First Look at Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin in THE DRIFTLESS AREA; Aubrey Plaza Joins Cast

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The first The Driftless Area image from director Zachary Sluser‘s unconventional romance film has been released.  Based on the Tom Drury novel of the same name, the pic tells the story of the young love between a bartender (Anton Yelchin) and a mysterious woman (Zooey Deschanel) that becomes threatened when the bartender gets mixed up with a dangerous crook and a bag of stolen cash.  This first image gives us a look at the two leads looking intently into each other’s eyes, and THR adds that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has also been added to the cast.  Production is currently underway in Vancouver.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Driftless Area image.  The film also stars John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

Catherine Keener Leads THE GREENS ARE GONE; Mary Steenburgen Joins A WALK IN THE WOODS; Katey Sagal Added to PITCH PERFECT 2

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A few casting notices to report:

  • Catherine Keener, Anton Yelchin, Kiernan Shipka, Riley Keough, Annie Starke, Cary Elwes, Lois Smith, and Ryan Eggold star in The Greens Are Gone, the feature directorial debut of Peer Pedersen.
  • Mary Steenburgen joins Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, and Emma Thompson in A Walk in the Woods, directed by Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You).
  • Katey Sagal joins Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld in Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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.

Christopher Plummer to Lead REMEMBER; Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, More Join DIGGING FOR FIRE; Anton Yelchin Set for VINCENT & ROXXY

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With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon, a number of casting announcements are being made.  Here’s the latest:

  • Christopher Plummer will lead director Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember alongside Martin Landau.
  • Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg just wrapped his latest film, Digging for Fire, as Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Mike Birbiglia, and Jenny Slate have been revealed as additions to the cast.
  • Anton Yelchin will star in the indie Vincent & Roxxy alongside Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

New Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

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A new U.S. trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s love story Only Lovers Left Alive, aka “the Tom Hiddleston vampire movie”, has been released online.  Hiddleston stars alongside Tilda Swinton as two vampires who have been in love for centuries.  This trailer certainly showcases an offbeat tone, but the film actually looks to be quite romantic and, surprisingly, funny.  As individuals who have been alive for a very, very long time, the principal characters have a unique outlook on life and culture and they aren’t afraid to share it.  This also looks to be a wonderful performance showcase for Hiddleston and Swinton.

Hit the jump to watch the new domestic trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey WrightOnly Lovers Left Alive opens in theaters April 11th.

Exclusive Clip from Stephen Sommers’ ODD THOMAS Starring Anton Yelchin

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It’s our pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at writer-director Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas.  This clip features star Anton Yelchin as the title character, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities, who runs into quite the supernatural surprise by way of a faceless horde.  There are sure to be plenty more spooky moments in store for audiences who check out the rest of the feature adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel.

Also starring Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, and Willem Dafoe, Odd Thomas is now available on VOD and opens in theaters February 28th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

Indie Spotlight: Director Joe Dante’s Horror Comedy BURYING THE EX Starring Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Green & Oliver Cooper

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One great thing about the state of crowd-funding today is that director’s like Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs) can afford to bring their own creative vision to light without bowing to studio pressures.  The downside is that they’re dependent on fans to foot the bill.  In the case of Dante’s latest project, Burying the Ex, a big portion of the donations will go to applying CG effects to augment his practical work on set.  In addition to helping fund the film, donors can get a variety of rewards in return, from DVDs/Blu-rays, posters and t-shirts, to signed memorabilia, collectible props and VIP premiere passes.

Burying the Ex centers on Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who begins to have second thoughts about continuing his relationship with his girlfriend, Evelyn (Ashley Greene) after they move in together.  Max is saved the trouble of breaking up with his overbearing partner when she dies suddenly in a freak accident.  Back on the single scene a few weeks later, Max meets up with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), who might just be his soul mate.  Too bad Evelyn is back from the grave as an undead zombie who’s out to get him back, by any means necessary.  Hit the jump for more.

Anton Yelchin Talks BURYING THE EX, Working with Joe Dante, and the Tone of the Film; Plus His Thoughts on Getting a New Director for STAR TREK 3

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare.  He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario).  Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength!  As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved.  Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution.  There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself.  You can check out the official page here.

While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin.  He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex.  He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sundance 2014: First Images from RUDDERLESS, THE TRIP TO ITALY, THE VOICES, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and YOUNG ONES

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Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Briefly:

  • Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy.
  • The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
  • The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane.
  • Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Trailer and Poster for Michael Almereyda’s Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE Starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Milla Jovovich

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Four months ago, we reported that Ethan Hawke would reunite for his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda for another modern spin on the Bard’s work.  This time, they’ve teamed up for one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Cymbeline.  In the play, the story is about [per Yahoo! Movies] “the impossible love between Imogen (Dakota Johnson) and Posthumus (Penn Badgley), and on the conniving influence of the Queen (Milla Jovovich) on her husband, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris).”  The new adaptation was reportedly “in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.”  The trailer has now come online, and it looks like Amereyda has delivered on that promise in an effective and exciting manner.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy LindoCymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.

Stephen Sommers’ ODD THOMAS Picked Up by Image Entertainment; Finally Set for Release in Early 2014

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Director Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Odd Thomas was filmed over two years ago, but the pic has been in limbo ever since.  A financial dispute arose between the film’s independent investors, and a few months ago we learned that the release had been delayed indefinitely.  Now Image Entertainment has stepped up and acquired the pic, which will finally be released in theaters in early 2014.  The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and it marks decidedly smaller territory for Sommers after his big-budget efforts like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin also star.

Image Entertainment was behind the releases of Diablo Cody’s Paradise and The Colony so fans shouldn’t exactly expect a huge push in theaters, but at least this film will finally see the light of day.  Read the press release after the jump.

Paul Dano, Anton Yelchin, Travis Fimmel, and Anson Mount on the Short List for WARCRAFT

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Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adaptation Warcraft is gearing up to begin production in January, so the casting process is underway.  Yesterday, we reported that Colin Farrell had been offered a lead role, and Paula Patton was in negotiations.  Deadline has now updated their story to report that the production is also looking at Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Travis Fimmel (History Channel’s Vikings), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) for roles.  There are no details on who they might play, or if they’re each being offered a different role.

Given their looks and star power, I could see Dano and Yelchin competing for the same role, and Fimmel and Mount competing for another role.  Dano and Yelchin are both skinny, around the same height, and are known mostly for their supporting work.  Fimmel and Mount are the rugged, leading men from their respective TV shows.  We’ll see how it all comes together in the weeks ahead.

TIFF 2013: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Review

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The words “Jarmusch” and “vampires” were never supposed to be in the same sentence. Yet, somehow, here we are living in a world where the proto-hipster behind Down by Law and Coffee and Cigarettes has made a movie about bloodsuckers. Predictably, the movie is not a teen soap opera with fangs or a carnival of entrail-spewing carnage. Instead, it’s more of a listless, haunting, and darkly humorous experience that plays right into the director’s strengths and slips in a few genre thrills along the way for flavor. It just might even be the director’s finest film in years. Hit the jump to find out why.

Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson Join Shakespeare Reimagining CYMBELINE

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Two more actors have joined the growing cast of writer/director Michael Almereyda’s (Hamlet) modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.  The film is in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and is described as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.”  Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Milla Jovovich are already set to star, but it was announced today that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Dakota Johnson (The Five-Year Engagement, Ben and Kate) have also joined the cast.  Yelchin will play Cloten, the son of Jovovich’s Queen by a former husband, and Johnson will play Imogen, the daughter of Harris’ King from his former marriage.

Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Production on Cymbeline begins in New York City on August 19th.

19 New Images from ODD THOMAS Starring Anton Yelchin; Film’s Release Delayed Indefinitely over Financial Dispute

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Nineteen new images have been released online for Stephen Sommers‘ adaptation of Dean Koontz‘ novel, Odd Thomas.  The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and judging by the trailer, it’s got a fun, quirky vibe that’s a far cry from Sommers’ previous blockbuster films, which includes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  The images don’t tell us much about the film we didn’t already know, but we have learned some unfortunate news about the feature.  According to THR, “Two Out of Ten Prods., known at TOOT, and Fusion Films filed their lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants Outsource Media Group Fund, ABS Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group,” over $35 million in marketing and distribution costs.  THR has more details regarding the particulars of the case, but the long and short of it is that we shouldn’t expect to see the film until this matter is resolved.  It’s disappointing when you consider that not only does it have Yelchin in the lead, but the cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Odd Thomas also stars Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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