Casting News – Two New Cast Members Join “The Fault in Our Stars” Film

Those of you who are fans of John Green’s young adult novel will be excited to hear that it was recently announced that two new cast members for The Fault in Our Stars adaptation. Actors Nat Wolff and Laura Dern will be joining the cast for this highly anticipated film!

Wolff will be playing the role of August Waters’ (Ansel Elgort) best friend, Isaac. This role is important because Isaac convinces Augustus to go to the cancer support group where he and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) first meet. Dern will be playing the role of Hazel’s mother Frannie Lancaster!

Production on the film will begin next month in Pittsburgh with Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) directing the film and the script was penned by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Be sure to check back in for more production news for The Fault in Our Stars movie!

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Source: Entertainment Weekly (Article #1), Entertainment Weekly (Article #2)

Sweet New Image from “The Spectacular Now” Revealed

The Spectacular Now is a classic coming of age story based off of the novel by Tim Tharp that was originally published in 2008. Tharp’s popular novel is now getting adapted for the screen in an upcoming movie with the same title.

The film stars Miles Teller as Sutter Keely, a cocky and self-indulged high school senior who goes gains a new outlook on life after getting to know Shailene Woodley’s character, Aimee Finicky. An exclusive and sweet new image has recently been revealed. This exclusive image features Sutter (Teller) and Aimee (Woodley) driving in a truck and delivering newspapers.

Fans of the novel may be interested in seeing this image because it gives us a closer look at how the relationship between Sutter and Aimee is portrayed in the film. The screenplay was penned by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also wrote (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Out Stars screenplays together. If you haven’t already, watch the recent trailer here.

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The Spectacular Now is directed by James Ponsoldt and also stars Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, and Dayo Okeniyi. Will you be seeing it when it hits a theater near you on August 2, 2013? What do you think of the cast involved in this anticipated project?

Sources: Page to PremiereYouTube, and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Potential Release Date for “The Fault in Our Stars”

The production for The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation has been picking up and the production team is hard at work with early development. The production team announced that the film will be shooting in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A recent report from a Pittsburgh newspaper revealed that cameras will start rolling on August 26, 2013. It also revealed that this film could potentially be released in 2015 instead of the 2014 release production was originally aiming for. There is no official conformation that the film will be released in 2015, but the speculation is interesting nonetheless.

Most fans of the John Green novel are aware, of course, that the book is actually set in Indianapolis, not Pittsburgh. However, production will be using Pittsburgh because of production value. There is no need to worry though because I am sure the crew will do a great job in making the city feel like Indianapolis. Plus, there are scenes when Hazel Grace and August Waters travel to Amsterdam, which is another shooting location the film will be heading to.

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The Fault in Our Stars currently stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as August Waters. This film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and the screenplay is being penned by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.

What do you think of a potential 2015 release date? Do you think the production made the right choice to film in Pittsburg? What do you think of the cast behind this project so far? Be sure to check back in for more Fault in Our Stars movie news!

Source: Hypable

Official New Trailer and Poster for “The Spectacular Now”

A wonderful full-length trailer and a new poster have been released for the James Ponsoldt-directed adaptation of The Spectacular Now. To begin with, the trailer gives us a very broad glimpse at the film and gives us an overall view of the story quite nicely.

Miles Teller plays Sutter Keely, a cocky and self-indulged high school senior who goes gains a new outlook on life after getting to know Shailene Woodley’s character, Aimee Finicky. This is a classic coming of age story based off of the novel by Tim Tharp and published in 2008.

The screenplay for this film was penned by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also wrote (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Out Stars screenplays together. Watch the impressive new trailer here.

The Spectacular Now also stars Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, and Dayo Okeniyi and will be hitting theaters August 2, 2013! 

What did you think of this trailer? Do you think that Woodley and Teller are a good match for these roles? Does seeing Woodley in this trailer make you excited to see her as Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars?

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Sources: YouTube and IMDbPro

 

“The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Adaptation Finds a Director

Fans of John Green’s critically acclaimed novel, The Fault in Our Stars, will be excited to hear that the film adaptation has finally gained a director. Today it was officially announced that director Josh Boone has signed on to the project.

Boone is a newer director and his first feature film, Stuck in Love (previously titled Writers), will be released April 19, 2013.  Stuck in Love stars actors such as Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connolly, Nat Wolff, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman. Watch the trailer for the film here. Plus, here is an official synopsis for the film via IMDb: “An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.”

According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, Boone has a personal connection to The Fault in Our Stars because he lost a close friend to cancer. The article also mentioned how production buzz was building via Twitter due to conversations between Green, Boone, Shailene Woodley, and Wyck Godfrey.

There have been rumors  that Woodley was offered the role of the female lead, Hazel. However, The Hollywood Reporter has shared that there has been no confirmation  that she has been given the part, but she is still in consideration.

The Fault in Our Stars script was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who wrote (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are the producers attached to this film. 

What do you think of this choice of a newer director? What do you think of the trailer for Boone’s Stuck in Love? Who do you think would do the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster?

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Sources: YouTubeIMDb, and The Hollywood Reporter

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits Day One!

Entertainment Weekly is providing great coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and they have released some portraits of the stars and directors that attended day one of the festival! Check out my Sundance MegaPost about the films to watch out for here. Take a look at the portraits in the gallery below:

What do you think of these portraits? Are you following all of the Sundance news so far? Are you looking forward to getting a chance to see any of the films that are premiering at the festival this year?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie MegaPost – Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Films to Watch For

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and will be going on until January 27! Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican has shared a list of thirteen (13) films from the festival that he thinks we should keep an eye on during 2013. Here is the list of films with their official synopsis’ and cast list:

1. The Way, Way Back 

Director: Nat Faxon

Cast: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Robert Capron.

Synopsis: “Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.”

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2. Austenland

Director: Jerusha Hess

Cast: Kerri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, and James Callis.

Synopsis: “Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.”

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3. Breathe In

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth, Lucy Davenport, and Hugo Becker.

Synopsis: “When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.”

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4. Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors

Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey Lauren Adams, Al Sapienza, Cassandra Freeman, and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Synopsis: “A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.”

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5. The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dayo Okeniyi.

Synopsis: “Based off of the coming of age novel The Spectacular Now by Tim Sharp, this film follows Sutter (Teller) and Aimee (Woodley) on their journey of self-discovery and first love.”

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6. Upstream Color

Director: Shane Carruth

Cast: Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Semietz, Trey Walpole, Juli Erickson, Lynn Backburn, Frank Mosley, and Ted Ferguson.

Synopsis: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.”

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7. Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, and Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Synopsis: “We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.”

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8. Lovelace

Director: Rob Epstein

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris North, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, and James Franco.

Synopsis: “Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.”

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9. Prince Avalanche 

Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, and Lynn Shelton.

Synopsis: “Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.”

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10. Don Jon’s Addiction 

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Lindsey Broad, Italia Ricci, Antoinette Kalaj, and Amanda Perez.

Synopsis: “The journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish.”

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11. In a World… 

Director: Lake Bell

Cast: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, Geena Davis, Stephanie Allynne, and Jeff Garlin.

Synopsis: “An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.”

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12. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes 

Director: Francesca Gregorini

Cast: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Frances O’Connor, Sam Jaeger, Anne Ramsay, Aneurin Barnard, Spencer Garrett, and Kevin McCorkle.

Synopsis: “A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda’s newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

13. Two Mothers

Director: Anne Fontaine

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, and Gary Sweet.

Synopsis: “A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other’s sons.”

Two Mothers

Do you think you will be interested in any of these films? Do you think any of these films will be successful at the festival or in the theaters? Have you been following everything that is going on at Sundance 2013 so far? Take a look at what Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican had to say about all of these films here.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and IMDbPro (for the film synopses)