Actress Melissa Mccarthy has dismissed recent reports suggesting she has signed on to star in the upcoming all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. The Emmy-winning actress is considered a frontrunner in the highly-anticipated remake of the sci-fi classic, because the film will be directed by Paul Feig, who helmed both her films Bridesmaids and The Heat.
However, during an appearance on comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' U.S. talk show on Monday (20Oct14), McCarthy dodged the TV presenter's questions about joining the Ghostbusters cast, and kept repeating, "I'm not in, I'm not in!"
If McCarthy is considered for a role in the reboot, she has a big advocate in her corner - her St. Vincent co-star Bill Murray, who starred in the original films.
He said, "Melissa (McCarthy) would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny... I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot, and Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there."
Gillian Anderson and Lena Dunham have also expressed an interest in appearing in the film.
Actor Michael K. Williams challenged his Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson during a recent press conference, revealing he was convinced the filmmaker was not a fan of his throughout the shoot. The Wire star was asked what it was like to work with the Boogie Nights director and he confessed he felt under-appreciated on the set.
The actor said, "I didn't think Paul liked me... I came into the project a huge fan of co-star Joaquin (Phoenix) and Paul. I think I hadn't slept in 48 hours; I came from a job to this film. The process was different.
"Most of my credits are on television, where it's about time, time, time and in this situation you get to sit down and talk about it. I'm like, 'Really?' Joaquin was so generous and I came in very intimidated."
He then turned to face his director and added, "To be put in a situation that was so foreign to me, I didn't think you liked me! Although the process was new for me I knew that I was safe and in good hands and to trust. I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to do that."
Anderson joked, "I didn't like you", before adding, "No, that makes me feel terrible."
Actress Gillian Anderson has made a public plea to director Paul Feig to cast her in his all-female revamp of sci-fi comedy classic Ghostbusters. The X-Files star was unaware of the upcoming project until she was quizzed about the reboot during an Ask Me Anything session with fans on Reddit.com on Sunday (12Oct14), and now she's keen to get in on the action.
Anderson responded to the devotee by writing, "OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! ...I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, goddamnit (sic)!"
She then urged fans to "Start a Twitter petition!" and when one Reddit user offered to take charge of the campaign, she replied, "MAKE IT HAPPEN!!".
And Anderson insists she is more than suited for the spook-hunting role because she is always aware of other spirits.
She revealed, "I've definitely felt other spirits. I'm quite sensitive to it."
Bridesmaids filmmaker Feig is reteaming with The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold to pen the script for the project, which is expected to start shooting early next year (15), with original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd slated to return and Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 spook-chasing film and its 1989 sequel, expected to co-produce.
Co-stars Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson have yet to sign on.
The female leads have yet to be cast.
Pregnant actress Milla Jovovich has been forced to cut back on engaging with fans online after her family became the target of an alleged stalker last year (13).
The Resident Evil star opened up about the harassment hell in a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday (14Oct14) after a number of followers noticed the infrequency of her tweets in recent months. Jovovich, who is expecting her second child with her director husband Paul W. S. Anderson, reveals she turned to police for help after the incident and was advised to stop exchanging messages with strangers. She explains:
"A lot of my followers hve (have) been asking why i (sic) don't chat on here anymore. unfortunately, my family was threatened last year by a stalker. "after contacting authorities, i was told to absolutely stop talking to people i don't know on social forums... now that sucks for all the cool people i got to know on here, but my family comes first and i cannot take any chances when it comes to them. "it makes me feel sad that i have to be distant with you all, as it is not my nature. i have not stopped posting altogether, as was suggested... but personal contact with individuals is at an end. its (sic) too bad that the rotten apple spoils the bunch, but its (sic) the reality. i send out a lot of love to my fans and many apologies! all the best!"
Further details about Jovovich's encounters with the alleged stalker were unavailable as WENN went to press.
A host of celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg and Lena Dunham are starring in a rap video for the Rock the Vote initiative to encourage youngsters to take part in the 2014 U.S. election. Goldberg, Dunham and Sophia Bush feature on a remix of Lil Jon's hit Turn Down For What to discuss their dream reforms for America.
The song title is changed to 'Turn Out For What' and begins with a comedy skit between Lil Jon and Dunham.
In the clip, the Girls creator states that she is voting for reproductive rights, One Tree Hill star Bush is 'turning out' for women's issues, and Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne calls for prison reform.
Audrey Gelman, a spokesperson for Rock the Vote, tells Buzzfeed.com, "We hope that the video will connect the dots between caring about an issue and turning out to make a difference - even in a year where the president isn't on the ballot."
Other stars in the video include Ireland Baldwin, Fred Armisen, Darren Criss and Tracy Anderson.
British actor Ricky Tomlinson has been awarded the Freedom of the City in Liverpool, England and described the honour as better than an Oscar. The Mike Bassett: England Manager star accepted the civic honour in a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on Monday night (06Oct14), and he revealed he thought it was a joke when he first found out about the special prize.
He tells the Liverpool Echo newspaper, "I'm absolutely chuffed (delighted) but when I first found out I really thought it was a wind-up (joke). Then I got a discreet call from Mayor Joe Anderson and I was made-up (happy). I'm so lucky."
Tomlinson even suggests the honour is more important than an Academy Award, adding, "You keep your Oscars and your BAFTAs - those are selected by luvvies, this is from the people of Liverpool, and I love them. This has to be the greatest accolade of my career by a mile."
Actress Gillian Anderson is hoping Hollywood producers snap up the film rights to her new book because she longs to play the lead character on screen.
The X-Files star has co-written a sci-fi novel titled A Vision of Fire with American author Jeff Rovin about a child psychiatrist called Caitlin, who specializes in treating kids suffering trauma from natural disasters and war. Anderson insists she was the driving force behind the creation of the main character, and she hopes to play her in a film, telling Britain's Event magazine, "That was my idea. Jeff is probably the world's greatest expert on science fiction but I came up with the main character because ultimately I want this to be made into a film, so I was writing the character for myself."
A Vision of Fire is released this month (Oct14).
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has emerged as the frontrunner to lead the cast of a new Baywatch movie. The big screen adaptation of the hit 1980s TV series, which featured Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, is on the slate at Paramount and the action man is set to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Comedy kings Sean Anders and John Morris have signed on to direct the project.
Johnson has been linked to a Baywatch movie for years.
It's not known if any of the original Baywatch cast will be part of the big screen revamp.
Gillian Anderson fought to be paid the same as her The X-Files co-star David Duchovny while working on the hit show, insisting the pay gap between them was "massive" at the start of the spooky series. The star reveals there was a huge salary difference between the two lead actors when they started filming the hit sci-fi show in 1993, but she eventually took a stand and insisted her wages be brought in line with those of her colleague.
She tells British magazine Red, "At the beginning, the pay disparity was massive. But that happens all the time in Hollywood. It's, 'Do this for me, I'll get you a job.' All the stuff in the papers today about people in entertainment who have abused their position... It's built into our society. It's easy to miss and it's easy to get used to it."
Anderson goes on to claim women are still treated differently to men both in and out of the workplace. She adds, "There are things that are intolerable in today's world, in terms of the perception of women. Whether they're vamps or vixens. The expectation that, if a woman is wearing a short skirt, she's 'asking for it'."
Reclusive author Thomas Pynchon is set to make his movie debut as an actor in the film adaptation of his novel Inherent Vice. Director Paul Thomas Anderson offered the elusive literary star a cameo in his film, which will premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend (04-05Oct14), and he accepted the role.
Josh Brolin, who features in the movie, has confirmed Pynchon is part of the film, telling the New York Times, "I don't think anybody knew (who he was). He came on as the kind of mercurial iconoclast that he is. He stayed in the corner."
Pynchon has chosen to live well away from the spotlight since the release of his first novel V in the early 1960s, refusing to pose for book sleeve photos or give interviews. In 2004 he appeared in animated form on The Simpsons - his character wore a bag over his head to protect his anonymity.
Director Anderson has refused to reveal who Pynchon portrays in his movie adaptation of the author's book.