Robert Pattinson has exited “Mission: Blacklist,” an indie thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, due to scheduling issues, TheWrap has learned.
First announced in May 2012, Pattinson was attached to play military interrogator Eric Maddox, who spearheaded Hussein’s capture.
With two films premiering at Cannes, Pattinson is coming off a very active period. He just wrapped Anton Corbijn’s “Life” with Dane DeHaan and did not have sufficient time to prepare for his demanding role in “Mission: Blacklist,” an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
The role of Maddox will now be recast, and the filmmakers hope to start production this fall.
As a keen student of the Mad Max movies, I’m never sure whether the Australian countryside will be the best, or the absolute worst, place to hole up come the inevitable apocalypse. And the trailer for the new, Cannes-selected film The Rover only makes the issue murkier.
Written and directed by David Michôd — the filmmaker responsible for 2010?s wonderful Animal Kingdom – the movie stars Guy Pearce as a loner wandering through the Aussie outback a decade after civilization has collapsed, and Robert Pattinson as a man he forces to help track down the gang who steals his car.
You can check out the trailer below:
Kristen Stewart’s got that intellectual look going on.
New pics have emerged from the 24-year-old’s upcoming movie Clouds of Sils Maria, one of which shows the gal sporting a pair of stylish eyeglasses.
Stewart recently explained to WWD that she plays “a personal assistant to an actress” in the drama.
“It takes two very particular people to have that relationship be functional—one that services the other—because Juliette Binoche is playing the actress that I assist, and she is one of the most powerful women I think I’ve ever seen in film,” she said.
“I’m going to try desperately to not be squashed by a woman like that, and it’s not going to be an easy thing,” she added.
Clouds of Sils Maria also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, who spoke very highly of Stewart at the red carpet premiere of her flick Carrie last October.
“I love Kristen,” she told E! News at the time. “She’s actually a friend of mine. She’s absolutely the greatest girl.”
Clouds of Sils Maria is set to premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.
The first Maps to the Stars trailer has been released. The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania. The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother. I’m not quite sure what to make of the footage in this promo trailer, and that’s part of what makes me so excited for this movie. The other part is that this is a new David Cronenberg movie, and I’m eager to see anything he does.
Hit the jump to watch the Maps to the Stars trailer. The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon.
Kellan Lutz has the body of a Greek god, so its only fitting that he’s playing one.
In The Legend of Hercules, the shirtless actor performs a number of intricately choreographed action moves. “I love doing my own stunts,” the 29-year-old says in an exclusive behind the scenes video.
Renny Harlin directed the movie, released in January 2014. The flick also stars Scott Adkins, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Roxanne McKee, Johnathon Schaech, Rade Šerbedžija and Gaia Weiss.
“When we were developing the screenplay, we really wanted to educate the audience and tell the Hercules story in a different way than it’s ever been done before,” Harlin says. “We really wanted to introduce the audience to Hercules as a young man who is conflicted with who his and who has to come to terms with that his father indeed was a god and that he has this supernatural power.”
The Legend of Hercules will be released digitally on Apr. 15 and released on Blu-ray/DVD on Apr. 29.
As he continues to move on from the “Twilight” franchise that catapulted him to fame, Taylor Lautner is in negotiations to star in the indie movie “Run the Tide,” TheWrap has learned.
Soham Mehta is directing from a script by Rajiv Shah, and the two of them are producing with Tim Kwok.
Lautner is nearing a deal to play a man who kidnaps his younger brother and flees for the California coast when their drug-abusing mother is released from prison determined to rebuild their family. With nothing but the open road ahead of them, the brothers race away from a past they never wanted towards a future that could have been as their mother and her ex-husband follow in close pursuit.
“Run the Tide” is Shah’s first feature screenplay, and it won the Grand Jury Prize for Project Catalyst at the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The script was also a finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Competition.
Mehta is an award-winning filmmaker whose graduate thesis film “Fatakra” won a Student Academy Award, the DGA Student Award and more than a dozen jury and audience awards on the festival circuit. He also edited the acclaimed indie “Now, Forager,” co-wrote the feature film “Where’s the Party, Yaar?” starring Kal Penn, and directed the short film “Survivors,” which reimagined the zombie genre with an Asian lead.
Shah, who previously co-wrote and produced the well-received short film “Dumpling,” is developing the indie “808,” a coming-of-age story about Hawaiian boys growing up within the underbelly of paradise.
Kwok is a former New Regency executive who was involved in the international distribution of such films as “Heat,” “Fight Club” and “Daredevil.” He also produced the Kevin Zegers movie “Vampire” and co-produced the Jackie Chan film “The Medallion.”
Lautner, who recently appeared in “Grown Ups 2,” next stars in the parkour movie “Tracers.” Lautner replaced Andy Samberg on the BBC comedy “Cuckoo,” and he also read the role of Dirk Diggler during Jason Reitman’s live reading of Paul Thomas Anderson’s script for “Boogie Nights.” He’s repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Steve Warren.
The Twilight Saga films may be over, but the battle for money from the blockbuster franchise is not. Financier Goldcrest Film Distribution hit Summit today with a multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit (read it here) over the movies. “As a direct result of Defendant’s deceptive accounting practices in which it systematically understates the Twilight revenues and overstates its costs, however, Goldcrest has received many millions of dollars less than it is due,” says the heavily redacted document filed today in LA Superior Court. The plaintiff says they are trying “to recover several million dollars in payments” from the more than $392 million that the Twilight pics have made worldwide. In a 2008 sub-distribution deal Goldcrest says in the filing it agreed to front Summit and others $10 million for four films based on the bestselling vampire books by Stephenie Meyer. For the upfront payment, the London-based financier was to get a hefty slice of the pics’ global net revenue.
Obviously that didn’t happen to Goldcrest’s satisfaction with what they allege are fast and loose moves on the part of Summit, now a Lionsgate subsidiary. “We uncovered numerous improper accounting charges, including retroactive ‘bonuses’ paid to actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson after Twilight was released, which were not due under their agreements. These bonuses were paid and charged back to Goldcrest long after Twilight was completed,” said Goldcrest attorney Mark Holscher of Kirkland & Ellis in a statement after the case was filed (Kirkland & Ellis’ Sierra Elizabeth is also repping Goldcrest). Stewart and Pattinson were paid total bonuses of $2.5 million each while screenplay writer Melissa Rosenberg and Meyer got $500,000 each, the 12-page complaint claims. With that said, Goldcrest, in today’s breach of contract and declaratory relief filing, wants unspecified compensatory and actual damages as well as restitution, a court declaration of its rights, legal fees and 10% statutory interest from the time of the breach. It is seeking a jury trial.
It has to bite for Summit, no vampire pun absolutely intended.
Work hard, play hard! Kristen Stewart was spotted filming scenes for her upcoming drama Still Alice with costar Julianne Moore on Long Island’s chilly Lido Beach Friday, March 21. The night before, the 23-year-old actress ate dinner in New York City with her dad, John Stewart.
Braving the cold weather, Stewart simles while strolling with Moore, 53, on a boardwalk. In the Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland-directed film, Moore plays a professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Stewart plays her daughter.
The Twilight star appeared to be in good spirits while filming Friday — no evidence of a hangover in sight! The evening before, Stewart went to dinner with her dad and another pal at Beauty & Essex in NYC’s Lower East Side. A source tells Us Weekly that Stewart dressed casually in a T-shirt, jeans, and glasses, and arrived at around 9 p.m. The group dined on Beauty & Essex specialties such as grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and the signature Masterly Touch cocktail.
The insider adds that Stewart later asked her waiter for a spicy vodka drink instead, and a mixologist created a cocktail with vodka, muddled cucumber, jalapenos, lime, simple syrup and a splash of Grand Marnier. “The newly concocted beverage was a hit with Stewart,” the source says, “and she drank a few of them!”
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It’s 1955 and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock has convinced a young James Dean to take a road trip from Los Angeles to New York to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, so Stock can photograph Dean in the environments that “affected and shaped the unique character” of Dean, the photographer said in an interview describing their adventure.
However, that fateful trip, where Stock shot Dean’s famous Times Square photo, is the subject of a new film directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the film, called Life, is currently shooting in freezing Ontario, Canada, which is doubling for Indiana.
In the shot, the two young actors are heading from the train station to Dean’s childhood home. Corbijn is happy with the film’s progress thus far. When we spoke to the director he had been shooting for eight days and was already pleased with the connections formed between the two men.
More importantly, they’ve each sparked to their disparate roles.
“Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have. When I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role,” he said. “And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a hard face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same thing goes for James Dean.”
EXCLUSIVE: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizo producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing.
The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin, and I thought a deal might be made there. This rivals the record $7 million Berlin deal that The Weinstein Company paid for U.S. rights to the Morten Tyldum-directed The Imitation Game, the film that sold based on script and promo reel about WWII war hero Alan Turing, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring. The same team at CAA brokered this giant American Ultra deal with Lionsgate after the agency packaged the film and arranged the financing. While many felt that the results of the Berlin market were underwhelming, sometimes those festivals need to be evaluated by results that are not immediately evident. It is becoming more common for dialogue on big films like this one to begin at Berlin. Some of the deals fall in place shortly after, or during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Clearly, studios need to fill slots and haven’t been developing enough, so strong prices should continue to be paid for material and packaged pictures like American Ultra.