Now playing in theaters is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on the hugely popular video game series and it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Need for Speed also stars Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson, Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Kid Cudi. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Mescudi, Rodriguez and Malek. They talked about getting to work with the amazing cars, filming the practical stunts, what city they’d love to return to (they filmed all around the United States), and previous and future projects like Short Term 12, Fox’s Gang Related, and the Entourage movie. Hit the jump to watch.
In today’s casting news:
- Andrew Garfield is in negotiations to join Helen Mirren in The Woman in Gold, previously titled The Lady in Gold. Daniel Brühl is also in talks.
- Kevin Bacon is set to star in the Blumhouse production 6 Miranda Drive; Radha Mitchell is in talks to star opposite him.
- Jordi Molla will take a villainous turn in the indie feature Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn, Bill Paxton and Hailee Steinfeld.
- It looks like Liam Neeson will have a cameo in the upcoming Entourage movie, as he was recently seen on set filming a short scene.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
The 2013 awards race will finally come to a close on Sunday with the Academy Awards, so naturally there’s no time to waste when it comes to looking at Awards Season 2014. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s last two films, There Will Be Blood and The Master, both racked up multiple nominations, and Warner Bros. is angling for his next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s detective novel Inherent Vice, to do the same. The studio has set Inherent Vice to open on December 12th. Currently, its competition will be Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic Exodus and the family movie Paddington. I’m curious to see if Warners plans to run Vice through the festival circuit before its theatrical release.
Hit the jump for more on Inherent Vice and release dates for Entourage and The Intern.
If you count “Kid,” tonight’s casting report features a great group of first names.
- Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
- Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin.
- Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left).
More on each project after the jump.
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.
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.
Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen. Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking. The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.
Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.
Although we previously knew that the Entourage movie was set to begin production this coming January, creator Doug Ellin confirmed the specific start date with a recent tweet. Looks like the gang will officially get back together for the feature treatment on January 16th. Ellin also tweeted a behind-the-scenes cast image with the news, but as he’s been feeling a little nostalgic with his Entourage image tweets lately so it might have been from the end of season eight. Still nice to see everyone together. Hit the jump to check it out.
After contract disputes with the lead actors delayed the Entourage movie significantly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven have all apparently closed their deals and filming on the pic is slated to get underway early next year. Now Entourage creator Doug Ellin, who wrote and is directing the movie, has turned his attention to casting other roles, and it appears he’s settled on the idea of tapping model-turned-actress Kate Upton to play the film’s female lead, which is probably a model-turned-actress. Hit the jump for more.
Less than a week ago, we brought you news on the progress of writer-director Doug Ellin’s Entourage movie from star Jerry Ferrara himself. Now, it looks as if deals have closed for Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, and Kevin Connolly, so the feature should be moving forward shortly. Producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson helped close the deal with Warner Bros. this past weekend. Jeremy Piven had previously closed a deal to reprise his role, but the details of that agreement spurred the rest of the cast to seek similar deals. The studio has reportedly set a firm budget cap at $30 million and plans to start production this January. (Via Deadline)
The studio gave it a green light and the script was ready to go, which should have meant that things were going full steam ahead on the Entourage movie. But after recent statements from Mark Wahlberg, that implied production was being held up because some of the actors wanted more money, there was some question about just when filming could or would start.
So, when Collider was given the opportunity to speak to actor Jerry Ferrara for his latest movie Last Vegas (for which we will run the full interview closer to that film’s November 1st theatrical release), we took the chance to ask about where things are at with the Entourage movie, and if it is still close to actually happening. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
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Veteran comedian Andrew Dice Clay proves he hasn’t lost his edge as he delivers a scene-stealing dramatic turn playing Augie, a divorced working-class dad, in Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine shot on location in San Francisco and New York City. The drama examines what happens when everything in life falls to pieces and explores the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see. The strong ensemble cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., and Peter Sarsgaard.
I recently landed an exclusive interview with Clay who talked about his surprising comeback, the emotional moment when he realized Allen had cast him, what appealed to him about the role, what it was like working with the legendary filmmaker, how he geeked out with Allen about jazz and stand-up comedy, and why he’s never stopped believing in himself. He also discussed his upcoming autobiography, The Filthy Truth, which he’s co-writing with David Ritz, his collaboration with Entourage creator Doug Ellin on a documentary about his life and career, and the very real possibility of an Entourage movie. Hit the jump for the interview.
The drama series Mr. Selfridge, which airs on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic, tells the story of an American man, named Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven in his first television role since Entourage), who created the renowned London department store Selfridges in 1909 and changed shopping forever. With an incredible charm and bold vision, the fancy window displays, cosmetics counters and merchandise Selfridge would allow potential customers to touch would eventually become commonplace.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jeremy Piven talked about how he came to be a part of this television series, what makes Harry Selfridge such an interesting man, the similarities between Harry Selfridge and Ari Gold, that he’s become very protective of this character, how viewers will get to see the light and dark sides of this man, and that he would love to continue exploring this role for future seasons. He also talked about the fans’ desire to see an Entourage movie, and not being worried about making a misstep by continuing the story for a feature. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It appears that the long-promised Entourage movie might actually be happening. Creator Doug Ellin and executive producer Mark Wahlberg have been touting a feature film version of the HBO “comedy” series for quite some time, and now Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has given a greenlight to the project. Ellin wrote the script and will direct the movie, which he previously revealed takes place six months after the series finale. Hit the jump for more.