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THR bring word that Elizabeth Banks will star in Bill Pohlad’s ’Love & Mercy,’ which takes an unconventional look at the life of the celebrated leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his battle with mental illness. Banks will take on the role of Melinda, a former model who later becomes his wife. Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson at different points in his life, while Paul Giamatti also stars. ‘Love & Mercy’ tells the story of Wilson, who became the leader of the 1960s rock group as well as their lead songwriter, penning such classics as ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ ‘California Girls’ and ‘Good Vibrations.’ But even as he became creatively more ambitious, his mental health began to crack. That led to many treatments and caused great friction within the group, culminating with him leaving the band. Bill Pohlad secured Wilson’s life rights and that of his wife, Melinda. ‘Love & Mercy’ begins filming in August in Los Angeles.
In related news, Elizabeth Banks has also signed on to star in ‘Little Accidents’ opposite Boyd Holbrook. Sara Colangelo wrote and will direct the feature adaptation of her 2010 award-winning short film of the same name, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Banks plays a woman whose life spirals downward after a town is left devastated following a mining accident that kills 12 men and finds her son missing. Banks will next be seen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on November 22nd. She recently completed production on ‘Every Secret Thing,’ directed by Amy Berg and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman.
Titan Books has released these new pics from the ‘Man of Steel’ companion book, ‘Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman.’ The book features concept art, behind-the-scenes photography, directors commentary and interviews with the cast and crew of Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. Artwork by Steve Jung, Peter Rubin and Christian Lorenz Scheure. The book is available now from Titan Books.
Alongside Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, the key cast for ‘Man of Steel’ includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard, Richard Shiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed two more stills from Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counsellor.’ The crime thriller features a stellar cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer and Goran Visnjic. The story for ‘The Counsellor’ follows a lawyer, simply named The Counsellor (Fassbender), who gets embroiled in the drug trade and ends up fighting for his life. Pitt is playing Westray, who helps Fassbender’s lawyer get hold of a $20 million stash of cocaine. Bardem is taking the part of Reiner, a criminal who brings The Counselor into the drugs trade.
The screenplay for the film comes from one of my favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy, whose critically acclaimed books have been adapted into ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘All The Pretty Horses.’ ‘The Councellor’ is the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors first screenplay. Insiders are describing it as “No Country For Old Men on steroids.” ‘The Counsellor’ is set for October 25th.
Roadside Attractions has let out hatch, via Yahoo! Movies, this first trailer for ‘Thanks for Sharing.’ Starring the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Josh Gad and Alecia Moore (aka P!nk), the r-rated dramedy arrives in cinemas on September 20th. The directorial debut of Stuart Blumberg – who wrote ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ is about a group of people who join a support group for sex addiction. In a world in which sensuality is used to sell everything, Ruffalo plays Adam, a recovering sex addict who takes solace in the support group and his sponsor Mike (Robbins). When Adam meets the beautiful but wary Phoebe (Paltrow) he decides that he’s ready to date again.
AndrewSS7 has put together another great poster for Disney and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for an unspecified 2015 release. Andrew’s previous poster for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ can be viewed here.
Last week it was announced that ’Star Wars: Episode VII’ will shoot at Pinewood Studios. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production, in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood. Production is already moving in to Pinewood in preparation for the early 2014 shoot with crew also being assembled. Casting is underway. Two sequels for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will follow in 2017 and 2019.
New ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Pics Showcase Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, Lee Pace’s Thranduil, Orlando Blooms’ Legolas & More
Scanned by CBM from the latest issue of Empire Magazine (which hits shops and iPad tomorrow, June 27th), this collection of images has arrived online from Empire’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ cover story, showcasing Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), director Peter Jackson, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and more.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece ‘The Hobbit,’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.