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The music festival fun continues! After a star-filled start, celebrities are kicking off the second and final weekend of festivities in California's Coachella Valley. No longer newbies, Kendall and Kylie Jenner returned to the fairgrounds on Friday, hanging out with pal Jaden Smith. At one point, Kendall started dancing with some buddies, and later tried to get Kylie to bust a move. In other interesting moments, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson explored the scene, Paris Hilton showed off her latest festival ensemble, and Vanessa Hudgens lit up with a big smile a week after she embraced the celebrity disguise trend. Keep scrolling to see the stars in all their glory, and come back later to find out what the weekend brings! Sources: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News Online View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth), the fifteen-year-old son of Will Smith, and Liev Schreiber signed on to star in "The Good Lord Bird," based on a best-selling book by James McBride (Miracle at St Anna, Red Hook Summer). Plot: Henry "Onion" Shackleford (Smith) is a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown's motley crew of freedom fighters. Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown's historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper's Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. The book made Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Year list and has drawn comparisons to Mark Twain's classic novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. »
While there's no release date for The Karate Kid 2 just yet, it's been speculated for a while that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will both be returning in their roles from the 2010 movie, and we are okay with that!
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"The Good Lord Bird" is an award-winning book that takes place in the early years of the United States, when we were just a group of colonies, and slavery was still acceptable, Soon, it will be heading to the big screen starring Jaden Smith!
Although a dark time in our past, "The Good Lord Bird" takes a different, more satirical look on the times. Set to star in the pic are two of our favorite actors. We enjoyed watching Jaden Smith grow up, and now we can't wait to see him tell the story in the role of Henry "Onion" Shackleford.
The Good Lord Bird will see through several key points of the early colonial era leading up to the beginning of the Civil War. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave B.)
America's antebellum south has been the setting of two recent Academy Award winning films, 2012's Django Unchained and 2013's 12 Years A Slave. Looking to continue the trend of celebrated slavery-centric American drama is The Good Lord Bird, which, as has just been announced, will feature Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith in lead roles. The Good Lord Bird is an adaptation of the bestselling historical-fiction novel of the same name, penned by James McBride. Deadline reports Schreiber will take on the portrayal of outspoken (and real life) abolitionist John Brown, while Smith will play Henry "Little Onion" Shackleford, a young slave. The film will focus on the friendship that evolves between the two men, and Shackelford's coming-of-age in a pivotal period of American history. Here's the book's plot synopsis, courtesy of Amazon: "Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between »
So far rising star Jaden Smith, son of box office superstar Will Smith, has only taken on big studio films like After Earth and the remake of The Karate Kid (with a sequel still on the way). Now Deadline reports he's going to really test his acting chops with a lower profile, powerful period drama called The Good Lord Bird, based on the book of the same name by James McBride. The story follows Henry ‘Onion’ Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber of Goon and "Ray Donovan") in 1856 Kansas, traveling the nation with his motley crew of freedom fighters. More below! In what sounds like a tale akin to Forrest Gump, the story is from the somewhat satirical point-of-view of Onion, as he follows Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of well-known history book icons like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, »
- Ethan Anderton
The pair will star in the adaptation of James McBride's slavery-era novel, reports Deadline.
The 2013 National Book Award-winning tale centres around the travels of Henry 'Onion' Shackleford (Smith), a cross-dressing young slave who joins up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) and his motley freedom fighters in 1856 Kansas.
The satirical story is told from the perspective of Onion, who documents Brown's attempts to end slavery years before the beginning of the Civil War.
Smith was last seen in 2013's After Earth.
Schreiber currently stars in the Showtime crime drama Ray Donovan.
McBride will produce The Good Lord Bird, which is yet to announce a director. »
So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The darkest chapter in American history has always been ripe for the Hollywood treatment, but after Steve McQueen’s searing 12 Years A Slave took Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year, it seems clearer than ever that there’s still a large appetite for movies about slavery. Luckily, the next star-studded movie about the subject won’t be quite as painful to watch as 12 Years A Slave. Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride’s satirical slavery novel The Good Lord Bird.
McBride’s novel, which won him the 2013 National Book Award, centers on a cross-dressing slave named Little Onion (Smith), a young boy mistaken for a girl when rescued from his master by famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Together, they set out on a journey across the country, encountering individuals like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the novel The Good Lord Bird, the young slave Henry dresses in a sackcloth during an escape from violence, and subsequently takes advantage of being mistaken for a girl as he seeks freedom. It’s not the role you might assume Jaden Smith would take to follow a couple of Karate Kid movies (the second […]
The post Jaden Smith Will Flee Slavery in ‘The Good Lord Bird’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The 'Ray Donovan' star and 'The Karate Kid' star will be seen together in a big-screen adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride, Deadline.com reported.
The film is set in Kansas in 1856 and follows a young slave who links up with a radical abolitionist and his crew of freedom fighters.
The film is based on the book which was named in the top 10 Books of the Year last year, and was a New York Times best-seller. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
Jaden Smith received a lot of criticism for his performance in last year's bomb After Earth, but maybe the young actor will fair a little better in his newest project. Deadline is reporting Smith will star in The Good Lord Bird with Liev Schreiber. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winning James McBride novel of the same name, and McBride will produce the movie as well. James McBride also wrote the books The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna, and »
- Jesse Giroux
The Good Lord Bird
Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride's slightly satirical, Huckleberry Finn-esquw slavery drama novel "The Good Lord Bird". McBride, Schreiber and Brian Taylor will produce.
Smith plays a young slave named Henry "Onion" Shackleford who skips town with abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber) who believes Henry is actually a girl. The pair, and his crew of freedom fighters, travel the nation meeting historical figures on the way to the Harper's Ferry raid which set the stage for the Civil War. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
The story centers on a young slave named Henry "Onion" Shackleford (Jaden Smith), who skips town with abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber). Onion travels the nation with Brown, who believes the slave is actually a girl, and his crew of freedom fighters, meeting historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas on the way to the brutal Harper's Ferry raid that helped set the stage for the Civil War. The book was published last year and was a New York Times Best-Seller, en route to winning a National Book Award. The story is told from a satirical point of view, drawing comparison's to Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and Spartacus. Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names. Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »
- Adam Chitwood
That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached to The Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride. Schreiber will play John Brown, the famed abolitionist, to Smith's Henry, a young slave whom Brown mistakes for a girl. Listen carefully, and you can hear Will Smith screaming "The patterns are working!" all the way from L.A. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan," X-Men Origins: Wolverine ) and Jaden Smith ( The Karate Kid , After Earth ) are set to star in an upcoming big screen adaptation of James McBride's recent bestseller The Good Lord Bird , Deadline reports. The book, published in 2013, is officially described as follow: Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry.s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town.with Brown, who believes he.s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry.whom Brown nicknames Little Onion.conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. »
Karate Kid 2 lands a director; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to reunite in a new movie; Jeremy Irvine will star in Stonewall; Matt Damon eyes The Martian; the Game of Thrones showrunners peg their next project; and Chloe Moretz joins The 5th Wave.
Eisner is probably best known for delivering the 2010 horror film The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant. Not exactly a 1-to-1 comparison between that film and The Karate Kid, but apparently Sony thinks Eisner is a good fit to helm their sequel.
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- Anthony Taormina
Deadline reports that "Karate Kid 2" is now a go, and original stars Smith and Chan are on board to return. Eisner, known for 2010 horror romp "The Crazies," replaces director Harald Zwart, who helmed the 2010 "Kid," itself a remake of the 1984 flick.
Eisner may seem like an eyebrow-raising choice for a kiddie film like "Karate Kid 2" (in addition to "The Crazies," he also directed 2005's Matthew McConaughey adventure flick "Sahara"), but studio Sony is banking on him to turn the film into a successful franchise. The 2010 "Kid" made over $300 million worldwide throughout its run; Sony's no doubt hoping the second installment will be even more lucrative.
Eisner will next direct the Vin Diesel-starring "The Last Witch Hunter." No word yet on how soon "Karate Kid 2" will start production. »
- Katie Roberts
The new film has just secured a director, Breck Eisner, who is best known for overseeing the Matthew McConaughey box office turkey Sahara in 2005. It will once again see Smith, 15, as kung fu student Dre Parker, with Chan as his teacher, Mr Han.
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- Ben Child
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