Category: Independent Movies

Nicole Kidman to replace Sofia Vergara in The Paperboy

Nicole Kidman to replace Sofia Vergara in The Paperboy

So, it goes like this. Few days ago, we reported that Sofia Vergara is no longer attached to star in the upcoming Lee Daniels‘ project The Paperboy, and today, we’re here for a little interesting update.

According to the latest reports, Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Vergara, believe it or not! If negotiations work out, Kidman will join the cast that, at this moment includes Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.

Ok, I see you’re surprised again. I know, I know, somebody’s missing. And it’s not only Vergara, but also previously announced Tobey Maguire. Unfortunately, Maguire dropped out of the project last week as well.

Let me remind you that The Paperboy is actually an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel of the same name that will center on a reporter and his brother who investigate the events surrounding a murder in order to exonerate a man on death row.

In case you’re wondering what this has to do with Nicole Kidman, here’s a little addition.

If everything works out good, she will play a woman with a dark side who writes letters to men on death row. She brings the case to the attention of the reporter, developing a relationship with him.

What do you think about Kidman’s involvement in this project? Let us know, and make sure you stay tuned!

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Garrett Hedlund is “On the Road” with Kristen Stewart

Garrett Hedlund is "On the Road" with Kristen Stewart

Garrett Hedlund says filming the big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic “On The Road” with Kristen Stewart was an unforgettable experience. “It was wonderful,” he told Access Hollywood at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards on Saturday.

“It was such an incredible rare journey that we all got to take, so I’m very proud of it. My anticipation is just as high as every body else’s about it,” he explained of the film, based on the legendary beat generation novel where “The Twilight Saga” star plays Marylou and Garret portrays Dean Moriarity.

“Kristen’s phenomenal,” the “Tron: Legacy” star continued. “She’s so focused, especially on this role… she’s so amazing and the world is going to get to really see that in this one.”

The 26-year-old actor is happy that the film will finally hit theaters after taking years to get off the ground.

“I singed on to the role like four years ago and so for the last four years I’ve just been twiddling thumbs trying to get the thing made, and hoping for it to be made and so it’s finally done,” he told Access.

“On The Road” — which also features Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss, Steve Buscemi and Terrence Howard — is due for release on December 10, 2011.

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Low-budget Monsters movie gets buzz

Low-budget Monsters movie gets buzz

Filmmaker Gareth Edwards brings giant aliens and cows together in an atypical film debut.

How does a filmmaker with a miniature budget bring his vision of larger-than-life aliens to life? In the case of Gareth Edwards, writer-director of “Monsters,” it took hard work, luck, and a heckuva lot of cows.

The young British filmmaker’s feature debut hits theaters this weekend, going up against “Saw 3D.” Clearly, “Monsters” is the underdog, but it’s still garnering some big buzz and strong reviews. Web searchers are intrigued. Over the past 24 hours, lookups on “monsters” and “monsters the movie” have both surged in the Search box.

Those finicky critics are also largely impressed. James Berardinelli of Reelviews calls the film “a remarkable achievement” and the Hollywood Reporter commends Edwards for adding “original touches to the genre, especially where production design is concerned.

That was no easy task. The budget was tiny (Edwards isn’t sure how much production cost, but rest assured it was a fraction of your average Hollywood flick), most of the cast had never acted before, and the script was sometimes being written just minutes before filming. And yet, amazingly, the chaos seems to have worked, because Edwards embraced it. After all, he had no choice.

“There is a point in the movie,” Edwards says, “when the characters come up against a bunch of cows.” The director explained that this bovine encounter wasn’t in the script. But the cows refused to move, so the guerilla filmmaker found a way to work them into the movie. No word on whether they were paid scale.

Indeed, the film went through a lot of changes over the years. Originally, Edwards explained in an interview, the story used “found footage” from a video recorder. But then “Cloverfield,” a movie that used that exact technique, came out, and Edwards had to change things up.

He now describes the finished product as less like a typical monster movie and more like, believe it or not, “Lost in Translation.” “It’s a drama and a road movie about two people who are stuck with each other,” he explained. Except unlike that Bill Murray-Scarlett Johansson picture, “Monsters” features giant tentacled creatures. Oh, and a lot of of cows.

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Jessica Alba balked at sexy twins role in Machete

Jessica Alba balked at sexy twins role in Machete

Jessica Alba missed out on playing twins in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie “Machete” because she objected to the sisters’ sex play.

The modest movie star, who insists on keeping everything covered up on the big screen, balked when she saw the first draft of the script and asked pal Rodriguez to rewrite her twin characters.

She says, “In the original script, I played twins, and there was a lot more sex. I’m not very comfortable with that stuff. I get freaked out and nervous.

Robert Rodriguez said, ‘Oh, we’ll rewrite it and we’ll do what you are comfortable with,’ and I was like, ‘OK, cool.'”

Related Link: Machete Movie Full Production Notes

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DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team—Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.

Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own.

Working together, when they’re not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max—a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.

Director: Sylvain White
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Screenplay: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: Friday April 23, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled, coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s—The Runaways.

Los Angeles 1975. Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits.

With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock ‘n ‘roll heart, while Cheri, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O’Neal
Screenplay: Floria Sigismondi
Studio: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: Friday March 19, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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Kristen Stewart goes “On the Road”

Kristen Stewart goes "On the Road"

Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund are walking the line of Walter Salles on the big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s long awaited “On the Road”.

Filming will begin in August at $ 25 million production budget, donors Thursday. Venues production partner, Rebecca Yeldham joins French MK2 production banner that snapped the rights and produce the film in collaboration with Film 4 in the United Kingdom and video films in Brazil.

Rooms traveled through the United States in the footsteps of Kerouac to prepare for adaptation, to film a documentary about the search for “On The Road” as part of its preparation. Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries “) wrote the adaptation of rooms.

Stewart will play the role of Dean Moriarty incandescent woman inside and out-Marylou while Riley will star in writer Jack Kerouac’s alter ego Sal Paradise. Hedlund was cast as Dean Moriarty.

“We are extremely proud to collaborate on one last great adventure film of the 20th century to be brought to the screen,” said Nathanael Karmitz and MK2 Charles Gillibert.

Kerouac’s cult novel of youth and freedom was published in 1957 and has sold several million copies worldwide.

Related Link: On the Road Movie Full Production Notes

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