Channing Tatum Set To Take A Seat In The Director’s Chair

The 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Arrivals‘Magic Mike’ star Channing Tatum is branching out, professionally: he’s going to try his hand at directing. He’s not going it alone, however: Channing is going to co-direct the film adaptation of the YA novel, ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,’ by Matthew Quick. RELATED: Channing Tatum admits ‘Magic Mike’ dance scenes get awkward.

‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ is about a teen who plans to kill his best friend and then himself but goes to school to say good-bye to everyone beforehand. Channing may star in the movie as well. He showed his acting chops in the movie ‘Foxcatcher,’ so this could be interesting.

Channing and his producing partner, Reid Carolin, are working together on the project. The search is on for a writer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this!

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The Shawshank Redemption Cast: Where Are They Now?

Earlier this week, the cast of The Shawshank Redemption reunited in Hollywood for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.

A box office flop when it was first released in 1994, Shawshank has since earned its place on the short list of true modern cinematic classics.

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The most recognizable Shawshank inmate at the time of the film’s release, Robbin’s performance as the wrongly-convicted Andy Dufresne has since become his signature role. In the years that followed he directed the acclaimed film Dead Man Walking, won an Academy Award for his performance in Mystic River, and established his place as one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents.

Life-affirming but never cloying; heart-wrenching without being manipulative, Shawshank is one of those rare films whose appeal transcends generational boundaries and the demographic niches that usually determine a film’s success.

No small feat for a film that features a murder and a rape scene in its first 20 minutes.

Yes, unlike other films that have survived as sentimental favorites, Shawshank is no family-friendly romp.

A tale of brutality and injustice of the highest order, Shawshank – like its protagonist in the film’s thrilling climax – takes the hard road to an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.

In that sense, it’s a film that proves one of the most vital truths of storytelling – a happy ending is only as moving as the struggles that preceded it.

1994 was a banner year for American movies, with Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also vying for Academy Awards honors.  

And yet somehow despite the boomer-years nostalgia of Gump and the violently audacious thrills of Fiction, Shawshank might be the year’s most enduringly beloved offering.

And for a film that was widely dismissed by audiences twenty years ago, there can surely be no greater redemption.

Check out our update on Shawshank’s principal players in the gallery above.

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Kim Kardashian & Alessandra Ambrosio Who Wore It Better?

kim kardashian & alessandra ambrosio (1)This dress is a popular choice for the red carpet! Kim Kardashian wore it to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio chose the same dress for the Latin Grammys. RELATED: Kim Kardashian shows Nori’s “at home” face vs her “paparazzi” face.

It’s weird watching both of them in the same dress, isn’t it? They have such different body types! Kim is petite and curvy without an angle in her body. Alessandra, on the other hand, is curvier than the traditional runway models, as is typically the case for Victoria’s Secret angels, but she still has the height and long lines that models have. I think they both look great, personally, but I’ve gotta ask…

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Was Amber Heard ‘mortified’ at Johnny Depp’s drunk HFAs speech?

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Way back in July, I covered a story from Radar that said Johnny Depp was trying to be an upstanding guy for his fiancée, Amber Heard. His friends were certain that Johnny wasn’t completely behaving himself. He was reportedly hiding drinking binges from Amber. The story didn’t stick because there wasn’t any proof, just “friends” expressing concern.

The tale makes a lot more sense after Johnny made sweet love to a microphone at the HFAs last Friday. He was completely drunk and possibly more. The dude swayed, slurred, cursed, and may have burped (or simply cursed again) onstage. He completely stole Shep Gordon’s moment, but Mike Myers defended Johnny’s “rock ‘n’ roll” speech. What a mess. This week’s issue of Star says Amber Heard was “mortified” when she got wind of Johnny’s onstage shenanigans:

Johnny Depp’s drunken behavior at a recent awards show made Captain Jack Sparrow look like Prince Charles. Audiences at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards were stunned when Johnny stumbled onstage to present a documentary award for Mile Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, nearly knocking over the mocrophone in the process. “That’s the weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life,” he muttered. “I’m not very good at this type of thing.”

While reading lines shouldn’t be too difficult a task for an actor, Johnny had considerable trouble with his speech. “Watch, I’m going to read this thing,” he burbled to the audience, who tittered uncomfortably at his slurred speech peppered with curse words. “You have to watch the film! Yeah, there you go. What does that say? It’s one of those nights.” Johnny ended his boozy tirade with a string of several more expletives before eventually getting cut off by producers.

“Johnny was extremely intoxicated,” a witness tells Star. “there were times he had to have someone help him stand. He couldn’t say a complete sentence — he made no sense.” Just last yeare Johnny insisted that he had given up drinking after learning that he and alcohol got along “maybe too well” but refused to consider himself an alcoholic. “No, it’s more my medication,” he insisted. “My self-medication over the years to calm the circus.”

But the circus is definitely in town. Johnny’s stress is mounting as he works feverishly on a staggering six movies, plus he’s planning his wedding to fiancee Amber Heard, who according to the source was reportedly mortified at her groom’s behavior. “This reflects really badly on her, and she’s not happy about it.”

Now those in Johnny’s inner circle are wondering if it should be last call for his self-destructive behavior. “There’s a chatter in Johnny’s camp about rehab,” the insider divulges. “At this point, he’s driving everyone — including Amber — away.”

[From Star, print edition, December 2, 2014]

I lean towards believing this story. Johnny’s never been a bastion of sobriety, but he’s been keeping it together (in public) for a few years. Getting drunk and making a fool of oneself isn’t nearly as bad as how Johnny used to behave. Remember how he would throw cocaine tantrums and toss furniture out of hotel rooms when he was dating Kate Moss? Then he started seeing Vanessa Paradis and grew up. Now he’s regressing, and I can believe Amber would worry about it reflecting badly upon her. Not that it’s her fault — it isn’t. This is all on Johnny. He wasn’t “maintaining” last weekend. He was flat-out, sloppy drunk, and I think he needs to find help.

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Margot Robbie’s underwater W cover: captivating or unflattering?

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Margot Robbie covers the December issue of W magazine. I’ll bet you barely recognize her, right? She’s submerged in a tub, and the feature is called “emerging star,” which is so cheesy. The concept isn’t awful, but it’s awfully hard to execute an underwater shoot. This cover looks so budget and artsy fartsy. Actually, Margot looks like she just smelled one as she holds her breath. That’s a terrible thing to say. This is a terrible way to treat a beautiful cover model. The photography is by video artist Bill Viola, and he shot Jake Gyllenhaal underwater for the same issue. Viola describes these photos as “very emotional” because they “bring out waves of feeling.” The results are not flattering at all to Margot. Let’s do some excerpts:

This crazy photoshoot: “I’ve been practicing in my bathtub. I am so excited. I’ve been holding my breath to see how long I can go without turning blue.”

Growing up with a pool in Australia: “It’s not about being rich, but everyone back home has a pool. And I was a total water baby. My mom couldn’t get me out–she’d put my dinner plate at the end of the pool, and I’d eat my meals in the water.”

On scoring Wolf: “The casting director took one look at me and said, ‘Go down the street and buy the tightest dress and highest heels you can find. That is Naomi.’ I came back dressed like that and read for Marty and Leo. Those heels were killing me, which is what I remembered most.”

She plays a con artist in Focus: “I now know how to steal a watch when someone’s wearing it. It’s an excellent talent to have.”

On soap opera Neighbours: “I was on the show for three years. And I spent the entire last year saving my money and practicing an American accent.”

On painful acting moments: “I learned a lot about pain and suffering during Pan Am. We had to wear very constricting period-correct girdles and bras. After that, I learned to read a script with an eye toward the undergarments.”

[From W magazine]

Margot was really looking forward to this shoot. The editorial isn’t quite as bad as the cover, but the whole shoot is a disaster. I guess it’s interesting in a “what were they thinking?” sort of way.

By the way, Margot officially signed on as Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie that no one cares about. I think the movie is supposed to be an origin story for Harley, but who knows. I’m including some new-ish photos of Margot at the Harper’s Bazaar Women awards (in yellow Rosie Assoulin) and the Australians in Film gala (in white Dion Lee). She’s busting right out of the yellow gown.

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ITW: Jennifer Aniston is prepared for an awards-showdown with Brangelina

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A lot of you didn’t think there was anything suspicious or Uncool Bermuda Triangle-ish going on earlier this week, when Jennifer Aniston appeared at a Cake screening during the same media cycle as Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken premiere. I still disagree. I’ve seen Angelina, Brad and Jennifer passive-aggressively poke each other enough times over the years to say that they all pay attention to each other in varying ways, to varying degrees. I’ve always thought that Jennifer plays into the Uncool Bermuda Triangle stuff a lot more than Brangelina, although Brad has his moments where it’s seemed like he’s said he was bored to tears being married to Jennifer. Now, after ten years of this crap, are we finally ready to bury the Uncoolness? Nope. The tabloids still want to paint Jennifer as a neurotic loser plotting out what she’s going to say to them at the Golden Globes.

Maybe Jennifer Aniston just wanted to lay low as she prepares for a ‘face off’ with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at January’s Golden Globe Awards, according to a Wednesday report from InTouch Weekly. Jennifer looks like she could be nominated for her drama Cake while Angelina will most likely get a nod for directing her WWII saga Unbroken and Brad could be singled out for his acting turn in the war epic Fury.

The weekly reported that Aniston is ‘repulsed’ by the Oscar-winning beauty and wants to ‘look her straight in the eye and tell her how she really feels.’

Angering the Aniston star is how Brad allowed his marriage to her be mocked while being interviewed by Zach Galifianakis during Funny Or Die’s Between The Ferns. In the skit the Ocean’s Eleven star looked annoyed to be reminded of his union with the beachy blonde. The weekly insisted the blonde bombshell felt humiliated by the references.

So she is ready to confront the power couple who wed this summer in France with their six children in attendance, earning them the People cover, it was added by the publication. Though it’s claimed the Friends star wants the confrontation, she is allegedly worried.

‘She is nervous to the point of being sick over the prospect of coming face-to-face with Brad and Angie,’ said the source. ‘But she has waited a decade for this.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Let me clear: I don’t think Aniston really feels this way. I don’t think she’s nervous or worried or even desirous of any kind of “face off.” I think her focus is on increasing the buzz for her “Oscar hopeful” Cake by any means necessary, and maybe part of her promotion involves hyping up the potential for an old-school Uncool Showdown. And maybe that’s one way to get a Golden Globe nomination? Because she’s not really going to get an Oscar nomination, right?

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Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham-Carter & Lily James Star In Live-Action ‘Cinderella’ (Hot New Trailer)

cinderella trailerI have been WAITING for this. Disney made a live-action film of the classic animated film, ‘Cinderella.’ Here’s our first look! Cate Blanchett stars as Cinderella’s evil stepmother; Helena Bonham-Carter is Cinderella’s fairy godmother, and Lily James has the title role. RELATED: Cate Blanchett plays 20 questions with Marie Claire.

I think pretty much everyone was disappointed by the “teaser trailer” that got released last year. All it had was the glass slipper! This official trailer is much better. It looks like they followed the movie pretty closely. The prince bears such a close resemblance to a Ken doll he’s almost scary, but otherwise, it’s great. Cate looks like she didn’t hold back, and you know Helena didn’t ;). Take a look. What do you think?

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Jennifer Lawrence is like Joan of Arc or Jesus, says Donald Sutherland

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We’re nearing the home stretch for the Mockingjay: Part I press tour. Jennifer Lawrence may disappear after the week ends, and we may not see her for a long time. I don’t think she’s going to do awards season either. Perhaps Serena was part of a grand plan to avoid schmoozing at parties.

Jennifer’s done a few last-minute interviews. She sat down with Elizabeth Banks for a “ask the badass” video talk. They bantered back and forth, and Elizabeth said, “You’re a guys’ girl. You basically have a p-nis.” Liz asked JLaw to finish the “I am a badass because…” question. Jennifer responded, “I’ve started downloading whole albums instead of just songs from artists.” I hope she’s not referring to Coldplay. She is, isn’t she?

JLaw’s co-stars have a lot to say about her. In all fairness, journos are asking the questions, and they’re happily printing the responses. One co-star went completely overboard. Donald Sutherland compared Jennifer to Jesus Christ. Oh boy:

Jennifer Lawrence has an Oscar and two Golden Globes.

She’s not only part of the X-Men family, but Guinness World Records recently named the 24-year-old actress the highest-grossing action heroine of all time for her work as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise.

And now we’re thinking the Church of Jennifer Lawrence may be next. Or perhaps she can star in a reboot of Oh, God!?

“When I worked with her, I realized the child was a genius,” Donald Sutherland, who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games movies, told me last night at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (in theaters on Nov. 21). “She’s the right person at the right time in the sense of Joan of Arc or Jesus Christ, any genius, in that sense.

“She has the ability as an actor to tell the truth out of the material and that truth is immediately recognizable with everybody because it hits you in your heart, your solar plexus and your mind,” the legendary actor continued. “And she has the genius of person to be not affected by all of this. She’s just a real girl.”

Julianne Moore, who makes her franchise debut in Mockingjay as District 13′s President Coin, gushed about their leading lady, “She’s delightful. My first impression is she’s really incredibly witty. I love her as an actress.

“I think even more she’s a wonderful human being,” Moore continued. “She’s kind and generous and funny and great to be with.”

[From E! Online]

That’s a very sweet answer from Donald, but it’s also embarrassing. I can practically see JLaw roll her eyes from here. People already think she’s overrated, and now Donald is making the most ridiculous comparison ever. Jennifer doesn’t suffer from Kanye West delusions. Remember, she’s only an actress. She doesn’t think of herself as iconic or Jesus-y.

I wonder what Donald thinks of co-star Lenny Kravitz. Time for a picture.

Donald Sutherland

P.S. Here’s the video with JLaw and Banksy.

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“Jason Bateman is sad he wasn’t picked as Sexiest Man Alive” links

Jason Bateman will never recover from his Sexiest Man Alive snub. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Kathy Griffin will probably replace Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [Dlisted]
Mae Whitman kills it in the first DUFF trailer. [LaineyGossip]
Ashton Kutcher wants to “dig up dirt on shady journalists.[Buzzfeed]
Don Lemon‘s rape prevention advice is rude & gross. [Pajiba]
Andrew Garfield takes Movember seriously. [A Socialite Life]
Jing Tian looks fabulous in Christian Dior. [Go Fug Yourself]
Katy Perry Instagrammed her retro bikini. [Popoholic]
Lisa Rinna joined RHOBH for the challenge. [Reality Tea]
Are Kevin James & his wife expecting another baby? [Wonderwall]
Charlize Theron cracks a smile with little Jackson. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Justin Bieber‘s old bedroom is *so* swaggy. [Evil Beet]
Joe & Teresa Guidice want you to pay for their daughter’s video. [CDAN]
Matthew McConaughey will appear in Magic Mike XXL after all? [Starcasm]

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Kathy Griffin Replacing Joan Rivers On ‘Fashion Police’?

joan rivers & kathy griffin (1)Has E! finally found a replacement for the late Joan Rivers? According to TMZ, the answer is “yes.” Rumor has it comedienne Kathy Griffin will replace Joan on ‘Fashion Police.’ RELATED: Will Melissa Rivers be forced to sue to uncover the details of how her mother died?

I remember when Kathy used to do the red carpet for E!. Then she made a joke about the then-child actress Dakota Fanning being in rehab. I believe that’s why the network let her go: she refused to apologize for the joke. Sounds like it’s water under the bridge now ;).

There hasn’t been an official announcement, but I think Kathy would be a great replacement. The show reportedly won’t be weekly but will air during special events, such as awards shows. Soon E! will announce if it is indeed Kathy who’s replacing Joan or someone else.

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