April 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Nicholas Hoult is the latest to join Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places”, according to Deadline. Charlize Theron and Chloe Moretz were previously cast in the Gilles Paquet-Brenner film.
Theron will play Libby Day who, at seven years old, witnessed the murder of her entire family and later testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later, a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes pumps Libby for the truth as they uncover clues that point to Ben’s innocence. Hoult will play Lyle, the awkward young treasurer of that secret society, The Kill Club. Moretz appears in flashback scenes as Diondra.
Hoult was most recently seen as the lead of surprise zombie rom com “Warm Bodies” opposite Teresa Palmer. You may also remember him as the little boy from “About a Boy” or as Tony on UK teen series “Skins.” He’s currently filming futuristic thriller “Young Ones” opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and will soon return to reprise his role as Beast in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Rupert Wyatt also recently chose Hoult as the lead in his feature film adaptation of “Birdsong.”
March 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Two more funny guys are joining Nicholas Stoller comedy “Townies”, with Deadline reporting Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have jumped on board, joining previously cast Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the screenplay for the long-gestating film, which sparked a bidding war last summer, about a family man (Rogen) who lives near a fraternity house and finds himself at odds with one of the frat brothers (Efron), whose constant partying and raucous behavior is wreaking havoc on his neighbor’s life. No word on who Franco or Mintz-Plasse will play but frat brothers would probably be a logical guess.
Franco and Mintz-Plasse are working together on a feature film for the first time here but have collaborated on a series of popular Funny or Die web videos. Franco, younger brother to James Franco, was last seen opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street” and Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer in “Warm Bodies.” He’ll next star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in magician heist thriller “Now You See Me.” Mintz-Plasse just completed reprising his role as Red Mist in “Kick Ass 2″ and voiced a character in Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman.”
February 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rupert Wyatt has found the leading man of his big screen adaptation of Sebastian Falkes’ wartime romantic epic “Birdsong”, according to Variety, and it’s someone who has a lot of heat at the moment..
“Nicholas Hoult is the holy grail in my search for Stephen,” Wyatt says, referring to lead character Stephen Wraysford, a 21-year old British soldier who falls for a married French woman in the midst of World War I. Their ill-fated love affair has lasting effects and the story spans three generations after their initial separation. A BBC miniseries adaptation of the story recently aired with Eddie Redmayne in the role of Wraysford and Clemence Posey as Isabelle, the woman he loves. This has long been a passion project for Wyatt, who finds himself with more industry clout after successfully ushering in prequel “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Hoult can currently be seen as the lead of surprise zombie rom com “Warm Bodies” opposite Teresa Palmer. You may also remember him as the little boy from “About a Boy” or as Tony on UK teen series “Skins.” He’s currently filming futuristic thriller “Young Ones” opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and will then transition to reprise his role as Beast in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The futuristic, dystopian thriller may already feel played out, but with a cast this good, it almost doesn’t matter what kind of movie it is. Variety reports Jake Paltrow has recruited Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee to star in his “Young Ones”, set on a future post-apocalyptic Earth, and filming has been underway since February 1st.
Smit-McPhee actually appears to be the lead here, as the story follows a 14 year old boy who lives in a near-future when water is Earth’s most precious and fastest-disappearing resource. Smit-McPhee’s character is “forced use his wits to survive” but the vague plot details end right there. Has he figured out a way to make endless water? What does the title “Young Ones” have to do with a water-based plot, other than the age of the protagonist(s)? Mysteries abound but this one is certainly very intriguing.
Smit-McPhee most recently voiced the titular character in Oscar nominated “ParaNorman.” Fanning recently wrapped up “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, while Hoult’s name is probably going to start popping up on a lot of shorlists soon after headlining surprise hit zombie rom com “Warm Bodies.” Shannon plays that creepy guy in movies like “Take Shelter” and “The Iceman” and will be General Zod in “Man of Steel.”
January 3, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
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It’s always difficult to determine which of the upcoming slate of films to get excited for. It may star your favourite actor or actress, and an award-winning director may be attached, but that can never guarantee a good film. And you’re also often woefully underinformed. There may have been early festival reviews or a teaser trailer but a lot of 2013 releases – and a lot of the films on this list – have given nothing away yet, and may even still be filming.
But that’s what makes it exciting. Can your favourite actor pull off a new genre? Will the intriguing plot and acclaimed director come together to actually give you a great film? In a year’s time we may be raving about some of these films, or we may have forgotten about them completely, but that’s what makes film journalism so fun.
So in no particular order, click below to discover which films we think could light up the big screen in 2013.
December 28, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following a first look trailer back in November, Summit have just released the first four minutes of Jonathan Levine‘s “Warm Bodies“. An adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel, the film star Nicholas Hoult, a zombie who goes by R – because he can’t remember anything from his human life, much less his real name.
These first four minutes introduce us to R who spends his days aimlessly wandering through a destroyed airport, dreaming of what the zombies that he passes by used to be like when they were living, breathing human beings, and briefly explaining why R thinks zombies now exist – the memory loss makes it a little confusing, after all.
And it sets the audience up nicely for the rest of the film, as at the end of the footage R and his zombie best friend (Rob Corddry) have grunted their way to a decision to head out for food.
Click below the view the clip. Also starring Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco, “Warm Bodies” is gearing up for a February 1st 2013 release.
November 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
As “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” opens today at the box office for the final time, Hollywood studios have already begun the hunt for the next big adaptation. Numerous books are beginning to head into pre-production and we’re eagerly awaiting casting news for Veronica Roth’s “Divergent“, but this week movie studios began the next phase of page to screen adaptations, releasing full-length trailers for four new films – all adaptations of successful YA novels.
Jonathan Levine with his adaptation of Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies”, Harald Zwart’s tackling of Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, the Richard LaGravenese-directed adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures”, and Andrew Niccol collaborating with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer on her first release post-Twilight, “The Host” – they all released trailers attached to the final “Twilight” this week, hoping for a bite of that billion dollar franchise audience.
Which of these stand out amongst the pack? As well as our own opinions, we’ve asked some of our favorite book and movie experts to jump in and provide their own thoughts on these trailers. Click below to discover which came out on top …
November 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Guys will do anything to get a girl, but looks like Nicholas Hoult may be about to top them all by… switching species? The first trailer for Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marions’ YA zombie novel “Warm Bodies” has just been released, and our first look at footage from the film seems to suggest that through the newly discovered love of Teresa Palmer‘s character Julie, Hoult’s zombie R is becoming human again.
It’s a somewhat unexpected trailer, striking a more playful and humorous tone that I had been expecting, based on my experience of reading the book. Though with Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton on board as the obligatory best friend figures (one zombie, one human), it probably should have been obvious. The trailer downplays what had been a major plot point in the book, that R begins to feel human after ingesting the brains and memories and feelings of Julie’s late boyfriend Kelvin (played by Dave Franco in the film). Kelvin’s role in the book is huge, but it looks like it may have been downgraded quite a bit for the film.
Being someone who loves to be surprised, this trailer caught me off guard and actually amps up my anticipation for this film quite a bit. It looks like a lot of fun with a charming, likeable cast. “Warm Bodies” had originally been scheduled to be released this summer, but will now come out on February 1, 2013 instead. See the first trailer below.
August 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Analeigh Tipton and Cam Gigandet are joining relative unknown Kelly Blatz in indie drama “One Square Mile”, according to Screen Daily. Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins and Rhys Coiro round out the cast of Canadian helmer Charles-Olivier Michaud’s US film directorial debut.
Blatz will play a poverty-stricken young runner at a junction in his life, who seeks help from a reluctant coach-turned-mentor, played by Jenkins. Basinger will play his mother and Gigandet, his older brother. No word on who Tipton will play, though a love interest would probably be a logical deduction. Blatz takes over for “Twilight” star Cameron Bright, who had initially been cast as the runner. Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie wrote the script and filming begins later this month in Seattle.
Blatz, who appeared in horror remake “Prom Night”, is perhaps most known for his lead role on TBS’ short-lived college comedy “Glory Daze.” Tipton is an alum of reality series “America’s Next Top Model” and will next be seen in zombie romance “Warm Bodies.” Gigandet played main villain James in the first “Twilight” and will soon reunite with director Catherine Hardwicke on thriller “Plush.”
August 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The next wave of future movie stars are graduating from playing best friends and sidekicks to lead roles and it’s exciting to hear about two of the most promising joining forces to do so. Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton will headline romantic comedy “Two Night Stand”, according to Variety.
Max Nichols will make his feature directorial debut from a Black List script by Mark Hammer. Teller and Tipton play “a pair of unlikely lovers” who have have a one night stand but are forced to stay together as they get trapped the next morning by a record-setting blizzard. We’re betting they end up discovering they’re more suited for each other than they initially thought over the course of the blizzard. Filming is set to begin at the end of September.
After making his feature film debut opposite Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”, Teller went on to do comedies, including supporting roles in “Footloose”, “Project X” and starring roles in the upcoming “21 and Over” and “Get a Job.” Before having a two night stand with Tipton he’ll film “The Spectacular Now” opposite Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. Tipton, perhaps the most successful alum to come out of reality show “America’s Next Top Model”, recently appeared in “Crazy Stupid Love” and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress”, and will next be seen in zombie love story “Warm Bodies” with Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult.