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British actor Idris Elba is in talks to reteam with director Guy Ritchie on a reimagining of the classic King Arthur tale.
The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star has been tapped to portray Bedivere, the Knight of the Round Table who legend has it returned the sword Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and served as Arthur's 'marshal' and battle mentor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Casting for the title role is expected to begin next month (Aug14). If Elba signs on for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it will reunite him with his RocknRolla director, Ritchie.
"It doesn't even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that's all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years... Kim is this girl who f**king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around." Rapper Kanye West insists he wasn't angered that close friends Jay Z and Beyonce snubbed his Italian wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian in May (14).
Actress Leah Remini took aim at best pal Jennifer Lopez's pool fashion at the weekend by posting a hilarious video of the two friends lounging in the sun on social media.
The two women are currently vacationing together and just days after Lopez caught Remini singing along to the radio on film and posted it online, the TV star got the singer back by poking fan at her sunbathing style.
The footage begins with "normal" Remini, wearing a baseball cap, stating, "So Jen asked me to meet her by the pool, right? Here's me..." She then turned the camera on Lopez and added, "Look at this one - head wrap, jewellery. Can you be ugly once? Just be normal once."
The two pals then giggled and grappled as the former King of Queens star lost control of her camera phone.
The Rock has quite a lot cooking at the moment. In addition to recently wrapping on the seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, he’s got an epic starring vehicle in Hercules hitting theaters on Friday, and he’s all but confirmed that he’ll soon be donning the golden cape of Shazam onscreen soon (via TotalFilm). Between the blockbusters, the action-packed period pieces and an upcoming tenure as a superhero, there’s no doubt that Dwayne Johnson is a bona fide box office star. But even though he can bring people into a movie theater, people still seem reluctant to view The Rock as a legitimate actor.
After all, the first time that the public got to know Johnson, he was vamping in the wrestling ring and earning dramatic close-ups with the lift of his eyebrow. When he first began branching out into acting, via goofy action films like The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, people were understandably reluctant to accept this giant goofball as a real thespian. But it’s been almost a decade since Johnson left wrestling behind for movie sets, and despite racking up dozens of credits and hit films, he’s still more closely associated with the ring than with Hollywood.
But Johnson is a talented actor. Despite a few early cinematic disasters, he’s steadily delivered entertaining, compelling, layered and even moving performances. He’s charismatic and appealing, both on and off-camera, and his resume of characters is more diverse than you might realize at first glance. He’s got basically everything he would need to become a major movie star, and yet we’re still hesitant to give him that title. We had no problem with Channing Tatum’s transition from dance films and rom-coms or Terry Crews’ growth from an NFL player to one of the funniest character actors in Hollywood. So why can’t we see Johnson in the same light?
Is it because he was so well known as an athlete that we can’t help but associate him with sports (or whatever pro-wrestling qualifies as) rather than movies? Or is it because his first forays into acting were characterized by box office flops and cheesy kid’s movies? Can we just not see the man who made Tooth Fairy as a legitimate actor, despite the numerous successful films he’s made since?
It could be that we, as an audience, need to see Johnson in a completely different light in order for us to really let go of his wrestling past. Matthew McConaughey was just the Southern guy from those bad rom coms until the one-two punch of True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club, and people didn’t start taking Tatum seriously until he teamed up with Stephen Soderbergh for Magic Mike and let his comedic talents shine in the Jump Street flicks. Perhaps Johnson needs to find a more serious project with a prestigious director in order for us to really appreciate his talents. Meanwhile, his next two features, Hercules and San Andreas, are more likely to be perceived as mindless action movies he can add to a long list of blockbusters.
All of this puts a lot of pressure on his potential performance as Shazam. While many of the performers who have taken on superhero roles are highly-acclaimed character actors, like Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale, or Mark Ruffalo, the genre has a long history of casting people who look the part, even if they can’t quite act it. If the Shazam film doesn’t do well, both Johnson’s athletic background and hit-and-miss film history will likely be blamed for the flop, and it could erase a lot of the goodwill that he’s earned over the years as an actor.
However, if it does well, it could be exactly what Johnson needs in order to be seen as a legitimate actor and movie star. Before he set off after John Connor in The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was best known for being a body builder, but after that film became a hit, he was regarded as an actor first and foremost (even when he became a politician). Shazam could do the same thing for Johnson, and finally help the public see him as more than just the goofy wrestler with the eyebrow and the catchphrase. Considering DC has had a patchy track record when it comes to superhero films lately and the fact that Shazam isn’t as well-known to the general public as Batman or Superman are, audiences probably won’t have very high expectations for the film, which should make it easier for Johnson to exceed them, and reintroduce himself to the world as an actor.
And if that doesn’t work, there’s always True Detective Season 3, right?
Actor Jason Biggs is hoping to move on from the backlash he received for making an ill-advised joke about last week's (ends18Jul14) Malaysia Airlines flight disaster after apologising once again during a U.S. TV appearance on Monday (21Jul14).
The American Pie star found himself under fire on Thursday (17Jul14), moments after hearing that Flight MH17 had crashed in the Ukraine, after he took to Twitter.com and quipped, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?" It has since emerged the jet, which was en route from Amsterdam, Holland to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had been shot down in a suspected attack by pro-Russia rebels in the Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard. Biggs was initially defiant over his comments, insisting, "It's a f**king joke", but he later returned to Twitter to try and make amends for his bad behaviour.
On Monday, he appeared as a guest co-host on The View and opened the daytime talk show by revisiting the issue once more to clear up any doubts about his sincerity. A sombre Biggs explained, "I certainly meant no harm, there was no malice behind it, but I was stupid... It was offensive, it was poorly timed."
"I have always tried to find the humour in even the darkest of situations, whether it's personal tragedy or bad news of any kind. It's a knee-jerk reaction for me. It's how I cope but this is not the time (to make jokes about MH17)..."
The actor admitted he had only heard the breaking news of the crash when he tweeted about it and was unaware of the subsequent developments as he battled his critics online, but now he accepts he was clearly in the wrong.
He added, "I also wasn't aware of the extent and the magnitude of what had happened. It was very quick, I didn't think and I wasn't aware of what was happening and what was transpiring and the extent of just how horrible this tragedy was... "I have nothing but sympathy for the victims and their families, but I've learned a lot from here and I'd like to move on from it."
Dan Aykroyd has added his tribute to late friend and co-star James Garner, branding him a "first class actor and man". The old pals teamed up with another movie great, the late Jack Lemmon, for 1996 adventure comedy My Fellow Americans and Aykroyd admits he will cherish the time he spent with The Rockford Files star, who died on Saturday (19Jul14).
Remembering Garner during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (21Jul14), the Ghostbusters star said, "What a classy guy. He was just the old school Hollywood. Gracious and generous...
"(He had) no pretensions at all. (I) got to work with him and Jack Lemmon in that picture My Fellow Americans, and James was just first class; (a) first class actor and man... He will be missed."
Moviemaker Ron Howard, singer/songwriter Carole King, actress Marlee Matlin and Garner's TV granddaughter Kaley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules were among the first celebrities to offer up their tributes after news of the 86 year old's death broke on Sunday (20Jul14).
Moviemaker Ron Howard, Carole King and Marlee Matlin have led the early tributes to TV and film veteran James Garner, who passed away on Saturday (19Jul14), aged 86. The Rockford Files star died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (19Jul14), and celebrities have flooded Twitter.com with their last respects.
Howard recalled the actor's role in 1966 movie Grand Prix, noting, "RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 (Formula One) said he had the talent to be a pro driver," while singer/songwriter King remembered working with Garner on the set of Murphy's Romance, adding, "He was one of the nicest people".
Matlin tweets, "Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford," and Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise, writes, "R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods", while Kaley Cuoco - Garner's TV granddaughter in 8 Simple Rules - adds, "I say this with a heavy broken heart. Was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. (love) u Grampa Jim (sic)."
Other tributes have come from singer LeAnn Rimes, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, former child star Haley Joel Osment, and Sally Field, who writes, "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." Field starred alongside Garner in Murphy's Romance, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
Looks like Westeros could use a Jerry Springer of its own. Despite leaving the show in a shocking, violent manner three years ago, Sean Bean revealed to Vulture that he wants to make another appearance on Game of Thrones… if only to settle a custody dispute. The former Ned Stark was delighted to find out that the show might be planning some flashbacks in the upcoming season that would allow him to drop by the Seven Kingdoms and clear up some “unfinished business”: “I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you? So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things?”
Before you get too excited, though, nothing about the flashbacks or Jon Snow’s true lineage has officially been confirmed, but it does seem as if Bean agrees with the popular fan theory that posits that Jon is actually the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, and Rhaegar Targaryen. The theory, which is based on several key pieces of evidence presented in the books that unfortunately didn’t make their way into the show, states that Lyanna and Rhaegar ran away together, and when Ned found her in the middle of the war, in a bed filled with blood, he made her a promise that he kept for the rest of his life. That promise was to raise her son as his own, and keep him safe from Robert Baratheon, her betrothed, who would kill the baby for being a Targaryen. As the series has grown in length and popularity over the years, this idea has become one of the most dominant points of speculation, and a video breaking down all of the evidence supporting it recently went viral.
While we still have to wait for George R.R. Martin himself to confirm or refute the theory, it would have a major effect on the series if it were true. Firstly, being the son of Rhaegar would not only mean that Jon is Ned’s nephew, but Daenerys’ as well, which gives him a claim to the Iron Throne. In fact, it would give him a better claim to becoming King of Westeros than the one Dany has, since he would be Rhaegar’s immediate heir. However, it seems unlikely that Jon would be able to actually rule the kingdom, since unless Rhaegar and Lyanna married in secret, he would still be a bastard. He could, of course, be legitimized in some way – much like Ramsay Bolton was at the end of Season 4 – but even then, as a member of Night’s Watch, he wouldn’t be allowed to own property or wear a crown. Depending on what happens in the sixth book, he might be able to find a loophole in those rules, but as of right now, Jon’s loyalty is to the Wall.
Therefore, it’s hard to really predict the exact repercussions that Jon’s true lineage would have on Westeros as a whole. Some fans have speculated that having both Stark and Targaryen blood would make Jon the “Song of Ice and Fire” that is mentioned in the title of the series. Since some Starks are wargs, and some Targaryens have the kind of powers normally associated with dragons, it could be possible that Jon has some kind of power as well, which Martin will likely reveal later in the series.
The “Ice and Fire” could also have something to do with Dany. Fans have been waiting for her and Jon to interact for years now, and if they are related, that could make a meeting between the two much more likely. Perhaps their shared lineage would allow them to form an alliance of some sort, as Dany’s army and Jon’s command of the Wall would be beneficial to both of them. Alternatively, it could create some kind of competition between them, especially since Dany has lived her whole life believing that she is the only person in Westeros who should rightfully inherit the Iron Throne.
There’s also been speculation that Jon being Lyanna’s son makes him the third part of the Three-Headed Dragon that is if often talked about, which prophecies the person meant to rule Westeros. Some fans believe that the three people who make up the dragon’s heads are the children whose mothers died in childbirth: Dany, Tyrion, and Jon. Martin noting that Ned made his promise to Lyanna while she was in a “blood-soaked” bed seems to imply that she died giving birth to Jon, which makes him a likely candidate to be one of the dragon’s heads. Others think that the Three-Headed Dragon is made up of three people with Targaryen blood, since Aemon I conquered Westeros with two other people, and so Jon, Dany and Maester Aemon would be the ones the prophecy refers to. Alternatively, being the embodiment of the “Song of Ice and Fire” thanks to his parents could mean that Jon is Azhor Ahai, the prince who has been promised by the Lord of the Light to lead the people out of darkness. If fans have correctly predicted what will happen in Book 6, then it seems like Jon might indeed be the savior of the Seven Kingdoms.
Regardless of whether any of this is true, Jon discovering who his parents really are would be important to him on a personal level, as it would finally give him a sense of self and belonging. He has spent his whole life feeling like an outsider, and he has never been able to fit in with any group. If he can learn where he truly comes from, he might be able to find some kind of inner peace, and then maybe he can stop moping around so much. Still, we’ll have to wait until Martin finishes the series in order to find out if any of these theories are correct, and get the answers we’ve been clamoring for. Although, at the rate he’s going, we’ll probably never get any answers at all.
Tom Petty has become a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan - thanks to Jack Nicholson. The movie star, who is one of the basketball team's most avid celebrity fans, started giving Petty his courtside seats to games whenever he couldn't make tip-off, and the rocker, who had never been interested in sports, suddenly found himself in love with the game.
He tells Men's Journal magazine, "I never had any interest in sports whatsoever, but then suddenly, about 10 years ago, I got interested in professional basketball. I'm loyal to my team, but right now, they're just a f**king mess."
The Lakers have just come off a terrible season, which saw them fail to reach the NBA play-offs.
Veteran actor John Lithgow was recently subjected to verbal abuse on the streets of New York after a fan took a disliking to the thick beard he is growing for his new stage role as King Lear. The Oscar winner has been grooming his facial hair since March (14) in preparation for the Shakespeare in the Park production in the Big Apple's Central Park, but he admits the bushy white beard hasn't won him many compliments.
During an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (17Jul14), he said, "It's making me feel nice and old... (but) not everybody likes it.
"If you're a recognisable person, you walk through town with a kind of swagger, but with my beard now... I was crossing a New York street and this guy had just slowed down (in his car), looking for an address or something, so I crossed in front of him, he saw me, he sort of sped up, chased me off the street, rolled down his window and said, 'Why don't you f**king shave?'"
Lithgow was too shocked by the unexpected insult to respond, but he decided to use his TV interview to send a message back to the rude driver.
He explained, "That's why I did (this talk) show, so in case he's watching, I can say, 'The Tonight Show, King Lear, that's why I didn't f**king shave!'"
Lithgow will star opposite Annette Bening in the open-air revival, which begins its limited run on Tuesday (22Jul14), and he can't wait to hit the stage as Shakespeare's tragic royal, adding, "It's been the answer to the question, 'What role would you want to play?' for all these years, and now I'm playing it!"