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Greg Grunberg Says He Has A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII

13 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lens flares and frustrating “mystery boxes” aren’t the only things that constantly pop up in the filmography of J.J. Abrams. Another thing that appears quite often is Heroes and Masters of Sex actor Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams’ who has shown up in almost all of the director’s cinematic works to date.

He’s had roles in Felicity and Alias, played Oceanic Flight 815 pilot Seth Norris in the Lost pilot, is in Mission: Impossible III, and even has small cameos in both Super 8 and Star Trek. He was, however, noticeably absent from Star Trek Into Darkness, which wasn’t very well received by fans…. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?!

Now it looks like the working relationship between Abrams and Grunberg will extend beyond our galaxy and into a famous one far, far away, as according to Grunberg himself, he has a role »

- James Garcia

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J.J. Abrams Casts Greg Grunberg in Star Wars: Episode VII

12 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Hey look! It's Star Wars news the doesn't include set photos! J.J. Abrams and Greg Grunberg (Heroes) have a long history together. The two are childhood friends who made home movies together in the late seventies. That grew into a professional relationship and Abrams cast him in Felicity, Alias, and a TV pilot called The Catch. As far as films go, the actor had a small role in MIssion: Impossible III, he provided the voice of Kirk's stepdad in Star Trek, was a TV actor in the background of Super 8, and now he's going to show up in Star Wars: Episode VII. Grunberg confirmed the news himself on Twitter saying:

"Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed."

It's also safe to assume that Grunberg's role won't be a big one. It's »

- Joey Paur

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"Star Wars" Gets Familiar Faces & Setting?

12 September 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Greg Grunberg is teaming up with his childhood friend J.J. Abrams again, the former dropping a tweet indicating that he's set to have a cameo in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII".

Grunberg has been with Abrams for sometime. He was a regular on the Abrams-produced "Felicity" and "Alias," had a cameo as the pilot of the ill-fated Oceanic Flight 815 in "Lost," and had small appearances in "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and even "Star Trek" (he was the voice of James Kirk's stepfather). Here's his tweet:

Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Onto today's speculative rumors. It is safe to assume that planetary locations from the original "Star Wars" trilogy are set to be revisited in the upcoming films.

So far the ice planet of Hoth, »

- Garth Franklin

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'Star Wars 7' Casts J.J. Abrams Regular Greg Grunberg

12 September 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Longtime fans of director J.J. Abrams will likely know that he casts his old childhood friend Greg Grunberg in most of his movies and TV shows. Many have wondered whether or not the actor will appear in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently in production, but now that speculation can be put to rest.

Earlier today, Greg Grunberg confirmed on his Twitter page that he does, in fact, have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, although he naturally wouldn't give any details about who he is playing.

So my pal #JJAbrams says the good word is Apostrophe

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.

Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014

Greg Grunberg, who is best known for playing Matt Parkman on NBC's Heroes, started acting in »

- MovieWeb

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J.J. Abrams casts his pal Greg Grunberg in Star Wars: Episode VII

12 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like J.J. Abrams has cast his childhood pal Greg Gunberg in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Heroes and Masters of Sex star taking to Twitter to reveal that he has a role in the film, stating that, “If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” The two have worked together extensively in the past, with Grunberg featuing in Felicity and Alias, as well as appearing in minor roles in Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. Presumably, his part in Episode VII will follow suit, and is likely little more than a cameo.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis »

- Gary Collinson

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White Rabbit hops to Us

10 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Breaking Glass Pictures planning day-and-date release.

Philadelphia-based distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Tim McCann’s psychological drama White Rabbit

Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Michael Lurie of Automatic Entertainment. The film will receive a Us theatrical day-and-date release this winter.

The film centres on a bullied high school student who starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts.

Directed by Tim McCannWhite Rabbit stars Nick Krause (The Descendants), Sam Trammell (The Fault in our Stars), Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) and Ryan Lee (Super 8).

“We always license many titles at Tiff and they always do well for our company,” said Wolff. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Intl Box Office Final: Blockbusters Strong O’Sea Led By ‘Lucy’, While U.S. B.O. Suffers

8 September 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M.  Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.

Related: ‘Guardians’ Tops Lowest Grossing Post-Labor Day Domestic Weekend Since 2000

Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Greg Grunberg & Sarah Dumont Ink With Paradigm; Wme Signs Levi Miller

5 September 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Greg Grunberg has signed with Paradigm. The actor-writer-producer  recurs on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, and his TV credits also include The Client List, Heroes, Lost, Alias and Felicity. Grunberg’s film credits include Big Ass Spider!,  Super 8, The Ladykillers and Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also wrote, produced and starred in the romantic comedy Group Sex. He continues to be repped by Sc Management.

Levi Miller has inked with Wme. The 12-year-old recently landed the lead role of Peter Pan in Pan, Warner Bros’ 2015 adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie novel. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara. Miller’s credits include TV’s Terra Nova, the feature A Heartbeat Away and short films Great Adventures and Akiva. He continues to be repped by Eaton Management.

Sarah Dumont also has signed with Paradigm. Her TV credits include Friends With Better Lives, Mixology, Dads and Marvel’s Agents Of S. »

- The Deadline Team

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Tribeca Film Springs For Chris Lowell’s ‘Beside Still Waters’

20 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Tribeca Film has acquired actor-director Chris Lowell’s indie dramedy Beside Still Waters. The picture marks the directorial debut of TV and film thesp Lowell, who’s best known for his acting turns on Veronica Mars, Private Practice, and Enlisted. Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) stars as Daniel Thatcher, a young romantic who has fallen on hard times and enlists his childhood friends to relive the glory days of their youth, whether they like it or not.

After the huge success of the Veronica Mars movie campaign on Kickstarter, Lowell and his fellow filmmakers took to the platform to raise $63,000 in finishing funds. The project collected over $207,000, more than tripling its funding goal, and became the 13th most-funded narrative film in Kickstarter’s history. In addition to directing, Lowell scripted with Mohit Narang and produced the dramedy which blends 16mm, Super 8, and his own black and white photography. Saturday Night Live‘s Beck Bennett, »

- Jen Yamato

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Dinosaur 13 Review

14 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ever since Jurassic Park exploded into the imaginations of kids everywhere in ‘93, there hasn’t been another film since that has sparked the same interest in our large, scaley (or feathery) friends, the dinosaurs. Not even Spielberg himself with Jp’s sequel, The Lost World, could match the same fervent love for Raptors and Tyrannosaurs that the original inspired. That is, until now; Dinosaur 13, an incredible new documentary, comes the closest to capturing the same childlike wonder and awe we feel when coming in contact with a creature from an almost entirely different planet, sixty-five millions years into the past – even if that contact is divided by a cinema screen. And it’s all because of a bunch of bones. Let’s go back in time – but not that far…

South Dakota, 1990. Paleontologist Pete Larson and his team discover the largest complete T-Rex skeleton ever found. The skeleton’s »

- Gary Green

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Sophie Turner Slated to Lead Second, Youthful Mary Shelley Project

13 August 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this month, we got word that Super 8 star Elle Fanning was going to lead A Storm in the Stars, a period romance from Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour that will follow he passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who hadn't yet taken the surname of her lover and gone on to become the iconic author of horror classic Frankenstein. And because Hollywood likes things in pairs, there's another project about Mary Shelley in the works as Deadline reports on a film called Mary Shelley's Monster, which will star "Game of Thrones" regular Sophie Turner. This isn't really a period romance or drama like A Storm in the Stars as producer Rose Ganguzza says this is "the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way." She makes it sounds like Mary Shelley is at »

- Ethan Anderton

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Star Wars Episode VII Set to Resume Filming in London Later This Month

13 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. Production on the highly anticipated film was halted after Harrison Ford sustained a leg injury on set this past June. A »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Casting: Marsden, Harris, Caplan, Rhys, Eve

8 August 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Westworld

James Marsden is set to join the cast of HBO’s upcoming sci-fi pilot "Westworld," a TV series reimagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 Western thriller. Marsden will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town.

The story is set in the near future in a theme park full of robots where guests can live out any fantasy they wish. Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman also star. [Source: Variety]

Southpaw

Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") and Beau Knapp ("Super 8") have joined the cast of Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" at The Weinstein Company. Kurt Sutter penned the script.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a welterweight champ whose career soars as his personal life falls apart. Harris will play a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Christmas Eve Movie

Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex") and Jillian Bell »

- Garth Franklin

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Beau Knapp Joins ‘Southpaw’; Cullen Douglas Cast In ‘Wrong Side Of Right’

7 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Beau Knapp has joined The Weinstein Company’s Southpaw from writer Kurt Sutter and director Antoine Fuqua. Jake Gyllenhaal star as a welterweight boxing champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart. Knapp will play Jon Jon, the fighter’s lifelong best friend who came up with him through foster care and is on the payroll. Knapp most recently appeared in The Signal, and his credits also include Super 8 and Bones. Next up is the Liam Neeson thiller Run All Night.He is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and CAA. Cullen Douglas has been cast in indie feature […] »

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Maleficent Comes Home On Blu-Ray And DVD Nov. 4th Packed With Extras

7 August 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Maleficent managed to take the world by storm, and the Disney effort is hitting on Blu-Ray November 4th with a lot of bonus features for fans.

Despite the fact that the movie eventually started catching varying degrees of backlash, it still won over audiences everywhere, and most critics, and fans are getting the treat they deserve with the release. Check the full release info below for the full list of extras.

Disney’S Greatest Villain Comes To Life

In The Wickedly Fun, Fantasy Adventure Starring

Academy Award®-Winner Angelina Jolie Disney’S “Maleficent

Arrives On Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere,

DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!

Disney’s most iconic villain “Maleficent” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, »

- Marc Eastman

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'Maleficent' Blu-ray and DVD Releases November 4th

1 August 2014 8:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's most iconic villain Maleficent comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, Girl, Interrupted, 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty will be made available on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms.

After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney's animated classic Sleeping Beauty was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in "From Fairy Tale to Feature Film." Discover how King Henry and Maleficent's opening battle scene »

- MovieWeb

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Elle Fanning is Young 'Frankenstein' Author in 'A Storm in the Stars'

1 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The work of author Mary Shelley is known around the world, because she's responsible for writing the classic monster tale Frankenstein. But her own story hasn't been told on the big screen at all until now. THR reports Super 8 and Maleficent star Elle Fanning will lead A Storm in the Stars, a period romance from Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour that will follow he passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who hadn't yet taken the surname of her lover. Fanning will play Mary as she discovers young love at a time when she felt like an outcast. Mary was known for being well-educated and intellectual, but would gain fame for writing the genre fiction we all know today. This is a great project for Al-Mansour, the first female filmmaker to come from Saudi Arabia, very familiar with being a fish out of water »

- Ethan Anderton

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Elle Fanning Cast as Mary Shelley in A Storm In The Stars

31 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Source: THR

Elle Fanning has been cast as Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars. This movie is an indie production which is smaller than Fanning's recent films like Maleficent and Super 8. A Storm in the Stars is based on the author Mary Shelley's life before and after writing Frankenstein. Shelley was in many ways a woman ahead of her time and helped invent the science fiction genre.

Producer Amy Baer said of Fanning:

"Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman," said Baer. "She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady." 

Fanning is great casting and I'm excited to see her performance as Shelley.  »

- Free Reyes

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Maleficent hits $700 million at the worldwide box office

28 July 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It may have been met with a mixed reception, but that hasn’t prevented Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent from crossing $700 million at the global box office.

The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.

Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.

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- Gary Collinson

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