Well, this is embarrassing. No, we’re not referring to our scrapbook of wedding plans for our fantasy Bradley Cooper wedding. You know we spent a lot of time and effort on that. We’re referring to producer/director J.J. Abram‘s awkward casting rumor gaffe. It all began when the Star Trek director claimed Bradley Cooper was psyched to potentially play Lance Armstrong in the film based on the upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong. “[Cooper] sent me an email and we’ve been talking,” Abrams told Entertainment Tonight. Seemed reasonable enough (both Lance and Bradley have a similar intensity and devastating cheekbones), until we found out that J.J. hadn’t…actually…mentioned to Bradley that he was supposed to be interested. Man, this is just like when we sent out the invites to our wedding to Bradley Cooper with out technically meeting him first. We feel you, J.J.!
Considering how quickly the movie rumor mill churns, it’s kind of surprising stuff like this doesn’t happen more often. Seeing as how Abrams directed Cooper in Alias in the earlier ’00s, J.J. was probably just getting everyone psyched for Bradley’s potential role in the film and he forgot to play one important call. “Oh my god, that’s so nuts!” the Silver Linings Playbook star clarified to Access Hollywoodabout the rumors of his involvement. “I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show… I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about. I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea. I don’t know anything about it.” Oh, maybe J.J. got one of those Google bot emails from Bradley’s account and just assumed he was in to play Lance? That seems like a reasonable assumption, right?
Considering both Marvin Gaye and Lenny Kravitz helped turn a generation of girls into women with their buttercream voices, it makes sense that the “American Woman” rocker would portray the R&B legend in an upcoming biopic. Britain’s The Standard reports that Kravitz has signed on to director Julian Temple‘s film depicting the last three years of Gaye’s life. This will be Lenny’s first big screen starring role…so thanks to everyone who was obsessed with Cinna in The Hunger Games movie! You done good, kids.
Personally, we can totally see this working. Lenny bares a passing resemblance to Marvin, he can probably wear his own wardrobe and he certainly has the pipes for it. With any luck he’ll be joining Daniel Day Lewis in our 20 Most Crazily Accurate Celebrity Portrayals of Historical Figures gallery in no time. The movie will allegedly depict Gaye’s struggle with alcoholism in London before music promoter Freddy Cousaert intervened and helped him recuperate in Belgium. So…if the film starts in 1981, we’re assuming it includes Gaye’s tragic shooting death at the hands of his own father in 1984? Wow, seventh grade us never thought we’d be rooting for Lenny Kravitz to win the Best Actor oscar. We were too busy rooting he’d somehow be driving through Northeast Ohio and be really into girls with sports goggles. Oh, like we were the only ones!
Watch your ever-dwindling back, Matthew McConaughey! Nicole Kidman wants to steal the Academy’s hearts and minds next year, and she’s attempting to do it without losing sixty to eighty pounds to do it. Maybe she’ll slap on a blond fall and a little cheekbone highlighter, but that’s it! Currently filming her Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco in Monaco, Kidman stepped out in a winter coat and ballgown yesterday looking like a dead ringer for the famous actress-turned-royalty. Then again, Kidman has always been a biopic hound.
Ability to play the acoustic guitar? Check. Long, flowing blond hair? Check. Canadian heritage? No, but we’d buy it, so…check. Heart-breaking tale of adoption that fueled her songwriting for decades? Not so much, but there are enough similarities between the two that we can see why Taylor Swift is rumored for the role of Joni Mitchell in an upcoming biopic. According to Variety, the Speak Now singer “has been linked to the Mitchell role for several months” in anticipation of the film version of Sheila Weller‘s book Girls Like Us. The movie would also feature singers Carole King and Carly Simon; Midnight In Paris actress Alison Pill is up for the role of King and, if we’re going by name alone, we would secretly love to see Carly Rae Jepson play Simon. What? They have the same bangs too! Oh please, like you wouldn’t see that movie the day it came out.
Of course, Swift was also closely linked to the Les Miserables movie, currently in production and costarring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, before she lost the rose of Eponine to British musical theater actress Samantha Barks. Clearly Taylor wasn’t destined to play a tragic waif anyway, but we’re interested to see if she ends up landing Joni. Do you think Taylor can pull it off? After all, she’s young enough to think Counting Crows and Valessa Carlton actually wrote “Big Yellow Taxi,” and that thought alone makes us shudder.
Honky cats, we don’t know how many times we have to tell you to get back, but we are not kidding around this time! Based on comments he made to the L.A. Times, Elton John is angling for his “number one” choice Justin Timberlake to play him in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, a film that is, according to the singer, “going to be a surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life.” Well, this sounds like a perfect match for Justin. Singing? Check. Acting? Check. Wearing skin-tight ’70s bell bottoms while spiraling into a drug-filled vortex of debauchery? Oh, sorry, we just snapped our pencil in anticipation! The splinters, we can barely feel them!
If Elton John sounds a little biased, it’s only because he already knows Timberlake will look amazing in gigantic novelty glasses and a receding hairline; Justin portrayed Elton once before, in 2001. “He played me before in a David LaChapelle video of ‘Rocket Man’ and it was superb,” Elton added, though Rolling Stonegently points out that it was John’s video for “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” which starred a surprisingly convincing, adorably gap-toothed Timberlake. So what do you think? Should Justin Timberlake go full Elton, or does this have “fabulous disaster” written all over it?
Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse have more than a few things in common: gorgeous voices, singular style, massive hair game. Are those similarities enough to suggest Gaga would be be a good choice to play Amy Winehouse in a potential biopic? According to Amy’s Dad Mitch Winehouse, yes. “I have heard that Lady Gaga is keen to play Amy in a film. I donâ€™t know what her English accent is like but itâ€™s not just an English accent she would have to perfect â€“ itâ€™s an English-Cockney-Jewish accent so she better start practising now,â€ Mitch allegedly told Britain’s Mirror. “But she would be great.” Plus, a role like this seems like clear Oscar bait. Then Gaga would be half way to an EGOT!
Unfortunately for fans currently squealing over the thought of Gaga donning the beehive and going method with the tattoos, Papa Winehouse, who met Lady Gaga‘s parents at Tony Bennett‘s birthday party, allegedly explained to Britain’s Daily Mail he would “never allow the songs to be released” for use by filmmakers. Mitch’s response might come as a reaction to rumors that Amy’s ex Reg Traviss was attempting to produce a biopic of the singer. So what do you think? Would Lady Gaga make an amazing Winehouse, or does that film have disaster written all over it? And not a fun disaster like Showgirls?
For anyone captivated by the fairytale wedding, public life and tragic death of Princess Diana, a Hollywood biopic seemed like only a matter of time. The matter of who should play the People’s Princess, however, seems like a matter of personal opinion. According to IndieWire, The Help‘s Jessica Chastain will be portraying the late Princess of Wales in the upcoming movie Caught in Flight. The film reportedly focuses on Diana’s alleged affair with Dr. Harsnat Khan, which director Oliver Hirschbiegel describes as “a love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.” While the Tree of Life star is the latest casting pick, Keira Knightley was also up for the part. Hmmm, two talented ladies, one role that has “Oscar bait” written all over it. The movie doesn’t start filming until March 2012, which means we have plenty of time to ask ourselves the question…
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up once again, and not just in our dreams where we revert to our inner boy-crazy eighth graders. Reuniting for their first joint venture since Good Will Hunting, Affleck and Damon will partner up for a biopic of recently captured crime boss Whitey Bulger. The two will direct and star, respectively. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen,Ã¢â‚¬Â Affleck said, according to Deadline. Based on our Matt Damon And Ben Affleck: BFFs Forever time line, these two were due for a new project to further their fourteen-year professional history together. On top of that, squee!
1997: Matt and Ben clean up at the 1998 Oscars with Good Will Hunting, snagging a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for themselves, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Robin Williams and seven other nominations for pretty much every other category.
1999: Matt and Ben wreak some havoc as fallen angels in Kevin Smith’s Dogma.
2001 to 2005: Matt and Ben team up with other directors and writers for HBO’s Project Greenlight, a contest and TV series dedicated to producing one film from one first-time filmmaker per season.
2003 and 2004: With the help of Matt, Ben makes it through the release of Gigli and Jersey Girl, as well as the cultural phenomenon that was Bennifer.
And so our hopes for another Justin Timblerlake album fade further and further into the distance. Deadline reports that Justin Timberlake will star in Spinning Gold, a biopic of record executive Neil Bogart, the man who launched the careers of KISS, Donna Summer, The Village People and many other ’70s superstars. Well, at least the film is about music. Maybe Justin’s next biopic can be about a boy-band-member-turned-R-&-B-heartthrob-turned-actor. But then he’d probably go on to star in a Justin Timberlake biopic, and then we’ll have a real Truman Show situation on our hands.
Says Neil’s son Tim Bogart of the casting choice, “When Justin walked into the room, that was the moment I had been waiting for 29 years. He has the exact same energy as my father, the same glimmer in his eye.Ã¢â‚¬Â So if Justin wins an Oscar for this film, he’ll only need the Tony for an EGOT… Get onto Broadway now, Kate Winslet! You don’t have much time before you two are neck and neck!