Have we mentioned yet how insane Adam Driver's career is? Because it just got even more insane. Variety is now reporting that the "Girls" star is nearing a deal to play the villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII," said Read more
After a long process, it looks like Fox and director Josh Trank have found their new "Fantastic Four." The Wrap reported (and has since been echoed by both Variety and THR) that the new superhero team will be: Miles Read more
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Louis Zamperini is probably better known for the ordeals he went through as a soldier for the American army during World War II, but before that, he was an Olympic athlete in Track and Field and that is the Read more
We've said goodbye to another year and counted down our favorite movies of 2013, now it's time to look forward to the year in front of us. 2014 proves to be another big year filled with big blockbusters, anticipated Read more
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“Thor” star Jaimie Alexander has booked a pair of new projects, one each on the big and small screens, according to Deadline. She has joined Ryan Murphy’s drama pilot for HBO, “Open,” as a series regular, and will also topline indie film “Money Is Money” opposite Luke Bracey.
There are no plot details on “Money Is Money,” but Murphy’s “Open” is centered around five lead characters, as played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and is described as “a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships.” Alexander will play Bentley’s Stepford Wife Claire, who is popping pills to deal with postpartum depression. Alexander landed the role after impressing the studio and coming close to the “24: Live Another Day” female lead that ultimately went to Yvonne Strahovski.
Alexander recently reprised her role as the Asgardian warrior Sif in sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and will do so again in an upcoming episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She also recently appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Last Stand” and recently wrapped up filming on thriller “London Fields” opposite Amber Heard and Theo James.
The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation has found its leading lady in Michelle Monaghan, who will star in “The Best of Me,” according to THR. Michael Hoffman will direct the film which is about two former high school sweethearts who reconnect years later when they both return to their small coastal town. So, you know, something new from Sparks.
Monaghan has played many “girlfriend” roles opposite such movie stars as Robert Downey, Jr. in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Due Date,” Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible 3,” Jake Gyllenhaal in “Source Code” and Ben Stiller in “The Heartbreak Kid,” but never really broke though. She has “Better Living Through Chemistry” with Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell and “A Many Splintered Thing” opposite Chris Evans completed and awaiting release. “The Best of Me” will be the ninth Sparks adaptation for the big screen; how will Monaghan fare compared to her predecessors?
Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Giovanni Ribisi and Philip Baker Hall are all in talks to join Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan in indie “anti-romantic comedy” “A Many Splintered Thing”, reports Variety.
Evans plays a man disillusioned with love, who meets the beautiful but engaged Monaghan while pretending to be a philanthropist at a charity dinner. He pretends to put himself into the Friend Zone in order to continue to pursue her romantically. No word on who any of the aforementioned new cast additions will play, but according to Deadline, Topher Grace will play Evans’ best friend. Commercials director Justin Reardon makes his feature directorial debut from a Black List script by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair. Production is slated to begin next month.
Mackie and Evans will work together here first, before heading to Cleveland to shoot “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Mackie has been confirmed for the role of Marvel superhero Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon in that film. He also has Michael Bay’s dark comedy “Pain & Gain” opposite Mark Wahlberg, as well as Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone awaiting release. Plaza, a regular on NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation”, and Mackie worked together on the recently released high school reunion drama “10 Years.” Her completed indie films include “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” opposite Shia Labeouf and Evan Rachel Wood, and Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” with Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan will star in indie comedy “A Many Splintered Thing”, reports Deadline from Toronto.
In the film described as an anti-romantic comedy, Evans will play a man disillusioned with love, who meets the beautiful but engaged Monaghan while pretending to be a philanthropist at a charity dinner. He pretends to put himself into the Friend Zone in order to continue to pursue her romantically. Commercials director Justin Reardon makes his feature directorial debut from a Black List script by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair. Production begins on October 26th.
“Captain America” himself has smartly interspersed his portrayals of Steve Rogers with smaller, darker fare to contrast the popcorn blockbusters like “The Avengers.” He’ll be seen in serial killer drama “The Iceman” opposite Michael Shannon and recently wrapped up futuristic thriller “Snowpiercer” opposite Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. He’ll return to the Marvel universe to begin filming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in early 2013, but they’ll have to find him a leading lady first.
A rather eclectic collection of young actresses are vying for the female lead in “Burt Wonderstone”, the magician comedy that sees Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as rival illusionists on the Las Vegas strip. Deadline reports the shortlist right now conists of Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Silverman and Jessica Biel.
The Don Scardino-directed comedy sees Carell as the title character, a magician who splits from his longtime partner and finds himself on the verge of being upstaged by a hip David Blaine type street magician who begins stealing all his thunder. No word on what the female lead entails. Of the five ladies in contention, Silverman and Greer are the comic veterans, though Silverman certainly has a set personal style of comedy, doing stand-up and starring on her own show on Comedy Central; and Greer (an underrated favorite amongst the blogosphere) has traditionally been more of the kooky best friend comedic relief in past roles (“27 Dresses”, “Elizabethtown” and countless TV series. Monaghan, Wilde and Biel, often cast in more shallow “hot girl” roles, have each done a fair bit of comedic acting themselves. Monaghan headlined romantic comedy “Made of Honor” opposite Patrick Dempsey while Wilde and Biel have played love interest roles in frat-boy comedies like “The Change-Up” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
Which actress gets chosen may be a good indicator of what direction the filmmakers want to take the film in.
Call it a win-win situation. Jennifer Garner is gearing up to welcome a third child, and subsequently has left the door open for Olivia Wilde to add another movie to her rapidly filling upcoming slate. Garner had been attached to play the female lead in dark indie comedy “Better Living Through Chemistry”, but due to her just-announced pregnancy, has had to drop out. Variety reports Wilde is now in negotiations to take her place opposite Sam Rockwell (who himself is a replacement, taking the role left vacant by Jeremy Renner).
Directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, “Chemistry” follows a straight-laced pharmicist (Rockwell) whose life spirals out of control after he begins an affair with Wilde’s character, a trophy wife regular customer that “takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.” Michelle Monaghan plays Rockwell’s neglected wife. Filming is set to begin this fall.
Wilde was recently seen in summer flops “Cowboys and Aliens” and “The Change-Up” but will have plenty more chances to turn her luck around. She co-stars with Garner in ensemble comedy “Butter”, headed for TIFF next month, and also stars alongside Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller “In Time.” In addition, she has also completed work on family drama/thriller “Blackbird” with Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam and “Welcome to People”, where she plays Chris Pine’s love interest. It’s no wonder her character Thirteen will finally be written off Fox series “House”, freeing Wilde up for a movie career that increasingly demands her full attention.
“Unstoppable” meets “Groundhog Day” in the first trailer for Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi thriller “Source Code”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who is transported into the body of a man aboard a bomb-rigged train doomed to explode and kill all its passengers. He has 8 minutes to solve the mystery of who the bomber is in order to prevent another attack set to take place 6 hours later. If he can’t solve the riddle, the train explodes, he dies and is then sent back in to try again and again until he succeeds. Of course, a wrench is thrown into the plans when he begins falling for fellow passenger Michelle Monaghan, and his mission begins to revolve around trying to save her life, though scientists reassure him it’s impossible.
It sort of feels like the filmmakers are trying to fit a lot of different genres and themes into one movie, but the premise is rather intriguing, the acting talent assembled is impressive (Vera Farmiga seems a bit wasted as mostly a voice behind a computer screen) and the action sequences look seamless. The movie hits theaters April 15, 2011 and you can watch the first trailer below.
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