20th Century Fox has released the first clip from 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. I really enjoyed the book, but I was worried that some aspects of it might come off as too twee or self-conscious. I had some reservations about this moment between Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Elgort), but after watching it on screen, it’s clear that director Josh Boone has played the interaction perfectly. The chemistry between Woodley and Elgort is excellent, and instead of this scene coming off as contrived, it’s endearing.
Hit the jump to check out the Fault in Our Stars clip. The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.
Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.
In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
The first quarter of 2014 had a good handful of movies that lived up to our expectations including The LEGO Movie, The Raid 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more. Now we’re at Q2, so it’s time for the blockbusters. Summer has arrived even earlier than usual with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading off April, and there are plenty of other sequels headed our way. There are three sequels on all three of our lists, and while it’s easy to be excited when you have a good idea of what came before, there are also some fresh movies (or at least non-sequels) in the bunch.
Once again, Adam, Dave, and Matt have each compiled a Top 5 list of most-anticipated movies for the next three months. Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.
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.
With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.
Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
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 have a couple of new posters to share this afternoon. First up is the debut poster for director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the emotional John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a young cancer patient who strikes up a relationship with another cancer-stricken teen named Gus, played by Ansel Elgort (Carrie). The poster does a nice job of conveying the tone of the story, complete with the tagline “One Sick Love Story”. As a big fan of the book, that tagline seems kind of perfect. The film also stars Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, and Mike Birbiglia and opens on June 6, 2014.
Additionally, Fox Searchlight has released a fantastic character poster for Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The one-sheet teases the period film’s swell ensemble cast in true Wes Anderson fashion, and it precedes a character trailer that will be released tomorrow. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Bill Murray and opens March 7, 2014.
This week on The Collision, the release and success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has us talking about the adaptation of young adult novels, recent flops Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, if there’s any room for next year’s Divergent to be a success, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations (and we’re recommending books!)
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A couple of release date shifts have been announced. Briefly:
- The highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters on June 6, 2014. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe.
- The sci-fi thriller YA adaptation The Maze Runner has been pushed from this coming Valentine’s Day to September 19, 2014. The film stars Dylan O’Brien.
- Sony has moved The Smurfs 3 from July 2015 to August 14, 2015.
- Fox has moved the upcoming adaptation The Book Thief up from November 15th to November 8th.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and what their competition looks like on their new release dates.
Here’s another round of casting:
- Willem Dafoe (John Carter) has joined Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the adaptation of the John Green novel.
- Holly Hunter (Top of the Lake) now stars opposite Al Pacino in David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn. Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) and Harmony Korine (Stoker) also join.
- Amber Stevens (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s comedy sequel, 22 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube.
Hit the jump for more details on each announcement.
Here’s today’s round of casting announcements:
Hit the jump for more on each story.
Today’s casting news includes two new additions and one surprise exit:
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join writer-director Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby, a Brooklyn-set drama centering on a gay couple’s attempt to have a baby through a surrogate.
- Sam Trammell (True Blood) joins Josh Boone’s adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
- In a surprise exit move, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) will depart the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black after completing her character’s arc, with the possibility to return but not as a series regular.
Hit the jump for more on each casting story.
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.
From first-time writer-director Josh Boone, Stuck in Love is a romantic dramedy about a dysfunctional family of writers who have nearly lost the plot of their own love stories. Veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) can’t stop obsessing over his ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly), who left him for another man. His daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is publishing her first novel but wants to run at the thought of first love with a diehard romantic (Logan Lerman), having seen what her parents have gone through. And then, there’s his teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff), who is trying to find his voice as a fantasy writer while pursuing the girl of his dreams (Liana Liberato).
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Josh Boone talked about how this film came about, the bumps along the way, just how autobiographical the story is, what it was like to work with and direct this cast, getting Stephen King involved with the film, and the importance of music playlists for his actors. He also talked about how excited he is to go into production on his next film, The Fault in Our Stars, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The male lead has been cast for the anticipated adaptation of author John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars. The Descendants star Shailene Woodley previously landed the coveted lead role of Hazel in the film, and after testing a group of actors for the film’s male lead, it appears that the producers have made their decision. The story is told from the point of view of Woodley’s Hazel, a young cancer patient who strikes up a relationship with another cancer-striken teen named Gus in a support group. EW reports that Ansel Elgort has been offered the role, and Green has nothing but praise for the the decision, calling Elgort “whip-smart, uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters.”
The 19-year-old actor makes his big screen debut opposite Chloe Moretz in the remake of Carrie later this year, but he’s already filming a role with Woodley in the YA adaptation Divergent, in which he plays her brother. The Fault in Our Stars starts production this August under director Josh Boone. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Green’s book, which you should totally add to your summer reading list.