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While news of of a Quentin Tarantino film going into development is always met with a level of excitement, fans of the filmmaker have gone on a bit of a rollercoaster with his newest project. Titled The Hateful Eight, Tarantino initially scrapped the film following the leak of his script to the public, before staging a live-reading of the script for charity. This was followed by the announcement that Tarantino was back in production on the feature. Now a new piece of news has emerged, as Collider reports that Tarantino is in talks with actress Jennifer Lawrence to take on a role in the film.
Lawrence herself has seen her star rise in recent years, garnering acclaim for her role in 2010′s Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone before going on to the role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie franchise and Mystique in the X-Men franchise, as well as »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Fans who plan on seeing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend will be the first to check out the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Following the trailer description from yesterday, Collider is reporting that The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is in negotiations for a role in the Western.
We reported last month that the director plans on using the entire cast from is live reading, including Bruce Dern (The Confederate), Samuel L. Jackson (The Bounty Hunter), Kurt Russell (The Hangman), Amber Tamblyn (The Prisoner), Walton Goggins (The Sheriff), Michael Madsen (The Cow Puncher) and Tim Roth (The Little Man) and James Remar. However, the cast hasn't been officially announced yet, »
Quentin Tarantino is moving full steam ahead with his upcoming Western, The Hateful Eight. While we’ve heard that the director will be using the same cast that he used for the live read (Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggin, Samuel L. Jackson, etc.), that is unconfirmed and for now, just a rumor. He very well could go with a whole new group of actors, or at least a few fresh faces, and if this latest report is to be believed, that might be exactly what he’s doing.
Collider is telling us that Jennifer Lawrence is wanted for a major female role in the film. Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed, and apparently the actress’ camp has shot it down already, but it’s still worth discussing. After all, just because a publicist denies a rumor doesn’t mean that it’s not true.
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- Matt Joseph
While a largely text-based trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will premiere in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend, the movie has not yet gone begun filming and the trailer doesn't even list any confirmed cast members. To this point it seems Kurt Russell is the only one that's said he's in the film, but even that has yet to be made official. Now, however, things are starting to heat up as new rumors suggest Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Rachel Wood, Geena Davis and Hilary Swank may all be under consideration for a role. Note, however, these are just rumors and could simply be wishlists and/or publicists trying to get their client's names in the mix. For example, Jeff Sneider from quoted Lawrence's reps in a The Wrap tweet saying, "Despite internet rumors, her reps have confirmed she's not doing this project. »
- Brad Brevet
Jennifer Lawrence is at a point in her career where she can do almost anything she wants short of saying, "I'm Batman now. Take a hike, Affleck." Thankfully, she continues to be smart about the projects she takes. She has two blockbuster franchises, and she's found a strong collaborator in David O. Russell. But now there's another big filmmaker who might work with the talented actress, and one who's a far cry from her previous directors. We're hearing that Lawrence is in talks to team up with Quentin Tarantino for his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Hit the jump for more. Hot on the heels of yesterday's trailer description for The Hateful Eight, we've learned a little more about the highly-anticipated Western. We can say that Lawrence is in talks to join the film, and this is not a "wish-list" thing where she's one of many actresses being considered for a role. »
- Matt Goldberg
Eva Green's year has been one for the history books, or from them anyway. In March, the French actress was seen in plate mail playing the vengeful Persian warrior Artemisia in the action hit 300: Rise of an Empire. Then, in late April, she popped up in Showtime's Penny Dreadful, recently renewed for a second season, where she traded in ancient duds for frocks and black lace as Vanessa Ives, a Victorian prone to demonic possession. In August, Green caps her run of titillating period pieces with the release »
From playing a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist, here are some of Amy Adams' best films.
Today, acclaimed actress Amy Adams turns 40, and in celebration of her incredible and critically praised career, we take this opportunity to look at some of her most beloved films.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, and has played everything from a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist. Here are her seven best-reviewed films, according to their Rotten Tomatoes score.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
The film follows Madeleine, an art dealer, whose very presence throws the lives of her middle-class, North Carolina in-laws into chaos. Amy Adams plays a childlike and naive pregnant girl who is amazed by her sister-in-law's seemingly glamorous life. This was really Adams' breakthrough performance and the first film to snag her an Oscar nomination.
6. The Fighter
Rt Score: 91%
Author Don Pendleton introduced Mack Bolan (aka The Executioner) in 1969. Pendleton wrote 37 Mack Bolan novels, sold the rights in 1980, and ghostwriters have produced over 600 books in the ongoing series. Over the years, many of Hollywood's burliest leading men have angled to play the Vietnam veteran who fights against international terrorism, including Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, and Vin Diesel. But a film adaptation has remained elusive. Writer Shane Salerno (Savages) is scripting a new attempt, and Warner Bros. has just acquired the Mack Bolan movie rights as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper. Cooper's Hangover director Todd Phillips is on board to helm the adaptation. More after the jump. Salerno told Deadline his goal is to craft a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series." Salerno's script is intended as the first of a potential trilogy. Salerno, Phillips, and Cooper will also produce. I will be impressed if Warner Bros. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Hitting theaters this Friday, the zombie comedy drama Life After Beth marks the debut feature of writer/director Jeff Baena (whose previous credit is as a writer on David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees).
Dane DeHaan stars as Zach Orfman, a young man whose world has been shaken following the sudden death of his girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza's Beth Slocum. Things get weird, though, when Beth simply comes back to life with no memory of having ever died. Now, Zach has to deal with his now-undead girlfriend (who seems to be getting increasingly more undead), Beth's overprotective parents (played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) and his gun-loving older brother, Kyle (Matthew Gray Gubler), who goes on a bit of a power trip when more of the recently deceased start coming back.
- Silas Lesnick
This is a re-run of our interview with Aubrey Plaza, Matthew Gray Gubler and the cast of "Life After Beth" from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sometimes the chemistry on a set works just perfectly, and you can just tell the cast had a ball making the movie. Such is the case with “Life After Beth,” Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival. The zombie comedy has a lively cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, with comic talents Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser offering zany support. Baena, who co-wrote “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell over a decade ago (and is Plaza's boyfriend today), here offers a fresh and funny take on what can be an overplayed genre. Rather than highlighting the zombies’ flesh-eating qualities, the film focuses on the love »
- Kristin McCracken
One of the books that started the mash-up fad has been in development for quite some time. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, the film sees an old fashioned romance blossom in a world populated with the undead. The books have received mixed reviews, with many saying the story doesn’t get past the joke title, but there’s still a lot to enjoy, although my personal favourite would have to be Sense And Sensibility And Sea-Monsters. Writer Grahame-Smith has already entered the world of film with a script for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and an adaptation of his own book Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
Jack Huston has now been cast as George Wickham, joining the already cast Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, and Lily James and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth Bennet and one of her sisters. Igby Goes Down Director Burr Steers helms »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Just one week after the languishing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was given a new shot of life by Cross Creek Pictures, Jack Huston has signed on to play Wickham in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel.
Lily James signed on to play Elizabeth Bennett, with Sam Riley playing Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote playing Elizabeth's sister, all characters from Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel. Seth Grahame-Smith's novel is an "expanded" version of the original novel, where Elizabeth's quest for love is hampered by a vicious zombie outbreak.
Jack Huston, who we reported last week was in talks for an unspecified role, has now signed on to play Wickham, a blond lieutenant who Elizabeth falls for. Wickham plans on teaching these zombies how to fight, winning Elizabeth over with his theories on the undead soldiers.
With filming set to kick off next month on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bit more casting news has come in with word that "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has signed on.
Per Deadline, Huston (American Hustle, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up novel for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
He joins the previously announced Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.
- Debi Moore
In the Westworld TV series, Marsden will play Teddy Flood, who sparks curiosity among the people of the small western town, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Through his charm and skills with a revolver, he soon wins over the fellow residents, including a young woman who becomes a love interest. Before long, he finds himself embarking on an odyssey in which he deals with the rise of artificial consciousness and sin.
Marsden is joining a star-studded cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. Hopkins was tapped to play the creative director and chief programmer of the park, while Wood is inhabiting the role of Dolores Abernathy, a “quintessential farm girl of the frontier West,” reported THR.
I’m possibly going to be trying out a new series here. Essentially, today I’ll be going back and looking at the most recent Oscars and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories. Potentially, I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, so there’s a chance that this could turn into a long running thing. There are 86 of these to sift through after all…and counting. If nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of he year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Her The nominees here were 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Joey Magidson
How's this for symmetry: Jeff Baena's script for a zombie rom-com called “Life After Beth” was brought back from the dead after his real-life girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza, decided she wanted to star as the movie's zombie girlfriend, Beth. (It is really good for symmetry, trust us). Baena, 37, had early success as the writer of the David O. Russell-directed “I Heart Huckabees,” a charming indie that helped him score a bunch of studio re-write jobs, which can feel like screenwriter purgatory. But when Plaza, the “Parks and Recreation” star, decided that she liked “Life After Beth,” a spec that Baena had. »
- Jordan Zakarin
(Cbr) Before becoming the producer of the proposed "Beetlejuice" sequel, rewriting "Fantastic Four" and signing on to direct Disney’s "Something Wicked This Way Comes," Seth Grahame-Smith penned novels that mixed historical and literary fiction with horror elements. The first of those, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" hit stores in 2009 and became a huge hit. A film was soon in the works, with a script by David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), but director and studio changes led to a long delay. Until now. According to Deadline, the film will start shooting in September, with Lily James ("Downton Abbey") as Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Riley ("Maleficent) as Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote ("Dark Shadows") as one of Elizabeth’s sisters. Burr Steers, who helmed "17 Again" and "Charlie St. Cloud," is directing. The adaptation has been in the works since 2010, with a variety of stars attached, from Natalie Portman to Emma Stone. Portman »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
You didn't actually think is was going to be the only one to write an article about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" without using a bad pun, did you?
Seth Grahame-Smiths literary mash-up of Jane Austen and the undead has had a long road to the big screen. David O. Russell was originally attached to direct and wrote a script that all involved likes quite a bit, but other things go in the way and Russell moved on to "Silver Linings Playbook", "American Hustle" and multiple Oscar nominations along the way.
Natalie Portman was on deck to star and produce when Russell was directing, but she opted out of the acting portion of her commitment. After that it looked like the flick might never happen, but now Deadline is reporting that shooting is set to begin this fall.
- Philip Sticco
Fans of Seth Grahame-Smith might be happy to know that after numerous attempts and director changes, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies looks set to finally make it to the big screen – and they’ve got some brilliant people lined up to star.
On The Road’s Sam Riley, Downton Abbey’s Lily James and Dark Shadows’ Bella Heathcote have all signed up to the front the adaptation of Smith’s undead take on Jane Austen’s classic novel. James will take on the role of Elizabeth Bennett, Riley as Mr Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister. Burr Steers is set to direct the project and also has a writing credit alongside David O. Russell.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has been through numerous casting and director changes. At one point O. Russell was set to direct with Natalie Portman starring as Elizabeth, but both dropped out due to other »
- Lucy Cave
It has been well over a year since we last reported on the planned adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'. The project has already eaten through a feast of talent attached to the project at some point or another including stars such as Scarlett Johansson ('Avengers Assemble'), Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway ('Les Miserables'). As well as Mike White and David O. Russell all set to work behind the camera. However, shooting is expected to kick off next month so this fresh coming together of director Burr Steers ('Igby Goes Down') and actors Sam Riley, Lily James -below ('Fast Girls', 'Downton Abbey') and the stunning Bella Heathcote -below ('Dark Shadows') will hopefully remain as the 'final' official line-up for the project. »
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