How Did Emily Blunt Get Her "The Young Victoria" Role? 

She begged!

In the film, Emily Blunt plays a young Queen Victoria, and she says, she "literally begged" for the part!

Blunt further reveals:

"It's one of those rare roles - I loved the new revelations of Victoria. She was so complicated and it's beautifully written. You saw the performance side and then you saw her private life behind closed doors and I loved that dual existence."

So see movie buffs, if talent is just not enough (and Miss Blunt certainly has abundance), then begging may work!

"The Young Victoria" opens in the U.K. on March 6th, no word yet on U.S. opening date.

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There's No Ageism in Hollywood, Says Andie MacDowell 

Andie MacDowell ("Four Weddings and a Funeral") is saying that older women are NOT neglected in Hollywood!

According to WENN, MacDowell claims:

"How do I think the industry's changed? Films have changed a lot. I think women are finally able to get older and be sexy just like men. So I'm really enjoying that part - that's my evolution. I think sometimes we seem to obsess on negativity. I think role models exist but they usually don't get the light because people like scandal."

Good for her! But what about the legitimate claims from other women about ageism in Hollywood?

I suggest you guys check out the film "Searching for Debra Winger." It's a documentary directed by Rosanna Arquette about the pressures women face in the entertainment industry.

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Channing Tatum Loves Playing Soldiers Because... 

Channing Tatum says he's happy to star as a soldier in the upcoming military drama "Dear John" because he doesn't believe Hollywood portrays them accurately!

Tatum says, "I sort of became infatuated with soldiers. I got to know some of them and got a little perturbed with Hollywood making a spectacle out of them and making them look like they have screwed up somehow."

Oh you mean, like your character in "Stop-Loss?"

The actor reveals, "(In Stop-Loss) everything that was coming out of my mouth, I didn't believe. A soldier is so noble in my mind."

Hence, he's playing another soldier in "Dear John" to atone.

But wait, what about your soldier character in the upcoming action flick, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra?"

In the Hasbro-based film, Channing is starring as Duke, a field commander and second-in-command of the G.I. Joe Team.

Hhhhmmm, I guess in that film Channing gets to act heroic and noble? We'll have to wait and see!

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"Sweeney Todd" Continues to Get Love! This Time, the Empire Awards! 

One year later, Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," continues to get nominated. This time, the film is leading the nominations for the 2009 Empire magazine film awards!

The musical received five nominations, including best director (Tim Burton), best actor (Johnny Depp), best actress (Helena Bonham Carter), best soundtrack, and best horror categories.

The ceremony will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 29th.

For the complete list of nominees, check out the awards website right here.

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Is Drew Barrymore Directing Third "Twilight" Film? 

We learned that Chris Weitz, the director of the second "Twilight" installment, "New Moon," passed on to directing the third film in the franchise, "Eclipse," because of timing issues -- "New Moon" and "Eclipse" are due to be released so close together (Nov. 20, 2009 for "New Moon" and June 30, 2010 for "Eclipse").

So while Weitz will be working on post-production for "New Moon," the cast will be shooting "Eclipse." So yeah, Weitz said no understandably.

Summit Entertainment is reportedly talking to a "select group of directors," and one of them is, Drew Barrymore!

Why Drew?

Well, the actress turned director has just finished working on her project, "Whip It!" starring "Juno's" Ellen Page. While that film and Barrymore's directing talent remain untested, Summit is reportedly interested.

Although Summit nor Barrymore declined comment, this is still interesting news to be added to the growing "Twilight" saga.

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