Apparently it’s the night for inspirational movie trailers, as Sony Pictures has now released the first trailer for director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) sports drama When the Game Stands Tall. The film tells the true story of the longest winning streak for any American sport, held by the football team of De La Salle High School. However, instead of focusing on their rise to glory, When the Game Stands Tall revolves around what happened when that 151-game streak was broken and how the fallout affected the team, coaches, and town. It looks to be quite similar in tone and focus to Friday Night Lights, with an emphasis on the lives of the players and not just the game itself.
Hit the jump to watch the debut When the Game Stands Tall trailer. The film stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura Dern. When the Game Stands Tall opens in theaters August 22nd.
Actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort can currently be seen in theaters playing brother and sister in the futuristic thriller Divergent, but this summer the two play love interests in the highly anticipated adaptation The Fault in Our Stars. Based on the swell John Green novel of the same name, the story revolves around two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Today, 20th Century Fox has released a new featurette and a few new images from the pic, giving fans a brief behind-the-scenes look at director Josh Boone’s adaptation. The character-centric story is a refreshing reprieve from the glut of genre-tinged studio fare, and as a fan of the book, I don’t see how Woodley doesn’t knock this role out of the park. The first trailer, at least, is incredibly promising.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and images. The film also stars Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, and Willem Dafoe. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars. Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) directed the adaptation of the John Green novel about the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. As a big fan of the book I’ve been looking forward to this movie for some time, and I’m incredibly encouraged by this trailer. I can easily see Woodley knocking this role out of the park, and her chemistry with Elgort seems spot on as the central romantic duo. Green’s novel is not a sappy, saccharine portrait of “cancer love”; it’s a realistic and sharp portrayal of a relationship between two young adults with a unique outlook on life. Judging by this first trailer, the movie absolutely nails that tone.
Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey also star. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th. Watch the trailer after the break. [Update: We've also added a handful of first-look images from the film after the jump.]
We’ve got a number of new castings to report on today. Briefly:
- Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Nat Wolff (Admission) have joined Shailene Woodley in the cast of director Josh Boone’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.
- Dave Franco will star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy Business Trip.
- Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has replaced Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) in an untitled showbiz comedy produced by Wes Anderson, previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.
Casting for a notable biopic, a Disney fairy tale, and an indie music drama:
- Eddie Redmayne is close to landing the lead role in the Stephen Hawking biopic Theory of Everything, which focuses on the relationship bewteen Hawking and his wife.
- Tracey Ullman is in negotiations to join Disney’s Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical in which Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt will play classic fairy tale characters.
- Laura Dern has joins Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Lucas Till, and Tom Everett Scott in Strings, the feature directorial debut of Daniel Duran.
More on each project after the jump.
The first trailer for the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park has been released. The trailer makes great, playful use of John Williams‘ iconic score and drums up a major dose of nostalgia. Whether 3D is your thing or not, it’s gonna be incredibly hard to pass up seeing Jurassic Park on the big screen again once this thing returns to theaters. Even though it’s been 20 years, the effects actually look like they hold up pretty well (thank you, Stan Winston), and Jeff Goldblum‘s dry delivery remains spot-on. Hold on to your butts.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Wayne Knight, and Samuel L. Jackson. Jurassic Park 3D hits theaters on April 5th, 2013.
HBO has announced that the second seasons of the original comedy series Girls and Enlightened will debut in January of 2013. The first seasons of Girls and Enlightened began airing in April and October, respectively, but the network now has a hole to fill in January after the unexpected cancellation of Luck. I’ve yet to catch Enlightened, but I was a big fan of Lena Dunham’s Girls. At once raw, hilarious, candid, and sweet, Girls proved to be one of the most entertaining offerings of the 2011-2012 TV season.
For those keeping score at home, next up on HBO’s original programming docket after True Blood and The Newsroom wrap up their current seasons is Boardwalk Empire and Treme, which both premiere in September. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Hot on the heels of the new poster debut last night, a new trailer for writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master has been released. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a World War II veteran who’s haunted by his experiences, and decides to form his own religion as a result. Joaquin Phoenix plays a drifter who becomes Dodd’s right-hand man. If there were any doubts about the film’s Scientology overtones, those can be thrown out the window after watching this new trailer. More striking, though, is the fact that it looks like the crux of the story centers on Phoenix’s character. The actor looks to be in fine form, and this trailer teases some great contention between Phoenix and Hoffman.
On top of the promisingly thrilling performances and touchy subject matter, Anderson shot the pic in gorgeous 65mm, which results in some brilliant photography. And the excruciating wait for The Master continues. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Amy Adams, Laura Dern, and Jesse Plemons. The Master opens on October 12th.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) has kindly provided an update on the status of his recently rescued project, The Master. As the picture is being shot in 65mm film, Anderson provided a first image (of sorts) of star Philip Seymour Hoffman (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) in character. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshovsky also star in the drama about a man (Hoffman) so shaken by the horrors of World War II that he creates a new religion. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood composer, Johnny Greenwood, is scoring the film. The Master is aiming for an October 12th release. Hit the jump to read the message from Anderson and to take a look at the first images.
I’ve just spent the past three hours watching and live-blogging the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. My brain feels mushy. After the jump and presented without comment is a list of this year’s winners. If you don’t even want to hit the jump, The Artist and The Descendants won Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama, respectively. If you want to awards prognosticate, I’ll save you the trouble: both were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Those nominations haven’t been announced yet, but they were nominated. Trust me. I’m a professional.
Also, feel free to sound off on the winners and losers. Lord knows I’ve been doing it for the past three hours.
For those of you who enjoyed this past season of Bored to Death, I hope it was good enough to hold you over until the end of time because THR reports HBO has opted not to renew the series for fourth season. The network has also decided to cut off Hung and How to Make it in America as new series like Luck, Girls, Angry Boys, Life’s Too Short and Veep all make their way to the network next year. However, amidst all of the cable network’s axing, there is a lone survivor. HBO’s freshman series Enlightened starring Laura Dern has been renewed for a second season. While Dern gives a solid performance, it’s not a show I looked forward to watching every week and I can’t say I’m too thrilled with HBO’s decision to renew it. Surely the Golden Globe nomination for Dern’s performance and the series itself helped the half-hour show survive though. Anyway, the future slate for HBO is enough to let me forgive their reckless executions of the aforementioned series for now.
The Jurassic Park series is awe inspiring and deeply flawed; a game changer for effects, but story-wise mostly pedestrian. Steven Spielberg directed the first two films with an eye toward some of the most awe inspiring set pieces put to film, with stars like Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum stuck in the midst of dino-mayhem. For the third picture Joe Johnston took over and stripped the series down to its bare essentials. In terms of great dinosaur action these films deliver and are fun to revisit, even if there are scenes in all three that bog them down. Our review of the Jurassic Park Blu-ray trilogy follows after the jump.
Last month, we reported that in addition to Joaquin Phoenix signing on to star opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious drama, actresses Madisen Beaty (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Amy Adams, Lena Endre (2009′s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Laura Dern were also circling the project. Earlier this week, we reported that Dern was on board (along with Jesse Plemons and David Warshofsky) and now we’ve learned that Endre and Adams have also joined the flick. The Playlist reports that Endre’s role is currently unknown while Deadline is reporting that Adams will play the wife of Hoffman’s character, Lancaster Dodd.
The story is set in the 1950s and centers on Dodd, a World War II veteran, who starts a new religion after being haunted by the horrors of battle. He then takes in an alcoholic drifter (Phoenix) as his right-hand man. Earlier drafts of the script heavily implied that the movie was based on L. Ron Hubbard and the founding of the Church of Scientology, but that aspect may have been reduced in later drafts. I’m not familiar with Endre’s work, but I’m a huge fan of Adams and this cast continues to impress.
Now that the lead roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’ untitled religious drama have been filled by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, it looks like the supporting cast is starting to fill out. As we previously reported, the film centers on the charismatic figure of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) who forms his own religion after witnessing the horrors of World War II. His right hand man is an alcoholic drifter (Phoenix) who eventually begins to question his mentor’s beliefs. Earlier drafts heavily implied that the movie was based on the history of Scientology, but that subtext may have been reduced in more recent versions of the script.
Variety reports that Laura Dern (Everything Must Go), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights), and David Warshofsky (There Will Be Blood) have joined the film. Plemons will play Dodd’s son, and Warshofsky will play a detective. No word yet on who Dern will play, but I like all three of these actors and Anderson has always excelled at putting together a strong cast. Plemons will next be seen in Peter Berg’s Battleship while Warshofsky was recently cast in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
After looking rather dead last September, Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious drama was resurrected this past February when producer Megan Ellison (True Grit) and her Annapurna Productions came on board to finance the picture. Deadline now reports that Joaquin Phoenix has been confirmed play Freddie Sutton, an alcoholic drifter who becomes right-hand man to Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic intellectual known as The Master (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s been attached to the film from the beginning). Earlier drafts of the story were overtly based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but that has reportedly changed. According to Deadline, “[Anderson] has greatly overhauled the script and now, Hoffman stars as a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.”
Deadline is also reporting that Anderson is now considering actresses Madisen Beaty (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Amy Adams, Lena Endre (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Laura Dern for roles in the film. Hit the jump for more details on this exciting production.