Woody Allen has an unlikely new female star: Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus will star in Allen’s not-yet-titled Amazon series, a spokeswoman for Cyrus confirmed. The head-spinning casting combines the 80-year-old filmmaker with the 23-year-old former Disney star.
Cyrus will star alongside Elaine May in the six half-hour episodes planned to run this year.
On Instagram, Cyrus posted a painting of Allen that she said had been beside her bed for years. Cyrus wrote that she was “looking into his eyes when I got the call to be a part of the cast.”
Allen has previously voiced regrets about his first foray into streaming television. At the Cannes Film Festival in May he called it “a catastrophic mistake.”
Unpublished Potter story discovered
Peter Rabbit is back, in a previously unpublished story by author Beatrix Potter. “The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots” was tracked down by publisher Jo Hanks after she found a reference to the manuscript in a book about the author. Potter had written to her publisher about the story of “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.” Hanks discovered manuscripts of the story in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Potter archive. The feline tale features an older version of Peter Rabbit, Potter’s best-known creation. Penguin Random House will publish the tale later this year, the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth. Quentin Blake will provide illustrations.
‘Alec’s playlist’: Alec Baldwin is set to host a one-night Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance called “Alec’s Playlist.” The Emmy-winning actor is a classical music enthusiast and will host the April 16 performance at Heinz Hall. Baldwin and music director Manfred Honeck have developed a program featuring music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky and Gustav Mahler. Baldwin will speak about classical music and its importance to him, including how certain pieces of music have transformed his life.
suing: An employee of a Key West, Fla., bar is suing Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter over an altercation that resulted in Carter’s arrest. Skylar Carden is accusing Carter of battery in the lawsuit. Carter previously pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge and was released on $1,500 bail.