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  • Noomi Rapace Will Somehow Play 7 Different Roles in 'What Happened to Monday?'
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 28, 2013
    20th Century Fox We thought Tatiana Mainslay was testing the limits of acting by stretching herself into numerous different clones with distinct personalities in BBC America’s Orphan Black but this is straight ridiculous. According to Variety, Noomi Rapace is taking up the tall order of playing seven different roles in the upcoming sci-fi drama What Happened to Monday? In the film, Rapace will portray a group of septuplet sisters who must hide their identities in a world plagued by overpopulation, and governed by a strict one-child policy. Director Tommy Wirkola said that the part was initially written for a man but he was won over by Rapace’s fine résumé. "Although the role was originally written for a male, I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life." Rapace is a talented actress with a superb ability to shrink into roles, and fully become the person she's tasked to play. We've seen her play a diverse set of characters in films like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film trilogy, but we wonder if she has enough in her to play seven different characters in one film, characters that will have to seem similar enough to be sisters, but also have enough of their own unique quirks and mannerisms to set them apart? Hopefully Rapace will be able to give What Happened to Monday? a convincing set of septuplets. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Keanu Reeves Slices and Dices in the New '47 Ronin' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 28, 2013
    Keanu Reeves might know kung-fu, but does he know his way around a katana? The film star fights his way through a fantastical version of 18th century Japan in 47 Ronin. In the film, a robe-garbed Keanu plays Kai, a half-Japanese warrior that is freed from slavery and must accompany an outnumbered group of 47 samurai in their plot for revenge. The trailer features sword slashing a-plenty but this isn’t your standard martial-arts action movie. There is a large thread of mysticism running though the film's samurai tale, with endless monsters and beasts, along with regular samurai-foot soldiers, looking to end Keanu's quest for vengeance. Universal It's been a complicated road for the 47 Ronin both on screen and off, with the drama spilling out from the Japanese pseudo-history and into the production side of the project. The film has been plagued with reshoots, and the budget has been said to exceed 200 million, an unfathomable number for a martial arts film. The film will also be released on Christmas day, a time of year filled with competition just waiting to slice chunks out of Ronin's film gross. There is also the worthwhile discussion on the ethics of creating a half-white character for a story steeped in Japanese history and myth, just so Keanu can play the lead while a largely Asian cast is sidelined to mostly supporting roles. Questions of race in cinema and film budgeting aside, 47 Ronin looks like a fun bit of counter-programming for the holiday season. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • The Newly Released 'Star Wars' Blooper Reel Is Hilarious
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 28, 2013
    At this year's Comic-Con, Star Wars fans were treated to a never-before-seen blooper reel from the original Star Wars, and the clip has just surfaced on the Internet for the rest of the world to enjoy. The two-minute clip is a fantastic glimpse at some of the fumbles that occurred while creating the biggest film franchise ever. In the footage, we see what appears to be C-3PO trying to scale a sand dune, only to fall to his side (too much sand in those mechanical joints). Also, Stormtroopers cement their reign as the most bungling henchmen in the known universe in a comical sequence featuring the armor-clad soldiers attempting to make their way through a hole in the wall, and tripping and slipping on everything in a ballet of incoordination. It's almost as if the clip was expressly made to be turned into a GIF in the year 2013. I'm not sure why the Rebel Alliance was all that worried when a waist-high wall was all you needed to stop the Empire in its tracks. Neil Bowyer/YouTube There's also a scene with Harrison Ford munching on his mic in frustration after fudging one of his lines, and one of Mark Hamill pondering where he should put the emphasis in the word "supernova." It's charming to see the clumsy beginnings of the Star Wars saga, a series that is now approaching its 40th anniversary and seventh feature film. This clip goes to show that even the most storied of film franchises can be a little messy at times. (via)  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Michael Caine Finds His Heart in New 'Last Love' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 25, 2013
    Katrina Wan PR/YouTube You might wan't to sneak in a couple tissues with your snacks at the theater because  the new trailer for Last Love  looks seriously sad and seriously heartwarming. In the film, Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) is a lonely widower that lists through life without making connections. He sees all other people as white noise, static that can't possibly measure up to the love he's lost. His life is largely empty until he meets an equally lonely young woman named Pauline (Clémence Poésy). The two start a friendship that heals deep wounds in both of them, and also starts to repair the relationship between Morgan and his son Miles (Justin Kirk). The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. The trailer for Last Love is filled with yearning, showcasing people that are straining to bridge connections and learning how to let people in after they've forgotten what it feels like to give love and take love in. In this short glimpse, Caine and Poésy display a wonderful amount of chemistry as they jaunt around in the backdrop of the France. If you're going to create a film about finding love again, you can do several times worse than Paris. It is the city of love after all. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Bah, Humbug: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Moves from Christmas to January
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 25, 2013
    Paramount Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been put into hiding and awaiting further instruction. The spy thriller starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley and directed by Kenneth Branagh has been extracted from its original Christmas release date and will now be released on January 17. But Jack Ryan isn't the only movie trying to avoid the holidays like the plague. December has become cinema's holy month, with a glut of huge film releases packed into the short 30 days. Movies are strewn accross December like Christmas garlands. the month is completely covered in releases with 47 Ronin, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Grudge Match, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Anchorman 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Wolf on Wall Street all coming out during the final month of the year. And while this may seem like a big bag of presents for film lovers, it's hell on studios that have to weather the holiday deluge. Film studios are playing a big game of release date Tetris, with many films shifting their dates all across the calander month to try to fit everything in neatly and avoid each other. Some films like Jack Ryan and The Monuments Men have opted out of December entirely, committed to trying their luck in a less cheery and more desolate season of early 2014 where they won't face competition from such a stacked line of high profile and broad appeal films. While the film's new release date is a good move in some respetcts, it also might be a warning sign as well. January is known to be Hollywood's dumping ground for movies that aren't expected to perform well, critically and commercially. Only time will tell if the move bodes well for the film. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Walter White Scares Us into Buying More iPads
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 24, 2013
    Bryan Cranston has lent his voice to a great many monologues in Breaking Bad. Speeches that will ring in the ears of television fans forever. But now he offers his distinct tone to sing the praises of what Apple is leading us to believe is the greatest object to ever be created in human history: the new iPad air.  In a minute-long ad named "Pencil," Cranston devotes his pipes to what is effectively treated as Jesus in tablet form. The device sits on the mantle of artists to scientist alike. Cranston speaks in reverent tones about all the wondrous accomplishments of the iPad. "It can be used to start a poem," Mr. White says, "or finish a symphony." See, it's like the pencil, except you can't play Temple Run on a pencil. Cranston then says, with a voice full of hope and wonder, that "we can't wait to see where you take it next." I'm guessing we're gonna take it for a round of Candy Crush Saga on the subway. Apple has finally found a way to convince the few people without iPads to finally buy one: abject terror. Now I'm getting the irrational feeling that failing to purchase one will land me on the hit list of a certain meth lord. That's effective marketing! Apple/YouTube We hope to see Cranston lend his voice to other things in the future... maybe even next year's new iPad: The greatest object to ever be created in human history, now with better battery life! Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Can Eliza Coupe's New Show Replace 'Happy Endings'?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 24, 2013
    ABC Maybe there are a few happy endings after all.  Eliza Coupe, who played the uptight and competitive Jane Kerkovich on the dearly departed ABC show Happy Endings, will star in a new comedy series on USA called Benched. In the new show, Coupe will play a successful corporate lawyer who has a mental breakdown after being passed up for an expected promotion. Coupe sounds like a perfect choice for the character, who sounds suspiciously similar to Jane, who too exuded control but was really only a hair away from a complete manic break. The half-hour comedy will be written and produced by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, while John Enbom, co-creator of Party Down, will serve as showrunner. While it sometimes feels like cable TV is comprised of about 95 percent courtroom shows these days, the comedic talent behind Benched gives us hope that the show will add something fresh to the sameness of the doldrums that comprises most legal programs. Coupe's previous show lies in the quiet graveyard of sitcoms that ended way too soon. The little comedy was a bright and shiny beacon of laughs that got shuffled in the confusing mish mash of ABC's scheduling. The frantic and quick-witted comedy gave the network a healthy injection of fun and unpredictability, but the show was sadly canceled after its third season, even after fans and other networks launched desperate campaigns to save it from termination. Maybe Benched is USA's attempt to give fans a little solace after Happy Endings met its demise. The network obviously liked what Coupe brought to Happy Endings, and though that she had what it took to carry her own show. It won't be the show we wanted, but maybe it will be the next best thing. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Tom Hardy Will Play Elton John in 'Rocketman,' But Can He Pull it Off?
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 23, 2013
    Warner Bros Tom Hardy has built a career out of playing no-nonsense tough guys in film, but his next project represents a bit of a departure for the actor. Hardy will face the exciting world of piano ballads and Jaunty 70's pop for his newest role as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, Rocketman. However, we wonder if he has the trademark pipes and nimble fingers to successfully portray the piano playing pop-legend. While Hardy has been spending his career as of late slapping on muscle and playing hulking strong men, he will have to seriously lay of the weights to play a true-to-period Rocketman. It’s a good thing Hardy is a versatile actor that can shrink and grow into roles quite effortlessly. All Hardy needs is an unreasonable amount of sunglasses and he should be golden. Focus features will give the film a major U.S release, and Elton John himself will be re-recording many of his most iconic hits for use in the film. Rocketman will begin shooting next fall. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • Bob Barker Fights For Elephant Justice
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 23, 2013
    2013 Toronto Star If anyone was wondering what the fantastic Bob Barker has been up to lately, the answer - weirdly enough - is saving zoo elephants. The former The Price is Right host dipped into the stores of money from his lucrative hosting gig, and paid nearly a million dollars to have a trio of elephants transported from a zoo in Canada to an animal sanctuary in California run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society. Barker was visibly moved by the relocation of the elephants. "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes," said Bob, "I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry." Barker also said that he is dedicated to using his wealth for good, saying, "I had a job that I loved. I was very well paid for it, and now I'm spending my money. I intend to die broke." The elephants, named Iringa, Thika, and Toka, will now enjoy larger pastures to roam around in, and presumably, use the increased space to play animal-sized versions of Plinko. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //
  • 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Is Back On!
    By: Jordan Smith Oct 23, 2013
    Screen Gems Constantin Film learned two valuable lessons after releasing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. One is that young adult readers are fickle, and two is that continually yelling that your movie is a huge deal doesn't make it a huge deal. After the domestic box-office take failed to come remotely close to it’s $60 million budget, production was smartly halted on its sequel, City of Ashes. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that production of the sequel will start back up again next year, against all tenants of general common sense.  Even in the face of City of Bones' disappointing box-office numbers, Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz remains confident. "The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going," Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles." Even if you are able to entertain fans that were already familiar with the book series, that does not translate into a successful film. The studio needs to focus its efforts on attracting fresh eyes to the project, or the second film will likely do just as bad or worse than the first one. Moszkowicz goes on to say, "We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film -- particularly with the positioning and marketing -- and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]." The issue facing The Mortal Instruments  series might be that there is simply an oversaturation of young adult novels on the cinematic horizon. With The Hunger Games  series still postioned as the reigning king of teenage angst, and the upcoming Divergence nipping at its heels, is there any room for the generic-looking The Mortal Instruments series? Only time and ticket receipts will tell. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @CurrentlyJordan //