Thursday, September 27, 2012

She Should Probably Know This Post Is About Her

Girls Like Us is so taking shape.

That’s the name of an ambitious-sounding drama about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King that has had Taylor Swifts name attached to it (to play Mitchell) for a bit now.

This week came word that Girls star Allison Williams (pictured here) is in the running to play Simon, along with Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Analeigh Tipton and Jessica Paré (AMC’s Mad Men).

The other up-and-comers – Alison Pill (HBO’s The Newsroom), Olivia Thirlby, and For a Good Time, Call...’s Ari Graynor – are circling the role of King.



Tommy Lee Jones sure likes working with Meryl.

Then again, who doesn’t.

The actor has enlisted Streep, his Hope Springs leading lady, to come on board his next project as a writer-director-producer-star, the period western The Homesman.

Jones also has cast Hilary Swank in the part of a frontier woman with whom his pioneer character escorts three mentally ill ladies across the American prairie.


Not About an Identity Crisis...

Hilary Swank is gonna need a nurse.

The two-time Academy Award winner is going to star in You’re Not You, the story of a terminally ill woman and the wayward twentysomething who becomes her caretaker.

The project is based on a novel by one Michelle Wildgen and will be directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe).

Mmm...I can’t decide if this smells of Oscar bait.... I guess let’s wait and see.


The Too-happy Critic

Will Justin Timberlake ever make music again?

That is the Q that crosses everyone’s mind whenever he books another acting gig.

So here we go again.

JT is in talks to star in The Last Drop, a romantic dramedy – I presume this one will be a dramedy – in which he’ll play a food critic from New York magazine who realizes his fondness of booze is getting in the way of a budding romance.

This one, like Chris Evans’ next project, is also a Black List script, and Peter Sollet, the director of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, is set to helm.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wolverine Is Back

I’ve been looking at this picture of Hugh Jackman – or Huge Jackedman as I saw some too-clever blog call him – for a couple of days now, and I think I know why.

This first image of The Wolverine just looks sooo fake.

Now, you know how I think the Awesome Aussie can do no wrong, and how I admire his unreal body of work so, and that I would love for him to knock on my door one day and tell me I’ve won something.


Like, a pack of gum or somin.

And we all know he’s playing a mutant in these movies, so some extra brawn is required. Which, we can all agree, he brings.

But this pic borders on the ludicrous.

Hot, sweaty ludicrous.

And...and...and WTF am I bitchin’ about again?


The Hot Doc Next Door

I’m slippin.

I mean, how else could I explain missing the June news that Patrick Wilson is going to be on HBO’s Girls, my new favorite show?

No more cupcakes in the tub for me.

Come Season 2 of the show in January, the actor – the handsome, talented actor – is going to play a fortysomething doctor who lives next door to where Hannah (Lena Dunham) works.

Of course, he catches her eye – as he would...duh – and, thus, she begins to wonder if his is more the type she should be going after.

I know I would.



November has become like, Rihannas go-to month to release new music ever since The Incident.

In anticipation of the 11th month, RiRi has dropped Diamonds” on us, her new single...a hippy and happy” song about love and choosing to be happy with her equally shiny special friend.

Mmm, Imma let others read into that what they may and just say that “Diamonds” ain’t no We Found Love.” (I just really hope the song is not about him – urgh.)

But its a (musical) grower.

And, hey, look at the single’s ballsy, controversial art. Oh, Ri....

More deets about Rihanna’s new album aren’t yet public record, but we can expect them soon. November is weeks away.


On the Case

Jake Gyllenhaal is almost all set to look for Prisoners.

The End of Watch star is in talks for a part in the Hugh Jackman-led story about a blue-collar man trying to find his daughter and her best friend after they’re both kidnapped.

Gyllen-yum would play one of the detectives that frustrates the guy to take matters into his own hands.

Btw, Jakey-bear can frustrate me any day of the week, yo.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter) is already on board the project, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).


Posey Lady-in-waiting

Parker Posey is going posh.

The epitome of all things indie is joining Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco, as Madge Tivey-Faucon, one of the legendary princess ladies-in-waiting.

I can just picture her at the lunch table, dripping in fab movie diamonds, in a fantastic costume, coiffed to within an inch of her life, overlooking the Mediterranean, asking, Nic...Nicky, will you pass the non-fat salad dressing?

P2 joins a cast that includes Tim Roth, who’s playing Prince Rainier III, Frank Langella, and Paz Vega. La Vie en Roses Olivier Dahan is directing.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Look Who’s a DILF Now

Well ain’t this just the disarming sight.

Robbie Williams welcomed a baby girl last Friday, and the guy’s already showing off his mad daddy skills, tweeeting this pic of daughter Theodora Rose’s after a diaper change on her second day on the planet.

All together now: Awww!


The Climber

Just keep climbing, just keep climbing....

That seems to have been Tom Hardy’s mandate to himself since he made a splash in Inception a few years ago. Now, dude’s gon’ take it to the next level.

Rather literally.

The Dark Knight Rises baddie is looking to scale Everest as British mountain climber George Mallory, a.k.a. the first person to reach the titular mount’s summit in the 1920s. Mallory was last seen making his final approach in 1924.

Doug Liman is attached to direct from a script adapted from Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory.


Look Who Wants to Do the Robot

Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth and Steven Spielberg.

I’m so there.

And by that I mean hot-property Robopocalypse, the director’s forthcoming sci-fi epic about a near future in which humanity’s dependance on robotics proves to be a fatal mistake, which the actress is in talks to join. (Hemsworth is not quite a lock yet, but things are reportedly looking very, very good.)

The project – penned by The Cabin in the Woods Drew Goddard – is based on the 2011 Daniel H. Wilson novel, and sounds like all kinds of genre fun, IMHO.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Another Little One for the Slayer

It’s time for a little boy joy for Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The actress and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., welcomed a son in L.A....last week.

Way to capitalize on Emmy mania to have a kid, you two.

The couple kept things private, as they often do (finding a recent pic of all three was hard, so let’s just go with mama, OK), so no details about the expected bouncing bundle of joy have been released at this time, like a name, except Gellar’s rep did say their 3-year-old, Charlotte Grace“is very excited to be a big sister.


Congrats, you three!


Not What He Seems

Chris Evans is going to play a charade for a rom-com.

That doesn’t sound right...Evans in a notoriously unsmart genre.

But the guy’s done it before, and this sounds like it has some potential.

The actor is going to play executive producer (ergo my hopes being up) and star of a project titled A Many Splintered Thing, which will see him portray a man pretending to be a benefactor of posh upbringing at a charity event who falls in love for a lovely but otherwise engaged woman to be played by Michelle Monaghan.

Also a reason to remain optimistic about this one? The movie’s script is a Black List script.

GTS, people. GTS.


Live and with Fight, Dream, Hope, Love

Tom Hooper’s upcoming Les Misérables is already a must-watch in certain circles – I am so hoping for an early-December screening for a reason I won’t get into now.

The stellar cast the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech probably has plenty to do with it.

I mean, there’s Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine....

But there’s also this: I understand that this is the first time the musical Mis is being given the silver screen treatment. And the actors are doing all their singing live, as opposed to miming to a previously recorded session of just their songs.

As co-star Eddie Redmayne says in this awesome featurette/extended trailer, the bold move allowed for more immediacy with and a deeper connection to the story, for all the actors to make their acting choices on the spot in relation to the material rather than months in advance, and for more raw performances (you need only listen to Hathaway sing “I Dreamed a Dream,” which was used in the first trailer, to get what he means).

I can’t wait, people. I really can’t.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bridge Woman

Sci-fi enthusiast – Inside Joke Alert! – Diane Kruger has her eye on FX.

The actress has signed on to play the lead on the cabler’s new pilot The Bridge.

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron/Broen, the show will follow an El Paso Police Homicide detective who works with an agent from Mexico to take on a serial killer operating along the U.S.-Mexico border.

This would be Kruger’s first regular American TV gig, but not her first American TV appearance: Girlfriend had a memorable cameo on bf Joshua Jackson’s Fringe some time ago.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Un Baby Para Shakira!

Her hips don’t lie – and neither will her belly for the next few months.

Shakira is pregnant!

The Colombian pop star confirmed this week that she and her boyfriend, FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are, indeed, expecting.

Because of the happy news, the singer has pulled out of this weekends iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. You know, so she can enjoy with her nearest and closest.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fit for an Empire

That scene-stealer from Memoirs of the Geisha, Gong Li, is ready for another go at the spotlight.

Li is going to star in The Last Empress, a U.S.-China co-production about the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi who ruled China from 1861-1908.

I am salivating at the thought of Li in some stunning costumes already.


Home Girl

Kate Bosworth has turned to meth.

For a gig, for a gig!

The actress is gonna play the ice-addicted sister of a drug kingpin played by James Franco in the Sylvester Stallone-penned action thriller Homefront.

Jason Statham will co-star as a former DEA agent seeking a quieter life in a small town who instead find all kinds of...inconveniences related to Franco’s line of business.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Platoon Boss

And it goes from HBO to the big screen with Tom Cruise for Bill Paxton.

The Big Love star is joining the Cruiseter and Emily Blunt for All You Need Is Kill, playing the head of a platoon of soldiers that includes a man (Cruise) who relives the same day over and over – the day of his death – in order to become better and better and win a war against aliens.

All You Need Is Kill is currently shooting in London with director Doug Liman at the helm.


Linds’ Liz Is Coming Soon

Say what you will about Lindsay Lohan, but for every negative a day brings her, it also brings her a positive.

Girl must eat four-leaf clovers for breakfast....

You see, earlier today came word that L2 had gotten arrested yet again for a vehicular mishap...and like, hours later, Lifetime decided to shift our attention back to La Lohan’s acting ability by releasing the first poster for its upcoming Liz & Dick, a.k.a. as the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic starring Linds and Grant Bowler.

Lucky development to take the edge off, huh.


Update: Click here for a teaser trailer of Liz & Dick, which is set to air in November.

Is R. Patz Taking K. Stew Back?

Keep the faith, Robsten ’shippers: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may be getting back together.

The Twilight Saga’s estranged real-life couple reportedly had a reunion in L.A. last weekend, marking what it is widely believed to be their first get-together after K. Stew admitted to cheating on R. Patz with Rupert Sanders, her Snow White and the Huntsman director.

Mmm...maybe these two will be “fine, after all – at least thats what the actress believes.

And, hey, it’s not like people who get cheated on never take cheaters back. We’ve all done it.

Work it, kids.


L’Oreal Thinks Lea’s Worth It

Lea Michele gives good face, so L’Oreal has tapped the Glee star to be its newest mug.

The actress will make her big debut as the company’s spokesmodel later month. She joins a beautiful roster of faces that includes Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.

Michele also recently booked a gig as the new model for Candie’s.


Marc Acts

A fashion designer is turning actor.

Well, if Tom Ford could find success as the director of A Single Man, Marc Jacobs is probably thinking he could do well as a thespian.

Louis Vuitton’s main man will make his screen acting debut opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Bateman in Disconnect, an indie-sounding project about people searching for human relations in our wired world.

Jacobs will play a sleazy weirdo who preys on wayward teens and turns them into sex-camming stars.

Alrighty then. As long as theyre stylish ones.


L2’s Rap Sheet Takes New York

Urgh...there she goes again.

Lindsay Lohan was arrested again earlier this morning for leaving the scene of a vehicular accident after she hit a pedestrian with her Porsche near the Dream Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

I guess being in New York doesn’t make her faux pas as obsolete as her momager Dina Lohan tried to convince Dr. Phil it could have at one point/would, huh.

Girl is exhausting...and Imma gon’ leave it at that, OK.


Update: Oooh, kids – we have video of the alleged incident, although, since the footage comes from a security cam, the whole thing looks pretty inconclusive (’cause those suckers frame things in a stop-and-go-y kinda way).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Magic Kellan


Put your lips together and blow real slow for Kellan Lutz, ladies and gents who like gents.

No, the actor wasn’t auditioning for a Magic Mike sequel (hope he does some day) when he was photographed undressing in Malibu over the weekend, although he was taking his clothes off for work.

Evidently, Lutz was shooting an underwear ad in his unmentionables on Sunday – thank you, Calvin Klein? – and, as usual, looking hella H-O-T...and in need of a bit of a tan.

I mean, look at those legs.

No, really – look at ’em.

Come down to South Beach, Kel. I’ll rub some lotion on ya and make sure you get some nice color.


Joel McHale Wants You to Rock It

While that funny and buff – who knew – Joel McHale would love it if more of y’all started watching TV’s Community, he also would just adored it if you voted this year.

The actor is so keen on Americans exercising their civic duty that he recently channeled the George Washington within to be part of a new Rock the Vote commercial directed by Adam Shankman.

He joined a number of celebs for this initiative, including Miley Cyrus, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Darren Criss, among others.

Let’s see ya get it done, America. For four more years!


Voice-y Changes

In other news regarding talent shows and their judges, changes are a-comin’ to NBC’s The Voice.

Evidently, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be sitting out next spring’s outing of the show, and Shakira and Usher have been hired as its two new coaches.

BFF Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are staying put, but Aguilera and Green are expected to be back on next fall (so maybe Levine and Shelton will take time off then and go make it official do their own thing as well).

The powers that be said when making their announcement that the move is an opportunity to keep the show fresh and allow the talent to tend to their other project, which makes sense. Aguilera is about to drop a new record and shell need time to focus on that and promote it, while Green is working on some music, too, and on some TV projects for the Peacock.

So there ya have it.