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Alicia Vikander has been rising the ranks, and I think we should all be grateful for that. From A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina to this year's terrific Ex Machina, she is easily one of those people who I will see whatever she is in. Well, it looks like she is entering the big-budget blockbuster mode with a couple of projects. And why wouldn't shec I want those checks too. She is in talks to join the Michael Fassbender-led adaptation of the popular video game Assassin's Creed and Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass's return to the Bourne franchise. Double-dipping. Good on ya, Alicia (we are on a first-name basis, Fyi). These being added to her schedule will most likely have her drop out of The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and to be directed by James Ponsoldt. That is disappointing because I really enjoy Ponsoldt's work, especially The Spectacular Now »
- Mike Shutt
Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander could soon be adding two more hotly-anticipated projects to her list of starring roles.
The Swedish actress is in negotiations to star in both the film adaptation of the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed, as well as the forthcoming fifth Bourne film, Deadline reports.
The actor, who is expected to both star in and produce the film, added that trying to develop the right »
In case you haven’t noticed, Alicia Vikander is everywhere right now. Seventh Son and Ex Machina already hit theaters this year, she’s still got Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl on the way, and she's busy lining up new projects as well. Vikander recently became part of one of the hottest packages at Cannes, but a couple of new opportunities just popped up that might force her to drop out of it. Deadline is reporting that she’s currently in talks to star in Assassin’s Creed and the new Bourne movie, projects that would certainly conflict with James Ponsoldt’s book-to-film adaptation of The Circle starring Tom Hanks. Vikander’s involvement was only announced a few weeks back, but Deadline suggests that she will exit that project. In fact, the outlet has heard that Im Global head Stuart Ford already made an »
- Perri Nemiroff
"Ex Machina" star Alicia Vikander continues to be one of the most in-demand actresses out there with the acclaimed Swedish actress now being linked to two major blockbusters in the works.
Deadline reports that Vikander is in talks for the likely female lead roles in both the upcoming return of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to the Jason Bourne franchise, and in "Macbeth" director Justin Kurzel's film adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game series "Assassin's Creed".
The news comes as Vikander has been attached to the James Ponsoldt-directed, Tom Hanks-led "The Circle" which has been shopped around at Cannes. Because of the scheduling in relation to 'Bourne' and 'Creed', Vikander is likely to drop off "The Circle" with "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson already being courted to replace her.
- Garth Franklin
In what may be one of Disney's best-matched castings to date, Reese Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in a new film.
Tink, which will focus on the story of Peter Pan's fairy companion, is the latest classic from the animation studio to be given the live-action treatment.
The movie is thought to be following in the footsteps of Disney's Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent in that it will portray the untold story of the lead character.
Kenneth Branagh's live-action »
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, shocked J.K. Rowling with his new shirtless underwear spread for the gay magazine Attitude. J.K. Rowling Reacts To Matthew Lewis’ Underwear Pics Rowling has known Lewis – like Danielle Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – since he was a child. In the film adaptation of […]
- Chelsea Regan
After a long, teasing campaign, the official Scream Queens trailer is finally here with everything you want: nice blonde girls with curly hair, mean blonde girls named Emma Watson, Jamie Lee Curtis giving excellent politician-speak ("We can confirm that an incident occurred last night that may have injured one of our students"), and a shirtless Nick Jonas. It has all the glitzy patina for those of you who thought American Horror Story was too damn scary. »
- E. Alex Jung
Julianne Moore and Variety’s Steven Gaydos were on hand to honor rising stars Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”) at the elegant Chopard Trophy ceremony that took place on the rooftop of the Martinez Hotel on Friday night.
“When you start out all you know is that you want to do it, it feels good to do it and you would do it for free but what you don’t know if you’re any good. But when you see a good actor, you can see it right away. And we saw Jack O’Connell and Lola Kirke immediately the minute they burst onto the screen, they’re beautifully alive on camera, it’s palpable their talent,” said Moore. “We’re so happy to have you, we’re excited to see your work and we know we’re going to see your work for many years to come, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Variety has partnered with Un Women in support of their HeForShe campaign to host a landmark panel on the subject of gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
Moderated by Variety’s editor in chief Claudia Eller, the discussion will include actress Salma Hayek, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and “Carol” producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen, whose lesbian drama stars Cate Blanchett and premieres this Sunday.
“The issue of gender equality within our industry has rarely been in greater need of frank and open discussion,” Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino said. “We’re proud to partner with Un Women and to welcome some of the industry’s leading creative voices to impart their experiences and insights on this imperative issue.”
- Variety Staff
It is the latest feature from director Christophe van Rompaey, whose 2008 film Moscow, Belgium won three awards in Cannes Critics Week that year.
Directed by Christophe van Rompaey and written by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem - the director/writer team behind Cannes award winning Moscow, Belgium, - the dramatic comedy about a 17 year old ecologist (played by Spencer Bogaert) who drives his family crazy with his bid to reduce their carbon footprint, is currently shooting.
Beta Cinema’s 2015 Cannes slate includes the international market premiere of Sergio Castellitto’s You Can’t Save Yourself Alone, Colonia starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruehl and the market premieres of Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and The Pasta Detectives.
“I am so happy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Cannes — Beta Cinema has acquired Christophe van Rompaey’s dramatic comedy “Vincent and the End of the World,” which it will be pre-selling in the Cannes Film Festival’s market. The pic reunites the team behind Van Rompaey’s feature debut “Moscow, Belgium,” which won three prizes when it screened in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2008.
“Vincent,” which is a French-Belgium co-production by A Private View, Les Enragés and Les Films de la Croisade, is shooting and is scheduled to wrap on May 27. Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, who co-wrote “Moscow, Belgium,” penned the script for “Vincent.” The cast includes Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”), Barbara Sarafian (“Moscow, Belgium,” ”Bullhead”) and Geert van Rampelberg (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), with 17-year-old Spencer Bogaert (“Labyrinthus”) playing the lead.
Vincent is a 17-year-old ecologist who drives his family crazy through his preachy agitation to reduce their carbon footprint — and making a point about it via numerous suicide attempts. »
- Leo Barraclough
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Since her rapid ascent to fame as The Twilight Saga's leading lady, Kristen Stewart has had something of a rough time when it comes to her professional and public life. It's bad enough having the latter combed over in fine detail, but when your talent is called into question, that must sting all the more.
But here's the thing about Kristen Stewart. She isn't a bad actress in the slightest. In fact, right now she's on the kind of under-the-radar hot streak that suggests she's destined for real career longevity. Twilight, now receding into the cultural distance, was never the finest example of a franchise that fostered great acting work, and Stewart suffered as audiences naturally connected her with sullen on-screen alter-ego Bella Swan.
Over the last 18 months Stewart's big screen work has seen her take on a trio of diverse roles that have smartly distanced her from anything vampire-related. »
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
It's that time of year again - the annual Popsugar 100! We're getting ready to unveil this year's list, and you can help by voting for your favorite stars in all of our Pop 100 polls. Be sure to check back in to see where all the celebrities land on the list. How does it work? Read through to see photos of each nominee, then vote for your favorite star in the poll at the end! Emma Watson empowers a generation of feminists, Kendall Jenner teaches us how to chase our career dreams, and Justin Bieber proves you can have a heart of gold even in the absence of everyone's approval. The common thread among these 20-somethings? For them, age is anything but a barrier to success. Read on to find and vote for the star under 30 who inspires you the most! »
Charlotte may be the new princess, but Emma is the new queen.
"Emma" reclaimed the throne as the No. 1 baby name for girls in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced today. Emma had not been on top since 2008, so what boosted her popularity? Vanity Fair wondered if perhaps Emma Stone or Emma Watson were responsible. We tend to credit the Hermione/Belle actress with everything, because one should, so we'll put the win in her column. (Sorry, Stone.)
Sophia had been the top girls name from 2011-2013, dethroning Isabella, which had a two-year run from 2009-2010. Emily dominated from 1996-2007 until Emma returned just for 2008. Check out the full stats from 1915-2014. No idea why this is fascinating but, admit it, it is.
The boys have a less interesting story, since Noah defended his spot as the No. 1 name, holding strong after more than a decade of Jacob dominance. The top »
- Gina Carbone
Rome – Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto’s romantic drama “You Can’t Save Yourself Alone,” toplining Italo A-listers Riccardo Scamarcio and Jasmine Trinca as a divorced couple reflecting on their rapport gone wrong over dinner, will lead German sales company Beta Cinema’s lineup at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.
Based on an Italian bestseller by Margaret Mazzantini, who is Castellitto’s wife, Castellitto’s latest follows previous dramas, “Don’t Move” and “Twice Born,” both starring Penelope Cruz and also based on Mazzantini novels.
Produced by Italy’s Wildside and Indiana shingles in collaboration with Rai Cinema, “Can’t Save Yourself” has performed well at the Italian box office, where it has pulled almost $4 million via Universal since its March release during a tough time faced by Italian movies with their home audience.
Beta Cinema in Cannes will also show prospective buyers a promo reel for Emma Watson »
- Nick Vivarelli
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sizzled with on-screen chemistry in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” and now they’ll get the chance to do that again — this time with song added to the mix. The two actors are officially set to lead musical movie “La La Land,” Lionsgate announced via press release on Thursday. Directed by Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of “Whiplash,” the musical is about Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone), are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love,” the press release detailed. “But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.” It’ll be a third movie project together for the duo, who also co-starred in “Gangster Squad.” The two actors have each given audience a taste of »
- Emily Rome
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
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