March 01, 2012 5:03am EST
It was bound to happen eventually. Seven years, and he just couldn't take it anymore. Neil Patrick Harris appeared on The Late Show last night, and took the opportunity to answer the question How I Met Your Mother fans have been asking since 2005: "Who is the mother?"
It's probably not as easy being a Kardashian as one might think, especially when pleasant trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond are disrupted by store employees giving you graphic sexual advice. But such is life for Khloe Kardashian, whose personal life apparently means more to strangers nationwide than it does to her.
What celebrity comes to mind when you think of physical fitness? Ed Helms, of course. That's why the Hangover and The Office star has taken it upon himself to start selling workout plans—conducted by the one and only "Brian"—via a new commercial that he clearly didn't waste a lot of money funding. But production values are nothing when you're getting a quality product like this!
Airline security is pretty tough nowadays...except, of course, if you're famous. But what if you're only kinda famous? Like Taylor Kitsch, who you know you'd sort of recognize if you saw him on the street, but definitely not right away. Maybe after he showed you a trailer from his newest movie. At least, that's how he convinced an airport security officer to let him stay in the country. There might have also been a bribe involving some Apple products...
February 28, 2012 6:10pm EST
With his nautical Transformers knockoff Battleship in the can and ready to hit theaters in May, director Peter Berg is busy lining up the pieces for his next project, Lone Survivor. Based on the memoir from Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor chronicles the harrowing true tale of a team of Navy SEALs who were ambushed by Taliban fighters while on a covert mission in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush in 2005.
Deadline.com reports that the project is ready to move forward with funding from Emmett/Furla Films, and that Berg is eyeing some pretty big names to star. Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Battleship star Taylor Kitsch are said to be in negotiations to play three of the film's four main characters, with Wahlberg up for the lead role of Luttrell.
Recent box-office results suggest audience interest in Lone Survivor could be significant. Relativity Media's action-thriller Act of Valor, featuring real-life Navy SEALs playing themselves, earned $24.5 million last weekend, according to Hollywood.com box-office guru Paul Dergarabedian, beating out all other new releases by a wide margin.
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February 28, 2012 10:37am EST
If you're not already excited about John Carter, the new trailer will get you there. Sure, the concept seems silly. Some guy gets mysteriously transported from Earth to Mars to settle a war between the red people and the blue people, all the while trying to keep an invading race from mining the planet and struggling to ward off giant gorillas. To some, that might be a deterrent.
But the trailer sells it, even more so than the still-pretty-awesome previous one. Every moment in the new preview for Andrew Stanton's fantasy adventure is not simply fast-paced, but chock full of legitimately interesting excitement. Questions are begged: who is John Carter? How has he come to Mars? Why is he joining this war? Which side will he choose? In fact, there are plenty more questions begged by the trailer. But luckily, there will also be the actual movie. That'll probably have some of the answers. For now, check out the enthralling trailer over at Apple, and get ready for Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe and Mark Strong in John Carter on March 9!
February 24, 2012 4:30pm EST
We are now officially two weeks away from the release of John Carter, Disney's reported $250 million wager that Taylor Kitsch can open a movie. I have my doubts, but I know better than to bet against the folks who turned a forgotten theme-park ride into a $3.7 billion movie franchise. The studio released a new clip today showcasing the various Martian delights that await Kitsch in his sojourn to the red planet, including two lovely creatures known as white apes:
In addition to Kitsch, John Carter stars Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, and Samantha Morton, and is directed by Andrew Stanton. It opens everywhere March 9, 2012.
February 24, 2012 12:11pm EST
UPDATE: Director Scott Cooper is looking to cast Viggo Mortensen in the role of the villain, and the target of Bale's character's quest, in the film. To play Bale's ill-fated brother, Cooper is considering Channing Tatum, Taylor Kitsch, Casey Affleck and Garrett Hedlund. It is also reported that the role intended for Duvall will be that of Bale's uncle, who acts as a figure of guidance to his troubled nephew. -Variety
EARLIER: You can take the Gotham out of the man, but you can't take the man out of the furnace. Is that the saying? Either way, it applies: this generation's Batman Christian Bale is in talks to star in Out of the Furnace, a revenge drama being directed by Scott Cooper, the man behind Crazy Heart. Interestingly Also being considered for a role is every generation's everything Robert Duvall, who appeared briefly in Crazy Heart opposite Jeff Bridges. Out of the Furnace was formerly titled The Low Dweller, and looks to star Bale as an ex-inmate who sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his younger brother. Dark antihero with a revenge quest? Sounds right up Bale's alley. And if Duvall does come on board, any role in this sort of film should suit him just fine. This will be the first time Bale and Duvall have worked together since 1992's musical classic Newsies. So logic allows that Out of the Furnace will be EXACTLY like that. Source: THR
February 23, 2012 12:44pm EST
It was difficult for Friday Night Lights fans when the series came to a close last year, but it helps that some of the show’s most beloved characters have been finding work elsewhere. Connie Britton brought life to an ill-conceived piece of real estate on American Horror Story. Taylor Kitsch is going to Mars. And now, TVLine reports Aimee Teegarden, who played Julie Taylor on the series, is joining the new CW series The Selection, which sounds an awful lot like The Hunger Games.
Teegarden will star as one unlucky competitor in a futuristic society’s traditional festival involving young girls battling one another to the death to determine who will be their land’s next queen. Much like The Hunger Games, The Selection is also based on a book series. The only difference: this book series hasn’t actually been published yet—author Kiera Cass’ process is in the works.
The television format is likely to breath a unique flavor into the story, however. Maybe we'll get to see a whole new direction for Teegarden and the battle games plotline. Either way, with the combination of a Friday Night Lights star and a Hunger Games-like plot: interest is brewing.
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February 22, 2012 9:15am EST
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star's parents were keen martial artists and they regularly enrolled the young Collins into fight training classes in Japan while she was growing up.
She was able to draw on her karate skills for her role as Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, in the upcoming sci-fi adventure - but the actress admits her years of karate became more of a burden then a blessing on set.
She tells WENN, "I spent my summers in Japan where my parents were getting their fourth and fifth and sixth don in Shito Ryu, which is an Okinawan style of karate...
"Karate fizzled out because of acting and this is the first time that the two have married and it was really emotional for me at the beginning. It was hard to bring back the memories from my childhood; it was a childlike feeling that I had to turn into a forceful, feminine and adult (feeling) and to not hurt people was a real challenge. It's completely a part of me now."
Collins stars alongside Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Bryan Cranston and Taylor Kitsch as the title character, a former American Civil War captain who is transported to Mars.
February 21, 2012 9:15am EST
The filmmaker became a fan of the American Civil War captain as a child after reading all about the fictional character's adventures on Mars in his friends' comics and author Edgar Rice Burroughs' Bursoom series, and he eagerly anticipated the stories being one day adapted for film.
The movie came close to being made by Iron Man director Jon Favreau in 2006, but he subsequently dropped out of the project when Paramount Pictures lost the rights to the film.
So Stanton decided to start campaigning to take John Carter's story to Hollywood himself.
He tells WENN, "My brothers and I all could draw and we'd always go over to friends' houses who could draw. They were drawing what I now know are Tharks, these four-armed tusk characters (from John Carter comics). I'd be like, 'What the heck are those?' and they told me about the comic books and so I started reading them and then I got led to the books.
"From then on until about 2006, we're talking almost 30 years, I pretty much spent that time just waiting for somebody to make the movie. I just wanted to see it. I never planned I was going to make movies. When it got close to being made with Favreau I was one separation away from artists that were making it and getting the scoop that it was gonna happen and getting really excited about it.
"When it fell through and went back to the estate, I was really crestfallen. I just happened to have had a serendipitous phone call while making Wall-E with the head of Disney at the time. I said to him, 'Maybe if I'm not a one-hit wonder after I finish Wall-E, would you consider have (sic) me make it (John Carter) and if you don't you should buy it and have somebody make it. It would be a crime if it's not out there.' A month later they bought the three books and asked me to do it! It was a long time coming; I would never have expected it."
Stanton's John Carter features Taylor Kitsch as the title character, alongside Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins and Dominic West, and is due to be released in March (12).
February 21, 2012 4:00am EST
The Wire star appears in the Disney sci-fi epic alongside Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy and Taylor Kitsch as the titular character, an American Civil War captain who is transported to Mars.
West admits there was not much to do in between filming in the picturesque state - so the cast made their own fun back at their motel.
He tells WENN, "Off set was a dream. We were in the middle of Utah in this extraordinary landscape. We were all staying in the same motel. It was like a frathouse. There's nothing for miles around and so we were a bunch of Brits with a bunch of Americans taking advantage of the motel; it was a party given by myself and James Purefoy."
And West had an unexpected vacation when he was called back to redo certain scenes: "During reshoots I had a four day holiday in Utah!"
February 19, 2012 1:15pm EST
The star portrays the former Confederate military captain who is transported to Mars in the sci-fi adventure and he decided to learn all about the subject by travelling to Texas to pick the brains of top Civil War experts.
He tells WENN, "I studied with historians at the University of Texas and I studied the Civil War and immersed myself with books and letters of Civil War soldiers."