The slang-hating Emma Thompson is in talks of joining the cast for Sony's sci-fi comedy Men in Black 3. The Nanny McPhee Returns star will likely star as Agent Oh in the forthcoming Barry Sonnenfeld-directed 3-D film out in 2012. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are set to reprise their roles as Agent Jay and Agent Kay, respectively, while Josh Brolin has also signed to play a younger Agent Kay. Flight of the Conchords kiwi stud Jemaine Clement will also embrace his inner villain for the film's antagonist, Yaz. (Variety)
In other news:
– Michael Eavis, founder of the legendary Glastonbury music festival, isn't ready to hang up his rock'n'roll shoes just yet. The 75-year-old promoter just celebrated the festival's 40th anniversary this summer and is eager to stay on at least another decade. Tickets for the 2011 installment go on sale Sunday, October 3rd. (BBC)
– Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is currently touring North America performing the band's seminal concept album, The Wall, in its entirety. The Anti-Defamation League isn't too happy with some of Waters' choice of stage show artwork. They're scrutinizing his use of the Star of David during his performance of "Goodbye Blue Sky." (The Guardian)
Have a look at the clip below and let me know if you think Waters' backdrop is done in poor taste.
Oh it was a longtime coming, wasn't it? British comedian and budding scribe Russell Brand joined his former BBC Radio 2 colleague and friend Jonathan Ross in east London Thursday night, where Mr. Katy Perry was on hand to promote his latest batch of memoirs, Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal.
Brand read excerpts from the book, which is out October 12, before the two exchanged pleasantries in a question and answer session. Brand chatted about his friendship with Morrissey, his forthcoming role in the Dudley Moore-remake Arthur, and how he's found his place among the melodramatic Hollywood scene. And don't think they got away without making a few remarks about their former days at the BBC. (The Daily Telegraph)
– Lion cubs are just too cute for words, but that doesn't mean you should play with one. It's a lion for chrissakes! Former Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack got a little friendly with one when touring with Ash in South Africa last month. Um, so did the baby lion and Lissack ended up at the hospital witha nasty bite. (Spinner)
– While the Keira Knightley entertains the idea of returning to the West End, the Never Let Me Go star is quite content with what she's achieved thus far in her career. The English actress does admit, however, that the thought of it all disappearing in a "puff of smoke" really excites her. Um, what?
"All through my life what I've loved doing is watching movies," she says. "I love the escapism of film, I love stories. So it is incredible to be able to be in them as much as I am, to see them from the first stitch in a costume to the end product. That's what I find really incredible and that's what I've always wanted to spend my time doing." (London Evening Standard)
– The late comedian and actor Ronnie Barker, who starred as the comical criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher in BBC's 1970s prison-based sitcom Porridge, is honored with a bronze statue in Buckinghamshire. (The Metro)
In this episode of Porridge, Fletcher offers some choice words for a new cell-mate.