May 03, 2013 7:48pm EST
Now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, the hunt is on to find her leading man. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow sufferer in a cancer support group. Agustus is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. The five young actors testing for the role aren't very famous, so we've rounded up their most well-known credits for you to figure out where you've seen them before.
If you're not hip to TFIOS, get on it. Time voted it the No. 1 book of 2012 — not YA book, all books. Stock up on tissues before you read. And if you are, here are the five young actors testing for Augustus this weekend, per Variety:
Brenton Thwaites, 24 Did you catch Lifetime's 2012 remake of the classic erotic teenage coming-of-age story The Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening? If not, then you probably haven't seen this Australian cutie unless you hail from his homeland, where he starred on the long-running soap Home and Away. But you will see him when he plays the Young Prince in the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale epic Maleficent, out next year.
Nat Wolff, 18 This star of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band played one of the titular bros (along with his real-life sibling, Alex). He appeared in the star-studded New Year's Eve, and plays one of the leads in Palo Alto, the dark drama based on James Franco's short stories.
Nick Robinson, 18 Robinson can currently be seen as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart in ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey. On the opposite end of the acting spectrum, he also appeared in an episode of Boardwalk Empire and a few smaller films.
Noah Silver The Internet doesn't have much on this young actor, who we're assuming is French or French-Canadian (due to the multiple French-language credits on his IMDb page. He has three films set for release in the next year, though, including Jamie Marks Is Dead alongside Judy Greer and Liv Tyler and The Last Nights alongside Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. You can also catch him in three episodes of Showtime's The Borgias.
Ansel Elgort Elgort's already got the advantage of working with his potential costar, Woodley, as her brother in the actress' other high-profile adaptation, Divergent. The stage actor makes his film debut in the new remake of Carrie, starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
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March 23, 2013 8:00pm EST
The Kids' Choice Awards: where humans too young to drive pick the winners, nominees range from Lebron James to Jennifer Lawrence to SpongeBob SquarePants, and everyone goes home dripping in lime green slime. What a glorious awards show.
With Josh Duhamel at the helm, this year is a battle of the heavy-hitters. Justin Bieber is pitted against Bruno Mars, The Avengers against The Hunger Games, and Anne Hathaway against Kristen Stewart. In the only awards show where it's conceivable for Taylor Swift to beat Adele in a head-to-head race and for The Rock to triumph over Robert Downey Jr. (which he did, in the category of Favorite Male Buttkicker), this is anyone's game.
Watch the Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon on Saturday, March 23 at 8 PM ET and check back here to see all the winners — we'll be updating the list during the broadcast.
Favorite TV ShowGood Luck CharlieiCarlyVictorious — WINNERWizards of Waverly Place
Favorite Reality ShowAmerica's Got TalentAmerican IdolThe VoiceWipeout — WINNER
Favorite CartoonFairly OddParentsPhineas and FerbSpongeBob SquarePants — WINNERTom and Jerry
Favorite TV ActorJake T. AustinLucas CruikshankRoss Lynch — WINNERCarlos Pena
Favorite TV ActressMiranda CosgroveSelena Gomez — WINNERVictoria JusticeBridgit Mendler
Favorite Male AthleteLebron James — WINNER Michael PhelpsTim TebowShaun White
Favorite Female AthleteGabby DouglasDanica Patrick — WINNERSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
Favorite BookDiary of a Wimp Kid seriesHarry Potter seriesThe Hunger Games series — WINNERMagic Tree House series
Favorite VideogameJust Dance 4 — WINNERMarioKart 7Skylanders GiantsWii Sports
Favorite AppAngry BirdsFruit NinjaMinecraftTemple Run — WINNER
Favorite MovieThe Amazing Spider-ManThe AvengersDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysThe Hunger Games — WINNER
Favorite Movie ActorJohnny Depp — WINNERAndrew GarfieldZachary GordonWill Smith
Favorite Movie ActressVanessa HudgensScarlett JohanssonJennifer LawrenceKristen Stewart — WINNER
Favorite Animated MovieBraveIce Age: Continental DriftMadagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedWreck-It Ralph — WINNER
Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Chris Rock (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted)Adam Sandler (Hotel Transylvania) — WINNERBen Stiller (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted)Taylor Swift (The Lorax)
Favorite Female ButtkickerAnne HathawayScarlett JohanssonJennifer LawrenceKristen Stewart — WINNER
Favorite Male ButtkickerRobert Downey Jr.Andrew GarfieldChris HemsworthDwayne Johnson — WINNER
Favorite VillainReed Alexander (iCarly)Simon Cowell (The X Factor) — WINNERTom Hiddleston (The Avengers)Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror)
Favorite Music GroupBig Time RushBon JoviMaroon 5One Direction — WINNER
Favorite Male SingerJustin Bieber — WINNERBruno MarsBlake SheltonUsher
Favorite Female SingersAdeleKaty Perry — WINNERPinkTaylor Swift
Favorite Song"Call Me Maybe""Gangnan Style""We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together""What Makes You Beautiful" — WINNER
Celebrity Slime Count: 8 (Pitbull, Dwight Howard, Sandra Bullock, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Duhamel, Nick Cannon)
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September 26, 2012 8:34am EST
Following in the thread of booking gold medalists from the 2012 US Olympic team for various spots, the CW has landed Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for a cameo on Hart of Dixie. Maroney is headed to Bluebell — the small southern town Rachel Bilson has called home for one season now — as Tonya, a friend who comes to Rose’s (McKaley Miller) defense.
This is the third member of the 2012 US Olympic team to guest star on the CW. Olympic swimmer and grill-enthusiast Ryan Lochte will appear as himself on 90210, and another member of the Fab Five gymnastic team — Gabby Douglas — just shot a cameo on The Vampire Diaries. Since this seems to be a new trend, we decided to dream cast other members of the US Olympic team we'd like to see on a CW series.
Missy Franklin (swimming): America’s Next Top Model
She’s certainly got the height for a model. But can she smize enough to wow Tyra?
Michael Phelps (swimming): Nikita
Far be it from me to even suggest that someone come between Michael and Nikita, but Phelps has the looks and muscles to be another rogue Division agent that catches Nikita’s eye.
Nathan Adrian (swimming): Gossip Girl
He has the looks of an Upper East Sider for sure, but can he bring the deception and schemes we’ve all come to love expect on the series’ last season?
LeBron James (basketball): Beauty and the Beast
Maybe the Beast has a brother or cousin?
Kyla Ross (gymnastics): Emily Owens, M.D.
Since it hasn’t premiered yet, I don’t know how much patients will be focused on in this new medical series, but Ross could play a twist on herself—a gymnast who, despite a career-ending injury, wants to get back to competing. This could give our titular character a chance to show off her bedside manner when breaking bad news to a patient.
Season 2 of Hart of Dixie premieres Oct. 2 at 8 PM ET on The CW.
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August 04, 2012 7:22pm EST
You know that sadness you feel every January when you realize you have to say goodbye to your beautifully decorated Christmas tree? Well, every Olympics enthusiast should be currently nursing a broken heart knowing they have to say goodbye to our beautifully decorated (22 medals!) Michael Phelps, who finished his final Olympic race before retirement Saturday night. Of course, it's misleading to say Phelps merely "finished" the 4x100-meter medley — along with Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen, and Nathan Adrian, Phelps picked up the gold medal, finishing the race in three minutes and 29.35 seconds, two seconds ahead of Japan's silver medalists. The win marked his 18th gold medal — twice as many as any other Olympian in history. (Take that, Mark Spitz!) That's quite the bling to match with his tracksuit in Boca. Happy retirement! So, though it was difficult to upstage Phelps' legendary career, what were Saturday's other notable, golden moments? Read on!
Missy Hits Her Mark: Olympic breakout and adorable human being Missy Franklin helped the Americans secure the gold during the women's medley relay Saturday. The 17-year-old and teammates Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, and Allison Schmitt locked in a world record to boot, finishing in three minutes and 52.05 seconds, two seconds ahead of the Australian silver medalists. Franklin will be returning to her senior year in high school this fall with five medals. Remember when you thought owning five gelly roll pens granted you bragging rights? Yeah.
Play Misty For Me: In the beach volleyball quarterfinals, that is. Power volleyball couple Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have advanced after beating the Netherlands' Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13, 21-12 in less than 30 minutes. Continue their domination, and the duo could soon be misty-eyed on the Olympic podium.
Maria Sharapova Not so Sharp: Of course, that was to the benefit of Serena Williams, who bested the No. 3-seeded Sharapova in straight sets to win the gold in women's tennis. The 6-0, 6-1 match was an impressive victory for the No. 4-seeded Williams, who has been enjoying an epic six-match run, losing just 17 games. Williams did, however, receive a surprise during her medal ceremony — wind blew the American flag off its pole while the tennis star stood on the podium. Too bad she didn't have a Canon PowerShot for that photo-friendly moment.
LeBron Gets LeLucky: LeBron James led the U.S. Basketball team to victory against the Lithuanian team... but just barely. The U.S. team, coached by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, finished with 99 points, besting their Saturday night rivals by just five points. The team fought back from Lithuania's two-point lead in the final six minutes, winning redemption after a disappointing loss to the team eight years ago during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. James scored an impressive 20 points during the course of the game, while Kris Humphries tuned into a rerun of Khloe and Lamar.
Worth its Pryce in Gold: Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sprinted to victory during the women's 100-meter final Saturday, finishing in 10.75 seconds. Good news for her, bad news for America: U.S.'s Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line just 0.03 seconds behind Fraser-Pryce. Of course, Fraser-Pryce's win was hardly unexpected: The sprinter became the first Jamaican female to win the gold in the same event in Beijing's 2008 Olympics. But, hey, let Team U.S.A. take solace in the childhood mantra: Second is the best!
More golden days ahead for Team U.S.A. — and more days spent indoors in front of our TV screens. Fresh air? What's that? Onto Day 9!
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June 25, 2012 1:06pm EST
We all know that Michael Phelps is going to try to add to his gold medal haul and LeBron James is going to show off his Jagger-like basketball moves when the London Olympics start in July, but what about some of the names you haven't heard of before? Who are going to be the breakout stars this time around? Below, a lit of athletes we're keeping our eyes on (for more reason than one!).
Phil Dalhausser & Todd Rogers: Though this beach volleyball duo walked away with the gold in 2008 in Olympics, they were always outshone by Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. Look for this gigantic duo (they click in at 6'9" and 6'2" respectively) to cast some big shadows this time around as the continue to dominate the gritty courts. Missy Franklin: This teenaged swimmer tried out for the 2008 Olympics when she was only 13 and broke a world record in the 200-meter backstroke in 2011 at age 16. With youthful determination and a bright smile, look for her to dancing with stars before her 18th birthday. Race Imboden: First of all, this fencer looks like a cross between Conan O'Brien, Shaun "Flying Tomato" White, and La Roux. Secondly, he likes to DJ and interns at a record label. Even if this kid sucks with a sword, he's going to be the love-him-or-hate-him proposition of the Olympics. Carmelita Jeter: This Californian is currently the fastest women in the world and won the 100-meter sprint at the 2011 IAFF World Championship. She's not related to New York Yankee Derek, but her brother Pooh played for the Sacremento Kings. Terrence Jennings: This Virginia resident defeated a taekwondo legend in order to secure his spot for the 2012 and now he's the one to watch. Considering he started martial arts because he loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he seems like a lot of fun too. Lolo Jones: Sure, much has been made about her being a virgin and that she should date Tim Tebow, but the reason anyone pays attention to Lolo Jones at all is because she can seriously destroy the hurdles. Ryan Lochte: Michael Phelps got all the attention in 2008, but Lochte was always coming in second or third right behind him. Now, considering his athleticism, his hunky shorter hair and how good he looks in his bathing suit, plenty of people will be watching Lochte. Alex Morgan: She is the youngest member of the U.S. women's soccer team and posed in a painted-on bikini for Sports Illustrated. But she's not just a pretty face. She scored two goals in the 2011 World Cup. Now that's a kicker. Rau'shee Warren: This 5'4" boxer was at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 and was knocked out in the first round both times, the second time as a result of a scoring controversy. But he's convinced this is his year. The aspiring rapper with a huge sneaker collection should be quite colorful on his way to victory. Jordyn Wieber: Nastia Liukin, the 2008 all-around gold medalist, is returning for another try, but she'll have to defeat the current world all-around champion if she wants to. Considering Jordyn loves Justin Bieber, Rachel Zoe, and the Kardashians, she seems like the kind of girl we want to root for. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit:NBC] More: Michael Phelps planning retirement after London Olympics Will Smith gets sporty with British Olympics hopefuls Spice Girls Might Reunite For Summer Olympics in London
May 16, 2012 9:32am EST
Less Transformers more Act of Valor director Peter Berg's Battleship is a bombastic idiotic and ear canal-shattering love letter to the Navy slathered with a summer blockbuster sugarcoating that sufficiently masks any glimmer of heart. Following suit with their previous adaptation Transformers toy company Hasbro has transformed their popular board game into a sci-fi action movie as stiff and lifeless as the plastic pieces used to play. The saving grace is Berg's fondness for the ridiculous injecting Top Gun-level machismo into his tale of aliens vs. boats. Silliness is cinematic buoyancy for a movie as lazy as Battleship.
Continually finding himself in trouble's way roughneck Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch of TV's Friday Night Lights and John Carter) enlists in the U.S. Navy alongside his boy scout brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård) and under the supervision of his lady friend Sam's (Brooklyn Decker) overbearing father Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Alex works his way up the chain of command quickly earning the rank of Lieutenant just in time for the annual competitive skirmish with the Japanese Navy. It's all fun and games until — per usual — aliens drop down from the stars and wreak havoc on Hawaii. With most of the fleet trapped on the outskirts thanks to a ship-proof forcefield Alex is forced to command his own ship and take down the intergalactic adversaries with old school style. Discombobulated radar in alien waters means Alex and his team are shooting blind — will B11 be a hit or a miss?
Kitsch spends most of his time rubbing shoulders with Petty Officer 'Weps' (Rihanna) and the rest of his diligent crew whipping up ways to defeat the alien forces who only go on the offensive when attacked. That's just the beginning of the storytelling's illogic moment after moment favoring Michael Bay-inspired mayhem and tensionless spats of screaming aboard the ship's bridge over coherency. There's an Independence Day-inspired moment where an alien creature palms Kitsch's face unleashing imagery of their devastated home planet to his mind. Maybe? That never comes back and an explanation of why the aliens are here why we're fighting them or if they're really that bad at all never comes into play. Kitsch and his men just know the world's under attack and we have to blow the opposition to smithereens.
Ensuring attentive brains are never too focused the perspective in Battleship is ever-shifting jumping from Alex's Destroyer to Sam and her paraplegic rehab patient Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales together on the run from alien ground troops. Around Battleship's halfway point when the duo partners with a twitchy scientist (Hamish Linklater) and Mick rises above his disability to beat the living daylights out of an extraterrestrial is when Berg throws his hands in the air stops caring and pulls out all the stops. Giant alien roller balls that rip up everything in their path? Check. Bouncing space ships that can only be combated using water displacement theory? Check. Navy vets returning for one…last…job? Check check. Before the finale of this 131 minute monstrosity Kitsch and his Japanese counterpart Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano) sit down to play an actual game of Battleship. Sure it's with actual missiles but there's a grid there's a target and there's shouting out of corresponding numbers. For those worried about board game fan service it's there (but don't sit around waiting for the infamous tagline).
Unlike his turn in John Carter Kitsch is perfectly suited for the bro atmosphere of Battleship where every moment of drama begs for hammy delivery and crazy eyes. Decker too is an asset to the overly epic blockbuster — a step up from the reductive arm candy roles of the Transformers movies. Everyone else is barely a blip on the radar; Neeson is deprived of a single badass moment while Rihanna proves she can memorize and playback scripted lines as well as pop song lyrics. Berg has control of his action in a way that's more enjoyable than the previous Transformers films but it still plays like a tired clone. The initial two-thirds of Battleship that takes itself too seriously is exhausting. The final barrage is pure lunacy. Whether you can stay afloat for that long is the true test of heroism.
May 10, 2012 7:15am EST
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka will feature a reconstruction of the enchanted Hogwarts school, as well as rides and themed snacks.
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the Potter movies, will be guests of honour when the attraction opens in 2014.
Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, says, "Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan. USJ will recreate to the highest level of authenticity The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
The theme park first debuted at Florida's Universal Studios Orlando in 2010, and another Wizarding World is due to open in Los Angeles.
March 15, 2012 8:28am EST
It's getting to the point where you'd be surprised to hear about a bizarre, offbeat project that doesn't have James Franco involved. The actor/living performance art piece that is Franco has signed on to join Nick at Nite's original soap opera, Hollywood Heights (formerly titled Reach for the Stars).
The new program is based on the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar Una Estrella, which had a 100 episode run in 1990. Hollywood Heights will star Franco in a multi-episode arc in a story about a young, shy songwriter who rises to fame after winning a competition, and teams up with a rock star she idolizes to live out her dreams.
Even when Franco accepted, and then revived, (and then backed out of, and then backed back into) his eponymous role on the long running General Hospital, few assumed that he'd be making a habit out of soap acting. But clearly he's got a taste for the genre. It's not the strangest thing he's signed on to do lately. Hollywood Heights will reunite Franco with General Hospital producer Jill Farren Phelps.
Franco joins stars Brittany Underwood (herself a soap vet from One Life to Live) and Carlos Ponce (of the moderately soapy 7th Heaven) on the series. Others mentioned as cast members include Melissa Ordway and Cody Longo.
Hollywood Heights will air five nights a week beginning this June. Source: Zap2it
January 11, 2012 4:00am EST
Thousands of Potter lovers camped out for days to see the cast in London's Leicester Square last summer (11) as the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, made its premiere.
The eight movies came to a close after a decade, making huge stars of Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Grint and taking more than $7 billion at the box office.
Now bosses behind the films have compiled a special video to the franchise's loyal followers, featuring messages from the cast and footage from the final premiere.
In the clip, Grint and Watson, as well as co-stars Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright, thank fans for their unwavering support.
Grint says, "I just want to say thanks for being so supportive and dedicated throughout these ten years, it really means a lot to everyone that you still get really excited about these films every year. Thanks for everything."
Watson adds, "We just have the most amazing fans in the world. Thank you so much for your support over the last decade."
December 07, 2011 6:15am EST
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the film franchise, visited Universal Studios Hollywood on Tuesday (06Dec11) to officially announce the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The themed attraction will be inspired by the boy wizard's magical world and will feature a replica of the enchanted Hogwarts school at its centre.
The first Potter park in Orlando, Florida, which opened last year (10), will also be expanded to replace the famous Jaws ride inspired by the classic 1975 thriller.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says, "I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting."