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October 25, 2019

Between Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music — as well as her most recent appearances as Anne Hathaway’s grandmother in the Princess Diaries franchise — Julie Andrews has cultivated one of the squeaky-cleanest images in Hollywood. But in a recent interview, Andrews revealed that Martin Scorsese almost took her career in a very different direction by casting Andrews in his "How is this not NC-17?" Oscar nominee The Wolf of Wall Street. Andrews revealed that she turned down the role because it came in the wake of her ankle operation, so she was too affected by the painkillers to act — which, frankly, sounds like it would have fit into The Wolf of Wall Street just fine. Scott Meslow

October 25, 2019

Do you love watching movies, but hate, uh, watching movies? Then you'll love a new feature Netflix is reportedly testing on its Android app, which allows users to speed up or slow down the actual pace of the movies and TV shows they're watching. The speed settings reportedly go all the way up to 1.5, so if you've ever wanted to pretend that every movie you see takes place in the Alvin and the Chipmunks universe, your wish may finally be coming true. You can read more at ScreenCrush. Scott Meslow

October 22, 2019

Amazon forked over $250 million for the television rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise with the hope of launching their own Game of Thrones-sized hit — and it's clear that they're doing everything possible to guarantee a return on their investment. And what better way to do that than to borrow as heavily as possible from Game of Thrones? Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on Game of Thrones, has been cast as the villain in Amazon's Lord of the Rings series. Rather surprisingly, his character's name is Oren, not Senjen Bark.

Read more at Deadline. Scott Meslow

October 21, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, Martin Scorsese set off a minor firestorm when he revealed that he believes Marvel superhero movies are "not cinema" — and like an Avengers of Auteurs, his fellow directors have all assembled to back him up. The latest is Frances Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II and (sigh) The Godfather Part III, who said he believes Scorsese is right. Coppola added that he thinks Marvel movies are "despicable," so he must have watched Thor: The Dark World recently. Scott Meslow

October 21, 2019

The runaway success of the new Joker movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, has left at least one person without a smile: Jared Leto, who also played the Joker in 2016's critically maligned Suicide Squad, and had hoped to reprise the role. When the rival Joker first came to his attention, Leto told his agents that they should try to stop the movie from being produced, sources familiar with the matter told The Hollywood Reporter. Leto reportedly feared — correctly! — that the Joker would get in the way of his own plans for the character. The Hollywood Reporter also says the version of the Joker played by Leto is unlikely to return in any future D.C. Comics movies — which is probably for the best, since Leto seems to be the only one who had any interest in seeing him again. Scott Meslow

October 21, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime drama The Irishman stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci — but while the first two names might be bigger, it was Pesci that proved the biggest challenge, Entertainment Weekly reports. By one accounting, the semi-retired Pesci was asked to join the movie 40 times — including regular pleas from De Niro — before he agreed to accept the role. (No word, sadly, on how many times David Spade needed to bug Joe Pesci before he agreed to costar in 1997’s 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.) Scott Meslow

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September 25, 2014

Lindsay Lohan's latest attempt at redemption is off to a rocky start. Lohan made her stage debut last night in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow at London's Playhouse Theater, and her performance, according to Vulture, was far from spotless. While she "hit every cue" in the first act while her co-stars stumbled, things got rough in act two:

But the second act, dominated by a complicated speech by Karen [Lohan's character], was an undeniable mess. Lohan forgot a line, and then — less forgivably — broke character briefly to laugh when the line was whispered from the wings. By the end of her monologue she had been fed four lines, and a fifth prompt arrived before the act's close. It happened so frequently that it felt like the person calling out the script from behind the scenes had become another character in the play. [Vulture]

It wasn't just Lohan who forgot her lines, though — British actor Nigel Lindsay "was the only person in the three-actor play to get through the entire performance without an audible prompt, and even he seemed to struggle at times to remember what came next."

The show wasn't a total disaster, though: "There were moments, especially in the third act, when [Lohan] was comfortably in her element, and there were glimpses of that instinctive acting style she was once known for," Vulture reports. Even so, perhaps Lohan's presence was simply too distracting — it didn't help that her character was styled much like her:

There's no space for the actress to disappear into the role. The fourth wall just wouldn't stay in place. To be plausible as a real actress again she probably needs to find a way to hide herself. [Vulture]

Here's to hoping Lohan's next project allows her to do that. Samantha Rollins

September 2, 2014

It's been a rough year for pop star Justin Bieber, who kicked off 2014 with a January arrest for charges that included driving under the influence and resisting arrest during a trip Miami. Unfortunately, all his troubles have followed him back to his home country; over the weekend, Bieber had yet another run-in with the law in Canada.

On Friday afternoon, Bieber was driving an ATV when he was allegedly involved in a collision with a minivan. Police officials said there was a "physical altercation" between Bieber and the other driver. The pop star was taken into custody and charged with dangerous driving and assault.

Bieber will be required to appear in court to face the charges later this month. Scott Meslow

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