While it’s not totally clear whether she jumped or was pushed, everyone seems glad that Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3. Initially, blogger Nikki Finke announced that Paramount decided to give Shia LaBeouf a new love interest in the next sequel, presumably one who wouldn’t compare director Michael Bay to Hitler after the shoot (“[it] makes more sense for the story,” said her source). A rep for Miss Fox responded “It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best,” but Finke has already called the rebuttal a “pantload”—which is still a smaller pile than the last Transformers movie.
While LaBeouf has yet to comment on Fox’s departure, he’s already made clear he wants big changes for the franchise. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone,” he said of Revenge Of The Fallen, admitting he “wasn’t impressed.” It shouldn’t be too long before we hear who will be helping Shia bring back the “heart”—Transformers 3 has already begun filming in LA.
5. He thinks he’s more beautiful than Julia Roberts. When Ellen asked RP how he felt about being named one of People‘s most beautiful people, he said he didn’t realized ranking was involved, and jokingly said that Julia Roberts “came out of nowhere” and he had been working on the title all year.
4. He “doesn’t think well in real-time.” When asked why he’s more at ease with a script in hand and the cameras rolling than in interviews, Pattinson said he hasn’t perfected the art of thinking before he speaks.
3. He shaved his head due to a bad case of “nits” AKA head lice. Truthfully he lopped off his lovely locks for his role opposite Reese Witherspoon in Water For Elephants, but he jumped at the chance to start a rumor that didn’t involve knocking up Kristen Stewart.
1. He cannot be identified by his pecs. Producing a studio full of girl boners, Ellen invited one lucky audience member to participate in “Pattin’ Pattinson” where while blindfolded, she had to pick Rob out of a line-up just by feelin’ him up. She failed at the game, but won the award of luckiest b*tch on the planet, second only to Kristen.
Ryan Gosling, we are helpless and unable to function after all this cute overload you’re responsible for. It was bad enough when you were dating Rachel McAdams and you took your Notebook love off the screen and into our hearts making us think you were The World’s Most Perfect Couple™ , but now that we’re all a little older and wiser and that much closer to our child-bearing years, you are truly killing us. Only a very smooth operator could appeal to our maternal instincts this way, posing with your tiny Blue Valentine co-star Faith Wladyka so lovingly on the red carpet. Not to mention how cute you are with co-star Michelle Williams, too. You’re good, Gosling. You’re very good.
A black man becomes president in a country which has suffered under white rule. He’s expected to make sweeping changes to right the imbalance caused by years of racial intolerance. Instead, he urges forgiveness and keeps some of the detested hallmarks of the old regime. How can the president instill hope in a broken people? The answer in director Clint Eastwood‘s award-winning drama is to promote the sporting achievements of South Africa’s rugby team. Mostly white and unloved by the black community, they face a crucial test in the 1995 World Cup. The president, of course, is Nelson Mandela. Morgan Freeman invests him with the necessary dignity and captures the political edge un-dulled by 27 years in prison. After years of voiceovers and second banana roles, it’s great to see him take center stage. Blonde Matt Damon is the captain of the Springboks rugby team, who needs some convincing about Mandela’s reforms. Invictus may lack the stirring musical montages of Rocky IV, but this smart sporting movie is very satisfying entertainment.
Extras: The Blu-Ray/SD combo offers two “making of” featurettes and a music trailer.
- By C. Bottomley
Check out our exclusive video from the DVD of Eastwood and the cast discussing Freeman’s portrayal of Mandela.
Thank U, Gyllenhaal. Thank U, synergy. Thank U, corporate resurgence! Alanis Morissette was on hand for the Prince Of Persia premiere in LA last night, having recorded “I Remain,” the track that plays over the film’s closing credits. “I saw a screening of the movie and immediately felt compelled to write a song within 10 minutes,” she told USA Today. “It wrote itself.” Funny, we just assumed the producers remembered her bombastic City Of Angels track “Uninvited” when they needed something vaguely middle eastern for the credits, but her version seems a lot more flattering. Maybe she can make a whole album based on summer blockbuster video game adaptations! Look forward to her “A World Of Crafted War” in 2011.
An event honoring producer Jerry Bruckheimer coincided with the Persia premiere, giving pec-powered Persia star Jake Gyllenhaal the chance to mingle with action heroes like Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis. See photos of these stars and more in the gallery below (is it just us or does Billy Bob Thornton look like the dad from Gossip Girl these days?).
Well hello there. We’d normally be in a snit if anyone dared replace our beloved Johnny Deppin anything. Ewan McGregor is the exception to rule because he puts the “mmmm” in yummmy.
Depp will be busy filming Piratesfor Disney this fall, so Terry Gilliam has been forced to replace him with McGregor for his latest movie (which was aborted in 2000) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Now if they’re going to stick to that original script, than Ewan McGorgeous will play a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain. There, he meets Don Quixote and then start the adventures.
Robert Duvall is on board too, replacing Jean Rochefort. Gilliam said, “Robert Duvall is one of the greats, no question – and he can ride a horse! And Ewan has gotten better over the years. He was wonderful in The Ghost. There’s a lot of colours to Ewan that he’s not been showing recently and it’s time for him to show them again. He’s got a great sense of humour and he’s a wonderful actor. He’s wonderfully boyish and can be charming – when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb!”
Plans are well ahead with the making of a biopic about Winnie Mandela, even though the producers of the film have been receiving legal threats from the former wife of South African President Nelson Mandela about the script.
One of the producers, Andre Pieterse, has said that the “well-researched” screenplay will be made “without any influence from any of the main characters.” Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard have signed on to play the Mandelas in this $15 million drama which will span their lives over decades. They’re going to commence shooting later this month in Cape Town and Hudson said, “I felt as though her story was never told, and it’s worth being told.” It’s too bad Winnie disagrees with her!