Benedict Cumberbatch wants to play a dumb character.
The Sherlock actor, who has just completed The Imitation Game, a biopic of British cryptographer, Alan Turing, insists he's ready for a less intellectual role. "I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers... I am so ready to play a really dumb character," the 37-year-old star told T magazine.
Benedict, who has also won awards for his role as Victor Frankenstein and his monster in the West End production, became a huge star after taking on the part of the titular detective in BBC1's Sherlock but admits he's not the nicest character to play: "I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him - he'd destroy you... He is an absolute b*****d."
Katy Perry is set to audition for a role in Vin Diesel's new movie.
The "Roar" hitmaker could be turning her hand at acting after talking to the Hollywood actor-and-producer about a role in the xXx action franchise. Vin, 46, recently hinted he is considering the songstress - who has previously had a voice role in The Smurfs movies - for the female lead role and it now appears Katy could indeed be in line for the part.
Amanda Seyfried will star in Ted 2.
The actress has been cast as the girlfriend of lead character John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg. The same role was taken by Mila Kunis in the first film - which saw her character, Lori, marry John at the end - but she will only have a small role, or will not appear at all in the sequel, according to Deadline.com.
The reason for the change of female lead has been put down to a creative decision by Seth MacFarlane, the movie's creator, who will produce, write and co-star in the sequel as the titular character, a foul-mouthed teddy bear who has been brought to life by John. Les Miserables star Amanda has previously said she will go to great lengths to get film roles, and is not above "begging" for a part she wants.
"Three years ago, a director told me I wasn't made for a certain role and he didn't want to meet me. I called up the casting director and begged him to let me have a trial. I went and he once again told me it was a no. I contacted an acting coach, which I never normally do, and went back in a different outfit and did the audition in a different accent, begging them to see me another time. They gave the role to someone else: but it didn't matter, I just wanted to be sure I had done my best. It's my biggest strength: not being scared of doing castings that some actresses think they're above. I had five auditions for Les Miserables! Of course, I would never go as far as getting undressed to land a role," she previously said.
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+ Seth Green - whom you may recall from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Austin Powers - gives Larry King a compelling explanation as to why Ben Affleck is a poor choice as Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.
+ Bette Midler is set to appear at this Oscars this year - additionally, she'll be singing for the first time!
+ Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in talks with Warner Bros. and Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt the short-lived (and much-loved!) ABC series into a musical for Broadway, which would star Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth. Fuller says that he is also contemplating a film adaptation.
+ Michael Patrick King, who wrote for the Sex and the City series and directed both film adaptations, says that there's one more story to tell for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha - greatly hinting at the possibility of a third film.
Zac Efron is in talks to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.
The That Awkward Moment actor has met with movie bosses about a role in the new episode of the sci-fi franchise, which has recently been acquired by Disney. When asked if he'd take a part in the movie, he told MTV, "Yeah, I just went and met with them. So I don't know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], but... who knows?"
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and actors linked to roles include Michael Fassbender, Michael B. Jordan (Efron's That Awkward Moment co-star), Saoirse Ronan, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving.
It has also been rumored many of the actors from the original trilogy - shot in the 70s and 80s - such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker could reprise their roles.
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+ It's a good thing that Jennifer Lawrence's white dress from American Hustle only cost $3.99 for a yard of the fabric: costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that the actress got into some trouble eating Doritos while in costume. Yeah, we're not surprised, either.
+ Disney/Marvel announced that the sequel to Thor: The Dark World has been greenlit, adding that Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (who produced both Thor films) are set to write it.
+ Twilight alum Nikki Reed has been cast in horror film Email, which will be set in Singapore. Perhaps this latest American-take-on-Asian-horror project will serve as her springboard onto bigger projects, as it seemed to do for Naomi Watts (almost forgot that she was in The Ring, eh?).
+ Forest Whitaker will be taking a step behind the camera to direct Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling book The Shack.
Rita Ora's part in 50 Shades of Grey will be "shocking."
The "R.I.P." singer has her first big-screen speaking part as lead character Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in the hotly anticipated erotic thriller, and promises audiences they will be surprised by the content of the movie. "It's gonna be the biggest and most amazing shock ever," she told MTV.
Rita has previously had acting roles in 2004 independent film Spivs and a small part in Fast and Furious 6, but this is the first time she is to appear in a major production with a full role, and admits she was nervous: "I was nervous because it was the first time I ever did a movie with words. But it was so nice. The director, Sam Taylor Johnson, she was incredible, so it was all love."
Rita beat Rihanna to claim the part in Fast and Furious 6 which could be one of the reasons the "Bottom's Up" singer reportedly snubbed her at various Grammy Awards parties over the weekend but spoke to her boyfriend, Calvin Harris. "Rihanna deliberately kept her distance. She talked with Calvin at length but didn't acknowledge Rita. It was awkward because they have the same management team and move in exactly the same circles. Rihanna's never been much of a fan of Rita because her style is so similar and they compete over songs," a source said.
Bradley Cooper is to star in The Elephant Man on Broadway.
The American Hustle actor will reportedly portray disfigured John Merrick - who toured the UK in a freak show before being rescued by Dr. Treves - on the New York stage "without the aid of make-up or prosthetics," Entertainment Weekly has revealed.
He previously played the role in a limited run in 2012 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether his co-stars in that production, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will also appear in the Broadway show.
The play will mark Bradley's first return to the New York stage since his 2006 stint opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain.
Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway.
The Harry Potter actor - who made his New York theatre debut in a 2008 production of Equus - will join the rest of the London cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan when it transfers to the US on 20 April for a three-month run.
The play, which was a sell-out when it ran in the West End last summer, follows disabled teenager Billy's attempt to become a movie star when a Hollywood production is filmed on an island near his Irish home in the 1930s. In a similar experiment to its British run, The Michael Grandage Company will sell 10,000 tickets for the production at just $27, considerably less than the average price for a Broadway show.
Woman in Black star Daniel previously spoke of how pleased he was with his Irish accent in the production. "Learning the accent was, is, an ongoing thing. I'm pleased with it to be honest and I think it's in a really good place. The rest of the cast most of whom are Irish seem pretty happy with it. So I am pleased with it. It's definitely going to be something that gets better and better and better the more I do it. It's been fun and it's a fun accent to talk in - the stuff that wouldn't necessarily be funny in an English accent is for some reason just funnier in an Irish accent," he said.
Calling all casting directors (and Quentin Tarantino): Uma Thurman is looking to be cast in your next project. Or at least, that's what the Oscar-nominated actress reiterated several times while she was likely a little inebriated at the Golden Globes after party on Sunday night.
According to The New York TImes, the 43-year-old was happy to respond to reporters' questions, but she did so with the same answer:
"Ms. Thurman grudgingly vamped for the cameras, then barked over her shoulder before dashing away, 'You’re a reporter — I need a job.' What was she wearing? 'I need a job.' Where was she headed? 'I need a job.'"
Clearly her stint on Smash in 2012 and her upcoming Lars Von Trier project, Nymphomaniac, aren't paying her bills these days.
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