The original Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz" has sold at auction for $3 million. The sale took place this week at Bonham's auction house in New York City and the winner was an unnamed private buyer. Bonhams confirmed that the costume was the one worn by Bert Lahr in the final scenes of the beloved 1939 film. The item was previously owned by James Comisar.
Oscar Isaac has reportedly signed on to appear as the lead villain in the upcoming film "X Men: Apocalypse." The "Star Wars" actor joins a growing list of stars already confirmed for the project including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy. Thus far there is little detail about the plot for the upcoming addition to the franchise.
George Eads, aka Nick Stokes, is set to leave the cast of "CSI" after 15 seasons. Eads, the last original cast member of the long running series, has offered no official statement on his departure, though according to reports it will be linked to the resolution of the Gig Harbor Killer case. It is unclear as how exactly Eads' character will be written out of the show.
Aaron Sorkin's biopic of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been picked up by Universal just a week after it was dropped by Sony. According to Vulture.com, Universal has agreed to a $30 million budget for the project, which will be directed by "Slumdog Millionaire" helmer Danny Boyle. Thus far the studio has not released any details about the production schedule for the biopic.
Michelle MacLaren will direct the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. MacLaren will develop and direct the film, which is due out in 2017 from Warner Bros. with Gal Gadot in the title role. Gadot will make her first appearance as the Amazonian superhero in 2016's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." MacLaren was reportedly the studio's top choice.
Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams have officially joined the cast of the upcoming second season of "True Detective." The duo joins Kelly Reilly for the new season, as well as previously announced season leads Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. HBO also announced that production for the new season has already begun in California, with "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lim helming.
Jamie Horowitz, senior vice president for "Today," was axed after calling for the firing of Savannah Guthrie and the demotion of Natalie Morales. The former ESPN exec made a five-hour presentation prior to his firing that also suggested that Hoda Kotb be given a more prominent role, Al Roker be moved off the weather beat, and Josh Elliott groomed for a larger role.
Tony Award-winning Broadway star Victoria Clark has landed a surprising new role on the upcoming season of "Homeland." The "Sister Act" and "Cinderella" star has reportedly signed on to appear as the mother of Claire Danes' character Carrie Mathison. Thus far there is no word on the context in which Carrie's mother will appear on the show.
Rutger Hauer has been added to the cast of "The Last Kingdom" on BBC America. The historical drama series is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books "The Saxon Stories." Alexander Dreymon ("American Horror Story") heads up a cast that also includes David Dawson, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen and Ian Hart.
Actor Adam Pally has reportedly confirmed plans to part ways with "The Mindy Project." According to avclub.com, Pally has inked a deal with his former "Happy Endings" network ABC to return as a producer for television and digital content. Pally first appeared on "The Mindy Project" in the role of Peter Prentice last year as a recurring star but was bumped into the regular cast shortly after.
Universal Pictures has offered up a glimpse at the first trailer for "Jurassic World." A 20-second trailer hit the web earlier this week and gives fans of the franchise a first look at the new environments, dinosaurs and co-stars Christ Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Pratt described his character as a cross between the leading roles previously played by Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a new comedy from Tina Fey, is headed to Netflix after originally getting ordered by NBC. The program features Ellie Kemper ("The Office") as a woman who escapes a cult and moves to NYC. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place . . ."
Though a $123 million opening was actually below most expectations, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" still posted far and away the biggest opening of 2014 over the weekend, hauling in nearly $30,000 per site at an aggressive 4,151 total theaters. Meanwhile, "Dumb and Dumber To" had a sharp drop-off from its opening total.
Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years," "Dancing with the Stars") wed attorney Scott Sveslosky in a beachfront ceremony. McKellar told People that the event was "absolutely magical." "We were married at 6:30 a.m. in a sunrise ceremony. The forecast predicted rain, but there was not a drop of water in the clear sky. The sun came peaking up over the mountains just as I was walking down the aisle."
Kelsey Grammer's daughter Greer Grammer has been named the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2015 Miss Golden Globe. The 22-year-old actress has starred in the role of Lissa on MTV's "Award" since 2011 and recently hit the big screen in "Life Partners." "I screamed and I jumped up and down. I was just so happy when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reached out to me this year."