Sony's Steve Jobs biopic is building up a head of steam as insider whispers suggest "Batman" and "American Hustle" star Christian Bale is wanted for the main part. According to TheWrap, David Fincher -- who is still in talks to direct -- is waiting on confirmation that Christian Bale will join the cast. Bale, meanwhile, is currently on a break after filming Ridley Scott's "Exodus," due in December of this year. A major project for Sony Pictures, this Steve Jobs biopic will be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the Apple, Mac and iPhone leader "Steve Jobs," adapted by Aaron Sorkin of "The Social Network" (also directed by Fincher) and with input from key business partner Steve Wozniak.
Will Marvel take Scarlett Johansson's request for a Black Widow standalone movie? Fans have been clamoring for a female-led superhero movie and the actress opened up about it at the London premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Solider" on Thursday night. "If you want to see a Black Widow spin-off movie, then I want to see it," the 29-year-old, who is expecting her first child, told reporters, according to The Guardian. We will put the request into Marvel tomorrow."
NETANYA, Israel (AP) — When 18-year-old Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, the tears streaming down her cheeks appeared to be the overwhelming joy of a young woman fulfilling a childhood dream. Few knew the painful truth behind them — that just six weeks earlier she had been raped at knifepoint.
[Corrected: name of actor, first paragraph, should read Ben Lloyd-Hughes; spelling of director's name eighth paragaph, should read McNamara] Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who plays Will in imminent fiction-to-film blockbuster "Divergent," is down for the role of Jean-Michel Lintillac in Chinese-American production "The Moon and the Sun."
While animated wizardry makes basically anything possible for filmmakers these days, there is something comforting about the Muppets returning in all their floppy, fuzzy puppet-ness. Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang are back to entertain a new generation of fans -- as well as the older ones -- in "Muppets Most Wanted," released in the United States on Friday. The new movie comes three years after Disney revived the franchise with "The Muppets," which made $158 million and won a best song Oscar for "Man or Muppet." The Briton and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller may be the same, but a new human cast this time includes British comic Ricky Gervais, and Americans Tina Fey and Ty Burrell.
Sam Worthington knows he's blessed in the looks department, but the Aussie actor attempts to play his handsome features down in his latest movie, "Sabotage." "David [Ayer], the director, and me had an idea - we kind of wanted to get away from all the pretty boy stuff and then we had some inspirations from some actual guys that, you know, we kind of took our references from," Sam told Access Hollywood of his roughed-up look at the "Sabotage" premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The "Avatar" star got to work alongside Joe Manganiello and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the drug-bust action film, and he said working with Arnie was a dream come true. "Sabotage" hits theaters on March 28.
President Barack Obama is sounding a little sore about losing his reTweet title to Ellen DeGeneres. The President appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, where he joked about Ellen's celebrity-filled selfie from the audience at the Academy Awards earlier this month. But I broke your reTweet record," Ellen told the President. The President also talked about his plan to ensure that daughters Malia and Sasha will probably never be getting tattoos.
The American star will produce a film on the life of Busby Berkeley, the legendary director and choreographer credited with inventing the modern musical film during Hollywood's golden age. Gosling may also direct or star in the biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On the heels of "How to Catch a Monster," due for release this fall, Ryan Gosling could be gearing up to direct his second feature. At the very least, Gosling will produce this biopic, which will depict the fabulous career and troubled personal life of Busby Berkeley.
John Hillcoat, the Australian director behind "The Road", can now count on another Hollywood A-lister for his next feature. Woody Harrelson, who was recently in the limelight as the star of HBO's "True Detective," will have a role in "Triple Nine" alongside Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor.