Blunt, Krasinski expecting first child
NEW YORK — Emily Blunt and her husband, John Krasinski, are expecting their first child.
A representative for the actress confirmed the pregnancy this week. It was first reported by Us Weekly.
Krasinski, 33, played hapless Jim Halpert on NBC’s workplace comedy “The Office.” His film credits include “Away We Go” and “Leatherheads.” Blunt, 30, has appeared in the movies “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Adjustment Bureau.”
The couple married in 2010.
Ebert’s hometown raising funds for statue
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Organizers in Roger Ebert’s hometown announced plans this week to try to raise $125,000 to build a life-size bronze statue of the late famed film critic.
The statue would go in front of Champaign’s Virginia Theatre, which has hosted the Ebertfest film festival for 15 years. Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning movie reviewer and television personality, grew up in neighboring Urbana and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
The sculpture will show Ebert sitting in the middle of three movie theater chairs giving his signature “thumbs up.” Artist Rick Harney of Bloomington will create the sculpture.
Organizers hope to have the sculpture ready to unveil and dedicate at next year’s Ebertfest in April.
Ebert died in April in Chicago after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 70.
‘Pirates’ sequel set for July 2015 postponed
LOS ANGELES — The next “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel has been temporarily docked.
The release date for the fifth installment in the film series starring Johnny Depp has been removed from Disney’s distribution schedule.
It was originally scheduled to launch July 10, 2015.
Disney previously announced that the fifth “Pirates” film will be directed by “Kon-Tiki” filmmakers Joachim Ronning and Es- pen Sandberg and was expected to begin production next year.
The move comes after Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” failed at the box office this summer and the studio moved the debut of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” from Nov. 6, 2015, to July 31, 2015.
The most recent “Pirates” installments, “At World’s End” and “On Stranger Tides,” were both released in time for Memorial Day weekend in 2007 and 2011.