April 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Kaboom” co-stars Haley Bennett and Thomas Dekker, along with Australian newcomer Bob Morley, will headline indie drama “The White City”, according to Deadline.
The Israel-set romantic drama is described as “an emotionally charged love triangle between three young artists that develops against the hot political climate of modern Tel Aviv.” Filming under co-directors Tanner King Barklow and Gil Kofman will begin in June.
Dekker and Bennett previously worked together on Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom”, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Dekker has gone on to television, most recently “The Secret Circle” on The CW, and has also wrapped filming on a string of indies including “Snap”, “Squatters” and “Transference.” Bennett just premiered “Deep Powder” at the Tribeca Film Festival” and recently wrapped shooting on Terrence Malick’s untitled next feature as well as college-set horror flick “Random.” While most Australia-imported Hollywood movie stars started on either Down Under soap “Neighbors” or “Home and Away”, Morley solidified his future American success by appearing on both. He has filmed futuristic CW pilot “The Hundred,” which is awaiting word on whether it’ll be picked up for this fall’s new season.
April 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Wes Bently, Vinessa Shaw, Jason Isaacs and Haley Bennett have been cast in indie drama “Things People Do”, which begins filming tomorrow in New Mexico, according to Deadline. Bentley plays a family man who turns to a life of crime after he’s laid off from his job in the Saar Klein film. Shaw will play his wife, Isaacs a police detective he befriends and Bennett a mysterious young woman he encounters on his journey who inspires him to commit a crime in her honor.
Bennett, who heads to New York this month to premiere “Deep Powder” at the Tribeca Film Festival, recently wrapped up shooting on Terrence Malick’s music-themed untitled film with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender, as well as horror “Random” (previously “Kristy” or “Satanic”) with Ashley Greene and Lucas Till.
March 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here’s a movie that continues to surprise and surpass expectations. We didn’t know what to make of “Deep Powder” when we first heard about it over a year ago, but our interest was properly piqued when we finally learned what exactly the Tribeca Film Festival premiere was about, and a now a trailer has raised our expectations even further.
Shiloh Fernandez and Haley Bennett star in the film about a couple of young kids from opposite sides of the tracks who fall in love. She’s a privileged member of a secret society who has ties to the South American drug trade, and now that he’s with her, she wants him to make the next drug smuggling trip with her. Though the initial synopsis made it sound like she’s using the less financially set boy for whatever reason, the trailer seems to indicate it’s a real love story between the two, and Fernandez and Bennett look perfectly natural together and have some great chemistry. It looks like they have bigger than usual high school relationship problems to worry about, but this looks like an intense and compelling ride.
“Deep Powder” will make its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at Tribeca next month, and has no distribution yet. The first trailer can be viewed below.
March 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
More from Tribeca, coming right up! Somehow this one slipped through the cracks, but it appears indie drama “Deep Powder”, which we first heard about a year ago and then gradually lost track of, is also headed to the Tribeca Film Festival to have its world premiere next month. In addition to the first images from the film featuring Shiloh Fernandez and Haley Bennett, we also finally know exactly what this movie is about.
The Mo Ogrodnik film is based on real life events that happened in the 1980s, and Bennett plays boarding school senior Natasha Tabor, who is a member of a secret society with ties to the drug world. She’s tapped to make an annual drug run to Ecuador, and chooses a working class young man (Fernandez) to be her partner in crime, “launching a journey with devastating outcomes for everyone involved.” So, that sounds way better than the snowboarding plot we had originally envisioned.
“Deep Powder” will make its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at Tribeca next month, and has no distribution yet. The first photos from the film can be viewed below.
November 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Lucas Till has joined horror flick “Kristy” (also working under the title “Satanic”), according to Variety. Haley Bennett and Ashley Greene are already part of the film that follows a girl who leads her friends on a quest of survival and answers after being targeted by a mysterious gang of attackers over Thanksgiving break on a desolate college campus. No word if Till will play a friend or foe. Oliver Blackburn begins filming in New Orleans this month, and the shoot is expected to last through December.
“Kristy” shouldn’t affect Till’s chances of starring opposite Shailene Woodley in “Divergent”, for which he’s currently shortlisted for the male lead role of Four. However, his commitment to “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, in which he’ll reprise his role of Havok, just might, as it also films in the spring of 2013. His completed projects include corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia” opposite Liam Hemsworth and “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska.
November 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Twilight” star Ashley Greene is being eyed for a role in thriller/horror “Satanic” (formerly titled “Kristy”), according to The Wrap. The Weinstein backed film already has Haley Bennett cast in the lead role, and revolves around a group of college students who are attacked in their dorms over Thanksgiving break. Bennett’s Kristy leads the group in their attempt to survive and unmask their attackers. Oliver Blackburn is directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski. Filming is expected to begin in mid-November and last through December in New Orleans.
Greene is most known for her role as Alice Cullen in “Twilight”, the finale of which, “Breaking Dawn Part II”, wraps up the vampire saga when it releases next week. She was last seen in horror pic “The Apparition” opposite Sebestian Stan, as well as quirky indie comedy “Butter” opposite Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde and recently wrapped up shooting on indie musical drama “CBGB”, based on the iconic New York night club.
October 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Haley Bennett, aka Terrence Malick’s newest discovery, has landed the lead role in psychological thriller “Kristy”, according to Variety. And not to dismissed as just another indie horror flick, this one’s got the backing of the Weinsteins and Dimension Films.
Described as being in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby”, Bennett will play the titular Kristy, a college student who is alone on campus over Thanksgiving break. A random encounter with a gang of violent outcasts leads them to target her as their next victim, and she must “conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.” Oliver Blackburn will direct from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Gary Fielder, which was recently given a rewrite by Anthony Jaswinski.
Bennett is no stranger to genre flicks, having also played the titular possessed girl in “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” and was the other finalist when Kimberly Pierce was searching for a new “Carrie” (Chloe Moretz ultimately won out). She recently completed work on indie “Deep Powder” opposite Shiloh Fernandez and is part of Malick’s currently filming untitled Texas music scene drama, also starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.
April 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
This isn’t the article for you, kneejerk remake/reboot haters. “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” is heading to the big screen, according to Deadline, and we couldn’t be more excited. Of course it will be updated and modernized and inevitably, “edgier” than its 1960s Archie Comics origins, and undoubtedly quite a bit darker than the 1990s long-running sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart was as well, but it still sounds like it could be really fun.
The film will be re-imagined as more of a superhero origin tale, but will still follow Sabrina Spellman as a teenager who discovers her lineage and powers for the first time. Her beloved sidekick, Salem the talking black cat, will be back as well, but he, too, is changed, and will be “a transformed prince creating unique love stories for Sabrina.” I’m not really sure what that entails, but I do hope a Salem/Sabrina romance isn’t in the works and her nice-guy soulmate Harvey shows up along the way somewhere.
Even with the edgier tone, we expect Sabrina to be the funny, precocious and resourceful teenage witch she’s always been, maybe just with a more modern, twisted sense of humor. Sony is said to be looking to “discover” an unknown actress to take on the titular role, and here are five suggestions from us. You may have heard of some of them already, but they are all still on the rise and still waiting for that big breakout franchise role, and, more importantly, any of them would be more than capable of bringing “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” to life on the big screen for a new generation.
March 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz has shown a knack for playing complicated anti-heroes already at the tender age of 15, and now it looks like she may add another one to the list. Deadline reports MGM and director Kimberly Pierce have made an official offer to the young actress to star as the titular “Carrie” in their redo of the Stephen King novel/Brian DePalma horror film classic.
We heard just a couple of days ago that Moretz was one of the top front-runners for the role of Carrie White, an unpopular girl who reaches her limit and manifests telekinetic powers to torture and seek revenge on her bullying classmates after a particularly cruel trick involving pig blood at prom, but she still had competition from the likes of Haley Bennett, Dakota Fanning and Lily Collins. Deadline refutes those reports somewhat, saying Pierce and the studio have always had their eye on Moretz, though a meeting between the actress and the filmmakers didn’t take place until last weekend. Once it did, the job was hers. If her deal comes together (judging by her reaction to the release of the news, we have a feeling it will), the hunt will be on for her fanatically religious mother and supporting cast of high school classmates and tormentors. Shooting is expected to take place this year.
Moretz, who broke out in 2010 with the twofer “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In”, recently appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated “Hugo” and will next be seen in Tim Burton’s horror comedy “Dark Shadows.”
March 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Another day, another high profile horror remake. The hot topic this week is “Carrie”, the redo of the Brian DePalma classic that landed star Sissy Spacek an Oscar nomination and horror icon status in the title role. MGM is redoing it, and Vulture reports at the top of the list of candidates are Chloe Moretz and Haley Bennett, while others who have read for the part and may or may not still be in the conversation include such usual suspects as Emily Browning, Bella Heathcote, Lily Collins and Dakota Fanning. One girl who will definitely not be in the movie is “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley, who was reportedly offered the part last week and said no.
Vulture also reports the new film, to be directed by Kimberly Pierce, will be more faithful to the original Stephen King novel – about an unpopular girl who reaches her limit and manifests telekinetic powers to torture and seek revenge on her bullying classmates after a particularly cruel trick involving pig blood at prom – than DePalma’s 1976 version. For the role of Carrie’s suffocating religious mother, Pierce is said to be eyeing the likes of Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore.
Moretz recently appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated “Hugo” and will next be seen in Tim Burton’s horror comedy “Dark Shadows.” Bennett is no stranger to horror having taken the title role in “The Haunting of Molly Hartley”, and will next shoot Terrence Malick’s “Lawless” opposite Christian Bale.