"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon yucked it up with Julia Roberts earlier this week, playing a game of "Face Balls" with the actress. The game consisted of the pair taking turns throwing a giant inflatable ball at one another's faces. After, Fallon showed the close-up footage on a massive TV screen, using super slow motion to exaggerate the effects of the ball on the skin.
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist behind such films as "The Exorcist" and "Taxi Driver," has died at the age of 92. His death was confirmed by his friend and fellow makeup artist Rick Baker via Twitter. Smith made his name in the era before computer generated images, using plaster life masks, liquid foam latex, and a good deal of patience.
"Rosewater," the directorial debut from Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show"), is set to hit theaters November 7. The political drama centers on Gael Garcia Bernal, who plays BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was captured, imprisoned and tortured by Iranian authorities. Bahari spent 118 days in an Iranian prison in 2009.
John Goodman has reportedly joined the cast of "Trumbo," the biopic of the screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted from Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Trumbo will be played by Bryan Cranston, while Helen Mirren plays gossip reporter Hedda Hopper. Goodman is said to be in line to play producer Frank King.
Elle Fanning has signed on to star in the film adaptation of the young adult novel, "All the Bright Places." The book, not currently in stores, hits shelves January 6, 2015. The plot of the book, written by Jennifer Niven, centers on Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself, but is prevented each time.
Director Robert Drew, best known as the father of the cinema verite documentary style, has died at the age of 90. His career broke out in the 1960s following the first of his cinema verite style films titled "Primary," which followed President John F. Kennedy's decision to back racial equality. They also re-engineered cameras and audio equipment.
Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in a car near National City, California earlier this week. Local news sources report that Barrymore was discovered in a vehicle blocking a private driveway and a large number of pills were scattered on the passenger seat. Jessica and Drew shared the same father, John Barrymore, and Drew paid tribute to her half-sister in a statement.
Actor Orlando Bloom is making headlines this week after he reportedly threw a punch at pop idol Justin Beiber while the pair were both visiting a nightclub in Ibiza, Spain. According to PageSix.com, the incident occurred over comments that Bieber made about Bloom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr. The pair first butted heads two years ago after it was reported that Bieber was seen flirting with Kerr.
James Shigeta, the actor best known for his role in the classic 1960's musical film "The Flower Drum Song," has died at the age of 85. Shigeta had been in declining health since suffering a stroke two years ago and passed away in a Beverly Hills assisted living facility, according to the LA Times. Shigeta was a pioneer for leading Asian men in Hollywood and helped pave the way.
Paramount Pictures deleted a poster for its upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, promoting its September 11 release date in Australia. The pic featured the four reptilian heroes plunging toward the viewer from a burning skyscraper. Twitter users were quick to point out the poster's tastelessness. One noted: "WHO thought that poster would be a good idea considering date??"
The trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road," the reboot of the 1980s "Mad Max" series has dropped. The near three minute clip was debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend. The trailer features desert action, tricked out vehicles and a cast of eccentric characters. Tom Hardy stars in the lead role of Max Rockatansky, a road warrior, while Charlize Theron plays Imperator Furiosa.
Christopher Walken has reportedly signed on to lend his voice to Jon Favreau's remake of "The Jungle Book." According to TheWrap.com, Walken will voice King Louie, who is the leader of a group of monkeys and apes residing in the jungle. Word of his casting comes alongside that of "Breaking Bad" villain Giancarlo Esposito. He will appear as the voice of Akela, the head of the jungle's wolf pack.
Peter Marquardt, who played the drug lord Moco in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," has died. He was 50. Marquardt, who was best known for playing the white-suited drug lord in Rodriguez's classic film, also appeared in Rodriguez's subsequent films "Desperado," "Spy Kids 3-D" and "The Shadow People." He was cast in "El Mariachi"—despite not speaking Spanish.
The first trailer of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" has been released. The teaser features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Julianne Moore as the leader of the outlaw District 13, President Alma Coin. Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones"), who plays Capitol film director Cressida, is also seen in the clip, along with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as rebel leader Plutarch.
James Gunn, director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," and the film's lead actor Chris Pratt, told fans that they can expect a sequel to the film during a panel discussion at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend. "Yes, I'm writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!" Gunn added on Twitter.