Remember last week when we relayed the rumor that "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright was circling the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey"? Well, that's all the chatter ended up being: a rumor.
Deadline reports that Joe does not have time in his schedule for a raunchy romp with billionaire Christian Grey and his naive paramour Anastasia Steele. And so, the list of Hollywood heavyweights who won't be involved with the project continues to grow.
We already knew Stephen Amell was out as Christian. And Emma Watson was out as Ana, as was Keira Knightley. And let's not even get started about the Angelina Jolie speculation.
Break out the beer and puppies: Today is Robert Pattinson's 27th birthday. Happy birthday, you hottie, you!
Now, just because the sun has set on Rob's "Twilight"-related duties, that doesn't mean his 27th year isn't going to be jam-packed. In fact, as he breaks away from the film franchise that made him a star, it seems directors can't get their hands on him fast enough. (Or maybe that's just us? We kid! Maybe...) With that in mind, let's take a look at Rob's upcoming year in the cinema.
First up is "The Rover," which Rob filmed earlier this year in the Australian Outback. The Brit stars as Reynolds, a man who's desperately searching for his stolen car and the valuable object left inside, in this near-future thriller. A first-look image from the film (featuring Guy Pearce) hit the web back in March, with the film tentatively slated for a 2013 release.
And, well, that's where the certainty ends, because the actor has no shortage of projects in various stages of pre-production.
Remember when Darren Criss cracked wise with MTV News about the "Glee" kids all being imminently destined for summer employment of the "wacky cruise ship" variety? WELL. Call us crazy, but we wonder if Darren might've been dropping the sneakiest of oblique hints about (or just psychically tapping into the secrets of) the upcoming season and its peculiar quirk: a big break right in the middle that'll leave us all "Glee"-less for weeks on end while the show does...well, whatever shows do when they take big winter breaks. Skiing in the Swiss Alps, perhaps?
Darren's talk of cruise ship-related drama dreams for the "Glee" cast came just days before the news of the mid-season hiatus broke at Deadline, where the whole entire Fox fall season roundup is available for your perusal and/or use in advance strategizing about how best to program your DVR so you won't miss out on a single must-see show. (Except just kidding, there are way too many exciting new things happening on too many channels for you to actually do that, and it's time to stop dallying and waffling around like a wuss and decide where your loyalties lie, sir. YOU HAVE HEDGED LONG ENOUGH.)
Pssssst! Yo, froshies: If you want the top bunk at bloodsucking school, you'd better speak up now. The dorms at St. Vladimir's, the "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" elite educational institution for the befanged, are rapidly filling up, with a whopping four new casting announcements on the wire.
Deadline reports that Sami Gayle, Cameron Monaghan, Ashley Charles and Claire Foy have all joined the film, rounding out the cast in several key roles.
Like many of you, we here at MTV have a soft spot for "The Mortal Instruments" magic-doer Magnus Bane. (Perhaps it's because our names both start with the letter "M"?) And there are few things we love more than debuting EXCLUSIVE content featuring the glittered one, like first-look images and on-set interviews. So here we go again dishing up a hunky helping of the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Are you ready for it? (OF COURSE YOU ARE.)
Take a long, lusty look at this new character poster featuring Magnus, which boasts the tagline: "An instrument of chaos."
The August 23 release marks actor Godfrey Gao's American film debut, and he admitted to a few nerves during production when we visited him last year on the set.
Producers of the highly anticipated film version of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" are keeping the casting of their leading man all in the family...so to speak. Ansel Elgort—who plays Shailene Woodley's brother in her other YA-adapted project, "Divergent"—has been offered the role of her love interest, Augustus Waters, in the drama about two cancer patients who fall in love in support group. (This all according to Entertainment Weekly).
Now, before you raise an eyebrow, the people in charge say it's all good.
"We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus," producer Wyck Godfrey told EW. "His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in 'Divergent' with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of 'Fault' will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once."
Before you flee your cubicle and fall into the comforting embrace of a Happy Hour cocktail, we'd like to turn your attention to something just as intoxicating: a slew of brand new images from the upcoming sixth season of "True Blood."
HBO released nearly two dozen stills from its titillating vampire drama, and if we had to take a guess, this season could be the bloodiest one yet—what with Billith on the loose and a war brewing between the fangs and the fang-nots. But, you'll have to wait until the June 19 premiere to know just how much of the viscous red stuff will be shed. In the meantime, feast your eyes on a collection of images curated for maximum enjoyment by your best gal pals at Hollywood Crush.
Here's Viking vampire Eric Northman all bloody.
First comes love and then comes marriage. "90210" actress Shenae Grimes has confirmed that she’s officially Mrs. Josh Beech.
The actress tweeted out the wedding news today, including a photo of her and her new hubby. And she definitely had the wedding of her dreams. Instead of wearing white, like most brides, she donned a black tulle gown. "I now pronounce us Mr. and Mrs. Beech! Ahhh! Xx," she wrote.
The couple became engaged last December. At the time she blogged, "Thanks for all the congratulations everyone, I’m a very happy lady indeed and all the warm wishes are well appreciated! We plan to keep our special day very private and we hope everyone can respect that. Thanks for the love, right back atcha!"
We've already posted once about the superlative looks from Monday night's big gala at the Met—where all the pretty little starlets busted out their weirdest wigs, fiercest makeup and most mesh-and-leather-heavy looks to celebrate the opening of "PUNK: From Chaos to Couture" at the Costume Institute. But we saved the best (and, um, worst) for last, plucking two noteworthy looks from the crowd and keeping them aside for our weekly fashion feature. Who's our Style Superstar today?
It's Dakota Fanning, whose black, bold Rodarte dress was our favorite look from the evening. Dakota went a little less wild than a lot of her fellow attendees—from the front, in fact, you might think that this was just a simple black gown with trendy cutout details. But that peek of black-and-white coming around at her waist is your tip that there's more going on here; the other side of this dress is made entirely of mesh from the bum up, with cool graphic applique wings at the shoulders and wrapping around her lower back. It's a perfect pick for the evening—high fashion at the front, a punk party at the rear!—and while not everyone loved Dakota in this dress, we think it makes her this week's Style Superstar. (Another critic complained that it "looks like a skeleton is grabbing the actress at her waist"—uh, YEAH IT DOES, and it's AWESOME.)
"The 5th Wave" is one of the most anticipated new books of the year, and not just because they've been teasing us for weeks with Hollywood-worthy book trailers that hint at the amazing, apocalyptic, alien-invasion awesomeness to come. In the capable hands of Rick Yancey (author of "The Monstrumologist"), this first novel in an intended trilogy offers up a juicy, imaginative premise that seems tailor-made to be adapted for the screen: the unheralded appearance of alien ships, hovering in the earth's orbit...followed by a methodical, malicious series of "waves" designed to exterminate the planet's current inhabitants. By the time we arrive in the world of "The 5th Wave," only a tiny percentage of the human race remains—and our numbers are shrinking fast.
In its best moments, this novel is a YA entry into the epic survivalist oeuvre that also includes bestselling crowd-pleasers like Stephen King's "The Stand," Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and Robert Kirkman's graphic-novels-turned-primetime-powerhouse "The Walking Dead." "The 5th Wave" introduces a broad cast of characters and compelling multiple narratives that offer a look at the ruined world through the eyes of several different people: In one, a 16 year-old girl named Cassie wanders through the wasteland of post-invasion Ohio, searching for her brother; in another, a teenage boy known only as "Zombie" trains with other young survivors at a refugee camp to mount a last, desperate defense on behalf of the human race. There's also a single, terrifying chapter of the tale as told by the nameless Silencer—a being whose one and only goal is to track, hunt and kill every remaining person on earth to make way for the incoming aliens.