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  • Taylor Swift May Be Joining 'The Giver,' But That's Not What's Wrong With The Film
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 27, 2013
    George Pimentel/WireImage You can officially check off the "pop star" and "childhood classic" squares of your YA Novel Film Adaptation bingo card: Taylor Swift is reportedly set to join the cast of The Giver, which is based on Lowis Lowry's highly acclaimed book. She was reportedly offered a supporting role by producer Harvey Weinstein after she and the film's star, Brandon Thwaites, hit it off at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Giver's story follows Jonas, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a dystopian society where life is strictly regulated and emotions are suppressed. Things change, though, when he is given the job of Receiver of Memories and his training with the Giver starts to open his eyes to the dark realities of his community and of life itself.  The decision to cast Swift is a surprise primarily because her acting experience and talents lie in more comedic roles, like 2010's Valentine's Day or her Season 2 guest spot on New Girl. The Giver would be a much darker and more serious project than she has previously undertaken, and it's frankly hard to imagine what kind of role she will play in the film, or if she will be able to pull off the kind of performance the heavy material requires. However, Swift has dabbled in drama before, when she appeared in a 2009 episode of CSI, so there's a chance that she could surprise everyone and turn out a solid performance.  The real issue with The Giver, however, is not Swift's casting, but rather the fact that it is being made into a film at all. The story is a highly emotional one, and most of the things Jonas learns from the Giver are communicated through memories. Finding a way to effectively communicate them and what they represent for Jonas and the Giver will not be an easy task. Even more difficult, then, will be finding a way to visualize the emotions that Jonas discovers during his training, as the significant changes in his perspective come from actually feeling things for the first time. It's hard for us to picture any way in which the heavily internal nature of the novel will be able to translate itself onto the screen without losing impact — whichever director decides to take on this project will definitley have their work cut out for them.  On top of all of that, Jonas is supposed to be 12, and Thwaites is most certainly not. Although characters are often aged up in film adaptations, the character's age is important to the plot and message of the novel, and so Thwaites being in his early 20s causes a problem there. There is one thing, though, that we take no issue with: casting Jeff Bridges in the title role. The Dude can do no wrong.  More: 'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 2Young Adult Novels Are Taking Over TheatersJeff Bridges Stares Down A Dragon in 'Seventh Son' Trailer Follow @hollywood_com //   From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Happy Birthday, Google! The Search Engine Celebrates With An Addictive New Doodle
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 27, 2013
    Life was different before Google. There was no quick, easy way to answer important questions, get roundabout directions to the places we needed to go, or look something up in order to win an argument. And then, 15 years ago, the search engine came into existence and became a cultural phenomenon as well as an integral part of everyone's lives. Today, Google is celebrating that milestone with a brand new interactive doodle. On the homepage, the letters of "Google" gather around a multi-tiered birthday cake and then cheer users on as they use the space bar to whack a pinata and release a flood of candy onto the ground. The doodle allows for 10 tries per turn and even keeps track of your high score, so that you can spend hours of your workday trying to best it rather than whatever it is you're actually supposed to be doing. Google: promoting procrastination, one doodle at a time.  If you're looking for even more ways to waste time, why not check out some of the site's other amazing doodles in out Google Doodle Gallery. And be sure to wish Google a happy 15th birthday — they'll be driving before you know it! GALLERY: The 17 Best Google Doodles More: Google Takes Us On An Interactive Gondola Ride With Claude DebussyGoogle Doodle Celebrates Either Schrodinger's Birthday Or A Dead CatGoogle Doodle Celebrates Legendary Scientist Rosalind Franklin Follow @hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Winter Is Coming in the New Trailer For Disney's 'Frozen'
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 26, 2013
    Winter is coming. No, not for the citizens of Westeros, but for us. And the arrival of winter brings with it the holiday movie season, where theaters are filled with dozens of heavy, emotional films all clamoring for the Academy to notice. Luckily, the kind folks at Disney have decided to lighten things up with their new movie Frozen, which will hit theaters just before Thanksgiving.  Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the film centers around Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who must team up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and a wisecracking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) in order to find her banished sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), and save the kingdom of Arendelle from a never-ending winter. It turns out that Elsa has the ability to control snow and ice, and accidentally cursed the kingdom after she banished herself into an ice palace. And there's a giant snow monster in there for reasons the trailer does not reveal. Disney The trailer promises the standard Disney fare — pretty scenery, magic, an entertaining yet slightly annoying sidekick, and a fiesty hero on a quest to save the day. Nothing revolutionary, sure, but harmless fun nonetheless. Visually, it seems very similar to 2010's Tangled, which hopefully means that the film will have a bit more depth and heart than what's shown. However, our biggest issue is that the trailer doesn't feature any songs from the film's score, which is surprising considering how many of the actors come from musical theater backgrounds. In fact, four of the main cast members - Menzel, Groff, Gad, and Santino Fontana, who voices Prince Hans — have all won or been nominated for a Tony Award, so it would have been a great opportunity for Frozen to show off some original music instead of giving so much screen time to Olaf the snowman.  Check out the trailer above and catch Frozen when it arrives in theaters on November 27.  More: What Does Disney's 'TomorrowLand' Have To Do With Nikola Tesla?Kristen Bell Joins 'Parks and Rec' As Leslie Knope's Newest EnemyWatch Disney's First 'Frozen Trailer  Follow @hollywood_com From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • What Does Disney's 'Tomorrowland' Have to Do with Nikola Tesla?
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 26, 2013
    Hulton Archive/Getty Images) There is probably no upcoming film more shrouded in mystery right now than Disney's Tomorrowland. The studio and the creative team have kept information about the project so tightly under wraps that it's possible to count on one hand the bits of information that have been released: it's directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof, the cast includes George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson, it's a sci-fi film, and it's about a scientific teen and a former boy-genius inventor who go on a quest to unearth the secrets of a place known as "Tomorrowland." Oh, and thanks to Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal, we now know that the production team is very interested in Nikola Tesla.  Tesla is the Serbian-born 19th century inventor best known for his work on alternating currents. Although much of his work was wiped from the history books after his death, he has recently grown in popularity and his contributions to science have become recognized once again. Writer/cartoonist Inman is a fan of Tesla's, and even ran a fundraising campaign to save the land where Tesla's laboratory was once located, hoping to build a science museum there. It has been reported that Inman was invited to meet with Bird to consult with them about the Tomorrowland film. However, they actually ended up talking about something different: "As I said before, we didn't talk about the movie. Instead, they asked me a bunch of questions about Nikola Tesla. They asked what Tesla was doing in Colorado, and if he'd ever conducted experiments at Mineral King. They asked if Tesla belonged to an organization called 'Plus Ultra,' and if it was possible for him to have met Walt Disney. They also asked a variety of questions about the recently saved Wardenclyffe, particularly about the buried tunnels underneath the property that may potentially contain some of Tesla's old equipment." So, what does Bird's interest in Tesla mean for the film? Theories have been circulating for a while now that Clooney's character is based on Walt Disney — this could still be the case, as according to Inman, Bird was particularly interested in whether or not Disney and Tesla ever met. However, the new information also raises the possibility of Clooney playing a version of Tesla, which would fit with the film's characters being scientists and inventors, as well as with Tomorrowland's furturistic sci-fi theme. Alternatively, Tesla could still be a character in the film, but a supporting one instead of the lead (as you'll recall, in the 2006 film The Prestige, Tesla has a small but important role, and was played by David Bowie). If one of the supporting characters is based on Tesla, it's possible that it could be Laurie's antagonist David Nix or the "pivotal" role that will be played by Thomas Robinson.  There's also the possiblity that Tesla, or a character inspired by him, could be played by an actor who's casting has not yet been made public. If the character is revealed in or as part of a major twist, Bird and Lindelof would understandably want to keep that quiet. Or they've just managed to keep the casting under wraps much like they've been able to keep pretty much everything else about Tomorrowland a secret. After all, the mystery surrounding the movie is what has been causing most of the buzz surrounding it.  Of course, there's always the possiblity that he has nothing to do with the film at all and Bird is just a really big Tesla fan.  More: George Clooney is As Confused As We Are About 'TomorrowLand'The 'TomorrowLand' Plot Thickens With New Story DetailsGo On A 'TomorrowLand' Tresure Hunt Follow @hollywood_com //   From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Jennifer Lawrence Reunites With 'Hunger Games' Director For 'East of Eden'
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 26, 2013
    2012 Lester Cohen Despite not signing on to direct further installments of the Hunger Games series, writer and director Gary Ross enjoyed working with his leading lady so much that the two are planning to reunite for not one, but two more films. Ross has tapped Jennifer Lawrence to star in an upcoming adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic East of Eden, which is a retelling of the story of Cain and Abel. Lawrence would reportedly play Cathy Ames, the cold, cruel mother of the boys, who she abandons along with their father — you know, just some lighthearted family fun. East of Eden will be split into two films in order to properly capture its epic tale, and although a script has already been written, there's a chance that Ross may rewrite the film himself in addition to directing it.  The pair is also reportedly trying to adapt Hannah Kent's novel Burial Rites, which centers around of a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. It's based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. Lawrence would play Agnes, a role reminscent in tone of her breakout performance in 2010's Winter's Bone.  Neither film is a surprising choice for Lawrence, who has been balancing out the Hunger Games series with Oscar season films like the upcoming American Hustle and last year's Silver Linings Playbook — which earned her an Academy Award — both of which were directed by David O. Russell. However, the role of Cathy Ames may prove to be more difficult for her, as it seems like it may be better suited to an older actress. Her performance in Winter's Bone proves that Lawrence can play bleak incredibly well, so there's a chance that she will manage to do the part justice, although we're predicting the better performance will come from Burial Rites. Either way, she's pretty much a lock for yet another Oscar nomination.  The bigger challenge, though, rests in the hands of Ross, who is tasked with taking Steinbeck, a great but very dense writer, and turning his work into a compelling film. He also must compete with the 1955 version of East of Eden, which was directed by Elia Kazan and starred James Dean. He'll be under less pressure  for Burial Rites, but in both cases, his previous directorial credits prove that Ross' specialty is highly-stylized, beautifully shot films, so he should have no problem capturing the bleak tone of the novels on film. And with four previous nods under his belt, we can guarantee that both movies will be surrounded by Oscar buzz before filming wraps.  More: How Jennifer Lawrence Can Take Her Career to a Whole 'Nother Level Listen to Coldplay's Broody 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Theme23 Roles We'd Like to See Jennifer Lawrence Take  Follow @hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Still Just Being Miley: Cyrus Gets A New 'Rolling Stone' Tattoo
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 25, 2013
    Instagram It seems like lately there's been more Miley Cyrus antics to report every day. This time, Cyrus kept her clothes on for a change, and instead celebrated her first Rolling Stone cover the old fashioned way. How? By getting a tattoo, of course! The singer got the name of the magazine tatooed on the bottom of her feet, and revealed the ink via her Instagram account, with the caption "#rattatattat @RollingStone". However, we can't help but wonder why the singer chose this particular location for her latest tatoo - after all, won't the ink get worn away after one too many nights of dancing? Also, does anyone else think that her decision to replace the "s" in "Stone" with a dollar sign is some sort of shout out to fellow pop star Ke$ha? While you're waiting to find out what Cyrus will do next, why not check out some other insane celebrity tattoos by clicking through to our gallery, below.  GALLERY: Craziest Celebrity Tattoos  More: Reclaim the Internet With An Extension That Blocks All Things MileyMiley and Liam Are Officially OverSchool Removes Sculpture After Students Recreate 'Wrecking Ball' Video  Follow @hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Watch Justin Long Facebook Stalk Evan Rachel Wood in the Trailer for 'A Case of You'
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 25, 2013
      Facebook stalking is a time-honored tradition designed to make us feel better about ourselves and research blind dates before we actually have to spend time getting to know them. Everyone's done it, even if they don't want to admit that they have. It makes sense, then, that Hollywood would eventually pick up on such a popular habit, and use it as the key plot device in a romantic comedy. That's right: there is actually going to be a movie about Facebook stalking.  A Case of You centers around Sam (Justin Long, who is also a co-writer and co-producer), a shy, awkward writer who strikes up a conversation with a pretty barista named Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood) and then proceeds to woo her using the information on her Facebook profile to turn himself into the perfect man. Somewhere between being a terrible rock climber and posing as a guitar player, Sam's scheme works and Birdie falls in love with him. Only, he now has to deal with the moral dilemma of making the girl of his dreams fall in love with a false version of himself. Oh, and Peter Dinklage is there, stealing the trailer with blonde highlights and an impossible-to-pronounce name.  Based on the trailer, A Case of You will either raise some interesting questions about dating in the Internet age, or, more likely, it will be another sappy, quirky rom com about allowing love to bring happiness and meaning into your life. Unfortunately for Wood, who is an extremely talented actress, the character of Birdie appears to be yet another Manic Pixie Dream Girl, as we can tell from her unusal name to the unflattering striped blazer she wears with a bowler hat. Although, the writers do get some credit for not going overboard on the twee-factor and having her learn the banjo or didgeridoo. It's a shame — the concept behind the film is interesting, and we'd love to see a film which didn't bury it underneath so much quirk.  A Case of You will be released in theaters, on iTunes and On Demand on November 6.  More: 'Vanity Fair' Teen Queens Cover is Ten Years Old 'Game of Thrones' Star Peter Dinklage Visits Sesame StreetBrendan Fraser, Sienna Miller Cast in 'A Case of You' Follow @hollywood_com //   From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg Are Better Together (Season 1, Episode 2)
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 25, 2013
    FOX After a solid pilot got Brooklyn Nine-Nine off to a good start, the gang returns to solve some more crimes as comedically as possible in the series' second episode, "The Tagger." While there aren't quite as many laugh-out-loud moments as there were in the pilot, both Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as Jake Peralta and Captain Holt, respectively, proved that these two are ready to become a perfectly dysfunctional team.  In the cold open, which is arguably the funniest part of the episode, Peralta arrives three minutes late, ready to be berated by Holt. Braugher's comedic timing in this scene is perfect, and the frustrated disbelief with which he delivers Peralta's list of infringements is a perfect touch. However, the show definitely needs to provide more evidence for the claim that Peralta is the best detective in the precinct — between his sloppy case files and the mouse in his desk, it's starting to get a bit unbelievable.  The episode centers around two crimes: Holt and Peralta will take on the titular tagger, who is spray painting wieners on squad cars, and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) are on the hunt for missing drugs. The drug-related B-plot gets its proper dose of wackiness courtesy of Gina (Chelsea Peretti), who brings in her "psychic"/shoe saleswoman friend to offer some assistance. Much of the humor comes from Boyle's manic quest to prove the psychic wrong, but not even Lo Truglio, who was a standout in the pilot, can't keep our attention from straying back to Peralta and Holt.  Meanwhile, everyone's new favorite Odd Couple is staking out the vandal in Sargent Jeffords' (Terry Crews) minivan. Peralta shows up late, of course, undercover as "Harvey Norgenbloom, recently divorced father of two with a dark sexual secret,"  in a outfit complete with khaki shorts and "man sandals". Although Samberg and Braugher have excellent chemistry, the constant lectures about Peralta taking his job seriously start to weigh down the episode. However, Holt lays out a clear challenge for Peralta: if every single part of his job is done perfectly, he will once again be unsupervised in the field.  Things really get going once the two manage to apprehend the vandal, who turns out to be the son of the Deputy Police Commissioner, leaving Peralta to decide between putting his career in danger and letting a criminal go. The decision is made for him when the Commissioner arrives to pick up his son and declare that everything is out of his hands, but Peralta's not ready to let it go so easily. After all, he spent all that time on writing up the perfect report — an hour on fonts alone! And so, after talking it over with Holt, the two decide to arrest the kid, which results in the Commissioner declaring that he is prepared to make their lives very difficult, and setting up a conflict that is sure to rear its head later in the season. Personally, we're hoping he gets a catchphrase as awesome as "You've just been Jammed." Episode Highlights:- Holt shows Peralta two pictures, one of his locker and one of a dumpster in the Philippines, and Peralta is unable to tell which is which. (Spoiler: they're both his locker.)- The mouse in Peralta's desk is named "Algernon."- Jeffords' repeated declaration that SUVs are dangerous because "They roll! They roll!"- Peralta loses a man sandal while chasing after the vandal, causing him to hop along after Holt. - After the commissioner's kid claims he is several hundred years old because he's "a Highlander", Perlata replies, "I'm going to put that in, and then they're going to try you as an adult Highlander."- "Gina, could you look up the humidity and also what moon cycle we're in?" "No." "Thanks, Gina." - In the episode's best visual gag, Peralta's report has an "About the Author" section, featuring a picture of Samberg in a black turtleneck.  More: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Might Snap Andre Braugher's Bad Luck StreakAndy Samberg MarriesThe Supporting Casts of 'The To-Do List' and 'Blue Jasmine'   Follow @hollywood_com // From Our Partners From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • The Weirdest, Best News You'll Read Today: Eddie Izzard Will Run for Mayor of London
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 24, 2013
    WENN Just when you thought that politics couldn't possibly get any weirder, Eddie Izzard announced plans to run for Mayor of London in 2020. The actor and comedian made his intentions known during the annual Labor Party conference in London on Tuesday. Izzard has been a longtime supporter of the Labor Party and rumors of him possibly entering politics have been swirling for some time. He has reportedly opted out of competing in the 2016 elections, as there are already a number of experienced members of Parliament already in the running, in favor of the 2020 race.  While Izzard is most certainly not the first celebrity to make the move into politics, his decision to run for mayor has left us with a lot of questions. Questions like: is it possible to run a mayoral campaign on the platform "cake or death"? Will he be leaving showbusiness for good, or will he follow in Arnold Schwarzenegger's footsteps and go back to making movies once his term ends? What will happen to his Hannibal character? Will he ever embark on a stand up tour again? Who actually thought that Mockingbird Lane, NBC's failed Munsters reboot, was a good idea? Finally, will he be any more ridiculous than the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson? It's not an easy task. After all, Johnson has gotten stuck on a zip line, been quoted as say that the women's Olympic beach volleyball team "glistened like wet otters" and has a head of hair more insane than Donald Trump's. (And that's just been the past year!) But Izzard is a comedian, so we're sure he'll be able to come up with something.  More: All the Questions the 'Hannibal' Season Finale Left Unanswered 'The Munsters' Reboot Officially AxedEddie Izzard: From Grandpa Munster to 'Hannibal' Murderer  Follow @hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Is the Album Lana Del Rey Wishes She Made
    By: Julia Emmanuele Sep 24, 2013
    Frank Hoensch/Getty Images Fans of Lorde, the 16-year-old pop star, have been eagerly awaiting her debut album since "Royals" started going viral. Luckily for them, the singer has made Pure Heroine available to stream via VH1 a week ahead of its September 30 release. Like her hit single, the album has enough electronic elements to help it sit comfortably on the charts, but the beats are all simple and pared-down, which helps give the album a more organic feel than the EDM-pop club bangers that have become so popular recently. Sonically, it gives off the impression that it could have been made in Lorde's bedroom, with some beats she put together herself, which perfectly compliments Lorde's anti-glamour pop star persona. The songs are distinctly undanceable, and her voice gives the lyrics the kind of longing that music about being a teenager requires.  To put it bluntly, Pure Heroine is the album that Lana Del Rey wishes she made. This isn't meant to provoke a debate about Del Rey's "authenticity" versus Lorde's — after all, all pop stars have cultivated personas, and where Del Rey is a trailer park Lolita, Lorde is the "realistic" pop star. However, where Born to Die was overproduced in places, layering echoes over strings over electronic beats, Pure Heroine's minimal production allows the songs to shine in a way that Del Rey's couldn't quite manage. Lorde also manages to make each song on her album distinct and unique, with which Del Rey had some trouble. Many of Lorde's songs are tinged with the same kind of longing found on Born to Die — which is probably a result of her being an actual teenager — but keeps it all from feeling one-note. It's almost as if Lorde took all of the things that were good from Del Rey's debut and fine-tuned them to create a better, more interesting result.  Lorde has also perfectly timed the release of her debut. In the upcoming months, there are several attention-grabbing albums coming out, including ones from Miley Cyrus (October 4), Katy Perry (October 22) and Lady Gaga (November 11). Not only does an earlier release guarantee Lorde the press she deserves, but it will give fans a chance to get acquainted with the songs before we're all bombarded with club banger after club banger. Lorde is establishing herself as the foil to the over-the-top pop divas of our time - through both her music and her personality - and people seeking something normal or relatable on the pop charts will flock to Pure Heroine.  The New Zealander has been quoted as saying that she wants to make something "real" that kids can relate to, and so far her desire for authenticity has served her well. There's sure to be at least two more hit singles off of Pure Heroine and hopefully Lorde's success will allow for more artists like her to break through to the mainstream. Either way, it seems like Lorde's quest for an anti-pop star is going to make her a genuine one. You can stream Pure Heroine below, or purchase the album when it's released next week.  Get More: More: Lorde Turns Down Katy Perry, Angers Miley Cyrus FansLorde of the Teen Pop StarsLana Del Rey's 'Off to the Races' With 'Tropico' Short Film Follow @hollywood_com //   From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)