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'Star Wars Episode VIII' Update: Captain Phasma Will Be Back

2/1/2016 8:31am EST
Gwendoline Christie
"Game Of Thrones" regular Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that her stormtrooper character will appear in the next "Star Wars" film.

The English actress played Captain Phasma in the hugely successful "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," a role that was originally written for a male actor. The character wears distinctive armor of salvaged chromium and is in charge of the First Order's legions of stormtroopers.

Christie told People during Saturday's red carpet preshow for the 2016 SAG Awards: "I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the pa...
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Kim Basinger Joins 'Fifty Shades Darker'

1/29/2016 8:43am EST
Kim Basinger To Play Christian Grey's Former Lover Elena In 'Fif
Kim Basinger has joined the cast of "Fifty Shades Darker" as Christian Grey's former lover and business partner, Elena Lincoln, who first introduced him into the world of S&M, according to Variety.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are reprising their roles as Grey and Anastasia Steele in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel. Also returning are Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini. James Foley is taking over for Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct the erotic flick.

Johnson recently told Access Hollywood: We're gonna start filming that soon... I think it's gonna be exciting to go back and deve...
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Jennifer Lawrence Lands Controversial Movie Role

1/20/2016 11:51pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence To Play Fidel Castro's Lover In 'Marita'
Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in 'Marita', a new movie from Sony that tells the story of Marita Lorenz, the woman who had an affair with Fidel Castro and was involved in the CIA's assassination attempt on the controversial Cuban leader.

That's the news that The Hollywood Reporter broke Tuesday night in an exclusive report. The pitch for the movie was made by Eric Warren Singer, who worked on 'American Hustle' with Lawrence.

Lawrence, who received her fourth Oscar nomination last week for starring as Joy Mangano in 'Joy', and will now be portraying another real-life woman in her next pr...
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Why Did Christian Bale Quit New Movie?

1/18/2016 9:05am EST
Christian Bale
Christian Bale is no longer playing the role of Enzo Ferrari in an upcoming biopic due to concerns about the weight gain required for the role.

Deadline has the report that despite transforming himself for numerous other roles throughout his career, Bale has decided that the weight required for 'Ferrari' was simply too much, too soon, with filming set to start this spring.

In the past, Bale has taken on roles all over the scale, from his emaciated look in 'The Machinist' to his overweight bulge in 'American Hustle'. Bale reportedly weighed only 121 pounds during production of 'The Machini...
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What's With The Lack Of Star Wars Toys Featuring Rey?

1/9/2016 5:50pm EST
J.J. Abrams Calls Out 'Star Wars' Toy Makers For Lack Of Rey Mer
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with at the box office, having already set multiple records for ticket sales. The same can likely be said about the sale of 'Star Wars' merchandise, as die hard fans have been scooping up action figures and other trinkets featuring the film's characters as quickly as they've hit the shelves.

There's one character, however, that some have noticed seems to be missing from a lot of those toy packages: the film's main star, Rey, played by actress Daisy Ridley. Now, 'The Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams is also speaking...
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Michael Trucco Joins Cast Of Upcoming Horror Flick

11/9/2015 12:04pm EST
Michael Trucco Joins The Cast Of 'The Bye Bye Man'
Michael Trucco has joined the cast of the upcoming horror flick The Bye Bye Man.

Based on the short story "The Bridge to Body Island" by Robert Damon Schneck, the flick focuses on three Wisconsin college students who experience a series of terrifying events after experimenting with contacting spirits. Stacy Title is directing from a script by Jonathan Penner, and production is now underway in Cleveland.

Trucco joins a roster that includes Doug Jones (The Master from FX's The Strain), Douglas Smith (HBO's upcoming Vinyl), Cressida Bonas (Tulip Fever) and Lucien Laviscount (Earl Grey on FOX...
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Who's Going To Star In 'The Little Mermaid'?

11/7/2015 10:28pm EST
Chloe Moretz Cast As 'The Little Mermaid' In Upcoming Live-Actio
Working Title and Universal have found their Ariel.

Variety reports that actress Chloe Moretz has been tapped to play the title character in the upcoming live-action retelling of the famous fairy tale.

Not much is known about how closely 'The Little Mermaid' will compare to previous versions of the Hans Christian Andersen story, which follows a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning. But Richard Curtis of 'Love Actually' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' is reportedly in talks to pen the script.

Most movie goers will draw comparisons t...
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What Does This 'Star Wars' Actor Think Of Fans Who Questioned His Race?

10/9/2015 3:18pm EDT
'Star Wars' John Boyega Tells Haters To Get Used To Seeing Black
When Disney dropped the first teaser trailer for 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' last November, some were surprised by the first character to literally pop up on screen. Actor John Boyega jumped into the picture in a panic, while wearing what appeared to be a Stormtrooper uniform.

While Boyega's initial appearance was obviously designed to create a bit of a jump scare, some fans said they were taken aback because the actor was black. These fans stated they were upset because Stormtroopers are supposed to be an army of all-white clones, at least according to old franchise lore....
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A Lot Of People Want To See Christina Hendricks In This Iconic Role

10/7/2015 11:28am EDT
Christina Hendricks
While the 007 franchise is kind of getting its first black James Bond (David Oyelowo will narrate the new audio book "Trigger Mortis"), who will be the next Bond Girl? If "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner takes over the film franchise, perhaps it will be Christina Hendricks.

A source told the National Enquirer, "A lot of people on the team are big 'Mad Men' fans. They want Matthew to bring back that swinging '60s style to the franchise — and a built beauty like Christina really catches that vibe!"

A Bond Girl is defined as a love interest or flirtation of Bond.

Hendricks is 40, but that'...
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Australian Actor Says Admiral Ackbar Will Be In 'The Force Awakens'

10/5/2015 8:44pm EDT
Admiral Ackbar
That's what the Australian actor who played the leader of the Rebellion in Return of the Jedi says.

Tim Rose told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) (via The Australian) that he'll be reprising his 1983 role as the amphibious Mon Calamari commander in the highly anticipated seventh episode of the beloved sci-fi saga -- but he's not too thrilled about the secrecy surrounding the film.

"I'm very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we're not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could," he says. "And as someone who has been doing it for 35 year...
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