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Actor Dwayne Johnson is in talks to bring author Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive to life on the big screen.
If the Fast Five star signs on, he will take on the role of an ex-Navy Seal and covert operations specialist who finds himself at the centre of a termination plot after a rescue mission-gone-wrong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bosses at Universal Pictures, the studio behind the project, have yet to attach a screenwriter or director as the film is currently in the early stages of development.
However, they are reportedly keen to turn the movie adaptation into a franchise, just like Ludlum's Bourne series. The Janson Directive was published in 2002, a year after Ludlum's death.
Actress Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman followed the example of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield's recent goodwill stunt by holding up signs drawing attention to their favourite charities as they were photographed by the paparazzi on Friday (04Jul14).
The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars and real-life lovers have taken to using their fame to raise awareness for good causes and most recently created an impromptu photoshoot while being snapped out and about in New York City.
On Friday, Hathaway and Shulman decided to follow in their footsteps with makeshift, handwritten cardboard signs to turn the spotlight on child poverty organisations GirlEffect.org and worldofchildren.org and hunger charity feedingamerica.org. They held them in front of their faces as they walked their dogs in the Big Apple as photographers snapped away.
The Les Miserables star also gave Stone and Garfield a shout-out by writing, "Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea!", before directing fans to visit the websites of her top charities, while Shulman's sign wished the public a happy Independence Day.
Actor Sylvester Stallone is reportedly in talks to portray real-life hitman Greg Scarpa in a new biopic. If the Rambo star signs on for the film it will reunite him with Rocky producer Irwin Winkler and The Expendables producer Avi Lerner.
The movie centres on Scarpa's time as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informer.
Screenwriter Nick Pileggi tells the New York Post, "It's a fabulous story. Stallone is interested. He likes the script."
Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly was hospitalised to treat a life-threatening blood clot shortly after his cancer surgery last year (13). The 71 year old underwent an operation in the U.S. after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and was given the all-clear in October (13).
However, Connolly's wife Pamela Stephenson has now revealed the funnyman suffered a terrifying health scare shortly after the surgery, when he developed a potentially deadly blood clot in his thigh.
Stephenson claims doctors initially failed to spot the clot, and she saved her husband's life by ignoring their advice and getting him to a hospital straight away.
She tells Britain's Weekend magazine, "I knew it was a clot, but the doctors weren't listening to me. Eventually I spoke to an intern on the phone, who said, 'Just get him to the hospital right away.' I threw him into a taxi; he was in agony and crying with pain as the driver drove up the highway from our home."
After the clot was treated, Connolly suffered another scare while he was filming his TV documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send-Off, and it was his daughter Amy, who worked as a researcher on the show, who spotted the signs and took him to hospital.
Stephenson adds, "Thank God Amy was with him. She recognised what was happening and they got him back to hospital to deal with the clot. He's had all his check-ups and he's in great shape now."
Heavyweight rapper Rick Ross had to cancel his set at a hip-hop concert in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (21Jun14) after an angry mob blocked his entrance to the venue and reportedly made threats against his life. The Hustlin' hitmaker had been due to perform for fans at the Summer Jamz gig in the Chene Park Amphitheater, but upon arrival, he was faced with a "human blockade" of around 150 people.
The demonstration was reportedly sparked by local rapper Trick Trick's song No Fly Zone, which encourages fans not to support stars who fail to collaborate with artists from Detroit, but the activists took the fight one step further by allegedly hurling abuse and threats at Ross and his associates, prompting them to axe the show.
A statement released by venue representative Shahida Mausi reads: "Reports from our venue operations and security teams indicate 100-150 individuals orchestrated a human blockade around the service entrance to the venue, preventing Mr. Ross and his entourage from entering the premises.
"A decision was made from Mr. Ross' team (that) the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk."
However, Ross has brushed off the incident.
In a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Luv #Detroit I wuz ready to killm (kill them, put on a great performance) 2nite,heard it wuz a peace protest wit picket signs and locked gates haa (sic)".
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is reportedly in talks to adapt Michael Lewis' book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt for the big screen.
If Sorkin signs on to the project, it will reunite him with his The Social Network producer Scott Rudin, according to Variety.com.
The Newsroom writer also adapted Lewis' Moneyball for the screen, with Brad Pitt portraying real-life baseball boss Billy Beane. The film picked up six Academy Awards nominations, including a Best Screenplay nod for Sorkin.
Flash Boys will focus on high-frequency trading in the financial market.
Actor Tracy Morgan has been moved to a rehabilitation facility following a New Jersey traffic pile-up that put him in the hospital and claimed the life of his comedian pal James 'jimmy Mack' Mcnair. Kevin Roper, a driver for U.S. superstore Walmart, stands accused of falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle after ploughing into the back of a limo bus carrying Morgan and his companions early on 7 June (14).
The impact of the collision killed McNair and left Morgan and two others with serious injuries.
Earlier this week (begs16Jun14), the 30 Rock star's condition was upgraded to fair from critical and on Friday (20Jun14), he was transferred to an undisclosed location to continue his treatment.
His representative tells E! News, "Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab centre, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks. While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.
"He and (fiancee) Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him."
Meanwhile, Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto and a preliminary report released by officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggests he was speeding before the accident. Prosecutors also allege the driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to the fatal incident.
He faces up to 10 years behind bars if authorities can prove he ignored sleep guidelines for a trucker.
The truck driver deemed responsible for a New Jersey traffic pile-up that put funnyman Tracy Morgan in the hospital and claimed the life of his comedian pal James 'jimmy Mack' Mcnair was speeding prior to the collision, according to U.S. transportation officials. Kevin Roper, a driver for U.S. superstore Wal-Mart, stands accused of falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle after ploughing into the back of a limo bus carrying Morgan and his companions early on 7 June (14).
The impact of the collision killed McNair and left Morgan and two others with serious injuries.
Roper pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto during a court hearing last week (11Jun14), but now a preliminary report released by officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggests the suspect had ignored speed limit signs to slow down on the New Jersey Turnpike due to construction.
Officials claim he had been driving at 65 miles (104 kilometres)-per-hour, instead of the advised 45 miles (72 kilometres)-per-hour moments before the crash. The regular speed limit on the highway is 55 miles (88 kilometres)-per-hour.
Prosecutors have also accused Roper of sleep deprivation, claiming he had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the fatal incident. He faces up to 10 years behind bars if authorities can prove he ignored sleep guidelines for a trucker.
Morgan remains hospitalised, but his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have pulled another goodwill stunt in front of the New York City paparazzi by holding up signs urging fans to donate to their favourite charities.
On Tuesday (17Jun14), The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars and real-life lovers spotted snappers while eating breakfast at a cafe, and decided to create an impromptu photoshoot to raise awareness for organisations close to their hearts.
When they walked outside, Stone held up a card which read: "Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside. And so we thought, let's try this again. We don't need the attention, but these wonderful organisations do:", while Garfield's read: "www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org (and don't forget) www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org. Here's to the stuff that matters. Have a great day!"
The couple pulled a similar stunt in 2012, when they held up cardboard signs in front of their faces urging the public to support the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and cancer charity Gilda's Club.
James Mcnair, the comedian who lost his life in the Tracy Morgan limo-bus crash at the weekend (07Jun14), was laid to rest in Pennsville, New York on Thursday (12Jun14). Morgan, his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua were seriously injured in the accident, but McNair, aka Uncle Jimmy Mack, was killed.
Morgan is still in a critical but stable condition in a New Jersey hospital and could not attend his mentor's funeral service, which was attended by hundreds of fans and mourners.
McNair, 62, appeared onstage with Morgan at a comedy show in Delaware on Friday night (06Jun14), before the two old friends boarded the limo-bus for their ill-fated trip home.
Morgan "continues to show signs of improvement," according to a statement released by his publicist on Thursday. He is expected to remain in hospital for weeks.
Series follows the comedic and emotional trials and tribulations of a thirtyish rock band trying to regain their fame after being a one-hit wonder in the 1980's. Their former manager, Sid Gardner, comes out of rehab to guide hem back to stardom. The band includes: Jason, the lead guitarist, who still lives with his mother; Bill, the drummer, who has an unsympathetic wife and two kids to support; Peter, the bass player, who's distracted by image concerns; and Jennifer, the lead singer, who has an opportunity to front another band with a major label deal.