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11 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings

March 19th, 2014 1:01pm EDT
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As a comic book nerd, nothing is worse than seeing a poor attempt at a movie adaptation of one of your beloved super heroes. So one could understand why so many casting decisions in comic book films create a controversy. Here are 11 controversial comic book movie castings:

Idris Elba - Heimdall in Thor. In what will be an occurring theme in this list, Elba's casting as Asgard Sentry Heimdall was a controversy only because of the color of this skin. Several white supremacist groups employ Norse mythology, so the perceived slight was twofold for them. In the end, the boycott attempts failed ...
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Hollywood's Hottest Shirtless Men

March 15th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Hollywood's Hottest Shirtless Men
Usually it's the women who are objectified in Hollywood, but the men are fair game too! These guys are hard working actors, singers, and athletes who either take time to work out for their six-pack abs or just let nature take its course.

Professional dancers Val and Maskim Chmerkovskiy (pictured above) make sure they're in good shape for "Dancing With The Stars." The two brothers, who were born in the Ukraine, obviously work hard for their physiques.

Some male stars spend a lot of time bulking up at the gym, while others are slim and trim. Check out our gallery of seriously shirtless cele...
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Oprah Winfrey gives dress to Twitter fan

March 7th, 2014 12:20pm EST
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Oprah Winfrey gave a dress away to a Twitter follower for her wedding.
The generous talk show host made a fan's dreams come true after gifting her the lavish white dress she wore on the cover of Essence magazine's Hollywood issue earlier this year.
Twitter user @snobaby28, who is believed to be called Brandi, tweeted Oprah after seeing the cover, which features her, 'The Butler' co-star Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
She wrote: "@oprah you look beautiful in that essence cover pic. WOW. CAN I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won't wear again lol luv u (sic)"
Opr...
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Michael B. Jordan brushes off Fantastic Four casting criticism

March 4th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Former The Wire star Michael B. Jordan is refusing to pay attention to negative comments concerning his casting in the new Fantastic Four reboot, insisting critics will always have something bad to say.

The African American actor recently landed the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the forthcoming comic book movie, taking over from Chris Evans, who portrayed the superhero in the 2005 original.

Jordan's appointment as the classic character prompted some film fans to speak out against the casting decision as his on-screen sister, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, is set to be played by ...
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Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller And Jamie Bell Announced As Cast Of 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

February 20th, 2014 4:01pm EST
Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell
Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell have been announced as the cast of the 2015 reboot of Marvel's Fantastic Four.

Former "Parenthood" star Jordan had been attached to the project for some time now, and he'll play Johnny Storm, aka 'The Human Torch.'

"House of Cards" star Mara is officially signed on to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl in the series; while "That Awkward Moment" star Bell and "Nymphomaniac" star Teller are tapped to play Ben Grimm/The Thing and Reid Richards/Mr. Fantastic, respectively. Both are very near to closing their deals.

The reboot will be b...
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Zac Efron had sex at prom

January 24th, 2014 4:20am EST
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Zac Efron had sex at his high school prom.
The 'That Awkward Moment' actor has admitted he made love to a former girlfriend on the night of the senior year dance.
When asked where the craziest place he's ever had sex is, he told E! News: "I think it was at prom with my girlfriend of three years."
The 26-year-old star, who has admitted to being a fan of sex on the kitchen table, also said he believes in love at first sight, but added: "It doesn't mean it's permanent love."
Zac - who dated his 'High School Musical' co-star Vanessa Hudgens from 2007 until 2010 - also revealed he doesn't have...
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Zac Efron 'in great place' post rehab

January 21st, 2014 3:20pm EST
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Zac Efron is "in a great place" after completing rehab.
The 'That Awkward Moment' star finished a stint in rehab last year for alleged cocaine and alcohol abuse, and says he's never felt better since beating his demons.
Zac - who was recently seen wearing a blue Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) chip, marking six months of sobriety - told a press conference in New York: "I'm so happy. I feel like I'm in a great place and I'm glad that I'm really here to share this moment with everybody and be present for all of it.
"It was an interesting year. I learned so many things. So much. The best part of i...
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Zac Efron pens heartwarming note to fan

January 17th, 2014 3:20am EST
Zac Efron
Zac Efron has publicly thanked one of his fans for reminding him why he continues to pursue his love of acting after struggling through a tough 2013.

The High School Musical hunk hit headlines last year (13) after undergoing rehab treatment for substance abuse issues and then breaking his jaw in a bizarre accident at his Hollywood home.

He made his return to the spotlight at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles last week (08Jan14) to promote his new movie That Awkward Moment with co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, and they headed to Facebook.com's headquarters in Menlo Park...
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Zac Efron wears sobriety chip

December 29th, 2013 6:20pm EST
Zac Efron
Zac Efron wore a six-months sobriety chip at a basketball game.
The 'High School Musical' star, who spent time in rehab last April for alleged cocaine and alcohol abuse, was spotted wearing a blue Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sobriety chip, given out during meetings as a symbol of encouragement and support, on a chain around his neck while cheering on the LA Lakers in Los Angeles on December 20.
The 'Parkland' star is thought to have entered treatment earlier this year after friends expressed their concern about his "erratic" behavior while filming the upcoming raunchy comedy 'Neighbors'.
Zac,...
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Zac Efron's co-stars poke fun at broken jaw drama

December 24th, 2013 3:10am EST
Zac Efron
Zac Efron's That Awkward Moment co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have had a little fun at their pal's expense for a new movie promo by joking that the actor had broken his jaw during sex.

The High School Musical hunk had to have his jaw wired shut last month (Nov13) after reportedly slipping in a puddle of water at his Los Angeles home and smashing his face.

He has yet to open up about the freak incident, but any sympathy Jordan and Teller may have had for Efron appears to have disappeared after sitting down for a video chat in which they poke fun at how the Hollywood hunk sust...
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Michael B. Jordan splits from girlfriend

December 9th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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Actor Michael B. Jordan has split from the girlfriend he literally fell for earlier this year (13), breaking his hand.

The Fruitvale Station star began dating the "old friend" he never named earlier this year (13), but she won't be on his arm at the Oscars if the actor lands a nod, as expected.

He tells U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey, "I'm single now, I just got out of a relationship, which is interesting. That was like my first real girlfriend, as an adult... I learned a lot."

The former The Wire star had to promote Fruitvale Station with a broken hand this past summer (13) after try...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Gave 'One Of The Worst' Auditions For 'Lord Of The Rings'

October 31st, 2013 3:03pm EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal missed out on the role of a lifetime - because he didn't know he needed a British accent.

The Hollywood Reporter held its annual actors roundtable with Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Josh Brolin and Michael B. Jordan, and it was revealed Gyllenhaal had a shot at being Frodo in the acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy until he gave "literally one of the worst auditions."

The interviewer asked, "What's the strangest audition you have had?" Josh Brolin recalled a Fly 2 audition in which he writhed on the ground and frothed at the mouth (his ...
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Zac Efron celebrates low-key birthday with celebrity pals

October 20th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Zac Efron
Zac Efron celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday (18Oct13) with a celebrity boys night out.

Weeks after reports surfaced suggesting the actor had completed a stint in rehab earlier this year (13), the Hairspray heartthrob was spotted celebrating in Los Angeles.

Efron enjoyed a low-key bash at Hollywood hotspot Chateau Marmont, and was joined by friends Robert Pattinson, Joe Jonas and Michael B. Jordan, his co-star in the upcoming film That Awkward Moment.

Prior to the party, Efron was spotted playing golf with his father in Carlsbad, California.

The actor took to Twitter.com to thank h...
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Zac Efron Gets Naked In Red Band Trailer For 'That Awkward Moment'

October 17th, 2013 6:03pm EDT
That Awkward Moment
Zac Efron is showing some skin the sell the upcoming R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment.

In a red band trailer (meaning they don't cut out any of the R-rated material), three friends played by Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan begin a pact to stay single after Jordan's character gets dumped. However, as Efron and Teller's characters find great girlfriend material (played by Mackenzie Davis and Imogen Poots), they begin to struggle choosing between their pact and their relationships.

While the boys are enjoying the single life, Teller's character slips his friends erectile dysfunc...
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'Fantastic Four' Begins Search For Heroes, Kit Harington And Saoirse Ronan Rumored

October 10th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Kit Harington
The minds behind the Fantastic Four reboot have a list of several up-and-comers they hope to test for the roles of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl).

Variety reports the men in the running for Richards includes Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Jack O'Connell and Miles Teller. Actresses vying for Sue Storm will include Saoirse Ronan and Kate Mara. Margot Robbie and Allison Williams were previously rumored for the role, but appear to have fallen out of the running.

Another hot rumor is that Michael B. Jordan is the favorite to get the role of Johnny Storm, The ...
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Michael B. Jordan receives special mention from Zurich jury

October 7th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Michael B. Jordan
Actor Michael B. Jordan received a special mention from members of the star-studded jury at the Zurich Film Festival for his turn in Fruitvale Station.

Jordan was praised at the annual event in Switzerland for his portrayal of Oscar Grant, Jr., a 22 year old who was shot dead on the platform of Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California in 2009 after a cop pulled his gun instead of his Taser following an altercation between the pair.

The panel of judges, which included director Marc Forster and actress Melissa Leo, also named Mexican movie La Jaula De Oro (The Golden Cage) the winner of the...
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Michael B. Jordan Calls 'Fruitvale Station' A Timely Movie

July 25th, 2013 11:57am EDT
Fruitvale Station
New race drama "Fruitvale Station" couldn't have been released at a more poignant time, according to lead actor Michael B. Jordan.

The film centers on a young black man from Oakland, Calif., who is killed by transit cops. The movie was released on the eve of George Zimmerman's acquittal earlier this month. Zimmerman killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012, and Americans have been divided over the court's ruling.

Jordan is pleased that his film has started the conversation about race relations. He told Access Hollywood Live, "It was eerie timing. It shows that it's...
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Michael B. Jordan in talks to play grandson of Rocky's rival

July 25th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Rocky
The Wire star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to play fictitious boxer Apollo Creed's grandson in the latest Rocky revamp.

Jordan will reteam with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler if he signs on for the project, titled Creed.

In the film his character, a young boxer, seeks out his grandfather's one-time rival, Rocky Balboa, and asks the retired champion to train him.

Sylvester Stallone will reprise his iconic role as Balboa in the movie - the first new film in the franchise since 2006.

Carl Weathers played flashy boxing icon Creed in Stallone's 1976 break-out movie R...
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Michael B. Jordan: 'Fruitvale Station could not have been released at a more important time'

July 24th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Michael B. Jordan
Actor Michael B. Jordan insists his acclaimed new race drama Fruitvale Station could not have been released at a better time - as America continues to scrutinise the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.

The Sundance Film Festival hit, which is based on the true story of young black Oakland, California father Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by transit cops, was released in the U.S. on the eve of George Zimmerman's acquittal earlier this month (Jul13).

Both the film and Zimmerman's freedom have kickstarted a major race relations debate in the U.S. and former The Wire star Jordan is th...
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Josh Hutcherson Lands Next Mega Star Honor At 2012 NewNowNext Awards

April 6th, 2012 8:59am EDT
Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson has been tipped as Hollywood's next big star after winning the top prize at the NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The Hunger Games actor landed the Next Mega Star accolade at the glitzy ceremony, seeing off competition from Elizabeth Olsen, New Girl's Lizzy Caplan, Parenthood star Michael B. Jordan and actress Emily VanCamp.

The show, hosted by reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, also feted Glee star Naya Rivera (the Cause Your Hot prize), upcoming blockbuster The Avengers (Next Must-See Movie) and British singer/songwriter Neon Hitch (Brink of Fame, Music ...
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'House' Recap: Love Is Blind

March 20th, 2012 9:34pm EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” made it seem like the regular writing staff took some time off. The story was barely existent and the obligatory medical mystery for this episode was in no way thrilling or mysterious. There aren’t many more episodes of “House” left and hopefully none of them are like this.

“Love Is Blind” (even the episode’s title is lazy) opens with a man buying an engagement ring at a jewelry store. Will (Michael B. Jordan) is blind, but appears to be quite capable at getting around by himself with only the aid of his walking stick. As he is waiting to cross the street, su...
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Josh Hutcherson And Elizabeth Olsen Nominated For The NewNowNext Awards

February 28th, 2012 1:28pm EST
Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson and Elizabeth Olsen are among the Hollywood newcomers set to do battle for a top prize at the annual NewNowNext Awards.

The Hunger Games' Hutcherson will go up against Mary-Kate and Ashley's younger sister, as well as fellow up-and-coming stars Lizzy Caplan, Michael B. Jordan and Emily VanCamp, for the Next Mega Star trophy.

In the music category, the acts competing for the Brink-of-Fame prize include British singers Jessie J, Rebecca Ferguson and Neon Hitch, as well as rappers Azealia Banks and Childish Gambino, and rockers FUN.

The Cause You're Hot award will be a co...
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'Parenthood': The Best Show You're Not Watching

February 28th, 2012 1:10pm EST
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It’s not a stretch to say that while most Americans are struggling through the current economic crisis, Hollywood is battling its own creative recession as the industry continues to sink its money into remakes of old shows, superhero franchises and classic fairytales.

This is why it’s a crime against television that NBC’s “Parenthood” is so unacceptably under-watched and underappreciated. This cape-free show follows the lives of three generations of the tight-knit, wine-loving Braverman clan. With drama that's unflinchingly genuine, the show doesn’t just tug on the heartstrings, it downr...
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Two Jews' Review 'Chronicle,' Both Flying High Over This Original Superhero Sci-Fi Film

February 4th, 2012 10:00am EST
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Every so often a film surprises me, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a not so good way.

Walking into the screening of 'Chronicle' directed by Josh Trank, I was expecting to see a movie that I've seen way too many times... teenagers get superpowers and fight evil doers.

Wow, was I happily surprised! Yes, teenagers do get superpowers it happens when they're exposed to an alien device. But, what these three boys do with their superpowers is what makes 'Chronicle' one of the most original, exciting, entertaining, and interesting films, I've s...
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Review: Small Budget Superhero Flick 'Chronicle' Packs A Punch

February 2nd, 2012 12:00pm EST
Chronicle
It’s certainly easy to become fixated on the, at turns both clever and cloying, found footage device employed in Josh Trank’s "Chronicle." There are absolutely some holes and awkward, forced moments that feel like a stretch, and if you let those little inconsistencies nag at you, they will. And do. But resist that temptation, suspend disbelief just for a hot second and what you’ll find you’re left with is a complex and engaging film that grapples intelligently with the eternal struggle of good and evil, wish fulfillment, and the moral culpability of super powers discovered by teenagers.

Ba...
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Cast Of 'Chronicle' Q&A: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, & Michael B. Jordan On Super Powers And Superman Pajamas

February 1st, 2012 1:00pm EST
Chronicle Cast
The adorable cast of "Chronicle" had a few minutes to chat about superpowers, and I happily took them up on it. Check out Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan as they talk about what attracted them to the project and what superpowers they wish they had.

"Chronicle" is a story of three high school friends who stumble upon a radioactive hole in the ground. With this discovery comes telekinesis, the ability to fly, and much more. Initially the trio sets out pulling harmless pranks, but as their skills greaten, the pull toward the dark side becomes that much more enticing. Though, ...
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