Casting

by (@hallekiefer)

Lily Collins Was Nearly Cast As The Other Snow White

We all know by now that Lily Collins is playing sugar-sweet Snow White in Mirror, Mirror, while Kristen Stewart slaps on a scowl to play the Disney princess as an embattled warrior in Snow White and the Huntsman. However! Were you aware that Lily almost slipped into Kristen’s mud-caked chain mail instead? “I did read the other Snow White script,” Collins revealed to Access Hollywood. “I auditioned for it, but I’ve been so excited for Kristen.” Whaaa whaaa what? Between this and that dwarf punching Armie Hammer in the face in the Mirror, Mirror trailer, we feel like we’re in a fairy tale Twilight Zone! Even without the dwarf!

Seeing as how Collins has experience diving in slow-motion to escape an explosion from her role in Abduction, we can actually picture her as a convincing soldier Snow White. However, we cannot imagine the logical opposite: Kristen Stewart sm…smi…smiling as the dancing, apple-cheeked star of Lily’s light-hearted film. “I think that story is so different than ours and the girls are so different,” Collins added. “She’s perfect for her version, and I’m really excited to be doing this one and I think they have totally different audiences.” Next you’ll be telling us that Nathan Lane, who plays a sniveling manservant in Mirror, Mirror, tried out for Charlize Theron‘s Evil Queen role. No, really, please tell us that. That’s all we want to hear in the world.

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by (@hallekiefer)

KStew Rumored To Join Akira Cast

In case you were wondering what blockbuster sci-fi franchise could possible follow on the heels of the upcoming Hunger Games, might we remind you about how huge that planned life-action Akira movie is going to be? At least if Kristen Stewart signs on, that is. Deadline reports that the Breaking Dawn star is currently in “advanced” talks for the film’s female lead Kei. If she accepts the role KStew would be joining On the Road co-star Garrett Hedlund, who snagged the role of Kaneda, and Gary Oldman as the villainous Colonel. For those not in the know, Akira is based on the graphic novel of the same name, which follows the journey of a gang of teens who must fight for survival in a futuristic dystopia…sound familiar? Sound promisingly familiar?

by (@hallekiefer)

Is Chord Overstreet Bringing His Jazz Hands Back To Glee?

Just when we were finally getting over the Sam & Mercedes summer romance that never was (The hand holding! The secrecy! The hand holding!), it looks like Chord Overstreet’s Glee career is about to start back up again. Maybe. After reportedly turning down his reoccurring role for this season of Glee, TV Line reports that McKinley High’s resident Trouty Mouth is in talks to return in the show’s eighth episode, despite his character having moved with his family to a new city. Which gives the show approximately four episodes, with an average about 10 totally contradictory plot points each to set up Sam’s return … yeah, we think they can pull it off. The bigger question is, does the show still need him? Do you need Chord, to belt and to hand hold, so long as he and Amber Riley both chose to keep playing teenagers?

by (@hallekiefer)

Who Will Be Tom Cruise’s Leading Lady In Alien Invasion Flick Horizon?

We can all agree that nothing goes better together than Tom Cruise, up-and-coming actresses and aliens, and this time the trifecta is headed from the Cruise mansion to the big screen with Tom Cruise’s Horizon. Formerly titled Oblivion, the film is apparently having a casting call of nearly every B-list actress in the land to play either Tom’s fiance Julia or Victoria, Cruise’s “post-apocalypse right-hand woman, who watches Jack’s back as he goes on missions in a war-torn Earth to repair drones that keep humanity alive.” Um, isn’t that what they’ve been training Suri for since birth? It was the role she was literally born to play!

Brit Marling, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Chastain, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko are just some of the names being tossed around for the two female leads. Wilde has already worked with the film’s director Joseph Kosisnki on Tron: Legacy, so they know she has the outfit at home. Personally, we’re rooting for Girl With The Dragon Tatttoo’s Rapace. Did you see how badass she looked in that movie, with her asymmetrical haircut, i.e. what we’re all going to look like after the alien Armageddon? Plus she’s a great actress, and clearly that can’t hurt.

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by (@missmuttoo)

Denise Richards Offered Two And A Half Men Spot

She said no, people! Denise Richards was offered a Two and a Half Men guest star role for its premiere episode, but she’s turned it down! Not hard to imagine why, right? She’s still the mother of ex-husband Charlie Sheen‘s children so she isn’t touching the show with a bargepole. Not for altruistic reasons, though. Denise is of the opinion that Charlie would make life hell for her if she went anywhere near the Ashton Kutcher starring series!

Sources linked with the show’s production revealed that the deal fell through because, “She would never hear the end of it from Charlie.” Fair enough reason, we think. But we also think that the casting decision may have been Chuck Lorre having a bit of fun with his nemesis. Good thing that Denise is steering clear of the drama.

by (@katespencer)

Skins Star Hannah Murray Heads To Game Of Thrones

Time to shout “Oh. Wow.” from the rooftops, fans of UK Skins! Hannah Murray, whose understated and touching portrayal of the oh-so messed up Cassie still gives us goosebumps, has been cast on the next season of Game of Thrones. TV Guide reports that Hannah “will play Gilly, one of the many women living with Old Craster who wants to escape his oppression.” We’re thrilled for Hannah, who has slowly been building her resume with various film roles since her stint on Skins ended. What say you, Game of Thrones fans?

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by (@katespencer)

Dakota Fanning And Tom Sturridge To Play Lovers In Effie

Dakota Fanning and Tom Sturridge will play lovers in the Emma Thompson-penned film Effie. The movie tells the tale of Euphemia Gray‘s (Fanning) torrid marriage to famous critic John Ruskin, to be played by Greg Wise. Ruskin refused to consummate their relationship, claiming he was grossed out by Effie’s body (er, weirdo) and she eventually falls in love and marries Ruskin’s protege, painter John Everett Millais (Sturridge). According to Deadline Hollywood, production begins October 17th, which means we’ve only got two months left until Tom shaves that dead wolf off his face! *cheers*

Extensive research (Wikipedia) reveals that this true story was massive scandal in Victorian England. Effie’s decision to annul her marriage even resulted in the Queen banning her from attending official Royal events. Harsh! But she clearly made the right decision: she and Millais went on to have eight children and she was an enormous influence on his artwork.

Knowing all this, we can’t wait to see this love triangle play out onscreen. With The King’s Speech becoming last year’s little movie that could, we have high hopes for every low budget film that comes from across the Atlantic. Effie is costing just $10 million to make, which is next to nothing in Hollywood. Sounds like a future festival darling to us — what do you think?

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by (@hallekiefer)

The Jersey Shore Cast Cameos In Three Stooges Movie

So many stooges, so little rational sense behind this casting choice: as if they didn’t have enough foot-stomping, nose-pulling and head-slapping already, the Jersey Shore cast’s Three Stooges cameo will have the thespians of Seaside Heights joining such illustrious costars as Jane Lynch, Larry David and Sofia Vergara for a reboot of the classic comedy trio. The casting choice seems like a baffling decision. That being said, if the trailer shows Snooki kicking herself around in a circle on the floor yelling, “Whoo whoo whoo!,” we would pay to see this movie in 3-D.

As Sammi told Access Hollywood, “Like, you never know. Like, I actually enjoyed acting, and I enjoyed being a part of it, so I would love to see what the future holds, whether it’s acting or something else.” Explained JWoww, “For the Farrelly Bros. to say how well we did, it gives me chills.” Us too, but only when we think about all the eyes that must have been gouged while they were on-set.

by (@hallekiefer)

Glee Seniors Might Be Hanging Around The High School Parking Lot After All

There’s nothing sadder than the one 20-year-old who still wears his letterman’s jacket to home games, so hopefully the writing staff has a less depressing plot arc planned if Glee‘s Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer aren’t leaving the show. Despite what the show’s creator Ryan Murphy said earlier this month, Glee executive producer Brad Falchuk claimed this weekend that the trio aren’t catching the first plane to LaGuardia after getting their diplomas. “Here’s the exact thing: [Rachel, Kurt and Finn] are seniors, so they’re graduating,” he said at Comic-Con. “but because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.’” So…is there room in the school’s budget for a singing janitorial staff?

Falchuk’s comments seem to directly contradict Murphy’s, who two weeks ago announced that Colfer, Monteith, and Michele were out after season four, saying “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.” Of course, this isn’t the only confusion surrounding the actors’ exit, considering Chris Colfer found out via Twitter that Kurt was about to grape-vine off the show. “I don’t necessarily want to leave so soon, but I mean, it’s fine. It’s what it is. And all things come to an end,” said Colfer. Well, you know what they say: those who cannot do, teach.  And those who cannot teach, do a choreographed number from Annie with color-coordinated mops and buckets.

by (@katespencer)

Jennifer Lawrence Lined Up For Lead In Next David O. Russell Film

Remember last year, when we had no idea who Jennifer Lawrence was? How times have changed. The Oscar-nominated actress has allegedly beaten out some tough competition to become the first choice for the female lead in director David O. Russell‘s next film, The Silver Linings Playbook. Russell is also an Oscar nominee; his last film The Fighter was an awards show darling this year.

Lawrence has apparently beaten out her A-List peers, including Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough and Olivia Wilde, and Indie Wire reports the role is hers if she wants it. The actress, currently filming The Hunger Games, would play a woman depressed over the loss of her husband, who later becomes a love interest for Mark Wahlberg‘s character, a former teacher recently released from a mental institute.

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