January 12th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic just got a new cast member: "Gossip Girl" star Ed Westwick.
Deadline.com reports that the 23-year-old British actor has signed on to play Agent Smith, a clean-cut operative hired by Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) to write his biography. But things suddenly turn tricky when Smith gets a little too close to the truth.
Meanwhile Charlize Theron, who was attached to play Hoover's personal secretary Helen Gandy, has decided not to do "J. Edgar" in favor of playing the Evil Queen in the live-action fairy tale "Snow White and the Huntsman." Director Eastwood is reportedly eyeing Naomi Watts and Amy Adams as her replacement.
Meanwhile, Vulture reports that Theron is also being wooed to appear in Ridley Scott's upcoming "Alien" prequel. Scott is said to be casting Swedish "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace in the lead, but Theron is being considered for the part of sexy fortysomething crew member Vickers.
September 9th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
The name’s Eastwood, Clint Eastwood.
Okay, so that isn’t the actual tag line for the legendary James Bond films, but Clint Eastwood was once a candidate to play 007 and Superman before turning both roles down.
The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he was approached about filling the shoes of both characters back in the 1970s. Known for his role in "Dirty Harry" and a penchant for taking on gritty Westerns, Eastwood was a star, but he just wasn’t sure about rocking tights and a cape.
January 6th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
Any actor who has received a Golden Globe nod or a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination usually kicks off the season by heading to Palm Springs the first week of January.
They make the two-hour trek from Hollywood to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala, and event that kicks off the 13-day festival where actors, directors and producers show up to be honored for their achievements in film throughout the year.
For several of the actors, it was their first time attending the gala. Among them: Anna Kendrick, who received the Rising Star Award for her work in "Up in the Air"; Helen Mirren of "The Last Station," who finally got the Career Achievement Award; and Jeremy Renner, who picked up the Breakthrough Actor Award for his compelling work in the acclaimed film "The Hurt Locker."
December 15th, 2009
12:11 PM ET
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced in Beverly Hills early this morning. Many of the regular suspects were in the mix. Meryl Streep will go head to head with herself in the best actress musical or comedy category for her performances in “Julie & Julia” and “It’s Complicated.” Clint Eastwood is in there for directing “Invictus,” as are its stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Freeman, who stars as South African President Nelson Mandela, reacted to his nomination saying “Playing Mandela was the greatest honor of my career, and I hope that I have done him proud.” It was a bit of a surprise that the film itself was not nominated for a best picture prize.
Perhaps less of a shock was a nod for “Up” in the best animated film category. The movie is the latest in a long line of Disney/Pixar films to accomplish the feat. It’s been a very good year for the folks behind the adventurous tale. “Up” is the third highest grossing film of the year with $293 million at the domestic box office. The film’s director, Pete Docter, released this statement shortly after his film was recognized: “This is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us.”
We’ll share many more happy moments here at CNN.com as we continue to bring you more 67th Annual Golden Globe Award nominee reactions.
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