1.) Princess Bride Memoir in the Works
Actor Cary Elwes, who stole our hearts playing Westley in The Princess Bride, is writing a behind-the-scenes look at the cult classic called As You Wish: Tales From The Princess Bride. The actor struck a deal with Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to write a memoir about his experience acting in the film. The book, which will be published in fall 2014, will include interviews with Robin Wright—who played his love interest Princess Buttercup—and the rest of the characters including Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, and Chris Sarandon. Director Rob Reiner will write the book’s forward. In the past 25 years since the film’s debut, it’s become a timeless classic and a well-loved piece of cinema, so we can’t wait to read the book.
2.) Monty Python Reunion Sells Out in 43 Seconds
Tickets for the Monty Python reunion performance went on sale on Monday for as little as £32 ($51), sold out in 43 seconds and then showed up on eBay for £750 ($1212). The show will be held in London’s O2 Arena July 1-5. Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman cemented their place in comedic history after creating Monty Python’s Flying Circus in October 1969. They produced 45 TV episodes for the BBC and five films together before parting in 1983. The shows were mainly comprised of random sketches and hilarious lines. Cheese reported that the show will have some new material, but will also highlight classic hits. He promises fans “comedy, pathos, music and a tiny bit of ancient sex.”
3.) Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special
50 years later, Doctor Who is still an international sensation, as evidenced by its 50th anniversary special. BBC aired “The Day of the Doctor” at the same time throughout the world, securing the Guinness World Record award for “world’s largest ever simulcast of a television show.” Over 10 million people from 94 countries watched the show.
4.) Rihanna’s Mom Presents Her With Award
During the American Music Awards, Rihanna was given the first-ever Icon Award. After a video commendation from Jay Z and a video showcasing her career highs, Rihanna was given the award by her mother, Monica Braithwaite. “I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one,” Braithwaite said. “But tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. . . I’m so blessed to be part of this historic moment.”
Bill Maher called her “the voice of our time” and introduced the montage of her accomplishments, including being the “Best-Selling Digital Artist of All Time.” After specifically thanking her mother, Rihanna thanked others who had been responsible for her success, including Jay Z and producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Rolling Stone reported that she was in disbelief over the enormous honor: “I can’t believe that at 25 years old I’m holding an Icon award,” she said.
It’s been an iconic and memorable week for entertainment. Be sure to stay up-to-date with entertainment news so you don’t miss any of the gossip!
Ivy McDowell blogs about fashion and entertainment.