The final film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman now has a release date. The late actor has the lead role in the low-budget feature God’s Pocket, which opens in theatres May 9 and then moves to video-on-demand on May 14. Directed by Mad Men star John Slattery, the dark comedy casts the versatile Hoffman as a hapless man named Mickey, who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson. Mickey’s plan falls to pieces when the youth’s mother (Christina Hendricks) comes looking for answers. Hoffman’s last appearance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will land in theatres in November, 2014.
THE BIG BAN
The Biblical epic Noah could be facing a wide-scale ban through most of the Middle East and parts of North Africa. The movie, which stars Russell Crowe as the heroic figure, has already been rejected by censors in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates; Egypt is expected to follow suit, along with Jordan and Kuwait. The reason for the ban: The events in the movie contravene Islamic rules on the depiction of prophets. At the same time, U.S. fundamentalist Christian groups have already protested the film due to director Darren Aronofsky’s decision to produce a loose adaptation of the Bible story rather than a note-for-note retelling. Noah opens in North American theatres on March 28.
Lindsay Lohan says she’s clean and sober and gives all the credit to Oprah. For her Thursday night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 27-year-old actress wore a prim blouse and minimal makeup to promote her upcoming reality series Lindsay, which debuts this Sunday night on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network. The show follows Lohan’s efforts to rebuild her life and career in New York following a stint in rehab. And of course she gave all the credit to Oprah: “I feel really lucky to be able to work with someone and create,” said Lohan. “I have a really strong bond with her where I can call her for advice and she has become someone I can learn from in life.”
Viewers will have to draw their own conclusions from the just-released cryptic trailer for the upcoming final season of Mad Men. When the Emmy-winning drama left off last spring, conflicted ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was instructed to take a leave of absence from his firm. In the 15-second trailer for the sendoff season, Don is shown descending the stairs from a sixties-era TWA jetliner in slow motion, while the soundtrack plays a swell of strings mixed with the sounds of an airplane. The first half of Mad Men’s final season debuts April 13 on AMC.
Get ready to hear Bohemian Rhapsody in a whole new light. The seminal seventies rock group Queen have announced a summer arena tour, with American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert in place of deceased lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. The plans were announced on Queen’s official Twitter account on Thursday and this isn’t the first time Lambert has sung with Queen: Last fall, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor performed onstage with Lambert at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The Queen tour commences June 19 at Chicago’s United Center.
Welcome back to the real world, Ke$ha – and what have you done to your hair? The 27-year-old singer made her first public appearance in months on Thursday following her stint in a treatment centre for an eating disorder. Ke$ha (real name: Kesha Rose Sebert) was spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday looking fit and wearing a sweatshirt reading, “Ima Survivor.” The most noticeable change in her appearance were her newly acquired rainbow tresses, which now feature touches of pink, green, yellow and orange. On Twitter, Ke$ha told her 3.56-million followers: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support you have given me.”