…plus movie reviews and celebrity news from Jenny Priestley.
A-ha are the latest band to reunite. They’re getting back together in 2015 to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. They’ll be playing the Rock In Rio festival in the summer. No word yet on whether there’ll be any more shows or new music.
JK Rowling will be counting down the 12 days of Christmas by releasing a surprise on her Pottermore website every day between December 12 and 23. The surprises will include new stories about Harry Potter’s nemesis Draco Malfoy as well as Florian Fortescue, the owner of the ice cream parlour on Diagonal Alley.
Southside with you…
A new film about how Barack and Michelle Obama fell in love will begin filming next summer. ‘Southside With You’ will follow the couple’s very first date when they visited Chicago’a Art Institute, took a long walk, and went to see Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’. Tika Sumpter has been cast as Michelle with producers now searching for an actor to play the future President.
I Want It That Way
A new documentary about the Backstreet Boys will be released in UK cinemas on February 26. ‘Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You’re Made Of’ celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary and the screening will include a special performance by the band. “We can’t wait to go back to the UK to treat our fans to a very special BSB performance alongside showcasing our film that we are so very proud of. We think the Brits and everyone who comes out to see it will love it!,” say the Backstreet Boys.
‘The Royals’, E!’s new drama series about a British royal family, will premiere in the US on March 15. The show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena and Vincent Regan as King Simon and follows a fictional British monarchy in modern times where power is everything, limits do not exist, and trust is a luxury this family can’t afford. No word yet on when it’ll premiere in the UK.
Meanwhile comedienne Kathy Griffin has finally been confirmed as the new host of E!’s Fashion Police. Griffin succeeds her comedy idol Joan Rivers. The show is due back on air after the Golden Globes.
It’s a big week in the race to Oscars. On Wednesday Eva Longoria and Ansel Elgort announce the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards at 6am PST (2pm UK time). Then on Thursday it’s the Golden Globes turn to reveal their nominees. That one’s at 5.30am PST (1.30pm GMT) and you can watch the live stream here: http://www.goldenglobes.com/golden-globes/72nd-golden-globe-awards-nominations-live-stream-25803
‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’
Netflix is producing a new documentary about Nina Simone. ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ will look at the iconic singer’s life and feature more than 100 hours of never-before-heard audio tapes, recorded over the course of three decades. It will also include rare concert footage and archival interviews, along with diaries, letters, interviews with Nina’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators.
Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson are set to star in the new film from Amma Asante, the director of Belle. ‘Unforgettable’ is about a man whose new wife is menaced by his old wife. Both Angie and I really liked Belle and I know Angie LOVES Kerry Washington so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one!
The X Factor judge Mel B will be in cinemas this weekend as she joins the voice cast of ‘Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast’. She’s voicing a character called Fury, a feisty Scout Fairy. “Fury, kind of suits me” said Mel B who recorded the role a couple of weeks ago. “My character has attitude. It’s like a mini me!” You can see Mel talking about her role here:
Meanwhile here’s this week’s trailers.
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ finally arrives in cinemas on Friday. I’ve seen it and it pains me to say it, but I think it’s the weakest of all the Middle-earth films. The first hour drags until it gets to the battle and then you see why Peter Jackson is an absolute master at action sequences. And I admit, I spent the final 20 minutes in tears – Martin Freeman, who isn’t on screen that much, is fantastic! Here’s a clip of Freeman’s Bilbo getting all feisty with Gandalf.
As we told you last week, ‘Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ has its UK premiere on December 15. This week we have a special clip of director Shawn Levy intruding his all-star cast including Ben Stiller, Dan Stephens and the late, great, Robin Williams
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