British supermodel Cara Delevingne has landed her first role as a leading lady on the big screen in the forthcoming film adaptation of hit novel Paper Towns. The runway beauty, who made her acting debut in 2012's Anna Karenina, has been tapped to portray Margo in the movie mystery, which is based on author John Green's 2008 book. The story follows two childhood pals, played by Delevingne and Nat Wolff, who embark on a revenge mission only for Margo to go missing days later.
Josh Boone, who also directed the recent film version of Green's teenage cancer novel The Fault in Our Stars, will take charge of the project, which is scheduled for release in July, 2015.
Delevingne previously landed small roles in new thriller The Face of an Angel and upcoming Johnny Depp film London Fields, while she is also in talks to star John Stamos' Beach Boys musical All Summer Long.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius failed to take any steps to avoid Reeva Steenkamp's death when he shot her at his home, and acted "hastily and with excessive force" during the incident, a judge has ruled. The South African sports legend shot Steenkamp four times in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria, South Africa last year (13) but insisted he had panicked and mistook her for a burglar.
He was cleared of premeditated murder and second-degree murder on Thursday (11Sep14), and as judge Thokozile Masipa considers a lesser charge of culpable homicide, she has branded Pistorius "negligent" over the shooting.
Judge Masipa told the court, "On the facts of this case, I am not persuaded that a reasonable person, with the accused's disabilities, in the same circumstances, would have fired four shots into that small toilet cubicle."
She added that a reasonable person would have known that "the person inside might be struck and might die as a result", concluding, "He failed to take any steps to avoid the resultant death. I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force. It's clear that his conduct was negligent."
Pistorius, who wept during much of the verdict hearing, has to wait until Friday (12Jun14) for the full judgement.
He faces a charge of culpable homicide as well as two counts of firing a gun in public and one of illegally possessing ammunition.
Steenkamp was shot dead by Pistorius at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year (14Feb13) after locking herself in the bathroom, and died of her injuries.
Pistorius' six-month trial murder trial was packed with drama - he sobbed and wailed in court on a number of occasions, and even vomited when details of his girlfriend's gunshot wounds were read out. The trial was also postponed for a month after the judge ordered Pistorius to undergo psychiatric testing to determine whether he was fit for trial.
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Seth Rogen has urged National Football League (NFL) bosses to ban Ray Rice for life after the publication of horrifying footage which appears to show the Baltimore Ravens player allegedly attacking his girlfriend in an elevator.
NFL executives imposed a two-game ban on Rice after he was arrested on an assault charge following the incident in a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey in February (14).
New footage of the spat was published by TMZ.com on Monday (08Sep14), and the shocking tape prompted a stunned response from Hollywood funnyman Rogen, who writes in a post on Twitter.com, "I don't know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn't be allowed to play it professionally anymore."
The Knocked Up star goes on to send a message to NFL bosses urging them to reconsider Rice's punishment, adding, "Your punishment for beating a woman is less than for smoking weed. Get your head out of your f**king a**."
British comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown is facing another driving charge just days after he was fined for reading a newspaper while behind the wheel. The 69-year-old funnyman was caught on camera flicking through a U.K. tabloid while driving his Lexus on a road in North Yorkshire, England in May (14) and he was handed a fine and penalty points at a court hearing on 20 August (14).
Brown is now facing further legal woes after police officers allegedly caught him using his cell phone while driving to the gym on Thursday (04Sep14).
Cops issued him with a traffic offence report and they will later decide what action, if any, to take against the star, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
Bill Nighy is taking his role as a widowed restaurateur in David Hare's play Skylight to New York - and his West End co-star Carey Mulligan will join him. The pair thrilled critics as former lovers in a sold out summer run of the revival in London, and now they're both Broadway bound.
The drama will open for previews at the John Golden Theatre in March (15).
Skylight debuted at London's National Theatre in 1995 and Nighy took over the lead role of Tom Sergeant from Michael Gambon in 1997. He reprised the character at London's Wyndham's Theatre in June (14).
Stephen Daldry, who directed the summer run in the West End, will also take charge of the Broadway transfer.
Rapper/singer Cee Lo Green temporarily deactivated his Twitter.com account late on Monday (01Sep14) after followers took aim at him for an ill-advised rape comment.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy during a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012 and then having sex with her. A charge of sexual assault was previously dropped by police due to a lack of evidence, and last week (ends29Aug14), he agreed to serve three years of probation and complete 360 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy.
Green, who denied taking advantage of the woman without her consent, broke his silence on the case on Monday, when he took to his Twitter.com account and appeared to vent his frustration at the allegations.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!! If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."
The ill-advised tweet prompted followers to take aim at Green, and he later tried to make amends for the careless comments, posting, "Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom (sic)! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context... "I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru (sic) this to begin with. I'd never condone the harm of any women. Thank you."
Green deleted his offending tweets and subsequently shut down his profile on the microblogging site. However, his page was live again by Tuesday (02Sep14) afternoon.
Twin Peaks director David Lynch fears he upset Kanye West by turning down the chance to take charge of the rapper's Blood On The Leaves video. The moviemaker, who directed a recent Duran Duran concert film, tells the Daily Beast he met with West after raving about the rap star's song in an interview and the odd couple discussed a video collaboration for the track.
He says, "I was going to do the music video for Blood on the Leaves, but it never happened. I didn't come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye's a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that's what brought us together, but I couldn't come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us.
"I feel I let him down a little bit."
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in a New York court on Thursday (28Aug14). Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation into the Capote star's drug overdose death earlier this year (Feb14).
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of heroin in Vineberg's home, and on Thursday he took a plea deal offer of five years probation, 25 days of community service and agreed to take a drug treatment programme, according to the New York Daily News.
He also agreed to forfeit the $1,284 (GBP755) which was seized during the raid on his apartment. If he violates the agreement he faces up to eight years in prison.
Vineberg will be formally sentenced on 14 October (14).
Embattled Australian actor Ryan Corr has dropped out of an upcoming stage production of Cyrano De Bergerac in Sydney to take on a new film project. The rising talent, who stars in Russell Crowe's upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner, had been cast as simple-minded nobleman Christian in the Sydney Theatre Company's run of the classic French play, which will be directed by Cate Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton, who still serves as the organisation's artistic director.
However, Corr has since decided to bow out of the show due to a scheduling clash with a major new Australian movie.
Upton says, "We've accepted Ryan's request to withdraw from Cyrano de Bergerac to enable him to take on a leading role in a film. This will be a great opportunity for him and we understand his desire to be part of an important new Australian film at this time in his career. We very much hope to see him on an STC stage again soon."
Corr has been replaced by STC regular, Chris Ryan, for the production, which opens on 15 November (14).
The news emerges a week before Corr is due to appear in court to face a drug possession charge on 2 September (14).
The actor, the 2011 recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award, was allegedly caught smoking heroin by police officers in the Bondi Beach area of Sydney on 27 May (14). Cops also allegedly found a bag of heroin powder in his possession.
Director/producer Ryan Murphy has urged young fans to make a difference in the world by drawing inspiration from The Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer and becoming champions of good causes. The Glee and American Horror Story director escorted ailing Kramer to the stage as he picked up the Outstanding Television Movie honour for his recent TV adaptation of The Normal Heart at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14).
Murphy gave special recognition to the film's actors, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, for lending their star-power to the project - about Kramer's efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s - to help move it into production, almost 30 years after Barbra Streisand obtained the rights to the 1985 play with a view to turning it into a small screen movie.
Stepping up to the mic, Murphy said, "We're only here because of one person, and that's Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.
"Special thanks to our wonderful cast, particularly a shout out to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, who got this movie made. After 30 years, it took the superpowers of Erin Brokovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing alive."
Murphy then used the second part of his acceptance speech to encourage young humanitarians to lead the charge for change.
He continued, "We're gonna use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause that you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online, look up amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation."
Murphy wrapped up his speech by dedicating his Emmy to "the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981", adding, "Your memory and your passion burns on in us, and this is for them. Thank you."
The filmmaker's moving tribute prompted transgender Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox to take to Twitter.com after the speech and applaud Murphy for his words of wisdom, writing, "#RyanMurphy's speech made me tear up. Bravo."
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