Ready Freddie, Finally: The wait is finally over: British actor Ben Whishaw will play Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury in the much-anticipated biopic of the rocker’s life. As every Queen fan knows, the untitled film has been in the works for years. Actor Sasha Baron Cohen was originally cast as everyone’s favorite Parsi rock star back in 2010, but dropped out of the production earlier this fall after creative differences with the surviving members of the band. According to Deadline, the film “will tell the formative coming-of-age story of the group, culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985.”
The 33-year-old Whishaw is best known for playing Q in the James Bond movie Skyfall
. He also has experience playing music legends, having portrayed Keith Richards in a 2005 film about Brian Jones.
Community’s Danny Pudi is Heading to Sundance: Pudi, a proud alum of Marquette University, is the director of a short documentary on the university’s 1977 championship team. His film Untucked was just selected to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. According to its official description, the film “explores the iconic “untucked” jersey worn in 1977 when Marquette University won its first and only national college basketball championship.” (The Wrap)
Aziz Ansari Among the Stars to Announce Golden Globe Nominations: The Parks and Recreation star will join Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde to announce the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday morning. The award ceremony will take place on January 14 in Los Angeles. (Deadline)
New Music from RDB: The British band just released a video for their new single “Daddy Da Cash”. Shot in Miami, the song features a verse from rapper T-Pain. Watch it below. (Urban Asian)
This is what a Cabbie Pin-Up Calendar Looks Like: Just in time for the holidays, photographers Phil Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin have released the 2014 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar. Time’s Newsfeed blog describes the calendar as “more silly than sexy.” Our favorite image is below.