By Jenny Priestley
★ The new James Bond film will begin shooting on December 6, and the cast will get together at Pinewood Studios in late November for a read through of the script. Bond 24 will be Daniel Craig's fourth film as 007; he'll be joined by Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q. Further casting is still TBA. Location work is expected to take place in Austria, Rome and possibly Morocco. The film's due out on October 23, 2015.
★ The Simpsons are to meet The Simpsons. This year's Treehouse of Horror episode for Halloween will see Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie meet the original characters created by Matt Groening for the Tracey Ullman show. If you've ever seen the show you'll know the original characters look and sound completely different to the Simpsons we know today. The two families will meet each other and, it being Halloween, things won't end well.
★ Eddie Izzard is playing a one-off gig at the Leicester Square Theatre on September 19, in aid of the Save the Sutton Estate campaign.
★ John Cleese will be touring the UK to promote the release of his autobiography this autumn. So Anyway is out on October 9 and Cleese will be at Waterstones Piccadilly on publication day for a signing and reading. He'll then head out around the country to Cheltenham, Bath, Cambridge, Aylesbury, Malvern, London (Selfridges; Cadogan Hall), Edinburgh, Canterbury, Coventry, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells and Bristol.
★ Ray Winstone is the latest celeb to be the subject of BAFTA's A Life In Pictures. The event will take place on October 5 – and there are still tickets available for just £15! Winstone’s forthcoming roles include The Gunman, alongside Idris Elba and Sean Penn, and The Legend of Barney Thomson, co-starring with Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson.
★ Michael C Hall is heading back to Broadway to star in Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Hall will take over the lead role from Andrew Rannells, who took over from Neil Patrick Harris. It will be Hall's first role in a musical since he appeared in Chicago in 2002. His first night is on October 16 and he'll be in the show until January.
★ Meanwhile, Mad Men (and The West Wing) star Elisabeth Moss is returning to the Great White Way to star in comedy The Heidi Chronicles. She'll be joined in the play by Jason Biggs (yeh, I'm surprised by that one too!). The story follows the title character from her 1960s high school days to her career as an art historian. It's expected to open in March.
★ Morgan Freeman obviously loves having an eclectic CV. This week he's not only signed on to appear in Ted 2 but he's also the first actor confirmed for the remake of Ben Hur. The film's been in the works for a while and Freeman will play Ildarin – the man who teaches Ben Hur to become a chariot racer. The title role hasn't been cast yet but there are reports that the producers are keen to sign up Tom Hiddleston. Filming's due to begin next year.
★ Chevy Chase and his National Lampoon co-star Beverly D'Angelo have had their new TV comedy series picked up by ABC. The show, which is currently untitled, follows a married couple whose golden years are interrupted when they're forced to raise their grandchildren.
★ Paul Greengrass looks set to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill on a new film about the Atlanta Olympics bomb. The film is about Richard Jewell, a security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack during the 1996 games in Atlanta. He helped clear people away from the area but then became a target of the investigation before finally being cleared three months later. Hill will play Jewell with Leo on board as a lawyer who helps him through the situation.