Chloe Grace Moretz will lead the cast of the movie adaptation of Rick Yancey's bestseller The 5Th Wave. The Kick-Ass star, who is currently receiving rave reviews for her role in The Library on Broadway, will portray Cassie in the apocalyptic thriller, which will be directed by J Blakeson and co-produced by movie mogul Graham King and Tobey Maguire, among others.
Announcing the casting news on Wednesday (16Apr14), another producer, Hannah Minghella, says, "Chloe is the perfect Cassie and we're excited to be building this movie around her. "She's a phenomenal actress and embodies the heart, strength and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character. J Blakeson's vision for the film is smart, edgy and faithful to the book, and will launch the franchise in a fresh and dynamic way."
It looks like Daddy Warbucks has found his Annie in Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis. The girl with enough poodle purposes to stitch together a life-sized Sandy of her very own, the Oscar-nominated Wallis has been confirmed to Hollywood.com as the new leading lady to tackle the little orphan in Will Smith's remake of the classic. Previously, Smith's daughter Willow was set to take on the golden-hearted inhabitant of Miss Hannigan's home for girls, but departed from the project earlier this year (presumably to whip her hair back and forth a bit longer).
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But it wouldn't be a big-time remake without some other major names attached. Jada Pinkett-Smith is also on-hand to produce, alongside Sean (better known as Jay-Z) Carter. It seems only fitting Jay-Z would hop on board — given his own hard knock life and previously-confirmed affinity for the song with the same name.
The film's director Will Gluck (Easy A) has taken another stab at screenplay re-writes after Emma Thompson and The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna took a first and second stab at it, respectively.
According to the official statement from Sony's President of Production Hannah Minghella, we're in for a real treat (times three): "Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her."
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That's right, Wallis is one of those child stars who can act, sing, and dance! You can really learn it all in the Bathtub. Hushpuppy is a veritable force to be reckoned with. And if that wasn't enough, Wallis' bio proves further proof that she's both a child and a crazy-serious and impressive actress with the greatest of ease. Her bio from the press release lets us know that her "favorite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films include a role in Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen." Oh, that's all? Annie is set to be released during the 2014 holiday movie season because of course it will.
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Billy Ray is set to write and direct a new version of the Argentinian thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The original film, which just won an Oscar for best foreign film this past March, was directed by Juan Jose Campanella and adapted from the novel by Eduardo Sarcheri. It told the story of a retired criminal investigator in 2000 who's writing a novel -- as a form of therapy -- about an unsolved rape/murder in 1974. During his research, he meets a female judge that he has an unresolved history with.
Since its April release in the U.S., The Secret in Their Eyes has grossed $5.3 million.
Ray is pretty pumped up about the film and isn't being quiet about his aspirations.
"I want to try to make the movie that Anthony Minghella would have made from this material. Or Alan Pakula," he said. "I know that's setting the bar high, but it's the only reason to take something like this on. I am beyond excited about it, feeling truly privileged that a studio would take a shot on this kind of material."
And this isn't all Ray is up to right now. The writer/director is currently scribing a feature adaptation of Fox TV series 24 and a screenplay about the 2009 Somali pirate incident, and those are not small tasks. Is this dude going to have time to remake a movie that already won an Oscar? I guess I don't really understand the point of this whole project. With all the remakes and adaptations nowadays, I'm starting to wonder if there is ever going to be an original thought/idea from Hollywood again.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Pulp Fiction director was among the favourites to land the role of Brainy Smurf in the upcoming animated movie.
Sony Pictures Animation president Hannah Minghella says, "There were conversations about it, but it didn't work out."
Perry will play Smurfette, George Lopez Grouchy Smurf, Kevin James Hefty Smurf and Cumming Gutsy Smurf in the new movie.
Hank Azaria will voice the villainous Gargamel, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella has died. He was 54.
A spokesman for the filmmaker confirmed his death on Tuesday.
According to Variety, Minghella suffered a brain hemorrhage at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.
Minghella began his career writing scripts for British television programs before his play Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in London's West End in 1986.
Almost a decade later, Minghella won a Best Director Academy Award for The English Patient.
He was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley and 2003's Cold Mountain.
Minghella was filming one of 15 short movies, collectively entitled New York, I Love You, at the time of his death.
He was also chairman of the British Film Institute.
Minghella was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the British monarch's birthday honors list in 2001.
Minghella leaves behind wife Carolyn Choa, son Max and daughter Hannah.
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