The making of The Fighter is nearly as unlikely as the story of its hero, Micky Ward, the late-blooming scrapper who won a light-welterwight title after years of frustrated dreams. While directors and A-list co-stars bobbed and weaved, Mark Wahlberg kept the project on its feet for years, ultimately recruiting the right talent to land seven Academy Award nominations — including Christian Bale’s and Melissa Leo’s Oscar-winning performances — and earning $93 million (and counting) in domestic box office. With today’s release of The Fighter on DVD and Blu-ray, Wahlberg took time from the New Orleans set of his current film, Contraband, to look back at his most personal film. The savvy actor-producer has finally moved on to other projects: Seth MacFarlane’s Ted starts in May and another pairing with Fighter director David O. Russell that he hopes will be Uncharted is slated for late summer. But if you think the Micky Ward story is completely in Wahlberg’s rearview mirror, well, maybe you’re a little punch-drunk. READ FULL STORY »
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Naomi Watts is the latest addition to the already star-studded J. Edgar, her rep says, confirming a Deadline report. The Clint Eastwood–directed biopic about the long-time director of the FBI stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Josh Lucas, and Damon Herriman. Watts will play Hoover’s secretary.
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Who’s the Boss? Chances are, it’s John Travolta. According to Marc Fiore — the CEO of Fiore Films, LLC — the Pulp Fiction star is in serious talks to play New York City mob boss John Gotti in Gotti, an upcoming film executive produced by Fiore about three generations of the crime family. (A source in Travolta’s camp says it’s one of four projects he’s considering at this time.) “We would love to have him,” Fiore tells EW. “He’s a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. — he’s an icon. And so is Travolta … The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can’t just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.”
As for who will direct the film about “the Teflon Don,” Fiore is finalizing a deal with Travolta’s Face/Off co-star — and The Notebook director — Nick Cassavetes. And another big name is being tossed around to play John Jr.: James Franco. Fiore says he is in very preliminary talks with Franco, but that he’s one of several “A-list actors” they are speaking to. READ FULL STORY »
New York magazine, Greengrass has penned the script for Memphis, which is based on his own research into the slain civil rights leader. Greengrass’ agents at CAA issued a “no comment” about the MLK project. Meanwhile, producer Scott Rudin told EW exclusively that he recently had conversations with Greengrass about helming his in-the-works 3-D Cleopatra epic, which would star Angelina Jolie as the Queen of the Nile.Director Paul Greengrass may be a Brit, but he knows something about tragic moments in American history. After all, the shaky-cam auteur behind the last two Bourne installments also helmed 2006′s tense 9/11 film United 93. Now Greengrass may be making his next movie about the final days of Martin Luther King’s life before his assassination outside of a motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. According to
You knew that Armie Hammer’s terrific performance as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network was going to lead to something great for the 24-year-old actor. And now, here it is: EW has learned exclusively that Hammer is in talks to join Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, which will now be called J. Edgar. In the film about the former FBI director, Hammer would play lawyer-turned-FBI-official — and, some say, Hoover’s lover — Clyde Tolson. Though the pair didn’t always agree on political tactics, Tolson remained a loyal friend and advisor to Hoover. It sounds like a juicy role that fits perfectly with Hammer’s combination of brawn and brains.
Meanwhile, Vulture reports that Charlize Theron has been offered the part of Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk Hoover selected as his personal secretary at the age of 21, and who wound up working for him for over 54 years.
Eastwood will direct J. Edgar from a script by Milk Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions are co-producing for Warner Bros. Filming begins early next year.
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As if getting out from under that boulder wasn’t tough enough: 127 Hours star James Franco subjects himself to an in-depth grilling in the hot seat across from James Lipton on an upcoming episode of Inside the Actors Studio, airing next Tuesday, Dec. 7 on Bravo. In the tradition of the show, Franco offers up plenty of personal anecdotes about his life and career — like how he didn’t exactly make a good first impression on 127 Hours director Danny Boyle. “Turns out he thought I was stoned at the meeting,” Franco tells Lipton. “Somebody told him that I wasn’t and that I’m just very relaxed. And that he should give me another chance. And so he did.” Check out the clips below. READ FULL STORY »
Reichen Lehmkuhl's memoir 'Here's What We'll Say' being adapted as feature on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Today, the New York Post reported that Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford and Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner were being eyed for the adaptation of Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl’s 2006 memoir Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force, which describes his time in the Air Force Academy under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and how he found refuge in a secret network of gay cadets who would meet and agree on what they would say should someone be in danger of being exposed. (The promise was so binding, the group had “Here’s what we’ll say” inscribed on the inside of their class rings.) Producer Lalo Vasquez tells EW Crawford and Lautner are on the wish list — as are others on Young Hollywood’s A-list — but that no offers will be made until he, his Chapter 7 Entertainment producing partner Devon Jones, and Lehmkuhl find financing and a director. Vasquez and Jones optioned Lehmkuhl’s book last year and have a draft of a script by Chad Darnell that they’re staging a reading of for financiers now. Lehmkuhl’s story is being used a springboard (the main character, for instance, won’t be named Reichen) and will be told from a couple different perspectives in the ’90s, when the policy went into effect, and show how characters end up crossing paths because of it. “Reichen’s story is definitely the through line of the movie. We just wanted to open it up so it speaks to everyone and not just someone interested in the book. We believe that it has a huge canvas,” Vasquez says. It’s a passion project for the independent producers, who optioned the book with their own money because after 10 years in the movie business, they wanted their first feature as producers to mean something more than just make-believe. “We’re starting from the ground up, and it’s a fight,” Vasquez says. “It’s a topic that some people are afraid to touch, because it means they’re choosing a side.” Lehmkuhl is a producer on the film and worked closely with the writer.
For those who simply can’t wait, tickets for early screenings of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never will go on sale next Monday, Nov. 29. Bieber’s 3-D film is scheduled to be released on Feb. 11, but Paramount will welcome 120,000 fans in 275 cities for a special “sneak preview” on Feb. 9. Tickets will go on sale online Monday at 10 a.m., and the $30 price for the screening pass will include some limited edition merchandise, including a pair of purple 3-D glasses and a Bieber bracelet.
Though a rep for Inferno director Matthew Wilder told EW that the actress replacing Lindsay Lohan as Linda Lovelace would not be announced until Monday, Malin Akerman’s rep has confirmed that the Watchmen star will topline the film. Deadline also reported that Akerman was a lock for the role last night, since “producers loved [her].” The swap might appear somewhat surprising — the 32-year-old comedic actress seems a far cry from the 24-year-old former Disney star — but the move makes sense for Akerman, who has been flexing her muscles on the indie circuit as of late in films like The Bang Bang Club and Happythankyoumoreplease. And the actress is no stranger to on-screen raunch — just check out her Watchmen sex scene.
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