Mike Pont/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The idea was floated earlier this month, but now it's a reality: Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship, in an effort to help boost ticket sales.
The news was confirmed on Sting's website: he'll take on the role of Jackie White, the foreman of a British shipyard, in the musical. His run starts December 9, and he'll do eight shows a week through January 10.
The New York Times reports that in his role as White, he'll be in "about 40%" of the show. Despite decent reviews, The New York Times reports that the show has been losing $75,000 per week since it opened September 29.
Sting told the newspaper because he's been working on the show for so long, he "knows all the lines and lyrics after all these years," so it's not as though he's unprepared. He also told the Times he'd bare his butt "in Macy's, if it will help our show."
Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of The Last Ship, tells The New York Times the show needs "a boost...some ammo." He says he asked Sting to join the cast, with an eye towards keeping momentum going long enough so that the show can win a Tony award in June.
Sting can't remain in the show indefinitely, however: he's scheduled to resume his tour with Paul Simon January 30 in New Zealand.
A week ago at a red carpet event, when asked if he'd be appearing in The Last Ship, Sting said, "Don't think I need to be at the moment." Obviously, that has changed. He also told reporters, regarding the show's good reviews versus its lagging ticket sales, "We fight a battle every night and we win that battle hands down in the theater, and that word of mouth is great. But it's a challenge, y'know. It's not an easy world, Broadway, it's tough. But I'm having the time of my life, I'll tell ya!"
George Pimentel/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The cast of True Detective season two is coming together.
HBO announced on Monday that Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly have signed on to work alongside Colin Farrell, who is set to play a compromised police officer, and Vince Vaughn.
The network announced that Kitsch will play Paul Woodrugh, a veteran and California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer. Woodrugh is "running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened," the network added in a press release.
McAdams' character, Ani Bezzerides, is an officer for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department "whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves."
Reilly will play a D-list actress and the wife of Vince Vaughn's character, Frank Semyon.
Semyon is "a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner."
Kitsch, who previously had been rumored to be a part of the series, told AdWeek last month that he was "really excited" to get started.
"I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man," he said. "I’m overdue."
ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- New Dancing with the Stars champions will be crowned this week.
Only four couples remain in the ABC competition heading into part one of the 19th-season finale on Monday night. They will perform both a freestyle routine as well as a judges' choice.
The show will award its Mirror Ball Trophy to the winners the following night.
The final four couples are Bethany Mota and Derek Hough; Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson; and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas.
Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello has tabbed Ribeiro as the front-runner among the celebrities. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor knows he's a popular choice, but he also understands that he needs to take care of business in the ballroom if he wants to take home the Mirrorball Trophy.
He tells ABC News Radio, "I think this year the competition is as tight as it's ever been on the show. I think that literally I look at it and I say any one of the four couples could win."
Parrish and her partner, Chmerkovskiy, believe a triumph in the finals would validate the effort they put in throughout the season. Parrish says, "We've built this amazing team for the last four months and we've worked really hard, and I think it would mean the world to us to win together."
If Mota and Hough are named the champions this week, Mota will owe much of her success to her partner, whom she relied on to create their routine for their freestyle dance. The YouTube star laments, "I wish I was able to give more input, but I'm not because I don't do this. I really have no idea how to help."
Monday's performance show airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The winner will be announced Tuesday night during a two-hour results show that begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Host Pitbull said it best before the 2014 American Music Awards when he told fans, “Get ready to celebrate!”
Sunday night’s AMAs promised to be more than just a night of handing out honors, but more of an entertainment spectacle with more than 15 performances by the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
If you missed the show live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered with the top five moments of the night. Here they are:
1. Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Debut & Dick Clark Award
Swift kicked off the show in one of the most original performances in award show history. Swift’s TV debut of “Blank Space” featured zombie-like dancers and her having an interesting, yet romantic dinner inside a picture frame, hovering above the main stage. Then, Swift brought the drama, wearing a short, stunning black and nude dress, taking out her aggression on a handsome dancer. The performance ended with a collage of picture frames and Swift’s iconic voice. A smirk on Swift’s face at the end gave away the fact that the “1989″ singer knew she nailed it.
2. Iggy Azalea Wins Her ‘First Ever’ Award for Best Hip-Hop Album
When Jamie Foxx announced that Iggy Azalea had won the award for Best Hip-Hop album for her breakout hit “The New Classic,” you figured the “Fancy” singer must have won a slew of awards over the past year. In fact, Iggy came up on stage and revealed “This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my whole life.”
She later won for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist and closed the show with a jaw-dropping performance alongside Jennifer Lopez.
4. Lorde Debuts ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Hit “Yellow Flicker Beat”
It started like something out of a movie. Lorde singing in the dark about “silver and gold scars” when she debuted her song from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack. Singing her powerful track “Yellow Flicker Beat” in a closed-off room, it was all about the music.
The box rose and unveiled an energetic Lorde dancing around stage in a white crop top. “This is the start of how it all ends.”
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The NFL on Sunday night confirmed what had been rumored for over a month: Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.
Katy's performance was officially announced during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game.
The singer, who's currently touring Australia, subsequently tweeted that her band was watching the game, and added, "Can’t wait for February 1st."
Katy further wrote that she's "already started testing out ideas!"
In conjunction with the announcement, Pepsi has released a comical new spot starring Katy in which she shows fans her "halftime testing facility," where she throws out ideas for her performance.
NBC will air Super Bowl 49 live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Katy strongly hinted at her Super Bowl appearance last month, when, following a report that she would perform at the big game, she tweeted, "Ahh, Sunday...Nothing but sitting on the couch, watching my new favorite sport...," with a football emoji added at the end.
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.
"It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all," director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. "There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue."
Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films -- a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.
"We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors]," he explained. "There's a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there's a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for."
Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.
"It was a really tough, emotional time," Lawrence said, "and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- When fans run into any of the former cast from Friends, the same question is always brought up -- "Will there be a reunion?"
Well, Jennifer Aniston, who played "gal pal" Rachel Green on the show, has a different idea and revealed what she'd be up for during a chat on the Graham Norton Show.
Aniston stopped by the show to promote her new movie Horrible Bosses 2, alongside Jason Bateman.
"At this point, I feel like honestly we should just wait," she said of the show that ended in 2004. "I say we just wait till we are much older and just be old and friends."
She said, if the cast waits, people won't be wondering about the physical changes or any comparisons to the cast a decade ago.
After Graham Norton suggested a depressing reunion so that no one would want to see them again, Aniston, 45, said, "Oh no, dead Friends. ...Then, we'll know that there's no reunion to have!"
Aniston also dished about her famous hairdo the "Rachel," which she admits was only on for like a season.
"So, that baby had some legs," she said. "Well, Chris McMillan, who we all know and love, he was loaded when he gave me the haircut. Stoned out of his mind, so, which is true, and he didn't think about, 'Oh, she's going to have to do this herself. Look, I'm having a great time being creative with this blow dryer and he leaves me with a round brush and a hair dryer. I don't know how to make it look like that!'"
Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he's more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.
“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told Peoplemagazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”
Reynolds revealed what he's most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”
The actor also said he's not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.
“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”
There's no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.
Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showcased his talent during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham, defended by Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr, raced toward the end zone. Quarterback Eli Manning fired from about 50 yards away. As the pass came in, Carr grabbed Beckham’s left arm and jersey, trying to keep him from making the catch (which is illegal).
The 22-year-old wideout wasn’t deterred, reaching backward -- his right arm nearly parallel with the ground -- and somehow snagging the ball with his fingertips, hauling in one of football’s most mind-boggling catches.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled.
Host Queen Latifah announced the news via her Facebook page Friday.
Her statement, addressed to her staff and crew, read in part: "Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit'! ...We truly changed people’s lives for the better..."
Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.
While the third film in the series didn't quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.
Last week's box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week -- second and third, respectively.
Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: $123 million 2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million 3. Interstellar: $15.1 million 4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million 5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million 6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million 7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million 8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million 9. Birdman: $1.855 million 10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million
Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show's executive producer said that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous."
"Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don't do that. You better start at 8 p.m., 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back. ... It's gonna open up with a huge 'wow,'" AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. "And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"
With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it's no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances.
"The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock," he said. "And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That's a challenge."
He added, "I think what we're doing is just representing what pop culture is in today's world. Listen to any radio station -- I don't care what the station is -- the songs you hear on those radio stations you'll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them."
With all this talk of the performances, it's hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that's really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show's creator, the late Dick Clark.
"We're an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, 'We're an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'" he said. "Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It's the world's biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show."
The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he's such a great host.
"He brings energy like you can't imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don't think he's doing that for television," Klein said. "I hang out with Pit a lot. He's one of my best friends. We're at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we're driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage -- he's like that 24/7!"
Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for "Fancy," her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea.
"I don't do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever," she told ABC News. "You know, of course, I'm very grateful but it's just like ... I'd rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I'm very thankful."
Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it's pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time.
"But that's when I remind myself what the song's about. It's about having a good time and it's about spreading the love -- and I gotta take my own advice!" she said.
Here are the nominees:
Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan One Direction Katy Perry
New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer Iggy Azalea Bastille Sam Smith Meghan Trainor
Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” John Legend, “All of Me” MAGIC!, “Rude” Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
John Legend Sam Smith Pharrell Williams
Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea Lorde Katy Perry
Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons One Direction OneRepublic
Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine One Direction, Midnight Memories Katy Perry, Prism
Favorite Male Artist -- Country
Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist -- Country
Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood
Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country
Eli Young Band Florida Georgia Line Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album -- Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Eric Church, The Outsiders Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea Drake Eminem
Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic Drake, Nothing Was The Same Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B
Chris Brown John Legend Pharrell Williams
Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko Beyoncé Mary J. Blige
Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé John Legend, Love in the Future Pharrell Williams, G I R L
Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it's not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write "The Last Goodbye" and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.
The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.
Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- Bill Cosby briefly addressed the "innuendos" about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media's focus on "fantastical stories" in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.
Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday's show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.
"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."
In addition, Cosby's lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."
"These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."
"Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted."
"This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?"
"It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."