Cranston books a post-’Breaking Bad’ movie role
NEW YORK — Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a film that’s to be his first after wrapping “Breaking Bad.”
A publicist for Cranston confirmed the casting Thursday. The film, “Trumbo,” will be directed by “Meet the Parents” filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.
As a member of the Communist Party, Trumbo was among the Hollywood 10: screenwriters and directors blacklisted in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Cranston also stars in the upcoming “Godzilla,” due out in May.
The 57-year-old actor is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in “Breaking Bad” at Sunday’s awards.
Carole King is MusiCares person of the year
LOS ANGELES — Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that King will be saluted by performers Lady Gaga, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, James Taylor and Jason Mraz. More performers will be announced later.
The fundraiser for the academy’s charitable foundation will be held Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, two nights before the Grammy Awards. Previous honorees include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Neil Young.
A songwriter and performer with scores of hits from “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to “You’ve Got a Friend,” King has won four Grammy Awards and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s ceremony.
Simon Cowell’s home on market for $20 million
BEVERLY HILLS -- Simon Cowell has reportedly put his most recently acquired Beverly Hills residence on the market for $20 million, which is $4.5 million more than he paid for the place when he bought it in October 2011 from AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips.
The pad, which isn’t even Cowell’s primary residence, was built in 1966 but clearly has undergone extensive renovations over the years. Cowell spends most of his time at his Palm Drive mansion (purchased in 2004 for $8 million), and he also has another home down the street, which he bought in March 2006 for $5.7 million.
The 7,265-square-foot home sits on a .65 acre lot in the exclusive Trousdale estate section of Beverly Hills, and it boasts stunning views of Los Angeles. The property has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and brag-worthy features include a stunning pool, a screening room, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a built-in outdoor barbecue, and a formal dining room “with walls of glass that open up bringing the outdoors in.”