Trick of the Mind, and now Linney has been cast as his doting caretaker, Mrs. Munro.
The Truman Show star is a lifelong fan of author Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and admits she jumped at the chance to be part of the sleuth's world.
She tells EW.com, "I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes as a young kid. You know how some people are into Dungeons & Dragons? I was into Sherlock Holmes. I loved the atmosphere of the stories. I loved the intrigue, his personality. Bill (Condon) had no idea (when he offered me the part)."
The film, which will begin shooting in London and Sussex, England, in July (14), reteams Condon and Linney, who worked together on acclaimed 2003 drama Kinsey and last year's (13) The Fifth Estate. It will also be a reunion for Condon and McKellen, who worked together on 1998's Gods & Monsters. The project will be Linney's first since she became a mother earlier this year (14).
A Slight Trick of the Mind will be based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel about Holmes' later years as the retired detective battles old age and dementia, while trying to figure out one unsolved case.
McKellen joins the ranks of the stars currently portraying Sherlock Holmes - Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch play modern versions of the sleuth on TV and Robert Downey, Jr. took on the character in two Guy Ritchie movies.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Can another show make the Friends format work? Plenty have tried, but none have succeeded. From Don't Trust the B– in Apartment 23 to The Class, check out VH1's failed Friends wannabes.
There are some scary gangsters on the big screen. From hidden guns to sinister smiles, check out Flavorwire's list of the most frightening movie gangsters.
From the hats to the pastels, see the 140th Kentucky Derby's craziest and best fashion. And Johnny Weir wins. Check out the gallery at Celebuzz.
Mother's Day is approaching, and we know which mom we shouldn't honor. Oh Betty Draper, you've had it rough, but so have your kids. Relive Betty's worst parenting moments at Hollywood.com.
Director Spike Lee is set to adapt his 1986 film She's Gotta Have It for the small screen. The acclaimed filmmaker is bringing his first feature movie to U.S. network Showtime, with Lee set to pen the script and step behind the camera.
The comedy/drama, about a woman who juggles three completely different suitors, was filmed in 12 days and on a budget of $185,000 (£115,000), but grossed more than $7 million (£4.3 million) at the U.S. box office.
The original film starred Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, and John Canada Terrell.
Few filmmakers come out of the gate swinging with an epic two-hour feature film debut that goes on to achieve huge box office success. Most of them start small with commercials, shorts, and low-budget indie flicks. And some of the most renowned filmmakers started out creating visuals for the music world, eventually working their way up to narrative features. Here are just a few movie directors who have also made great contributions to the world of music video.
This year he took home his first Oscar for Her, winning the award Best Original Screenplay. But back in the '90s he brought us the video to one of the most infectiously delightful songs ever, Fatboy Slim's "Praise You." As you can see, his sense of whimsy hasn't changed over the years.
Even if Belly wasn't the greatest cinematic achievement of all time (although, if you were a huge DMX fan back in the day, it probably was), it was exciting to see hip-hop video director extraordinaire Hype Williams create a feature film. Did it play a lot like a really long rap video at times? Yes. But that unforgettable scene with DMX watching Gummo was so amazing, it really didn't matter. Hype's love for cinema can also be seen in his "California Love" video for Tupac and Dr. Dre, which was partly inspired by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. F. Gary Gray and Antoine Fuqua are two other acclaimed directors known for making waves on the hip hop music video scene.
Michael D. Ratner
This is a name you'll want to commit to memory. Ratner's work with New York's Hot 97, the leading voice in hip-hop radio, has resulted in some brilliant, satirical videos that went viral over the last couple of years. This year he and his crew at One Big Ball pictures (gotta love that name) made their Tribeca Film Festival debut with Ratner's hilarious short film The 30 Year Old Bris. Although he's continuing his work in music (he produced the upcoming Diddy/Meek Mill video for "I Want The Love"), Ratner also has more romantic comedies in the works. We suspect that good things are bound to come from a fella who's been hanging out with everyone from Spike Lee to 50 Cent and the great Jim Jones.
The director of Scarlett Johansson's most recent feature Under the Skin is also known for having made some powerful music videos in the '90s and early '00s. He worked with artists like Jamiroquai and Massive Attack before making his directorial debut with Sexy Beast (for which Ben Kingsley received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role). One of Glazer's most compelling works was the "Karma Police" video for Radiohead. Although he himself was critical of the finished product, it earned him the MTV Director of the Year award in 1997.
Fincher may be the best example of a director whose talent in music videos translated into brilliance in feature films. He went from being the director of many iconic and acclaimed videos (Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," Michael Jackson's "Who Is It," Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie") to being the Oscar-nominated director behind Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House of Cards, and the upcoming Gone Girl.
Best known for films like Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, Prince-Bythewood has a good collection of throwback R&B and hip-hop videos under her belt as well. This year she's returning to the big screen with the highly-anticipated Blackbird, starring Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, and Nate Parker, but it's fun to look back at her days with Fat Joe and Tony Sunshine.
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British singer Simon Webbe has urged fans to stand by his group Blue after bandmate Lee Ryan was convicted of criminal damage. The 30 year old was arrested by police in London last month (May14) after refusing to provide a specimen when he was stopped on
suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ryan was later hit with a criminal damage charge for urinating in his holding cell at a police station.
The troubled pop star, who has also faced a backlash following a disastrous appearance on U.K. reality show Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year (14), was slapped with a two-year driving ban and a $5,320 (£3,325) fine on Friday (02May14).
Now Webbe has asked fans to focus on the band's music rather than their antics.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "Lee has made his mistakes held his hands up and taken good and Bad from it. He has been given his punishment for what he did and we... blue stand by the law and say we do not condone what happened. Please don't judge us by our actions as we are all the same... Judge the music cause that's what we are, (or like to think lol) artists. Listen our writing it comes from a place we all know!
"Massive thank you to all those who have seen it as it is and I hope we can all move on from this. Simon says Subject closed."
Ryan has vowed to go to rehab to help him overcome his personal issues.
British pop star Lee Ryan has been banned from driving and fined $5,320 (£3,325) after pleading guilty to criminal damage and failing to co-operate during a drink-driving arrest. The Blue singer, 30, was spotted driving his vehicle erratically by police officers in London on 11 April (14) and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and drug possession following a search of his car.
He was charged with failing to provide a specimen after refusing to undergo a breath test at the scene, and he was later hit with a criminal damage charge for urinating in his holding cell at a police station.
Ealing Magistrates' Court in London heard on Friday (02May14) how officers discovered an empty liquor bottle by the driver's seat of the car and Ryan stank of alcohol and was slurring his words. He also repeatedly yelled expletives at officers from his cell after his arrest.
The singer pleaded guilty to both charges on Friday and was hit with a two-year driving ban and the $5,320 fine. The drug possession allegation was not proceeded with.
Everyone loves comic book movies. The Avengers, the X-Men franchise, and the reboots of Batman and Superman have provided audiences with hours of photo-real super hero action. However, animated series really allow comic book stories to come to life in the form most natural to them. They can accomplish way more super-powered action without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on special effects. Sometimes you need to get a little anxiety out after a long day of work or school, a fight with your partner, or a generally stressful day. Why not relax and let your favorite superheroes kick ass on your behalf?
This series focuses on the second generation of the Justice League. It’s similar to Teen Titans but takes more of a serious approach to the DC Universe. It follows the adventures of Robin, Aqua-Lad, Kid Flash, Super Boy, Miss Martian and Artemis. There are tons of cameos by Justice Leagures and major villains like Lex Luthor, Bane, and Vandal Savage. Die-hard DC fans will enjoy a fresh take on the universe with a new take on many of the characters. There are also voice appearances by Danica McKellear, Jesse McCartney, Lacey Chabert, Marinia Sirtis, and even Dave Franco.
The Superhero Squad Show
This Marvel series blends cartoon irreverence with serious comic book action. Lego-ish versions of your favorite members of the Marvel universe battle your least favorite villains. Some major marvel team-ups from your wildest dreams happen with pint-sized versions that must defend Super Hero City from the residents of Villainville. The series is cute and is fun to watch when you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy some good old-fashioned cartoons. It takes your favorite parts of the comics and gives them a slapstick makeover. There are some high profiled voices including Ty Burrell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Hamill, and even Stan Lee himself.
This series is set in the future of the wildly popular Batman: The Animated Series. It finds Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) retired from crime fighting but with a major bug up his ass about the criminals of Gotham City. His solution appears in the form of Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) who gets a super powered version of the popular cape and cowl. Together, they battle meta-human and techno-powered villains. There are plenty of cameos by popular Batman favorites like Barbara Gordon and Harley Quinn. The series also gives the show a drastically futuristic take on the popular crime fighter.
Wolverine & The X-Men
This prematurely canceled series is a great precursor to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Like the upcoming film, it incorporates a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by sentinels, time travel, and Wolverine. In this version, a mysterious attack at the X-Mansion finds Professor X and Jean Grey missing. Professor X has been transported to a horrible future where mutants are hunted by the villainous robots. He contacts Wolverine telepathically from the future to reunite the X-Men. He drafts popular members Cyclops, Ice Man, Shadowcat, Beast, and villain White Queen to form a new squad. Aided by intel from the future Professor X who has his own host of allies they try and save the future from Sentinels and the MRD (Mutant Response Division). The series has tons of cameos by your favorite characters from the comic books. It feels like the perfect blend of the original X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
This series takes the characters of Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Superman to their inevitable roles in the eponymous Justice League. People may mistakenly confuse this DC team with The Super Friends. However, this series is all action all the time as popular DC villains join forces and the Justice League must rally to destroy them. Later seasons of the series were branded Justice League Unlimited.
All of these series are available for binge watching on Netflix.