Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) will join A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor’s new film which recently replaced Javier Bardem with Oscar Isaac starring opposite Jessica Chastain.
- Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) will lead Galveston, an adaptation of the 2010 novel from Nic Pizzolatto to be directed by Janus Metz.
- Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) has joined Still Alice along with Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). Based on the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
- Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim) will lend their voices to Robodog, Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film which will be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little).
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Glee fans have something new to sing about: Fox has announced it will be renewing its “genre-defying” (or logic-defying, if you prefer) series for two more seasons. For four years the show has been the only successful scripted musical series on the air, selling oodles of music and capitalizing on the current singing crazy (look no further for proof than the success of American Idol, The Voice and others). Though some of its original cast have now graduated (but are still regulars) from the show’s high school setting, the series continues to comment, with varying degrees of savvy, on hot-button topics like bullying and gun violence in schools. Knowing Ryan Murphy, there will be plenty more of that to come.
Glee, created by Murphy, stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch and Naya Rivera, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Struck by Lightning, a film deeply indebted to the written word, advocates not so much for the quality of writing but for the action itself. Writing in the film becomes an act of catharsis for its characters, regardless of literary talent. Chris Colfer (best known as Kurt on Glee) stars as Carson Philips, a know-it-all wannabe high school journalist. To get into the college of his dreams (North Western) and to boost his resume, Philips blackmails his classmates into contributing articles for his newfound literary magazine. The film is a passion project for Colfer, beginning life as a one-man high school play (Colfer played every single role), now transitioning into a fairly good film and to top it off – becoming it’s own tie-in novel (which is the second novel the New York Times Bestselling Colfer’s written). It’s fitting that a film so in love with the power of writing covers such a gamut of literary fields.
In the following interview with Chris Colfer, he discusses the first thing he ever wrote, how he approaches writing a novel versus a film and what’s next for him on Glee. For the full interview, hit the jump.
The indie dramedy Struck by Lightning, written by Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox series Glee) and directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), tells the story of high school senior Carson Phillips (Colfer), who masterminds a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school, that he carries out with his best friend, Malerie (Rebel Wilson). With a mother (Allison Janney) who’s falling apart and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney) who suddenly shows back up in his life, Carson’s path to greatness seems like it’s getting further and further out of reach.
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to Chris Colfer, in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about deciding to write a movie script at the age of 16, having always been a very driven person when it comes to his career, that the finished product is pretty close to the structure of his original script, how nervous he was about finding a director, and getting to explore the character deeper in the companion novel, Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. He also talked about his writing process, what being a best-selling author means to him, that he’s currently writing the sequel to his children’s fantasy The Land of Stories, what’s most surprised him about his journey on Glee, and whether he could ever see himself directing. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
At a time when the East Coast is being savaged by what could be one of the most devastating storms on record in Hurricane Sandy, Yahoo has decided to release a trailer for Struck by Lightning. Whether this is an innocent oversight or a callous PR move, don’t blame the filmmakers. Among them are writer/star Chris Colfer, who is best known for his role on Fox’s Glee but channels his high school angst into this new teen dramedy feature. Directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), Struck by Lightning follows Carson Phillips (Colfer), a misunderstood teen who uses blackmail as a last resort to catapult him towards his dream of becoming editor of The New Yorker. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Allie Grant, and Angela Kinsey. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.
Even those who quickly grew weary with Glee maintain their love for Chris Colfer. So we are all watching closely with Struck by Lightning, which is not only Colfer’s feature debut, but also his first produced script. The first trailer has dropped, and there is definite promise. Colfer’s writing is clearly influe nced by his day job, given the story’s focus on what it means to be an outcast in high school. But Colfer smartly crafted a different kind of high school outcast for himself, one who wants to be the editor of The New Yorker rather than a Broadway star. This ambition leads the character to, as he puts it, “blackmail the entire school to better my chances of getting into the school of my dreams. And it’s exhilarating.” Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Allie Grant, and Angela Kinsey also star in Struck by Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly (Pushing Daisies). Watch the trailer after the jump.
Wait, what?! Yes, folks, in a move that would certainly have Han Solo screaming, “Chewie, get us outta here!” THR is reporting that everyone’s favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca, will make a guest appearance on Glee. Cast members like Chris Colfer, Harry Shum Jr. and Mark Salling have all tweeted their own photos with the Wookiee, but how will the character fit into the musical series? Apparently there’s a Christmas special within the episode that throws back to both the strange Star Wars holiday special from decades ago and the Judy Garland Christmas Special as well. However, THR doesn’t note whether film franchise star Peter Mayhew actually suited up for the episode. One thing’s for sure, Chewbacca will not be belting out any tunes on the series, but the episode, airing Tuesday, December 13th at 8/7c will feature at least six holiday musical numbers.
With director Kevin Tancharoen’s (Fame) Glee: The 3D Concert Movie hitting theaters this weekend, 20th Century Fox has sent over 6 clips. Starring most of the cast (Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, and many others), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky.” The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of “Loser Like Me” and “Hell to the No!” Hit the jump to watch the clips. And if you missed our coverage of the Glee Comic-Con panel, click here.
The trailer for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is now available online and it looks pretty much like I expected: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with the cast of Glee substituted in. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky.” The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of “Loser Like Me” and “Hell to the No!” (news which, I assume, means something to fans of the series).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Featuring series stars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, and Cory Monteith, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie opens its two-week theatrical engagement on August 12th.
Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) have joined the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Written by and starring Chris Colfer (Glee), the pic recently began principal photography under the steady hand of director Brian Dannelly (Saved!) and is told in flashback from the perspective of a young man (Colfer) who was struck and killed by lightning. Per the press release, the guts of the film will document his “exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing.”
In addition to the cast already mentioned, Struck by Lightning also stars Angela Kinsey (The Office), Allie Grant (Weeds), Ashley Rickards (Fly Away), Polly Bergen (Desperate Housewives), and Brad Henke (Choke). A lot could be riding on the film for Colfer as it’s both his feature debut and, as we reported yesterday, he isn’t expected to return for season 4 of the show that made him a semi-household name, Glee. Here’s to hoping his television success can translate to the big screen. For a little more on the project and the three newly announced cast members, hit the jump for the full press release.
While Glee creator Ryan Murphy has been talking quite a bit recently about how he’s planning on having a number of the show’s characters “graduate” after the upcoming third season of the show (in keeping with chronology, most characters began in season one as sophomores), it wasn’t known exactly which characters he was talking about or how many of the actors would be leaving the show. Well now Murphy has explicitly stated that the show’s three biggest stars, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, will not be back for season 4:
“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”
Murphy went on to say that “more characters are leaving than are staying.” Hit the jump for more of what the Glee mastermind has in store.
Fresh off of his Golden Globe win for his supporting role on Fox’s Glee, Chris Colfer now has a director for his high school comedy, Struck by Lightning. Per Variety, Colfer is set to team up with director Brian Dannelly (Showtime’s United States of Tara) on the project. The film, which Colfer penned as well, is said to be in the vein of films from the late John Hughes. Struck by Lightning will look to begin shooting this summer during the actor’s hiatus from Glee. David Permut (Youth in Revolt) is on board to produce the film, which will see Colfer’s big screen debut. As for Dannelly, his previous feature directorial work comes in the form of the 2004 teen comedy Saved! which starred Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin.
I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes. Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association). You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump. The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).
Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes continue to receive attention because they used to be seen as a reliable indicator of what films would be receiving Orscar love. However, due to shifting deadlines, Oscar ballots are already due and there’s no way that the Globes can affect the Oscar nominees. Also, the Globes, which are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being delightfully carefree with their integrity and will nominate you if you show them enough love. They’re basically like the MTV Movie Awards except they serve food and there aren’t any sketches.
However, I think host Ricky Gervais will do a fine job tonight and I’m curious to see if the Globes will follow through on their clearly bought-and-paid-for-love of films like Burlesque and The Tourist. Click here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments. The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.
We have some quick casting stories for you this morning. First up, Glee star Chris Colfer is set to make his big screen debut in the indie coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Producer David Permut (Youth in Revolt) tells Variety that the script (which Colfer wrote) “captures the spirit of movies penned by the late John Hughes.” Permut plans to attach a director and a cast before putting the film out to financiers next year. I’m interested to see how this project develops as Colfer is one of the true breakout stars of Glee with his incredible voice and knack for comedy as well as drama.
Hit the jump for news regarding Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), and Rich Sommer (Mad Men) joining The Giant Mechanical Man.