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Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
NBC is tapping into Universal Pictures' horror catalog once again by developing a TV series based on the 2010 feature film The Wolfman, which starred Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. That film was a remake of the 1941 classic The Wolf Man that starred Lon Chaney Jr. as the title character.
Dracula head writer and executive producer Daniel Knauf is writing the pilot script and executive producing. The show will tackle themes of being a man and a human, centering on Lawrence Talbott, who suffers from an ancient curse that transforms him into a vicious werewolf when a full moon appears.
Scott Stuber, who produced The Wolfman movie, will serve as executive producer alongside Daniel Knauf and Quan Phung. No production schedule was given, but if the network orders The Wolfman to series, it will likely find a home on its Friday night block of supernatural-themed programming, which includes Grimm and Dracula. »
Ender’s Game took us for quite a ride, and if you’ve been listening to us for a while, you know that the very idea threw me for a loop as soon as I heard this was in production. It’s a strange book to begin with, and as I’ve said several times, it’s basically a magic trick. How do you make an engaging movie if I already know the trick?
Oddly, sucking us into the build was the best part of the movie, and that is not what I would have predicted at all.
The reveal was really a disappointment for me, and the somewhat strange shift in overall agenda was an odd point as well.
- Marc Eastman
The new film based on controversial writer Orson Scott Card’s seminal work of science fiction, Ender’s Game, does an admirable job of translating the dense book’s heart and morality. While fans may find the long-anticipated film somewhat lacking the book’s scope as well as aspects of the tortured titular character of Ender Wiggin, it does deliver a surprisingly effective sci-fi adventure that even manages to slip in a moral ambiguity or two along the way.
The film takes place in a future where an alien race called the Formics have attacked the Earth resulting in the near annihilation of the human race. Only the heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham saved the planet from what seemed like inevitable destruction. Now, years later and in preparation of a Formic retaliatory onslaught, the international Military, led by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), are searching for the next »
- Mike Tyrkus
Ender’s Game, as a film, has had me stumped for quite a while. That’s because, much as the book has become a classic of its genre, it’s basically a magic trick. It’s an impressive magic trick, but a magic trick nonetheless. One I know when I walk into the theater. Imagine something like The Sixth Sense, if you’d already read the book.
Worse, I never was sold on much the book had to offer by way of what is ultimately the patter, or the distraction that simply serves to build you up for the reveal. The majority of the story is interesting enough, and serves its role, but the trick is the only thing that makes the book. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because it’s a great book, but it’s a different class of great book.
All of this means »
- Marc Eastman
Jim Broadbent and Rafe Spall will star in the story of a father and son, who must team-up to save Christmas after they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.
The production, on course for an early 2014 shoot, recently carried out an open casting call for the son role. Additional casting is due to be announced imminently.
Altitude handles sales. Ridley Scott is executive producer.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time »
- Lindsey Bahr
Butterfield, who’s deal for “Kastle” has not yet closed, stars in “Ender’s Game” and recently completed filming the Brit drama “X Plus Y.”
The news was first reported by The Wrap.
- Dave McNary
"Ender's Game is an amazing movie. The plot was surprisingly similar to that of the book, and the CGI effects were incredible. Every element of this film was impeccable. The special effects in the war room and the cadet training arena are stunning. The score is perfectly suited to the pace of the movie. The performances of the star-studded cast certainly do not disappoint either. The adults Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Ben Kingsley all gave incredible performances Of course, we expected nothing less from such legends of the craft. But it was the younger actors including Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, and Suraj Partha who stole the show. They truly show the power of a strong youth ensemble cast in film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)
Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) is in talks to star in the indie comedy King of the Kastle for Benaroya Pictures. The film stars Clive Owen (Children of Men) as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield), with Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) also attached to co-star.
Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter) co-wrote and will direct the movie, with Michael Benaroya and Jonathan Gordon producing. The International Film Trust handled sales for King of the Kastle at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
After fighting an alien force in Ender's Game, young actor Asa Butterfield is going to dabble in comedy for a future project. The Wrap reports the star of Hugo is currently in talks to join King of the Kastle, an indie comedy that also stars Clive Owen, another actor who hasn't venture into the funny genre. The film will follow Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). We're not sure just what kind of information the teen has to blackmail someone like Owen, but these two in an indie comedy is compelling enough. Plus, the fantastic Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) has an unknown role. Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka will make their directorial debut after scripting Jonah Hill's comedy The Sitter recently. They also have the feature film adaptation of Baywatch in development and the Jackie Chan movie Skiptrace with Seann William Scott. Michael Benaroya »
- Ethan Anderton
Having now gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Ben Kingsley (twice) and Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) has signed on to play Clive Owen’s adversary in the upcoming comedy King of the Kastle.
The film is being written and directed by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, who wrote the 2011 Jonah Hill vehicle The Sitter. It concerns a middle aged philanderer (Owen) who is caught and blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). The only other cast member announced thus far is two time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) in an as yet unspecified role.
It’s an interesting premise considering that both actors headlining the film aren’t exactly known for their comedic chops, but anyone who’s seen Shoot ‘Em Up knows what Owen can do with overtly comedic material, and Butterfield is probably likewise »
- Steven Attanasie
Owen plays a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). Weaver's role us unknown.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Asa Butterfield has entered talks for King of the Kastle.
Owen will star as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield).
He recently wrapped X Plus Y.
Watch a trailer for Ender's Game below: »
This will be Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's directorial debut. They will helm from a script they wrote. The pair wrote The Sitter and are working on Jackie Chan's action comedy Skiptrace. Asa Butterfield previously starred in Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Ender's Game.
• Will Smith (After Earth) will star in City That Sailed for 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy (The Internship) will develop and direct the film about a man and his daughter on the island of Manhattan after it breaks loose into the Atlantic Ocean. Smith has been rumored for the film for a couple of years but this marks his official attachment. Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) is writing the script with Smith producing via Overbrook Entertainment. (Deadline)
- Jake Perlman
Asa Butterfield still has plenty of years ahead of him playing teenagers, so it.s encouraging that he.s sticking to parts in movies that aren.t immediately forgettable - The Wolfman notwithstanding. If negotiations pan out, he.ll soon star alongside Clive Owen in the indie comedy King of the Kastle for Benaroya Pictures. In what will most assuredly be a non-teenager role, Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is also set to star. In the film, which hasn.t revealed much by way of plot, Owen will play a cheating husband who finds himself the target of a blackmail plot from a teenager, the role that Butterfield would take. Weaver.s co-starring role isn't specified in the casting report from The Wrap. I can.t wait to see Butterfield in a comedic film, as he.s best know for more dramatic roles in films such as The Boy and »
Here's today's latest casting news: Lee Pace (Lincoln) will join Ben Foster in the untitled Lance Armstrong picture scripted by John Hodge and directed by Stephen Frears. Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) is in talk to join Clive Owen in co-writers and directors Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka King of the Kastle. Famke Janssen (Hemlock Grove) has joined John Cusack in the crime thriller Kickback. The picture also stars Sean Astin, Misha Barton, Michael Biehn, John Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stelio Savante, Tom Sizemore and Sean Young. Hit the jump for more on each story. First up from The Wrap is news that Pace will join Frears' untitled Lance Armstrong picture, but the details of the role remain undisclosed. Hodge adapted journalist David Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong” for the picture, which finds Foster playing the disgraced cyclist. Chris O’Dowd co-stars as Walsh; Jesse Plemons »
- Dave Trumbore
“Ender’s Game” star Asa Butterfield is in talks to star opposite Clive Owen in Benaroya Pictures’ indie comedy “King of the Kastle,” TheWrap has learned. Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka co-wrote and will direct the movie, which stars Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager. Butterfield is in line to play Owen’s teenage foil, while Jacki Weaver is attached to co-star in an unspecified role. Also Read: ‘Ender’s Game’ Trailer: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld Are a ‘New Kind of Soldier’ (Video) Michael Benaroya (“Margin Call”) will produce with Jonathan Gordon (“Silver Linings Playbook”). International »
- Jeff Sneider
Asa Butterfield, the star of Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Gavin Hood's Ender's Game , is eyeing a new role in Benaroya Pictures' upcoming King of the Kastle . TheWrap has the news, reporting that Butterfield would join Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver in the comedy, written and to be directed by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Owen will play womanizer who becomes the target of a teen's blackmail plot. Butterfield would play that antagonistic teen. Gatewood and Tanaka are making their directorial debut with King of the Kastle . They're best known for providing the screenplay to David Gordon Green's 2011 comedy The Sitter . Michael Benaroya and Jonathan Gordon are both attached to produce. (Photo Credit: Apega / WENN.com) »
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