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This edition of The Week of Star Wars sees a Sherlock star joining the cast of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, some rumours surrounding a Netflix spin-off series and a first look at Ken Leung in Star Wars: The Force Awakens…
Kicking things off this week, we got the news that Sherlock star Jonathan Aris has joined the cast of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. According to a BBC reporter named Lizo Mizimba (whose name has cropped up a lot this past week), Aris will play a character called Senator Jebel, while a (somewhat dubious) rumour emerged suggesting that Felicity Jones could be playing the daughter of an iconic villain…
…Speaking of Star Wars spin-offs and there are new rumours of a Star Wars TV show in development. Remember the first time we heard about a Star Wars TV show? It feels like it was about 2 decades ago! Anyway, »
- Luke Owen
A Latin musical tribute to Michael Jackson, concerts by Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman, and productions of Show Boat and Billy Elliott The Musical are among this year’s line-up of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the network announced at Saturday’s TCA. The fifth-annual fest kicks off October 9 with Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, hosted by Sheila E and featuring Latin artists performing Jackson’s hits. Along with a 37-piece orchestra, the various performers will… »
NBC has its sights set on some big names to fill out the already-impressive cast of its upcoming live staging of "The Wiz": According to several outlets, both Beyonce and Uzo Aduba are being considered for the part of Glinda the Good Witch.
E! reports that Beyonce has already been offered the role, though no deal has been finalized yet. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers have apparently approached the singer at least twice about the part, but the singer has passed both times; EW says that NBC may be prepping yet another offer for Queen Bey, though it's unclear if that's the offer E! is talking about.
But if Beyonce doesn't take it, there's another, equally-talented actress apparently waiting in the wings: "Orange Is the New Black" star Aduba, who has a Broadway background (she appeared in a 2011 revival of "Godspell"). According to E!, Aduba is producers' second pick for the part, »
- Katie Roberts
Between his breakout hit, "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, and the constant radio play that "Can't Feel My Face" has been getting, The Weeknd is having a beyond great year. The official video for the latter is out, and it's going to make you want to get to a club and dance, stat. It's a relatively simple video - until he catches on Fire. That's right, à la Michael Jackson in that Pepsi commercial from the '80s. It's safe to assume this was on purpose. »
The Weeknd is on fire (literally) in his new music video! The music video for his figuratively hot song "Can't Feel My Face" came out today and it's surreal, catchy and funkalicious. It's like Michael Jackson meets David Lynch. The up-and-coming star sings in front of a less than enthusiastic crowd, until everyone is ignited when an audience member throws a lighter that sets The Weeknd ablaze. Following the conflagration, the dance floor gets hot and everyone is feeling the rhythm. The story arc reflects the progression of the song, in that the song starts out maudlin but then gets faster and more upbeat—and in turn more conducive to booty »
In the mid-Sixties, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent about a year with the world's most notorious biker gang to write the book Hell's Angels, which came out in 1967. He spoke with radio broadcaster Studs Terkel that year for an interview that PBS has now animated whimsically for its Blank on Blank series.
"The Angels claim that they don't look for trouble," Thompson said in the interview. "They just try to live peaceful lives and be left alone, but on the other hand they go out and put themselves into »
One Star Wars fan has gone to great lengths to show how much the beloved film series has changed over the years.
The changes go as far as back as the beginning of the series, when different versions of Episode IV were sent out to theatres, and further changes have come in the years that followed.
With each home video release, Lucas made alterations, some more noticeable than others. YouTuber Mercelo Zuniga has put together a definitive guide to the changes in an hour-long series of videos.
In a career spanning more than two decades and spawning over 100 movie soundtracks and anthems, composer Ar Rahman has been hailed as a global music icon.
Dubbed the "Mozart of Madras", Rahman's extensive musical credentials belie his years and his humility. The double Grammy, double Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, who also has four National Awards and more Filmfare Awards than you could count, was named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine, in recognition of his contribution to music.
Rahman first came to prominence in the 1990s for his rousing soundtracks for Mani Ratnam's Roja, Bombay and Dil Se. He is credited with single-handedly revolutionising Indian cinema, and to date he has composed the soundtracks for over 100 Bollywood films. With record sales of over 200 million albums worldwide, he trounces the collective efforts of Madonna and Britney Spears. He has recorded tracks with Michael Jackson, »
Gawker founder Nick Denton promised a “20 percent nicer” website this week after a scandal that led to the removal of a nasty post about sex and the departure of the site’s two top editors. But can a nicer Gawker still be Gawker? Thankfully, for at least one more day you won’t have to know the answer. TheWrap generously ran headlines from the site’s first day as a grown-up through a Gawkerator and meaned ‘em up 20 percent, restoring them to the Gawker you know and love. 1. 20% Nicer: Michael Jackson’s Evil Dad, Joe, Had a Stroke in Brazil 20% Meaner: Michael Jackson’s Dad, »
- Jordan Burchette and Jordan Chariton
Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, suffered a stroke in Brazil over the weekend, E! News confirms. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo tells us in a statement that Jackson family patriarch also entered the hospital Sunday with an irregular heartbeat. He remains in the intensive care unit under the care of Dr. Alexandre Pieri and Dr. Marcos Knobel. Jackson was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday, which was also Sunday. According to reports, he missed his own party because he had already checked into the hospital. This is hardly Joe's first experience with strokes, as he has suffered from three others before this past weekend's medical emergency. He last experienced one in Las Vegas back in »
On Sunday, July 26, Joe Jackson was hospitalized after a serious health scare. A publicist for the famed Jackson family patriarch, whose children include Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson, spoke to Us Weekly about the incident, which occurred on Joe's 87th birthday. "Yesterday in Sao Paolo Joe had a stroke and then his heart stopped," the publicist says. He was at an event and he was "feeling light-headed and dizzy," so he went to the hospital to be checked out. "They found out there was [...] »
Joe Jackson, the father of the late pop icon Michael Jackson, had a stoke on Sunday while celebrating his 87th birthday in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He’s currently in intensive care. TMZ reported that Jackson was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital after reportedly waking up Sunday feeling dizzy, with no vision. The hospital told the Associated Press that Jackson was admitted on Sunday afternoon, and was in intensive care; he’s also suffering from an irregular heartbeat. Also Read: Joe Jackson: I Don't Want Michael's Money Anymore The Jackson patriarch has reportedly suffered three previous strokes with the most »
- Jordan Chariton
Joe Jackson has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering a stroke, a source tells Us Weekly. The Jackson family patriarch, whose kids include Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson, endured the health setback on his 87th birthday while in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday, July 26. According to TMZ, Jackson was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital after feeling dizzy and losing his vision. He is still undergoing tests. Just hours earlier, Janet posted a sweet message to her father. "Wishing my Father, @Joe5Jackson a Happy Birthday," the "No [...] »
Star Wars famously takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and this week we found out about a parallel universe of casting in the film series. Neil Calloway looks at the actors who didn’t star in films, but could have…
The news that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels is bizarre, and I can’t quite decide whether he would have improved the character or completely ruined the franchise with his appearance. Perhaps the most interesting part is that Jackson wanted the character to be created with make up and prosthetics – he worked with make up genius Rick Baker on the video for Thriller – rather than the CGI preferred by Lucas. There are many, many issues with the Star Wars prequels, but one of them is the over reliance on computer effects on practical effects. So maybe »
- Neil Calloway
It must have been hard for George Lucas to say no to Michael Jackson. The two were old friends after working on the iconic Disneyland 3D attraction Captain Eo way back in 1986, at the height of the pop star's popularity. But when George set out to return to his galaxy far, far away with 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he made the mistake of letting Michael read the script early. There was one character the singer gravitated to. But George Lucas simply felt he was wrong for the role.
As it turns out, Michael Jackson really wanted to play Jar Jar Binks. A character that would go onto become possibly the most hated in the series of old and new films alike. Mostly known for his singing, Michael Jackson was also an actor. He took the lead in the short film Captain Eo, playing a starship »
The Nation's Favourite '80s Number One: ITV, 9pm
We're not quite sure who votes in these programmes, but tonight we will see who a certain number of people in the UK decided was the best chart-topper of the 1980s.
Transporter: The Series: Channel 5, 9pm
The third episode of the TV adaptation that may be sadly lacking a lot of Jason Statham, but still packs its own dose of punch and power.
Frank takes a job chauffeuring a rich young socialite back to her father, before it quickly descends into a protection task involving German crime lords.
Cordon: BBC Four, 9pm
The final two parts of the Flemish drama air on BBC Four this evening, starting with an explosive raid on the lab as Jana is desperate to escape. »
We can't get enough of tales of what might have been. Earlier this week, we shared the story of how Ian McKellen nearly wasn't Magneto nor Gandalf. Now, here's one of how Ahmed Best nearly didn't play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels. Instead, none other than Michael Jackson could have played the comic-relief character. But it would have been done much differently. At least visually. Best revealed the bombshell in a new interview with Vice. Here are the details, as quoted by the site: That's what George [Lucas] told me. Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids—we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as...
- Christopher Campbell
No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s Day prank! Ahmed Best (the actor who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the divisive Star Wars prequels) has revealed in a recent interview with The King of Pop Michael Jackson actually wanted to take on that role in 1999’s The Phantom Menace. Talking to Vice, he recalled the
- Josh Wilding
The King of Pop could have played one of the most hated characters in Star Wars history. Or at least he wanted to. In a recent Vice interview, Ahmed Best, the actor who played the first computer generated character in the franchise, revealed that Michael Jackson approached director George Lucas in hopes of taking on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace role with the help of prosthetics and makeup similar to that of his "Thriller" video. After meeting Jackson backstage at a concert with Lucas and co-star Natalie Portman, Best said, "George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, 'That's kind of weird.' Michael was like, 'Oh. Ok.' I »
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