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If you went to see Darren Aronofsky's epic new film "Noah," you might have noticed everyone in the film is white. Or not! Maybe you were distracted by all the rock monsters and stuff? But in case you were wondering, "Noah" co-writer and exec producer Ari Handel had a pretty good reason why there was no racial diversity in the film. The scary part is that it seems to have been on purpose.
Handel told "The High Calling," "From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn't matter. They're supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton [sic] ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, »
- Jenni Miller
The new teaser poster and first trailer for David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl is here! This is the big screen adaption from Gillian Flynn’s novel and highly anticipated, it stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Gone Girl tells the story of a woman (Rosamund Pike) who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, with all the evidence pointing to her husband Nick (Ben Affleck). Those who are familiar with Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel are in for a surprise, as Flynn has written a new ending for the film.
David Fincher’s last adaptation was Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo released in 2011. Fans of the books were a little disappointed as Fincher failed to finish the series that surrounds the dark heroine, Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara. »
- Ciham Messouki
I.ve always been in awe of Kate Mara. The sibling of Rooney Mara has an unforgettable face and can always steal scenes from her fellow actors in movies such as .127 Hours. and .Transsiberian.. In .Transcendence,. Mara is Bree, an anti-technology extremist who will do anything to stop transcendence.
In this interview, we talked about her interest in making the movie, her character, and is she guilty of relying too much on technology?
A Steve Jobs biopic. Sony and Scott Rudin producing, Aaron Sorkin had written the script and David Fincher in the directing chair. It’s basically a dream re-team of the key principals behind “The Social Network,” which worked out swimmingly well for everyone, right? Right, but their second collaboration, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” didn’t go quite as well, so it’s not much of a surprise that Fincher won’t be directing the mooted Steve Jobs biopic. THR reports that Fincher's demand for up front fees ($10 million) and creative control was the dealbreaker. But if you’re Fincher, are these demands unexpected? Fincher struggled and battled Sony/Amy Pascal/Rudin tooth and nail over casting Rooney Mara in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and they paid her a total pittance. Rudin and Pascal were difficult along the way and for Fincher, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo »
- Edward Davis
Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]
Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Eat your heart out Julianne Moore. Less than 24 hours after actor John Magaro was mentioned as a supporting player add-on, we now learn (via THR) that sketch comedy queen in Portlandia’s writer/star Carrie Brownstein will trade in hipster chic for 50′s garb making her feature film debut alongside thesps Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson in Todd Haynes’ Carol. Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese (Mara). Several onlookers will be curious in seeing how the actress moves from banal characterizations to certified Haynes-dramatic material.
Gist: Based on Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt”, this chronicles the burgeoning and tempestuous relationship between two very different women in 1950s NYC. Mara will play a 20-something clerk working in a department store and dreaming of a better life who falls for an older, married woman (Blanchett) who is essentially a trapped wife »
- Eric Lavallee
• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.” [Deadline]
• Matt Damon is being eyed to star in The Martian, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Portlandia star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein will make her film debut with Carol, the lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, follows Therese (Mara), a department store clerk in 1950s New York who becomes obsessed with another woman (Blanchett) she spots in the store. The film, which is currently shooting, also stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. Exclusive: 'The Office' Actor Joins Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara in 'Carol' Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese. I'm Not There helmer Todd
- Rebecca Ford
The Last Space
The story concerns human encounters within the refugee camps in Sudan, Liberia. [Source: The Wrap]
Paul Blart 2
Daniella Alonso ("Revolution") is attached to play the love interest of Kevin James' character in the upcoming comedy sequel "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2". In the follow-up, Blart (James) is attending a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas where he takes on a group of dangerous art thieves.
Alonso will play Divina Martinez, the hotel general manager who is »
- Garth Franklin
• Amy Poehler, Tina Fey’s longtime friend, occasional co-star (Baby Mama, Mean Girls), one-time co-ew guest editor, and consistent Golden Globes co-host (and, you know, general star and force in her own right) is in final negotiations to join The Nest. She’d play Fey’s sister in the Paula Pell-scripted comedy that Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore is set to direct. [The Wrap]
• Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to star in The Last Space, a drama about Sudanese refugee camps that Sean Penn is planning to direct. Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) also stars. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest. Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig. Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. Per Showbiz 411, Amy Poehler is looking to star alongside Tina Fey in The Nest. The comedy tells the story of two sisters who reunite for one last blow out when their parents decide to sell the family home. Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore is taking the helm, and Fey is producing the »
- Adam Chitwood
“Not Fade Away” star John Magaro has joined the cast of Todd Haynes’ drama “Carol,” TheWrap has learned. Based on Patricia Highsmith's novella “The Price of Salt,” the film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler and Sara Paulson. Also read: ‘Not Fade Away': An Age Gap Defined by the Rolling Stones Picked up by the Weinstein Company in Cannes last year, “Carol” chronicles the burgeoning and tempestuous relationship between two very different women in 1950s NYC. Magaro will play Dannie, a writer with an artistic spirit who works at the New York Times. Mara's character Therese relates to Dannie, »
- Jeff Sneider
All the stories you loved as a kid are getting resurrected. Maleficent. The Jungle Book. Jem. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And now Pete's Dragon has joined this slate of revamps, reboots and remakes. But before you begin snarking that you know what to expect from this new Pete's Dragon, you should consider who Disney is wooing to helm it. The Wrap reports Disney is in talks with writer-director David Lowery to helm its rebooted Pete's Dragon. Lowery made his directorial debut in 2005 with a little seen drama called Deadroom. After helming a string of shorts, he returned to features in 2009 with St. Nick, a drama that received some acclaim but no major notice. In 2013, Lowery at long last broke through with Ain't Them Bodies Saints. A romantic drama that starred Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, Ain't Them Bodies Saints premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on »
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
The Ain't Them Bodies Saints director was hired last year as a co-writer on the film.
The remake of the 1977 animation-live action hybrid is not expected to be a musical, reports The Wrap.
It is unclear whether Lowery will tackle the project before or after his adaptation of Kevin Powers novel The Yellow Birds.
The director previously worked with a young cast on 2009's St Nick, which centred around a group of runaway children surviving in the wild.
Watch a trailer for Ain't Them Bodies Saints below: »
David Lowery has become one of the busiest people in Hollywood thanks to his 2013 feature film debut, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The visually poetic drama starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara fared pretty well with critics, and landed the director a few new jobs when it premiered at Sundance.
Currently, he is set to write and direct a handful of upcoming films, including The Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford, the former David Fincher project Torso, the science fiction film Two starring Casey Affleck, and an adaptation of The Yellow Birds. He’ll also be producing Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip, and recently directed an episode of Rectify’s second season.
As if that weren’t enough, the director has just been attached to another project, Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon. The original 1977 movie tells the story of a lonely orphan boy and his magic, »
- James Garcia
London — Feature documentary “Streetkids United II — The Girls From Rio,” the sequel to the 2011 Berlinale entry, has kicked off lensing in Brazil.
The second film — in what is to become a series — is being produced by the U.K.’s F&Me and the Netherlands’ JaJa Film Prods. to coincide with the second Street Child soccer World Cup, which is being organized in Rio by the Amos Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“The teams have all arrived in Rio for the opening ceremony, and our crew has been out filming with the Brazilian girls’ team prior to the arrival of the international crews,” explained F&Me’s Mike Downey.
The film will focus on the girls’ soccer tournament, and will follow the Brazilian girls’ team from the Penha favela as they go through the highs and lows of the tournament.
Nine teams of street girls from around the world, »
- Leo Barraclough
Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) and Dutch producer JaJa Film Productions begin shooting in Rio.
Dutch production company JaJa Film Productions, UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) and Rio de Janeiro’s Total Entertainment (as service producer) have kicked off shooting on Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio.
The film is the follow up to the 2011 Berlinale Official Selection Generation film Streetkids United.
The second film - in what is to become a series - is being shot by F&Me and JaJa Film Productions to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup, organized in Rio by the Amos Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“The teams have all arrived in Rio for the opening ceremony,” said F&Me’s Mike Downey. “And our crew has been out filming with the Brazilian girls’ team prior to the arrival of the international crews.
The film will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
Rooney Mara’s casting as Tiger Lily in Warner Bros.’ upcoming live-action “Pan” feature showcases the challenges facing Native American and other minority performers. Despite recent blockbusters featuring Native American characters, many of the roles have gone to white performers. In 2013, for instance, Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” generated an outcry after Johnny Depp (who claims Native American ancestry) was cast as Tonto. That decision was defended as the role going to the best available actor, and a similar argument is being used in Mara’s case, too. “I’ve heard a lot of people saying, ‘Well, maybe this actress is the best person to play this role.’ And I just find it hard to believe that there isn’t a Native American actress who’s just as talented as Rooney Mara. There’s got to be. We just haven’t found her yet, and a lot of that is »
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