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Jason Reitman will be bringing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back back to life in a live-reading that he plans to put on tonight. Yesterday Reitman released the names of a majority of his cast, but there were two casting announcements noticeably missing: the roles of Han Solo and Leia Organa. We finally, finally have the names of the two actors who will be reading for Han and Leia. While the actress reading for Leia--Jessica Alba--might not surprise you, the casting for Han certainly might. Juno star Ellen Page will be Leia.s stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder, Han Solo. I.ll admit, I had just assumed Reitman would cast a guy for the role of Han since Han was originally portrayed by a guy, Harrison Ford, in the film version of The Empire Strikes Back. However, after Entertainment Weekly initially broke the news of Page.s casting, and »
In exactly one year, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will land in theaters, so what can you do to fill the 365-day gap until then? Well, you can watch the previous six 'Star Wars' films over and over, or dive into the franchise's books, video games, and spin-off shows. Or, if you live in Los Angeles, you can see "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back" recreated in a way you've never seen before or likely will again. Jason Reitman is directing a one-night-only live read of 'Empire Strikes Back' tonight at The Theatre at Ace Hotel and today the final pieces of the cast have been revealed. And they are as follows: Luke Skywalker - Aaron Paul Han Solo - Ellen Page Princess Leia - Jessica Alba Darth Vader - Jk Simmons C-3P0 - Stephen Merchant Lando Calrissian - Dennis Haysbert Yoda - Kevin Pollak And yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Really, there's nothing that says "Han" can't be a woman's name. Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia—the royal revolutionary who thinks the smuggler is nothing but a "stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder." Until, of course, she doesn't. The whole point of Reitman's live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we've never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain »
- Anthony Breznican
Tonight, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages his monthly live performance of a popular movie script. What makes this one special is that it's the film many (most?) consider to be the best of the Star Wars saga instalments, The Empire Strikes Back. We found out yesterday that the parts of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would be filled by Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons respectively, but and now EW have revealed that Ellen Page (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) will play Han Solo, and Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) will play his lover, Princess Leia Organa. Easy there tiger! Here's what Reitman had to say about his choices. "In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the »
If you thought the recent Golden Globes nominations slighted some of the better performances this year, allow the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to shine its spotlight on some of the underdogs (along with a few major contenders we can’t cynically roll our eyes at — they’re just too lovable). Sbiff announced in a press release Friday afternoon that it would continue its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Logan Lerman ("Fury"), David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Jenny Slate ("Obvious Child"). “These are seven exemplary performers that provide us with undeniable evidence that 2014 was a dynamic year in acting," festival director Roger Durling said in a statement. If you were thinking of contending with Sbiff’s choices, allow them to defend the picks in their own words: »
- Matt Patches
An innocuous romantic comedy, “Always Woodstock” stars Allison Miller as an aspiring songwriter who retreats from relationships and career dead-ends in Manhattan to the titular upstate burg, where Mr. Right and artistic fulfillment prove all too easy to find. Writer-helmer Rita Merson’s first feature offers a heroine whose whininess is meant to be a lot more endearing than it plays, surmounting obstacles so weak they practically roll over and play dead for her. Even by its genre’s comfort-food standards, this movie feels blandly circumscribed, almost child-proofed, as if any sharper reality or wit might be harmful to the intended audience. It opened in 10 U.S. markets (and Toronto) on Friday, but its modest surface polish and familiar supporting-cast faces will serve it better in ancillary sales.
Orphaned as a child (we never find out how), Miller’s Catherine Brown is a lost little lamb whose lamb-iness isn’t »
- Dennis Harvey
Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Sam Smith and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley are covering the 20th anniversary issue of Out magazine's Out100! In addition to the quadruple cover, each of the four stars is receiving a big honor from the Lgbt mag. Page is this year's Entertainer of the Year while Quinto is their Artist of the Year. Sam Smith is the Breakout of the Year and Wiley in the mag's Ingénue of the Year. In the new issue, Page, who came out on Valentine's Day 2014, opened up about being closeted in Hollywood. "No one's ever been so direct as to say, 'You're gay, so we're gonna hide it.' But there's an unspoken thing going on," she said. "[People] »
Out100 covers include a parade of A-list celebs, Calvin Klein stirs the pot with new “Perfectly Fit” campaign, Jennifer Aniston opens up about her “sweetheart” fiancé, and more in today’s Last Lap.
Out100 reveals the 20th anniversary covers, featuring Sam Smith, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Page, and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley. [Out] Myla Dalbesio, a 27-year-old, “plus-size” model (size 10) is the face of Calvin Klein’s “Perfectly Fit” campaign. “[Calvin Klein] released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction,” she said. Preach, girl. [Elle] Jennifer Aniston gushes over her man Justin Theroux in the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar. [Us Weekly] USA renews Graceland with a 13-episode third season. [@TVGuideMagazine] Alfonso Ribeiro gets support from his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air family on Dancing With the Stars. [Us Weekly] TNT cancels Franklin and Bash, starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. [THR] On Big Morning Buzz Live, Alexandra Shipp gives us the »
- Taylor Ferber
Out Magazine is going all out for the 20th anniversary of the annual Out 100 issue. This week, the four covers for the issue were revealed, announcing Zachary Quinto, Ellen Page, Samira Wiley, and Sam Smith as some of this year's most inspiring, incredible individuals in the Lgbt community. Ellen talks about her choice to come out earlier this year, while Sam opens up about the pressures of being young, gay, and heartbreakingly vulnerable in his music. Keep reading for a few of the most insightful quotes from each of the four interviews. »
Coming out on Valentine's Day 2014 marked the start of a new chapter for actress Ellen Page. And the Juno star's brave decision to make the announcement at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive has earned her not only a great deal of respect in the Hollywood community, but a new accolade: Out Magazine's Entertainer of the Year. Appearing as one of four cover stars for the magazine's annual OUT100 double issue, Page talked to the publication about the pressure actors feel to remain closeted in [...] »
X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014.
Directed by Bryan Singer.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Helman and Peter Dinklage.
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
“Please. We need you to hope again…”
Quite an apt statement lifted from Bryan Singer’s return to the comic-book realm that feels much more personal than just that of a desperate future Professor X (the ever miraculous Patrick Stewart) as he begs, pleads his past self (James McAvoy) through a inter-dimensional/time-loop to get back on a horse called Cerebro. Indeed, it feels like it’s Singer doing the pleading, »
- Scott J. Davis
Ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman. »
Stars: Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Bingbing Fan, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage | Written by Simon Kinberg | Directed by Bryan Singer
It was with trepidation that I approached X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since X-Men broke the mould of cheesy 90s superhero films with their first modern outing 14 years ago, we’ve seen ground-breaking efforts from the likes of Batman and Spider-Man. With superhero fans now spoilt for choice, expectations are high for the latest outing of Marvel staples, the X-Men.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in a futuristic world, where mutants are forced to do battle with relentless machines called sentinels. The sentinels are teutonic robots, constructed by humans to control the mutant population and possess the ability to adopt the characteristics of any enemy almost instantly. We’re introduced to a gaggle of recognisble protaganists; Storm (Halle Berry »
- Joe Cronin
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Freeheld, a drama based on adocumentary short, has had a difficult journey to the big screen. There have been cancellations, delays, cast-changes, funding issues, you name it. But Ellen Page stuck with it, came out, and the film powered back to life (coincidence? who knows). But it's delightful to see a still which is proof that it the movie is actually happening. For those who haven't been keeping up Freeheld this is the official "about synopsis" from the Oscar winning documentary:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice »
- NATHANIEL R
X-Men: Days of Future Past is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to test your knowledge on the most successful X-Men movie to-date. Take part in our quiz below to see if you know your Logans from your Jennifer Lawrences.
Q: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan is sent back in time to save the present - in what year does he arrive?
Correct! Wolverine wakes up on a water bed and peers out at Times Square before facing off against gangsters.
Q: In comic book lore Quicksilver Peter Maximoff is the son of which X-Men character?
A) Charles Xavier
Correct! This is hinted at in the jailbreak scene when Quicksilver tells Eric: "They say you can manipulate metal. My mum used to know a guy who could do that. »
Lena Dunham went on an Instagram spree on Thursday, sharing several snaps of her famous friends - plus one topless photo of herself - sporting pink Planned Parenthood t-shirts to support the Women Are Watching campaign. Celebrities like Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Ellen Page snapped selfies in the Lena Dunham Planned Parenthood tees, and Lena rounded them all up for one big collage. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Women Are Watching campaign marks an effort to get young women out to the polls on Nov. 4, and in a video for Glamour, Lena and her fans explain why the midterm elections matter. "I used to think that all that mattered was that you, you know, vote for Obama, then go back to eating Cheetos and reading gossip magazines," Lena joked. "But the fact is, the midterm elections matter." Keep reading to see the powerful video, plus all the stars who are supporting the campaign. »
The last film from the director of Deliverance has found a domestic partner. BBC Worldwide North America said today that it has acquired rights to John Boorman’s Queen And Country. Not to be confused with the Ellen Page spy starrer Queen & Country from Chernin Entertainment, Boorman’s pic is a portrait of post-wwii England, a time of National Service and continued rationing. David Thewlis, X-Men First Class’ Caleb Landry Jones and Ripper actor Callum Turner star. In many ways it is a follow-up to Boorman’s acclaimed 1987 film Hope And Glory, based on his childhood during the London Blitz.
BBC Worldwide Na will release the film in the U.S. and Canada next year. The still-living filmmaker has said Queen And Country would be the last movie he would direct. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May and BBC picked up the pic after its North American »
- Dominic Patten
Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have signed on to star in writer-director Gary Michael Schultz's crime drama ”Vincent-n-Roxxy,” which was developed and produced by Keith Kjarval's Unified Pictures. Story follows down-on-their-luck rebels Vincent (Hirsch) and Roxxy (Kravitz) as they fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval through his Unified Pictures production banner in association with Media House Capital, whose Aaron L. Gilbert will executive produce. Also read: Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife Opposite Emile Hirsch (Exclusive) International sales »
- Jeff Sneider
Four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore is featured in this first poster for Sony Classics Pictures Still Alice. The film was an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film, Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
Writers-Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win numerous other prizes, including the Humanitas screenwriting Award, and the John Cassavettes Spirit Award in 2007. Their film The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros Pictures and DC Comics recently released their full slate of upcoming comic book movies through the year 2020. Outside of Justice League and Wonder Woman, two other announcements really stood out. The Flash and Aquaman will be getting their own films in 2018. With The Flash TV show just premiering to great numbers it makes sense to bring that character to the cineplexes. Well DC has other ideas about who will be playing The Flash.
Along with the announcement of the film, it was announced that The Flash would be played by Ezra Miller. The young actor is best known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Critics have praised his performance in both films and he is looking like a standout star of this generation. Well that wasn’t enough for comic book fans.
- Max Covill
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