In today’s casting news, David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) are set to star in the thriller, Captive, for director Jerry Jameson (Walker, Texas Ranger). Written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, and based on Ashley Smith’s book, “An Unlikely Angel”, Captive is based on the true events of an escaped prisoner who takes revenge on the people who put him in jail and takes a young woman hostage. Oyelowo will play the convict, Brian Nichols, while Mara will play Smith, the woman Nichols takes hostage. Leonor Varela (Dallas) and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) round out the cast. Captive is scheduled to begin principal photography this month. Hit the jump for more.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has come to a close now that Disney owns LucasFilm, but a new animated hit could be brewing with Star Wars: Rebels. The series will take place during the twenty years between Episode III and Episode IV, and shows “a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” According to THR, David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum are in negotiations to play the lead voices in the series. There are no details on their characters, and we probably shouldn’t expect any specific news in the near future since the series isn’t set to arrive until fall 2014.
This will be Oyelowo’s first time doing voice work, and while Prinze hasn’t done extensive voice acting, he did have a major role a high-profile title with last year’s Mass Effect 3. Marshall, Gray, and Blum all have experience working on animated TV series.
Lee Daniels has no place for subtlety in his movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It can translate to earnestness. It can also translate to bugfuck insanity that makes the audience uncomfortable in a way that feels incredibly exploitative. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (formerly titled “The Butler” but forced to change due to a petty dispute between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.) disconcertingly hints towards the latter before thankfully settling into the former. Daniels takes his passion towards race relations, and brings a fresh perspective to the civil rights movement by providing not only the unique viewpoint of a White House butler, but also from the butler’s son, who was fighting on the ground while those in government wrestled with the increased racial tension of the 1960s and 70s. The film could stand to lose 15 minutes of unnecessary material regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s character, but it’s a solid story of a father and son pulled apart by the tides of history.
The Weinstein Company has released four clips from director Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama The Butler. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and tells his life story against the important historical events of the time as seen through the eyes of the many inhabitants of the White House. Whitaker leads the pic alongside Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as his son, but Daniels has filled the rest of the cast out with a litany of familiar faces on tap to play the many Presidents and First Ladies over the years, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, and Liev Schreiber. The Butler opens on August 16th.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) will join Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film, Interstellar.
- Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) is in early talks for the horror-comedy The Kitchen Sink, directed by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection). Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set for the film.
- Helen Hunt (The Sessions) has landed financing for her new film, Ride, the cast of which also features Luke Wilson (Wedding Crashers), David Zayas (Dexter), Mike White (The School of Rock), Richard Kind (Argo), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Elizabeth Jayne and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon II: The Awakening).
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New images have been released from the upcoming awards season films The Counselor and The Butler. The Counselor centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine. As for The Butler, it’s a based on the ture story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. Judging by the trailers, one looks tense and intriguing; the other looks like it could be unintentionally hilarious. Regardless of the advertising thus far, both movies have stacked casts. The Counselor co-stars Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Visnjic, and The Butler has got Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The Counselor opens October 25th and The Butler opens October 18th.
Just last week, Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted a picture of the first film’s setting, Isla Nublar. However, the dinosaur embryos may be going into cold storage for a little bit. AICN recently picked up some tweets from some members of the crew. Concept Artist Dean Sherriff tweeted “JP4 on hold” while Digital Assets Manager Todd Smoyer was a bit more harsh by tweeting “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4″. Despite Smoyer’s depressing tweet, Jurassic Park 4 is reportedly still underway, and the hold is to make the production even bigger.
Hit the jump for more. [Update: Universal Pictures has confirmed that JP4 has been put on hold indefinitely. Read the studio's statement after the jump, along with news regarding which actors had met for the lead roles.]
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler. Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America. While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.
Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams. The Butler opens on October 18th.
Christopher McQuarrie brings us a violent and exciting film with a great lead character in Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise plays the title character based on the series of novels by Lee Child, an ex-army cop who has gone off the grid and resurfaces to help solve a quintuple murder. He enlists the help of lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike) who has decided to defend the prisoner, despite the overwhelming objection of her father, the D.A. (Richard Jenkins) and police detective Emerson (David Oyelowo). For more on the film, here’s six clips, over twenty images, positive early reviews, and all our previous coverage.
At the NYC press day for the film, I was able to speak to stars Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo about how they got involved, what it was like working with legends Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog, and their future projects, including Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and Lee Daniels The Butler. Watch what they said after the jump.
Paramount Pictures has released six clips and 23 images from the upcoming Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher. Based on the popular series of novels, the film stars Tom Cruise as a man who exists outside the law and exacts his own brand of ruthless justice. Early reviews and reactions seem to be fairly positive for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller, and these clips only reinforce the idea that Cruise was a swell choice to tackle the title role.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, and Werner Herzog. Jack Reacher opens on December 21st.
The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack. Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise Kingdom. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award. Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively. Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Just in time for Election Day, a new international trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been released, and it’s by far the best one yet. This trailer actually delves into the central focus of the long-in-the-works drama—the passing of the 13th Amendment—and gives us a much better idea of what kind of biopic Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have crafted. Much of this trailer is reminiscent of The West Wing, with Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln and his advisers working to secure enough votes to ensure that the amendment will pass. The trailer also teases the multitude of strong performances from the ridiculously talented ensemble, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing unfold onscreen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.
A new trailer for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller Jack Reacher has been released. Like the teaser trailer, the new trailer is predicated on whether or not you can buy Tom Cruise as a bad-ass. Not an action hero—the character even says he’s not a hero—but as a take-no-prisoners, borderline anti-hero. Personally, I’m just not seeing it. I like the premise of an army investigator looking into the framing of a sniper, and I’ll show up simply to see Werner Herzog play the villain, but ultimately, Jack Reacher is looking like it will suffer from seriously miscasting its title character.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and David Oyelowo. Jack Reacher opens December 21st.
We posted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earlier this week in anticipation of the full trailer being released during the Google + Q&A. Now that the full trailer is online, we finally get a chance to hear Daniel Day-Lewis speak as Abraham Lincoln. If I’m being honest, his choice of tone and inflection is not exactly what I had expected, but who am I to tell Day-Lewis what to do? There are plenty of scenes in the legislative houses, on the streets and on the battlefield, and they all give a sense of scope and tone to the film, just like Spielberg said it would during the Q&A.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th. [Update: We added 7 new images after the jump]
Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy technically has a plot. It’s an idiotic, rambling plot that has no level of cohesion or momentum whatsoever, but it’s a story that chronologically follows from “A” to “B”. Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy has characters. They’re gross, idiotic people whose actions are repulsive and ambitions are bizarre, but their repulsive behavior and bizarre ambition are consistent. Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy doesn’t earn points just because it meets the bare minimum of plot and character since it fails on just about every level of filmmaking. Daniels, in his effort to go big all the time, mistakes luridness for atmosphere, sweat for character, and style for substance.