BAFTA Rising Star Nominees: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter, Léa Seydoux

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 2:30am PST

baftas_2013_logoBAFTA‘s EE Rising Star Award nominees are actors and actresses who have “demonstrated exceptional talent” and are “destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema,” the British Academy says. This year’s crop of five includes … Read More »

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Zombie Comedy ‘Life After Beth’ Adds Cast As Production Begins

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 12:50pm PDT

As flicks about the undead continue to disinter, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines … Read More »

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Angelina Jolie Narrowing Choices For Young Lou Zamperini In ‘Unbroken’

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures, Walden Media and director Angelina Jolie are getting closer to the start line on Unbroken, the incredible story of Louis Zamperini based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book. I’m hearing that three young actors — Alexander Dreymon (Blood Ransom), 300: Rise Of An Empire co-star Jack O’Connell and Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan — are screen-testing to play Zamperini as a young man. I don’t know that Jolie won’t widen her short list — she has met with reams of young actors already to get to this point — but I do believe this has the potential to be a career-making job. The actor will play Zamperini from the time he was a wunderkind member of the American track team that competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, to his survival of a harrowing plane crash on the water, to becoming a POW in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Zamperini, who has shown an iron will in dealing with adversity, turned 96 in January and the emergence of this short list is good news because it means he hopefully will get to see the film. It is one that Universal first developed in 1956 when it was to star Tony Curtis, right after Spartacus. Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff are producing and Mick Garris is exec producer.

Jolie signed on last December to make this her second film as director after In The Land Of Blood And Honey. She had campaigned hard for the job against other directors who sparked to Hillenbrand’s book. I spoke to her at the time and she was completely dialed into the story and how she wanted to tell it. Since then, Joel and Ethan Coen rewrote a script that had been penned by Gladiator and Les Miserables co-writer William Nicholson, who rewrote an earlier draft by Richard LaGravanese, The book has now been on The New York Times Bestseller List for two and a half years, which is the fifth-longest a book has stayed there. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10:03pm PDT

The first trailer has dropped for Nimród Antal’s 3D concert-suspense pic Metallica: Through The Never. It features band members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo along with Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan as a crew member whose life is turned on its head during a show. There … Read More »

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Dane DeHaan Joins ‘Spider-Man’ Sequel As Harry Osborn

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 11:59am PST

Dane DeHaan has appeared in four films this year — Lincoln, Lawless, Jack & Diane and Chronicle — and will play Harry Osborn in Columbia’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and … Read More »

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‘Akira’ Not Dead Yet, Despite Vancouver Office Closing And Test Option Expirations With Lead Actors

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 3:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

Is Akira on the rocks with Warner Bros? I’m told that along with Warner Bros closing the Vancouver production office, the studio let lapse the test options deals it had … Read More »

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TV CASTINGS: Laura Fraser Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Homeland,’ Two Added To ‘True Blood’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Scottish actress Laura Fraser has landed a lead role on Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland. Additionally, In Treatment standout Dane DeHaan has joined HBO’s vampire drama True Blood as a recurring, while Rebecca Wisocky has been cast for a key guest spot in the fourth season premiere.

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HBO Sets Return Date For ‘In Treatment’

By | Thursday September 9, 2010 @ 3:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The third season of the HBO drama series In Treatment will premiere with two back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday Oct. 25 and two more episodes on Tuesday Oct. 26. A reminder, this is the first completely original season of the therapy drama. The Israeli series it is based on ran … Read More »

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