A stage play based on JK Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter books is reportedly in the works.
The show is set to open in the West End within two years, according to the Daily Mail.
Rowling - who penned seven novels in the magical series between 1997 and 2007 - is said to be on board to co-produce the new project in collaboration with a playwright.
The show will focus on Potter's early life, prior to the events in the books and subsequent Warner Bros movie franchise.
Helmed by esteemed theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, the play will depict "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast", according to a statement sent to the publication.
It was also suggested that the play has been in the works for a year, with Rowling having dismissed previous attempts to turn her fantasy world into a stage production.
The author said that Friedman and Callender's vision for the adaptation was "the only one that really made sense to [her], and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy [she] thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage".
Rowling added: "After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phrase."
Although not confirmed, Warner Bros is thought to have some involvement in the production, which reportedly aims to be ready to go in 2015.
A theatre is yet to be confirmed for the show.
Rowling recently signed up with Warner Bros to write a fantasy film based on elements of theHarry Potter series.
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Pink and Kendrick Lamar have been announced as performers at next month's Grammy Awards.
Imagine Dragons will also play live alongside previously announced performers Daft Punk at the annual music awards ceremony.
LL Cool J has also been confirmed as a returning host of the event.
Pink will perform her 2013 hit 'Just Give Me a Reason' with duet partner Nate Ruess.
There will also be a special Grammy Moment performance by country artists Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton.
The 2014 Grammys will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, and will be broadcast live on CBS.
Daft Punk's performance will be their first televised gig since their appearance at the 2008 Grammys with Kanye West.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced by organisers in the coming weeks.
Dec 20 2013
Katie Couric's daytime chatshow has been cancelled.
Couric and ABC announced in a joint statement that Katie will conclude with its second and final season in June 2014.
Their statement read: "While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show.
"We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the number-one new syndicated talkshow of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season."
The cancellation was widely expected on the heels of Couric's confirmation that she will leave ABC News to join Yahoo!.
Couric will become Yahoo! News's global anchor beginning in early 2014.
The journalist had been tipped as a leading candidate to replace the retiring Barbara Walters on The View, but she denied those rumours in September.
Dec 20 2013
Robin Wright has reportedly got engaged to actor Ben Foster.
According to US reports, the House of Cards actress has accepted Foster's proposal of marriage after nearly two years of dating.
However, the couple have yet to officially comment on the story, which originated in Life & Style magazine.
Wright began dating Foster in early 2011, after they met on the set of the movie Rampart.
She ended her 14-year marriage to Sean Penn in July 2010. She was also married to actor Dane Witherspoon for two years from 1986.
Ben Foster will star as Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic from director Stephen Frears.
Robin Wright will return for the second season of House of Cards, which premieres on Netflix on February 14, 2014.
Dec 20 2013
Arcade Fire are the first headline act to be announced for next summer's Glastonbury festival.
The Canadian indie rock band revealed they will be performing on the Friday evening of the Somerset event - June 27.
They broke the news to fans by posting a picture on Twitter featuring four show dates next June, including the Glastonbury gig.
The message was written in chalk on a piece of material draped on a sofa and next to a sequinned cushion.
The Glastonbury festival Twitter page also confirmed the news, saying: "We're very pleased to announce that @ArcadeFire will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday at Glastonbury 2014."
The group recently played low-key UK shows under the name The Reflektors to promote their fourth album Reflektor.
Frontman Win Butler had already hinted that the band may play the Somerset event with a less-than-subtle comment during a radio interview last month.
Discussing plans to play summer festivals next year, he told DJ Jo Whiley: "Get your wellies ready."
In October, Glastonbury tickets for 2014 sold out in a record time of one hour and 27 minutes.
Organisers Emily and Michael Eavis said they were "blown away" by the response.
In a statement, they said: "We're sorry that many of you missed out on a ticket.
"We genuinely try to make the ticket system as fair as it can be, but when demand outstrips supply, it is an unfortunate inevitability that some people will be left disappointed."
Dec 20 2013
Demi Lovato has confirmed she is leaving the US version of the X Factor to focus on her music career.
In an interview after Wednesday's performance show, the 21-year-old singer-actress said she wanted to return to her "roots".
Lovato plans to devote next year to touring and working on a new album.
X Factor producer-judge Simon Cowell said working with Lovato has been "fun" but the timing is right for "something new".
He would not comment on potential replacements.
This is the Heart Attack singer's second season on the judging panel of the Fox competition.
Lovato's fourth studio album, Demi, debuted at No 3 in the Billboard 200 albums chart in May.
Human disconnect, social isolation and the transition to an increasingly digital era come crashing together in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," actor-director Ben Stiller's personal take on a classic story.
"Walter Mitty," out in theaters on Christmas Day, finds Stiller not just reimagining the character made famous from author James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same name in The New Yorker magazine, but redefining what Walter Mitty has come to represent in popular culture.
Walter Mitty is described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a commonplace unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming," and is often used to describe people who imagine themselves greater than they are in reality.
Stiller's Walter Mitty is different. A middle-aged man trapped by financial responsibility, Walter is a photo archivist at the dwindling Life magazine, a job that is being replaced by machines. Shy, sheltered and reserved, he is isolated from the environment around him.
"(He's not) some kind of an oddball or loner or nerd, but just a regular guy who has a lot of potential and hadn't figured out a way to unlock it," Stiller told Reuters.
The movie blurs in and out of Walter's imagination as his daydreams take him into new worlds and personas, be it the rugged explorer seducing his crush Cheryl, played by Kristen Wiig, or jumping into a fiery apartment to save trapped residents. But as he breaks out of social isolation and makes real human connections, Walter finds himself living a real life far greater than his imagination could conjure up.
Stiller, 48, who has built up a body of directorial works from 1994's dark comedy "Reality Bites," 2001's goofball modelling parody "Zoolander," and 2008's farcical action-movie send-up, "Tropic Thunder," said "Mitty" marks a new chapter in ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 20 2013
Pop star Ian Watkins tweeted his anger after an image of him appeared alongside an online story reporting the sentencing of his Lostprophets namesake for a second time - hours after receiving a High Court apology for a similar mistake.
A judge in London heard that a photograph of the musician and actor, also known as Ian H Watkins or H from the band Steps, had been mistakenly used on celebrity website E! Online instead of the disgraced paedophile rock singer.
Watkins received an apology from US parent company E! Entertainment Television in relation to that incident.
But on Thursday night, the singer tweeted his anger after a similar article appeared alongside his photograph during an internet search. The second incident has nothing to do with E! Online.
He posted a screen-grab from Google showing a CBS News story about the sentencing of the former Lostprophets singer alongside his photo, with a caption from BBC News.
Watkins said on Twitter: "SORT THIS OUT @CBSNews @google !!!! I am very upset ... Again !!!"
The court heard Watkins had already been "receiving abuse as a result of people confusing the two Ian Watkins" before the initial error over the photograph was made on November 27.
His solicitor John Reid told the judge that the defendant, E! Entertainment Television, "reported the guilty plea of Ian Watkins of the Lostprophets in an article on E! Online", adding: "However, the defendant mistakenly included a photograph of the claimant, Ian 'H' Watkins of Steps, instead of Ian Watkins of the Lostprophets."
He said: "The error quickly came to the attention of the defendant, which promptly replaced the photograph with the correct one."
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Dec 20 2013
Gerard Butler has swapped Hollywood for the kitchen as he became a volunteer for a charity which provides a daily meal for hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest children.
During a four-day trip to Liberia in Africa this month, the big screen star helped cooks prepare and serve meals to school pupils on behalf of Mary's Meals.
Olympus Has Fallen actor Gerard loved the experience and said he has been inspired to get more involved with the charity, after he helped out in a school maths class, played football with children and danced with local villagers.
Mary's Meals was set up by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow in a shed in Dalmally, Argyll, but has grown into an international school feeding programme, working in countries where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. It also sends backpacks filled with school essentials around the world to ensure children can make the most of their time in class .
Scot Gerard, 44, presented Mr MacFarlane-Barrow with an award in 2010 and has supported the charity since.
The actor said: "I have come to know Mary's Meals but I had no idea of what that really meant until I came to see what is possible with this organisation and the effect it can have on the lives of so many children.
"One of the things that I have been struck by during this visit is the strength of people's dignity, and what I love about Mary's Meals is that it is all about retaining this. They don't operate a free system where people are just taking; instead it is all about respecting and promoting the lives of people, their culture and what they are capable of.
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Dec 20 2013
Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted she felt like she "needed to be hospitalised" after reading a report claiming her hands were so ugly she was considering plastic surgery.
The Sex And The City star said she felt physically ill and dizzy after reading the tabloid story, which likened her hands to a witch's hands.
She said on US TV show Watch What Happens Live: "There was an article about my hands and how ugly they are and how I should go have cosmetic surgery to fix them and I have been contemplating the surgery or I had the surgery.
"And then there was a really crude drawing of my hands as a witch's hands."
SJP, 48, went on: "Literally, I was in the car like dizzy. I felt like I needed to be hospitalised.
"But it really got me to thinking. And here's what I thunk: I thought, 'Really? This is how low?' Like we are now going to attack, to suggest an appendage is now worthy of... it was so ridiculous, so outrageous to me because, here's the thing, we'll wrap this up, I love my hands."
"Anyways, it's ludicrous," concluded the mother-of-three. "I've given it more time than it deserves."