Blurred Lines star Emily Ratajkowski has landed her first big film role in Zac Efron's new movie. The 23 year old, who famously disrobed for Thicke's saucy 2013 video, will team up with the grown-up High School Musical star in We Are Your Friends, which centres on an aspiring DJ who falls in love with his mentor's girlfriend.
Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez and Alex Shaffer are also in negotiations to join the film, which is slated to begin production on 18 August (14) in San Fernando Valley, California, according to Deadline.com.
Max Joseph, the brains behind U.S. reality TV series Catfish, will make his directorial debut on the project.
Comedienne Tina Fey fired her composer husband Jeff Richmond as her vocal coach as she prepared to audition for Into The Woods.
The 30 Rock star landed an audition to play the Baker's Wife in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical, and a nervous Fey called upon her musician husband to brush up on her singing skills.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, host of SiriusXM's On Broadway programme Seth Rudetsky revealed that Fey recruited him as a coach only after Richmond turned her down.
Rudetsky recalls, "I get a phone call from Tina Fey, saying 'Can you coach me for my audition for Into the Woods?' So I'm like, 'Your husband's a piano player, why isn't he coaching you?' "She said, 'He was.' She sang for about one minute and he immediately said, 'Are you going to sing it like that?' She said, 'You're fired.' She would have been brilliant."
The role of the Baker's Wife eventually went to Emily Blunt.
Actor Richard Belzer's older brother has died in an apparent suicide. Leonard Belzer, 73, is believed to have jumped out of the window of his 15th floor New York City apartment on Wednesday (30Jul14), according to the New York Daily News.
Police are investigating the incident as a suicide as notes were reportedly left behind.
The former radio host was married to Sesame Street director Emily Squires until her death in 2012.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Belzer has yet to comment on the tragic news.
Breaking Bad actress Emily Rios has become the latest celebrity to 'come out' as a lesbian. The Mexican-American star opens up about her sexuality in a new interview with AfterEllen.com, revealing she used her own experiences to help writers on her new show The Bridge accurately portray the love life of her character, reporter Adrianna Mendez, who also happens to be gay.
She says, "I'm gay, personally, so being Mexican and a lesbian - this is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family...
"They (writers) have an idea or they want to have an idea of what really happens behind the scenes... I try to tell them, 'Listen, this is not how it happens. We are not this way'.
"I want it to be an incidental thing, which is what happens in our everyday life... I wanted to make sure the whole lesbian aspect wasn't this whole coming out story, and the character wasn't going to be made more flamboyant in any sort of way."
Rios, who played Aaron Paul's girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad, admits her own 'coming out' wasn't turned into a big deal by her family, who were open to her way of life.
She explains, "Mexican-Americans especially - because this generation, we come into America, and your family wants to be proud... My mum didn't want me to live a difficult life. She brought me here for a better one, so she's like, 'You're coming out... I want you to be comfortable.'"
Brad Pitt's oddball character from hit Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys has had a sex change for the upcoming TV spin-off.
Pitt's Jeffrey Goines becomes mental patient Jennifer Goines in the new series, and actress Emily Hampshire has signed on to play her.
Aaron Stanford, Kirk Acevedo and Tom Noonan have also joined the cast of the project, which will officially begin production in Toronto, Canada next week (beg04Aug14).
The show will debut on America's Syfy network in January (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.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Actress Emily Osment is lending her voice to the upcoming reboot of 1980s cartoon Rainbow Brite. The former Hannah Montana star has been cast to play the title character in the new series, which features the return of the young girl who brings colour to the world.
Osment posted a photo of her first script for the show on Instagram.com, and added the caption, "First day on the job! Very stoked to be back doing some animation this summer. See you soon! Love, Emily aka Rainbow Brite."
The original 13-episode series premiered in 1984, and soon spawned dolls, live action specials and an animated movie.
Osment has previously voiced characters in Seth McaFarlane's hit cartoon Family Guy and Disney's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.
British actress Joely Richardson is set to portray revered American poet Emily Dickinson in a new one-woman show. The Nip/Tuck star will tackle the role in an Off Broadway production of William Luce's play The Belle of Amherst, which is based on Dickinson's life story.
Richardson admits she never imagined herself taking on such a big job, saying, "Never say never. I always swore to myself that I would never do a one-woman show. I thought, 'That's for crazy people'. And then I read it (the script for The Belle of Amherst)."
Steve Cosson will direct the stage show, which is scheduled to open on 19 October (14) at New York's Westside Theatre.
Richardson will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of actress Julie Harris, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Dickinson in a Broadway production of the play in 1977.
The Brit last appeared on the New York stage in 2012 in productions of Ivanov, opposite Ethan Hawke, and Side Effects.
Three people have pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home and shouting at a security guard. Connecticut residents Michael Horrigan, 29, Tristan Kading, 28, and Emily Kading, 26, were arrested outside the country hitmaker's beachfront property last month (Jun14). They appeared in a Rhode Island court on Friday (11Jul14), when they each pleaded their innocence. The court date took place weeks after Tristan Kading told TMZ.com their behaviour had simply gotten out of hand while they were drinking. The singer was not at home at the time of the incident.