Casting News – Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join “Batman Vs. Superman”

Warner Brothers Studios shared some exciting Batman Vs. Superman casting news today. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially joined the awaited Man of Steel sequel. Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor and Irons will be portraying Alfred.

It is quite exciting that both of these characters will be brought into the franchise as Lex Luthor is a staple character in Superman and Alfred is a major character in the Batman universe.

(Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)
Jesse Eisenberg (Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)

According to an article on Variety, the film is still in early pre-production. This also became evident when it was announced recently the studio will be pushing the blockbuster from a prime July 2015 position to May 6, 2016.

Batman Vs. Superman is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay will be penned by David S. Goyer. Plus, the cast also includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)
Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)

What do you think of these casting choices? Do you think Eisenberg and Irons are right for these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing them as these characters? Stay tuned for more Batman Vs. Superman news as production continues!

Sources: VarietyFlickr.com, and IMDb

Movie Exclusive – First Official Full Length Trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”

After weeks of rumors circulating and an unfortunate premature “leak,” the official trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie is here! Of course, this trailer gives audiences an in depth look at some early footage from the film and sets up the story quite well.

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We get our first look at some of the major scenes between Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). In addition, we get a glimpse at some scenes with Hazel and her parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell). Something that is also very sweet about the trailer is our first look at the friendship between Augustus and Isaac (Nat Wolff).

Although we do see scenes from the Amsterdam portion of the story, we do not get to see Willem Dafoe as Hazel’s favorite author, Peter Van Houten. However, this trailer is more focused on setting up the love story between Hazel and Augustus anyway. Watch the fantastic first trailer below:

The Fault in Our Stars was directed by Josh Boone and the cast also includes Lotte Verbeek, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, and David Whalen.

What did you think of this new trailer? Does this make you more excited for the movie? What do you think of the cast now that you have seen them in character? Check back in for more The Fault in Our Stars exclusives as we get closer to the release date!

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Sources: YouTube

First Official Trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie to be Released Tomorrow

There have been rumors circulating around the release date of The Fault in Our Stars trailer for weeks. However, these rumors can finally be put to rest as it was officially announced that it will be released tomorrow morning! At first it was believed that it was going to be released on Valentine’s Day, which was partially true because that is when it is going to start playing in movie theaters. [*UPDATE* The trailer actually starting playing theaters on February 7, 2014.]

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Unfortunately, somebody who had been trusted with a copy of the trailer leaked it online over the weekend, but it was swiftly taken down due to obvious copyright issues. I believe that the premature “leak” of the trailer pushed Fox to decide to release it earlier.

In a recent Vlogbrothers video, author John Green answered some fan questions about the film and shared a special teaser:

What do you think of this exciting news? What do you think of the teaser John shared? Are you looking forward to the official release of The Fault in Our Stars movie? Who is your favorite character in the story? Stay tuned for the trailer!

Sources: YouTube and Twitter

Film Festival Coverage – Sundance 2014 Winners List

The Sundance Film Festival is always a very busy and important week for the film industry. At the festival, filmmakers present their projects in hopes to generate buzz and get a distribution deal.

Sundance typically generates some of the best films throughout the year and gives everyone in the industry an idea of the cinematic horizon ahead. One of the biggest winners in the competition category was director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash as it took home the two major honors.

Damien Chazelle (Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)
Damien Chazelle (Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)

Here is the complete list of winners for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (via GoldenGlobes.com):

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Whiplash

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Rich Hill

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
To Kill a Man

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Return to Homs

Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura
Whiplash

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Difret

Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary
The Green Prince

Audience Award: Best of NEXT
Imperial Dreams

Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic
Fishing Without Nets, Cutter Hodierne

Directing Award: U. S. Documentary
The Case Against 8, Ben Cotner & Ryan White

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic
52 Tuesdays, Sophie Hyde

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic
Low Down, Christopher Blauvelt

Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary
E-TEAM, Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Lilting, Ula Pontikos

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary
Happiness, Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeld

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent
Dear White People, Justin Simien

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The Octopus Project

U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking
The Overnighters

U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of Animation
Watchers of the Sky

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance
God Help the Girl

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery
We Come as Friends

Editing Award: U. S. Documentary 
Watchers of the Sky

Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic
The Skeleton Twins, Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Blind, Eskil Vogt

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
I Origins

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Of God and Dogs

Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction
Gregor/y Go Boom

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
The Cut

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Yearbook

Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision
Rat Pack Rat

Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction
Love. Love. Love.

Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting
Burger

Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube
Chapel Perilous

What do you think of these results? Are you interested in seeing any of these films? What do you think these results could mean for the rest of the film festival season? Do you think any of these films could be award contenders next year?

(Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)
(Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)

Source: GoldenGlobes.com

56th Annual Grammy Awards – Complete Winners List

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and all of the biggest music stars attended the show. The biggest winners of the night were Daft Punk and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

There were tons of amazing performances by artists such as Pink, Jay Z and Beyonce, and Lorde. When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their hit “Same Love,” 34 mixed couples were married in front of the whole audience, creating one of the night’s most memorable moments.

Larry Busacca/WireImage.com (via Grammy.com)
Larry Busacca/WireImage.com (via Grammy.com)

Best Country Album:
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Royals” — Lorde

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

Best Rock Song
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording 
“Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

Best Rock Performance:
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

Best Rock Album:
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin

Best Alternative Music Album:
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance:
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Unapologetic — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

Best Rap Performance:
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

Best Rap Album:
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Gospel Album:
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Best Comedy Album:
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin

Song Of The Year:
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album Of The Year:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

What do you think of these results? What did you think of the performances during the show? Did any of your favorite artists win tonight?

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and Grammy.com

Casting News – Hugh Jackman Officially Joins Joe Wright’s “Pan”

Hugh Jackman does not usually play the villain, but it looks like he will be journeying into new acting territory in the Joe Wright-directed Pan. The actor will be taking on the role of Blackbeard in the Warner Brothers Peter Pan prequel. 

Jason Fuchs will be penning the script for this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. A new part of the narrative will focus on the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain Hook working together before Hook ultimately turns evil.

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)

Here is an official synopsis (via The Playlist):

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

According to Variety, Warner Brothers will be holding an open casting call for the roles of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily. For the time being, no other roles have officially been cast.  

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What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think this sounds like an interesting new take on the classic story? Who do you think should play Peter Pan and Tiger Lily? Stay tuned for more coverage of Pan as early production continues!

Sources: The Playlist and Variety

Movie Exclusive – First Look at “The Giver” Starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

Actor Jeff Bridges has been working for almost 20 years to bring Lois Lowry’s The Giver to the silver screen. After a long journey of pitching and rejections, Harvey Weinstein finally agreed to take on the project.

Bridges originally wanted his father to play the role of The Giver, but he has since passed away. However, he has taken on the iconic role and is a producer on the film as well. Entertainment Weekly recently released two new photos from the film, giving us our first look at Bridges as The Giver and Australian newcomer, Brenton Thwaites, as Jonas.

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For anyone who may be unfamiliar with the story, here is an official synopsis (via Goodreads): “Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce and also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, and Emma Tremblay.

Will you be heading to theaters to see The Giver when it releases on August 15, 2014? What do you think of these new photos from the film? What do you think about the cast behind this project?

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Goodreads