First PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Image: The Bennet Sisters Armed and Ready to Slay the Sorry Stricken

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Who’s ready to see Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse) take on some “unmentionables?”  Burr Steers’ book to film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is currently in production and EW’s got our very first look at the sisters wielding swords and daggers.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies image.  The film is expected to hit theaters next year and also stars Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Sam Riley.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Finally Shooting in September With Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote

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I wasn’t expecting to write this piece of news today, especially since I remarked in conversation just a few days ago that I considered this project dead, but it appears the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally happening.  And soon, with shooting due to start this coming September.  The film will star Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote and will be directed by Burr Steers (who has been onboard since Lily Collins came on and fell off) from a script credited to Steers and David O. Russell (who was at one point attached to direct).  Cross Creek Pictures has acquired the domestic rights.

Hopefully this thing will be good.  I imagine that O. Russell was able to do something worthwhile with the script because the project has been attracting (and losing) a lot of talent for a genre mash-up.  Natalie Portman was at one point going to star (she’s still listed as a producer).  After that Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy were bandied about. Then Emma Stone was offered the role before they went to Blake Lively.  None of it stuck.  On the creative front, Mike White took the reigns briefly before Craig Gillespie became attached (and subsequently left).  Buffy writer Marti Noxon took a crack at the script at one point. You get the idea.  Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally heading into production.

Wes Bentley Joins INTERSTELLAR; Newcomer Taron Egerton Boards SECRET SERVICE with Michael Caine and Emma Watson Eyed for Roles

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Director Christopher Nolan has completed casting on his next film, the secretive sci-fi pic Interstellar.  The folks over at Heat Vision report that Wes Bentley is the last piece of the casting puzzle, which now includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet.  As expected, details regarding Bentley’s role are nonexistent, but it is described as “a meaty supporting role.”  The story centers on “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” and is based on a script written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan NolanInterstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for plenty of casting news for X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service, including which actresses are being eyed for the female lead and which A-listers have already passed on the villain role.

NOT FADE AWAY Blu-ray Review

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David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, may be respected for giving the world one of the greatest television shows of all time, but when he jumped into feature films with Not Fade Away, he seems to have been allowed to do whatever he wanted, but the finished product was abandoned by its studio (Paramount), who must not have thought it was Oscar material.  That’s too bad as Not Fade Away is a film that feels alive with the possibilities of cinema, but also is aware of the past.  The story of a band that never made it, Chase’s semi-autobiographical tale paints a great portrait of teenagers going through the 1960’s and are swept up in the cultural changes reflected in the music of the era.  My review of the Blu-ray of Not Fade Away follows after the jump. 

Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie Testing for CINDERELLA Lead; Richard Madden Shortlisted for Prince Role

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Disney is closing in on its titular female lead for Cinderella.  The project suffered a bit of a hiccup when director Mark Romanek exited the film this past January over creative differences.  Kenneth Branagh subsequently stepped in to take the helm, only to see Emma Watson come and go from the lead role in the span of a week.  Cate Blanchett is still set to star as the wicked stepmother, and now Branagh has narrowed down the lead to three actresses.  Hit the jump to find out who’s testing for the lead role and which Game of Thrones actor is being eyed to play the Prince.

Andrea Riseborough Joins BIRDMAN, Bella Heathcoat Boards an Untitled Comedy from Marc Lawrence, Corey Stoll Joins Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest casting announcements below:

  • Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky) has joined the increasingly impressive cast of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdmanwhich already stars Michael KeatonEmma StoneZach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton.
  • Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) will join Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in an untitled comedy by writer/director Marc Lawrence (Did You Hear About the Morgans?).
  • Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy) boards This Is Where I Leave You, the Shawn Levy-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel that stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote & John Magaro Talk NOT FADE AWAY

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The famed creator and director of The Sopranos, David Chase, has made his debut as a feature film director (and writer) with the ode to rock ‘n’ roll, Not Fade Away.  Douglas (John Magaro) catches a lucky break when Gene Gaunt (Jack Huston) invites him to join their cover band in 1960’s New Jersey. Though his father (James Gandolfini) doesn’t understand his son’s devotion to music, Douglas immerses himself in the band and in high school dream-girl turned muse Grace Deitz (Bella Heathcote). The film is an homage to rock’n’roll, to music, and to the universal experience of realizing you may not be the next Rolling Stones after all.  For more on the film, here’s 20 images, the trailer and Matt’s review.

At the NYC press day for Not Fade Away, I was able to speak to the three young stars – Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and John Magaro – about their preparation for these music-intensive roles, their favorite scenes to shoot, some deleted scenes and what’s coming up next.  Hit the jump to watch.

NOT FADE AWAY Review

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We experience our lives as constant stream.  We remember our lives as turning points.  These turning points weren’t necessarily the most dramatic moments, but they were emblematic.  More than other moments, this one was special.  David Chase, a storyteller who has consistently eschewed traditional narrative structure, looks into the past to see snapshots of lives in his debut feature film, Not Fade Away.  These snapshots aren’t merely of good times and bad times, but acts of creation and destruction set against a backdrop of a world on the brink of survival.  Anchored by strong performances, Not Fade Away manages to break past the clichés of its settings to find compelling characters.  However, Chase’s desire to escape a traditional narrative structure keeps us at an emotional distance.

20 New Images from NOT FADE AWAY by Writer/Director David Chase

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We have 20 new images to share with you today from writer/director David Chase’s Not Fade Away. The movie centers on a group of friends in New Jersey during the 1960s who want to form a rock band. Since Not Fade Away comes from the creator of The Sopranos, you can expect the film to be anything but a traditional arc from obscurity to stardom.

Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote and James GandolfiniNot Fade Away opens in limited release starting December 21st. Hit the jump to see the new images.

First Trailer for David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY

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The first trailer for Not Fade Away has been released.  The film is the feature directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase and tells the story of three best friends growing up in the New Jersey suburbs who decide to start a rock band.  The wonderful tone that Chase hit so well with The Sopranos (dramatic with an air of dark comedy) looks to be on full display here, and the director’s passion for music comes through in spades.  It’ll be interesting to see how he translates his novelized approach to storytelling to a feature film, but this trailer hints at a strong, character-focused first effort with a promising yet familiar turn from James Gandolfini as a patriarch of a different sort.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars John Maragro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonaldNot Fade Away opens on December 21st. 

David Chase’s Directorial Debut NOT FADE AWAY Will Make Its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala Selection of the 50th New York Film Festival

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Director David Chase will see his film Not Fade Away make its world premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection of the 50th New York Film Festival; not bad for a debut director!  The Sopranos creator/writer brings this coming-of-age tale, set in 1964 where a group of friends decide to form a rock band, led by new-to-the-scene, John Magaro. With a soundtrack produced by Steven Van ZandtNot Fade Away also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. Look for the film to see limited release starting December 21st.  Hit the jump for the full press release and some new images from the film.

DARK SHADOWS Review

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Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows is a series of flawed assumptions resulting from remarkable incompetence.  Burton believes he’s blended a gothic style with a campy comedy, but his film is neither.  The characters act at being a bunch of kooky, Addams Family-style misfits, but they’re nothing more than vague, one-dimensional sketches or, in the case of the protagonist, a confused contradiction.  Seth Grahame-Smith‘s script thinks it has balanced out the story elements into a compelling narrative, but it’s a poorly plotted mess that eschews character development in favor of a softball joke or clumsy dark humor.  With the exception of a great performance from Eva Green, Dark Shadows flails wildly at concocting a strange brew, and only comes up with weak tea.

9 Movie Clips and 12 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS

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With Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows opening May 11, Warner Bros. has provided us with 9 clips and 12 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  The film stars Johnny Depp as a vampire who awakens in 1972 after having been buried for 200 years and tries to reconnect with his descendants.  Dark Shadows also stars Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller.

While the reaction to the last trailer was mixed, I’m excited by everything I’ve seen and think Depp and Burton look like they had a blast bringing their passion project to life.  In addition, I’ve spoken to a few people that  have seen the movie and all of them have said positive things.  Hit the jump to check out the footage and look for new interviews with the cast soon.

Over 20 High-Resolution Images from Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS

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Warner Bros. has released a full gallery of high-resolution images from Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark ShadowsJohnny Depp stars as a vampire who awakens in 1972 after having been buried for 200 years and tries to reconnect with his descendants.  We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but Warner Bros. also released a number of images of Burton at work on set making artsy hand gestures.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller. Dark Shadows opens on May 11th.

9 Character Banners for Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS Starring Johnny Depp

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Warner Bros. has released nine character banners for Tim Burton‘s comedy Dark Shadows.  These banners are much better than the character posters, which made the entire cast look like albinos for some reason.

Hit the jump to check out the banners.  The film stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller.  Dark Shadows opens May 11th.

 

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