Last year’s Salt earned considerable press long before it hit theaters because of a curious bit of gender-bending recasting: The titular CIA agent on the run was originally going to be played by Tom Cruise, but when Angelina Jolie expressed interest, “Edwin Salt” became “Evelyn Salt.” Since Jolie is essentially the only female action movie star, it seemed like a positively progressive maneuver — an indication that summer blockbusters didn’t have to resemble a frat house. Unfortunately, Salt itself was far from perfect — EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave it a B — and although it grossed $300 million globally, it underperformed compared to Jolie’s earlier, less expensive action-fest Wanted. Nevertheless, EW has confirmed that Sony has hired Salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer to draft a script for Salt 2. Can the sequel improve on the original? READ FULL STORY
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just-announced reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise. Angelina Jolie’s turn as skimpily-dressed treasure hunter Lara Croft was incredibly iconic — it’s a big reason why she’s basically the only go-to action heroine left in Hollywood — and it’s hard to imagine a younger actress stepping into the role. Still, it’s worth pointing out that neither of the original Lara Croft films were all that great. And considering that, Sucker Punch excepted, female-driven action movies are few and far between, a Tomb Raider reboot could actually be a great way to kickstart the career of the next great female action star. But who should play Lara Croft? Mila Kunis seems like an obvious choice. (She even played a younger Jolie in Gia.) Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson have both had some action-film success. My personal pick would be Gemma Arterton — hey, why not cast someone who’s actually British this time? Vote for the next Lara Croft in our poll after the jump, and let us know in the comment boards if we missed your personal pick. READ FULL STORYIt’s easy to be cynical about the
Vanity Fair's Top 40 Hollywood earners include zero of this year's Oscar acting nominees: Are we surprised?
Check out the full list — limited to creative types (stars, directors, and producers) and the money they earned from movies — and tell us what you find interesting. It’s not really a surprise — we all know Oscar noms don’t typically align with blockbusters — but none of this year’s Oscar acting nominees make the cut.James Cameron tops Vanity Fair‘s carefully calculated list of Hollywood’s Top 40 earners in 2010, with an estimated $257 million (all but $4 million of it tied to Avatar, and that does not include $50 million of Avatar money from 2009). Johnny Depp comes in at No. 2 with an estimated $100 million comprised primarily of his paychecks for Alice in Wonderland, the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and The Tourist.
If Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie co-starred with a talking mouse and a godlike lion in an action-fantasy about fighting evil monster gangsters, you’d probably want to see that movie, right? Well, that will never happen. But if you go and see The Tourist and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this weekend, there’s always a chance that your brain will fuse them together into one beautiful whole. EW’s John Young thinks Dawn Treader, the third film in the Narnia franchise, will walk away with the highest gross of the weekend: $40 million. He predicts The Tourist will make about half that, and the rest of the top five will be held by Thanksgiving holdovers Tangled, Harry Potter and the Etc. Etc., and Burlesque. (The Fighter and The Tempest will be in limited release this weekend. What’s with all the “The” movies? Which would you rather see: The Tempest-Fighting Tourist…or The Tourist-Fighting Tempest?)
But hey, what do we know? PopWatchers, will you be seeing either of the new wide-release movies? Have all your friends finally convinced you that Tangled is good, or that Burlesque is bad enough to enjoy? Tell us what you’ll be seeing in the poll, and if you feel like it, tell us why you’ll be seeing it down in the comments? (Personally, I’ll be seeing Dawn Treader, but only because I’m currently working on a book about threequels. No, I’m not.)
Angelina Jolie. Johnny Depp. They’re two of the biggest stars on the planet and, believe it or not, they’d never met before making The Tourist. Now, in this week’s Holiday Movie Preview issue, the two A-listers talk exclusively to EW about their new Venice-set romantic thriller (a throwback to glamorous Euro capers like To Catch a Thief and Charade), the struggles they faced getting the pricey movie to the screen, and, of course, a blow-by-blow account of when they finally got together for the first time.
How was it possible that these two stars, who have made 70 films between them and live within an hour of one another in the south of France, had never met? “We’re both not that social,” Jolie tells EW. “I don’t think either one of us goes out of our house, especially in France. We’re both locked away.” Depp admits that he’d always wanted to work with Jolie and was a fan, but wasn’t prepared for the woman he actually encountered. “So much has been written about Angie and Brad [Pitt]. They’re sort of the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of our era. I knew she was a big star, but I didn’t know what to expect…”
For the full story of how Angelina met Johnny and their upcoming film The Tourist, check out this week’s Holiday Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Nov. 12.
so hot right now. Forbes unveiled its “Power Women” list yesterday, ranking the 100 most powerful women in the world. Coming in in the top slot: Michelle Obama. Oprah was ranked at No. 3, Lady Gaga at No. 7, Beyoncé at No. 9, and Ellen DeGeneres at No. 10. That puts them all ahead of Nancy Pelosi (No. 11), Sonia Sotomayor (No. 19), and the heads of state of Australia (No. 58), Finland (No. 62), Ireland (No. 64), Argentina (No. 68), Iceland (No. 80), Costa Rica (No. 83), and Liberia (No. 86). I was a little surprised to see Sarah Palin outrank Queen Elizabeth — 16 to 41! — but okay.Power rankings — they’re
Beyond the top 10, the entertainment and television news industries are really well represented: Angelina Jolie (No. 21), Katie Couric (No. 22), Madonna (No. 29), Chelsea Handler (No. 33), Heidi Klum (No. 39), Meredith Vieira (No. 40), Sarah Jessica Parker (No. 45), Diane Sawyer (No. 46), Stephenie Meyer (No. 49), Rachel Maddow (No. 50), Suze Orman (No. 61), Gisele Bundchen (No. 72), Rachael Ray (No. 78), and Martha Stewart (No. 99, just squeaked by) all made the cut.
The full list is here, and it’s actually a pretty interesting read. (And when you’re finished scanning the list, check out a teaser for EW’s own Power List, in this week’s issue.) Who do you think they missed, PopWatchers?
This week’s cover: The Power List returns!
We are not typically in the habit of posting pics of celebrity munchkins, but this one of Shiloh has sent me over the edge. It sets in stone something I’ve suspected for a few months but have been embarrassed to bring up: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is so much cooler than me. Than you. Than all of us.
Look at her boots! Her Yo, Gabba Gabba! backpack! That prop that looks like a medical walking stick but is actually a wooden sword she picked out from a souvenir shop at the Budapest airport!
It’s official. I don’t know why any of us even bother.
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The trailer for December’s Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie spy thriller, The Tourist, has hit the Internets. And, boy, does it look gooood. (Video is embedded below.) Yes, Angie does seem to be working a bizarre accent, but that’s okay. (Mercifully, she doesn’t sound anything like Olympias from Alexander.) From the jazzy score during the Strangers on a Train-ish kick-off, to the glory of the Venetian cityscape, to the artful dodging of bullets as Depp and Jolie speedboat through canals, I am sold. Dialogue sounds promising, too. “You look ravenous,” Johnny says to Angie. “Do you mean ravishing?” she replies. Oh, yes.
Here ’tis. Are you as psyched as I am for The Tourist? READ FULL STORY
Burlesque poster because they look like paintings, but the latest shot to be released of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist shows her shielding her eyes from the divine light that is bathing him. (Or, she’s just looking for their makeup artist, who really should be commended.) You’re gonna need to see that one blown up, we know.Before you answer, look closely. Your gut will say Cher and Christina in the Chicago-esque
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