Casting News – Jessica Chastain joins “The Huntsman”

The Wrap and Deadline have reported that actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman. As of right now, it looks like she will be playing the Huntsman’s love interest. (Maybe his beloved wife he mentioned in the first film?)

The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman will be taking a deeper look into the universe and showing backstory for the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Raveena (Theron). Currently, it does not look like Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White just yet as this sequel will be focusing more on the Huntsman’s backstory. Actor Nick Frost played a dwarf in the first film and it looks like he will be one of the only dwarves returning to the franchise.

(photo by Douglas Kirkland - via IMDb)
(photo by Douglas Kirkland – via IMDb)

Actress Emily Blunt has officially been cast as the new villain after reaching a deal with Universal. Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his directorial debut and Joe Roth will be coming back as producer.

There is currently no release date for the awaited sequel, but we expect that to be announced in the coming months.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more details about The Huntsman?

Sources: The Wrap and Deadline

Female Protagonists in Hollywood – Thoughts on a recent study

Deadline Hollywood published an article focusing on the lack of female protagonists in Hollywood films. Dr. Martha Lauzen is the Executive Director of San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and she recently conducted a study, inspiring Deadline’s article.

While studies or reports like this are important, it is no secret that Hollywood has struggled with providing strong female protagonists on the big and small screens alike. This leads us to ask the question: Was this study really needed to prove the lack of female voices in Hollywood?

Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay - Part 1 (photo via IMDb)
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay – Part 1 (photo via IMDb)

According to Dr. Lauzen’s study, females made up only 12% of protagonists represented in the 100 highest-grossing films of last year. Additionally, only 29% of the major characters and 30% of all speaking roles were portrayed by females. Dr. Lauzen also found that films with a female director or screenwriter had over three times the amount of female protagonists when compared to films written and directed by men.

This study highlights the inherent issue of representation within Hollywood, but does not seem to reveal any new information surrounding the issue. If anything, Dr. Lauzen only further reveals the unfortunate misogynistic nature of the business and the amount of underrepresentation present. Whether it is gender or race, Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of diverse representation in film and television.

As previously stated, it is no secret that Hollywood struggles with representation so Dr. Lauzen’s study was not really an eye-opening revelation. However, the study was useful in proving it is still an issue and things have not improved in modern society.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think this study was necessary?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Details on the Final Season of “Glee”

Fans of Glee are aware that the focus has shifted in the most recent episodes of the show. Not only are we in a new location, several beloved characters are currently not part of the storyline. However, creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed some interesting details about the upcoming final season.

In an press call with TV Line, Murphy explained: “The final season is its own story in its own location; it is not New York-centric at all.”

He also revealed: “It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of the (Sue Sylvester) and (Will Schuester) in a big way.” 

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(Photo via TV Line)

According to Deadline, the final season will include a total of 24 episodes, two of which are left over from season five. After the unexpected and tragic passing of Cory Monteith, the creators’ decided to cut two episodes from the current season. The original plans for the final season, and big final scene, also had to change after Monteith’s passing. 

Murphy talked about what has changed for the final scene saying it “is about Rachel and Mr. Schue, and it returns them to their origins, their roots, how they felt about each other when they were much younger and everything was idyllic. I think the ending has to be a reflection and a celebration of how far all those characters have come.”

Read the full interview on TV Line! What do you think of this news? How do you think this new scene is going to play out? Do you think this is a good alternative that will make fans happy?

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(Photo via TV Line)

Sources: TV Line and Deadline

Production Exclusive – Developments in Movie Adaptation of John Green’s “Paper Towns”

With the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars just months away from hitting theaters, Fox 2000 Pictures has likely seen that fans want more movies based on Green’s novels. Deadline is reporting that the production company has started development and will be adapting Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns.

Fox also seemed to like the team that worked on The Fault in Our Stars movie. It was announced yesterday that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will once again be penning the script, and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will also be returning. There is currently no director signed on to the project.

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A cover of “Paper Towns” (photo via JohnGreenbooks.com)

John Green will be an executive producer on this project along with Neustadter and Weber. In some other interesting news, actor Nat Wolff, who portrays Isaac in Fault, has been cast as Quentin.

Paper Towns follows Quentin, a young man who shares a strange connection with his neighbour Margo. As kids, they found a man who committed suicide in a local park. Margo ends up distancing herself from Quentin. until one night when she drags him out on a crazy adventure of revenge. The next morning she has vanished and Quentin takes it upon himself to search for her.

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Nat Wolff (photo via IMDb)

Sounds like it is going to be one big reunion on set! What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting and production news for Paper Towns?

Sources: DeadlineIMDb and JohnGreenbooks.com

Movie Exclusive – “Entertainment Weekly” Releases New “Divergent” Stills

This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly has a major feature on the upcoming Divergent adaptation that fans will surely love to read. EW has recently shared some more amazing new images from the highly awaited film! We have been very spoiled this week initiates!

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These new images give us a deeper look at the character relationships between Tris and the other Dauntless initiates. There are also some new images of Tris working hard during training sessions. Plus, some of the photos show the detail put into the set construction, props, and costumes.

Take a look at some of the stills in the gallery below and be sure to check out the rest on Entertainment Weekly.

Divergent is directed by Neil Burger and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, and Jai Courtney.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Entertainment Weekly” Reveals Exclusive “Divergent” cover

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the most recent cover for a special edition of the magazine. This issue is going to have some exciting exclusives from the Divergent movie adaptation. The cover, of course, features Shailene Woodley and Theo James as their characters Tris and Four.

A major part of the feature is going to focus on the importance of a strong box office performance and how the Divergent series could be the next major young adult franchise.

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There will also be interviews with some of the stars of the franchise, exclusive photos, and some behind-the-scenes coverage. Be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands later this week.

Additionally, EW released another exclusive still featuring also featuring Woodley and James. In this new still, Tris and Four seem to be taking a break from training and having romantic moment.

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What do you think of the new cover and the exclusive still? Will you be buying this edition of the magazine? Do you like reading behind-the-scenes information and articles? Do you think Divergent could be the next big young adult franchise? Share what you think in the comments below!

Sources: Entertainment Weekly (cover article), Entertainment Weekly (image)

Exclusive New “Divergent” Still of Shailene Woodley and Theo James

People released a new exclusive still from the Divergent adaptation featuring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

In this new still, Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) seem to be having a private moment, which most likely happens after an intense action scene as Tris has a visible wound on her shoulder.

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Divergent is directed by Neil Burger and stars Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Kate Winslet. The release for this highly anticipated film is only a few weeks away (March 21, 2014). Stay tuned for a review Luminaries!

Are you looking forward to the Divergent adaptation? What do you think of this exclusive new image? Who is your favorite Divergent character?

Source: People.com