June 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We first heard about indie thriller “Cut Bank” more than a year ago, when Armie Hammer and Teresa Palmer had been cast alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, John Malkovich and Michael Sheen. Well, it looks like the movie is finally ready to begin shooting, but as is the case often with independent films, there have been some changes.
Hammer is no longer mentioned in regards to the film (probably too busy with “The Lone Ranger” and what not these days), but “The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth is, presumably taking on the lead role Hammer vacated. Kingsley also appears to be out, with new cast additions Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bruce Dern in. Palmer and Malkovich remain on board, with Palmer telling Next Movie in March that she would be reuniting with “Love and Honor” co-star Hemsworth on this film. Now Hemsworth, not Hammer, will play Dwayne McLaren, a small town auto mechanic in Cut Bank, Montana, who will do anything to get out of his tiny town, which sets into motion “a series of events that will change his life, and the life of Cut Bank, forever.” Filming is set for this summer in Edmonton, Canada, and extras are now being sought.
Hemsworth was recently in Cannes promoting sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which comes out this November, and he’s also got a second and third sequel, “Mockingjay” Parts 1 & 2 to film. Between stints as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend/love interest in Panem, he starred in “The Expendables 2″ and wrapped filming on upcoming thrillers “Empire State” and “Paranoia” (for which the trailer just dropped).
June 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
What’s next for the girl who’s already conquered the box office and the Oscars by age 22? Getting behind the camera, naturally. Jennifer Lawrence will produce and star in the big screen adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir “The Rules of Inheritance”, according to Variety, with a little help from her friends: “Serena” director Susanne Bier is jumping on board to direct her for the second time and “Silver Linings Playbook” producer Bruce Cohen will be guiding the young movie star in her first producing gig.
Smith’s 2012 memoir is a coming of age tale and chronicled her own journey as a young woman who lost both of her parents to cancer over the course of seven years: “As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world.” Abi Morgan is adapting the screenplay.
Lawrence is seeking more creative control over her projects after a major breakout year that has afforded her such luxuries. She helped propel “The Hunger Games” to a massive worldwide box office, then followed it up by winning the Best Actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Of course, it was already her second nomination in the category, having dropped onto the scene when the unknown star of “Winter’s Bone” was nominated alongside the likes of Annette Bening and Natalie Portman in 2011. This year she has “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and another potential Oscar juggernaut, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle”, as well as Bier’s “Serena”, awaiting release. Currently she’s reprising her role as Mystique in sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
May 31, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
As “The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence gains further worldwide attention, the others Tributes who she fought in the first film are beginning to battle for new films themselves. Deadline reports that Leven Rambin, who was one of the four Career Tributes in the Hunger Games, has picked up two new indie pics.
Director and writer Jay Martin‘s “Seven Minutes” follows a young athlete, played by Luke Mitchell, who sustains an injury and turns to crime. The young actress will also join first time director Anna Mastro‘s film “Walter“, about a young man, played by Andrew J. West who believes he is destined to decides the fates of everyone he meets because he is the son of God. In both films, which begin production this summer, Rambin will play the love interest.
A veteran of television, Rambin was last seen on screen in “Chasing Mavericks“, a biopic of surf legend Jay Moriarty, and although she may not be returning for “The Hunger Games” sequels, she has signed up for another YA adaptation franchise, joining Logan Lerman in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the sequel to 2010′s “Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief“.
May 24, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
She fought Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games” arena and now Isabella Furhmann is heading for the road, after being been cast in “Dear Eleanor” – a film that Fuhrman is also producing.
A coming-of-age tale, “Dear Eleanor” is road trip film set in the early 1960s and follows two teenage girls who travel across the US in search of Eleanor Roosevelt as they deal with the chaos of the Cuban Missile Crisis which was engulfing the country. Deadline reports the film is to be directed by Kevin Connolly and filming is already underway in Colorado.
Furhman played Clove, a vicious career Tribute in last year’s smash box office hit “The Hunger Games, and went on to join M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi family adventure “After Earth” opposite Will and Jaden Smith. She has since wrapped filming on indie “The Healer” opposite fellow breakout kid, Joel Courtney, and another coming-of-age drama, “The Wilderness of James” with Kodi Smit-McPhee.
May 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson will star in and also produce an indie psychological thriller called “Ape”, according to The Wrap. Miguel Sapochnik will direct from a script by newcomer Jon Johnston, and Hutcherson will play a young man who struggles “with mental illness, love and a deep-rooted family secret.”
Hutcherson, a child actor who’s appeared in such films as “Bridge to Terabithia”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Kids Are Alright”, reprises his role as Peeta Mellark in this November’s sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and is currently shooting fictionalized Pablo Escobar drama “Paradise Lost” opposite Benicio Del Toro and Brady Corbet.
May 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth is going from District 12 to a different type of futuristic world. Deadline reports Hemsworth has been set to star in “Aurora Rising”, in which he’ll play a surfer turned ombat pilot who’s recruited to test out the next generation of military aircrafts just as an international conflict escalates. Christian Gudegast wrote the script and it appears the film has no director just yet.
Hemsworth was recently in Cannes promoting sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which comes out this November, and he’s also got a second and third sequel, “Mockingjay” Parts 1 & 2 to film. Between stints as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend/love interest in Panem, he starred in “The Expendables 2″ and wrapped filming on upcoming thrillers “Empire State” and “Paranoia.”
May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a welcome respite from Floating Head syndrome, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands tall and from a far distance away in the first poster released for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, released this morning via the movie’s official Instagram.
Taglined with a quote from the book – “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand” – which the film’s social media handles have been teasing for days, the poster has a painted feel and gives nothing away about the plot, which picks up after the events of the first film, with Lawrence’s Katniss back at home after emerging victorious alongside Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games. The two don’t have long to rest though, as their actions in the games have sparked a revolution amongst the oppressed people of Panem and fire is quickly catching. Liam Hemsworth returns for more screentime as Gale, Katniss’ best friend, Woody Harrelson is back as Katinss and Peeta’s alcoholic mentor, Lenny Kravtiz’s Cinna, Elizabeth Banks‘ Effie and Willow Shields’ Prim are all back, as well as newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd and the first poster can be viewed below.
May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in “The Hunger Games”, continues to be one of the most prolific and fast-rising young actors to break out of the 2012 blockbuster. THR reports today he has landed a major role in Universal’s remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.
Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’s character sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor, leading to tragic consequences. Okeniyi is lining up the role of Pettyfer’s daredevil best friend, while Robert Patrick recently took the role of Pettyfer’s father. Shana Feste directing the remake.
Okeniyi, who made his feature debut in “The Hunger Games” but whose fate in the story won’t allow for a return in the sequel, has nevertheless lined up quite the upcoming slate. He will next be seen opposite Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in Sundance hit “The Spectacular Now” and he has also wrapped filming on gambling drama “Runner Runner” with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Alexander Ludwig, best known for his crucial role as tribute Cato in “The Hunger Games“, has joined “When the Game Stands Tall“, the true story of a high school football team that won for thirteen years running.
Also starring James Caviezel, Laura Dern and Michael Chiklis, the film will be directed by Thomas Carter from Scott Marshall Smith‘s script and production has started today in New Orleans.
Neil Hayes, whose book has been adapted by Marshall Smith, had unrestricted access to the De La Salle Spartans, a high school football team from Concord, California who had an unbeaten thirteen year winning streak. The Wrap reports that Ludwig will star as Chris Ryan who was the team’s standout running back. Caviezel and Chiklis will play the two team coaches who lead the team to their 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003 by teaching the players to stand for something greater than winning.
Ludwig broke out last year in Gary Ross’s adaptation of the bestselling dystopian novel “The Hunger Games” which also starred Jennifer Lawrence. Since then he has joined an array of film genres, including the comedy sequel “Grown Ups 2″, Peter Berg’s SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” and indie horror pic “Final Girl” with Abigail Breslin.