David Cronenberg specializes in psychological horror, so it’s no surprise that his skewering of Hollywood in Maps to the Stars is as disturbing as any film he’s ever made. Written by novelist Bruce Wagner, Maps tells the story of the scarred Weiss family—most famous because of son Benjie (Evan Bird), a Culkin-like star of the hit comedy Bad Babysitter who’s growing uncomfortably comfortable with his growing clout while he simultaneously crashes in to puberty. His chain-smoking mother (Olivia Williams) plots his next career move, while his father (John Cusack) is a renowned TV psychologist with famous clients. One of them is the aging actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is obsessed with starring in the remake of her famous mother’s greatest film.
Any sense of serenity is disturbed when Agatha (Mia Wasikowska) arrives in L.A. on a bus from Florida. Sweet but awkward, with severe burns on her body, she befriends her limo driver (Rob Pattinson), expresses an interest in tracking down the Weisses, and finagles a job as Havana’s assistant based on a recommendation from Carrie Fisher. Hollywood is a small, small world. Practically incestuous.
Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) have joined Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in thriller “Brimstone.” Embankment is selling at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Pattinson plays an outlaw who has a crucial influence on this tale of retribution. Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past, pursued by Pearce’s diabolical Preacher.
“Martin directs a highly emotional, gripping and unique story of a mesmerizing woman who battles the vengeance of a zealot,” said Embankment’s Tim Haslam.
Pic, which starts principal photography in May, is penned and helmed by Martin Koolhoven, who directed Dutch box-office hit “Winter in Wartime.”
Why does this not happen always?
It was recently announced that Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam will be replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie adaption of The Lost City of Z by David Grann. The book tells the real life story of British explorer Percival Fawcett (to be played by Hunnam), who disappeared in the Amazon while looking for an ancient lost city. Cumberbatch had to pull out as he will be starring in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
The Lost City of Z will also star Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson. Yes. Robert Pattinson.
This means that Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson will be starring in a movie together. Fans took to Facebook to let the world know how they felt about this. Check out some of the comments below.
The sparkling isn’t over yet.
Six screenplays for short films featuring characters from the Twilight universe have been chosen as part of a project called “The Storytellers: New Voices of Twilight Saga.”
Each script had to focus on one character from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide and take place before Bella (Kristen Stewart in the films) arrived in the town of Forks, Wash.
The scripts were selected by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate, Women In Film, Facebook and Volvo. The project will now select directors to turn each of the screenplays into a 5-10 film to be released on Facebook.
One character who proved particularly popular among the contest winners was Alice Cullen, played in the successful film franchise by Ashley Greene; the adoptive sister of Edward Cullen was featured in three of the selected scripts. Among the other winners, one script focused on vampire Benjamin; one chose Edward’s adoptive father, Carlisle Cullen; and one used Volturi guard Jane.
The writers had to be female and at least 13 years of age. The screenplays can be downloaded here.
It’s almost game time!
New England Patriots fans and Seattle Seahawks fans are gearing up all over America for the Super Bowl this Sunday…while the rest of the country is just getting excited to eat yummy game day food, drink ice cold beer and watch the commercials and halftime show with friends and family.
Ah, Super Bowl Sunday, one of the greatest days of the year!
But some celebrities are teaming up on the big day for a more heartwarming reason: charity!
As Hollywood rides its veteran leading men Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and George Clooney into old age, it is figuring out who is in the next crop. We see that Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth has been forgiven for that flop Paranoia and has gotten the male lead in the Will Smith-less Independence Day 2 that gets underway this year at Fox. What about Taylor Lautner, who left young hearts aflutter in the Twilight Saga films? His latest, Tracers, is making its debut on DirectTV on January 22, and then it will reach a few theaters and VOD in March. He plays a bike messenger chased by the mob and helped by his new passion for parkour. None of the three Twilight leads has gotten an automatic pass to the next phase of stardom, and they don’t need the money. Hopefully, Lautner’s crowd makes this multi-platform strategy a success. He seems like a nice guy with abs and enough charm to top line these action films for the younger set, no?
The 2015 Hollywood awards season has been all about Julianne Moore (she’s already won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her performance in Still Alice).
But Moore’s Still Alice co-star Kristen Stewart has just accomplished something no American actress has done for the past 30 years! So what’s the big honor not even Moore has been nominated for?
The 24-year-old actress received a 2015 César Award nomination for her supporting role in the indie flick Clouds of Sils Maria (the Césars are the French equivalent of the Academy Awards).
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.