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.
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There are dozens of superhero movies in theaters, in the middle of filming and still in development, but the biggest and most exciting of all is 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks to the track record of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the massive, rippling consequences of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fans are dying to find out more about the next adventure of Cap, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. Entertainment Weekly was kind enough to oblige with their annual Comic-Con preview issue. First, they unveiled Ultron on the cover, giving everyone a look at the super-powerful, hyper-intelligent AI that the Avengers will be facing this time around. If his appearance reminds you of a particular genius/billionaire/playboy/superhero, that’s because it’s supposed to.
Turns out that Ultron is actually a creation of Iron Man himself, which director Joss Whedon revealed in an interview. What was intended as a kind of AI sidekick for the team backfired with spectacular results, creating the villain you see before you, and forcing the Avengers to face the only thing more difficult to fight than an army of teleporting aliens. Whedon’s reveal is the first major hint we’ve gotten as to the plot of the film and how it will handle the aftermath of The Winter Soldier, so we thought we’d break down everything that EW revealed in order to determine how much we actually know about the next Avengers movie, and how much we’re still guessing at.
What We Know: As we saw in Iron Man 3, the Avengers are having a difficult time dealing with the consequences of saving the world. Now that SH.I.E.L.D. is no more, they have to take care of every threat themselves. So Tony, in an attempt to give the team some time to recover, invents Ultron, a “self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.” Of course, the whole thing ends up backfiring and creating perhaps the biggest threat to humanity the world has ever seen.
According to Whedon, Ultron isn’t evil so much as he is lacking in human emotions. Once he realizes that the biggest threat to life on Earth is humanity itself, he decides to eradicate it in order to – in a roundabout, overly-logical way – save the planet. Unfortunately for the Avengers, since Ultron is so self-aware and constantly learning, he figures out that he’s not just a robot, which would be easily destroyed, but a computer program capable of uploading itself to the Cloud and then replicating in increasingly more complex and powerful forms. Basically, they’re keeping everything that made Ultron such a long-standing, formidable villain, but reworking his origin somewhat for the modern age.
What We Don’t: Also featured in EW’s preview are the twins (the Marvel Cinematic Universe can’t actually call them mutants), Petyr and Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and although we know that they’ll play a significant role in the film, we don’t know if they’ll be on the Avengers’ side or on Ultron’s. They were introduced in a mid-credits scene during The Winter Soldier in the custody of Baron von Strucker, and the magazine seems to hint that they might not be the good guys. We're curious as to how they manage to join up with the Avengers in the first place, and how much of a hand Baron von Strucker will have in that introduction...
We'll have to keep speculating about that, since we also know nothing about how big of a role Strucker himself will play in the new film. Casting Thomas Kretschmann to play him seems to suggest that he’s going to be very important very soon – if you’ll recall, Thanos didn’t get an official voice until recently – but most of the Avengers’ focus so far seems to be on Ultron. Although, considering the fact that this film seems to get a new villain every time we look away, that's proabbly a good thing. And speaking of Thanos, we’re still not sure if he’ll be making an appearance in Age of Ultron, or if he’ll be content to just torment the Guardians of the Galaxy for now.
What We Suspect: The other new addition to the cast, besides Quicksilver and the Scarlet witch, is Vision, who in the comics is an android created by Ultron in order to enact revenge on his creator. However, a few months ago, it was reported that Paul Bettany, who voices Tony Stark’s AI butler, JARVIS, was doing makeup tests for the character, which led some to speculate that JARVIS will be turning to the dark side. EW’s reveal of Ultron’s new origin seems to fit those suspicions quite well. After all, if one AI that Tony has created has turned evil, what’s stopping the other one from switching allegiances as well? And even if Tony isn’t the reason that JARVIS has gone bad, it would make perfect sense for Ultron to turn him against their creator. Granted, we could be wrong, and they could have just been using Bettany as a temporary stand-in, as the studio refuted, but this is all lining up rather nicely, so we’re going to trust our gut on this one.
Now all we need is for someone to confirm whether or not Sam Wilson and Falcon will join up with the team, and we can really start to get excited.
Christina Aguilera took Gwen Stefani aside at her son Kingston's birthday party earlier this year (14) to give her judging tips for The Voice.
The No Doubt star is replacing pregnant Aguilera on the U.S. talent show later this year (Sep14), and she admits the Genie in a Bottle could not have been more helpful after she signed up for the job.
Stefani explains, "She wrote me this really sweet note, like, right when it was all going down. Then she ended up coming over for Kingston's birthday party and brought over (her son) Max. It was just like, 'Yeah!' She was all girl power."
"(She said), 'You gotta be like this and you gotta do that,' and she was like, 'You're gonna love it! You are gonna be fine, you're gonna be fine'. She was really sweet to me."
Stefani is making her time on The Voice a family affair - she has recruited her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale as her adviser on the show.
John Legend's supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen has named and shamed bosses at U.S. clothing firm Forever 21 for firing her over weight concerns. The stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model tells DuJour magazine she was kicked off a modelling job years ago for being "too fat".
She recalls, "They (Forever 21 bosses) booked me directly when I was much younger. And I showed up on set, and they asked me if they could take a photo.
"They shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I'm sitting in the make-up chair. And they say, 'You need to leave right now. They just said you are fat, and you need to come get your measurements taken'."
And Teigen has never forgotten - or forgiven - the cowardly Forever 21 bosses, adding, "I hate you, Forever 21. I hate you so much. Honestly, you're the worst."
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.
Back in the summer of 2011, It wasn't easy to envision what a post-Harry Potter world would look like, but we definitely didn't expect to see Daniel Radcliffe with a pair of knobby horns sprouting from his head, seeking revenge for his murdered girlfriend and sporting an American accent. Credulity runs pretty deep around these parts- You need to believe in the unbelievable to watch so many movies - but can we really buy Daniel Radcliffe as a tough guy?
In the new trailer for Horns, which you can watch here, we’re asked to believe just that. In the upcoming horror flick, based on the novel by Joe Hill, Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, who after a rough night of heavy drinking wakes up with horns protruding from his head. While rather unsightly, the horns do give Ig the ability to get people to confess their deepest, darkest sins, and Ig uses this newfound ability to discover who raped and killed his girlfriend, a crime of which he was accused. This supernatural mystery sounds interesting, but so much of the film's success will be hinged on Radcliffe and his ability to play a tough guy. A classic anti-hero, Ig fosters a deep need for revenge coursing through him. A darkness ready to erupt. And from what we've seen of Radcliffe via his filmography, we're not sure the young Gryffindor has it in him.
Now, Radcliffe is an intensely likable human being. He's almost supernaturally affable. And over his stints in the theater, both Broadway and London’s West End, he’s developed into a fine young actor. He’s absolutely stuffed with charm and affability, but he still doesn’t have that hard edge to him that makes us think he could be believable as a man seeking bloody revenge for his lost love.
With all that said, it is an actor's job to throw away who they are and morph into someone new, and it would be unfathomably silly to not give Radcliffe the benefit of the doubt. He's impressed us before and we wouldn't want to see the actor typecast in soft and sensitive roles for the rest of his career. Radcliffe has the ability to be so much more than just Harry Potter, and you can almost feel the actor trying his best to break away from the character that has come to define him. Let's hope that Horns is a showcase for the actor's diverse range. Hopefully, the boy that lived can finally die away.
Hip-hop hitmaker Pharrell Williams has been handed the job of curating the soundtrack for the upcoming NBA 2K15 basketball video game, following in the footsteps of sports icon LeBron James and rapper Jay Z, who have each taken charge of the music in the last two years.
Former Shooting Star Band frontman Ronnie Platt will replace Steve Walsh in Kansas after the singer walks away from the Dust In The Wind hitmakers following a final gig next month (Aug14). Walsh announced his decision to leave the band earlier this month (Jul14), and his bandmates haven't wasted any time in finding their next singer.
Platt's first show with the band will be in Oklahoma on 12 September (14).
Announcing his arrival on the band's Facebook page, Platt writes, "I want Kansas fans to know, first and foremost, I'm one of them. I'm a long time fan of the music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh.
"My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that. It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is Kansas. This is a lifelong dream... Yes, I've got the job, but now it's time to earn it... and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me. My performance in Kansas will be how I've always performed, with passion and enthusiasm."
Drummer Phil Ehart adds, "After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy. He's a perfect fit musically and personally with the band. His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional."
Walsh's former replacement, John Elefante, has revealed he was also asked to rejoin the group - but turned his one-time bandmates down.
Walsh's final show with the band will be on 16 August (14) in Iowa.
Veteran TV producer Bud Yorkin has been slapped with legal action from a former house employee amid allegations he was falsely accused of rape. Noe Massin was hired to work for Yorkin's actress wife, St. Elsewhere star Cynthia Sikes, at their Beverly Hills, California estate, but claims he was recently dismissed after rebuffing their daughter's advances.
He alleges the girl appeared at his bedroom door completely naked late one night and demanded to be let in. Massin refused, reportedly prompting her to run to her mother and accuse him of sexually assaulting her, reports TMZ.com.
The plaintiff was subsequently fired from his job and now he is suing Yorkin, demanding damages for defamation and back wages for unpaid overtime he claims he is owed.
Yorkin is known for producing a slew of hit U.S. shows, including All in the Family, Sanford and Sons and Good Times.
Model-turned-actress Amber Valetta was addicted to drugs and alcohol at the height of her catwalk fame. The Revenge actress, 40, told a live seminar for wellness website MindBodyGreen.com last week (ends13Jul14) that she began trying to get high from glue and scented pens when she was only eight years old. Her habit took a turn for the worse when she moved to Europe at the age of 18 to pursue her modelling career, and cocaine and alcohol became readily available. The catwalk beauty, who fronted campaigns for Versace and Calvin Klein, says, "I was at the top of my game, probably 20 years old, had everything in front of me and I put everything on the line for my addiction. Everything. All my friendships, my family, my job. I had a multi-million dollar deal and I showed up the first day to shoot this campaign high and drunk. I didn't care. And that's just to show you that addiction takes you to the worst places... "I'm not a victim, I do not blame my parents, I don't blame my family, and I don't blame anything that happened to me that was negative. I think it does affect me and I'm sure it made me partially who I am and want to get out of myself, but I know for certain that I am an addict through and through. Even if I'd had this blessed and amazing childhood I'd still want to get higher, I'd still want to get out of myself." Valetta got sober at 25 but insists it is still a challenge to stay clean, adding, "My disease is only an arm's length away from me... I got sober and how I stay sober today 15 years later is that I continually turn inward and look at my disease because my disease shapeshifts."