The Fifty Shades of Grey movie production is moving right along, and we just got to see the first pictures from filming. We're also still getting casting updates — and the most recent additions are pretty surprising. Find out which well-known actress is playing Christian's mom, his sister, and everyone else who's been cast so far.
Can't a girl just get some alone time? Mia Wasikowska stars in Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson, a girl who sets out to walk 2,000 miles through the Australian desert because — get this — why not? Along the way, she encounters various creatures and people, including (but not limited to) snakes and a National Geographic photographer (Girls' Adam Driver). Think Into the Wild, but with Wasikowska instead of Emile Hirsch and the outback instead of the Alaskan wilderness.
This trailer is gorgeous. The landscape is beautiful and perfectly complemented by M83's "Outro." Could there be a better song for such a haunting story? Wasikowska seems like the ideal young actress to pull off this role, and hey, how could you not want to see Driver in anything and everything? The movie doesn't yet have an official release date, but you can (and should) watch the trailer below the jump.
Paul Walker died last weekend in a tragic car accident, and we're still reeling from the devastating news. Walker has been a favorite of ours since he appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon in 1998's Pleasantville. A solid actor with all-American looks and a big heart, Walker will always hold a special place in our hearts. He could melt you with his smile and could even make you fall for him when he was playing the bad guy. In the wake of his heartbreaking passing, let's remember what makes it impossible to forget Walker.
I saw Pleasantville in theaters, and even in black and white, Walker was irresistible. Skip Martin had me from the first time he flashed that million-watt smile at Jennifer/Mary Sue (Witherspoon) from his convertible, and I've never forgotten about the moment she decides that hanging out in the '50s with Skip might not be so bad after all.
Varsity Blues (1999)
James Van Der Beek may have been billed as the star of Varsity Blues, but it's Walker's endearing performance that I'll remember. In the sports film, he shined as injured quarterback Lance Harbor, a guy who has great talent on the field and an even greater admiration for his brothers and teammates.
For more about Paul's unforgettable roles, just keep reading.
Adaptations are all the rage, and the upcoming big-screen version of Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You is one we're eagerly anticipating, since we loved the book about a dysfunctional family begrudgingly coming together. The movie now has a release date of Sept. 12, and if you've read the book, you'll want to see who's playing whom. Jason Bateman is on board to fill the shoes of main character Judd Foxman, one of four siblings who assemble to sit shiva when their father dies, along with Tina Fey and a Girls star. See everyone who's in the cast here.
— Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal
Award season is off and running! This morning the nominees for the Spirit Awards — independent film's answer to the Oscars — were announced, and there's lots of love for movies that have been getting buzz for a while now, like 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, and Fruitvale Station. There are also some surprises in the bunch, like the multiple nominations for All Is Lost and Frances Ha.
It's fun to see indie films getting recognition, along with some early nominations that we hope to see pop up in other award-season lists — particularly those for Jared Leto, Michael B. Jordan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The show will take place March 1, the day before the Oscars, and you can see the full list of nominees after the jump.
The sequel to The Hunger Games is finally out this week, and we have major Catching Fire fever. The latest trailer and these pictures from the movie have gotten us all super excited. There are pictures from various scenes, including Katniss in her wedding dress, Katniss and Peeta on their victory tour, and Effie Trinket just being Effie, in all her fabulousness. Click through for more new images and to get a glimpse of a shirtless Finnick!
Catching Fire, the intense second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, hits theaters this week, and we can barely contain our excitement. Fans of the book will remember that Peeta and Katniss are back in the arena for the Quarter Quell, and this time around, the Hunger Games are more dangerous than ever. Every tribute has already won a previous Hunger Games, meaning they've all killed before and are prepared to kill again. On top of the participants, the arena is filled with terrifying and treacherous dangers every step of the way. We're looking at the most gut-wrenching parts of the book and why we can't wait to see them come to life. But for those who haven't read the book, beware: some of the spoilers ahead may not be in your favor.
That Awful Moment Where Katniss Gets Chosen Again
For the celebrated benchmark of the Quarter Quell, the tributes for each district are selected from the existing pool of victors. This is bad news for District 12, since it means that Katniss absolutely has to go into the arena again. For the men, it's either Peeta or Haymitch. We can already tell it's going to be a tough scene to watch.
More Fiery Fashion From Cinna
The only thing better than Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is the amazing clothing Cinna makes. There are going to be so many outfits, between all the stops on the victory tour and the preparation for the Quarter Quell. It's going to be dazzling. But that will the last positive thing that happens for Cinna; this is the book in which he gets beaten and dragged away by peacekeepers after seeing Katniss off.
The Mockingjay Wedding Dress
Speaking of Cinna, during her interviews, Katniss wears the wedding dress for her nuptials with Peeta, except Cinna has added a little flair of his own. Katniss literally flips the bird to President Snow when she spins and the dress burns up, revealing the symbol of the revolution, the Mockingjay, underneath. Don't forget that in the novel, Peeta tells everyone Katniss is pregnant, and all the tributes join hands as a signal of rebellion. It's going to be incredibly emotional and moving, to say the least.
A Different Effie Trinket
This time around, Effie doesn't seem so enthusiastic about the Hunger Games. She's grown to care deeply for Peeta and Katniss and doesn't want to send them back into the arena. And don't forget: Effie's supposed to get arrested at the end of this installment, so it's going to really shift the context of her character.
The Flirtatious Finnick Odair
In the book, Finnick is incredibly handsome and charismatic. One might recall that in the scene we first meet him, he's almost completely naked and flirting up a storm with Katniss. Finnick also proves to be an incredible ally to Katniss in the arena and, eventually, a crucial component of the rebellion. That being said, we're really more excited for all the gratuitous body shots.
Check out the rest of the moments we're holding our breath for when you read on.
We can't wait to see this year's David O. Russell project, American Hustle, which boasts a roster of the director's all-stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The trailer is incredible, but the looks of the actors are really what we can't get enough of (like in these amazing posters). We now have even more pictures from the movie, and the awesome '70s style is there — not just on Lawrence, but also on costars Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams.
Here's your first look at Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Entertainment Weekly has released the first shots of the two actors in character on the cover, showing Jamie with that copper hair, holding a gray tie, and looking every inch the smoldering Mr. Grey. Dakota looks perfectly in character as well, with short brown hair, blunt bangs, and an innocent look. There are a couple of other provocative shots of the actors from the shoot as well.
In an accompanying interview with the magazine, Jamie opens up about the first time that he learned that he would replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian in the film: "I was sort of pretending I wasn't waiting, but the phone was in my hand halfway to my ear," the actor said, saying he got the call at 1:30 a.m. while he was watching reruns of Storage Wars on TV. Jamie also went on to say that he is "a fairly liberal guy" so he wasn't shocked by the sex scenes in the erotic novel. Meanwhile, Dakota reveals that she "wants to look good naked" and has been working out in anticipation of her upcoming nude scenes.
It's already an emotional roller coaster of a day for Fifty Shades of Grey fans, as we also found out the film's release date has been pushed back to Feb. 13, 2015. To ease the pain, check out a couple more pictures of Jamie and Dakota in character after the jump.
Director Neil Burger unveiled Divergent's full trailer this week, and it's so good. It's been months since the first teaser trailer came out, and this full trailer has so much more about the plot of the futuristic YA adaptation. We see Tris (Shailene Woodley) preparing for her Choosing ceremony, we get to go inside her head as she struggles inside the water tank during her simulation, and there's even more make-out action with Four (Theo James). We also get a look at Ashley Judd as Tris's mother, more footage of Kate Winslet as controlling Erudite Jeanine Matthews, and Tris's initiation into the Dauntless faction. Most importantly: we get to see Four's back tattoo, which is shown off in all its glory in his sexy character poster.
I'm so hopeful for this adaption, and the trailer is just making me more excited to see the big screen version of Veronica Roth's novel. I love that this footage shows more of the simulations, because that's what I'm most curious to see translated onscreen. The film opens March 21, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.