September 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen and “Friday Night Lights” star Adrianne Palicki are among the new cast additions to Keanu Reeves-led assassin thriller “John Wick,” according to Deadline. Michael Nyqvist and Dean Winters have also joined the cast, co-led by Willem Dafoe.
Reeves plays the titular John Wick, an ex-hitman who goes after the guy that stole his car and killed his beloved dog. The thief turns out to be the son of a major New York crime boss, who in return hires Dafoe’s hitman character to kill Wick. Ouch, because the two used to be good friends but now have to “Mr & Mrs Smith” each other. Chad Stahelski & David Leitch are directing from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad, and there are no details on roles for the new cast additions just yet.
Allen plays Theo Greyjoy on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” now heading into its fourth season. Aside from indies, his notable film roles include “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Atonement.” Palicki played Tyra on critically acclaimed NBC series “Friday Night Lights” and was Lady Jaye in last summer’s “G. I. Joe: Retaliation.”
February 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Adrianne Palicki is moving to “Coffee Town.” Variety reports the “Friday Night Lights” actress and almost Wonder Woman has landed the female lead in CollegeHumor’s first foray into feature films and will join a cast that already includes Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz, Steve Little and Josh Groban in the workplace comedy.
Brad Copeland wrote and will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which follows three friends “who band together when their freeloading existence is threatened.” Palicki plays Howerton’s love interest, a coffee-loving nurse. Filming is set to begin this week in Los Angeles.
Palicki won audiences’ hearts as troubled hometown girl Tyra on critically acclaimed NBC series “Friday Night Lights”, which is churning out some potential movie stars in the likes of Taylor Kitsch and Kyle Chandler. Palicki, though, seemed to have some trouble finding her breakout role, though movies like “Legion” and the titular role on a reboot “Wonder Woman” series had potential. She recently completed the female lead of Lady Jaye in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, out this summer, so here’s hoping this one will stick.
July 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Friday Night Lights” star Adrianne Palicki has scored the female lead in one of those sequels no one really wants, “G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes”, reports Deadline. Dwayne Johnson and D.J. Cotrona also recently signed on and the three newbies will join returning cast members Channing Tatum and Ray Park as Duke and Snake Eyes, respectively. Other cast members from 2009′s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marlon Wayans and Rachel Nichols, are not expected to reprise their roles. As for G.I. Joe himself, the studio is said to be eyeing Bruce Willis, among others.
Palicki’s Alison R. Hart-Burnett – codename Lady Jaye – was originally created for the 1984 “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” animated series and is the team’s covert operations specialist. She shares a romantic relationship with Dashiell R. Faireborn – aka Flint – who is the Warrant Officer for the G.I. Joe Team and will be portrayed by Cotrona in “Cobra Strikes”. Paramount greenlit and fast-tracked the sequel despite lukewarm critical and box office response to “Rise of Cobra” because a blockbuster void existed for the studio for Summer 2011, with JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel deemed not ready in time. “Cobra Strikes” and Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse thriller “World War Z” will be the studio’s current offerings.
After a critically acclaimed run as troubled high schooler Tyra on NBC series “Friday Night Lights”, Palicki had trouble finding a breakout role. “Legion” underperformed, ambitious Fox series “Lone Star” was canceled after just two episodes and despite heavy buzz, her title role in the new “Wonder Woman” was never picked up by NBC, suspected to be due in large part to negative reactions to the updated costume and the remake of “Red Dawn” may never see a release at this rate. Will “Cobra Strikes” be the big breakout franchise moment for Palicki? We have our doubts, but are hopeful.
January 31, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Since Zack Snyder is obviously peeking in on us, as our choices for Clark Kent were eerily similar to his finalists (including eventual winner Henry Cavill), we thought it would only be fair to Mr Snyder if we help him out and offer up our choices for Clark’s partner in love and banter, Lois Lane, as well. Given the disappointing limp and boring Lois played by Kate Bosworth in Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns”, here are ten actresses who we think will put zingy, spitfire and intelligent back into the iconic role in Snyder’s reboot.
Sure, we, too, love the universally popular choices like Emily Blunt, Olivia Wilde and Anne Hathaway (who’s undoubtedly unavailable now), but we want to present some more unconventional or even conventional but maybe you wouldn’t have thought of choices, as it’s always our goal to look ahead to who’s “next”. Of course there is the matter of how Snyder envisions the character, as even in the decades of comics appearances, she’s gone through various incarnations that see her range from take-charge ass-kicker to damsel in distress. No matter how Snyder chooses to “re-imagine” his Metropolis, there’s plenty of variety in our choices for Lois to choose from, while all maintaining the smart and sassy reporter at the heart of the character.
January 4, 2011 | Posted by Tamara Manne
Here is the first cast photo from Red Dawn. Cast includes: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Josh Hutcherson (RV), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Isabel Lucas (Daybreakers), Josh Peck (Drillbit Taylor), Edwin Hodge, Jeffery Dean Morgan (The Losers), Alyssa Diaz, and Connor Cruise.
While the title remains the same, some significant changes to the film have been made, including setting and two additional characters among the “Wolverines” (a title the group of tough teenagers have taken on). In the 1984 version, starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, the “Wolverines” defended their town from Russian invaders. In the remake, the threat comes from China — a script change that met early controversy. The Daily Blam reports that the film drew “sharp criticism from one of the leading Chinese state-run newspapers; which ran headlines such as ‘U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China’ and ‘American movie plants hostile seeds against China’.”
How will 2011′s Red Dawn stack up to the original, a film that found itself in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records for most violent film ever made?