Oscar-nominated costume designer Patricia Norris has died, aged 83. Norris, who frequently worked with directors David Lynch and Mel Brooks, passed away on 20 February (15).
She earned six Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design throughout her storied career, including nods for films Sunset, 2010, Victor, Victoria, Lynch's The Elephant Man, Days of Heaven, and last year's (14) 12 Years a Slave.
Under Lynch, Norris served as both a production and costume designer, on films including Wild At Heart and Lost Highway. She also earned an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy award for the pilot of Lynch's cult TV drama, Twin Peaks.
Norris collaborated with veteran entertainer Brooks on three of his films, including Silent Movie, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part I.
Her other credits include Scarface, The Candidate, Killing Them Softly, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and The Singing Detective.
Norris was feted with a lifetime achievement award from the Costume Designers Guild in 2007 and the Art Directors Guild in 2011, making her the only person to receive the top honour from both organisations.
TV's former Superman Dean Cain and one-time Supergirl Helen Slater have been added to the cast of the new Supergirl series, starring Glee's Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El. Cain, who played Supergirl's cousin in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Slater, who also portrayed Superman's mum in TV drama Smallville, have landed mystery roles in the new TV superheroine series.
The news comes a day after Homeland's David Harewood and Grey's Anatomy regular Chyler Leigh were added to the cast, which also boasts Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti and Mehcad Brooks.
Homeland star David Harewood and Grey'S Anatomy regular Chyler Leigh have been added to the cast of the upcoming Supergirl TV series. Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent who heads up an alien threat team, while Leigh will portray the title character's foster sister, Alex Danvers.
The new additions join a cast that includes Glee star Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti and Mehcad Brooks.
Spanish pop star David Bisbal will be honoured with a special prize at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Music Awards next month (Mar15). The singer/songwriter will be given ASCAP's Voice of Music Award, which is handed to artists whose music represents the spirit of a generation.
He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients such as Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, and fellow Latin star Luis Fonsi.
Camila lead singer Mario Domm will also be feted at the ceremony, and will be given the Golden Note Award, which honours songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.
Regional Mexican group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award in recognition of their contributions to music since its formation in 1965.
The 23rd annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 March (15).
Actor David Hyde Pierce will make his directorial debut on Broadway by taking the reins of a new musical comedy starring Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris. It Shoulda Been You, written by Pierce's husband Brian Hargrove and featuring music by Barbara Anselmi, focuses on the family drama at a mixed-religion wedding as a Jewish bride and her Roman Catholic groom attempt to tie the knot.
Tony Award winners Daly and Harris will appear as the feuding future mothers-in-law.
Pierce and Hargrove premiered the stage show in New Jersey in 2011 and initially planned to take it to Broadway in 2012.
The production will serve as a mini-Frasier reunion for series star Pierce - Harris once featured on the hit TV show as a kooky agent, while co-star Edward Hibbert previously portrayed a food critic.
Other castmembers include Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard and Neil Patrick Harris' husband, David Burtka.
It Shoulda Been You will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March (15).
Pierce is no stranger to New York's famous theatre district - his most recent appearance came last year (13), when he starred in comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media adviser Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on Friday (04Jul14) for his role in the U.K.'s phone-hacking scandal. Coulson was editor of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid News of the World from 2003 until 2007, during which several members of staff on the paper routinely tasked a private detective to intercept voicemail messages of the rich and famous.
He had denied any knowledge of the practice under his leadership but was last month (Jun14) convicted of conspiracy to intercept communications.
Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of Murdoch's News International, was cleared of all charges relating to the scandal.
Victims of the hacking included British Princes William and Harry, Sir Paul McCartney, and actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller. Murdoch closed the News of the World in 2011 at the height of the furore.
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Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler were recently chatting up their new movie They Came Together and Vulture asked them to name some of their all-time favorite romantic comedies. While Poehler named the iconic '80s flick Say Anything, Rudd went in a slightly different direction:
"Annie Hall is pretty amazing. A lot of the Woody Allen ones are pretty great..."
The actor went on to name Albert Brooks as another favorite director, but now that Woody Allen's name is, for many, associated with a sex abuse scandal, could Paul Rudd's response be considered controversial?
The actor was clearly just giving an honest answer to the question, but there are plenty of people who believe that one cannot separate the man from the artist, and Woody Allen shouldn't be spoken about in a positive light at all. Most likely, Rudd's fans will continue to be fans—he's got one of those faces you can never stay mad at for long.
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Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham and Mark Ruffalo are among the stars who have signed a letter to New York City politicians urging them to protect arts programs in local schools. The actors have all added their names to a missive addressed to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with director Lee Daniels, playwright David Auburn, former Law & Order star Richard Brooks, and Broadway veteran Danny Burstein.
The letter asks the politicians to set aside funding for arts programs in New York City schools in a bid to protect them from cuts, highlighting the importance of drama, dance and music classes for youngsters.
It reads, "We write today to... urge that the Department of Education set aside the necessary funding in the City budget to ensure that every New York City public school has a certified arts teacher and rich cultural partnerships, as part of a comprehensive curriculum.
"As professional artists and performers, we all remember the first person who opened our eyes to the magic and wonder of the arts... The arts not only build texture and depth into the City's landscape, they also help us connect to others in unique and powerful ways, and push us to grow.. We urge the Department of Education to ensure that every public school student has the chance to engage in a vibrant arts education. Let's make sure that New York City is home to tomorrow's great artists, just as it is today."
Singer K.D. Lang gave a surprise encore following Friday's (07Mar14) performance of Broadway musical After Midnight when an audience member offered up $10,000 (£6,250) for charity. The musician is currently appearing in her first run on the Great White Way in the show, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's stint at New York City's famous Cotton Club.
After Friday's performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, it was announced a mystery donor would hand over $10,000 to The Actors Fund charity if Lang sang her rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in her native Canada.
She agreed and returned to the stage, receiving a rapturous round of applause after completing the number. Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six suggest the donor was financier David Steiner.