British rapper Tinchy Stryder and Playboy model-turned-U.S. reality star Kendra Wilkinson are heading to the Australian outback to compete on U.K. survival show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles, revered British broadcaster Michael Buerk, former England soccer player Jimmy Bullard and British motorcycle racer Carl Fogarty have also been confirmed among the 10 contestants forced to go back to basics for the 14th season of the hit reality show, which will premiere on Sunday (16Nov14).
Recent reports suggested former Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, Olympian diver Tom Daley and Irish soccer veteran Roy Keane would also be taking part in the programme, but those claims failed to come to fruition.
Westlife singer Kian Egan was crowned the king of the jungle last year (13).
Actress Teri Hatcher is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Britain's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! reality show. The former Desperate Housewives star, who completed the New York City Marathon on Sunday (02Nov14), has been named among the list of celebrities expected to battle for survival in the Australian outback when the 14th season of the hit show begins later this month (Nov14).
Olympian diver Tom Daley and Irish soccer star Roy Keane will also allegedly take part in the show.
Chicago, Illinois radio and TV personality Roy Leonard has died at the age of 83. The star passed away on Thursday (04Sep14). He was famed for introducing fans to up-and-coming talents during his career, interviewing the likes of Tom Cruise, Christopher Reeve and Dustin Hoffman before they shot to superstardom.
Walt Disney has suffered another blow to his image and legacy after his grandniece agreed with Meryl Streep's assertion that the late movie mogul was a racist. The actress took aim at the film legend while paying tribute to Emma Thompson, who portrays Mary Poppins writer P. L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks' Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, at a National Board of Review gala in New York earlier this month (Jan14), and rather than defend her relative, Abigail Disney has gone even further.
The filmmaker and social activist reveals she "loved" hearing what Streep had to say about Walt Disney when she called him a "bigot" and insinuated the filmmaker was a racist, a sexist and a supporter of anti-Semitism.
Abigail, whose grandfather Roy O. Disney was Walt's older brother, took to her Facebook.com page last week (10Jan14) and posted: "Anti-Semite? Check. Misogynist? Of course!! Racist? C'mon he made a film (Jungle Book) about how you should stay 'with your own kind' at the height of the fight over segregation!
"As if the 'King of the Jungle' number wasn't proof enough!! How much more information do you need? But damn, he was hella good at making films and his work has made billions of people happy. There's no denying it. So there ya go. Mixed feelings up the wazoo (sic)."
She later added, "I feel I have to clarify. I loved what Meryl Streep said. I know he was a man of his times and I can forgive him, but Saving Mr. Banks was a brazen attempt by the company to make a saint out of the man. A devil he was not. Nor an angel. That's the point and if you read all her remarks you'll know that's exactly what she (Streep) was getting at.
"She said exactly what I said about how in spite of it all, his vision was amazing and he brought joy to so many around the world. So I say Brava Meryl. I don't believe in bashing for bashing's sake but whenever we see a misplaced attempt at hagiography we need to speak our minds!"
Executives at the Walt Disney Company have declined to comment on Abigail's Facebook posts.
Caught up with Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Doctor Who and looking to scratch that lingering itch for the dry wit and impeccably plotted story that only British television can provide? Netflix and Hulu have a collective treasure trove of Anglo-centric masterpieces just waiting for your eyes and ears. Check out our recommendations in comedy, drama, and sci-fi, but don't blame us when you get addicted. Cheers.
Call the Midwife
Don't fret if you missed the PBS airing of this critically acclaimed drama. The first six episodes are available on Netflix Streaming and the second series of eight should be up soon. But we must warn you: Call the Midwife, based on the memoirs of Jessica Worth who served London's poor East End as a nurse in the 1950s, will likely break your heart a few times. But, as with most British series, it'll be worth it.
Your plans for next weekend are sorted. Gather your pop-culture obsessed friends; load up on some truly terrible junk food; and marathon all 14 episodes of Spaced on Netflix. The reference-laden slacker comedy marks the first time Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright worked together. See if you can spot all the Spaced cameos and in-jokes in their big screen collaborations Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and summer release The World's End.
Torchwood: Children of Earth
The run of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood has its share of highs and lows. The season that's most worth your hard-earned free time is the masterfully bleak and self-contained Children of Earth. It's a far cry from the cheeky, innuendo-heavy first and second series, but the seemingly hopeless spot the Torchwood team finds themselves in will keep you glued to your TV until the final seconds.
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd is a gift to nerds and the people who love them. The laugh track is jarring at first, but you'll quickly tune it out and concentrate on the antics of computer experts Roy (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd), Moss (Richard Ayoade), and their clueless boss Jen (Katherine Parkinson). Catch up on all four short seasons on Netflix to be ready for its one-off finale (and first new episode in three years), which is debuting at the end of September.
Where Heroes failed, Misfits succeeds. The premise: a strange electrical storm imbues a group of teenage deliquents with a variety of superpowers while they're completing their community service. The series seamlessly blends comedy, drama, and sci-fi with striking visuals to come as close to feeling like a filmed comic book than a TV show has ever been. The first four seasons are on Hulu Plus, and the fifth and final season is on its way.
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Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82. The revered singer/songwriter and producer passed away at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Thursday morning (08Aug13) after a long illness, reports CMT.com.
Born Jack Henderson Clement in Memphis, Tennessee, he joined the U.S. Marines when he was still a teenager and served his country for four years before embarking on a career in music.
He formed his first band, a bluegrass group called Buzz and Jack & the Bayou Boys in 1953, but soon found fame as a producer and songwriter, picking up work at the Tennessee-based Sun Records, where he collaborated with a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
He went on to work at RCA Records and then teamed up with the likes of Dickey Lee, Allen Reynolds and George Jones, who he convinced to record a cover of Lee's She Thinks I Still Care, which became a big hit in 1962.
Clement also produced Cash's signature tune Ring of Fire, and both tracks have since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
His other producer credits include songs by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones and Waylon Jennings.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and has also been immortalised in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame online and the Music City Walk of Fame in Tennessee.
In April (13), Clement was announced as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
The Season 3 premiere of TNT’s hit drama Falling Skies is just a few hours away and we cannot wait to see brand new episodes of high-stakes action and alien encounters. Hollywood.com had the pleasure to visit the Falling Skies set in Vancouver last fall to get all the inside scoop on what’s to come for the Mason boys this season and the challenges that face their post-apocalyptic world. Read on for all the sci-fi fun below.
When our story returns, viewers will quickly realize there has been a seven-month time jump and each of our characters have changed drastically is such a short amount of time. Noah Wyle reveals that Tom’s new high profile position in Season 3 ripples down to cause problems for the rest of his family.
Wyle explains, "We start with this time jump of seven months, and he’s the new President of the United States, which he was reluctant to take on, but then with this alliance with the Volm and the success they’ve been having in the field, he starts to see that he could actually have a pretty effective leadership role. But cost comes at the expense of his family."
Tom’s new responsibilities have kept him so distracted that he’s now not even noticing that his own newborn child is acting kind of strange — and dare we say — almost extra-terrestrial-like. Connor Jessup comments that Anne (Moon Bloodgood) is going through the internal struggle of whether or not her baby is different or if it’s just all in her head.
"It starts off as a domestic issue and a character issue… but then it leads into a sci-fi and genre plot because the baby is not normal, or at least does not appear normal to Anne." Jessup says. "She’s doing things that babies shouldn’t be able to do. And she’s the only one who’s noticing it. It’s building up and building up, and sometime in the first few episodes, they disappear."
Moving on to the Mason boys, Jessup reveals that each brother is dealing with their own very distinct and difficult problem. "We’re all sort of dealing with our own things, which is an interesting plot that lasts pretty much for the first half of the season," the actor said. Ben still has spikes in his back from his time among the Skitters and he now must figure out of he wants to undergo a surgery to have them removed.
Matt is becoming a full-fledged badass fighting alongside the rest of the soldiers but unfortunately he’s also falling into the wrong crowd. Maxim Knight elaborates, "I become a little bit more rebellious this season, as well, and that’s mostly because my father, he’s President now, so he doesn’t have time for me, and being a teenager now, I need my father."
But Hal is arguably facing the most devastating problem when the series returns: spirit-crushing paralysis. Drew Roy says, "I can’t take care of myself because I can’t get around, even more so in the beginning because I literally could not move… And each episode it gets a little worse and a little worse." The only positive aspect to this life-changing handicap is that Hal and Maggie have become even closer.
"Maggie has taken on that relationship, and we’ve kind of turned into an old married couple. She’s seeing the ugliest, worst side of me, and yet is still sticking with me. [Eventually] there’s a bit of a push and pull as to all of the effects this has on her," Roy says.
Don’t miss all the excitement and drama in the Season 3 premiere of Falling Skies tonight at 9 PM on TNT.
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Beleaguered rap mogul Damon Dash is facing eviction from his New York home after falling $100,000 (£64,516) behind on his rent, a court has heard. Dash was ordered to pay $240,000 (£154,839) to apparel boss Tom Nastos by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge on Thursday (09May13), plus an additional $90,000 (£58,065) in interest after allegedly failing to return a 2006 loan.
During the hearing, the music executive, who once co-owned Roc-A-Fella Records and the Rocawear clothing line with Jay-Z, revealed he had fallen into such a dire financial situation he was close to being evicted from his rented home in Carmel, New York due a massive rental debt.
In his filing for the court, he wrote, "I am currently several months behind in paying my personal bills. For instance, I am currently over $100,000 behind in rent for the only home in which I live and at risk of being evicted."
Dash's documents also revealed he owes more than $2 million (£1.29 million) in taxes to New York state and hands over $24,000 (£15,484) to his ex-wife, fashion designer Rachel Roy, every three months in child support for their two children.
Presidents were this year's hot item on the big and small screens, but pop culture has always been obsessed with dressing up actors to look like the men who fill our text books. Inspired by 2012's trend, Hollywood.com has combed through cinematic history to whip up this handy infographic, chronicling decades of Presidential appearances in pop culture. In the end, one thing is clear: Futurama did a lot in the name of presidential representation.
Check below the image for the key, revealing the actor assigned to each president.
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David Morse as George Washington in John Adams
William Daniels as John Adams in 1776
Nick Nolte as Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson in Paris
Burgess Meredith as James Madison in Magnificent Doll
Morgan Wallace as James Monroe in Alexander Hamilton
Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams in Amistad
Charlton Heston as Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady
Nigel Hawthorne as Martin Van Buren in Amistad
David Clennon as William Henry Harrison in Tecumseh (1994)
John Tyler in Futurama
James K. Polk in Futurama
James Gammon as Zachary Taylor in One Man's Hero
Millard Fillmore has never been portrayed
Franklin Pierce in Futurama
James Buchanan has never been portrayed
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln
Dennis Clark as Andrew Johnson in The Conspirator
Kevin Kline as Ulysses S. Grant in Wild Wild West
John DiMaggio as Rutherford B. Hayes in Futurama
Francis Sayles as James A. Garfield in The Night Riders
Maurice LaMarche as Chester A. Arthur in Futurama
Pat McCormick as Grover Cleveland in Futurama
Roy Gordon as Benjamin Harrison in Futurama
Pat McCormick as Grover Cleveland in Futurama
Brian Keith as William McKinley in Rough Riders
Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Walter Massey as William Howard Taft in The Greatest Game Ever Played
Bob Gunton as Woodrow Wilson in Iron Jawed Angels
Warren G. Harding in Futurama
Calvin Coolidge in Futurama
Herbert Hoover in Futurama
Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on the Hudson
Gary Sinise as Harry S. Truman in Truman
Tom Selleck as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Ike: Countdown to D-Day
Bruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy Thirteen Days
Randy Quaid as Lyndon B. Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years
Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick
Dick Crockett as Gerald Ford in Pink Panther Strikes Again
Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter in Saturday Night Live
James Brolin as Ronald Reagan in The Reagans
James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush in W.
Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton in The Special Relationship
Timothy Bottoms as George W. Bush in That's My Bush!
Jordan Peele as Barack Obama in Key and Peele
[Photo Credit: Hollywood.com]
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This year's Best Director Oscar race has proven a surprising one, with two of the most-nominated directors at every other awards show being shut out of the big game. We're, of course, talking about Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively. So hopes were high that vindication would be at their backs, guiding at least one of them to gold. And what a victory it was for winner Affleck, who took home the top feature film honors at the ceremony in Hollywood. Affleck's win is just one of many that he's gained for directing the story of Tony Mendez and the six fugitive Americans embassy workers in 1980. At this point, it seems hard to imagine Affleck will miss the Oscar trophy he could've won, had the Academy not snubbed him during nominations. What's one award amongst friends, right?
But it wasn't just a big night for movies. Big names in television — including Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston, and Looper's Rian Johnson — were all up for directoral nods on the small screen. But it was the seemingly-unstoppable Dunham that took home the top prize in comedic television for her HBO series Girls — and on her first nomination, to boot! Welcome to 2013: Year of the Dunham. (And you thought it was 2012, pish posh!) Johnson took home the dramatic prize for his work on the Cranston-fronted Breaking Bad. Cranston himself was up for directing an episode of Modern Family. From meth kingpin to primetime comedy director — there's really nothing that man can't do, huh?
Check out the full list of nominees (and winners; bolded) below!
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
(Twentieth Century Fox)
(DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
Political Animals, “Pilot”
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Hatfields & McCoys
Game Change (HBO)
American Horror Story: Asylum, “Dark Cousin”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Homeland, "The Choice"
Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One” (AMC)
The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To” (Pilot)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Modern Family, “Election Day”
Girls, “Pilot” (HBO)
30 Rock, “Live from Studio 6H”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety
12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief
(Multiple Networks/Cable Outlets)
DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live with Host Mick Jagger
84th Annual Academy Awards
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, "Episode #17153"
66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
America’s Next Top Model, "The Girl Who Becomes America’s Next Top Model"
Face Off, "Scene of the Crime"
Master Chef, “Episode #305” (FOX)
J. RUPERT THOMPSON
Stars Earn Stripes, “Amphibious Assault”
Ink Master, “Pasties and a Cameltoe”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials
Days of Our Lives, “Trapped”
General Hospital, “Bad Water”
General Hospital, “Magic Milo”
General Hospital, “Shot Through The Heart”
One Life To Live, “Between Heaven and Hell” (ABC)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Girl vs. Monster
Let it Shine (Disney Channel)
SAVAGE STEVE HOLLAND
Big Time Movie
Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Searching For Sugar Man
The Invisible War
How To Survive A Plague
The Queen of Versailles
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments!
[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
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