Bruce Willis is poised to make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed novel Misery. The Die Hard star will take on the role of bedridden writer Paul Sheldon, the role James Caan portrayed in the acclaimed 1990 movie version of King's book.
House of Cards actress Elizabeth Marvel will play his crazed captor Annie Wilkes, the part that earned Kathy Bates an Oscar for Best Actress.
Academy Award winner William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the 1987 thriller, has also penned the script for the play.
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If you're anything like us, you can't resist the urge to watch Titanic (or, at least, part of it) every time you see it on TV. You may know every word spoken, but do you know which lines were ad-libbed and which are actual quotes from survivors of the wreck? Here are 25 things you never knew:
1. The movie features 2 hours and 40 minutes of scenes set in 1912. This is the exact amount of time the Titanic took to sink.
The film also has 37 seconds between the iceberg warning and the actual collision, which is the same amount of time that transpired in real life.
2. Matthew McConaughey, Chris O'Donnell, Billy Crudup, and Stephen Dorff were considered for the role of Jack Dawson.
But thankfully, the part went to Leonardo DiCaprio, cementing him as a superstar (and an eternal heartthrob).
3. It was the first movie to receive two Academy Award nominations for the same character.
Both Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively) for playing the role of Rose. The next time two actors were nominated for playing the same role was 2001's Iris, also starring Winslet.
4. Gloria Stuart's nomination made her the oldest nominee in any category.
She still holds the record for the feat. Stuart was 87 years old when she was nominated. This also makes her the only person involved in the film who was alive when the actual Titanic sank. Also, she gets that shout out as "the old lady" in Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again," which is pretty much the highest honor anyone could ever hope to achieve.
5. Only the starboard half of the ship's set was completed.
While at dock, painstaking post-production work was necessary to reverse the image in order to give an accurate portrayal of the boat docked at port (like it was in 1912). Costumes and signage needed to be reversed in order to perfect the illusion.
6. The ocean that the extras are jumping into is only 3 feet deep.
The film contains 100 speaking parts and over 1,000 extras. They all needed to be dressed in lavish costumes...which would then be drenched in water for most of the film.
7. "I'm king of the world!" wasn't actually in the script.
The line was ad-libbed by DiCaprio. It's ranked as AFI's 100th (of 100) greatest movie quotes of all time.
8. And Jack's ice-fishing story is a Titanic survivor's quote about the North Atlantic water.
He was dissuading Rose not to jump off the back of the boat, in the scene where they meet.
9. James Cameron reportedly spoke to over 150 extras, providing them with names and personal histories of actual Titanic passengers.
The 150 core extras took a 3-hour course to learn proper 1912 behavior from the film's choreographer, Lynne Hockney, who also produced a time traveler's guide that played on a never-ending loop in the wardrobe department. We bet Rose's unladylike gesture was not in the guide.
10. The old couple holding each other in bed as the ship sinks are based on a real couple.
Ida & Isidor Straus, owners of Macy's in New York, died aboard the Titanic. Ida was reportedly offered a seat, but refused it in order to stay with her husband. Her husband was then offered a seat to accompany his wife, but he refused it to save the lives of younger women and children. Ida is quoted as saying, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go" (this is also reported, "As we have live, so we will die, together"). The couple was last seen on deck, arm in arm. Aka, the love story the Titanic should have been about.
11. Benjamin Guggenheim really did get dressed in his best to die like a gentleman.
He and his valet were last seen in the area of the Grand Staircase, sipping brandy and smoking cigars. They went down with the ship.
12. Kathy Bates wasn't the first choice to play "Unsinkable" Molly Brown.
Reba McEntire was initially offered and had accepted the role until scheduling conflicts prevented it. Barbra Streisand was also allegedly considered for the part. We're glad Kathy Bates had the chance to own this (as usual). Margaret Brown was a real-life passenger aboard the Titanic who helped others onto lifeboats and even grabbed an oar on her own in an effort to go back and save more people.
13. Kate Winslet flashed Leonardo DiCaprio when they first met.
She found out she'd have to be naked in front of him for filming and wanted to break the ice.
14. That's not Leonardo DiCaprio's hand drawing Rose.
They're actually writer/director/producer/editor James Cameron's. Cameron had to mirror-image his hands in post-production to make his left-handed sketching fit with Jack Dawson's right-handedness.
15. Someone mixed PCP (aka angel dust) into the chowder served to the cast and crew at the end of shooting.
No culprits were ever apprehended, but reportedly 80 people were taken ill and 50 more were hospitalized.
16. Originally, Rose was supposed to be tightening her mother's corset.
Cameron and the actresses decided to rethink the positions to really clearly convey their relationship. You know, that Rose's mother was literally suffocating her.
17. Neil deGrasse Tyson convinced James Cameron to change the stars in the sky.
The Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium noticed that the stars bore no resemblance to what the night sky would have actually looked like during that time and in that location. After discussing the issue several times with Cameron (by sending letters and harassing in person), he provided an image of what the sky should look like, which was used for the re-release. You can hear "Coolest Scientist's Rant" on Titanic here.
18. Kate Winslet was one of the only actors who didn't wear a wetsuit.
She ended up getting pneumonia and almost quitting as a result.
19. The bow section wouldn't sink fast enough, so Cameron sunk it entirely and raised it from the depths of the water and filmed its re-submersion.
After the ship breaks in half, the bow (which should go down pretty quickly) wasn't sinking fast enough because of its buoyancy and the narrow clearance between it and the tank. Once Cameron suggested to let it sink, the air space between decks flooded with water, allowing them to film it raised from the water, so it would sink quickly before the water drained out.
20. James Cameron re-shot the scenes with water bursting down the corridors because he didn't think the original 40,000 was enough.
He asked for triple the amount of water. The set had to be rebuilt entirely to endure the added pressure.
21. Kate Winslet's dress was designed to look as good wet as it did dry.
Costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott had 24 of the chiffon dresses made in order to endure all the strain of filming submerged in water.
22. Rose's gasp as she enters the water to save Jack is Kate Winslet's real reaction to the frigid water.
Though the scene was filmed in the Pacific Ocean at the Baja California, Mexico set, the water was still cold enough to imagine those North Atlantic temperatures.
23. James Cameron credits Kate Winslet with the idea of spitting in Cal's face.
The script originally had Rose jabbing him with a hairpin, but Winslet suggested she spit in his face instead. Cameron agreed, and the only person not informed was Billy Zane (Cal); his reaction was genuine. Cameron also credits Winslet for the "This is where we first met" line.
24. The scenes after the ship sank were filmed in a 350,000 gallon tank.
Frozen corpses and icy effects were given to the actors by applying a powder that crystallized upon contact with water and wax on the clothes and hair for a wet look.
25. James Cameron admitted on MythBusters that there was totally enough room for Jack and Rose to both float safely.
"If Jack lives, the movie makes a tenth as much." So, like, she never had to let go in the first place...
James Franco has been cast to star in the small screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, which chronicles the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
The Oscar nominee will play high school teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to prevent the murder of the political leader in 1963.
Franco will produce the nine-part series for Internet streaming service Hulu alongside Star Trek filmmaker J.J. Abrams. The project marks the actor's first regular TV role since his stint on U.S. soap opera General Hospital in 2012.
Comedian Jon Stewart has become the last of the long-running U.S. late night hosts to step down after revealing he plans to quit The Daily Show later this year (15). Stewart, who made the announcement during Tuesday's (10Feb15) taping of his political satire programme, has fronted the popular, multi-award-winning comedy programme for 17 years.
Confirming the news, Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, the network behind The Daily Show says, "For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honour and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera.
"Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."
Stewart took over the popular show in 1999, and has won 18 Emmy Awards, including 10 consecutive wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.
Stewart stepped down from his hosting duties in the summer of 2013 to direct political drama Rosewater, and recently hinted to Jerry Seinfeld in his webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he would have no qualms about leaving the programme in the near future.
When asked where he saw himself in 10 years, Stewart replied, "Putting in 15 years - nobody's going to do 30 years of television again. I'm not interested in just going in and hitting the ruts that I've worn out.
"It's going to be time to hand it off, and go, 'I'm kind of out.' That doesn't mean I don't still love doing it. But I'm finally getting to the place in my head where I'm like, 'When it goes, I'm gonna be very OK with that."
Stewart's former Daily Show regular-turned-show host Stephen Colbert wrapped up his The Colbert Report on Comedy Central late last year (Dec14) after announcing he would be replacing outgoing The Late Show host David Letterman.
Craig Ferguson also stepped down as the host of The Late Late Show in December (14) and will be replaced permanently next month (Mar15) by fellow Brit James Corden.
The Theory Of Everything has become an early winner at the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards by scooping the Outstanding British Film prize. The biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, beat competition from The Imitation Game, Paddington, Under the Skin, '71 and Pride to claim the coveted title at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (08Feb15).
The drama is nominated in nine other categories including Best Film, Best Actor for Redmayne, Best Actress for Felicity Jones and Best Director for James Marsh.
Filmmakers behind Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel also had reason to celebrate after taking home the accolade for Best Original Music.
The oddball comedy leads the nominees with 11 nods, closely followed by Birdman and The Theory of Everything with 10.
British rockers Kasabian opened the show, which is being presented by actor/comedian Stephen Fry for the 10th time.
Actress Carrie Fisher is to be feted with an Oscar Wilde Award in honour of her Irish-American roots and her contribution to film and television. The Star Wars star has been chosen by members of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance to receive the prize at the upcoming ceremony on 19 February (15) in Santa Monica, California.
Talk show host Stephen Colbert and Norther Irish painter Colin Davidson will also be saluted, while Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O'Neill will take the stage to perform.
The night will be doubly special for Fisher because her Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has been tapped to host the event.
Fight Club stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are reteaming to produce a new TV mini-series about American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Casey Affleck, who appeared alongside Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Matthias Schoenaerts will portray the two adventurers in the six-hour series, adapted from the book Undaunted Courage, written by Stephen E. Ambrose.
Lewis and Clark led the Corps of Discovery Expedition in the early 1800s and became the first men to cross what is now the western portion of the United States, from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast.
Production on the series is scheduled to begin this summer (15).
Tom Hanks is on board as an executive producer.
The Super Bowl is upon us, and for those of you who don’t like football (which teams are playing again?), we know you mostly just watch for the commercials – and the buffalo wings. Each year the Super Bowl ads get bigger and buzzier. And if they feature a celebrity, that’s even better. This year we already know Kim Kardashian and Mindy Kaling have secured big game day ads, but let’s take a look back at some of our favorite celebrity Super Bowl commercials from years past.
1. Anna Kendrick for Newcastle Beer:
Our personal favorite. Anna Kendrick totally nailed this non-beer ad beer ad. Her hilarious ramblings while getting her hair primped made her a total beer girl babe in our eyes.
2. Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream:
ScarJo, an Oxfam ambassador, found herself in the middle of a political controversy by endorsing this brand, because they operate a factory in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. She clarified she never intended to make any kind of statement with the endorsement. It still kinda made us want to get a SodaStream though.
3. Stephen Colbert for Pistachios:
What a nut! This commercial was wacky, but it did make us crave pistachios.
4. Amy Poehler for Best Buy:
Honestly, Amy Poehler could sell us anything. Hearing her ask ridiculous questions about technology just made us love her even more.
5. James Franco for Ford:
James Franco and a tiger. We don’t really know. Just go with it.
6. Megan Fox for Motorola:
We bet most people don’t even remember what Megan Fox was selling. They just remember she was in a bathtub. FYI: She reportedly used a thumb double for this ad.
7. Naya Rivera for M&M’s:
Poor Red M&M guy. He was too sweet for his own good. Glee’s Naya Rivera just wanted to (literally) eat him up.
8. Betty White for Snickers:
Seeing Betty White play football and get “tackled” was the best part of this commercial. Betty White makes everything better.
9. Bar Refaeli for GoDaddy:
This commercial got so much attention for having supermodel Bar Refaeli make out with some chubby, nerdy dude. It was so disturbing we couldn’t look away.
10. John Stamos for Oikos Greek Yogurt:
This commercial included a random Full House reunion. Bob Saget and Dave Coulier joined John Stamos to promote Greek yogurt. Strange, but we’ll take it.
Do you watch the Super Bowl just for the ads? Which one is YOUR favorite? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
The Grand Budapest Hotel emerged as the top contender for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Friday (09Jan15). The oddball comedy, starring Ralph Fiennes, lead the charge with 11 nominations as the shortlist was announced by the ceremony's host Stephen Fry and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin in London.
The Theory of Everything and Birdman closely followed with ten nominations, and all three movies will go head-to-head for the coveted Best Film prize, alongside The Imitation Game and Boyhood, which both received a host of nods.
The Grand Budapest Hotel also picked up a Leading Actor nomination for Fiennes, Director and Original Screenplay nods for Wes Anderson, and mentions in multiple technical categories including Music, Costume Design and Cinematography.
The Theory of Everything will also compete in the Best Leading Actor category for Eddie Redmayne, leading actress for Felicity Jones, Best British Film, Best Director for James Marsh, and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Birdman's Michael Keaton received another awards season nomination. The film's director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned a nod, as did supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
The lead actor category is completed by Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), while other contenders for the female counterpart include Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes).
Further nominees for best director are Richard Linklater for Boyhood and Damien Chazelle for Whiplash.
Pride, Paddington, The Imitation Game, '71 and Under the Skin will compete for the Outstanding British Film title.
The winners will be announced at London's Royal Opera House on 08 February (15). The show will be hosted by Fry.
The main nominees are as follows:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actor:
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actress:
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actor:
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Rene Russo - Nightcrawler
Imelda Staunton - Pride
EE Rising Star Award:
Outstanding British Film:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
Under the Skin
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
James Marsh - The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay:
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Paul King - Paddington
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Best Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie
Oscar Hammerstein's grandson is facing fierce opposition from locals in Pennsylvania over his plans to turn the beloved Broadway lyricist's former home into a museum and theatre. Will Hammerstein has outlined a $20 million (£12.5 million) proposal to buy and transform Highland Farm, where the legendary songwriter penned hit musicals such as The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific and Oklahoma!, from a bed and breakfast into the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center.
However, residents and officials in the Doylestown Township area are not happy with the big development plans and have made their discontent about the theatre and parking area around it clear to local authorities.
A zoning hearing about the project has now been set for 12 January (15).
Hammerstein spent 20 years at Highland Farm, where his creative partnership with Richard Rodgers flourished.
Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was a frequent visitor to the property as a child after befriending Hammerstein's son, James, at a nearby school.
Hammerstein died from stomach cancer at the farm in 1960, aged 65.