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Because time is a flat circle, it’s time to once again sort through all of the casting rumors for the new season of True Detective. Though no actors have officially been confirmed, several names have been thrown around as contenders for the second season of Nic Pizzolato’s hit TV show. According to The Wrap, the current front runners are Vince Vaughn as a corrupt businessman, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch as detectives with a host of personal issues (among them drug problems and abuses of power), and Elisabeth Moss as the female lead, a sheriff with a troubled past and problems with alcohol and gambling. So, just your usual upbeat crime fare.
True Detective would be Moss’ first major role after wrapping up seven seasons of Mad Men. But True Detective is only a one-season commitment, so Moss would still be free to pursue other opportunities, instead of being tied down to one show for several more years. Plus, it’s the buzziest show currently on the air, which is bound to open the amount of projects and opportunities headed her way even further.
Mad Men has allowed Moss to showcase the range of her talent, but Ani Bezzerides seems so different from Peggy Olson that it would allow her the opportunity to stretch even further. Moss’ character on Top of the Lake , Det. Robin Griffin, was also a drastic change of pace to Peggy, but it remained very much under the radar during its run, despite the critical and awards acclaim it earned. Thanks to its surprising first season and the clout that HBO’s programming enjoys, True Detective is a much more recognizable property. More people would be aware of Moss’ work on the show, which means she’s much more likely to finally take home that Emmy. Look at what True Detective did for Matthew McConaughey, and just imagine what it could do for someone like Moss, who is already a critical darling.
But a role on True Detective might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Though Moss would be the show’s female lead, she still seems to be setting up as a second fiddle to Farrell, the show’s alleged primary protagonist. That’s not to say that her character would be any less complex and interesting, but it’s hard to imagine that most of the attention – both on the show and in the press – wouldn’t focus on the movie star instead of the TV vet. After playing second fiddle to Jon Hamm for the last seven years, it would be better to see Moss find a project where she can finally get the chance to shine.
A lateral move might not be what Moss needs right now. She’s spent several years proving that she’s an incredibly talented actress on television, but her films roles, even at the height of Mad Men’s fame, have been few, and have tended towards the supportive girlfriend type instead of anything that made use of her talent. Perhaps it’s time for her to find the right film role in order to really make an impact on Hollywood and audiences outside of Peggy Olson.
Of course, it’s also entirely possible that Moss isn’t looking for another gritty detective series this soon after Top of the Lake. That role offered her many of the same things that True Detective does (a change of pace, a challenging character, a talented cast, awards attention), albeit on a slightly smaller scale. Moss might be satisfied with her foray into the detective genre, and might want to avoid True Detective so that she doesn’t get typecast. Considering the fact that she’s largely avoided period pieces outside of Mad Men, it wouldn’t be too surprising.
Whatever she decides, the truth remains: Elisabeth Moss will probably be fine, because she doesn’t actually need True Detective. She has already built a respected career thanks to projects like Mad Men and Top of the Lake, and now that the former is wrapping up, she likely has her pick of projects. Sure, True Detective would be a great move, but it’s not the only one she has right now, and no matter what she chooses, something tells us that we’ll still see a lot more of Moss. Even if it isn’t on a weekly basis anymore.
Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.
One of rock group Queen's most famous early concerts is to be released as a CD, DVD and Blu-Ray 40 years after it was recorded in London. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 chronicles the then-up-and-coming band onstage at the fabled venue and features over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.
The concert came days after Queen were invited to perform their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on U.K. TV music show Top of the Pops after David Bowie had to pull out of an appearance at the last minute. The TV slot helped Queen sell out The Rainbow, and producer Roy Thomas Baker opted to film the show and record it for a planned live album.
However, the gig served as the group's launch into the big time - and they put Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 on hold to record breakthrough album Sheer Heart Attack. A spokesperson for Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company behind the new release, tells WENN, "As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 has finally surfaced, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent."
The project will be released in September (14) in a variety of formats, all newly mixed and mastered. These range from a standard two-CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl, a quadruple vinyl boxed set, and a super deluxe collector's edition, which features two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60-page hardback book containing rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives.
The tracklisting includes Flick Of The Wrist, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye and Stone Cold Crazy. News of the release comes as Queen stalwarts Brian May and Roger Taylor prepare for a North American tour with Adam Lambert replacing the late Freddie Mercury as frontman.
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Director Cameron Crowe is reportedly developing his first TV series centring around a fictional U.S. rock band's tour.
The Almost Famous filmmaker is preparing for his first foray into the small screen with an ensemble comedy titled Roadies, according to NikkiFinke.com. Crowe, who created the series and is producing the programme with J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot, is also slated to direct the pilot.
The Oscar winner is currently wrapping up an as-yet-untitled romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, which is set to hit cinemas by the end of the year (14).
Music producer/guitarist Don Davis has died at the age 75. The veteran musician passed away from an unknown illness on 5 June (14). He is survived by his wife and their three children.
Davis began his career playing on Motown records, and later became the frontman for the Don Davis Trio.
He went on to work as a producer, earning his first hit on the song Who's Making Love by John Taylor in 1968, and also produced records for Destiny's Child and JT Money.
Davis founded his own music publishing and record production companies, which were used by artists such as Aretha Franklin and George Clinton, and started his own label, Tortoise International, in the mid-1970s.
Pop star Ed Sheeran is celebrating after scoring his first U.K. number one single. The A Team hitmaker has previously enjoyed four top 10 hits from his debut album, +, but new song Sing is the first of his tracks to hit pole position in his native country.
The chart triumph comes days after Sheeran admitted he didn't want to release Sing as the initial offering from his forthcoming album X, revealing he was swayed to do so after receiving advice from his superstar pals Taylor Swift, Elton John and superproducer Pharrell Williams.
The song keeps Sam Smith's Stay With Me at number two, while last week's chart-topper, Secondcity's I Wanna Feel, drops two places to three.
In the U.K. albums chart, Smith lands a second week at the top with The Lonely Hour, ahead of Coldplay's Ghost Stories at two and Clean Bandit's New Eyes, which debuts at three.
There was also good news for Dame Vera Lynn - the beloved entertainer's new war songs release, titled The Ultimate Collection, enters the albums chart at 13, making her the oldest living artist to hit Britain's top 20 at the age of 97. The disc was released this week (ends08Jun14) to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Lynn became the darling of British troops during World War Two with her songs of hope. She also holds the record as the first and only artist over the age of 90 to reach number one on the U.K. album charts, thanks to her 2009 compilation album, We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn.
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Singer John Mayer has encouraged his former lovers to write songs about him, after his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry revealed plans to pen a tune about their romance on her next album.
As well as Perry, the Daughters hitmaker has romanced singers Jessica Simpson and Taylor Swift, who reportedly wrote the 2010 song, Dear John, about their failed relationship, and now he's bracing for the Roar star's lyrics after she told the upcoming July (14) issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, "There's no bad blood, but I'm sure there will be inspired songs."
When asked by TMZ.com what he thinks about Perry's songwriting plans, Mayer insists he isn't afraid for the world to hear what she has to say about him. He insists, "I have super strength for gang-ups, I'm fine. That's what you’re supposed to do, man, you're supposed to write songs. You're just not supposed to tell everybody you’re doing it."
Pop star Ed Sheeran changed his mind about his latest single Sing after his famous friends Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams urged him to release it. The British singer was planning to put out a track called One as the lead song from his upcoming second album X, but every superstar pal he consulted advised him to release Sing instead.
Sheeran was determined to resist, but he eventually gave in and agreed when his mentor Sir Elton, close friend Swift, and producer Williams all gave him the same tip. He tells Britain's Seven magazine, "Elton John came into the office to listen to the album. (I also played him Sing) and Elton said: 'You're mental if you don't put that on the album. That's your first single.' So he originally planted the seed in my head. Then I went out for dinner with Pharrell around a month ago..."
Sheeran reveals Williams agreed with Sir Elton that Sing should be released, but it was Swift's advice that tipped him over the edge. He adds, "She said I was mad if I put out One first. She was like, 'That's just gonna... not bore people, but just satisfy them. But you want people to talk. And if they listen to Sing they can love or hate it, but they are gonna talk about it'... Taylor and Elton are two of the people I would play music to and really listen to their advice. Taylor has not put a foot wrong, ever. So I played her every song I ever wrote for this album."
Actor Channing Tatum has denied reports he has officially signed on to play Gambit in a new X-Men film. The Magic Mike star hit headlines earlier this month (May14) when X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner appeared to reveal the 34 year old was on board to portray Remy LeBeau and his alter-ego on the big screen.
Tatum admits the deal is close, it is not official yet.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I hope to be joining - everything's not done yet. I've obviously been in talks, and we're on the one yard line. I'm always afraid of being like, 'Yes it's totally happening,' and then it doesn't happen. I'm dying to do it."
John Carter star Taylor Kitsch previously portrayed LeBeau/Gambit in X: Men Origins: Wolverine.
If the deal comes together it will be a dream come true for Tatum, who has dreamed of portraying his favourite comic book hero for years.
Leonardo DiCaprio raised nearly $1 million (£625,000) by auctioning off a trip to outer space with him at the amfAR Gala in Cannes, France on Thursday (22May14). The annual charity event gathered Hollywood A-listers, who were in town for the Cannes Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to raise money for AIDS research, and DiCaprio was among the stars who offered up rare items up for sale.
The Wolf of Wall Street star auctioned a place on a 2015 Virgin Galactic space trip with him, and the once-in-a-lifetime ticket sold for approximately $956,795 (£597,997), according to Variety.com.
Another seat on the trip with DiCaprio sold at last year's (13) amfAR Gala for $1.5 million (£937,500).
DiCaprio's The Quick and the Dead co-star Sharon Stone served as the auctioneer for the 2014 event, highlighting items such as a pair of gloves once owned by fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, a collection of red ball gowns by designers from around the world and a rare 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe.
A week's rental of the 11-bedroom yacht where Stone has been staying during her trip to Cannes was also sold during the auction.
The amfAR fundraiser brought in a record $35 million (£22.5 million).
Among the celebrities in attendance were Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta, Jane Fonda, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Justin Bieber and Michelle Rodriguez.
The night also included performances by Lana Del Rey, Robin Thicke and classical star Andrea Bocelli, who dedicated My Way to late actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who founded amfAR in 1993.