Mickey Sumner shines in a fantastic supporting role playing Sophie, the lifelong best friend of Greta Gerwig’s titular heroine, in Frances Ha, co-written by Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach. Shot in black and white against the backdrop of New York City, this modern comic fable about the 20-something generation explores love, friendship, self-doubt, and finding your way in life. Sumner and Gerwig’s natural on-screen chemistry makes their characters funny and relatable and fuels some of the film’s most insightful and best comedic moments.
I recently landed an exclusive interview with Sumner who talked to me about the liberating experience of playing a role without a script, how she identified with her character, working with an amazing cast, Baumbach’s directing style, her reaction to seeing the film premiere at Telluride, why she loves being in front of the camera, and what she learned interning during summer holidays with her godmother, costumer designer Colleen Atwood, on the sets of Beloved and Planet of the Apes. The daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, Sumner also discussed landing her first serious acting role in The Borgias, playing out her rock star fantasy as Patti Smith in CBGB, and her new romantic comedy, Misconnections. Hit the jump to read more.
Okay, so we just featured these same movies in a poster article yesterday, but the posters are new … I promise!
- Star Trek Into Darkness – The last character poster from J.J. Abrams’ sequel is for Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve). Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17th.
- Red 2 – Today’s poster features Mary-Louise Parker. The Dean Parisot-directed sequel stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Byung-hun Lee. Red 2 opens July 19th.
- CBGB – Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters is featured on today’s poster. Chronicling the quest of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) to turn a small club into the legendary punk venue, CBGB also stars Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint, and Stana Katic.
Hit the jump for the posters and synopses.
6 posters, 5 character posters, 4 movies. Let’s go:
- Star Trek Into Darkness – Two character posters for Sulu (John Cho) and Bones (Karl Urban)
- Red 2 – The posters highlight two additions to the cast for the spy sequel, Anthony Hopkins and Byung-hun Lee. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren star.
- The East – Brit Marling stars as an operative for a private intelligence firm who goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective that attacks corporations. Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson co-star.
- CBGB – Chronicles the quest of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) to turn a small club into the legendary punk venue. Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint, and Stana Katic co-star.
See the posters after the break.
We have a nice collection of posters tonight:
- Pacific Rim – Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman star in Guillermo del Toro‘s dream that pits giant monsters against giant robots.
- CBGB – Chronicles the quest of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) to turn a small club into the legendary punk venue. Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, and Rupert Grint co-star.
- The Internship – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two out-of-work salesmen who take internships at Google to prove their worth in the modern digital workplace.
- Black Rock – Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton star in the horror movie set on an empty island off the coast of Maine, directed by Aselton.
See the posters after the jump.
As of today, a few new film posters have been released online. Briefly:
- The Hangover Part III – A new poster for director Todd Phillips’s third franchise installment, featuring the tagline “It Ends,” has arrived five days before the next theatrical trailer. The film, which is set for release on May 24th, features returning stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, and a newly featured John Goodman as the Wolfpack’s official antagonist.
- CBGB – A few new posters for Randy Miller’s new film based on New York’s eponymous club, reveals that the film will feature music from artists including The Police, The Talking Heads, and many more. Featuring a cast that includes Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Johnny Galecki, and Ashley Greene, the poster reads “50,000 Bands And 1 Disgusting Bathroom,” as if we needed any reminders about the criminal lack of hygiene at clubs. CBGB’s 2013 release date is still TBA.
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – A new poster for Thor Freudenthal’s (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) first film in the franchise reveals an ominous dark sea with a giant whirlpool resembling Charybdis from The Odyssey. Set for release on August 16th, the film boasts a large cast that includes Logan Lerman, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario, and Stanley Tucci.
- Fast & Furious 6 – The latest poster for Justin Lin’s sequel showcases the film’s cast, which includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez. The film opens on May 24th.
Hit the jump for a look at the posters and synopses.
Opening tomorrow is writer-director Todd Lincoln‘s The Apparition. The film centers on a young couple played by Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) who “discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.”
The other day I interviewed Greene here in Los Angeles. We talked about how she prepared for the role, what was it like to collaborate with director Todd Lincoln, filming in Berlin and southern California, and her upcoming film CBGB where she plays Lisa Kristal, the daughter of club owner, Hilly Kristal, who is played by Alan Rickman. Hit the jump to watch.
Two more casting notices to close out the night:
- Freddy Rodriguez and Ryan Hurst signed on to CBGB, a story about the quest of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) to turn a small club into the legendary punk venue CBGB
- Jemima West joined the adaptation of The Mortal Instruments led by Lily Collins and Jaime Campbell Bower
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Tonight, casting agents found actors most of their supporting roles based on real-life people:
- Ashley Charles will play Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, led by Andre 3000 as Hendrix.
- Martin Scorsese cast Margot Robbie as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, based on a memoir by Jordan Belfort.
- Seth Meriwether signed on to play one of the West Memphis Three in Devil’s Knot.
- Donal Logue will play the right hand man of CBGB owner Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in CBGB.
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Now that we’ve told you what’s filming where, instead of just watching the action from behind the police barricades, perhaps you’d like to be in front of the cameras.
If that sounds like something you might be interested in pursuing, let us point you in the right direction towards the people who are hiring this key element to any movie. They’re referred to in different ways: background artists, atmosphere and the most common sobriquet—extras. Pretty much every film needs them, and some more than others. If Iron Man is saving the population of entire cities, they can’t all be in the other room. Audiences need to see hundreds of people running and screaming in the midst of the controlled chaos. When Jackie Robinson makes history by taking the field, it would be a pretty hollow effort if no one is in the stands to cheer him on. You get the idea. So are you ready for your close-up? Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3, Machete Kills, CBGB, Grown Ups 2, The Smurfs 2, The Walking Dead, and more.
In the feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) meet on the Sunset Strip in 1987, in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. With the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and so many more, to help tell the story, their rock ‘n’ roll romance hits its fair share of speed bumps on the road to fame.
At the film’s press day, actress Malin Akerman, who plays a Rolling Stone reporter that catches the eye of rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), talked about her love of ‘80s music, being a fan of ear licking, having Tom Cruise sing to her butt, trying not to crack up during takes, the weirdest experience she’s ever had with a journalist, and what she got to take home from the set. She also talked about how the Linda Lovelace movie she was set to do seems to currently be stalled, and that the next thing she’ll be doing is playing Debbie Harry in CBGB. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
We have a few casting notices for you tonight:
- Justin Bartha will play Stiv Batros, lead singer of the Dead Boys, in CBGB
- Shannon Woodward is the title character in Claire’s Cambodia
- Kris Polaha, Collette Wolfe, and Justin Castor joined the cast of Atom Egoyan‘s Devil’s Knot
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Here are today’s casting notes at a glance:
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Some easy on the eyes casting additions today. Here they are at a glance:
- Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will star as “Blondie” front-woman, Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller’s indie, CBGB.
- Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is in talks to join Plush, a psychic story from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
- Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) will star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs indie picture, Jobs, from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Though Ron Weasley will always be the defining role of his career, Rupert Grint isn’t short on post-Harry Potter employment. The young Brit has lined up a pair of pretty intriguing projects; first up comes confirmation that he’s climbed aboard Fredrik Bond’s action-comedy-romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. While the details of his role are unknown at this point, the film stars Shia LaBeouf as a hapless fellow that falls in love with a woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who’s lorded over by an unhinged mob boss (Mads Mikkelsen). Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) are set to play LaBeouf’s deceased (but still communicative) mother and a Serbian war criminal respectively. All told, it’s a pretty fantastic assemblage of on-screen talent. More than anything, I’m looking forward to Mads “Le Chiffre” Mikkelsen busting out his “insanely violent” side; I simply never tire of watching that man commit unspeakable deeds.
The script for Countryman comes from Project X scribe Matt Drake. It’s currently filming in Romania. Hit the jump for more, plus details on Grint’s other new project, CBGB.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening. First up, Harry Potter thesp Alan Rickman has landed the lead role in the biopic CBGB. Variety reports that Rickman will play New York City’s famed nightclub owner Hilly Kristal in the film, with Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) set to direct. The film will plot the real-life story of Kristal’s CBGB club and how it impacted the underground music scene with artists like the Talking Heads, the Ramones, and Blondie. The script was written by Miller and Jody Savin, and the two wrote the role of Kristal with Rickman in mind.
Miller was supposed to first shoot the Dennis Wilson biopic The Drummer, but that film has been pushed back to the fall. Rickman is a stellar actor, and we recently learned that Rickman may be playing President Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels’ historical drama The Butler. CBGB will start filming this summer. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise.