Mike Epps To Play Richard Pryor; R.I.P. John Clive: Biz Break

Also in Monday afternoon's round-up of news briefs: Hip-hop artist Kid Cudi is joining a romantic comedy; Ben Stiller teases Zoolander; Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders gets a new gig; And Shiloh Fernandez joins Gregg Araki's latest.

R.I.P. John Clive
John Clive, who appeared in films including A Clockwork Orange, the Pink Panther and The Italian Job, has died at the age of 79. The actor and author, who was also the voice of John Lennon in Yellow Submarine and went on to become an international bestselling author, passed away following a short illness, his family said on Monday, The Guardian reports.

Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Nina Simone Biopic
Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in Nina, the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana. In a supporting role, Epps will play Pryor, who opened for the singer when they two were starting out in the early 1960s. Pryor had terrible stage fright and Simone, in her autobiography, recalled how she regularly rocked him into calmness, THR reports.

Kid Cudi Boards Romantic Comedy Two Night Stand
Hip-hop artist Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi has joined the cast of Two Night Stand, the indie romantic comedy starring Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller. The story centers on two people who meet online and get together for a one-night stand. The couple get snowed in the next morning and are forced to spend more time together, THR reports.

Ben Stiller Reprises Zoolander Role
The actor, 46, showed up alongside designer Tommy Hilfiger and Daily Show host Jon Stewart at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs at New York City's Beacon Theater. Stiller announced earlier this year that a Zoolander sequel is in the works, Yahoo reports.

Rupert Sanders to Direct The Juliet
Sony Pictures and New Agency have tapped the Snow White and the Huntsman director to lead The Juliet, an adaptation of the Alfred Bester short story, Deadline reports.

Shiloh Fernandez Joins Gregg Araki's White Bird
The Red Riding Hood actor will play a lead part in the film which revolves around a young woman who sees her life spin out of control after her mother disappears. Fernandez will star opposite Eva Green and Shailene Woodley, Deadline reports.


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