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Blake Lively on Besting Jennifer Lawrence for 'Gossip Girl' Role

Blake Lively on Besting Jennifer Lawrence for 'Gossip Girl' Role
Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz recently told Vulture that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence almost had her big break on the CW hit series he created with Stephanie Savage courtesy of the Serena van der Woodsen role that eventually went to Blake Lively.

He claimed the mother! star auditioned and "really wanted to play" the part even if he can't recall if he saw the tape or not. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it," he said.

When THR caught up with Lively at the Four Seasons...
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Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned For ‘Gossip Girl’

  • ET Canada
Gossip Girl” director Josh Schwartz revealed that Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the show as a teen! Related: Jennifer Lawrence Got In A Bar Fight In Budapest Schwartz, 41, dished to The Vulture about J-Law’s audition. “We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned,” the director said. “This story […]
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Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned for Blake Lively's Role on Gossip Girl

Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned for Blake Lively's Role on Gossip Girl
Attention Upper East Siders! We have some major Gossip Girl news. For six seasons, we watched Blake Lively star as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW series. The series helped launch Lively into Hollywood stardom and as a result she became a fashion icon. But what if Lively hadn't been cast as Serena? What if Jennifer Lawrence had be chosen for the role? The show's creator Josh Schwartz just revealed in an interview with Vulture that Lawrence actually auditioned for the part back when she was a teenager! "We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned," he told the site. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she...
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Hold the Flip Phone, Jennifer Lawrence Once Auditioned For Gossip Girl?

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Hey Upper East Siders, we have some information that might blow your mind: Jennifer Lawrence once auditioned for The CW's hit drama Gossip Girl. According to the show's creator Josh Schwartz, the Oscar-winning actress, who would have been 16 at the time, really wanted to play NYC's favorite It girl. "We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned," Schwartz told Vulture ahead of the show's upcoming 10th anniversary. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it." While it's hard to imagine anyone other than Blake Lively as the blond bombshell, we are definitely curious to know how Lawrence would have tackled the role.
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Mark Cuban Tells Us How Billionaires Shop For Groceries (Video)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_c93z34af"]] All future ten digit pimps listen up ... Mark Cuban is about to tell you the how you shop for food when you have too much money to worry about normie stores (sorry Serena). Cuban was out in NYC when our photog asked him a question that is strangely intriguing when you think about it ... how does Cuban shop for groceries. If you think he grabs his basket and heads to Albertson's you're wrong ... but if
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Oscar Isaac to Lead ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Puppet Master’ Franchise Returns, and More

We didn’t see much of him on screens last year, but Oscar Isaac has been quite busy. This year, we’ll see him in the next Star Wars film, along with the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon, as well as alongside Christian Bale in The Promise next month, not to mention next year in Alex Garland’s Annihilation next year. He’s now found his next role, according to Deadline.

The Inside Llewyn Davis star is set to lead the WWII drama Operation Finale, which will be directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Described as a drama akin to Argo and Munich, it will follow his character as an Israeli spy named Peter Malkin, who hunts down the Nazi general Adolf Eichmann, as scripted by Matthew Orton. Production is expected to begin this fall in Argentina, so we could see it by next year.
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Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Amber Heard in “Syrup”: Magnolia Pictures

Amber Heard is teaming up with Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland. Heard will topline Holland’s upcoming crime thriller “The Kind Worth Killing,” Deadline reports. The feature hails from Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

The Kind Worth Killing” is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel of the same name, which has earned comparisons to Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,” recently adapted into a movie starring Emily Blunt, and Patricia Highsmith’s classic “Strangers on a Train,” the source material for the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The novel centers on Lily, “a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston,” Deadline summarizes. “Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful wife. Lily offers to help, and the two form a strange, twisted bond while plotting his wife’s demise.”

“[I’m] really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes,” Holland has said of “The Kind Worth Killing.” “The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress!” She continued, “The storyline is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery.”

Holland’s “In Darkness” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars, and she received a nod in 1992 for her “Europa Europa” script, which she also directed. Her most recent film, “Spoor,” premiered at the Berlinale this year, where it won the Silver Bear. Holland has directed episodes of series such as “The Killing,” “Treme,” “House of Cards,” and “The Affair.”

Penned by Christopher Kyle (“Serena,” “Alexander”), “The Kind Worth Killing” is being produced by Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz.

Heard’s credits include “The Adderall Diaries,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Magic Mike Xxl.” She’ll play Mera, the Queen of Atlantis, in the highly anticipated “Justice League” movie, opening November 17.

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Love Is All You Need?’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of Forbidden Love Set in a World Where Heterosexuality Is Taboo

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‘Love Is All You Need?’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of Forbidden Love Set in a World Where Heterosexuality Is Taboo
What if we lived in a world where the norm is to be homosexual and heterosexuality is taboo? How would we react to societal transgressions? The new film “Love Is All You Need?” embraces that premise and explores a “Romeo and Juliet”-like story between a Middle American star quarterback and a male sports journalist that rock a small town to its very core, setting off a series of catastrophic events that will forever change the community. Based on the 19-minute short film of the same name that sparked controversy around the country, the film tackles bullying and prejudice head on, examining our most fundamental biases. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Love & Friendship’: Why Oscar Dark Horse Kate Beckinsale Had to Wait for Her Acclaimed Role

The film is directed by Kim Rocco Shields, who directed the original short. She has previously directed the
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Susanne Bier to deliver keynote at Screen Film Summit

Speakers confirmed for the annual summit, which will take place November 24 at Picturehouse Central, include Andy Harries, Tim O’Shea, Tristan Goligher, Faye Ward, Eve Gabereau, Chris Green and David Hancock; finance breakout area new addition.

Award-winning writer-director Susanne Bier, fresh from the success of hit BBC/AMC mini-series The Night Manager, will deliver the keynote speech at the Screen Film Summit 2016, to be held on November 24 at Picturehouse Central in London.

The accomplished Danish film-maker, who has directed 14 feature films to date including Brothers (2004), Things We Lost In The Fire (2006), Love Is All You Need (2012) and Serena (2014), won a Primetime Emmy this year for her direction on The Night Manager. She also has an Oscar win, with drama In A Better World scoring Best Foreign-Language Film in 2011.

Bier will deliver the Film Summit’s keynote address followed by an on-stage conversation with Screen editor Matt Mueller.

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She joins a roster of high-profile
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Movie News: Jennifer Lawrence Touted as Zelda Fitzgerald; 'Han Solo' and 'Godzilla 2' Movie Rumors

Zelda Fitzgerald: Jennifer Lawrence (Serena, above) may star as Zelda Fitzgerald in a project that's under development by Ron Howard's production company. Best known for her troubled marriage to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Zelda Fitzgerald was also a writer and in recent years has been reappraised as a unique creative talent. British TV veteran Emma Frost wrote the script. [Deadline]   Han Solo: Now that we know Donald Glover will be playing young Lando Calrissian opposite Alden Ehrenreich in the Han Solo stand-alone movie, naturally we wonder about the premise. A new rumor suggests it "will tell how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon to Han." The official Star Wars site says young smuggler and gambler Lando lost the...

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News Briefs: Jennifer Lawrence Touted As Zelda Fitzgerald for Ron Howard

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Zelda Fitzgerald: Jennifer Lawrence (Serena, above) may star as Zelda Fitzgerald in a project that's under development by Ron Howard's production company. Best known for her troubled marriage to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Zelda Fitzgerald was also a writer and in recent years has been reappraised as a unique creative talent. British TV veteran Emma Frost wrote the script. [Deadline]   Han Solo: Now that we know Donald Glover will be playing...

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Are Popular Characters Replacing Big Name Actors?

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The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?

A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.

Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his
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Alicia Vikander Teams With Charlotte Rampling and Eyes Agatha Christie Film

Coming off of one of last year’s best performances in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has just signed on to writer-director Lisa Langseth‘s latest drama Euphoria, which will be her English-language debut. Deadline reports Rampling will join cast members Eva Green and Langseth-regular Alicia Vikander, who is also producing through her new company Vikarious. The story focuses on two sisters (Green and Vikander), traveling towards an unknown destination in Europe while in conflict. No more information is currently known about the film, which has plans to shoot in the German Alps this August.

In related news, two Agatha Christie films are in the works from Sony and Paramount, with their eyes on Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone, respectively, THR reports. The projects will not be adaptations of Christie’s work, but instead examinations of her life. Sony’s project, titled Agatha Christie, would focus on the titular character (Vikander) crossing
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What will ‘How I Met Your Mother’ alum Josh Radnor bring to the sci-fi genre?

  • Hitfix
How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor is getting into sci-fi. He will direct a sci-fi drama called The Leaves, based on a Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics) one-shot comic of the same name. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the graphic novel way back in 2008. Here is the description of The Leaves on Amazon: Inspired by the real-life Naadi fortune-tellers of India and one man’s legendary experience, Doctor Max Mellick has the universe at his fingertips — a world-renown heart surgeon with a striking girlfriend and extravagant New York lifestyle. When he attends a friend's funeral in India, something deep within him is forever changed. Identified as evil by an Indian fortune-teller, Max is forced to flee the country — to save his own life, but more importantly, to preserve his destiny. Interestingly, there’s a major aspect of The Leaves’ story (which Variety mentions) that’s not in that summary.
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Win tickets to the UK premiere of ‘The Nice Guys’

“They’re not that nice…”

The Nice Guys struts in UK cinemas Friday 3, June and to celebrate, you have the chance to win tickets to the UK Premiere in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday 19th May!

Not only will you be able to watch this awesome action-comedy ahead of its release, the film’s incredible cast, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, along with director Shane Black and renowned Hollywood producer Joel Silver will also attend the exclusive star-studded event!

The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The film also stars young actress Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer (the “Magic Mike” films,
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Giveaway – Win tickets to the UK premiere of The Nice Guys

“They’re not that nice…”

The Nice Guys struts in UK cinemas Friday 3, June and to celebrate, you have the chance to win tickets to the UK Premiere in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday 19th May! Not only will you be able to watch this awesome action-comedy ahead of its release, the film’s incredible cast, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, along with director Shane Black and renowned Hollywood producer Joel Silver will also attend the exclusive star-studded event!

The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The film also stars young actress Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer (the “Magic Mike” films,
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The Nice Guys new trailer; New promo lands for the upcoming comedy

The Nice Guys new trailer: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling lead out the cast on Shane Black’s new action/ comedy.

A new The Nice Guys trailer has just landed online ahead of its release this summer. The film is written and directed by Shane Black, and stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The film is expected in cinemas on June 3rd, 2016. The promo is officially the second trailer, and follows a hilarious red-band version that debuted earlier in the year.

You can watch The Nice Guys new trailer below, but first, here’s some spiel on the new movie.

The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy
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‘Serena’ Director Susanne Bier Says Movies ‘Will Die Out’ If They Don’t Reflect Diversity

‘Serena’ Director Susanne Bier Says Movies ‘Will Die Out’ If They Don’t Reflect Diversity
Susanne Bier, director of the upcoming AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” has slammed the sexism in the movie industry in an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk, criticizing Hollywood for excluding “talented women.”

“If film continues to not reflect the diversity of society, movies as an art form will die out,” said the director of the Oscar-winning Danish drama “In a Better World.”

Bier also announced her interest in joining the women-focused production company We Do It Together, which was set up with the aim of supporting work that challenges female stereotypes. Other backers include Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto and Amma Asante.

She suggested in a recent column for the Guardian that the Oscars should add a category for best female director.

“At its most cynical, this would reward the choices made by studios who consider the work of women filmmakers, while shaming those who do not,
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"There Was Not A Clear Understanding Of The Kind Of Movie We Were Making": Susanne Bier Gets Candid About 'Serena'

How could it have gone so wrong? That was the question many were asking about "Serena." From any perspective, it looked like a no-brainer success, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper taking the lead roles in a Depression-era drama based on the best-selling book by Ron Rash. However, it seems from the moment cameras rolled in 2012, something was off. The buzz on the picture was not good; there were rumblings of behind-the-scenes turmoil; and two years later, the movie quietly premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and the reviews were not kind. Director Susanne Bier ("After The Wedding," "In A Better World") survived the production, and is at the helm of highly anticipated upcoming series "The Night Manager" starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. But when asked about "Serena" by Variety, the filmmaker was candid about what led to the film's failure.  Read More: BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's.
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