Scott Caan's representative has confirmed reports suggesting the actor is set to become a dad. The Hawaii Five-O star's girlfriend Kacy Byxbee is expecting the couple's first child together.
Caan's rep tells Us Weekly magazine, "They haven't been keeping it private really, she's just been working on her business with her family so hasn't been around. She's expecting very soon."
Caan, the son of veteran actor James Caan, met his partner on the set of his hit TV series.
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Jennifer Lawrence has signed on for her third project with director David O. Russell in a film titled Joy.
The 23-year-old actress previously collaborated with the filmmaker on American Hustle and her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, and now she is teaming up with O. Russell yet again for the rags-to-riches tale about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. Mangano, a single mother of three kids, became a millionaire after launching the cleaning product on American shopping network QVC, and her company has since grown exponentially with her additional inventions.
Lawrence first mentioned the project during a recent appearance on U.S. chat show Live! With Kelly and Michael, revealing the director already had her in mind for the unique role. She explained, "He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. You want to do it?' And I was like, 'Yeah'."
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Actors George Clooney and Josh Brolin are set to reteam with The Coen Brothers on their new movie Hail, Caesar!. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the comedy about a 1950s Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix.
Clooney previously worked with the brothers in Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, while Brolin starred in No Country for Old Men and True Grit.
Nicolas Cage joined rockers Guns N' Roses onstage in Las Vegas on Saturday (07Jun14) to help them close their brief residency in Sin City. The Hollywood actor wore a bright blue blazer, a T-shirt bearing an image of his own face, and a large cowboy hat as he joined the Sweet Child O' Mine hitmakers at the end of the final gig of their nine-show run.
The band later shared a photograph online showing themselves and Cage lined up onstage, alongside the caption, "Last bow in Vegas!"
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Rapper Ice Cube's actor son O'shea Jackson Jr. has reportedly been cast to play his famous father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
The hip-hop star's legendary rap group is getting the big screen treatment in a film named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, and Ice Cube has previously championed his 22-year-old son for the lead role. Now, multiple sources tell TheWrap.com that his campaigning has finally paid off, and Jackson has reportedly been offered the part.
Universal Studios executives have yet to confirm Jackson's casting. Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird.
From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...
Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice.
Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled.
Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that.
Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified.
Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones.
Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out.
Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory.
Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe.
Beloved U.S. radio and TV personality Casey Kasem has died at the age of 82. The entertainer, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Sunday morning (15Jun14).
Confirming the sad news on her Facebook.com page, the broadcaster's daughter Kerri writes, "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, the Detroit, Michigan native began his radio career in the mid-1950s, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to serve in the Korean War.
He ended up landing a job on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network and decided to pursue a career in broadcasting after the war, heading to San Francisco, California, where he honed his skills as a DJ and became known for his rock 'n' roll trivia.
He went on to work at stations across the U.S., before launching his popular weekly chart show, the American Top 40, in 1970. He hosted the programme until 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004, and served as presenter on two spin-off series, the American Top 20 and the American Top 10.
On the radio countdown shows, he became famous for his signature send-off, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
He moved into voice acting in the 1960s, lending his vocals to Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 superhero cartoons, but Kasem was perhaps best known for providing the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise, a job he retained from 1969 until 1995 and once again from 2002 to 2009.
His other TV credits included Battle of the Planets, Cliffjumper and the original Transformers cartoons, while he made acting cameos in the original Hawaii Five-O police drama, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and appeared in independent sci-fi/horror movie The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, alongside Bruce Dern. He also made a cameo in 1984's Ghostbusters.
Kasem was honoured for his lengthy career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 49th birthday in April, 1981 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
His final years were blighted by ill health following his retirement in 2009, and he became the subject of a bitter family rivalry as his three eldest children, Julie, Mike and Kerri, from his first marriage to Linda Myers, battled with his second wife Jean, the mother of his youngest child Liberty, over his care.
In May (14), he was admitted to a Washington hospital, where he was treated for dementia, sepsis and and Parkinson's disease.
His daughter Kerri Kasem was appointed his conservator last month (May14), and last week (ends13Jun14) was granted permission to withhold medication, food and water from her ailing father. On Friday (13Jun14), his wife Jean filed legal papers opposing that decision, insisting her husband was not close to death.
Among the first people to pay tribute to Kasem, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk honoured the broadcaster's animal rights efforts, telling WENN, "PETA joins in mourning the passing of former American Top 40 host Casey Kasem. From always touting the importance of going vegetarian to flying to Las Vegas at his own expense to speak out against an entertainer who beat orangutans backstage every night before his act, Kasem was proud to use his distinctive voice to support many social causes, including animal protection."
And a statement from Ken Howard, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which Kasem joined in 1966, reads, "For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown programme brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars'."
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.
Rocker SLASH performed the oddest gig of his career in London on Monday (02Jun14) when he played for U.K. politicians at the House of Commons. The guitarist and his longtime collaborator Myles Kennedy played a five-song acoustic set in the Terrace Bar after Hove & Portslade Member of Parliament (MP) Mike Weatherly invited him to perform as part of the Rock The House series.
The duo concluded the gig with a performance of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine, and the stars were then treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Irish actor Chris O'dowd visits his doctor twice a week after struggling with vocal issues and "various bangs and bruises" during his Broadway run of Of Mice And Men. The Bridesmaids star, who made his Broadway debut in the stage revival of John Steinbeck's classic play, admits he had no idea how tough life on the stage would be and reveals he has really suffered for his art.
He tells the Associated Press, "I definitely have found it harder on my voice and my body than I was expecting. I always somewhat guffawed at the idea that it could be a tiring job to work three hours a day, but I'm going to the doctor twice a week with various bangs and bruises and swollen vocal chords."
O'Dowd portrays the mentally disabled Lennie Small, opposite James Franco's field worker George Milton, and he confesses he based his character on an old acquaintance.
He says, "(Small is based on) a neighbour of mine in London. His name was David. Though I never asked him, I would say he had mild Down syndrome and he had certain tics and stuff."
O'Dowd's dedication to the role has paid off - he has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.