The Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of musical La La Land, which focuses on the romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons will play a character known as The Boss.
Gosling and Stone previously worked together on 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013's Gangster Squad.
La La Land is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016. »
Beyond Star Wars and Marvel, Disney's third big money maker this decade is their live-action remakes of classic animated movies. They have so many in various stages of production that it's hard to keep track. And now they are adding yet one more to the big brush fire with a revisionist take on Prince Charming.
No story details have been released at this time, according to THR. Prince Charming is a stock character, the usually reliable hero who arrives in the nick of time to save the princess. Disney has already done quite a lot to keep the character in the public consciousness, with the savior having appeared in other classic fairy tales such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. This will be the first time he has headlined his own movie.
Matthew Fogel, who previously penned the sequel Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, »
The trend of turning animated fairy tales into live-action movies continues, this time with a different kind of character at the center - a dude!
Variety reports that Disney has bought a script by Matt Fogel that tells the story of Prince Charming. Details are scarce, but the movie is being described as a comedy from the point of view of Charming's brother, who never lived up to the family name.
This Prince Charming project, should it move forward, would join a long list of live-action fairy tales in recent years. It all started in 2010 with the blockbuster hit "Alice in Wonderland," and since then, we've gotten "Maleficent" and "Cinderella." Coming next are "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson and "Alice Through the Looking Glass."
These live-action fairy tale re-imaginings have focused on female protagonists, so it's interesting to see a male character - one whose never made much of an impression, »
- Kelly Woo
Disney has had a lot of success making live-action fairy tales, including "Maleficent" and "Cinderella." Now comes word that the studio is also working on a Prince Charming movie. The script was written by Matt Fogel, who was the assistant to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller during the making of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." The story is being kept a secret, but is described as a revisionist take on the fairy tales. Next up for Disney is the live-action version of its 1991 "Beauty and the Beast," which will star Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. »
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Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
Regression opens in the Us on August 28th, with a UK release set for October 9th.
- Gary Collinson
Disney is looking to continue its successful run of converting beloved animated classics into live-action features, a trend that includes Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella. Now, the studio has acquired a spec script for a live-action take on Prince Charming from screenwriter Matt Folger. This new acquisition would be at least third in line behind two of Disney's other projects: a sequel to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland hit titled Alice Through the Looking Glass due out in 2016, and Bill Condon's 2017 re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. [caption id="attachment_408195" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] As THR reports, Prince Charming is nowhere near the casting stage at this point, having just been acquired as a spec script. Since the character appears across multiple fairy tales in literature and even in contemporary adaptations - see Into the Woods - there's no reason to jump »
- Dave Trumbore
In a parallel universe, 1984's big screen Supergirl is very different. It stars Melanie Griffith in the title role, John Travolta as the main love interest, a cameo from Christopher Reeve's Superman and - bizarrely - Dolly Parton as the villain.
Sadly, in our universe, none of those possibilities came to fruition - our favourite reason for someone not taking part is that Dolly stated no amount of money would convince her to play a witch - meaning our earth's Supergirl is almost entirely populated with unknowns. That's with the exception of a handful of famous supporting faces - Faye Dunaway was almost certainly a better pick than Dolly.
Which isn't to say that the unknowns do an apocalyptically bad job, but we can't help wondering if those more established actors' experience might have carried the weight of what's actually a pretty strange movie, with slightly less strain.
As it stands, »
Although Anderson has only been hired to pen a draft for the script, there’s a possibility that he could direct the movie as well. The director has written few movies without also helming the projects.
Downey is onboard to play Geppetto in the tale about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy. He’s been developing the project for some time, but recently revived interest, given Disney’s surge of live-action retellings of animated classics and fairy tales.
Disney has already struck box office gold with “Alice in Wonderland,” whose sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is slated for 2016; “Maleficent”; and “Cinderella. »
- Justin Kroll
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will pen a draft with eye toward directing the film. An auteur like Anderson overseeing a remake of the classic cartoon seems like an odd pairing, though THR says it "shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' until his 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead."
Downey has been working on this "Pinocchio" project for years, but it's gained steam now that live-action takes on classic children's tales have achieve such success (see: "Maleficent" and "Cinderella"). Now, the studios are engaged in an arms race to turn over their libraries. Disney is filming "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson. »
- Kelly Woo
So you think you're the biggest fan of Emma Watson Hermione Granger in Harry Potter? Get in line behind a handful of celebrities. There's something for everyone to love about this brunette bombshell, whether you are in awe of her gorgeous transformation over the years, believe she's real-life magic, or are totally here for her unapologetic feminist perspective. And that merely begins to explain why we'd all go nuts if we met her. Read on for totally normal examples of Emma's power, brought to you by celebrities who came face to face with her beauty. »
Gwyneth Paltrow gave Taylor Swift a sweet shout-out on social media after she and her son, Moses, attended the star's concert in London over the weekend. Gwyneth posted a picture of the cute trio on Instagram, writing, "#taylorswift thanks for giving me and my little man our best date night ever. #hydepark." In the photo, Taylor has her arms around Gwyneth and nine-year-old Moses, who's flashing a big grin for the camera. Gwyneth wasn't the only star at Taylor's London show, as she was joined on stage by some of her famous BFFs. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt, and Serena Williams turned the stage into a runway when Taylor performed "Style." Meanwhile, Taylor also linked up with Emma Watson backstage, both stars looking more than a little excited to be hanging out. The good times kept coming for Taylor, too; in a picture posted early Monday morning, »
Taylor Swift and Emma Watson met . . . and there's photographic proof. The ladies linked up backstage at Taylor's 1989 concert in London on Saturday. When the singer wasn't stunning with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and more famous pals in the spotlight, she was busy chatting up Emma in an intimate setting. Fortunately, British singer Lauren Aquilina shared a picture of their moment on Twitter, writing, "spent tonight surrounded by badass girls and couldn't be happier about it." The ladies were also joined by models Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss and singer Sydney Sierota. While both Emma and Taylor appear elated to be hanging out together - just look at Emma nailing Taylor's signature surprise face - it remains to be seen if the British actress will join Taylor's inner circle. »
It was only a matter of time! Taylor Swift is known for her star-studded posse of Millennial gal pals, and on Saturday, June 27, she added Harry Potter alum and feminist activist Emma Watson to the gang. In a cute group shot, posted by British singer Lauren Aquilina, the "Blank Space" singer, 25, posed with her arm around the He For She advocate, 25. "Spent tonight surrounded by badass girls and couldn't be happier about it," Aquilina captioned the photo with models Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Watson, Swift, [...] »
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- Katie Hasty
No word as of yet as to whether “Cursed Child” will be an unpublished chapter from Harry’s Hogwarts days or a post-graduation sequel, but Rowling has 100% confirmed that it will not be a prequel.
The production, which will boast music by Imogen Heap and a script from Jack Thorn, will focus on an “untold part of Harry’s story.” Though Rowling does call “Cursed Child” a “play,” Imogen Heap’s presence may mean that the production could be a musical or at least contain musical elements (though it's unfortunately somewhat unlikely).
But just imagine: a tap dance number about Herbology! This needs to happen.
- Sasha James
Raise a glass of butterbeer in celebration: Harry Potter is coming to the stage! J.K. Rowling announced on Friday that a new stage play called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will debut in London in 2016. “It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself,” Rowling wrote on Twitter. “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel!” Also Read: Emma Watson to Star Opposite. »
- Joe Otterson
As 2015 reaches its midpoint, Universal Pictures is the biggest winner at the box office by a dino-sized margin. With billion-dollar blockbusters “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World” smashing expectations, the studio has performed a spectacular turnaround under Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell and Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley. It has gone from next-to-last among the majors last year to the market-share leader among studios this year and its nearly $3.7 billion worldwide haul is the biggest in the company’s 103-year history — with six months to go. Also Read: Emma Watson to Star Opposite Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt's 'The Circle'. »
- Todd Cunningham
Variety is reporting that former Harry Potter star Emma Watson has signed on to appear alongside Tom Hanks in The Circle, director James Ponsoldt’s (The Spectacular Now) upcoming adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel.
The site reports that Watson “will portray an employee hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.”
Shooting on The Circle is set to get underway in California this September.
- Gary Collinson
Hanks will produce the flick, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, as well as play a yet-to-be-determined role. Watson will play the lead, described as "a recent college graduate who scores a job at a powerful Internet monopoly, called the Circle, which boasts a gorgeous campus and incredible amenities for its employees," per Vanity Fair. The site writes:
After ascending the ranks fairly quickly, she discovers herself to be in the center of a corporation linking "users' personal e-mails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." A press release for the project explains that the film will explore "the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted, and monetized and used for surveillance, »
- Katie Roberts
Emma Watson has signed on to join Tom Hanks in "The Circle," a big screen adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel. The plan is to begin filming this September in California. Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete. The film is written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). "Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors," said Ponsoldt. "And her incredible talent, sensitivity, and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to 'The Circle. »
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