Actress Jenna Fischer is a mother for the second time after secretly welcoming a new baby last month (May14). The star of U.S. TV show The Office and her husband Lee Kirk have confirmed to E! News that their second child was born in May.
A joint statement issued by the new parents reads, "We are pleased to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Marie Kirk. Born May 25, 2014. The family is doing great. We are happy, healthy and sleepy."
Fischer and Kirk, who married in 2010, are already parents to son Weston, who was born in 2011.
Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee is keen to recruit Josh Gad for her Broadway-bound musical adaptation of the hit animated film. Gad voiced singing snowman Olaf in the film and Lee wants him to reprise the character onstage.
The director tells People.com, "We need to all encourage him to get into a giant snowman suit to get comfortable."
Gad is no stranger to the stage - he was the break-out star of The Book of Mormon, and picked up a Tony Award nomination for his role.
Kiefer Sutherland's 24 character Jack Bauer has topped a new poll to find U.S. TV's Greatest Action Hero. The tough guy has beaten out Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers and Adam West's Batman in the new TV Guide magazine survey.
Richard Dean Anderson's MacGyver and Diana Rigg's Avengers character Emma Peel round out the top five, while The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin (Lee Majors), Alias' Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) make the top 10.
"The call came out of nowhere. I got on the phone and he said, 'Spike, I admire your work. Will you do this (video) for me?' and I said, 'Yeah! Let's do it!'... This (music video) was like a peace offering, so to drop it on Mother's Day was brilliance. They didn't tell me that (they were going to release it that day)." Famed director Spike Lee on directing Eminem's music video for his track Headlights, a short film which features the rapper apologising to his estranged mother after a lengthy feud.
Spike Lee and Anika Noni Rose have offered up tributes to actress Ruby Dee following news of her death on Thursday (12Jun14) The Oscar-nominated actress, poet, playwright and civil rights activist passed away from age-related causes, prompting an outpouring of grief and respect from the Hollywood community.
Lee, who directed Dee in Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever, called her his "spiritual mother" in one tweet, while rap mogul Russell Simmons revealed she "inspired" him throughout his life and career with her civil rights activism.
And Rose, who stars in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which Dee took to the stage in 1961, thanked the late star for being a trailblazer. She wrote, "RIP, Ruby Dee. Thank you for paving the way with your brilliance, beauty, fight and grace."
Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria were among the stars honoured at Women In Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday (11Jun14). Blanchett was feted with the Crystal Award for ladies who have helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry while Scandal star Washington was presented with the Lucy Award for Innovation in Television by the show's creator Shonda Rhimes.
The Australian Oscar winner used her acceptance speech to urge her peers to take chances, saying, "A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it." Washington told the audience, "When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it's because we inspire other people or we employ other people" and later took to Twitter.com, writing, "What an inspiring night! THANK U (you) #wif - Women In Film! Was an honor 2 (to) be part of tonights (sic) celebration."
Desperate Housewives star Longoria was presented with Norma Zarky Humanitarian award and Rose Byrne scooped the MAXMARA Face of the Future trophy. Frozen director Jennifer Lee was honoured with the Dorothy Arzner Directors award and was presented with the prize by the film's star, Kristen Bell. The gongs were handed out at a ceremony at Los Angeles' Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
We recently learned that Oprah Winfrey will be taking on the role of God in an adaptation of the novel The Shack. While this is truly an exciting and important role for Winfrey (and for a culture that has no popular images of black women deities), her next role may be even bigger than her 'God' character.
Ava DuVernay's Selma will bring us the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s landmark 1965 voting rights campaign, and Winfrey (who is also a producer of the film, along with Brad Pitt and Lee Daniels) will play Annie Lee Cooper. What makes this role bigger than 'God'? Well, DuVernay and Winfrey are introducing to the big screen a new, previously untold story. Cooper became a civil rights legend when she fought back against a vicious police officer trying to block her from exercising her right to vote. While names like Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and—yes, even God— have been given plenty of screen time over the years, names like Annie Lee Cooper's have not. Winfrey taking on this role means that she is giving more visibility to lesser-known American heroes, and the importance of this cannot be measured.
Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that the late Maya Angelou had given her blessing on this role before she passed: "She was so proud that I was doing this movie. And she said, 'Take it baby. Take it all the way. Take it all the way,'" Oprah said about talking with Maya about the movie. "She was a part of the movement, worked with Martin Luther King, understood what we were trying to do with this film."
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Angelina Jolie has become a target for Chinese film fans after questioning director Ang Lee's links to their nation in a media interview. The actress was promoting her new movie Maleficent, which is set to open in China later this month (Jun14), when she was asked to name her favourite Chinese director.
She chose the Life of Pi filmmaker, and then stated, "I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese; he's Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."
The remarks courted controversy because Taiwan and China have been at odds since 1949, and the Chinese people see Taiwan as a renegade province. Jolie's comments prompted a series of scathing attacks online, with some Chinese film fans threatening to boycott her movies, according to The Wall Street Journal.
One upset fan wrote, "By implying that Taiwan and China are two separate countries, in a moment of excitement, a brilliant woman became a stupid laughingstock." Another called the actress "a deranged Taiwan independence supporter."
Maleficent is scheduled for release in China on 20 June (14).
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast of her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. Winfrey is producing the film alongside Brad Pitt and now she is set to portray civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was denied by a sheriff.
The movie will reunite the 60 year old with her Lee Daniels' The Butler co-star David Oyelowo, who will play King, while Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Tim Roth will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Dirty Sanchez star Matthew Pritchard stripped down to a pair of bright blue swimming trunks as his Gumball 3000 rally team arrived in London on Sunday (08Jun14). The star of the MTV show and his onscreen colleague Lee Dainton, who are known for their outrageous pranks, rode in a Volkswagen van for the European leg of the supercar event, in which celebrities cross the globe in a huge rally.
As their customised vehicle arrived at the London checkpoint of the road race on Sunday, Welshman Pritchard stunned onlookers by disembarking and running ahead of the vehicle wearing only his trunks, a baseball cap, and shoes.
The prankster pulled a similar stunt at the race start point in Miami, Florida, where he suggestively stretching himself across the roof of his Mercedes-Benz as his car pulled up to the grid.
However, Pritchard reveals the raunchy act almost landed him in trouble with local police, saying, "I nearly got arrested in Miami, but luckily I got away with it."