Fox's reboot of "Fantastic Four" seems to finally be moving forward, with Variety reporting today that a handful of up and coming young actors are getting ready to make test deals to audition for the roles of Reed Richards, Read more
Each year with the end of summer and start of the fall TV season, we look forward to the return of all our favorites and anticipate the newest series that will soon get to earn our love. But fall Read more
Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel and out in select theaters today, “The Spectacular Now” is continuing to garner glowing reviews for both director James Ponsoldt’s deft elevation of the standard coming-of-age film into one that is unapologetic in its Read more
Britt Robertson has landed the lead role of Casey Newton in Brad Bird's highly anticipated and highly secretive "Tomorrowland" after testing for the role against Naomi Scott, according to THR. Robertson now joins a cast that already includes Read more
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Summit has released two new propaganda-style posters for Gavin Hood‘s “Ender’s Game” that asks the viewer to choose between humanity versus an alien domination.
Just the latest in a string of upcoming young adult novel adaptations, “Ender’s Game” has the potential to follow in the footsteps of successful franchises such as “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.” Although it has received negative buzz over its author’s anti-LGBT activism, the film’s premise combined with its stellar cast – which includes Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigial Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Harrison Ford – should prove something of a draw.
Based on the 1985 science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, “Ender’s Game” takes place in a futuristic setting where an alien race known as the Formics have threatened the earth. Humanity’s only hope for survival is surprisingly in the form of child soldiers. Among the youth training in Battle School is Ender Wiggin (Butterfield), a shy boy who steps up to every physical and mental challenge to win the trust of Colonel Hyrum Graff (Ford). Ender is promoted to join Command School where he is mentored by the legendary Commander Mazer Rackham (Kingsley) to prepare for the next invasion.
Will “Ender’s Game” draw in enough audiences and critical acclaim to warrant a sequel? Or will it underwhelm like the recent attempts with “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “The Host”? We’ll soon find out since it arrives in theaters on November 1.
In the meantime, check out the most recent trailer and new posters below!
“Breaking Bad” is almost over but Aaron Paul’s movie career is just beginning. Variety reports the TV alum has been cast alongside Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus.”Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturo are also joining the growing all-star cast.
Bale will play Moses in the film based on one of the Bible’s most iconic figures, he who parted the Red Sea and all that magical stuff. Edgerton is in talks to take on the role of Ramses, who eventually becomes the Pharaoh of Egypt who sends Moses and his fellow Israelites into exile. Turturro and Weaver are set to play Ramses’ parents Seti and Tuya, respectively, while Paul will play Joshua, a Hebrew slave who leads the exiles after Moses. Filming starts in September in Spain, Morocco and England.
Outside of his Emmy-winning role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC series “Breaking Bad”, now airing its final, 5th season, Paul won raves opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Sundance hit “Smashed.” He recently wrapped up Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down” opposite Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Colette, as well as potential racing action franchise launcher “Need for Speed.”
Rising Australian teen actor Callan McAuliffe has landed the lead role in sci-fi thriller “Our Robot Overlords”, according to THR. Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson were previously set to co-star.
Jon Wright will direct the film which is set in the midst of a war between humans and robots. McAuliffe plays a teen who gathers a group of other kids to help him search for his long lost father, discovering a way to fight back against the robots in the process and learning there’s more to the war (and the world) than his own family problems. What is with all these future worlds popping up where the very survival of the human race depends on some angst-filled teenager? Anyway, filming begins in Ireland on June 3 with a $21 million budget.
McAuliffe made his American film debut as the star of Rob Reiner’s “Flipped” and also appeared alongside Alex Pettyfer in “I Am Number Four.” He’ll be seen as a young Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” starting tomorrow. He’s wrapped indie “Beneath the Harvest Sky” (formerly titled “Blue Potato”) and is currently filming “Kite” opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
Two of our favorite up and comers are joining forces, as Deadline reports Armie Hammer and Teresa Palmer have signed on to star in indie crime thriller “Cut Bank.” They will be joined by an impressive cast that also includes Sir Ben Kingsley, John Malkovich and Michael Sheen.
Matt Shakman will make his feature directorial debut on the project from a 2009 Black List script by Roberto Patino. Hammer will play Dwayne McLaren, a small town auto mechanic in Cut Bank, Montana, who will do anything to get out of his tiny town, which sets into motion “a series of events that will change his life, and the life of Cut Bank, forever.” Filming will begin in the fall and filmmakers will be selling the project at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
“The Social Network” breakout star Hammer is currently on location with director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp as he plays the titular role in “The Lone Ranger”, and is also attached to revenge thriller “By Virtue Fall” opposite Eric Bana. Palmer recently appeared in Sundance hit “Wish You Were Here” opposite Joel Edgerton and has zombie romance “Warm Bodies” with Nicholas Hoult and Vietnam war drama “AWOL” with Liam Hemsworth awaiting release.
According to Variety, Jena Malone is set to join the cast of “A Doll’s House,” an adaptation of the classic play by Henrik Ibsen which first premiered in 1879. The play tells the story of the conflictual marriage between the Helmers during a debt crisis in which Nora, a young woman, is faced with the decision of whether or not she should stay with her difficult husband. Malone will play Christine, the friend and confidante of Nora (played by Michele Martin). Malone’s character will also have her share of turmoil as she must also decide the future of her fate and the loyalty to her friend. The film, directed and written by Charles Huddleston, will be a modern-day adaptation of the play that takes place during today’s recession. Also attached to the project are Julian Sands as the professional Nathan Glynt and Ben Kingsley as Dr. Rank, a friend of the Hemlers.
There’s been wild rumors and speculation over a secret, surprise screening of a work-in-progress film from a “legendary director” at this week’s New York Film Festeival. Will it be Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, with its very New York connections? “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from David Fincher, who forewent bigger festivals to premiere last year’s “The Social Network” at NYFF? Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse”, Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” or even, inexplicably, Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult”? Well, the day of the screening is upon and it is actually “Hugo”, the first 3-D family-friendly adventure from Martin Scorsese that will be shown tonight to audiences who purchased the “mystery” tickets in advance.
Newcomer Asa Butterfield shines as a recently orphaned kid living in the walls of a Parisian train station who gets wrapped up in a mystery revolving around a robot/music box left by his recently deceased father (Jude Law) and Chloe Moretz, who happens to possess the heart shaped key that unlocks the machine. A magical adventure kicks off and a colorful troupe of supporting characters, including Sacha Baron Cohen as a grouchy train conductor and Ben Kinsley as a mysterious shop owner, create trouble and mischief for the youngsters. As Moretz’s character self-references, “it’s like Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped into one” in Scorsese’s first family film. The director speaks of the film and previews tons of new scenes ahead of its premiere tonight in the video below.
The rest of us not invited tonight will get to see “Hugo” on Thanksgiving weekend.
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