Ledger’s legacy

Applications are open for the Heath Ledger Scholarship, which rewards the winning aspiring actor with training in the US and an entree to Hollywood, including a $20,000 prize package. The scholarship was created in 2008 in memory of the Australian actor Heath Ledger. Previous recipients of the scholarship include James Mackay (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Anna McGahan (House Husbands). Applications should be lodged at australiansinfilm爱杭州同城论坛. The recipient is announced in June.Hany’s rising star

US network ABC has signed Australian actor Don Hany as the lead in a new medical drama, Warriors. He will play trauma surgeon George Mann in the series. Hany is one of Australia’s most successful television actors, with credits including East West 101, Underbelly, False Witness, Tangle, Offspring and the ABC/HBO co-production Serangoon Road. He is also one of the stars of the highly anticipated Foxtel miniseries Devil’s Playground.Laid bears fruit

The UK network ITV is piloting a British adaptation of the ABC comedy series Laid. The series, created by Australian writer Marieke Hardy, is the story of a girl whose ex-lovers begin to die mysteriously. The British version will be written by the award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey. Harvey wrote the groundbreaking play (and film) A Beautiful Thing and the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Beautiful People. A US adaptation of Laid was announced some time ago, but has not proceeded.Ganging up

Production on the film adaptation of the long-running HBO hit TV series Entourage is under way. The feature film reunites the show’s characters, actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), his entourage Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), and his agent-turned-studio boss Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). The film version will be directed by series creator Doug Ellin. The series ran between 2004 and 2011.The best for Bracey

Australian actor Luke Bracey has been signed to star in the Hollywood adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Best of Me. The book tells the story of two high school sweethearts who fall in love but are swept apart by circumstance. They fall in love for a second time when they meet again in their 40s. Bracey will play the younger Dawson, opposite Liana Liberato as the younger Amanda.Star-packed spin-off

The US adaptation of the Australian drama Secrets & Lies is turning into a star-studded TV project. Cruel Intentions and Gosford Park star Ryan Phillipe has already signed up to the series. He will now be joined by Cape Fear and August: Osage County star Juliette Lewis. The original version of the series was produced by Brisbane-based production company Hoodlum for the Ten Network. It stars Martin Henderson and airs next week.You Bette

Bette Midler will perform for the first time at the Academy Awards this year. Despite a career spanning five decades, the 68-year-old two-time Oscar-nominated actress and singer has never performed on the Oscar stage. This year’s Oscars – the 86th Academy Awards – will be staged on March 2 in the US. They will air on Channel Nine in Australia. Talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres will host the telecast.TV tweets

I don’t want to be arrested but I really want to use a bail bondsman once in my life.Felicia Day (actor, crime newbie) @feliciaday

Having seen her bare breasts, I could definitely turn for Ja’mie.Matt Lucas (comic, in love)@RealMattLucas

“The Lego Movie” is still number one at the box office. How dare they make a film about plastic people and not call me!Joan Rivers (comic, self aware) @Joan_Rivers

Holy @houseofcards!Ricki Lake (TV host, Spacey fan)@RickiLake

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