Olivia Newton-John has taken a 'selfie' photograph with her movie alter-ego Sandy from 1978 musical Grease. The character has been immortalised as a waxwork by Madame Tussaud's Hollywood, and the actress attended the unveiling in Las Vegas, where it will go on display for a week before being shipped to Los Angeles.
Wildlife groups are concerned the filming of Star Wars: Episode Vii on the remote island of Skellig Michael could interfere with the breeding season of local birds. The cast and crew of the latest sci-fi instalment, directed by J.J. Abrams, are filming on the unpopulated island, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland.
Skellig Michael, a World Heritage Site, is home to colonies of puffins, guillemots and peregrine falcons, which all breed in July.
Dr. Steve Newton from Birdwatch Ireland tells Radio Kerry, "It would have been preferable if filming took place out of the breeding season, in September, when I believe it was originally scheduled... It seems a little inappropriate to do it during July."
Irish Film Board officials say the shooting schedule "has been designed specifically to avoid disturbance of breeding birds" and experts at the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) "approved the proposal on that basis".
Actress Thandie Newton is relocating her family from her native U.K. to Los Angeles. The star has resisted moving across the Atlantic since landing her big break in Mission Impossible II in 2000, but her living arrangements have changed following the birth of her son Booker in March (14), and now she needs to have her entire family, including husband Ol Parker and daughters Ripley and Nico, with her in Los Angeles as she films U.S. TV series Rogue.
However, Newton insists the move is not permanent.
She tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "We're packed and ready to leave - the whole family... my son Booker is only four months old. I'm still breastfeeding so can't be away from him... We won't stay in L.A. for ever. I'll be back in time so that Booker doesn't grow up with an American accent."
Producers behind Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton's new film Half Of A Yellow Sun have been granted an August (14) release date in Nigeria following a dispute with the nation's censorship officials. The movie, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of the nation's brutal Biafran War in the late 1960s through the eyes of its lead characters.
The big screen adaptation of the civil war story was originally due to hit cinemas in April (14), but the plans were scuppered after local authorities at the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) halted the release for "regulatory issues", amid concerns the sensitive topic could stir ethnic tensions.
Bosses at Shareman Media and FilmOne Distribution met with censorship officials in June (14) to discuss the situation and it appears a re-edited version of Half of a Yellow Sun has won them approval for release.
The movie was awarded an 18 certificate, meaning only those over the age of 18 will be able to view the film in theatres.
Veteran comedian Steve Rossi has died, aged 82. The Allen & Rossi funnyman passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at a hospice in Las Vegas. He had been suffering from cancer prior to his death.
His longtime comedy partner Marty Allen has paid tribute, telling the Las Vegas Sun, "What can I say? I am totally at a loss for what has happened. We had a lot of great years together... He was a wonderful talent and a wonderful man."
Veteran entertainer Wayne Newton says of Rossi, "He was a great man and a great friend. He will be missed dearly," and Penn Jillette, of illusionist duo Penn & Teller, adds, "Teller and I saw Allen & Rossi in Atlantic City in the '80s, and they were wonderful. There are things that only people who have been part of a comedy team know. I will miss Steve's calls to talk about those things."
Allen & Rossi rose to fame in the 1950s and enjoyed regular turns on variety shows such as The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show, while they also appeared with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also spent several years touring with Nat King Cole.
Allen & Rossi parted ways in 1968, but reunited on a number of occasions over the years. Their last tour was in 1994.
Angelina Jolie's London summit to end rape in war zones has won the support of stars including Thandie Newton, Kathleen Turner, model Cara Delevingne, and even Catholic leader Pope Francis.
The Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14) and the event's slogan #timetoact has sparked a social networking frenzy. The phrase has become a trending topic on Twitter.com as more and more stars post pictures of themselves holding a sign bearing the words.
Newton, Turner and Delevingne have all joined in, with the model backing Jolie in a tweet, writing, "Yes Angie! #timetoact #stoptorture". Others who have backed the drive include Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, fashion designers Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, singers Paloma Faith, Mollie King and Eliza Doolittle, and Pope Francis.
The head of the Catholic Church writes on Twitter, "Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct."
"I had him on the bathroom floor. I’d never been in hospital as a child or as an adult really, and I just associated hospital with being ill. I felt beautiful and healthy and wonderful when I was pregnant, and being at home was the place I felt most relaxed and comfortable." Actress Thandie Newton on her home birth. Baby son Booker Jombe was born 11 weeks ago.
Captain America's new movie sidekick Anthony Mackie is set to take Andre 3000 on at the box office after re-signing to play Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic about the last nine days of the guitar great's life. Mackie will play the rocker in director Ol Parker's movie Jimi, which has been in the works for several years.
Parker's wife Thandie Newton will appear opposite Anthony and Noomi Rapace, the star of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will portray Hendrix's ex-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Anthony was attached to the project when Paul Greengrass was on board to direct, but resistance from the Hendrix estate torpedoed the film.
Outkast star Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, will hit the big screen this summer (14) as the guitar legend in the biopic All Is By My Side.
When Fox announced that they were dropping the standard pilot-season model of developing new TV shows; it earned them a great deal of attention from fans and critics. So when they unveiled their Fall 2014-2015 schedule, everyone's focus went straight to the slate of new shows premiering in the next few months — after all, they have to be good if Fox is willing to gamble on a brand new way of doing things. In certain cases, it seems like the gamble might just have paid off — you can't go wrong with Batman or British remakes, right? - but others seem like they'll only rub salt in the wound of recent cancellations.
We've run down all of Fox's upcoming series in order to predict which ones will live up to the hype and be worth your time come fall. Although sadly, none of them seem likely to fill the Enlisted-shaped hole in our hearts.
Gotham What It Is: DramaWhat It's About: Following Det. Jim Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department as they deal with the crime and corruption that plagues the city, and Gordon attempts to find Who's In It: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee and Jada Pinkett-SmithWhat It Sounds Like: It's basically Batman, minus Batman himself. How Good Will It Be: Based on the first trailer for the show, it looks like it could be exciting and gritty, although tiny Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle do make us a bit wary. Still, it's got a talented cast on board, so if the show can keep the visuals and story interesting, it could be surprisingly good. How Long It Will Last: At least two seasons. Fox has thrown a lot of support behind Gotham, so they won't let it go easily.
UtopiaWhat It Is: Reality showWhat It's About: 15 people move to an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and attempt to build their own society from scratch. Who's In It: No word yet, but they have to be crazy if they're willing to sign up for this. What It Sounds Like: Big Brother meets Survivor, with a dash of Kid Nation. How Good Will It Be: It depends entirely on the cast, but our best bet is that it will either be outright terrible, or horrifically entertaining. How Long It Will Last: Unfortunately, it will probably run for ten years.
Red Band SocietyWhat It Is: Drama What It's About: A coming-of-age story set in the pediatric ward of a hospital that follows a group of patients as they grow, bond, and battle illnesses. Who's In It: Octavia Spencer, Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, Dave Annable, Brian Bradley aka Astro, Ciara Bravo and Zoe LevinWhat It Sounds Like: One Tree Hill meets Grey's Anatomy, except only one person is in a coma. How Good Will It Be: Spencer is generally the best part of everything she does, but even she might not be enough to make the many elements of this show — comedy, drama, tear-jerking moments of triumph, general teenage drama, hospital administration — blend well together. How Long It Will Last: About a season. Even if it is good, it will probably struggle to find an audience.
GracepointWhat It Is: Drama What It's About: Based on the British series Broadchurch, it centers on a small town and the murder that upends the lives of all of its residents. Who's In It: David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Jacki Weaver, Kevin Zegers and Jessica LucasWhat It Sounds Like: It's literally just Broadchurch with Tennant doing an American accent. How Good Will It Be: A lot depends on how much they take from the original, but since that was such a good series and they've got a fantastic cast on board, things look good for Gracepoint. How Long It Will Last: At least three seasons, regardless of how closely it hews to the original.
Backstrom What It Is: Drama What It's About: A crime procedural about an obnoxious and offensive, but brilliant detective who is brought back from exile to run the special crimes unit. Who's In It: Rainn Wilson, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, Beatrice Rosen and Kristoffer PolahaWhat It Sounds Like: Every other "rogue cop" procedural that's hit the air in the last few year, but with Dwight from The OfficeHow Good Will It Be: It has a pretty decent cast, but the premise is something we've seen before many times, with varying levels of success, so there's a lot against it. A lot is riding on Wilson, although it's his first real foray into drama, which also doesn't bode well. How Long It Will Last: Like almost every other crime procedural premiering this fall, it will probably be canceled within the year.
Mulaney What It Is: SitcomWhat It's About: An aspiring stand-up comic gets a job writing jokes for a narcissistic comedian and game show host, which causes conflict between him and his two best friends and roommates. Who's In It: John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith and Elliott GouldWhat It Sounds Like: Seinfeld meets New Girl, with a touch of 30 Rock How Good Will It Be: The cast is fantastic, but multi-cam sitcoms can be pretty hit or miss, and this one was dropped by NBC and then reworked before FOX picks it up. However, the combination of SNL alums and comic legends means this one will probably be one of your new favorite shows. How Long It Will Last: Sunday night at 9:30 is a tough slot, but we think this one will scrape its way to a second season.
EmpireWhat It Is: Drama What It's About: It follows Lucious Lyon, the head of a major hip hop record label and the ex-wife and family who are competing to take over the family business. Who's In It: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe, Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Kaitlin DoubledayWhat It Sounds Like: Hustle and Flow meets Nashville How Good Will It Be: Empire has a lot of big-name talent behind it - in addition to the Oscar-nominated cast, it was created by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong — but it seems like the kind of show that would fare better on cable, so it might end up being a little lackluster. How Long It Will Last: Well, Nashville got three seasons, so we're predicting Empire will get the same.
Hieroglyph What It Is: Drama What It's About: After he gets caught stealing a magic scroll, a thief is brought to work for the Pharaoh, only to discover that court might be more dangerous than prison. Who's In It: Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford and John Rhys-DaviesWhat It Sounds Like: Game of Thrones meets Sleepy Hollow, set in Ancient Egypt. How Good Will It Be: It's written by Travis Beacham, who wrote Pacific Rim, so it could turn out to be entertaining and campy. However, it's completely ridiculous-sounding, so the odds are against it. How Long It Will Last: Unless it manages to pull in a devoted audience like Sleepy Hollow, probably only one season.
Wayward Pines What It Is: Drama What It's About: An idyllic American town... that you can never leave. Who's In It: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Tobey Jones, Juliette Lewis and Terrence HowardWhat It Sounds Like: The Stepford Wives meets The Twilight Zone How Good Will It Be: On the one hand, it's got an impressive A-List cast. On the other, it's executive-produced by M. Night Shamylan, so we're hoping it will be good, but expecting it to be terrible. How Long It Will Last: The Shamylan outrage will bring attention to it, resulting in it just barely earning a second season.
Bordertown What It Is: Animated sitcomWhat It's About: Set on a town that borders the US and Mexico, it follows two families as they navigate life, relationships and politics. Who's In It: Alex Borstein, Nicholas Gonzalez, Judah Friedlander, Missi Pyle and Efren RamirezWhat It Sounds Like: American Dad meets The Cleveland ShowHow Good Will It Be: The last time Seth MacFarlane made a show about racial and family dynamics, we got Dads, so we're not optimistic. How Long It Will Last: 5 years at a minimum
Last Man on Earth What It Is: SitcomWhat It's About: After an apocalypse wipes out all of humanity except one man, he wanders the earth looking for other survivors. Who's In It: Will ForteWhat It Sounds Like: Zombieland, minus the other peopleHow Good Will It Be: Forte is hilarious, and his recent dramatic turn in Nebraska will probably serve him well, but it's hard to see how this concept will last longer than one episode. How Long It Will Last: It's a quirky comedy from an SNL alum that isn't Amy Poehler, Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon. It'll get a year if we're lucky.
Weird LonersWhat It Is: SitcomWhat It's About: Four relationship-phobic weirdoes find each other living next door to one another in a New York apartment. Who's In It: Becky Newton, Zachary Knighton, Nate Torrence and Meera KhumbhaniWhat It Sounds Like: New Girl meets Happy Endings, minus Damon Wayans Jr. How Good Will It Be: The cast is made up of actors who have primarily played the "best friend" role in comedies, so it could be the showcase they need to establish themselves as leading actors. However, the premise seems like a re-tread of most post-Friends comedies, with some forced "quirk," so we don't see things going well. How Long It Will Last: Three out of four actors were on shows that were cancelled relatively soon, so we'd be surprised if this one made it to a second season.