Will Smith drops out of film project

Showbiz update: Will Smith drops out of his upcoming film project, Tyra Banks to head back to daytime and Alan Cumming’s difficult relationship with his father is laid bare in his memoirs. Plus everything you need to know about 2014’s Tony Awards. Jenny Priestley brings us the latest.

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Tyra’s new chat show

Tyra Banks is headed back to daytime TV in the US with a new chat show that will debut in 2015. The untitled show will be broadcast on the ABC network and feature everything from fashion and beauty to home and entertainment as well as ’empowerment and individual enterprise’. The America’s Next Top Model maven previously hosted the Tyra Banks Show which was on air for five years.

Will Smith drops out of film project

Last month I told you about Will Smith’s latest film, Brilliance. Well there’s bad news I’m afraid – Will’s now dropped out of the project and will no longer star in the film adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s bestselling book. Apparently it’s down to that age-old Hollywood problem of ‘timing’. Quite how that’s possible when Will doesn’t have anything else in development remains to be seen…

Who is hosting the Tony Awards?

I’m getting very excited about next weekend’s Tony Awards which honour the best theatre productions on Broadway. The event takes place at the iconic Radio City Hall in New York and is being hosted by Hugh Jackman (swoon). It’ll feature performances from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel and Alan Cumming, Sting, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight. Presenters include Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Kate Mara and Zachary Quinto.

White Christmas to hit the West End

Aled Jones is making his West End debut in a new production of White Christmas later this year. He’ll be joined in the show by former Strictly winner Tom Chambers as well as Wendi Peters (known for her role as Cilla in Coronation Street) and Graham Cole. The show opens at London’s Dominion Theatre on 12 November and runs for eight weeks.

Sheila Hancock’s novel debut

Actress Sheila Hancock is turning author, releasing her debut novel in October. Mrs Carter’s War follows a woman who works for the Special Operations Executive during World War II before becoming a teacher. Hancock has previously written two memoirs.

Alan Cumming’s difficult relationship with father laid bare

Meanwhile, Alan Cumming is to release his memoirs. The Good Wife actor, currently wowing the crowds in Cabaret on Broadway, will publish Not My Father’s Son in November. The book is expected to deal with the actor’s difficult relationship with his dad as well as experiences from his childhood in Scotland and his attempts to uncover the truth about his grandfather’s death in Malaya.

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