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Orlando Bloom to Make Broadway Debut as Romeo

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut in a new production of Romeo & Juliet.

The 36-year-old actor will star as the tragic hero Romeo in director David Leveaux's staging of William Shakespeare's classic love story, which will begin previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York on August 24 with an official opening date of September 19. Condola Rashad will play Juliet in the production, but director David insists he isn't trying to make a political point by casting a black actress in the role opposite a white actor as Romeo.

"They could have been any number of different ethnicities. The two actors I wanted to be together producing sparks just happened to be those two and I followed my nose in casting the families. There was nothing simple about that choice but I'm not about to turn a contemporary version of Shakespeare into a sociological or political point. We know there are families from one background or another who would reject their children getting together with someone from another group. Romeo and Juliet reject that notion. It is still the case that children try to oppose the cultural expectations thrust upon them, the rigidity of tribes, the rigidity of fundamentalism," he told The New York Times.


VIDEO: See the Three Musketeers Trailer

Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson and Milla Jovovich… in one trailer? It must be the new Three Musketeers movie, which comes to theaters in October. Director Paul W.S. Anderson’s take on the epic tale features swordplay, fabulous costumes, eye-catching sets… and 3D. Watch the trailer above!

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Remake News: The Crow, Logan’s Run and More

The Crow: A remake that was announced back in December 2008 is finally starting to take shape. Shooting on The Crow, a new adaptation of the comic book tale, should begin later this year. In the 1994 film version, actor Brandon Lee - who was tragically killed as the result of an accidental shooting on set - played the deceased man who comes back to avenge his fiancee’s death. Director Stephen Norrington’s script will feature new backdrops and a different form for the title character. “The Crow itself is a creature in this movie — it’s not just a bird,” producer Edward Pressman told MTV. “It’s got a personality and a character. Not like Godzilla exactly, but it’s very different [and has] a more active role in the story.”

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Sequel News: Muppets, Chronicles of Riddick, Underworld and More

The Muppets: If you enjoyed Jim Henson’s characters in their popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, you’ll probably love them in their new Muppet movie. James Bobin, a co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, has been tasked with helming the family-friendly project written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.

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Johnny Depp to Get $35 Million for Pirates 4

Jack Sparrow collects his booty

While studio execs at Disney may forge ahead without Johnny Depp for the fifth and sixth Pirates of the Caribbean films, they’ll definitely be paying a hefty amount to have him in the latest sequel of the franchise.

Reportedly commanding a minimum of $35 million, Depp would shoot to the top of the highest-paid actors list, placing him above the likes of Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Mel Gibson, who ask for around $30 million (Depp received $25 million for the last Pirates sequel).

Yes, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have dominated at the box office; however, higher-ups usually aren’t known to shell out $35 million paychecks, so what gives?

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Preview of New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You

Last year, I had the pleasure of watching Paris, je t’aime (“Paris, I Love You”), a wonderful collaboration of work from 21 international directors. The movie was comprised of 18 separate short stories; each tale using a different district of Paris as its backdrop. While the city was not always front and center, it’s character was always felt.

Now one of Paris’ producers will be giving NYC its share of the spotlight. (As if didn’t already do that.) Next spring, a large ensemble of actors - including Kevin Bacon, Ethan Hawke, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Natalie Portman (also in Paris) - will be sprinkled over New York, I Love You‘s 12 short stories. The segments will be told from the city’s 5 different boroughs.

Catch a preview of the new movie after the jump.

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Casting Corner: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Ashton Kutcher, Orlando Bloom

Steve Carell

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Two of ‘s Thursday night stars will soon be joining forces for a big-screen comedy.

Actors (The Office) and Tina Fey (30 Rock) are both lined up to star in Date Night, a film for 20th Century Fox.

The comedians will play a married couple who end up with more than just a “dinner and a movie” on their regular date night. The movie will be helmed by Shawn Levy, the same man currently directing Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Production on Date Night should begin sometime next year.

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Orlando Bloom Set for New Trilogy

Prince of PersiaAlthough his relationship with Kate Bosworth flamed out, I don’t know that anyone can accuse of being afraid of commitment.

According to the New York Post, the actor is now set to star in in his third trilogy.  Bloom will follow up his work in The Lord of the Rings and the franchises with Prince of Persia.  Orlando reportedly beat out rising stud to play the title character in this video game adaptation. 

Interestingly enough, not only is Persia another Disney creation, it’s being produced by Bloom’s old Pirates boss:  Jerry Bruckheimer.  I guess the guy really likes familiarity!

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Couples With The Worst On-Screen Chemistry

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lucasfilm Ltd., Casting, Lists,

Star WarsChemistry, schmemistry.  If you know people are going to be watching your movie anyway—does it really matter?  Whaddya say, ?

Film advertising company Pearl & Dean polled 3,000 British moviegoers to see which couples they felt had the worst on-screen chemistry.  Based on the results, it’s hard to say whether or not those opinions had any affect on the eventual box office receipts.  While I completely agree that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen fizzled as secret-lovers, I don’t know that the movie’s storyline (or final numbers) could have improved with a different twosome.

Take a look at the poll results and see what you think.  Which couples would you add to this list?  Three pairings that come to my mind:  / Nick Nolte (I Love Trouble), Julia Roberts/ Brad Pitt (The Mexican) and Julia Roberts/ John Cusack (America’s Sweethearts).

  1. Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen - Stars Wars: Episode II
  2. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli
  3. Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom -
  4. Madonna & Adriano Giannini - Swept Away
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery - Entrapment
  6. Andie MacDowell & Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  7. Kate Beckinsale & Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor
  8. & - Eyes Wide Shut
  9. & -
  10. & - Titanic

FilmCrunch 062: Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Good German

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, and the DVD release of The Good German. Plus, Neil goes into detail of his celebrity run-in while working at a high-end Seattle restaurant.

Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.