The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Woody Allen, Cinderella, Webby Awards, Fleetwood Mac, Tricky, Sharlto Copley


* Woody Allen has found his next leading couple: Emma Stone and the wonderful Oscar-winning Colin Firth. It feels like we haven’t seen enough of the actor since his award-winning turn in The King’s Speech but that should soon be fixed. Before he joins Emma in France for the as-yet-untitled Woody film, he has 6 films on the go, including Bridget Jones’s Baby. And before the director himself begins his latest European-set adventure, he’ll release Blue Jasmine, in July, which stars Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins among the star-studded cast.

* Speaking of Cate Blanchett – don’t you think she’d make a fantastic wicked stepmother? That’s the role she’ll play in the upcoming live action Disney adaptation of Cinderella, which has just now landed an actress to play the title role. Lily James, otherwise known for playing Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey will wear those shoes.

* Frank Ocean and Grimes were among the winners at the Webby Awards. The Grammy-winning Ocean won Webby Person of the Year, after opening up about his sexuality on Tumblr last July, and Grimes, who’s used Tumblr as a platform to rail against sexism, picked up Webby Music Artist of the Year. Well deserved.

* Fleetwood Mac are busy on their North American leg of their reunion tour, but they also just released some new music – without any fireworks or fanfare. An EP of tunes from Lindsey Buckingham and one track from Stevie Nicks makes up Extended Play. Someone else who’s also quietly releasing new tracks (for free on his site) is one-time Massive Attack-er Tricky (pictured above). Adrian Thaws’ new one, False Idols, should be out later this month.

* Neill Blomkamp mentioned his next project Chappie, at San Diego Comic Con last year, but he didn’t say his long-time collaborator and friend would be joining him once again. Well, it’s official that Sharlto Copley is on board for this next sci-fi flick. That is – after Elysium, Maleficient, Europa Report, and Oldboy. Glad to see him so busy.

PS – In case you missed it…Episode 6 of Daft Punk’s The Collaborators is out, featuring Chilly Gonzales.


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