We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this evening. Briefly:
- Short Term 12 star Brie Larson is in talks to join Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Judd Apatow’s next directorial effort Trainwreck.
- Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the Entourage movie.
- Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) will lead the low-budget sci-fi thriller Air, produced by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.
Actress Brie Larson has garnered quite a bit of recognition for her role in the indie drama Short Term 12, as Grace, a supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility who is learning to cope with pain of her own. It’s no surprise that she was honored for her performance with a Virtuosos Award at SBIFF, and Collider was there to cover and attend the event, compiling the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.
While there, Brie Larson talked about what it’s been like to be a part of awards season, how she approached bringing this character to life, the music that got her into the needed headspace, that this was one of the best experiences she’s ever had, playing the duality of emotions, and the response she’s gotten from people who have had similar experiences to the characters. She also talked about her unusual character in Don Jon, how she’s currently working on a remake of The Gambler, which she says isn’t really a remake, and what it’s been like to work with director Rupert Wyatt on that film. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Live in the moment. In itself, this adage is positive and helpful, but can it go too far? Can people invest themselves so much in the present that it becomes a detriment to their future? This is the question raised by James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) brilliant love story film, The Spectacular Now. Hit the jump to read my Blu-ray review of the movie.
Some casting news to report:
- Brie Larson is in negotiations to star in The Good Luck of Right Now, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine).
- Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin. Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven are set to reprise their roles.
- Felicity Jones is eying the titular role in Rosaline, a revisionist comedy based on Romeo & Juliet directed by Alex Timbers.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
If you’ve yet to check out writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12, what are you waiting for? The film hit shelves on Blu-ray/DVD on January 14th, rendering the “it’s not playing anywhere near me” excuse invalid. I had the opportunity to watch it last weekend and I was blown away. Much has been made of Brie Larson‘s performance and for good reason: it’s terrific. She’s not alone in that regard, though. The turns by Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield are nothing short of excellent and, in particular, a scene between Stanfield and John Gallagher Jr. in which Stanfield’s character, Marcus, bares his emotional scars via an original rap verse is equal parts heartbreaking and jaw-dropping. Watching Short Term 12 is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll laugh, cry, feel anger, love, hope, and despair. You’ll catch a glimpse of just how lonely a life can be and, at the same time, appreciate how opening ourselves up to the possibility of trust and love is a powerful decision that doesn’t come easily for all of us.
My Blu-ray/DVD recommendation of the week in the books, this week’s Top 5 highlights all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date, a new trailer for The Raid 2 (including Matt’s Sundance review), Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight script leak, a new trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and a variety of news from the Star Wars: Episode VII camp. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
As part of Collider’s new column, Oscar Beat, I’ve been covering the in’s and the out’s of this year’s awards race for the past few months. While there are plenty of excellent films contending for a number of different awards, there are also a number of films that, for one reason or another, don’t fit the “Oscar mold” but deserve recognition all the same. The Academy is loathe to recognize any kind of comedic work despite the fact that the “Best Actor” or “Best Picture” categories lack disclaimers that would disqualify genres other than drama, and smaller pictures have a hard time drumming up support against the studio-backed fare.
After the jump, I run down a number of films, performances, and screenplays from 2013 that are deserving of awards attention despite failing to drum up serious support.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories. The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously. That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes). Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar. The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.
While we’ve been reporting on who might be playing Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis, we might have an actor for her son…Her much older son. According to Deadline, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks to play John Connor, the robot-killing messiah-figure of the post-apocalyptic future. As we previously reported, Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) are the frontrunners for Sarah Connor, and since they’re both younger than Clarke by about two decades, there’s clearly some time travelin’ going on. I really hope that at one point, John Connor yells at his mom, “You’re not the boss of me!” and runs to his room.
Hit the jump for more. Terminator: Genesis is set for July 1, 2015. There’s also a TV series in the works that will be based on the new movie.
The casting process continues on the upcoming Terminator reboot, and it appears that the search for Sarah Connor has now been whittled down to two actresses. We previously reported that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) were among the actresses on the shortlist for the lead role of Sarah Connor, and now Deadline reports that the list has been narrowed down to Clarke and Larson. Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor is onboard to direct, and the report notes that Clarke currently has the edge for the part. Of course, Taylor has worked with Clarke before on Game of Thrones, having directed a number of episodes of the HBO series’ first and second season before landing the Marvel gig.
Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Terminator film.
The Gotham Awards, established to honor the best in independent film, have announced the 2013 winners. The Coen Brothers‘s Inside Llewyn Davis won Best Picture. Matthew McConaughey took home Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson beat out prohibitive Oscar favorite Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. Fruitvale Station dominated the “breakthrough” categories: Ryan Coogler won Breakthrough Director for his first feature and star Michael B. Jordan won Breakthrough Actor. The Act of Killing rounds out the awards with a win for Best Documentary.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and winners.
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.
In Collider’s ongoing awards feature Oscar Beat, we recently took a look at the state of the Best Actor Oscar race, which is looking to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Likewise, this year’s Best Actress race is chock-full of fantastic performances and serious contenders, but we’ve had a frontrunner for the category since July and Cate Blanchett’s name remains atop the pile as we head into the thick of the race. Will Blanchett remain the favorite over the next three months or is there another contender more worthy of the trophy? Can any of the brilliant performances from this year’s smaller indies crack the top five? Read on after the jump as we examine the current state of the Best Actress category.
Director Alan Taylor will audition a trio of young actresses for the role of Sarah Connor in Paramount’s Terminator reboot. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will test for the part next week, along with another unnamed actress. Margot Robbie (Neighbours) has also been mentioned in connection with the role. Originally played by Linda Hamilton in the 1984 James Cameron sci-fi flick, Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor, the leader of the human resistance against the cyborg menace. Taylor is also looking to cast the part of Kyle Reese, and John Connor is expected to feature as well. Hit the jump for more.
Actress Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years now, but her breakthrough role in this year’s highly regarded indie Short Term 12 finally gave her the chance to shine as a leading lady. As a result, the actress has landed the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s remake of the 1974 James Caan film The Gambler, which has gone through a number of iterations over the years. Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan penned the initial script for Martin Scorsese to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star, then The Hangover director Todd Phillips entered talks to take over when Scorsese left the project. Hit the jump for more on the project, including who will now be taking the helm.
One of the best films I’ve seen this year is writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12. The movie picked up the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize (Narrative Film) at this year’s SXSW, and it stars Brie Larson as Grace, a young woman who works at a foster-care facility for at-risk kids, but she also has to face her own demons. While the film deals with serious subject matter, it’s never preachy or melodramatic. Instead, Cretton allows the story to unfold naturally, and you feel like you’re watching real people in authentic situations. It’s absolutely worth your time and money. Short Term 12 also stars John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, and Rami Malek. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch my video interview with Daniel Cretton.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Larson and Gallagher Jr.. They talked about the overwhelming positive reception to the film, winning the awards at SXSW, how much changed from script to screen, balancing the heavy issues without them becoming melodramatic, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.