Star Scoop: A Daring Natalie Portman, Sofia Coppola Hearts Paris Hilton, A $50 ‘World War Z’


Natalie Portman may be following in the dark vein of her Oscar-winning Black Swan performance, but this time, cheerleaders take center stage. The star is being eyed for a role in the film adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel, Dare Me, to be directed by Michael Sucsy. The story follows a high school cheerleader who attempts to regain power over her squad after the arrival of a new cheerleading coach steals her shine…all in the midst of a suicide scandal. [Deadline]

We're not sure what her status with Kim Kardashian is, but we can say that Paris Hilton has a fan in Sofia Coppola. The Bling Ring director, who recruited Hilton to play herself in the drama, photographed the heiress (and hip-hop star?) for ELLE magazine's July 2013 issue, where she revealed her affinity for the former reality star. “I saw the pillows adorned with [Paris'] face and I took my picture with them,” said Coppola. “She’s such a pop icon and has a sense of humor about herself. I think she was the first to really make herself into a brand. She’s so dedicated to her style.” [Stylecaster]

How much are you willing to spend for a date with Brad Pitt? Well, we can't arrange that (and we know AngelinaJolie wouldn't oblige), but here's something that comes in at a close second. Paramount and Regal Entertainment are giving fans the chance to see Pitt's World War Z two days before its release in a pair of custom Real3D glasses; you can even take Pitt home at the end of it all (in DVD form, of course). An ultimate fan package is being made available at five theaters across the country for a (mere?) $50. Who's in?! [Entertainment Weekly]

Get well soon Ted Dwane! The Mumford & Sons bassist was hospitalized for a blood clot in his brain earlier this week, causing the Grammy-award winning band to cancel its headlining performance at Bonnaroo. “If we could’ve we would’ve, you know that about us,” the band wrote in a statement on its website. “We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.” Luckily for festival goers, Jack Johnson has stepped in to fill the empty slot. [Yahoo News]

Hey, Hollywood! This is how you do promo. Columbia Pictures and Sony have racked up $150 million in marketing for The Smurfs 2prior to its July 31 release. That's more than three times the amount promotional partners spent on the first effort, which earned $536 million at the box office; it also doesn't hurt that a third Smurfs movie is headed your way in 2015. Columbia, feel free to give us a call if a certain Katy Perry needs a voice fill-in. [Variety]

Speaking of franchise hits, it looks like Emma Watson has conquered her next one. The Harry Potter alum has signed on to play the lead role in Queen of the Tearling, a Game of Thrones-esque adaptation of Erika Johansen's seven-figure book. [ELLE UK]