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Nicole Richie has signed with Wme. The web and reality TV personality and fashion maven can be seen on AOL web series #CandidlyNicole, each episode of which brings one of her tweets to life. Her TV credits include a mentor gig on Fashion Star, a guest judge role on Fashion Police and starring with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life for five seasons. She also has a fashion collection and apparel line and has written a novel loosely based on her life. Richie continues to be repped by Impression Entertainment and Grubman Indursky & Shire. Cliff “Method Man” Smith has signed with UTA. He is shooting Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi, and recently wrapped the features Lucky N#mbr and Staten Island Summer. Next up is a voice role in the upcoming Fxx animated comedy Chozen, which focuses on a gay white rapper »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Butterfield, who’s deal for “Kastle” has not yet closed, stars in “Ender’s Game” and recently completed filming the Brit drama “X Plus Y.”
The news was first reported by The Wrap.
- Dave McNary
Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) is in talks to star in the indie comedy King of the Kastle for Benaroya Pictures. The film stars Clive Owen (Children of Men) as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield), with Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) also attached to co-star.
Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter) co-wrote and will direct the movie, with Michael Benaroya and Jonathan Gordon producing. The International Film Trust handled sales for King of the Kastle at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
After fighting an alien force in Ender's Game, young actor Asa Butterfield is going to dabble in comedy for a future project. The Wrap reports the star of Hugo is currently in talks to join King of the Kastle, an indie comedy that also stars Clive Owen, another actor who hasn't venture into the funny genre. The film will follow Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). We're not sure just what kind of information the teen has to blackmail someone like Owen, but these two in an indie comedy is compelling enough. Plus, the fantastic Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) has an unknown role. Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka will make their directorial debut after scripting Jonah Hill's comedy The Sitter recently. They also have the feature film adaptation of Baywatch in development and the Jackie Chan movie Skiptrace with Seann William Scott. Michael Benaroya »
- Ethan Anderton
Having now gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Ben Kingsley (twice) and Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) has signed on to play Clive Owen’s adversary in the upcoming comedy King of the Kastle.
The film is being written and directed by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, who wrote the 2011 Jonah Hill vehicle The Sitter. It concerns a middle aged philanderer (Owen) who is caught and blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). The only other cast member announced thus far is two time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) in an as yet unspecified role.
It’s an interesting premise considering that both actors headlining the film aren’t exactly known for their comedic chops, but anyone who’s seen Shoot ‘Em Up knows what Owen can do with overtly comedic material, and Butterfield is probably likewise »
- Steven Attanasie
Owen plays a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). Weaver's role us unknown.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
This will be Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's directorial debut. They will helm from a script they wrote. The pair wrote The Sitter and are working on Jackie Chan's action comedy Skiptrace. Asa Butterfield previously starred in Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Ender's Game.
• Will Smith (After Earth) will star in City That Sailed for 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy (The Internship) will develop and direct the film about a man and his daughter on the island of Manhattan after it breaks loose into the Atlantic Ocean. Smith has been rumored for the film for a couple of years but this marks his official attachment. Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) is writing the script with Smith producing via Overbrook Entertainment. (Deadline)
- Jake Perlman
Here's today's latest casting news: Lee Pace (Lincoln) will join Ben Foster in the untitled Lance Armstrong picture scripted by John Hodge and directed by Stephen Frears. Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) is in talk to join Clive Owen in co-writers and directors Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka King of the Kastle. Famke Janssen (Hemlock Grove) has joined John Cusack in the crime thriller Kickback. The picture also stars Sean Astin, Misha Barton, Michael Biehn, John Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stelio Savante, Tom Sizemore and Sean Young. Hit the jump for more on each story. First up from The Wrap is news that Pace will join Frears' untitled Lance Armstrong picture, but the details of the role remain undisclosed. Hodge adapted journalist David Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong” for the picture, which finds Foster playing the disgraced cyclist. Chris O’Dowd co-stars as Walsh; Jesse Plemons »
- Dave Trumbore
Asa Butterfield, the star of Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Gavin Hood's Ender's Game , is eyeing a new role in Benaroya Pictures' upcoming King of the Kastle . TheWrap has the news, reporting that Butterfield would join Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver in the comedy, written and to be directed by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Owen will play womanizer who becomes the target of a teen's blackmail plot. Butterfield would play that antagonistic teen. Gatewood and Tanaka are making their directorial debut with King of the Kastle . They're best known for providing the screenplay to David Gordon Green's 2011 comedy The Sitter . Michael Benaroya and Jonathan Gordon are both attached to produce. (Photo Credit: Apega / WENN.com) »
After he delivered two raunchy misfires in a row with Your Highness and The Sitter, it’s gratifying to see director David Gordon Green return to the same kind of quiet, low-key dramas that put him on the map. And with an extremely limited cast and one constant backdrop, Prince Avalanche is perhaps Green’s quietest, lowest-key film yet.
Its commitment to the abstract is sometimes maddening, and its glacially slow pace is likely frustrating enough to alienate some viewers. However, I found Prince Avalanche remarkable in its ability to transfix me with the simplest of resources: two soulful performers, nature as a nonintrusive setting, feather-light direction and a minimalistic script. As it wanders along, the film possesses a strange, poetic charm that defies explanation.
As the film opens, we learn about a forest fire in the late 1980s that tore through the Texas wilderness, reducing trees and homes to ashes. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Seann William Scott ( American Renunion , Role Models ) is set to join Jackie Chan ( Rush Hour , The Karate Kid ) and Fan Bingbing ( X-Men: Days of Future Past ) in Academy Award-nominated director Sam Fell's action comedy Skiptrace . Based on Chan's original idea, Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino and co-written by The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore ( Better Living Through Chemistry ). The film follows Bennie Black (Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie's young niece Bai (Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Scott). Bennie »
Seann William Scott (American Reunion, Role Models) has joined Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid) and Fan Bingbing (X-men: Days Of Future Past) in Academy Award nominated director Sam Fell’s action comedy Skiptrace, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Beijing based Talent International Film Co., Ltd.’s President Esmond Ren.
Set to start production on January 13, 2014, Skiptrace will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International (北京唐德国际电影文化有限公司) (Chinese Zodiac 12), who will also co-finance the film. In addition to starring, Chan is a producer on Skiptrace.
Based on Chan’s original idea, Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino and co-written by The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (Better Living Through Chemistry).
The film follows Bennie Black (Jackie Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime »
- Michelle McCue
David Gordon Green's comedy about two bickering oddballs will do nothing for his reputation
After a couple of indie features that drew comparisons with Terrence Malick (George Washington, All the Real Girls), director David Gordon Green downshifted into the bawdy comedy of Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter, leaving his former champions wondering what the hell happened to their beloved young visionary.
Well, now he's back with this patience-testing two-hander about a pair of bickering oddballs (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) spending an irritable summer painting traffic lines in the middle of fire-ravaged woodland. While the desolate scenery may be moody and intriguing (Bastrop state park, which suffered terrible damage in 2011), our antiheroes are anything but; less Vladimir and Estragon than not-so-super Mario Brothers with their dungarees and caricatured eccentricities. There's a nod to wider themes of America's dispossessed and a connection to the Icelandic movie Either Way (of »
- Mark Kermode
Review Luke Savage 18 Oct 2013 - 06:35
The way most press screenings work is that you know what you're getting before the film starts. There's a few drinks to start, some canapés if you're lucky, then someone offers you the press notes. These notes are essentially a 'this is what the film's really about' guide. Plot, themes, character motivations. If you're lucky for a second time, the author of these notes will throw in a choice word or two. I'm still smiling from the use of the word 'Sisyphean' for the John Cena film 12 Rounds about five years ago.
But what these press notes mean is that, in a world where it's hard to go in blind to a new film, there's one last opportunity to ruin the surprise. »
Interview Luke Savage 18 Oct 2013 - 06:45
"David can’t come to the phone right now, his house is flooded." That’s my first introduction to David Gordon Green. A pretty good reason for postponing a 10 minute phone interview, you have to admit. I can't really hold a candle to Mother Nature.
So we hook up a day later. Luckily, that biblical rainstorm in Texas has subsided, and for a man who I imagine must have bigger things on his mind, he’s incredibly accommodating.
He’s also something of a challenge. How can ten minutes hold all the questions I have for a man who’s gone from American indie (George Washington, All The Real Girls) to stoner comedy (Pineapple Express) over to TV (Eastbound & Down) back to studio comedy »
Given the dependency we as a society seem to have on technology these days, and how the vast majority of us can barely go five minutes without reloading our Twitter feed, it’s nice to sit back and watch a picture that depicting the positive implications of a premeditated solitary retreat, in David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, based on the Icelandic comedy Either Way from 2011.
Set in the summer of 1988, in the wake of a destructive wildfire, we meet highway road workers Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his juvenile employee Lance (Emile Hirsch), who are working on rebuilding a forest left somewhat worse for wear. Isolated and without constant communication back to the city, tensions mount as they soon find themselves bickering with one another, as they both start to miss the women they have left behind.
There is a gentle atmosphere to Prince Avalanche, as the contemplative and benign »
- Stefan Pape
The mercurial director describes his latest film, Prince Avalanche, as an art movie invaded by a pair of multiplex goofballs – it's a tribute to the wide-ranging films of his adolescence
Prince Avalanche is a poignant comedy featuring tender performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as mutually antagonistic road-painters working the fire-scorched highways of late 1980s Texas. But as delicious as the film is, cinemagoers with long memories may regard it with justifiable caution. It's the latest movie from the writer-director David Gordon Green, whose work is best approached as the cinematic equivalent of a perpetually spinning coin. If a Green film falls shiny side up, it will transpire to be a lyrical arthouse elegy such as his debut, George Washington, which led to the director being anointed the new Terrence Malick, or All the Real Girls, a faltering love story from that bygone age before its star, Zooey Deschanel, »
- Ryan Gilbey
The last few years have proved a difficult period in director David Gordon Green’s career. Hailed as an indie auteur with the release of his debut film, the elegiac George Washington (2000), Green made a surprising yet surefooted transition to mainstream Hollywood eight years later with stoner comedy Pineapple Express (2008). It was a far cry from his indie roots but also proved to be a box office success. Consequently, Green continued in the same vein with foul-mouthed genre films Your Highness (2011) and The Sitter (2011). The audience, however, was dwindling and the muted release of the latter film left little room for the director to maneuver.
It follows two Texas highway workers as they carry out the monotonous task of painting lines on a road amidst the backdrop of a national park ravaged by wildfires. Alvin and Lance (played by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch) are two strikingly different personalities who »
Our long national nightmare is finally over – director David Gordon Green has returned to making the types of films that put the indie filmmaker on the map in the early aughts with his Joe. Combined with this year’s earlier effort, the drily amusing Prince Avalanche, Green has successfully managed to put the memory of his broad comedy busts like The Sitter and Your Highness behind him, and fans of vintage Green should be quite satisfied with his latest Southern gothic. Starring Nicolas Cage as the eponymous Joe, an ex-con who makes his living by poisoning whole forests so that they can be deemed sick and subsequently be cleared for the replanting of heartier, more sellable trees. Joe employs a large crew of locals, all of whom seem to like him very much, and he’s a fair, reasonable boss. Off the clock, however, Joe struggles with restraining a powerful, almost »
- Kate Erbland
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