Julianne Moore, this year’s clear best actress Oscar frontrunner for her work in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice — a drama in which she plays a middle-aged academic diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease — won’t be the only person associated with that film to get a major Oscar push this year, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Sony Pictures Classics, which picked up the film’s U.S. distribution rights at the Toronto Film Festival, intends to mount an all-out campaign for several others associated with the film, especially Kristen Stewart in the best supporting actress category, who plays the daughter of Moore’s character.
“The picture is just a major achievement,” Michael Barker, co-chief of Sony Pictures Classics, told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. (Sony Pictures Classics also distributed Glatzer and Westmoreland’s Quinceanera, the winner of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury and audience awards.) “It’s a drama that embraces life and that captures the complexities of life. We see that very rarely in movies, although we at Sony Classics saw that not so long ago with Amour.”
EXCLUSIVE: The Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed has been cast opposite Harry Potter thesp Bonnie Wright in thriller The Highway Is For Gamblers. Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness follows her debut film Lotus Eaters with the desert-set tale of Jane (Reed), a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her pal. Vikings’ Gustaf Skarsgård and pop singer/actor Joe Jonas round out the indie cast.
Philip Gray and Mark Lee are producers on the film, which has a November shoot planned for California’s San Bernardino County. They filmmakers have raised the bulk of their budget independently but also have turned to Kickstarter, seeking $165,000 in finishing funds. With a concerted social media push in the works, that goal might be achieved before long; among Reed, Wright, and Jonas, the film’s social media reach hits a combined 8.5 million followers on Twitter alone.
Reed, who co-starred in Summit’s blockbuster Twilight films, got her start by co-writing and starring in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen. She recently appeared in Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes and wrapped The Sunday Horse for stunt pro-turned-director Vic Armstrong. Reed also made her debut behind the camera with the Think Normal segment for ESPN’s 9 For IX series. She’s repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment, and Ginsburg Daniels.
LOS ANGELES — Two years after Lions Gate released the fifth and supposedly final installment of its “Twilight” movie series, the studio has devised an unusual franchise-rekindling effort — and it may hold clues about Facebook’s future in Hollywood.
Lions Gate and Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the vampires-and-werewolves “Twilight” saga, on Tuesday announced plans to select five aspiring female directors to make short films based on “Twilight” characters. The mini-movies, financed by Lions Gate and its production partners, will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year.
“We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” Michael Burns, Lions Gate’s vice chairman, said in an interview.
The effort reflects the manner in which Hollywood is maintaining its most valuable film properties between sequels and prequels and remakes. In the past, studios barely kept a pilot light lit, forcing marketing teams to constantly reactivate cold fan bases. Now the savviest studio marketers are using Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and other online platforms to keep fans on a constant low boil.
We don’t think Stephenie Meyer has anything to worry about, but we’re pretty impressed to see Twilight star Peter Facinelli jumping into the world of YA books.
Facinelli has teamed up with Hollywood producer Rob DeFranco and New York Times best-selling YA writer Barry Lyga to release After the Red Rain, a novel set in a future world destroyed by environmental disasters and mass poverty.
And only E! Online has the first look at After the Rain’s cover. The white letters of the title are askew and laid over a looming red and black sky. Below, a person is seen standing on a pile of burning rubble while looking toward the city.
“I gained a real respect for the YA genre during my time with the Twilight series,” Facinelli exclusively tells me. “I’m excited to offer my own take, and a story I have had the opportunity to co-create.”
Jackson Rathbone, his wife and their 2-year-old son were on board a JetBlue flight that made an emergency landing in Long Beach, California on Thursday, and in a series of tweets the Twilight alum recalls praying with his family during the terrifying ordeal and grabbing his toddler during their escape to safety.
Flight 1416, an Airbus A320 aircraft, was carrying 142 passengers and five crew members passengers and was set to fly from the city, located south of Los Angeles, to Austin, Texas and was in the air when one of its two engines malfunctioned, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told NBC Los Angeles. The pilot reversed course and landed the plane back in Long Beach about half an hour after take-off, at around 9:30 a.m. The main runway at the airport was shut down for several hours due to the scare.
Passengers, including 29-year-old Rathbone, his wife Sheila Hafsadi and their son Monroe, evacuated the plane via an inflatable slide.
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A JetBlue flight safely made an emergency landing at Long Beach Airport Thursday morning after reporting an engine problem.
JetBlue Flight 1416, which was carrying 147 passengers and crew members, was heading to Austin, Texas, from Long Beach when the pilot had to turn back around shortly after departure due to an issue with the No. 2 engine. Airport officials said four people were injured; three were treated at the scene and one was transported to a local hospital.
Actor Jackson Rathbone, known for his role as “Jasper Hale” in the “Twilight” film franchise, said he was on the plane when the right engine exploded and smoke filled the cabin.
“The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking,” Rathbone wrote on social media. “I recited the Lord’s Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms. The pilot came on the PA and let us know we lost the right engine. We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely.”
Rathbone said the inflatable slides were deployed and everyone evacuated the plane safely, leaving behind all their personal belongings.
“I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp, my wife following,” Rathbone said. “We’re safe. I’m grateful.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Robitel has been tapped to script horror feature Cropsey for Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco’s A7SLE Films. The picture takes a fresh look at the mythology of The Cropsey Maniac, the boogeyman of campfire lore who’s terrorized the minds of youngsters for decades. The Cropsey urban legend also inspired a 2009 documentary of the same name. Further details of the A7SLE Films project are under wraps, but it joins true-tale horror project The Devil’s Rooming House on A7SLE’s slate and will also be produced by Old Lime’s Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito. Robitel’s genre credits include spec script The Bloody Benders, which was optioned by Guillermo del Toro’s Necropia Entertainment and Don Murphy and Susan Montford’s Angry Films, and medical documentary/possession pic The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which Robitel wrote and directed. Robitel is repped by Zero Gravity Management.
Lauren Adkins, 25, married the life-size flat pack image of vampire Edward Cullen from the movies – after spotting it in a record shop
Sitting next to her husband in a bar, Lauren orders a gin and tonic.
She nods towards Edward and tells the barman: “He’ll have a beer.”
The barman looks at her as if she has gone completely mad because the “man” next to her is made of cardboard.
Lauren Adkins, 25, is married to a life-size cut-out of vampire Edward Cullen from the Twilight movies, played by Robert Pattinson.
She says: “We got hitched in Las Vegas last year and I’m sure we’re happier than most newlyweds.
“People might think I’m crazy but my flat-pack R-Patz is the closest I’ll get to the real thing and he’s the one for me.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with romantic fairytale endings.
“When I was a child, I watched the Disney versions of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella until the tapes wore out.”
Such cozy costars! Kristen Stewart, who stars alongside Juliette Binoche in the upcoming Clouds of Sils Maria, cuddled up to the French actress for the new issue of Germany’s Interview magazine.
Stewart, 24, is featured with Oscar winner Binoche, 50, on the cover of the German imprint of the title, posing for a sexy photo shot by Driu Crilly and Tiago Martel.
The Twilight alum is embraced by Brioche in the image, with her bare, freckled shoulder on full display. Stewart’s eyes are half-closed, showing off a shimmering smoky eye. Her shaggy highlighted hair is worn flipped to the side and in messy waves.
Binoche, who took home the Academy Award for her role in 1997’s The English Patient, looks gorgeous in an asymmetrical one-shoulder top while she stares straight into the camera. The focus is on her eyes, which are accentuated with metallic smoky makeup. She wears her cropped hair messy and slicked back for a wet look.
The stunning stars are accompanied by cover lines reading, “Exclusive. Wild. Glamourous.”
Stewart appears in Clouds of Sils Maria as Valentine, the assistant to an actress named Maria Enders (Binoche). The two become close as Maria evaluates the next step of her career. Directed by Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours), Clouds of Sils Maria made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival and also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, and Brady Corbet, among others.
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In the first season of BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a normal family was turned upside down when their daughter came home from a summer abroad having married an unusual man named Cuckoo (played by Andy Samberg). But with season two of the series kicking off with Cuckoo’s death, there was a hippie-sized hole left in the show’s lineup. Luckily, Taylor Lautner was there to fill it.
In the first episode of the second season, which premiered last Thursday, Lautner came on board as Dale Jr., a very hairy young man who left behind his ashram in India to look for his biological father. Twist: His father was Cuckoo, which meant Dale Jr. now found himself among his father’s widow and her family.
But that isn’t the only twist in the episode. Rather, Lautner’s comedic debut quickly became the most talked-about element of the show, both shocking and impressing viewers who perhaps only knew him from his work on the Twilight films. And let’s just say that Dale is a far cry from Jacob Black. Below, watch a clip from Lautner’s debut.
Cuckoo‘s second episode airs on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. (U.K. time) on BBC Three.