Tom Cruise narrowly escaped a serious injury as a child when his attempt to emulate a stunt by daredevil Evel Knievel went horribly wrong. The Top Gun star was a big fan of the famed stuntman as a young boy, and he decided to recreate one of Knievel's famous canyon jumps in the late 1960s and early '70s.
Cruise set up ramps so he could leap over several trash cans on his pushbike, but his speedy descent down a steep hill ended in disaster when he careered into the bins and was left covered in blood on the sidewalk.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I saw Evel Knievel jumping off a canyon and I lived on a steep hill so set up boards and trash cans to copy him. I was about eight years old and my sisters begged me not to do it, as I had been to the hospital a few times by this point.
"I realised halfway down the hill that I couldn't stop and it was too late to bail - I was committed and I thought I'm going to go so far and so high but of course the boards split and I ended up just pile-driving through the cans. It was violent and there was blood everywhere. My sisters were standing over me with no sympathy, just, 'We told you. You're in so much trouble.' My poor mother! She was very patient."
Channing Tatum has signed on to produce and star in Jonathan Levine's Bad Romance. There are no details about the film available right now, but the pairing is intriguing. Tatum has been on a years-long hot streak, with only the recent White House Down coming even close to a disappointment. And in the next year or two, he's due to hit it again, with a Wachowski movie, a voiceover credit for Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street, a biopic of Evel Knievel, and a dark drama with Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher). With such a packed schedule, it might seem like he's willing to do any and everything, but since he hit it big with Magic Mike a few years ago, the weepy Dear Johns and cheesy Step-Ups have evaporated from his resume.
Levine has only made a few films: the long unreleased All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies, but all are thoughtfully made and deeply committed to their genres. And only one of those films (The Wackness) is directed from Levine's own original idea and screenplay. That film was odd, personal, and somewhat surreal at times, a coming-of-age story that managed to incorporate drugs, love and hip hop in equal measure. The scope was small and intimite and let the New York City location inform some of its characters and conflicts. That's something that carried over to 50/50 as well, and of course Warm Bodies proved Levine is up to the challenge of writing a romance between any pair of characters, even if one is dead.
This might help puzzle out some vague impressions of what type of film Bad Romance will be. Logically, there should probably be a romance involved, and, at least at the outset, it should be a bad one. That can fit into almost any genre and almost any tone. Obviously there's a good chance it will be a small, somewhat indie rom com, though it would be awesome if Levine and Tatum went way out of the box and made, say, a Jane Austen-esque wedding plot. There's no way to know exactly what to expect from Bad Romance, but with these two names attached, at least there's something interesting on the horizon.
The son of late daredevil Evel Knievel has been banned from driving for 30 days after he was arrested on a DUI charge on Tuesday (06Aug13). Robbie Knievel, who is also a stuntman, is accused of ramming his motor home into two other vehicles outside the Buffalo Chip campground in South Dakota and driving off without stopping.
Police discovered the 51 year old behind the wheel of his recreational vehicle at a nearby parking lot and asked him to complete a series of field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. He was allegedly almost three times over the legal alcohol limit, according to TMZ.com.
The stuntman was taken into custody and booked for driving under the influence, but he has already been sentenced - in addition to the licence suspension, he has been ordered to pay almost $600 (£400) in fines.
"I want to do a beautiful biography of his early life. Evel is one of the greatest hustlers and entertainers of all time. He really had this idea of what the American dream was. He wasn't the best motorcycle rider or stunt man; he just had the biggest balls of them all. He was a ringmaster." Channing Tatum on his plans to develop a film about daredevil Evel Knievel.
Modern Family just couldn't wait to get started on the Halloween fun, so last night, we watched the Pritchetts and Dunphys get their goofy-get-up on at a Halloween party. From Gloria's alien, to Cam's reluctant bull, there were costumes aplenty. (And don't worry, stealing ideas from your favorite TV characters is completely legitimate and fair.) But we've still got a week until the big 3-1, so there's plenty of costumed action between now and then and we've got the hookup. From New Girl to Happy Endings, The Office to Don't Trust the B, we've got you covered. Click here to launch the Halloween 2012 TV gallery! Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: ABC] More: 'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween Post-Mortem: What's Next For the Liars? Which Celeb Halloween Costume is Right For You? 'Evil Dead' Trailer is a Tongue-Splitting Good Time - VIDEO
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Here's a (hunka hunka) burnin' question. Now that, according to Variety, production company BiteSize Entertainment will adapt David E. Stanley and David Gruder's book about Elvis Presley called Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice for the big screen, who should play the legendary, beloved rocker?
The film, titled Growing Up Graceland, will reportedly "be based on Stanley's 'spiritual journey' with Presley, his stepbrother" and "will also deal with Presley's spiritual search for meaning during the years before his death in 1977," meaning the movie will run the gamut from younger, pelvis-y Elvis, to the latter day, significantly less pelvis-y Elvis.
Of course, the huge task of playing The King has been attempted on film before (Tyler Hilton was impressive as a young Elvis in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, as well as Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the TV movie Elvis, and of course, Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho Tep) but there's never really been an "Elvis movie," let alone two...
In addition to Growing Up Graceland, there will be Elvis & Nixon, Cary Elwes' directorial debut, which will feature Eric Bana as the "Jailhouse Rock" crooner for the upcoming film. So who else would be able to pull off playing one of the most iconic and beloved entertainment figures in history?
As far as the versatility goes (and willingness to throw on old man makeup and a fat suit) Leonardo DiCaprio would likely be game, as would James Franco (who knows a thing or two about playing a Hollywood icon when he memorably played James Dean). Presley superfan Nicolas Cage would jump at the chance to play Elvis again (after all, he literally jumped at the chance in Honeymoon in Vegas) while Tom Everett Scott has already proven he can play music and act. (See: That Thing You Do! No, really. Why aren't you watching it right now?)
Lest we all forget, Zac Efron, did a pretty good job of playing a coif-rocking, hip-thrusting teen '60s heartthrob, too, in Hairspray. And much like Scott and Efron, Darren Criss, could pull off the singing, dancing and acting triple threat. But who do you think could possibly step into Elvis' shoes? Take our poll below and tell us in the comments section.&amp;lt;a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6497419/"&amp;gt;Who (else) should play Elvis Presley?&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;
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Newcomer Ryan Guzman is ready to shake, rattle, and body roll his way into the fantasies of ladies across the country with the release of Step Up Revolution on July 27. The 24-year-old martial artist-turned-actor-turned-dancer plays Sean, the lead role in the fourth installment of the Step Up franchise, which Channing Tatum (Mr. Magic Mike himself) jumpstarted in 2006.
Following his breakout role as street dancer Tyler, Tatum stepped away from the franchise, allowing a string of young actors to step into his shoes. Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets) and Rick Malambri (Step Up 3D) made valiant efforts, and we're still waiting for them to reach the stratosphere of hotness Tatum managed to achieve with the first film. (Our eyes are telling our fingers to cross.) And now comes Guzman. Does he have what it takes to be the next Channing Tatum? If these photos are any indication, he certainly does. Is he serious with those abs? It's just....I can't... Wha?... Stop. That bod just screams Magic Mike sequel.
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Up until this point, Channing Tatum's unbridled enthusiasm for tackling new aspects of the filmmaking process has been the stuff of gold. But extending his reach beyond acting and producing might prove fatal when it comes to his newest venture, a biopic of daredevil Evel Knievel. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tatum is in talks to take on the lead in this project. Hollywood.com has reached out to Tatum's reps for confirmation.
Sometime in 2011, the charming young ex-stripper seemed to be out to prove that he was capable of far more than just defying socioeconomic restrictions through dance. The past few months have seen Tatum take on a huge variety of starring roles — comedic, dramatic, romantic, action — and, more impressively, acting as producer on a handful of his newer movies. And while no one would mind seeing a Tatum write or direct a feature film, there is one area that might prove disastrous for the young man: doing his own stunts.
Sure, Tatum is clearly acrobatically gifted, as proven by his film history. He handled choreography in Step Up, extreme biking in Supercross, chasing down criminals in 21 Jump Street, military action in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and will likely do the same in its upcoming sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He Maybe, someday, Tatum might be able to handle his own stunts on a cinematic project. But not on an Evel Knievel movie, Tatum. Please. Don't. We love you already, we promise.
The biopic is being set forth a producing pair that recently latched onto the developing Fifty Shades of Grey movie. This leads to a bit of speculation about whether or not Tatum might be considered for that film as well. To date, Tatum hasn't really played the shifty type, save for in Haywire, wherein his intentions were a bit murky at times. Otherwise, he's generally handled the hero, likely do to his general affability and boyish charm, but that doesn't mean a tormented villain like Christian Grey is beyond his scope. It would be a new turn for the actor, but considering the ambition we've seen from him so far, that's nothing that should shock you.
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The Vow star is in talks to play the famed motorcyclist in a new movie based on Stuart Barker's 2008 book Life of Evel, and he has also been lined up to produce the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Knievel, who died in 2007 aged 69, was known for his daring bike jumps and for breaking 433 bones during his career.
The stuntman was previously played on the big screen by George Hamilton in 1971 film Evel Knievel, while Knievel played himself in 1977 movie Viva Knievel!
Ric Roman Waugh became a movie set thrill-seeker after worshipping Knievel as a child and now the Felon writer/director has been given the chance to tell his hero's life story on the big screen.
He'll adapt Leigh Montville's book The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil and Legend.
Waugh tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is my Walk The Line (acclaimed Johnny Cash biopic). It's less about the stunts and more about an exploration of a man who let nothing stand in the way of his quest for fame and glory - including his own mortality."
No casting details had been announced as WENN went to press.