Usher is keeping busy these days – both in the recording studio and on a movie set.
On the musical end of things, the R&B singer has been working on his sixth studio album and recently revealed that it will be called “Monster.”
The Grammy winner, who is recording the follow-up to 2008′s “Here I Stand” in Las Vegas and Atlanta, has even brought in producer Jermaine Dupri for the project, according to People.
In “The Limits of Control,” Tilda Swinton’s character says something along the lines of: good films are those that resemble dreams you’re not sure you really had. That’s exactly what this movie was: a film I wasn’t sure I really saw.
“The Limits of Control” tells the story of a reserved loner (Isaach De Bankolé) and his bizarre journey across Spain, where he attempts to complete an illegal mission. Throughout the film, Bankolé meets a range of different people who help him complete his job. If this sounds vague, that’s because this film is sort of vague. But the performances are unique, to say the least.
For example, it wouldn’t be surprising if Bankolé, the protagonist, had give or take 40 lines throughout the entire film (including one-liners), which is unusual for most big-name productions. That being said, he pulls off an in-depth character who practices tai chi every morning and always asks for two expressos in separate cups. These little details add depth to all the characters in this movie with little dialogue.
There have been countless rumours regarding who would replace Zac Efron in the upcoming “Footloose” remake but according to PEOPLE, Paramount Pictures has announced that Crawford will be reprising the role of Ren McCormack, previously played by Kevin Bacon.
“High School Musical” star Zac Efron dropped out of the film to pursue different roles, but Paramount released a statement saying the studio was still committed to the remake.
A statement from Paramount at the time said, ” ‘Footloose’ is a project we’ve longed to see re-booted for a new generation. While Zac is no longer attached, we remain excited and committed to the collective brain trust of Kenny Ortega, [producers] Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who will reinvigorate the franchise.”
Crawford is currently in New York filming “Twelve,” co-starring “24’s” Kiefer Sutherland, Emma Roberts, Ellen Barkin and rapper 50 Cent.
The kids of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” are going to Tinseltown for the series’ first-ever movie.
Titled “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” the movie follows the characters Manny (Cassie Steele) and Paige (Lauren Collins) from the popular Canadian series as they try to launch acting careers in L.A.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz will show up in cameo roles.
There’s a new captain of The Enterprise and his name is Bruce Greenwood, playing Captain Pike in the newest Star Trek movie, coming out this weekend. Bruce told Jordan about producing the film and explains what it takes to be captain.
Tween girls will be happy to know “17 Again” kicks off with a shirtless Zac Efron. But their parents will be even happier to know it’s a movie the entire family can enjoy — for different reasons.
The premise is quite easy to like and even easier to follow. Mike O’Donnell (played by Matthew Perry as an adult and Zac Efron as a teen) had everything going for him as a highschooler in 1989: cool-status, mad basketball skills, a hot girlfriend and a promising sports scholarship. But instead of going with the game, O’Donnell marries his high school sweetheart and twenty years later ends up with a dysfunctional family, a marriage held by a loose thread and a lame job.
To top things off, O’Donnell is now separated from his wife Scarlett (played by Leslie Mann), and living with his extremely nerdy friend Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon) in a house filled with “Star Wars” memorabilia. Things couldn’t possibly get any worse. O’Donnell questions whether he made the right choices in high school and wishes he could somehow make it right.
Sounds cheesy (or like a repeat of ‘Freaky Friday’)? I thought so too — but that was before I had actually seen the film. “17 Again” turned out to be a nice blend of pop culture teen-movie with legitimate doses of emotional moments. In fact, you can be 17 and relate to this movie or 47 and still find ways to connect because let’s face it, most of us remember vividly (or at least think we do) the “good old high school days.”
After months of rumours over who will play such and such character in the second film of the “Twilight” saga “New Moon”, Summit Entertainment has finally released an official cast announcement.
“New cast members include the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world, as well as two new members of the Quileute Indian Nation,” read the press release posted on April 15 on Summit Entertainment’s website. ”The Volturi include Charlie Bewley as Demetri, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Daniel Cudmore as Felix, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, all Volturi enforcers. Dakota Fanning plays Jane, a high-ranking and powerful Volturi member, and Cameron Bright is Alec, her brother. Noot Seear plays Volturi member Heidi. Michael Sheen plays Aro, the Volturi leader. Graham Greene appears as Harry Clearwater, Quileute tribal leader and old friend of Bella’s father Charlie. Tinsel Korey is Emily, the fiancée of Sam Uley.”
The Ghostbuster boys are back in town for a third trip as the supernatural exterminators.
According to MTV news, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have all given the nod to the third Ghostbusters installment- the second sequel for the 1980′s comedy movie. “We’re all going to be in it in different kinds of roles,” said Ramis about how the original actors will be taking part in the modern version of the horror comedy.
Ramis also hinted that there will be a newer generation of Ghostbusters on-screen as well. “We’re going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters.”
Woody Allen has added Nicole Kidman to the all-star cast of his latest film, which will begin shooting in London this summer.
According to Variety, the actress joins a cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame.
It seems that Lindsay Lohan’s career has taken a very public nosedive in the last year and now within recent weeks, the starlet can no longer ignore it.
In many interviews over the last few weeks, including one with Nylon magazine, Lindsay comments on her failing career and her declining bank account.
“Oh my God, I’m not working,” she told Nylon magazine. “And I have a house to pay for now. … And yes, the Web sites, the gossip pages, and all of that stuff have hurt my career; they’re like the burn books of Hollywood.”
Ticket sales of the band’s new concert movie, “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience,” is much lower than expected.
The movie, featuring the star-studded brothers, was expected to bring in an estimated $30 to $40 million dollars, and only racked in sales of around $12.7 million over the course of opening weekend.
The three brothers even scheduled surprise personal appearances at random screenings across the country, even showing up at their home theatre at the Palisades Center. Read more…
This movie keeps coming back with a vengeance. According to perezhilton.com, the legendary movie ‘Scream’ is coming out with a fourth segment. Scream originally started in 1996, starring actors such as Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, David Arquette and Courtney Cox. The film was one of the highest grossing films of 1996, with huge commercial success.
The storyline revolved around a murderous stranger dubbed Ghostface who calls his victims before eventually killing them. It then follows Sidney Prescott’s (played by Neve Campbell) fight to survive the killer’s intentions on murdering her.
Celebrities David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell have all been made offers to play cameos in the fourth ‘Scream’ film. The original ‘Scream’ screenwriter Kevin Williams is on board, and rumors are circulating over the return of Wes Craven as director of the scary slasher.
Craven has been reported saying he may or may not return to direct the fourth addition to the ‘Scream’ saga, noting it would take the new script “being really as good a script as the first one was,” reports perezhilton.com.
Director of film sensation “Twilight”, Catherine Hardwicke, has opted against directing the sequel, “New Moon”. Despite being offered a huge sum of money to come aboard, Hardwicke decided she didn’t want to make the film under the proposed deadline and budget restraints, reports MTV News.
The film Twilight focused on a young girl, Bella Swan, who falls in love with a Vampire, Edward Cullen. Their love proves to be a difficult one, for they must prevail through Edward’s hunger for Bella, and the thirst of other sinister vampire’s that wish to taste Bella’s blood. The movie opened on 3649 theatres around the world.
“I was devastated,” said Hardicke, who is set to release her book “Twilight: Director’s Notebook” in March. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie, and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”
Hardwicke will be replaced by “Golden Compass” director Chris Weitz, and the sequel is due out on November 20. Rumored possible additions to the cast are Dakota Fanning as Jane, and Vanessa Hudgens, who has auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater.
Producer Rob Thomas told E! News that after his new series “Cupid” airing on ABC has been cut down from 13 episodes to 8, he’ll have more time to work on the “Veronica Mars” movie script.
“What that means for me is that I have a couple of months to write the Veronica Mars movie,” Thomas said to E! News. “I suddenly find myself with enough time to write that script. That’s the next project.”
Rumours had been flying that the movie would show Veronica Mars solving crimes while in college. Thomas set the record straight to E! News, “I think it would open just days before Hearst College graduation, so Veronica would be at the end of her college career.”
Although the cast for the movie has not been confirmed, Thomas hopes the original cast will sign on, “I’ve talked to Jason Dohring, I’ve talked to Enrico Colantoni and I’ve talked to Kristen [Bell], obviously. I know that Kristen wants to do it. I want to do it”.
It’s official, the highly anticipated “Arrested Development” movie is happening, “For once and for all, the Arrested Development movie is happening” Will Arnett told E! Online.
But there’s still one question that remains unanswered: will Canadian actor Michael Cera be joining the cast?
“I hope so,” producer Mitch Hurwitz told E! Online. “We’re just trying to get all the actors on board.”
Jason Bateman, Cera’s co-star on the show, told E! Online Cera is still considering the offer, “I know he’s thinking about it. And we’re all awaiting some finality to all of that so Mitch can get writing.”
The question is: why is his decision taking so long? Bateman answers E! Online, “He’s certainly not said that he won’t do it. I think Michael is clearly the guy that has come out of ‘Arrested Development’ with a very big plate, so I think he’s trying to really give some responsible thought to what makes sense for him to do with his career. The guy is 20 years old and I’m sure he doesn’t want to screw up this opportunity.”
Montreal-based band Arcade Fire is set to release a concert film which includes both live and behind the scenes footage. The material is from the band’s European and North American tour.
Arcade Fire announced the project through a new website (Miroir Noir or Black Mirror) which shares the same name of a song on the album “Neon Bible”.
Fans can catch a clip of the film – which is set to release on Monday – on the site, according to a news release. The documentary is 70 minutes long and will be available to download and on DVD in 2009.
The film focusses on the period after the band recorded “Neon Bible”. This includes appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross”.
The documentary was shot by French filmmaker Vincent Moon, who has also worked with REM.
Next week (Dec 3rd), andPOP will sit down with actress Taraji P. Henson from the upcoming film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
Taraji plays Queenie, Brad’s mother, in a film about a man named Benjamin Button (Pitt) who ages backwards.
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Sean Avery isn’t only a celebrity-dating hockey player, he’s also the inspiration for a new film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema is working on a film that would detail his recent experience interning at Vogue; his “experiences in the fashion world and the relationships he made there.”
Avery began his internship in May, and among his duties he was a guest editor for MensVogue.com.
There were rumours that while he was there, he was dating Calvin Klein’s 51-year-old ex-wife, Kelly.
If I were to join a sorority, I could only hope to have Shelley as my house mother. She’s witty, vivacious, and big-hearted. Most importantly, her closest is full of clothing that some more daring girls would love to own and, let’s face it; many guys would pray to see girls wear.
Anna Faris stars as Shelley, the over-the-top perky Playboy bunny who gets kicked out of Hugh Hefner’s mansion the day after her 27th birthday—which, according to bunny years, is equivalent to 59-years-old. With no place to live, Shelley becomes a house mother for Zeta Alpha Zeta — a nerd-filled sorority in need of 30 pledges to avoid being kicked off campus.
“The House Bunny” is a combination of “Legally Blonde” (both movies are penned by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith) and “Mean Girls”. It’s full of jocks and nerds; the in-crowd and the not-so-in-crowd. The storyline and the characters are neither original nor creative and yes, we all have seen such movies dozens of times.
But this movie has something that the other cookie-cutter movies don’t always have. Super cool characters.
Emma Stone, best known for her role in “Superbad”, stars as Natalie—the head of Zeta’s sisterhood. She’s smart and clever and socially awkward—just like all the other Zeta’s seven members. However, in order to make the social rejects into social goddesses, Shelley must strip them of everything — including their intelligence and clothing— and make them over to multiple versions of herself. Yes, I know, we have seen this before. Once again, the message is sent out that ALL college guys prefer women who are barely dressed and act stupid over those who aren’t afraid to out-wit them in clothing that’s not easily mistaken for lingerie.
But wait, there is hope for mankind. Oliver, played by Colin Hanks, is labelled a weirdo for actually liking a female for her brains and, of course, he also happens to be Shelley’s love interest. But just like her Zeta sisters, Shelley too must undergo a bit of transformation in order to show Oliver there is more to her than her 8-inch heels and mini skirts.
Although this Happy Madison film sends out more futile messages than anything useful, it isn’t meant to be something more. It succeeds at its purpose of entertaining the audience and much of this laugh-out-loud humour is due to Faris. She made us laugh in the “Scary Movie” franchise and she made us chuckle when she played the not-so-smart surrogate mother for Monica’s and Chandler’s babies in “Friends.” Faris will likely continue playing the “dumb blonde” roles and thankfully so because she knows how to charm the audience. Without or without bunny ears.