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Patricia Clarkson won me over the moment she looked into John Coffey's eyes and told him, "I dreamed you were wandering in the dark. And so was I. And we found each other. We found each other in the dark." And then, more than a decade after The Green Mile hit theaters, she won me over again in Easy A when - playing the role of the mother to Emma Stone's Olive - she admitted quite candidly to her daughter that she had a horrible reputation when she was younger and that she slept with a whole bunch of people. "Mostly guys." Clarkson is one of those actors who owns a role, and she can be incredibly charming in the process. That may or may not come in handy for her part in The Maze Runner. The feature adaptation of James Dashner's novel has already begun production, »
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island, Easy A) has joined the cast of the Ya adaptation The Maze Runner. The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as The Glade but have no memory when they wake up. The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers. Only Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) holds the secret to their escape. Wes Ball is directing, and EW reports that Clarkson will be playing Ava Paige, a mysterious character that holds some interesting information. The film is slated to open on February 14, 2014. Hit the jump for casting news concerning a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Additionally, it was announced today that Alison Brie (Community), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), and Colin Hanks (Orange County) will »
- Adam Chitwood
The venerable Patricia Clarkson (who’s esteemed resume includes The Untouchables, Jumanji, The East, Easy A, The Green Mile, Frasier, Six Feet Under and The Station Agent) has been added to The Maze Runner, the adaptation of the bestselling Ya sci-fi novel from James Dasher (who sounds fit to run the maze himself).
Clarkson will play “Chancellor Ava Paige, the highest ranking member of the organization trying to test children to find the strongest, most intelligent warriors.” The Maze Runner is like Lost, Lord Of The Flies and Hunger Games combined as kids with no recollection of how they got there, struggle to reach the end of a puzzling labyrinth.
The film is set to be directed by first timer Wes Ball and features a youthful cast that also includes Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Will Poulter and Blake Cooper. »
- Andy Greene
Today we have the long awaited Riddick international trailer. Riddick will hit theaters on Sept 6 2013. The film has officially been branded the dreaded Rrating but given Riddicks following (the first two combined have raked in more than 150 million worldwide) that may not slow ticket sales too much. For more information you can follow the Riddick Facebook Page. In addition to Diesel and Urban Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) Katee Sackhoff (Halloween Resurrection) Nolan Gerard Funk (Deadgirl) Bokeem Woodbine (Devil) Raoul Trujillo (Cowboys Aliens) and Keri Hilson (Easy A) also star. »
Screen Gems has acquired Amelie Gillette's spec script "Catfight," which Will Gluck will produce through his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner along with Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka. Gluck brought the script to Screen Gems' president Clint Culpepper, with whom he collaborated on "Easy A." Culpepper will oversee the project for the studio. "Catfight" follows an insecure high school girl from a single parent household who gets a scholarship to an elite private high school in an attempt to reinvent herself. It's all going well until she finds out the boy she's dating »
- Jeff Sneider
Amanda Bynes has had a change of heart -- at least when it comes to Drake, her former celebrity crush whom she recently called "ugly" on Twitter. In a June 14 tweet, the 27-year-old Easy A star issued a rare apology to the 26-year-old "Headlines" rapper. "I'm sorry about the tweets I said about Drake. I didn't mean what I said," Bynes explained. "I hope to become friends with him instead of smashing him!" Earlier that morning, Bynes shared her thoughts on love with her 2 million [...] »
The modern day remake of classic musical Annie might have grabbed its’ Miss Hannigan – rumours are circling today that the one and only Sandra Bullock has re-opened talks to star in the project as the evil drunkard who runs the orphanage where Annie and her pals are languishing.
Already confirmed for the title role is Quvenzhané Wallis, the nine year old who wrote herself into the record books by becoming the youngest ever actress to earn an Oscar nomination for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Jamie Foxx is also set to set as a Daddy Warbucks-esque character who will take Annie away from the orphanage to a life she never imagined. The film will be directed by Easy A’s director Will Gluck and music mogul Jay-z is on board as a producer.
There is also a Broadway production of ‘Annie’ currently running in New York where it was recently nominated for a Tony Award. »
- Victoria Bull
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bullock is in early negotiations to play Miss Hannigan in the upcoming adaptation of "Annie." The new flick will star Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, a contemporary reinvention of Daddy Warbucks. Sony is making the film alongside Will Smith and Jay-z as producers.
But Miss Congeniality hasn't signed on the dotted line yet. Sony approached Bullock with the idea in early March, but she passed. It appears the allure of orphanages and tacky-patterned muumuus was enough for Bullock to take a second look at the project—she’s back in discussions.
- Christopher Rosa
A Hologram for the King: Tom Hanks, currently starring on Broadway in Nora Ephron's play Lucky Guy, will finish his run on July 3, and then return to the movies. He has now set up a new project: A Hologram for the King, based on a 2012 novel by Dave Eggers, in which the central character is a middle-aged, self-employed consultant trying to sell a hologram teleconferencing system to the Saudi Arabian king. Hanks will be reteaming with Tom Tykwer, who shared in directing him in Cloud Atlas. [Variety] Annie: Having secured young Quvenzhane Wallis (Oscar-nominated for Beasts of the Southern Wild) to star as a little orphan girl, Jamie Foxx to play a "variation" of Daddy Warbucks, and Will Gluck (Easy A) to direct, the producers of movie musical Annie are now thinking...
- Peter Martin
If you don’t want to spend the last July weekend seeing The Wolverine in theaters, then perhaps you’ll consider watching another, very different kind of movie that’s out on the same day. The To-Do List is a teen sex comedy from writer-director Maggie Carey, which stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy Clark, an organised and ambitious high school graduate who decides to build up an arsenal of sexual experience in preparation for her first year of college, after her peers tease her relentlessly for being a virgin.
The To-Do List appears to be the antithesis of Will Gluck’s 2010 comedy Easy A, in which Emma Stone played a high school student who becomes a social pariah after intentionally starting a rumor that she has lost her virginity. Generally in teen sex comedies it’s male characters who are jeered at for being virgins, ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Sony and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment are filling out the cast of their new adaptation of the classic musical Annie, which also has rapper Jay-z aboard as a producer and Easy A director Will Gluck at the helm. Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhane Wallis is taking the titular role with this spin on the story that is said to be geared towards African American audiences, and Jamie Foxx is playing a character named Benjamin Stacks, a New York City mayoral candidate that's essentially a variation on the Daddy Warbucks character. And now Sandra Bullock is said to be circling one of the pivotal roles. More below! The Wrap reports that Bullock initially turned down an offer to star in the film, but the actress is now back in talks to play Miss Hannigan, the overbearing mean woman who runs the orphanage where Annie and her friends reside. »
- Ethan Anderton
Joan Rivers loves a good train wreck when she sees one. And you know she can't help but go off the rails on them. In an exclusive interview, the Fashion Police maven, who celebrated her 80th birthday on June 8, shot the breeze with E! News about three glorious Tinseltown cautionary cases: Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love and Amanda Bynes. And she was more than ready to deploy her wicked, acid-tongued wit. Starting with Miss Bynes. "Sad, because now they're saying she's schizophrenic," Joan says about the beleaguered star, who was arrested last month for allegedly tossing a bong out her NYC apartment window. Still, in Joan's eyes, the Easy A actress can't hold a candle to »
In Amanda Bynes' world, she's a beautiful swan living in a world of ugly ducklings. As shown in a series of new tweets, the Easy A actress called a slew of people "ugly" -- her former crush, Drake (again!), Miley Cyrus, celeb blogger Perez Hilton, and even her own father, Rick Bynes. "I only like @Drake because he's so ugly!" the 27-year-old tweeted on Monday, June 10. "His ugly cheeks at the EA conference! Fine he is not, but he knows he's ugly! I've spoken to him!" [...] »
Is Amanda Bynes a rap star in the making? The former Nickelodeon actress has been offered a record deal with a small East Coast hip-hop label to drop her very first album.
Producer Daniel Herman of Chinga Chang Records, a New York-based music group founded in 2003, first told RadarOnline.com Monday that he extended an offer to Bynes for a deal with his rap label. He cleared the idea with The Orchard and Sony Entertainment, then went ahead and reached out to her attorney in Los Angeles.
"She's phenomenal and that's the crazy thing about this," Herman, CEO of Chinga Chang Records, told The Huffington Post during a phone call Tuesday morning. "This is the perfect home. This isn't just a gimmick."
Herman said he has yet to secure a contract with the 27-year-old, but he is "beyond confident" she will sign. He hopes to seal the deal later this week. »
- The Huffington Post
Rebooting a classic work of literature for the big screen, by setting it in the present day and reworking its storyline for a modern audience, is currently a big trend in Hollywood. This month sees the release of The Avengers director Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern day California. Later in the year viewers will be treated to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon, a Jersey Shore inspired version of the classic Don Juan story, co-starring Scarlett Johansson.
Movie goers have already witnessed how successful modernised adaptations of classics can be: great examples include teen comedies Easy A (The Scarlet Letter) and 10 Things I Hate About You (The Taming of the Shrew). Meanwhile, TV’s award-winning Sherlock rebooted Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian detective stories by setting them in present day London and incorporating modern day technology.
Such successes have proved that classic literature can »
- Francesca Street
For those of you who were excited by the idea of seeing Emma Stone in a Guillermo del Toro movie, I have some bad news. While it seemed like the deal was all cinched up back in January, it turns out that the Easy A actress won't be able to star in the new haunted house horror Crimson Peak. That news is certainly disappointing, but the positive side of the situation is that the director has found a more-than-capable replacement. The Wrap reports that Mia Wasikowska, who put on a frightfully brilliant performance in Chan-wook Park's Stoker earlier this year, is now in talks to take the lead role in Crimson Peak. The site says that taking on the part would see her play Edith Cushing, a young author "who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be." The brilliant cast already includes Benedict Cumberbatch »
Aubrey Plaza is pretty damn funny on Parks And Recreation and has assembled a nice career of supporting roles in Funny People, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Safety Not Guaranteed and many more. The To Do List marks her first starring role in a wide release film and this red band trailer sets a pretty good tone for a fun film. The To Do List has a similar feel to Emma Stone's Easy A crossed with the John Hughes movies of the 1980s. Taking place in the early 90s, there are tons of references »
- Alex Maidy
Monday's (June 3) episode of "Katie" centers around former child stars, so host Katie Couric asks them to weigh in on troubled starlet Amanda Bynes, who began acting at the age of seven. Jaleel White, best known as Steve Urkel from "Family Matters," has a lot to say about Bynes, having worked with the actress on the 2002 comedy "Big Fat Liar."
"I wish I could take it easy on her," Jaleel says of Amanda. "But sometimes some of the things that comes out of her mouth -- she calls a lot of people ugly; Jay-z and Rihanna, and I'm just like -- I don't know. It comes from a very interesting spiritual place. All I can really do is pray for her, to be quite honest."
Couric then points out the obvious. "This is clearly a young woman who's in trouble, Jaleel, right," she asks. And the actor gives a pretty direct answer. »
Amanda Bynes was once a promising young actress and standup comedian. But she lost her dog in 2011, retired from acting in 2012, and somewhere in between those events, she began a very public downward spiral. In case you have a hard time keeping up with the "Easy A" star's car accidents, DUI, Twitter rants, deleted tweets, attacks on fellow celebrities, erratic behavior, lawsuit threats, arrests and mug shots, here is a handy timeline, which Zap2it will keep updated as events unfold.
July 9, 2013:
Bynes is scheduled to appear in a New York courtroom on July 9 to face charges of marijuana possession, evidence tampering, and reckless endangerment following the bong throwing incident.
May 28, 2013:
Following an Internal Affairs investigation, the NYPD reports there is no evidence that Bynes was sexually assaulted by an officer during her arrest. In fact, a civilian witness reports it never happened.
May 27, 2013:
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Wow. Amanda Bynes unleashed some serious fury on Rihanna via Twitter today, calling the singer "ugly" and hitting her below the belt with a reference to her infamous abuse scandal with Chris Brown. All for no apparent reason. "@rihanna Chris Brown beat you because you're not pretty enough," Bynes tweeted, going on to say, "@rihanna no one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna." Bynes quickly deleted her tweets…but it looked like Rihanna had already caught wind of the Easy A actress's insults when she wrote this just moments later: "Ya see what happens when they cancel »
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