Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly in talks to take over American football team the Buffalo Bills. The Bon Jovi star is said to be part of a Canadian group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the organisation, which was put up for sale following the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson in March (14).
The group also includes Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls ice hockey's Toronto Maple Leafs and the basketball world's Toronto Raptors.
Bon Jovi isn't new to sports ownership - he previously took charge of arena football team the Philadelphia Soul.
The Planet Of The Apes remains the top banana at the U.S. box office after picking up $36 million (GBP21.2 million) in its second week on release. The film swung into first place last weekend (13Jul14) and it has managed to stave off a charge from thriller The Purge: Anarchy to stay on top.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has racked up $139 million (GBP81.2 million) at the U.S. box office.
The Purge: Anarchy kicked off the weekend as America's top film but lost ground to the apes, and had to settle for second place with a $28.4 million (GBP16.7 million) opening weekend take.
Animated comedy Planes: Fire & Rescue debuts at three, while Cameron Diaz's new film Sex Tape disappoints at four and Transformers: Age of Extinction rounds out the new top five.
Dog adoption officials insisted on checking out John Legend's tour bus before agreeing to let the All Of Me singer and his model wife Chrissy Teigen sign on to take charge of a three-legged dog. The couple fell in love with Penny at a Los Angeles shelter, but bosses there were far from convinced the couple would make perfect pet owners and asked to tour Legend's home on wheels, where the pooch would spend part of her life.
Teigen explains, "We filled out an application and the woman from the rescue was like, 'Well, I know you're a musician and I know musicians are into drugs...' She goes, 'I need to see John's motor home'.
"She came on the tour bus - John was touring through Savannah (Georgia) - checked it out to make sure there were no loose wires or meth or whatever. Penny was a serious purchase."
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Director Jon Favreau has cast acting newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in his upcoming Disney live-action/animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.
The filmmaker announced the addition of Sethi on Tuesday (15Jul14) after completing a worldwide search to find the perfect actor to play the boy who was raised by wolves. The role will mark the 10 year old's acting debut.
Favreau says, "Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative."
"Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I'm confident he can handle it."
The child star will be the only actor featured onscreen in the film, while Sir Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba will lend their voices to animated animal characters.
Favreau's The Jungle Book, which is scheduled for release in October, 2015, is not the only adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale in the works - British actor-turned-director Andy Serkis has taken charge of another live-action take on the classic children's tale with Warner Bros. studio executives.
Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson will moderate two major panels at this year's (14) Comic-Con event in San Diego, California. The late night chat show host will take charge of question-and-answer sessions with the casts of The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones.
Members of a New York grand jury have been tasked with deciding whether hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav should be indicted on traffic and drugs charges following an arrest in January (14). The Public Enemy star, real name William Drayton, faces a count of speeding and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after his car was pulled over by police in Long Island, where he was due to attend his mother's funeral.
He was also slapped with a charge of marijuana possession.
Flavor Flav, who has pleaded not guilty to the accusations, returned to court in Nassau County on Friday (11Jul14), when his lawyer, Indji Bessim, revealed they had still yet to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.
She said, "(We are) just not prepared to take a felony plea today."
The case was subsequently handed over to a grand jury.
The 55-year-old rapper had previously expressed a desire to reach an agreement with authorities as the frequent flights from his home in Las Vegas to New York to attend the court hearings were becoming too costly.
The Exorcist filmmaker William Friedkin is in talks to take over from Cary Joji Fukunaga as director of hit crime series True Detective. Fukunaga stepped down from the helm of the show following the completion of the first season of the anthology series, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled police detectives, and now Friedkin reveals he has met with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato to discuss his possible involvement in the upcoming second season.
He tells IndieWire.com, "I am considering it (directing True Detective). I like this writer very much. I've met him, and he's the real deal as far as I'm concerned.
"Now, all the new seasons are different so I'm not committed - this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him (Pizzolato) and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary.
"So what you can say is I'm a huge fan of his writing, I've met with him, I like him, I like the direction he's taking with this."
The news emerges as True Detective lands four nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. Both Harrelson and McConaughey will compete for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while Fukunaga is up for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series and the show is shortlisted for Outstanding Drama Series.
Season two is expected to be set in California and feature a whole new cast with three lead roles instead of the previous two.
Casting details have yet to be revealed, although Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain previously had to deny rumours suggesting she was preparing to sign on as a lead.
Movie posters are a tricky medium. They need to sum up the premise of a film, showcase the stars, and still be flashy and intriguing enough to attract random moviegoers’ attention, while still being simple enough to look good on the wall of a college dorm room. Sometimes, designers fight back against that expectation, and come up with a more creative solution. Unfortunately in the case of Exodus: Gods and Kings, the creative solution wasn't a good one. Instead of previewing the no doubt epic struggle for power between Moses (played here by Christian Bale, because why not) and King Rhamses (played here by Joel Edgerton, with the eyebrows of a 1950s screen villain) as Moses attempts to free the Jews from slavery in Egypt, the poster instead gives us a disgruntled looking Bruce Wayne and a vaguely familiar guy who just smelt something terrible standing in front of a fake pyramid in a world where the only visible colors are gold and shadow. There’s got to be some explanation for this, some logical reason why people actually signed off on this poster, right? Here are our theories:
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The designer in charge of the poster was still a little worn down from the epic Fourth of July party they went to, and when they realized that the final poster was due on their boss’s desk bright and early yesterday morning, they pulled the first still they could find off of a Christian Bale fansite, played around with the coloring, and came up with a spiel about the colors “connecting them, but highlighting their differences” in order to cover it up.
The designer’s going through a “gold” period right now, and that bleeds into everything they’re working on. It’s art; you couldn’t possibly understand.
The intern in charge of touching up the colors just figured out how to work the contrast controls and got a little over-excited. It’s their first week, cut them some slack, okay?
Someone was standing in Christian Bale’s light again, but rather than drawing attention to it on set, everyone decided it was better to fix the colors afterwards, but it was worse than they first anticipated, and after spending weeks on the tiniest tweaks, they gave up and made the whole thing black and white (and gold).
In an attempt to market the film toward a younger audience, the head of the studio commanded the designer to oversaturate and over shadow and selectively color the poster so it looks like it “could be from that Twistagram thing. You know the photo site? I forget the name, but my daughter’s always using it on her phone.” The good news is that it looks amazing under the Valencia filter.
The designer colored the poster on Instagram on his way into the office.
The head of the studio can only see shades of gold and black, and he just really wanted to be able to see what the movie was promoting. He’s a big Christian Bale fan.
The art department at 20th Century Fox started hiring people off of Tumblr and DeviantArt to work on movie posters.
Everyone’s Internet connections are playing tricks on them, and it just looks like the contrast is out of control. When pressed for a comment, someone at the studio was quoted as saying “These are not the droids you’re looking for.”
Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale lost World Cup bets to some of the crew members, and found out that they’d have to pay an absurd amount of money at the exact moment that the camera went off for the poster shoot. But to be fair, how were they supposed to know that Spain was going to have such a terrible year?
Christian Bale saw the first pictures from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice while shooting, and this was the only picture they could get of him before he stormed off set.
Joel Edgerton has a long-standing blood feud with someone in the promotions department at 20th Century Fox, so they purposely picked an outtake from the photo-shoot and overemphasized the eyebrows to make him look bad on an international movie poster.
Neither one of the stars was available to take promo pictures and they didn’t have any usable stills, so they photo shopped Christian Bale’s head onto a random extras body and found an actor in the 1963 Cleopatra that vaguely looked like Joel Edgerton, slapped him in there and de-saturated the colors in the hopes that nobody would notice.
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.
Nicki Minaj has blamed the press for twisting her words after she was accused of taking a sly swipe at rap rival Iggy Azalea during her BET Awards acceptance speech on Sunday (29Jun14).
The Starships hitmaker sent gossip bloggers into a spin at the weekend ceremony as she picked up the prize for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and declared, "(What) I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it."
Multiple online reports suggested the comment was aimed at Fancy rapper Azalea, who was in the audience at the Los Angeles ceremony, after rumours recently emerged alleging verses on her debut album The New Classic had been penned by ghostwriters including her mentor T.I..
However, Minaj has now taken to her Twitter.com blog to clear up the claims, insisting she simply wanted to encourage female emcees everywhere to take charge of their own material.
In a post on Wednesday (02Jul14), she writes, "The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. "I will always take a stance on women writing b/c (because) I believe in us! I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for 5 YEARS."
"I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b (sic) proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that."
Award-winning financial reporter Jane Bryant Quinn hosts this 13-part series that discusses topics ranging from the psychology of managing credit cards and savings accounts to the steps viewers can take to outfox con artists. The series also looks at the business aspects of personal issues, including the death of a spouse, divorce, and inheritance.