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Alex Pettyfer seems to have found his niche; playing brooding teenagers with a chip on their shoulders. Their very shirtless shoulders. Now, Pettyfer is continuing his moody streak by stepping into the remake of Endless Love. The original film starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt as star-crossed lovers who become obsessed with each other. When their parents try to keep them apart, it results in dramatic consequences. Though the film was widely criticized and not exactly a commercial hit, it did spawn the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie song "Endless Love," which, ironically, has become a favorite wedding anthem, and the most popular aspect of the original film.
Now, the film is getting the newest Hollywood treatment, though this one looks like it probably should have been left to rot in '80s shame. The story will once again follow David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, played by newcomer Gabriella Wilde, who are a young couple deeply infatuated with each other. Though the trailer pretty much shows the film following the same story (couple falls in love, couple's parents keep them apart, and couple creates tragedy), it also seems to be a weird mashup of other romantic movies. David works at the hotel Jade is staying in (Dirty Dancing), the couple sneaks out and has sex in an abandoned house (The Notebook), then the two drive around on dirt roads and sit in the back of pick-up trucks (The Last Song). Instead of revamping the original story, and making it better (which wouldn't be all that hard to do) it seems like the movie has formed into a pseudo Nicholas Sparks drama with a hint psychotic teenage angst, which is only recognizable by the unsettling music in the background.... Basically, we shouldn't even be calling this film Endless Love, we should be calling it Hollywood Wants to Cash in on Your Romantic '80s Nostalgia.
While the trailer is typical and cheesy, maybe we can hold out hope that this generation can at least get an awesomely tacky song out of the it. Though, even if we don't, the film will have a naked and brooding Pettyfer, which may be one reason to check it out. Endless Love will be released on Feb. 14, 2014... Valentine's Day, of course.
There've been a lot of great British miniseries over the years. We got Alec Guinness as quiet, analytical spy George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Gillian Anderson as a doomed Dickensian grand dame in Bleak House; Colin Firth participating in a wet T-shirt contest in the literary porn that was Pride & Prejudice. But one really stands out from the pack: BBC's 1990 production House of Cards, starring Ian Richardson as a scheming Conservative MP trying to make a power-play in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher's tenure as Prime Minister. It was funny and insightful, utilizing an original form of wall-breaking direct-address storytelling where Richardson spoke directly into the camera...and so uniquely British as to resist an easy Americanized adaptation.
Well, 22 years later, executive producer David Fincher's finally about to bring his long-rumored version of House of Cards to the U.S. This time, Kevin Spacey is an ambitious campaign adviser who teams up with a newspaper reporter to bring down the administration he helped elect, after his promised promotion to Secretary of State doesn't pan out. In short, the perfect opportunity for Spacey to indulge his more menacing side. Think of his character like a cross between David Axelrod and Keyser Soze.
You certainly don't have to take our word for it that this is no Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Netflix, which will be releasing the series all at once on February 13, has posted this new trailer. We give you permission to feel all cynical about the political process, so go ahead and watch it.
Despiting looking almost exactly like a Fincher movie, the Social Network auteur has only directed two of the first season's seven episodes. James Foley and Joel Schumacher have helmed the rest. Looking forward to watching House of Cards come February?
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Every dinner party has one: Rachel Getting Married had Rachel, The Office had Jan. This particular dinner party, however, just happens to include the President of the United States of America and some more of the most powerful people in entertainment and politics. So Lindsay Lohan might want to be on her best behavior when she attends the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.
Invited as a guest of Fox's Greta Van Susteren (who was responsible for letting Kim Kardashian in last year) the 25-year-old will be among the Washington and Hollywood elite, including George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Stevie Wonder, Viola Davis, President Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod and, of course, President Barack Obama himself.
Lohan's rep told Hollywood.com in a statement, "Lindsay is obviously extremely excited to attend this event with Shawn [Holley, her attorney] at the kind invitation of Greta and her husband."
Of course, even more fun than speculating how Lohan will react to emcee Jimmy Kimmel's inevitable jabs (whatever you do, LiLo, don't follow the cue of last year's ultimate party pooper Donald Trump) is wondering where they'll seat the Mean Girls star. Will they put Lohan (whose ex Samantha Ronson attended 2011's dinner) at the kids table alongside the likes of fellow first-time guests Josh Hutcherson and Zooey Deschanel?
Or will they really shake things up and seat her alongside Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Imagine that dinner banter, if you will. Go ahead, I'll give you a few minutes. Though, to be fair, she and Clooney might have more talking points than anyone else there.
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