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Bursting onto the mainstream acting landscape in Across the Universe, actor Jim Sturgess has since succeeded in balancing blockbusters with smaller independent movies. His latest film, Upside Down, is a science fiction romance that fits both of those categories, wrapping a love story in a ton of often-impressive visual effects. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Sturgess recently about his experience working on the movie, his take on the cold reception and poor box office of Cloud Atlas (which was my favorite movie of last year), working with visionary directors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know your thoughts.
In an effort to control speculation about his upcoming blockbuster and better connect with fans, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has dubbed his own personal Twitter account the final authority on the casting process. It's actually a cool tactic more directors should adopt: if we don't hear the news directly from him, consider it a rumor. In a recent post playfully bragging about the accolades of his film's actors, Singer tweeted a photo of a bulletin board of headshots, which indirectly answered a question that fans have had since the beginning: yes, the metallic mutant Colossus is returning. And there's more!
Anchorman: The Legend Continues is without a doubt one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Seeing Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and Christina Applegate reprise their iconic roles as the Channel 4 news team sounds great, but director Adam McKay has also promised a larger scope for the sequel, including more musical numbers. Another thing that seems to be continually growing is this film's cast, which counts Harrison Ford, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, and more as new members. Now, Deadline reports Greg Kinnear and "House of Lies" actor Josh Lawson are the latest to come on board.
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. We'd like to turn your attention to a short film project called Paisley, a horror project that features a ton of practical puppet effects and draws inspiration from films like Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth, and Joe Dante's classic Gremlins. And if you don't dig straight horror movies, fear not: there will be a lot of comedic elements in this, too. Take a look at the pitch video below, comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check it out!
Since The Avengers decimated the box office last summer, Marvel Studios has been busy putting together plans for Phase II of their film adaptations. By far the most intriguing title on their upcoming slate is Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by Super and Slither helmer James Gunn, and though that movie is already set for an August 1st, 2014 release date, we haven't heard too many details about it yet. Chris Pratt ("Parks and Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty) landed the lead role of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), and now THR confirms former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista has made a deal to play Drax the Destroyer. More below!
Swedish director Daniel Espinosa made his Hollywood directing debut with Safe House last year, but it was his earlier gangster film Snabba Cash (aka Easy Money) that served as his calling card into the industry. Espinosa has been eyed for a lot of projects in the wake of Safe House's success, and first up is Child 44, a period piece thriller set in Soviet Russia starring Tom Hardy and Prometheus star Noomi Rapace. THR is now reporting that Joel Kinnaman, the future Robocop leading man who rose to fame by starring in Espinosa's Snabba Cash, is in talks to reunite with the director on this new film a the villain.
Early on Wednesday morning, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas realized that when he started a Kickstarter campaign for a movie version of his cult TV hit that he may have just transformed the definition of what is possible in the entertainment landscape. Thomas asked fans to donate a staggering $2 million dollars - the highest movie total ever set on the platform - so he could shoot a Veronica Mars movie this summer, set to be released in early 2014. In less than five hours it hurdled the $1 million mark, and was completely funded about ten hours after the campaign began. So what could this mean for the film industry?
Charlie's Angels. Starsky and Hutch. Dukes of Hazzard. Bewitched. Land of the Lost. Dark Shadows. The ongoing Hollywood trend of adapting TV shows from the 1970s into movies continues, as Deadline reports that mega-producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) is now set to produce a film adaptation of Good Times, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1974-1979. Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston will write the screenplay, and Rudin will produce for Sony Pictures alongside Eli Bush, his co-producer on Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, o director has been set.
When it was announced that Natalie Portman would produce and star in a western called Jane Got A Gun for We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay, we were on board with the idea immediately. We were thrilled when rising star Michael Fassbender signed on as the male lead, and when Warrior star Joel Edgerton rounded out the main cast, it was like icing spread on the proverbial cake. But apparently this wasn't set in stone, as THR is reporting a strange casting shuffle. Fassbender has exited the project, Edgerton is taking his part, and Side Effects star Jude Law has stepped in to fill Edgerton's previous role.
When Harry Potter director David Yates left the director's chair of the film adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir Your Voice in My Head, we weren't sure whether the movie would stay alive or be banished to development hell. It appears the project is still a go, as Digital Spy just conducted an interview with Stanley Tucci (one of the future stars of the film) and according to the actor, the project has just switched leading ladies from Potter star Emma Watson to Tucci's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt. She'll play a troubled young woman who purposefully hurts herself, visits a wise psychiatrist, and learns to live again.
Want to add a dash of class and gravitas to your blockbuster? There's a short list of names you could choose from to accomplish that task, and David Strathairn is near the top of that list. Variety reports that the underrated veteran actor is in talks to board Legendary's reboot of Godzilla, joining previously attached names like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche. Legendary and Warner Bros. are still keeping plot details under lock and key, but we do have a small hint of what Strathairn will be doing in Monsters director Gareth Edwards' updated take on the classic movie monster.
We've written extensively in the past about how it's generally not cool to talk or text while watching movies, but a new Dutch horror film called App is looking to challenge conventional wisdom when it comes to interacting with your phone in a theater. Variety has a story about the newest film from director Bobby Boermans, which encourages the audience to download a free app before the film starts to enhances the storyline as the movie plays. Utilizing technology found in the Shazam and Soundhound apps, a sound inaudible to the human ear triggers the app and sends messages to the audience in real time. More below!
Despite hearing good things about it, I never found time to see Horrible Bosses back in 2011. I finally caught up with it a few weeks ago, and was pleased to discover a solid comedy with a strong cast and an original premise: a rare trifecta in Hollywood's current state of making movies from board games. Since that film was released, writing partners John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have become one of the most buzzed-about up and coming comedy duos in the industry. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with them in Los Angeles to discuss their writing process, their upcoming directorial debut and plenty more.
After having a hell of a 2012 starring in Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicked off 2013 with the Sundance premiere of his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. The film received rave reviews, but because the main character is addicted to pornography, JGL has decided to shorten the title to the more simple Don Jon in order to take some of the controversy away from the film. In a new Facebook post, which revealed the first production still of co-star Tony Danza (seen above), Gordon-Levitt explains to his fans exactly why he thought the title needed to be changed. Read on!