The Avengers star announced she was close to signing a deal to take on the role made famous by the late Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation of the play earlier this summer (12), and now she's confirmed to lead an impressive cast.
The actress, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, will play the wife of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker. Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk have also signed on for the hot-ticket play.
Evita choreographer Rob Ashford will direct the production, which is scheduled to begin previews just before Christmas (18Dec12) at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Downey, Jr. and Law have enjoyed great success with their portrayals of the detective and his sidekick in Ritchie's all-action take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation, with the first two movies taking more than $1 billion at the box office.
Studio bosses are rumoured to be planning a third outing, and Law can't wait to get back in front of the camera alongside Downey, Jr.
He tells Collider.com, "There's certainly talk of it and I know there's a script being played around with, but Downey's a busy boy and I'm a busy boy so we'll see. But we want to (do another one). We're a very happy team and we have a lot of fun and we also think there's still a lot of legs in the duo."
The Cruel Intentions star gave birth to Bleick's baby, son Arthur, last year (11), but Blair has now moved out of their Los Angeles home and begun renting a pad in nearby Venice after the couple decided to call it quits.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "They were fighting non-stop."
The actress began dating Bleick in 2010.
Wright will direct a production of Arthur Wing Pinero's Trelawny of the Wells.
The show is set to debut at the Donmar Warehouse in February (13), and the venue's artistic director, Josie Rourke, says, "Joe is one of the leading lights of British film. It feels very apt that having grown up in a theatre, Joe should be directing Trelawny of the Wells, as it's a play set in that corner of London, and a love letter to actors and life in the theatre."
Atonement director Wright is also backing a new initiative to encourage locals to attend the theatre, by selling selected tickets for just $16 (£10).
He adds, "It's very important theatre is an inclusive experience."
Actor John Lithgow will be spending Christmas in London after signing up to star in a stage production of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's The Magistrate. The National Theatre show will begin previews at the Olivier Theatre on 14 November (12) and run through January (13).
The third-in-line to the throne went under the name of Spike Wells on the social networking site but has now logged off for good following advice from his private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
Officials at Buckingham Palace are allegedly concerned images taken while at business tycoon Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker Island property prior to the Las Vegas trip could surface online after they were published by a friend on Facebook, making them visible to hundreds of people.
Harry's close friends Tom Inskip and Arthur Landon, as well as one of the Prince's minders, have also closed their accounts after posting pictures of themselves with the royal.
Prince Harry became embroiled in the scandal after he was pictured in the nude during a game of 'strip billiards' at the MGM Grand hotel in Sin City.
The Scottish-born star, who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Sued God and The Eye of the Storm, shocked the audience at the city's Belvoir St Theatre when he stumbled across the stage and passed out during the play's second act.
A doctor in the audience got up to help Friels and the 59-year-old actor was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for tests.
A spokesperson for the theatre revealed Friels had been feeling unwell during the interval but "was very stoic and insisted on continuing with the show".
Friels, who has been battling pancreatic cancer, reportedly came down with a bout of flu earlier in the week (beg13Aug12) and is now resting at home after being discharged from hospital. Theatre bosses cancelled Friday night's (17Aug12) performance as well as two shows on Saturday (18Aug12).
Up All Night: Two SNL lady legends will reunite when Rachel Dratch guests on the second season of Up All Night alongside fellow alum and former co-star Maya Rudolph. Dratch will play Linda, a giant fan of Rudolph's Oprah-lite Ava, who is ecstatic when she's given memorabilia from Ava's show. (This isn't the first time Dratch has lent a funny bone to a former SNL co-star's show — she's a frequent guest on 30 Rock with Tina Fey.) [THR]
How I Met Your Mother: Better call Saul — especially if you need someone to guest on your show again! Bob Odenkirk, who plays Breaking Bad's resident douche-lawyer Saul Goodman, will return to CBS's long-running comedy in Season 8, reprising his role as Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) GNB boss Arthur Hobbs. Odenkirk will pop up in the season's second episode. [TVLine]
White Collar: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is set to join Season 4 of USA's Matt Bomer bonanza as Amanda Callaway, the new gal in charge at the New York White Collar Division. She'll keep an eye on Bomer and Tim DeKay for at least two episodes. [TVLine]
Smash: Broadway and Dreamgirls diva Sheryl Lee Ralph has been tapped to play Cynthia, the mother of Jennifer Hudson's character Veronica Moore, who will be introduced in the upcoming second season of NBC's musical dramedy. It's a vote of confidence for the meat of Hudson's role that we're already going to meet her mother, who may wax more Bernadette Peters in her matriarchy (Peters guested as Megan Hilty's character's stage mom extraordinaire last season). [Vulture]
Suburgatory: Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin will play Cheryl Hines' character Dallas's post-divorce life coach. [TVLine]
Arrow: Torchwood star John Barrowman will recur on The CW's new superhero drama as a "mysterious," "well-dressed man." [EW]
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The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival has added even more buzzy, star-studded projects to its lineup.
TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday that Kristen Stewart vehicle On the Road, Spike Lee's documentary about Michael Jackson titled Bad 25, and Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion (which stars Rachel McAdams, who also stars in Terrence Malick's newest film To The Wonder, also playing at the festival) will be screened at the festival.
In addition to three new galas for 2012, as well as Contemporary World Cinema, Future Projections and Wavelengths sections, it was also announced that early Oscar contender Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Lee Daniels' latest project The Paperboy (yes, that one with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron) were now officially part of the special presentations lineup.
Also on the docket is Nick Cassavetes' drug drama Yellow starring Sienna Miller, romantic dramedy Love is All You Need with Pierce Brosnan, and the latest from James Franco (Spring Breakers), Colin Firth (Arthur Newman), and Tommy Lee Jones (The Emporer). Paul Andrew Williams' charmer Song for Marion, starring Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, has been named the festival's closing-night film.
This year's festival lineup includes some of this year's most anticipated films, among the lot includes Ben Affleck's Argo, Silver Linings Playbook with Jennifer Lawrence, and the festival's kick-off, the action thriller Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. The 2012 Toronto Film Festival kicks off on September 6 and runs through September 16. See the full list of films scheduled for TIFF here. Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo Credit: Sundance Selects]
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Do the Bourne movies make any sense? Enough. The first three films — The Bourne Identity Supremacy and Ultimatum — throw in just enough detail into the covert ops babble and high-speed action that by the end Jason Bourne comes out an emotional character with an evident mission. That's where Bourne Legacy drops the ball. A "sidequel" to the original trilogy Legacy follows super soldier Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he runs jumps and shoots his way out of the hands of his government captors. The film is identical to its predecessors; political intrigue chase scenes morally ambiguous CIA agents monitoring their man-on-the-run from a computer-filled HQ — a Bourne movie through and through. But Legacy has to dig deeper to find new ground to cover introducing elements of sci-fi into the equation. The result is surprisingly limp and even more incomprehensible.
Damon's Bourne spent three blockbusters uncovering his past erased by the assassin training program Treadstone. Renner's Alex Cross has a similar do-or-die mission: after Bourne's antics send Washington into a tizzy Cross' own training program Outcome is terminated. Unlike Bourne Cross is enhanced by "chems" (essentially steroid drugs) that keep him alive and kicking ass. When Outcome is ended Cross goes rogue to stay alive and find more pills.
Steeped heavily in the plot lines of the established mythology Bourne Legacy jumps back and forth between Cross and the clean up job of the movie's big bad (Edward Norton) and his elite squad of suits. The movie balances a lot of moving parts but the adventure never feels sprawling or all that exciting. Actress Rachel Weisz vibrant in nearly every role she takes on plays a chemist who is key to Cross' chemical woes. The two are forced into partnership Weisz limited to screaming cowering and sneaking past the occasional airport x-ray machine while her partner aggressively fistfights his way through any hurdle in his path. Renner is equally underserved. Cross is tailored to the actor's strengths — a darker more aggressive character than Damon's Bourne but with one out of every five of the character's lines being "CHEMS!" shouted at the top of his lungs Renner never has the time or the material to develop him.
Writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton Duplicity and the screenwriter of the previous three movies) is a master of dense language but his style choices can't breath life into the 21st century epic speak. In the film's necessary car chase Gilroy mimics the loose camera style of Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass without fully embracing it. The wishy washy approach sucks the life out of large-scale set pieces. The final 30 minutes of Bourne Legacy is a shaky cam naysayer's worst nightmare.
The Bourne Legacy demonstrates potential without ever kicking into high gear. One scene when Gilroy finally slows down and unleashes absolute terror on screen is striking. Unfortunately the moment doesn't involve our hero and its implications never explained. That sums up Legacy; by the film's conclusion it only feels like the first hour has played out. The movie crawls — which would be much more forgivable if the intense banter between its large ensemble carried weight. Instead Legacy packs the thrills of an airport thriller: sporadically entertaining and instantly forgettable.