Monday, April 20, 2015

A Champion of Female Writers

Now this is putting your money where your mouth is.

Three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep has long commented on how démodé it is for Hollywood, if not all of America to still be so far behind from the times in terms equality between men and women – on how there’s still a gender pay gap, how women aren’t as represented or as welcomed to represent themselves as men, and how women  certainly aren’t allowed to age without engendering as much prejudice, for instance. So La Streep is doing a little something about it.

It was announced at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, that the actress has funded The Writers Lab, a screenwriters lab for women over 40 spearheaded by New York Women in Film and Television and the collective of women filmmakers IRIS.

Female screenwriters will be to make their submissions between May 1 and June 1, with eight winners to be named on Aug. 1.


Meet Young Silas Timberlake, Y’all

In an effort to deter paparazzi from climbing over their walls, perhaps, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have introduced their son, Silas Randall Timberlake, to the world themselves.

Via Instagram, natch.

What a cutie.


He Will Grind Again

And cause you can’t possibly have Magic Mike XXL without the always-down-for-a-twerk star of the franchise, Channing Tatum, here he is, all ready to get back to the grind and whatnot.

Hey, July 1, hey....




Photo: The Karpel Group.

Poster v Poster

Last week, the DC Comicsverse was rode high for a hot minute after releasing a tease of the first trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a preview that, btw, was meant to premiere exclusively at special-screening IMAX events today).

Of course there was a leak (thanks, Internet!), and, kind of worse, the Force came outta nowhere and sort of – go figure – went and stole the superheroes thunder.

Ergo why we have gotten more now, and why the blockbuster’s director, Zack Snyder, is going into his formal IMAX Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice event today ready to discuss not only the (leaked) trailer and all its goodness but, also, these two new posters, featuring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in character, at right.



Preacher Man


Longtime pals and producing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have found their Preacher.



Dominic Cooper (TV’s Marvel’s Agent Carterhas landed the lead on AMC’s drama pilot based on the adaptation of the cult 1990s comic that the duo’s been working on recently.

The show will revolve around Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small town in Texas who (of course) merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven – go with it... – and ends up developing the ability to make anyone and everyone around him do anything he asks of ’em. Together with his ex, Tulip (Ruth Negga, of TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and an Irish vampire, he embarks on a journey to find God.

Like, the actual God.

Sounds like it could be fun.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rogue Thief

Yo. More news from the Star Wars Celebration here, people!

That Felicity Jones-led spin-off movie that Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards is directing? It is going to revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who come together to steal the Death Star plans (like, its physical plans, which come in handy in later movies...) and bring new hope to the galaxy.

No wonder. After all, the project – which is set in the franchises timeline between Episode III and Episode IV and slated for release in December 2016 – is titled Star Wars: Rogue One.

Btw. Ben Mendelsohn (Netflix’s Bloodline) may also be featured in the movie....


Update: Click here if you wanna watch some low-quality from the Rogue One sizzle footage that was shown at the Star Wars Celebration today.

Obsessive Old Acquaintance

My, my – look at that Joel Edgerton, getting his director on.

The Aussie actor – who has been dipping his toes in the producer and writing pools for years – is making his debut as a feature film director this summer, with The Gift.

Yep, Edgerton called all the shots for the thriller, which stars Jason Bateman and Transcendence’s Rebecca Hall as a married couple that sees their lives turned upside down after he has a simple-enough casual run-in with an old high school mate that soon turns into a veritable s--- show creep fest.

The Jason Blum-produced The Gift is set to open on July 31.


The Showgirl

Tony Award winner Nina Arianda, one of the women who has tried or may still be trying to play Janis Joplin on screen, is going to play with Meryl for now.

See, girlfriend has joined the cast of the Meryl Streep-fronted Florence Foster Jenkins, the Stephen Frears-directed story of the titular New York heiress who had dreams of becoming a famous opera singer, this in spite of being woefully untalented.

Hugh Grant is also already on board, as St. Clair Bayfield, Jenkins’ English actor-live-in partner/manager.

Arianda will play a sexy showgirl trying to ingratiate herself into FFJ’s circle.


Confirming Cruz

Thank goodness.

Ben Stiller has confirmed that Penélope Cruz will totally be a part of the eagerly awaited and stylish sequel Zoolander 2.

The actor, however, has stayed mum on just who Cruz will play.

Zoolander 2 will strut into theaters on Feb. 12.


Update: Original-flavor cast member Billy Zane also will be on hand for the sequel.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Anna Kendrick the Fackin’ Author

Quotable-as-f--- Anna Kendrick is writing a book.

Indeed, the Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 star – and Lip Sync Battler extraordinaire – is set to release a collection of humorous essays not this fall, but next.

So you got that to look forward to, kids.

I know I am.


Tito Is Back


tWitch will not be the only stud busting a move in Magic Mike XXL this summer.

Adam Rodriguez, the Latino heartthrob of the first movie, will reprise his role as Tito in the July 1 sequel, and, from the looks of it, dude’s gonna be givin’ ’em ladies something to grab and hold onto, huh.

I mean his hair! Tito’s been growing it out.

And, again, I do mean his hair.

Photo: The Karpel Group.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The New Look of Zayn

So...looks like Zayn Malik has washed One Direction right out of his hair....

Heck, dude has buzzed One Direction right off of his head.

Indeed, the former boy bander debuted his new look at the 2015 Asian Awards in London earlier today. He also reportedly looked very happy event, so I guess we gotta make #shorthairdontcare happen now.


Update: Malik, evidently, was on hand at the Asian Awards to pick up some hardware for his contribution to music.


Anyway. Since he was there he took the opportunity, “to thank four of the best guys Ive ever met.” Meaning his former bandmates, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson. “Everything Ive done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Aww. Ain’t that thoughtful.

Oh, It Is On Between Batman and Superman!

The world just could not wait.

The first teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was meant to premiere in theaters in three days, but the Internet – the glorious Internet – needed to get its fix early, which is why part of the preview leaked yesterday. And why the powers that be, led by director Zack Snyder, decided to just go ahead and post the darn thing online themselves.

Henry Cavill is back as the Man of Steel, and Earth’s new favorite superhero is struggling with his newfound notoriety, and with his fair of critics who accuse him of being a so-called fake god.

The trailer also gives us our first look at Ben Affleck in and out of his Batsuit, and lets us hearing for the first, too. His Caped Crusader voice? Grave as hell, and a bit like, mechanized. Perfect for when he asks Superman if he bleeds...and then tells him he will.

Speaking of hearing people, but in their cases not seeing them, Holly Hunter in her mystery role is also featured, as are Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

You officially excited now?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be out next March.

A Gigante Era Comes to an End

After 53 years, Don Francisco is soon going to get to just hang on Saturdays.

Yes, Univision’s Sabado Gigante is wrapping things up this September, after a tremendous five decades on the air. The show’s final installment will air on Sept. 19.

Don Francisco (a.k.a. Mario Kreutzberger), for his part, will remain in the spotlight as the host of assorted entertainment specials for the Spanish-language network.


The Real McCoy

Jeez. They certainly are keeping Chris Pratt busy.

The Jurassic World star has signed to carry a new bootlegging drama centering on sea captain Bill McCoy on his brawny, blockbuster-y shoulders.

The movie will chronicle McCoy’s rum-smuggling runs from the Bahamas to the United States during Prohibition.

“The real McCoy.” Ever heard of that expression? It came from him, for he claimed never to have paid for protection from the law or the mob, and because he always delivered uncut liquor. Just, you know...the real McCoy

A director has yet to be hired for this one, but something tells me the search should be a short one. Everyone wants to be in the Chris Pratt business these days.


The tWitch-y Stripper

And now, just like I did in 2012 for Magic Mike (y know the little summer movie that needed all the help it could get – ha!), Imma preview the s--- outta its upcoming sequel, Magic Mike XXL.

Behold, then, tWitch’s character poster.

Yeah, you like that?

Dunno who the So You Think You Can Dance alumnus will be playing, but, clearly, he will have the rippedstastic moves.

Magic Mike XXL will take theaters by storm on July 1.

Photo: The Karpel Group.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

La La Land Lovers

Those Crazy, Stupid, Lovers, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, are getting back together.

Sure, they both had plum parts in 2013’s Gangster Squad, but it’s not like that movie was about the two of them ensemble just à deux.

Now, thought, the two impossibly It stars are fixin to reunite in director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash, La La Land, a contemporary romantic musical. Whiplash’s own Miles Teller was, evidently, meant to headline the project, but, for whatever reason, he has moved onto something else.

RyGos would play a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress, which – duh – is the role that Stone would take, btw, instead of another Emma (Watson), who also has set her sights on a different endeavor (the live-action Beauty and the Beast).

Fingers crossed Gosling and Stone do it again. I like it when they do it.

Act off each other, that is. Don’t be gross.


Update: Almost forgot. Ryan Gosling is totally going to star in the sequel to Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford.

Han Solo and Chewie Are Back!

The Force has awoken already, in terms of teases for this ChristmasStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Now, though, the Force is with everyone (that was a hint) and bringing it all home – including fan favorites Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) – in the second teaser for the J.J. Abrams-helmed blockbuster.

Check it now.

Then again.

Then again.

Are you having a geekasm, too?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters on Dec. 18.

Update: Here are a few more teases about the film, which come from a Star Wars Celebration panel that was held earlier today in Anaheim, Calif.

Batman, Superman to Take 4/20

Talk about a tease.

A preview of the first preview – so silly! – for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice let it be known today that the first trailer for next spring’s eagerly awaited blockbuster starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will debut on April 20 at special-screening IMAX events. And then online, of course.

Check it.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and many more, is set to come out at the end of next March.


Update: A little bit of the trailer has leaked online, kids!

The rivalry is real, yo.

Bello Newcomer

Something bello is coming the way of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Roman-born actor Giacomo Gianniotti (The CW’s Reign) is joining the long-running fan favorite in a potentially recurring capacity.

G2’s role is being kept under wraps at this time. Although, by looking at him, one can only guess he’ll be playing someone very, very cute during the shows 12th season next fall.

Twelve seasons, can you believe it!


Don’t Hate Her ’Cause She’s Beautiful

Laverne Cox is all Laverne Cox, and – guess what – she is not afraid to let you see it.

The Orange Is the New Black trailblazer has posed in the buff for the latest issue of Allure, and the (transgender) Emmy-nominated actress looks gorge in the photo that was picked to run in the magazine.

Which is a big deal.

Of the pictorial Cox explained that, although she initially declined the shoot twice, she ultimate caved in because, “I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful.

Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring to some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.

True words, alright. Good for her for leading the way on the path toward trans acceptance.


The Last Strut

As promised, Gisele Bündchen is officially done catwalking around the world.

The Brazilian bombshell has walked her last runway – in Brazil earlier today, for São Paolo Fashion Week – with her husband, Tom Brady, cheering her on from the front row, natch.

And then the fashionistas wept a single stylish tear.

La Bündchen, 34, has revealed that leaving the runway behind ultimately came down to her listening to her body.

“Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it,” the supermodel told a Brazilian newspaper in the days leading up to her final walk, “and it asked to stop.

Not worry, though: Girlfriend ain’t goin’ nowhere, for she definitely plans on keep on starring in several campaigns and on paying mind to other projects she has for herself.


Update: And speaking of Brady.... How cute is his post-show gush about his wife?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mama Force

So the Golden Globe-nominated Swedish film Force Majeure is getting Americanized.

And the Veep herself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is gonna be the A-Lister starring in the remake.

The actress is very much set to headline the drama, about a family vacationing in the French Alps who encounter unforeseen conflict when a controlled avalanche gone awry threatens their safety and the pater familias, in an act of selfish cowardice, decides to desert them all. An action, you will understand, that creates a deep animosity among them that will not be easily repaired.

Louis-Dreyfus will also produce the project.


A Much Different Kind of John Connor

Terminator Genisys looks crazy, y’all.

Have you seen the latest, oh-so-twist-y trailer for the upcoming blockbuster starring Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Jason Clarke (pictured here), Jai Courtney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger? going on with John Connor! Did not see that coming.

Terminator Genisys is due out on July 1.