Casting News – Actress Mireille Enos Joins “If I Stay” Cast

Production on the film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s popular young adult novel, If I Stay is finally picking up! Back in January, we reported that actress Chloe Grace Moretz signed on to the project as the female lead, Mia.

When the film shifted studios from Summit Entertainment to MGM, people were unsure if she would still be apart of the project. However, she officially signed on for the film under MGM back in June.

Well, today there was some more exciting news announced! Actress Mireille Enos has signed on to play Mia’s mother Kat. Enos is currently known for playing Sarah Linden in AMC’s The Killing and Karin Lane in World War Z.

RJ Cutler has also officially signed on as the film’s director and production is in the casting stage. There is no release date yet, but production is set to start here in Vancouver in October of this year! Stay tuned for more news about the If I Stay movie adaptation!

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Source: Deadline

Production Exclusive – Sam Mendes to Direct Next “James Bond” Film

It has been exclusively announced that director Sam Mendes will indeed be returning to direct the 24th James Bond film. The next instalment in the popular British film franchise currently does not have an official title. However, it has been confirmed that actor Daniel Craig will also be returning to the franchise as 007.

Sony and MGM must realize that the production team used for Skyfall created a very successful Bond film as screenwriter John Logan will also be returning to write the script.

It is interesting that Mendes has decided to return to the franchise because he publicly stated that he wanted to devote himself to working on the West End stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before moving on to another film project.

Actor Daniel Craig on the set of "Skyfall"
Actor Daniel Craig on the set of “Skyfall”

In a recent statement, Mendes had this to say about returning to the franchise: “I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

The next Bond film is currently set to hit theaters in the UK on October 23, 2015 and on November 6, 2015 in the United States. What do you think of this interesting production news? Are you a fan of the James Bond franchise? Who is your favorite Bond? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Director Sam Mendes working with actress Judi Denchon the set of "Skyfall"
Director Sam Mendes working with actress Judi Dench on the set of “Skyfall”

Source: The Wrap

Movie Exclusive – Fox Earns Rights for “Guys and Dolls” Movie Remake

20th Century Fox recently earned the rights for a remake of  the popular stage and movie musical, Guys and Dolls. The studio will soon begin production on the remake and actors Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are under consideration for the title roles. Currently, there is no director or screenwriter signed on for the project, but Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are interested in being a part of the film.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is set in New York in the 1940s and follows a group of professional gamblers and petty criminals through their adventures in the city. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were in the original MGM film made in 1955 as the lead male roles, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Brando).

The idea of a Guys and Dolls remake has been circulating for several years. According to an article on Deadline, it looked like studio executive, Harvey Weinstein was going to get the rights. Plus, actors such as Russell Crowe, Vin Dissel, and Hugh Jackman were all expressing interest in playing the lead roles.

The original songwriter, Frank Loesser, passed away and studios were having difficulties forming a deal with his widow, Jo Loesser. She would be in charge of signing over the rights to the songs in place of her husband, but she has not found a deal she agreed with. However, 20th Century Fox must have offered the deal she was looking for because they have clenched the rights for the musical. Some of the more famous songs featured in this show are Luck Be A Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.

Now that a deal has been made and a studio is starting production, hopefully there will be some official casting news to share with you soon! What do you think of Tatum and Gordon-Levitt potentially being cast in this remake? Are you a fans of Guys and Dolls? Who do you think should be cast in this remake?

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Source: Deadline

“The Hobbit” – Part Three Gets a Title and Release Date

For those of you who are fans of Peter Jackson and The Lord of the Rings series, you are aware that Jackson split The Hobbit films into a trilogy. Another exciting announcement was made by Warner Bros and MGM Pictures recently as they released the official release date and title for the final Hobbit film.

The official title of the final film is The Hobbit: There and Back Again and it will be hitting theaters on July 18, 2014. There was also a new title announced for the second instalment, it is now going to be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and it will be released on December 13, 2013.

According to Deadline Hollywood, additional filming will be needed to complete the trilogy and they will be filming  at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, and on location in New Zealand.

What do you think of this news? Do you think these films will work better as a trilogy? Are you looking forward to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters on December 14, 2012? Let me know in the comments below!

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/the-hobbit-3-scheduled-for-july-18-2014/