Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bound for Skull Island

So how do you stir a little excitement into your previously announced, somewhat-tepidly received – at Comic-Con, no less! – news that you are working on a King Kong origin story?

If you’re smart like Hollywood can sometimes be, you add a little Tom Hiddleston.

Indeed, the Hiddle-hunk has signed on to star in Skull Island once he is done starring in everything else he has a right to star in, oh yes he will.

The would-be blockbuster, which will get into the mysteries and intricacies of King Kong’s home turf before he is discovered, is set for a November 2016 release.


Want His Autograph?

He may dream of one day getting to play James Bond, but thank goodness that during the day David Gandy still models.

Which is why the British model just seemingly stunned the world earlier this week, when images – and video! – of him striking a sexy pose for Autograph for Marks & Spencer were released.

Alrighty then, right?

Like, this is his job. Can we all just let him do it without ogling?



Whatever Matt Damon Wants...

After years of standing his ground, Matt Damon is finally getting what he wants, and thus giving audiences what they really want.

A new Jason Bourne movie featuring Jason Bourne.

Once Damon and director Paul Greengrass (both pictured here with Julia Stiles) brought the original trilogy of movies featuring the character to a close with 2007s The Bourne Ultimatum, everybody involved with the franchise under the Hollywood sun clamored for a fourth movie. Instead they got The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner, which was OK (and OK enough to merit a sequel).

Damon was clear he would not revisit Jason Bourne without his helmer, who wasn’t keen to explore any more of the characters since, you know, the amnesiac super-spy had regained his memories and all. Now, though, everyone involved – chief among them Greengrass – has cracked a new drama-and-action-filled story to tell.

And they plan on telling it.

Welcome back, you guys!


Ready for His DeMille

George Clooney is definitely going to get his chance to get even with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler over their most-excellent Gravity joke at the 2014 Golden Globes.

The smart money is he takes it.

See, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced it plans to honor the last old Hollywood-style movie star – and two-time Oscar winner – with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the upcoming 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

A four-time Globe winner, Clooney will be celebrated, “for his booty outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera.

Can’t wait to see how it all goes down...and hope that Julianna Margulies and, say, Brad Pitt get to do the honors. They would so represent at least two of the facets/eras of the multi-hyphenate’s career so nicely (his producing partner Grant Heslov even more so his film work, but he’s neither famous nor photogenic enough).

The Golden Globes are set for January 2015, FYI.


Shake That!

So, as expected, the video for the Iggy Azalea-featuring remix re of Jennifer LopezBooty” has finally dropped.

And the verdict?

It is unrelentlessly H-O-T.

Directed by Hype Williams, the clip is an ode to shaking that which yo’ mama gave ya if you got a big booty (go to work, indeed, it practically screams, amid the myriad stylized shots of the two sexy singers all soaked and in their barely there clothes.

It’s also all teasing all the time, what with the sexual innuendo...with the tension of whether La Lopez will get soclose to Azalea they two will end up – gasp! – kissing.

Although, is anyone else bothered by the sexual objectification of a (young) white girl by a feisty older Latina artist for one of her videos? It’s kinda like J. Lo has appropriated the newbie Azalea, and we cannot have that!

Kidding, of course.

But I betcha no one is complaining about that one with this one. “Booty” is too good (dumb) fun for any such grievance.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Good with a Gun, Will Stay a Bit

And down the rabbit hole to Movie Starville he goes.

Dan Stevens famously left Downton Abbey last year to pursue a career in film, and he is off to quite a start.

In The Guest, Cuteness on a Stick plays a soldier on leave who meets the family of a fellow serviceman while out on the road. Now, he meets them because that other guy asked him to check in on them, right.

And, does he ever, especially when you consider that this guest of theirs is way more than meets the eye. I’m talkin’ being good at getting people hurt, if not killed.

Ya never know who ya gonna meet, huh.

Check out the trailer for The Guest, which is now in theaters.


Actually, the New Ben-Hur Will Be...

Sorry, Hiddle-hunk, but it’s gonna be Jack Huston.

Yeah, that’s the news I came home from Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, to learn: that the Hollywood royal – against whom I have absolutely nothing – is the one who will pull a Charlton Heston to star in the forthcoming Timur Bekmambetov-helmed-directed remake of Ben-Hur.

Now, you may know Huston from his turns in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (he played Royce King), or from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, or from the recent Kill Your Darlings and/or American Hustle. So you get it...the guy can act and hold his own.

So maybe a new big-time star is born?

Anyway, Morgan Freeman also has jumped on board the new Ben-Hur, and will continue his fine tradition of mentoring movie people, as Ildarin, the teacher who turns the slave Ben-Hur into a chariot-racing champ.

You can see this new take on the Tinseltown classic of yore when it arrives in theaters in February 2016.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All About Mommy

I have now seen the trailer for Xavier Dolan’s buzzed-about Mommy (the story of a widowed single mother played by Anne Dorval, raising her prone-to-violent-outburts charismatic son alone until she comes across hope in the form of a new neighbor), and, well...I get it now.

Mommy is some energetic stuff – and from a director who is only 25 and on his fifth film!

Check out the preview...

...and make sure you catch the Cannes Jury Prize-winning Mommy when it arrives in Canadian theaters later this week (Imma guess an American run is imminent – the powers that be will want this one racing for awards ASAP).

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Gossip Editrix

We all know that Jessica Chastains one versatile chick.

She already has played a Southern Belle from the wrong side of the tracks and a woman on the hunt for a mass-murdering terrorist (not to mention the requisite detective and the beyond-requisite scream queen and simply put so much more), but she’s gonna play that most complex beast of ’em all.

The gossip-mag editor-in-chief.

Chastain is talking to buzzy director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) about starring in his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which will center on the secret pen friendship between an American movie star and an 11-year-old Londoner.

The actress, btw, is also circling one of the female leads in Ridley Scotts The Martian, the story of an astronaut in Mars struggling to stay alive.

When they put together next year’s dictionary, they ought to put a picture of Chastain next to the word “Busy.

’Cause that’s precisely how gf likes to be, don’t you know, don’t you know.


Someone Wants to Lose It on Broadway...

Looks like that American Psycho that we all love to be surprised to love will not be arriving Off-Broadway in 2015, after all.

But that’s because he just might be heading straight for Broadway.

The powers that be behind the Benjamin Walker-led Duncan Sheik production announced last week they are eschewing their plans for an Off-Broadway run of American Psycho: The Musical, suggesting that they are instead prepping to mount the show right on the Great White Way.

Which means...someone is fixin to kill it at the Tonys next year.

Ha! See what I did there?


All About the Woman

Picture it: North Carolina, right around the time of the Depression. The future of George Pemberton’s timber empire is uncertain, given that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

Except, George does have a child.

What will his glam, yet powerful wife do when she finds out?

That, in a nutshell, is the crux of Susanne Bier’s upcoming and long-awaited Serena, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

The film – the actors’ third collaboration – is finally set to open in the U.K. this November, before arriving a date still TBA, but I would be very surprised if one isn’t set soon. It looks like J. Law is bringing it som’in’ fierce once again.


The Winehouse Monument

Last week would have marked the late Amy Winehouse’s 31st birthday.

Alas, the singer-songwriter joined the 27 Club in 2011, which is why her parents decided to honor their daughter with a statue celebrating her too-short life and talent, a monument they unveiled yesterday in London.

It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions,” Winehouse’s father, Mitch (pictured here with Mrs. Winehouse), said. “[The Scott Eaton-sculpted work] reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone, but spiritually she’ll never leave us.

Put your lighters up, kids.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chey’s Married Again!

Congratulations go out to Cheyenne Jackson on his wedding to actor Jason LandauThe pair was married last night in Encino, Calif.

This may be Jackson’s second marriage, but that don’t mean we can’t all raise our glasses and wish the pair a long, happy marriage, right?

So here’s to a lifetime of health and good times singing and dancing together  you two!


Sing It, Lady!

I. Am. Loving this new Stevie Nicks songs called Lady.

Loving it!

Click here to read Out magazines take on Nicks latest comeback, OKRRR.


Cake Lady

Like it or not, Jennifer Aniston is enjoying some strong Oscar buzz following the recent Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her film Cake.

Of course, whether that chatter is warranted – or whether it actually translates into a first nomination for America’s favorite Friend – remains to be seen, but this much is clear: This is gonna another vanity-free turn by the actress, in the vein of her work in The Good Girl or Friends with Money.

L’Aniston plays Claire in the Daniel Barnz-directed ensemble, which also includes Adriana Barraza (Babel), Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington, you see. Claire is a literally and figuratively scarred woman who finds herself morbidly fascinated by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group (Kendrick).

From the looks of it, she is also a woman who is not above packing up her attitude and going down to Mexico to score some painkillers.

Cant wait to see more!

Cake, which is still awaiting distribution, could very well sneak into this seasons awards race, so keep your eye for it.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

One the the Nursery

The Carters...they do not do things like everyone else.

After a long summer of divorce rumors, a new, happier rumor has it that Jay Z announced at the Paris stop of his and his wife’s “On the Run Tour” that Beyoncé is...pregnant with their second child.

Oh snap. You just got outdone, Wills and Kate.

And talk about making sure your HBO concert special is a must-see, huh.

Click here for a pic of the alleged baby bump fresh from the show.


Dr. Moore

Now this is a surefire way to get on TV.

After numerous attempts to launch a new show, Mandy Moore has gone and joined one that’s already on a roll.

M2 has been tapped to recur on Fox’s Red Band Society, a promising new medical drama led by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

Moore’s character, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to an eclectic group of young cancer patients, also will be – conveniently enough for the actress – the ex-fiancée of the pediatric surgeon that Dave Annable (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) will portray.

So she has the potential to stick around...for a while.

Red Band Society is set to premiere on Sept. 17.


Ms. Lawrence the Fashion Co-chair

This is just what Jennifer Lawrence needed: a little good news to help wash off the taste of a nasty leaked-pics scandal.

J. Law has been named the co-chair of the 2015 Costume Institute show“Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.” Which – yes, kiddies – means that the Oscar winner has been named co-chair of the next Met Gala.

Lawrence will share her duties with Anna Wintour (natch), as well as Chinese actress Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, and Wendi Murdoch.

The 2015 Met Gala is scheduled for May 4. Start your engines, fashionistas!


The Slapper

Well look who’s getting back into bed with NBC, and not for the forthcoming reboot of Heroes.

Not yet, anyway.

Zachary Quinto, a.k.a. the villainous Silas on the beloved/much-maligned show, has signed on to headline a new dramatic miniseries that the Peacock is working on titled The Slap, as a man who slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.

Sounds kinda Carnage-y, no?


Friday, September 12, 2014

You Can Pull at Leighton’s Heartstrings Now

They say good things come to those who wait.

Leighton Meester has been waiting since 2009 to finally give us a comprehensive sample of her mad music skillz.

The erstwhile Blair Waldorf of TV’s Gossip Girl has dabbled here and there and over there when it comes to singing, but that debut she teased more than five years ago never quite materialized.

Until now.


Meester is ready to drop an LP called Heartstrings on us, which is why she released a single by that name for the world to hear earlier this week“It’s been a long time coming,” she said. “I’m very excited to finally release [my songs].

No word on whether the actress-cum-singer’s Somebody to Love” or  “Your Love’s a Drug” will be included on the record, but...Heartstrings is meant to be heard on Oct. 28.


Sam Smith Is a Smart Cookie

I like how clever Sam Smith is being about making sure that his music gets heard across the board, by people that, perhaps, would not be that keen on listening to songs by an out singer-songwriter from across the pond.

Smith already has enlisted the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Ms. Mary J. Blige, for an assist on his calling-card single, Stay with Me,” right.

And now, the guy has teamed up with A$AP Rocky to edge up another of his In the Lonely Hour tracks, I’m Not the Only One.

Have a listen.

Good moves, S2!