Meet Deena Nicole
RadarOnline claims to have the exclusive skinny on the new castmember being added to the cast of MTV‘s hit reality TV series Jersey Shore. As you may recall, earlier today we got to see photos of the entire cast of Jersey Shore at the New York Stock Exchange ringing the bell to open today’s day of stock trading on Wall Street. In those photos, estranged castmember Angelina Jolie Pivarnik was featured with the cast … but homegirl is getting the boot from the show and will reportedly be replaced with a new chick named Dina Cortese (who would like to be known as Deena Nicole). Here is our first look at Deena filming scenes for the 3rd season of Jersey Shore with Jenni Jwoww Farley:
The third season of Jersey Shore has just started filming and RadarOnline.com has the first exclusive photos of the newest addition to their cast. She calls herself Deena Nicole on her Facebook page (although her last name is not confirmed) and she fits right in with her hard-partying cast mates. “All I need is beats, my broads, and booze… Let’s drink to us,” Deena posted on her Facebook page just days before she began filming with her new GTL buddies. As RadarOnline.com reported exclusively, Deena is a friend of Snooki’s. “The new girl hung out with Snooki and J-Woww most of the day,” a source who saw them filming in New Jersey on Saturday said. “She seemed shy at first.” Well, she wasn’t TOO shy because she was seen drinking a beer bong with her new pals later in the day! And the things she loves, according to her Facebook page, incude dancing, music and techno house music.
Out with the old, in with the outrageously tanned. I’m honestly glad to hear that they finally got rid of Angelina for good. She annoyed the hell out of me first season, I’m certain she will annoy the hell out of me second season. I have a feeling that Deena Nicole will fit in nicely with her new crew of guidos and guidettes. We’re gonna hafta wait a bit to meet Deena as season 2 of Jersey Shore debuts this week and she won’t make her debut til season 3. But I guess that gives her plenty of time to get into as much embarrassing fun as possible in the meantime. What do you think, does she look like the right fit for Jersey Shore?
The gang's all here
On Friday we learned straight from the horse’s mouth the official confirmation that the amazing Joss Whedon would be directing the big screen adaptation of The Avengers. Today we get to see the full principal cast of the film assembled all together at a panel for the film yesterday at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Here is our first look at the assembled cast of The Avengers on stage together yesterday afternoon:
As footage rolled of the Avengers’ logo, a big “A,” we heard Samuel L. Jackson’s voice: “Super heroes came together,” he bellowed, “the day the Avengers were formed.” Then they came out one by one. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Chris Evans as Captain America. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Mark Ruffallo as The Hulk. Joss Whedon as The Director. Downey calls this film more ambitious than Inception. Joss Whedon had tears in his eyes. He said, “I had a dream all my life and it wasn’t this good.” And 6500 hundred people in Hall H screamed from the very depths of their multiverse-loving souls. The Avengers had assembled. And just like that they were gone. After seeing the footage of Captain America and Thor they had a job to do: to prepare to shoot the greatest comic book movie in the history of time.
You will note that Mark Ruffalo is included in the cast as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, just like we heard he would be. Also included in this photo is Clark Gregg (sandwiched between Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson) who will play Agent Coulson (just like he did in Iron Man and Iron Man 2) and director Joss Whedon. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the awesomeness assembled in this photo together. With Joss Whedon at the helm, the possibilities are endless for The Avengers to truly be the greatest superhero film of all time. After the jump, check out one more photo of The Avengers cast assembled on stage at Comic-Con yesterday afternoon … More »
Posted under: 'The Avengers', Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, San Diego Comic-Con, Scarlett Johansson
Ballet it on me
Director Darren Aronofsky, who found success with his brilliant films Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, has set his sights on the world of ballet for his next film. Black Swan stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in a “dark” “psychological” tale about 2 ballet dancers in NYC. To be honest, I’ve heard very little about this film but what I’ve heard is pretty impressive. Here is our first look at Portman in Black Swan and some deets about the film itself:
The Venice International Film Festival apparently can’t get enough of Darren Aronofsky, even if he has switched his focus from muscle-bound men to dainty dancers. The director took home a Golden Lion, the event’s top prize, for The Wrestler in 2008. Now he has been given the honor of opening this year’s 11-day event on Sept. 1 with Black Swan, a ballet-themed thriller due in late fall. “The cast and crew of Black Swan are both excited and humbled by the selection committee’s invitation,” Aronofsky said in a press announcement. “It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido, and we are excited to premiere our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice.” The dark tale with psychological twists stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a technically brilliant ballerina whose life takes some strange turns after being picked as the lead in a New York City production of Swan Lake. Pressures mount as her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) pushes her to succeed and her manipulative dance master (Vincent Cassel) commands her to be more seductive and loose in her performance. Complicating matters is the arrival of Lily (Mila Kunis), a sultry dancer who exhibits all the innate ease and sexuality that Nina lacks. Nina begins to fixate on the newcomer as the two forge an unusual relationship. “The worldwide attention given to the Venice film festival provides an exciting launch for Black Swan,” says Nancy Utley, president of Fox Searchlight. “We are very proud of our collaboration with Darren.” After its premiere in Venice, The Wrestler went on to awards season glory, earning actor Mickey Rourke his first Oscar nomination and a chance at a career comeback. Fox Searchlight, which bought The Wrestler at the Toronto film festival after its Venice success, has similar hopes for Black Swan— and especially for Portman, who was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting part in 2004′s Closer. As the actress tells USA TODAY about her troubled Nina: “The character was very interesting to play, always challenging and surprising. The fact that I had spent so much time with the idea — Darren and I started discussing doing the film in 2000 — allowed it to marinate a little before we shot.”
Altho this article is light on actual deets about the film, I’ve heard from a few people who have seen an early version of the film that it is an amazing film. I am a huge Aronofsky fan — ever since Requiem for a Dream (which remains one of my all-time fave films) — so I’m really curious to see what he can do with a ballet story. I’m guessing the “usual relationship” between Portman‘s character and Kunis‘s character will be where the crux of the “dark tale” will lie. After the jump, check out another photo of Portman in her Black Swan role as well as a photo of Portman and Kunis together … More »
Last week we got our first (and much-anticipated) look at the once-again beardless Brad Pitt (who has been rockin’ a scraggly-lookin’ beard for the past half year) and today we get to see a couple more photos of the clean-shaven Pitt. Brad lost all of his facial hair for a new role in the film Moneyball, which is currently in filming production here in LA, CA. In the film, Brad will play Oakland Athletics baseball manager Billy Beane … here are a couple photos of Brad on set yesterday afternoon:
To be honest, I wouldn’t have known that Brad was playing a baseball manager in these photos if I wasn’t told as much. Where’s the chewin’ tobacco spittin’? Where’s the ball scratchin’? Granted, filming has just gotten underway so I’m certain Brad will be busting out these more traditional baseball moves at some point. It’s just such a relief to see him lookin’ like his old beardless self again. Ball scratchin’ or not, this clean up Brad is a sight for sore eyes.
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: 'Moneyball', Brad Pitt
'Lumen' at work
Julia Stiles is keeping relatively tight-lipped about her upcoming guest starring role on the 5th season of Dexter but she has started talking a wee bit about her role. Showtime, as you can well imagine, does not want too many deets about the 5th season to come out before it debuts this September but in a new interview with Zap 2 It, Stiles does give us hints at what’s to come:
Showtime remains tight-lipped about what’s going down in the upcoming season of “Dexter,” but recently cast Julia Stiles opened up — if only a tad — about her new role and what drew her to the series. “I watch a lot of shows on HBO and Showtime,” Stiles tells the New York Times, “but I was sort of reluctant about working on one — until ‘Dexter’ came along, because I also really love the way that they’ve set up these guest actors. There’s always a really interesting arc that a guest needs to do.” It doesn’t hurt that she comes on the heels of the series’ most-praised guest to date. John Lithgow took home a Golden Globe for his supporting turn as the trinity killer, and that same role recently earned him an Emmy nomination for guest actor. So will Stiles follow in his serial killer footsteps or might she provide some post-Rita love interest for newly widowed Dexter? It’s still up in the air. But what we do know is that the character’s name is Lumen, and she’s described as “psychologically and physically damaged.” Her introduction to the cast presents Dexter with a dilemma — which sounds like it has love interest written all over it. For now, the TV newbie just seems excited by the idea of playing a character over the course of a season. “In a weird way it reminds me of the making of the ‘Bourne’ movies,” she says. “The script is always changing, so you might shoot a scene and then all of a sudden you are handed pages, and you have to memorize your lines really quickly. It’s like acting in a vacuum a little bit. There’s a different kind of challenge, but part of me really likes it.”
To be honest, I’ve not given Stiles‘s upcoming stint on Dexter very much thought. I mean, I generally like her as an actress and have enjoyed some of the movies she’s starred in (the Bourne Identity films, O, Hamlet with Ethan Hawke) but she’s not one of those actresses that I really think about much. I have every confidence in the Dexter writers, tho, and I’m certain they will craft a character for her that will fit in perfectly on the show. I hope they don’t make her into the big villain of the season like they did for John Lithgow, that seems a bit too obvious for me. I’m hoping that her character will be introduced and/or utilized in an inventive new way. I think Julia Stiles has the acting chops to bring any character to life, here’s hoping her work on Dexter will turn out to be her best ever.
Posted under: 'Dexter', Julia Stiles
The entire cast, except for Angelina, will be back again!
It’s a done deal, y’all. All of those reality TV “guidos” and “guidettes” that you know and love have successfully negotiated new contracts with MTV to return for a third season of the hit show Jersey Shore. As you may recall, on Monday we learned that the cast were playing hard ball with MTV in the hopes of securing more lucrative contracts for another season of Jersey Shore … it appears that MTV decided to give in and up their pay because every cast member is returning for an all new season … well, every cast member except for one:
Finally … peace in Seaside Heights — because MTV has officially announced that the “Jersey Shore” cast is all set for Season 3 … with one big-ass exception. Sources connected to the show tell TMZ Angelina will not be returning to “Jersey” … but The Situation, Snooks, Pauly D, Jwoww — even Ronnie, Sammi and Vinny … will all be back. Buy stock in hair gel.
I understand that the cast got something like a 600% pay raise or something outrageous like that. Considering how little they were making to start with, the pay raise is significant but not unduly outrageous. Here is the official statement issued by MTV regarding the successful contract negotiations they had with the cast:
MTV is pleased that the Jersey Shore cast are returning to Seaside Heights to continue production on Season 3. Not only have they become a part of the MTV family, but fans worldwide have fallen in love with them.
And there you have it … more Jersey Shore with the cast of characters that American can’t seem to get enough of. It’s clear that MTV is not ready to gamble on the success of hiring an entirely new cast for the series so they are willing to pay more money to the cast they have in order to keep the show’s momentum going. Like it or not, there’s going to be a lot more fist pumping mayhem in the Jersey Shore.
Posted under: 'Jersey Shore'
They want mo' money, mo' money, mo' money
TMZ is reporting that tensions are rising between MTV and the unruly and money-hungry cast of their hit reality TV show Jersey Shore. As you may recall, negotiations to get the cast to return for season 2 of the show got a bit hairy leading up the deadline for the cast to sign on for another season of the show … but at the last minute, MTV played hardball and got the cast to return under the terms set by the network. Now, the cast is required to film more footage for the series but they are banding together and refusing to cooperate with the network unless they all get more money. Season 2 of the series is already in the can and ready to roll at the end of this month, but will this contract dispute put season 3 at risk? God, I hope so. Read on …
The cast of “Jersey Shore” is so dissatisfied over their contract situation that they refused to shoot scenes for the upcoming third season until they get a better deal … this according to sources connected with the show. The cast was supposed to begin shooting “at home” scenes today for season three, but we’re told JWoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny — who are spread out between New York and Rhode Island — told the crews they weren’t shooting without new contracts. The Situation and Snooki are supposed to shoot tomorrow, and we’re told Snooki plans to do the same. No word yet on The Situation, but as we first reported … he’s having contract issues of his own. Sources close to the show tell TMZ the cast feels they can make more money doing appearances for two months, rather than filming the show. A rep for MTV had no comment.
At this point, I kinda feels like MTV really does have to pay the cast more money if they want them to return for a 3rd season. The cast has scored the cover of an as-yet-published issue of Rolling Stone magazine and individual castmembers like Mike The Situation Sorrentino and Jenni JWoww Farley have nabbed their own product and endorsement deals. They are still in big demand and MTV will have to pay up if they want to keep them. That being said, I wonder how long all the attention that the cast is getting with last if MTV decides to 86 them all and feature a new cast of self-described guidos and guidettes. These sorts of negotiations can get really tricky … but, in the end, MTV has the upper hand. If they want to keep the original cast (or any of them individually) they’ll prolly have to pay more … otherwise, they can just hire new kids on the cheap. The Jersey Shore cast will either have to play nice with MTV or venture out on their own … which I don’t think will take any of them very far. We shall see. I personally couldn’t care less either way, they can stay or they can go.
Posted under: 'Jersey Shore'
"Your first glimpse"
Filming for the 5th season of the amazing British TV series Skins is already underway and today we get our “first glimpse” at the new cast of the show. I understand the first week of a total 16 weeks of production has already been filmed … last week Skins creator Jamie Brittain posted the following photo on his official Twitter profile giving us our first look at the new cast of Skins 5:
Your first glimpse of the new cast
LOL! Yes, we only get a hand at this point but at least we know the new cast has been assembled and they are currently hard at work filming the new season. I believe the new season is scheduled to premiere in early 2011 and the tone will be a much happier/funnier one that that of season 4. Those of you who watch the show understand how dark things got last season. This new season is supposed to be a complete reversal … and to be honest, that’s good news to me. I believe the US version of Skins is still being planned but I honestly have ZERO interest in watching it. My heart belongs to the original British version of Skins … and that is where it will remain.
Posted under: 'Skins', Jamie Brittain
Rumor has it ...
HMMMMM … according to new reports that can’t seem to stay under-wraps until 2010 San Diego Comic Con next week, Mark Ruffalo may have gotten the part of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed film The Avengers. As you may recall, there’s been a pretty public they said / he said back-and-forth between Marvel Comics and Edward Norton over the fact that he will NOT be cast as The Hulk in The Avengers and then a whole slew of names started to go around as to who might be cast in the Hulk role. Today we hear that Mark Ruffalo has been having “late-stage” talks with Marvel in order to secure the role:
We’re guessing that Marvel Studios was hoping to announce this at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24th, but Deadline is reporting that the studio is in “late-stage discussions” with Mark Ruffalo to play The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers, scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012. He would be replacing Edward Norton, who played Hulk in director Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Norton both confirmed this week that he would not be returning for The Avengers.
Some have been saying that Ruffalo would be wrong for the part but I totally disagree. I think he would be a great choice for the role. He deffo has that unassuming look that Bruce Banner needs and after a CGI make-over, well, anyone can be the big, green Hulk. I wouldn’t say that Mark Ruffalo would be my first pick for the role but, than again, I can’t see how he would be a bad pick either. I’d be totally fine if he ended up getting the part. I wouldn’t expect any sort of confirmation from Marvel until Comic Con so … even now, we still don’t know who will play The Hulk in The Avengers.
"I don't like to talk much about the business of making movies ..."
On Sunday we learned that the folks at Marvel decided to fire Edward Norton as The Hulk and would be recasting the role for the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed film The Avengers. Yesterday we heard the response from Norton‘s agent, who railed back at Marvel for the disparaging comments that he believes were made against his client. Today we get to hear from Edward Norton himself on the matter. Norton posted his official statement on his firing on his official Facebook profile. Here is the full text of his statement:
As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in ‘The Avengers.’ I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis [Leterrier] and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a classy response to a situation that seems to me to have gotten a bit out of hand. While I do not fault Marvel at all for choosing to fire Norton and hire someone else in his place, I do fault them for issuing the initial statement that seemed to be a bit malicious when it didn’t need to be … at all. So … unless Marvel and Norton can come together and figure out a way to work together on The Avengers, the part of Bruce Banner/The Hulk will have to be recast. Rumor has it an offer to play The Hulk in The Avengers has already been made to another fairly well-known actor. Find out who it is, after the jump … More »