Actor Eric Bana will be living out his childhood fantasies in his next film when he plays a tough police detective. The Australian star has already shot the film, in which he portrays real-life Bronx cop Ralph Satchi in Beware the Night - and he got the chance to hang out with the man he's playing.
He tells WENN, "It was an amazing experience this past summer, shooting at night in the Bronx.
"It's my first experience working in the horror genre. I play a real person, Ralph Satchi, a tough as nails detective in the 46th Precinct of the Bronx. Through a series of investigations, he discovers demonic elements to some of these cases. I think it will be extremely scary coming out next summer.
"I got my Bronx on and I loved it. I had the real Ralph there everyday and got to know him well. It was my first time playing a cop so I was living out some childhood fantasies."
Actor Ray Winstone vowed to avoid boozing on the set of new British drama Moonfleet in Ireland after spending weeks in a drunken haze the last time he was shooting on the Emerald Isle. The Departed star plays an 18th Century smuggler in the upcoming two-part Sky TV drama, and he headed to Dublin, County Kildare, and County Wicklow to shoot scenes for the swashbuckling show.
The trip brought back memories of his last time filming in Ireland, when he starred in 2004 movie King Arthur alongside Keira Knightley, and he was determined to avoid the local bars after becoming sucked into the country's legendary drinking culture.
Winstone tells the Irish Mirror, "When I was on King Arthur, we were out all the time. I think everyone was drunk on that job for four and a half months. I actually moved out of Dublin - I was staying at the Four Seasons - and I went: 'I've got to get out of Dublin because I'm just p**sed all the time'.
"I said: 'I've got to go', so they found me a little place... I said: 'I'm going to live there, on an old farm place, I'm going to live there for the duration of filming'. And nothing changed. I was on the p**s (drinking) but the only difference was that I was looking at mountains instead of the town of Dublin... But I'm getting older now, I can't do that so much anymore, can't be out working in the morning if you do that."
Asked if he had been boozing while filming Moonfleet, the 56 year old replies, "Not this time, we haven't had the time... For this film, it was the time (that prevented drinking), but if I'd been younger, I think I would have made the time. That's probably where I made a mistake in the past, I just couldn't wait to get out and probably stay out all night, and go straight to work the next morning. But I just can't do that no more (sic), physically and mentally."
Actor Orlando Bloom felt empowered shooting his first full-frontal nude scene in upcoming crime drama Zulu after previously shying away from baring all on camera. The Pirates of the Caribbean star admits he has always been weary about showing his manhood onscreen, and only agreed to strip off in his role as a womaniser after hitting the gym hard to make sure he looked his best in his moment of glory.
He tells Elle magazine, "I got in the best shape of my life for that movie."
When asked if disrobing was empowering, he replies, "It was. Dude, it is what it is. It's flesh and bone. It's what we all are."
And once he got used to walking around the set naked, he couldn't help but have a little cheeky fun with his co-workers.
He reveals, "It was quite amusing walking around set and seeing the crew avert their eyes at first. I got so comfortable with it I could brush up behind someone and go, 'Oh, excuse me.'"
Actor-turned-TV presenter Mario Lopez is set to enjoy an exotic holiday season by taking a trip with his family to sunny Mexico. The former Saved by the Bell star was unable to spend quality time with his wife Courtney and children, Gia, two, and three-month-old Dominic, on Thanksgiving Day (28Nov13) because he was busy hosting U.S. Talent show The X Factor.
However, Lopez has made big plans to make up for his holiday absence by treating his family to a trip to Mexico for Christmas Day (25Dec13) followed by Las Vegas to celebrate the New Year's Eve (31Dec14).
He tells U.S. DJ Ryan Seacrest, “On Thanksgiving we're shooting an episode of 'The X Factor,' and then for Christmas we are actually all going south of the border in a big family trip to Mexico to get a little vacation (in) and then we're going to be in Vegas for New Year's.''
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from Daft Punk to Game of Thrones.
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The Von Trapp family wanted Anne Hathaway to play Maria in NBC's Sound of Music.The real Von Trapps were not pleased about Carrie Underwood. Find out the scathing things the family had to say about the casting choice at Celebuzz.
Find out what the most overrated albums of 2013 were. And there are some controversial choices on that list, including that much appreciated Daft Punk album. Find out if your favorite made the list and read the predictably enraged comments at Flavorwire.
Chech out Kim Kardashian's post-baby bikini bod. In a stunning Us Weekly cover image, Kim shows that her body is back. Check out the photo at VH1 celebrity.
Find out which beloved, and dearly departed, Game of Thrones star will be joining Batman vs. Superman. Hint: he's super sexy. Find out who it is at Hollywood.com.
British actor Idris Elba looked close to home for inspiration when playing late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela as he based the part on his own father. The Wire star slipped into the former South African leader's shoes for new biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and he has previously admitted playing the civil rights icon was a daunting task.
Now he has revealed he prepared for the role by channelling his father, who lost his battle with lung cancer in September (13) after shooting on the movie had wrapped.
Elba tells the January (14) edition of Reader's Digest, "My dad was the one man I knew that was that age when I was playing Mandela. He had a big silver-grey afro. We all loved him. I can't talk about this film without referencing him... I've never met Mandela in my life. Never met him when I was playing him. So for the older Mandela, I used me (my) old man. That's what my dad is like. The dignity, the poise."
Mandela died, aged 95, on 5 December (13), the day Elba's film received its royal premiere in London.
Actress Lizzy Caplan downed vodka first thing in the morning to overcome her nerves before shooting sex scenes on racy vampire TV series True Blood. The Mean Girls star was cast as Ryan Kwanten's love interest in the first series of the hit show, and had to strip off for a series of raunchy shoots during her first few days on set.
Caplan was so terrified, she knocked back booze while completely naked as the make-up artist worked on her.
Speaking to U.S. TV host Chelsea Handler, she recalls, "I was hammered for that. I didn't really have lines the first time. It was like seven in the morning and I was chugging vodka completely naked while a make-up artist I had just met was on her knees in front of me sponging my a**. It's intimate."
The star admits she drank too much and embarrassed herself in front of the crew, adding, "I was so nervous and I was so drunk that after I shot the scene I was going up to the crew members, and I had just met all these people the day before, and I was going up to all of them like, 'You got a boner (erection)! You do! You've got one!' It was horrible. Horrible!"
Actor Kevin Dillon has broken his wrist just weeks before the big screen version of hit TV series Entourage is set to begin filming. The star was spotted in Los Angeles on Tuesday (10Dec13) sporting a cast on his right arm.
The injury comes just a month before the cast of the show, about a young film star and his childhood pals, start shooting the long-awaited movie adaptation in January (14).
He tells TMZ.com, "I broke my wrist. (But) I didn't do it during filming. Not this time."
Dillon previously broke his wrist on the set of Entourage in 2006.
The series, starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Dillon, wrapped its final season on America's HBO network in 2011.
Not long since Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder has added another actor to the cast. Jason Momoa, best known as Khal Drogo, the barbarian king from Game of Thrones, will be joing Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot in 2015. Momoa hasn't worked much since the HBO drama, but, like Gadot, is a good-looking action movie staple. Speculation as to Momoa's potential character has fans thinking he'll either be cast as a villain, perhaps one time Superman-killer Doomsday, or as another member of the Justice League, perhaps the Martian Manhunter.
Obviously we won't know for sure what exactly Batman Vs. Superman will be like until they begin shooting, but while it's easy to predict the Marvel films (quite a few details about Avengers 2: Age of Ultron feel inevitable) because their universe is so cohesive, it seems the Warner Brothers DC Universe is completely discounting Christopher Nolan's films — even his preference to cast primarily dramatic actors like Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, or Liam Neeson to fill out his casts, more interested in smaller moments rather than the physics of superpowers. Snyder, judging from most of his other work, has different priorities. And if it's difficult for Christian Bale to emote from behind a mask, choosing less experienced actors could be risky. But, then again, Momoa was great as Khal Drogo, and he could end up proving himself. Either way, Snyder is building a very odd Justice League.
A sequel to Tom Cruise's 2012 film Jack Reacher is in the works, according to a U.S. report. The Mission: Impossible star is expected to reprise his role as a former military officer who investigates dangerous crimes in the new movie, which will be based on Lee Child's 18th book in the Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back, according to Deadline.com.
Details surrounding the production start date are currently under wraps, but studio executives are reportedly aiming to start shooting after Cruise completes filming on Mission: Impossible 5.
They are also keen to bring back director Christopher McQuarrie, who is working with Cruise on the new Mission: Impossible movie.