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Jonathan Rhys Meyers on 'Star Wars' casting chatter: 'I don't believe rumors'

Star Wars rumors are a little like the Force: They surround and penetrate us. They bind the nerd galaxy together.

With director J.J. Abrams ramping up to begin production early next year on Star Wars Episode VII, lately those rumors have focused on possible casting, and one of the names that’s popped up most often has been that of Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But the 36-year-old actor — who has starred in films like Velvet Goldmine and Match Point and played Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors — brushes off the reports, telling EW that, for the moment at least, the Star Wars speculation is just that. “Look, I’ve worked with J.J.,” says Rhys Meyers, who co-starred in Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III in 2006. “But I don’t believe rumors.”

Emma Watson responds to '50 Shades of Grey' rumors

Emma Watson isn’t interested in stripping down for Universal’s upcoming 50 Shades of Grey adaptation, and all she needed were a few simple tweets to make that clear:

Sorry, hackers, but it looks like you were wrong on this one!

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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 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

Report: 'Black Panther' movie roaring forward for Marvel Studios

EW’s inside sources at Marvel say the report is entirely untrue, although studio reps decline to comment on the rumor.

The Wakanda tourism board should prepare to put in some overtime. They could soon become much more popular.

A report from the movie website Latino Review by writer El Mayimbe says Marvel Studios has committed to making one of its next projects a movie based on Black Panther, the leader of the fictional African nation and the character widely regarded as the first major black superhero.

True? False? Marvel Studios and parent company Disney did not immediately comment on the rumor, which has circulated far and wide, causing a sensation among comics fans. But now inside sources at Marvel tell EW that it’s simply not true that Black Panther will be one of their next films. READ FULL STORY

Robert Pattinson addresses 'Catching Fire' rumors

Contrary to Internet chatter, Robert Pattinson will not star as handsome Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. “I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson told USA Today at Cannes on Saturday. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.” And? “My agent was like, ‘No,'” Pattinson said. “(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”

In an EW poll in March after the release of The Hunger Games, 35 percent of readers said they think True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten should land the role of Finnick.  READ FULL STORY

Ridley Scott (kind of) shoots down rumors of re-teaming with Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner' project -- EXCLUSIVE

Earlier this week, a wildfire was set ablaze on the Internet when it was reported that Ridley Scott was in talks with Harrison Ford to reprise his role as replicant detective Rick Deckard in the director’s in-development Blade Runner sequel. The next day, the project’s producers quickly squashed those rumors. Who to believe? The whole thing was beginning to seem as confusing as the non-voiceover version of the 1982 sci-fi classic itself — minus the origami unicorn. So EW went straight to the source to weigh in on the rumors: Ridley Scott.

While meeting with director yesterday to discuss his upcoming 3-D is-it-or-isn’t-it-an-Alien-prequel Prometheus, we put the Harrison Ford question to him. Here’s what he had to say… READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Did Stanley Kubrick fake the moon landing?

Sundance’s NEW FRONTIER category tends to be made of experimental cinematic art projects, but one documentary in this category stands out as particularly interesting to movie-lovers:

Room 237, directed by Rodney Ascher, which dives into the myriad theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. “It’s a film-nerd love-fest,” says Sundance programmer Trevor Groth. “These obsessive people dissect The Shining, and they’ve watched it thousands of times, all finding their own coded meaning and language in it.” Like how the architecture of the Overlook Hotel doesn’t make any sense, with hallways leading to places that should technically be outside, and windows that show sunlight streaming in even though they are enclosed in the middle of the building… ? READ FULL STORY

Rumor patrol: Did 'The Story of Bonnie and Clyde' lose lead Hilary Duff?

The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, a re-imagining of the classic story of the gangster duo, has quickly turned into the story of the disappearing Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers.

On Monday morning, rumors circulated that Duff, who announced earlier this month that she is expecting her first child with husband Mike Comrie, was dropped from the production of the adaptation. READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper talks about getting satanic in 'Paradise Lost' and drops a possible hint about 'The Hangover 3'

Between the surprise No. 1 opening of the thriller Limitless, in which he played as a burned out writer who becomes a super genius thanks to an experimental drug, the gargantuan success of The Hangover Part II, and that viral clip showing him doing an interview in fluent French, Bradley Cooper’s career has gone into overdrive this year. On Friday, Cooper will take the stage at Comic-Con to start stoking buzz among the nerderati for Paradise Lost, director Alex Proyas’ big-budget, effects-driven adaptation of John Milton’s 17th-century epic poem, in which he will play Satan. Limitless hit DVD shelves on Tuesday, complete with an alternate ending (“the original ending was that alternate ending,” Cooper reveals, “but I like the ending that was in the movie theaters—I think it changes the whole movie”) and an unrated extended cut (“the script was much more profane—there are a lot more f—s, some nudity, and some more blood,” he says). While talking to EW to tout the DVD release, Cooper also shared some thoughts about the prospect of playing Satan, shot down reports he’ll star in Doug Liman’s sci-fi film Luna, and — maybe — dropped a hint about the plot of The Hangover Part III.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So did Paradise Lost fall into your lap after all the success you’ve had this year?
BRADLEY COOPER: The absolute opposite of falling into my lap. I must have met with the director five times. I’d been vying for that role for three years. And then I actually put myself on tape unsolicited in my kitchen, just so he’d look at it. [Laughs] Not much has changed. READ FULL STORY

After supposedly being burned by hoax, James Gray will reunite with Joaquin Phoenix: What gives?

You’d think director James Gray would be extremely wary of teaming up with Joaquin Phoenix again, given what happened with their last outing together, 2009’s Two Lovers. As you might remember (who could forget?), the publicity campaign for that small indie drama wound up being overshadowed and, many felt, completely sabotaged by the bizarre spectacle of Phoenix’s apparent public meltdown and much-ridiculed reinvention as a bearded, mumbling, stumbling wannabe rapper. At the time of Two Lovers‘ release, Gray insisted to EW that he was as baffled as everyone else by Phoenix’s talk of quitting acting and rebooting his career as a hip-hop artist: ”I hope he’s not serious. I think he might be,” he said. ”I’m hoping that his batteries get recharged and he gets the desire to act again. Sean Penn has announced he’s retiring about 30,000 times. So who knows?” When it all turned out to be a big hoax, culminating in last year’s pseudo-documentary I’m Still Here, you’d have assumed Gray would be the last one to find the whole thing amusing. Indeed, there were rumors that the two, who had earlier worked together on the films The Yards and We Own the Night, had a falling out in the wake of Two Lovers.

Yet, after all that, Gray is now preparing to embark on his fourth film with Phoenix, a gritty drama called Low Life. READ FULL STORY

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