Octavia Spencer Talks RED BAND SOCIETY, Her Character’s Journey in Season 1, Favorite Scenes, and More

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The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.  The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Look at DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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I’ve got a soft spot for cute, pet-like animated characters so when news first broke that DreamWorks Animation was making a movie about a ghost who needs to attend ghost school in order to become a better scarer, I was hooked.  However, that was a few years ago and since, the narrative and title of Boo U has changed.

Now we’ve got B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations on the way and it tells the story of a pair of ghosts who go to work for the B.O.O., an organization dedicated to protecting humans from evil spirits.  The scenario still sounds fun and also has Seth RogenMelissa McCarthyRashida JonesOctavia Spencer, Matt Bomer and Bill Murray leading the voice cast, but the very first look at the characters just surfaced and it’s not really what I was hoping for.  Hit the jump to check it out.  B.O.O. is scheduled for a June 5, 2015 release.

New Images from CAKE, BLACK AND WHITE, BANG BANG BABY and SHELTER

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We’ve already brought you images from Boychoir, The Connection, Escobar: Paradise Lost, The Forger and The Cobbler, but with the Toronto International Festival’s September 4th start date fast approaching, there are even more brand new stills from the official selections hitting the web.  Here’s what we got for you now:

  • Cake (Directed by Daniel Barnz) starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington.
  • Black and White (Directed by Mike Binder) starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Ehle.
  • Bang Bang Baby (Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules) starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and David Reale
  • Shelter (Directed by Paul Bettany) starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

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Tate Taylor Talks GET ON UP, Hosting Cast Dinners, Breaking the Fourth Wall, His Interest in Doing a Hulk Movie, JOYLAND and More

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You know what happens when your second feature film goes on to score over $216 million worldwide and snag three Academy Award nominations and a win?  You get a lot of scripts coming to your door.  However, the funny thing is, Tate Taylor didn’t get his follow-up to The Help by accepting an offer, but rather by going after a project himself.

On Friday, August 1st, Get On Up is coming out and we got the chance to sit down with Taylor to talk about making the move from The Help to a James Brown biopic, shooting an ambitious film on a tight schedule, his interest in doing a big budget sci-fi film, what happened to his Joyland adaptation and much more. Hit the jump to check it all out.

Over 12 New GET ON UP Images Show James Brown Coming to Life

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Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).  42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film.  I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe.  Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent.  It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will.

Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough.  Brown didn’t live a boring life by any means, so I’m sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd.  It opens on August 1st.  Check out the trailer if you missed it.  Hit the jump for the new Get on Up images.

Take the Engine and Control the World in the New SNOWPIERCER Trailer Starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, and Tilda Swinton

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Radius-TWC has released a new Snowpiercer trailer.  Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  The movie looks terrific and worth the wait since it was released in South Korea last August.  Bong has apparently managed to pull off a strong mix of sci-fi, action, and social commentary, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.

Hit the jump to check out the new Snowpiercer trailer.  The film opens on June 27th and stars Chris Evans, John HurtJamie BellEd HarrisAlison PillEwen BremnerOctavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.

DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT Begins Filming in Atlanta

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Lionsgate has announced that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has begun production in Atlanta, barreling towards the film’s March 20, 2015 release date.  That’s a rather quick turnaround for the futuristic thriller since Divergent only just opened in theaters this past March, and especially given that director Robert Schwentke (Red) has only been on the project for a couple of months.  Schwentke takes over directorial duties from Neil Burger, who was too busy completing post-production on Divergent to be able to prep and shoot Insurgent in the allotted time.

Hit the jump for more on Insurgent, including the full press release and official synopsis.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, and Maggie Q.

Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in BRILLIANCE; Octavia Spencer Joins DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT

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It appears that Will Smith has committed to his next project.  THR reports that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, firming up the pic as Smith’s next film.  Scripted by David Koepp (War of the Worlds), the film is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where one percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith plays a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  Rapace will play “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”  Julius Onah is directing the Legendary/Universal film, and production is looking to begin this summer.

Hit the jump for a major casting development concerning the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Octavia Spencer Joins Leslie Mann in LAS MADRES; Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel Lead Highsmith Adaptation; Frank Langella Joins DRIFTLESS AREA

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We’ve got a few pieces of casting to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer will join Leslie Mann in the DreamWorks comedy Las Madres.
  • Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones (Captain America), and Imogen Poots (That Awkward Moment) have joined the cast of the untitled adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Blunderer.
  • Frank Langella will star opposite Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel in the unconventional romance The Driftless Area.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films.

Thrilling New Red-Band Trailer for SNOWPIERCER Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell

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After months of international trailers and clips, an official domestic Snowpiercer red-band trailer has been released online.  Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  This debut U.S. trailer is absolutely fantastic, as it sells both the topical social commentary and the thrilling visuals in equal measure.  While it feels like it’s been forever since we first heard about the film, I’m very much looking forward to finally seeing it in theaters this summer—with Joon-ho’s cut intact, no less.

Hit the jump to watch the new Snowpiercer red-band trailer and click here if you missed the new images that debuted earlier today.  The film stars Chris Evans, John HurtJamie BellEd HarrisAlison PillEwen BremnerOctavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko AsungSnowpiercer opens in theaters on June 27th.

9 New SNOWPIERCER Images Featuring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and More

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Writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi film Snowpiercer has been seen all around the world, but its anticipated U.S. debut is finally coming at the end of June, albeit in a limited release.  In anticipation of that day, we have nine new images from the film to share with you today.  Set during a future ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming (timely!), the film follows a group of survivors who live on the train who struggle with the class system implemented on board.  I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, so these images are a nice reminder that the film is still on the way.

Snowpiercer stars Chris EvansTilda SwintonJohn HurtJamie BellEd HarrisAlison PillEwen BremnerOctavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko Asung, and opens June 27th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Snowpiercer images.

First Trailer and New Images for James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Starring Chadwick Boseman

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Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The HelpJames Brown biopic Get on Up.  Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman.  In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help.  Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images.  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star.  Get on Up opens August 1st.

SNOWPIERCER to Make Its U.S. Debut June 27th; KILL THE MESSENGER Drops October 10th

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Here are a couple of new release dates:

Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release.

Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th.

Hit the jump for more on both films.

Pilot Roundup: Alyson Hannigan Joins Matt Damon/Ben Affleck Comedy, Octavia Spencer Set for RED BAND SOCIETY, and Jason Isaacs Leads DIG

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It’s pilot season, folks, and with that all the networks are putting together shows that they hope will make this year’s fall schedule.  Briefly, here’s some of the latest casting news:

  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) will stick around CBS, as the actress has joined the cast of the comedy pilot More Time with the Family, which boasts Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers.
  • With the Murder She Wrote reboot now defunct, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will lead the potential Fox drama series Red Band Society.
  • Jason Isaacs will star in the six-episode event series Dig on USA from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.

Melissa Leo & James Franco in THE FIXER; Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse & Octavia Spencer in THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS; Cuba Gooding Jr. Is GRIDLOCKED

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Here’s a bit more casting news for you today:

  • Melissa Leo and James Franco are set to star in Ian Olds’ The Fixer.
  • Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) will star in the title role of The Great Gilly Hopkins for director Stephen HerekGlenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer also star.
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in director and co-writer Allan Ungar’s action thriller, Gridlocked.

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