Whatever it was that did happen to Baby Jane, it's about to happen it again. Hollywood.com has confirmed that Walter Hill, the writer/director responsible for 48 HRS. and the second and third Alien movies, will be remaking the chilling 1962 classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, which starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as two halves of the most vehement sibling rivalry in cinematic history.
The movie and its performances are so iconic, in fact, that the idea of a remake makes one a bit apprehensive. Who could possibly take on the roles of the Hudson sisters, a pair of former stars ousted from the spotlight at different times in their careers, forced to live together in tempestuous misery. In fact, just as Davis and Crawford have been rumored to have withstood a mutual off-screen enmity, the best way to ensure this kind of biting hostility is by casting two actresses engaged in a longstanding real-life feud. As young women, the pair might best be represented by highly publicized rivals Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Of course, Hilton hasn't exactly proven herself capable of handling a role of this merit.
Then there are some older couples, which would be more appropriate for the ages of the characters in the movie anyhow. Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler, who have famously traded harsh words. Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini, whose falling out came as a result of rumors that Osbourne had gotten Remini fired from The Talk. And of course, one of the hottest feuds in contemporary Hollywood: Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase ... You know, in wigs. Okay, their y-chromosomes might make for a bit of a problem for this particular movie, but if Hill's remake calls for meta-humor and an old dude falling down a lot, then this is the pair to bet on.
Who do you think should take on the roles?
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Will they or won’t they? It's an evergreen televisual phenomenon. It’s a notion that has provided the driving force behind many a classic TV show. But there is an inherent flaw in the method: what happens when they finally do?
The Cougar Town Season 3 finale braved this question, finally wedding Courteney Cox’s Jules with Josh Hopkins’ Grayson. The two have enjoyed a fairly traditional ascension toward the ultimate showdown of romance. They started out as contentious enemies, developed an unlikely friendship, and eventually realized and explored their true affections for one another. It took three seasons, it happened organically, and it was quite a sweet ride. But seriously — now what?
Jules’ and Grayson’s relationship has been the center of Cougar Town in terms of plot progress and sincerity. There have been other story arcs, of course: Bobby’s love affair with Sarah Chalke, Ellie’s and Andy’s difficulty raising their psychopathic son Stan, Grayson’s recent revelation that he has a daughter. All are entertaining, sure. But none have been strong enough to really carry the series without the help of a power-player like the Jules/Grayson romance.
Of course, there is another option. Cougar Town’s not-so-secret weapon. Another Will they or won’t they, and one even willer-or-won’ter than the given that Jules and Grayson was from the start: The epic love story of Travis and Laurie.
Jules’ 20 year-old son Travis has had a monopolizing crush on his mother’s assistant and close friend since the early days of Season 1. Ever since, fans have seen the pair flirt, contemplate one another as romantic partners, and tease the viewing public with occasional hints that something might actually manifest between the two of them. To date, nothing has — even after Travis’ inebriated display of affection during the Season 3 finale. During his mother’s ad-hoc rehearsal dinner, Travis got incredibly drunk, and vehemently naked, and professed his love to Laurie in front of her soldier boyfriend Wade.
We're treated to a suggestive glance from Laurie to Travis at the end of the episode. Just enough to stir audiences' curiosity without actually committing to any legitimate story advancement.
To date, the Travis and Laurie thoroughfare has only popped up to center stage every so often, maintaining a fresh and non-repetitive feel to their cat-and-mouse game of young, reasonably misguided love. Despite (or maybe because of) this, it's one of fans' most arduously awaited possibilities in the perpetual Cougar Town future. With as much backstory and fleshing out as their romance has been given, it might find itself right at home as the primary conflict during future seasons.
But other than that, Cougar Town looks to be at a loss for any real dramatic pulse. Jules and Grayson have decided against having any children. The show seems to be content with keeping Bobby an aimless, zen drifter. And there's really nothing of value in Ellie's marriage to Andy.
Of course, the show's power is in its comedy and its silliness, and this might be able to sustain the series for a while. But the comedy has been threaded delicately around a spine of sincerity; in order for Cougar Town to continue on in the long run, it'll need to maintain its heart.
The touching moments are not limited to the Jules and Grayson pairing; Jules and Travis, for instance, have had some of the sweetest scenes on the show. Ditto for Bobby and either Jules or Travis — in fact, Bobby's recent admission of guilt to Jules for treating her poorly while they were married was heartbreaking. But a consistent, ever-growing storyline like Jules' relationship with her beady-eyed next-door neighbor seems necessary to keep the show lively.
Cougar Town is a laugh a minute, but it needs something to pad Penny Can jokes and unsubtle Scrubs references. So, root for Trav and Laurie! Root for Bobby's continued exploration of his inner-grief! Root for unappreciated neighbor Tom to go nuts and hold everyone hostage! That'd actually be a compelling story arc. If any show can handle going really dark, it's this one. It has already abandoned one premise...
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The world has been spoiled by the supernatural transformation undergone by Sir Anthony Hopkins for the upcoming film Hitchcock (previously titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho), but all things considered, Amanda Seyfried's aesthetic take on Linda Lovelace is none too shabby. Seyfried will play the pornographic film star in the biopic Lovelace, which has released a new poster.
Seyfried certainly doesn't look like herself in the image. The young actress is known for her inimitable giant green eyes and light blond hair, both of which she has shed to become the darker Lovelace and tell her severe story.
Peter Sarsgaard plays Lovelace's abusive husband and manager Chuck Traynor, who is said to have forced her into the pornography business. Other noteworthy figures from counterculture will be represented in the film, including Hugh Hefner (played by James Franc) and Gloria Steinem (Sarah Jessica Parker).
Check out the poster below, and consider whether or not you think Malin Akerman will be able to top this for the rival biopic Inferno (or if she'll ever have to).
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When one of your favorite things from the previous decade teams up with one of your favorite things from this decade, there exists a fleeting, but quite powerful resurgence in your faith that everything in the universe is somehow working just the way it should. This feeling doesn't come easy, but something in the vein of a Dawson's Creek cast reunion happening on an episode of Cougar Town might do the trick. According to Busy Phillips, star of Bill Lawrence's ABC sitcom and vet of the WB drama, her former Creek costar Michelle Williams has been interested in making a guest appearance for some time.
Phillips tells E!, "This is not a joke. We can give Bill Lawrence all the s**t we want for it. At the beginning of the show, in the first season, I told him, 'My friend Michelle Williams wants to guest star on the show.' And he's like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.' And they never did anything with it! And then she was nominated for her third Academy Award and they're like, 'Hey, maybe one of your friends would wanna…?' I said, 'I told you Season 1 that she would do it! You lost her now to the third Academy Award nomination.'"
But apparently, Phillips is still optimistic for a Williams appearance on the Florida-set sitcom. Phillips plays Laurie Keller, who, though good-hearted and loyal, has been shown to harbor violent and promiscuous tendencies that lead Christa Miller's character Ellie to frequently refer to her as "trashy." Phillips has quite a different image for the character Williams could play on the show: "I want her to play my bookish sister who hates me."
Williams on Cougar Town would be a treat, but why stop there? How about Katie Holmes as Courteney Cox's younger, trouble-making cousin? Joshua Jackson as Josh Hopkins' more accomplished brother? Or perhaps James Van Der Beek himself as Brian Van Holt's estranged illegitimate son? They do look eerily alike...
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
Although the term "the making of" is generally reserved for DVD extras you sit through after you've exhausted your entire movie collection, the phrase is now being applied to a particularly interesting project. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a cinematic depiction of the great director's most celebrated work, is gathering a pretty amazing cast. The latest individual to join: Jessica Biel, taking on the role of actress Vera Miles, who played Psycho heroin Lila Crane.
Biel joins Scarlett Johansson, who is playing Janet Leigh, the performer who immortalized Psycho's groundbreaking shower scene. Hitchcock will be played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, with Dame Helen Mirren playing the director's wife Alma Reville.
In Psycho, Miles' Lila Crane paid a visit to the Bates Motel after the mysterious disappearance of her sister, eventually learning the truth about innkeeper Norman Bates—played in the film by Anthony Perkins, who will be embodied in The Making of Psycho by James D'Arcy. The project is being directed by Sacha Gervasi, who is also working on another big screen tribute to a pop culture icon: My Dinner with Herve.
It's a rarity that you come across a movie so good, it actually warrants other movies to be made about it. Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho was a masterpiece that redefined the thriller genre. As such, writer/director Sacha Gervasi has been working on Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a movie about the construction of the timeless piece of cinema.
A good amount of star power has been packed into this project so far. Anthony Hopkins is on board to play Hitchcock himself. Recently, Helen Mirren was cast as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. And now, Scarlett Johansson is joining the project in the role of Janet Leigh, the actress who starred in Psycho as the ill-fated Marion Crane. Even if you have never seen the movie, you're doubtlessly familiar with her infamous shower scene.
Another newcomer to the Making of Psycho cast: James D'Arcy, who will take on the Anthony Perkins (the actor who played Norman Bates) role. Hitchcock and his crew toiled mercilessly over the crafting of the mentioned shower scene. In Le Cinéma selon Alfred Hitchcock, a book by François Truffaut, the Psycho director is quoted as saying, "It took us seven days to shoot that scene, and there were 70 camera setups for 45 seconds of footage." Clearly, Hitchcock was a diligent artist; although Leigh's role in Psycho was not a lengthy one, it is unquestionably one of the most powerful driving forces of the film. As such, Johansson has got a pretty meaty role ahead of her.
There are only a small handful of examples of films so powerful as to command the complete attention of full other works: this year's Sundance Film Festival featured Room 237, a movie about the many ways to interpret The Shining. But even more celebrated than the Jack Nicholson classic is Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho looks to be a truly reverent expression of everything this film has accomplished, and its new cast members add to the excitement.
S2E4: Another Monday, another two-hour episode of blind auditions on The Voice. The teams are so very close to being set and Carson continues to be the biggest cheerleader of all time back in the green room. Last night was a night of ‘ones.’ One word names ala Madonna for the contestants and a bunch of auditions finishing with only one coach buzzing in dominated the show. Next week, we finish off the auditions and then, as Cee Lo so succinctly put it, the coaches can start molding the singers like raw clay.
We started right off with a no-go for Ducky, who looked like an American Salvador Dali with his Pringles mustache. His girl is patiently waiting for an engagement ring and Ducky says The Voice was his ticket to making that happen. I guess she’ll be waiting just a little longer as he was sent packing right after Adam gave him props on the stache. From that point on, not a lot of notable people were sent home. It was a streaky night with a lot of outlandish auditions adding to some powerhouse teams in the making.
“I thought that was a prank, I thought that was actually Usher” - Cee Lo
What happened to last names? After Ducky, Jonathas stepped up to the plate and just when it looked like two in a row were going home, Cee and Christina buzzed in. Jonathas, 23, hails from Brazil, has two adorable little kids and has dealt with poverty his whole life. On a more important note, the boy literally Tebowed on one knee before he went on stage - well-played, sir. He used music to learn English and he's perfected Usher’s “U Got It Bad” - much to the delight of the women in the crowd. He chose Christina after she and Cee went back and forth vying for his affections.
We saw two in a row for Christina when she was the only one to select Monique Benabou who sang Kelly Clarkston’s “Mr. Know It All.” Well, this was a case of "Miss Know It All" because Christina was smart enough to pick this young girl, who has a good head on her shoulders after having to deal with her mother’s breast cancer at the age of 12. She stayed home from school at that ripe age to take care of her mother. Talk about growing up fast. This was the rare moment when the coaches were gracious to each other with Blake actually calling Christina the best female vocalist of our generation, hands down. We're feeling the love on The Voice.
“The minute you started singing, you just made me smile” - Blake
A hippie street musician Naia Kete came next and after making her living on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, she used her unique, fluttery voice with “The Lazy Song” to attract Blake and Cee Lo. Even with dreadlocks you’d assume were perfect for Team Cee Lo, she was won over by Blake’s energy - he was so excited he said her music made him want to dance. Blake thought it was over, saying “I’m so screwed” Not so fast, my man, she chose you! One more for Team Blake.
“You guys should get a room...you can use my place.” - Cee Lo to Adam and Christina
Our next singer Charlotte Sometimes almost didn’t make it to the show after she suffered from a jaw disease that required surgery. While her jaw was wired shut for months, this tenacious girl hummed songs to keep her dreams alive. After she opened up with a Fiona Apple depth in her voice during a sassy rendition of “Apologize,” all four coaches swooped in and picked her. Someone had to do it and Christina broke the ice by playing with her name and saying she wants her “all the time.” (Not just sometimes - like her last name, get it?) That must have turned her off because she went with Blake. The man was on fire! Where were Cee and Adam on this one?
“I think I kick ass!” - Tony Vincent
Tony Vincent was up next and after starring in Broadway musicals like Rent and American Idiot, no one would feel sorry for him if this guy wasn’t picked. Vincent, after working with Queen, decided to sing what he knows and busted out a real crowd pleaser in “We Are The Champions.” How can you not like that song? But here's the funny part: after a fantastic performance, Cee Lo was the only one to hit his button. “Are you guys’ ears burned up?” Cee asked the coaches. Seriously, what were they thinking? I even said “Damn!” the second Tony opened his mouth. Did anyone else get chills when Cee approached Tony and whispered, “Let’s win this thing.” Maybe they will.
Another artist picked by just one coach Anthony Evans was so close to not making the cut when Cee Lo chickened out, but Christina jumped in and stole him literally at the last second. Evans is no stranger to the big stage with his father in charge of a congregation on more than 8,000 people. Amen.
“We should hook up man because I eat sandwiches.” - Cee Lo
The quote we’ve been teased with all season that had everyone falling over laughing on the panel. Well it worked because Jaime Lono chose Cee Lo. Jaime works in a sandwich shop, but looks like he should be in the movie Half Baked. Adam hit his button two seconds in for this extremely talented young man who watched his family go through bankruptcy after he got very sick as a kid and had to get half his left lung removed. His song choice was super strong with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” This is another soulful singer who really has a shot to take it all the way.
Is the next contestant legal? Justin Hopkins was yet another singer chosen by just one coach - guess who? Our favorite teddy bear, Cee Lo, chose Hopkins after he sang “Babylon” but the real story is that Justin was in the house band for Last Call with Carson Daly! We think it’s a little fishy too.
Nicolle Galyon kept on about wanting to be a country star that doesn’t play the guitar and I just kept thinking, “You’re hot, stop complaining!” We all knew Adam was going to love this blonde with ultra long legs. He does, after all, date Victoria's Secret models. He was the only one to buzz in for Nicolle and his ear-to-ear grin could be seen across the room. He went as far as to call the rest of the coaches “dumb” for not jumping in. The LOVE across the panel continued here with a little flirtation from Blake to Adam. “You make me giddy, you make me fall apart. I lose my voice when you’re around," said Blake. (We can’t make this stuff up.) Is Blake trying to tell us something here?
“Attention: we are looking at a star.” - Blake
Again with the one word names; Mathai bucked her family trend and strayed away from the medical field to pursue her dreams of singing. She belted out a kinky version of “Rumour Has It” by the incomparable Adele and goaded all the men on the panel to hit their buttons...if you know what I mean. The guys all agreed that she sounded like no one else but in the end, she chose Adam, who finished the show strong after a shaky start.
So, with the auditions coming to a close next week, we will soon get to see the real claws come out when our four favorite coaches get to work with their respective teams during the actual competition. Dreams will begin to be crushed as singers are sent home but the cream will rise to the top and we should be in for some really inspired performances. It will be interesting to see what Cee, Adam, Blake and Christina do to mold our blossoming unknowns. Not to be too dramatic, but a star should be born before our very eyes. (Okay, so maybe a little dramatic.)
This weekend marks the 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards, celebrating the acting achievements in film and television throughout 2011. The SAG has accumulated a few notable stars to present at the ceremony. Viola Davis (The Help), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), all nominated for their respective aforementioned pieces this year, will present awards at the SAG ceremony. The 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards, held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, will broadcast live on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on TBS and TNT. -People
It's exciting enough that Cougar Town is coming back to television (prepare your aluminum cans for some joyful penny-ing). But a guest star like this just ups the dosage: David Arquette, star Courteney Cox's ex-husband, frequent collaborator, and lasting close friend, will make an appearance on the third season finale, which will (SPOILERS) center around Jules' (Cox) marriage to Grayson (Josh Hopkins). Arquette will play an exceptionally eager hotel concierge bent on making his customers' wedding day perfect. This is hopefully (and probably) a sign that Cougar Town's habit of doling out guest roles to friends of the cast and crew is far from over. Cougar Town's third season premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Person of Interest is employing a former high school football star as an investment banker. Matt Lauria, formerly of Friday Night Lights, is playing a role on one episode of CBS' more-than-just-a-crime-drama as the Number of the Week. As always, the question is: will he be the culprit, or the victim? As we begin to learn more about the series' central machine, and we begin to watch the relationship between stars Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) change, we realize that guest stars like Lauria might begin to play more engrossing and significant roles. Person of Interest airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -TVLine
Around Thanskgiving, we heard news of a Showtime series Ray Donovan that would act as a vehicle for Liev Schreiber's launch into television acting. As we heard, Schreiber will play an underground problem-solver for Los Angeles socialites with compromising secrets. Now, Schreiber has gotten himself a pair of costars: Eddie Marsan (the Sherlock Holmes films), and Dash Mihok (I Am Legend and The Day After Tomorrow), perhaps playing fellow problem-solvers, or, more likely, the problems. -Vulture
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.