Veteran actor Richard Chamberlain is returning to the New York stage for the first time in 15 years. The 80-year-old star is joining the cast of a forthcoming Off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's 1971 play Sticks and Bones, a parody of 1950s TV sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Chamberlain will portray Father Donald in the dark comedy, about a family experiencing problems following the eldest son's return from the Vietnam War.
Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter have also been cast in the play, which is due to begin its run at the Pershing Square Signature Center in October (14).
Chamberlain last graced the Big Apple stage in a 1999 Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, in which he played Captain von Trapp.
Actor Richard Schiff is returning to the West End stage to star alongside Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming revival of Speed-The-Plow. Lohan will make her theatre debut as Karen in the new production of the David Mamet satire next month (Sep14), and she will have a stage veteran by her side - The West Wing star Schiff.
He has been cast as Hollywood producer Bobby Gould in Speed-The-Plow, while British actor Nigel Lindsay will play Charlie Fox.
Schiff last appeared onstage in the West End in a production of Smash! in 2011.
Speed-The-Plow is due to open at the Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14) and run until late November (14).
Van Halen star David Lee Roth is mourning the loss of his uncle, New York nightclub boss Manny Roth, following his death this week (beg28Jul14) Roth owned Greenwich Village club Cafe Wha? which became a haven for 1960s folk stars like Bob Dylan and Mary Travers and comedians Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
It was also the place where Animals bass player Chas Chandler first saw Jimi Hendrix and persuaded the unknown guitarist to let him manage his career.
Announcing the sad news on his website, Roth writes, "Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up ’til the end. His presence already missed. His contributions with us forever."
Kanye West has scored a legal victory against the creators of an online currency named after him after a judge issued a default ruling in the rapper's favour. The Stronger hitmaker filed suit in New York in January (14) in a bid to stop the exchange of the Coinye West cryptocurrency amid allegations the product's creators were trying to trade off his name.
In March (14), West filed an amended suit naming the defendants and last week (begs21Jul14), he requested a default judgement to end the case after nine of the 12 persons named failed to respond to the accusations.
A judge has since ruled in his favour and the three who did reply to the lawsuit, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, have settled with West, according to Billboard.com. However, McCord also denied his involvement with the creation of the online currency.
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Whether they're battling for survival, the planet, or just the God-given right to boogie down at the local country club, man and nature have always been at each others throats at the movies. Across the cinematic landscape, a great many battles have been waged between humans and animals, and as viewers, our sympathies often shift between the species. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters tomorrow, here are our favorite man versus animal films, and who we side with in each expedition.
The GreyWhat's it about? After crash-landing in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of men must survive the elements and a pack of feral wolves.What are the humans fighting for? Surviving 'til the end credits.What are the animals fighting for? Tasty chunks of Liam Neeson.Who do we root for? Once Neeson strapped those tiny booze bottles to his knuckles, we were firmly on team Liam.
The BirdsWhat's it about? Swarms of birds begin attacking a sleepy California town.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety, clean cars.What are the animals fighting for? It's never explained, but we're guessing tastier bread crumbs.Who do we root for? The birds... hey, it's a Hitchcock movie, so we just root for mayhem.
Once Upon a Forest What's it about? Three young forest animals try to save a friend, who is wounded by chlorine gas from a human truck accident. What are the humans fighting for? Nothing in particular. What are the animals fighting for? Survival, their friend, their home. Who do we root for? Since the humans accidentally orphan a tiny woodland creature, it's obvious we're rooting for the animals.
CaddyshackWhat's it about? Bill Murray tries to kill a pesky gopher terrorizing Bushwood Country Club.What are the humans fighting for? The golf course, their sanity.What is the animal fighting for? The gopher just wants to cause as much chaos as possible and dance like crazy.Who do we root for? Definitely the gopher. He's all right. Don't gotta worry 'bout him.
How to Train Your DragonWhat's it about? On the Island of Berk, a young boy befriends a dragon in the midst of a human/dragon feud.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety and their livestock.What are the animals are fighting for? Sheep. Freedom. Mostly sheep.Who do we root for? The dragons, obviously. Vikings are cool, but... c'mon. Dragons.
JawsWhat's it about?: Three men try to take down a gigantic shark that's been terrorizing a beach town.What are the humans are fighting for? Survival, pride, and shark teeth to sell to tourists.What is the animal is fighting for? The right to eat silly beach-goers.Who do we root for? After all that male bonding, how could we not root for Richard Dreyfuss and co?
King Kong What's it about?: A mythical gigantic ape is captured and forced to move to New York City. What are the humans are fighting for?: Money, fame, a dangerous circus exhibit that will totally never backfire.What is the animal fighting for? Freedom, his human woman, a chance to see that Empire State Building that everyone's been talking about. Who do we root for? King Kong, because no one should be forced to live in Midtown.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesWhat's it about? James Franco starts humanity down the slippery slope of extinction by making apes really smart.What are the humans fighting for?: Some for tyranny, some for survival.What are the animals fighting for?: Respect, dominance, way more bananas.Who we rooted for: The writing is on the wall. Let's embrace our ape overlords.
Queen star Brian May has paid tribute to the band's first manager following his death at the age of 74. Norman Sheffield, who managed the rockers during the early days of their career, passed away in Cornwall, England on 20 June (14) after a battle with cancer.
He began his career as a musician with his band The Hunters, performing with Sir Cliff Richard in the late 1950s, and he later opened the Trident recording studios in London where hits including David Bowie's Space Oddity and The Beatles' Hey Jude were brought to life.
Sheffield took on management duties for Queen in 1972 and remained with the band until 1975, but later reunited with them when one of his companies was asked to produce their iconic Bohemian Rhapsody video.
The band's guitarist May has now offered up a tribute in memory of the man who helped shape Queen's music career.
In a post on his website, May writes, "Sad to report the passing of Queen's first manager, Norman Sheffield. We had our differences of course, but, in the Grand Scheme of Things, all the water had long since flowed under the bridge. Our sincere condolences to his family. RIP Norman."
Rock veterans Pink Floyd are to release their first new album in 20 years. The legendary band will unveil The Endless River in October (14), their first new record since 1994's The Division Bell.
The album is based on a series of tracks originally recorded in 1994 and previously intended for release under the title The Big Spliff.
Following the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason headed back into the studio to expand on the existing tracks and add some vocals to the songs.
However, fans hoping the news paves the way for a long-awaited reunion tour from the band are set for disappointment - a spokesman tells British newspaper The Sun on Sunday that the rockers will not be hitting the road to promote the album.
British funnyman Russell Brand, rocker Sting and tycoon Sir Richard Branson are among the notable figures who have signed a letter urging the U.K. government to review the country's drug laws. The stars are backing the Support, Don't Punish campaign by U.K. charity Release to change the way lawmakers deal with drug users.
The letter, signed by 90 celebrities, lawyers, and health experts, will be sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron and claims 1.5 million citizens have been unnecessarily convicted on drug possession charges in the last 15 years.
The charity's bosses want new rules to help addicts rather than treat them like criminals.
As part of the drive, a protest has been scheduled to take place in Parliament Square in London on Thursday (26Jun14).
Brand, a former heroin addict, has long campaigned for the decriminalisation of drugs, and he was a speaker at a United Nations panel on the subject in Vienna, Austria in March (14).
Kiefer Sutherland's 24 character Jack Bauer has topped a new poll to find U.S. TV's Greatest Action Hero. The tough guy has beaten out Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers and Adam West's Batman in the new TV Guide magazine survey.
Richard Dean Anderson's MacGyver and Diana Rigg's Avengers character Emma Peel round out the top five, while The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin (Lee Majors), Alias' Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) make the top 10.
A lawyer representing Gregg Allman has criticised the decision to include the veteran musician in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the producers of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider. The parents of tragic camera assistant Sarah Jones have sued the moviemakers over her death in February (14). The 27 year old died after she was struck by a train on location in Georgia, and her relatives have now targeted the film's producers, as well as Allman himself, whose memoirs form the basis for the movie.
Richard and Elizabeth Jones claim the filmmakers selected "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failed to get the proper permission to shoot there.
Allman's attorney David W. Long-Daniels has now moved to distance the star from the legal wrangling, insisting the singer should not have been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Mr. Allman and his representative did not have any knowledge that 'live people (would be) on a live train track.' My clients were not at the location when this tragedy occurred nor have they ever been to that location. In fact, they had no role in securing any location for the making of the movie or the actual physical production of the film. They provided creative input on the script and the rights about Mr. Allman's life, and consulted about casting and music. We are confident that the legal process will result in the ultimate dismissal of claims against Mr. Allman and his representative. It is unfortunate that plaintiffs' counsel has taken a shotgun approach to this very tragic event."
Allman recently sued the film's director Randall Miller and his production company in an effort to win back the movie rights to his life story after insisting the project should no longer go ahead. The rocker dropped the lawsuit earlier this month (May14) after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.