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YouTube follows Amazon into movie theatres

YouTube has announced it is making a movie in-house to be released in theaters, in a development seen as a step towards the model of new-media innovator Amazon.

‘Vulture Club’, which is in post-production, stars Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘Th­elma and Louise’) as an emergency room nurse wh­ose son is been kidnapped by terrorists. Directed by Iranian-Ame­rican Maryam Keshavarz (‘Circumstance’), the thri­ller also stars Edie Falco (The Sopranos, ‘Nurse Jackie’) and Matt Bomer (‘Magic Mike’, ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’).

Wonder Woman 2 will begin filming in June

The shooting on DC’s Wonder Woman 2 will start in June this year. Contrary to earlier reports that stated that the filming will take place in the UK, the film will be shot in the US around the area of Northern Virginia/District of Columbia, reported Omega Underground. Gal Gadot, who played the iconic superhero in the blockbuster original film and later reprised it in Justice League, will be back for the sequel along with director Patty Jenkins. In June last year, Jenkins had stated in an interview that the sequel would be set in the US.

Russell crowe masters the art of divorce

Russell Crowe is selling off items that he collected while working on films such as Gladiator and Cinderella Man in a new auction. The auction, titled The Art of Divorce, will be held on April 7, which marks the actor’s birthday as well as wedding anniversary with ex-wife Danielle Spencer, according to Sotheby Australia. “The sale represents the dispersal of a highly personal collection that was assembled by Crowe over many years, including those shared with his former wife,” said Sotheby’s. Crowe and Spencer had separated five years ago and their divorce will soon be finalised.

Portman to do Pale Blue Dot?

Natalie Portman is in negotiations to step in for Reese Witherspoon in the Pale Blue Dot. Witherspoon left the role last year due to scheduling conflicts. She is, however, still on board the project as a producer along with Bruna Papandrea, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will be directed Noah Hawley from a script by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. The film is about a married astronaut who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut.

Marvel hires Jac Schaeffer to pen potential Black Widow film

Beloved superhero character Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff might be getting her own solo film at Marvel.The studio has hired Jac Schaeffer to possibly pen the script for a standalone Black Widow film, reported Variety. The character is played by actor Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Became an actor to pay my mother’s bills

Angelina Jolie has revealed she turned to acting simply to help her late mother Marcheline Bertrand pay her bills. The Academy Award-winning star said she fell into acting and that despite the success she has enjoyed during her career, she has never truly felt at home in front of the camera.

Brosnan sued for carelessly starting fire

Pierce Brosnan is being sued by an insurance company for carelessly starting a fire, an incident which took place in 2015. The fire had occurred in the actor's Malibu mansion and ended up spreading to his neighbour Alexander Haagen’s house, partly burning his home. The incident could have been avoided had Brosnan properly disposed off the rags that were susceptible to spontaneous combustion. According to TMZ, Haagen got paid for the damage by his insurance agency, but in a turnaround, the same company has gone after the GoldenEye star, demanding damage claims.

Gimme $2, become stylish

Victoria Beckham had volunteered to offer fashion advice to people strolling in the Central Park for two dollars. As a guest on Vanity Fair’s show Derek Does Stuff With a Friend, the former Spice Girl conversed with passerbys through an iPad video conference at a stand in the famous area, giving style tips to them.

House of Cards employees accuse Spacey of sexual harassment

Eight people who currently work on “House of Cards” or worked in the past have accused Kevin Spacey of creating a “toxic” environment on the sets through his “predatory” behaviour. Spacey is also accused of sexually assaulting a former production assistant on the Netflix drama, according to CNN.

The new accusations come just days after actor Anthony Rapp revealed that Spacey made sexual advances toward him in 1985 when he was 14-year-old.

International Academy rescinds Spacey’s Emmy honour

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced that Kevin Spacey will not receive the Emmy award, which was scheduled to be conferred on the actor this year in wake of the sexual allegations against him by Anthony Rapp. The institution announced on its Twitter account that it has revoked the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award that the veteran actor was up for. “The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honour Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award,” the tweet read.