Bruce Springsteen has joined the ranks of the celebrity children's authors by turning his 2009 song Outlaw Pete into a new story book. The Boss has teamed up with writer and cartoonist Frank Caruso to transform the track into a kids book that will be released in November (14).
Caruso says, "When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.
"Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."
The rocker adds, "Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins."
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Rocker Joan Jett has urged lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban the use of bullhooks by elephant trainers in a bid to protect the animals from inhumane treatment. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker has written to state politicians on behalf of The Humane Society of the United States, calling on them to back a new bill which will outlaw the sharp, heavy rods, which are most commonly used in circuses and travelling shows.
The proposed legislation, known as the HB 7192/S 2189 bill, would also prevent elephants in such environments from being constantly chained up, and Jett hopes lawmakers will do the right thing when a hearing on the matter is held on Tuesday (15Apr14).
In the open letter, the rocker and animal rights activist writes in part, "I have always loved performing in The Ocean State and the passage of HB 7192/S 2189 would be beyond thrilling...
"I have seen several undercover videos of elephants - many of them chained or otherwise physically immobilized - being hit by animal handlers in the circus. The egregious misuse of this device which circus insiders often call 'guides' is cruel and inhumane. If someone were to use a bullhook to control and train a dog or a horse, it would be considered animal cruelty and the same should be applied to elephants.
"The City of Los Angeles recently banned the use of bullhooks... joining more than 35 other jurisdictions in the United States restricting the use of elephants in traveling shows and/or the use of bullhooks on elephants.
"I sincerely hope I can count on you to see to this bill's passage."
White House Down star Joey King has been cast to play a young woman who helps to bring polygamist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs to justice in a TV film. The 14 year old will star in Outlaw Prophet as Elissa Wall, who was forced by Jeffs, the Texas leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to marry her 19-year-old cousin when she was 14.
In 2006, Wall pressed charges against Jeffs and he was subsequently sentenced to serve 10 years to life in prison in Utah for two counts of being an accomplice to rape.
However, he was released by the Utah Supreme Court in 2010 because of incorrect jury instructions, only to be sentenced to life in prison in Texas for two felony counts of child sexual assault in 2011.
Scandal's Tony Goldwyn will play Jeffs.
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Chris Evans has established himself as a hunky Marvel hero. His Captain America has had two standalone movies and was a major player in The Avengers. He puts the "good" in "good guy," and with his chiseled looks does it with aplomb.
Chris Pratt, on the other hand, is new to the comic book movie game. The comedian has always had his share of admirers, but that number jumped when he started putting out workout selfies of his buff body. Suddenly, his wife, actress Anna Faris, seemed lucky in a whole bunch of ways.
With Evans starring in the upcoming Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Pratt headlining this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, it seemed like a good time to ask: who's the hotter hero?
Evans had a career before Captain America, even starring as a different superhero in the two Fantastic Four films. It was his turn as the "super soldier" though that made him into a star. The actor's well defined chest and arms were featured so much in the first Captain America movie that they could've had their own screen credit. In The Avengers, he was the moral center trying to keep Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man in check and matching biceps with Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Evans has also tried his hand at romantic comedy, starring opposite Faris in What's Your Number? and Avengers costar Scarlett Johansson in The Nanny Diaries.
In The Winter Soldier, Cap is more disillusioned than ever and has to rely on Johansson's Black Widow and Anthony Mackie's The Falcon to set things right. Evans has been non-committal on his future as an actor, recently telling Variety that he plans to retire from acting so that he can concentrate on directing. Audiences have to hope that he changes his mind… or at the very least, is planning to do a lot of shirtless cameos in the movies he directs.
It wasn't so long ago that we might have laughed at the idea of the Parks and Recreation star playing a superhero. But then came his performance as a baseball player in Moneyball, a small but meaty role as a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty, and countless shots of his rockhard body. Now, he's already voiced the hero in the animated smash The Lego Movie and is stepping into the ever-expanding Marvel universe. In Guardians, Pratt plays galactic outlaw Peter Quinn, who refers to himself as Star-Lord. In the comic books, Quinn had a more heroic backstory, but based on the trailers, Pratt's Star-Lord is more along the lines of Nathan Fillion's wiseass captain in Firefly. What the trailer also shows is a quick shot of Pratt's now famous washboard abs. It might be hard to look sexy when part of your crew includes a thieving space raccoon and his tree-like bodyguard, but having Zoe Saldana around as a green-skinned alien assassin might help Pratt pull it off.
So, tell us, who is the hotter hero… Captain America's Evans or Guardians of the Galaxy's Pratt?
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has turned down an offer from Liam Neeson for a personal tour of the Big Apple's largest stable as the actor fights a proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. The Taken star has become a leading advocate for carriage drivers, who he claims will be robbed of their livelihoods if a celebrity-backed campaign to outlaw the popular tourist activity is successful.
Neeson, who is good friends with one of the drivers, fellow Irishman Colm McKeever, insists allegations of horse mistreatment are unfounded and offered to take De Blasio and city council members to visit one of the stables themselves, but his offer has been snubbed.
The actor arrived at the stables on Sunday (09Mar14) to speak with press about De Blasio's decision to decline his invitation, and criticised the politician for not showing up.
Neeson said, "He should have manned up and come. I'm disappointed he's not here... These horses are well cared for. It's a connection with our past, it's a connection with our history.
"And it has to be said - the great white elephant in the room, four prime locations on the West Side of New York that realtors must be salivating to get their hands on."
De Blasio, who vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages as part of his election campaign last year (13), says, "I respect Liam Neeson a lot, I'm a big fan of his work. But the fact is, I put forward a plan and a vision and the people ratified it in an election and that's what matters most."
While the mayor is insistent he will not budge from his stance, he does reveal he will visit the stables soon.
De Blasio adds, "The reason I want to visit the stables and will do it when the schedule allows is because we want to work with the folks who operate those horse carriages and get them new opportunities in other types of related work... We want to make sure we're listening to their concerns as we do it, but I'm clear about where we need to go."
Neeson's pro-carriage campaign faces strong opposition from actors including Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and Glee star Lea Michele, who have all rallied against the use of horses for commercial purposes.
HBO's True Detective has really livened up since the methodical first few episodes. We've seen shootouts, blow-ups, and morally questionable decisions made by Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson). Cops who don't play by the rules are common in police dramas, but these two have really changed the playing field. Their behavior leads us to ask, should we even be rooting for these guys?
Cohle and Hart's pursuit of their twisted serial killer has amounted in many leads and even more dead ends. So they have done what's necessary to catch the bad guy. But some of their methods (not to mention their means of "unwinding") shouldn't be part of the job.
Let's start with Hart. He had been the cop who had played everything straight until he shot an unarmed Reggie Ledoux in the head. Off the job, however, he cheats on his wife with the large-chested Lisa (Alexandra Daddario), who can't see other men because Hart won't allow it. What kind of double standard is this? Then Hart had the stones to get upset that his mistress told his wife about their affair. Is this what a hero does?
Cohle was just weird at first but graduated to certified outlaw with his "undercover" operation that nobody except he and Hart knew about. Breaking and entering, armed robbery and kidnapping are just some of the charges that could have been brought against Cohle. As illegal as this was, it gave us an incredibly insane six minutes of chaos (NSFW). How did a murder investigation turn into a war zone? A little bend of the rules is acceptable for cops, but this crossed the line.
These guys are True Detective's main characters, however, they have evolved into anti-heroes. There's no turning back from their transgressions. Can they redeem themselves? Or will they get theirs in the end the way all villains do?
Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has come out in opposition to a high-profile celebrity campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages from New York City's Central Park. A large number of stars, including Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and Glee actress Lea Michele, have backed a drive aiming to bring in new rules to outlaw the popular tourist activity over claims the horses are mistreated.
However, Neeson has now come out fighting for the carriage drivers, who he claims will be robbed of their livelihoods.
The actor is friends with one of the drivers, fellow Irishman Colm McKeever, whose midwife partner delivered the actor's first son, and he claims he is standing up for workers who have been unfairly targeted by Hollywood's privileged elite.
Neeson tells the New York Post, "(The drivers are) not Hollywood hip... I'm not someone who's political. I just noticed all these celebrities on the other side - and no one speaking up for the boys."
The actor goes on to insist the horses are not badly treated, adding of the animals' annual five-week rest periods, "How many people get that much time off?"
As part of his campaign, the star wrote a letter to New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio last month (Jan14) to address the issue, telling the politician, "I find it troubling, Mr. de Blasio, that your campaign promise was to fight for the common man and, yet, with the first stroke of your pen, you are willing to put 300 families on the breadline."
Actor Christopher Jones has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72. The Ryan's Daughter star, real name William Frank Jones, passed away in California on Friday (31Jan14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Tennessee, Jones began his career in 1965, when he portrayed American outlaw Jesse James in The Legend of Jesse James TV series.
He went on to star in several movies including Wild in the Streets, The Looking Glass War and Three in the Attic.
Jones married Susan Strasberg, the daughter of revered acting coach Lee Strasberg, in 1965 and they had one daughter together before divorcing in 1968.
He was allegedly romancing pal Roman Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate when she was murdered by members of cult leader Charles Manson's 'Family' in 1969. The tragedy left him so devastated he quit Hollywood at the height of his career.
In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino offered him Peter Greene's role of Zed in Pulp Fiction, but he turned it down. He only made one more movie - 1996's Mad Dog Time.
After turning his back on Hollywood, Jones became an artist and sculptor.
Country stars Leann Rimes and Florida Georgia Line are teaming up to say farewell to rockers Motley Crue by recording their hits for an odd new tribute album. Vince Neil and his band announced on Tuesday (28Jan14) they would be retiring following one final 72-date tour, which will begin in July (14) - and as part of a salute to the group, Taylor Swift's label boss at Big Machine Records has announced plans to release a country-flavoured covers album.
Scott Borchetta has rounded up Rimes and Florida Georgia Line, as well as Cassadee Pope, Justin Moore and the Eli Young Band to record their favourite Crue tunes, stating, "When you look at the song catalogue, the songs are going to be the things that stand the test of time. I’m going to match up some of my outlaw artists with some of these great songs and we’re going to go pretty wide.
"Everybody that I brought this up to has been so excited. We’re intentionally leaving a few slots open because now that we’ve announced this I know there’s going to be people who want to be on this record."
The album will be released to coincide with the beginning of Motley Crue's last tour.