Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pioneer Woman

Eddie Redmayne is wasting no time getting back to work on another courting of an Oscar.

As you can see in this first-look pic, the Theory of Everything Academy Award winner has thrown himself into the production of The Danish Girl, the story of transsexual Danish painter Einar Wegenerof one the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman – known as Lili Elbe – back in the 1930s.

Tom Hooper is directing the film, which co-stars Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenarts.

Betcha this one comes out by the end of the year, just in time for another awards-season dance for the actor.


Update: The Danish Girl will make its way into theaters this fall, beginning on Nov. 27.

Friday, February 27, 2015

(Fashion) Cop Out

Zendayagate has claimed its first victim.

Ahem. Right....

Oh you know what I mean.

Kelly Osbourne is leaving E!’s Fashion Police, in the wake of what her co-host, Guiliana Rancic, said about Zendaya’s look at last Sunday’s Oscars (we all know what she said...). Not matter that Rancic apologized, or that Zendaya accepted said apology, Osbourne – whod been quite vocal about about where she stood on the matter – is turning in her badge and moving on, “to pursue other opportunities,” after five years with the show.

Fashion Police, now led by Kathy Griffin (lighters up for Joan!), will be back at the end of March, presumably with Rancic and Brad Goreski still on board.

Photo: E! Online.

The Devil Is Coming

Evidently, Fox is mounting a show titled Lucifer – based on the DC Comics character (mmm...emboldened, perhaps, by the runaway success of NBC’s Constantine?) – for fall, and the powers that be have thought Welsh for their casting.

Enter Tom Ellis, a.k.a. the original Robin Hood on TV’s Once Upon a Time.

The actor will take on the role of the Lord of Hell who, bored with his throne, abdicates and relocates to L.A. (a different kind o’ hell, by all means) and starts helping the LAPD punish bad elements.

Well there ya go.


R.I.P. Mr. Spock

He boldly went where no one had gone before in life, and, now, Leonard Nimoy’s venturing into the great beyond.

Yes, the man who was Mr. Spock has died. He was 83, and, according to his wife Susan, the actor died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease attributed to years of smoking.

Nimoy, of course, is best known for the Volcanic role her played the Star Trek franchise, which he most recently reprised in 2013, in Star Trek Into Darkness. Zachary Quinto, who took over the part in the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the franchise, expressed his sorrow over the actor’s passing on Instagram, saying, “my heart is broken. i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

A four-time Emmy nominee and an obvious cult fave, Nimoy also most recently took part on TVs Fringe.


Update: Click here for reactions from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Nichelle Nichols, and President Barack Obama.

The Next Lee Man

Meet Joe Alwyn.

And remain aware of him, for Ang Lee is going to make him happen.

That’s right. The Brokeback Mountain director is working on his follow-up to Life of Pi, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, an adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel about how a few minutes of firefight in Iraq transformed the lives of eight men and how that event led to the titular characters titular walk at the Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Garrett Hedlund may also join the project, FYI.


Good-by Gal

At long last.

The powers that be have finally gone and found Christian Bale his next leading lady.

Gone Girl Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike is joining the Oscar winner in The Deep Blue Good-bya potential franchise-launcher to be helmed by James Mangold centering on 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.

I can see those two working well together....


Jem’s Ready for Her Close-up

In a which originality were still a thing in Hollywood, we would not be getting a Jem movie.


Behold, then, your first look at Jem and the Holograms, starring Aubrey Peeples (TV’s Nashville), The Boy Next Door’s Ryan Guzman, and Juliette Lewis.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the girl-who-shoots-to-global-superstardom coming-of-age musical fantasy is set to debut on Oct. 25.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mama Political Animal

Joan Allen is coming back to us, people.

The Upside of Anger amazingness has landed in the thick of whatever passes for pilot season these days, and on a new untitled ABC drama, following her turn on Netflixs The Killing.

The new show will concern itself with the return of a caring, yet ruthless politica’s young son – a son who was presumed dead after going missing more than 10 years ago...and a return that calls into question the entire case against the man imprisoned for his murder and the investigation surrounding the entire ordeal.

FYI, Friday Night Lights fans: Zach Gilford is also on board.


She Can See Now

German director (and, trust, all-around cutie) Marc Forster is finally following up 2013s World War Z.

And he has tapped Blake Lively as his leading lady, to boot.

The Age of Adaline star will share the screen with Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in All I See Is You, an indie psychological drama about a blind woman who, together with her husband, begins discovering previously unseen and disturbing details about her marriage and their lives, this upon the restoration of her eyesight.

Careful what you wish for much?


Looking Back Toward Broadway

Jonathan Groff is headed back to Broadway.

Indeed, the Tony-nominated Looking star will take his hiatus from starring on the HBO hit to appear in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (In the Heights) critically acclaimed and oh-so-buzzy latest, Hamilton. The actor replaces Brian d’Arcy as King George.

Previews for Hamilton – a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton – will kick off on July 13.

Oh, and btw, d’Arcy will be in Something Rotten! beginning on March 23.


Stratton Man

The spy (or spy-esque) genre has taken hold of Henry Cavill.

Not only does the actor have The Man from U.N.C.L.E. coming out this summer, he is also getting ready to star in Stratton, a movie based on the first of eight books by Duncan Falconer that center on a Special Boat Service operative on the hunt for an international terrorist cell through London, Europe, and Central Asia.

Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is set to direct.


Bordering Danger

Now that Paula Patton has split from Robin Thicke, it is up to her to bring home the bacon.

Not that she wasn’t a breadwinner before, but like, now she is the breadwinner....

Oh you know what I mean.

Which is why P2 is hoping she’ll be able to count on some TV money.

P2 is going to headline this new show that ABC is working on. It’s titled Runner, and it will center on a woman whose perfect life is revolutionized by a twist of fate that sends her down a path of lies and directly toward the world of drug cartels and illegal gunrunning that exists between America and Mexico.

So not a comedy then?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Even a Queen (of Pop) Can Fall

This is why Madonna should have let her kids watch TV and such when they were growing up: She would have known that a Queen of Pop, much like superheroes, should never wear a cape.

M learned this important lesson – which comes from The Incredibles – the hard way today while performing (for the first time in 20 years!) at the Brit Awards in London. M was on hand to sing “Living for Love” much like she did at the Grammys earlier this month, except this time she wore a cape.

And that cape, beautifully designed by Armani, was meant to be part of the show in that one of her dancers was to gracefully pull it from her.

What ended up happening was M got yanked down from up a stairwell with it. Hard. Like, drop-your-mic hard.

Ever the pro, though, Madonna picked herself right back up after the world watched her stumble and carried on with her song, just like she sings in her latest anthem.

She later Instagrammed that she is fine. “Nothing can stop me,” she said.

In-f---in-deed, my Queen!


Update: Click here to watch Madonna do what she does best.

T. Swift Welcomes to Your Education, NYC Kids

Good luck hatin on this one, haters.

Taylor Swift has made good on her pledge to support New York City public education.

The singer delivered her first check to the NYC Department of Education this week, a check for $50,000 that came from all proceeds from sales of her 1989 track “Welcome to New York.

And get this: A rep for Swift has said that the checks will keep a-comin’ as long as people keep purchasin’ the song.

So get!


American Horror GaGa

Fresh off making the hills come alive at the Oscars, Mother Monster has announced she will be acting for a bit now.

Yes, Lady GaGa is pulling yet another Madonna is taking on a TV role and thus going...somewhere for Ryan Murphy.

The singer is set to star on the next American Horror Story, which will be subtitled Hotel.

For real.

While not much else is vox populi at the moment, American Horror Story: Hotel is expected on FX in the fall.

Hemsworth at His Funniest

Chris Hemsworth is gonna tickle us.

Gosh, can you imagine if that could even begin to be actually, physically true?



The fact of the matter is Hemsworth is going to host TVSaturday Night Live on March 7. And the Zac Brown Band will be there, too, as the musical guest.

Guess the Blackhat actor wants to show us that he can be more than just the sexiest or the manliest. He can be the funniest as well. A good thing because he soon will be tested on it at the box office, since he has a plum part in a reboot of Vacation and all.

Up next, though, is another turn as Thor, in MayAvengers: Age of Ultron.


Cordoned Wood

He is being all kinds of mean and aggro on The CWs The Vampire Diaries, but in real life, Chris Wood must be playing all his cards all kinds of right.

The actor has landed a part on Cordon, a new show that the network is working on for fall.

Based on a Belgian format, the drama will revolve around the aftermath of a deadly epidemic outbreak in Atlanta. Wood will play a former rogue-turned-authority figure trapped within the confines of a cordoned-in area of the city.

Julie Plec, the showrunner on The Vampire Diaries and (and its spin-off, The Originals), will call the shots on Cordon, too.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Apocalypse Gets Hardy

Attention, all horny people – there is a hot, young British up-and-comer out there you might wanna get to checking out.

His name is Ben Hardy.

He’s an EastEnders alumnus.

And he is a cutie-patootie with quite a set of abs on him.

Just like we like ’em.

Hardy is said to be joining X-Men: Apocalypse, in a role TBC, although rumor has it he will play Angel, the role that Ben Foster originated in X-Men: The Last Stand.


A Touch of Red

The Huntsman, the somewhat-eagerly awaited forthcoming prequel/sequel hybrid to Snow White and the Huntsman, has gotten Chastained.

F yeah it has!

Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt in the project, in a role thats being kept secret for now.

Loves it.

I mean, Theron and Blunt already were making this one quite the must-y affair, but this movie is a def.


Hey, Avengers, Hey...

Check out those Avengers.

They are ready to go, if you are to buy what the official poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron is selling.

And, lets face it, you probably are and more than likely will come May 1, which is when the Joss Whedon-directed blockbustin’ sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. & Co. and James Spader as the titular villain is set to arrive in theaters across the nation.

Can’t wait!


Magnificent Girl

Up-and-comer Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) will do anything to stay close to Denzel Washington.

Clever girl.

Bennett has landed the plum role of the widow of a murdered man who hires a bounty hunter, who, in turn, then contracts six gunmen to protect her, and by proxy her town, from the thugs that introduced her man to his maker, in The Magnificent Seven.

The movie stars Chris Pratt and – whaddya know – Washington, Bennett’s leading man in The Equalizer.

Antoine Fuqua will direct the Nic Pizzolatto-written project.


The Ultimate Feminist

Gloria Steinem has had a rocky time making it as a character in movies.

Sarah Jessica Parker was meant to appear as the feminist icon in 2013’s Lovelace, and yet....

Now, though, comes word that Marisa Tomei will play Steinem on an HBO miniseries co-produced by George Clooney.

The project will center on the creation of Ms. magazine back in 71, as seen through the eyes of its founders, Steinem and Bella Abzug (who will be played by co-executive producer Kathy Najimy).



Monday, February 23, 2015

A Hawaiian Love Story

Cameron Crowe’s next film finally has a film, so say aloha to Aloha.

The May 29 release is a bit of a love story, a complicated one (in typical C2 fashion), starring Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who reconnects with an ex (Rachel McAdams) at the same time that he’s starting to fall for an Air Force watchdog played by Emma Stone.

This one’s been in the works since the summer of 2012, so let’s trust that it was worth the wait.

Here’s the trailer.


R.I.P. Meep

The actor who played Meep on FX’s American Horror Story: Coven has passed away.

Ben Woolf, 34, died today, from the severe injuries he sustained after he was struck in the head by the side mirror of passing vehicle on Feb. 19.

Woolf also was part of the first American Horror Story (he played the creepy Infantata) and did some stunt work for Showtime’s Dexter.


Supergirl’s Boss

Them Greg Berlanti-led powers that be are truly surrounding Melissa Benoist with a bunch of strong women on her road toward Supergirlhood, huh.

Laura Benanti – who is currently having an arc on TVs Nashville – already has been cast on the upcoming CBS show, as Alura Zor-El, birth mother to Kara Zor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian cousin.

And now comes word that Calista Flockhart will be playing Cat Grant, Kara’s boss, a self-made media magnate.


Update: Chyler Leigh (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) also has been tapped for a role on the show – that of Kara’s doctor-foster sister.