Before Jack O’Connell was placed on Hollywood’s radar thanks to landing Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” and before Hollywood courted him for every big budget comic book adaptation like Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four” and Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service,” the young British actor shot a small British indie and will hopefully be remembered for breaking out in the ultra-violent, incredibly gritty prison drama “Starred Up,” which had its European premiere at the London Film Festival this past week
London Film Festival Review: Jack O’Connell “Starred Up” to the Big Leagues with Revelatory Turn in Prison Drama
London Film Festival Review: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in Beat Origin Tale “Kill Your Darlings”
Before Jack Kerouac would go on his American road trip and write his seminal work “On The Road”, and before famed poet Allen Ginsberg became synonymous for the best minds of a generation lost, the men who were to create a movement still talked about 60 years later had a beginning at Columbia University in 1943. That story is finally being told on film, in John Krokidas’ outstanding directorial debut “Kill Your Darlings”, playing as part of the 2013 London Film Festival.
E! pilot “Songbyrd” is snapping up actresses quickly, with Rumer Willis joining the recently cast “One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz to play Lenz’s sister, Mickey.
“Songbyrd” follows Lenz’s Lauren Byrd, a talented singer-songwriter who finds that she needs to hire a team to help her steer her way through her quick rise to fame. Deadline reports that Willis’ Mickey, an introverted law school dropout, joins the team, but begins to hone her own song-writing skills as she helps her sister navigate her newfound fame – which will inevitably lead to some juicy drama if the series is picked up for a full run! “Songbyrd” is one of two scripts that E! are hoping will bring them into the drama television fold.
Willis has been steadily adding to her resume over the last few years with a mix of television and film. She has previously did guest arcs on “90210″ and “Pretty Little Liars”, and will next be seen in indie drama “Return to Sender” with Rosamund Pike and Shiloh Fernandez.
Those Disney alum sure are growing up! “Hannah Montana” star Emily Osment has signed on to headline a new ABC Family comedy pilot, which has “High School Musical”‘s Ashley Tisdale producing, reports Deadline.
Titled “Young and Hungry,” the new multi-camera show will follow Osment’s Gabi, a blogger who is hired as a chef for a young technology entrepreneur in San Francisco. Gabi is “blunt and klutzy and has an outrageous sense of style. But not only does she have a true gift for cooking, she has the ability to figure out what people want to eat.” Of course she does.
An actress and singer-songwriter, Osment will be familiar to most TV audiences as Lilly Truscott, the best friend to Miley Cyrus’s Miley Stewart who was one of the few people to know of her secret pop star “Hannah Montana” persona on the long-running Disney Channel series. On the big screen, Osment recently wrapped up indie drama “Kiss Me” opposite “Once Upon a Time”‘s Sarah Bolger and “The Office” star Jenna Fischer.
Dakota Fanning and “Divergent” star Theo James have joined new indie drama “Franny,” starring Richard Gere and to be directed by Andrew Renzi, according to Deadline.
Gere’s “Arbitrage” follow-up will see him playing a “gregarious hedonist who finds a renewed sense of purpose by desperately ingratiating himself into the lives of a young couple”, presumably Fanning’s Olivia and James’ Luke. Renzi wrote and workshopped the film at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and “Franny” will be his feature directorial debut. Filming is set to begin on October 21 in Philadelphia.
Fanning, despite being only 19, has been a Hollywood staple for years but recently took a break from the big screen. She’s back with a vengeance though, with eco-terrorist thriller “Night Moves” earning rave reviews on the festival circuit and “The Motel Life” with Emile Hirsch finally hitting theaters.
James won the much sought-after male lead in forthcoming YA adaptation (and “Hunger Games”-like franchise hopeful) “Divergent” opposite Shailene Woodley earlier this year. He’s currently filming futuristic murder mystery “London Fields” opposite Amber Heard in London.
Gyllenhaal stars as a young man who discovers a nocturnal world of LA freelance crime journalists. The Wrap reports Ahmed will play Gyllenhaal’s driver and protege.
Gilroy is directing from a script he wrote himself, and the film will begin production in October in Los Angeles.
Ahmed broke out in the British comedy “Four Lions” which followed four incompetent British jihadists who set out to train for and commit an act of terror. Earlier this year he was linked to “World War Z” screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan’s directorial debut “Violent Talent”. He recently starred in the adaptation of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and can be seen alongside Rebecca Hall in “Closed Circuit”.
Ellen Page only recently wrapped shooting on “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but it sounds like she’s hoping to step back into a comic book adaptation sooner rather than later, joining negotiations for Fox’s “Queen and Country“.
The story of a British Intelligence agent whose identity is compromised as she tries to stop an international terrorist plot, “Queen and Country” is being adapted by John Rogers.
Variety reports that Fox have “long wanted to give Page a franchise after working with the young actress in various Fox and Fox Searchlight projects.”
This will allow Fox to work more closely with the young indie actress, last seen in Brit Marling’s “The East” (a Fox Searchlight release), who has a busy year lined up. “X-Men” is due out early next year, and she is also attached to several projects, an adaptation of Jean Hegland‘s “Into The Forest“ since early this year, and “Freeheld”, a drama based on domestic partners Stacie Andree and Laurel Hester who fought for pension benefits after Hester was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Vin Diesel stars as the franchise’s main protaganist Dom Toretto, an elite street racer and ex-convict who, joined by his street racing team, performed daring semi hijackings before in later films turning to heists. The franchise has been running for over 12 years now, and has also featured Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson.
James Wan will direct this seventh film and although there are no character descriptions available, sources tell Deadline that Emmanuel will be a part of Toretto’s team.
This is a coup for the British actress, who had previously had a recurring role for many years on British soap drama “Hollyoaks” before starring in “Twenty8k“, a thriller also starring Kaya Scoderlario.
Today sees the release of the first full length clip for John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings“, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster and Dane DeHaan and one of the few films left of 2013 that I am truly anticipating!
“Kill Your Darlings” throws us into the world of Allen Ginsburg (Radcliffe), Lucien Carr (DeHaan), William Burroughs (Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), who met at Columbia University in the 1940s and began to explore the dark underbelly of New York City at the same time as they were slowly becoming the Beat generation that we know today. Michael C. Hall stars as David Kammerer, who along with Carr, was one of the lesser known historical players who nonetheless had a huge hand in ushering in the Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac we know of now.
This new clip focuses on Ginsberg’s first glimpse of Carr, as during a tour of Columbia’s South Hall library, Carr interrupts to quote the restricted readings of Henry Miller. “Kill Your Darlings” will eventually leads us into the darker, more unknown parts of the Beat origin tale as we see how far these men were willing to go for each other.
As for the trailer, DeHaan is the standout (as he always is in everything!), and we can see how easily Ginsberg and the others fell under his spell. Following the excellent reviews out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, we can’t wait to hear how it plays at it’s international premiere at Venice Film Festival this week, before a wide release on October 18th.
Check out the trailer andd clip below.
To be directed by Mia Hansen-Love (“The Father of My Children”), the film also stars international actors such as Felix de Givry, Laura Smet, Vincent Lacoste and Golshifteh Farahani. Variety reports that production will begin in November on location in Paris and New York City.
Gerwig has been building an impressive resume the last few years at the heart of the mumblecore movement, but broke in to the mainstream this year in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha“. Corbet has been a regular suporting actor over the years, but has recently been moving up the ranks, joining Dane DeHaan on the shortlist for the role of Harry Osborn in “The Amazing Spiderman 2“, starring alongside Josh Hutcherson in drama “Paradise Lost” and most recently joining Kristen Stewart and Chloe Moretz in “Sils Maria“.