11/5/21 Entertainment News
— Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are heading to OZ. On Thursday, they were cast as Glinda and Elphaba in the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Wicked. Director Jon M. Chu took to Instagram to share a photo of the two witches finding out they had been cast. Wicked first hit Broadway in 2003 with Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth playing Elphaba, and Glinda.
— George Clooney is requesting publications don’t publish photos of his kids’ faces. In an open letter addressed to “the Daily Mail and other publications,” he asked to leave all mention of his children out of stories. He said he’s a public figure and while he accepts the intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing his job, his children haven’t signed up for it. He also noted how his wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups. Clooney noted, he and his wife are trying to protect their kids noting the photos might put their safety in jeopardy. He said he hopes the need to sell advertisements isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted.
— Dwayne Johnson says he will no longer use real guns on set following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.” The Hollywood star told Variety he couldn’t speak for anyone else, but any projects moving forward with his production company, Seven Bucks Production, will be using rubber guns. He adds he will enforce this with any studio his company works with as well. Johnson isn’t the only one in Hollywood calling for changes to firearms on set. The ABC show “The Rookie” has also banned all gunfire on set and a petition to ban “functional firearms” on productions has already been signed by dozens of cinematographers. Actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot Hutchins while rehearsing a scene with what he was told was an unloaded gun.
— Will Smith writes in his new memoir that he once contemplated killing his father. The 53-year-old actor is promoting a new memoir called “Will,” which talks about his complicated relationship with his father, who he describes as both a supportive parent and a violent alcoholic. Smith writes that when he was nine-years old he saw his father punch his mother so hard that she collapsed and spit blood, and vowed he would one day avenge his mother. Will Smith’s father died of cancer in 2016. The memoir “Will” comes out November 9th.
— “Sons of Anarchy” actor William Lucking is dead. TMZ reports he died at the age of 80 last month in his Las Vegas home. His wife wrote in his obituary that he was “giant of a man with the soul of a poet.” There’s no word on how Lucking died.
— Prosecutors are asking a judge to allow them to bring up Josh Duggar’s past alleged sexual misconduct in his trial for possession of child pornography. On Wednesday, the prosecution filed several motions to introduce evidence that Duggar may have committed previous acts of sexual molestation against minor females in 2002. Duggar was never formally charged over those allegations but in 2015 admitted on social media to becoming addicted to internet pornography. Duggar is set to go on trial on November 30th on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
— Dakota Johnson says cancel culture is a “downer.” Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, she said while she understands people need to be held accountable, she questioned if “canceling them” was the right move. Johnson has worked alongside Shia LaBeouf and Armie Hammer who are facing allegations of abuse. She noted she has never experienced that firsthand with any of the people she’s worked with.