Rapper Murs and his wife are preparing to welcome their second child by adoption next month (Jun13). The hip-hop veteran, real name Nick Carter, became a first-time dad last October (12) when he and his spouse Kate adopted their baby son Bishop from North Carolina, and they are now set to expand their family with the addition of a 15-year-old, called Eddie.
Murs, who is signed to embattled rap mogul Damon Dash's new label DD172, reveals he and his partner were inspired by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Jane Fonda's mixed families as they decided to give a home to children in need, and they hope their journey to parenthood will encourage others to adopt too.
He tells HipHopDX.com, "We adopted because we wanted to help change someone's life. We both know kids in the foster system and it's not the best place for a child to be raised.
"I hope I inspire more people to adopt. Hopefully, some of my peers will get involved. Shout out to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 'cause they were definitely inspirations for me. Jane Fonda adopted a black girl (Lulu) when (she) was 16 or 17. There are a lot of people, but I want more of the hip-hop generation... (to know that) you can change someone's life as parents.
"I hope I can encourage a few people to do the same... that's why I talk about it. It's beautiful. It's wonderful."
It looks like even more drastic changes could be coming to NBC's late night lineup. After officially announcing that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over Jay Leno's hosting gig at The Tonight Show in 2014, NBC is eyeing Alec Baldwin as a potential addition to the network's cabal of talented hosts.
The New York Times reports that Baldwin is in talks to take over a spot in the late-night lineup. No specific show is named, and apparently those talks are still in the very, very early stages. Hollywood.com reached out to NBC and Baldwin for comment but did not hear back at time of publication.
The Emmy-winning actor is no stranger to the peacock network, coming off a highly successful series run on 30 Rock, but he isn't the only NBC favorite in the running for the open hosting gig. Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers is also reportedly in the running to take over Fallon's vacated spot at Late Night.
Since megaproducer Lorne Michaels runs Fallon's show (as well as 30 Rock and SNL), it would make sense that he'd want to hire someone with whom he already has a working relationship. But who will come out on top in this new late-night war: Baldwin, Meyers, or someone else altogether?
Both candidates have the experience to take on the responsibilities that come with hosting a late-night talk show. Meyers has been wildly successful as the solo host of SNL's "Weekend Update" segment after his co-host Amy Poehler departed the show in 2008. His take on pop culture and current events (with a side of comedy) hardly ever falls flat, and he's proven he can take the reins by himself. Baldwin has long been regarded as one of the best guests on late-night shows and has won critical praise for a podcast series he created with WNYC radio in New York, called "Here’s The Thing," in which he has interviewed celebrities such as David Letterman, Billy Joel, Kristen Wiig, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and more.
Would Baldwin make a good late night host? What about the whole politics thing? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
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Could the unfortunate luck of Jane Got a Gun finally be ending? After many last-minute exits and casting switcheroos, Bradley Cooper is in talks to join the cast of the plagued production, Deadline reports.
The film's villain role first belonged to Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton. But when then-leading man Michael Fassbender left a week before filming began, Edgerton stepped up and took on the starring role. Jude Law then joined the movie as the villain, but left shortly after writer/director Lynne Ramsay's abrupt exit on the first day of shooting. Less than 24 hours after Ramsay's departure, Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor stepped up as replacement director.
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If Cooper does indeed finalize the deal to join Natalie Portman and Edgerton in the film, he'll play a character named Bishop, the man whose gang has attacked the estranged outlaw husband of a woman (Portman). When the gang comes to destroy her farm, she turns to a former lover (Edgerton) for help. Jane Got a Gun is in production now with an expected release date in 2014.
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Last week, the House of Representatives voted to suspend the nation's debt ceiling temporarily — so the nation's ongoing fiscal cliff war will continue on for a few more months. And on Monday night, Jimmy Fallon and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams decided that instead of just chatting about the issue, they would turn it into a jam session.
In the three-minute song, Williams and Fallon break down what's going on with the crisis. Williams, who can't let go of his newsman voice even for a funny video, leads the song as if it were an economic lesson at The Wharton School, debriefing viewers on all that's happening concerning the issue. "Less than a month after signing a fiscal cliff deal and narrowly adverting a financial crisis, the Obama administration once again finds itself locking horns with Republicans over the issue of raising the debt ceiling, the amount of money the nation is legally allowed to borrow," he sings.
But Fallon decided to turn the "lesson" into a salacious metaphor. "When it comes to raising the debt ceiling, the president is having a hard time getting it up," he says. "Seems the GOP ain't rubbing him the right way, especially with the country $16.4 trillion in debt."
It continues on in this format for the rest of the bit. The band leader makes a joke about the United States being so broke that the country needs to liquidate its assets "just like Al Roker." Williams talks about some Democrats hoping that their leader, John Boehner, will soften his "hard-line stance" — which leads to Fallon making the best joke of the whole video. "Take if from my man, Brilly Willy [Williams' new nickname], ain't nothing worse than a soft Boehner," Fallon sings. "Ain't nothing worse, especially when it starts leaning a little to the left. And it's going to take more than a magic pill like the trillion dollar coin to stimulate growth in the private sector."
Williams then explains that the President wants to use his power of executive order to "bypass Congress" and increase the debt ceiling. "You ain't lying honey, Bri Bri," Fallon says. "The President's got the bill in his hands. All it needs now is his John Hancock."
"Obama's got Republicans in a compromising position," he adds. "Now he's ready to push his package through Congress."
Lance Armstrong's drug problems and Fifty Shades of Grey are also jabbed in the video. Oh, and Williams' response to all of Fallon's perverse innuendos? "How was third grade, Jimmy?" he asks.
Point made. Now, back to the economy.
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Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Mariah Carey has booked a guest appearance on Fox's Ally McBeal on Jan. 7. In the episode, Carey will play a key figure in a lawsuit brought by (Jami Gertz's) Kimmy Bishop after she is given a refund by a matchmaking service and deemed unmatchable. Carey also will be featured warbling "Lead the Way" from her new album, "Glitter."
The movie memorabilia-themed restaurant Planet Hollywood filed for bankruptcy on Friday due to a drop in tourist business after Sept. 11. Planet's chief executive Robert Earl tells Reuters the Orlando-Florida based restaurant chain owes $133 million in debt against $121 in assets. Planet Hollywood, once valued at $3.5 billion on the day of its 1996 opening day, is struggling to find customers to fill its restaurants.
An Italian court has cleared Tenor Luciano Pavarotti of tax evasion charges, throwing out a state claim for up to $18 million, BBC News reports. Prosecutors argued that Pavarotti claimed to be a resident of the Italian town Modena, not Monaco, as claimed in his tax return between 1989 and 1995. In his defense, his lawyers said the tenor only visited Italy a few days each year to see friends and for the holidays. Otherwise, he lived "179 days a year" in the United States.
How's "Survivor" surviving? Not so well, apparently. The CBS reality show Survivor: Africa came in second to NBC's Friends last Thursday for the second week in a row. According to Nielsen ratings, Survivor has dipped its lowest levels since its June 2000 debut, having declined by 18 percent in total viewers (19.59 million vs. 23.84 million) and by 24 percent in adults (7.9 rating, 20 share vs. 10.4/23) from its premiere a week ago. . Friends was down 18 percent week-to-week in adults 18-24 to a season-low 12.2/32, but that's still 4 percent ahead of its fourth episode last season.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will stop making TV programs about royalty following controversy over his production company's filming of Prince William, BBC News reports. Adrent Productions has been criticized for not adhering to an agreement for all media not to intrude into William's life at St. Andrews University in Edinburgh, where he has just begin his first term.
Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins will star in The Human Stain, based on a Philip Roth novel set against the backdrop of the 1998 Clinton impeachment scandal, Reuters reports. Robert Benton is set to direct the film, which is expected to begin shooting in March.
The Runner, an ambitious reality show developed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, has been put on hold until next season due to concerns over the national mood, Reuters reports. The series, previously set to premiere on Jan. 7, is a cat-and-mouse game in which pre-selected "agents" pursue "runners" cross-country According to ABC, security issues and concern about the show's arose after the Sept. 11 attacks. No word yet on what ABC will do with the 9 p.m. Monday slot come January.
Producers Harry Thomason, his wife Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and filmmaker Adam Friedman are set to begin filming a theatrical documentary based on the Joe Conason and Gene Lyons book The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hunting will document the efforts to discredit the couple from the time of Bill Clinton's governorship in Arkansas through his 1998 presidential impeachment trial. Production is scheduled to start during the next few weeks.
With the balloting for the Screen Actors Guild presidential and more than 40 offices up for election ending in Oct. 31, candidates can now send email messages to the 30,000 or so union members who have email adresses, Reuters reported. For 8 cents per message, the emails supposedly contain harsh criticism on the presidential race between Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper, who are seeking to replace the current SAG president William Daniels, who will not be running for a second two-year term.
Bad-ass Kid Rock is looking for a few fans to appear in his new video "Forever," the first off his Nov. 20 release Cocky. According to an Atlantic Records spokesperson, the Wayne Isham-directed video will be shot on Oct. 26 and 27 in Detroit, Mich. Details will be announced soon through local radio stations and Kid Rock's official Web site.