EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20 year olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
OTTAWA — Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love) have jumped aboard the Robert Pattinson-starrer Life, now shooting in Toronto.
The latest feature from director Anton Corbijn tells the story of a freelance photographer, Dennis Stock (Pattinson), on assignment for Life magazine, and his unlikely friendship with the actor James Dean, played by Dane DeHaan.
The German/Canadian/Australian co-production comes from Australian writer Luke Davies.
Life is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, and is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films.
The film also will shoot on location in Los Angeles and is financed by Corner Piece Capital, Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Michel Merkt, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Union Bank.
FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
That’s actress-director Kristen Stewart now, thank you very much.
The Twilight star is in Nashville this week making her directorial debut on a music video for her pal Sage’s band, Sage + the Saints. She and the crew were spotted filming last night, a sighting that had K.Stew fans in Tennessee all a-Twitter.
“Kristen has always wanted to direct, and no better person to do that for than Sage,” a source exclusively tells E! News, noting that the singer is a mutual friend of Stewart’s and her ex (and fellow indie-music enthusiast) Robert Pattinson.
“We are shooting our music video and need you to come party with us,” Sage informed her fans via Facebook Tuesday. “Bring your friends, lovers, enemies, and mothers! X”
And looking at the fan-provided pics that surfaced online, it looks as if a fair amount of those showed up.
So, when not busy shooting movies or serving as muse for Chanel…Stewart is interested in being behind the camera as well. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
Taylor Lautner has a new gig!
The 22-year-old actor will star in the upcoming second season of the BBC comedy Cuckoo, replacing Andy Samberg in the show’s lead role.
According to The Guardian, the Twilight hunk will play a “mysterious young stranger who shows up in Lichfield, Staffordshire” (where the show is based). Lautner will costar with Brit actors Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale.
Samberg starred in Cuckoo’s first season but disappeared at the end of the season when he traveled to the Himalayas.
“Cuckoo was one of BBC3′s most stand-out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year,” BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said recently of the casting news.
The show’s executive producer Ash Atalla added, “Cuckoo is one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better.”
The casting news comes on Lautner’s birthday. Lautner turns 22 today.
NBC’s Traffic-like thriller has found its male lead.
Nurse Jackie and Twilight alum Peter Facinelli has been tapped to star in the drama from writer/executive producer Peter Horton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Odyssey centers on three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
Facinelli will play Peter, the family man with a new house and job. Once a prosecuting attorney, he now works in business intelligence, legally investigating on behalf of his Wall Street firm. A man with an inquisitive streak, happy with his wife and two kids, he’s assigned to investigate a company before a potential merger and finds what appears to be a trail of blood stretching from Reno to Africa.
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The Kristen Stewart-in-Gitmo movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has landed a distributor. IFC Films announced today that it had acquired the North American rights to the film, which tells the story of a friendship that develops between a lonely military guard (Stewart) and a detainee (A Separation‘s Payman Maadi) at the notorious prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Peter Sattler, the film received mixed reviews at the Utah festival.
“Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, in a statement. “Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career.”
EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth also on board in-demand drama for which Memento has secured several major deals with key territories.
Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth are now confirmed alongside Julianne Moore in Memento Films International’s hot -selling drama Still Alice.
The project was one of the most in-demand at the American Film Market (AFM), with Memento locking pre-sales at the market and since with Curzon for the UK, Splendid’s Polyband for Germany, Icon Film for Australia, Frenetic for Switzerland, Svensk for Scandinavia, Baltics and Iceland, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Falcon Film for Middle East, Bir for Turkey, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, GreenNarae for South Korea to and Catchplay to Taiwan.
Moore will play a renowned professor of neuroscience who discovers she’s suffering from an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Stewart will play Lydia, her youngest daughter, who bonds with her mother during her illness in a way that was impossible for them before.
Quinceañera directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland will direct the adaptation of Lisa Genova’s bestselling novel of the same name, with production due to get underway in early March in New York City.
Backed by Backup Media and Marie Savare’s new finance venture BSM Studio, producers are Lex Lutzus, Pamela Koffler and James Brown in association with Killer Films. Maria Shriver will serve as executive producer. CAA reps US rights.
Memento’s slate includes BSM-backed Sundance entry Cold in July from director Jim Mickle, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past and Natalia Smirnoff’s Lock Charmer.
Memento managing director Emilie Georges told ScreenDaily: “We knew that the project would be met with enthusiastic interest but the market response to the script and package has been incredible.”
Well, that looks familiar!
Kristen Stewart’s new ad for Balenciaga’s Rosabotanica fragrance has arrived and if you find yourself doing a double take it’s probably because it looks nearly identical to her 2013 ad for the Florabotanica fragrance.
The actress is still topless adorned with a vine of colorful flowers, but this time she’s facing the camera head-on instead of peeking over her shoulder. Still, were pretty positive the most recent image is from the same shoot as the first.
We will, however, get to see the actress in a brand-new, completely different campaign in the coming months. Last month, Chanel announced the star would be the face of their Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas collection—and in no way is Karl Lagerfeld going to release anything but a totally unique ad.
Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson are attached to “The Childhood of a Leader,” a new drama directed by Brady Corbet, Variety has learned.
The pic is Corbet’s feature directorial debut, after winning honorable mention at Sundance in 2009 for his short “Protect You + Me.”
The drama, which focuses on the childhood of a post-World War I leader, is tentatively scheduled to shoot in Europe starting in May.
Corbet co-wrote the script with Mona Fastvold (director of “The Sleepwalker,” which will be competing at 2014?s Sundance Film Festival). It will be produced by Antoine and Martine de Clermont-Tonnere, Chris Coen, Amour Fou and Scope Pictures. Protagonist Pictures will handle international film sales.
Corbet, star of the indie “Simon Killer,” just wrapped roles in Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” Andrea Di Stefano’s “Paradise Lost” and Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria.”
Crackle, the Sony-owned streaming service behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, has picked up the second season of the comedic digital series Aim High.
McG (Chuck, Charlie’s Angels) is behind the show, which stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) as Nick Green, a high school slacker who’s actually a highly trained government assassin. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.
Crackle will debut all four episodes of Aim High (22 minutes each) at the same time on Dec. 9. As part of its deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Crackle has also acquired all six episodes from Season 1, which originally ran in 2011 as Facebook’s first “social series.” All of those episodes will also be available on Crackle on Dec. 9.