Fans of Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood), take note: the actor may have his best role yet in the upcoming For Ellen, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring as a self-absorbed musician, Dano seems to be in terrific form in the movie's first trailer, which doesn't exactly look like it's promising an upbeat story. The movie's synopsis doesn't seem less bleak.
watch the trailer >> Posted 08.19.12 by Ryan
Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Dano) has wanted nothing more than to "make it," having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva — Revenge, How To Make It In America) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder — Napoleon Dynamite) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone — Into the Wile) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.
Earlier this month, Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, Donnie Darko) was reportedly offered a part in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, as Johanna Mason, the brash and sarcastic former District 7 tribute who creates an uneasy alliance with protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Looks like she has finally accepted. Lionsgate has announced that Malone is confirmed to appear as Mason in the highly-anticipated second installment.
Malone joins a cast that has also recently added Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Gamemaster Plutarch Heavensbee and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) as Wiress, with Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) rumored to be up for the role of Finnick Odair, the former District 4 tribute who, like Katniss and Johanna, will be asked to participate in the Quarter Quell, an edition of the Hunger Games that uses former winners of the televised, fight-to-the-death competition.
Already scheduled for a November 22, 2013, release date, shooting on Catching Fire will begin this September. Academy Award–winning screenwriters Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) adapted the script from Suzanne Collins' novel. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will direct. Posted 07.23.12 by Ryan
As most Panem citizens know, the 75th Hunger Games will be a Quarter Quell, and it looks like we have a tribute ready to go for District 7.
Earlier this week, THR reported that Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, Saved!) was offered the role of Johanna Mason in the second installment of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire.
The sassy, ax-wielding tribute is the first of the new set of Hunger Games contestants to be cast, though it's not the first bit of casting news for the movie. Last month, it was revealed that Philip Seymour Hoffman was offered the role of Head Game Maker, Plutarch Heavensbee. This news still leaves everyone waiting on pins and needles wanting to know who will play the handsome and charming District 4 Tribute, Finnick Odair. It has to be a tough task to cast Finnick, because it must be difficult for any man to look particularly handsome when he is starring alongside Liam Hemsworth. Posted 07.05.12 by Mandy
It's obvious to anyone who has seen the genre-blending still images, teaser clips, or trailer for Sucker Punch that director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) has another visually stunning action movie on his hands. But, ingenue action heroes with super powers? Super-sized samurai warriors? Giant robots with bunny faces? Just what the heck is going on? Something of a plot can be gleaned from the various synopses that have turned up online, but many questions remain. Fortunately, a new Sucker Punch featurette has just been released that sheds some light on what's going down at the creepy Lennox House asylum and why Babydoll (Emily Browning) and her cohorts are such badasses. Says Snyder:
watch the featurette >> Posted 12.14.10 by BrentJS
Sucker Punch is a movie about the lengths we're willing to go to, in our minds, to deal with a situation.
Warner Bros. recently released a press kit that included two sexy new still images of the bad girls of director Zack Snyder's genre-bending new movie, Sucker Punch. The plot revolves around a group of young women, confined against their will in a sadistic psychiatric facility, who venture into a fantasy realm to discover a way to escape. The script was written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya. The grrrl-power cast includes Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens. Posted 11.24.10 by BrentJS
Studios often release clips of scenes before the release of a movie, but Warner Bros. is trying something different for Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, releasing instead five clips with snippets of the movie's action sequences.
Sucker Punch follows Emily Browning as Babydoll, a young girl who is locked up in mental institution against her will. In order to create an escape plan, she enters the dreamworld of her imagination, where she has to fight samurais, robots, and dragons in order to claim five objects that will help her escape. watch all 5 clips (it won't take long) >> Posted 11.24.10 by Ryan
After directing two of the more adult-oriented comic book movie adaptations (300 and Watchmen), director Zack Snyder took a brief foray into kids movies with his upcoming animated adventure, Legend of the Guardians. Apparently, Snyder just wanted to dip his toes into a lighter genre with Guardians because he quickly plunged back into mature fare with Sucker Punch, a violent, sexy, pulp-tinged original feature described as "Alice in Wonderland with a machine gun."
To coincide with the opening of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, a new Sucker Punch movie banner has been released, as well as a series of posters spotlighting several of the female characters, including Babydoll (Emily Browning), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino). what's Sucker Punch about? Find out here >> Posted 07.23.10 by BrentJS
When the original cast of ZackSnyder's Watchmen follow-up Sucker Punch was announced it looked like a powerhouse cast of young starlets, from indie darlings Evan Rachel Wood and Abbie Cornish, to teenage movie stars Emma Stone and Vanessa Hudgens, all surrounding lead Amanda Seyfried, who was fresh from the box office success of Mamma Mia. Then things changed. First Seyfried departed and was replaced by The Uninvited's Emily Browning, and now Stone and Wood have left due to "scheduling conflicts" and have been replaced by Dragonball Evolution's Jamie Chung and Jena Malone (Pride & Prejudice). Still a talented cast, just not quite the same box office cache.
Malone will play Cornish's younger sister, while Chung will play a big-hearted country girl. Both characters will still be inmates in a mental institution in the 1950's in what is described as a "all-female action fantasy."
Sucker Punch opens October 8, 2010. Posted 04.22.09 by Ryan