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Betty Boop Bobs Onto the Silver Screen with Simon Cowell

By  August 14, 2014

betty_boopShe may be 84 years old, but Betty Boop is gearing up for a first: her own feature-length film.

The Roaring 20s icon is getting the silver screen treatment thanks to Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. The American Idol producer’s company is teaming with animation and visual effects great Animal Logic and Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop character, to bring the flirtatious flapper’s story to theaters worldwide.

“Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world. I’m thrilled to be working with her,” Cowell told Variety. “Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!”

Betty Boop, whose original concept was inspired by 1920s pop singer Helen Kane, has starred in more than 100 cartoons, has 400-plus licensees worldwide, and even inked endorsement deals with the likes of Lancôme, Uniqlo, and Coca-Cola. It’s about time she took the top bill.

“I’ve been trying to get Betty to the dance for years now,” Animal Logic producer Jason Lust told Variety. “Can’t believe she’s finally said ‘Yes.’”

And who wouldn’t?! Animal Logic has helmed visual effects for award-winning projects like The Great GatsbyMoulin Rouge!, 300, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Couple that with Cowell’s success from reality competitions to One Direction, and you’re in for a boop-oop-a-doop-ing treat!

Casting Room: Thandie Newton Joins ‘Westworld’ for Anthony Hopkins’ TV Revival

By  August 13, 2014

Before new shows and movies are on your radar, they’re being planned, executed, and put into motion by production teams far and wide. Each week, Glam is going to give you the rundown on your favorite celebrities and their new gigs, from Hollywood’s rising stars to Broadway’s top talents. Welcome to the Casting Room.

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Anthony Hopkins, there’s a Rogue on the loose! Thandie Newton has been cast alongside Hopkins and Ed Harris for HBO’s new sci-fi thriller Westworld. The pilot, which marks Hopkins’ first television role in 25 years, is based on a 1973 movie of the same name, and set in a futuristic theme park where androids malfunction and attack their human guests.

Newton will play Maeve Millay, “a beautiful and razor-sharp madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged,” according to TV Line. It’s not clear whether Newton’s character is on the human or android side of things, but what we do know is she’ll have to multitask if the series is picked up: DirecTV just renewed her other show, Rogue for two more seasons!

Now, more from the Casting Room:

FILM
American PastoralJennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning
Ben-Hur reboot | Tom Hiddleston
Finest Hour | Casey Affleck
James Bond 24 | Lea Seydoux rumored for the lead
Mary Shelley’s MonsterSophie Turner
Prisoner of War Lee Pace
Secret Scripture | Eric Bana, Theo James joining Rooney Mara
Sinister 2 | Shannyn Sossamon
Spotlight | Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton
Untitled Christmas Eve Movie Lizzy Caplan joining Joseph Gordon-LevittAnthony Mackie

TELEVISION
American Horror Story: Freak Show | Patti LaBelle | FX
The Flash | Clancy Brown | The CW
Jane the Virgin Michael Rady | CBS
NashvilleAlexa Vega | ABC
ScandalMary McCormack and Josh Randall | ABC
Sleepy HollowAunjanue Ellis | Fox
The LotteryWilliam Mapother | Lifetime
Westworld | Ed HarrisThandie Newton | HBO

Star Scoop: Lifetime’s Biopic Madness Continues, Celebs Get Icey, This is How GOT Will End

By  August 13, 2014

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Dear Lifetime… enough already. After controversy ensued over its Whitney Houston and Aaliyah biopics, it’s found another late star to immortalize: Brittany Murphy. Last Man Standing star Amanda Fuller will channel Murphy in The Brittany Murphy Story debut on September 6. We say it’s time Lifetime let it go. [Vulture]

Finally, something we’re glad has gone viral. Celebs across the (social media) stratosphere are showing solidarity—and “washboard abs”—in the fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with the Ice Bucket Challenge. So far, Ansel ElgortElizabeth Banks, and even Martha Stewart have joined in. We challenge Channing Tatum, because… body. [The Daily Beast]

Fact: At least two Game of Thrones fans have seen the end. During the Edinburgh International Book Festival, author George R.R. Martin revealed that a few “readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution,” to how the fantasy series will close. Just don’t click that link if you’re anti-spoilers! [Vanity Fair]

If you watch The Leftovers due to true fandom, or as an act of self-torture—because the main question you want answered never will be—here’s to you. The Justin Theroux mystery has been renewed for a second season. [Deadline]

#WCW. Widow Crush Wednesday. Visuals for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” have landed with some kickass, Kill Bill flair. [YouTube]

Pilot Season: Chloë Sevigny Talks Her ‘Glamourous’ Amazonian Role

By  August 13, 2014

Chloe SevignyIn its push to take on Netflix in the original programming arena, Amazon is going chic… with a little help from Chloë Sevigny.

The fashion icon—and original It-girl—will star in Amazon’s new pilot, The Cosmopolitans, helmed by director Whit Stillman and co-starring Adam Brody, Dree Hemingway, and Carrie MacLemore. Known for his portrayals of the “urban haute bourgeoisie,” Stillman’s new series will focus on American expats who are obsessed with Parisian life and style. “It’s a very admirable culture, and people want to identify with it,” he said in an email to Vulture. “They don’t want to be an American leaving steps in the sand that will be washed away.” Really ask yourself: who wouldn’t want to be Carine Roitfeld?!

In the August 11 issue of New York Magazine, Sevigny and Stillman met at a café to discuss this real life-to-reel world phenomenon, Sevigny’s own love affair with the City of Light, and why this is her most glamorous role to date.

Sevigny on charting new waters:
“This is the most glamorous character I’ve ever played. Finally! After 20-something years in the business, I’m a fashion journalist!”

Stillman on how The Cosmopolitans pilot can stand on its own:
“It’s supposed to be open-ended so people want more episodes. But I think it works fine—if this is the only thing we get to do, it will be nice. It’s sort of Metropolitan meets Barcelona in Paris… with some Last Days of Disco thrown in.”

Sevigny on her favorite Parisian shopping:
“I love the vintage store Come On Eileen. They have inexpensive Gaultier and Alaïa, not like Resurrection prices.”

Stillman explains why Paris is the perfect setting for the show:
Metropolitan [Stillman’s debut film] spoke about UHBS… the urban haute bourgeoisie. Paris is the world capital for this group, the expat community especially. Pack a blazer or suit. You can be an American or an En­glish-man or Canadian and be a Parisian… For Americans, Paris has long been the mecca (or refuge) for those either looking for romance or fleeing broken ones. When such choices don’t go well, the loneliness can be particularly severe.”

Sevigny on how she adapted the French accent and vernacular:
“I studied with a doctor in Paris. He works with children with speech impediments and opera singers. He teaches your ear how to hear certain sounds. I would listen for hours on headphones to French children singing nursery rhymes.”

The Cosmopolitans pilot will debut on Amazon on August 28.

Loss of a Legend: Hollywood Mourns Lauren Bacall

By  August 13, 2014

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Hollywood has been hit hard this week, not just with the untimely passing of Robin Williams, but now, with the death of legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall.

The film noir great, wed to frequent co-star Humphrey Bogart until his 1957 death, suffered a stroke Tuesday morning at home in her native New York. She was 89 years old. Bacall made her motion picture debut with 1944’s To Have and Have Not opposite Bogart, and went on to star in more than 60 films, earning Tonys, Golden Globes, SAGs, and Kennedy Center Honors along the way.

As we look back on some of her most memorable film moments, we leave you with one question. “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Star Scoop: Emma Stone Takes the Stage, AHS Gets a New Attitude, Remembering Robin Williams

By  August 12, 2014

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When Michelle Williams exits stage left, Emma Stone could be entering stage right. Stone, who was almost cast as the lead in Cabaret before Williams nabbed the role, is reportedly in talks to finally realize her Broadway debut. If things work according to plan, Stone will take over after Williams’ November 9 bow. [Variety]

American Horror Story: Freak Show has got a new attitude. Legendary diva Patti LaBelle will guest star on four episodes of the upcoming anthology as mother to Gabourey Sidibe’s character. She’ll play “a local townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of Twisty the clown killer,” sans singing. [TV Line]

As the harrowing specifics surrounding Robin Williams’ death emerge, we’d rather honor his wife’s wishes and “focus on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” That said, we have Vulture to thank for finding five of Williams’ best stand-up routines… all on YouTube. Enjoy! [Vulture]

We’ll be seeing Brad Pitt on the silver screen sooner than expected. His WWII drama Fury, co-starring Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, has been bumped up from a November 14 release date to October 17. The move pushes fellow Sony Pictures project, The Interview starring Seth Rogen, back to Christmas Day. [Variety]

Another order of Zooey Deschanel, coming right up. TBS and MTV have acquired cable rights to Fox’s New Girl in a five-year syndication deal. The show will air weekdays on both networks, starting next fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Primetime: Meet Your First Batch of Emmy Presenters

By  August 12, 2014

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We’re T-minus 13 days from the 66th annual Primetime Emmys Awards. In addition to Seth Meyers’ hosting gig and the show’s notable nominees, we now have even more reason to watch: the presenters. Today, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced 13 of the evening’s presenters, including past, present, and former Emmys contenders Matthew McConaugheyKerry WashingtonHalle BerryJulia Louis-Dreyfus, and Bryan Cranston.

In anticipation of the Emmys’ big night, we’re counting down the first group of presenter’s victories and nominations on the primetime stage. Take a bow!

PRESENTERS

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
18 nominations to date, with four wins for Seinfeld (1996), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006), and Veep (2012, 2013)

Bryan Cranston
12 nominations to date, with four wins for Breaking Bad (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)

Jim Parsons
7 nominations to date, with three wins for The Big Bang Theory (2010, 2011, 2013)

Julianna Margulies
10 nominations to date with two wins for ER (1995), and The Good Wife (2011)

Woody Harrelson
Eight nominations to date, with one win for Cheers (1989)

Halle Berry
Four nominations to date, with one win for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (2000)

Adam Levine
15 combined Primetime Emmy and Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards nominations to date, including one win for The Voice TV competition (2013)

Amy Poehler
12 nominations to date for Saturday Night LiveParks and Recreation, and the 71st Golden Globes

Kerry Washington
Two nominations to date for Scandal (2013, 2014)

Julia Roberts
Two nominations to date for Law & Order (1990), and The Normal Heart (2014)

Matthew McConaughey
One nomination to date for True Detective (2014)

Zooey Deschanel
One nomination to date for New Girl (2012)

Gwen Stefani

 

Before the Fall: See the Trailer for the Final Season of ‘Boardwalk Empire’

By  August 12, 2014

50xcf-boardwalk-empire-s5-poster-2-600Like all good things, Prohibition, and Boardwalk Empiremust come to an end.

After four award-winning seasons in 1920s Atlantic City, the HBO series is bowing out while it’s ahead—something main characters like Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams), and Eli Thompson (Shea Wingham) fail to do time, and time, again. While its finale is an amicable one on the production side, the show itself forecasts plenty of vengeance, violence, frenzy, and “unquiet” falls.

If you remember back to season four, we saw the lovable Richard reach his demise; Chalky unravel after a shaky affair, and the accidental murder of his daughter; and the introduction of one of the show’s most-vile personalities to date, Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright). All the while, Nucky’s nephew narrowly escapes conviction for murdering a class mate, while his brother Eli is exiled after trying to cross him for the second time. All the while, Nucky tries to keep the cool, level head he’s known for as his empire crumbles before his eyes. How show creator Terence Winter hopes to tie up these loose ends in just eight more episodes is beyond our logic. But if this trailer is any indication, it. Will. Be. BIG!

Boardwalk Empire returns to HBO on Sunday, September 7.

Genie, You’re Free: Celebrities Remember Robin Williams

By  August 12, 2014

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To cite his role as Bicentennial Man, there must have been a reason that Robin Williams was what he was. From Popeye to Peter Pan. Mrs. Doubtfire to the World’s Greatest Dad. A stand-up comic versatile enough to be taken seriously on the silver screen. An ensemble star, compelling enough to carry the stage in his own one-man show. Monday night, we lost that. When news broke of Williams’ untimely death, celebrities and fans alike tried to process it, as best they could, with heartfelt tributes and nods to the multifaceted performer. Perhaps The Academy said it best: Genie, you’re free.

Star Scoop: Tune in to Pitbull, Justin Theroux on Figuring Out ‘The Leftovers,’ Marilyn Monroe Gets Miniseries Treatment

By  August 11, 2014

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Turn up that dial. Early next year, Pitbull will host a weekly show on his own SiriusXM channel. Billboard reports that the Miami native is “the first Latin artist to have his own full-time channel on the service,” and will likely develop a bilingual broadcast. [The Hollywood Reporter]

No matter how many folks want to deem Kim Kardashian the modern-day Marilyn Monroe, we know there was only one. Lifetime—high on the biopic train with projects on late stars Whitney Houston and Aaliyah—is producing a miniseries on the bombshell’s life, based on author J. Randy Taraborrelli’s bestselling book. [The Hollywood Reporter]

We were with Melissa Maerz on quitting The Leftovers after a cringe-worthy opening to episode five—one of our editors admitted to literally walking away from the couch and shedding a tear or two. Still, that hasn’t stopped Justin Theroux from doing his best to reel us in. In an interview with Vulture, he says the best way to follow the show is how he did: by forgetting what caused the vague departure and focusing on the characters who are left. [Vulture]

More TMNT is on the way. After a $93.7 million global debut (with $65 million stateside), Paramount Pictures announced that a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is full steam ahead. Michael Bay will return to produce part two, which will bow June 3, 2016. [Variety]

And then there were… five… more. Amazon is continuing its campaign to compete with Netflix’s arsenal of original programming. It will air five pilots on August 28 and receive feedback from viewers on which shows should get the green light. This will be Amazon’s third pilot season, though it will only present a handful of content to the world, as opposed to 14 pilots in 2012 and 10 in 2013. [The Verge]

BuzzFeed: Hollywood’s newest motion pictures studio. You have a $50 million investment and intent to bring start-up culture to Tinseltown to thank for that. [New York Times]

Bad broke. Now it’s time for Saul to take center stage. AMC has released the first teaser for new drama, Better Call Saul, with Bob Odenkirk in the shady title role. [YouTube]