Last Lap: Who’s Stepping Up After Natalie Portman Drops Out Of Macbeth?

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Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard composite

Dr. Phil faces a backlash after an ill-conceived tweet, Anna Kendrick ditches her straight-laced image, and Zac Efron holds his own against Hollywood heavyweights.

  • Fans hoping to see Natalie Portman‘s turn as Lady Macbeth are in for some disappointing news. The actress won’t be appearing in the upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, but the equally talented Marion Cotillard is taking the role. [E!]
  • Dr. Phil may have thought he was opening up a legitimate social debate with a recent tweet, but instead was met with anger. The talk show host asked if followers thought having sex with drunk girls was OK, probably to promote a detailed conversation on an upcoming show. Note to Dr. Phil: Nuance really isn’t possible in 140 characters. [The Hollywood Gossip]
  • Anna Kendrick opens up — and strips down — for an interview with GQ. The Drinking Buddies starlet is shown in a black bra, and lets us know her views on the dating game. [People]
  • Zac Efron shines in the trailer for Parkland, a film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, and Paul Giamatti. [MTV via Yahoo! Movies]

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