Last night we attended an event for The Maze Runner at 92nd Street Y and our ears are still ringing. The turnout for the event was amazing, which leads us to believe that this film is about two seconds away from taking off and casting these actors into stardom (farther than some of them already are). 92Y got a great collection of the cast, along with author James Dashner, in the house last night for a panel discussion, screenings of exclusive clips, a Q&A, and even a fan meet and greet afterwards!
1. The film already has a huge following.
Like we said, there was an awesome turnout last night! The house was absolutely packed at 7:30 when the event started. The place was teeming with fans, who were beyond excited to see the exclusive clips and hear what the cast and author had to say.
2. In that following, there are a lot of screaming, happy (crying) teenage fans.
Last night, you couldn’t even hear Matt Patches (the panel moderator) announcing some of the cast members (poor Alex Flores) when Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Jacob Latimore were brought on stage. People were screaming so loud, it was a little frightening for us. We can’t imagine how the actors felt!
3. The Cast is already like family.
And it’s not in the corny way some actors try to say “we really bonded while filming this movie and everyone’s best friends now!” You could tell, just from watching them together on stage, that they work as a unit. Everyone gets along and laughs together. They were even finishing each other’s thoughts on stage.
4. There is room for growth for all of the characters.
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Usually fans aren’t particularly fond of changing characters appearances, personalities, or importance in a film, but TMR gets it right. Jacob Latimore’s character, Jeff, is a much smaller part in the books, but director Wes Ball expanded on this character, which allowed for Latimore to integrate himself into the group and really develop his sense of who his character was, and why Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) entering the maze was important. We also see a great deal of change in the way the character Gally (Will Poulter) is portrayed.
5. James Dashner is super cool with changing things.
As a writer, Dashner said he knows that taking a book directly from the page and turning it into a movie just doesn’t work. You can’t argue the book’s creator on that.
6. Every change that was made, was a very thought out and deliberate process to make this film an incredible experience for fans.
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Wes would call or email Dashner over every change he was making, it didn’t matter how big a change it was. Wes had this entire world in which the glade and the maze existed, but he wanted to make sure that it matched up with what the fans were expecting
7. The director has all of the book fans in mind.
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Every change that was made, was made with fans in mind. Which we think is what will really make this film appealing to not only just the fans of the books, but audiences interested in this dystopian future genre that is bursting onto the scene. People love when their opinions are taken into consideration and they feed off of what they’re given. If Wes continues down this road with the potential sequel, we’re sure this series will reach a huge magnitude of people.
8. It’s an amazing cast.
This really is a great group of young, talented actors put together. Will Poulter (who we missed very much last night) as Gally is mind-blowing, because you’ve never seen a side of Will so fierce and aggressive before. Kaya Scodelario is the only female (Theresa) in this film, but refused to play it like that, because her cast mates never made her feel like a girl, and she wasn’t going to take that crap from any of the gladers. Chris Sheffeild’s banishment scene as Ben is enough to really make you take him seriously as an actor, because it’s intense and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.
9.The series has a really strong, talented lead actor.
Dylan O’Brien really wow’d us in this role. He’s brought Thomas, this very intelligent and inquisitive character, to life in ways we could have only dreamed of. As an actor, he’s quite clearly taken on the leadership role amongst his cast mates, that his character Thomas has done in the glade. This is a role completely outside of his other work, very unlike his character Stiles on Teen Wolf. We think he knocked it right out of the park
10. The sequel might already be in the works!
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Rumors have been flying that 20th Century Fox was already putting the sequel, The Scorch Trials (we're unsure if it will be the same name for the film) into motion. James Dashner was asked what some of his future plans were, and while he mentioned his upcoming books, when asked about any future things related to The Maze Runner, he replied “No comment,” with the biggest smile ever. You know that’s always a good sign.
Let me do you a quick favor and introduce you to Dylan O’Brien (if you haven't met yet), A.K.A. the funniest, cutest guy to ever appear on MTV. Oh yeah, he’s also Thomas, the main character in the highly anticipated film The Maze Runner.
Let’s go way back in this introduction, before he was Stiles on Teen Wolf, or before he started running around mazes, back to when O’Brien was a cute, little nugget 14-year-old with a YouTube Channel.
You’ll love Dylan more once you’ve seen his “Dis Be My Channel” with the appropriate username 'moviekidd826':
That is him in the baseball cap and sunglasses, also rocking out on the drums and stealing your former teenage heart.
If you didn’t know how YouTube worked, Dylan was there to teach you how to make a channel of your own:
“Hey guys, moviekidd here!”
If you had no idea who he was then, you sure as hell noticed him when he first appeared on Teen Wolf in 2011 as Stiles Stilinski.
Stiles is Scott McCall's sarcastic, quick-witted best friend on the show. But really, everyone (including them) knows that those two are brothers. He is pretty much the only reason the werewolf has made it this far on the show.
But, that’s not the only thing Dylan has worked on that has made us laugh:
He was the super snarky, kind-of asshole genius in The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson:
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The First Time, with his now-girlfriend Britt Robertson:
How cute is it that they met filming this movie and are still together?! We love him even more for it. You're a lucky gal Britt!
He was even on an episode of New Girl:
And he totally ships Nick/Jess.
If Dylan wasn’t making waves as an actor, he could go into the business of creating reaction GIFs and make a fortune on the internet, since it already loves him so much:
Begging, while a little sad (Dylan is versatile)
*Blows kisses right back*
Or, he could totally become a model:
His Twitter account is a goldmine of funny snippets of his humor and personality:
I forgot my pillow
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) August 18, 2014
Just to be clear, when I do a quote retweet, you guys read the quote first...right?
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) August 12, 2014
Don't think popsugar has seen Maid in Manhattan. They should. Cuz it's adorable
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) August 12, 2014
First little peek at the grievers brought to life #wesyoureagenius pic.twitter.com/7XHw0IHCr7
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) July 28, 2014
I luh ya cuties I luh ya luh ya luh ya cuties
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) April 1, 2014
We luh ya too Dylan.
He is also the kind of guy that will RT his friends and call them cute:
“@PoulterWill: Our leader and buddy - @dylanobrien !!! #TheMazeRunner pic.twitter.com/CUl6haT8GO” awww my friends are the cutest :)
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) August 25, 2014
If that doesn’t just make you want to squeeze him, then I don’t know what will.
Talking about friends, he’s got the best relationship with Teen Wolf star, Tyler Posey:
He’s so honest, you can’t help but love him:
Best of all, he isn’t afraid to call himself weird:
If you haven’t gotten enough of him yet, YouTube is full of videos highlighting his funniest moments (and believe me there, there are TONS to choose from).
Why not indulge yourself and watch this adorable, funny collection of best moments:
Then go see him kick some greiver ass as Thomas in The Maze Runner next week:
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Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. has been cast in the upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon prequel.
The actor/dancer is set to play Tie-Fang, one of the four heroes of the martial arts world, alongside Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh, who will reprise her role as Yu Shu-Lien.
The next instalment will centre around the foursome as they fight to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of villainous Hades Dai.
Shum, Jr. is best known as Glee's Mike Chang. He also recently wrapped filming on a drama with Ray Liotta, called Revenge of the Green Dragons.
Cult TV series Veronica Mars was given the top prize at the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards on Thursday (24Jul14). The teen detective drama was given new life last year (13) after fans donated $5.7 million (£3.5 million) via a Kickstarter.com campaign to reunite the cast for a feature film, seven years after the show was abruptly cancelled.
The Veronica Mars movie was released in March (14), and fans of the series have continued supporting the franchise by voting for the show in the first-ever mtvU prizegiving, beating out 31 nominees, including The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad for Fandom of the Year.
Also taking home trophies were Game of Thrones for OMG Moment of the Year for the Purple Wedding episode, Harry Potter for Best Fandom Forever, TV series Hannibal for Breakout Fandom of the Year, and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev for Ship of the Year (Favourite onscreen relationship).
Special prizes also went to Teen Wolf for Fandom Feat of the Year, as the programme's fans raised funds to build a wolf sanctuary, and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green for the Visionary Award.
The ceremony was held at the Petco Park baseball stadium on 24 July (14) as part of the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California, and broadcast in the U.S. on Sunday (27Jul14).
British actor Dave Legeno has died at the age of 50. The Harry Potter star passed away while hiking in Death Valley National Park in California.
His body was found in a remote area by a pair of hikers last Sunday (06Jul14) and local police believe he may have died from heat related issues, according to TMZ.com.
Legeno began his career as a boxer and mixed martial arts fighter under the name Lone Wolf.
He landed his first movie role in 2000's Snatch and went on to appear in Batman Begins. He also featured as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2.
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Jonah Hill is the most unlikely movie star. He isn't particularly "handsome" like those who came before him, such as Rudolph Valentino, Cary Grant, or even George Clooney. Hollywood producers don't develop movies for him, and he is rarely given the leading role. In another time, Hill might have been a consistently reliable character actor like Harry Dean Stanton whose presence elevates certain films but whose name is largely unrecognized by the general moviegoing audience. Today, however, Hill is a household name, and his appearance in more films signifies a change in both industry and audience practices.
Unlike most character actors who express their versatility in diverse supporting roles, Hill presents a star persona that is specific to his skills as a performer. In his scene-stealing cameo in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, for example, Hill creates humor out of an awkward encounter. Hill's deadpan delivery forces the audience to laugh at his character's cringeworthy interactions. The character is painful to watch, and the audience is embarrassed for him, but Hill's ability to own the absurdity of the situation turns the scene into comedy gold.
The same can be said about Hill's supporting turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hill plays a different character in the film and is given more screen time, but he similarly finds humor in awkwardness. He approaches the scene as a serious actor would, but the combination of his intention (to promote his music) and the situation (intruding upon an intimate conversation between two characters) creates an embarrassing moment that is so absurd the audience can't help but laugh.
Hill would push this persona to the extreme in Cyrus, a hilarious comedy in which he plays a young man who still lives with his mother Molly (Marisa Tomei). John C. Reilly's character begins dating Molly and must deal with Hill's abnormalities. In the scene below, Hill threatens Reilly to back off, and as usual, he turns an awkward situation into comedy. Hill plays the scene intensely as if it were a drama, but the absurd premise of the film and Hill's association with it triggers the audience to laugh.
Hill would continue to develop and expand this persona in other films, including his Oscar nominated turns in both Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. In the former, Hill is as subdued as he's ever been, but there's always an element of humor in even the simplest line readings. By contrast, his work in the latter is over-the-top, and although he shows a side of himself moviegoers have never seen, he still manages to sneak in his awkward screen persona. Consider, for instance, the scene below in which Hill explains to Leonardo DiCaprio's character his abnormal relationship with his cousin. The combination of Hill's physical appearance (those teeth!) and his earnest delivery once again force the audience to laugh at the absurdity of the situation.
This is not to say that Hill lacks talent, because I personally think that he's one of cinema's most exciting performers. However, with each film appearance, Hill cultivates a unique star persona that is unlike anything we've seen before. He lacks the traditional handsomeness of other male movie stars and he isn't expected or required to play the leading role. Yet his signature is always stamped on each film he's in, and all of his performances adhere to his persona while simultaneously expanding it. Like some of Hill's more famous co-stars such as Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Hill has become a beloved household name. Unlike them, Hill is carving a new path for movie stars of a different kind, and it will be exciting to see where he goes next.
The Wolf Of Wall Street star Margot Robbie has been confirmed to play Jane in a new live-action take on Tarzan. The Australian beauty edged out Emma Stone for the lead female role, and she'll now romance Alexander Skarsgard's Tarzan in the modern remake of the classic Edward Rice Burroughs tale.
The 3D live-action film will focus on Tarzan's efforts to get to grips with life in urban London. It will be directed by Harry Potter director David Yates.
Django Unchained co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz will also be a part of the Tarzan film, which Warner Bros. producers hope to have swinging into cinemas in July, 2016.
The Yates project isn't the only Tarzan movie in the works - Kellan Lutz voices the jungle orphan in another live action release, which is set to hit theatres in May (14).
British actor Warwick Davis fears a dwarf-throwing scene in The Wolf Of Wall Street will glamorise the bizarre game. The Harry Potter star is concerned over a scene in Martin Scorsese's film about corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in which the trader and his colleagues hurl small people at a cloth target.
Davis, who runs an agency for small actors, has branded the practice "reprehensible" and is concerned its light-hearted use in the Oscar-nominated movie will give viewers the impression the game is fun.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It is a dehumanising practice, very reprehensible. I have been approached to provide small people for dwarf-throwing and always refuse. I hope the film doesn't make people think it is glamorous to fling small people about."
American author and screenwriter Ned Vizzini has committed suicide, aged 32. The scribe took his own life on Thursday (19Dec13) in New York, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Vizzini was best known for his 2006 novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, a semi-autobiographical tale about a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital after a suicide attempt.
The book was turned into a movie in 2010, which starred Zach Galifianakis.
Vizzini wrote his most recent project, House of Secrets: Battle of the Beast, with Harry Potter director Chris Columbus.
He was also writing for several TV shows, including J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron's Believe, The Last Resort and Teen Wolf.
Movie-maker Martin Scorsese will be feted by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) next year (14) as he is handed the Cinematic Imagery Award. The Oscar-winning director will be given the prestigious accolade at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on 8 February (14) in Los Angeles.
The organisation's council chairman, John Shaffner, lauds Scorsese's work and tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The ADG has always considered his hands-on pursuit of excellence of production design to equal all of the fine craftsmanship that goes into every aspect of all Martin Scorsese films."
In addition to his numerous directing credits, Scorsese is also founder and chair of The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, which are non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the honour include the production designers on the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Warren Beatty and Terry Gilliam.