Disney is planning a live action reboot of "Mulan," fresh of the heels of the success of its live action reboot of "Cinderella." The 1998 animated version, centered on a young lady who crossdresses in order to take her father's place in battle. She eventually wins great accolades with the help of her trusted sidekick Mushu.
Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault by 22-year-old Italian model Ambra Battilana. She came forward this week claiming that Weinstein groped her breasts, attempted to put his hand up her skirt and demanded a kiss during an event at the Tribeca Film Center on Friday. Battilana had previously made headlines when she shared her testimony against Silvio Berlusconi.
George R. R. Martin will not be writing for season six of "Game of Thrones." Martin broke the news on his blog on Friday, where he explained his decision. "Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels." He said he would be focusing on writing the sixth novel in the series, "The Winds of Winter."
Trevor Noah will be replacing Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show." The 31-year-old South African comedian has appeared three times on "The Daily Show" and hosted his own successful talk show in South Africa for two years. He is also well-known as a stand-up comedian in South Africa. Noah said he was elated to be hosting the show and told The New York Times about how he reacted when he found out.
Producers of "Downton Abbey" have confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of the popular British costume drama will be its last. "It's the right time," said series creator and executive producer Julian Fellowes in a telephone interview. "I think you mustn't linger until you're stale." The series follows the aristocratic Crawley family and its servants.
Craig T. Nelson is set to reprise his role as Hayden Fox in an upcoming sequel to the 1990s sitcom "Coach." USA Today reports that NBC has greenlit 13 episodes of the new series. According to the report, the latest version of the show "picks up in the present day, 18 years after the original ended. A retired Hayden becomes an assistant coach to his own grown son."
Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first installment of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film, says she won't be back for the sequel. "Directing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," Taylor-Johnson told Deadline. "I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew . . ."
Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to play a villain in the upcoming "Star Trek 3." The British actor's prospective role has not yet been revealed, though rumors have been circulated that the Klingons will be the central villains in the film, which will be directed by Justin Lin and produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burke and David Ellison.
Bradley Cooper is set to make his directorial debut in an upcoming remake of "A Star Is Born," Deadline reported. "A Star Is Born," about a movie star who helps a young actress find fame even as age and alcoholism send his career into a downward spiral, was first made back in 1937 with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. The film has since been remade twice, first in 1954 with Judy Garland and James
Jon Hamm has just completed a 30-day stay in rehab for alcohol abuse. The 44-year-old actor checked into the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, at the end of February. He has released a statement through his representative, who noted, "With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction."
"Captain America" directors Joe and Anthony Russo will step in as the next helmers in the "Avengers" franchise. The pair will take over for Joss Whedon on the next two films in the series which will be dubbed "Infinity War - Part 1" and "Infinity War - Part 2." Those films are slated for release in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Angelina Jolie reportedly elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in a preventative procedure against ovarian cancer. The actress previously had her breasts removed after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene, which puts her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. She broke the news in a New York Times op ed piece, saying she was contacted by doctors following blood work.
Vin Diesel has named his baby daughter Pauline in honor of his late friend and "Fast & Furious" co-star Paul Walker. He told "Today" on Monday that Walker, who died two years ago, remains in his thoughts to this day. "I named her Pauline . . . There's no other person that I'm thinking about as I'm cutting this umbilical cord," he began. "I knew he was there . . ."
Disgraced NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams made an appearance at his alma mater Mater Dei Prep, where he donated $50,000 during a Save the Seraphs Gala on Saturday Night. The Asbury Park Press reports that Williams helped the school from closing its doors. "This is Mater Dei. It's been a very, very important part of my life," Williams told The Two River Times.