Country singer Deana Carter vied for actress Connie Britton's role on U.S. drama Nashville. The Strawberry Wine hitmaker has a few acting credits to her name, but she was hoping to score a part which wouldn't be too far from her real life - beloved singer Rayna James on the hit programme about country music stars in Tennessee.
In an interview with Nashville newspaper The Tennessean, Carter reveals, "I auditioned for Rayna. I know quite a few people did. I think Connie does a great job. And I love the show, I'm a huge fan."
Despite losing the role to the more seasoned actress, the Nashville native was able to contribute her musical skills to the show - she co-wrote the song I Know How to Love You Now with actor Chip Esten, which he recently performed in the season three premiere.
Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper is reprising his role as Iron Man's father for a new TV series. Cooper portrayed Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, and now reports suggest he'll be part of the cast for Marvel's Agent Carter, in which he'll reteam with fellow Brit Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in the Captain America blockbuster, set in the 1940s.
Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, James D'Arcy and Shea Whigham have also signed on for the TV series.
Actor James Caan and Barbra Streisand led tributes to their late pal Lauren Bacall following the actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14). The 89-year-old movie legend died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York.
Caan, who worked with Bacall in 1990's Misery, shared his sorrow in a statement to Entertainment Weekly which reads, "She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly."
Barbra Streisand, who directed Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces, says to Billboard.com, "What a terrible loss for us all... It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her... And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."
Alec Baldwin writes on Twitter.com, "The great Betty Bacall (her birth name) is gone. Read her first autobiography, BY MYSELF. I love that book," while KISS rocker Gene Simmons adds, "Lauren Bacall - sad. R.I.P. She was a class act. She will be missed."
Alan Cumming uploaded a picture of himself with the late actress and writes, "You are a sensation and a killer! (First thing BB ever said to me) RIP Betty you sensational killer," and Richard E. Grant adds, "Worked with Lauren 'Betty' Bacall who called herself a 'Broad'.Took no prisoners, but if she liked you, you were friends for life. Unique."
Other stars have sent their condolences via social media, including John Cusack, Stephen Merchant, Belinda Carlisle, Boy George, Dita Von Teese and Lynda Carter.
R&B star R. Kelly is expanding his resume by releasing a house music album inspired by his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker is working on a new record influenced by the music created in the Windy City in the late 1970s.
Kelly revealed his new project during a concert in Chicago last week (06Jul14), when he was caught on camera saying, "I want y'all to know a secret. I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming."
"And y'all know, I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music - just like y'all."
The house music record is just one of many projects the singer is working on - in March (13), he announced he is planning a follow-up to his 2013 LP Black Panties, titled White Panties, and is reportedly also putting together a holiday album called The 12 Nights of Christmas.
The cast of the Harry Potter films reunited in Florida on Wednesday (18Jun14) to unveil a new theme park attraction inspired by the wizard series. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, who played villains Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise, were among the stars who came together at the VIP preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando park.
Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis were among the other castmembers who turned out for the event, which marks the upcoming launch of the theme park attraction on 8 July (14).
Felton said, "It's great seeing everyone again. We've all been catching up - I love it."
Leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did not attend the event. The final film in the eight-part series was released in 2011.
Downton Abbey stars Jim Carter, Lesley Nicol, Rob James-Collier, and Phyllis Logan helped raise thousands of dollars for a cancer-detection charity at a special auction on Thursday (12Jun14). The actors are supporters of U.K. charity Medical Detection Dogs, which provides training for pooches to spot signs of cancer and alert diabetics to dangerous changes in their sugar levels.
The stars took part in a fundraising drive for the organisation in London on Thursday, joining a cruise along the Thames River before helping out with an auction.
Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in the period drama, even took on the role of auctioneer and helped to raise huge cash bids including $17,600 (£11,000) for a vacation on a yacht and $6,400 (£4,000) to visit the Downton Abbey crew during a day's filming.
Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, says, "Medical Detection Dogs has become a passion for me. They are relatively young, and the work they do is absolutely awe-inspiring and I want everyone to know exactly who they are and what they do.
"As far as I am aware there is something like a three-year waiting list for assistance dogs - and that is before what they do has really become widely known! Can you imagine what will happen when it has?
"So obviously it's vital to give them the means to expand their work as soon as possible. These dogs are literally transforming and saving lives, on a daily basis. And if you are poorly, and there is this opportunity out there, three years to wait, is a very long time!"
Stars including Sir Michael Caine, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Damian Lewis helped raise more than $2.2 million (£1.4 million) for U.K. charity Save The Children at a glitzy London benefit on Wednesday (12Mar13). The star-studded crowd donned colourful outfits for the reggae-themed bash at the Roundhouse venue in Camden, where 500 guests gathered for a charity auction.
Madness and Jimmy Cliff were among the night's performers, while Jamaican reggae singer Dawn Penn teamed up with UB40's Ali Campbell for a rendition of Sonny and Cher track I Got You Babe.
Other guests included Bonham Carter's Burton and Taylor co-star Dominic West and Lewis' wife, Harry Potter star Helen McCrory.
The donations were pulled in through ticket sales and the auctioning of prizes such as a huge portrait of Bob Marley and a vacation at the Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica, the one-time home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Hit British crime drama Broadchurch looks set to dominate the U.K.'s Royal Television Society Programme Awards after receiving four top nominations. The murder-mystery series, about a child's death in a small coastal town, is nominated in the Drama Serial category alongside zombie show In The Flesh and Elisabeth Moss' Top Of The Lake.
Broadchurch's female leads Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker will go up against each other for the Actor - Female award along with My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney, and the show's creator Chris Chibnall is up for a writing prize.
In the Actor - Male category, Idris Elba is nominated for his turn as a troubled cop in Luther alongside Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel) and Lennie James (Run).
Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, has received a nod in the Single Drama line-up, competing with Our Girl and The Challenger.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 March (14).
Former TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter felt a little uncomfortable kissing Ashton Kutcher during a guest appearance on his hit sitcom Two And A Half Men, because the actor reminded her of her son. The actress, 62, played "a version of herself" on the 11th season of the comedy series, and her character was required to lock lips with the 36-year-old hunk as part of the storyline.
But Carter admits sharing a smooch with Kutcher felt strange as he bears a striking similarity to her son, James.
She tells Closer magazine, "Ashton is the size and almost the same age as my son... He's also very boyish-looking.
"I told him, 'I just want to giggle every time I have to kiss you!'"
The episode aired in the U.S. in November (13) and Carter reveals her daughter Jessica was not a fan: "They saw (the kiss). My daughter said I ruined Ashton Kutcher for her forever!"