In the first season of BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a normal family was turned upside down when their daughter came home from a summer abroad having married an unusual man named Cuckoo (played by Andy Samberg). But with season two of the series kicking off with Cuckoo’s death, there was a hippie-sized hole left in the show’s lineup. Luckily, Taylor Lautner was there to fill it.
In the first episode of the second season, which premiered last Thursday, Lautner came on board as Dale Jr., a very hairy young man who left behind his ashram in India to look for his biological father. Twist: His father was Cuckoo, which meant Dale Jr. now found himself among his father’s widow and her family.
But that isn’t the only twist in the episode. Rather, Lautner’s comedic debut quickly became the most talked-about element of the show, both shocking and impressing viewers who perhaps only knew him from his work on the Twilight films. And let’s just say that Dale is a far cry from Jacob Black. Below, watch a clip from Lautner’s debut.
Cuckoo‘s second episode airs on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. (U.K. time) on BBC Three.
IFC Films has released the first Camp X-Ray trailer for writer/director Peter Sattler’s Guantanamo Bay drama. The film stars Kristen Stewart as a young private stationed at the aforementioned prison and revolves around the complex relationship that develops between her and a foreign detainee, played by A Separation star Peyman Maadi. I caught the film at Sundance at found it to be a bit of a mixed bag. It touches on the controversial issues surrounding the treatment of Guantanamo detainees and does a nice job of portraying them as human beings rather than faceless villains, and in particular the scenes between Stewart and Maadi are quite strong and compelling. However, other aspects of the film tend to delve into melodrama territory and certain subplots coming off as superfluous and unfocused. This is Sattler’s first feature and he certainly shows some promise, especially when it comes to intimate character-driven scenes, so I’m definitely eager to see how his career progresses going forward.
Hit the jump to watch the Camp X-Ray trailer and click here to read my full review. The film also stars Lane Garrison, John Carrol Lynch, and Cory Michael Smith. Camp X-Ray opens in theaters and VOD on October 28th.
Ever wondered what Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway would look like in drag? Us either.
Regardless, the two actresses (plus peer Brie Larson) dressed up like dudes for pal Jenny Lewis’ “Just One of the Guys” music video. The song serves as the first track from The Voyager, the indie singer-songwriter’s first solo album in six years. Lewis calls the compilation “the hardest one” she’s ever made.
What was it like shooting the music video? “We screamed with laughter all day, huddled behind the monitor,” Lewis tells GQ. “I haven’t laughed that hard since What About Bob? came out on laser disk.”
Legend of Hercules star Kellan Lutz, Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin and Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning have joined the cast of Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter.
Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder are starring in in the indie drama, which tells of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram.
Milgram was the man who, in 1961, designed the controversial Obedience Experiments at Yale University, which observed the responses of ordinary people who believed they were sending harmful electrical shocks to an affable stranger.
Lutz will play actor William Shatner, who played Milgram in a ’70s TV movie. Yelchin plays Rensaleer, a man who resists the authority. Manning plays Mrs. Lowe, a test subject who is distressed by the process and pushes back.
Trophy Wife‘s Malin Akerman and Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz are officially ready to make a Comeback.
Both actors will reprise their roles in HBO’s cult comedy series when it returns for a limited run this fall, our sister site Deadline reports.
Akerman will once again play actress Juna Millken, who starred opposite Lisa Kudrow‘s Valerie Cherish in the sitcom Room and Bored, while Lutz will play Chris MacNess, also an actor on Room and Bored.
The Comeback originally ran on HBO for 13 episodes in 2005.
Neither Akerman nor Lutz are expected to appear in all six new episodes.
Ahead of the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the first Clouds of Sils Maria trailer has landed online for director Olivier Assayas’ (Summer Hours) seductive new drama. Starring Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart, the film revolves around an aging actress (Binoche) who is gearing up to star in a new production of the play that made her famous years ago, only this time she’ll be taking on the “older woman” role while a confident younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz) tackles the lead. The pic looks like a fantastic meditation on life, jealousy, and sexuality, and Binoche appears to turn in a very strong lead performance. Stewart is impressive here as well, playing the loyal assistant to Binoche’s character.
Hit the jump to watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer. The film will screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and IFC Films will release the pic stateside later this year.
EXCLUSIVE: A7SLE Films has hired Max La Bella to script the true story adaptation The Devil’s Rooming House, about early 20th century murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan. A7SLE Films, the production shingle co-founded by Twilight and Nurse Jackie star Peter Facinelli, snapped up rights to writer M. William Phelps’ chronicle of the Archer-Gilligan saga last year. Archer-Gilligan was the unassuming nursing home proprietess who had a curiously high number of fatalities occur in her house between 1907 and 1917. The majority of the deaths were later found to be caused by poisoning and Archer-Gilligan was found guilty of multiple counts of murder. Her story would go on to inspire the play and Cary Grant film Arsenic and Old Lace.
La Bella previously wrote Dimension Films’ James Wan-produced thriller Demonic starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo, and recently sold an untitled thriller to Skydance. Facinelli and Rob DeFranco are set to produce The Devil’s Rooming House for A7SLE Films with Old Lime’s Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito. La Bella is repped by Gersh, Grade A Entertainment, and Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP.
It appears that reconciliation isn’t in the cards for Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald.
The actress has filed for divorce from her singer-songwriter husband after less than three years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. They did not have any children together.
Reed, 25, and McDonald, 29, revealed in March that they had separated and had been living apart for six months, though they said that they were continuing to work on an album together.
Per court documents filed May 16 obtained by E! News, Reed is asking the court to not award her ex spousal support.
Drinking Buddies fans, show yourselves! (Everyone’s hand should be raised.)
The trailer for director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, 24 Exposures) next project is here. Just as in 2013?s Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas stars Anna Kendrick. This time around, Kendrick is joined by Swanberg, Melanie Lynskey, and Lena Dunham in a dramedy about a hard-partying twenty-something who, after a breakup, moves in with her brother’s family over the holidays. That move prompts her sister-in-law (Lynskey) to rethink how her own life is going and what she wants from the future.
“It was interesting in this because my character doesn’t know when to shut up,” Kendrick told EW about on-set improv. “That’s a lot easier than listening in improv.”
Watch the trailer for the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, below:
Happy Christmas is on iTunes June 26 and in theaters July 25.
It was all in a day’s work for Kristen Stewart on the set of her directorial debut.
And we love seeing Stewart’s cuddly side!
“We hosted Kristen Stewart for her directorial debut at the distillery. We are proud to announce the video is finally done and will be released shortly,” read a post on the spirits purveyor’s Facebook page.