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Jack Huston to Star in 'Ben-Hur' Remake
Jack Huston has been tapped to fill Charlton Heston's sandals. The Boardwalk Empire actor is in talks to star in Paramount and MGM's Ben-Hur remake, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The deal has not yet been finalized and could still fall apart. Filming is set to begin in Europe next year with director Timur Bekmambetov at the helm. Morgan Freeman had been previously announced to co-star in the film as Ildarin, who teaches Ben-Hur how to race chariots. John Ridley did a rewrite on Keith Clarke's script. Ridley, Clarke, Jason F. Brown and Roma Downey are executive producers.
- Ryan Gajewski
Tom Hiddleston to Star in Legendary's ‘Skull Island’ Film, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Directing
After a monster of a surprise reveal at Comic-Con, Legendary has announced that its “Skull Island” will star Tom Hiddleston and be directed by “Kings of Summer” helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The King Kong prequel already has an original draft of a script by Max Borenstein. Also read: New King Kong Movie ‘Skull Island’ Set for 2016 Release For Hiddleston, this is yet another major franchise, and the first he will anchor. He is the beloved evil Loki in the Marvel Universe, stealing the show in “The Avengers” and the “Thor” movies, and also has won praise for his work in “Only Lovers Left Alive” and. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Report: 7 More Actresses Are Being Considered for True Detective Lead
Will the True Detective rumors ever end? The Wrap is reporting that there are seven more women being considered for the season-two lead spot (Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol”), and they are as follows: Brit Marling (The East), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Malin Akerman, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Biel. (This after Rachel McAdams and Elisabeth Moss were thought to be in talks for the role.) Will we ever learn who will appear on Detective season two? Let's just call this hunt quits, switch it up, and ask Meryl if she's game. »
- Lindsey Weber
Cara Delevingne Lands Female Lead in John Green’s ‘Paper Towns’ (Exclusive)
Jake Schreier will direct.
The story follows young neighbors who share the jarring experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide. The two leads grow apart — until the night he finds her at his bedroom window, dressed like a ninja. She enlists him in a campaign to get revenge on the people who’ve hurt her. The next day, she vanishes and he is left to ponder the ramifications of the evening. Then he begins getting clues and follows them in an attempt to find her.
After the success of “Stars,” which grossed $280 million worldwide, Fox is hopeful fans »
- Justin Kroll
Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016
It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers. [Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.] Created by Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, "Love" won't premiere on Netflix until 2016, with the 10-episode first season. A 12-episode second season will premiere in 2017. Rust will also star in "Love," along with Gillian Jacobs, playing Gus and Mickey. The comedy looks at modern relationships, following the pair as they "they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid." Kinda like "You're the Worst." The half-hour comedy is set up at Legendary Television and Apatow Productions. Naturally, everybody involved has a blurb they want to share. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Rihanna has harsh words for CBS after pulling performance from NFL opener
Rihanna took to Twitter early this morning (Sept. 16) to slam CBS for trying to reslot her previously scheduled, high-profile performance on Thursday Night Football. Last week, the regular season of the NFL kicked-off with the Baltimore Ravens versus the Pittsburgh Steelers during a televised game on the network. Rihanna was all set to perform a version of the hit song "Run This Town" with narration from actor Don Cheadle. It was only on that Monday (Sept. 8) that the Ravens terminated their $35 million contract with running back Ray Rice, after a video of him beating and knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator surfaced on TMZ. The NFL suspended Rice from the league indefinitely. Rihanna -- a victim of domestic violence at the hands of former boyfriend Chris Brown -- then had her performance canceled. According to CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, "We thought journalisticallly and from a tone standpoint, »
- Katie Hasty
Jennifer Connelly's Awkwardly Placed Dress Designs: Nipples or Print?
You know the classic "Fashion Face-Off" and the kitschy "Streetwalker or Starlet." And now thanks to Jennifer Connelly, we have a new brand new game to add to the mix! Can you figure out if those are the Shelter star's nipples we see through the lace or just an awkward placement of embroidered flowers? At first glance, we thought we were looking at the unfortunate result of a cool breeze on the Noah actress's top half, but then we found several contradictions. First, it's way too hot inside a full leather dress for a case of the chilly tatas. But even so, leather is way too thick of a fabric for a nip-pop even if it was somehow freezing inside the style! And then »
Marvel's ‘Agent Carter’ Casts ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Star James D'Arcy
Marvel's “Agent Carter” has found itself another lead in James D'Arcy, a studio representative told TheWrap. He's been cast as Howard Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in ABC's upcoming superhero drama, and will find himself allied with “Agent Carter's” titular heroine, played by Hayley Atwell. Also read: Marvel's ‘Agent Carter’ Casts ‘Dollhouse's’ Enver Gjokaj, ‘One Tree Hill's’ Chad Michael Murray D'Arcy recently starred alongside Nina Dobrev and Damon Wayans Jr. in “Let's Be Cops” and is set to star with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in “Jupiter Ascending,” which was recently pushed back to a 2015 release. He'll join »
- Travis Reilly
Julianna Margulies and Jimmy Fallon's Musical Morning Announcements Are So Not-Cool (Video)
Whoever voted Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies‘ musical morning announcement team the most entertaining and musical for the past seven years must not have been a student at their school. The “Tonight Show” skit had their so-lame-they're-cool characters performing classic school announcements to the tunes of popular songs, but we could easily picture the kids groaning at their desks. A warning about sexting was presented to the tune of “Rude” by Magic. “Why you gotta text those nudes?” Margulies sang. “Don't you know your students, too. Why you gotta text those nudes? We'll be expellin’ you anyway.” Also read: The Most and. »
- Jason Hughes
'Big Bang Theory': Watch What Happens When Sheldon Returns Home
Sheldon Cooper is back in Pasadena in a new promo for The Big Bang Theory's upcoming eighth season. Unable to navigate all the major changes in his life, Emmy winner Jim Parsons' Sheldon was last seen heading out of town on a train in the season seven finale. In the new clip, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) bring the lovable nerd back home, where the new and seemingly relaxed Sheldon is, as he says, "ready to deal with any changes that come my way." Photos 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest Guest Stars "He's gone for 45 days and it doesn't end as well as he'd like
- Lesley Goldberg
China’s Huayi to Pay $125 Million for D-Cinema Group Gdc Technology
Hong Kong – Huayi Brothers Media is to pay up to $125 million for Gdc Technology, a manufacturer of servers and equipment for digital cinema installations.
Huayi currently has a 12% stake in the Hong Kong-based business. That will increase to 79% after it buys out stakes currently held by private equity funds Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV LP, Yunfeng Investment Gp, and another shareholder Mighty Capital.
Huayi will buy the stake through its Huayi International subsidiary, and pay in a mix of cash and shares. Some $67 million will be funded through a share issue, while the remainder is an earn out linked to profits in the next two financial years.
The deal sets a target of net profits of $17 million for the next two years and values the business at $125 million, using a 7.35 multiple of target profits.
Founded by Dr Chong Man Nang in 1999, Gdc was for several years a pioneer of digital »
- Patrick Frater
How is 'Red Band Society' like 'My So-Called Life'? Wilson Cruz explains
On Fox's new hospital dramedy "Red Band Society," Wilson Cruz plays Kenji, a nurse who frequently gets to banter with Octavia Spencer's Nurse Jackson. It's a dynamic that Cruz calls The Olympics of Sassy Nurse. "It was automatic. I met Octavia on the set and it was as if I'd known her my whole life," Cruz says. With "My So-Called Life" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it's notable that since that seminal teen drama, Cruz has largely eschewed regular TV roles, opting instead to concentrate his energies on a long-term advocacy role at GLAAD. "I have to look at a teen show show through the prism of 'My So-Called Life' and I think this show comes as close as anything I've seen," Cruz told me when we sat down last week, admitting that he had thought he might be done with steady acting. Instead, Cruz finds »
- Daniel Fienberg
Olympian Lolo Jones Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars,' Received Hate Messages
Dancing With the Stars season 19 said goodbye to its first eliminee Lolo Jones on Tuesday night for her low-scoring performance on Monday's premiere. The two-time gold medal world champion was sent home after audiences witnessed the athlete crumble in her live cha-cha-cha performance with first-time professional dancer Keo Motsepe. Jones attributed the mishap to a technical difficulty involving a miscued text that was an introductory part of the dance. "I just felt everything swirling inside and for me, obviously, I have two past Olympics, or three now, where I've come so close to a
- Natalie Stone
Whoa, Nelly: Here Is Danny Stripping on The Mindy Project Season Premiere
After a long summer hiatus, The Mindy Project finally returned Tuesday night. Thankfully, viewers were rewarded for their months of patience: Danny and Mindy are still a happy couple, and their coupledom involves many wonderful things, such as getting to watch Danny — or should we say, "Diamond Dan" (!) — perform an epic, hip-swiveling, pelvic-thrusting, let-me-just-fix-my-glasses striptease to the soundtrack of Lenny Kravitz's "American Woman." Monogamy has never looked so good.. »
- Anna Silman
'Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles': Telluride Review
An in-depth study of Orson Welles' singular life and career would run the length of a miniseries, but Chuck Workman engagingly hits a good many highlights in stone-skipping fashion in Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Additionally, by delving into the protean talent's bag of unfinished projects, the veteran documentary and clips-reel whiz tries to counter the view that Welles had a fear of completion later in life; as the film shows, he was always working, however under-financed he may have been. Premiered in a near-finished version at Telluride, this energetic, fast-moving
- Todd McCarthy
Jessica Biel Helps ‘New Girl’ Embrace Single Life While ‘Mindy Project’ Couples Up
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the Season 4 premiere of “New Girl” titled “The Last Wedding,” and the Season 3 premiere of “The Mindy Project” titled “We're a Couple Now, Haters!”) Call it a soft reboot, or at the least a focus shift for both of Fox's returning comedies. “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” kicked off their new seasons by pushing their central characters in opposite directions, and it worked perfectly for both shows. While Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina gave coupledom a try on “The Mindy Project,” guest star Jessica Biel helped »
- Jason Hughes
Adam Driver's Star Wars: Episode 7 Role May Surprise You
There's plenty that we don't know about J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars VII film, but one of our known knowns — at least, we thought — was that Adam Driver was definitely going be one of the bad guys. But a new on-set photo is making us rethink things. Spoilers ahead: Yesterday, someone on Twitter snapped a photo on the Star Wars set that features Adam Driver wearing what appears to be an X-Wing pilot uniform. Of course, there’s always a chance that Driver could start off good and turn bad, or that X-Wing pilots are bad guys now, or maybe that he’s simply impersonating an X-Wing pilot for some devious means. Sorry, did you want concrete answers about the plot of Star Wars Episode VII? This is not the post you were looking for. »
- Anna Silman
Joan Rivers' Doctor Allegedly Took a Selfie During Her Throat Surgery
More details are emerging in the death of Joan Rivers, which occurred when the 81-year-old went into cardiac arrest during what was supposed to be a routine throat procedure at the Upper East Side’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. According to CNN, the comedian’s personal doctor took a selfie in the operating room while Rivers was under anesthesia, and also performed a biopsy on her vocal cords without her prior consent. Yorkville's medical director Lawrence Cohen, who has since been let go from his post, was the one originally performing the endoscopy on Rivers. It is believed Cohen then stepped aside to let Rivers' personal doctor — who was not authorized to practice at the clinic — perform the unauthorized biopsy that ultimately caused her to go into cardiac arrest. The doctor named in these accusations has yet to be identified. »
- Anna Silman
Drea de Matteo on Sons of Anarchy, Missing Adriana, and Why She’d Do Joey Again
Drea de Matteo is a little sad. She’s finally become a regular cast member on Sons of Anarchy as Wendy, Jax’s ex-junkie baby mama, and the show is riding off the air at the end of its current seventh season. “Now that I’m in there, I want to keep going!” de Matteo says. At least she’s getting lots of juicy scenes, as she helps Jax (Charlie Hunnam) raise their son, Abel, as well as Thomas, his infant boy with now-dead old lady Tara (Maggie Siff). The Queens, New York, native talked to Vulture about Wendy’s life expectancy, The Sopranos’ still-controversial finale, and why she’s “too much of a whore for network TV!”Wendy busted herself out of rehab after 9 of 90 days. Is it possible she’s cleaned up her act or will this turn out to be a bad decision?Well, I don’t know. »
- Bruce Fretts
Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Toil and Till'
Waiting to catch Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Better water those nicotine-laced azaleas and clean up those airstreams because spoilers abound in this review. “Toil and Till” was less poetic than last week’s extended season opener (in large part thanks to its lack of melodramatic musical montages and its faster pace), but it continued down the dark, fiery path that Jax and co. have established that they are in fact on in Season 7. The episode kicked off with Jax, alone in bed and then at his kitchen table, staring at the spot where he found his dead wife. The cameras then panned to Juice, also alone at his table, before flipping to Gemma in juxtaposition to show how the actual person who caused all of this suffering is also the one who continues to win because she has a man who loves her by her side. Sure, we »
- Amber Dowling
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