Actress Viola Davis has confirmed reports she is joining the star-studded cast of comic book action movie Suicide Squad. Following speculation The Help star had been cast as no-nonsense squad leader Amanda Waller, Davis finally revealed she will be heading to Toronto later this year (15) to begin filming.
In an interview with Canadian entertainment show eTalk on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15), Davis was asked if the reports were true, and she simply said, "Yes".
Her producer husband Julius Tennon was also excited about his wife's new project, and exclaimed, "Amanda Waller is in the house!"
Davis joins a cast including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Jay Hernandez, while Joel Kinnaman is reportedly in talks to replace Tom Hardy as Suicide Squad mastermind Rick Flag.
Director David Ayer is scheduled to start shooting the film in April (15).
Hostel star Jay Hernandez has become the latest actor to join the celebrity-studded cast of comic book action movie Suicide Squad. The Latino actor has reportedly landed a mystery role in the upcoming Warner Bros. super-villain ensemble movie, which will also feature Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne.
Meanwhile, Robocop star Joel Kinnaman is still in talks to take on the role of Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag following Tom Hardy's decision to pull out of the project due to scheduling issues.,
Director David Ayer is scheduled to start shooting the film in April (15).
Cult rockers Tv On The Radio have scrapped a series of European shows after the hospitalisation of drummer Jahphet Landis. The Wolf Like Me hitmakers released a statement on Thursday (05Feb15) announcing they have been forced to axe dates on their tour, which was slated to start in Milan, Italy on Friday (06Feb15), as Landis has been told he cannot travel.
However, the band insists the drummer will be fine.
A statement issued to NME.com reads: "It is with much regret that due to a health emergency, TV On The Radio have been forced to cancel their upcoming Europe/UK tour which is due to start this Friday.
"Drummer Jahphet is in the hospital; he will be ok but is not able to travel at this time. TV On The Radio would like to apologize to their European & UK fans and appreciate everyone’s understanding and well wishes for Jahphet at this time."
The band, fronted by Tunde Adebimpe, was scheduled to end the tour in Stockholm, Sweden on 24 February (15).
The rockers' U.S. tour dates for March and April (15) are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned.
The health scare comes nearly four years after the band's bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer.
Rock supergroup The Yardbirds have brought back their original guitarist, Top Topham, for a new U.S. tour. The British band, which has featured Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as members, has reunited with Topham, who left the line-up in the mid-1960s to continue with his studies.
Topham, who was replaced by a young Clapton, will return to the group alongside founder Jim McCarty, bassist Kenny Aaronson and singer Myke Scavone, who previously fronted Ram Jam.
McCarty co-founded the band with singer Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith and Topham in 1963.
The new-look Yardbirds have a string of U.S. dates planned for 2015, beginning with two shows in Connecticut on 3 and 4 April (15).
British singer Sam Smith has given Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne a co-writing credit on his single Stay With Me but insists similarities to their 1989 song I Won't Back Down are "a complete coincidence". The track was released in April (14) and the rockers alerted their publishers to similarities between Smith's single and their song, which was performed by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, both parties settled the copyright dispute out of court in October (14) and a representative for Smith has now confirmed the news.
He says, "Recently the publishers for the song I Won't Back Down, written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for Stay With Me, written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.
"Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of Stay With Me listened to I Won't Back Down and acknowledged the similarity... Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement."
The spokesman did not confirm if Petty and Lynne will receive royalties for the track.
Bill Freimuth from The Recording Company, which hosts the Grammy Awards, said the rockers will not be considered nominees for Stay With Me, which is up for three awards, because they "did not do any new writing" for the single.
He adds, "Rather, they would be given certificates to honour their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work (if the song wins)."
British pop star Sam Smith has reportedly agreed to pay out royalties to rockers Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne over his hit single Stay With Me. The track was released in April (14) and fans were quick to point out similarities between the chart hit and the 1989 song I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Petty and Lynne wrote the original, and Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper reports they will now both receive a writing credit on Smith's track, which is up for Best Pop Performance and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month (Feb15).
New Year’s resolution: Watch more TV. And with a slew of hotly anticipated new shows as well as a crop of returning favorites, that shouldn’t be too hard to fulfill. Start marking your calendars and picking that perfect spot on the couch in preparation for the fabulous TV that awaits you in 2015.
1. Better Call Saul
For those of you who have been in major withdrawals since Breaking Bad ended, rejoice! The prequel spin-off series starring fan favorite Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) premieres on AMC in February. Maybe there’ll be a cameo or two by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? Pretty please?
2. House of Cards
In the third season of this Netflix series (premiering in February), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots to take over the world! Ok, we don’t know that for sure, but it seems a likely possiblity for the power hungry politician. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
3. Game of Thrones
Season five is going to be Arya Stark’s time to shine, we just know it. The HBO fantasy series returns later this year (likely around April) and is sure to be filled with more weddings and deaths or combinations of the two.
4. Orphan Black
This cult favorite returns to BBCA in April and we can’t wait to see the clone club multiply! If Tatiana Maslany is not nominated for an Emmy this year, we give up on life.
The first half of the season ended way too soon and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more episodes ever since. The Scottish time-travel drama starts airing its second half on Starz on April 4. Don’t act like you haven’t been crossing off the calendar days until Jamie and Claire return.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
A new show from Tina Fey...starring The Office’s Ellie Kemper...coming straight to Netflix. Count us in and let the binge watching commence! It’s set to premiere in spring, so our excitement will be building until then.
It’s a Netflix thriller-drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler. Say no more. The mysterious show about a family with secrets hits Netflix in March.
8. Pretty Little Liars
We still don’t know who ‘A’ is, and we’re still dying to find out. Here’s hoping season 5’s January 6 winter premiere gives us some answers.
9. Downton Abbey
This season of the British period drama promises to be its most progressive season yet. They are deep into the roaring 20’s after all. The times can change, just as long as Lady Grantham's sass stays the same. Season 5 premieres on PBS January 4.
10. Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell is set to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies in this new ABC series. It debuts on January 6 and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably geeking out.
We’re intrigued by this Fox drama about a prominent hip-hop family. It was produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who previously collaborated together on The Butler), and stars former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
12. Mad Men
It’s Mad Men’s final season and we’re all waiting to see how things end for Don Draper. We secretly hope Peggy and Joan start their own business together.
13. Parks & Recreation
Not going to lie, when the final season of Parks & Recreation ends this year, we’ll be weeping openly. We’ll miss Leslie Knope & Co. so much, but we’re going to savor the show’s last hurrah - which premieres on NBC January 13.
Daredevil has been in need of a reboot since the Ben Affleck played the superhero in the 2003 flop of the same name. Now Charlie Cox takes on the role in a new Netflix series set to premiere in May. Fingers crossed for better results.
Since the last season of Girls ended, we read Lena Dunham’s book to tide us over. The HBO comedy/drama returns for a fourth season on January 11 and we’re ready to see what shenanigans Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna get up to this season. Will they finally start to grow up? Not likely.
What shows are YOU looking forward to? Let us know!
Studio executives have decided to forego a theatrical release for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River after it failed to win over critics earlier this year (14). The movie debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival to mixed reactions from attendees, while reactions from critics have been less then favourable since the May (14) premiere.
The lacklustre reception has since prompted bosses at Warner Bros. to release the project straight to home entertainment systems in April (15), according to Variety.com.
The fantasy thriller, previously titled How To Catch A Monster, stars Mad Men beauty Christina Hendricks as a struggling single mum who is drawn into a dark underworld in a mysterious town on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan.
Lost River also features former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Gosling's real-life girlfriend and new mum, Eva Mendes.
Tv On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe considered ending the band's run following the death of bassist Gerard Smith and a highly-successful worldwide tour. The Wolf Like Me hitmakers released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light in April, 2011 to critical acclaim, but just nine days later, Smith passed away after a battle with lung cancer.
In an interview with Billboard, Adebimpe admits he thought about disbanding the group, although he never specifically mentions Smith or other factors that contributed to his thoughts of breaking up the band.
He reveals, "At the end of the last album and tour cycle I was on the page of, 'We could put this down right now and I'd feel really good about what we've done.' We're going out on maybe not the highest note possible, but a really respectable note. I really felt like we could knock it off."
Adebimpe has since reconsidered and now the band has a new album called Seeds, a project which the frontman has high hopes for.
He adds, "I'm really glad that we didn't, and that we decided to get it together to do this, because it feels really good. It feels like a natural cycling back to something and having it feel really fresh."
Plucky rocker Wilko Johnson appeared in public on Wednesday (22Oct14) for the first time since undergoing major cancer surgery earlier this year (14) and told fans: "I'm still standing!" The former Dr. Feelgood star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013 but he stunned doctors by refusing treatment and defying their predictions he only had months to live.
In April (14), he underwent a nine-hour operation during which he had the tumour, his spleen, pancreas and parts of his intestines removed, and he has since been recuperating at home.
He appeared at a public event for the first time since the surgery when he attended the Q Awards in London on Wednesday to accept the prestigious Icon honour, and he told the audience, "I was in extra time. I'm still on my feet!"
The big winners at the ceremony were British band Kasabian, who scooped two of the four awards they were up for, taking home Best Live Act and Best Act In The World Today.
Singer Tom Meighan dedicated the former to his father, and when receiving the latter he told the crowd, "Thank you so much! Best act in the world? Honestly? Hell yeah!"
Pop star Ed Sheeran added to his trophy cabinet by taking the Best Solo Artist title, rockers Elbow won Best Album for The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, and Sam Smith was named Best New Act.
Culture Club were handed the Idols honour, Johnny Marr won the inaugural Les Paul Award for influential musicians, and XTC frontman Andy Partridge took the Classic Songwriter trophy.
However, comeback queen Kate Bush was snubbed by organisers - she missed out on gold after making the shortlist for two of the honours, including Best Act In The World.
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best Solo Artist - Ed Sheeran
Best Act In The World Today - Kasabian
Best Album - Elbow, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Best Live Act - Kasabian
Best New Act - Sam Smith
Best Track - Paolo Nutini, Iron Sky
Best Video - Jamie xx, Sleep Sound
Q Icon - Wilko Johnson
Q Idols - Culture Club
Classic Songwriter - XTC's Andy Partridge
Q Hero - The Charlatans
Outstanding Contribution To Music - XL Recordings
Q Inspiration - Simple Minds
Les Paul Award - Johnny Marr
Classic Album - Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon
Innovation Of Sound Award - Jean Michel Jarre
Maverick Award - St Vincent.