westworld lili simmons

As a fan of lengthy articles about troubled film and television productions, I’m looking forward to the future exposé that goes into great detail about exactly what’s going on behind the scenes of Westworld. HBO’s ambitious science fiction series, based on the 1973 film of the same name, was a complex and arduous production before the press got wind of consent forms that required extras to agree to “genital-to-genital touching” and pose “on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on [their] back.” And then the entire show shut down production three months ago so writer/producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy could finish the remaining four scripts in the first season. All of this for a show that was originally intended to premiere in 2015. Like I said, there’s a great article waiting to happen here.

But in the meantime, we can now report that Westworld has resumed production and that Banshee star Lili Simmons has joined the cast.

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Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now

The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is closing in on not one, but two female leads. A shortlist making the arounds reveals Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are in the running for one role, while Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki are eyed considered for the other.

Eddie Redmayne is already set to star as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who goes on to write the classic Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More on the possible Fantastic Beasts female lead casting after the jump.  Read More »

The days of remembering Matthew Lillard as “that guy from Scooby-Doo” are definitely numbered. After making a splash in last year’s The Descendants, Lillard quickly landed another high-profile dramatic role opposite Clint Eastwood in Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve. But it turns out he’s not just a talented comedic and dramatic actor — he’s a director, too. Lillard’s debut effort, Fat Kid Rules the World, will make its premiere tonight at SXSW, and we have the first (red band) trailer right here.

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