Danny Devito raises a toast to his late co-star Richard Griffiths whenever he sips on his new favourite gin drink after naming the beverage R.G. He explains, "I did The Sunshine Boys in London with him and every night we would get totally loaded on gin and lime." The British actor died last year (13), at the age of 65.
Boyband One Direction concluded weeks of good deeds on Sunday (08Jun14) by meeting with a group of sick youngsters at London's Wembley Stadium ahead of their final show at the venue. The Story Of My Life hitmakers are ambassadors for the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, which grants wishes for kids battling severe or life-threatening medical issues, and they have previously gifted sick fans with tickets to their shows.
On Sunday, the boys met with 53 poorly youngsters at the concert venue before the last of their three shows there, and answered their questions and posed for pictures with them.
The boys have raised $480,000 (£300,000) during the Ireland and U.K. leg of their Where We Are world tour by asking ticket buyers to also donate to charity. The donations are to be split between Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The charitable pop idols are also donating 80 cents (50 pence) from every ticket sold in Ireland and Britain to the Stand Up To Cancer charity and have raised $960,000 (£600,000).
Niall Horan also raised more than $480,000 for good causes by organising a star-studded charity soccer match last month (May14).
A strike by French air traffic controllers caused chaos at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (15May14) as attendees were caught up in the travel problems. Passengers flying to France faced severe delays and disruption due to a walkout by aviation staff, while industrial action by cab drivers also impacted on those flying into Nice airport on the first day of the festival on Wednesday (14May14).
British pop stars Spandau Ballet are due to attend the event on Friday (16May14) for the premiere of their documentary Soul Boys of the Western World, but Martin Kemp was left waiting for his bandmates on Thursday when they were caught up in the strike chaos.
He posted a video on Instagram.com showing himself drinking coffee in the sunshine while waiting for his colleagues to arrive, adding in a caption, "The other band members are caught up in the French air strike... I will just sit here and wait then... Could be worse!"
Other festival-goers who suffered travel problems on Thursday included screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine, the brains behind 2009 thriller Exam, who wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Cab cancelled at last minute. Went to wrong terminal. Flight delayed by air traffic control strike. Cab strike in Cannes. C'est La Vie!" while actor Martin Delany tweeted, "Off to Cannes film festival, flight cancelled due to French air traffic strike, re route to Perpignan, this movie business is tough."
Comedian Jay Leno has opened up for the the first time since his one-time U.S. TV rival David Letterman announced his departure from The Late Show last week (03Apr14), joking that the two late-night favourites are planning to take on Broadway in their retirement. The former The Tonight Show host gave up his post after 22 years in February (14), and now Letterman is making plans to bow out after 21 years as The Late Show's emcee in 2015.
Leno tells Extra that the two are planning to start theatre careers in Neil Simon's play about a bitter Vaudevillian duo, who grow to hate each other after a 40-year career.
Leno quips, "He and I are gonna do The Sunshine Boys on Broadway, so we're very excited about that."
When asked who he thinks should take over for Letterman, Leno stated, "I don't know a lot of good people out there."
The late night TV hosts have been feuding for almost two decades after Leno was chosen as Johnny Carson's successor on The Tonight Show over Letterman, who was then the host of Late Night, a talk show which aired immediately after Carson's weeknight programme.
It's the bitterest of winters and spring seems near and yet so far. Fear not, though, there's news that will brighten your day. Suits is coming back to TV in March. The sassy, snarky people of the constantly re-named law firm that employs Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) will be heating up your living room. Of course, the madness will all be overseen by Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), a good, strong woman boss who more than holds her own against the supposed boys club that is Law.
With all due respect to Almost Human's Kennex and Dorian, Specter and Ross have the best bromance on TV. Macht and Adams have great banter between each other despite events that strained their professional and personal friendships in the past. This must continue this season - it's part of the glue that really holds the show together. Of course, they can get mad at each other every now and then — the show needs drama, after all. But if it drags on too long, then the show loses some of its luster.
The character whose personal change works best is Litt. At the show's beginning, he was supposed to be the firm's resident jerk and foil for Specter and Ross. As the seasons have passed, he has slowly fleshed out into a really loyal person with his own code of honor. The events in last season's finale had him learning of Ross' duplicity regarding the fact that he had never attended Harvard Law School — or any law school for any matter. This is a fact that Pearson and Specter both know, but have kept under wraps. If the old, first season Litt re-emerges, all hell could break loose. I'd actually be very sad if that happened, since Hoffman has been turning in a consistently nuanced performance straddling the line of a comedic device and real person.
The fourth season is kind of a tricky one. By all accounts, it should really be hitting its stride and firing on all cylinders, since the cast is largely comfortable with each other. Then again, it has to also push some envelopes, so as not to become stale. The problem is, if they push in the wrong direction, then things can fall apart very, very quickly and it's hard to get viewers back after missteps. But if the cast keeps its cohesiveness, then that would go a long, long way.
That said, get ready for March 6. Spring and sunshine won't be too far behind. Time to get the suits out of storage.
Imeh Akpanudosen/GettyCreated in 2006 as a way of acknowledging the best new acting talent, the Rising Star is the only BAFTA award that's voted for by the general public. Here's a look at the five nominees hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winners James McAvoy, Shia Labeouf and Kristen Stewart at this year's ceremony.Dane DeHaanFollowing a seven-episode stint on In Treatment, 27-year-old Dane DeHaan then starred as troubled superhero Andrew Detmer in the gripping found-footage sci-fi hit Chronicle, appeared alongside former Rising Star winner Tom Hardy in the Prohibition drama Lawless and played Ryan Gosling's son in The Place Beyond The Pines. Following rave reviews for his portrayal of Beat poet Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings, DeHaan will next be seen in zombie comedy Life After Beth and perhaps more notably, The Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.George Mackay21-year-old Mackay has already picked up a Scottish BAFTA for his performance in last year's fishing tragedy drama For Those In Peril. Before that, he appeared in a number of children's fantasy adventures (Peter Pan, The Thief Lord), starred as one of the Bielski brothers in Defiance and played Clive Owen's son in The Boys Are Back. While 2013 also saw him star opposite Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now and showcase his vocal talents in The Proclaimers jukebox musical, Sunshine On Leith.Lupita Nyong'oThe oldest nominee on the list, 30-year-old Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress Nyong'o is also the least experienced in front of the camera with short film East River and MTV Base's controversial drama Shuga the only productions listed on her filmography before she landed her breakthrough role, female slave Patsey, in Steve McQueen's awards favorite 12 Years A Slave.Will PoulterThe youngest nominee at just 20, Poulter began his film career in 2008's under-rated coming-of-age comedy drama Son of Rambow before landing the role of Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. He continued to prove his talents in low-budget drama Wild Bill and stole the show from Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis as loveable dope Kenny in We're The Millers while this year will see him feature in British crime caper Plastic and the big-screen adaptation of The Maze Runner.Lea SeydouxBorn into one of France's most cinematic families, Seydoux grew up surrounded by a whole host of Hollywood stars and after working with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and Ridley Scott, has gradually become one herself. A three-time Cesar Award nominee for her roles in The Beautiful Person, Belle Epine and Farewell, My Queen, the 28-year-old is an outside bet for an Oscar nod thanks to her compelling performance in the Palme d'Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color.
"I was doing the play in London and the guy who did it with was great, his name was Richard Griffiths... He passed away in March and I didn't know I was gonna do the play... I had to do the play with the right person and Judd was available and interested in doing the play and it was like a blessing... We're having so much fun." Danny Devito on reteaming with his Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch in The Sunshine Boys onstage in Los Angeles.
The Hangover star Justin Bartha has stepped in to replace actor David Krumholtz after he quit an upcoming revival of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys in Los Angeles. Krumholtz has left the cast of the Ahmanson Theatre play citing personal reasons, leaving Bartha just weeks to perfect the role of agent Ben before the production opens for previews on 24 September (13).
The switch isn't the play's first cast shuffle - Richard Griffiths was set to reteam with Danny DeVito in Los Angeles after playing opposite him on the West End stage in London, but the British thespian died in March (13). He was replaced by DeVito's former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch.
Focus Films/Everett CollectionWith Big Fish and Little Miss Sunshine opening on Broadway in the fall, American Psycho debuting in London to droves of lucky Brits and rumors of Mean Girls casting (how fetch), the Great White Way is getting the silver screen treatment. Read on for more movies that we think should be infused with jazz hands and soprano.Brokeback MountainGay men and the women who love them – Broadway's biggest draw – will flock to the theaters to see this sweeping story come to life. Complete with tension, tumbleweeds, sensuality and a harrowing first act ballad when Alma realizes her husband prefers cowmen. Our dream casting: Benjamin Walker and Neil Patrick Harris, with Anne Hathaway reprising her film role and her topless-ness.Forrest GumpThis four-act operetta will take us through three decades of song as we follow our fabled hero through 'Nam and heartache. Not since Les Mis's "Castle on a Cloud" will a song performed by a wispy 8-year-old girl stir us more emotionally than Jenny's "I Wish I was a Bird." We predict Tony Awards for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as best actor, and Twyla Tharp for her inspired choreography of tapping truffles during Forrest's show-stopping, "Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates: 'Naw Mean?"Desperately Seeking SusanThe campy 80's pop musical Broadway has been waiting for (since Rock of Ages). Dream casting: Madonna (obviously).A League of Their Own
Cue the chorus boys in uniform! Rosie O'Donnell returns to headline this feel-good feminist period piece. We’d cast Alan Cumming as Jimmy Dugan, the craggly team manager. Just because.Overboard
When entitled rich-chick Joanna falls off her yacht and comes down with a wickedly funny case of amnesia, swash-buckling hilarity ensues as she starts a new life as a pauper mom and, for the first time, discovers true love. We’ll bring Randy Newman back to write a few ditties. Hey, it worked for Anything Goes and Titanic.
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Former Taxi stars Danny Devito and Judd Hirsch are reteaming for the revival of Neil Simon play The Sunshine Boys. Hirsch will replace the late Richard Griffiths in the production when it hits the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in September (13).
Griffiths and DeVito co-starred in the play in London last year (13) and were scheduled to team up again at the Ahmanson, but the Brit passed away in March (13), aged 65.