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Producer Joe Roth does enjoy his fairy-tale reimaginings. His recent films including Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and Powerful, and the upcoming Maleficent, which is the tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the villain's perspective. Since Alice and Oz were both monster hits, it's not surprise that Roth is now planning another fairy-tale* movie. According to Deadline, Roth has picked up the rights for Soman Chainani's new young adult novel, The School for Good and Evil. The story takes place in a school where students are chosen and trained to become heroes or villains. The beautiful Sophie expects to be a princess in the School for Good while her homely best friend Agatha readies herself to be a witch in the School for Evil. But when they arrive, their roles are reversed. It sounds like a fun premise that's reminiscent of the opening of Wicked. »
- Matt Goldberg
“J.J. is the genius kid who has a great personality too so you can’t hate him,” chuckles long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Scott Chambliss who has done production design work for him ever since they brought the television series Felicity [Wbtn, 2000 to 2001] to the small screen. “He’s quick on the draw and is also brave. The telling moments for us in terms of the transition were at the beginning of Mission: Impossible 3 . It was being strongly suggested to him that he surround himself with a bunch of well-known seasoned pros on every level, in front and behind the camera. J.J. made a strong case that he’d do a better job for them if he brought some of his key players with him; once J.J. »
Watch On the Road online at SundanceNow (photo: Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund) On the Road, Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel, is now available on SundanceNow. Initially screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews, and later reedited for the Toronto Film Festival and the North American market, On the Road stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis), Sam Riley (the upcoming Byzantium and Maleficent), and Kristen Stewart — who seemed to be everywhere in 2012: besides On the Road, Stewart was also seen in Rupert Sanders’ summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and, in her final appearance as Bella Swan, Bill Condon’s late fall hit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (Scroll down to watch new On the Road featurette, with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. »
- Andre Soares
Following last week's news that Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy to drastically lower her likelihood of developing breast cancer, Brit tabloid The Daily Mail has reported that Jolie will play her mother actress and charity founder Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic based on her life. Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56 to cancer, and Jolie sites the traumatic loss of her mother as a reason behind her recent medical procedure. No further details on the project at the moment, but if true, The Mail reports that it could go into production in 2014. In the upcoming pipeline, Jolie has Disney's "Maleficent" in 2014, in which she plays the title role of the nefarious evil witch originated in 1959's animated "Sleeping Beauty." In costume and makeup, Jolie is a ringer for the part. "Salt 2" has been announced, in which Jolie also plays the eponymous lead, and a "Kung Fu Panda 3" is in the works, »
- Beth Hanna
Angelina Jolie's brother feels 'honoured' to be her sibling. The 'Maleficent' actress revealed earlier this week she had undergone a double mastectomy after tests revealed she carried the BRCA1 gene and had an 87 per cent chance of contracting breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of contracting ovarian cancer - the disease which killed her mother, Marcheline Bertrand - and her brother James Haven thinks her decision to go public will be helpful to others. He told E! News: 'There is no question Angelina makes a difference in our world by bringing awareness to so many causes. Her compassion for humanity alone always makes me honoured to call her my sister.' Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton has sent his »
Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventive double mastectomy earlier this year was a personal one, but as with most things the star says and does, it has taken on a very public significance. In the day or so since Jolie revealed the experience in a moving essay for the New York Times, fans, friends, and women's health advocates alike have stepped forward to praise the Maleficent actress, 37, for her courageous choice. The flood of well-wishes is seemingly endless -- and much appreciated, pal Nicholas [...] »
Angelina Jolie, humanitarian and star of the upcoming "Maleficent," revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece today that she had had a preventative double mastectomy, removing all of her breast tissue.
"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman," she wrote, revealing that her mother had died of breast cancer and that Jolie, too, possesses the risky BRCA1 gene.
Those who have the gene marker for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer like Jolie, she wrote, have a 65 percent risk of getting cancer.
The 37-year-old, who is mother to six children and partnered to Brad Pitt, said that she made public her decision to have three months of surgery to remove and then reconstruct her breasts so that other women may be educated to be proactive about their own health. »
- Kase Wickman
Angelina Jolie made the brave and bold decision to get a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year, the Oscar-winning actress revealed in a New York Times article published Monday, May 13. The 37-year-old mother of six explained that genetic tests showed she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The Maleficent actress had her first surgery in February and completed her final follow-up procedure on Apr. 27. She chronicled her experience in an op-ed piece called "My Medical Choice." "I started [...] »
Angelina Jolie has revealed she recently underwent a double mastectomy after genetic tests determined the actress faced a high probability of developing breast cancer.
The Girl, Interrupted Oscar-winner announced the news in a New York Times column published Tuesday titled “My Medical Choice,” saying that she wanted to avoid the same fate as her mother, who died at age 56 after battling the disease for a decade.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie wrote in the essay. »
- Anthony Breznican
For those of you that had Kite release before your time, it's an incredibly violent, gory, graphic, sexual (hentai) anime that debuted back in 1998 which followed teenage school girl Sawa and her attempts to unravel the mystery of her parent's murder. Fate brings her together with two detectives who train her to become a ruthless killing machine under the pretense of finding the killer of her mother and father. But that's only the beginning of the story and things take a very atypical (and far worse) turn once Sawa's tragic backstory is established. The live-action film stars nineteen-year-old India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) as Sawa, sixty-four-year-old Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Karl Aker (Akai) and eighteen-year-old Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) as Oburi. If you've seen the original anime, you know why the ages are important here. Filming just »
Automatic and Low Spark are producing the project.
FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution for “The Signal,” which also stars Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Sarah Clarke of the “Twilight” franchise, Lin Shaye and Robert Longstreet. E1 is distributing in the U.K., Canada and Spain.
Automatik President Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Low Spark President Tyler Davidson are producing. Script is based on an original idea by Eubank and was written by Eubank, David Frigerio and Carlyle Eubank, with revisions by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Story centers on three college freshmen becoming the targets of a rival computer hacker and being lured to an abandoned shack in the middle of the desert.
- Dave McNary
Actor who portrays Robb Stark in hit TV series will play opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action version of the classic folk tale
Disney's big budget, live-action take on Cinderella appears to be following in the footsteps of Tim Burton's $1bn Alice in Wonderland fantasy as director Kenneth Branagh puts together a mostly British cast. With Downton Abbey's Lily James already cast in the title role, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones' Richard Madden will play her prince.
Madden, who plays Robb Stark in the highly-rated HBO fantasy series, will take the role which, as tradition demanded, was named Prince Charming in the 1950 Disney animated version of the tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked stepmother.
- Ben Child
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Nat Wolff ("Admission"), Nick Robinson ("The Kings of Summer"), Noah Silver ("The Borgias") and Ansel Elgort ("Divergent") are all set to test this weekend for the lead male role in the film adaptation of novelist John Green's young adult novel "The Fault in Our Stars" at 20th Century Fox.
The film tells the heartbreaking love story of a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who is forced by her parents to attend a support group.
She subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player who lost his leg to cancer. Augustus is the role being tested, and no one is considered a front-runner at this point.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As development continues on the feature film adaptation of author John Green’s incredibly well-received 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, the producers are now turning to filling the crucial role of the film’s male lead. The Descendants star Shailene Woodley has already been cast as the protagonist and female lead Hazel, a cancer-stricken teen who strikes up a charming and heartbreaking relationship with the dashing Augustus Waters, whom she meets in a cancer support group. A number of actresses fought hard for the Hazel part, and a similar competition has apparently developed over the role of “Gus” as a new report claims that five young actors will be testing for the role this weekend. Hit the jump for more. Per Variety, Nat Wolff (Admission), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Noah Silver (The Borgias), and Ansel Elgort (Carrie) are poised to test for the role of Gus this weekend. »
- Adam Chitwood
Brenton Thwaites, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson, Noah Silver and Ansel Elgort will test this weekend for the role of Augustus “Gus” Waters, the former basketball player who lost his leg to cancer. Woodley’s character, Hazel, meets him in a cancer support group.
Fox had no comment.
Given the book’s popularity and Woodley’s rising status, it’s been a priority to find her co-star and young thesps have chased the part with equal urgency. As of now, no one is considered a front-runner. »
- Justin Kroll
Actor who plays Lady Rose MacClare in the hit TV series to take lead in the Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action version of the fairytale
The film is the latest in a series of live action Disney fantasies which began in 2010 with the enormous box office success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and continued earlier this year with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Branagh finds his way into the director's chair following his impressive stewardship of superhero movie Thor in 2011 for Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
- Ben Child
James beat out a wide selection of actresses vying for the role ranging from big stars like Emma Watson to virtual unknowns. Watson was at one time reportedly negotiating for the part until a deal could not be reached.
Cinderella will be directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and also feature Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. Disney's note to media earlier today promised more Cinderella casting announcements in the near future.
Disney is no stranger to turning its fairytales into live-action motion pictures. Oz The Great and Powerful is the latest example to mix cinemas, »
Sharlto Copley is reuniting with Neill Blomkamp for a third time. The director has chosen Copley as the lead in his next feature, entitled Chappie. Blomkamp is keeping plot details about the project under wraps, but did say that the film will be a sci-fi comedy set in an “unusual” place. As for Copley, there’s no word on who he’ll be.
Blomkamp’s casting choice doesn’t come as a huge surprise. He started his career with Copley as his lead actor, in 2009′s District 9. Their next collaboration is Elysium, another sci-fi film which also stars Matt Damon. The film opens in theaters this August 9th.
Source: THR »
- Laura Frances
Warner Bros. has slotted a July 2, 2014 opening for "Tammy," placing it in direct competition with Sony's comedy "Sex Tape" starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and Disney's fairy tale extravaganza "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie.
No doubt Warners is feeling confident in the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning McCarthy's drawing power after she helped the studio's February comedy "Identity Thief" outperform expectations and become one of the few genuine hits so far in 2013.
While the move is unlikely to faze Disney, the question now is whether or not Sony blinks considering the far more mixed track record of both Diaz and Segel at the box office.
"Tammy" stars McCarthy as a recently unemployed woman who discovers her husband has been cheating and takes off a road trip with her boozehound grandma. »
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