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The drama is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children were incredibly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Margaret Keane actually created the paintings, her husband Walter was the marketing genius who also claimed to be responsible for the artwork himself.
Krysten Ritter is playing DeeAnn, a free-spirited friend of Margaret, who tries to convince the introverted artist to stand up for herself and claim the credit she truly deserved. Danny Huston also stars as an alcoholic gossip reporter.
Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the critically-acclaimed biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. »
Jada Pinkett Smith is putting on her dancing and producing shoes for "Salsa," a new romantic comedy with William Levy. Levy has appeared on a number of Spanish-language TV shows, but his star has been rising in the States because of a smoldering season on "Dancing With the Stars." Naturally, he plays a salsa teacher who helps Pinkett Smith's character get her groove back. Whether that's metaphorical or the more old-fashioned way has yet to be seen, but with romcom expert Amy Heckerling writing and directing, all signs point to a love connection. Levy's got a number of projects coming up, including Tyler Perry's "Single Moms Club" and the drama "Addicted." There's also buzz that the up-and-comer really wants to hit up Broadway. He's hoping for a chance to play Emilio Estefan in the singer's autobiographical Broadway musical. He's also been busy with a new Pepsi campaign. Unfortunately for everyone ever, »
- Jenni Miller
Amy Heckerling has signed with Paradigm. She made her feature directorial debut with Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982 and followed up with National Lampoon’s European Vacation three years later. After writing and directing the first two films in the Look Who’s Talking series, Heckerling made another teen classic, 1995’s Clueless, and developed the television adaptation, which ran on Upn for three seasons. Last year, she reunited with the movie’s star, Alicia Silverstone, for the horror comedy Vamps. Heckerling has continued to work in the world of teen dramedy by directing episodes of Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries.
- Rebecca Sun
Okay, Silverstone fans, cross your fingers, because you all are very close to getting a wish come true. Alicia Silverstone is very close to starring in a new Lifetime series. She’ll lead the pilot, but the waters are murky. There’s no telling whether this one will make it to a full series order or not. The new drama pilot is called Hr.
I just saw Silverstone in 2012′s Butter. It took me a moment to recognize her, but that voice of her and twisted mouth is very recognizable. Not only is it good to read about her landing a starring role, but it seems like Hr has a solid chance at becoming a Lifetime series and I’ll tell you why.
The network ordered the pilot last summer, along with Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives Of Wives and Witches Of East End, according to the Deadline report, but »
- Sasha Nova
Exclusive: After a lengthy search, Lifetime has tapped Alicia Silverstone as the lead in its drama pilot Hr. The network originally ordered the pilot last summer, along with Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives Of Wives and Witches Of East End, but made the pickup contingent on casting the lead. Lifetime took its time, looking for a name and the right actress. With Silverstone on board, Hr has now been cleared for production. Written by Glenn Porter (I Melt With You), Hr centers on the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Hr is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, who originally developed the project as a spec, and co-executive produced by Porter and Michael Lohmann. Hr joins »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Building on the launch pad that Downton Abbey gave him, Dan Stevens is looking to ignite his film career. He’s in talks to co-star alongside Liam Neeson for Scott Frank’s new thriller, A Walk Among The Tombstones.Neeson is starring as a former NYPD officer who now works as a private investigator. When he’s hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer, he discovers that this isn’t the first time the perpetrators have pulled off this kind of crime – and all of their previous targets have ended up dead. Can he save this one?Stevens’ role hasn’t been announced, though it’s possible he’s playing the drug dealer with the missing missus - which would certainly be a change from his Downton casting. This would be just his latest film gig, as he’s already cropped up in Amy Heckerling’s little-seen »
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Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
First-time SAG Awards nominee Bradley Cooper is recognized this year for his lead role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and as a cast member in the film. In addition to “Playbook,” Cooper had three other films in release in 2012: “The Words,” “Hit and Run,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” In May, he’ll be seen in “The Hangover Part III” and later this year will star opposite his “Playbook” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the suspense drama “Serena.” He’ll also reunite with Russell to work on the director’s film about the Abscam scandal, also starring Christian Bale.
Viola Davis is a four-time Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee and two-time recipient of »
- Michelle McCue
In the history of the Academy Awards, 84 Oscars have been awarded for Best Director. In that time four women have been nominated for this honour… and only one has won – Kathryn Bigelow. A true pioneer and with a flair for action that had previously been the domain of male directors, Bigelow is undoubtedly leading the way for female filmmakers everywhere.
Though a distinct minority, female directors have been working away in Hollywood for a long time, and have made a major impact on the film industry, especially in recent years – and Bigelow’s achievement is a boost for all of them. In honour of Kathryn Bigelow’s most recent film Zero Dark Thirty, we take a look at the Top 5 most celebrated female directors in Hollywood today.
Krysten Ritter has been linked to the role of Ana Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 actress was named as a contender in a Gather article, which also suggested that Anne Hathaway was being considered. Although the article itself offers no clear evidence to support the rumour, Ritter retweeted the article from her personal Twitter account, suggesting that she is indeed in the running. Ritter recently starred in romantic comedy Vamps, which is yet to be released in the UK, and had a recurring role in the second season of AMC drama Breaking Bad. Several actresses have been reported as frontrunners for the role of naive college graduate Ana Steele, who develops a sadomasochistic relationship with billionaire Christian (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
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