April 20, 2014

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Clint Eastwood on Superman, 007 offers: ‘That’s not for me’

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been Dirty Harry and the Man With no Name, but Clint Eastwood was almost – James Bond and Superman.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the legendary actor, whose next directorial title “Hereafter” bows in October, reveals that he passed on both offers as he felt they didn’t jive with his dramatic sensibility.
After Sean Connery left the 007 franchise following 1971′s “Diamonds Are Forever,” Eastwood received a call.
“I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” he said. “But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”
And if Warner Bros. had their way, it would have been Clint in tights, not Christopher Reeves.
“I can remember, and this was many years ago, when [Warner's President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened,” says Eastwood.
“This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me’. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”
IMDB describes the plot of “Hereafter” as “A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.”
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Justin Timberlake, Aaron Sorkin deconstruct Sean Parker in ‘Social Network’

HollywoodNews.com: All eyes are on Justin Timberlake October 1 as he hits the big screen in what is arguably his first dramatic role, that of Facebook co-founder Sean Parker in Sony’s “The Social Network.”
In a profile on Parker, Vanity Fair explains how Aaron Sorkin’s take on the web mogul is “suave and conniving” as well as “pushy, greedy—and, yes, visionary.”
“A million dollars isn’t cool,” says Timberlake’s Parker in the film to Facebook architect Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).
“You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” Vanity Fair believes the real Parker is “more complex and more interesting, despite the considerable skills of Sorkin and director David Fincher.”
In preparing for the role, Timberlake actually approached Parker in a nightclub, to get some insight on his character. The internet titan wasn’t that generous with his time. In sum, he’s not pleased with the way he was painted in Sorkin’s script: he’s not that calculating or vindictive.
“He said he wanted to get to know me,” Parker tells Vanity Fair, “but I said, ‘That isn’t going to help you play the part [Aaron] Sorkin has written. That character really isn’t me.’”
However, Sorkin is clearly on to something in “Social Network”: Vanity Fair points out Parker’s foibles – many of which Timberlake nails on screen. For example, the real Parker is flaky, vain and a rancid party monger.
“Social Network” producer Scott Rudin kept a scene in the film that shows one of Parker’s wild soirees, inclusive of naked women adorned with lines of cocaine.
Above all, the real Parker, as painted by Vanity Fair, is egotistical.
“I’ve helped change the world, at least three times,” he tells the magazine.
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TIFF ’10: Diving into The Book on the night before the fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is my first official report from the 35th Toronto International Film Festival. Some posts will be short. Others will be long. This one will remain brief because, well, the festival doesn’t start until tomorrow.
But this evening, I’m hunkering down with The Book.

Though this is my fifth time in Toronto for the fest, I’ve never once received The Book. When I mentioned that to a friend of mine, he was shocked. The Book, apparently, is The Bible for TIFF attendees … and thumbing through it, I can see why.
At 448 pages, the official TIFF guide tells you EVERYTHING you need to know – and more – about the films and filmmakers at the fest. There’s a smaller, pocket-sized calendar to help you plan your day, but even that publication directly references back to The Book. The Book is sacred. The Book is holy. The Book is heavy, and so I’ll likely leave it in my room!
But for tonight, it’s all about the potential in each film I’m hoping to see while up here. So I’m hitting The Book. Hard. And tomorrow morning, I’ll hit the ground running. Be sure to check back often and read what I have to say about this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
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Adam McKay tells all: ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Boys,’ ‘Band,’ ‘Other Guys 2′

HollywoodNews.com: At the premiere for his reality feature production “The Virginity Hit,” director-producer Adam McKay expounded on the future of “Anchorman 2,” his next film “The Boys” and his upcoming HBO series “I Don’t Care About Your Band.”
And there was also a whisper about “The Other Guys 2.”
Talking to Collider, McKay said that the fan revolt over Paramount’s nixing “Anchorman 2” was a huge help; that there’s a chance the film might get made down the road:
“Paramount heard it. Adam Goodman, the President of Paramount, was on the first one so he loves it and when that outcry came, he was kind of excited because he knew it could maybe push it towards happening. That having been said, I’m clearly going into it like another movie so if it does happen it’s still two years away or a ways away. And I haven’t talked to anyone. There’s nothing happening right now but it helped, it helped.”

While McKay is waiting for a greenlight on that film, he’s bringing Garth Ennis’ comic book “The Boys” to the big screen. He’s set to polish up the latest draft and begin casting.
McKay also talked about his “full frontal assault at ‘Sex and the City’” with the Lizzie Caplan TV series “I Don’t Care About Your Band” based on the book by Julie Klausner. Playwright Leslye Headlead is adapting the book for TV.
Says McKay about the plot:
”Can the dating memoir be brought back after the long shadow of that? So it’s sort of the opposite. These are people with no money, these are people without romantic affairs. They’re kind of ugly and strange and dysfunctional and we think it’s a good time to try that. It’s New York City and it sort of takes place in like the hip, Brooklyn music scene and the improv scene and the stand up comedy scene and its 20-25 year olds, guys with way too many DVDs who don’t know how to call a girl back.”

As far as the future of “The Other Guys 2,” McKay explains that when it comes to comedy sequels, they’re typically considered a year after the first film’s performance; when the studio counts the monies from DVD and TV ancillaries. Stay tuned.
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Martin Freeman may join Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit,’ talks resume

HollywoodNews.com: Stop the presses.
Martin Freeman, the British actor from “The Office,” is still in the running for the Bilbo Baggins lead in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.”
U.K.’s The Sun originally reported that a scheduling conflict with the BBC “Sherlock Holmes” series prevented the actor from committing to the prolific role. In the show he portrays Dr. Watson.
However, EW.com confirms the following: “According to sources close to the ‘Hobbit’ production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the ‘Hobbit’ films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.”
When the ink is dried, Freeman will collect a seven figure payday for his work as a Middle Earth citizen.
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Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti ‘Barney’s Version’ finds distrib

HollywoodNews.com: There may not have been a watershed of arthouse films at the box office this summer, but as award season ramps up, the pipeline is about to change.
Sony Pictures Classics picked up the U.S. rights to “Barney’s Version,” a drama-edy about Barney Panofsky, a candid guy and his relationships with his three wives, his outrageous father and a dissolute best friend. Barney’s life is chronicled over 30 years and two continents.
“Barney’s Version,” directed by Richard J. Lewis (CBS’ “CSI”) is based on the comic novel by Mordecai Richler. Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti plays Barney. Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar nominee Minnie Driver also star.
“Barney’s Version” is currently in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will be presented at the Gala Presentation at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
“Several years before starting production on ‘Barney’s Version,’ I approached Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. I told them about my relationship with Mordecai Richler and about how important this project was for me and that I would not trust anyone other than Sony Classics to distribute it in America. I was determined to make ‘Barney’s Version’ the beneficiary of their skill and experience. I am now delighted to place my film in their talented hands,” said the film’s producer Robert Lantos in a statement.
A domestic release date hasn’t been set as of yet for “Barney’s Version.”
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Matthew Morrison and John Stamos have a blast on ‘Glee’ set

HollywoodNews.com: Matthew Morrison and John Stamos are having no problems getting along on the set of ‘Glee’ and have been doing so for years as they met through Broadway.
As Stamos is filming with the show as Morrison’s romantic rival, there is nothing but friendship there: “He calls me Matty Fresh. He’s my bro,” reports Access Hollywood.
And the two are getting along so well that they may even make a pit stop by the Howard Stern radio show. Both claim to be fans of Stern and Stamos has reportedly almost convinced Morrison to go on with him. However, Morrison still has some hesitations: “[H]e’s totally gonna throw me under the bus with a lot of stuff — I know he is.”
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Donald Trump will lose his hair on TV

HollywoodNews.com: Donald Trump’s hair has always been a thing of mystery, but now he’ll be losing it on TV.
Trump will be a character on the animated show ‘Glenn Martin, DDS’ and will be the victim of the Martin girls who will go and steal his toupee. His hair, however, ends up being his source of power, so one can only imagine what will happen to Trump.
The Donald Trump episode will air this Friday at 10:30 pm on Nick at Nite.
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Lauren Conrad dishes some style advice to Cosmo

HollywoodNews.com: Kitten heels are the “mullet of shoes” and flashing your cleavage at work is a no-no, according to former ‘Hills’ star Lauren Conrad.
The reality TV star and fashion designer shares her five top fashion rules in the October issue of Cosmopolitan.
Conrad, who has a new book Lauren Conrad Style due to be published next month, tells the magazine that banning kitten heels is number four on her list of style dos and don’ts.
She says: “[They are] my biggest no-no. They are the mullet of shoes. Go flat or go with a heel.”
When it comes to office attire, Conrad advises readers: “Body parts that should never see the office: your upper back, cleavage and toes.”
She also recommends investing in a rubber sole to extend the life of designer shoes and that women should always dress up for a date, saying: “Jeans and a pretty top will work if you want to keep it casual, but no [trainers].”
The former ‘Laguna Beach’ star is currently dating 32-year-old actor Kyle Howard, who appears on TV sitcom ‘My Boys,’ but she says that she is happy to keep their relationship away from the cameras.
“I spent years putting my relationships on television,” she says.
“That didn’t work out. So I tried something else and that did. I mean there’s nothing to hide. I’m happy. That’s all people need to know.”
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Jessica Simpson launches own denim line in NYC

HollywoodNews.com: Singer-actress Jessica Simpson proudly showed off her curves in a mini-dress as she debuted her new denim line. The ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ star wore a short blue frock, which she designed herself, when she recently unveiled her Jessica Simpson Show Me Your Blues Jeanswear collection in New York.
The 30-year-old’s boyfriend Eric Johnston also attended the event, along with Simpson’s sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, 25, and her husband Pete Wentz, 31.
Simpson later thanked Wentz, who called the event a “rad show”, for playing tunes on the night.
She tweeted: “You were the best DJ ever bro’!”
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