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'American Horror Story' Star Joins 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
American Horror Story breakout Evan Peters has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, breaking the news that the young actor will portray Quicksilver in the upcoming Fox movie, which combines two X-Men franchises. "Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a Really fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver," Singer wrote. Quicksilver is the son of villain Magneto, who appeared in Issue No. 4 of Marvel's X-Men comic. The speedster later became a member of The Avengers, with his sister the
- Borys Kit , Lesley Goldberg
'The Hangover Part III' Gets Early Start on Memorial Day Showdown
Warner Bros. kicks off what could be a record-breaking Memorial Day weekend, with “The Hangover Part III” launching Wednesday night headed toward a potential $75 million to $85 million five-day gross.
But the three-quel competes squarely against Universal’s Friday opener, “Fast and Furious 6,” which tracking suggests will win the weekend with $100 million through Monday.
“Hangover” and “Fast 6″ — along with Fox’s family film “Epic” (also bowing Friday, with tracking in the $40 million range) — should lift holiday totals to $280 million or more, beating the $276 million Memorial Day benchmark set in 2011. The second “Hangover” led the charge that year, grossing $135 million in five days, though it’s very unlikely “Hangover III” will gross that much.
Warners launches the Legendary Pictures co-production nationwide Thursday at 3,555 locations, mirroring the same early release strategy of its predecessor.
See Also: ‘The Hangover III’ Premieres in L.A. »
- Andrew Stewart
'Timecop' reboot in the works at Universal
Based on Mark Verheiden’s Dark Horse Comics title Time Cop, the original film imagined a world where time travel would be possible and where police regulate its usage. Peter Hyams’ 1994 film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as an officer who tries to go back in time to save his wife from being killed — and stymie the endemic corruption that has emerged as a result of time-travel technology.
The original film was one of 1994′s top R-rated hits, »
- Lindsey Bahr
'Little Miss Sunshine' Musical to Open Off Broadway
Despite earlier indications that the developing show was aiming for Broadway, the musical version of Little Miss Sunshine will make its New York debut as the opener of the 35th anniversary season of top-tier Off Broadway company Second Stage Theatre. Written and directed by James Lapine with music and lyrics by William Finn, the show is based on the 2006 Sundance breakout feature, which became a hit for Fox Searchlight. Co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris from a script by Michael Arndt, the film followed a messed-up family on a chaotic cross-country road trip to get
- David Rooney
'S.W.A.T.' Star Steve Forrest Dies at 87
Steve Forrest, who starred as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the 1970s ABC action series S.W.A.T., died peacefully surrounded by family on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 87. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Forrest frequently was cast as a leading man or “heavy.” An aficionado of the American Western, he delighted in roles that glorified the genre, including guest-starring appearances on such television classics as The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 But it was his role as the hard-hitting yet warmhearted Harrelson on the
- Mike Barnes
Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt Welcome Baby Girl Gracie James
Ron Livingston is a dad! The Office Space star is going to have to make some crib space now that he and his actress-wife Rosemarie DeWitt are celebrating the birth Monday of their first child, a baby girl they've named Gracie James Livingston. The pair's reps confirmed the news to People saying in a statement that "the whole family is happy and well." The 45-year-old Livingston, of course, is famed for roles in HBO's Band of Brothers and his stint playing Carrie Bradshaw's hapless writer-boyfriend Burger on Sex and the City. He and the 38-year-old DeWitt, best known for Showtime's The United States of Tara and the 2008 drama Rachel Getting Married, began dating after »
Glee's Lea Michele Lands Book Deal for Brunette Ambition
Attention, Gleeks! Lea Michele has just landed her first book deal, for a memoir titled Brunette Ambition. The book will be "part memoir, part how-to and part style-guide" and will chronicle Michele's life "from normal Bronx-born schoolgirl to Broadway child star to lead actress in one of the most popular shows on television," she said in a statement. The Glee actress explained the inspiration behind her upcoming how-to manual, which is slated to hit bookstore shelves next spring. "There wasn't a guidebook when I was growing up, that detailed everything I would need to do, and know, to get where I am today," she said. "But I believe I can write »
Last Night on Late Night: Julianne Moore Gave Away her Cannes Toemageddon Toes
Last night on Late Night, Julianne Moore discussed her Cannes Film Festival Toemaggedon. Apparently, she'd practiced the art of "stately walking" in her heels, but she'd overlooked the pivot. Her solution? "I needed to prevent this from happening again so I cut my toes off," she told Jimmy Fallon as she gifted him a little box of her little, pedicured piggies. Plus: Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo teamed up against the National School Scrabble champions. Team Kimmel lost again, but the look of shock on the eighth grader's face once Jimmy threw down the Scrabble board was plain precious. B-l-a-s-p-h-e-m-y! And finally, Isla Fisher performed a magic trick on Jay Leno and Tyler Perry. And despite her doubts, she actually succeeded. Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »
- Caroline Shin
Studios Drool Over Sci-Fi Drama - but Will Spielberg Take It to TV? (Exclusive)
Mickey Fisher, an unknown and unsigned writer until recently, has film studios drooling over his script "Extant" for weeks. There's just one twist: it's not a film script. Fisher wrote "Extant" as a TV pilot. It's a one-hour sci-fi drama about John and Molly Watts and their son, a human-like robot named Ethan. Molly, the space-traveling wife, is also pregnant with a baby that is part human and part alien. The family intrigue deepens in subsequent episodes. Multiple agencies sought to sign the writer after reading the script, and Wme won out. Wme »
- Lucas Shaw
Study: Women Movie Critics Fewer Than 20% on Rotten Tomatoes
The age of the Internet has not been kind to female movie critics. According to a new study titled "Gender @ the Movies" obtained by TheWrap ahead of its Friday release, film criticism has become even more male-dominated in the age of online news than it was six years ago. Also read: Rex Reed Ripped for Calling Melissa McCarthy 'Tractor-Sized' and 'Hippo' in Review The study tracked review activity by top Rotten Tomatoes critics this spring and found that top male critics wrote 82% of film reviews featured on the aggregator site during »
- Diane Garrett
Watch Arrested Godfather, Which Is Exactly What It Sounds Like
The Godfather dubbed with Arrested Development dialogue? For almost seven minutes? Yes. Absolutely. Thank you, Internet. Thank you, Slacktory! Vito Corleone is George Sr., Michael Corleone is Michael Bluth, Anthony Corleone is George Michael — you get it. What you don't get, till you've seen it, is how perfect the 3:20 mark is, set to G.O.B.'s expensive suit gag. C'mon! »
- Zach Dionne
'Does Someone Have to Go?' need to stay or go?
There are a few standard workplace nightmares that will make the average person bolt upright in bed, sweating profusely and hoping desperately it was, yes, all a dream. Walking into the office buck naked is one. Being given a fifth grade math test instead of a job interiew and realizing you've forgotten how to do long division. Now we have a new one: finding out your office has been selected to appear on "Does Someone Have to Go?" As nightmares go, this one is a doozy. While purporting to be about solving office dysfunction, "Does Someone Have to Go?" pretty much guarantees »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Jon Stewart Casts Gael Garcia Bernal as His Rosewater Star
Jon Stewart is taking a three-month Daily Show hiatus this summer while he helms Rosewater, his debut feature film. Stewart has now tapped Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, The Loneliest Planet, Babel) as his star. The film is based on Maziar Bahari's Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, adapted for the screen by Stewart and Aimee Molloy. Bernal will likely play Bahari, a journalist who covered Iran's 2009 election and was imprisoned by the Iranian government for 118 days. »
- Zach Dionne
Sony to Sell $1.5 Billion in Corporate Bonds in Japan
Tokyo – Sony Corp will issue $1.5 billion in five-year bonds June 19 to ordinary Japanese investors, the company said Friday. Of that, $1.1 billion is earmarked for paying down existing debt, with the rest used for capital investment. The entertainment to electronics giant is attempting to strengthen its financial position as it restructures under CEO Kaz Hirai, who took the reins at Sony in April 2012. The company registered its first profit in five years in the fiscal period to March 2013, though this was achieved through asset disposals and from the benefits of a weaker
- Gavin J. Blair
Indies Fight for a Foothold in Season of Caped, Masked Superheroes
Summer is the busiest time of year at the multiplexes, with the major studios throwing wannabe blockbusters at every open date and big-budget sequels gobbling up all available screens. For indie films, it's the perfect time of the year. "People are in the moviegoing habit during the summer, but there's a smart audience out there that wants more than the latest superhero or another alien invasion," Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Tom Bernard told TheWrap. See photos: 15 LIttle Movies You Shouldn't Miss This Summer "It's counter-programming -- and for us, releasing films in the summer »
- Steve Pond
Amanda Bynes Arrested for Marijuana Possession (Report)
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes was arrested Thursday night in her New York apartment, according to published reports. Police were reportedly called to her Midtown Manhattan apartment after being alerted by a doorman that someone was smoking marijuana in the lobby. Photos: Amanda Bynes' Career in Photos: From Child Star to Troubled Adult According to some reports, by the time police arrived, she had returned to her 36th-floor apartment. When officers knocked on her door, they saw a bong, which Bynes allegedly grabbed and threw out the window. The police said they could smell marijuana and see smoke in her
- THR Staff
Will Forte says he's writing 'MacGruber 2' this summer
"MacGruber" fans, rejoice: a follow-up to the cult-favorite action spoof is still in the cards - at least on paper. "June 10th my writing partners John Solomon, Jorma Taccone and I are locking ourselves in a room and writing it," Forte told Rolling Stone at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's out promoting his role in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." "We were happy with how the original came out. I guess you wouldn't call it a [box office] success but people got to see it, sometimes you just have to be happy with that." Forte has teased a sequel to "MacGruber" for »
- HitFix Staff
Cannes Review: Starry, diverting 'Blood Ties' is no thicker than water
Cannes - Fans of New York-based writer-director (and lovingly adopted son of France) James Gray are getting a lot of bang for their, well, Euro at this year's Cannes Film Festival. His long-awaited new feature "The Immigrant" may be the main attraction, of course, but he also has a writing credit on Guillaume Canet's thriller "Blood Ties" -- a film that might be described as too James Gray for Gray to have directed himself. Between its elegiac genre qualities, its fuzzily gray visual textures, even its age-old tale of brothers on opposite sides of the law, it's a veritable checklist of »
- Guy Lodge
L.A. Screenings: Canadian Deals Aplenty, CBS in Russia Pact
Canadian TV buyers have been buying new shows at a fast clip this week as the major studios hosted a movable feast of program sales for international TV execs attending the annual L.A. Screenings events.
CBS, meanwhile, has set its first volume deal with a Russian outlet, setting a multi-year pact with pay TV and Svod provider Amedia Group for a raft of shows, including CBS’ entire new slate, plus existing series such as “Elementary,” CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Showtime’s upcoming drama “Ray Donovan.”
“We are excited to partner with Russia’s leading production company and newest broadcaster, Amedia, for our first volume deal in the market,” said Armando Nunez, prexy of CBS Global Distribution.
The Eye also announced a pact with MTV3 Finland covering new series such as CBS drama “Reckless” and CW’s “Reign.” The channel is already home to CBS’ “CSI” franchise. »
- Cynthia Littleton
In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The Hangover Part III,' and More
Memorial Day weekend heats up at the box office. The crew is back for Fast & Furious 6. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez, the actors reprise their roles for the action-packed Universal franchise. The latest installment finds Dom Teretto (Diesel) and former FBI agent Brian O'Conner (Walker) agreeing to assist Luke Hobbs, played by Johnson, to track down some European car thieves. Dom's biggest motive to help comes from realizing that Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez), who has teamed up with the criminals, isn't dead. The car-chasing flick is directed by Justin Lin. Another franchise
- Stephanie Chan
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