10th August 2012


It's another relatively quiet week in cinemas, as distributors continue to avoid the Olympics, although The Bourne Legacy is poised to pounce worldwide on Monday (with an advance release this weekend in America). Otherwise, audiences in both the US and UK must choose between either the highbrow multi-strand drama 360, with Rachel Weisz and Jude Law, or the lowbrow gyrating dance moves of Step Up 4.

Jennifer Lawrence seen walking in West Hollywood. Los Angeles, California

Not wanting to be outdone by the London 2012 Games, entertainment news reporters have created an Olympic-sized rivalry between Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, despite the fact that they are very different kinds of actresses. But never mind, both landed high-profile roles this week...

Lawrence was announced as the lead in Ends of the Earth, a historical romantic drama about a woman who changes labour conditions for her husband's workers. And Stewart will star in Lie Down in the Darkness, a dark drama about a dysfunctional family dealing with a tragic death. It's based on a 1951 novel by William Styron and will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).

In a completely different league as an actress, perhaps only due to her own life choices, Lindsay Lohan this week was announced as a costar alongside the equally troubled Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie 5. She was also caught by the L.A. paparazzi after a trip to the shops to buy make-up.

Zac Efron & Matthew McConaughey In The Paperboy

Nicole Kidman shows them all how to do it in the trailer for The Paperboy, the new film from Precious director Lee Daniels. Based on a true story, the noir-style thriller's sweaty trailer shows Kidman vamping it up with Zac Efron, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey. The film looks absolutely unmissable.

And finally, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde are the starlets in the new Bradley Cooper movie The Words, about an aspiring novelist whose life becomes intertwined with a romance more than half a century earlier. A new trailer makes it look complex and extremely involving.

Rich Cline