June 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Welcome to another edition of Trailers That Give Everything Away, brought to us today by Robert Luketic’s espionage thriller “Paranoia” starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, a poor Brooklyn boy with an affinity for gadgets working at the lowest level of a high tech firm, who’s plucked from obscurity by the boss (Oldman) to work for his competition (Ford), only as a spy. Adam says yes, but he’s not in it for the fast cars and expensive clothes and the hot girls like Amber Heard, he just wants the money to take care of his sick father. Naturally, he thinks he can do one job and get out, but the big dogs have other plans for him.
I would say I don’t want to spoil it further, but the truth is you can do it for yourself by watching the trailer. This still looks like a fun summer movie though, and the younger Hemsworth is certainly doing his best to channel some of big brother Chris’s magnetic screen presence, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one. “Paranoia” will be released on August 16th and the trailer via Yahoo can be viewed below.
May 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Children are sent into battle in a futuristic world in this potential franchise launcher from Summit/Lionsgate, but “Ender’s Game” is very different from “The Hunger Games” in the first trailer for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s iconic sci-fi novel. Children’s innate innocence and bravery are emphasized in our first look at the film, which features Harrison Ford narrating why “a new kind of soldier” is needed to combat aliens who are always one step ahead of humans.
Set in a futuristic world where the human race has been all but wiped out by a race of bug-like aliens called Formics, the government recruits the best and brightest children to attend Battle School, where they are trained in the art of war through a series of games, including one in an anti-gravity Battle Room. Asa Butterfield plays Ender Wiggins, whose brilliance causes him to be promoted to Command School to act as a leader of children’s armies to “simulated” wars against the alien Formics, to largely successful outcomes. Hailee Steinfeld has an expanded supporting role as Petra, the only girl at the Command School, and Abigail Breslin plays Ender’s protective older sister.
The footage looks sleek and exciting, though frankly, also a bit generic and confusing, but sci-fi nerds should be excited about this one, which comes out on November 1st and hopes to be the start of a franchise. Watch the first trailer below and judge its potential for yourself.
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The responsibility of starring in the first biopic of the year featuring an iconic historical figure goes to newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who will be seen as Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League baseball, when the Brian Helgeland-directed “42″ hits theaters on April 12th.
The first poster for the film – which also stars Nicole Beharie as the eventual Mrs. Robinson, Rachel Isum and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey – has been released and it’s a visually striking homage to Robinson’s legacy. Boseman beat out a plethora of fellow relative unknown actors to land the role of a lifetime, including recent Sundance breakout and “Fruitvale” star Michael B. Jordan and “Stomp the Yard”‘s Columbus Short, so let’s hope audiences haven’t been soured on baseball movies by that Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams dud “Trouble with the Curve.” This one looks much better.
The first poster for “42″ can be viewed below.
December 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford face off in our first look at a scene from Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated of Orson Scott Card’s seminal sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game.”
EW debuted the image this morning, describing it as a scene that takes place early on in Ender’s (Butterfield) time at the Battle School, where he is a new recruit. Ford’s Colonel Graff is questioning Ender over his e-mail exchanges with the family he left behind. This futuristic sci-fi tale sees Ender leading an army of other exceptionally bright children in a simulated fight against the alien race of Formics. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld as Ender’s most trusted ally and Abigail Breslin as his older sister.
Hood worked extensively with Card, who also adapted the screenplay from his own novel. “I am a fan,” Hood tells EW, “and I have had a desire to do this and have been working on this now for nearly four years.” He also hints that the book’s ending (to which I’m not privy, having never read it) remains in tact. “That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book. I promise you that it is very much there.”
“Ender’s Game” will be released on November 1, 2013 and the full still can be viewed below.
October 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Zac Efron is really ready to shed that nice guy teen heartthrob image. He’s set to dive into villainy, as The Wrap reports the “High School Musical” star is in talks to headline thriller “You Belong to Me”, which will be directed by Rob Reiner and co-star Harison Ford.
Ford is in talks for the role of a psychiatrist who has a hard time dealing with the suicide of a female patient. He ends up bonding with the young woman’s brother, James (Efron) and invites the young man into his life. Things quickly get out of hand as James sets out to seduce Ford’s character’s wife and daughter, with the action described as being in the vein of “Cape Fear.” Reiner will begin directing the project in March 2013.
Efron has been working hard to take on interesting and unexpected roles post-“High School Musical” tween idol status, with the most recent being the duo of Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” and Ramin Bahrani’s family drama “At Any Price”, both of which hit the festival circuit this year. This fall he will film rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” with fellow rising star Miles Teller, and cown the pike he also has ensemble family dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You” with Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman and Jason Sudekis, as well as frat house comedy “Townies” with Seth Rogen awaiting production.
September 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
An inspirational sports biopic about an American icon, but not contending for an Oscar? I don’t know whether that’s a relief or troubling sign for “42″, the Brian Helgeland-directed film about Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League baseball. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman takes the role as Robinson, with “Shame” star Nicole Beharie playing his wife and Harrison Ford affecting quite a transformative, theatrical style to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
Boseman beat out a plethora of fellow relative unknown actors to land the role, including “Friday Night Light”‘s Michael B. Jordan and “Stomp the Yard”‘s Columbus Short, and seems to have the Robinson likeness down. Ford is a bit more questionable, though that kind of over the top performance certainly helps check off all the successful biopic boxes. “42″, named for Robinson’s jersey number, will be released in April 2013. Watch the first trailer below.
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.
April 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Lucas Till is set to join fellow rising star Liam Hemsworth in thriller “Paranoia”, according to Variety. The two almost “Hunger Games” co-stars may be joined by a couple of acting heavyweights as producers are also in advanced negotiations with Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford to play supporting roles in the film.
Robert Luketic will direct the film 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 agreeing 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. When he tries to break free of the people for whom he’s spying, he finds himself in over his head. Till will play a friend and co-worker. Filming will take place this summer before Hemsowrth reports back for duty on “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire.”
Till, star of “X-Men: First Class”, almost became a part of “The Hunger Games” too after being shortlisted for the role of Peeta Mellark. The role went to Josh Hutcherson, and Till went on to shoot indie thriller “Crush” and Chan-Wook Park’s English feature debut “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska. Till is also expected to reprise his role as Havok in the “X-Men: First Class” sequel, expected to begin shooting in early 2013.
April 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth continues to step out from big brother Chris’s shadows and build an impressive upcoming slate following a huge breakout role in “The Hunger Games.” Deadline reports Hemsworth has been tapped to play the lead in corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia”, and esteemed veteran actors Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are in negotiations to play supporting roles. Not bad, Gale!
Robert Luketic will direct the film based on the Joseph Finder novel this summer. Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, a low level employee of a high-tech firm who finds himself in trouble and agreeing 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. When he tries to break free of the people for whom he’s spying, he finds himself in over his head.
Meanwhile, it looks like Hemsworth has fallen out of Philip Noyce’s time-traveling love story “Timeless”, according to Vraiety’s Jeff Sneider. Shooting had been set to begin in July, perhaps a reason why he had to choose one over the other.
Prior to “The Hunger Games”, which is now headed to its fourth straight week atop the box office, Hemsworth only had one American film to his name – the Nicholas Sparks adaptation and Miley Cyrs starrer “The Last Song.” Needless to say, his career is heading in quite a bit of a different direction now. He’ll shoot bank heist thriller “Empire State” with Dwayne Johnson this spring and after “Paranoia”, heads back into the woods for “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” in September. In the can awaiting release are “The Expendables 2″ and indie war drama “AWOL.” Is it any wonder he’s one of our Faces to Watch of 2012?
February 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Nicole Beharie, who played the one woman who inspired real feelings in Michael Fassbender’s troubled sex addict in Steve McQueen’s cinematic masterpiece “Shame” last year, will be playing the love of baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life in biopic “42″, according to Deadline. She will be acting opposite relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who landed the role of Robinson in December, and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
Brian Helgeland will direct the film, which he wrote in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson (a younger version of whom, as Rachel Isum, Beharie will play in the movie). The story follows Robinson, who was the first African American player in Major League baseball. Rickey is credited for breaking the color barrier in the sport of baseball by signing Robinson first to a minor league team in 1945, and then, more famously, to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Beharie had only done two movies prior to her breakout turn in “Shame”, one of which was “The Express”, also starring Boseman, about the first African-American football player, Ernie Davis (played by Rob Brown), to win the Heisman Trophy. She has one more sports-themed movie, “The Last Fall”, awaiting release this year.