Good afternoon and welcome to the highlights edition of my Celebrity news for the week. As usual, heaps has been happening over in Hollywood this week, but the most important (well what I think is important) news has been movie related. There’s also been some tragedy as well as a little bit of a disagreement. For some more celebrity news, don’t forget to head to “the musings of monique” and check out “the low down according to mon“. Now onto the sequel news that surprised me…
1. Sink or Swim? Sequel to Finding Nemo
It seems that every production company is a fan of the sequel. And Pixar has been jumping on the sequel train quite a lot recently with the first trailer released of a sequel to Monsters Inc and now news that the beloved 2004 animated classic Finding Nemo, is going to have a sequel. The film will have Andrew Stanton back in the director’s chair (as he also directed the original) but many are shocked by this choice. Why? Because Stanton is also responsible for the box office flop that was John Carter (which I still find hard to believe because front man Taylor Kitsch is a MASSIVE babe). Disney and Pixar are remaining quiet on this latest development but apparently Stanton has a concept that the studio loves. But don’t get too excited, it’s not set for release until 2016! I’m a bit apprehensive, not about the director, but about the movie. I really enjoyed Finding Nemo but I just have a hard time picturing what you could do with that to make a sequel. Do you have any ideas?
2. Sage Stallone found dead
Sylvester Stallone’s 36-year-old son Sage was found dead in his home last Friday. The death was from a suspected accidental overdose from pain medication he was taking after having five teeth pulled a few weeks earlier. Sage’s mum, Sascha Czack said to the New York Post, “I told him not to do that. I’ve heard about people dying having multiple procedures done to your mouth. Do not have more than one tooth [pulled],” Czack said. Many, including the filmmaker’s close friends, say that suicide was absolutely not the cause of death. Friend Stephen Wozniak, said “I’m certain that this really horrible thing that happened was an accident. It could have been anything—but nothing like suicide. I knew him pretty well.” Sylvester released a press statement asking for privacy during this difficult time; “respect my talented son’s memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha. This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage was our first child and the center of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son’s memory and soul left in peace.” Click here for more information. Such a sad story.
3. Feud with GQ
The Dark Knight Rises (are you all totally excited that this came out this week!) star Joseph Gordon Levitt has less than lovely things to say about GQ magazine after they spoke about his late brother, Dan, in a way he wasn’t happy with. The line he wasn’t happy with was this “the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. ‘It was an accident’ is all Joe will say about that.'” On his Tumblr, after thanking the magazine for putting him on the cover, Joseph posted this: “I’m writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I’ll be honest, it really made me feel terrible … The “allegations” to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.” However writer, Amy Wallace, stands by her remarks, saying they were factually correct. Do you think he has a right to be upset?
4. Classics get 50 Shades treatment
I had a good old rant yesterday about why I don’t want to read 50 Shades of Grey and it turns out that classics (and one of my favourites) like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre amongst others are getting the “50 shades treatment” much like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but instead of zombies, they’re adding in sex scenes. Excuse me while I vomit. Along with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, these classics will be updated by Clandestine Classics to add additional (i.e. the first ever) sex scenes and to make our heroines a bit more scantily clad. According to E! News, “The old fashioned pleasantries and timidity have all been stripped away, quite literally”, a press release for the latest collection reveals. “You didn’t really think that these much loved characters only held hands and pecked cheeks did you?…Learn what Sherlock really thought of Watson, what Mr. Darcy really wanted to do to Miss Elizabeth Bennet and unveil the sexy escapades of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre.” Will you be reading them? Click here to read some extracts.
5. The casting news you’ve all been waiting for
I am really appreciative of Lionsgate at the moment. Why? Because the production company behind The Hunger Games have been steadily releasing casting news straight from the highly anticipated sequel, Catching Fire. Last week, I was able to confirm that Philip Seymour Hoffman had signed on to play Plutarch Heavensee and Lionsgate just keeps on delivering. Emmy award winning actress Amanda Plummer, most famous for her role in Pulp Fiction (and for being Christopher Plummer’s daughter) has been cast as Wiress, one of the older tributes. And the casting news that we REALLY care about, Finnick has been cast! Sam Claflin, a 26 year old British actor who has appeared in Snow White And The Huntsman and Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. He is supposed to be a fantastic actor, but he’s just not who I pictured physically for Finnick and it was definitely out of left field with rumours that Armie Hammer was close to signing on. Are you happy with the casting so far?
Just for fun…
I love this clip of Ellen DeGeneres helping Jennifer Aniston get ready in a promo for the new season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I’m sure you’ve all seen it, but it’s definitely worth sharing again.
Until next time…