April 24, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Twentieth Century Fox may have only just won the rights for a remake of the award-winning 1950s musical “Guys And Dolls” but they already know who they want to replace Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando – Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Two of the hottest actors Hollywood has right now, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt would star in the remake of the musical classic as Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson.
Adapted from a set of short stories, “Guys And Dolls” was a Tony award winning stage musical and turned into a film in 1955 by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Sinatra played Detroit, a man with a “town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but needs money to do it. He bets his pal Masterson (Brando) that Sky can’t get the wholesome Sarah Brown — who runs a mission — to go with him to Havana.”
We’ve no word yet on which character Fox want each actor to take on but as Deadline reports, the studio have only just sealed the rights so before they can even begin to talk deals with the two a script needs to be penned and a director found. Lucky for us though both actors are well-known talented singers and dancers, performing together at this year’s Academy Awards.
Tatum, one of our breakout stars of 2012, starred in the dance hit “Step Up” and also showed off his talents in last year’s “Magic Mike” – which was based on his true story of his life as a stripper before Hollywood called. Currently filming “Jupiter Ascending” with Mila Kunis, Tatum will next be seen in actioner “White House Down”.
Multi-hyphenate Gordon-Levitt is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood right now. Known for critical indie hits as well as starring in worldwide blockbusters, he has been connected to the “Justice League” film and was in the mix for Marvel’s “Guardian of the Galaxy“. His directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January to critical praise.
March 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The nation’s capitol has just been attacked and taken by terrorists and the President is in danger. Who do you call: Gerard Butler or Channing Tatum? Thanks to Hollywood, we get to see both dudes in action before having to make that decision. While Butler saved the country this weekend in “Olympus Has Fallen” (or did he? I didn’t actually go see it), Tatum will get his turn come June in “White House Down”, and today we get our first glimpse of him in action with the release of the first trailer.
Moviegoers found “Olympus Has Fallen” incredibly violent and dark, earning its R rating, and “White House Down” is already gearing up to be lighter and more broadly appealing, with a summer teen audience friendly PG-13 rating and a plot that involves Tatum as an off duty police officer forced to spring into action to save not only the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx), but also his own young daughter. And the director, Roland Emmerich, has shown a keen sense for disaster action flicks that bring in the big bucks, he who brought us “Independence Day”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012.”
So our money’s on “White House Down” coming out on top when it’s all said and done, but who knows? Check out the first trailer below and judge for yourself when it’s released on June 28th.
February 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brad Pitt out, Channing Tatum in? The Playlist reports that David Fincher’s long-gestating remake of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” has officially lost one Sexiest Man Alive but may be replaced with another.
But not so fast. Tatum, along with the other actors Fincher is interested in, is not available to shoot the film until next year, so this is not likely to be anyone’s next project. The original 1954 film, also based on the Jules Verne novel, starred Kirk Douglas as Ned Land, James Mason as Captain Nemo, Paul Lukas as Professor Pierre Aronnax, and Peter Lorre as Conseil, so it looks like Fincher needs three more stars. Meanwhile, filmmakers have been location-scouting in Australia and are close to finalizing a deal to shoot the 3D underwater epic Down Under.
Tatum is likely busy with the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” to commit to a summer shoot on “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” He’s currently wrapping up Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and is also developing a sequel to “21 Jump Street.” Working with Fincher on such a high profile project would be a big get for the increasingly in demand leading man after having a breakout year in 2012 with “21 Jump Street”, “Magic Mike” and “The Vow.” He can currently be seen opposite Rooney Mara in Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects.”
February 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
As Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel prepare to embark upon being star-crossed lovers in a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel – “Safe Haven”, opening on Valentine’s Day – we look back at the tragic lovebirds who came before them. Sparks movies are critical flops and box office successes but seem to be hit and miss when it comes to creating stars. For the purpose of this study, we’ll omit the two Sparks adaptations which starred established stars. Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Richard Gere and Diane Lane are doing just fine, thank you very much.
Are Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams still the most iconic of Sparks couples? How have Sparks adaptations helped or hurt the careers of the likes of Mandy Moore, Shane West, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried? Hough and Duhamel are two actors whose careers could certainly use a breakout-style boost, but as we will show here, leading a Sparks adaptation is no guarantee of movie stardom. We’ll see how they fare when “Safe Haven” is released tomorrow, but for now, let’s take a look back at the couples who came before them.
February 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Tuppence Middleton is rounding out the cast of the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending”, according to Variety. She joins Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Douglas Booth in the sci-fi epic.
The film is set in a world where human beings are at the bottom of the food chain. Far superior beings keep an eye on the lowly homo sapiens from far away, and the story centers on Kunis as a Russian immigrant who’s scrubbing toilets for a living, unknowingly carrying some powerful genetic DNA makeup that make her a threat to the literal Queen of the Universe. A bounty hunter (Tatum) is dispatched to kill her, but the two fall in love and go on the run together instead. There’s no word yet on who any of the supporting actors are playing. Filming will begin this spring.
Middleton, still a relative unknown in Hollywood, has been busy in the UK and has wrapped up shooting on Iain Softley’s “Trap for Cinderella” opposite fellow British rising star Alexandra Roach, Danny Boyle’s heist thriller “Trance” and Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down” opposite Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.
February 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Douglas Booth is the latest to join the cast of the Wackowskis’ next sci-fi epic, “Jupiter Ascending”, according to Variety. He joins already onboard cast members Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean.
The film is set in a distant future (or alternate reality) where human beings are no longer the most evolved creatures in the universe, but rather “just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy.” Far superior beings keep an eye on the lowly humans from far away, and the story centers on Kunis as a Russian immigrant who’s scrubbing toilets for a living, unknowingly carrying some powerful genetic DNA makeup that make her a threat to the literal Queen of the Universe. A bounty hunter (Tatum) is dispatched to kill her, but the two fall in love and go on the run together instead.
Booth recently wrapped up playing Russell Crowe’s son in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic “Noah.” He’ll be seen this year as Romeo opposite Hailee Steinfield in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and played Pip in a recent BBC miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”
December 27, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
and Linda Ge
Another year, another new crop of fresh talent. Just like last year, the hardest part is narrowing down which of the dozens of the year’s rising stars shone the brightest. This year we heralded the arrival of the unlikeliest of movie stars, actors we’ve been familiar with for a while finally hitting their stride, a couple of international imports and some serious emerging acting talent guaranteed to turn out great work for years to come. As always, we’ve had to leave off some of our – and your! – favorites, but we are proud to present below our Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2012.
Breakout Stars: The Guys | Breakout Stars: The Girls
December 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Who knew classically trained British actor Eddie Redmayne, known for doing Shakespeare on stage and currently playing Marius in “Les Miserables”, was so keen to take on a big budget sci-fi franchise? After testing for Marvel properties “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (he lost out to Dane DeHaan) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (result pending), Redmayne has finally found success, landing a role opposite Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in the Andy and Lana Wackowskis’ next feature, “Jupiter Ascending.”
Variety reports Redmayne is now in negotiations for an unspecified role in the film set in a distant future (or alternate reality) where human beings are no longer the most evolved creatures in the universe, but rather “just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy.” Far superior beings keep an eye on the lowly humans from far away, and the story centers on Kunis as a Russian immigrant who’s scrubbing toilets for a living, unknowingly carrying some powerful genetic DNA makeup that make her a threat to the literal Queen of the Universe. A bounty hunter (Tatum) is dispatched to kill her, but the two fall in love and go on the run together instead. It’s possible Redmayne has taken the role that was at one point earmarked for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Filming is set to begin in the first quarter of 2013, which may or may not interfere with Redmayne’s chances at landing the lead role of Star-Lord in Marvel Phase Two pic “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Redmayne was last seen opposite Michelle Williams in her Oscar-nominated turn in “My Week with Marilyn” and will soon be seen as idealistic student revolutionary Marius in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of “Les Miserables.” The role is garnering Redmayne plenty of rave reviews and awards talk, but it appears the British rising star is ready to add that requisite studio genre franchise flick to his resume.
November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
There’s a lot going on in the first trailer released for Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller “Side Effects” (formerly “Bitter Pill”), starring Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who turns to pills to deal with her husband’s (Channing Tatum) release from prison. Add in Jude Law as her therapist with whom she may or may not be having an inappropriate relationship, a murder mystery, some courtroom drama and it all adds up to something pretty intriguing.
“Side Effects”, which marks Mara’s first film since earning an Oscar nomination for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and is Tatum’s third collaboration with Soderbergh following “Haywire” and “Magic Mike”, will be released on February 8th, 2013 and the first trailer can now be viewed below.
September 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
She terrorized Edward and Bella for two movies, now “Twilight”‘s original villainess Rachelle Lefevre is ready for more action. THR reports Lefevre has taken on supporting roles in a pair of upcoming action flicks, Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” starring Channing Tatum, and Gary Fleder’s Jason Statham starrer “Homefront.”
“White House Down” centers around a paramilitary takeover of the White House, while Tatum plays an ex-CIA agent who’s tasked with saving the President and the country. Jamie Foxx stars as the President, while Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins and Jason Clarke round out the cast. Lefevre is in line to play Tatum’s ex-wife. “Homefront” sees Statham an ex-DEA agent fighting a local drug lord in a small town. Lefevre plays the school psychologist who tries to warn families about the hidden dangers in the neighborhood. The film also stars Kate Bosworth and James Franco. “White House Down” is filming now in Montreal, while “Homefront” begins next month in New Orleans.
Lefevre, who was famously fired and replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of villainous Victoria after the second installment of “Twilight”, “New Moon”, also appeared in “Barney’s Version” and was a regular on short-lived ABC drama “Off the Map.”