Comedian Howie Mandel has been hit with a lawsuit after a prank in a Los Angeles restaurant went too far and caused more than $100,000 (£60,635) worth of damage. The TV personality serves as the executive producer to hidden camera show Deal With It, and during a prank held in California eaterie Cowboys and Turbans last October (13), the restaurant owner was left stunned after seeing all the damage left behind by cast and crew.
In the scene, a hired actress was told to shout expletives, jump up and down on expensive Moroccan titles and shatter dishes, according to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com.
The owner claims the production also ruined a Yamaha piano, furniture, and patio heaters, amounting to a total of $103,408 (£62,702) worth of damages.
The owner is suing Mandel and bosses at both his production company and America's TBS network, on which the series airs.
Actor Hugh Jackman has dropped out of Madeleine Stowe's directorial debut Unbound Captives due to scheduling conflicts. The X-Men star signed on to saddle up in the western last year (13), but his schedule will no longer permit him to take part in the film.
The movie had been delayed for three years because of financing issues, but now Stowe is hoping to shoot the movie in the near future.
She says, "The film is now fully funded but Hugh's schedule and my schedule did not align... Unfortunately Hugh and I had to push this away and so I'm having to find another actor. I so wanted to work with Hugh because he's a beautiful guy. That's where we're at - we're funded but we have to get the right leading man."
It was tough for Jackman to walk away from the project - just last year (13) he told Cowboys & Indians magazine he couldn't wait to play an all-American cowboy, and neither could his teenage son.
Jackman said, "He knows all about this project and keeps asking me, 'When are we going to go and live with the American Indians?' He knows all the nuances - who the tribes are and where they lived. It's fascinating to me."
Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson have been linked to the movie about a frontiersman who saves a woman captured by the Comanche in the 1850s.
An opera based on 2005 film Brokeback Mountain is set to premiere next week (begs27Jan14) in Spain. The production is scheduled to run for a month at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Venue director Gerard Mortier, says, "The importance of Annie Proulx's novel (sic) is that great love is great love even if social reflections and conventions are opposed to it."
Proulx's short story was turned into a hit film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as bisexual cowboys.
The life of country music pioneer Ray Price was celebrated at a special memorial in his Texas hometown on Saturday (21Dec13). The For the Good Times hitmaker lost his battle with cancer last Monday (16Dec13), aged 87, and hundreds of friends, family and fans packed into the First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant this weekend to pay tribute to the icon.
A country music quartet performed songs from Price's back catalogue, including Danny Boy, In the Garden and Let's Make a Memory Today, while a statement from Willie Nelson was read out to the congregation, praising the late singer for giving him his big break in the early 1960s.
The message stated: "Without a Ray Price, there wouldn't have been a Willie Nelson."
Recalling the moment Price approached him to replace bassist Donald Lytle, aka Johnny Paycheck, in his band The Cherokee Cowboys, Nelson added, "He asked me, 'Can you play bass?' I said, 'Who can't play bass?'"
A funeral for Price is set to take place in Dallas next Saturday (28Dec13).
Actor Louis Waldon has died, aged 83. He passed away in California on Friday (07Dec13). No more details were available as WENN went to press.
Waldon worked closely with celebrated pop artist Andy Warhol and appeared in a number of his films, including Lonesome Cowboys, Blue Movie, Bike Boy, Flesh and Nude Restaurant.
He also appeared 1985's Mask and Lenz (1971).
Waldon's friend Richard Dupont has paid tribute to Waldon, telling the New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Without Louie there never would have been any Warhol films. He was also the funniest guy, and all the artists loved him, he had a heart of gold."
Famous faces including Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood and Fall Out Boy took time away from their turkey feasts to take part in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City on Thursday (28Nov13). The stars were all on hand to help the masses celebrate the holiday as the parade's floats made their way through the Big Apple, with huge inflatables of Spider-Man, Snoopy, Sonic the Hedgehog and SpongeBob Squarepants drifting in the sky.
As well as Grande, Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth and Fall Out Boy, TV host Jimmy Fallon was also on a float with the characters from Sesame Street, while Kellie Pickler donned a red gown on an autumn-themed platform.
Even the Brits got involved - U.K. pop star Cher Lloyd was seen waving at the crowds from another truck.
Meanwhile, Selena Gomez returned home to Texas for her Thanksgiving Day and performed during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show.
She sang Walk Like A Champion and Come and Get It before shouting, "Happy Thanksgiving!"
Selena Gomez is refusing to miss out on Thanksgiving Day dinner when she performs during half-time at the Dallas Cowboys/Oakland Raiders game on 28 November (13) - she has asked her family to cook up a feast for her in return for tickets to the big game. The Come & Get It singer will perform during the midway point of the Cowboys' traditional Thanksgiving Day game in her native Texas - and she's determined to mix business with pleasure.
She explains, "We're going to have my family come out and watch and I'm actually making my grandmother make food and box it up and bring it to the Cowboys game, so I can eat too."
After the big performance later this month and a handful of holiday shows, the busy star is planning a New Year break, adding, "I'm going to go away for New Years (sic). I haven't decided a destination yet, but I'm going to go with all my girls."
The man who brought to life the world of Middle-earth will now be brought to life himself. According to The L.A. Times, Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment are pairing up to produce a biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien that will explore the origins of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The project, which is titled Tolkien for now, will follow the life of the famed fantasy author and dig deep into the experiences that inspired his epic tales of adventure (most likely his time at Pembroke College and in World War I). The film will be penned by the Tolkien fan/expert/groupie David Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels).
While there have been past attempts at developing Tolkien-inspired films (Mirkwood), Tolkien is set to be the first official biopic of the author, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Given that the second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, is hitting theaters by year's end, and that the third and final adaptation of The Hobbit is set to come out in 2014, now might just be the perfect time to introduce a biopic of the writer. A story about the beloved Tolkien is sure to bring in a bigger audience in the heat of all of this Hobbit hype.
And even though Tolkien will probably not be filled with as much action or as many elves as LOTR and The Hobbit are (there'll be some, of course, but not as many), if the film follows in the vein of 2004's Finding Neverland as the L.A. Times suggests it might, then the biopic could receive as much critical acclaim as the Peter Pan-inspired film did. (Finding Neverland, which explored the life of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, was nominated for Best Picture.)
Until Tolkien makes his way to the big screen, fans of Bilbo Baggins can head to theaters on Dec. 13 to see Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Wrestler Hulk Hogan's TV star daughter has reportedly called off her engagement. Brooke Hogan announced she was set to wed American football player Phil Costa after he proposed in Las Vegas in June (13), but the pair has now decided to call off its wedding plans, according to TMZ.com.
Editors at the site suggest Hogan has now returned to her native California after moving to Texas to be near Costa's team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Hogan hinted about the relationships in her life earlier this week (begs18Nov13) in a philosophical tweet, writing, "Seeing the true colors of a person is a beautiful thing. Amazing what they do after you stop giving."
Brooke shot to fame after appearing in her father's reality show, Hogan Knows Best.
Fox Searchlight executives are developing a biopic about famed author J.R.R. Tolkien. The writer, who penned classics such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is the latest literary legend set to have their life played out on the big screen.
The film will chronicle the key moments which led Tolkien to create his iconic books, including his service in World War I, his role as a code breaker-in-waiting during World War II, and his friendship with Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis.
Cowboys and Angels director David Gleeson, a self-confessed Tolkien superfan, will pen the screenplay.
The series, set on the Longhorn Ranch near Spanish Wells, New Mexico, during the 1870s, follows the exploits of seven children*, aged nine to fifteen, a range cook, and the widowed ranch owner, as they struggle against rustlers, banditos, Apaches, and corrupt government agents.