From siblings to star-crossed lovers! EW reports rising star Ansel Elgort has been offered the male lead in "The Fault in Our Stars" opposite Shailene Woodley - who plays his sister in the currently-filming dystopian adaptation "Divergent."
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UPDATE: Director Wes Ball tweets that Ki Hong Lee has also joined the cast as Minho, a fellow Glader and ally to Thomas throughout the series. Lee is probably best known as a regular on short-lived ABC Family Read more
I mean, duh, we called it. It has now been officially confirmed with glowing quotes from director, producer and author in tow that the increasingly in demand Shailene Woodley will play the lead role of Hazel Grace Lancaster Read more
After a somewhat unpredictable year in which the stars we expected to break out largely didn't but fresh faces came out of nowhere to surprise us all, we are ready to look ahead to the new talent waiting to Read more
Another year, another new crop of fresh talent. Just like last year, the hardest part is narrowing down which of the dozens of the year's rising stars shone the brightest. This year we heralded the arrival of the unlikeliest Read more
I saw “Shame” recently and, to put it lightly, it’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2011 so far. Visionary director Steve McQueen’s stark visual style, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s top-of-their-game acting, the frank way of addressing its controversial subject matter, all of it is sublime. A new trailer has arrived, touting its newly garnered NC-17 rating from the MPAA, and Mulligan’s lovely and sad (and long) rendition of “New York, New York”, lifted from a scene in the film, sets the tone for montages of Fassbender’s rapidly unraveling life. It’s an appropriately slow-paced and languid, almost dream-like glimpse of the film that employs much of the same style to brilliant effect.
Do yourself a favor and see “Shame” when it finally hits theaters on December 2, 2011.
We are just about a month away from the release of Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated “War Horse”, and while we’ve seen plenty of images of newcomer Jeremy Irvine as Albert, the young boy whose horse/best friend is sold to the British cavalry during WWI, we’ve still yet to see much of his acting in the trailers that have been released, which are mostly montages set to music. Well, unfortunately, today is more of the same, with a plethora of new still images from the film for your viewing pleasure.
The new photos also feature young actress Celine Buckens. Much has been made of the fact that Irvine makes his big screen debut here, but the same is true for Buckens, who plays young French girl Emilie, whose family farm Albert’s horse Joey resides for part of his time during the war. Needless to say, she falls for the lovable animal too. The rest of the cast is rounded out by up and comers like Tom Hiddleston, Robert Emms and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as veterans Emily Watson and Peter Mullen.
“War Horse” comes out on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011.
These Nicholas Sparks jokes, they write themselves. The second trailer for weepy romantic drama “The Vow” doesn’t even try to hide the fact that Sparks is where it’s at, decreeing stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum as “From ‘The Notebook’” and “From ‘Dear John’”, respectively. The storyline, too, feels ripped from the pages of a Sparks novel, though it feebly claims to be inspired by true events. Tatum and McAdams play a happily married couple whose world crumbles after a car accident leaves her without any memory of their relationship. He must then make her fall in love with him all over again while keeping her from falling for her ex-fiance (Scott Speedman), who she thinks is still her current fiance thanks to the amnesia.
Sounds like a weepy, sappy, overwrought and melodramatic two hours right? Oh who am I kidding. See you at the movies, Valentine’s Day 2012.
Rising British actor Simon Phillips has a background in Shakespeare and a film career that started in crime and is moving into comedy – with favourable comparisons to that other great British comedian Simon Pegg.
On a promotional tour for new film “How to Stop Being a Loser”, out this Friday, I caught up with the actor who was happy to discuss drama school, acting and producing vs. writing and directing, and why he won’t be moving to Hollywood any time soon.
Olivia Wilde goes bad and Ashley Greene goes good in our first look at the two up and comers in quirky indie comedy “Butter.” In the Jim Field Smith directed film, Jennifer Garner stars as Laura, a thinly veiled parody of famous female Republican politicians, the wife of a former butter-carving champion (“Modern Family”‘s Ty Burell) who decides to keep the winning streak in the family and signs up to carve some butter herself.
Wilde is Brooke, a vengeful and outrageous stripper who challenges Laura’s fight for supremacy, while an outside contender, a young orphan (Yara Shahidi) who seems to have a natural knack for butter carving (hey, we all have to be good at something) threatens to win the whole thing. Meanwhile, Greene looks meeker and younger than we’ve ever seen her as Laura’s daughter. See the new images of Wilde and Greene below, and head to The Playlist for more new images of other actors from the film, including Hugh Jackman, Alicia Silverstone and more.
After the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and failed to create much Oscar buzz, it will now be shelved until March 16, 2012. Going by what else comes out that day, “Butter” seems like a safe bet.
Earlier today U&C reported that Kristen Stewart had been offered the lead role in “Akira,” an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga. Deadline has just confirmed that Stewart is indeed now in talks for the part. If a deal is closed, this role will reunite Stewart with her “On The Road” co-star Hedlund in which Stewart will play Kei, the love interest of protagonist Keneda (Hedlund).
Stewart is, of course, no stranger to adaptations. The first installment of “Breaking Dawn“, the almost-final movie in the Twilight Saga opens in theatres this Friday, while the full length trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman” premiered just last week. Although the Twilight Saga comes to an end next year, with “Snow White” and the possibility of “Akira” becoming a franchise, Stewart may not be finished with blockbuster titles just yet.
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the Warner Bros’ film which is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic 6-novel series.
The first trailer for “Mirror Mirror” has arrived, and… oy. The combined puppy dog charms of Lily Collins and Armie Hammer aren’t enough to overcome an especially grating Julia Roberts, disappointingly limp costumes and sets and dialogue full of puns so terrible I can’t even make a pun here to clever this sentence up. We were rooting for your Snow White movie, Tarsem Singh (even, at times, over that other one), but why are you making it so hard?
Looks like Tarsem and Co. were aiming for family-friendly comedy adventure and overshot it by about a mile. A beautiful and charming Collins seems well cast, as does the dashing Hammer, except for when he’s made to act ridiculous (which is, unfortunately, more often than not) and the two do provide some moments of genuine likeability, but they are way too easily overrun by Roberts’ Evil Queen, who’s looking like the least funny funny character that’s come along in a great while. Upside? While a certain other Snow White is looking to be greatly overshadowed by her Evil Queen, Collins should have no problem coming off as the bright spot and highlight here.
“Mirror Mirror” opens on March 16, 2012, three months before “Snow White and the Huntsman.” So, you know, it has that going for it.
Warner Bros continues to dream big and reach out to strictly A-list talent to round out the ensemble cast of its risky, bid budget remake of Japanese manga “Akira”, with offers out to the likes of Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter still pending. Thus far the only actor to officially sign on is Garrett Hedlund, who will star as Kaneda in the futuristic actioner, and while previous reports indicated Keira Knightley had been offered an unspecified female role, Twitch now reports it’s “Twilight” series star Kristen Stewart who has the offer for the female lead. Presumably this means Knightley has passed on the role. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into the next “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Stewart, who just recently worked with Hedlund on the equally controversial, long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road”, has been offered the role of Kei, a young medium and love interest to Hedlund’s Kaneda. Kaneda’s story mainly revolves around an attempt to save his little brother Tetsuo from becoming a government science experiment and weapon after the younger man begins developing telekinetic abilities. Ezra Miller and Alden Ehrenreich are among the actors being eyed for the role of Tetsuo. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct.
The “Twilight” films, the second to last installment of which – “Breaking Dawn” – opens this Friday, made an international superstar out of former indie actress Stewart, who now seems to be more keen on big budget blockbusters, currently filming next summer’s fantasy epic “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Could “Akira” be next?
Thank you for joining us again if you listened to our earlier podcasts or if you are new to the program, welcome! Once a week, Linda and Rebecca will take to the internet airwaves to discuss a variety of subjects, including all the latest news, movies we’ve seen recently, the Oscar season and more topics that interest us (or you! Please send us your suggestions for topics to talk about).
• 28:45 – 33:20 – A couple of Oscar tidbits/updates; could two of our favorite “longshots” – Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Mia Wasikowska (“Jane Eyre”) – be back in the race?
• 33:20 – 43:40 – We discuss Sundance hit “Another Earth” in depth, INCLUDING (from 35:05 – 38:40) SPECIFIC SPOILERS REGARDING THE ENDING. Please skip this section if you have not seen the film and do not wish to know, in great detail, how it ends.
• 43:40 – 48:15 – Linda discusses, briefly and without spoilers, “Haywire”, “Shame”, “The Adventures of Tin Tin” and “The Kid with a Bike”
• 48:15 – END – In depth discussion about actors who star on currently running TV shows and mapping out a pretty solid movie career at the same time. We discuss Blake Lively and her “Gossip Girl” co-stars, the young risings stars of HBO over on “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones” like Alexander Skarsgard,Dane DeHaan, Kit Harington and more.
We’ve had images, a full length trailer and controversial posters, but here’s a brand new TV spot for David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (via ComingSoon), with new footage focusing on Rooney Mara‘s Lisbeth Salander, a heavily tattooed and pierced goth computer hacker genius.
This is guaranteed to be a career-changing performance for Mara, who wowed audiences as the scene-stealing ex-girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg in 2010′s “The Social Network” but has yet to showcase her full range of skills in a leading role. Regardless, she is already gaining Oscar buzz for this role in the adaptation of Steig Larsson’s trilogy of books, which follows Lisbeth and Daniel Craig‘s Mikael Blomkvist, as they solve the cold case of a young girl who went missing in the 1960s.
Watch the clip below the cut, and let us know if you’ll be escaping the Chrismas cheer this year by watching this dark drama. Read more
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