Fantastic Four

With about a year and a half left until its release, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is making some significant progress. Fox is reportedly planning to test actors for the parts of Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic and Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman by the end of the month, as Simon Kinberg turns in his rewritten script.

Among those in contention for Richards are Miles Teller, who has been fanning the flames of rumor at Sundance, while Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are being eyed for Sue Storm. Hit the jump to see who else might make the cut.

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We just saw a new poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, from Wes Anderson, and that image featured portraits of the individuals in the huge ensemble cast. Now there’s a new trailer, and it is all about introducing the characters played by the whole bunch.

Along the way, we get a better outline of how the film fits together, starting from the point where F. Murray Abraham, seemingly as an older version of the young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), narrates his story to the young writer played by Jude Law. There’s so much here: Harvey Keitel’s prison tattoos, Jeff Goldblum channeling J.K. Simmons’ character from Burn After Reading, and Tilda Swinton swaddled in old-age makeup, for starters.

It looks like a screwy comedy, with everyone having a hell of a time, but there are shadows of more serious events here, too. And, for everything that’s in this trailer, it doesn’t seem to give too much away. Read More »

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Any “most anticipated of 2014″ lists we run here will likely feature Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens in March of next year. Anticipation comes not just based on the fact of a new Anderson movie, but the ensemble cast that always comes with such an endeavor.

This time, it’s Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan, for starters, who will wear the meticulously designed, Anderson-approved costumes. You can see them all in a new poster below, in advance of a new trailer tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 19). Read More »

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Besides Thursday’s really big Star Wars Episode VII news, there are some very interesting bits on that film, the casting call, J.J. Abrams and even a change to the original trilogy in today’s Star Wars Bits. Read about the following after the jump:

  • J.J. Abrams discusses fan reactions on the Internet.
  • Saoirse Ronan confirms she didn’t get the role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A single line, omitted from Return of the Jedi, changes the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Producer Gary Kurtz and Darth Vader actor David Prowse discuss the Episode VII open casting call.
  • One of the original Jabba The Hutt puppeteers is now a librarian.
  • Watch Adam Savage build Han Solo’s blaster.

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Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is ready to invite you in. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie, which chronicles the goings-on at a fancy hotel, like friendship, young love, art theft, and possibly — gasp! — murder. Check it out after the jump.

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Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists

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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.

We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »

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More people throw their hats into the Episode VII casting ring, some more sincerely than others, while George Lucas tries to get moving on his next, non-Star Wars-related endeavor. After the jump:

  • Could this guy be the new Chewbacca?
  • Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme “auditions” for Star Wars
  • J.J. Abrams says Episode VII won’t be Disney-fied
  • George Lucas‘s museum could move to Chicago
  • Jason Christman and Nick Scurfield debut new prints
  • Star Wars Pinball reveals another new trailer
  • Look for a Star Wars Rebels teaser on Monday

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Saoirse Ronan How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan was the first actor to let the cat out of the bag about auditioning for Star Wars Episode VII. The Hanna actress freely admitted she auditioned for a part and added that “everyone” was auditioning for the film.

If she could go back in time, the actress probably wouldn’t have said that. But she did. It’s out there. And in a new interview Ronan not only admits it again, she spoke about the actual process. Here’s a tease: “I had so much fun pretending to take out a lightsaber.”

Is she continuing to talk about this because she’s didn’t get the part? Or is she talking about it because she’s close, and wants to gauge fan reaction? Read her quote and discuss below. Read More »

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