Taylor Kitsch became television's latest teenage bad-boy with the 2006 premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (2006- ), playing a small-town Texas football team's brooding yet charismatic ne'er-do-we...
UPDATE: Director Scott Cooper is looking to cast Viggo Mortensen in the role of the villain, and the target of Bale's character's quest, in the film. To play Bale's ill-fated brother, Cooper is considering Channing Tatum, Taylor Kitsch, Casey Affleck and Garrett Hedlund. It is also reported that the role intended for Duvall will be that of Bale's uncle, who acts as a figure of guidance to his troubled nephew. -Variety
EARLIER: You can take the Gotham out of the man, but you can't take the man out of the furnace. Is that the saying? Either way, it applies: this generation's Batman Christian Bale is in talks to star in Out of the Furnace, a revenge drama being directed by Scott Cooper, the man behind Crazy Heart. Interestingly Also being considered for a role is every generation's everything Robert Duvall, who appeared briefly in Crazy Heart opposite Jeff Bridges. Out of the Furnace was formerly titled The Low Dweller, and looks to star Bale as an ex-inmate who sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his younger brother. Dark antihero with a revenge quest? Sounds right up Bale's alley. And if Duvall does come on board, any role in this sort of film should suit him just fine. This will be the first time Bale and Duvall have worked together since 1992's musical classic Newsies. So logic allows that Out of the Furnace will be EXACTLY like that. Source: THR
It was difficult for Friday Night Lights fans when the series came to a close last year, but it helps that some of the show’s most beloved characters have been finding work elsewhere. Connie Britton brought life to an ill-conceived piece of real estate on American Horror Story. Taylor Kitsch is going to Mars. And now, TVLine reports Aimee Teegarden, who played Julie Taylor on the series, is joining the new CW series The Selection, which sounds an awful lot like The Hunger Games.
Teegarden will star as one unlucky competitor in a futuristic society’s traditional festival involving young girls battling one another to the death to determine who will be their land’s next queen. Much like The Hunger Games, The Selection is also based on a book series. The only difference: this book series hasn’t actually been published yet—author Kiera Cass’ process is in the works.
The television format is likely to breath a unique flavor into the story, however. Maybe we'll get to see a whole new direction for Teegarden and the battle games plotline. Either way, with the combination of a Friday Night Lights star and a Hunger Games-like plot: interest is brewing.
Click the above image to see more photos of Aimee Teegarden.
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star's parents were keen martial artists and they regularly enrolled the young Collins into fight training classes in Japan while she was growing up.
She was able to draw on her karate skills for her role as Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, in the upcoming sci-fi adventure - but the actress admits her years of karate became more of a burden then a blessing on set.
She tells WENN, "I spent my summers in Japan where my parents were getting their fourth and fifth and sixth don in Shito Ryu, which is an Okinawan style of karate...
"Karate fizzled out because of acting and this is the first time that the two have married and it was really emotional for me at the beginning. It was hard to bring back the memories from my childhood; it was a childlike feeling that I had to turn into a forceful, feminine and adult (feeling) and to not hurt people was a real challenge. It's completely a part of me now."
Collins stars alongside Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Bryan Cranston and Taylor Kitsch as the title character, a former American Civil War captain who is transported to Mars.
The filmmaker became a fan of the American Civil War captain as a child after reading all about the fictional character's adventures on Mars in his friends' comics and author Edgar Rice Burroughs' Bursoom series, and he eagerly anticipated the stories being one day adapted for film.
The movie came close to being made by Iron Man director Jon Favreau in 2006, but he subsequently dropped out of the project when Paramount Pictures lost the rights to the film.
So Stanton decided to start campaigning to take John Carter's story to Hollywood himself.
He tells WENN, "My brothers and I all could draw and we'd always go over to friends' houses who could draw. They were drawing what I now know are Tharks, these four-armed tusk characters (from John Carter comics). I'd be like, 'What the heck are those?' and they told me about the comic books and so I started reading them and then I got led to the books.
"From then on until about 2006, we're talking almost 30 years, I pretty much spent that time just waiting for somebody to make the movie. I just wanted to see it. I never planned I was going to make movies. When it got close to being made with Favreau I was one separation away from artists that were making it and getting the scoop that it was gonna happen and getting really excited about it.
"When it fell through and went back to the estate, I was really crestfallen. I just happened to have had a serendipitous phone call while making Wall-E with the head of Disney at the time. I said to him, 'Maybe if I'm not a one-hit wonder after I finish Wall-E, would you consider have (sic) me make it (John Carter) and if you don't you should buy it and have somebody make it. It would be a crime if it's not out there.' A month later they bought the three books and asked me to do it! It was a long time coming; I would never have expected it."
Stanton's John Carter features Taylor Kitsch as the title character, alongside Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins and Dominic West, and is due to be released in March (12).
The Wire star appears in the Disney sci-fi epic alongside Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy and Taylor Kitsch as the titular character, an American Civil War captain who is transported to Mars.
West admits there was not much to do in between filming in the picturesque state - so the cast made their own fun back at their motel.
He tells WENN, "Off set was a dream. We were in the middle of Utah in this extraordinary landscape. We were all staying in the same motel. It was like a frathouse. There's nothing for miles around and so we were a bunch of Brits with a bunch of Americans taking advantage of the motel; it was a party given by myself and James Purefoy."
And West had an unexpected vacation when he was called back to redo certain scenes: "During reshoots I had a four day holiday in Utah!"
The star portrays the former Confederate military captain who is transported to Mars in the sci-fi adventure and he decided to learn all about the subject by travelling to Texas to pick the brains of top Civil War experts.
He tells WENN, "I studied with historians at the University of Texas and I studied the Civil War and immersed myself with books and letters of Civil War soldiers."
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star plays the title character, a former military captain who is transported to Mars, in the sci-fi epic, and he admits one particular stunt left him rather bloody.
He tells WENN, "I cut my chest real well on... one of these air ships because they have all this armour which literally stuck into my chest and cut it quite intensely. I was leaking pretty good!"
And it wasn't Kitsch's only injury - cameras also had to stop rolling when the actor, who was already struggling with another ailment, fell awkwardly on his arm during a shoot in Lake Powell, Utah.
He says, "I started with a high ankle sprain which was tough with the jumps. Bizarre things happened, little things like (computer-generated imagery character) Woola jumping on me and obviously there's no Woola so you throw yourself onto the ground. We were on a live setting on Lake Powell so it was on a rock. I threw myself down and my arm went numb for like an hour. So were all chilling waiting for my arm to denumb (sic)!"
Disney is ramping up the hype in advance of the March 9 release of John Carter, releasing two new clips of the upcoming sci-fi epic today. The first clips arrives via Yahoo! Movies, and is notable for the portentous voice declaring "And now, a special look at John Carter..." which harkens back to the Dan LaFontaine glory days:
The second clip, courtesy of Comingsoon.net, proves that Mark Strong can be plenty menacing without moving a muscle or raising his voice -- a rare gift indeed:
John Carter stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynne Collins, and Willem Dafoe, and is directed by Andrew Stanton.
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Two years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to London to visit the set of John Carter, Disney's epic sci-fi flick set to premiere in exactly one month. The experience was mind-blowing—costumes, weaponry, giant studios filled with meticulously crafted airships, backdropped with green screen—the scale was grand, but the vision was grander. I met Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Lights-star turned intergalactic hero. I met director Andrew Stanton, member of the Pixar mindtrust who gave us modern classics like Finding Nemo and WALL-E. And I met a bunch of giant, multi-armed aliens from Mars. They were pretty nice too.
You can read all about my exciting adventure across seas (and across space) over at UGO.com, but get a taste for what's in store with these brand new behind-the-scenes photos, featuring Kitsch, Stanton, the beautiful Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe on stilts and a large-scale movie production. If the wild ride of taking a peek behind the movie's curtain is as exciting as the final product, we're in for something special.
For one night every year, sports fans and film geeks tune into the same channel to check out the culmination of the current football season and a ton of footage from upcoming movies. The Super Bowl is loved as much for its creative advertising as it is for its promise of a great game, and last night's showdown between the victorious New York Giants and the New England Patriots didn't disappoint on either front.
I decided to grade the movie spots that various Hollywood studios put forth for the millions and millions of viewers, and allow you to view them below while reading my take on them. In honor of the sport, they're ranked as follows:
- A waste of money for its distributor. The footage failed to impress or get me interested in the film.
- The message was delivered. The footage was entertaining and looked cool, but I'm still not sure the film will score in the end.
- A major victory for everyone involved. I'd buy my ticket today if I could.
Now that the principles of my grading system have been explained, let's get on to the Movie Spots!
Universal Pictures spent big on advertising Peter Berg's first new film in four years and one of the biggest of 2012. Based on the ever popular board game of the same name, Battleship looks less like an adaptation of Hasbro's nautical strategy game and more like a continuation of the lucrative Transformers series. This spot offered all the eye candy you'd expect: explosions, CGI aliens that look like the came from the world of Halo, Rihanna, spaceships and more. While the jury is still out on whether or not the movie will deliver, the 60-second ad did. It was easily the most colorful, loud and gratuitous trailer to play during the Game, and has me yearning for more.
Battleship's male lead Taylor Kitsch was on double duty last night, featured additionally in this puzzling spot for Disney's sci-fi opus John Carter. Everything I've seen for the film thus far has been titillating: gorgeous combinations of natural/digital environments, promising set pieces and colorful alien characters. Yet the Mouse House decided to make all of the expensive visuals second to...the name of the film? I don't think this was a wise idea. Anyone who'll eventually pay to see the movie would be interested foremost in the special effects and action that the movie offers. The title is honestly negligible. So pulling back from an already cluttered TV screen, packed with various scenes from the film, to reveal "John Carter" just didn't make a lot of sense to me. Still, what was shown was breathtaking, so I'm calling it a First Down.
21 Jump Street
I've heard good things about this flick from colleagues who have seen it already, but I was unimpressed by this spot. The jokes were all expected, Jonah Hill was being Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was trying to be cute. Lots of pop culture references were apparently meant to appeal to the teen set, and it probably worked. But not for me.
Marvel's The Avengers easily had more to prove that any other film that offered sneak peeks last night. And all I have to say is WOW. The music was epic, the dialogue teased the scope of the story (and thankfully didn't provoke any gag reflexes) and the action was just stupendous. May 4 cannot come fast enough.
Act of Valor
What is this movie? I understand that it stars "active duty Navy Seals," and will take its audience into true firefights and battles. I originally thought it was a documentary, but it appears to be an all-out studio action movie. I'm just kind of confused by it. Maybe it had something to do with the repeated viewings, or the bikini-clad woman who appeared in one of the many spots that aired promoting the film. I didn't know that Victoria's Secret models had a place in a gripping film about the trials that soldiers go through. It certainly looks as though it'll be a big hit with the NASCAR crowd.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
With a beautiful female lead in Adrianne Palicki, seasoned action vets like Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis and some fantastic action scenes teased, GI Joe: Retaliation looks like a step in the right direction for the franchise. The 2009 original was all spectacle with literally no substance, but the sequel has a script from the writers of Zombieland and a director who's a longtime fan of the property (Jon M. Chu). There's a lot of potential for the film to be a surprise hit in light of it releasing just days before The Amazing Spider-Man and weeks before The Dark Knight Rises.
Source: Indiewire, Movieweb
Co-starred in the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"
First film role was a small part in "John Tucker Must Die"
Appeared in thriller "Snakes on a Plane," starring Samuel L. Jackson
Played hockey with the Langley Hornets before an injury ended his career
Played Gambit opposite Hugh Jackman in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
Moved to New York to pursue modeling and acting
Made TV acting debut on an episode of ABC Family's "Kyle XY"
Cast as the title character in sci-fi Western "John Carter"
Delivered breakthrough role as sensitive football player Tim Riggins on NBC drama series "Friday Night Lights"
Played suicidal Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Carter in "The Bang-Bang Club"
Cast in the ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek
Taylor Kitsch became television's latest teenage bad-boy with the 2006 premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (2006- ), playing a small-town Texas football team's brooding yet charismatic ne'er-do-well. A former minor-league athlete himself, Kitsch's circumspect route to stardom took him from the hockey rinks of British Columbia to sleeping on New York subways to the pivotal role of the swashbuckling superhero Gambit in the 2009 summer blockbuster entry "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." His "Friday Night Lights" boss, producer-writer Peter Berg, went on to proclaim Kitsch "a ridiculous, unreal mix of acting talent and outrageous good looks" - a sentiment few people could argue with as the heartthrob continued to win over fans on both the big and small screen.