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

Official First Look at Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys”

Broadway fans are no doubt familiar with the classic musical, Jersey Boys. Clint Eastwood will be showing off his movie-musical directing chops in a film adaptation of the hit Broadway show. The Wrap has shared the first official trailer for the film!

In this new trailer, we get to see how Eastwood has broken the fourth wall by having actors direct address the camera. Of course, we also get an introduction to the story and journey that singer Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and The Four Seasons go through to become successful.

Jersey Boys also stars Christopher Walken, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Steve Monroe, Freya Tingley, Mike Doyle, and Katherine Narducci. Will you be seeing Jersey Boys when it hits theaters on June 20, 2014? Are you a fan of the original Broadway show? Sound off in the comments!

Jersey Boys movie poster

Sources: The Wrap and IMDb

Awards Season Exclusive – BAFTA Awards Complete Winners List

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA Awards were held tonight at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and were hosted by actor Stephen Fry. There were several surprise wins throughout the night and these wins may lead to interesting Academy Award results.

The big winners of the night included Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.

Photo via: http://londontheinside.com/
Photo via: http://londontheinside.com/

Here is a complete list of winners (via The Wrap):

BEST FILM: “12 Years a Slave,” Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER: Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) “Kelly + Victor”
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
DOCUMENTARY: “The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer
ANIMATED FILM: “Frozen,” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
DIRECTOR:  “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Philomena,” Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
LEADING ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
LEADING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
ORIGINAL MUSIC: “Gravity,” Steven Price
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Gravity,”Emmanuel Lubezki
EDITING: “Rush,” Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
PRODUCTION DESIGN: “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
COSTUME DESIGN: “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
MAKE UP & HAIR: “American Hustle,” Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell
SOUND: “Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: “Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION: “Sleeping With the Fishes,” James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
BRITISH SHORT FILM: “Room 8,” James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public): Will Poulter

What do you think of these results? What do you think the results could mean for the Academy Awards? Are you surprised by any of the winners? Stay tuned for more award season coverage!

Photo via: The Wrap
Photo via: The Wrap

Sources: The Wrap and http://londontheinside.com/

Award Season Exclusive – 71st Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced

Award season is in full swing as the SAG Award nominations were announced yesterday and today we have our list of nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards! Much like the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes celebrate excellence in both major motion pictures and television.

Actors Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon announced the nominations this morning with Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma. Comedic actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globe ceremony for the second time this year. Be sure to tune in to the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 12, 2014!

Golden Globe Awards

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judy Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy of Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Television Series — Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelbra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Coldplay
“Let It Go,” Frozen, Idina Menzel
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis, Justin Timberlake
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance, Taylor Swift

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Gravity
The Book Thief
12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is The Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

What do you think of the nominees? Are you surprised by any of the nominations? Are there any actors, films, or television show that you will be rooting for come awards night? Do you think TIna Fey and Amy Poehler will do a great job hosting again?

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Source: The Wrap

Award Season Exclusive – SAG Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 20th Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards were officially announced this morning.

Two panels of 2,100 members from across the country select the nominees and from there, all of the SAG-AFTRA members are given voting information to select the winner. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, 2014. 

SAG Awards

Here is a complete list of nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards:

Feature Films:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench, Philomena

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruel, Rush
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Primetime Television:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Peter Dinkledge, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

SAG Honors for Ensembles:
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
The Walking Dead

What do you think of the nominations? Are you surprised by any of these nominations? Do you have specific actors, films, or television shows that you are rooting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Source: The Wrap

Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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Kristen Stewart in “Camp X-Ray”

The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Elle Fanning in “Low Down”

Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in "God's Pocket"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Television Exclusive – “Glee” Star Grant Gustin Joining “Arrow”

Fans of the hit television show Glee may know actor Grant Gustin as the tricky and conniving Dalton Warbler, Sebastian Smythe, but he is now going to be playing a bit of a different role on the CW’s Arrow.

The actor was recently cast in a guest starring role as Barry Allen or The Flash for the sophomore season of Arrow. A Warner Brother’s TV representative shared with The Wrap that this could potentially help Gustin transition into starring in a backdoor pilot for a new spinoff, Flash.

Barry Allen is being described as a Central City assistant forensic investigator who is investigating a series of unsolved robberies that may have a more personal connection to his troubled past.

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Grant Gustin

As the TV network did with their new Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, episode 220 of Arrow this season will act as the backdoor pilot for Flash. Gustin will be guest starring in episodes 208, 209 and 220, which will all be written by Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. The pilot will serve as an origin story for The Flash.

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

Source: The Wrap