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After a string of big budget studio productions to kick-start her career, including roles in The Blind Side and Mirror Mirror (lest we forget about the ill-fated Abduction), Lily Collins sought a change of pace for her latest project: The English Teacher. “I'd never done an independent film and I was really curious as to how they were different than studio projects,” Collins tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I read the script and even though it was a smaller character in an ensemble piece, I just thought it's a character that I haven't played before.” Photos: Hottest
- Sophie Schillaci
Well, this is a no brainer. But maybe 40 years too late? We'll find out soon enough if a name alone can make a hit. News has broke via Deadline that Warner Bros and producer Roy Lee (The Departed, Quarantine, Abduction, The Lego Movie) have obtained the rights to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie, based on the seminal fantasy role-playing game first invented by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. However, the interesting thing is that the project is actually developing by way of another "free-standing" script merged into this project to become the Dungeons & Dragons movie. But it has all the right people involved so far. According to the news, the original screenplay was called Chainmail, written by a "Frank Darabont protege" David Leslie Johnson. That project was developed originally based on an "obscure game that was also hatched by D&D designer Gary Gygax before he and Dave Arneson launched D&D, »
- Alex Billington
Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Michael Angarano (Brass Teapot, The Forbidden Kingdom, Haywire), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, Stuck in Love), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction, The Blind Side), and Nathan Lane (The Producers, Mirror Mirror, “Modern Family”). Following the film’s recent world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Myriad will screen the film for the first time for buyers at this month’s Cannes Marche du Film. The English Teacher is the charming story of a small town teacher whose mundane routine is turned around when a former student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. The film was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton and is an Artina Films production. Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
After it lost not one, not two, but three directors in a row, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zany "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" seemed, well, dead.
But it was right there in the title the whole time, you see. "Zombies." Zombies don't die. And neither will this movie.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Ppz" has also scored itself a new director in Burr Steers (you might know him from his pair of Zac Efron charmers "17 Again" and "Charlie St. Cloud") and will be shopped at Cannes.
- Amanda Bell
Lily Collins has worked with some fierce females in her brief career, including Sandra Bullock (in Bullock's Oscar-winning turn in The Blind Side), Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror), Sigourney Weaver (Abduction) and Julianne Moore (The English Teacher). And with just seven films on her résumé, the 24-year-old already has reteamed with multiple co-stars, including Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear. Asked who she hopes to reunite with next, Collins doesn't hesitate. “I want to work with Sandy again,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Every time I see her, she never changes. She’s the most humble, funny,
- Sophie Schillaci
Spring has sprung, hormones are racing, and former child stars are lining up right and left for way more grown-up projects. Case in point: Nick Jonas will be making his feature-film debut in the sexy drama "Careful What You Wish For," with Isabel Lucas. Lucas stars as Lena, "a young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman who rents the lake house next door to a very self-conscious high-school student." Jonas is on board to play Doug, that very awkward paramour. And once Lena's husband goes missing, guess who is the prime suspect? Of course, since comparisons to "Body Heat" and "Basic Instinct" are being tossed around, one would guess that Lena's not as innocent as she seems. It's far edgier fare than the self-titled Disney show Nick appeared on with his brothers Kevin and Joe, and will probably require a lot less singing. Jonas isn't the only one looking to »
- Jenni Miller
We've got a monstrous task ahead of us on this sacred day, gents. What's Taylor Lautner's hottest moment? And if that's too hard to decide, follow my lead and help pick his most lovable moment.
This may blow your mind, but I haven't even chosen a moment where Taylor Lautner's shirtless. Not even close, in fact. I'm choosing his monologue from Saturday Night Live, which was a mostly awkward, unfunny affair that culminated with Lautner embracing his dorkiness, showing off his martial arts moves like a hyperactive kindergartener, and awkwardly knocking the block off of a Kanye West mannequin. It is endearingly ridiculous. And it's definitely fun to slap around Kanye!
What was I supposed to pick, »
Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") and Lily Collins ("Mirror Mirror," "Abduction") are set to team for the Christian Ditter-directed rom-com "Love, Rosie" at Constantin Film.
The story follows Rosie Dunne (Collins), whose plans to attend university in the U.S. with her best friend (Claflin) go awry when she discovers she is pregnant after a night out with the most popular boy in school.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: March 2, 2013
Price: Two-Disc DVD $30.98, Blu-ray $39.99
The final movie in the Twilight franchise? Author Stephenie Meyer has said there’s a possibility of more books, so never say never. But in the meantime, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 is the end.
Of course, on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, the end is available anytime.
Breaking Dawn — Part 2 takes off where Part 1 ended, with the birth of Bella (Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis) vampire child bringing conflict between Bella and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner, Abduction), the third in the paranormal love triangle. The fast-growing child also spawns an all-out war between the Cullens and the ancient vampire Volturi.
Part 2 grossed a tidy $290 million in domestic theaters. No surprise, given the success of the previous films in the franchise. And critics liked Part 2 better than Part »
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date: March 2, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Summit Home Entertainment
Twilight fans rejoice! There’s more of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 to love. Yep, 8 minutes more. Eight whole minutes.
In what appears to be a way of squeezing out more of fans’ money, Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended Edition offers eight minutes of footage not previously released before and added back in by director Bill Condon.
Condon also recorded a commentary track for the extended version of the film, delving deeper into the old and new scenes with Bella (Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman), Edward (Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner, Abduction).
The 124-minute extended edition is unrated, but don’t expect anything too shocking. The scenes were created for the original PG-13 movie.
The Blu-ray and DVD also offer a digital copy of the film and instant streaming via UltraViolet. »
10 items from 2013
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