Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master," "Her") is in "final talks" with Marvel to play the lead in the studio's upcoming film "Doctor Strange," according to the Collider. The site adds that the signing has been delayed because Phoenix does not want a Marvel contract to prevent him from moonlighting in smaller films. Another actor mentioned for the lead was Benedict Cumberbatch.
"Foxcatcher," the Channing Tatum and Steve Carell drama, has been added to the lineup for this year's BFI London Film Festival. The film, directed by Bennett Miller, debuts on October 16 as the fest's gala screening at the Odeon Leicester Square. "I'm thrilled that Foxcatcher will be playing the LFF and I'm thrilled to be attending," said director Miller.
Zach Galifianakis will star in "Baskets," a program co-created by him, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. FX has ordered ten episodes of the series. "In a world constrained by corporate interests and the homogenization of society, one man in Bakersfield, California dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown," writes the network of the show's premise.
Michael Egan, who accused director Bryan Singer of sex abuse, has dropped his lawsuit. A federal judge dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning that Egan may re-file it at a later date. Egan's lawyer withdrew his representation in late July, saying that relations with his client had "deteriorated." Egan had accused Singer of sexually molesting him at the age of 17.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in France over the weekend, tying the knot in a private ceremony in a small chapel in Chateau Miraval before family and friends. The pair's kids - Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Knox, Zahara and Vivienne - were part of the affair. After a short honeymoon in Nice, Jolie and Pitt headed to Malta on Wednesday to begin shooting "By the Sea," a film directed by Jolie.
Matt Damon put a unique spin on the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, using toilet water instead of tap, and using the opportunity to promote his charity Water.org, instead of the ALS Association. Damon was nominated by Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck. In a homemade video, Damon says he didn't want to waste clean water, so opted for toilet water instead.
Take Two Interactive, the makers of the video game "Grand Theft Auto V," have asked an NYC judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lindsay Lohan against them. Lohan claims that they used her likeness without permission on a character called Lacey Jonas in the game. "The portrayal of a Hollywood figure being chased by paparazzi, of course, is hardly unique to Ms. Lohan," Take Two's lawyers wrote.
Mike Epps has signed on to star as Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic from director Lee Daniels ("The Butler"). Oprah Winfrey announced the news on Instagram, posting a pic of her and Daniels with Epps, noting "just finished a great 1st read session." Winfrey plays Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter, according to Entertainment Tonight. Pryor grew up with Carter, who ran a brothel.
Billy Crystal presided over the memorial for his old friend, the late Robin Williams, at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. Crystal had words of fond remembrance, as well as recollections of better times. "Every time you saw him - on television, in movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters for our troops overseas, and even in a dying girl's living room, for her last wish . . ."
Richard Attenborough, who was well-known as an actor and a director, died on Sunday at the age of 90. Attenborough launched his 60-plus-year career in film in 1942 and landed kudos for his performances in "In Which We Serve" and "Brighton Rock." He made his directorial debut in 1969's "Oh! What a Lovely War" and went on to direct "Young Winston," and "A Chorus Line."
Kristen Bell made a surprise appearance at the "Frozen Sing-Along" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, leading fans in a musical tribute to the hit film. "It's especially invigorating because music is what brought me to performing and acting in general," Bell told EW of the chance to exercise her singing capabilities again.
Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly in talks to appear in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western "The Hateful Eight." Collider reports that Lawrence is in the running for the role of Daisy Domergue in the film, which tells the story of eight outlaws who take shelter in an isolated saloon during a blizzard. It is Tarantino's follow-up to "Django Unchained."
The ashes of late actor Robin Williams have reportedly been scattered over the San Francisco Bay a day after his body was found. The new information was revealed in Williams' death certificate, which detailed what happened to his remains. The State Of California document states that final disposition was "scattering in San Francisco Bay off the coast of Marin County."
Chris Pratt resurrected his "Guardians of the Galaxy" character Peter Quill during a recent visit to a children's hospital. Pratt visited the Los Angeles' Children's Hospital earlier this week to spend time with patients and let them try on the Star-Lord outfit for themselves. He also spent some time with an ill child, Dylan Prunty, who suffers from mitochondrial disorder.
John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have split after three years of dating, according to insiders. Speaking with People magazine, a source said that the long distance relationship was too much for the pair. "It was the distance . . . She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana . . . It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause."