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Actress/singer Vanessa Williams is facing a hefty bill from U.S. authorities amid allegations she owes $370,000 (£217,647) in unpaid taxes.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials issued the lien to the Ugly Betty beauty earlier this month (Aug14) in relation to an address mix-up on the star's 2011 tax return. The documents were filed under her accountants' Manhattan address, even though she lives miles away, in the New York hamlet of Chappaqua, reports the New York Daily News.
Williams is the latest celebrity to be targeted by IRS bosses - singers Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Courtney Love, actor Michael Madsen and rapper Flo Rida are among the more recent stars hit by the tax authorities.
"It's something that's been in my life for a long time. I was offered it at school and turned it down to do my 'A' levels (school exams) and try and get some decent grades... I'm of an age now where I think it's now or never." Actor Benedict Cumberbatch on portraying tragic Shakespearean hero Hamlet onstage next year (15).
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has dismissed rumours he has been cast as the titular role in the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange. Reports suggesting the Sherlock star is the top choice to play the latest page-to-screen superhero recently surfaced, but Cumberbatch has shot the speculation down, pointing to his busy schedule for turning down the role.
During an interview with MTV News at 2014 Comic-Con on Thursday (24Jul14), he admitted, "As far as I'm aware, even if that was the case, it couldn't work out because I'm doing a little play called Hamlet in London. So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It's a shame if I miss out, but who knows?"
Cumberbatch is gearing up to make his return to the London stage this August (14), to play the title role in Shakespeare's play, which runs through October (15).
Doctor Strange, which tells the story of a former neurosurgeon who turns into the Sorcerer Supreme will be directed by The Exorcism of Emily Rose filmmaker Scott Derrickson.
Actress Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91. The star passed away of natural causes on Wednesday (11Jun14) in New Rochelle, New York.
Dee began her career in the musical drama That Man of Mine and played American baseball player Jackie Robinson's wife in The Jackie Robinson Story.
Other notable film appearances for Dee included A Raisin in the Sun, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing and American Gangster, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
For her many appearances on the small screen, the actress was lauded with several Emmy Awards nominations, including nods for 1979's Roots: The Next Generation, Little Bill and Decoration Day, for which she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie trophy.
Dee was also known for her stints in theatre plays including A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet and King Lear.
Her other awards include Screen Actors Guild awards for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for American Gangster, and a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together.
Paying tribute to Dee, Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard says, "Ruby Dee was truly one of a kind. She was a woman who believed deeply in fairness, a conviction that motivated her lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
"The acting community - and the world - is a poorer place for her loss."
Dee was also known for her activism, and, in 2005, she received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award alongside her late husband, Ossie Davis.
"I never wanted to run from Joey. I'm proud of him, not ashamed. He changed my life. I'm not the kind of guy to do Hamlet at the Globe theatre. It just doesn't sound like fun to me. If nothing else comes along for me, so be it. I've had my fair share of success. Anything else is just gravy." Former Friends star Matt Leblanc embraces the onscreen character that made him famous.
Movie veteran Robert Duvall is considering retirement after portraying literary hero Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam's new project. The 83 year old admits he's often asked about calling it a day but he's not ready to "wipe the drool yet".
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "When I finished Lonesome Dove I said, 'I feel like I can retire'. That role was my Hamlet. But that was a long time ago. "Terry Gilliam came to my farm, and he wants me to play Don Quixote in a movie. Men on horses, saving women... Maybe that will be my swan song, my exit part."
The film is Monty Python star Gilliam's latest attempt to get his doomed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground. Jean Rochefort was originally cast as Quixote in a disaster-ridden project, which served as the plot for 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is heading back to the stage to play villainous king Richard Iii in a new Shakespeare adaptation for the BBC. The Sherlock star will join the likes of Al Pacino, Laurence Olivier and Sir Ian McKellen, who have portrayed the English monarch on screen when he takes part in the BBC Two adaptation, directed by Dominic Cooke.
Cumberbatch has another Shakespeare role line up for this summer - he will portray the title character in a new adaptation of Hamlet, which will be staged in London in August (14).
Ironically, the actor's Sherlock sidekick Martin Freeman is to play Richard III in the West End later this year (14).
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While every Marvel film to date has culled inspiration from a handful of the same comic book series, the studio has done a great job with diversifying its offerings to suit every taste. From Iron Man's unwavering confidence to The Incredible Hulk's appetite for destruction, your favorite Marvel movie speaks volumes about what kind of person you are. Here's what your favorite Marvel movie says about you.
Iron Man Who are you: You're the trendsetter. You have a type-A personality that's full of swaggering confidence, and you're not afraid to plunge into the unknown. You're prone to start great things. You're also pretty funny and like to quip incessently about everything and anything. Bigger and better things will undoubtedly follow after you're gone, but people won't forget that you're the one that started it all.
Iron Man 2Who are you: You know that first guy that liked Iron Man so much? Yeah, you're that guy's shadow. You try to ape what was so great about him. You wear the same kinds of clothes, and try to act that same way, but you don't need to be as smart as Tony Stark to know that you're trying too hard to be something you're not. You're a pale and disappointing imitation of something greater. You'd be better served to try out your own thing, than trying to imitate others.
Iron Man 3Who are you: You're unique. You march by the beat of your own drum and subvert expectations. You like changes to the status quo, and just because a movie might throw you for a couple curveballs and do some things that aren't totally by the book, you value daring. You know that an original movie trumps a faithful one every time.
ThorWho are you: You're a jack of all trades. While just looking at you might give off the impression that you're a small-minded gym rat, your heart truly belongs to the theater. You're a student of Shakespeare and love a good melodrama about tragic kingdoms, betrayal, patricide. Because really, Thor is basically a cosmic version of something like Hamlet or Macbeth... except, you know, with frost giants and Kat Dennings. Hidden depths.
Thor: The Dark WorldWho are you: You just want to have a good time. You're not an especially deep or nuanced person, but you know how to get down when it's time to party. You let other people worry about being deep and complicated. For you, it's all about instant gratification. A movie doesn't have to be complicated to be good. All you need is a couple of hours of wiz-bang action, and you're satisfied.
Captain America: The First AvengerWho are you: You’ve got an old soul. New and flashy things are fine and all, but you truly enjoy the joints with a vintage style. History books line your shelves, and those old school Spielberg flicks get your nostalgia engine firing on all cylinders.
The Incredible HulkWho are you: You're destructive. Breaking things into a million little pieces fires all the right synapses in your brain, and likewise, seeing a giant rage monster crumbling entire city blocks into dust is your idea of a great night at the movies. Your temper has gotten you into trouble in the past and you've been told countless times about the virtues of keeping your anger in check, but who needs peace and calm when blind rage is so liberating.
The AvengersWho are you: You're a team player, and you love taking charge over a team of knuckle heads and accomplishing a goal. You get a contact high from seeing people strive towards something greater than what they could have accomplished alone. Beyond your love of team building, you’re a crowd pleaser. You’re dripping with charisma and you can entertain for hours on end.
The Hobbit star Martin Freeman is set to take on his first Shakespearean theatre role in Richard Iii in London this summer (14). The actor will play the English king in the Bard's play at the Trafalgar Studios theatre in the U.K. capital's West End.
The production will begin in July (14) and run through to September (14) and marks the return of theatre director Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season, which featured James McAvoy tackling Macbeth last year (13).
The casting comes after Freeman's Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, recently announced he will star in Hamlet at London's Barbican venue in 2015.
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Two dunderheaded stepbrothers, a bigoted manchild news reporter, and the recent economic downturn. One of these things is not like the others. Adam McKay has built up a long legacy of idiotic comedy through his frequent collaborations with Will Ferrell, but his next upcoming project is going to be quite the departure from the director’s usual fare. McKay is set to direct an adaptation of author Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, a book that sheds light on the housing and credit bubble. McKay is equipped with a directoral know-how more suited towards laughter, so a drama film is about the last thing we expected from the director. This is the guy that just made Anchorman 2 after all, and unless it's revealed that Ron Burgundy was the guy behind all of those fraudulent loans, we’re not sure what this upcoming feature will look like when all is said and done. With all that said, McKay’s sudden dramatic inspiration is not totally unheard of in Hollywood. Other directors have taken surprising left turns in their careers, and made films well outside of their perceived comfort zones:
In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola made Apocalypse Now, a tragic and surreal vision of the Vietnam war. Seventeen years later, he made the accelerated aging comedy Jack, which starred Robin Williams as a five-year-old in a 50-year-old's body. The horror, the horror.
In 1976, Martin Scorsese made Taxi Driver, a dark and gritty character study about an unhinged man trying to "clean up" the corruption of New York City. Thirty-five years later, he made Hugo, a whimsical family film about a boy living in a clock.
In 1991, John Singleton made Boyz n the Hood, a tragic look at the corrosive influence of gang life on inner-city youth. Twelve years later, he made 2 Fast 2 Furious, the most broey movie of all time.
In 2000, Ron Howard made a live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the mostly rubber funnyman Jim Carrey. Eight years later, he made Frost/Nixon, a historical drama about a post-Watergate scandal interview with Richard Nixon, honing in on how the president's duplicity tore America apart.
In 1987, Rob Reiner made the loopy, enchanting fairy tale classic (and "kissing story") The Princess Bride. Five years later, he made A Few Good Men, a stirring courtroom drama about the violent murder of a soldier.
In 1979, Steven Spielberg made 1941, a zany comedy satirizing war with the antics of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Fourteen years later he made Schindler's List, a heart wrenching story about one man's efforts to save Jews in Nazi Germany... scientifically proven to be the saddest movie ever created.
In 2004, David Gordon Green made Undertow, a harsh thriller about two young brothers trying to escape their murderous uncle. Seven years later, he made Your Highness, a medieval stoner comedy featuring Danny McBride.
In 1973, Robert Altman made A Long Goodbye, a neo-noir mystery film. Seven years later, he made Popeye, starring Robin Williams as the anchor armed sailor with a serious spinach dependency.
In 2001, Steven Soderbergh made Ocean's Eleven, a fun and campy remake of a fun and campy Rat Pack classic. Four years later, he made Bubble, a pitch black, intense look at the dead-end lives of several lifeless doll factory workers surrounding a murder.
In 1996, Kenneth Branagh made Hamlet, an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most revered, and most tragic, play. Fifteen years later, he made Thor, a film about a magical hammer affectionately called "mew mew."