Showbiz reporter Jenny Priestley brings us the latest on Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep and Madonna. Plus, the Olivier Awards say thank you for the music.
GLAAD honours Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is to be honoured with the Vanguard Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12.
The accolade is given to those whose work has increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Previous recipients include Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.
Miranda Hart is heading to Hollywood
Comedian Miranda Hart will be co-starring with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham in a new comedy about a female spy.
No word yet on what role she’ll be playing.
Mamma Mia! Benny and Bjorn are back
Abba stars Benny and Bjorn will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mamma Mia at this year’s Olivier Awards.
The annual ceremony, honouring the best in theatre, takes place at the Royal Opera House on April 13.
Presenters include Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong and Gok Wan.
Also due to perform is Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.
Mark Benton is a Cool Rider
Strictly star Mark Benton is heading back to the stage to star in the sequel to Grease, Cool Rider.
The show opens at London’s Duchess Theatre from next month where Benton will be joined in the cast by former X Factor star Niki Evans.
Another cut at the Barbershop
Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Cedric the Entertainer are heading back to the Barbershop. They’re expected to reprise their roles in Barbershop 3 with filming expected to begin this summer.
Meryl’s returning to motherhood
Meryl Streep is set to star in a new film written by Diablo Cody (who won an Oscar for the brilliant Juno).
The film, called Ricky and the Flash, will see Streep play a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star. Decades later, she decides to be a mother again to her estranged children, one of whom is going through a rough divorce.
Sounds like a good fit for Streep.
More news on Oprah’s MLK film
British actor Tom Wilkinson is expected to play President Lyndon B Johnson in an upcoming film about Martin Luther King, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
Wilkinson is probably best known for his role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as retired judge Graham. Interestingly he’s already played Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Kennedy on screen so we know he can do politics!
Madonna’s lined up her next film as director
Ade: A Love Story is about a young college student who falls in love with a young Swahili man, and they plan to marry and live a simple life in Kenya.
All of that comes in jeopardy when they are caught in the middle of a civil war that threatens to tear them apart.
Madonna is set to direct the film but there’s no script yet so it may take a while before we see it on screen.
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