According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Julianne Moore is currently in talks to play the villain in the upcoming sequel to the 2014 British film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The film series is based on the graphic novel series of the same name. Right now there are almost no details about the sequel especially considering the graphic novel doesn’t have a sequel. So there is no idea what plot the film will be following. It has been confirmed, however, that the story’s location will jump from London to the United States.
I am officially feeling weary. After the amazing first film, the idea that the second film has no comic book basis, is moving setting, and is heavily influence by the studio, is leading me to believe this won’t hold up the feel. The only redeeming factor is that Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel, while Kingsman’s young star Taron Egerton will also reprise his role.
Kingsman: The Secret Service opened to a surprising $414.4 million worldwide with only an $81 million production budget. Shooting for the sequel will begin this summer.
Lionsgate has officially confirmed that Julianne Moore will be playing the role of President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 and 2. Coin is the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol in the third book of the hit trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. Continue reading →
Sony Picture has announced that they have delayed the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Carrie. The film was originally supposed to be released on March 15th but has been pushed back seven months to October 18th.
There is no word on why the film has been pushed back so far, but given the horror movie setting that is Carrie, releasing near Halloween doesn’t seem like a bad idea for the studio. The project has been generating buzz over the last few months as posters and teasers have been steadily released online. Halloween seems like the ideal time of the year for the film to hit theaters.
Carrie stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore.
In a small town of Chamberlain, Maine, teenager Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), is a lonely and awkward high school girl who is constanly bullied by her peers led by the popular mean girl, Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday), at school and abused by the hands of her religious mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore) at home. After participanting in mean prank towards Carrie, Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their action and tries to make amends with Carrie by asking her popular boyfriend, Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie starts to form a friendship with her gym teacher, Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer), who tries in vain to protect Carrie from Chris and her peers.
However, Chris, her boyfriend, Billy Nolan (Alex Russell), and their friends hatch a plan to humiliate Carrie at the prom. However, Carrie uses her telekinetic power for revenge.
The Kimberly Pierce directed adaptation is set to be more of direct remake of the original novel rather than a remake of the cult classic 1976 film.
USA Today recently released the first two photos from the upcoming project from Warner Bros. Pictures,’ Seventh Son. The adaptation features Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Kit Harrington, Olivia Williams, and Julianne Moore.
The script came from Matt Greenberg and Chuck Leavitt is adapted from the first of Joseph Delaney’s book series, “The Wardstone Chronicles” called The Spook’s Apprentice; for Americans it’s titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch.
Seventh Son has the official description below:
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
The Sergei Bodrov-directed film hits 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on October 18, 2013 and also stars Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington.
The rumor mill has been swirling for months about who will play Carrie’s mother in the upcoming Carrie remake. It was reportedly between Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore. It was reported last week that Moore was offered the role and Deadline confirmed that she has accepted.
Carrie’s mother is abusive towards her, using her fundamental christian values to keep her from experiencing the world, and being a teenager.
Moore will be starring along side Chloe Moretz, who is playing the titular character.
Deadline has also reported that Gabriella Wilde, who recently starred in The Three Musketeers, is in talks to take the role of Sue Snell.
Carrie is based on the novel written by famed horror author Stephen King, originally published in 1974. The plot revolves around the titular Carrie, a high school girl who is bullied by the other students in her school. She uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on all those who tease her.
It is one of the most frequently banned books in United States schools. Much of the book is written in an epistolary structure, through newspaper clippings, magazine articles, letters, and excerpts from books.
There have already been several adaptation of the novel, the 1976 film being the most well known and praised.
The film has been said to be less of a remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma film and more of a re-adaptation of the original text.
Shooting for the upcoming adaptation begins next month under the direction of Kimberly Peirce. It is said that it will be released March 2013.
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Being Flynn from Focus Features arrives in theaters March 16th, 2012
About Being Flynn
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Focus Features
Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi and Julianne Moore
Written & Directed By: Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”)
Based on the Memoir By: Nick Flynn
Can one life story have two authors? Being Flynn is the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City, the movie explores bonds both unbreakable and fragile between parent and child. Nick Flynn (portrayed in the film by Paul Dano of Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood) is a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn (two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) has long defined himself as a great writer, “a master storyteller.” After abandoning his wife and child, Jonathan scrapes through life on his own terms, and ends up serving time in prison for cashing forged checks. After prison, he drives a cab for a number of years, but with his drinking and eccentricities now accelerating, he loses his job. Despite the occasional grandiose letter to his son, he has remained absent from Nick’s life. Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick and the two come face-to-face. The older man is eloquent and formidable; overwhelmed, Nick nonetheless prepares to integrate his father into his own life. But, as quickly as he materialized, Jonathan flits away again. Moving on, Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter, where he learns from Captain (Wes Studi) and Joy (Lili Taylor) how to relate to the guests who arrive night after night. Seeing the homeless – some permanently, some temporarily so – and hearing their stories, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work. He also sustains a romance with a co-worker, Denise (Olivia Thirlby). Then one night, Jonathan arrives, seeking a bed, and Nick’s senses of self and compassion falter. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick will have to decide whom to seek redemption for first.
Evocatively told, ruefully funny, and moving in its depiction of the ties that bind, Being Flynn tells a story that reveals universal truths.
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Kit Harington, who is best known for his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones has joined the cast of The Seventh Son, Variety reports.
The film which is to be directed by Sergei Bodrov; Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan; is slated to be released on February 15, 2013. The script from Matt Greenberg and Chuck Leavitt is adapted from the first of Joseph Delaney’s book series, The Wardstone Chronicals called The Spook’s Apprentice; for Americans it’s titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. Yes, a little like switching out switching Philosopher and Sorcerer in the Harry Potter series but more blatent.
The movie which was previously titled The Last Apprentice, will have Harington joining a cast that already includes the Dude, Jeff Bridges; The Big Lebowsk, Tron, True Grit; Ben Barnes, Jullianne Moore and Alicia Vikander.
The official description of the The Spook’s Apprentice:
“For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried… Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward. He is the last hope. But does he stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County?”
So to avoid confusing anyone, the class title “Spook” invokes a lot of confusion based on the etymology and slang in the American culture. To book which is written by a British author does not invoke the same annoyances using the word in the United Kingdom as it does in the states. So instead of Spook, it’s turned into, “You’re a wizard, Harry!”
So while it was culturally insensitive stateside, the changing of Spook to wizard or sorcerer has in turn annoyed avid fans of the series in the UK.
If the title or occupation was to be changed to something more apt, it should have been to Priest or Exorcist. For now, let’s call it a specialist position. Tom the main character; played by Ben Barnes; is taught by the specialist; Jeff Bridges; to defeat witches, boggarts and how to keep the world safe from great evil. Set to the backdrop of 1700’s semi-medieval creepiness, the old priest and the young priest need to excise the witch played by Julianne Moore.
Thomas J. Ward is special because he was born the seventh son of a seventh son. Based on an old folklore that the seventh son of a seventh son would have special powers; magic powers, healing, preternatural senses and hopefully eye beams; if he comes from an unbroken line with no female children born between. So with supernatural abilities, Tom furthers his training with the help of a learned Spook/Sorcerer/Wizard/Priest/Exorcist.
So the magic is powerful based on the principle that rarity equals strength. The more rare the occurrence, the stronger the energy.
I bet you Kit Harington didn’t know any of this. Want to know why? Because “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”