13 items from 2013
And now the return of the 'Ask Nathaniel/Q&A' series wherein you asked me questions and I pick two handfuls to answer.
Disposable project on the line for Emily. Yes, another one.David: Which actresses filmographies are you most disappointed in? I'm thinking in terms of actresses you admire and think are incredibly talented, but, for whatever reason, end up working in subpar films.
Nathaniel: I think the popular answer here is Rachel McAdams but aside from Mean Girls I've never cared too much. The answer that came immediately to mind was Emily Blunt. It’s not that she’s making terrible films per se, it’s just that given how Oscar worthy she was in that plum comic part in Devil Wears Prada seven long years ago, and then how sexy she was in that blink and you’ll miss her bit in Charlie Wilson’s War soon thereafter, »
- NATHANIEL R
"I can't move. I almost feel like I have the flu because of how much fun I had."
No, this isn't an aging star feeling the effects of the previous night's high-class Oscar shenanigans. It's Nikki Reed, the 24-year-old co-star of the "Twilight" franchise, recovering from a day spent, well, relaxing.
"I’m 24 years old and my idea of fun is going to my father’s house to play Yahtzee on a Friday night," she said.
Reed — who gave us a call while promoting her new film "Pawn," a hostage drama-turned-mob movie — isn't your typical young Hollywood starlet. On top of making movies, she also has an arts and crafts addiction, in addition to writing songs and movies — remember a little traumatic something called "Thirteen," 10 years ago? She co-wrote that just a few years after hitting puberty, based largely on her own wild youth. The now-married Reed claims to be »
- Kase Wickman
Award-winning production designer-turned director Catherine Hardwicke emerged as an auteur with her critically-acclaimed examination of female adolescence in Thirteen, and now a decade later she’s found greater financial success (if also more critical backlash) for bringing Stephenie Meyer’s first Twilight installment to the big screen. Hardwicke is returning to the Ya fantasy literature genre once again, as she has been set to adapt Karen Thompson Walker’s best-selling debut novel The Age of Miracles.
According to Deadline, which has the exclusive on this story, Hardwicke has been set to adapt Age of Miracles by River Road Entertainment executive and Oscar-nominated producer Bill Pohlad (Brokeback Mountain, The Tree of Life). Walker’s novel is told from the perspective of a 10-year old girl named Julia, whose world is deteriorating before her very ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
After decades as a production designer, Catherine Hardwicke made her directorial debut and breakthrough with the Oscar-nominated teen drama Thirteen. With follow-ups like The Nativity Story, Twilight and Red Riding Hood, Hardwicke has developed a niche for coming-of-age dramas with a fantastical bent. Having recently wrapped on the psychological thriller Plush, this daring writer-director is lining up another eccentric coming-of-age tale, The Age of Miracles. Based on the best-selling debut novel of Karen Thompson Walker, this sci-fi drama is set in world thrown into chaos when the Earth's rotation begins to slow down. The concept of time changes as days and nights drag on and on, wreaking havoc on the tides, animals, and human behavior. This potentially apocalyptic narrative is told through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl named Julia, who must face tragedies and triumphs both everyday and extraordinary with her parents, who are on the brink of divorce. »
After depicting the everyday trauma of being a teen girl in "Thirteen," director Catherine Hardwicke has since continued to explore the lives of teenagers, only adding the fantasy backdrops of films such as "Twilight" and "Little Red Riding Hood." The trend continues in her next film, the sci-fi saga "The Age of Miracles," which Hardwicke recently signed on to direct. Based on Karen Thompson Walker’s best-selling debut novel, "Miracles" takes place after the Earth’s rotation has inexplicably slowed down (it stopped completely in 2003's "The Core"). A young girl named Julia deals with coming of age while the world is seemingly coming to an »
- Dave Lewis
Brady Corbet, the star of films such as Thirteen, Mysterious Skin, the Us remake of Funny Games, Melancholia, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is getting to work on his feature length directorial debut. Corbet says it will be a period piece set in France and will follow his own script. Corbet received some attention for directing the short film Protect You + Me, and he also co-wrote Simon Killer, which is released later this month. He also co-wrote the film The Sleepwalkers which is currently in post-production. Corbet’s latest is currently in the casting stage, but with such a strong back catalogue to his name, I’m sure Corbet will be able to attract some interesting talent.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Brady Corbet is taking his career to the next level. The 24-year-old actor, who broke in with a role in 2003's Thirteen and has featured in indie hits Martha Marcy May Marlene and Melanocholia, tells The Hollywood Reporter he will direct his first feature film. The movie, a period piece set in France, is based on his script. Corbet features in this month's neo-noir sexual thriller Simon Killer, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Antonio Campos. He also has a co-writer credit on the upcoming thriller The Sleepwalker, which he penned with director Mona Fastvold.
- Jordan Zakarin
• Charlize Theron is attached to produce and star in a still untitled crime thriller for Paramount, which is reportedly going to be similar in tone to The Departed and End of Watch. The Killing’s Dan Nowak is set to write the script. The Oscar-winning actress has been stacking up the projects lately, including the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. [THR]
• The third Hemsworth has made good on his promise to restart his acting career. Luke Hemsworth will make his feature film debut in »
- Lindsey Bahr
Inge-dude Brady Corbet has been bouncing around the independent film scene since he made his film debut in the 2003 Academy Award-nominated drama Thirteen. He co-starred with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gregg Araki's heartbreaking but beautiful drama Mysterious Skin. He menaced Tim Roth and Naomi Watts alongside Michael Pitt in Michael Haneke's English-language remake of Funny Games. In 2011 he popped up in both the Sundance sensation Martha Marcy May Marlene and Lars Von Trier's epic Armageddon drama Melancholia. Basically, Corbet's filmography is full of dazzling and daring cinema, so his addition to any cast speaks well of its potential. On that note, Deadline reports Corbet has signed on to star opposite Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in the soon-to-shoot drama Paradise Lost. The film was written and will be directed by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, who has appeared in such popular pictures as Eat Pray Love and Life of Pi. »
Given that he starred in the disastrous "Thunderbirds," it's pleasing (but perhaps not that surprising) that Brady Corbet has grown up to be one of the more uncompromising actors of his generation. There's been the occasional "Law & Order" or "24" on the CV, but for the last few years, Corbet's stuck closer to films more like "Thirteen" and "Mysterious Skin," in which he made his name. Sure, he might have been mentioned in connection with playing Harry Osborne in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but it didn't come to pass, and instead, his major credits have been in more challenging fare, like the "Funny Games" remake, "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Melancholia" and the soon-to-open "Simon Killer." And his latest gig looks like it's continuing on those lines, as the actor has, according to Deadline, just signed on join Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in the Pablo Escobar drama "Paradise Lost." The film, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Antonio Campos (Afterschool) ably avoids the sophomore slump with Simon Killer, another study of a seemingly functional individual slipping ever closer towards an unsettling precipice. Destined to alienate many audiences with its sedate pace and dark subject matter, it is nevertheless an exceedingly well-wrought, thoughtful character study for those prepared to go the distance.
Brady Corbet, an enormously talented young actor who has made a career playing troubled youths in countless films – including Thirteen, Mysterious Skin, Funny Games U.S., Martha Marcy May Marlene (which Campos produced) and Melancholia – is superb here as the title character. Simon is a recent college graduate in a tailspin after a devastating break-up, and finds himself retreating to Paris for solace, where he connects with a sympathetic prostitute, Victoria (Mati Diop), whose similar desire for respite ultimately unveils the toxic, dark side of his persona.
Campos certainly makes the best of his leading man, »
- Shaun Munro
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
After co-writing and starring in the 2003 film "Thirteen" at the age of 15, Nikki Reed became a recognizable face in Hollywood. She took on projects like "Lords of Dogtown" and "The O.C." before nabbing the role of Rosalie Hale in the "Twilight Saga" franchise, which launched her directly into the spotlight. Nowadays, the brunette beauty is traveling the country with her hubby, "American Idol" star Paul McDonald, performing hits from their new Ep "The Best Part" and working on designing her own jewelry line. But, what really makes this 24-year-old tick? HuffPost Celebrity found out. »
- Leigh Blickley
We haven’t seen much of the new movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which premieres at Sundance this week — not even the trailer is out. But we do know that it takes place in Romania and tells the story of a young man (Charlie Countryman, played by Shia Labeouf), who falls for a Romanian girl (played by Evan Rachel Wood). The girl, however, is already spoken for by a vicious Romanian mob boss, hence the title’s prophecy. Check out a gruesome photo of Labeouf from the film, below.
- Laura Hertzfeld
13 items from 2013
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