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It's not an easy thing, playing a father-daughter rock-duo, and making it seem authentic. For "Janie Jones" stars Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola had to fit the bill, but it was easier for one than the other.

Breslin may be known for her dance moves from her breakout role in "Little Miss Sunshine," but when it came to singing, she was a novice before getting the role. "For me, I never really sung before. I started taking a few voice lessons just for fun, and then it was kind of coincidence that this script came about," said Breslin, who plays the titular role of Janie Jones, a young sing-songwriter abandoned by her mom and left to live with her dead-beat rocker dad, played by Nivola.


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Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac EfronThe end of the year is approaching, and all the Hollywood rom-com heavyweights are slowly making their way towards "New Year's Eve." Today's newest official cast member is Sarah Jessica Parker, who will round out at least one of the story lines for another previously attached actress. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that SJP will be playing the mother of Abigail Breslin, who relies too much on her daughter for company. There goes anyone's lingering hopes of "Sex and the City 3." Good-bye, Carrie Bradshaw!

Two other actors are circling the project with interest. Halle Berry is looking to come on board as a caterer who runs into a former flame. Meanwhile, Zac Efron is interested in playing a bike messenger who crosses paths with Michelle Pfeiffer's character, a frustrated secretary who decides to work on her unfulfilled New Year's resolutions from the previous year. Apparently Efron's character will help her cross some of those puppies off. Read More...

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Ashton KutcherIt's not every day audiences get to see Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hilary Swank acting opposite Ashton Kutcher, Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele. But that's exactly what's likely to happen in "New Year's Eve." Gary Marshall's thematic follow-up to this year's "Valentine's Day" has plans to blow the previous film's ridiculous number of stars out of the water, and is already well on its way to doing so.

Breslin and Michele have already been announced, but today The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that De Niro, Pfeiffer, Swank and Kutcher are in negotiations for roles as well. And you can toss Hector Elizondo into the mix, too, because Marshall previously told MTV that the "Pretty Woman" actor "has to be in all my movies." Read More...

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Last October, “Zombieland” took a big, gory bite out of the box-office, debuting at number one and bringing in over $25 million in ticket sales. Immediately, there was talk of a sequel, and when we caught up with the hit film’s red hot writers recently, they said the plans are moving forward.

“We want to stick with our dysfunctional family,” revealed Paul Wernick, who created the post-apocalyptic zombie world (now on DVD!) with writing partner Rhett Reese. “But also introduce new characters.” Read More...

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FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: Welcome to Dress Like A Movie Star Week here on Hollywood Crush. For the next five days we will be bringing you Halloween costume ideas inspired by some of the most outrageous, colorful and downright awesome characters on the big screen in 2009. We know your wallets aren't exactly being filled by a money tree in your backyards these days, so we're going to try our darnest to keep these costume ideas easy to create and easy on your bank account! Let the trick and treating begin!

Some may say its too soon to base a Halloween costume around a movie that came out the same month, but in the case of the most badass zombie killing sisters around, were going to make an exception. "Zombieland" power girls Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) struck a special chord in our hearts when they managed to look fantastic and fashionable in the middle of the zombie apocalypse while conning and outsmarting Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) at every step of their journey.

Though you'd think there would be more clothing options available with the rest of the world turned into flesh-eating monsters, Wichita and Little Rock wear the same outfit for the entirety of the film. While we aren't recommending you don't shower for weeks as it is implied the girls were forced to ("Don't say the s-word," Wichita begged her kid sister), there are a few elements of the ladies ensembles you just cant live without.

Continue reading Halloween Costumes How To: Dress Like The Fierce Sisters Of 'Zombieland'

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Please excuse the delay in running this week's Box Office Poll. I experienced some technical difficulties when working from home yesterday, so I put this post off for today. What a week we're in for movies. I don't know about y'all, but every wide release that opens is on my list as well as a fair few of the limited releases. So let's get to it.

Tough to say what the big one for the week is going to be. I think the top contender -- though not necessarily by a wide margin -- is "Zombieland," a comedy-horror flick starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. As a zombie apocalypse sweeps across the world, the foursome set out on a cross-country trip to... well I'm not entirely sure. They kill lots of zombies though. Read More...

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Abigail BreslinThese days, Abigail Breslin is growing up fast. The “Little Miss Sunshine” star recently graduated to the heart-tugging, adult-themed topics of “My Sister’s Keeper.” She also dropped jaws at Comic-Con with footage of her kicking ass in the October flick “Zombieland.” Now Breslin has revealed to MTV that she’s signed on for one of her heaviest roles yet.

“I’m going to Iowa to film a movie called ‘Janie Jones,’” the 13-year-old cutie told us this week, revealing the name of the top-secret project which she recently became the first major star to join.

“I can’t say too much about it, but it is a drama,” Breslin said of the film’s tone, claiming that it will be quite a departure from her past roles. “It has some funny parts in it, but for the most part it’s drama.” Read More...

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RainLots of variety from Variety today. See what I did there? Yeah? Long day. Almost over. Enjoy the Dailies.

-- "School of Rock" writer Mike White sold the script for his "Babe in the Woods," an action-comedy in which a new student at Yale University somehow becomes the target of the New Jersey mob. I envision this as a cross between "PCU" and "The Sopranos." (Variety)

-- The announcement that Steven Spielberg's next project would be an adaptation of the Jimmy Stewart classic "Harvey" led many to speculate that Spielberg pal Tom Hanks would step into -- or at least be approached for -- the Stewart role. Fox hasn't exactly put those possibilities to rest, but they did issue a statement saying that the actor "has not read the script and speculation about him and this project has been inaccurate." So there you have it. (Variety) Read More...

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Emma StoneZombies are inherently funny. Sure they eat brains and trigger global pandemics, but they lurch around more slowly than a legless dog, they're constantly bumping into things and the distant stare they all affect is more amusing than alarming. Straight-laced zombie horror flicks from the old school, before the walking dead learned how to run, continue to mystify me. Are these people really so stupid that they'll let themselves be caught that something my 10-years-dead hamster could outrun?

Zombie comedy, much better formula. Granted, the dead humans walking in Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland" are the better, stronger, faster variety featured in more modern takes on the genre. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg ("Adventureland"), Emma Stone ("Superbad") and Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") deal with the hordes as they make their way across the country. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I strongly recommend checking out the new trailer that popped up on Apple today.

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Matthew McConaugheyA zombie Matthew McConaughey? The bizarre thought seems sure to get some of the A-list star’s fans screaming “Alright, alright, alright!” At this point though, it exists only as a persistent rumor that won’t seem to go away: Matthew McConaughey has a cameo in the upcoming film “Zombieland.”

We first got wind of Matthew’s role in the October 9th horror/comedy when we were interviewing the film’s makeup designer, Tony Gardner – the man who played a substantial role in bringing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to life. Read More...

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