February 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now this is what we call coming full circle. Hailee Steinfeld and Lily Collins have pulled a complete Juliet switcheroo on us and Variety is reporting it is Collins, not Steinfeld, who is now in negotiations to play Juliet in revisionist romantic comedy “Rosaline”, which retells the famous Shakespearean classic from the point of view of the young woman Romeo claimed to have been in love with at the beginning of the story – right before falling in love at first sight with the fair Capulet. As previously reported, Deoborah Ann Woll is still on track to being the titular Rosaline, while Dave Franco is still likely to be Romeo.
But the Steinfeld/Collins Juliet saga is where it gets interesting. Bear with us, because it’s kind of a long and convoluted timeline that led us to this new development. Almost a year ago, Steinfeld replaced Collins in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of Shakespearean classic “Romeo and Juliet”, which is now filming in Italy. A few months later, Collins was rumored to be a strong contender for “Rosaline” – but in the titular role, not as Juliet. Instead, a couple of months later Woll, Franco and Steinfeld entered talks for “Rosaline” instead, with Steinfeld apparently and inexplicably keen to play Juliet in two different movies. In any case, it seemed like that would be the end of Collins’ possible associations with that particular Shakespearean tale, and with playing casting musical chairs with Steinfeld. Evidently not! Is this the end of the road? Will Collins finally be playing Juliet after all? We hope so, but as Variety reports, talks are still in the early stages.
Collins, daughter of Phil Collins, made her big screen debut in 2009′s Sandra Bullock Oscar contender “The Blind Side” and has been on an upward swinging career trajectory ever since. She headlines Tarsem Singh’s Snow White redo “Mirror Mirror” in March and has long been attached to the lead in potential teen genre franchise “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” She recently completed work opposite Michael Anagarano and Julianne Moore in indie dramedy “The English Teacher.”
November 2, 2011 | Posted by Seana Cole
“Twilight” star Taylor Lautner is set to produce and star in a new film for director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting), according to The Hollywood Reporter.The plot is based on a nonfiction article in The New Yorker magazine, though no further specifics were given.
Lautner, who’s most known for his role as Jacob Black in the “Twilight” films, will once again star as Black when “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ releases on the 18th. Lautner also recently stared in “Abduction” with Lily Collins, which opened at #4 and pulled in $71 million worldwide to date.
Aside from those, he’s still reportedly attached to “Stretch Armstrong”, based on the popular Hasbro action figure, as well as sci-fi actioner “Incarceron”, though no movement has been made on either in the months since their initial announcement.
October 24, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-busy Lily Collins continues to add to her diverse and rapidly filling up upcoming slate, as Deadline reports the young rising star has joined the cast of indie dramedy “The English Teacher” opposite Michael Angarano and Julianne Moore. Charlie Saxton and Nathan Lane co-star.
Craig Zisk directs the film about a small town high school teacher whose world is turned upside down by the return of a former student, whose journey to New York to try to make it as a playwright has ended in failure. Angarano would play the writer, who Moore’s charcter falls for. Collins will play a popular high school student who clashes with Moore’s teacher. Filming begins this week in New York.
Collins recently appeared opposite “Twilight” werewolf Taylor Lautner in the awful actioner “Abduction”, but has plenty of more promising projects on the horizon. She’ll be seen in the title role opposite Evil Queen Julia Roberts and Prince Armie Hammer in Tarsem Singh’s still untitled “Snow White” and will headline teen fantasy romance “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opposite another “Twilight” star, Jamie Campbell-Bower. She presumably remains in contention for the title role in revisionist Shakespeare tale “Rosaline.”
October 11, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
As tween heartthrob Taylor Lautner has left the Twilight Saga ready to be groomed as the next big Hollywood action star – signing on to star in Fox 2000′s futuristic prison society action thriller Incarceron, being considered for the role of David opposite Dwayne Johnson’s Goliath in Director Scott Derrickson’s retelling of the Old Testament tale, and starring in, by all accounts the terrible action-thriller Abduction – fellow Twilight star Kellan Lutz, who has an equal amount of action-hero potential as Lautner, has been quietly forgotten about (probably due to box office duds such as 2010′s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and the little-seen Love Wedding Marriage.)
Lutz is sure to be hoping for a turn around of luck, with Tarsem Singh’s upcoming Immortals due for release on November 11th, and A Warrior’s Heart (also starring Twilight alum Ashley Greene) due for release in December, and Variety is reporting that Lutz has now boarded Margate House Films’ Java Heat, an indie thriller that “revolves around a mysterious American (Lutz) who teams with a Muslim cop to track down a new breed of klepto-terrorists in Southeast Asia.”
Also starring will be Lutz’s Immortals co-star, Oscar nominated actor Mickey Rourke, who will play a jewel thief, and the mastermind behind the terrorist acts. Java Heat will be directed by Conor Allyn, from a script co-penned with father Rob Allyn, but there is no word yet on when production will begin.
August 31, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Shirtless “Twilight” werewolf Taylor Lautner doesn’t exactly want to be known as a shrimpy little guy, but next to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, how could he be anything but? So it makes sense then, with the wrestler-turned-actor and most-macho-of-them-all already in negotiations for the title role in “Goliath”, that wannabe macho action star Lautner might be willing to consider an offer from his “Twilight” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey to take on the role of minute farmer David. After all, David beats Goliath in the end. Twitch Film reported the news this morning.
Director Scott Derrickson will helm the retelling of the Old Testament tale, which sees celebrated – and ginormous – warrior Goliath challenging Israelites to send their best champion to battle him one on one. While other men cower in fear, young and scrawny sheep shepherd David accepts the challenge and against all odds, defeats the giant and cuts off his head. David’s victory confirms his destiny as the future King of Israel.
As for Lautner, he has achieved international stardom thanks to his breakout role as Jacob in the “Twilight” series (“Breaking Dawn: Part 1″ is out in November, with “Part 2″ concluding the saga 12 months later), but his star power outside the series is thus far untested. He has John Singleton’s action flick “Abduction” out next month, along with some long-gestating in-development projects such as an adaptation of teen sci-fi novel “Incarceron” with Fox 2000 and “Stretch Armstrong”, based on the Hasbro toy, at Universal. But with no word on “Stretch” since it was first announced 18 months ago and Universal happily dumping many of its in development projects based on children’s toys in recent days, it’s unclear just what Lautner’s first post-”Twilight” project might be.
April 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Twilight”‘s shirtless werewolf Taylor Lautner tries a little too hard to be the teenage Jason Bourne and is ultimately unconvincing in the first trailer for John Singleton’s action thriller “Abduction”. Lautner is Nathan, a popular high school kid who finds his own childhood face on a missing persons website and discovers his parents are not who they say they are. His quest to track down the truth leads to government cover-ups, shadowy pursuits, explosions, car chases, hand to hand combat and more.
Caught awkwardly between tween-friendly caper and more adult and gritty fare, there’s nary a truly exciting action scene to be found and Lautner’s monotone and squinty non-emoting do little to make anything seem riveting. One wonders just how much of an audience this film will manage to find outside of Team Jacob. Also starring Lily Collins, Afred Molina and Sigourney Weaver, “Abduction” opens in theaters on September 23.
January 17, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s barely the new year and while we’re still thinking about our favorites of 2010, The LA Times invites us to look forward to the movies that will be fighting for our attention in 2011, with new stills from a dozen of the most highly anticipated (and not so anticipated) releases in the next 12 months.
There’s Emma Stone going dramatic in 60s Era civil rights drama “The Help”, supermodel Brooklyn Decker making her acting debut in the truly awful-looking “Just Go With It”, Jake Gyllenhaal stuck in Groundhog’s Day trying to solve a life-or-death mystery in “Source Code”, the guys from “The Hangover” back for more black-out-drunk shenanigans – this time in Thailand! – and many more. In short, there’s something for everyone heading our way.
Below are just a small sampling of first and second looks at a few of what 2011 has to offer. Of course, with Sundance around the corner – always at least a few breakouts and surprises in store – and the big awards contenders not bowing until late in the year, there’s still much to look forward to even if nothing in this group excites you.