The musical version of Brett Easton Ellis' book American Psycho will open on Broadway next year (15). Just days after an off-Broadway run of the show at Second Stage Theatre was cancelled, producers are in talks to take the production directly to the Great White Way.
Sources tell the New York Times that the arrangements with Second Stage "just weren't in the best interests of the production and its continuing life," adding that Broadway producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel were among many offering to take the show straight to New York's theatre land.
Richards tells the publication, "I just felt the proposal by Second Stage was something that did not serve the best interests of the production... We were all asked for advice, and we gave it. I saw American Psycho in London, and I thought it was terrific."
The show, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in London in December (13), follows the fortunes of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a serial killer.
James Brown's kids are set to release grisly new books about the Godfather of Soul covering his reputation as an abusive husband and reports suggesting the singer was murdered. The soul man's daughter, Yamma Brown, offers chilling details of her father's domestic abuse in her book Cold Sweat, while his son Daryl insists his dad's death was not natural in Inside the Godfather.
Yamma, who also opens up about her own abusive marriage in her memoir, recalls one violent row between her father and mother when she was five, writing, "My mother was dressed in her blue and white robe. Her legs were splayed wide open and my father was straddling her, pummeling her with clenched fists. Doosh. Thud. Doosh. Thud. Blood spurted from my mother's face. She started thrashing around, kicking her legs, holding up her arms to ward off the punches and trying to break free, trying to save herself."
Meanwhile, in an extract from Daryl's book, he states, "My father was murdered... I just have a gut feeling that he was killed", and and goes on to suggest members of Brown's were responsible.
Brown's son also alleges that his sister Yamma's abusive husband Darren Lumar's murder in 2008 was tied to his father's. He also believes his brother Teddy's car accident death in 1973 was actually a planned murder, insisting his sibling was shot before crashing his car.
Barbra Streisand is planning to one day write a memoir so she can set the record straight about her reputation as a diva. The iconic singer/actress has refused several offers to open up about her career in the world of showbusiness in print, but she admits penning an autobiography may be the only way she can clear up unfounded rumours about her personal and professional life, including allegations of her tardiness and her demanding behaviour.
The 72 year old made the revelation on Monday (15Sep14), during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in over 50 years, after new host Jimmy Fallon quipped, "I was afraid that you were coming here today and I was afraid that you were gonna become more of a nightmare. I gotta be honest, I thought a diva was gonna come in..."
Responding to the comments, Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, said, "That's why I wrote a song with John Mellencamp called Don't Believe What You Read. Please guys...
"Divas were opera singers... You know, I'm quite ordinary. I'm quite simple, normal, we lead a very simple life, we don't really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time or we take little trips. We take little trips in our truck...
"That's why I'm gonna write a book because I swear to God, these myths are so far-fetched."
Ellen Pompeo is planning to embark on an acting hiatus once her role on hit medical drama Grey'S Anatomy comes to an end. The actress, 44, has portrayed Dr. Meredith Grey on the TV series since its launch in 2005, but she admits starring in a drama is no longer atop her priorities list.
She tells Buzzfeed, "I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's. I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don't find acting terribly empowering. For the place I am in my life, I think my age, once I hit 40, I feel differently. I don't necessarily want to work for other people."
Pompeo, who made her screen debut in an episode of crime drama Law & Order in 1996, is keen to jump behind the camera and develop projects through her Calamity Jane production company, but she insists she won't be making an acting retirement statement anytime soon.
She continues, "I mean, never say never, I'm not going to come out and make one of those statements like, 'I'm retiring after...' and then in February come back. I try to keep an open heart, an open mind, an open soul and spirit to whatever comes my way and whatever is meant to be for me will be."
Pompeo's comments come just weeks after she signed on to add executive producer to her resume with a TV adaptation of Rachel Carey's book Debt, about the 2008 financial meltdown in New York City.
R&B star Usher has teamed up with a children's book publisher to launch a new reading initiative for youngsters.
The Yeah hitmaker has collaborated with bosses at publishing house Scholastic on the Open a World of Possible initiative, which encourages kids to embrace the joy of reading. Usher will hold a live webcast from the company's headquarters in New York on 6 November (14) to urge others to talk about their book habits.
He says, "I established New Look, a charitable organisation to assist young people to become leaders and to instil in them a belief that they can create change in their communities and around the world. "I'm excited to host the webcast with Scholastic to demonstrate to kids how reading frequently, and being a reading mentor to their friends and others in their community, can open doors to endless possibilities."
Officials at the publishing company will also donate 100,000 books to charities and non-profit organisations as part of the drive.
Veteran actor Jeff Bridges is planning to add children's author to his extensive resume after teaming up with his eldest daughter for the special project. The Big Lebowski star, who has also established himself as a musician and a photographer, reveals he likes to find ways to include his kids in his professional career so he has started penning a kids' story with 33-year-old daughter Isabelle.
He tells People.com, "I try to create as many experiences as I can to hang out with my kids. When you're an adult, you gotta work. So I invented this word - plorking - a combination of playing and work...
"Isabelle, my oldest girl, we're working on a children's book together."
Bridges has also recruited his second child Jessie, who has served as his film set assistant for years, to open for his band The Abiders' new tour, while his youngest girl Hayley, 28, is helping to design the actor's new home.
He isn't the first celebrity to pen stories for kids - fellow celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Julianne Moore, Jim Carrey, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne have also tested their creative writing skills in recent years.
Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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Stephen King, John Grisham and James Patterson are among 900 of the world's most famous authors who have waded into an ongoing publishing dispute with bosses at book retailer Amazon. Hundreds of writers, also including blockbuster novelists Lee Child, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins, have signed an open letter informing readers about the row and urging Amazon to bring the dispute to an end.
In the letter, the group accuses Amazon executives of using "unusual tactics" in a bid to push through a deal with publishing house Hachette, alleging they have been boycotting the company's authors, refusing to apply discounts to their books and slowing delivery of works by Hachette's writers to customers.
The letter reads, "As writers - most of us not published by Hachette - we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation... Many of us have supported Amazon since it was a struggling start-up... We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years... This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends...
"We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers."
Hachette boasts some of the publishing industry's biggest names on its roster, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, the writer behind the Twilight franchise.
Glee star Chris Colfer's bestselling book series The Land Of Stories is set to hit the big screen - the actor is in talks with major movie executives about turning the tales into a new film.
The 24 year old tells Access Hollywood Live he always vowed not to consider movie deals connected to his young adult books, but now he's reconsidering.
Colfer says, "I'm starting to have those film conversations. I'm a little more open-minded to it. When I first started the series, I was completely against doing a movie... I always said I would rather it be a good book that a hundred people read, than an awful movie which a thousand people see."
"But the readers want to see the world come alive so much. Who am I to deny them of that?"