Dame Julie is in talks to play the grandmother of Chris Colfer's gay character Kurt Hummel, while 2011 Oscars co-host Hathaway is reportedly close to signing on to play his aunt, according to the Daily Express.
It's a dream come true for Hathaway, who recently revealed she's desperate to land a guest role on the show.
The Devil Wears Prada had even worked out the whole storyline and the song she'd love to sing.
Hathaway said, "In my head, I've cast myself in Glee and I know what song I'm going to sing! I would wanna play Kurt's long-lost aunt's mother's sister who is also gay, (who) comes back to help him deal with his sexuality, and I would sing You Are Not Alone from Steven Sondheim's epic show Into the Woods."
The daredevil fell from a platform during a performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark last week (20Dec10) and suffered numerous injuries including several broken ribs, a fractured elbow, a bruised lung, three fractured vertebrae and a cracked skull.
Tierney had to spend the festive season at a New York hospital after undergoing back surgery last Wednesday (22Dec10), but he delighted his family by struggling back to his feet on the day before Christmas.
His father Timothy admits the 31 year old is lucky to be alive and will be in the audience when the beleaguered show finally opens in February (11).
Timothy tells the New York Times, "My understanding is that Chris is fortunate to be alive. If they'd had to fuse Chris' vertebrae during surgery, that would have just been very awkward for dancing, because his mobility would have been restricted.
"Fortunately, they did not have to fuse. The doctors have some pins in his body and rods in his body for now to hold everything together, but a great deal of this is about self-healing, and time.
"We just feel very blessed that Chris is alive and well, and thank goodness that he knew enough to roll onto his right side and land that way rather than land on his head or back. Some people fall from a lesser height than Chris and suffer more damage, even fatal damage...
"This was an accident, pure and simple. He's just chomping at the bit to return to dancing, to go back to Spider-Man. He loves this production so much. I haven't had a chance to see it, but we have tickets for opening night. It looks like Chris will be in the audience with us that night, and we'll be glad to have him there."
The actor received the top award at the Sydney ceremony on Tuesday night (30Nov10), while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel landed the Man of Style honour.
Chris Hemsworth was lauded with the Breakthrough of the Year award for his career success, which has seen him land roles in Star Trek and the lead in upcoming superhero epic Thor, while Ben Mendelsohn walked away with Actor of the Year.
Other winners at the annual prizegiving include Birds of Tokyo, who won Band of the Year, and Firass Dirani, named TV Actor of the Year.
The actress plays a fallen country music singer who struggles to launch a comeback after suffering a breakdown in the drama, which was filmed in Nashville.
Paltrow, who currently lives in London with her rocker husband Chris Martin, insists she loved filming in the region - and would happily trade city life to be a farmer there.
She tells Reuters, "I would love it. My dream is to have land somewhere outside of Nashville and have a big organic farm outside of the city."
The lowest grossing weekend of the year thus far is led by Sony/Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D with a franchise high of $27.7 million in 3D and IMAX powered dollars. Star Milla Jovovich proves that audiences like their action heroes hot, female and tough as nails. Much like Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt in the late-summer blockbuster “Salt,” the ass-kicking style of Milla as Alice certainly resonates strongly with audiences looking for an unconventional action star.
The R-rated franchise has enjoyed enormous success in the September time-frame and this becomes the third number one debut in the post-summer period for Resident Evil. Sony took perfect advantage of this typically slow post-Labor Day weekend and makes box office lemonade out of lemons with a solid debut that garnered 10% of its weekend gross from the IMAX giant screen digital format and kept the fanboys in cinematic heaven.
International box office spotlight: Resident Evil: Afterlife took in a massive $45.5 million with Japan leading the charge with $15.455 million, Russia close behind at $9.5 million and Spain with $3.4 million.
Sony is having a great weekend with the number two spot held by Takers with $6.1 million and a domestic cumulative that is closing in on $50 million. The PG-13 action film has shown incredible staying power since its release and Paul Walker, Chris Brown and the appealing ensemble cast has continued to draw audiences.
Box Office fun fact: Sony holds four of the Top Ten spots at the box office this weekend with Resident Evil, Takers, The Other Guys and Eat Pray Love.
Third place goes to George Clooney in last weekend’s number one film Focus Features’ The American with $5.89 million for the weekend against a 55% drop and a total domestic take to date of $28.3 million. After battling “Machete” all during the mid-week contest and holding at number one, the film was finally knocked off the top spot by Resident Evil: Afterlife on Friday.
Number four goes to Danny Trejo in Robert Rodriguez’s grind-house style action flick Machete with $4.2 million in its second weekend of release and a pretty steep 63% second weekend drop. The unique action film is now closing in on $21 million in domestic dollars.
Rounding out the top five with a second weekend gross of $3.6 million is Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy Going the Distance which stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. A mild 44% drop put the film in the top five and a domestic total to date of $14 million. The film benefitted from being the only light-hearted film in a top five that was dominated by the genres of action and sci-fi.
The first weekend of the Fall movie season, while down overall from last year, was still a land of opportunity for “Resident Evil: Afterlife” which took full advantage of what is typically one of the lowest grossing weekends of any year. Next week really heats up some terrific films including Sony’s expected box office juggernaut “Easy A” starring Emma Stone and Warner Bros. “The Town” starring and directed by Ben Affleck. Look out for “Devil” from Universal and Lionsgate’s “Alpha and Omega.”
Weekend Box Office
Top 10 Movies - Weekend of September 10, 2010 (Estimates)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (R)
The American (R)
Going the Distance (R)
The Other Guys (PG-13)
The Last Exorcism (PG-13)
The Expendables (R)
Eat Pray Love (PG-13)
Its looks like Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are set to take over the top spot at the nation’s theatres as Sony’s “The Other Guys” prepares to assault the weekend. A terrific marketing campaign (including a very prominent spot on TV's "Big Brother 12"), a great action/comedy premise and solid reviews give this the makings of an early August hit. Ferrell’s average wide release debut is $24.2 million and Wahlberg’s is $20.2 million, therefore a debut in the $25 million plus range, would position it as the film to beat this weekend.
Chris Nolan’s "Inception" has enjoyed pretty much total domination of the marketplace since its debut on July 16 with continued weekend and mid-week success. Notably It has been number one for 19 of its first 20 days in release. With a second weekend drop of just 32% and a third weekend drop of a mere 36%, the film has already crossed the $200 million mark and become part of the national discussion and is also a favorite film of the social networking universe. Another drop in the mid-30% range would put the mind-blowing film at just under $20 million for the weekend.
Disney’s “Step Up 3D” follows in the very capable dance steps of 2006’s “Step Up” which debuted with $20.7 million and 2008’s “Step Up 2 the Streets” which opened with $18.9 million. Despite the absence of Channing Tatum (the star of the first two films), the 3-D component could give it a bit of a revenue boost and it will likely land in the third spot with $15 million plus for the weekend with a decidedly younger demographic looking to just have a good time at the movie theatre. The battle for the fourth and fifth spots will be tight as Sony’s “Salt” and Paramount’s “Dinner for Schmucks” will likely land in the low $10 million range with the seemingly unstoppable “Despicable Me” giving them a true run for their money.
Five consecutive "up" weekends as we head into the home stretch of the summer movie season and we still have some solid films on the way including next week's combustible combination of Sony's "Eat Pray Love" Lionsgate's "The Expendables" and Universal's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World."
Rumors of Will Ferrell’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. After falling from his perch atop the comedy world with a trio of high-profile disappointments Semi Pro Land of the Lost and Step Brothers the venerable funnyman seemed destined to join the tragic ranks of fellow SNL alums Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy comic geniuses who fell prey to their own spectacular success. But he makes a triumphant return to form in The Other Guys a riotous action comedy from longtime Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman Talladega Nights).
Playing Allen Gamble a straightlaced NYPD detective happily confined to his desk job as a forensic accountant Ferrell dials down the goofball element that metastasized in recent years instead exhibiting a kind of earnest cluelessness more reminiscent of his character in Elf. Safely in his element crunching numbers and combing paperwork for accounting irregularities risk-averse Gamble is more than willing to concede the spotlight to the precinct’s glory-hound celebrity cops Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel Jackson) who’ve charmed the citizenry with their heroic indifference toward danger private property or common sense.
Gamble’s good-natured obliviousness earns him the disdain of his embittered cubicle mate Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) who unlike Gamble didn’t come by his desk job by choice. In a city scarred by accidental police shootings and devoted to its beloved Yankees Hoitz committed the ultimate sin clipping an unarmed Derek Jeter in the leg during a moment of panicked confusion. (“You should have shot A-Rod!” one heckler shouts.) Removed from the street indefinitely by his boss Captain Gene Mauch (a scene-stealing Michael Keaton) Hoitz is a snarling ball of impotent rage most of which he directs at Gamble. (For those of you keeping score yes Keaton’s character is named after the former baseball manager.)
This being a buddy comedy Gamble’s and Hoitz’s fates are destined to intersect. Sure enough their chance to seize the fire comes when the city’s all-star crime-stoppers Danson and Highsmith are abruptly taken out of commission in one of the most shockingly hilarious twists in recent movie history.
Wahlberg and Ferrell may not make the best cops but they’re an absolutely stellar comedic team. To their credit McKay and Other Guys screenwriter Chris Henchy know we won’t settle for just the tired bickering odd-couple scenario of buddy comedies past (see Cop Out) and they take care at several points to flip the script on the formula when Gamble and Hoitz hit the streets together giving Wahlberg as many opportunities to flex his comedic muscles as Ferrell. It’s a bit of a gamble — the rapper-turned-actor isn’t exactly known for his range — but it pays off handsomely in the film.
Wahlberg has shown a welcome willingness to make fun of himself in recent years with his cameos on SNL and in Date Night. His performance in The Other Guys is in many ways a straight-up parody of his abrasive expletive-spewing character in The Departed a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination. (This still boggles my mind — I hope Mark is sending weekly gift baskets to both Martin Scorsese and the Academy.) The Other Guys is easily his funniest work since The Happening.
For his part McKay throws in some solidly-crafted action sequences to complement the comedy and even makes a stellar cameo as the leader of Dirty Mike and the Boys a gang of homeless men who terrorize the Priuses of New York City with their all-night orgies for which the interior of Toyota’s trendy hybrid are apparently ideal. But as a storyteller he still struggles mightily with the third act (see Step Brothers a film that all but fell off a cliff). The film loses some of its momentum in the second half mainly because it must get down to the business of resolving its nebulous plot which centers around the corrupt dealings of a hedge-fund charlatan (Steve Coogan) and some improperly filled-out scaffolding permits. But resolution issues notwithstanding The Other Guys still marks a solid upgrade over Step Brothers in the McKay-Ferrell pantheon and is arguably their best collaboration since Anchorman.
The Rise and Fall of Will Ferrell
This week sees the release of the latest Will Ferrell film, The Other Guys. Telling you this film is a comedy is akin to making the Earth-shattering announcement that the theater in which you see it will be serving popcorn. Ferrell has made an indelible mark on comedy and become, like it or not, the face of the genre for an entire generation. I will in no way pretend that his work hasn’t elicited more than a few laughs from me and I do sincerely think the guy is a comic genius. That being said, I don’t think I’m alone in noticing a marked decline in the quality of his work as of late. In an effort to understand this slump, I think it’s important to examine his body of work as a whole.
Will Ferrell, like many comedic movie stars, cut his teeth on Saturday Night Live. He entered the cast during the twilight of the era of Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, and Chris Farley. To adopt comic book parlance, I consider this the silver age of SNL. I am sure more than a few producers were concerned about the longevity of the show, even in its 21st season, upon losing that lineup. But along came the likes of Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and a bizarre giant by the name of Will Ferrell. A new dynasty was born.
When Hollywood could no longer ignore Ferrell’s talent, his early movie career exemplified the proverbial mixed bag. It began as a memorable cameo in a Mike Myers' passion project: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. As if to solidify the existence of the curse of SNL properties adapted to film, Ferrell followed his excellent turn in Austin Powers with bombs A Night at the Roxbury and Superstar. But amidst the abysmal SNL adaptations, he also delivered much smarter comedy gold in Dick.
While I happen to enjoy Zoolander, and more specifically, Ferrell’s performance as Mugatu, the film that really propelled his career was undoubtedly Old School. That was the film that showed just enough of his range to convince people that this wasn’t just an SNL funnyman, but a potential movie star as well. He then displayed even more range and heart with John Favreau’s Elf, which has become one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. If Ferrell had people convinced he could be a comedy frontman with Old School, it was Anchorman that made Hollywood realize just what kind of major player he could be.
As much as I love Anchorman, and believe it to be a superb comedy, this success was a mixed blessing for Ferrell and the source of his current stagnation. I’m sure some of you are questioning my mental faculties right now, and I don’t blame you, but Anchorman truly created a monster. As heartily as we all laughed at the blundering, misogynistic buffoon that was Ron Burgundy, we didn’t realize Ferrell would play this same character for the next four years. This developmentally arrested man-boy would rear his head in Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and Step Brothers.
It’s one thing to create an incredibly unique character and play the part to perfection once, but it’s quite another to beat a dead horse until one becomes a parody of oneself. In the midst of all this, Ferrell did attempt to flex his comedic and thespian muscles with films like Melinda and Melinda, Winter Passing, and Stranger Than Fiction. All great performances, all largely unheralded at the box office. I believe the lack of commercial success for his more artistic endeavors is what drove Ferrell time and time again back to this tired but tried-and-true formula. I also believe this is exactly why he’s struggled of late trying to break away from that archetype. Ferrell’s only vehicle since the last gasp of the dying man-boy persona (in Step Brothers) was the unfortunate Land of the Lost, which failed to deliver, to put it lightly.
It’s interesting to me, and really telling when you think about it, that since Stranger Than Fiction, Ferrell’s best work has been in cameos and internet memes. His series of web shorts featuring a precocious little costar were hysterical, my favorite being “The Landlord,” and his stint on Eastbound and Down was fantastic. Hopefully, the very fragile and meek police officer in The Other Guys will be the role that snaps his losing streak and definitively breaks him free of Ron Burgundy.
The American Pie star was driving through Los Angeles when his car was pulled over by police last month (Jun10).
He was arrested after failing a sobriety test and was later charged with two misdemeanours which could land him a stint in jail.
Klein checked into the Cirque Lodge rehab facility in Utah, which previously housed Lindsay Lohan, to seek professional help for his problems. He signed up for a 30-day program and his rep, Jaime Primak, has now confirmed he will be staying a while longer.
Primak tells People.com, "Chris, along with his support team, has decided to extend his treatment. He is doing fantastic and is optimistic about his future. He thanks everyone for their continued support."
Christopher Nolan has signed on to produce the much-anticipated superhero film and now GeekTyrant.com reports he has asked his brother Jonathan to take over directing the film so he can concentrate on the next Batman movie.
The less famous Nolan brother is already working closely with his sibling - Jonathan is among the writers on Batman 3.
A studio source tells MovieHole.net, "Jonathan Nolan is not onboard yet, but it looks like he will get the job. He wants to direct, Chris wants to land him that gig... That said, it is far from a done deal."