John Candy's comedy Uncle Buck is set for a rebirth on TV with an all-black cast. Mike Epps will take on the role played by Candy in the 1989 film, while Nia Long will play his sister-in-law Alexis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the John Hughes original, Candy played the childish brother of Garret M. Brown's character, who takes on the responsibility of looking after his sibling's kids.
Macaulay Culkin played one of the children in the original.
Former child star Christy Carlson Romano has braved the freezing temperatures in New York City to pose in her underwear as part of a protest against erotic thriller Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The Even Stevens star is not a fan of the film's premise, about a wealthy bondage-obsessed businessman who introduces his young lover to S&M, and she was so convinced the big screen adaptation of author E. L. James' bestseller would be a flop in its second week at the box office, she placed a bet with her husband, Brendan Rooney. The wager involved the loser having to stand in their underwear on the balcony of the couple's Brooklyn, New York apartment for 60 seconds. Romano lost the bet as the movie continues to dominate the film chart, and as a result, she had to strip off for the minute-long dare.
She filmed the stunt, during which she held up a sign promoting '#Consent', and in video footage posted online, she explains, "I told (Rooney) how terrible it (the premise of Fifty Shades of Grey) was and how I had major issues with the film, mostly the consent issue and I couldn't wait to watch it fall off the next box office weekend. Then he laughed and told me he knew it was going to stink but that I shouldn't get my hopes up because it was definitely going to win the box office this weekend.
"If he lost he would have to stand out on the freezing cold NY balcony for one full minute wearing only boxers. And if I lost I would stand out on the balcony in lingerie... And this weekend is one of the coldest in NYC history...
"So ultimately in protest of this misogynistic and misguided film, I'm going to exercise my right of consent and stand outside."
Romano previously said of the franchise: "Both the film and the novel blur consent by claiming it's a grey area, when it's in fact black and white."
The actress isn't the only person to protest the movie - anti-domestic violence campaigners descended on the London premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this month (Feb15) and staged a demonstration outside, waving placards and banners to express their anger over the film's bedroom brutality.
Dakota Johnson stood up to protesters at the Fifty Shades Of Grey premiere in London on Thursday (09Feb15) by challenging them to see the movie, while co-star Jamie Dornan dismissed claims the film "condones domestic violence".
The two actors walked a special grey carpet in London's Leicester Square to unveil their new film, based on E.L. James' bestselling novel about a bondage-obsessed businessman who introduces his young lover to S&M. However, the premiere was marred by protests after anti-domestic violence campaigners descended on the event and staged a demonstration outside, waving placards and banners to express their anger over the film's bedroom brutality.
Both Dornan and Johnson braved the jeers as they walked the carpet, and the actress stood up for herself by urging the protesters to see the movie, telling reporters, "I would love for them to see the film actually before making a decision since I think that it's actually the opposite (of domestic violence)."
Dornan also spoke out to defend the film, adding, "I don't condone violence against women but I don't think this film does either..."
Author James, who was also among the producers of the film, backed up the stars and insisted moviegoers should be able to decide for themselves about the controversial content, adding, "It's called Fifty Shades of Grey for a reason, it's not Fifty Shades of Black and White... I hope people will make their own minds up and I hope they enjoy it. It's supposed to be entertaining."
Footage showing Miley Cyrus writhing around in skimpy latex costumes is to be screened at a porn film festival in New York. The montage, titled Tongue Tied, which was shown during the singer's Bangerz Tour last year (14), has been submitted to the NYC Porn Film Festival for screening at the event later this month (Feb15).
In the clip, Cyrus is seen wearing black latex underwear and tape over over her nipples, and she also acts out a number of bondage-style scenes with masks and whips.
Festival founder Simon Leahy tells the New York Post, "It's a pop take on S&M. She's starting to become more of a contemporary artist."
The NYC Porn Film Festival kicks off in Bushwick, New York on 27 February (15).
Rihanna's father was ejected from the singer's recent charity ball after showing up to the event drunk.
Ronald Fenty has revealed the Umbrella star paid for him to enrol in rehab in Malibu, California last year (14) in a bid to help him kick his longtime drinking problem for good, but he suffered a relapse on the day of her Diamond Ball charity gala in Beverly Hills last week.
Fenty has now revealed he was removed by security at the start of the event and did not even get to see his daughter on her big night.
Photographs on the red carpet show him drunkenly posing with members of his family but he is not present once Rihanna joins the group.
He tells Dailymail.co.uk, "I had Johnny Walker Black (whiskey). I had two doubles man and tripped over a chair. I had been on the (red) carpet for the pictures, I meet a couple of famous people I knew, go and talked with them, and then somebody left a chair and I stepped back and fell over, I saw my ex (Monica, Rihanna's mother) look up, and within a few minutes after the picture was taken, security came up and said, 'We're taking you home'. I said 'But I haven't seen my daughter yet' and they said 'Don't matter man... Please do not make a scene it will reflect on your daughter'...
"I'm sad how it ended of course, I should have never taken that first drink or any drink for that matter... I guess she would be angry with me. I think she is, I'm not sure, we haven't spoken just yet... That day of the event I was really down... I got really down and depressed and that was basically why I started drinking that day."
Fenty goes on to explain how Rihanna paid for him to enter rehab in November, 2013 after he had a brush with the law, and he now feels like he let her down.
He explains, "It was a good thing and I was off the alcohol for a long time. She came to visit and we talked... She was happy to see me, said she was very proud of me at the time... I don't see myself as an alcoholic, I don't realise when I get that drunk. Call me a drunk or alcoholic in denial, whatever you want to call me but I have realised I could drink or not drink. I only start (started) drinking, once I come back here in December... I feel bad because I let her down because she spend (sic) all that money putting me in rehab, (and) then find me (sic) drunk somewhere. It is not good. What can I say but I'm sorry. It's me who f**ed up."
Outspoken rapper Azealia Banks is adamant she is working to control her temper and no longer wants to pick online fights with her rivals, despite a recent spat with Iggy Azalea. The hip-hop newcomer gained a reputation for her attitude before her first album had even been released, by using Twitter.com to take aim at stars including Pharrell Williams, Lily Allen, and Angel Haze.
Her latest online beef was with her rap rival Azalea, who she branded a "wannabe black girl" for failing to speak out about the furore in the U.S. over two police killings, but Banks is adamant she is working hard to tone down her antics.
She tells NME magazine, "It's not even a head thing. It's a physical thing. I start to get hot... Now, when I feel that, I realise, and I go and have a glass of water or something to calm down...
"Am I hanging up my fighting gloves? Yeah, I'm a lady. I don't wanna be dealing with that. Now, when you feel the adrenaline going, you stop yourself. You've seen me curse people out. Let's do something else now."
Actor and producer L.m. Kit Carson has died, aged 73. The Running on Empty and CQ actor, who produced films like Bottle Rocket, and co-wrote Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless and Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, passed away on Monday (20Oct14).
He also played the title character in 1968 parody David Holzman's Diary (1968).
Carson, who was married to actress Karen Black from 1975 to 1983, also co-founded the USA Film Festival in his native Texas.
Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett has been honoured with the Harvey Award by organisers at a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. The Carol Burnett Show star was feted with the accolade at a fundraiser for the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation on Friday (04Oct14).
Talking about her affection for Stewart before meeting the late movie legend, Burnett told the Associated Press, "I saw this long, tall drink of water up there in black and white, and I said, 'He's my friend. I know him'."
Past recipients of the accolade include Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine.
Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson has blasted movie industry executives for failing to recognise her career achievements, insisting she is constantly treated like a "D-list" celebrity. The Hustle & Flow star, who scored an Academy Award nomination in 2009 for her role alongside Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, claims she still struggles to stand out from other black actresses despite winning critical acclaim for her past work, including her part in the Emmy Award-nominated TV movie Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story in 2011.
She tells Ebony magazine, "I'm treated like I'm on the D-list. I'm still being considered with actresses who haven't done half the stuff I've achieved."
But Henson refuses to let the slight get her down.
She adds, "When people tell me 'no', I get hyped. Because when I prove that I can and will, I love watching people eat crow."
Singer Justin Timberlake has come under fire for using a perceived racial slur while wishing Madonna a happy birthday. The Suit & Tie hitmaker posted a message to the 56 year old over the weekend (16-17Aug14) reading, "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!"
After spotting the post, fans took to the social media site to blast Timberlake for using the phrase, which reportedly substitutes, "motherf**king n**ga."
One fan wrote, "I knew Justin Timberlake was getting too close for comfort with black culture but now he is saying ninja. #nosir."
Another added, "Get Justin Timberlake the f**k out of here."
Timberlake has since deleted the message.