'American Idol' Recap: A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll and a Grumpy Cat
The six remaining hopefuls competing on American Idol took on the dual themes of country and rock while the show continued its streak of celebrity appearances. Last night’s guests, Disney breakout artists R5 and finicky feline Grumpy Cat, took center stage on an evening that featured songs by Imagine Dragons, Heart, The Black Crowes, and Season four winner Carrie Underwood, who tweeted that Idols Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene “made my songs sound so good! You should be proud…I know I am.” Unlike previous weeks, the antics were kept to a minimum, save for a few Ryan Seacrest selfies with
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
William Hurt Is Withdrawing From Midnight Rider
William Hurt is withdrawing from his starring role in the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, Deadline has confirmed. Director Randall Miller has been looking to re-start production after shooting was halted following the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on February 20th. Jones died in a train crash which injured seven others while on-set in Georgia. Friends and colleagues of Jones have called for a crew boycott of the film, and there are multiple state and federal investigations looking into possible negligence. Hurt’s exit adds further uncertainty to whether Miller will be able to revive the controversial project. »
- Anna Silman
Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o in Talks for Disney's Jungle Book
According to THR, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to join Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book movie, directed by king of the Swingers/soon-to-be Jungle VIP Jon Favreau (get it?) The live-action/CGI hybrid is shaping up to have a pretty stacked cast: The two starlets will join Idris Elba, who has has already been cast as the voice of Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger. Nyong’o is in negotiations to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson would voice the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. So, sort of like her recent turn as a seductive, man-eating alien in Under the Skin, only this time she will play a seductive snake who literally eats men. Typecasting! »
- Anna Silman
Dean McDermott Steps Out as True Tori Drama Unfolds
Hey there, Dean McDermott. Tori Spelling's husband was spotted stepping out in Los Angeles earlier today to run a couple of errands. According to an eyewitness, the Chopped Canada host left the home he shares with the actress to make a stop at the bank. McDermott then went back home and ended up leaving again for a coffee run at Starbucks. Along with the 47-year-old's casual outfit, the source tells us that although it's not visible in the photo, Dean was wearing his wedding ring. His outing comes one day after the premiere of True Tori, a Lifetime docu-series that documents the couple in almost real-time as they navigate the unknown road ahead, beginning when Dean leaves treatment. In »
Lake Bell Is Pregnant! Actress' Baby Bump Makes Red Carpet Debut
Lake Bell is pregnant! The actress is expecting her first child with artist husband Scott Campbell, Bell's rep confirms to E! News. But it turns out this is a secret the couple have been sitting on for a while. Bell showed off a visible baby bump in a snug red jumpsuit tonight at the Vanity Fair party at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Million Dollar Arm star both posed for pics with her hubby and was snapped cradling her now-priceless belly. She and Campbell met on the set of How to Make It in America, on which he had a cameo as himself, in 2011. They tied the knot last June at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. Bell's body looked as red-hot as ever on the red carpet, »
Is Stephen Colbert secretly a Hydra sleeper agent?
(Cbr) Much like Hydra, the subversive organization set on world domination, Stephen Colbert is a master deception, and of the long game. For the past eight and a half years, we’ve been fooled by the talk-show host, who’s so adept at the art of subterfuge that, in the wake of Steve Rogers’ “death” in 2007, he was bequeathed Captain America’s shield, which to this day is displayed — like a trophy! — on the set of "The Colbert Report". Heck, he was so bold, so self-assured, that he even made a run for the White House in the Marvel Universe (a bid that was unsuccessful, thankfully). But this week, Colbert finally revealed his true colors: As Marvel notes, one eagle-eyed fan spotted the phrase “Hail Hydra” was inserted into the opening of Monday’s show, making it all too clear where Colbert’s allegiances lie. Our eyes now are open »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Kellan Lutz Poses With a Smiling Young Fan, Makes Her Day at Tarzan's Ireland Premiere!
Who doesn't love a Hollywood hunk with a heart of gold? Kellan Lutz walked the red carpet at the Ireland premiere of Tarzan Wednesday night (an animated motion-capture version produced in France and Germany), stopping for a moment to pose for a picture with a young fan who was on crutches. The little girl was rocking a fuzzy hot-pink boot on her right foot and a sweet smile, made all the bigger when Lutz walked over. And it was so nice to see the 29-year-old heartthrob, known for showing off his abs in blockbuster films, flashing his cuddly side instead. Not that he should stop taking off his shirt or anything... Also today, the Legend of Hercules star retweeted a post on an »
‘Casa Valentina’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Lifts the Skirts of Hetero Crossdressers
Leave it to Harvey Fierstein to be the leader of a very ignored minority group. No, not the heterosexual transvestites of his new play, “Casa Valentina,” which opened Wednesday at Mtc's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The real underdogs he champions here are people who are happily married to themselves! Talk about marriage equality! Millions of singles who are sick and tired of being told they are only half complete will applaud what Fierstein has written. And with married couples sometimes squandering thousands of dollars to conceive offspring, Fierstein even gives us our rallying cry, “I think we made the right. »
- Robert Hofler
Theater Review: A Fascinating, Somewhat Musty Look at Transvestism in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina
In the dressing rooms of at least seven Broadway shows right now, men are donning wigs and dresses and other gear to appear onstage as women. Chicago, Matilda, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder and, more overtly, Kinky Boots have built their brands on varieties of drag, whether as part of the story or just a casting gimmick. Earlier this season, too, we had male witches in Macbeth and traditional boys-will-be-girls productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. And now, in the furious pre-Tony throes of April, the falsies are really flying. Just yesterday, Neil Patrick Harris opened as the semi-transgender title songstress of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; his falsies are tomatoes. Tomorrow, Alan Cumming opens as the androgynous Emcee in Cabaret, performing as a Kit Kat Girl in its tawdry kickline. And nearly the entire cast of Casa Valentina, opening tonight, relies on Miracle Gel inserts »
- Jesse Green
Josh Gad Sets Up Family Adventure Project at Disney
Josh Gad, the actor who voiced Olaf in Disney Animation's billion dollar hit Frozen, is reteaming with the studio for a live-action project. Gad has set up an untitled tentpole family adventure comedy with a sci-fi twist. He is writing the script with his partner, Ryan Dixon. Dixon is currently writing Triplets, the sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito 1988 comedy Twins, being developed by Universal. He also co-wrote the indie comedy Opening Night. Photos: The Making of Disney's Animated Oscar Contender 'Frozen' Gad will be seen in Zach Braff's movie Wish I Was Here and will shoot Pixels
- Borys Kit
'Edge of Tomorrow' director punches ticket for 'Railhead'
(Cbr) After killing Tom Cruise then killing him again (and again) in "Edge of Tomorrow", director Doug Liman plans to stick around the sci-fi genre. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker has been hired to adapt Philip Reeve’s upcoming children’s book "Railhead" for Warner Bros. and Di Novi Pictures. It takes place in a future world where travelers get around space via trains that pass through portals. The protagonist is a thief who’s hired to steal an object that turns out to be of a higher value and significance than he ever imagined, leading to a great adventure with galaxy-spanning consequences. There’s no word on when "Railhead" will enter production. The book hits shelves in fall 2015. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
NBC: Sochi Olympics prove hipsters aren't the only ones addicted to their smartphones
New York (AP) — Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said Wednesday. NBC closely studies how Americans follow the action partly because the Olympics are a huge investment, but also to get a peek at how media habits are changing. This year's takeaway: the multiscreen experience is rapidly taking hold and is doing so across all age groups. "It's not 25-year-olds who wear black and live in Williamsburg," said Alan Wurtzel, NBC's chief researcher. "This is America." NBC and its cable networks televised 541 hours of Sochi action and made all Olympic competition available online. The flood of material only increased the appetite; NBC said 49 percent of viewers said they watched more Olympics action simply because it was more available, and that number shot »
- David Bauder (AP)
Kate Middleton and Prince William "Saddened" by Sudden Death of Camilla Parker Bowles' Brother, Mark Shand
Even from thousands of miles away, it's all about family for Kate Middleton and Prince William. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand," a spokesman for the couple said Wednesday following the passing of Camilla Parker Bowles' younger brother. "Their thoughts are with The Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time." Kate and William are close to wrapping up their three-week trip to New Zealand and Australia, having touched down this morning in the capital city of Canberra. Will was due to give a speech in front of the Australian Federal Parliament. Shand, 63, suffered a head injury in a fall late last night after »
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett Celebrates Baby Shower With Gal-Pals—See the Pics!
It's time to celebrate! Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett got together with a bunch of her gal-pals at her best friend Jessica Hall's home in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday afternoon, which was produced by Good Carma Studio. The pregnant star was presented with a Posh Mommy personalized "We Love You Mommy" necklace and pink Stride Rite baby shoes, while guests went home with goodie bags personalized with Mabel's Labels' bag tags and gift cards for Stride Rite Shoes. Everyone was spoiled with an organic spread from Paleta, which included mini bison burgers and chicken satay. They also had an amazing themed candy buffet from Candy Me Up and sipped on some Consensio Wines at the »
Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Zooey Deschanel, more
• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Zoe Worth, Dylan Harris Launch Production Banner (Exclusive)
Harris and Worth previously served as consultants for StarStream Entertainment through the Collectin, a Los Angeles-based arts group that produces only original works.
Project centers on a high school senior who struggles her way through Los Angeles the morning after getting blackout drunk and searching for her missing college portfolio — forcing her to use friends and foes’ conflicting memories of Halloween night in order to fill in the blanks of what went wrong.
Starstream produced “Life After Beth,” which premiered at Sundance, and “Life of Crime,” the closing-night film at Toronto last September.
- Dave McNary
‘Conjuring’ Sequels Hit by Second Suit Seeking to Block Production
The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Houston by Evergreen Media Group and Tony Derosa-Grund — the same plaintiffs as in the March 28 suit, which alleges theft of the underlying rights to the case files of Warren and her late husband, Ed — along with Gerald Brittle, author of “The Demonologist.”
The new suit alleges that Brittle did not give permission for the defendants to use material from “The Demonologist” and asserts that the book is being used as the basis for the “Conjuring” sequels and its “Annabelle” spinoff, which is based on a possessed doll introduced in that film. »
- Dave McNary
News Nuggets: It's bad news for 'Frozen' fans'
Disney chairman Alan Horn reveals bad news for "Frozen" fans: there are no concrete plans for a sequel. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, he said, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence." The Oscar-winning animated film is now the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time with $1.129 billion worldwide. In North America, it is the third biggest Disney animated film behind "The Lion King" and "Toy Story 3." The company is planning a Broadway version, and co-star Kristen Bell would be interested in that role on stage. She said many in the cast are Broadway veterans, so "I certainly hope they try and wrangle us." The cast also included Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. Huffington Post. -Break- The MTV Video Music Awards are the main reason the Emmy Awards are on a Monday this year. The VMAs had long staked out Sunday, August 24, as the date of their ceremony. »
NFL Releases Its Full 2014 Schedule
Are you ready for some football? You'd better be. The NFL released its full 2014 schedule on Wednesday, from regular season through the postseason. The preseason schedule was previously announced. Below is the NFL broadcast schedule. Also read: Espn's NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Will Cost $100 Million Per Year 2014 NBC Sunday Night Football Schedule Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers Also read: Espn to Televise First NFL Playoff Game, »
- Tony Maglio and Tim Kenneally
Casa Valentina: Theater Review
New York – The 1982 work that put playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein on the map was Torch Song Trilogy, a bittersweet account of a New York Jewish drag queen's longing for love and family. In Casa Valentina, his first full-length non-musical play on Broadway in almost 30 years, he explores a curious footnote in transgender history, setting the action in 1962 at a Catskill Mountains cross-dressing resort where married men went to lose themselves in female identities for the weekend. Joe Mantello's impeccable production and a cast of outstanding actors make this an engrossing portrait of a
- David Rooney
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