PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Movie Casting (71-80 of 163)

Steve Carell to show off his singing pipes in 'Of All the Things'

steve-carellImage Credit: Donna Ward/Getty ImagesHe’s played clueless bosses, idiot weathermen, and 40-year-old virgins. Now Steve Carell is about to add singer-songwriter to his onscreen menagerie of characters. According to Variety, The Office star has signed on to produce and star in Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the 2008 music documentary Of All the Things – the unusual and unlikely story of Dennis Lambert. In the ’70s and ’80s, Lambert achieved a sort of semi-fame in music circles as the man behind such FM radio staples as “Baby Come Back”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got”. After his moment in the sun was over, Lambert moved to Florida to sell real estate, only then realizing that he was still huge in the Philippines, where he then went on tour. The Lambert documentary was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival and AFI Fest and won the audience award at the Nantucket Film Fest in 2008. It was directed by Lambert’s son, Jody. The new script will be written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who recently penned another Carell flick, Burt Wonderstone.

While we can’t vouch for Carell’s singing ability, we do know this: the man can certainly lip sync some C+C Music Factory… READ FULL STORY

Michelle Rodriguez to kick ass in 'Citizen Jane'? Kinda, sorta.

citizen-jane-posterAt the Austin Fantastic Fest, a short campy trailer of Michelle Rodriguez growling and shooting a machine gun on an island of fire gun played to the appreciative audience. (See it embedded after the jump.) The trailer, and the accompanying posters of a black clad Rodriguez holding a gun, promised a remake of Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane. In Citizen Jane, with an announced release date of Sept. 5, 2011, Rodriguez would play a woman looking to avenge the murders of her parents. Various websites wondered if this was a spoof or a camp delight worth getting ready for.

It turns out that Austin-based filmmaker Aaron Burns conceived of the Citizen Jane push at Fastastic Fest as a mean to grassroots promote his upcoming feature debut Blacktino, the story of an overweight half-black, half-Hispanic nerd struggling to find his place in predominantly white Austin high school starring Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, and Daryl Sabara. “In Blacktino,” Burns explains by email, “the main character watches a trailer for a film called Citizen Jane, which features Michelle doing even more ridiculously awesome things… Michelle came down for the last day of production and gave me almost enough badass footage to make a full movie.”

Now that the Citizen Jane trailer is out in the world, Burns is having conversations about that actual possibility (as well as the possibility that he is a blasphemer of the first degree). READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Dawn' castings: Maggie Grace vamps it up, Renesmee found

maggie-grace-mackenzie-foyImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Kelsey EdwardsAs we reported yesterday, Lost‘s Maggie Grace has joined The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as Denali coven vampire Irina, and newcomer Mackenzie Foy, a nine-year-old model/actress, is thisclose to signing on as Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s child. Grace is an interesting choice. She’s already a polarizing presence, thanks to her best-known role as the spoiled Shannon on Lost, so it’ll be easy to dislike her when she goes to the Volturi and tells them that Bella and Edward have created an “immortal child,” which is a no-no. But because it’s so easy to turn on her, it’s all the more effective when she softens and is apologetic, which will work well when she pays the ultimate price for giving the Volturi false information.

As for Foy, she really does look like the child Robert Pattinson joked Kristen Stewart was carrying when Oprah Winfrey asked them if they were an off-screen couple. Renesmee is a bit of disturbing character, and there’s something naturally unsettling about young models. I think it’s because we like to think of children as innocent and uncalculating, but watching them pose for a camera, turning off or turning on their emotions, you realize what manipulation they’re capable of. Watch her action in a fan video below. Yes, she already has fan videos dedicated to her on YouTube: READ FULL STORY

Who's the best godfather for John Gotti movie?

John-A-GottiImage Credit: Adam Rountree/Getty Images; Time Life Pictures/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty ImagesJohn Gotti Jr., son of the famous “Dapper Don” who ran the Gambino crime family, has agreed to turn his life story into a $15 million film. According to Variety, Gotti Jr. is collaborating with producer Marc Fiore, and actor Leo Rossi (Analyze This) is working on a script. Woltz Pictures is not involved.

“The story’s about redemption,” Gotti Jr. told the paper. “My father had a hard time accepting that I ultimately didn’t want to follow his path.” To be fair, Junior’s not exactly Anthony Corleone, who spurned his father’s hopes and became an opera singer in Italy instead. Gotti Jr. was a “made man” who served time for racketeering, and then spent a decade in court, denying he was running the family business.

But who should play the Gottis in the movie? I can’t get Ray Liotta out of my head as the father, though Variety hints that Sylvester Stallone had expressed an interest. Who else could make sharkskin suits and prison orange look equally slick?

Hayden Panettiere cast as Amanda Knox in Lifetime TV movie

Hayden-Panettiere-Amanda-KnoxImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Franco Origlia/Getty ImagesAccording to Variety, Hayden Panettiere will play Amanda Knox, the girl accused by Italian authorities of killing her then-roommate in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie. The Amanda Knox Story will air sometime next year.

The real Knox is currently serving a 26-year jail sentence for murder, sexual assault, and obstruction of justice in the death of Meredith Kercher, a British woman who shared an apartment with Knox and two others in Perugia, Italy. The case remains controversial because many believe the media frenzy in Italy led to Knox’s unfair trial. Although definitely an interesting story, I find it odd that they’re trying to make a TV movie out of this case, especially since there’s still so much speculation about what exactly occurred the night of Kercher’s murder. But Lifetime also greenlit The Pregnancy Pact, so I guess this really isn’t that strange. (No judgment! I definitely DVR’d that Lifetime movie.)

More strange, however, is seeing Panettiere cast in a made-for-TV movies. It might be just me, but I feel like she’s better than that. I remember a promising up-and-comer in Remember The Titans. But now, she’s been limited to the teen comedy genre — Bring It On: All Or Nothing and I Love You, Beth Cooper. (Okay, so maybe a Lifetime movie is a step in the right direction.) Next up on her plate is a role in Scream 4 — should be a welcome change of pace for the starlet. (Even if her character will inevitably end up in a body bag, right?)

RZA trades in Method Man for Cinderella Man, snagging Russell Crowe for kung fu film

Russell-CroweImage Credit: Valery Hache/Getty ImagesProtect ya neck! That is, from the karate chops of Russell Crowe, who will be starring in an unlikely collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan member RZA in the latter’s upcoming kung fu movie The Man With the Iron Fist, the rapper’s manager told EW. RZA is set to direct and apparently has been getting help from chop-sockey enthusiast Quentin Tarantino. And although it may seem that way, Crowe and RZA’s partnership doesn’t come from out of the blue: They co-starred in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster and will be sharing the screen again in the upcoming The Next Three Days.

Personally, I’m super-psyched for this. Not only does the movie promise to be 36 chambers full of high-flying craziness, but it would be good to see Crowe having some fun away from those brown, green, and more brown historical movies and gravitas-laden prestige pieces he’s been making. And it can’t hurt to have another rapper directing, if only to flesh out the dubious pantheon that up to now consists only of The Players Club.

Crowe Rules Everything Around Me, but what about you, PopWatchers? Is this collaboration just crazy enough to work, or is it too crazy? Not crazy enough? All I know is if it’s half as great as this, I’ll be happy.

'Mad Men' taking the comic world by storm (even if Superhamm is just a dream)

mad-men-starsImage Credit: Landmark/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Tommaso Boddi/PR PhotosWhat is it about cigarette-puffing Madison Avenue types that screams capes and super powers? Today’s most exciting rumor award goes to the gloriously welcome idea of Jon Hamm pulling on blue tights and taking that shiny black hair of his on a ride through the sky. The Mad Men star’s lantern jaw has long been bandied about as an obvious fit for a Superman reboot, with director/comic book geek Kevin Smith wholeheartedly endorsing the prospect last year. Today, unconfirmed reports have begun swirling again that Hamm is being “seriously considered” for the David Goyer-penned script that Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. Unfortunately, Hamm’s rep tells us that the actor hasn’t talked to anyone about the role. “This is definitely false. So much speculation on these comic projects and 99% is wrong/wishful thinking!” the rep said via email. So as much as we’d love to see Hamm turn in his suit for a cape, at least for now, it will remain a dream. READ FULL STORY

Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth to star in family comedy 'The Reasonable Bunch'

demi-moore-kate-bosworthImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos According to The Hollywood Reporter, Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, and Thomas Haden Church have all been cast in the comedy The Reasonable Bunch, about messy exes and their splintered relatives getting into it at a family wedding. Supporting roles went to Martin Landau, Ellen Barkin, and Ellen Burstyn, who do seem like the type of family members you see hugging the margins — mini lamb chop in hand, lipstick on their teeth — at a wedding. Production is slated to begin this month in New York, with Sam Levinson, son of Barry, yes that Barry, at the helm.

PopWatchers, is Demi Moore funny? Is Ellen Barkin the more garish American equivalent of Helen Mirren when it comes to her vaguely scary, undeniable sex appeal? Are you all for stories of wacky family dysfunction, or do you have enough of that in your real life already?

Liam Neeson replaces much-younger Bradley Cooper in survival thriller 'The Grey'

The-GreyImage Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.comOne of the defining characteristics of that merry band of enterprising tough guys in The A-Team is their all-for-one-and-one-for-all attitude. Apparently, that ethos carries over off of the big screen, too. This morning, EW confirmed that Liam Neeson is in negotiations to replace his A-Team costar Bradley Cooper in the upcoming survival thriller, The Grey (first reported by the Hollywood Reporter). The film is being directed by Joe Carnahan, who directed, you guessed it, The A-Team. The action-packed flick apparently kicks off with a plane crash in Alaska and follows a team of oil drillers as they try to stay alive in the wild, including attacks by packs of very hungry wolves. Sounds cool. But this bit of casting news raises a couple of intriguing questions. READ FULL STORY

Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, makes name for herself

elizabeth-olsen_240.jpg Image Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesElizabeth Olsen, the 21-year-old sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, has joined the cast of the indie film Martha Marcy May Marlene, a rep for writer/director Sean Durkin and producers Josh Mond and Antonio Campos confirms. The movie, which also features John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy, and Brady Corbet, centers on a young woman (Olsen) who escapes a cult and goes to live with her older sister.

Olsen, who gets her big-screen break in the upcoming feature Peace, Love & Misunderstanding with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Catherine Keener, has largely escaped the public eye. According to IMDB, she appeared in a few Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley DVDs as a child, but appears to have lived a normal life since then —  if the few fan tribute videos that pop up on YouTube when you search for “Lizzie Olsen” are any indication. Watch them below, along with the 2007 video for the band Carlotta’s song “The Queen” in which she stars. She’s easily as beautiful as her twin sisters, and shares those big eyes that almost make her look otherworldly (and oddly perfect to play someone who’s in a cult). I’m looking forward to seeing her onscreen. You? READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP