Casting News – Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix Join the Cast of Woody Allen’s Next Film

Stone and Phoenix signed onto Woody Allen’s next film, which is expected to begin filming in July. The project is currently untitled, with no plot details available. The film also has no distributor, but Sony Pictures is in the top spot.

With Stone coming off a big weekend at the box office with the recent premiere of her film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this could be a beneficial deal for Allen and potential distributors for the film.

What do you think about the cast so far? Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Movie Exclusive – First Official Trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Fans of the Marvel universe may be very excited to know that the first official full-length trailer was released today for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This thrilling and action-packed trailer gives us a closer glimpse at some of the major characters joining the franchise.

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In this second film the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the stakes seem much higher as more powerful villains have come into power. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is put to the test as Spider-Man when his new foes come into town. He must solve a mystery when he realizes they are all connected through OsCorp.

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We get a closer glimpse at Paul Giamatti as The Rhino and Jamie Foxx as Electro, who are the two major villains Spider-Man must face in this film. We also get our first look at Chris Cooper and Dan DeHaan as Norman and Harry Osborn. Of course, we see more of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Sally Field as Aunt May.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to hit theaters on May 2, 2014! Watch the exciting and action-packed new trailer below:

What did you think of this new trailer? Are you excited to see more of the new characters joining the franchise? What do you think of the new cast members joining this project?

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Source: YouTube and IMDbPro

Casting News – Jessica Chastain Joins the Cast of Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”

Actress Jessica Chastain has definitely earned her way into Hollywood stardom after gaining two separate Oscar nominations in two years. It was recently announced that she will be part of the cast for Guillermo del Toro’s next horror project, Crimson Peak. Del Toro and Chastain also worked together on Mama.

Crimson Peak is slowly gaining talented actors as apart of the cast as Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, and Benedict Cumberbatch have also recently been officially signed on for the project.

Del Toro has stated that this new film is “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” He wrote the original version of the script with Matthew Robbins, and Lucinda Coxon recently worked on a rewrite. The story follows a women who becomes suspicious of her husband’s behavior and begins to realize he might not be who he pretends to be.

As of right now, there are no major details on the characters and which parts the actors were cast in so far. Be sure to check back for more characters details as I will post them when they become available!

What do you think of these casting choices? Would you be interested in seeing Crimson Peak? What is your favorite del Toro-directed film? What is your favorite film that Chaztain has starred in?

Jessica Chastain

Sources: Collider and The Hollywood Reporter

“Gangster Squad” – Release Date to be Changed

Due to the recent events at the Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Brothers is planning to change the release date of the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad. This film was originally going to hit theaters September 7, 2012, but now the studio is looking at a 2013 release. This change is needed for the cast and crew to do reshoots because of a scene of a movie theater shooting in the completed film. A trailer for the film had a glimpse of this scene and it was pulled out of respect for the victims and because that scene will no longer be in the film.

As I have mentioned, this film has an amazing cast that includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, and finally, Sean Penn – (Really, I mean how can you go wrong?) Gangster Squad is set in 1949 Los Angeles and is a retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

The studio is currently looking at January 11, 2013 for the new release date. However, the studio is considering when and how quickly the cast can be brought in for reshoots and their availibility for press events and premieres before officially changing the release date. The studio is also considering what other films are being released around that time and the only “competition” on the January 11 release date is is Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

I would like to just take a moment to say my heart goes out to the victims of the Aurora incident and I hope they all make a speedy recovery. I cannot imagine what they are all going through and I send out my best wishes to all of them.

UPDATE: The release date has officially been moved to January 11, 2013.

A poster for “Gangster Squad.”
Christian Bale and his wife Sibi Blazic visiting the memorial for the victims of the Aurora incident.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gangster-squad-warner-bros-january-release-353770

Rising Star Monday – Andrew Garfield

It is time for another “Rising Star Monday” here on TrulyLuminary! Our star this week is actor Andrew Garfield.

Andrew Garfield has dual American and British citizenship and he was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Lynn, is British and his father, Richard, is American. Garfield’s family moved back to Britain when he was three years old, he is Jewish and his family was “middle class”. He was brought up in Surrey England and he was a gymnast and a swimmer when he was younger. Garfield was originally going to study business, however he became interested in acting. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and graduated from this program in 2004.

Garfield began his acting career by taking classes at the age of 12 and participated in several stage plays including Bugsy Malone and Romeo and Juliet. In 2005 he broke into television with guest starring roles on the British shows Sugar Rush and Doctor Who. So far, his film credits include Lions for Lambs,The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never let Me Go, The Social Network, and most recently he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man. His role in The Social Network shot him to stardom and gained him critical acclaim with two BAFTA award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role.”

In March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway debut as Biff Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman, which was directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols and performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This revival also stared Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Award nominee Linda Emond. Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award as a best featured actor in a play for the role.

Are you a fan of Andrew Garfield? What do you think of the films that he has been in?

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1940449/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Garfield