• Dustin Hoffman will appear in director Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong biopic. The still-untitled project stars Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as the disgraced cyclist. Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit) also star. The movie is currently shooting in Europe, and Hoffman is set to join when the production moves back to the U.S. The two-time Oscar winner recently wrapped work on Jon Favreau’s Chef (out May 9) with Robert Downey Jr. and is currently filming The Cobbler with Adam Sander. [THR]
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Less than a week after the tragic death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, Vin Diesel has once again taken to his Facebook account to remember his friend.
Walker died in a car accident on Saturday, after which many celebs took to social media to say their goodbyes. Diesel most recently showed up at the crash site to thank fans for showing their love to “that angel up in heaven.” And now, Diesel posted to his Facebook page, detailing the first conversation he had with Walker’s mother.
Read Diesel’s post below:
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First Star Wars, now Indiana Jones? The Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that it has reached a marketing and distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures for future Indiana Jones films, meaning George Lucas’ two iconic franchises are now firmly in Disney’s hands.
Of course, Disney has owned Indiana Jones production rights since 2012, when the studio acquired LucasFilm. Until now, though, Paramount possessed marketing and distribution rights. Those now belong to Disney, making the process of making and releasing future Indiana Jones films much easier — not to mention more likely. In return for the rights, Paramount will receive “financial participation on any future films.” In other words, the studio will still get an undisclosed cut of the business. Paramount will retain distribution rights for the first four films in the series.
Disney did not reveal plans for any new Indiana Jones installments — and inside sources say not to expect any such announcements in the immediate future. Still, the move is a clear bid to start putting additional whip-cracking archaeology adventures into motion. The question now is whether Harrison Ford, 71, will still be the star, or if Disney plans on rebooting the franchise altogether. Commence your speculation now!
Terrence Howard and the producers of the 2011 film Winnie Mandela, in which Howard played Nelson Mandela, released a statement about the former South African president’s death Thursday.
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Is anyone a better movie actor right now than Christian Bale? (Okay, I’ll give you Daniel Day-Lewis… but it’s close and getting closer.) The 39-year-old Welshman is fully in his prime, demonstrated most recently by two powerful performances landing in the heart of Oscar season. The flashier role might be in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which doesn’t open until Dec. 20. In Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which opened Wednesday and expanded Friday, he plays the good-intentioned ex-con whose pursuit of justice — after his ne’er-do-well brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing — puts him on a collision course with a terrifying meth-king hick (Woody Harrelson).
Set around the decaying stacks of Pennsylvania steel mills around the eve of Obama’s 2008 election, Furnace never flinches from its dreary first impression, using Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard to positive effect as the types of craggled faces who survive this iron underworld. There’s not a lot of hope or change for these characters. As EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes, “Like 1978′s The Deer Hunter, Cooper’s devastating death trip nails the bond between two no-hope men pushed to violent extremes.”
Bale has always been drawn to characters with violent impulses — from Batman to Patrick Bateman to boxer Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Playing a superhero never seemed to limit his range, but now that he’s free of the cowl for good, it will be fascinating to watch the next phase of his career. The critics seem to think he’s off to a great start.
Before you head to the theater, click below to see what the leading critics are saying about Out of the Furnace.
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December is the time for Oscar whiplash. The last of the Academy hopefuls starts to screen, the first of the non-stop ancillary trophies begin to flow, and those who watch the race closely can find their heads spun in all sorts of different directions as momentum in the Best Picture race shifts, often from day to day.
Here is EW’s Prize Fighter analysis of what’s connecting with voters right now in the big races.
Like we needed another reason to love Sir Ian McKellen. As if being completely awesome in everything he does is not enough, the man is also absurdly charming and, as it turns out, hilariously honest as well. We discovered this first hand when McKellen stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week. After an engaging chat about him reprising his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, talk turned to his other big franchise, X-Men, and what we might see in the next installment, Days of Future Past. Well, it turns out, the man who plays Magneto kinda, sorta, really has no idea — even though he was there making it. “I don’t always understand the plots of these films until I actually see them with an audience,” he admitted.
But the actor was at least able to figure out what he’s doing in the movie. “It’s all about going into the past, basically,” said McKellen. “And so I don’t get to go into the past. I don’t think I’m spoiling it by saying that. But we are there in the beginning when the plot is hatched.” Sir Ian was also quick to note that “Magneto is in very safe hands” with Michael Fassbender, who plays the younger version of the mutant.
McKellen also took a moment to compare his two famous characters. “The odd thing about a Gandlaf is that he’s good through and through,” he said. “Magneto is a bit of both. He’s well-intentioned, but he perhaps politically is not very sound, and I’m not sure that I quite agree with his tactics.” Well, that’s comforting. And it’s also comforting to know that Sir Ian McKellen is as awesome off-screen as he is on it. To hear a clip of our interview with the man behind Gandalf and Magneto, click on the video player below. MAGNETO COMMANDS YOU!
Note to ghoulish would-be criminals: don’t post evidence of your crime and a confession to Instagram.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing wreckage from the Porsche Carrera GT crash that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker last Saturday, and another suspect is being sought by the authorities.
The remains of the sports car were loaded onto the truck and hauled away around 10 p.m. that night, nearly seven hours after the fiery crash that took the lives of Walker, 40, and friend Roger Rodas, 38. The remains of the car were being taken to an impound lot for further investigation, but the driver reported being stalked by several vehicles as he left the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The thieves waited until the truck came to a red light. Then they struck.
After a record-breaking Thanksgiving frame, the box office heads into the proverbial turkey-coma that is the first week of December. Only one new release, Out of the Furnace, is hitting theaters, leaving Frozen and Catching Fire to duke it out for the top spot. Which will win? Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:
1. Frozen – $34 million
Family films thrive over the Thanksgiving holiday — so much so that they’re destined to plummet in the following frame. Still, Frozen‘s glowing reception and complete lack of competition will help it maintain success for quite a while. If it falls 50 percent this weekend, it’s looking at a $34 million gross and a $136 million total. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jeremy Irons to star alongside Dev Patel in 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'; plus, Amanda Seyfried, more
• Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) will co-star opposite Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity, an upcoming biopic about revered Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Matthew Brown (Ropewalk) will direct and pen the screenplay for the upcoming film based off Robert Kanigel‘s biography, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. Irons will play G.H. Hardy, an English mathematician who pulls Ramanujan (Patel) out of Edwardian India and installs him at Cambridge University. [Variety]
• Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) is in talks to star in He’s F-ing Perfect for Universal, about a woman who uses her social media skills to assess her friends’ dates and search for her own perfect guy. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick are producing. [Variety]
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