Jennifer Lawrence Leads SAG Nominations; Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Leaks Plot Details (VIDEO)

The Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln lead the SAG Award Nominations, which were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Each film garnered 4 nominations each, including Best Ensemble. Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis snagged a Best Actor nom. For the complete list of nominees, click here!

Wally Pfister, the guy who shot Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has enlisted Johnny Depp to star in his top-secret directorial debut, Transcendence. Plot details have been kept insanely close to the vest on the project, until now…

In a recent interview, Transcendence producer Andrew Kosove revealed that the story “involves a scientist (Depp) whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.” Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence is also involved. Kosove also provided an update on the film’s casting: Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is no longer in the running for the film’s lead female role, and Ewan McGregor passed on an early draft of the script. Depp’s casting is expected to attract an impressive ensemble, so Celebuzz will keep you posted. [The Wrap]

Fans of Community’s Gillian Jacobs are about to get their fix of the TV star on the big screen. The actress has signed on to join The Hunger GamesElizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The film, written and directed by Steve Brill, centers on a local news anchor (Banks) who, after a drunk one-night stand, wakes up broke and without her I.D. She must trek across Los Angeles to make it to a life-changing job interview. Jacobs will play Banks’ best friend, naturally. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is getting a sequel?! Tinker, Tailor is getting a sequel. Producer Eric Fellner, while doing press rounds for his current film Les Miserables, revealed that director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan are actively working on the screenplay for Smiley’s People, which once again centers on Gary Oldman’s retired spy, Smiley. [Collider]

Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton is trading in assault rifles for six shooters for a role opposite Natalie Portman in the Western Jane Got a Gun. The film centers on Jane (Portman), a wife who must defend her homestead when her bad guy of a husband (Edgerton) goes on the run from his former gang of outlaws. Jane also stars Michael Fassbender as a gunslinger Jane hires to help her out. Production is set to start in February. [Deadline]

Which piece of movie news has you the most excited? Discuss in the comments below!

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Fergie, Courteney Cox and Elizabeth Banks: Hottest Star Sightings of the Day (PHOTOS)

The stars have been hard at work in the last 24 hours, attending red carpet affairs, running errands with their families and of course, going to work.

Fergie donned a sparkly red number to on Thursday night, as she hosted Voli Light’s Holiday party at the Mondrian in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old singer finished off her look with shoes from her own line, Fergie Footwear.

On Friday, Courteney Cox was spotted hard at work on the set of her hit series, Cougar Town. The show, now in its fourth season, will premiere on Jan. 8 on a new network, TBS. (ABC aired Cougar Town’s first three seasons).

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks was spotted running errands in West Hollywood. The blonde beauty is currently in the pre-production stages of the next Hunger Games film installment.

Earlier this week, Banks’ co-star Josh Hutcherson showed off his beach body on the Hawaii set of Catching Fire. The film hits theaters next November.

 

On the east coast, Catherine Zeta Jones was all smiles when she was spotted leaving her apartment in New York City. Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Miranda Kerr and her equally stylish son Flynn were escorted by a bodyguard as the pair left their home.

For the day’s hottest celebrity sightings, check out the latest edition of Celeb Snaps, above.

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Oprah Winfrey Announces Second Book Club Selection; ‘Seinfeld’s’ Michael Richards Cast on TV Land Pilot

Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter will delve into the world of ABC’s Scandal with star Kerry Washington, creator Shonda Rhimes and inspiration behind the show, Judy Smith. Washington will discuss her lead role as Olivia Pope on the drama as well as her highly anticipated film, Django Unchained. In addition to Scandal, Rhimes will touch upon her controversial decisions to kill off beloved characters on Grey’s Anatomy. The episode airs Sunday at 9 PM. [OWN]

Winfrey also announced her second book club selection on Wednesday, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Written by by Ayana Mathis (Knopf), the debut novel tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one indomitable heroine (Hattie) and her unforgettable family. Winfrey said, “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away. I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”  [Oprah.com]

Kramer is headed back to TV. Michael Richards, who played the iconic character on Seinfeld has been cast on TV Land’s comedy pilot, Giant Baby, co-starring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. The show, created by Marco Pennette, will focus on Alley as Broadway star Madison Banks who reconnects with her long-lost son. Richards will play Madison’s limo driver while Perlman will play her assistant and best friend. [THR]

Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks is reprising her role as Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam’s (Eric Stonestreet) party girlfriend, Sal, on ABC’s Modern Family. Sal will tell her BFFs that she is engaged in an episode set to air in 2013. [EW]

Nineties babies rejoice! Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bringing The Goonies together. Corey Feldman joined Sean Astin, who voices Raphael on the animated show, in the sound booth for a Season 2 episode. According to Feldman, this is one of the only times Goonies alums have worked together since the classic flick came out in 1985. [TV Guide]

Nickelodeon’s It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! is premiering on the network this Thursday. The first full-length stop motion animated special features the voice of John Goodman as Santa Claus. It will also feature the popular SpongeBob song, “Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas)” which was released in 2009. An extras edition of the special will be available on iTunes with 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! airs Thursday at 8 PM. [Nickelodeon]

The next season of Bravo’s Kathy is headed your way in the New Year. The talk show in which Kathy Griffin chats with celebs about everything pop culture will debut on Jan. 10 at 10 PM. A week prior, the network will feature the comedian in an all-new comedy special, Kathy Griffin: Kennedie Center On-Hers. The special airs Jan. 3 at 10 PM. [Bravo]

What do you get when put Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together with a bunch of Victoria’s Secret models? A ratings win for CBS. This one-two punch of programs led the eye network to a win on Tuesday night despite ratings, which were down from last year. In total, CBS drew 10.2 million viewers. On NBC and The CW, there was some growth in viewers. [Zap2it]

Dr. Phil chocked up a major milestone this November, as his talk-show, Dr. Phil, topped the November sweeps ratings for syndicated talk shows. The show averaged 4.2 million viewers during the sweeps period from Oct. 25 to Nov. 21. Meanwhile, Katie Couric’s Katie took the top spot amongst the freshman talk shows, finishing fifth overall. [Deadline]

Paranormal series, Weird Desk, has been given a straight-to-series order from ABC for Summer 2013. The series from Stargate’s Carl Binder and The Librarian’s David Titcher will run for 13 hour-long episodes. Weird Desk focuses on an organization involved in mysterious intelligence from the CIA and NSA regarding paranormal and supernatural experiences. [THR]

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Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Her Second Baby Boy, Magnus

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It’s a boy for The Hunger GamesElizabeth Banks; she is now a mother twice over after son Magnus was recently born. After welcoming her first child with her husband of nine years, producer Max Handelman, via gestational surrogate in March 2011, the couple opted to have another earlier this year via the same process.

Elizabeth says on her website, ”As 2012 winds down and Thanksgiving approaches, I have much for which to be thankful — personal, professional, and Presidential. However, nothing can match the joy and excitement my husband and I felt when we recently welcomed our second baby boy, Magnus Mitchell Handelman.”

She continues, “Magnus joins older brother Felix, thus commencing a decade or more of close hand-to-hand combat. Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate. This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime. I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process, as well as the Center for Surrogate Parenting for helping make all this possible. I now turn my attention to managing two boys under two. For which I am thankful. And all their poop. For which I am less thankful. Wish me luck.”

The 38-year-old actress is currently filming the sequel to The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, which we recently learned from Jennifer Lawrence would be moving production from Atlanta to Hawaii. Though Elizabeth doesn’t mention where little Magnus will be during shooting, we’re sure Max, who was one of the producers for Surrogates (ironic name) and Pitch Perfect (which Elizabeth starred in), will take on the parental reins.

Make sure to wish Elizabeth a healthy congratulations in the comments, and join the THG sequel conversation on our Catching Fire message board!

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Banks Talks Catching Fire!

‘Hunger Games’ Star Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Second Son Via Surrogate

It’s a boy! Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks is officially a mommy for the second time.

The actress announced on her website today that she welcomed a second son, Magnus Mitchell Handleman, via gestational surrogate.

“This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude,” Banks wrote, “and established a relationship that will last a lifetime.”

Banks welcomed her first son, Felix, in May of 2011 via surrogate as well. Banks shared how overjoyed she was with her first child after years and years of trying to get pregnant.

“The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly,” Banks shared.

“After years of exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journal led us to gestational surrogacy.”

Banks is currently filming the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is slated to air in 2013.

Send Banks your well wishes and congratulations in the comments section below.

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‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Elizabeth Banks Opens Up About Filming the Sequel! (Exclusive)

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Itching for some Hunger Games: Catching Fire news? If you answered yes, you’re in luck because Teen.com has got some scoop straight from Effie Trinket herself! (Er, sort of).

We recently chatted with Elizabeth Banks,  who plays the larger than life character, and she told us all about how filming is going, as well as how Effie’s wardrobe is getting taken up a “notch” for the Hunger Games‘ sequel. Though we won’t actually get to see CF hit the big screen until November 2013, Elizabeth said that everything is going “so great.”

“I just met Phillip Seymour Hoffman [Plutarch Havensbee] for the first time, and he’s going to be amazing in the movie. He was doing a scene with Donald Sutherland [President Snow], so it’s really exciting.” Elizabeth, also added that Effie’s clothes this time around are “unreal,” and that “everything is getting taken up a notch.” We can’t wait!

Are you as excited for Catching Fire as we are? Sound off in the comments!

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Rebel Wilson to Elizabeth Banks: Put Me in ‘Hunger Games’ (VIDEO)

Rebel Wilson stars in the upcoming comedy Pitch Perfect, and the Australian native delivers another amazing comedic performance. However, it seems she gets into just as much hilarious trouble off screen, too!

Fresh off the success of Bridesmaids, Wilson revealed that she really is living with her onscreen roommate Matt Lucas in West Hollywood, and they haven’t exactly gotten a warm reception from their neighbors.

Read on to find out what the anonymous neighbor has done now, plus why Wilson wants in on Hunger Games:

“Yeah, okay we had some eggs thrown for some kind of retaliation,” Wilson laughed.

Rebel recently appeared on Conan O’Brien where she showed a letter from an “anonymous” neighbor who threatened to call the cops on her and Matt if they didn’t stop singing show tunes after 10 p.m.

Hasn’t he or she seen the previews for Pitch Perfect? Rebel’s just keeping those vocal chords strong!

“We are assuming it’s the same person who wrote us the letter,” Rebel said. “I would just like to call a truce, seriously. Lets all just love each other.”

Rebel Wilson stars in a capella comedy (that is a hit with the critics) which opens nationwide this Friday. Elizabeth Banks is a producer on the film and wanted Wilson to play “Fat Amy” from day one.

“Put me in Hunger Games then if you think I’m good,” Wilson joked. “Seriously, what’s up Banks?”

 

‘Pitch Perfect’s’ Elizabeth Banks Slams Deadline’s Nikki Finke for Writing ‘Beautiful Actresses Are Not Funny’

Elizabeth Banks has a bone to pick with Nikki Finke after the Deadline editor-in-chief complained about Modern Family star Julie Bowen’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

“Beautiful actresses are not funny. They don’t know how to do comedy,” Finke wrote on Sunday night, adding that Bowen “isn’t a comedienne just like Brooke Shields wasn’t and a zillion more.”

The following day, Banks, 38, posted a rebuttal, titled “Ugly or Pretty Has Nothing to do With Funny,” on her own website.

“Wouldn’t it be great if older, more experienced women like Ms. Finke were kinder to her fellow females in the entertainment business?” Banks wrote.

“She might do more for our cause — better, more fully realized roles in all types of entertainment, which is the territory all these amazing Emmy-nominated actresses are striving for.”

What other words did the Pitch Perfect star have for Finke?

“I agree ‘humiliation’ can be funny,” Banks continued in her rebuttal this week, “but it is not a state of being reserved solely for the ugly, whatever that means to Nikki Finke.”

Banks gave a shout out out 30 Rock actress Kay Cannon and called her “a gorgeous woman with a wicked sense of humor. Cannon is also the brains behind the Pitch Perfect script.

In her Emmys rant on Sunday, Finke also referred to a 30 Rock star: Tina Fey.

Finke wrote, “Only women who grew up ugly and stayed ugly, or through plastic surgery became beautiful, can pull off sitcoms or standups,” using Fey as a prime example.

“[Fey] always points out she looked like a troglodyte when she was younger,” according to Finke.

For more of Elizabeth Banks’ comments on Nikki Finke’s Emmys rant, check out Banks’ website. What do you think of Finke’s claims that ‘beautiful actresses are not funny?’ Share your thoughts below. 

 

‘Pitch Perfect’ Cast Supports Elizabeth Banks: Women Can Be Beautiful and Funny (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Nikki Finke upset many comedic actresses in Hollywood Sunday night when she blogged beautiful women can’t be funny. ”Only women who grew up ugly, and stayed ugly…can pull off sitcoms or standups,” wrote the industry mogul after Julie Bowen’s Emmy win.

Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks then responded to Finke on her own blog, writing ugly or pretty has “nothing” to do with being funny.

At the premiere for Banks’ latest film Pitch Perfect in Hollywood Monday night, the cast and crew rallied behind Elizabeth in agreement:

“I think funny is sexy, so even if you’re not conventionally the most beautiful person if you’re really funny it ups your sexy points, honestly!” star Adam DeVine responded.

“Elizabeth Banks, not so tough on the eyes either and hilarious,” chimed in Skylar Astin. ”I think one of the most attractive things in a woman is someone who has a sense of humor.”

Continued Astin:

I think Nikki Finke is a really smart woman and I trust her opinion on a lot of things, but I wonder why she made that assumption, because I don’t really agree.”

“That’s fantastic Elizabeth!” writer Kay Cannon said, adding she would “absolutely disagree” with Finke, citing Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as examples.

“What is beautiful?” pondered Kat. “Lets talk about that for a second!”

Readers chime in: are you Team Banks or Team Finke? Tell us in the comments.

Pitch Perfect hits select theaters this Friday, September 28 and nationwide October 5. Catch up on all our coverage below:

 

 

See an Advance Screening of ‘Pitch Perfect’

Want to see Pitch Perfect before it hits theaters?

The film stars Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks and Rebel Wilson and Celebuzz is giving YOU the chance to watch the film next week!

How does it work?

The first 10 people to RSVP to the screenings available in each city (New York, Los Angeles-area, and San Francisco-area) will get First In Line passes for themselves and a friend (so 20 passes per city are up for grabs).

But move quick, because the tickets will go fast and once 10 people have RSVP’d per city, that screening will close!

So RSVP here, print out your tickets, and don’t forget to arrive at least 30 minutes before the screening! 

If you miss out on these screenings good news: Pitch Perfect will hit select theaters a week early on September 28 and out nationwide on October 5.

Get excited by watching our exclusive interviews with cast members like Elizabeth Banks and Brittany Snow down below:

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Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba and Kal Penn: Stars Show Support at Democratic National Convention (GALLERY)

Celebrities are flocking to Charlotte, N.C., in a bid of support for this week’s Democratic National Convention.

But President Barack Obama‘s typical big-name backers — such as George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Matt Damon — are notably absent this year. But many stars are still rallying behind their party, pushing for Obama to win four more years in the White House.

Of course, Eva Longoria, a co-chair of the president’s reeelction campaign, is among the celebrities making the rounds. As is Kal Penn, the “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” actor who used to work in the White House Office of Public Engagement. He addressed the crowd in a comedic speech on Tuesday.

So instead of the other usual suspects, who else in Hollywood is showing their political persuasions?

For his live-streaming coverage of the event for BarackObama.com, Penn was joined by a few big-screen stars, such as Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde.

Some were tapped for appearances — Glee‘s Amber Riley performed Tuesday and the Foo Fighters, James Taylor, Marc Anthony and others took the stage on Thursday. Meanwhile, others were just in attendance to soak up the pro-Obama atmosphere, like Rosario Dawson, Zach Braff and John Leguizamo. And Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are in town to host a closing party.

But are there still some surprise appearances on the horizon as the convention nears its close? CNN reports that Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington are expected to speak Thursday night.

Check out all the star-studded crowds at the DNC in our gallery.

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