The Hobbit star Dean O'gorman is to portray movie great Kirk Douglas in a new film. The actor, who played dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings prequels, joins the cast of Trumbo, which already features Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and David James Elliot as John Wayne.
Diane Lane has also been cast as Trumbo's wife and Dame Helen Mirren will portray notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
Douglas starred in Trumbo's 1960 masterpiece Spartacus.
Barbra Streisand is planning to one day write a memoir so she can set the record straight about her reputation as a diva. The iconic singer/actress has refused several offers to open up about her career in the world of showbusiness in print, but she admits penning an autobiography may be the only way she can clear up unfounded rumours about her personal and professional life, including allegations of her tardiness and her demanding behaviour.
The 72 year old made the revelation on Monday (15Sep14), during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in over 50 years, after new host Jimmy Fallon quipped, "I was afraid that you were coming here today and I was afraid that you were gonna become more of a nightmare. I gotta be honest, I thought a diva was gonna come in..."
Responding to the comments, Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, said, "That's why I wrote a song with John Mellencamp called Don't Believe What You Read. Please guys...
"Divas were opera singers... You know, I'm quite ordinary. I'm quite simple, normal, we lead a very simple life, we don't really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time or we take little trips. We take little trips in our truck...
"That's why I'm gonna write a book because I swear to God, these myths are so far-fetched."
Actor James Cromwell is set to portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an Australian play. Rupert is scheduled to hit the Sydney stage in November (14) before runs in London's West End next year (15) and on Broadway in 2016.
The Green Mile star tells The Sydney Morning Herald he jumped at the chance to play the embattled media tycoon, revealing, "I like taking on the dragon and Murdoch is definitely the dragon...
"I just saw King John, which was really interesting. He doesn't have any soliloquies and never talks about his motives.That's also true of Rupert. Murdoch's reasons are unintelligible to the rest of us. And he doesn't seem to have any perception that the cost of what he does to other people is untenable. The consequences of a misguided passion towards a goal that has a cost for other people, of course, is the stuff of tragedy. Tragic for everybody concerned."
The show has already played in Melbourne and Washington, D.C. and will focus on the News of the World's phone hacking scandal. Murdoch shut down his U.K. Sunday tabloid following claims editors had hired a private eye to illegally hack the phones of celebrities and high-profile public figures.
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
A kiss from Elizabeth Hurley sold for $85,000 (£50,000) at a fundraising auction for Sir Elton John's AIDS Foundation on Thursday (04Sep14). The smooch was bought by lucky winner Julian Bharti as part of the auction and dinner at the music legend's Woodside End of Summer Party, which brought in money for the singer's charity.
Guests including Sir Ian McKellen, Ellie Goulding and Lulu splashed out $5,100 (£3,000) each on tickets to the exclusive gala, which was held in the grounds of Elton John's mansion in Berkshire, England.
Chrissie Hynde, Gary Barlow, James Blunt, opera singer Alfie Boe, DJ Fatboy Slim and singer/songwriter Tom Odell performed at the bash, and Elton John himself also took to the stage to celebrate the 21st anniversary of his charity.
Guests also included British singer Pixie Lott, comedian David Walliams and his model wife Lara Stone.
Director Andrew V. Mclaglen has died at the age of 94. The son of former professional boxer and Academy Award-winning actor Victor McLaglen passed away on Saturday (30Aug14) at his home in Washington.
McLaglen worked with John Wayne on five films including McLintock! and The Undefeated and James Stewart on four including The Rare Breed and Bandolero!.
He also directed Doris Day and Peter Graves in The Ballad of Josie, Kirk Douglas in The Way West and Dean Martin in Something Big.
In addition to his film work, McLaglen directed several TV shows including Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Perry Mason.
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German actor Gottfried John, who famously battled James Bond on the big screen, has died, aged 72.
The Goldeneye star passed away in Munich, Germany on Monday (01Sep14) after a battle with cancer. He is best remembered for playing villainous General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in the 1995 blockbuster and going up against 007 Pierce Brosnan.
In his early career, he worked with iconic director Rainer Werner Fassbinder on several projects including 1979 movie The Marriage of Maria Braun and 1980 TV miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz.
After his high-profile role in Goldeneye, John went on to land more Hollywood parts, including starring opposite John Malkovich in 1996's The Ogre, and in 2000 thriller Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?