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'Safe Haven' romance lands 'Eat Pray Love' 'naked guy' David Lyons -- EXCLUSIVE

For some, actor David Lyons is best known as Dr. Simon Brenner from the last two seasons of ER. Others know him as The Cape from NBC’s short-lived 2011 superhero series.

In his native Australia, he’s famous for the navy drama Sea Patrol, but to most people he will forever be remembered as the skinny-dipping “you’re-so-naked” guy whose antics made Julia Roberts guffaw like a seagull choking on a bottle cap in Eat Pray Love.

EW has learned he is now joining the cast of the Nicholas Sparks romance Safe Haven, adding a far more menacing character to his repertoire: the angry ex-husband. READ FULL STORY

'The Host' first look: Jake Abel on playing Ian, working with Stephenie Meyer -- EXCLUSIVE

If you thought the romantic triangle at the center of The Twilight Saga was complicated, then you haven’t yet experienced the passions at the center of Stephenie Meyer’s other novel, The Host, also a feature film arriving in theaters on March 29, 2013.

Set on an Earth that has been overrun by body-snatching aliens called “souls,” the story follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last humans left on the planet, after her body has been inhabited by the well-traveled soul known as Wanderer (or Wanda, for short). Melanie’s strong-willed consciousness cajoles Wanda into the American desert to find Melanie’s uncle Jeb (William Hurt), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), and her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). But once Wanda comes upon this ragtag band hiding out in a network of caves, she begins to develop feelings herself for another human, Ian O’Shea (Jake Abel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning ThiefI Am Number FourThe Lovely Bones). So, to recap: Jared loves Melanie, whose body is controlled by Wanda, who is in love with Ian.

In this exclusive first look at Ian’s character in The Host, Abel talks about what he calls the “love box” between the four characters, his thoughts on Ian’s progressive attitude towards the souls, and what it was like working with Meyer and the film’s writer-director, Andrew Niccol (GatticaIn Time). Check it out below!  READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie to direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey'? Dream on ...

The notion of Angelina Jolie directing a Fifty Shades of Grey movie is — to put it lightly — simply fan fiction.

Wishful thinking has turned into rumor, which in Hollywood is good enough to trigger many wild headlines that are followed by question marks. (Just like this one.)

Speculation began with a Deadline.com report that Angelina Jolie was being sought to direct the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Except … not really. Sources close to the project tell EW there is nothing to these reports but bogus speculation.

As Focus Features and Universal Pictures put together a plan to adapt the best-selling erotic novel (which started life as Twilight fan-fiction, only to transform into the year’s hottest literary sensation), agents and executives have engaged in much the same guessing and projecting that ordinary fans do: Who should direct? Who should write? Who should star? READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby' trailer: Baz Lurhmann's take on the classic novel looks as gonzo as you expected

One thing you can count on with Baz Luhrmann: The man sure knows how to spin cultural anachronisms to his favor. The trailer for his latest — an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel of roaring wealth and excess in 1922 New York City — opens with a cut from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, and follows up with an extended cut of Jack White covering U2’s “Love is Blindness.” And yet somehow, it works.

We also get a good sense of the gonzo parties thrown by the enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as well as a few shots of Gatsby making doe eyes at former flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), and Tobey Maguire as Midwestern outsider (and audience proxy) Nick Carraway taking it all in. Curiously, the trailer spends a considerable amount of time with a face less familiar to American audiences — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan (as Meyer Wolfsheim) — and also introduces newcomer Elizabeth Debicki (as Jordan Baker).

Mostly, though, this first look at Luhrmann’s take on the high school lit class staple looks to be wildly different than the soporific 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and that is nothing but a good thing. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin adapting 'Steve Jobs' into feature film

Aaron Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder, Sony Pictures announced late Tuesday.

Sorkin, of course, won an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Social Network about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which led to speculation as far back as last October that he might take on the task of marshaling Jobs’ formidable life story into a workable feature-length film. “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time,” said Sony Pictures co-head Amy Pascal in a statement. “There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

Sorkin’s plate is quite full these days. His HBO series The Newsroom is set to debut June 24. And he is still committed to adapt and direct The Politician, about the undoing of Sen. John Edwards’ promising political career as seen through the eyes of his former aide Andrew Young.

No director is attached yet to Steve Jobs, which is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin, and Guymon Casady. Meanwhile, actor Ashton Kutcher is playing Jobs in an unrelated indie film about the technology guru.

Read more:
EW review of ‘Steve Jobs’
Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak’s blessing to play Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs: 9 Ways He Changed the Movie Biz

Adam Sandler's production company adapting Brad Meltzer's 'Heroes for My Son' -- EXCLUSIVE

What do Adam Sandler, a Price is Right controversy, and cartoon versions of Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Answer: novelist, comic book scribe, mystery-hunter, and jack-of-all-trades Brad Meltzer.

Meltzer’s bestselling non-fiction book Heroes for My Son has been optioned by Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, while the author also has two other surprising projects in the works — one involving a movie about a shocking moment on the iconic CBS game show, and the other turning various historical figures into cute illustrations as a way to inspire kids. READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' first look: Ang Lee brings his visual style to the award-winning novel -- PHOTO

Much of the reason it took roughly a decade to bring the award-winning 2001 novel Life of Pi to the screen can be boiled down to the question: How do you make an Indian teenage boy stuck in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days into a compelling film? Well, first, you hire Ang Lee to make it, and judging from this first look at the film, the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has brought his signature striking visual style to the production: READ FULL STORY

Stephenie Meyer on optioning suspense novel 'Down a Dark Hall': 'It gave me some serious nightmares'

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is pushing further into the world of filmmaking, optioning the movie rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 YA horror/suspense novel Down a Dark Hall. Meyer is developing the film through her Fickle Fish production company, along with Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment. (Variety first reported the story.)

The story follows 14-year-old Kit Gordy as she enrolls in the creepy Blackwood boarding school, which has only four students. READ FULL STORY

Matt Lucas signs onto 'Therese' opposite Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Olsen -- EXCLUSIVE

Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland star Matt Lucas has signed on to costar in the dark erotic thriller Therese.

Set in 17th century France, director Charlie Stratton’s adaptation of the Emile Zola novel and play Thérèse Raquin follows the title character (Elizabeth Olsen), who is stuck in a loveless marriage with her sickly first cousin (Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton). The union was arranged under the watchful eye of her oppressive aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). When Therese enters an affair with her husband’s friend Laurent (Drive‘s Oscar Isaac), it plunges everyone’s lives into a tragic downward spiral, and the illicit couple conspire to kill Therese’s husband.

Lucas will play Olivier, a policeman who, along with his inspector father, regularly calls upon the Raquin family. The film begins production in mid-May.

Lucas’ first major dramatic role, the gonzo ensemble drama Small Apartments, premiered last month at SXSW. He’s also set to play the drag queen Divine in Michael Winterbottom’s The King of Soho, about famed London strip-club entrepreneur Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan).

Read more:
Jessica Lange joins Elizabeth Olsen, ‘Harry Potter’ vet Tom Felton in ‘Therese Raquin’
‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Little Britain’ star Matt Lucas on baring (almost) all in ‘Small Apartments’

Shawn Levy to produce 'Man Made' book about toughened-up dad -- EXCLUSIVE

Many fatherhood comedies feature a hard-edged old man who’s tougher than he needs to be, but producer Shawn Levy has picked up a story about a new dad who needs to grow a pair.

Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment production company and Fox 2000 have acquired the upcoming book Man Made by Joel Stein (out May 15), about a guy trying to learn how to be a man so he can be a better role model for his infant son. READ FULL STORY

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