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We told you back in October that True Blood would be casting for two new female vampire roles as regulars for season 5, and told you a couple of weeks ago that one had been found. Now, so has the other. No shocker here, she’s gorgeous, so she’ll fit right in with the rest of the eye candy cast of HBO‘s hit series.
Italian actress Valentina Cervi (Miracle at St. Anna), who was completely charming in PBS‘s Masterpiece Mystery: Zen, will be playing the part of Salome, and we don’t mean she just has a biblical name. She will reportedly be that biblical person, the one who danced for her step-dad Herod.
TVLine first broke the news, and reports:
The 35-year-old beauty will play Salome, an ancient vampire who is a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent. She also has quite a lot of madness in her. »
- Erin Willard
Supernaturals are a dime a dozen on HBO’s True Blood, but they seem to die off as often as they’re resurrected. To inject some foreign flair into season five, True Blood has cast Italian actress, Valentina Cervi (Miracle at St. Anna) as a fanged regular. In other HBO news, Game of Thrones has cast a major character in their much-anticipated return for season two. Edward Dogliani will appear as the wilding raider known as the Lord of Bones. His character from the George R.R. Martin adaptation will go mano-a-mano with Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Finally, CBS’s Criminal Minds has cast Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) as a villainous gambler for an episode set to air in early 2012. Hit the jump for more on each casting. The True Blood casting news via THR reports that Cervi will play Salome, an ancient vampire whose seductive beauty, power and intelligence are »
- Dave Trumbore
If anyone wants to see Sawyer kick it onscreen, today is your lucky day. As Variety reports, Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Chris Brown, and Caity Lotz have all joined Screen Gems’ Planet B Boy, a narrative version of Benson Lee‘s documentary that goes by the same name, with the exception of a now-missing dash; he’ll also direct this version.
That original film — and, concurrently, this one — follows “an all-star American b-boy crew training to compete at the Battle of the Year International Championships in France,” in which they “go up against the best b-boys in the world,” who hail from South Korea, Russia, and France. Shooting has already commenced in Los Angeles, and things will soon move over to Montpellier, France. The story has been adapted for film by Brin Hill and Chris Parker — I like to think that the script says “[Character] dances dramatically” for about 2/3rds of its entirety. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was revealed this morning that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his heartfelt performance in the film “50/50.” This year’s ceremony, presented by Starz Entertainment, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In Jonathan Levine’s film, which opens in theaters this Friday, Sept. 30, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, an NPR editor diagnosed with cancer. The title refers to Adam’s odds of survival, though he receives tremendous support from his best friend (Seth Rogen), his pretty therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his worried mother (Anjelica Huston).
Gordon-Levitt will be on hand that evening to accept the award in person. His bio is below:
- Sean O'Connell
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara has booked the female lead in Ron Howard's racing film "Rush."According to Variety, Howard is directing from a Peter Morgan script.The film centers on the real-life 1970s rivalry between Formula One race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") will play the British racer Hunt.Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") will play the Austrian racer Lauda.Brian Grazer and Howard are producing through their Imagine shingle along with Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner; and Cross Creek's Brian Oliver.Universal will likely distribute the film.Lara's credits include "Downfall," "Youth Without Youth," "Miracle at St. Anna" and "The Reader." »
- Adnan Tezer
Whilst Ron Howard is still hoping to get The Dark Tower off the ground with lead star Javier Bardem apparently still attached (though it looks like wishful thinking to us), the Oscar winning director is stepping up a gear on his next picture, the racing drama Rush.
Scripted by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan, the movie is based on the life of Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda and his near-fatal 1976 racing season which coincided with the rivalry he and Englishman racer James Hunt shared. In a significant coup, Howard attached Thor actor Chris Hemsworth for the James Hunt role earlier this year with Inglourious Basterds actor Daniel Bruhl set as the Austrian racer Lauda.
Variety updates us on the project today with the news that German actress Alexanda Maria Lara, who I know best as Hitler’s sympathetic new secretary in Downfall but who has also appeared in The Reader, »
- Matt Holmes
While "The Dark Tower" may have crumbled for now, Ron Howard isn't wasting any time mourning missed opportunities, as the director continues to move into production on the racing pic "Rush." Alexandra Maria Lara has joined Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in the film, taking on an unspecified female lead role in the film (we presume she will be a some kind of love interest for the latter). The actress has been part of a numerous notable films including "Downfall," "The Reader," "Youth Without Youth," "Miracle at St. Anna" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex," and while she may not be… »
“You’re all clear, kid. Now, let’s blow this thing and go home!”
Judging by the trailer Lucasfilm just debuted today, Han Solo’s famous pre-Death-Star-explosion line could fit comfortably amidst the dogfights in Red Tails. It’s a high-flying World War II drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary African-American fighter pilot squad who valiantly battled Nazis abroad and discrimination at home.
Click here to get a sneak peek at the George Lucas passion project that, after several decades of incubation, is finally ready to set S-Foils for a theatrical bow January 20, 2012.
Needless to say, Red Tails looks pretty kinetic. »
- Christian Blauvelt
Spike Lee will direct Mandate Pictures' remake of the South Korean thriller "Oldboy." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee.s last feature film was Touchstone's "Miracle at St. Anna" in 2008.The original "Oldboy" was released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park. It won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.The film follows a man who is kidnapped and held in a cell for 15 years without explanation. He is released and goes on a quest for revenge against the people responsible.Mark Protosevich adapted the script.Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing through Vertigo Entertainment and 40 Acres & A Mule Productions. The project had been set up at one point with Steven Spielberg directing and Will »
- Adnan Tezer
The original Japanese manga and subsequent South Korean film (winner of the 2004 Grand Prize at Sundance) tell the story of a father kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, only to be abruptly released to seek his vengeance on those who confined him. It also packed one helluva an ending…
Lee will work from a script written by Mark Protosevich, one that attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg at one point with Will Smith interested in starring, as well as Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class). Without having read the latest version, I don’t know how closely this will hew to the Korean film, but at least Lee has been willing to take on the kind of grit, gore, and controversy necessary to do this one right (again).
This will be »
- Jeff Leins
Updated: Mandate Pictures have sent out a press release today confirming the news that Spike Lee will produce and direct the Hollywood remake of Oldboy, which you can now expect to be a watered down, less threatening Americanized version that will probably star Denzel Washington or Will Smith and will be a summer revenge blockbuster. Perhaps it might even be a film for the whole family, who knows?
If we are really lucky it might star an Idris Elba… but it won’t.
Los Angeles (July 11, 2011) – Mandate Pictures announced today that Spike Lee (Inside Man) will direct Oldboy, a remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean film. Mark Protosevich has adapted the screenplay and will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Departed, The Grudge) will produce. The film is a Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres & A Mule Production. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
“It’s a great honor to put »
- Matt Holmes
Unless I'm mistaken, Spike Lee has never made a sequel to one of his fiction films. He might not call his new film a sequel but Blackfilm.com reports that technically it is, since it features the return of one of Lee's signature characters from one of his signature films.
Earlier today, Lee tweeted that he was going into production on "The New Spike Lee Joint," his first fiction feature since 2008's "Miracle at St. Anna." Blackfilm says that the movie is called "Red Hook Summer" and that:
"Details on the plot is limited, but a close source has informed us that the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY. The kicker to this story is that Lee will be reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played over twenty years ago in his most famous film, »
- Matt Singer
Mandate today announced that Spike Lee will direct their English language remake of Old Boy, the South Korean film that has been highly regarded since its debut and Grand Prize Jury Award at Cannes back in 2004.
Will Smith and Steven Spielberg were originally looking at the project back in 2008 before Mandate took over the rights. With Lee on board, a new push could be made to land Smith in the protagonist's role. Whether Smith is pursued or not upon his completion of Men in Black 3, expect Lee to piece together his cast sooner rather than later.
Mark Protosevich wrote the adapted Old Boy screenplay for Mandate. The story focuses on a man who is kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and not released from solitary confinement until 15 years later. Once out, he learns his kidnappers have additional plans for him that make solitary confinement look like vacation.
Spike Lee's last »
While he has stayed relatively quiet since his 2008 failure Miracle at St. Anna, director Spike Lee is back in a big way as he has just revealed two projects, one huge and one more personal. He first tweeted early this morning the following message:
Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of The New Spike Lee Joint.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet
Blackfilm clues us in on what it actually is, a drama in which he will reprise his famous character Mookie, from his iconic 1989 classic Do the Right Thing. Titled Red Hook Summer, “the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY.” He will be playing his pizza delivery character, but no word on what time period the film is set in, or who else is part of the cast. »
- Jordan Raup
While details when it comes to filming schedules and actors are left off the press release, Mandate Pictures announced today that Spike Lee (Inside Man) will direct Oldboy, a remake of Chan-wook Park's highly-acclaimed South Korean film. Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, Thor) has adapted the screenplay and will co-produce. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce and was quoted in the release saying, "It's a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director."
The rumor that Lee would direct started only last Wednesday and just this morning we learned Lee was just starting to shoot a new project titled Red Hook Summer in which the helmer would direct as well as reprise his role as Mookie from his 1989 breakout feature Do the Right Thing.
Oldboy tells the story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter's birthday. »
- Brad Brevet
Blackfilm reports that Spike Lee is currently working on his next feature "Red Hook Summer".
The story centers on an adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY. Lee will be reprising his role as Mookie, the Brooklyn pizza delivery worker character he played in 1989′s "Do the Right Thing."
Shooting has just kicked off on the project which would mark his first non-documentary since 2008 war film "Miracle At St. Anna".
Also today, Mandate Pictures has officially confirmed that Lee will direct the remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean film "Oldboy". Lee was rumoured for the job late last week, but now it's official. »
- Garth Franklin
Over the past few years Spike Lee has been busy in the documentary arena with films like Kobe Doin' Work and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, his follow-up to When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. However, the filmmaker hasn't taken on a narrative feature film since the 2008 war drama Miracle at St. Anna. However, this morning, Lee surprised everyone with an update on Twitter talking about the first day of shooting on a new Spike Lee joint today. At first, no one was sure what film he was talking about, but thankfully BlackFilm (via The Playlist and Shadow and Act) have unearthed some details on the project. Lee's new film is called Red Hook Summer, and while we don't know too many details on the plot, the story will follow an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the Red Hook section »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been a long time since I visited a Spike Lee joint. The last film I saw that he directed was 2004s The 25th Hour with Edward Norton. I did have plans to see Miracle At St. Anna with my Dad but he wanted to go see it so bad he just snuck off and saw it by himself. After seeing it, he calls me up saying something along the lines of "it was a f*cking disappointment". Needless to say, dad was not pleased. My Father's thoughts on film aside, it looks like Lee will be helming the »
- Niki Stephens
The last time we heard from Spike Lee he was bemoaning his inability to get a film financed. After Miracle at St. Anna flopped three years ago, he couldn't even get moneymen interested in a sequel to his most successful film, Inside Man, despite having stars like Clive Owen ready to go. There's the report that Spike might direct the Oldboy remake  that has been in development for quite some time, but that isn't likely to happen soon. So when the director tweeted this morning that he was on the way to the first day of shooting for "the new Spike Lee joint," what was he talking about? Perhaps a film called Red Hook Summer, in which he will reportedly revive one of his most famous characters: Mookie, from Do the Right Thing. Spike Lee tweeted  this morning: Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the »
- Russ Fischer
Photo: Universal Pictures Spike Lee was recently rumored to be in line to tackle a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, but it appears he had another project on his mind as he has started shooting a new film titled Red Hook Summer as he tweeted early this morning, "Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of The New Spike Lee Joint. Today is 1st Day of Shooting. Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet."
Details on the project come from BlackFilm.com where we learn Lee is not only starting a new project, but he is reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played in his breakout 1989 feature Do the Right Thing. Plot details are limited, though a source tells BlackFilm the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, »
- Brad Brevet
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