Woody Allen was thrilled when Oscar winner Colin Firth signed on to star as a cynical illusionist in his new film Magic In The Moonlight - because he wrote the part of Stanley with the British actor in mind.
The filmmaker admits Firth's casting was especially sweet because he has failed to land so many of the world's top actors for his film projects. He explains, "The guys are great but they are hard to get, they are always busy. I have called (Robert) De Niro, I've spoken on the phone to Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson."
"Nicholson was going to do Hannah And Her Sisters. I wasn't thinking of Michael Caine at the time as I wasn't thinking of an English guy. It would never have occurred to me."
But when he started writing his latest project, he couldn't get past the thought of casting another Englishman, adding, "I was thinking of him as I was writing the movie and we were determined to have him, but he was scheduled to do another project."
"Fortunately for us, at the last minute his other project was postponed. Colin was the perfect person to play this because it requires a certain savoir faire (social grace). You want an elegant, good-looking person who can do the wit and can have that attitude without him getting on your nerves; someone you would like to watch for the whole movie."
Allen reveals the idea of casting Emma Stone opposite Firth came to him as he was working out: "I'm on my treadmill in the morning and I'm surfing through (TV channels) to kill the time and suddenly I would see these post-adolescent movies and think, 'Who's that girl? She's beautiful and she's very good'."
"I mentioned her name to Juliet Taylor, who casts for me, and she said, 'Yes, she's not just a pretty face. She's a very good actress'. She's very intelligent to chat with. She did such a good job she's in the (next) movie I'm doing now."
And it seems Allen is slowly getting his way when it comes to working with the world's top actors: "Now I am working with Joaquin Phoenix, a great actor, and Sean Penn... I would love to work with Kevin Spacey."
Acting couple Dichen Lachman and Maximilian Osinski are engaged to wed. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Osinski recently proposed to his girlfriend of three years and they are planning to exchange vows next year (15), reports Eonline.com.
Lachman's former Dollhouse co-star and onscreen love interest, Enver Gjokaj, is rumoured to be among the groomsmen at the ceremony after previously also working with Osinski on Dennis Quaid film The Express and Kevin Bacon's Taking Chances.
Animal rights campaigners have offered to make a $6,000 (£3,529) donation to Kevin Spacey's theatre company if he swaps meat for vegan food at an upcoming fundraising barbecue.
The American Beauty star is holding a raffle for the chance to eat barbecued ribs with him on the set of his online drama series House of Cards, with proceeds going to the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and London's The Old Vic Theatre Company, where Spacey works as artistic director.
However, staff at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have promised to make a $6,000 donation if Spacey goes vegetarian for the event.
In a letter to the star, a PETA representative writes, "We believe that you care about animal welfare and about the environment, so in light of all the information available today about cruelty in slaughterhouses and the detrimental effect of greenhouse gasses produced by animal-based agriculture, PETA is respectfully asking that the prize dinner feature delicious 'Fib Ribs' or Field Roast vegan offerings instead of ribs so that the theatre will not benefit at the expense of other vital social interests."
Tennis legend John Mcenroe has vowed to support his troubled son after he was arrested and charged with drug offences. Kevin McEnroe, 27, whose mother is actress Tatum O'Neal, was detained by police in New York City on Tuesday night (15Jul14) after he was allegedly caught making a drug transaction.
He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance before being released without bail, and now his famous father has pledged his support.
A statement from McEnroe reads, "The entire McEnroe family is extremely upset with regard to recent developments about Kevin McEnroe. This is a private matter and his entire family will do everything we can to support Kevin as he works through his issues at this very difficult time."
O'Neal has also publicly backed her son. The actress, who has suffered addiction issues in the past, posted a number of family snaps on her Twitter.com page after the arrest, and added a picture of herself with Kevin alongside the message, "Addiction is a disease. Not a moral issue. Support, empathy, love."
Actress Tatum O'Neal took to Twitter.com to express her upset after her son with tennis legend John Mcenroe was arrested on drug charges. Kevin McEnroe was detained by police in New York City on Tuesday night (15Jul14) after he was allegedly caught making a drug transaction.
The 27 year old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and released without bail after his arraignment on Wednesday afternoon (16Jul14).
O'Neal, who has battled her own drug problems in the past, has since taken to the social networking website to comment on the incident. She tweeted an icon of two hands clasped together in prayer, adding, "Hard day no filter... some days are better than... (sic)."
The son of Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal and tennis great John Mcenroe is facing drug charges following an arrest in New York City on Tuesday night (15Jul14). Police officers reportedly caught Kevin McEnroe appearing to make a drug transaction with another person and they were both taken into custody.
The 27 year old was allegedly found in possession of six envelopes of cocaine, 20 painkillers, 20 morphine pills and one anxiety pill, according to the New York Daily News.
Both suspects have since been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
McEnroe, the eldest of the former couple's three children, is due to be arraigned in court on Wednesday afternoon (16Jul14).
Former child star O'Neal has a long history with drug addiction issues, but is said to have kicked her habit after a 2008 arrest for cocaine possession.
The daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal even served as her embattled half-brother Redmond's sober buddy in 2010 as she helped him get clean after multiple drug arrests.
He became a free man in October, 2012 after successfully completing a year-long court-ordered stint in rehab, resulting in the suspension of his jail sentence for a 2011 arrest for heroin and firearms possession.
One Direction have been too busy to take up an offer to appear in Glee, according to castmember Kevin Mchale.
The actor has revealed producers behind the hit musical TV show have been desperate to land a cameo appearance by the British-Irish boyband, but the singers have been unable to find time in their gruelling work schedules.
McHale tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We wanted them on the show badly and I thought it might happen at one time. But then they just became too big, too busy."
Previous guest stars on the show have included Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Demi Lovato.
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British theatre director Anthony Biggs has called for cell phones to be banned from West End theatres after two actors flew into a panic during a show in London over fears an audience member was filming their nude scenes.
Actor David Judge, best known for his role in U.K. soap opera Hollyoaks, and co-star Jasmine Hyde stopped a performance of Athol Fugard's Statements at the Jermyn Street Theatre when he thought he spotted a man filming.
It turned out the audience member was actually texting his ill son, not shooting the nude scenes on his phone, but Biggs, who is artistic director at the venue, is adamant cellular devices should be prohibited in all London theatres.
He tells British newspaper the London Evening Standard, "Both actors were very concerned by what was happening... The phone's screen stayed on, and the man, who was just four feet away from them, seemed to be pointing it towards the actors... They were both very conscious of what being filmed could mean. Their naked images could have ended up who knows where on the Internet..."
"When David had to come out of character, it broke the spell and ruined the show. At the moment we are fighting against a tide, and this will continue to happen unless we address why people cannot disconnect from their phone for an hour and a half to experience live theatre."
Biggs' comments come just weeks after Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey scolded an audience member whose phone went off during his one-man show Clarence Darrow.
The Oscar winner stopped a powerful monologue to chastise the culprit, saying, "If you don't answer that, I will."
Kevin Spacey is offering House Of Cards fans the chance to rehearse with him and dine at his character's beloved backstreet barbecue diner as part of a charity push to raise funds for the Old Vic Theatre in London and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The actor has set up a fundraiser on Omaze.com, where he's offering House of Cards trinkets and memorabilia - and all who sign up will be entered for the chance to join Spacey and show creator Beau Willimon at Freddy's BBQ Joint.
Actor Fred Savage has reunited with his The Wonder Years co-stars for the first time in 16 years for a special TV interview.
The former child star, who played lead character Kevin Arnold in the coming-of-age sitcom, recently sat down with cast members Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo and Danica McKellar, who portrayed his love interest Winnie Cooper, to reminisce about their time on the late 1980s series for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.
During the interview, which aired on Tuesday (15Jul14), Savage admitted he was a ball of nerves as he filmed his first ever onscreen kiss with McKellar, confessing, "It was terrifying! We were both really scared and nervous and didn't know what was gonna happen, if we were gonna do it right. All that stuff (their characters experienced) was very real..."
Savage adds, "I see these episodes, and I remember shooting. It's an incredible kind of time capsule for us. I mean, this was our childhood."
Meanwhile, actor Dan Lauria, who played Savage's TV dad Jack Arnold, credited the young stars' parents with keeping the kids focused and grounded on set, helping them avoid the pitfalls of fame as they grew up in the spotlight.
Lauria, who was interviewed separately, said, "I think that's why they're all still involved in the (entertainment) business. You know, Josh is a big entertainment lawyer, Jason's a producer and Fred's a director. All this crap about kids from TV shows having terrible lives? Look at The Wonder Years. They all did great."
The series ran from 1988 until 1993.