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.
The Will Smith comedy "Hitch" looks to be getting rebooted for TV on the FOX network, according to various reports. The 2005 romantic comedy will be adapted into a half hour "workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics," the network says. Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are attached to exec produce the project. Casting announcements have not been made.
Writer Aaron Sorkin has reportedly confirmed that Christian Bale is set for the starring role in his upcoming biopic of late Apple chief Steve Jobs. Rumors spread earlier this week that Bale was in talks for the role and Sorkin confirmed it in a recent television interview. "Well, there was a meeting. We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale."
Matthew McConaughey, a longtime fan of the NFL's Washington Redskins, says that he doesn't think that the team should be forced to change its name. Speaking with GQ, he notes that the controversy over the name is rather recent. "What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s . . ."
Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") has signed on to "The Forest," the upcoming supernatural thriller from first time feature length director Jason Zada. The plot is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, where a young American woman goes in search of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead.
Frank Sivero, who played a mobster named Frankie Carbone in the 1990 film "Goodfellas," is suing "The Simpsons" for its use of a wiseguy character named Louie. Sivero claims that Louie is based on Carbone, and is looking to get $250 million in compensation. In the court filing, Sivero says that the writers for the show lived next door to him in 1989 while he was prepping for the role.
Renee Zellweger is glad people are talking about her new look. Speaking with People, the actress says that she's doing well for the first time in a long time. "I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows. My friends say I look peaceful." She added that, in the past, she had become worn out by trying to do too much.
Irish actor Gerard Parkes, best known for his roles on "Fraggle Rock" and "The Boondock Saints" has died at the age of 90. Parkes passed away at a retirement home in Toronto, Ontario and news of his passing was confirmed by his agent. Parkes was born in Dublin but moved to Canada to pursue an acting career in the 1950s. His signature role as the inventor on "Fraggle Rock."
Video of an 18-year-old Channing Tatum stripping has hit the web. Us Weekly uncovered the tape taken in 1999 at a Florida club called Male Encounter, where Tatum worked before making it on the big screen. "He was shy at first, but he really knew how to work the stage," London Steele, owner of the club told Us. "The women went crazy for him."
Stanley Tucci is expecting his first child with his wife Felicity Blunt. The pair wed in 2012 and Tucci has three children from his late wife Kate Tucci, who died of breast cancer in 2009. The 53-year-old actor confirmed the news with Us Weekly saying that he's thrilled for the coming addition. "I'm very excited to be a dad. It's incredible."
Al Pacino will appear on Broadway again for the first time since his appearance in a revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." In the fall of 2015, Pacino stars in Mamet's "China Doll." In a statement, Mamet said the play centers on "a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl."
Another "Star Wars" veteran, Warwick Davis, has reportedly signed on to appear in the forthcoming new "Episode VII." He famously appeared in the role of the Ewok Wicket in the "Return of the Jedi." Davis broke news of his upcoming appearance in the film in a comedic teaser video posted to YouTube that confirmed his return to the franchise.