Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett have rounded out the cast of Jungle Book: Origins. The Dark Knight star and Blanchett will join British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play villainous tiger Shere Khan, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan in Warner Bros.' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's adventure tale.
Bale will voice orphan Mowgli's panther friend Bagheera, while Blanchett will play python Kaa, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Andy Serkis, who will make his directorial debut on the film, will step in as Baloo the bear and Lone Survivor's Rohan Chand will star as Mowgli.
Hollander, Mullan, Harris and Marsan round out the cast as jackal Tabaqui, wolf pack leader Akela, and wolves Nisha and Vihaan, respectively.
This isn't the only The Jungle Book film in the works - Jon Favreau will take charge of a rival Disney live-action/animation production, which features the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong'o.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has defended his dance with a uniformed policewoman at a gala event in India over the weekend (09-10Aug14) following a backlash from politicians. The actor showed off his moves onstage with the female officer at a police gala in Calcutta, India attended by a number of local authority leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Several Indian politicians were outraged by the performance, accusing the minister of undermining respect for the police by letting the dance go ahead.
Khan has now hit back at the reports, insisting the backlash is due to the dancer being female, not because she is a uniformed police officer.
He says, "It is strange, some years back when I was shooting for (film) Veer-Zaara, I had danced and had fun with the jawans (constables) who were in uniform... I had entertained them. In 60s-70s, actors and performers used to go on (the) border and dance and perform for them just to encourage as those were the times of war...
"I don't think it is about uniform, but just because it is a lady in uniform one should talk like this. So, it is a distinction being made between men and women which I think is completely rubbish and silly. I think it should not be talked about also."
British boxing champion Jamie Moore is recovering in hospital after he was gunned down in Spain. The former European light-middleweight champion was shot in Marbella after leaving a party in the early hours of Sunday morning (03Aug14).
Moore, 35, who has retired from boxing to become a trainer, was hit in the leg and hip and underwent surgery to treat his injuries.
He has received messages of support from fellow boxers including Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton.
Police in Spain are investigating the incident and believe Moore might have been shot in a case of mistaken identity.
British producer Naughty Boy has defended pop star Zayn Malik for writing a 'Free Palestine' message online, insisting he was only trying to raise awareness. The songwriter became friends with the One Direction singer after they met at the Brit Awards this year (14).
On Monday (28Jul14), the pair was working on a new track in a studio when they decided to write on Twitter.com about the Middle East conflict.
Both sent "#freePalestine" messages and Malik came under fire from his followers, but the producer - real name Shahid Khan - denies they were taking sides in the conflict and insists they just wanted to make their fans aware of the situation.
Khan tells BBC's Asian Network radio, "It's about being a humanitarian... We are educated on the subject and the history of Palestine; so we have a responsibility as we are creating an awareness about highlighting children dying... Zayn's biggest fan base is teenage girls so it's good to highlight.
"It's just more about being a human being. If I saw that going on in Israel (I'd do the same), the amount of women and children being killed, that is just too shocking."
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Christopher Walken has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's star-studded The Jungle Book remake - as ape leader King Louie.
He joins Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson among the stars who will be providing the voices for the live-action/animation adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book.
Walken's character was played by singer Louis Prima in the 1967 Disney film adaptation.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito has also been added to the new Jungle Book cast - he'll play wolf leader Akela.
Kingsley will play panther Bagheera, Idris Elba the villainous tiger Shere Khan and Johansson python Kaa. Newcomer Neel Sethi has been cast as Mowgli, the orphan at the centre of Kipling's tale.
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos brokered a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for an undercover reporter after becoming convinced he was a movie producer who was lining her up for a major Hollywood role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, a court has heard.
The former N-Dubz singer is on trial for allegedly arranging for a drug-dealing pal to sell half an ounce of the illegal drug to a man she believed was a leading film studio boss.
However, he was really notorious U.K. undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, and Contostavlos was subsequently charged by cops after the story appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
At the opening of her trial at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (16Jul14), the jury was told Contostavlos was once a member of a street gang which sold crack cocaine. She met with Mahmood - who was using the cover name 'Samir Khan' - at swanky hotels in Las Vegas and London last year (13) after he told her agent he could land her a role in a "big production" alongside Titanic star DiCaprio.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the court, "It is clear the defendant was very keen to break into films and she and her manager swallowed the story completely. She was told that she would be more suitable for the film than Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet."
The jury heard that the pop star, who was also a judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor for two seasons, later agreed to sell Mahmood cocaine and used the term "white sweets" as code for the drug in text messages.
She allegedly arranged for her pal, rapper Mike Coombs, to supply the drug to the reporter in a room at London's Dorchester hotel in May, 2013.
The prosecutor added, "We say that the defendant was instrumental in arranging the supply of cocaine carried out in the Dorchester... Although the defendant had not negotiated the price or the amount, she had done all she could to make a supply of cocaine happen and the charge reflects her involvement in the supply of the drug."
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The trial continues.
British boxer Amir Khan will not be charged following his arrest for assault on Friday (04Jul14). The former world champion was held by police over allegations he attacked two teenagers in a street in Bolton, England.
He was later released without charge, and British newspaper The Sun reports cops have now decided to take no further action against the star.
British boxing star Amir Khan was arrested on Friday (04Jul14) for allegedly attacking two teenagers in Bolton, England. The former world champion, 27, allegedly pulled up in his car alongside a group of men while they were walking home from a mosque in the early hours of Friday.
A bust-up occurred and two men, both aged 19 and allegedly known to the boxer, suffered minor injuries.
Khan was arrested on suspicion of assault at his home hours later. He was released on bail without charge.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police says, "Officers discovered two 19 year old men had been assaulted. Their injuries are not serious."
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was awarded France's top cultural honour during a ceremony in his native India on Tuesday (01Jul14). The actor was presented with the Legion of Honour medal by Laurent Fabius, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai to recognise his contribution to promoting cultural diversity across the world.
The moment was extra poignant for the star, as the day would have marked his late mother's birthday.
He said at the ceremony, "It's my mother's birthday. If she was alive, apart from being extremely old, she would have been extremely happy that her son has got the highest and the most prestigious honour in the world... so thank you on behalf of my mother."
He added, "I thank the President of France Mr. Francois Hollande and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, Mr. Laurent Fabius, for finding me fitting for this honour... This honour has further motivated me to take Indian Cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory. And thank you France for being so loving and appreciative of Indian films, it's extremely encouraging."
Former Take That star Robbie Williams has been honoured in his native Stoke-on-Trent, England with the Freedom of the City. The Angels singer, his pregnant wife Ayda and their toddler Teddy attended a special ceremony hosted by local dignitaries on Tuesday (01Jul14).
He kept the event low-key so as to surprise his parents, who joined him at the Town Hall.
Williams told fans, "It's been a special day for Ayda and I and I am very grateful to those involved, especially to the Lord Mayor, for this honour.
"There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. This particular village moulded me into the man I am today. I wear where I am from as a badge of honour. So to have that honour returned to me is very special.
"I'm proud of our six towns. I'm proud to come from Stoke-on-Trent. I'm extremely honoured and grateful that you think it's fitting to give me this recognition. God bless you all."
He was presented with an honorary scroll by Mayor Majid Khan.