Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis (Eat Pray Love, the best seven minutes of Doubt) is in talks to slide into the Dr. Scholl shoes of Aibileen, the weary and tough Mississippi maid at the heart of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. According to Variety, Davis would star in DreamWorks Studios’ adaptation of the story about the long-ignored community of African American maids in pre-Civil Rights era Jackson, Miss. and the young white writer who pushes the women to tell their story. Emma Stone, so interesting and funny in the House Bunny, is in talks to play earnest local journalist Miss Skeeter. Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People), a childhood friend of Stockett’s and graduate of Ole Miss, adapted the screenplay and is set to take the helm. READ FULL STORY »
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who passed away on Saturday at the age of 70. Smart, who was actually married in Dixie and husband Hal Holbrook’s rose garden, shared her memories both on and off-set of the warm and witty Carter.Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart (Samantha Who?) talked to EW about her Designing Women co-star Dixie Carter,
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you have specific memories of Dixie?
JEAN SMART: The first time I ever saw her was actually a couple years before I ended up meeting her and working with her. I was in New York and I saw an off-Broadway play called A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. This woman came out onstage and pranced around on stage like a thoroughbred and I thought “Who is that?!” One of the most gorgeous creatures I’ve ever laid eyes on. Was just delicious and hilarious and gorgeous. And then a year or so later, I walk on the set of Designing Women and met her. The thing I always thought about Dixie was that chronologically she wasn’t the youngest of the four of us, but she was definitely the youngest in anything that counts. She was like a teenager! Lots of times when people saw her on TV, she was marching around in a suit or something. I mean she was like a teenager. Like a teenager! READ FULL STORY »
Bradley Cooper’s abs might want to call their agent. After getting a nice full shot in the A-Team teaser trailer that debuted in January, the cut-from-marble muscles are nowhere to be seen in a brand new trailer for the aspiring summer blockbuster (check it out after the jump). Of course, this only stokes those nasty rumors of an on-set rivalry with Cooper’s pecs. Can’t you guys just split a protein shake and make up?
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the cheek-pinchable child actor (cuckoo for cocoa-puffs!) turned ’90s sitcom star, is now a fully grown serious adult thespian, with a slew of high-profile indie and commercial roles to his IMDB credit. But his passion, he recently told EW in a sit-down interview in Austin, Tex., is his long-running for-the-people-by-the-people project hitrecord.org (pronounced “hit reh-CORD,” not “hit RECK-ord”).
“It’s my production company,” he explains, rubbing the head he recently shaved bare to play a chemo patient in the Seth Rogen dramedy I’m With Cancer. “But rather than just working within the insular Hollywood industry, I wanted to open it up to anybody, because there are so many people all over the world who are doing great art, in New York, in the Philippines, anywhere — whether they’re writing or making music or taking photos. So the website is just a way for me to collaborate with those great artists all over the place. It’s a place for people to come and work with me.”
“I picked that name like five years ago,” he continues, “when it was just my little thing, and ‘Hit record’ was my mantra of like, ‘do it, press the button, make things’…. But rather than ‘Okay, audience, sit there and watch me do my thing,’ it’s a community — let’s all make something together. Anybody who wanted to put their stuff up there, if the community liked it, we could make it happen.”
So far, that means mostly short films like this one, featuring Gordon-Levitt himself and his two-time big-screen co-star (Stop Loss, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) Channing Tatum, along with a host of interactive collaborators via hitrecord, who contributed everything from animation to their glockenspiel skills (and were paid for their efforts). READ FULL STORY »
After six seasons of sex-tape rumors, Les Deux drama, and couture-filled trips to Paris, MTV and the producers of The Hills have decided it’s time for the sun to set on the reality phenom. “I think we’ve told the story of struggle and of finding yourself in L.A.,” creator Adam DiVello tells EW. “A lot of these kids have found themselves and have certainly embarked on different careers and different paths.” None more so than Heidi Montag, who premieres her much-discussed plastic-surgery results to her mother on camera in the first episode back. Says DiVello, “We tell the whole story. We pick right up where Heidi goes and sees her parents. And our cameras are there that minute the mother opens the door and sees her daughter for the first time.” Adds executive producer Liz Gateley, “It’s a really touching but heartbreaking scene to watch.” READ FULL STORY »
Life.com has opened its vaults and unearthed 20 candid shots taken by photographer John Dominis in 1963, right after the 33-year-old star’s breakout performance in The Magnificent Seven. Check out this batch of iconic, intimate photos of McQueen shooting guns, racing cars, boxing in the gym, swigging beer, and dancing with his first wife Neile Adams. They’re fantastic. And when you’re done checking them out, why not head to video store and program your own living-room double-feature of The Getaway and The Thomas Crown Affair?When you think of ultra-cool Hollywood leading men, a few names immediately spring to mind — Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Lee Marvin. But the one guy who probably deserves to be at the top of that list of macho men is Steve McQueen. The bad-boy star of The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, and Bullitt would have been 80 years old on Wednesday. (He died at age 50 from cancer in 1980.) To help commemorate his outlaw career on and off the silver screen,
First there were Lady Gaga Barbies. Then there were Lady Gaga cookies. And now, there are Lady Gaga dogs. Photographer Jesse Freidin shot a few pooches in Gaga outfits, and the results are pretty wonderful. (You can read more about his process here.)
PopWatchers, be honest: What icons do you dress your pets as? Am I the only one who has attempted, oh, Yankee great Don “Cattingly”? Or Cat Stevens, which is just whenever a cat is near a guitar? Anyone?
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