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Everyone has to start somewhere — even those who one day wind up calling the shots. Variety polled dozens of producers, studio execs, entertainment lawyers, managers and agents to identify those who are on track to become the superagents of tomorrow.
Andrew Dunlap, 34 (Wme): His roster is not only filled with rising stars (Chloe Moretz, Luke Evans and “Downton Abbey’s” Tom Cullen, to name a few), he’s someone execs and producers say they’re excited to work with because he understands both his clients’ needs and those of the studios with which he is negotiating.
Nigel Meiojas, 30 (ICM Partners): Among the fresh faces he reps are actors Genesis Rodriguez (three films in 2012, including “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Casa de mi Padre”) and Alexander Ludwig (three projects set up this year after his turn in “The Hunger Games”). He also co-runs the »
- Justin Kroll
Sony's Grown Ups 2 opens July 12th, 2013, and at least we don't have 20 posters up for this one when compared to other big releases nowadays. Directed by Dennis Dugan, the comedy which drops Rob Schneider from the first film from the main cast, also includes Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swadson, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O'Neal and Alexander Ludwig. In Grown Ups 2, Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school. »
Man, Abigail Breslin has sure grown up fast, and thankfully she hasn't abandoned the horror genre either! On tap for you right now is your first look at her in Tyler Shields' new film, Final Girl, as well as a new poster.
Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, and Johnny Silver and helmed by celebrity photographer turned first-time director Tyler Shields, Final Girl chronicles the tale of a pack of teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their "initiation." Breslin stars as the lead, with Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood, and Michael Trevino rounding out the cast.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone »
- Uncle Creepy
An avalanche of familiar faces has converged on When the Game Stood Tall, a football flick set to star Michael Chiklis, a newly post-Enlightened Laura Dern, and Jim Caviezel. It's Save the Last Dance director Thomas Carter's first non-tv project since 2005's Coach Carter. Shooting in New Orleans, the story centers on De La Salle High School coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel); his wife, Beverly (Dern); and assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis). The team won a landmark 151 consecutive games from 1992 to 2003. Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games' Cato) will play a running back. »
- Zach Dionne
We’ve got some new casting news for you: Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached) has just joined the upcoming Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy alongside cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista. Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America) joined director Paul Andrew Williams’s (Song for Marion) Close Enough, the upcoming romantic war drama about lovers in France during the height of the Spanish Civil War. James Caviezel (Person of Interest) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) have just signed onto Sony Pictures’s inspirational high school football film When the Game Stands Tall, and they will star alongside Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig. Hit the jump for more information on each new casting bit. It appears that Lovibond has snagged a supporting role in writer/director James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi space thriller. [Editor's note: An earlier write-up from the source mentioned that Lovibond would be playing an aide to the Marvel character known as The Collector.] Pratt, Parks and Recreation’s winsome, »
- Gabe Chase
Based on Neil Hayes' book, the story follows a visionary De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis).
The pair took the Concord, Calif., Spartans prep team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak from 1992-2003 that shattered all records for consecutive victories in any American sport.
Dern will play Ladouceur’s wife, Ludwig will play the Spartans’ standout running back Chris Ryan.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Shooting began Monday in New Orleans with David Zelon producing. The movie, produced by Mandalay for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and its Affirm Films division, is slated for a Sept. 19, 2014 release.
Caviezel portrays De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur and Chiklis plays assistant coach Terry Eidson. Dern will play Ladouceur’s spouse and Ludwig has been cast as a star running back.
The team went on a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003.
Scott Marshall Smith’s screenplay is based on Neil Hayes’ book “When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Greatest Winning Streak.” »
- Dave McNary
While many haven't really seen much of Jim Caviezel since his controversial and highly publicized turn as Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ, the guy has been busy with the increasingly great spy thriller series "Person of Interest" on CBS, getting ready to finish its second season. Now it sounds like he's getting ready to take on a role that seems to be a rite of passage for many actors. THR has word that Caviezel will star in When the Game Stands Tall, an underdog football drama set up at Mandalay and Sony Pictures. Michael Chiklis will also star in the film which will begin shooting tomorrow in New Orleans. Read on! Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig are part of the supporting cast in the film that follows the De La Salle High School football team, coached by Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis »
- Ethan Anderton
Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig are suiting up to star in the football pic When the Game Stands Tall for Mandalay and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Principal photography begins April 22 in New Orleans on the film about a visionary coach who led a struggling football team to an unparalleled win streak. Mandalay produced the drama, which will go out through Spwa's Affirm Films division in fall 2014. Thomas Carter (Coach Carter) directs When the Game Stands Tall, which centers on De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis), who took the Concord, Calif., Spartans prep
- Tatiana Siegel
James Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig are set to star in the inspirational high school football movie "When the Game Stands Tall," which Mandalay is producing for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and its Affirm Films division. Principal photography starts today in New Orleans, and the film is slated for release in the fall of 2014. Caviezel and Chiklis star as Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eidson, the visionary coaches who led De La Salle High School's struggling football team to unparalleled national record-breaking success by teaching them to stand for »
- Jeff Sneider
When the Game Stands Still Football drama adds cast Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig have boarded the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Mandalay Pictures film which starts principal photography today (April 22nd) in New Orleans, report sources. The film directed by Coach Carter helmer Thomas Carter, follows Bob Ladouceur (played by Caviezel), the coach of De La Salle High School football and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis), who managed to lift the prep team of the Spartans of Concord, California to a 151-game winning streak running from1992-2003, breaking all records for consecutive victories held in any American sport. »
Two of Hollywood's hottest stars -- Jennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum -- are expected to dominate the MTV Movie Awards Sunday. (See category breakdown of predicted winners and spoilers here.) -Insertgroups:15- Lawrence, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her work in "Silver Linings Playbook," is predicted to pick up two popcorn buckets for that film -- Female Performance and Kiss (shared with Bradley Cooper). And such is the love for Lawrence that she is tipped to take the Scared As ... award for the little-seen "House at the End of the Street." Last year, Lawrence won two of her four bids for "The Hunger Games" -- Female Performance and Fight (along with Josh Hutcherson and Alexander Ludwig). She lost Hero to "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe and she and Hutcherson were bested for Kiss by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson who won for a fourth straight year for the "Twilight" saga. »
"What, what, what?!" That's just a sample of the super-simple dialogue Taylor Lautner fans should expect to hear from him in his small cameo role in "Grown Ups 2." The first trailer for the film has been unveiled today by Sony Pictures and Lautner's "Frat Boy Andy" character is front and center of the hilarious teasing, as is fellow cameo-er, "The Hunger Games" star Alexander Ludwig. See also: Taylor Lautner updates on his birthday celebration, next movie and more The two play a couple of hand-slapping frat boys of the Kappa Eta Sigma chapter who come in to torture the four friendly leads portrayed by Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock. All that "New Moon" muscle paid off for Lautner because he is oddly intimidating - at least, compared with Sandler an . »
James has been cast as ‘Four’ opposite Shailene Woodley (Beatrice Prior/Tris), the female protagonist in the story. There has been a lot of speculation about who would play the male lead in this film. Everyone from Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) with his obvious connection to the character’s name, to Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) were rumored to have screen tested for this part, but the studio clearly took their time finding the right actor for the role.
Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, released a joint statement saying that: “Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, »
- Lindsay Sperling
What are Us Weekly's preferred partners buzzing about this Friday? Brooke Burke-Charvet's plan to embrace aging, James Franco and Selena Gomez's racy new film Spring Breakers and Hunger Games' Alexander Ludwig's hot shirtless moment. Check out more stories in the roundup below. Brooke Burke-Charvet, 41, plans to embrace aging. "I don't want to look like a 25-year-old anymore," she says. (Zap2It) Check out 10 wild things you can expect to see in James Franco and Selena Gomez's Spring Breakers. (Celebuzz) Find out what The Big Bang Theory star Kaley [...] »
- Nicole Eggenberger
Spring Break is officially in session ... and one hot "Hunger Games" star is ready to party!Alexander Ludwig, who played District 2 tribute Cato in the first movie, was seen getting close to some models at Victoria's Secret Pink Ultimate Spring Break Party at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Wednesday.And he definitely had the ladies' attention by showing off his buff bod.The 20-year-old may not be able to drink legally, but it definitely looks like he was still having a good time.See how Ludwig stacks up against other Hollywood hotties in the Beach Bod gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The Hunger Games star Alexander Ludwig has confirmed today that, despite the early interest he expressed, he will not star in Summit Entertainment at Lionsgate's upcoming adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent. Ludwig had originally expressed an interest in the leading male role of Tobias "Four" Eaton last October by tweeting, "Had an amazing meeting with Doug Wick (produced gladiator) about playin ... ht, the studio confirmed the addition of Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort to the cast, which had previously consisted of Shailene Woodley as protagonist Beatrice "Tris" Prior and Kate Winslet in an unknown role. Other actors who have been said to be in contention for the hunky role of "Four" include Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine, Lucas Till, Luke Bracey, Brenton Thwaites and Jack Reynor. »
Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri and Johnny Silver and helmed by celebrity photographer turned first-time director Tyler Shields, Final Girl chronicles the tale of a pack of teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their "initiation." Breslin stars as the lead, with Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood and Michael Trevino rounding out the cast.
“I watch a horror movie probably twice a week,” Breslin, who received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine and whose genre credits include the feature films Signs and Zombieland, effused when asked of her love of the genre.
“I’m obsessed with horror movies, »
- Sean Decker
We've seen a couple of live-action iterations of Dick Grayson as Robin but never as Nightwing. Quite frankly, Grayson becomes much more interesting and dynamic once he steps out of Batman's shadow. He'll often drop a funny quip or two while beating up the bad guys and then there's quite a few candidates to to chose from for a love interest. It's a little surprising we've yet to get a solo Nightwing show yet. But if that day comes anytime soon, here are five candidates to play him. Tyler Hoechlin American 25 Recognizable from: Road to Peredition (Michael Sullivan Jr.), 7th Heaven (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Teen Wolf (Derek Hale) Robert Sheehan Irish 25 Recognizable from: Misfits (Nathan Young) Harry Lloyd English 29 Recognizable from: Game of Thrones (Viserys Targaryen) Ben Barnes English 31 Recognizable from: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Prince Caspian) Alexander Ludwig Canadian 20 Recognizable from: The Hunger Games (Cato), The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising »
Photographer and now filmmaker, Tyler Shields‘ new film Final Girl has premieried its new trailer, and instead of going the standard “show you quick sneaky cuts of the film” route that most films do these days, Shields decided to show us the whole movie in 60 seconds. I think it works, you?
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt. »
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