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From “The United States of Tara” to “21 Jump Street,” “Scott Pilgrim” to “Rampart,” Brie Larson seems impossible to pin down as an actress. But despite the outward schizophrenia of her choices, the actress insists that she knows immediately when she finds something she connects with, as she did to profound effect with the acclaimed independent film “Short Term 12.” “I read so many scripts, and it’s just certain things that make sense to me when they’re on the page,” Larson explained Wednesday night at TheWrap’s awards-season screening of the film. “And Grace was that for me – there was. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Following up on yesterday's first casting news for Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the Blizzard Entertainment video game juggernaut World of Warcraft, another casting update has made its way online.
THR reports that Dominic Cooper (pictured) is in final negotiations to join the fantasy opposite the previously announced Ben Foster ("Six Feet Under," Pandorum, Rampart), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings," The Experiment), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood," Pacific Rim).
Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has closed a deal with Legendary Pictures to bring a live action version of WoW to the big screen. Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son) came on board last August to pen the script. Legendary, which picked up film rights to adapt the popular fantasy video game franchise back in 2006, said it's planning for a summer 2015 release.
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- Uncle Creepy
That's right, kids! Legendary Pictures has announced the very first cast members for its big screen adaptation of the Blizzard Entertainment video game juggernaut World of Warcraft. Read on for the latest.
Thus far Ben Foster (pictured; "Six Feet Under," Pandorum, Rampart), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings," The Experiment), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood," Pacific Rim) have joined the fold. No word as of yet as to who will be repping The Horde.
Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has closed a deal with Legendary Pictures to bring a live action version of WoW to the big screen. Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son) came on board last August to pen the script. Legendary said it's planning to start lensing in the fall for a summer 2015 release.
Legendary picked up film rights to adapt the popular fantasy video »
- Uncle Creepy
Big casting announcement for the Warcraft movie tonight. Variety is reporting that four more names are set for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie in the works at Legendary. The big four are: Ben Foster (of 3:10 to Yuma, Pandorum, Rampart, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Lone Survivor), Toby Kebbell (of RocknRolla, Prince of Persia, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, The East), Rob Kazinsky (of "True Blood", Red Tails + Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim) in three lead roles, with Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, Devil's Double, Captain America, Need for Speed) in negotiations for a part as well. All four of these guys are very talented actors on the rise and should make for a gritty, badass cast of humans. So who will they be playing? No one knows! Plot details for this Warcraft movie are still being kept a big secret, and we don't have have any casting or character breakdowns to go along with them. »
- Alex Billington
He took a noticeable leave of absence from the Daily Show back in July to shoot a project close to his heart. With an A-team comprised of Shohreh Aghdashloo, Gael García Bernal and the presence of DS gagster Jason Jones, Jon Stewart shot his directorial debut in Jordan side by side with cinematographer Bobby Bukowski (Rampart). If ready on time, it certainly feels like a perfect match between the anti-Argo, Iranian political drama and the politicized festival.
Gist: Written by Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, and based on the Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, And Survival, this is about a journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.
Prediction: Buyer interest through the roof for »
- Eric Lavallee
From Hammer Films, legendary producers of movies macabre and who made an impressive and profitable comeback with hits The Woman in Black, comes their next big horror outing called The Quiet Ones. And it looks pretty great.
Directed by John Pogue (whose Quarantine 2: Terminal was surprisingly enjoyable) and co-scripted with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger), the film is based on true events.
Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is cause by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perf [Continued ...] »
Though she’s still a spectacularly young lady, Brie Larson has been a presence in the acting world for quite a while now. If you look back at her filmography, her earliest work came in the late 90s, when she must have still been knee-high to a grasshopper. Still, it’s only been in recent years—let’s say since her reoccurring role on TV’s United States of Tara ended—that her career has started to show signs of giving off sparks that are bound to start a fire. Since 2011 Larson has shown potential in head-turning but small roles in things like Rampart, The Spectacular Now, and most recently Don Jon, she proved herself to be likable on a mainstream level by killing it as the main romantic interest in 21 Jump Street, and she proved herself to have the dramatic chops necessary to anchor a film as its star with the small scale drama Short Term 12. Brie Larson »
- Nathan Adams
It finally looks like Brie Larson's time has arrived. The actress has wasted little time in capitalizing on the acclaim of her stint in "The United States Of Tara," lining up small roles in films by Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg"), Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") and Oren Moverman ("Rampart"). And this year, she leapt to leading lady status with a terrific turn in the tender "Short Term 12" which put her on even more radars. And while we were glad to see her in "Don Jon," it's almost criminal to cast someone of her talent in a movie and then keep her mute for most of the picture. But she won't have to worry about that with her next venture, in what is her biggest role to date. Deadline reports that the actress is in talks to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in "The Gambler." A remake of Karel Reisz »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Slash-produced Nothing Left to Fear landed on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand outlets today. If you're unsure about whether or not you want to check it out, perhaps a creepy sheep-infested clip will persuade you. Check it out baaahh-low!
The cast includes Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Anne Heche (Psycho, Rampart), James Tupper (Mr Popper’s Penguins), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Ethan Peck (In Time), and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower).
Nothing Left to Fear is the first feature from the horror shingle launched by iconic rocker Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Academy-Award winning producer Michael Williams and Rob Eric (Transsiberian, Session 9, The Fog of War). At the directing helm is Gore Verbinski protégé Anthony Leonardi III, who has worked alongside Verbinski on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, and The Lone Ranger. Leonardi has also worked as a creature designer on many films, »
- John Squires
Hong Kong — Bill Mechanic’s long-gestating fantasy film “The Moon And The Sun” is finally set to start shooting from April 2014 in Australia.
News of the project’s updated status came from the Australian state of Victoria, where government minister Louise Asher announced that the film had committed to shoot there.
“In addition to an estimated $25 million in production expenditure, ‘The Moon and the Sun’ will employ up to 1,200 Victorians in cast and crew – reaping extensive benefits for the Victorian screen industry and broader economy,” she said in a statement. Asher did not reveal how much Victoria is injecting into the project, though it seems likely that after competing with other states it will have to make a direct financial commitment to the film.
The film’s other finance will come from U. »
- Patrick Frater
Victoria won out thanks to a combination of the location offset, state rebate, quality of the crews and the expertise of VFX houses, according to Paul Currie, who is one of the principal producers alongside Pandemonium Films. Bill Mechanic.
Budgeted at $US40 million, the film will shoot for two weeks in Versailles, France in March, then move to Australia in April using the stages of Docklands Studios and locations throughout Victoria.
An Aussie who.s based in Los Angeles, Currie tells If, .$40 million goes a long way in Australia. Cost effectively we do great work for realistic budgets..
Film Victoria, Screen Nsw and Screen Queensland all pitched for the project and Ausfilm was co-operative. Currie was grateful for the agencies »
- Don Groves
Blanchett, currently riding high on the back of rave reviews for her barnstorming performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, will work from a screenplay adapted by Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger). Koch's book has been compared to Lionel Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, itself the basis for a critically-acclaimed 2011 film by Lynne Ramsay.
Described as a novel which explores how far people will go to protect their children, The Dinner tells the story of two middle class families, each with a 15-year-old son caught up in the brutal murder of a homeless woman whose death was captured on mobile phones. »
- Ben Child
There’s no doubt that Cate Blanchett is excellent on screen. In fact, many would go as far to call her one of the finest performers of our time. But like so many award-winning actors, Blanchett isn’t content to continue mastering that craft, and she’s moving behind the camera for her directorial debut, which we now know will be called The Dinner.
This film will be an adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) and the story follows two couples as they share a meal. That dinner turns dark when the conversation shifts to a horrible act involving their teenage sons. As the talk moves onto that subject, civility is tossed aside and both sets of parents show just how far they’ll go to protect their sons.
Recently, we’ve seen many excellent actors »
- Alexander Lowe
Cate Blanchett is the latest addition to our actors-about-to-direct-their-first-movies slate, where folks like Russell Crowe, Courteney Cox, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Evans are carefully assembling their ideas and wherewithal. Blanchett's flick will be The Dinner, based on a novel Herman Koch published this year. Amazon dubs it a "darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal." The script comes from Rampart director Oren Moverman, who penned the Blanchett-featuring I'm Not There. It's not yet clear if Blanchett will act in the film. »
- Zach Dionne
Oren Moverman is writing the screenplay adapted from the novel, which revolves around two brothers and their wives as they dine at a classy restaurant.
In the novel, one brother, Serge, is running for Prime Minister. His brother Paul loathes him. As the night progresses secrets spill out, including a terrible crime committed by Paul.s son.
The news was broken by Deadline.com, which said it.s not clear if Blanchett will play one of the wives. Moverman.s screenwriting credits include Todd Haynes. I.m Not There (which starred Blanchett) and The Messenger and Rampart, which he also directed.
Moverman tells If his film »
- Don Groves
Cate Blanchett is set to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Herman Koch's novel The Dinner. Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) is writing the adapted screenplay. Here's the novel's official description from publisher Random House's official website.
"It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, »
To those who have been paying attention, Cate Blanchett has had her eye on the director's chair. She was originally slated to direct a short in the Australian omnibus "The Turning," before she just decided to take a role in the film instead. However, instead of testing the waters with a small segment first, Blanchett is diving right in, and has lined up a feature to kick off her career behind the camera. Deadline reveals that Blachett will bring Herman Koch's acclaimed novel "The Dinner" to the bring screen, and she's had a pretty talented hand penning the script. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart") will write the adaptation, in the tale of two couples, each with a fifteen year old son, united by tragedy. Here's the Amazon book synopsis: It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cate Blanchett has proved time and again that she knows what she’s doing on the acting front. Now she’s aiming to prove she has what it takes on the other side of the camera, setting up her directorial debut. Blanchett will tackle an adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner.Oren Moverman, who wrote and directed The Messenger and Rampart, is on hand to adapt Koch’s book. The novel is set on a summer's evening in Amsterdam, where two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse – the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.Each couple has a 15-year-old son. »
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The Messenger, 2009.
Directed by Oren Moverman.
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.
Iraq War movies have been notorious misfires, The Hurt Locker excepted – that’s the commonly held view. And though Kathryn Bigelow’s gonzo thriller is the work of a master, one of the few recent deserving Best Picture Oscar winners, it’s Oren Moverman’s The Messenger that lingers for longer.
There’s a reason why you may never have heard of The Messenger. There was some awards buzz circling the film around the 2010 Academy Awards, particularly for Woody Harrelson’s supporting turn as a recovering alcoholic army Captain. But any such talk »
- Flickering Myth
We weren't really under the impression that this was ever in doubt, but with shooting imminent comes the formal announcement that Ice Cube has finalised his deal and will be returning for the 21 Jump Street sequel. He will shout another day at Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street, which this time also stars Wyatt Russell."Sometimes you act like a dick, Mr Nightstick," rapped Cube of a cop who was annoying him in 1994. These days, however, Cube himself is acting like a Dickson, since that's the name of his beleaguered Jump Street police captain. That was a very laboured Cube reference, but we hope you appreciate it and see what we did there.In days gone by, of course, Cube's Nwa attitude to the police was, shall we say, not favourable. Lately, however, he seems happy enough to play a motherfucker in a blue uniform with the authority to kill a minority, »
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