Last week, we told you that Martin Sheen and Sally Field were both in talks to play Uncle Ben and Aunt May respectively for Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot.
Now, the big "Spider-Man" rumor is that Zooey Deschanel will return to the loving arms of her "(500) Days of Summer" director to star as...Betty Brant.
Brant was played by Elizabeth Banks in the Sam Raimi version, and now, Deschanel may play the character who's known to be J. Jonah Jameson's assistant in Daily Bugle. Showbizspy broke the news and posted:
“Betty was a minor character in the previous Spidey movies but Marc has big plans for her,” a movie insider told Showbizspy. “He wants a strong performer to carry the role and Zooey fits the bill perfectly. The role is hers if she wants it.”
If all the stars align, Deschanel will be joining Sheen, Field, Andrew Garfield (Peter/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), and Rhys Ifans who will play the film's unnamed villain.
Here's Betty Brant's biography from Wiki:
Betty Brant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother had originally been the "girl Friday" of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, and Betty took the position after her mother's death. Peter Parker (secretly Spider-Man) and she were attracted to each other because Betty wanted a normal, ordinary man, and they were romantically linked. However, her brother was accidentally killed during a fight with Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, and she blamed Spider-Man. Later she forgave Spider-Man when she realized he was trying to protect them.
A year later, Betty broke up with Peter due to his inability to commit time to her- the two going on to develop a more sibling-esque relationship-, and she eventually married Bugle reporter Ned Leeds. However the marriage proved turbulent as Ned was often posted overseas.
When he was stationed in Paris she found the life impossible and left Ned to return to New York. She turned to Peter Parker once more but Ned followed her home and she was caught between the two men. Peter regretted getting involved with Betty again and allowed the affair to break abruptly, driving her back into the arms of Ned.
Later on in the series, it became clear that Ned Leeds was in fact the villain Hobgoblin, although it later turned out that he was a pawn of the real Hobgoblin. As Leeds became more hostile, Betty drifted into the arms of old friend Flash Thompson. A jealous Leeds framed Thompson as the Hobgoblin after he insulted Hobgoblin in a televised interview, but when the two battled, the Hobgoblin's mask slipped, and Betty discovered that Ned and the Hobgoblin were one and the same. This revelation, coupled with Ned's murder by the Foreigner, sent Brant over the edge into insanity.
Betty joined the Students of Love cult, led by the Teacher, before being saved by Flash and Spider-Man. Because her house had been sold during her time with the cult, Betty stayed with Flash for a time. During this, the demonic events of Inferno happened, overwhelming much of New York City. Betty and Flash were attacked by demonic duplicates of Spider-Man and Ned Leeds. Betty overcame physical and psychological barriers and succeeded in destroying the monsters.
Flash and Betty drifted apart as Betty's recovery continued. She rejoined the staff of the Daily Bugle as an investigative reporter whose newfound courageous assertiveness and investigative skill impressed her colleagues. She finally cleared Ned's name when she revealed that Roderick Kingsley was the real Hobgoblin. She remains a recurring character in the Spider-Man comics.
Currently, she has met up with one of Peter's old college friends, Debra Whitman, during a book signing event for Debra's new book Two-Faced. The book described her relationship with Peter Parker/Spider-Man, which ended in Debra being the victim. However, when it was later revealed that the book was actually altered by the Bugle's staff to make Spider-Man look like he ruined Debra's life, Betty secretly leaked information to the Daily Globe, exposing the fraud. Her boss, J. Jonah Jameson, furious with the possible libel suit, now orders Betty to find out who had given the information.
She manages to keep her role even after J. Jonah Jameson's heart attack forced his wife to sell the Bugle to Dexter Bennett, who renamed it The DB. As Dexter is trying to sidestep Betty and make her his "Girl Friday" again, Peter Parker drops hints of a fake family relationship between Betty and the deceased actor Marlon Brando, bolstering her position in Bennett's eye as a gossip reporter.
Recently, she celebrated her birthday and asked Peter to organize for her friends to come over for a dinner, but due to her work at the new DB, nobody feels like befriending her. Betty is initially furious at Peter, angrily accusing him of ruining her night until he tells her the truth. She is sad, but he reassures her that everyone will forgive her soon. Betty realizes that Peter really is her best friend.
Betty and Flash Thompson have resumed their previous romantic relationship.
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Respectable actors will go to the moon for a chance to work with director Wes Anderson. Now, Deadline is reporting that Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton are all in talks to star in the director's "Moon Rise Kingdom."
Anderson co-wrote the script with Roman Coppola and he wants to go on production late next spring. According to Deadline, "Moon Rise Kingdom" is "set in the 60s. Two young adults fall in love and run away. Leaders in their New England town are sticking the idea that they've disappeared and go in search of them. Norton will play a scout leader who brings his charges on a search. Willis is in talks to play the town sheriff who’s also looking, and who is having an affair with the missing girl’s mother, the role McDormand is in talks to play. Murray, a regular in Anderson films, will play the girl's father, who has his own issues."
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"Morning Glory" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton Get?
Watching “Morning Glory” is like going to work for me. The world of television news, specifically morning shows, is explored. I see the same type of personalities and similar situations displayed on the big screen.
Predominantly set in New York City, “Morning Glory” is a hodgepodge of “Working Girl,” “That Girl,” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” But what the film really wants to be is “Broadcast News.” Tough chance! Read More...
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Are Javier Bardem and James Franco ready to climb Mt. Olympus for the "Clash of the Titans" sequel? Rumors are swirling that the actors may join the Greek mythology sequel and Production Weekly bravely tweeted that Bardem was rumored for Ares, the God of War, while Franco may slide into the role of Agenor, the father of children who embarked on their own adventures.
The new "Clash" will be called "Wrath of the Titans" and will take its theatrical journey in 2012. Here's hoping that they shoot the sequel in 3D this time rather than just lazily convert the film like what Warner Bros. did in the first film. Or, take a page from Christopher Nolan's book and just drop the 3D shtick altogether and shoot instead in high definition.
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From "Valentine's Day" to "New Year's Eve!" Director Gary Marshall Wants De Niro, Pfeiffer, Swank, and Kutcher
Much like "Valentine's Day," director Garry Marshall wants to return to ensemble dramedy with "New Year's Eve" and he wants Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer to join the cast.
The actors are in negotiations with New Line according to the Hollywood Reporter. Hilary Swank, and Marshall's lead in "Valentine's Day," Ashton Kutcher, are also in talks.
This one will feature another intertwining plot and narrative technique but centered on New Year's Eve. De Niro will play a bitter dying man; Pfeiffer will be a frustrated executive assistant who tackles her unfulfilled resolutions; Swank will be a producer of the Times Square New Year's Eve show; and Kutcher would a guy who hates New Year's Eve.
Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin complete the cast. Marshall wants to shoot the film in New York mid-December.
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