Oscar winner Jared Leto is in talks to replace Will Smith in the movie adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel Brilliance. Leto, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his gender-bending role as an AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club, is tipped to join Noomi Rapace in director Julius Onah's film about people with extraordinary abilities.
If Leto signs up, he will portray a talented federal agent on the hunt for a terrorist, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith withdrew from the project in May (14) due to scheduling issues following a delay in production.
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is suing her former business manager, accusing him of luring her to invest in a property deal just to line his own pockets. The actress handed over a reported $10 million (GBP6.25 million) to Richard Francis after he convinced her to invest in a real estate deal she claims he and his son had a huge stake in.
In legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, Sarandon reveals she realised what was going on after she fired her money man last year (13).
She alleges Francis breached his fiduciary duty to her and claims he "failed to diversify Sarandon's portfolio", even though he was "obligated to act solely in Sarandon's best interest and place Sarandon's interests above his own".
She is now seeking to recover "substantial" damages, including "considerable monetary losses including and not limited to reduced value of her interests in Real Estate Partnerships."
Actress Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91. The star passed away of natural causes on Wednesday (11Jun14) in New Rochelle, New York.
Dee began her career in the musical drama That Man of Mine and played American baseball player Jackie Robinson's wife in The Jackie Robinson Story.
Other notable film appearances for Dee included A Raisin in the Sun, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing and American Gangster, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
For her many appearances on the small screen, the actress was lauded with several Emmy Awards nominations, including nods for 1979's Roots: The Next Generation, Little Bill and Decoration Day, for which she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie trophy.
Dee was also known for her stints in theatre plays including A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet and King Lear.
Her other awards include Screen Actors Guild awards for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for American Gangster, and a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together.
Paying tribute to Dee, Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard says, "Ruby Dee was truly one of a kind. She was a woman who believed deeply in fairness, a conviction that motivated her lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
"The acting community - and the world - is a poorer place for her loss."
Dee was also known for her activism, and, in 2005, she received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award alongside her late husband, Ossie Davis.
Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig is set to step behind the camera to direct a new comedy she has co-created with her business partner Annie Mumolo. The duo will also produce and star as best friends in the film. Wiig and Mumolo became in-demand Hollywood writers after collaborating on the script for the riotous Bridesmaids, which won them a 2012 Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.
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Oscar-nominated actress Martha Hyer has died, aged 89. The Hollywood star passed away on 31 May (14) at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to Santafenewmexican.com.
She started her acting career with small roles, including an appearance in TV show The Lone Ranger, before progressing to more substantial parts in films such as 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Hyer went on to work with some of Hollywood's top leading men, including Rock Hudson in 1957's Battle Hymn and Cary Grant in 1958's Houseboat, before starring opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's Some Came Running in a role which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She lost out on the award and went on to miss another huge Hollywood opportunity when the role of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho bypassed her and went to Janet Leigh instead. Her big screen career ended with a role in 1971 movie Day of the Wolves. She released an autobiography about her life in Hollywood, Finding My Way: A Hollywood Memoir, in 1990.
Hyer was married to Casablanca producer Hal B. Wallis until his death in 1986.
Nigerian musician Davido and South Africa's Mafikizolo were double winners at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards on Saturday (07Jun14). Davido was named Best Male and Best Artist, while fellow Nigerians Tiwa Savage and Flavour were also big winners as the MAMAs returned to Durban, South Africa after a three-year hiatus.
The host country was also well represented at the event with Mafikizolo claiming Best Group and Song of the Year for Khona, while Gangs of Ballet took Best Alternative and Goldfish were named Best Pop Act.
Meanwhile, superproducer Pharrell Williams was feted with the Best International title and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o added another accolade to her growing list of honours by accepting the Personality of the Year prize via a pre-recorded video clip.
The MTV Africa Music Awards was hosted by comedian Marlon Wayans and featured sets from Trey Songz, French Montana and Miguel.
The event also included an acoustic performance from soul singer Simphiwe Dana, which served as a moving musical tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela, who died in December (13).
The full list of 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards winners is:
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Female: Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Group: Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Best New Act: Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Best Live Act: Flavour (Nigeria)
Best Collaboration: Y-tjukutja by Uhuru featuring Oskido, DJ Bucks, Professor and Yuri Da Cunha
Best Hip Hop: Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best Alternative: Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)
Best Lusophone: Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Artist of the Year: Davido (Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Khona - Mafikizolo featuring Uhuru (South Africa)
Best Video: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
Best Pop: Goldfish (South Africa)
Best International: Pharrell Williams
Personality of the Year: Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)
MTV Base Leadership Award: Ashish J. Thakkar (Tanzania)
Transform Today Award: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
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Nobody in Hollywood embodies the "hit or miss" phenomenon to a greater degree than Tom Cruise does. Some love his energy, some think he's a wacko. With some of the most iconic movies of the past few decades and some of the most infamous clunkers to boot, Cruise is a master of keeping us guessing. After a string of lesser performances, his latest film Edge of Tomorrow reminds us of the sort of talent Cruise can embody when he's got the right role. It's the latest "great" in a long line, interwoven with an equally long line of "terribles." Here's a quick rundown of the lion's share of Cruise's roles, assessing which side of the coin he ends up on with each:
The Outsiders Great: Steve Randle isn't the biggest or most iconic character in the film, but it's hard to imagine the ensemble working so well together without him. Stay gold, Cruise.
Risky Business Great: Sometimes you can pinpoint the exact moment that someone becomes a star. For Cruise, it was that first tighty-whitey clad sock-slide through his living room.
Top Gun Terrible: Yeah, it might be his most iconic role of all time, but what do you really remember from this movie: Cruise’s empty smile or their planes doing barrel rolls? That’s what we thought.
Rain Man Great: Dustin Hoffman might have the more memorable role, but it would be nothing without Cruise’s quietly excellent performance.
Born on the Fourth of July Great: Cruise deservedly earned his first Oscar nomination for his intense, transformative performance as a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran. Sometimes it's easy to forget just how well the guy can act.
Days of ThunderGreat: Sure, it's basically Top Gun with cars, but at least Cruise has some personality in this one.
A Few Good Men Great: It takes a lot of talent to hold your own opposite Jack Nicholson, but Cruise managed to do that, and then some.
Interview with the VampireTerrible: The most memorable thing about Cruise's take on the legendary vampire Lestat was the frizzy, straw-like wig that the production team plopped on his head.
Mission: Impossible I - IVGreat: No action hero brings out the best in Tom Cruise quite like Ethan Hunt.
Jerry MaguireGreat: It might be hard to believe in these post-couch jump days, but once upon a time Cruise was the most charming heartthrob in Hollywood, and this is the performance that scored him that title.
Eyes Wide ShutGreat: Before Keith and Nicole and before TomKat, Cruise and Kidman were Hollywood's hottest power couple, and Eyes Wide Shut is a showcase of both stars' big screen prowess.
MagnoliaGreat: Whenever Cruise steps away from the heroic leading men he normally plays, something magical happens, and his performance in Magnolia is the best example of that law in action.
Vanilla SkyTerrible: What Vanilla Sky needed was a strong, complex, layered performance to anchor the film. What it got was an overly smarmy, obnoxious, befuddled Cruise.
Minority Report Great: Carrying a blockbuster film is tough. Carrying a blockbuster film that's also an iconic sci-fi epic with time travel, crime, plot twists, murder, and intrigue? That requires Tom Cruise.
The Last Samurai Terrible: We can only imagine that Cruise's "Keanu Reeves in a Samurai film" impression is what eventually inspired Universal to make 47 Ronin.
CollateralGreat: Cruise was a long way into his career before he finally played the villain in a film, but he seemed to be a natural at it. Maybe it's that manic grin that makes him so convincing.
War of the Worlds Terrible: It’s not really his fault. Everything about this movie was terrible, but Cruise’s flat, blank-stared hero definitely didn’t help matters.
Tropic Thunder Great: Nobody expected Cruise to be the breakout star of this movie, but it proved that it’s not heroic action movies where he truly shines – it’s in a fat suit and a comb-over.
Valkyrie Terrible: You know what? The less we say about this one, the better.
Rock of AgesTerrible: Because when you think "sexy, legendary, bad-boy rock star," you think of the guy who played Jerry Maguire, right?
Jack ReacherTerrible: It only took one shot of Cruise failing to look intimidating while surrounded by thugs in the trailer for audiences to realize that the lead was gravely miscast. It was like watching a kindergartener take on the fifth graders.
Oblivion Terrible: This movie is solidly mediocre, but a charmless Cruise sinks it to subterranean levels.
Edge of TomorrowGreat: As it turns out, all Cruise needs to get back whatever career mojo he's lost is an interesting concept, a giant robot suit and the freedom to be a complete and total jackass.
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Actor Mark Ruffalo almost blew his chances in Hollywood in his very first audition because the producers were appalled by his smell. The Avengers star began his movie career in the mid 1990s and he went on to enjoy several acclaimed roles and was even nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his part in The Kids Are All Right.
However, his time in Tinseltown almost ended before it had even begun when his bad body odour left film bosses at his first interview gagging. Ruffalo tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had the audition and when I spoke to my agent after he said, 'Did you go to the gym beforehand?' When I said, 'No, why?' he said, 'They said you smelt bad!' I've cleaned up my act since!"
The interview is due to be broadcast in Britain on Friday (06Jun14), and fellow guest Michael Sheen recalls his worst ever job interview, when he was sick in a Paramount producer's office. The Queen star says, "I was meeting with the head of casting at Paramount. It was a big deal. My daughter and her mother had a stomach bug but I thought I was okay and this was my big break. Halfway through I thought I was going to throw up and then I did - projectile vomit all over her office... my big break was cleaning up my own vomit on my knees!"
Country star Keith Urban has revealed his actress wife Nicole Kidman staged an intervention alongside his closest friends when she realised she was losing her husband to addiction. In a candid new interview, the Australian singer tells Rolling Stone magazine he entered rehab shortly after he wed Kidman in 2006 to battle drug and alcohol issues after his wife told him it was time to seek help.
He says, "I didn’t give a s**t about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that.
"I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I had a tight group of friends around me for the intervention. And off I went."
Heaping praise on the Oscar winner, Urban adds, "I have a wife who is just from another planet. She is so celestial. I say that I was born into her. That is the best way I can describe how I feel about her and us.
"There’s a fearlessness about Nic. It’s funny, it’s not a fearlessness, it’s a willingness to face it anyway... I think she’s helped me shed some of my limitations. That’s very liberating creatively."
And Urban admits he's often at a loss for words when he watches his wife acting - because he could never do what she does: "I love that she wants to bring them (characters) to life and present a new way to look at them. The reason I could never act is I’m terrified of looking stupid or failing in some way and it’s something I’m really trying to work through.
"She doesn’t have that sense of having to please people as much as just be a true artist. I love that about her.
"She doesn’t mind failing at stuff to get to the place where it works. I don’t even know if she can do anything and feel silly or awkward. She’s not wired that way."
Actress Lupita Nyong'o is set to reteam with her 12 Years A Slave co-star and producer Brad Pitt on a big screen adaptation of the critically-acclaimed romance novel Americanah. Pitt has acquired the film rights to bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book, which centres upon a love story between two young Nigerian immigrants, for his Plan B production company and he has recruited Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Nyong'o to produce and star.
A statement released by Nyong'o reads: "It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie's brilliant book to the screen. Page after page, I was struck by (lead characters) Ifemelu and Obinze's stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart."
Adichie won the 2013 Nation Book Critics Circle Award for Americanah, which was also named among the top 10 books of the year by the BBC, Newsday and The New York Times Book Review. Nyong'o's career has exploded since she made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's slave drama, which also featured Pitt - she will appear in Jon Favreau's forthcoming live-action take on The Jungle Book and on Monday (02Jun14), it was announced that she had been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.