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The Fault in Our Stars movie poster just came out, and bears a tagline that has some people up in arms.
'One Sick Love Story' Tagline Sparks Controversy
In the poster, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, playing cancer stricken teens Hazel and Gus, lie in the grass with their heads touching. Atop the intimate pose of the lovelorn couple is the movie title – and the controversial movie tagline “one sick love story.” Some find the phrase problematic, an ill-conceived joke about cancer and the romance between two sick individuals.
The Fault in Our Stars is a filmic adaptation of author John Green’s book of the same name. Green, who knows the characters and the tone of the story better than anyone, finds the tagline far from offensive. In fact, Green thinks it’s perfectly suitable, organic even, to the story he wanted to tell.
“The Fault in Our Stars” poster teases “one sick love story” as stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort cuddle up in the grass. The emotional drama, written by “Spectacular Now” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, focuses on two love-struck teenagers who meet in a support group for cancer patients — a premise that should make eyes water just thinking about it. Also read: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Gets June Release, Pitting Shailene Woodley Against Tom Cruise Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Sam Trammell and Mike Birbiglia are among the adult cast members co-starring in the Fox 2000 release directed by »
- Greg Gilman
We have a couple of new posters to share this afternoon. First up is the debut poster for director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the emotional John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a young cancer patient who strikes up a relationship with another cancer-stricken teen named Gus, played by Ansel Elgort (Carrie). The poster does a nice job of conveying the tone of the story, complete with the tagline “One Sick Love Story”. As a big fan of the book, that tagline seems kind of perfect. The film also stars Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, and Mike Birbiglia and opens on June 6, 2014. Additionally, Fox Searchlight has released a fantastic character poster for Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The one-sheet teases the period film’s swell ensemble cast in true Wes Anderson fashion, and it precedes a »
- Adam Chitwood
John Green’s young-adult instant classic The Fault in Our Stars lit up dozens of best sellers charts last year, and 20th Century Fox is hoping that a film adaptation of the tear-jerker will be met with equal acclaim and success. After optioning the project in January of 2012, the studio sat on The Fault in Our Stars for a full year, until news broke last February that Stuck in Love director Josh Boone had signed on to sit behind the camera.
Soon after, Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now), pictured above, and Ansel Elgort (Carrie) were cast in the lead roles of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Walters, two teenaged cancer patients who meet at a support group and begin a relationship. Cameras rolled on the project this past August through October, with shoots in Pittsburgh and Amsterdam.
Now, Fox has unveiled a first poster for The Fault in Our Stars, which »
- Isaac Feldberg
1. Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Six years ago, Louis C.K. announced that he was going to release a new hour-long special ever year. Though it obviously has done wonders for C.K.'s career and creative output (see No. 5), it had a negative effect on stand-up by convincing people that releasing a special every year was what the best stand-ups did. This goes for both fans who demand new material and stand-ups — many of whom are not at C.K.'s level and released specials that could benefit from more time. But as Jerry Seinfeld told The New York Times Magazine, “I wanna see your best work. I’m not interested in your new work.” Comedy should be an art like any other that can take time to craft and perfect. This is a point Birbiglia echoed on a recent episode of the "You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes" podcast. »
- Jesse David Fox
After giving a terrific performance in The Spectacular Now, one of this year’s finest films, Shailene Woodley returns to work with screenwriting duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for next year’s highly anticipated adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars.
Based on the best-selling novel, the film sees Woodley star opposite Ansel Elgort, who’ll also join her next year in Divergent. And with the Summer 2014 release date on the horizon, Fox has launched the first poster over on BuzzFeed.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars »
- Kenji Lloyd
The first poster has arrived for Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars based on John Green's novel, which stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Emily Peachey, Sam Trammell and Mike Birbiglia. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber of (500) Days of Summer fame, script the adaptation which hits theaters on June 6th, 2014 via 20th Century Fox. Producing are Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey while Michele Imperato and Isaac Klausner serve as executive producers. »
Year-end lists are the most self-imposed sources of stress this side of entering your medical symptoms onto Web MD. Everyone does these lists. No one likes writing them. Few enjoying reading them. But there's this odd game of chicken where no one wants to be left out of doing them, so the cycle continues each and every year in all forms of pop culture media and criticism.
The fact that The Boob Tube Dude is doing a list at all proves I'm not above this bulls***. But when it came time to rank my favorite shows of the year, I just couldn't do. Moreover, I realized I didn't Have to do it. No one's putting a gun to my head. No one's paying me to list X number of shows out. And on top of that, this year featured so much great TV that reducing it down to a list seems pointless. »
One of the advantages we have in New York is attending the Ifp Gotham Awards, which celebrates independent filmmakers in a non-televised broadcast. And because it's not on television, some people do and say things they might not at other awards shows. More swearing! More violence! More nudity! (At least, there would have been, if co-presenters Mike Birbiglia and Kathryn Hahn had their way.) Here are some of the highlights from last night's Gotham Awards, where Inside Llewyn Davis won best feature.Jared Leto, accepting best actor on Matthew McConaughey's behalf. "I am not Matthew McConaughey. But we have some technology at work here, it is called the iPhone, and we have Mr. McConaughey on the phone right now. He just said, 'All right, all right, all right.' You're getting big laughs, buddy. [Tries to put him on speaker.] Can you hear anything? This is terrible. I have to interrupt. I'm »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Some of the biggest names in independent film stepped out in Manhattan Monday night for the 2013 Gotham Awards, one of the first major trophy-fests of the season. Host Nick Kroll said he'd consulted friend and last year's host Mike Birbiglia for advice on what to do, and he already seemed to have a good idea of who he should focus on and what effect he should have on those people.
"The goal tonight, I think, is to not embarrass myself and to have someone tell the Coen brothers that I'm interesting
- Hilary Lewis
Actor-comedian Nick Kroll has been tapped to host the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The star of Fxx's The League and Comedy Central's Kroll Show, Kroll will lead the 23rd annual gathering taking place Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, presented by the Independent Film Project. Comedian-actor Mike Birbiglia hosted last year's awards ceremony. Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave from director Steve McQueen leads the field with three nominations, including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o. Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis and Upstream
- Philiana Ng
Nick Kroll, the comedian-scribe-thesp who toplines Comedy Central skein “Kroll Show” and also appears in Fxx series “The League,” has been tapped to host the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Presented every year by New York-based Independent Film Project, the Gotham Awards are one of the first kudo ceremonies of awards season, and have in the past given early honors to projects and creatives that have gone on to become major contenders. This year’s nominations are led by Fox Searchlight release “12 Years a Slave.”
Kroll follows in the footsteps of last year’s host, Mike Birbiglia, another comic-thesp. Kroll, who scored an award for breakout comedy star at this year’s Just For Laughs fest, has a list of film credits that includes “Little Fockers,” “Dinner for Schmucks” and “Date Night,” among others.
This year Ifp has expanded the star power of the Gothams with the addition of »
- Gordon Cox
A couple of release date shifts have been announced. Briefly: The highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters on June 6, 2014. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe. The sci-fi thriller Ya adaptation The Maze Runner has been pushed from this coming Valentine’s Day to September 19, 2014. The film stars Dylan O’Brien. Sony has moved The Smurfs 3 from July 2015 to August 14, 2015. Fox has moved the upcoming adaptation The Book Thief up from November 15th to November 8th. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and what their competition looks like on their new release dates. Per Box Office Mojo, Fox will release director Josh Boone’s adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars in theaters on June 6, 2014, giving it a prime summer release date. The pic is currently slated to open »
- Adam Chitwood
Even as he cranks the cameras in Pittsburgh on the adaptation of much-loved novel The Fault In Our Stars, director Josh Boone is adding actors. The latest acquisition is Willem Dafoe, who has jumped aboard to play reclusive author Peter Van Houton.Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as a pair of cancer-afflicted teens who meet via a mutual friend at a support group and bond over their shared love of a book called An Imperial Affliction, written by Van Houton.The story eventually finds Gus (Elgort) using a Make-a-Wish-style arrangement to fly Hazel (Woodley) and himself to Amsterdam, where they meet the alcoholic, scornful author. Along the way, Gus and Hazel grow closer than ever, even as their disease continues to impact their lives.Dafoe joins a cast that also already includes Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, Mike Birbiglia and David Whalen. With a script by (500) Days Of »
Director Josh Boone adds, "One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, will play Peter Van Houten in #tfiosmovie! Dafoe stars in several of my favorite films including The Last Temptation of Christ, Born on he Fourth of July, and Platoon."
Houten was one of the last major roles in "The Fault in Our Stars" left to be cast. The movie currently stars Elgort as Gus, Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Mike Birbiglia as Patrick, Laura Dern as Mrs. Lancaster, Sam Trammel as Mr. Lancaster and Nat Wolff as Isaac. The film is slated to »
The adaptation of John Green.s bestselling novel The Fault In Our Stars already has an impressive cast of young actors and veterans, with Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff and Mike Birbiglia all already attached, but today the film has added another great name to its ranks: Willem Dafoe. The director of the movie, Josh Boone, took to his own personal Twitter account with the news, clearly excited to get such a great actor involved with his project. One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, will play Peter Van Houten in #tfiosmovie!. Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) September 6, 2013 The filmmaker followed up the announcement with a declaration of his favorite Dafoe films, which also happen to be some of his favorite movies in general. @JoshBooneMovies Dafoe stars in several of my favorite films including The Last Temptation of Christ, Born on he Fourth of July, and Platoon. Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) September »
The Wisconsin native will be taking on a different kind of malicious character in the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars: the reclusive, ornery, alcoholic author Peter Van Houten whose book, An Imperial Affliction about a cancer stricken girl, has captivated Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley).
Green tweeted the casting news on Friday.
- Lindsey Bahr
Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace," "Oblivion") is in talks to join "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello's €15m-budget Yves Saint Laurent biopic at Mandarin Cinéma and Europacorp. A ten week shoot begins in October in Paris and Marrakesh.
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- Garth Franklin
If you're a fan of young adult novels, especially the really good ones that have nothing to do with vampires or wizards or anything else, there's no bigger upcoming movie than The Fault In Our Stars, the screen adaptation of John Green's heartbreaking, funny, wonderfully written book. The movie version is already underway filming in Pittsburgh, with all-around superstar Shailene Woodley and newcomer Ansel Elgort as the two leads, but it's not too late for another relatively big name to join the cast. We'll leave it to Green himself, a prolific Internet presence, to break the news: So excited to announce that one of my all-time favorite comedians/humans, Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs), will play Patrick in the TFiOS movie.. John Green (@realjohngreen) August 28, 2013 The Fault In Our Stars, inspired by Green's contact with a fan, follows the story of teenager Hazel (Woodley), who has cancer but is defiantly not »
• Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) just signed on to work with another modern auteur, Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), for Carol, and adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt. She’ll star alongside the venerable Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) in the film about two women in 1950s New York. Mara will play the part of Therese, a young shopgirl with dreams of the future, and Blanchett, an elegant thirtysomething woman in an unhappy marriage. Their relationship escalates when the two decide to take a road trip west. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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