This weekend, I finished Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I had to put the book down multiple times so I could cry and then, at the end, I cried again because it was all over and I couldn’t go back in time to when I hadn’t read them yet and start all over. What a great series. Seriously, if you haven’t read them, DO, and before the movie version of the first book comes out.
Speaking of, casting decisions for the film are readily being made…
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone
as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis
(“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s friends. Skeeter comes home from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi
. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism
in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world. While I was originally unconvinced that teen sex comedy queen Emma Stone was the right casting for the role of Skeeter, judging by the trailer for “The Help,” she carries it off with just the right amount of sass and spunk. [AOL
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This weekend, I finally got around to watching “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1″ — Dobby the House Elf, never forget
— and it’s got me super psyched for Part 2, which is, of course, the final film in the “Harry Potter” series. Part 1 was amazing and I understand, in theory, why they split the story into two parts — it’s a lot of material to cram into one movie if you’re not going to edit much of anything out — but Part 2 is really where all the incredible action occurs. Lucky for those of us who are counting the days until July 15, the first scene from Part 2 has just be released on the internet. Watch it above! Get ready to have your ass handed to you, Voldemort. [via Huffington Post
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What would it take for Joaquin Phoenix to come out of retirement?
Despite speculation earlier this year that Phoenix would resume his once-hot acting career with a film adaptation of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ (the 2010 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith), the actor is now being linked to a much more controversial project.
And if there’s one thing Phoenix seems to relish, it’s controversy!
Phoenix — whose last film was the outrageous, head-scratching mockumentary ‘I’m Still Here’ — is now rumored to be reversing his retirement plans to co-star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-anticipated movie taking aim at Scientology. Read more… Keep reading »
“Nothing’s sacred anymore. Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover… It’s what you guys imagine we do: One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.”
—Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for her performance in “Winter’s Bone,” explains what it’s like to undergo hours of body painting each day on set for her role as Mystique in “X-Men: First Class.” What, no pillow fight? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Let me preface this rant completely rational argument by saying that I don’t actually mind Bradley Cooper. He’s grown on me over the past few years, first with “The Hangover” and then with “Limitless.” He seems to take his craft seriously. He’s not papped every night drunk off his ass with a desperate young starlet clinging to him, lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills. He appears to be making a concerted effort to broaden his range. Fine. I can respect that. Keep reading »
“Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I’ve ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life. He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it—and it was not appealing. I’m talking green, infectious, disgusting—I’m not kidding!”
—Reese Witherspoon reveals that even though everyone in Hollywood may want to make out with her “Water for Elephants” co-star, Robert Pattinson, her big sex scenes with him were all the way to disgusting. Way to kill the fantasy, Reese. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Drew Barrymore is gearing up to direct her second flick, and instead of delving into the wild world of roller derby, this time around Drew will be covering more familiar territory—the state of the single person. The movie, “How To Be Single,” is based on a novel by Luz Tucillo and will be adapted by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, the scribes behind the Drew-produced “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The movie will tell the story of a group of single New Yorkers and will follow them over the course of 10 years. “Love is never gonna be a tired subject,” Drew says. “Being single, this one definitely speaks to me and I’ve explored it a lot in the last year and a half. I’m at that age where I’m sort of straddling a great line right now and I can see both sides very well… It’s hopefully, in a lot of ways, not a romantic comedy. People have this weird stigma [with] that word — it’s a turnoff to guys or whatever. But I think we’ve honed in on a style that will be more universal, a little bit ageless and not gender specific.” And with that, she has piqued my interest. [EW] Keep reading »
Bradley Cooper may be smearing on some face paint and going dark—very dark—for his next movie. The actor is currently in talks to star in a remake of “The Crow,” the 1994 cult movie based on a comic book of the same name. The premise? A couple is brutally attacked and murdered the day before their Halloween wedding. A year later, the man is brought back to life to exact revenge on the ones who did it. As if the basic plotline weren’t dark enough, the making of the movie itself was tinged with tragedy when star Brandon Lee was killed in an onset accident where a prop gun fired an actual bullet. So I guess I have to ask—why is this movie being remade? It’s been less than 20 years since the original appeared in theaters. When it came out, it was a box office hit that looked pretty spectacular and had a killer soundtrack. Not to mention—who would sign up to star in a remake? Apparently, Bradley isn’t nearly as superstitious as I am. [EW] Keep reading »