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Casting Net: Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez team up for 'Home'; Plus, Sean Bean, more

• Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s alien invasion comedy Home, based on Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday. Rihanna voices the main character, Gratuity Tucci (or Tip), whose mother (Lopez) was abducted by the Boov (aka aliens). Martin will voice Captain Smek, their leader, who is attempting to force all the humans to relocate to Florida. Jim Parsons will voice a Boov (coincidentally) called J.Lo, who befriends Tip. [The Wrap]


Casting Net: Julianne Hough as a bride in distress; Plus, Natalie Dormer, more

• Julianne Hough is going the horror route. The Dancing with the Stars alum will play a bride-to-be who deliberately crashes her car to escape a hitchhiker in Curve. Iain Softley, who directed Kate Hudson in The Skeleton Key, is set to direct for horror-masters Blumhouse Productions (Insidious). [Variety]


Casting Net: Tom Hiddleston to conquer 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Watts, more

• We might still be lamenting the fact that Tom Hiddleston will not be appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the tormented Loki, but at least it frees him up to work with some other actors. Hiddleston has signed on to replace his War Horse co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s thriller Crimson Peak, alongside Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. [THR]


Casting Net: J. Lo in Chilean miner drama, 'Harry Potter' actor joins 'Eliza Graves,' more

Jennifer Lopez may be the latest network exec, but she’s still a movie star. The triple-threat singer is set to star opposite Antonio Banderas in The 33, a film based on the true story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for 69 days in 2010. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro have also joined the cast of the Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna)-directed drama. [THR]
Argo actor Scoot McNairy will join Jude Law in Black Sea, about a search for sunken treasure aboard a submarine in the — you guessed it — Black Sea. Kevin MacDonald is directing the Focus Features film. [Deadline]


Golden Globes: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and more to present

George Clooney and Meryl Streep will be among the presenters at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.

In addition, the presenters include: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell. Smash‘s Debra Messing is also reportedly set to take the stage as well, according to a tweet from the Today show.

Lincoln leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, while Django Unchained scored five noms. On the TV front, Showtime’s Homeland and the HBO movie Game Change topped the nominees, though there were plenty of surprises, including a Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical nod for Smash.

Hosted by comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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'Parker' trailer: Angry thief Jason Statham kisses J.Lo, gets even - VIDEO

Jason Statham has the kind of intensity fit for a graphic novel superhero in the crime thriller Parker, where he plays a vengeful thief.

In this new trailer for Statham’s latest, out Jan. 25, he looks completely unrecognizable dressed as a priest, complete with a white haired wig and glasses, as he commits a robbery with a crew dressed as clowns (really, what’s scarier than that?). Then he beats up the double-crossing robbers, including baldie leader Michael Chiklis, in a car, gets shot himself, dresses like a Texas cowboy to exact revenge, and tells costar Jennifer Lopez to strip so he can check for a wire. She does, in slow motion, showing off polka-dotted skivvies. Then later, they kiss in the shower. Action fans, rev your engines.

“Civilized people need to follow rules. These are mine. Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it, and don’t hurt people that don’t deserve it,” intones Statham before wrecking havoc on his enemies. Here here. Watch the trailer below.


Jason Statham talks about his new crime thriller 'Parker' -- Plus EXCLUSIVE photos


Given the gallery of frequently law-unabiding rogues Jason Statham has portrayed in films like Crank and The Mechanic, it is no surprise he warmed to the titular part of a thief in the forthcoming crime thriller Parker. “He’s a man who lives by a certain moral code,” says the Expendables star. “He’s involved in criminal activities but he perceives all business to be in some way crooked. He never steals from people he feels can’t afford it and he doesn’t hurt people that don’t deserve it. So there’s a likeable quality,” he laughs, “to this anti-hero.”


Jennifer Lopez is working on a 3D concert film

Jenny from the block is big-screen bound once more. EW has confirmed that the former American Idol judge is currently shooting footage for a forthcoming 3D concert film. The movie, titled Dance Again, will be an account of Lopez’s career over the last few years. No word yet on how Idol will figure in, but it’s got to be more than a footnote in the final product.

Lopez, a co-star of this spring’s underwhelming ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, will be taking a gamble by making a concert film. While Justin Bieber‘s 2011 multidimensional flick was a box-office hit, similar efforts by the Jonas Brothers, the cast of Glee, and Katy Perry all underperformed. Perhaps Lopez could try courting success by appealing to Millennial nostalgia in her movie; after all, it’s working for 98 Degrees.

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With 'American Idol' behind her, Jennifer Lopez eyes more films

Jennifer Lopez was part of the all-star cast that helped lead Ice Age: Continental Drift to the top of the box office over the weekend, and the entertainer is eager to focus even more attention on her once white-hot movie career.

“I do miss doing films. I feel like the last two years with American Idol, I’ve really, really focused on, you know, my music. … It was all kind of very synergistic, it worked really well together,” said Lopez, whose movie hits include Maid in Manhattan and Selena, and who was in What to Expect When You’re Expecting earlier this year. “But (film) is something that I really loved, it’s how I kind of started in this business, and it doesn’t leave you. I am an actress, I need to do that, too.”

She’ll certainly have more time now that she’s not going to be a judge on American Idol. She announced last Friday that she will not be coming back to the Fox talent competition, following in the footsteps of fellow judge Steven Tyler, who announced a day earlier that he would leave the show to devote more time to his band, Aerosmith. READ FULL STORY

J. Lo in 'The Back-up Plan': Why it's really all about her body

jennifer-lopez-backup-planImage Credit: Peter IovinoFor certain movie stars, the elevation of gossip culture has changed the meaning of what gossip is. In the ancient old days (like, you know, 1992), a star’s off-screen life was a carefully baked confection of reality and sugarcoating. When you read about her affairs, break-ups, marriages, new babies, or work-out routines, it all added up to a vision of the star that served the purpose of buffing and enhancing her on-screen image.

These days, a star’s off-screen life is still a carefully baked confection of reality and sugarcoating (though, at times, a little more reality does poke through). Only now, the narrative of that actual/half-glimpsed/half-concocted glossy-tabloid “reality” frequently trumps and transcends the movies themselves. You could, by all means, point to examples of this from the past; the Golden Age of Gossip probably started when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had their tempestuous affair on the set of Cleopatra (1963), a relationship that proved far more fascinating, and enduring, than anything in Cleopatra itself. Now, though, it’s become almost standard to think of the off-screen life of, say, a star of romantic comedies as bigger, bolder, tastier, and more compulsively dramatic than anything she actually does on-screen. To borrow a concept from Neal Gabler’s 1998 book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, her life — in our eyes, at least — has become the chick flick she lives every day.

All of which brings me to Jennifer Lopez in The Back-up Plan, a movie that marks a case of one star’s off-screen life so trumping her on-screen one that the movie’s “reality” subtext is, in fact, its underlying essence. I’ve already reviewed The Back-up Plan, and found it to be, like so many romantic comedies, watchable and forgettable, with stray drops of charm popping out of a sea of formula. As Zoe, a New York pet-shop owner who has given up any hope of finding the right guy, gets herself pregnant via a sperm donor, and then finds the right guy after all (in other words, her entire romantic life unfolds in the wrong order), Lopez acts with her usual PowerPoint dynamism. The story, of course, is glorified fluff, but in this case the fluffiness is almost a vehicle for the real story, which is the film’s teasing invitation for women to gawk at J. Lo’s physique. READ FULL STORY

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