A bachelorette party is going off the rails in “Rock That Body,” and Demi Moore is going to be along for the ride.
The actress has joined the Sony Pictures R-rated comedy, which means that she’ll share the screen with a host of funny women. “Rock That Body” stars Scarlett Johannson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz as a group of five friends whose bachelorette weekend in Miami gets a little too crazy. Think “Bridesmaids,” if they hadn’t gotten kicked off that plane.
Details haven’t been revealed about Moore’s role, but she stepped in just in time; the film began shooting last week. “Rock That Body” is directed by Lucia Aniello, who co-wrote the script with Paul W. Downs. Like Aniello, Downs is pulling double duty, but he’ll be in front of the camera as a member of the cast instead of behind it.
“Rock That Body” is slated for release on June 23, 2017.
The acclaimed actress is reportedly in early talks for the film, and if a deal is reached, she’ll add still more talent to an already impressive cast. A female-driven spinoff of 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” the film is set to star the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina (actress Nora Lum). As if that weren’t enough starpower for one movie, stars from “Ocean’s Eleven” — yet another film with a fantastic cast — are expected to appear.
“Ocean’s Eight” will follow in the footsteps of “Ocean’s Eleven” (and 1960’s “Ocean’s 11” before it) in telling the story of a group’s efforts to pull of a thrilling heist. The script was written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch, and Ross will direct. Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh, who helmed “Ocean’s Eleven,” will produce.
No timeline for the film’s release has yet been announced, but we say the sooner the better.
Last week, news broke that original “Mary Poppins” stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke were being courted for cameos in Disney’s upcoming sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns.” But it seems that no one has approached Van Dyke about the possibility yet — and he’s not entirely sure he’d want to appear in the flick, either.
That’s the word from the actor, who touched on the subject during an interview with The Mirror. When asked whether he’d be interested in appearing in the high-profile flick, which stars Emily Blunt as the titular nanny and costars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep, Van Dyke didn’t sound too enthusiastic about the prospect.
“I’d have to see the script,” the actor told The Mirror. “Without Walt Disney, and the Sherman brothers to write the score, and Julie, it will be difficult, I think.”
Van Dyke reminisced about the process of making the 1964 original, which went on to nab 13 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and take home five statuettes (including Best Actress for Andrews).
“Every day we came to work and we knew there was something magical going on,” the actor recalled. “There was such a spirit.”
As for the prospects of “Returns,” Van Dyke was blunt but diplomatic when giving his thoughts about how it would fare.
“Sequels are traditionally not as good as the first,” he told The Mirror. “But I wish them well.”
Here’s hoping for fans’ sake that he changes his tune and sings on for at least a small cameo. He’ll have some time to make his decision: “Marry Poppins Returns” isn’t due in theaters until December 25, 2018.
Cancel your camping plans, because a new “Blair Witch” trailer is here to scare you away from the woods.
Released today by Collider, the preview makes the upcoming horror flick look every bit as terrifying as its predecessors, 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” and 2000’s “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.” The film follows James (played by James Allen McCune) and a group of fellow college students as they take a trip into Maryland’s Black Hills Forest to see what they can find out about the mysterious disappearance of his sister. There, they get more than they bargained for, and naturally, it is the stuff of nightmares. According to the film’s official synopsis, “the group is visited by a menacing presence,” and “they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.”
The footage is just as eerie as that sounds. A word to the wise? If you ever come upon the entrance to a creepy underground tunnel and you think, “I don’t want to go in there … let’s not go,” go with your gut.
After the death of director Garry Marshall earlier this summer, it seemed that the dream of a potential second sequel to “The Princess Diaries” had also left us. But one cast member is still very much on board for another outing starring Princess Mia — and it seems like everyone else is interested, too.
In an interview with Variety Latino, Hector Elizondo, who played Mia’s (Anne Hathaway) bodyguard Joe, said that the entire cast still wanted to make “Princess Diaries 3” a reality. Marshall was the one who got the ball rolling on the potential threequel when he said earlier this year that he had discussed the possibility with Hathaway and Julie Andrews. But after he passed away on July 19, fans wondered if the film would ever happen.
According to Elizondo, it’s still a very strong possibility.
“It’s not official, but certainly, everybody wants it done,” the actor told Variety Latino. “It’s been discussed. Gary talked to me— may he rest in peace— about his involvement in it. I know Annie would like to do it. I know Julie would like to do it. I would like to do it. So we’re on board, it’s a question of when and a question of getting a good story. I’m ready! It’s time to go back to Genovia!”
Elizondo, who formed a lifelong friendship with Marshall in the 1960s and appeared in all 18 of the director’s films, said that his late pal’s shoes would be hard to fill. But if anyone would take over the series, the actor said he’d love it if a woman was given a shot at the director’s chair for the threequel.
“First, you have to have a good story,” Elizondo added. “Whoever directs it has to understand the story.”
“What are we doing here?” A trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age romantic drama called First Girl I Love, which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This sweet little flick is about an awkward love triangle that forms when Anne, played by Dylan Gelula, realizes she is in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her high school, played by Brianna Hildebrand. She confesses this to her friend Clifton, played by Mateo Arias, who has a thing for her and he gets jealous and it all starts to get awkward. This is a pretty good film, a bit cheesy at times, but it’s another solid cinematic story about young first love. ›››
“I always thought this house was haunted…” Momentum has released a trailer for an indie thriller called Jack Goes Home, from actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who both wrote and directed this film. Rory Culkin stars as a magazine editor, along with Britt Robertson as his fiance, who goes back to his home town after learning that his parents are in a deadly car accident. Things get crazy when he returns. “Jack comes to learn that the idyllic world he has believed in since infancy is in fact a nightmare playground full of lies, deception, violence and murder.” The full cast includes Lin Shaye, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Daveigh Chase and Louis Hunter. This trailer gets very creepy and very weird in the second half. ›››
The feud between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel has been making headlines for weeks now, with rumors circulating about Diesel’s alleged diva behavior on the “Fast 8” set, and other costars taking sides (or steering clear of the drama entirely). But there have also been whispers about the questionable motivation behind Johnson calling out Diesel (and calling him a “candy ass”) in the first place, and whether or not this was genuine beef, or perhaps some sort of odd publicity stunt.
According to a new report, it’s apparently the latter. Life & Style is claiming to have the inside scoop on what’s been going down between the two actors, and it appears that their public fight is really just a ruse to gear up fans for another, more literal public fight next year. The tabloid acknowledges that “there is some truth to the recent rivalry,” but alleges that “the beef is largely a publicity stunt” meant to serve two purposes.
Here’s what one alleged insider told Life & Style about the plan:
“They are playing a huge prank, and it’s all for publicity. … The Rock convinced Vin to amp up the drama between them so they could turn it into a WWE match to help promote the April 2017 release of ‘Fast 8.’”
The timing would certainly work out, since the WWE’s marquee event, WrestleMania 33, is slated to take place on April 2, 2017, with the release of “Fast 8” following on April 14. And reports about Diesel’s alleged on-set issues would give credence to Life & Style’s claim that the problems between the actors are based in reality — but those problems are also potentially quite easy to exploit thanks to the overblown dramatics for which the WWE is known.
The real question is whether or not both actors would actually agree to such a high-profile prank. It’s possible, though it makes us wonder about poor Tyrese, who appears to be in the dark about such shenanigans. We’ll have to wait until April until we know the truth (and whether or not Mr. Gibson forgives them for their ruse).
“Who could’ve done this?” “You did this!” Lionsgate has unleashed another new full-length trailer for the new Blair Witch movie, which is actually a sequel/continuation of the breakout horror movie The Blair Witch Project from 1999. As reported when the movie first premiered at Comic-Con, this sequel was quietly made under the working title of The Woods before it unveiled to fans last month. Director & writer team Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You’re Next) are behind this new film, which stars Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry, James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez. This new trailer is scary as all hell, and it will make you afraid of going into the woods at night. Stay away from any tunnels. ›››
“Modern Family” star Sarah Highland says she prefers to live her career in the moment, and, from the looks of her schedule, her moment is right now.
With the premiere of the eighth season of her hit sitcom a few weeks away (Sept. 21 on ABC), the actress is also enjoying stepping out of her comfort zone for some new challenges: bowing on Aug. 26 is her Netflix film “XOXO,” which she also produced, playing a young woman whose ambivalent outing to a raucous music festival promises to alter her life path significantly; a stage musical veteran since childhood, she also co-stars in the ABC musical adaptation of the beloved 1987 dance film “Dirty Dancing,” playing Baby’s sister, Lisa; and she’s taken on the dual roles of spokesperson and creative director with shoe brand Candie’s on their fall and spring campaigns.
It’s a full plate for the 25-year-old, who sat down with Moviefone to discuss the many roads that recently have opened up for her, from real-life music festivals to the state of the Hayley/Andy romance to learning and re-learning to play the ukulele.
Moviefone: So what was the first thing about this that got you interested in being part of “XOXO”? What was the thing that first attracted you to it?
Sarah Hyland: I liked the idea of a music festival film. EDM is really big right now. It showed a really authentic side to the culture, which I really appreciated, and I thought that was very progressive, so to speak. I loved Krystal’s character. She’s like “the innocent” in the film.
A lot of people don’t really think of innocence when they think of EDM. It shows all different types of people in this film, and that’s what I really, really like about it: kind of these interwoven stories.
What were the things that you wanted to do with her to make her feel real?
Yeah — she was really, really, kind of uncomfortable. She’s on her phone the entire time. I thought it was really great. I mean, I like to be close with cast members. She’s kind of very aloof for the entire time, so I didn’t want to kind of be aloof myself because the girls were really great.
The cast was all really great: Medalion [Rahimi] is amazing, and I’ve known Graham [Phillips] for at least 10 years. I’ve known Brett DelBuono since I was 18. I’ve known Chris [D’Elia] for a couple years. I’ve known Hayley [Kiyoko] since I was 18. This cast really came together to where it’s like I’ve known these people for a really long time. So I didn’t really do a lot of research in being aloof like Krystal would be. If you could say I was on my phone a lot, then yeah, I’m on my phone a lot!
I also like the fact that she learns through this piece; it’s kind of like a metaphor. When she finally puts her phone down, she’s really just able to enjoy herself for once, once she puts the technology down, which I think maybe as a society we have to focus on a little bit more as well.
Did you have a say in her rave-y look at all?
No, I didn’t. But I thought it was really interesting. The Marc Jacobs material was really great, it’s a great piece of fabric, and I like the two-piece. It’s definitely not something that I would wear, but it was nice because it put me in her shoes. It put me into this character.
Honestly, it’s not that I was uncomfortable wearing it, but I definitely felt like I wasn’t in my own skin, which I feel like Krystal didn’t feel like as well. I was just really excited I wasn’t wearing a bathing suit top and like short shorts. That’s all I cared about!
And that’s fine for like a couple days at a festival, but for a whole movie shoot…
But for a whole movie, no thank you! Oh gosh — no pasta, it would be the worst!
Have you been to a lot of thee types of festivals? Either EDM or different kinds of music?
I’ve been to Coachella. I don’t really have a lot of time for festivals. I’ve always wanted to go to Glastonbury. I’ve always wanted to go to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, something like EDC — Burning Man, I would love to! I mean, Burning Man isn’t even really a music festival. It’s just like, Outside Lands, things like that.
I love music and I love music festivals. I really like the vibe and energy of it, but, unfortunately, Coachella’s really the only one I was ever able to go to. So I think it was really fun for me to do this, because we filmed at like four different music festivals. I don’t even remember what they were called. But that was really fun. I really got to experience it from a working, sober side, which was nice to do.
What do you like about the ones you’ve been to, and what are you like, “Okay, that’s enough of that“?
I’m a very tiny person, so being in the middle of it is one of the most anxious feelings I’ve ever had in my entire life. I thought I was like Simba in the gorge! I love music festivals when there’s just love and light everywhere.
Sometimes Coachella doesn’t have that. I feel like Coachella’s kind of turned into this place where people go to be seen more for their outfits, and to get drunk, or what have you. And I go for the music. I just go for the music. I love the music and I love dancing barefoot in front of the main stage and just like being with friends and really enjoying moment and letting go and being free. So that’s the only thing that I don’t like about Coachella. I feel like Coachella’s turned into a place for people to be seen.
So that’s why I wanted to try and expand my horizons to different music festivals. I just heard of this one that’s in England that looks amazing. They have, like, yoga classes and all these like crazy things. I don’t know. It just looked amazing. I can’t remember what it was called. But my friend showed it to me, I was like, I have to go to that.
As far as expanding your horizons, this is a good time for you to be finding all kinds of different projects to work on and stretching your range. What’s in your head, career-wise, away from “Modern Family”?
Oh yes, this past summer, this was great to do. I mean, we filmed in LA, so it was super-easy to be a part of, because it was just, “I can still go home at the end of the day and be with my dogs,” and have stuff like that.
I shot “Dirty Dancing,” the musical, this summer, and it was so much fun. We were in North Carolina — we couldn’t do anything about the [anti-LGBT] bill that was passed; so many people would have lost their jobs, we couldn’t do anything about it. But the people there were actually really amazing, and they came up to us and they were like, “Thank you so much for not pulling out the production from this state, because we’re not for this. This is not our kind of people.” So we became really close with the people of Hendersonville. They were really amazing.
I had the time of my life there, pun intended. It was so much fun. I made lifelong friends. I’m really excited to see it. I haven’t seen it yet. I have ADR tomorrow, so I’ll get back to you on that one. But I think it’s going to be really fun, and really great. I had to learn to play the ukulele for it, so that was really awesome, and we sang and danced. It was just the ballroom and the singing, I just, I love musicals. It was a lot of fun.
What was the big, unexpected challenge of that role for you?
The ukulele, for sure! For sure! Three days before we filmed the scene where I’m singing and playing the ukulele at the same time, they changed the strumming pattern, and I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m going to die.” So they were like, “You can fake it.” So I just ended up having to fake it, but apparently it looks real, so hopefully that’ll be good.
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. We recorded the songs in a recording studio, and that was really great. The dancing was the easiest thing, honestly. It was so great. I loved it.
Did you have a special connection to the original? Or was it more of a discovery for you?
I grew up watching it. It’s one of my mom’s favorite films. So I don’t remember a time in my life where there wasn’t “Dirty Dancing,” honestly. So I grew up with it even though I wasn’t born when it came out. It’s just always been a big part of my life, so I’m just very grateful to be a part of it in general.
Something that’s been great with “Modern Family” is how much attention your storyline with Haley and Andy has gotten. People are really invested in that.
They’re really invested. I’m really invested.
What you can tell me about what’s coming up with that this season?
I don’t know. Adam [DeVine‘s] so busy — I really don’t know. We haven’t touched that yet.
The next storyline’s still coming? I know the show’s going to New York for an episode.
We went to New York. Yeah, we’re going to New York next week to shoot, so yeah. I’m not sure. I think they’re trying to focus more on Haley’s career right now. But yeah, we’re going to New York next week to film some exterior shots for the season premiere. It’s going to be taking place in New York for the Dunphy family.
While I’m there, I’ll also be having production meetings, because I’m the creative director at Candie’s right now. So that’s really fun. I get to see some samples have come in from the factory of designs that I’ve made, so I’m really excited to see them.
What do you love about that professional relationship?
Oh my gosh, it’s amazing. The whole Candie’s team and Kohl’s are so amazing and supportive. It’s their first time bringing on a creative director that’s also a spokesperson, so to say. But it’s really great. They’ve given me a lot of liberties. I’m very vocal about what I like and what I don’t like.
At first, I don’t think they even asked me to design, but I just started, like, rambling in a production meeting, and they were like, “Oh, that’s great!” So now I’m kind of designing clothes and putting, like, little Easter eggs of things that are very personal to me into the designs.
I love it. I think it’s so much fun. I’m learning so much about it because I’ve always loved fashion, but I’ve never learned the ins and outs in creating it, like, on a big scale. I’ve co-designed a dress with Marchesa and Christian Siriano and Carolina Herrera, but I’ve never designed anything big scale, Kohl’s/Candie’s level. So I’m learning all of that, and I think it’s really fun. It’s very, very fascinating for me.
Do you want to keep building out your fashion interests and brand?
I might. I’m having a lot of fun. Who knows what the future holds for me?
Are there other areas that interest you in showbiz? Do you have writing aspirations? Directing aspirations?
You know what? Right now, I don’t have any directing aspirations at all. I have no screenplay writing aspirations. I always have ideas, and then as soon as I try and put it on a paper, I’m just like, “This is the worst.” I love producing. I’ve always liked producing. I’m an executive producer on [“XOXO”]. It was really fun.
I like producing, and I love music. There will be a day where I go back to Broadway and go home into my welcoming theater arms. But I don’t know when. I don’t know when I’ll have the time for that right now. I really miss musical theater a lot. That’s why doing things at the Hollywood Bowl means so much to me, because I’m able to still be here and do “Modern Family” at the same time while doing that. I love musical theater.
I write music a lot, but I don’t know if I’m ever going to do anything with that. I just like having a lot of different outlets for my craziness inside my head.
What’s been great about having that steady sitcom gig for so long, and having the luxury to explore things, especially at your age?
The luxury has been having a roof over my head and food on the table! [Laughs] But it’s really great. I mean, there’s always going to be a give and take for things like that: “You can’t do this film because it is during the schedule of ‘Modern Family,’ but you can do this”; or “You can’t do that because of this” — and “Thank God I can’t do that because of “Modern Family” because I wouldn’t even want to touch that.” You know what I mean?
There’s always going to be a give and a take. I think it’s really just about being grateful for what you have at the moment. I don’t know. I always like to ride the wave instead of try and predict it.