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Al Pacino will return to the London stage after more than 30 years in an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play Salome.
The Scarface actor has starred in the drama twice in the U.S. and a performance of the Los Angeles production was turned into a film, which also starred Jessica Chastain. He has also written, directed and starred in Wilde Salome, a documentary about his obsession with the drama. Pacino will take his connection to the piece further by playing the King Herod character on the stage once more in London in 2016.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "There will be make-up, sets, costumes... and decadence. It will be a whole different thing to what we did in America... We had Jessica Chastain play Salome in Los Angeles, and made a film of the play. It was her first film. We lucked out on her, but we need to discover a new actress to Salome in London. We're all looking." The film and documentary premiered in London on Sunday (21Sep14) and Pacino was honoured with a Fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI) on Wednesday (24Sep14).
Pacino last appeared on the London stage in 1984 in David Mamet's play American Buffalo.
Can you believe that Will Smith is 46-years-old today? Feels like yesterday he was playing a teenager on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you love Will Smith, you've probably been known to quote him relentlessly to your friends. That's okay, because same here. There's a reason that the world loves him, because not only is he handsome, he's hilarious. In comedic film and television, timing is everything. Will Smith has taught the world that he is the king of timing.
For starters, let us look at his physical comedy, where he didn't need any words to make us laugh:
He perfected the art of sassy shade:
He gave us the best way to tell people to beat it:
His dancing is probably some of the best/funniest we've ever seen:
He can even do the Carlton just as well as Carlton can:
This video dropped and we loved the song, but we loved his humor more:
He understood how the hood and aliens really are:
He says what we all wish we could:
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But in a way that really conveys how he feels:
He's also good at pointing out things we might not notice:
He does really good impressions of people:
Movies aren't the only place that he likes to have fun and make everyone laugh:
His rap career might have been laughable in different ways, but this Fresh Prince rap-dance reunion is hysterical:
He's not afraid to kiss his son in public, especially when he knows it will embarass him:
Also we must always remember that he's just as cool as he funny:
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Barbra Streisand has thanked her fans for helping her secure an album chart record in the U.S. - becoming the only artist to score a number one in each of the last six decades. The singer's new duets album, Partners, debuted atop the Billboard 200 on Wednesday (24Sep14), and thrilled Streisand has taken to Facebook.com to acknowledge the feat.
She writes, "Hearing the news that 'Partners' entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!
"Being told that I've had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.
"It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould... and last but not least, Elvis Presley... forever The King!"
An unknown singer/songwriter is taking producer Timbaland to court over a posthumous Michael Jackson song he believes infringes on his copyright. Sidney Earl Swanson claims the track Chicago, from Jackson's recent Xscape album, is a rip off of his own 2002 tune, Come Home On the Move.
According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court this week (ends26Sep14), Swanson's lawyer writes, "Defendants copied and incorporated substantial, original portions of the infringed composition in (Chicago)."
He is suing for damages from Timbaland, songwriter Cory Rooney, and bosses at Jackson's firm MJJ PRoductions and its parent company Sony Music Holdings, and is seeking an injunction to halt the continued sale of the track.
Xscape, which features eight previously unheard tunes recorded before the King of Pop's death in 2009, was released in May (14). The songs were updated by a range of top producers including Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.
Patti Labelle's entourage has scored a legal victory against a man who alleged he was attacked at an airport in Texas. Richard King claimed he was attacked at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011 and was forced to drop out of The United States Military Academy at West Point because of his traumatic brain injuries, caused by LaBelle's son and manager Zuri Edwards, bodyguard Efrem Holmes and hairdresser Norma Harris.
The Lady Marmalade hitmaker was also included, but her name was dropped from the suit.
A federal judge absolved the case against the defendants on Tuesday (23Sep14).
Producer/rapper Dr. Dre has been crowned the Hip Hop Cash King of 2014. The hitmaker earned a whopping $620 million (£387.5 million) thanks largely to Apple's Beats By Dre buy-out, and that figure is by far the greatest haul for any musician in the past year, according to editors at Forbes.com.
The substantial earnings were more than the 24 other artists on the list combined.
Rap moguls Jay Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs tied for second place with $60 million (£37.5 million) each, while Drake places fourth with $33 million (£20.6 million).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five at five.
British pop star Ritchie Neville became a first-time father on Monday night (22Sep14) when his singer partner Natasha Hamilton gave birth to a daughter. The 5ive star confirmed the happy news on Tuesday (23Sep14), revealing both Hamilton and the baby girl are "doing great".
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "Daughter was born last night. Mother and baby doing great. @NatashaOfficial did the most amazing job and I have even bigger respect... Baby is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen... And fatherhood, in words of Nat King Cole 'I have often walked down this street before, but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before'."
The birth comes a week after Hamilton suffered a labour scare during the wedding of her Atomic Kitten bandmate Kerry Katona.
The baby is the couple's first child together. Hamilton has three other kids from previous relationships.
Comedian/actor Billy Connolly is recovering from another health crisis after undergoing surgery to remove gallstones. The Scottish star was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease last year (13), and he has now revealed he was recently hit with another medical problem after doctors discovered the source of his abdominal pain.
Connolly was found to have gallstones, and underwent a procedure to have them removed.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Last week I got stones in my gallbladder and that's a f**king hairy one. It is still very sore. It was hellish before the operation. I had this pain in my ribs the whole night."
Connolly previously underwent surgery as part of his treatment for prostate cancer, but is now recovering well.
Star Trek and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is bringing writer Stephen King's 11/22/63 to the small screen after signing up to executive produce a series based on the 2011 novel. Executives at TV streaming company Hulu have ordered the project, which revolves around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
King is thrilled by the news his book, about a teacher who travels back in time to stop the Kennedy killing, is to become a nine-hour thriller, stating, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it."
Actress Naomi Watts regrets not meeting longtime partner Liev Schreiber earlier and starting a family with him - because her dreams of having a large family have passed. The couple has two kids, aged seven and five, but the King Kong star would have liked more.
She tells the new issue of More magazine, "I should have had more kids, started younger."
That said, she loves raising sons Samuel and Alexander with Schreiber, insisting he and she are the perfect parenting pair.
She explains, "We both wanted the same thing. A family. Liev has a lot more courage than me. He's always saying, 'Let the kids do it. Take the training wheels off!' My bit of fear balances him, and he balances my fear."