Hollywood loves to cast illustrious stars as famous historical figures, even though it doesn’t always care if the former necessarily resembles the latter (see, for instance, 2015’s Steve Jobs , in which Michael Fassbender doesn’t look much like the Apple visionary ). That’s most definitely not the case with the upcoming biopic Judy , in which Renée Zellweger will step into the legendary shoes of Judy Garland — a role that, as proven by today’s first photo from the production , will benefit from the fact that Zellweger is nearly indistinguishable from the cinematic icon. Inspired by that stunning snapshot’s debut, we’ve compiled a rundown of the finest instances of actors becoming the spitting image of their real-life artist and politician characters.
Here are five fascinatingly different versions of famous Disney movies that almost came to pass, only to be consigned to the idea bin of history. Disney had been trying to make a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale ‘The Snow Queen’ since the late 1930s, but every attempt had run aground. In 2008, the project was revived again and even had some cast – ‘Will & Grace’ star Megan Mullally was onboard as Elsa (then a flat-out villain) and Josh Gad, who did eventually play snowman Olaf in the finished film.
Gal Gadot tells New York Times she rejects complaints about skimpiness of movie costume, recalls how close she came to quitting acting
Alec Baldwin and producer Dana Brunetti have very different recollections of who knew what when they shot Mini's First Time with a 16-year-old Nikki Reed 11 years ago.
Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Man Down’ is a spectacular flop. According to The Guardian, the latest Shia LaBeouf flick managed a meagre £7 at the UK box office… but it might not be as bad as it sounds. “Signature’s theatrical distribution of Shia LaBeouf war movie Man Down may be fairly termed token – it opened on Friday in just one venue, concurrent with release on digital platforms,” they revealed.
Despite reports the actress-director is done with Hollywood, she is in talks to star in 'The Spy Who Loved' and a Catherine the Great project; is developing 'Without Blood' as a directing vehicle; and will produce 'The One and Only Ivan' for Disney
Mel Gibson is mulling joining the DC Extended Universe … as a director. Warner Bros. is courting the actor-director to helm Suicide Squad 2 and the sides are early in talks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources say that Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material.
In February 1992, when Wayne’s World hit theaters, George Bush was President, Guns N’ Roses was all the rage, and cell phones were as big as shoeboxes. It was a different time. And yet, 25 years later, the comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as two rock-loving, mullet-wearing, basement-dwelling buds still stands up. (Uh, that’s what she said.)
There’s a lot of chemistry, and no “spaghetti arms,” in this rare footage of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s Dirty Dancing screen test. This Yahoo Movies exclusive clip, taken from a new featurette on the 30th anniversary Dirty Dancing Blu-ray, shows the two stars getting to know each other as they work through some dance steps. Swayze, an experienced ballet dancer by the time he made the film, instructs Grey to lift her chest so he doesn’t hurt her ribs. “It hurts my ribs,” she replies, giggling, as Swayze gently puts her down.
Mark Hamill has long been a defender of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, and 18 years after the release of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, he still takes the insults personally. In an interview with Vulture at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his comedy Brigsby Bear, the man who plays Luke Skywalker said that he still can’t fathom the vitriol directed at the films. In particular, Hamill said, he’s “still angry” about the criticism directed at young Phantom Menace star Jake Lloyd.
Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali took the stage to accept an award and speak out against Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Upon winning the SAG Award for best male actor in a supporting role for Moonlight, he told the crowd, “when we get caught up in the minutiae and the details that make us all different, I think there’s two ways of seeing that.
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest horror-thriller, Split, easily topped the chart after trumping the competition with a far better-than-expected $40.2 million from 3,015 theaters for Blumhouse and Universal. Split, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, was fueled by younger moviegoers. The film, earning a B+ CinemaScore, is rated PG-13.
Want to take a look at the new Beauty and the Beast poster? Be our guest! Yahoo Movies is exclusively premiering the new poster for the live-action Disney musical (in theaters March 17 in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D). A triptych image packed with characters (some never before seen), the poster is practically begging fans to search for hidden details.
He’s not Gryffindor anymore. But then again, he’s not quite Slytherin either. The wit and wisdom of Ravenclaw, then, that’s where we might find Rupert Grint in this first teaser trailer for the TV (well, streamed) series of ‘Snatch’. Based on Guy Ritchie’s follow-up to ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, it centres on a ‘group of 20-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime’. ...
For 10 days every winter, Hollywood's brightest stars pack their finest ski-wear and head to the snowy climes of Park City, Utah, for the annual Sundance Film Festival. With this year’s fest set to kick off on Thursday, we thought we'd flashback 15 years to January 2002, when some very famous faces were fest-bound.
Ryan Reynolds tweeted a short “For Your Consideration” video for Deadpool on Thursday evening following nominations for the film from the WGA, PGA and DGA in recent weeks. The film has been racking up nominations, shocking many, including a Best Comedy or Musical nomination from the Golden Globes last weekend as well as a Best Actor nom for Reynolds. It lost both to La La Land, as Ryan Gosling’s jazz pianist beat out Reynold’s merc with a mouth.
Dancers and singers eventually could bring the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-starring musical La La Land to fans as a live stage show after its current success at the multiplex. “If we want to do a stage show, we can do a stage show,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig told the studio’s Investors Day presentation in Denver on Tuesday. Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is an L.A.-set musical starring Gosling and Stone as a couple of Hollywood strivers who fall in love.
Brad Pitt may be having a rough go of it in his personal life, but professionally things are going quite well.
Disney weighs options for the future of the iconic character as directors for the upcoming 'Episode VIII' and 2019's 'Episode IX' plan out how she will fit into the rest of the franchise films