Michael Bay is in talks to direct "13 Hours," a film adaptation of the Mitchell Zuckoff book about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. "Bay read a first draft of the script and liked it," one source told Deadline. Paramount acquired the rights to Zuckoff's book, "Thirteen Hours."
Keanu Reeves has signed on to play the lead role in the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Replicas." Reeves will play a neuroscientist who loses his family in a car accident and tries to bring them back to life, coming into conflict with police and government agencies. The film is scripted by Chad St. John and produced by Lotus Entertainment's Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Stephen Hamel.
Daniel Radcliffe stopped by "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, October 28, showing off his rap skills on the song "Alphabet Aerobics." According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Harry Potter" star didn't stumble, although the "fast-paced song is filled with tongue twisters." He made it all the way through the end "even when the tempo picked way up."
Amanda Bynes' parents have been granted a second conservatorship after telling a judge that she has been spending her money carelessly. In legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the Byneses say that Amanda has been spending "alarming amounts" of money. Reportedly, Amanda was buying jewelry for strangers while in NYC. Her doctors also testified in court, saying that she is "very ill."
Elizabeth Norment, who played Kevin Spacey's secretary on the Netflix series "House of Cards," has died. She was 61. Norment's obituary in The Washington Post states that she died of cancer on October 13 at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Over her thirty-year career, Norment appeared in shows including "Law and Order," "Party of Five" and "L.A. Law."
Chadwick Bosman ("42") has been cast in the Marvel film adaptation "Black Panther," making him the first African American to lead a stand-alone Marvel tentpole, according to Deadline. The Bosman casting comes among rumors that Anthony Mackie, and his character Falcon, will take over the Captain America mantle from Chris Evans following the third "Captain America" film.
After a short romance, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have split. A source, speaking with People, says that Jen was responsible for the break, saying, "Jen is the one who broke it off with Chris." The pair began dating in August, according to reports, shortly after J Law split from her boyfriend Nicholas Holt. In September, Jen was in the audience at Martin's performance at the iHeartRadio
Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly in the running to play the title role in the upcoming Marvel film "Doctor Strange." According to the Hollywood Reporter, Benedict was tapped for the role after Joaquin Phoenix dropped out. Deadline writes that other names in the mix for the role include Jared Leto, Keanu Reeves and Tom Hardy. The plot of the film centers on a former neurosurgeon.
Billy Crystal, along with the children of the late Robin Williams, Zak, Zelda and Cody, helped throw out the ceremonial pitch at San Fran's AT&T Park, prior to game five of the 2014 MLB World Series. Zak tossed the pitch to Billy who caught it, prompting the massive crowd to erupt with applause. "We are honored to be here in support of the tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown."
Universal Studios has switched the title of its upcoming film "Fast and Furious 7" to "Furious 7." The studio debuted the name change on Facebook, along with the official movie poster on Sunday, October 26. The studio also announced the impending release of the "Furious 7" trailer via Facebook. The cast of the film features Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, and Tyrese Gibson.
Actress Marcia Strassman, who starred in "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died at 66. Strassman, who had battled breast cancer for years, died in her Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles home on Friday. The actress, who made her debut as nurse Maggie Cutler on "M*A*S*H," also appeared on television shows including "The Love Boat," "The Rockford Files," "Third Watch," and "Magnum P.I."
Meg Ryan has signed on to star in "Fan Girl," a film that will follow a 15-year-old girl determined to make a documentary on her favorite band. Kara Hayward ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), Joshua Boone, Bill Sage ("We Are What We Are") and Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") also star in the movie from first time director Paul Jarrett.
J.K. Rowling ("Harry Potter") has announced that she'll publish a new entry in her series this Halloween. According to her site, Pottermore.com, the story will center on Dolores Umbridge, a witch and former Hogwarts professor. Umbridge first appeared in the fifth Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," published in 2003.
Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in the stage adaptation of the Emile Zola novel "Therese Raquin." Keira plays the title role, a young dissatisfied wife who begins an affair with the friend of her husband, in the Roundabout Theatre Company production. The Roundabout describes the tale as one of "love, lust, betrayal, and guilt."
Elizabeth Pena, who died October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, passed from complications stemming from alcohol abuse. TMZ obtained the death certificate, which notes that she suffered from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol" and had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, causing her heart to stop.