They may have been real people centuries ago, but thanks to the mythical recounting of history through novels, movies, TV shows and even shoddy high school text books. the Presidents of yesteryears are closer to tall tale characters than historical figures. Which may be the reason we're seeing Hollywood twist America's greatest government icons into blockbuster fodder. Sure, Abraham Lincoln helped the country survive the Civil War, abolish slavery and prepare for the Reconstruction, but after this summer, we'll finally have a new chapter to add to his legacy: vampire hunting!
Whether audiences will accept Honest Abe's foray into supernatural sucker slaying is unknown, but four score and seven years won't pass before another President gets the fictional thriller treatment,. Keeping the new trend alive Darren Aronofsky will reportedly bring George Washington to the big screen in The General — but not as a straightforward, historical biopic. Rather, the script, by Accepted and Tower Heist writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, is in the vein of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. A Washington Western? He may be chopping down more than cherry trees in Aronofsky's version.
The Black Swan director has a ton of other projects on his plate, including the recently announced Noah, starring Russell Crowe, and a long-gestating Jackie Kennedy drama. But according to the report, The General is high on Aronofsky's to do list.
Alternative fiction isn't anything new, but rarely does it make its way to mainstream movies. Will the support of an A-list director like Aronofsky kick off a new wave of imitators? The possibilities are endless. A raunchy Martin Van Buren comedy? A William Taft/Fight Club hybrid? Benjamin Harrison vs. Aliens? A James K. Polk musical scored by They Might Be Giants? Anything goes when the floodgates open.
Before Aronofsky gets to The General, he'll be playing God in Noah, which hits theaters March 28, 2014.
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On Tuesday, Comedy Central announced that it's developing a half-hour comedy called Bad Advice From My Brother, based on Jordan Pope Roush’s blog of the same name. The show will follow Jason, who works on Wall Street, as he imparts inaccurate and amusing wisdom to his younger brother Ben. So yeah, it's basically $#*! My Brother Says.
A few years ago, shows based on Twitter feeds and online memes were all the rage. In 2010, CBS alone had three Twitter-inspired shows in development. Since people aren't gathering around the TV on Thursday nights to watch Mother of All Something, Dear Girls Above Me, and Shh... Don't Tell Steve, you can guess how well those turned out. $#*! My Dad Says was the most successful of the batch, but only 18 episodes made it to air before it was pulled from the schedule and eventually canceled.
Yet, despite the lousy track record, it's recently been announced that two other internet-based shows are in development. The first sounds truly awful. Honey Badger U is based on the hilarious "Honey Badger Don't Care" meme. The animated series will focus on Randall, a university professor who provides commentary for documentary footage and forms an "unusual bond" with students, fellow professors, and the university's honey badger mascot. The second is a Bravo reality series about the makers of LOLCats. That may be tolerable since it's about the people who work for the I Can Haz Cheezburger website, not the LOLCats themselves. However, we have some knowledge of what it's like to work for a website, and we're not sure if scenes of people typing away on a keyboard will keep viewers engaged.
It's easy to see what TV executives are thinking. The Honey Badger video has been viewed 31 million times on YouTube, so if they can just get all of those people to tune in for the TV show, they'll have a huge hit on their hands. The problem is that the Internet is a unique format, and unlike books and movies, TV and hilarious three-minute YouTube videos don't mix as well as you might think. A quick joke like a nature video with snarky narration can hold people's attention for a few minutes, but that doesn't mean it will work as a 22-minute sitcom. It's extremely unusual to find something like The Simpsons, a short that became one of the greatest and longest-running series of all time. More often than not, creating characters and plot lines for what was conceived as a one-off joke just feels forced.
Since the Internet is cutting into the TV networks' business, it's tempting to look online for inspiration. However, shows like Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, and Glee didn't become hits because people had already heard about them on Facebook. They're all based on original ideas that can only be expressed in a television show, not a Twitter feed. If networks want to grab the attention of a generation that grew up on the Internet, they shouldn't simply recycle memes into a sitcom. If they create great, original content, people will still turn on the TV ... and chat about the show later online.
[Deadline, Lost Remote, Hollywood Reporter]
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Though you wouldn't know it from his egotistical, self-absorbed character Steve Stifler in the American Pie franchise, Seann William Scott is plagued by insecurities just like the rest of us. The 35-year-old star made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 2 and admitted to being highly insecure about his backside, which just so happens (Spoiler Alert!) to be featured in American Reunion. In fact, he was so unhappy with his derriere that he'd even considered hiring a butt double. But alas, it wasn't in the budget.
“There’s some hijinks with Stiffler and you see my bum," the actor explained. And I was a little bit like, ‘Wow, I’ve done a lot of weird things in movies so I didn’t think this would be a problem.’” But Scott is not without a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. "My butt was so white that it would glow in the dark during the day," he said.
Of course, Kimmel prodded his visitor, asking if he'd ever considered hiring a butt double, to which Scott responded, "I seriously did....we didn't have it in our budget." Luckily though, Scott was able to put his fears behind him and show fans a side of him that they'll never soon forget.
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Could this be the best season yet? Dancing with the Stars is back and last week the competition was so good on March 19 that scores of 8 and 9 actually came out on a regular basis from Bruno, Len and Carrie Ann. Jaleel White shocked the world, showing that Steve Urkel can dance! Tonight, ABC’s blockbuster show returns and judge Carrie Ann Inaba joined Hollywood.com on a call to discuss and predict the future of Season 14.
Jaleel is definitely one of the frontrunners in her eyes but in usual Carrie Ann fashion, she is rooting for underdogs like Gavin DeGraw. Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya might be a “power couple” and William Levy has chemistry with everyone, she joked. The two athletes, Martina Navratilova and Donald Driver, might be in Jeopardy and lifts are still a no-no, but one thing is certain: this is the most talented season of DWTS yet!
An excited Carrie Ann had a lot to say about all the talent on Season 14 and who she thinks will be making it past the second episode:
She Was Surprised Last Week
"I don’t think we’ve ever had a season with this much talent all grouped together. I don’t think I gave out anything less than a 7, which is very, very rare. I was surprised with William Levy ... Not only is he a soap opera star, he’s got some really great moves. Gladys Knight surprised me. I don’t know why and it makes me giggle and makes me so happy. She’s legendary, she’s somebody I have so much respect for with her singing career, so it’s nice to see it’s also true of her dancing ... like that rhythm was just moving through her in ways I haven’t seen! It’s like this mature connection to the music that’s just exciting, haven’t seen that before. I was blown away by Katherine Jenkins and Jaleel White and Roshon.”
She’s not Afraid to Make Predictions
“When you say potential to go far, it’s a different question that who is the best dancer. There’s some people that I think I am interested to see how they do, I tend to root for underdogs. It’s just my nature and Gavin DeGraw, I’m very curious to see how he’s going to develop ... because he comes from such a different background and he’s got this sort of tender, not awkwardness, but you know he’s not quite comfortable yet in his body, I’m looking forward to see when he does have that breakthrough ... And I’m looking forward to see how Jaleel does. He blew me away but because they were so good, I will tell you as a judge that allows for us to be a lot more critical with our eyes. We can now look into details with each performance.”
Who's Got the Best Chemistry?
“I think Cheryl and William have some chemistry but I think William might have chemistry with everybody! I think Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya have good chemistry, I think they might be a power couple. Jaleel and Kym I think have really well-matched energies, she’s such a showgirl and he’s such a showman, I’m excited to see that. I’m gonna say that Derek and Maria have chemistry that I’m interested to see because she wasn’t a standout, she did really well but she wasn’t a standout and they seem to have a good energy together.”
Martina and Donald on the Chopping Block?
“I think Martina might be in jeopardy. I think Donald might be in jeopardy as well, oddly that one surprised me. I thought he would have been a little bit better than he was when he came out of the gate. Maybe Melissa, I’d say those three might be in jeopardy.”
Don’t Hide Behind the Dance
“I try to look for all of it. I try to be the balance with Len and Bruno. I always need to see the performance as a whole but if the technique is not there I cannot give it the great scores. For me, it all has to work together as a performance and you have to be true to the moment and the dance at the time and sort of let it all hang loose. If you are hiding behind the moves, I get really sensitive to that and don’t like it. I don’t like when people are pretending ... And lifts of course, as we all know. I don’t like lifts. Actually I do like lifts, it’s just that it’s a rule and for some reason, Len and Bruno don’t care about the rule but the rule is on my desk every night ... because it keeps it a level playing field for the older dancers.”
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Stifler is finally ready to start settling down. Seann William Scott, most famously known for his role as crude party boy Steve Stifler in the American Pie franchise, officially confirmed that he's engaged to former Victoria's Secret model, Lindsay Frimodt.
"I don't how I got a girl like my fiancee. I'm just really lucky," the actor told E! News at the American Reunion L.A. premiere on March 19. "She hadn't seen American Pie. Thank god. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't be engaged."
As of now, no wedding date has been set.
Prior to his relationship with Frimodt, Scott, 35, was romantically linked to actresses Jaime King, 32, and January Jones, 34. But now he's found true happiness in the arms of a model -- a fact that would most assuredly make Stifler very proud.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Rupert Grint is trading in his wand for a pair of sticks. The Harry Potter star just signed on to do The Drummer, a film about the last six years of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson's life. He'll play Stan Shapiro, a William Morris mailroom intern who became Wilson's close friend shortly before his 1983 death. Aaron Eckhart will star as Wilson and Vera Farmiga will play his lover, Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie.
Chloe Grace Moretz is also joining the cast as Wilson's daughter Jennifer, who was present during the worst of his alcohol addiction. We last saw her in the kid-friendly film Hugo, but this is definitely a darker role for the 15-year-old.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Dennis Quaid's wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for divorce after eight years of marriage. Papers were filed last week in Texas under "B.K. v W.D," the couple's initials, and today the star's rep said, "We can confirm that Kimberly Quaid has filed for divorce. Contrary to what has been reported, a satisfactory settlement is being worked out for both parties."
The couple have four-year-old twins, Thomas and Zoe, and a temporary shared custody order has been put into place. According to the documents, for the time being Kimberly will keep their main home, and Dennis will move into their condo.
While the papers cite "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split, there may be more to the story. Quaid was accused of cheating just last month. Sascha Bajin, Serena William's practice tennis partner, Tweeted on Valentine's Day that Quaid stole his date after a party thrown at Williams' L.A. mansion. Quaid's rep denied the account, saying, “sounds like someone’s imagination is getting away from them. Dennis was with friends that night.” Whatever the reason for their split, the actor is no stranger to marital trouble. His marriages to actresses P.J. Soles and Meg Ryan both ended in divorce.
Source: E!, N.Y. Daily News
Married actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are set for a rare honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: a double star!
The couple will receive their stars on the same day, March 7, joining the fairly exclusive company of Sonny and Cher and Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, among a few others.
Macy is known for offbeat fare like Fargo (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) and Magnolia, and he now stars on the Showtime series Shameless; Huffman, meanwhile, has been a fixture on ABC's Desperate Housewives and was a Best Actress nominee for performance in 2005's Transamerica.