This week in theaters, you can check out some familiar genres, like a romantic comedy with What's Your Number? or a horror film with Dream House. Alternatively, you can go with 50/50, which has been uniquely branded as a cancer comedy. If you're still debating which film you might want to check out, these photos from each movie might help you decide.
Don't let the sweet title fool you: Dream House is a far cry from a movie about Barbie's pink mansion. From the moment the trailer begins, we're bombarded with tons of standard horror movie fare: innocent little kids laughing, creepy piano music playing in the background, and a general feeling that something is amiss in a family's beautiful new home. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz play Will and Libby, who move their adorable daughters into a house that starts creeping them out before they've even unpacked their boxes. After a little digging around, Will learns that a family was killed there, and only the father survived. Things get even more intense when it turns out that Will is the same man who lost his family, and he's only recently been released from psychiatric care.
The trailer immediately had me thinking of movies like The Others, Shutter Island, and The Amityville Horror, but the twist here is that it seems that Will didn't actually commit any crimes. Though the preview made my skin crawl, it looks like as much of a mystery as a horror flick. Plus, this is the movie that brought now-married Craig and Weisz together, so I'm interested to see if their chemistry will be reflected in their performances. Watch the trailer when you read more
It's a good week for Hollywood actresses! Today comes the announcement of oodles of casting news in the works, as these famous ladies line up for big-screen parts.
- Katherine Heigl is taking over Reese Witherspoon's role in the long-dormant project One for the Money based on the chick lit novel by Janet Evanovich. The story follows an unemployed lingerie buyer (Heigl) who takes up bounty hunting to make some cash. I can picture Heigl balancing the working girl with the kick-buttness needed, but — to quote Izzie Stevens herself — seriously?
- Cate Blanchett is signing on for Hanna, a drama which centers around a 14-year old (Saoirse Ronan) who's been raised to be an assassin by her dad (Eric Bana). No word on Blanchett's role, but she could be a dead-ringer for Ronan's mother. Just a thought.
- James Franco is getting his leading lady for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. And the lucky woman is: Amber Tamblyn. I'm surprised to see Tamblyn land such a juicy movie role; it's definitely overdue.
- Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland ingenue, Mia Wasikowska, continues to snap up the most sought-after parts for young actresses, adding the upcoming adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre to her resume. She'll be playing Eyre, in a role that was originally set for Ellen Page.
- Rachel Weisz is joining Jim Sheridan's Dream House, a thriller about a husband (Daniel Craig) and wife (Naomi Watts) who move into a house that was the scene of a murdered family. Weisz is set to play their neighbor.
Raffle tickets go on sale today for the Marin Dream House, a 3,200-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath $2 million bay-front home in Marin County, CA. The proceeds from ticket sales ($150/each) benefit Community Action Marin, one of the area’s oldest and largest private social service providers for low-income families. This modern home may not appeal to everyone's tastes, but regardless the ROI is definitely high for whoever wins! And better yet, the raffle benefits a good cause. Would you buy a raffle ticket to win a dream house?
- Zac Efron will star in and executive produce an untitled "sexy thriller." — The Hollywood Reporter
- Bobby Cannavale will reprise his role on Cold Case. — TV Guide
- Daniel Craig is in talks to star in Dream House, a psychological thriller set up to be directed by Jim Sheridan. — ComingSoon
- Simon Cowell could become TV's best-paid star, topping Oprah. — Financial Times
- After a decade of saying no, John Grisham has made a movie deal for his 1999 bestselling novel The Testament. — Variety
- MTV has officially picked up Audrina Patridge's new reality show. — Entertainment Weekly
- Fringe has cast Meghan Markle as an "attractive, brash" junior FBI agent. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Craig Robinson, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, and Camilla Belle will star opposite Kevin Spacey in Father of Invention, an ensemble comedy that Spacey is independently producing. — ComingSoon
- Callum Blue will be Smallville's Zod. — E! Online
In college I would take driving detours just to catch a glimpse of a big, old white Victorian with crisp white curtains swinging on its wide front porch. It was my dream house, and by a sheer twist of fate, I was lucky enough to live in it for two years. Today, my ideal house continues be a Victorian, somewhere quiet with a yard and easy access to a city. I'd love to decorate it à la Mark Homewood, and liven it with lush landscaping. That may change, and sometimes I think of quitting life and moving to a cabin in the woods.
What about you? How do you envision your dream house? Do you live in it? How would you decorate it ideally? Where would it be? What style of home is it? Federalist? Georgian? Or Victorian like me? Tell me by commenting below!
Maybe you already feel right at home where you are. But if you're up for a little dreaming, I'm hoping to find out what kind of surroundings would most suit you. Tell me in the comments if you see your house in the desert, near the ocean or somewhere with a nice, long winter!