James Corden is a US superstar and his next steps are behind the camera
The 38-year-old’s latest move will make him as big a player behind the camera as he is in front of it with the potential to swell his bank balance by tens of millions a year.
The star, who is already a successful actor – having previously bagged a prestigious Tony Award for his performance in Broadway and West End hit One Man Two Guvnors – and a successful chat show host, is to become a partner at London-based production company Fulwell 73.
The partnership has been long on the cards as the former Gavin & Stacey star has worked with the firm on several successful projects over the past 15 years.
He says: “I’ve felt like an unofficial partner for years. Now that it’s official I feel incredibly proud. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Along with The Late Late Show which James fronts, they have also collaborated on shows including James Corden’s World Cup Live, Comic Relief’s Smithy sketches, various One Direction films and commercials for Cadbury and Apple Music.
Recent sports-related projects include athlete Usain Bolt’s hit movie I Am Bolt and Class Of 92, featuring David Beckham.
Ben pulls out of dual batman role
Ben Affleck has pulled out of directing the standalone movie The Batman.
The actor was all set to take the helm while also playing the action hero but now says the dual roles will hinder his performance.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require,” Ben says in a statement.
Ben Affleck has stepped back from directing the next Batman film in the DC franchise
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The 44-year-old, who made his debut as the Caped Crusader in last year’s critically panned Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, admitted he was growing tired of questions about The Batman and wanted to focus on current projects, such as the recently released box office flop Live By Night.
“It’s such a pain in the a*** [to be constantly asked about Batman],” he recently said.
“It took me two years to get it [Live By Night] together but no one ever asked me [about it]. They ask me ‘Batman, Batman, Batman’.”
Oh the pain.
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Beyonce makes tribute to Amy
Beyonce has made an unofficial tribute to Amy Winehouse by releasing a cover of the late singer’s hit ballad Back To Black.
The former Destiny’s Child singer opted to do a version of the haunting track for the soundtrack of upcoming film Fifty Shades Darker.
The song is also the title of the tragic star’s celebrated album which posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling record of the 21st century.
Beyonce will release a cover of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black as part of the 50 Shades soundtrack
Beyoncé, 35, previously recorded a version of the song that was featured in The Great Gatsby movie released in 2013.
At the time, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said he was unimpressed by Beyonce’s rendition, stating: “I don’t think she brings anything to it… They have got to pay for the privilege which is what they are doing. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”
Singer/songwriter Amy died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, aged 27.
Wolverine's pep talk pays off
Hugh Jackman has admitted that his career playing an action hero got off to an inauspicious start.
The actor confesses that the producers of the X-Men sci-fi flicks were initially unimpressed by his efforts in the starring role of Wolverine.
“I was kind of struggling,” says the actor. “It was the first movie I had ever done in America… I was nervous. I was average, to be honest, at best. No one was saying anything and I sort of thought I was getting away with it but I wasn’t.”
Hugh Jackman revealed that studio execs had a talk with him after the first X-men film
The difficulties led to a pep talk from a studio executive.
“He told me that he believed in me… but watching my [performance] was like watching someone put a lampshade over a light,” adds the 48-year-old.
However the chat did the trick. Hugh upped his game and has gone on to play the beloved Wolverine in eight films over 18 years. The Aussie star will portray the character in the last film of the franchise – Logan – in cinemas in March.
Blondie will release their 11th studio album on May 5, before their appearance at BST festival
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On the back of just being announced as the support act to Phil Collins at this year’s British Summer Time at Hyde Park, Blondie have announced the release of their new album.
The Heart Of Glass hit-makers, fronted by the legendary Debbie Harry, pictured, will put out their 11th studio album Pollinator on May 5 – in good time for their June 30 appearance at the festival.
Songs on the album, including single Fun – available now – have been written by the band and a host of famous collaborators, including The Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr and Australian chart topper Sia.