Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico City has set the Guinness World Record for the largest Harry Potter collection, after amassing 3,097 items. The previous record was set by a collector with 807 items. "Menahem - the 37-year-old superfan of the series - has just been ratified this week as having broken the record for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia . . ."
FOX has scooped up an adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film "Big." The network acquired the property from Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, executive producers of that network's "Enlisted," which was canceled after one season. The plot of the show will explore "what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today's world those two things are more confused than ever."
"Tetris," the classic Nintendo video game, will be adapted to film by Threshold Entertainment, the same company that adapted the video game "Mortal Kombat" for theaters in 1995. "Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world," said Threshold's chairman Larry Kasanoff. "What everyone doesn't know yet is this epic sci-fi story that we're going to tell."
Yvette Nicole Brown has announced that she will not be returning for the upcoming season of "Community." Brown, who plays the role of mother-of-three Shirley Bennett, said she is leaving to take care of her ailing father, explaining to TV Guide, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me."
Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" books, says she's looking to produce a series of "Twilight" shorts to be released through Facebook. Meyer and Lionsgate will develop five shorts for the social networking site and are currently searching for five female directors to helm them. "The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked . . ."
An attorney for Tracy Morgan says that, following a deadly car crash, the comedian may never be able to make others laugh again. Speaking with the New York Post, Benedict Morelli says Morgan's condition is touch-and-go. "The jury's still out. The doctors don't know the answer. I don't know the answer." The accident was caused by a tractor trailer driver Kevin Roper, an employee of Wal-Mart.
Though critics haven't been overly kind to Michael Bay's "Transformers" series, there is no doubting its commercial drawing power, as "Transformers: Age of Extinction" heads into the home market as the only release to top $1 billion in theatrical revenue so far in 2014. Also hitting stores this week will be "Chef," an adult-geared romantic comedy from director Jon Favreau.
Stephen Chbosky ("Perks of Being a Wallflower") will write a new script for Disney's 1991 film "Beauty and the Beast," to be adapted into a live action film. Bill Condon ("Twilight") directs. According to We Got This Covered, snagging Chbosky likely signals the direction Disney plans on taking the film. "After the success of Wallflower, the move to enlist Chbosky might see a shift . . ."
Keegan-Michael Key ("Key and Peele," "Let's Be Cops") and Regina Hall have joined the cast of "Vacation," a reboot from directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Horrible Bosses"). The film also stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Leslie Mann.
John Malkovich will be honored with the lifetime achievement award, or, the Golden Eye award, at the upcoming Zurich International Film Festival. The tribute comes October 4, when the actor gets the statue from German actress Veronika Ferres. Malkovich's nearly three-decade movie making career has included films like "The Killing Fields," "Empire of the Sun" and "Cesar Chavez."
Marvel has released the first image of the female Thor, after announcing that the superhero had changed gender from male to female. The first Thor comic hits October 1. The comic book maker unveiled the first three pages of the issue, which show the God of Thunder unable to lift his magic hammer. A woman arrives, lifts it easily, and changes the inscription on the hammer from "he" to "she."
Following her arrest over the weekend for DUI, Amanda Bynes is said to have been under the influence of a stimulant. TMZ reported that the troubled actress was "out of it" during her traffic stop, failing several sobriety tests. The site quotes anonymous law enforcement officials who said she was on a stimulant but did not know the exact drug.
Lili Simmons ("True Detective") and David Arquette have joined the cast of the upcoming Western film "Bone Tomahawk." The pair join the already announced cast that includes Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Kathryn Morris, Evan Jonigkeit, Sean Young and Sid Haig. The plot of the film centers on four men who "attempt to rescue a group of captives . . ."
Netflix has announced that its first original streaming film release, "The Green Dragon," will be the sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The film will be simulcast at IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015. The network also released a plot synopsis of the Yuen Wo-Ping directed movie. "[Green Legend] echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story -- one of lost love . . ."
Speaking with a group of donors and activists at the Rape Foundation's annual fundraiser on Sunday, Jane Fonda revealed that her mother had been sexually abused at the age of eight. Frances Ford Seymour committed suicide when Fonda was 12. Jane said that she came across the info while reviewing her mom's medical records.