Tom Hanks' actor son Colin has joined the cast of the TV revamp of cult Coen Brothers movie Fargo. He will play a police deputy in the 10-episode series, inspired by the 1996 film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman have previously been cast as characters portrayed on the big screen by Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy.
The daughter of late screenwriter Frank Petrella is taking her Raging Bull copyright infringement case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Paula Petrella has been locked in a legal dispute with executives at MGM Holdings Inc. since the late 1990s over allegations they illegally based the 1980 Robert De Niro movie on a copyrighted script penned by her father in 1963.
Petrella claims the film bosses have continued to breach her father's copyright by continuing to market the movie for DVD sales distributed by bosses at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, who have also been named in the suit.
Her arguments have twice been rejected by judges in San Francisco, California, ruling in favour of the studio chiefs, who accused the plaintiff of forfeiting her rights by failing to sue earlier.
However, Petrella petitioned officials at the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case, and on Tuesday (01Oct13), they agreed to take up the dispute.
Frank Petrella died in 1981 - the same year that Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring De Niro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, won two Oscars.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be heading home from Paris Fashion Week with a whole new suitcase of clothes for daughter North after receiving a slew of gifts from designers including Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Celine and Maison Martin Margiela. The new mum showed off the designer duds on her Instagram.com page on Tuesday (01Oct13). The stars jetted off to the French capital over the weekend (28-29Sep13), leaving their baby girl with relatives in Los Angeles.
After hearing just a few seconds of Benedict Cumberbatch's evil dragon voice in the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, it already looks like the second Hobbit installment is going to be brimming with adventure, which should make the naysayers of the the less-than-action-packed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey quite happy.
This second preview from Warner Bros. features Legolas (Orlando Bloom) masterfully swinging his sword and crushing on arrow-wielding Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Gandolf (Ian McKellen) spewing advice, Thorin (Richard Armitage) being stubborn, and most importantly, the villainous voice of Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) beckoning the brave Bilbo (Martin Freeman) to come out to play (BBC's Sherlock flashbacks, anyone?).
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The Desolation Of Smaug follows the dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf as they continue their journey to take back their gold from the dragon, Smaug. The film hits theaters on Dec. 13.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the third installment in Peter Jackson's prequel trilogy, is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2014.
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Before The Butler has even had the chance to properly enter the Oscar race, Forest Whitaker has signed on to star in yet another film set in the heart of D.C.. He's set to play Colin Powell in an upcoming film about the former Secretary of State — titled Powell, of course — which will take place in the run-up to the War in Iraq, and focus on the famous speech that Powell made to the U.N. suggesting the presence of weapons of mass destruction and advocating for the war. According to screenwriter Ed Whitworth, Powell will be a tragedy where the main character "ended up doing this thing that he now seemingly regrets and was clearly a huge mistake."
Biopics are somewhat of Whitaker's speciality: in addition to The Butler, he won an Oscar for 2006's The Last King of Scotland, where he played Idi Amin, and has been tapped to play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Paul Greengrass' upcoming film Memphis, although the project has been stuck in development for some time. He even produced this summer's Fruitvale Station, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, a young man who was shot and killed in an act of police brutality in 2009. And since there's very little that the Academy loves more than a moving biopic, it's safe to say that Whitaker should probably start getting a speech ready.
Whitaker's history of biopics also makes him a perfect match for Whitworth, whose next big project, Reykjavik, will center around the 1986 disarmament talks between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev — in this film, Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan and Christoph Waltz is taking a break from playing gleeful German psychopaths to play Gorbachev. After that, Whitworth will start work on a film about the Arab Spring and an MI6 thriller starring Colin Firth — looks like he should think about getting started on his own acceptance speech.
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Gwyneth Paltrow has a sneaky way of informing her rocker husband Chris Martin when she has a new movie role involving saucy scenes - she asks him to read through every script she accepts. The Shakespeare in Love actress peels down to racy black lingerie in new romantic comedy Thanks for Sharing, but she has no worries about Coldplay star Martin's reaction to the role.
Paltrow always asks him to read through movie scripts so he can offer any advice - but she is actually subtly telling him if she has a scene where she disrobes.
Paltrow tells U.K. morning TV show Lorraine, "He is pretty relaxed about that kind of thing. I mean, I normally ask him to read a script before I do it because he loves movies and he is very smart about stuff - so that way he knows what's going to happen beforehand!"
Veteran actor Steve Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn he had been selected to receive an honorary Oscar this year (13) because he never expected his comedy work to be recognised by the Academy. The Father of the Bride star will join Angela Lansbury and Angelina Jolie among those feted by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this November (13), but he admits he was dreading the worst when he received a voicemail from Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the organisation, asking him to give her a call.
Martin is well aware only a few comedy films and performances have won big at the Academy Awards over the years, so he had virtually ruled out the chance of ever striking Oscar gold.
He says, "Honestly, this is something I never thought would happen because comedy tends to be ignored by the Academy. I can only think of, well, there's a couple - there's Charlie Chaplin, and I think in recent history it was Roberto Benigni, and you could argue Tom Hanks got one for Forest Gump, if you want to call that a comedy...
"But it was amazing because I thought there's really no chance so I didn't really think about it... And then a couple of weeks ago, I got a phone call, a message left by Cheryl Isaacs Boone (sic)... I thought, 'What is this about?'... and I started thinking, 'Oh, I bet I know what this is; this is they want me to be that person who gets up at 5am to announce the nominees...' and I started thinking, 'I've hosted the Oscars three times and now they want me to get up at 5am to announce the nominees who are not me', and now I'm getting madder and madder and finally I call her back and I go, 'What is it?' and she said, 'We want to give you an honorary Oscar' and I was really flattered and deeply moved because the great thing about it is, you can't lose! It's for a body of work so it is very nice."
Martin will be presented with the accolade at the fifth annual Governors Awards gala in November (13) and he's relieved the ceremony will be separate from the big televised Oscars next year (14).
He adds, "It's not televised, which is actually a great thing. There was a time in my life when I would have wanted to be out there and now I like the relative peace and quiet... You go to a dinner and I am able to invite some of the people closest to me... You make a little warm speech, you don't have to be funny, you can just be sincere."
Soul superstar Stevie Wonder used his set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday (28Sep13) to call for gun laws in the U.S. to be tightened. The Superstition hitmaker was one of the headliners at the Central Park concert, which aims to help tackle poverty worldwide, but he also drew fans' attention to the hot-topic weapons ownership debate.
He declared to the crowd of 60,000, "We must do something about the gun laws in this country," before noting that John Lennon was gunned down nearby in 1980 - and then performing the Beatles icon's world peace anthem Imagine.
During his set, Wonder also invited onstage Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, as well as singers Janelle Monae and Maxwell, according to The New York Times.
The 63-year-old singer was the final act of the five-hour concert, following sets by John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Elvis Costello.
In July (13), Wonder vowed never to perform in Florida again until a controversial self-defence law is abolished following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who gunned down teenager Trayvon Martin in February, 2012.
Ricky Martin's five-year-old twins already speak three languages. The gay pop singer is a father to two boys, Matteo and Valentino, who were born via a surrogate mother in 2008, and he is raising them with his partner.
Martin has now revealed he is bringing his sons up to be multilingual - they speak English and the Puerto Rican singer's native tongue, Spanish, and they attend a French school in New York City.
He tells U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "They speak Spanish, we speak Spanish in the house, but they go to a French school... That's the beautiful thing about New York, it's such a diverse city, culturally speaking, and you have the opportunity to bring your kids into this school (which) goes by the French system and I want them to be exposed to all this... My parents only speak Spanish so they (the kids)... speak Spanish (to them)."
An upcoming Keith Sweat concert in Nairobi, Kenya has been axed following the terror attack and siege of an upmarket shopping mall last weekend (21-22Sep13). The Just A Touch R&B singer was due to perform at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi on 5 October (13), but safety fears have prompted organisers to cancel the show.
Spokesman Martin Mulwa says, "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the unexpected news. This is especially to all Keith Sweat fans and everyone who supported us. We are all shaken by the events of the past weekend and we deemed it best to postpone the concert as the country mourns."
Armed Islamist militants stormed Nairobi's Westgate mall last Saturday (21Sep13), killing at least 67 people and injuring scores of others. They held shoppers hostage for four days before authorities were able to get the situation under control, but the death toll is expected to rise as police continue to search the mall for bodies of those still reported missing.
Kenyan officials were holding eight people under anti-terrorism laws in connection with the massacre on Friday (27Sep13), while another three had been questioned and released.
Members of Al Shabaab, an extremist group linked to al-Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for the attack.