If and when there are ever two hired assassins sent to take us out, we could do worse than Jonah Hill and Mark Wahlberg in Good Time Gang. The LA Times reports the pair will star in the upcoming action-comedy film as “two party-happy mercenaries who decide to take on a more serious case involving a terrorist, only to find their mission complicated when they discover one of them is related to the target.” So basically Lethal Weapon, but with significantly more wiener jokes.
Wahlberg has already demonstrated his comedic chops in films like Date Night and The Other Guys, while Hill has been recently skewing more dramatic with the upcoming Moneyball, co-starring Brad Pitt. By the time production starts, both will have taken on action comedies, seeing as how 21 Jump Street recently finished shooting. Speaking of shooting, $10 says one or both of these characters accidentally fires wildly into the ceiling. No, actually make that $10,000.
Elizabeth Hurley on Gossip Girl, season 5? Do we like this news? Will her posh-actress accent end up bugging us (most likely, yes)? We’re going to be borderline with our reactions at the moment. She may be glorious to look at it, but can she act?
Liz’s character Diana Payne will appear in multiple episodes and as executive producers, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran, say, she’s “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with. Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters – including, and especially Gossip Girl herself.” If only you could see how excited we are while we type this. We’re still not too sure about Liz, though. Help us make up our minds?
Orlando Bloom as a really camp villain in The Three Musketeers? That’s something we have to see! Logan Lerman‘s breathing new life into the character of D’Artagnan and although we have a major soft spot for him, the wardrobe department really needed to give him a better wig. Seriously, guys? That hair is not working and he’s far too pretty to be messed with.
We’re also totally loving the casting choices of Mads Mikkelson and Matthew MacFadyen as well, the latter of whom we adored as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. But what’s really floating our boats is Bloom’s character and his evil partnership with badass assassin Milla Jovovich. Who seems to kick butt in some really pretty gowns, so how can we not be sold? Add a plot to take over Europe and some flying ships and we’re totally giving this movie a shot. Also, will you just look at Orlando’s coiffure? It’s a work of art!
We are going to make a very bold and controversial statement: we loved Divergent, Veronica Roth‘s dystopian adventure/romance YA novel, more than The Hunger Games. Before you freak out and stab us with a Mockingjay pin, hear us out. This book is good. Yes, it’s that good — so good that Summit (the studio behind Twilight) picked up the rights to the film before the book was even released. Evan Daughtery, who penned the Kristen Stewart-helmed Snow White and the Huntsman, is writing the screenplay. Have we piqued your interest yet?
Here’s the official description from the publisher: “In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”
The latest additions to the cast highlight Universal’s impressive job at rounding up talent for the film. Theron is an Oscar winner, Hoskins is Oscar-nominated, Hemsworth is set to be the next big action star, Stewart is arguably the most sought after actress of her generation, Claflin is an adorable newbie with an impressive resume and Izzard is an iconic comedian. Well played, Universal.We hope the star power translates into screen magic for the film, which goes intro production in the fall and will be out in theaters next summer.
Her star riseth, both personally and professionally. We squeed ourselves into a tizzy yesterday when we heard reports of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield dating, because we love both of them in inordinate amounts. Apart from the awesome news of being part of a Spidery duo, she’s also heading to land of the undead (again). Emma’s been offered Elizabeth Bennet — the lead role in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies! Mr Darcy and Eliza fighting off zombies? Sign us up! And guess who’s producing the film? Natalie Portman‘sÃ‚Â Handsomecharlie Films.
This movie will explore the relationship between Jeff and his father — both musicians — and Penn has revealed, “To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood & mythologized as a human beingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something very special and sacred. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to give all I can to this project.” To further cement the casting news, Smuggler Films announced, “Smuggler Films announced today Penn Badgley will star in the much anticipated film Greetings from Tim Buckley. He will play Tim BuckleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son Jeff in the first film to be made about the musicians…”
Where all the confusion arose from is the other Jeff Buckley film, to be directed by Jake Scott and produced by the late singer’s mother. That one hasn’t even started the casting process as yet. Cool? But you do realize that this is good news, right? If there are two Buckley biopics, means that Robert Pattinson still has a shot at a lead role!
Whether you think it’s great news (all those R. Pattz fans out there, heeeeey!) or bad news (Penn Badgley), it looks like those Penn Badgley Jeff Buckley casting rumors are not true. “Penn is not involved in the film at all,” the movie’s co-producer Orian Williams told the LA Times. “It’s crazy how these stories get out.” Aw, now we have to imagine how excited Penn must have been to get a role he never even tried out for. Those big eyes shining with tears. Just heartbreaking.
As for the other front runner Robert Pattinson, Jeff Buckley‘s life story isn’t his just yet. According to Williams, the movie will likely select an unknown actor, unburdened with the weight of all that vampiric and/or Upper West Side baggage. Said Williams,”[The producers] are all very unified in our search to find the perfect person to play Jeff.” Wow, and to think there’s a pale, handsome, angsty unknown actor that Hollywood hasn’t made famous already. It…it just doesn’t seem fathomable.
If you want to go dark, there’s really only one brooding, bearded ball of dramatic angst you can call. Having proviously announced his edgy cinematic take on the fable of Noah’s ark, allegedly director Darren Aronofsky wants Christian Bale to brave the flood and wrangle giraffes in his planned $130 million epic. Vulture alleges that Aronofksy will likely take a prominent star like Bale in order to get the necessary funding from Paramount, Summit, and Fox, the studios that are currently considering providing funding. After all, ostriches are not cheap; we should know.Ã‚Â The Dark Knight Rises star has one other film in production through 2013 entitled The Last Photograph before he would be available. You know, we never imagined Noah as having that Batman snarl in our heads, but we can definitely get on-board with that.
Camelot star Jamie Campbell Bower will play Jace in The Mortal Instruments, reports Deadline Hollywood. The actor’s people are apparently making “the deal” now, so nothing is official. But for fans of the book (us), this is official enough! Jamie is playing Jace, a buff, blond and arrogant Shadowhunter (he kills evil demons) and will star opposite Lily Collins, who portrays Clary, his love interest/heroine of the 6 book franchise. As a connoisseur of Young Adult fiction, Jace is our favorite love interest by far; beating out Edward Cullen and Peeta Mellark as our personal #1 pick of the hunky, brooding, equally good at kissing and killing guys you find in YA books. The British actor — who cut his teeth playing Caius in the Twilight franchise — was up against two unknowns for the role: Ed Speelers and Leebo Freeman, both of whom beat him in our poll. Even though he may not be a fan favorite, we’re exciting to see what he brings to the movie. Are you?