Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Denzel Washington (Man on Fire) is in early talks to star in Shovel Ready, a Warner Bros. adaptation of journalist Adam Sternbergh’s debut dystopian novel.
- Melissa Leo (The Fighter) has joined Mark Webber’s The Ever After, described as a “hard examination of a marriage.” Rosario Dawson (Trance) is also in talks to join.
- Josh Duhamel (Transformers) will join Lucas Till in Strings, an ensemble drama directed by Daniel Duran.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Although director Michael Bay is set to kick-off a whole new trilogy with Transformers 4, it looks like we might have one cross-over character from the original series. Josh Duhamel, who played military man William Lennox in each of the three previous films, recently spoke with Bay, who was congratulating him on the new addition to his family. Bay also mentioned the opportunity for Duhamel to play the one bit of connective character tissue that would bridge the old and new films by way of a cameo. Hit the jump for more.
The romantic thriller Safe Haven, from director Lasse Hallström and adapted from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook, Dear John) novel of the same name, tells the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), who arrives in the tiny coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, looking to make a new start. Even though she’s hoping to keep a low profile, she finds herself interested in and attracted to local store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel), who has two young children. Each are haunted by their past, but hopeful for their newfound happiness and love.
At the film’s press day, actor Josh Duhamel spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to the project, his desire to mess up the nice guy, the pressure of playing a Nicholas Sparks character, and getting to do so much improvisation in the film. He also talked about his roles in the upcoming features Scenic Route and You’re Not You, opposite Hilary Swank, and said that he’d love to do a ridiculous guy comedy, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough get their romantic groove on for Valentine’s Day in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, which opens February 14th. The romantic thriller centers on a young woman with a dark past whose sudden arrival in a small North Carolina town raises questions. As Katie (Hough) struggles with a dark secret that still haunts her, she reluctantly finds new love with a lonely widower (Duhamel) and his two children (Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland). Directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay by Dana Stevens, the film also features Cobie Smulders and David Lyons.
At the film’s recent press day, Duhamel, Hough, Hallström, Sparks and producer Marty Bowen talked about turning the novel into a major film, what Hallström brought to the story on screen, navigating the fine line between drama and melodrama to give an authentic voice to the characters, the process of conceiving a story that might be made into a film, the terrifying yet liberating experience of improv-ing on set, and the luxury of shooting on location in the quaint seaside town of Southport where the story was set. Hough also discussed playing a victim of domestic abuse and doing her own stunts. Hit the jump to read more:
With director Lasse Hallstrom’s (The Cider House Rules) Safe Haven opening February 8, we’ve been provided with four clips. Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the film stars Julianne Hough as a young woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and raises questions about her past due to her reluctance to join the tight-knit community. She strikes up a relationship with a widowed store owner (Josh Duhamel) who has two small children, but soon realizes she’ll have to face her dark secrets head on. The film also stars Cobie Smulders and David Lyons. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
The comedy omnibus Movie 43 has something for everyone with its enormous, star-studded cast: Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Leslie Bibb, Jimmy Bennett, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Kate Bosworth, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Pratt, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi, Bobby Cannavale.
Movie 43 opens on January 25, 2013, so Relativity sent over an exclusive TV spot. If you can handle jokes about homeschool incest and inappropriate uses for hot sauce, watch it after the jump. And make sure to check out the red band trailer.
Relativity Media has released few new images from the upcoming comedy omnibus Movie 43. The film boasts a ginormous cast and multiple directors, as the central conceit focuses on a bunch of different people trying to track down “Movie 43.” Peter Farrelly spearheads the pic which includes a collection of shorts directed by Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Mike Judge, Bob Odenkirk, and many more. These images give us a peek at the characters played by Banks, Josh Duhamel, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, and Richard Gere.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here to watch the red band trailer. The film also stars Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Uma Thurman, Ricky Gervais, Chris Pratt, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Anna Faris, and many, many more. Movie 43 opens on January 25, 2013.
If you like your movie trailers short on plot, heavy on the ad-libbing and redder than a Romney state, then you’ll love this new red-band effort from Movie 43. The Peter Farrelly ensemble comedy stars everyone you’ve ever heard of in Hollywood and even some you haven’t. Movie 43 has released another red-band trailer previously, but the new one mostly focuses on a stream of improv from Jason Sudeikis who is admiring Kristen Bell’s crotch.
Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler and everyone else, Movie 43 opens on January 25th, 2013. Hit the jump to see the new red-band trailer.
A couple of quick casting announcements:
- Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) will produce and star in the horror picture, Cooties, from screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw).
- Josh Duhamel (Transformers) is in negotiations to join You’re Not You, starring Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) and Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow), directed by Georce C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe).
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
The first trailer and images for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven have been released. Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and raises questions about her past due to her reluctance to join the tight-knit community. She strikes up a relationship with a widowed store owner (Josh Duhamel) who has two small children, but soon realizes she’ll have to face her dark secrets head on. This essentially looks like every other Nicholas Sparks movie ever made, so if you’re a fan of those films then this is probably right up your alley. If not, Safe Haven looks unlikely to sway your opinion.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules) the film also stars Cobie Smulders and David Lyons and opens on February 8th, 2013.
Emboldened by the success of Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall took another crack at the holiday-based all-star anthology in 2011, with similarly repulsive results. This time, though, movie-goers commendably ignored him (and hopefully quashed plans for Columbus Day or whatever the hell was coming next). Of course, it’s never a good idea to interpret the commercial failure of a terrible movie as anything more than an aberration. But in this case, there was an encouraging sense that the world had finally revolted against a sub-genre populated by cynical, bald-faced cash-grabs.
And indeed, New Year’s Eve is the romantic comedy distilled to its basest form; a film that trots out a dizzying array of A-listers and expects applause, while abandoning time-consuming chores like character, story and dialogue. Hit the jump for the full review.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Josh Duhamel is ready to get his Nicholas Sparks on. Variety reports that the Transformers star is in negotiations to lead the adaptation of Sparks’ Safe Haven. The story centers on a young woman with a dark past who arrives in a small North Carolina town, and reluctantly begins a relationship with a widowed store owner and his two children, and a friendship with her plainspoken neighbor. Duhamel would play the widowed store owner, but producers are still trying to fill the female lead role. Also, I’m assuming someone dies at the end.
Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) is onboard to direct and the film already has a pre-Valentine’s Day release date set for February 8th, 2013. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron, opened to a successful number two at the box office last weekend. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the low-budget thriller Hidden and to read a synopsis for Safe Haven.
Earlier this week, we reported that Michael Bay would be rebooting his own damn franchise with Transformers 4, an idea so stupid that it’s truly fitting of these movies. In a recent interview with E! Online, Josh Duhamel says he’s not coming back for the sequel and neither is anyone else:
“I don’t think anybody’s doing it. I know Shia [LaBoeuf]‘s not doing it. I don’t think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it.”
Take this with a grain of salt. Actors are the last to know anything regarding a movie’s production. LaBeouf previously stated Transformers: Dark of the Moon was his last one, but then again, so did Bay. Either way, it’s not like the cast makes much of a difference in these movies. Transformers 4 opens June 29, 2014. [Update: Some new and more reliable rumors have surfaced regarding the film. Hit the jump for more.]
New images have been released for the likely-direct-to-DVD movie Fire with Fire. The film stars Josh Duhamel as a fireman who has to take matters into his own hands when he’s threatened by a man he’s going to testify against. So how do I know this movie is going direct-to-DVD? For starters, the movie stars Bruce Willis and lately his small-budget thrillers are going to stores instead of theaters (Setup and Catch .44). Second, it co-stars 50 Cent whose last seven movies haven’t made it into theaters (as well they shouldn’t).
But hey, maybe the movie will make it to the big screen, in which case the world can once again be reminded that 50 Cent should never be in movies. Hit the jump to check out the images. Fire with Fire also stars Rosario Dawson, Richard Schiff, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
In Garry Marshall’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, an all-star cast celebrates love, hope, forgiveness and second chances, on a night in New York City that many see as the most magical of the year. While only some of the characters actually cross paths with each other, each individual seems to ultimately be searching for the connections that make their lives memorable and meaningful.
At a press conference to promote the film’s December 9th theatrical release, co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Lea Michele talked about what attracted them to their roles, not putting so much pressure on that one day out of the year, their own New Year’s Eve plans, and what they drew on from their own lives, in bringing their characters to life. Check out what they had to say after the jump: