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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.

Playboy features first transgender as playmate

French model Ines Rau (in pic) has become the first transgender model to become a Playboy playmate. Rau appears in a pictorial and centrefold in Playboy’s November/December issue, which pays tribute to its founder, Hugh Hefner, who died last month.

The model previously posed in Playboy’s May 2014 “A-Z” issue, starring in a spread called “Evolution,” which examined the acceptance of gender beyond the male-female binary, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Lau, 26, said it took her a lot of time to accept her gender identity publicly.

So long, Tom petty

Veteran rocker Tom Petty has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 66. Petty’s longtime manager confirmed the singer’s death and said that the the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took his last breath at his home in Malibu, reported People magazine.

we are women in a still unequal world

Actor Nicole Kidman, who played the role of a domestic abuse victim in hit TV show Big Little Lies, has penned a touching letter calling for women to support and celebrate each other. The 50-year-old actor, who has been a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women for the past decade, recently won an Emmy for her performance as an abused wife in the drama.

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