Draft of “The Fault In Our Stars” Script Complete

If you are a fan of the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then you will be very happy to know that a draft of the script has been finished for about a month and Fox 2000 is moving forward with their movie adaptation. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters who wrote (500) Days of  Summer, have been working on a script for The Fault in Our Stars.

For those of you who have not read this excellent novel, I suggest that you do so. The story is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Hazel Lancaster who has relied on an oxygen tank to breathe because her thyroid cancer has spread to her lungs. She starts to become depressed and her parents make her attend a weekly support group. Here, she meets a boy named Augustus Waters. They begin to spend time together and get to know each other very well. The story then shifts to their relationship, the happy moments, and the struggles that they go through because of cancer affecting their lives. Augustus tries to make Hazel realize that she is extraordinary, and even if she doesn’t become a rock star or become famous, she still matters.

When the draft of the script was complete, producer Wyck Godfrey, tweeted: “Just read first draft of #TheFaultInOurStars! I must make this! Best script ever! Thank you Scott and Mike!” A fan saw this and replied, “If this happens I will flip!” and then Godfrey responded, “It WILL happen. Start practicing your flips.”

It’s a pretty big deal that Godfrey is so excited about this film and it shows that there are big names willing to work on this project. I am quite excited to start hearing more about the actual production and casting details and all that good stuff! I cannot wait for this movie!

Have you read this book? Is this a book that you might be interested in? Are you looking forward to the film adaptation?

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Casting Scoop – Jena Malone in the Running for Johanna Mason Role in “Catching Fire”

Entertainment Weekly has announced that Stepmom and Sucker Punch star Jena Malone is in the running for the role of Johanna Mason in The Huger Games: Catching Fire. Malone began her acting career at 12 years old in the acclaimed Showtime movie Bastard out of Carolina and as a young Jodie Foster in the sci-fi drama Contact. Plus, she recently appeared in History’s rating-record-breaking miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

Personally, I think that she would do an excellent job as Johanna Mason and do the role justice. She is a very strong actress and could do well as being apart of the Hunger Games franchise.

Entertainment Weekly also confirmed that Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska is not in the running for the role and she has not been approached by Lionsgate about being in the film. According to Wasikowska’s reps, she would not be available for filming anyway as she has conflicting projects.

What is your opinion on Malone possibly being cast in this gritty role? Are you anxiously waiting official casting announcements for Catching Fire?

Jena Malone.

Rising Star Monday – Brenton Thwaites

I recently blogged that Disney has cast their Prince for their new film Maleficent–his name is Brenton Thwaites. This young man started to get a lot more media attention once it was announced that he’ll be co-starring with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the Disney film. Plus, a TV movie that he starred in, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, was released on June 16, 2012. Thwaites’ rise to stardom is happening as he is playing romantic leads in back-to-back projects that will serve as his introduction to the world audience.

The Queensland, Australia, native only broke into the business in 2010 after graduating from Queensland University of Technology where he studied acting. He starred in an independent Australian film, Charge Over You, in 201o and then began working in television. He had roles in the Australian television dramas Sea Patrol, SLiDE, and Home and Away in 2011. From there he went on to work on Blue Lagoon: The Awakening and as mentioned, in the forthcoming Maleficent.

This young man has a promising career ahead of him and is currently in London filming Maleficent.

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First Photos of Lindsay Lohan in “Liz and Dick”

Lifetime Television has released photos from the companies’ new movie Liz and Dick. In this Lifetime Movie, Lindsay Lohan will be playing Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler will be playing Richard Burton.

There is still very little information on the actual production and exactly what the film will be about regarding Elizabeth Taylor’s life. It is currently being filmed in Los Angeles and as of right now set to release on November 2, 2012. The production is actually under investigation from the IATSE film union due to claims the Lohan is exhausted and feeling overworked.

Do you think this Lifetime Movie will do well? Do you feel Lohan will do the role justice?

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“Celeste and Jesse Forever” – Trailer and Photos

This Lee Toland Krieger-directed romantic comedy follows Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), who met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Celeste is an owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste believes divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do, and if they do it now instead of later, they can stay friends. Jesse is still in love with her, but he respects her wishes and they begin the process of divorce. As the reality of the divorce hits Celeste, she realizes that her decision, which seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish.Celeste and Jesse Forever is a humorous and honest look at what happens when our heart is broken and the hard road it takes to heal it.

Some other cast members in this film include: Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, and Will McCormack. Both Rashida Jones and Will McCormack wrote the script and are starring in the movie. Celeste and Jesse Forever is set to hit theaters August 3, 2012.

Here is a link to the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/celesteandjesseforever/

Are you looking forward to this movie? Do you think Jones and Samberg will make a good team?

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“The Bourne Legacy” Release Date Changed

Universal has decided to push the release date for The Bourne Legacy from August 3 to August 10. The studio came out with a statement explaining why:

“Just as The Avengers demonstrated marketplace sustainability that well outpaced traditional patterns earlier this summer, the industry expects a similar trajectory for The Dark Knight Rises. Moving one week further from its release will give The Bourne Legacy an even greater opportunity to maximize its opening box-office potential. Moving to Aug. 10 will also allow us to extend valuable promotion for the film across all NBCUniversal platforms during the Olympics, which will dominate television and digital audiences beginning July 27. We are excited about this new chapter in our Bourne franchise and confident that Aug. 10 is the right date for our film and for our industry as a whole.”

Do you think that Universal made a good choice changing the release date?

Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/ and http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/06/22/the-bourne-legac-release-date-changed/

Jennifer Hudson cast for Season Two of “Smash”

It was recently announced that Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson has been cast in a multi-episode arc as a Broadway star. An Entertainment Weekly article gives some detail about her character and what is to be expected in the second season:

“NBC’s Smash is getting another American Idol veteran. Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson is joining NBC’s musical drama for a multi-episode arc next season.

Hudson will portray “Veronica Moore,” who’s described as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (fellow Idol vet Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). “This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”

Hudson won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirlsand picked up a Grammy for her self-titled debut album. Added executive producer Steven Spielberg: “First Dreamgirls, now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC.”

Smash, one of several NBC shows getting a new showrunner next season, is expected to return to the network’s schedule in early 2013.”

Do you think Hudson will do a good job on the show? Are you looking forward to seeing her on the show?

Source: http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/06/22/jennifer-hudson-smash/