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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.
The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, »
- Carolyn Todd
Back in 2012, before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've all been busy," Bier told me in Toronto, which invited "Serena," »
- Anne Thompson
Toronto - When an actor wins an Academy Award he or she usually tries to work with the director who helped guide them to the top of the mountain again. Often, it has great results. After winning a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" Jack Nicholson reunited with James L. Brooks on "As Good As It Gets" and won best actor. Jennifer Lawrence immediately worked with her "Silver Linings Playbook" maestro, David O. Russell, on "American Hustle" which resulted in back to back nominations. Diane Weist won her first Oscar for Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and her second for his comedy "Bullets Over Broadway." That's just one reason it's somewhat surprising the prolific Denzel Washington took 12 years to reunite with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer." Barely based on the late 1980's TV series of the same name, the new movie finds the »
- Gregory Ellwood
Serena is a long delayed film that stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence who both starred together in director David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The movie has been stuck in the post-production process for awhile. Hell, we got our first look at the film two years ago! We've now just gotten the first trailer. These two talents have great on-screen chemistry, and it looks like they give great performances in this film as well. Here's the synopsis:
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. »
- Joey Paur
The UK Trailer is now online for the Long-Delayed Drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, and Rhys Ifans. This marks the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have teamed up, they were in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which were both directed by David O. Russell.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have starred in successful films together - American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook – though both were under the guidance of eccentric filmmaker David O. Russell. For Serena, “B. Coop” and “J. Law” are getting a change in director – working under Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire, Brothers) – and are reaching even further back in time, to the period of the Depression-era south, for a drama about a power couple named the Pembertons (Coop/Law) whose timber empire is threatened by marital secrets.
The trailer above doesn’t directly spell out all of the twists and turns in author Ron Rash’s novel (adapted to the screen by K-19: The Widowmaker screenwriter, Chris Kyle); rather, the trailer teases a bit of the mystery and the darker truths beneath the Pembertons’ marriage, showing imagery that could admittedly be considered spoilers ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
After over a year since we got a glimpse at a still from Serena, we finally have a trailer for the drama directed by Susanne Bier that reunited Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence after Silver Linings Playbook. Playing a very different couple than in that movie, Serena centers on the tumultuous marriage of George and Serena Pemberton. The Depression-era drama definitely looks ambitious. Even though they appeared in American Hustle for David O. Russell, Lawrence and Cooper didn't share »
- Alex Maidy
A trailer for the long-gestating Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence film Serena is finally here, and shows the two actors in their darkest collaboration yet. While Cooper and Lawrence’s David O. Russell movies are rooted in their humor, Serena looks like a flat-out epic drama, complete with falling trees, fire, and blood. The two play a husband and wife running a timber empire in Depression-era North Carolina. Their marital bliss turns sour when Lawrence’s titular character finds out that her husband has a child. Lawrence looks like she is relishing playing the conniving, glamorous Serena, who has drawn »
- Esther Zuckerman
For a while there, it seemed like you couldn’t get a movie made without Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence getting involved, often at the same time. The pair shot three films together in about two years: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and Susanne Bier‘s Serena. The first two of those have […]
- Angie Han
At long last, the very first Serena trailer and poster for director Susanne Bier’s period drama. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to become suspicious of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government. Remember all the buzz surrounding Lawrence and Cooper in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook? Well Serena was actually shot 10 months before the David O. Russell film came out, so you can say this one has been sitting on the shelf for a spell. This trailer doesn’t make the movie look especially bad—it looks fine—but alas, as the picture is slated to open overseas next month, a U.S. release date remains elusive. Hit the jump to check out »
- Adam Chitwood
The New York première of Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, was hosted by Meryl Streep, David O. Russell and Glenn Close at MoMA. Among those attending were producers Rachael Horovitz and Gary Foster, Charles Cohen, Paul Haggis, Gina Gershon, Joanna Coles, the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Phil Jackson, Alex Gibney, Ophelia Lovibond, Colin Callender, Mark Feuerstein, Erin Richards, Billy Magnussen and Julia Jones.
Israel Horovitz with co-host Meryl Streep: "It's probably rare for you to be talked to by a first time feature director who begins by saying, let me tell you about my grandchildren." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
"If you do not love me I shall not be loved," a line from Samuel Beckett's Cascando, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The former has been set for June 10th, 2016. It’s a follow-up to last year’s surprise smash hit Now You See Me, which opened to an unexpectedly mighty $29.4 million domestic debut and went on to gross a stellar $351.7 million worldwide.
The sequel is expected to continue the story of The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco), skilled magicians who perform heists, now that the enigmatic Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) has inducted them into a secret society of magicians known as the Eye. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is sitting in the director’s chair, taking over from Louis Leterrier.
Now You See Me 2, as it’s currently known, is only currently facing down video game adaptation Uncharted on that date. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lionsgate has staked out a prime summer slot for the sequel to a surprise hit and slapped a new acquisition into the heart of next year’s awards season. The mini-major said today that Now You See Me 2, Summit’s follow-up to the pic that heisted $351.7 million worldwide last year, will open June 10, 2016. As of now, the Jon M. Chu-helmed sequel — which returns key cast members including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco — is up only against Sony’s vidgame adaptation Uncharted that weekend. Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli wrote the screenplay.
Lionsgate today also set a Christmas Day 2015 release for Dirty Grandpa, the Robert De Niro-Zac Efron road-trip comedy it acquired Monday at Toronto. The film, which Universal picked up as a spec script in 2011 and later put into turnaround, follows a foul-mouthed former Army general who gets to know »
- The Deadline Team
Exclusive: Jeff Berg’s Resolution has hired new agent Brehan Fitzgerald from the ranks of 20th Century Fox’s casting division. The former VP of Fox feature casting is starting to make calls around town as she transitions into her new gig repping talent at the agency, effective today.
Why make the leap from casting exec to talent agent? “Working with artists is very rewarding, but when you work in casting you only get to do it for short period of time,” she told me. “Joining the representation side is much more exciting because when you work with an artist, it’s for the long term.” Fitzgerald had a hand in casting some of the studio’s biggest franchises during her 12 year run at Fox, where she rose to VP in 2012. She helped land Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan in Josh Trank’s low budget sci-fier Chronicle, Toby Kebbel »
- Jen Yamato
After many delays, filming finally kicks off this month on the feature film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and another new cast member has been added. "Shameless" and "True Blood" actress Emma Greenwell is the latest to join the fray.
The film co-stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, Jack Huston as George Wickham, and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth's sister. Huston's Wickham and James' Bennet are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins her over with his theories regarding training them.
Brian Oliver, »
- Debi Moore
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Lily James and Sam Riley are playing Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, characters from the original novel Jane Austen, which is given a genre twist in the "expanded" version from author Seth Grahame-Smith. This new story shows how Elizabeth's quest for love is stunted by a zombie outbreak. Emma Greenwell is playing the sister of Douglas Booth's character, with Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston also starring.
Burr Steers is directing from a script he co-wrote with David O. Russell, who was attached to direct at one point in the project's lengthy development process. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Natalie Portman, Sean McKittrick, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan and Tyler Thompson. Production is scheduled to begin later this month, with Cross Creek and Universal Pictures producing and distributing.
Filming will start in September. Cross Creek Pictures, which has a distribution deal with Universal, has acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales. The project had been set up with Panorama last year but came over to Sierra/Affinity with Butan earlier this year.
Greenwell, who is in Showtime’s “Shameless,” will play Booth’s sister in the pic.
She is repped by Wme, Troika and Thruline Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
Filming finally begins next month on the feature film adaptation of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which infuses gut munchers into the iconic Jane Austen tale. On tap for you today is the latest casting news so read on if this project is one you're eagerly anticipating!
Deadline reports that Noah star Douglas Booth has joined the cast of the classic lit mash-up, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. Booth is no stranger to classic tales, previously starring in Romeo & Juliet. He’ll play Bingley L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.
- John Squires
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