"It changes you completely. I have never felt like this before. It's sort of, like, shifted my perspective on the whole world. As soon as he came out, (I was) totally overwhelmed with love. It's a lot like the way it feels when you're falling head over heels in love with somebody." Rocker Amy Lee loves life as a new mum. The Evanescence star gave birth to son Jack Lion in July (14).
Australian soap star Elaine Lee has died at the age of 75. The actress, who was born in South Africa but emigrated to Australia in 1970, passed away on Friday (19Sep14). No more details were available as WENN went to press.
Lee is best known for playing fashion designer Vera Collins in long-running Australian soap Number 96, a role she landed shortly after moving to the country.
She stayed with the show for nearly five years, but plans to launch her character in a spin-off series later flopped.
Lee went on to appear in shows such as A Country Practice, Heartbreak High, All Saints, and Home and Away. She was also a regular on the stage, even appearing opposite Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall in an Australian production of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth.
"(Christopher) McQuarrie is going to be in post-production on Mission: Impossible 5. He just physically can’t do it. It’s going to be a new backroom crew, which I think is good. I thought the McQuarrie movie was fantastic, but let’s see someone else’s take on it." Author Lee Child reveals director Christopher McQuarrie won't be returning to take charge of the Jack Reacher sequel.
Christian rapper Lecrae has scored his first mainstream number one album in the U.S. Anomaly, the hitmaker's seventh album, debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 88,000, becoming the first release to hit number one on the mainstream countdown and the Gospel Albums chart.
The disc also debuts at number one on America's Christian Albums list.
Lecrae leads seven new entries in this week's top 10 - Jhene Aiko's debut, Souled Out, bows at three, Ryan Adams lands his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 with his new eponymous release at four, and country singer Lee Brice rounds out the new top five with I Don't Dance.
Interpol, country singer Dustin Lynch and Robert Plant also score top 10 debuts, while last week's number one, Maroon 5's V, drops a spot to two.
Meanwhile, the U.S. singles chart boasts another all-girl top five, with Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass leading the pack at number one for a second week.
Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Nicki Minaj's Anaconda stay put at two and three, while Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow rises to four, swapping places with Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande's Bang Bang.
Last night we attended an event for The Maze Runner at 92nd Street Y and our ears are still ringing. The turnout for the event was amazing, which leads us to believe that this film is about two seconds away from taking off and casting these actors into stardom (farther than some of them already are). 92Y got a great collection of the cast, along with author James Dashner, in the house last night for a panel discussion, screenings of exclusive clips, a Q&A, and even a fan meet and greet afterwards!
1. The film already has a huge following.
Like we said, there was an awesome turnout last night! The house was absolutely packed at 7:30 when the event started. The place was teeming with fans, who were beyond excited to see the exclusive clips and hear what the cast and author had to say.
2. In that following, there are a lot of screaming, happy (crying) teenage fans.
Last night, you couldn’t even hear Matt Patches (the panel moderator) announcing some of the cast members (poor Alex Flores) when Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Jacob Latimore were brought on stage. People were screaming so loud, it was a little frightening for us. We can’t imagine how the actors felt!
3. The Cast is already like family.
And it’s not in the corny way some actors try to say “we really bonded while filming this movie and everyone’s best friends now!” You could tell, just from watching them together on stage, that they work as a unit. Everyone gets along and laughs together. They were even finishing each other’s thoughts on stage.
4. There is room for growth for all of the characters.
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Usually fans aren’t particularly fond of changing characters appearances, personalities, or importance in a film, but TMR gets it right. Jacob Latimore’s character, Jeff, is a much smaller part in the books, but director Wes Ball expanded on this character, which allowed for Latimore to integrate himself into the group and really develop his sense of who his character was, and why Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) entering the maze was important. We also see a great deal of change in the way the character Gally (Will Poulter) is portrayed.
5. James Dashner is super cool with changing things.
As a writer, Dashner said he knows that taking a book directly from the page and turning it into a movie just doesn’t work. You can’t argue the book’s creator on that.
6. Every change that was made, was a very thought out and deliberate process to make this film an incredible experience for fans.
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Wes would call or email Dashner over every change he was making, it didn’t matter how big a change it was. Wes had this entire world in which the glade and the maze existed, but he wanted to make sure that it matched up with what the fans were expecting
7. The director has all of the book fans in mind.
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Every change that was made, was made with fans in mind. Which we think is what will really make this film appealing to not only just the fans of the books, but audiences interested in this dystopian future genre that is bursting onto the scene. People love when their opinions are taken into consideration and they feed off of what they’re given. If Wes continues down this road with the potential sequel, we’re sure this series will reach a huge magnitude of people.
8. It’s an amazing cast.
This really is a great group of young, talented actors put together. Will Poulter (who we missed very much last night) as Gally is mind-blowing, because you’ve never seen a side of Will so fierce and aggressive before. Kaya Scodelario is the only female (Theresa) in this film, but refused to play it like that, because her cast mates never made her feel like a girl, and she wasn’t going to take that crap from any of the gladers. Chris Sheffeild’s banishment scene as Ben is enough to really make you take him seriously as an actor, because it’s intense and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.
9.The series has a really strong, talented lead actor.
Dylan O’Brien really wow’d us in this role. He’s brought Thomas, this very intelligent and inquisitive character, to life in ways we could have only dreamed of. As an actor, he’s quite clearly taken on the leadership role amongst his cast mates, that his character Thomas has done in the glade. This is a role completely outside of his other work, very unlike his character Stiles on Teen Wolf. We think he knocked it right out of the park
10. The sequel might already be in the works!
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Rumors have been flying that 20th Century Fox was already putting the sequel, The Scorch Trials (we're unsure if it will be the same name for the film) into motion. James Dashner was asked what some of his future plans were, and while he mentioned his upcoming books, when asked about any future things related to The Maze Runner, he replied “No comment,” with the biggest smile ever. You know that’s always a good sign.
The real life inspiration behind Laurie Lee's famous book Cider With Rosie has died just days before filming on a new TV adaptation kicked off. Rosie Buckland, who was believed have inspired the title character in the tale of Lee's younger years, died aged 99 in Cheltenham, England on Saturday (13Sept14).
Her death came just days before work started on the BBC's new adaptation of the 1959 memoir, which reportedly began on Monday (15Sep14) close to the author's hometown in Gloucestershire, England.
The new show is the third TV adaptation of Lee's story - Juliet Stevenson previously starred in a 1998 version.
Lee died in 1997.
Rocker Vince Neil has let slip plans for Motley Crue's final shows, revealing the band will return to the site of their first gigs and perform a fan-only concert at the Whisky a Go Go after a three-night stand at a Los Angeles arena. The singer joined his bandmates to announce their farewell tour earlier this year (14), and as fans await for the second leg of dates next month (Oct14), Neil reveals there are already plans for the group's swansong.
He tells Las Vegas Weekly, "Rumour has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles, where we started.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A. and then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
Bandmate Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone, "We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1am show at the Whisky. F**k, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
And bassist Nikki Sixx added, "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the f**king years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter."
The next leg of the band's farewell tour will kick off in Oklahoma on 10 October (14).
Reese Witherspoon's dreams of bringing singer Peggy Lee's life story to the big screen have been given a boost - Todd Haynes has signed on as director. The project, which is based on a Nora Ephron screenplay, was put on hold following the screenwriter/director's death in 2012, but now it's back on track with revered Far From Heaven filmmaker Haynes taking charge.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright has reworked the screenplay Ephron started on.
Witherspoon will play the Fever singer in the movie.
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis had a "propensity" to grope women and hoped his fame gave him "the perfect right" to abuse them, a court in London has heard. The former BBC Radio 1 stalwart, who was cleared of 12 indecent assault charges in February (14), is facing a retrial on three counts, and the hearing formally began on Friday (05Sept14).
The jury was told Lee Travis is facing two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault involving three different women between the 1980s and 2008.
One alleged victim claims she was groped when she was working on a theatre show with Lee Travis, another accuses him of groping her outside his dressing room before a chat show appearance, and a third is a journalist who says she was molested during an interview at the DJ's home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "We say that these incidents show that he has a propensity to lay his hands in a sexual manner on young women and that he is an opportunist... The defendant seemed to act as if he had the perfect right to grope."
Lee Travis denies all three charges.
The trial continues.
Reality TV personality Kelly Osbourne is urging U.S. officials to declare 4 September (14) National Joan Rivers Day in honour of the late comedienne.
Rivers died at the age of 81 on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure at a clinic in New York City. Osbourne, who appeared alongside Rivers on U.S. TV show Fashion Police, was heartbroken by her friend's death and is now backing a campaign urging politicians to memorialise the late star by renaming the day of her passing.
She has posted a link to a petition on her Twitter.com page, adding, "Please sign and RT (return) #NationalJoanRiversDay (sic)." A message alongside the petition states, "Let's give Joan the recognition she deserves & the fanfare she said she wanted in her book... Joan deserves this honour and your support to make September 4th, #NationalJoanRiversDay and will be greatly appreciated and help to keep her memory and spirit alive!"
The petition had garnered more than 8,000 signatures as WENN went to press.