Pregnant actress Milla Jovovich has been tapped to star in a new fantasy movie based on short stories written by Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. The Resident Evil beauty will co-star with War of the Worlds actor Justin Chatwin in the film adaptation of In The Lost Lands, in which she will portray sorceress Gray Alys, who is hired by a desperate queen to travel into the Lost Lands to obtain the gift of shape shifting.
German filmmaker Constantin Werner has adapted Martin's three short stories for the project, which he will also direct.
Production on the movie is expected to begin in Germany later this year (15).
In The Lost Lands will be Jovovich's second job once she returns to work after giving birth to her second child with her director husband Paul W. S. Anderson - she had to put the next instalment in her Resident Evil franchise on hold due to her pregnancy.
Rapper Ice Cube gave Australian fans a treat during a recent gig in Sydney by previewing upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The hip-hop hitmaker screened the trailer for the film midway through a concert last month (Dec14).
Directed by F Gary Gray, the teaser featured Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr., who plays his dad in the film, and Paul Giamatti, who portrays the group's manager Jerry Heller.
The film is set for release later this year (15).
Masked rockers Slipknot have become the perfect scary act to top the Halloween U.S. album chart.
The group's 5: The Gray Chapter has debuted atop the Billboard 200, ending country music's three-week stranglehold on the number one spot. The Gray Chapter, the band's first new album since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010, sold 132,000 copies in its opening week, and becomes the group's second U.S. number one, beating rapper T.I. to the top spot by over 50,000 sales. Neil Diamond's Melody Road, Logic's Under Pressure and Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes, which was last week's number one, round out the new top five.
Slipknot star Jim Root has refuted allegations made by Paul Gray's widow that the rockers did not try hard enough to save their bandmate's life. The bassist was found dead in his Iowa motel room in May, 2010 after an accidental drug overdose, and his wife Brenna subsequently sued his doctor, Daniel Baldi, over claims he should not have prescribed anti-anxiety medication to the longterm addict.
During the case, she also attacked her husband's Slipknot bandmates in her testimony, telling the court, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
Root has now spoken out to address Brenna's allegations, insisting the rockers tried on numerous occasions to get Gray the help he needed.
He tells Sweden Rock Magazine, translated by Blabbermouth.net, "I'm sure she's hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting him into treatment numerous times; we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. At the end of the day, Paul was sick. What can you do? If you have a sickness, you've got to fix that sickness - but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them?... Brenna's always got brothers she can count on."
Brenna Gray lost her case against Baldi, who was also cleared of an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Slipknot's mystery new drummer had to pay his respects to late bassist Paul Gray before he was welcomed into the masked rock act. Percussionist Shawn Crahan tells Rolling Stone magazine he took his new bandmate, rumoured to be Jay Weinberg, to Gray's grave in a Des Moines, Iowa cemetery.
He explains, "I made him pay his respects and say hello. I told him what we're gonna do, and we got on a f**king plane and flew to f**king L.A."
The new drummer replaces former Slipknot star Joey Jordison.
Crahan and his bandmates insist they'll never reveal the identity of their new drummer.
The son of revered E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg has reportedly signed up to replace Joey Jordison in masked heavy rock act Slipknot. The band revealed its new masks earlier this week (beg08Sep14), but singer Corey Taylor has yet to reveal the identity of his new bass player and drummer.
However, insiders claim former Mastodon road crew member Alessandro Venturella has stepped in to replace the late Paul Gray on bass, and Jay Weinberg, who has often sat in for his dad on Bruce Springsteen dates, is the band's new drummer.
Slipknot's upcoming fifth studio album, 5: The Gray Chapter, will be the group's first without Gray, who died in 2010, and Jordison.
Rockers Slipknot have named their fifth studio album in memory of their bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010 from an accidental drugs overdose. The new record, 5: The Gray Chapter, will be released in October (14).
Sideways star Paul Giamatti has given F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic some real star power after signing on to play music mogul Jerry Heller in the film. Heller, who represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, managed the rap act that featured Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
He also founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. star Eazy-E.
Giamatti joins producer Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. who will portray his dad in the movie, Straight Outta Compton, and other actors including Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins.
It's not the first time he'll play a ruthless music boss on the big screen - he portrayed Tom Cruise's slippery manager Paul Gill in Rock of Ages.
A lawsuit filed by late Slipknot star Paul Gray's wife against his doctor has been dismissed, because she waited too long to take action. Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall has ruled Brenna Gray should have filed her lawsuit against Dr. Daniel Baldi within the two years following her husband's death in July, 2010.
Instead she waited until February (14).
Brenna claimed Baldi failed to help her husband overcome his addictions. Paul Gray died after overdosing on drugs in an Iowa hotel.
The doctor was previously acquitted of the involuntary manslaughter of Gray.
In other Slipknot news, the band has announced the release of its first new single since Gray's death and the departure of Joey Jordison in 2013.
The Negative One has been posted on the band's website.
The group has also announced plans to record a new album - its first since 2008's All Hope Is Gone.
A doctor who prescribed late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray with anti-anxiety drug Xanax has been cleared of seven counts of involuntary manslaughter, including one in relation to the rocker's 2010 death. Medic Daniel Baldi, from Des Moines, Iowa, faced allegations of recklessly prescribing seven patients with drugs that allegedly contributed to their death.
Gray's widow, Brenna, attacked the doctor for giving her husband Xanax when she testified in the case last month (Apr14), insisting he ignored her concerns about the seriousness of the rocker's addiction issues.
She told the court, "I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he'd struggled with it. So I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
Baldi's lawyers maintain their client didn't prescribe the drugs that caused Gray's death.
The case was handed over to the jury earlier this week (begs28Apr14), and after two days of deliberations, the panel ruled the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted so recklessly that he would have been aware that he could kill someone.