Entries in Actresses (4)


New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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'Vanity Fair' Reveals Its 'Fresh Stars of 2012'

Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The girl with the dragon tattoo is now the woman on the cover of Vanity Fair.  Actress Rooney Mara and several other young Hollywood actresses grace the cover of the latest Vanity Fair for the magazine’s “Fresh Stars of 2012” issue. The list of young stars includes The Help star Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Albert Nobbs actress Mia Wasikowska, actress Elizabeth Olsen, The Descendants star Shailene Woodley, Mission Imposssible: Ghost Protocol star Paula Patton, Abduction actress Lily Collins, Pariah star Adepero Oduye, Like Crazy star Felicity Jones and writer/actor Brit Marling.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie Are the Highest-Paid Actresses

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker has something else in common with Angelina Jolie besides beauty and fame. The two stars share the top spot on the latest Forbes magazine ranking of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses.

In the magazine’s 2011 list, Parker and Jolie are tied for first, with each earning $30 million between May 2010 and May 2011.  The magazine says Parker’s residual checks from Sex and the City and her $18 million perfume lines put her in the top spot with Jolie, who earned big bucks from her movies Salt and The Tourist.

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon each earned $28 million in the past year to tie for third place.  Julia Roberts and Twilight star Kristen Stewart were tied for fifth with $20 million each in earnings.

Altogether, the 10 highest-paid female stars in Hollywood earned a total of $218 million in the past year.

Forbes compiled its list by interviewing agents, lawyers, producers and others in Tinseltown.  You can find the complete list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses at

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Year in Review: Celebrity Deaths in 2010

Gary Coleman. Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a review of some of the more notable Hollywood passings of 2010:

Child star Gary Coleman, who was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes, died on May 28 of a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home in Utah.  Arnold's frequent question on the show -- "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" -- became a national catchphrase.  Coleman was 42 at the time of his death.

Actress Barbara Billingsley, who played matriarch June Cleaver on the classic TV series Leave It to Beaver, passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 94.

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Mr. C. on TV's Happy Days, died Oct. 19 at the age of 83.

Pernell Roberts, who starred on the long-running TV western Bonanza and the 1980s TV series Trapper John, M.D., died of cancer Jan. 24 at the age of 81.

Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen died March 11 at the age of 69.  Before launching his acting career, Olsen was a pro football player who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Fess Parker, who portrayed Davy Crockett on TV and in later years opened a California winery, died March 18.  He was 85.

On Oct. 28, James MacArthur, the actor who played Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on the original Hawaii Five-O, died at the age of 72.

Peter Graves, the star of TV's Mission: Impossible and the breakthrough comedy Airplane!, died March 14 at the age of 83.

Leslie Nielsen, one of Graves' co-stars in Airplane!, died Nov. 28 at a Florida hospital of complications of pneumonia at the age of 84.  Nielsen was a dramatic actor for years before finding fame as a comedic star in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series of films.

Hollywood veteran Tony Curtis died Sept. 29.  The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones, and Spartacus was also the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.  He was 85.

Actor Robert Culp died on March 24 at the age of 79.  Culp starred in 1960s' TV series I Spy and the 1980s' series The Greatest American Hero.  Culp was 79.

Kevin McCarthy, the actor who tried to save his fellow humans from aliens in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie, died Sept. 11 at the age of 96.

Actor Harold Gould, best known for playing Kid Twist in The Sting and Valerie Harper's father on Rhoda, also died on Sept. 11.  He was 86.

Actor Dennis Hopper died May 29 at the age of 74 after a battle with prostate cancer.  Hopper directed, co-wrote and starred in 1969's Easy Rider, which also featured Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.  Hopper's career also included roles in Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, and Speed.

Corey Haim, the 1980s heartthrob and actor in the movie The Lost Boys, died from complications of pneumonia on March 10 at the age of 38.

John Forsythe, the veteran actor who provided the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels and played oil tycoon Blake Carrington in Dynasty, died April 1 after a battle with cancer.  Forsythe was 92.

Actress Gloria Stuart died on Sept. 26 at the age of 100.  Stuart is best known for her role as the elderly Rose in the movie Titanic.

Jill Clayburgh, the actress who earned Oscar nominations for the 1970s films An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over, died Nov. 5.  Clayburgh, who'd been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, was 66.

Lynn Redgrave died May 2 at the age of 67.  She received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters and was a member of Redgrave acting dynasty.

Jean Simmons, the Oscar-nominated star of Hamlet and The Happy Ending, died Jan. 22 at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer.  Simmons career also included roles in Spartacus and Elmer Gantry.

Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive actress who appeared in the Poltergeist movies, died Jan. 27 at the age of 76.

Actress Patricia Neal died Aug. 8 at the age of 84.  Neal starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and won an Oscar for her role in Hud.

Dixie Carter, the actress who starred in TV's Designing Women, Family Law and Diff’rent Strokes, died April 10 from complications of endometrial cancer.  Carter was 70.

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning Golden Girls actress, died of a brain hemorrhage June 3 at the age of 76.

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