August 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Julianne Hough and Diablo Cody must have really enjoyed working together on Cody’s still untitled directorial debut, because Hough has now signed on to headline romantic dramedy “Time and a Half”, which Cody wrote and Ol Parker will direct. Variety broke the news earlier today.
Hough will play a recent college graduate who takes a job at a local trophy store and runs into her sister’s high school boyfriend, with whom she had a one night stand. Variety emphasizes production will not go forward until the right actress is cast to play the sister, and filming is likely to take place after the beginning of 2013.
She was a dancer, not a star when she first appeared on “Dancing with the Stars”, but Hough has made a transition from reality star to movie star that should be enviable to just about everyone else in her profession. After a bit role in “Burlesque”, Hough landed the female lead in Craig Brewer’s “Footloose” remake, followed by the female lead in Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages”, then the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “Safe Haven” – a role originally earmarked for Keira Knightley – which is currently filming. Cody’s formerly-titled “Lamb of God” and now “Time and a Half” will make it five for five.
May 20, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Nearly a year after being cast, Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine‘s “Now Is Good” screened this past week at Cannes Film Festival. One of our most anticipated films of 2012 and based on Jenny Downham’s novel “Before I Die”, the film follows 17 year old Tessa, a terminally ill teenage girl, and her desire to experience life to the fullest before she dies.
It’s a decent performance from Fanning, whose journey from child actress to movie star has been patchy. Fanning’s Tessa is played as mad at the world, unable to come to terms with her illness as she deals with an overbearing father and a mother who can’t deal with her daughter’s imminent death. Unfortunately for Fanning, she is hindered by a poor script which doesn’t allow us to feel any sympathy for Tessa.
March 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dakota Fanning’s a terminally ill teenage girl with only a few months to live, and her next door neighbor looks like Jeremy Irvine, so it’s probably not hard to guess what she wants to spend her last days on earth doing. In the Ol Parker directed film based on the novel “Before I Die”, the retitled “Now is Good” chronicles Fanning’s Tessa as she decides to stop treatment on her disease and create a bucket list of things to experience before she dies.
If we go by the first trailer below, that list includes breaking the law, watching the sunrise and sunset, skiing, dating, doing drugs and going skinny dipping. Irvine is there to help her, along with her more adventurous best friend, played by rising British star Kaya Scodelario. Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams will co-star alongside the youngsters as Fanning’s parents who struggle with setting limits on a teenager with so little time to experience life and things that would normally be off-limits to kids without time constraints.
The film will be released in the UK on May 25th with no US release date set just yet. See the first trailer below.
June 26, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Kaya Scodelario took to Twitter yesterday to announce she has joined the cast of “Now Is Good”, starring Dakota Fanning as a terminally ill teenager who is determined to live her short life to the fullest. Jeremy Irvine stars opposite Fanning as the boy next door with whom she falls in love. Ol Parker will direct and Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams will co-star alongside the youngsters, presumably playing Fanning’s parents who struggle with setting limits on a teenager with so little time to experience things like sex, drugs and adventure.
Scodelario sounded ecstatic about the film and has apparently been sitting on the news for a while: “Just been told that I’m aloud 2 tell u guys what my next project is!It’s called Now Is Good and I’ll be working with Dakota Fanning!Excited!” After taking a moment to cringe at the failing British education system, we can begin speculating on what role the young “Skins” star might play. Inevitably, Fanning’s character Tessa is the straight-laced good girl with the complete opposite for a best friend. Scodelario may well likely play Zoey, the more outgoing, reckless and life-of-the-party of the pair.
The 19-year-old Scodelario is most known to audiences for her role as fan favorite Effy on UK teen series “Skins”, and recently was shortlisted for the role of Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s “The Hunger Games”, a role that eventually went to Jennifer Lawrence. However, Scodelario may have her own big breakout moment on film when she headlines Andrea Arnold’s new adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” as Cathy, one half of a tortured couple whose love/hate relationship transcends life and death. The highly anticipated (and highly secretive) film is rumored to be planning an unveiling at one of the many prestigious film festivals rolling out this fall, the most likely being Venice or Toronto.
May 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dakota Fanning will spend the time she has left on earth with Jeremy Irvine, according to Screen Daily, who reports that the two young stars will topline “Now Is Good”, based on Jenny Downham’s novel “Before I Die”, about a terminally ill teenage girl’s desire to experience life to the fullest before she dies.
Ol Parker will direct and Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams will co-star alongside the youngsters, presumably playing Fanning’s parents who struggle with setting limits on a teenager with so little time to experience things like sex, drugs and adventure. Irvine will most likely play the boy next door with whom she falls in love, though no further details are given.
Irvine is the famously hand-picked star of Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated “War Horse” and will next take on Charles Dickens’ iconic young hero Pip in Mike Newell’s new adaptation of “Great Expectations”. Fanning took a brief hiatus for the sake of her education but is now back in full force, recently signing on for “Very Good Girls” opposite Elizabeth Olsen. She is currently filming “The Motel Life” opposite Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff and will next head to the deep South for “Mississippi Wild”, a jewelry robbery actioner starring Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker.