01:38 PM EDT 05/25/2013
Originally posted 05/05/2013 09:05PM
It won't be an easy sweater to fill.
"There's only one person in this whole world like you," Fred Rogers liked to say on his long-running children's TV show. But now the difficult task begins of finding someone just like Mr. Rogers – or who can at least capture his essence – for an upcoming biopic.
A film about Rogers, who died in 2003 at age 74, is in the works at Treehouse Pictures based on a script by Alexis Jolly, a staff writer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Deadline.com reports.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 12:55PM
A megalomaniacal terrorist unleashes a rash of bombings across the United States. Innocent people die. A nation reels in horror. No, these aren’t the latest headlines – they're the set-up of the latest Iron Man movie, already igniting controversy.
For some viewers, that plotline about a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) cuts too closely to the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by the Tsarnaev brothers earlier this month. It certainly caused a hush to fall over the crowd at the film's glitzy Los Angeles premiere at the El Capitan Theatre last week.
The film's stars addressed the issue at a press conference last week, with Don Cheadle (who plays Col. James Rhodes) stressing that the film was finished well before the bombings earlier this month, and that there is no political agenda.
"The job of this film is to entertain," he said. "That's what we're hoping to do."
Originally posted 05/03/2013 11:30AM
Two longtime, famous-name pals are back together.
After a two-year professional break to spend more time with his family, Tobey Maguire returns to the big screen by teaming up with his longtime pal Leonardo DiCaprio for director Baz Luhrmann's new 3D adaptation of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby, opening May 10.
"We are like any other buddies. There's a lot of laughing and chatting between us," Maguire told PEOPLE at the film's New York City premiere on Wednesday. "We enjoy doing a lot of things we have in common, like basketball. We like to play and talk about basketball."
Best friends for nearly 25 years, Maguire, 37, and DiCaprio, 38, first met in 1990 during the casting for Parenthood, a one-season TV spin-off series based on director Ron Howard's movie starring Steve Martin (before it was revived for TV – successfully – in 2010). At the time, DiCaprio landed the lead teen role, while Maguire was handed only a couple of lines.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 07:00PM
Closing arguments haven't even wrapped up yet, and already Hollywood has its Jodi Arias – Lost actress Tania Raymonde, who shows off her transformation into the notorious murder defendant.
Raymonde, 25, stars opposite Jesse Lee Soffer (playing lover-victim Travis Alexander) in Lifetime's Dirty Little Secret, which is still being written as real-life events unfold.
In a sensational case featuring graphic testimony about kinky sex and violence, Arias, 32, has been on trial in an Arizona court for allegedly stabbing Alexander 27 times in a shower in 2008. If convicted, she faces the death penalty.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 11:00AM
It's hard to know how battling a giant alien millipede might affect a guy, but it seems to have turned Iron Man 3's Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) into Bruce Wayne.
This post-Avengers Iron Man is a brooding insomniac, tinkering in his Batcave and so mired in existential angst that he's having panic attacks. He's so dour, it's actually a relief when a madman attacks his Malibu manse, blowing it off the map in one of the film's most spectacular scenes.
At least then we don't have to spend the entire threequel in Tony's head.
Originally posted 05/01/2013 07:20PM
On-set romances are commonplace in Hollywood. But the latest big costar infatuation is less The Notebook and more Beauty and the Beast.
Seth Rogen shares the screen with the stunning Rose Byrne in the upcoming comedy Townies. But surprisingly, he has his eye on another actor entirely.
"Zac Efron is incredibly handsome," Rogen, 31, told reporters recently at the second annual Hilarity For Charity House Party in Los Angeles. "He's the sexiest [expletive] on the planet!"
Originally posted 05/01/2013 06:25PM
Was it something she ate? Pretty much!
Winona Ryder is making a grand return to the spotlight, and she's sharing some tricks of the trade she's learned along the way.
For one: Just say no to nibbling scenes. While filming the lesser-known 1990 teen comedy Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, Ryder, then 19, says she learned this the hard way.
"There's a scene in my bedroom where I start eating Almond Roca," Ryder, 41, tells PEOPLE while promoting her new film The Iceman in New York City. "I was so young. It was before I knew the tricks of moviemaking, and I didn't know you shoot a lot of different angles."
Originally posted 04/26/2013 09:35AM
Britain's young Royal Muggles had a magical day out with a visit to the studio where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry toured Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden near London, home to the newly launched Making of "Harry Potter" studio tour.
There, the royals, accompanied by 500 children and adults from charities they support, got a wand lesson, visited the Hogwarts Great Hall and saw props, costumes and models from the Potter series as well as some other movies.
"Where's my brother, why isn't he doing this?" William, brandishing a wooden wand, said during the lesson.
As Kate (who also had a wand, and wore a cream-colored dress with black spots from TopShop) and William giggled, they were given some "spell techniques' by tour guide Scott Heron, then asked to face a group of children called "Dumbledore's Army" – to whom William bellowed, "Expelliarmos!"
Originally posted 04/25/2013 10:30AM
Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt could be putting on their dancing shoes again – and it couldn't be soon enough!
20th Century Fox has secured the rights to remake Guys and Dolls, the 1955 film adaptation that starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, and executives hope to cast Tatum and Gordon-Levitt, both 32, in the lead roles, Deadline reports.
Of course they do! Here's why we can't wait for it to really happen:
Originally posted 04/18/2013 04:20PM
Funnyman Adam Sandler may be on the verge of spending serious money on Salma Hayek.
Following the success of the 2010 Grown Ups, Sandler, 46, reportedly purchased Maseratis for several of his male costars – but not for his his on-screen wife. However, if the upcoming Grown Ups 2 outperforms its predecessor at the box office, Sandler implied that this time around he will ante up.
"If this one does better, he's going to get me something better," Hayek, also 46, told the crowd at CinemaCon on Wednesday during a Sony Pictures presentation.
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