Malin Akerman cast on ‘Suburgatory’ as Tessa’s Mom
If you haven’t been following ABC’s Suburgatory … what is wrong with you? Go watch it online or something! Anyway, if you’ve been keeping up, you’ll remember that a big part of last season was Tessa (Jane Levy) coming to terms with her mother leaving her. Well, (SPOILER ALERT) since the season ended with Tessa’s maternal grandmother coming to Chatswin to see her, it only makes sense that Tessa would finally get the chance to confront her mother, who is reportedly going to be played by Malin Akerman. Via Entertainment Weekly …
As fans will recall, Tessa’s mom has been out of her life since shortly after Tessa’s birth and in the new season, mum finally works up the courage to reach out to her daughter, hoping to put the past behind them. Creator Emily Kapnek weighs in, saying: “I’m so pleased that Malin Akerman has signed on for an arc on Suburgatory. I’m a huge, nerdy fan and this was an extensive search for the right actress to play such a pivotal role in our show. It turned out to be well worth the wait. She’s funny, gorgeous, and incredibly charismatic and I know her chemistry with Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy is going to be off the charts. Malin is a comedy writer’s dream, both beautiful and comedically fearless. I’m over the moon about her agreeing to play Alex.” Suburgatory returns to ABC Oct. 17 in a new timeslot following Modern Family, 9:30 ET.
Sam Claflin will play Finnick in ‘Catching Fire’
Because The Hunger Games desperately needs a pretty boy who isn’t either useless (*cough* Peeta *cough*) or a total dick (*cough* Gale *cough*) Finnick is finally being introduced in the next installment, and surprise! Sam Claflin is being cast in the role! Well, I guess it’s really only a “surprise” if you didn’t see us post the same thing twice, but this time it’s official! Way to drag this one out, Lionsgate. Entertainment Weekly reports …
Ending weeks of speculation, Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) has officially been cast as the dashing former Hunger Games champion Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate announced today. The British-born Claflin, 24, had been the front-runner for the coveted role since mid-July.
Of all the new characters in Catching Fire, Finnick looms largest. After he won his Hunger Games for District 4 when he was 14 thanks to his prowess with a trident, Finnick’s rakish good looks and louche charm helped him become something of a celebrity in the Capitol.
Lindsay Lohan to star in a Lady Gaga video?
So for some reason, Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan have been having sleepovers at Chateau Marmont, which — Can we just talk about this for a moment? Sleepovers are something you have in grade school. Do adults really still have slumber parties? That’s insane. Also, why is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic staying over a bar? Does anyone else feel like that could end on a bad note? These are the things you think about when you’re a rational person who monitors celebs for money. Anyway, allegedly Lindsay has been cast in a new Gaga music video, I say allegedly because … well, read the blockquote from Page Six and we’ll talk below …
Gaga and Lohan have become fast friends and made headlines by hanging out at the Chateau Marmont last month. Gaga posted pics of their encounter — she in a tiara and pearls while Lohan covered her mouth with a French-manicured hand — on her Web site Little Monsters. But, it seems, the collaboration is going a step further. “Lady Gaga and Lindsay caused a stir last month when they had their ‘sleepover’ at the Chateau [Marmont],” a Hollywood insider told us, adding, “and now it turns out that Lindsay will be starring in Gaga’s new video from her upcoming album.” A source close to Gaga said, “Lady Gaga’s not shooting a music video at this time.” Reps for Gaga and LiLo declined comment.
So am I the only reading this as “Dina Lohan saw Gaga and Lindsay hanging out and cartoon dollar signs shot out of her eyeballs?” Because nothing you say could possibly convince me that that isn’t exactly how that happened. “Wait, my daughter? And Lady Gaga? Together? It’s because she’s offering Lindsay a role! I must tell the press! TO THE GIN MOBILE! *Immediately smashes into a maternity center* Who put this baby hospital in my way?”
Scary Movie 5: Lindsay Lohan AND Charlie Sheen!
Because the only thing less timely than a Black Swan spoof is a bunch of Charlie Sheen jokes, he of the perpetual drug-induced frenzy has signed on to star in Scary Movie 5. And in what I’m sure is just a total coincidence, Lindsay Lohan has also signed on, so I’m just going to go ahead and assume that half of the script is just snorting while Ashley Tisdale fires her agent. E! Online reports …
Maybe being the next Anna Faris is just what the doctor ordered for Lohan, who will be seen first in the very under wraps TV movie Liz & Dick, which Lifetime is promoting so far only with a still of the 25-year-old actress dolled up like Elizabeth Taylor, rather than with any juicy scenes from the drama. While no offer had been made to Lohan as of early July, we hear now that she has officially signed on. Her rep said that, “as of right this moment,” she had not inked a deal, but all insiders are in agreement that she is definitely doing the movie. Sources also say that the ever-comebacking Charlie Sheen, despite being uncomfortably killed off in Scary Movie 4, will be back for the next sequel, which is being touted as a complete reboot of the franchise and is due in theaters January 11th, 2013.
Kristen Stewart is stealing roles now?
As if it wasn’t enough that Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson with that married with children dude who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, now she’s apparently stealing roles from other women too! Jennifer Lawrence, whose acting skills actually extend beyond biting lips, wanted the lead role in Lie Down In Darkness bad enough to write the director asking for the role. But instead, the role is going to Kristen, even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with her cheating scandal, we should all be angry about this just because the web told us to be. From HuffPo …
Kristen Stewart enraged some Twi-hards when she admitted to having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders (“You were stupid enough to get photographed doing it!” said one irate fan), and now she might have Hunger Games devotees sharpening their pitchforks as well. According to Vulture, Stewart has landed the lead role in Lie Down in Darkness, Scott Cooper’s adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel. The problem? Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence wanted the same part so much that she tried to write Cooper (Crazy Heart) on her own behalf.
“I am obsessed with that part,” Lawrence told W magazine. “I have this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to play. I worry about them — if someone else gets the part, I’m afraid they won’t do it right; they’ll make the character a victim or they’ll make her a villain or they’ll just get it wrong somehow. I’m trying to write the director to convince him that I should be in his movie. I’ll chase him if I have to. I’ll sit outside his house.”
Granted, even though Jennifer is a far better actress (she was an Oscar nominee for Winter’s Bone) than Kristen and would probably have done a way better job, she never had the role to begin with, so it’s not like Kristen “stole” the role from her. That being said, at this point, it’s fair to assume that pretty much any other actress can pull off a better performance than Kristen’s monotone dribble method, so let’s see just how far her career goes after the whole Twilight saga comes to an end.
Machete Kills: Lady Gaga is La Chameleón
Because stunt-casting is a helluva way to promote your movie — seriously, Mel Gibson is in this thing. MEL GIBSON. — Lady Gaga has been added to the cast of Machete Kills, where she will presumably be forced to bang Danny Trejo or be the evil person who gets killed. There is no middle ground. From Coming Soon:
Following Machete Kills photos of Alexa Vega’s decidedly more adult look earlier today, writer/director Robert Rodriguez has revealed a surprise addition to the sequel’s cast: Lady Gaga will be playing a character called La Chameleón. “I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills,” Rodriguez tweeted, “she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!”
Judging by the picture, Gaga will essentially be playing herself, only with a gun. Oh, wait, actually Gaga has wore guns in the past, so I was right the first time. She’ll be playing herself. What a stretch.
Jena Malone cast as Johanna Mason in ‘Catching Fire’
This has more or less been a pretty solid decision for a few weeks now, but Lionsgate went ahead and officially announced that Jena Malone, who you might remember from Saved! (yay!) and Sucker Punch (ummm … a little less yay …), will be playing the role of Johanna Mason in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Via Entertainment Weekly:
EW first reported last month that Jena Malone was in the running for the pivotal role. (Some basic plot SPOILERS follow from here.) In Catching Fire, Johanna is one of the former winning tributes selected, along with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), for the Quarter Quell. A citizen of the lumber-based District 7, Johanna’s quite handy with an ax, and possesses what Katniss calls, in Suzanne Collins’ book, “a wicked ability to murder.”
Oh, and did they neglect to mention that Johanna spends most of the book completely and totally stark naked? Because Johanna spends most of the book completely and totally stark naked. I feel like that could potentially be a selling point.
Casting: Finnick and Wiress (Hunger Games)
After much deliberation and many sleepless nights of wondering which pretty boy actor could be sufficiently pretty in the role of Finnick O’Dair, it seems The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has finally found the right guy:
Jesse Williams! Oh, wait, I meant … English actor Sam Claflin? I have no idea who that is, but okay, he’s pretty damn cute (see his picture below). Variety reports:
Finnick was the most coveted available role in the Hunger Games sequel, and sources tell Variety that Claflin is nearing an offer. The character, who was 14 when he was selected as a tribute, is one of the youngest to have won the Hunger Games. Katniss does not trust him at first and is hesitant to make Finnick her ally, though he proves to be valuable after he saves Peeta from drowning in the Quarter Quell.
Oh, plus they also cast Amanda Plummer as Wiress, which is great because Amanda is a kick-ass award-winning actress (see Pulp Fiction) and it’s nice to see her getting high-profile work.