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There are many talented women directors working--if not often enough--in Hollywood today. Top of the pack is writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke out of UCLA winning prizes, writing and directing shorts and television (HBO's "Disappearing Acts"), and delivering a well-reviewed Sundance hit for New Line Cinema, "Love & Basketball" (2000), starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which scored Prince-Bythewood an Indie Spirit award and a Humanitas prize and grossed $27.4 million domestic. After producing 2003's "Biker Boyz," Prince-Bythewood followed up with Fox Searchlight's 2008 literary crowdpleaser "The Secret Life of Bees," starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, which played better for audiences ($37.7 million domestic) than critics. It's been another long stretch until "Beyond the Lights" (November 14, 2014), which played to raves in Toronto and Urbanworld, and earned a »
- Anne Thompson
After starring opposite Charlize Theron in Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, which opens August 7, Chloë Grace Moretz is reteaming with the Oscar winner for indie memoir adaptation Brain on Fire, replacing Dakota Fanning in the lead role.
Thomas Mann, who’s breaking big this summer in Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, and We’re the Millers star Will Poulter are attached to the lead male roles, but both will play second fiddle to Moretz, for whom the pic is already drawing awards chatter. IMDb also reports that Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is on board to play a supporting part.
Fanning was forced to drop out over scheduling conflicts. Though the War of the Worlds actress hasn’t toplined »
- Isaac Feldberg
There’s another round of changes for indie dramas happening at the moment. We reported on Wednesday that Dakota Fanning was replacing Mia Wasikowska in Brimstone. Which means that director Gerard Barrett needed someone new to star in Brain On Fire. Step forward Chloë Moretz. No, despite the title, it’s not a Scanners-style sci-fi thriller. Brain On Fire has been adapted from Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, which was subtitled My Month Of Madness. The book chronicles Cahalan’s real-life experiences being diagnosed with a mystery illness that left her labelled psychotic, violent, and a dangerous flight risk. She woke up alone in a hospital room confined to the bed, unable to speak or move and with no memory of what happened. In the maelstrom, she’d lost everything: a promising newspaper career and her first serious relationship, and it took a lot of strength and the support of her family to get through it. »
Fanning was due to star in the film which is an adaption of Susannah Cahalan's memoir, but scheduling conflicts meant she could no longer commit.
Her replacement Moretz will now play the lead role in the film which Charlize Theron is producing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A synopsis for the book reads: "One day, I woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to my bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. My medical records. from a month-long hospital stay of which I have no memory., showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier I had been a healthy twenty-four year old, six months into my first serious relationship and beginning a career as a »
Following up Pilgrim Hill and Glassland, Irish director Gerard Barrett’s Brain on Fire, based on Sussanah Cahalan’s best selling account of her descent into insanity following a mystery illness, hit a speed bump following Dakota Fanning’s, who signed on last Summer, departure due to scheduling conflicts. But, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting a replacement has been found, with Chloe Grace Moretz stepping into the lead role. The follows another change in cast, with Thomas Mann replacing the previously announced Will Poulter as Susannah’s boyfriend. With Barrett also adapting the screen play, Brain on Fire begins production in July, with a release date set for sometime next year. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Having already excelled in the likes of Kick Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, and Carrie, the world is waiting to see where Chloe Grace Moretz’s career veers over the next few years. From the sound of things, the 18-year-old actress is looking to tackle weightier and more complex roles, which is why she has signed up to star in Brain On Fire. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the film, an adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s memoir from 2012. Charlize Theron is producing Brain On Fire, while Gerard Barrett has been hired to direct. Moretz landed the role after Dakota Fanning dropped out of the production due to a scheduling conflict, while Me & Earl & The Dying Girl’s lead Thomas Mann has already signed on for the feature too. Clearly Charlize Theron must have been impressed with Chloe »
Earlier this week, Dakota Fanning replaced Mia Wasikowska in the currently shooting western "Brimstone," and it looks like that switcheroo has resulted in another project getting a casting shift. Due to scheduling conflicts, Chloe Moretz will now stand in for Dakota Fanning in the Charlize Theron-produced "Brain On Fire." Based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan, the movie tells the true story of a young woman who unravels into madness. Here's the book synopsis: Read More: Kiera Knightley Climbs 'Everest,' Dakota Fanning Has A 'Brain On Fire,' And More Casting When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story chronicles a young woman’s sudden descent into insanity following a mystery illness. Thomas Mann also stars.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Chloe Moretz is set to replace Dakota Fanning as the star of the indie movie “Brain on Fire,” which is being produced by Charlize Theron, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) are attached to play the male leads. Fanning was forced to exit the project due to scheduling issues, according to an insider. Gerard Barrett is set to direct the adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir, which chronicles a young woman’s sudden descent into madness following a mystery illness. »
- Jeff Sneider
For those who have seen Inside Out, it’s a scary movie: the fear of moving away, of being unable to feel anything at all, of having your childhood memories that most defined you erased in the existential dilemma of growing up. Heavy stuff.
But it’s not quite a horror movie, and some now very unhappy kids got just that when they attended a screening of the film, only to find out that the theater had accidentally screened the horror movie Insidious: Chapter 3. Oh what’s the difference? The first five letters are the same!
The event occurred in Middletown, Ohio as reported by the city’s Journal-News, in which the writer quotes an angry parent who said she got her money back but already had her children scarred by the mistake. “Moore said images of children being tied up and murdered appeared on the screen, and the »
- Brian Welk
Say so long to rose-tinted glasses, because sky blue lenses are the trend that's been cropping up all over Hollywood (and beyond!) this summer. Just ask Dakota Fanning, who was spotted out in a pair of John Lennon-inspired frames while hitting the streets of SoHo in New York City on June 23. Kate Hudson, meanwhile, wore bright blue Ray-Ban aviators at a Memorial Day Weekend party in Malibu hosted by actor Joel Silver. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio got in on the act abroad, sporting a pair of Krewe sunglasses while running errands in her native Brazil. And we're admittedly taken with this trend too—even getting our hands on the sky blue Sunday Somewhere sunnies that Jessica Alba has been »
Now that Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston have been cast as the leads in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it’s time for the studio to begin wrangling in the rest of the cast. According to two new sources, three actors have just entered that fray.
Variety is reporting that The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin actor Ezra Miller is in early talks to take on the role of Kredan, a wizard who encounters Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander in New York City. THR also reports that Ezra is in talks, but state that he’s actually circling the role of Jacob, Scamander’s rival and the film’s antagonist.
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- James Garcia
Robert Pattinson appears to have left the door open for Kit Harington to become Hollywood’s next Brit hunk. The “Game of Thrones” actor is replacing Pattinson in a new movie and appears much hungrier for roles than the “Twilight” star. Pattinson, 28, has played supporting roles in his last four movies, “The Rover,” “Maps to the Stars” and the soon to be released “Queen of Desert” and “Life.” He'll play an outlaw opposite “Rover” co-star Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning, who also replaced Mia Wasikowska at the last minute. ...Read More »
The ‘Game of Thrones‘ star has taken over from the ‘Twilight‘ actor – who was previously announced in the role at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year – and will appear in the thriller opposite Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.
The 28-year-old actor – who is best known for his portrayal of John Snow on the hit HBO series – will play an outlaw, while Fanning will star as a young heroine on the run and Pearce will play her pursuer in the tale of retribution.
Meanwhile, Harington – whose character was killed off in the show’s shocking »
- Paul Heath
After spending a lot of time in the cold for Game Of Thrones, Kit Harington seems to enjoy finding film projects with a little heat to them. He’s now part of the cast of the new thriller Brimstone, subbing in for Robert Pattinson, who dropped out recently. Director Martin Koolhoven, who is busy shooting the film now, has had to deal with one other cast change, as Mia Wasikowska left the project and Dakota Fanning took her place. As described by backers Embankment Films, the tone is “a triumphant epic of survival set in the searing wilds of the Badlands, the menacing inferno of the old American West. A tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz, carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, accused of a crime she didn’t commit, hunted by a »
Dakota Fanning plays a heroine on the run from her past and chased by an evil Preacher (Guy Pearce). Harrington will play an outlaw who has a crucial role in this tale of retribution. Paul Anderson, Jack Roth, Carla Juri and Harington's 'Thrones' co-star Carice van Houten also star.
Pattinson had been linked to the role earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival. This marks the second high profile cast switch on the project as Mia Wasikowska was originally cast in Fanning's role.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Kit Harington is moving on from Game of Thrones. The English actor replaces Robert Pattinson in the upcoming thriller Brimstone with Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce. Fanning (who replaced Mia Wasikowska) plays a young woman running from her past who is being hunted by an evil preacher (Pearce). Harington plays an outlaw in the Martin Koolhoven-directed film. Pattinson had originally been announced for the part in February. Rounding out the cast are fellow Game of Thrones actor Carice van Houten, Paul Anderson, Jack Roth and Carla Juri. Harington will next be seen in 7 Days In Hell, a tennis mockumentary co-starring Andy Samberg. It premieres on HBO July 7. In a shocking twist, »
For the past little while, the western "Brimstone" has been putting together a pretty solid ensemble, and there was promise in the movie that would've reunited Robert Pattinson with his "The Rover" co-star Guy Pearce, and "Maps To The Stars" player Mia Wasikowska. But as production gets underway, two of those three names have been swapped out. Variety reports that Kit Harington and Dakota Fanning have taken the roles previously assigned to Pattinson and Wasikowska. Martin Koolhoven is directing the movie — which also features Carice Van Houten and "Wetlands" star Carla Juri — that follows Liz, a young woman on the run from her past and a deadly man known as The Preacher. Harington will play an outlaw. Read More: 22 Classic Westerns We Love While there's no reason given for the exits of Pattinson and Wasikowska, it probably comes down to scheduling, with both actors starting production on new movies in August: James Gray's. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) have replaced Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight), respectively, in Martin Koolhoven’s thriller Brimstone, which is now underway in Europe.
The story follows a young woman (Fanning) who goes on the run and is chased by a diabolical preacher known as The Reverend (Pearce).
Producer Els Vandevorst issued the following statement to Screen about the cast changes: “Mia Wasikowska left the film due to unforeseen personal circumstances and Dakota Fanning immediately jumped into the leading starring role. Kit Harington was so consistently passionate about the script that his enthusiasm and total creative commitment made him a must for the role which »
Full potential spoiler disclosure: We do not believe Jon Snow's watch has ended on "Game of Thrones" but he did get stabbed in the Season 5 finale, so we're rolling with his official death announcement for the moment. But Melisandre better revive him. Speaking of Jon and Mel, though, GoT co-stars Kit Harington (Jon) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) will reunite in the new movie "Brimstone." Kit was just announced as joining the cast of Martin Koolhoven's movie, which also stars Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce.
According to Deadline, Dakota stars as Liz, who is on the run from Guy's diabolical Preacher. Principle production has already begun and it's shooting on location in Romania, Spain and Germany. E! said Kit will play an outlaw, replacing Robert Pattinson in the role, with Dakota replacing Mia Wasikowska.
No word yet on when that will be released, but you may have noticed »
- Gina Carbone
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