Monday, March 02, 2015

War Photog

Jennifer Lawrence is going to work with Steven Spielberg – thus ensuring that she will get another Oscar nomination.

Hope I didn’t just jinx the girl.

Nah. She golden.

All kiddin’ aside, J. Law and Spielberg are teaming up, for the hot-ticket adaptation of Its What I Do: A Photographers Life of Love and War, a memoir by one Lynsey Addario (a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist) chronicling her ventures into some of the world’s most dangerous places in search of truth.

Seriously, though, this one is so gonna be one to watch. I mean, everyone from Darren Aronofsky to George to Margot (Robbie) to Natalie (Portman) to Reese wanted to make this film.


Old Times Man

And to celebrate its 50th anniversary, New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company is luring Clive Owen to Broadway.

The actor will arrive on the Great White Way for his debut in the revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.

Owen will play a man who meets and becomes close to one of his wife’s friends.

Preview for Old Times will kick off on Sept. 17 for an Oct. 15 opening.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Rebel Miami

Magic City! Are you ready for more Madonna?

Rumor has it the Queen of Pop will kick off her next tour, which presumably shall be known as the Rebel Heart Tour,” in Miami, on Aug. 29, almost three years after closing the North American leg of her “MDNA Tour” in South Florida.

Love that. Any excuse to go back to my old stomping grounds....

Now. Fingers crossed M realizes what a beyond-super-genius move it would be for her to include Queen, a song she worked on for her Rebel Heart album but that will not be including on the record, on the set list.

Rebel Heart, btw, will drop on the 10th. Did you get to pre-ordering the darn thing yet?


Update 1: It’s official: The Queen of Pop will get her 2015 trek around the world started in the 305, making all-arena stops across the nation, Canada, and Puerto Rico before heading to the U.K. and Europe on Nov. 4.

Madonna is also planning on touring Asia and Australia down the line.

No word as of now if she plans on taking her act to Latin America, though.

Update 2: OK....

Get this: M is going to be the resident musical guest on Ellen for the week of March 16.

Underground Mercenary

Christopher Meloni has had a tough time finding his footing on the TV landscape post-SVU.

There was the short-lived Surviving Jack on Fox, and before that there was a pretty thankless role on HBO’s True Blood.

The tide, thought, could be turning for the actor now that he’s landed a starring part on Underground, a new straight-to-series WGN (Salem) drama about the slaves who followed the Underground Railroad.

Meloni will play a secretive mercenary who straddles the line between morality and survival.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell (TV’s Parenthood) and Jessica De Gouw (The CW’s Arrow) have been tapped for roles as well.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pioneer Woman

Eddie Redmayne is wasting no time getting back to work on another courting of an Oscar.

As you can see in this first-look pic, the Theory of Everything Academy Award winner has thrown himself into the production of The Danish Girl, the story of transsexual Danish painter Einar Wegenerof one the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman – known as Lili Elbe – back in 1930.

Tom Hooper is directing the film, which co-stars Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenarts.

Betcha this one comes out by the end of the year, just in time for another awards-season dance for the actor.


Friday, February 27, 2015

(Fashion) Cop Out

Zendayagate has claimed its first victim.

Ahem. Right....

Oh you know what I mean.

Kelly Osbourne is leaving E!’s Fashion Police, in the wake of what her co-host, Guiliana Rancic, said about Zendaya’s look at last Sunday’s Oscars (we all know what she said...). Not matter that Rancic apologized, or that Zendaya accepted said apology, Osbourne – whod been quite vocal about about where she stood on the matter – is turning in her badge and moving on, “to pursue other opportunities,” after five years with the show.

Fashion Police, now led by Kathy Griffin (lighters up for Joan!), will be back at the end of March, presumably with Rancic and Brad Goreski still on board.

Photo: E! Online.

The Devil Is Coming

Evidently, Fox is mounting a show titled Lucifer – based on the DC Comics character (mmm...emboldened, perhaps, by the runaway success of NBC’s Constantine?) – for fall, and the powers that be have thought Welsh for their casting.

Enter Tom Ellis, a.k.a. the original Robin Hood on TV’s Once Upon a Time.

The actor will take on the role of the Lord of Hell who, bored with his throne, abdicates and relocates to L.A. (a different kind o’ hell, by all means) and starts helping the LAPD punish bad elements.

Well there ya go.


R.I.P. Mr. Spock

He boldly went where no one had gone before in life, and, now, Leonard Nimoy’s venturing into the great beyond.

Yes, the man who was Mr. Spock has died. He was 83, and, according to his wife Susan, the actor died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease attributed to years of smoking.

Nimoy, of course, is best known for the Volcanic role her played the Star Trek franchise, which he most recently reprised in 2013, in Star Trek Into Darkness. Zachary Quinto, who took over the part in the J.J. Abrams-led reboot of the franchise, expressed his sorrow over the actor’s passing on Instagram, saying, “my heart is broken. i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

A four-time Emmy nominee and an obvious cult fave, Nimoy also most recently took part on TVs Fringe.


Update: Click here for reactions from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Nichelle Nichols, and President Barack Obama.

The Next Lee Man

Meet Joe Alwyn.

And remain aware of him, for Ang Lee is going to make him happen.

That’s right. The Brokeback Mountain director is working on his follow-up to Life of Pi, Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk, an adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel about how a few minutes of firefight in Iraq transformed the lives of eight men and how that event led to the titular characters titular walk at the Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Garrett Hedlund may also join the project, FYI.


Good-by Gal

At long last.

The powers that be have finally gone and found Christian Bale his next leading lady.

Gone Girl Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pyke is joining the Oscar winner in The Deep Blue Good-bya potential franchise-launcher to be helmed by James Mangold centering on Fort Lauderdale salvage consultant Travis McGee, a sort of bounty-hunting man who reclaims stuff (and sometimes people as well) for all kinds of undesirables.

I can see those two working well together....


Jem’s Ready for Her Close-up

In a which originality were still a thing in Hollywood, we would not be getting a Jem movie.


Behold, then, your first look at Jem and the Holograms, starring Aubrey Peeples (TV’s Nashville), The Boy Next Door’s Ryan Guzman, and Juliette Lewis.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the girl-who-shoots-to-global-superstardom coming-of-age musical fantasy is set to debut on Oct. 25.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mama Political Animal

Joan Allen is coming back to us, people.

The Upside of Anger amazingness has landed in the thick of whatever passes for pilot season these days, and on a new untitled ABC drama, following her turn on Netflixs The Killing.

The new show will concern itself with the return of a caring, yet ruthless politica’s young son – a son who was presumed dead after going missing more than 10 years ago...and a return that calls into question the entire case against the man imprisoned for his murder and the investigation surrounding the entire ordeal.

FYI, Friday Night Lights fans: Zach Gilford is also on board.


She Can See Now

German director (and, trust, all-around cutie) Marc Forster is finally following up 2013s World War Z.

And he has tapped Blake Lively as his leading lady, to boot.

The Age of Adaline star will share the screen with Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in All I See Is You, an indie psychological drama about a blind woman who, together with her husband, begins discovering previously unseen and disturbing details about her marriage and their lives, this upon the restoration of her eyesight.

Careful what you wish for much?


Looking Back Toward Broadway

Jonathan Groff is headed back to Broadway.

Indeed, the Tony-nominated Looking star will take his hiatus from starring on the HBO hit to appear in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (In the Heights) critically acclaimed and oh-so-buzzy latest, Hamilton. The actor replaces Brian d’Arcy as King George.

Previews for Hamilton – a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton – will kick off on July 13.

Oh, and btw, d’Arcy will be in Something Rotten! beginning on March 23.


Stratton Man

The spy (or spy-esque) genre has taken hold of Henry Cavill.

Not only does the actor have The Man from U.N.C.L.E. coming out this summer, he is also getting ready to star in Stratton, a movie based on the first of eight books by Duncan Falconer that center on a Special Boat Service operative on the hunt for an international terrorist cell through London, Europe, and Central Asia.

Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is set to direct.


Bordering Danger

Now that Paula Patton has split from Robin Thicke, it is up to her to bring home the bacon.

Not that she wasn’t a breadwinner before, but like, now she is the breadwinner....

Oh you know what I mean.

Which is why P2 is hoping she’ll be able to count on some TV money.

P2 is going to headline this new show that ABC is working on. It’s titled Runner, and it will center on a woman whose perfect life is revolutionized by a twist of fate that sends her down a path of lies and directly toward the world of drug cartels and illegal gunrunning that exists between America and Mexico.

So not a comedy then?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Even a Queen (of Pop) Can Fall

This is why Madonna should have let her kids watch TV and such when they were growing up: She would have known that a Queen of Pop, much like superheroes, should never wear a cape.

M learned this important lesson – which comes from The Incredibles – the hard way today while performing (for the first time in 20 years!) at the Brit Awards in London. M was on hand to sing “Living for Love” much like she did at the Grammys earlier this month, except this time she wore a cape.

And that cape, beautifully designed by Armani, was meant to be part of the show in that one of her dancers was to gracefully pull it from her.

What ended up happening was M got yanked down from up a stairwell with it. Hard. Like, drop-your-mic hard.

Ever the pro, though, Madonna picked herself right back up after the world watched her stumble and carried on with her song, just like she sings in her latest anthem.

She later Instagrammed that she is fine. “Nothing can stop me,” she said.

In-f---in-deed, my Queen!


Update: Click here to watch Madonna do what she does best.

T. Swift Welcomes to Your Education, NYC Kids

Good luck hatin on this one, haters.

Taylor Swift has made good on her pledge to support New York City public education.

The singer delivered her first check to the NYC Department of Education this week, a check for $50,000 that came from all proceeds from sales of her 1989 track “Welcome to New York.

And get this: A rep for Swift has said that the checks will keep a-comin’ as long as people keep purchasin’ the song.

So get!


American Horror GaGa

Fresh off making the hills come alive at the Oscars, Mother Monster has announced she will be acting for a bit now.

Yes, Lady GaGa is pulling yet another Madonna is taking on a TV role and thus going...somewhere for Ryan Murphy.

The singer is set to star on the next American Horror Story, which will be subtitled Hotel.

For real.

While not much else is vox populi at the moment, American Horror Story: Hotel is expected on FX in the fall.

Hemsworth at His Funniest

Chris Hemsworth is gonna tickle us.

Gosh, can you imagine if that could even begin to be actually, physically true?



The fact of the matter is Hemsworth is going to host TVSaturday Night Live on March 7. And the Zac Brown Band will be there, too, as the musical guest.

Guess the Blackhat actor wants to show us that he can be more than just the sexiest or the manliest. He can be the funniest as well. A good thing because he soon will be tested on it at the box office, since he has a plum part in a reboot of Vacation and all.

Up next, though, is another turn as Thor, in MayAvengers: Age of Ultron.


Cordoned Wood

He is being all kinds of mean and aggro on The CWs The Vampire Diaries, but in real life, Chris Wood must be playing all his cards all kinds of right.

The actor has landed a part on Cordon, a new show that the network is working on for fall.

Based on a Belgian format, the drama will revolve around the aftermath of a deadly epidemic outbreak in Atlanta. Wood will play a former rogue-turned-authority figure trapped within the confines of a cordoned-in area of the city.

Julie Plec, the showrunner on The Vampire Diaries and (and its spin-off, The Originals), will call the shots on Cordon, too.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Apocalypse Gets Hardy

Attention, all horny people – there is a hot, young British up-and-comer out there you might wanna get to checking out.

His name is Ben Hardy.

He’s an EastEnders alumnus.

And he is a cutie-patootie with quite a set of abs on him.

Just like we like ’em.

Hardy is said to be joining X-Men: Apocalypse, in a role TBC, although rumor has it he will play Angel, the role that Ben Foster originated in X-Men: The Last Stand.


A Touch of Red

The Huntsman, the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman prequel/sequel hybrid, has gotten Chastained.

F yeah it has!

Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt in the project, in a role thats being kept secret for now.

Loves it.

I mean, Theron and Blunt already were making this one quite the must-y affair, but this movie is a def.