October 25, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
Some tiny morsels of news today regarding a few of our highly anticipated upcoming projects: Release dates! First up, horror remake “Silent House”, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and stars hot breakout star Elizabeth Olsen, has been set for a March 9, 2012 release. Surely filmmakers are hoping that date will be coming on the heels of a good night for Olsen at the Oscars, where she is favored to be nominated for a Best Actress statue for her truly revelatory turn in another Sundance debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” In “Silent House”, Olsen will be menaced in a very different way, by ghosts! A remake of the Uruguayan horror “La casa muda,” the film was shot in one long extremely long take, with the camera often positioned within an inch of Olsen’s frightened face.
Over at Summit Entertainment, zombie love story “Warm Bodies” starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and Dave Franco has been skedded for August 10, 2012. In Jonathan Levine’s follow-up to “50/50″, Hoult plays a zombie living in a post-apocalyptic world who begins to feel human again after eating the brains of one of his victims, Perry (Franco). Perry floods Hoult’s “R” with memories and feelings to the point where R begins an unlikely friendship with Palmer’s Julie, the human girlfriend Perry left behind.
Summit has also set a date for Louis Leterrier’s magician heist thriller “Now You See Me”, which also stars Franco, along with Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent and Mark Ruffalo. The actioner, which follows a group of world class magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances, and the FBI team hot on their trails, will be released on January 13, 2013.
October 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Watch your back, James, little brother is gaining on you. Deadline reports Dave Franco has added another high profile project to his exponentially growing pile of upcoming films, joining the cast of magician heist thriller “Now You See Me” opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman.
Louis Leterrier is directing the film about a world-renowned group of illusionists who pull off elaborate bank robberies while doing magic and end performances by showering their audiences with the stolen money. Eisenberg plays the “arrogant yet brilliant” leader of the group, called the Four Horseman, while Fisher will play Henly, the group’s technician, who builds the contraptions that enable their performances. Franco will also be another member of the group, with presumably one more Horseman to be cast. Ruffalo and Laurent lead a team of FBI agents hot on the trail of the magicians, while Freeman plays an ex-magician who will no doubt act as some sort of sage mentor to the daring youngsters.
James’ little brother has been making leaps and bounds onto the big screen after a string of TV guest appearances that included “Greek”, “Scrubs” and “Privileged.” He was recently seen opposite Anton Yelchin in the “Fright Night” remake and will take villain roles in “Odd Thomas”, again opposite Yelchin, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s “21 Jump Street.”
September 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now you see her, now you don’t. Back in August we had reported that Amanda Seyfried was in negotiations for a role in magician heist thriller “Now You See Me” opposite Jesse Eisenberg, but it appears that deal never closed and ultimately couldn’t come together. Variety reports Australian actress Isla Fisher is now the one in negotiations for the role vacated by the “Red Riding Hood” actress. If Fisher’s deal comes together, she’ll join a cast that also includes Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo.
Louis Leterrier is directing the film about a world-renowned group of illusionists who pull off elaborate bank robberies while doing magic and end performances by showering their audiences with the stolen money. Eisenberg plays the “arrogant yet brilliant” leader of the group, called the Four Horseman, while Fisher will play Henly, the group’s technician, who builds the contraptions that enable their performances. Ruffalo and Laurent lead a team of FBI agents hot on the trail of the magicians, while Freeman plays an ex-magician who will no doubt act as some sort of sage mentor to the daring youngsters.
Fisher is currently down in her native Australia, filming the role of Myrtle Wilson in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” A veteran of romantic comedies like “Definitely, Maybe” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, she recently lent her voice to “Rango” and is next set to headline “Desperados”, an all-female roadtrip comedy in the vein of “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids.”
August 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
No simple card tricks here. Variety reports Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to play a master of illusion in magician heist thriller “Now You See Me”, joining Jesse Eisenberg and Melanie Laurent. Recent Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo has also entered negotiations for the ensemble picture to be directed by Louis Leterrier.
In the film, which revolves around a group of world class illusionists who pull off bank robberies during their elaborate shows and end each performance by showering their audience with the stolen money, Seyfried will play the group’s technician, who builds the contraptions that enable their performances. Presumably Eisenberg and Laurent will also be magicians, while Ruffalo will play the leader of the FBI agents assigned to track down the thieves. There should be at least one more male lead role to be cast; it was once offered to Jake Gyllenhaal, who ultimately passed.
Seyfried, one of the lackey “Mean Girls” of 2004, recently made a name for herself playing the leading lady in weepy romantic dramas like “Dear John” and “Letters to Juliet”. She is currently filming “The Big Wedding” (previously “Gently Down the Stream”) with Robert De Niro, Topher Grace and Susan Saradon and will next be seen in sci-fi actioner “In Time” (formerly “Im.mortal” and “Now”), which releases on October 28th.
July 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Mélanie Laurent’s got something up her sleeve. The French on the rise actress is in final negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg in magician bank heist thriller “Now You See Me”, reports Variety. Jake Gyllenhaal had also been offered a part in the film, but has ultimately passed. There’s no new word on the involvement of Olivia Wilde and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who had also previously been rumored to be in the mix for roles.
The picture revolves around a group of highly skilled magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances, ending their shows by showering their audience with the stolen money. The FBI eventually gets involved to set up the more traditional chase elements of bank heist thrillers. The studio had previously toyed with the idea of an older cast, courting the likes of Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Sacha Baron Cohen and Hugh Grant for the roles that went to Eisenberg, Laurent and presumably more similarly aged actors. Louis Leterrier will direct from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt.
Laurent got her Hollywood breakout moment when she starred as the vengeful Shosana in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Oscar-nominated “Inglourious Basterds” and can currently be seen opposite Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer on the critically lauded “Beginners.”
June 17, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Awards, Lists
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have released the list of 178 “artists and executives” who they are inviting to become members. Membership is opened up annually and generally include around 150-200 names. Receiving an Oscar nomination the previous years helps, but is not a guarantee. As an example from this year’s list, Ellen Page now has an invite to join even though she received a nomination all the way back in 2008 for “Juno”. Joining her are some favorites of ours here at Up and Comers, including recent nominees Jesse Eisenebrg and Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Rooney Mara, Anthony Mackie and Mia Wasikowska. This means, among other things, that they will be helping decide Oscar nominees and winners starting in 2012.
Academy Invites 178 to Membership
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”
The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film “Restrepo,” but died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.
The 2011 invitees are:
May 16, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Sarah Ramos, star of NBC’s “Parenthood” has signed on to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Phil Dorling’s indie drama Predisposed.
Following the story of the unhealthy releationship between “drug addict mother and her piano prodigy son (Eisenberg), as she prepares to enter rehab and he into Julliard”, this will be the first feature film for Ramos, who so far has only starred on the small screen.
She will be playing Eisenberg’s love interest alongside a great cast which also included Oscar winner Melissa Leo as Eisenberg’s mother, and Tracy Morgan as her drug dealer, Sprinkles.