Alden Enrenreich, 26, cast as the ‘young Han Solo’: great choice or meh?

Alden Enrenreich, 26, cast as the ‘young Han Solo’: great choice or meh?

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Last year, we learned that a huge slate of Star Wars-themed sequels, prequels and spin-offs were in the pipeline at Disney. One of the biggest projects was a combo prequel/spinoff, featuring the story of a pre-New Hope Han Solo. This is not going to be a straight up origin story with Han Solo’s childhood! The focus was always going to be on Han Solo as a 20-something dude, what he was up to before he met Luke Skywalker. The casting call went far and wide, and eventually Disney had the list culled to a who’s who of “really?” The shortlist featured names like Miles Teller, Scott Eastwood, Alden Ehrenreich, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Ansel Elgort. The list was culled even further back in March, and now industry sources say that Disney has finally found their Young Solo: 26-year-old Alden Ehrenreich.

After thousands of actors were considered to portray a younger Han Solo for a “Star Wars” spinoff, Alden Ehrenreich has landed the coveted role. Hollywood sources tell us Ehrenreich has signed on to play the iconic role, made famous by Harrison Ford, in the new movie, slated for 2018, which will focus on Solo before he joined the Rebel Alliance.

One insider told us of Ehrenreich, 26, who most recently appeared in “Hail, Caesar!”: “Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests. The deal is basically done.”

Relatively little-known Ehrenreich — who’s also the lead in Warren Beatty’s upcoming, untitled Howard Hughes project with Fox — beat out candidates including “Divergent” stars Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, “Kingsman” and “Eddie the Eagle” star Taron Egerton, and “Sing Street” star Jack Reynor. The casting of the Han Solo character has been so shrouded in secrecy it was named “Project Red Cup,” in reference to the ubiquitous red plastic Solo cups.

The film won’t start shooting until January, but reports are that the early casting is because the new Solo will have a cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is now shooting. That film is said to be set between “Episode III” and “Episode IV.” Reps for Ehrenreich didn’t get back to us.

[From Page Six]

I thought Rogue One was already in the can, but maybe not if they’re giving themselves time to film a quickie cameo with the new Solo. As for this choice… I don’t hate it. Alden is probably one of the best choices from the shortlist they had. He’s attractive (very much so), boyish, but with a slight bad-boy vibe that is desperately needed for Han Solo.

I wanted to hear his voice, so I looked up some interviews and… this kid is CUTE. He has a really sexy smile. Nice voice too.

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Miles Teller on JK Simmons’ work: ‘I’ve seen like five minutes of a lot of s—t’

Miles Teller on JK Simmons’ work: ‘I’ve seen like five minutes of a lot of s—t’

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Miles Teller is still happening, you guys. I can’t help it! He’s promoting Whiplash and everyone loves the film, so Miles is still doing interviews. He’s already thrown shade at Divergent, John Cusack’s career and his Whiplash costar J.K. Simmons. Who’s next? Well, I made my way through Miles’ new Yahoo Movies interview and it’s like he’s doubling-down on all of the previous shade and then some. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

The push-back from his candid interviews: “In all my interviews, I am very candid. I don’t censor myself, but also I’m very proud of the career I have. I’m not a f—king bad person. I don’t think I’m better than anybody so I don’t really worry too much about what comes out of my mouth.”

Miles on his costar JK Simmons: “I’ve never seen him in anything. I never saw Juno. I’ve seen like five minutes of a lot of s—t. I know him from the Farmers Insurance commercials. Oh, [and] I saw him in Spider-Man.”

How he cries on camera: “I think about the Phillies, and the season that they’re having, and it just pours out. They were pretty bad this year and last year, pretty dogs—t.”

His friend Shailene Woodley claims she can’t get ahold of him: “Yeah. That’s because she doesn’t have a phone and she lives in a tree. I was just talking to her earlier. She talks to me for a little bit, then she’ll just f—king disappear.”

Whether he’s adopted a “one for them, one for me” strategy with films: “No, because honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve ever done a “one for them” type of film. For me, it’s always about the script and the people I want to work with. I’ve been offered literally a million dollars to do a s—tty script, and I have not done it. You think about it for a second, but I think you want to be very precious with your résumé, and the choices you make, you should be able to defend them.”

Talking about money: “People don’t ever want you to talk about money if you’re an actor, because they just assume you’re making tons and tons of money. For The Spectacular Now, [I made] literally, like, 6 grand. For Whiplash, [I made] literally, like, a couple thousand dollars — not even $10,000. So for me to make what somebody with a college degree makes, I would have to make nine Spectacular Nows a year. I love doing independent films, because you have more control of your character. Yet as soon as you start doing a lot of studio films, it’s like, “Oh, you’re selling out.” So it’s a fine line there. “

He’s a proper actor: “Yeah. I didn’t want to make it this whole generational thing, because it can be for any generation… I got my theater training up in New York. I went to school for it. And I think a lot of people want this kind of instant gratification, this Millennial thing. It’s like, you make a YouTube video, and then if you get enough views, you can get a TV show out of it, and all this reality television stuff. For me, all that stuff wasn’t around and yeah, I think acting is absolutely a very rich craft, and it should be something that should be practiced. It’s not something where you can just kind of go and f—king wing it. I think you should be aware other actors, and the stuff that’s come before you, and what you want to do. I think they should take it very seriously.

[From Yahoo]

At Yahoo, there’s an extremely lengthy conversation about what went down with his W Magazine interview, the same one where he threw shade at Divergent and said he felt “dead inside.” In this interview, he goes back and forth between saying he was misquoted and saying that W Mag took his comments out of context. It’s pretty clear that he said what he said to W and he’s still dealing with some fallout from it, but I actually give him props for trying to talk his way out of it. And honestly, considering the heap of BS that comes out of this kid’s mouth, I don’t even think his Divergent shade was all that bad. I’m personally more offended that he’s still telling people that he barely knows JK Simmons’ filmography whatsoever while just a few minutes later, he’s talking about the importance of knowing other actors’ filmography. This kid’s a punk.

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Miles Teller clarifies his ‘Divergent’ shade, ends up reiterating his comments

Miles Teller clarifies his ‘Divergent’ shade, ends up reiterating his comments

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Last week, I covered Miles Teller’s W Magazine interview. He sort of threw some shade on the Divergent franchise, which oh-by-the-way he’s still contractually obligated for the sequels. He told W that he was “feeling dead inside” during filming of Divergent and “I didn’t have an interesting part, and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, ‘This sucks.’” The backlash against him happened very quickly, and to his credit, he reacted within the same news cycle. He tweeted:

His rep also went around issuing denials and clarifications. All of this has come about while Miles is trying to promote Whiplash, the little indie film that could walk away with a few Oscar nominations. Miles is incredibly proud of Whiplash, so it’s kind of funny/sad that for the past week, he’s had to answer endless questions about how much he hates Divergent. When he sat down with HuffPo Live yesterday, he got questions about it again!! You can see the video here.

One thing is for sure: Miles Teller is nothing like his rude Divergent character Peter. The actor cleared up his controversial comments that he felt “dead inside” while filming Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA film adaptation during an interview with HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

“I think we talked on the phone for an hour, and if the conversation was transcribed I don’t think it would have been framed the way it was framed,” Teller, 27, explained of his conversation with W magazine.

“I’ve been offered good money to do absolutely terrible scripts that I haven’t done. I guess the business reasons for me [to join Divergent] — it was a smaller part acting wise — but it would give me an opportunity to be in a film that would be seen internationally,” he continued. “A big reason why I did the film was working with Shailene [Woodley] and director [Neil Burger].”

Teller also explained how his hectic schedule is what made him feel so worn down during production. The actor had just worked on four films back-to-back, and only had a month inbetween his comedy That Awkward Moment before joining Woodley in Chicago for four months. “I was just really burnt out,” he said.

[From Us Weekly]

So, basically, he wasn’t misquoted at all. He felt burnt out, dead inside (if you will) and he did the film because he thought it would give him more name-recognition overseas. I love that he can’t even really lie about it. What’s the big deal anyway? I mean, it’s rude and unprofessional to tell the truth about a Hunger Games-ripoff but at the end of the day…I don’t know, it’s not a career-destroyer or anything.

Miles was also on the Tonight Show two nights ago. Fallon didn’t ask him about his Divergent comments, thank God. You can see part of the interview here.

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Solange and Jay Z Fight In Elevator As Beyonce Looks On

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Beyonce posted this photo with Solange, Luptia Nyong’o and Sarah Paulson at the MET Gala, which is the night the alleged fight took place. (instagram.com/beyonce)

-The Jay Z/Solange elevator fight video is burning up the interwebs right now. If you haven’t watched TMZ’s extended version, it’s worth it. Clearly, the security guard pressed the emergency stop button until he could get things under control (either that, or they’re on the longest elevator ride ever.) The prevailing theory is that Solange was either super drunk the night of the MET Gala (though the way she got her shit together as soon as she exited the elevator makes me wonder), or that she was defending Beyonce over something Jay did (which lends credence to some blind items and rumours). The most surprising thing is how Bey appears super stoic during the whole thing — and then turns on the smiles for the paparazzi immediately after. For someone who’s always controlled her image so fiercely, today must suck for her.

-Whatever happened, Solange reportedly deleted all of her pics of Beyonce from her Instagram.

-Speaking of blind items, Jennifer Esposito nearly confirmed some rumours about Bradley Cooper.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had a star-studded engagement party in Malibu that included a serenade by Bono. So basically, they continue to win at life.

-Meanwhile, Stacy Keibler wants to remind you that she’s alive with a “hey! hey! look over here!” post.

-There’s lots of news coming out of the network upfronts this week. NBC confirmed that they’re bringing back Parenthood and Parks and Rec for shortened, final seasons. They also released trailers for some of their new shows. Marry Me (which feels like a sequel to Happy Endings) and Constantine may have promise. Katherine Heigl‘s State of Affairs looks predictably awful.

-Fox also announced some big moves, including pairing Gotham with Sleepy Hollow, reducing Glee’s final season, and promising that Graceland will have a different ending than Broadchurch.

-Speaking of Broadchurch, David Tennant might be the first guy to jump from an original series to the American remake and back.

Jane Krakowski is getting back in bed with Tina Fey.

Dan Harmon currently feels “eh” on whether Community should come back somewhere else. Netflix has already bowed out.

Scarlett Johansson and her fiancé attended an English wedding — and she didn’t bother to wear a fascinator. #missedopportunity.

Eminem‘s Mother’s Day message to his estranged mom was all kinds of sweet.

-I like this article about all the politics involved with appearing on the Cannes red carpet.

Jon Hamm hammed it up while taking selfies with his Don Draper wax figure.

Jennifer Lawrence almost fell down (again!) while walking the red carpet in a truly terrible dress. (Seriously, is that thing velvet?!)

-Meanwhile, Jennifer says boyfriend Nicholas Hoult is a great roommate.

-Whatever you do, don’t put Anna Wintour and Tim Gunn in a room together.

-Breathe easy, everyone. Chris Brown was sentenced to another 131 days in jail.

-How are they still adding cast members to the 50 Shades movie, which is well into production? Aaron Taylor-Johnson just joined the cast, which seems like a terrible career move.

Justin Timberlake appeared on last night’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class, where he dropped such bon mots as “When you look at me, you should understand that I am America.”

-Speaking of douche-tastic sound bites, Shia LaBeouf said: “At this point, I have enough money to live 25 lifetimes,” before telling a totally made up story about Jaden Smith. Go home, Shia. You’re drunk.

-THR has started posting Emmy roundtables. First up: showrunners Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan and Aaron Sorkin.

-Nice get: Octavia Spencer is joining the cast of Insurgent, the  sequel to Divergent.

Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband are expecting a baby via surrogate … and he wants the kid.

-I’m guessing Beyonce was wishing we were still all talking about her weekend photo bomb right now.

Lea Michele posted a heartbreaking pic of Cory Monteith in honour of his birthday.

-I kind of wish Melissa McCarthy could break free from these types of roles, especially since her hubby wrote this movie.

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Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Brad, Babies

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-God, I love when Angelina Jolie has a movie to promote. Suddenly, her sacred privacy goes out the window and she gushes about Brad Pitt, talks about being worried she’d never meet Mr. Right, and opens up about her kids. (Also, doesn’t it look like she’s wearing her Maleficent cheekbones in this photo?)

-That photo of 13-year-old Willow Smith lounging on a bed with a half-naked man that everyone is freaking out aboutWill Smith is cool with it.

Sally Field beat Julia Roberts in a curse-off on Kimmel this week.

Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy danced to “Blurred Lines” on The Graham Norton Show, and it was glorious.

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s GOOP threw the classiest yard sale ever.

-In news that will surprise no one, Zac Efron makes a really pretty girl. Seth Rogen does not.

-In The Hollywood Reporter’s new cover story, Ellen Page addresses the ‘super, super disturbing’ allegations in the Bryan Singer case.

Patton Oswalt‘s fake apology tweets are a thing of beauty.

Olivia Wilde joined Billy on the Street for a rousing game of John Mayer or Pepé Le Pew?

Emma Stone wants women to be nicer to each other already.

Alec Baldwin reportedly doesn’t want his daughter Irelanddating Ryan Lochte, so he should be thrilled with this photo of her making out with Angel Haze.

-Sleepy Hollow is getting more episodes next season, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing. One of the reasons the first season was so good was because it was tight and focused.

Shonda Rhimes is shutting down Deadline’s story about Scandal recasting Harrison.

Kristin Cavallari has given birth to another baby boy.

Blake Lively has suddenly gone from being in hiding to being everywhere. She followed up her PDA-filled appearance at the MET Gala with a Gucci event.

Rihanna hosted a MET Gala after-party but Anne Hathaway out-wilded her at it.

Matt Damon says he’s “thrilled” about BFF George Clooney’s engagement. That makes one of us.

-It looks like the ER money has already run out: Mekhi Phifer just filed for bankruptcy.

Neil Patrick Harris got super naked for the new cover of Rolling Stone.

-Between her stupid talk about feminism and her ranting about eating clay, I think I need a little break from Shailene Woodley.

-Meanwhile, the Fault In Our Stars trailer is the most “liked” trailer in YouTube history.

Shenae Grimes thought it would be a good idea to talk shit about Hamilton on Twitter. It was not.

Chelsea Handler‘s battle with E! has claimed a new victim – Ross Mathews‘s talk show has reportedly been axed.

Justin Bieber‘s got a rumoured new squeeze. Poor girl. (He was reportedly at my hotel in Vegas on Saturday. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t bother to go looking for him.)

Jennifer Lopez says her split from Marc Anthony was “a tremendous low.”

-If you want to know what James Franco looks like when he’s flirting with young girls, check out this clip from Palo Alto.

Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm once competed in a game of Trivial Pursuit to impress a girl. (Also, is that not the most unflattering cover photo of Hamm you’ve ever seen?)

-I missed the Mindy Project’s season finale last night, but all reports were that it was perfect and kept up with the rom-com theme.

-Fox and NBC ordered a ton of new TV shows. Some sound good, others star Katherine Heigl.

-Also getting a new show is Rashida Jones, whose cop comedy is coming to TBS.

-In crappy comedy news, Trophy Wife is pretty much done judging by this week’s ratings.

-Speaking of TV, the new Gotham trailer looks great. I missed you, Ryan Atwood!

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Shailene Woodley Talks Sexuality in New Interview

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-Divergent star Shailene Woodley says she doesn’t necessarily identify as straight: ”I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are.”

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard faced off against the paparazzi on Extra last night, and it got INTENSE.

Anna Kendrick wrote about her Oscar weekend for Vogue.com, and it’s hilarious. She talks about sweat pants, Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs, and how Jared Leto’s hair “smells like a damn meadow.”

-When Lupita N’yong’o tossed her lip balm into the hat when Ellen was collecting pizza money at the Oscars, she probably didn’t mean to cause mass hysteria about Clarin’s $24 HydraQuench.

-Meanwhile, how awesome would it be if Lupita really was dating K’naan?

-Do you want to hear Big Boi rap about Game of Thrones? Sure you do.

-This album preview from Julian Casablancas + The Voidz intrigues me.

-Thank god Andrew Garfield has been exonerated. Those rumours about him standing up Batkid at the Oscars were giving me the sads.

-Meanwhile, a new featurette on Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring Andrew and Emma Stone has arrived.

Mary-Louise Parker is trying her hand at TV again in a new NBC sitcom. I like her a lot (she’s the reason I stuck with Weeds way longer than I should have), though I wonder if she’s a bit too brittle for network TV?

-It’s official: no one does Twitter than Sir Patrick Stewart.

-Have you ever wondered what James Franco thinks about Twin Peaks? Well, wonder no more! (What’s that? You’ve never wondered? Too bad, he’s going to tell you anyway.)

-Prepare to feel old: Cruel Intentions is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary.

-Tonight’s episode of Reign is steamy, but not as steamy as the unedited version so the network will stream the sexier, uncensored version online.

Lindsay Lohan will continue her valiant battle against irrelevance with a guest spot on 2 Broke Girls.

-The nominations for the MTV Movie Awards were announced this morning.  Jennifer Aniston makes a surprising amount of appearances in that list. (more…)