Alex Pettyfer Talks ENDLESS LOVE, His Approach to the Remake, His Favorite Romantic Films, the Awkwardness of Shooting Love Scenes, and More

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In this re-imagining of the 1981 film Endless Love (starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt), David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), the working-class boy from a troubled background, falls for the beautiful Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) and attempts to prove to her privileged family that he is worthy of her love.  When her father (Bruce Greenwood) does everything he can to keep them apart, their love affair becomes reckless, as they give in to their passion.

During a press conference to promote the film, actor Alex Pettyfer talked about finding the right tone, his favorite romantic films, making this version more accessible for audiences, how secure he is about approaching women, working with this cast, how awkward kissing scenes are to shoot, what he remembers about his own first love, and that he’s currently unemployed but auditioning.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for ENDLESS LOVE Starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

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A new year brings a new trailer for writer-director Shana Feste’s romantic drama, Endless Love.  The story sees a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) falling for a charismatic boy (Alex Pettyfer); their love for each other grows ever more reckless as their parents attempt to keep them apart.  Also starring Bruce Greenwood, Emma Rigby, and Robert PatrickEndless Love opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

First Trailer for ENDLESS LOVE Starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

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The first trailer for writer-director Shana Feste’s Endless Love is now available.  The remake of the 1981 original, Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) as two teenagers in love who are kept apart by their parents.  While the trailer paints a tragic-yet-sexy romance in the vein of a Nicholas Sparks’ movie, the source novel for the original film was written by Scott Spencer.  It remains to be seen just how close this new iteration sticks to the book, but for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey who are dismayed at the film’s recent casting troublesEndless Love looks like it could be a temporary balm.

Also starring Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joley Richardson, Endless Love opens in theaters February 14, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Alex Pettyfer to Star in Lee Daniels’ Twist on the Action Hero Genre

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Lee Daniels built up some clout with 2009’s Precious before blowing it with 2012’s The Paperboy.  But now he has some more with his hit film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which has grossed over $100 million domestic and could be a contender in this year’s awards race.  In a recent interview with Out Magazine, Daniels says he’s going to use some of that clout on a unique action movie.  The film would star Alex Pettyfer (who played a plantation overseer/rapist/murderer in the overwrought opening minutes of The Butler) as one half of an action duo.  So why would an action movie starring a guy with leading man looks (if not charisma) be a risk for a studio?  Because the film’s twist is also the hook.

Hit the jump for what Daniels had to say about his planned project.

Rumor: Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer Have Read for Roles in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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For the love of the Force, just cast this movie already.  Our long, slow descent into Star Wars: Episode VII casting speculation has begun with the report that Rachel Hurd-Wood (Solomon Kane) has read for the role of Leia and Han’s daughter while Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) has gone in for a meeting for an unknown role that could be “Skywalker’s son now that [Ryan] Gosling has declined,” according to Latino Review.

Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in 2015.

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Review

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Lee Daniels has no place for subtlety in his movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It can translate to earnestness.  It can also translate to bugfuck insanity that makes the audience uncomfortable in a way that feels incredibly exploitative.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler (formerly titled “The Butler” but forced to change due to a petty dispute between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.) disconcertingly hints towards the latter before thankfully settling into the former.  Daniels takes his passion towards race relations, and brings a fresh perspective to the civil rights movement by providing not only the unique viewpoint of a White House butler, but also from the butler’s son, who was fighting on the ground while those in government wrestled with the increased racial tension of the 1960s and 70s.  The film could stand to lose 15 minutes of unnecessary material regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s character, but it’s a solid story of a father and son pulled apart by the tides of history.

4 Clips from Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Weinstein Company has released four clips from director Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama The Butler.  The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and tells his life story against the important historical events of the time as seen through the eyes of the many inhabitants of the White House.  Whitaker leads the pic alongside Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as his son, but Daniels has filled the rest of the cast out with a litany of familiar faces on tap to play the many Presidents and First Ladies over the years, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr.Terrence HowardMinka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoAlan RickmanAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, and Liev Schreiber.  The Butler opens on August 16th.

First Trailer for THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams, and More

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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler.  Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.  The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America.  While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.

Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah CareyJohn CusackJane FondaCuba Gooding Jr.Terrence Howard, Minka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoJames MarsdenAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin WilliamsThe Butler opens on October 18th.

Gus Van Sant Eager To Direct FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; Shoots Steamy Sex Scene Featuring Alex Pettyfer

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Director Gus Van Sant is apparently so eager to win the bid to direct the big screen adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, that he didn’t wait for Universal Pictures and Focus Features to ask him to shoot a test reel.  James’ novel centers around Anastasia Steele and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey, and the feature film adaptation of the book has been a subject of high interest.

Van Sant, who’s best known for directing the Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting and the biographical drama Milk, reportedly shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) in an attempt to showcase his vision for the would-be film.  Hit the jump for more.

Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde to Lead ENDLESS LOVE Remake

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After an extensive casting search, the leads have been set for director Shana Feste’s (Country Strong) remake of the 1981 film Endless LoveVariety reports that Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) will star in the pic, which centers on a passionate relationship between two teenagers.  Franco Zeffirelli’s original film starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt and was based on the novel of the same name by Scott Spencer, but it’s unknown how closely Feste’s take will follow the plot of either of those iterations.  Feste rewrote the script originally penned by Josh Safran, and Scott Stuber (Ted, Love and Other Drugs) is producing.

Pettyfer and Wilde were cast after a number of screen tests, with Brenton Thwaites, Sarah Bolger, and Olivia Cooke reportedly in the running as well.  Pettyfer was last seen in 2012’s Magic Mike and also starred in I Am Number Four and In Time, while Wilde will next be seen as Sue Snell later this year in the Carrie remake opposite Chloe Moretz.

Lucas Till, Alex Pettyfer and Jeremy Irvine Vie for DIVERGENT Lead Opposite Shailene Woodley

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Back in November, we mentioned that Divergent was rounding up the likes of Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) to star opposite Shailene Woodley in the Neil Burger adaptation.  Reynor just landed a lead in Transformers 4so he’s likely off the table, but newcomers Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) are now vying for the coveted role.  Lionsgate is hoping that the property will be the next Twilight and/or The Hunger Games, which is a reasonable goal seeing as the Divergent novels lift themes from both series.  Hit the jump for more.

MAGIC MIKE Blu-ray Review

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Channing Tatum came close to being an also-ran, but this year turned him into a star. Between The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, he went from being a lunkhead into a likeable lunkhead. He got the joke. Magic Mike was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and the story was that Soderbergh was so intrigued by Tatum’s life as a male stripper, he saw potential for a movie there. He was right, there is a good movie in his story, and Magic Mike was one of the best mainstream films of the summer. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Alex Pettyfer Joins Kristen Stewart in CALI

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Though Kristen Stewart’s personal life is apparently all anyone cares about at the moment, she also acts in movies from time to time.  Stewart is set to star in the gritty action pic Cali, and director Nick Cassavetes has now settled on the male lead for the film.  Per Variety, Alex Pettyfer has landed the role and will star as Stewart’s love interest in a story that takes place in L.A. and revolves around two San Fernando Valley lovers who sell a fake snuff film and take off with the cash.  Years later, the girl (Stewart) must “return from the dead” in order to save the younger sister she abandoned.

In addition to starring, Stewart is also making her producorial debut on the project, which is set to start filming later this summer.  Pettyfer was most recently seen opposite Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, and he also appeared in In Time, I Am Number Four, and Beastly.

Channing Tatum Says They’re Developing a Sequel to MAGIC MIKE

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One of the best films of 2012 so far is a movie about male strippers.  I’m dead serious.  With Magic Mike, director Steven Soderbergh crafted a movie that works wonderfully both as an entertaining ensemble and as an introspective, sad portrait of the reality of the American Dream.  Matthew McConaughey gives one of the best performances of his career, and Channing Tatum continues his 2012 streak of proving that he’s a genuinely talented guy.  Though we already know that Tatum and Jonah Hill are developing a sequel to 21 Jump Street, and Tatum recently revealed that he’s working on a stage musical adaptation of Magic Mike with Soderbergh, the actor now says that he’s also developing a feature film sequel to Magic Mike.  Hit the jump for more.

MAGIC MIKE: THE MUSICAL from Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum

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It hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike may soon be headed to Broadway.  Magic Mike: The Musical is currently in development by Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum, whose early life as a male stripper led to the genesis of the film.  The duo plans to have the musical performing and on its way to Broadway by the summer of next year.  John Buzzetti of WME is bringing the project together, while Soderbergh and Tatum are producing alongside Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler and Reid Carolin. Deadline reports that Carolin, who scripted the feature film, will also pen the musical adaptation.  Magic Mike, starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Olivia Munn opens June 29th.

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