June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Eddie Redmayne has become increasingly in demand thanks to his breakout role as Marius in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” Deadline reports Redmayne has landed the role of genius physicist Stephen Hawking in biopic “Theory of Everything”, which James Marsh is set to direct. Deadline also reports Redmayne is also being sought for Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of “Far From the Madding Crowd” opposite Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts, but believes Redmayne’s priority will be the Hawking biopic.
Filming is set to begin in early fall with Redmayne as the British physicist who grew up in a financially strapped but highly intelligent family. Hawking did not succeed at school as a young boy but always showed an aptitude for science, earning the nickname “Einstein.” He started Oxford at age 17, where he felt isolated for being younger than his classmates and finding the work “ridiculously easy.” After being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, Hawking fell into depression and only found something to continue living for upon falling in love with Jane Wilde, a friend of his sister’s. They were engaged in 1964 and the film is expected to focus on their relationship.
In “Far From the Madding Crowd”, Mulligan plays a headstrong young woman named Bathsheba and her three suitors: Gabriel, a shepherd (Schoenaerts); William, a rich older farmer; and Troy, a handsome young soldier, through a number of years and dramatic episodes as she grows up and learns what is truly valuable in life. Presumably Redmayne is being sought for the role of Troy, which had once also been linked to Matthew Goode. But “Crowd” also films this fall, so Redmayne’s ability to commit to both films is in question.
Redmayne was one of our Breakout Stars of 2012 thanks to his revelatory and heartbreaking turn as student revolutionary Marius in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of hit musical “Les Miserables”, Oscar nominated for Best Picture last year. He’s already tackled Hardy in BBC miniseries “Tess of the D’Ubervilles” opposite Gemma Arterton, and was the best part of Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn” opposite Michelle Williams. Redmayne is currently filming the Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
May 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Confirming earlier reports, Amanda Seyfried is now in final negotiations to join Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s long-gestating next film, “While We’re Young”, according to The Wrap.
The film is about two couples, an older, uptight married one comprised of a documentary filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who find their lives turned upside down when they befriend a free-spirited younger couple, to be played by Driver and Seyfried. Filming will take place in New York this fall should everything come together, though it should be noted this project has been on and off for years, with other actors like Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco in Driver’s role, and frequent Baumbach collaborator Greta Gerwig in Seyfried’s.
Last seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning adaptation of musical “Les Miserables”, Seyfried also earned acclaim at Sundance this year, where her titular “Lovelace” premiered to mostly rave reviews. She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opposite Charlize Theron and has recently signed on to a string of films, including sci-fi adaptation “Z for Zachariah” with Chris Pine and true life family drama “Three Little Words” opposite Reese Witherspoon.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried, and Chiwetel Ejiofor have signed on to star in the adaptation of sci-fi young adult novel “Z for Zachariah”, according to Deadline.
Craig Zobel directs the film following 16 year old Ann (Seyfried) who thinks she’s the last person on earth after a nuclear holocaust, living on a farm in the only valley with breathable oxygen left in the region. Her world is turned upside down when a campfire alerts her to the presence of two men who have also seemingly survived. An August start on the adaptation of the Robert O’Brien novel is scheduled.
Pine opens in sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” tomorrow, reprising his role as Cpatain Kirk, and also has Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan” reboot in the can awaiting release. He just landed his first musical, as one of the Princes in Rob Marshall’s twisted fairy tale “Into the Woods.” Seyfried is also musically inclined, most recently seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The team who brought the story of iconic porn star Linda “Lovelace” to life on the big screen are teaming up again to tell another fact-based story, with Variety reporting that Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have signed on to direct Amanda Seyfried in “The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League”, which she has been attached to for years.
Seyfried first became attached in 2010 to the role of Esther Reed, who assumed multiple identities to gain admittance to Harvard and Columbia. She was Natalie Bowman at Harvard, where she joined the debate team. When that jig was up, she assumed the identity of Brooke Henson, a missing girl from South Carolina, to attend Columbia University, fleeing again when a potential new employer discovered her identity was fake. She was finally caught by police on pure coincidence when they searched her area of residence for a mass shooter on the loose. After being convicted to 51 months in prison, she was released only last year. Filming on her story begins later this year.
Last seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning adaptation of musical “Les Miserables”, Seyfried also earned acclaim at Sundance this year, where “Lovelace” premiered to mostly rave reviews. She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opposite Charlize Theron and will next be seen in ensemble romantic comedy “The Big Wedding”, in which she plays Ben Barnes’ bride.
April 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sorry haters, Anne Hathaway is having a hell of a moment and it doesn’t look like it’ll be over anytime soon. After playing Catwoman in last year’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, the new Oscar winner is now set to reunite with director Christopher Nolan on his highly secretive, highly anticipated next project, according to Deadline. The apty-titled space-set blockbuster “Interstellar” already has Matthew McConaughey set for one of the other lead roles.
The project has been in development for years, at one point with Steven Spielberg attached to direct, but now it’s being fast-tracked with Nolan on board directing from a script written by his brother and frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan. Like everything he does, there are very few plot details available, but it deals with a group of scientific explorers who encounter time travel and alternate dimensions through a wormhole, or “a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Filming will probably begin soon as the film already has a November 7, 2014 release date.
Hathaway, after having previously been nominated for “Rachel Getting Married”, won her first Academy Award for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables” earlier this year and appears to have no plans to slow down. “Interstellar” is already her second film commitment since winning her Oscar, as she also recently signed on to star in Lynn Shelton’s dark indie comedy “Laggies” opposite Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber.
March 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newly minted Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Mark Webber and Sam Rockwell are all in negotiations to join “Your Sister’s Sister” director Lynn Shelton’s next film, “Laggies”, according to Deadline.
The long-gestating project will see Hathaway as Megan, a perpetually immature 28 year old, who responds to her boyfriend’s (Webber) marriage proposal with a major freakout. Telling everyone she’s going on a work-related trip, she instead spends a week hanging out with her new best friend, Moretz’s 16 year old high school student. Paul Rudd had at one point been attached to the film, but it’s likely he’s been replaced by Rockwell, who plays an older character named Craig. No word on when filming begins.
Hathaway, after having previously been nominated for “Rachel Getting Married”, won her first Academy Award for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables” just a month ago. Moretz recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″ and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake. Webber, a rising figure on the indie scene appeared in three Sundance films last year year, sex hotline comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” with Ari Graynor, “Save the Date” with Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan and his own “The End of Love”, which he wrote, directed and produced, as well as starred in.
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
She starred in the worldwide box office smash “Les Miserables“, and recently sung live at the Academy Awards to millions of viewers, so Samantha Barks has decided her next move will be much smaller in scale, joining British film “The Christmas Candle”.
Britain’s Daily Mail reports that the ensemble film will also star Susan Boyle in her acting debut. Boyles found fame on Britain’s Got Talent (by singing the “Les Miserables” anthem “I Dreamed A Dream”), and she will sing an original song for the film. Boyle and Barks may sing a duet.
Directed by John Stephenson, the film, set in the late 19th century, “is whimsical and allows that every 25 years an angel visits the village candle-maker and touches a single candle. It follows that whoever lights the Christmas candle sees their wish granted on Christmas eve. But things go awry when the Christmas candle goes missing.”
Also starring a host of British actors including Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy, John Hannah and James Cosmo, Barks told Screen Daily, “Having just landed from the Academy Awards I had an hour to unpack and repack and get to set. I’m very excited to be part of The Christmas Candle and I’m loving every second.”
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February 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jennifer Lawrence, the youngest two-time Best Actress nominee ever, just took home her fist Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook.” The big winner of the night was “Argo”, which won Best Picture without its director, Ben Affleck, even being nominated for Best Director. The winner in that category went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”, who has now won Best Director twice without his filing winning Best Picture.
In the other acting categories, Anne Hathaway, the biggest lock of the night, won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Les Miserables”, while Daniel Day Lewis was announced as Best Actor for “Lincoln” by Meryl Streep, who didn’t even bother opening the envelope containing the winner’s name! In the widest open category of the night, Christoph Waltz took home the Best Supporting Actor trophy for “Django Unchained.” He won two years ago in the same category for another Quentin Tarantino film, “Inglourious Basterds.”
Below are the full list of winners from tonight’s Academy Awards, in the order they were handed out during the show.
February 22, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway will get to sing again on the big screen, and sooner than expected. Hathaway is set to star alongside acclaimed British singer/actor Johnny Flynn in new film “Song One“.
Hathaway will star as an archaeologist who falls in love with a rock star, to be played by Flynn, after returning home to the US when her brother falls ill.
Written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland, “Song One” will be Barker-Froyland’s first feature length picture, and Britain’s Baz Bamigboye for The Daily Mail confirms that both Hathaway and Flynn will sing in the film, with indie band Jenny & Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice) writing music for both Flynn and Hathaway. Filming is due to begin this Autumn.
Flynn, lead singer of band Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit is an acclaimed stage actor and musician but this would be his first major starring role. A two time Oscar nominee, Hathaway is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress this Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards for her captivating performance as Fantine in the worldwide smash adaptation “Les Miserables“. With a rising profile thanks to her Les Mis performance and a starring role in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises“, she looked set to take on the female lead role in Steven Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse” reboot but that film has now stalled.
February 11, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Fresh off a starring role in the worldwide box office hit “Les Miserables” and a recent premiere at Sundance Film Festival of indie pic “Lovelace“, THR reports that Amanda Seyfried has picked her next role – Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West“.
The film has been co-written by Seth Macfarlane who will also sit in the director’s chair for this, his sophomore directorial effort following last year’s “Ted”.
Macfarlane will also co-star in the film which follows a “sheepish farmer, who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. When he meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who offers to teach him how to shoot, the farmer sees a chance to win back his love.”
Seyfried will play the farmer’s girlfriend and Charlize Theron will star as the wife of the outlaw.
Seyfried first gained attention thanks to 2004′s cult favourite “Mean Girls“, and went on to win small screen acclaim in “Big Love”. She starred in several box office misses including Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood” and the thriller “In Time“, before being cast as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the smash hit musical “Les Miserables”. She recently wrapped filming on ensemble comedy “The Big Wedding“, and late last year she, questionably, joined the cast of “Wonderful Tonight” with Patrick Dempsey.