There might be no other film from our youth that has had such an impact on our lives, our knowledge of history, or our use of slang than Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure. We still can’t eat a big bowl of ice cream without chanting “Zig-gy Pig-gy!” and we often find ourselves referring to Sigmund Freud as The Frood Dude. Last year, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter both teased us with the idea that there could be a third Bill and Ted film in the works, and this week, Keanu goes even further, confirming that the script is almost finished.
The the interview above, Reeves discusses the next Bill and Ted movie, saying “I believe the writers are six weeks away from a draft. … When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened, so they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back.” We’d be interested to see these guys revive their old characters, but it just won’t be the same without Rufus, played by George Carlin. Hopefully they don’t revive him with CGI holograms or something, that would not be so excellent.
Lily Collins is known for her famous relationships. First, there’s the fact that she’s musician Phil Collins daughter. She also happens to be dating Taylor Lautner. And now she’s going to be known as the woman who lives with seven tiny little men, because Collins just nabbed the role of Snow White in the live-action, Brothers Grimm version of the film that starts production soon. Collins was up against Saoirse Ronan and it was announced Friday that she was picked for the role of the poisoned princess.
Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts are already set to star as the Prince and the Evil Queen, respectively, in this version of the tale. It’s hard to keep them all straight, since there are also two more Snow White films in development, with Kristen Stewart playing the title role in Snow White And The Huntsman and Natalie Portman reportedly starring in Snow And The Seven. Despite the competing projects, that’s some pretty nice company that Collins is in.
Now that The Hunger Games producers have cast Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a search has been underway to find the two men who can round out the post-apocalyptic love triangle in the story. In the books, two men fight for Katniss’ affection: First, there’s Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend, hunting buddy, and authority-hater who loves Katniss for who she is and has known her forever. It’s been rumored that Liam Hemsworth is the frontrunner for Gale, and while he’s not quite the tan, sinewy guy we imagined, he’s certainly good looking and could pull off the physical work involved.
As for Peeta Mellark, the more good-natured romantic foil who’s sent to compete against Katniss in the titular Hunger Games, he’s likely going to be played by Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson has expressed interest in Peeta for a while now, saying “I love Peeta. The character is so much who I am—self deprecating, a people person,” and according to a report on Deadline.com, he’s getting close to nabbing the part. This is just the tip of the casting iceberg for this trilogy, we still have Effie, Haymitch and Prim to cast as well. Check out our original predictions for the Hunger Games casting and let us know if you have any new suggestions to add!
We were a little confused last week when Miley Cyrus reportedly criticized Rebecca Black, saying “It should be harder to be an artist. You shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go on tour.” In an industry where everyone gets their big break in different ways (and some are born into it—cough, cough), we were shocked by Miley’s criticism. Turns out though, that it was all just a big mix-up. Miley claims she was misquoted and told E! this weekend “I am a fan of Rebecca Black. I love Rebecca Black. I just got misquoted. I think she’s great.”
To go even further, Miley says “I actually have this really embarrassing video that my sister has on her phone and I’m just waiting till the day that she puts it on YouTube. It’s me driving, singing Rebecca Black and my hands are not always on the wheel while I’m singing the song. Not so good.” Pics, or it didn’t happen! You hear us, Noah Cyrus? Your sister is daring you to put that online. We need proof that Miley really does sing mindless, terrible pop music in the car. (As opposed to just onstage! Heyoo! Just kidding, cheap shot.)
Of course, it could just be that they were intimately discussing the details of their upcoming movie, Now, which is entirely possible. Timberlake seems to bring out the flirtatious side of his female co-workers, judging from this interview between him and Amanda Seyfried, and the undeniable chemistry he had withMila Kunis while shooting Friends With Benefits. Still, a snuggling over drinks? That sounds less like business, more like pleasure.
Gahhhh! We can barely stand the cuteness of Mark Wahlberg smooching his son Michael as they watch the L.A. Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks last night. The only thing cuter than the two of them is… David Beckham‘s adorable interactions with son Romeo! It is killllling us! Sure, it’s easy to have a ball when you have floor seats to the Lakers, but these dads look like the only thing that matters to them is showing the boys a good time. The question is, who is the cutest?
We’ve long been obsessed with Blake Lively, pretty much ever since she put on a pair of traveling pants. Lively is talented, sure, but she’s kind of the most Barbie-like perfect woman we have ever seen; we want her hair, her gravity-defying boobs, and most of all, those Lively legs (minus the baby oil, of course). Lively showed off her gams at the Cinema Con awards last night, and even though her outfit was a little Tonya Harding for our tastes, we’re still in awe of those legs. What is her secret? Squats? Yoga? Pilates? Yogilates? Check out more shots of Lively and some of the other winners at the Cinema Con awards ceremony, held in Las Vegas this week.
It’s been about twelve years in the making, but a musical co-written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King will finally debut next year. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is based on a news story from 1957 about the deaths of two brothers who, as ghosts, tell their family’s story. Mellencamp and King staged several readings of the musical with actors and musicians like Meg Ryan (ahhh-HA!), Elvis Costello and Neko Case, but it will finally be produced for the stage in April, 2012, at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Mellencamp has said of the project “It won’t be ‘Jack and Diane’ meets Cujo,” which is unfortunate because that sounds hilarious, but instead it will be “an American story about an American family,” told from each family member’s perspective.
The musical was reportedly supposed to have been finished in 2002, but it has taken much longer than expected to edit the project, but it is finally ready to go. T-Bone Burnett, who has previously worked on films like Crazy Heart and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will be the musical director of the production.
James Franco has been criticized plenty for his Oscar-hosting gig with Anne Hathaway earlier this year, and after all the digs about his energy not matching up to Hathaway’s, his Tweeting from the stage, and the possibility that he was high, he’s finally responding to critics.
Franco was on The Late Show With David Letterman and discussed his hosting with Dave, who has hosted the award show himself and is familiar with the gig. The segment airs tonight, but in this video, you can get a preview of Franco defending himself from the critics and telling Dave “People said I was under the influence. I’ve thought about it. I think I know why. I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway.” After defending himself a bit more against the hatorade, Letterman says to Franco, as only Letterman could, “Let me ask you a question. What the hell do you care?” Exactly. It’s been over a month, let’s all let it go!
The contestants of American Idol start off as media virgins and learn pretty quickly what it’s like to be in the spotlight and have your every move and every word scrutinized, and contestant James Durbin is finding that out the hard way. A comment he made on Wednesday night’s show has touched off some drama between Durbin and Michael Jackson‘s family.
On the live show, Durbin, who performed next to a flaming piano, told Ryan Seacrest, “I have a lot of hairspray in my hair to keep it from jumping around— so much so, the one thing I was worried about was having a ‘Pepsi moment’,” referring to Michael Jackson’s infamous Pepsi commercial shoot where his hair caught fire. Though he didn’t specifically say Jackson’s name, the Jackson family is still offended. The family released a statement saying “We were shocked to see this. It’s nothing to make light of and everybody should be focusing on who was responsible for Michael’s death.” A death which had nothing to do with the Pepsi commercial, so they’re kind of missing the point, we think. Still, Durbin apologized to the family but then Tweeted “Talkin about MJs passing is too soon. Making a reference to an incident 25 years ago..not too soon. The stab was at pepsi people.” Exactly.