Source: Heat Vision Blog
THR's Heat Vision Blog reports that Sam Worthington will take on the classic literary hero Allan Quartermain in DreamWorks' developing adventure title Quartermain.
Allan Quatermain was the hero of “King’s Solomon’s Mines,” a Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, and its sequel, “Allan Quatermain.” In the first book, Quatermain leads an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines.
DreamWorks’ version is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quatermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another “King Solomon’s Mines”-style adventure but on a planetwide scale. Mark Verheiden was the writer behind the first script when the project was revealed early last year.
Worthington will also make his debut as a producer alongside Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the high-concept film, which is in the early development stages and has no director attached. What can I say about Worthington that hasn't already been said? He's on his way to becoming the biggest actor of his generation. With this film, an Avatar sequel, the thriller The Fields and Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero all in the pipeline, he's going to have a very busy and very lucrative decade.
The Sleepless In Seattle star owns a luxury mansion on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the south of Cape Cod in New England, and she has worked hard to renovate the property and add her own personal touches.
Ryan admits she had some help from New York-based designer Marsha Russell, but she spent months poring over interiors magazines to help find inspiration for the decor.
She has now shown off her hard work in a new photoshoot with Elle Decor, telling the publication, "I feel like I've been renovating houses my whole life. I've renovated apartments, lofts, a log cabin in Montana. I'm constantly ripping pages out of magazines in search of inspiration."
Russell adds, "It's absolutely beautiful, just operatic. Meg wanted someone to bounce ideas off and to find things for her. But she's the visionary on this project. She has a wonderful aesthetic and a great eye."
The Spider-Man star has joined the cast of director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel.
Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley will also star in the film.
Salles has also followed in Kerouac's footsteps for a documentary, In Search of On the Road, which is in production, according to Variety.
Penelope Cruz will reunite with Italian actor/director Sergio Castellitto in war drama Venuto Al Mondo, Screen Daily reports. Cruz and Castellito first worked together in 2004’s Don't Move.
Based on the bestselling book by Margaret Mazzantini, the project is currently at script stage and eyeing a 2011 shooting start.
Castellito is adapting the book with Mazzantini.
According to Screen, the story is set in Sarajevo before, during, and after the Balkans conflict in the 1990s and uses flashbacks to create a temporal landscape for the Cruz character, a mother who returns home with her adolescent son in search of their common roots.
Castellito is said to be approaching Javier Bardem or Benicio Del Toro to portray a Bosnian poet.
The Oscar winner reveals her mother's mother "just disappeared" and she wanted to use the show's resources and experts to find out more about her - so she could share her findings with her family.
The actress' gran went missing when her mother Lenora was only two - and the family owned just one laminated press cutting photo of the woman, Anita Rigali.
The Dead Man Walking star admits she was nervous when she first embarked on the ancestry investigation because "she (Rigali) was presented as somebody who abandoned her children, so part of me was fearful for my mom... I think it's understandably an emotionally-charged search for her."
Sarandon started her investigation by visiting her mother in Virginia. Lenora revealed her mum was "a showgirl" in New York, who she thought had died. Mother and daughter met briefly at the 1939 World's Fair and then lost contact.
The actress teamed up with New York genealogist Megan Smolenyak to begin her research. The ancestry expert found her grandmother's birth certificate and learned her great-grandfather, Mansueto Rigali, was an Italian statue maker.
The couple arrived in Manhattan, New York from Tuscany, Italy, which prompted Sarandon to pick up the trail of her ancestors in Europe.
She says, "I'm always happy to be in Italy. The first time I came to Italy I felt inexplicably at home - now I know why; my gene pool was crying out."
In Italy, she discovered her great-grandfather was born in Coreglia in July, 1855 and she visited the church where Mansueto and 10 generations of the Rigali family were baptised - dating back to 1640.
In the hillside village, she also learned that her great-grandfather left Italy for the U.S. because life was tough for sculptors and he hoped to find work and fortune in America in 1888. Unfortunately his trip was one dogged by tragedy. Sarandon visited the unmarked grave of Mansueto and eight members of the Rigali family in New York.
Sarandon then returned to her search for her late grandmother, who she discovered was pregnant when she wed at 13, deserted her husband and daughter and wed a Jewish salesman, called Ben Kahn - without getting divorced.
Research then led the actress to the house where her grandmother lived out her years. One neighbour knew Anita and revealed her gran had helped a young Frank Sinatra land his big break when she was a young dancer.
Anita spent the last 35 years of her life living with Dom Fiorentino and took his name. That link led Sarandon to her grandmother's nieces, who showed off family photos and sketches, which featured the family likeness.
She says, "I'm grateful to have solved the mystery of Anita."
The born-again Christian filed for bankruptcy last year (09) after he racked up more than $2.3 million (£1.4 million) worth of debt, stemming from several mortgages, tax bills and credit card accounts.
Now a new website, set up by devoted Christian Lyn Fletcher, aims to ease Baldwin's financial burdens by encouraging public donations which will be paid directly into his bank account.
Restorestephenbaldwin.org was set up with permission from the President of Baldwin's ministries, and his spiritual adviser, Daniel Southern.
A statement posted on the site, reads, "Stephen Baldwin of the famous Baldwin Brothers Hollywood clan... is no stranger to the Hollywood life of glitz, glamour and the public eye. However, because of (his religious) convictions it has caused him the loss of many jobs and most recently, a highly publicised bankruptcy.
"He has been publicly ridiculed and insulted by people who think that he has been abandoned by God. A simple search through the internet will reveal that people not only mock Stephen, but mock God.
"Our vision is to see Stephen Baldwin publicly restored in front of millions. Stephen's platform will increase allowing him to reach even more people with the Gospel and God will get all of the glory. Publicly."
The Mighty Boosh star and another man were stopped by police in Camden, north London earlier this week (begs12Apr10).
Fielding was taken to a local police station where he was given a body search to check for illegal substances, but was released when no drugs were found.
A 20-year-old man, believed to be the suspect seen talking to Fielding, fled the scene, but was later arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, according to Britain's The Sun.
After a long search -- and some odd criteria -- to cast the role of Syrena in the next Pirates of the Caribbean installment, producers have gone with French model/actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey.
Berges-Frisbey is a 23-year-old “beautiful and alluring young mermaid,” according to Pirates’ press notes. Although probably unknown to U.S. audiences, she is a well-known, rising star in her native France and, in addition to modeling, has appeared both on the big screen and on the stage.
She will star in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides alongside lead returning cast member Johnny Depp, while Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom will not be reprising their roles.
Pirates 4 is set to open on May 20, 2011.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed that British actress Haley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited, The Duchess) has won the coveted role of Peggy Carter in Joe Johnston's The First Avenger: Captain America.
In comics lore, Carter not only dated Captain America but was an agent helping the French Resistance. She later became the aunt of Sharon Carter, Captain America’s love in modern times.
Marvel conducted an extensive search for the part, with Emily Blunt and Keira Knightley among the names in the mix at one point. Atwell clinched the role after screen testing in London last week.
Chris Evans toplines the big-budget action film as Steve Rogers/Captain America, with Sebastian Stan as right-hand-man Bucky Barnes. Hugo Weaving is still in negotiations to portray arch-nemesis The Red Skull.
Lensing is set to begin this June for a July 22, 2011 release. Paramount Pictures will distribute the highly anticipated film.
The 45-year-old actress has endured two failed marriages, divorcing her first husband, Marcus Leithold, in 1988 and her second spouse, actor Jon Tenney, in 2003.
Hatcher admits her lovelife has been disappointing in recent years, but she's not going give up her search for a man.
She says, "It's tough to find the right one. I think you have to be set up. You have to know someone who knows someone. Maybe like a blind date, but even that hasn't gone so well for me. I would love to be in a lifetime relationship - it will happen."