Archive | January, 2012

Kristen Wiig, Robert De Niro star in Sean Penn movie

12 Jan

By Chris Engelhardt

Actress Kristen Wiig. Credit: Kristen Wiig Facebook Page

“Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig will co-star with Robert De Niro in the drama “The Comedian,” which will be directed by Sean Penn.

Entertainment Weekly reported that according to a film synopsis by FilmNation, De Niro will play Jackie Burke, a comic who once had a prominent TV character but is now trying to revive his career. The synopsis reads: “After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, Jackie meets Harmony (Wiig), a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways.”

Filming is expected to begin this spring.

What do you think about this development? Do you think Wiig and De Niro make a good pairing? Share your thoughts!

Indiana lawmaker pushes bill to fine singers who alter the national anthem

8 Jan

By Chris Engelhardt

Indiana Sen. Vaneta Becker has proposed a bill that would impose a $25 fine on anyone who deviates from the standards in performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at events sponsored by public schools and universities, Rolling Stone reported on Jan. 5.

According to Becker, the legislation is aimed at those who change the words of the anthem. It is unclear, however, whether or not instrumental versions of the song, such as Jimi Hendrix’s classic version from the Woodstock festival, would violate the proposed standard.

“It’s not like we’re going after anyone’s ability to sing,” Becker said in an interview. “It’s more that we just want them to respect the words and the tune as it was originally intended and we normally sing it.”

If the bill passes in Indiana, it would not be the first state law governing the performance of the national anthem. Massachusetts currently has a law imposing up to $100 in fines for playing the song as “dance music” or “as part of a medley,” while Michigan prohibits anyone from singing the song in a public space except in its entirety and “without embellishment.”

Benedict Cumberbatch cast as villain in ‘Star Trek’ sequel

8 Jan

By Chris Engelhardt

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Credit: Benedict Cumberbatch Facebook Page

Benedict Cumberbatch, who was recently seen in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse,” has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cumberbatch has been selected to play a villain in the unnamed project.

The film is due in theaters May 17, 2013.