…No snow yet, but Disney just won’t Let It Go. The UK prepares for a ‘Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ and Hugh Jackman get a Blackbeard!
Pharrell will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4. The Happy singer will be the 2,537th star on the landmark and will be situated outside the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. Ellen DeGeneres will be the guest speaker at the event.
Looks like Disney just won’t Let It Go. Actress and singer Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa in Frozen, has revealed that there are plans for a sequel. Mendel’s revealed there are plans for a stage musical (which has been rumoured for a while) as well as a sequel to the Oscar-winning musical. Meanwhile Frozen is back in cinemas now, and on DVD, in a special sing-along version so you can join in with Olaf on the song ‘In Summer’.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dan Stephens, Sir Ben Kinglsey, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson will walk the red carpet at the UK premiere of ‘Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb’. The screening takes place on December 15 in Leicester Square. The film see’s Stiller’s character Larry travelling the globe to “save the magic before it’s gone forever”.
Brad Pitt is set to introduce Rihanna at a big fundraising gala in aid of her Clara Lionel Foundation. Pitt and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will introduce Rihanna’s performance at the event in Beverly Hills on December 11. “It is such an honour to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event,” Rihanna said in a statement. “There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support. Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work,” she added.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to star in a new limited-series from the creator of Ally McBeal. The Oscar-winning actresses have signed on to star in ‘Big Little Lies’ which is about the mothers whose lives unravel to the point of murder. No word yet on a broadcaster.
December 8 will be Peter Jackson Day in Hollywood as the director is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The event will take place at 11.30am outside the Dolby Theatre with Andy Serkis on hand as one of the guest speakers. Also attending the event will be ‘The Hobbit’ stars Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood. Jackson receives the honour the day before the LA premiere of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’.
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Brian Blessed is writing his autobiography. Did you know he’s appeared in over 200 films and TV programmes? And as a boxer he once sparred with Muhammed Ali. The untitled book should be out next autumn.
Could the stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’ be coming to the West End? According to reports Luhrmann and his team have been looking at theatres big enough to stage the show and it could open in London in late 2015/early 2016. The musical debuted in Sydney earlier this year and is also due to be staged in Melbourne.
Strictly judge Len Goodman will be signing copies of his book ‘Dancing Around Britain’ at Waterstones in Leadenhall Market on December 5. In the book, Len reminisces, through rare images and golden memories, about Britain’s old ballrooms, classic songs and iconic movie moments.
A pop-up exhibition featuring images of Duran Duran in 1984 opens in London from December 8 to 14. The pictures were taken by photographer Denis O’Regan and features in his new book, ‘Careless Memories.’ Speaking about this book, singer Simon Le Bon said “Photography has been massively important to us throughout our career, as it enabled us to maintain a worldwide presence while we were on tour. Denis’s photographs provide a wonderful document from that period.” The exhibition is on at the Chelsea Gallery on the Kings Road in London.
Glee’s Chris Colfer has signed a new five-book deal for his ‘Land of Stories’ books. Colfer launched the series in 2012 and has already released three sequels with another due out next year. As part of his new deal he’ll write the fifth and final book,in the franchise plus some spin-offs before turning his attention to a new Young Adult novel about a young television actor, who is joined by fans on a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.
Lots of great new trailers for the whole family this week.
Let’s start with a new adaptation of ‘Far Fro’, ‘The Madding Crow’ starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge, the film’s out in the spring:
Hugh Jackman, as you’ve never seen him before, leads the cast of Pan. It’s an origins story of Peter Pan with Jackman starring as Blackbeard:
The cast also features Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund. The film is due for release in July.
And one for the kids, ‘Shaun The Sheep’ will be in cinemas on February 6 and this is the final trailer ahead of the film’s debut:
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