Salma Hayek Joins The Likes Of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig & Ed Norton In ‘Sausage Party’
According to various reports, Salma Hayek is joining the stellar ensemble voice cast of the R-rated animated comedy ‘Sausage Party.’ She’ll play a taco named Teresa opposite Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are directing the film for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.
Sony Pictures will release the film worldwide and the studio is eyeing a release date in 2015. ‘Sausage Party’ is a raunchy animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Deadline bring word that ‘War Horse’ and ‘Great Expectations’ star Jeremy Irvine is set to star in ‘Stonewall,’ the next film that Roland Emmerich will direct. From a script by Jon Robin Baitz, the film is about the June 28, 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that was a gathering place for gays and transgenders. It became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement, a galvanizing event that is considered a touchstone even today in the fight for equal rights for the gay and transgender population. The film is said to focus on a young man’s political awakening in the backdrop of those riots.
Jeremy Irvine most recently starred in the Colin Firth-Nicole Kidman-starrer ‘Railway Man.’ Plus, he’s currently in production on ‘Fallen,’ and recently wrapped ‘The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death,’ ‘The World Made Straight,’ and ‘The Reach.’ Roland Emmerich will start production on his passion project ‘Stonewall’ while he continues prepping the next installment of ‘Independence Day’ for Fox, which has a July 1st, 2016 release date.
It has just been announced that Juan Antonio Bayona’s next film ‘A Monster Calls,’ which is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the “Chaos Walking” trilogy), is slated for an October 14th, 2016 release. Bayona won Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, ‘The Impossible,’ which grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office. ‘The Impossible’ is the second highest-grossing film of all time in Spain. He also directed the critically acclaimed horror film ’The Orphanage.’
‘A Monster Calls’ is described as “a visually distinctive drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.” Patrick Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.
Focus Features has debuted this first trailer for ‘Wish I Was Here,’ actor-director-writer Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded follow-up to his 2004 directorial debut ‘Garden State.’ Braff’s comedy-drama centers on a 30-something actor coming to terms with his life in the face of his father’s illness and his life’s dreams unfulfilled. Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and the late James Avery co-star. ‘Wish I Was Here’ opens on July 18th.
Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Highlighted On New ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Cover
UPDATE: behind-the-scenes sneak peek added. EW has revealed their new ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cover for their double sized summer movie preview issue. Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to hit both 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd.
3 New Clips From ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’– Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose & John Boyega
These new clips have arrived online for ’Half of A Yellow Sun,’ the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade (her latest novel ‘Americanah’ is fantastic too!). The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is directed and adapted for the big-screen by theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The film opens on April 11th in the UK, April 25th in Nigeria, and May 16th in the US.