October 17, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Ben McKenzie, 35, has joined the cast of Tom Vaughan‘s indie comedy “How to Make Love Like an Englishman,” according to Variety. The Matthew Newman-scripted film also stars Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.
“How to Make Love Like an Englishman” tells the story of Richard Haig (Brosnan), a University of Cambridge professor who falls in love with a woman (Hayek) who helps him tone down his hedonistic lifestyle. Sounds basic? But wait, there’s a twist! They meet after he impregnates her grad student stepsister (Alba). While it’ll be an awkward story to have to tell their future children, it’s pretty much the perfect ingredient for awkward comedy.
No word yet on who McKenzie is set to play in the film or how big his role will be. The former “O.C.” actor recently wrapped up five seasons of his TNT series “Southland,” so the path is clear for him to either pursue film full time or stay on television. Based on his forthcoming lineup of films, it seems that he’s balancing both the big and small screens. He has upcoming roles in Richard L. Fox’s drama “The Swimmer” with Kristoffer Joner and David Nutter’s TV movie “The Advocates” with Mandy Moore
October 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising indie filmmaker Lake Bell, who turned heads with her Sundance hit “In a World” which released this summer, is putting aside the writing and directing for her next film, joining Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan to star in thriller “The Coup,” according to THR.
John Erick Dowdle will direct the film which follows an American family living in Southeast Asia who get caught up in a violent revolution, forcing them to flee while being hunted by a murderous dictator. Bell will play a woman who seemingly has the perfect life but is not as happy as she should be. Don’t worry, even in a violent wartime setting, you can always manage to work in White People Problems somehow. The director also wrote the script with his brother Drew Dowdle. Filming begins on October 31st in Thailand.
Bell has had supporting roles in a plethora of films including “It’s Complicated” and “No Strings Attached,” and she’s a fixture on Comedey Central’s “Children’s Hospital.” She wrote, directed and starred in 2013 Sundance premiere “In a World,” for which she won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. She recently wrapped up filming on Disney sports drama “Million Dollar Arm” opposite Jon Hamm and Suraj Sharma.
May 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey have joined Pierce Brosnan in spy thriller “November Man”, according to Screen Daily. Roger Donaldson is directing the film which also stars Bill Smitrovich. Brosnan plays an ex-CIA agent who “races against a former protégé to protect a woman with a secret.” Filming begins on May 20th.
Kurylenko is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 thanks to her dueling roles in Tom Cruise’s sci-fi epic “Oblivion” and Terrence Malick’s latest, “To the Wonder.” It’s clear the “Quantum of Solace” Bond Girl is not resting on those laurels and continuing to pick diverse and interesting roles, including her latest as the headmistress of YA adaptation “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.”
Australian actor Bracey is a name we often hear being shortlisted for high profile roles – from “Singularity” (scrapped) to “Need for Speed” (which went to Aaron Paul) to “Divergent” (which went to Theo James) – with small roles in rom com “Monte Carlo” opposite Leighton Meester and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
September 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We’ve seen one scene being filmed on the set of Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of Nick Hornby novel “A Long Way Down”, but today The Playlist have unveiled the first official still image from the currently shooting film, and it brings the whole quartet of Aaron Paul, Toni Colette, Imogen Poots and Pierce Brosnan together in one harmonious and happy-looking group shot.
Very happy, considering the four play suicidally sad individuals who meet one another when they all coincidentally choose the same rooftop to plunge to their deaths from one fateful New Year’s Eve. Instead, the four make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. Let’s hope this sunny portrait is a sign that they’re able to keep the pact. Rosamund Pike and Sam Neil have also recently joined the cast in unspecified roles.
The film has no formal release date just yet, and you can see the first official image below.
September 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots look sufficiently angsty in our first look at photos from the set of “A Long Way Down”, the adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel currently filming on location in London. Just Jared snapped the pictures of Paul dressed all in black and toting a guitar case, while Poots appears to be stalking him before getting into a kerfuffle with an automobile.
French director Pascal Chaumeil is making his English-language film debut on the project from a script by Jack Thorne, and Paul and Poots, along with Pierce Brosnan and Toni Colette, play a quartet of desperate and depressed people who all coincidentally choose the same rooftop to make a New Year’s Eve suicide jump from. Upon meeting each other rather than their deaths, they make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. Hard to tell if this Paul/Poots scene takes place before or after they make an acquaintance, as they don’t seem to actually interact.
See the photos of Paul and Poots below, and head over to Just Jared for even more.
August 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emile Hirsch is out, Aaron Paul is in for the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby novel “A Long Way Down”, according to Deadline.
The “Breaking Bad” star, who will play a pizza delivery man, joins Pierce Brosnan (a TV talk show host), Toni Colette (the mother of a disabled boy) and Imogen Poots (a depressed teenage girl) in the dark comedy about a quartet of down on their luck people who all coincidentally choose the same rooftop to commit suicide from one New Year’s Eve. After running into each other, they decide to make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. French director Pascal Chaumeil will make his English-language film debut on the project from a script by Jack Thorne. Filming is set to begin in September on location in London.
Paul went from an acclaimed role on HBO series “Big Love” to an even more acclaimed (indeed, Emmy winning) role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC series “Breaking Bad.” He starred opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Sundance hit “Smashed”, which generated positive buzz and is set for release later this year, and was also shortlisted for the role of John McClane, Jr. in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, ultimately losing out to Aussie newcomer Jai Courtney. He recently wrapped up indie “Decoding Annie Parker” opposite Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton.
May 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Imogen Poots has signed on to Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down”, reports THR from Cannes.
The actress joins Pierce Brosnan, Toni Colette and Emile Hirsch in the relationship drama about a quartet of strangers who meet one another by coincidence when they all climb to the top of the same London rooftop on New Year’s Eve with the intention of committing suicide. Instead of jumping, they make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. French director Pascal Chaumeil will make his English-language film debut on the project from a script by Jack Thorne. Filming is set to begin in September on location in London.
Poots recently wrapped up Jeff Buckley biopic “Greetings from Tim Buckley” opposite “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley and will tackle Jimi Hendrix next in biopic “All Is By My Side.” She also recently wrapped on “Filth” opposite James McAvoy and Jamie Bell and is currently filming “The Kings of Soho” about London’s porn baron Paul Raymond. Poots was last seen on the big screen opposite Anton Yelchin in the “Fright Night” remake.
June 12, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chace Crawford is still trying hard to prove he’s not just a pretty face. The “Gossip Girl” star, who’s not given much to work with on the long-running hit CW series, routinely takes darker material when he does films on his summer hiatus and continues that trend now with indie political drama “The House Gun”, reports The LA Times.
In the film, based on the novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, Crawford plays a young South African man accused of murder, with Pierce Brosnan playing his father, an architect who is convinced of his son’s innocence. The father and son duo hire a black lawyer for their defense and unravels “a story of morality and race in post-apartheid South Africa”. No director has yet been set and financial backing for the independent film is still being worked out.
Crawford is just one of several “Gossip Girl” stars hoping to break out on the big screen, though the TV-to-movie success rate is not great, particularly on a teen oriented network like The CW. However, with Blake Lively taking one high profile movie after another, Leighton Meester staking a claim on the comedy side and Ed Westwick recently wrapping Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”, “Gossip Girl” is turning out to be quite a launching pad for potential future movie stars. Crawford has wrapped “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” opposite Sundance breakout Elizabeth Olsen and recently signed on to play an ex-babysitting charge and new love interest to Katie Holmes in “Responsible Adults”.