In the last 12 months, 22-year-old Robert Pattinson has filmed a hit movie, walked numerous red carpets and plastered his face on the cover of seemingly every magazine except Guns & Ammo. It wasn't until Sunday night, however, that he officially felt like a movie star. "It's insane," the "Twilight" star grinned, standing on the red carpet while Brangelina went past him. "This is the weirdest. When [the Academy] first told us about [my invitation to present an award], I was like, 'No, no, no. You're joking!' [I thought] I was going to have to do something really stupid, like get gunged [slimed]!" Fear not, RPattz — the Oscars were not planning to have you slimed, gunged or Punk'd in any way. Instead, he appeared on stage alongside "Mamma Mia!" star Amanda Seyfried to present a montage of great love scenes from the year in film. And while on the carpet, Pattinson said he couldn't wait to get on to the "New Moon" set and start making some new love scenes of his own. "I think there's going to be some continuity," Pattinson said of the sequel, which will begin filming with new director Chris Weitz next month. "But it's weird, because they are shooting it in a different city [than the first film]. I've talked to [Weitz] a bit, but we've only talked about my character; I haven't really talked about the whole look of it. But Chris is great with visual stuff, so it should be pretty impressive." But don't think Rob is all sugar and spice and everything nice — asked which "New Moon" scene he's most eager to shoot, Pattinson said he can't wait to dump Kristen Stewart's Bella. "The scene where we temporarily break up," he revealed. "On one hand, it's completely impossible. And on the other, it sets a very different tone to the series. I think it will be good." It's a good thing that RPattz is so eager to slip back into the peacoat and colored contacts of love-struck vampire Edward Cullen. Because, unbeknown to us, we were about to break some big news to him that would basically force the actor to clear his schedule from now until late 2010. "I didn't even know that!" Rob marveled when we told him that "Eclipse" had recently snagged itself a release date a mere seven months after that of "New Moon." "Yep, and 'Breaking Dawn' is going to be at some point as well," he added, knowing that he'll be playing Edward well into his mid-20s. "Yeah, I'm gonna be Twilighted out by the end of the year."
The Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate Woody Allen's return to making films in New York by showing his new movie on the festival's opening night on April 22. "Whatever Works" is Allen's first film shot in his hometown since 2004. He has recently filmed overseas, most recently in Spain, where he made "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." "Whatever Works" is a comedy starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Begley Jr. and Patricia Clarkson. The Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, will run through May 3.
Slumdog Millionaire has moved back to the top of the UK box office after its success at the Oscars. It jumped from number three to the number one spot after picking up eight awards in Hollywood last month. Last week's chart-topper, animated feature, Bolt, dropped down to number four with Clint Eastwood's racial drama Gran Torino in second place. The third spot was claimed by a new entry, horror film The Unborn, which made just over £1.3m. The next highest entry was The International at number six. The thriller, set in the world of industrial espionage, and starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts made £760,000 in its first week of release. Renee Zellweger comedy New In Town scraped into the top ten with earnings of £439,000, despite being roundly dismissed by film critics.
Angelina Jolie is sporting bangs and colored hair for her role in the upcoming film 'Salt.' The 2009 Oscar nominee is playing CIA officer Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a Russian spy forced to go on the run to clear her name. 'Salt' director Phillip Noyce worked with Jolie on the film 'Bone Collector' in 1999 where she starred alongside Denzel Washington. "It's great to be working with Angelina once again. She's the only one who could bring this character to life," Noyce said.
It's (finally!) official: Dakota Fanning is getting her fangs. The 15-year-old actress is set to star in New Moon as Jane – a sinister vampire with an angelic exterior who works for the Volturi, a rep for Summit Entertainment confirms to PEOPLE. Filming of Twilight sequel is set to begin in Vancouver later this month. The movie hits theaters in November. "We did just get a script. We're shooting the rest of the films back to back," says Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale in the film. "(Director) Chris Weitz is amazing and I think it's going to be wonderful." – Michelle Tan and Lisa Ingrassia
Drew Barrymore says she is excited about the possiblity of joining the hugely popular 'Twilight' franchise. Barrymore, 34, confirmed in a recent interview that she's being considered for 'Eclipse,' the third movie in the blockbuster vampire saga that began with 'Twilight' last year, the Associated Press reports. "I'm one of the directors that is being talked about, which is great, because I'm a director now," Barrymore said. "But, you know, they'll make their choice." Chris Weitz ('The Golden Compass') is directing 'New Moon,' the second film based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series, after taking over the franchise from 'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke. 'New Moon' hits theaters this November, while 'Eclipse' is set for a summer 2010 release. Barrymore made her feature directorial debut in the upcoming film 'Whip It,' which she also stars in along with Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon and Juliette Lewis.
'Twilight' actress Nikki Reed reveals some changes fans can expect in the look of the characters in the highly anticipated vampire sequel 'New Moon.' Reed, who played Rosalie Hale in 'Twilight,' tells MTV that this time around she'll try out wigs rather than subject her hair to repeated dying. "It took 36 hours initially to make me blond, and every other day, I was bleaching my head and my skin. This time around, we are testing out different wigs and stuff." "We all had hours of hair and makeup in the morning, and then when we showed up on set, it was raining," she said of filiming 'Twilight.' "And because we are vampires, we can't shoot in the sun! So, we were always shooting when it was cloudy, and then there was hail, and the makeup was pouring off. It was an experimental process -- now, I think, we are more prepared," Reed said. The actress said that with new director Chris Weitz onboard and a bigger budget than the last film, the cast is focusing on "perfecting" their looks for 'New Moon.' "I think we are always striving to better ourselves. And the fact that we are all vampires in the first place ... of course we are going to look unnatural. [But in the first film], all of us looked unnatural."
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen steam up the screen in the smart, sexy romantic thriller 'Duplicity,' and they brought their chemistry to the red carpet Monday night in New York! Owen and Roberts who worked together previously in the 2004 drama 'Closer' tell ET what it was like to be reunited on the big screen. "It was fun," Roberts says. "It's silly to call what I do work, but it's my job." "We did laugh the whole time," Owen says about the love scenes between the two stars. "We've got a very similar sense of humor. Poor Tony Gilroy had to have a lot of patience. The steamier it got the funnier we found it." In theaters Friday, 'Duplicity' finds Clive and Julia as an MI6 agent and a former CIA officer, respectively, now working as corporate spies in order to cash in on a highly profitable cold war raging between two rival multinational corporations. Engaged in a secret love affair, they play a game of cat and mouse in order to secure the secret formula for a product that will bring a windfall fortune to the company that patents it first.
Nicolas Cage plays a man who stumbles onto a code that predicts major disasters in the sci-fi thriller 'Knowing,' in theaters everywhere today, but would he want to have access to this knowledge in real life? "If I were to know, let's just say I'd like to be selective about it," Nic tells ET. "If it came to preventing an accident with one of my children, yeah, I want to know." In 'Knowing,' Nic plays a professor and single dad who stumbles onto some alarming circumstances when he examines the contents of a 50-year-old time capsule unearthed at his son's elementary school. Containing terrifying predictions about the future, he sets out to prevent them from coming true -- at the risk of his own life. "If I were to put something in a time capsule, I think it should be the music," says Nic. "The great music, like the Beethoven symphonies, the Bach concertos. It should go in a time capsule because I think that's the best representation of us, and our inspiration and our muse. That's what I'd want to share." Nic also says he connected to the film partly because he was looking to portray a single father's relationship with his child in a positive light. "It's something to behold, isn't it," he says of raising his own young son, Kal-el. "You just have to enjoy every minute of it."
Music superstar Mary J. Blige will soon be appearing in a big screen project from writer-director Tyler Perry. Perry has cast the singer in 'I Can Do Bad All by Myself,' The Hollywood Reporter says. Blige will play a performer who manages a nightclub and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson will co-star as her friend, the trade paper reports. Perry's famous character from his previous movies Madea will make an appearance in the film. 'I Can Do Bad All by Myself' is scheduled to hit theaters in September.
The new Star Trek film will have its world premiere in Australia, studio bosses have announced. The movie, directed by Lost creator JJ Abrams, will open on 7 April at the Sydney Opera House. It will then kick off a world tour that will stop in countries including France, Japan, New Zealand and the UK. The film chronicles the early days of the USS Enterprise and stars Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk and Heroes' Zachary Quinto as Mr Spock. The re-imagined story based on creator Gene Roddenberry's original TV 1960's series also features British actor Simon Pegg as Enterprise engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott. Leonard Nimoy, 77, who first portrayed Spock is the only original cast member who has a cameo in the new film. He had joined a campaign for the movie to hold its premiere in the small Canadian farming town of Vulcan, Alberta but it proved unsuccessful - partly because the town has no cinema. A trailer for the new movie broke records when it was downloaded 1.8 million times in the first 24 hours after being released earlier this month.
Rachel McAdams is pretty savvy when it comes to the press, but when she hung out with a bunch of journalists to research her latest role a reporter in State of Play, the actress had to watch what she said. "They were tricky," she said at a press day for the movie, talking about her time spent shadowing journalists at the Washington Post. "They would turn the questions around and I would have to keep saying no, this isn't about me, this is about you!" Prepping for the role, she and her co-stars got to see how the newspaper really works. "They took us all over and I met people who worked online," she said. "I met young people and the people who have been doing it forever. There is a difference, there's a real shift. It's interesting." The shift to digital isn't something McAdams has taken to quickly. Unlike tech-savvy celebs such as John Mayer and Ashton Kutcher, who use Twitter to communicate with fans, McAdams admits she's more old fashioned. "I listen to the news on the radio. I don't have a television and I am really bad at e-mail," she laughs. "[It was] only [recently] that I heard about Twitter for the first time, and it's all I've heard about since. I'm really ignorant." She may not "tweet," but McAdams can write. She, along with two friends (one who is good with computers) writes a blog called greenissexy.org about the environment. "We have a tip that changes every day and we spotlight people and places, so that's sort of where I get some practice." Along with State of Play, McAdams also has The Time Travelers Wife and Sherlock Holmes coming out this year, so it's understandable that she doesn't have much time to return emails. But when asked if she could do anything besides acting, The Notebook star said, "Anything to do with food!"
He has nothing against Footloose, but Zac Efron is ready to take his career into "the unknown," he tells EW.com. The High School Musical heartthrob decided not to take the role of Ren McCormack in the upcoming remake of the hit '80s musical – a part that launched the career of then-25-year-old Kevin Bacon – because he wants to challenge his acting chops. "I'm sure Footloose would have been a huge challenge, but the actors that I love and the actors that work really hard in this industry are always shaking things up, trying new genres, acquiring new skill sets," says Efron, who is in Las Vegas to receive the Showest Breakthrough Performer of the Year award. "That's what's always going to appeal to me: the unknown." Venturing into that unknown, Efron is trading in his dancing shoes for a shovel in a role as a young gravedigger in The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud, being directed by Burr Steers at Universal. Efron will play a caretaker at a cemetery where his brother has recently been buried. He has meetings with his deceased little bro – and begins a romance with a woman who is believed to be missing in a sailing accident.
Halle Berry is opening up about her thoughts of remarrying, having more kids and shaving her head for her next film role. The 42-year-old actress -- who has been married twice -- tells Harper's Bazaar she doesn't plan on walking down the aisle anytime soon. "No. I'm done. Also, I happened to find a person who feels done too, and he's never even been married before. So it works." Halle has a baby, Nahla, with current boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and though she may not see marriage in her future, she does see more children. "My pregnancy was amazing. I was happy that whole time, I felt good, I had energy, I was like Superwoman. I wish I could feel like that for the rest of my life, that's how fantastic it was," she tells the publication. Pregnancy may excite her but going bald does not. The very sexy Halle is shaving her head for her upcoming movie 'Nappily Ever After' and says she's "scared to death." "I just hope my reaction fits into the story. If it's uncontrollable screaming, it might be a different type of movie."
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are set to play warring gods in a remake of the 1981 film 'Clash of the Titans.' The Greek mythological epic -- due to be released next year -- will begin shooting later this month in Britain, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Neeson will play Zeus, the wise yet sometimes ill-tempered king of the gods and father of Perseus (Sam Worthington). Fiennes -- who is reportedly still in negotiations for his deal -- will play Hades, ruler of the underworld who aims to overtake Zeus and rule over all. The deal is Neeson's first since the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, who passed away last month after a skiing accident. Negotiations had already been underway before her death, the trade paper reports.
In light of the green dust left swirling when Fast & Furious came roaring out of the gate with a record $72.5 million last weekend, Universal has confirmed to E! News that a sequel (or, technically, a fifthquel) is in the works. The studio weighed in after Paul Walker, aka FBI Agent Brian O'Conner of F&Fs 1 and 2, said during a Friday-morning interview with MYfm's Valentine that, "without question," he and Vin Diesel are coming back for more. "This was supposed to be it," he said of their latest go-round. "There wasn't supposed to be the open-ended closing like there was. When I first read the screenplay, I was like, 'Man, look what they're doing.' But without question, with the way things opened up, Vin and I will be coming back, we're making a fifth one, and we're going to Brazil, that's it." When asked how he ended up signing on for Fast & Furious, Walker basically said he owed it to the fans. "Vin didn't do the second one, and fans would always ask me, 'Why didn't Vin do the second one?' I didn't really have an answer for them," he said. "And then I didn't do the third one. And guys would come up to me on the street and be like, 'Hey, why weren't you in the third one?' And when they ask the question, it's kinda like they got that look…saying, 'Don't tell us you're too good for us now.' "When they started talking about making the fourth one, I was like, man, I don't really have a choice now, because if I don't do it I know I'm gonna be pissing people off, because this is the opportunity to come back and make the first true sequel." Valentine suggested the producers follow up The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious with "Fast and Furious: Car Pool Lane." Surely he brings up a good point: The overall plot possibilities are endless...but how to further manipulate the original title?
Want to hit the red carpet with Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of his next film? Here's your chance. The actor and environmental activist, 34, is auctioning off the opportunity to attend the premiere of his upcoming drama Shutter Island – complete with eco-car service to and from the event and a stay at a green hotel. "By bidding on these items at ebay.com/globalgreen, people will help Global Green combat climate change and pursue important environmental imperatives, such as greening our nation's schools, housing, cities and more," says DiCaprio, who is a board member for Global Green USA, which advocates for climate-friendly solutions to environmental issues. The auction begins Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and ends on Earth Day, April 22.
Actress Megan Fox has been tapped for a new project involving a run across the Mexican border. The star of the upcoming 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' was cast as the lead in the thriller 'The Crossing,' according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Screen Gems production -- which could begin shooting as soon as July -- focuses on a couple carjacked while returning from a Mexican vacation and the husband is kidnapped. The wife (Fox) must smuggle heroin across the border in an attempt to free her husband. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper notes that Fox is ideal for the role. "Megan has both a vulnerability about her and an unbelievable strength," he told the trade paper.
Muggles rejoice! 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' finally arrives on the big screen this July 15. In what could be the darkest, scariest and most exciting 'Potter' movie yet, the specter of the evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) hangs over Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and the students of Hogwarts as Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) sets out to prepare our hero for the final battle (with a little help from new professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), who may hold crucial information). Meanwhile, hormones are racing among the students thanks to a powerful love potion and Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) find themselves drawn to some, avoiding others and grappling with growing jealousy… Directed by David Yates ('Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'), the film also stars 'Potter' perennials Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Dame Maggie Smith, David Thewlis and Helena Bonham Carter.
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard responds to criticism that his highly anticipated film 'Angels & Demons' unfairly portrays the Roman Catholic Church. In an article for The Huffington Post, Howard writes that William Donohue of the Catholic League is on a mission "to paint me and the movie I directed, 'Angels & Demons,' as anti-Catholic." Howard says Donohue is selling a booklet, in which he asserts that the director and others involved in the movie "do not hide their animus against all things Catholic." "Let me be clear: neither I nor 'Angels & Demons' are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome." Howard goes on to say that religious criticism of the film is unwarranted because it is clearly a work of fiction. "Mr. Donohue's booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fiction (if it were a documentary, our talk of massacres would have referenced the Inquisition or the Crusades)." 'Angels & Demons,' the the prequel to 'The Da Vinci Code,' stars Tom Hanks as world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who confronts the shadowy secret society, the Illuminati, to uncover a conspiracy that may put the Vatican -- and the world -- in explosive jeopardy. The movie hits theaters May 15.