Movie star Bill Murray is to get his own day in Canada. The American funnyman will be feted at the the Toronto International Film Festival next month (Sep14) with Bill Murray Day. Festival bosses will honour the actor with free screenings of his movies Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Stripes before the premiere of his new film St. Vincent on 5 September (14).
Veteran musician Wilko Johnson is plotting a return to hit TV show Game Of Thrones after he recovers from cancer surgery.
The former Dr. Feelgood star appeared in the fantasy show as executioner Ser Ilyn Payne and he was last seen on screen in 2011, two years before he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Johnson defied doctors to continue working after his health news, and he is determined to bounce back after undergoing an operation in April (14) to remove a tumour from his pancreas.
His journalist friend Charles Shaar Murray has given an update on the star's condition, revealing he enjoyed an outing to the beach with a group of friends on Sunday (17Aug14) and is even eyeing a return to TV.
Murray writes in a post on Facebook.com, "Yesterday: a lovely Sunday afternoon by the seaside... to be precise, hanging out with Wilko Johnson and a bunch of his mates... Wilk's still in the comparatively early stages of recovery from his massive life-saving surgery, but he's in good spirits (though he's no longer drinking any), working hard to rebuild strength and stamina, itching to resume maltreating Telecasters (guitars) in public and even speculating on returning to Game of Thrones once Ser Ilyn Payne is no longer ill in pain and he's strong enough to wield the Big Sword once more. And he thanks all y'all for the good vibes."
The note was reposted on Johnson's own account with the message, "We just had to share this heartening update from the inimitable Charles Shaar Murray. As you can imagine, Wilko's still got a long way to go, but he's in good spirits and we must reiterate CSM's last line - he really does appreciate all the positive vibes."
Chad Michael Murray is dating his TV co-star Sarah Roemer, according to a U.S. report. The former One Tree Hill actor split from his Chosen co-star Nicky Whelan in May (14) and is now enjoying a romance with Roemer, another co-star from the same TV series, according to Usmagazine.com.
The 32-year-old actor was married to his One Tree Hill co-star, Sophia Bush, for five months in 2005. He was also engaged to budding actress Kenzie Dalton for seven years but their relationship ended in September last year (13).
Roemer, best known for her role in 2007 thriller Disturbia, was once linked to Will Kopelman, who is now married to Drew Barrymore.
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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Actress Sophia Bush is reportedly dating her Chicago P.d. co-star Jesse Soffer, just a day after speculation surfaced she has broken up with her Google engineer boyfriend Dan Fredinburg. The former One Tree Hill star is rumoured to have split from the tech programmer back in February (14), and new reports have surfaced suggesting she has found love with her castmate, according to E! News.
An insider reveals the two have been loved up for the past three months, but their close friends were the only ones who knew about the romance, adding, "Jesse is super-sweet and they are really cute together."
Soffer isn't the only co-star Bush has dated - she previously romanced her One Tree Hill castmates Austin Nichols and James Lafferty, and she was briefly married to Chad Michael Murray in 2005.
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has revived the boy wizard's literary mentor, Professor Albus Dumbledore, to cheer up a teenage fan trying to come to terms with the death of her family last month (Jul14).
Cassidy Stay watched her angry former uncle Ron Haskell shoot and kill her parents and four siblings, played dead until he left the scene of the crime and then called police to identity her family's killer and alert them to the fact her grandparents were at risk. Thanks to the Texas 15-year-old's quick thinking, police officers were able to track down Haskell and arrest him before his killing spree over the whereabouts of his ex-wife, Cassidy's aunt, could continue.
Rowling learned about the story when Stay quoted Dumbledore at a press conference three days after the tragedy, when she bravely said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Sources now confirm that Rowling has sent Stay, who lost part of her finger in the shoot-out at her home in Houston, a personalised letter from Dumbledore, hand-written in purple ink, as well as a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts (school) with a school supply list, and an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the book from which Stay quoted at the press conference.
Rowling has yet to confirm she wrote and sent the letter.
Actress Sophia Bush has reportedly split from her boyfriend, Google programmer Dan Fredinburg. The former One Tree Hill star and the tech engineer called it quits back in February (14), according to Us Weekly.
An insider claims they "still really care a lot about each other but it was impossible to retain a romantic relationship with the careers they have."
Bush and Fredinburg first went public with their relationship last year (Apr13) when they were spotted cuddling and holding hands at the Coachella Music Festival in California.
Earlier this year (Apr14), Fredinburg suffered a mountain climbing scare after he narrowly avoided a deadly avalanche in Mount Everest.
At the time, a relieved Bush told E! News that her beau was safe, but the incident "was obviously really scary for all of us who love him and love everyone on the trip."
Bush, who is currently shooting cop drama Chicago P.D. on location, previously romanced her One Tree Hill co-stars Austin Nichols and James Lafferty, and she was briefly married to Chad Michael Murray in 2005.
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If there’s something strange with your comedy sequel, and things don’t look good, who you gonna call? Well, if the movie in question is Ghostbusters 3, you’re gonna call Paul Feig and hope that he can bring his golden touch to the troubled threequel. According to THR, the The Heat director is in talks to helm the film, which has been looking for someone to fill the opening left by Ivan Reitman, who left the project following Harold Ramis’ death in March. In addition to the new direction, Ghostbuster 3 will also be getting a makeover, and will reportedly center on an all-female team of parapsychologists.
Though the news has unsurprisingly been met with resistance from some fans who are reluctant to let go of the male characters they’re comfortable with, the general response from fans and critics has been positive with many looking forward to seeing the franchise get a breath of fresh air. And while it will likely be difficult seeing new faces in the ghostbusters’ jumpsuits – after all, who could possibly replace Bill Murray? – it shouldn’t be hard to find plenty of talented funny ladies who would be up for the challenge, and perfect for the roles. In case Feig is looking for a few casting suggestions, we’ve matched some of the best comedic actresses currently working with the original character archetypes to give him a sense of who would be perfect for Ghostbusters 3. You know, after Melissa McCarthy has been cast.
For the Peter Venkman Character: As the perpetually bored, slightly mischevious Gina Linetti on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Chelsea Peretti has proved that she has the right wit and attitude to take on Murray’s most famous role, along with just enough sweetness to match his heart of gold. Likewise, Jessica Williams has had the perfect showcase for her cynical, sarcastic side on The Daily Show, which would give the character the right amount of edge. And while Kaitlin Olson’s most famous character is better known for her jaded, sarcastic attitude and biting insults, the actress herself is equally capable of handling light-hearted moments, and she could use a breakout film role; as could Aisha Tyler, whose intelligent, dry wit and warm personality would make her an ideal team leader. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Ray, the Egon, the Leon, and the Winston.
For the Ray Spatz Character: Though Kristen Schaal might be best-known for raunchy, shocking stand up persona, one only needs to watch a few episodes of Gravity Falls or Bob’s Burgers to know that she’s just as hilarious when playing wide-eyed, uninhibited enthusiasm... with an edge. Though they're often obnoxious and in-your-face, Jenny Slate's characters often still have some growing up to do, and her run as Marcel the Shell with Shoes On proves that she's equally adept at being innocent and adorable. Mindy Kaling’s over-the-top, goofy personality would also make her a solid fit for the childlike, excitable character, and if there’s anyone whose carved a niche in Hollywood with naïve, warm-hearted characters, it’s Kaling’s good friend Ellie Kemper, who had turned child-like innocence into an comedy gold. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Egon, the Leon, and the Winston.
For the Egon Spengler Character: Playing a rigid, focused Egon Spengler-type requires someone who excels at playing the straight-man, and there’s nobody on television who currently does that better than Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Melissa Fumero, whose Amy Santiago is the perfect mix of goofy and Type-A. Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson is also at her most hilarious when she’s attempting to impose some kind of order on things that are beyond her control, and her talent at handling awkward situations is unparalleled. Many of Vanessa Bayer’s best SNL character exhibit a similar tightly-wound, nerdy awkwardness and she’s proven that she can earn laughs with just a few words. Meanwhile, Ana Gasteyer has brought dorky rigidity to new heights on Suburgatory, where she played the competitive perfectionist Shiela Shay. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Leon and the Winston.
For the Leon Tully Character: Perhaps no actress has turned awkwardness into an art form quite like Miranda Hart, whose nerdy, well-meaning Chummy on Call the Midwife has nothing on the endearingly embarrassing title character in her sitcom Miranda. Likewise, Rachel Dratch has made a career playing a variety of hilarious, uncomfortable weirdoes from the fast-talking, PDA-friendly Denise to the socially-unaware Debbie Downer. But if there’s any actress who could be considered the female counterpart to Rick Moranis, it’s probably Amy Sedaris, whose iconic Jerri Blank is basically a warped version of the awkward, socially-inept but well-meaning nerds that Moranis has specialized in. Vote below, and read on to see who should play the Winston.
For the Winston Zeddemore Character: Though Rosa Diaz is a bit more violent and monotone than the straight-talking voice of reason that is Winston Zeddemore, Stephanie Beatriz has nonetheless proved herself talented at dishing out tough love to the idiots she surrounds herself with, as well as willing to go along with just about anything if there’s something in it for her. Shirley Bennet’s advice-giving, mothering would make Yvette Nicole Brown an excellent choice for the role as well, along with her talent for cutting through nonsense and ability to turn a sermon into a comedic showcase. Gina Torres has similarly specialized in tough, skeptical characters, and she’s especially good at imbuing them all with a slightly goofy sense of humor and warm heart, and though Nasim Pedrad has played plenty of weirdoes, she’s adept finding the funniest way to shake some sense into people – who’s a better voice of reason on SNL than her Arianna Huffington?
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Actor/filmmaker Paul Feig is reportedly in talks to write, produce and direct a female-driven reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise.
Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 spook-chasing film and its 1989 sequel, was originally slated to helm Ghostbusters 3, but stepped down from the job in March (14).
Reitman, who helped co-write the script for the latest film and had to tweak the storyline when original actor Harold Ramis, who was set for a small role in the movie, died in February (14), has stayed on as a producer, but executives at Sony Pictures are now hoping to bring Bridesmaids director Feig on board to re-write the script from Ethan Cohen for a female-focused version of the classic movie franchise, according to The Wrap.com.
Ramis' co-star Dan Aykroyd, who was also slated to return for Ghostbusters 3, would possibly stay on as a producer in Feig's film, but it is unclear if he will appear on screen.
Fellow original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson have yet to sign on to the new project.
Jon Favreau's all-star Jungle Book cast keeps growing - Bill Murray has signed on to give Baloo the bear a voice. He joins Christopher Walken, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba in the live-action/animation project, based on Rudyard Kipling's stories.
Newcomer Neel Sethi will play the film's young hero Mowgli.
The movie is set to hit cinemas in October, 2015.