James Bond baddie Javier Bardem is in talks to play the villain of another big movie franchise, opposite Johnny Depp.
The Spaniard has emerged as the frontrunner to play Captain Jack Sparrow's nemesis, Captain Brand, in Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, according to multiple reports. Brand is a ghost who blames Depp's Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother. Reports suggest Geoffrey Rush will be returning as Captain Barbosa and Orlando Bloom will reprise his Will Turner character for the film. Bardem's wife Penelope Cruz previously appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Actress Amanda Bynes has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after arriving in Los Angeles on Friday (10Oct14) following an eventful week in her adopted New York. The troubled star, who was hospitalised last year (13) following a series of legal run-ins and behavioural issues, arrived in California on Friday afternoon, hours after accusing her father of molesting her when she was a child, and then retracting the damning remarks she made on Twitter.com, blaming the "microchip in my brain" for the drama.
Upon her arrival, Bynes was caught ranting at the gathered media via TMZ.com.
In video footage, she rages, "My parents are f**king insane and that's it. I actually feel like an orphan."
Asked about her dad as she made a speedy exit from LAX airport, the 28 year old said, "My father should be put in jail for a very long time."
A family source tells the New York Daily News she was taken from the airport to The London Hotel in West Hollywood, where she was met by her parents' attorney and doctors who convinced her to go to a Pasadena, California hospital.
Earlier in the day, Bynes' mother Lynn and the actress' siblings spoke out to defend her father, Rick, following her sex abuse claims - in a joint statement, her sister and brother said, "We are disturbed beyond words that Amanda would come up with such a fabrication as a way to avoid getting much needed help or treatment. We absolutely give our full unconditional love and support to our wonderful parents."
In her tweets, Bynes claimed she was meeting with a lawyer to get a restraining order against her father.
It's been a very active week for the Hairspray star in the Big Apple - she reportedly attempted to shoplift a hat from a Barneys store, was caught on camera behaving strangely in a boutique and allegedly attacked a fan she caught trying to take photos of her. She also lost her cool at LaGuardia airport in New York early on Friday as she attempted to book a flight out of the city.
Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Bynes reportedly spoke exclusively to gossip blogger Perez Hilton, and revealed Britney Spears' one-time manager Sam Lutfi was the man behind her flight to Los Angeles.
She said, "Last time I trusted Lutfi he put me in a conservatorship which ended in August I'm not stupid. You are all listening to my brain... I can handle Sam, he just flew me back to L.A. and I'm going to meet some sick lawyers."
Her latest dramas come two weeks after she was arrested and charged with a DUI in Los Angeles. Last year (13), before her hospital stay, Bynes was accused of throwing a bong out a window of her Manhattan apartment during a police raid and starting a fire in the driveway of one of her parents' neighbours. She also found herself in trouble with the law following a series of traffic violations.
Her mother and father were put in charge of their daughter's affairs and she moved in with them upon her release from hospital, agreeing to visit a counsellor twice a week for six months.
Her parents' conservatorship ended in June (14).
Prior to her antics on Friday, they confessed they had no idea as to their daughter's whereabouts.
Actor Gary Busey has been crowned the winner of U.K. reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother. The Lethal Weapon star became the first American winner of the series on Friday night (12Sep14), seeing off competition from fellow U.S. actor Leslie Jordan and reality TV star Stephanie Pratt.
Boxer Audley Harrison came in second place and dancer James Jordan was third.
After leaving the Big Brother house, Busey admitted his time inside changed him for the better, saying, "I didn't think I was selfish, I didn't think I was lazy, I didn't think I was insecure, I didn't think I had fear. This show showed me things about myself that I need to change, Big Brother is perfection... When I go back home, I'll be a changed man."
British rockers Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess have paid tribute to former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'throb' Young following his death. Young's passing has yet to be officially confirmed, but the news sent shockwaves through the music industry after it broke on Thursday (11Sep14) and prompted a flood of tributes on Twitter.com.
The musician, who performed with Primal Scream up until 2006, has been remembered by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who writes in a post on the social networking website, "RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x."
Gallagher's former Oasis bandmate and current Beady Eye co-star Andy Bell adds, "Rest In Peace Robert Young of (Primal Scream). That big power chord in (Primal Scream song) Loaded is ringing out on the other side now."
The Charlatans star Tim Burgess shared a link to a Primal Scream video and added, "So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young... A real good un (sic)."
Further details about Young's death had yet to be revealed as WENN went to press. Primal Scream star Bobby Gillespie previously said of his bandmate's departure, "He went one way and we went another way. He stopped making music and we carried on making music. You just have to get on with your life. Robert Young's an incredible musician, an incredible talent. One of the most talented people I've ever known. I grew up with Robert and I love him like a brother, but we don't see him any more."
The boxer who inspired SYLVESTER STALLONE's ROCKY character is set for the biopic treatment. Rocky Marciano's brother Peter and son Rocky Marciano, Jr., are working with executors of the estate and director/writer Dustin Marcellino on 49-0/The Brockton Blockbuster.
A statement from Marcellino reads: "Rocky Marciano was my great grandfather's all-time favorite fighter, which was passed down to all of us in the Marcellino's family.
"The Marcellinos and the Marcianos have truly become family during the development of this project and we are honored to tell this generation about a man, a son, a brother, a husband and a father who rose up out of the streets of Brockton to change the world in his generation."
Marciano, Jr. adds, "My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen. I am thrilled that the Marciano family; together with City of Peace films is working on a movie that will tell the story about my father... the real Rocky story."
The movie will be filmed in Marciano's hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts.
The boxing great died in a plane crash in August, 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday.
British actress Claire King was hospitalised with a mystery illness on Sunday (31Aug14) while competing on the U.K. version of hit reality show Celebrity Big Brother. The former Emmerdale soap star, 51, had to be taken out of the secluded property to seek medical attention, but further details about her condition have not been released.
It is not yet known if King will return to the Big Brother house or if the ailment will force her to bow out of the competition altogether.
Her remaining fellow housemates on season 14 of the U.K. TV series include actor Gary Busey, former B*Witched singer Edele Lynch and boxer Audley Harrison.
Ariana Grande's brother Frankie has upset the family of fellow U.S. Big Brother contestant Victoria Rafaeli by joking about taking her virginity. During a livestream on Saturday (30Aug14), Frankie Grande told two male houseguests they should "double team" Victoria and "take all her virginities".
The gag didn't go down well with Rafaeli's mother, who is now demanding an apology.
She tells TMZ.com she understood that Grande was joking but still feels her daughter has become a "target for rape".
The worried mum says, "I want Frankie to imagine people saying this stuff about his sister and see if he thinks it's funny."
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When you’ve led a life that had earned you admittance into the Order of the British Empire, presidency over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a handful of awards recognizing your work both in front of and behind the camera, it is safe to say that you have done pretty well for yourself. The world must bid a sad goodbye to Richard Attenborough, who has passed away Sunday, but should recall the multihyphenate’s unbounded degree of accomplishment in the world of, and beyond, cinema. Attenborough was 90 years old.
Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to scholarly parents, Attenborough grew up in an environment that seems to have celebrated academia, creativity, and kindness. During the Holocast, Attenborough’s family welcomed into their home a pair of young Jewish refugees from Germany, eventually adopting the girls into the family. Attenborough himself joined the plight against the Third Reich by serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
While his similarly renowned brother David went on to pursue work in the fields of nature and broadcast, Attenborough took an early shine to acting, performing at the beginning of his career in films like In Which We Serve, Brighton Rock, and Morning Departure. He also experienced some work on the stage, joining up with the production of The Mousetrap by author Agatha Christie.
The late 1950s and early to mid 1960s saw Attenborough take some big name projects, notably The Great Escape and The Flight of the Phoenix, and comedic projects like I’m All Right Jack and Dr. Dolittle. Attenborough began to appear in fewer films as time went on, however — for fourteen years following 1979’s The Human Factor, he did not appear in a single film.
During this time, Attenborough honed his behind-the-camera skills. The director’s most cherished accomplishment is doubtlessly his 1982 biopic Gandhi, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. The film featured Ben Kingsley in a memorable, career-expanding performance as the historical activist. Attenborough created another memorable biopic ten years later: Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the silent film icon.
But Attenborough did return to the screen, and in fantastic form: as the big-dreaming John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies. Some of his most recent contributions to cinema include his directorial projects Shadowlands, Grey Owl, and Closing the Ring. As an actor, Attenborough has appeared in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2002’s Puckoon.
Attenborough is survived by his wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, and two children: Michael and Charlotte. Attenborough’s daughter Jane passed away in 2004.
The Green Mile star Doug Hutchison and his teenage wife are planning to remarry eight months after announcing their separation. Courtney Stodden, who was 16 when she exchanged vows with the then-51-year-old actor, split from Hutchison after appearing on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother reality show last year (13), but the couple is giving its marriage another chance.
Stodden's manager mother Krista Keller tells Fox411.com, "Courtney realised just how much love she really had for Doug. They really love each other and wanted to be together."
The busty model and singer, who recently appeared in a PETA campaign poster wearing nothing but lettuce leaves, tells the website that she and Hutchison are hoping to renew their vows.