Actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed a role in the new American Horror Story series after writing to creator Ryan Murphy and asking for a part.
The former How I Met Your Mother star, who is currently starring on Broadway in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, recently told Entertainment Weekly Radio that he had penned a request note to Murphy, suggesting himself for upcoming series, Freak Show.
He said, "I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch."
Murphy caught wind of the radio chat and has since responded to Harris via Twitter, writing, "@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Harris previously worked with Murphy in an episode of Glee, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is hiding a secret smoking habit.
The Dark Knight star, who is a mother to two young daughters, insists she doesn't puff on cigarettes regularly, but often falls "off the wagon" and buys a pack.
She tells Britain's Stylist magazine, "I don't smoke cigarettes officially but now and then I fall off the wagon. I can't keep it up at home. I can't smoke as a mother - it's too much sneaking around... I'm buying cigarettes and I'm like, 'What am I doing? Pull it together!'"
Justin Timberlake gave his blessing to a group of Broadway stars who covered his songs in a special cabaret show on Monday night (14Jul14).
The Mirrors hitmaker is currently in the middle of his own The 20/20 Experience World Tour, but took time to send a special delivery to the cast of Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake in New York City.
A post from the official Broadway Sings Twitter.com account featured a photo of a bouquet of four dozen white roses, along with a handwritten note which read, "Break legs! I am very honored (sic). Best, JT."
Broadway stars including Tony Award winner Lena Hall and former Smash actor Andy Mientus were part of the showcase, which included covers of Timberlake's hits such as Cry Me a River, Suit & Tie and a number of 'N Sync tracks.
The concert was sold out, but the cast will take to the stage again next Monday (21Jul14).
Movie stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette were shocked when they watched their new film Boyhood and saw in stark detail how they have aged over the course of 12 years.
Director Richard Linklater's ambitious project involved shooting scenes on an annual basis for 12 years to achieve a realistic ageing effect on its stars. The groundbreaking concept tested the actors' commitment to the role, but it also left them in a stunned silence when the finished work was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival this year (14) and they saw themselves growing older over the course of the movie.
Hawke tells British magazine Radar, "It was pretty intense. When the movie started, I was like, 'Man, I still look good!'. But by the end... Everybody acts like it's surprising (when humans age), but it's happening all the time to everyone. We act freaked out about it but it's just the reality. The second you buy a car, it's a used car. That's the way we are: this machine is in action. I tried to be proud of it."
Arquette adds, "It was brutal."
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Actor Shia Labeouf has been charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct following his arrest during a performance of Broadway's Cabaret on Thursday night (26Jun14).
The Transformers star caused a stir on the Great White Way while attending the musical, starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming, at the Studio 54 theatre. Reports suggest LaBeouf was smoking inside the venue.
Police were called during the intermission and the actor was escorted out in handcuffs. He was arrested amid allegations of violent behaviour and obscene language, and was subsequently charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
As the furore took place on Thursday, Cabaret castmember Danny Burstein commented on the drama in a post on his Facebook page, writing, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs."
Tony Award nominated actor/composer Benj Pasek was also took to Twitter, writing, "Just saw Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs in tears surrounded by 6 police officers outside of Cabaret the musical. Oh New York, u is a crazy b**ch (sic)."
The actor has shocked fans in recent months with his increasing bizarre behaviour, including wearing a brown paper bag over his head on the red carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany earlier this year (14) and setting himself up in a bizarre live art installation in Los Angeles.
Daniel Radcliffe, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams and Will Ferrell will be among the celebrities unveiling stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
The selection of next year's inductees was announced on Thursday (19Jun14). The Hollywood Chamber and the Walk of Fame Selection Committee members will also welcome author Raymond Chandler posthumously, Jennifer Garner, filmmaker Peter Jackson, Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Christoph Waltz, chef Bobby Flay, Seth MacFarlane, Julianna Margulies, Chris O'Donnell, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara and Kool & The Gang, among others, to Hollywood Boulevard.
As we start to fill-up up our Netflix queues with classic horror flicks in preparation for Halloween, we realize the greatest villains of the genre still hold power over our adolescent selves. We still can't say Candyman in the mirror and clowns will always be scary, but what about the average joes who play the leading men in our nightmares? Sometimes it helps to disassociate and think of Freddie Krueger waiting in line at the DMV. Spurred by the recent release of Gunnar Hansen's (a.k.a Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre) memoir titled Chain Saw Confidential, we decided to "pull off the mask" of our favorite villains of horror.
Leatherface — Gunnar Hansen
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We skipped a lot of early morning classes in college, but perhaps we would've be scared straight if Leatherface was our English professor. The actor turned professor quit the biz to teach freshman English at University of Texas. Can you imagine the strapping six-foot three Hansen discussing the thematic resonance of Don Quixote? While Hansen spends most of his days in a small coastal town in Maine, he recently ventured back into acting, playing bit cameos in such classics as Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Jason Vorhees — Ari Lehman
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Ari Lehman looks like a mix of street magician and the sexy sax man — the stuff nightmares of made of. He also holds the distinct honor of playing the first Jason Vorhees in the original Friday the 13th. As it turns out, creeping out generations of children is not his only talent, as he is accomplished jazz musician and studied classical music and jazz piano at both Berklee School of Music and NYU. His passion for pounding the keys led him to tour with prominent reggae and African music groups and eventually led to him starting his own band — "First Jason," whose sound "hits you over the head with an anvil being swung at 1000 miles an hour by the metal gods."
Michael Myers — Tony Moran
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After slashing his way through a couple of teenagers as Michael Meyers in Halloween, Tony Moran found himself making mincemeat out of high mortgage rates as an actor-turned broker. He shared his passion for acting with his actress sibling, Erin Moran of Happy Days, and did a number of guest appearances in The Waltons and CHIPS and then quit at age 30. Turns out, Michael Myers had such emotional depth it required three actors to play him, including Nick Castle and Tommy Lee Wallace. Since Moran wasn't anxious to wear the Michael mask again, his footage from the first film was used again in the sequel.
Freddy Krueger — Robert Englund
Robert Englund is the Kevin Bacon of horror villains. The man has literally worked with everyone in the business and has an IMDB credit list longer than our tax return. Before he donned the striped crewneck and switchblade gloves, he was briefly considered to play the part of Han Solo in Star Wars and even had Mark Hamill bumming on his couch. After playing bit parts on various shows and a recurring role on V, he took on the role of Freddy for three consecutive films and continues to work steadily today.
Chucky — Brad Dourif
It takes a Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee to truly capture the demonic essence of a possessed doll. Character actor Brad Dourif has worked with some of the directing greats over the course of his career. He got his big break on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, worked with David Lynch in Dune and Blue Velvet, played a slimy villain in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and appeared in several Werner Herzog films. Like Hansen, Dourif also dabbled in teaching, leading acting and directing classes at Columbia University before becoming the voice of Chucky in all of the Child's Play films. Which leads us to wonder if there's a connection between playing psychopathic villains and academia.
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WENNPreviously the sole preserve of aging prog-rockers, the concept of the supergroup has recently been embraced by artists from the worlds of EDM (Swedish House Mafia), indie-rock (Tired Pony) and hip-hop (Slaughterhouse) and even the odd boyband (NKOTBSB). But only a handful ever live up to their 'super' billing. Here’s a look at five of the best from the 21st century.
Lucy PearlThe brainchild of A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and former Tony! Toni! Tone member Raphael Saadiiq, Lucy Pearl then became worthy of their supergroup tag when they recruited Dawn Robinson as a last-minute replacement for D'Angelo. A glorious mix of neo-soul, funk & R&B, their 2000 self-titled debut album produced a string of classic singles ("Dance Tonight," "Don’t Mess With My Man"). But following the En Vogue star's departure, the whole project sadly disbanded just two years later.
Atoms For PeaceNamed after a speech by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Atoms For Peace saw Thom Yorke form an unlikely alliance with permanently shirtless bassist Flea alongside longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. Their debut album's sketchy and minimalist blend of IDM, post-garage and experimental electronica may have confused fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers' funk rock. But Amok proved that their random line-up wasn’t the only intriguing thing about them.
ApparatijkDespite featuring the bassist from arguably the world’s biggest band, Apparatijk's cinematic blend of post-rock, indie and electronica has been all but ignored since they first came together to record the theme tune to BBC documentary, Amazon. Which is a shame as Coldplay's Guy Berryman, A-Ha's Magne Furuholmen, Mew's Jonas Bjerre and producer Martin Terefe have produced two albums (We Are Here, Square Peg In A Round Hole) which stand up against any of their respective groups' output.
The Last Shadow PuppetsAllowing Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, former The Rascals frontman Miles Kane and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford to embrace their love of '60s orchestral pop, The Last Shadow Puppets reached number one in the UK and even earned a Mercury Prize nomination with a grandiose debut album, The Age Of Understatement, which recalled everything from the classic Bond themes of John Barry to the wondrous The Walker Brothers.
Magnetic ManPioneers of the dubstep sound, Benga, Skream and Artwork then took the genre to new commercial heights with a 2010 self-titled debut album under the guise of Magnetic Man which featured inspired collaborations with the likes of John Legend and Ms Dynamite and also introduced the talents of a young Katy B.
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