Fun news today about one of our Hollywood faves: After a handful of smallish supporting bits on the big screen, Nina Dobrev is finally stepping into a nice, meaty feature film role in—of all things— a cop comedy. Variety reports that the "Vampire Diaries" actress has accepted a part in the upcoming "Let's Be Cops," as the lady love interest of a character played by Damon Wayans, Jr.
According to the article, the film is a comedy about "two friends who impersonate cops for fun" (Wait, seriously? Who does that?), who run into trouble when they accidentally tangle with a real-life, honest-to-goodness mobster. And for Nina, who's been testing the cinematic waters with everything from a cameo in teen slasher/stalker flick "The Roommate" to a turn in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a screwball criminal comedy will be a fun addition to her resume. The film is slated for release sometime in 2014.
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ABC Family has announced the first cast member for its upcoming "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off, and it's a face all too familiar to fans of the juicy series: Tyler Blackburn!
Tyler plays Caleb Rivers, computer hacker extraordinaire and boyfriend to Hanna Marin (played by Ashley Benson). What his move to Ravenswood will mean for his romance with the little liar is unclear, but for his part, Tyler is excited for the change of scenery.
"I am so stoked to head to #Ravenswood @RavenswoodABCF," he tweeted following the announcement. "I promise you won't be disappointed!"
"Rosaline," the film based on Rebecca Serle's omg-what-if?! retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" from the point of view of Romeo's jilted ladyfriend, has been in the development stage for, like, ever—and consequently surrounded by all kinds of rumors and speculation! (For instance: At one point, it was going around that Lily Collins would be starring as Rosaline; at another, unsourced reports suggested that the part of Romeo would be played by a badger wearing a codpiece and wig. Hollywood!)
But now, we have an officially sourced report from Deadline that the film has found its leading lady in none other than Allison Williams. FOR REAL.
Cinderella's glass slippers may not have been to Emma Watson's liking, but they'll do just fine for Lily James.
The "Downton Abbey" actress has been cast as the fairy tale princess in Disney's live-action film, the studio announced today. Lily will star opposite Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother in Kenneth Branagh's production.
In addition to her turn as Lady Rose MacClare on the British drama, Lily's appeared in the film "Wrath of the Titans" and on the TV series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl."
After getting a teensy-weensy taste of it in "Paris, je t'aime," Olga Kurylenko must have decided she rather enjoyed draining human beings of their delicious innards like so many Capri Sun pouches—because today, she's officially on board to play yet another bloodsucking beauty in the "Vampire Academy" movie!
Deadline has the report that Olga has scored the role of Ellen Kirova, the lovely mistress of the titular school for various vampires, in the film based on Richelle Mead's bestselling series.
"Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" is the first of what producers hope will be a multi-film franchise based on Richelle's books, which follow 17 year-old Dhampir Rose Hathaway as she matriculates at St. Vladimir's school and trains to be a guardian for her Moroi best friend, Lissa. (There's also a forbidden romance, of course, because of reasons.)
When it comes to casting a major Hollywood production, standard operating procedure is to secure a lead first, then build a supporting cast around him or her. So it seemed curious that for the big-screen adaptation of James Dashner's "The Maze Runner," everyone but the protagonist was being announced. And now, that's been remedied. Meet your Thomas: "Teen Wolf" actor Dylan O'Brien.
"The Maze Runner"—another dark dystopian—follows Thomas as he awakens in an elevator with no memories of his previous life. The lift dumps him in "the Glade," where a group of teenage boys live, penned in by walls and a surrounding maze. Already set to run the cinematic labyrinth: Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen and Kaya Scodelario.
That Kristen Stewart is a wily one: Every time we turn around, she's either climbing aboard or jumping ship on one movie or another! Just today, we've got a report that she's said goodbye to her role in the heist flick "Focus"—the second film she's bowed out of in a year. (She also gave up her part in the action movie "Cali," which vanished from the Hollywood radar after her departure.)
For fans of the actress, it's getting the teensiest bit difficult to keep tabs of where and when we'll next see her on the big screen...which is why we, who are experts at tracking Kristen in her natural habitat, have put together this little list of her upcoming projects.
With the Dauntless train rolling out of the station and production underway on the "Divergent" movie as of last week, there was still one very important question the filmmakers had yet to answer—and that question, of course, was Who's your daddy?!
Because despite the film already having begun shooting in Chicago, one important character had yet to be cast: Andrew Prior, the stoic and selfless father of heroine Tris, whose quiet strength makes him such an asset to the Abnegation faction (and such a cipher to his hot-blooded, action-craving daughter). But now, the Prior family tree is fully fleshed out! According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Tony Goldwyn is officially on board to play the role (and earlier rumors about Aaron Eckhart having been cast were, apparently, all a bunch of hooey).
Though production began earlier this week on the dystopian drama "Divergent," casting news continues to barrel down the tracks. The latest, per The Hollywood Reporter: Ashley Judd will play Tris' (Shailene Woodley) mom, Natalie Prior—a pivotal character in the closing chapters of Veronica Roth's young-adult novel upon which the film is based.
"Divergent" takes place in a near-future Chicago in which society has been divided into five factions, each reflecting a different virtue. Citizens are tested as teens to determine their place, but when Beatrice "Tris" Prior receives a "Divergent" result, she abandons her family's faction to take up with the dare-devil Dauntless.
The "Divergent" movie is officially off and running—production began yesterday in Chicago, which will be transformed into a crumbling dystopian metropolis by the time we see it on the big screen!—but it's never too late to add a new cast member or two.
Variety reported late Monday that Mekhi Phifer has joined the flick, with Veronica Roth chiming in via blog to confirm that he'll be playing yet another member of the Dauntless faction. We're gonna have trouble keeping track of all these Dauntlesses, yo. This is a LOT of Dauntlesses.