29 images have been released from the upcoming film, CBGB. Alan Rickman leads the picture as struggling club owner Hilly Kristal, who had a vision of bringing country, bluegrass and blues music to the lower Eastside venue which ultimately became a proving ground for rock-and-roll and punk bands. It is the story of a venue as renowned for its performers as it is for the filthiness of its restroom. I’ll be curious to hear what people who actually went to CBGB when it was open think of the film (the club closed in 2006).
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Donal Logue, Mickey Sumner, and Justin Bartha. CBGB opens October 11th.
The first trailer is now available for director Kasper Barfoed’s The Numbers Station. The thriller stars John Cusack as an ex-CIA Black Ops agent tasked with protecting a code operator (Malin Akerman). When a highly organized assault threatens their lives and the security of the communication center, the two must work together to prevent the attackers from accomplishing their deadly mission. While it looks to be a by-the-numbers thriller, Cusack is definitely an interesting choice as you would expect Nicolas Cage to take this one and run with it. This is one of seven movies Cusack has coming out this year so let’s hope this doesn’t represent his best work of 2013. The Numbers Station is expected to open on April 26th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the full synopsis.
We have word that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is stepping in to direct the ensemble comedy, This Is Where I Leave You as a replacement for Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages). Shankman was attached to the Warner Bros. film as recently as this past summer, but he departed the picture along with star Jason Bateman. The studio then put the picture in limbo, but have recently entered final negotiations with Levy to direct. The original cast also featured Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann, but it’s not yet clear whether their schedules can accommodate the shoot. Hit the jump for more.
Thanks to social networking, we now have the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in director David Ayer’s new film, Ten. Schwarzenegger tweeted the image earlier today, one that shows off a new look for the former Governor as he’s sporting a new haircut and a variety of new tattoos. He’s also armed to the teeth and ready for battle in a police-issue bullet-proof vest, complete with knives, ammo and at least three guns. Back when it was titled Breacher, Ayer said he wanted to “reinvent Arnold” during an interview with Steve. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not he succeeded. Hit the jump to check out the first image and for more on Schwarzenegger’s character.
The first trailer for the action thriller Stolen has been released. Previously referred to as Medallion, the film reteams Nicolas Cage with his Con Air director Simon West. Cage plays a former master thief who only has a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab. Malin Akerman plays Cage’s ex-girlfriend with whom he teams up to find his daughter, while a long-haired Josh Lucas plays the antagonist, Cage’s former partner who’s gone a bit off the deep end. Despite the cheesy “movie trailer man” voice over, the film actually looks like it could be a fun ride. The Taken comparisons can’t be ignored, but under the direction of West Stolen doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously. And was that a stuffed animal I saw in Cage’s arms or was I dreaming?
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, and M.C. Gainey. Stolen opens on September 14th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
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Written by Erica Oyama and directed by Ken Marino, the web series Burning Love, which can be watched on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel, follows fireman Mark Orlando (Marino) as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line-up of comedic actors from film and television, including Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott and more. Viewers will get a front row seat to the champagne toasts, candles, heartbreak, bubble baths, chocolate, hair extensions, betrayal and spray-tans. And if that’s still not enough, you can follow its leading man on Twitter at @burninglovemark.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/writer/producer/director Ken Marino talked about how this whole idea came about, why he wanted to direct it, the appeal of doing a web series, how they got such a great line-up of actors (including a hilarious A-lister cameo), how much improvisation went on, and whether anything was too outrageous. He also talked about what he’s writing now, how his dream project would be to do an adaptation of the comic book Axe Cop, gave an update on the Party Down movie, and said how much he’s looking forward to Comic-Con. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In the feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) meet on the Sunset Strip in 1987, in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. With the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and so many more, to help tell the story, their rock ‘n’ roll romance hits its fair share of speed bumps on the road to fame.
At the film’s press day, actress Malin Akerman, who plays a Rolling Stone reporter that catches the eye of rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), talked about her love of ‘80s music, being a fan of ear licking, having Tom Cruise sing to her butt, trying not to crack up during takes, the weirdest experience she’s ever had with a journalist, and what she got to take home from the set. She also talked about how the Linda Lovelace movie she was set to do seems to currently be stalled, and that the next thing she’ll be doing is playing Debbie Harry in CBGB. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Music is the heart of any musical, and Rock of Ages has a stolen heart. The movie is based on a Broadway show designed with tourists in mind rather than people who actually appreciate stage musicals. It’s a show that plays to nostalgia and provides the comfort of classic tunes so the audience is basically pre-sold: if you like the music, then why wouldn’t you like this music delivery system upheld by the laziest story imaginable? If a musical must rely on other people’s music rather than writing original songs, then the onus for originality falls on the direction. Sadly, director Adam Shankman is hardly up for the task of finding a new spin on well-worn rock favorites, and he’s only able to sporadically bring vibrancy to the film adaptation’s almost non-stop barrage of numbers.
The cast for Randall Miller’s indie pic CBGB is heating up with the addition of Ashley Greene (Twilight) in the lead role. Named after the iconic New York club where punk music earned a good part of its history, CBGB already stars Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Joel David Moore, Stana Katic and more. Greene is in talks to star as Lisa Kristal, the daughter of club owner, Hilly Kristal, who will be played by Alan Rickman. The script was co-written by Miller and Jody Savin (the duo previously wrote Bottle Shock). CBGB plans to shoot later this month in Savannah, Georgia before moving production to New York. Hit the jump for more details on Greene’s character and on CBGB.
We’ve been provided with eight clips from director Adam Shankman’s (Hairspray) upcoming movie musical Rock of Ages to share with our readers. The film stars Julianne Hough as a small-town girl with big dreams who falls for a rock star (Tom Cruise), but the film is packed with 80s songs from the likes of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, and REO Speedwagon. Joining in on the 80s fun is Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand,Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan Cranston.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out 20 things to know about the film and his interviews with Shankman, Boneta and Hough. Rock of Ages opens on June 15th.
Though this summer is filled with superhero and sci-fi fare to the max, we’ve also got a full-on movie musical to look forward to. Warner Bros. has released 30 new high-resolution images from director Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages. The film stars Julianne Hough as a small-town girl with big dreams who falls for a rock star (Tom Cruise), but it’s packed with 80’s songs from the likes of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, and REO Speedwagon. Cruise and Hough are joined by a stacked supporting cast in 100% 80’s garb that includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan Cranston.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Rock of Ages opens on June 15th.
Some easy on the eyes casting additions today. Here they are at a glance:
- Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will star as “Blondie” front-woman, Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller’s indie, CBGB.
- Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is in talks to join Plush, a psychic story from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
- Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) will star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs indie picture, Jobs, from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Production has completed on the neo noir caper Hotel Noir, and the first image from the film has been released. Snakes on a Plane screenwriter Sebastián Gutiérrez tries his hand as a director at the noir genre in the 1950s-set film that centers on a detective holed up in a downtown hotel waiting for assassins to kill him. We follow the detective through the night as he meets and converses with various characters who have haunted pasts of their own. This being a Gutiérrez film, it’s described as a “sexually charged” crime film. The cast is fairly impressive and includes Rufus Sewell, Carla Gugino, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Malin Akerman, and Robert Forster. The pic is currently without distribution, but it will be shopped to international buyers in Cannes.
Hit the jump to read the press release and to check out the first image from the film.
We’ve got a few new posters to share with you this evening. Briefly:
- On the Road – New character posters showcasing Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund from director Walter Salles’ adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel.
- Rock of Ages – An ensemble poster from the 80s rock musical starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand.
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – A new poster from the blood-filled twist on the story of our nation’s 16th President. Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, and Anthony Mackie star.
- Neighborhood Watch – A new poster for the sci-fi comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade as bored men who join a neighborhood watch group for fun.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.