This morning Broadway.com and Huffington Post confirmed Tina Fey has plans to send Mean Girls to the Great White Way. Fey told E! News: “I’m trying to develop it, actually, with my husband, who does all the music for 30 Rock. And I think Paramount’s onboard.” She’s also thinking of Mariah Carey for Amy Poehler’s role.
Um, WHAT? Some might find this sad, but I find this oddly exciting. I’m already thinking of the great power houses and melodramatic ballads that need to be included. Naturally, I think Lea Michele needs to be involved. No one does powerhouse, dramatic ballads like her!
People are generally really excited:
The internet has been casting for this musical before Tina Fey confirmed the musical this morning. Lets take a look shall we? Read more…
After months of speculation, most of the casting for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has FINALLY been decided, including (drumroll) hunk Finnick Odair who we were theorizing about here, here and here. Yeah… we’re kind of obsessive.
Here’s what we know so far, though we’re still waiting to see who will play tech-savvy male tribute Beetee.
*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*
Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
Where you’ve seen him: Snow White and the Huntsman
Role: Finnick Odair is a District 4 victor and playboy who is sent to the Third Quarter Quell with Katniss and Peeta. He wields a trident and a hypnotizing smile.
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
Where you’ve seen her: Pride and Prejudice
Role: Johanna Mason is a District 7 victor who carries an ax. She loves teasing Katniss with her hyped up sexuality. The first time they met, she was completely nude. She’s pretty cold and we’re not sure whether or not to trust her.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
Where you’ve seen him: Moneyball
Role: He replaces Seneca Crane as Head Gamemaker, which means he’s planning the next Hunger Games.
Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere Read more…
Pretty much every actor in Young Hollywood would gladly participate as a tribute in The Hunger Games if their prize was to play Finnick Odair in the sequel, Catching Fire. Many names have been tossed around over the last couple months, including Jesse Williams, Zac Efron and Armie Hammer.
The latest rumor is that actor Sam Claflin has landed the role. Variety’s Jeff Sneider confirmed that Claflin made the studio’s shortlist to play Finnick. Now according to Zap2It, Lionsgate has signed off on his offer.
Claflin starred in this year’s Snow White and the Huntsman and last summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Unlike some of the other names that have been tossed around (Robert Pattinson, Ryan Gosling) I can actually imagine Claflin as Odair… he just needs to be a little more blond and bronzed but those are easy fixes.
Finnick Odair is the trident-wielding victor from District Four who participates in the Quarter Quell. He’s a Capitol playboy and we’re not sure whether or not we can trust his charming smile.
Do you think Claflin is a good fit?
Sam Claflin interview:
Jena Malone will reportedly play District 7′s Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games‘ sequel, Catching Fire. Although there were reports that Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki were contenders, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Malone was offered the part and is in the early stages of negotiations.
*SPOILERS: Mason is one of the key players in Catching Fire and the third instalment Mockingjay, as she aligns herself with Peeta and Katniss. She’s the last surviving female Hunger Games winner from District 7 and one of the youngest overall.
The role is one of the most difficult because Johanna has a strong sexuality and a lot of one-liners that are half witty and half snarky. She also introduces herself to the slightly prude Katniss completely NUDE. I hadn’t really thought of Malone for the part but she actually seems like a good fit.
Meanwhile, we’re still eagerly awaiting a final decision on Finnick Odair, a Capitol playboy and charmer. DROOL.
Looks like another storm of racist comments are coming over the possible casting of Jesse Williams for Finnick Odair in the next Hunger Games films Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The trilogy has met a lot of criticism in the past for first casting Jennifer Lawrence to transform into the dark-complexioned Katniss Everdeen. Then, there was the controversy over casting Amandla Stenberg as 11-year-old Rue because of her race.
But according to message boards like this one, people seem to think that Finnick Odair should be Caucasian:
Here are some of the comments:
“I think that Jesse Wiliams just won’t work. Finnick Odair in my eyes is Tall, young, disheveled medium long luscious Golden blonde hair, ocean blue colored eyes, he has a glowing tan, washboard abs, and wears almost no clothes, at the same times carries a trident. That is the guy i wan’t to see as Finnick. For example PERFECT GUY is Ian Somerhalder. Color him blonde and throw in some contacts and wala you have Finnick Odair!”
“I’m sorry but unless I read the wrong book, isn’t Finnick Caucasian? By tanned skin Collins meant his skin was darkened from the sun (swimming/fishing) not that he is of a darker skin ethnicity… Don’t get me wrong, this guy is great just completely wrong for this role.”
Meanwhile, here’s what Williams had to say:
“I didn’t know what the heck a Finnick was when I was getting a lot of the questions about it. People are creative about that kind of stuff, and now I’ll try to figure out if that’s something that’s interesting to me.”
According to the books, the character is described as an extremely handsome man with “tan skin” (also referred to as “golden”), “bronze-colored hair” and “incredible” sea-green eyes.
Personally, I think Jesse would be an excellent choice for Finnick. He’s tanned, has a sexy body and has beautiful eyes. This man is hot!!
And so what if he isn’t Caucasian? Maybe he’ll even shock you with his performance! And besides, Hollywood definitely needs more diversity in their films and range of actors.
It has been confirmed that Brad Pitt will be starring in an adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie novel World War Z. As E! Online reports, Max Brooks made the confirmation at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Though the details are slim at the moment, some key roles have been filled. Brad’s company, Plan B Entertainment, has also secured the rights for the production and any sequels that might follow this picture and Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) is slated to direct.
If you haven’t read the book, the publisher’s website has a short synopsis: “The end was near. Zombies were taking over. They were infiltrating ever corner the world. No neutral ground existed, no nation was secure, and we were in serious danger of becoming extinct – overrun by hordes of the living dead.”
They’re hoping for a 2012 release, so maybe this is what was meant by predicting the end of the world!
After much speculation of who the next Spider-Man will be, the billion-dollar franchise finally has a new lead. Andrew Garfield has been cast in the role of Peter Parker, and the studios are very confident that this guy has got what it takes.
Amy Pascal, co-chairmen of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures, commented, “You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man,” continuing, “we have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”
Though he’s a relatively new actor on the scene, his credits speak for themselves. The young actor has had roles in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions For Lambs, and his most significant part hasn’t even hit the theatres yet. Garfield stars in David Fincher’s new much anticipated movie about Facebook titled The Social Network opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake.
As the young actor has already worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, it should be taken as a true testament that Garfield has some real talent. He’s starred alongside names like Heath Ledger, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and worked with greatly respected directors such as Spike Jonze.
The director of the new Spider-Man movie, Marc Webb, had nothing but good things to say about Garfield, commenting “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
The next instalment of the Spider-Man series is scheduled to begin production in early December and will hit theatres in 3D on July 3, 2011.
TMZ reports that the creators of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” are developing their next concept called “Party Down South.” Doron Ofir Casting are looking for “12 lucky guys and gals who are keepin’ it country and want to party their asses off.”
Apparently there will be a casting RV traveling through the cultural centres of America. You know, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennesse, Kentucky and West Virginia.
At least with this series, when women get hit by guys, it won’t be unexpected.
George Lucas’ upcoming WWII drama has enlisted two more actors.
Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in “Red Tails,” based on the story of the first unit of African-American fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
The ensemble drama has long been in the works for Lucas, who is producing the film through his Lucasfilm studio.
Adam Sandler and his former “Saturday Night Live” co-stars Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade are planning a comedy flick alongside “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” actor Kevin James.
The film will follow five high school buddies who reunite on a July 4 holiday weekend after 30 years. Sandler co-wrote the comedy that will be directed by “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” director Dennis Dugan according to Variety.
In other news, rapper Snopp Dogg has sealed a deal with MTV to host a variety show called “Dogg After Dark.” The show will feature celebrity interviews, performances by artists and sketch comedy. “Dogg After Dark” will air for seven Tuesdays consecutively starting February 14, according to E! Online.
Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Oscar nominee Josh Brolin are set to join an ensemble cast for Woody Allen’s next movie. The film written by Allen will start filming this summer in London.
Tom Cruise has taken another blow to his career and ego as he has reportedly lost a role – to Angelina Jolie.
According to Variety, Cruise was attached to the title role of “Edwin A. Salt,” a CIA drama. But when studio execs found out that Jolie had taken a liking to the script, they re-wrote it for her.
With the deal close to being signed, Jolie will likely play the CIA agent accused of spying for Russia, forcing her to elude her own company and prove her innocence. Of course, the film and character will be re-named.
Cruise, on the other hand, will next appear briefly in “Tropic Thunder.”
While Hayden Christensen is celebrating his box office success this weekend, Eminem may be just a tad jealous.
The lead role in the hit “Jumper” almost went to the rap superstar, writer/director Doug Liman revealed to MTV News. 20th Century Fox studio execs pulled for Eminem as he was more well-known.
“‘If I’ve proven anything to myself, it’s that I can tailor a role to an actor,” Liman explained. “[I could] develop the role with [someone like Eminem] and make it extremely specific to them. So as long as the person has acting chops, I’m open to talking to almost anybody for almost any role.”
But it was Canadian cutie Christensen that Liman demanded to work with. “At some point, I just put my foot down and said, ‘I love Hayden.’”
With the film pulling in $27.2 million in North America this past weekend, it appears that Liman’s faith in Christensen’s star power was right.
For fans who can’t get enough Hayden, he graces the cover of Details magazine this month.
Amidst rumours that “The Hills” is fake, producers are holding onto their last shred of dignity by refusing to let Paris Hilton appear on the show.
Crew members of the show were reportedly overheard discussing Hilton’s attempts to land a role, saying that the producers felt it would be “pushing the limits” of believability.
It’s not really that much of a stretch, though. Nicole Ritchie, Paris’ re-instated BFF, has been seen out on the town with “Hills” stars Lauren Conrad and Audrina Partridge.
The producers may have their noses raised over Hilton, but they are apparently not above casting people in key roles of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt’s upcoming wedding.
Roxy Olin, daughter of “Brothers and Sisters” actor Ken Olin, is in final talks to be Montag’s maid of honour.