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Rome – Rome’s Cinecitta Studios is boasting a burst of biz prompted by tax incentives which are luring back Hollywood majors, including Paramount and MGM with their “Ben Hur” remake more than five decades after the Charlton Heston original shot at the famed facilities.
A portion of the upcoming 24th James Bond film is also among high-profile pics scheduled to shoot in Rome early next year.
Cameras are set to roll at Cinecitta starting in February 2015 on MGM and Paramount’s “Ben Hur” redo, to be helmed by Timur Bekmambetov with Jack Huston in the title role, according to a Cinecitta statement. Production designer Naomi Shohan will be reconstructing pre-Roman empire Jerusalem on the Cinecitta backlot for a planned four-month shoot. Toby Kebbell is set for the role of Messala and Morgan Freeman is also attached. The script was co-written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Between all the new trailers, casting news, TV renewals and cancellations, a few noteworthy entertainment news stories have flown under the radar. Now's your chance to catch up. In this installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The 2017 spin-off "Lego Batman" will "acknowledge" previous screen versions of the Dark Knight. Also: Will Tom Cruise be the new Sean Connery in the "Highlander" reboot? Plus: Penelope Cruz is joining Ben Stiller in "Zoolander 2," BBC America orders up more Idris Elba and "Luther," The CW renews "America's Next Top Model," "Game of Thrones" vet Sean Bean signs on for a new TV show, and more. See what you might have missed here: »
- HitFix Staff
The Important News Arnold Schwarzenegger might be back for a Running Man sequel. David Spade will back and mulletted in Joe Dirt 2. Samuel L. Jackson could be back as Mace Windu in a solo Star Wars movie. Chris Pratt is doing another weird comic book movie, called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Shailene Woodley will play Edward Snowden's girlfriend. Jude Law will play the enemy of King Arthur. Melissa McCarthy will play Tinker Bell. Penelope Cruz will costar in Zoolander 2. Matt Smith will costar in Patient Zero. A lot of people went to see Dumb and Dumber To. More people ought to watch El Rey's 48-hour kung fu marathon on Thanksgiving. The kids' horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being...
- Christopher Campbell
Zoolander 2 has been on the horizon now for many years with a will it / won’t it vibe hanging over it and Ben Stiller for quite some time. It looks like some heels are getting on the catwalk though, as Penelope Cruz is apparently signing on to star in the blue steel sequel. As you’d expect, not much is known about the movie. By all accounts, it’s set 10 years after the events of the original, where the guys have been rejected by the fashion industry due to their age, and as a result are back to square one. Zoolander 2 will be out whenever. Personally, I wonder is there much appetite for a sequel. While there is quite a bit of cult love for the original, it’s still an overrated movie that really doesn’t warrant a sequel, especially after all this time. It’s not »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
She is really, really ridiculously good looking. Penélope Cruz is joining up to star with Ben Stiller in the sequel that everyone has been waiting for, Zoolander 2, Deadline is reporting. The Spanish actress recently wrapped Ma ma, and she is also set to play a small role in Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy Grimsby. The Oscar winner will join returning cast members Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell in the comedy that follows Derek Zoolander, the male model who finds himself blissfully unaware of anything but his good looks. The sequel is expected to follow Zoolander as he is forced to reinvent himself in the ever-changing world of male modeling. Justin Theroux penned the script while Stiller will »
According to Deadline, the Oscar-winning Spanish actress will star in the upcoming "Zoolander" sequel.
The 40-year-old beauty will appear alongside Ben, who reprises his dim-witted male model title role. Ben will also direct the movie, which was penned by Justin Theroux.
Photos: Hot Shots Of The Lovely Penelope Cruz
No word on who Penelope will play in the sequel to the 2001 comedy, but we're guessing it will be a ridiculously beautiful model type.
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We’ve been hearing rumors about a second Zoolander feature for what seems like years now — hey, it has actually been whole years! — and while we never exactly gave up hope that we would (one day!) suck back another hot batch of orange mocha Frappuccinos with the gang again, we haven’t been holding our breath on the feature. Turns out, that’s a good thing! We, like, totally would have died! But Zoolander 2 does apparently live, and it’s started casting to prove it. Deadline reports that Zoolander 2, set to be directed by star Ben Stiller and with a script by Justin Theroux (remember, he penned Tropic Thunder for Stiller), will feature a part for Penelope Cruz of all starlets, with Stiller back as the Blue Steel-faced model moron, and rumors that we can expect to see both Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell back for more vigorously persisting. There »
- Kate Erbland
Ben Stiller is set to reprise his role as male model Derek Zoolander, and will direct from a script by Justin Theroux. Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are expected to reprise their roles as Derek's rival Hansel and the villainous Mugatu.
The success of "Dumb and Dumber To" at the box office this past weekend has reportedly helped Paramount in their decision to push forward on the sequel which Stiller has been championing for some time.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
We've been hearing about a sequel to "Zoolander" for several years. And now comes word that Paramount Pictures is officially moving with the new movie, which will be directed by Justin Theroux. The big news is that Penelope Cruz just signed on for a role in "Zoolander 2," which will bring back Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell. The original only grossed $60 million worldwide, which is why the studio has been slow to greenlit the sequel. But after the great performance of "Dumb and Dumber To," studios are once again looking at their properties for a potential revival. Jonah Hill was previously rumored to play the villain in a story about Derek (Stiller) getting hired to be a personal model for an Arab Sheikh and learning that models are being turned into oil. »
Watch the trailer for the first Zoolander below: »
Dumb And Dumber To has inspired Paramount Pictures to move ahead with a sequel to the 2001 comedy hit Zoolander! Penelope Cruz has just signed on for a role in Zoolander 2, which is set to be directed by Justin Theroux. Ben Stiller, who also directed the original, will reprise his role as dimwitted male supermodel.
While the original film wasn't a huge hit when it hit theaters, Zoolander quickly became a favorite when the DVD came out.
There's no word on who Cruz will play. She's set to reprise her role as Angelica in the upcoming Pirate of the Caribbean 5.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
Deadline reports that Penélope Cruz has hopped on the Zoolander 2 train and will star with Ben Stiller. Justin Theroux is attached to pen the script, and Stiller will perform double duties as the movie's director and non-ambiturner, ridiculously good-looking lead. Rumors that Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson will return as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively, have still not been confirmed, and there's no word on whether Cruz will be playing a super model. (But here's to hoping Cruz makes a Nespresso for Mugatu and something weird happens.) As Cinema Blend notes, Stiller has been teasing the follow-up for roughly a decade. No pressure, guys. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Zoolander 2 will see Ben Stiller reprise the lead role of Derek Zoolander, and it looks like he's going to be directing too (as he did with the first film). He's co-written the script as well with Justin Theroux.
The strong box office returns for Dumb And Dumber To are said to have greased the wheels for Zoolander 2 finally pressing ahead (and the success of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues didn't hurt either). And whilst Cruz's exact role in the film isn't confirmed, her casting indicates that Zoolander 2 is - finally - an active project.
• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »
- C. Molly Smith
We’ve been hearing tantalising things about the chances of Zoolander 2 actually coming to life, and a big step has just occurred. Penelope Cruz is now signing on to co-star with Ben Stiller in the comedy sequel. Hey, if Dumb & Dumber can come back and score a hit, why not this?The Zoolander sequel has been in the works for years, with various script drafts passing through. Justin Theroux, who had been attached to direct before his work on HBO drama The Leftovers got in the way, has written the most recent draft on the script, which Stiller is planning to direct.Not much is known about the film’s plot yet, save that it apparently is still set ten years after the events of the original, finds Stiller’s Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel rejected by the fashion industry after they age out of the sweet spot for male models, »
The success of Dumb and Dumber To has helped add more steam to the Zoolander sequel. According to Deadline, Penelope Cruz will join the cast with Ben Stiller set to return as Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson coming back as Hansel. Will Ferrell is also rumored to be returning as Mugatu. We don't know much else other than Justin Theroux penned the script and that Paramount Pictures will distribute.
It's been about 13 years since the first Zoolander amused audiences. I hope we get more zany comedies to off set all the superhero movies coming out, especially DC's "no jokes" comic book movies. »
- Free Reyes
There are few things that Hollywood does better and more often than capitalizing on trends, and a brand new one has just entered the arena. Thanks to the success of Dumb and Dumber To at the box office this past weekend, there's a scent in the air that long-overdue comedy sequels are in, and now Paramount Pictures is looking to take advantage of it quickly by starting to move Zoolander 2 through development. Not only are the gears starting to turn on the follow-up to Ben Stiller's 2001 comedy, but casting is already underway as well. Deadline has word that Penelope Cruz has signed a deal that will see her star alongside Stiller, who will be reprising his role as model Derek Zoolander. There have also been rumors swirling around that Zoolander 2 will feature the return of fan favorite characters from the first movie, including Will Ferrell's villainous »
We’ve long heard that a sequel to the 2001 cult comedy Zoolander was in the works, but that Paramount was a bit nervous when it came to giving it an official greenlight. Back in August The Leftovers star Justin Theroux, who wrote the script and was once attached to direct, said that talks with the studio were still happening, and seemed confident that Zoolander 2 would see the light of day.
Now, we’re one step closer to it actually happening, as Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has just signed on to co-star alongside returning cast members Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, and Owen Wilson.
Deadline reports the news, and cites that Theroux will in fact direct the film, despite the actor’s doubts about it back in August. The site also claims that the success of Dumb and Dumber To, »
- James Garcia
Zoolander 2 is one of those films that has been talked about for years, with original director and star Ben Stiller saying it is developing, if slowly. Now there’s a script, but still the wheels have been slow to turn. But we’ve had two other high-profile comedy sequels, Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To, and […]
- Russ Fischer
Following the sort-of successes – depending on who you talk to – of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Dumb And Dumber To, the time has come to revive another classic comedy franchise, Ben Stiller’s Zoolander. Work on the follow-up has languished in development since 2010, when Justin Theroux was attached to write and direct the supermodel sequel. Over the last few months, we’ve heard from Theroux that a finished script was in the bag, followed by talk from Will Ferrell that a table read was imminent. Now, we’ve a piece of news to suggest Zoolander 2 might be heading into production sooner than expected.
Courtesy of Deadline, we now know the status of the catwalk caper and the name of a brand new franchise addition – Penelope Cruz. No word on who she’ll play, but she will be appearing alongside the main core of returning cast members. In addition »
- Gem Seddon
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