So, will Gus Van Sant get down and dirty and direct the big screen version of E L James' best-selling sex novel? Say it isn't so. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is like "Twilight" for smut. Remove the sex scenes and it becomes less interesting (with "Twilight," remove all the vampire/werewolves references and we're left with nothing).
But according to TheWrap, Van Sant shot test footage of a sex scene last weekend with Alex Pettyfer playing Christian Grey, the main character and S&M connoisseur.
TheWrap went on further and revealed that the scene Van Sant shot was when the female character, Anastasia Steele, loses her virginity to Christian. Van Sant is an interesting choice by Universal and Focus (the studios are tag teaming production/distribution of this flick), if it's true. The Oscar-nominated director is known for well told films like "Milk" and "Good Will Hunting." But then again, Van Sant is also known for being experimental (remember his virtual shot-by-shot remake of "Psycho?") so entering the world of S & M may be something that excited the helmer.
Fans of the book have been inundated with various adaptation rumors before such as who will play Anastasia? Will it be Emma Watson? Mila Kunis? Allison Williams?
Until the next "50 Shades of Grey" rumor y'all!
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Thor said he would return and voila, he's back! Marvel has given us a glimpse of what to expect from the sequel with the very first trailer for the sequel "Thor: The Dark World."
Chris Hemsworth returns to don the outfit as Thor. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Jaimie Alexander also return. The sequel follows what happened in the first one and "Marvel's The Avengers," and now Thor (Hemsworth) will be reunited with Jane Foster (Portman) and our superhero takes his love to Asgard. We'll also find out what happens to Loki, the super bad Big Bad brother of Thor played wonderfully by Hiddleston.
I enjoyed the first movie, but I gave original director, Kenneth Branagh, props for making the 2011 film full of pathos. We'll see if director Alan Taylor can match Branagh's flick with the sequel.
But seriously? I'm having a serious case of Marvel overdose! "Iron Man 3" in May (we'll pretend that the crappy "Iron Man 2" didn't happen), and then "Thor: The Dark World" on Nov. 8. After the fantastic "The Avengers," all the following Marvel movies better have the same weight or we'll stop caring! Right?
Here's the trailer for "Thor: The Dark World":
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We all know Anna Kendrick is a good actress and always a scene-stealer, but who knew that she is destined to become a pop star as well. Her new song "Cups" is burning up the charts. And for those who've seen "Pitch Perfect," you'll remember this acapella goodness from the movie.
Now, Universal Music Group has released a video to accompany the song, and it's cleverly directed by the "Pitch Perfect" helmer, Jason Moore. The picture above was from Kendrick's Instagram during the making of the video.
I guarantee you that you will be practicing flipping cups very soon, thanks to this video! And the next time I interview Kendrick, I'll make her teach me!
Here's the music video for "Cups":
Check out my fun interviews with Anna Kendrick:
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"The Purge" starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey gets a new release date. It was going to open May 31st, but now, will be debuting one week later on June 7th. So there you go thriller fans, you have to wait one more week!
Here's more info on "The Purge":
Release date: June 7, 2013
Genre: Speculative thriller
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder
Written and Directed by: James DeMonaco
Produced by: Jason Blum, Sébastien Kurt Lemercier, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.
In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes' partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).
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"Oblivion" gives Tom Cruise one of his biggest weekend openers. The sci-fi film sold $38.2 million worth of box office tickets. Overseas, "Oblivion" sold $33.7 million for a worldwide total of $150.2 million.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "42," slipped to No. 2 with $18 million. The Jackie Robinson flick starring Harrison Ford has raised its domestic total to $54.1 million.
The indie favorite, "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper added more theaters and went up to No. 6 with $4.7 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of April 19:
1. "Oblivion," $38.2 million ($33.7 million international).
2. "42," $18 million.
3. "The Croods," $9.5 million ($23.4 million international).
4. "Scary Movie 5," $6.3 million ($3.5 million international).
5. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," $5.8 million ($40 million international).
6. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $4.7 million.
7. "Olympus Has Fallen," $4.5 million ($7.8 million international).
8. "Evil Dead," $4.1 million ($2.3 million international).
9. "Jurassic Park" in 3-D, $4 million ($420,000 international).
10. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $3 million ($1.5 million international).
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