December 5, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Andrew Garfield is returning to theaters next summer in a role that made him a hero. That role, of course, is Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man. Just last year, Garfield took on the iconic Marvel superhero role in Marc Webb‘s reboot. Today, Sony and Columbia Pictures have unveiled the first teaser trailer for the film’s aptly titled sequel “The Amazing-Spider Man 2.”
Returning alongside Garfield from the first film are Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben (in flashback scenes). For this sequel, Webb recruited an all-star cast of veteran actors: Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. Also cast are rising stars Dane DeHaan as Peter’s frenemy Harry Osborn and Felicity Jones in a yet to be revealed role.
According to the film’s official synopsis, Peter Parker’s alias Spider-Man finds himself challenged with the rise of two new villains, Electro and The Rhino, who are both threatening the city of New York. If that wasn’t enough problems on his hands, Peter’s old friend Harry Osborne returns. (As we all know, both Harry and his father famously took turns in the villainous role of the Green Goblin.) Under all this chaos, Peter comes to realization that all of his enemies are somehow connected by a single thing: OsCorp.
August 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes (brother to “Divergent”‘s Ben Lloyd-Hughes) has landed the male lead role in the new adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary” starring Mia Wasikowska in the lead role, according to Deadline. Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller also star.
Rose Barreneche scripted the new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s first novel and masterpiece, and Wasikowska, who was cast back in March of 2012, will play the titular character of Emma Bovary, a doctor’s wife who lives beyond her means and takes on many adulterous affairs in order to combat the ennui of her life. Sophie Barthes will direct the new adaptation, which is said to be faithful to Flaubert’s text but updated with youthful and modern sensibilities. It will be at least the 6th time the novel has been adapted for the screen.
Lloyd-Hughes is known for “The Inbetweeners Movie” and a bit role in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” He recently wrapped indie British comedy “Hello Carter” with “Attack the Block”‘s Jodie Whitaker and Charlie Cox.
August 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Zac Efron is in way over his head in the first trailer released for John F. Kennedy assassination drama “Parkland”, which will be released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the President’s death. The Peter Landesman film focuses on the lesser known individuals who all played a part that history-making day, including Efron’s inexperienced young doctor, the only one on duty at the time JFK was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital.
The cast also features newcomer Jeremy Strong as gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, James Badge Dale Lee’s brother Robert, Jacki Weaver as his mother Marguerite, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, Marcia Gay Harden as the head nurse of Parkland Hospital and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, whose recording of the Presidential motorcade became a key piece of evidence in the ensuing investigation.
“Parkland” heads to Venice and Toronto next month and will be released on October 4th. See the first trailer below.
July 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival and was just recently set for September 20th release date, and now we have the first official photos from JFK assassination drama “Parkland”, via USA Today. Among the first photos are stage actor Jeremy Strong play Lee Harvey Oswald and Zac Efron playing the rookie doctor – the only one on duty at the time – who tried to save both the President and his assassin.
Peter Landesman wrote the script and made his feature directorial debut on the film which chronicles the lead-up to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath. Parkland refers to the hospital where JFK was rushed and where his assassin Lee Harvy Oswald also died two days later, and follows some of the lesser known individuals who played a role in the history-making events. The cast also features James Badge Dale Lee’s brother Robert, Jacki Weaver as his mother Marguerite, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, Marcia Gay Harden as the head nurse of Parkland Hospital and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, whose recording of the Presidential motorcade became a key piece of evidence in the ensuing investigation.
USA Today has more photos of the aforementioned cast members, so be sure to click over to check them out. The photos of Efron and Strong are below.
April 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We expect during promo rounds for this movie, Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth will spend a great amount of time speaking of their admiration for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” and how they’re in no way trying to top it, and judging from the first trailer for Carlo Carlei’s new take on the tragic romance, they’d be wise to make that clear up front.
Forget Luhrmann’s modern twist on the tale, Carlei’s vision clearly takes much more after Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 traditionally set film, which is still a classic, and which is perhaps partly the reason why this looks so uninspired. Everyone, from Booth as Romeo and Steinfeld as Juliet to “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick as Tybalt and Paul Giamatti as Friar Lawrence, looks the part in their lush costumes and questionable hair pieces, and are speaking the Bard’s words (as abridged by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes), but there’s nothing here that says this is a definitive and new “Romeo and Juliet” for a new generation, which Carlie said he wanted to make.
Perhaps it’s too soon to tell and the teenagers discovering this tale for the first time from the 2013 film will be moved the same way Luhrmann’s film moved me in 1996. In any case, the British kids will get to see it first, on July 26th, while there’s no word yet on a US release. For now you can watch the first trailer below.
January 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marc Webb is not done assembling his already impressive cast for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ just yet. Already boasting the return of Andrew Garfield, Sally Field and Emma Stone and welcoming aboard newbies Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx, now comes word via THR that Paul Giamatti is negotiating to play the villain known as The Rhino and British actress Felicity Jones is also in talks for an unspecified role.
Filming begins this month on the sequel that has no specified plot just yet, but will feature Garfield back to web-slinging as Peter Parker, Stone as his first (doomed?) love Gwen Stacey, Woodley as his flame-haired future wife Mary Jane Watson and DeHaan as bestie-eventually-turned-villain Harry Osborn. Foxx is playing the villainous Electro, while Giamatti’s Rhino started out life in the comics as “a thug from a Soviet Block country who wore a superhuman suit that made him invulnerable while giving him super-strength and super-speed. It also had a deadly horn on top.” All these new kids on the block, and they still haven’t cast Harry’s dad Norman Osborn, aka iconic Spidey villain Green Goblin yet. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014.
Jones broke out in Drake Doremus’ 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning “Like Crazy”, and recently premiered their second collaboration, “Breathe In”, at Sundance 2013. She recently completed work on Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens biopic “The Other Woman”, and is attached to Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes biopic, along with Nancy Meyers’ ensemble dramedy “The Chelsea.”
January 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
James Badge Dale, one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, is among a large group of new cast additions to JFK assassination drama “Parkland”, which has begun principal photography in Austin, Texas. Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Ron Livingston have also jumped aboard in Peter Landesman‘s directorial debut, which already boasted Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jeremy Strong and Jacki Weaver in its large ensemble cast.
Landesman wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut on the film which chronicles the lead-up to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath. Parkland refers to the hospital where JFK was rushed and where his assassin Lee Harvy Oswald (Scott) also died two days later. No word on who amongst the sprawling cast is playing JFK, though Dale or perhaps Livingston seem to have the look for it.Filmmakers are planning a 2013 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death.
After impressing in supporting roles in critical darlings “The Grey”, “Shame” and “Flight”, Dale is gearing up for a blockbuster year in 2013. First he’ll play a villainous soldier-turned-cyborg opposite Robert Downey, Jr in “Iron Man 3″, then assist Brad Pitt in stopping the zombie apocalypse in “World War Z” before going back in time with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger.”
January 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Primarily a stage actor, Jeremy Scott is poised for a breakthrough on the big screen as he lands a key role in upcoming JFK assassination drama “Parkland”, joining an all-star cast that includes Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton to play the role of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Variety first reported the news.
Peter Landesman wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut on the film which chronicles the lead-up to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath. Parkland refers to the hospital where JFK was rushed and where Oswald also died two days later. Filming should begin soon as filmmakers are planning a 2013 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death.
Strong, who studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has appeared on and off Broadway and most recently took supporting roles in “Lincoln”, where he played the 16th President’s private secretary opposite Daniel Day Lewis, and “Zero Dark Thirty”, as a fellow CIA operative working alongside Jessica Chastain. He has completed filming on Frank Darabont’s upcoming crime drama series “L.A. Noir.”
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Paging Dr. Efron! Variety reports that in rather unusual casting news, former “High School Musical” teen hearttrhob Zac Efron will play the role of a doctor in ensemble JFK assassination drama “Parkland”, joining a cast that also includes Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton.
Peter Landesman wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut on the film which chronicles the lead-up to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath. Parkland refers to the hospital where JFK was rushed and where his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, also died two days later. Efron will play Dr. Charles Carrico, the first doctor to treat the President on Nov. 22, 1963. Filming should begin soon as filmmakers are planning a 2013 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death.
Efron, currently seen opposite Nicole Kidman’s Golden Globe nominated and highly controversial role in Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy”, is gearing up to shoot ensemble rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” opposite Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots. He’s also got Ramin Bahrani’s family drama “At Any Price” releasing early next year and is attached to comedy “Townies” with Seth Rogen, as well as Rob Reiner thriller “You Belong to Me” opposite Harrison Ford.
July 25, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Ruth Wilson has joined the cast of “Saving Mr. Banks”, Disney’s biopic of author P.L. Travers, most famous for penning “Mary Poppins”, which ultimately was adapted into one of Disney’s most beloved films. Emma Thompson plays Travers in the film, with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Colin Farrell are also part of the impressive ensemble cast.
John Lee Hancock will direct the film about Disney’s “14-year courtship of the Australian author for the film rights to the Poppins character, played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic.” Travers afterwards expressed public disdain for the film – particularly its animated sequences – and refused to sell the studio the rights to the original book’s seven sequels. Kelly Marcel wrote the script. Wilson and Farrell play Travers’ parents in flashback sequences, while Giamatti will play her chauffeur and Schwartzman Richard Morton Sherman, who wrote several of Disney’s most enduring songs, including many included in “Mary Poppins” the film.
Wilson, a veteran of British TV who earned a Golden Globe nomination in her acting debut as “Jane Eyre” in a BBC miniseries in 2006 and is perhaps most well known for her role on hit British crime series “Luther” opposite Idris Elba, is currently filming Disney’s redo of “The Lone Ranger” opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. She’s also part of the ensemble cast of Joe Wright’s highly experimental and highly anticipated adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, which was just recently announced to be heading to the Toronto International Film Festival.