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Names in the News August 2015


August 25 2015


TV and radio presenter Anita Rani is the latest star to join Strictly Come Dancing.

Congratulations to Dave Franco and Alison Brie who have confirmed their engagement.

Jess Glynne’s debut album I Cry When I Laugh is heading for the number one spot on the Album Chart this weekend.

Jackass star Steve-O has been charged by the LAPD and could face up to four-and-a-half years in jail for his recent SeaWorld protest.

Katherine Heigl is making a comeback to TV on Grey's Anatomy writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater's pilot Doubt.

After more than 10 years since Cold Feet left screens, James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris and John Thomson are reportedly in talks for a revival of the show on ITV.

Vin Diesel has confirmed he is returning as Xander Cage in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage. 

Spectre and Blue Is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux has reportedly been offered the leading role of Bella Donna Boudreaux,  alongside Channing Tatum in Gambit.

The BBC has confirmed that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's sitcom House of Fools will not be returning for a third series.  


August 21 2015


According to Forbes, Jennifer Lawrence is the world's highest-paid actress of 2015, having earned $52 million in pre-tax income. Robert Downey Jr is the highest-paid actor, having brought in $80m.

House of Cards and Glengarry Glen Ross filmmaker James Foley is reportedly in line to replace Sam Taylor-Johnson as director for the 50 Shades of Grey sequel, 50 Shades Darker.

Paper Towns star Cara Delevingne has quit modelling, revealing the stress was causing her to develop severe skin conditions.

Juliet Stevenson and Adrian Edmondson and Game of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie are to star in BBC One’s new four-part thriller One Of Us, written by the team behind The Missing.


Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell is the eighth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing.

The first part of the Dante’s Divine Comedy ‘Inferno’, originally published in 1320, is reportedly being adapted into a film by Warner Bros.

ITV has confirmed that Ninja Warrior UK will return in 2016, with Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara hosting again.



August 20 2015


BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has announced on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.



Congratulations to actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has welcomed a son with his wife Tasha McCaule.



ITV have confirmed that the 12th series of ‘The X Factor’ will return to screens on Saturday, August 29 at 8pm.

Congratulations to Kelly Clarkson who announced she's expecting her second child midway through her concert at the Staples Centre yesterday.

Disney are developing a movie based on the Disneyland theme park attraction ‘Jungle Cruise’ with Dwayne Johnson as the lead role.

Cilla Black's funeral will take place today in Liverpool, with Cliff Richard delivering a performance of the song 'Faithful One'. 



August 19 2015


Rebecca Ferguson has reportedly joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of The Girl on the Train, alongside Emily Blunt.

Hollywood movie director Tim Burton will reportedly have the honour of turning on this year's Blackpool Illuminations next month. 

Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify's list of the most influential artists under the age of 25, being the most-streamed artist of 2014 as well as having the most-streamed song of all time with Thinking Out Loud.

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega has reportedly landed the lead role in digital thriller The Circle, alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

Gemma Collins has officially confirmed she is leaving The Only Way Is Essex.

Anne Hathaway is reportedly attached to the lead role in a TV adaptation of the novel The Ambassador's Wife.

Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader's new series Documentary Now! has been picked up for a second and third season before it has even debuted on TV.



August 18 2015


Tributes are pouring in for Emmerdale actress Kitty McGeever who sadly passed away on Sunday night.

Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood is the latest celeb to join Strictly Come Dancing.

Director Tony Cervone is developing a new animated Scooby Doo movie with Warner Bros. 

Paranormal French thriller The Returned is returning to Channel 4 for a second series this autumn.

One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Florence + the Machine and Disclosure are the first acts confirmed for this year's Apple Music Festival (formerly known as the iTunes Festival), which returns to London's Roundhouse from September 19 to 28. 

Pan actor Levi Miller has reportedly joined the cast of CBS’ Supergirl.



August 17 2015


Check out all the winners from this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards here

Disney's CEO Bob Iger has announced that Star Wars-themed attractions are coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, where fans will have the opportunity to pilot the Millennium Falcon.

Frankie and Wayne Bridge welcomed their second child this weekend, a baby boy called Carter.

Shakira will reportedly voice popstar Gazelle in Disney's upcoming animated movie Zootropolis.

NBC is reportedly developing a comedy series adapted from the RED movie franchise.



August 14 2015


Ollie Locke is returning to Made In Chelsea and is expected to be seen in the final episode of Made in Chelsea: LA.


The Jurassic World sequel is set to be released on June 7, 2018 in the UK – just over 2 weeks before it hits screens in the US on June 22, 2018.

The Great British Bake Off has topped last year's ratings with both of its episodes so far; the first episode pulling in 9.3m viewers – 2m more than last year.

It has been announced that Jimmy Fallon’s multi-year deal with NBC means he’ll host The Tonight Show until at least 2021. 

NBC has ordered a 13-episode comedy series from Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur. Fey is also teaming up with 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock to develop a semi-autobiographic sitcom from their former co-worker Tracey Wigfield.

Reese Witherspoon is reportedly set to produce and star in a new dark, supernatural thriller titled Cold.


August 13 2015


Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote is the latest celeb announced for Strictly Come Dancing.

Resident Evil 2 creators Capcom has confirmed the film is getting a remake.

5 Seconds of Summer have confirmed their new album Sounds Good Feels Good is coming this October.

Disney has announced a new sequel to The Lion King, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, which will see the return of James Earl Jones as Mufasa and premiere on the Disney Channel in November.

Zach Galifianakis is reportedly in talks to voice The Joker in The Lego Movie's Batman spinoff.



August 12 2015


Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins has joined the cast of Coronation Street as a long-desired love interest for Mary.

EastEnders star Kellie Bright is the latest celeb to join the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Britney Spears is making her acting comeback, as she is set to appear in Jane the Virgin this year.

Ed Sheeran is to receive an honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to music, by the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) at a special graduation ceremony later this year.

Happy Endings star Eliza Coupe is set to guest star in the fourth season of The Mindy Project.



August 11 2015


The Great British Bake Off duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’ ITV daytime show Mel & Sue will reportedly not be returning for another series.

Katy Perry has revealed she is working on a Christmas track.

The Story of Kullervo, an early work by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien will be published as a standalone novel for the first time this month.

Dr Dre's Compton soundtrack – and his first record in 16 years - is set to become his first UK No.1 album; it is currently outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined.

Zac Efron is reportedly in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in the film version of 1990s television series Baywatch.



August 10 2015


BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity confirmed for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Bill Murray has been confirmed to star in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot alongside Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

Evanescence have announced that they are replacing Terry Balsamo with Jen Majura as lead guitarist.

The Maccabees claimed their first number one album this weekend with Marks To Prove It.

One Direction’s new single Drag Me Down knocked Little Mix’s Black Magic off the top spot of the UK Singles Chart this weekend. The single has also set a new record having scored the highest first-week streams for a new single ever in the UK, with 2 million streams. 

Marvel’s Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd, has passed $300 million worldwide.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon have joined the cast of Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.


August 7 2015


Former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May reportedly have a £160 million budget for their new 36-episode motoring series for Amazon Prime.

Ryan Phillippe will reportedly star in the USA Network's TV remake of the 2007 Mark Wahlberg thriller Shooter.

The Spice Girls are reportedly set to reunite for a world tour to mark the 20th anniversary of 'Wannabe's release, without Victoria Beckham.

According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got married at their home in LA on Wednesday (August 5).

NBC's new musical The Wiz Live! has added  Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba and Glee’s Amber Riley to its cast.

Fox has confirmed they are in negotiations with Marvel for a live-action TV spinoff of the X-Men universe.




August 6 2015


Mariah Carey is set to guest star in the upcoming second series of Fox’s Empire.

Colin Farrell has reportedly been cast in a supporting role in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Sony Pictures have announced that a remake of the 1995 movie Jumanji will be released in December 2016. 

Swedish DJ Avicii has revealed that he will sing for the first time on his upcoming album Stories.

Robin Thicke has teamed up with Nicki Minaj for his new track 'Back Together'.



August 5 2015


Little Mix star Perrie Edwards and former One Direction singer Zayn Malik have called off their engagement. 

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has confirmed he is expecting his first child, saying on Good Morning America: "Obviously it's a very exciting time, so I'm buzzing."

Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have officially announced their separation. Miss Piggy released a statement on her Facebook page, saying “After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Kermit the Frog and moi have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television…” “…However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter… unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding.”

Glee's Darren Criss is reportedly in talks of joining Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel which currently stars Lady Gaga.

Woody Allen has confirmed Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Bruce Willis, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp and Paul Schneider will star in his untitled 2016 film.

Will Smith has reportedly replaced Hugh Jackman in the lead role for upcoming film Collateral Beauty.

The Weeknd have revealed that Labrinth, Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran feature on their new album Beauty Behind The Madness.



August 4 2015


New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has confirmed she is now married to Jacob Pechenik and has given birth to a baby girl.

Game of Thrones' Leslie Rose, Spiderman's Tom Holland and TOWIE stars are among celebs who have designed T-shirts to promote the Anthony Nolan trust’s new #IGiveASpit campaign, to raise awareness for blood cancer.

The Pussycat Dolls, who disbanded back in 2010, are reportedly in talks of a reunion. 

Academy Award-nominated actor Max von Sydow is reportedly joining the cast of Game of Thrones as the Three-eyed Raven in season six.

Prometheus 2 will reportedly start production in January next year.


August 3 2015


Tributes are pouring in for singer and TV personality Cilla Black who sadly passed away this weekend, aged 72. 

Dr Dre will release Compton: The Soundtrack – his first record in 15 years, on August 7. 

Little Mix's 'Black Magic' has claimed its third consecutive week at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Disclosure have revealed the likes of Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd will feature on their upcoming second album Caracal.

Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly joined the cast of new thriller Imperium as a young FBI agent.


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