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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30
Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...
It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.
But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »
With his first child, a couple of indie films ("Prince Avalanche," "The Motel Life," "Twice Born"), a miniseries (A&E's "Bonnie and Clyde") and a meaty high-profile role on the horizon (John Belushi in the as-of-yet untitled biopic), 2013 is chalking up to be a pretty good year for Emile Hirsch. Over the course of his film career (his debut being in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" in 2002), Hirsch has frequently varied his acting choices. Being led simply by the quality of the material rather than trying to configure a trajectory or formulate a brand, Hirsch has run the gamut of being a young actor in (and outside of) Hollywood: nominated for a MTV Music Award For Best Kiss (with Elisha Cuthbert in "The Girl Next Door"), portraying real-life characters to varying critical acclaim ("Lords of Dogtown," "Alpha Dog," "Into The Wild," "Milk"), taking on an iconic cartoon character in »
- Diana Drumm
It recently came to light that Emile Hirsch had been cast as John Belushi in a film about the star’s life (see here), and whilst talking to Rolling Stone the Killer Joe actor opened up a little about the project.
The actor admitted that he wasn’t all that familiar with Belushi’s work before the project but that he is doing a lot of research into his career.
I was familiar with him, but I’m getting more familiar. He was a little bit before my time, so there’s an educational process in there. It’s exciting to present this guy to a generation of comedy fans who may not be too knowledgeable about his work. We’re trying to do him justice.
He talked about the fact that a lot of people are excited about the biopic and explained that it was director Steve Conrad’s »
- Kat Smith
The actress admitted she had never read the book written by El James until she got involved in the movie as Anastasia Steele's mother.
After learning more about the story, she said she believes Dornan makes ideal casting.
"I didn't follow any of the drama, but I think Jamie will be amazing," she told E! News.
"Being a visual medium, it's hard to tell from a script what something's going to be like," Ehle said, but added that jumping on the Fifty Shades novels bandwagon has been fun. »
As everyone knows the film is to be based on the world-wide best selling book Fifty Shades Of Grey written by E. L. James. The story centres on young girl Anastasia Steele as she embarks on an unconventional relationship with billionaire Christian Grey.
Lords Of Dogtown star Rasuk will join the project as one of Anastasia’s college companions José, a potential love-rival for Grey to contend with. Rasuk will next be seen in Jobs, the biopic about Apple genius Steve Jobs who is being played Ashton Kutcher. Melanie Griffith’s daughter Dakota Johnson is set to star as Steele. Once Upon A Time star Jamie Dornan recently replaced original Mr Grey Charlie Dunnam, who left due to scheduling conflicts with television show Sons Of Anarchy.
The film is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, »
- Kat Smith
Jamie Dornan, meet your onscreen romance rival—Victor Rasuk. The Lords of Dogtown star has been cast as the other leading man in Anastasia Steele's (Dakota Johnson) life, Jose, for the adaptation of E L James' erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey, according to Deadline. Rasuk will portray the aspiring photographer and close friend from college whose relationship with Steele causes a rise of jealousy from her billionaire beau Christian Grey. The 29-year-old actor also starred in HBO's How to Make It In America, as well as Raising Victor Vargas and the Steven Soderbergh-directed Che. Rasuk also recently appeared in Jobs and will be seen in Godzilla. The casting news arrives shortly »
The thesp will play Jose, Anastasia Steele’s close friend from college and romantic rival of billionaire protagonist Christian Grey.
Along with HBO’s “America,” Rasuk is known for roles in “Raising Victor Vargas,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” “Lords of Dogtown” and, most recently, “Jobs.” He will also appear in next year’s “Godzilla.”
Variety previously broke the news that Jamie Dornan will play Grey after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the film. Dakota Johnson is still set to play Steele. Other supporting roles have gone to Luke Grimes and Jennifer Ehle.
Rasuk is repped by Brad Lefler at Gersh, manager Katherine Atkinson at Wsa and attorney Todd Rubenstein. »
- Alex Stedman
If we’re talking Twilight, José is sort of the Jacob to Christian Grey’s Edward. Poor fellow.
Deadline first reported the news of Rasuk’s casting in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s big screen adaptation of E L James’ racy novel, which stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia, and Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey. Jamie Dornan has also reportedly been cast as Christian, but Universal and »
- Lindsey Bahr
In the E.L. James novel, the amateur photographer Jose is a classmate and close friend of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who wants to take their relationship to the next level. He finds himself competing for her affections with young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who has a tendency to dominate his sexual partners because of his twisted past. Jennifer Ehle co-stars as Anastasia's mother, with Luke Grimes playing Christian's brother Elliot.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing from an adapted screenplay originally written by Kelly Marcel. Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback have recently signed on to polish the script. Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca are producing, with shooting scheduled to take place in either mid-November or early December in Vancouver.
Victor Rasuk is best known for starring in the HBO »
The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ cast just got a whole lot hotter! Victor will be playing Anastasia Steele’s long-suffering best friend and classmate Jose Rodriguez, who is secretly smitten with her. Are you as thrilled as we are, HollywoodLifers?
As much as we would have loved to see Taylor Lautner, 21, play Jose, we think Victor will do an amazing job!
The sexy Dominican actor, who has starred in the HBO TV series How To Make It In America and such films as Lords of Dogtown, Haven and Jobs, will play the love rival of Jamie Dornan‘s Christian Grey. Could Ana’s options get any hotter? »
Exclusive: They’ve cast one of the final major roles in Fifty Shades Of Grey, the Universal Pictures and Focus Features adaptation of El James’ global bestseller that stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Victor Rasuk has been set to play Jose, the aspiring photographer and classmate of Anastasia, whose close friendship with the young girl — he’d like it to be more — pits him as rival for her affections with Grey, the wealthy businessman whose warped past leaves him with a need to dominate his partners and unable to accept Anastasia on equal terms (yes, I read the damn book). Related: Another Grey Casting In ‘Fifty Shades’ Rasuk made his breakthrough playing skateboard pioneer Tony Alva in The Lords Of Dogtown, and he starred in HBO’s How to Make It In America, as well as Raising Victor Vargas and the Steven Soderbergh-directed Che. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
• Warner Bros. and Pearl Street Films have set video game writer Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) to pen the script for an Africa-set geopolitical thriller for Oscar-winner Ben Affleck to star in and direct. The story is about a group of mercenaries hired to kill a warlord. Affleck is currently shooting the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl where he plays lead Nick Dunne. After that he’ll direct and star in Live By Night and then tackle his role as Batman in the Man of Steel follow-up. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
John Robinson, Jon Abrahams and Lorraine Nicholson will star in the indie thriller “Room 105,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Patrick Mulvihill is writing and directing the movie, which is being produced by Doug Fox of Another Film Fund. Plot details were not immediately available, and production is currently under way in Missouri. Also Read: Owen Wilson Comedy Casts ‘Lords of Dogtown’ John Robinson (Exclusive) Robinson, who was discovered by director Gus Van Sant and subsequently cast as the lead in “Elephant,” recently wrapped Peter Bogdanovich’s showbiz comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts” and the psychological thriller “Intruder. »
- Jeff Sneider
Chronicle's Adam Schroeder is producing. While no story details were given, it is said to be in the same vein as Chronicle, centering on a big visual concept with a young cast at its core. The pitch also included a visual test reel that Chris Gorak directed.
Chris Gorak started his career as an art director and production designer for films such as Tombstone, Fight Club, Minority Report and Lords of Dogtown. He made his feature directorial debut with the 2006 thriller Right at Your Door, which he followed up with 2011's The Darkest Hour. »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay casting tractor rumbles ever onward, digging up actors left and right to join what will be a large ensemble as Katniss and co take the battle to the Capitol. Today, Variety brings word that Wes Chatham and Elden Henson are on board as Castor and Pollux.Castor is a cameraman who works for what’s known as a “Propos” team, filming propaganda footage of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she and her sharpshooter squad take on missions in the Capitol.His brother Pollux, also part of the camera crew, is an Avox – someone who has had his vocal chords removed as punishment by his Capitol overlords. Prior to the Resistance, he worked in the utility pipes and passages under the Capitol, which makes him a useful ally for sneaking around the various underground areas.Chatham, who has appeared in The Help and In The Valley Of Elah, »
It may be Friday the 13th, but not everything today is about masked serial killers who keep resurrecting no matter how many times you kill them. Sometimes the threat is a bit more realistic, as is the case in the new thriller Plush, hitting select theaters today. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Twilight) and produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister), Plush is about the lead singer (Emily Browning) of a rock band who develops a relationship with her new guitarist (Xavier Samuel), only to soon discover that he has a troubled past and bringing him into her life may have fatal consequences. We've got an exclusive clip from the film, and in it you can see the early stages of that tension just bubbling beneath the surface. And if you'd like to see...
- Peter Hall
Catherine Hardwicke directed Plush has released a trailer and a wealth of new pictures ahead of it’s imminent cinema release next month. The film stars Emily Browning as a rock star in turmoil dealing with the death of her brother from a drug overdose. Piled on top of that is her husband,Cam Gigandet (The Roommate) who is jealous of her burgeoning relationship with the band’s new guitarist Enzo, played by Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and her new album sinking on release.
Before Twilight Hardwicke directed Lords Of Dogtown and Thirteen which both looked at the darker and seedier sides of their subject matter. Plush looks to continue this tradition with a dark and disjointed trailer giving us an insight into what to expect from the movie.
Due in cinemas next month check out the trailer and pictures below.
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- Victoria Bull
"Lords of Dogtown" star John Robinson has joined the star-studded ensemble cast of Peter Bogdanovich's indie comedy "Squirrels to the Nuts." Imogen Poots stars as a prostitute who gets a shot as a Broadway actress thanks to a married theater director (Owen Wilson) who falls for her. Jennifer Aniston highlights the supporting cast, which also includes Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Richard Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, Joanna Lumley, Debi Mazar and Bogdanovich's Oscar-winning "Paper Moon" star Tatum O'Neal. Robinson will play the role of 'Andre,' though character details were not immediately available. Also Read: Tatum O'Neal »
- Jeff Sneider
The film tells the true story of Oscar Grant on the day before he was murdered by police at a San Francisco train station in 2009. “Indie darling” Melonie Diaz (Be Kind Rewind, Lords of Dogtown, Raising Victor Vargas) gives a beautiful and heartbreaking performance as Oscar’s girlfriend and the mother of his daughter.
We got a chance to sit down with Diaz (who, it was just announced, will soon be appearing on season three of Girls) about the film, attending a performing arts high school, and being in a Mary J. Blige music video.
VH1: What is your favorite thing about Fruitvale Station and about your character, Sophina?
Melonie Diaz: My favorite scene in the movie is the »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Emile Hirsch is most often associated with bold biopics like Sean Penn's Academy Award-nominated Into the Wild, Gus Van Sant's Academy Award-winning Milk, and to a lesser degree Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown (we'll be kind and ignore Speed Racer all together). But this year Hirsch has shown he has a distinct gift for comedy with David Gordon Green's bittersweet and offbeat narrative Prince Avalanche. You can get a taste of Hirsch and co-star Paul Rudd in action with the film's latest trailer, which you can see in hi-res at Apple. Over the past few years, Green has blown up, moving from quirky indie films (George Washington, All The Real Girls) to big flashy laffers starring the likes of Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express), Jonah Hill (The Sitter), James Franco and Danny McBride (Your Highness). But with these last two lackluster releases, Green's popularity and prospects seemed at risk. »
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