Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN Release Date Set for November 25, 2015; Tim Burton’s PECULIARS Pushed to 2016; PAPER TOWNS Dated for July 31, 2015

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We have a few release date changes and announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • 20th Century Fox’s “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” has been confirmed, as The Martian release date has been moved up from March 2016 to November 25, 2015.
  • Director Tim Burton’s next film, Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, will take over the date previously held by The Martin, as Fox has pushed it to March 4, 2016.
  • Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Fox has set the adaptation of another John Green novel, Paper Towns, for release on July 31, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release Clifford the Big Red Dog on April 8, 2016.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. 

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Author John Green and Nat Wolff Talk THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Deleted Scenes, How the First Fan Screening Played Like a Rock Concert, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect about the film going in, I attended a screening filled with press and die-hard fans and it was a powerful experience.  Not only did I share in the many tears that flowed from the entire audience, I started to understand why so many people are in love with the book and the characters.  Unlike a sappy, cliche portrait of “cancer love”, the movie is a realistic portrayal of young romance between two people with a unique outlook on life.  It’s a great film with fantastic performances, and it’s going to be a big hit at the box office.  The Fault in Our Stars also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam TrammellMike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  For more on the film, watch the extended trailer or these 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

At the New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with John Green  and Nat Wolff.  They talked about their experiences making the movie, how the first fan screening played like a rock concert, deleted scenes, Wolff as Green’s acting coach, how close the film is to what happens in the book, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exarchopoulos Joins BASTILLE DAY; Shannon on Board for FREEHELD; Rourke and Wolff to Lead ASHBY; McAdams and Nyong’o Circling SOUTPAW

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With the Cannes Film Festival underway, plenty of wheeling and dealing is going down, so that means lots of casting news.  Briefly:

  • Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is joining Idris Elba in James WatkinsBastille Day.
  • Michael Shannon will co-star with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld.
  • Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Silverman will star in Ashby.
  • Rachel McAdams and Lupita Nyong’o are circling the drama Southpaw.

Hit the jump for more on this casting news.

LeBron James and Method Man Join TRAINWRECK; Laura Linney Set for SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND; Nat Wolff May Star in THE STAND

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We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to.  Briefly:

  • As Judd Apatow prepares to begin production on the Amy Schumer-fronted Trainwreck, LeBron James and Method Man have been tapped to appear.
  • Laura Linney will join Ian McKellen in the Sherlock Holmes drama A Slight Trick of the Mind.
  • Writer/director Josh Boone is penning a role specifically for Nat Wolff (Admission) in his Stephen King adaptation The Stand.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Watch Almost 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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With director Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars arriving in theaters June 6th, we’ve been provided with almost twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  The Fault in Our Stars also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  For more on the film, watch the extended trailer.

I attended the first screening for fans last night in New York City and I can honestly say it was an powerful experience.  Not only did I share in the many tears that flowed from the entire audience, but I started to understand why so many people are in love with the book and the characters.  Unlike a sappy, saccharine portrait of “cancer love”, the movie is a realistic portrayal of young romance between two people with a unique outlook on life.  It’s a great film with fantastic performances, and if the fan reaction last night is any indication, it’s going to be a big hit at the box office.  Hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes footage.

New Trailer for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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Fox 2000 has released a new The Fault in Our Stars trailer for director Josh Boone’s (Stuck in Love) adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel of the same name.  The story revolves around the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  This longer trailer provides a better look at the central relationship from the film, and it’s further proof that Boone and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer) have absolutely nailed the sharply comedic tone of Green’s novel.  Woodley still looks like she’s knocked this role out of the park, and I’m definitely encouraged by her chemistry with Elgort.  Also, this trailer confirms that I’m gonna have to work hard not to cry throughout the entire movie.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Fault in Our Stars trailer.  The film also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam TrammellMike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.

Trailer for Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO Starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, and Val Kilmer

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A trailer has been released for Gia Coppola‘s high school drama Palo Alto.  Based on a book of short stories by James Franco (who co-stars in the film), the film features interconnected narratives involving a soccer player (Emma Roberts) getting involved with her coach (Franco), a precarious friendship between two young men (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff), and a young woman (Zoe Levin) who bases her self-esteem on having sex.  This trailer doesn’t do anything for me, but that’s because I’m not really hooked by the subject matter.  That doesn’t mean I think the film will be bad.  It’s just not something that piques my interest at this point.  If you are fan of these kinds of movies, then you should probably put it on your radar.

Hit the jump to check out the Palo Alto trailer.  The film also stars Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val KilmerPalo Alto opens in limited release on May 9th.

Fox 2000 Reunites FAULT IN OUR STARS Team for John Green Adaptation PAPER TOWNS; Nat Wolff to Star

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Fox 2000 will release director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars this June, but the studio is already putting together an adaptation of another John Green book with much of the same team from FaultDeadline reports that the studio has optioned Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Fault in Our Stars co-star Nat Wolff (Admission), with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber returning as screenwriters and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen back to produce.  The story follows a young man who wakes up one night to find his neighbor Margo dressed as a ninja, asking him to help her get revenge on the people who have hurt her.  She disappears the next day, but the man subsequently begins to receive clues from her that he must follow.

Buzz is high for Fault and Neustadter and Weber are on a roll as of late, following up (500) Days of Summer with last year’s swell The Spectacular Now.  A director for Paper Towns has yet to be set, but the project will be built around Wolff.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Green’s novel.

New Featurette and Images for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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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 DafoeThe Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.

First Trailer and Images for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Fault in Our StarsJosh 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.]

First Trailer for James Franco Adaptation PALO ALTO Starring Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, and Val Kilmer

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The first trailer for Palo Alto has been released online.  Based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco, the film revolves around the lives of a group of people in the titular California city, including a soccer coach (Franco), a teenage babysitter (Emma Roberts), and a pair of troubled kids (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff).  Written and directed by Gia Coppola, the film certainly looks peculiar.  Franco’s character strikes up a relationship with the younger Roberts, but it appears that she may also be involved with Jack Kilmer’s character.  It’s tough to suss out much from this brief trailer, but the appearance of Val Kilmer (yes, Jack is his son) is a highlight.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, Don Novello, and Talia ShirePalo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend.

Laura Dern and Nat Wolff Join FAULT IN OUR STARS, Dave Franco Set for BUSINESS TRIP, Imogen Poots Replaces Brie Larson in Showbiz Comedy

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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.

Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson, Ansel Elgort and More Testing for Male Lead Opposite Shailene Woodley in FAULT IN OUR STARS

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As development continues on the feature film adaptation of author John Green’s incredibly well-received 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, the producers are now turning to filling the crucial role of the film’s male lead.  The Descendants star Shailene Woodley has already been cast as the protagonist and female lead Hazel, a cancer-stricken teen who strikes up a charming and heartbreaking relationship with the dashing Augustus Waters, whom she meets in a cancer support group.  A number of actresses fought hard for the Hazel part, and a similar competition has apparently developed over the role of “Gus” as a new report claims that five young actors will be testing for the role this weekend.  Hit the jump for more.

ADMISSION Review

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Paul Weitz is a director I have come to dread.  About a Boy was a long time ago, and in the interim he has done some truly abysmal films such as Cirque du Freak, American Dreamz, and Being Flynn (I didn’t even bother with Little Fockers).  But after a 12-year-drought, Weitz has delivered a film that’s almost as funny and sweet as About a Boy.  His new movie, Admission, is a playful, nice little story where leads Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have the room to exercise their comic and dramatic abilities, and do so with a charming screenplay from Karen Croner.  Even though it heads towards safe places, Admission never feels gratingly familiar.

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