Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger have joined the jury at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 2-12. Director Alfonso Cuaron helms the panel, which also features director Emmanuel Carrère, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, Italian director Francesco Munzi, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and British director and Lynne Ramsay.
A sequel to the highly successful "Jurassic World" has been green lit with a release date of 2018, Universal/Comcast Corp. has announced. The film is expected to be released July 22, 2018. The BBC reports that the film will once again feature stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The new sequel, produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, will feature a screenplay by Colin Trevorrow.
James Franco has reportedly penned a new book about Lana Del Rey. According to Penguin Random House's website, the art book "Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey" reunites Franco with his former collaborator David Shields. Shields and Franco teamed up for the film "I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel," which Franco directed and Shields co-wrote with Caleb Powell.
Theodore Bikel, who starred as Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and a poor Jewish milkman Tevye in the Broadway hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof," has died at the age of 91. In a statement, the Actors' Equity Association said it "mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel."
Jaime King bore her second son - and godson to Taylor Swift - with husband Kyle Newman last week. She shared a picture of the family to Instagram, captioning it "We are SO happy to welcome to the world our new baby boy!" "HE'S ARRIVED!" added Newman on his own Instagram page. "So happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world. Born July 16th! Mom & Baby are well. Name coming soon."
Actor Alex Rocco, best known for his role as Moe Greene in "The Godfather," has died at the age of 79. Rocco passed away of pancreatic cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Greene was the tough talking Jewish casino owner in Las Vegas who attempts to strong arm the film's lead character only to wind up dead. Speaking with the A.V. Club in 2012, Rocco explained how he landed the role.
Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage are joining Chloe Grace Moretz in the cast of Gerard Barrett's thriller "Brain On Fire." The project is based on Susannah Cahalan's critically acclaimed memoir about a rising journalist (Moretz) at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices. As weeks go by and Susannah rapidly descends into insanity.
Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $15 million in donations to more than 30 organizations working to achieve "implementing innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe." The actor's namesake charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, announced that it has awarded grants to environmental groups including Amazon Watch, National Geographic: Pristine Seas and more.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are reuniting for the new film "Sisters," which is due out this December. During a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show" the duo revealed the trailer for the film, which sees them star as a pair of "disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house."
Amanda Peterson, most well known for her role in the 1987 rom-com "Can't Buy Me Love," has died at the age of 43. Her father asked police to check on her after not hearing from her for several days. He tells TMZ that "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed." Authorities do not expect foul play but have not announced an official cause of death.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are married following a surprise ceremony over the weekend. The two former "That 70s Show" stars began dating in 2012, and Kutcher popped the question to Kunis in February 2014. A source confirmed the news to People magazine, although reps for the actors have not yet commented. Another source told the mag that the ceremony took place at The Secret Garden.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have confirmed their plans to split after ten years of marriage. The pair broke the news on Tuesday, just one day after their tenth wedding anniversary and are asking the media to respect their privacy in the family matter. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple told People in a joint statement.
Comedian and film star Jack Carter has died at the age of 93. Carter, who appeared alongside Elvis Presley on the silver screen, also appeared in television series including "Baywatch," "Murder She Wrote" and "Family Guy." Throughout his career he was a popular guest host on various shows, but never scored his own series. "Maybe I come on too strong," he admitted in 1963.