Bryan Singer once again has the unenviable task of casting two of Marvel’s most iconic X-Men. Back in 2000, the director brought in Famke Janssen and James Marsden to play Jean Grey and Cyclops, rolls that extended through and including this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But now that the series is continuing on with the X-Men: First Class versions of the characters in X-Men Apocalypse, he has to cast those two crucial roles again.
One report says three actors and three actresses are on Singer’s short list for each role. Among them? Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld. Read more about the X-Men Apocalypse Cyclops and Jean Grey casting below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Pitch Perfect 2 reunites several beloved Barden Bellas, but it’s also introducing some fresh voices into the a cappella sound mix. Following the addition of Hailee Steinfeld last month, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal has just boarded the musical comedy sequel. Get details on her role after the jump.
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Director Elizabeth Banks is about to sign her first new addition to the cast of 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2. Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to join the sequel to the 2012 hit in an unspecified role. She’ll sing alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the rest of the original cast.
Below, read more about Hailee Steinfeld Pitch Perfect 2, including Banks’ comments on the pressures of directing. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Once was one of the real gems of 2007, a delicate love story about two people brought together by music. Based on the new Begin Again trailer, director John Carney seems to be trying to repeat the trick in 2014, only on a larger scale with bigger stars.
Mark Ruffalo plays a washed up record exec who has just about hit rock bottom — that is, until he chances upon a freshly dumped musician (Keira Knightley) who’s also feeling adrift. The two strike up a collaboration that takes them all over New York City. Music is so central to this film, it was originally titled Can a Song Save Your Life?. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Kristen Wiig may have gotten her start on Saturday Night Live, but her range as an actress expands far beyond comedy. The new Hateship Loveship trailer takes her to the dramatic end of the spectrum, playing the mousy caretaker to troubled teen Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld).
The plot gets rolling when Sabitha plays a cruel practical joke on Wiig’s Johanna, encouraging her to fall for Sabitha’s recovering drug addict dad Ken (Guy Pearce). The picture was helmed by Liza Johnson, director of the acclaimed if underseen Return, and based on Alice Munro’s short story Hateship Loveship Courtship Loveship Marriage. Watch the Hateship Loveship trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Kevin Costner. So busy, in fact, that this isn’t even our first Kevin Costner post of the day. Earlier this morning, we saw him in the new Super Bowl spot for his sports drama Draft Day. Now we also have a new trailer for his upcoming thriller 3 Days to Kill.
Directed by McG, the film stars Costner as an international spy whose job has kept him distant from his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When he discovers that he’s sick, he decides to get out of the game to spend more time with his family.
Then a mysterious femme fatale (Amber Heard) shows up, promising a cure for his illness if he’ll just compete one last mission. As it happens, the assignment falls on the same weekend that he’s tasked with taking care of his kid for the first time in ten years. Watch the new video after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
After taking on forbidden love in Romeo & Juliet and Battle School in Ender’s Game (above), Hailee Steinfeld is ready for a real challenge: high school. Well, that and killing people.
Kyle Newman‘s upcoming action-comedy Barely Lethal stars the True Grit actress as a teen assassin who’s ready to leave her killer life behind and try her hand at a normal adolescence. Unfortunately, her former handler (Jessica Alba) has other ideas. Hit the jump to check out the first stills from the film, featuring Steinfeld, Alba, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Reconnecting with an estranged teenage daughter isn’t an easy task in any circumstance, but in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner finds his attempts at familial bonding complicated even further by the discovery that he’s suffering from a terminal illness.
If this were a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, that’d mean we had a lot of weeping and hugging to look forward to. But because this is a Luc Besson-scripted, McG-directed thriller, it means Costner has to pull himself together and go slaughter a bunch of dudes in the most badass way he can manage. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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When meeting Harrison Ford isn’t the highlight of your day, that’s a day for the ages. On the New Orleans set of Ender’s Game, the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard was there and I shook his hand. Incredibly, though, that moment was topped when I realized director Gavin Hood had figured out a way to make kids fly in zero gravity.
In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game, a young boy named Ender leaves Earth and enters Battle School to train for an inevitable attack from an alien race called the Formics. They train in a zero gravity space called the Battle Room where dozens of pre-teen boys and girls zip and float around in formation, blasting each other with guns. It’s here that Ender learns to be a great leader and where the action of Ender’s Game hinges.
What I found out on May 17, 2012 – the 59th day of a 70 day shoot – was that Hood not only pulled off these sequences, he’s pulled them off with the actual actors and practical effects. A whole new way of basically puppeteering actors to look like they’re in zero gravity had to be invented to do this, but with the polish of digital effects Hood and his team have realized the dreams of every single Ender’s Game out there.
After the jump, read our set visit which includes a video blog and 30 things I learned on the set of Ender’s Game about the production origins, the Battle Room and more. Read More »