Production officially began on the Veronica Mars movie in Los Angeles this week, and we already have a number of photos from the set. The first batch features Kristen Bell as the title character, and Jason Dohring as Veronica’s love interest Logan Echolls, as production got underway yesterday. Krysten Ritter is also present. Kristen Bell herself, and the movie’s official Twitter feed, have also posted a few behind-the-scenes photos. No story details have been released thus far, but stay tuned for more details regarding the production as shooting continues.
Paramount Pictures is unleashing its zombie action-thriller World War Z in theaters nationwide June 21, bringing the beloved novel by Max Brooks to life on the silver screen. Brad Pitt stars as U.N. employee Gerry Lane, who travels around the globe in an effort to put a stop to the worldwide zombie apocalypse before it is too late, and humanity is lost forever. We have a contest set up where fans can take home t-shirts, hats, mini-posters, one-sheets, and emergency kits that include a glow stick and a first aid kit. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so sign up to win today.
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The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Daniella Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
Just over one week after New Line Cinema dropped the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To, Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures have come aboard to give the project a second wind. Take a look at the tweet sent out by directors Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, then read on for more information.
Dumb and Dumber stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are locked in to reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, with the stars, filmmakers, and studios working out scheduling to get production started as quickly as possible.
There is some urgency at play here, since Jeff Daniels wants to shoot before going back to work on The Newsroom, and Jim Carrey wants to start shooting before he moves on to the bank heist comedy Loomis Fargo with Owen Wilson.
Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly are directing from a script by Sean Anders and John Morris, which they directors rewrote themselves. The story revolves around Lloyd and Harry trying to find one of their illegitimate children, so they can donate one of their kidneys to save the child’s life. Red Granite is putting up the $35 million budget, and is selling to foreign territories, while Universal retains domestic distribution rights.
Henry Thomas discusses playing music icon Hank Williams in The Last Ride, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD
Henry Thomas captured America’s heart as Elliott in the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and he hasn’t stopped working since. He starred in one of my personal childhood favorites, Cloak and Dagger, and in notable films such as Valmont, Legends of the Fall, Suicide Kings, All The Pretty Horses, Gangs of New York, Dear John, and many more. The actor returns to play music icon Hank Williams in The Last Ride, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Set just days before the country singer passed away, this drama is based on the true story of a young man (Jesse James) hired to drive Hank to a series of concerts over the New Year’s Eve holiday, and the bond that formed between these very different men. I recently had the chance to speak with Henry Thomas over the phone about The Last Ride. Here’s what he had to say.
I recently got to see this, and I wasn’t too familiar with Hank Williams story, but it was quite an intriguing story. This is based on an actual story, but can you talk about what kind of fictional elements that were added into this story? Was there a balance there?
Henry Thomas: Thank you, first of all. Most of the dialogue was pretty fictional. You can find the true account of the trip, as told by the real chauffeur, a guy named Charles Carr, from Montgomery, Alabama. He was the real Silas, and there are several conspiracies about what happened on that journey, based on his account.
When you play someone as iconic as Hank, how much research goes into the mannerisms, the way he talks, and the way he moves, especially with his condition. Was there a lot you went into, after you got this role?
Henry Thomas: Yes, there was a lot of research on my part. The frustrating thing, for me, was, because of the nature of the project, and the fact that we didn’t have very much money, I was doing other jobs in between, before we were getting to the production phase. I felt a little bit like I didn’t have enough time to put into it, because it felt like such a big character to play, and such a responsibility. I started to get a little obsessed with getting it right, and worried that I didn’t look exactly like him, and that I was going to mess everything up. I didn’t have enough time to lose enough weight, all of these things. I think, ultimately, what happened was, I just started concentrating on the things I could control, and that was creating a character based on what I knew of Hank Williams, and really trying to tell the story, more than anything. Hopefully the audience will believe in the illusion a bit, and part of that was watching how he moved and his performances on stage. Concentrating on the physical things helped me. Also, I’m a guitar player and I sing as well, and even though I don’t perform in the film, a lot of me discovering who he was, was actually going through his songs in my trailer, before I would go on set.
This is very much a story of that time period too. I always kept thinking that if someone as big as Hank Williams was just walking around like that today, he’d be mobbed by the public. You do see instances where he’s recognized, but I thought it was interesting that it was a portrait at that time, where people weren’t as obsessed with singers and celebrities as they are now. I thought it was an intriguing aspect that he can sit down with those guys in West Virginia and hang out and talk about life.
Henry Thomas: Sure. The director, Harry Thomason, he was always saying that not a lot of people, especially on the backroads, had TV’s at the time. Not everybody would have known what Hank Williams would have looked like. They’d know what he sounded like, or maybe they’d see a picture in the paper or something, but that’d be it. He wouldn’t be over-exposed like now (Laughs).
Can you talk about working with Harry Thomason and how he wanted to shape this story?
Henry Thomas: This kind of gestated for a long time, and Harry has been a part of it for most of it’s life. I think he had to struggle with a lot of budgetary restraints, but he stuck with it and got it done. It was a hell of a work load, but I really think, considering what we had and how we had to shoot this, we got some amazing stuff out of it.
I loved the chemistry between you and Jesse. It was such an interesting arc, how contentious it was at first and how the ice began to break. It was really cool to see how that relationship evolved. I know a lot of times, when actors play contentious characters like that, they’re separated on the set. Did you have that at all on this project?
Henry Thomas: We did the opposite. Jesse and I got together all the time, and we would rehearse things off the set, because we didn’t have a lot of time to rehearse when we were on set, and we’d have dinner together and talk about the day. We actually became really good friends, and I talk to him now all the time. We acted all that (Laughs). It was good that, for a young actor, I mean, Jesse wasn’t even 21 at the time we were shooting, he had a really good work ethic and he was really all about getting the best performances we could out of each moment we had. I was really glad for that. That was a big issue in our minds, when we were going into it.
Is there anything you can say about Big Sur? There is just a fantastic cast in that. What can you say about your character, and have you heard anything about release plans?
Henry Thomas: Well, I still haven’t seen the film, but it’s kind of funny because this character I play, I don’t really have that much dialogue, and nobody in the film has much dialogue, because it’s mostly voice-over of Jean-Marc Barr doing Jack Kerouac, which is often-times lifted straight out of the novel. I really don’t have any idea of how much I’m in the film, or anything. It’s really weird, because it was kind of a surreal film, but I’ll tell you the guy I’m supposed to be, if you don’t see me in the movie. I play, basically, one of the contemporaries of Jack Kerouac, who is essentially responsible for bringing Zen Buddhism to the West Coast. He was a poet and a bit of an artist, but he was mainly famous as the guy that introduced San Francisco to Zen Buddhism, and founded one of the Buddhist temples there.
Is there anything you’re working on this summer you can talk about?
Henry Thomas: I did a pilot for ABC called Betrayal, and that got picked up, so I’m officially going to be on everybody’s TV, if they’re tuned to ABC on Sunday’s at some unspecified time. They can watch me every week, which is a first for me, but we’ll see how it plays out. I’m starting up in mid-July in Chicago for the next nine months or so. I play a character who’s the son of a very rich and powerful man, but he suffered an accident and he has brain damage. He’s high-functioning, but mentally deficient, a little slower on the uptake. It’s kind of an interesting character.
Henry Thomas: I’m really happy that people are now able to find it. Everyone I mentioned it to, I was always met with the same reaction of, ‘When can I see that?’ I got a little sick of saying, ‘I don’t know if you’ll ever get to see it,’ so I’m just really happy that it’s out there, and people can find it. Check it out.
That’s all I have. Thanks so much Henry. It was great talking to you.
Henry Thomas: It was great talking to you, Brian.
Actress Sarah Wright discusses her role in 21 & Over, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD June 18
While most college students don’t have a 21st birthday celebration quite like the guys in 21 & Over, actress Sarah Wright had a much different experience, at a much younger age. When I rececntly spoke to the talented actress over the phone, to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release debuting on June 18th, we spoke about her crazy 17th birthday in Japan, playing such a wide variety of ages at this stage in her career, her unusual Idaho audition tape for this role, and much more. Take a look at our exclusive conversation below.
This might be a bit too obvious to start with, but is there anything that specifically stands out about your own 21st birthday experience? I read that you started modeling rather early, so I was curious if you had the typical collegiate 21st experience?
Sarah Wright: (Laughs) I did not. I kind of started younger, to be honest. I was travelling in Japan when I was like 16, and I remember… oh man, this is probably not a good thing to say, but, I was in Japan, in a place called the Lexington Queen, and it was my 17th birthday. This is so cheesy, but I remember “Dancing Queen” came on, and I was 17, and I was totally partying at like 3 o’clock in the morning, taking the train back at like 6 AM. I was like, ‘This is the life.’ I was a little young to start out like that, but that’s what happened. By the time I turned 21, I was like, ‘Oh, please.’ I’ll just go to dinner and have a glass of wine. I’m good (Laughs).
That’s hilarious. I actually remember talking to your husband Eric Christian Olsen on the set of Fired Up. He was talking about when you’re an actor in your mid-20s, how you can play between a high school kid and someone in their mid-20s. Since you play a college student in this one, is that kind of refreshing to be able to play that kind of age range?
Sarah Wright: Yeah, it’s awesome. When I was shooting the movie, they called me to come and shoot a couple of days on Parks and Recreation. I think it was the Halloween episode. I thought it was crazy, because I’m playing Rob Lowe’s girlfriend next week, but this week I’m 21 years old. Yeah, it was great, and I love doing that. When I started in this business, I was turning 20, and I was playing 15 on TV, on the show, so I’m always playing younger, and I’d love to continue playing younger for as long as I possibly can. I think, especially in comedy, it works that way where you’re older but you play younger. It’s fun. I played a college sorority girl in The House Bunny, and that was five or six years ago.
Is there anything in particular you look for when you pick up a script, and what really sparked your interest when you picked up 21 & Over?
Sarah Wright: I first thought, ‘I’m too old for this’ (Laughs). I thought they didn’t want me to do this movie, but my agent said they did and I should check it out. I read it and it’s funny, there are just certain things that drew me in. I love great banter and great funny writing, as anybody who’s reading a script does, but with (writer-directors) Jon (Lucas) and Scott (Moore), the story was so good and so funny. Honestly, in a lot of movies like this, the girl character becomes really small and there’s not a lot going on with her. She’s just sort of there. I kind of felt like this was different. There was more going on with her, she was kind of biting. There was something more to this character, and something more to her story. That’s what really drew me to do this part.
Sarah Wright: They had just officially cast all three of them, when I auditioned for it. I was actually in Idaho. We have a barn, just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I was just there for the summer, to hang out. They asked me to put myself on tape for it, so my husband put me on tape, and he and I were just improving on the tape and just playing around with the material. I was being filmed with the barn doors behind me, and when they asked me to come back to L.A. and read with Skylar for a chemistry read, the first thing they said was, ‘Where were you when you shot that tape? It looks like you were in a barn.’ Yeah, I was in a barn. The guys were cast, and I read with Skylar a couple of times, then I got the part.
Sarah Wright: They were awesome about it. In the audition, one of the first thing they were saying was, ‘The writing sucks, so do whatever you want with it.’ What? It was so funny! They were super open to improv, they encouraged it, and it’s what I think made the movie feel, in my opinion, more natural. Miles (Teller) is always saying all this crazy stuff. We would do a take on the page, then we’d do a take off the page, and where we wanted to take it. They would give us ideas here and there. The whole experience was such a great learning experience for me, and it was awesome. I just shot a thing for their pilot that just got picked up, Jon and Scott. They did the same thing on that set, and let everybody improv. It’s a great way to work.
I actually met those guys on the set of The Change-Up. They’re hilarious.
Sarah Wright: They’re so fun! Jon is hilarious, and he always has these things he’s writing down when you’re doing a scene, then he’ll give you these ideas. Scott is so funny and so smart, and I love that they do stuff together.
With guys like that who have worked together for so long, does it feel like two people are directing the movie, or just one cohesive unit?
Sarah Wright: No, it feels like one cohesive unit. Sometimes you meet a director, and you’re not sure, but even in the audition room, they were just such a good team. Jon has the things that he does and that he sees, and Scott has his own thing. One of them will come out and talk to be about certain specific things, and the other one would have other ideas. They bring so much more to the table, and I thought it was fantastic that they can work that well together.
You have Walk of Shame coming up, which looks rather hilarioius. Can you talk a bit about your character in that, or anything else you have coming up?
Sarah Wright: Yeah, well, first of all, I’m seven months pregnant, so I shot that movie when I was in my second month, third month, and maybe into my fourth month of being pregnant, so it was kind of crazy. At the beginning, I thought it would be totally fine, but by the end of it, I had to wear this super-tight yellow dress, and I was definitely showing a little bit. But no, the character is really fun, she’s very dry and a little aggressive. It’s a fun, far-out there character. I usually play those characters on TV, so it was great to do that in the movie. I play Elizabeth Banks and Gillian Jacobs’ best friend in the movie, and we’re just sort of trying to track her down throughout the film. James Marsden was awesome to work with. I have a great scene with him that I cannot wait to see, where I’m just attacking him. It will be really fun.
Awesome. That’s my time, Sarah. Thanks so much. It was great talking to you.
Sarah Wright: Yeah, great talking to you too.
Alcon Entertainment is in the final stages of developing Dolphin Tale 2, a follow-up to its 2011 box office hit family film, it was announced by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Distributor Warner Bros is setting September 19, 2014 release date.
The original cast in its entirety is in negotiations to reunite for the sequel, including Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, among others. Charles Martin Smith, who directed Dolphin Tale, is set to direct the sequel from his own script.
Alcon will finance and produce the film, which it will release through its output deal with Warner Bros.
Dolphin Tale 2 will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter, but also involving a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.
Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the original film and returns in Dolphin Tale 2 and Hope will play herself in the sequel.
A lowly Lego man named Emmett (Chris Pratt) goes on the adventure of a lifetime in the first trailer for The Lego Movie. Here, we’re introduced to a host of characters such as Will Arnett’s Batman and Morgan Freeman’s Vitruvius, who warns that a nefarious tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell) plans to glue their whole world together. Check out the first footage from this animated adventure, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street).
Ken Levine actually got his start as a screenwriter and playwright before breaking into the video game business. The remake is said to be a passion project for the writer, who will still develop video games through his Irrational Games company while working on the script.
The original Logan’s Run, released in 1976, is set in a world where everyone must be willingly executed by the age of 21. Those who try to test their fate are known as “runners,” and are chased down by Sandmen. Michael York starred as a Sandman named Logan 5, who becomes a runner himself when he reaches the maximum age of 30. He ventures outside of the domed city where all of humanity lives, to take his chances in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Several filmmakers have tried to bring this remake to the big screen in recent years, such as Carl Rinsch (47 Ronin), Alex Garland (Dredd 3D), and Will Beall (Gangster Squad). Most recently, director Nicolas Winding Refn planned on reuniting with his Drive star Ryan Gosling for this project, before the actor bowed out in October.
Director Bryan Singer released yet another photo from the X-Men: Days of Future Past set in Montreal today, which reveals a few intriguing things about the story. For one, since this is obviously taken from the White House Set, President Nixon, featured in a photo from earlier this month, seems ready to take action against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who were likely responsible for an attack in Paris. While it has not been confirmed, this scene could lead to the creation of the Sentinels, who hunt down every mutant on Earth. The Paris attack is likely the reason for the war protesters seen outside the French Embassy in another recent set photo. Stay tuned for more photos from Bryan Singer as shooting continues in Montreal on this superhero sequel, revealing one plot detail at a time.
From Haddie Braverman to a bullet in the chest, every step brings you closer to the edge! After stunning audiences at the Sundance Film Festival this January, writer-director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station heads to theaters July 26 from The Weinstein Company. The latest poster showcases Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area man whose story made national headlines on New Year’s Eve 2008 after he was wrongly gunned down by police. This heralded true-life drama co-stars Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz.
If there ever was one poster that was “kind of a big deal,” it would be this simplistic yet epic one-sheet for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Much like the first poster that debuted last May, we don’t see the full cast, only the glorious mustache of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy. In addition, Paramount Pictures has announced that the latest trailer will debut tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
The annual Licensing Expo is currently happening in Las Vegas, where it was revealed that Jurassic Park IV is now slated for a 2015 release, and that it will be shot in 3D. Last month, Universal Pictures pulled the action sequel from its July 13, 2014 release date, to give the filmmakers and the studio “adequate time” to make the best possible movie. While Universal hasn’t confirmed an exact release date, it seems likely they will aim for a summer 2015 debut.
In addition, director Colin Trevorrow tweeted last week that he is “back at work” on the follow-up. Take a look at the massive Jurassic Park IV banner that is on display at the Licensing Expo, along with director Colin Trevorrow’s tweet.
Colin Trevorrow is directing from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). No cast members have been confirmed yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have more information.
The story, based on James Dashner’s novel, centers on a group of teenagers who are transported to a bizarre maze known as The Glade, with none of them having any memory of getting there. Ava Paige is the one responsible for bringing these teens to The Glade, as a test to find the strongest warriors in this dystopian society. Dylan O’Brien stars as Thomas, who tries to figure a way out of this massive structure. Thomas Sangster, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, and Kaya Scodelario co-star in this thriller.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has signed a slate of renowned global licensees, led by master toy partner Bandai America Incorporated, to capture the adventurous thrills of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated film Godzilla. Returning the character to its epic roots, Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014, with a star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.
Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty retailers.
Here’s what Joel Chiodi, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Marketing, Legendary Entertainment, had to say in a statement.
Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, also released the following statement.
Bringing the monster-tail to life, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Legendary Pictures, has developed a roaring roster of licensees ready to create product in a variety of categories including toys and figures, apparel and accessories, costumes, publishing and more. Global master toy partner Bandai will release action figures and play sets inspired by the spectacular adventure film.
Additional licensees developing product to support the larger-than-life tentpole film include NECA with gifts and novelties; Jakks Pacific with large scale figures; Bioworld with on-trend apparel; and Sideshow Collectibles with authentic statues. Trevco will also release a line of t-shirts and apparel, while Rubie’s will design Godzilla costumes that are sure to delight children and adult fans. Products inspired by the film will be available at retailers worldwide, with several products also available at WBShop.com.
Toho Co., Ltd.’s Godzilla franchise contains one of the most widely recognized movie monsters worldwide, including more than 25 films, multiple television programs, video games and book series. Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment. Slated to open beginning May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.
Back in January, we reported that Felicity Jones had signed on for an unspecified role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While promoting her upcoming indie film Breathe In, the actress was asked if she was looking forward to fans seeing her as The Black Cat, a.k.a. Felicia Hardy. While she didn’t give a definitive yes, her response seems to indicate that she is playing Felicia Hardy.
We reported yesterday that Sony has given The Amazing Spider-Man 3 a 2016 release date, with The Amazing Spider-Man 4 following in 2018. It seems possible that they could be setting her up as Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, to use her as the villainous Black Cat in one of the upcoming sequels.
Felicia Hardy/Black Cat first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 in July 1979. Felicia is the daughter of a world-famous cat burglar, who trained herself to follow in her father’s criminal footsteps.