June 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Woody Allen has unveiled the full cast for his next untitled film, which he will shoot in New York and San Francisco this summer. Conspicuously missing from the full cast list, reported by Variety today, is Bradley Cooper, who had reportedly joined back in March. It was also erroneously reported then that the setting would be Copenhagen, although Cate Blanchett is part of the final cast as of today.
“Beautiful Creatures” star Alden Ehrenreich has joined the cast, as well as Alec Baldwin, Max Casella, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard. Allen has not shot a film in San Francisco since his directorial debut 43 years ago, and has shot exclusively in Europe since 2009. Plot details, as always, remain under wraps, but intersecting stories of love and family and other broad themes are probably to be expected.
Ehrenreich was brought to the industry’s attention when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in his feature film debut, “Tetro” and then again opposite Elle Fanning in experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” He recently wrapped up shooting “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska and is currently filming the male lead in YA romance novel adaptation “Beautiful Creatures” opposite fellow up and comer Alice Englert.
April 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Some plot and character details are cleared up with our first look at the trailer for Woody Allen’s newest globe-trotting filmmaking venture, “To Rome With Love.” Allen himself is back on the screen in this one, about interlocking stories of love, infidelity, family, politics, fame and more. He joins Jesse Eisenberg, an American living in Rome with his girlfriend Greta Gerwig. When her newly dumped best friend Ellen Page shows up to stay a while, an instant love triangle is formed. Alec Baldwin plays his visiting father, while elsewhere in the city Alison Pill plays Allen’s daughter, dating an Italian her father disapproves of and Penelope Cruz plays the hottest prostitute that could only exist in the movies.
Typical of Allen’s films, the dialogue is sharp and funny and the situations playful and silly. Bring on Copenhagen. In the meantime, “To Rome with Love” opens on June 22nd and the first trailer can be viewed below.
March 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
After the massive critical and commercial success of “Midnight in Paris”, all eyes are on Woody Allen’s next stop on his globe-trotting tour of filmmaking. The recently renamed “To Rome with Love” (which you may have been familiar with under the titles “Bop Decameron” and “Nero Fiddled”) takes Americans – including Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Alec Baldwin and “Paris” alum Alison Pill – to Italy this time, and now we have our first look at the characters and relationships, thanks to CinemaBlend and The Playlist.
Like “Midnight in Paris”, plot details are vague, but will somehow revolve around interweaving groups of people in Rome, tourists, residents, families, lovers – perhaps with some time traveling? We can only hope. From the images, we can discern that Baldwin and Eisenberg are probably father and son, while Eisenberg and Page seem to be taking over for Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as the young visiting couple, and Pill may be finding romance with the locals.
“To Rome With Love” opens on June 22nd. See the first stills below.
January 21, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Ryan Murphy has had huge success on the small screen, with TV hits from 90s show “Popular” to the current smash “Glee” so it’s no surprise to see him turn his talents to the big screen – and with the Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart”.
The largely biographical play by Larry Kramer centres on writer/activist Ned Weeks, and his attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s in New York City.
Mark Ruffalo signed on to play Weeks back in 2010, and now it looks like two of TV’s biggest stars have also hopped on board. Jim Parsons, from “The Big Bang Theory” and Matt Bomer, who currently stars in “White Collar” and will soon be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” have joined the cast that also features A list stars such as Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin. The Playlist reports that Parsons will play Southern gay rights activist Tommy Boatwright – a role which he also played on Broadway – and Bomer will take on the role of Felix Turner, Weeks’ fashion designer boyfriend who contracts the diease.
Bomer was fan favourite back in 2010 to take on the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot but lost out to British star Henry Cavill. He starred alongside Justin Timberlake in “In Time” and has a lead role in the male stripper party flick “Magic Mike”, also starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. This is the first major film role for Parsons, who has been a staple of the TV comedy scene for the last few years.
November 14, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Is the search finally over? After months of rumor and speculation, Deadline reports it’s British rising star Felicity Jones, not Rooney Mara or Evan Rachel Wood, who is Warren Beatty’s final choice for the female lead in his long gestating Howard Hughes biopic. Beatty will direct and star in the film as Hughes, but not so fast. Deadline stresses the film is still in the midst of finalizing financing so is still nowhere near production-ready yet.
When the cameras do start rolling, Jones will play a young woman who develops a relationship with the young man who serves as Hughes’ chauffeur, before falling for Hughes himself instead. The young male lead also appears to be coming down to people not previously mentioned, like Andrew Garfield and Shia LaBeouf. Deadline brings up two possible, unexpected contenders: Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich. Previously mentioned acting veterans are still circling other roles as well, including Annette Bening, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin and Owen Wilson.
Garnering serious Oscar buzz for her breakout role as one half of a lovelorn long-distance couple in Drake Doremus’ transatlantic love story “Like Crazy”, Jones is currently re-teaming with Doremus on his next feature opposite Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. She had been attached to fellow Sundance breakout star Brit Marling’s “The East”, but dropped out due to publicity commitments to “Like Crazy”, thus marking Beatty’s Hughes biopic one of the first she will film without Doremus.
June 22, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Is a “The Social Network” reunion already in order? Deadline reports two of the film’s young rising stars, Andrew Garfield and Rooney Mara, are meeting with Warren Beatty about taking roles in the ensemble cast of his new directorial and starring vehicle for Paramount Pictures, now revealed to be a biopic about wealthy and mysterious aviator Howard Hughes. Beatty has also met with other young stars including Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood, and there is no indication yet whether there are roles for all the actors or if he’s still narrowing down his choices. Veteran actors including Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin are also being courted for roles.
Beatty has also written the script for this passion project of his, which he’s been ruminating for years. In the film that will see him in the director’s chair for the first time since 1998′s “Bulworth”, Beatty will also play Hughes. Plot details are scarce but part of the plot revolves around an affair Hughes had with a younger woman in his later years. Presumably Mara or Wood would be up for that role.
Garfield and Mara both starred but did not share any scenes in David Fincher’s 2010 masterpiece “The Social Network” and both went on to land a couple of the largest, most high profile roles for young actors in the past several years – Garfield is “The Amazing Spider-Man” in Marc Webb’s 3-D reboot and Mara completely transformed herself to become “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, reuniting with Fincher on the English language adaptation of the best-selling Swedish crime novels.
May 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The all-star cast of “Rock of Ages” is finally complete as Malin Akerman has signed on in the last role to be cast, reveals Deadline. Akerman will play Constance, a journalist who sets out to write an expose on rock star Stacee Jaxx, played by Tom Cruise, but of course, after a little rock star seduction, she ends up in bed with him instead. The two will duet on classic 80s song “I Want to Know What Love Is”. The character appears to be created for the film itself, as she does not appear in the stage version of the story
The role had trouble finding its actress as director Adam Shankman initially wooed A-list ladies like Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams for the role, though both had to decline after landing even bigger roles in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Superman”, respectively. Akerman will now join a cast that includes Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Bryan Craston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige. Meanwhile, relative newcomers Julianne Hough and Diego González Boneta will play Sherrie and Drew, the young couple who fall in love and try to stay together amidst the rock n roll lifestyle, at the center of the story.
Akerman had a string of supporting roles in romantic comedies, including “The Proposal” and “27 Dresses”, but has been moving into darker fare in recent years, most notably with a turn in Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen”. She has no less than five films in pre-production phases, including the Linda Lovelane biopic “Inferno” and “Medallion” opposite Nicholas Cage. She can currently be seen in the indie dramedy and festival circuit favorite “happythankyoumoreplease”.