Peter Capaldi

HOLLYWOOD — Is it time for Diana Ross to hang up her “Supremehood”? Fans bought tickets months in advance for her concert at a Palm Springs, Calif., casino — and left sorely disappointed. Diana explained to the audience that she was unable to rehearse with the band, complained the lights were too bright, couldn’t hear the band cues and botched three song introductions. Many fans were heard saying, “She was unprepared, at $69 a ticket … never again!”
When Matt Smith quit the British TV mega hit “Doctor Who” after four years, the search began for the 12th doctor. Peter Capaldi — a former Academy Award winner for the live-action short film “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life” (1995), winner of the 2010 British Academy Television Award for best comedy performance, and best television actor for 2010 and 2012 — landed the coveted role as the last of the Time Lords. The 55-year-old Capaldi was, ironically, one of the WHO Doctors in “World War Z.” He has appeared in 60 TV shows (including “Doctor Who”) and 30 films, among them, “Bean” and the upcoming “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie.
Johnny Depp has rebounded from the failure of “The Lone Ranger.” He’s got four films scheduled, starting with “Into The Woods” (as the Big Bad Wolf), “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” (again as Jack Sparrow), reprising the Mad Hatter in “Into the Looking Glass” and opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor in “Mortdecai.” In addition, he’s preparing a documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and is eager to play the comic-book character Rex Mundi. Now does that sound like someone who just announced he’s retiring from acting?

MGM and Fox 2000 are trying to reboot their ’80s franchise “Poltergeist” by signing Rosemarie DeWitt (“Rachel Getting Married” and “Promised Land”) and pursuing Sam Rockwell to play the Bowens. JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson played the parents in the original film, which spawned two sequels.

Ben Affleck returns to acting in “Gone Girl,” about a woman who disappears on her wedding anniversary, with Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. Harris was again passed over to host the Oscar Awards this year in favor of Ellen DeGeneres, but he’s too busy to care. Neil is preparing to host the Primetime Emmys for the second time on Sept. 22. In addition, he’s got the final season of “How I Met Your Mother”; “Smurfs 2” (now in theaters); “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” due out Sept. 27; Seth MacFarlane’s new film “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” out in May; and next spring he’ll take on the Broadway revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” All that and twin babies at home … his plate is full!

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