Showbiz update: Jenny Priestley gives us the latest celebrity news, including Friends producer Marta Kauffman’s new series, which show Gabourey Sidibe has signed up for and who Sally Hawkins is joining on US television.
Marta Kauffman, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlinson
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlinson are teaming up for a new comedy series for Netflix.
The former 9 To 5 co-stars will appear in Grace and Frankie which has been created by former Friends producer Marta Kauffman.
The show follows two enemies whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they’re in love and plan to marry. It will debut next year.
Alfre Woodard for President
Alfre Woodard, last seen in the brilliant 12 Years A Slave, is to play the president in a new TV drama starring former Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl.
The show, called State of Affairs, follows Heigl’s character – a key CIA attaché who counsels the president regarding international security.
Gabourey Sidibe joins hip hop drama Empire
Gabourey Sidibe, who earned an Oscar nod a few years ago for her starring role in Precious, is the latest star to join the cast of hip hop drama, Empire. She joins Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson in the show.
Sidibe will play the assistant to Howard’s character, a record company executive. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite, Timbaland is producing the music for the show.
Frank Lampard signs five-book deal
Frank Lampard has signed a deal to write five more of his Frankie’s Magic Football children’s books.
The new titles will include one where Frankie visits Brazil for the World Cup – that one’s due out at the start of May. The series will also include Frankie travelling to Lapland. I wonder when that will be released…
Sally Hawkins heads for US TV
Recent Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins is to join Catherine Keener and Michael Cera in a new comedy series for US TV.
The show is called How and Why and follows a genius who is clueless at life and has been created by Charlie Kaufman, writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.
Judith Hill at Screen on the Green
One of the stars of Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom will be at a special screening of the film in London this week.
Judith Hill will be joined by other celebs (I hear some Girls might be Aloud) at the gala screening at Screen on the Green on March 25.
Is the Walk of Fame on the way to Mordor?
Orlando Bloom is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month.
The Lord of the Rings star is being honoured on April 2. Forest Whitaker will be among the guest speakers.
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