SOCHI The 2014 Winter Olympics begin on Friday, yet Sochi, the "Russian Riviera," is far from being ready for the games. Despite the $51 billion investment, many of the hotel facilities for visiting journalists are incomplete and under-furnished. THR reports that everything from light bulbs and WiFi to door knobs and doors are missing from guest rooms and some buildings have no working elevators or running water. The visiting journalists are, of course, doing are doing what they do best: reporting the news. Scores of tweets and other social messages have gone out documenting the "horrors," including this one from Stacy St. Clair / @StacyStClair:
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014 — 7:02 PM - 3 Feb 2014#AlwaysTrending
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UNCHARTED The path to a movie adaptation of the popular Playstation video game featuring treasure hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake has been as "uncharted" as the title of the franchise. Neil Burger (Limitless) took the helm of Uncharted away from original director David O. Russell (The Fighter) back in 2011 and said that they would be "beginning from scratch" with the script, but nothing more was heard of the movie for several years. Many thought it was lost in a sea of failed projects, but Sony has put the movie back on course with the hiring of a new director. According to THR, comedy director Seth Gordon (Identity Thief) has been hired to take the helm. The combination platformer and third-person shooter on which the movie will be based follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a supposed descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake, as he hunts for the lost treasure of El Dorado.
FLASH The cast of the pilot for the planned Arrow spin-off, The Flash, is really starting to take shape. Joining Grant Gustin as Central City assistant police forensics investigator (and future superhero The Flash) Barry Allen are Candice Patton (The Game) as Iris West and stage actor Carlos Valdes as S.T.A.R. labs scientist Cisco Ramon, reports Deadline. There are few details about the plot of the pilot, but it is believed that it will tell the origin of The Flash. Aarow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns are writing the script. David Nutter, who helmed the Aarow pilot, will direct.
PARIS Last December, Paris Hilton ruffled a few feathers by boldly declaring that she is "one of the top 5 (DJs) in the world." Whether that's even possible to verify or not, Paris is winning big, both as a DJ and as a gambler. After kicking off her residency at "Pool After Dark" at Harrah's in Atlantic City — a gig for which she reportedly got paid $100,000 — Hilton increased her take by 50% by winning an additional $50,000 at blackjack.
N4S When DreamWorks pushed back the release date of Scott Waugh's Need for Speed by five weeks, many speculated that the studio did not want to pit its Aaron Paul-starring video game adaptation against Sony's RoboCop. While that may be partially true, it now seems as if the main reason for the move had to do with the demands of extensive post-production conversion, as Deadline reports that the movie will be available in 3D when it debuts on March 14th. The high-octane actioner centers around an ex-con's (Paul) cross-country trek to attend a high-stakes underground race, where he hopes to get revenge on the man who murdered his friend and sent him to prison. Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson also star.