Sunday, March 31, 2013

There’s a (Different) Situation at 1600 Penn

Yes, Gerard Butler may have come first, but does that mean he came out the best?

Guess we’ll find out when we see Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in White House Down this summer, huh.

That’s when the pair’s take on an attack on the president’s house comes out – June 28, to be exact – and the comparisons to the recently released Olympus Has Fallen can really take hold of the conversation.

Will Tatum be more badass than Butler and Foxx more presidential than Aaron Eckhart?

Get your tickets and find out. I ain’t got the answer.


Good, Good Brad

I love it when Brad Goreski and Terry Richardson get together to play.

They make pretty things when they do (Exhibit A). effective way to promote It’s a Brad, Brad World.



You guys, remember last season on True Blood when, on the last ep, Bill (Stephen Moyer) like, brought forth the spirit or whatever of Lilith the Progenitor, a.k.a. the first vampire?

And how he got taken over by her and turned into a hella vamp? And went after Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård)?

Well, it looks like that little nugget of character development will bring forth a war in Season 6 of the can-it-just-premiere-now? HBO show, which is actually coming back on June 16.

Check out the first nail-bitingly intense trailer for #truebloodS6 and behold the rise of Billith.


Time for a Change, Prince William

Impending fatherhood is changing Prince William’s ways.

The young man who will be king of England is leaving his search-and-rescue job with the Royal Air Force once his current tour ends this summer.

He reportedly is looking to be challenged in fun and exciting new ways, both as a royal and as a member of the armed forces – but I am willing to bet a dollar Kate would rather he, no matter how heroically, don’t go up and down on a chopper, ya know. Not with a baby on the way.

I know I would, at some point, put my regal foot down if I was in her stylin’ shoes.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Greetings from Brazil!

Ah, the life of Lindsay Lohan.

Gal pal just got slapped with yet another sentence, but would you know it from looking at her cavorting in Sao Paolo (and hiding under tables) earlier this week?

No, you would not.

And that’s because Linds knows that you never let ’em see you sweat.

You do, however (in the world according to L2), make yourself available to have people once again note how messtastic your entire situation has gotten, just how terrible your face work is, and what you look like when every hair stylist in the world won’t even give you the time o’ day.

So thanks for that, girl.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Dreamy Vamp

It’s almost summer, so you know what that means: Time for some True Blood casting news.

As usual, the powers that be behind the HBO hit are injecting some new blood into the show, just to spice things up, so enter Luke Grimes, whom couch potatoes probably blocked from their memories remember from is ill-received turn as the real other Walker kid on TV’s Brothers & Sisters.

Grimes will recur during the upcoming sixth season of the show as James, Bon Temps’ most swoon-worthy undead new arrival.

Why so dreamy? ’Cause James, a relatively new vampire (he was made in the 1970s) is super-smart and super-spiritual and like, quite a lot more emotionally deeper than Bill and Eric and the lot of ’em.

Alright, kiddo – make them panties drop.


Sisters Reunited

Two of those friends-forever young ladies from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies are getting back together.

America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn are set to reunite in X/Y, a new what-happens-to-a-circle-of-friends-when-a-couple-breaks-up relationship drama from Ryan Piers Williams, a.k.a. Ferrera’s hubby.

Tamblyn is gonna play a close friend of the couple’s, played by the real-life lovebirds, and the partner to another woman (Sue Jean Kim). Common is also on board.

Aw, isn’t that just too cool? I wonder if Williams can get Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel to be like, background players in a restaurant scene or something.


R.I.P. Mr. Griffiths

British actor Richard Griffiths, known the world over as Harry Potter movies Mr. Dursley, has passed away in England, from complications after heart surgery.

He was 65.

“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments in my career,” said Daniel Radcliffe of his onetime film and stage co-star, referencing the first scene he ever shot as Harry Potter back in the summer of 2000 and their run in Equus, which marked Radcliffe’s first play.

“I am proud to say I knew him.


Falling to Drugs

Brady Corbet’s days as an up-and-comer may be numbered.

By which I mean the guy is taking his career to a whole nother level.

The indie stalwart (Funny Games, Melancholia) has nabbed a key role opposite Benicio Del Toro’s Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost.

Corbet will play Josh Hutcherson’s (The Hunger Games) brother in the story of a surfer (that’d be the Hutch) who falls for a Colombian girl whose uncle happens to be the infamous drug kingpin.

Ironically, things go to pot after that.


Baba Wawa to Retire?

After more than five decades in broadcasting and making people cry, Barbara Walters is ready to take a little time to enjoy the view.

My, what – couldn’t it last forever? Does she not have anyone left she really, really wants to make tear up?

I guess when you have been at it as long as she has and as groundbreakingly – I know...not a proper word (and she would shudder at being associated with it) – as she has, the time does come to call it quits.

Now, some reports have Walters announcing her retirement in May, while others say she’ll ride into the TV sunset next year. I guess she will say, so until then it is all talk (show fodder, so tune into The View today!)

Good for you, Baba Wawa – you have done good. Now enjoy your spoils.


Update: Oh, snap – she aint going nowhere.

Barbara Walters was back on The View on April 1 and announced that she has no retirement announcement to make.

She did, however, promise that when and if the time comes, she will say something on The View. So, y’ know, do stay tuned.

A Cute Case of LBS

“Lincoln Bell Shepard is here.

And just like that, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced the happy arrival of their first daughter yesterday.

“She has mom’s beauty and dad’s obsession with breasts. Hooray!!!

Could the House of Lies and Parenthood be any more adorable?


Recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s the rite of passage of modern cinema: to do your first comic-book movie.

And legendary Hollywood player Robert Redford seems to be hella into popping his blockbuster cherry.

Indeed, R2 is in talks to join Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

No specifics have been made known yet, but his prospective part has been likened to the role Ralph Fiennes played in Skyfall last year (that of – Spoiler Alert! – a replacement to Judi Dench’s M).

Which begs the question: Will Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury live to see another tentpole past the time-jumping sequel, which begins production in May and also will feature Emily VanCampFrank Grillo, and Anthony Mackie?

Time will tell.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pretty Buff Officer

The police department of Pretty Little Liars’ Rosewood just got a little hottie sent its way: Sean Faris.

The Never Back Down star is gonna play a mysterious Pennsylvania state police officer on the hit ABC Family show next season.

I guess the Liars’ lies are just that out of control state police is now involved. I need to catch up....

Faris will first be seen on the June 11 fourth season premiere.


Revenge of the Aliens

Been waitin’ for a sequel to 1996’s Independence Day?

Well then, the wait is almost over.

Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that he has come up with a two-part follow-up to the Will Smith blockbuster, ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2.

And his proposed plot sounds awesome.

Although the script is currently undergoing a rewrite, the story would be set 20 years after the events of the original, with a second wave of aliens arriving on Earth to aid the first group, which was last seen in crippling distress. Chalk up their perceived delay to spatial travel. And their surprise to discovering that humans are exponentially better equipped to fend them off to the fact that scientists have harnessed the alien tech left behind, just in case the mofos decided to come back.

Now, as far as the cast is concerned, Bill Pullman is definitely on board, but Emmerich is reportedly not keen on calling Smith back to open another can of whoopass on them aliens. The star, he says, has just gotten way too big.

Oh, c’mon, guy – give the man a cameo.

You can even kill him at the halfway point of the movies. Think about the tragic-cliffhanger opportunity.

Hello, Writers Guild of America? Does that count as a contribution? Can I get my card and some insurance now?



You know how Johnny Depp’s starring in this movie Transcendence in which he’ll get his brain uploaded into a computer.

Well, the guy’s gonna need some help with that, and it looks like Kate Mara could be of assistance.

’Cause I’m guessing that’s not an easy upload.

The House of Cards player has signed on to join Depp – and cutie-patootie Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall – in longtime cinematographer-to-Christopher Nolan Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, in an unspecified role.


Young Adult

Hatha-haters be damned, Anne Hathaway ain’t gonna stop just because she won an Oscar.

The Misérables star is eyeing a part in the indie-esque – is an indie still an indie once an Academy Award winner is attached to it? – Laggies, Lynn Shelton’s follow-up to Your Sister’s Sister.

Hathaway would star in the dark comedy as a woman pushing 30 who is totally afraid of growing up and finds solace in a 16-year-old BFF (Chloë Grace Moretz) she rushes to befriend after her boyfriend (Mark Webber) decides to pop the question.

Sam Rockwell is also in talks to join the project.


Mo’ Package, Mo’ Problems

As of late, it seems like Jon Hamm’s penis has been on everybody’s lips.

Ha! See what I did there?

I mean, of course, that just about every other perv starf---er – guilty! – out there is taken by how, well...hung the star of AMC’s Mad Men seems to be (thank you for the evidence of his...uh...brilliance, paparazzi!).

His camp has gone on record to voice its displeasure with people’s unwavering intent to make it a big issue of his endowment. To which I say if the issue’s shorts fit....

And, now, so has Hamm himself. Come out to say it is tacky to talk about it, that is.

Of his penis, that is.

“Most of [what is said]’s tongue-in-cheek, but it is a little rude,” the actor has told Rolling Stone, before adding that that situation down there is referred to as private because it is, and that folks should simply “lay off.

Well, OK, I see your penis point, sir, but if you go out on the streets free-balling, then you are kinda putting it out there and making it dick season fair game, dontcha think?

At least the guy is good-humored about the whole thing and in on the joke, I guess. Not that he has much of a choice, unfortunately.

“Whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite.

Atta big boy!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Char Turns to Crime

It’s almost like my girl crush Charlize Theron is piling on the projects just for me.

Why, that’s what I like to think, so deal with it.

The South African beauty is going to produce and star in a Departed-esque crime thriller from Dan Nowak, a writer on AMC’s The Killing, that zeroes in on a corrupt vigilante group.

No further details have been released, but I imagine my girl will get to kick some butt in one way or another. And I like that. It totally excites me.

Excuse me now.


Today’s Drama Is So Yesterday

Somewhere in this world Ann Curry’s wishing the earth underneath her feet would just swallow er whole and spit ’er back out once the drama surrounding her exit from the Today show has finally died a thousands deaths.

Which is seems to be doing.

Following Matt Lauer’s recent nine-months-later admission that Curry’s departure from the morning show coulda been handled way more gracefully, a new player has been brought into the mix: Anderson Cooper.

The silver fox reportedly has been approached by NBC about replacing Lauer, and – get this – Lauer is said to have called the CNN superstar to say he better don’t.

The Peacock, for its part, is denying ringing up Cooper for the job and is standing by its $25 million a year main man, Lauer.

Oy with it already.


Oscar Wants In on March Madness 2014

That little guy everyone in Hollywood wants is moving back to March – at least in 2014.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday it has decided to hold its annual Oscars ceremony on March 2 next year, to better position the telecast due to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which come to a close on Feb. 23.

Conflict averted!

Another change? Voting for Academy Awards nominations will kick off on Dec. 27, which a full 10 days later than it was during the awards season that just was. Which means more time for voters to watch as many screeners as possible.

Come 2015, though, it’ll be February business as usual: The Academy already called dibs on that Feb. 22 for Hollywood’s biggest night.


Writer Wannabe

I think Bradley Cooper is a frustrated writer at heart.

He played one on TV’s Alias.

He was quite underrated, yet rather good in his turn as one in last year’s The Words.

And, now, he is thinking about remaking the 2011 Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) film Kokowääh, in which he would play, yes...a writer.

Btw, Schweiger is so deserving of my urging you to Google him like, now. will be happy you did.

Anyway, Cooper’s so into an American version of the German film that he is mulling over directing the thing on top of starring in it and producing it.

The original told the story of a writer who finds out he has an 8-year-old daughter whilst exploring the relationship he forges with her and her foster dad, as well as his efforts to patch things up with his ex-girlfriend and writing partner. must be said that Cooper is on a roll.


The Wife From Hell

There has been entirely too much cock on this blog lately – so sorry, Patrick Wilson...this one’s all about Katherine Heigl.

The pair will play on-screen husband and wife in a new dark comedy titled North of Hell.

My man Wilson will portray a hot-shot businessman, while Heigl will take on the delightful role of his controlling wife. (Girl, you are just inviting people to call you annoying now.)

How fun for Wilson.

And how fun for us if they have the guy shirtless at least once.


Got a Spin-off, Will You Watch It?

What’s up, bitches!

ABC Family is so into the universe of intrigue and style that the powers that be at Pretty Little Liars have created that they have given them the go-ahead to create a spin-off.

The new show, titled Ravenswood, will be set in the titular Pennsylvania town neighboring the Liars’ Rosewood. It will center on five strangers drawn together by a fatal curse that haunts their hometown, which leads them to dig up its mysterious past and secrets before it is way too late.


Into it already? Then set your digital recording devices for October: Ravenswood will debut right after Pretty Little Liars’ third annual Halloween special.

And stay tuned for casting news, yo.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

That’s a Pretty Ring, Angie!

So remember the rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina got married in the Turks and Caicos last Christmas?

No denials were issued, that I can recall...and now La Jolie has given us something new to talk about: a peek at a (wedding?) ring!

Those eagle-eyed gossips at Us Weekly had a picture of the actress rocking a simple gold band where her engagement rock used to be while on a visit to a rescue camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week. (Check out the magazine’s website for its zooming capabilities, which I lack.)

What? You think Brangelina did it? Or this a just a nicely timed dig at Jennifer Aniston now that her own wedding plans are said to be about to explode into the wedding of the spring (GTS)?

Oh, c’mon – you know the tabs are thinking it.


Update: Hold your roll (he said to himself): Brangelina did not elope, after all.

Angelina Jolie came down from the mountain for a minute to put us all at ease, telling paparazzi that no, Brad Pitt did not put a (wedding) ring on it.

Not yet, anyway.

The Wolverine’s Back

Hang on to your whatevers, nerds: The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman’s James Mangold-directed spin-off sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is about to get even more must-y.

For one, here’s the poster, which, obviously, sells the heck outta Jackman.

And, as if that weren’t enough, Mangold has tweeted a six-second Vine clip of the upcoming 3-D blockbuster that – Spoiler Alert! – teased the reappearance of -ea- G-e-. MTV has a longer preview of the full trailer, which is a-comin.

Alright, July 26 – get here fast.


Update: Here it is, people. After many a tease, we have us a full trailer, and Logan has the – gasp! – the prospect of no longer being the Wolverine?

Hottie Harry Does America Again

Get excited, ladies and gents who like gents because here comes Prince Harry.

Uh oh, said his granny.

Not! (Well...maybe.)

Its true, though: Hottie Harry is coming back stateside, in May, for a six-day trip that will include visits to Colorado, D.C., and New Jersey, where he will stop by a spot of the state badly ravaged by that bitch Sandy, as well as an end-of-trip charity polo match in Connecticut, on May 15, to benefit his Sentebale organization.

Sounds like its gonna be all work, work, work for the guy (a stop in New York will serve as an opportunity for the prince to promote all that the U.K. has to offer) – so dont expect any Vegas-type shenanigans this time round, OK.

Whipped much?