April 23rd, 2010
05:51 PM ET

New 'Eclipse' trailer hits the web

We’re down to a little more than two months until the third installment of the "Twilight" saga hits theaters, and Summit Entertainment is spoon-feeding bits of "Eclipse" to ease the waiting time.

To accompany the first trailer for “Eclipse,” the production company tweeted earlier this week that Twihards should watch out for a second trailer to hit the Web, and it finally has - on Oprah.com.

Some have hoped that this trailer would include the action that the third book is known for – new murderous, rampaging vampires plus a bloody ending – and it looks like we finally get that.


Filed under: movies • Twilight
April 23rd, 2010
01:37 PM ET

'Idol Gives Back' raises $45 million

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It wasn’t a good night for Tim Urban, who was booted off "American Idol" Wednesday night - but the two-hour event that was “Idol Gives Back” had a very good evening, raising almost $45 million for charity.

This year’s show was broadcast live from the “Idol” stage, where host Ryan Seacrest was the master of ceremonies, and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where actress/singer/rapper Queen Latifah served as host.

“Once again, I am over overwhelmed by the generosity of the ‘American Idol’ viewers, our sponsors and our special benefactors.  I am so thankful to all of the celebrity guests and performers who appeared Wednesday night to support ‘Idol Gives Back,’ ” said “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller.


April 23rd, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Carla Bruni is Woody Allen's new muse

France's First Lady will indeed be starring in an upcoming Woody Allen film. It had been rumored for months that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had been cast in the next project from the secretive filmmaker. Then, a later rumor followed which said: Nope. Wrong. No Bruni . (She's not hyphenated professionally). Instead, the gossip went,  Marion Cotillard was playing part everyone thought was going to be Bruni's. Well, turns out both women will be in the new film, which is in pre-production.

The notoriously press-shy Allen took the unusual step of issuing an actual press release with details of the movie - including, gasp, its title. It will be called "Midnight in Paris".  I think I'm more shocked about the suddenly open and chatty Woody Allen, than I am about the First-Lady-Gone-Hollywood aspect of this. You?

Meantime, worth noting: Allen's latest movie, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

More from Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" press release here: FULL POST

April 23rd, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Hollywood rumor mill churns with casting possibilities

The boys - and one esteemed woman - are back in this week's casting report roundup.

Robert Downey Jr. is said to be in the running to play the wizard in a Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," the LA Times reports.

Downey has reportedly been chatting with the film’s producers about portraying the wizard before he became the man behind the curtain. Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) and Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) are said to be the two directors in talks to lead the cast. Word on the street is that this film, just like everything else these days, is aiming to be in 3-D. If this sounds all kinds of awesome to you, don't get your hopes up - the LA Times noted that Downey's schedule may prevent him taking the part.

Jack Nicholson, 73, has been offered a part in your grandfather's version of “The Hangover,” NYMag's Vulture reports.


Filed under: Celebrities • Leonardo DiCaprio • movies • Robert Downey Jr.
April 23rd, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Roman Polanski court petition denied

California Court of Appeals Judge Peter Espinoza Thursday denied a petition by Samantha Geimer to dismiss a nearly 33-year-old sex case against director Roman Polanski. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles denied the motion on Thursday without comment.

The famed director of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Pianist" pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but fled to Europe before he was sentenced. Geimer, now in her 40s and a married mother of three, was his victim.

Filed under: Celebrities • Roman Polanski
April 23rd, 2010
08:54 AM ET

Trailer Park: Tom Cruise, WWII and 'Beastly'

Hi Trailer Park fans! In this week’s rundown we take a look at the new Tom Cruise movie, a film about a World War II hero and the new spin on a classic tale - that may or may not impress fans.

For good or for bad, Tom Cruise’s new movie trailer for “Knight and Day” reunites fans with 100 percent classic Tom Cruise.

From the very first words out of his mouth to co-star Cameron Diaz - “Boston? Gate 12” - all the trademark characteristics of a Cruise movie are there. There's the swagger, the charm... the clever cinematography to make him appear to be as tall as his much taller leading lady. FULL POST

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