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Wait, what? Bill Murray is heading to the small screen? According to Deadline, Murray has joined the cast of HBO's Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small New England town (with an Old England title).
The miniseries, adapted by Jane Anderson and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), will follow the tough and moral titular Olive (Frances McDormand) and "a seemingly placid New England town fraught with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy." Murray is set to play Jack Kinnison, a widower and member of the town whom Olive befriends.
Other cast members include the likes of Richard Jenkins (Olive's husband), the recently added Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Cory Michael Smith. And to add even more names to the list, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producing with McDormand and Anderson.
The casting news comes as a pleasant suprise considering that Murray already has a full plate of upcoming projects. (The usually elusive actor is starring in Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and Cameron Crowe's untitled film.) By the looks of it, Murray has dived head first back into his acting career, and we're definitely not complaining. In fact, we're hoping that he'll swim over to a little project called Ghostbusters III. We all know Dan Aykroyd would jump up and down in excitement (as would we).
Tom Cruise seriously wants to make El Presidente happen, so much so that he showed up at Jack Nicholson's house to try and convince him to co-star in the film, says The Hollywood Reporter. The Warner Bros. film, which has been in the works since 2010, is Cruise's chance to reunite the A Few Good Men stars and enter into the world of comedy.
The film, now being directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith) instead of Jay Roach, follows "a straight-arrow Secret Service agent [Cruise] who is assigned to protect America's worst former president, an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who was elevated from VP when the president died." And when a threat is made against the president, the motley duo must flee.
While it was originally rumored that Nicholson would take on the role of the president, it looks like it's going to take more than a gift basket to get the 76-year-old actor to officially sign on to the project. According to a THR source, Cruise and Liman visited Nicholson's home in an effort to convince him to join the comedy. Supposedly, Cruise claimed that "he won't do the movie without him."
So why does Cruise want this movie to be made so badly? We can only make guesses, but we're thinking that the traditionally action-focused star wants to see if a comedy is just the trick he needs to move his career in a different direction. The combination of Cruise's mainly adventure/action/drama roles with his Scientology reputation has led to him having quite an intense image, and the actor might be looking to change things up... perhaps for the benefit of his box office intake of late. While he had a more light-hearted role in Risky Business and a bizarre fat-suit role in 2008's Tropic Thunder, the comedic roles aren't enough to balance out his other acting credentials (or elevate him to the status of a comedic actor). Cruise might be hoping that if he lands El Presidente, and more importantly Nicholson, he'll be able to showcase a whole other side to himself — a side that audiences might take to. And we think that if he were to turn the movie into an actually good comedy, then the plan might just work.
But whether the film ends up happening or not, we hope that one day we'll be able to see Nicholson play an ammusing, alcoholic president, because that just sounds ridiculously entertaining.
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
Will Smith is set to become the latest Hollywood superstar to hit the high seas after signing on to star in director Shawn Levy's new movie City That Sailed. The Men in Black star will play a New York City-based father who finds himself sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with his daughter when the island of Manhattan breaks off from North America.
News of the adventure film comes as Robert Redford and Tom Hanks' all-at-sea films All Is Lost and Captain Phillips make waves at the international box office and a day after the trailer for Russell Crowe's Biblical epic Noah was released online.
Smith will also co-produce City That Sailed.
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What is it about British talk shows that brings out the goofy in A-list stars?
When the best late-night moments have a viral life beyond the night they air, regular old interviews just won't do anymore. Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and Jimmy Kimmel are the most creative hosts on this side of the pond; they spend their airtime getting Betty White to play beer pong and pranking Taylor Swift rather than keeping it all on the couch. But can they compete with Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross who seem to have the secret formula? Here are a few of our favorite times where celebrities cut loose on their shows.
Will Smith Brings Back The Fresh Prince
In a skit designed to be shared and shared again by the internet's army of '90s nostalgists, Smith performed a medley of musical moments from his old sitcom. Alfonso Ribero even joined him for Will and Carlton's famous "Apache" dance.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock Get Musical
Not that these two aren't always delightful, but throw in a Big-style giant piano and their charm hits the next level. Also, we're incredibly impressed that Sandy could pull that off in her Louboutins.
Benedict Cumberbatch Does His Best Chewie
And Harrison Ford's reaction is everything.
Drunk Golf with Justin Timberlake
The one surefire strategy for getting the most out of one's celebrity guest is simply to load him or her up with booze. Jonathan Ross challenges JT to a mini-golf game sponsored by some tequila shots and shenanigans ensue.
Ewan McGregor and Chris O'Dowd Have a Lightsaber Fight
Norton supplied his guests with professional-grade Jedi weapons and the studio turned into a Lucasfilm soundstage for a few minutes.
Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith will be re-teaming once again for a sequel of surprise box office success story The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie, about a group of British pensioners who set out to retire in India, topped the U.K. film charts upon its release in 2012 and took more than $134 million (£89.3 million) worldwide.
Now Dench and Smith, along with co-stars Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, will head back to India in January (13) to start shooting a follow-up.
Downton Abbey star Wilton tells the Radio Times, "We had a wonderful time shooting this film the first time and I am thrilled we will be going back in January to do another one. As far as I know everybody will be returning."
As well as the film's first outing, Dench and Smith have worked together on Tea with Mussolini and Ladies in Lavender.
Tom Hardy has built a career out of playing no-nonsense tough guys in film, but his next project represents a bit of a departure for the actor. Hardy will face the exciting world of piano ballads and Jaunty 70's pop for his newest role as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. However, we wonder if he has the trademark pipes and nimble fingers to successfully portray the piano playing pop-legend.
While Hardy has been spending his career as of late slapping on muscle and playing hulking strong men, he will have to seriously lay of the weights to play a true-to-period Rocketman. It’s a good thing Hardy is a versatile actor that can shrink and grow into roles quite effortlessly. All Hardy needs is an unreasonable amount of sunglasses and he should be golden.
Focus features will give the film a major U.S release, and Elton John himself will be re-recording many of his most iconic hits for use in the film. Rocketman will begin shooting next fall.
Robert Downey, Jr. has been crowned Hollywood's Most Valuable Star for the second consecutive year in a new magazine poll. The Iron Man actor retained his place at number one on the Vulture.com top 100 list, earning him the title of 'The King' by website editors, who took into account factors including film box office takings, studio value, and likeability with fans and critics alike for the countdown.
He beat Leonardo DiCaprio, who was ranked in second place, followed by The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in third.
Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt rounded out the top five, while Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks all feature in the top 10.
We’re not falling for it, Zac. We’re smarter than that. You can’t take Nicholas Sparks novel, drench it in a vat of testosterone, and call it a raunchy comedy for guys. It’s just doesn’t work that way.
That's exactly what Zac Efron and director and writer Tom Gormican are attempting with his new comedy That Awkward Moment. The film stars Efron, Michael B. Jordan, (who is clearly trying to win points for the Oscar race here), and Miles Teller, three dude-bros that swear off love after one of them is dumped. Single life is totes sweet and full of hijinks until all three of them fall into relationships that threaten to break their promise to each other.
Efron and company are trying pull the wool over our eyes with a genre-bending ruse. The trailer absolutely screams raunchy comedy but it also whispers the sweet nothings of romance into our ears. Stealthily running under the surface of all the sex jokes and naked Viagra gags, there's a sentimental love story begging us to believe in love again, ... but we refuse to believe in love, not again.
It seems that Zac and company are trying to make a romantic film that they think will appeal to men, or maybe even a romantic raunch-fest that they think both men and women would enjoy together. With this movie, it seems like the filmmakers are trying to break out of limiting categories that seperate supposed "guy movies" and "girl movies," and mashing them together into something else entirely, a feat that a film like Judd Apatow's Knocked Up managed succesfully. We’re getting equal parts romance and shirtless Zac Efron for the ladies, and an extended “rock out with your cock out” joke so the guys can laugh at the two hallmarks male-targeted humor, simple rhyming and penises. But really, who says guys can't enjoy a little romance too.
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Among his supporters, The Fifth Estate's Benedict Cumberbatch can count most of the Internet. So when the Sherlock star hopped onto Reddit to answer fan questions, the response was massive. Despite taking on some intense, dramatic roles, Cumberbatch doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. And, because he's English, he is unfailingly polite — even online. Read on for the highlights from his "Ask Me Anything" session and head over to Reddit to see the entire exchange.
On his "weirdest" fan encounter:"Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. 'Oh My God! Oh My God! It's f**king Sherlock Holmes!'"
On fame:"When it happens to you, it doesn't matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The important thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I'm being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It's all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an every shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn't necessary have to get that way..."
On his favorite pranks, either as protagonist or target:"Neutron cream. Come on, people!PS. Anytime you're in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom, tell the waiter that it's that person's birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain."
On any effect co-star Martin Freeman may have had on his level of sassiness:"Well of course Martin will be furious unless I say I owe it all to him. And believe me, his wrath is more fearsome than any dragons."
On the difficulty of keeping Sherlock set secrets:"I cry myself to sleep at night. And then wake up laughing."
On his "comfort" movies:"Ghostbusters. Loads of John Hughes classics. Annie Hall. Annnnnd 2001: A Space Odyssey!"
On what makes a good interview:"I often feel in interviews people should ask about the culture and people that I engage with as an audience rather than the same bio or personal life details. Rough with the very, very smooth, these are high class problems. The best interviews evolve like conversation. They're not led by journalists that are seeking to thrill their editor with predictable copy and questions that are basically answers."
On whether he, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have "cheekbone polishing parties":"We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend f**k fantasy. Get to work on that, internet."