Adam Sandler has lined up a ridiculous cast for “Ridiculous 6,” a Happy Madison production that will be the first film under his groundbreaking deal with Netflix, TheWrap has learned.
According to insiders close to the project, Sandler will star alongside “Grown Ups 2? frat boy Taylor Lautner, three-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte, “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton and comedian Whitney Cummings, as well as Happy Madison regulars Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice, the latter of whom stole several scenes in “That’s My Boy.”
The cast is also expected to include Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, “Saturday Night Live” alum Chris Parnell and “Breaking Bad’s” Lavell Crawford, according to sources.
Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious) and Michelle Chen have been cast in Pali Road, a mystery-thriller from Crimson Forest Entertainment that’s now filming in Honolulu. The film tells the story of a young woman who suffers a terrible car accident the night her boyfriend proposes to her. It’s the first project in a slate of three films that Crimson is co-producing with Dadi Digital Film, China Film Assist, and Cuixing Media Group.
Rathbone played Jasper Hale in all the Twilight Saga films, and co-starred as Sokka in The Last Airbender. He’s repped by Paradigm, LINK Entertainment, and attorney Peter Nelson. Kang, who starred in the Fast & Furious franchise, is with Management 360, WME, and attorney Rick Genow. Chen is best known for her starring role in You Are The Apple Of My Eye, for which she received the Asia Rising Star Award.
You hear that? That’s the sound of millions of Twilight fans collectively freaking out. Lionsgate just announced that they will be releasing an epic extended editions triple feature on Blu-ray and DVD January 13th, 2015, giving fans the opportunity to relieve their favorite moments and discover some new ones in the all-new extended editions. Hit the jump to find out what to expect from the new triple feature edition.
The collection will include the definitive editions of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. All three films have been re-edited to include deleted scenes, bringing the fans all-new extended versions of the film. It’s kind of a bummer that the Breaking Dawn films aren’t included in this edition, because they’re obviously planning to have fans buy more later. Not to mention the Breaking Dawn supercut director Bill Condon told Steve about at TIFF. But honestly if a Breaking Dawn Part 2 extended edition arrives I’ll be all over it. That movie is damn good fun and I’ve watched more times than I care to admit.
Need more Robert Pattinson in your life? Just listen to Death Grips’ “Birds”—the Twilight star plays guitar on the track.
Pattinson appeared alongside the Death Grips members in a 2013 photo that sparked rumors about the actor working with the band. As it turns out, Pattinson was working with the band on their 2013 album, Government Plates.
As Pitchfork noticed, a Reddit user pointed out Pattinson’s guitar credit on “Birds,” a song on the album. Although both the song and album were released in 2013, this detail is just being noticed thanks to the album’s physical release on Black Friday.
Death Grips have since disbanded, although their final album, The Powers That B, will still be distributed once it’s completed. No word on whether Pattinson makes a cameo on that one, though.
Benaroya Pictures has shut down the Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson, and Rachel Weisz heist thriller Idol’s Eye, just as filming was set to commence in Toronto. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol’s Eye,” the production company said in a statement today.
Idol’s Eye was to be director Olivier Assayas’s next film following Cannes entry Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and another Twilight star, Kristen Stewart. Benaroya came aboard as producer and financer in May, when De Niro also signed on to star. The film was originally developed by Charles Gillibert who was producing with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya.
Filming was initially slated to begin in October in Chicago and Toronto. Benaroya Pictures, whose films include Margin Call, Kill Your Darlings, and the Werner Herzog’s upcoming Queen of the Desert co-starring Pattinson, say they were forced to shut down production after other producers on the project failed to meet financing deadlines.
“The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing the production,” read Benaroya Pictures’ statement. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing a number of financing criteria deadlines that were mutually established by all parties, we were left with no other options. Benaroya Pictures plans to retain the rights of the film and move forward with production on the picture after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.”
Ben Sachs was aboard as exec producer. CAA and WME were repping domestic rights while International Film Trust was set to rep foreign sales this month at AFM.
IFC Films has released a new Camp X-Ray trailer online. The film stars Kristen Stewart as a young private stationed at Guantanamo Bay, and revolves around the complex relationship that develops between her and a foreign detainee, played by A Separation star Peyman Maadi. I’m glad to see Stewart using Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman as a springboard to do a collection of more indie material, which also includes Clouds of Sils Maria and Still Alice. Adam saw Camp X-Ray at Sundance, and while he said it’s a bit of a mixed bag, he praised Stewart’s performance, and I’m interested to see what she did with this material.
Hit the jump to check out the new Camp X-Ray trailer. The film also stars Lane Garrison, John Carrol Lynch, and Cory Michael Smith. Camp X-Ray opens in theaters and VOD on October 17th.
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.