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The ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Movie Gets Resurrected With Lily Collins In The Lead Role

Natalie Portman's Out, And Collins Is In

Back in 2009 (AKA 5 million years ago) there was news about a film adaptation of a book that Trent was totally enamored with– Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Natalie Portman was cast in the lead role as Elizabeth Bennet: Zombie Killer, and it sounded like it was gonna be pretty sweet. Unfortunately, we didn’t hear much about the movie afterwards because Natalie Portman dropped out of the film and so did David O. Russell, (Silver Linings Playbook) who was set to direct. But now the movie’s production is experiencing a resurrection of sorts with actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror) recently cast in the lead. Click inside to learn more!
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Jessica Chastain In Talks To Star In Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

She'll Star Alongside Anne Hathaway And Matthew McConaughey
Celebrities attend Louis Vuitton Fashion Show in Paris

We’ve been hearing lots of juicy casting news about Christopher Nolan‘s next big project and today there’s more talk. As previously reported, the Dark Knight Rises director took on the project which was originally being directed by Steven Spielberg. Since then, Matthew McConaughey has been cast in the lead and Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway has also been named as part of the cast. It looks like Nolan is going for the heavy hitters with this one, because Jessica Chastain is now in talks to join Interstellar. Click inside to learn more!
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Alexander Skarsgård Replaces Tom Hiddleston As The Frontrunner For The Lead In ‘The Crow’ Redux

Alex is the One to Watch

Last week it was reported that Tom Hiddleston was up for the role as Eric Draven/The Crow in the much-delayed-yet-still-on-track remake of the 1994 film The Crow. Apparently, all that talk of Hiddleston‘s possible casting was very premature because today we hear that Tom was never seriously up for the role … but True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård is. Of course, we won’t know who will play the new Crow until the deal has been signed but according to Deadline, it would appear that Skarsgård is the one to watch to nab the role. More »

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Jamie Foxx Is Playing Daddy Warbucks In The ‘Annie’ Remake, Except His Name Will Be Benjamin Stacks

Okay. This Just Got Weird.
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First of all, shouts out to PITNBr Erica Croce for putting me on to this story. And shouts out to Grantland writer Rembert Browne for composing a hilarious write-up on what really is a hilarious casting report. So. We’ve been hearing a little bit about Jay-Z and Will Smith‘s upcoming Annie remake and so far the news has been good (I think). I was excited when Quenvenzhané Wallis was cast in the lead, and I was cracking up when we heard that rumor about Justin Timberlake playing Daddy Warbucks. Well, we now know that this was indeed just a rumor because Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx has been cast in the role, only his name will be Benjamin Stacks, which is hilarious if you think about it. Click inside for more!
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Gabourey Sidibe Has Joined The Cast Of ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

LOVE IT!!

Back in February we learned that Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates had joined the upcoming season 3 cast of American Horror Story, which has been titled American Horror Story: Coven. Today we learn that Academy Award nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe has also been added to the cast. Show creator and writer Ryan Murphy tweeted the news yesterday but at this point, we don’t know much about Sidibe‘s role on the show. What we do know is that AHS: Coven just got a helluva lot cooler with this casting news. More »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Casts Its First Black Character

Gary Carr Joins Season 4

Earlier this year we learned that Downtown Abbey has cast a new leading man for the upcoming 4th season of the series but today we learn that another, more interesting casting choice has been made as well. Those of you who are familiar with the British TV drama know that the show features only Caucasian characters … that is, until now. Downton creator Gareth Neame has revealed that the show has cast its first Black actor who will bring, he says, “interesting twists” to the story. I say, it’s about damn time. More »

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Michael Fassbender Will Star In An Upcoming Adaptation Of ‘Macbeth’

This Could Be Awesome Sauce

As y’all know, Trent‘s been in NYC for the past few days and I’m pretty sure he’s having the best time ever. Even though nothing compared to our day at the Yankee’s game, I know he also had an amazing time seeing Alan Cumming in his one-man show production of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. I got to talk to Trent about it when we hung out and I am sooo obsessed with the idea of going to see this show, lol. Macbeth is a story that, as we know, never gets old and new actors are always coming along to take on the role. Michael Fassbender is now joining the rans of actors who’ve gone Macbeth, which is pretty exciting. I mean, Fassy as Macbeth? Yespleasemorethanyou. Click inside to learn more!
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Nicki Minaj Cast Alongside Cameron Diaz And Kate Upton In ‘The Other Woman’

Her Feature Film Debut

Just a few days ago we learned that model Kate Upton had been cast in a new movie with Cameron Diaz and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I was excited to hear that Kate was getting into movies, and now it seems like another newcomer to film is joining in on the fun. Nicki Minaj has just been cast in The Other Woman, the new movie from The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes. This will be Nicki‘s first role in a movie, although we know she’s no stranger to the dramatic arts, lol. Click inside to learn more!
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Oh Snap! ‘American Idol’ Reportedly Tried To FIRE Mariah Carey And REHIRE Jennifer Lopez!

Mimi & her Lawyers Reportedly SHUT THAT PLAN DOWN!

Oh man … there is a news story out today via The Hollywood Reporter that alleges that American Idol producers were so desperate to fix the show’s embarrassingly low ratings this season that they reportedly tried to execute a plan that would’ve FIRED Mariah Carey as judge midseason and replace her with the very ratings popular ex-Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. The only reason the plan didn’t happen, according to the report, is because Mimi‘s lawyers threatened to SUE the Hell out of the show if they even tried. Now, if this report had come from a less reputable publication, I don’t know that I would necessarily believe it … because it sounds like a crazy (and contractually illegal, I might add) shake-up fantasy. But coming from THR, I believe every word of it. Click below to learn more about this tale of dismal TV ratings and the reported desperation that pushed producers to want to axe Mariah for J. Lo. More »

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Tom Hiddleston Is Reportedly In Talks To Star In The Remake Of ‘The Crow’

I Approve!!!

Earlier today we got a tiny peek at actor Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming superhero sequel film Thor: The Dark World. Right now we learn that Hiddleston is reportedly in talks to play the role of Eric Draven in the planned reboot film The Crow. As you may recall, we learned WAY BACK in 2009 that plans were in the works to remake the 1994 film The Crow, which starred Brandon Lee in his final role before his untimely death, with a new actor. In 2010, it was rumored that Marky Mark Whalberg was up for the lead role … then in 2011 it was reported that Bradley Cooper was up for the role (thankfully, that didn’t work out). At the start of last year, it was reported that the Crow remake project got itself a new director and screenwriter … and today, we hear Hiddleston may get the role. HMMM. More »

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