May 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Zac Efron and Amber Heard will have a need for speed when they hit the German highway system for new chase thriller “Autobahn”, THR reports from Cannes.
Eran Creevy will shoot the film on location in Germany this fall, with Efron in the role of an American backpacker who takes a job as a pickup driver for a gang of German drug smugglers. Of course things go awry, leading him to flee from his employers in a high speed chase around Munich. Heard will play his girlfriend. Creevy wrote the script with F. Scott Frazier.
Efron is currently filming buddy comedy “Townies” opposite Seth Rogen and Dave Franco, and has also wrapped rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” with Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, as well as JFK assassination drama “Parkland.” Both films are due for release later this year. Heard’s upcoming releases include Kevin Costner/Hailee Steinfeld spy thriller “Three Days to Kill”, horror sequel “Machete Kills” and corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia” with Liam Hemsworth.
December 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Amber Heard has joined the cast of McG-directed thriller “Three Days to Kill”, according to Variety. Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld have the lead roles as estranged father and daughter.
Luc Besson and Adi Hasak co-wrote the film, which follows Costner as a terminally ill Secret Service agent who attempts to compete one final mission and reconnect with his estranged daughter (Steinfeld) all while taking an experimental drug treatment that produces hallucinatory side effects. Heard will play the woman who offers him access to the experimental drug which could save his life, in exchange for his final mission.
Heard came off a string of horror duds – “The Stepfather”, “And Soon the Darkness”, “The Ward” – but turned some heads when she starred opposite Johnny Depp in the long-gestating adaptation of “The Rum Diary”, based on the Hunter S. Thompson classic. She recently wrapped up indie “Syrup” opposite Shiloh Fernandez as well as corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia” opposite Liam Hemsworth and Robert Rodriguez’s horror sequel “Machete Kills.”
June 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After Miley Cyrus (“The Last Song”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”), Liam Hemsworth is about to gain another leading lady whose star is rising.
Variety reports that Amber Heard is set to star alongside Hemsworth in “Paranoia“, a new film directed by Robert Ludekic and based on the Joseph Finder novel. Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, a low level employee of a high-tech firm who finds himself in trouble and agrees to become a spy at a rival company. When he discovers he has a knack for the business, he skyrockets to success and achieving, at alarming speed, a luxurious life he never could have dreamed of, but when he tries to break free of the people for whom he’s spying, he finds himself in over his head.
Lucas Till has already been cast as Cassidy’s friend and co-worker, and Heard will play “an intended one-night-stand who becomes the key to Cassidy’s success as a spy when he learns that she works at the rival company.” Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford co-star. Filming on “Paranoia” will take place in July, with a release date set for September 27th, 2013.
Heard was last seen on the big screen alongside Johnny Depp in the poorly-received “The Rum Diary“, and although she landed the coveted female lead in ambitious thriller “Motor City”, a continued delayed production has forced her to drop out, along with all of the original cast. The young actress also recently starred on the small screen in NBC’s “The Playboy Club”, and up next is the indie film “Syrup” with Shiloh Fernandez.
November 29, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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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).
• 00:00 – 19:00 – Slow news week, so we dissect each and every one of BAFTA’s Rising Star longlist, as well as the high profile castings of Amber Heard in “Motor City” and Chris Evans in “The Iceman”.
• 19:00 – 25:40 – Linda talks about two movies she saw and loved this week: Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
• 25:40 – END – We discuss just a few of Australia’s many rising stars making a mark in Hollywood, from the almost-A-listers like Sam Worthington, Chris Hemsworth and Mia Wasikowska, to the barely known names like Bella Heathcote, Elizabeth Debicki and James Frecheville, and plenty in between.
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November 21, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Could the early cancellation of NBC’s “The Playboy Club” have been a blessing in disguise? We definitely think so, as it has freed up head Bunny – and one of our favorite up and comers – Amber Heard to do more movies, and right off the bat she has landed a highly coveted, high profile role. Deadline reports Heard has landed the female lead in Warner Bros’ ambitious revenge thriller “Motor City” opoosite leading man Dominic Cooper, after testing for the role against several other young actresses.
Cooper will star as a sort of modern day Count of Monte Cristo, a small time crook who is framed for a crime and sent to prison and seeks revenge on those who set him up upon his release. The innovative and ambitious aspect of “Motor City”, a 2009 Black List script from Chad St John, is that it is virtually dialogue-free, containing only one spoken line throughout its feature length story. Albert Hughes will direct. It was Cooper’s revelatory double role as Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia in Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” that made producer Joel Silver ultimately decide on him. It’s quite a coup for the young actor, after names like Evans, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Renner were previously reported to be in consideration for the part.
Heard is coming off a string of horror duds – “The Stepfather”, “And Soon the Darkness”, “The Ward” – but turned some heads when she starred opposite Johnny Depp in the long-gestating adaptation of “The Rum Diary”, based on the Hunter S. Thompson classic. “Motor City” is quite the get for the promising actress, and we’re just glad she’s free to do such ambitious and interesting work now that she’s not shackled to primetime television anymore. Thanks, NBC!
October 10, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like the folks over at the Hollywood Awards love up and comers as much as we do. Already giving awards to Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Breakthrough Actor), Jessica Chastain (Breakthrough Actress) and Felicity Jones (New Hollywood), the annual ceremony will also honor Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of “The Artist”, Elle Fanning of “Super 8″, Amber Heard of “The Rum Diary”, Anton Yelchin of “Like Crazy”, Andrea Riseborough of “W.E.” and Shailene Woodley of “The Descendents” with the Hollywood Spotlight Award, intended to highlight promising up and coming actors who gave breakthrough performances this year in film.
Carey Mulligan, who took home Breakthrough Actress for “An Education” in 2009, will also be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her role as wayward sister to Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed “Shame”, as well as a desperate young mother opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive.”
“It is a privilege to honor Carey Mulligan, Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Elle Fanning, Amber Heard, Andrea Riseborough, Shaileen Woodley and Anton Yelchin for their great talent,” Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the event, tells THR. Other actors given awards at the gala ceremony on October 24th include Michelle Williams for Best Actress for her role in “My Week with Marilyn”, Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor for “Beginners” and Glenn Close for Career Achievement, but mostly for her passion project “Albert Nobbs.” The big ones, Director and Actor, will be announced later this week.
July 22, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Brittany Snow, best known for her TV roles on shows such as “American Dreams” and more recently “Harry’s Law” is trying her hand at the big screen again, as well as some executive producing, joining the indie horror film Would You Rather.
From an original script by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen, Would You Rather “centers on a young woman who, in her desperation to help her ailing brother, agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.”
The film’s cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Sasha Grey, John Heard, Robin Lord Taylor and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Snow has several films lined up, including comedy Petunia with Thora Birch, and drama Syrup alongside Amber Heard, Kellun Lutz and Shiloh Fernandez, all with no release dates though.
February 10, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dear Amber Heard, if you’re reading this, we have some news: your “Drive Angry” producer Avi Lerner would like you to star in his remake of “Red Sonja”. Lerner tells Empire Magazine (via Slashfilm) that production is moving along on a new version of the classic comic character, with Simon West recently hired to direct the film. Furthermore, Lerner already has an actress in mind for the title role, though she doesn’t even know about it yet, telling the magazine, “We’re talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja, but we just finished a movie called Drive Angry with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She’s my favorite for the role. Amber is the new Red Sonja… but she doesn’t know it yet! When you write it she’ll get the shock of her life! She’ll call me and say ‘How dare you talk to Empire before you talk to me?!”
Red Sonja first appeared in an issue of Marvel’s “Conan the Barbarian” and was bestowed with great swordsmanship and ability with other weapons by a goddess after the brutal murder of her entire family. She was last seen on screen in 1985, with Brigitte Nielsen in the title role. In 2009, Robert Rodriguez planned a feature film starring Rose McGowan, even going so far as to release teaser posters and host a Comic Con panel, but by 2010 the project appeared to be dead with Rodriguez officially departing in October. Thought McGowan still seemed interested in getting it going as of July, Lerner’s project is something new altogether and is unrelated to the former. In fact, Lerner also tells Empire that his “Red Sonja” will film between the already complete “Conan” and “Conan 2″, which suggests the film will fit into a larger planned continuity.
But not so fast, Mr. Lerner. Heard very recently signed on for a leading role on NBC’s “Playboy” pilot, which could prove to be a major scheduling conflict if the show is picked up. The Lerner/Heard collaboration, “Drive Angry”, comes out on February 25. Heard also has “The Rum Diary” opposite Johnny Depp awaiting release.
January 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Less genre-bending “hot girls with machine guns slaying dragons” and more classic “hot girls get massacred in the shower” horror tropes are rampant in the other film about girls who get locked up in an insane asylum. John Carpenter’s “The Ward” stars Amber Heard as a girl who is incarcerated in a mental institution after allegedly torching her house, who then proceeds to see ghosts that may or may not exist to anyone but her. Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca and Mamie Gummer co-star and do their fair share of getting spooked while naked in the communal shower. Classic horror tropes indeed. We love the actresses involved in this, but will truthfully probably wait for “Sucker Punch”.
“The Ward” is legendary horror director Carpenter’s first feature since 2001′s “Ghosts of Mars” and is set to be released in the UK on January 21, 2011. But despite some favorable reviews from festivals, it has yet to snag a US release date. Never a good sign.
December 6, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
And in “haven’t we seen this movie a million times before?” news, MTV has the first look at a new clip from “And Soon the Darkness”, an exotic-vacation-goes-awry caper featuring Amber Heard and Odette Yustman as Stephanie and Ellie, respectively, two young friends who head for the beaches and bars of Argentina for a party-hard vacation, only to run into deadly trouble when Ellie vanishes, becoming the latest victim in a string of mysterious kidnappings. The clip gives little away, and seems to over-dramatize a situation that doesn’t seem nearly as dire as the score would indicate.
Still, it’s nice to see Heard and Yustman headline this thriller without resorting to playing girlfriends of male characters. Yustman nearly had a break-out moment in “Cloverfield” but never quite made it, following it up with duds such as “You Again”, but Heard is a real up and comer who has appeared in effective supporting roles in “Pineapple Express” and “Zombieland” and has the highly anticipated Johnny Depp starrer “The Rum Diary” in the can.
Is “And Soon the Darkness” their big break? I kind of doubt it, but watch the clip below and judge for yourself when the movie is released on December 17.