July 25--Cory lives on
Cory Monteith died just before TV's "Glee" was to start shooting its next season. But the 31-year-old star did leave behind two independent films that will arrive in theaters in the coming months. In the ensemble drama "All the Wrong Reasons," which premieres at September's Toronto International Film Festival, he plays a store manager whose wife is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. And in "McCanick," he channeled his inner demons to play a drug addict. Monteith died July 13 of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Remembering Princess Di
It seems we can't get enough of British royals. So Naomi Watts is obliging by starring in "Diana." The film focuses on the late Princess of Wales' final two years, including her relationship with surgeon Hasnat Khan (played by Naveen Andrews of "Lost"). The film is expected in September. Had she lived, Diana would have been 52 this month, and a grandmother.
Speaking of royalty, Nicole Kidman will star in "Grace of Monaco," the story of how Grace Kelly went from Philly socialite to movie star to royal. It's expected in some cities Nov. 27.
They're back ...
"Poltergeist" is getting a remake, and now, apparently, it has a star: The excellent Rosemarie DeWitt will take on JoBeth Williams' role of a mom contending with evil spirits in the house. Like "The Conjuring," "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious," "The Woman in Black" ... Hey, it felt original in 1982. Gil Kenan ("Monster House") is directing the new one, with a script by David Lindsay-Abaire ("Oz the Great and Powerful"). Expect it next year.
Here's some of the thrilling news from Comic-Con, which recently wrapped in San Diego:
--Director Zack Snyder announced he'll make another Superman film, starring Henry Cavill again, but this one will include Batman -- the first time the two DC Comics superheroes will unite on the big screen. It will be called "Batman vs. Superman." Or maybe "Superman vs. Batman." Expect it in summer 2015.
--Meanwhile in the Marvel universe, "The Avengers" sequel, arriving in May 2015, now has a title: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," referring to a robot that wants to wipe out humanity. Like the Terminator. Or HAL. Or Keanu Reeves.
--Zoe Saldana turned blue for "Avatar." And in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" (August 2014) she turns green, playing the alien Gamora. How many more colors can she be? "Well, the rainbow has a lot of colors," she told The AP. "I dig it."
--Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson talked about their kissing scenes in November's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." That involved "a lot of slobber," she said. He added: "It will be really hot if you're into snot."
Sharon Hoffmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
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