Thursday, September 22, 2016

Baby SoFine Has Arrived!

Congratulations are in order for Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo.

The pair recently welcomed their first daughter together – as recently, perhaps, as this past Monday or Tuesday, since Maroon 5 cancelled a concert they were scheduled to give in Hartford, Conn, on Monday night.

No further detail about Baby SoFine has been made available at this time.


Update: People reports that the Prinsloo-Levines have named their baby girl Dusty Rose, and that she was born on Sept. 21 in California.

Leave Marion Cotillard Alone

Marion Cotillard is pregnant with her second child with French filmmaker Guillaume Canet – a bit of happy news that has been made to be extremely consequential to the zeitgeist this week (much more than it ever would have been) in the wake of the announcement that Brangelina are over.


Because the Oscar winner recently worked with Brad Pitt on Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming Allied, a World War II love story that’s set to open on Nov. 23, and now the Internet believes that she is the reason why Angelina Jolie filed for divorce earlier this week. Never mind that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services reportedly is investigating Pitt for an alleged child abuse that occurred on Sept. 14 (the day before, court docs show, La Jolie listed as the date of their separation) on the family’s private plane. Cotillard has to be party to the drama because.

I guess because she’s a woman, and, in this particular déjà vu-ish scenario, another accomplished and beautiful actress in the mix will sell more tabloids. It’s a fresher take on the Brangelina narrative, one that does not require that Jennifer Aniston be completely involved again.

Cotillard, for one, wants to make one thing absolutely 100 percent clear: She had nothing to do with this break-up. She stated so herself – in what will be her first and only comment on the subject – in a lengthy, bilingual Instagram post that also has made me wise to the fact that she is, y’ know, on Instagram.

“This situation [the speculation, I presume] is spiraling and affecting people I love. [Canet] is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing. To all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.

“I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”

And there you go. Nail on coffin, as far as Cotillard is concerned.

Now. Let’s all leave the Jolie-Pitts be. For real.

This split does not concern us – they do not owe us an explanation. Not even Pitt, against whom grave accusations are being lobbied. Does he sometimes drink one too many or enjoy smoking weed, as just about everyone has said the last couple of days? Show me someone who doesn’t?

Does he parent to sternly? Who knows! Perhaps.

Who knows.

Brangelina know.

Let them sort themselves out, and let’s all of us demand answers with this sort of passion from the people who actually matter these days: Our politicians...our police...ourselves.


Update: Whoa.

Although the allegations of child abuse against Brad Pitt are not/were not (?) being investigated the police in L.A., his case reportedly has been referred to the FBI (since the alleged abuse happened en route back to California from France.

This has gotten real real fast, huh.

I wonder if Pitt will be raked over the coals in the same manner as Nate Parker has been as of late (not to bring Parker into this as well, but, you know...fair is fair – and this divorce is obviously going to carry the discussion for a while).

His Brand Is Bumbling Crisis

Please, tell me this doesn’t mean HBO’s Vice Principals is getting a failing grade.

Walton Goggins has lined up a new gig: The lead on another dark comedy, one titled Keeping It Real and set up at Showtime.

Charles Randolph, one of The Big Short’s Academy Award-winning co-writers, created the show, which fellow Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) are set to helm.

Keeping It Real will revolve around a full-of-himself, yet well-meaning movie star who travels to the globe’s geopolitical hot spots trying but failing to mediate peaceful compromise among warring interests. Wherever he goes, though, chaos – much to his chagrin – follows.

Sidebar: It seems Goggins was signed on to be a Vice Principal only for two seasons, and his commitment to that show reportedly already has been fulfilled, so there ya go.

The actor will next be seen on the History Channel’s Navy SEALs drama Six, and in The Three Christs of Ypsilanti opposite Richard Gere and Julianna Margulies.


Crisis Alert!

I suppose I’m intrigued a little more now.

Early this year, I was expectedly so, when I heard that Miley Cyrus would be starring on Woody Allen’s first foray into the world of TV – of steaming, in fact, since his latest offering, Crisis in Six Scenes, will be available for viewing on Amazon next week.

La Cyrus will share the smaller screen with the filmmaker himself and with Elaine May, who also stars on the six-episode, ’60s-set first season of the comedy, which drops in on a middle-class suburban family thats hosting a guest, who’s just being a guest, and who turns everything upside down.

As is the wont of company.

Check out the show’s first trailer, and save the date: Crisis in Six Scenes will premiere on Sept. 30.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mad Dad

Charlie Sheen, peacekeeper?

Stranger things have been to known to happen.

Now don’t go thinking the United Nations are making Sheen a special envoy or som’in’ – the actor is simply going to star in Mad Families, a new Crackle comedy about three families (a white one, a black one, and a brown one) who wind up having to share the same camping space one Fourth of July weekend when none volunteers to let the others have the site.

Forced cohabitation and collaboration ensue, as does a series of competitions to determine who gets to stay.

David Spade is behind the script, btw.

And Naya Rivera (Lifetime’s Devious Maids) is set to co-star.



Kate Bosworth (Crackles The Art of More) – she of the two-color eyes, the style, and the glamour (GTS) – is going to be one of The Domestics.

Indeed, the actress has joined the cast of a post-apocalyptic thriller by that title co-starring Tyler Hoechlin (The CW’s Supergirl).

The action of the project will be set in a futuristic wasteland – how novel – and revolve around a young couple making its way home through a tough, gang-ravaged countryside. Where bad things await ’em, I’ll bet.


What He Needs Is Love

This sounds promising.

Next time we see up-and-comer Ben Hardy, he just might speak.

See, the X-Men: Apocalypse set-filler has landed one of the lead roles in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a modern-day telling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. The project will explore a case of mistaken identity that brings about unexpected romance between the most popular girl in school and its biggest loser, this after they band together to win over each other’s respective crushes.

Because, sometimes, what you need is right there in front of ya.


Wife So Called

Uma Thurman is eyeing a return to TV for the new year.

Well, girlfriend’s doing Bravo.

No, not as a Housewife.

Thurman – last seen on the small screen on NBC’s The Slap is set to recur on a new scripted dark comedy tentatively titled My So Called Wife, as a fixer who steps in to lend an assist to the leader of a con-artists collective with an unruly bunch.

Her character is described as lethal, articulate, accomplished, and mysterious (not to mention stunning).


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson has died.

The filmmaker, who won his Oscar in 1998, for writing the Russell Crowe noir L.A. Confidential, reportedly passed away of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills. He is said to have been ill for a while.

As a director, Curtis – who last delivered 2012’s Chasing Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler – helmed a genre-spanning oeuvre that includes The River Wild with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon; Wonder Boys (which stars Michael Douglas and features Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, and Robert Downey Jr.); Eminem’s 8 MileIn Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine; and HBO’s Too Big To Fail.

He will be missed.


Pop Art Leto

Well. The Joker ain’t got nothing on this one.

Jared Leto is going to play Andy Warhol.

Ya read that right: The Factory is reopening (kinda sorta).

The Dallas Buyers Club Academy Award winner is going to produce and star in Warhol, a Terence (The Wolf of Wall Street) Winter-written biopic of the pop art artistWinter reportedly will based the script in part on Victor Bockris’ Warhol: The Biography.

Leto is currently working on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.


Space Dad

Toby Stephens is turning to streaming.

The 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi stud has been tapped to lead Netflix’s 2018 reboot of Lost in Space.

The British actor (Starzs Black Sails) will portray John, the patriarch of the Robinson family, an astrophysicist who must step up to the plate when their traveling spacecraft becomes stranded light years away from their intended destination, in a dangerous alien environment that also stirs some deep personal demons.

That sounds like a potentially fun binge.


Love at the Edge of the Galaxy

So surprised they didn’t tease the s--- out of this one with trailers for the trailer.

I’m talking about Passengers, Morten Tyldum’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated Imitation Game. The upcoming Christmastime release stars Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, in what promises to be the second-most grabbing end-of-year pairing at the box office after Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land.

Pratt and Lawrence – who ended up with the part after Rachel McAdams and Reese Witherspoon both circled it at one point or another (Keanu Reeves was once attached to the male lead) – play a couple of people who meet on board a cutting-edge spacecraft transporting thousands of folk to a distant planet. They come together after their suspended animation faults, and they awaken 90 years too soon. Needless to say, the pair bonds, with the two falling deeply in love – a good thing, for the ship is malfunctioning and collapsing all around them.

Together, Jim and Aurora – those are their characters’ names, FYI – will have to sort out not only why but also how to survive this beyond-massive impasse.

OMG, can you imagine? Like, they paid all that money for that to happen? I would be sooo aggroyed.

Passengers – co-starring Master of Sex Michael Sheen – be in theaters on Dec. 21.


Brangelina Are Over!

I am crying Miraval Rosé tears right about now.

Angelina Jolie has filed from divorce from Brad Pitt!

Yes...Brangelina are over – and here comes a new wave of Jennifer Aniston-related cover stories (this must be so annoying to L’Aniston, whose own marriage to Justin Theroux lately also has been called into tabloid question).

La Jolie filed yesterday, after 12 years together and two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for primary and physical custody of their brood of six (the docs note that the couple separated on Sept. 15, and she is not seeking spousal or child support). She reportedly suggested that Pitt get all the visitation he wants.

And thus the question becomes: Was it the legality of marriage that broke the back of Brangelina?

Follow-up: Should the Jolie-Pitts have stayed in Kurt & Goldietown? Or was the writing on the wall all along?

Follow-up to it all: Should we re-evaluate By the Sea now?


Update: Click here to read the statement that Brad Pitt put out in the wake of the news. He, of course, is asking for privacy on behalf of his six kids with La Jolie, and allows that he is saddened by turn of events.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Naked Bro(lin)

Alright, Josh Brolin – I see you on Instagram now.

The actor a.k.a. Thanos let himself get noticed all in the buff and whatnot yesterday, when he posted the pic at right, from a recent trip to the Joshua Tree National Park in California.

And...that’s all.

So mark this mission as accomplished, I guess.


Pushing Nashville Forward

A face familiar to anyone who watched and enjoyed and learned from E!’s now-cancelled I Am Cait is bound for CMTs Nashville.

Emmy-nominated transgender actress-activist Jen Richards (Her Story) has been tapped to recur on the show’s upcoming fifth season, as Allyson Del Lago, a tough, yet understanding physical therapist who helps one of our faves get through a really tough patch.

My money, of course, is on Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes, who was last, well...not seen being in a plane crash.

Richards’ casting is a watershed moment for CMT, which had yet to feature an out transgender performer or a transgender storyline on its air.

Yay! Forward movement’s the best!

Nashville will sing again on Jan. 5.


Wrinkle Girl

Storm Reid.

You will do well to remember the name, for the 13-year-old 12 Years a Slave actress who goes by it is going to star in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

The newcomer will portray Meg, the young girl at the heart of Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic, whose father, a government scientist, goes missing after working on a mysterious object o.k.a. a tesseract. The tesseract turns out to have the power to transport a person into a fifth dimension in which all these unknown planets orbit  which, of course, she uses to join the search party for dear ol’ dad.

Oprah is already on board the project, as Mrs. Which, and, evidently, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are in the running for a couple of parts.


Bridging Over to Fargo

Make room for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Carrie Coon and Ewan McGregor (and Ewan McGregor).

Girlfriend’s headed to Fargo.

Indeed, the star of TV’s BrainDead is set to be featured on the upcoming third installment of FX’s anthology series – this, if BrainDead’s potential second-season schedule doesn’t get in the way. The actress will/would play a crafty and alluring recent parolee named Nikki Swango who enjoys always being one move ahead of any opponent (she has a thing for competitive bridge playing, you see).

The new double-the-McGregor season of Fargo – he’s playing twins! – is expected to premiere first half of next year.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

What Will Happen to Tris Prior?

Now that Oliver Stone’s Snowden is finally all set to open tomorrow, let’s talk about what’s next for leading lady Shailene Woodley’s Divergent Series.

For weeks now, the talk in Hollywood – and beyond – has been that the powers that be were thinking of forgoing a theatrical release for The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth movie in the franchise based on the Veronica Roth YA novels that was set to open next summer, in favor of instead delivering a TV movie that would set up a TV spin-off series. This created some on-the-record confusion among the cast – I hear ya, Miles Teller – and even for its star who, as early as Monday wasnt sure what was going to happen.

And it sounds like Woodley’s still not entirely clear on what is going to happen.

“[I’m on board], I mean, if it’s a movie,” the actress said on the Today show earlier this week, noting that she did not sign up to do a TV movie in the nicest, clearest way possible. “They haven’t finalized any decisions, so it’s actually a moot point to talk about it now, out of respect to [the studio] and everyone involved.

I’m not exactly sure where they stand.... I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris [Prior, the franchise’s heroine], and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me happier.

Totally get what Woodley means.

Like, if they want to take this story into televised territory, they should script a clever way to have a theatrical Divergent Series: Ascendant end in a manner that lends itself to a TV spin-off. Cheapening things because The Divergent Series: Allegiant didn’t exactly hit at the box office earlier this year is kinda insulting to the cast and crew that have worked so hard on these movies and with a specific goal on view. Not to mention the audience, who has invested into these offerings in a certain way.

Alas, this is not up to us or up to Woodley & Co.

That’ll teach dem execs, though: At last, we saw right through their silly modern-day four-part trilogies, and we/I think their new plan sucks. So they best remember they have to do right by the public, not just by the bottom line. 


The Hottest Writer in Town

Keep your eye out for Taylor Sheridan.

The actor (FX’s Sons of Anarchy)-turned-Hell or High Water screenwriter (he’s currently working on Soldado, a Benicio Del Toro-starring sequel to his own Sicario), is on fiya, and already has lined up his next project.

Sheridan is going to adapt the French movie Disorder, which is out in some theaters and definitely available On Demand now. Matthias Schoenaerts – swoon! – co-stars opposite Diane Kruger in it, as a PTSD-striken former soldier tasked with protecting the family of a wealthy Lebanese man while he is away on business (y’ know it, the bodyguard and the wife get into it).

No word on whether Schoenaerts, Kruger, and OG director, Alice Winocour, will be invited back yet – but here’s a thought: What if the gender roles get reversed for the remake?

That’d be som’in’, huh.