Zack Snyder just can't seem to please any comic book fans these days.
After announcing Ben Affleck as the next Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel - Batman vs. Superman - the internet nearly imploded from the degree of anger over the casting decision. Now, Israeli actress Gal Gadot is feeling a similar wrath over the news of her winning the coveted role of Wonder Woman.
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Tina Fey is developing a Mean Girls musical. The 30 Rock comedienne - who wrote and was featured in the 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan - is looking to bring the hit teen comedy to the stage with the help of her husband Jeff Richmond.
Quizzed about a possible Mean Girls musical on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles last night, she told E! News, "Maybe! We want to. I would love to. I'm trying to develop it with my husband, who does all the music for 30 Rock and I think Paramount's onboard."
While the musical is very much in the early stages, the 42-year-old star feels "Triumphant" singer Mariah Carey would make a great candidate for the role of villain Regina George's ditzy, "cool" mother in the stage show. Tina, who "loved" the American Idol feud between Carey and Nicki Minaj, said, "I think Mariah won. Like, Mariah seemed to really know all the characters. Maybe she can play Amy Poehler's part in the musical."
Bradley Cooper has begun talks to play Lance Armstrong.
The Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook star - who previously expressed his desire to portray the "fascinating" disgraced cyclist after he was stripped of his titles between 1999 and 2005 when it emerged he had taken performance-enhancing drugs - has formally approached J.J. Abrams about starring in his upcoming biopic about Lance's rise and fall from grace.
J.J. confirmed that he is considering the 38-year-old star for the role after he reached out to him via email.
He told Entertainment Tonight at the Producer's Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, "[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking."
One Direction want to make their own big screen version of Romeo and Juliet with Niall Horan playing the female lead.
The boy band - who were formed on UK TV talent show The X Factor - would love to branch out into movies and have their sights set on putting their own twist on William Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy, which tells the story of star-crossed lovers who take their lives after their families ban them from seeing each other.
Julianne Moore has been confirmed to star in a remake of Carrie.
The 51-year-old actress has signed up to play the titular character's abusive, fundamentalist Christian mother, Margaret White, in a reboot of the 1976 horror movie, which will see Dark Shadows actress Chloe Moretz take on the lead role. The Three Musketeers star Gabriella Wilde will portray Sue Snell in the film, which will see Kimberly Peirce direct with Kevin Misher producing, Deadline reports.
Julianne was offered the role of Margaret in March, while Chloe is thought to have beaten off competition from Dakota Fanning and Saorsie Ronan to play Carrie, an abused girl with psychic powers who experiences bullying troubles but gets pushed too far one night. Kimberley is thought to be using Stephen King's original book as an inspiration for the reboot, which could see a new take on the story.
The Carrie remake is scheduled for a March 15, 2013 release.
Gary Ross is set to direct Houdini.
The filmmaker - who recently directed the first installment of The Hunger Games - is in negotiations to helm the big screen adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush and Larry Sloman's biography of escapologist Harry Houdini. The book is famed for insinuating Houdini acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service and was in cahoots with police organizations.
Summit Entertainment picked up feature-film rights to the book in March 2009 with the aim of launching an action-thriller franchise and Noah Oppenheim wrote the most recent draft of the script.
Ross - who has previously helmed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit - recently pulled out of directing the sequel to The Hunger Games with Francis Lawrence replacing him. Although Ross is yet to sign up, bosses are hoping he will agree to do it, but he is known for being very choosy about his projects.
Michelle Pfeiffer thinks Anne Hathaway will make a fantastic Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
Michelle played the role in Batman Returns and is thrilled Anne will tackle the formidable character in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan-directed movie because she can "go to the dark places" needed for the villainess: "I think she's great. I'm actually very much looking forward to seeing her in that role. I'm a big fan of hers and I think she has everything you need for that role. She has the humor, she can go to dark places, she's obviously very talented. I think she's going to be really good."
Reese Witherspoon has acquired the rights to the Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp series of children's books.
The actress and her producing partner Bruna Panandrea's company Pacific Standard have signed up M.A. Larson's debut work, and are said to hope to turn the books - of which Putnam Children's recently picked up as a two-story series - into a franchise.
Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp is described as a modern fairytale about a school which shapes girls into warrior princesses to battle against a growing problem of wicked witches.
"Finally, there is a princess story that reflects the values young women truly want to embody. These princesses are strong, independent and fierce, and the knights are their match. In telling their story, Larson has created a magical universe that everyone will love to get lost in," said Reese, who is expected to take on a supporting role in the film.
Selena Gomez will star in and produce in new movie The Sky Is Everywhere. The Wizards of Waverly Place actress has optioned the novel of the same name by Jandy Nelson through her production company July Moon and will take on the lead role of Lennie Walker, a shy girl whose life is turned upside down when her beloved older sister dies.
According to the synopsis of the book, "Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can't see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it's up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs - without Bailey."
Tragedy strikes during production of The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Brothers confirmed that an unidentified male extra passed away from natural causes on the set of the new Batman film.
"The studio can confirm that a male extra passed away while on a break during an off-set crowd rehearsal for a sequence with several hundred extras in early November. The production crew fully cooperated with the authorities' investigation, which established that he died of natural causes," a studio representative said.
Sources reveal that the man's unconscious body was found after he had walked away from the other extras; a medical crew was called immediately. "He was taken to the hospital straight away... It was during a period when the film was shooting a huge sequence with several hundred extras in the Wall Street area," a source said.
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