“The Kennedys” is going to be the History Channel’s first scripted miniseries and they recently announced that Katie Holmes will portray Jacqueline Kennedy while Greg Kinnear is taking on the role of President John F. Kennedy. (What, was Tom Cruise busy?) Barry Pepper has been cast to play Robert Kennedy, who served as U.S. attorney general in his brother’s administration while Tom Wilkinson is taking on the role of the patriarch, Joseph Kennedy.
According to the channel, the eight-hour miniseries, which will air on the History Channel in 2011, will include the family’s personal drama along with major events of their time. Katie’s going to have to bring back the bob – and also her acting skills. Do you think she has what it takes to play the most famous First Lady ever?
“Ok, who just called me a fat Gerard Butler? Who said that? Bring the heathen to me!” It’s too soon to tell if Russell Crowe still has enough action fans to make his Robin Hood a hit (only his American Gangster has passed the $100 million mark in the decade since Gladiator), but if he’s willing to play around with a sword while promoting Spain, expect to see even crazier shenanigans when the film opens stateside next month—maybe they’ll get him to perform at Medieval Times. Are you excited to watch Russell play the Prince Of Thieves? Check out more photos of the 46-year-old swashbuckler in the gallery below.
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It’s official: Bill Condon will direct the final Twilight Saga movie(s?), Breaking Dawn. The guy’s got a solid resume: he directed Dreamgirls and Kinsey and is also an Oscar-winning screenwriter (he won for Gods and Monsters, was nominated for Chicago). Impressive, yes – but can he handle the vampire f*ck-fest/violent stomach-tearing vampire birth/creepy Jacob-Renesmee love affair that is Breaking Dawn? (Er, spoiler alert.)
What do you think about the latest directorial choice, Twi-hards? Did you want Summit to bring back Catherine Hardwick, Chris Weitz or David Slade instead? Will Condon click with his romantically linked stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson? Most importantly, will he give us the R-rated sex scenes we so desperately want to see?! (Don’t lie, you know you want to see them in all their bed-splitting glory too.)
Amanda Peet didn’t let pregnancy keep her off the red carpet, so why should she waste any time getting back on once the kid was born? The Whole Nine Yards star attended the premiere of her new movie Please Give at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, only eight days after the birth of Molly June, her second daughter with husband David Benioff. Molly’s birth came early enough that Peet had to cancel a Letterman appearance scheduled the day after—maybe she was supposed to be preggo for this photo op too. See photos of Peet and more in the gallery below.
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We can’t wait to bust out a couple of cosmos for this one! Liza Minnelli, who makes an amazing cameo in the highly anticipated Sex and the City 2, thinks that the movie is going to be a “blast.” She’s in good company; also popping into the movie are Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus.
Miz Minnelli sparkles in her sing-and-dance role (it’s all in the SATC2 trailer) and reveals this, “[It] was so much fun! It’s a wonderful number. We had a blast..It’s rock and roll. Everything is moving! And I just got a whole new knee, so I can promise you everything is moving!” Can’t wait to see Liza shake things up!
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is not a lucky man. The director is beloved by fantasy fans for the skewed vision on display in films like Brazil and 12 Monkeys. But he’s had movies taken away from him by studios and even had a production wiped out by a flood. Imaginarium was no exception. Star Heath Ledger died from a fatal overdose halfway through shooting. Fortunately, friends Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell agreed to fill the breech. The imaginarium is a mirror through which people can see their heart’s desires, and Ledger is the mysterious stranger who joins Dr. Parnassus’s caravan. The motley ensemble—including Austin Powers‘s pint-sized star Verne Troyer—are hounded by a devil in the form of Tom Waits, who intends to claim the doctor’s daughter (Lily Cole) for himself. Gilliam fills the movie with eye-popping visuals and knockabout comedy; imagine Avatar, but with a world filtered through Victorian cartoons rather than Yes album covers. It’s a fitting tribute to a star and director who both dared to let their reach exceed their grasp.
Extras: An audio interview with Ledger and footage from his wardrobe test. Gilliam gives an introduction and commentary. Deleted scene, 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes stuff.
- By C. Bottomley
Check out TheFABlife’s exclusive DVD bonus clip above, an audio interview with the late Heath Ledger.
Are Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber auditioning for a new super-hero movie? We thought Liev was terrific as Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the NY premiere of Naomi’s new film Mother And Child might not have been the place to show off their dramatic duds. Normally, the rainy weather would explain his trenchcoat (though not his fondness for low-cut shirts), but he looked more than a little overdressed next his partner in crime (and parenthood), who chose to combine puffy, pleated knee-high pants with a tight black sleeveless top. We don’t know what comic book teams a Simon Cowell-esque vampire with a sexy genie, but we don’t want to read it anyway.
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Hey, Scott Stapp is growing his hair back out! Oh wait, that bad-ass in the shades, soul patch and leather jacket is Adrien Brody, reminding everyone at yesterday’s Iron Man 2 premiere that, despite winning an Academy Award for playing a Polish classical musician in The Pianist, “A-Bro” is just a dude from Queens at heart. Dude is totally not going to wuss up Predators at all! So what if he was in the worst Wes Anderson movie? Ayyy!
It’s a shame Brody didn’t think to pose next to Masters of Macho Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone, who spent time mugging with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., frightening us with their matching colored sunglasses. See these stars and others like Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Cheadle in the red carpet gallery below.
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Last year, we were pretty sure that Christie Brinkley was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after the sordid details about her divorce from Peter Cook went public. (You remember, that’s the case where he slept with an 18-year-old and they both demanded that the other get sent to prison – classy!) It’s nice to see that one of Christie Brinkley’s divorces hasn’t ended in complete sleaze though, just look at how happy she and her beret are to be hanging out with ex-husband Billy Joel and their daughter Alexa Ray.
They were all together for the premiere of Last Play At Shea at the Tribeca Film Festival chronicling the Piano Man’s final concert at Shea Stadium before it was torn down. Also in attendance? Joel’s other ex, Katie Lee, whom he divorced last summer. Now that just seems awkward. Or is is sweet? We’re so used to divorces ending badly that all this supportive, nice behavior is weird.
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