Rapper/actor Machine Gun Kelly has scored a role in Cameron Crowe's upcoming music comedy TV series Roadies. The Wild Boy hitmaker will play the onscreen twin brother of British actress Imogen Poots in the new pilot, which centres around the daily tour life of a fictional U.S. rock band.
Luke Wilson is making a return to the small screen in the upcoming music comedy series by Cameron Crowe. The Old School star has joined the cast of Roadies, a programme centring around a fictional U.S. rock band and featuring Wilson as the group's road-weary tour manager.
Starring alongside Wilson in the Showtime network comedy are British actors Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall, Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, and NCIS: Los Angeles actor Peter Cambor.
The project will mark Crowe's first foray into TV, and he will write, direct and executive produce Roadies with Star Trek filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
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2014 promises to be another good year for independent film, which means another year of budding actors and actresses to keep an eye on. And in case you're a bit unsure about who you should be checking for, we're here to help.Imogen Poots
The star of That Awkward Moment has one of those faces that Hollywood is about to go cray for. And although she looks like a classic American beauty, she was born in the UK. We'll be seeing more of her in upcoming movies like Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups and Beautiful Ruin.
Nyong'o blew up this year for her role in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave, and she has been a crowd and critic favorite on the red carpet. A stunning woman and an Yale trained actress, we look forward to her taking on some leading roles in the future. Nyong'o has a small role in the upcoming Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, and she just became the new face of Miu Miu!
The Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now star has a shy look about her, but critics are hailing her as a powerfully strong performer. We expect she'll have us all crushing on her after her next film, the comedy musical Basmati Blues.
Soon enough, we'll have plenty of chances to revel in her talents in Divergent and the indie romance Pretend We're Kissing. And lest we forget, she's been a big deal since Jay Z's I Know video.
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Every once in a while an up-and-coming actress catches your eye, and you can’t help but wonder who she is and where she came from. When that happens, it’s a good idea to start doing some research before she sweeps in under the radar and takes over the world (à la little Chloë Grace Moretz). The trailer for the new romantic comedy That Awkward Moment was recently released, and along with a few familiar faces (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan) the film stars Imogen Poots, a young British beauty who has some exciting new projects in the works.
First of all — gotta love that name, right? Imogen Poots sounds like she was destined to live a life of awesomeness and -- considering the actors that she’s been working with -- all that awesomeness is definitely unfolding for her. It looks like 2014 is going to be an exciting year for the 24-year-old who may be best known right now for her role in the 2007 zombie film 28 Weeks Later. But we suspect that within a year she’ll be far more recognizable; she’s starring alongside Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in Squirrels To The Nuts (directed by Oscar-nominee Peter Bogdanovich), and she has joined the star-studded cast of Terrence Malick’s highly-anticipated Knight Of Cups. Even though Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Joe Manganiello and Cate Blanchett will cast some mighty strong shadows, we’re looking forward to seeing Poots shine on screen.
Most recently the actress nabbed the lead for Todd Field’s Beautiful Ruins, an adaptation of the bestselling novel. Todd Field is the same guy who brought us Little Children back in 2006 (one of Kate Winslet’s best movies), so it’s safe to say we can get really excited about this film and this new leading lady. Remember the name folks: Imogen Poots, headed for a 2014 takeover.
The U.K.'s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Metro Manila, dominated the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday (08Dec13), taking home three prizes, including Best Film. The crime movie set in the Philippines was given the top honour during the London ceremony, also earning the award for Best Achievement in Production and a Best Director win for Sean Ellis.
James McAvoy was named Best Actor for Filth and Lindsay Duncan for claimed Best Actress for Le Week-End, while the supporting actor accolades went to Ben Mendelsohn for Starred Up and Imogen Poots for her performance in The Look Of Love.
Best Documentary was awarded to the filmmakers behind Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, about the Russian rockers jailed for hooliganism charges, and Best International Independent Film was given to controversial lesbian drama, Blue Is The Warmest Color.
Veteran actress Julie Walters was also presented with the prestigious Richard Harris Award to mark her contribution to the U.K. film industry, and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was honoured with the Variety honour, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.
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Michael B. Jordan is totally, officially about to blow up. The actor has been garnering attention since his role as Wallace in the first season of The Wire, and has gone on to play pivotal roles in Friday Night Lights and the 2012 film Chronicle. But this year has been quite a big deal for the young actor. Jordan took the lead in the acclaimed drama, Fruitvale Station, based on the true story of shooting victim Oscar Grant. He's young, handsome, and reportedly in talks to take over Will Smith's role in the upcoming Independence Day sequel. So we have to ask: is Michael B. Jordan the next Will Smith?
Okay, short answer: no. Will Smith was/is a great guy and we're sure Jordan would be humbled by the comparison. And while we totally think he could nail the role of Captain Steven Hiller in the highly-anticipated sequel (and we'd love to see him do it), we like knowing that Jordan is a different kind of actor and will surely balance out any big blockbuster movies with smaller films he currently has in the works.
In addition to possibly landing Will Smith's old role, Jordan will also star alongside Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff, Creed. But he also just filmed That Awkward Moment with Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, and Miles Teller. He's also set to star alongside Dianna Agron in another indie flick, Pretenders. He doesn't need to be the next Will Smith to blow up -- he's the next Michael B. Jordan, and we're plenty psyched about that.
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Where does Jesse Pinkman go after he's Breaking Bad days are over? He becomes a gifted street racer, of course. In the first trailer for Need For Speed, Aaron Paul races his heart out as Tobey Marshall, a small-time mechanic who is wrongfully imprisoned by his business partner Dino Brewster, (Dominic Cooper), seeking revenge by participating in a New York-to-L.A. cross-country race.
The trailer zooms by in a symphony of crunching metal and orange sparks with operatic music swelling in the background. It's all very pretty and thrilling, but perhaps a bit too heavy on the drama. This is a movie about cars going really fast and crashing into each other (and it's based on a video game). There's no reason to overdo the gravitas. There's even a silly voiceover with Aaron Paul spouting lines like:
"I do not fear, for you are with me.""All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced.""Those who wage war on me will perish."
These lines sound less like a scorned street racer in an action movie and more like a certain methamphetamine kingpin. Lines like "Those who wage war on me will perish" sound like the kinds of things Walter White would scream before running over a couple of drug dealers, or yelling about how much you should stay out of his territory. If you close your eyes and listen, you can almost see Walter White careening down a twisty mountain highway in his olive green Aztec, throwing baggies of blue meth at the other racers Mario Kart style.
We'd like to think that this new Need For Speed film takes place after Breaking Bad in some alternate reality where Jesse Pinkman gets his identity changed, and becomes a street racer who learned all of his insults from his high school chemistry teacher. But what we're really in for is probably just a melodramatic car crash movie.
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There's a new red band trailer out for James McAvoy's Filth, and it's even stranger than the last one. The first 10 seconds alone show a montage of things that are so weird I'm not sure I even saw them correctly (some kind of giant, toothy worm?). But all the craziness just makes me even more excited for this film.
McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a Scottish police officer who spends more time breaking the law than upholding it. He does too many drugs, takes womanizing to a whole new level, and is generally just insane. Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots are all lined up to support McAvoy in this adventure adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel.
Filth opens overseas on September 27, but there's currently no domestic distributor or release date. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long, but in the meantime, check out the nutty red band trailer.
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James McAvoy has traded in Professor Xavier's wheelchair for sex, drugs, booze, and pretty much anything else you can think of in the new (and definitely NSFW) trailer for Filth. The film is based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name, and it gives Welsh fans something to look forward to while waiting for Danny Boyle's Trainspotting sequel to be made.
McAvoy stars in the film as Bruce Robertson, a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Scottish police officer who joins the force because he wants to be a part of police oppression. The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, and will be directed by Jon S. Baird. The score will be done by Clint Mansell, who scored Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, among many others.
This is not the James McAvoy everyone fell in love with when he played that charming faun, Mr. Tumnus. This is a sick, deranged, perverted James McAvoy, and we can't wait to see him in Filth.
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Pierce Brosnan hasn't stepped into James Bond's shoes for over a decade, but you wouldn't know it when you meet him. The Irish actor — who turns 60 this month, but doesn't seem to age — seems to be carrying on the suave legacy of Bond. Especially when it comes to his affinity and appreciation for women.
Hollywood.com caught up with Brosnan to discuss his latest film Love Is All You Need and when it came to the subject of his co-star, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (whom Brosnan says has "the Meryl Streep touch" to her craft), he put it simply: "I've been blessed with all the leading ladies I've been with, they've all been rather gorgeous and beautiful and I love women." When it came to the subject of his Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, he put it simply: "I've worked with some great directors from Barbra Streisand to Susanne Bier to when I did Remington Steele, there were some fine lady directors on that show. I love working with women. I love women. There's just an ease and a grace." Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan.
But, it wasn't just his fondness for working with talented females like Dyrholm and Bier that drew him to a project like Love Is All You Need. The film a glossy but heartfelt romantic drama about a hairdresser named Ida (played by the vivacious Dyrholm who gets naked, literally and metaphorically), a cancer survivor whose husband has been cheating on her, and Philip (Brosnan, in what Bier describes as "one of his most touching performances"), a hard-working businessman and widower. Philip and Ida meet at their respective children's nuptials at a picturesque French villa and the two begin fall in love. "It goes right up there on the shelf with, dare I say, Mamma Mia," Brosnan says of the film, which taps into similar theme of finding yourself — and, of course, love —at any age.
Another one of the film's emotional cores — dealing with a devastating loss — is one that hits especially close for Brosnan. In 1991, Brosnan lost his first wife Cassandra Harris to ovarian cancer. They had one son together, Sean, as well as her children from a previous marriage Charlotte and Christopher. (Brosnan remarried in 2001 to his wife Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two sons with, Dylan and Paris). "All of that life pain that I went through — somewhat publicly, somewhat privately — is in the past but I can certainly identify and draw upon it," he says of playing a part like Love Is All You Need's Philip, a man who is still dealing with his pain.
"This character and this movie and this script found me at the right time in my life to be able to sit still and explore my own tragedies, my own pain, my own loss, what it's like to be a single parent," Brosnan continues. "In the hands of Susanne Bier, you surrender to that and allow yourself to go there. It just made sense. Her style of direction is very quiet and specific, strongly so at times. But there's great liberation in there because of the cinematic style that she uses. There were many emblems within the story: fatherhood, being a widower, being a single parent, a man of business, being alone, being middle-aged, dealing with time, time past, time present, time future."
And time, it seems, has since been kind to Brosnan. Not just in terms of his rugged good looks, but finding peace and comfort within himself and his career. "I painted myself into a corner sometimes I feel with the style of performance I'd given or the kind of actor I was trying to create when I came to America with Remington Steele," Brosnan admits. "As you get older there's a loosening of the ties to the ego and the posturing of who you are and how you behave. There's an ease within my own being now and there's a confidence, simple as that really, with performing... there's a great joy in being an older actor now. You have to adapt to your age and your years. It's nothing but humble gratitude of having come down the road so far."
Then again, it's hard not to be humbled with gratitude when you have labor of love projects like the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down (in which he stars alongside Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots, whom he refers to as "The Quartet...we were joined at the hip") and, of course, Love Is All You Need. Love, being the key word.
"It all melded together from day one," Brosnan recalls, adding, "[my cast and director] embraced me with such a warmth and generosity and I, in return, did the same and we just hit the ground running. The experience of filming on a day-to-day basis was nothing but joy. It's criminal how much fun we had. It was a magical summer." Who knew Bond was such a softie?
Love Is All You Need opens in limited release on May 3.
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