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Wes Bentley eyes comedy roles

August 1st, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Actor Wes Bentley is eyeing a transition into light-hearted movie roles as he wants to land a part in a comedy.

The 34 year old has made his name in Hollywood with a series of dramatic films, including American Beauty and The Four Feathers, and he also appears alongside Amanda Seyfried in the explicit new Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace.

Bentley's career was derailed during his eight-year battle with drug addiction, but he has since conquered his demons and returned to Hollywood with a pivotal role in The Hunger Games.

Now the star is hoping to take on funnier roles in the future because ...

Blu-ray Review: 'Gone'

June 4th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Must. Get. Sister. Back. Blonde haired, dough-eyed gal Amanda Seyfried heads out in search of her missing sister in the new to Blu-ray thriller "Gone," out now from Summit Home Entertainment. Review clues below!

Title: "Gone"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley

Director: Heitor Dhalia

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 minutes

Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment

Website: www.summit-ent.com

The Flick: As a thriller, "Gone" could have headed the way of the Shyamalan with a twist ending or even been De Palma-esk with mental problems, bu...

President Snow Lays Down the Law in New 'Hunger Games' Clip

March 16th, 2012 8:25am EDT
Even a sense of hope requires a (corrupt) political system of checks and balances.

President Snow (Donald Sutherland) discusses the darker side of public relations with Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) in this new clip from "The Hunger Games," which premiered as an IGN exclusive.

Snow reveals how he keeps the citizens of Panem in line with his thoughts on the power of hope over fear -- and how each feeling needs to be strictly controlled in order for him to stay on top. Crane, like a good minion, scowls and nods.

Fans will notice that this scene doesn't appear in the book, thou...

New 'Hunger Games' Clip Targets The Gamemakers

March 2nd, 2012 11:19am EST
A brand new "Hunger Games" clip has been sent down from The Capitol, and Oh My Katniss is it a great one.

Those who've read Suzanne Collins' book to prepare for the Games know exactly which scene this is, but for the uninitiated, it's a moment when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) must show off her skills to the Hunger Games' organizers (The Gamemakers) in the hopes of getting high marks and hopefully some sponsorship opportunities in the Arena.

Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) and the rest of the Gamemakers lot have already seen twenty-something tributes by this point, though, so they don't even no...

Check Out The Second Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games'

February 5th, 2012 1:45pm EST
The Hunger Games
The wait is almost over for the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins best selling teen novel The Hunger Games, and now there's a newly released second trailer to add to all the excitement.

The new spot, which will air during the Super Bowl, reveals more of the film's futuristic look, from glimpses of Panem's capital city ('The Capitol') to creepy characters who live to watch teenagers kill each other in a controlled habitat.

"Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and gir...

'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Talks About Girls' Fantasies, Good Pal Heath Ledger

January 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
Wes Bentley in Details
After substance abuse nearly derailed Wes Bentley’s career, the former teen idol is back in a big way in spring’s most anticipated blockbuster, "The Hunger Games."

Bentley became an overnight sensation thanks to his era-defining role in 1999's "American Beauty;" then, a drug-addled cautionary tale. But the 33-year-old actor is sober now and back in the saddle with the thriller "Gone."

Bentley is featured as "The Comeback" in the February issue of DETAILS magazine, on stands nationwide January 17. In the extended interview, available on Details.com, Bentley dishes on chilling with Lenny K...

Demi Moore To Play Gloria Steinem In Linda Lovelace Biopic

January 3rd, 2012 9:35am EST
Demi Moore
Demi Moore is to play feminist icon Gloria Steinem in Amanda Seyfried's upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic.

The actress is to join a cast including Seyfried, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Peter Sarsgaard, according to Variety.

Reports suggest James Franco has rejoined the project after turning down Sarsgaard's role as Lovelace's husband - the 127 Hours star is in talks to portray Playboy boss Hugh Hefner in the movie, which chronicles the life of the porn star-turned-anti-porn activist.

Watch The Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games'

November 14th, 2011 10:00am EST
The Hunger Games
Lionsgate has debuted the full trailer for "The Hunger Games," which will be released on March 23, 2012.

The film centers on the ruins of what was once North America. The evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their...

'Hunger Games' Fans, What Should We Call Ourselves?

June 11th, 2011 3:18pm EDT
"Harry Potter" has decades-long Potterheads and "Twilight" its hardcore Twihards, so it's only natural that the vocal "Hunger Games" followers would end up with their own nickname now that the first movie's release is less than nine months away.

But after E! Online's The Awful Truth referred to Katniss devotees as "Jabberjays" yesterday, fansite Down With the Capitol launched a campaign to get the fans themselves to decide what they're called and Lionsgate followed suit on the official Facebook page. Suggestions on Twitter and message-boards ranged from character-specific ("Peetaphiles," "...

Upcoming 'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Opens Up About Drug Past

June 2nd, 2011 8:53am EDT
Wes Bentley
Actor Wes Bentley lost the will to live at the lowest point of his eight-year drug hell.

The actor shot to fame at the age of 20 after the 1999 release of the Oscar-winning "American Beauty," but Bentley struggled to deal with the spotlight and fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs.

He became hooked on ecstasy, cocaine and heroin and turned his back on his career as his substance abuse worsened, and Bentley admits he became so depressed, he had all but given up on life.

He tells People magazine, "There was a point where I had written off survival. I was so numb, I was OK with ...

Lenny Kravitz Joins 'The Hunger Games'

May 24th, 2011 11:35am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
The star-studded cast of upcoming movie The Hunger Games has received a boost after rocker Lenny Kravitz was added to the line-up.

The musician, who was last seen onscreen in Oscar-winning movie Precious, will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks in the highly-anticipated new movie.

Kravitz will play fashion stylist Cinna in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

The movie is scheduled for a March, 2012 release.

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Celebrity Spotlight: Casey Affleck

February 4th, 2008 1:36pm EST
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck is an Academy Award-nominated actor, but many people know him as Ben Affleck's little brother. Affleck was born Caleb Casey Affleck on August 12, 1975, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Affleck attended George Washington University and later transferred to Columbia University where he studied Physics, Astronomy and Western Philosophy.

Affleck's first film role was in the 1995 Gus Van Sant dark comedy "To Die For," which also starred Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. He than appeared in the box office flop "Race the Sun."

In 1997, Ben, Casey and Matt Damon's career ...

Opening November 9: P2

November 6th, 2007 3:17pm EST
A corporate workaholic finds that her decision to work late on Christmas Eve has potentially deadly consequences in this thriller starring Wes Bently and Rachel Nichols. It's that time of the year, and as the snow falls outside and families gather around the dinner table, Angela vows to close one last deal before the holiday. Now late for her family gathering, Angela rushes down to the garage in hopes of racing home and catching dinner before it gets cold. Continue Summary

Rachel Nichols Stars In 'P2' Nov. 9

November 6th, 2007 10:08am EST
Rachel Nichols
Rachel Nichols has audiences thinking twice about using parking garages in her newest thriller, P2. Her character Angela Bridges is a young executive who works late on Christmas Eve. As she is about to leave for her family's holiday party, her car won't start. Her cell phone doesn't have a signal, the place is completely deserted, and the garage is locked.

For several months Thomas, the security guard played by Wes Bentley, has been watching Angela. This evening he can finally come eye-to-eye with the object of his affection. He offers to help but fails to start the car. Thomas then s...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 4

September 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Happy Birthday to pop superstar Beyonce Knowles (1981), "American Beauty" actor Wes Bentley (1978), New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka (1977), Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar (1974), Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera (1970), baseball catcher Mike Piazza (1968), comedic actor Damon Wayans (1960), "Babylon 5" actress Patricia Tallman (1957), Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Gary Duncan and guitarist Greg Elmore (both 1946), actress Mitzi Gaynor (1931), "Bewitched" actor Dick York (1928; d. 1992), and English actor Nigel Bruce (1895; d. 1953).

Celebrity Birthdays, September 4

September 4th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Happy Birthday to pop superstar Beyonce Knowles (1981), "American Beauty" actor Wes Bentley (1978), New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka (1977), Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar (1974), Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera (1970), baseball catcher Mike Piazza (1968), comedic actor Damon Wayans (1960), "Babylon 5" actress Patricia Tallman (1957), Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Gary Duncan and guitarist Greg Elmore (both 1946), actress Mitzi Gaynor (1931), "Bewitched" actor Dick York (1928; d. 1992), and English actor Nigel Bruce (1895; d. 1953).

2K Games Announces 'Ghost Rider' Video Game

May 1st, 2006 10:45am EDT
2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that it will publish Ghost Rider, a new third person action title featuring Marvel Comics' iconic motorcycle riding supernatural super hero, Ghost Rider. The game will be based on both the classic comic book series as well as Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios' star-studded big screen adaptation of Ghost Rider that is expected to blaze into theaters February 2007.

The big-screen action-adventurer features Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage in the title role alongside Eva Mendes (Hitch) and Wes Bentley (American ...

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