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Pack your bags for a trip to Las Vegas for a crash course in post-stripper career opportunities and sports gambling taught by an eclectic cast of Hollywood heavyweights and a plucky British scene-stealer. WHAT ARE THE ODDS? >> Posted 10.30.12 by BrentJS
Britain loves its ghosts, and we're not just talking about the Harry Potter movies (though, now that we mention it, Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Potter movie was February's supernatural horror movie The Woman in Black). The latest British movie about things that go bump in the night is The Awakening, which already opened in the U.K. last year, and would have likely reached these shores if weren't for a few similarities between the two.
Like Woman, The Awakening is set in early 20th Century England, though, unlike Radcliffe's lawyer character, Rebecca Hall (The Town) plays an author whose career is devoted to dispelling reported hauntings. When she is invited to investigate an all-boys boarding school where a student has died (three little girls mysteriously perished in the town Radcliffe visited in Woman), she finds it difficult to disprove reports that the boy's spirit has remained. The Awakening's similarities to other horror movies about ghosts wasn't ignored by critics that saw the movie overseas or at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall with The Playlist review claiming that "despite the well-worn subject matter, and setting, it feels fresh," while the Collider review said that director Nick Murphy had created a "a gorgeous picture that delivers the thrills." With a new trailer and poster now online, you can see for yourself whether The Awakening is yet another ghost story or an inspired retread. watch the trailer and see the poster >> Posted 06.30.12 by Ryan
Well, that was fast. Just days after Jessica Chastain (The Help) decided to drop out of consideration (again) for a role in the upcoming Iron Man 3, a replacement has already been found.
Deadline reports that British actress Rebecca Hall is in talks to replace Chastain, in a role that was previously described as a "sexy scientist every bit as smart" as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Interestingly, when Chastain was reportedly offered the role, the other contenders included Isla Fisher, Diane Kruger, and Gemma Arterton, but not Hall. more about hall's character and Iron Man 3 >> Posted 05.08.12 by Ryan
A batch of new set photos and still images from director Stephen Frears' (Tamara Drewe) upcoming comedy Lay the Favorite have been released online. Written by D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity), Lay the Favorite is based on Beth Raymer's memoir of the same name and stars Rebecca Hall (The Town) as Beth, a good-hearted former stripper who realizes she has a talent for numbers after helping a professional gambler named Dink (Bruce Willis) place bets all around Las Vegas. Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon, and Corbin Bernsen also star. see the images >> Posted 01.23.12 by BrentJS
Halloween is a great time for horror fans and there already seems to be an abundance of horror movies coming to theaters. But instead of the usual slasher, vampire, or zombie movies, this year's offerings seem to concentrate on supernatural thrillers like Dream House, Paranormal Activity 3 and, at least in the U.K., The Awakening. The movie just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), with the first trailer revealing that the movie has all the elements to be an actually scary ghost story.
Set in in post-World War I England, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (The Town's Rebecca Hall) who is invited by a countryside boarding school headmaster (The Wire's Dominic West) to travel to the institution and investigate, and possibly debunk, a potential haunting. Once there, Hall discovers that the school could actually be subject to an actual haunting. watch the trailer >> Posted 09.17.11 by Ryan
Rebecca Hall, last seen as Ben Affleck's love interest in The Town, is in talks to star as the lead in Shadow Dancer, an adaptation of Tom Bradby's 1999 novel about a former female IRA terrorist who turns informer for MI5. Guy Pearce is also reported to have a role in the film, directed by James Marsh, whose Man on Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
While we're happy to see Rebecca Hall in more movies (or really anywhere for that matter), we're wondering about the wisdom of adapting a fairly obscure, 11 year-old novel about a conflict that's thankfully been out of the headlines for even longer. Posted 11.09.10 by reelz
Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming 3-D space thriller, Gravity, just cannot find a leading lady. The movie, which takes place almost entirely in space, cast Robert Downey Jr. in March as a team leader on a remote space station just as Angelina Jolie dropped out of the lead role. A search commenced, with Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively both reportedly testing for the role earlier this month. The actresses were but a few that were trying to land the role. Who else is being considered? >> Posted 09.02.10 by Ryan
With Disney taking the axe to Miramax's output and staff, we guess it's no surprise that one of the latter studio's planned projects — Richard Linklater's Liars (A-E) — is now in limbo.
The next planned effort from the director of A Scanner Darkly, Fast Food Nation, Before Sunrise, and Dazed and Confused was supposed to be one of the projects protected from Disney's cuts. But Movieline recently caught up with Linklater, who indicated unequivocally that the project is on hold indefinitely.
It's no longer happening, unfortunately. It didn't really work out. It's tough.
Tough indeed, because Linklater had already cast Rebecca Hall and Kat Dennings in the romantic comedy, which involves a road trip in which the two lead characters visit Hall's exes and attempt to retrieve personal effects.
The sudden dissolution of the project also means that Linklater has nothing on the horizon, which will come as a disappointment to his fans. Many were anticipating a possible sequel to School of Rock, but in the same conversation with Movieline, Linklater said that he has spoken with Jack Black and that there are no plans to go forward with that idea.
I don’t think I have anything coming up! Everybody asks me about School of Rock 2,and that’s not really happening. It’s not on the front burner. MikeWhite was writing on it a long time ago, but it’s become dormant ... I saw Jack the other night, andwe talk about it. We’re not gonna do it just to do it. Let’s just sayit’s still kind of on the backburner and it’s no one’s next project.
It's a shame Linklater won't have any projects forthcoming, although we don't imagine it will take him long to come up with something else. For now, we're anticipating Me and Orson Welles, which arrives in limited release next Friday. Posted 11.17.09 by reelz
Actress Rebecca Hall first gained wide recognition for her role in the The Prestige as the spurned wife of Christian Bale's magician, but it was her performance in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as the adventurous Vicky that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress.
Thanks to Vicky, Hall is in high demand. She's starred in two features, has completed filming a third, and is currently filming Ben Affleck's The Town. Now, Hall is in talks to star in Richard Linklater's (Slackers, A Scanner Darkly) latest movie, Liars, about a woman who is dumped by her fiancé the night before Barack Obama's presidential election victory. The relationship crisis motivates her to take a road trip to Obama's inauguration with a gal-pal (played by Kat Dennings), stopping along the way to reclaim personal items she left with ex-boyfriends.. Posted 09.19.09 by BrentJS
Dailies interviewed the stars of Tropic Thunder and Vicky Cristina Barcelona:
Johansson and Hall discuss working with Woody Allen.
Robert Downey Jr. talks about playing a man playing a black man, and how he was "in the zone" during filming. Posted 08.15.08 by reelz