Will Joaquin Phoenix Return to Acting in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" 


Last week, we told you that Benjamin Walker will walk the part of Honest Abe in Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." We also told you that besides the beloved President, another juicy role in the film is the part of Henry Sturges, Lincoln's mentor who taught him how to slay vamps. Now, Deadline is saying that Joaquin Phoenix could return to acting playing the plum role!

The role was previously offered to "Inception's" Tom Hardy until the actor chose to work on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." Apparently, Phoenix has met with 20th Century Fox and Bekmambetov and was told that the role is his if he wants it!

Like what I said in my "Two Lovers" (Phoenix's last film before he went play-pretend bonkers) or "I'm Still Here" movie reviews, Phoenix is a great actor and he should not forget acting!

So this is great news! The role of Henry Sturges is like Lincoln's Dumbledore, or Gandalf, or Yoda! Or heck, even similar to Buffy's Giles. And we always remember the person who taught our hero everything, don't we?

Let's wait and see if Phoenix will bite into the role! He should! Oh, and have I told you how much I love the book? You should read it!

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Stephen King's "The Stand" is Coming to Theaters Near You, Are You Excited? 


Warner Bros. and CBS Films are partnering to give us the big screen version of the Stephen King opus, "The Stand." Should we say it's about damn time, or too late?

Originally published in 1978, "The Stand" is about the never-ending spiritual battle between good and evil told against an apocalyptic backdrop -- a virus has taken over America!

This multi-layered, multi-character piece quickly became a cult hit, and has been influential in shows like "Lost."

King will be involved somehow, but we don't know as to what extent yet. His material was Hollywood's cash cow in the 70s and 80s, and yes, some of his films work (like "Shawshank Redemption"), and some suck (Remember "Maximum Overdrive?" He directed that one you know)!

Apparently both the studios and producers will meet with writers and directors in the coming weeks to find the film's voice. Will it be a multi-part film in the vein of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" or will it be a standalone movie?

I love King, and I actually admired (at least until the WTF ending) the 1994 TV version with Gary Sinise, remember that one? No? Here's a trip down memory lane:



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Can Tyler Perry Pull Off Alex Cross? 


As an actor, Tyler Perry is known as the lovably irritating Madea in all those Madea-centric films. Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that the actor will play Alex Cross, the James Patterson-created character that Morgan Freeman previously played in "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider." (Check out my fun interview with Perry for "Madea Goes to Jail" right here)

It's an ambitious gambit for Perry, and way to go for trying to defy gravity by deciding to play the detective-psychologist. And it's not even a comedy!

QED has announced that Patterson is co-writing a draft of the script with Kerry Williamson, and will be polished by Marc Moss. Rob Cohen ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor") will direct. (Check out my interview with Cohen for "The Mummy" right here)

The last time Perry acted in a film that he did not write, produce, or direct was for "Star Trek" as the Commander of the Star Fleet. But his role was brief in the film. This Alex Cross movie will mark his first big role without any of his input as part of the creative team.

So I think Perry can pull off Alex Cross. He can ditch the wig and the Madea stance anytime. :happy

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Screen Actors Guild Crowns "The King's Speech!" Drama Tops 2011 SAG Awards, See Complete List of Winners, Nominees 


The 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards belonged to Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," now the frontrunner of the 2011 Oscar race. Last night, the Directors Guild crowned Hooper as the Best Director of 2010, tonight the Screen Actors Guild blessed "The King's Speech."

The drama about King George VI (Colin Firth) and how he overcomes his speech impediment to unite his country was given the Best Film Ensemble at the 2011 Sag Awards. Firth also received the Best Actor trophy.

Natalie Portman continues her awards momentum by winning the Best Actress trophy for "Black Swan." David O. Russell's "The Fighter" yielded Best Supporting trophies for Christian Bale for Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo for Supporting Actress.

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

17th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® WINNERS AND NOMINEES (WINNERS HIGHLIGHTED)

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush - "GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg - "THE SOCIAL NETWORK" (Columbia Pictures)
*** COLIN FIRTH / King George VI - "THE KING’S SPEECH" (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston - "127 HOURS" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANNETTE BENING / Nic - "THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
***NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
***CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
***MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

VINCENT CASSEL / Thomas Leroy
BARBARA HERSHEY / Erica Sayers
MILA KUNIS / Lily
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers
WINONA RYDER / Beth Macintyre

THE FIGHTER (Paramount Pictures)

AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward
JACK MCGEE / George Ward
MARK WAHLBERG / Micky Ward

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features)

ANNETTE BENING / Nic
JOSH HUTCHERSON / Laser
JULIANNE MOORE / Jules
MARK RUFFALO / Paul
MIA WASIKOWSKA / Joni

*** THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)
ANTHONY ANDREWS / Stanley Baldwin
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth
JENNIFER EHLE / Myrtle Logue
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI
MICHAEL GAMBON / King George V
DEREK JACOBI / Archbishop Cosmo Lang
GUY PEARCE / King Edward VIII
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue
TIMOTHY SPALL / Winston Churchill


THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Columbia Pictures)

JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg
ANDREW GARFIELD / Eduardo Saverin
ARMIE HAMMER / Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
MAX MINGHELLA / Divya Narendra
JOSH PENCE / Tyler Winklevoss
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE / Sean Parker

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
JOHN GOODMAN / Neal Nicol – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)
*** AL PACINO / Jack Kevorkian – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)
DENNIS QUAID / Bill Clinton – “THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP” (HBO)
ÉDGAR RAMÍREZ / Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka ‘Carlos’ – “CARLOS” (Sundance Channel)
PATRICK STEWART / Macbeth – “MACBETH (GREAT PERFORMANCES)” (Thirteen/PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
*** CLAIRE DANES / Temple Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
CATHERINE O’HARA / Aunt Ann – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
JULIA ORMOND / Eustacia Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
WINONA RYDER / Lois Wilson – “WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY” (CBS)
SUSAN SARANDON / Janet Good – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
*** STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan – “DEXTER” (SHOWTIME)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Dr. Gregory House – “HOUSE” (FOX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes – “DAMAGES” (FX)
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson – “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT” (NBC)
*** JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – “THE CLOSER” (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
*** ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel – “GLEE” (FOX)
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester – “GLEE” (FOX)
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
*** BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

*** BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson
DABNEY COLEMAN / Commodore Louis Kaestner
PAZ DE LA HUERTA / Lucy Danzinger
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder
GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody
ALESKA PALLADINO / Angela Darmody
VINCENT PIAZZA / Lucky Luciano
MICHAEL PITT / Jimmy Darmody
MICHAEL SHANNON / Agent Nelson Van Alden
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein
SHEA WHIGHAM / Sheriff Elias Thompson


THE CLOSER (TNT)
G.W. BAILEY / Det. Lt. Provenza
MICHAEL PAUL CHAN / Lt. Mike Tao
RAYMOND CRUZ / Det. Julio Sanchez
JONATHAN DEL ARCO / Dr. Morales
TONY DENISON / Lt. Andy Flynn
ROBERT GOSSETT / Commander Taylor
PHILLIP P. KEENE / Buzz
COREY REYNOLDS / Sgt. David Gabriel
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. SIMMONS / Asst. Police Chief Will Pope
JON TENNEY / FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

DEXTER (Showtime)
JENNIFER CARPENTER / Debra Morgan
APRIL HERNANDEZ CASTILLO / Cira
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan
DESMOND HARRINGTON / Joey Quinn
MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY / Sonya
C.S. LEE / Vince Masuka
JONNY LEE MILLER / Jordan Chase
JAMES REMAR / Harry Morgan
JULIA STILES / Lumen Pierce
LAUREN VELEZ / Lt. Maria Laguerta
PETER WELLER / Liddy
DAVID ZAYAS / Sgt. Angel Batista

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
CHRISTINE BARANSKI / Diane Lockhart
JOSH CHARLES / Will Gardner
ALAN CUMMING / Eli Gold
MATT CZUCHRY / Cary Agos
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick
ARCHIE PANJABI / Kalinda Sharma
GRAHAM PHILLIPS / Zach Florrick
MAKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick

MAD MEN (AMC)
CARA BUONO / Faye Miller
JON HAMM / Don Draper
JARED HARRIS / Lane Pryce
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis (Draper)
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell
MATT LONG / Joey Baird
ROBERT MORSE / Bert Cooper
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
JESSICA PARÉ / Megan Calvet
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
CHRISTOPHER STANLEY / Henry Francis
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)
SCOTT ADSIT / Pete Hornberger
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy
KATRINA BOWDEN / Cerie
KEVIN BROWN / Dotcom
GRIZZ CHAPMAN / Grizz
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon
JUDAH FRIEDLANDER / Frank Rossitano
JANE KRAKOWSKI / Jenna Maroney
JOHN LUTZ / Lutz
JACK MCBRAYER / Kenneth Parcell
TRACY MORGAN / Tracy Jordan
MAULIK PANCHOLY / Jonathan
KEITH POWELL / Toofer

GLEE (FOX)
MAX ADLER / Dave Karofsky
DIANNA AGRON / Quinn Fabray
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester
JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury
KEVIN MCHALE / Arty Abrams
LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry
CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson
HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany Pierce
MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester
MIKE O’MALLEY / Burt Hummel
AMBER RILEY / Mercedes
NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez
MARK SALLING / Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman
HARRY SHUM JR. / Mike Chang
IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins
JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina

HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land)
VALERIE BERTINELLI / Melanie Moretti
JANE LEEVES / Joy Scroggs
WENDIE MALICK / Victoria Chase
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky

*** MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

THE OFFICE (NBC)
LESLIE DAVID BAKER / Stanley Hudson
BRIAN BAUMGARTNER / Kevin Malone
CREED BRATTON / Creed Bratton
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott
JENNA FISCHER / Pam Beesly Halpert
KATE FLANNERY / Meredith Palmer
ED HELMS / Andy Bernard
MINDY KALING / Kelly Kapoor
ELLIE KEMPER / Erin Hannon
ANGELA KINSEY / Angela Martin
JOHN KRASINSKI / Jim Halpert
PAUL LIEBERSTEIN / Toby Flenderson
B.J. NOVAK / Ryan Howard
OSCAR NUÑEZ / Oscar Martinez
CRAIG ROBINSON / Daryll Philbin
PHYLLIS SMITH / Phyllis Lapin-Vance
RAINN WILSON / Dwight Schrute
ZACH WOODS / Gabe Lewis

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
GREEN ZONE (Universal Pictures)
*** INCEPTION (Warner Bros. Pictures)
ROBIN HOOD (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
BURN NOTICE (USA)
CSI: NY (CBS)
DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
SOUTHLAND (TNT)
*** TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Henry Cavill! "Tudors" Actor to Star as "Superman: Man of Steel" 


British actor Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, Henry Cavill for short, has been announced as our new Man of Steel! The actor, who has been the frontrunner for the "Superman" role, did not know that he had gotten the role until this morning. That's how super-secretive producer Christopher Nolan, director Zack Snyder, and Warner Bros. have been. (Check out my interview with Snyder for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole")

Cavill has appeared in the films "The Count of Monte Cristo," and "Stardust," but is best known for his role of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, on Showtime's "The Tudors."

Getting the plum role in "Superman: Man of Steel" is somewhat ironic since the 27-year old actor has tried out for superhero roles before. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cavill was a leading contender for "Superman" when Warners was reviving the franchise in the mid-2000s. He was on McG's shortlist until the director was replaced by Bryan Singer who chose Brandon Routh instead in "Superman Returns."

Cavill also tried for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman that eventually went to Christian Bale in Nolan's "Batman Begins."

The Hollywood Reporter further stated that Cavill's closest competitor was fellow British actor Matthew Goode who was also being seen for the "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" part that eventually went to Benjamin Walker.

Other actors who met with Warners and Nolan were Matthew Bomer ("White Collar"), Armie Hammer ("The Social Network"), Joe Manganiello ("True Blood"), and Colin O'Donaghue ("The Rite"). (Check out my interview with Hammer for "The Social Network" where I asked him the "Superman" question)

So now, the famous Nolan veil of secrecy has been uncovered. Cavill will now don the famous blue tights!

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