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.
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.
It’s officially official: Shailene Woodley will be Hazel Grace in the feature film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. The movie rights to author John Green’s incredibly well-received 2012 novel were snatched up early last year, and (500) Days of Summer scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter subsequently signed on to pen the screenplay. The equal parts heartbreaking and charming story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. When Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) signed on to direct last month, we also learned that Woodley was in the running for the female lead. Now the deal has been solidified, as Woodley has been offered the part. Hit the jump for more, including thoughts from Green on the casting.
The anticipated feature film adaptation of author John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars now has a director. The book debuted to critical acclaim last January, and the story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. The novel follows the two through the ups and downs of their disease, as they embolden each other to face an uncertain future. Fox 2000 quickly picked up the feature film rights to the novel and tapped (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to pen the screenplay. Now Josh Boone has been hired to take the helm, with The Descendants star Shailene Woodley in the running for the coveted female lead role. Hit the jump for more.
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been tapped to adapt John Green’s critically hailed novel The Fault in Our Stars. The story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. The novel follows the two through the ups and downs of their disease, as they embolden each other to face an uncertain future. Deadline reports that Fox 2000 and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen have set the (500) Days of Summer screenwriters to pen the adaptation.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about Green’s novel, so this should come as good news to fans of the book. Given how they successfully blended comedy and drama with Summer, Neustadter and Weber seem a nice fit to tackle this challenging material. The two recently scripted the period comedy Rosaline, which tells the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Mildred Pierce helmer Michael Suscy is set to direct that film with Lily Collins, Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco poised to star. The duo also adapted the teen-skewing The Spectacular Now for producer Shawn Levy. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Fault in Our Stars.