Break-out Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba had vowed to give up acting just moments before she learned she had landed the role of Crazy Eyes in the hit show.
The Emmy Award nominee got lost on her way to an audition for cop drama Blue Bloods and arrived 20 minutes late - and she took that as a sign it was time to give up acting and find another job.
She tells Access Hollywood Live, "I'd been working in New York doing theatre and I'd been spending the the summer trying to do film and television and it was hard. I was like, 'Maybe I'm not supposed to be doing this...'"
"I'd gotten these directions and I got completely lost in Brooklyn somewhere, and then I had my audition and I was like, 'I think that went OK, but I bet you're not gonna get it because you were 20 minutes late'. I was like, 'That's a sign, you're not supposed to be doing this...' and then when I got home... I got the phone call, that I got Orange."
"I had auditioned for Orange, like, the month before and I never heard anything about it and so I auditioned for Blue Bloods that Friday... and I got a phone call from my agents, they said, 'We've got good news for you, you remember that audition you went on for Orange is the New Black... Well, you didn't get it... They want to offer you another part.' "I said, 'Amazing, what's the other part?' And they said, 'Crazy Eyes'. I was like, 'What in my audition... made them think I had crazy eyes...? But I was really thankful."
Ironically, Aduba did get the Blue Bloods role but had to turn it down due to her commitment to acclaimed prison drama Orange is the New Black.
Susan Sarandon is preparing to show off her journalism skills by guest-editing an upcoming issue of Time Out New York magazine. The Thelma & Louise star is to assume the responsibility of running the publication, instead of settling for an honorary role.
Sarandon will kick off her duties on Monday (21Jul14) when she will hold a staff meeting with the editorial team to pick pictures and a theme for the issue before deciding on page layouts.
Time Out New York editor-in-chief Terri White tells the New York Daily News, "She is genuinely going to do it. Often with this kind of thing people just say, 'Yeah, I'm going to guest edit.' But we drew up a job description for Susan, which shows all the things an editor-in-chief usually does. So she's doing it for real."
Rapper Common once forged basketball great Michael Jordan's signature to make money. The Light hitmaker had the prestigious job of serving as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls when he was growing up in Illinois, and he decided to make extra cash by calling on the sports icon for an autograph to give to a fan.
In an interview on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (16Jul14), Common recalled, "I was 12 years old and it was Michael Jordan's first year (on the team) so it was incredible experience. I was watching him become one of the greatest athletes ever.
"One time some guy asked me to get Michael's autograph. So I told him, 'I'll get you an autograph for $5.' And I went and said, 'Mike, sign this autograph for me.' He said, 'You sign it.'
"So I went and signed it and I took it back and the kid was like, 'Man, this ain't (sic) Mike's autograph!' I spelled Michael wrong. I was just trying to get my $5."
Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy has given the actress' look-a-like stunt doubles a job boost - instead of one, she has three for the new The Avengers movie. Co-star Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America in the film, admits Johansson's all-action sidekicks look so much like the actress, he often mistakes them for the real deal.
He explains, "You walk by her (and say), 'Hey, Scarlett - oh, weird. You're not Scarlett at all. Sorry'. There are a lot of fake Scarletts around."
And director Joss Whedon insists fans won't be able to tell that his leading lady is pregnant when the film comes out, telling Entertainment Weekly magazine, "She's not going to spend the whole movie carrying groceries. We didn't trim any scenes. We're like, 'We'll make it work'."
The actress, who portrays Black Widow in the Marvel movies, is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac.
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Veteran stage and screen icon Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89. The actress passed away at her home in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday (17Jul14).
The star, known for her brash attitude and sharp tongue, began her career with her first stage role in 1944 and made her Broadway debut in Loco just two years later (46).
She went on to become a regular in New York's famous theatre district, featuring in a hit 1952 revival of the musical Pal Joey and landing her first leading Broadway role in Goldilocks in 1958. Her other theatre credits include parts in Noel Coward's Sail Away, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, a role she reprised in 1972 when it opened in London's West End.
She later won high praise for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, for which she won a Tony Award in 2001. During the production, in which she recounted her life story, Stritch revealed she had tried and failed to win the role of Dorothy Zbornak in hit TV series The Golden Girls, a job which went instead to Bea Arthur.
Her early TV appearances came on shows like The Growing Paynes, Studio One and the classic British comedy series Two's Company. In more recent years, she appeared in U.S. soap One Life to Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Law & Order, while she earned an Emmy Award playing Alec Baldwin's mother on 30 Rock.
Stritch's filmography included parts in the 1957 remake of A Farewell to Arms, The Perfect Furlough, Providence and Woody Allen films September (1987) and Small Time Crooks (2000). She also portrayed Winona Ryder's grandmother in Autumn in New York and Jane Fonda's acerbic mum in 2005's Monster in Law.
The actress, who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995, bid farewell to fans with her Movin' Over and Out concert series in the Big Apple in April, 2013, before moving to Michigan to spend more time with her family.
Lady Gaga's former personal assistant is set to lift the lid on life with the superstar in a new tell-all book.
The Poker Face hitmaker endured a lengthy legal battle with Jennifer O'Neill after she sued the singer for allegedly failing to pay her overtime money.
The lawsuit, which was settled out of court last year (13), hit headlines when O'Neill testified that she was forced to sleep in the same bed as the singer, and was expected to be available to work every hour of the day.
Gaga hit back in a foul-mouthed deposition, branding her former assistant a "f**king hood rat" and accusing her of being bad at her job because she left the singer to carry her own luggage and unpack her own bags.
O'Neill has now landed a book deal with publishers at Atria Books and is writing a tell-all tome titled Fame Monster, a reference to Gaga's album of the same name.
Editors of New York Post gossip column Page Six report the book focuses on her time working for the singer between 2009 and 2011, and the deal is worth up to $1 million (£588,235).
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."