A bunch of new casting bits hit over the weekend, and can be found after the jump including an update on who Cameron Crowe is in talks with a new star to play Marvin Gaye, Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood sign on for “a sexploitation-serial-killer-slasher-road-movie circa 1989″, Dustin Hoffman to star in a new adaptation of an Irwin Shaw novel and much more.
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I’ll be fairly well amused if Kellan Lutz ends up being the real breakout star from Twilight. He’s in a few films now, and even though he lost the lead role in Conan, the fact that he’s not angling for ridiculous paydays (a la Taylor Lautner) makes me think he’ll be around for a minute.
Now he’s set to co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in Deathgames. Former VFX supervisor Jonah Loop is making his directorial debut with the film, which is about “a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.” Jackson’s life sounds more or less like the existence I dreamed of when I was 16. [THR]
After the break, more on another Twilight star’s new movie, and Ethan Hawke is attached to a mysterious movie. Read More »
Owen Wilson is often thought of in light of his broad comedies, but he’s not stuck doing silly stuff. There’s his long association with Wes Anderson, a project currently in the works with James L. Brooks, and now Wilson has signed on to be in Woody Allen‘s next movie. We don’t yet know what the film is called or whether it is a drama, a comedy or something in between. We know that Carla Bruni may have a role, and not much else.
Meanwhile, Allen’s next movie is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch and opens in September. [THR]
After the break, Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas go to Paris, and Kevin Bacon goes to Thailand. Read More »
Antoine Fuqua reunites with his Training Day star Ethan Hawke for another cop tale, this time set in Brooklyn, NY. (Did the title give it away?) Hawke is joined by Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes in this three-part story that premiered at Sundance this year. Now there’s a trailer, after the break. Read More »
We haven’t talked much about Daybreakers, the upcoming vampire film by writer/director siblings Michael and Peter Spierig, but the release of the film’s extended TV trailer seems reason enough to shed some light on it. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe in a world where vampires rule, and humans are a minority hunted for blood. In the trailers it’s revealed that the vampires blood supply is dwindling, and that they’re searching for a synthetic blood substitute. There’s also talk of a “cure”—apparently the worldwide vampirism was caused by a plague of some sort.
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The prospect of Richard Linklater making a third film in the Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset series is terrifying to me. The first film was a perfect piece of twenty-something romance, and through some sort of miracle, Linklater was able to craft a superior second film that sees the characters ten years later in very different places in their lives. Could they really do it a third time? Our friend Frosty from Collider recently had a sit-down with Linklater for Me and Orson Welles, and popped that very question.
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It’s rare that I look at a TV project and wish that it were a $100m theatrical production instead of a much smaller television affair. I like seeing what creative teams can do with ingenuity rather than money, so almost never think something should be more expensive. But I do wish the $25m television version of Moby Dick, currently shooting, had more cash to work with. Oceangoing stories look amazing on the big screen, and we get so few of them. Still, with the cast assembled for this version of Herman Melville’s novel, I’ll take what I can get. Read More »
Vivendi Entertainment has released a new movie trailer for the anthology film project New York, I Love You. The movie is the next film from the producers of Paris, je t’aime, and features another anthology of short films, this time focusing on the stories of love in New York’s five boroughs. I LOVE California, but I’ve always wanted to live in Manhattan (maybe someday). Films like this certainly don’t help my obsessions with “Gotham” and short films.
The film includes short films directed by Jian Wen, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Khapur, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston and Randy Balsmyer. The film’s ensemble cast includes: Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Blake Lively, Drea de Matteo, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Burt Young, Chris Cooper, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman.
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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