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Seeing as how Lupita Nyong'o is an ethereal space princess — no, really, that's what they engraved on her Oscar — it was only a matter of time before her name was thrown into the mix for the female lead in Star Wars Episode VII. (Some of us have been waiting for this for ages, people.) Anyway, THR reports that Nyong'o did indeed meet with director J.J. Abrams just before she won her Oscar for 12 Years a Slave; she was also among the contenders for Tiger Lily in Pan (a part that went to Rooney Mara), and is said to be "in the running for a role in The Whole Truth, a courtroom drama starring Daniel Craig." Ugh, that one sounds boring. Let Lupita cavort in outer space! »
- Kyle Buchanan
Like a lot of you, I get way too caught up with speculative casting and thinking about 'what might have been' when it comes to certain actors taking over the most iconic cinematic characters. The entire school of thought is practically a sub-genre. Half the articles I see on Zergnet are devoted to articles about movie casting revealing little kernels of info like Tom Cruise was originally slated to play Iron Man. People seem to have an endless appetite for this kind of stuff.
So I was hardly surprised this week when I saw a lot of web space devoted to Liam Neeson discussing his flirtation with the role of James Bond. While I can understand why they were interested in Neeson for the role, I'm extremely grateful he was never cast. Why?
Because Liam Neeson would have been a terrible James Bond. »
- Gary Collinson
London, March 11: A majority of women are most comfortable in relationships where the man is taller, according to a new study.
About 70 percent of women respondents surveyed by pleasure product firm Lovehoney, said they preferred taller men.
Almost one in five women said men who are between four and six inches taller are the best match, reports dailystar.co.uk.
The poll also shows that just a quarter of women and 35 percent of men said height was irrelevant when seeking a partner.
At 6 ft 3 in, Prince William, 31, is 5 inches taller than wife Princess Kate, 32.
- Machan Kumar
London, Mar.11: A new survey has revealed that British women prefer their men to tower above them by five inches just like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The new study by the adult intimate retailer 'Lovehoney' has asserted that stature of a potential partner is more important to women than it is to men, Daily Star reported.
At 6ft 3in, Prince William is exactly five inches taller than his 5ft 10in wife Catherine which makes them the perfect height match. Other celebrity couples that come close include Brad Pitt (5ft 11in) and Angelina Jolie (5ft 7in) and Daniel Craig (5ft 10in) and Rachel Weisz (5ft 6in).
- Shiva Prakash
I don.t know if you.re aware of this or not, but Renee Zellweger stopped acting. She churned out roles on the regular for almost two decades and then abruptly stopped. She hasn.t made a picture since 2010.s forgettable My Own Love Song, but that now seems poised to change thanks to her interest in a new project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger is in advanced negotiations to join the indie drama The Whole Truth. The work will be directed by Courtney Hunt. The screenplay will be written by Nicholas Kazan, and apart from Zellweger, if she officially boards, it will star Daniel Craig. As of now, the plot isn.t being discussed publically, but it.s generally being described as a courtroom drama, with the James Bond actor allegedly playing the district attorney. During the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, Zellweger was among the biggest female »
London, Mar.10: 'James Bond' producers are reportedly vying for Adele to sing the theme tune for the next 007 film but the singer is quiet on whether she'll do next film or not.
A source told The Sun that the 'Skyfall' singer hasn't responded to studio executives yet even though they along with star Daniel Craig made it clear that they want her back for the 24th Bond film, Metro.co.uk reported.
- Arun Pandit
Liam Neeson could have joined an elite group of actors, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig to name a few, who have portrayed the always dapper and iconic 007 agent James Bond. But the Northern Irish Actor chose love instead. The Non-Stop star revealed to U.K.'s Hull Daily Mail explained that he was offered the part during the early stages of his career. "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too," the thespian said. "It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married!' And I had to take that on board, because I did want to marry her," he remembered with a smile. Neeson is of »
• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.
The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.
The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song. »
Hollywood’s obsession with John Grisham-style courtroom thrillers appears to have petered out over the past few years. The last legal drama I truly enjoyed was 2011′s The Lincoln Lawyer, and I can’t even name one cinematic entry in the subgenre that has emerged since then. So, it’s about time someone put their mind to resuscitating the courtroom thriller. The Whole Truth, which will likely release next year, may be the first project I’ve seen that could have a real shot at breathing new life into the subenre, especially now that it’s gained Oscar winner Renee Zellweger in a leading role.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the project »
- Isaac Feldberg
Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra. Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's The Whole Truth. Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach's Hitman movie, Agent 47. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Heat Vision is word that Thurman is in negotiations for American Ultra, the action comedy scripted by Max Landis. The story centers on "an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a »
- Dave Trumbore
This would be Zellweger's first movie in four years. Perhaps "The Whole Truth," an indie directed by Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), can help revive her once-acclaimed career. In the early 2000s, the actress enjoyed many critical and commercial successes, from "Jerry Maguire" to "Chicago" to the "Bridget Jones Diary" movies. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Cold Mountain" in 2004.
Choosing the indie route could be a smart strategy for the 44-year-old. Hey, look what it did for her former "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" co-star, »
- Kelly Woo
The plot of the film is yet to be disclosed. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
- Garth Franklin
Variety first reported in late January that Craig had signed on to the project in late January, a week ahead of the Berlin Film Festival.
Craig will begin shooting the 24th James Bond film in the fall with the release set for October and November of 2015.
THR.com first reported the news.
- Dave McNary
Renee Zellweger will star opposite Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Craig signed onto the indie film in late January, ahead of the Berlin Film Festival, where FilmNation was selling the project to foreign markets. CAA is handling domestic rights. Story: Daniel Craig Circling to Star in 'The Whole Truth' The plot of the film is being kept under wraps for now, but sources say it's a courtroom thriller, with Craig playing a district attorney. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct, while Nicholas Kazan will write the script. Atlas Entertainment's Richard Suckle is producing. Zellweger's
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
(Cbr) Following "Skyfall", the James Bond film universe is at the start of something new. Gone are the days of Judi Dench, making way for the era of Ralph Fiennes as the new M, with Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. With the new team in place, and the curtain pulled back on the personal life of Daniel Craig’s super-spy, where will 007 go from here? “The new movie continues the themes of "Skyfall",” writer John Logan tells Empire about what to expect from "Bond 24". “Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in "Skyfall" will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.” Beyond that, Logan is remaining coy; he won’t confirm if the movie is going to be a two-parter, nor would he reveal whether Spectre might resurface as a threat to Bond and the rest of MI6. All he would offer is »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
Logan confirmed that the first draft of Bond 24 is “almost done.” He added, “I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”
“There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies »
- Laura Frances
“No comment.” That was screenwriter John Logan's frequent response to Empire, who recently caught up with the Bond scribe, and prodded him for details about the follow-up to the billion dollar-busting "Skyfall." Will it be two-parts as once rumored (and then denied by Daniel Craig)? How about other double-0 agents? Logan isn't saying, but he did share a tease about the overall shape of the story of "Bond 24," which is nearing the finish line. “Right now the first draft is almost done,” Logan said. “I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on 'Skyfall' and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of 'Skyfall.' Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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