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Star Trek sequel gets a title

Star Trek sequel gets a title

J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel finally has a title. The latest installment in the ongoing adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise has been christened “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The follow-up to the 2009 reboot will once again star Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, with Abrams returning as director. Benedict Cumberbatch, who is best known for his work on the BBC mystery series “Sherlock,” will play the villain.

Set in the 23rd century, Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise are sent to the Klingon homeworld seeking former Starfleet member-turned-terrorist John Harrison. After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci agreed to produce its sequel. Filming began in January 2012. Into Darkness’s visual effects were primarily created by Industrial Light & Magic.

The film was converted to 3D in post-production. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney, Australia, on April 23, 2013,[6] and was released on May 9 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Peru,[7] with other countries following. The film was released on May 16 in the United States and Canada, opening at IMAX cinemas a day earlier.[8][9]

Into Darkness was a financial success and garnered positive reviews, but was received more controversially and critically among Star Trek fans. Its gross earnings of over $467 million worldwide made it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek franchise. A sequel, Star Trek Beyond, is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2016.

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Nick Cassavetes to Direct Kristen Stewart in Cali

Nick Cassavetes to Direct Kristen Stewart in Cali

The Michael Diliberti penned script follows a young San Fernando couple who sell a fake snuff film to make some quick cash. Years later, the woman who supposedly “died” on film must return to her hometown to save her younger sister from trouble. Complications thus ensue.

Producer Zev Foreman had this to say about Nick Cassavetes boarding the project. “Nick’s the perfect director for this gritty, L.A.-based story and will smartly balance the dynamic action with a true love story. Nick’s record of working with top talent continues here in his collaboration with Kristen Stewart.”

The film is set for a late summer start date. Cali comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Kristen Stewart.

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Amanda Seyfried transformed into Linda Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried transformed into Linda Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried has completely transformed for her role as the ’70s porn star Linda Lovelace. The actress, who starred in “Mamma Mia!” and the romance “Dear John,” is now featured on a racy new poster for the biopic “Lovelace,” and she’s virtually unrecognizable. She shows some skin in a lacy red bra, a big brunette ‘do, and a sultry, heavily made-up look.

In some ways, the actress almost seems to take it a step too far: She comes across as more outwardly sexy than Lovelace in many of her photos: The porn star seems to be sunny and smiling, crowned with her trademark curly brown hair.

The upcoming drama centers around Lovelace’s life as the star of the first porn movie with a plot, 1972’s “Deep Throat,” and her awful-sounding pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, played by Peter Sarsgaard. James Franco channels a young Hugh Hefner in the film.

Lovelace went from a porn superstar to an anti-porn activist, claiming that her husband had forced her to do “Deep Throat” at gunpoint, among other things.

The 26-year-old, with her doe eyes and blond hair, certainly didn’t seem to be an obvious choice, but as her sizzling poster pose proves, she’s got what it takes.

There is another Linda Lovelace biopic in the works. That project, called “Inferno,” made headlines first when Lindsay Lohan was cast in the lead role, and then again when she dropped out. Malin Akerman is currently slated to play Lovelace in that film, but she recently told The Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t know if that’s even going to go.”

“Lovelace” is expected to be released later this year.

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Lindsay Lohan cast as Elizabeth Taylor

Lindsay Lohan cast as Elizabeth Taylor

The troubled star shares a photo of herself looking similar to an iconic Taylor image.

Looks like LiLo is set for a comeback: Lifetime has confirmed that Lindsay Lohan will be taking on the role of Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic “Liz and Dick,” a TV movie that will focus on the star’s on-again, off-again romance with Richard Burton.

Lifetime has referred to Lohan, 25, who starred in “Mean Girls” and “The Parent Trap” and who is off probation, as “perfect” for the part. In an interview with E! News, producer Larry Thompson said, “We could hire actresses that would be great and people would watch it, but I think that Lindsay brings to Elizabeth Taylor and to our project that sparkle of magic, that sparkle of today.”

While the silver-screen legend and the fallen actress may seem to have little in common at first glance, a closer look shows Lohan could have what it takes. First, when she rocks black hair, Lohan bears a striking resemblance to Taylor. In fact, Lohan’s profile on Twitter has changed to a photo that appears to show the star channeling the raven-haired beauty; she could be Taylor’s twin. (See how she compares to the glamorous Taylor, pictured above in the 1959 movie “Suddenly Last Summer.”)

Along with sharing good looks, both stars wrestled with addiction in the past, with each of them spending time at the Betty Ford Center. In a statement to Us Weekly, Lohan said, “I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honored to have been asked to play this role.”

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Nicole Kidman is sexy again in Paperboy

Nicole Kidman is sexy again in Paperboy

The flame-haired star goes platinum blond and miniskirted for her steamy thriller, “The Paperboy.”

Reminiscent of her seductive-yet-psycho character in “To Die For” (1995), Nicole Kidman is taking on another twisted-sex-pot role. And yes, in this one she also dons bleach blonde hair.

Kidman, 44, has love scenes with Zac Efron, 24, in “The Paperboy,” a sexual thriller due for release later this year. And while Efron described the scenes as “the highlight of my life,” he is not the only one Kidman’s character gets intimate with: She plays a woman who writes letters to death row inmates. Kidman’s character Charlotte Bless also begins communicating with a murder suspect, played by John Cuscack.

We’ll just have to add Kidman’s sexy scenes to a growing list she is knocking out lately—including her steamy on-screen play opposite Clive Owen in the HBO film “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

Kidman recently told W Magazine how she feels about getting nude on set: “I don’t mind being naked. Maybe as I get older, and now having had a baby, it might be different, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of a performance. Once I start putting all my little insecurities in my mind, I’m not actually acting. Then it’s about me — and it should never be about me. It should be about the character.”

Related Link: The Paperboy Movie Full Production Notes

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Take This Waltz Theatrical Trailer

Margot meets Daniel while on a business trip, and although they immediately share some chemistry, she reveals to him that she is married. However, it turns out that Daniel is living across the street from Margot and her husband Lou in Toronto. Although Lou and Margot appear happy together, it becomes clear that Margot is not completely satisfied with her marriage, possibly aggravated by encountering Daniel.

She is initially resistant to Daniel’s advances, but as the film progresses they interact more and more until she ultimately leaves her husband to be with him. Lou is saddened, yet understanding. The audience is then shown a montage of Margot’s new life with Daniel, including several brief sex scenes. As the film ends, there is some indication that Margot is not satisfied with her new life either.

Take This Waltz begins with heat. Margot is baking muffins in the sweltering humidity of a Toronto summer. Heat radiates from the oven, sunlight filters through the windows, and as Margot leans up against the stove, the film becomes a sensory experience.

Take This Waltz is the second feature film from writer / director Sarah Polley, based on her screenplay which made the coveted Black List in 2009. Whereas Polley’s feature film directorial debut, Away From Her, was the tender story of a couple in the winter of their married life, Take This Waltz follows a younger couple, married for only a few years, moving from the springtime of their romance, settling into what should be a warm, loving life together.

Take This Waltz Theatrical Trailer

Set in Polley’s hometown of Toronto, she proudly admits that she romanticizes the city, and wanted to show her affection for the tree‐lined streets and downtown residential areas tucked in around neighborhood restaurants and cinemas. So she placed the story right onto the sidewalks, streetcars and beaches which she walks every day.

The title of the film, Take This Waltz, comes from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name, the words of which Cohen interpreted from “Little Viennese Waltz” by the modernist poet, Frederico Garcia Lorca, who was assassinated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.

Now in Vienna there’s ten pretty women. There’s a shoulder where
Death comes to cry. There’s a lobby with nine hundred windows.
There’s a tree where the doves go to die.

“The lyrics are so tragic and romantic,” declared Polley. “You never completely understand it, but it makes perfect sense on some deep, emotional level. I listened to it non‐stop while writing the screenplay and it informed the tone of what I wanted to accomplish.”

In the story, Lou is the good husband, durable in his affection for his wife, grounded in his kitchen, as he diligently works his way through his chicken recipes; Margot, however, is a zephyr. Temperate in her self‐awareness, untethered by intention, she is easily propelled by gusts of inspiration coming from others. Side by side, making all the proscribed choices young, urban couples are advised to make, they move towards their future. Lou, contentedly – Margot, because she is his wife.

Take This Waltz

Directed by: Sarah Polley
Starring: Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby, Raoul Bhaneja, Jennifer Podemski
Screenplay by: Sarah Polley
Production Design by: Matthew Davies
Cinematography by: Luc Montpellier
Film Editing by: Christopher Donaldson
Art Direction by: Aleksandra Marinkovich
Set Decoration by: Steve Shewchuk
Costume Design by: Lea Carlson
Music by: Jonathan Goldsmith
MPAA Rating: R for language, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity.
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: June 29, 2012

Related Link: Take This Waltz Movie Full Production Notes

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Jennifer Lawrence will return to past

Jennifer Lawrence will return to past

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games character Katniss lives in the future, but in her latest upcoming role, she plays a woman from the past – 1929, to be exact.

Starring opposite Bradley Cooper in Serena, set for a 2013 release, the actress, 21, plays his wife who can’t bear a child – and then commits a murder that involves a child her husband had before the marriage.

Glammed up in a fur-lined jacket with blonde curls, Lawrence is pictured next to her handsome on-screen husband, clad in a suit and tie, with a hat.

The movie, based on a 2009 novel by Ron Rash, is directed by Oscar winner (for the Danish drama, In a Better World) Susan Bier.

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Tom Cruise Set for We Mortals Are

Tom Cruise Set for We Mortals Are

Variety is reporting that director Doug Liman has gotten actor Tom Cruise for the lead role in We Mortals Are, formerly know as “All You Need Is Kill”.

Based on the graphic novel, the original story is in the vein of Groundhog Day, with a twist: A soldier in a war against aliens finds himself reliving his last day over and over after being killed. Through the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.

While a deal with the studio isn’t officially signed, Cruise has been weighing this role for some time after continued talks with director Doug Liman.

Sources say Warner Bros.’ Jeffrey Robinov always wanted a big star, though the script called for a younger actor like Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The studio has already had the script rewritten to make the character fit Tom Cruise’s age.

Dante Harper penned the script with Joby Harold doing the rewrite. Sources said Tom Cruise liked the script so much that Liman traveled to Pittsburgh, where the actor was shooting Paramount and Skydance’s One Shot, to meet with the actor about the role.

Though sources close to the studio were a little worried that Cruise may be passive about doing back-to-back sci-fi pics, sources close to Cruise added that his biggest reason for taking the role is Liman’s persistence in their talks that both films would be completely different.

Insiders go on to add that Horizons will be his next film he shoots, which will go sometime in March. There are some scheduling issues that need to be worked out but given that Horizons is so far along in the casting process and We Mortals Are still fairly early in the development and pre-production stage, both sides should find a way to work those issues out.

We Mortals Are comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Tom Cruise. The film is directed by Doug Liman.

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Charlize Theron’s frightening Evil Queen

Charlize Theron's frightening Evil Queen

The actress is icy as ever as she terrorizes Kristen Stewart in the upcoming “Snow White” movie.

Everybody knows that actors have a lot more fun playing the bad guy. No need to remind Charlize Theron of that. The Oscar-winning actress is starring as the evil queen (emphasis on “evil”) in the upcoming “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Theron, who has played scary before in “Monster”, remarked to E! Online that she’s been having “a lot of fun” playing the evil queen. Theron laughed and said her character is a “total bitch.” We’ll find out if audiences agree when the movie, which co-stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, hits theaters next summer.

If you find yourself saying, “Wait, I thought Julia Roberts was playing the evil queen,” well, you’re right. But that’s a different movie called “Mirror Mirror.” That version stars Lily Collins as Snow White and is set to hit theaters March 16, 2012. Roberts says that her character lives up to her name. She’s “pretty evil,” Roberts remarked.

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Jessica Chastain Set for Caught in Flight

Jessica Chastain Set for Caught in Flight

The movie will revolve around Princess Diana’s real-life secret affair with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, “who was said to be the love of her life.” Their two-year affair began in 1995, and Kahn maintained his silence until he spoke on record to The Telegraph in 2008. The movie is described as a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.”

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