Can a Song Save Your Life? seems to be just as uplifting as the title would have you believe (and anybody who has ever listened to "Torn" after a breakup knows that one can). News on the film, written and directed by John Carney and produced by Judd Apatow, involves its latest cast member: the young star of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld.
Steinfeld joins Scarlett Johansson, playing a hopeful singer who is dumped by her boyfriend when he heads off to pursue a solo career, and Mark Ruffalo, playing a record producer who discovers Johansson's character. Steinfeld will play Ruffalo's daughter. Believe it or not, he's forty-five, so the math holds up just fine.
The young actress' big screen debut (for which she earned a Best Actress nomination) was a trifle darker than what Carney's new inspiring flick seems to be. The director affirmed that music and romance were his bread and butter in the 2006 movie Once, so we can expect a reinstitution of that flavor in this next film. In addition to this round with the Avengers duo, Steinfeld will return to harsher stories in her pair of Romeo and Juliet adaptations, Romeo & Juliet and Rosaline, and will also be starring in the science-fiction adventure Ender's Game.
She was due to pick up a Virtuosos Award for her performance in Bridesmaids at the festival, but missed out after coming down with laryngitis.
The Virtuosos Award, recognising the year's stand-out performers, was also handed out to Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Young Adult's Patton Oswalt, A Better Life actor Demian Bichir, Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis and The Descendants actress Shailene Woodley.
Festival Director Roger Durling says, "I'm ecstatic about this strong line-up of Virtuosos. They all gave us indelible performances."
Last year's (11) winners were Lesley Manville, John Hawkes, Jacki Weaver and Hailee Steinfeld.
Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and British newcomer Douglas Booth have landed the title roles, while Holly Hunter, Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee are also attached to the project.
Now Sideways star Giamatti is joining the cast as the wise old Friar Lawrence.
The movie, directed by Carlo Carlei, will begin shooting in Italy later this month (Jan12) and is expected to hit cinemas at the end of the year (12).
The 19 year old will romance True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld as the male lead in director Carlo Carlei's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play.
Booth has been getting in shape with a fitness expert and insists he's ready to take off his shirt for love scenes with Steinfeld.
He says, "Doing sex scenes doesn't bother me. I'm comfortable in my own skin and they're giving me a personal trainer to get in shape, so I'm not going to worry about it. I know Carlo and it will all be done really tastefully."
And Booth admits it won't be a stretch having to woo Steinfeld after being wowed by her at their first meeting, adding, "We first saw each other at the Met Ball in New York. Our eyes met across the room. It was surreal, like something out of the play - life imitating art...
"I think it's only right that the leads are being played by young actors. After all, in the play they are young - it's about first love. Hailee is young, but I know, from my own experiences too, that love can hit you at any age, so it is right. When you meet Hailee, you don't think about her age - she's an amazing actress."
We are hovering at the threshold of the most interesting of cinematic calendar benchmarks: awards season.
Now is the time that all of 2011’s prestige films vie relentlessly for top honors and the chance to clutch victoriously a golden statue. A few years ago, the Best Film category widened its membership to ten nominees per year. It has therefore become arduous,(and expensive) to make it to the theater in order to see all ten nominees. Luckily, Netflix is here to help you catch up on some you may have missed from 2010. We hope you’ll consider spending some quality time with True Grit.
Who Made It:True Grit is actually a remake of a classic 1969 western starring John Wayne. The remake is written and directed by the celebrated Coen Brothers. Since 1984, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen have been responsible for some of our most artful, unique, and memorable films. There catalog reads like a parade of unbelievable greatness: Fargo, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou, just to name a few.
Who’s In It: Stepping into the iconic role of Rooster Cogburn, the role for which John Wayne won his first and only Oscar, is Jeff Bridges. Accompanying him is a Texas Ranger, played by Matt Damon, and a tough young girl, played by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Josh Brolin, with whom the Coens previously worked with on No Country for Old Men.
What’s It About:A young woman’s father is killed by a hired hand and she must travel to recover his body. While away, she hires a lawman as fond of drink as he is of killing to help her track down the man responsible for her father’s death.
True Grit is one of the few occasions wherein the remake actually holds up to the original film. With the period film, The Coens—after creating a strange neo-western in No Country for Old Men—return to a more classic example of the genre.
Their western does not romanticize the old west, but rather creates a landscape that is as bleak and treacherous as it is beautiful; packed with enough despicable, unflinchingly violent characters to make every step into the wilderness your potential last. The Coens use of language makes their western unique. The characters at once speak plainly and eloquently, with an almost musical cadence to their colloquialisms.
Jeff Bridges is absolutely outstanding as Rooster Cogburn. He isn’t content creating an imitation of John Wayne and makes the character distinctly his own. He is equally grizzled and colorful, but there is something far more mystic about Bridges’ portrayal of Cogburn. His rocky past seems painted in the haggard lines of his face and audible in his smoky, croaking voice. While his morals at first seem rather cloudy, there is no denying his endless pursuit of the good and the right. And of course all of these virtues are well protected by his frighteningly adept turn of the six-shooter. Bridges was rewarded for his efforts with a nomination for Best Actor.
Relative acting rookie Hailee Steinfeld was similarly honored with a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mattie Ross; an accolade of which she earned ever iota. I risk ire from its fans, but I honestly feel Steinfeld is a marked improvement over Kim Darby who played the role in the original film. Steinfeld is so poised, so confident and wise beyond her character’s years, that she presents a legitimate equal for any adult ally or foe. Darby had a tendency to posture and, by way of her falsity, irritate and grate upon the nerves. Steinfeld proves far more natural as both a feisty wordsmith and an emotionally complex young woman.
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Hugo star Asa Butterfield has been cast as lead character Ender Wiggin, a gifted and genius young boy who begins training at a military academy in a bid to take down an alien race, and now action star Ford has been tapped to play the school's student recruiter, Colonel Hyrum Graff.
Little Miss Sunshine's Breslin will play Ender's sister Valentine and True Grit beauty Hailee Steinfeld will portray the boy's friend, Petra Arkanian.
The Ender's Game is set for a 2013 release, reports Variety.com.
Ben Kinglsey is a serious actor, but a guy who also loves having fun making movies. When I spoke to him for Hugo, you could just feel his love and passion for the craft exuding from word—even when discussing his role in a "kid's movie." That kind of unbridled affection for performance is reason enough for me to be excited for any and every project Kingsley signs on for. When the project just happens to be an adaptation of one of the more exciting sci-fi novels of the last 25 years, that's when my head starts spinning.
Kingsley is set to join the big screen version of Ender's Game, the 1985 science fiction war novel penned by famed author Orson Scott Card. Card and a number of name directors and writers have been trying to bring Ender's Game to life nearly as long as the book as been in existence, but now it's finally happening under the guidance of producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (writers of Transformers and Star Trek) and writer/director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi).
Ender's Game will also act as a reunion for Kinglsey and his Hugo co-star Asa Butterfield, who is set to star as the titular youngster, a brilliant boy recruited at a young age to help with the resistance against a warring alien race. Also in the mix is Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) in an unspecified role.
Kingsley and Butterfield's collaboration in Hugo was a surprise and a real treat. A kid actor who can stand up to a legendary force like Kingsley is no easy task, but Butterfield pulled it off. I'm hoping it wasn't a one-off for the fresh-faced actor, but I feel as if I can rest assured now that Kinglsey's on board Ender's Game. Even if they recreate a little of that magic in this new film, fans of the book and newcomers to the material will be in for something special.
The filmmakers aim to shoot Ender's Game in February, which means we could see this one in theaters around 2013!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Teenage True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in the futuristic sci-fi thriller Ender's Game.
The Best Supporting Actress nominee would nab the female lead in the film, from actor-turned-director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, who has already signed up for Ender's Game.
The movie, which takes place 70 years from now, focuses on a military academy in space that prepares child soldiers for an imminent alien invasion. It's set for a 2013 release.
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UPDATE: It was reported today that Harrison Ford is officially signed on for a part in Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. Ford will be playing Col. Hyrum Graff, the administrator at a special battle school that recruits and trains the titular Ender (Asa Butterfield of Hugo) in warfare against a hostile alien species. Ford is among a few impressive newcomers to the cast; others include Abigail Breslin (as Ender's sister), Hailee Steinfeld (as Ender's "gal Friday" of sorts). -Variety
EARLIER: It was reported last night that Gavin Hood's developing film adaptation for Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game has cast Asa Butterfield. Aside from the humor in the fact that the adaptation of a book that won the Hugo Award is casting an actor that might very well win an award for Hugo, this is some pretty terrific news. But there's more optimism attached to this project, and it comes in the form of a classic Hollywood hero: Harrison Ford.
Ford is being considered by Ender's Game producers to fill the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff (which is one of the Harrison Fordiest character names I've ever heard). In the novel, Graff is the tyrannical, strategic leader of the military camp in which the main character Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) enrolls in training to become one of a fleet of planetary saviors.
Back in the old days, Ford was the ruffian renegade running amok of no-nonsense leaders and military men. But as time passes, it seems as though the latter type of role is more suitable for the actor. Ford can dole out some serious hostility, which will come in handy for Col. Graff. Although he's just a potential candidate for the role right now, the teaming of a celebrated work of science fiction with one of the greatest actors of the fantasy/adventure genre is worth getting excited about.
Authorities at the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have condemned the image of the 14-year-old star wiping away a tear while perched on a railway because it shows a child in an unsafe location.
Bosses at Prada Retail UK, who own the Miu Miu brand, have defended the picture, calling it "part of a serious, high-fashion campaign" and "based on the set of an imaginary film".
They claim it is clear the True Grit star "could have easily moved from where she was sitting because she was not restrained in any way".
The ban follows the ASA's decision earlier this month (Nov11) to pull a provocative campaign featuring 17-year-old Dakota Fanning posing with a bottle of Marc Jacobs' Oh, Lola! perfume between her legs.