Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fighting On

There was nothing about sequels in the rulebook – so Fight Club is getting a follow-up.

But, it’ll be a while before Brad Pitt flexes his world-famous six-pack as Tyler Durden on screen again (if he ever does): The upcoming Fight Club sequel is coming out in comic-book form first.

Author Chuck Palahniuk has announced that Fight Club 2 is, indeed, very much in the pipeline, and that it will debut as a 10-issue Dark Horse title early next summer.

The sequel will center on the unnamed Narrator we met as embodied by Edward Norton’s in David Fincher’s 1999 cult classic, and he will be 10 years older, and the husband to Marla Singer and the father to a 9-year-old named Junior.

And, yes...Durden definitely will be part of the story. So, perhaps, Fincher, Pitt, Norton & Co. can stage a reunion for, say, 2017?


The New Girl’s New Rival

So. The New Girl Zooey Deschanel goes to wedding.

She takes on a group bet (som’in’ about who in her main group of friends can get with someone at the party).

And she ends up getting into it – a fight! – with...a guesting Jessica Biel?

Yep, that’s what’s gonna happen on Deschanel’s New Girl when the show comes back on the air for its fourth season in September.

Mmm...Meow Alert! Someone’s movie career ain’t happening quite the way she was hoping it would....


Monday, July 21, 2014

Travis McGee Just Got Baled

Christian Bale is going where Leonardo DiCaprio will not: the Florida of John D. MacDonalds The Deep Blue Good-by.

The Fighter Oscar winner is looking to star as Fort Lauderdale salvage consultant Travis McGee, a sort of bounty-hunting man who reclaims stuff (and sometimes people as well) for all kinds of undesirables.

Bales 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold is on board to direct the project – which could be the first of a long and, fingers crossed, healthy franchise (The Deep Blue Good-by is the first of 21 books!).


Brangelina By the Sea

It. Is. On!

Brangelina are gonna work together again, in By the Sea, Angelina Jolie’s follow-up to Unbroken (btw, R.I.P., Lou Zamperini!), a new film that she is writing and will direct herself (so I guess Brad Pitt does like to be told what to do).

The project is said to be an intimate, character-driven drama that the couple also will produce together.


SoFine, So Married

It’s the end of an era: Adam Levine has gone and gotten married.

SoFine Levine, who put a ring on Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo last summer, went and made it official with his betrothed, in Mexico over the weekend.

It is so over between us, dude.

I keed!


Daredevil’s Girl

There will be life after Bon Temps for Deborah Ann Woll.

The True Blood star has landed the female lead on Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil, staring Charlie Cox.

Woll will play Karen Page, a secretary at the law firm of Nelson & Murdock – Cox, of course, is playing blind Hell’s Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, in its upcoming series about the Marvel character.

She – duh – will serve as a love interest for the guy, but no word on how fast she will learn of Murdock’s secret identity, which is something she does know of in the comics.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jeff Koons-à-Porter

And now, in the Venn diagram of art and fashion, the hottest item at the middle of it all is one from H&M by...Jeff Koons.

Yes, the iconic American artist not only has a hot retrospective at New York City’s Whitney Museum going on these days (through Oct. 19), he’s also had a limited-edition leather cross-body bag – featuring his multimillion-dollar golden Balloon Dog! – flying off the shelves at the retailer’s new flagship store on Fifth Avenue and at select H&M stores across the United States.

Art for everybody! Much to the chagrin of whomever bought the actual sculpture that inspired the bag, perhaps?


Beyoncé Gets Grey

Looks like we are finally getting a moving look at the Fifty Shades of Grey movie next week (the time for stills is done!), and that Beyoncé has a musical hand in the project.

How else to explain Queen B’s graspy and moantastic tease via Instagram, huh. Have a listen:

Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is due out next Valentine’s Day weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Voice of Paddington

No dice with Colin Firth? No problem.

Ben Whishaw will be doing the honors, kids. The honors of voicing Paddington Bear in the upcoming Paddington, a live-action/CGI hybrid based on the popular character from children’s books.

Firth reportedly departed the project because he just sounded to old mature for the tone of the movie part.

Anyway, Paddington, which is opening on Christmas Day, also will feature Nicole Kidman, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Hugh Bonneville (The Monuments Men).


There Goes Their Deposit...

Picture it: Five married friends, at the behest of one of them who is not quite so keen on keeping it in his pants, decide to share a secret “f--- pad,” right.

Hey, it happens. In certain circles.

Anyway, thats where things get real interesting: One day, one of ’em stops by to drop off some groceries and finds a dead, bloodied woman handcuffed to the bed.

So they all cannot help but wonder: Who did it? Who else knows about this secret they’ve been under the impression the’ve been so good about keeping? And what ever happened to Patrick Wilson being in the film that tells this story, The Loft (the remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller), anyway?

I have that answer! He was replaced, due to a scheduling conflict with that short-lived show he had on CBS, by Star Trek’s Karl Urban, who stars in the much-delayed project alongside James Marsden, Wentworth Miller (who will soon be seen on The CWs The Flash), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), and that hot dish Matthias Schoenaerts, not to mention Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, Margarita Levieva (TVs Revenge), and Rachael Taylor (TV’s Crisis).

Check out the trailer for The Loft here, and keep and eye for a potential viewing in theaters...soon (the movie was supposed to finally see the light of day at the end of August – but not anymore).


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Superman Becomes the Atom

There Brandon Routh is!

The Superman Returns star will play Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom, during the upcoming third season of The CW’s Arrow.

From what I can see online, the character will be the new owner of Queen Consolidated and will have some mysterious plans for its Applied Sciences Division and may act as a love interest for Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) main gal everyday Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

Arrow will be back on the tube early in October.

On a somewhat-related note, Robbie Amell, the star of the defunct The Tomorrow People, has been tapped to appear on the Arrow spin-off The Flash, as the Ronnie Raymond half of the Firestorm team.


R.I.P. Mrs. Donaghy

Firecracker Elaine Stritch has left the building.

The Emmy-winning 30 Rock guest emerita – that is how I best got to know the woman her, for she played Alec Baldwins beloved mother from hell on the show – reportedly passed away today in Birmingham, Mich., where she had been living the last year.

A saucy one until the end, Stritch was – from what I am now learning – a legendary 89 years old..

Got some time? Then watch her Elaine Stritch At Liberty 2002 special.


Forever Girl

Someone must have enjoyed working on a book adaptation...because someone is getting ready to do it again.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has signed on to headline Forever, Interrupted, the source material of which was the 2013 debut novel of a Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The book, btw, centers on a young woman who gets close to the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage comes undone.

Oh. That ol nugget.


Out to Score Some Laughs

The life of Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay athlete to play in Major League Soccer, is a joke.

Well, is getting turned into sort of one. For television.


Because producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have optioned the rights to develop a new comedy inspired by Rogers’ experiences.

Wonder who’ll they get to play the soccer player....


Going All the Way to HBO

Bryan Cranston is graduating from AMC to HBO.

The Emmy-winning star of Breaking Bad will reprise his Tony-winning role as LBJ on a Steven Spielberg-executive produced adaptation of All the Waythe Tony-winning play he starred in on Broadway this past season.

The HBO Film should premiere next year.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

25 Confirmed

This is the news we have been waiting.

Rolling in the deep for, you may even say (although I don’t quite know why I went there).

Adeles long-awaited return to the spotlight, a new record titled 25, is now confirmed.

Oh, and get this. Gf is also reportedly hitting the worldwide road in 2015, so, you know...#squeal!


Meet the Guardians

Still on the fence about next month’s Guardians of the Galaxy?

Don’t know if you can behind heroes you don’t really know, like Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord or David Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer or a tree voiced by Vin Diesel?

Well, then...check out these two promos for the upcoming blockbuster and get convinced that is gonna be one heck of a Marvelous time, indeed.


When the Manga-beast Taught Conan How to Strip

Joe Manganiello is working the talk-show circuit on behalf of La Bare, his exploration of the male-stripping world and his debut as a director, right.

So last night, the Manga-beast hit Conan, where the talking indubitably turned to his own ability as a sensual dancer, given the subject matter of his film and his past (and future) experience with the budding cult franchise that is Magic Mike.

Which led to the actor teaching his host, Conan O’Brien, how to body roll to great (funny) effect.

And also to O’Brien getting stripper-named Big Red (so now he can strip if this whole television thing doesn’t work out).

Check it.

The Mockingjay Lives!

Donald Sutherland’s President Snow had a second message to share with the people of Panem, but this one...this one got highjacked by a very special message.

Check it out:

And remember, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be in theaters on Nov. 21.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Götze’s Got It Going On!

We already knew that Mario Götze had it going on.

After all, the German footballer scored the goal that led Germany to World Cup-winning glory last Sunday.

But now we know – thanks to some paparazzi shots from 2012 that were just conveniently brought back to the world’s attention – that the guy has got it going on (in his pants).

Damn, boy! Click here for more shots that feature lots more.


Dr. Watson’s Boyfriend

Remember the hot butler Gaurau from Sex and the City 2?

Well, he’s headed to the Manhattan inhabited by Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu’s Dr. Joan Watson on TV’s Elementary.

See, Gauraus portrayer, the quite-handsome Raza Jaffrey (who was seen on last seasons Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), has been cast as this (recurring) anti-Sherlock love interest for Liu.

The third season of Elementary will debut late in October.


The Loverly Witch

Guess Vin Diesel does know something.

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has been cast as his love interest/mortal enemy in an actioner titled The Last Witch Hunter, in which he plays a semi-immortal living in modern-day New York City who recruits her, a witch, to keep an evil witch queen from unleashing a mortal plague on the world.

Obviously, they have a rocky (and boots a-knockin’) time at it.

Production on this one’s meant to start next month.


Taking a Stand

Good, ’cause, honestly, he’s better than plugging Maytag.

Former Eureka star Colin Ferguson has been tapped to play a new antagonist for Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) & Co. on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

The actor will first appear on the first episode of the show’s upcoming sixth season, as the leader of a community militia that will do just about anything to protect Mystic Falls.


One of the Michael Gang

Prolific non-stop moviemaking machine James Franco’s starring in this new Gus Van Sant-produced project titled Michael, right. Its an adaptation of this New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the story of a Wyoming Christian minister who renounced homosexuality.

And he’s gonna be joined by Zachary Quinto when he does.

The Star Trek player will portray an ex-boyfriend of Franco’s character in the film, while Emma Roberts will take on the role of his current gf.

Leftovers star Chris Zylka also will be featured, as another former love interest of Franco’s.