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They fought till dawn to survive season one, but even though certain characters on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series were able to keep culebras from chomping their necks, they're still far from being safe in the upcoming 10-episode second season, which began production today and is slated for a late summer debut. It's been revealed that the season two premiere is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a list of familiar horror directors announced to helm other second season episodes starring the returning cast members whose characters managed to stay alive.
Press Release - "Austin, TX- March 2, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, »
- Derek Anderson
New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future.
To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the news last week that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an Alien remake. Elysium was a bust, the jury is still out on Chappie, I personally think District 9 is a little overrated, and just how many Alien remakes, sequels, prequels, and video game spin-offs do we even need? But after speaking with EW, Blomkamp confirmed that Ripley is supposed to appear in his new movie, and that Sigourney Weaver, after working with him on Chappie, is on board to reprise her iconic role.
Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what »
- Brian Welk
Mae Whitman is one of those enormously talented young actors that has been waiting in the wings for a lead role for some time. The 26-year-old already has 119 IMDb credits to her name, breaking out in the mid-1990s with small turns as George Clooney and Bill Pullman’s daughter in One Fine Day and Independence Day, respectively. She has chops for both comedy and drama, and is able to squeeze out droll laughs as the nondescript Ann Veal on Arrested Development and then break your heart as the insecure Mary Elizabeth in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Whitman has such tremendous ability on the screen that it is a pity her first major leap above the marquee is in such a mediocre film. The Duff, based on Kody Keplinger’s novel, is a silly, clichéd and rarely convincing high-school comedy – perhaps because Whitman is too fresh and beautiful »
- Jordan Adler
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a normal teenager with best friends, a high school crush and a wardrobe filled with overalls and flannels, but her world is shaken when Wesley (Robbie Amell), the captain of the football team, reveals a dirty, little social secret. He says Bianca is the Duff — the designated ugly, fat friend — of her particular circle who’s kept around simply to make her two incredibly hot friends, Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jess (Skyler Samuels), seem even more beautiful and special. Her friends deny it, but after a quick online visit to Urban Dictionary confirms this is a real acronym Bianca unfriends the pair in person and across social media. She makes a deal with Wesley after his grades get him suspended from the football team — she’ll help him pass his tests, and he’ll do his best to “un-duff” her so she can land a boyfriend. I »
- Rob Hunter
Alejandro Amenábar delivered one of the most haunting ghost stories of this century with 2001’s The Others, so it’s fair to say that his upcoming thriller Regression is already on many critics’ lists of films to watch out for this year.
Starring Ethan Hawke (currently Oscar-nominated for Boyhood) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson, the film follows a detective investigating a young woman who has accused her father of unspeakable crimes. Today sees the release of the first English-language teaser for Regression, following yesterday’s Spanish preview, and it definitely looks like a film to watch out for.
The moody visuals and suspenseful use of a ticking metronome make this a chilling, if not all that insightful, first look at the thriller, which seems to involve a cult made up of lots of creepy old people. Though there have been more than a fair share »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the “Untitled Tina Fey - Margot Robbie - Martin Freeman Project,” starring Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “This Is Where I Leave You”), Margot Robbie (“Focus,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street”) and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock”). Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time,” the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Focus,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”). The producers are Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” “Three Amigos,” “Mean Girls”), Tina Fey and Ian Bryce (“Transformers” franchise, “World War Z”). The film also stars Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart,” “Law & Order: La”), Nicholas Braun (“Get A Job,” “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”), »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the Untitled Tina Fey - Margot Robbie - Martin Freeman Project, starring Tina Fey (30 Rock, This Is Where I Leave You), Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Sherlock).
Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called "hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time," the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy Stupid Love) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). The producers are Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, Three Amigos!, Mean Girls), Tina Fey and Ian Bryce (Transformers franchise, World War Z).
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the “Untitled Tina Fey – Margot Robbie – Martin Freeman Project,” starring Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “This Is Where I Leave You”), Margot Robbie (“Focus,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street”) and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock”).
Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time,” the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Focus,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).
- Michelle McCue
Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina have signed on to join Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman in Paramount’s untitled comedy based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle,” the studio announced Wednesday. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing the film from a script by Robert Carlock, and production is now under way in New Mexico. Lorne Michaels is producing with Fey and Ian Bryce, who also produced “World War Z” and the “Transformers” franchise for Paramount. The supporting cast includes Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Christopher Abbott (HBO’s “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“Argo”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”) and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Well, it didn't take long for the first Spider-Man casting rumor to surface online. Yesterday we learned Sony wants a younger actor for the role since the character will still be in high school in the films, and sources have told Variety that the studio is eyeing Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf) and Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) to play Peter Parker, as well as a few other actors. Variety goes on to say actors haven't been contacted »
- Jesse Giroux
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Written by Tim Talbott
Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated. »
- Lane Scarberry
Malin Akerman ("Watchmen") has been cast in Showtime's new drama pilot "Billions" alongside Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, a former nurse who is now married to billionaire Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod (Lewis).
The story is a fictional tale of the high finance world, examining what happens when Lewis' brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king character collides with hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti). Filming is now underway in New York. [Source: THR]
An adaptation of Kim Barker’s wartime memoir "Taliban Shuffle," Fey plays a journalist and self-confessed adrenaline junkie who recounts her six years of reporting on terrorism and international affairs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. [Source: Deadline]
Things You Missed While You Were Gone
- Garth Franklin
Considering Justice League is still years from release, Ezra Miller probably couldn't give too many details about his role as the Fastest Man Alive even if he was allowed to, but that didn't stop MTV's Josh Horowitz from quizzing him about it. Joined by Watchmen's Billy Crudup (who jokingly fishes for a role in the movie), Miller elaborates on finding out he'd be playing The Flash after director Zack Snyder called him while he was having a meal on holiday in Costa Rica. The The Perks Of Being A Wallflower actor says it came as a shock, but that he was "immediately all in," and also reveals that he was a comic book fan beforehand. So what about a bit of early preparation? “I’m not running yet,” Miller joked. “Right now, I’m still in the stretching phase. I want to stretch for a while.” Get More: Movie Trailers, »
We’ve been relishing the chance to be in Park City again this year for Sundance, despite the fact that for the first time in the festival’s history no movies are being screened on 35mm. That said, some already incredible movies have received awards and much deserved buzz. Most notable among them is Don Hertzfeld’s animated World of Tomorrow, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.
But we’ve also been watching the buyers, because for those of us who couldn’t make it out to Utah this year, we have an invested interest in actually seeing these movies some day. Here’s a list of some of the more notable deals that were struck. Indiewire has a full list of films and buyers.
- Brian Welk
When Warner Bros. announced their major plan for the DC Universe, one of the biggest surprises was The Flash. For the lead role they’d cast Ezra Miller, an extremely talented young actor known specifically for odd roles in independent films like We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Since […]
- Germain Lussier
The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch.
Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters--seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment--take their role-playing as prisoner and guard to extremes, turning power-hungry, violent and occasionally sadistic. The "grown-ups," led by researcher Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), watch a live feed of the action from a nearby office and fail to stop the abuse--fueled by their own power trips and unchecked ambition.
None of the men or boys come off looking very good in the film, though director Kyle Patrick Alvarez does a masterful job humanizing them. And it’s impossible to watch without wondering how you’d react if parachuted into Zimbardo’s simulated prison. Would you stand up for yourself--or for the humanity of others? And can »
Hey, did you read Madame Bovary in high school? Then this trailer for the movie adaptation might give you English-class déjà vu. Mia Wasikowska stars as the titular lead of Gustave Flaubert's novel, a recently married woman who finds that her new life is immensely depressing. She starts relationships with two men (Ezra Miller and Logan Marshall-Green), and her life slowly begins taking a turn for the worst. Aside from the beautiful costumes and backgrounds, the highlight of the trailer has to be seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower's Miller in a 19th-century suit. Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes all costar, and the film is set for a Summer release. Take a look, and make sure you've read up on all the books becoming movies in 2015! »
Hermione Granger and Emma Watson go hand in hand, and they'll be associated together for generations to come, but now the former Harry Potter starlet is set to embody another iconic character. The Wrap has revealed Watson has been cast in a new, live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast for Disney. Naturally, she'll be playing the beauty side of the title. And apparently it's always been a dream role of Watson, as she took to Facebook to share her excitement with fans: Bill Condon of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame will be directing the new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The most recent pass on the script was written by Stephen Chobsky, who wrote and directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson. This is actually...
- Peter Hall
"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson is officially set to play Belle in Bill Condon's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" for Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. Filming begins later this year.
Watson had been attached to Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of the story at Warner Bros. Pictures until that project stalled last year. Del Toro apparently gave Watson his blessing for her to jump to the Disney version, which boasts a script by Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
Watson revealed the news herself in a Facebook posting which you can see below:
Post by Emma Watson. »
- Garth Franklin
It’s a casting decision as old as time. Emma Watson signed on to play Belle in a live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie back in 2011. That project was set up at Warner Bros. with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Now she’s officially signed on to play Belle in a different live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie, according to The Wrap. This one is from Disney, part of their plan to remake every one of their animated features with actors in the flesh (and sometimes enhanced by CGI) and being helmed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — parts 1 and 2, which concludes a kind of update on the “Beauty and the Beast” narrative). Reportedly the production got del Toro’s blessing to snag his leading lady since the Warner Bros. movie is all but dead now. Watson will now get to reunite, to an extent, with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer-director Stephen Chbosky »
- Christopher Campbell
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