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.
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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The Los Angeles Film Festival announced its lineup for the 2013 festival and it is filled to the brim with all those Sundance movies that made a splash in Utah back in January. Coming of age comedy “The Way, Way Back” starring newcomer Liam James opposite Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell will close the festival, while Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner “Fruitvale Station” with Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer will be presented as a Gala. Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated “Drive” follow-up “Only God Forgives” starring Ryan Gosling will also be making its North American premiere as a Gala following its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
Over in the Summer Showcase, which purports to offer “an advanced look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases”, films living up to that promise include more Sundance favorites – James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now” which won stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley a Special Jury Prize for Acting, and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, another Sundance winner for Best Cinematography for Bradford Young – as well as SXSW’s Grand Jury Prize winner “Short Term ’12″ starring Brie Larson.
The full lineup and press release can be found below.
March 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well this one was a nailbiter. Months after we first heard about Shailene Woodley searching for her Four, news has finally arrived that British actor Theo James has landed the much sought-after male lead in Neil Burger’s adaptation of hit YA novel series “Divergent.” Additionally, the supporting cast is also coming together quick, and Summit/Lionsgate is closing deals with Kate Winslet (long rumored), Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ray Stevenson. Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney and Maggie Q were previously announced.
Filming begins imminently in Chicago on the futuristic dystopian tale starring Woodley as Tris Prior, who lives in a society which divides its people into factions based on their most dominant character traits. She’s part of Abnegation, who values selflessness above all else, but abandons them at her choosing ceremony to join the Dauntless, who are known for being brave. There she meets Four, one of the leaders of her new faction. Courtney plays Eric, another Dauntless leader and Four’s rival (but rest assured, not for Tris’ affections). Elgort plays Tris’ brother, who also shocks their family when he chooses to leave Abnegation for Euridate, the faction that values knowledge. Q and Kravitz play Dautless faction members and Tris’ allies, while Winslet plays Jeanine, the leader of the Euridite who becomes a major villainous figure. Teller will also play a villain, a Dauntless bully named Peter. Eckhart seems logical for the role of Marcus, an Abnegation leader and Four’s father.
James, who many people recognize from “Downton Abbey”, starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in “Underworld: Awakening.” Teller, Woodley’s co-star in the upcoming “The Spectacular Now”, is earning raves for that Sundance and SXSW hit, and recently wrapped up shooting on ensemble rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan.
February 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE (02/19/13): As we suspected, Josh Boone has been confirmed to be the director on this project. Will Woodley be confirmed soon?
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Shailene Woodley is the hottest ticket in town and she may have just landed another major role. Rumors are swirling that Woodley has been cast as the lead in “The Fault in Our Stars”, based on the John Green bestselling YA novel of the same name, and Hypable has come closest to legitimizing the reports, securing a confirmation from her publicist that she “is being considered” for the part, though they caution she has not been cast yet. Officially, anyway.
The film, following the love story between two cancer-stricken teens, has been in active development, with the producers recently telling MTV News that a director would be announced imminently and filming to commence in late summer. We had our suspicions about Woodley taking the role (aside from the fact that she would be perfect for it) when she and Green followed each other on Twitter recently amidst the dealmaking, and today she retweeted Green’s tease that “Big news is forthcoming in re The Fault in Our Stars movie.” So right now it’s looking like she could be our Hazel, but either way, if Green isn’t full of empty promises, we should be finding out very soon.
“The Fault in Our Stars” has no release date yet but should hit sometimes next year, which would mark quite a trifecta of big movies for Woodley in 2014. She’s currently filming the role of Mary Jane in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, set for release on May 2, 104, and she’ll then head to Chicago to film the lead role of Tris in YA adaptation “Divergent”, set for release on March 21, 2014. Woodley recently won a Special Jury Award for Acting for her role in “The Spectacular Now” at Sundance, and also recently just wrapped up shooting on indie “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
January 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Another fabulous year for rising stars has just concluded the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped up 2013 with its annual award ceremony tonight in Utah, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” ended up being one of the bestsellers of the fest.
The award season for next year got off to an early start as Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut “Fruitvale” starring Michael B. Jordan swept the US Dramatic Competition category, winning both the Audience Award and the top prize of the night: The Grand Jury Prize. The film, which co-stars Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly and Melonie Diaz, captivated Sundance with its gritty retelling of the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), who was tragically fatally shot by police in a scuffle in the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve 2009. Its awards potential was immediately obvious and Oscar heavyweight Harvey Weinstein took note, buying the film for more than $2 million, beating out Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Focus Features and CBS Films. An awards-friendly fall release date can’t be far behind for this year’s festival’s undeniable winner.
“The Spectacular Now”, the other big buzzed about film of the fest, took home a Special Jury Prize for Acting for its two young stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The two have received rave reviews from festival goers for their portrayal of a high school couple in James Ponsoldt’s coming of age drama. The film was picked up by upstart distribution company A24, so we’ll have to wait and see how much the film figures into next year’s awards race. A summer release is tentatively scheduled.
The full list of awards are below.
January 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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After a slow start and intense bidding wars, the buzziest Sundance premieres have began to find homes.
“Don Jon’s Addiction”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s starry rom com directorial debut, landed at Relativity Media after being sold for record-breaking numbers. It will receive a wide theatrical release, most likely over this summer. [