Update: Shortly after our original post launched two new cast members were drafted onto the show. The Boy Next Door star Ryan Guzman is now onboard with Deadline suggesting that he “may be playing a former military guy”. That is, if earlier character profiles circulating the industry are still in play. If that’s the case then the next new arrival Finding Cody‘s Gatlin Green may be playing an “attractive popular girl. ” Scintillating description.
The rebooted TV series you never knew you wanted – Heroes Reborn – is pushing forward. NBC’s reboot is assembling another swarthy crew of normal folks harboring superhero abilities that so far includes Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay and Jack Coleman.
Based on what series creator and now-executive producer Tim Kring has stated, the show won’t be a continuation of the story explored in the original show. instead, the ties will be severed from »
- Gem Seddon
"Insurgent," the second installment in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, is a true middle book, and the adaptation is no exception. There's less background exposition and more plot twists and character development -- not to mention a cliffhanger ending. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to escape the clenches of Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless henchmen. On the run, Tris and Four realize they must form alliances -- with the neutral Amity, the Dauntless unwilling to follow Jeanine, and the Factionless led by the mysterious Evelyn (Naomi Watts), someone from Four's past. (In case you can't remember anything from the first movie, here are seven things to know before you see "Insurgent.")
"Insurgent" is rated PG-13 "for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language." If you have an elementary-school-aged kid who read the books early, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Someone's trading in fangs for other supernatural gifts! E! News has exclusively learned that Twilight star Judith Shekoni has joined the cast of Heroes Reborn. Shekoni has landed a series regular role in the rebooted event series, although details of who she'll be playing are being kept under wraps at this time...just like every other new character joining the show. The British actress is best known for her role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 as Zafrina, the leader of the Amazonian vampires. She also recently guest starred on an episode of Backstrom. Shekoni's isn't the only new face fans will see when the Heroes reboot airs. She joins the previously cast Zachary Levi »
I'm one of those "glass half-full "critics when it comes to Taylor Lautner. Film after film I hope he'll pull a Sally Field, who went from The Flying Nun and Gidget to Sybil and Norma Rae. Would Abduction or Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 reveal the young man's inner Laurence Olivier? No, sadly. The lumbering hunk remains just a lumbering hunk in those two. Prize-winning pecs and abs plus a cute smile were what the glamor boy's fans had to settle for.
"Well, maybe Tracers will be his Wuthering Heights," I was murmuring as I scooted onto the subway last night, heading for a midtown screening room. I should have known better. I should have checked out the director's CV before hoping for the best.
- Brandon Judell
It looks like Frozen has opened up Josh Gad to the wide world of Disney comedy sidekicks, with the actor known the world over as the voice of Olaf signing on to play LeFou, the buffonish yes-man to Luke Evan's preening villain Gaston, in the upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Really, there's no better man from the role. Coming from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon, the movie is shaping up nicely, with Emma Watson on board as Belle, and Dan Stevens playing opposite her as the Beast. The latest in Disney's current trend of live action remakes of their classic cartoons, taking it's place amongst the likes of Malificent and Cinderella (released in the U.S. today and coming our way on March 27th) and the upcoming The Jungle Book and recently announced Dumbo, there is no release date set for Beauty and the Beast, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Disney releases its live-action version of Beauty and the Beast in »
Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast remake has found its comedy relief in the shape of Frozen‘s Josh Gad. The announcement now places the actor as the only American set to appear alongside the trio of Brits locked in for starring roles. Harry Potter alum Emma Watson nabbed the part of Belle in January; Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans is reportedly in line to play the villainous Gaston; and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is engaged to play the titular Beast.
Per THR, who broke the news, Disney is aiming to forgo a strict remake of the source material and instead sculpt a revamped version more in line with the 1991 animated caper. Proof of this originates in the »
- Gem Seddon
After conquering the world this year with a whopping $550 million worldwide to date, it is no surprise that Universal Pictures and Focus Features are fast-tracking plans to bring the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels to the screen. But while fans can’t wait to see the return of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the films stars aren’t quite locked in just yet.
Unsurprisingly after the success of the first film, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reportedly seeking a bumper pay increase to star in the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Both were reportedly paid $250,000 each for the first film, but The Hollywood Reporter suggests they are looking to boost their contacts with seven-figure fees.
The pair are contracted to appear in both sequels regardless, but the financial success of the first film, and the undoubted box-office bonanza still in store, has led to the duo looking for better deals, »
- Scott J. Davis
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Beauty has found her Beast!
The casting rumour mill has run rampant since it was announced that Watson would be taking the lead as Belle. Though Stevens didn’t make our list of actors we’d like to take on the role of the cursed prince, we have to agree that he’s got the icy blue eyes that the animated Beast has in the 1991 film. If his performance in the recent horror flick The Guest is any indication, he’s got that menacing growl down pat too.
Of course, every fairytale needs its villain, and the raw egg-eating mob-leading Gaston is a very fine foe indeed. And now we’ve got a face to go with the burly and brawny, intimidating specimen that is Gaston: Luke Evans! »
- Rachel West
Emma Watson’s Belle has found her Beast. Just hours after Dracula Untold star Luke Evans came aboard Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the villainous Gaston, Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has been revealed to be in negotiations for the title role of the transformed prince.
The three Brits make for a thrillingly talented triumvirate in this new take, which is to be directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.
Stevens’ star has been rapidly rising since his Dowton Abbey days. He recently powered Adam Wingard’s neon-soaked action thriller The Guest and also had supporting roles in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Beauty, though, is by far his most high-profile gig to date.
Whether this retelling is a musical or not is still unclear, though Watson »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens is in negotiations to take on the role of the titular cursed Prince in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Emma Watson is on board to play Belle, while earlier Wednesday Luke Evans signed on to portray Gaston. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the. »
- Linda Ge
THR reports that Dracula Untold star Luke Evans has boarded Disney’s live-action version of Beauty And The Beast. While the actor is in the early stages of locking down a deal, it’s expected that he will portray the story’s male lead, the self-obsessed Gaston.
Should Evans secure the role, he will be co-starring alongside Harry Potter alum, Emma Watson, who was confirmed in late January as the titular beauty. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon is at the helm for this take, which fought off competition from Warner’s own stab at the material. Initially set up with Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair that iteration is now languishing in a dark, cobwebbed hole known as development hell.
- Gem Seddon
Luke Evans is nearing a deal to play Gaston opposite Emma Watson’s Belle in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner. Also Read: Luke Evans Officially Exits ‘The Crow’ Reboot; Relativity Seeking New Star Gaston is the handsome antagonist who competes with »
- Jeff Sneider
You can see all of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards nominations here (is it really fair to give Best Onscreen Transformation to Boyhood's leading boy?), but what we're most concerned about are the nominations for Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, Neighbors Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars Kate Upton, The Other Woman Zac Efron's pecs really did play a huge role in Neighbors, as did Kate Upton's cleavage in The Other Woman, but we'd be crazy not to point out how purposefully insane-looking Channing Tatum looked in Foxcatcher. Perhaps this is to make up for the fact that Magic Mike Chan lost to Taylor Lautner's bod in Twilight: Breaking Dawn in 2013? There's always Magic Mike Xxl, my friend. This one seems like it's going to Efron (who also won last year for his "work" in That Awkward Moment »
- Lindsey Weber
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won’t want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly like Cronenberg’s work, love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh, did you have dreams of going to Hollywood, becoming a star, and living happily ever after? Maps to the Stars will put paid to them. This is one of Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg’s (Cosmopolis, Eastern Promises) least trippy films: it’s hardly surreal at all. Which makes it all too plausible as it looks askew at the living nightmares that are the lives of the Weiss family of Los Angeles, all of whom are deeply entrenched in the industry. Except the one thing they think is horrific — and it’s pretty bad »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It behooves me to say, before we begin, that I am nowhere near the target audience for The Duff. There is very little to make one feel old like watching high school students’ lives in upheaval when forced to give up their smartphones, when cell phones without all the bells and whistles were the big thing when I was at that age. And yet, despite this glimpse into the grim passage of time and culture, I guess there is irony in that almost everything in The Duff is familiar. Between dorky kids making good and the villainess whose job it is to make sure everyone stays in their place or the Mom who tries too hard to be hip and with it, crass humor, and a bevy of teenage misunderstandings, almost every teen cliché gets wrapped up in a neat little package. And yet, despite its familiarity, The Duff coasts by on a genuine charm, »
- Seth Paul
Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchise movies, which currently dominate the list. Take a look at Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles, two days before release date.
Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say about the news in a statement.
"The worldwide phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years. It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as »
After hitting a couple of commercial highs (“Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) and one major artistic low (“The Fifth Estate”) in the major-studio trade, Bill Condon makes a welcome return to more intimate, character-based fare in “Mr. Holmes,” an elegiac portrait of the once-great detective as a senescent old man — arthritic of body and foggy of mind, yet unwilling to go gently into that good night. A graceful film that seems happy to proceed at roughly the pace of the honey that drips from its central character’s apiary, this faithful adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” may disappoint audiences seeking a ripping good Sherlock Holmes mystery, but should delight genre buffs fond of such earlier revisionist Holmes yarns as “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution” and “Young Sherlock Holmes,” and even attract some younger viewers curious to see the old guy from “Lord of the »
- Scott Foundas
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