December 13, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
From one Critics Society’s nominations to another, and today the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards. Once again The Artist and Hugo lead the pack with eleven nominations each – and a surprise but hugely welcome nomination for Melissa McCarty in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Bridesmaids.
There has been a slow buzz around McCarthy’s performance and we have previously commented on her Oscar chances. This new nomination follows on from awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics.
Elizabeth Olsen gains another Best Actress nomination for the outstanding Martha Marcy May Marlene, and TV star Patton Oswalt garners a further nomination for his supporting role alongside Charlize Theron in Young Adult.
Most notably, the Broadcast Film Critics have a category focusing specifically on the best young actor or actress of the year. This year they’ve chosen some of our favorite performances of the year – and a surprise choice of Saoirse Ronan in the little talked about Hanna. Also nominated are Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Thomas Horn (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Click below for the full list of nominees. The awards ceremony will be televised on VH1 on January 12th 2012.
November 10, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
And the first of last week’s casting shortlists is complete! EW has exclusively learned that Max Irons has been cast in the role of Jared, in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel “The Host.”
The story centers around a post-apocalyptic world in which aliens called Souls have body-snatched and are occupying the majority of the human population. Back in May, we announced that young actress Saoirse Ronan was to play protagonist Melanie Stryder, whose body is taken over by a Soul named Wanderer. However, Melanie’s strong will to survive have the two consciousnesses fighting for domination and eventually becoming allies as they set out to find Jared, the man Melanie loves, and their small colony of human resistance. When they get there, Melanie meets Ian (to be played by Jake Abel), who forms a connection with Wanderer, and a love quadrangle in three bodies gets underway.
Irons had a starring role alongside Amanda Seyfried in this year’s adaptation of the fairytale “Red Riding Hood”, but has failed to win big roles since, only signing on to the biopic of 17th century composer Vivaldia back in May.
Filming on “The Host” is to begin in February next year in New Mexico and Louisiana, and has an anticipated release date of March 29, 2013.
August 22, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Caleb Landry Jones, star of X-Men: First Class, has landed a role opposite Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton in their upcoming vampire flick, Byzantium.
To be directed by Neil Jordan (Ondine), Byzantium follows the story of a mother and daughter vampire duo, and Variety reports that Jones will play “a teenager dying of leukemia which in turns forces him to struggle with his mortality, causing Saorsie Ronan’s character to struggle with her own immortality.”
Based on a play by Moira Buffini, producer Stephen Woolley announced back in May that him and Jordan had “been working on this for three or four years … It was just chance that when I called [Jordan], we were thinking along the same lines.”
With a role in the critically acclaimed TV show “Friday Night Lights”, and then a starring role as Banshee in this year’s hit film X-Men: First Class, Jones has been landing on several casting lists this year, including The Seventh Son. He has recently wrapped filming on Contraband with Ben Foster and Mark Wahlberg, and has the small indie film Summer Song with Alexa Vega due out this fall.