Last year Joss Whedon made an unexpected announcement: in addition to making Marvel’s The Avengers, he had formed a company called Bellwether Pictures, intended as a ‘micro-studio’ that will create small indie films. The first Bellwether film is already shot; it is a Whedon-directed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
The next Bellwether announcement was for a movie called In Your Eyes, which Whedon wrote and Brin Hill will direct. The movie is “a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”
Now the picture has its two ‘polar opposite’ leads, Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) and Zoe Kazan (Bored to Death, Meek’s Cutoff). Read More »
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Disney has finally announced the lead star for their upcoming Tron sequel. Garrett Hedlund, star of such films Friday Night Lights, Eragon, Georgia Rule, and Death Sentence, beat out Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) for the role.
Disney is keeping a tight grasp on the film’s story details and won’t even reveal the name of Garrett’s character. All that is known is that Hedlund plays a man who is sucked into the computer program and finds himself “retracing the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn”, who was played by Jeff Bridges. Bridges has signed on to return for the sequel, as has Bruce Boxleitner. Beau Garrett and Olivia Wilde are also attached. You can read what Wilde had to say about the project in a story posted earlier today.
Discuss: What do you think of the casting of Tron 2.0 so far?
Found: Rob from Cloverfield, walking down Main Street in Park City Utah. Turns out that actor Michael Stahl David has a film at Slamdance called The Project. Glad to see that Rob made it out alive.
Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for anyone who might think of this as a spoiler. Those who have seen the movie, know that the fates of a few of the main characters are left ambiguous.
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The Hollywood trade papers have just published some interesting articles on the Cloverfield madness. And with that we have learned a few new details about the film’s secret development. Apparently, Paramount greenlit the project in February around the same time that JJ Abrams agreed to direct Star Trek 11. The Hollywood Reporter writes:
The casting process was just as mysterious. No scripts or even scene pages were sent out; agents who were contacted were simply asked if their client wanted to be in the movie or not. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David (“The Black Donnellys”), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel (“Supercross”) and Lizzy Kaplan (“The Class”).
We have also learned that the film is being shot for around $30 million, which is very cheap compared to almost anything else being produced by a big Hollywood studio today. Cloverfield began shooting under the radar in New York in Mid-June. THR describes the film’s plot revolving “around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.” So far we’ve been led to believe that the monster film is entirely shot from a consumer handheld camera, but The Reporter is unsure of that theory: “it is not clear if the entire movie follows that style.”
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