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Actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley is reportedly set to adapt author John Green's Looking For Alaska for the big screen. Bosses at Paramount Pictures are in talks with the Dawn of the Dead star to work on a script and potentially direct the film version of the best-selling debut novel by The Fault In Our Stars author Green, according to Deadline.com.
Paramount executives bought the rights to the 2005 novel, about a 16-year-old boy and his adventures in an Alabama boarding school, the same year the book was released, and hired The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Green stated on his website that despite the fact that he "desperately loved" the screenplay, "there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount".
However, thanks to the success of The Fault in Our Stars, which recently surpassed the $166 million (£98 million) mark at the worldwide box office, studio bosses have since revitalised the project.
Green's 2008 mystery novel Paper Towns is also set for a big screen adaptation, reuniting him with The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, and actor/singer Nat Wolff, who appears in the cancer drama alongside Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan have been added to the shortlist of actors in the running to take on the lead role in the Wargames reboot. The original movie premiered in 1983 and featured Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer hacker, who accidentally accesses a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war.
Actor Ansel Elgort is to portray American pianist Van Cliburn in a new biopic. Van Cliburn will be based on the Howard Reich novel of the same name and will reunite Elgort with his The Fault in Our Stars producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, according to Deadline.com.
Andrew Stern will write the script for the movie, which will focus on the musician's early years and the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, which he won in 1958.
Cliburn passed away of bone cancer last year (13).
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Tina Fey, Nick Jonas, and Shailene Woodley are all keeping busy on sets this week. Find out exactly what and where they're filming below:
If you're in downtown Atlanta this week, make sure you look up. Crews have been busy rigging zip lines on rooftops all over downtown, including the top of the Peachtree Center, for the movie Insurgent. On Friday, stuntmen were seen testing the rigs so we can only assume filming will take place this week. The Divergent sequel, which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort, hits theaters March 20, 2015.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up again this summer for The Nest. The comedy duo is also back in New York for the movie about two sisters who go home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell their house. It was also just announced Maya Rudolph has joined the cast making it a true SNL reunion! Today, you can find the ladies are filming off of Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains, N.Y.
Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen this fall for Navy St. The DirecTV series centers on a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif. run by Alvey Henderson (Frank Grillo), whose drug addiction kept him from making it big as a fighter. Jonas plays his youngest son. Navy St. has been filming at the Nelles Correctional Facility in Whittier, Calif. for several weeks. Nelles was also the primary filming location for Kristen Stewart's latest movie, Camp X-Ray.
To find out where else your favorite stars are filming, check out my daily filming locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
Shailene Woodley donned a disguise to watch her new movie The Fault In Our Stars at a cinema over the weekend (07-08Jun14). The actress and her co-star Ansel Elgort went incognito at a screening of the new drama on Saturday night (07Jun14), with Woodley wearing a long, curly wig to make herself unrecognisable.
Elgort posted a picture of the pair posing together on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Shai's amazing disguise to go see #tfios (The Fault In Our Stars ) last night without causing a scene!"
He added, "Shai is bringing her own popcorn to #tfios hahahaha. So bootleg."
The pair's movie made a huge splash in its opening weekend (06-08Jun14), beating Tom Cruise's new action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow to the top of the North American box office with an impressive $48.2 million (£30.13 million) haul.
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Warning: Spoilers for The Fault in Our Stars to follow!
Even if you know nothing else about The Fault in Our Stars, you’re probably aware of the fact that it is going to make you cry. The book will make you cry, the film — which opens June 6 — will make you cry, the music videos for the soundtrack will make you cry, and if you’re a particularly dedicated fan, even the word “Okay” can make you shed a tear or two. But lest you think that The Fault in Our Stars contains nothing but moments perfectly calibrated to leave you a sobbing mess on a movie theater floor, there are several moments in the film that won’t make you misty-eyed.
Seven of them, to be exact. And it is precisely those small reprieves from the two-hour roller coaster of devastation that will help you make it through The Fault in Our Stars in one piece. Just when you think you can't physically cry any more, these tiny segments of happiness will come along and bolster your spirits before, giving you the strength you need to make it to the end of Hazel and Gus' love story. Because we want you to be able to savor those fleeting moments of joy when they come around, we've rounded them all up so that you'll be able to recognize the perfect time to blow your nose and wipe your eyes when it comes along.
The Opening Scenes, with Hazel Moping Around the House Wait, stay with us! It sounds like it would be terribly depressing to watch a teenage girl with cancer lie on the couch and watch television, but it is actually one of the few non-life ruining scenes in the film. In fact, Laura Dern’s relentlessly up-beat demeanor actually makes it pretty funny.
Anything with Mike Birbiglia Any time you see Mike Birbiglia, a.k.a. Patrick, the obliviously uncool support group leader onscreen, you should savor those moments. He only gets three scenes (and an acoustic ditty about Jesus), but they’re the most traditionally comedic moments in the whole movie. So, enjoy the laughs while they’re coming, because the second Hazel and Gus make eye contact, it’s all over.
Hazel Waiting for Gus to Call After the initial meet-cute, but before they fall completely in love, there’s a small sequence in which Hazel waits impatiently for Gus to text her. Cherish these moments, and the quiet, hopeful look on Shailene Woodley’s face. Cherish the way she lights up when he finally does text. Cherish the way your heart is warmed, but your eyes remain clear – this is the last time this will happen.
Isaac Handling His Breakup by Breaking Things Sure, you’re going to want to focus on Hazel and Gus flirting in the foreground of this scene, but you should really be focusing on Isaac (Nat Wolff) smashing trophies behind them. Revel in the hilarity that the juxtaposition of these two scenes causes and remember the awkwardness of helping your friend though a breakup. Isaac and Monica are the only relationship in this movie that won’t shatter your heart, so appreciate that.
Gus Gets a Reply from Pete Van Houten Depending on how emotional you are or how well you know the book, this might make you tear up a little bit, but hold strong. This is a happy scene, a moment of triumph and celebration. From here it’s nothing but heartbreak and bawling into a bucket of popcorn the size of your head. Choose this moment to save your tears.
Hazel, Gus, and Isaac Egg Monica’s House This is it: the last moment of joy left in this film. By now, you’ve probably experienced the first wave of tears, so really take a moment to revel in the happiness that three teenagers throwing eggs at a car can bring you. Feel the thrill of watching Isaac avenge his broken heart. Every single scene after this will leave you devastated, so allow this fleeting scene of exhilaration to bolster you through the last act of this movie. Trust us, when it’s all done, you’ll look back on this moment fondly, and then you’ll probably cry with nostalgia.
See, it's not all completely gut-wrenching and heartbreaking!
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Here’s the thing about The Fault in Our Stars: you are most likely going to cry. Regardless of whether or not you actually enjoy the movie, or how invested you become in the star-crossed love story at its core, or even how stoic and cold-hearted you think you might be, you're probably going to end up like everyone else in the theater, bawling over the traumas of first love and the unfair tragedy of cancer. It's best to just accept that up front.
Based on John Green's best-selling novel, this tear-jerker centers on Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old with a dark sense of humor about the disease that requires her to tote around an oxygen tank at all times. At the request of her parents, she attends a cancer survivor support group led by an overly religious, desperate-to-be-hip survivor (a hilarious Mike Birbiglia, who could have used a few more scenes) in a church basement. There, she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a handsome, charming boy who lost his leg to cancer. The two bond over some common interests – she shares her favorite novel An Imperial Affliction, he stays on the phone with her all night – and their steadfast refusal to allow anyone to treat them or their disease with kid gloves. And of course, they fall in love.
Like the film, they approach the disease with a twisted sense of humor, poking fun at everything from the group leader’s constant references to the “literal heart of Jesus,” their medication intake, and the most appropriate things to waste your wishes on. Despite being a movie about cancer, The Fault in Our Stars is surprisingly funny, with most of the laughs coming from their friend Isaac (an also underused Nat Wolff). It’s actually Isaac who feels the most like a real teenager, cycling rapidly through the stages of grief after his girlfriend dumps him right before a major surgery. The weight of the film, however, rests squarely on Woodley’s shoulders, and she does an excellent job as Hazel, balancing her sharp wit and sheer determination with the right amount of frailty and fear. Though she has enough magnetism and charm to make even the most pretentious, literary speeches sound somewhat natural, it’s the smaller moments where she really shines.
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Like his co-star, Elgort’s natural charm is an asset to the film, even if Augustus isn’t nearly as deeply realized as Hazel is. He’s a teenage dream of a boy – handsome, smart, and funny, with a tragic past, and the ability to win over everyone he encounters – and Elgort’s charisma and easy smile helps make some of his more pretentious quirks feel slightly more natural. His chemistry with Woodley is the strongest thing The Fault in Our Stars has on its side, and it’s hard to watch the way they light up in their scenes together and not root for Hazel and Gus’ love to triumph over all.
Fans of the novel will be thrilled that the film sticks so closely to the source material, although it does smooth over a lot of the issues present in the text. Though the most iconic lines and speeches are in tact, the streamlined narration cuts down on some of the more profound declarations that the characters make, allowing them to speak more like real people. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber's determination to play up the characters' dark sense of humor also helps greatly, punctuating some of the more maudlin scenes with a much needed laugh. Still, it doesn’t all work. Hazel and Gus’ visit to the Anne Frank House gets a cloying voice-over, and it remains the worst possible place for the couple to share their first kiss. Interspersing the new dialogue with Green’s monologues can be clunky at times, and Gus’ metaphor probably works much better as a literary conceit than as something a real human being would do. And when the third act of the film pulls out all of the stops to ensure there isn’t a dry eye in the theater, the film lays on the sap a bit too thick in its treatment of its big tragedy.
But by that point in the film, after having bawled your way through half a bucket of popcorn and several tissues, it probably won't matter. Because that beautifully lit, perfectly soundtracked heartbreak is the selling point of Hazel and Gus' doomed love story, and precisely the appeal of any good cancer movie – and if the ruined mascara and muffled sobs are any indication, The Fault in Our Stars is a good one.
Naomi Watts has joined the cast of the Divergent sequel. The Australian actress will join returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller and fellow newcomer Octavia Spencer in Insurgent, the follow-up to last year's (13) hit adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel.
Watts will play Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shailene Woodley is uncomfortable with constant comparisons to fellow actress Jennifer Lawrence, insisting pitting female stars against one another "creates distress". The Descendants star is a big fan of Lawrence and even turned to The Hunger Games beauty for advice about taking on a big franchise before signing on for the Divergent series.
But she insists she isn't trying to follow her friend's career steps and is urging reporters and fans to quit comparing female celebrities - because criticism can cause them serious insecurities. Woodley reveals she was particularly hurt following a pre-taped appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March (14), when she was booed by the studio audience for refusing to accept the comparisons.
The segment, during which she told host Fallon that "comparisons always lead to despair", was edited out of the TV broadcast, but she explains to New York Magazine, "It bothered me, because it's human nature to feel bad if you are booed by an entire audience." She continues, "As women, we are constantly told that we need to compare ourselves to a girl in school, to our co-workers, to the images in a magazine. How is the world going to advance if we're always comparing ourselves to others? "I admire Jennifer Lawrence, but she's everyone's favourite person to compare me to. Is it because we both have short hair and a vagina? I see us as separate individuals. And that's important. "As women, our insecurities are based on all these comparisons. And that creates distress."
Actress Susan Sarandon and actor Ansel Elgort teamed up to show off their ping-pong skills in a table tennis game against U.S. breakfast show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today show on Monday (02Jun14).