April 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
She conquered “The Hunger Games” and now Leven Rambin is ready to take on another successful teen franchise as Variety reports the rising actress has joined Logan Lerman in “Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters”, the sequel to the 2010 modestly successful adaptation.
Lerman will reprise his lead role as Jackson, an ordinary teenager who discovers he’s the son of Poseidon, and also returning from the original film are Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, daughter of Athena, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover, a satyr, and Jake Abel as Luke, son of Hermes. Rambin will be playing Clarisse, daughter of Ares, the god of war. Douglas Smith is also a new addition to the cast, as Tyson, Percy’s half-brother and a cyclops. “The Sea of Monsters” sees Jackson and his friends heading into the legendary Sea of Monsters to find Zeus’ Golden Fleece. Shooting begins next week in Vancouver under the direction of Thor Freudenthal.
Rambin’s Glimmer may not return for “The Hunger Games” (spoiler alert), but Clarisse does appear in more sequels to “Percy Jackson” so her stay in this new franchise may last longer. A veteran of TV guest-starring roles, Rambin is now making a nice transition to film, having also recently completed work as the female lead on surf drama “Of Men and Mavericks”, a biopic about surfing icon Jay Moriarty. She plays Kim, Moriarty’s best friend, girlfriend and eventual wife.
March 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newcomer Jonny Westin embodies that carefree California cool in our first look at him on the set of “Of Men and Mavericks”, the biopic of legendary surfer Jay Moriarty, in which he plays the lead. The film, directed by Curtis Hanson – then finished off by Michael Apted when Hanson had health issues – chronicles Moriarty’s quest to ride the infamous waves at Mavericks, a Northern California surf spot that produces up to 80 foot waves in winter. He made the cover of Surfer magazine at the age of 16 for successfully surfing Mavericks (which four days later killed a much more experienced surfer), and is partly credited for bringing worldwide attention to the previously hidden spot. He survived the treacherous California waves, but died in 2001, apparently drowning during a free-diving expedition in the Indian Ocean at the age of 22.
Also pictured is “The Hunger Games” co-star Leven Rambin, who plays Kim, Moriarty’s best friend, girlfriend and eventual wife. Head to The New York Times (via The Playlist) for even more pictures of the rest of the cast, including Gerard Butler as Moriarty’s mentor. Westin and Rambin pics are below.
“Of Men and Mavericks” is set for a fall 2012 release.
February 9, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Proving nepotism isn’t always rife in Hollywood, Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, is joining his Hollywood legend father in “Trouble With The Curve” after auditioning for the role.
The sports flick, also starring Justin Timberlake, features elder Eastwood as an aging, sight impaired baseball scout who travels with his daughter (to be played by Amy Adams) to Atlanta to check out a hot new prospect. Younger Eastwood is to play Billy Clark, “a slumping minor league player who the the protag discovered and still has faith in”.
Eastwood’s first role was in his father’s film “Flags Of Our Fathers”, and has also starred in several others. Last seen in horror film “Enter Nowhere”, in 2012 Eastwood will have several releases – drama “Carmel” with Josh Hutchinson, another sports drama “Of Men and Mavericks” with Gerald Butler, and then filming will begin soon for “Trouble With The Curve” since Warner Bros have already set a release date of September 28.
October 8, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Psycho Oliver’s at it again. That crazy kid from the first season of “The O.C.” who took Marissa hostage at gunpoint will still be messing with people’s lives, according to Variety. Taylor Handley has signed on to play the villain role in Curtis Hanson’s surfing drama “Of Men and Mavericks” (formerly just “Mavericks”), a biopic of surfing legend Jay Moriarty.
Newcomer Jonny Weston has the lead role of Moriarity, a Northern California surfer who became renowned for surfing the treacherous waves at Mavericks, a surf spot near Santa Cruz. He made the cover of Surfer magazine at the age of 16 for successfully surfing Mavericks (which four days later killed a much more experienced surfer), and is partly credited for bringing worldwide attention to the previously hidden spot. He survived the treacherous California waves, but died in 2001, apparently drowning during a free-diving expedition in the Indian Ocean at the age of 22. Gerard Butler will be Rick “Frosty” Hesson, friend and mentor who trained him for over a year, and “The Hunger Games” star Leven Rambin will play Moriarty’s best friend and love interest, who is an avid surfer herself. Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer also star as Moriarty’s mother and Hesson’s wife. Handley plays a bully surfer who never follows surfers’ codes, which makes Moriarty’s laid back attitude even more of an idol to their peers.
Handley has stuck mainly to TV after his big break on “The O.C.”, headlining failed series “Hidden Palms” with Amber Heard and guest-starring every series from “Southland” to “CSI: NY” to “Law & Order: LA.” He was last seen on the big screen with Lucas Till and Aaron Eckhart in alien invasion actioner “Battle: Los Angeles.”