Despite appearances in movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Live Free or Die Hard, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has never strayed too far from her horror roots, which started with 2006's Final Destination 3 and Black Christmas and continued to last year's The Thing. For Winstead's latest journey into the genre, she will team with The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm for The Darkness.
Written by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning) and loosely based on Henry James' classic novel Turn of the Screw, The Darkness will follow Winstead as a young American student who looks after young children in a British manor and is convinced they are the victims of a haunting.
Screen Daily reports that The Darkness will start shooting in Europe this summer and that British distributor HanWay Films has already agreed to release the movie internationally. "We were blown away by The Last Exorcism," said HanWay managing director Thorsten Schumacher. "Given the recent box office success of the ghost movie genre in attracting the sought after younger audience, the timing is perfect to bring this haunting thriller to the marketplace." goodman pairs with eastwood; alexander plots to kill >> Posted 02.09.12 by Ryan
News about Marvel Studios' upcoming sequel Thor 2 seem to be everywhere these days. Actor Tom Hiddleston, who played the god of thunder's (Chris Hemsworth) treacherous brother Loki in Thor, recently revealed that Thor 2 was going to start shooting this summer in London, just as Marvel hired Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat to rewrite the script. Now Jamie Alexander, who played the Asgardian warrior Sif in Thor, has confirmed her return in the sequel.
"Yeah, I've had a few discussions about Thor 2," Alexander told MTV while doing press for new movie Loosies. "Definitely going to be a part of it, so that will be fun. And we just got Alan Taylor from Game of Thrones to direct, so I'm very excited. I'm excited to see what he brings. He's got a great history of directing comedic bits and then action bits and that's something our movie definitely has." will alexander appear in The Avengers? >> Posted 01.11.12 by Ryan
The Kate Beckinsale-centric promotional campaign for Underworld: Awakening — both the first and second trailers have focused on Beckinsale's return to the franchise after sitting out of the 2009 prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and she is the only actor featured on the new poster for the movie — continues with a new still image of Beckinsale as the leather-clad vampire Selene hoisting a hefty gun at an assailant. In Awakening, Selene wakes from a coma to discover that she has a Vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter (India Eisley) and that humanity is finally aware of the existence of the two immortal species and is engaged in an all-out campaign to wipe the creatures from the face of the earth. more Grrls with guns >> Posted 11.26.11 by BrentJS
In June, Emma Stone (The Help, the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man) decided to pass on the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett in Liongate's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but was hardly the only name associated with the role. Prior to Stone, the studio reportedly "flirted" with actresses Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway without much results, while Scarlett Johansson was rumored for the part last year after Natalie Portman dropped out.
Recently, reports have revealed that Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively was offered the role and, after a few weeks of contemplation, it looks like Lively will put starring in summer box office bomb Green Lantern behind her as she takes on an exciting, high-profile role with a built-in fanba...wait, nope, she didn't take it, either. Didn't expect that. Variety writer Justin Kroll revealed the news on his Twitter.
Wilde in formula one biopic; Schwarzenegger gets company >> Posted 10.06.11 by Ryan
Casting update, news broke a couple weeks back that Blake Lively was offered lead in PRIDE PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. She has officially passed
Jaimie Alexander was a relative unknown before being cast as Asgardian warrior Sif in Marvel's adaptation of Thor, having appeared in a couple horror movies (Hallowed Ground, Rest Stop) and the TV show Kyle XY. In an interview with Movieline, Alexander revealed that she was cast after auditioning via Skype.
Alexander wants to a sequel >> Posted 05.24.11 by Ryan
I was probably one of the last few girls who went in to audition for the role of Sif. I had read about the project months and months in advance, and I said, "I’ve got to get in for this. I really want to get in for this." And then I did, and I literally just read with the casting director because [director] Kenneth Branagh was in Sweden at the time and couldn’t be there for the audition. They sent my tape over to him, and within a week he had phoned my manager and said, "I’d like to get her on a Skype conversation so I can get to know her personality and just get to know her a little bit more." Basically he wanted to direct me on Skype based on what he’d seen on the tape.
So after speaking with him, I went back in for another audition and pretty much did the scene a ton of different ways so he could see my range. And within another week I was cast as Sif. It was very quick — a bit bizarre. Again, it just felt like that was how it was supposed to be, it was meant to be.
With the release of Thor about a week away, the promotional blitz for the comic book adaptation is at a fever pitch. SuperHeroHype has found a Japanese trailer for the movie which offers new footage, and offers more looks at Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano as Hogun the Grim.
Most of the trailer takes place on Earth, after Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been cast out of Asgard. Hemsworth recently told Movieline how important the Earth scenes were to ground the fantasy elements of Thor.
watch the videos >> Posted 04.29.11 by Ryan
I think when you have this sort of powerful guy who thinks he’s a god and comes from another universe and he’s thrown into Earth and is not quite as entitled as he thought, it’s a great chance for comic relief. And it certainly helps ground it, it makes him seem human, and that was a challenge — to humanize these gods and make them relatable to people, whether it be with the hook of comedy or whether it be just really finding the truth in the scenes. Working it out like, OK, this is a scene between a father and a son, or a brother to brother. We’re not just playing gods.
Paramount has released fourteen new HD-quality still images from Academy Award-nominated director Kenneth Branagh's (Hamlet) Thor, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Most of the scenes these stills are from have already been shown in the various trailers and clips that have been released, but they offer a detailed look at the incredible costumes, sets and VFX that Marvel Studios luxuriously poured into this movie. The best of the bunch are an awesome shot of Odin (Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins) blasting the petulant Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his own hammer, and close-up shots of Heimdall (Idris Elba), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander). more about Thor >> Posted 04.12.11 by BrentJS
A new featurette has appeared online that shows the hard work that went into making the tiny New Mexico town that serves as the focal point of the Earth-based action in Marvel Studios' latest comic book adaptation, Thor. In addition to including commentary from director Kenneth Branagh, Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jaimie Alexander (Sif) and Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), the featurette contains several snippets of never-before-seen footage from the movie, including Sif in action, the first good look at Rene Russo as Frigga, and more from the scene where Thor is cast out of Asgard by Odin (Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins). watch the Thor featurette >> Posted 04.11.11 by BrentJS
The official site for all things Marvel has released a series of new character posters for Academy Award-nominated director Kenneth Branagh's (Hamlet) upcoming comic book adaptation, Thor. Four of the six new posters contain images lifted from the banner poster that was released a few weeks ago and feature Asgardians Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Odin (Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and human scientist and Thor love interest Jane Foster (Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman). However, the other two new posters feature images of the Asgardians Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that have not been previously released. more about Thor >> Posted 03.26.11 by BrentJS
Marvel Studios has finally released an official plot synopsis for director Kenneth Branagh's Thor, the live-action adaptation of the classic Marvel Comic book. Though previous reports seemed to indicate that the majority of the movie would take place on the extra-dimensional realm of Asgard, which Thor and the other Norse gods call home, from the synopsis it appears that most of the action will actually be taking place on earth.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, Thor, which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
While many comic book fans would probably prefer it if the majority of the movie took place in Asgard, having the movie take place predominantly on earth is a necessary step toward linking Thor with the other Marvel Studios movies — The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, The First Avenger: Captain America — leading up to the super-team movie, The Avengers. In the Marvel Comics series, Thor is a founding member of The Avengers, which is first formed to deal with the threat of the Hulk, who is being manipulated by Thor's step-brother, Loki.
Thor also stars Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Joshua Dallas as Fandral, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, and Tom Hiddleston as the villainous Loki. Posted 03.10.10 by BrentJS