Casting News – Matt Smith Cast in “Terminator” Reboot

The Doctor Who star has been cast in the reboot alongside Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke. Paramount says that Smith will play “a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”

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Paramount and Skydance Productions announced Smith’s addition to the cast this morning via Twitter: “We don’t have a TARDIS, but we do have a Timelord: we’re pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.”

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The movie is to be released in July 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor, who also directed Thor.

Since Smith’s departure from BBC drama Doctor Who – in which he is succeeded in the role of the Doctor by Peter Capaldi – he has been on stage in London performing American Psycho, and will be seen on the big screen in the Ryan Gosling directed Lost River, with a North American release date to be announced.

What do you think of Smith’s addition to the cast?

Source: BBC News

Film Festival Coverage – 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

Entertainment Tonight Canada recently shared a full list of the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival lineup. This year is a big year at the festival because some major stars are going to be showing up and some highly anticipated films are going to be premiering. For instance, The Great Gatsby will be opening the festival on May 15 and The Bling Ring will be opening the Un Certain Regard program of the festival.

In addition, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO miniseries, Behind The Candelabra will be premiering and competing at the festival along with several other films and shows.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, featuring Ryan Gosling as a British gangster set in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, will be competing. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake and directed by the Coen brothers, will also be competing.

Two other films competing include director Alexander Payne’s comedy, Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and James Gray’s drama set in the 1920s, The Immigrant, starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.  The festival takes place in Cannes, France from May 15 to May 26. Take a look at the full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival below:

OPENER
The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

COMPETITION
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Grigris (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
Heli (Amat Escalante)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Jeune et jolie (Francois Ozon)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
La Vie d’Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud des Pallieres)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
Un chateau en Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)

OUT OF COMPETITION
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
• OPENER: The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
As I Lay Dying (James Franco)
The Bastards (Claire Denis)
Bends (Flora Lau)
Death March (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski)
La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez)
L’image manquante (Rithy Panh)
L’inconnu du lac (Alain Guiraudie)
Miele (Valeria Golino)
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Lav Diaz)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
Sarah prefere la course (Chloe Robichaud)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Blind Detective (Johnnie To)
Monsoon Shootout (Amit Kumar)

HOMAGE TO JERRY LEWIS
Max Rose (Daniel Noah)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Bite the Dust (Taisia Igumentseva)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (Stephen Frears)
Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)
Weekend of a Champion (Roman Polanski)

GALA SCREENING IN HONOR OF INDIA
Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

CLOSER
Zulu (Jerome Salle)

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The Cannes Film Festival logo.

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada

“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