:: RITA ORA has reportedly turned down a £1 million pound offer to become a judge on The X Factor.
The Mirror reports that SIMON COWELL was keen to get the Hot Right Now singer on the panel as part of his latest revamp of the flagging ITV talent show this year and offered her the massive pay deal.
Rita, 23, is said to have been flattered by the offer, made a fortnight ago, but turned it down as she worried the role could damage her singing career.
The British singer-songwriter - who is currently in LA filming the music video for her new single I Will Never Let You Down, featuring her DJ boyfriend CALVIN HARRIS, admitted previously she had been in talks with the show, but wanted to focus on her singing career.
She said: “There were talks. But if I were to take on that role, it would have to be at a point when I could give it my full attention.
Simon is returning to the judging panel this year after The X Factor USA failed to take off across the Atlantic.
It is thought original judge and close friend LOUIS WALSH will join him, but GARY BARLOW and NICOLE SCHERZINGER have both confirmed they will not reprise their roles on the panel.
: STEVEN SPIELBERG has expressed an interest in remaking West Side Story, according to reports.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker is said to have registered his interest in making a reboot, although the project is still in very early days, with no writer attached as yet, reported Deadline.
20th Century Fox are now thought to be considering the director’s idea.
The updated version is tipped to be an adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1961 musical film, which starred NATALIE WOOD and RICHARD BEYMER as star-crossed lovers Maria Nunez and Tony Wyzek.
Spielberg, who last directed Oscar-winning historical drama Lincoln, has a number of films in the pipeline including a planned Tintin sequel and the delayed Robopocalypse.
The 67-year-old is also attached to the development of a STANLEY KUBRICK screenplay for a TV mini-series about Napoleon’s life.
:: GEMMA CHAN has said Asian actors are invisible in Western film and television.
The 31-year-old star of Fresh Meat, Dates and new Hollywood film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, admitted to The London Magazine that she is extremely limited in the number of acting roles open to her.
Gemma said: “Asian actors are probably where black actors were 20 years ago. There is a problem of visibility with Western Asian actors, when you consider the diaspora and how long we’ve been in the West.”
Oxford graduate Gemma - who is dating comedian JACK WHITEHALL - was born in London, where her Chinese parents moved in the 1960s.
Gemma said: “It’s a challenge being an actress, and being an ethnic minority reduces again the number of roles you can play.
“People said to me, ‘You’ll find it incredibly hard. The period dramas, none of that is open to you’.”
:: CHARLOTTE CHURCH says she has no interest in being famous.
The former child star slammed today’s popular music, saying it was written by “committee”.
And she told Metro that she was more likely to pick up a copy of the New Scientist magazine than a gossip mag these days.
“A lot of what’s mainstream now, I don’t get it, I can’t engage with it,” she told the newspaper.
“It’s written by marketing committees, which is totally the antithesis of what music is supposed to provide for people.”
Charlotte said she didn’t want to promote her new music on chat shows.
“I’m not interested in doing all those daytime shows and saying ‘Hey guys! Here’s what I’m doing now!’,” she said
“I don’t want to be a public person just for the sake of it.”
But Charlotte said she didn’t mind being criticised, because she had developed skin “like a rhino”.
:: LILY ALLEN has revealed that she has political ambitions - and has visions of herself as Prime Minister.
The singer, 28, said she is shying away from politics for now because she’s got herself into hot water in the past.
“I’ve dabbled in politics before and got myself into trouble. It’s not quite the right time,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
“When I do it, I will be serious. I have visions of myself as Prime Minister.”
Meanwhile, Lily, who married builder and decorator Sam Cooper in 2011, said that she wants “men to be men” and that those who spend too much time worrying about their appearance “give me the shivers”.
“I like that when my husband gets up in the morning he spends about 12 seconds looking in the mirror then leaves,” she told ShortList magazine.
“I’m not into men who are vain or even wearing aftershave. It gives me shivers. Men should be men. Go out, earn some money, come back and look after my children.”
:: JAMES BOND screenwriter JOHN LOGAN has revealed that the draft script for the next film is “almost done”.
The scribe, who wrote Skyfall, said Bond 24 will follow on from the last movie, which starred DANIEL CRAIG as 007. SAM MENDES will return to direct the next instalment, with NAOMIE HARRIS and RALPH FIENNES also returning to their roles.
“Right now the first draft is almost done. I’m terrifically excited about it!” John told Empire.
“The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”
John hinted there may be references to the older Bond films too, although he remained tight-lipped over specifics.
The 52-year-old revealed Daniel is involved in the writing process too.