Writer and director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) has opted to exit his developing project, an adaptation of Stephen King film adaption of The Stand, According to The Wrap. Reports are that Cooper cites "creative differences" with Warner Bros as his reason for leaving the project.
The Stand, which is based on King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror novel of the same name, was originally expected to be written by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates (of Harry Potter fame). However, both Kloves and Yates exited the project because they felt it would work better as a mini-series. Afterwards, Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) signed on to write, direct, and star. But, soon after, Affleck left so he could direct and star in another Warner Bros. project, Live By the Night.
Once Affleck exited, Cooper was immediately tapped to direct and rewrite the script for the film, which had already had a first draft by David Kajganich. From the onslaught, the film has been labeled a priority project for the studio, so loss of another director could be spelling trouble for the adaption.
Cooper's exit may cause even more concern for studio since The Stand has a reputation of being one King's more complex novels, and it won't be easy to get another director to immediately sign on. In addition, Warner Bros. seems unsure whether they want the novel to be adapted into a franchise or just one film, which could also be holding up the production.
However, Cooper's exit is not the end of the world (pun intended). The latest rumors are speculating that Christian Bale may sign on to star in The Stand, and the addition of big name actor could help draw in another well known writer/director.
The Stand was previously developed into an eight hour mini-series for ABC, with a script written by King himself. This 1994 version starred Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald.
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Actor Stephen Amell has become a first-time dad to a baby girl. The Arrow star and his wife Cassandra Jean welcomed little Mavi Alexandra Jean on Tuesday (15Oct13).
The proud father shared the news with fans by posting a snap of himself holding the newborn on his Facebook.com page on Saturday (19Oct13).
The couple wed in the Caribbean on Christmas Day last year (25Dec12) and later re-affirmed their commitment to each other in May (13) during a celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Miley Cyrus covers the new issue of Rolling Stone with the now familiar sight of her tongue hanging out. The cover image is unfortunate, because it overshadows a great interview that begins with a mix-up of the Baldwin brothers (Stephen is a big fan, not Alec), passes through her disintegrating relationship, and ends with a club scene right out of one of her music videos. On that long, eventuful ride, Miley comes across as clueless, self-aware, pretentious, smart, foolish, and pretty fun. While she might not have the best head on her shoulders, it's a 20-year-old head. There's plenty of time and potential for it to become smarter and savvier. But that also means there's plenty of time for it to stagnate and continue in its decline to post-Disney tragedy. Let's look at some potential paths for Miley in the wake of Twerk-Gate.
The Good: As I do with all child stars, I implore you, Miley, take some night classes. Nothing bad can come of more knowledge. In fact, that's the one piece of advice Miley would do well to heed: learn something! Learn the history of the hip hop you say you love, and learn why your "twerking" feels like a sign of disrespect to the black community. Learn what slut-shaming is, and whether or not you're being unfairly judged based on your gender. Armed with this knowledge, Miley then brings something to the table to collaborations with the famous hip hop stars she texts, and brings a whole new audience to their work.
The Bad: Remaining gleefully unaware, Miley seems convinced she's black. Never daring to do more than pay lip service to her appreciation of black artists, her friendship with Kanye West falls flat and sparks a lame fued, which Steve Carrell jumps on, unhappy about her dangerous driving. (Quoth Miley: "It's like Dan in Real Life is watching me right now!"). After that, Miley is driven out of her neighborhood and left with some stale schtick and not enough good sense to take a break from the business.
The Ugly: Like Justin Bieber, her doppleganger and her self-proclaimed mentee, Miley lets her coddling parents and colony of sychopantic fans inflate her ego. Then, convinced of her swaggy adulthood, Cyrus wastes her money on increasingly elaborate party buses and winds up singing "Party in the USA" on a series of mall tours around Middle America. It doesn't seem like it'll come to this, but just in case, someone should probably make sure she doesn't have any plans to buy a monkey.
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Not as serious as the Oscars but not as alcohol-friendly as the Golden Globes, the Emmys have a history of hilarious moments. Over the years, both hosts and presenters have created moments memorable enough to make suffering through an overly-long telecast or enduring yet another Jon-Cryer-Best-Supporting-Actor win worth it. We've gathered up the funniest Emmys moments of all time to keep you laughing ahead of the 65th Primetime Emmys on Sunday. Here's hoping 2013 will provide us with plenty more funny moments to add to this list.
Stephen Colbert Is Upset With The EmmysWhen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took to the stage to present an award in 2006, Colbert seemed rather hostile towards the whole thing. His anger grew as the bit went on and Stewart attempted to reason with his friend while being forced to read the cheesy lines on the autocue. Finally, the whole thing comes to a head when Colbert gives the magnificent reason behind his frustration.
Groban Sings TV ThemesJosh Groban has made a career from singing pop songs in a classical style, and at the 2008 Emmys, he put his big voice to great use when he sang a medley of classic television theme songs. It turns out that Groban's also pretty good at impressions — his take on the South Park theme is a particular highlight — and with a cameo from Animal from the Muppets and a gospel choir, Groban takes a throwaway bit and makes it memorable. Plus, his slow motion run to the Baywatch theme is the perfect touch.
Lucille Ball Forgets Her GlassesThe original Queen of Comedy brought some slapstick to the 1975 Emmys when, while announcing the winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, she realized that she had forgotten her glasses and couldn't read the card. Although Milton Berle rushed to her assistance with both a wine glass and an actual pair of glasses, Ball had already mixed up the envelopes. Only Ball could make a minor mixup as funny as her character's iconic stint at a chocolate factory.
Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel WrestleLate Night Competitors Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel may have seemed amicable when they walked out to present an award at the Emmys, but it all quickly went south when Kimmel demanded to see the acceptance speech Fallon was trying to hide. It's a testament to the pair's inherent goofiness that the bit not only works, but with the added touch of Fallon awkwardly acting out the speech behind Kimmel, becomes something memorable.
The Office Gets New Co-WorkersIn 2011 the cast of The Office poked fun at Steve Carell's departure by having characters from from popular shows take part in an interview about the things they dislike about their jobs. With guest appearances by a very nervous Jesse Pinkman and Kim Kardashian — who, of course, is unfamiliar with the term "work" — the sketch shows that workplace annoyances are universal. However, the funniest moment comes courtesy of Leslie David Baker, whose deadpan delivery is a hilarious counterpoint to Aziz Ansari's enthusiasm.
Jimmy Fallon Memorializes Shows That EndedFor his hosting gig in 2010, Fallon took inspiration from his experience the MTV VMAs eight years prior and decided to do a musical medley for a fun spin on the classic Emmys "In Memoriam" segment. Dressing up as Elton John, Boyz II Men, and Billie Joe Armstrong, Fallon eulogized 24, Law and Order, and Lost, respectively. With lyrics wondering why Jack Bauer never went to the bathroom and a magical five-part harmony Fallon used his manic energy and trademark impressions to add some much needed silliness to the proceedings.
Bob Newhart is Trapped in a Glass Case of EmotionCertain things in life are unavoidable — taxes, death, award shows running over time. In 2006, host Conan O'Brien showed the audience the ingenious way that the Emmys planned to avoid such a fate — beloved television star Bob Newhart was sealed in a glass container along with exactly three hours worth of air. He then threatened the nominees that if the ceremony went over the allotted time, Newhart would die. Newhart plays his growing panic perfectly, and the whole thing becomes even more memorable in light of his recent Emmy win — Newhart's first.
Ricky Gervais Wants His AwardBefore Ricky Gervais offended all of Hollywood by hosting the Golden Globes several times, he won an Emmy for playing David Brent on the original British version of The Office. Unfortunately, he wasn't there to accept his award, so Steve Carell did it for him. One year later, Gervais actually was at the Emmys and he was going to accept his award by any means necessary. Although this bit is fantastic because of Carell's incredible poker face, the real beauty of it is realizing that this is essentially the moment that won Gervais his Globes hosting gig.
Amy Poehler Doesn't Speak Spanish (or Italian, or Martian)Whenever these two funny ladies get together, it's amazing to watch — just look at their Golden Globes hosting job — and although Poehler gets a lot of attention for her nominee skits, it's when she's making up languages with complete abandon that she really shines. With Fey playing the straight man, Poehler takes a bit that would have been clunky and eye-roll inducing from anyone else and makes it a standout moment.
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British theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is recovering after undergoing an operation on his back on Thursday (15Aug13). The Phantom of the Opera creator, 65, has suffered numerous health troubles over the last few months, and he was back in hospital again this week (ends18Aug13) to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.
Webber has now revealed he was taken in for back surgery, insisting he was quickly discharged and returned to work on his latest stage show, Stephen Ward the Musical, on Friday (16Aug13).
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Thank you for all the kind messages re my back op (sic) yesterday. Very happy to be working on SWardMusical (sic) today and feeling much better."
British theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber has been hospitalised in the U.K. The Phantom of the Opera creator, who has suffered numerous health troubles over the last few months, was admitted to a medical facility on Thursday (15Aug13) to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.
Webber updated his fans on his condition in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "In hospital today having my 12th general anaesthetic in 8 months."
However, the star insisted he will be back at work on Friday (16Aug13) to continue preparations for the launch of his latest stage show, Stephen Ward the Musical.
He adds, "Back to work on SWardMusical (sic) tomorrow, even if a bit woozy."
Webber, 65, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011 and overcame a battle with prostate cancer, but he was forced to pull out of an appearance at the Tony Awards in New York in June (13) due to ongoing unspecified health problems.
Bryan Cranston and Mariska Hargitay's acting coach, Ivan Markota, has passed away at the age of 86. The veteran Hollywood mentor, who was an actor himself, passed away from natural causes on 6 August (13) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Markota started the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture & Television Acting in L.A. in 1967 and served as the president of the Acting Coaches & Teachers Association.
Markota's other students included Sherri Shepherd, T.K. Carter, Rick Dees, Miguel Nunez, Traci Lords, Denice Duff, Glenn Withrow, Walter Olkewicz, Casper Van Dien, Stephen Nichols and Mary Hart.
As an actor he starred in bit parts, appearing in In Like Flint, Waxwork II: Lost in Time and the 1960s series Land of the Giants.
Shepherd recently paid tribute to Markota in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Farewell my dear acting teacher Ivan Markota, founder of Van Mar Academy. 1994 in class Ivan pointed at me & told me I would be a star RIP. 1994 - I was a legal sec't (secretary), riding the bus, struggling comic. Ivan Markota had faith in me. Sometimes it only takes one to believe RIP."
Funeral services are scheduled to take place on Friday (16Aug13) at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.
Controversial Russian politician Vitaly Milonov has branded British actor Stephen Fry "sick" as the furore over the 2014 Winter Olympics escalates. Fry sparked an international debate about staging the Games in Russia when he wrote an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron last week (ends11Aug13) calling for a boycott of the event over the country's gay rights record.
Stars including singer Lily Allen and actress Sophia Bush spoke out to back his plea for action, but now Milonov - one of Russia's leading supporters of a gay propaganda ban in the country - has hit back.
In an extraordinary rant, he insisted homosexuality is a "sin" and branded Fry "sick" over his suicide attempt last year (12) when he downed vodka and pills in a bid to kill himself.
Milonov tells BBC Radio 5 Live, "Who is this Stephen Fry? I know because he is a sick person because he tried to commit suicide."
Fry, who is now calling on medal-winning athletes to make a special "salute" on the podium to highlight their support for gay rights, took to his Twitter.com page to respond to Milonov's remarks, writing, "Ah, that friend my Deputy. What a prince of humanity and what a hero of humanity."
British actor Stephen Fry and writer Ben Elton have thrown their support behind a campaign to save a local town hall and war memorial in England. The stars, who collaborated on comedy TV show Blackadder, have both joined the fight to preserve Fenton Town Hall in Staffordshire, England and the World War I memorial plaque inside.
Local officials have put the building up for sale, sparking fears it could be demolished or redeveloped, so Elton has made a $750 (£500) donation to campaigners hoping to raise enough money to buy the hall back.
He tells Thisisstaffordshire.co.uk, "I was so sad to hear the news that the beautiful Fenton War Memorial, which pays tribute to the 498 men of Fenton who died in the First World War, is under serious threat from developers.
"It is often said that if we fail to remember the past, we are destined to repeat it. In our own uncertain times, surely it's more important than ever that we remember the appalling carnage of the First World War and honour the memory of those hundreds of thousands of men who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Fry has also joined the fight and has helped to spread the word by reposting a link to a petition on his Twitter.com page.
He writes, "Join me in preventing the desecration of a magnificent memorial to the Great War and 498 men by signing this petition."