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September 21, 2013


"I had such a great time working on that movie. ... And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn't have made."

JEFF BRIDGES tells GQ he was disappointed with his most recent film, "R.I.P.D.",Biopic bonanza,e_SBlt Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a film that's to be his first after wrapping "Breaking Bad."

A publicist for Bryan confirmed the casting Sept. 19. The film, "Trumbo," will be directed by "Meet the Parents" filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.

As a member of the Communist Party, Trumbo was among the Hollywood 10: screenwriters and directors blacklisted in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Trumbo won two Oscars, one for the script to "The Brave One," written under the name Robert Rich, and another awarded posthumously for "Roman Holiday."

- A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur is coming.

Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced Sept. 19 they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of "Tupac." The picture will begin filming next year in Atlanta.

Gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas, Tupac's murder has not been solved. He remains a towering figure in rap music, the subject of Elvis-like conspiracy theories and one of two slain symbols with Biggie Smalls of the East Coast-West Coast beef that ruled rap for a time in the 1990s.

The film will be executive produced byTupac's mother, Afeni Shakur.

It didn't say who will star as the rapper or who will direct.

- The late Johnny Carson is coming back to NBC.

The network said Sept. 19 it is developing a miniseries based on the life of the talk show host, who ruled late-night television as host of the "Tonight" show from 1962 to 1992.

The series will be based on an upcoming biography of Johnny by Bill Zehme. It will cover his childhood in Nebraska and his off- screen life as well as the 30 years he spent at the "Tonight" show. The network hasn't cast an actor to play Johnny yet.

NBC gave no estimate on when the miniseries might air.

-- Associated Press,Are they still doing a "24" movie? That was my favorite show. -- H.G.

The plans have shifted to instead do a special-event series on Fox, the network that aired the Kiefer Sutherland series. Besides Kiefer returning as Special Agent Jack Bauer, who saved the world in every season, two others from the series have signed on: Mary Lynn Rajskub, who played the brilliant but truculent Chloe, and Kim Raver, who played Bauer's girlfriend Audrey Raines for three seasons.

I just saw "The King's Speech" again and thought Colin Firth was so good. What will he be doing next? -- D.W.

He co-stars with Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman in the crime- caper remake "Gambit," due out Oct. 12, co-stars with an all-star cast in the comedy compilation "Stars in Shorts," due out Sept. 28, and co-stars with Nicole Kidman in the drama "The Railway Man," due for release next year. Also, he co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming true-crime drama "Devil's Knot," with Emma Stone in Woody Allen's next, as-yet-untitled comedy, and with Nicole again in the thriller "Before I Go to Sleep." He's set to shoot the drama "Genius," about influential book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the thriller "The Secret Service," with Samuel L. Jackson and Taylor Swift, if those negotiations work out.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Supermodel strips for Playboy's 60th

Vogue and Playboy will soon have another supermodel cover girl in common.

It has been confirmed that Kate Moss has stripped down for the January/February issue of Playboy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The British supermodel's nude spread will not only celebrate the magazine's 60th anniversary, but also her upcoming 40th birthday.

"This is a massive global brand. You need a global icon in order to celebrate that -- that was the impetus," Playboy's editorial director, Jimmy Jellinek, told the LA Times. "You're talking about the face of Burberry, the biggest supermodel in the world on the cover of Playboy. She's the perfect partner for us to help launch the next 60 years."

Hugh Hefner's son, Cooper, also tweeted the news earlier this week.

Kate, who will turn 40 on Jan. 16, reportedly dons the velveteen bunny ears, French cuffs and silk stockings of the traditional Playmate in the full-frontal pictorial.

The photos were shot by Marcus Pigott and Mert Atlas, the LA Times reported. The issue is expected to hit newsstands in December.

While this will be Kate's first Playboy cover, the model is no stranger to being photographed in the buff. Over the years, she has taken her clothes off for Versace and St. Tropez tanning product ads, as well as the covers of Love and Vogue Brazil.

Other fashion favorites who have posed for Playboy include Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson and Stephanie Seymour.

-- New York Daily News,Idris: Road to fame was bumpy

Idris Elba may be one of Hollywood's hottest actors after starring as Stringer Bell on "The Wire" and winning a Golden Globe for his hit crime drama "Luther," but his path to fame wasn't a smooth one.

The actor opens up to GQ Magazine about his rough time finding work and acting in New York City.

"I was DJ'ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work," Idris, 41, said. "I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth."

The "Mandela" actor -- potentially looking ahead to another promising award season for his role in the upcoming biopic -- revealed that while selling marijuana and working as a doorman at Carolines comedy club, he brushed past famous comedians like Dave Chappelle and D.L. Hughley.

"All those black comedians, they knew me as a doorman," he said.

Now, everyone knows his name.

Before shooting to fame, Idris dealt with a few personal blows. His rough time finding acting work in New York took a toll on his marriage.

"[She] didn't adjust to the culture as quickly as I did," he said. "We just had a hard time. The next thing you know, we broke up."

Then, after things got better following his turn on "The Wire" and a rise to fame, Idris found out in 2010 that a child he thought to be his son was not actually his biologically.

"The celebration of having a son -- from a man's perspective, it's massive," he said. "It wasn't immediately obvious -- well, it was, because he didn't look like me. ... To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly was like taking a full-on punch in the face."

"Even admitting it, I'll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life," he added. "But it is just tragic, and it happened. ... It happened to me. I moved on."

His rebound was a new show, the actor explained.

" 'Luther' came at a time where, you know, it was gaga therapy for me, man," he said.

-- New York Daily News

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