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The rumour mill is swirling about a possible new Cleopatra movie, but the internet has already summoned up the inevitable backlash which comes with casting nowadays.

Cleopatra has featured in over TWENTY movies, tv shows and animations, and has been portrayed previously by Hollywood queen Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert.

Allegedly, a new biopic about the Egyptian ruler is in the works from Sony, with Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as frontrunners to be considered for the role.

Elizabeth Taylor infamously played the role, and also popularised kohl eyeliner and black wigs in the meantime. Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert also had their chance to play her back in the day.

However, there's a serious debate over Cleopatra's ethnicity, with some Twitter users claiming a black or ethnically diverse actress deserves the chance to play the character.

Others argue that Cleopatra was of Greek and Macedonian descent, which technically means she was Caucasian… so Twitter is pretty divided to say the least.

Complex starring roles for women are still far and few between in Hollywood, meaning that this role is the chance of a lifetime for an actress.

Twitter debate about Cleopatra began as a Lady Gaga vs Angelina battle, but it was soon asked whether a white woman should play her at all.

IMDb list the new biopic as in production, with Angelina Jolie being considered since back in 2014, but Lady Gaga's newfound Hollywood fame resulted in her name being suggested.

Social media users are now mentioning women of colour in a bid to give them a deserved chance, including big names such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Jameela Jamil and Jennifer Lopez.

Hollywood's lengthy history of shutting out actresses and actors of colour from contention has proven problematic, I mean did anyone see Prince of Persia? Jake Gyllenhaal, you should have known better.

According to Vox, in 2009 archaeologists discovered the remains of a woman they're convinced is Princess Arsinoe, who was Cleopatra’s sister. Her remains indicated that her mother was African.

Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton created a 3D computer animated image of Cleopatra as a brown-skinned woman using forensics.

According to Ashton: “She probably wasn’t just completely European. You’ve got to remember that her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to power.”

No one has fully confirmed her ethnicity, with some researchers maintaining that she was pure-blooded Macedonian, and others disagreeing. 

Whatever her ethnicity is, maybe at least give diverse actresses an audition? Bit of equality in Hollywood never hurt anyone…


The silly season is well underway.

Getting into the festive mood, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal decided to prank Ryan Reynolds.

The two lads told Ryan that their Christmas party had a dress code – i.e. stick on the Crimbo jumpers.

Of course, the actor turned up to the celebration with a stunning present jumper.


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To his delight, he arrived with Jake and Hugh laughing at him.

The pictures are absolute gold and Ryan captioned the photos: "These f*cking assholes said it was a sweater party."

Hugh and Jake look chuffed with themselves.


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Fans will know that this latest prank is just one in a series of jokes the boys play on each other.

Ryan and Hugh have been messing with each other for years.

We just get to enjoy the fall out of their trolling.


As an actor, we reckon you probably have to learn to take a lot of rejection in your lifetime. 

However, the numerous audition fails of Jake Gyllenhaal seem to be particularly harsh. 

While he has landed some amazing roles in his career, the 35-year-old has revealed some of his biggest movie rejections to date. 

And as you can imagine, the stories are pretty gas. 

He may have lost out to Tobey Maguire for Spiderman as well as Christian Bale for the Batman films, but his biggest audition fail came in the form of his audition for the monumental fantasy franchise, the Lord of the Rings. 

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor revealed that everyone was really excited about the movie but his audition did not quite go according to plan. 

In fact, he was personally told by Peter Jackson that he was the worst actor in the world. 


Watch the hilarious clip below: 



We are totally buggin' over this Clueless inspired video featuring some of our ultimate celebrity crushes. 

Someone over in W Magazine had the genius of idea of doing a casting call with a couple of top Hollywood actors. As you do. 

And the role they would be auditioning for? 

Our favourite ditsy, blonde; Cher Horotwitz from Clueless of course.

Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper are tasked with reading that iconic scene from early in the film in which Cher takes part in a class debate. 

While Bradley does a decent job, Seth Rogen steals the show with his melodramatic spin on the ridiculous speech. 

As for Paul Dano and Jake….

Watch the hilarious video below: 




Immy Waterhouse is enjoying her last few months of being unknown.

Of course, the teen has had a few cameras in her face over the years, but it's mostly been in the vein of have-you-met-Suki's-sister?

As Hollywood is going crazy over star sister duos lately, (Dakota and Elle, Beyoncé and Solange, Cara and Poppy), it'll be no surprise that Immy could be the next big thing… and she's just landed a huge film role.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, Immy told them all about her big break, and how she's feeling about it all.

"I'm moving to Los Angeles soon, because I've gotten a small role in Tom Ford's next film, Nocturnal Animals," she explained.

"I've never met him, but I loved his last movie [A Single Man]. It was so beautiful and so well done.

"I auditioned through video tape so I've actually not met him yet. Should I be nervous?" 

But despite any possible nerves, the blonde beauty said she has only heard good things.

"My friend Georgia [May Jagger] worked with him on a fragrance campaign and she said he was super nice."

Immy will appear alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in the new flick – but before she was confirmed for the gig, she had to show Mr Ford her best American accent. 

"Do you know how all British actors learn how to speak American?" she asks.

"From Friends."

"If you listen to any British actor, even the really big ones, when they're playing American people, they probably sound like Rachel or Monica. 

"Friends is so huge over here that we just watch it all the time."

She finished the interview on a rather strange, but charming, note.

"I love facts and I love sharks. Like, did you know there's a really cool shark named the Greenland Shark?

"It lives its whole life with a parasite in its eye, and eventually, the parasite turns the shark completely blind. There you go. That's something I bet no other actress can tell you."

Something tells us we're going to be seeing a lot more of Immy Waterhouse… and her shark obsession.


There could be a new celeb couple on the cards!

It is rumoured that 50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson is secretly dating heart-throb Jake Gyllenhaal.

The pair were spotted looking cosy in an LA nightclub during the week, and kept looking at each other in a romantic way, a source told Hollywood Life

“Jake and Dakota were accompanied at their table by different people throughout the night — including the owner of the bar. They left the venue through separate exits, Johnson out the front and Gyllenhaal via the back door."

When they left, "“they kept glancing back at each other as if they were getting away with something," the insider added.

Jake, 34, and Dakota, 25, reportedly dated for a brief amount of time in 2011 so this could be a rekindled romance. 

It was also reported that Dakota broke up with her boyfriend, Matthew Hitt not too long ago; so could Jake be the rebound guy?



In his new film Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a star fighter Billy Hope. Jake underwent months of incredibly intense training to transform himself for the role.

However, there’s another transformation he underwent which didn’t appear to require as much effort on Jake’s part.

The 34-year old plays a character who is fighting to redeem himself not just in the sporting world, but in the eyes of his young daughter.

Oona Laurence, who plays his daughter in the film, has been credited by Jake as one of the reasons he is very excited to become a dad.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Jake said: “when I meet Oona for the first time, I just fell for her.” He added that "your heart opens up to her." Sounds like someone’s biological clock might be ticking.

Jake admitted that he “deeply” loves children, including his nieces and he thinks becoming a dad is something he would be “lucky” to experience.

"I am not a father yet, but it is definitely a dream of mine.”

While he can add fictional dad to his CV, Jake said he “would love for it to not be fictional.”

He added that he does find some of the ladies he works opposite to be “hugely intoxicating”. Despite that, he has denied rumours that he and his Southpaw co-star Rachel McAdams are an item.

Meaning, he is currently single, and apparently looking for someone he can start a family with.

We imagine he won’t be short of any number of offers once people get a look at his new physique in Southpaw which will be in cinemas on July 24. 


It looks like fans of Graham Norton are in for a bit of treat tonight.

This evening's show features a stellar line-up, including Cara Delevingne, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tinie Tempah, Emilia Clarke and the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Letting us in on what kind of antics we can expect from the couch, Arnie posted this epic video of himself and his fellow guests having a laugh with some of the Terminator's most famous quotes:


Arnold is currently in the UK to promote the newest instalment of the Terminator franchise, Teminator Genisys, and by the looks of it he has been having great craic all week.

As well as pranking a whole load of tourists at Madame Tussauds by posing as a waxwork of himself, Arnie also wreaked havoc with a rental bike on the streets of London:

Don't worry though, he was quick to remind his fellow passengers that he was in no danger of getting hurt:



It's never easy bumping into an ex, especially if things ended badly! Poor Taylor Swift apparently got a bit of a shock on Sunday night when she spotted Jake Gyllenhaal at a Golden Globes after party in Los Angeles.

The pair briefly dated back in 2011, but it seems Jake got cold feet, dumping poor T-Swift over the phone just before Christmas of that year. Ouch! Taylor reportedly went through a hard time after the break-up, so it's no surprise that she wasn't exactly delighted to spot Jake at the party.

An onlooker at the party said that the singer made a quick exit to the bathroom after Jake appeared. "She wasn't dancing… but I saw her grab her friend's hand and repeat, 'We have to go. We have to go,'" said the source.

The star apparently spent much of the night hiding out in the bathroom, being comforted by friends Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne among others.

"The four girls were together and Taylor was having a mini meltdown. Cara's arm was around Taylor, calming her down as Rita looked on. They were talking extremely closely," said the same source.

However another attendee at the party mentioned that Taylor did stop to chat with Jake during the night, introducing him to some of her giant gaggle of friends, including the Haim sisters. 

Whatever went down, at least Taylor escaped having an awful "bumping into your ex while in sweaty gym clothes" moment – the singer was looking undeniably gorgeous in her bright yellow dress!



Jake Gyllenhaal has undergone yet another dramatic body transformation!

Following his weight-loss for Nightcrawler earlier this year, he has now gone in a completely different direction and piled on a reported 7kg of muscle for new movie, Southpaw

Jake is playing the role of Billy 'The Great' Hope in the upcoming movie and the director, Antoine Fuqua, has said that they "turned him into a beast" for the role: "Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring. He did two-a-day seven days a week."

Jake lost 10kg to play Lou Bloom in the critically acclaimed Nightcrawler but it seems he wasn’t long looking for his next challenging role!

Is he following in Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar dreams? 



The official trailer for Nightcrawler has been released, and can we just say, that Fifty Shades of Grey trailer is TOTALLY overshadowing what could be one of the best films of the year.

Look how skinny Jake Gyllenhaal is! And look how intense he is! And look how creepy he is when he stares at the camera! We can’t WAIT for this film, but unfortunately we have to. It’s not released until October 17th, which is AGES away.

Sigh – we’ll just watch the trailer over and over and over again until then.



Jake Gyllenhaal has done a Matthew McConaughey on it and lost a whole lot of weight for his new film Nightcrawler. He reportedly lost 20 pounds for the role of Lou Bloom, a struggling freelance crime reporter. He explained his reason for doing so: “I knew that [Lou] was literally and figuratively hungry,” so he got into a “mode where I was always a bit hungry.” From what we’ve heard about the gruelling 24-hour filming schedule, the stress on Jake’s face in this promo isn’t all acting. He also hurt his hand during filming when he punched a mirror while deep in character. With all that hardship, and having made the film with practically no money, surely an Oscar is on the cards? Watch the promo video and see what you think!