This Summer, some of the most well-known women in Hollywood will be lighting up the big screen as superheroes, cops, magicians, '90s teens, and more. While some actresses are returning to popular roles for sequels, others will be treading in new territory — like Emma Watson, who's playing a shallow socialite in Sofia Coppola's latest film. We've already shown you the boys of Summer, so now take a look at the leading ladies of Summer!
Ben Affleck may have gotten a lot of attention when he took home the best picture Oscar for Argo this year, but he is hardly the first actor who has had behind-the-camera aspirations. Actors and actresses have been finding success in the director's chair for decades, and celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling are carrying on the tradition with their own interests in making films. Click through to see how stars have made — and will make — their directorial debuts.
Whether it be the story of an awkward teen writing his first article for Rolling Stone or a cautionary tale about a girl who gets too wrapped up in an adult romance, coming-of-age films are one of my favorite genres. This week I'm celebrating them by putting your cinematic skills to the test. How many pictures can you match to the correct movie title?
Star Trek Into Darkness is J.J. Abrams's second installment of the famous franchise he rebooted in 2009, and the success of the first film is both a blessing and a curse for the sequel. It has a lot to live up to, but this isn't Abrams's first time at the sci-fi rodeo; he delivers a fantastic film that's both a satisfying sequel and a standalone movie (no need to rewatch the first one or even really be familiar with the Star Trek universe). The awe-inspiring visuals are enough to make a fun Summer movie, but when you factor in the engaging story and strong performances of the cast, Star Trek Into Darkness adds up to a can't-miss movie.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are back as Captain Kirk and Spock, along with the rest of the Starship Enterprise, like Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and Sulu (John Cho), all showing off more of their fun chemistry, but with interesting developments. Scotty has a moral dilemma with Kirk, Spock and Uhura are having relationship issues, and Kirk and Spock are working on their friendship. It would be entertaining to watch another chapter of these characters together, but it's the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain who targets Starfleet that escalates the excitement. Ready to find out why Star Trek Into Darkness is so great? Just keep reading.
It would be an exciting week for casting even if the Cannes Film Festival weren't going on, but the glamorous event in France is bringing a ton of new casting deals as well. The lead for YA tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars cast its Augustus Waters, and Zac Efron just got a new speed-demon role. Click through to see these and the new jobs for everyone from Shia LaBeouf and Christoph Waltz to Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson.
Have you ever rewatched The Hangover and thought, man, these guys are just too fresh-faced and inexperienced to properly party? In the off chance that has ever happened, you're in luck with the trailer for Last Vegas, in which aging stars Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro star as four friends who head to Sin City for one of their bachelor parties. Once there, they are ready to "party like it's 1959," and the Lipitor jokes start flowing like wine.
All told, the preview is pretty cute, mostly because the actors are so beloved and really seem to be having a good time. If anything, it's worth it to watch Freeman discover vodka Red Bull cocktails and the obvious post-vodka Red Bull dancing. Last Vegas comes out Nov. 1, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
Ben Stiller got a special visit from his wife, Christine Taylor, while filming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in NYC today. Ben and his costar Kristen Wiig have been working on reshoots over the past few days for their upcoming film, which Ben both directs and stars in. He took a break from his duties today to hug Christine but got into character yesterday drinking coffee with his onscreen love interest, Kristen.
While Ben is focused on the big screen, Kristen is taking time to celebrate her latest television comeback. Last weekend, Kristen returned to host her first episode of Saturday Night Live since her departure last year and participated in a hilarious pre-Mother's Day skit. She is also set to voice an FBI agent on an episode for The Simpsons' 25th season that will air in the Fall.
Who says buddy cop movies have to be all about dudes? In The Heat, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy play an odd-couple pair of law enforcers who are forced to work together to take down a drug lord. The movie doesn't hit theaters until June 28, but we've got a taste of the action with this new movie poster featuring the ladies in all of their badass glory.
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We're anxiously anticipating the release of Divergent, the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling young adult novel, but unfortunately for us, it doesn't hit theaters until 2014. The good news is that filming is under way, and we've got the first stills right here. Get a look at Shailene Woodley as Tris, the film's heroine who leaves her family behind to join a new group of individuals called Dauntless who are defined by their bravery. Dauntless training involves jumping off high buildings and getting knives thrown at your head — take a look!