Not all typecasting is bad. If you're "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz, it means you get to play a succession of iconic characters—who just so happen to be Men's Health magazine-worthy.
After strapping on a sword and sandals as Poseidon in "Immortals" and swinging from vines as Tarzan in the upcoming motion-capture movie of the same name, Kellan will get mythical once again for the title role in "Hercules 3D," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Little is known about the plot of the film, though the report did indicate that it "will have at its center a love story between the son of Zeus and the mortal princess of Crete, who was promised to his older brother despite her love for Hercules."
Director Baz Luhrmann could not be more in love with star-crossed romances. His filmography is a paean to the form—as is the trailer for his latest "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.
While the first trailer—released nearly a year ago—made the era's Art Deco decadence (not to mention the intrigue of who exactly Jay Gatsby is) the main focus, this latest is more a meditation on the lost love between Jay and Daisy Buchanan. In many ways, it actually calls to mind Baz's earlier epic, "Romeo + Juliet," and it's not just the fact that both star the towheaded heartthrob (though that certainly doesn't hurt).
In just 10 days, the teaser trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will make its debut at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards—which means that fans everywhere will be spending the next nine days in a state of ravenous anticipation and hot debate over what we might see in this first-ever glimpse at the series sequel. Will the action of the Quarter Quell get some screen time? Will President Snow bleed from the gums? Will the flaming Mockingjay logo from the first movie catch fire a second time? Mysteries! And they won't be solved until April 14, when Liam Hemsworth introduces the teaser on our Movie Awards stage.
While we wait, here's our wishlist of "Catching Fire" moments we're most hoping to catch a glimpse of.
"Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke will be hitting the books once again.
Deadline reports that the auteur has signed on to direct the big-screen adaptation of Karen Thompson Walker's 2012 novel "The Age of Miracles."
The story follows 11-year-old Julia and her family as they awake one morning to discover the rotation of the Earth has inexplicably slowed—causing all sorts of bizarre phenomena and, ultimately, leaving the planet's fate uncertain. But who has time to worry about the apocalypse when there are everyday concerns like first loves, failing marriages and kooky grandparents to contend with?
If you needed another reason to watch this year's MTV Movie Awards...well, seriously, what's wrong with you? Will you never be satisfied? Have you ever considered that you take too much and never consider our needs? PFFFT. But okay, fine, here's your billionth reason to tune into the awards ceremony on April 14: We got you an awesome "Catching Fire" teaser trailer, which will debut exclusively at the awards, introduced specially by Liam Hemsworth.
And if you're wondering what might be included in said teaser, then you can check out this teaser for the teaser, in which Katniss and Peeta are introduced in a neighboring district whilst on their Victory Tour for the 74th Hunger Games. (Highlights include an amazing back view of Effie Trinket's outfit, the sleeves of which appear to be made from two exotic furry animals.) There. Enjoy. Don't say we never did anything for you.
If you struggle envisioning Emma Watson on screen sans Hermione Granger's wand or know-it-all airs, you better prepare yourself. And maybe the best place to start is British GQ's upcoming issue. Emma is shedding her inhibitions to play the pole-dancing pilferer Nicki in Sofia Coppola's upcoming "Bling Ring" (out June 14), and here she is, posing in character for the lad mag's cover.
Inside, the 22-year-old explains what drew her to the saucy role.
"When I read the script and I realised that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it's become to our society, I had to do it," she said. "The character is everything that I felt strongly against—she's superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She's all of these things and I realised that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be."
Break out your black! A new trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare's urban fantasy "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" hit the internet last night, bringing with it a deeper look into the secret world of the Shadowhunters through the eyes of heroine Clary Fray, played by Lily Collins.
And while director Harald Zwart may have set some sort of cinematic record for initial trailer turnaround (the first sneak peek debuted mere days after production wrapped in November), it's clear with all of the effects wizardry on display here, that plenty of concentration and care were put into this latest look.
Let's take a closer look after the jump at all that's new and noteworthy in this second trailer.
The salt water hasn't even evaporated from Selena Gomez's baby blue bikini yet, but the "Spring Breakers" star is already hopping out of the ocean and into her next project "Rudderless."
The film marks William H. Macy's directorial debut, and will star Anton Yelchin, Laurence Fishburne and Billy Crudup, in addition to Macy and his wife, "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman. According to Deadline, "Rudderless" centers around a father, who following the death of his son, forms a band. The musical drama will begin filming in April in Oklahoma. (Not much seems to be known about Selena's role at this point...)
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have yet to see "The Host"!
If you were among the movie-goers who invaded theaters this weekend for the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi romance "The Host" (and managed to avoid the bean-spilling until then), you were treated to an excellent cameo in the film's closing moments—namely, the secret identity of the actress picked to play Pet (full name: Petals Open to the Moon), the host whom Wanda is implanted in after she's removed from Melanie.
Now, to be honest, I'd kind of forgotten about this character. When production began last year, I did wonder to myself who would play Wanda's more permanent form, but the thought quickly escaped the steel trap that is my mind, never to be spotted again...until I attended a screening last week. And I was tickled! So tickled, in fact, I wanted to spend a few minutes after the jump discussing this casting with you. Venture on...at your own risk.
As an Oscar-nominated actress and one of Hollywood's hottest young prospects, Saoirse Ronan can pretty much take her pick of serious cinematic roles...which, if you think about it, might make her starring spot in an alien invasion action-romance seem like a bit of an odd choice? But no! It makes perfect sense! Because when Saoirse sat down with MTV News to talk about her latest project, she was quick to point out that there's more to "The Host" than sci-fi scares and action-packed chase scenes.
"The fact that I would be playing two characters was a big draw for me," she said. "I really liked the concept."
No doubt, the challenge of acting two parts at once—especially when those two parts are fighting each other for dominance inside the same body—was a great way for Saoirse to push her limits. And not only that, she feels that there's deeper meaning to be read into the themes of "The Host."