According to Deadline, Bryan Cranston will play the titular role in the Jay Roach-directed biopic Trumbo, an upcoming movie about Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter who famously won two Oscars under pseudonyms. Unfortunately for Cranston, his loyal Walter White fans might have trouble accepting him as anyone else other than the notorious chemistry teacher-turned-druglord in AMC's Breaking Bad. Once a meth lord, always a meth lord, amiright?
Now, there's no denying that Cranston is an impressive actor. He's proven himself time and time again, most recently (and most brilliantly) in Breaking Bad, but criticism will most likely still come from his diehard fans who only see Heisenberg when they look at him. It's not that they don't like Cranston, it's just that they've become more attached to the character he plays than to the actor who plays the character. George Costanza, oh wait, I mean Jason Alexander, knows better than anyone else what it feels like to be branded by your fans and by an iconic television character, and I'm sure Cranston is running away from that fate as fast as he can.
If Cranston wants to make sure he doesn't become another television casuality, and if he wants to take a stand and prove that he's made for both the small screen and the big screen, then he needs to officially bench Mr. White and give his other characters a chance to play in the game. Most importantly, his fans need to let him do that. Yes, the fans will always have something to say (what's new?), but what it will come down to is his ability to play the part of Trumbo (or any other character), because if he performs well, then even Walter White's fans won't be able to deny that he's more than just the unyeilding druglord.
So the question shouldn't be whether or not the fans will accept Cranston as another character, it should be wether or not he has the ability to extract his own identity from the tight grasp of Heisenberg. But if anyone's up for the challenge, it's Cranston.
Production for Trumbo won't start until 2014, but fans can keep on watching Cranston play Walter White until Breaking Bad's season finale on Sept. 29.
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Update: A rep for MTV says in a statement to Hollywood.com, "We can confirm that it was an unplanned moment and Aubrey was asked to leave following."
Before: Kanye West isn't the only infamous stage crasher anymore. Sunday night at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza pulled a similar stunt, crashing fellow funnyperson Will Ferrell's Comedic Genius Award acceptance speech and trying to take his award.
While Plaza did not succeed in stealing the award, she did attract attention to her upcoming film The To Do List, the title of whcih she had strategically written across her chest. After she got off the stage and sat back down in her seat, Ferrell made a joke that the event went down as they had rehearsed.
MTV has yet to confirm if this event was indeed planned, but it seems rather unlikely as Plaza was booted from the awards ceremony shortly after her stunt. MTV reports that the head of Viacom and MTV Executives escorted her "out of the venue."
Ferrell was not too thrilled by the whole situation either. After the incident, backstage, he reportedly told MTV that he smelled "a lot of hot liquor breath" on Plaza during the incident. Yikes!
Monday morning, Plaza took to Twitter to make a joke about the incident. "thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned! #mtvmovieawards #chrisbosh #thesecret," she wrote.
thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned! #mtvmovieawards #chrisbosh #thesecret
— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) April 15, 2013
Watch the video below. Do you find Plaza's stunt funny or just plain tasteless?
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Jamie Foxx is set to be feted with a special honour at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards in California on Sunday (14Apr13) in recognition of his glittering career. The Ray star has landed the MTV Generation Award for his work in film, music and television, and will be presented with the honour during the ceremony at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City.
MTV President Stephen Friedman says in a statement, "As a comedian, Academy award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning artist, Jamie Foxx is a triple threat superstar unlike any we've seen in a long time. Jamie has captivated audiences for nearly two decades with a dizzying array of memorable performances, and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate him at this year's Movie Awards."
Foxx is also in the running to win the Best Male Performance trophy for his role in slave-era Western Django Unchained.
Proving just how great the holiday season can be, Matthew McConaughey and his longtime girlfriend of five years, Camila Alves, are finally engaged. According to US Weekly, the actor popped the question to Alves on Christmas day by having there be a little something extra special under the Christmas tree this year -- an engagement ring! McConaughey himself confirmed the exciting news via his Twitter account, writing, "Just asked Camila to marry me, #MerryChristmas," while additionally posting a picture of the two of them kissing on his WhoSay account. The pair met in 2006 and currently share two children together: Levi and Vida. Congratulations to the happy couple! - Twitter, US
The Hollywood Reporter states (via Uptown Magazine) that Jennifer Hudson was originally offered to play Gabourey Sidibe's lead role in the film Precious, but turned it down because she was unwilling to gain weight for the part since she didn't want to be defined by her size. Hudson talks about it in her new weight-loss themed book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, and explains that she turned down the role because "I had done that with Effie [in Dreamgirls]...and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing to whatsoever to do with my weight." I'm sure Gabourey was extremely thankful. - Uptown, THR
According to TMZ, Maria Shriver is telling her friends that she's unsure if she wants to divorce her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, partly because of her religious beliefs in the sanctity of marriage and partly because Schwarzenegger is trying extra hard to win her back. The site reports that the former governor of California is being "extremely sweet" to Shriver and has made numerous gestures to win her back, including showering her with a variety of "I'm sorry" gifts. How original. - TMZ
The Hollywood veteran passed away last month (Sep11) at the age of 81 and his friends, family and colleagues came together to celebrate his achievements at the Sony Pictures Studios in California.
Beatty was one of the speakers at the event, which took place on a studio soundstage, along with Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany and Mel Brooks.
Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal also spoke at the memorial and introduced a video of tribute from stars including Maria Bello and Natalie Portman, who recalled Calley's career advice to her.
In the clip, the actress said Calley told her, "Don't go after the money. It leads to loneliness. Do it for the love and a great life."
The memorial came just a day after Sony Pictures bosses announced they will be naming a park at the company's Culver City base after the former studio chairman.
The Hangover director Todd Phillips' production company has obtained the rights to an article featured in Rolling Stone magazine -- and he will produce and possibly direct the big-screen adaptation.
Phillips' Green Hat Films has optioned the feature-film rights to "Arms and the Dudes," a hot-button -- and endlessly entertaining -- piece from the magazine's March 31, 2011, issue, which told the stranger-than-fiction story of two young Miami Beach men who made hundreds of millions of dollars in international arms-trading deals ... until they were busted in 2007 on dozens of counts of fraud.
Phillips most recently directed this summer's The Hangover Part II, which has been a massive blockbuster both domestically and internationally, having earned over $500 million worldwide. He currently has no other films lined up -- that is, unless the Hangover threequel rumors prove true.
Hangover director Todd Phillips, along with Pursuit of Happyness writer Steven Conrad, is developing a biopic about John Belushi. Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights from Belushi’s estate, the Risky Business blog reports.
Conrad is writing with Phillips producing. He has not yet committed to directing. Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are also producing.
The project would be the latest attempt at a full-scale biopic about Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at age 33.
Bob Woodward's panned 1985 biography, Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, was adapted for the screen and saw Belushi's friends and family publicly boycott the film.
It's unclear whether adjacent rights to prominent figures in Belushi's life, such as manager Bernie Brillstein and SNL colleagues Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels and Chevy Chase, have also been acquired by the studio, says BIZ.
As for who could star as Belushi, the blog notes that one actor mentioned as a potential strong fit for the role would be Zach Galifianakis, but he's already 40 years old, as is Jack Black, another possible fit.
The next generation who could possibly pull it off include Jonah Hill (26), Seth Rogen (28), Ethan Suplee (34) and Tyler Labine (32).