British rapper Professor Green has branded Echo And The Bunnymen frontman Ian Mcculloch "embarrassing" after they were involved in a foul-mouthed bust-up in a London club. The Read All About It hitmaker was enjoying a night out with his wife Millie Mackintosh at the Groucho Club in Soho when he was approached by McCulloch, who is the father of Green's ex-girlfriend, actress Candy McCulloch.
Green, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "My ex's dad, Ian McCulloch, had a go at me the other night. He bumped into me and said, 'Steve you're a f**king t**t!' So we left The Groucho and went to The Box (nightclub) and there he is again... Millie's in his face, calling him every name under the sun. What's a grown man doing behaving like that? It was just embarrassing. I mean my ex would be so embarrassed."
The Visitor star Haaz Sleiman is set to join the long list of actors who have portrayed Jesus Christ onscreen after signing on to play the son of God in the film adaptation of newsman Bill O'reilly's book Killing Jesus. The Lebanese actor will join Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davies in the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grammer will play King Herod, the Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth, while True Blood star Moyer will portray another biblical villain, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion.
O'Reilly, who will serve as executive producer of the National Geographic film, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The film Killing Jesus will break new ground in chronicling the life of the most famous human being who ever lived. The superb cast and script reflect much thought and research. Viewers are in for something very different and very special."
Killing Jesus will premiere globally on the National Geographic Channel in 2015 in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Harry Potter has been voted the best book to film adaptation ever, according to a new poll. The boy wizard franchise, based on the books by J.K. Rowling, has topped a new Samsung Electronics list.
Prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, which is based on a Stephen King novella titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, comes in second, while director Peter Jackson's adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is third.
The poll also features the worst big screen adaptations - the Twilight films and the Da Vinci Code have been named the least popular book-to-movie ventures.
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."
Carole King musical Beautiful has officially become a Broadway hit after recouping its $13 million (GBP7.6 million) initial investment in 10 months. The production hit the stage for previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at the end of 2013 and has become one of New York's biggest shows, receiving rave reviews from King herself, who surprised the cast with a visit during an encore earlier this year (14).
Directed by Marc Bruni, the show features hits penned by King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Jessie Mueller, who portrays King onstage, has had an outstanding year, picking up a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical.
The hit show is scheduled to open at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in February (15).
British author Graham Joyce has died, aged 59. He passed away on Tuesday (09Sep14) after a long battle with cancer.
A spokesperson for Victor Gollancz publishing house announced on Twitter.com, "Devastated to have to confirm that Graham Joyce died today after a long illness. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
Joyce was an award-winning fantasy fiction author, penning novels such as The Tooth Fairy, Some Kind of Fairy Tale, and The Year of the Ladybird.
He won the British Fantasy Award for his books or short stories six times throughout his career and scooped the World Fantasy Award in 2013 for The Facts of Life.
Author Stephen King paid tribute to Joyce on Twitter, writing, "Very sad to hear that Graham Joyce, a truly great novelist, has passed away. Too soon. Far too soon."
Stephen King, John Grisham and James Patterson are among 900 of the world's most famous authors who have waded into an ongoing publishing dispute with bosses at book retailer Amazon. Hundreds of writers, also including blockbuster novelists Lee Child, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins, have signed an open letter informing readers about the row and urging Amazon to bring the dispute to an end.
In the letter, the group accuses Amazon executives of using "unusual tactics" in a bid to push through a deal with publishing house Hachette, alleging they have been boycotting the company's authors, refusing to apply discounts to their books and slowing delivery of works by Hachette's writers to customers.
The letter reads, "As writers - most of us not published by Hachette - we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation... Many of us have supported Amazon since it was a struggling start-up... We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years... This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends...
"We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers."
Hachette boasts some of the publishing industry's biggest names on its roster, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, the writer behind the Twilight franchise.
Rapper Nas was shocked to discover his ancestors were sold as slaves in 1859 during his appearance on a genealogy TV show. The I Can hitmaker is the first rapper to trace his family history on U.S. series Finding Your Roots, and he was overwhelmed with emotion when he was presented with documents showing his relatives' tragic past.
Now he is considering tracking down descendents of those who 'owned' his ancestors to demand they hand over some of the fortune they made from slavery.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, he explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The rapper adds, "Now I'm on a mission to find out more."
The 10-part TV series will also feature stars including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey and Stephen King.
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?
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.