Nothing can kill Michelle Rodriguez. Not drag racers, not zombies, not desperate fathers. Nothing.
The frequently ill-fated actress is on board to return to the Fast and Furious series for the upcoming Fast 6, despite the fact that her character was killed off in the fourth film... a practice that is becoming quite the habit with Rodriguez. She'll be rising from the dead in the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution. And, of course, there's LOST.
Fans who stuck around for the post-credits scene at the end of Fast 5 would have been stirred by the suggestion that Rodriguez would be coming back for the following movie; Eva Mendes' character approached Federal Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) with a photograph of Letty (Rodriguez), informing him that she was part of a hijacking operation in Berlin the previous night, and asking ominously, "Do you believe in ghosts?"
Another intriguing rumor surrounding Fast 6 involves the potential casting of Rihanna. Although it is hardly official, the music artist has been said to be in talks for a villainous role in the film. Haywire star and MDMA fighter Gina Carano, who was added to the Fast 6 cast in April, has expressed interest in facing off with Rihanna onscreen. Carano told E!, "I would love to see me and Rihanna go at it. That would be hot."
Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven) is also in talks to join Fast 6 as a villain. Evans has been offered a role that many believed would go to Jason Statham — apparently, the young actor's involvement in franchises like Clash of the Titans and Peter Jackson's next Tolkien adaptation, The Hobbit movies, has earned him the big screen bravado to potentially play bad guy in Justin Lin's next Fast and Furious flick.
Who would you rather see face off with Carano and The Rock: Rihanna or Evans?
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[Variety, E!, Twitch]
Joe Manganiello may be used to battling vicious vampires, ferocious werewolves, and conniving witches in True Blood, but nothing could have prepared him for the throng of challenges that awaited him in his upcoming stripper flick, Magic Mike. What sort of challenges you may ask? Well, the hunky recently shared with People magazine his rather uncomfortable experience with thongs (and I don't mean the footwear).
"It was uncomfortable at first," the 35-year-old star said. "It sort of felt like a wedgie, but once you get into the routine of wearing one, you know what to do and you just do your thing. We all had to suffer a bit for our craft."
And thanks to his experience, Manganiello can now fully appreciate the discomfort women go through while wearing them. "I have so much respect for all women who choose to wear them," he said. "It's not easy wearing one."
Butt But that didn't make him feel any less comfortable stripping down to his G-string in front of his equally hunky co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. "We all took our turn in the barrel," he remarked. "Being with the guys, nobody takes them self too seriously. Everybody was on set cheering, laughing and rolling on the ground."
However, he'd rather his parents not get a look at his beefcake fireman dance antics on the big screen. "I told my parents not to go see this," Manganiello said of the film, which is due out June 29. "Nothing can prepare them for what about they are going to see."
Even his publicist was at a loss for words. "My publicist saw it and couldn't form a sentence afterwards," the True Blood star admitted. "Anybody who knows me is going to definitely see me in a different light. My character's name is Big Dick Richie for a reason."
If every woman in America didn't want to see this movie before, they most certainly do now. Hell, I'm bringing a bunch of one dollar bills just in case it's in 3D!
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May 7, 2012 Update: According to her Facebook, Chastain has passed on the project.
In light of all the Avengers excitement, it seems like everyone in Hollywood is willing to forget about the mediocrity that was Iron Man 2, as the third feature in the Tony Stark series is attracting a good amount of new talent. The latest to join Iron Man 3 might be Jessica Chastain, who, after The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and the developing double-feature The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has totally earned a superhero flick.
Chastain is in good company as far as potential Iron Man 3 additions go: it has been reported that Ben Kinglsey was considering an undisclosed villainous role in the film, and that Guy Pearce was in talks for a role as scientist Aldrich Killian. Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle will all be reprising their roles in the third movie, with Paltrow slated to enjoy more screen time and a heftier part as her character Pepper Potts.
A lot of speculation has surrounded Kingsley's attachment, with fans taking guesses at which character he might play. What are some possibilities for Chastain's supporting role?
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Oh Zac Efron, what are we going to do with you? We've already established that simply ogling at this former High School Musical star makes us feel dirty, but now we have to worry about him putting indecent thoughts on purpose as well. While appearing on the Australian TV show Hot30 Countdown, the 24-year-old actor slyly demonstrated his impressive bra-removal skills with a piece of pink and black lingerie.
The topic was broached after the hosts of the show praised Efron for unhooking his The Lucky One costar Taylor Schilling's bra in a single flick. "You just pinch and slide," he said, effortlessly unhooking the bra held up against his hand. "Well, how else are you gonna do it?" He even coached host Matty Acton through the lingerie-removal process, high-fiving him when, after a slight struggle, he successfully achieved victory.
Seriously though, this just doesn't feel right. This was a guy who used to sing about how he loved singing, Certainly he shouldn't possess knowledge of such things — yet it's becoming a disturbing pattern. Back in February, the actor was spotted dropping a condom from his pocket on the red carpet at The Lorax premiere. And while he did look properly embarrassed about the whole situation, it's still puzzling as to why he was carrying it around in the first place.
Of course, there are worse things that could happen to a girl other than having Zac Efron TMI moments shoved swirling around in their head. However, it does make you wonder — what should we expect next from him?
Check out the video below and see Efron's hands do the talking:
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Mark Wahlberg will be starring in The Partner, an adaptation of John Grisham's 1997 — and it's about time he got in on the game. In fact, it's almost shocking that Wahlberg hasn't starred in a Grisham flick already. It's a rite of passage for Hollywood's handsome, action-prone leading men of mainstream cinema culture to sooner or later take the starring role in a Grisham adaptation. Consider the author's past heroes: Tom Cruise in The Firm, Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief, Matt Damon in The Rainmaker, Tim Allen in Christmas with the Cranks. Welcome to the gang, Wahlberg.
Tardiness aside, Wahlberg does seem an appropriate fit for The Partner hero Patrick Lanigan, a lawyer (it's about lawyers this time!) who gets involved in his firm's scheme to defraud the American government out of millions of dollars. Wahlberg has played both sides of the law before, taking cop in The Departed, Max Payne and The Other Guys, criminal in The Big Hit, The Italian Job, Date Night, and the classic "something in between" in Shooter, The Corruptor and Four Brothers.
The film will be directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), who is also currently attached to the Tom Hanks project Saving Mr. Banks.
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Katy Perry is no stranger to the silver screen, even though you've never seen her face. The pop singer, who made her movie debut voicing Smurfette in the animated flick, The Smurfs, was close to landing a role in another movie: the Oscar nominated film adaptation, The Help. In the May issue of Teen Vogue, the cover girl reveals why she had to turn down the role. "I couldn't because the shooting schedule conflicted with the release of my record. And I was upset about that; I knew it was going to be an important film."
The film, which received four Academy Award nominations, was never in jeopardy of losing its star. The 27-year-old singer calls the role she was going to play, "a small part. I wasn't going to be Emma Stone or anything." Couldn't you just see her as the manipulating Hilly Holbrook (played by Bryce Dallas Howard)?
What character do you think she would have played best?
The all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained, just lost one of its stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor, who was set for a smallish role in Tarantino's highly anticipated slave-era revenge flick, was reportedly forced to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with Don Jon's Addiction, an upcoming film on which he is set to make his directorial debut and star alongside Scarlett Johansson.
As much as we love Gordon-Levitt, and we mean this with all due respect, you may not even notice his absence from Django when it hits theaters this Christmas. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson and Sacha Baron Cohen are just a few members of the ridiculous cast QT has assembled, as he always does.
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[EW, MTV News]
Adam Sandler's so-bad-it's-unfathomably-bad-that-it's-actually-kind-of-genius 2011 movie Jack and Jill added another bragging right to its already rich film heritage. In addition to being the first (and fingers crossed, last) movie to feature Oscar-winner Al Pacino rapping about Dunkin' Donuts, the universally panned flick became the first movie in Razzie history to sweep the, eh, 'prestigious' awards.
The 32nd Razzie Awards, which cleverly moved from their usual pre-Oscar ceremony date to April Fool's Day, was dominated by the stunningly inept comedy about an ad exec named Jack (Sandler) who is visited over the holidays by his annoying twin sister Jill (Sandler, in drag.)
As chosen by the 657 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, Jack and Jill emerged victorious in all ten categories, including Worst Picture, Worst Screen Ensemble (which was chosen by voters on Rotten Tomatoes and narrowly edged out The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I), Worst Director (Dennis Dugan, who also earned that for his work on Sandler's other 2011 misfire Just Go With It) and Worst Actor and Worst Actress (both of which were won by Sandler, another Razzies first.) While Sandler opted to not pull a Sandra Bullock or Halle Berry and show up to collect his Razzie(s), the star will likely get another shot next year with his upcoming feature That's My Boy. The guy is an awards show (dedicated to horrendously bad movies) darling if there ever was one.
Check out the full list of "winners" -- including some of Jack and Jill's supporting cast members like Pacino, Katie Holmes, and David Spade-- from the 2012 Razzies here:
Worst Picture: Jack and Jill
Worst Actor: Adam Sandler, Jack and Jill and Just Go With It
Worst Actress: Adam Sander (as “Jill”), Jack and Jill
Worst Supporting Actor: Al Pacino (as “Al Pacino”), Jack and Jill
Worst Supporting Actress: David Spade (as “Monica”), Jack and Jill
Worst Screen Ensemble: The entire cast of Jack and Jill
Worst Director: Dennis Dugan, Jack and Jill and Just Go With It
Worst Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel: Jack and Jill (remake/rip-off of Ed Wood’s cross-dressing camp classic Glen or Glenda)
Worst Screen Couple: Adam Sandler and either Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, or Adam Sander, Jack and Jill
Worst Screenplay: Jack and Jill, screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, story by Ben Zook
Jack and Jill, in case you inexplicably missed it in theaters, is currently out on DVD.
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The independent comedy film A.C.O.D. is accumulating a terrific band of performers to deliver its sincere but comically fruitful story about a grown man struggling to deal with his parents' divorce. It was announced today that Mary Elizabeth Winstead will join the existing cast of Jane Lynch, Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara.
Winstead previously played the femme fatale in the sensational Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and starred in last year's horror flick The Thing. In this new movie, Parks and Recreation's Scott plays the lead: Carter, the son of two divorcees, who is charged with the implausible task of keeping his parents civil for the duration of his brother's wedding. Scott's Step Brothers costar Jenkins will play his character's father. Winstead joins the cast as Carter's girlfriend, who manages to keep him sane throughout the traumas of dealing with his family.
The script comes from the film's director Stu Zicherman and The Colbert Report creator/Modern Family writer/producer Ben Karlin.
Fresh out of rehab, Gerard Butler is wasting no time getting back to work. Variety reports that the Scottish 300 star has signed on to play the lead in Brilliant, a heist flick helmed by Robert Luketic, Butler's director on the critically reviled rom-com The Ugly Truth. Butler replaces Eric Bana, who had been tabbed for the starring role, a petty criminal who joins with a female thief to mount an ambitious diamond heist. We can only hope said "female thief" won't be played by Katherine Heigl.
Reports emerged last Friday that Butler had completed a three-week stay in the Betty Ford Center for an addiction to pills stemming from an injury suffered while filming the surf movie Of Men and Mavericks. Unfortunately for Butler, the addiction occurred far too recently to exonerate him for The Ugly Truth.
He can next be seen this April in the comic short-film compilation Movie 43. He's slated to begin work on Brilliant in Boston this May.
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