Thursday, 27 August 2009

Robin Williams to play Susan Boyle?

Talk about one of the most bizarre film stories of the year - Robin Williams admits he has been asked to play Susan Boyle in a biopic of the reality TV star.

The Scottish singer shot to fame after wowing the world with her performances in ITV show Britain's Got Talent earlier this year. While there have been rumours about a biopic being planned, no one would have guessed they would want the Mrs Doubtfire star to play the lead.

Talking to the Daily Star, he said, "I've been asked if I want to play Susan in the movie. I think she's incredible. That clip of her singing on Britain's Got Talent was extraordinary. So inspiring. It was quite a shock when she began to sing.

"She's got a really great voice."

Susan Boyle has become a household name in the US, and has even appeared on Oprah Winfrey's chat show.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Ashley Olsen may quit fashion industry

Ashley Olsen has revealed that she is contemplating giving up her fashion career to return to acting.

The 23-year-old, who has won awards with her twin sister Mary-Kate for fashion collection The Row, said that she will change jobs again in the next few years.

The Daily Star quotes her as saying: "[In the fashion world], everyone is just really looking out for themselves. I don't know if I'll be designing this collection forever."

She added: "A couple of years from now, I'm sure I'll want to do something else and I'm not going to shy away from that."

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Leonardo DiCaprio loses weight for movie

The 34-year-old actor has embarked on a new diet and exercise regime to help shed the pounds ahead of a fight sequence for action movie 'Inception'.

"Leonardo needs to shed at least 30lbs. He's gained weight recently and looks almost a bit flabby, which isn't good, especially as the camera adds pounds. "There's an action scene coming up at the end of the year in which he needs to appear emaciated, so the pressure is on," said a source.

Although Leonardo - who plays Jacob Hastley in the film, which is about an officer worker who becomes involved in a blackmail scandal - is finding it hard to cut out calorific treats, he is determined to be in top shape for the scene.

The movie source said: "He is following a strict diet and is embarking on a rigorous workout regime. Leonardo is a pretty determined kind of guy, when he sets his mind to things he always achieves them. Though this is going to be hard for him, you can guarantee he'll succeed."

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Friday, 21 August 2009

Cowell will 'give up X Factor in three years'

The music mogul allegedly admitted that he almost walked away from the X-Factor several years ago, but was persuaded to stay by contestant Leona Lewis.

"A couple of years ago I was not sure I wanted to carry on," Cowell told The Mirror. "It's a lot to juggle - making the shows, being on them - so I had to think twice about it. I think Leona Lewis probably changed my mind. She reminded me why we do this.

"Leona is the reason I decided to stay on two more years. She made it worthwhile again."

He added: "Three years and that's it - I will do what I've always done. I run a record label, I run a TV company, we're making movies now - I love that part of my life.

"I probably get more satisfaction from making a show than being on a show. I've been lucky, but I also know not to outstay my welcome."

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

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Friday, 14 August 2009

Plans for Corrie - The Musical

A stage musical version of Coronation Street is reportedly being planned as part of the soap's 50th birthday celebrations next year.

According to The Sun, composer Trisha Ward is working alongside the ITV1 programme's scriptwriters to create the musical, which will focus on the lives and loves of favourite characters including Ken and Deirdre Barlow.

It is not known whether any of the soap's past or present cast members will star in the production.

The musical is one of several events being lined up to mark the milestone anniversary in December 2010.

A Coronation Street spokesman said a musical was "one of a number of plans we are currently looking into for the 50th anniversary celebrations".
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Killers frontman welcomes second child

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and his wife Tana have welcomed their second child.

Speaking to People, a representative for the couple confirmed that a baby boy called Gunner was born last week.

The spokesperson added: "Both baby and parents are healthy and happy."

Flowers had broken news of the birth to radio show Kramp And Adler on Sunday, shortly before performing at the Lollapalooza festival.
Explaining the child's name, he said: Gunner is a tough name. I had to have something that combats against the Flowers."

Brandon Flowers and his wife are already parents to 2-year-old son Ammon.

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Friday, 7 August 2009

Dylan recording Christmas album

Bob Dylan is full of the Christmas spirit - the often gloomy folk-rock icon is recording an album of holiday hits

The singer/songwriter has reportedly already recorded festive favourites Must Be Santa, Here Comes Santa Claus, I'll Be Home For Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem for the untitled album, recorded at pal Jackson Browne's studio in Santa Monica, California.

Dylan is among the first big names to announce plans to record a holiday album for Christmas 2009. Sting recently announced he'll be releasing a festive album this year.

The former The Police star's new album, If On a Winter's Night..., will feature two original Christmas tunes, as well as traditional songs and hymns.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Downey Jr: 'I want my own superhero suit'

Robert Downey Jr. has said that he is annoyed with his Iron Man bosses because they won't make him his own superhero suit.

The 44-year-old actor, who plays industrialist Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter ego in the movies, was apparently told he could have his own version of the costume to take home with him, but is still waiting.

He said: "The producers keep telling me that they're going to give me a suit with all the bells and whistles but I still don't have it. I don't know, maybe I should get it in my contract. It would be great to have one at home - a talking point."
Downey continued: "I suppose it would be a case of worshipping false idols, which I don't have any trouble with as long as the idol is made in my image!"

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