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Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers,Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth. Kite will premiere exclusively on Directv on August 28th, followed by a theatrical/VOD release on October 10th. »
Twilight was not the first so-called young-adult book to ever become a movie franchise, but it was most definitely a game changer. Once it started making money hand over sparkly fist, every studio in town started snapping up everything in the best seller section of the nearest Barnes & Noble, and the result has been a rash of movies like I Am Number Four, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, Vampire Academy, The Host and The Hunger Games. They're all about attractive teenagers with some kind of special talent that makes them a unique part of a world-changing story. Usually there is a love triangle, and a handful of supporting friends, and the bad guys are never singular villains, they're cogs in some larger, institutional structure...
- Peter Hall
Divergent and fellow young-adult series The Hunger Games have a few things in common—enough things to confuse Screen Junkies, creators of the always-amusing Honest Trailers, into thinking that Divergent actually is The Hunger Games.
In the new Honest Trailer for 2014’s Divergent, the narrator cuts his voiceover short to point out they’ve already made a trailer for The Hunger Games. “So it’s the same movie but without the actual games?” he says once he discovers it is, in fact, Divergent. “That sounds horrible!”
Once that’s settled, the narrator launches into his description: “Enter a world inspired »
- Ariana Bacle
“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn has yet another adaptation in the pipeline. Her debut novel “Sharp Objects” is being developed as a one-hour serialized drama with Marti Noxon on board as showrunner and writer and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Charles Layton to executive produce.
“Sharp Objects” follows a reporter who has to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown following a brief stint in a psych hospital. The novel has won two of Britain’s Dagger Awards and was an Edgar Award finalist.
- Alex Stedman
In 2013, the country responded to the provocative concept that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal. Audiences turned The Purge into a surprise summer hit as the film debuted at No. 1 with an astonishing $34.1 million weekend at the domestic box office.
After witnessing the response to the film and listening to the conversations that it provoked, James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge and writer of The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13) quickly returned to the explosive universe that he created with an even more arresting idea for a sequel: placing the audience outside on the streets during the annual Purge.
A speculative thriller that shows us what occurs during The Purge outside of the confines of a suburban neighborhood, The Purge: Anarchy returns us to a dystopic future. Our government, now re-engineered by the New Founders of America (Nfa), has sanctioned its annual 12-hour »
- Movie Geeks
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake. Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone. Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls. Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Teresa Palmer is in talks to join director Ericson Core’s (Invincible) Point Break remake. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey are already set in the leads, »
- Adam Chitwood
After getting caught up with superpowered aliens in I Am Number Four and recovering zombies in Warm Bodies, the lovely Australian actress Teresa Palmer is heading into remake territory. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Palmer is taking the female lead in their remake of the action thriller Point Break starring Edgar Ramirez (who replaced the departed Gerard Butler) in the role of Bodhi, originated by Patrick Swayze, and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, the role played by Keanu Reeves. It's not clear how pivotal of a role Palmer will have, but if it follows suit of the original, she won't have a large amount of screentime. Our best guess is that Palmer will play Utah's significant other in the film, but maybe the remake changes the story a bit and allows for a female role to get more involved in the story. Palmer is currently busy shooting Triple Nine with director John Hillcoat, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Point Break remake has certainly sparked plenty of debate – namely as to whether or not one is needed. Gerard Butler was cast, then he left. Now, having finally set on Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey who will play Bodhi and Johnny Utah respectively, it’s time to add a female to the cast list and Teresa Palmer might be just the woman.
A final decision on Palmer’s casting is likely to be made soon as principal photography is set to start at the end this month. The film will be directed by Ericson Core and follows an undercover police officer who goes undercover as a surfer in order to infiltrate a group of bank thieves. »
- Amanda Keats
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have certainly not been resting on their laurels since their phenomenally successful show Smallville came to an end in 2011. Having written the film I Am Number Four, and penned several episodes of the 2011 series Charlie’s Angels, they have now sold a script to Columbia Pictures that features one of the most enduring characters in literature – Captain Nemo.
As the creation of French author Jules Verne, Captain Nemo made his first appearance in the classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea in 1870. A mysterious and enigmatic character, he is revealed to be the scientific genius son of an Indian Raja and, as such, is also known as Prince Dakkar. Obsessed with marine exploration and discovery, he invents a deep-sea submarine named the Nautilus, and embarks on incredible adventures. A main feature of the character is his extensive loathing of Imperialism – particularly as perpetrated by the British Empire. »
- Sarah Myles
Writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar may be best known for their writing on the hit Superman show Smallville, but the duo responsible for the screenplays of Shangahi Noon and I Am Number Four are returning to the big screen with Captain Nemo. Their latest spec script has just been bought by Sony and will give us a new take on the classic Jules Verne character of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea fame.
Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing, which should give the project a lot of momentum given the fact they currently have the box office success Maleficent in cinemas and are now working on the sequel to Tim Burton’s billion dollar success Alice In Wonderland, titled Through The Looking Glass. Gough and Millar will also take on executive producer roles.
Sony may wish to act quickly on their recent acquisition as Disney are also working »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jules Verne’s driven, mercurial hero Captain Nemo has been a fascination for filmmakers for ages. His adventures in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea have been adapted several times for screens big and small, but that isn’t stopping new writers and studios throwing their hats into the ring, with Sony buying up a script from Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.The co-writers, who more recently worked on films such as I Am Number Four and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, won producer Joe Roth’s eye with their spec script, which boasts a new take on the antihero explorer and scientific genius who builds a sub called the Nautilus. Roth, in turn, sent the script to Sony.Though Roth has a close relationship with Disney – he’s helped make Alice In Wonderland and this year’s Maleficent happen – the Mouse House already has a Nemo update drifting through development. »
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo has been long gestating in Hollywood, but it looks like the Jules Verne 1870 fantasy novel will finally hit the big screen courtesy of Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
The film will follow iconic antihero Nemo, a scientific genius who roams the depths of the sea in his submarine The Nautilus, which he built on a desert island.
Sony Pictures and Columbia had no comment about the acquisition. Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing Captain Nemo. They previously produced Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and the Alice in Wonderland live-action movie for Disney. They are also currently in production on the sequel to that later film, Through the Looking Glass.
The story delivers a new take on the iconic antihero first introduced to readers in Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and two subsequent novels.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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The Woman in Gold
"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and actress Katie Holmes are set to join Simon Curtis' Holocaust survivor drama "The Woman In Gold". Maslany will play a younger version of Helen Mirren's character.
Mirren plays a woman on a crusade to retrieve priceless Gustav Klimt paintings from Austrian authorities sixty years after the Nazis stole them. Ryan Reynolds plays the lawyer who takes her case. [Source: THR]
In the next chapter, Tris (Woodley) searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago while on the run with Four (James) and hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite (Winslet). [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Diving into the genre of young-adult film adaptations is a dangerous proposition these days. "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" are two of the biggest film franchises there are and cross all demographics. "Twilight" is more female-oriented and less critically acclaimed, but is also a box-office juggernaut. Even though this year's "Divergent" may not be on the same level, only an idiot wouldn't call it a hit with major potential.
Yet there have been numerous bodies left in their wake. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Golden Compass," "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," "I Am Number Four," "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "City of Ember," "Stormbreaker," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and more.
- Garth Franklin
Heartthrob Alex Pettyfer has a new girlfriend: new Mabelline model Marloes Horst.
Pettyfer, star of I Am Number Four and this year’s Endless Love, most famously dated Glee’s Dianna Agron and was rumored to be dating Elvis’ granddaughter, Riley Keough over the past few years. It appears that, once again, the English actor is single no more.
Alex Pettyfer Celebrates Birthday With New Girlfriend
Rumors of a relationship swirled after Horst posted a photo of the two at Disneyland celebrating Pettyfer’s 24th birthday to both Twitter and Instagram on April 10. In the photo, Pettyfer and Horst have their arms around each other, posing sweetly for the picture, in front of what appears to be Winnie the Pooh’s Honey, or ‘Hunny,’ Pots. And, if the intimate pose wasn’t enough, Horst captioned the photo, “Happy birthday baby.”
Happy birthday baby »
Sorry, ladies! Alex Pettyfer is off the market - again. The beautiful blonde who's snagged his heart this time is model Marloes Horst, People confirms. "They've been dating for a few weeks and are very happy together," a source tells People. The I Am Number Four heartthrob, 24, was most famously linked to Dianna Agron and Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough in the last few years. "Happy birthday baby @a1pettyfer #birthdayboy," Horst captioned a cozy photo of her and her new man on Thursday. The two appeared to be celebrating his big day at Disneyland. Horst was announced as »
- Melody Chiu
To celebrate the UK release of Divergent, it seems appropriate to rank the defining characters within the Ya (Young Adult) movie sub-genre as audiences gear up to meet more new teenage faces.
With their relentless popularity and financial success, it seems everyone in Hollywood is keen to jump on the bandwagon and adapt a beloved Ya novel to the big-screen, but some tales fare better than others, and some characters linger in the mind and cling to the heart more than others.
Here’s are selection of the ten greatest characters from the films monopolising the global box-office.
10. ‘John Smith’ – I Am Number Four (2011)
Whilst the film itself didn’t blow everyone away, the arrival of alien-raced teenager ‘John Smith’ saw the birth of an interesting and smartly composed figure. Somewhat similar to Superman, Alex Pettyfer’s character is one of nine people gifted with special abilities, his homeland of »
- Chris Haydon
With the release of the latest teen sensation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James this Friday, it seems only fitting to examine the phenomena that is the Ya (Young Adult) movie adaptation and why they continue to increase in popularity and box-office success. Whether the setting be fantastical, dystopian, futuristic or magical, there is clearly something entrancing about these literary tales being projected on the silver screen which keeps bringing audiences back for more and more…
Big screen adaptations of beloved young adult novels date back decades; films such as the original Narnia tales, Freaky Friday, The Princess Bride and particularly The Outsiders were huge successes because they were able to teleport readers into a visual representation of the worlds and stories they held so dearly. In modern times however things are a little different. Creatively, cinema is running on empty; the vast majority of releases filling multiplexes are either adaptations (be that novel, »
- Chris Haydon
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