Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ in the title role of ‘Annie,’ it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.”
Quvenzhané Wallis’ favourite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Wallis will next be seen in the big screen alongside the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adepero Oduye in Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years a Slave.’ ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is nominated for four gongs at the 85th Academy Awards, in the categories Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin) and Best Actress (Wallis). At the age of 9, Wallis is the youngest ever nominee of the Academy Award for Best Actress. My Academy Awards interview with Wallis can be read here.
Aurelien Binant has created these three fan-made teaser posters for J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated ‘Star Wars’ flick, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Unless you’ve been living under a substantially sized rock this past month or so, you would know that Abrams has been set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII,’ taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises. Late last year, the Walt Disney Company announced that they acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, and that they’re eyeing a 2015 release for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’
New Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy had reportedly been courting J.J. Abrams to helm ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ for a while. Abrams runs one of the movie and television industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like ‘Lost,’ ‘Fringe’ and ‘Alias.’ He has also directed the feature films ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Super 8.’ Abrams is currently in the post-production phase of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. That film opens in cinemas on May 18th.
Steven Spielberg directs Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln,’ a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. Based on the best-selling book ‘Team of Rivals’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner and Goodwin himself, ’Lincoln’ focuses on the life of the former President, focusing on the man’s rise to politics and his role in the Civil War.
Alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, ‘Lincoln’ stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, John Hawkes as Robert Latham, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward, Walton Goggins as Wells A. Hutchins, James Spader as WN Bilbo, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant and Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stephens. David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Hal Holbrook, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky and Lee Pace also star. The film has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards – the most nominations held by a film at today’s ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director for Steven Spielberg and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
When you first start to consider to play a role like Abraham Lincoln, what makes you say “absolutely not” and then what makes you say “maybe”? Is there a process for you of learning about the man and satisfying yourself about certain questions you might have about who he is, or what makes him tick?
Daniel Day-Lewis: I think my first impulse was a very clear one. When Steven and I first met about 9 years-ago to talk about it, it was before Tony Kushner had re-written the script, or written an entirely different script. The script itself wasn’t appealing to me personality, which gave me one good excuse not to do it (laughs). I met with Steven, and that was more tricky because I felt this was certainly a man that I wanted to work with and spend time with, in the abstract sense I would have loved to work with him. But it seemed like such a preposterous idea to me, an outlandish idea to take on that man. So I fled (laughs).
Speaking to The Playlist just before the César Awards, Matthias Schoenaerts revealed that he’ll be starring alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in ‘Animal Rescue,’ reuniting the actor with his ‘Bullhead’ director Michael R. Roskam. ‘Bullhead’ helped Schoenaerts break out on the international scene and was a nominee for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards last year. There’s currently no word just yet on Schoenaerts’ part in ‘Animal Rescue.’ Expect more details shortly. The Belgian actor took home the Best Newcomer César for his fantastic performance in Jacques Audiard’s ‘Rust And Bone.’
‘Animal Rescue’ focuses on a man (Tom Hardy) who wants to shed his criminal path but somehow gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull. Noomi Rapace will play Nadia, a woman with a scar across her entire neck who crosses paths with the protagonist when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home. Chernin Entertainment and Mike Larocca are producing the film, which author Dennis Lehane adapted from his own short story that first appeared in ‘Boston Noir.’ Production is scheduled to begin on ‘Animal Rescue’ this spring in New York, where Fox Searchlight is relocating the story rather than film in Massachusetts, where Lehane adaptations ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone’ all took place.
Based on true events, Ben Affleck’s dramatic thriller ‘Argo’ chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis – the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. Affleck directs the film and stars in it alongside Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling. ‘Argo’ is up for seven nominations at tonight’s 85th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin).
With the locations on the film, what were you able to use, what weren’t you able to use, and were there any sort of “happy accidents”, in terms of where you shot?
Ben Affleck: It was one of those things where you needed a balance. I wanted historical accuracy, I was really interested in getting that and using research materials. But there is a point where you can become so fastidious about that, that you actually do yourself a disservice, because you start thinking about things like, “Did the guy smoke cigarettes?” It all of a sudden becomes about that, and you lose what’s at the root of what happened to these people, and what these people cared about – and what the audience is supposed to care about.
PTimm has drawn this brilliant “Bane vs Venom: Wrestling Addiction” piece centering on Tom Hardy’s dastardly, physically imposing and oddly charismatic villain duking it out with one of Marvel’s most iconic characters. Behind Bane and Venom are Marvel’s Deadpool, Wolverine, Spider-Man and The Hulk, and DC’s Superman, Green Lantern, Batman and Nightwing. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is currently the 8th highest grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office, with earnings of $1,080.8 billion. The two previous Dark Knight instalments, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ ended their theatrical runs at $372,710,015 and $1,001,921,825 global totals, respectively. All three Dark Knight movies are available now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download. Head on over to PTimm’s for more top-notch artwork to feast your eyes on!
’The Dark Knight Rises’ sees Christian Bale returning to the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman alongside series regulars Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and Alfred (Michael Caine). Newcomers to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy include Tom Hardy’s Bane, Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate, Matthew Modine’s Foley, and Ben Mendelsohn’s Daggett. The story for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ It sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest.