Jenny Priestley gives us this weeks Entertainment News! Eva Longoria is in high demand on two USA networks, Dermot O’Leary will be signing his new book at Waterstones Piccadilly and Bette Midler announces a new album… plus much more!
Davina McCall is to write a book about how to go sugar free. It will tell how Davina managed to banish sugar from her life as well as offer tips, advice and recipe ideas. Five Weeks to Sugar Free will be out in January.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood is to star in a new stage production of Annie. He’ll be playing Miss Hannigan in the show which will be touring the UK next summer. The musical will visit Newcastle, Llandudno, Southampton, Southend, Eastbourne, Norwich and Cardiff from next July.
Hollywood actor James Marsden will be at the Apple Store on Regent Street on September 30 to promote his latest film, romantic drama The Best of Me. Plus rising stars Sam Claflin and Lily Collins will be at the store on October 6 to discuss their new film, Love Rosie.
BBC Two is paying tribute to Julie Walters with a documentary about her career. The hour long special will look at Walters’ 40 years in the business and comes after she was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship in May of this year. No word yet on when we’ll see it.
Eva Longoria is in demand with two US TV networks vying for her talents. Both NBC and ABC want to sign up Longoria to star in new comedy series. NBC want her to star in a comedy set behind the scenes of a telenovela – a Spanish soap opera. ABC wants her for a comedy about a successful home renovator who can’t stop solving everyone’s problems. So whatever happens, we can expect to see Longoria back on TV next autumn.
Nigella Lawson will publish her latest cookbook next autumn. Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body and Soul is about “the sort of cooking that can be incorporated into our daily lives and celebrated without any stress, food that will make everyone feel better, both in body and mind”. The book will include 150 recipes, from everyday meals to dishes for special occasions. A TV series along the same theme is expected to be announced at a later date.
Carrie Underwood has announced the release of her latest album this December. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will feature some of her 18 chart-topping singles and well as new music including the first single, Something in the Water. The album is out on December 8.
The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary will launch his new book, The Soundtrack to My Life, at Waterstones Piccadilly on October 8. The memoir tells Dermot’s story through songs that were playing at key moments in his life. The event will include Dermot discussing the book as well as a signing and will also feature some of the songs he’s chosen to write about.
Bette Midler has announced a new studio album, It’s The Girls. The album will feature covers of girl groups thoughout the ages and features the Midler’s take on classics such as TLC’s Waterfalls, You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes and The Chiffons’ You Can’t Hurry Love. The album will be released in November 17.
Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Dominic West and Guy Pearce are among the cast of a new film from acclaimed theatre director Michael Grandage. It’s about the relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, played by Firth. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. Filming begins in October at Shepperton Studios.
Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner will help pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey at the American Cinematheque Award gala next month. The event is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and takes place at the Beverly Hilton on October 21.