Glee star Chris Colfer has scored another best-selling book with his latest release, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.
The 24-year-old actor's third installment of his popular children's fantasy novels was released earlier this month (Jul14), and it boosted his series to the number four slot on the New York Times Best Sellers list for Children's Series.
The Land of Stories comes in behind Divergent at the top spot, with The Maze Runner and The Mortal Instruments at two and three, respectively.
His achievement makes his book series the highest on the list without an accompanying film franchise.
Pop star Justin Bieber has been photographed apparently drinking beer in a nightclub in breach of strict age-limit laws.
The Baby hitmaker, 20, headed to the popular Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood, California this week (ends20Jul14) with controversial singer Chris Brown and was snapped topless and clutching a bottle of lager as he chatted to a female reveller.
The legal age for drinking alcohol in the U.S. is 21, and editors at TMZ.com report officials at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are investigating whether the venue's owners have breached conditions of their licence. The nightclub is co-owned by actor David Arquette.
The incident is the latest scandal for Bieber - he is currently at the centre of a driving under the influence (DUI) case following his arrest in Miami, Florida in January (14), and he is also facing prosecution in his native Canada over claims he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13).
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Pop superstar Beyonce looks set to triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards after scooping eight nominations.
The Crazy in Love hitmaker released promos for every track on her self-titled fifth album, and three of those clips have landed nominations, including nods for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love, which features her husband Jay Z.
She is also in the running for Best Female Video and Best Choreography for Partition, and Best Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts at the annual MTV prizegiving.
Beyonce's closest rivals are rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea, who have picked up seven nods apiece.
Azalea's Fancy music promo, based on cult comedy film Clueless, will compete for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video, while she also appears in the Best Female Video category twice for Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande. Other acts to land nods include Pharrell Williams and Grande, who have three nominations each.
The ceremony will take place at The Forum venue in Los Angeles on 24 August (14). Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer are scheduled to perform.
The list of main nominees is as follows:
Video of the Year: Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Chandelier - Sia
Best Female Video: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Partition - Beyonce; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Royals - Lorde
Best Male Video: Sing - Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; All Of Me - John Legend; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Stay with Me - Sam Smith
Best Pop Video: Happy - Pharrell Williams; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz; Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Wake Me Up - Avicii
Best Hip-Hop Video: 3005 - Childish Gambino; Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake; Berzerk - Eminem; Black Skinhead - Kanye West; We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa
Best Rock Video: Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys; Royals - Lorde; Demons - Imagine Dragons; Until It's Gone - Linkin Park; Fever - The Black Keys
Best Collaboration: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Loyal - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Timber - Pitbull featuring Kesha.
R&B star Chris Brown and singer/actor Jamie Foxx stunned diners at Malibu, California's popular sushi restaurant Nobu on Saturday night (05Jul14) by teaming up for an impromptu show. The pair grabbed the microphone and performed Foxx's Kanye West collaboration Gold Digger for the crowd, while rapper pal Tyga also hopped onstage to play his hit Rack City, much to guests' delight.
Coming in at a svelte 1:40, the new Horrible Bossess 2 teaser does what teasers are made to do, but so few actually manage to. It teases.
It doesn't spoil your appetite; it piques your interest. Most importantly, it leaves you wanting. Too often, film marketing pummels audiences with trailers chock-full of all the good stuff: Plot points, jokes, action scenes, and surprises that deserve their grand unveiling on the big screen and in the actual film, not squeezed onto a computer monitor at a shameful bitrate or pounded into the head of theater goers so that when the jokes finally do pop up in the actual movie, they hit like a wet noodle. Just look at how much the trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West tells you about the film. Another trailer even lets loose the film's best cameo.
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This, on the other hand, is the perfect teaser. It tells you everything one should need to know about the film: The guys (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day) are back, there will be a kidnapping at some point, someone that looks like Chris Pine is stuffed into a car trunk, Kevin Spacey is in jail, Jennifer Aniston would very much like to become a bed pan, Motherf**ker Jones still hasn't found a decent barber, and shenanigans will most definitely ensue. Why is all of this madness happening? Who cares right now! Let's find out while we're actually watching the movie.
We all know the big marketing push is on the horizon, and with it comes trailers stuffed with too much plot, too many jokes, and the big cameo appearance spoiled months ahead of release. It's inevitable. The sun rises and trailers spoil movies. But lets enjoy being in the dark while it lasts.
The rapper who chopped off his penis before attempting to take his life earlier this year (14) is looking for a career as a porn star - and Vivid Entertainment boss Steve Hirsch is interested in hiring him.
Andre Johnson, aka Northstar rapper Christ Bearer, cut off his manhood before jumping from the second floor balcony of a North Hollywood apartment in April (14). He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his penis was successfully re-attached.
Now in a much better mindspace, Johnson wants to make a career with his 'johnson'. Asked if his manhood is still fully functioning, he tells TMZ.com, "Does it work? Can Chris Brown dance? Can Kanye West rant?"
News of his plans have reached Hirsch, who wants to meet with the rapper, stating he is "definitely interested" in casting Johnson, pending an inspection of his genitals.
Meanwhile, opening up about the bizarre attempt to take his life, Johnson admits he was high on recreational drug phencyclidine (PCP) when he chopped off his penis and jumped.
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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British singer Patrick Wolf has been tapped to score an upcoming Noel Coward biopic. Glee star Chris Colfer is set to play the gay playwright in Noel, a film which will focus on Coward's early years and feature the people who influenced his career, and Wolf will create the music for the movie, according to Variety.com.
He says, "I am so thrilled for my ﬁrst ﬁlm soundtrack composition to be about Noel Coward’s early life. We both grew up in the same parts of South West London, and began our journeys onto the stage and into writing at the same precocious age.
"The script, director, Noel Coward Estate and the cast attached combined are already in perfect synergy to make this something magical."
Production on the project is slated to begin in late summer (14).
Singer Chris Brown has finally off-loaded his troubled Hollywood Hills home for $1.79 million (£1.12 million), seven months after listing it for sale. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker clashed with neighbours in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood last year (13) after covering the exterior wall of his $1.5 million (£937,500) home with graffiti.
The street art, which depicted colourful monsters, sparked numerous complaints from locals, prompting officials to fine him and order the star to remove the bright spray paint.
He obliged in July (13) and decided to move out of the area in November (13).
There's more good property news for Brown - he has also managed to sell off a penthouse condominium in West Hollywood that he had purchased for $1.6 million (£1 million) in 2011. That pad had been sitting on the market for the past two years, according to TMZ.com.
The sales will help Brown get a fresh start following his release from prison earlier this month (Jun14). He served more than two months behind bars after violating a court order relating to his probation for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
"Kanye gave me that name. Yeah, the other day, we were hanging out... We were listening to records or whatever and he said, 'Black plague'. I said, 'Ooh, can I use that?'"Actor/comedian Chris Rock has revealed rapper Kanye West helped him name his new The Black Plague comedy tour.