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"Turn Off the Dark" won't be seeing the light with Broadway theater critcs till Feb. 7. That is almost four weeks later than had been most recently scheduled with "unforseeable setbacks" cited as the reason. in a statement, lead producer Michael Cohl said, "It has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision." The production has been plagued with problems from the outset. Bono and the Edge of U2 penned the tunes almost a decade ago but it has taken this long to go from page to stage. The original producer died on the day the contracts were signed. The money dried up during the pre-production phase and delays meant that Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen") and Tony champ Alan Cumming ("Cabaret") had to bow out of playing the love interest and villain. Tony-winning director Julie Taymor's vision for the »
If there ever was a perfect film for lift off, this year's SXSW Film Festival found it with the world premiere of Duncan Jones' "Source Code," a new thriller from Duncan Jones, the director of "Moon." (The last time Jones was at the festival, he came out in a spacesuit, fresh from a visit to Nasa.) This time, he'll bring his latest starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier stationed in Iraq who is deployed by the government to discovery the identity of a train bomber in Chicago through a computer program that allows him to swap identities with a passenger on the train in the final eight minutes of his life. Vera Farmiga, Geoffrey Wright and Michelle Monaghan co-star and a trailer is here:
- Stephen Saito
Over the past decade, there have been 14 performances nominated by both HFPA and SAG but not nominated by the Academy (one or two a year, on average):
Hayden Christensen (“Life as a House,” 2001) for best supporting actor Cameron Diaz (“Vanilla Sky,” 2001) for best supporting actress Cate Blanchett (“Bandits,” 2002) for best actress or best supporting actress* Richard Gere (“Chicago,” 2002) for best actor Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” 2002) for best supporting actor Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen,” 2003) for best actress Maria Bello (“The Cooler,” 2003) for best supporting actress Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” 2004) for best actor Russell Crowe (“Cinderella Man,” 2005) for best actor Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” 2005) for best actress Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Departed,” 2006) for best actor or best supporting actor* Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl,” 2007) for best actor Angelina Jolie (“A Mighty Heart,” 2007) for best actress Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008) for best actress
*HFPA nominated for lead; SAG nominated »
- Scott Feinberg
It's not a big secret that the two female leads of "Black Swan," played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, are intentionally foils of one another. Portman's Nina personifies everything about the White Swan in "Swan Lake." She's poised, contained and rigid, so focused on her quest for perfection that she is seemingly passionless. Kunis' Lily, on the other hand, is the embodiment of the Black Swan: spontaneous, sensual and unrestricted. Together, they make one complete being.
The examination of these two characters' bond takes up a big part of the film, but analyzing character foils is nothing new to cinema. A character foil is described as "a character who represents a sharp contrast with the protagonist and thus serves to stress and highlight the protagonist's distinctive temperament," and plenty of films have them. We decided to take a look at some of our favorites after the jump.
"Fight Club »
- Terri Schwartz
Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct "The Maze Runner" for 20th Century Fox. According to Variety, the film will be an adaptation of James Dashner's young adult sci-fi novel of the same name. The book was published in October 2009 and is part of a trilogy.The story revolves around a teenager who wakes up in a different universe, which is populated by boys that arrive every 30 days. The community is thrown into chaos when a girl arrives.Ellen Goldsmith-Vein is producing with Lindsay Williams. No screenwriter has been hired yet.Hardwicke's credits include "Twilight," "Lords of Dogtown" and "Thirteen."Her next film is Warner Bros.' "Red Riding Hood," which opens in March. »
- Adnan Tezer
<p>Ah, Hanukah! Festival of Lights! A time for Jews everywhere to get together in a spirit of peace, give gifts and sing songs. It’s also a time for gentiles everywhere to ask questions like “So… what’s the deal with Hanukah?” and “How do you spell Chanukah?” and “Why does it keep moving around the calendar like a celebratory hobo?”</p> <p>These are good questions; deep questions. And who better to ask than Hollywood’s Jewish stars! But who’s Jewish? It’s no shock that certain actors are from the tribe (shalom, Zach Braff!), but Zac Efron? <span id="more-20642"></span></p> <p>Let’s take a look…</p> <h3>Kat Dennings</h3> <p>Born Katherine Litwack, her first major role was on HBO’s “Sex and the City” in 2000 where she played a 13-year-old who hires Samantha to do the publicity for her Bat Mitzvah. When asked if she is a practicing Jew, Kat (who broke out in »
- Ben Freiburger
Catherine Hardwicke may be most famous as the director who brought “Twilight” and Robert Pattinson to the masses, but she wasn’t just drawn to the story for its heartthrob vampires. Hardwicke has a fondness for telling stories about teenagers, whether they’re the troubled girls of “Thirteen” or the skaters of “Lords of Dogtown.”
With “Red Riding Hood” wrapped, Hardwicke may be tackling another teen drama, “The Maze Runners.” According to The Wrap, Hardwicke has entered into early negotiations with 20th Century Fox to bring James Dashner’s young adult series to the big screen.
“The Maze Runners” is a sci-fi series set in a bleak dystopian future. A gang of teenage boys lives in a completely enclosed world called The Glade, where they survive on whatever supplies they can scrounge or grow.
Sounds complicated, but intriguing, and a long way from the tormented looks and fluttering heartbeats of “Twilight” and “Red Riding Hood. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Catherine Hardwicke has seemingly moved on from her early days as a director of arthouse films with a youth-oriented bent. (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) Now she's enmeshed in more mainstream films with a youth-oriented bent. To follow up Twilight, she is in post-production on Red Riding Hood, which Warner Bros. will release in February of next year. (Here's the trailer.) Now she's reportedly at the negotiating table for a deal to direct a film based on the James Dasher novel The Maze Runner, which is the opening chapter of a young-adult sci-fi series. The Playlist reports that the director's rep confirmed that she is in 'early negotiations' to direct the film, which is set up at Fox. James Dasher will write at least the first draft of the script -- always an interesting move having the author of a novel script the film. There's a balance between having all the »
- Russ Fischer
If your whole world feels empty when there isn’t a 'Twilight' film in theaters, don’t fret. Red Riding Hood is coming in March 2011, and should ease your pain. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, helmer of the first Twilight, this “modern” (yet period) rendition of the legendary folktale simply feels like the Twilight sequel Hardwicke never got a chance to direct.
In 2008, Hardwicke was notoriously denied the job of Twilight captain when she tried to hold Summit Entertainment hostage by demanding more money. An absurd request for the creator of the 'Twilight' film world, especially considering the no-named talent triumvirate of Stewart-Pattinson-and-Lautner were able to demand an untoward amount of millions more for their sequels. The even lesser-known actors, more commonly known as The Cullens, were even permitted additional zeroes. But director Hardwicke, auteur of the great films Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, was shown the door.
Perhaps to prove »
Catherine Hardwicke, director known for such films as Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown and Twilight, has put her directorial mark on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, Little Red Riding Hood. The dark and twisted tale of Red Riding Hood seems to have Hardwicke’s characteristically complex and beautiful sets designs which have been alternately captured in the presence of a song by Swedish electro star Fever Ray.
The trailer depicts doomed lovers in an apparently ancient village where a ravaging beast, the wolf, scourges the village mercilessly killing by night and walking amongst the villagers by day. From what I can gather, Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) knows who the wolf is either because it is one of her lovers or she has developed some other relationship with it, or perhaps just seen it, thus the only way to stop it is use her as bait. Barring the obvious similarities to Twilight here—the mountainous landscapes, »
The film sees Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) as the title character battling against a mysterious wolf….. while having lots of sex. The film throws in mass paranoid and lots and lots of striking colours. The director has a strong background in production design which comes through loud and clear in the trailer, but check it out for yourself.
- Paul Koren
Now this looks promising. Amanda Seyfried is, for our money, an actress with significant promise, who surely is just one or two films away from a complete breakthrough role. And perhaps Red Riding Hood will be it.
Seyfried stars opposite Gary Oldman, and from the look of the first trailer, which you can see below, the early signs are very positive for the movie. We’ve also got the brand new poster for the film, which should have magically appeared down below, ready for you to click on it and make it bigger.
Red Riding Hood arrives in cinemas in the Us in March, »
Academy-Award winner Woody Allen follows up on the critically acclaimed Vicky Cristina Barcelona, with Whatever Works available on DVD from Warner Home Video on 15 November 2010 and, to celebrate, Pure Movies is giving away three copies! This witty and enjoyable tale of New York resident Boris Yellnikoff is played by three-time Golden Globe nominee, Larry David (Curb your Enthusiasm). Attempting to impress his ideologies on religion, relationships and the randomness (and worthlessness) of existence, lifelong New York resident Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) rants to anyone who will listen. However, when he begrudgingly allows naive Mississippi runaway Melodie St.Ann Celestine (Evan Rachel Wood – The Wrestler, Thirteen) to live in his apartment, his reclusive rages give way to an unlikely friendship and Boris begins to mould the impressionable young girl’s worldly views to match his own. With a strong supporting cast including Academy-Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island, Lars and the Real Girl »
- Dan Higgins
Young babes from TV and Twilight will be saying the no-doubt biting, particular, bold words as written by Bret Easton Ellis for the upcoming thriller Downers Grove, based on the novel by Michael Hornburg.
Hayden Panettiere, best known for her role as the cheerleader on "Heroes" and Nikki Reed, who wowed critics with her role as a wily, conniving teen in Thirteen and who's most recently starred as Rosalie Hale in the Twilight vampire series, have both signed on for the film that takes place in the titular Chicago suburb where legend has it, every year a graduate dies a mysterious death - obvs - and Panettiere's character has reason to believe she'll be the next victim. »
- Andrea Miller
Craig with this week's Take Three
Today: Deborah Kara Unger
Take One: (Fear) X marks the...Game
‘A lone man searching for answers to a troubling mystery – assisted by a mysterious and wilfully tricksy woman – whilst on the run from a seemingly shadowy organisation’. This could well describe, in loose terms, the basic plot of two higher profile Unger films: The Game (1997) and, to a lesser extent, Fear X (2003). Both feature Unger as everyday femme fatales. She’s mysterious and ordinary at the same time: unheimlich with a handbag. Both characters – waitress Christine in the former, housewife Kate in the latter – are channelled via Unger’s almost otherworldly ability to remain glacially poised on demand.
Two-player game: Unger desperately tries to ignore Douglas in The Game
- Craig Bloomfield
One of the things Nikki Reed looks forward to exploring in "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn" apparently involves Taylor Lautner. In a recent interview with People magazine, the Rosalie Hale of the "Twilight Saga" series reveals she is excited to tackle the bonding that develops between her character and Taylor's Jacob Black.
"Selfishly, I'm really pleased with my relationship with this kid, but I really like the way it affects my relationship with Jacob," the 22-year-old first said as referring to baby Renesmee. She continued to explain, "In the first part of the books Jacob and I hate each other, but we bond over this baby and we develop this connection that is really powerful."
The "Thirteen" actress also compared her real life friendship with Taylor to the one their characters share during the chat at a Cirque du Tacori event in Santa Monica. "It feels similar but at the »
My third spotlight here at Rewind Recaps goes to ABC’s Once & Again, the critically acclaimed blended-family drama that aired from 1999 to 2002. I’ll admit that I didn’t watch O&A when it aired, but between the critical acclaim and a cast that boasts a number of faces familiar to me, I couldn’t help but take a look.
You’ve seen most of these people before, and probably not given them their due. The show is fronted by Sela Ward (CSI: NY) and Billy Campbell (The 4400), but there’s also a much younger Shane West (Nikita) and Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen), plus veteran actors Jeffrey Nordling (24), Susanna Thompson (NCIS) and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men). Put them all together in one show, and you have a recipe for something good.
When Ward’s Lily falls for Campbell’s Rick, meshing their two families and dealing »
- Brittany Frederick
What can’t this star do? At just 22-years-old, she’s gorgeous, a great actress, and a talented writer who’s already working on her second screenplay!
Before she was playing vampire Roaslie Hale opposite Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the Twilight saga, a 14-year-old Nikki Reed penned the screenplay and starred in the well-received movie Thirteen. Although she’s busy gearing up to film Breaking Dawn, when we saw her at the launch of the Swatch new gents collection at the Gansevoort Park Avenue on Oct. 6 in NYC, she said she’s also working on her second screenplay!
“I’m writing it now,” she said when asked if she planned to penn another movie. “It’s going to be a drama, not a romantic comedy.”
Considering how good Thirteen was, now that the intelligent actress is older I’m sure her second movie will be widely well-received — although »
House can't keep Cuddy locked away in his fortress forever. "Selfish" is the writer's answer to the question of how "Huddy" will function once they return to work. This episode puts us right back to where fans feel the most comfortable: at the hospital and with a great case for House to work on. Each member of House's team, minus the absent Thirteen, has an opinion, or lack of an opinion on House's relationship. I can't help but wonder if this was the writer's version of their divided audience members' opinions on the direction the series has taken in light of the House/Cuddy pairing: "in favor, indignant, and indifferent." This episode easily could have been called "Selfless," but that would have made us all use our brains a little less. In typical House fashion, the writers challenged us to question if being selfish is actually healthier than being selfless. »
In a new interview with Cinema Blend, Nikki Reed ("Rosalie Hale" in the Twilight series) took time to explain some of the back story associated with how she came to be a part of Last Day Of Summer, her film with DJ Qualls which releases September 17th, and in the interview, Reed explained that she'd like to work with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke again.
"The wonderful thing about Catherine and I is that there’s a genuine mutual respect and now I’m not the only one because the world has seen her work. I truly believe in her and I think she’s just so gifted and so talented and I guess I can confidently say now that she thinks the same of me because »
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