After two decades dominating the music business, Shania Twain is moving into acting
FOR two decades her hits have peppered film and TV soundtracks, driving the drama in everything from Corrie to Notting Hill.
But now it’s SHANIA TWAIN’s turn to appear in front of the cameras.
I can reveal that the world’s best-selling female country star is launching an acting career, with her first film role alongside JOHN TRAVOLTA in his upcoming action flick Trading Paint.
A source said: “Shania is one of the world’s best songwriters and has no problems feeling and connecting with emotions.
“Until now she has expressed that in her songs but she is ready for a new challenge and is giving acting a go.
“The past ten years have been tough for Shania. After the breakdown of her marriage in 2008 she feared she would never sing again.
“But she has recovered from that and is back stronger than ever. Her new album proves that, and so will her acting talent.”
While it might take a lot to impress Shania, Hollywood film bosses didn’t need any convincing when they cast her as Becca in Trading Paint, which also stars Transformers actor KEVIN DUNN and Game of Thrones’ TOBY SEBASTIAN.
In the film, Travolta plays a veteran racing driver drawn back to the track to compete against his son, played by Toby, in an increasingly intense and dangerous rivalry.
Shania will start shooting her scenes in Birmingham, Alabama, next month, then she will release her next album, Now, on September 29 — her first since 2002.
Speaking on my Bizarre Life podcast recently, Shania opened up about the record.
She explained how it tells all about her traumatic time away from the spotlight and the breakdown of her 17-year marriage when her best friend went off with her record producer husband MUTT LANGE — co-writer of her 1999 hit Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
In a happy twist, Shania is now married to Frederic Thiebaud — who was the husband of the best mate.
Hopefully she’ll have another happy ending in Trading Paint when it hits screens next June.
DATING a fitness model has had an effect on BRITNEY SPEARS.
The loved-up pop star looks in the best shape of her life in a pink leotard to promote the launch of her perfume Fantasy In Bloom.
Britney is dating Sam Asghari, who is also an aspiring actor and personal trainer, and has been showing her 17million Instagram followers every arm curl and squat in her exercise regime.
Her latest gym video clocked up more than two million views in just one day.
If she carries on like this she might put Sam out of a job.
SHE’S used to having the red carpet rolled out for her wherever she goes – and CELINE DION has gone to titanic lengths to ensure her fans get some of her A-list treatment too.
The down-to-earth superstar forked out £13,000 to get a carpet fitted at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Thursday night so they didn’t have to walk on the concrete floor.
“She felt the concrete flooring wasn’t at all welcoming, so she organised a black carpet to be fitted just for her fans.
“She has a very special connection with Birmingham. Her first ever TV appearance in the UK was at the city’s old Pebble Mill studios, so she likes to look after the Brummies.”
Celine is renowned for her generosity.
On her Taking Chances tour in Australia she gave each of her dancers a gleaming two-carat diamond as a consolation for a promoter error which saw them put up in shoddy lodges instead of their usual five-star accommodation.
I interviewed Celine for her first UK newspaper chat in seven years at her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in April, and can vouch that she is undoubtedly one of the nicest pop stars on the planet.
Tomorrow I’ll be watching her when she plays London’s O2 Arena – I might even pack my slippers.
KATY PERRY is clearly over the moon about hosting next month’s MTV Video Music Awards.
She dressed up in a spacesuit and threw a peace sign as she made the announcement on Thursday.
Katy has five nominations, including best collaboration for her CALVIN HARRIS song Feels, featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS and BIG SEAN.
That means she’ll go head-to-head with enemy TAYLOR SWIFT, who has been given the nod for her ZAYN MALIK duet I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.
I’m not sure she’ll throw the peace sign at the ceremony.
MARTI PELLOW’s WET WET WET days have dried up.
After three decades fronting the band, the singer has quit to focus on his solo career and acting.
He made the announcement yesterday, two weeks after the band played their last ever show, at Edinburgh Castle, to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Marti said: “I will be spending more time on my solo work, performing concerts, acting and my own songwriting.
“I have had a great time and loved my career with Wet Wet Wet and, to me, they will always be the best band in the world.”
Marti is writing a stage musical and will join a UK tour of Blood Brothers this year.
MINISTER for Disabled People, Health and Work PENNY MORDAUNT wants festivals to help disabled fans.
She said: “For many disabled people, taking part with their family and friends can be difficult, if not impossible.”
LIKE so many children of the Eighties, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ is one of my all-time favourite books.
But how would SUE TOWNSEND’s brilliantly subtle humour translate to a musical?
Very well it turns out.
The off West End production, seen as a trial run before a possible transfer to a big theatre, is delightful.
Young Adrian is played perfectly by Benjamin Lewis (one of three teens taking on the role).
At 14 he holds the entire production, capturing the subtly of the comedy and the sheer ridiculousness in many of the scenes.
After successful stints on the West End in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Matilda, his name will be in lights for years to come.
Equally im- pressive is 13-year-old Asha Banks, superb as Adrian’s sophisticated love interest Pandora.
Fellow teens Jason Rennie, as Barry, and Amir Wilson, as Nigel, also manage to outshine the adult cast.
My only criticisms are the lack of really catchy songs and the need for the older cast members to double as classmates, which is just a bit creepy.
But Adrian Mole deserves a move to the West End.
It’s the perfect school holiday theatre trip and I hope enough people take their kids for the sake of nostalgia.