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It’s all about the boys…. and a few girls! How’s this for a dream cast? Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell are all in talks to appear in a new film called The Big Short plus more entertainment from Jenny Priestley.

Tom Cruise looks set to work with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman on a new project which would see the actor playing a pilot in the 1980s. No, it’s not another Top Gun, this time Cruise would be playing a real-life pilot called Barry Seal who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. If Cruise and Liman sign on, then the film, called ‘Mena’, is expected to be made later this year.

cupcakesThe Great British Bake-Off finalist Richard Burr has signed a deal to publish his first cookbook. Richard, who created some stunning cakes using his skills as a baker, will release ‘BIY: Bake It Yourself’ in August. He said: “The past year has been amazing for me, and getting the chance to capture all my baking ideas in a recipe book is an incredible opportunity.” Burr’s fellow GBBO finalist Luis Troyano will also debut his first cookbook ‘Bake It Great’ in September.

Grammy performances announced

I told you last month, Stevie Wonder is being honoured by the Grammys in February. Now we know some of the artists who’ll be performing at the special concert. They include Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Willie Nelson and Janelle Monae. The event takes place in LA on February 10. Meanwhile Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, AC/DC and Eric Church have been confirmed to perform at the Grammys themselves on February 8.

Stevie Wonder is working with NBC on a miniseries set against the background of America’s underground railway and the slaves who worked on it. The series is already being developed into. Broadway musical with Stevie writing the score. NBC has also signed a deal with Dolly Parton to work on a series of TV movies based on her songs, stories and life. The film’s are expected to include music but won’t be musicals and Dolly may appear in them.

The new stage production of Harvey will appear in London’s West End. The show, which begins a UK tour in Birmingham next month, will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 17 and run until May 2. James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman lead the cast of the play which tells the story of Elwood P Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a six-foot tall invisible rabbit.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer have joined the cast of new TV series Scream Queens. They join Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts who have already signed on to the drama which has been created by Ryan Murphy. Like almost all of Murphy’s shows (apart from Glee) it will be an anthology series with the first season set on a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders. The show will air from this autumn.

Idina Menzel and John Legend will perform at the Super Bowl next month. Menzel will sing the National Anthem and Legend will perform America The Beautiful as part of the warm-up to the big football game on February 1.

Barbra Streisand is set to add to her trophy cabinet when she is presented with the American Society of Cinematographers’ Governors Award on February 15. The singer/actress/director is being honoured for her “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking”. Previous recipients include Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts and Steven Spielberg.

It’s not even premiered yet, and E! have confirmed there will be a second series of its new drama, ‘The Royals’. The show is the network’s first ever foray into scripted drama and premieres in the US on March 15. It stars Elizabeth Hurley and Vincent Regan as the head of ‘a royal family, not the royal family’.

How’s this for a dream cast?

Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell are all in talks to appear in a new film called The Big Short. The multi-strand drama is set against backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis. Everyone’s currently in talks so we’ll have to see what happens but wouldn’t it be great if they all sign on?

Let’s catch up on a few trailers released over the last few weeks.

First, there’s a new trailer for Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. This looks like a lot of fun for kids, both big and small!

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s looking rather portentous…

And Keanu Reeves is back playing a retired hit man forced back into business by the Russian mob in John Wick.

For more entertainment news, the latest movie trailers and showbiz gossip throughout 2015 follow @JennyPriestley on Twitter.

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