Michael Shannon is negotiating a role in The Runaways, the bio-pic about the all-girl band of the same name that introduced Joan Jett and Lita Ford to the world. He joins Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in the film by award-winning music video director Floria Sigismondi. The question is, who will Shannon play? Read More »
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has finally entered principal photography today and, true to form, the long lens brigade have cracked off a few snapshots of the cast. Canadian Tabloids have pictures of Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee and Alison Pill as Kim Pine. None of them are actually in character in any of the shots (well, I’m guessing not – does Cera strike you as being method?) but they are in costume, with hair and makeup done and that’s the best we’ve been given yet. (Editor’s Note: The photos have been removed)
There’s a little look at each of them below the break (and I do mean little) as well as details of Dakota Fanning‘s apparent casting in the movie.
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Dakota Fanning has been cast in The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. Rumors first began to circulate in January, but it was finally confirmed over the weekend. The 14-year-old actress will play the role of Jane, a member of the Volturi, an Italian group of vampires who maintain vampire order and ensure that humans don’t find out about vampires’ existence.
In New Moon, Edward flees to see the Volturi following a grave misunderstanding about the state of Bella’s well-being, and asks them to end his life. According to E!, Jane was described in the casting notice as “a petite blonde with a ‘Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises.’ While fellow Volturi guards Demetri & Felix ‘are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her.” Filming begins later this month and the movie is set for a November 20th 2009 release (if you’re thinking that they might be rushing things a bit, you might be right..).
Remember the movie Hounddog? In the words of Tae Kwon Do instructor Fred Simmons: “I can’t even believe that’s something that’s real.” Well, America’s favorite lil’ overachiever, Dakota Fanning, has finally outgrown any chance of a not-rumored JonBenét Ramsey biopic and will now co-star in one about proto-gal-rockers The Runaways instead. Fanning will play Cherie Currie, the white blond lead singer who joined the influential ’70s group at the tender age of 15, and faced the pressures of fame and the sociopathic ways of band mastermind Kim Fowley. Back in December we reported that Kristen Stewart, the lead in the Twilight franchise, will star as Runaways guitarist and breakout solo star Joan Jett. Her biggest qualification besides box office draw? Owning a $60 Clash t-shirt.
Floria Sigismondi, best known for Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” video, will direct from her own script and the film begins shooting in the much-anticipated spring. Two classic punk films that I hope Sigismondi has considered for the tone and look of The Runaways would be 1980′s Foxes, which co-starred CuRrie alongside an insanely talented young Jodie Foster and Laura Dern—recently screened at the New Bev in L.A.; and 1981′s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains which captured a similarly fizzy riot-girl heatwave and starred youths like Diane Lane (wowzer), teen Brit idol Ray Winstone, and Dern again.
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Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009 by David Chen
Some critics thought that Paul McGuigan’s last film, Lucky Number Slevin (2006), was too much style over substance, and while they might have had a point, I found myself energized by the promise that that small, Tarantino-esque film showed of its director. With Push, a thriller/action(?) film about people with special abilities, McGuigan is really branching out into new territory that his filmography hasn’t really hinted at before. Does he make the transition successfully? Or should you give Push a wide berth?
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Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 by David Chen
Summit Entertainment has to be blazing full speed ahead to get New Moon out by the end of the year, as is their current goal. To that end, we’ve now heard from E! Online that 14-year old Dakota Fanning has been offered the role of Jane in the Twilight sequel. According to a source familiar with the situation, “There were no auditions. They just offered it to her outright, and now they’re in negotiations. They’ve been going back and forth.”
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IMPA has the new poster for Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Push. The concept is pretty cool, but the footage that premiered at Comic Con was unimpressive (to be nice). The theatrical poster hints at some of the film’s many possibilities.
Push hits theaters on February 6th 2009.
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The first trailer for Summit’s sci-fi thriller Push is now online. Footage for the film premiered at Comic Con in July, and was mocked by most everyone in attendance. The concept seemed kinda cool (if not a Heroes/X-Men rip-off) but the low budget effects left many people in laughter (ie “the big scream”).
There are special people in this world that have been born with psychic powers. In 1945, government agencies set up for psychic warfare, trying to turn those people with abilities into soldiers. After the war, governments began to set up divisions with agents trained to hunt them down like animals, test and categorize them. There are a bunch of different types of psychic abilities: A watcher can see the future, A mover is telekinetic, Sniffers who can see the history of an object, Shifts can temporarily change the shape of things, Wipers can wipe your memory, and pushers can put thoughts in other people’s heads. The divisions are trying to develop a drug which would allow normal people to develop psychic abilities, but apparently every test so far has been fatal. Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a watcher, teams with a young man named Nick Grant (Chris Evans), to take on a clandestine agency in a race against time the will determine the future of civilization.
Horrible dialogue, CW-level effects, but a semi-cool sci fi plot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Push hits theaters on February 9th 2009.
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