billie lourd auditioned for rey

Many people may balk at acting with their mother on the big screen, but Billie Lourd was eager enough to share the screen with Carrie Fisher that she originally auditioned to play the lead role in the sci-fi franchise that launched Fisher into stardom.

Though Lourd didn’t get the role of Rey, she still got to share the screen with General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi before Fisher tragically passed away.

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Wayne's World - Mike Myers Joins Bohemian Rhapsody

It’s almost impossible to think of Queen’s signature tune “Bohemian Rhapsody” from their album A Night at the Opera without thinking of the sequence in Wayne’s World where Saturday Night Live veterans Mike Myers and Dana Carvey lip sync and head bang to their heart’s content. Therefore, it only makes sense that Mike Myers is currently in talks to take a role in the biopic about Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the aforementioned rock band. Read More »

Daniel Dae Kim Hellboy

Now, this is more like it. After actor Ed Skrein stepped away from Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot following controversy over whitewashing a Japanese-American character, a new report says that the studio is currently in talks with Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim to play the role of Major Ben Daimio.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars cameo

Writer-director Rian Johnson and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt have collaborated on every one of Johnson’s three feature films thus far, so it’s not much of a surprise to hear that Gordon-Levitt is heading to a galaxy far, far away for a small part in Johnson’s biggest movie to date, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out everything we know about the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars cameo below.
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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele - Black Klansman Movie

Director Spike Lee is one of the most prominent African-American filmmakers, making some of the most poignant and relevant films that are full of rich social commentary about class, racism and more. Meanwhile, Jordan Peele just started his directing career by bringing us the powerful horror thriller Get Out, rife with themes and metaphors about race, and a promising beginning to his future as a filmmaker. Now the two directors are teaming up for a new project that will surely have a to say about racism in America.

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele will collaborate on a new project called Black Klansman, which will tell the true story of a black police officer who managed to somehow infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s. The Black Klansman movie at Focus Features even has a promising new talent in talks to take the lead role. Read More »

gal gadot in mad max fury road

Before she donned the trademark wrist bands and Themysciran battle armor of Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot almost made the cut to play another recent female cinematic icon, Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Instead, it was Charlize Theron who nabbed the role and whose critically acclaimed performance as Furiosa gave her a second-wind career boost.

Alas, this was one of the rejections that almost spurred Gadot to quit the Hollywood business altogether, as she confessed a few months ago, before she landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman and stole the scenes in her debut as the female superhero in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The rest, as they say it, is history.

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aladdin casts billy magnussen

The live-action Aladdin has been under intense scrutiny by fans who were hoping for it to be an authentic depiction of the Middle Eastern-set story that the 1992 animated classic depicted. Well, as authentic as could be for a movie that mashed together Indian and Middle Eastern imagery spanning hundreds of years.

Still, diversity was an important aspect of this live-action adaptation, and Disney and director Guy Ritchie promised to make it a priority — despite rumblings that studio was having trouble finding actors of Middle Eastern and Indian descent to play its leads. Those concerns seemed to be for naught, however, when the film cast Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin and half-Indian, half-British actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine. However, Disney may have lost the goodwill surrounding the leads’ casting when it cast its first white actor Billy Magnussen as an original character who didn’t appear in the animated movie.

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Jon Bernthal First Man

Over the past few years, actor Jon Bernthal has worked with one impressive list of filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve, Edgar Wright, Steve McQueen, and more. The actor recently wrapped shooting McQueen’s heist film, Widows, and he’ll soon work with another Oscar-winning director, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), on First Man. The actor has signed on to play astronaut Dave Scott, who was a pilot aboard the Gemini VIII mission.

Below, learn more about the Jon Bernthal First Man casting news.

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titans tv show dick grayson casting

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the Titans TV series casting of Brenton Thwaites goes against the character of Dick Grayson.)

First things first, Dick Grayson is my favorite DC Comics character. So I may be a little protective of the former Robin as he makes his move to the live action realm, subjecting him to the limits of reality.

And I realize there will be limits to how the actor playing him will fulfill my expectations of Dick Grayson: as a hero with a diverse background and a sex symbol who eschews the hypermasculine stylings of most DC Comics superheroes. You may scoff, but that is what the Robin-turned-Nightwing hero has been known to be in the comics and his animated iterations. And this is why Brenton Thwaites — who joins the long line of generic, charmless actors who Hollywood keeps trying to push on audiences as our “next big movie star” — is so wrong for the job of bringing Dick Grayson to life in the Titans live-action TV series.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as The Joker

The news of Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment planning a spin-off focusing on the origin of The Joker outside of the continuity of the DC Extended Universe where Justice League takes place was crazy enough. But it was made all the more wild by the fact that it was going to be directed by Todd Phillips with none other than cinema legend Martin Scorsese producing. It turns out the involvement of the latter may be part of a larger plan that the studio has to land a certain big name for the lead role as the Clown Prince of Crime.

Word on the streets of Gotham City is that Warner Bros. is hoping that Martin Scorsese’s involvement will allow them to reel in Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio to play The Joker, finally bringing him into the word of comic book movies. Read More »