New mum Olivia Wilde put her own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dousing herself with a pale full of breast milk. The Tron: Legacy star was nominated to participate in the charity challenge by actor Ty Simpkins and actress Dianna Agron and she has since elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem and Prince to take part in the campaign.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, she says, "I hope it's OK, I couldn't find any water, so I'm going to use breast milk. Took me all night to make this."
Meanwhile, Wilde's fiance, Jason Sudeikis accepted the challenge from former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was soaked with ice cold water for almost a minute.
An army of stars, including Wilde's Rush co-star Chris Hemsworth and her In Time castmate Justin Timberlake, have taken the freezing water challenge to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
Chris Pratt is on a roll (and not into another pit a la his character Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation). According to The Wrap, Universal is eyeing Pratt for the leading male role in Jurassic World.
Assuming the actor does end up taking the role (and is able to figure out a filming schedule that would work with Parks and Recreation), he'll appear on screen alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and possibly the Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan who is also being sought after for the film. Josh Brolin had originally been in talks for the lead role, but a deal was never made.
If Pratt signs on for the Jurassic Park sequel, then the up-and-coming big-name star could add yet another film to his growing list. Pratt, who has already proved his worth on the NBC comedy alongside Amy Poehler, has been quickly building up his "serious" acting credentials in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Additionally, he is set to star as Peter Quill in Marvel's 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, voice the lead role in The LEGO Movie, and appear in The Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's Her. From the looks of it, Pratt doesn't plan on being pinned as the loveably dopey Andy forever. (But we still want a Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park mash-up, because that just seems like it would be magical.)
Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from the script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
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Idris Elba, possibly the coolest actor currently working, is rumored to be in talks to join the cast of Jurassic World. According to CinemaBlend, Elba's name has appeared in conjunction with the film in two different places: on the site ActingAuditions, where Elba is mentioned twice in a casting call, and on Jurassic World Movie News, which cites a source "fairly close" to the film who claims that the actor is in the running. And if that isn't enough to convince you, Jurassic World also appears on Elba's Wikipedia page, under his filmography. And as we all learned in school, if it's on Wikipedia, it has to be true.
So far the only two cast members who have been confirmed are child actors Ty Simpkins, who played Harley in Iron Man 3, and Nick Robinson, who is best known for the film The Kings of Summer — both the young performers will play lead roles in the sequel. Other names who have been tossed around for Jurassic World include Bryce Dallas Howard, Josh Brolin, and Jake Johnson.
Rumors that Elba might be joining the film have sent the Internet into a frenzy, as it's somewhat impossible to find someone who isn't a fan of his. If there is some kind of truth to this news, though, Elba would be a solid choice to star in Jurassic World. He's a big draw for movie-goers, as he has amassed a fan base that is willing to see anything he's in simply because he's in it — including us. Recently, he's topped the fantasy casting list for almost every project that the Internet has put together, and any time he is confirmed for a project, it's possible to feel the giddy excitement raditiating through your computer screens. It's always good for films to cast actors who will guarantee a solid turnout, and Elba's mere presence will be able to fill seats.
He's also an asset for the film due to the time he's spent working on serious dramas like The Wire and Luther, as he will probably be able to draw in audience members who prefer more serious films to adventure flicks. Jurassic World will certainly benefit from the varied audience that Elba can draw, and he will be able to provide the film with a sense of gravitas. As anyone who's seen Pacific Rim can attest, he has the ability to make speeches that would sound cheesy when performed by any other actor inspirational and powerful. When Elba declares that humanity will be canceling the apocalypse, audiences are ready to hop into a Jager and make it happen. Plus, Pacific Rim has given him experience fighting CGI monsters, which will most likely come in handy when it's time for him to outrun dinosaurs.
But with Simpkins and Robinson cast in leading roles, Jurassic World may be aiming for a younger audience, in order to draw in viewers who may have missed the first three Jurassic Parks when they came out. Not only does Elba's presence balance out the youth of the cast, but it also allows him to play the cool father figure that the boys will probably look up to. While most of his fans might skew older, Elba is awesome enough to appeal to a younger audience, and will give them a movie hero to look up to as well. Alternatively, he could play a more disciplinarian role, which would allow him to inject the film with a more serious tone, while still being able to appeal to a wide variety of movie-goers.
Really, it shouldn't take much to convince the Jurassic World producers to cast Elba in the film. Not only does to appeal to pretty much every demographic of movie-goer, but he is also incredibly talented. With Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom about to open, Elba has been surrounded by Oscar buzz, and if he recieves a nomination, it will only make him a bigger name and a bigger draw, which means a bigger box-office return for them. And for those rare beings who aren't captivated by dinosaurs, Elba will fill the void of frightening, mystifying, and wholly beautiful.
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Nick Robinson is in talks with Universal for a leading role in Jurassic World, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
18-year-old Robinson recently starred in the drama The Kings of Summer, which follows three boys who build and live in a house in the woods. If Robinson officially signs on, he will be playing the older brother to Ty Simpkins' (Iron Man 3) leading character.
Another actor in talks for the Colin Trevorrow-direct sequel is Bryce Dallas Howard. Additionally, there is rumor that Jake Johnson (New Girl and Drinking Buddies) is also being considered for a role.
Jurassic World is expected to hit theaters June 12, 2015. Robinson can currently be seen on the ABC Family series Melissa and Joey.
If you've been waiting impatiently for news about Jurassic World, the upcoming fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, we finally have some news for you. And it's big news, too: Ty Simpkins, best known for playing the role of Harley in Iron Man 3, has been cast as the film's lead. Despite being only 12 years old, Simpkins has racked up an impressive résumé, with roles in Stephen Spielberg's remake of War of the Worlds, Revolutionary Road, and both Insidious and its sequel. Jurassic World would be his first leading role. Rumors are also circulating that New Girl's Jake Johnson and Bryce Dallas Howard will also be cast in the upcoming blockbuster.
Fans were divided in opinion over Simpkins' Iron Man character: some thought he did a good job of helping explore Tony Stark's character, others thought he was a merely tolerable child sidekick, while still others thought that the character was useless and annoying. In general, adding a child character to an action film is going to cause a great deal of complaint and debate, as it is one of the least popular film tropes. For Jurassic World to make a kid the hero of the film is a risky move. There is bound to be a great deal of overlap between audiences who enjoy both franchises, and the film may be setting itself up for a loss if most of that overlapping audience disliked Harley. Plus, it's always difficult to make a child the protagonist of a story that is catered towards adults, and could result in grown-up movie-goers skipping Jurassic World because it seems like too much of a kid's film.
Furthermore, while Harley was an important character in Iron Man 3, he serves primarily as a plot device for Tony Stark, rather than as a separate entity. The character is designed to help explore Tony's PTSD, and his own childhood issues. Harley — precocious, inventive, and alone most of the time — is a parallel to Tony himself, and therefore exists as a way to help the audience understand Tony's psyche better as well as to give him someone to whom he can be a role model. With the exception of bailing Tony out of trouble, Harley has no real influence over the plot, and exists mostly as a way to explore what's going on inside Tony's head.
Whichever character Simpkins takes on in Jurassic World, then, will hopefully be more fleshed-out. It's possible, of course, that Simpkins could be playing another version of Jurassic Park's grandchildren characters, played in the 1993 film by Joe Mazzello and Ariana Richards, and serve a more supporting, plot-servicing part in the film. However, if his character is indeed the hero of the film, it will be interesting to see whether Simpkins can carry a whole film by himself. It's a difficult undertaking for any actor to support a franchise, but the pressure will be even greater for Simpkins, who is not only playing his first lead, but will barely be a teenager when he does it.
A great deal of the film's success relies on Simpkins' character, which puts pressure on both the writers and the actor. Sure, dinosaurs can make up for a multiple of sins, but without a compelling lead, any film will fail, regardless of how invested its fans are or how many velociraptor attacks occur. That being said, having a kid as the hero of Jurassic World could work, and work well, with the right approach. As long as Simpkins' character is fully realized and multi-dimensional, then the film should have no problem getting good reviews in addition to the big box office numbers it's destined for.
Or, failing that, just scrap the human characters all together and make a film solely about the dinosaurs. Everyone should be happy with that.
Shadows and the dark, the purest representation of mystery, the unknown manifested. Director James Wan is at his best when playing with those simple elements. His sequel to the mostly creepy and mysterious Insidious, simply titled Insidious: Chapter 2, works best when characters must confront the dark. "In my line of work, things tend to happen when it gets dark," says a young Elise Rainier (Lindsay Seim), a medium in Wan's film. She seems to be channeling her director here.
Wan's horror comes from the psychological baggage of his characters. He is more interested in nightmares than in ghosts. "I've seen things with my own eyes that most people have to go to sleep to conjure up," says Rainier's former assistant Carl (Steve Coulter). It's the unconscious that brews up spirits for Wan, hence his interest in childhood traumas and how they serve to encumber our lives and ultimately make them terrifying. Transporting childhood fears to adulthood is key to Wan’s talent, even if he relies on tropes like musical stings, swish pans, and the anticipation of that frightful thing hiding in the dark. Beyond these devices, the Insidious films work best when they play with the edges of threat and mystery. Wan also deserves extra credit for keeping the frights pure and not resorting to gore, a cruel gimmick that hurts the audience more than it thrills them.
The sequel opens with a scene hinted at in the first film: like his son Dalton (Ty Simpkins), our hero dad Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) was haunted as a child by a malicious spirit. Enter the younger version of Elise, who lost her life in the supernatural struggle to rescue Dalton in the first film. To find the source of the spirit, young Elise hypnotizes young Josh (Garrett Ryan), and he guides her to his bedroom closet. When she opens the door and pushes aside some clothes to reveal nothing but pitch black, she tells the darkness: "Who are you, and what do you want?"
Those are the film's best moments: when it confronts the sublime via literal darkness and mystery. Wan pushes these moments of dread from the unknown in some scenes to the point of comedy, mostly via Elise's surviving assistants, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson). "You can't be in here," one spirit, a little girl in pigtails, tells them. "If she sees you, she'll make me kill you." The threat of the unknown from forbidden trespass is encapsulated in those lines. The fact that Specs and Tucker take this warning very seriously verges on humorous because it satisfies that urge to tell the characters on screen to "get out" before anyone can yell their advice at the screen.
If there is fault in Insidious: Chapter 2, it comes in the form of further rationalizing this world Wan has created with writer/actor Whannell. The better horror movies plummet further into the darkness of mystery rather than trying to shed light on the motivations of evil spirits. This second chapter offers further explanation of the spirit world journey that closed the first Insidious. Though some may find relief in this, over-explanation also saps the film of its creepy energy, which Wan works so shrewdly to draw up.
Even though he leans on some cinematic horror tropes, as noted earlier, the film's eerie atmosphere has a signature stylistic flourish. He uses low angles to present his looming haunted houses in shadowy darkness, but Wan serves up a subtle new ambiance for the genre with the help of production designer Jennifer Spence. Bright patches of color here and there liven up the sets, especially a reliance on red accents, be it on doors, stained glass or parts of clothing. But the rest of his world features darker shades of color, often painted thick on nice solid, creaky wood. There is also a whimsy to his sets featuring clouds of fog billowing from out of nowhere and slow fade outs and fades to black, lending a surreal atmosphere to the happenings in Insidious: Chapter 2. There is nothing like the irrational to pull the rug out of reality and unnerve the audience, and the film is at its best lingering and peering at that edge.
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The trailer for Insidious: Chapter 2 is out, and it looks, if possible, even creepier than the original. The Lambert family is back, but this time it's the father and husband (played by Patrick Wilson) who's haunted.
It's been two years since the family survived their son's haunting, and Chapter 2 finds them happy, whole, and staying at grandma's house. But it all goes wrong when a creepy ghost woman in a white dress (creepy ghost women are always in white dresses) shows up, and the family realizes it's being haunted once again.
The Lamberts seek the help of a medium, visit dark and creepy places that are filled with cobwebs and ghosts, and even resort to pulling out teeth. There's no telling if the Lamberts will survive this haunting. All we know is that this franchise has a thing for ghosts who speak through baby monitors and make rocking horses move on their own.
Insidious: Chapter 2 hits theaters on September 13, which is, of course, a Friday.
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"I went over to his house for lunch one day and he ordered 50 pizzas... It was just my mom, his wife and his son." Child star Ty Simpkins on hanging out with his generous Iron Man 3 co-star Robert Downey, Jr.
Good news for fellow fans of Insidious — production on the 2010 hit's sequel is set to begin on January 15, for an August 30, 2013 release. And while we're certainly not surprised that a cheap, successful horror flick is getting a sequel, we're perplexed by some of the names on its roster: The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins are all set to reprise their roles. Wait — what? [This is the point where, if you haven't seen Insidious yet and want to, you might want to stop reading. Spoilers abound.)
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Okay. So at the end of Insidious, Wilson's character came back from the far beyond possessed by the spirit of a scary old lady demon, and he most definitely strangled Elise (Shaye) to death. His wife and formerly comatose son (Byrne and Simpkins) were about ten feet away, so the common assumption is (was) that all four of them were f***ed. So, unless they appear only in flashbacks — which is unlikely — they all made it out alive.
This has me a bit worried. Part of what made the first Insidious so great (besides the clever plot) was seeing an actually scary version of the classic suspenseful haunted house story come alive, with modern twists. Insidious didn't rely on heavy gore (Saw, Texas Chainsaw, everything else) or the currently tired trope of fear what you don't see (Paranormal Activity franchise) to scare its audience — it came up with a seriously scary idea and nightmarish creatures like that old lady, and had them jumping out at every corner. Ah!
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If Insidious 2 picks up where it left off — presumably, with a family on the run from or trying to save its Daddy Demon — we won't experience the slow burning tension that added so much to the visceral effect of the first one. And if Shaye lived through that strangling... well, that's just cheap. We've met the family's demons, we know the twist — what's left to explore? Of course, I'm hoping that the James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell prove me wrong, but my gut feeling here is that I'd rather explore a whole new house and family, with a different insidious terror lurking in the background. Hey, it worked for American Horror Story. Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [Photo Credit: FilmDistrict] MORE: Patrick Wilson to Guest Star on 'Girls' 'Insidious' Sequel in the Works 'Bridesmaids' Stars: What's Next?
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