Actress Lily Rabe is dating her theatre co-star Hamish Linklater, according to a U.S. report. The American Horror Story actress has grown close to Linklater during rehearsals for a new production of William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The pair recently moved in together, according to an article published in The New Yorker magazine which states Linklater has "upgraded to his girlfriend's place on the Lower East Side (in Manhattan), which is cat-free".
The upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing is part of the free Shakespeare in the Park series, held at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. Performances will begin on 3 June (14).
The actors previously worked together in 2011 on a play called Seminar.
Julianne Moore honoured Samuel L. Jackson's wife Latanya Richardson Jackson by reading out a special note of praise from America's First Lady Michelle Obama at a cast party this week (beg26May14). Jackson has been nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for her performance in a Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and the cast celebrated the achievement ahead of the prizegiving next month (Jun14) by hosting a bash in New York City on Tuesday night (27May14).
Actress Moore was among the revellers at the party, held at Lady Mendl's Tea Salon in Manhattan, and she read out a tribute to the guest of honour from the First Lady, who made a special trip to see the show last month (Apr14), along with her husband, U.S. President Barack Obama.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, the note read, "I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see its (the play's) revival. Barack and I both agree your portrayal of (character) Mama stole the show."
After Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart gobsmacked critics and audiences alike with its unflinching look at the affect of AIDS on the gay community, HBO has picked up yet another period piece detailing the struggles of gays in New York.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up the script for Open City, a period piece that profiles New York in the late 60's. The drama, from writer David Kajganich and director Adam Shankman, will reportedly follow a diverse set of characters from all corners of Manhattan, as they navigate a city going through a cultural metamorphosis. The project will also examine the gay community's unlikely partnership with New York's mafia with the opening of a West Village night club.
Ever since the critical success of AMC's Mad Men, the television landscape has been littered with period dramas claiming to "explore" a place and time in the past, but all those imitators stumbled when they found that they had nothing of substance to really say about their given era. While Mad Men was having a deep discussion about the cultural mores of the sixties, all of those other pretenders (The Playboy Club, Magic City, Pan AM... the list goes on) were just playing dress up. Open City, on the other hand, looks to have some very important things to say about the time period and the city it depicts, and this project may fill a very big hole once Mad Men wraps up its seventh season.
With the success of projects like Looking and The Normal Heart, HBO is quietly becoming the destination for gay-themed television. There was a time where TV would sideline gay characters, only featuring them as broad stereotypes, but HBO has begun crafting interesting, and unpatronizing glimpses at the characters and stories that have been sorely missing from our television sets.
Madonna was excused from jury duty in New York on Tuesday (27May14) after providing a doctor's note citing sickness for her absence. The pop superstar, who has lived in the Big Apple since the early 1980s, had been expected to perform her civic duty at Manhattan Supreme Court, but she appeared to be a no show after failing to turn up.
However, New York County Clerk Norman Goodman has since revealed the Material Girl hitmaker had asked to postpone the court appearance due to ill health and has instead offered to report for jury duty at a later date, according to the New York Daily News.
Details of what ails the singer have not been made public, but she showed no signs of illness over America's Memorial Day weekend (23-26May14) as she shared photos of herself riding a horse and spending time with her children on a beach via Instagram.com.
Madonna previously attended jury duty in Beverly Hills, California in 2008, but she was dismissed after four hours.
Pop superstar Madonna has risked the wrath of New York authorities after allegedly failing to report for jury duty on Tuesday morning (27May14). The Material Girl, who has lived in the Big Apple since the early 1980s, was summoned to appear at Manhattan Supreme Court to fulfil her civic duty, but according to the New York Post, she was a no show.
Publication editors claim she had not applied for a postponement, and under New York law, Madonna could now face a penalty for skipping the mandatory court date. A representative for the singer has yet to comment on the report. Madonna previously attended jury duty in Beverly Hills, California in 2008, but she was dismissed after four hours.
Prosecutors dropped four counts of harassment against an obsessed Ashanti fan on Thursday (22May14). Devar Hurd was indicted on 14 counts of criminal contempt, stalking and aggravated harassment in July (13) for allegedly sending the R&B singer sexually explicit messages on Twitter.com.
The 35 year old appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City on Thursday, and prosecutors dismissed four counts of second-degree aggravated harassment against him.
He still faces 10 counts, including felony stalking, according to the New York Daily News. Hurd pleaded not guilty to the charges last year (13).
Bosses at Playboy magazine have launched a new lawsuit over the use of sexy snaps of supermodel Kate Moss. The British beauty donned the company's iconic bunny outfit to pose for a series of risque shots in celebration of both her 40th birthday and the publication's 60th anniversary issue earlier this year (14).
On Wednesday (21May14), lawyers working for Playboy sued bosses behind BlackBook magazine's website over allegations editors had used images from the shoot without permission. The suit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, claims BlackBook bosses published the pictures in a bid "to attract Internet traffic", according to the New York Daily News.
It is the second time Playboy bosses have sued over the images - in January (14), company executives launched a copyright lawsuit against Hearst Communications over allegations workers at Harper's Bazaar magazine had published links to naked snaps of Moss on the publication's website, breaking copyright rules.
Workaholic Woody Allen just can't stop making movies. The trailer for his latest effort, Magic in the Moonlight hit the web today, and the proceedings definitely feel like vintage Allen. It's charming, quick-witted, and effusive like you'd expect from a Woody Allen romance, but it also features another hallmark of the great director's filmography: the age discrepancy between the two leads is huge. In Magic, Colin Firth plays Stanley, the jazz age's answer to the Mythbusters, who travels to the French countryside to debunk a talented young spiritualist named Sophie, played by Emma Stone. As time passes, Stanley finds it hard to refute her powers, and even harder to resist her wiles.... her late teenage/early 20's wiles.
Since the real-life Colin Firth is 53 while Emma Stone is only 25, we can assume that the age difference between their two characters will be pretty significant as well. Significant enough that it's bordering on creepy. This wouldn't be the first time Hollywood has used such a large age gap between romantic leads in a film, but it is the first one in a while that gives us this much pause. We've decide to examine age gaps in different films to see exactly when things start to get a little creepy.
5 to 10 years: That's perfectly cool.Examples: Too numerous to count.
In this day and age, five to ten years is a drop in the bucket. So you like your wine a little aged? It's really no big deal and Hollywood knows it.
10 to 15 years: If it makes you happy… Examples: Silver Linings Playbook, Annie Hall, Her (Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix), Star Wars: Episodes I-III, just to name a few.
Now we're starting to get a teensy bit weird. It's still perfectly acceptable, but don't be surprised if you start getting sideways glances from people on the street. Your mom will also bring it up over dinner, but your mom brings everything up over dinner so it's really not that scandalous.
15 to 25 years: Dude, he/she might be your son/daughter.Examples: An Education, The Reader, Fish Tank, Taxi Driver, The Graduate, Don Jon, basically every James Bond film.Okay, now were venturing in full-fledged creep zone. Once you reach a level of age disparity where you could have biologically given birth to the person you're romantically involved with, you really need to think about the relationship.
25+years: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.Examples: Harold and Maude, Big (sorta), Manhattan, Lolita, Oldboy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (again, sorta).
Socialite Paris Hilton is facing a legal showdown with her former business partners after she was slapped with a countersuit over her own-branded shoe line. The hotel heiress and fashion designer sued bosses at Antebi Footwear Group last month (Apr14) amid allegations they failed to pay her royalties in exchange for allowing them to use her name to create a collection of high-end women's heels in 2007.
She claims she has since received less than half of the $720,000 (£450,000) deal, and is now seeking more than $1 million (£625,000) in compensation.
However, Antebi executives are fighting back, insisting Hilton broke the terms of their contract first by reportedly taking their money and then signing with rival shoe firm Retouch last year (13) for a collection of footwear called Parisian Parc.
They claim she caused further offence by then taking to her Twitter.com blog and tweeting, "Obsessed with all my new shoe designs. Love how all the fabrics & colors go perfectly with my bags."
Antebi chiefs filed a breach of contract suit in Manhattan Federal Court in New York on Saturday (17May14), demanding $2 million (£1.25 million) to cover the return of royalties and additional damages.
Oscar winner Adrien Brody has launched his own production company after pulling in $50 million (£31 million) from investors. The Pianist star revealed his plans for Fable House, his new venture, at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend (17-18May14).
The company has been backed by million-dollar stakes from Nigerian entrepreneur Kola Aluko and Chinese production company Sparkle Roll Culture Media, which is part-owned by Jackie Chan.
Brody will produce all films on the company's roster, and he will star in selected movies, the first of which is murder mystery Manhattan Nocturne.
Brody says, "Fable House will provide a doorway to imagination. Our objectives are simple: to make the kinds of films that don't often get made, to play a larger role as storyteller, and to help filmmakers with a unique vision to have a voice."
Set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.