the novice review

There’s an art to playing a woman on the edge. Go too far and you fall into camp, not far enough and you might as well be a completely grounded. But Isabelle Furhman (of Orphan and The Hunger Games fame) has shown a talent for playing the unhinged girl; a talent she takes and runs with in the tense rowing drama The Novice.

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orphan prequel details

Orphan, the trashy, wonderful horror movie about a murderous 30-something woman posing as a 9-year-old child, has a prequel on the way called Orphan: First Kill. That’s weird enough on its own, but it’s even weirder when you realize that star Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role even though she’s much older now. It’s not entirely clear just yet how the film is going to sell this idea, but according to Furhman, the end results are going to shock audiences.

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orphan prequel Isabelle Fuhrman

Earlier in the year – back when we were all so naive and innocent – word broke that a prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s horror-thriller Orphan called Esther was in the works. That was weird enough news on its own, but now, it just got a little weirder. Because Isabelle Fuhrman, who played Esther in the first film, is returning. Why is that weird? Well, again: this is a prequel, and Esther was portrayed as a little girl in that film, while Fuhrman is now much older. Like I said: weird. On top of that, the movie is now called Orphan: First Kill, and Julia Styles is part of the cast as well.

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edge of seventeen cast

YouTube’s The Edge of Seventeen series has found its lead. Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrmann will take on the role of the awkward teen girl originated by Hailee Steinfeld in the 2016 coming-of-age fim. Joining Fuhrmann in The Edge of Seventeen YouTube series cast is Liana Liberato (Hulu’s Light as a Feather), who will play the best friend, Lou.

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All the Wilderness trailer

In All the Wilderness, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays a young guy who isn’t dealing well with the loss of his father. His shrink (Danny DeVito) isn’t making much headway with the kid’s problems, but McPhee’s character meets a group of isolated kids, which leads him into a new life. The film looks gorgeous, and there are some good moments in this first trailer. Watch the All the Wilderness trailer after the break.

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Jay Baruchel in Fanboys

Two of the four hundred or so Stephen King projects currently in development are making strides in casting. Jay Baruchel has signed on to lead The Ten O’Clock People, replacing Justin Long, while Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska) have joined John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Cell. More details on both films after the jump.

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It’s been several years since David Gordon Green began working on his remake of Dario Argento‘s horror classic Suspiria, but the pieces appear to be falling into place for real this time. About a month after producers announced that financing was locked in and casting was underway, Green has found his star:15-year-old Isabelle Furhman, best known for her turn in Jaume Collet-Serra’s rather insane Orphan.

Fuhrman leads a strong cast that also includes Isabelle Huppert, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist, and Antje Traue, in unnamed roles. More details after the jump.

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Of course that last The Hunger Games poster wasn’t really the final one, no matter what the marketing folks claimed. But I’m not complaining. Two more banners have just dropped, promoting the film’s recently announced IMAX run. One is very much in line with the earlier poster, showing Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) taking aim with her trademark bow and arrow, while the other shows a uniformed Katniss in her training gear. In addition, we have a dozen new character photos of Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar (Stanley Tucci), and more, fresh from the official website. Check ’em out after the jump.

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Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger was forced to make some changes when Disney balked at its $250 million price tag, but happily, it doesn’t seem the cuts have stopped the project from continuing to land some solid talent. Deadline reports that rising star James Badge Dale is now the frontrunner to join the cast in the role of Dan Reid. The older brother of the titular character (Armie Hammer), Dan Reid is an ex-ranger and hero himself. Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dwight Yoakum also star in the Western, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The one possible downside to this news for Dale’s fans, however, is that if he officially boards Lone Ranger, it’ll pull him out of the running to play John McClane Jr. in A Good Day to Die Hard. Either way, though, Dale’s obviously on his way up. He was most recently seen in last year’s Shame, and will next appear in this month’s The Grey opposite Liam Neeson. In addition, he has two more high-profile projects, Flight and World War Z lined up for this year. Lone Ranger is scheduled to enter production next month.

After the jump, Orphan and The Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrman buddies up with Jaden Smith.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.

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