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Actor Ben Stein has compared his alleged 'sexting' scandal to "an episode of Monty Python" after a woman accused him of pestering her for saucy snaps.
The Ferris Bueller's Day Off star admits he met Tanya Ma, 24, at an airport in California earlier this year (14) and stayed in touch with her, but he has dismissed her claims that he took the relationship too far.
Ma, who is a performance artist, told the New York Post, "He said he'd read my blog, and I gave him my contact information. We texted for about four months, then he asked me to send him pictures... After a while, he started asking for more racy photos... (Then) he wanted to place me in a hotel near where he lives... It just started to get weird."
However, the married actor is adamant Ma's allegations are not true. He compares the story to an episode of comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, and adds, "She is a person I have only met for less than five minutes at an airport. I have never touched her, I have never had any sexual contact with her."
"I should get a medal for helping this woman. This is a person who appealed to me for money. She said she would send me some examples of her performance art. Some of those examples were racy, and some were not. I just don't get what I have done wrong. She is mad at me because she wanted more money... I didn't expect anything from her."
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Director Jon Favreau has cast acting newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in his upcoming Disney live-action/animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.
The filmmaker announced the addition of Sethi on Tuesday (15Jul14) after completing a worldwide search to find the perfect actor to play the boy who was raised by wolves. The role will mark the 10 year old's acting debut.
Favreau says, "Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative."
"Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I'm confident he can handle it."
The child star will be the only actor featured onscreen in the film, while Sir Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba will lend their voices to animated animal characters.
Favreau's The Jungle Book, which is scheduled for release in October, 2015, is not the only adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale in the works - British actor-turned-director Andy Serkis has taken charge of another live-action take on the classic children's tale with Warner Bros. studio executives.
La Roux star Elly Jackson has spoken out about the bitter bust-up that sparked her split from bandmate Ben Langmaid.
Jackson and Langmaid collaborated on La Roux's Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, but they clashed in the studio when working on the follow-up.
The pair subsequently parted ways and Jackson finished the record - titled Trouble in Paradise - with other musicians, and she has now revealed she has barely spoken to her ex-bandmate since their split.
Jackson tells British newspaper The Sun, "The moment I realised it wasn't working was one afternoon in the barn studio we worked in. We had been desperately trying to record the guitar part of Kiss And Not Tell... It was frustrating. Then we finally got this great sound and I did the best guitar performance I've ever done. But Ben didn't want it and that turned into a huge argument."
"He left that night and that was the last time we saw each other, bar sorting out the legal things a month ago. The partnership was over... I don't want to sit here and slate anyone and I fear that is where it would go. We are not on good terms at all, in any way, shape or form."
Jackson also reveals she was infuriated when many critics assumed Langmaid was the driving force behind La Roux, adding, "That did my head in. I would plainly say in interviews that I play all the parts. He doesn't even play an instrument but I wouldn't say that because I would never have been that blunt - you can't say anything because it makes you look petty so you end up shutting up."
"I would say we co-wrote and co-produced but some people would just say he wrote all the parts and he produced - that classic male/female thing which became infuriating. It did make me quite bitter."
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary by heading out for a low-key dinner in Detroit, Michigan.
The Hollywood couple marked nearly a decade of marriage on Sunday (29Jun14), and they celebrated the big day by going for a meal in the city where Affleck has been filming his new superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They enjoyed steak and seafood at the Bistro 82 eaterie in the suburb of Royal Oak, according to People.com.
A source tells the website, "They looked like a great couple. They paid a lot of attention to each other... Everyone was freaking out in the restaurant. I was star struck."
The couple met on the set of 2003 superhero movie Daredevil and married on 29 June, 2005.
Actor Cam Gigandet has mixed feelings about his time on teen TV show The O.C., insisting his co-stars Ben Mckenzie and Mischa Barton were "miserable" to work with. The Twilight star had a recurring role as bad boy Kevin Volchok on the hit drama, playing a rival to McKenzie's Ryan Atwood.
However, in a new interview with Elle magazine, Gigandet reveals their feud transferred off-screen, and when asked whether he keeps in touch with any of the actors from the show, he replied, "No. Actually Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me. I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an a**." He added, "But I love him. I think he's a great actor and I love (cancelled U.S. police drama) Southland."
Gigandet also took a swipe at Barton, who played Marissa Cooper, adding, "Mischa? I didn't really... Was she there? I don't even have memories of her."
Gigandet went on to note the rest of the main cast, including Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, were equally hard to work with: "I learned a lot, but the things that I remember now - none of them are good... Those kids were f**king miserable. "They were just - they would not remember their lines on purpose. They were young. That said, I don't talk to anyone I've ever worked with."
The O.C. ended its four-season run in 2007.
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Actress Melissa Mccarthy's husband, Ben Falcone, came up with the concept for her new movie Tammy in his sleep.
Falcone directed the film and the Bridesmaids star explains they wrote the project together after he dreamed up the premise one night.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "He came downstairs..., and he was like, 'I had a dream you were on a road trip with your grandma, she's an alcoholic and I think she might sleep around,' and he was like, 'I think we might have to write it.' "We just keep talking about it...Suddenly we were like, 'I think we have an outline and I think were writing it' and we kind of fell in love with it."
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Harrison Ford will be sidelined for eight weeks after suffering a broken ankle following an accident on the Star Wars: Episode Vii set, according to reports.
The movie star was airlifted to hospital in Oxford, England last week (ends13Jun14), and his son Ben told U.S. TV show Access Hollywood his father may need screws and a plate fitted to aid his recovery. Now sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Ford will miss as many as eight weeks of filming due to his injury.
Shooting will continue in his absence and Episode VII is still on course for a December, 2015 release.
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Actor Jason Momoa has reportedly been cast to play Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The Conan the Barbarian star will join Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as the king of Atlantis in the superhero film, which is set to hit theatres in May, 2016.
According to Hitfix.com, director Zack Snyder has finalised his designs for the character and shooting with the actor will take place soon. Momoa previously denied he would appear in the film, but his representatives are now refusing to comment on the new reports.
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Actor James Russo is set to reunite with his Public Enemies co-star Johnny Depp in Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.
The star, who also appeared in Donnie Brasco and The Ninth Gate with Depp, will play U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Scott Garriola, who ran the FBI's fugitive task force in Los Angeles when the Massachusetts gangster was arrested in 2011, according to TheWrap.com.
Black Mass isn't the only film based on Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli is set to star in a TV adaptation of Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.
Sir Elton John paid tribute to late U.S. radio and TV star Casey Kasem as he closed the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14). The Rocket Man legend brought the curtain down on the rural Tennessee music event by performing on the final night of the 2014 gathering.
The show marked the star's U.S. festival debut and he told the crowd, "This is my first ever festival in America and I know it's the best one." During his career-spanning set, he took a moment to remember Kasem, who died early on Sunday.
Elton John credited the TV and radio star with partly inspiring his music career as he often listened to Kasem's American Top 40 radio countdown in the 1970s. He said of his hero, "Travel safely, my good man," before performing hit track Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.
The music superstar also welcomed special guest Ben Folds to the stage for a duet of Grey Seal, before his set ended with a fireworks display. Other acts to play at the festival over the weekend (13-15Jun14) included Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Jack White and Skrillex.