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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III

Also, Goonies sequel is underway; Jennifer Aniston wants to take Friends to Broadway; Jennifer Love Hewitt goes blonde.

Benedict Cumberbatch. Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP
Benedict Cumberbatch. Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP
Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III

Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his stellar portrayal of the detective in the BBC television series Sherlock, will play the Machiavellian tyrant King Richard III in a made-for-TV production adapted from William Shakespeare's Richard III. The project will be the latest addition to the BBC Two's The Hollow Crown series, which features TV adaptations of the famous playwright's works on British monarchs. Since June 2012, the channel has aired adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V in which the historic kings were played by Ben Wishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston respectively. Cumberbatch will also top-line the Barbican Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Hamlet in 2015. - AFP

Goonies sequel is underway

Richard Donner, the director of The Goonies, has said a sequel to the cult 1985 children's adventure is in the works. Donner told TMZ that he hoped to bring back all the stars of the original film for the follow-up, so expect actors such as Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Jeff Cohen, to come together. Feldman, who has for years been the biggest advocate for Goonies 2, is a reality TV star and singer in a ska band, while Brolin and Astin retain Hollywood careers and Cohen (Chunk) is an entertainment lawyer. - The National staff

Kevin Spacey: I love that people think I'm nuts

Kevin Spacey says he enjoys his career and loves it when people think he is "nuts". "People thought I was crazy 11 years ago when I moved to London and started a theatre company ... People thought we were crazy when we made the Netflix deal for House of Cards. 'They're out of their minds, it'll never work.' I'm used to people thinking I'm nuts. And you know what? I kind of love it," the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. Spacey, who portrays the ruthless politician Francis Underwood in the dark television drama, will next be seen on film in the role of the British prime minister Winston Churchill. - The National staff

Jennifer Aniston wants to take Friends to Broadway

The evergreen television sitcom Friends might go to Broadway. Jennifer Aniston, one of the stars of the show that ran for 10 years, is reportedly in talks to turn the show into a "billion dollar" musical, starring Lea Michele, and wants her friend Sheryl Crow to oversee the project. A few years ago, Aniston had denied rumours that she and her Friends co-stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry were thinking about coming together for a film. "I can't imagine how you would do a Friends film," Aniston said. "It's not normal. Friends is in your living room; Friends is not in a movie theatre. It doesn't make sense to me. I think it would be going against its authentic self." - The National staff

Jennifer Love Hewitt goes blonde

In what is possibly the brunette's most eye-catching transformation to date, Jennifer Love Hewitt showed off her new blonde look at a launch event for her new maternity wear collection, L by Jennifer Love Hewitt, for A Pea In A Podl. The 35-year-old showed off her collection at Beverly Hills and was accompanied by three other actresses, all pregnant: Jenna Fischer from The Office, Megan Hilty from Smash and the reality star Kendra Wilkinson. - The National staff