Jai Courtney Nabs Kyle Reese Role in 'Terminator' Reboot

Jai Courtney has emerged as the one of the saviors of the world.

Courtney has nabbed the role of Kyle Reese inTerminator: Genesis, the reboot being made by Paramount and Skydance, according to several sources. Paramount had no comment.

Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke are portraying Sarah Connor and John Connor in the movie, which will be directed by Alan Taylor.

The movie has been rigorously testing actors for all part and the part of Reese, the hero who in the original travels to the present to save Sarah Connor and ends up fathering future human resistance hero John Connor.

The role came down to Courtney and Boyd Holbrook, with Holbrook even testing twice.

Courtney played a key role in TV’s Spartacus and played Bruce Willis’ son in A Good Day to Die Hard. He’ll next be seen in YA adaptation Divergent. He’s repped by UTA.

Spartacus's Liam McIntyre Marries Erin Hasan Down Under

Liam McIntyre’s romantic fairytale proposal has found its happily-ever-after ending. 

The Australian actor – best known for his leading role as Spartacus on the Starz series Spartacus: War of the Damned – married Aussie singer-actress Erin Hasan in his hometown of Melbourne on Sunday, the couple confirm to PEOPLE exclusively. 

"I’m beyond happy!" says an ecstatic McIntyre. "I saw true love as a child and dreamt that one day I’d have the same. Today is the first day knowing that I’ll have that forever." 

McIntyre exchanged traditional vows with Hasan in front of 120 guests at the historic St John’s Anglican Church Toorak. The theme of the late afternoon ceremony was vintage elegance with a touch of fairytale. 

The bride, 28, wore a Monique Lhuillier gown while the groom, 31, looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo. 

The pair, who have been dating since 2010, got engaged at Walt Disney World in December 2012. McIntyre caused plenty of hearts to swoon when he dressed up as Prince Charming and fitted Hasan with a Disney princess gown. During dinner, he got down on bended knee and proposed with a ring he designed himself. A month later, he told PEOPLE about falling for Hasan. 

"I’m lucky to have met the girl of my dreams," he said last January. "I knew she was the one. I met her at a friend’s party and I remember thinking, ‘If I sit down and talk to her, I’m going to fall in love with her.’ From the get-go, I reckon that’s the one. I quickly fell in love with her. I just knew." 

After the ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated at the sweeping Rippon Lea Estate. The reception was decorated with pastel roses, vintage books and hanging antique style jars with twinkling tea lights and flowers. Friends and family enjoyed a sweets buffet, gelato cart and canapés when they arrived. 

"Liam and I have always both been inspired by the elegance of the ’20s, the beautiful movies of the ’30s and ’40s," Hasan tells PEOPLE. "Touches of vintage charm of the time period and our mutual love of Disney and the fairytales were featured throughout the wedding and reception." 

McIntyre (who next appears on the big screen as warrior Sotiris in The Legend of Hercules on Jan. 10) personally chose the night’s dinner entree. 

"Liam’s a traditionalist at heart, so for the mains he wanted a choice of two beautifully crafted menu items of porterhouse steak and chicken," she says. Dessert included a candy flower encrusted four-tiered cake. 

Now that McIntyre, who was named one of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2012, has said “I do,” he hopes to be the best husband than he can be. 

"I want to live up to my name – in Irish, Liam means ‘determined protector’ and I want to make sure Erin is always safe and supported," he says. "If I can make her life better, then I’ll feel I’ve done a good job."

Liam McIntyre Joins Kellan Lutz in ‘Hercules 3D’

Liam McIntyre is going from Roman times to Greek times.

Kellan Lutz is playing the title character in Nu Image/Millennium’s big-budget take on the Greek demigod, which is competing with aHercules movie being made by Paramount and MGM that stars Dwayne Johnson.

Harlin’s Hercules, budgeted at $70 million, is aiming to shoot May in Bulgaria.

McIntyre will play a young army captain who becomes Hercules’ most trusted battlefield companion. After an evil king deceives them, Hercules and the captain are sold into slavery and must fight side by side to earn their freedom.

Harlin had nothing but praise for his new castmember: “He’s infinitely entertaining to watch. I am lucky to have him play military commander, Sotiris, Hercules’ best friend. Their relationship begins antagonistic and develops into a close bond, forged in battle.”

Producing are Les Welden and Danny Lerner. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, John Thompsonand Boaz Davidson are executive producing. 

Sean Hood, Harlin and Steve Giulio wrote the script.

The casting is a major move for McIntyre as it marks the first Hollywood feature for the Australian actor. It’s also his first move since concluding his starring run on Spartacus, on which he took over after the late Andy Whitfield, the original Spartacus, was diagnosed with cancer.

The actor, who just relocated to Los Angeles from Spartacus' New Zealand set, is repped in the U.S. by Progressive Artists and in Australia by RGM.

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Presumably because of Easter there will be no episode of War of the Damned tomorrow.

Although crucifixion does seem to be the theme of tomorrow

'Arrow's' Manu Bennett Upped to Series Regular for Season 2

The series has promoted Manu Bennett to series regular for its recently announced second season,The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

On the network’s adaptation of DC Comics’ long-running title, Bennett plays Slade Wilson — who in the comics ultimately becomes Arrow’s villain Deathstroke. Producers have been cagey if Bennett would follow his comic book counterpart and transform into the famed villain, featuring multiple Deathstrokes during its freshman run.

Exec producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim have thus far written Slade as an ally to Stephen Amell's Oliver, appearing in Arrow's flashbacks to their time on the island.

Jai Courtney joins 'Divergent' Cast

Jai Courtney, who most recently played Bruce Willis’ son in A Good Day to Die Hard, has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA novel.

Neil Burger (Limitless) is directing the movie set in a future society that is divided into factions based on human traits.

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.  Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing. 

Summit has set a March 21, 2014, release date.


Name: Simon Merrells

Height: 6’0”
Age: 47
Hometown: London, England
Before: 189 pounds
After: 168 pounds

As far as Spartacus is concerned, in Capua—the city where the show takes place— there are two kinds of people: gladiators and Romans. The gladiators need to appear as if they’ve carved their bodies throughhours of training—the Romans don’t. Or, at least, didn’t. That changed when they entered the show’s third season, as the entire cast trained together to prepare for the shoots to come. Simon Merrells, who will play Marcus Crassus, came into the season with no knowledge of what was waiting for him. “To be honest, it was probably better that he didn’t know what was going to happen,” says trainer Tyrone Bell. “If he had, he probably wouldn’t have taken the role.”

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Spartacus Q&A: Todd Lasance Talks Bringing ‘Darker Elements’ To Portrayal Of Julius Caesar

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — For three seasons, “Spartacus” fans have delighted in cheering on the former gladiators-turned-rebels in the Starz franchise, but this season – the fourth installment — has provided a twist for many of those watching.

Creator Steven S. DeKnight and his writing team have given the gang of rebels some seriously formidable – and arguably likable — foes, ones that are stirring the reactions of the audience.

“It’s actually been interesting,” Todd Lasance, who plays the young, shaggy-haired Julius Caesar in the series said, when Access Hollywood asked him about the reaction to this season’s Roman “bad guys,” who frankly, aren’t all bad.

“There’s been a lot of, ‘I love to hate Caesar,’ or, ‘I kind of like him!’ or, ‘Is it naughty to be liking Caesar?” Todd continued of the responses he’s heard as the episodes have rolled out every Friday at 9 PM on Starz. “I want to sort of shift the audience as much as I can.”

While for some, Caesar is not the villain, for others, he is definitely no hero.

“I wanted to introduce a few darker elements in Caesar, I spoke to the producers about that,” Todd told Access.

Todd explained that in order to play a man who is “capable of achieving such greatness and such glory and such power amongst the people,” but who was “also known for [doing] some pretty terrible, heinous things to the enemy,” his Caesar needed “those dark elements.”

“I don’t think it would all be peachy and he would be this upstanding gentleman, but it’s kind of cool,” Todd said. “I like the fact that the audience is sort of split, and torn. If they want to jump on Caesar’s side, I like that, but then I might throw something in the spanner in there.”

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Meet Spartacus' Young, Hairy and Fabricated Julius Caesar

Don’t expect to see the short and severe Caesar haircut onSpartacus' version of Julius Caesar when you first meet him.

When the notorious Roman makes his debut on the Starz drama Friday at 9/8c, he appears much younger and shaggier than we’ve seen him depicted before. That’s because producers decided to check in on him decades before he became the lover of Cleopatra and the elder statesman fated for assassination. “We went through about six or seven different wigs to get to the actual, proper wig that they wanted,”Todd Lasance, who portrays Caesar, tells TVGuide.com. “It’s nice to actually transform yourself and become a new character, visually. I actually really enjoyed the wigs. And all of my mates and girlfriend loved it.” 

Not everybody initially embraced Caesar’s rejuvenated look though. “I’ve read a lot of things online … There’s been a small outcry of, ‘You guys suck. Your casting is terrible. This guy looks nothing like Caesar. Caesar is old and bald!’” executive producerSteven DeKnight says. “But that’s Caesar later in his life, like 30 years later. In this time period Caesar, historically, is right around 29.” 

On Friday’s episode, Lasance’s Caesar is an unshorn bruiser returning victorious from foreign battle and poised to team up with Marcus Crassus (Samuel Merrells) to take down Spartacus (Liam McIntyre). Doesn’t sound familiar? The Spartacus writers saw fit to fill in the blanks of Caesar’s youth, but not before consulting with historical experts. “[We asked,] ‘How much would we destroy history by having Caesar as part of this war against Spartacus?’” DeKnight says. “We were all very surprised when they told us that we wouldn’t be destroying history at all. In fact, this was the one small part of history that very little was known about Caesar … It was probable that Caesar was part of this campaign against Spartacus and more than likely served under Crassus.

"That said, everything in the show with Caesar is fictional," he continues. "Although we do frame it with actual events from his past and we make very sly references to what’s coming in the future for Caesar."

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Beyond the different ‘do, this Caesar will exhibit other characteristics that haven’t been seen in Caesar before. “He appears to not conform and stick directly to what would be a traditional Roman way,” Lasance says. “He kind of flies his own flag to a degree. So the rogue element was certainly interesting.

"He’s a definite physical threat as well," Lasance adds. "He needed to be an opponent that was worthy of fighting and could potentially take down the rebels. So, they introduce a few one-on-ones between the higher-ranking rebels as well to show off his fighting ability … And at such an early age, he was commanding legions. I’m 27, and to think two or three years prior, Caesar was commanding legions of men and at the front line of the battlefield. He obviously held an extremely large amount of respect with the military. And ultimately, that’s how he gained so much power and became emperor."

Spartacus will also speculate about the early relationship between Crassus and Caesar “before they joined together with Pompey and overthrew the Republic,” says DeKnight. “They appear to be very close but [in] the letters that they sent back and forth, they really traded barbs. One of the most famous ones was when Crassus came to Caesar’s aid and paid the ransom when Caesar was kidnapped by the pirates. But Crassus didn’t actually rush to pay it, and Caesar sent basically a rather irate note: Thanks for the payment. What the f—- took so long?”

This rather combative interaction is strengthened by mutual respect and fondness. “In my mind, I think Crassus feels like Caesar is kind of like a son to him … the son you wish you had, which causes problems with his real son,” DeKnight explains. “And Caesar and Crassus’ son Tiberius (Christian Antidormi), I played it as much as I could like two brothers each vying for their father’s approval. And it causes a very interesting dynamic and spins into a hell of a great story.”


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The Women of Spartacus: War of the Damned

At first glance, it appears to be a show for men with all the sex, blood and violence. But some of the best and most complicated female characters can be found in the show. Since the very first season, Spartacus has showcase for fascinating female characters and for the actors who play them.

That will be no different in the final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned, premiering Friday night, January 25th, on the Starz network.

“The show is known for the sex and violence but what keeps viewers coming back are the relationships and the love between the characters,” said Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who plays Naevia, the longest surviving female character on the show. Naevia’s sometimes star-crossed love story with Crixus (Manu Bennett), a former gladiator turned rebel, has been woven through all the show’s seasons.

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