October 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming is now underway on the highly anticipated and super star-studded big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play stage play “August: Osage County”, and today we have our first look at at Abigail Breslin on the set, along with co-stars Juliette Lewis and Julia Roberts.
Letts’ play follows one dysfunctional family in Oklahoma over the course of several weeks one summer as they come together in the wake of the father’s disappearance and John Wells is currently directing his A-list cast in Oklahoma. Meryl Streep’s Violet is the pill-popping matriarch, while Roberts plays her oldest daughter Barbara, who’s separated from her husband. Lewis plays youngest daughter Karen, self-absorbed and willfully ignorant of the problems in her own life. Breslin’s Jean is 14 and already a pot-smoking rebel. The ladies are all dressed in black from head to toe in these first set photos, which seems to imply a funeral scene may be on the docket for this day of shooting. The cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper and Dermot Mulroney.
The first image of Breslin as Jean can be viewed below. Roberts fan website About Julia got the first snaps of the cast on set, and you can head over there for even more.
July 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Abigail Breslin will play Julia Roberts’ daughter in “August: Osage County”, according to Deadline. Meryl Streep plays the family matriarch and Juliette Lewis has also joined the cast (replacing Andrea Riseborough) of the big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play.
Letts’ play follows one dysfunctional family in Oklahoma over the course of several weeks one summer as they come together in the wake of the father’s disappearance. Streep’s Violet is the pill-popping matriarch, while Roberts plays her oldest daughter Barbara, who’s separated from her husband. Lewis plays youngest daughter Karen, self-absorbed and willfully ignorant of the problems in her own life. Breslin’s Jean is 14 and already a pot-smoking rebel. John Wells will direct on location in Oklahoma this fall, and the rest of the large ensemble cast still needs to be assembled.
Breslin, one of the youngest Oscar nominees ever for her role in “Little Miss Sunshine” back in 2006, has had a somewhat patchy career since as she begins to traverse that awkward stage of transitioning from child to adult roles. She most recently appeared in Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy “New Year’s Eve” and recently wrapped up a key supporting role in Gavin Hood’s adaptation of seminal sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game.” Indie flicks including horror “Final Girl” and comedy “Virgin Mary” are also on her horizon.
July 10, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Andrea Riseborough may still be a relative unknown but it’s looking more and more likely we’ll start to see her name everywhere. After turns in 2010 films “Never let Me Go” and “Made in Dagenham”, she spent 2011 promoting Madonna’s panned “W.E.“. But the British actress also signed on to some potential hits, including “Shadow Dancer” and “Welcome to the Punch”, both of which are set for release this year, and during the early months of 2012 won one of the lead roles in the Tom Cruise sci-fi flick “Oblivion” as well as joining smaller, indie film The Hidden with Alexander Skarsgard.
Now Britain’s Daily Mail (via Playlist) is reporting that Riseborough may be about to land her biggest role yet, working alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Lett’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play “August: Osage County“.
The star is still in negotiations but if successful, Riseborough will be set to play Karen, Streep’s youngest daughter. The story “follows the women of the Weston family whose lives have splintered in many directions until their alcoholic father’s disappearance brings them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them”. Streep will play matriarch Violet, with Roberts set to play Barbara, the eldest daughter.
“August: Osage County” is currently looking to go into production in September, ready for an early 2013 release … just in time for awards season.
January 25, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
So, we were pretty hard on the first trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Snow White film “Mirror Mirror” and honestly, it seemed like maybe Relativity Media were starting to have doubts as well, since it’s been a few months since that release and there’s been nary a peep from the movie til now, even though it releases in less than two months. The jokes seem somewhat toned down (or better hidden) in the new trailer/behind-the-scenes clip, with an emphasis on Lily Collins and the “modernized” Snow White she embodies, but we are still eyeing this one with some suspicion. Armie Hammer acting like a puppy is just a step too far beyond ridiculous for our tastes.
The clip debuted on Parents Connect, perhaps an indication we are a bit older than the target audience for the movie, and are judging it too harshly. Or maybe it really sucks, who knows? Find out if “Mirror Mirror”, err, lives up to its trailers, on March 16, 2012.
January 21, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Ryan Murphy has had huge success on the small screen, with TV hits from 90s show “Popular” to the current smash “Glee” so it’s no surprise to see him turn his talents to the big screen – and with the Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart”.
The largely biographical play by Larry Kramer centres on writer/activist Ned Weeks, and his attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s in New York City.
Mark Ruffalo signed on to play Weeks back in 2010, and now it looks like two of TV’s biggest stars have also hopped on board. Jim Parsons, from “The Big Bang Theory” and Matt Bomer, who currently stars in “White Collar” and will soon be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” have joined the cast that also features A list stars such as Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin. The Playlist reports that Parsons will play Southern gay rights activist Tommy Boatwright – a role which he also played on Broadway – and Bomer will take on the role of Felix Turner, Weeks’ fashion designer boyfriend who contracts the diease.
Bomer was fan favourite back in 2010 to take on the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot but lost out to British star Henry Cavill. He starred alongside Justin Timberlake in “In Time” and has a lead role in the male stripper party flick “Magic Mike”, also starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. This is the first major film role for Parsons, who has been a staple of the TV comedy scene for the last few years.
November 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The first trailer for “Mirror Mirror” has arrived, and… oy. The combined puppy dog charms of Lily Collins and Armie Hammer aren’t enough to overcome an especially grating Julia Roberts, disappointingly limp costumes and sets and dialogue full of puns so terrible I can’t even make a pun here to clever this sentence up. We were rooting for your Snow White movie, Tarsem Singh (even, at times, over that other one), but why are you making it so hard?
Looks like Tarsem and Co. were aiming for family-friendly comedy adventure and overshot it by about a mile. A beautiful and charming Collins seems well cast, as does the dashing Hammer, except for when he’s made to act ridiculous (which is, unfortunately, more often than not) and the two do provide some moments of genuine likeability, but they are way too easily overrun by Roberts’ Evil Queen, who’s looking like the least funny funny character that’s come along in a great while. Upside? While a certain other Snow White is looking to be greatly overshadowed by her Evil Queen, Collins should have no problem coming off as the bright spot and highlight here.
“Mirror Mirror” opens on March 16, 2012, three months before “Snow White and the Huntsman.” So, you know, it has that going for it.
October 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Yesterday we posted the first images of Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew in Tarsem Singh’s super colorful and outlandish still untitled “Snow White” film and today a plethora of new images have been released, courtesy of EW, People and Yahoo! Movies. The costumes get bigger and more colorful and Lily Collins, it must be said, looks like a perfect Snow White, delicate and beautiful and always wearing a radiant smile, even in the midst of sword training.
Further details have also emerged from director Singh, who reveals that Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen won’t be outwardly evil at first. “She’s the cat that ate the canary,” he tells EW. “From serial killers to anyone who does evil deeds, they basically have a devil-made-me-do-it excuse, or they hear voices,” he continues. “I decided for the evil queen, this is going to be a person who sees her [good] self — but there’s a mirror personality.” When she sends her henchman Nathan Lane to take Snow White into the woods to be killed, he can’t do it and she takes up shelter with seven dwarfs, who make a living as bandits and wear stilts to appear gigantic when ambushing caravans. Kudos to Relativity for hiring real little people actors to play the dwarfs; the characters are still unnamed but they will be played by Jordan Prentice, Joey Gnoffo , Sabastian Saraceno, Collins, Martin Klebba, Mark Provinelli, Ronald Lee Clark and Danny Woodburn.
October 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The battle to be the fairest of them all rages on. Relativity continues to stay one step ahead of Universal in the tale of the dueling Snow Whites. While filming is still underway on Charlize Theron-Chris Hemsworth starrer “Snow White and the Huntsman”, today new looks at director Tarsem Singh’s still untitled “comedic adventure” take on the wayward Princess and her seven dwarf friends have been unveiled, giving us our first glimpse of Julia Roberts as a “relateable” Evil Queen and Armie Hammer’s dashing Prince Andrew, who attracts both princess and queen.
Back in July, the first image from the film was revealed, featuring Lily Collins in the titular role looking every bit the fantastical fairy tale princess and altogether a totally different creature from armor-clad Kristen Stewart snapped filming battle scenes as the same character on the “Huntsman” set last month. The new reveals of Hammer and especially Roberts fall right in line with Collins’ outrageously colorful look, and we’d expect no less from a true visionary and out-of-the-box director like Tarsem, who is outspoken about the fact that the look of a film matters much more to him than the content.
Roberts fan site About Juia snagged the first scans from the new issue of People Magazine (seen below) and the article suggests even more new images will be revealed soon at People.com/SnowWhite. Also interesting from the article is that simply “Snow” is being considered as a possible title for the project formerly working under the title: “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.”
July 22, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It still doesn’t have an official name; the release date has been pushed forward enough times that we lost count; and right now it’s coming second fiddle to another Snow White film that’s gathering a great supporting cast, but Tarsem Singh’s “Snow White” remake has finally shown us that production is well under way, with our first look at Lily Collins in costume as our lead princess.
Looking classical and beautiful, Collins told EW that her Snow White is “a joyful person who lights up a room and maintains grace at all times” and that she is “very much that fairy tale princess we’ve all read about in books [but] she’s been modernized in a way that she becomes a fighter in the end.”
Featuring The Social Network’s Armie Hammer as the Prince, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Sean Bean as the King, Singh’s version finds the Prince stuck between the Evil Queen who wants to use him to better herself, and Snow White, who wants his help to gain control back of her kingdom. As Collins tells EW though, Snow White goes “from seeking his help to falling in love, though obviously there’s something of a spark from the beginning.”
The as yet untitled Snow White film is due out on March 16th 2012.
May 15, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Universal have finally locked down their fourth and final main character for next year’s Snow White and the Huntsman – Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who won us over in Star Trek and headlines Thor, this past week’s number one movie in America, has officially signed on as Kristen Stewart’s Huntsman in Universal’s take on the Snow White classic.
In this adapatation of the Grimm’s Brother tale, Snow White is no damsel in distress. On the run with the Huntsman, Snow White insists that she be taught self defense in order to protect herself without needing a man.
The news that Hemsworth is to take the titular role is a departure from the previous, and more established, names whom Universal had been eyeing – Viggo Mortensen and fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman.
But it’s good news for Universal who at last have their four main characters after up and comer Sam Claflin signed on to play Prince Charmant earlier this month (Charlize Theron has been attached since the beginning to play the evil step-mother).
Relativity’s own adaptation of the same classic tale The Brothers Grimm: Snow White has been cast for some time now (Lily Collins is to take the role of Snow White here, with Armie Hammer as her Prince and Julia Roberts as the evil step-mother) so we’re excited for these two to finally start filming.