Here’s today’s casting roundup:
- Tim Blake Nelson’s indie Anesthesia adds an impressive ensemble cast, including Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Glenn Close (Damages), Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire).
- Director Joan Carr-Wiggin (If I Were You) has cast Janet Montgomery (Our Idiot Brother) and Sara Paxton (Aquamarine) in the comedy-drama, If You See Her.
Hit the jump for more.
Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and images for Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Non-Stop. The film takes place on a transatlantic flight where a U.S. Air Marshall (Liam Neeson) must stop a mysterious hijacker who is threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless his ransom demand is met. The movie looks just as crazy as Collet-Serra and Neeson’s previous collaboration, Unknown, but this outing could be a bit more fun due to the setting and the fact that you now have Neeson bringing his bad-assery to the friendly skies.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’O, Bar Paly, and Anson Mount. Non-Stop opens February 28, 2014.
Filming has commenced on the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places. Written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), the film stars Charlize Theron as a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Theron’s character is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see. The film is told in a series of flashbacks and features an impressive cast that includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Mud breakout Tye Sheridan.
In addition to the announcement that filming is underway in Shreveport, Louisiana, it was announced that Sterling Jerins (World War Z) and Shannon Kook (The Conjuring) have joined the cast in supporting roles, with Jerins playing the younger version of Theron’s character. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
The first trailer and poster for director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s adaptation of the David Sedaris short story C.O.G. have been released online. The autobiographical comedy stars Jonathan Groff (Glee) as a young man who plans a summer trip in the Northwest with his friend working on a farm, only to have his friend bail on him. The pic looks to sufficiently capture Sedaris’ dry humor, and the talented Groff gets the chance to lead a film of his own. The ensemble cast is impressive as well, and overall C.O.G. looks to be a pretty charming small-town story told through Sedaris’ unique point of view.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Troian Bellisario, Corey Stoll, Denis O’Hare, and Casey Wilson. C.O.G. will be available on iTunes and in theaters on September 20th.
The first bit of casting news for Guillermo del Toro’s FX series project, The Strain, is finally here! It looks like Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will lead the vampire adaptation. The Strain centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - who both wrote the original trilogy of novels – have co-written the screenplay which del Toro will direct. Hit the jump for more.
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 Birdman, which already stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach 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.
This weekend, Netflix premiered House of Cards. All of House of Cards. It was a bold strategy that signaled that not only was Netflix now in the television business (even though it isn’t their first original series), but that they had quality programming on the level of HBO. House of Cards is a show with the same level of plotting, character development, twists, and turns that we’ve come to expect from the celebrated premium channel. In some ways, House of Cards is even better than some of HBO’s recent offerings. Beau Willimon‘s adaptation of the BBC series is radical not only in its distribution, but also in how it spits in the face of those who claim that they need characters to “root for”.
One of my most-anticipated TV series of 2013 isn’t on network television, cable, or premium cable. It’s on Netflix. The streaming service is moving into the original television business, and it might have two hits on its hands with House of Cards and the fourth season of Arrested Development. Four new trailers have been released for the former, and if you couldn’t tell by the first trailer, the show looks downright nasty and loads of fun. The new trailers bring us some crackling lines such as “The most you’ll ever make of yourself is blowing men like me,” and “Twitter twat.” Who can resist dialogue like that?
Click here to see the trailers [via CinemaBlend]. We’ll update this article with embeds as soon as they’re available. The series stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey. All 13 episodes of House of Cards premiere on February 1st.
The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category. Briefly:
- Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
- Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
- C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
- Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
Netflix, the ever-evolving DVD and streaming service, has really raised the bar on web series and online original content recently, both with the news of its resurrection of the beloved Arrested Development and its upcoming David Fincher adaptation of Michael Dobbs‘ House of Cards series.
In anticipation of House of Cards‘ release, Netflix has created character profiles that say something about each, while also revealing their true nature. Hit the jump for the pics and the trailer. The show stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey. All 13 episode of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013.
Back in March, Kevin Spacey billed David Fincher‘s upcoming Netflix series House of Cards as “not your daddy’s West Wing.” It certainly looks like The West Wing if Aaron Sorkin‘s show was dark, cynical, and filled with duplicitous characters but still entertaining as hell. Watching the Washington, D.C. scheming in this trailer looks absolutely captivating, and Netflix might very well have a hit show not named “Arrested Development“.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The show also stars Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey. All 13 episode of House of Cards premiere on February 1, 2013.
The nominations for the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning with The Artist and Take Shelter each nabbing five nominations. In addition to The Artist and Take Shelter, Drive, 50/50, The Descendants, and Beginners will duke it out for the top prize. Absent from the Best Feature list is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, though the film was recognized in Best Supporting Male (Corey Stoll) and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes landed nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Male for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Ryan Gosling and Woody Harrelson were both singled out in Best Actor for Drive and Rampart respectively.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. Recognizing the best in independent film, the awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.
Rashida Jones and Corey Stoll have joined the cast of the indie dramedy Decoding Annie Parker. The film is based on the true story of geneticist Mary Claire King who discovered the gene linked to breast cancer. Helen Hunt stars as King and Samantha Morton stars as the titular Annie Parker, a woman who resolves to fight her cancer diagnosis. THR reports that Jones will play a friend who helps Morton’s character with her research, while Stoll will play a doctor who befriends Parker. Stoll turned heads this summer for his memorable performance as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Steven Bernstein (Like Water for Chocolate) is directing the pic, which also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Maggie Grace (Lost).
Decoding Annie Parker is currently filming in Los Angeles. Jones will next be seen in Disney’s The Muppets, and also stars in Celeste and Jesse Forever opposite Andy Samberg. Stoll is also poised to star in The Bourne Legacy.
I can’t remember the last time Woody Allen made a film as delightful as Midnight in Paris. He’s certainly done it before and it’s not one of his comedy classics like Annie Hall and Sleeper, but Midnight in Paris is undoubtedly one of Woody Allen’s best films of the past ten years. It’s the rare Allen comedy where he doesn’t insert an Allen-like neurotic character, and the script finds inventive ways to be funny and thoughtful. Johanne Debas and Darius Khondji’s cinematography is gorgeous, the film is filled with wonderful performances where you can tell that all of the actors are having a marvelous time, and Allen brings it all together with a joy rarely seen in his movies these days.
Though the business of television isn’t too bad of a place to find yourself as an actor, it’s a bit disappointing to see an actor like Terrence Howard fall from success in a big blockbuster like Iron Man and land in NBC’s crime drama spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles. But according to Universal’s press release today, his journey to television is set in stone as Howard and Corey Stoll (Salt) have signed on as series regulars to the new fall drama which premieres September 29th. Details on Howard and Stoll’s characters after the jump.