Director David Gordon Green is bringing celebrated author Laura Ingalls Wilder's books to life on the big screen as part of a new film project. The Pineapple Express filmmaker reveals he has been reading the writer's 1932 childrens novel Little House in the Big Woods in preparation for a movie adaptation, although few other details about the film are known.
Filling out the Culture Diary section for New York Magazine, in which stars share a week in their lives with readers, he writes, "Read Little House in the Big Woods. I'm developing a new film based on the old Laura Ingalls Wilder books."
Wilder's books were based on her early childhood with her pioneering family at their woodland home near the village of Pepin, Wisconsin. Her stories have spawned numerous TV series and movies over the years, with actress Melissa Gilbert famously portraying the writer in Little House on the Prairie, which aired on television around the globe in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wilder died in 1957, aged 90.
Cult rockers Explosions In The Sky have been commissioned to score Al Pacino's new movie Manglehorn. The Texas-based group recently teamed up with composer David Wingo to soundtrack David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche. Green is also the director of Manglehorn.
Sting has stepped in to help save a neglected swimming pool in the area where he grew up. The music legend has made a donation towards a $7.5 million (£5 million) project to reopen a pool in Tynemouth, north east England, around five miles (eight kilometres) from Sting's hometown.
The outdoor pool, built in 1925, has been closed since the late 1980s, and Sting reportedly took a group of schoolchildren there during his pre-fame days as a teacher.
His contribution gave the project a major boost as it helped the campaign group achieve an official status as a charity.
A post on the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool's Facebook.com page reads, "We're announcing the beginnings of our community fundraising program, and we're immensely proud to confirm that Sting has given his support to the project with a financial contribution that propelled us towards our goal of reaching charitable status!"
Mary Lynn Rajskub is reprising her role as Chloe O'Brian in the upcoming 24 TV series. The actress has signed on to play the tech-savvy character opposite Kiefer Sutherland in 24: Live Another Day.
The original 24 producer/director Howard Gordon has also announced he'll be returning for the drama, which is scheduled to hit TV screens early next year (14).
Rajskub, who joined the original series in its third season, says, "I am thrilled to be working with Howard and the writers again - and, of course, Kiefer! There's a lot more room to grow in my character. I'm going to start sharpening my computer skills now."
Whitney Houston's mother has reached out to the tragic singer's daughter in a heartfelt open letter, urging the 20 year old to rethink her marriage plans. Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown fell out after the gospel singer wrote a book about her daughter, which her granddaughter called "disrespectful" - and now they rarely speak.
Cissy is now trying to mend her relationship with Brown by offering her relationship advice in the form of a letter she has released to media outlets.
In the statement, grandma hopes the 20 year old will one day read her book, Remembering Whitney, and "understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy".
But she also risks pushing her granddaughter further away by addressing her engagement to Nick Gordon, which Bobbi Kristina confirmed in July (13).
Cissy writes, "Krissi, all I want for you is your good health and your happiness. Do I want you to get married in the near future? No, I don't. I think you're too young and I wish you'd wait. But that's because I'm Grandma. I'm supposed to worry about you. I'm supposed to wonder if Nick or ANY man is good enough for you. My Baby's Baby."
James Mcavoy's new movie Filth was almost mothballed as executives failed to rase enough funds - until Sting's producer wife Trudie Styler stepped in. The Wanted actor stars as sleazy police officer Bruce Robertson in the big screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel of the same name but the film nearly fell at the first hurdle as the production was still $1.05 million (£700,000) short of its budget when shooting was about to start.
Director Jon S. Baird even poured his own money into the project but he and his colleagues were still forced to spend their festive holidays desperately ringing around to secure the final funds, and they almost gave up hope until Styler stumped up the rest of the cash.
He tells Britain's Daily Record, "That was a tough Christmas. I thought I'd lost all my money and we were bashing phones on Christmas Day (25Dec12) and Boxing Day (26Dec12), trying to save our movie. (But Styler) saved the day."
In return for her movie-saving funds, Baird even cast Styler in a small role in the film - as a madam in a Hamburg, Germany brothel which McAvoy's character visits.
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner lied to classmates about her father's profession while growing up so they wouldn't discover he was a famous singer. The Borgias star, 29, attended Britain's prestigious Marlborough College, alongside the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, but she hated the idea of her affluent peers finding out about her dad's job.
She tells Britain's The Times, "I never told people who my parents were. It was my idea of hell. At one school I told everyone he was a lawyer. I didn't want to be separate. I wanted to be like everyone else. I still struggle with it. It's fine, it's part of who I am. It's nice not to be known as 'the daughter of'. I haven't found it's opened too many doors and even if it did, you still have to be good."
However, Sumner, whose mother is film producer Trudie Styler, insists she was never ashamed of rumours surrounding his lengthy tantric sex sessions.
She adds, "It was massively blown out of proportion. It was a joke, which became the biggest, stupidest story everyone became obsessed with. I definitely wasn't embarrassed, but it wasn't something we discussed around the dinner table."
Funnyman Mike Myers is to make his directorial debut by taking charge of a new documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon. The Austin Powers star will also produce Supermensch.
Myers and Gordon have a long history dating back to Wayne's World in 1991 when they feuded over the use of an Alice Cooper song on the soundtrack, but they have become close friends.
Myers says, "I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne's World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film, and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more."
Gordon has managed the careers of Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others.
Myers' film will feature interviews with Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Willie Nelson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is engaged to marry her boyfriend Nick Gordon. The 20 year old grew close to Gordon, who was informally adopted by her mum when he was 12, after the death of the superstar in 2012, and now the young couple is set to wed.
Announcing the news in a post on her official Facebook.com page, she writes, "YES, we me nick (sic) are engaged."
And she took aim at critics of the romance, adding, "I'm tired of hearing people say 'eww your (sic) engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something, we aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother. My mom never adopted him. In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were going to start dating. My mom knows me better than any of you.
"A lot of yall are saying that yall are only saying this all out of love. Which is bull because if that was so, all you would want is for me to be happy (sic).
"People need to seriously stop judging my relationship. Pretty sure it's my own decision who I want to be with. Yes, my relationship may not be perfect. We will have rough patches, just like every other relationship. And we have had our rough patches. You may or may not agree with my relationship. You may or may not respect it. Judge me, go ahead. Your opinions are yours and mine are mine. It is my life and not yours. The decisions I make have nothing to do with you."
Gordon and Brown, whose father is singer Bobby Brown, has sparked engagement rumours in the past - she was photographed on two separate occasions wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger, but her representative denied the claims both times.