Dec 19 2013
Rumored for the role since earlier this year, Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios' choice to headline Ant-Man! The Wrap reports that the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will play Hank Pym in the July 31, 2015 release.
Set to begin production early next year in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
Although there's no assurance yet that it remains the case, Wright's original plans for the film called for both Pym and the later Ant-Man of the comics, Scott Lang, to appear in the feature.
"The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both... Henry Pym and Scott Lang," Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago. "So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of 'Tales to Astonish' mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him."
The film, which is supposed to launch "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron's May 1, 2015 release.
Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been approached to play a major villain in the Superman vs Batman movie.
Highly-placed sources suggested to Variety that Phoenix could be offered the role of Superman villain Lex Luthor, although the exact role is not yet entirely clear.
Warner Bros executives apparently are strongly interested in courting Phoenix for director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel, but his own interest is not known.
Luthor has previously been played on the big screen by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey, in addition to Michael Rosenbaum's portrayal of the villain in the Smallville television show.
Anticipation for the Superman vs Batman movie has grown following the casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rupert Murdoch and Jay Leno will be inducted into the US Television Hall of Fame.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its list of 2014 inductees earlier in the week.
Also to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014 will be Emmy-winning producer David E Kelley and television executive Brandon Stoddard, with a posthumous prize to be given to sound engineer Ray Dolby.
Awards have been handed out annually since 1984.
Louis-Dreyfus's induction will come on the heels of her receiving two Golden Globe acting nominations, for her series Veep and the movie Enough Said.
Leno is being honoured for his work on The Tonight Show, the series that he will leave in February.
The 2014 Television Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills in March.
Previous inductees include Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, William Shatner and Chuck Lorre.
Joaquin Phoenix knew he had to star in Spike Jonze's latest film "Her," an unconventional romance that explores ideas about intimacy, isolation, relationships and technology, because it wasn't a typical love story.
Phoenix's depressed writer character finds love in the film, set in a futuristic Los Angeles, but the object of his affection isn't a co-worker or the girl next door. It's an intuitive, voice-controlled, computer operating system named Samantha.
"I thought it was really interesting and unique, that there was this great emotional centre you could grab onto, that it wasn't too esoteric," Phoenix told Reuters ahead of the film's opening in U.S. theatres on Wednesday.
"There are these great big ideas and themes to explore but it felt totally accessible."
Phoenix, a triple Oscar nominee for his roles in "Gladiator," "The Master" and "Walk The Line," which also earned him a best actor Golden Globe in 2006, plays Theodore Twombly, a writer for BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com.
By day he dictates affectionate letters that are transcribed by a computer into "handwritten" notes for clients to their loved ones. In the evening he plays a large video game alone in his high-rise, sparsely furnished apartment.
The National Board of Review named "Her" best picture of 2013, calling it "an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic," and awarded Jonze its best director award.
Phoenix, 39, nabbed his fourth Golden Globe nomination for his role in "Her," while the film won Globe nominations for best picture in a comedy or musical and best screenplay.
"In a tender about-face from his fearsome performance in 'The Master,' Phoenix here is enchantingly open, vulnerable, sweet-natured and yearning for emotional completion," The Hollywood Reporter said about his performance.
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Dec 18 2013
Nirvana and Kiss will be among the next group of artists to be honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will also will be inducted on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Kiss finally made the cut after being being nominated on a number of previous occasions.
Peter Criss, Kiss' original drummer and vocalist, said the band changed rock forever by raising the bar for live performances.
"We were four guys from New York City who brought Barnum & Bailey into rock and roll," he said.
"We wanted the makeup and the costumes and the bombs.
"Our idea was to give people a hell of a lot more for their money. We changed music by insisting you can't go up there and just sing anymore. That's going to stand forever."
Artists are eligible for the honour 25 years after their first release and Nirvana will enter the Hall of Fame on the 25th anniversary of their debut Bleach.
"For once ... I'm speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to ... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, now the frontman for Foo Fighters, said in a statement.
The induction will also come 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27.
Bassist Krist Novoselic said he most of all wanted to thank Cobain.
"And to everyone who's kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting."
The ceremony will also honour Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein with Ahmet Ertegun awards.
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Dec 17 2013
Music mogul Simon Cowell is plotting changes for The X Factor, including fresh judges and a mysterious new role for him.
Cowell, the show's producer, says he expects the US version of the singing contest to return next season on Fox, but it may be cut back to one night instead of two, and format changes are being discussed to keep it fresh.
The judging panel will probably will be different, Cowell says. Besides him, the X Factor judges include Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.
Cowell said he had recruits in mind, but declined to identify them. He says he envisaged what he called a "different kind of role" for himself, but would not be more specific.
The show's ratings have dipped in season three. The winner will be announced on the finale Thursday.
Dec 17 2013
A judge has revoked Chris Brown's probation following the singer's arrest for an alleged assault, but the ruling will not alter his requirements to complete rehab and community service for his 2009 attack on then girlfriend Rihanna.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Brandlin cited details in an arrest report as his reason for revoking Brown's probation for the second time this year. He ordered him to return to court on February 10 for an update on his progress in rehab.
Prosecutors did not request that Brown, 24, be sent to jail.
In November, Brown was ordered to spend 90 days in a treatment programme for anger management and other issues. Judge Brandlin said probation officers reported the Grammy winner was handling the programme well in recent weeks.
"I'm pleased he's doing well" in treatment, the judge said.
Judge Brandlin reviewed Brown's October arrest report filed after a man accused the R&B singer of hitting him outside the W Hotel in Washington DC. Brown and his bodyguard were initially charged with felony assault, but the case was reduced to a misdemeanour.
Brown has been ordered to appear in a DC court on January 8.
Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos said he agreed with the judge's decision to revoke probation but not send him to jail.
Brown's probation was revoked earlier this year over a misdemeanour hit-and-run in Los Angeles and concerns that he had not completed six months of community service for his 2009 attack on singer Rihanna. Judge Brandlin ordered the singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours and Brown has so far completed 60, according to his probation report.
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Dec 17 2013
Theatre-goers and music fans face mark-ups of as much as 38% on the value of some online tickets, according to a Which? study.
Compulsory charges are added to 72% of tickets sold online, said the consumer group, which is launching a campaign to bring down the cost.
Buying online is convenient, offers variety and quick transactions, but nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said the charges had put them off buying tickets for an event altogether.
In one study, only 3% of tickets were being sold at face value without any additional compulsory fees like booking or delivery charges.
Which? says in some cases the practice is illegal.
Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said: "Consumers tell us they are feeling ripped off by the level of ticketing charges and the lack of transparency means it is almost impossible for people to compare prices when booking online.
"We want to see the ticketing industry play fair on ticket fees, so that all charges are displayed up-front and with a clear explanation of what they're for."
A Ticketmaster spokesperson told Sky News: "To suggest that ticket fees are hidden is utterly misleading and factually incorrect.
"Before a customer purchases a ticket, any additional fee is always displayed clearly.
"The fees cover a wide range of costs to provide the services which ensure the best and easiest possible experience for our customers from purchasing a ticket to accessing the event."
One explanation for the additional fees may be the acts themselves. They want their ticket prices to seem as low as possible, leaving the ticket agency to tack on the fee.
Dec 17 2013
Country music legend Ray Price has died at the age of 87 after battling pancreatic cancer.
The Country Music Hall of Famer had returned to his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, only days ago to receive care.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but ended aggressive treatments on Thursday after the disease spread to his liver, intestines and lungs.
His wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband's "final message" to his fans.
It said: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them.
"I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus.
"I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."
Mr Price, one of the greatest voices of country music, is credited with revolutionising the genre with number one hits including Crazy Arms and City Lights.
Earlier this month, he told Rolling Stone magazine: "I just like what I've done and how it's worked out, and it's been great.
"I haven't lost my voice, thank God for that."
Mr Price also gave country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson his start, as his road-show bass player.
Born on January 12, 1926, in a tiny East Texas town called Peach, he joined the Marines at 17 before making his first record in 1949 and signing with Columbia in 1951, where he became close friends with Hank Williams.
More than 60 years later, he was looking forward to the release of his next album.
He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
On Monday, Mr Price's death was reported by mistake by his son.
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Dec 17 2013
X Factor winner Sam Bailey has said she hopes the paparazzi will respect her family life now she has been catapulted to fame.
"With regards paparazzi being outside my house, I've got two children so I hope they'd have that respect," she told Sky News.
Reacting to former X Factor star Harry Styles of One Direction winning a court order to prevent a group of photographers from following him, she said she cannot yet get her head around the fame she will experience.
"I don't feel famous like that," she said.
"That's Harry Styles for crying out loud. I've just come out of a competition where I've been in a bubble so I can't see it like that yet … but I'll get advice, I'll be OK".
The former prison warden added: "With regards to the intrusion side of it, hopefully they'll have respect for me - not interfering with my private life.
"It goes hand-in-hand, you have to make these sacrifices, but I'd give autographs, I don’t mind giving people the time of day," she said, admitting she used to wait outside venues for East 17 and Take That stars when she was younger.
It is expected Bailey could follow in the footsteps of her favourite bands this weekend with a Christmas Number One.
Her debut single Skyscraper is currently at the top of the download charts, and she told Sky News it would be a dream come true if she is still up there at the weekend.
"It would be amazing; I listen to the Christmas Number One every year, so to think my single is in the running, it's just amazing," she said.
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