Television Exclusive – Casting Updates for Season Five of “Glee”

As most Glee fans are aware, several new characters were introduced into the show last season. A lot of fans have mixed feelings about these new characters, but it is clear Ryan Murphy and his team at Fox know what they want to do with these new characters.

Actors Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder), and Alex Newell (Wade or “Unique”) have all been promoted to series regulars and their roles will become more important when season five begins in September.

However, with these promotions, actors Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum Jr (Mike) have been downgraded to guest stars for next season.

What do you think of these cast changes? Who is your favorite Glee character? Are you interested in seeing how these changes will effect season five?

Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Blake Jenner, and Alex Newell
Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Blake Jenner, and Alex Newell

Source: Deadline

First Look – Six New Images for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Six new images have been revealed for director Darren Aronofsky’s next major motion picture, Noah. These new images from the highly anticipated film feature Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, and Anthony Hopkins.

Aronofsky has also directed films such as Black Swan and The Wrestler and has produced several other critically acclaimed films. He is a very talented film maker and tends to be involved in many different aspects of the movies he makes. For Noah, Aronofsky was one of the screenwriters who worked on the script and is on of six producers.

Although Noah is based off of the classic biblical story of Noah’s Ark, it is going to focus in on details of the story and have a more gritty and realistic feel to it. According to an article on Collider, the overall purpose of the ark will be different in this adaptation. Instead of the ark being a ship for travelling in, the ark is designed to simply prevail against the flood.

In addition, the costumes are also quite different compared to what is usually portrayed in the biblical tale, adding more to the gritty feeling Aronofsky and his team were aiming for.

Noah also stars Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Mark Margolis, Sami Gayle, and Madison Davenport. What do you think of these new images in the gallery below? Are you a fan of Aronofsky’s work as a director? Will you be seeing Noah when it hits theaters March 28, 2014?

Russell Crowe as Noah
Russell Crowe as Noah

 

Sources: Collider and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Action-Packed New Trailer Released for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

A stunning and action-packed new trailer has been released for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters! This new trailer gives us a deeper and broader look at the overall storyline for the film. In addition, it captures the essence of the journey Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his fellow demigods embark on in this film.

Some of the scenes we have had a chance to see already in previous trailers, but there are several new scenes that will leave Percy Jackson fans excited for the film to finally hit theaters August 7, 2013! Watch the exciting and action-packed trailer here.

For those who may need a refresher or are unfamiliar with the story of Sea of Monsters, here is an official synopsis:

Percy Jackson has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp’s borders and to save their home is to find the mythical Golden Fleece. And the only who can undertake this dangerous quest are Percy and his friends. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was directed by Thor Freudenthal and also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Missi Pyle, Anthony Head, Nathan Fillion, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Percy Jackson - poster #3

Source: YouTube

Casting Rumor – Anna Kendrick Could Journey “Into the Woods” as Cinderella

Casting rumors circulating actress Anna Kendrick are stating she is in talks to play Ciinderella in the Disney adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. The actress revealed her vocal talents last year in Pitch Perfect and is currently working on an adaptation of another musical, The Last Five Years.

This project already has a great cast lined up with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski all in various stages of negotiations. Corden will be playing the Baker, Ullman will be playing Jack the Giant Killer’s mother, and Baranski will be playing Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Into the Woods is a very unique, interesting, and darkly comedic musical. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Anna Kendrick

Cinderella’s situation is a little different in this musical as she is already married to the Prince (Pine), but it turns out he is quite vain. However, she is still trying to find herself and her place in the world.

Rod Marshall will be directing Disney’s adaptation of this popular musical. Plus, John DeLuca is producing, James Lapine wrote the screenplay, and David Krane will be working on the music for the highly anticipated movie musical.

Will you be interested in seeing Into the Woods as a movie musical? Do you think Kendrick will be right for the role of Cinderella? Be sure to check in for more news about Into the Woods as production development and casting continues!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, MovieFoneand IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Official Trailer for “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County, is being made into a major motion picture and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company. In 2007, Letts’ play debuted in Chicago at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and later made a Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater.  In 2008, the show went on to win five Tony Awards, including best play.

This critically acclaimed play is finally getting the big screen treatment and has an amazing team behind it.  John Wells is directing the film and Letts actually wrote the screenplay. The cast involved in this film is phenomenal and includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney.

Watch the wonderful first trailer for the film here. For those unfamiliar with the play, here is an official synopsis for August: Osage County (via Apple Movie Trailers):

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

What did you think of this trailer? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters November 8, 2013? Do you think August: Osage County could be a contender come award season?

August Osage County - poster

Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro

Casting News – Helena Bonham Carter to Join Disney’s “Cinderella” as Fairy Godmother

The production of Cinderella had some trouble with finding its princess at first, but Downton Abbey actress Lily James was cast as the title role back in early May. Well, the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation has recently found its fairy godmother in actress Helena Bonham Carter.

According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, the fairy godmother will be getting more screen time as she will be watching over Cinderella disguised as a beggar. Then, of course, as the story goes on she will reveal her powers and who she truly is.

The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Richard Madden of Game of Thrones as Prince Charming. The evil step-sisters will be played by another Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger of The Borgias. Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron will be producing this project, which is aiming for a fall production start in London this year.

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Bonham Carter is right for the role of the fairy godmother? What do you think of the other cast members involved in this project?

Helena Bonham Carter

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Five Exclusive Images for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” Released

As the release date for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters nears closer, more exclusives are being released for fans to enjoy! Five new stills were published online and once again, they feature several of the major players in the film.

These stills give us a closer look at the relationships between the characters and a better look at new characters that are being introduced in the sequel. One of the stills features Logan Lerman and Leven Rambin, giving us a look at the relationship between their characters Percy Jackson and Clarisse La Rue.  This still also gives us a sneak peek at Polyphemus’ Cave. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Polyphemus is a Cyclops who lives on an island in the middle of the Sea of Monsters.

One of the other stills features the actors at Camp Half-Blood and gives us a closer look at the Golden Fleece that Percy and his fellow demigods go on a quest to find.  Finally, a third still features Percy, Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), and Tyson (Douglas Smith) running through a city street.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is directed by Thor Freudenthal and also stars Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Missi Pyle, Anthony Head, Nathan Fillion, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters #8

What do you think of these new stills? Who is your favorite Percy Jackson character? Will you being going on this next adventure with Percy and his friends when the film hits theaters August 7, 2013?

Source: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Facebook page