Thursday, December 9, 2010

James Franco, Robert Pattinson And More Actors Who Could Play James Dean

Hollywood could soon be looking to cast a new James Dean now that James Franco has snapped up the rights to a new biography of Sal Mineo, the actor who starred opposite the screen legend in his 1955 classic Rebel Without A Cause.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 127 Hours actor optioned the property himself for his production company Rabbit Bandini with a view to writing and directing.

Although Franco has already played Dean – in a 2001 TV movie – the future Oscar host has no current plans to reprise the role for this project.

So which of Hollywood’s up-and-coming actors do you think could ably capture Dean's brooding good looks, bad boy persona and enigmatic screen presence? Here’s ten suggestions to get you started...


Kellen Lutz: Robert Pattinson Now Works Out; Has Best Abs!

Robert Pattinson, who has been working out lately, now has better abs than ripped co-star Taylor Lautner. So says “Breaking Dawn” star Kellan Lutz. Rob’s stomach is even flatter than his, he adds.

“I think Rob [has the best abs] now,” Kellan, 25, told Access Hollywood from the “Breaking Dawn” set in Baton Rouge, La.

The muscular 6’1″ Kellan should know. He works out daily to stay fit, and says Rob has developed a newfound dedication to exercise.

Previously Pattinson said the most exercise he gets is from lifting a beer at his favorite bar. But things apparently have changed.

“Rob has been very diligent on his bicycle,” says Lutz. “He bikes a lot and he’s been training. I’m very impressed with him and I’d say that Rob [has the best abs] now.”

During a shirtless scene in the second film “New Moon,” Rob’s sharply defined abs were reportedly spray-painted on.

Vampires are supposed to be perfect physical creatures with superhuman strength.

But Lautner, who has one of the most sculpted bodies, says everyone has gotten a help from the makeup department in shirtless scenes.

Kellan, who wants to become an action star like Matt Damon and Tom Cruise, says he’s excited about an upcoming scene with Kristen Stewart.

“I’m really excited to shoot the arm-wrestling scene between Bella and Emmett (his character) because I know it’s one of those scenes that the fans are really looking forward to,” says Lutz.

Kellan, who (like Taylor, 18) has to work out and follow a strict high-protein diet to maintain his muscle mass for “Breaking Dawn,” says the hardest part of filming the “Twilight” series is getting the colored contacts into his eyes.

“Definitely trying to get those contacts in my eyes [is the biggest challenge],” he says. “I have two technicians that kind of hold me down and dim the lights.

“I have small eyes and then my eyes are very sensitive. So, it’s not something I always look forward to when I have to come in an hour early to get the contacts in.”

Rob also complained about the contact lenses after shooting the first film “Twilight.”

“Breaking Dawn” will be released as two separate films.

Part 1 comes out Nov. 18, 2011, while Part 2 hits theaters in November, 2012.


Reese Witherspoon on Robert Pattinson: 'He's Extraordinarily Attractive'


Looks like Reese Witherspoon will agree with the female population about costar Robert Pattinson’s attractiveness.

The new Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee and actress opened up to MTV about working on Water For Elephants with the 23-year-old British actor.

Reese shared, “He is extraordinarily attractive. I’m not gonna lie. Robert is such a great guy from a great family,” she explained. “That’s the thing that’s so funny. He’s not really this bad boy; he’s just a great guy and really worked hard on ‘Water for Elephants.’ He really worked long hours, long days. He looks totally different in the movie.”

She also dished about the crowds surrounding filming: “The only thing I can compare it to is when Leo was in Titanic. It was that kind of fervor about a person. The women lining up outside the set — it was just unbelievable — till 5 o’clock in the morning waiting to just glimpse him.”

Water For Elephants is expected to open in April 2011.


Winner Bids $80,000 to Meet Robert Pattinson!

How much would you pay to meet Robert Pattinson? $80,000? Well, that’s what one “lucky” fan bid for an online charity auction and won!

According to The Improper, the winner of a two-week auction on ended up paying $80,00 to meet Rob and spend the day with him!

The winner, who has not been identified, will be able to bring three friends to the Vancouver set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

And that’s not all!

The winner will stay two nights in Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel and have a VIP limousine taking them to and from set.

But the best news is that the proceeds of the charity will go to “Go Campaign,” which helps children living in poverty throughout the world.

The meet up with Rob and winner will reportedly occur in February. For $80,000 maybe they’ll get to meet Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner — and touch his abs!