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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie headed for big-screen reunion?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may reunite on screen

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly headed for a big-screen reunion, and why shouldn't they be? The last time these two worked on a film, the celeb-sphere was forever changed. 

First things first: Director Ridley Scott is assembling a cast for "The Counselor," about a well-positioned lawyer who gets tangled up in the drug trade. Michael Fassbender will lead the flick, and Angelina was rumored last week to be hovering around the project.

Pitt and actor Javier Bardem are now reportedly in talks to come on board, which would bring Brangelina back together on screen for the first time since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (Pitt had a brief cameo in Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," but Angie stayed behind the camera, so it doesn't count). 

As if you needed reminding, in 2005 Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston. Jolie had just split from Billy Bob Thornton and adopted her first son, Maddox. Brad and Jen parted ways after "Smith" wrapped production, and the rest is literally tabloid history. 

If Pitt indeed signs on for "Counselor," it would mark another significant reunion: When he directed 1991's "Thelma & Louise," Ridley Scott introduced a young Brad to the world.

Thanks, dude.

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Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be reteaming on the big screen in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Credit: Associated Press.



Ashton Kutcher cast as Steve Jobs in indie biopic

Ashton Kutcher is set to play Steve Jobs

Need someone to play Steve Jobs in an independent film about the tech innovator's life? There's an Ashton for that.

"Two and A Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher will play the Apple co-founder in "Jobs," set to shoot in May, during the actor's hiatus from his CBS comedy.

Kutcher has long been a player in Silicon Valley as an early adopter of Twitter with various investments in Web commerce. Plus he certainly bears a resemblance to a younger, crunchier Jobs. 

Photos: Steve Jobs,1955-2011

Joshua Michael Stern (previous credits include the 2008 Kevin Costner film "Swing Vote") has been tapped to direct.

Kutcher hasn't ventured much into drama, his designated lane being goofier fare such as his days on TV's "That 70s Show" and films including "Guess Who" and "Just Married," plus more recently the massive-ensemble flicks "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve." 

Reactions have been mixed, some praising the guys' similar looks and others questioning Kutcher's acting abilities. Gadget website CNet tweeted that the casting was "not a joke" and even offered up five — or is it seven? — other actors they'd rather see step into Jobs' shoes. 

The film is said to cover Jobs' journey from a classic California hippie to the turtleneck-wearing powerhouse who gave us the iPhone and a bounty of other well-designed electronics. Jobs died in October at age 56.

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Photo: Photos: Ashton Kutcher in January, left, and Steve Jobs in 1991. Credits: Jason Redmond / Associated Press, left; Ben Margot / Associated Press, right.  



Report: Gwyneth, Reese, Cameron, Beyoncé to join movie musical

Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Andy Samberg, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz
Talk about a bunch of dream girls: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Beyoncé are reportedly coming together for a movie musical project. 

Director and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has, according to Deadline, recruited the stars to combine forces for "One Hit Wonders," which follows three '90s music sensations whose tanked careers inspire them to join forces in a present-day supergroup.

The idea reportedly sprang from a chatty dinner Murphy had with Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz (the film's title trifecta) at West Hollywood's Soho House in December. 

It's unclear what Beyoncé will come aboard to do, but she's plenty occupied with her new baby Blue Ivy and a presumably close start to Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" update.

Andy Samberg will lend his musical and comedy talents to original songs for the flick. The "SNL" cast member is part of the popular hip-hop/R&B parody group Lonely Island. 

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow, left, Beyoncé, Andy Samberg, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. Credits, from left: Evan Agostini / Associated Press; Mike Coppola / Getty Images; Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images; Evan Agostini / Associated Press.  


Guy Ritchie calls marriage to Madonna a 'soap opera'

Guy Ritchie calls his marriage to Madonna a soap opera

Guy Ritchie is in a philosophical space lately, or rather philosophical in a promotional space for his upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, and a recent talk turned to his former wife, Madonna.

"It's definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive," he tells Details of his marriage to Madge. "I love the kids that came out of it and I could see no other route to take. But you move on, don't you?"

Both he and Madonna have had multiple loves since their 2008 split but Ritchie isn't done waxing on their whirlwind union -- complete with an imagined revamp for the star, who became an equestrian English bride and mum under Guy's watch.

"I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I'll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now," he said. 

Ritchie and Madonna share 11-year-old son Rocco and 6-year-old son David Banda, adopted from Malawi. Madonna has stylish teen Lourdes Leon from a previous relationship. Guy and new love Jacqui Ainsley welcomed a baby boy in September. 

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Photo: Guy Ritchie and Madonna attend the 2008 premiere of his film "RocknRolla" in London. Credit: Sang Tan / Associated Press



Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters light up 'The Artist' screening

Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters, Dolores and Carmen Chaplin

Dolores and Carmen Chaplin, granddaughters of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, brought a healthy dose of modern glamour to a screening of silent film "The Artist" in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Harvey Weinstein made a fitting choice in calling the girls up from Paris to introduce the black-and-white, silent flick starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo: The pair, both working actresses, keep the family business alive with jobs in showbiz. 

"We thought we'd do a little vintage Hollywood," Carmen told us of her dress, a stunning black floor length Dolce & Gabbana gown with pallettes. She and Dolores, in YSL, greeted director Michel Hazanavicius and cast including Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell and Missi Pyle. 

PHOTOS: 'The Artist' special screening

The glam-daughters might be new faces in town, but get used to them: They've got a Kate and Pippa Middleton vibe, topped with some French sultriness. And they're ambitious. Carmen is putting together her directorial debut -- an exotic take on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- which will star Dolores.

"It's going to be called 'Bombay Night,' " Dolores said. "It's freely adapted from the short story by Truman Capote of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' "

"The short story is a little bit darker than the movie we all know with Audrey Hepburn," she said, "and Carmen transposed it in India because Mumbai today is what New York used to be. It's effervescent and crazy ... so many different classes."

"The Artist" opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

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Photo: Carmen Chaplin, left, "The Artist" star Bérénice Bejo, director Michel Hazanavicius and Dolores Chaplin at a screening of "The Artist' in Beverly Hills on Monday. Credit: Getty Images



Michelle Williams: 'Oz' set was wonderful for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams say 'Oz' was a wonderful set for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams may find serious fare such as "Blue Valentine" and "My Week With Marilyn" rewarding work, but she was thrilled recently when one movie set offered something else: an awesome place for her daughter to hang out. 

On "Oz: The Great & Powerful," Williams said she and the late Heath Ledger's little girl, Matilda, could really enjoy the wonders of the production, led by director Sam Raimi.

"It's been such an amazing move for us as a family. It's a really happy place to go to work and a happy place for her to come visit," she told 24 Frames.

"Often -- the 'Marilyn' sets and the 'Blue Valentine' sets -- they aren't really ideal places for children. She can still come visit, but she can't really get comfortable and hang out for a while. This really integrates my life and my work in a great way," she said.

Williams plays Glinda, the "good witch" from the classic "Wizard of Oz," but it's at the start of Glinda's magical career. She says she'll be exploring the character's coming into power, before she's the omniscient beauty we've known. 

"Oz" co-stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. "Marilyn" releases this week in Los Angeles. 

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Photo: Michelle Williams at the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" in New York City on Oct. 9. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


Taylor Lautner going indie for a Gus Van Sant film

Taylor Lautner will star in a new Gus Van Sant movie.

It looks as if the sun is setting on Taylor Lautner's frothy action flicks including "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "Abduction" -- at least for his next project.

The chiseled actor will star in an indie film under the direction of Gus Van Sant, and will also reportedly serve as a producer.

A script is being developed from an optioned nonfiction New Yorker article, THR reports, and will give Lautner a chance to show some range. 

While wrapping up the "Twilight" franchise and keeping an eye on a still-gestating "Stretch Armstrong" over at Universal will still occupy the youngster's time, this left turn seems like a priority for Team Taylor.

A screenwriter has yet to be announced for the possible paradigm shift, but we can only take a leap and guess it's the wonderfully, um, verbal Dustin Lance Black -- who recently grabbed some attention over an Australian GQ cover story about Lautner.

Bringing up a recent dinner outing that saw Taylor breaking bread with openly gay Black and Van Sant, the writer of the GQ piece had asked the young star if his gay friends ever tried to make a pass. Black didn't appreciate the predatory insinuation. 

"Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well?" Black said in a blog post in reaction

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Photo: Taylor Lautner attends the September premiere of "Abduction" in Madrid. Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images



Ministry Q&A: Riding in cars with Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman will accept the Outfest Legacy Award

So fine, we weren't in the car with Adam Shankman, but the Ministry caught up with the multi-talented director and choreographer this week while he was on the road, to chat about awards, childhood inspiration and Alec Baldwin's wig.

Shankman has directed musicals including "Hairspray" and the upcoming Tom Cruise starrer "Rock of Ages." He's also the recipient this year of one of Outfest's Legacy Awards.

Ministry of Gossip: Does it feel odd to get a Legacy Award in the middle of your career?

Adam Shankman: I know, right? I swear I'm not that old [laughs]. What Outfest Legacy is about is the preservation of film, of that sort of journey in LGBT film, so that, yeah, is what the honor is and I'm thrilled.

MoG: You've been a choreographer, a television director for shows like "Glee," and obviously your film work from "A Walk to Remember" to "Rock of Ages." What were you inspirations as a kid?

AS: Well, the through-line of all that is song and dance. I'm from L.A. and some of my earliest memories were loving song and dance, stuff like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Sound of Music." 

MoG: "Rock of Ages" seems to be the perfect storm of all that, with such a huge cast. Was there any trepidation at all in working with Tom Cruise?

AS: No, and in a strange way, it was a near perfect experience. His level of commitment and enthusiasm, I mean, he becomes this incredible partner for you.... I learned that he has two things in life that he loves: his family and his work. 

MoG: What about the risk of casting him as an iconic rock star, something we've never seen from him before? 

AS: He and I agreed a long time ago that we would never expose him if he wasn't going to be great. And he threw himself in 2 million percent. 

MoG: This is also a major step for Alec Baldwin. From all of his "30 Rock" success it's clear that his film career could be viable again, but let's start first with his hair.

AS: I mean, when we put that wig on him, we giggled for hours.

MoG: Is he ready for film again?

AS: Well, the thing is -- every time he's in a movie he's spectacular. The greatest thing, that I am so happy for and happy for the entire world, really, is the moment he discovered comedy. It doesn't just have to be in the ["30 Rock" character] Jack Donaghy suit.  

Shankman will accept Outfest Legacy's Visionary Award on Thursday at the Directors Guild America. The organization will also honor Lifetime Networks.

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Photo: Adam Shankman in Burbank in 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 


George Clooney to be honored at Hollywood Film Festival gala

George Clooney to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards Gala

Being George Clooney may be its own reward, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't get a trophy every now and then -- which is precisely what will go down Oct. 24 at the Hollywood Film Festival's awards gala.

Celebrated for his work in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Clooney will take home the Hollywood Actor Award for his portrayal of an offish father of two confronting his life after his wife suffers an accident. 

Michelle Williams will nab the actress counterpart to Clooney's statue for her work in "My Week With Marilyn," while Christopher Plummer of "Beginners" and Carey Mulligan of "Grace" take the best supporting categories.

Clooney tops an already starry night to be held at the Beverly Hilton, as the cast of "The Help," including Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney, will get kudos, as will Anton Yelchin, Diablo Cody and more. 

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Photo: George Clooney at "The Ides of March" premiere in New York City on Oct. 5. Credit: Getty Images


Lady Gaga biopic headed to Lifetime TV

Lady Gaga's life story is coming to Lifetime
Amazing news, Lady Gaga's little monsters -- you get to learn all about your mother.

Or some folks at Lifetime television would hope so, as the cable channel is moving forward with an original movie about the star's meteoric rise to fame. "Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story" is in pre-production at the network, reports say.

While Gaga herself isn't involved in the picture, the network reportedly will chart the life and times of Stefani Germanotta -- the Manhattan schoolgirl who broke from her Italian Catholic roots to become a musical sensation.

The pic is based on the 2010 book, '"Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga" by Maureen Callahan. No star has been cast as the Lady, a daunting task at least thanks to some of the getups she's prone to wearing

"When we first meet her she is a dark-haired, offbeat, very talented and intensely ambitious teen. She comes from a Italian/American well-off, close-knit, Upper West Side NYC family," a casting note for the project reads.

Who do you think should play Gaga for Lifetime? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Lady Gaga performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images 


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