Bill Nighy is taking his role as a widowed restaurateur in David Hare's play Skylight to New York - and his West End co-star Carey Mulligan will join him. The pair thrilled critics as former lovers in a sold out summer run of the revival in London, and now they're both Broadway bound.
The drama will open for previews at the John Golden Theatre in March (15).
Skylight debuted at London's National Theatre in 1995 and Nighy took over the lead role of Tom Sergeant from Michael Gambon in 1997. He reprised the character at London's Wyndham's Theatre in June (14).
Stephen Daldry, who directed the summer run in the West End, will also take charge of the Broadway transfer.
Mariah Carey has beaten Rihanna to the top of a new poll to find the Ultimate Pop Star. TIME magazine bosses have measured artists' hits, chart placements and longevity since 1960 in an effort to find the biggest hitmaker - and Carey has been named the new queen of pop.
Rihanna comes in at two and Usher at three, while the Beatles and Madonna round out the top five.
Janet and Michael Jackson also make the top 10, alongside Whitney Houston, Katy Perry and Boyz II Men.
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Action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has signed on to star in two more Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels.
The Hercules star replaced Brendan Fraser as the star of the franchise for 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and the film was such a hit he has been invited back for two move family movies.
Brothers Chad and Carey Hayes, who created horror movie The Conjuring, have been hired to write the screenplay for the two films. They have become friends with Johnson after working with him on new disaster film San Andreas.
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Here’s the sole compliment I will pay Into the Storm: it let’s you know right away what you’re getting into. The very first minute of the movie introduces fans to the sort of grim, nihilistic, aesthetically repugnant and substantially barren horror that maintains throughout the hour and a half to follow, saving only the extent of its special effects for later… and trust me, it’s not worth the wait.
While we’ve been debating the toxicity of “destruction porn” since before Man of Steel, but surely we can point to entries in the disaster genre that don’t feel like soul-mincing works of large scale snuff — we can point to this summer’s Godzilla, for instance. But for every thematically dense project like the aforesaid, we have a half-dozen Into the Storms: movies that, somehow, pass off the most mangled constructions of mindless, banal, uninspired, grotesque unpleasantness as entertainment.
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We are asked to believe that there are characters in this movie: Richard Armitage insists that he’s a father of two, a disappointingly joke-free Matt Walsh tells us that he’s a storm chaser and a documentarian, and Sarah Wayne Callies introduces herself as a meteorologist of some kind. But we never get more than a résumé recitation from each character; we never earn an understanding of what any of them would do when faced with mortal danger, what they would think about, who they would want to be with.
So, really, we’re not given much of a story. Sure, there are tidbits mentioned about Armitage’s strained relationship with his two sons (Max Deacon and Nathan Kress), about Walsh’s obsessive devotion to his work, about Callies’ desire to make it home to her five-year-old daughter (ugh, the pandering). But these don’t feel like character beats, but rather like bits of data. Nothing within these characters exists beyond what we are explicitly told about them. As such, they wind up feeling less like people to whom we’re anchored and more like chunks of debris being tossed around between tornadoes.
And that’s what’s so ugly, unenjoyable, and dangerous about this movie: it’s dehumanizing. It prefers the thrills of demolition to the pathos inherent in accessing what this demolition might be doing to real people. But even in its misguided mission does Into the Storm fail: it’s not thrilling. Not fun. Not cool to look at. It is, in all conceivable ways, a disaster.
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Actor Steve Guttenberg is developing a Police Academy revival with comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Guttenberg portrayed Carey Mahoney in four Police Academy movies, including the 1984 original, and now he reveals he's part of a 30th anniversary return to the franchise - and he has a couple of comics in the running for leading roles.
He says, "I'm a big fan of Key & Peele and when Warner Bros. told me their show was the base for the next Police Academy that got me really excited. They are super talented. I'm looking forward to working with them."
The comics recently appeared as cops in hit drama series Fargo.
Birthday boy George Michael has given Mariah Carey his personal seal of approval after the R&B superstar recorded a cover of the British singer's 1988 hit One More Try for her new album. Carey included her rendition of One More Try on her latest release, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, and Michael reached out to the beauty via Twitter.com on Wednesday (25Jun14) to express his delight.
He tweeted, "@MariahCarey thank u (sic) for recording One more try. Such an honour 2 (sic) have one of the best voices in the world singing my song. Gorgeous @MariahCarey ...... PS, love the album! Big kiss, The singing Greek."
The note caught the attention of Carey, who admitted she was flattered by the praise, responding: "@GeorgeMichael I'm so honored u (sic) like my rendition of One More Try. You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan&friend for life".
She later sent a special message to the veteran singer, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday, writing, "@GeorgeMichael P.S. Happy birthday!!!!".
Michael's Twitter exchange with Carey occurred just a day after mutual pal Donatella Versace offered up her take on the song in a review for Vogue.com and claimed the Brit would love the cover.
She wrote, "I can't stop listening to Mariah's rendition of One More Try. George Michael is a great friend and one of my favourite artists, so I never think that anyone can do justice to his music. But I feel that Mariah really understands every word that he has written. At times her voice is angelic, at times pleading and then, towards the end, it goes into a crescendo reaching amazing heights. I'm sure that George would be very proud of Mariah's version of his much-loved song."
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has matched a U.S. pop chart record set by the Beatles after taking her hit Fancy to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The hip-hop star also lands a spot at number two as a guest on Ariana Grande's Problem, making her the first artist since the Fab Four in 1964 to land the top two places on the chart with her first two Hot 100 hits.
The Beatles managed the feat with I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You over 50 years ago, following their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Azalea also becomes only the 15th act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown in the same week, and just the third woman behind Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2002. She also becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100 - Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim and Ludacris' sidekick Shawnna previously landed at number one.
It's a great early birthday gift for Azalea, who turns 24 on 7 June (14). Her Fancy ends John Legend's reign at the top of the Hot 100 with All of Me. The ballad slips two spots to three on the new chart, while Pharrell Williams' Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Coldplay have stormed to the top of the U.S. album charts with the biggest first-week sales of 2014. Their new release, Ghost Stories, sold 383,000 copies to become the band's fourth Billboard 200 number one. It's also the first release to top 300,000 sales in a week this year. Country star Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuts at two with impressive first-week sales of 211,000, and Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape slides a spot to three. Former number ones the Frozen soundtrack and the Black Keys' Turn Blue round out the new top five.
Mariah Carey's rapper/actor husband Nick Cannon realised the importance of Easter at an early age when he got up onstage at church and attempted to perform a rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller. Cannon was a big fan of the King of Pop growing up and he chose to debut his Thriller performance on one of the holiest days of the year.
He recalls, "The pulpit was the stage. I remember being four years old and I had to do an Easter speech. I'd been practising all week. I had it all memorised and I was excited and wearing this bright yellow suit.
"I went up there and I did my speech but I stayed longer and started singing Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was in the middle of church and everybody was like, 'Get off the stage!' I had the bug and I didn't want to leave.
"I guess Thriller doesn't go over very well on Easter Sunday!"
The song and its iconic video is all about the ghouls and ghosts that haunt us in the night.
Now he's a dad, Easter is a big deal for himself and Carey: "You'll probably see me in an Easter Bunny costume."
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Two dunderheaded stepbrothers, a bigoted manchild news reporter, and the recent economic downturn. One of these things is not like the others. Adam McKay has built up a long legacy of idiotic comedy through his frequent collaborations with Will Ferrell, but his next upcoming project is going to be quite the departure from the director’s usual fare. McKay is set to direct an adaptation of author Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, a book that sheds light on the housing and credit bubble. McKay is equipped with a directoral know-how more suited towards laughter, so a drama film is about the last thing we expected from the director. This is the guy that just made Anchorman 2 after all, and unless it's revealed that Ron Burgundy was the guy behind all of those fraudulent loans, we’re not sure what this upcoming feature will look like when all is said and done. With all that said, McKay’s sudden dramatic inspiration is not totally unheard of in Hollywood. Other directors have taken surprising left turns in their careers, and made films well outside of their perceived comfort zones:
In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola made Apocalypse Now, a tragic and surreal vision of the Vietnam war. Seventeen years later, he made the accelerated aging comedy Jack, which starred Robin Williams as a five-year-old in a 50-year-old's body. The horror, the horror.
In 1976, Martin Scorsese made Taxi Driver, a dark and gritty character study about an unhinged man trying to "clean up" the corruption of New York City. Thirty-five years later, he made Hugo, a whimsical family film about a boy living in a clock.
In 1991, John Singleton made Boyz n the Hood, a tragic look at the corrosive influence of gang life on inner-city youth. Twelve years later, he made 2 Fast 2 Furious, the most broey movie of all time.
In 2000, Ron Howard made a live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the mostly rubber funnyman Jim Carrey. Eight years later, he made Frost/Nixon, a historical drama about a post-Watergate scandal interview with Richard Nixon, honing in on how the president's duplicity tore America apart.
In 1987, Rob Reiner made the loopy, enchanting fairy tale classic (and "kissing story") The Princess Bride. Five years later, he made A Few Good Men, a stirring courtroom drama about the violent murder of a soldier.
In 1979, Steven Spielberg made 1941, a zany comedy satirizing war with the antics of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Fourteen years later he made Schindler's List, a heart wrenching story about one man's efforts to save Jews in Nazi Germany... scientifically proven to be the saddest movie ever created.
In 2004, David Gordon Green made Undertow, a harsh thriller about two young brothers trying to escape their murderous uncle. Seven years later, he made Your Highness, a medieval stoner comedy featuring Danny McBride.
In 1973, Robert Altman made A Long Goodbye, a neo-noir mystery film. Seven years later, he made Popeye, starring Robin Williams as the anchor armed sailor with a serious spinach dependency.
In 2001, Steven Soderbergh made Ocean's Eleven, a fun and campy remake of a fun and campy Rat Pack classic. Four years later, he made Bubble, a pitch black, intense look at the dead-end lives of several lifeless doll factory workers surrounding a murder.
In 1996, Kenneth Branagh made Hamlet, an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most revered, and most tragic, play. Fifteen years later, he made Thor, a film about a magical hammer affectionately called "mew mew."
Mariah Carey's twins are to make their recording debut on their mother's next album. The singer is mum to two-year-old Moroccan and Monroe, with her husband Nick Cannon, and she has revealed the youngsters will be featured in a new song after she recorded their parts on her cell phone.
She tells People.com, "It's a song that I wrote with (songwriter) Bryan-Michael Cox and (producer) Jermaine Dupri. There's a part that Jermaine says on the song that (the kids) loved, and Monroe started to say it. I kept having to get my iPhone and record her. So I have all these different takes of her saying things, singing things. Then I'd be like, 'This is your new ad lib - learn it!' I have to make it fun for her."
Carey's new record, The Art of Letting Go, is due for release in May (14).